Silent 3's medicated musings
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A battery that can charge in under 30 seconds has been shown off at a technology conference in Tel Aviv.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Cupcake machine opens in New York to satisfy 24-hour cravings
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Yorkers, who live in the city that famously never sleeps, now can satisfy their craving for cupcakes in any of those endless waking hours.
A 24-hour vending machine that dispenses gourmet cupcakes opened for business this week on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and locals are lining up despite the wintry temperatures for a taste.
"It's so fun," said Melissa Martelli, a schoolteacher and neighborhood resident as she nibbled on a cinnamon sugar cupcake she bought from the machine. "You could just go in the store and wait on line, but it's just so cool."
"It's the experience of buying a cupcake from an ATM. It's an incredible concept," said Amy Benaderet, a financial services account manager who lives nearby. "You can get money at any time. Now you can get cupcakes at any time."
The nine-year-old company behind the machine, Sprinkles, also has installed cupcake machines in Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Beverly Hills, California, where the company is based, and plans to expand into Houston and Washington, D.C.
The New York model holds 760 cupcakes and sells up to four at a time, making it larger than the company's other machines.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Bryn Mawr Decides to Drop Vowels
The move is being described as the first major initiative of the college's new president, Kim Cassidy. A statement from Cassidy said: "This is the age of Twitter, every character counts. And really, what's the difference, no one can pronounce our name anyway."
The college also announced plans for an academic conference related to the institution's new skepticism of vowels. The conference is "The Hegemony of the Vowel: Incontinence and Lipogrammatics." One of the planned sessions is "The Habermasian Response: Communicative Ir-Rationality?"
Faculty reaction has been mixed, with English professors expressing concern about the college's anti-vowel stance, particularly if it is to be applied to works of literature. See video below, where faculty discuss the issue.
If you are feeling confused by Brn Mwr's actions, consider today's date.
Learn Klingon the easy way
Best. April Fool's Prank. Ever.
The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show's highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets.
He explained how each strand of spaghetti always grows to the same length thanks to years of hard work by generations of growers.
The segment concluded with the assurance that, "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti."
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."
To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fool's Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fool's Day hoax.
Friday, March 21, 2014
The allies had a Super Guppy Cargo Plane during WWII? What if the Axis powers had one? Explain how history would be different today. Go!
I thought you'd appreciate my reply to his question:
In preparation for the Conference of the Allied Leaders in Yalta, the Super Guppy from Great Britain was loaded with 52,500 lb of cargo that would be necessary to sustain Prime Minister Churchill during his stay in Yalta.
While unloading the Super Guppy, the Russian airport crew discovered that the entire cargo hold was filled with cigars and brandy.
Churchill's supplies never made it to the conference. It was all diverted to the front line Soviet troops.
Three days afterwards, the Russian advance towards Berlin sputtered, then stopped due to alcoholic stupor.
German troops prepared for a counteroffensive, but an hour before they launched their counter attack a 10,000 foot tall cloud – stretching the entire length of the front line – menacingly rolled towards them. One million Russian troops had lit their cigars and exhaled in the general direction of Germany.
The miasma was overpowering. Blood, Tears, Soil and Sweat; these were the well-known Stenches of War, but nothing could prepare the Germans for La Aroma de Cuba. Those that were not immediately overcome fell back in hasty retreat, clearing the road to Berlin.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
FW: Romper Room - SciFi Style
Why Irish Americans eat corned beef and cabbage not bacon for St. Patrick’s Day
But when these Irish got off the boats in America it was quite the opposite. Corned beef was the meat that they could easily and more cheaply get their hands on and, so, this became the meal of choice for generations of Irish Americans to come.
In New England, a tradition formed of having a boiled dinner. For this dish the corned beef, cabbage, and root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and potatoes were boiled.
Many maintain that the dish is simply not Irish at all. The close proximity of the Irish and Jewish communities at the time is said to be largely responsible for the popularity of corned beef among the Irish immigrants. According to thekitchenproject.com, when the Irish arrived in America, they couldn't find a bacon joint like they had in Ireland so they gravitated toward the Jewish corned beef which was very similar in texture.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Most GM cars with at-risk switch not recalled
The car company continues to decline to explain publicly why it believes some vehicles with the apparently identical ignition switches are at risk for shutting off unexpectedly and others are not.
If a new car built by my company leaves Chicago traveling west at 60 miles per hour, and the rear differential locks up, and the car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside, does my company initiate a recall?
You take the population of vehicles in the field (A) and multiply it by the probable rate of failure (B), then multiply the result by the average cost of an out-of-court settlement (C).
A times B times C equals X. This is what it will cost if we don't initiate a recall.
If X is greater than the cost of a recall, we recall the cars and no one gets hurt.
If X is less than the cost of a recall, then we don't recall.
