Saturday, November 27, 2010
Despite the apparent lack freedom when it comes to the web or the violations being committed by the TSA,it is nice to know that our fast food is still free. In fact Sarah Palin believes a free country should allow its citizens to eat anything they damn choose. I saw these lovelies at the Chilton County Fair here in Alabama. I am so sure that our Forefathers would be so proud. Maybe Mrs. Palin could take these to a day care to teach the kids about freedom.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Last year I made a post about Michio Kaku's book Physics of the Impossible. In the chapter concerning inter-stellar travel, he delves into one possibility that involves using solar sails to propel a spacecraft. The benefit of this being the ship would not require a source of power that would expire. Conceptually, a a solar sail would fit on the front of a spacecraft and absorb photons that would propel it forward. Theoretically over time it would build momentum and ensure a long flight for the spacecraft to help it reach the farthest reaches of our universe and boldly go where no man has gone before. Yes, it does sound like science fiction, but tomorrow it will be making strides to becoming science fact. Tomorrow the Japanese will be launching two satellites powered by solar sails, name Daedalus and Icarus. You can read the full article here, but let us hope that results of these two satellites yield the necessary information to improve space travel. It is not long before we can begin to enjoy happy hour at Mos Eisly.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tired of the same old tuna, spam, and other canned meats of the non-fantastical variety? Well, you should consider trying some Unicorn Meat. These little guys, according to their description are treated much like Kobe cows, promptly being messaged and given Guinness to fatten them up. These majestic creatures are pampered right up to the point of candy-ization, when their now fatty bodies are blended with their candied horn and bones. They are then canned and sold straight from Ireland. You can buy some here.
original link found at the Presurfer.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
No matter where you live, I am sure that your city probably has some outdated and overlooked law that is comical by our standards today. For instance, in Mobile, Alabama a woman must have a permit to wear high heels. Also, in Las Cruces, New Mexico it is illegal to carry a lunch box down Main Street. Granted there are hilarious stories that probably explain the need for these additions to the law books, but it is a little frightening to know you could be punished since the law is still on the books.
I was completely unaware until today that it is still illegal for women to wear pants in Paris. It sounds bizarre considering the city's fashion forward persona. The law seems to have no real reason to exist. According to this article from the Telegraph, it was enacted by the city's Police chief in 1799. Now, the French could not just ban women from wearing pants at all, so women could apparently get written permission form the police if they could explain there motives for "dressing like a man." In 1892 the law was amended to allow women to wear trousers as long as they were riding a horse and holding the reigns. As the times changed and horses were used less for city travel, the law was modified again in 1902 to allow women to wear pants if they were riding bike. Since no one is getting locked up it is obvious that this law is not taken seriously, but it is ridiculous to keep such and archaic law on the books. President Nicolas Sarkozy is planning on urging parliament on reconsidering this outdated law.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I love serendipitous moments, especially when they involve those cheap coin machines in gas station bathrooms. My girlfriend and I were on our way to Nashville and took the Jams K. Polk house exit (my favorite President) to have ourselves a bathroom break. While in the rest room both my girlfriend and myself took pictures of Horny Goat Weed. The qeustion is whether you actually smoke it or not. Sadly neither if us had 75 cents to acquire some goat weed, but maybe next time.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Weddings for the most part prototypical get togethers where to people come together to witness two lovers publicly profess their love for one another. I have seen plenty traditional, lavish, and graceful weddings, but I would love to have seen these weddings. Nothing is more amusing than some odd self expression and matrimony.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In addition to causing widespread death and destruction, last week’s devastating earthquake in Chile may have shifted the Earth’s axis permanently and created shorter days, according to scientists at NASA. Based on calculations thus far, every day from now on should be 1.26 microseconds shorter. While the change probably won’t be affecting our daily schedules too much (a microsecond is a millionth of a second), it is unsettling to think about how much impact something as concentrated as an earthquake can have on the entire planet.
