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Why? Because he can....

This jet-powered go kart is basically a fire breathing monster on wheels

Life demanded it so the mad genius that is Colin Furze delivered a jet-powered go kart that can go as fast as cars on a highway. The jet-powered go kart is so ridiculous it basically spits out fire while you drive it. I mean, the metal pipes turns orange because it burns so hot. What a beast.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 21, 2015 1:22 PM |  Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Right Fool for the Right Job

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"No problem. I've done this thousands of times...."

Every time I think that mankind really is "the crown of creation," something like this comes along to confirm we're just God's experiment with "the smart monkey" to see if He can generate better monologue material for "The Late Late Eternity Show with Jehovah:"

A man has been severely injured after attempting to loosen a stiff wheel-nut on his car by blasting it with a shotgun. The 66-year-old American shot the wheel from arm's length with a 12-gauge shotgun and was peppered with ricocheting buckshot and debris. According to a sheriff's office report, he was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with severe but not life threatening injuries. His legs, feet and abdomen were worst affected, but some injuries went as high as his chin.

The man had been repairing a Lincoln Continental for about two weeks at his home near Southworth in Washington state, about ten miles from Seattle. He had successfully removed all but one wheel-nut on the right rear wheel and resorted to firepower out of sheer frustration on Saturday afternoon. -- Man hurt after blasting wheel with shotgun - Telegraph

How I would have loved to have been listening in on that thought process:

"One damn nut to go.... just one..... Just fit this lug wrench over the nut, and t...w....i....s...t, and....."

SPROING!

"ARRRRGH! SHIT! KNUCKLE FUC.... BUT... BUT... no problem... just get this big Visegrip and lock it down.... there. Now just whack the sucker with this small sledge hammer and....."

WHAA-TUNK!

"SAAAYWHAT! YOU MOTHER.....! OH, MY SHIN! MY SHIN!....."

Deep measured breathing and slowly rising rage rumblings ensue as the afflicted limps and hobbles about the shop.

"That's it. THAT'S IT! You sombitch nut! You're COMING OFF BABY! OFF! Time for the BIG GUNS!.... Guns? Yes, that's it. I'll just BLOW THIS MOTHER OFF! Get me that shotgun out of the cabinet. That's it. Load both chambers. Saves time. Won't be effing around this time. Got to get in close. Get that barrel right on the steel nut which is on the steel wheel which is on the steel axle which is on the steel car.... and.... and... oh yeah, stand at an angle so that there won't be any chance of ricochet and just s..q..e..e..z..e off a round and...."

KABLAMM!

And then a silence over which we hear a slowly rising siren and the a small voice-over saying,

"I wonder if they've got Monster Garage on the hospital's cable system...."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 18, 2015 4:49 PM |  Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
If I’m ever hurt, I want this guy to drive

Talk about focus....

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 18, 2015 1:32 AM |  Comments (12)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Hello Young People, I'm Hillary Clinton: You're an AfricanAmericanMiddleClassHomosexual? I care about you!

JennaMarbles @ YouTube does the job. The whole job.

"My bank account has more digits than your phone number."

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 14, 2015 1:59 PM |  Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Two Worlds, One Sun

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"How different does sunset appear from Mars than from Earth?

For comparison, two images of our common star were taken at sunset, one from Earth and one from Mars. These images were scaled to have same angular width and featured here side-by-side. A quick inspection will reveal that the Sun appears slightly smaller from Mars than from Earth. This makes sense since Mars is 50% further from the Sun than Earth. More striking, perhaps, is that the Martian sunset is noticeably bluer near the Sun than the typically orange colors near the setting Sun from Earth. The reason for the blue hues from Mars is not fully understood, but thought to be related to forward scattering properties of Martian dust. The terrestrial sunset was taken in 2012 March from Marseille, France, while the Martian sunset was captured last month by NASA's robotic Curiosity rover from Gale crater on Mars. APOD: 2015 May 12


Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 13, 2015 1:00 AM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
It's probably nothing.... Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday

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"A collision of 1999 FN53 with Earth, especially an ocean strike, would be nothing short of catastrophic.

The fire and blast alone would likely kill millions. It would cause massive earthquakes across the world. An ocean strike would raise mountain size tsunamis which would smash coastal cities thousands of miles from the strike. The climate impact would also be significant – the Younger Dryas, a brutal collapse in global temperatures which lasted 1200 years, may have been caused by an asteroid impact.
"What could we do if a large Asteroid on a collision course was detected? The answer is quite a lot, given a few years warning. The Manhattan Project scientists, in the 1950s, developed a simple design for a space drive whose capabilities were straight out of science fiction – capable of lifting gigantic payloads in a single stage to orbit. The most powerful designs could have powered starships – up to around 10% of the speed of light. Such a ship could be built in a year or two, if it was a priority, and would be more than capable of pushing a dangerous asteroid into a different orbit. Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday | Watts Up With That?
[It's good to start the day with an item that puts everything else in perspective, isn't it?]


Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 11, 2015 6:09 PM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
GolfBoard: What really, really, really white people are doing these days

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"Hey, you know something people? I'm not black. But there's a whole lots a times. I wish I could say I'm not white." -- Frank Zappa

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 5, 2015 9:05 AM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
カントリー・ロード aka "Country Roads"

The Persistance of John Denver Among the Japanese: Kooky and korney as Kansas in August... and Kompletely charming.


HT: The Thinking Housewife


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Apr 23, 2015 8:23 PM |  Comments (15)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Earth Day Self-Abuse Project: Shoveling Lightbulbs Against the Tide

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Say you get a dozen Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (make sure they're the "government approved" ENERGY STAR), and install them to feel better about your "carbon footprint." It's true that these 12 bulbs are going to cost you around $50, but that's a small price to pay for feeling good, isn't it?

Now, get to work. Let's say you're a fast light bulb screwer-inner and get it all done inside of five minutes.

Whew, that felt great, didn't it? Think of all the money you've saved and how much you've done to save the planet Earth from TEOTWAWKI!

Now if only China and India could be convinced to stop bringing 200 new souls into the world in the time it took you to change 12 light bulbs and we really might be getting somewhere.

Two hundred new human beings every five minutes in these two nations alone. And 200 more during the next five minutes. And 200.... Humm, 12 light bulb changes versus 200 human beings.... surely there's room for negotiation.

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Real Time: Population Counter for India

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Real Time:Population Counter for China

And, as usual, Europe is becoming dumber than the US faster: Drying up of lightbulbs has German in a lather -- latimes.com

As a European Union ban on making or importing certain incandescent lightbulbs takes hold, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler has hoarded 3,000 to last a lifetime -- he hopes. The ban aims to slow global warming.
Ah, Western European Man.... so elegant, so intelligent....

