September 30, 2009
Paging Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, White Courtesy Phone Please

The Russian military is testing a new fighter variant bound for the Indian Navy. The French were so interested in sniffing around India's latest Su's at this past Red Flag they did little else. I wonder if they fixed the -29's notoriously short range?

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What's the Sound of an Idiot 20-Something in Trouble?

Another election cycle, another side of the aisle's married-cousin offspring learning it is in fact against the law to threaten the President. Oh sit down. I can think of half a dozen times when some lefty wackjob pulled the same stunt with Bush and then went to their blog to shriek about Bush's "suppression of their rights."

Posted by Ellen at 06:53 PM | Comments (0)
That Is One Old Cat!

She wasn't kidding. The indoor cat, who Morris says is now 30 years old, lives a simple life with her owner and her husband, Jim Wesbrooks, in a three-bedroom house in Midlothian, Texas. Though she can't hear very well and only has vision in her right eye, Caterack is still mobile, though sometimes shaky on her feet, and enjoys life to the fullest — and likely could be among the oldest housecats in the world.

Can I get an AWWWWW!!

Posted by Ellen at 06:10 PM | Comments (1)
~ And the Table Goes Round and Round ~

Mark gets a circular no-prize for bringing us news that yet another grand artifact from Nero's Golden Palace has been found. This time, it's the famous rotating dining room, which used water to slowly turn a whole room to impress guests and ensure their comfort. I guess it speaks well to just how huge this bloody place was that, even after doing their level best to destroy it, Romans still left amazing bits of the Golden Palace intact.

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~ Oh You'll Never Hear One of Us Repeating Gossip ~

Being famous means you get away with outrageous crap. It also means people get to talk about it, and potentially make up even more outrageous crap. Dang. I got tricked into caring about what celebrities do again!

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Messenger Update

NASA's MESSENGER space probe has completed its third flyby of Mercury, putting it on track to orbit the planet in 2011. It'd be nice to see some more pictures, but I guess it's just not as interesting to look at as, say, Jupiter.

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September 29, 2009
Compare & Contrast

Ok, I'm not asking you which one is prettier. The 80s weren't kind to anyone's car design. And I'm not asking you which one you'd want. Since you're not nuts like we are, your answer will be "c) none of the above." What I'm asking you is which one is more interesting looking. Less dated.

Thing is, even I didn't realize the contrast until I saw an 80s era 5-series parked in our church's lot during the Fall Festival. Trust me, a BMW of the same era is ridiculously dowdy when compared to our goofy little Italian box. Bah, I'll let you be the judge. Oh, I know what you're going to say, but I also have a feeling I know what you're going to think, especially when you compare the roof lines...



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Ancient Fate

Ok, all of you folks who think Archeology and Physical Anthropology can't hold a candle to history are pleased to be sitting down and shutting up now. I'm not saying any of you are like that. Almost everyone I know is downright fascinated with the fields I made my academic career in, especially when it involves the discovery of a pit of 50 decapitated Vikings. That said, there's definitely a sneaky minority of history majors out there who would do with the occasional reminder. I'm just saying...

Posted by scott at 07:11 PM | Comments (0)
Rocket Racing: Not Yours

Looks like the rocket airplane racing league is having some troubles with its landlord. In other news, there's a rocket airplane racing league. I missed the memo!

Posted by scott at 05:55 PM | Comments (0)
Well Why Not?

Hey, if you can't share someone's small pleasures, what good is life? Haven't had a really memorable moment lately. I hope that means fate is saving up. In a good way.

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What a Great Idea

All you guys who want to give up sovereignty to international bodies like the World Court and the UN? Yeah, I totally agree with you now:

In his rambling diatribe to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi criticized the world body for being unfair to small nations. The comment struck a chord with the Swiss, since Gaddafi has been on a self-proclaimed mission to destroy their little country.
Although the motion [to abolish Switzerland] was thrown out because it violates the U.N. Charter ... some Swiss leaders are still concerned that Libya could use its yearlong presidency of the U.N. General Assembly, which began on Sept. 15, to keep up Gaddafi's vitriolic attacks on their country.

I mean, what's not to love?

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Ghost Fish

Scientists have discovered a new species of fish that lives in the deep ocean and has what might be a reproductive organ positioned on the top of its head. The deep ocean is a very weird, very cool place.

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What better way to start a Tuesday than some nifty tiger pictures? This is what my bunch dream they are at night. Well, right after they puke on the couch, anyway.

Posted by scott at 06:27 AM | Comments (0)
September 28, 2009
And the Theater Goes, "BoooOOOoooOO"

The thing is, Ellen has no problem with the idea of chasing tornadoes. You know, big, disastrous, destructive things that quite patently exist, get caught on video all the time, and kill those unfortunate enough to be in their path. However, she will not even entertain the idea of spending the night in an old, broken down house who's worst threat is a nasty rat or a big spider. So, guess which thing will really scare her?

