Couple Uses 13-year-old as Designated Driver | Firstcoastnews.com | Strange and Unusual

October 8, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — A California couple hoping to avoid a DUI after their dinner date Sunday night handed over the keys to the responsible one in their party: a 13-year-old boy.

Rather than taking the risk of adding another charge of drunken driving to their already long list of DUI convictions, 29-year-old Donald Hughes and 32-year-old Heather Choulos asked the boy to get them home safely.

The boy drove to the middle of a busy street, then stopped.

When police spotted the stalled vehicle and asked the driver what was going on, the jig was up.

The boy, who is related to one of the two, was released to another member of the family.

Choulos was charged with a misdemeanor count of child endangerment and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Hughes was not charged.

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School has started.

August 26, 2009

Hi people, school has started for almost a week now, and I think I can safe say that this year will be hard.

Hard and epic. Chemistry especially. Hopefully, this will work out OK. Chemistry will not triumph.

Computer “broken”

July 10, 2009

“Broken” as in taken upgrade, ripped limb from limb, so I can clean out the dust bunnies and make some RAM upgrades!

Using my old laptop right now. The desktop should be “fixed” by Saturday.

North Korea attacking US Govt Websites

July 9, 2009

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean intelligence officials believe North Korea or pro-Pyongyang forces committed cyber attacks that paralyzed major South Korean and U.S. government Web sites, aides to two lawmakers said Wednesday. The sites of 11 South Korean organizations, including the presidential Blue House and the Defense Ministry, went down or had access problems since late Tuesday, according to the state-run Korea Information Security Agency. Agency spokeswoman Ahn Jeong-eun said 11 U.S. sites suffered similar problems. She said the agency is investigating the case with police and prosecutors.

More here.

So many Gizmodo posts today…

July 8, 2009
from Gizmodo by John Herrman

Yes, this picture of Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso presenting Pope Benedict XVI with a Sony camcorder on a food platter is bizarre on about four levels, but can you think of a better gift? I’d watch his vlog. [Japanprobe]

Picture of the President’s office

July 8, 2009

via Gizmodo

Weird image

July 8, 2009

[via Gizmodo]

Google Chrome OS

July 8, 2009

Google is making their own OS, based on their web browser Chrome. A cloud computing OS perhaps?  The source will be released this year, and netbooks with the OS preinstalled will be available in 2010.

TV causes fire, solved with TV remote

July 8, 2009

Firefighters in Zurich were able to avert disaster last week when they were called on by an elderly woman to extinguish a flaming television. Fortunately, the crisis was resolved with the push of a button. You see, the television was turned to a German station that broadcasts a Yule Log-esque fireplace in the early morning hours, so a remote was the right tool for the job. Ahh senility…where everyday and everything is an adventure.

Codec requirement for HTML dropped!

July 7, 2009

“After an inordinate amount of discussions, both in public and privately, on the situation regarding codecs for <video> and <audio> in HTML5, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that there is no suitable codec that all vendors are willing to implement and ship,” Hickson wrote. “I have therefore removed the two subsections in the HTML5 spec in which codecs would have been required, and have instead left the matter undefined, as has in the past been done with other features like <img> and image formats, <embed> and plugin APIs, or Web fonts and font formats.”

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