Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy National Bologna Day...

WTF??? 43

Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby
By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press
TOKYO: A 43-year-old Japanese woman whose sudden divorce in a virtual game world made her so angry that she killed her online husband's digital persona has been arrested on suspicion of hacking, police said Thursday.
The woman, who is jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game "Maple Story" to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, a police official in northern Sapporo said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.
"I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry," the official quoted her as telling investigators and admitting the allegations.
The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.
She has not yet been formally charged, but if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000.
Players in "Maple Story" raise and manipulate digital images called "avatars" that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting against monsters and other obstacles.
The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy 50th Birthday, Smurfs...

50 years ago today the world was introduced to the little blue fellas. Peyo created them for the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou, as characters in his strip, 'Johan et Pirlouit' (translated to English as Johan and Peewit or Pee-Wee). The rest is history.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Geek News...

Shatner upset Takei didn't invite him to wedding
LOS ANGELES – William Shatner is setting his phaser to stun against his old "Star Trek" co-star George Takei. In a video posted on Shatner's Web site Wednesday, he lashed out at Takei for not inviting him to his wedding last month.
The 77-year-old Kirk said Takei, who played Enterprise helmsman Sulu, apparently harbors a grudge against him that kept him from being invited to Takei's nuptials.
"The whole thing makes me feel badly," Shatner said in the video. "Poor man. There is such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there is a psychosis there. I don't know what his original thing about me was. I have no idea."
Takei and Brad Alman tied the knot Sept. 15. "Star Trek" alums Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig — who played Uhura and Chekhov, respectively — were among the attendees at the multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum. Takei and Altman had previously stated that Shatner was invited to their wedding, but he never RSVPed.
"It is unfortunate that Bill was unable to join us for our wedding as he indeed was invited to attend," Takei responded. "It is our hope that at this point he joins us in voting no on Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry in California."
Shatner said he felt he never knew Takei when they worked together on the original TV series and later in the "Star Trek" films.
The "Boston Legal" co-star also attacked Takei's decision to come out of the closet later in life, saying "Who cares? Be gay. Don't be gay. That's up to you, George."

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa... who gives a poop?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wolfgang's Bacon-Wrapped Meat Loaf

I am not a cook... it's not that I can't so much as it's that I'm too lazy and impatient. I have been known to make a meatloaf (one of my favorite foods) from time to time, but this one, as wonderful as it sounds, seems to be a bit too much work. Would love to try it though...
Why am I posting this?

Happy Babbling Day...

(I love this image)

Eye Candy Double Feature...

Can you say, "twins"?

Monday, October 20, 2008

'Get Fuzzy' update...

Recently I reported that my local newspaper had cancelled the comic 'Get Fuzzy' because of objectionable language and replaced it with a strip called 'Tundra'. They immediately pulled it from the Mon-Sat, but since then, (update) five Sunday editions have been published and all have still contained the family-unfriendly 'Get Fuzzy'. Now I know that the Sunday paper is considered a separate entity from the daily one (for publication records at least), but it strikes me as odd that they have kept the strip going on the day most families would probably read it (and a day considered by many to be holy). Perhaps the Sunday readership is more forgiving... Or perhaps the editors of my local rag don't know their asses from their nostrils.

WTF??? 42

89-year-old charged with keeping kids' ball
BLUE ASH, Ohio – Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football.
Edna Jester was arrested last week in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash.
Police say one child's father complained that Jester kept the youngsters' ball after it landed in her yard. Police Capt. James Schaffer says there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over kids' balls landing in the woman's yard.
Jester said Monday she has received many calls and didn't have time to discuss the matter any more.
Jester is to appear in court next month. The maximum penalty for a petty theft conviction in Ohio is six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

What is this world coming to? I thought it was the God-given right of every crotchety old fart to keep anything that a child tosses into his/her yard. It's a long tradition in this country, and as far back as I can remember, I have dreamed of someday being the crazy old cat lady who people point at and whisper about when she goes into town, rumors about her having a fortune hidden under her bed and perhaps a "missing" husband buried in the basement; the neighborhood children daring each other to cross her property-- and of course, the right to confiscate frisbees, footballs, baseballs, etc that have the misfortune of flying over her fence. But alas it seems this dream, as most others, is not to be... Guess I might as well start getting rid of my cats.

Doonesbury blog comic...

I'd be tickled to get a check for a nickel-- that would be cool...