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Q. How many European nations does it take to change lightbulbs?
A. All of them and now we'll just sit here in the dark.

Have a nice Earth Day, suckers.


Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 22, 2015 9:52 AM |  Comments (17)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The "Carbon Footprint" of the Central America Volcanic Arc

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"The view was worth the trip.

Battling high winds, cold temperatures, and low oxygen, the trek to near the top of the volcano Santa Maria in Guatemala -- while carrying sensitive camera equipment -- was lonely and difficult. Once set up, though, the camera captured this breathtaking vista during the early morning hours of February 28. Visible on the ground are six volcanoes of the Central America Volcanic Arc, including Fuego, the Volcano of Fire, which is seen erupting in the distance. Visible in the sky, in separate exposures taken a few minutes later, are many stars much further in the distance, as well as the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy situated horizontally overhead."APOD: 2015 April 13


Iceland’s Volcanic Pollution Dwarfs All of Europe’s Human Emissions
To demonise element number six in the periodic table is amusing. Why not promethium? Carbon dioxide is an odourless, colourless, harmless natural gas. It is plant food. Without carbon, there would be no life on Earth.
The original source of atmospheric CO2 is volcanoes. The Earth's early atmosphere had a thousand times the CO2 of today's atmosphere. This CO2 was recycled through rocks, life and the oceans. Through time, this CO2 has been sequestered into plants, coal, petroleum, minerals and carbonate rocks, resulting in a decrease in atmospheric CO2.
The atmosphere now contains 800 billion tonnes of carbon as CO2. Soils and plants contain 2000 billion tonnes, oceans 39,000 billion tonnes and limestone 65,000,000 billion tonnes. The atmosphere contains only 0.001 per cent of the total carbon in the top few kilometres of the Earth. Deeper in Earth, there are huge volumes of CO2 yet to be leaked into the atmosphere. So depleted is the atmosphere in CO2, that horticulturalists pump warm CO2 into glasshouses to accelerate plant growth.
Our planet has about 1,000 volcanoes on land, such as Holuhraun and Bardarbunga, but most of our volcanoes are under the sea. “Some 85 per cent of volcanoes are unseen and unmeasured yet these heat the oceans and add monstrous amounts of CO2 to the oceans,” notes Dr. Plimer. “Why have these been ignored?,” he asks.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Apr 18, 2015 9:39 AM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Richard Feynman: fire is stored sunshine

Okay, listen up at Richard Feynman explains how fire is just stored sunshine. But then how did we get the sun to give the sunlight to store in the first place? "I gotta stop somewhere...."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 31, 2015 1:57 PM |  Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Many a slip twixt the paw and the lip."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 28, 2015 9:22 AM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Sleight of Hand or Sleight of Mind

HT: Curmudgeonly and Skeptical.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 26, 2015 10:26 AM |  Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"I am seething with self hatred for not thinking if this headline myself. "

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Don Surber's Tweet of the day


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 18, 2015 5:40 PM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
How to Become Gluten Intolerant

A wise guide to this year's food fad fascism.

"Pretend to enjoy gluten-free alternatives. Let's say you are given some gluten-free bread. How are you supposed to enjoy this coagulation of mysterious flours that form a brick with the density of a black hole and the dryness of a desert? Answer: You're not. "


HT: The ever popular Maggie's Farm.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 18, 2015 9:53 AM |  Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"NO!" or "Privacy Please"

Or my favorite "Do Not Disturb" phrase the concise and insistent "Ne Pas Deranger" aka "Do not derange!"

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The Art of Making People Go Away

“The first widespread use was probably in the beginning of the 20th century, mostly in the U.S., in some of the more prestigious hotels where discretion was the better part of value,” he says. “DND signs have also been known for covering up crimes, or at least, delaying the discovery.”
Do Not Disturb signs are most commonly made out of paper or card stock—they either hang on the door knob or insert into the electric lock. Some are die-cut into shapes like locks, keys, animals, or seashells. In places where the door opens to the outside, the Do Not Disturb sign may be a small sand bag that hangs on the door knob by a rope. While many DND signs have a “make-up room” message on the back, not all do. Signs that have “Do Not Disturb” messaging in multiple languages can have hilarious errors.
Paper signs can feature gorgeous designs or silly comics. In the United Kingdom and the United States, the focus seems to be on wordplay or witty text, using phrases like “My bed is so comfortable that I’m still in it,” “Beauty sleep in progress,” “Leave me alone,” “Taking a post-lobster buffet nap,” “Constructing a pillow fort,” or “Go away.” For example, a door hanger for Clarion Hotels, part of the Choice Hotels group in the U.S., gives a checklist of reasons “Why I Can’t Be Disturbed.” The list includes being tired from food, exercise, and business, but the option that’s already checked is “I’m trying to call myself on the two-line phone while surfing the Internet in my underwear.”

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 16, 2015 10:08 AM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Not a National Holiday An Irrational Holiday

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 14, 2015 9:26 AM |  Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
This Is a Generic Brand Video: "Our policies could be related to these panoramic views of Costa Rica"

Lest you think we’re a faceless entity,
Look at all these attractive people.
Here’s some of them talking and laughing
And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other
In a setting that evokes community service.

Equality,
Innovation,
Honesty
And advancement
Are all words we chose from a list.

Our profits
are awe-inspiring.
Like this guy who’s looking up and pointing
At a skyscraper or a kite
While smiling and explaining something to his child.

Using a specific ratio
of Asian people to Black people to Women to White men
We want to make sure we represent your needs and interests
Or at least a version of your skin color
In our ads.

Did we put a baby in here?
What about an ethnic old man whose wrinkled smile represents
the happiness and wisdom of the poor?
Yep.

-- McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

And melding the following from the Sippican item we are shamelessly ripping off .... Excuse Me While I Monotonectally Maximize Cross-Functional Portals to Leverage Our B2B Synergies in a Real-Time Customizable Platform

