Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Geek Humor

From the play "Proof"

A male mathematician invites a woman to see his band perform. The band's all 
math geeks, and he admits they're way down the list on the performance 

He tells her they do a song called "i" - lower case. The don't play anything.  
They just stand there for three minutes, because "i" is... an imaginary 

He presumes this the reason they're near the bottom of the performance list.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Bald Eagle live stream video, Hanover PA

Join us in celebrating a thriving bald eagle population in Pennsylvania. 404 error message

Apparently, the Grim Reaper is a Crazy Cat Lady.


What makes us Human?

"Philosophers have often looked for the defining feature of humans — language, rationality, culture and so on. I'd stick with this: Man is the only animal that likes Tabasco sauce."

Monday, March 02, 2015

Camp vs. Kitsch


Dr. Freya Jarman, who is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool, UK, provides a concise definition :

"Camp enjoys and glorifies its own awfulness where kitsch doesn't realize it."

Seen on Family Guy

German Tour Guide: You vill find more on Germany's contributions to ze arts in ze pamphlets ve have provided.

Brian : Yeah, about your pamphlet... uh, I'm not seeing anything about German history between 1939 and 1945. There's just a big gap.

Tour guide: Everyone vas on vacation. On your left is Munich's first city hall, erected in 15...

Brian: Wait, what are you talking about? Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and...

Tour Guide: We were invited. Punch vas served. Check vit Poland.

Friday, February 27, 2015


"Tuning '77"

"Tuning '77" - a seamless audio supercut of an entire year of the Grateful Dead tuning their instruments, live on stage.

Chronologically sequenced, this remix incorporates every publicly available recording from 1977, examining the divide between audience expectation and performance anxiety.

FW: Breaking News: Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' Dies at 83

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BREAKING NEWS Friday, February 27, 2015 12:12 PM EST
Leonard Nimoy, Spock of 'Star Trek,' Dies at 83
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut "Star Trek," died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bible into LOLCat speak

Not sure if you've seen this already, but apparently people on the internet have way too much time on their hands and decided to "translate" the Bible into LOLCat speak.  It's kinda impressive, while kinda pathetic at the same time.


1 Ceiling Cat iz mai sheprd (which is funni if u knowz teh joek about herdin catz LOL.)
 He givz me evrithin I need.
2 He letz me sleeps in teh sunni spot 
 an haz liek nice waterz r ovar thar.
3 He makez mai soul happi
 an maeks sure I go teh riet wai for him. Liek thru teh cat flap insted of out teh opin windo LOL.
4 I iz in teh valli of dogz, fearin no pooch,
 bcz Ceiling Cat iz besied me rubbin' mah ears, an it maek me so kumfy.
5 He letz me sit at teh taebl evn when peepl who duzint liek me iz watchn. 
 He givz me a flea baff an so much gooshy fud it runz out of mai bowl LOL.
6 Niec things an luck wil chase me evrydai
 an I wil liv in teh Ceiling Cats houz forevr.

 I'll never read Psalm 23 the same way again.

At start, no has lyte.
An Ceiling Cat sayz, i can haz lite? 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Abe Vigoda. Yes, he's still alive.

The actor is best known for playing Det. Phil Fish on TV's "Barney Miller" in the 1970s as well as Sal Tessio in "The Godfather." In the 1980s, People magazine mistakenly reported his death, and his status as alive or dead has turned into a pop culture joke over the years, perpetuated by the actor himself on late-night talk shows with David Letterman and Conan O'Brien.

And the Internet has taken up his cause, with the website, for instance, which simply gives his life status.

Today, he's alive.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Million Random Digits

 A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates is a 1955 random number book by the RAND Corporation. The book, consisting primarily of a random number table, was an important 20th century work in the field of statistics and random numbers.

At 1 min 11 seconds, the narrator in this video presents a fascinating "review" of the "plot."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Your useless trivia for the day

from IMDB's trivia section

Actor Dick Shawn is thought to be the first person to execute the iconic "High Five."

