Saturday, July 24, 2010
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Force was with a man when he robbed a bank wearing a Darth Vader mask and a cape.
Armed with a gun instead of a light saber, the man entered a Chase bank branch in Setauket, New York, about 50 miles east of New York City, on Thursday and demanded cash from a teller, police said. He fled through a parking lot with an undisclosed amount of money.
The bandit dressed as the "Star Wars" villain was part of a mini-outbreak of unusual bank robbers in the New York area.
Earlier this week, New York City police arrested a man accused of robbing two banks with a bunch of flowers and a potted plant.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Bill Trott) .
My friend Nord forwarded me this article.. But then I saw the reference to some sort of green thumbed bandit and had to google image search it..
My conclusion is that the idea of a flower bandit is much more interesting than the real one. I mean I was thinking this guy could be dressed more like the Riddler, and less like a regular guy robbing a bank...
By the way, on Icollector.com this riddler staff sold for $12,000. Stoooops..And I only know this because this google picture was attached to the bid
Soweird. I remember curiously channel surfing as a tween, and seeing this video all the time. Eve 6, major throw back. Not necessarily a good one, but a definite throw back. Thank for the chain necklace, jerk !!
Even if music videos just consisted of a still photo and ensuing music, I would definitely prefer this song over Eve 6. Neil Young is a legend. Why are there so many shitty bands out there that get in the way of finding the good ones?
MY FRIEND'S BIKE BLOG
YES!!!!!!My great friend Marion finally contacted me after two years to hang out. A Native New Zealander turned lifer Austrailian resident, she is in and out of many a technological settings. Though most normal peoples feelings may get hurt, mine just get more stoked when I actually do hear from her!I still love her like it was the first day!! Here is her bike blog. It's obvious she totally rules. By the way, she is going to help figure out my birthday bananza decoration night in a couple of weeks, sooo stoked!!! Definite pictures will follow.If you like scoping old bikes, check out MAGICPOWER.TUMBLR.COM
Friday, July 23, 2010
America, are you happy? The emotional words contained in hundreds of millions of messages posted to the Twitter website may hold the answer.
Computer scientist Alan Mislove at Northeastern University in Boston and colleagues have found that these "tweets" suggest that the west coast is happier than the east coast, and across the country happiness peaks each Sunday morning, with a trough on Thursday evenings. The team calls their work the "pulse of the nation".
To glean mood from the 140-character-long messages, the researchers analysed all public tweets posted between September 2006 and August 2009. They filtered them to find tweets that contain words included in a psychological word-rating system called Affective Norms for English Words – a low-scoring word on ANEW is considered negative, a high-scoring one positive. They also filtered out tweets from users outside the US, and also from those in the US who did not include their exact location – for example, their city – in their Twitter profile.
That left 300 million tweets, each of which was awarded a mood score based on the number of positive or negative words it contained. For example, "diamond", "love" and "paradise" indicate happiness, whereas "funeral", "rape" and "suicide" are negative. "Dentist" is fairly neutral.
Finally, the researchers calculated the average mood score of all the users living in a state hour by hour and so created a timed series of mood maps. They morphed the maps so that the size of each county reflected the number of Twitter users living there.-Newscientist.com