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Erika Christensen Drops Some Serious Cleavage

Here’s Erika Christensen at the Mercy premiere in Hollywood, and all I can say is HAVE MERCY! That is, hands down, the best show of cleavage I’ve seen all year, and that’s a huge compliment to Erika considering that, you know, I’m a cleavage/breast connoisseur. It’s just too bad that Erika’s career isn’t more, ummm, active, because I would absolutely love it if she starred in a couple more popular movies and had to promote the hell out of said popular movies with cleavage dropping appearances such as this one here. Oh well, at least we have these photos, right? And I think I still have a VHS copy of Swimfan somewhere in my parent’s basement… Enjoy!

Kristin Cavallari in her Stripper Dress Preps for the Future of the Day

The good news of the week is that The Hills were finally cancelled. Sure it was a few years too late as far as I’m concerned, because from the day I heard of the shit, I knew it was fucking garbage people would eventually get tired of. It was a social experiment that made me lose hope in America for actually buying into the shit because the cast members who were supposed to be “real” people, in their “real” lives, but as their celebrity, their egos, their fame, their money and everything about them became its own annoying piece of shit entity, the TV show became as useless as it always was but people didn’t realize it was because the people involved were useless from the start….and instead took a liking…

All of Katy Perry’s Latex Dresses

Katy Perry loves to squeeze her curvy body into all types of latex dresses, ones covered in cookies, ice cream cones, teddy bears, flowers, or even ones covered in different types of STDs. So join us on this little trip down memory lane and get lost in her mounds of latex tits. Like the great Ace Ventura once said, “[fits] like a glove!”

Salma Hayek is in a Bikini

More than anything else, the internet has taught me that Latin girls do anal. But second more than anything else, the internet has taught me that famous Hollywood stars are rarely as attractive as they appear in the media. Case in point: Salma Hayek, seen here in St Barts with her daughter Valentina.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Fantastic Photos Taken With a Fisheye Lens

Today we’re going to focus on a wonderfully distorted area of photography: fisheye shots. Fisheye lenses are essentially extreme wide angle lenses that were originally developed for meteorological purposes but are now used by all sorts of photographers. As you can see in the images below, the applications are endless and are seldom boring! Hopefully you’ll leave feeling inspired to pick up your own fisheye lens or a (considerably cheaper) fisheye converter.

The Forgotten Battle: The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

In the early morning of 6 June 1942, 500 Japanese soldiers landed on Kiska, one of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. They took the only inhabitants of the island, a ten man (and six dog) US Navy Weather Detachment by complete surprise and quickly took control of American soil. Today, the island is one of the USA’s National Historic Landmarks: the aftermath of the Japanese invasion can still be seen on the rolling hillsides of Kiska. It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused widespread outrage in 1942. Pearl Harbor was still a fresh memory, having been attacked on December 7 of the previous year.

Algeria Photos

"Algiers, the white," Algerians call their capital, here awakening under a pale winter sun. The city's arcaded quay was built by the French, whose 132-year rule of this North African land ended in 1962. Beyond Algiers, on opposite sides of a rugged mountain range, lie fertile coastal plains and the vast oil-rich desert. In a nation of abstaining Muslims, lush vineyards flourish. . . . Stripped of fruit, vines near El Bordj serve as fodder for sheep. Generations of French vintners converted Algeria's best land to grape cultivation and made their colony the world's major wine exporter. The heady vintage was usually mixed with a lighter French product to create the vin ordinaire that appeared on almost every family table in France. At independence most colons fled the country, taking their skills and capital. Algerian farm laborers assumed management of the estates, later nationalized but still operated by the workers.

Eciton Hamatum, Orange Scourge Of The Social Insects

Meet Eciton hamatum. This is a delightfully orange-colored army ant from Neotropical rain forests, big and charismatic, like the iconic E. burchellii. But- and here’s a secret trick of the wiley nature photographer- it is a much friendlier insect. If you’ve got an assignment to shoot army ants and your editor neglects to specify the species, I’d hold out for these guys. You won’t get swarmed over, gored, bitten, stung up, or otherwise assaulted anywhere near the amount you suffer by approaching the vicious E. burchellii.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Chrysler Gets Down And Dirty With Ram Runner And Ram Outdoorsman

Ram is gunning for the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The Chrysler pickup truck purveyor parked its Ram Runner under the spot lights at this year's SEMA show, and according to Pickuptrucks.com, the company plans to sell a kit to turn your very own Ram into the muddy beast you see above. With suspension components from Kore and Fox Racing, wildly flared body work and a full safety cage inside, the goodies won't come cheap, but they should help the mighty Mopar keep pace with its Blue Oval competition. Look to spend around $11,000 for the suspension upgrades alone, but buyers should be able to snag some of the pieces a la carte.