No such thing as ghosts!

Posted by scott at 07:50 PM | Comments (0)
The More You Know...

For my friends on the opposite side of the aisle, there's this typically-reasoned guide to keeping us conservatives from being, well, so darned angry about everything:

Conservatives are very angry these days. I haven’t seen conservatives this angry since the last time a Democrat was president. So the anger is probably because the president is black. While that might not seem so bad, conservative anger could lead to something disastrous: their mobilizing to vote against Democrats.

It's funny because all of this really is how you guys are coming off now that you've got all the reins. Oh I know, I know, my side wasn't any better. Then again, it wasn't my side that got all starry-eyed when "hope and change" was mentioned, eh?

Posted by scott at 01:53 PM | Comments (5)
Ship Slime

A scientist is working on a device which will make ships slimy. The thinking goes this will radically reduce the bacteria populations which form the basis for barnacle and plant infestations that regularly cause ships to be taken into dry dock to be cleaned. It doesn't sound particularly practical to me, but if it eventually makes transport cheaper, it'll be a good thing!

Posted by scott at 07:10 AM | Comments (0)
Siren Site

Presenting, a site which provides pictures and details of the air raid sirens which were scattered across the country during the cold war. Turns out they were powered by Chrysler V8 engines. One of them seems to be in the process of restoration for use on the air show circuit. Now that'll make for an interesting experience, eh?

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September 26, 2009
Photo? Sure!

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Double S


17 pounds of boa on your right arm up in the air for 3 minutes sucks. Danielle's little guy is under 10 pounds.

Posted by scott at 10:02 PM | Comments (0)
The Dorkness is Strong with These

Ok, maybe it's a little like this. Ok, actually, probably it's a lot like this. Ellen and Amber both liked to make fun of how nerdy their husbands were back in the day. The look on their faces when they were reminded they voluntarily married said dorks was sweet indeed.

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September 25, 2009
I Wonder What *THUD* Translates to in Arabic?

Ever wonder how those translators manage to hang on through hours and hours of translating a bloviating blowhard at the UN? Well, turns out, they don't. I guess after awhile even the absurdity of it all wears thin.

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Your Thought for the Day


Ron gets a no prize that wondersss if he hasss a mousssee??? for bringing us this colorful poster.

Posted by scott at 11:52 AM | Comments (1)
Bloody Peasants...

Mark gets a no-prize that hangs on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society for bringing us an example of the only way I'd end up in a May Day parade. I like the guy who starts marching backward the best.

Posted by scott at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)
What's Not to Love?

The latest Alfa Romeo has a 1.4L, 170hp motor that powers it from 0-60 in less than 7 seconds and gets nearly 50 mpg. The secret? A revolutionary induction system that actually does away with a conventional throttle. Now if we can somehow lure Fiat into bringing them over...

Posted by scott at 06:52 AM | Comments (0)
And This is Surprising BEECUZZZ?

Turns out science fiction writers are, in the main, pretty much what you'd suspect: a bunch of funky, nerdy white guys working in a shambling pile of books and music. Of course, not all of them are "white n' nerdy," but the exceptions are unique enough to be remarkable.

Posted by scott at 06:43 AM | Comments (0)
That's Gonna Leave a Mark

Of all the things I thought I needed to worry about if I was critically sick, getting run over by the paramedics themselves was not one of them. Homeless drunks just seem genetically programmed to turn up in the most inconvenient places at the most inconvenient times.

Posted by scott at 06:37 AM | Comments (0)
September 24, 2009
Have Metal Detector, will Travel

I guess it's just proof positive if you hunt around with a metal detector long enough, you will find something cool. I think the best I ever did with one was a beat up quarter. Then again, I never stuck to it anywhere close to 18 years.

Posted by scott at 06:28 PM | Comments (0)
Awsome is...

Hey, at least they're saying nice things about the goofy pictures. I've worn t-shirts and jeans since about... forever I guess. It's the hairstyles that'll be my downfall.

Posted by scott at 06:20 PM | Comments (0)
Wet Mars

Scientists have announced the discovery of nearly pure water on Mars at much lower latitudes than previously observed. It's all based on observations of small impact craters about half way between the equator and the pole.

Posted by scott at 06:16 PM | Comments (0)
Ok, That's Tacky Too

Nothing quite like an actual, recent, celebrity murder-suicide as the inspiration for a haunted house display. I guess whoever built it really really didn't like the Titans.

Posted by scott at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)
Going Up

Hey, man, what good is an HD camera if you can't stick it to a balloon and loft it up past 100,000 feet. It's sort of like watching a fish tank, going in the other direction.

