Monday, October 02, 2006

Nevermind the kiss, checkout the dude in back

Cop shoots himself in face at birthday party

Florida sheriff's deputy Matt Barnes was celebrating his 26th birthday when he accidentally shot himself fatally in the face while showing friends his gun.

The Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union reported that Barnes, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting Friday, had been showing friends a handgun he had claimed to be unloaded when it discharged.

Authorities said alcohol likely played a part in the St. Johns County officer's death and that the two-year Sheriff's Office veteran had pulled the trigger himself went the gun went off. Article here.

Bad placement for two billboards...

I went to an amusement park and enjoyed it...

This past weekend my girlfriend and I went to Worlds of Fun (an amusement park). Although I was quite skeptical at first – it ended up being one heck of a time. When you go to an amusement park as an adult, you start to notice why we all love amusement parks. When you’re a kid, the whole ‘idea’ and ‘notion’ that there’s a place that has roller coaster rides, candy, food, stuffed animals, and music… all in once place, is mind baffling. It’s almost too much for most kids to handle.

Needless to say, as 'grown-ups' we had a great time. Favorite moments during our visit included: Watching kids break amusement park rules (like standing up during a ride or getting out of your seat before instructed), captioning the thoughts of the 16-year-old ride operators that looked like had been forced to work in hell a.k.a. an amusement park, making fun of the ‘die hard’ amusement park dudes that when given the chance rattle off every statistic about all the rides, watching moms and dads fight with their kids, spotting the teen girls and guys who were obviously dating and doing the ‘lets go on a date to the amusement park’ thing and we’ll feed cotton candy to each other [puke], and last but not least realizing that the ride that goes straight up and drops straight down still scares the living hell out of you even as an adult.

[silence], the Cookie Monster is dead?

Dude tries to bomb neighbor's house? WTF?

A man upset that his neighbor's children helped break his wife's eyeglasses is accused of trying to bomb the neighbor's house in retaliation.

The neighbor told police she was visiting David Michielsen's, 27, wife Sunday when her children and Michielsen's broke the glasses. Michielsen ordered her and her children to leave, a probable cause affidavit said.

Later that night, he called the neighbor and asked for a pair of glasses he could use to fix his wife's broken ones. The neighbor told police she complied, but Michielsen threw the glasses into her house about 10 minutes later, saying they wouldn't work.

About an hour later, the woman heard a noise and looked outside. She saw Michielsen running away and spotted an item on her air conditioner that turned out to be a canister with a lighted green wick, the affidavit states. She extinguished the wick and called police.

Police said the canister was an explosive device made from a carbon dioxide container filled with a shiny black powder.

A search of Michielsen's home turned up a wick matching the one in the device, a pack of model rocket engines and other items believed used to make the device, police said. Michielsen was released after posting $50,000 bond. He faces 58 years in prison if convicted on both counts. Article here.

Pole dancing chick tries trick = not so good

Dude captures lightning photo 65 feet away

When the sky darkened and lightning began to flash, Kane Quinnell grabbed his new digital camera, hoping to snap some pictures of the approaching storm.

Not having a tripod, he balanced the camera on his car, parked under the carport of his then Old Toongabbie home, and aimed the lens southward.

After setting the camera for a four-second exposure he began shooting pictures, suspecting there was little chance of lightning flashing while the shutter was open.

"I hit the button … and there was nothing. I hit the button again … and nothing. On about the fourth attempt I hit the button again and I saw this lightning and heard the thunder. "It was like a crack. The next thing I was about two metres in the air - it scared the hell out of me."

Beyonce has the best butt in Hollywood

Beyonce Knowles has been voted as having Hollywood's Best Booty, according to a new US magazine poll.

The Bootylicious singer/actress beat out Jessica Simpson and Salma Hayek to claim the best butt crown in weekly publication "In Touch."

The top 10 top butts are:
1. BEYONCE KNOWLES
2. JESSICA SIMPSON
3. SALMA HAYEK
4. JESSICA BIEL
5. HALLE BERRY
6. TYRA BANKS
7. SCARLETT JOHANSSEN
8. JENNIFER LOPEZ
9. EVA LONGORIA
10. JESSICA ALBA

Neat-o 3D photo, check out the water splash

How to eat sushi, the proper sushi etiquette:

As an avid sushi eater myself, I found the following tips below from this site insightful. Sushi to me is the perfect food -- it isn’t ‘heavy’ in your stomach and just enough to be filling. And it also tastes great when complimented with a Japanese beer (always a plus when beer is involved with a meal).

Arriving and being seated
• It is polite in any restaurant to greet the host or hostess, who may greet you with the traditional “irasshaimase” which means “please come in.” You just need to acknowledge their greeting and are not required to say anything back.

Ordering
• If you are seated at the sushi bar, only ask the itamae for sushi. Drinks, soup, and other non-sushi (or sashimi) items are handled only by the waiter/waitress.
• Ask the itamae what he would recommend, never ‘is that fresh?” as it is insulting to imply that something may not be. If you think it may not be fresh, you shouldn’t be eating there.
• Keep your palate in mind and order accordingly. It is impolite to leave food on your plate after your meal or act as though a particular item is ‘gross’ if you don’t like it.

Dining
Do not rub your chopsticks together. When not in use they should be placed parallel to yourself on the holder (if there is one) or on the shoyu dish. They should also be placed there when finished with your meal.
• Don’t be afraid to ask for an item not on the menu as the sushi-ya may have special or seasonal items that are not listed. It is perfectly acceptable to ask, and often the itamae will appreciate your interest. • Don’t put wasabi directly in the shoyu dish. Nigiri-zushi (fingers of rice topped with fish or another topping) comes with wasabi placed under the neta (fish) by the itamae, and reflects what he feels is the proper balance of wasabi to fish. Some of us like a little more, and you can always sneak some separately on the fish or with it.
It is OK to eat nigiri-zushi (sushi) with your hands. Sashimi is only to be eaten with your chopsticks.
• Do not pick up a piece of food from another person’s plate with the part of the chopsticks you put in your mouth. When moving food like this use the end you hold, which is considered the polite way.
Eat nigiri sushi in one bite. This is not always easy (or possible) in North America where some sushi-ya make huge pieces, but traditional itamae in Japanese sushi-ya will make the pieces the proper size for this. In North America, try your best and don’t worry if they won’t let you.
• Gari (ginger) is considered a palate cleanser and eaten between bites or different types of sushi. It is not meant to be eaten in the same bite as a piece of sushi.
• Never pass food to another person using chopsticks as this is too close symbolically to the passing of a deceased relative’s bones at a Japanese funeral. Pass a plate instead allowing an individual to take food themselves.
• Also, never stick your chopsticks in your rice and leave them sticking up. This resembles incense sticks and again brings to mind the symbolism of the Japanese funeral and prayers to ancestors.
• Technically one doesn’t drink sake with sushi (or rice in general) only with sashimi or before or after the meal. It is felt that since they are both rice based, they do not compliment each other and therefore should not be consumed together.

After the meal
• If you sit at the bar, tip the itamae for the food (in western countries there is often a tip jar as the itamae will never touch money since he touches food) and the wait staff for the drinks etc.

• It is polite to thank the itamae if you were seated at the sushi bar. If you want to try Japanese, ‘domo arigato’ is a polite Japanese expression for ‘thank you’ and if you want to be more sophisticated (for a westerner), you might try “gochisosama deshita,” which loosely translated means “thank you for the meal.”