The city wants a state-of-the-art system that will provide digital audio recordings of meetings, provide citizens access to the files on the citys Web site, and provide each of the council members with a touch screen interface.
The system should also be able to count to 13, in order to collect and track council votes in real-time, including options for yes, no, abstain, and ranting."
The VeinViewer is a device that uses an infrared camera to highlight blood. It then projects the image onto the skin in beautiful fluorescent green. The result? Your insides get mapped on your outsides. Its painless, informative, and frankly, pretty freaking awesome.
Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center was an early test site for the VeinViewer. They began widespread use of the device in February, to excellent results from kids, parents, and doctors alike. Finally, the future has arrived. Now we can stop complaining about the lack of affordable personal jet packs. -Cherie Heiberg
Memphis radio stations announced at 7 a.m. that Timberlake will perform at FedExForum Monday August 6th. And yes, Timbaland will be joining him, as will a 14-piece band and of course, back up dancers. (No word if KFed will be rejoining that group, but we somehow doubt it.)
Tickets ($150, $69.50, or $37.50) go on sale Saturday morning at FedExForum and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Wharton is 34, but he was reported to have presented himself as a 20-year-old. The girl apparently told one of her girlfriends, who reported the matter to school authorities.
Mayor Wharton issued a statement to the media: "I learned early this morning that my son, A C Wharton III, was arrested in Knoxville on charges of statutory rape. I do not have any further confirmed details about the charges at this point.
My family and I have strong faith in the justice system, and we trust the system to work fairly in this case as in any other. We hope that the media and the public will respect that this is a family matter."
Some genius has taken footage from the 17-minute diatribe at a City Council meeting earlier this month, spliced it with key quotes from previous meetings, and set the whole ridiculous mess to create one of You Tube's most entertaining offerings ever.
The song? "Charlie Brown," the 1959 hit by the Coasters. Not familiar with the tune? Here's a teaser:
Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown,
He's a clown, that Charlie Brown.
He's gonna get caught, just you wait and see.
"Why is everybody always picking on me?"
See where this is headed? Watch the whole thing, then send this link to everyone you know, before MLG&W cuts off your power.
Snyder was instrumental in changing the departments name (formerly the Memphis Animal Shelter) and during his two-and-a-half year tenure believes he has improved Animal Services image.
Weve cleaned up the facility, provided more staff training, instituted microchipping of adopted animals, and originated a nonprofit site that will help with fund-raising.
Snyder is disappointed that plans have stalled to build a larger and more animal- and customer-friendly facility in 2007. Though a design process is in the works, no construction date is set. The city is launching a national search for a new administrator.
There werent Richter counters back then, but seismologists say the quake could have been anywhere from 7.0 to 8.9 on the scale. Now, some scientists say, we can rest assured that the New Madrid fault is dying.
Seth Stein, a scientist at Northwestern University, believes that the New Madrid fault is running out of steam. The series of deep cracks produces hundreds of small earthquakes every year, very few strong enough to be felt. Due to a lack of unusual heat flows within the fault, Stein believes that it is reaching the end of a recent pulse of activity. And the hundreds of tremors felt per year? Simply aftershocks of the 1811/1812 earthquakes.
But dont start building that 15 foot-high Jenga tower youve been planning for years. Many other scientists disagree with Steins findings.
Memphis geophysicist Robert Smalley's professional opinion is that arguing about "a temperature effect" on the New Madrid "is just a waste of time." Ouch. Stein probably felt that one.
Eugene Schweig of the U.S. Geological Survey is a bit more generous. He states that Steins study relies on incomplete data. Why the faultline produces quakes at all is still a mystery, and until it is better understood, he says that people should focus on preparing for the next big one.
So, to sum up, Memphis may or may not have a large magnitude earthquake in the future. We dont really know. Its a good thing we have experts to tell us these things. We might be a little confused otherwise.
Well, years ago the worlds top scientists put these same issues under the microscope and came up with some innovative, if not downright bizarre solutions. And now, thanks to a company called Synchronicity, we can take a look at the "World of Tomorrow," as people in the 1950s envisioned it might be.
Fresh from Hollywood's historic film vault, the POPULAR SCIENCE Cinema Series is now available. These extraordinary, rare and timeless film shorts, produced with the cooperation of the editors of Popular Science magazine, brought the future to over 100 million information-hungry moviegoers during the Golden Age of Hollywood each week.
Originally produced in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s as entertainment novelties and shown before Paramount Pictures major feature film releases, these wonderfully retro cinema shorts contain thousands of iconic images of inventions, scientific breakthroughs, lifestyles and American pop culture The Birth of TV Dinners, The Space Age Ice Gun with Bullet Ice Trays, The Batchelor Gal Pad, The Flying Wing, The Angora Swimsuit, The All Glass Bathroom, The Hitchhikers Secret Suitcase, Moon Rockets, The Three-Wheeled Car and many, many more.
