Tuesday, November 24, 2015

... and they vote.

People on the street in a special edition of "Lie Witness News" [Jimmy Kimmel] didn't recognize Star Wars references mixed in when they were asked to weigh in on "current events."

They answered questions like "Do you think Fox News is too soft on Emperor Palpatine?" with a completely straight face.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Hipster Food satire

Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator
sample menu attached

Belgians tweet cat pictures during #BrusselsLockdown

On Sunday night, as a major anti-terror police operation was under way in Brussels, authorities asked the public to not report officers' movements online.

The Belgian capital has been on lockdown since Saturday amid a search for suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam.

On Twitter, the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown had been the term of choice for people discussing the raids.

But on Sunday night, the term was overtaken by Twitter users posting pictures and videos of cats, to make sure that any leaking of operational details were drowned out.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical InstrumentsCat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments


Deirdre Loughridge and Thomas Patteson, curators of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, explore the wonderful history of made-up musical contraptions, including a piano comprised of yelping cats and Francis Bacon's 17th-century vision of experimental sound manipulation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Inside NASA's human centrifuge room


Wednesday, November 11, 2015


SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- 
A man who was the voice of the beloved cartoon character "Charlie Brown" as a child admitted Tuesday he tried to hire someone to kill a county sheriff.

Lucy's to blame.
She yanked that football away so many times it messed up Charlie Brown's mind.


Wednesday, November 04, 2015


Monday, November 02, 2015

Seen in bookstore

The most disturbing thing about this book is that it's a very big, thick book.


Friday, October 30, 2015

fortunately, no flames


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Amazon user book review


From a review of the book "A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates" on the Amazon website:


Of course these are NOT random numbers, that's just what they want you to believe.

The reality is that this so called technical reference is in fact a secret Illuminati code documenting in great detail the ultra-secret Freemason conspiracy to take over the entire world and enslave its people in a terrible New World Order!

Perhaps you don't believe me? Then consider this most chilling excerpt:

"00200 19612 78430 11661 94770"

This is clearly a reference to the Revelations 10,15:

"And the whore of Babylon shall be carried upon the beast whose horns numbereth 13 and bring pestilence to the land of the ten kings"

Look, it even lists her phone number!  What more evidence could you possibly need?


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

meme mashup


Monday, October 26, 2015

Lost in Translation


Friday, October 16, 2015



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize winners

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize winners were introduced at the Twenty-Fifth 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony:

CHEMISTRY PRIZE - Callum Ormonde and Colin Raston [AUSTRALIA], and Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese, Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Gregory Weiss [USA], for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg.

PHYSICS PRIZE - Patricia Yang [USA and TAIWAN], David Hu [USA and TAIWAN], and Jonathan Pham, Jerome Choo [USA], for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds).

LITERATURE PRIZE - Mark Dingemanse [THE NETHERLANDS, USA], Francisco Torreira [THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, USA], and Nick J. Enfield [AUSTRALIA, THE NETHERLANDS], for discovering that the word "huh?" (or its equivalent) seems to exist in every human language - and for not being quite sure why.

MANAGEMENT PRIZE - Gennaro Bernile [ITALY, SINGAPORE, USA], Vineet Bhagwat [USA, INDIA], and P. Raghavendra Rau [UK, INDIA, FRANCE, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, JAPAN], for discovering that many business leaders developed in childhood a fondness for risk-taking, when they experienced natural disasters (such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and wildfires) that - for them - had no dire personal consequences.

ECONOMICS PRIZE - The Bangkok Metropolitan Police [THAILAND], for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes.
REFERENCE: Numerous news reports.

MEDICINE PRIZE - Awarded jointly to two groups: Hajime Kimata [JAPAN, CHINA]; and to Jaroslava Durdiaková [SLOVAKIA, US, UK], Peter Celec [SLOVAKIA, GERMANY], Natália Kamodyová, Tatiana Sedláčková, Gabriela Repiská, Barbara Sviežená, and Gabriel Minárik [SLOVAKIA], for experiments to study the biomedical benefits or biomedical consequences of intense kissing (and other intimate, interpersonal activities).

