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  • Kings of Leon All 'Pooped' Out

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Kings of Leon were performing in St. Louis Friday night and left the stage after 3 songs. The reason? Too many pigeons were pooping on them!  Apparently they could have "used somebody" to clean the poop off of them. (Yes, I know, that was a terrible pun.)

    A spokesman for the band, Andy Mendelsohn, spilled more of the dirty details.

    "Jared was hit several times during the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn't deal any longer. It's not only disgusting—it's a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there. We want to apologize to our fans in St. Louis and will come back as soon as we can."

    Don't worry, people who did go to this event were able to start getting their money back Monday. 

     

  • I Wish I Were A Celebrity

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Wow. Just. Wow. So because a jail overcrowding and possible good behavior, Li Lo (Lindsay Lohan) might only serve 12-13 days of her 90 day sentence. I wish I were a celebrity and life was this easy. *shakes head*. Check the full story courtesy of Popeater.com below:

     

    If she behaves herself and jails remain overcrowded, Lindsay Lohan will only have to spend 12-13 days behind bars for violating her probation from previous drug and alcohol arrests, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Tuesday. It's a big break for Lohan, who was given 90 days by a judge and was initially expected to serve about 23 days of that sentence.

    Steve Whitmore told reporters that nonviolent female inmates generally serve about 25 percent of their sentence, principally because of overcrowding in the jail system. He indicated toPEOPLE that Lohan would likely be released from Century Regional Detention Facility either August 1 or 2.

     

  • Americas Top 10 Cities for Singles

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Single? If you are, enjoy it!! At least till you find the one you can be happily ever after with. I don't think the good ole town of Terre Haute made it :( Here's a list of the Top 10 cities in America for Singles:

    #1 New Orleans

    The Crescent City is a nightlife triple threat in the AFC survey: not only does it rank first for singles, but it wins for its cocktail hour and live music scenes—and it’s the winner in the wild weekend category too. Its locals rank high in friendliness (No. 2) and diversity (No. 3), and if they’re not letting the bon temps rouler, they’re sitting down (and we do mean sitting down—the Big Easy came in last place for active people) for a nice beignet.

    #2 Miami

    As the AFC survey’s three-year champ for good-looking locals, this sizzler of the South has all the makings of a great singles scene: stylish locals (No. 2), good cocktails (No. 4), and great weather (No. 5), so that the fun can go on year-round. It’s also a spectator sport: Miami ranks fifth in the U.S. for great people-watching.

    #3 Austin


    It has a legendary music scene, unbeatable Tex-Mex and barbecue restaurants, and locals who seem too good to be true. This is one of the few cities where the degree of good looks is not balanced out by a lack of brains or an ability to smile. These urbane Texans are attractive (No. 5), smart (No. 2), friendly (No. 4), and athletic to boot (No. 3).

     

    #4 New York


    Manhattan has (almost) everything going for its millions of singles: it’s No. 1 in both big-name and ethnic restaurants as well as theater and classical music. Its locals are also the country’s most stylish and diverse. The only things weighing down the scene here: New York is the least affordable city in America, and those well-dressed locals are the least friendly. (Whaddayou lookin’ at??)

     

    #5 Las Vegas


    Clearly it doesn’t matter that survey-takers rated Vegas’s locals as not terribly attractive (they rank 19th), friendly (24th), or smart (dead last). After all, this is Vegas, which rates No. 2 for wild weekends and tells visitors they’re allowed to keep their Sin City secrets to themselves.

     

     

    #6 Chicago


    The Windy City bar scene may be bustling thanks to its young workforce, or just because everyone’s out looking for a nightcap after chowing down. Chicago ranks second for big-name restaurants, third for ethnic dining, and fourth for neighborhood joints.

     

    #7 Nashville


    Despite the city’s twangy history, singles here aren’t crying into their beers: they rank No. 1 in friendliness and No. 9 in looks. Stroll Broadway or the rest of downtown and you’ll see tomorrow’s Taylor Swifts (and a bunch of other types too) polishing their acts on street corners and in pizza joints—so it’s also no surprise that Nashville ranks second in live music.

