May 31, 2007

2 1/2 years too late - hit the road Armando

Thank the lord - Armando Benitez is on a plane to Milwaukee - to catch up with his NEW team the Florida Marlins. The Giants traded Benitez to Florida for 25-year-old reliever Randy Messenger, a 6-foot-6 right-hander used mostly in long relief. A source said the Giants also will pay $4.7 million of the roughly $5 million left on Benitez's three-year contract, which expires after this season.

What puzzles me (and 7 million+ other people) - why didn't the Giants deal this guy sooner - Benitez is and always will be a bum!!!

May 25, 2007

Trees From Around the World . . .

Here are a few pics of some interesting looking trees . . .

The one below was grown by a gardner and shaped to look this way . . .






This tree was the result of tying together six different trees and weaving them together as they grew . . .

Classic American BBQ

If you love Nascar, cold beer and shootin guns - you'll probably fall head over heels for one of these bad-ass backyard BBQs . . . Yee-haw!




May 24, 2007

Casino Carpet's

What the deal with Casino carpets??? Not only are they ugly, but they give me a major headache. I heard they design them this way to make it difficult for people to locate their chips when they drop them on the floor. Not sure if that's actually true - but it certainly looks that way.

Click (or copy and paste into your browser) the link below for samples:

http://www.dieiscast.com/gallerycarpet1.html


SOURCE: Neatormama.com, 5/24/07

McDonald's International Menu's

Ever wonder what McDonald's serves in Isreal, Japan or India. This blog lists all the different combinations. I must say - the McSpaghetti sounds pretty good (In 1993, a popular combo in the Philipines featured spaghetti with fried chicken wings).

May 23, 2007

Wolf Girl

This Thai girl is Supatra Sasuphan, nicknamed Nat. Apparently she lives a normal life, and a happy one. She looks happy. But she has a rare problem: Hypertrichosis, which as you can see causes hair to grow all over her face and body.


Scary!


Here's apicture of thousands of daddy-long legs huddled together on the roof of some poor villager. Wow.

It's a Tumor . . .

Apparently Huang Liquan first noticed a little growth in his neck in 1990. But you know us men. It's no big deal, we don't wanna go to the doctor, it's not a toomah! After two years - Huang finally caved in and saw a doctor. I wonder what his wife was thinking . . . did she think it would go away?

What does $500 million look like???

Here is a picture of $500 million US dollars recently confiscated in Mexico from a large - very large, drug cartel.

Only in Spain

The Spanish newspaper Ideal Gallego reports today on one of the strangest traffic offences ever to be seen in Spain.

It happened last Friday when drivers on the motorway in Ferrol were surprised to see a disabled man travelling along the road in his motorised bed.

The paper says that 42 year old Antonio Navarro, who is 95% disabled, and who drives and controls his motorised bed with his mouth, had got drunk and was intending to visit ‘Jade’ a local whorehouse, but took a wrong turning off a local roundabout.

SOURCE: Neatorama.com, 5/23/07

May 22, 2007

Pull Over!!!!



Don't let Sgt. Dan catch you jaywalking.

Underwater Sculptures

This is going to scare the living sh*t out of some diver!



Another Kick-Ass Chair . . .

Ironic Moments in History

JOHANN UNDERWALD, a Swiss mathematician

Story: Underwald, one of the brightest stars in his field, was described by his peers as "the next Albert Einstein."

Final Irony: Underwald died in October 1999. Cause of death: mathematical error - Underwald "made a 250-foot bungee jump with a 300-foot bungee cord, and died immediately on impact."

DisneyLand: Uncovered

So here's a few interesting facts about DisneyLand. Did you know tha the entire park is actually built on a 'second story????' Underneath the park, at sea level, is a huge underground labryinth of tunnels used by characters, cast members (and monsters) to get from one stage to the other without having to fight the crowds.

Apparently they also collect trash and stock all the various food stations throughout the park via the underground tunnels. Cool.



