January 31, 2011
Stilll Crazy, After All These Years

It looks like, even at age 73, Nicholson can charm the pants nearly off a woman sent to interview him. I've never completely understood his appeal, but I respect his talent. Like that matters, but hey, it's my blog, I'll link what I want to.

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Sometimes They Deserve Remembering

Fark headline of our week: Obamacare to become more powerful than you could possibly imagine." Is it 2012 yet? I want grownups in charge of everything, please.

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As We Say, Not As We Do

Remember left side of the peanut gallery wailing about how Palin's "crosshairs" directly lead to political violence? They're half convinced the rest of us believe them, and won't notice what they're up to now. The left has always been decent words on the street backed by billy clubs in dark alleys. They reflect on the rest of us only what they wish to impose.

Via Instapundit.

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Broad? No, Actually He's Quite Thin

CNN is carrying this brief look at Idiot Abroad, Science Channel's new breakout hit. I can't remember if it was me or Ellen who put this one on season pass, but it's now one of our "must watch" shows. Hilarious and pretty much the opposite of romantic, it definitely has provided a decidedly different take on what a travel show can be.

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Snow Time!

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January 30, 2011

funny facebook fails - Uses for Vaseline
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How... Distracting...

Well, hey, if a lady can make her living selling cast bronze lynx penis bone necklaces, who am I to take exception. Aaand all together, now: "No Ellen, You Can't Have One."

Much better than last time.

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Mewonight Madness!

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Jumpin Water Jets

Jet packs have always been limited by their tiny fuel supplies, until now. This has it all over being towed behind a boat in a parachute. Many more opportunities for ridiculous wipe-outs here!

Me: "Olivia! Look at this! Can I have one?"

Olivia: "No."

"Why not?"

"It's too expensive!"

"But it's so awesome!"

"You'd just end up breaking your neck."

Kids, I tell ya...

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January 28, 2011
Snow .

Bye old snow, Hello new snow!

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How wonderful is it to know that one of the chimps you worked with that was in "diapers" is an adult now!? I have photos of me with Corey as a baby!

More of my babies I knew!

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That's Not Natural

Scientists have announced the ability provide a hydrogen disguise for helium. Finding the Universe's Smallest Costume Shop was apparently the toughest part.

Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the veal!

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Quick! Someone Give These Guys Something Else to Do

First Pluto, now whole galaxies?!? This sort of slow-motion "angels on pinheads" sort of debate is basically as old as academia itself. The internet has sped things up, but not all that much. Here's to hoping they stop screwing with the wording and get on with discovering cool stuff.

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You Gotta be Kidding Me

Ok, so I get that Obama had to bring, you know, a grownup on stage when it was time to explain his tax policy. Bill Clinton is still a charming communicator. But now the media has gotten so desperate they're invoking a dead Republican in support of The One?!? No, I don't think it's a conspiracy. Conspiracies require competence. I do think it shows just how reliant the MSM is on press releases, White House press releases especially, and how they won't even bother to change the language enough to make it sound like they came up with it themselves.

Yeah, the Republicans sounded like they didn't listen to the speech. The question is, did the MSM?

Every time I think they've finally managed to crawl out of the pocket of the Democratic party, I'm reminded that it's just so they can reach a higher diving board.

Via Instapundit.

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Happy New Years!

Sometimes karma and Darwin rush together, like when a woman's suicide belt gets set off early because of a "happy holidays" text to her phone. Proof positive that Ellen and Amber could never pull something like this off, either.

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Air Food

Suddenly the Japan v. China "who's the weirdest" test was interrupted when a Brit ran onto the field. Food? In the smoke? It's more likely than you think...

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January 27, 2011
Dark Night's Dawn

So I've gone on record, more than once, that tiny RC helicopters are really all I'm out for. Then I see something like this, and, well, I'm still far, far from in the market for one, but I definitely see a purpose. This looks like an idea I and Joshua would cook up after a bike ride and a beer.