MATHEMATICS PRIZE - Elisabeth Oberzaucher [AUSTRIA, GERMANY, UK] and Karl Grammer [AUSTRIA, GERMANY], for trying to use mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727, to father 888 children.

BIOLOGY PRIZE - Bruno Grossi, Omar Larach, Mauricio Canals, Rodrigo A. Vásquez [CHILE], José Iriarte-Díaz [CHILE, USA], for observing that when you attach a weighted stick to the rear end of a chicken, the chicken then walks in a manner similar to that in which dinosaurs are thought to have walked.

DIAGNOSTIC MEDICINE PRIZE - Diallah Karim [CANADA, UK], Anthony Harnden [NEW ZEALAND, UK, US], Nigel D'Souza [BAHRAIN, BELGIUM, DUBAI, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, US, UK], Andrew Huang [CHINA, UK], Abdel Kader Allouni [SYRIA, UK], Helen Ashdown [UK], Richard J. Stevens [UK], and Simon Kreckler [UK], for determining that acute appendicitis can be accurately diagnosed by the amount of pain evident when the patient is driven over speed bumps.

PHYSIOLOGY and ENTOMOLOGY PRIZE - Awarded jointly to two individuals: Justin Schmidt [USA, CANADA], for painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the relative pain people feel when stung by various insects; and to Michael L. Smith [USA, UK, THE NETHERLANDS], for carefully arranging for honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, to learn which locations are the least painful (the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm). and which are the most painful (the nostril, upper lip, and penis shaft).

Monday, September 21, 2015

: Rev War meme I made

 in case you hadn't seen it on FB...

Thought for Today

"Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego."

 -Jean Arp, artist and poet (16 Sep 1887-1948)

Friday, September 04, 2015

Friday funny

I got a new stick deodorant today.
The instructions said: Take off cap. Push up bottom.

I can barely walk, but whenever I fart the room smells lovely.


Scientists Calculate Calories Needed To Walk To Mordor | Popular Science

Napoleon famously quipped that an army marches on its stomach, and a fellowship of the ring is no different. Throughout the series of fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, we are treated to complaints about the lack of food to meet a hobbit's voracious appetite.

Now, thanks to a study by Skye Rosetti and Krisho Manaharan that was published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics, we have an idea of just how hungry the hobbits might have realistically been.

In order for all 9 members to walk 92 days to Mordor, they'd need to consume exactly 1,780,214.59 calories.



Thursday, September 03, 2015

When you mix classic movie lines with nerd humor, you get #scienceamoviequote

There's a site where science nerds put a twist on favorite movie quotes.

Friday, August 21, 2015

New app available for shits and giggles...


A place of magic and wonder where people from all 7 kingdoms can meet to seek refuge and enjoy their time of zen, peace and quite together, by conversing, philosophizing and sharing ideas with each other... whilst sitting on their iron thrones


Thursday, August 20, 2015

RIP Yvonne Craig

Best known for playing "Batgirl" she also appeared as an Orion Slave Girl

"In one of her more memorable roles, Ms. Craig played Marta, a green-skinned slave girl, in the "Star Trek" episode "Whom Gods Destroy." She performed a seductive, loose-limbed dance that seemed to nearly overwhelm William Shatner's red-blooded Captain Kirk, while Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock pronounced it "mildly interesting."

Monday, August 17, 2015

it’s a fork, a spoon ... and a knife

THE SPORF IS an unsolvable design problem. Think about it: It's a tool with three jobs—it's a fork, a spoon  and a knife—but isn't equipped to do any of them well. The utensil was pretty much born to fail. As if that isn't enough, it's also got a horrible name, so we will refer to it as a spork, which is a great name.

