Friday, February 06, 2004

New Innovations In Cell Phone Cameras

Here's a first--a cell phone camera was used to beat a rape charge.

Sherri Ann Urbanek-Bach told the police that she had been raped by six St. John's University basketball players. Fortunately for the accused, one of the players had the forethought to videotape the sex using his cell phone.

It turns out that the players had agreed to pay the woman $1,000 for sex, but refused to fulfill their contract after she held up her end of the bargain.

Now the 38-year-old Urbanek-Bach, who met the players at a local strip club shortly after their team had lost a game, is facing charges of prostitution, extortion, and filing false reports.

Meanwhile, the players face expulsion and additional punishment.
Silence is Golden

There's an entire category of news stories that involve auctioning unusual items on eBay, such as fake girlfriends for the dateless and pathetic.

Now it looks like the same thing is going to happen for iTunes. Here's a tongue-in-cheek article about the proliferation of songs available for purchase that are simply one or two minutes of silence. Insert your own John Cage joke here--the author of the article already did.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Poetic thought o' the day

When we are young, we seek older friends, because they know more about life, and can show us things we've never seen.

When we are old, we seek younger friends, because they know less about life, and can show us things that we've forgotten.

Either that, or because all our older friends have already died.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Nipplegate

I didn't see most of the Superbowl, but apparently not all of the action took place on the field of play. By far the most talked-about event occurred at the halftime show, where Janet Jackson flashed her right breast at 100 million television viewers.

My colleague was watching the Superbowl at home when his 9 year old son exclaimed, "Wow, did you see that Dad?" Alas, his father had walked away from the screen. Fortunately, I was able to locate this article for him.

The best part, of course, is the headline: "Janet's bare breast sparks probe."