     

    8 Houston


    Adieu, mechanical bull. Houston has come a long way since its Urban Cowboy days. Clearly it’s also attracting singles, and survey-takers also gave the city a top-10 ranking for cocktails and stylish, attractive locals.

     

    #9 San Francisco


    The locals are stylish and diverse, and they’re not hard on the eyes either (No. 11 in attractiveness). Pub-crawling is easy, too—San Fran ranks fourth in the survey as being pedestrian-friendly. Just bring your plastic: the City by the Bay is pricey (No. 27 in affordability).

     

    #10 Providence


    The Rhode Island capital ranks eighth for its cocktail hour, but you might do better mingling with the singles if you pull up a stool at a neighborhood joint (the city ranks second in that category) or a cozy coffee bar (sixth).

     

  • BP Finally Does Something Right

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

     

    In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 22:25 CDT, oil flows from one of three valves of the new 75-ton cap atop the site of the Deepwate

     

    NEW ORLEANS – A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory — long awaited by weary residents along the coast — is the most significant milestone yet in BP's effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

    Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of crude escaping through the last of three valves in the 75-ton cap.

    "I am very pleased that there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, I'm really excited there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," Wells said.

    The stoppage came 85 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes after the first report April 20 of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and triggered the spill.

    Now begins a waiting period to see if the cap can hold the oil without blowing a new leak in the well. Engineers will monitor pressure readings incrementally for up to 48 hours before reopening the cap while they decide what to do.

    Though not a permanent fix, the solution has been the only one that has worked to stem the flow of oil since April. BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it for good by mid-August.

    BP has struggled to contain the spill and had so far been successful only in reducing the flow, not stopping it. The company removed an old, leaky cap and installed the new one Monday.

    Between 93.5 million and 184.3 million have already spilled into the Gulf, according to federal estimates.

  • Mother of 8 a Fantastic "Catch"?

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Kate Gosselin. I know, we're all tired of hearing about her. I am too. But she says that she's a fantastic "catch". Ummmmmmm really? I don't know about you, but a mom with 8 kids and baby daddy drama is a fantastic catch? Granite she DOES have a lot of money after having to TV shows. And apparently she's always flirting with the male reporters that interview her. Possibly looking for a date. Hmmmmmmmmmm. I'll pass on this fantastic "catch".

  • Lindsey to get $ for going to jail???

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Lindsay Lohan

    While there are conflicting reports about how much Lindsay Lohan will make for her first post-jail interview, the numbers being discussed still prove she's going to have a huge payday. While she may not be a bankable movie star anymore, media outlets are flooding her with requests to talk to her after she's done in the slammer. PopEater's Rob Shuter previously reported that she was already working to secure a whopping $1 million for her first post-jailhouse chat.

     

    This is by far the most absurd thing I've ever heard. People are going to PAY her because she went to jail and is going to talk about it? How come the other prisoners don't get paid when they get out? LiLo, I've lost all respect for you. I might never watch Mean Girls again.

  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn to be in 3-D?

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Twilight cast

    'Twilight' fans may be able to get closer to Edward and Jacob than ever before if creative talks move forward to film the two-part 'Breaking Dawn' in 3-D. 

    Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the three previous films in the hit series, has recently finished production on 'Drive Angry,' a Nicholas Cage vehicle shot using 3-D cameras, leading many to wonder if 'Breaking Dawn' will receive the same treatment.

    In an interview with MTV News, Summit's Head of Distribution, Richard Fay, said, "There's certainly a financial part of the discussion. And yes, there's a certain amount of technology that has to be considered and accounted for. But it really comes down to the creative folks ... If it lends itself to be a better movie because of 3-D, then that's the technology we'll use."

    Despite the high ticket prices associated with 3-D films, 'Drive Angry' director Patrick Lussier believes that the format is a good fit for the box office draw. "I think Summit has been discovering, as they've been seeing the 3-D material and the ease we've been able to work with it, is that it's an incredibly viable format to work in."

