In 1985 Steve Jobs, Founder & CEO of Apple Inc, conducted an interview with Playboy Magazine. A mirror of the article is embedded above.
Improv Everywhere, a group that “causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places” has stricken again, this time in Brooklyn. They handed out 2,000 or so invisible dog leashes to participants and had everyone go for a nice Sunday walk in Brooklyn. Brooklyn residents were a little surprised to say the least. Videos of other Improv Everywhere “missions” are here.
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A new series of YouTube videos titled “Auto-Tune the News” takes video clips of reporters and politicians and mashes them up to create entertaining music videos. The creator of the videos, Michael Gregory, uses the software program Auto-Tune (which is used by musicians like Cher and T-Pain) to change the pitch of reporters/politicians voices and a green screen (which allows for one image to be placed on top of another) to spice up the visuals.
The video embedded above has one of the catchiest tunes out of the videos released so far. It starts to get good around the 42-second mark, when Joe Biden’s hidden singing talent is revealed.
When a Florida teen recently had his car towed he decided to pay the towing company fees ($88) in pennies. Yup, 8,800 of ‘em. The cashier at the towing company was not amused and refused to take the the massive number of coins, but the teen argued she had to because it is legal tender. The cashier eventually takes the pennies, but not until after the local police department shows up.
Interestingly enough, the United States Department of Treasury’s has a section about this sort of situation on their website. See below.
…the Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled “Legal tender,” which states: “United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues.”
This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.
Coca-Cola recently announced the next generation fountain beverage dispenser. “Coca-Cola Freestyle” machines will be able to serve over 100 different beverages that will be made on the fly using Coke’s new PurePour Technology. Beverage choices will include waters, juices, teas, and of course, sparkling beverages. The new machines are touch screen operated, enabling consumers to easily make their selections. A wide roll-out of the machines is planned for early 2010.
This is just plain cool. The video above features the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (which has the 2nd largest acrylic glass panel in the world) with background music “Please Don’t Go” by Barcelona. The aquarium’s acrylic glass panel measures 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters and is 60 centimeters thick. This is second in size only to the Dubai Mall Aquarium, which opened last year.
A Violinist in National Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Donnellan, has modified a Louisville Slugger baseball bat into an electric guitar. In the video above he plays a Jimmy Hendrix-esque rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on his modified bat, which he calls an “electronic slugger.” On Saturday, August 8th he’ll be performing the National Anthem before the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game in Washington, D.C.
Why walk down the aisle to “Here comes the Bride” when you could get jiggy down the aisle to “Forever” by Chris Brown? That’s precisely what a couple in St. Paul, Minnesota did at their June 2009 wedding. While some surely won’t like its irreverence, dancing down the aisle to a song usually played at nightclubs is entertaining nonetheless.
This brings back memories of a bride and groom who became YouTube stars in 2007 after getting down to “Baby Got Back” during their first dance as a couple. Apparently the new wedding trend is to see who can incorporate shaking their badonkadonk into a wedding the best.
United Airlines messed with the wrong guy. The airline’s baggage handlers damaged musician Dave Carroll‘s $3,500 Taylor guitar in the spring of 2008, but refused to compensate him for their mistake. Carroll didn’t want to let United get away with their wrongdoing, so he wrote a song chronicling his experience and uploaded it to YouTube. A week after the video’s release, he’s already had over 2.5 million views. Now that this has turned into a PR nightmare for the company, United has changed their stance and is offering to pay for the guitar, an offer the artist is saying he won’t accept. Instead he hopes they will donate the money to a charity. No word back from the company if they’ll comply. Either way though, well done Mr. Carroll.