Don't believe me? Copy and paste the link below for yourself . . .
http://www.ekday.com/blog/files/8036d653b430ffa276d8767dde659c06-28.html



Domino PCs

Domino PCs - video taken from an actual startup here in the valley. Must have been a pretty wild ride - what a waste.

May 21, 2007

Bay 2 Breakers 2007





Thanks to Melissa, Gina and 'The Pusher' for getting us thru the race and home safe and sound. Good times - hope everyone comes back next year. Everyone, except this guy . . . whoa!

May 18, 2007

Larry Ellison's Malibu Mansion

Welcome to Larry's Malibu Paradise. Below is a picture of his 'old' Malibu property, complete with it's own cable car. Apparently, the cable car is for taking guests down to the pool form the main house. It's a lot of stairs, so you can understand . . . Larry recently purchased 5 side-by-side properties on the Malibu Coast - plus a small hotel. I can see why - his old place looks pretty grim.

May 17, 2007

GoofBalls.biz - Cool Antenna Balls



What could be cooler than an antenna ball with a mullet??? Great aftermarket products for your car, jeep (or minivan - ouch!).

http://www.goofballs.biz/

The Turds - Collectible Figurines



One of the coolest new products to hit the market in a long, long time. My personal favorite - Scoop Doggy Poo. Want to buy one??? They only sell in the UK - but our friends at eBay.com might be able to help - search under 'the turds'

http://www.theturds.com/default.asp

May 16, 2007

How Sweet It Was . . .



They were so close. Here's one of my favs - Baron Davis slamming it home against Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz. Bad Azzzzz

Google Co-Founder Weds



It'S a match made in search-engine heaven. Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, got hitched over the weekend to biotech analyst Anne Wojcicki, the sister of Susan Wojcicki, Google's director of product development. The brainy lovebirds tied the knot on magician David Copperfield's private 150-acre island Musha Cay in the Bahamas, which rents for $325,000 per week. While the groom continues as Google's president of technology, the bride is developing a start-up called 23andme.com, a Web site that promotes cutting-edge genetics technologies. Expect brainy kids in their future.

The only question I have in my head is - with all his money - is that the best he could do??? Oh dear . . .

Ouch! That's Gotta Hurt . . .



Shannon Malloy was critically injured January 25 when a car crash slammed her into the dashboard. Her skull separated from her spine, although her skin, spinal cord and other internal organs remained intact.

The rare condition is known as clinically as internal decapitation, and it left her with no control over her head.

Her injuries left Malloy with nerve damage that made her eyes cross, and she has difficulty swallowing. She was not paralyzed.

A will to survive kept Malloy, 30, alive long enough for surgeons to insert screws in her head and neck and attach a halo to minimize movement -- no easy task.

"My skull slipped off my neck about five times," Malloy said. "Every time they tried to screw this to my head, I would slip."

Doctors eventually stabilized her head and strengthened her neck. The halo has since been removed.

SOURCE: cnn.com, 5/16/07

Internet Stats: Founders & Domain Names

Here are some interesting stats about the Internet. What a surprise - the two most expensive domain names are porn-related.




SOURCE: Valleywag.com, 5/16/07

May 15, 2007

Top Independent Restaurants for 2007 - Overall Sales

R&I Top 100 Independent Restaurants-2007
(columns are total sales, dining room seating/bar seating, avg. check price, # meals served total, % of patrons who order alcoholic beverages)