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Sawing the Peak Clean Off

Making the rounds: a British company has announced the development of a synthetic fuel which can be used in existing automobiles that produces no greenhouse gasses when burned, and could be had for as little as $1.50 per gallon. This has "pipe dream" written on it in titanic green neon letters, but if it DOES turn out to be true, there's at least one hard-left greenie in the peanut gallery who's going to owe me a pizza while he helps me shred all his "peak oil ZOMG! DISASTER!" literature.

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Your Thought for the Day


Via Instapundit.

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January 26, 2011
The Path


Our path to the car...we dig it out once an hour.

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Top 10 Yuck!!

Top 10 dirtiest hotels.


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A Kind of Good News

Michael Yon, via Instapundit: Marines are, quietly and efficiently, "waging death and destruction on the Taliban in a way the Taliban are not used to." Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

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Giant RC Heli: 1, Small styrofoam aircraft: 0. Hopefully he paid for the replacement.

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Another week, another secret stealth project is revealed. It's getting to the point it feels like those "sneak peak" shots you see in Road and Track. Here's to hoping it actually works.

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Your Thought for the Day

See, I'm not the only nut!

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~ Launch Pads for Sale or Rent / LOX to Let, Fifty Cent ~

Once the Space Shuttle (eventually, some day) departs the pad for the final time, a gigantic launch complex will be without a mission. So NASA's asking around to see if anyone maybe wants to, you know, rent a launch pad or something? Providing the infrastructure for manned commercial space transport is, IMO anyway, a perfect role for a government entity. More power to them!

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Have a Toke and a Smile

And in today's "sometimes there's no improving on the actual text" file we have "Scott Riddell, founder of Diavolo Brands, which is marketing Canna Cola, likened it to a "light beer" and said "it's got a mild marijuana taste," compared with heavier tasting competitors with three times the THC".

Which of course means there are other weed sodas in California. And now this guy's gonna start running ads. I love this country!

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Here We Go Again


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January 25, 2011
Cause We Will ALL Need A Drink After Tonight

That's right! The Obama State of The Union drinking game!

I am going to call out of work for tomorrow right now!

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Handshake Hell

Ever wonder who you're really talking to when you argue with yourself? Turns out, it may be your "other half." By studying patients who, for one reason or another, have had the hemispheres of their brain disconnected, scientists have determined that the two halves of our brain represent discrete, conscious, and potentially independent entities. This is all fine when everything is wired up properly, but when the wiring goes wrong the results can lead to "Alien Hand Syndrome."

Just when you thought consciousness couldn't get any weirder...

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Yeah, About That...

Glenn Reynolds: "Hey, remember when the Obamanauts were calling McCain McSame — because they couldn’t imagine anything worse than a President who would continue the Bush policies on war and taxes? Heh."


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More a Crunch Than a Splat

I guess "soft landing" is a relative thing when someone jumps off the roof of a building. Surviving is not the same thing as walking away, and it sounds as if she's pretty thoroughly injured. Don't try this at home!

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~ Come Sail Away with Me ~

In the, "rather be lucky than good" file, we have NASA's inadvertently successful deployment of an experimental solar sail. Seems like the thing was hung up inside the last stage of its launcher and nearly written off when it more or less sprang itself loose and unfurled as planned. Weirdly, all they seem to be talking about is drag chutes for satellites, instead of a potential thrust source as is usually the case.

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To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their industries.

Making the rounds: by exterminating people by the thousands, Genghis Kahn was inadvertently the greenest emperor in history. Which, of course, comes as a surprise to nobody who carefully reads the radical green agenda. It is, after all, what they've been advocating for years. Witness the left-wing love fest over on Slashdot for further proof.

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~ Floating Like a River ~

And now, a collection of very long exposure photos. At least some of them are also high dynamic range, which allows the colors to "pop" and makes them look like paintings. Regardless, very nifty!

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January 24, 2011
Inside Outside

And now, a human anatomy ballgown. That'd be another volley in the game of "who's weirder, China or Japan?" Ball's in Nihon's court now, bring on the tentacles!

Via Violins and Starships.

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Twisted Firestarter

A new study on Permian-era sediments suggests giant coal fires may have contributed to the mass extinction that killed off as much as 96% of Earth's life forms. For once, the article even details a few of the predictions the theory makes, which means (funds pending) a definitive answer may actually be on the way.

