Question of the Day

What restaurant do you love for the ambience?

The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, FL has to be my favorite above all others. First of all, it’s tiki themed which gives it the kitsch factor that I love. It’s dark inside almost to the point that you need a flashlight to read the menu. It’s lit only by a few lanterns and when the person at the table next to you orders a rum soaked dessert that is set ablaze. The decor consists of various tiki heads, hawaiian paintings and thatch making it a tiki-themed heaven (or hell if you hate polynesian themed restaurants). As a bonus they have a kick ass polynesian themed show and the food is pretty damn good albeit a bit on the pricey side.

And as a bonus, the outdoor gardens are spectacular, especially at night when they’re lit up by torches. And if I’m not mistaken, they do have outside seating in the gardens.

I also love the ambience in The Peppermill on the Strip in Vegas. A weird mix of patrons including locals, big wigs, and tourists all go to The Peppermill. The inside is neon and fake trees which gives an old time Vegas feel at a time when those places are almost all gone.

Jesse Ventura Pwning Elizabeth Hasselbeck

Jesse Ventura vs. super christian Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I’m kind of surprised that some people are shocked that most of these christian fundies support torture. Waterboarding is nothing compared to the torture/execution device that they wear around their necks. I’ll take simulated drowning over slow strangulation any day of the week and twice on their sabbath.

Potato Portraits

From Ginou Choueiri:

I chose the potato to portray human faces because of the many striking parallels. Not only is their skin porous like ours, but their skin texture and color is very similar, and like us, they come in different sizes, shapes and forms. Potatoes grow, live, and then decay, mirroring the ephemeral existence and fragility of our own human nature.

(via Ektopia)

A Field Guide To Freeway Interchanges

From The Infrastructurist:

Everybody knows what a cloverleaf looks like — but could you identify a volleyball, a double trumpet, or a “spooey” if you drove on one in the course of your highway travels? These are among the distinctive designs that transportation engineers have conjured up to keep traffic flowing and motorists headed in the right direction when major roads intersect.

For your driverly edification, we’ve compiled photo examples of more than 2o different kinds of strange and delightful highway interchanges found both here in the US and abroad. In fact, right now stimulus dollars are being spent t0 build or upgrade many interchanges into one of these forms.

(via Boing Boing)

Egyptian Pig Slaughter

This video was too sickening for me to watch more than 30 seconds.

A film showing the destruction of pigs in Egypt has caused an uproar. The independent daily, Al-Masri Al-Yom, this weekend posted a video on YouTube that many may find shocking: a hundred pigs thrown into a dumpster, gassed and buried in lime. Egypt continues to massacre its pig population to guard against the A/H1N1 influenza, even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has not identified a single case of direct contamination from pigs to humans.

This unprecedented measure has provoked strong reactions in the country. Both Muslim and Christian intellectuals have accused President Hosni Mubarak for supporting the Islamist opposition Muslim Brotherhood who have been campaigning against pigs in “Islam-land.” About 10 per cent of the Egyptian population is made up of Coptic Christians who consume pork products. Leaders of the three Egyptian churches, have described the elimination of “live” pigs as “barbaric and ruthless”. According to Fathi Sorour, Speaker of Parliament, the killing of pigs must be done in a more “civilised way”, reported Al Masri Al-Yom.

Mohamed el-Mougharbil, deputy mayor of Khassous, near Cairo, is seen in the video explaining how the animals are crammed into trucks before being sprayed with chemicals, slowly causing their death. “The pigs are sprayed with chemicals and left for 30 to 40 minutes to die after which they are thrown into a pit,” said the head of the discharge, Ali Shaaban. The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture has denied the claims, according to them the chemicals are “disinfectants. Pigs are slaughtered before being buried,” head of the department for infectious diseases, Saber Abdel Aziz Gala, told the AFP.

But as seen in the film, animals thrown into the lime do not show any trace of blood. In her report, Heba Nasredine, a journalist with the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Hebdo, corroborates Saber Abdel Aziz Gala’s account of the mass slaughter. She however notes that “only boars are killed in accordance with the rules (Islamic).” “Piglets and sows are knocked down with an iron bar and left to bleed until they die in their owners’ vehicles,” she says. But again, the vidoe shows a different story.

(via J-Walk)