In the movie The Producers (1967) the character of Hitler (played by Shawn) sent for Goebbels (played by David Patch), and instead of putting his hand in front of him for the "give me five," Shawn held it up and Patch slapped it. It would not become popular until many years later.

Hippo Bacon


In the early years of the last century, the U.S. Congress considered a bold and ingenious plan that would simultaneously solve two pressing problems — a national meat shortage and a growing ecological crisis. The plan was this: hippopotamus ranching.

Hippos imported from Africa and raised in the bayous of Louisiana, proponents argued, would provide a delicious new source of protein for a meat-hungry nation. In the process, the animals would gobble up the invasive water hyacinth that was killing fish and choking off waterways. It would be an epic win-win. A bill was introduced in Congress, and newspaper editorials extolled the culinary virtues of "lake cow bacon."

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Dad is so tech-savvy

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Computer-generated love poem for Feb 14th

Internet Classic
More than a little late, but more than a little funny...


        LOVEMAKER V3.1
Welcome to the LoveMaker.  (v3.1 Erosoft Industries, (C) 1993)
At the prompt, please enter your response.
I am the LOVEMAKER. A personalized, interactive poetry assistance program.  What is your name?
What a nice name, JOHN.  You must be a man.
How nice for you.  Who is your poem for, JOHN?
How nice for SHEILA.  She must be a woman?
SHEILA must be very special to you, JOHN.  Is she?
What is the occasion, JOHN?
SHEILA is a very lucky woman.  I will need information about SHEILA for a poem that best reflects your deep feelings for her, JOHN.  What colour are her eyes?
Thank you, JOHN.  But could you be more specific?  Are they blue like the sky after a clearing storm?  Are they the icy blue of the far flung fjords, shrouded in mist and mystery?  Are they the steely blue of Walter Gropius's later Bauhaus sketchbooks?  Are they a cornflower blue that speaks of Sunday picnics in simpler times?
Thank you, JOHN.  What about SHEILA'S hair?
Thank you, JOHN.  But could you be more specific?  Is it ash blond with some auburn like the silky tresses of Rapunzel?  When the sun hits it in a certain way in the late afternoon does it look like spun gold?  Is it the hard, cheap blond of the streetwise trollop or the dazzling, brilliant satin of Renaissance cherubim?
Thank you, JOHN.  Are there any other characteristics we should mention in our poem to SHEILA?

JOHN, are you still there?
Thank you, JOHN.  But could you be more specific?  Is it fine and alabaster and tightly grained like antique porcelain, slow-fired by master craftsmen?  Or is it pink and lustrous like the hand-burnished silver one's Grandmother might be found polishing with gentle, loving strokes on a rainy Sunday afternoon?
SHEILA must be very special to you, JOHN.  You must have deep feelings for SHEILA to write her a special VALENTINE'S DAY poem.
How nice for you, JOHN.  What kind of poem do you think SHEILA would like?

My MENU offers the following styles.  At the prompt, please choose ONE:
Couplet | Triplet | Quatrain | Eclogue | Pastoral |  Sonnet  |  Elegy
Epic    | Ballad  |  Lyric   |   Ode   |  Idyll   |  Haiku   |   ???

That's O.K., JOHN.  How do you see yourself?  Please choose ONE:
Laureate   |   Bard     |  Sonneteer   |  Troubadour  | Meistersinger
Jongleur   |  Versifier |  Rhapsodist  |   Lyricist   |    Other
Can you be more specific?

Perhaps if you briefly shared your innermost dreams and desires, JOHN?
May I make a suggestion, JOHN?

