May 31, 2009
No Scott...No.

Sorry Scott...*hands over a razor*. Off.

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Argument Time

The sad thing is, considering the level of debate amongst the "adults" of the internet lies somewhere between a screaming toddler and a poo-flinging chimp, this guide to "teaching children how to argue" should be required reading for, well, everyone. I know that's about as likely to happen as the MSM not asking, "what color?" every time the Obama administration yells "Sh*T!", but I can hope, can't I?

Posted by scott at 10:07 AM | Comments (1)
May 30, 2009
Your Thought for the Day


This definitely does not remind me of anyone I know. Not college buddies, not friends, not spouses. Nobody. Mah story, let me show you it...

Fark's Caturday is pretty darned good this week.

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May 29, 2009
Your Thought for the Day

There's a reason some bicyclists are fascinated with gear...

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Stem Cell Update

This sounds darned promising:

Researchers at Harvard and Advanced Cell Technology are reporting that they have been able to turn ordinary skin cells into stem cells by dousing them with the proteins made by four specific genes.

Of course, then the scientist has to go and ruin it by getting all enthusiastic:

"After a few more flight tests -- in order to assure everything is working properly -- it should be ready for commercial use," [Dr. Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell] said by e-mail.

I'll believe it when I see it, but it sure does sound hopeful!

Posted by scott at 04:06 PM | Comments (0)
Ghost Burp

Scientists have discovered the X-ray "ghost" of a black hole eruption. If I'm reading the article correctly, what they've found is the remnants of an explosion so powerful it made the fabric of the universe itself glow for thirty million years.

Dang. That's one smelly damned burp right there, I tell ya...

Posted by scott at 01:57 PM | Comments (0)
Yeah, Good Luck with That

Headline says it all: Abbas wants US to push out Netanyahu. This being the Jerusalem Post, the headline is the result of a moderately negative spin in the article, but only a moderate one. The full text reveals the characteristically juvenile attitude that Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular have had about Israel is alive and well. Unfortunately the administration currently in the White House shows every sign of being arrogant enough and dumb enough to actually try this strategy.

The thing is, it won't work. Netanyahu has a broad coalition and, from what I've read, is quite popular in Israel at the moment. If I could pick one political personality in Israel least likely to respond to a Rahm Emanuel - style political dogfight, I couldn't do any better than ol' Bibi. The result will needlessly strain our relationship with the only functioning democracy in the region whilst encouraging bad behavior and unrealistic expectations in yet another generation of Palestinians.

The right of return has been a dead issue for almost as long as it has been an issue. Israelis know exactly what will happen to their country if hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were suddenly given the "right" to reclaim land and property lost some six decades ago. They simply won't do it. Any plan which insists on it is taken seriously only by people with no real interest in peace, and others so naive as to almost seem from a different planet.

Which is not going to stop them from trying, of course, especially with the reception they seem to have received from the current administration.

More's the pity.

Posted by scott at 12:59 PM | Comments (1)
Mah Toolz, Let Me Show U Them...

What, does no one in behavioral sciences own a parrot? Cockatoo owners in particular are always advised to keep bits of wire away from their birds, not just because it could injure the bird, but also because the little feathered monsters will build lock picks out of them.

While Swoozie is certainly no rocket-scientist bird, I can say she picks up on tricks faster than any other critter we've ever owned.

Jeff gets a no-prize that'll squawk as the sun goes down for bringing us yet another example of science telling bird owners what they've already known for years.

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Scientists have developed a sonic "ultra-lense" which does all sorts of neat things to sound. The two mentioned in the article are making a ship invisible to sonar and improving the resolution of ultrasound devices without upping the energy they use. Personally, the latter sounds more do-able in the short term than the former, but wtf do I know?

Posted by scott at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)
Gun Fun

Nothing like a coil gun to get your day started. Unfortunately the video isn't working for me at the moment, but just from the look of the capacitors it seems pretty interesting.

Posted by scott at 09:27 AM | Comments (0)
May 28, 2009
Franc The Cat


Our overnight guest. Franc had a minor pee-pee surgery today. YiKeS! He's just hanging out (DOH!) until tomorrow.

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Sometimes, all You Need is the Title

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Female Ejaculation but were Afraid to Ask. It's a science article, and so completely SFW.

And won't you have an entertaining topic for the dinner table tonight, eh?

Posted by scott at 03:32 PM | Comments (0)
Bad Kitty!

It's like a house cat, with a mouse. The body language of that cat was telegraphing he (she?) was looking to jump something.

To this day I've seen nothing in a lion or a tiger that I don't see every day with our incontinent little monsters. The difference is, of course, our cats don't weigh 300+ lbs. If they did, they'd be just as dangerous and unpredictable as their bigger cousins.

Posted by scott at 11:57 AM | Comments (0)
Anniversary Rememberance

In commemoration of Apollo XI's 40th anniversary, Popular Mechanics has an in-depth retrospective. Being only slightly older than a year at the time, I think what I remember is a clear summer day, my mom flipping out with excitement, and me running back and forth between the bedroom and the den because the sound from the radio was also coming from the TV! It was so cool!

No, I don't think it's a particularly reliable memory either, but it's a quick story that makes me smile.

