Funny Bone

“I was in a lot of pain, but managed to do about 15 minutes of material while on the floor, passing out every now and then because of the pain, and then coming round to do the punchline.” — Mark Olver –Funny Bone (This Is Bristol) Olver broke his leg onstage 15 seconds after beginning his… er… “stand-up” routine. The show must go on.

Robot Nation

“The self-service checkout lines that are springing up everywhere are the first sign of the trend. | The problem, of course, is that all of these robots will eliminate a huge portion of the jobs currently held by human beings. For example, there are 3.5 million jobs in the fast food industry alone. Many of those will be lost to kiosks. Many more will be lost to robots that can…

For the 15th Time, Look It Up: 'The Chicago Manual of Style' Enters the 21st Century

“The chief innovation of the new edition has been to thread coverage of electronic publishing throughout the Manual, to address ‘all of the changes in the way people now work with words,’ says Anita Samen, the 15th edition’s chief manuscript editor. People wonder, she says, ‘what is a publication anymore? And, what is a page?’ Previous editions dealt primarily with the traditional book. The new edition also takes on journals,…

Parents File Lawsuit over Star Wars Video

“The parents of Ghyslain Raza, the Quebec teenager who became a celebrity this spring after classmates posted on the Internet a video of him mimicking a Star Wars character, allege that their son was so humiliated by the experience that he had to get psychiatric care.” –Parents File Lawsuit over Star Wars Video  (Globe and Mail) Eww. This sounds really bad. Court documents include transcripts of chat sessions in which…

Ossuary Owner Arrested for Forgery

“The antiquities dealer who shocked the world last year with a burial box purported to hold the bones of Jesus’ brother was arrested yesterday, after Israeli police found forging equipment in the man’s home.” –Ossuary Owner Arrested for Forgery (Canada.com) I’ve blogged this story a few times before, but this little twist is worth mentioning.

Friday Was Busy

“What is so interesting about death? Is it the science? Is it like a ‘forbidden fruit’ that you want to know about, but are too afraid to touch? Is it because it is such a taboo subject in our society? Why is it such a taboo subject? Are we afraid of it or are we afraid to offend someone who has lost a loved one? Also: What makes forensics so…