- "FIGHT CLUB" by Chuck Palahniuk
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chuck Norris was born March 10th, 1940.
Chuck doesn't have birthdays.
You see, Birthdays are timed by the year it took for you -- on the Earth -- to revolve around the Sun.
The Sun, however, revolves around Chuck.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Benjamin Franklin's Essay on Daylight Saving
Essay on Daylight Saving
Letter to the Editor of the Journal of Paris, 1784
The idea of daylight saving time was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 during his stay in Paris. He published an essay titled "An Economical Project."
He noted that the sun rises before most rise from their beds, and declared (tongue in cheek) that the sun gives light immediately upon its rising. He suggested using all available daylight rather than using candles at night.
In true Nerd fashion, Franklin then proceeded to calculate the number of candles that the city of Paris might save every year by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles.
Full text of his essay:
Friday, March 07, 2014
Biology class should have been this fun.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Revolutionary War reenactors at Peter Wentz Farmstead Saturday March 8th
Experience the camp life of the Continental Army during the long winter encampments of the Revolutionary War. Watch as the troops practice marching, drilling and firing. Visit the Visitor's Center to meet with Distaff demonstrating 18th Century hand crafts.
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 . 10:00am-4:00pm
All ages; $2 per person suggested donation; Groups Welcome.
Driving Directions The Farmstead is located on Shearer Road in Worcester, PA, near the intersection of Routes 73 and 363 in Montgomery County.
- Get on 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway).
- Get off 76 at Plymouth Meeting exit for 476 North.
- Stay on 476 North through toll both (bear to left).
- Get off 476 at Lansdale exit.
- After toll, go to light and make left on to Sumneytown Pike (63).
- At second light, turn right onto Bustard Road.
- Take Bustard to Route 73.
- Turn left on Route 73.
- On Route 73, cross Valley Forge Road (363) and make first left onto Shearer Road.
- Farmstead entrance is on right.
- Get off at exit for the Northeast Extension/476 North (near Norristown exit.)
- Go to Step 4 in directions from Philadelphia.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Know Thy Selfie
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Diagram Prize nominations oddest book title of 2013
The Diagram Prize shortlist for the oddest book title of 2013 has been announced. As usual, it's an eclectic mixture of the weird and wonderful.
The six titles are, in no particular order:
How to Poo on a Date
(invaluable advice on toilet etiquette and love, and what to do when the twain meet);
Pie-ography: Where Pie Meets Biography
(women tell their life stories through the traditional narrative technique of pie-making);
How to Pray When You're Pissed at God
(practical tips on communicating with an omniscient deity when you are feeling peeved at it);
Working Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City
(a celebration of the cats working - often illegally, it has to be said - in delis and bodegas in NYC);
Are Trout South African?
(South African identity explored through an animal with a brain proportionally one-fifteenth the size of a mammal's); and
The Origin of Feces
(an examination of how important the stuff is to the survival of the human species).
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Feb 23, 1778:
Friday, February 21, 2014
Seen on Facebook:
Arthur C. Clark who pointed out that any technology beyond our comprehension would be seen as magic.
I fear the average American has been dumbed down to the point where everything is magic.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear
As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Brooklyn Thursday, membership at the country's largest clown organizations has plunged over the past decade amid declining interest, old age and higher standards for the jokesters.http://www.nydailynews.com/exclusive-national-clown-shortage-approaching-article-1.1616801
What's next? A national Mime shortage?
Oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Amazon.com: "Lord's Prayer Arabic Men's Ring"
Friday, February 14, 2014
Amazon book reviews: "Microwave for One" by Sonia Allison
After the divorce my diet consisted primarily of uncooked ramen and whiskey. Occasionally I wondered aloud if I'd ever have another home cooked meal again.
Then I discovered "Microwave for One" and everything changed.
My favorite chapters were:
Chapter 1: Plugging in your Microwave and You
Chapter 4: How to Wait 3 Minutes
Chapter 11 [BONUS CHAPTER]: Eating with Cats
In closing, I give this book 2 thumbs up (and a paw!). Thanks Sonia Allison!
A great follow up read to "Drinking for One," "Sex for one," and "The 5 People You Meet in Heaven."
It used to be that I got home from work and the only thing I'd want to put in my mouth was the cold barrel of my grandfather's shotgun. Then I discovered Sonia Allison's Chicken Tetrazzini, and now there are two things.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Sid Caesar, Brought Jewish Humor to Middle America, Dies at 91
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
: Suicide Bomb Trainer in Iraq Accidentally Blows Up His Class - NYTimes.com
In what represented a cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, and a cause of dark humor for ordinary Iraqis, a commander at a secluded terrorist training camp north of Baghdad unwittingly used a belt packed with explosives while conducting a demonstration early Monday for a group of militants, killing himself and 21 other members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, army and police officials said.
