September 30, 2008
Fun with FX

Hey, if desktop video editing can't be used to put Star Wars objects in the skies of San Francisco... well, what good is it anyway?

I especially liked the "Death Star on the horizon" shots. I wonder if Olivia's great-great-grandchildren will be able to look up in the sky and see something man-made on that scale?

Bonus: Parrots!

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~ George. George. George of the Rednecks ~

Watch out for that tree!

Meh. Looks like he wasn't going fast enough to hurt anything.

Well, except maybe his pride.

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Weer In Ur Cagez...

... messin' wif ur burdees

I'm not sure what Swoozie would make of a fish tank in her cage. It seems like it'd be a bear to do a water change on the tank.

Via Violins and Starships

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~ I'm Dreaming of a White [Martian] Christmas ~

Scientists are reporting the Mars Phoenix lander has detected snow at its landing site. It's not clear whether or not the snow actually reaches the ground.

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A British scientist claims to have invented a drive system that has no moving parts and only needs electricity to work. It started out sounding like snake oil, but eventually at least seemed possible. Requiring superconducting materials to make the concept work on a scale big enough to power a car would, to me, seem like a deal breaker. It's not like you can buy the stuff out of a JC Whitney catalog, ya know?

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I Guess that Makes a Hospital a "Bear Necessity"

Automatic doors: 1, black bear: 0. With video!

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September 29, 2008
Your Thought for the Day


Yeah, actually, a lot like that, s'what I think. Then again, so is a discussion on Fark, whence I found this piquant illustration.

Well, at least the Redskins won!

Update: Seconded:

(2008-09-29) — Just minutes after the Bush administration’s $700 billion financial-sector takeover went down to defeat in the House today, Congressional Democrats introduced a bill that would mandate a 6:02 a.m. (EST) sunrise for Tuesday.

“The sun will come out tomorrow,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, “but only if Congress takes action now to eliminate uncertainty.”


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Great Find...

... lousy location:

Archaeologists are racing against the little time left to salvage a fortune in coins and items from a 500-year-old Portuguese shipwreck found recently off Namibia's rough southern coast.

You know, the place where they shoot people over diamonds? Indiana Jones, indeed.

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A Blast from the Past

Those of you curious as to just WTF kind of car it is we've bought should find this old Motorweek Illustrated segment of interest. Even if you don't, it's still a hoot to see the old 80s graphics, John Davis with hair, and note that MWI has been using the same test track for at least 20 years. Ours is black, but otherwise is identical to the car being tested.

And, while we can do this with ours, we won't.


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Dude. Wait... What? XIII

Ron gets a very... graphic no prize for bringing us yet another example of just how loopy the Japanese can be. There's an annual phallic festival somewhere in southern Japan (can't recall the city), I'll bet that's where this was taken.

In case you haven't figured it out, the SFW status on this is a bit vague. Winky-shaped ice cream cones most likely always will be.

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September 28, 2008
Hail To The Redskins!

We did not teach her this song. Her kindergarten teacher did. Yes, Olivia has face paint on.

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My Milano...Let Me Show You...

My Milano...

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September 27, 2008
My 32nd B-day Gift From Scott


Yeah yeah... Scott has his 2 bitches in the garage. (*ahem*- a bike and a Spider)

This Alfa, this Alfa is MINE! Oh Milano... I have missed you so!

You want videos you say? My 15 second silly clips you say? Why I do have a few!

Perfectly normal, perfectly healthy for a Milano. They all do this. Bastards.

Posted by Ellen at 11:29 PM | Comments (4)
En Memoriam

After a long battle with cancer, Paul Newman died Friday at his home in Connecticut. You all remember him as an actor. I remember him as a founder of one of the most successful US open wheel race teams in the 80s and 90s. He will be missed.

Posted by scott at 12:31 PM | Comments (2)
Your Thought for the Day


That's probably gonna leave a mark. As far as I can tell, nobody was hurt.

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September 26, 2008
Glancing Blow

Scientists think they may have the answer to Mars's unusual magnetic field. By modeling an impact with something bigger than Earth's moon (!), the study, led by Sabine Stanley of the University of Toronto, neatly explains many unusual things about the red planet's geology. No word on if this may have been the trigger to cause Mars to dry up and die.

Posted by scott at 04:11 PM | Comments (0)
Rational Explanation

Fark (of all places) linked up the best explanation of the sub-prime meltdown I've found so far. Don't worry, this one's nice and neutral and doesn't mention the Clinton administration even once.

Ironically, it seems very close to this much earlier, and more colorful, explanation.

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Yves Rossy has become the first man to fly across the English Channel with a jetpack. I'm just as impressed that he engineered the thing to fold up enough to allow him to jump out an airplane, and then unfold and lock together in-flight. That is one neat piece of kit right there!

Posted by scott at 01:04 PM | Comments (1)
Gun Kill

I'm not at all surprised that the NRA is going after Obama. I am surprised that the Obama campaign seems to be returning the favor. You can take the man out of the Chicago political machine, but...

Posted by scott at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)
Now That's Fresh!

When twelve years old your burger becomes, look as good it will not.

I'm a little chary of this one. What's been keeping mold and rot from taking hold? What's been holding the bugs at bay? Something else has been used to keep this bit of "food product" cool and very dry, I'd wager.

