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Tanked Ep.49 for Tuesday Ap. 14 2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Beers Scott is Drinking a Black and Cherry here is a list of other Black concoctions link . Pick one you want to try.


- Live Event Announcement May 5th @ Obrady's Bar and Grill at 5 oclock pm


Q: Chris did you get your laptop back already?
A: WHY YES...YES I DID :D
NICE!


TECH

BumpTop surfaces! (no pun intended) BumpTop Screenshot
It's been around in concept form for a while but alternative desktop management interface BumpTop has become available for download. BumpTop creates a 3d workspace for your desktop giving a little bit more spacial flexibility by altering icon size due to importance and organize your icons in individual or application specific piles. 3d "walls" surrounding the overhead desktop can be clicked on to alternate between desktops ala OS X's Spaces. While BumpTop is an interesting push out of our existing desktop doldrums I can't help but thing that the ol' flat desktop paradigm will be a tough one to shake. BumpTop is currently available for Windows XP, Vista & 7 with multi-touch support promised for later this year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqcmPJ-oVL0 bumptop

iPhone video and Magnetometers? Oh the possibilities...

Last week users of the iPhone 3.0 beta firmware found a screenshot of a video recording interface that could possibly be in the

refresh of the popular phone. Rumors are about that new iPhones will also include a magnetometer (digital compass).

Accelerometers can only determine rotation and movement whereas a 3-axis magnetometer can determine absolute position

up a whole new realm of virtual applications for iPhone developers (objects picked up by the phone's camera with virtual elements
placed on top of them for example). A head tracking demo for the Wii was shown by Johnny Lee at TED last year using some of the same tech. The future of innovative dicking around looks good. macrumors


Kanye West is Actually a Gay Fish
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_sY2UklsamSI/R6tvxfcoYzI/AAAAAAAAARU/hWJh3duZzhs/s400/kanye_west.jpg
here's the quick recap: Last Wednesday, "South Park" ran their now infamous "Fish Sticks" episode,
which lambasted Yeezy as an egomaniacal jerk who just so happened to also be a closeted "gay fish."
Hours after the episode aired, West took to his blog to announce — rather humbly, it should be noted —
that not only did he find his portrayal on the show to be "pretty funny," but that "I actually have been
working on my ego. ... I'm not actually a huge douche."







VIDEO GAMES

EA ships weapons with games/wants them back Promotional campaigns are special times where advertising firms flex their creative muscle and throw conventional thinking to the curb in favor of daring feats of attention getting. Electronic Arts had this very notion in mind when they decided to ship a pair of brass knuckles with each press kit of the upcoming game The Godfather Part II. Aside from being illegal in most states where the kits were shipped, brass knuckles are illegal in California, the very state that EA is based. EA contacted the gaming press last Saturday asking to please return the brass knuckles to EA to make sure that they are "properly disposed of." kotaku


MOVIES

Gore Verbinski to ditch Pirates IV for Bioshock?

Director Gore Verbiniski has apparently informed Disney and Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he will not be on for Pirates of the

Carribean IV which is expected to be released in 2010 with Johnny Depp reprising his iconic role as Jack Sparrow. More interestingly

though is his proposed involvement with the Universal Pictures adaptation of 2K Games' atmospheric (pun!) FPS Bioshock. I'm very keen to the idea of a Bioshock film. If they can halfway pull it off ala Silent Hill with the tension and twists then I'm for it. I just hope Verbinski doesn't bring the writers from the 2nd and 3rd Pirates films along with him (c'mon...those films were travesties). aint it cool news


SCIENCE

Dubai claims world's first cloned camel

http://www.concierge.com/images/destinations/destinationguide/africa+middleeast/united_arab_emirates/dubai/dubai_015p.jpg

The United Arab Emirates has claimed its own version of Dolly the sheep,

the world's first cloned mammal, after the birth of a cloned camel in Dubai this month.

"This is the first cloned camel in the world," said Dr Nisar Wani, researcher at the Camel Reproduction Center.

Injaz, a female, was born on April 8 after five years of work by scientists at the Camel

Reproduction Center and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, The National newspaper said on Tuesday.

"This significant breakthrough in our research program gives a means of preserving the

valuable genetics of our elite racing and milk-producing camels in the future,"

Dr Lulu Skidmore, scientific director at the reproduction center, said in a statement.

Dolly the sheep was born in 1996 in Edinburgh and lived until the age of six.



Telegraph.co.uk ODD NEWS

Karate expert kills two over lice infection


MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian karate expert has been charged with

beating to death a 61-year-old woman and her son,

whom he accused of infecting his wife with lice, an investigator said Friday.

The drunk 26-year-old burst into a neighboring room in his hostel Tuesday

and used karate moves to kill the pair, state investigator Eduard Abdullin said

by telephone from Kazan, a city 700 km (430 miles) east of Moscow.

"He literally beat them to death with his hands and feet,"

Abdullin said. "The family were poor and drank a lot.

He blamed them for infecting his wife and the entire corridor with lice."

The 58-year-old husband of the dead woman was also badly beaten, but survived.

The suspect, who studied karate for seven years, faces life in prison if convicted, Abdullin added.

 

Ohio woman jailed over adult mags sent to neighbor


PIQUA,Ohio – An Ohio woman is serving 60 days in jail because police said she ordered adult magazines

in a neighbor's name during a feud. Police said the 47-year-old woman told authorities she wanted payback

after being charged with a misdemeanor because of a complaint made by the other woman.

The neighbor told police she was billed hundreds of dollars for magazines such as Playboy and Hustler.

The woman pleaded no contest to felonious tampering with records and has been in jail since her March 16 conviction.

Her husband said he can't believe she was sent to jail over the dispute.

Her lawyers have asked a judge to suspend the rest of the sentence, noting it was her first felony conviction.









TEXTING TUESDAY

Hammer Time!
Dad Smashes Teen's Cell Phone Over $5,000 Bill
Dena, a 13-year-old from Cheyenne, Wyoming, incurred the wrath of her father after
she rang up a $4,756.25 cell phone bill, which included over 10,000 text messages.
The family didn't have a text messaging plan. To make matters worse, most of the
messages appeared to be sent during school hours. On one day in particular, Dena
sent over 300 texts during the eight-hour school day. Needless to say, this had an
effect on Dena's grades, which went from A's and B's to F's.
After seeing the bill, Dena's father Gregg took his aggression out on the teen's handset
-- with a hammer.



Proponents of banning text-messaging-while-driving have a new case to use as evidence for their
arguments. Last week in Boise, Idaho, an unnamed driver crashed his car while sending a text
message. While this may not seem especially noteworthy, the circumstances surrounding the
accident certainly qualify.
According to police spokesperson Lynn Hightower, the 37-year-old Nampa, Idaho native veered off
the side of Interstate 84 and struck a parked car, which happened to be a police vehicle. Making
matters even worse for the texting driver, the police cruiser had its emergency lights on, because
the officers were in the process of making a DUI stop. Fortunately, they weren't in the car, so they
weren't injured in the collision. The texting-impaired driver, who also tested positive for alcohol but
was below the legal limit, was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.