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And yeah, those buff bodies? They’re real.

In Movies on April 6, 2007 at 11:12 am

Check it out. Those bodies are REAL. Dammit. According to Josh Hillis, the way to achieving what those Spartans had in 300 involves something like this:

The average celebrity trainer would have trained the actors to look like Spartan Warriors – Mark Twight put the actors in 300 through workouts that would create the kind of strength and power they would need to be Spartan Warriors.

Mark is a world class extreme alpinist. He climbs mountains that no one else in the world has ever climbed before. Mark believes that there is something that happens on a mountain – when you are totally exhausted and when your life is on the line – that strips away all of the pretense of our modern existance and all that is left is your humanity. That only through pushing yourself to the absolute limit do you truly find out who you are. He strives to create workouts that have that same kind of impact. Hence the Gym Jones tagline: “Power, Speed, Endurance, Suffering and Salvation”.

The workout involves: 25 pullups, 50 deadlifts with 135 pounds, 50 pushups, 50 jumps on a 24-inch box, 50 floor wipers, 50 single-arm clean-and-presses using a 36-pound kettlebell, and 25 more pullups.

This is how I felt after watching 300

In Geek Stuff on April 6, 2007 at 11:04 am

Wanted to post this up the moment I saw 300, but even until now, it makes me laugh. Wonder if the gf will kick my ass for it though.

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Grindhouse Final Trailer

In Movies on April 6, 2007 at 11:02 am

“Girls with guns,” said U-Wei Hj Saari to me once. “People love movies with girls holding guns.” And what’s better than that? Well, Rose McGowan with a gun for a leg, that’s what. This movie is gonna rock.

30-year-old woman poses as teenage boy to get it on with a teenage girl

In News on April 6, 2007 at 10:51 am

Well, this was the breaking story of the day:

Lorelei Corpuz was good at convincing everyone she was a young man, police said.

For the past 18 months, Corpuz made a teenage girl and the girl’s family believe that she was 17-year-old Mark Villanueva.

Police and prosecutors say that Corpuz is really 30 and has looks that support her ruse.

But early Sunday morning, Corpuz’s con came to an end when she was stopped by a rookie Everett police officer, according to court papers.

The officer approached Corpuz at a gas station because she was wanted out of Marysville on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

He then asked the teenage girl in the car why she was with the woman, said Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz.

“She gave us a curious look when he [the officer] said ‘woman,’ ” Goetz said. “She said, ‘That’s my boyfriend.’ ”

Corpuz was arrested and taken to Marysville. Everett police then arrested her and booked her into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of rape.

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Where Company Names Come From

In Geek Stuff on April 6, 2007 at 10:50 am

If you ever wondered what the hell IKEA means, well here’s a little knowledge for the pub talk: It’s “a composite of the first letters in the Swedish founder Ingvar Kamprad’s name in addition to the first letters of the names of the property and the village in which he grew up: Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.” Yeah, like you’d remember that for pub trivia the next time you go out with your mates.

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The 21 Biggest Technology Flops: Starring Apple.

In Geek Stuff on April 6, 2007 at 10:47 am

Not surprisingly, there are several Apple products, so it’s not entirely for sure that the iPhone is going to work out. Props to them though, for creating the Apple Newton–a predecessor to the modern PDA–but I guess the timing wasn’t right. And as for the $10,000 Lisa? Well, it doesn’t take a genius why that flopped. “Hype is the coin of the realm in the technology business. If you listen to vendors and the media, it may sometimes seem as though every new product, service, concept or even security threat will be the Next Big Thing. Some live up to all the fuss, but many don’t — and some fail spectacularly.”

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‘Girls Gone Wild’ Founder Ordered to Jail

In News on April 6, 2007 at 10:38 am

On the day when Playboy Indonesia’s editor was free to go, this happened to the world of amateur pornography. Will GGW ever go out of the pop-culture lexicon? Nah:

“Just days after narrowly avoiding jail time, the multimillionaire founder of the “Girls Gone Wild” videos was again ordered to jail Wednesday for contempt of court.

