This weeks Hosts: Scott, Aaron and Ric
-Scott's TV took a dump. Samsung to the rescue!
Laptops Powered by Typing Could Be on the Way
Australian researchers have figured out a way to harness the energy we use while typing to power a laptop.
Using piezoelectricity, this method works in a similar way to cigarette lighters that create a spark by
striking a piezoelectric crystal.
To power a laptop, though, a much thinner film of the piezoelectric material would have to be developed
using nanotechnology. It’s so thin, it can be coated onto various electronic parts and integrated
into a variety of gadgetry.
“The power of piezoelectrics could be integrated into running shoes to charge mobile phones,
enable laptops to be powered through typing or even used to convert blood pressure into a
power source for pacemakers — essentially creating an everlasting battery,
RedBox Does Games Too
Cars 2 opens up to some bad press
Apparently there is cars killed, mention of hunting down and killing and to top it off
there is a tourer scene. Way to go MPAA! That sounds like it earns a "G" rating.
My little ones will defiantly not be seeing this.
-Is Disney tainting Pixar? TS3 was pretty dark too.
Ric's Review of Transformers 3 DOTM
Saw Bad Teacher too. SUCKS SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Duck and Cover!
Astronauts on board the International Space Station had to rush into two docked Soyuz
spaceships as space debris nearly missed their homebase, passing just 250 meters (820 feet)
from it. In space, that's a pretty close call.
While this is not been the first time that the evacuation protocol has been activated
—it happened once in 2009—it was an especially tense moment because the space debris was
not detected until it was too late to move the station to a completely safe spot. According to an
unidentified Russian source, "the space junk was detected too late for a ducking maneuver."
-Go the Fuck to Sleep as read by sam L Jackson Play clip.
MOSCOW (Reuters) –
Russian scientists expect humanity to encounter alien civilizations
within the next two decades, a top Russian astronomer predicted on Monday.
"The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms...
Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years,"
Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences'
Applied Astronomy Institute, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.
Speaking at an international forum dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life,
Finkelstein said 10 percent of the known planets circling suns in the galaxy resemble Earth.
If water can be found there, then so can life, he said,
adding that aliens would most likely resemble humans with two arms, two legs and a head.
"They may have different color skin, but even we have that," he said.
Finkelstein's institute runs a program launched in the 1960s
at the height of the Cold War space race
to watch for and beam out radio signals to outer space.
"The whole time we have been searching for extraterrestrial civilizations,
we have mainly been waiting for messages from space and not the other way," he said.
(Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; editing by Paul Casciato)
Woman sprays police with breast milk
A lactating U.S. woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct
after she sprayed sheriff's deputies with breast milk as they tried to remove her from a vehicle,
police said on Monday.
Ohio-resident Stephanie Robinette, 30,
was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault linked to a domestic dispute,
as well as resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to the Delaware County Sheriff's Office.
It said Robinette's husband told authorities the pair had been attending a wedding
when his wife got drunk and started a dispute. He said that she hit him multiple times
before locking herself in her car outside a banquet facility on Saturday.
Sheriff Walter L. Davis III said that when police approached the car to speak to her,
she yelled profanities and refused to get out.
"When deputies attempted to remove Robinette from the vehicle she advised the deputies
that she was a breastfeeding mother and proceeded to remove her right breast from her dress
and began spraying deputies and the vehicle with her breast milk," Davis said.
Robinette was later removed from the car and arrested after more deputies arrived on the scene.
"This is a prime example of how alcohol can make individuals do things they would not normally do," Davis said.
(Reporting by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Greg McCune)
Utah man updated Facebook status during standoff
Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police.
His latest brush with the law, however, may have been the most public.
An armed Valdez, 36, held a woman hostage at a motel in a tense 16-hour,
overnight standoff with SWAT teams,
all while finding time to keep his family and friends updated on Facebook, authorities said.
He even got some help from the outside over the social network:
A friend posted that a SWAT officer was hiding in the bushes.
"Thank you homie," Valdez replied. "Good looking out."
When officers swarmed the room, Valdez shot himself in the chest with a handgun,
Ogden police said. On Tuesday, he was in critical condition.
The Associated Press reviewed Valdez's Facebook profile page on Tuesday.
Police believe he wrote the messages during the standoff.
It wasn't immediately clear, however, whether police were following the posts in real-time,
though the department spokeswoman said officers routinely search the Internet
and other sources for background on suspects.
In all, Valdez made six posts and added at least a dozen new friends.
His family and friends responded with 100 comments.
Some people offered words of support, and others pleaded for him to "do the right thing."
Court records show Valdez has a criminal history,
including convictions for aggravated assault and domestic violence in front of a child.
In March, prosecutors filed felony and misdemeanor drug possession charges against Valdez.
A judge issued a warrant for Valdez's arrest after he missed a June 1 preliminary hearing in the case.
On Friday afternoon,
Ogden police tried to serve Valdez with a felony drug warrant for the missed court appearance.
Valdez barricaded himself inside the Western Colony Inn.
"I'm currently in a standoff ... kinda ugly, but ready for whatever,
" Valdez wrote in his first post at 11:23 p.m. "I love u guyz and if I don't make it out
of here alive that I'm in a better place and u were all great friends."
Valdez said in posts that he was with a woman named Veronica. Police described her as a hostage.
In his posts, Valdez told friends when police shut off the power that his "hostage" was fine
— and with him willingly — and that police are jeopardizing her life by their actions.
At 2:04 a.m., Valdez posted two pictures of himself and the woman.
"Got a cute `Hostage' huh," Valdez wrote of the photographs.
At 3:48 a.m., one of Valdez' friends posted that police had a `gun ner in the bushes stay low."
Valdez thanked him in a reply.
The final post was at 7:25 a.m. Saturday:
"Well i was lettin this girl go but these dumb bastards made an attempt to come in after i told them not to,
so i popped off a couple more shots and now were startin all over again it seems ..."
SWAT officers stormed Valdez's room about 90 minutes later. Police never fired, Ogden Lt. Danielle Croyle said.
Police believe that responses from Valdez's friend gave him an advantage.
Authorities are now discussing whether some of Valdez' friends should be arrested
and charged with obstruction of justice for hampering a police investigation.
"We're not sure yet how to deal with it," said Croyle.
"We're talking about it and trying to figure out how do we address
the kind of conflict that it presents," Croyle said.
Valdez could be facing new charges stemming from his actions during the standoff,
including fire his handgun at police, Croyle said.
Colo. police nab man accused of hiding in toilet
Police in Colorado have arrested a 30-year-old man
accused of hiding in the tank of a portable toilet at a yoga festival last week.
Kim Kobel of Boulder police says Luke Ivan Chrisco was arrested during
an unrelated panhandling investigation Thursday.
Police say an officer noticed his resemblance to the toilet suspect,
and Chrisco was taken into custody after he was interviewed by a Boulder detective.
Police believe he was the man discovered in the toilet at the festival in Boulder by a woman who lifted the lid.
A man who checked said he saw someone covered in a tarp inside.
A festival security officer says he chased a man who eventually emerged,
but the suspect slipped away. The man was covered in human waste.
Chrisco faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful sexual contact and criminal invasion of privacy.