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Ashley Greene's Striking Silver Dress

Ashley Green sparkled on the red carpet in a silver sequined dress at the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" U.K. premiere yesterday. She may look all sweet and innocent, but the actress recently admitted she beat up her first school crush. The star was showing off her Tae Kwon Do martial arts skills in front of friends and decided the boy she was sweet on would be her victim. She explained, "I had to spar with the boys because I beat the girls up...This guy that I had a crush on, we called him Spitfire...I gave him a bloody nose and lip, so needless to say the romance did not work out."

Carmen Electra - Still Hot. Still Too Good for Us

Blah, blah, Carmen Electra is still too hot for us, blah. I cannot believe that she is still so amazing. The poster of her that I ... admire... every night looks exactly like the gallery below. It's incredible. I guess money does buy happiness. I.e., the ability to not age. And cool stuff.

Olinda Cataneda Girl Next Door

Olinda Castaneda has an elegant look with a supermodel body. This stunning model from Peru was one of the finalists of the Most Beautiful Latina pageant in Las Vegas that took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, won by her friend from Peru, Girl Next Door Elody Gamarra. We got some beautiful photos of both of them in the morning at the Hard Rock Pool as the sun was rising and then we got more great stuff next to a more intimate pool and hot tub

Pippa Middleton’s Butt Will Tide You Over

While we wait for the results of Lindsay Lohan’s probation hearing, here’s Pippa Middleton in a tight dress which I’m entirely posting to attract European readers and show them how we handle celebrity justice here in the colonies. Which is we don’t. We don’t do anything. One of them even killed a kid and we were like, “Eh.”

PHOTOGRAPHY & EYE CANDY

Where the Homeless Sleep

I recently had the honor of working on a project that was quite a detour from shooting the bedrooms of the rich and famous. Instead, I spent two days shooting the "bedrooms" of the homeless. Back in February, I was asked to shoot a feature for Mobile Loaves and Fishes' magazine Twelve Baskets. Alan Graham, President/CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Robin Finlay, Matt Rainwaters and myself ventured deep into the woods, climbed under freeway overpasses, and visited ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) to document the sleeping arrangements of Austin's homeless population.

WWII Navy Mines Furniture

Remember those old World War II mines? Mati Karmin has turned them into beautiful steam-punk like furniture. What about a fireplace, a desk, a chair, bathtub, chandelier or a simple baby carriage? Amazing work!

Stunning Tulip Fields That Look Like A Giant Pack Of Crayons

A vast patchwork of kaleidoscopic colour, Holland's tulip fields are clearly nothing to be sneezed at. From the air it looks as though a giant toddler armed with a box of super-sized crayons has been let loose on the Dutch countryside... if the lines weren't quite so perfect. The vibrant blues, reds, pinks and yellows sprawl as far as the eye can see in Lisse, western Netherlands, where farmers hope to make huge profits selling them to florists and supermarkets around the world.

Abandoned Houses of Super Villains

We admit, there is a certain beauty in decay (see our article), but the houses shown on this page hold not only historic and architectural value - they are also fascinating in a "Despicable Me" sort-of way: they all housed at one time the most notorious villains in Earth's history. Some of these residences are still standing, some are neatly maintained, while others are falling into disrepair - and today we have a rare opportunity to peek inside them and, perhaps, shudder: Stalin's Summer Residence in Kuntsevo, Moscow.

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES

Darth Buick: The Buick Regal Grand National and GNX

Although it's best known for building stodgy middle-class sedans, GM's Buick division has occasionally cultivated a rather racy image. The 1938-42 Buick Century was among the fastest cars in America before World War 2. The V8-powered Century of the mid-fifties was hot stuff, and the big-engine GS and GSX of the late sixties and early seventies ranked among the most fearsome of muscle cars. In the mid-1980s, Buick took one last stab at the performance market with a ferocious turbocharged version of its popular Regal coupe, a malevolent-looking, all-black street rod that even Buick executives dubbed "Darth Vader." This week, we look at the origins of the Buick Grand National and GNX.

Brabus E V12 Coupe

At the Geneva Motor Show 2010 the Brabus E V12 Coupe celebrates its world debut as the world's fastest Gran Tourismo. Based on the new Mercedes E-Class Coupe, Brabus builds a luxurious 2+2-seater in small-series production. It is powered by a Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 twelve-cylinder displacement engine that produces 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW of power and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft). Brabus accepted by the German Federal Vehicle Registration Agency (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) as an automobile manufacturer, offers this high-performance automobile capable of reaching speeds in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph) starting at 478,000 Euros MSRP. Like the fourth-generation Brabus E V12 sedan the new E V12 Coupe is powered by a Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 displacement engine. Drawing upon decades of experience in developing and building high-performance vehicles the twelve-cylinder engine was fitted into the engine bay of the two-door E-Class.

