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Lady Gaga Needs Less Attractive Friends

Lady Gaga is in Rio today, and she and a friend (makeup artist Tara Savelo) hung out on her hotel balcony in bikinis. Which was a terrible idea because Tara is a solid 8, and Gaga is even more unattractive and unappealing than usual when she stands next to her. She should find one of those kids from the TLC shows about kids with 5 faces or glowing tentacles instead of arms and legs and be friends with them. That’s what Jennifer Lopez would do.

Isabel Lucas is a Nerdy Chick

I'm not sure if Isabel Lucas is going incognito or she is on her way to a Math Team party, but I like it either way. More hot celebrities need to dress like nerds... that way, pathetic people like myself won't feel threatened by them. And then we can properly stalk them.

Jennifer Aniston Drops Some Behind The Scenes Cleavage

Here’s Jennifer Aniston looking pretty damn sexy for a forty-one year old, and dropping some impressive cleavage on the set of her upcoming movie “Fast friends”. Ok, I’m only kidding about the age thing, because Aniston looks hotter and has more of a killer body than the majority of actresses in their twenties… and judging from the last photo on the first row… supermodels as well. The babe next to her in the baby blue dress? That’s supermodel Brooklyn Decker, and as you can see, Aniston’s body totally blows Decker’s body out of the water. Actually, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, Aniston makes Decker look… fat.

I Am In Love With Jessica-Jane Clement

Jessica-Jane Clement is an English glamour model, actress, and television presenter. She attended High Storrs School in Sheffield. Clement has made her name in the BBC production The Real Hustle, where along with Alex Conran and Paul Wilson she demonstrates confidence and magic tricks, distraction scams and proposition bets on members of the public, to show the viewing public how to not get caught by them. She also featured similar trick-demonstration roles in one-off special Don't Miss a Trick. Here she is in Thailand this week.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

From Dusk to Dawn – Sun Photography

Long before the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus with his revolutionary scientific idea of heliocentrism, people believed that the Sun was a supreme god (named Ra in ancient Egypt or Helios – in Roman Empire). According to ancient beliefs, this god wakes up every morning and starts moving across the sky in his golden chariot, bestowing all the people on Earth with the blessed light. Though these legends have nothing to do with the real state of affairs, they are, actually, much more valuable, interesting, and creative from the point of view of art. Indeed, we know today that sunsets and sunrises are caused by the cyclic movements of our planet around the Sun. However, there is still something mystique and enigmatic in those short moments on the very edge between day and night. When the first rays of sun light appear on the horizon, the whole world starts an amazing chain of metamorphoses with shadows dancing around and objects starting to gain their usual contours. Similar phenomena can be observed when the Sun sets down in the evening, letting the whole world to be embraced by the darkness of the night.

Breathtaking Underwater Photography

Humanity knows almost as little about the depths of the oceans as the depths of outer space. Earth’s oceans have fascinated humanity for millenia, resulting in a variety of myths from the Earth being flat with the oceans simply pouring off into space, the kraken and mermaids. Beyond the myths, however, lies an incredible variety of life and color. Today we’ll take a closer look on what we can find under the clear blue waters of the oceans. And here’re some breathtaking underwater photos, captured by talented photographers. From Clownfish that look surprisingly like Nemo (see the picture above), to jellyfish, sharks and crabs, you’ll get a glimpse of some of the life that thrives just beneath the surface.

Post-Soviet Aircraft Graveyard Discovered on Abandoned Far East Russian Air Base

During the Cold War CIA and U.S. Air Force pilots risked life and limb to spy on the Soviet Union. Today, we too can peer behind the former Iron Curtain, all from the comfort of our personal computers. Intriguingly, such virtual exploration has revealed abandoned military bases in the far reaches of Russia that – even today – house the rusting remnants of the feared Soviet bomber force. Littered with at least 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires of the 444th Heavy Bomber Regiment, Vozdvizhenka air base resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape. Entering this barren place, located near Ussuriysk in the Primorsky Krai region of Far East Russia, 60 miles north of Vladivostok and 40 miles from the Chinese border, is like taking a step back in time.

Ballerina Pictures

Almost every little girl at some point in their life wants to grow up to be a ballerina. Only a few actually pursue that dream. Here are some great ballerina pictures that keep both young and old longing for their chance to dance on stage.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

The Curious Story of Packard's Twin Six and Twelve

In January 1930, Cadillac introduced its mighty Sixteen, a bold and extravagant bid for supremacy in the luxury car field. Naturally, the Packard Motor Car Company, the reigning champion of the American luxury market, was not about to take that lying down, and launched its own 12-cylinder Twin Six in 1932. It would be easy to assume the Twin Six was a hastily contrived response to the multicylinder Cadillacs, but that's only half true. The latter-day Twin Six was conceived for quite a different purpose, and therein hangs a tale. This week, we look at the curious history of Packard's legendary V-12 cars, with sideways glances at Cord and...the Indianapolis 500?

