Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
*From The London Times:*
Outside the Bristol Zoo, in England, there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 coaches, or buses. It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine charging cars $1.40 and coaches $7.00.
This parking attendant worked there solid for all of 25 years.
Then, one day, he just didn't turn up for work.
"Well", said Bristol Zoo Management, "we'd better phone City Council and get them to send a new parking attendant."
"Aahhh ... no", said the Council, "that parking lot is your responsibility."
"No", said Bristol Zoo Management, "the attendant was employed by the City Council. Wasn't he?"
"NO!" insisted the Council. "We thought he was your employee all of these years."
Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, or on a white sandy beach somewhere, is a bloke who had been taking the parking lot fees, estimated at about $560 per day at the Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over $7 million!
And no one even knows his name.
Golden. Simply golden
Sunday, July 26, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
It was assumed he was called "King James" because he reigns on the basketball court. But maybe LeBron James earned that nickname due to his tyrannical ways (in dealing with embarrassment).
On Monday, Jordan Crawford, a sophomore at Xavier (by way of Indiana), reportedly dunked on LeBron during a pick-up game at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Garry Parrish of CBSSports.com wrote that one high school player said, "it was bad". (We can only assume he meant "bad" in the Michael Jackson sort of way.)
LeBron must have agreed, because he had Nike officials confiscate the two videos that were taken of the dunk. (Parrish blames Nike, but reading between the lines it seems like the censorship was orchestrated by LeBron himself.)
Ryan Miller, a freelance photographer who was working at the camp that day, told CBSSports.com:
"LeBron called [Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt] over and told him something," Miller said. "That's how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, 'Hey, Lynn. Come here.'"
A few minutes later, Miller's tape was confiscated.
Connecting the dots, it seems clear that LeBron didn't want video leaking out of him getting dunked on by a college sophomore, so he told a Nike official to get the tape. It was an understandable reflex move (gotta protect the image), but it also unnecessarily makes a mountain out of a molehill.
The Crawford dunk would have been a temporary embarrassment for LeBron. Let's say the video was put on YouTube. It blows up for a bit, dominates blogs for 36 hours, everyone has a good chuckle and then it's forgotten about.
But by censoring the tape, LeBron turns the dunk into a legend. On video, it's just a dunk. Without video, the jam can reach mythic proportions. Because nobody can see it, the story of the dunk will grow in stature with each telling. Today, it was a simple two-handed slam. In a few days, it will be a 360-degree windmill. By the time Crawford makes his Xavier debut in October, he will have jumped off LeBron's shoulders, flipped in the air, slammed the ball home with his left pinkie and then handed LeBron $3.99 for his dry cleaning.
Without the video, we'll never know. Although, given his past history, I think it's safe to say that LeBron probably walked off the court without shaking Crawford's hand.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Graphic design freaks rejoice! Jinsu Park, a korean designer, has designed this concept pen which enables the user to scan a color from any real life object, then use it instantly for drawing. The pen uses RGB inks mixed together by the sensor in order to create the right color. What’s next, the “clone stamp” pen? Actually, that would be sweet…