ATS Autosport 2500GT

o anyone not 100 per cent clued up on their obscure automobile manufacturers, the letters ATS will mean diddly-squat. But they do in fact belong to a long-deceased Italian car manufacturer, who briefly in the mid 1960s had a go at competing with the likes of Ferrari. In the business sense, the original ATS 2500GT could largely be judged to be a total failure. After just two short years of production during which just 12 cars were produced, the company collapsed. Taken as a piece of engineering the car wasn’t all that bad. It had decent performance for the time and was reasonably good looking. The reborn ATS company will be hoping that their revival of the 2500GT has more luck than the last one nearly 50 years ago. The 2012 ATS 2500GT is based around a tubular chassis, and like the original it’s fairly easy on the eye. The mid-mounted engine is a turbocharged 2.5 litre flat-four which makes a surprisingly potent 500 horsepower. Hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox the 2500GT sends its power to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential. Adjustable traction control lets the driver choose how quickly they go through tires. Top speed is said to be 186 mph, and the sprint from 0-62 mph takes just 3.3 seconds.

Continental Shaft: The Best Cars You Can't Buy in the States

If the car industry's recent tumult has any upside, it's that after years of crowding dealerships with some… less than inspired domestic designs, automakers are finally reaching across borders to stay afloat in a keen, competitive market: Ford is importing models from its excellent European division, and Fiat's acquisition of Chrysler means we'll be seeing the first Stateside examples of the brand in almost thirty years. Still, that doesn't mean we'll get everything we really want. Here, we break down the best examples of the foreign cars that won't be arriving on our shores. Read it and weep.

TECHNOLOGY & OTHER NEAT STUFF

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

If you’re looking for the beating heart of the digital age — a physical location where the scope, grandeur, and geekiness of the kingdom of bits become manifest—you could do a lot worse than Lenoir, North Carolina. This rural city of 18,000 was once rife with furniture factories. Now it’s the home of a Google data center. Engineering prowess famously catapulted the 14-year-old search giant into its place as one of the world’s most successful, influential, and frighteningly powerful companies. Its constantly refined search algorithm changed the way we all access and even think about information. Its equally complex ad-auction platform is a perpetual money-minting machine. But other, less well-known engineering and strategic breakthroughs are arguably just as crucial to Google’s success: its ability to build, organize, and operate a huge network of servers and fiber-optic cables with an efficiency and speed that rocks physics on its heels. Google has spread its infrastructure across a global archipelago of massive buildings—a dozen or so information palaces in locales as diverse as Council Bluffs, Iowa; St. Ghislain, Belgium; and soon Hong Kong and Singapore—where an unspecified but huge number of machines process and deliver the continuing chronicle of human experience.

Ceton's Quad Cablecard Tuner For Media Center

That's right, you can now reserve your place in line to be the first to record four HD cable shows at once on your Windows 7 Media Center. The bad news is that ship date for the InfiniTV 4 is now May 31st. Ceton wasn't willing to share a specific reason for the 60 day delay, but we suspect CableLabs is to blame -- Ceton refuted this and insisted CableLabs has been very helpful, but we don't buy it. The other big news -- for those that were concerned with noise or fitment options -- is that the latest version of the PCI-E card pictured above no longer includes a fan. The InfiniTV name was the result of over 1000 submissions to Ceton's naming contest, of which Gary Petro came up with winner. But Gary isn't the only one receiving a free tuner, as two more submitters were deemed worthy.

Turn A Wine Barrel Into An Outdoor Sink

Turn an ordinary wine barrel into both a functional and decorative sink for outdoor use. You can use a variety of sinks and faucets to achieve the look or budget you desire. Materials: One 55 gallon oak barrel Bar sink (mine is a 15" hand pounded copper sink) Faucet (I used an oil-rubbed brass single lever faucet) Copper roofing nails (If using a copper sink) Silicon sealer (my sink came with a bronze colored silicon) Sink drain (my sink came with a drain) Metal support straps to hold the door wood together ...

The Manual Pages That Saved Apollo 13

On April 13, 1970—321,860 kilometers into its Moon trip—an oxygen tank exploded in the Odyssey's Service Module. James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise had a really big problem. These pages saved their lives. These pages described how to power down the electric systems in the spacecraft, to save energy that was going to be needed during the final approach to Earth. After oxygen tank number two exploded and another oxygen tank was damaged, they lost their ability to produce electricity using the service module fuel cells. which combined that oxygen and hydrogen to generate power.

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