Monthly Archives: January 2009

Random Fun Facts

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Caturday Again

I know it’s cold outside, but you gotta go.

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Kitty Theme Park Ride: ROOMBA

I couldn’t embed the video, but click on the picture or HERE to view it. It’s funny just how floppy these kittens are.

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A Couple of Unrelated Pics


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Time For Letters…


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Huh?!

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Mr. Plow


Waiting for the plows to come through our townhouse’s parking lot, we just had a false alarm, with both of us thinking we heard a plow scraping the parking lot. The Mr. Plow theme song came to mind, and I sang it to my wife…who gave me a strange look. So, I had to look it up online.

YouTube and other sites can no longer house the video legally, so I’m not sure how this site can do so. Since I’m just linking to the site, no harm, no foul.

Mr. Plow

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Writing NOTHING

I’m watching The Big Bang Theory right now, thinking about the impending doom of freezing rain we have falling upon us this evening, wondering if I should drive to work tomorrow or simply call in “too wimpy to drive”. As I thought about doing it this morning. Instead, I traded cars with my Wife, since she drives a heavy Saturn Vue SUV, and I drive a Saturn SL-1 ultralight sedan.

I don’t have much to say here. My friend Mel has told me to write more on here, so I am…however, I must say it’s hard to concentrate with Big Bang playing in the background. Even though it’s a rerun, the one where Sheldon needs a ride to work for a few days.

…hmm…yeah, I got nothing. I’ll try again soon.

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Stop Motion Dreams

I swiped this one from Fazed.

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Four Chords

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Oh, grab me a slice!

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Marilyn Einstein

Up close, this image looks like Einstein. Step away from the computer (I know, hard to do) and the image starts to look like Marilyn Monroe. Just a fun optical illusion for your day.

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Two quick thoughts on possible future events

1. “Gumping” is known, via the urban dictionary, as being in a state of extreme marijuana intoxication so as to act and appear mentally disabled. However, it was first known as the technology used to insert Tom Hanks into various historical events in the movie Forrest Gump. As part of this technology, words were put into famous peoples’ mouths in order to interact with the character of Forrest Gump. This second feat will eventually have wide-reaching effects. Eventually, when a movie is translated into another languages, the actors’ voices will be used to speak in the other languages, and the mouths and relative speed of speech will be altered in order to fit the lines within a logical-seeming way. If it takes 7 words to say something in English where it might take 4-5 words to say the same thing in Japanese, the scene will be slightly altered accordingly to make it a seamless transition from one language into the next. The domino effect is that movie scores, the location of objects and hands, the speed at which a person is walking, all these things will have to be accounted for. Computers will largely be taught to do a lot of this work for us.

2. This next feat is already being seen on a limited basis. Museums will eventually include 3D computer representations of different places, either within the context of a “Grand Theft Auto” type of game, or within some kind of Star Trek Holodeck. This technology will be in place within 15 years, by 2024. This will allow users (or patrons) to walk the streets of Washington D.C. circa 1932, or possibly into the 1800’s, depending on the availability of photographs and city plans from the eras involved.

That’s it for now.

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Happy Caturday

I don’t have a caption for this one…

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Yet Another Rendition of Portal’s "Still Alive"

What can I say? I’ve never even played this game (for, sadly, I’m too poor for XBox-360 or PS3 as of yet). However, I love this song. The original “Unix-esque” credits are still my favorite, but the typography of this version is quite well done.

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Duck Dig

OH CRAP, HUNTERS! DIVE DIVE DIVE!

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Strange Things Happen To An Estate…


…after a star passes away. Their name can be put onto all sorts of unusual stuff…

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Secret Squirrel

Where the heck did he go?! Do you see him Sue?

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BBC Recreates the Hudson Passenger Jet Landing

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Freezing Bubbles

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Inaugural Worries?


Lighten up, GOP-fans. So a Democrat is taking office again. So the Democrats have congress. It’ll be okay. Have a Coke and smile.

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This Was Made By A Ten Year Old Kid!

I found it here: Fark

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Maniac Monday: Maniac from Flashdance

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Obama Prepares for Inauguration…

Carful Mr. President-elect, Cheney is probably packing.

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Maniac Mansion: Speedrun

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Best Web Radio: NME

I just LOVE NME radio (read: Enemy Radio)! I listen to them for hours at a time. Enjoy the good new music from the U.K.! (And many thanks to Wendy Bermudez for telling me about NME.)

http://www.nme.com/radio/player/

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You Think It’s Cold Where You Are, Eh?

Yah, this is cold over dere in Minnesota, don’t-cha know.

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EVIL TETRIS.

You know it, love it, it’s Tetris. This is Tetris’ evil twin. This one determines the piece you need the most, and denies it to you. I’m not very good at regular Tetris, and I didn’t last long at all. Fun for a few minutes.

http://l0ser.net/src/as3/bastet/

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My Hero, Mike Rowe

Note: the first few minutes are ‘probably’ not safe for work.