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LaLanne Ded

LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

I have yet to still buy his juicer.

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Yellowstone's Super Volcano

Scientists think a swelling magma reservoir four to six miles (seven to ten kilometers) below the surface is driving the uplift. Fortunately, the surge doesn't seem to herald an imminent catastrophe, Smith said.

Read entire article here.

With video!

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January 23, 2011
Fun with Helis

My brother brought his mini-heli over, and we had a great time toodling around the living room. We did. Unsuspecting camera-women, and the occasional Gramma, maybe not so much.

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Your Thought for the Day

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck."

-- Robert Heinlein.

Via Instapundit.

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I Can Haz Next Die Hard Lead?

Robert H. gets a no-prize that'll crap on his floor, pee on his walls, and puke on his couch for bringing us "6 Cats More Badass Than You." It's actually one of the best-written Cracked countdowns I've read in quite some time.

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A Closer Look At Snow

Just when you think your winter wonderland was becoming a huge pain in the ass, take a look at what it is really made out of.

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Steampunk Palin Graphic Novel

Just when you thought people could not get clever enough.

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BackAsswards Utah At It Again

If you live in Utah, you might want to keep a shorter leash on your pet. A new bill (H.B. 210) sponsored by Republican Representative Curt Oda (R-Clearfield) would legalize "the humane shooting or killing of an animal if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal."

Proof that a state is lazy. Well it's a Mormon state, what do you expect? They need more room to pop kids out of their clown car crotches, and for the state to pay their needs instead of setting up easy Trap/Neuter/Return programs.

To them just get a gun and make it open season on feral animals.

But again, it actually smiled when I saw this.

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A House With Hisssstory

The residents are believed to be common garter snakes, a type found throughout the United States. They are not poisonous and are harmless to humans. A pest inspector has estimated they are living in the house in their thousands. 'It's not a problem, it's an infestation,' Mr Davis bravely continues. 'It's been a horrible experience.'

Even more horrible for those living there. Previous owners describe the terror of trying to sleep at night, never knowing when your bed could be invaded, in a YouTube video from as far back as 2006.

With a video!

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January 22, 2011
Well, Maybe He Ain't All Bad After All

Jon Stewart veers suddenly centrist as he makes fun of, and scores points on, the Representative from Tennessee. When centrist liberals start calling out their own side, you know something interesting is going on. Especially when they're this funny.

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It seems triceratops might actually not be triceratops. Scientists are, of course, arguing about it, but that is their job after all. Fortunately, the obscure rules that dictate species names mean the name won't be going away any time soon.

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Pasta on Ice

Damion gets a no-prize that'll make a really nice noise for bringing us some video of Ferrari's latest four seater, the FF. The styling is a little... unexpected, but I'm thinking it'll look nicer in person than it does in pictures. A car that costs more than your house? It's more likely than you think.

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Paging John Williams, White Courtesy Phone Please

It looks like we may soon be able to recreate that famous double-sunset shot in Star Wars with just a sandbox. Blue giant stars are famously short-lived. I've often wondered just how close the ones nearby might be to going "kerplooey."

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January 21, 2011

Yeah. About those "max weight limit" signs? Sometimes bad things happen when you ignore them. Hopefully the driver got out OK.

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Now I'm Going to Have it Stuck in My Head All Day. Again.

Remember that insanely catchy tune with the raunchy lyrics? turns out it's just as funny when performed in sign language. It was tough, remembering all those different sign language swear words, but I persevered. I'm classy that way.

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Nothing Funnier than a Southerner in a Snowstorm

Mark gets a no-prize that'll clean out the nearest grocery store's stock of toilet paper, milk, and bread for bringing us a weather report anyone who was around here last February can relate to. Even better is how little snow is actually still there. I thought Virginians were useless in snow. Not compared to Atlanta!

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January 20, 2011
Your Thought for the Day

"Oh dear, I'm feeling political today. It's just that it's dawned on me that 'zero tolerance' only seems to mean putting extra police in poor, run-down areas, and not in the Stock Exchange."

