The Man Who Owns the Internet
|9:21:23 PM, Sunday, January 23, 2011|
“Kevin Ham is the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of, reports Business 2.0 Magazine. Here's how the master of Web domains built a $300 million empire.
Kevin Ham leans forward, sits up tall, closes his eyes, and begins to type -- into the air. He's seated along the rear wall of a packed ballroom in Las Vegas's Venetian Hotel. Up front, an auctioneer is running through a list of Internet domain names, building excitement the same way he might if vintage cars were on the block.
As names come up that interest Ham, he occasionally air-types. It's the ultimate gut check. Is the name one that people might enter directly into their Web browser, bypassing the search engine box entirely, as Ham wants? Is it better in plural or singular form? If it's a typo, is it a mistake a lot of people would make? Or does the name, like a stunning beachfront property, just feel like a winner?
When Ham wants a domain, he leans over and quietly instructs an associate to bid on his behalf. He likes wedding names, so his guy lifts the white paddle and snags Weddingcatering.com for $10,000. Greeting.com is not nearly as good as the plural Greetings.com, but Ham grabs it anyway, for $350,000.
Ham is a devout Christian, and he spends $31,000 to add Christianrock.com to his collection, which already includes God.com and Satan.com. When it's all over, Ham strolls to the table near the exit and writes a check for $650,000. It's a cheap afternoon…”
-- This guy can make domain shopping real hell, but one must also admire the business savvy.
Full-Arm Louis Vuitton Tattoo
|9:04:25 PM, Sunday, January 23, 2011|
-- No comment.
Best Burn Out Ever
|9:11:45 PM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
-- EVER. Skip ahead to 6:38 for the good stuff. Lots of one wheel wonders.
Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2011
|4:17:30 PM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
-- I know I know, old news, but someone actually asked me for a clip like this the other day, so here it is. I love Ricky Gervais, he turned another bullshit award show into a roast and Hollywood hates him right now and probably will for awhile still...haha Watch all the best jabs here and if you think he went too far, please keep this quote by him, made before the show, in mind when you watch it and be glad he did not go with his original idea for the intro as per his interview with Conan:
"Gervais, a 2004 Golden Globe winner for starring in the original British version of "The Office," promises he'll never host the Globes again.
"You know I said that last time," he replied. "I mean, who knows? I want to do either such a bad job I'm not invited back, or such a good job that I don't want to do it again."
The Egg in the Middle of City by Ali Erturk
|3:00:28 PM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
PROMISES, PROMISES: Scrutiny of Afghan No-Bid Deal
|2:58:31 PM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
“WASHINGTON – The U.S. awarded a no-bid, $266 million contract for a lucrative electricity project in southern Afghanistan despite promising last year to seek competitive bids, The Associated Press has learned.
The U.S. Agency for International Development made the change despite criticism over how it has managed billions of dollars spent on reconstruction contracts.
In January 2010, the agency said companies would compete for the project, which was awarded to Black & Veatch Corp. of Overland Park, Kan. USAID had chastised the company for cost overruns and busted deadlines on a diesel-fueled power plant in Kabul.
But the U.S. let 10 months pass before deciding to award a contract without competitive bids, saying that it couldn't spend more time seeking offers.
A rival company that was interested in bidding, Symbion Power LLC of Washington, D.C., said USAID broke its promise and spent more than it should to expand electricity into Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
"I was stunned because of the cost of it," Symbion chief executive Paul Hinks said.
The no-bid contract comes as the independent Commission on Wartime Contracting is examining how wisely billions of U.S. money is being spent and how well contractors are being supervised in Afghanistan. USAID and Black & Veatch executives are scheduled to testify Monday at a commission hearing…”
Two Roads To Courage
|4:07:34 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
-- via tylerriewer.tumblr.com
Suicide Girls Love Letter to Belle and Sebastian
|3:44:47 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
-- NSFW. Not for the dangerously conservative or the prude of heart... ;)
A New Technology For Viewing 3D Without Glasses
|3:37:42 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
-- I saw this a few days ago, so I am assuming some of you probably have come across it already. Opinions? Would you use it?
Tommy Ton's Street Style
|3:30:55 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
GQ: The latest dispatch from our street-shooting man at the shows.
-- Photographer Tommy Ton is at Pitti Uomo, the menswear extravaganza in Florence, and is photographing some of the slickest men in the world for GQ. Go here for your fashion inspiration.
Led Zeppelin - Black Dog
|3:00:05 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
25 Tons of Bombs Wipe Afghan Town Off Map
|2:42:44 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
“An American-led military unit pulverized an Afghan village in Kandahar’s Arghandab River Valley in October, after it became overrun with Taliban insurgents. It’s hard to understand how turning an entire village into dust fits into America’s counterinsurgency strategy — which supposedly prizes the local people’s loyalty above all else.
But it’s the latest indication that Gen. David Petraeus, the counterinsurgency icon, is prosecuting a frustrating war with surprising levels of violence. Some observers already fear a backlash brewing in the area.
Paula Broadwell, a West Point graduate and Petraeus biographer, described the destruction of Tarok Kolache in a guest post for Tom Ricks’ Foreign Policy blog. Or, at least, she described its aftermath: Nothing remains of Tarok Kolache after Lt. Col. David Flynn, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 1-320th, made a fateful decision in October.
His men had come under relentless assault from homemade bombs emanating from the village, where a Taliban “intimidation campaign [chased] the villagers out” to create a staging ground for attacking the task force. With multiple U.S. amputations the result of the Taliban hold over Tarok Kolache, Flynn’s men were “terrified to go back into the pomegranate orchards to continue clearing [the area]; it seemed like certain death.”
After two failed attempts at clearing the village resulted in U.S and Afghan casualties, Flynn’s response was to take the village out. He ordered a mine-clearing line charge, using rocket-propelled explosives to create a path into the center of Tarok Kolache.
And that was for starters, Broadwell writes. Airstrikes from A-10s and B-1s combined with powerful ground-launched rockets on Oct. 6 to batter the village with “49,200 lbs. of ordnance” — which she writes, resulted in “NO CIVCAS,” meaning no civilians dead…”
White Shadow by Lupinicious
|2:36:35 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
Rat Killer of Washington Square Park, NYC
|2:18:38 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
-- So this is kind of wrong, but that dog is badass... When he zooms on the cut, that was apparently caused by one of the rats' neck bones snapping and piercing the dog's gums. Oh and Washington Square Park is a pretty damn dirty place.
Quantum Robins Lead the Way
|2:08:34 AM, Saturday, January 22, 2011|
"Did you know that the humble robin uses quantum physics?
Researchers have been investigating the mechanism which enables birds to detect the Earth's magnetic field to help them navigate over vast distances. This ability, known as magnetoreception, has been linked to chemical reactions inside birds' eyes.
Now a team from Oxford University and Singapore believe that this 'compass' is making use of something called quantum coherence.
In a forthcoming article in Physical Review Letters the team report how they anaylsed data from an experiment by Oxford and Frankfurt scientists on robins.
The experiment showed that the magnetic compass used by robins could be distrupted by extremely small levels of magnetic 'noise'. When this noise, a tiny oscillating magnetic field, was introduced it completely disabled the Robins' compass sense which then returned to normal once the noise was removed - good news for robins which have to navigate on the long migration route to Scandinavia and Africa and back every year.
In their analysis the Oxford/Singapore team show that only a system with components operating at a quantum level would be this sensitive to such a small amount of noise…”
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