I had qualms about placing the warning at the top of this post. Seeing as how the first line of Mike Rowe’s speech invovles the word “Testicles”, I figured a little heads-up might be a good idea.

Mike Rowe is my favorite guy on television. Here is this very talented singer, actor, voice-over artist. This is a guy who could probably make a decent living doing any one of those things. And yet, year after year, he hosts this show called “Dirty Jobs“. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. This show honors the hard working men and women who, in the words of the show-opener, make civilized life possible. This video describes the way he sees these people, and the way his preconceptions have changed throughout the course of his doing this show.

I wish I had this guy’s drive and determination. He is truly a role model, someone I would love to be more like.

Normally, I sit on videos like these and post them months after I first see them. I watched this video this morning on Wimp.com, and decided I just had to post it. I hope you enjoyed hearing from Mr. Rowe as much as I did.

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Lego Maniac

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Clinton Maniac

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40 Inspirational Speeches In Two Minutes

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What’s In The Box?

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Cats Are Jerks!

I suppose Jenga is out of the question too.

(I swiped this from here: yesbutnobutyes)

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Cassowary Preservation

The Cassowary is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the world’s most dangerous bird. It’s big, ugly, and has a mean disposition. It’s also really cool! Look at it’s giant claws, made to rip your face apart! Look at it’s head! Despite it’s old-lady fur coat it dons, this bird is the modern interpretation of a Velociraptor! Just amazing!

Unfortunately, due to the fact that this bird can kill you in a painful way (and despite the fact that it hasn’t killed anyone since the 1920’s), the preservation efforts for this highly endangered animal are minimal, especially when compared to the koala bear, which is not on the endagered species list.

So, in honor of this bad-ass bird, I’m making it my mascot. Whenever I choose to advertise on this blog, and if it ever makes me money, I vow to donate 10% of my profits toward Cassowary preservation.

(I first found out about the cassowary this past week when I sat down to read the latest (erm, October 2008) issue of Smithsonian Magazine. The above picture, and a couple tidbits about this bird were pulled from this article. To sign up for two risk-free issues of their excellent magazine, please visit subscribe.smithsonian.com.

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Special Thanks and Cute Cat Photos



Thanks to Annonymous, for not only reading this blog on a regular basis, but also for noting a correction necessary on my Found Cat posting last Sunday. Here’s a couple “cat” pictures he sent links for as a response! HOW CU-U-U-UTE! (The smiling one looks sorta like Alf, doesn’t it?)

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Fetal High-Five


I sat down today to write a post about an episode of House (which was new to me, although the episode is about 2-3 years old). The episode is “Fetal Position”, and it deals with a surgery of a pregnant mother and her fetus. During the course of the episode, the fetus grabs hold of Dr. House’s finger with its little hand. I immediately was reminded of the photograph widely distributed of the same event happening in real life. And so I was going to comment about this, show comparison pictures, and look really smart.

Except someone already wrote a much better article than I would have. So, instead of looking smart, I will simply be smart and link you to their article.

Now, this article does have a particularly Pro-Life slant. And that doesn’t bother me, since I’m Pro-Life. I like to at least ‘allow’ the possiblity of disagreeable thought on the things that I write, however, so I’m giving you this fair warning. Neato-Freato, let’s get this show on the road.

Fetal High Five

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Found Cat

I used to have a “cat” like this. About once or twice a week when I was in high school, I would stumble upon this ferret possum. I named the ferret possum Frank after an old business associate of my Dad’s who screwed him over. He showed up, trying to dig through the garbage, and I would shoo him away, and Frank would hiss but reluctantly go.

Summer came, and Frank disappeared. Then one night I was inside and I hear this digging sound from outside. I’m thinking it’s one of the many horny male cats in the neighborhood, since my two female cats were in heat at this time. I picked up a 1/4 full garbage sack with mostly papers inside, quickly open the door, then drop the bag onto this “cat”.

Of course, it was Frank. I lifted up the bag, and there he is, rat tail quivering, shaking his head as he slowly backed up. I freaked out at this point, ran inside, Locked the Door (?!) and turned off the outdoor light.

Sadly, I never saw Frank again.

(Muchas Gracias to “Annonymous” who reminded me that these cat-sized rat-things are, in fact, Possums, not Ferrets. I should know the difference. When I was in High School in Sioux Falls, a friend of my older sister had a ferret who was the cutest pet. Its name escapes me, so I’ll call him Bob. See, Bob had a stroke the year before, paralyzing the poor guy on one side of its body, and causing him to retain the shape of a comma. He could still walk, although in a sort of curly-que looping fashion. Bob’s straight-path days were behind it, but that only made for a more endearing pet.)

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Almost Transformers…

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RUN!


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