Free Wii Game @ Legoland in Schaumburg /Another Drunken Email / AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of taxpayer bailout
This started at 10am today(10/8) and they had 3 left! Good Luck! It's worth the trip, even if you don't win a game. There are other prizes being offered and LegoLand is pretty cool!
Join Melissa and the 9FM Street Team this Wednesday from 10am-1pm at the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg. We'll be rocking and blocking all morning! If you haven't been to Legoland Discovery Center yet, let Melissa be your guide through one of the coolest places in Chicagoland. Your kids will go crazy for the Four-D Movie, Interactive Building Area and even an enourmous Chicago Skyline made entirely of Legos. To win a Family Four Pack of tickets
New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret
Monday, October 06, 2008 6:25 PM
Posted by Jon Perlow, Gmail engineer
Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.
When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?
The SNL bail out skit video keeps on getting pulled off of youtube because of it's content.
I found it on this site, but I'm not sure how long they will be able to host it:
Here is more on information on why it was banned:
The AIG execs really really needed that retreat. Right?
Posted by Mike Carney:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., described what investigators found during a hearing this morning on Capitol Hill:
AIG execs went on $500K retreat within days of taxpayer bailout
After the bailout of AIG last month, the United States government effectively bought an 80% share in the company. That should have caused a fundamental change, you would think, in how the company was spending funds on compensation, bonuses and benefits.
But it doesn't look like that's what happened. The committee learned that shortly after the bailout went through, executives from AIG's major U.S. life insurance subsidiary, AIG American General, held a week-long conference at an exclusive resort in California.
The resort is called the St. Regis Monarch Beach. ... It's very impressive. This is an exclusive resort. The rooms start, gentlemen, at $425 a night. Some are more than $1,200 a night.
... We contacted the resort where AIG held this week-long event, and we requested copies of AIG's bills. We learned that AIG spent nearly $500,000 in a single week at the -- at this hotel. Now, this was right after the bailout.
... Let me describe some of the -- the charges that -- that the shareholders who are now U.S. taxpayers had to pay. Check this out.
AIG spent $200,000 for hotel rooms, and almost $150,000 for catered banquets. AIG spent -- listen to this one -- $23,000 at the hotel spa and another $1,400 at the salon. They were getting their manicures, their facials, their pedicures and their massages while the American people were -- were footing the bill.
And they spent another $10,000 for -- I don't know what this is -- leisure dining.
Ridley Scott has been directing landmark films ever since I was born, and his latest movie, "Body of Lies," will be released on Friday. His first big splash on the international scene, "Alien," hit theaters three months after I was born in 1979, and it loomed large over my childhood. I had known of it from a very early age as the movie that made my mom leave the room whenever my dad was watching it. (We had a Betamax and a library of movies that I'm pretty sure weren't actually available on the market ... but enough about that.) By the time I saw actually saw it, James Cameron's far more spectacular sequel had pretty much killed it for me -- why watch a movie with one alien when you can watch a movie with many "Aliens"?
My opinion of "Alien" is much higher today, of course, and Scott is one of those directors whose films I will always pay to see. (The others are Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, Fincher, Zemeckis, Nolan and, begrudgingly, Burton.) In the last 26 years, Scott has given us acclaimed films like "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangster," underrated gems like "Matchstick Men," "A Good Year" and "G.I. Jane," and misunderstood epics like "Hannibal" and "Kingdom of Heaven."
But as a film buff and a couch potato, I mostly love Ridley Scott for his DVDs.