*No purchase necessary. Some assembly required. Tax, title,license and dealer fees extra. Do not exceed 4 doses in a 24-hour period. You will get wet on this ride. One size fits most. Batteries not included. The white zone is for the immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no parking in the red zone. Dramatization. Proof of mailing does not constitute proof of delivery. Shake well before opening. Contains eggs. Also available left-handed. Before posting, please take a minute to review our posting rules and our legal/privacy policy. All lyrics by Hammerstein, not Rodgers. Hours may vary by location. No smoking or open flames. Professional driver. Closed course. Any similarities between the characters, locations or events depicted herein and actual persons, living or dead, locations or events is purely coincidental and unintentional. Use as directed. Must be 18 to enter. Positive identification required. Handle with care. Do not pass on right. Not responsible for lost or stolen articles. User assumes all risks. No right turn on red. If you can read this, you're too close. Ass, grass, or cash; no one rides for free. Occupancy by more than 135 persons is dangerous and unlawful but kinda fun. Interior is genuine rich, Corinthian leather. Viewer discretion is advised but not anticipated. Not available in stores. Do not feed the animals. Available for Windows, Mac, and the seven people running Linux. 70% cotton, 30% nylon. Nos falamos Portugues. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. The cake is a lie. Limit one per customer per visit. No trespassing. No loitering. No soliciting. Please don't eat the daisies. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Ensure equipment is properly grounded prior to operation. Registration required. Not recommended for women who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant. Ladies drink free. Apply directly to forehead. Closed Sundays and holidays. Filmed before a live studio audience. Available only for a limited time. Follow the yellow brick road. Lights on for safety. Made in China. Do not use as a flotation device. Stay off the grass. Offer void where prohibited. Installation extra. The rain in Spain should be expected to fall mainly on the plain. All sales final. Two-Year service agreement required. Non-toxic. HTML enabled. Don't try this at home. Your ad here. Tamper-resistant packaging. Expect delays. Refrigerate after opening. Restrictions apply. See store for details. No shirt, no shoes, no service. Have a nice day.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 6, 2015 5:13 PM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
A Maxim from the Sea: "Even a bad shell is better than being homeless...."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 6, 2015 1:18 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Get Ready... Get Set... Spring!

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How to Prepare for Spring, 1528

"Of prymtyme, and what it is. The prymtyme is hote & moyst temperatly as the ayre. This season the blode moeueth and spredeth to all the membres of the body, and the body is parfyte in temperate complexyon. In this season chekyns, kyddes, and poched egges ought to be eaten, with letuses & gotes mylke in these thre monethes. Prymetyme begynneth whan the sonne entreth the sygne of Aryes and lasteth .xcii. dayes, an houre and a halfe fro the .x. day of Marche to the .x. day of June. In this season is the best letyng of blode of ony tyme. And than is good to trauayle and to be laxatyfe. And to be bathed. And to eate suche thynges as wyll purge the bely." -- Secretum secretorum, tr. Robert Copland / Are you ready for primetime? Nothing makes for a festive spring like lettuce, bloodletting, and laxatives.


Posted by gvanderleun at Mar 2, 2015 9:48 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Your 2015 Prancercise Pony Girl Is In Da House!

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Get a New Workout

"I’m going to give you more
Of what you’ve been asking for,
But... Oh....
With a little less camel toe.
I’m uninhibited,
As I’ve already exhibited,
So let them stare and gawk,
I’m going to do my Prancercise walk...."

In the beginning there was.... Prancercise: The exercise sensation that's sweeping the nation @ AMERICAN DIGEST


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 2, 2015 11:11 AM |  Comments (15)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Trolling before it was cool by Queeditch

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 1, 2015 11:13 PM |  Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Kaboom! Anunka-hunka burning love.

"Meet Rich and Dee Gibson, an unusual couple who have spent their entire relationship literally playing with fire.

Sparks first flew when the couple met while skydiving. Rich (a Vietnam vet) was the pilot and Dee (formerly employed by the Army Corps of Engineers) was jumping. By 1981 they founded a pyrotechnic business out of Rockford, Illinois and for the next three decades designed orchestrated explosions for air shows."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 1, 2015 12:27 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Sunday Supplement: A Few of My Favorite Things


Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

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Crashing Ocean Waves Frozen in Time by Pierre Carreau | Colossal
Winter is icumen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing: Goddamm.
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damm you; Sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, 'tis why I am, Goddamm,
So 'gainst the winter's balm.
Sing goddamm, damm, sing goddamm,
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

-- Ezra Pound

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Sin City 10.8K by Vincent Laforet And then there is the central "Strip" of buildings and hotels - it actually looks like a Monopoly board game of sorts with hotels and little "Eiffel Towers" fit to scale... In some ways Vegas is just that: a place where people play big bets with real estate and property. Where riches are made and lost with a roll of the dice - both in the casinos and in the game of real estate and the never ending competition to have "The" Hotel or Casino.

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13 Salmon Recipes to Add to Your Regular Rotation The first recipe every salmon lover should master is one for simple, crisp-skinned fillets. These take a dip in a marinade of parsley, lemon, and olive oil before being pan-seared and finished off with a garlic-caper butter sauce.

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MG Midgets of the Track It wasn’t until post WWII, when MG introduced their MGA as a more streamlined modern sports car that they began to gain international acclaim. The long nose and tight design were still intact, but the car now packed a sharp modern look, rather than the drawn-out country look of past MG’s. In 1962, MG took this shape even further with the MGB, which was a faster, more comfortable iteration of the MGA silhouette. The lightweight MGB was like a rabbit, tiny and yet quick, making it perfect for quick jaunts around the crowded city streets.

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Shambala @ Top 10 Most Mysterious Lost Lands - Toptenz.net Shambala was introduced to the Western world by Lost Horizon, James Hilton’s 1933 novel about Shangri-La, a fictional paradise based on the myth of Shambala. While spiritualists believed it was a real location, most scientists and historians doubted that it was anything more than a myth. However, in 2007 a team of archaeologists exploring the ancient kingdom of Mustang in Nepal found a series of caves and valleys that contained a treasure trove of ancient religious texts and art.

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Los Angeles Murders and Homicides If you are looking for a white man to blame for blacks behaving badly, how about starting with music executive Jimmy Iovine (net worth $970 million)? Back in 1988 Iovine managed the initial gangsta rap album, N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton, which did much to glamorize crack dealing among impressionable black youths with low IQs. (Iovine recently bought a $60 million Malibu mansion, so go gentle on him.) - - Wasted Advantages

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Nap Like Salvador Dali: To accomplish this micro nap, Dali would sit in a chair with his arms resting on the armrests and his wrists dangling over them. He held a heavy metal key between the thumb and forefinger of his left hand, and placed an upside-down plate on the floor directly below the key. The instant Dali dozed off, the key would slip through his fingers, clang the plate, and awaken him from his nascent slumber. In that moment, Dali observed, one walked “in equilibrium on the taut and invisible wire that separates sleep from waking.” The artist recommended this practice to anyone who worked with their mind, believing that the tiny nap “revivified” one’s whole “physical and physic being” and left you invigorated and inspired for an afternoon of creative labor.

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For the Mac, Kare designed the first proportionally spaced digital font family that allowed text to breathe as naturally on the Mac’s white screen as it does in the pages of a book. The distinctive Jobs touch was upgrading the original monikers of these elegant typefaces from the names of train stations near Philadelphia — like Rosemont and Ardmore — to those of world-class cities like Geneva, Chicago, and New York. -- Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face

Perpetual Pizza .... That's right. Per-pet-ual.

