Driver on Probation for DUI When Landed on Roof

The drunk driver that landed through a house roof after hitting a curb mentioned here previously was on probation for driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident. She hadn’t been aressted at the time of the accident because the officers on the scene didn’t check the conditions of her parole since killing a man by landing her car on his bed was concidered a nonviolent crime. She is currently being held without bail at the county jail.

See the See the previous Story regarding this accident for further details.

TiVo Ripping Off New Customers, Under Guise of Discounts

tivo.jpgI read this post on Gizmodo yesterday about free TiVos for fathers that attend the Nashville Sounds baseball game today and was a little sad I had to miss out. After popping back to the Gizmodo post and following the link to their reference at, I see that TiVo is supposed to be putting details online by today.

Well, the details are up at As expected, it is just vouchers for a “free” TiVo. Pay $155 for one year of service up front (comes to the normal $12.95/month) and get an 80-hour series 2 free. Add an extra $30 to get the dual tuner. This is similiar to offers that has been available on the website in the recent past though a bit nicer to your wallet. The catch is, once the year is up, you don’t go to the normal $12.95 monthly, you go to whatever the then current annual package rate is, currently $19.95 a month, for a year. You might as well just do the one year plan at $19.95 a month with no up front fee (or $30 up front to upgrade to the new dual-tuner box, which is what my wife and I did recently). So this “special” is just a way to get more money out of people then an average customer, while at the same time letting them thing they are getting a bargain. Pretty shady stuff, expecially coming from TiVo.

By the way, if you like getting ripped off, it looks like you can signup for this special deal at the above URL without having attended the basball game to get a voucher.

Just to clearify a bit from the title. The first year, you do get the normal monthly rate, you just have to pay it all up front. The second year, you get the same deal anybody could get on the website. You don’t end up paying more, just losing the opportunity cost of having that first year’s money. You can give yourself the same deal. Just do the $19.95/month for the first year, the second year, when you revert to $12.95 a month, just put that $155.40 in a savings account and take out the $12.95 a month. Sure you won’t be loaded from the interest, but better you then them, right?

Car Flies Through Roof - Kills Man in Bed


Saw this on last night’s news. Appearantly a drunk driver hit a curb, went airborne, cart wheeled when it hit the ground in the yard and landed standing straight up and down through the roof of a house killing a 22 year old watching TV in bed.

From WEAR-TV’s website:

A family is mourning the loss of a young man after a car landed on the roof of a home in Milton. Police say, 51 year-old Beverly Grimditch of Navarre was driving erratically near Berryhill Road around ten o’clock Thursday night. When officers tried to pull her over..she sped off heading south on Alabama Street. Police say, Grimditch hit a curb and the car became airborne and landed on the roof of a home on Margaret Street. A man inside the house, 22 year-old William Christoper Villar, was killed. Grimditch was taken to West Florida Hospital. She’s in serious condition. Charges are pending and Milton police say alcohol may have been involved.

More details at the Pensacola News Journal’s Website.

Transformer Houses


Image from Cabinet Magazine

Appearantly the electric company in the Toronto area has built numerous substations that look from the outside like an average house in the neighborhood.  I imagine this adds substantial cost but I’ll bet people don’t complain too much about having one go in across the street when compared with typical substations.

See the BLDGBLOG for more photos and discussion.

Not Tjfontaine


This is not tjfontaine.  Don’t let the filename fool you.

Garage Bowling Alley


We must all bow down to Tim Wallace of the Minneapolis area. He purchased a Brunswick pin setter on eBay. After having it delivered to his work, he spent a month disassembling it into pieces small enough to take home. He then reassembled it in his garage and built a 10 foot lane.

Tim’s Site – Be sure to check out the Pictures and Videos.

Via Make