Friday, November 30, 2007

Minding My Own Business

There I was, minding my own business, when I was suddenly, and from the depths, savaged by a ferocious animal!!! It was all caught on video!!! Yes, now that your morbid side has asked, there was blood, MINE!!!!!

The horror....the horror...

more on that and other matters soon...

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Posting will likely be sporadic at best over the next couple of days...poke through the old posts for links maybe...there are some links at the old site on the right if you click there, or Jimmy, or Bagoomba...maybe get a post in today other than this...

Always good things here...

I may run into the Skunkape

News of Monkey executions here.

Keep and eye out for raptors...

F-15s problems noted here...

Wow! Powdered Uranium...This looks really bad..
(LGF has very resourceful comments, click through and see where you end up...)

Read up on Osprey saga here but don't tell any rotor engineers we know...(Bmer boy!!)

Turn a camera into a taser over at Classical values...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Norm Pattis

A CT law Blogger may or may not have expressed an idea regarding online solicitation for applications to become judges in the state. Could be entertaining...

Happy Birthday

Randy Newman

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


and trouble fees over at Boston1775. That's a great site.


I think he's speeding.


Loves cats. Video. Don't know why all the cat stuff recently.


Well, I hadn't checked Murdoc and missed that he had posted the best Thanksgiving clip (scroll down for second frame.)

Jules Crittendon

Had a post on Thanksgiving in Europe, (via No Pasaran again.) He mentions The Dissident Frogman who has amusing posts, such as this one.



Also from No Pasaran: Still wary after that Russian winter, German support won't risk dusk...

Wedding Party

If the soldiers had to shoot up the little number, CNN would have fed into the lie...


Abbas al-Dobbi, left, and al-Bahadli were reportedly part of a wedding convoy that drew soldiers' suspicion.

Via Worldwidestandard (Weekly Standard Blog)

Cross dressing to evade your enemies and live to kill more women and children Allah smiles upon. Cross dressing for other pleasures brings the sword...



My favorite from the comments:

"A riot is but tragic comedy, non? What can one man do against such absurdities? Existence is a farce set in motion by a cruel God who knows not and cares not. I pull heavily on a Galloise and exhale slowly. A man should not fight the ineffable, but yet he must for the sake of dignity. I shrug. My companions shrug. We order a round of absinthe from the waiter. What, after all, is a burning neighborhood in the grand scheme of the universe? My companions shrug again. I think this afternoon I will see my mistress. Later, I will dine with my wife.

Nov 26, 2007 05:02 PM"

Don't worry, the ol' Bulldogs across the way will step up!!

That via Boortz


the Gowanus. I recommend the book "The Big Oyster" quoted below.

Then treat yourself to a nice cold glass of treated sewage!


They do it in space.

Monday, November 26, 2007


storm and climbing goats.

Via Coasttocoast

Fainting goats


Via Boingboing like so much today, but never overlook Generatorblog.


are a scourge. The 117 year old originator of LOLcats speaks.

From Lol'cat to Lil'Bit, the cat with two brains!!! (maybe, via Coasttocoast)


Clock restoration.

also at Boingboing

And they have this link to a first short video in a series on a Los Alamos surplus shop.

I've Been Looking

for a nice water pitcher. Something for the icebox that is made out of glass or ceramic and made in the U.S.A. Who knew I could have had a radioactive one years ago.

Boingboing links to a gallery of once available radioactive items.

Me, lately I go here, they have spark plugs.

Ore here. They'll frame your Trinitite.

Some manner of Aerogel cooler would be quite impressive.

Electronic Gear

Ken sent this link to a Costco calculator which offers to accept certain older devices in exchange for Costco credit. He said an older digital camera is worth an 80 dollar gift card.

Worth a minute if you have anything laying around.


Modern Temple.

via Instapundit

Also at Micklethwait--- the Billion Monkey Lady

Flickrblog has many fine photos, just keep scrolling through the pages.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hudson Oyster

I thought this was a beautiful passage, and I will just type it in:

"If we had had the ability to see deep into water, it would have all been different. New Yorkers dumped trash and sewage into the water because there it was out of sight. Suppose they could have seen it landing on the oyster beds. In the spring, the migratory fish return. Thousands of bumpy alligator-headed, primeval two-hundred pound sturgeon; elegant silver-streaked striped bass, their stripes seemingly made for racing; and thick schools of radiant shad tear into the strong currents, while little baitfish, purposeless hangers-on caught up in all the exhilaration of the moment, struggle furiously along as best they can. They are all bumping shoulders, swatting tails, thousands and thousands of determined fish, putting their heads nose first into the same current, charging through the Narrows over to the oyster beds of Liberty and Ellis islands, while their sedentary partners, the oysters, wave their shells open and closed beneath them, pumping clean the water, the seething crowds above turning and racing toward Manhattan and the Hudson River, past the teeming and humming city, street by street to the picturesque upstate waters of their birth. Certainly anyone who could have seen that would have understood that the great and unnatural city was built at the site of a natural wonder, and that the lowly oysters working at the bottom were a treasure more precious than pearls."