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A 1950s Kitchen, Locked Away Since It Was Built Like walking back in time, furniture designer Nathan Chandler opened the door on a home he bought in 2010 and found the kitchen in nearly original condition from when it was built in 1956. For some reason the original owners built the house but never lived in it, keeping it sealed away and rarely using the pastel pink General Electric appliances that were installed from the start.


The Dynamic Ebbinghaus:1st prize winner of the 2014 Best Illusion of The Year Contest

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The Oldest Species on Earth - The Horseshoe Shrimp | The Ark In Space It was almost bound to be small and seemingly insignificant but the oldest species of earth is a shrimp, ironic given the connotations of its name in the English language.  Rather than being the runt, the squirt and the general nobody its name implies, this little guy (the Horseshoe shrimp to friends but Triops cancriformis rather more formally) has staying power.  It is almost the same now as it was two hundred million years ago.

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The Great Moon Hoax and the Christian Philosopher: The first article gave little more away, simply describing Herschel’s telescope. Over the following days, however, the articles included increasingly lavish descriptions of planets, the lunar landscape, “several new specimens of animals” and, ultimately, in the last paragraph of the 6th and final part, the bat-like “Vespertilio-homo”, which appeared “scarcely less lovely than the general representations of angels by the more imaginative schools of painters.”

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The Top 10 Secrets of Grand Central Terminal You can play tennis in Grand Central. A little known space called the Annex houses a tennis court that is accessible to the public (as long as you can get a reservation). Originally installed by a Hungarian immigrant Geza A. Gazdag in the 1960s, it was taken over by Donald Trump, who brought the likes of John McEnroe and the Williams sisters onto its clay courts.

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An employee for Japanese character goods maker Sanrio displays a prototype model of a Hello Kitty branded toilet seat at Sanrio's headquarters in Tokyo on February 2, 2015. The device has seat heating and warm water shower functions. - The Atlantic

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Spaceprob.es catalogs the active human-made machines that freckle our solar system and dot our galaxy from Voyager I (19.56 billion km from Earth) to the Artemis probes (358,000 km away).


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Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"
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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Mar 1, 2015 8:31 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
How Cold Is It? The Ocean Has Turned Into a Slurpee.

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With that wonderful dead crab and wet kelp flavor.

Giant Frozen Waves Infused with Ice Slowly Roll in off the Coast of NantucketEarlier this week photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was walking along the coast of Nantucket when he noticed something odd about the waves crashing on shore. The high temperature was 19°F (-7.2°C) and while the waves weren’t completely frozen, they were thick with pieces of ice, much like the consistency of a Slurpee, or an slushy, or an ICEE, or whatever.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 27, 2015 8:26 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Random Kayak Karnage

Explain to me, once again, the mystical allure of this "sport."


Love that "[Stay Safe]" at the end.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 23, 2015 10:10 PM |  Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
How It's Made: BOOZE!

AKA 'The Compendium of Alcohol Ingredients and Processes'

Yeah. Right.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 23, 2015 9:40 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Happy Birthday Mr. President

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"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty." -- Avalon Project - Washington's Farewell Address 1796

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Posted by Vanderleun at Feb 22, 2015 4:35 PM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
This Is the Time of the Moon God

All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.

All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.

All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy,
beg, borrow or steal.

All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say.

All that you eat
And everyone you meet
All that you slight
And everyone you fight.

All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 19, 2015 1:02 PM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Why does anyone even start to argue with the anti-vaccine people?

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Results in. Case closed. Move on.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 19, 2015 10:43 AM |  Comments (7)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Spins and Wins, Bumps and Jumps, Rides and Slides, Hicks and Pix, Slo-Mo and No-Mo, and Selfie-Sticks

Human beings...... "Nothing like us ever was..."

And the wind shifts
and the dust on a door sill shifts
and even the writing of the rat footprints
tells us nothing, nothing at all
about the greatest city, the greatest nation
where the strong men listened
and the women warbled: Nothing like us ever was.

-- Carl Sandburg: Four Preludes to Playthings of the Winds

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 15, 2015 2:41 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The post-totalitarian system touches people at every step, but it does so with its ideological gloves on.

This is why life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies:

government by bureaucracy is called popular government; the working class is enslaved in the name of the working class; the complete degradation of the individual is presented as his ultimate liberation; depriving people of information is called making it available; the use of power to manipulate is called the public control of power, and the arbitrary abuse of power is called observing the legal code; the repression of culture is called its development; the expansion of imperial influence is presented as support for the oppressed; the lack of free expression becomes the highest form of freedom; farcical elections become the highest form of democracy; banning independent thought becomes the most scientific of world views; military occupation becomes fraternal assistance. Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics. It pretends not to possess an omnipotent and unprincipled police apparatus. It pretends to respect human rights. It pretends to persecute no one. It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
{10} Individuals need not believe all these mystifications, but they must behave as though they did, or they must at least tolerate them in silence, or get along well with those who work with them. For this reason, however, they must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the system.
-- Vaclav Havel "The Power of the Powerless" (1978)

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Hitler Finds Out About Brian Williams: "You're a prompter monkey. Just say what we tell you!"

"You don't 'misremember' getting shot in the ass with a rocket!"

HT: Never Yet Melted The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H. Lawrence

PS: Wait for it.

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"Low, Short, and Squatty:" Great Moments in Entertainment

I think there's raunchy sub-text going on here, but I'm not sure I want to know exactly what it is.

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UPDATED & BUMPED: Bruce Jenner to Sue General Mills Over Undisclosed Wheaties Side Effects

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UPDATE: Bruce Jenner Involved In Fatal Car Accident | Truth Revolt

On Saturday, Jenner made the news again but for a very different reason, following a car accident he was involved in that resulted in one woman's death. Police are now reportedly investigating whether Jenner was texting when he rear-ended the vehicle of the victim.... Although it was initially reported that Jenner blamed chasing paparazzi for his driving, CNN cites Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department official Lt. John Lecrivain as stating that there was "no indication that Bruce Jenner was being chased by paparazzi at the time of the crash."

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Of All The Days To Go Without A Bra


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Missile Guidance: How Does That Work Again?

HT: Maggie's Farm


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Incoming: "Media vita in morte sumus"

"Dramatic footage shot by an employee of the Taiwanese television station TVBS showed the moment TransAsia passenger plane turned on its side in midair, clipped an elevated roadway and then careered into a river shortly after takeoff from the island's capital of Taipei."


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News to Me

1) Parade Burgonet, bearing a fearsome lion’s visage on the visor. Made in Milan in the mid-16th century, the helmet belonged to Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol.


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2) Los Angeles Photographer Discovers Skid Row’s Most Fashionable Residents OG, a famous Skid Row activist in Gladys Park

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3) Iron Age shoes (ca. 400 BCE to 400 CE) found on body found in European bog.