original post at Inhabitat
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This may be one of the most amusing things I have come across in awhile. I work with computers everyday and more specifically I try to teach people how to use them. Most of the time, I find it hard to help people who have no jumping off point. To most folks, computer lingo is nothing more than hodge-podge of made up futuristic terms that have no real meaning to them. However, they are constantly confronting issues where understanding their computer would be helpful. For instance, backing up is a must for any person that owns a computer, but to someone who has never even opened an email attachment or even powered on a computer, backing up seems like an irksome and impossibly convoluted process. Generally I work exclusively with Apple computers, and whether you like them or not, Apple does a pretty good job at making the computing process approachable by even the layman. However, even the helpful tutorials on Apple's home page are still talking in "computer speak." I found this post at a blog called Ironic Sans, and found myself chuckling at this amusing computer manuel, and impressed by it. I could only imagine a world where the technology community spoke with such frankness. Here is the original link.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
On my last night in California, I accompanied a work mate to meet some friends at a California chain called Armadillo Willies and saw this sign at the front of the restaurant. I actually don't know how I feel about this. I assumed this is due to how they cook barbecue in California, but I was still alarmed. So after doing a little on line research I have come to the conclusion that the restaurant was probably warning me about PAH's (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) HCA's (heterocyclic amines); cancer causing compounds that are the result of charring your food. What makes this all the more alarming is that this is probably not limited to California. So I did a little more digging and learned that anytime you charr your food, like burning a piece of toast, you create PAH which is an imperfect combustion of smoke and burning material. Percivall Potts, a 1700's English surgeon, discovered a link in his patients with scrotal cancer and their history as chimney sweeps. PAH's would be the cause in this link and are strong carcinogens. HAC's however are a more recent discovery. This combustion can take place in meat, and it can happen even when not charring. It is actually caused by a chemical reaction in the muscle meat when it is being heated. The cancer causing effects has been very strong in rats, but no humans have shown signs that HAC's cause cancer. After digesting all of this, I have to say that my decision that night to eat my delicious meal at Armadillo Willies would have remained unchanged. California appears to require BBQ restaurants to display this information, but I am probably still at risk here in Alabama. For the lack of having anything better to say about the matter, and a surge of apathy, what doesn't cause cancer? BBQ is a delicious Southern delicacy, and I will continue to take my chances with beef briskets cooked to their smokey goodness.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I love sarcasm and this particular comic sums up a lot of the feelings I have had growing up. We are all destined to learn to think analytically all through life only to work a job one day were all that preparation is thrown out for corporate policies and procedures.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
how bout instead of remaking the cop drama over and over we make a cop drama about a group of cops who absolutely suck at their jobs. nothing is ever solved but its amusing because they have huge after hours shanannigans where they abuse their power and act like ass holes until one day it all goes a little too far...
Monday, January 25, 2010
So today was a very big day for me. I went to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, Ca; or as you probably know it as Apple Computers Headquarters. Excuse me if I seem like the blushing fan boy, but I have been an avid Apple user since my dad brought home our first Apple Performa 600! This was a big day for me. Here are the only pictures I was allowed to take, I will keep you posted with the rest of my experiences from Mecca.
I arrived in San Francisco yesterday, and immediately headed to Cupertino, Ca. Yes, the home base, or mothership for Apple computers. I am terribly excited to be here, especially this week when so many wonderful things are announced. I am jazzed to be here. Keep an ear to the ground for any of the rumbling form the west coast.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
This is a really cool video I saw some time ago and it was recently dug up on Reddit. It show 100 different people ranging from ages 1-100. It is pretty cool, and part of a series. Here is the video below.
This is a beautiful bento my girlfriend AJ made for me to enjoy at work. :)
-pickled sour plum
-red bean paste snack
-chopped green peppers
-wasabi and soy
Also, take note of the chop sabers she got me for Christmas. They are awesome.