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Day March 12, 2008

Flickr Images As They Are Uploaded

Flickervision.

Anchor VS. Reporter

Free Burritos at Chipotles in Harvard Square

A little rain isn’t going to stop people from lining up for free burritos.

Alice’s Wonderland (Disney’s Laugh O’Gram, 1923)

(I’m reading Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination and I’m up to where he’s teaming up with Ubbe Iwwerks to create the Alice series)

Alice and the firefighters (Disney, 1926)

Balloon Dresses

Balloon dresses.

(via Spiral Pocus)

Improv Everywhere: Food Court Musical

Improv Everywhere’s latest.

(via GeekPress)

Recipe of the Day: Fool’s Gold Loaf

From Thrillest.com comes the recipe for one of Elvis’ favorite sandwiches:

Fool’s Gold Loaf

- 1 loaf Italian white bread
- 2 tbsps butter
- 1 lb lean bacon
- 1 jar smooth peanut butter
- 1 jar grape jelly
Serves: Elvis (8-10 people)

The house specialty of the now defunct Colorado Gold Mine Company restaurant, legend has it Elvis flew from Memphis to Denver late one night just to down one of these 42,000-calorie monsters. Despite the added weight, the plane made it back.

Wise men say only fools rush in to a sandwich like this, but you can’t help risking a massive coronary to try it:

Cooking: Slather the butter all over the loaf’s entire exterior surface. Then toss it onto a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for around 15 minutes or until browned. Meanwhile, fry the bacon — lean, for “health” purposes.

Assembly: Slice the loaf lengthwise, then hollow it out, for ample room to glob on the entire jars of peanut butter and jelly. Carefully arrange the bacon slices over the PB&J (presentation is everything). Close the loaf, and prepare yourself for kingly transcendence.

There’s even a Wikipedia entry about the Fool’s Gold Loaf:

On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley was at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver Colorado police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado’s Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the sandwich and Elvis decided he wanted one right then. The Mine Company was a five-star restaurant known for its rip-roaring parties and as the ‘place’ to be seen at the time. Elvis had been to the restaurant before while in Denver. Kennedy and Pietrafeso were friends of the owners and hung out there often, so they were driven to the Memphis airport and boarded Elvis’s private jet, the Lisa Marie, and flew the two hours to Denver. When they arrived in Denver at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, Buck Scott, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool’s Gold Loaves for the men. They spent three hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches, washing them down with Perrier and champagne. Typical of Elvis’s generosity, he invited the pilots of the plane, Milo High and Elwood Davis, to join them. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever having left the airport.

Simon’s Cat ‘Cat Man Do’

(Thanks Theanderblast)

GoDaddy Silences Police-Watchdog Site RateMyCop.com

From Wired:

A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops.

Visitors to RateMyCop.com on Tuesday were redirected to a GoDaddy page reading, “Oops!!!”, which urged the site owner to contact GoDaddy to find out why the company pulled the plug.

RateMyCop founder Gino Sesto says he was given no notice of the suspension. When he called GoDaddy, the company told him that he’d been shut down for “suspicious activity.”

When Sesto got a supervisor on the phone, the company changed its story and claimed the site had surpassed its 3 terabyte bandwidth limit, a claim that Sesto says is nonsense. “How can it be overloaded when it only had 80,00 page views today, and 400,000 yesterday?”

Police departments became uneasy about RateMyCop’s plans to watch the watchers in January, when the Culver City, California, startup began issuing public information requests for lists of uniformed officers.

Then the site went live on February 28th. It stores the names and, in some cases, badge numbers of over 140,000 cops in as many as 500 police departments, and allows users to post comments about police they’ve interacted with, and rate them. The site garnered media interest this week as cops around the country complained that they’d be put at risk if their names were on the internet.

RateMyCop.com is back online today.


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