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4) Smart Pipe: Tomorrow's Pipe Today:

5) An Astounding History of Scientific Space Art from the Past 200 Years

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News to Me

1) A Most Violent Year | NYC, 1981 | A Documentary Short

2) The Beatles' Rooftop Concert in 1969 This was their final public performance.

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3) The nine teeth examined while studying fossils of unidentified hominins. Fossils May Belong To New Primitive Human Species

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4) A Schiaparelli necklace of metal insects mounted on clear plastic from 1938. -- Collectors Weekly

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5) A Soda Jerk And A Mormon Walk Into A Podcast.

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Ocean Gravity

Ocean Gravity: Spectacular Footage of Freediver Guillaume Nery Flying through Swift Ocean Currents North of Tahiti | Colossal "Filmed late last year by director and underwater cameraman Julie Gautier, this amazing footage shows free diver Guillaume Néry as he’s carried by swift currents through Tiputa pass, part of the Rangiroa atoll about 355 km Northeast of Tahiti."

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Feb 1, 2015 9:09 AM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Family Unboxing

It's come to this. Nothing but neuters all the way down.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 31, 2015 5:05 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
I Need a #Hashtag! :"It's both a mnemonic and a catastrophic extremist-destroying device..."

Like a Chris Brown fan or girlfriend
free speech is under attack
and so like Hannah Storm folks are
trying to find the best way to push back

But I won't care tomorrow
and I did not care yesterday
Is there anything I can do to pretend
that I care today?

I need a hashtag
I need a hashtag on display
Yeah I'll tweet to the world
"#BringBackOurGirls
and Boko Haram will be like "okay!"

I need a hashtag
I need a hashtag for today
to show that I care
when I really don't care
and that's just what I'm doing today
faking outrage

Sure there are lots of people
who really care about the fight
but anyone who tweeted these
should probably be disqualified

Should we try to fight for change?
Embrace more freedom here at home?
Or should we use the most effective
tool mankind has ever known?

We need a hashtag
How about a hashtag and call it a night?
it's both a mnemonic and a catastrophic
extremist-destroying device

We need a hashtag
A hashtag will bring them to their knees
Even though it's been said that
the First Amendment wasn't
written to protect pleasantries

[HT: Powerline]


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"Steel Boils at About This Temperature:" Global Warming Comes Back with a Vengence


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Boomer Anthems: "Satisfaction" is 50 Years Old

Then: In June, 1965 it begins its journey...

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 25, 2015 10:46 PM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Grounds for Divorce

She was so happy to see him when he got back unexpectedly from his business trip that he snapped this picture of her joy.

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Later it became exhibit A when he filed for divorce. Can you see why?

Answer if you should choose to...

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 21, 2015 7:35 AM |  Comments (17)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Wonderful: Porsche 911 Engine Plant, Assembly Line Zuffenhausen

So calm. So quiet. So considered.

As a friend of mine (and Porsche owner) once succintly explained it: "When the Germans make the cars, the rest of the world can just sit down."

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Life in the Fast Lane

Going Down: Candide Thovex's commute is not to the job, it is the job.

[Note: You don't want to think to much about 3:50-4:10.]


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 17, 2015 9:25 AM |  Comments (9)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Amazing: Gravity Glue

More by Michael Grab HERE @ YouTube


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 16, 2015 10:28 PM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
If this keeps up I'm going to have to create a category called; "The Japanese. Nuked Too Much or Not Enough?" **

100 Sizzling Japanese maids in Action

[** Phrase coined by Kathy Shaidle ]


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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People

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"Turns out great minds don’t think alike.

Discover how some of the world’s most original artists, writers and musicians structured their day, based on ‘Daily Rituals’ by Mason Currey. Filter the different categories by toggling on or off, and hover over the colored bars to learn more about the daily routines." See Daily Routines @ Podio for the full interactive experience.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 13, 2015 10:52 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Something Rich and Strange: Saw Hero

Sippican Cottage: I Set Up A Web Camera To Document The Building Of My Last End Table

As you can see from the screen capture thumbnail, three of the fingers on my hands are webbed. Comes in handy when I'm trying to hold on to screws while using my cordless drill. It's not supposed to be cordless, I just cut the cord off accidentally when I was using the chop saw; but those buggers are expensive, so I keep using it that way.


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And now a word from American Digest's New Sponsor!

HT: G& J


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Boomer Anthems: "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

He said, "Fellas, it's been good to know you."

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 8, 2015 8:27 AM |  Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The National Mood: "I still owe money to the money to the money I owe"

"I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
I never thought about love when I thought about home
I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 5, 2015 1:51 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

The Voice of The New York Subway System from Vici Shaweddy on Vimeo.

"Charlie Pellett is a veteran news anchor and reporter for Bloomberg Radio.

He is based in New York City. Pellett joined Bloomberg in 1992, serving as a member of the original Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Television anchor teams. Pellett's voice has been designated as the official "voice" of the New York City subway system. Every day, riders can hear him imploring them to "stand clear of the closing doors.""


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Luckily for me everything on this taco is on my New Year's Resolution Diet!

HT: That ravenous gourmand NeoNeoCon.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jan 1, 2015 1:52 PM |  Comments (14)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Christmas: Behind the Scenes

Has Christmas really become too commercialized? Why would anybody say that?


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Merry Woofmas!

Any resemblance to my family's Christmas dinners is a slur on our reputations and will be answered by lawsuits that will give our enemies a permanent facial twitch.


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Crown of Creation: Best of Web Videos | 2014

Luc Bergeron (aka Zapatou)

has put a gigantic sampling together for his annual supercut “Best of Web”. This year he’s stitched together a whopping 233 viral video clips to create 6 minutes of non-stop action.

What were they all? Go here for the Official list of Best of Web 7


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The Winner and Still Champion After 10 Years Even Though It Has Ceased to Exist

The Amazing Grace Christmas House was located in Pleasant Grove, Utah and designed and programmed by Richard Holdman. A small little charity box placed in front of the display has raised more than $40,000 for the Utah Make-a-Wish Foundation. The display started in 2006 but traffic became too much of an issue and is no longer running.

You doubt me? Here's the complete show from 2010 in all its 15 glorious minutes of relentless inevitability. You can see why it had traffic backed up on the interstate all the way to Salt Lake City:

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"I'll have a submarine sandwich with a side of fresh guacamole."


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At least this is more realistic than that Rolling Stone gang rape story...