Posted by scott at 07:02 AM | Comments (0)
Well DUH!!!

It's like I say the words, and they become news the next day. Fortunately for the country, one state trying to soak the rich to pay for their progressive policies merely results in those rich moving their deposits, and therefore their liquidity, to friendlier states. Said friendlier states will then be able to indirectly leverage the cash for all sorts of useful things, like bond issues for infrastructure and small business loans for all of us. Progressives get disciplined, and conservatives get cash. Everyone wins!

The real risk is tax-and-spend at the federal level. There's no place to run inside the country then, so off the cash goes to some tropical location to help underwrite some corrupt third world regime. But hey, as long as it ensures the rest of us are unable live free of the progressive state, it's fine for those ingrates to leave, eh?

Posted by scott at 06:51 AM | Comments (0)
September 23, 2009
Now That's Just Tacky

Like the old video store rental records with an arms-length list of the porn you rent, a record of what people actually search for reveals us for what we are, not what we tell people we want to be.

Posted by scott at 07:15 PM | Comments (0)
Things Are Tough All Over

Oh noes! Things are so bad the Real Doll people are offering specials. Can a government bailout be far behind? Hey, man, I bet over time one of those is cheaper than Viagra. Make it part of Obamacare! Hey, the sex offender and "traps-women-in-the-back-yard" lobby will definitely get behind it.

As it were.

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at 06:23 PM | Comments (1)
Wet Moon

It would seem there actually is a lot of water on the moon. Having what's effectively a big ol' fuel dump living at the bottom of a gravity well only 1/6th as deep as the pit we live in would be a Very Good Thing Indeed. Of course, finding it is not the same as getting at it, but at least we know it's there.

Posted by scott at 06:14 PM | Comments (5)

That would be lamp post: 1, Ferrari: 0. It would seem the driver walked away. I'd wager the owner has already had half a dozen inquiries for parts.

Posted by scott at 07:04 AM | Comments (0)
Oh Yeah, What a Great Idea

Problem: The profligate spending and hyper-regulation of your progressive politicians has collided head-on with the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s.

Solution: stop that greedy corporation from "cheating" on its taxes.

Great idea, right? Right? So, let's do something politicians are genetically incapable of, and think past stage one:

Stage one: pass laws to force one of the richest corporations in the world to do something its leaders do not want to do.

Stage two: spend the next five years in litigation over the laws.

Stage three: Win.

Stage four: Said corporation, being flush with soon-to-be-taken-by-force cash, runs the numbers and figures out it will be far more expensive to stay and live under the point of a gun than it will be to move somewhere else.

Stage five: Corporation moves its entire operation to a friendlier state, cutting loose thousands of replaceable jobs and cratering an entire economy in the process.

Stage six: Nevada becomes even more successful.

But don't mind me. By all means, let's tax those greedy corporations until all their base belong to us!!!

Posted by scott at 06:52 AM | Comments (0)
More Like a Red Neck Kind of Thing

I'm not kidding, the guy almost literally said, "watch this!" before he did his deadly-stupid deed. I once watched a drainage culvert behind my apartment building filled to its banks with rushing flood waters. Something powerful enough to sweep whole trees and rocks away is something that no red neck should trifle with. He did, and paid the price.

Posted by scott at 06:40 AM | Comments (0)
September 22, 2009
What a Tough Job

File this one under nice work, if you can get it: helping a video starlet adjust her outfit on the latest shoot. No, really, things were just out of place! Oh, don't worry, completely SFW.

Posted by scott at 07:49 PM | Comments (0)
This Seems Like Good News

NASA has decided to move up its Ares test shot to October 27. If all goes according to plan, they'll light that candle while I'm... on the toll road heading into work. Ah, well. Unlike the very first Shuttle launch, this time I have Tivo!

Posted by scott at 07:41 PM | Comments (0)
Doctor Strangelove's Dead Hand

It turns out that, yes, they really did create a doomsday device and yes, it was fairly automated and no, they didn't tell a soul about it. At least, that's what this article is claiming. People who think we came closest to nuclear war over missiles in Cuba need to read more about the Cold War. From everything I've read, Khrushchev's folly doesn't even rank in the top 3.

Posted by scott at 06:00 PM | Comments (0)
And the Dinosaur Goes, "Chomp Chomp"

Mark gets a toothy no-prize for bringing us news of the discovery of a T-rex fossil with unmistakable evidence of being munched on by another tyrannosaur. Exactly why this one got chomped on is unclear, but it does seem that the wound was fatal.

