Officials are trying to decide whether to file charges against a Missouri man who fatally shot his wife while trying to install a satellite TV system in the bedroom of their home.

Moar: A schoolgirl wasted away and died after developing such a fear of dentists that she would not even open her mouth to eat. Her, at least, I can empathize with.
Have you ever worried that fanfic would become institutional in literature? To the point where its works would be referenced and lauded? Say, where state names would come from fanfic? Or fanfic would win a Pulitzer?

Mind you, none of this excuses Monk slash (no link: shudder).
sigma7: Sims (Charlie Brown Batman)
( Apr. 20th, 2006 08:26 am)
I assume it applies only to free/sponsored+ users, but still. Via /.: "The community/blogging site LiveJournal recently introduced ads on some pages for free users. More interestingly, they also added a new restriction to their TOS (XVI 17 b.) banning users from using or providing ad-blocking software. The new TOS also permits them to immediately terminate the account of anyone they catch doing this."
Congrats to the gang from River City as the Shockers knock off #2 Tennessee 80-73 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. This, I think, is worth breaking out the WSU hockey jersey for.

I knew the smaller conferences would get some attention just after the first round, but this...this is awesome. Represent!
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed a bill Monday that bans nearly all abortions in the state, legislation in direct conflict with the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.

...Although the law -- intended as a constitutional challenge to Roe v. Wade -- is set to take effect July 1, Rounds said in the statement that he expects legal action will prevent that. He added that a settlement of the issue could take years and might ultimately be decided by the nation's highest court.

Yep, if you're raped in South Dakota and get pregnant, they want you raising the rapist's child.

It's not that I'm particularly pro-life or pro-choice. It's just that anything that mathematically decreases the odds of another Paris Hilton or Bill Romanowski being born is a good thing to me.
NFL owners voted unanimously Thursday to break off talks with the players' union on a contract extension, leaving the current salary cap in place with the start of free agency looming and possibly forcing the mass dumping of veterans.

"The situation is about as dire as dire can be," commissioner Paul Tagliabue said.

The owners, who met for 57 minutes Thursday morning, endorsed a recommendation by their management council executive committee to reject the union's latest proposal.

The breakdown of talks left intact, for now, a salary cap of $94.5 million. The two sides had hoped to add $10 million to $15 million to the 2006 salary cap. Without the additional room, some teams could be forced into wholesale cuts to get beneath the cap by midnight. Free agency starts Friday.

In addition to the whole uncertainty that comes with a lack of a labor agreement, the biggest ramification is that today will probably see the most and the most-talented players cut from NFL teams ever. Instead of trimming fat, they'll be trimming to the marrow to meet the low salary cap, which means egregious spending teams (*ahem cough Washington*) will be forced to let go expensive albeit talented players....

Also note, sadly, that KC is one of those teams. Today's a bad day to be a Chief. Edit: Today's a really bad day to be Eric Warfield, Dexter McCleon, Shawn Barber or Gary Stills. But then again, most days are.
sigma7: Sims (crazypills House)
( Feb. 6th, 2006 06:58 pm)
Giant bunny, 15+ pounds of pure lagomorph. Pic.

Super Bowl commercials. Note that my favorite -- "Addicted to Lost" -- isn't included. Robert Palmer, I think, would approve.

"All Along the Watchtower."

Jerome Bettis got a key to Detroit, which is not odd, nor that he's the first person in over 25 years to receive one. What is odd is who got that last key: Saddam Hussein. We should probably keep an eye on Jerome.

Journalism grad, Bush appointee tries editing NASA content to promote creationism. Can't even act surprised anymore.
sigma7: Sims (Default)
( Feb. 4th, 2006 11:44 am)
...And an update on the Hedwig Chronicles from last night, too, later. I swear, every time I turn my head, an owl appears.

Super Mario sound/music board. Ace. Reminds me of Mario Twins.


Unintentional hilarity amid Islam's festering hatred and calls for violence. Dudes, you're losing the blue states.

The Smoking Gun has pics of 25 Florida strippers busted in undercover stings. If going to a strip club ever seemed like a good idea to you, take a look and reconsider. (I've had an interesting number of colleages work at strip joints, and rarely were they actually the ones I'd have chosen/hoped.)

Sorkin's Studio 7 60 castings. Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, DH Hughley, Steven Weber...not a must-see cast.

Oh, and as promised, adding a civilization to Civ4. Not entirely accurate and occasionally erroneous, but whatever gaps there were I filled in using the Soviet Union mod. They're what I used to make the Pretty Birds mod....
No, I'm not being facetious. What's the upside of getting the government that the people want if the people want to wage war with their neighbors?

In a stunning development ahead of official election results, Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei said Thursday he and others in the Palestinian Authority government will resign in the wake of Hamas' apparent parliamentary victory.

The announcement followed estimates from Wednesday's election that said Hamas had won a majority of seats in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council, supplanting the ruling Fatah party.
The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.

...The government indicated that other, unspecified search engines have agreed to release the information, but not Google.

Orwell was an optimist.
BellSouth Corp. confirmed Monday that it is pursuing discussions with Internet content companies to levy charges to reliably and speedily deliver their content and services.

Wow. This could just be a nuisance or, if it's the beginning of an industry-wide trend, this could be catastrophic.
If you're sitting there bemoaning the lack of computer-generated artwork depicting Darth Vader racing Jesus Christ on armadillos, then I have good news for you.

Everyone else? Despair.
Pat Robertson suggested that Ariel Sharon's stroke occurred because he was "dividing God's land."

Why stop there? Why not credit God's wrath for the coal mine disaster or Reggie Bush's insane lateral?

Maybe he's just ticked off about this messing up his theme park in Galilee. Wow. This guy can be tacky in nine different dimensions simultaneously.
At the Stadium Club in Jacksonville workers have found what they believe is an image of Jesus in a nacho warming tray. Full story here.

It's Osama, not Jesus. They found him hiding in a two-dimensional state on a nacho warming tray in Jacksonville, the second-to-last place anyone would ever look. The last place is, apparently, Pakistan.
Newest Internet psychosis: JK Rowling denialism. Triggered, I think, by the dashing of the Harry/Hermione relationship.

And then came Grünfeld's provocative question: "Is it possible that JK Rowling exists?" Her own answer: "Well, who do they think they're kidding? Not me!"

This just leads me closer to adopting Lore's concept of belligerent design: the "theory that life was put on this planet by an external sentient force just to piss me off."
Via The Weekly World News.

At 6:29 p.m. on October 31, the Canadian province of Nova Scotia disappeared....
Flying Spaghetti Monster triumphant! Science standards in Kansas now on the cutting edge of the 19th century....


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