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Monday, February 21, 2005

Bathroom Fun

How can sitting on the toilet be any more fun, you ask? Toto Limited has the answer.

Japanese create toilet entertainment centre

A Japanese company has invented an entertainment centre to make going to the toilet a more enjoyable experience.

Toto Ltd's Z Series Neorest toilet, offers the worlds first auto fragrance release system and stereo music system, providing different scents and music depending on the season of the year.

The Z series is priced at £1,600 [$3036]. (link)

My only disappointment with this new product is in the fact that it is not wireless internet capable. If it was so configured, I could then blog my messages to you while ... uh, scratch that thought.

Jock Itch Blamed On Global Warming

Yet another dire warning comes to us today from "scientists."

Global warming could worsen US pollution: report

Global warming could stifle cleansing summer winds across parts of the northern United States over the next 50 years and worsen air pollution, US researchers say.

Further warming of the atmosphere, as is happening now, would block cold fronts bringing cooler, cleaner air from Canada and allow stagnant air and ozone pollution to build up over cities in the north-east and mid-west, they predicted. (link)

And on what factual basis do these scientists conclude that global warming might worsen pollution?

Ms [Loretta Mickley of Harvard University's Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences] and colleagues used a computer model, an approach commonly used by climate scientists to predict weather and climate changes.
In olden days Ms. Mickley would have taken on the title of spiritualist, assumed the name Madam Sonya, and her computer would have actually been a crystal ball. Just listen to this woman hype the problem.
"If this model is correct, global warming would cause an increase in difficult days for those affected by ozone pollution, such as people suffering with respiratory illnesses like asthma and those doing physical labor or exercising outdoors," she said.
"If this model is correct ..." And if it is slightly altered, this computer model could explain Al Gore's premature baldness.

Somebody needs to put a stop to this.

'Gonzo' Journalist Kills Himself

Finally Hunter S. Thompson and I are in agreement. His life wasn't worth living.

Hunter S. Thompson, the cranky, iconoclastic early proponent of New Journalism best known for his drug-laced 1972 book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," shot himself to death last night at his rustic cabin near Aspen, Colo., his son said.

"Dr. Hunter S. Thompson took his life with a gunshot to the head at his fortified compound in Woody Creek, Colo.," Juan Thompson said in a statement. (link)
Thompson became famous in the 70's for being foul-mouthed, mean-spirited, and drugged up. And some considered him an author.

What will he be best remembered for?

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me," he once said.

Sandra Dee Dies at 62

The previous entry addressed the timely death of Hunter S. Thompson. Here we report the sad news that Sandra Dee is dead as well.
Sandra Dee, star of '60s teen films, dies
By LAURA WIDES, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sandra Dee, who at the height of her fame in the 1960s was arguably the biggest female teen idol of her time, has died, leaving a legacy of film roles that includes "Gidget" and "Tammy and the Doctor."

"She was Gidget, and she was Tammy, and for a time she was young America's ideal," film historian Leonard Maltin once said of her. Dee later married another pop icon, singer Bobby Darin.

Dee died of complications Sunday morning from kidney disease at the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, her family said. She was 62. (link)
Dee and Thompson were at opposite ends of the humanity spectrum. The latter made a mockery of everything and everyone around him and reportedly terrorized his neighbors. He excoriated the society that, in buying his books, made him millions. He contributed nothing to civilization. Dee, on the other hand, was, to all who knew her, kind, caring, loving, and appreciative of her fans and of the industry that gave her the chance for stardom.

She will be missed.