Perhaps you imagine yourself a hopeless romantic, JOHN.  A man who lives and loves with passion and desire and appetite.  A man who grabs great platters from the groaning board of this world and eats his fill. A man who takes what he wants the moment he sees it and makes it his own.  A man who kneads fate in his strong hands, shapes it and commands it.  A man with a reckless bent and the courage of fire.  A man who sees beauty in a raindrop and all the truth of the universe in the eyes of a child. A man with needs and wants aflame within him.  A man of power and means of influence, JOHN.  A man destined to be the envy of other men.  A man whom few can ever understand and fewer still will have the guts to love. A man of whom it might be said...
     Would that Alexander in his age
     had but half the measure
     of his strong stout heart
     or clear hawk's eyes undimmed and true,
     pooled with azure purpose.
     No earthbound mortal he,
     but master o'er each and all..
Would this describe your self-image accurately, JOHN?
I thought so.  I'll use my random SEARCH MODE to choose an appropriate style for you, JOHN.  One that truly expresses your deep feelings for SHEILA on VALENTINE'S DAY.  Please wait.  To print poem, please enter command Alt+P at prompt.
        Dear SHEILA,
        Roses are red
        Violets are blue
        Your hair is blond
        and your eyes are gray (when angry)

Thank you for using LOVEMAKER v3.1 from EROSOFT

Remember, it's the Year of the Sheep, so stop writing "Year of the Horse" on your checks.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Now *that's* a sandwich!

"Never eat anything bigger than your head."
  - Kliban 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The price of math illiteracy

The Westminster Dog Show Look-Alike Quiz

Some people believe dogs look like their owners. To put this theory to the test, we asked Fred R. Conrad to photograph Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show entrants with their prize pups. See if you can match the dog to its owner

Friday, February 13, 2015

And of course it comes tied up in a bag.

 Fifty Shades of Grey® Bear

Seen on Twitter

Danny the Infidel:
North Korea is so absurd that I sometimes suspect it's an elaborate art installation.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ye Olde Periodic Table

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


The long-lost Apollo 11 artifacts discovered in Neil Armstrong’s closet

That's one small step for man... and some small stuff for my pocket.

Monday, February 09, 2015

This Guy Built a Millennium Falcon Quadcopter and It’s Awesome


Quadcopter enthusiast Olivier_C transformed his RC helicopter into the iconic Millennium Falcon from Star Wars using polystyrene and LED lights. The builder posted the step-by-step process on reddit and Imgur.

Aside from the cost of the actual drone and radio, which he estimates at 1000€, the remaining materials were incredibly cheap: 10€ for the 2 foam planks and 12€ for the front and rear lights. The paint was leftover acrylic he had lying around and he used a few sticks of glue for the glue-gun (source). Due to the weight of the materials, Oliver says the top speed is barely 35% of what the raw quadcopter can do (90km/h+).

Below you will find progress pics of the build along with videos of the finished product in action. You can see the complete gallery on Imgur and find out more information on Olivier's other RC projects on RC Groups.

video (and more on the story):

Dog Shampoo Instructions

Connect the Dolts.


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Monty Python for Millennials

CUSTOMER: This content is dead.

SHOPKEEPER: No it's not, it's resting.

CUSTOMER: Resting? Now look here, I clicked on this content not two minutes ago and was assured by your headline that I would receive, and I quote, "6 Reasons Why Topanga from Boy Meets Word Will Always Be Your Biggest TV Crush."

SHOPKEEPER: Lovely headline.

CUSTOMER: Lovely it may be. But having secured my click, your article, far from delivering any thoughtful or humorous insights into Ms. Topanga's unique appeal, simply put forth a few lines of predictable drivel about how attractive the actress is. I won't stand for this claptrap!

SHOPKEEPER: Well she is pretty.

CUSTOMER: Of course she's pretty—any 19-year-old blogger could tell me that! The observation that she's good-looking does not itself constitute "content." This article has passed on! It has ceased to be! It's lifeless, intelligence-insulting, tenth-rate clickbait of the lowest order! This is ex-content!

