Zombie Steve Ballmer and four other geeky costume ideas

first_imgIt’s time for Halloween, and what better way to get into the spirit than to dress up in a scary costume? However, anyone can buy a mummy mask, a vampire cloak, or a Spiderman suit. What if you want to geek it up a little bit? Here are our suggestions for Halloween costumes that will not only give your friends a fright, but will also pay homage to the wonderful world of technology.Zombie Steve BallmerWhat’s scarier than an undead version of the Microsoft CEO holding a fresh copy of Windows Vista? Your fellow party-goers will be having nightmares for weeks.As Zombie Ballmer, keep an eye out for anyone at the party with an Android phone. Once you spot one, wait until that guest gets a beer. When he does, grab his glass, pour about 5% of it into your (nearly empty) glass, and then give it back. Don’t say anything, and move along. If he gives you any trouble, threaten to call your lawyer.Sony PSNThis one will be a real hoot. As the Sony Playstation Network, you will tell all of your fellow partygoers that you are collecting donations to help cure a disease, and that you just need to take down their credit card numbers for a small $2 donation.At the conclusion of the party, announce to all of the guests that you just accidentally recorded all of their financial info to a PDF file, which is now live on BitTorrent, MediaFire, and 4Share. Apologize deeply that this incident occurred, and offer them a digital download of a game that they already have as consolation. They’ll love it!Netflix DevilYour fellow party-goers will initially be confused when an otherwise perfectly normal sexy devil costume has a Netflix logo pasted on the bosom.Change the subject, and tell them that you’re selling kisses for five dollars each. After each kiss, announce that the price has been doubled, and that all further kisses can be redeemed from your twin sister, Qwikster, as soon as she arrives. At the end of the evening, apologize to everyone, saying that you changed your mind and told Qwikster not to come. Keep their money and go home.Homeless MarioOnce the superstar of any party, Homeless Mario has seen better days. When fellow partygoers ask why you’re so down on your luck, reply that you put all of your stock into some new 3D technology, and it didn’t do so well. Keep telling everyone that things are sure to turn around come the holidays.If anyone dressed like an iPhone or iPad offers to help, angrily storm off, declaring that you don’t need their assistance, and that you’re doing just fine on your own!HP Headless HorsemanFinally, we have the Hewlett-Packard Headless Horseman. First, enter the party with your (fake) head intact. Tell everyone how spendidly your day is going, and how bright your future is looking.Then, when everyone is relaxing, enjoying drinks and laughing, dramatically declare that you’ve rethought your priorities, and would do well to decapitate yourself. Pull out a fake blade, and “cut off” the rubber head. You can even add fake blood for full effect. At this point, sell a few HP TouchPads to guests for $99 each, if you have any to spare.After everyone has gone back to their business again, loudly announce that you’ve reevaluated your situation, and have decided that you would do well to keep your head after all. Place the rubber head on top of your neck again, and begin sewing it in place. Make sure the sewing is messy and sloppy, to leave people wondering if you’ll really be okay.last_img read more

In the south of Spain the brutal heat sent temper

first_imgIn the south of Spain, the brutal heat sent temperatures soaring to around 40°C (104°F) each day through Sunday in Madrid.The hottest locations across the country could have temperatures of 42-44°C (108-112°F) these days.The dangerous heat once again expanded its grip across central Europe on Saturday and Sunday.The weekend was forecasted to start with temperatures approaching or reaching 32°C (90°F) in Brussels, Belgium; and Cologne, Germany.It also spread much farther to the north than earlier last week with widespread highs of 27-30°C (80-86°F) across England on Saturday.An increase in humidity will accompany the surging heat, pushing AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures to near 32°C (90°F) in London.Similar actual highs were registered across southern parts of Norway and Sweden, away from the coast, on Saturday. In Oslo, temperatures can reach 26°C (79°F) on a day when a high closer to 19°C (67°F) is more common.June will end on Sunday with temperatures exceeding 32°C (90°F) for many communities in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.Relief from Europe’s heatwave on the horizonAs quick as the heat surges back to the north, a storm is expected to sweep welcome cooler air into northern Europe.The more comfortable weather first spread across the U.K., Netherlands, Brussels and northern France on Sunday. It is predicted to sweep the heat out of the rest of northern Europe on Monday and Tuesday.Temperatures are set to return to or under 26°C (79°F) in Paris today.The cooler weather will reach Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Zürich, Switzerland, on Tuesday.Madrid will remain hot these days, but the heat will not be as extreme as in the final days of June. EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … July 01 , 2019 You might also be interested in European apple production to fall by 20% … center_img State of the Market – Week 24, 2019 … As a powerful heatwave swept across Europe last week, France suffered all-time record high temperatures on Friday, with Gallargues-le-Montueux reaching 45.8°C (114.4°F) in the afternoon, says AccuWeather.As temperatures hit dangerous peaks, France’s national weather service issued the first ever “red” hazardous weather warning for southeastern portions of the country on Friday.A “red” warning is the highest level out of a four-level alert system. It was first put into effect after a deadly heatwave in 2003 claimed 15,000 lives, according to the Associated Press.Meanwhile, in Italy, temperatures soared past 33°C (above 90°F) each day last week.Similar scorching temperatures in Spain even led to a major wildfire near Tarragona in the country’s northeast.About 10,000 acres of forest and vegetation were threatened by the blaze, notes AccuWeather.Regional government officials described it as one of the worst in 20 years; more than 50 people evacuated for their safety.CNN reports that the fire may have been started by an “improperly managed” pile of manure that self-combusted, similar to the threat that wet hay bales pose.Other European nations had no reprieve from the overpowering heat either.Last week, all-time June record highs were set in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.In Germany, for example, Coschen station (Berlin-Brandenburg) reached 38.6°C (101.5°F). This is less than 2°C lower than its all-time record maximum, set in Kitzingen in August 2015.Temperatures soared to 38.2°C (100.8°F) at Radzyń, Poland, on Wednesday, while Doksany in the Czech Republic, recorded a high of 38.9°C (102°F).Additionally, more than half of the stations in Switzerland recorded new all-time June temperatures on Wednesday.In Spain, site-specific June record highs were also broken in Molina de Aragón and Daroca on Wednesday.Heat to hold firm across France, surge back to Germany and PolandCooler air is currently bringing much-needed heat relief to central Europe. But the heat is holding firm across Spain and France and surged back to the north in the final days of June. Peruvian avocados: Greater early-season volumes ma …last_img read more