September 30, 2010

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A woman in Australia was so enraged by her husband cheating on her that she believed setting fire to his penis would make him mend his ways.
Yeah, because nothing makes a guy say, "Hey, baby, I was wrong to have cheated on you. We should stay together forever," like setting his junk on fire.

Oh, and I should probably mention that there were also some other kind of serious consequences to her actions.

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September 28, 2010

Roundup: CFL rebels, OpenOffice, and a Sandwich Bag Preemie

(1) Don't call it a lightbulb -- it's a "Heatball". (English translation) That way, the regulators can't ban it, or something. Too bad GE recently shut down the last "heatball" factory in the US.

(2) OpenOffice wasn't faring well under its new corporate overlords at Oracle (which acquired Sun Microsystems, and got OOo in the package). So it's attempting to break free, going with the almost universally despised name of LibreOffice. Let's hope whatever organ Larry Ellison has in place of a heart allows him to donate the "OpenOffice.org" name back to the project.

I'm sticking with OOo 3.2.1 until somebody (either Oracle or Libre) puts out a stable version.

(3) Looks like the Democrats have made a pretty explicit decision to lie like dogs and hope that something sticks.

(4) Former SEIU boss Andy Stern is under investigation. It's about dang time.

(5) New Borg-like neural re-wiring tech for victims of traumatic brain injury. All your neurons are belong to us.

(6) UK docs improvised a sandwich bag insulator for a 26 wk preemie. Of course, this was almost a major Fail Britannia for telling a preggo woman with abdominal pain to not bother coming in to the hospital.

Miss Rowberry and her partner Lee Lacey, 24, feared she was having a miscarriage when she suffered agonising stomach pains when she was 26 weeks pregnant on the evening of June 26.

She rang the maternity suite at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester but was told it was nothing to worry about and to go back to sleep.

Later her mother Gillian called an ambulance and she was rushed to the hospital.


Who said socialized medicine would stifle innovation?!  Just MacGyver  yourself up some sammich bag insulation...

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NFL Pro Pickem Results - Week 3

Well, I should probably post these since I started it. I just can't seem to pick games in a league where the only undefeated teams are the Chiefs, Bears and Steelers.


I have sadly slipped into a tie for fourth by points.

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September 27, 2010

Who do you root for?

Okay, I can't understand this story.

Some process server tried serving divorce papers to a lady who had successfully avoided at least one other process server.

She was stuck in traffic so he pounced.
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The videotape shows Bantley behind the wheel of her car. As Bellizzi stands near the front of her car, he can be heard saying, "Oksana Bantley ... Superior Court …" Bantley shields her face with her hands. But before Bellizzi finishes speaking, she can be seen apparently turning the wheel of her car toward Bellizzi and the car accelerates. The video shows Bellizzi on the hood of the speeding car for a few seconds before the tape cuts off.

So she tried to run him down. She hit him with her car and went at least a couple hundred feet with him hanging onto a windshield wiper.*

"Well that's not confusing" you say.
You should wait until I finish. Jeez, some people are so impatient.
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A Denver process server has been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief after he was run over and badly injured...

Weird. That's about a clear cut a case of adding insult to injury as you'll see outside a State dept SUV vs. Treacher.
I wonder, is she related or affiliated in some way with local police or politicians? Conversely, did he piss off the local police or politician?
That's the only thing that would make sense of this story.
Via Boortz

*Pro-tip: If this happens to you, grab the edge of the hood by the windshield with both hands spread wide and lay spread eagle on the hood while using the tops of your feet on the front of the hood to stay stable.
Trust me, I avoided serious injury once in just that manner after
not avoiding minor injury a previous time. It's nearly impossible to be dislodged if you do that.

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He died like he lived

Test drives are best not done near cliffs, I think.

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September 22, 2010

September 18, 2010

Shiver Me Timbers, It's Talk Like A Pirate Day!



Well, it's Talk Like a Pirate Day here on the coast, be a few hours before midnight for ye landlubbers in the flatlands, ARRRRHARHARRR!!!!!

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September 15, 2010

Baby it's cold outside

Saw this via the Puppy Blender.
Sunspot activity isn't really getting better. It's more active than last year, but still a minimum.
According to the article, the minimum has been for 26 months, normal ones are about 16 months.
Some scientists are measuring magnetic activity in the sunspots. That's been going down steadily.
Now, they're predicting that by 2016 there wouldn't be enough magnetism to sustain sunspots. That seems almost like reverse-global warmmongers. Looking at a trend and assuming it'll continue that way and then WE ALL DIE!!!!!!, except this time from the coming ice age, not from bursting into flames.
At least they note that there's no proof the trend will continue in a straight line graph, but...
There is precedent for the Sun shutting down, the "Little Ice Age" a few hundred years ago, and, of course, the Earth's climate has gone up and down for as long as there's been an Earth.
I have to admit, I'm rooting for the global warmmongers because I really hate the cold, I just prefer my science to have a basis in fact and not endlessly subject to "correction" when you get caught. 

