Friday, March 27, 2009

ShamPow!

So it looks like our friend Vince of ShamWow and SlapChop fame is in a little bit of trouble for beating up a hooker in Miami.
According to an arrest affidavit, Shlomi met Sasha Harris, 26, at a Miami Beach nightclub on February 7 and subsequently retired with her to his $750 room at the lavish Setai hotel. Shlomi told cops he paid Harris about $1000 in cash after she "propositioned him for straight sex." Shlomi said that when he kissed Harris, she suddenly "bit his tongue and would not let go." Shlomi then punched Harris several times until she released his tongue. The affidavit, a copy of which you'll find here, notes that during the 4 AM fight Harris sustained facial fractures and lacerations all over her face (she is pictured here in mug shots snapped following busts in 2008 and 2005). After freeing his tongue, a bleeding Shlomi ran to the Setai lobby, where security summoned cops. Harris refused to cooperate with officers, who recovered $930 from her purse. "Both parties had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from their persons," police reported.


You can read the full story and see pictures of the ShamWow guy with his face hooker-punched here. Something tells me the judge will be lenient on him, but you know he can't do this all day so hurry now.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I'M POOPING! and other unnecessary information

So I've been hearing a lot about Twitter lately. The folks at the law school have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon (@BaylorLawSchool if you're interested), and many of my fellow students have also gotten on board recently. I think there are 2 reasons for this. First, Facebook shit the bed when it changed the layout recently, and people aren't happy with it. So, they're looking for something new and different that they can invest their time in that maybe won't arbitrarily change for the worse every so often (good luck with that). Second, one of the newest features of the Facebook update is its status interface, which everyone is complaining looks a lot like Twitter. So I think a lot of people are going to Twitter because it's new and different, and because they want to see what all the fuss is about. Those are my theories anyway.

So why haven't I gotten on Twitter? Mostly, because I find it unnecessary. Facebook offers the same status update feature (which isn't really all that great to begin with), and a whole lot more, plus I already have a well-established profile there, whereas if I added a Twitter account I would have to learn everything anew, plus add new friends, etc. It's just such an unneeded hassle. Also, I don't really care about people's status updates, so signing up for a service devoted entirely to that seems pretty pointless. This is not to say that I'll never join Twitter, but I feel like it's a passing fad and that soon enough people will realize that information overload isn't always a good thing, and it will go the way of Myspace, Friendster, etc. We'll see.

@justint

Monday, March 2, 2009

Unintentional Sexual Innuendo in the Wikipedia Article on Narwhals

  • Gonatus
  • narrow fissures
  • deep dives
  • sense organ
  • Why the Whales Came
  • Olaus Magnus
  • male narwhals rub one another's tusks together in an activity called "tusking"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dave Brubeck Quartet

So I went to Denton this weekend to see the Dave Brubeck Quartet at UNT. I've been a pretty big jazz fan for about a year now, so as soon as a friend told me that they were playing within driving distance, I immediately got online and bought a ticket. I ended up getting a seat about 10 feet from the stage, which was really cool, as it's the closest I've ever been at a concert.

Anyway, the band came on and I wasn't sure what to expect. Dave Brubeck has been touring since the 1950s, and he's almost 90 years old. I mean, he's a freaking WWII veteran. So what did I get? Probably the best concert I've ever been to. The music was fantastic, the band was really in sync with one another, and overall they seemed to just be having a good time playing jazz standards and old favorites. Brubeck may be almost 90, but when he sat down at the piano, he had the energy, vitality, and skill of a much younger player. Brubeck himself didn't really take center stage, which isn't unexpected if you know anything about his music. The saxophone player was incredible, and also played the flute just as well as he did the sax, which was impressive. Overall, it was a great concert and I highly recommend seeing Dave Brubeck if you get the chance. Here is a clip of his current trio playing a classic jazz standard, Someday My Prince Will Come. This is the band lineup we saw, although the sax player is absent in this video. Enjoy.