Posted by scott at 11:42 AM | Comments (0)
Pickin' it Apart

Mark gets a no-prize that breaks up into four pieces for bringing us this time lapse of a Boeing 720 being scrapped. It surprised me just how long it seemed to take them to get around to the engines. You'd think those would come off first of all.

Posted by scott at 09:55 AM | Comments (0)
September 25, 2008
Get Out Of My Shoe!

My boa let me show you. My boa.

Posted by Ellen at 08:41 PM | Comments (1)
Big Chute

Self-guiding para-sail with a 30,000 pound cargo capacity, anyone? If you drop it from a high enough altitude, it'll guide itself to a landing 15 miles away.

In other words, it would now seem possible for someone to deliver 15 tons of crap to your location in complete silence via a robot with a wingspan the size of a 747's. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY!!!

Posted by scott at 03:21 PM | Comments (0)
Acid Dipped Saturdays

Having actually been a little kid in the 70s, I can say at least some of these kids shows weren't as surreal as the author of the article thinks they are. Then again, the internal state of a 7 year old is a pretty weird place to begin with, so who knows.

I'd forgotten all about Banana Split, and even now the memories are almost entirely made up of impressions rather than the more typical "internal movie projector" we all normally remember with. I can only remember that I watched it during summer time, when I was intensely bored, during some "Krusty the Clown" - type kids show. Other than that, nothing.

Posted by scott at 02:10 PM | Comments (2)
I Bet Splinters Would be a B*tch

Ron gets a well-crafted no-prize for bringing us a most unique sort of engineering project. Building a super car out of wood? It's closer than you think!

Posted by scott at 01:06 PM | Comments (0)
Recovery Riches

At least one pundit thinks the administration's recovery plan could end up making lots of money for the government. Before the rhetoric really started heating up, I definitely read more than one economist making "buying low selling high GOOD!" comments. Still, this whole thing is so complicated I'm not sure who to believe. And Lord help us, we've got nothing but Congress to be our guide. Jesus wept.

Posted by scott at 12:08 PM | Comments (0)
Springy Seniors

Those wacky Japanese are at it again, this time offering personal airbags for the elderly. Meh, who am I to make fun? If they'd add a module that blew up around knees, I'd probably order three for a certain someone in my own life.

Posted by scott at 10:57 AM | Comments (0)
Point & Shoot

Scientists are finding that many of the perceptual problems caused by zero-g have a physiological basis:

Humans orientate in 3D by using otoliths, small crystals of calcium carbonate and protein that shift on hairs in the inner ear. Forces acting on these grains as a person moves mean they can sense acceleration and gravitational pull.

Who knew?

Posted by scott at 08:52 AM | Comments (0)
September 24, 2008

What he said:

But we're in this mess, ultimately, because our political elites thought it was good social policy to encourage banks to give mortgages to uncreditworthy people, resulting in what Sailer months ago called the "Diversity Recession" (if this doesn't work, make that the Diversity Depression).
Therefore, I propose any bailout bill start with these words: "It is the sense of Congress that credit is not a civil right."

Somehow I don't think it'll work out that way.

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Happy Birthday!


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Mark gets an extremely silly no-prize for bringing us well, I'm not completely sure what the hell this is, but it made me laugh a bit.

Thank you for the "needs to get out more" sign, but I already have a hat that says that on.

Posted by scott at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)
Yet Another Bullet Dodged

Great. Just great. Now I have to worry about wheelchairs too:

A holiday jet carrying 229 passengers narrowly avoided disaster when a wheelchair stored in the hold burst into flames shortly after landing at Manchester airport.

When on a plane, Mr. Sparky Battery is not your friend!

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September 23, 2008
This Is How I Entertained Myself In Atlanta

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Not Cool Sparky

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Hotel Blowdryers

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No See-um

Hunters in the audience may find this article about a new sort of deer camouflage of interest. The hunters I know are a bunch of guys who go out hunting with other guys, and it's the one who brings home the biggest buck who's considered the coolest, not the one who looks the best. I think this stuff'll do well if it works as advertised.

Posted by scott at 03:27 PM | Comments (0)
I B Rollin'

Don't be hatin'. Hopefully someone turned the poor thing upright once the video was done. I think that's a leopard tortoise. If so, that's our own Om in about 10 years.

Posted by scott at 02:35 PM | Comments (1)
When Pigs Attack

Lisa R. gets a no-prize that'll thwack Kermit if he gets out of line for bringing us news of a woman being held hostage by a semi-wild pig. My first thought would be, "pig, meet rifle. Bacon, meet pan," but it would appear the property owner is a distraught animal lover who doesn't want that to happen.

Posted by scott at 02:02 PM | Comments (1)
September 22, 2008
Goodnight Yoda


Your Mommy loves you Yoda!

ps. Tell Ted, Ajax and Pongo to behave!

pps. Tell Garrison that the flowers I sent are poisonous and you don't want him with you anytime soon!

Posted by Ellen at 07:45 PM | Comments (2)
Jeebus on a Vespa!

Controversy over the F-35's capabilities appears to be heating up. If my old Falcon sims came even vaguely close to reality, 4 AAMs is an awfully light combat load.

Posted by scott at 02:16 PM | Comments (0)
Of Course, We all Know the Real Culprit is Sarah Palin's Secret Child

Scientists have finally determined what, exactly, causes Mars's "residual" south polar cap to be asymmetrical. Having a crater 1200 miles across and 4 miles deep will tend to screw with a planet's weather, donchaknow?