SHOPKEEPER: I'll have to replace it then. How does "4 Cats in Sweaters" sound?

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

Hachey is CEO of Egg Studios, a video production company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Earlier this month, his firm released a 2 1/2-minute mock horror film featuring a giant, Godzilla-like creature constructed entirely of K-Cups.

Harper Lee's new novel : anagrams



Time for "Go Set a Watchman" anagrams! 

"Cat Women Aghast." 

"Want Same? Gotcha!" 

And of course, "Megawatt Nachos."

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Viewing Gorgeous Comet Lovejoy


The peak time for viewing should be around Feb. 6 and 7.

Observers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other northern countries should look pretty much straight up, Berman said.

"Go from Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus; draw a line from there to the Pleiades; extend that an equal distance, and beyond it — that'll take you to near where the comet is," Berman said.

"Sweep that area with your binoculars, especially when the moon is absent, and you'll be in for a treat."

Photographer Alan Dyer's Jan. 6 picture shows Comet Lovejoy with a circular green-hued coma around its small, icy nucleus, and a long bluish tail pointed away from the sun.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015



Lost chunk of pioneering Edsac computer found


An original part of one of the UK's pioneering computers has been found in the US.

The part is a significant chunk of Edsac - a machine built at Cambridge in the late 1940s to serve scientists at the university.

Edsac, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator, ran its first programs in May 1949 and through its working life aided many scientists by analysing data generated by many different experiments.

Before now, it had not been known what happened to the parts of Edsac after it was decommissioned and dismantled in the 1950s.

Burroughs 101


This American Life host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn't get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn't very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthday, we hear that story. 

Iggy Pop, the documentary's narrator, begins by listing some of the artists and artistic movements influenced by Burroughs: Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed; punk, heavy metal. We hear from director John Waters on the impact on him of Burroughs' open homosexuality and frankness about sex. Others talk about Burroughs' heroin addiction and obsession with guns and weapons. Burroughs shot his wife to death in what he said was a terrible accident. (35 minutes)

Iggy Pop picks up the story of Burroughs by explaining "Cut Up" — Burroughs habit of randomly jumbling, repeating and re-assembling words and phrases in his writing. David Bowie and others picked it up. We hear about Burroughs' privileged childhood in St. Louis and his lifelong critique of exactly the world of power and money he grew up in. There's archival footage of Burroughs and others reading his sci-fi stories, and finally Burroughs appearing on Saturday Night Live. (19 minutes) 

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Monday, February 02, 2015

From "Tampopo" : How to eat ramen


Friday, January 30, 2015

18th Century word origin

M. Boulanger, signaling the post-revolutionary end of great aristocratic kitchens in France and the beginning of chefs making themselves commercially available for the masses, put a sign outside his Parisian soup restaurant in 1765, saying...

 "Venite omnes qui stomacho laboratis, et ego restauranto vos."

[or, "Come all ye who labor with the stomach, and I will restore you"].

 Thus today's word "restaurant" from restauranto.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

xkcd on p values

The pop-up text on the cartoon added the following:

If all else fails, use "significant at the p>0.05 level" and hope no one notices.

The Onion : I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back

As a mother, I put my parenting decisions above all else. Nobody knows my son better than me, and the choices I make about how to care for him are no one's business but my own. So, when other people tell me how they think I should be raising my child, I simply can't tolerate it. Regardless of what anyone else thinks, I fully stand behind my choices as a mom, including my choice not to vaccinate my son, because it is my fundamental right as a parent to decide which eradicated diseases come roaring back.

The decision to cause a full-blown, multi-state pandemic of a virus that was effectively eliminated from the national population generations ago is my choice alone, and regardless of your personal convictions, that right should never be taken away from a child's parent. Never.