TGiving Lileks

Lileks is always worth the link and the time. PuppyBlender linked to him today, wonder what's on HIS menu?

Videos at How 'Bout Now?

There are a couple of amusing videos of very poor taste.

Is That Snow?

On Presque Isle? Happy Thanksgiving all...



Your gravy. I usually add pixie blood, works every time.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I Have Met Some

Who would stand some cheering up...we all could no doubt...quick search here couldn't hurt...or maybe it would just put adware on your 'puter...better to try here.

Squirrel Zipper

Without nut.

Jackalopes deserve a separate investigation, but these folks seem to have been to New Haven, so caution is advised.

JB was the source...more soon no doubt!!!! Great fun may be ahead, or not... Abbie is close with Chupacabra.

Elephants Mourn


via Jungletrader

Previous Elephants.

Elephant Rhino video---used to think they were fighting, are they just wrestling?

Short one, what are they up to?...and one last video, "Elephants mourn elephants".

8 Foot

Cannibal scorpions. Some say they're still out there...

Nice Dogs

Black Mouth Curs.

The subject of wild boar attacks came up and I thought that the first time I had ever heard of them being dangerous was while reading Ol' Yeller (---spoiler so be careful all of you Yeller Ignorants--- The role was portrayed by a Black Mouth Cur.)

They look like helpful types.

Update: Don't know if anyone caught the "Savage Sam" bit. I did not know there was a sequel, I almost need to see it just because I know it exists...

Sudbury, Ontario

I linked to the Prius connection, but just noticed that it is also where the neutrino detector is located.

Winged Victors

In NatGeo. A bat feature.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dinosaurs Sucked

We've all seen the headlines, and frankly I can't understand near translucent bones. But JB commented with this trenchant link.

Gooey Pumpkin Cake

I may try this...It looks so easy. I have a convection oven and it sometimes (as if I have done any cooking in the last forever) takes a batch to adjust the timing but this Gullyborg's endorsement of a Paula Dean variation is making me hungry-----



1 package yellow cake mix (standard 18 oz box, any brand is fine)
2 sticks of butter (1/2 cup each)
1 package softened cream cheese (8 oz)
4 eggs
1 large can pumpkin (28 oz)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg


Microwave-safe bowl
Conventional oven
Greased 13" x 9" baking pan
Stand mixer

Step One -- Crust:

In the microwave-safe bowl, melt one stick of butter. Using the stand mixer, combine the melted butter with one egg and the package of yellow cake mix to form a thick dough. Press the dough firmly and evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.

Step Two -- Batter:

In the stand mixer, combine all remaining ingredients. Pour batter into the baking pan over the crust layer and spread evenly.

Step Three -- Bake:

Bake in a conventional oven at 350 F for 40-50 minutes. The center should remain somewhat gooey as it comes out of the oven.

Step Four -- Cool, Cut and Serve:

For best results, prepare the day it is to be served; serve while still slightly warm from baking. Add a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

For variations including chocolate, peanut butter, and pineapple, please visit Paula Deen's recipe page.

Now BAKE! It's the Holidays already!

Elephant Towel

I've seen this animal in the wild. I may have even blogged it, can't remember.

They also have this link to online movies that will likely be shortlived.

And houses with "views."

Haha is great.

Music Widget

The subject came up and I believe Adam and JB could really put the buggers to use.

The site looks helpful.

Haze Cams

Rather misty today.

How About A Round

of "Break the Pope's Neck?"


Not contaminated with lead in Jersey, so you can eat them more than twice a week.

The mistake involved a blender.

I understand it is more of a breakfast meat.

Bivalve Cam

Paddy sends this link to hours of compelling fun.

Shrunken Heads

Don't get ripped off.

via Tigerhawk

More here and here.

A proud owner?