Posted by scott at 01:53 PM | Comments (0)
Good Luck with That

Japan appears to be getting serious about creating a space elevator. Considering that their economy has been doing an amazing "fish in the bottom of a boat" imitation for more than a decade, I'm not going to hold my breath on this one. Still, anything that offers such a discontinuity in dollar-per-pound prices is worth pursuing, IMO.

Posted by scott at 10:48 AM | Comments (0)

It's one thing to be told "hurricane causes massive damage." It's quite another to see pictures to demonstrate the fact. Reason #... well, #1 I guess, for why Scott doesn't want to live on the coast.

Posted by scott at 06:58 AM | Comments (0)
September 21, 2008
Caveat Emptor

Ron gets a no-prize that's just wrong for bringing us how they really make that most perverted of Japanese vending machine products. I mean really, what did you expect?

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September 20, 2008

Scott and O are on their own till Monday! I'm in Atlanta learning about cat pee!

ps. O, I got you your present :)

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September 19, 2008
My Friends, Let Me Show You Them

My friends:

Nerd me = new Nerd("Scott");
me.HoldingTool = new Hammer();
Nail n;
foreach (Thing t in Everything)
n = (Nail)t;

What?!? I haven't done pseudo-C# in, like, forever!!!

You want something else, go get your own site!

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Mike P. gets a damned silly no-prize for reminding us of the cow methane study they're doing in Argentina. Science is seldom pretty, eh?

Posted by scott at 03:39 PM | Comments (0)
Cat Landing

A revolutionary new landing craft design is taking the world by storm. Anything that gets a soldier out of a vulnerable landing craft and onto a beach where they can shoot back is fine by me. Maneuverability is nice too!

Posted by scott at 02:12 PM | Comments (0)

And that, friends, is why daddy always told you to stand behind the shooter. At least, that's what my dad always taught me. This guy, probably not so much.

Posted by scott at 01:06 PM | Comments (0)
Present is in the Mail

Ellen's present is finally on its way. Shhh... if you know don't tell. :)

Posted by scott at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)
Dude. Wait... What? XII

While it's said a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes it just takes a few words to completely change the meaning of a picture. I think I need to take a shower now. YEEESH!!!

Posted by scott at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)
'Splainin' it All

While this article is so far the most comprehensible account of what's going on in the financial markets right now that I've found, I still couldn't get my head completely around it. Which, I suppose, is why I don't work in the banking sector, eh?

Posted by scott at 10:22 AM | Comments (0)
Silly Friday Fun


It made me "LOL". Found on a Fark (natch) thread comment to this article

September 18, 2008
Craigslist, You SUCK!

Whatever Nazi admin is working for Craigslist just sucks! You cannot post anything there without being flagged and your ad removed.


Pull the scrumple out of your ass and get a life!

Posted by Ellen at 08:50 PM | Comments (2)
Me gustibus. You gustibus. We missed the bus. They missed the bus.

An entire day's worth of broadcast in Latin? Ok. Includes a Latin rap tune? Well... maybe not so much.

Anybody know if they speak Latin much in Vatican City anymore?

Posted by scott at 03:17 PM | Comments (0)
U-Brew Plastic

Scientists have created a strain of bacteria which excretes an important ingredient in many plastics. While not quite to the point of pooping out a soda bottle, it definitely seems to represent yet another step away from oil reliance. A good thing!

Posted by scott at 01:36 PM | Comments (2)
Well, at Least He's Up Front About it

Your Democratic presidential ticket at work:

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.

The fact that nobody else thinks paying taxes is patriotic, and the increase will happen to the people who are both more likely and more able to move all their money to places that won't be taxed at all seems quite lost on Mr. Biden. Come to think of it, the fact that most of you probably nodded your head and thought, "what's so unfair?" while you read the article means the point is probably lost on you too.

Taxes are a strange sort of product, one which we are forced to purchase or face being thrown in jail. If given the chance, people who do not feel they are getting their money's worth on a purchase will not purchase it. Since that's not possible in this case, those people, being able to afford things like tax lawyers and accountants familiar with, say, Swiss banking law, will instead hide their money so it can't be taxed at all. The end result? Raising taxes on wealthy people causes them to pay less than they would otherwise.

It. Doesn't. Work. It never has, and it never will. All the soft-headed wishing, pleading, wheedling, and whining in the world will never get around the simple fact that people are only willing to pay what they themselves consider their fair share. Forcing them to pay more does not in fact result in them paying more. It simply raises the incentive for them to hide what they do not wish to pay.

It doesn't work for us. We can't afford the attorneys and accountants necessary to build a neat little hidey-hole in some exotic tropical location for us. They can. They will. Only the hopelessly naive or recklessly ignorant would think otherwise.

In other words, progressives and Democrats.

See you in November!

Posted by scott at 12:49 PM | Comments (1)
Wet Mars

At least one team of scientists thinks water may have flowed on the surface of Mars far longer than previously thought. "Longer" here seems to mean "3 billion years ago." A billion here, a billion there, soon you're talking real time!

Posted by scott at 09:22 AM | Comments (0)
September 17, 2008
I Wonder if There are Teeny-Tiny Cows Too?

Chinese scientists have developed a new technique which promises to create "ultracapacitors" with double the energy density of existing designs. The secret? Nanotech trees on nanotech meadows.