Mindboggling Haut Mexican Cultural Artifact. From the same culture that brought the world the bouncy car. On the other hand it is refreshingly direct and without a smidgen of political correctness. HT:Stever Sailer


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Dec 8, 2014 8:07 PM |  Comments (13)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Advance look at the cover of Rolling Stone's "Rape Fantasies" Issue

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With Jann Wenner's special report on Gay Rape Fantasies. -- Twitter

Street Artist Sabo Blasts Lena Dunham, Bill Clinton in Fake Rolling Stone Covers - The Hollywood Reporter

A former U.S. Marine, Sabo has recently been scrutinized by the Secret Servicefor a series of tweets that appeared to threaten President Barack Obama. (His video of his encounter with two Secret Service agents at his apartment has received more than 200,000 views on YouTube.)
In addition to posting banners on utility boxes on the Westside, Saboplaced smaller versions of the spoofed Rolling Stone covers among magazines at various Los Angeles newsstands.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Dec 8, 2014 10:02 AM |  Comments (13)  | QuickLink: Permalink
WorkHarder: A Non-Funding Online Platform For Creative Projects


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Let's Review: How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police


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The Japanese: "Nuked Too Much or Not Enough?" -- 3 seconds Cooking detonation velocity fried shrimp

Since this recipe is dangerous, please do not imitate absolutely.

"Today's theme is fried shrimp to cook in 3 seconds. Heck, how Will finish in 3 seconds to.

Please pay attention to wonders of the cooking speed. Order to represent the characteristics of the full-LTE called "two bands LTE only", developed / manufactured all cooking apparatus such as shrimp pop out two lanes for the current imaging was.... and speed shrimp pops out, wheat flour, the timing of egg, bread crumbs, flame, each out wipe is all a careful calculation, has been programmed by verification. Also, cooking the landscape without using the CG, gave a shot in live action. Come in this video, please experience the speed of full LTE! After the end of the ingredients that were used photography, staff gave delicious."
Got that? Good.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Dec 2, 2014 8:59 AM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The sign in the middle's gotta be photoshopped, right? Right?

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-- Twitter


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Dec 1, 2014 9:19 PM |  Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Sippican Cottage: Here's Wishing You An Adequate Generic Christmas

"The wonder of Generic Christmas Song is that it's the only recording by Unorganized Hancock

that you can purchase and download for your MP3 player, or your iPod, or whatever those things with the fruit on them are called. Just 0.99, and all the proceeds go to a good cause: Us. You can pay more if you like, or you can listen to it for free on YouTube if you're broke losers like we are. It's all good. Merry Christmas! Tell a friend."



Unorganized Hancock on Bandcamp "Unorganized Hancock is a Homeschooled Pop Duo from Western Maine. The drummer is only 10 years old and he's still better than you. He also has Perfect Pitch, which is completely useless since he's the drummer. The Guitar player and Drummer claim to be brothers, but have not yet released their long-form birth certificates."

Sippican Cottage: Here's Wishing You An Adequate Generic Christmas

[We approve this message!]

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"OK, Here are the names AND ADDRESSES of the 2 NY Slimes Nazi Liberal hacks who published Officer Wilson's address..

This just in.... Reckless move: The NY Times publishes Darren Wilson’s address | Fox News

The New York Times, whether consciously or not, has just endangered Darren Wilson’s life.

With tensions running high in Ferguson over the lack of an indictment for Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown, the paper has published the officer’s approximate address -- the street and town where he lives with his new wife, who also is named.

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Via Johnny Jones on Twitter Why not drop in if you're in the neighborhood?


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Turkey Drop: A Thanksgiving Tradition Since 1978

"It's a helicopter, and it's coming this way. It's flying something behind it, I can't quite make it out, it's a large banner and it says, uh - Happy... Thaaaaanksss... giving! ... From ... W ... K ... R... P!! No parachutes yet. Can't be skydivers... I can't tell just yet what they are, but - Oh my God, Johnny, they're turkeys!! Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they're plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Not since the Hindenburg tragedy has there been anything like this!"



Oddly enough, this famous WKRP episode was loosely based on a real event! Back in 1946 (some sources say 1945), Yellville, Arkansas inaugurated the "Turkey Trot Festival" which included a wild turkey calling contest, a turkey target shoot, a Miss Drumsticks Pageant and oh yeah: a live turkey release from the roof of the courthouse.
After a few years, someone thought it might be fun to actually toss the poor gobblers out of a low-flying airplane for the event. This repeated for a number of years until 1989 when a national animal-rights protest cast the event in a bad light and the "National Enquirer" splashed a photo of the event across the nation forcing promoters to abandon the turkey drop. WKRP in Cincinnati's Turkey Drop Episode


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Some See a Challenge as a "Why?" Most See It as a "WTF!?"


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Of the Continuing Greatness of Matt Drudge and the Drudgereport

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 25, 2014 7:54 PM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Gruberade from Concentrate

Watch as he savors the flavor of his lies; as he guzzles down his glug; as his fey little voice wisps along; as he inhales his own rich wiffle!

And here he is meeting with Obama. Not as the White House now says he didn't, but as the White House logs recorded he did on July 20, 2009:

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Riot, Mayhem, and Pillage: Now Just "Natural Disasters"

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"Please make sure your home and family are prepared for a period of disruption, just as you would in the event of a storm."

Exactly why the nation continues to put up with this sort of thing is something that is beyond my poor powers of comprehension. I guess we've just decided that large segments of urban populations have reverted back to a previous stage of development and have to be given more love and understanding and tolerance than other segments of the population. How long this will continue without a serious course correction in the general direction of society seems to be anybody's guess in our new and improved post-racial nation.

St. Louis area schools and townships are warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the Mike Brown court decision. The City of Berkeley, near Ferguson, released this statement warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the verdict is announced. #MikeBrown Decision | The Gateway Pundit
Let's all hope for a change of heart among those threatening this sort of thing. If not, let's hope for a change is the level of tolerance for this sort of thing.

In the meantime I guess the new phrase that pays is, "In the event of social disappointment, STOCK UP!" I note in passing that "ammuniton" is not on the list of "Stock Up" items. Seems to me it should be cosa numero uno. "But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 13, 2014 8:22 AM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
How the Democrat Sees the "New Washington"

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New Democrat slogan: "Come, let us reason together."


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Something Wonderful: Il Capo
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Boomer Anthems: Refugee

Admit it. You know most of the words. Especially the refrain.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 1, 2014 2:41 PM |  Comments (16)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" -- Then and Now

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In the foreground, a young man stands upon a rocky precipice with his back to the viewer.

