Headline Of The Day

September 30, 2009

NYT HOTDChina Tries To Ward Off Rain At Festivities” (NYT)

Ohhh, China.

Burj Dubai Versus The Empire State Building And Dubai, You Are Stupid

September 28, 2009

Skyscraper followers will be happy to know that the Burj Dubai, although not completely finished, has topped out at the official height of 2,684 feet (that’s, like, half a mile) and is now officially the tallest building on the planet!

Burj Dubai Relative Height

If you’re having trouble wrapping your mind around those numbers, you’re not the only one.  Here’s some help:

burj dubai in midtown new york


The folks over at This Is The Green Room did some computations to compare the views of midtown New York from the Empire State Building to the same view were it from the Burj Dubai.  The difference is staggering:

empire state building southern view
empire state building souther view - burj dubai height

Additional, similar comparisons here.

While all of this is plenty fascinating, one has to remember that the geography of Dubai in no way required such an outlandishly expensive  (impractical?) structure and since Dubai’s building craze was conducted with the same zeal as a 6-year-old pursuing ice cream, the country is basically in a big fat bankruptcy clusterfuck right now.

Oh, and note to Dubai: before you try to make the world’s new vacation destination, you may want to take a step back and realize that Islamic law prohibits just about EVERYTHING THE REST OF THE WORLD ENJOYS DOING ON VACATION. Just sayin’.

And lastly in my “Dubai, You Are Stupid” rant, is this little video from Gizmodo. What do you get when you build the world’s tallest building in a fucking desert?!  Really, really dusty windows.  And dusty windows need cleaning.

More on the Burj Dubai at Wikipedia

The Killers’s “All These Things I’ve Done” Covered For Charity

September 15, 2009

War Child, the international network of charities that work to improve the lives of children affected by war, has pulled together some up-and-coming UK musicians for a follow-up single to their “War Child: Heroes, Vol. 1” disc of earlier this year.

The artists, collectively known as the Young Soul Rebels, tackle a slightly-reworked “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers, focusing on the love it or hate it “I got soul but I’m not a soldier” chorus.

The Young Soul Rebels consist of N-Dubz, Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder, Frankmusik, V.V. Brown, Kid British, Chipmun, Mpho, McLean, Ironik, Domino Go, Bashy, Egypt, and the London Community Gospel Choir.

The MP3 will be available Oct 19.

Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” Documentary Trailer Premiers

September 14, 2009


Vodpod videos no longer available.

This film is going to make me really sad for what those concerts could have been.

VMA Tribute To Michael Jackson

September 14, 2009

Very well done, MTV.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

PS: Janet’s new single, “Make Me”, which “pays loving tribute to” Michael’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”, is currently streaming on Janet’s website.

Yet Another “Family Values” Republican Caught With His Pants Down

September 9, 2009

michael duvallI find all this hypocrisy very tiring, so I’ll just summarize:

– Republican Assemblyman from California Michael D. Duvall
– Married with two kids
– Pro “family values” and supported anti-gay Prop 8
–  While waiting for a legislative session to start, was caught on a live mic speaking to a colleague about the graphic details of the affair he is having
– The affair is with a lobbyist.
– He just resigned.  (And I guess that gets a pat on the back these days?)

Sigh.  It’s becoming all so predictable, isn’t it?

Video from the local news, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Cash For (American) Clunkers

August 27, 2009

Top “Clunker” Trade-Ins

usa flag thumbnail 1. Ford Explorer
usa flag thumbnail 2. Ford F-150 Pickup (2WD)
usa flag thumbnail 3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
usa flag thumbnail 4. Ford Explorer
usa flag thumbnail 5. Dodge Caravan/Gr. Caravan
usa flag thumbnail 6. Jeep Cherokee
usa flag thumbnail 7. Chevrolet Blazer
usa flag thumbnail 8. Chevrolet C1500 pickup
usa flag thumbnail 9. Ford F-150 (4WD)
usa flag thumbnail 10. Ford Windstar

Top Sellers

japan flag thumbnail 1. Toyota Corolla
japan flag thumbnail 2. Honda Civic
japan flag thumbnail 3. Toyota Camry
usa flag thumbnail 4. Ford Focus
south korea flag thumbnail 5. Hyundai Elantra
japan flag thumbnail 6. Nissan Versa
japan flag thumbnail 7. Toyota Prius
japan flag thumbnail 8. Honda Accord
japan flag thumbnail 9. Honda Fit
usa flag thumbnail 10. Ford Escape

Well done, Japanese!