1 Tao Las Vegas Restaurant & Nightclub, Las Vegas 55,289,055 400/100 $70.00 600,000 50
2 Tavern on the Green, New York City 38,681,961 $65.74 540,220 21.2
3 Joe’s Stone Crab, Miami Beach 28,000,732 450/30 $65.00 349,135 17
4 Tao Asian Bistro, New York City 26,686,141 300/35 $64.50 425,000 40
5 Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C. 22,062,271 430/75 $30.00 800,000 28
6 Gibsons Bar Steakhouse, Chicago 20,282,060 170/60 $59.08 339,710 35.5
7 Bob Chinn’s Crab House, Wheeling, Ill. 20,266,332 650/100 $26.82 755,392 11.5
8 Mix In Las Vegas, Las Vegas 20,200,000** $85.00** 300,000**
9 Fulton’s Crab House, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 19,871,892 500/40 $44.05 451,121 20.8
10 “21” Club, New York City 19,528,823 150/150 $150.76 157,346 30
11 Sparks Steak House, New York City 19,400,000** $78.00** 270,000**
12 Alfredo the Original of Rome, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 19,068,314 $33.00 648,853 14.5
13 Rumjungle, Las Vegas 18,500,000** $68.00** 300,000**
14 Mon Ami Gabi, Las Vegas 18,300,000** $62.00 380,000**
15 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chicago 18,000,000** 335 (+bar) $65.00 400,000**
16 Prime One Twelve, Miami Beach 17,500,000** $100.00** 150,000**
17 Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Las Vegas 17,000,000** 335 (+bar) $65.00 380,000**
18 Nobu 57, New York City 17,000,000** $85.00** 170,000**
19 SW Steakhouse, Las Vegas 17,000,000** $90.00** 190,000**
20 Blue Fin, New York City 16,200,000** $58.00** 350,000**
21 Gibsons Bar Steakhouse, Rosemont, Ill. 15,901,692 200/60 $55.62 272,217 31.2
22 Delmonico Steakhouse, Las Vegas 15,800,000** $78.00** 210,000**
23 Junior’s, New York City 15,748,000 430/20 $22.00 800,000 10
24 Scoma’s Restaurant, San Francisco 15,656,939 335/40 $39.00 401,459 24
25 Prime Steakhouse, Las Vegas 15,500,000** $125.00** 135,000**
26 Abe & Louie’s, Boston 15,477,503 200/50 $79.00 217,720 34.3
27 Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas 15,000,000** $90.00** 230,000**
28 Blue Water Grill, New York City 15,000,000** $60.00** 310,000**
29 SkyCity at the Needle, Seattle 14,956,627 $56.00 265,000 15
30 The Four Seasons, New York City 14,900,000** $120.00** 150,000**
31 Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 14,855,615 500/75 $45.30 569,617 21
32 China Grill, Las Vegas 14,700,000** $65.00** 250,000**
33 Craftsteak, Las Vegas 14,500,000** 320/79 $75.00** 130,000**
34 Gladstone’s Malibu, Los Angeles 14,400,000** $25.00** 590,000**
35 Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, Chicago 14,239,166 205/65 $51.27 244,003 34.6
36 The Manor, West Orange, N.J. 14,200,000** $70.00** 212,000**
37 Top of the World, Las Vegas 14,000,000** $65.00** 345,000**
38 The Milleridge Inn, Jericho, N.Y. 13,964,064 $42.00 383,241 11.1
39 Venus de Milo Restaurant, Swansea, Mass. 13,956,744 300/50 $30.00 500,000 20
40 Phillips Harborplace, Baltimore 13,750,831 $28.70 479,190 12.3
41 Coffee Shop, New York City 13,447,478 225/50 $21.46 388,000 33
42 Redeye Grill, New York City 13,414,625 268/27 $53.50 271,250 24
43 Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth, Mich. 13,139,151 1400/100 $13.85 948,675 9.9
44 Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, New York City 13,100,000** 269/65 $46.83 384,000 26.1
45 St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis 13,076,161 320/40 $76.63 179,650 26
46 Chops/Lobster Bar, Atlanta 13,023,508 300/41 $75.00 173,646
47 Alex, Las Vegas 13,000,000** $125.00** 100,000**
48 Spice Market, New York City 13,000,000** $65.00** 300,000**
