Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Paper Thin Blog

Suck up goes terribly wrong
Diane Keaton on the Today Show, plugging something or other, and flattering Diane Sawyer on how beautiful she is, said, “I’d like to have lips like that. Then I wouldn’t have worked on my fucking personality.”

A shocked hush subsequently fell over the audience of rapt housewives. Gossip site TMZ, however, was strangely gleeful, and through its auspices the video promptly made the rounds of the Web.

No Country for Old Men
Ike Turner, the man who made the first rock and roll record, “Rocket 88,” and gained infamy as the abusive Tina Turner starmaker, has died at 76, of a cocaine overdose.

No Country for Old Men, II.
I didn’t see the movie, but I read the book. I’ve read everything Cormac McCarthy has written, but I thought this novel was a load. McCarthy makes up this weird psycho killer, who kills people with a cattle prod, and then asks us to believe that his grotesque imagined character is some sort of stand-in for the Universal Evil In Men’s Souls. Hannibal Lecter didn’t even aspire to that.

No Country for Old Readers
Steve Jobs, talking to the New York Times, had an opinion about Amazon’s new book-readin’ gizmo, Kindle: “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

He was interviewed because he had recently unveiled a new paper-thin laptop for the adoring followers at MacWorld. It’s so thin it fits into an envelope, which is how he unveiled it. By removing it from an envelope. Not exactly Moses parting the Red Sea, but it’ll do, I reckon, in these downsized times.

I knew there was a reason I hated this company.
New York Post: "Dov Charney walks around his office in his underwear, sleeps with employees, and calls women bitches, sluts, whores and the c-word - and that's the stuff he admits to."

Dov Charney is the founder of American Apparel. A civil trial is about to begin in Los Angeles in which a former female employee claims that Charney showed up for a meeting with her, wearing nothing but a sock over his penis, and invited her to masturbate. Allegedly. Later, when she informed him she would be talking to a lawyer, he fired her. Allegedly.

American Apparel, in a statement obtained by the Post, said that the "…facts are these: Mr. Charney never harassed Ms. Nelson. Mr. Charney never propositioned Ms. Nelson. The only time he was in his undergarments was for strictly professional reasons....”

Strictly professional reasons? He was showing off the new line of socks, I guess. Or new line of sock, anyway.

Let’s put this one to rest, shall we?
Describing the voters of New Hampshire as “fiercely independent.” What the hell does that mean? Do they tear up ballots with their teeth?

And furthermore, thanks to Google, a trope that really chaps the hindquarters of both me and the Child Bride…
“It might seem like a small technical tweak, but by reducing idling and acceleration the Office of Sustainable Development predicts that in five years 171,786 metric tons of carbon dioxide can be offset, equivalent to taking 34,220 cars off the road for one year.”
Globe and Mail

“The award recognizes Quad/Graphics' leadership in reducing emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from its freight transport activities. In 2006 alone, Quad/Graphics prevented the emission of 11,878 tons of carbon dioxide -- the equivalent of taking 2,332 passenger cars off the road.”
Reuters

“Perhaps you've heard that if every house in Canada exchanged just one incandescent bulb for a compact fluorescent, the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to taking 66,000 cars off the road.”
Sudbury Star

“So far, the housing corporation has spent around $90 million on energy retrofits and thus cut its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 19,000 tonnes – the equivalent of taking about 10,000 cars off the road every year.”
Toronto Star

“More than 425,000 households in Adelaide take part in council kerbside collection of green organics. If just one in every 100 does the wrong thing, that adds up to 4250 bins of contaminated waste. Mr Bowden said the compost industry turned more than 555,000 tonnes of organic material into compost and mulches each year. Taking that out of the general waste stream was equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road a year, because of greenhouse gas savings.”
Adelaide Now

“Ann Arbor is the first U.S. city to convert 100 percent of its downtown streetlights to LED technology. The city anticipates that it will take about 3.8 years for them to see the payback on this investment. This is based on energy savings from products that are expected to burn five times longer than the bulbs being replaced, while requiring less than half the energy. More specifically, each new fixture draws 56 watts, and its bulb is projected to last 10 years, as opposed to the former units that used more than 120 watts and carried a two-year life expectancy. Once fully implemented, this changeover is projected to cut Ann Arbor’s public lighting energy use in half and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,425 tons annually. This is reportedly equivalent to taking 400 cars off the road for a year.”
Product Design & Development

“By implementing these standards, California would be eliminating greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 6.5 million cars off the road by the year 2020.”
Associated Press

“If every state were allowed to enact the standards, greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road, saving 11 billion gallons of gas every year, state officials say.”
San Diego
Copeley News Service

“As a result, greenhouse gas emissions from cars, light trucks, and sport utility vehicles would be reduced by 392 million metric tons by 2020, the equivalent of taking 74 million cars off the road for an entire year.”
Darien News and Review

“Savings from the California standards would prove tangible. In this state, their adoption would mean the equivalent of taking 690,000 cars off the road by 2020.”
Seattle Post Intelligencer

“An impressive collection target of 100 million cards has been set by the Woodland Trust and Recycle Now, which will enable 24,000 trees to be planted1 and save 2,600 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases - the same as taking over 800 cars off the road for a year.”
MK News (Milton Keynes)

“This year's Earth Hour reduced pollution by 24.86 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equal to taking 48,613 cars off the road for an hour, according to an Energy Australia estimate.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“E.On spokesman Jonathan Smith said the new station was ‘more modern and efficient’ than the old plant and would cut emissions by two million tons of C02 a year - the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road.”
The Press Association

And on, and on....

As Wee Wife put it, “We estimate that taking 200 cars off the road would be equivalent to taking 200 cars off the road.”

3 Comments:

Blogger BonzoGal said...

Next time I play hooky from work I'm going to brag that I took one car off the road.

4:11 PM  
Anonymous cjschuette said...

Regarding Diane Keaton on the "Today" show: Listen, if SHE can start dropping the F-bomb on national television, I should get to say "ass" at the dinner table without getting a bun to the head. Just watch me.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Chus said...

This is what I think: Dov Chaney

1:51 AM  

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