He is wrapped in a dark green overcoat, and grips a walking stick in his right hand.[1] His hair caught in a wind, the wanderer gazes out on a landscape covered in a thick sea of fog. In the middle ground, several other ridges, perhaps not unlike the ones the wanderer himself stands upon, jut out from the mass.[2] Through the wreaths of fog, forests of trees can be perceived atop these escarpments. In the far distance, faded mountains rise in the left, gently leveling off into lowland plains in the east. Beyond here, the pervading fog stretches out indefinitely, eventually commingling with the horizon and becoming indistinguishable from the cloud-filled sky. - - La Wik

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[UPDATED] Anchors Aweigh and to the side

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's seventh Littoral Combat Ship into the Menominee River on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The future LCS Detroit was formally christened prior to her launch by Mrs. Barbara Levin.

UPDATE:

"Side-launches are always interesting because of the drop; and the ship is always light being launched. The ship gets most of its equipment and weight after launch, in fitting-out. Many steamships would not have the boilers fitted during launch, those would be lowered in afterwards. So "ohmigosh it rolls" is normal.* What these corvettes will be able to do - heck, I don't know. I don't think anyone can say for certain. I do know, however, that I am looking forward to her commissioning.**
*There are a lot of videos of side-launches and they are really dramatic - as in standing directly across a narrow water from one is a good way to take a bath! I think there is one of launching the new USCGC Mackinaw that shows the wave going across to spectators.
**I do surface patrols for the USCG Auxiliary, most in the Detroit River, and as USS Detroit is to be commissioned in Detroit, I am looking forward to those security patrols for the fun and the photos.
PS: I remember back in the late 1970's-early 1980's how many commenters said the advanced tech US and NATO allies equipment would break down and be unusable if the Soviets invaded and other equipment should be bought, and so on. And then, after Gulf War I, all that talk went away as the US and NATO equipment held up and did what it was advertised to do. Now when I hear complaints about something I keep a salt cellar on hand because I really do not know enough to know how something will turn out. I lost my sure belief in my correctness."
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Maddie the last surviving Original 1955 Nomad

Meet Maddie, one of the best unrestored, original paint & interior examples known of the rare & iconic 1955 Belair Nomad wagon.

Out of nearly a million Chevy Belairs built in 1955, only about 8100 Nomads were ever produced; this example is in the most desirable regal turquoise with India ivory top. First year of Chevy's small block V8, the 265, it is mated to a 2-speed cast iron powerglide automatic transmission. All mechanical components are original to the car as it left the factory. All 55 Nomad bodies were produced at the Cleveland plant then assembled & finished at various plants around the country; this one in Oakland California. Born Aug. 15, 1955, it is one of the last 55 Nomads off the assembly line before production switched over to the 56 model in September of that year. In astonishingly clean condition, Maddie will turn 60 years old this coming year. She looks pretty damn good for an old girl. Enjoy!

The seller had left me alone with the car to look it over.
I was sitting in the driver’s seat, just taking it in, and it was dead silent except for a faint ‘tick, tick, tick.’ I looked over and realized that not only was the original dash clock ticking, but the time was correct! I just about lost my mind, and decided at that moment I had to have that car.”
Factory-Fresh 1955 Chevy Nomad Emerges From 40-Year Hibernation | Collectors Weekly


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Something Wonderful: Rototiller Races

World Championship Rototiller Races in Emmerson, Arkansas.


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FRONT DRIVER's Last Port of Call -- Gadani Beach Pakistan Where Greenpeace Is Nowhere to Be Seen

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At Gadani Beach, 40 kilometers west of Karachi City, where men with saws made of fire come every day to do a job of work.

Shipbreaking: How it begins.

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 25, 2014 11:23 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Contemporary Classics: Heavy Fuel

Music to unpack everything you own by.....

Last time I was sober, man I felt bad
Worst hangover that I ever had
It took six hamburgers and scotch all night
Nicotine for breakfast just to put me right
Cause if you wanna run cool
If you wanna run cool
If you wanna run cool, you got to run
On heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel

My life makes perfect sense
Lust and food and violence
Sex and money are my major kicks
Get me in a fight I like dirty tricks
Cause if you wanna run cool
If you wanna run cool
Yes if you wanna run cool, you got to run
On heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel

My chick loves a man who's strong
The things she'll do to turn me on
I love the babes, don't get me wrong
Hey, that's why I wrote this song

I don't care if my liver is hanging by a thread
Don't care if my doctor says I ought to be dead
When my ugly big car wont climb this hill
I'll write a suicide note on a hundred dollar bill
Cause if you wanna run cool
If you wanna run cool
Yes if you wanna run cool, you got to run
On heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel

On heavy, heavy fuel
Heavy, heavy fuel

[If it is late at night
then you just might
Want to hit full screen
And crank up the speakers,
If you know what I mean.

Wait for the saxophone....
wait for it.]


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 22, 2014 10:41 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Dégénération

"Your great-great grandfather was the one who cleared the soil

Your great-grandfather was the one who worked the soil

And your grandfather turned a profit on the land

And your father was the one who sold the land

To become a government functionary

And as for you my young lad,

You don’t know what you will do

In your little 1 bedroom,

Too expensive and cold in the winter

Sometimes a vague desire comes to you

To own something of your own

Dreaming at night

Of having your own little acre of land…”

Continued...
Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 21, 2014 10:53 AM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The 2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar

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Unlike bland, privileged garbage kittens chosen for nothing more than shallow good looks, Social Justice Kittens radiate fierce strength in the face of untold adversity, and all are gifted with a dazzling array of genders and orientations to go with their tiny, oh-so-kissable faces! THE STATUS QUO WILL NEVER FULLY ACCEPT THESE KITTENS! Calendar from LiarTownUSA | Square Market

HT: the ever valuable davidthompson


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 21, 2014 6:55 AM |  Comments (15)  | QuickLink: Permalink
A Sane Man Speaks on Ebola: "If West Africa is a gas can that was waiting for a match, the rest of Central Africa is a gasoline tanker waiting for a match, and nobody anywhere has a Plan B for what happens if this gets out further...."

This is the most honest and most lucid 28 minutes on the status of Ebola on the Planet Earth at this moment that exists today.

It is summed up at Raconteur Report: Ebola: This Is What Science Sounds Like

Highlight thoughts:

1) "The more I study about Ebola, the less I know about it."

2) "Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."
(Tom Frieden, Anthony Fauci, call your office.")

3) Everything we know about Ebola so far is based on a total of 2400 patients from the past24 outbreaks over 40 years. the longest set of generations has been 5. (For reference, we are at 9000-20000 patients, and we're on generation 20-25, this time around).

4) People are never frightened by statements like "I don't know, but this is what I'm doing to learn." But they do get scared if you tell them A or B with certainty, and it doesn't happen; or if dueling experts tell you A and Z simultaneously.

5) We don't know what will really work. We should try everything we can. @ 9:46 "I believe the only thing we can do today is continue to try the treatment bed approach, to try to do as much as we can to isolate infected individuals,and quarantine and so forth...we've gotta do what we can."