Boeing 787 Completes Critical Flutter Testing

Boeing passed a major milestone today in the 787 Dreamliner program. Today’s flight test of airframe ZA001, the first 787 to fly back in December, marks the end of flutter testing for the airplane. Wired.com was in Boeing’s telemetry room today in Seattle and will have a full report of flight testing from the engineers perspective on Monday. Flight test engineers and test pilots at Boeing have been performing flutter tests for the past several weeks concluding with a 3 hour 48 minute flight today. Flutter testing is a critical part of the envelope expansion for any new airplane. Until the testing is complete, flight test aircraft may be limited to certain speeds, altitudes and weights during various maneuvers. During the flutter testing flights, pilots introduce a range of vibration frequencies to the flight surfaces and flight control surfaces to ensure the design of the aircraft dampens out the oscillations without further input from the pilots.

This Hurts

As busy as things are with me, I just had to take time and post this. When I was still active in the BMW scene, I’ve met Paul who hit me up wanting to buy some of my old parts from my E36. He turned out to be a real cool guy and really have much passion for his E36. I caught him at one of the Cars and Coffee meet here in Irvine one time when he brought out his E36 rolling on a set of sick BBS RS. It was the first time I saw his ride in person with the new set of wheels. He still had vaders in there and had big plans for the engine. Then later on, he continued to work on the car and gave it a complete repaint. One of my favorite color for the E36 – British Racing Green which is a factory color for the limited GT edition. This car was epic in my eyes. I dig how Paul hooked it up and kept in clean. He thought of selling it once but decided to keep it. I don’t blame him and I totally can relate. But then this happened!

Lamborghini Aventador Strips Down to its Rolling Chassis for Pebble Beach

Sitting in stark contrast to the heritage machines on display on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours are the assembled exotics on the “Concept Lawn”. The best example of this is the Lamborghini Aventador, which is joined by a rolling chassis of the 700-hp Italian exotic, displaying the ultra-modern technology that makes it such an incredible performance machine. Car geeks can revel in the carbon fiber monocoque, joined at the front and rear by a complex and light weight aluminum chassis. This structure allows the car to weigh in at just under 3,500 lbs, despite a truly massive 6.5-liter V12 engine out back. Also on display is the pushrod suspension setup, with Lambroghini claiming the Aventador is the first production car to make use of this design, which has until now been reserved for race cars.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Jason Dietz' UFO Abduction Lamps

Every year, Maker Faire displays the perfect, harmonious blend of art and tech, science and craft, and everything in between. This year's Maker Faire Bay Area, truly the world's largest DIY festival, takes place at the San Mateo Fairgrounds on May 22nd and 23rd. One of the new makers presenting is Jason Dietz, and he's bringing his awesome UFO Abduction Lamps (pictured above). We connected with Jason for a little Q&A, and this is what he had to say.

Hacker Spoofs Cell Phone Tower to Intercept Calls

A security researcher created a cell phone base station that tricks cell phones into routing their outbound calls through his device, allowing someone to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear. The device tricks the phones into disabling encryption and records call details and content before they’re routed on their proper way through voice-over-IP. The low-cost, home-brewed device, developed by researcher Chris Paget, mimics more expensive devices already used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies – called IMSI catchers – that can capture phone ID data and content. The devices essentially spoof a legitimate GSM tower and entice cell phones to send them data by emitting a signal that’s stronger than legitimate towers in the area. “If you have the ability to deliver a reasonably strong signal, then those around are owned,” Paget said. Paget’s system costs only about $1,500, as opposed to several hundreds of thousands for professional products. Most of the price is for the laptop he used to operate the system.

How To Research An Unknown Online Retailer

So you just spotted that gizmo you've been lusting for at unbeatable price, but the only problem is it's for sale at an online retailer you've never heard of. How do you know if they're trustworthy? Consumerist reader "Gigantic Robotic Penguin" (don't let the name turn you off) has put together a comprehensive guide to evaluating unknown online retailers. All these steps add up to a matrix that can either reassure you or make you want to run the other way.

OnStar Gets Smart

General Motors is bringing OnStar to smartphones with apps that will let drivers do things like lock their doors, turn on their A/C or even start their cars from miles away. And why would you want to do that? Well, imagine you’re about to catch a flight and can’t remember whether you locked the door of your Cadillac CTS-V coupe. Fire up the app, enter a PIN and voila — the car’s secure. Leaving the ballpark on a hot day and don’t want the seats in your Buick LaCrosse to sear your thighs? Start your car from the stands and have it icy cold by the time you get there.

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