Joe Francis, 34, has until noon Thursday to turn himself in to authorities, The News Herald of Panama City reported. A federal judge ordered Francis jailed on Wednesday after lawyers suing him complained that unbeknownst to them he had substantially changed the conditions of an offer they’d agreed to.”

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John Dvorak: “Apple Should Pull the Plug on the iPhone”

In News on April 3, 2007 at 1:01 pm

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This is why I love columnists like John Dvorak. He’s not afraid to make a stand, doesn’t mince his words by trying to weasel himself out of it, and most importantly put forward an argument that makes absolute sense in this climate of Apple iPhone overhype madness. There was a loud and heated debate on the latest episode on TWiT that had me clapping and cheering in the car when I was listening to it. Yeah, so Dvorak got a million more hits on his Marketwatch column about the iPhone’s future demise, but hey, the man does make a point. He’s not an Apple hater, just someone who sees bullshit is for what it really is: marketing hype.

The hype over the unreleased iPhone has actually increased over the past month despite the fact that nobody has seen or used the device. This, if nothing else, proves the power of branding and especially the power of brand loyalty.

It’s the loyalists who keep promoting this device as if it is going to be anything other than another phone in a crowded market. And it’s exactly the crowded-market aspect of this that analysts seem to be ignoring.

The problem here is that while Apple can play the fashion game as well as any company, there is no evidence that it can play it fast enough. These phones go in and out of style so fast that unless Apple has half a dozen variants in the pipeline, its phone, even if immediately successful, will be passé within 3 months.

There is no likelihood that Apple can be successful in a business this competitive. Even in the business where it is a clear pioneer, the personal computer, it had to compete with Microsoft and can only sustain a 5% market share.

What Apple risks here is its reputation as a hot company that can do no wrong. If it’s smart it will call the iPhone a “reference design” and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures.

It should do that immediately before it’s too late. Samsung Electronics Ltd. might be a candidate. Otherwise I’d advise you to cover your eyes. You’re not going to like what you’ll see.

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7-Elevens to be converted to Kwik-E-Marts

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2007 at 12:39 pm

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Well, wouldn’t this be awesome if our 7-Elevens did the same thing? This news appeared sometime last week, and according to the writer at The Times-Dispatch, Jeffrey Keely, the deal hasn’t been finalised yet, although it does sound like a great marketing campaign to have for the movie. Not that The Simpsons need any further marketing.

If all goes as planned, the convenience store chain plans to refit 11 stores across the U.S. — Richmond is an unlikely choice — to resemble the front of the Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store that Homer and other characters frequent in the classic cartoon TV series.

Customers also will be able to buy products inspired by the nearly two-decades-old show, including KrustyO’s cereal, Buzz Cola and iced Squishees (the cup says Squishee, but the contents will be Slurpee).

The chain also will use pictures of Simpsons characters to promote 7-Eleven’s line of fresh foods, such as placing the face of Homer and his classic “Mmmm . . . sandwich” quip on sandwich wrappers.

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Dammit! Why can’t I blog like everyone else?

In Personal on April 3, 2007 at 12:09 pm

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So I know I haven’t been blogging for close to three weeks now, and that whole non-blogging thing has been bugging me for at least two weeks now. But, to my defense, I have in that time finished the ever-so awesome God of War 2 (GWWWAARRGH!), and nothing else basically.

Until I scratch that blogging itch, however, I don’t think I can write with a clear conscience knowing the blog has been untouched. Oh, and during those three weeks of non-blogging, I’ve just been recently promoted to become the Editor of KLue, which, while it did feel like a huge power trip for the first week, does come with a helluva lot of responsibility. So yeah, I don’t think I’ll be going home before the sun sets from now on (it’s 8pm now, and this blogging thing is the last thing I’ll do before getting outta here).

On other fronts, a couple of friends have joined the Blogosphere (yes, that’s what old people like me still call it): Say hello to Christina and Marcus, two ol’ college mates–and don’t deny you’re old ‘cos you’re 28 this year. Glad to see you guys on board! Hope you won’t be such lazy ass slackers like I am about my blog.