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Radioactive Scrub

By using a bacteria and a cheap compound that's a byproduct of of feedstock production, scientists have created a way to safely recover uranium from abandoned mines and nuclear waste dumps. Put that in your, "there's only a limited amount of vital element X in the Earth's crust oh noes apocalypse!!!" pipe and smoke it.

Posted by scott at 07:00 AM | Comments (0)
Soldier FAQ

Often the best sources of "real, actual, and useful" information comes from people on the ground trying to help other people get used to the ground. Such is A. L. L., "Afghan Lessons Learned for Soldiers". While all to brief, its practical advice and information taught me more about the erstwhile "Graveyard of Empires" than a dozen Newsweek articles.

Posted by scott at 06:45 AM | Comments (0)
Fun with Barn Finds

While a little meandering and ultimately pointless, like the classic car hobby itself this story of one man's barn finds is nonetheless entertaining. Me? I've never really had a proper place for the classics I already own, so I'm not constantly on the prowl for more. That said, when I am looking to buy, the perfect has always found me, and in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Posted by scott at 06:35 AM | Comments (0)
September 21, 2009
Smells Like Middle Aged Desperation

Before, before chat rooms, before the internet itself, there was video dating. And it was good. Well, good, in a "really ridiculous hair styles and ugly sweaters" sort of way. Is it just me, or does the viking come off as the most sincere?

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at 08:31 PM | Comments (0)
Brings a Whole New Meaning to "Sleeps with the Fishes"

Looks like the east river's going to be a lot more colorful, and informative, than in previous years. I mean, aside from letting you know which collection of goombas happens to be running the... "waste management" duties that week.

Posted by scott at 07:18 PM | Comments (0)
I Guess They Found the Trumpet Players

Oh noes! The end of the world is... today!!! Well, there goes the rest of my week...

Posted by scott at 11:48 AM | Comments (0)
Chinese Lady Beats Snake With Shoe

A more common mutation among snakes is the growth of a second head, which occurs in a similar way to the formation of Siamese twins in humans.


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Fun with Paper

While I'm not completely sure why someone would want a life-sized paper model of Link, the hero from the Legend of Zelda video games, I think the result is nonetheless impressive. Hey, everybody needs a hobby!

Posted by scott at 06:52 AM | Comments (0)
Stupid Kids Destroy Mutant

Leave it to kids not to run away but kill it.

Weird photos!

Posted by Ellen at 06:50 AM | Comments (1)
Zombie Fish

Scientists recently discovered that a sophisticated type of brain scanner showed activity when cognitive tests were performed on a dead salmon. In other words, they bought a whole salmon at a market, stuck it in the machine, showed it some pictures and asked it some questions, and found activity in the scanner data. Ultimately, the paper is trying to highlight the fact that using these sorts of devices isn't as simply as a point-and-shoot camera, and if proper care isn't taken, well, your results will show a dead salmon thinking about a beach picture you're showing it.

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September 20, 2009
Random Musings

Even their g-d name plates are stylish


The one on the left is seventeen years older than the one on the right. The 80s weren't kind to anyone's car design


It's not often two identical Alfas get parked next to each other.


Italian cars tend to veer between absolute beauty and irredeemable homeliness. That said, they never seem to descend into the aggressive ugliness that can be found with, say, certain kinds of Porsche or Ford.


On the left, the trunk as originally designed. That's what the one Dustin Hoffman drove on the Graduate looked like. On the right, the first, and really best, revision of the body style. That's the one we drive. Literally. Upper right graphically details the third revision, and also why it's known as a "duck tail."

Posted by scott at 09:10 AM | Comments (0)
Giulia SS


A truly rare and interesting car, the Giulia Sprint Speciale was hand-built for Alfa by the Bertone coachbuilder (Carozzeria). The vehicle is surprisingly aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient on par with most modern cars. While not particularly fast, like all Alfas they are a great deal of fun.



Posted by scott at 08:55 AM | Comments (0)
Never Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

This just in: JFK was gunned down by an extreme right-wing lunatic. The only thing richer than ignoring the historic facts of Oswald's beliefs and motivations is ignoring which party benefited the most from JFK's assassination. I've been entertained watching the moonbats twirl in their belfries for about nine years now. I've just never seen them spin this fast.

Posted by scott at 08:05 AM | Comments (2)
September 19, 2009
The Nerdiness is Strong with This One

Bobby gets a no-prize with way too much time on its hands for bringing us the 1000 & 2nd use for one of those 3D printer things. Why people waste their time with goofy Star Wars memorabilia when they could be doing something useful like reproducing parts for obscure old Italian sedans I never will understand...

Posted by scott at 07:31 PM | Comments (0)
BOOM! Head Shot!

Rick gets a no-prize that prosecutes with absolute malice for bringing us this collection of Apaches bringing various hajjis to their 72 wirgins, or whatever it is. Flying whirlybirds at the sharp end of the stick means never having to say you're sorry. Or, you know, something like that.