Solar Airplane Completes Maiden Voyage

Solar Impulse, a prototype of an airplane designed to fly around the world using only solar power, made its first real flight today. As the sun shone down on the Swiss countryside an aircraft powered by 12,000 solar cells flew for 87 minutes to an altitude of nearly 4,000 feet. Solar Impulse program founder Bertrand Piccard called the inaugural flight a crucial step toward fulfilling his goal of circumnavigating the globe in such an unusual aircraft. In a statement from the Solar Impulse team, Piccard said he was relieved to have the first flight completed after seven years of hard work. “This first mission was the most risky phase of the entire project,” Piccard said. “Eighty-seven minutes of intense emotion after seven years of research, testing and perseverance. Never has an airplane as large and light ever flown before!”

TIKT Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 Tripple X

TIKT, a German tuning company who specialise in Corvette parts and upgrades, have just released details of their latest project. Oddly, despite being named the Corvette C6 ZR1 Tripple X, the car isn’t based on a Corvette ZR1, it’s actually based on an ex-works Corvette Z06. TIKT’s engineers started by ripping apart the engine and replacing a number of components with even higher-spec alternatives. The 7.0 litre V8 now has modified cylinder heads, new camshafts, strengthened valve springs, modified compressor ratios, a larger throttle valve, a completely new exhaust system and a re-calibrated ECU. In order to make sure the engine doesn’t self destruct under the strain of developing 758 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque, TIKT have made significant upgrades to the cooling system, and it now pushes around four times as much coolant through the engine as before.

BMW 1 Series M Not Coming, Look for 135is Instead

While some sources say a BMW 1 Series M is headed for production, the team at Inside Line continues to insist that no such car is in the cards – sort of. You see, rather than a super high performance M version, Inside Line says a to look for a 135is. The 135is would get a more powerful version of the twin-turbo N54 straight-six engine with a tighter suspension setup and likely some mild design tweaks. In the 335is, the same engine makes 320-hp and 332 ft-lbs of torque with an overboost function that will deliver short bursts of 370 ft-lbs of torque. We can imagine a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will be optional, as will plenty of M Sport goodies.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Pentagon Turns to Brain Implants to Repair Damaged Minds

An estimated 10 to 20 percent of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, which afflict 1.7 million Americans each year. Now the Pentagon’s rolling out a revolutionary initiative to treat the condition: brain implants that one researcher likens to “replacement parts” for damaged gray matter. “When something happens to the brain right now, there’s so little that the medical community can do,” Krishna Shenoy, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at Stanford University, told Danger Room. “Our goal is to understand — and then be able to change — how a brain responds to trauma.” No surprise that military extreme science agency Darpa is behind the project, which is called REPAIR, or Reorganization and Plasticity to Accelerate Injury Recovery.

Gogo To Bring Enhanced Wifi To Virgin America, Expands Video Streaming On American Airlines

Virgin America's in-flight perks are getting even perkier. This week, the domestic carrier announced that it's bringing Gogo's ATG-4 service aboard its fleet of aircraft, in a move that promises to enhance in-flight WiFi capacity by a factor of four. The upgrade is slated to roll out during the first half of 2012, when the company will begin outfitting its planes with Gogo's directional antenna, dual-modem and EV-DO Rev. B technologies. But VA isn't the only airline getting in on the Gogo game, as the in-flight entertainment company announced this week that it's expanding its new video streaming service to American Airlines, as well. American, as you may recall, became the first airline to test the Gogo Vision service back in August, aboard its fleet of 15 Boeing 767-200 planes.

Crash Helmet With A Useful Smell

Cycling crash helmets have just one purpose: to protect the cyclist‘s head. But only completely damage-free helmets do the job properly. It is therefore recommendable to buy a new one every now and again, but nobody wants to throw away a perfectly good helmet. It would be better to know for certain that this is really necessary. A new process developed by German research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg makes this possible. The polymer materials or plastics produced by the process start to smell if they develop small cracks. Large cracks really cause a stink. The smell comes from odoriferous oils enclosed in microcapsules. "Cyclists often replace their helmets unnecessarily after dropping them on the ground, because they cannot tell whether they are damaged or not. The capsules eliminate this problem. If cracks form, smelly substances are released," explains Dr.-Ing. Christof Koplin, research scientist at the IWM. The capsules are added to a polypropylene mass which is injection-molded to form the final component. In the case of the bicycle helmet, the microcapsules are inserted in a thick foil made of polypropylene, which is fastened to the head gear.

Three Indonesian Volcanoes Rumbling: Raung, Sangeang Api and Rokatenda

Indonesia is a very busy place, volcanically speaking. Sometimes, the rumblings at different volcanoes change so quickly that you can lose track of which ones are showing new signs of activity and which have been restless for years. In the past few months, we’ve seen a few volcanoes come back into “restless” column, so I thought I’d try to catch us up on them.

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