Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Early Interwebs

The first internet came on 35mm film and you sat in a theater to watch your cats.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Only a Matter of Time

I've been waiting for this. The only question was which would come first; attaching a handgun to a drone, or rigging one to drop a flaming bag of dog poop.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

For the Pope Who Has Everything

At least you can be pretty sure he doesn't have one already.


Good news! We'll soon have the best pictures ever of the planet Pluto. That's right, Bill Nye, it's a planet. In your face, planet killer.

How and when to watch the flyby
At 7:30 a.m. ET, NASA will start streaming the flyby of Pluto on NASA TV. The stream doesn't offer live video because of the distance from Earth. But, the stream shows a simulated version of what NASA sees with a preview of what the flypast, estimated to take place at 7:49 a.m. ET, will reveal.
Scientists expect the craft to "phone home" by 9 p.m. Tuesday with real footage, including some highly anticipated images.
OK,  the version they're going to show at 7:30 AM is a simulated version of what they think is going to happen... So why do we have to wait until 7:30 AM to watch it? In fact, why watch a guess of what the planet will look like at all? We'll soon have pictures of the real thing.

And the best stuff will be the surprises. What's the surface going to look like? Are there monoliths? Is there evidence of of an evil lair?  Abandoned water parks?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Modern Problems

Abedin: Can you hang up the fax line, they will call again and try fax
Clinton: I thought it was supposed to be off hook to work?
Abedin: Yes but hang up one more time. So they can reestablish the line
Clinton: I did.
Abedin: Just pick up phone and hang it up. And leave it hung up.
Clinton: I've done it twice now.
Clinton: Still nothing. Call Oscar if they need help. I'll be out of pocket for an hour or so.
Oscar must be the tech who knows how to stop picking up the fax line.

Puzzle Me This

I saw this one years ago so it didn't take me long to figure it out. If you haven't seen it, don't cheat, you'll really like trying to figure it out on your own.

And if you need a hint... don't read it yet... no really don't....

consider the properties of an incandescent bulb.
answer here

via DRB

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Victor Davis Hanson must be reading my mind. He's noticed the liberal hysteria that's been bugging me for awhile now.  Regarding gay marriage:

...A sort of collective hysteria took over from there. In 2008 there was common assent on the part of the Democratic party’s leadership that the three-millennia-old belief that marriage involved different sexes would prevail, while a separate rubric, “civil union,” would be invented for homosexual couples. But by 2012 that notion was not merely outdated, but taboo. Almost overnight, supporting the erstwhile Obama position of permitting civil unions but rejecting gay marriage became tantamount to career suicide. 
Ditto on illegal immigration. Barack Obama likewise swore between 2008 and 2012 that he was no despot who by executive fiat could legalize violations of immigration laws that had been passed by Congress. Yet by 2015 anyone who would agree with Obama’s past vows is now rendered little more than a nativist and xenophobe — so powerful is the Orwellian engine of groupthink...
The populace is bombarded with "news" from dawn to dusk, yet somehow seems to be the least informed it's ever been. We're jumping from obsession to obsession so fast that there's no time to sit back and reflect that maybe we're being a little hasty.

Just recently two zeitgeists collided when Gay Pride and Black Lives Matter crews ended up sharing the same street. Gunshots ensued. How can you be talking about changing marriage when obviously the problem is police patrolling our cities? How can you worry about Confederate flags when there are still illegal immigrants who can't vote?

I'm oppressed. No I am. No you're not, we are.

I think I blame the internet.


The headline reads:

Could LA's Big One be even bigger than we thought? 
Now explosive helium is leaking from 
massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles

Explosive helium? Helium is one of the least reactive gases there is. How can a science writer be so unfamiliar with the periodic table? 

So I searched the authors other recent articles and found him promoting Paul Erlich's "research" into our pending (again) extinction.  In that article he fails to mention that Paul Erlich is the worst extinction promoter since Thomas Robert Malthus. 

So the results are in: absolutely anyone can be a science writer for Mail Online.