"Home is where the Frito Pie leaks." -- StinkyLulu

MAYBE IT'S JUST THE ALTITUDE, but isn't that Jerry Casale?

Oh you kids today with your Electroclash, you have no idea what you missed the first time around.

WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY: Playmobil are releasing a toy hazmat crew!

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING just how in the hell NASA got pictures of the shuttle in space from a telescope on the ground here's some impressive sample imagery from the Starfire system. It's not quite to the point where you could recognize that Soviet pretty-boy Gagarin coming 'round the bend, but you can tell if he's got the window rolled down.

LUCAS TO GEN-SW: "DROP DEAD". Anyone with more brains than God gave trouser lint probably figured this was coming, but now it's apparently official: the original versions of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will never be released on DVD. In other words, George Lucas is an arrogant, bullheaded son of a bitch.

If anyone other than Lucas were supressing these movies in favor of a set of re-edited tarted-up "special editions", the film community would be massing with pitchforks at the studio gates. Greedo shot first? Well heck, why not let Orson fix it so that Rosebud was actually a cheap whore Charles Foster Kane once cornholed in an alleyway? Let's have John Ford correct things so that Ethan Edwards believes firmly in Native American self-determination, or encourage Kubrick to clarify that Dave Bowman was really just suffering from the effects of some unusually bad brown acid.

In a better world, Martin Scorsese would be sitting in a lawn chair in George Lucas' driveway, wearing a day-glo NFPF work vest, armed with a bullhorn, a trebuchet and a basket of overripe summer squash. I'd be happy to help set the counterweight.

HAULING HEAVY CRAP AROUND? The Forearm Forklift might help. And if you use it to move a big-screen TV, you can watch your favorite movies while recuperating after your ulna shatters like a piece of sidewalk chalk. (courtesy of Nifty News, Decent Deals.)

DULY NOTED: Lana Clarkson, the woman Phil Spector is accused of killing, played the extremely hot "Mrs. Vargas" in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

WACKY PACKAGES REDUX in this week's Photoshop Phriday over at Something Awful.

VIEW FROM SPACE of Columbia glidepath. Generated using EarthViewer 3D, which there are certainly more pleasant uses for.

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COLUMBIA DEBRIS: orbital maneuvering system engine found near Palestine, TX. OMS engines on the launchpad. How Stuff Works: Space Shuttles - Getting Into Orbit).

SHUTTLE NEWS SUMMARY at spaceflightnow.com.