Of course the shrunken head wiki-entry.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Mind reading technology.

via Gizmodo

They also link to Uncrate with some neat stuff.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Feathered Fella

Homey mentioned taking a stunning photo of an Osprey with prey. He has promised to zap it over and I will post it as soon as I get it. They are handsome.
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Blustery Yesterday

Cooper Cooler

Zowie! Chills cans 40 times faster than the freezer!! 65 beans.

It does not use Freon, just ice and water. Frank has always been a big advocate of rotating beverages to speed chilling. He spared me the details, probably because "it involves scientific concepts such as solubility, Henry's law and nucleation, among others." He must be a genius!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007


Carriage. Someone is fortunate that another was perceptive.

Mr. Yon

Has a beautiful post.

Via Instapundit.


Involving a woman, a child, and a Liberian carjacking ring. Nothing to see here. Have the woman show some feisty nature though, and I can only be sure of one thing. The journalists and p.c. idiots will not condemn the situation that led to Liberian criminal gangs assaulting women and children, they will wag their fingers at her resistance instead.

Classical Values has it.

He also has a Spitzer entry with links. Click on the '"petty and vindictive" SOB' link for a terse bit in Opinionjournal. He has been such an unmitigated ass for so long, hats off to the press for keeping it under wraps through his election.

via Boortz---Mexico and driver's licensing.

11Most Bicycle

Friendly Cities. Tempting.

Via, which is fantastic.

They also link to this amazing Kaguya image of the Earth. The video is nice.

Also they have this incredible soccer goal. They have lots and lots of great stuff going way back.


I saw this neat photo over at Lost.

The General, a century-old locomotive

"The General, a century-old locomotive, pulled into Union Station on May 2, 1962, as part of the National Civil War Centennial Observance. One hundred years earlier, a group of Union soldiers from Ohio had captured the General from the Confederate Army."

Monorail News

"The wine-tasting tour scheduled at several monorail stops along the Hartford-East Hartford monorail line has been postponed at the request of the state liquor commission, which has objected to the lack of a monorail."

That suggests congestion for the Holiday traffic next week.

On a brighter note: "This week's bulletin: Some Connecticut River Monorail cars will be redesigned to allow passengers to board with their bicycles, the CRM administration announced."

(also at The Courant.)

Do Not Forget Now

Here is the reminder.

Here is a provider, but buy local.

Tattoo Ink

I've certainly thought that tattoo removal would be a lucrative field starting right around now. Where there is a market there will arrive a provider, they now have tattoo ink that can be removed with one treatment.

Via Chemical & Engineering News: Nano regulation. There will be a learning curve.


Brain. New study over at Nature.

"It is not usually possible to investigate the sleeping human brain in as much detail as in rats, because of ethical considerations." detail on the method they used on the rats though...

World's Largest Trout

Living In Mongolia!!

And here is NatGeo's Megafishes Project.

Taimen's Last Refuge Is Mongolia

"Scientists working in the Eg and Uur rivers in northern Mongolia in 2006 found this 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long) taimen that had choked to death on a 3-foot-long (0.9-meter-long) taimen."

Taimen's Last Refuge Is Mongolia

From the slideshow.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

How 'bout Now?

Update: For those unfamiliar the site is the spawn of both Adam and JB!!

Adam is blogging up a storm over at the Bagoomba junction with his proprietary "How 'bout Now" banner!!

That Google Again

First it was the return on the words "Severe Flatulence."

Now I see I am on the short list for "Verizon is crap."



Cyn, through Todd, sent over this article on a beer chilling device.

Mmmmmmm Cold Beer

Russian Doomsday Cult

Threatening suicide...

via Lucianne


I still won't be encouraged until there are tar and feathers working to have politicians and the fourth estate cowed by their constituencies, but it's lovely to see "The Steamroller" Cleveland Steamer his own political image.

Oh Boy!!!

Eagle Eagle Eagle!!!

I just saw one!!!

Oop. There and then gone...back again soon no doubt. Maybe even right now.

Discover Your

Inner European.

via Classical Values, which mentions a site to check the reading level of your blog. Hmmmm....don't know how they calculate that one...

Brother Guy Consolmagno

was on Coasttocoast last night. He was excellent. I enjoyed the discussion regarding the formation of the planets and how he may have been the first person (to paraphrase) to leave speculation of life on Europa to those more suited for such. (his thesis lead up to just that postulation and it was an amusing pregnant omission so to speak.)

I'd love to see a lecture.


Is always worth reading, a few minutes of worthwhile diversion.