  • 7 Questions Your Teen Hates To Be Asked

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    Mom with teen.  (Getty Images)

    DEADLY QUESTION 1: “So, how was your day?”

    Trite, generic, remarks like “Did you have fun last night?” and “How was school?” don’t go over with tweens. They say they see them as “insincere” and “so-o-o predictable.” “Watch—My Mom is going to ask, “How was your day?” She always does.” Tweens put those comments at the top of their annoying list. Besides you’ll get nothing more than a “FINE” response from your kid.


    DEADLY QUESTION 2: “Why didn’t you tell the kid to leave you alone????”

    Bullying peaks during the tween years and is escalating and far more vicious. Reports say one in three tweens are involved in bullying either as a victim or bully. Tactics include: social exclusion, racial, verbal, sexual or emotional abuse, relational aggression, or electronic bullying (cell phones, websites, pagers or email). Research shows tweens often don’t tell their parents that they are being victimized for fear of retaliation and humiliation, or that you’ll say, “Tell the kid to leave you alone!” (Which they say is the worst advice you can give. A tween often cannot fend for herself and needs help in figuring out safety options and strategies to defend herself. In fact, bullying is a repeated pattern of willful cruelty. Bullies do not go away and generally continue to target victims, which can cause severe emotional ramifications.

    DEADLY QUESTION 3: “What was she wearing?”

    Materialism is huge with the tween set and is mounting. Marketers are tailoring the tween-aged kid. This is also a time when tweens are forming identities and are most impressionable. Tween-aged kids are most likely to believe that their clothes and brands describe who they are and define their peer status and it also impacts their professional goals (75 percent of 8 to 12 year-olds desire to be rich). More US kids than anywhere in the world believe that their clothes and brands describe who they are and define their social status. Preteens with lower self-esteem value possessions significantly more than children with higher self-esteem.


    DEADLY QUESTION 4: “Why are you
     sooooo sensitive?”

    Puberty is a period of intense hormonal changes. In fact, more changes are going on in your tween’s body than at any other time in their life and those changes are now occurring at younger ages! New research shows that the area of the brain that regulates emotions is still developing in tweens and teens. So, expect those mood swings and extremes. But also expect your tween to be “very touchy” and sensitive. Hint: Don’t tease–they will take it personally. And never tease or discipline your kid in front of a peer. You’re guaranteed to get big time resistance and a turn-off.

     

    DEADLY QUESTION 5: “Why did you do that?” (Even worse: “What were you thinking?”)

    Expect your tween to be a bit impulsive and act a little crazy. Neuro-imaging confirms that their pre-frontal cortex is still developing – the exact place where decision-making and impulse regulations are forming.  Tweens may not always know the reasons behind their actions. And that’s one reason they may have that blank look when you ask, “Why did you do that?”

    DEADLY QUESTION 6: “Why didn’t you just say no????”

    The need to “fit in” is huge and peer pressure is huge. In fact, it will never be as strong. It’s tough to stand up to your peers, but even more so during these years. Tweens also say the worst advice their parents give is to “Just say no!” (Boys and Girls Club of America 2006 study of over 46,000 13 to 18 year-olds). Tweens say what the want from their parents are actual strategies to counter the pressure.

    DEADLY QUESTION 7: “Why don’t you just get over it and move on?”

    Peer relationships are critical and play a big part of an adolescents self-esteem. Tweens are discovering the “opposite sex” and have their first “crushes.” When there’s a friendship tiff or breakup with a “first love”, ah the anguish! Though the anguish may seem juvenile, don’t dismiss your kid’s hurt and tell her to “Get over it.” Their hurt is intense and real. (Remember way back. Did you get over it easily?) It may take a while for them to bounce back–especially during these years when one of their top concerns is “peer humiliation.” Not only are tweens concerned about their own pain, but what “all the other kids are saying.” And don’t dismiss boys! (Says the mom of three). Research shows they often have a tougher time bouncing back than girls.

     

  • Bieber to North Korea?

