Thursday, January 13, 2005

EFI Evening News With Your Host Pile On®

Police Use Taser To Subdue Nude Jogger

Fate Patterson, 39, of West Memphis, was arrested after he ran past a police car and failed to stop when he was ordered to do so by officers. Police chased him and were able to rein him in by using a Taser. Patterson was charged with indecent exposure, fleeing and resisting arrest.

No information is available at this time on what drove Fate to a life of crime, but he might consider moving to South Beach and learning to ride a unicycle.


Survey: Senior Citizens Are Less Likely To Be Taking Advantage Of This News Report

NEW YORK Jan 13, 2005 — Seniors with lower income and less education are missing out on the rich online resources available for choosing doctors, prescription drug plans and treatment options, a health care research organization warned in releasing a new survey.
The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 31 percent of Americans age 65 and older have ever used the Internet. That figure drops to 15 percent among those making less than $20,000 a year and 18 percent among those with a high school degree or less.

"As a society we really haven't focused on that very much," said Vicky Rideout, the study's director. "We focus on kids."

We haven't focused on that very much? What do you want us to do Ms. Rideout, make them young again. Fercrissakes, we haven't figured out how to turn off gravity either, maybe we should give that a little focus.

I recently purchased a DVR and a new cell phone and noticed I am getting a little older myself. I forced myself to learn how to use the DVR, but I have been resisting learning all the features of my new phone. I just want to make and receive calls, I don't give a damn about sending pictures, and I sure as hell don't want anyone to see where I am at any given time.


Sony Releases Creation Box To Improve TV Pictures

TOKYO Jan 13, 2005 — Sony Corp.'s Creation Box makes images from any TV clearer, flicker-free and more vivid. Users can zoom in on high-definition video without distortion. But at $4,800, it's not for everyone.

That is well worth the money where my TV viewing is concerned. Sony gave no details on whether they are focusing on senior citizens.


Harvard Hires "Fun Czar" To Spice Up Student Life

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) -- Harvard University students: overachieving, bookish bores or repressed party animals? A little of both, it seems.
Following complaints that it does little to promote campus social life, the Ivy League school has hired its first "fun czar" -- Zac Corker, a recent Harvard graduate whose job is to build community spirit and help stressed-out students unwind.

I know when I was in college nothing spelled fun quite like an administration program designed to instill community spirit. It should come as no surprise that our "bestest and brightest" recognize this.


Art News--South Americans Are Blazing Trails

Warning: Link contains pictures of art.

A dancer has spoken of the challenge of dancing naked on stage while having olive oil poured over her body.

A total of 17 litres of olive oil are poured on Chilean dancer Lisbeth Gruwez during When the Lead Man is a Woman. She told Las Ultimas Noticias: "The olive oil is alive and sometimes it doesn't let me dance. I have to have a lot of concentration and technique to beat it."

Artist Glues 2,000 Snails To Church

A Chilean artist has glued 2,000 plastic snails to a church to promote her new exhibition.
The snails lead from the Church of Santo Expedito, in Santiago, to the nearby the Codar art gallery.

Paola Podesta hopes curious passers-by will follow the trail of snails to the gallery where her exhibition is on display. Ms Podesta added that she had been obsessed by snails in her work ever since her garden had been invaded by them.

It should work, I know I always follow trails of glued down snails whenever I see them.