Some are awe-inspiring, others more whimsical, and some downright bizarre, but all possess a unique, retro and inimitable quality that sets them apart. These films capture the wide-eyed wonder of American ingenuity and optimism as the country began to dream about what technology had in store for us and our future.
The series has been digitally restored by Shields Pictures, owners of the original archival 35mm silver nitrate Masters. Because these films were shot in full 35mm film Magnacolor, high-resolution images can be extracted to create fabulous retro pictures and products," explains Cynthia Hall Domine, president of Synchronicity, Shields Pictures licensing agent. "Its yesterdays World of Tomorrow today."
Shelby County governments Health and Wellness Committee is hosting a Spring Into Fitness day at Wellworx on Main Street for county employees and their families Saturday, March 31st. The event, which will kick off National Public Health Week, includes a basketball shoot-out with Sheriff Mark Luttrell, line dancing with Health Department head Yvonne Madlock, and a push-up challenge with Mayor A C Wharton.
Weve never seen the mayor in anything but his elegant suit-and-tie combos, so if anyone gets pictures of Wharton in a sweatsuit, wed be mighty interested. Just saying.
From today's Editor & Publisher: "Time Inc. announced today that it will close Life magazine, now distributed as a weekend newspaper supplement. The print issue dated April 20, 2007 will be the magazine's last.
"Life was carried in 103 newspapers with a total circulation of 13 million, the company said. It was re-launched for the third time in 2004.
"'The decision was made within the last week,' Dawn Bridges, senior vice president of corporate communications at Time Inc., told E&P. 'Unfortunately the newspaper ad environment has not been a good one. We were fighting the same battle.'" More from E&P.
The Financial Times is reporting FedEx will offer time-definite overnight deliveries to 19 of China's biggest cities and day-definite deliveries to more than 200.
The service will be operated in partnership with Okay Airways, a Chinese airline, and centered around a newly-built package sorting hub at Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport in Zhejiang Province.
FedEx last year paid $400m to take full control of its Chinese joint venture with Tianjin Datian W. Group. More here.
The City Council's public safety and homeland security committee is trying to draft an amendment that will regulate rail transportation of hazardous materials and waste. The city attorneys office is still studying the feasibility of the proposal; however, last year, an attempt to regulate trains blocking intersections for long periods of time was ruled to be outside the city's jurisdiction.
Council members also worried that regulating the trains might not solve the problem.
"We don't want them to take [hazardous material] off of railroads and put it on trucks," said Jack Sammons. "Trucks are more likely to have an accident."
Earlier this month, 40 homes in Forrest County, Mississippi, a five-hour drive south of Memphis, had to be evacuated after a train carrying chlorine, hydrochloric acid, and sodium hydroxide, derailed.
Mid-South Con is a science-fiction, fantasy, science, comics, horror, and gaming convention that has been going on in Memphis for over 25 years. It is being held at the Holiday Inn Select at 2240 Democrat Road.
Pratchett, who hails from England (which he refers to as an island off the coast of France), has written over 40 books in the Discworld series. He's also written numerous young adult books, childrens books, and famously collaborated with Neil Gaiman to write Good Omens. Read more about Pratchett at his Web site.
For ticket and schedule information, visit the Mid-South Con Web site.
Better known as Vella the Fortune Teller, she read palms, studied tarot cards, and cast fortunes for Memphians for more than 40 years. Vella had bit parts in two movies Mike McCarthy's Teenage Tupelo and Born Losers lectured at local colleges and schools, and for several years had her own radio show, where she would cast fortunes and make predictions for callers. With her flowing white hair and otherworldly demeanor, she was also quite a sensation at parties.
A memorial service will be held at the Hart Center, 1384 Madison, on Saturday, March 24th at 2 p.m. Burial arrangements have not been specified; High Point Funeral Home has charge.
The Mayor (a.k.a. Ritchie Pierce) claims he was accused in something he calls "Operation Tennessee Gangsta Walk," but recently cleared of all charges, he's back in business with the newly re-launched MayorofFrayser.com
Fans of the old site will find all their faves (the Blunt Recycling Program, info on the Mayors plan to transform Mapcos into police substations, etc.). But the new site also features some fresh surprises, such as the menu for Chez Frayser (featuring fish-stick casserole and Spam cutlets), "fBay," (where you can "bid" on mounted deer heads and potato guns), and the agenda for a Frayser Safari Tour (includes a visit to Puffy the weed dealer, a stay in Alberts Cabins, and a ghetto home tour).
And do check the new FIF (Frayser in February) celebration pix. It's, um, a little like Memphis in May, or Mardi Gras without all those pesky beads. Some are probably NSFW, depending on how picky your boss is.
To read more about the Mayor and his plans for Frayser, check out the Flyers exclusive interview.