Google did a “black out” doodle and Wikipedia shut down to bring attention to the two bills now making the rounds at Capital Hill. I got a few emails and one phone call, asking me if I intended to shut down Indie Nation as part of the protest. Frankly, I didn’t see any point to doing that, so know we were open for business on “American Censorship Day”.
While Syfy viewers are still getting over the news that Eureka was canceled, fans can rest easy in knowing that their Monday night viewing schedule will stay somewhat intact – as Warehouse 13 was just renewed for a fourth season.
Since the third season of Warehouse 13 premiered this summer, ratings have been upon the popular series 15% in the coveted demographic of adults 18-49, with an average of 3.2 million viewers (including the +7 DVR ratings data) per episode.
While all popular data collectors love to point to the 18-49 demographic, Warehouse 13 star Saul Rubinek told us recently why he believes the series is so successful:
There are very few hour-long shows that a family can watch together. We’re on at the right time; violence is kept to a minimum. If something works for a 7-year old, something else will work on a whit level [for everyone else].
The other thing that our show has done is that it’s attracted women in ways that other Syfy shows have not. You know how? By making the show wittier – by raising the bar. Smart women are sexy – and our show is filled with smart women.
Here’s what Syfy president of original content Mark Stern had to say about Warehouse 13’s renewal:
“Under executive producer Jack Kenny’s leadership, this superlative team of writers, cast, and crew continue to turn out a series that only gets better and better with every episode. Warehouse 13 is deservedly the most popular series in our history and we’re delighted to renew it for a fourth season.”
While fans of Warehouse 13 will certainly be excited to hear about its renewal, many may still be wondering whatever happened to the H.G. Wells spin-off series that everyone was talking about. Well, no need to be worried, as we’ve been told by Warehouse 13 executive producer Jack Kenny that the spin-off is still in development.
- Today’s Comic> Warehouse 13 #2 (bwmedia.wordpress.com)
- Spend some quality time with Claudia from Warehouse 13 [This Is Awesome] (io9.com)
- ‘Warehouse 13’ Renewed by Syfy for a Fourth Season (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- Syfy’s ‘Warehouse 13’ Renewed for 4th Season in 2012 (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- ‘Warehouse 13’ Renewed by Syfy for Fourth Season (aoltv.com)
- Syfy Renews WAREHOUSE 13; USA Renews IN PLAIN SIGHT for Final Season and SUITS (collider.com)
- Syfy Renews Warehouse 13 for Season 4 (omg.yahoo.com)
Isn’t Everyday a Google Day?
According to brownielocks.com, today is Google.com Day. While many may debate whether Google shall actually become Skynet or not, there is no doubt that they do a great deal for us in today’s world. The same web site also mentions, that the seventh of this month is Google Commemoration Day. The site states that it was the day the company was founded. However, Wikipedia claims that date was the fourth. So what day is Google Day?
It seems that there may be some truth to the “big hands, big feet” myth… While my typical comedic response was that it only met big gloves, big shoes… However, an article at medical express indicates that there may be some truth to the myth. Quoting the article:
The ratio between the second and fourth digits is linked to stretched penile length according to a study published online this week in Asian Journal of Androgyny. This finding suggests that digit ratio can predict adult penile size and that the effects of prenatal testosterone may in part explain the differences in adult penile length.
In other words, they believe that they can predict how long an infants schlong will be. So are expecting mom’s of the future going to have t-shirts made saying my boy is going to be hung? I dunno maybe it will give a male advanced warning to save up for enhancements.
We shall close out this one with “Enhanced It” by Devo Spice. Devo is a member of The Fump which is short for The Funny Music Project. He and many other belly busting musicians can be found over at thefump.com and Mevio’s Music Alley. You can also find Devo at devospice.com and his page at Mevio. Devo Spice music can be purchased at Amazon, and His “Gnome Sane” CD is available at Devo Spice – Gnome Sane? CD and CD Baby (image link below).
- Finger length may have link to penis length: Study (windsorstar.com)
- If Your Ring and Index FInger Are The Same Size Then What??? (urbanmogullife.com)
- Judging penis size by comparing index, ring fingers (punjapit.wordpress.com)
- Independent Artist Devo Spice Takes on iTunes (pr.com)
- Rapper Podcasts Album for Free Before Its Release (pr.com)
An estimated 30%-50% of the general population are affected by insomnia, and 10% have chronic insomnia. I have very bad Insomnia its a hard thing to live with not getting much sleep maybe 2 to 3 hours a night if you are lucky. You get very tired you want to sleep but cannot it gets hard to concentrate after days of not sleeping very much. Insomnia is a symptom, not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease. By definition, insomnia is “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or both” or the perception of poor quality sleep. Insomnia may therefore be due to inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. Insomnia is not defined by a specific number of hours of sleep that one gets, since individuals vary widely in their sleep needs and practices.
