Friday, March 30, 2007


This is a sweet website.

Pure gold

I guess Goggle assumes than anyone asking for driving directions between Chicago, IL, and London, England, is horsing around. Check out the turn by turn directions, especially #19-20.,+IL&daddr=London,+UK&sll=48.458352,-37.792969&sspn=55.705336,119.53125&ie=UTF8&z=3&ll=46.437857,-42.890625&spn=57.543604,119.53125&om=1&layer=t

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Time, Amok

So I was watching some Star Trek last evening, and I found it to be hilarious. First, complaining- why is channel 23 repeating episodes of the show before having gone though all the episodes first? It's only been on for six months or so- they haven't gone through them all already. Anyway, this is the episode where they all catch a virus and their more base emotions come out. Sulu running around de-shirted yelling "Richelieu!", Spock crying about Mommy, Kirk getting horny for the Enterprise. Etc. So, they need to refire the engines in an unorthodox manner which gets them out of trouble, but also causes them to be running backwards in time. This will have never been done- nobody had ever gone that fast nor gone back in time. So, they throttle down and watch the chronometer cease running backwards and returns them to our dimension. The funny part is that when the clock starts going forwards again, a red light on the clock turns green. So, like all good 23rd century engineers, the designers of the Enterprise built in a dummy light for when time starts going backwards. That's comedy. And, I think, something I'm going to demand be included in any clock I buy from now on.

Also, I'm catching up on reruns of Mythbusters. I love seeing these things get done, I just wish they were a little more careful with the science and the logic. They test and retest ridiculous minutiae, and then when they start getting low on time they just punt and call their experiment "good enough" and make a proclamation.

Also, confidential to the voice over guy:

1) In the US, 'been' is not pronounced 'bean'.
2) Please stop repeating everything every character says. I know they're trying to cram 22 minutes of material into 44 minutes, but please.
3) 'Methane' is pronounced 'meh-thane'. Not 'MEE-thane'. Those skinny tatooed freaks outside the 7-11 aren't called meeth-heads...
4) It's pronounced "Van de Graff generator." Not "Van der Graff generator." The former is a device that creates static charge, the latter is a 1970's prog rock band.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

When Drunks Attack

Here's a video of an off duty Chicago cop beating up a bartender in a loser bar. (A loser bar is where you go to get drunk, as opposed to a regular bar where getting drunk is disguised with socializing.) Nice soundtrack. And the girl can take a punch- good marrying material.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Larry "Bud" Melman

... is no more. Calvert DeForest died Monday.

A) I thought he was dead already.
B) Poor bastard was only 85? I thought he was 85 15 years ago.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Da Loop

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Jury trial!

Scooter Libby guilty! I was heartened to read the details of the deliberations- they took the process seriously and solemnly. Good job!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

For those who asked

The Grand Prix!

(Today was the first day with decent sunshine to take a proper photo.)

Public Radio!

Heard an interview today with this guy (Neil deGrasse Tyson), on this show. I was flipping around, and stumbled upon him talking about life in other places than Earth. He spoke about liquid water on one of the gassy planets' moons and said we should send up a probe, dig a hole in the ice, drop a camera down and "see what comes up and licks the lens." That's the way I like my scientists- they know all the crazy math and theories, but are also able to communicate on an interesting and every-day sort of manner. I plan to read some of his stuff.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Kitty Blogging!

The best cat website ever. So far.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Create Your Own Apple Rumor!