Saturday, November 15, 2008
LONDON, England (CNN) -- A British couple who married in a lavish Second Life wedding ceremony are to divorce after one of them had an alleged "affair" in the online world.
Second Life users can interact and form relationships with other players' avatars.
Amy Taylor, 28, said she had caught husband David Pollard, 40, having sex with an animated woman. The couple, who met in Internet chatroom in 2003, are now separated.
"I went mad -- I was so hurt. I just couldn't believe what he'd done," Taylor told the Western Morning News. "It may have started online, but it existed entirely in the real world and it hurts just as much now it is over."
Second Life allows users to create alter egos known as "avatars" and interact with other players, forming relationships, holding down jobs and trading products and services for a virtual currency convertible into real life dollars.
Taylor said she had caught Pollard's avatar having sex with a virtual prostitute: "I looked at the computer screen and could see his character having sex with a female character. It's cheating as far as I'm concerned."
The couple's real-life wedding in 2005 was eclipsed by a fairy tale ceremony held within Second Life.
But Taylor told the Western Morning News she had subsequently hired an online private detective to track his activities: "He never did anything in real life, but I had my suspicions about what he was doing in Second Life."
Pollard admitted having an online relationship with a "girl in America" but denied wrongdoing. "We weren't even having cyber sex or anything like that, we were just chatting and hanging out together," he told the Western Morning News.
Taylor is now in a new relationship with a man she met in the online roleplaying game World of Warcraft.
Double dipped by CURBS ONLY at 6:12 PM
Friday, November 14, 2008
LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Two famous modern works by American artist Mark Rothko have been displayed incorrectly on their sides for years in a British museum, art historians say.
The pieces from Rothko's Black and Maroon series, like many of his popular and valuable works from the 1950s and 1960s, consist solely of colored stripes. London's Tate Modern museum has hung them vertically, but evidence from the artist -- who committed suicide in 1970 -- suggest they should be hung horizontally, the Sunday Times of London reported.
Rothko's signature on the back of the paintings is thought to reflect his wish they be hung horizontally, an article in The Art Newspaper, a British arts journal, reported.
"Rothko was always prevaricating over how his art should be shown," said Waldemar Januszczak, art critic for the Sunday Times. "To me, the hang of these two paintings in the current exhibition seems right. But if it is clear that Rothko himself wanted them to be horizontal, you would be crazy to go against his wishes."
A Tate Modern spokesman told the newspaper: "We believe it's more appropriate for these two paintings to be hung vertically."
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Staffers who worked long hours to get Barack Obama in the White House are receiving about an extra month's pay, campaign officials say.
The early Christmas present was "totally unexpected," one delighted ex-staffer told the New York Daily News. "And you can't believe how helpful this is with the holidays coming,"
In addition to the money, staffers may keep their campaign-issued computers and BlackBerrys, though they will be taxed on those.
The rare move was made possible because unlike most presidential campaigns, even winning ones, this one wound up far from broke.
In fact, Obama was flush with cash at the end, having skipped public financing. The campaign raised more than $600 million.
If what news reports call a silver parachute approaches Obama's September payroll, it'll be worth upward of $3 million, the Daily News said.
"A lot of people thought they were going to be broke and would have to try to find a job in this rotten economy," a staffer said. "It's a huge help."
Some supporters of the Republican presidential candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, reportedly will get checks that cover much of this month, but the amounts are less than the Obama totals, which amount to about a one-month payout for each recipient.
NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- New York City police say they arrested three teenagers who allegedly served cake laced with laxatives to the faculty at their Brooklyn high school.
The three seniors face possible assault charges after the prank sickened five unwitting staff members, two of whom were hospitalized.
The cake was served at a party last week at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies. The New York Daily News said no one was suspicious because the alleged pranksters included a straight-A cheerleader.
Some of the teachers told the Daily News they were saddened by the incident because they had felt close to the students this year.
No one was suspicious because the pranksters incuded a straight-A cheerleader? That should have been the first clue. Not only are they normally evil, but if this one was actually smart, then you know that bitch probably made the laxatives from scratch in the girl's bathroom. But more importantly I doubt the teachers have ever read "First Evil" by R.L.Stine, this cake thing is probably just a warm up.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Ex-Taiwan president detained
Chen has accused the current president of leading
a witch hunt against him [AFP]
Chen Shui-bian, the former Taiwanese president, has been detained after being questioned about a money-laundering case.
Chen, who left office in May this year, is accused of money laundering, embezzling government funds, taking bribes and forging documents, a spokesman for the investigation said.
Chen was questioned for more than five hours over the allegations at the prosecutor's office in central Taipei on Tuesday.
He has denied any wrongdoing. The charges carry a minimum jail term of five years.
Chen's family is suspected of sending at least T$1bn ($30.4m) to Japan, the United States, the Cayman Islands, Singapore and Switzerland and other places, Taiwan newspapers said, citing the Supreme Court prosecutor's office.
Having detained him, prosecutors are likely to seek the court's permission to formally arrest him.
If arrested, he would be the first former Taiwan president to be formally taken into custody.
"Chen has been arrested and we are seeking approval of the Taipei district court to (formally) detain him," a spokesman for the investigating team said.
Local television aired images of Chen in handcuffs being taken away in a car.
Earlier, speaking to reporters, Chen said he expected to be arrested saying the prosecution moves against him were linked to attempts by his successor, Ma Ying-jeou, to placate China following violent protests last week against a visiting Chinese envoy.
"Long live Taiwanese democracy," Chen declared to his supporters outside the prosecutor's office. "Long live Taiwanese independence".
Dozens of Chen's supporters had gathered outside the prosecutor's offices during the questioning, with riot police deployed to prevent them from entering the building.
Chen was a firm supporter of Taiwan independence and frequently sparred with Beijing over the issue.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
McQueen gets seriously serious with this one. I'm trying to think of how much more awesome these are than the Haggard Homeless ManToes Slip ons Vans put out a while ago. The black leather toe shapes, even it's in subtlety balance out the white hand stitches around the mouth of the shoe. I don't wear heels, but I definitely wouldn't mind having these permanently lost in my personal pile of junk.
Okay these are just insane. Anytime I see ropes of those exotic looking expensive oversized beads at the bead store, I am quickly intimidated. But these, coupled with those crazy colored plexi? heels are insane. It's like the Indonesian Tree Man who grew expensive beaded peep toes. Ugh.. I don't know whether I just indirectly grossed myself out.. The shape of the shoe seems to be getting lost by the amount of intricate beadwork done around the achilles. I also see a lurky strand of thread at the front of the shoe. Looks like that shit might fucking bust like a sack of rice.
McRash. I'm pretty sure those are leggings, but in another photo he's got these crazy like python gaiters that buckle under the arch and go all the way up the model's thighs. I don't know where these go. But seriously, McQueen has proved that he is a serious bedazzling champ. That shit is not easy to make visually enticing. So easy to fuck this up. I bet like 100 Indian women worked on this for half a year and are either now seriously cross eyed or have swiss cheese fingers.
At last a break. I'm feeling the colors. They definitely pop in a good way. Though I could even go without the red sole. Chloe and Jil Sanders are still some of my favorite collections to look through after I've been visually and mentally worked over by other designers.