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Day February 12, 2009

If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe’s

Unauthorized commercial for Trader Joe’s shot on my Palm Treo before I accidentally ran over it with my car.

(via J-Walk)

Construction Fail

One of the hotels in Vegas’ Project CityCenter just got a hell of a lot shorter:

What if they had shorted the Empire State Building by a couple of football fields?

Or gave the Great Pyramid a flattop? Or built the Eiffel Platform?

Size certainly isn’t everything when it comes to buildings, of course. But the impact of many iconic structures is in their sheer stature. That is why it’s so startling — disappointing, even — that the Harmon hotel, CityCenter’s gateway to the Las Vegas Strip, has suddenly been cut down to about half its intended size.

Topping out at 28 stories instead of the proposed 49, the incredible shrinking Harmon seems unfortunately fated to look like a stubby, squashed stepchild next to its soaring CityCenter siblings, the 61-story Aria Resort & Casino and the 57-story Vdara condo-hotel.

That is the result of construction flaws — 15 floors of wrongly installed rebar — that forced MGM Mirage, which is developing the project with Dubai World, to rapidly call for a significant reduction of the nongaming boutique hotel. MGM Mirage canceled the Harmon’s 207-unit condominium component — the top half of the building — and postponed the opening of the hotel to late 2010.

The South Is Still a Bit Pissy About Lincoln

From the AP:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Nearly 150 years after the Civil War’s end, the South still is no Land of Lincoln.

Most states in the old Confederacy are decidedly low-key as the nation commemorates the 200-year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, with a handful of museum exhibits and lectures among the modest events marking the occasion in the Deep South.

The national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission encouraged states to create panels to design commemorative Lincoln events surrounding Thursday’s anniversary. Twenty-three states did so. But of the 11 states that seceded from the Union in 1860 and 1861, only Louisiana and Alabama did so, according to David Early, with the federal commission.

Sushi Conveyor Camera

We placed a camera on a conveyor at a Tokyo/Asakasa sushi bar named Maguro-bito(near the Nakamise Shopping Arcade). It was about 9pm and the place was packed with great people.

Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman

And for a bonus clip let’s throw in Crispin Glover’s appearance:

Mummy To the Rescue

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(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

Nearly all people stand in great horror of annihilation, and yet to give up your individuality is to annihilate yourself. Mental slavery is mental death, and every man who has given up his intellectual freedom is the living coffin of his dead soul. In this sense, every church is a cemetery and every creed an epitaph.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Individuality” (1873)

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