Say what you will about me, but I've read the information out there and weighed every option, so I am confident in my choice to revive a debilitating illness that was long ago declared dead and let it spread like wildfire from school to school, town to town, and state to state, until it reaches every corner of the country. Leaving such a momentous decision to someone you haven't even met and who doesn't care about your child personally—now that's absurd! Maybe I choose to bring back the mumps. Or maybe it's diphtheria. Or maybe it's some other potentially fatal disease that can easily pass among those too young or too medically unfit to be vaccinated themselves. But whichever highly communicable and formerly wiped-out disease that I opt to resurrect with a vengeance, it is a highly personal decision that only I and my family have the liberty to make.

The bottom line is that I'm this child's mother, and I know what's best. End of story. Politicians, pharmaceutical companies—they don't know the specific circumstances that made me decide to breathe new life into a viral infection that scientists and the nation at large celebrated stamping out roughly a century ago. It seems like all they care about is following unexamined old rules, injecting chemicals into our kids, preventing ghastly illnesses that used to ravage millions and have since been erased from storming back and wreaking mass havoc on a national scale, and making a buck. Should we really be listening to them and not our own hearts?

I am by no means telling mothers and fathers out there what to do; I'm simply standing up for every parent's right to make his or her own decision. You may choose to follow the government-recommended immunization schedule for your child, and that's your decision as a parent. And I might choose to unleash rubella on thousands upon thousands of helpless people, and that's mydecision as a parent.

It's simple: You don't tell me how to raise my kids to avoid reviving a horrific illness that hasn't been seen on our shores since our grandparents were children, and I won't tell you how to raise yours.

Look, I've done the research on these issues, I've read the statistics, and I've carefully considered the costs and benefits, and there's simply no question in my mind that inciting a nationwide health emergency by unleashing a disease that can kill 20 percent or more of its victims is the right one for my child.

People need to respect that and move on.,37839/

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Should I stay or should I go ?

Should I stay or should I go ?

I frequently send emails to a large group of people. Some of you 
favor me with an occasional reply. As for the rest, it seems as if my 
emails streak off to your mailbox, and is lost in the Intertubes of 
Perhaps it is read. Perhaps it is automatically shunted to your "junk 
mail" folder. I know not.
As a result, I'm evaluating my "Send To" list to determine if my 
emails are wanted, or unwanted.
Please choose One of the following two choices:
YES ! 
Please keep me on your distribution list. I always look forward to 
your fascinating finds and amusing missives. It brightens my day. 
Every morning I rush to my computer to read them. Indeed, it is the 
sole reason my feet hit the floor each morning. Without your emails, 
despair would eclipse my joy. The laughter of children would be as 
the cackle of crows. Life itself would not be worth living.
NO !!! 
Take me off your email list. A pox upon your Send button. A specific 
Circle in Hell is reserved for Spammers like you. Never darken my 
Inbox again.
Most likely your response falls somewhere between those two 
extremes. Please pick the one closest to your feelings, and let me 
Non-Reponses will be taken as evidence that my emails do indeed go 
directly to your delete folder, and so I will act on that assumption. 
No offense will be taken.

The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors

In the case of a fata morgana mirage, light reflecting from a distant object such as a ship is bent downward as it passes through the colder, denser air near the surface of the ocean (or sometimes cold land, particularly ice). But your brain places the object where it would be if the light came to you in a straight path—higher than it actually is. This bending effect can even work with the curvature of the Earth if conditions are just right, which is why some fata morgana images can actually be refracted cities and ships from beyond the horizon.

Fata morgana's most famous offspring, though, is the legend of the Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship said to sail aimlessly around the high seas. The tale was first popularized in a story called "
Vanderdecken's Message Home" from 1821, which told of a boat from Amsterdam that haunts the Cape of Good Hope, trying to hand off letters from its dead crew to the vessels of the living (uh, no thanks, the sailors would say, you can deliver your own damn mail). Warner connects this to fata morgana showing a ship from beyond the horizon: The mirage vessel could suddenly disappear with no explanation, and there you have your legend.

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