Posted by scott at 11:49 AM | Comments (0)
You've Gotta be Kidding Me

So, is the Obama administration deliberately targeting Chrysler dealerships who contributed to the GOP for closure, or is it just more paranoid ravings from the right? The Obama administration definitely has the arrogance, and the inexperience, to pull a stunt like this. After all, they doubtless have no expectation of being caught. Certainly the MSM will do nothing until the evidence is so colorful it starts to sell other people's newspapers.

Posted by scott at 08:56 AM | Comments (2)
I Guess it Depends on the Kind of Prisoners They Are

Hey, wouldn't you want to watch a bunch of convicts riding bicycles all over France? There are some ideas out there so dumb only a bureaucrat would think they were good.

Posted by scott at 08:45 AM | Comments (0)
May 27, 2009
My Take

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Smell Mah Kitteh Butt!


Look! The kitten is almost camouflaged in Scott's beard!

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Sharing Lunch


Can I get an "Awwwwww".

Posted by Ellen at 05:44 PM | Comments (1)
Going Up!

Spaceflight fans should find this collection of SRB videos made during the last Shuttle launch of interest. Whatever they pay those cameramen, they need to double it. I bet the conditions are damned cramped in there. ;)

Posted by scott at 02:01 PM | Comments (0)
Personally, I Think "Bone Spackle" is a Better Name

Scientists have announced the creation of a new medical compound that could help people with nasty bone fractures be up and around in a matter of weeks. Called "bone putty", the substance is a mold-able lattice that encourages new bone growth to span severe bone injuries. If the substance works as advertised, it sounds like it'll make the current "rods-screws-and-bolts" look positively medieval.

Posted by scott at 01:07 PM | Comments (0)
Case Fun

While definitely nifty, I know Olivia would never actually let me use something like this as a computer. He'd end up with hearts and unicorns and, well, Wall-e stickers all over him.

Posted by scott at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)
I Can Haz Even More Fur?

And now, a cat with wings. Swoozy's gonna be sooo jealous!

Posted by scott at 09:54 AM | Comments (6)
And the Winkie Goes, "Bang Bang Bang"

Dang, man, just dang:

A Russian woman got so upset by the news that her boyfriend intended to leave her that she tied several firecrackers to his penis and exploded them, the web-site reports.

It's in the newspaper, so it's got to be true!

Posted by scott at 09:00 AM | Comments (0)
May 26, 2009
Too Sad...

The girl was found by her 7-year-old brother on a treadmill in the Phoenix home Monday. She had been strangled by a cord connected to the machine, said Sgt. Andy Hill of the Phoenix Police Department.

"We believe the child was on the treadmill but it was not running at the time. She might have been playing like it was," Hill said.

This is why you don't let a 4 year old out of your sight.
Posted by Ellen at 10:11 PM | Comments (0)
Buh Bye North Korea. You're asking for it!

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea defied world powers and carried out an underground test Monday of a nuclear bomb Russian officials said was comparable to those that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The incident drew condemnation from Washington to Beijing and set the communist regime up for a showdown with the United Nations.

Time to take that country down.

Posted by Ellen at 10:07 PM | Comments (1)
When Bolsheviks Attack

It's been awhile since I've seen as sly a leftist attack on free markets and liberty as this one. I doubt the author really means it that explicitly, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em, and ridiculing hyper-expensive one-offs as bourgeois excess has been a staple of the left for more than a century.

Let's put it another way. Far from showcasing things "you shouldn't buy," I think this site shows just how industrious entrepreneurs can be in their efforts to separate the rich from their money. When I see things like this I don't view it from the consumer's perspective, a place I'm not likely to ever see, but instead from the producer's, which is a place I most definitely could be, some day. The reason most such things are expensive is because it takes a lot of talented people a long time to produce them, and each time someone very very rich buys one they become less rich while everyone involved in their production becomes more wealthy.

It's also important to understand that the producers of such amazingly expensive baubles live an extremely precarious life. The audience for such items can be counted in the low dozens, world-wide, and what appeals to, say, a hip-hop artist looking to cash their first royalty check today may not appeal to them tomorrow. It may be very glamorous to cater to such people, but it's not very smart.

In a market economy with a thriving middle class, the smart producer seeks to maximize the appeal of his or her product by making it affordable to as many people as possible. People like you and me. There are just so many more of us. An entrepreneur who caters to the Paris Hiltons of the world will never ever be richer than one who caters to the Joe and Jane Sixpacks of it. And so they do, and so we are the ones who benefit.

The hyper-rich have had their needs met since the beginning of time, and they always will. Attempts to "rectify" this "injustice" only serve to make the rich more clever about how they hide their money, and unlike you and me the rich can hire smart people to do this for them. The end result only makes it harder for smart entrepreneurs to reach the rest of us.

The danger is that, if we allow our governments to make it hard enough in a misguided attempt at "justice", smart entrepreneurs will stop trying.

Posted by scott at 07:12 PM | Comments (0)
Tornado Time

Jeff gets a swirling no-prize Ellen will want to chase for bringing us news of the latest-and-greatest tornado chasing project. The article also includes 2 other bits of good news: Storm Chasers is on track for a third season, and they're going to be covering this project, at least for one episode.

Posted by scott at 01:06 PM | Comments (1)
Seems Pretty Lively to Me

I'm not sure it ever would occur to me that ebay was even in competition with sites like Facebook and MySpace. The former is for shopping, the latter for chatting. I troll ebay because I own an obscure pair of cars for which parts are difficult to find. Picking up weird stuff for fair prices was always what I thought ebay was for.