Posted by scott at 07:21 PM | Comments (0)
Car Show!


The nearby Italian car parts warehouse had its "customer appreciation" day today. Ellen had to practice for a b-dance event, so it was a road trip for daddy & girl!

Posted by scott at 05:09 PM | Comments (0)
September 18, 2009
Just Brilliant!

Mark gets a magnificently tacky no-prize for bringing us the people of Wal-Mart. Finally a real use for a cell-phone camera! All this time I thought the selection of weirdos at the local Shoppers was colorful. I had no idea.

Posted by scott at 04:21 PM | Comments (2)
But Wait! There's More!

What? Doesn't everyone want to stick a naked infant in a net and hang it out the window? Just because they make a nifty picture does not mean they make life easier.

Posted by scott at 06:49 AM | Comments (1)
What the Frak?!?

Just because you might know about money doesn't mean you know a darned thing about cars. What sort of actually sweet rides can you pick up for $12k? Well, in no particular order, you could get, in ABSOLUTELY PERFECT CONDITION, a:

  • 1991 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider
  • 1992 BWM 5Csi
  • 1974 Datsun 240Z
  • 1994 Alfa Romeo 164Q

I'm sure your list will be different, but no less cool. And, unlike the "sweet rides" in the article, at the end of five years these cars will still be worth more or less what you paid for them. Regardless, they'll all kick the crap outta one of those goofy little Smart cars, eh?

Posted by scott at 06:43 AM | Comments (5)
September 17, 2009
Not The Face!

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I Think I Love You

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Oh, the Things They'll Say

Olivia: "Daddy. Did you take this picture with an old-timey camera?"

Me: "An old-timey camera?"

"Yeah, you know the one that makes the zippy noise and the picture comes out the bottom?"

"You mean the camera shoots them out the front?"

"Yeah, old timey! And, you have to wave the picture around before you can see it. Oh my gosh, they're so old!"

Ya know, that hurt a lot more than when I read a few weeks ago that they'd discontinued the Polaroid packets.

Posted by scott at 06:07 PM | Comments (0)
Bah. In MY Day...

I guess "inappropriate" is in the eye of the beholder. Are some of these toys weird? Yes. Are they tacky? Yes. Are they from cultures different from ours? Yes. When I was a kid, parents got lists of toys that would kill you. Good times, good times...

Posted by scott at 05:56 PM | Comments (1)
Plastic Gas

A new bio tech company is claiming their factory can turn plastic waste into $10/bbl fuel. Something tells me there's more to it than that, but regardless it's still nice to see one of these high-tech alternative fuel ideas made real. Me? I'm waiting on those guys who're teaching algae how to poop diesel. But this will do for now.

Posted by scott at 06:59 AM | Comments (2)
Coin Cache

Good: Finding nine of the rarest gold coins in the US in a safe deposit box left to you by your parents. Bad: The feds snatch them away because they were "stolen". Good: looks like the feds are going to be forced to give them back. Maybe. One of the reasons the feds are, well, the feds is because they have a nasty habit of doing just whatever they see fit.

Posted by scott at 06:52 AM | Comments (1)
Defacto Toke

So has the Obama administration legalized pot, or not? As with most things related to Democrats, the answer is complicated, unofficial, and likely only to last as long as attitudes don't change. Me, I'm a "legalize it, tax it" kind of person. I'd be a lot happier if that's what had actually happened instead of "don't ask don't tell" in a lab coat.

Posted by scott at 06:48 AM | Comments (0)
September 16, 2009
Up and Out

Ares is carrying an interesting tidbit about a couple of ejection seats which may (or may not) end up in the F-35. Women are too light to easily use the seat currently spec'd for the F-35. Who knew?

Posted by scott at 06:08 PM | Comments (1)
Liar Liar

Now that Congress and the media have "done their duty" (by making sure we all understand Such is the Fate of All Apostates Who Question the Holy One), let's just examine why anyone would want to call Obama a liar. This information tracks exactly with what I heard a few months ago on, of all places, NPR, so far as I'm concerned the numbers are good.

Was it enough to justify being tacky in a public forum? Well, this is Congress we're talking about here. If crass and tacky were banned from those August chambers the place would be given over to the crickets. Was it enough to justify the epithet, "liar?" Well, one of the most famous squirms in movie history should be appropriate here... "So what I told you was true... from a certain point of view. "

Posted by scott at 10:54 AM | Comments (8)
It's a Good Thing

Making the rounds: scientists have determined it actually is possible for adults to grow new brain cells. It all started, strangely enough, with the study of bird songs.