No, really!

Posted by scott at 03:54 PM | Comments (0)
When Poor Taste Attacks

I guess it was only a matter of time before people started mistaking an actual tragedy for a semi-fictional disaster movie. Coming to a fall celebration near you!

Posted by scott at 02:21 PM | Comments (1)
3D Fun

NVIDIA is looking to change how you think about 3-D games. I suppose I'm one of the lucky people who've never been made motion sick by a shooter. Turning my monitor into a 3D window instead of a movie screen may just change that. It'll sure be fun to find out!

Posted by scott at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)
Drunk on Legends

Just about everyone knows who Andre the Giant was. I'm not sure how many know just how big he could be. I don't know how many of the stories of Andre's legendary capacity for alcohol consumption and mischief are, but they were entertaining to read. It's good to know that in the short time he had he lived his life to its fullest.

Posted by scott at 12:01 PM | Comments (3)
A Seat, for You-Know-Who

Jeff gets a no-prize with a hole in its roof just big enough to let God watch for bringing us news of yet another of Jerry Jones' clever marketing ploys. Ron'll probably pick up three sets.

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September 16, 2008
#1st Birthday Swoozie!


Happy Birthday my baby bird!

Today is her actual hatch day! Have a beer Swoozie!

Posted by Ellen at 09:27 PM | Comments (2)
Sneaky @#$%-ing Dog

Jeff gets a no-prize that should not be greeting him at the door when he gets home for bringing us an example of just how determined a bored beagle can be. That's probably more dangerous than it looks... I can definitely see about six different ways for doggie to get hurt pulling a stunt like this.

Posted by scott at 03:19 PM | Comments (0)
A Test, for the Rest of You

I'm actually surprised it's taken this long for Alfisti sellers to start seriously questioning their buyers. They are fine little machines, but they definitely take a specific sort of owner to get the best out of them.

Something tells me this holds true, with some variation, for just about any car worth having.

Posted by scott at 01:55 PM | Comments (1)
Melt Down Madness

It would seem it's actually government policy, not "market failure", which is the root cause of the current financial chaos. Color me completely unsurprised. Just about every large-scale "social engineering" attempt by Democrats starts out well-meaning, and usually works for a brief time. Unfortunately, and inevitably, the wheels fall off in spectacular fashion when all the other incentives their policies create come home to roost. Come to think of it, I can't think of a single instance where this didn't happen, all the way back to the New Deal. Those who can are welcome to comment.

"I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible. "
-- Milton Friedman

Everyone sees these things happen, yet most of you still persist in believing, "if only we could create the right program, and actually allow it to be fully funded by taxing all those billionaires and corporations out there a little more, by golly we'd get our government to do something right for a change."

I'd like to think it's not possible to hold a belief founded on so many false assumptions at once.

I would, of course, be wrong.

Posted by scott at 12:14 PM | Comments (1)
When the Stern Show Attacks

Go for Sal and Richard completely f'ing up a reporter's live feed, stay for the straight-laced description the anchor tries to put together at the end. I don't know how, but those two weirdos definitely managed to land some of the best jobs in the world.

Posted by scott at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)
September 15, 2008

Those wacky Finns are at it again, this time cooking up an Alfa-based 4x4 extreme off road vehicle. With a US V6 no less!

Posted by scott at 04:23 PM | Comments (0)
I Can Haz Observaishun?

Jeff gets a no-prize that can move with eerie silence for bringing us this clear and simple example of just what happens when you put that dratted cat in that German's box and close the door. Don't worry, "kitteh" is just being a cat, and was not harmed in the least.

Ours are too fat and lazy to do this sort of thing anymore, but Ellen's Mom's cat Lovey was justly famous for doing this sort of thing all the time. Except it was even spookier because she never seemed to move from a sitting position.

Posted by scott at 01:47 PM | Comments (0)
The Sound of One Nut Pedaling?

Biking across the W&OD trail: fun. Biking across the Himalayas, on a unicycle, well, not so much. There's a guy in our neighborhood who has one of these "off-road" unicycles. We saw him a few times as we were taking Olivia home from day care. They look interesting, but I have a hard enough time staying upright on two wheels to even think about trying it with just one.

Posted by scott at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)
Google the Seas

It would seem that, perhaps some day, everyone's network could be parked out on the ocean. Boy, that sure would make those remote "shutdown -h now" mistakes a pain to correct, eh?

Posted by scott at 11:38 AM | Comments (0)
I'm so Glad He's Here to Tell Us These Things

Go for the wacky preacher saying "Mickey Mouse should die", stay for the surreal sign-language translator in the bottom-right corner. I'm not a huge fan of ol' Mickey myself, but I think whacking him is a little extreme.

Posted by scott at 10:03 AM | Comments (1)
September 14, 2008
September 2008 Pet Food Recall

Pet Food Recalled After Salmonella Link Suspected.

Two isolated cases of a type of the salmonella bacterium known as Salmonella Schwarzengrund in humans has caused a Pennsylvania pet food manufacturer to recall a number of dry dog and cat food brands nationwide.

Mars Inc.'s Mars Petcare is recalling cat and dog food made at its Everson, Pa. facility, according to wire service reports.

While Mars Inc. maintained no direct connection has been made between illness in either animals or humans and its pet food product, the possibility that two humans may have contracted salmonella caused the recall, which began at the beginning of August.