Posted by scott at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)
F-35 Bits

Aviation fans may find these 10 "random things" learned at a recent F-35 factory tour of interest. I don't know exactly who the author is, but I found it via AvWeek's Ares, so I'm thinking it's authoritative.

Posted by scott at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)
Fun with Geology

While I'd known of most of these "10 Geological Wonders", it was still neat to look at. And guess what... the Soviets created at least one of them.

Posted by scott at 09:45 AM | Comments (0)
May 25, 2009
Kinda Harsh, Don't Ya Thinnk?

Oh, come on. You know you've thought about doing this:

A passerby pushed a would-be suicide jumper off a bridge in southern China because he was angry at the jumper's "selfish activity," Chinese media reported Saturday.

Of course, thinking isn't the same as doing.

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May 23, 2009
Run Away!

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Kitteh Trouser Monster!

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Olivia Hot n' Cold

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May 22, 2009
Hey, Turns Out There Is Something Worthwhile in Baltimore

Hopefully they won't park it in the convention center garage:

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is one of Fiat Group's latest and most ambitious supercar projects. Sold by the team at Maserati of Baltimore, the exotic modern classic is sure to become a legend in the motorsports world for it's sharp design. As a new resident in Baltimore, she will hopefully be the photo focus of exotic spotter cameras and video sightings all around the charm city region and Washington DC Metro glam nightclubs.

If nothing else, it greatly increases the chance one will be around next year's Owner's Club convention, which is happening in Maryland.

With bells on, baby, with bells on!

Posted by scott at 02:21 PM | Comments (0)
Weapon Fun

Cracked, in its own inimitable way, is featuring this look at "7 WTF Military weapons". Being an armchair student of all things various armies have attempted over, well, all of detectable history I suppose, I'm not at all surprised things like this got built. I'm actually rather surprised that any of them survived.

Posted by scott at 02:16 PM | Comments (1)
Who Ya Gonna Call, Again?

Ghost Busters III may be coming to a theater near you next summer. Original cast and everything, it would appear. I wonder who Ray Parker's gonna steal from this time around?

Posted by scott at 12:40 PM | Comments (0)
I Guess That's Helpful

Policy wonks: the real solution to increasing and increasingly deadly mortar and rocket attacks is lasers. Which is all well and good, but nobody's managed to make an SSL that'll meet all the criteria for an effective defense. They're beavering away at it, so it may just be a matter of time.

Posted by scott at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)
Your Thought for the Day

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"Icanhaz" captions are released to the wild immediately. We'll see if this one gets loose...

Posted by scott at 10:00 AM | Comments (0)
Well, That's Nice to Hear

Looks like Hajji the Mighty Pirate may be picking up some new toys for the next season. According to the comments, manpad SAMs may not be all that much of a threat. Which is fine to say sitting behind a computer far away from the action. To a pilot who sees one whooshing his way, maybe not so much.

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Makes you look in the mirror and be thankful for what you have.

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May 21, 2009
Thunderbirds 09

And so, it begins...














And that's the end. Hopefully the best was saved for last. If you get the opportunity to see them, do not miss the Thunderbirds. This is the best they've been in quite some time.

Posted by scott at 08:06 PM | Comments (1)
I Love You Teddy


It has been 3 long years without you Teddy. Mommy still loves you.

Posted by Ellen at 06:31 PM | Comments (1)
Looks Like a Giant Lure Float to Me

Are they called lure floats? It's been so long I've forgotten. Those red-and-white spheres you stick on the end of your fishing line to hold up... bah, nevermind. Anyway A NASA-designed probe is being used to plumb the depths of Antarctica's mysterious Lake Bonnie, an ice-capped body of water in that continent's McMurdo Dry Valleys region. The hope is the lessons learned will help the design of a future Europa probe. Considering this particular analog weighs in at half a ton, it'll probably be awhile before the (presumably) aquatic critters of that moon have to worry about robot probes sent from nosy apes.

Posted by scott at 01:09 PM | Comments (4)
Comment Filter Note

Now that I've found this superb real-time regex tester, my spam filters should tighten up considerably. If you find yourself being caught out by something, be sure to let me know. I'm much more willing to delete filters that work but are too general now that I have a tool which will let me reliably make them much more specific. For example, the gmail filter is now gone.

Posted by scott at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)
Chicken Little in a Soda Can


Doctors have issued a warning about excessive cola consumption after noticing an increase in the number of patients suffering from muscle problems, according to the June issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

So says the admirably scare-mongering headline. A close reading reveals that an undisclosed number of people who drank two to nine liters of soda a day suffered a variety of ailments one would presumably expect from a population consuming orders of magnitude more sugar and caffeine per day than the general population.

Using such an observation to preach a back-handed sermon on our bourgeois lifestyle makes for admirable watermelon-rolling, but not particularly informative journalism.

Posted by scott at 11:48 AM | Comments (0)
First Rednecks, Now Ter'rists!!!

All those times I called the area where my in-laws lived "quiet" and "boring"? I take them back:

Four men due in court Thursday to face charges of plotting to bomb Jewish sites and shoot down military planes were arrested after planting what they thought were explosive devices near a synagogue and community center, authorities say.

Officials told The Associated Press the arrests came after a nearly yearlong undercover operation that began in Newburgh, N.Y., about 70 miles north of New York City.