-- Terry Pratchett

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House Go Boom

Ever wonder what a residential gas explosion looks like up close? Wonder no more. Matchsticks in a tenth of a second, indeed.

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Jeff gets a no-prize he can use to frighten the birds and get tangled in people's hair with for bringing us the latest news in autonomous quadcopter robotic constructor swarms. Yeah, you heard me, autonomous quadcopter robotic constructor swarms. A.Q.R.C.S has such a ring, don't you think? With video!

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Giant Crawdads from Space!

Well, not exactly space, more like Tennessee. They literally found a previously unknown giant sort of crayfish hiding out under a rock in a river in the ol' Vol state. Unfortunately they don't go into enough detail to define how big "giant" is when talking about crawdads.

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That Sounds... Science-y?

Scientists have announced the discovery of an exotic state in an "unconventional superconductor" The article is chock-full of head-'asplodey goodness, but I think the basic point is it may point the way toward a kind of digital memory which can be used by quantum computers. Hey, it's 6:30. I'm not scheduled to actually start thinking for at least another hour.

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I Can't Fa- Oh, Wait, I Guess I Can

Making the rounds: Playboy is planning an uncensored edition of Playboy for the iPad. Of all the genuinely bizarre things modern technology allows, looking at pr0n* in public has got to be right at the top. And then there's the problem of keeping the thing clean.


* In the case of Playboy, this is of course to be taken in its broadest sense.

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January 19, 2011
HOOT! *wobble* *thud*

An owl apparently crocked on schnapps has been rescued by German police. I blame Dick Cheney.

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The Durp on the Hill

Remember, folks, they're from the government, and they're here to help. Yes, I'm sure there are representatives dumber than Ms. Jackson Lee, and (now that there are more R's than D's), we'll start hearing from them more often. It's the law of averages combined with a conscious sampling error, not some sort of real indicator of intelligence.

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Hunter Killer

USAF to PLAAF*: Not so fast, Chinaman. The AESA radar system has long been acknowledged to be at least as important to the F-22's success as its stealthy design. Plunking bigger, more powerful versions of same into older, paid for, F-15s just makes sense.

China's air force, the People's Liberation Army Air Force.

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January 18, 2011
Wimps and Dragons

Those of you looking for a counterpoint to Amy Chua's "American kids fail because they don't work hard enough" thesis would do well to read this NYT op-ed. I've read other takes on the "yeah, but how does that prepare your kid for working with others?" counter, but none as succinct. It also neatly explains why Chinese are frequently perceived as pushy, arrogant, and graceless when working with westerners, IMO.

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Portal Perqs

PlayStation 3 owners will get some nice features with their version of Portal 2. Which, when I read them, seem to be catching up with what Steam and your garden variety PC gamer have been able to do for awhile. Except the "save it anywhere, play it anywhere" bit. That does seem original. Come on, April!

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Little Boots? That You?

The lost tomb of Caligula has been found, according to Italian police, after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle abroad a statue of the notorious Roman emperor recovered from the site.

A real life Raiders of The Lost Ark kind of adventure!

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January 17, 2011
Tail Wagging Ending

The dog was taken to Portland’s DoveLewis Animal Hospital, where doctors determined Titan was emaciated but had no broken bones. He had an infection and several minor injuries.

Bad dog! I am so glad you are home!

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So Sad.

Leao, a medium-sized brown mutt, lies next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the catastrophic landslides caused by heavy rain. This AFP/Getty picture was taken on Saturday, the second consecutive day that the dog refused to leave the woman's grave at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero.

Pets mourn too.

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Cloning The Mammoth

A team of scientists from Japan, Russia and the United States hopes to clone a mammoth, a symbol of Earth’s ice age that ended 12,000 years ago, according to a report in Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun. The researchers say they hope to produce a baby mammoth within six years.

Ok, my question is this. WHY would you clone something just to keep it secret so the world cannot see?

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With Days Off Like These...

Olivia heading to the ER (but checking out as OK): check
Hyundai packing up on I-66 and getting towed in: check
Snow on the way, guaranteeing salt on the roads: check
22-year old Italian sedan about to become a snowmobile: check

...And THAT is how you have an MLK holiday, mah friends.