49 Cafe Fiorello, New York City 12,904,158 210/18 $38.00 352,893 27
50 Trattoria Dell’Arte, New York City 12,819,640 180/16 $51.50 268,306 28
51 Carmine’s (44th Street), New York City 12,800,000** $37.00** 530,000**
52 Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Uncasville, Conn. 12,700,000** $72.00** 200,000**
53 Rock Center Cafe, New York City 12,460,348 185/18 $38.50 314,740 16
54 Harry Caray’s Restaurant, Chicago 12,406,000 200/133 $40.00 490,000 30
55 China Grill, New York City 12,400,000** $58.00** 240,000**
56 Shaw’s Crab House, Chicago 12,400,000** $46.00** 366,000**
57 Asia deCuba, New York City 12,300,000** $62.00** 200,000**
58 California Grill, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 12,300,000 265/47 $54.24 226,795 30
59 Daniel Boulud Brasserie, Las Vegas 12,200,000** $80.00** 200,000**
60 The Angus Barn, Raleigh, N.C. 12,147,600 550/150 $52.04 233,460 24
61 The Slanted Door, San Francisco 12,100,000** $46.00** 275,000**
62 Harris Ranch Restaurant, Coalinga, Calif. 12,054,520 350/130 $20.24 595,573 11
63 Portland City Grill, Portland, Ore. 12,030,500 211/164 $38.00 345,000 39
64 Aquarium, Kemah, Texas 12,000,000** $35.00** 300,000**
65 Daniel, New York City 12,000,000** $110.00** 100,000**
66 Ono, New York City 12,000,000** $70.00** 160,000**
67 III Forks, Dallas 11,906,992 585/50 $75.00 158,527 29
68 Maloney & Porcelli, New York City 11,900,000** $88.00** 155,000**
69 George’s California Modern, La Jolla, Calif. 11,800,000** $58.00** 255,000**
70 Okada, Las Vegas 11,800,000** $85.00** 140,000**
71 Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse, Cincinnati, Ohio 11,793,321 600/120 $28.00 512,000 23
72 Boulevard, San Francisco 11,750,000 180/20 $78.00 195,000 30
73 Cliff House, San Francisco 11,737,668 186/58 $49.32 333,171 22.7
74 Emeril’s, Orlando 11,700,000** $58.00** 290,000**
75 Mike’s American, Springfield, Va. 11,635,714 330/30 $25.50 475,000 15
76 Kowloon, Saugus, Mass. 11,628,000 600/100 $17.50 675,000** 20
77 Aureole, Las Vegas 11,600,000** $110.00** 120,000**
78 Gotham Bar & Grill, New York City 11,600,000** $92.00** 153,000**
79 Zeffirino Ristorante, Las Vegas 11,597,295 280/50 $68.50 169,303 15
80 Eiffel Tower, Las Vegas 11,500,000** $80.00** 190,000**
81 Harley-Davidson Cafe, Las Vegas 11,400,000** $32.00** 430,000**
82 Coastal Flats, Fairfax, Va. 11,323,024 250/30 $25.00 405,000 30
83 Bryant Park Grill, New York City 11,300,000** $48.00** 255,000**
84 Spago, Las Vegas 11,300,000** $50.00** 360,000**
85 Montgomery Inn, Cincinnati, Ohio 11,240,711 700/120 $27.50 500,000
86 Anthony’s Pier 4, Boston 11,200,000** $46.00** 425,000**
87 Salty’s on Alki Beach, Seattle 11,187,836 $48.00 200,000** 21
88 Daniel’s Broiler, Prime Steaks & Chops, Bellevue, Wash. 11,186,843 134/87 $82.96 93,941 33.9
89 AquaKnox, Las Vegas 11,128,922 225/35 $91.25 118,000 33
90 Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, Fla. 11,100,000** $54.00** 185,000**
91 The Modern, New York City 11,000,000** 240/98 $75.00** 300,000**
92 Sequoia, Washington, D.C. 11,000,000** $42.00** 600,000**
93 Tower Oaks Lodge, Rockville, Md. 10,968,810 405/120 $21.00 521,000 27
94 The Clubhouse, Oak Brook, Ill. 10,928,942 $32.00 444,000 31
95 Bone’s, Atlanta 10,900,000** $80.00** 160,000**
96 Taste of Texas, Houston 10,900,000** $33.00** 340,000**
97 The Lobster House, Cape May, N.J. 10,624,347 500/24 $28.00 268,175 15
98 Farallon, San Francisco 10,600,000** $72.00** 165,000**
99 Atlanta Fish Market, Atlanta 10,488,625 350/55 $45.00 233,080
100 Anthony’s Fish Grotto, San Diego 10,448,649 $23.94 471,186 10.3
** denotes R&I estimate

