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Day January 12, 2011

Haiti, one year later

From The Big Picture:

It’s been one year since the earth shook so violently below Port-au-Prince, Haiti, destroying and damaging hundreds of thousands of buildings and lives in mere moments. Twelve months of struggle and heartache have followed, with very little progress to show so far. Only five percent of the rubble has been cleared as crippling “indecision” has stalled reconstruction efforts, a recent report by humanitarian group Oxfam said. It’s not clear when Haiti will be fully rebuilt, with five years needed just to rehouse the government, a top minister recently told an AFP reporter. On this somber anniversary, here are some photos of (and by) Haitians as they continue to cope with the aftermath of such a massive disaster.

Heebie Jeebie Vid of the Night

(via Slog)

Ex-Homeless Radio Voice Guy Checking Into Rehab

This is not going to end well.

Jeff Bridges Visits a Lebowski Themed Store

In this clip from “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” airing nationally Wednesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. (check local listings), Bridges visits the shop in New York’s Greenwich Village called The Little Lebowski dedicated to collector items for The Big Lebowski and explains how he first got involved acting for the Coen Brothers.

(via Kottke)

Turkeys vs. Laser Pointer

(via DoobyBrain)

Car catches fire on live TV

Palin: Critics create ‘blood libel’ after Tucson shooting

She really needs to just go away:

Sarah Palin posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page early Wednesday, accusing journalists and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly Arizona shooting that gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Last spring, Palin targeted Giffords’ district as one of 20 that should be taken back. Palin has been criticized for marking each district with the cross hairs of a gun sight.

In the video posted Wednesday, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate said vigorous debates are a cherished tradition. But she said after the election, both sides find common ground, even though they disagree.

“But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible,” she said.

Does she know what a blood libel is?

The term “blood libel” is the false allegation that Jews kill non-Jews, especially Christian children, to acquire blood for the Passover or other Jewish rituals, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. It has been used in other contexts, and Palin’s meaning was not clear. Her aides did not immediately respond to an e-mail early Wednesday.

(Thanks Piri)

The Ketchup Dispensing Robot

Awww, it’s like they made it specifically to my ketchup specifications. Everywhere.

(via Boing Boing)


I’m stuck at home without power, heat or hot water. Power went off at about 4am. I have no idea when I’m getting it back.


First off, thanks to Angry Sam and the people who emailed me to notify me that something on the site was setting off their anti-virus software. Of course, this happened when I had no power so I couldn’t do anything about it until now. I tracked down the problem though and the Comment Rating plugin was pushing some kind of trojan. I’ve deleted the comment ratings for the foreseeable future. (Abbi will be pleased). If anybody runs into a problem with their anti-virus software going nuts when you come to this site, please email me immediately.

And I now have power. Woohoo. First thing I did when power resumed was to start the coffee maker. I may have a problem.

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