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.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I was considering Grad School…and then I saw this.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Been there. Actually done that.
I have listened to it all the way through.
I was hanging out in a friend's room when his roommate came rushing in, proudly holding a copy of Lou's newest release, Metal Machine Music.
He put it on the turntable and we listened in puzzlement for several minutes.
Eventually we started talking and resumed partying while the record played. When it stopped suddenly (at 16 minutes and one second) we put on the second side, which sounded the same as the first side. Party continued.
Repeat with side three, then side four.
After about 45 minutes, someone said, "Shouldn't this side be over by now?"
It was then we discovered that side 4 had no lead-out groove that would cause the tonearm to eject. The last groove of the LP was an endless loop.
And the time on Side 4 was listed as "16:01 or [infinity symbol]"
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Meet Mr. Balls, testicular cancer’s horrifying new mascot
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Justice is served (plus shipping and handling)
This American Life - Superpowers 2013
Subject is SUPERPOWERS
We answer the following questions about superpowers:
Can superheroes be real people? (No.)
Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.)
And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.)
The Podcast features the following:
Host Ira Glass talks to comic artist Chris Ware, who thought about superheroes a lot of the time as a kid. In grade school, Chris drew superheroes, he invented his own character named The Hurricane (not to be confused with Reuben Carter), and he made a superhero costume. Sometimes he wore parts of the costume to school under his regular clothes, which went fine until he realized he would have to change clothes for gym class.
John Hodgman conducts an informal survey in which he asks the age-old question: Which is better: The power of flight or the power of invisibility? He finds that how you answer tells a lot about what kind of person you are. And also, no matter which power people choose, they never use it to fight crime.
Kelly McEvers with the story of Zora, a self-made superhero. From the time she was five, Zora had recurring dreams in which she was a 6'5" warrior queen who could fly and shoot lightning from her hands. She made a list of all the skills she would need to master if she wanted to actually become the superhero she dreamed of being. Sample items: Martial arts, evasive driving and bomb diffusion. She actually checked off most things on the list...and then had a run-in with the CIA
Ira talks with Jonathan Morris, the amazingly funny and charming editor of the website Gone and Forgotten, an Internet archive of failed comic book characters. Jonathan explains what makes a new superhero succeed, and what makes him tank.
Of course you can't be a superhero without a supervillain trying to destroy you. And the most interesting supervillains, of course, are the ones who think that they're the real heroes, not the guys in the capes. Glynn Washington tells the story of Evil D.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Most Important Image Captured By Hubble
(based on the red-shift of the distant galaxies in the photo, a 3-D animation was produced to give the effect of flying through the field.)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Two Monkeys Were Paid Unequally:
Monday, October 14, 2013
Unleash your inner Monty Python
Friday, October 11, 2013
Everyday products you probably use the wrong way .....good info
1. You've probably been ignoring this feature.
Most aluminum foil boxes have press-in tabs that secure the roll in place, so you don't have worry about it flying out every time you rip off a sheet.
You know how when you violently shake a container of Tic Tacs into your palm it seems as though you always end up with zero or seven? Avoid that altogether by letting a mint gently glide into the tiny lid crevice.
3. Forget to pack a spoon with that applesauce? No problem.
4. You've been storing peanut butter the wrong way.
Never arm wrestle with a jar of peanut butter, just to make sure it's not oily on top and crumby on the bottom, again. Store it upside down, so the oils distribute evenly.
5. You haven't been using ketchup cups to their full potential.
Instead of grabbing multiple cups of ketchup, simply pull apart at the edges for twice the space.
6. You're probably using the wrong plunger.
This is easily the most recognizable plunger. Chances are you have one lying around the house. BUT, did you know it's only meant to be used on clogged sinks?
To unclog a toilet, you need a flange plunger, which doesn't have a flat bottom.
7. Chinese takeout containers are actually made to fold out into plates.
The containers actually are meant to unfold into a makeshift plate, which you can easily reassemble into a box for storing leftovers.
8. You're brushing with too much toothpaste.
You only need to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for effective cleaning. Most ads feature globs of toothpaste the size of the brush because a.) it looks nice and b.) it makes you use up more toothpaste.
9. Greek yogurt containers are meant to be folded in half.
Chances are you've been scooping the toppings with your spoon onto the yogurt.
But, have you realized, the topping holder folds over, so you can pour the toppings DIRECTLY ON TOP?
10. You've probably been placing toilet seat covers in the wrong direction.
The flap is meant to be placed toward the front. This prevents the agony of sitting down on a toilet seat, only to realize you've dragged the cover down into the bowl.
11. Soda tabs double as straw holders.
Turn the tab around so that it acts as holder that can stop the straw from raising out of the can as the soda fizzes.
12. There's a foolproof way to keep your extension cords from coming undone.
Plug the cords into a loop to avoid disconnection.
13. Pipe cleaners can be used to clean..ACTUAL PIPES.
OK, sure, you can use them to make mess free crafts with your kids, but did you know you can also use them…;
14. You've been serving juice boxes the wrong way.
Pull the sides out so you child has something to grasp onto, stopping them from spilling.
15. Never break off more chocolate than you can chew again.
To easily break off a single piece of Toblerone, pull toward the bar, not away from it.
16. You probably don't realize it, but your pots come with built-in spoon rests.
That hanging hole doubles as a spoon rest, in a pinch.
17. There's a much easier way to floss.
Tie floss into a loop and never strangle your fingers again.
18. Soft-drink lids can double as coasters.
Take the lid from the top of cup (or grab an extra) and use it as a perfectly sized coaster.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
This Saturday : Revolutionary War reenactment of the Battle of Germantown
The day will feature reenactments of the October 4, 1777 Battle of Germantown, 18th century shopping in the sutler's grove, food vendors, maps for walking tours of Germantown, and much more.