Airline Lightning

Here is a gif of that lightning clip posted a while back.

Computer Slow

Skull a Day is still moving apace with, yup, a skull a day!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hitler's Globe

Auctioned. I would have thought it would fetch more.

Every time I've listened to Tom Waits' "Lucky Day Overture" I could have sworn he was saying "You'll see a Hitler's Brain..." However looking at the lyrics transcribed here I would need to go and listen again, I must have been wrong...somehow that extra letter made everything infinitely more humorous...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Second Amendment

SCOTUS did not pick up on the D.C. case this week.

Comics Week

Over at Boston1775, it began November 10th.

Also someone noticed this while answering a question involving the ownership of slaves by freed blacks before the American Civil War.

Holiday Soda

Well it's that time of year again and Ham soda is on the menu this time.

via DaveBarry

Also via the Floridian, ChessBoxing.


Makes it back with one wing. I had seen this along time ago and here it is on liveleak.

It seems to be liveleak's birthday.

Cellphone Rebellion

Also over at Pinch's Dog's Breakfast is this article.

I think the cell phone companies can use the BASF motto slightly adapted: "We don't make the cell phones...We make them worse."

Fix Your Ipod

Apparently many failed Ipods can be fixed by using a folded piece of paper... mentioned in the article looks helpful for other products/manufacturers.

Monday, November 12, 2007


If it ran in 94.

via Boortz

National Ammo Day

Next Week

Freemarket reminds...

Worst USB

Project ever. From Wired's list of mean gifts.


Update: Here is the original wingsuit base jumping video on Liveleak, you may be able to full screen it there.

This is what it sounded like landing on Saturn's moon Titan.

Wired links to other files of outer space noises, of course the Government must have removed the snorts of inconvenienced space aliens.

Here is a video of the Stardust mission reentering the atmosphere. The site that linked to it, Wohba!, said that at 30,000 miles per hour it was the fastest man made atmospheric object ever. That is incorrect according to this batch of fascinating information, I know which info I would cite.

Whoba! also has this amazing video, WOW!!!:


was recalling the actor who portrayed Boom Boom Washington and was damned close, he said Lawrence Jack Hilton.

Jimmy also had a terrific suggestion which JB has been emailing around.

Update: My handwriting is terrible, Jimmy may have been correct at the time...he will be awarded if the forensic analysis comes back in his favor...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

President Eisenhower

meets a space alien and it was caught on film!!!

Now what, naysayers??!!

via Coasttocoast

Friday, November 9, 2007


outbreak in the distant past via Instapundit.

This blog has been very concerned with the topic from the get go (scroll down for some zombie links.)

Animal X

is a t.v. series I have not seen. I noticed it over at Cryptomundo, which is linked below.

Moon Orbit

Very cool high def video of the moon taken by the Japanese Kaguya orbiter.

Via NewScientist's space blog, which also links to a space carnival.

Here is another very cool video of helicopters flying very low over Afghanistan.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Diversity Shoved Down Throats

Wow, none of us have ever experienced that, huh?

Jimmy linked
and here through The Corner via Instapundit is FIRE's Pdf of the girl who deserves free Itunes for her remaining Edu career.

Birthday Coffee

I have been enjoying tea for quite a while but I still like coffee. I consumed enormous amounts and at some point caffeine was having noticeable effects, hours later, and it is something I consider before purchasing.

On my birthday I stuck my nose into Redding Roasters and they were very friendly. They roast right there and you can get as much information as you need to really pick out a blend to your satisfaction. I chose what turned out to be fantastic beans from Papua New Guinea. With some hot milk (much) and boiling water (I also add a little honey) in the Missoula mug it is delicious. Chocolaty and I believe the milk is the mitigating factor on the caffeine. Does that fat bear hug the 1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6(3H,7H)-dione and leave me with fewer symptoms? I have not looked it up but I'm sure the info is out there.

Very tasty.


This was sent over by Ken, and I think Charlotte would have been a lovely name. After the cheap joke nothing but prayers for the family though...

Fused: Lakshmi's body is joined with the parasitical twin which is attached to her body at her pelvis

"Toddler with eight limbs branded 'reincarnation of Hindu god' to undergo life-saving operation"

Helicopter Chopper

Is it me or does this look tricky and dangerous?


And Newtown. Paddy sends an article on the connection.

