Sunday, June 19, 2011

Humor/our: Social Times: Rapturous Hilarity -- 10 End of the World Tweets

Social Times (May19,2k11)

If you haven’t heard yet, folks, the Rapture is upon us and it’s the talk of the Twitter town.  That’s right—this Saturday May 21 is Judgment Day, according to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping and a small group of his followers.  Are you ready?

If Twitter’s community is any indicator, it looks like most of us are pretty skeptical about the #rapture.  I mean, who is this Harold Camping anyway?  And how exactly did he determine that May 21, 2011 would indeed be the beginning of the end of humanity?  We’ve compiled a list of ten of the most hilarious skeptical Tweets about the end of the world, the rapture, the apocalypse, Armageddon, or whatever you’d like to call it.
Check them all out below and be sure to let us know what you think will happen this Saturday in the comments.
10. Uh oh, I think @That_Biz just found us a theme song for the end of the world…
9. This whole thing sounds familiar to @Sipperana.  Hmm…maybe that’s because the end of the world has been predicted before.  Hundreds of times.  Twitter was just never around before to help spread the news.
8. @ReignOfApril wants to know: What will you be wearing to the rapture?
7. @IAmJericho still has a few errands to run before the end of the world.
6. If you had to choose someone to narrate the apocalypse who would it be?  @TheHoyBoy hopes it’s Morgan Freeman.  So do I.
5. @aryuserius is prepared for the rapture.  Are you?
4. What’s the matter @JamesCoyne?  Are you going to let a little bit of inclement weather ruin your weekend plans?  (Click here for image link)
3. If you’re nervous about leaving your pets behind in the rapture, @neilhimself offers up a solution.  It seems that a group of kind atheists are offering to watch the pets of those who are expecting to be raptured.  Their website states, “For $135.00 we will guarantee that should the Rapture occur within ten (10) years of receipt of payment, one pet per residence will be saved.”  Sounds fair enough.
2. @stevie_joe asks the question that’s on everyone’s minds: Will we be able to check in to the rapture on Foursquare?
1. And finally, @kevinism has a great idea for a prank to pull this Saturday.
Image Credit:
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Entertainment: Videogames: Weeks Top 10

This Week's Bestsellers

The Sims 3
Cities in Motion
Lost in Time: The Clockwork Tower
The Tiny Bang Story
Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Empress of the Deep 2 Collector's Edition
Jet Set Go
Mystery P.I. - Lost in LA
Mystery P.I. - The London Caper
The Sims Medieval

Summer in the City: Monster boring machines: New northern extension of subway launched

Toronto Star (June16,2k11)
This momentous subway moment has been in the making for about 20 years.

The TTC is about to launch the first of four giant tunnel-boring machines that will dig the route for tracks and trains on the Spadina subway extension to York Region.

“It’s really exciting. After 25 years we’re finally building the subway line. It’s going to connect York to rapid transit, it’s going to open up an entire new area of the city. It’s going to link us to our regional neighbours,” TTC chair Karen Stintz said Thursday.

Stintz will join Mayor Rob Ford and federal, provincial and regional politicians on Friday to announce the launch at the site of the future Sheppard West subway station.

“What I’d like to do is just keep the borers, so when we finish on Spadina-York we just keep on going. It’s a long time in coming, it’s so needed,” said Stintz, citing the 2,000 buses a day that serve York University and the city’s planned development of Downsview Park, which will also feed the subway.

The $2.4 billion extension, which will extend 6.7 kilometres from Downsview station to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Vaughn [Municipality], is scheduled to open by 2015. So far, construction is on time and on budget, she said.

The first of the machines has already been lowered into the ground at Sheppard West to begin the dig by the end of the month.

There are three shafts along the six-stop route into which the machines will be lowered and extracted at various phases.

The first machine will dig northwest, parallel to Keele St. to just south of Finch Ave. About a month later, its twin will begin boring a parallel tunnel. The time gap is necessary to let the ground settle.
Once they reach Finch, the machines will be pulled out through an extraction shaft and returned to Sheppard, where they will begin boring south to Downsview station.

That completes their task.

The second set of tunneling machines will be launched in fall atnSteeles West Station, from which they will travel south to Finch West. There they will be extracted and taken up to Highway 407 to dig southward to Steeles West. Finally, those machines will be used to tunnel north to Vaughan.
Custom-built by Lovat in Toronto, the machines are assembled at the subway site.

The Spadina tunnel will be 5.4 metres in diameter, compared with 5.2 metres on the Sheppard line, because of different curves on Spadina and to accommodate new fire rules requiring wider walkways.

The tunnels won’t be as wide, however, as the underground Eglinton light rail, which requires a 6.5-metre diameter to accommodate the overhead catenary.

As well as boring tunnels, the machines are equipped with arms that will be used to lift and install the segmented tunnel liners.

The stations will cost $100 million to $200 million each, including tail track at the north end, where trains will be stored.
-- Star / Kalinowski materials posted here by Owlb

Fashion: Vid: Latest from Converse / Dazed Digital; Emerging Artists Awards offered

Fashion at Converse / Dazed Digital (April 18,2k11)

Toronto the Good: Racoons still a minority in Torono *--)

Christian Science Monitor (June18,2k11)

A family of young raccoons perches on a garage in Toronto in 2009. The Canadian city has become known as the raccoon capital of the world, much to the chagrin of its human residents. One man was arrested for allegedly hitting a baby raccoon with a shovel.  [Another for attempting to drown a nuissance raccoon still in its cage, by dropping the closed cage into Lake Ontario, only to be videod while doing so.]   Zuma Press/Newscom/File

-- CSM / ZumaPress/Newscom'File materials re-posted here by Animal Lover

VideoGames: Duke Nukem Forever: Panned as an obsolescent washout game that shoud never have taken this long and shoud nev er have been released

NewYorkTimes (June18,2k11)

-- NYT/ Schiesel material re-posted here by VideoGamer

-- game under review is released by Gearbox Software


14 Years of Waiting Have Come to an End

The very first thing you do in Duke Nukem Forever is relieve yourself.
3D Realms
Duke Nukem Forever Duke, a crude Earthling, battles aliens in this game from Gearbox Software.


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An image from Duke Nukem 3D, the 1996 trailblazing game.
3D Realms
In the newly released sequel, Duke Nukem Forever, Duke takes on aliens who have invaded Las Vegas and abducted women, including his twin blond girlfriends.
That’s right. After 14 tortured years in development, after being endlessly revised and restarted by no fewer than four different studios since the Clinton administration, Duke Nukem Forever finally opens with a first-person view of a men’s urinal being put to its intended purpose.
It rarely becomes more entertaining.
There is no easy way to put this: Duke Nukem Forever is shockingly, embarrassingly bad. Not ironic bad. Not campy bad. Not even fascinating bad. Just bad, as in unpleasant to play and watch. As in please save your money.
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