The latest announcement expanded the pet food brands being recalled to include some Pedigree brands, Country Acres, Retriever, Doggy Bag, Members Mark, Natural, Ol' Roy, Special Kitty, Paws & Claws, Wegman's, Pet Pride, PMI Nutrition and Red Flannel.

Consumers should look for "17" as the first two digits of the second line on the Universal Price Code. Pedigree products will have "PAE" on the bottom line. Consumers can also call 1-877-568-4463 for more information.

Salmonella Schwarzengrund is one member (serovar) of the salmonella family. According to the U.S. Food and Drug administration, symptoms in humans include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Animal symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), fever, and vomiting. Some pets will only have decreased appetite, fever or abdominal pain.

Posted by Ellen at 09:33 PM | Comments (0)
A Speeder, for the Rest of Us

Actually, I'm surprised it's taken this long for someone to gin up their very own landspeeder. Even though the article says it's a 1:1 copy, it looks a little small to me. Maybe I just never looked that closely at the original.

Posted by scott at 01:23 PM | Comments (1)
Reap the (Red) Whirlwind

NASA's managed to capture more images of Martian whirlwinds, this time from the Phoenix lander. It's not yet clear if this is a common site near the poles.

Posted by scott at 01:19 PM | Comments (2)
September 13, 2008
Your Thought for the Day

U go wai, steel fark banwith... k thx bai!!!

Posted by scott at 05:45 PM | Comments (0)
The War Room

Mark gets a no-prize that'll rant impressively for bringing us yet another re-imaging of just what happened in a specific bunker at a specific time and a specific place.

I honestly don't know just what it is about that scene that allows it to be re-tread time and time again and yet never once lose its funny. This one definitely worked for me. Obamamaniacs... well, probably not as much.

Posted by scott at 11:51 AM | Comments (1)
September 12, 2008
Tae Kwon Do Olivia

Olivia and Master Bruce.


Olivia is up for white belt! This is her test session. Complete with a board break!



Posted by Ellen at 09:57 PM | Comments (2)
Not The Paper Towel Of Doom!

Posted by Ellen at 09:10 PM | Comments (0)
My Tiny Tribal Dancer

Posted by Ellen at 09:05 PM | Comments (3)

Don' like papr... u go wai!

They probably didn't need the "bang" sound... the cat was probably hitting that printer hard enough to make plenty of noise.

Posted by scott at 01:22 PM | Comments (1)
Glad I'm Not the Only One Noticing it II

It's official, the Post ran an over-the-top attack on the Republican ticket every single day this week. I wonder just how long they'll keep it up?

Nevermind, I know. November 4, right?

Posted by scott at 12:27 PM | Comments (2)

Airplanes do lots of things really well. Unfortunately parking in a car lot ain't one of 'em. So much for that paint job!

Posted by scott at 10:47 AM | Comments (1)
September 11, 2008
I Wonder If The Parrots Had Anything To Do With This?

(09-11) 17:15 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A car-burglary suspect fell to his death early today after he climbed over a wall on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill while trying to flee from police, apparently unaware that on the other side of the wall was a 200-foot cliff, authorities said.


And the Parrots!

Posted by Ellen at 10:18 PM | Comments (0)
Gamblin' Bombers

AvWeek (natch) has some interesting commentary on the recent visit of Mr. Chavez's new friends. The Tu-160 looks like a scaled-up B-1 bomber. Whether or not it has scaled up capability commiserate with its spy-cribbed little brother is unknown.

Posted by scott at 03:11 PM | Comments (1)
Just an Observation...

Is it just me, or are the right's hysterical reactions to criticism of Palin starting to sound a lot like the left's hysterical reactions to criticism of Obama? Is this some sort of bizarre tit-for-tat "you started it!" sort of thing, or is it that everyone on the fringes is just plain nuts no matter which direction you look?

Posted by scott at 01:43 PM | Comments (4)
Superstitious Genes

It would seem there's a reason people tend to believe in things like astrology and "the power of threes." To me, it looks like the old, "probability of something happening vs. the consequences of it happening" axiom in play. If being superstitious makes you less likely to get killed, then superstition will be selected for.

In other words, a smug assertion that rustling grass is caused by the wind will not impress the natives when a lion jumps out and eats you.

Posted by scott at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)
Abandoned Brew

Fans of old buildings may find this pictorial exploration of an old abandoned brewery of interest. Remember folks, it costs money to tear something down, and nothing to leave it standing.

Then again, that building would seem to be chock-full of all sorts of useful bits, not to mention what I would suppose to be tons of Not Cheap copper. You'd think someone would've salvaged it by now.

Posted by scott at 11:03 AM | Comments (2)
I Guess He'd Get a "JWI"?

Athlete + "Vodak" + cell phone camera = teh funnay. It takes a little while to get to the good part, but it's worth it. I wonder if the event was televised? If so, there's most likely even better footage out there somewhere.

Posted by scott at 09:07 AM | Comments (1)
September 10, 2008
An AMCGLTD Exclusive!


Yes! This is one of the kitty cats I work on! Names? Nope. Sorry. Names are withheld per request of the cat!

Posted by Ellen at 09:04 PM | Comments (0)
Score. A Direct Hit.

