"Shining!"

Meet Jack Torrance... He's a writer looking for inspiration! A trailer for The Shining as a different movie entirely. This is several shades of awesome. (NYT article.)

Not as good, but still entertaining: West Side Story as zombies.

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Oh no, Disneyland burned down.

I went to see the ski jump today (and if you are local and your first reaction to those words is either "what ski jump?" or "was that today?" then you might as well just go ahead and de-friend me now, because clearly I'm not benefitting you in any way.)

Anyway. Their web site said that the jumpery was from 2PM to 4PM. I got there at around 2:45, and they were already done! So basically I missed the whole thing. I was so bummed; I'd been looking forward to this for weeks! It took me longer to get over there than I thought it would, but still, I didn't think there was any chance they'd actually start on time!

There was a gigantic crowd of people who did get there on time, though:

And I got some pictures of this guy feeding snowballs to his dog. I assume the dog had never seen snow before! It was pretty cute:

Bigempty and Jef got some good pictures of the actual skiing. There are some (kinda dull) behind-the-scenes photos and video at SFgate.

Update: More photos of the skiiers at SFgate. Some good shots from Telstar Logistics; and Flickr tags icerair, icerair2005, and bigair.

Also, remember those self-involved assholes Laurie Beijen and Ben Tulchin, who got this event cancelled last time because they were rich and having a wedding? Well, another couple got married on the ski jump!

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type harder!

Sledgehammer-operated keyboard

The Quicktime movie is quite satisfying.
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smoking and drinking

Smoking seems to increase brain damage in alcoholics
Alcoholics who smoke appear to lose more brain mass than alcoholics who don't smoke, according to a study at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

It is already well-known that the brains of long-term alcoholics atrophy and shrink, the study authors say, but the new findings are the first evidence that cigarette smoking might contribute to that atrophy, particularly in grey matter of the parietal and temporal lobes.

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Scraping Foetus Off The Cross?

Foetuses found at Bogota airport
Colombian police have found the bodies of three human foetuses hidden in statues destined for the United States. The discovery was made by officers searching for contraband at Bogota Airport on Tuesday. The corpses were wrapped in plastic and concealed inside statues of Christian icons, which were smashed open.

Colombian police chief Gen Jord Alirio Varon said the four- to five-month-old foetuses could have been intended for use in Satanic rituals. ["I have a secret radio transmitter in my teeth", he did not add.]

Gen Varon said the foetuses were found alongside crucifixes and medals. He said officials are trying to find out who sent the packages, which came from Barranquilla in Colombia and were destined for Miami in the US.

Previously: Good news on severed goat heads: Satan not involved.

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I, for one, welcome our new undercover glitterbutt agents

Deputy Sues Florida Hospital After Being Injected With Glitter
An undercover Orange County deputy says he went to Florida Hospital for a shot of pain medication, but instead the syringe was filled with glitter, the kind used in makeup.

It was cosmetic glitter, according to attorneys for the undercover deputy, injected right into muscles of the deputy's hip. The deputy had gone to Florida Hospital for sinus surgery in October of 2000. Nurses were supposed to inject him with Demerol. But one shot, he says, didn't make him feel better.

Three months later, he had a four-inch by four-inch mass near the injection site. It took another surgery to remove it. An analysis determined there was "green and red sparkling material" around the mass. In other words, glitter. "When Dr. Nawiki came to me and said we took some glitter looking stuff out of my buttock, I was shocked. I still am," the deputy said.

He continues to have health problems. He walks with a limp and has been hospitalized 12 more times. He's now suing Florida Hospital.

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