Wednesday, December 28, 2005Warning: this batch of recent news stories is not for the faint of heart. You'd think we were preparing for Hallowe'en, not New Years', from the volume of grisly tales that crossed our news aggregator today.
- "Questions about muscle or meat?" Check out the Nordic Department of Meat Science's website
- Did Gary Glitter pull a Jacko to dodge the firing squad in Vietnam?
- A 50-year old man was severely beaten by a mob and left for dead in Milwaukee last night, after he reportedly honked at the group of teenagers, who were blocking the street
- Chicago's murder rate is "right on schedule" with last year's count: nice to know we're not slipping.
- A Palos Heights, Illinois woman found an awful mystery present on her front doorstep. From CBS2 Chicago:
...the package had a note: "With hugs and kisses from Santa. My name was on the box, so obviously they know where I lived if it was addressed to me," said Kelly, an 18-year-old in Palos Heights, who came home to find a nicely wrapped Christmas gift on her front porch. When the 18-year-old opened the box, what was inside defied imagination.Update: ChicagoIST reports it was actually a goat's head.
"I saw an eye, and I freaked out and called my best friend because we are both vegans, so she would be like, ahhh! And we came back here and called the police," Kelly said. What Palos Heights police discovered was that someone had put a lamb’s head inside the box Kelly had opened. [read full article]
- Nativity thieves strike again: someone stole the baby Jesus figure from a Winnetka family's crèche, but left its detachable arms behind.
- Strange Product Tampering: a family in Hawaii who saved money to purchase the last Video iPod™ in stock at a Keeaumoku Wal-Mart received an unpleasant surprise when they opened the box: instead of an iPod™, the sealed package contained a plastic-wrapped piece of raw meat. [KHON-2 TV, via Gizmodo]
- A nifty meat collage for your computer desktop over at tinytoad.com:
I've also been working on a "meat-collage" program. Meat is being loaded and randomly placed (I'm using gdk-pixbuf, I like it!). But I'm going to need to rotate meat and I don't know the best way to do it using gdk-pixbufs. The standard way seems to be to use an algorithm which involves skewing. Now if only I could get my hands on the Paeth paper... I miss my access to uwaterloo's library proxy. Here's a sample of what I've got so far.