The Daily Word: obese New Mexican children; a Playboy Club in outer space; postponement for BP oil spill trial; the badgermin
One out of five New Mexican third graders is obese.
Sculptor Ken Price died at his home in Taos last Friday.
This Australian woman scammed some Nigerian internet scammers.
The FBI has turned off about 3,000 warrantless GPS tracking devices that they had placed on vehicles.
"Playboy bunnies wearing jetpacks would serve the drinks...."
Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution documentary.
All NATO staff working in the Kabul area have been recalled.
Read about the most obsessed-over Polaroid camera of them all, the Polaroid SX-70.
Alex Cox (director of Repo Man, Sid&Nancy) wants you to illegally download his films.
Why settle for a theremin when you could have a "badgermin?"
Picture gallery of old abandoned cars in the woods.
On this day in 1933 Hitler announced his plans for the Porsche-designed "people's car," the Volkswagen.
The Daily Word in gay penguins, approaching asteroids, and the end of red light cameras
City councilors vote in favor of ending the red light cameras. Hooray!
President Obama’s health care law is upheld as constitutional by a federal appeals court.
In other incredible news, 43,000 people and counting are signing a petition to prevent Nickelback from playing the Super Bowl halftime show.
Zookeepers in Toronto are splitting up a gay penguin couple for the sake of breeding.
Legendary boxer Smokin’ Joe Frazier is dead at 67.
The Penn State sex abuse scandal could permanently taint the legacy of coach Joe Paterno.
Police could end up tracking your GPS device without a warrant.
Dr. Conrad Murray, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, is placed on suicide watch.
Four men and a teenager are accused of attempting to steal a lion carcass in Ohio.
This giant asteroid is making a close pass by Earth today, the closest since 1976.
The White House spoils the fun for everyone in making a formal declaration that extraterrestrials do not exist.
Happy Birthday, Leif Garrett!
Thanks to Emily and Constance for some of today’s links.
Robo Voices and GPS Girls
In last week's New York Times Style section, there was an article that explored our inherent attraction to the GPS voice, a connection that takes our relationship with machines to a whole new level. According to the article, we were originally supposed to take directions from men. But car companies switched the GPS to a female voice since they rated higher in friendliness and were more likely to be comforting to a lost traveler. Indeed, drivers all over the world have responded to "American Jill," "Australian Karen" and "Español Paulina." Though these faceless ladies have inspired their fair share of lascivious blog posts, Australian Karen, through her website www.thegpsgirl.com, has been praised for her role as a marriage counselor. As quoted in the Times, her soothing voice "takes the focus off blaming one person or another." Australian Karen (aka Karen Jacobsen) has proven she is more than just a pretty voice. A songwriter and inspirational speaker, she has recorded seven albums and helps people find their "inner-