Insomnia is generally classified based on the duration of the problem. Not everyone agrees on one definition, but generally:
- symptoms lasting less than one week are classified as transient insomnia,
- symptoms between one to three weeks are classified as short-term insomnia, and
- those longer than three weeks are classified as chronic insomnia
Symptoms of insomnia
Difficulty falling asleep
Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
Waking up too early in the morning
Feeling tired upon waking
Sleepiness during the day.
Problems with concentration or memory.
Causes of acute insomnia can include:
Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one,moving)
Emotional or physical discomfort.
Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep.
Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example).
I have been given some awesome suggestions to help with insomnia Tea, no caffeine before bedtime , No chocolate ( I am not doing so well with that one lol ) also it’s a good idea to go away from everything that could keep you awake T.V computer etc just relax read etc..
Always consult with your doctor if you have chronic Insomnia to ask advice for treatment.
Until next time ..
- Is insomnia normal? (zocdoc.com)
- Do people have more sleep problems the later they go to bed? (zocdoc.com)
- What can I do to rid myself of chronic insomnia? (zocdoc.com)
- Signs and Symptoms of Insomnia (brighthub.com)
- Reasons for Insomnia in Adults (brighthub.com)
We might wish to file this one under the “not shocked” category. Personally, I am surprised only by the fact that it took so long. An article at PhysOrg.com reports that Amazon has announced that Kindle Book Sales have now passed printed book sales. Nonetheless, akin to Black Monday passing Black Thursday, it is news. The date reported is Thursday, May 19. The Kindle Books are now outselling print equivalents by a ratio 105 to 100. Three times as many Kindle Books have sold this year than the same period last year.
The mystery number in all of this is how many actual Kindles have been sold. While many electronic retailers announce, release and brag about the number of units sold, the jungle giant of the web does not release such data. Wikipedia indicates that the number is likely in it is certainly in the millions. The same source also state that it accounted for 48% of the ebook sales according to a study done in March of 2011.
While I do not own any such device, I ver much want one. I have been to various retailers and played with all of the popular models and really must say, based on short usage, I really liked the Kindle the best. I checked our affiliate link at Amazon and, at the time of this draft, they were available, though not necessarily the newest model, as low as 90.00 USD for a used first generation. The latest model, for my budget, seems a bit steep at 189 bucks.
While this may be a disappointment to the librarians and pages of the world, Kindle books are usually cheaper than the printed version. This old former page shall miss his printed books but must admit this is one tech trend that I really like. One has to wonder how much longer textbooks will be around? 189 dollars would have been a pretty light textbook expenditure for any semester that I attended college. I do see that Amazon does offer some Kindle textbooks.
Hey Amazon, there are a whole lotta sales out there you can get if ya haven’t already done so and just not told us.
- Amazon milestone: Kindle books now outselling their dead tree counterparts (9to5mac.com)
- Amazon’s Kindle Books Outsell Hardcover and Paperbacks For First Time (singularityhub.com)
- Signs of the times for the future for e-books (nevillehobson.com)
- Kindle Book Sales News of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
It was previously reported that the recording industry (RIAA or Racketeering Idiots Association of Absurdity) was not going to give any of the money awarded in the recent LimeWire settlement to the artists. The story at The Huffington Post referenced a post at Torrent Freak and reading it today it reminds me of the news re-writes in 1984. Strangely the Huffinton Post now claims that the Torrent Freak article was incorrect. The original Torrent Freak article reads:
RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy previously told TorrentFreak that the ‘damages’ accrued from piracy-related lawsuits will not go to any of the artists, but towards funding more anti-piracy campaigns. “Any funds recouped are re-invested into our ongoing education and anti-piracy programs,” he said.
Hmmm…. seems like a pretty clear to me. Based on the track record of the RIAA have any artist actually received anything from these lawsuits? Remember they announced the end of the “sue em all” campaign? Now if they announced the end of it, why do they need to “re-invest” any of the settlement money? It seems that what he previously said was taken out of context… Or is it just being re-written?
Remember US Airways Flight 1549 and Captain Chelsey “Scully” Sullenberger who ditched the plane in the Hudson.