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September 14, 2010

Rorshach Metaphor

I'm sure this is a metaphor for something.


Any ideas what that something is?
Clip via Tim Blair

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September 13, 2010

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"I've got a little penis inside of me," the 34-year-old actress said on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Call me lazy, but you know, I don't think I even have to come up with a joke here.

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September 12, 2010

Fantastic.

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September 10, 2010

More proof that cockroaches will outlive us all

Cockroach brains kill MRSA and E. coli.

I'm terrified of cockroaches, it's probably the only thing I'm more afraid of than guacamole.  If I were dying of MRSA, and was told that all I had to do to be cured was eat a pill made of cockroach brains, I think you'd all be coming to my funeral.

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September 09, 2010

Hey Alice

I think I figured out why CraigsList is taking down their adult section.

Sadly, the vaccine has not been FDA approved for use on websites.

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FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tonight the NFL season kicks off so have your fantasy rosters in and your pickem picks recorded. 



I'm picking the Vikings tonight by 3.

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September 07, 2010



Oh yeah, and...

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Fourmile Fire



It looks like tiny hills.  Until you notice the headlights.

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September 04, 2010

Upcoming debates on Intelligence Squared

I don't really know if anyone else here is interested in these things, but Intelligence Squared has a number of interesting debates airing over the next couple months.

Sep 14 - Treat Terrorists Like Enemy Combatants, Not Criminals:

In 2009 the Justice Department announced that 9/11 plotter Khalid Shaikh Mohammed would be tried in New York City, setting off a firestorm of protests. Besides the cost and safety concerns, at issue are whether terrorists should be tried in criminal court or whether national security requires the use of military commissions. Likewise, issues like the closing of Guantanamo, the reading of Miranda rights, and enhanced interrogation all center on the same question: How should the U.S. treat captured alleged terrorists? In a war with no foreseeable end, whose actors are neither criminals nor soldiers; can we keep America safe and still bring terrorists to justice.

Oct 6 - Islam Is A Religion Of Peace

Is the rise of terrorism and violence justifiably traced to the teachings of Islam, or is this call to war a twisted interpretation of the true Muslim faith? Most of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims are moderates who see Islamic terrorism as a violation of their sacred texts. Is it wrong to let a radical minority represent authentic Islam? Has fear blinded us to its lessons of tolerance and peace?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be arguing against the motion

Oct 26 - Big Government Is Stifling The American Spirit

Intellectuals, tea partiers and everyone in between are concerned about the size of our government and how it affects America’s financial and political future. Is government intervention in everything from economic policy to health care rewarding the “takers,” and not the “makers,” stifling innovators, entrepreneurs and business owners? Or has government done too little to support the growing poor and rapidly shrinking middle class?

Art Laffer will be arguing for the motion

Personally I find these debates kind of interesting.  The arguments aren't as in-depth as I would like, but it's an hour long show so that's to be expected, however a lot of times I think it points out weak areas in the arguments on both sides.  I find that useful in refining my own arguments for and against certain positions.

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September 03, 2010

Sci Fi Libertarian?

On a whim I started reading "The Prefect" by Alastair Reynolds (along with several short stories) and as I delved through it I found more and more instances in which it almost seemed to have a libertarian (small 'l') bent to its message (what there is of one, which is benevolently minor).

Then I read this phrase:

(Genocide) had to be done the old-fashioned way, the historical way: not with a single catastrophic release of air or heat, something that would have been detectable from afar, but with the apparatus of state: armed force, applied via her new army of servitors. The citizens had been rounded up, pacified with lies and then executed by machine.

It was more impactful when you also consider that it revolves around an unarmed citizenry.   I'm not saying that is his intention but it certainly read as pro-power to the citizen at the expense of the state.

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Ear and Eye Protection

Does anyone have a preference or recommendation? This'll be for range use, which means you never know what the guy next to you is gonna necessarily have, so I want good quality gear...you only get one set of ears and eyes, after all.

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Aaaaaaand the idiots in Harrisburg kill the golden egg-laying goose in 5, 4, 3, 2,

One.  And I'd lay down every fucking penny I own on the fact that these guys will end up fucking things up, I guaran-fucking-tee it, this is PA, land of Murtha, after all.  Seriously, these gas and oil people are spending a ton of fucking money here in this part of PA, the pipelines aren't even set up yet and people are only starting to dipping into their initial royalty checks, but that's all gonna go away if these idiots fuck it up.

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