Still not gonna move there. :P :)

Posted by scott at 10:29 AM | Comments (1)
... and That's the Way the Game is Played

The way most people get arrested is because of what they say to the cop. It gets interesting when a state law makes it permissible to say incriminating things to the cop, without getting in trouble. See, Ellen... all those times I've babbled at the TV about circumstantial evidence? I was right! The Mentalist, FTW!

Posted by scott at 09:20 AM | Comments (0)
May 20, 2009
This and That








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Paging Dave Matthews, White Courtesy Phone Please

Shades of that scene from Little House on the Prairie:

A destructive menace is heading west on I.H. 10 with San Antonio in its sites. It's the crazy Raspberry ant that was first spotted in Houston in 2002. No one knows where it came from or how to control it but it reproduces faster than any insect experts have ever seen.
Raspberry tells this story of a woman who called his office two weeks ago.

"While the lady was talking to us she was telling to her 2 year old honey it's ok they won't bite you, They were crawling over over her baby, " he said.

Texas... it's like a whole other country planet!

Posted by scott at 10:48 AM | Comments (1)
Well that Stinks

The Sarah Conner Chronicles have been, well, terminated. Not a real surprise, unfortunately, since the series was likely quite expensive and was not doing well this season. Still, the writing had improved immensely during the last half of the season, and it was quite interesting to watch. I could never predict exactly where they were going, which is a big plus for me with TV shows. Perhaps Sci Fi or some other independent network will pick them up?

Posted by scott at 09:23 AM | Comments (2)
May 19, 2009
You What?

Where is Ron when we need him!

Posted by Ellen at 08:13 PM | Comments (2)
Jet Time








Airshow: free. High performance aircraft: $$$. Watching grownups steer their expensive airplanes into puddles just to make a splash: priceless.

Posted by scott at 05:59 PM | Comments (0)

Nothing like having the exchange server quietly filling its disk until it dies to brighten an afternoon. Three disk monitors failed to spot the problem. Logs are cleared now, that gave me breathing room, and tomorrow it'll be fixed permanently. Gah.

Posted by scott at 03:31 PM | Comments (0)
Critter Gallery

Those not satisfied with Space Shuttle pictures may find this collection of newly-discovered animal oddities of interest. No, Ellen, you can't have any.

Posted by scott at 12:42 PM | Comments (1)
Dead but not Gone

Artificial Owl seems to be a website dedicated to pictures of abandoned things. It's surprising that, even in the modern world, ruins have both power and beauty. Case in point, the SS America, which is the subject of one of the remarkable pictures on the masthead of the Owl site. Sadly, America seems to have been pounded to bits now, and no longer stands sentinel over that lonely bit of beach.

Posted by scott at 11:34 AM | Comments (1)
Shuttle Pics

There's no better way to start the day than looking at a whole passel of shuttle pictures. I think the shot with both of them mounted on their pads is the most impressive. That would've made our visit to the cape a lot more interesting. Unfortunately I think they wouldn't've let us get even that close if the shuttles had been out then.

Posted by scott at 09:33 AM | Comments (0)
May 18, 2009
Stunt Quartet


This year was the first time I'd ever seen a precision stunt quartet flying. "The Collaborators." No, really! If you get the chance, go see 'em.






Posted by scott at 08:46 PM | Comments (0)
I Guess that Pretty Much Answers the Question

Problem: Doping official shows up to your bodybuilding contest.

Solution: Run like hell:

The Belgian bodybuilding championship has been canceled after doping officials showed up and all the competitors fled.

A doping official says bodybuilders just grabbed their gear and ran off when he came into the room.


Posted by scott at 02:58 PM | Comments (2)
It's the Great Moonshot, Charlie Brown

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 10, who's lunar module Snoopy orbits the sun to this day. Now that would be an interesting snag for some future space archeologist!

Posted by scott at 02:01 PM | Comments (2)
Neandertal Nom

It would seem at least one of the causes of Neandertal extinction was that they were tasty, and good with BBQ sauce. All jokes aside, it's my understanding from the various Discovery documentaries I've seen that there is strong evidence for cannibalism in ancient H. sapiens of all sorts. In other words, our ancestors were pretty much like any other animal, willing to eat absolutely anything that wasn't poisonous or trying to eat them first.

Posted by scott at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)
Moon Rock Heist

While long on hyperbole and a bit short on actual facts, this account summarizing the theft of some of NASA's precious moon rocks is still worth a look. Considering how expensive NASA programs really are, I can't see how selling even previously contaminated rocks would make a difference. The feds took a dim view of someone using that excuse as a defense in fencing some stolen samples.

They're funny that way, eh?

Posted by scott at 09:06 AM | Comments (0)
May 17, 2009
Airshow 09








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Olivia Airshow 09


Another year, another airshow. Special guest star: Ellen! No, really! I just never got a picture of her that was in focus. Must be the aura.

Posted by scott at 09:32 PM | Comments (1)
May 16, 2009
Balance It O!

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Which Path?

But what direction?

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May 15, 2009
Let's Go Fly A Kite!

Olivia's 1st School Musical!

Posted by Ellen at 09:49 PM | Comments (6)
The Sun is There

Nothing like a little back-light to really punch up the shot. There must be some reason why nobody's ever tried this with the ISS, which is a lot bigger than either of these things.

Posted by scott at 05:58 PM | Comments (0)
Well, That's Helpful

This can't be right. It' doesn't have "bad makeup", "dramatic sighs at jailbait", or "form ridiculous love triangle with jailbait and weirdo reservation escapee." Don't even get me started on the wacky baseball skills...