It was a big deal when it happened, the passengers and crew all survived and America had some heroes to look up to for a time. So the plane sunk, was recovered an inspected and now what? Certainly it is not going to be put back in service.
It is, according to an article at physorg.com, about to become and addition to a museum. The plane, with only minor changes such as removal of unserved food, has been preserved pretty much as it was when it splashed into the river. It is about be transported, in sections, from New Jersey to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in North Carolina. The museum, is in the city where the ill fated flight was bound, is really, really excited about this one and said “We’re not the Smithsonian, so to be able to get something like this is like getting the space shuttle.”
The article said that the trek would take about five day. I wonder if there are any stains on the seats.
- ‘Miracle’ US Airways Flight 1549 Headed To Charlotte Museum For Display (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Final trip for ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane (msnbc.msn.com)
- Hudson ‘Miracle’ Jet Destined for NC Museum (abcnews.go.com)
- ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Jet Destined For NC Museum (newyork.cbslocal.com)
BNN : Bacon News Network
We have bacon everywhere. Including Maple-Bacon ice cream. You read that correct. Ice cream with all its goodness, sugar, cream, and now bacon. Well this is nothing new but still noteworthy of the bacon fan that I am. The folks over at Fifty Lick , has brought us a wonderful treat. Using human raised pigs that were not treated with hormones nor nitrates, and some wonderful ice cream the best of both worlds meet. Wait a second, humanly raised? does that mean farmer john took Wilber aside and told him his fate would be quick and painless ?
More related news J&D products out of Canada have a product that is mayoress and bacon, yep the product baconnaise was born. My bof are all ready clogged with goodness, but I am loving every minute of it. With that in mind the comedy site The FUMP has a few songs related to Bacon including the Great Luke Ski ‘Bacon’ was turned into the Bacon – John Denver As A Mofo Version by Tom Smith which I will play as well.
All indie and fun, including a beeder from the video game Crysis2 used in the background, althought not indie per-say I was given permission to use this funky awesome composition as a background.
Bacon, or bacoff.
- Denny’s Offers Bacon Sundaes (neatorama.com)
- Denny’s Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sundae (friendseat.com)
- A Dream Come True For Bacon Lovers (wcbsfm.radio.com)
- Bacon Madness (girlmeetsbulgaria.wordpress.com)
- Canada: Ice Cream (itsnicethat.com)
D&D it’s in the smell!
Do you spend days with graph, paper dice, Coca Cola and cold pizza? Want to smell like a Dungeon and Dragon DM? Well not only is May 11, D&D Encounter Day but, just in case five continuous days of RPGing does not have you smelling orcish enough, you can now add even more realism with scent. Yes, dragon heads, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has released a line of RPG scents.
The Rouge scent, for example is described as:
Soft, well-worn black leather, hemp, and rosin.
The line includes scents for classes, races and even alignments.
I am scared to death as to what a Dark Elf smells like, seems to be it would smell like Obama.
- Dungeons & Dragons Prefumes from The Labyrinth (rpglabyrinth.blogspot.com)
- Smell Like An Orc (idle.slashdot.org)
- Dungeons & Dragon perfumes: Smell like an orc (via coolautoblog) (deadmanstales.wordpress.com)
- The Queue: Dark Phoenix Alchemy Lab (wow.joystiq.com)
zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi) can be either a fictional undead monster or a person in an entranced state believed to be controlled by a bokor or wizard.
Zombies became a popular device in modern horror fiction, largely because of the success of George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and they have appeared as plot devices in various books, films and in television shows. Zombie fiction is now a sizeable sub-genre of horror, usually describing a breakdown of civilization occurring when most of the population become flesh-eating zombies – a zombie apocalypse. The monsters are usually hungry for human flesh, often specifically brains. Source : Wikipedia
Also there is someone known as ZombieGurl (me) that sometimes comes out late at night,searching for brainnnnnnnnnnnns but don’t fear I’m harmless just give me a hug and your brain will be safe… maybe ;) My first fascination with Zombies came from the song bleeder by Zombie Girl source : youtube also there are many video games Resident Evil, Silent hill are 2 of my favorite zombie games that have the famous zombies in them in all their wonderful gruesomeness. Have you ever wondered what would you do if you woke up to your street being full of zombies moaning for brainnnnnnnsss??? “Things to ponder”
your resident Zombie Cleta
- The Walking Dead: lots of gore, but good characters too (theglobeandmail.com)
- Talking Zombies – Dream Cortex (itunes.apple.com)