May 14, 2007

Fun with Statistics

"Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait"
Photos By Chris Jordan


Depicts 60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.


Depicts 2.5 million plastic bottles, the number used in the US every hour.




Depicts 426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.



Check out more pictures at the link listed below:

http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id=7

May 11, 2007

PlanetBargains.com


Great website for those hard to find special offer codes. Check out who's running specials and how to redeem for discounts. Includes companies like Dell, FootLocker, 800-Flowers, Travelocity and more!

http://www.planetbargains.com/

Crazy for Corks


This website highlights artwork created with wine/champagne corks. How many bottle did it take to make that chair? I want that.

http://lovemyearth.blogspot.com/2007/05/crazy-for-corks.html

Shoot a Real Live Iraqi Over The Internet


"Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal has locked himself into a studio with live webcams for the month of May and is inviting you to shoot at him via your computer and the internet. Log on, aim and fire, and if you're good enough the round from the paintball gun will splatter him with faux blood." For now, the server is down - put check back for his return.

Link: http://75.57.160.175/


SOURCE: BoingBoing.com, 5/11/07

May 10, 2007

Incredible Basketball Shot



How is that possible? wow.

REAL Tornado Video

Captured on home video in Oklahoma - these people are lucky to be alive. I'll take an earthquake over that any day.

Bad Parenting

This video is crazy!!! Even if that cobra has been defanged, that's not cool.

Computer Technology Breakdown

Ever wonder how computer technology fits together . . . I love visuals.

May 9, 2007

Conan O'Briens visit to Intel HQ

Last week, the tall, red-haired talk show host Conan O'Brien taped an entire week of his Late Show at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. While he was in town, evidently Intel (one of the shows sponsors) invited Conan to come down and tour their Silicon Valley headquarters. Check out the video below:

May 7, 2007

Nudist Photographer - Mexico

Over the weekend, an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 volunteer nude models joined artist Spencer Tunick in Mexico City for a photo opportunity unlike any you've ever seen before. Known for his nude 'photo-shoots' Spencer broke his previous record of 7,000 nudes shot in Barcelona.

Tunick, a New Yorker who was arrested multiple times when he began staging large-scale nude photo shoots in the early 1990s, has since become one of the world's best-known photographers. He has posed nudes in front of a statue of Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, filled the streets of Montreal and Sao Paulo, Brazil, with them and marched them through a London department store.

What I'm thinking is - out of 20,000 nude mexican's, one or two had to be good looking. Right?

SOURCE: SFGate.com, 5/7/07





Don't laugh ???

David Hasselhoff - Drunk Video

Shot by his own daughter - this video shows the BayWatch star in top form - drunk, laying on the floor eating what appears to be the entrails of a cheeseburger. My initial reaction - could this be a clever PR stunt??? It made MY blog didn't it? Hats off to the Hoff.

May 4, 2007

Wells Fargo to Buy Greater Bay Bancorp




Today, Greater Bay Bancorp announced that they will be aquired by Wells Fargo Bank - pending board approval on both sides. I copied the article from today's Wall Street Journal below.


Wells Fargo Agrees to Acquire
Greater Bay Bancorp for $1.5 Billion

By MIKE BARRIS
May 4, 2007 9:15 a.m.

