We all know him as a mass-murdering terrorist, but apparently, working for Osama Bin Laden could get you some decent employee benefits. I mean, we’re talking 12 weeks of vacation for married members of al-Qaida.
No word on the health care copays which — considering the line of work — might be worth looking in to.
This insight is all thanks to OBL’s meticulous record keeping which yielded a stockpile of information when Navy SEALs stormed his compound in Pakistan.
As odd as it sounds, al-Qaida had excellent HR benefits. The seized documents showed that al-Qaida paid an unusual amount of attention to its fighters and their families. Married members were allowed to have seven days of vacation for every three weeks worked. Bachelors got five days off a month.
Married members also got a salary of $108 a month. The pay was smaller for single men and larger if the fighters had more than one wife. Now that the organization has less money and is under such pressure, it is unclear whether the benefits are as generous as they used to be. (Read more)
We know that, in general, women pack more than men when hitting the road (or the rails or the air) for vacation. Although, I will say, my friends and I defy this one.
When I went to Europe with three males several years ago each of them exceeded the weight limit with their suitcases — all three of them?! — I was 15 pounds under. We spent much of our time in JFK running around like maniacs trying to find a box and shipping station to mail everything home. (If I remember correctly, paying for extra wasn’t an option at this time.)
And, when my fiance and I travel, my suitcase is typically lighter than his (although, to be fair, he wears a size 15 shoe and is taller than I am, so his clothes weigh more ). I have a luggage scale, but I’ve never even come close to that 50-lb mark.
The only female I know who can out (under?) pack me is my sister (a change from the girl who used to rip her suitcase apart in the airport). She can, literally, go to California for a week with nothing more than carry-on and a “personal item” — and she’s still the best-dressed (non-famous) female I know.
Thing is, most men are unlike the guys in my life, packing so light they may be forgetting the essentials — like underwear.
The survey also found the average man says he wears 98 percent of the stuff he packs. I’m thinking that if he’s only packing three pair of tighty whities underwear for 7 days, there must be some serious rewearing going on.
On another, related note, the average woman wears 61 percent of what she packs and then shops like crazy while away. Forty-seven percent of women buy clothing on vacation, while less than 10 percent of men do the same.
Thanks to 810 WGY’s Facebook page for alerting me to this study.
Certain types of behind-the-scenes innovations always seem to come from Japan–like this emergency toilet that’s on display at a Japanese disaster preparedness expo.
It sounds bizarre, but if there were a huge earthquake and the running water was out, the combination of a privacy poncho, anti-odor tablets and a tie-up bag could save a lot of unpleasantness. Fork Party (tip to Digg) suggests it could also come in handy in regular-life situations when it’s tough to hold it in.
Still, it’s hard to watch the company rep squatting inside the poncho at 0:17 with a straight face. And what’s that woman on the package at 1:45 smiling about?
While today’s release of “The Hangover: Part II” won’t be delayed because of a lawsuit, Warner Brothers’ defense to copyright-infringement allegations over Mike Tyson’s famous tattoo is silly, a judge said this week.
S. Victor Whitmill, the tattoo artist who inked the tribal pattern on Tyson’s face, sued Warner Brothers last month over the movie studio’s use of his tattoo design, which is copied onto actor Ed Helms’ face in the film and is used on movie posters and other promotional items. While the judge on the case rejected Whitmill’s request for an injunction on the movie’s release, she left the door open for an interesting debate on the little-explored area of tattoos and copyright, PaidContent reports.
The fact that the judge rejected an injunction isn’t surprising. Allowing a lawsuit to quickly block the release of a movie that Warner has spent $80 million marketing would give the plaintiff enormous leverage to extract a settlement without having proven his case. Whitmill can still pursue a lawsuit for major damages, and if he wins, may be able to ask for an injunction down the road against further distribution (like a DVD release). …
First, (U.S. District Court Judge Catherine) Perry discounted Warner’s argument that the tattoo somehow has limited or no protection simply because it is on a human being’s body. (It seems that she used the word “silly” in this context, but it isn’t completely clear from the available reports.)
The most extraordinary part of Perry’s finding is that “there was no parody or transformative use.” To me, it’s frankly unbelievable that someone couldn’t at least see the possibility of some humorous mocking in the idea of Ed Helms’ cowering, wimpy character bearing the same tribal facial tattoo that Mike Tyson sports. (And frankly, a tribal facial tattoo looks kind of ridiculous on anyone… including, yes, Mike Tyson.)
The case has picked up quite a lot of attention in the intellectual property law community. Yvette Joy Liebesman, a law professor at St. Louis University, is one person writing about the case. So is Ann Bartow, a USC law professor who wrote about the hypocrisy of Warner Brothers’ own attorney, who apparently “used to think tattoos were eligible for copyright protection.”