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Before n' After

Turns out that, no matter how glamorous an adult may be, when they're teenagers, they're just as dorky as you and me. Well, except for Ryan Seacrest, who was downright unrecognizable.

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September 15, 2009
I. Love. This. SHOW!!!

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Exit Ares?

The Ares team has had "going out of business" signs in the windows for so long the edges have gone yellow and curly. That said, the details of what just might end up an alternative seem to be getting clearer. And, at least in my opinion, they're starting to make a heck of a lot more sense.

Posted by scott at 08:54 PM | Comments (2)
It's Easier to Survive When You're a Cute Chick

It would seem there's no end to the mileage cable news can get out of ComiCon. All I needed to see was the crowding. We get that at the Smithsonians during tourist season. It's no fun, and there I'm not paying for it. Still, it seems the fattie-to-hottie ratio is much higher than it is at other cons. Proof positive, I guess, that with a glamorous enough event, no number of greasy gamers can keep the chicks away.

Posted by scott at 08:45 PM | Comments (2)
Timing Oxygen

Scientists have announced the discovery that Earth seems to have become free-oxygen rich much earlier than previously thought. The findings are, of course, controversial, and even the authors of the study admit they're not quite sure what to make of the data. Chemistry is hard enough when it's happening in the lab, it's no wonder trying to piece together what happened some 2.5 billion years ago is quite a bit more difficult.

Posted by scott at 08:23 PM | Comments (0)

Ya know that hajji who just got sent to his 72 whatever? You'll never guess who signed the executive order approving that op. Is this the standard "even a broken clock's right twice a day" competence of your standard Democrat, evidence "the Chicago way" may have a bright side, or perhaps the harbinger that he might be good at foreign policy? I'm not hedging my bets. Still, when's the last time you heard of a Dem signing off on anything like this AND IT ACTUALLY WORKING? I'm thinking LBJ, but I'm a cynic.

Posted by scott at 11:54 AM | Comments (1)
Big Damned Bird

After re-examining the fossils, scientists have determined Maori legends of a giant killer bird are likely to be true. I've seen film of golden eagles power-gliding away from hills after snatching baby goats. A bird from the same species but twice as big would almost certainly have been able to do the same to a human child.

Posted by scott at 06:54 AM | Comments (0)
Pickin' Up the Pieces

Today's Boston Globe photo montage takes the aftermath of hurricane Ike as its subject. It took me a little while to realize clicking the pictures made them switch from before to after. Oh, and -1 to the Globe for not mentioning the irony of a lion being protected by a Christian church.

Posted by scott at 06:39 AM | Comments (0)

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," Wolf said in a statement Monday.
20 months is a long time fighting pancreatic cancer.
Posted by Ellen at 05:42 AM | Comments (0)
September 14, 2009
Well *DUH*

So, how does one get rid of those wonderfully green hybrid cars when they reach the end of their life? Pretty much the way you'd expect... by cutting another pound of flesh off the US taxpayer. Well, pretty much the way *I* expect, being the card-carrying libertarian bastard that I am. The rest of you, maybe not so much.

Posted by scott at 08:17 PM | Comments (0)
That's One Big Bottle Rocket

Hey man, why not turn the test firing of what could be our next manned booster into a party? Will they actually end up building it? Who knows? But it sure was loud!

Posted by scott at 08:10 PM | Comments (1)

It would seem being a moon of Jupiter can actually be a part-time job. It's good to be the king!

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Just Floatin' Around

Scientists have developed a new device which levitates mice in the lab. The system uses a superconducting magnet which creates a magnetic field so powerful it causes the water molecules inside the mouse to lift, creating a zero-G effect on the animal. The scientists want to use it to study the effect of bone loss in zero-G environments. I think it's at least as interesting to find out these mice, which are exposed to truly massive magnetic fields, so far show no tendency toward cancer. All those scientists studying whether cell phones and the like cause cancer should likely take note.

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Ok, it took me a little bit to get it, but I'm sure you'll figure it out a lot faster.

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Umm... Ouch?

Nothing like losing half your skull for ruining your day, eh? Even better: the guys who did it are going to walk because the prosecutors say they don't have enough evidence.

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September 13, 2009
Your Thought for the Day

Monorail cat  in for maintenance

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Is it over yet?

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Purr Ball



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Adopt Me


Rescue Me.

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Theres A Cat In There Somewhere


White Persian.

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I Pick You


From the National Cat Show this weekend.

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One Million Trillion...

Ever wanted to know what a a trillion bucks looked like?

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September 12, 2009
In Case You Missed it...

So, the question is, what if they held a protest and nobody in the media showed up. It was certainly news to me that the whole of downtown DC was shut down this afternoon. If I'd known, I would've taken Olivia down there.

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And Now For A Funny...

