Daily Telegraph: It's £650 a head for New Year diners who land on Mayfair
It seems that there are millions of people out there searching for videos of the SE Asia tsunami. I have noticed a big increase in traffic (today looks like it will be my busiest day). So far I've had 6,500 hits. I thought that was a lot but take a look at the stats for Cheese and Crackers who have been hosting and linking to tsunami videos. Wow! That's what you get for being linked to by the Drudge Report.
According to Cheese and Crackers they have served up 114TB, yep that's right, 114 TERABYTES! This is after Apple pulled the plug on the videos because of the amount of bandwidth being used. PunditGuy also felt the wrath of thousands of people sucking up his bandwidth. As a result he got stung with a $1,000 bill from his hosting company.
Mainichi Daily News: Ship happens! Man hurt as freighter slams into homes
Fox News have published their version of good news for 2004. I knew that Fox News were crap but what they've posted is ridculous, hilarious even. According to Fox News
The world is less violent
America, and the world, is healthier
The world is cleaner
The world is less poor
As someone on Fark eloquently puts it...
Fox News: Creating its own reality
These satellite images show Banda Aceh before and after the tsunami wiped out two thirds of the city. [via]
Update: More before and after shots.
Galagon 2004 is an excellent clone of the old-school game Galaga.
I was wondering when these would surface.
BBC: Romanian, 67, pregnant with twins
I'm not even going to begin discussing why this is wrong.
The Sun: Ringtone's a good wheeze
I haven't been able to find the web site so I can't comment on what they sound like. Does anyone know the address to the UK Benylin web site (www.benylin.com is only for Canadian and US people).
Update: Here's a link to the site where you can download the ringtones.
Cash-strapped US Airways have asked workers to work for free over the New Year weekend...and hundreds have responded. I'm intrigued by this. Is this an airline industry thing, where workers pull together to help out or is it an American thing. Somehow I can't see the same thing happening in Britain. Interestingly, a poll on CNN shows that out of 10,000 people who have voted, 45% say that they would work for free if asked.
A history of vinyl from the origins in the 1850s to the golden age of the 1960s.
The director of the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, Calif, has found that alcohol use among minors is highest in communities where it is easy for them to buy it.
"Communities can reduce underage drinking by reducing the number of outlets that sell booze to kids and by increasing enforcement of minimum-age purchase laws," he said.
You don't say.
Google have changed the Gmail logo in celebration of the New Year.
You may have seen this amateur footage broadcast on TV yesterday. It is taken from Sumatra's provincial capital Banda Aceh, which was closest to the epicentre of the earthquake.
Reuters: Where are all the dead animals? Sri Lanka asks
At least that's what a Tunisian astrologer who reportedly predicted the deaths of Princess Diana, Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Yasser Arafat says. Also, Saddam Hussein will suddenly die before his trial begins.
A cool Ralph Wigugm soundboard.
WTOPNews: Man Burns Down Home Over No Gifts
A montage of clips from college football (American football) team. I say team but this is just about one guy who seems unstoppable. Anybody have any information on the team involved?
A blog has been set up that is dedicated to the SE Asia Earthquake. The blog has lots of emergency numbers and contact info as well as statistics and names of those who died. The site also has what could be an interesting link. The link is to satellite photos of the tsunami but at the moment the two links on the site are swamped.
Amazing footage from the recent earthquake/tsunami in Asia. The video clip shows a beach bar filling up with water. Amazingly the guy with the camera keeps filming as the place fills with a few feet of water. More clips here, here and here. [via]
Update: Cheese and Crackers has links to more footage.
Update 2: More footage that was broadcast on TV yesterday.
A Jewish woman is suing her employer because she thinks she's been punished "for raising questions about the emphasis put on Christianity at a nondenominational "prayer breakfast"". Her punishment - being paid $82,789 a year to sit in an office and do nothing all day. Some people just don't know how good they've got it.