The Cry Baby is on sabbatical ....

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Video: Very cool – how books were make in the old days

This is a fun video to watch. Reminds us of the world way before the Kindle.

New $40 lightbulb replaces $1 bulb

Home Depot is now selling the new Philips AmbientLED 12.5-watt bulb – which replaces the standard 60 watt bulb, for a cool $39.97. Given that you can buy a 60 watt bulb for under a dollar, you are going to pay a $39.00 premium for the new bulb. Philips has the math worked out like this:

•A conventional 60-watt bulb lasts about 1,000 hours, uses 60 watts of electricity and costs $180 to run for 25,000 hours.
•The LED equivalent lasts 25,000 hours uses 12.5 watts and costs $37.50 to run for 25,000 hours.

Well it makes sense, sort of, but my skeptic's nose tells me that people won't be buying into a $40 bulb in a big way.  The green $39.00 in the pocket will win out for the time being on this one – at least for the average consumer.

Photos: Great vintage 3-D movie posters

3-D is the rage right now, but it's been the rage before. Have a look at the twenty-five vintage 3-D movie posters that has put together. Click here to see them all. 

Graphic: The most simplest and most complicated countries to file taxes in

Check out this graphic from GOOD on the countries with the simplest and most complicated (and most expensive) tax filing systems. The United States ranked 64th of183 countries surveyed.

Why we just don't apply a flat tax across the board, instead of creating huge taxation bureaucracies is something I'll never understand. Corporations have huge accounting and legal departments dedicated to avoiding taxation – a huge waste of resources, that roughly delivers the same revenue to the government that a flat  tax rate would.

Justin Bieber's best quote from Rolling Stone interview

Because I know you really wanted to know. Let's remember that this is from a sixteen-year-old kid. Here they are:

SEX: “I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them.I think you should just wait for the person you're…in love with.”

HEALTH CARE: “Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”

ABORTION FROM RAPE: “Um. Well, I think that's really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I guess I haven't been in that position, so I wouldn't be able to judge that.”

POLITICS: “I'm not sure about the parties. But whatever they have in Korea, that's bad.”

HOMOSEXUALITY: "It's everyone's own decision to do that. It doesn't affect me and shouldn't affect anyone else."

Outrage over photographer's threats to sue over use of dead girl's photo

Gabrielle Giffords, Democratic nominee and gen...Image via Wikipedia
This is straight from Radar Online:

"A photographer threatening to sue media outlets for running his photograph of Christina-Taylor Green, the little girl murdered in the rampage where Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot, is facing a massive backlash and calls for a boycott.
Jon Wolf’s actions have enraged so many people that a Facebook page has been started to boycott his business after he hired a lawyer and threatened to sue and collect big money from media outlets running a photograph of nine-year-old shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green." 

While I fully understand the photographer holds the copyright and is fully justified legally in seeking payment, it's definitly a case of bad judgement on his part to pursue this when it involves the death of a child. Read the entire story on Radar Online here.