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Seth MacFarlane Partners With Google

In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of "Family Guy" on television, will unveil a carefully guarded new project called "Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy." Unlike "Family Guy," which is broadcast on Fox, this animation series will appear exclusively on the Internet.

The innovative part involves the distribution plan. Google will syndicate the program using its AdSense advertising system to thousands of Web sites that are predetermined to be gathering spots for MacFarlane's target audience, typically young men. Instead of placing a static ad on a Web page, Google will place a "Cavalcade" video clip.

Advertising will be incorporated into the clips in varying ways. In some cases, there will be "preroll" ads, which ask viewers to sit through a TV-style commercial before getting to the video. Some advertisers may opt for a banner to be placed at the bottom of the video clip or a simple "brought to you by" note at the beginning.

MacFarlane, who will receive a percentage of the ad revenue, has created a stable of new characters to star in the series, which will be served up in 50 two-minute episodes.


By min | June 30, 2008, 11:38 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

It Wasn't a Bear, Robn

It was a ninja.

A report of a ninja sighting in the woods near the Robert L. Horbelt elementary School prompted a brief lockdown of the township's public schools before authorities realized the suspect in question was actually a camp counselor heading toward a costume party.

Shortly after 9 a.m., police received a call from a librarian at the local Ocean County Library branch on Burr Street reporting that a man dressed as a ninja, carrying a large sword, was running through the woods, Lt. Patrick Shaffery said. Police then initiated a lockdown of the five schools as a precaution, police said.

The lockdown -- which restricts movement in and out of school buildings -- was lifted by 9:30 a.m. after police learned the man in question was actually a camp counselor on his way to a costume-themed day at the Russell O. Brackman Middle School. The counselor, who was wearing a black karate gi and carrying a plastic sword, was running late and decided to take a shortcut through the woods, Shaffery said.

By min | June 26, 2008, 3:46 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (2)| Link


Customs officials in Xinjiang, which borders both countries, have seized more than 30 carpets containing some 50 kg (110 lb) of heroin in the last several months, the official China Daily said.

"The traffickers have become more sophisticated and are using new techniques," it paraphrased Wang Zhi, deputy director the General Administration of Customs' anti-smuggling bureau, as saying.

"Wang said traffickers first inject heroin into plastic tubes of 1-2 mm diameter and wrap them with colorful natural or synthetic fibers to make them look like yarn. They then weave them into the carpet along with normal yarn," the report said.

The new smuggling method was making detection harder as equipment normally used by customs' officers was not up to the task, the newspaper added.


By min | June 26, 2008, 2:15 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

You Know What I Like?

I like Vikings.

By min | June 25, 2008, 3:14 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

The internet is full of many strange things, some of them grammatical in nature.

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By fnord12 | June 11, 2008, 10:21 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Reverse Sterilisation?

They can do that??

China is sending medics to offer reverse sterilisation operations to parents who lost their only children in last month's quake, state media says.

The family planning authorities say the team will provide counselling, surgery and in-vitro fertilisation treatment.


"The team, comprised of experts on child-bearing, will conduct surgery in the quake-hit areas to provide technological support for those wanting to give birth to another."

What does it take to get certified as an expert in child-bearing? Does it require first hand experience?

By min | June 6, 2008, 3:15 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Cosplayers Are Creepy

By min | June 6, 2008, 1:45 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Tarako, Tarako

If you guessed that this was a commercial for a cod roe pasta sauce, you'd be absolutely right.

By min | June 6, 2008, 1:42 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

El Mariachi

Who knew it was actually a documentary.

With a plasma TV, a DVD player, $172,000 in cash, gym equipment, two refrigerators and a couple of guns, Genilson Lino da Silva had everything he needed for a luxurious life -- in his Brazilian prison cell.
"We will investigate if the leaders of the prison were conniving in this," Paulo Gomes, a state prosecutor, told reporters.

He said he was not surprised that kidnappings, murders, and drug trafficking were being directed from inside the jail. "The surprise was finding 280,000 reais ($172,000) inside a cell."

By min | June 6, 2008, 1:08 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Texas Snapshot

Add to the list of why you should stay out of Texas.

A family sued a justice of the peace Wednesday, complaining that he ordered a man to paddle his teenage stepdaughter in the courtroom and threatened to convict her of truancy if he didn't.
"The word 'club' could be fairly used as a substitute for the word 'paddle' here as it appears to be something which may have been cut from a (2-by-4) piece of lumber," attorney Mark Sossi wrote in the family's petition.

"The paddles provided by the judge are of such heft and weight that an individual striking an animal with one might be reasonably reported for cruelty to an animal," the family said.


The family alleges that Garza told Zurita to strike his 14-year-old stepdaughter repeatedly on the buttocks in open court. It says the judge told Zurita the girl would be fined $500 if she wasn't paddled.

Zurita said in an affidavit that he didn't feel as though he had a choice and that when he was done, the judge told him he had not struck the girl hard enough.

By min | June 5, 2008, 2:39 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link


First off, San Francisco has an annual Masturbate-a-thon, which is completely weird and gross in itself.

Second, is there nothing the Japanese don't create some technological wonder for? There are at least 6 different models for this thing! And yes, note the size modification they are going to have to make before they market in the U.S.

By min | June 3, 2008, 2:00 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (4)| Link

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