Wells Fargo & Co. Friday said it agreed to acquire Greater Bay Bancorp, a bank-holding company in the San Francisco Bay area, in a stock deal the companies valued at roughly $1.5 billion.

The deal targets Greater Bay's stock price at $28.50 a share. That is actually a discount to Thursday's closing price of $29.54. However, Greater Bay's stock price rose 11.6%, or $3.08, in Thursday trading, ahead of the merger announcement.

In recent pre-market trading, Greater Bay shares were at $28.20. Wells shares were unchanged at $35.84.

Greater Bay, East Palo Alto, Calif., has $7.4 billion in assets and more than 1,800 employees. It has 41 banking locations in the San Francisco Bay area under such names such as Mid-Peninsula Bank, Bank of Petaluma, Golden Gate Bank, Coast Commercial Bank, Peninsula Bank of Commerce, Mount Diablo National Bank, and Santa Clara Valley National Bank.

Greater Bay also owns ABD Insurance and Financial Services, an insurance broker with locations on the West Coast, and Matsco Financial Corp., a national lender primarily to veterinarians and dentists.

Under the agreement, expected to close in the fourth quarter, Greater Bay shareholders will receive an amount of Wells shares based on Wells's stock price. The measurement price will equal the average price of a Wells share for the 10 trading days preceding Greater Bay's shareholder meeting, at which Greater Bay holders will vote on the transaction.

If the Wells measurement price is greater than $32.175 and less than $39.325, the exchange ratio will be determined by dividing $28.50 by the measurement price, the companies said.

If the Wells measurement price is equal to or less than $32.175, then the exchange ratio will be 0.8858. If the Wells measurement price is greater than or equal to $39.325, then the exchange ratio will be 0.7247.

Assuming a Wells measurement price between $32.175 and $39.325, the total value of the transaction would be approximately $1.5 billion, based on Greater Bay's shares on a fully diluted basis, the companies said.

San Francisco-based Wells, a diversified financial services company, has assets of $486 billion. It provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through more than 6,000 locations and its Web site across North America and internationally.

Separately, Greater Bay posted first-quarter net income of $17.8 million, or 31 cents a share, compared with $26.2 million, or 46 cents a share, a year earlier.

The latest results included professional-servcies expenses of $1.5 million for strategic planning and $700,000 of pension-related expenses. First-quarter results also included $1.4 million in compensation expense, related to prior periods, and $400,000 in tax expense. The expenses were offset by a $1.5 million mark-to-market gain in the value of the company's venture capital and equity securities.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial were looking for first-quarter earnings, excluding items, of 39 cents a share.

May 3, 2007

David Elsewhere - aka. 'Rubber Man'

David Elsewhere is made of putty. Check out his moves . . .



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Tom Green Raps for Too Short

Whatever happened to this guy??? And how'd he get Too Short to hang out with him??? Here is Tom showing Too Short some of his own 'playerisms.' Check it:

50 Cent Mansion - For Sale


The 52-room mansion that rapper 50 Cent has called home for more than three years, an estate once owned by boxer Mike Tyson, is up for sale.

The rap artist (real name: Curtis James Jackson III) bought the 48,000-plus-square-foot house in September 2003 for $4.1 million.

Since buying the mansion, 50 Cent has reportedly spent up to $6 million renovating the house, including adding a helicopter pad.

Curt Clemens, owner of Century 21 Clemens & Sons in Hartford, told the Hartford Courant Wednesday that he toured the house a few months ago after being contacted by representatives of the rapper who said he wanted to sell the property.

Clemens, who was the listing agent on the house when it was owned by Tyson, said that he was notified a few weeks ago that another real estate agent would be handling the sale.

"I was surprised it hadn't come on the market because we were expecting it," Clemens said. "He's put a lot into it, and it's all very tasteful, except the stripper poles."

SOURCE: SFGate.com, 5/3/07