sigma7: Sims (hiding owl)
( Feb. 27th, 2007 02:16 pm)
Nightmare scenario: NoDak news reporter mistakes emo-mockery web sites for banner carriers of a new cultural movement. Hilarity ensues.

ST. PETERSBURG — She has tried holding her breath. Drinking water from the far side of the glass. Putting sugar under her tongue. Sipping pickle juice. Breathing into a paper bag.

But none of those home remedies has helped 15-year-old Jennifer Mee, who started hiccupping three weeks ago and hasn’t stopped.

Something like 50 times a minute, she hiccups, a staccato sensation that resembles a smoke alarm with a dying battery. Her mother, Rachel Robidoux , thinks Jennifer sounds like a barking chihuahua.

It was kind of funny at first, but now it’s become much more than an annoyance.

Kinda puts my sneezing problem into perspective.
First possibly the gutsiest human being ever:

A 51-year-old man is being called a hero after covering a teenager who fell onto subway tracks in New York as a train passed over them.

Witnesses and officials said Wesly Autrey jumped onto the tracks after Cameron Hollowpeter, 18, suffered a seizure and collapsed Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan. He fell off the platform onto the the subway tracks a few metres below.

Autrey, who was waiting on the train platform with his two daughters, jumped onto the southbound subway tracks where Hollowpeter had fallen.

When he couldn't get him off the tracks as a train approached, he covered the teenager in a space between the rails while two of the train cars passed over them.

And now a simple little worm of a man:

Nick Saban has accepted an offer from Alabama to coach the Crimson Tide and leave the Miami Dolphins, two weeks after declaring "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."

Saban's agreement with Alabama is for eight years and a fully-guaranteed $32 million, according to's Len Pasquarelli.
I had to actually look it up to prove to my cow-orkers that I was not, indeed, on crack, but I couldn't in good conscience link back to the actual images, so here's the text of what I accidentally found while doing my usual digging through

Contributor: Nikolaos Sferopoulos, MD
Description: ambiguous genitalia
Comments: An 80-year-old patient who lived a lifetime as female was treated for a hip fracture. Genital ambiguity was observed and the karyotype was 46, XY.

Yes, it's that episode of House all over again.
sigma7: Sims (trent)


( Oct. 5th, 2006 03:02 pm)
So the trailer for 300 is up. I've heard all manner of rumorage that it was, indeed, made of Awesome, and yet I still wasn't excited. If someone had just told me that the trailer music is "Just Like You Imagined," or shown me, say, one actual frame from the trailer, I'd have seen it much sooner.

I'm not sold on the movie, but as far as trailers go, this one's pretty sweet. If the movie can keep the style shown for a whole runtime, this'll be a treat.
Eddie Izzard has joined the cast of 24 for the sixth series.

The English comedian will play the role of Darren McCarthy, described by producers as "a villainous accomplice".

Also joining the cast is James Cromwell. The Babe star takes the part of Jack Bauer's estranged father, Phillip.

The sixth season of the show debuts in January in the US, picking up the storyline 20 months from the end of the fifth series.

Wow. I think I might have to watch this.
After spending 56 hours at work this week, it takes astronomical forces to get me back on campus.

Forgot my coffee mug. Eh, get it later.

Forgot the hard drive I bought that I need to return. Eh, get it later.

And then the tip that today's Collegian ran into a...printing error in Salina ([ profile] rewil, [ profile] missmiah, does this sound familiar?). But not just a typo. It's some sort of giant PDFing Charlie-Foxtrot that plays absolute havoc with the story text on certain pages. Most pages are unaffected, and headlines and cutlines and graphics escape unscathed. But when it goes south, it's amazing. Try saying 'Willie the Wildcat' with a Swedish accent.... )
sigma7: Sims (donotwant panda)
( Aug. 30th, 2006 02:17 pm)
Huh. I'm not as much astonished that [ profile] cleolinda linked to one of my icons, but that it apparently came all the way via Fandom Wank.

Still, ego boost. I needed that.
Scary story via [ profile] onlineambulance: Free pens from the drug rep! Bad news: they're epi-pens. Worse news: nobody figures it out until someone takes a full dose to the thumb.

Have I mentioned how much I like my job lately?
sigma7: Sims (wehateyou)
( Jul. 25th, 2006 08:29 pm)
It's not clear whether a 25-year-old bird owner enjoyed the movie she watched Saturday in Fredericksburg.

But it is clear, police said, that her pet cockatoo didn't enjoy waiting for her to watch it.

The bird died after being left in a hot car outside Regal Cinemas in Central Park, police spokesman Jim Shelhorse said.

The owner, Donia Monique Brooks of Stafford, was charged with cruelty to animals, a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a potential 12-month jail sentence.

Stupid bag of flesh and hair.
Still a few bugs in the system. Tried to see what'd happen if I gave it almost a month of picspam links at once. Out of 141 links, over 90% still worked. I think eight were either locked, expunged or had their LJ deleted. A couple more just had the image link go dead. And I've figured out how the script acts when those contingencies are met, so it's a learning experience.

And if you've got some time to kill and you're not on dial-up.... Okay, one hundred and twenty-nine pictures, really. )
sigma7: Sims (bunnyyay)
( Jun. 22nd, 2006 05:24 pm)
Cartoon Network orders 13 episodes of Futurama.

This still doesn't make up for their crappy treatment of JLU, but it's still fantastic news.
Wherever she goes -- to a restaurant, to visit family and friends, or to court where her husband faces a murder trial in August -- Lori Lemons takes her dead daughter with her.

...Lemons chose a 14-inch-tall, plush white teddy bear from Huggable Urns. With a zipper in the back and a sturdy, plastic-lined velvet pouch inside, it is designed to hold the ashes of a loved one or cherished pet.

"My son has taken naps with her, and I dress her up for the holidays like she's still part of the family -- she's just in a bear form," Lemons said.

Sorry for the post frequency, but how can you not share a story like this?

Hysterical in a completely different way: An artist's sculpture has been rejected by the Royal Academy of Arts which has instead opted to display the wooden support it was put on.
The University of Kansas has called on an epidemiologist and put together a team to study whether Wescoe Hall is responsible for a series of recent health concerns.

"We don't expect to find a problem," Senior Vice Provost Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett said. "We're erring on the side of caution because some of the residents of Wescoe are very concerned."

There have been reports that at least five people who work in the building, known for its lack of windows and overall gloominess, have been diagnosed with brain tumors in the past eight years. The most recent was an English professor in the spring.

*blink* So much fertile ground for humor, but that's too macabre even for me at the moment. Ick.
Nearly 1 in 5 students at two Ivy League schools say they have purposely injured themselves by cutting, burning or other methods, a disturbing phenomenon that psychologists say they are hearing about more often.

I wish I could say I was surprised.
More mad media from Lore: There's a reason reptiles don't fight crime. Nobody decides to call off a bank robbery because there might be an iguana present. Bonus for invoking an actual Legion of Super-Heroes member.

Also, lest I complain more about my family reunion, I pause and reflect that, all things being equal, I got off pretty easy.


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