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Archeologists have found what may be the hilt of the infamous pirate Blackbeard's sword. Or not, since it doesn't exactly have "property of BB" carved on it anywhere. At any rate, it's the most likely candidate they've found so far. That's good for something.

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January 16, 2011
That B-... She Crazy!

Yeah, turns out even the Chinese are horrified at what their parenting customs read like, when distilled. It's tough when everyone, including the people who live next door, explain in great detail how horrible you all are. Welcome to Great Power status, here's your T-shirt. Why yes, it does say, "be careful what you wish for." And isn't THAT ironic?

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January 15, 2011
Candygram! Candygram! Landshark. Candygram!

Bull sharks have been spotted swimming down the main street of an Australian town 16 miles from the coast. Leave it to the Australians to decide a gigantic wall of water just isn't enough. It's gotta be a wall of water full of sharks!

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They told me if I voted for John McCain, that vile Patriot Act would be renewed in perpetuity, and they were right! And, boy, that whole "ZOMG!1!!! DICK CHENEY'S A DICTATOR NOW!!!1!!!ELEVENTY!!" really came true too, eh?

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January 14, 2011
What the Heck is That?

Scientists have announced the discovery that a certain type of crow will sometimes use tools to explore its environment. Go for the interesting discussion. Stay for the "wtf?!? What is that? Lemme poke it. WTF?!?!" crow videos.

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Formula One will, finally, be broadcast in HD next season. The hold-up never did make much sense, but I guess there are more than your average set of requirements when the studio has to be moved every one or two weeks, sometimes half-way around the world.

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Out in the Cold

A group of scientists have released a study which claims Neanderthal faces did not actually have any special adaptations to the cold. This was an absolute given when I was an undergrad. If it really were this obvious, you'd think someone would've noticed before now.

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January 13, 2011
Oh Look. Me As A Cat.

funny pictures - Why no, dear.  There was nothing in the tea.  It was in the brownies.
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
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City on the Edge of Forever

Scientists participating in the Cosmos deep-sky survey have announced the discovery of the most ancient galactic cluster yet observed. It's thought the area is about 12.6 billion light years away, and represents the state of the universe when it was only a fraction of its current age.

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For Sale, Cheap

A start-up private US space program is planning on using old Soviet-era gear as the technical core of their operation. By reputation, the Soviet stuff was crude, but it was also cheap and reliable. If it's stupid and it works, it's not stupid.

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Dont' Drink and Fly

BUCHAREST (Reuters Life!) - There was nothing mysterious about the death of a flock of birds in Romania last week -- they were simply drunk, veterinarians said.
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January 12, 2011
Wow. That's Really Helpful.

Observation: Even if everyone, right now, and I mean right this second, turned everything off and zeroed our fossil fuel consumption, climate change will continue for another 1000 years.

Conclusion: LET'S DO IT!!!

No, really, after six paragraphs of pythonesque head-bonking, and one paragraph of motherly guilt on the successful kids, the author comes to the startling conclusion we must in fact do something that has already been predicted to fail. The mind boggles.

I do not deny climate change is happening. I do not doubt it is worrying. I believe we should do something about it.

I deny what motivates the green lobby is the environment. I doubt the judgment of people who think it is. I believe all the solutions currently proposed are actively harmful and will not work.

Find better solutions.

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Not The Crickets!! Anything But The Crickets!


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Time to Shovel

Snow is now on the ground in 49 of the 50 US states. Climate change we can believe in! Quick! Raise taxes again before anyone notices!

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Your Thought for the Day

A media guide for the journalistically challenged.

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Maybe Now It's Useful?

Looks like you can finally play Rock Band with a real guitar. Didn't watch the demo all the way through, but it looked like he wasn't playing actual cords there. Not sure if that's just the song, or if we've still got some developing to do before everyone's favorite party video game becomes a for-real teaching tool for the guitar.

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Trust Me I Wear Purple Leopard.