"Dammit Snarfle, I told you if we wanted to vaporize those hairless apes we needed to get started on our gamma-ray zapper before the bloody planet was half-way across the universe!"

Astronomers think they know what caused the brightest ever gamma-ray burst, which was observed in March: a tightly beamed jet of matter that happened to be aimed almost directly at Earth.

And yes, I do know there's an inconsistency in there. Never let the facts get in the way of a really cheesy joke!

Posted by scott at 03:39 PM | Comments (0)
We're All Still Here II

Just keep checking, just keep checking, just keep checking...

Posted by scott at 12:22 PM | Comments (0)
In Other News: Sky Blue, Water Wet

Another year, another big-money bribery scandal involving third-world leaders. Unfortunately, other countries (*cough* France *cough*) consider themselves much more "enlightened" when it comes to dealing under the table to get what they want, so this may just end up helping them instead of stopping corruption entirely.

Posted by scott at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)
We're All Still Here

As with all previous apocalyptic predictions, the world keeps stubbornly refusing to end. Black hole: NOT YOURS.

Posted by scott at 08:53 AM | Comments (2)
September 09, 2008
Robo Hauler

I can barely imagine seeing one of those monstrous strip-mine dump trucks trundling around with a driver. It would seem that, pretty soon, they'll do it all by themselves. Those things are emphatically not cheap, so it remains to be seen how Caterpillar would warranty one to not drive itself off the edge of a pit. It would, however, make a for a really amusing video!

Posted by scott at 02:33 PM | Comments (0)
Tough Bears

Scientists are reporting that tiny creatures known as "water bears" are the first animals known to be able to survive the harsh environment of space. They didn't all survive... the UV radiation got most of them. However, enough did to prove it's possible, and if it's possible here it just might be possible for some small ET somewhere else to survive as well.

Posted by scott at 01:32 PM | Comments (0)
Forest Find

Mark gets an ancient upside-down no-prize for bringing us an update on those gigantic fossilized forests found in the coal mines in the border area between the states of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. As noted in the article, fossilized forests aren't particularly remarkable. Fossilized forests the size of a large city are.

Posted by scott at 12:38 PM | Comments (0)
I'm Glad I'm not the Only One Who Noticed

The Post's attempts to smear Sarah Palin are getting a little more desperate:

... what the story ultimately reveals is that Palin (a) billed the state for most expenses allowed by law, including per diem when she stayed in her own home ...; (b) didn't bill the state for other expenses, when she could have done so lawfully, such as per diems for her children; and (c) spent a lot less money on expenses than did her predecessor, especially on travel and by ridding herself of the state's personal chef.

The story's headline? "Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home"

And that, dear friends, is just about the clearest case of MSM bias I've seen in this campaign season to-date. Unfortunately it's just about a certainty it won't be the last.

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

At first I thought this scheme to pay Jews $50,000 to move to a smallish Southern city was some "Jews for Jesus" - style recruitment effort. Then, after having actually read the article, I realized it was a synagogue-funded effort to revitalize a pre-existing Jewish community. I still don't know if it's a good idea... the reason most people move to a different city is they can't find good work at the one in which they currently live. $50,000 is very nice, but it won't last long if you can't find a job.

Posted by scott at 09:17 AM | Comments (1)
September 08, 2008
Red Flag Fun

Aviation fans (and really, who isn't?) should find this report-and-pictures detailing the recently completed Red Flag 08 exercises of interest. I can verify that brand new airplanes smell just like brand new cars... in 1997, I walked around in a then brand new C-17, and I got a weird showroom floor deja-vu vibe from the way it smelled.

Posted by scott at 02:22 PM | Comments (0)
Not So Junky After All

Researchers seem to have discovered evidence that at least some changes in the human species have been caused by so-called "junk" DNA. I've read rumblings that junk DNA, well, might not be, a few times before, but this is the first article that seems (to me anyway) to provide direct evidence for it..

Posted by scott at 01:02 PM | Comments (1)
Insert Monty Python Reference Here

While the MSM has fallen back to the more standard "let's cast the Republicans as religous nut-jobs" strategy, enough people are still trying to attack Sarah Palin in whatever way they can this article separating fact from fiction was still quite useful to me. The fact that many commentators still bring up her disabled child as some sort of impediment to her ability to perform the job of Vice President is to me the epitome of unacknowledged sexism. Any time I hear it, I say the same thing, "what, suddenly she doesn't have a husband?"

I guess stay-at-home dads are only relevant when you're trying to pry more tax dollars out of the system, not when, you know, they empower women or something.

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at 12:11 PM | Comments (0)
Mammoth Find

Mark gets a trunk-shaped no-prize for bringing us news of the discovery of a rare mammoth fossil in France. The species, Mammuthus trogontherii, also known as the steppe mammoth, is thought to represent a transitional type between an even earlier creature called a southern mammoth and the more familiar wooly sort.

Posted by scott at 10:57 AM | Comments (0)
Polish Away

There's detailing a car, and then there's Detailing a Car. The closest I ever got to something like this was removing my car's bumpers to polish them. Heck I only ever did that once.

Posted by scott at 09:03 AM | Comments (0)
September 07, 2008
Olivia's New Belly Dance Song

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Nothing else says "speed" in quite the same way as 40 mph+ runs downhill on a skateboard. Of course, nothing else would likely say "road rash" as crashing on a run like this, even though they didn't.

I wouldn't do it, but it sure was interesting to watch.