Posted by scott at 02:19 PM | Comments (0)
Telescope Update

Those fancy space telescopes we linked up yesterday seem to have made it to orbit safely. It'll be a couple of months before any pictures are sent, but the devices are so sophisticated it should be worth the wait. KTHXBAI!

Posted by scott at 11:34 AM | Comments (0)
Fridge Picks

Turns out it's just as interesting to stare into other people's refrigerators. Hopefully that critter was dead before he was put in the freezer. I'm not holding out a lot of hope, though.

Posted by scott at 08:43 AM | Comments (0)
May 14, 2009
Sticky Sweet

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My Wife, Let Me Show You Her...

This is why, when Ellen takes her dream storm-chaser vacation, she's doing it on her own. To paraphrase, "what good's a life insurance policy if you're not around to use it?"

Posted by scott at 07:42 PM | Comments (0)
When Gypsies Attack

No, really, when gypsies attack:

A group of travellers wrecked a multi-million pound police helicopter which was being used to spy on their site.

The gang used axes to smash the £5million aircraft, after they leapt over a 4ft wall surrounding Surrey Police force’s helipad at Fairoaks airport, near Woking in Surrey.

Mickey O'Neil unavailable for comment...

Posted by scott at 02:14 PM | Comments (0)
Well that Sucked

After a long, drawn-out battle, my workstation finally lost its fight with spyware. This pause brought to you by the necessary reload. Now the long rebuilding begins...

Posted by scott at 02:02 PM | Comments (0)
More Invisible Fun

Those kooky scientists at Hong Kong University are at it again, this time coming up with a cloak that makes one object look like another. In their example, it involves making an elephant look like a mouse, and visa-versa. Personally, I've had it with all these neat descriptions. To paraphrase, Products, or GTFO!

Posted by scott at 11:48 AM | Comments (0)
Do What?!?

The crack reporters who filed this story are accepting the local sheriff's department conclusion that the woman suffered "an accidental death due to inappropriate use of a jackhammer*." Me, I think if this had come out of Asia they would've called it what it seems to be from here... a particularly bizarre and spectacular suicide. But hey, that's just my opinion, wtf do I know?

* Read the article, or do the math.

Posted by scott at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)
Eyes in the Sky

Mark gets a very high resolution no-prize for bringing us news that two new telescopes are about to be launched into orbit. I can remember a time when everyone just talked about how cool it would be to have a single telescope in space. With these two, the ones that've been launched must be creeping up past a dozen.

Posted by scott at 08:51 AM | Comments (0)
May 13, 2009
What a Keeper

Sometimes the pedophile is a person you'd never suspect. Other times, well, not so much. Why, yes, I do think the reverse can also be true. Stop mumbling "pot, kettle, black" under your breath! I can hear you!*

* It's a complicated joke. Think about it, then laugh.

Posted by scott at 01:06 PM | Comments (2)
Blue Return

Blue whales are returning to northern grazing areas they'd been hunted out of decades ago. The reasons behind the move are unclear. Surprisingly, this lack of data meant blaming climate change came in second to "that's where the food is." The first crack in the watermelon's armor? We'll see...

Posted by scott at 11:42 AM | Comments (0)
When Photographers Attack

Me, I always thought the whole point of stilted family photographs was to make people look silly. That, and provide a straightforward gift for the relatives. People change, fashions change, why not chronicle it?

Posted by scott at 10:23 AM | Comments (4)
~ Everybody Wang Phone Tonight ~

Say what you will about progressives... they still retain the power to surprise:

Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez has just done what no other cellphone company in the world would dare do. Chavez has launched the first ever “penis” phone.

This one's just too weird to be true, but there's a picture!

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May 12, 2009
Of Course, We All Know Rich People and Corporations are Bad

The good news: The Obama administration is acting exactly as they said they would, and as the majority of the American people want them to act.

The bad news: The Obama administration is acting exactly as they said they would, and as the majority of the American people want them to act.

Populism is all well and good, until it's realized the corporations being attacked are the ones that employ you, and the rich people being soaked are the ones who's bank accounts provide your loans. What I see, and what almost none of the rest of you seem to understand, is that rich people are the only sort of people who absolutely can, and therefore will, take their money to a place it won't be sucked away to finance "economic justice." Big corporations are the only ones who can, and therefore will, close up and move shop to do the same. Then it'll be the rest of us who'll be left holding the bag.

If the past is any guide, it'll take three to five years for the destruction these policies will wreak to become impossible to ignore. And no, I don't think it'll be the end of the world, or the end of the nation, or even the end of Our Way of Life. Watergate was a much bigger disaster than the Bush administration, and Republicans managed to recover from that to rescue us from the last Democratic super-majority, back in 1980. I'm sure they'll be able to swoop in again to save us from this one. Eventually.

Which will, of course, simply re-set the alarm. Whenever there are enough voters with no memory of what happens when progressives are given power, who forget economic justice is incompatible with personal liberty, and who actually listen to people who've never done a real day's work in their life, it's just about inevitable the Democrats will be there to ride their naivete back to power. Which merely serves to give the wheel another turn.

It's all about keeping the bicycle balanced, I suppose.

Posted by scott at 04:01 PM | Comments (0)
Speaking of Ruining Someone's Day...

While sinking a zodiac-like inflatable boat at 100 yards via remote control sounds pretty nifty, it's when they start talking about mixing pepper spray into the stream that it suddenly turns into a lot of fun. Well, if you're not a pirate, at any rate.

