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CELEBRITIES & MODELS

Ponzi Wife Hopes To Pole Dance Her Way Back To Profit

Things haven't been so easy for former Scores stripper Diane Passage in recent months, ever since her husband, accountant to the stars Kenneth Starr, pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme. Starr is facing 12 years in jail, his companies are in bankruptcy, and their joint bank accounts have been frozen—so what's a third wife to do to make a little money? Passage reportedly auditioned for a new, untitled reality TV show which will show what life is like for pole dancers; if Passage gets a spot, she'll be filmed as she starts working at Scores again. There won't be any nudity, but there will be footage of the girls "going about their daily lives."

Pippa Middleton’s Butt Will Tide You Over

While we wait for the results of Lindsay Lohan’s probation hearing, here’s Pippa Middleton in a tight dress which I’m entirely posting to attract European readers and show them how we handle celebrity justice here in the colonies. Which is we don’t. We don’t do anything. One of them even killed a kid and we were like, “Eh.”

Hilary Swank in a Bikini. Did Not See That Coming…

Apparently it’s Random Celebrities in Swimwear Week, because here’s Hilary Swank vacationing in Hawaii yesterday which I honestly would’ve never predicted if someone gave me a Ouija board and made me spend the night in an Indian graveyard.

'The Hills' Star Kristin Cavallari Hosts Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria Resort and Casino

On Saturday, April 24th, The Hills star Kristin Cavallari hosted the day at LIQUID Pool Lounge, the newest adult-only pool party to hit the Vegas Strip, at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter. Cavallari wore a tiny black bikini with a sheer black top that showed off her perfect figure.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Buzludzha Monument – Abandoned Relic of Bulgaria’s Communist Past

Buzludzha National Park in the beautiful Central Stara Planina, is situated right in the middle of Bulgaria at the heart of its rose growing area (one of the country’s main exports). Yet when one arrives at the Shipka Pass there awaits something quite unexpected. It is as if a huge flying saucer has chosen this spot in the Balkan Mountains for a leisurely pit stop and was then signposted, but abandoned by its owners. Yet this colossal concrete edifice (spelled variously Buzludja and Buzludža) has a history much more down to earth than that. It is what remains of an extravagantly expensive project by the leaders of the country’s old communist regime to tie up their own system of government with the mythos of the country’s 1300 year old foundation as an independent state. Forget your past? Hardly something the firecely proud people of this country might do - or so you might think.

Inside Somalia: Under fire in Mogadishu

Somalia President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed planned festive celebrations to mark his first year in office and progress made toward establishing peace and stability in the war-racked country. But Al Shabaab — the Islamic rebels allied with Al Qaeda — had other ideas. Mogadishu was hit by the worst fighting in months on Jan. 29 as the insurgents marked the anniversary of the Somali president’s first year in power with a series of violent attacks that elicited an equally deadly response. Al Shabaab, the Islamic extremists allied with Al Qaeda, attacked government positions protected by African Union peacekeepers (AMISOM) in a concerted salvo against a weak and largely ineffectual administration.

Zooming In and Out of New York

Madrid-based photographer Alfonso Zubiaga must know something we don't. How else could he show us what a living, breathing New York City looks like? Sit back and enjoy as Zubiaga takes us over its busy streets and through its most recognizable landmarks. By zooming in and out of everything from New York's iconic skyscrapers to its trademark yellow taxi cabs, he takes us on a wild ride that makes us feel like...in town where no one ever sleeps, one should never be sitting still! What's the background story? How did Zubiaga make these photos, you ask? He tells us that the series was all shot in 2008 and that the photos were taken from the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building as well as all around Manhattan over the course of 10 days. Using a single image, he reconstructed it digitally by successive layering and by centering the image in the places that piqued his interest the most. Why New York? "I wanted to evoke the feeling of vertigo in the city," he tells us. "New York is probably the most photographed city in the world, and my intention is to portray it in a different way than what has been done so far."

Pictures: Lightsaber Battle In Washington Square Park

Last night, a few hundred Jedi enthusiasts crammed into Washington Square Park for a giant Lightsaber Battle. There were demonstrations of proper lightsaber technique, people dressed as Sith Lords, lots of children and various non-Star Wars characters, including zombies, ninjas and even a Pikachu, all partaking in the fun. There was even some under-the-radar lightsaber battle betting going on. Kevin Bracken, one of the organizers of the event, told us: "Last night's lightsaber battle was phenomenal! 500 lightsabers were reserved in advance, and easily 1000 people showed up. I am happy we can put on big family-friendly events; so many parents and kids last night. The Arch in the park made for an epic backdrop, and my favorite moment of the night was setting up an epic Braveheart-style skirmish with deafening cheers from each side."