Okay, idiots, it goes like this: God is mad that we repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell, because the more honest we allow people to be about their sexuality, the more likely they are to someday marry one another, in violation of "biblical principles." So, God decided to kill some blackbirds in the sky. He wanted to connect the bird massacre to Bill Clinton, because he introduced DADT, but he felt like killing them over Clinton, Arkansas would be too obvious. So he murdered those blackbirds in Bebee, AR, to connect them to the current governor, who connects them to the former governor.

Bat shit crazy person alert!

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Back The F Up WBC!

PHOENIX — Arizona legislators quickly approved emergency legislation Tuesday to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church near the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed in the Tucson shootings.

Unanimous votes by the House and Senate sent the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed it Tuesday night. It took effect immediately.

Without specifically mentioning the Tucson shooting, the law prohibits protests at or near funeral sites.

Really WBC? One day an entire crowd is going to beat the living shit out of you all.


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January 11, 2011
When Archives Attack

Ten, fifteen years ago, a newspaper and a politician could work together to craft a narrative for the now, for the moment, using current events to leverage political power and public opinion without any reference to what happened in the past. No more. Now, tell me again, how there's no such thing as the "liberal media," and Fox News is the real enemy.

Via Instapundit.

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No, I Said Luger

Making the rounds: Neapolitan man survives gunshot wound and sneezes the bullet out of his nose, thereby inventing the world's first small-caliber booger.

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J-20, Departing

China's new stealth prototype has made its first flight. After spending the past month looking at its profile puttering around taxiways, it's nice to at last get a look at the plan view. It took, what, twenty years for our F-22 to go from prototype to production? It'll be interesting to see if the Chinese can bring theirs forward faster than that.

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Cow Crash

Sometimes, all you need is a summary: woman celebrates the birth of her daughter after they both survived a tornado and a falling cow. Definitely not something that comes up very often on storm chasers, the whole "flying livestock" thing.

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A New Marble

Robert H. get a no-prize that's so hot it'll melt lead for bringing us news of the latest exo-planetary discovery. The good: NASA's Kepler telescope seems to be operating exactly as advertised while searching for planets. The bad: the only two Earth-like things about this particular rock are its size and the size of the star it orbits. Everything else is hotter and denser. Oh well, gotta start somewhere.

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January 10, 2011
Roll Call of Rage

It's deeply saddening yet strangely appropriate that the left's outrageous attempt to pin the Arizona shootings on people they hate should bring such an amazing summary of a decade's worth of political rage. Oh don't worry, I know you'll find plenty of counter-examples out there; that's not my point. My point involves glass houses, and stones.

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~ Why Do Birds / Suddenly Appear / Dead on Streets / and Cause Fear? ~

Color me unsurprised: Scientists are noting the frenzy over "mass bird death" is less about birds and more about selling newspapers. Or, you know, online ads, that sort of thing. Our media? Fueling hysteria? Say it ain't so!

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Putting Them to the Question

Glenn Reynolds: "To be clear, if you're using this event to criticize the "rhetoric" of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you're either: (a) asserting a connection between the "rhetoric" and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you're not, in which case you're just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?"

Fortunately, my far left friend* has taken the high road on this and is treating it as it should be treated: as a human tragedy. Would that they all acted this way.

*If you're wondering who that is, it's not you.

Posted by scott at 07:17 AM | Comments (0)
Quick! Call the Weather Girls!

Because, wait for it... it's raining, rrm... magma! It seems the weird difference between earth rocks and moon rocks can be explained by the way certain elements precipitated out of the Earth's atmosphere after the collision with a Mars-sized body which caused the moon's formation.

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Somehow, A-1 Bug Sauce Doesn't Have the Same Ring

And in today's issue of "Clueless Scientist Monthly," we have the idea that meat producers should switch to bug farming because of insects' smaller carbon footprint. Fortunately, this one comes to us courtesy of a Netherlands science group, so at least my tax dollars weren't used to fund this "study." Quick! To the private jets! It's time for another climate conference to discuss the implications! I hear Antigua is very nice this time of the year.

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January 09, 2011
You Dirty Little Tart- You're Dumped!

British people have the oddest sense of humor. Especially if you are getting dumped LIVE on the radio.