19 ways of being creative with handwritten signs.

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September 11, 2009
Talk About Your Delusions of Grandeur

Four words: Animals with Light sabers. Ellen will be deeply disappointed there aren't any parrots. But there are cats aplenty!

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Ooh... Ahh... Pretty... Eww!!!

I guess it's just proof that even the most mundane materials can be made beautiful. I remember when the stuff sometimes froze up the drain, and threatened to damage the orbiter on re-entry. Now that would've been embarrassing.

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I Shall Call it, "Bleach Bug"

Scientists are trying to develop a bacteria that can turn dangerous radioactive metals into inert substances. The trick is that the existing bacteria doesn't particularly like oxygen, and trying to breed one without that restriction could lead to one that eats our cars. Like my spider needs another excuse to rust...

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Rrrmm... What?

Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder, the saga of the "gender vague" runner takes yet another weird twist. Look, I think people who run when nobody's chasing them are a little strange to begin with, but this is ridiculous.

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And now, a fire truck being towed out of a sink hole. Something tells me the total immersion will be... unkind... to the electronics.

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September 10, 2009
Gray Matter Efficiency

It looks like mammalian brains may have another advantage besides size and structure. Armchair biologist that I am, I'm convinced the reason why dinosaurs won out after the Permian extinction was because of a metabolic efficiency our kind just didn't, and doesn't, have. After all, to this day one can easily predict the rough lifespan of a mammal just by its body mass, but when birds are judged by the same metric they live twice as long as they "should."

Did we end up on top because our brains are more efficient? It'd make for an interesting hypothesis to test!

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They Call This a Mystery?

Jeff gets a no-prize that belong to us for bringing us the "story" behind the latest custom Google logo. Alternate title: when numerology attacks!

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Buster Info

Mythbusters must be getting ready to start another season. First I had to clear a 24 hour marathon off the Tivo, now I find a new interview with the principles. This time Jamie even makes an appearance!

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Package Reviews

While more than a bit pretentious, Food in Real Life was still interesting enough for me browse it all the way to the bottom of the first page. Back in my bachelor days I was a real connoisseur of all foods boxed. The quality defines "hit and miss." I sure could've used this back then.

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September 09, 2009
That's Definitely not How I Remember it Going

Quick, before they correct it, check out the plot summary. It would've been a much better movie if they'd made it that way.

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As with most big-security projects, launching ultra-secret spy and communications satellites generally is rather hard to conceal. Freedom sometimes means using your free time to annoy bureaucrats, donchaknow?

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Ew Ew Ew Ew EW!

Ya know, I can understand doing just about anything to stay out of jail, but people have to draw a line somewhere. One of my mom's favorite stories about our old liquor store involved a guy with a colostomy bag paying cash for booze. Turns out those things are much nastier than you think they are.

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A Hole For Maru

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It's a Sausage. What do You Expect?

Snap into what's inside a Slim Jim. What I think is funny is this stuff is considered nasty and gross, while I'd wager the same people would consider giant bugs that eat trash and dead stuff off the ocean's bottom a delicacy, and pay extra for it. There's just no accounting for (pseudo) intellectual tastes.

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Good Times, Good Times

Presenting Star Raiders, a game my brother and I played to absolute mastery on our old Atari 5200. Strangely, the article does not mention the 5200 port, nor the earlier 2600 port of the strategy game on which Star Raiders was largely based. Activision came out with a simpler, and better, adaptation of most of the same concepts, although the name of that game escapes me. Game developers, it would seem, have been stealing ideas from each other for decades.

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September 08, 2009


Of the SaraJen Maine Coons.

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Zebe. The only cat I know that hisses when she wants to be petted.

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Ahhh....Right There!

Zebe and Darin
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On a Stick!

It's pizza, on a stick! Olivia's not much for pepperoni, but I sure am. Looks pretty darned yummy to me.

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Fanged Frogs and Giant Rats, oh My!

Scientists rooted around in the crater of an extinct volcano and discovered something like 40 species nobody's ever seen before. These the critters described in the title, as well as monitor lizards and several different kinds of fish.

Update: I shall call it, "pip squawk."

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We'll Isn't that Interesting?

In Japan, the first lady claims to have been abducted by aliens. Beat that, Michelle!

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September 07, 2009
Another Way

So likely anyone following the health care debate for any length of time has heard of Cuba. The question is, why haven't we heard as much about India? What's that? Health care reform is just a stalking horse for giving people "who know what's good for us" more power? Well dang, if you'd just said so to begin with...

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September 06, 2009
Chlorine Mermaid 6.0

You didn't think we would miss out on the Chlorine Mermaid series did you?

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Belly Dance Goodness!