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

San Juan Tour Jeep Restoration Project

I've been hunting for a "San Juan Scenic Tour " Jeep for quite some time now. In the Fall of 2004 I was given a lead on this truck by fellow Willys enthusiast Don Scott. At first it didn't catch my interest because of the obvious Monster Truck stance. I was looking for an original vehicle to restore, though the kid in me thought that it would be a cool addition to my collection! Well, on our trip to Ouray in October of 2004 I thought we'd take the southern route there and take a peek at it for a possible picture of the week shot. Needless to say, the rest is history! Follow the links below for more information on this strange vehicle.

The Oshkosh M-ATV Is Friggin' HUGE

The Oshkosh M-ATV is the shiny new toy in the US military's wheeled vehicle fleet, just trickling into Afghanistan now to replace up-armored Humvees. We just got our first look at the thing and it's staggeringly huge in every way. The M-ATV is the next-gen armored personnel and light transport carrier designed for maximum survivability in IED attacks and through rough terrain. Oshkosh will be building $1.05B worth of these things and as taxpaying citizens let us be the first to say, holy crap are they awesome. Imagine a vehicle the size of a dump truck with a blast force dissipating hull, laminated glass, 46 inch tall tires, a cargo box so high it has a fold down ladder to get to, suspension coils thicker than a fifty cent piece and a big scoopful of good old American badass. We want one for grocery store runs.

A Lamborghini Gets Sand-Trapped at Pebble Beach

A Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder wound up in a sand trap after the driver took a wrong turn leaving the Concorso Italiano event at Pebble Beach last night. Mulligan! A helpful rollback wrecker eventually arrived to tee up the Lambo, assisting the driver in reversing back onto the more tractable green.

Oddest-Named New-Car Features

Automakers not only strive to develop new gizmos and gadgets to capture the hearts and minds of new-car buyers, they love to create intriguing names for what are otherwise relatively mundane components. As introduced on the 1941 Chrysler Imperial, power windows were dubbed as being “Hydro-Electric,” while the car’s optional automatic transmission was called the “Vacamatic.” In the 1960’s, Oldsmobiles didn’t come powered by mere V8 engines – they were “Rocket 88s.” Buick’s once offered a “Super Sonomatic” car radio, and later designated its bump-absorbing suspension “Dynaride.” That sort of oddball naming convention lives on in the 21st Century, with high-tech-sounding suffixes like “–tronic” and “–matic” continuing to abound and confound, particularly among upscale automakers to help their cars seem more, well, special.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Wintry Doom Looms for Mars Spirit Rover

NASA's Mars Spirit Rover, now a stationary probe stuck in the sands of the Red Planet, may not survive the Martian Winter. If you'll remember, Spirit suffered devastating wheel breakage late last year, and in January NASA officially christened the eternally immobilized rover as a "stationary probe," doomed to live of the remainder of its days stuck in the sand. Then, on March 22, the probe entered an emergency hibernation mode and stopped communicating with NASA. It is the seventh year on-planet for Spirit, which is far, far beyond its original 90-day mission, but a looming Martian winter, coupled with an unfavorable solar panel angle (due to the position it is stuck in), could mean the rover's amazing mission is finally at an end.

IR Light and Camcorder used to make Cheap Night Vision Hunting Solution

Snypercat has been working on a way to hunt farm rats at night. There is no place for rats on a farm, they spread disease eat the food for your animals and will get you shut down if you plan on selling what you grow or raise. Snypercat knows that the best time to hunt rats is when they are most active which is at night. Only problem is us humans can’t see very well at night and if normal lighting was used it would scare away the rats. Her solution was to attach a Sony night vision camcorder to the scope of a gun. A large IR illuminator is then needed since she will be a long way from the prey she is hunting. The large wide spread type of IR illuminator worked not bad but since they are normally used for night vision cameras it has a very wide beam of light. She found that the optimal solution was a IR flashlight since it can be focused to a tight beam just where it is needed which might be a few hundred feet away.

The Bob Chronicles

On its fifteenth anniversary, a look back at a legendary software flop. What’s the most efficient way to deride a technology product as a stinker and/or a flop? Easy: Compare it to Microsoft Bob. Bring up the infamous Windows 3.1 front-end for computing newbies–officially released fifteen years ago this week, on March 31st, 1995–and you need say no more. Everything from OS X to Twitter to Google Wave to (inevitably) Windows Vista has gotten the treatment. Bob’s pervasiveness as an insult long ago transcended its brief period of prominence as a product. By now, it’s unlikely that the vast majority of people who use it as shorthand for “embarrassing tech failure” ever actually used it–any more than the average person who cracks jokes about the Ford Edsel has spent time behind the wheel of one.

The Day Trader's Paradise

What do you get when you have space for a custom office setup, a good amount of cash, and the vision to make it all happen? Dozens of monitors and the need for your own personal power plant. We've been watching Steve's office since he first posted the construction pictures into the Lifehacker Workspace pool. Slowly, we've watched his office take shape from a spackled room with naked monitor mounts into the jaw dropping display of computing power you see above.

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