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Pick a Slab, Any Slab

Heading to New Orleans anytime soon? Check out The Graveyard Rabbit for all of your cemetery needs.

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January 08, 2011
Humperdink Does Not Like Fake Farts

Our clinic cat. He was not amused.

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Living Room Copter Wars

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Lake Effect

Russian scientists are about to sample water from a lake that has been completely cut off from the rest of the planet for 15 million years. It's thought that any critters living in the hyper-oxygenated water will provide insight into metabolic processes, as well as provide information on what Enceladus and Europa, which are thought to have a similar environment, are like.

Posted by scott at 09:21 AM | Comments (0)

Making the rounds: Egyptian Muslims attended Coptic Christmas services en-mass to show solidarity and act as human shields. Bullies, no matter how dangerous, succeed because people are too afraid to take them on. Once those people realize there are many more of them then there are of bullies, things begin to change.

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January 07, 2011

Scientists have worked out new manufacturing techniques that promise smart clothing that can survive a washing machine. Not only that, it seems the material may also be useful as a stealth coating. That's right, the next fighter the air force buys may actually be wearing a sweater.

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In a Wireless Sixty Seconds

A bunch of busybodies have figured out how to spoof wireless, keyless entry and ignition systems to steal a car. Using a receiver and transmitter to "tunnel" the key signal a long distance is so basic I'm surprised it hasn't been thought up before now.

Posted by scott at 06:43 AM | Comments (1)
What's Not to Like?

Turns out Bill Murray is about as laid back and fun as he seems on the screen. Although I'd think he was getting a little long in the tooth to hang out at a karaoke bar for four hours. Then again, why not?

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January 06, 2011


Olivia's Xmas gift from Granpa Rich and Grandma Janet came in the mail! Belly dance wings!

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~ Pissing the Night Away ~

Japan is making a run at taking back the "World's Weirdest Asian Country" prize from China by introducing a new urinal-based video game. Yep, you read that one right, "a pressure sensor located on the back of the urinal to measure the strength and location of your urine stream. A small LCD screen above the urinal allows you to play several simple video games including a simulator for erasing graffiti and a variation on a sumo wrestling match."

There's just no way to make this stuff up, people!

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Just Make Sure You're Wearing Pants

I'm vaguely surprised it's taken this long: Introducing a wooden chair with a flexible seat. Looks like it'd pinch, but what do I know?

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January 05, 2011
Hairy Hope

A group of scientists has announced significant progress in the discovery of the cause of male pattern baldness. Ok, all those women in the peanut gallery who just rolled their eyes? It may very well have implications for female baldness as well. The wigs we save may be yours, too!

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And On Mars, a Case Can be Very Cold Indeed

Evidence from other Martian probes has forced scientists to re-examine experimental results from the Viking landers, which has lead to the conclusion that those probes did indeed find evidence of organics on the Martian surface. Science will always provide the correct answer, until new data comes along. Then it will provide a new correct answer.

Posted by scott at 08:39 AM | Comments (0)
We Can Always Hope

Little girls (and probably little boys, not that there's anything wrong with that) who are tweeting death threats at Selena Gomez over her, well, whatever it is, with Justin Bieber could end up in jail. Personally I don't care either way, I'd just like to see someone tossed in the pokey for being an a-hole on line.

Posted by scott at 06:49 AM | Comments (0)
Hat Trick in the Sky

I guess if you keep a telescope pointed at the sky long enough, cool things just sort of wander in front of it. I was happy when I managed to find a planet with mine, back in the day.

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January 04, 2011
Fun With Headlines

Fark's headline of the year contest is definitely worth a look. Don't believe me? How about Coup succeeds in detaining Niger president, exciting teabaggers who misread the headline.

Wow. I didn't know that much milk could come out of a nose.

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Speaking of China...

It seems a Chinese automaker's first self-developed sedan is actually an Alfa Romeo clone. We never got the 166 here, so I can't say I see much of a resemblance. Well, good luck to them!