If the ship already has high pressure water available, I can literally see no down side to this, other than perhaps expense. Now that insurance rates for shipping through pirate-infested waters is presumably on the rise, I'm not sure that impediment will hold out for long.

No, it's not quite as satisfying as picking them off with a Barrett .50, but it has the advantage of shutting up all the bleeding hearts in Berkeley and Brussels. Anything that puts a cork in those particular bungholes is all right by me.

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Farewell, Shuttle

Pat gets a no-prize the likes of which will not be seen again for giving us this kinda-sorta retrospective on what this Hubble service mission means for the Shuttle. One down, nine to go, and that'll be it for the type. I think it will be a little sad when it launches for the last time, but in my opinion and from other things that I've read in places like Aviation Week, the thing is a monument to what happens when reach exceeds grasp, and political exigencies and inertia triumph over common sense and consistent goals.

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Rover Stuck

Oh noes! The Mars rover Spirit has sunk nearly to its axles in soft ground. Will this be the end of the intrepid little probe? Nobody's sure, but they're definitely trying to figure out if it can dig itself out. It'll be a helluva long time before a tow truck can get out there otherwise.

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Of Course You Know We Must Link This Up

Nothing like giving birth to your identical twin brother 30 years after he died in the womb to ruin your day. Now that's going to be one helluva bar bet he'll be able to win from now on.

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I Can Haz Identitee Crisis?

You think cats and dogs sleeping together is bad, now they're raising each other. Those kittens are just about the same age as the ones we're fostering right now. They're all cut and fuzzy, until the poop starts to come.

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May 11, 2009

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Funny Spider

Today's "clever bit of nature iddinit?" comes from the Hawaiian Islands. "Happy face" spiders are all well and good, but can they dance?

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Insert "Fernando" Joke Here

Can't see how we missed this one: on Friday it was announced the songwriting duo behind ABBA have reunited, albeit only for one song. If loving kitschy pop songs is wrong, I don't want to be right.

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Prime Patterns

Mathematicians have discovered a new pattern in prime numbers. Turns out there's another way that they're not random. What does it mean? I dunno, math never was one of my strengths. It does sounds pretty neat though, in a "ahhhuuah??" way

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~ The Statues are Falling Down On Us / Hurrah, Hurrah ~

One of the largest free-standing sculptures in the world is set to become one of the largest collapsed statues in the world. What was that? Something the Soviets built as a grand monument is getting ready to collapse, and they can't fix it because people keep stealing the money? Say it ain't so!

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Iron Passing

One of the few people still relying on a full-body iron lung for breathing assistance has died. I remember when these things featured prominently in any number of TV shows or movies, mostly from the 60s. As noted in the article, nowadays it seems almost nobody uses them.

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May 10, 2009
Chloe Kitteh


*Learning how to eat their own toes.*

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The first 72 hours and they are already biting Scott.

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Take 3

[Ellen]: “Is it pretty?”

Dude: “What is?”

Me: “The engine. Is it pretty?

Dude: “Why do I want to see if the engine is pretty?”

Me: “Exactly.”

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Meh. It'll Buff Out

Funny because nobody got hurt: big rocket turns into giant lawn dart. If one of your hobbies is not actively dangerous, you're not a Real Guy.

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When Crochet Work Attacks

Every time I think I've seen furries at their weirdest, I'm proven wrong. I dunno, I guess hot, itchy sex is better than no sex at all.

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Happy Mother's Day! 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

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May 09, 2009
Oh. My. God...

Thing is, humanity's spent 90% of its existence living with these things living inside them. Those smelly leftist hippies who think the only thing wrong with us is that we're too modern? Yeah, let's stick 'em on a boat to Worm Island, see how much they like it.

Nature is only fun if there's a hot shower and a cold beer at the end of it.

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Your Thought for the Day

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May 08, 2009
How Many Ways Can We Embarass Him?

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Itteh Bitteh Kittehs!



It's kitten season at the AMCGLTD house!
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My World, Let Me Show You It.

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'Tis the Season to Mew Mew Mew

It would appear Kitten Seasontm is now upon us. Expect Head.Explode(Candy) cuteness from Ellen later tonight. This time, there'll probably be video.

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And the Dentist's Office Goes, "Kaboom!"

Nothing like your workplace going up in a fireball to ruin your whole day. Fortunately nobody was injured. Ron gets a no-prize with a funny, dangerous smell for bringing us something that happened in one of his former back yards.

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Poster Fun

If only the second set of movies had been this clever. I guess we'll have to go out and see this at some point. If we ever get back to Florida (it is in Florida, right?), that is.

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Organ Growth

Scientific American is featuring this in-depth look at how growing organs is progressing. Don't have time to go through it here at work (shocking, I know), but it's definitely on the list for tonight.

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Now That's a Science Project

So, do you think relativity's a bunch of hooey now? Took me two run-throughs just to figure out what the guy was trying to accomplish. Oh, and leaving a car idling for two days? Yeah, he knows physics a lot better than auto mechanics.

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May 07, 2009
Hobbit Update

Hard to believe it's been 5 years since the Flores "Hobbits" were discovered. Fortunately, the science keeps rolling on. The article passes over it only briefly, but it would seem the hobbits not only had small brains, they also had big feet.