You can't design a perfect sporf, er, spork, because there will always be compromises. But it is possible to design a better spork. A more usable spork. A less ugly spork. 

Map Project has done exactly that. The London studio recently unveiled the Tritensil, which is a fancy name for a spork with a knife on it. But it's the prettiest damn spork in existence, and a testament to what creative design thinking can do.

full @ http://www.wired.com/2015/08/tritensil-spork/

Saturday, August 15, 2015

It's fun to watch people feed the trolls...


After Target announced that they would be making their toy section "gender neutral," there was quite an angry response from shoppers, who took to the retail giant's Facebook page to voice their displeasure.

That's where an opportunistic Mike Melgaard came in. Posing as an official Target customer service account, Melgaard pulled off one of the greatest troll jobs ever, fielding complaints from customers railing against the "progressive liberals" at Target for their "political correctness."

From Gizmodo:

All Melgaard needed to fuel outrage and confusion was a Facebook account he created called Ask ForHelp that sported Target's bullseye logo. Ask ForHelp was obviously not verified, but most people didn't care, interacting with Melgaard and growing increasingly irate as he trolled their gender neutral hatin' ways. Ars Technica points out that "rather than checking for a verified blue checkmark," they believed that Ask ForHelp was legit at first glance and sought repeatedly to report him to Target overlords. When Melgaard screencapped his shenanigans and posted them to Facebook, the prank went viral.

attached are several of his screen captures


Friday, August 14, 2015

What people in the 24th century do for fun

I'm reading Kage Baker's latest book, a science-fiction novel with social
satire. In this book, the 24th century's very safe, but very boring.

The governments are moral (too moral) and have banned everything that's 
"wrong" or "unhealthy." There's no meat to eat. No dairy products,
either, because that's considered animal cruelty, too.

There's no tobacco, no alcohol, no coffee, no tea, no chocolate (they're 
stimulants or depressants, and drugs are bad). Being overweight will get you
a hefty fine. If you don't lose weight, you're "hospitalized."

However, since it's the 24th century, they do have time travel, but only 
the super-rich can afford it. So they take vacations back in time.

Do they visit prehistoric times to see dinosaurs?  No.

Do they journey to see the splendor that was Greece, and the grandeur that
was Rome?  No.

They travel back to the 20th century to drink wine, eat cheese and smoke 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ah, the Good Old Days before the TSA ...

 ... when you could bring a Katana onto an airplane.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Set phasers on "kill."


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Star Wars cards signed by Mark Hamill

If Great Scientists had Logos


Updated Laws


Friday, July 31, 2015

Too soon?


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visits Pat’s and Geno’s amid protests, bad cheesesteak orders

Scott Walker cut in line at Geno's... and ordered a cheesesteak with American cheese and no onions.


ranking religions


I'm not surprised. 
Adobe knocks on my computer update door more often than Jehovah Witnesses.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sleep Working


I had a strange dream last night. I was hired by a Deli, and my job was to taste test the Pastrami they made.

I do think that when you get a sudden food craving it's because it's been absent in your diet for a while. 

However, I was unaware that I was not eating enough Pastrami in my sleep.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What Songs Look Like as 3-D Printed Sculptures


Lead by Allison Wood and Kei Gowda, Reify turns sound waves into 3-D printed sculptures that play the sound back with an augmented reality app. 

Music was a natural place to start. Wood began thinking about how she might translate music's ephemeral nature into something tangible and permanent. She came up with the totem, an object 3-D printed in plastic or plated in bronze as a visual, physical representation of a song.
The totems are in some ways a sophisticated music player. The app reads its form much like a stylus on a record or a laser on a CD and plays it through your phone. When the totem enters your phone's camera frame, it begins to animate on your screen, creating a customized augmented reality experience. "It's using your phone like a looking glass into the digital world," says Wood.



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trump campaign poster?


Friday, July 10, 2015

Welsh assembly UFO question prompts dip into trilingualism with Klingon


I don't know which language is more unintelligible; Klingon or Welsh.