Friday, October 30, 2009

What season is it?

It's decorative gourd season, motherfuckers!
My mom loves some decorative gourds in the fall so I imagine her thought process is something like this. Probably more swearing though.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Some reading

A couple of things I found interesting today:

A long, but very informative and persuasive story in WIRED on how parents that choose not to vaccinate their children based on pseudoscience put us all at risk. It's nice to see somebody take an unequivocal stand against the type of BS the anti-vaccine crowd likes to spread. Not surprisingly the author is receiving death threats.

The World Cup will be played in South Africa next year. Not surprisingly this will line the pockets of a few while the poor suffer. One of the sites has been particularly plagued by corruption and the stadium is in sight of a slum with no running water or electricity. The local officials took over the area school for their offices forcing the children to learn in a storage containers with no AC. Glad we have our priorities straight.

Why do I feel like this guy wants my gravel?

Finally, go Phillies.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

weekend update

I spent the weekend in my hometown hanging out with family and future family which was a good time. It was actually kind of odd to be home because even though it's only been a few months since I was there a lot has changed. They're expanding the highway that we used to get pretty much everywhere from my house (thank you, Obama money!) which will be cool. The weird part comes when you drive down a highway and they bulldozed every house or tree that used to serve as a landmark. Oh yeah, and most of the side roads are closed so you'll have to drive 5 miles out of your way to get home. Progress!

Then once I actually get home they cut down the row of trees on one side of our road in order to move all of the power lines over to that side, and all of the pine trees in our old apple orchard are dead, and we have a new fence, and a remodeled bathroom. To quote Biggie, things done changed.

Much of the talk amongst the family revolved around my sister's wedding planning which is completely understandable if not slightly mind-numbing for me. It all sounds great and they're going to do a great job with it but it seems like kind of a shame that I probably won't even notice the subtle effects that shade of green has on the cream in those centerpieces. Hopefully someone else will.

Outside of the family time the highlight of the weekend had to be Iowa State beating Nebraska in Lincoln for the first time since the late 70's. ISU was without their #1 QB and their #1 running back (one of the best in the conference) but still found a way to win. On yeah, that way was Nebraska turning it over 8 freaking times. What makes it even more hilarious was that 4 of those turnovers were inside ISU's 5 yardline. Apparently the goal line is kryptonite to the Husker offense. After watching ISU miss a potential tying PAT and overthrow a wide open receiver on a potential game-winning touchdown I don't think they need to apologize for catching a few breaks.

I really enjoyed this video of the team after the game. In fact, I may have even enjoyed it more than the shots of stunned Husker fans looking like their grandma just died. The locker room scene at the end is great and Rhoads seems like he's really connected with the team and fans in a way that Cheesedick never did.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Physics

Could the future be sabotaging the Large Hadron collider? Kind of an amusing read.
More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang.
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A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Best game ever?

Via Sadly, No! (from a variety of other blogs) comes this completely awesome online game for the Glenn Beck set. Apparently it's some sort of MMP role-playing game where Obama has suspended the Constitution in 2011 and it's up to you, the irrational wingnut, to save the United States by starting a "Second American Revolution."
Chaos ensues throughout the nation! The Second American Revolution is in full swing by February of 2011, with lists posted by patriots, county by county, naming dozens of government employees and the bounties that can be fetched by their capture. After 7 weeks of fighting in every state, and with the refusal of most United States military branches to obey orders to fire upon American citizens, Obama’s forces are slowly whittled away. The remnants of the Obama loyalists retreat to Virginia. After tens of thousands of their troops are killed, The International Service Union Empire (I.S.U.E.) has just 40,000 left, but still controls three full counties in the name of former President Barack Hussein Obama… Or so they think. The Congress of Rejected and Neglected Youth (C.O.R.N.Y.) controls three counties near Washington D.C., with reports of having at least 60,000 loyalists for Obama.
This stuff is pretty normal, right? Just your run-of-the-mill revolution fantasy. Not surprisingly in this conservative sedition porn their loser icons get to lead the troops into battle.
Former V.P. Joe Biden Captured Outside Arlington

March 4, 2011 – Former Vice President Biden was captured today after an incredible firefight in Arlington, Virginia. Biden’s Ameri-Troops and Islamic Warrior Guard were gunned down by the Virginia Citizens Militia and elements from T.A.M. (Texas Arizona Militia) with Sean Hannity, the former FOX broadcaster, leading the way.

Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd (The Man Of the Ban) Captured

March 6, 2011 – Mark Lloyd, the Marxist who was put in charge of the FCC by Barack Obama was captured today by the MRC Militias run by L. Brent Bozell.

Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart Prevail

March 11, 2011 – Since before the Revolution, it was Andrew Breitbart, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly who led the way against the Marxists in I.S.U.E. and C.O.R.N.Y. Now in the final weeks of the Second American Revolution, Michelle Malkin has announced her candidacy for the Senate in the elections that are to take place 60 days after Obama is captured. Breitbart is still leading the Breitbart Brigade and is seeing heavy action against Obama’s minions and just last night he was instrumental in the defeat of Hamas and the Ameritroops in King George County.
Yeah, I'd love to see General Hannity inspiring the troops.

So, this doesn't really seem like something that would be up my alley, right? Well, of course not, but anything that keeps these morons tied up in front of their computers and not actually going on mass shootings or something because Obama is about to personally "take their guns away" is fine by me. You should check out the site or read Sadly, No's take.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Awesome

So, this was probably not a good idea.
A 21-year-old man was arrested early Sunday morning after stealing an ambulance that had been parked on Massachusetts Street.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl said the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical crews had parked the ambulance near the intersection of 10th and Massachusetts streets while they responded to a medical emergency in the area.

While the crews were away from the vehicle, an intoxicated man got into the ambulance and began driving away, heading westbound on 10th Street. The man, whom Hadl said believed he had no other means of transportation home, led police on a brief low-speed chase.

The chase began about 2:22 a.m. and ended a few minutes later at the intersection of 10th and Tennessee streets. Numerous police cars surrounded the vehicle and the man was taken into custody without incident.

The man was arrested on charges of theft of the ambulance as well as driving under the influence.

Friday, October 09, 2009

ooh...space snub!

Today NASA crashed a satellite into the moon in order to determine if there actually is ice somewhere down there. The results was....pretty much inconclusive at this point. It did, however, disappoint several losers in lawn chairs who thought they were going to be able to see, I don't know, the moon blow up or something.

While they may or may not have achieved their primary goals if one of their secondary goals was to make some junior staffer look foolish them mission accomplished, boys. Check out this video released by NASA. A lot of it pretty boring chatter and moon approach shots and upon actual impact it just goes black but if you go to about 4:50 and watch the guy in the foreground you'll see what I'm talking about.

Hahahaha.

"Alright, the boss is finally coming over to congratulate me on making this mission a success with all of my hard work. High five! ... ... High five?"
"What the hell are you doing, get those headphones back on."
"Uh, yes, sir."