Thursday, February 16, 2012


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Millions of Americans watch what they eat. But one Las Vegas man has painfully discovered that where you eat can have a big impact on your health as well. In a story almost too bizarre to be true, a man suffered a heart attack after eating a "triple bypass burger" at the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas, local affiliate Fox5 reports.

As comically tragic as that may sound, no one can sue the restaurant for not issuing fair warning. Its website proudly proclaims the menu offers, "Taste Worth Dying For!" (Fortunately, the man in question survived his attack.)

Still, it was the first actual known cardiac incident at the Heart Attack Grill. "He was having the sweats and shaking," "Nurse" Bridgett, who was working at the restaurant at the time of the incident, told Fox5. (Employees at the restaurant are given fake medical titles, including the establishment's owner, "Doctor" Jon Basso.)

"I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because the tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of stunt. Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that," Bosso told Fox5. "He was sweating, suffering. Anyone with an ounce of compassion would've felt for him."

Basso said the man's name is being kept private but that he is recovering from the heart attack.

Of course, you can't blame patrons for being caught up in the overwhelming sense of irony. Not only is the restaurant named the Heart Attack Grill, but its sign tells prospective diners that anyone "over 350 pounds eats free." There's even a tongue-in-cheek warning sign at the restaurant's door stating that the offered dining fare is a health risk.

Some of the menu items available for diners at the Heart Attack Grill include: The butterfat milkshake, non-filtered cigarettes, "flatliner" fries and four different burgers, each rated on an ascending scale of one bypass to the quadruple bypass burger.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Syria: UN Warns Of Civil War as Heavy Shelling Resumes In City of Homs

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After a relatively quiet weekend that saw nearly 50 people killed, heavy shelling resumed this morning in the neighborhood of Bab Amr in the city of Homs, Syria. Tuesday marks the tenth day of the Syrian Army’s assault on Homs, and activists tell ABC News that over 500 people have been killed since February 4th.
The livestream over Bab Amr shows a constant stream of shelling and gunfire, and there are unconfirmed reports that several people have died in the early attacks. Video posted on YouTube shows flames shooting into the air after an apparent explosion.

“God is great,” screams the man filming. “Look at the explosions in Bab Amr, the city’s houses are on fire.”

The next video reportedly shows heavy artillery and gunfire raining down on the Bab Amr neighborhood.

Today’s renewed assault comes one day after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay warned that the UN Security Council’s failure to take action has only strengthened Bashar al-Assad’s forces.
“The failure of the Security Council to agree on firm collective action appears to have emboldened the Syrian government to plan an all out assault in an effort to crush resistance with overwhelming force… I am particularly appalled by the ongoing violence in Homs,” Pillay told the UN General Assembly on Monday.
Pillay said that in addition to the tens of thousands reported missing and detained inside the country, the conflict has spilled over Syria’s borders. The UN estimates that over 70,000 people have been internally displaced and at least 25,000 people have fled, seeking refuge in neighboring countries.
“The breadth and patterns of attacks by military and security forces on civilians, and the widespread destruction of homes, hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure indicate approval or complicity by authorities at the highest level,” Pillay added.
Analysts say the conflict is gravitating towards full blown civil war, with no sign of Assad letting up. Asthe Guardian‘s Martin Chulov described the situation from Homs last week, “a grinding war of attrition has now become an unforgiving battle to the death.”

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Obsidian Asks Gamers: What Should We Create?

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It seems "Kickstarter fever" is spreading to other developers. Following news that Double Fine Productions' unnamed adventure title generated over $1 million in fan-funding in only 24 hours, Obsidian Entertainment is now seriously considering tapping into the same funding scheme. But what should they make? Well, that's where you come in. The developer is asking for suggestions. How about Neverwinter Nights 3? Or maybe... something similar to Planescape: Torment 2?

Obsidian Entertainment's creative director, Chris Avellone, made it clear on the official forums that he is interested in pursuing a fan-funded video game:
"The idea of player-supported funding is... well, it's proof certain genres aren't dead and sequels may have more legs than they seem. And the idea of not having to argue that with a publisher is appealing.

Out of curiosity, if Obsidian did Kickstart a project, what would you want to see funded?"
Interestingly, Avellone was the lead developer of Black Isle Studios' classic RPG, Planescape: Torment, hence the (awesome) suggestion in the lead paragraph. Maybe you should go over the forums right now and let him know that, yes, this is indeed a stellar idea...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Coming together? Next-gen MacBook Pro said to resemble MacBook Air

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Is the MacBook Pro slowly morphing into the MacBook Air? If the latest reports are to be believed, it certainly looks like things are heading that way.
According to Apple Insider’s unnamed source, the next iteration of the Cupertino company’s MacBook Pro line-up will be radically different from the current design, featuring ultra-thin unibody casing. As with the Air, this would mean the absence of an optical disk drive, a loss which may upset some users.
The new design would also incorporate flash-memory solid state drives and better battery life. As with the Air and Intel’s new Ultrabook class of computers, it’s believed the next-generation MacBook Pro laptop will come with instant-on capability, enabling it to boot up in a matter of seconds.
Apple Insider said it believes the overhaul of the MacBook Pro will be prioritized, with the higher-volume 15-inch model being rolled out first and the 17-inch model following soon after.

As for a launch date, a report late last year suggested Apple was planning to unveil a new ultra-thin laptop in the spring of this year, though at the time it wasn’t clear if it was going to be a new Air design or a radical overhaul of the MacBook Pro. Judging by today’s news, it could well be the latter.
It’s certainly an interesting idea that the next-generation MacBook Pro could look very much like the MacBook Air. What would you say the chances are of Apple, in the not-too-distant future, merging the Pro and the Air to create one single model? Thin, portable and powerful, such a device could well leave competing computer companies with a big problem on their hands.

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