Judge Perry found that Whitmill has indeed experienced “loss of control over his design” and that it might cause “irreparable harm,” as the tattoo artist alleged in his lawsuit. At the hearing, which took place Tuesday, Perry showed “surprisingly strong” support for Whitmill’s case, PaidContent reported.
Anyone who follows the life and loves of the Kardashians knows Kim, the second-oldest sister, has wanted to hunker down and get married (again, her first marriage in 2000 to music producer Damon Thomas, failed). She’s had some fairly high-profile relationships, but perhaps her most-famous was her time spent with Ray J, Brandy’s brother.
Not only were the two regularly splitting and reconciling, but that relationship was probably best known for what it brought to computer and television screens everywhere — a heavily watched sex tape.
Reggie Bush was another long-term boyfriend who got plenty of screen time, but his was in front of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” cameras.
Kardashian went on to date Gabriel Aubry (Halle Berry’s ex) and she even had a bit of a fling with her bodyguard, as well as hottie soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Another season, another crazed Dancing fan (me). On Monday, I was frantically voting for Chelsea. Then I saw Hines dance.
The only problem: I was fresh out of phone votes (you are limited to five) so I couldn’t put my support behind Hines (and that’s one fine behind).
The ever-thoughtful R (my fiance) saved me by going to the car and getting both his phones. This allowed me to vote for my new favorite — the Pittsburgh Steeler with the killer smile.
Once my votes were in, all I could do was hope he and Kym would take the trophy.
I missed last night’s finale because I was at my own dancing lesson over at Fred Astaire (best.thing.ever), but I did catch some of the last hour this morning. And, of course, I watched the couples on GMA.
Kirstie was, well, Kirstie. She’s loud, obnoxious and showy and I’m convinced she swears and falls and acts ridiculous just so she can make it on the E! News blooper reel. Plus, she’s a hot mess, reminding me of Anna Nicole Smith during her drug-infused final years. (Although I give Kirstie credit for improving her dancing skills, drastically.)
Chelsea was, as she’s been all season, amazing. Her body makes me drool (and seethe) and she and Mark are just fun.
Then there’s Hines. Oh, Hines. His smile is delicious and he makes dancing cool for men everywhere. Plus, he was just great with Kym after her injury (and it was amazing to see how she continued to trust him).
My only disappointment/complaint is that Kirstie didn’t get the boot back when Wendy (obnoxious lady No. 2) made her exit.
It’s been the butt of geek humor for more than a decade, considered the ultimate example of vaporware and game-industry excess. Nevertheless, the seemingly impossible has happened: Duke Nukem Foreverhas been declared complete and its code shipped to manufacturing.
The sequel to 1996′s first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D has been in development for more than 14 years. It was first announced in 1997, but a series of technology missteps caused delay after delay. Neowin.nethas the historical details:
It’s been a long, long time since the game’s original developer 3D Realms started working on the game. It first showed off screenshots (using id Software’s Quake 1 engine) back in 1997, and in 1998 it actually showed a demo at E3 behind closed doors. Just a few weeks after E3 1998, 3D Realms announced it had switched over to using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to make the game. The next screenshots and a gameplay video were released in 2001, again at E3. After that there was almost nothing released from 3D Realms about Duke Nukem Forever even though the game was still in development.
In 2009, 3D Realms and the game’s publisher 2K Games got into a court battle over the rights to Duke Nukem Forever that caused 3D Realms to lay off its internal development team. Many of those team members decided to keep working on the game at their homes under the Triptych Studios banner. Gearbox Software, founded by former 3D Realms team members, then got involved. In 2010 3D Realms settled its dispute with 2K Games, and in September 2010 Gearbox revealed that it had bought the rights to the Duke Nukem franchise. Gearbox announced that it would complete Duke Nukem Forever with Triptych Studios and Piranha Games (who are handling the multiplayer portion).
I got to play Duke Nukem Forever briefly during a visit to Dell’s meeting suite at CES in January. The graphics were impressive and the gameplay was a blast. It was a good sign that, when I finished my turn playing on a high-end Alienware system, I wanted more.
While its premise by now is a videogame cliché – a square-jawed hero uses outrageous weaponry and his wits to save the planet from slavering alien hordes – it’s important to note that Duke is the character that helped inspire the cliché.
You can expect this installment in the series to be as outrageous as the earlier versions. As you can see inthis semi-NSFW trailer video, there are naked women, an incredible amount of blood and gore and, of course, Duke’s trademark potty humor.
The game will have instant appeal to pimply-faced boys and those who wish they still were. It’s probably going to irritate everyone else. Duke Nukem Forever is decidedly not politically correct.
But then, Duke never was.
The game will be available for the Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms starting June 14 in the U.S. Other countries get it on June 10. Those who pre-order the game will get early access to a demo to be released June 3.
The Windows version will sell for $50, while the console releases will be $60.