18 June 2010

fitful wanderings from the web

 • Will China's Three Gorges Dam slow the rotation of the Earth? Scientists say, yes, increasing a typical day by about .06 microseconds. It would also shift the pole position by about two centimeters (0.8 inch). So relax, don't hurry with that second cup of coffee before work, you have got extra time.
 • Halliburton mops up the money! Only eleven days before the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, Dick Cheney's corporate alma mater buys up Boots & Coots, a company that specializes in cleaning up oil spills. Does a company that both builds oil rigs and cleans up oil spills have any motivation to prevent oil rig disasters? Boots & Coots also made a sizable profit cleaning up oil well blowouts in Iraq and Nigeria. Do the math.
 • Ron Gilbert muses on oddities observed during interstate travel, and of automated toll booths that don't have signs indicating how much to pay.
 • Does The Holy See see sainthood for the Blues Brothers? On the 30th anniversary of the film's release, "L'Osservatore Romano," the Vatican's official newspaper, called the film a "Catholic classic" and said it should be recommended viewing for Catholics everywhere. Says reporter Eric Lyman [from Reuters] "...aside from a brief appearance from Kathleen Freeman as a wrist-slapping nun referred to as "The Penguin" and the brothers' periodic claim that they were on a mission from God, spirituality does not play a significant role in the film".
 • The Bowery's Whitehouse Hotel, still remains in operation as part flophouse, part funky tourist hostel even though megabucks developer Sam "McSam" Chang wants to buy it and it gets uniformly bad Trip Advisor reviews. But why stay here for $30 buck a night when you can spend $450 bucks a night just down the street?
 • Drug War Chronicle keeps you up-to-date on news about corrupt cops who've been caught.

IMAGE CREDITS TO: 1- Boots & Coots corporate logo; 2- Fansite Blues Brothers Central; 3- photo of the White House Hotel by Joshua Blankman, Everywhere Magazine.

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