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Bits o' Fluff

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Warp Drive: Maybe Yours

In the "can haz, not can haz" tennis match of faster-than-light (FTL) travel, today's service comes from the can haz team. Back in college some physics majors, after an admittedly considerable amount of beer, explained it would be quite simple to create things like time machines and FTL drives. One need only create an object about five times as massive as the sun and spin it up to a rotational speed of about 70% the speed of light. All sorts of strange travel becomes very easy when you have one of those, they said.

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~ Come Fly with Me, Let's Fly Let's Fly Away ~

The first private US operator of SU-27 aircraft is expected to be operational some time later this year. The parent company appears to be dedicated to providing service to military customers, so it doesn't seem as if the opportunity to fly one of Russia's finest is just a (very large) personal check away, but that's not completely clear. Ah, well. If nothing else it'll give those right wing "new world order did you know there are Soviet aircraft operating from US soil did you DID YOU DID YOU!?!?" nutballs something new to twirl about. I love it when they do that.

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Appearances are Deceiving

So, can you pick the perp? Best I could do was exactly 1 in a row, and I gave up after about ten tries. Then again, I'm not known as the most perceptive person in the world. I'm sure you'll do better!

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"Trapping" the Dinosaurs

In the ongoing tennis match between volcanism and impact theories about the extinction of the dinosaurs, it would appear today's serve comes from the Deccan Traps. The article's not particularly good at summarizing just what the scientist means by all this, Wikipedia's entry is, naturally, more informative.

Seems to me the most likely explanation would be the dinosaurs barely struggling through this awful millenia-long volcanic disaster, only to have the sky fall on them in the end.

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May 06, 2009
Don't Get Much More Official Than That

Everyone please stand for the fat lady to sing her song:

Chrysler LLC today announced that, as a result of the comprehensive restructuring plan agreed to by many of its stakeholders, it has reached an agreement in principle to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat SpA to form a vibrant new company. It will allow Chrysler and Fiat to fully optimize their respective manufacturing footprints and the global supplier base, while providing each with access to additional markets. Fiat powertrains and components will also be produced at Chrysler manufacturing sites.

The MSM is finally glomming onto the fact that Fiat really never has made particularly sturdy cars. Truth is, Italians don't consider screwing a car together correctly all that important. Design, beauty, performance, and heritage are all far more important. If it means the trim falls off, well trim doesn't make it go faster now, does it?

Thing is, Americans will put up with a surprising amount of this sort of foolishness as long as they feel they're being taken care of, and the whatever it is doesn't keep breaking the same thing over and over again. Fiat's quality is supposed to have picked up dramatically in just the past four years or so. Will it be enough? Who knows?

I'm just happy they're back!

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That's Pretty M uch How It's Like in My House Too

It would appear cats really are important to the Internet. Around here "child", "bird", "turtle", and "snake" bars would also have to be added.

Hmm? Husband? You do read this site, right?

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Past Sequences

Scientists have sequenced the proteins of another dinosaur. This time, it's a hadrosaur species from a fossil much older than that which produced the T. Rex sequences last year. It sounds like they're a very long way indeed from getting an entire genome, but who would ever have thought they'd be able to sequence any organic matter from 65 million-year plus rocks?

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Dude, it's Yours

Today's "Yet Another Reason Not to Move to Australia" filing comes courtesy Queensland, Australia:

Australia is known around the world for its large and deadly creepy crawlies, but even locals have been shocked by the size of the giant venomous spiders that have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.

With "six cm of creepy goodness" picture!

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Bang-on Eggs

Mark gets a novelty no-prize for bringing us the perfect gift for the breakfast- and gun-lover in your life. Only problem I see is that it appears to be made out of hard metal, which is a big no-no when dealing with no-stick surfaces.

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Hehehehe... His Name is, "Dong" ... heheheheh

I guess Asian song birds must not make as much noise as parrots. If you tried to strap Swoozie to your leg it'd sound like you had a car alarm taped to your ankle.

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Cat Fail

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May 05, 2009
Um... Ouch?

Hopefully there warn't anyone inside it when the rock hit the windshield. Meh. It'll buff out.

And yes that is... well, was... a Milano.

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When Impressionists Attack

No, really, when impressionists attack:

Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear but lost it in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin in a row outside a brothel, it has been claimed.

Mark gets a no-prize that'll get all stabby if he gets it drunk for bringing us yet another "conventional wisdom ain't so conventional after all" story.

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Now, Now, Be Nice...

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

Hey... I'm only disappointed if it's accessible. I have a hard enough time with comprehension as it is.

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Winkie Clarification

While we missed the originating article, this rejoinder to criticisms about why the human penis evolved into its present shape was still pretty interesting. The original article is linked in the reply, so it's easy to get caught up. Heheheheh... I said, "up."

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Hey, it's in the Paper, it has to be True!

So, do you believe a female Russian hair dresser foiled a robbery attempt on her store and then held the robber captive as a sex slave for the next three days? Yeah, I don't either. Still, it makes for a fun story!

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Nuclear Whiskey

Scientists are using a rather interesting test to determine if expensive vintage whiskey really is, well, expensive vintage whiskey. The hook? Turns out all the open-air nuclear testing back in the 50s and 60s flung enough radioactive crap into the air to detectably alter whiskey distilled after that time. So now it would appear to be very easy to tell if, for example, a whiskey advertised as distilled in 1856 was actually made in 1956. There may or may not be a difference in flavor, but it definitely makes a difference in the price.