Posted by scott at 07:31 AM | Comments (0)
September 06, 2008
Night Gas

Aviation Week is today featuring the neatest air-to-air refueling picture you've seen in... I dunno, forever or something.

Posted by scott at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)
Your Thought for the Day

“What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama?”

“One is a well turned-out, good-looking, and let's be honest, pretty sexy piece of eye-candy.

“The other kills her own food.”

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at 08:55 AM | Comments (1)
September 05, 2008
It Came From New Jersey

I don't often link FARK threads, unless they have as much "WIN" as this one does. Go for the guido pictures, and do not miss guidos in motion.

The weirdest thing of all is, after living with and around yankees for the past twelve years or so, I'm starting to be able to tell the difference between someone from Jersey, Brooklyn, Long Island, upstate, and Manhattan. I guess it's a kind of radiation, seeps into your bones, that sort of thing.

Posted by scott at 03:28 PM | Comments (0)
Your Thought for the Day

I dunno... for some reason this, this reminds me of... "someone":

Ridcully was to management what King Herod was to the Bethlehem Playgroup Association. His mental approach to it could be visualised as a sort of business flowchart with, at the top, a circle entitled "Me, who does the telling" and, connected below it by a line, a large circle entitled "Everyone else".

-- (Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent)

Now, I would never think of scratching out Ridcully and putting in "Ellen". Nor would I ever change all the "he" and "his"'s into "she" and "hers"'s. My story, sticking to it.

Posted by scott at 02:09 PM | Comments (0)
Invisible Rotor

This time it looks like they're exploring retractable rotor blades on a helicopter-like... thing. Bah. Airwolf managed all this fancy stuff and it kept its rotor blades going!

Posted by scott at 01:14 PM | Comments (0)
I Can Haz Rescue?

Annie gets a smoldering no-prize for bringing us this latest tale of firemen rescuing cats. The stinger? It was the little monsters who probably caused the fire in the first place!

Posted by scott at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)
MiTo Fun

Reviews of the new MiTo continue to roll in. It's especially heartening to hear the automaker is deciding not to build Alfas in southern Italy any more. The marque's serious decline began with the government decision to use the automaker as a tool for social change instead of making cars. The result definitely confirmed the old saying, "If you want to send a message, use Western Union."

Posted by scott at 10:58 AM | Comments (0)
Forget the Dingos...

Well, it would appear there are now just two animal species in Australia which won't kill you:

An attack on a child by a large wallaby in Cairns has sparked calls for a cull of the area's growing mob before someone is killed.

Posted by scott at 08:43 AM | Comments (2)
September 04, 2008

This is from a Spam-Bot.... I think.

[22:11] NigglingTrout: Listen, this is going to sound very weird, but how in the world does one remove an angry spider monkey from one's...sensitive areas?

1. Why would you put spider monkeys there?

2. Why do I care?

3. I am sure there is a cream for this.

4. Please see a therapist.

Posted by Ellen at 10:15 PM | Comments (0)
First The Prarie Dogs, And Now The Ferrets! Not The Ferrets!

"The deadly disease sylvatic plague was discovered in May in a huge prairie dog town in the Conata Basin. The black-tailed prairie dog is the main prey of ferrets, and the disease quickly killed up to a third of the area's 290 ferrets along with prairie dogs."

Check It Out!

Posted by Ellen at 09:57 PM | Comments (0)
Judge Me By My Ears Will You?



Go find it on your own! Yoda the 4 eared cat! :)

Posted by Ellen at 09:49 PM | Comments (2)
Romans Being Blamed For HIV

"According to genetic research published on Wednesday, when Julius Caesar made his first exploratory visit to our shores in 55BC he triggered a chain of events which may have lowered our resistance to the virus which leads to Aids."

"The theory is that as the Roman Empire spread so did an unknown illness that killed those carrying a gene that would one day give their descendants resistance to the virus."

"As a result, today's inhabitants of nations once conquered by the Romans tend to lack the gene and so are more susceptible to HIV."


Posted by Ellen at 09:20 PM | Comments (2)
Swinging From A Tree

"John stopped to take a photo of the canopy, and saw something that didn't seem quite right through his viewfinder. He watched it for a little bit longer and the wind blew, and caught it, sending it spinning, and it seemed to be a body."

Read entire article here.

Really neat article! Don't miss out!

Posted by Ellen at 09:10 PM | Comments (0)
Dolphin Swim

Personal dolphin-shaped watercraft, anyone? Seems to me the jumping would be fun, but not the landing.

Posted by scott at 02:35 PM | Comments (0)
U-Print Buildings

Inkjet printer, meet the concrete jet printer. Does this mean that even illegal labor is now too expensive to build houses economically? Or, perhaps, construction demand is now so high worldwide there simply aren't enough skilled mason to go around?

Posted by scott at 09:45 AM | Comments (1)
September 03, 2008
Plush Guts!

Olivia would want to feed these to her plush dinosaur.

Olivia: "Daddy, what do t-rexes eat?"

Me: "I dunno, other dinosaurs I suppose."

Olivia: "No they don't! They eat guts!!!"

Me: "If you already knew the answer, what'd you ask me for?"

Olivia: "Silly daddy!"


Via I Speak of Dreams.

Posted by scott at 03:51 PM | Comments (2)
Say My Name!

If only SNL were this funny.