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And You Thought Taking Your Shoes Off was Bad

Great. Just great. If the TSA starts demanding body cavity searches, I'm just gonna walk. No amount of speed and comfort is worth that.

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There They Go, Here They Come

Today's take on which Alfas will show up on our shores takes a much more optimistic view. What raises my hopes is Fiat seems to be looking to take on established niches by building high-quality vehicles and undercutting the competition's price. That's always a winning combination.

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Meh. It's your body, do what you want with it. I just reserve the right to laugh at the results. No nekkid people in the pictures, but a few of the tattoos are not something you'd want someone to see over your shoulder at work. But hey, it's Sunday, knock yourself out!

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September 05, 2009
I Can Has An Up?

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Because I Feel Like Making Ellen and Amber Cry...

funny pictures of cats with captions

see more Lolcats and funny pictures
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September 04, 2009
Ah, Mi Amore...

Yes, yes, it's the color of a 1972 Frigidaire, but what a Frigidaire! Now that, my friends, is a car that'll make the security guards over at the DARPA building remember me.

Nah, not any time soon. But after Olivia graduates high school? All bets are off!

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How Did She Wipe Her Butt?

She said: “Losing my fingernails has been the most dramatic thing that’s happened in my life. I think it was my grandson that said, ‘Grandma, they are like your baby; you’ve taken care of them for 30 years and lost them in a second’. But then when you think about it, you know our whole life could end in a second, not just part of the body, but your whole life.”

How many bottles of nail polish she used at one time.

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What is WRONG With People!!!

"It's horribly tragic and a miracle the cat is even alive and has such a great attitude still through all of that," said Sarah Hayeds, CEO of the Monroe County Humane Association, to WISH TV-8.

People are mean.

Someone find this person and shoot them in the head.

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September 03, 2009
About Time!

Seventy days after his sudden death, Michael Jackson will be interred in what may or may not be his final resting place Thursday evening.
That's one stinky corpse!
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Coil Strike

Boeing has announced the successful destruction of a test target by one of its airborne laser systems. Unfortunately this isn't the big one mounted in the uglyfied 747. To my knowledge, that one's likely still on the ground burning money instead of bad guys.

Bonus: Article strongly implies the laser is fired at supersonic speeds. I told you those DARPA people were clever bastards!

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Oh Noes! He Kicked Teh Bukett!

Akituusaq, son of world-renowned walrus Ayveq, died on Sept. 1 of complications from pneumonia. He was two years old. Let the dissections begin!

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September 02, 2009
First Day First Grade


Now that we've recovered from parrot-induced cable failure, The Grammas will have to start badgering Ellen from more pictures

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Well, What do You Expect? It's a Honda

It would seem everything I've heard about the S2000 is true. Well, maybe not everything, since (miracle of miracles) this one does seem to have its share of flaws.

These cars command a brand loyalty very close to that of Alfas, and since they're much cheaper and better built, there are a whole lot more, well, "Hondisti" than there are Alfisti. It's not for me, but I've driven a riced-up one and I must say I still think it's a sewing machine, but it's definitely a sewing machine with heart. And anyone who questions their pedigree nowadays doesn't know what the heck they're talking about.

Ah geeze. Somebody get a mop. Damion's head just exploded.

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Bike Dance

Well, I sure as heck can't do that, and neither can you. Geeze, I have a hard enough time talking on the bike and steering it straight!

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MMOOOoooooo! *SpLaT!*

Dozens of alpine cows appear to be committing suicide by throwing themselves off a cliff near the small village in the Alps.

Maybe they saw a comet?No purple drapes or new sneakers though.

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September 01, 2009
Dude. They Make One of Those for Cats and I'm Gold

Can't stop the little monsters from crapping in your house? Now you can. The only real drawback I see for cats is I'd need two, one to catch "inappropriate elimination" and another to catch "go cross-eyed and hork up the remains of a transporter accident." Here kitty-kitty-kitty...

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Ah, to be Young Again

For a long time caffeinated drinks didn't do much for me. Then a few years ago something in my body chemistry changed and they started doing a LOT for me. Then the ol' bod changed again and I started to get frightening, but turns out otherwise harmless, heart palpitations. So I'll just have to admire this guy's experiment from afar. I seem to recall college friend Bobby tried things like this for the f- of it back in the day. Nowadays, maybe not so much.

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That's Good to Hear

Felipe Massa's return seems now set to be the opener of the 2010 season. When hit on the head with a full soda can at 160 mph you are, look as good you would not.

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OOOooo... Scary!

So, is Michael Jackson's ghost haunting Neverland? I guess the answer would depend on what you defined as a "ghost."

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"He can say seven words all up: mum, no, now, what, f**k, prick and why.

Someone get a bar of soap to wash his mouth out with!

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