Which also answers a question I've had for years. Beer and wine will age to a certain point, but after that they spoil or go to vinegar. It would appear whiskey, at least, does not have this problem.

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Can I Get An Ouch!? Or A Hooray!

After the car was hit by the van, there was a loud scream from the woman whose mouth was covered with blood,” he said.

The woman later followed her lover to the hospital with part of the sexual organ.

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May 04, 2009
Look Away!

I KNOW I don't have make-up on or that my hair is done. GAH!

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Very Sad Swoozie

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Big Splat

New findings from the Mercury probe MESSENGER are being released, and it turns out that, weirdly, the planet is much more similar to Mars than it is our Moon. Apparently, the opposite was what had been theorized before. Amazing, the difference a few pictures can make.

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Bring Out Your [Teeny Tiny] Dead

It would seem ants have a particularly stinky sort of "dead man's switch" which allows them to move their dead compatriots out of the nest before the corpses can cause harm. No, I'm not completely sure what good finding this out does for us, but hell I thought it was interesting. Science is funny that way, donchaknow?

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Say it Ain't So!!!

Making the rounds: Main stream media outlet "suddenly" discovers that getting rid of unionized teachers is hard. I guess the NEA must've missed a payment to the LA Times' "widows and orphans" fund.

Remind me again, why vouchers are a bad idea?

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Such a Lovely Country

So, the next time someone from Japan gets in your face about how harmonious and safe their society is compared to ours, you'll now have something ask them about when they're finished. Yet more proof that our society has no monopoly on the dark side. We just talk about it where others can hear.

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Ah Geeze, not This S--- Again

Another day, another UK couple having a novelty wedding. Don't laugh, Suzanne. If Richie ever gets married you may end up wearing danishes on your head, too.

I kid! I kid!

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May 02, 2009
Mind that Bird!

A very good friend of ours goes to the Kentucky Derby ever year. It's a family tradition for him. Mark never misses it. Every year we're asked for our bids. I never bid.

This year, well, this year was different. He tells me a horse that has 'bird' in its name will race. OK! Hey why not? What's five bucks? Two days of no coffee at 7-11 for me. No biggie.

While we're watching the lead-up, Scott says, "your horse is number 8."

Ok, 8. Roger that. We've only been watching the Derby all day, hoping for a glimpse of Mark. It got old after three times of me going: "THERE HE IS!" to Olivia before she caught on and left me.

We watch all the pre-shows, ladies with hats etc... and then the horses in the pens.


Scott: "What's your horse's odds again?"

Me: "Err... 47 to 1 why?"

"What's your horse's name again?"

"Mine the Bird."

Round they go and lo and behold here comes this horse from the back, hugging the rail. Left the rest behind. KTHXBAI!!! And the horse is...

Well, we don't know exactly which horse it is. It's not like we're really paying attention. But there he was, big as you please on the TV screen, number...

Me, suspiciously: "What was my horse's number again?"

Scott: "Well, I thought it was 8. But 8 won, I must've got it wrong."

Suddenly, the name comes up on the bottom of the screen... MINE THE BIRD!

First thing done: Text Mark!

Next: Jump up and down and scream!

Last: Point at Scott and say "TOLD YA!" Just because.

It was really nice to get the phone call from Mark telling me that he was bringing home a nice chunk of change for me.

Amazing what a 5 buck bid of WHY NOT will get you when your friend tells you there's a horse with BIRD in its name running the Derby, eh? :)

**Mark! I owe you dinner!**

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When Forced Perspective Attacks

There's camouflage, and then there's camouflage. Since it's not active, it only works from one specific spot, but still.

Hey, she's a college student. She's supposed to have too much time on her hands.

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Scooter Girl


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I Can Haz Spring Lodeing?

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May 01, 2009
Your Thought for the Day


[Ellen]: “Is it pretty?”

Dude: “What is?”

Me: “The engine. Is it pretty?”

Dude: “Why do I want to see if the engine is pretty?”

Me: “Exactly.”

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I Shall Call Them, "People Tanks"

First it was a "sky bridge" over the Grand Canyon. Now it's observation rooms on the soon-not-to-be Sears Tower. I'm not particularly acrophobic, but I think I'd have to peer out from the side on this one. And how'd you like to work that construction job?

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When Old Age Attacks

"Scott? Do you know what this piece of tech is?"

It's "clean sweep" around here, the semi-annual effort of office services to de-pack-rat the biggest pack-rat organization on the planet.

So what this very nice, well, girl, dug out of the deep recesses of her desk was a rectangular box about the same size and shape as a matchbox. Has "Motorola" on it.

Me: "You don't know what this is?"

Her: "Ummm... no?"

Me: "How old are you?!?"

Her: "28"

Yes, folks, it would in fact appear that you must be over 30 to recognize a pager.

Where has all / the old tech gone / long time passing...

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~ Disco, Disco SQUAWK!!! ~

From the "you don't get out much, do you?" file we have the discovery that parrots dance to music. The "discovery," which just about any parrot lover in the past, I don't know, three thousand years or so could've told these guys about, may lead to insights into how consciousness works.

Swoozie's not much into dancing now that she has her space collar on. She mostly walks over, looks balefully at you, then thuds the collar down on the ground. She'll stay in that position until someone acknowledges she is in fact a very poor birdie who has been done wrong. Which is usually Ellen, who is having some serious mom-burd issues over this whole thing.

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