6) It's time to reconsider our response, and if we hadn't been so dogmatic about things we didn't know, that wouldn't be so hard.

7) There's no Plan "B". If West Africa is a gas can that was waiting for a match, the rest of Central Africa is a gasoline tanker waiting for a match, and nobody anywhere has a Plan B for what happens if this gets out further, and they're not even thinking about it. We need to start thinking about those answers now. Can we fight it on two fronts if it gets out? We can't even fight it on one front now.

8) I believe we can have an effective vaccine; but there's a big difference between getting a vaccine, and actually how and where we're going to make it, how we're going to get it there, andwho's going to get it into Africans now. We need to imagine that Kinshasa is on fire tomorrow, and do all of these things at the same time, not doing one after the other.

9) We have a problem with couching things in certainty for which certainty does not exist.

10) Some Ebola patients don't present with fever, ever. Now is the time to tell people that, instead of waiting until that explodes, and the media asks you "Why didn't you tell us the complete truth?"

11) Aerosols are created, and research has indicated that with Ebola, airborne transmission has been observed between laboratory animal species. We shouldn't not tell people about this, because top Ebola virologists have studied this, seen it, and are very concerned about the possibility. What are we going to do ("Plan B") if we do have an airborne transmission, and we suddenly have a reason to be very concerned about airplane cabin transmission? We need to start making that plan before it's a problem.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 20, 2014 8:52 PM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"It's Not That Contagious...."

The gift of the clip that just keeps on giving.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 14, 2014 8:36 AM |  Comments (11)  | QuickLink: Permalink
[All] Road Trip

A Couple’s Incredible 550,000-Mile Odyssey Through 177 Countries Over 26 Years. In a Single Car. In moments of peak stress, boredom, or desperation for change, we’ve probably all shared the same dream: why not just drop everything and travel. Many are lucky do it for a few months, or even a couple of years, but perhaps no modern travelers have been more ambitious than Gunther and Christine Holtorf, who set out in 1990 on a tour of Africa in a Mercedes Benz G Wagon named ‘Otto,’ and never looked back. Over the next 20 years the trio would rack up almost 550,000 miles (885,139km) across some 177 countries. They never once slept in a hotel, preferring to string up hammocks or sleep inside Otto, a car that required a stockpile of 400 spare parts lashed to the roof for emergency repairs.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 14, 2014 7:50 AM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Living on a Prayer: Dance like the whole world isn't actually watching....

Tommy used to work on the docks
Union's been on strike
He's down on his luck...it's tough, so tough

Gina works the diner all day
Working for her man, she brings home her pay
For love - for love

She says we've got to hold on to what we've got
it doesn't make a difference
If we make it or not
We've got each other and that's a lot
For love - we'll give it a shot

Whooaaaaaa! We're half way there
Whooooaaaa! Livin' on a prayer
Take my hand- we'll make it - I swear
Whooaaaa! Livin' on a prayer!


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 11, 2014 8:24 AM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Light Pillars and Human Errors

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Light pillars scrape the night sky over Alaska. It may look as if an alien invasion force is beaming down to overrun our little planet but, in fact, this is a purely natural phenomenon. Light and water is all that is needed to produce this remarkable special effect.When light, either natural or man-made comes in to contact with the facets of ice crystals in the air (usually close to the ground) it does one thing: bounce.  When the source of light is close to or on the ground the light pillar will appear above the floating crystals. ~ Kuriositas

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The Canine Sacrifice: Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse infected with Ebola, barks from her balcony in Madrid, Spain, on October 8, 2014. Authorities captured the dog and euthanized it, drawing protests from some who asked that the dog be quarantined rather than destroyed. Photos of the Week: 10/4-10/10 - In Focus - The Atlantic

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The Eyes! The Eyes!Slublog on Twitter: "Made this a couple of years ago. Totally not a cult.

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“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” – Alfred, in "The Dark Knight” For some reason this concept always tends to catch some people by surprise. Take the New York Times for example, their headline today reads: WASHINGTON — Darkness is enveloping American politics. Hard to dispute, as it turns out, butt isn’t that, uh…racist? Michelle Obama's Mirror: The October Surprise: Our Best Efforts Are Not Good Enough


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 10, 2014 9:42 AM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Pixel Perfect

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The Magic of Michelle Obama:

The before and after pictures above were taken within days of one another, rather underscoring the miraculous transformation. The first was at an event where Michelle was speaking to sick youngsters at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (see? We're reporting good news!) and thoughtfully she did something severe and unexplainable with her hair to give it sort of a chemo-chic look to help fit in with the sick kids. And that was a very, very nice thing to do.... In her subsequent Redbook picture, the first lady has grown a remarkably full head of remarkably straight hair in a remarkably short time, her chin has narrowed to a point, she's shed about 40 pounds, and her smiling face is as unlined as a mirror from which her husband, in his younger and less serious days, had vigorously snorted cocaine. Hope n' Change Cartoons:


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 9, 2014 11:26 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
James Kelly - Burn It Down

What a ride! Stick with it. He did.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Oct 3, 2014 8:25 AM |  Comments (12)  | QuickLink: Permalink
And the next group training to jump the fence and rush the White House is....

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White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known

After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.

In other news.... Is Barack Obama's life safe in the Secret Service's hands?

A knife-wielding intruder allowed to run rampant through the first floor of the White House. Bullets that struck the window of Barack Obama's private residence but went unnoticed for days. A presidential bodyguard so drunk he passed out in hallway of a hotel. These are just some of the recent incidents that have shaken confidence in the Secret Service, the elite agency assigned to protect Mr Obama, his family and the White House.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 30, 2014 5:53 AM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Secret Service to Erect New Sign on White House Fence

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 25, 2014 11:21 AM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Regrets? She's Had a Few


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 22, 2014 8:25 PM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Shit (Pretentious) Hipsters Say

HT The ever-popular Never Yet Melted


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 20, 2014 8:04 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
No cop is gayer than Sheriff Michael Gayer.

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Officer Friendly, he daid,Huck.

Pulaski County, home to 13,124 people, has obtained several trucks, a snow camouflage parka, a “ballistic blanket” and night vision sniper scopes, the paper reported. “We are a rural law enforcement agency and not readily served by larger agencies … to handle our emergency needs,” Sheriff Gayer wrote in his application for the MRAP. “Therefore, we are building our department with surplus equipment to handle the needs of our citizens and their safety.” Indiana sheriff on MRAP purchase: 'America has become a war zone' - Washington Times


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 20, 2014 2:46 PM |  Comments (12)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Enduring Legacy of Osama bin Laden

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 17, 2014 5:43 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Why Men Rule the Automotive Universe

Wait for it.


Posted by gerardvanderleun at Sep 1, 2014 2:31 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
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