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~ Whoa-oh, China Grove ~

Another day, another update on that new Chinese stealth fighter. More pictures are here. With all this commotion, you'd think they'd send a few cars around to shoo away the photographers. Of course, that's assuming it's not the government taking the pictures.

Posted by scott at 06:57 AM | Comments (0)
~ Let's Fly Let's Fly Away ~

They told me if I voted Republican the president would increase the carbon footprint of the White House, and they were right!! If the L.A. Times is starting to turn against Obama... well, no, nevermind. This is more easily explained as taking a few easy shots before they knuckle down to the job of getting him re-elected.

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at 06:46 AM | Comments (0)
Could be Worse. Could be Beiber.

I'm sure someone out there will care: both Britney Spears and Lady Gaga are scheduled to release new albums in early 2011. Spears has been quiet enough lately, guess that whole "leave dad in charge and keep the panties on" thing is working out. Gaga, in my opinion, was about sixty seconds away from an overexposure meltdown. We'll just have to wait and see how it all turns out, I suppose.

Posted by scott at 06:36 AM | Comments (0)
Merry Holiday!

CNN: Hundreds of people may have been exposed to Hepatitis A during a Christmas day mass. Yeah, not the greatest gift for the season right there.

Posted by scott at 06:25 AM | Comments (0)
January 03, 2011
Mark Your Calendars

It would seem an adequate number of trumpet players has been found. Of course, "beginning of the end" is a pretty easy one to predict. Me, I'll wait until the angels start arcing across the sky, hopefully with enough time for me to yell "HA-HA!" at Joshua. And Ron.

Posted by scott at 06:08 PM | Comments (1)
Fud Haz Thumbs

It looks like our ancestors had to deal with more than one kind of sabretooth cat. And by "ancestor" I mean, "so far back it may have lived before the human/chimp split." Nice kitty!

Posted by scott at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)
Knife Kill

Another day, another chick waking up dead from a botched plastic surgery. Yet another reason to follow the ol' "eat less, exercise more" weight loss method.

Posted by scott at 07:01 AM | Comments (0)

The recent failure of an Indian launch vehicle has been traced to a set of failed electrical connections. Reliable connectors have been around for a darned long time, so I'm thinking either someone just didn't connect things properly, or the wire routing is just wrong. Details are important when failure can lead to a very large "kaboom."

Posted by scott at 06:54 AM | Comments (0)
Oh Dear...

If you're 37-year-old Michigan telemarketer Dave Cat, you have the $6,500 rubber lady "reincarnated." Which is to say, you commission an exact replica of her to be stripped, molded and painted. And you bring her back from the freakin' dead.

Funny this is, he was in a TV show called TABOO.


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Detroit Ruins

A series of photos of Detroit.

You would think the police station would have been cleaned up a bit better. Especially the crime photos....not wait. It's Detroit.

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January 02, 2011
Newest Costume


From the Bellydance store.

Great deal, costume does need some work that I can see, but I am crossing my fingers it will be worth it!

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Disaster R Us

Instapundit is featuring this large, detailed, and growing list of practical disaster preparation advice. Turns out you really can buy MRE's on Amazon. I think that pretty much makes it official: you can buy anything that doesn't have a pulse over there.

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Funny Wedding Photos - This is What Wedding Cakes Look Like in Arkansas
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I personally think it looks like one of those cheese logs.

Posted by Ellen at 07:52 AM | Comments (0)
What Pose Is That Called?

She broke her tibia and fibula in both legs after she was hit by a truck. It happened while she was at the BYU-Utah game on Thanksgiving weekend. She was leaving the tailgating lot where a lot of people were yelling and shoving as they were leaving the stadium. She said was forced off the sidewalk, right into the path of a truck.

The power of the human body.

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January 01, 2011
And We Were Lucky!

It wasn't always thumb drives and SSDs. I'm pretty sure my next laptop will have a 256 GB solid state drive, which I suppose will be slightly larger than a match box.

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All I'm Saying is She Better Flush the Damned Toilet

Just when you thought Japan was the wackiest Asian country, China comes along and ups that very weird ante. Ya know, giving yourself a parasitic infection to lose weight is an idea so crazy it just might work. Not.

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Happy New Year!

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