The Post, at least, is most definitely hammering away at Palin, and the MSM in general is trying hard enough that British bookies are now taking bets that she'll bail, perhaps before the end of the convention. Note the snarky back-biting in this LA Times piece.

Posted by scott at 02:21 PM | Comments (0)
It's Baaack!

One of the other things I'm known for, in a very small and particular pond, is writing a FAQ about Alfa Spiders. I'd let the thing disappear, but due to some truly weird coincidences which will eventually be detailed here, I've decided to bring it back. So, if you're interested in Alfa Romeo Spiders (and really, who isn't?) here's where to start learnin'.

I wrote the thing 12 years ago. Geeze!

Posted by scott at 01:09 PM | Comments (0)
Gaming BPD

I've always been a bit chary about even accepting the existence of borderline personality disorder. It always seemed to me to be a band-aid to cover up people who were just monstrous pains in the ass. I'm sure you'll all be as shocked as I was to find out I was wrong. Scientific and repeatable study FTW!

Posted by scott at 12:19 PM | Comments (1)
The Final Brick in "Le Wall"

It looks like official France is finally admitting French is no longer the, well, lingua franca of the developed world. Only took them, what, a few hundred years to get around to it?

Posted by scott at 09:52 AM | Comments (3)
September 02, 2008
The Jacket...

Me, lurking on e-bay: "Hey! Did you know they make Alfa Romeo jackets!?"


Scott: "..."


(No, really! After what is effectively 12 years of marriage, we really do "talk" like this.)

Scott, in sheepish voice: "Yeah, and they're pretty cheap too..."

Me: *blink* *blink*

Scott, desperately: "I wanted to see what mine looked like before I ordered you one!!!"

That's OK. The Alfa jacket I've picked out is way cooler than his.

Posted by Ellen at 10:34 PM | Comments (3)
East Bound & Down, Toward Heaven

Fans of Smokey and the Bandit will be sad to learn that Jerry Reed died yesterday of complications from emphysema, at the age of 71. I'd read somewhere a few months ago he was very ill, so this isn't a huge surprise to me. Doesn't mean it sucks any less.

Ron gets a sad truck-shaped no-prize for letting us know of the passing of this great entertainer.

Posted by scott at 04:06 PM | Comments (3)
Anti Confirmation

Scientists have used observations of galactic superclusters to put a much more precise upper limit on the amount of antimatter which could exist in our visible universe. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), that amount was not actually zero.

Posted by scott at 03:39 PM | Comments (0)
When Room Mates Attack

Ah, college. The long hours. The tough assignments. The passive-aggressive room mates.

In my first "group house" we had a member who expressed his displeasure with us by turning the thermostat down to 50 at 1 am. I out-p-a'd him by waking up 5 minutes later and switching it to FAN so it'd still make noise but not freeze us/power bill us to death. Needless to say, that group didn't stay together very long.

Posted by scott at 02:27 PM | Comments (0)
In Other News, Some People Still Call Them "Stag Parties"

Disapproving reporter: 1, castle: 0, teacher: 0. I'm filing this one as another case of, "I'm actually quite surprised they didn't arrest the property owner for assault."

Were it Texas, the property would've survived unscathed, but I wouldn't place the teacher's chances anywhere near as high, both on the "surviving" and "unscathed" odds.

I'm not completely sure that's a good thing. It really would be a shame if some damned fool got drunk and ended up dead because of a set of really idiotic actions. After all, that damned fool could be me! Then again, being an American and quite aware of the potential consequences of playing this particular game in the US, perhaps I'd be less likely to do something quite so spectacularly dumb. Deterrence at its finest!

Posted by scott at 01:01 PM | Comments (1)

Coming soon to a hookup near you: hyper-speed internet access. Hollywood has been largely ignoring the Internet's piracy potential because, right now at least, it's problematic for users to download entire movies in a hi-def format. If this sort of speed ever becomes commercially available, that restriction will perforce be removed.

In other words, you only thought that whole RIAA vs. college kids thing was a giant fiasco. Hollywood's got a lot more money to throw around, and they're much less subtle about it.

Posted by scott at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)
I Moo, Therefore I Am

Amber gets an extremely silly no-prize for bringing us "I am Cow", a benediction to everyone's favorite burger ingredient. Moo!

Posted by scott at 09:14 AM | Comments (1)
September 01, 2008
Oh For Huzzah's Sake!

'County fire spokesman Lt. Frank Fennell says the boy was eating "Steak on a Stake" when he pulled the wooden skewer out of his mouth and then somehow stuck the skewer in his eye.'

Read entire mini asinine article here.

This is WHY you pay nearly $20 a head to get in. Next thing that is going to happen... No TURKEY LEGS!

Posted by Ellen at 09:53 PM | Comments (1)
Olivia Playing Zills

Posted by Ellen at 09:02 PM | Comments (0)
Olivia Doing a Shimmy

Posted by Ellen at 09:00 PM | Comments (0)
Well, I Guess the Recoil Won't be Much of a Problem

Ron gets a no-prize that'll have to buy two plane tickets for bringing us a very large man firing a very tiny pistol. That'll be, "do you want fries with that, sir?" to you, bub.

Posted by scott at 07:17 PM | Comments (0)
Happy Birthday!


I was told your real age, but figured you would NOT want that posted!

Posted by Ellen at 03:47 PM | Comments (0)