Monday, February 10, 2014
That's one way to put it.
Cartoon Humor: How 99.9% of people judge the quality of their coffee
Jerry Seinfeld on Olympic events
Take people off the street, "Hey, hey, hey, what is this?! I don't wanna be in the luge!"
Once you put that helmet on them, "You're in the luge, buddy!"
"aaaAAAaaaAAAaaaAAA...aaaAAAAA..." World record. Didn't even wanna do it.
I'd like to see that next Olympics, the Involuntary Luge."
- Jerry Seinfeld
Friday, January 31, 2014
: How Would the U.S. Media Cover the Super Bowl if It Were in Another Country?
While the competition can last for more than three hours, actual playing time is no more than about 11 minutes. The rest of the time is taken up by military-level strategizing, replays of the action, and providing medical attention to injured players. The game's rules are so intricate that television networks employ teams of well-paid "analysts" to explain to viewers what happened in the play they just watched.
But the spectacle of the Super Bowl—which can consume more electricity on its own than some small countries—involves more than just football. The nation's largest corporations use the event to showcase their latest products in elaborately produced advertisements that some fans find as entertaining as the game itself. (American businesses, in defiance of normal economic logic, consider it worthwhile to spend $4 million on just 30 seconds of airtime during the event.) America's premier recording artists are brought out to perform at the game's midpoint. Millions of chickens are slaughtered to obtain only their wings—the traditional American delicacy consumed by fans at home.
full @ http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/01/30/if_it_happened_there_how_would_we_cover_the_super_bowl_if_it_were_in_another.html
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The tire landed on the pile of bolts... and all of them flew up in the air and fell into a nearby storm drain. He sat there fuming with anger. How was he going to put on the spare?
"No problem," said a man leaning out of a window from a building across the street. The building had a sign on the lawn: "Insane Asylum."
He repeated, "No problem. Just take one bolt from each of the other three tires and use them to put on the spare tire."
"That's brilliant!" said the guy with the car. "What are *you* doing in an insane asylum?"
The man at the window replied, "I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid."
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sometimes all you need is a headline
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A very short book review, and to the point.
Friday, January 17, 2014
We've seen creative Rickrolls before, but this one takes the cake.
Ben Franklin: Advice on Choosing a Mistress
Advice on Choosing a Mistress
from a private letter by Ben Franklin,
Philadelphia, June 25, 1745
My dear Friend: I know of no medicine fit to diminish the violent natural inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper remedy. It is the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which you are most likely to find solid happiness. Your reasons against entering into it at present appear to me not well founded. The circumstantial advantages you have in view by postponing it are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with that of the thing itself, that being married and settled. It is the man and woman united that make the complete human being.
Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he, her softness, sensibility, and acute discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the world. A single man has not nearly the value he would have in the state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors. If you get a prudent, healthy wife, your industry in your profession, with her good economy, will be a fortune sufficient.
But if you will not take the counsel and persist in thinking of a commerce with the sex inevitable, then I repeat my former advice, that in all your amours you should prefer old women to young ones. You call this a paradox and demand my reasons. They are these:
- 1. Because They have more knowledge of the world, and their minds are better stored with observations, their conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable.
2. Because when women cease to be handsome they study to be good. To maintain their influence over men, they supply the diminution of beauty by an augmentation of utility. They learn to do a thousand services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of friends when you are sick. Thus they continue amiable And hence there is hardly such a thing to be found as an old woman who is not a good woman.
3. Because there is no hazard of children, which irregularly produced may be attended with much inconvenience.
4. Because through more experience they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an intrigue to prevent suspicion. The commerce with them is therefore safer with regard to your reputation. And with regard to theirs, if the affair should happen to be known, considerate people might be rather inclined to excuse an old woman, who would kindly take care of a young man, form his manners by her good counsels, and prevent his ruining his health and fortune among mercenary prostitutes.
5. Because in every animal that walks upright the deficiency of the fluids that fill the muscles appears first in the highest part. The face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the neck; then the breast and arms; the lower parts continuing to the last as plump as ever: so that covering all above with a basket, and regarding only what is below the girdle, it is impossible of two women to tell an old one from a young one. And as in the dark all cats are gray, the pleasure of corporal enjoyment with an old woman is at least equal, and frequently superior; every knack being, by practice, capable of improvement.
6. Because the sin is less. The debauching a virgin may be her ruin, and make her for life unhappy.
7. Because the compunction is less. The having mad a young girl miserable may give you frequent bitter reflection; none of which an attend the making an old woman happy.
8th and lastly. they are so grateful!!
- Your affectionate friend,
- Benjamin Franklin
Thursday, January 16, 2014
FW: Things could get a little ... Wonky.
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