Shark Attack

It looks like that dastardly U.S. military is planting sharks in waters frequented by children.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Tea Time

Time to order more tea. I picked up some nice tea in Granville Island in Vancouver. I have maybe just a cup or two saved. Wow did I love Granville Island and Vancouver. I should move there. Of course if I brought my luck up there I might set off their volcanoes on all of us.

Update: Hmmm...maybe I should get some rare wild tea picked by monkeys.

Monkeys aren't cheap.

Otter Boxes

Here is a link just because I like them. Years ago I went with someone to the Maritime center and watched them strike a tuning fork and press it to Sprite and Bell's glass. Boy were they enraptured, they were glued to it no matter where on the glass it was moved.

Carnegie Mellon

Kicks butt at the DARPA challenge!!!!


Just the coolest university winning the coolest contest is what I'd call it!!!!!

Go Tartans!!!!

Drawing Stick Figures

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Hugh Laurie

has the answer. I don't know much about the fellow but this protest song is inspiring and inarguable.

Link to video

Cloud Appreciation

Society. There is such a thing, I saw it over at Fortean Times.

Here is the "lookalikes" page. I should submit "Elephant."

Puget Sound

Some photos of a ferry having a soggy go of it.

Steam Punk Laptop

This is handsome, it's true, but still I would prefer rugged.

Plus lasers used to kill viruses.


Friday, November 2, 2007

Holy Clown Weasel

That's a tiny car. Click on the link and watch him drive it in public!! Scary, and that's without American SUV's!

Did someone say Watch? Hmmm. The Swiss Army Sale is this weekend.

It is always fun to cruise over to Watchismo Times...

Here is a very cool 19th century skeleton clock...

Here is a thousand year escapement using gravity and forestry...

and here is a colossal belt clock from the 1930's.

Boingboing's link to the Gracenote musical map is also very cool.

John Fund

Democrats and liberals, Illegals and driving. Our votes are at stake and the propagandists, er I mean "Journalists," absolutely want to undermine the typical American's vote. So don't expect daylight.

The Fund article is floating around everywhere today, I think I first saw it over at Boortz.

"eight of the 19 hijackers were registered to vote."

Correction, I saw it over on Lucianne, whom I believe is Jonah Goldberg's mom.

The Corner, which is Jonah's haunt.

Domino Sugar

Plant explosion. Uh oh. I have had some good times visiting that area.

How to Beat Your Wife

The Religion of Peace shows you how in this MEMRI video.

via Boortz


MEMRI blog

Sad Week

RIP Paul Tibbets. Thank you for signing the book and the bat, in addition to the tremendous service.

Why yes, that would be the louisville slugger.

And no, he wouldn't sign a baseball.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


I just found out you are fishing in the next world...God Bless...I'll miss you buddy...

Update: I have no idea what to say at the

CCrane Wifi

Ccrane has a possibly useful little usb gizmo.

Survival Manual Secret?

Via Stephen Aftergood's Secrecy newsletter a 2002 Army survival manual:

'ARMY FIELD MANUAL ON SURVIVAL"All of us were born kicking and fighting to live, but we have becomeused to the soft life.... What happens when we are faced with asurvival situation with its stresses, inconveniences, and discomforts?" That question is posed in a 2002 U.S. Army Field Manual on survivalstrategies and techniques in emergency situations.Almost all of the contents will be familiar to students of wildernessmedicine and first aid. (Except maybe "Prepare yourself to survive in anuclear environment.") Nevertheless, U.S. Army web sites do not permit public access to the document, which says that distribution is limitedto government agencies and contractors. A copy was obtained by SecrecyNews.See "Survival," U.S. Army Field Manual FM 3-05.70, May 2002 (676 pagesin an extremely large 45 MB PDF file):


Why do they lift a foot when they listen? Foot to ear bone conduction? That topic has come up before.

Elephant link opens NatGeo video, must be NatGeo day.

--------Er...and Elephant Day.

Solar Fix

That's not convenient.

More here at Aviation Week.

Previous links here.

I recommend opening the NASA TV and the tracking page, and when you notice the Station/Shuttle are about to enter darkness or light tune in, the dawn and dusk transition is always gorgeous.


Jimmy points to this complete bummer.

Swanny won't get back to that chili cook off.

Scroll down through September for more images.

Haunted Castle

In South Africa.

Link opens video.

16 Billion Pixel

Image of the "Last Supper"

via NationalGeographic

very impressive.

Halloween Style

and complaints regarding same at Classical Values.

Poor Elephant

That is no way to treat an elephant. Sheesh.

Ten other bonkers experiments are covered.