Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 18, 2013
November 18, 2013
Filling a need:
Having to spend too much time at work? Help is on the way!
A website called TDA_Boulder has created something called the Happy Hour Virus, a tool that pretends to crash your computer so you can leave work early. You can pick from three different screens to simulate the crash: a kernel panic, a broken monitor, or the tried and true blue screen of death.
The Happy Hour Virus was made to promote a "work-life balance" by encouraging employees to "leave work early and enjoy the company of friends, family, or co-workers." (Maiman)
Here's something you can never un-see... A designer for MILEY CYRUS and RIHANNA has created a line of naked screaming OPRAY WINFREY dresses! The long-sleeved, floor-length dress has a fully naked torso screen printed onto it.
Seriously, it's really Oprah's face, with that "And You Get A Car! And You Get A Car!" expression. But... it's not really Oprah's naked body... the face was Photoshopped onto the naked torso. So if you wear the dress, it looks like Oprah 's head is growing out of your shoulder, mutant-style.
The designer, PEGGY NOLAND, told Fashionista.com that she describes herself as "the place where white trash meets high class." She said she got the idea from "the age-old red carpet question: Who are you wearing... this clearly is "You're wearing Oprah instead of a designer." (Bartha)
Tonight, the Disney Channel will debut the first-ever extended episode of their "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts in honor of Mickey Mouse's 85th birthday today. The special seven-minute comedic cartoon titled "Potatoland" will air at 8 pm (Eastern and Pacific) with Mickey, Donald and Goofy on a road trip to Idaho to fulfill Goofy's lifelong dream of visiting what he fondly remembers as Potatoland theme park.
That's the highlight of the day; there will be additional "Mickey Mouse" cartoons every half hour beginning at 1:25 pm as well.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
JOURNEY has donated $350-thousand dollars to the relief effort for the typhoon that devastated the Philippines last week. That makes sense because the band's lead singer was born in that nation's capital city of Manila. ARNEL PINEDA posted on Journey's official website (quote), "Don't stop believing. Help is on the way." The money will go to the United Nations World Food Programme to provide more than 1.4-million meals. (Marino)
Taking everything much too seriously:
Swedish officials have ordered a hotel made entirely out of ice to install fire alarms.
This would the Ice Hotel, a popular destination for tourists. It's an art project/resort hybrid made entirely out of ice and snow, and while guests might wonder whether the hotel be too cold, or the beds (which amount to fur sleeping bags placed on slabs of ice) too hard, it's safe to say that these concerns have never included fears the place might catch fire.
But Sweden's National Housing Board has told management they'll have to install fire alarms. Management was understanding. "Safety is a primary concern for us.
The hotel made its debut in 1990 and has been rebuilt each year since using chunks of frozen water from the Torne River. (promotional video)
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