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

    If Internet pranksters have their way, Justin Bieber will be performing in one of the world's most oppressive regimes. Communist North Korea is currently leading an online poll on Bieber's My World Tour website, where the 16-year-old singer asked his fans to choose which country he should tour in next. Bieber didn't put any place off limits and, of course, Web-based troublemakers took full advantage of the trusting Canadian heartthrob.

    Users of the website 4chan-an influential Internet subculture that introduced the world to lolcats -- made sure North Korea received over a half million votes, catapulting it from 24th place to 1st place. That puts the despotic communist country ahead of Israel by about 5,000 thousand votes -- and if nothing changes before the contest wraps on July 7, it will make North Korea the winner.

    Considering almost no one in North Korea is allowed on the Internet and the country's restrictive media probably doesn't give the mop-haired Bieber much coverage, it's fairly unlikely that any of those half million votes came from actual North Korean citizens.

     Regardless of the online poll's outcome, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and Bieber's tour manager can probably agree on one thing: the adorable, elf-like singer almost certainly won't be adding the harsh regime to his world tour.

    This isn't the only thing the Internet has done to punk Bieber lately, though. Over the holiday weekend, hackers broke into Bieber's YouTube videos and redirected preteen fans to false articles about their idol dying in a car crash. And those were actually some of the more kid-friendly websites to which fans of the 16-year-old singer were redirected.

    The rumors were so prevalent that the boy himself made a point of tweeting about it.
    "Let's take some time to answer some crazy rumors...I'm not dead," Bieber posted on his Twitter account. "I had to check on this one...but it turns out I'm alive."

  • 5 Ways You Bug Your Boss

    Posted by Just Plain Joe

     

    Worker.

    I know I can be a bit brash and get on my bosses nerves. Diva Natalie tells me alllll the time too! But you could get in good with your boss and get a promotion or that raise you want by just following these 5 things that annoy your employer:

    1. Showing up late 
    According to LaRhonda Edwards, a human resources manager with thirteen years of experience, tardiness is one of the biggest concerns for managers. "If the normal work day starts at 8 o'clock, then the expectation is that you're in the office ready to start your day," she explains. Her advice to the chronically late? "Plan ahead," she urges. "If you live 50 minutes away, you don't leave 50 minutes early. Tag on extra time and anticipate road blocks." Some people even set their clocks a few minutes early to ensure that they're on time.

    (Get more punctuality tips in "6 Secrets to Being on Time.")

    2. Choosing the wrong mode of communication
    Different bosses prefer different modes of communication. Lindsey Pollak, a workplace expert and the author of "Getting from College to Career," says that if you text a boss who prefers in-person meetings, "either your information won't get across or you'll irritate him or her." Fortunately, there's a simple fix: ask your boss how and when to send updates. If you're too shy to ask outright, Pollak suggests observing how your boss communicates with you. "If you have a boss who communicates once a day by email, that's the boss's preferred frequency and method of communication," explains Pollak.

    3. Keeping a messy work area
    A cluttered, messy work space can give your boss the impression that you're lazy or disorganized, so try to keep your desk neat. "Never put more on your desk than you're going to work on for the day," recommends Edwards. "At the end of the day, make sure you set up for the next day. I may be working on five things at once, but at the end of the day, they're gone, and I set up for the next day."

    4. Asking questions you could easily answer on your own
    Most managers would rather you ask a question than make a mistake, but many questions can be answered on your own. "Is this something you could ask a colleague?" asks Pollak, adding, "The Internet is so vast that a lot of information you can get yourself." If you must approach your boss with a question or issue, then Pollak recommends brainstorming beforehand. "Rather than saying, 'This client is terrible. What should I do?' think about potential solutions," she says.

    5. Forgetting to turn off your cell phone for a meeting
    Cell phones are ubiquitous in the workplace these days, but it's still disruptive and disrespectful when they go off during a meeting. Edwards says that you should "put your cell phone on vibrate, or leave it in your office, so it's not a distraction." Plus, that way, you won't be tempted to text!