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Title: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 07, 2007, 06:45:51 PM
This morning I was stuck at a redlight in front of a drugstore. I looked at the store and noticed a rooster standing by the front door. There was also a van a few feet away, and there was a woman standing next to the van, the big sliding door was open, and she looked like she might have been talking to the rooster. So, okay, maybe it's her pet rooster and she's trying to coerce it back in the van.

This evening, we're going out to eat, and we pass by the same store. This is like 8 hours later or so. I'm telling my gf the story as we're riding by, pointing at the store, and I notice the rooster is still there. So, okay. I whip it around and we go back to look at the rooster. Only it's not just a rooster, we find out as we pull up to the store. There's 3 hens, a rooster and 4 baby chicks. People are coming and going out of the store looking at the chickens with a confused grin on their faces. This is an urban area. No farms anywhere near it. We're sitting there a few feet away, looking at the mother hen, the chicks and the rooster, and the chicks decide they want to go into the woods next to the parking lot. They strut right by in front of the car, with the mother hen following, and they disappear into the woods. It was too cute! And weird!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: thegrue on January 07, 2007, 09:19:55 PM
Drinking. And smoking. Outside my window. At 6 am.

I mean, usually 'round here it's just me and a book and a lamp at that time of night.

Also last night I learned--via loud hallway gossip--that a girl who lives here--or who dates a boy who lives here, I've lost track of who actually lives here anymore--is "way way way high maintenance" but that she is also "fuckin' hot, dude." The two factors seemed to balance out. Or at least amplify each other.

:crotchety
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on January 12, 2007, 10:32:47 AM
A mouse. Running in and out of the trunk of the car in front of me at a stop light.   :o

It was an old, beat-up car, and the mouse was running back and forth on the bumper and in and out of the trunk, looking generally frightened. It was kinda cute, in a really gross way. It made it back into the trunk when the car started moving again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hackess on January 12, 2007, 01:52:36 PM
Last night, we join one of Josh's friends at a place because he'd had to miss the birthday thing on Tuesday. Another friend showed up, a big biker kinda dude: leather Harley jacket, bandana, piercings, tattoos, etc. (If he had a full beard, he'd be a candidate for bear pr0n). Anyway. He drags Josh out to his vehicle to give him a birthday present.

A handmade candle. Candles that he and his parents make.  ???
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 12, 2007, 02:27:40 PM
Man, the way that story started I'm afraid to ask how the candle was ... uh ... delivered.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 12, 2007, 06:33:18 PM
:galm
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 12, 2007, 08:03:06 PM
It was kinda cute, in a really gross way.

Definitley siggable.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 12, 2007, 08:03:59 PM
D-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Mr. Hate! on January 13, 2007, 08:44:13 AM
A refund check for $260 from my home insurance company.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 13, 2007, 10:53:18 AM
Tsunami warning.

Didn't expect that. No, really.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 13, 2007, 11:03:09 AM
Nelson agrees to minor league contract with Yankees, then retires

I went to high school with that traitorous bastard.  Christ, but I'm old.  And yet, still almost 30 years from retirement-qualified.  :stbm
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: SMJW on January 13, 2007, 11:37:20 AM
Zombie pigs genetically altered to not mind being food
The Daily Mail has an article about "farmyard freaks" -- livestock that has been genetically engineered to make them totally docile.
Factory farming techniques, most commonly used with pigs and chicken, often involve keeping animals confined in cramped conditions.
For pigs, who are highly intelligent, these conditions can lead to stress and aggression.

However, GM scientists are actively investigating ways to remove the stress and aggression gene from animals, effectively turning them into complacent zombies.

The professor said it might become technically possible to produce "animal vegetables" - beasts which are "highly prolific and oblivious to their physical and mental status".

biscuit sez:  people are fucking ignorant.  i hope the "docile" pigs start killing people.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Mr. Hate! on January 13, 2007, 12:40:24 PM
They also GM'd them to be 3 Laws compliant.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 13, 2007, 01:07:16 PM
First pigs. Then...

You can't stop the signal.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 13, 2007, 02:34:50 PM
However, GM scientists are actively investigating ways to remove the stress and aggression gene from animals, effectively turning them into complacent zombies.

The professor said it might become technically possible to produce "animal vegetables" - beasts which are "highly prolific and oblivious to their physical and mental status".

biscuit sez:  people are fucking ignorant.  i hope the "docile" pigs start killing people.

A-FUCKING-MEN. That's awful. I mean, I laughed at the cow in Restaurant At The End Of The Universe that wants to be eaten and all, but this does give me the shudders I have to say. Genetic alteration instead of.... giving the poor animals better living conditions. Sick.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: SMJW on January 13, 2007, 02:39:52 PM
[Genetic alteration instead of.... giving the poor animals better living conditions.

Right.  If you regret eating an animals on account of its feelings and emotions you should opt out of the carnivore game, not alter their genes to make you feel that it's right.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 13, 2007, 04:20:35 PM
S'why I buy local at every opportunity.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: SMJW on January 13, 2007, 05:37:32 PM
This little piggy cried "KILL ME I DON"T CARE, KILL ME I DON"T CARE" all the way home.

 ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: thegrue on January 13, 2007, 06:01:43 PM
Nelson agrees to minor league contract with Yankees, then retires

I went to high school with that traitorous bastard.  Christ, but I'm old.  And yet, still almost 30 years from retirement-qualified.  :stbm

All I can see in my mind's eye is the long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words" strapping on a set of uniforms and calling for a KEY CHANGE!!!! from the dug-out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 13, 2007, 06:12:44 PM
Nelson agrees to minor league contract with Yankees, then retires

I went to high school with that traitorous bastard.  Christ, but I'm old.  And yet, still almost 30 years from retirement-qualified.  :stbm

All I can see in my mind's eye is the long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words" strapping on a set of uniforms and calling for a KEY CHANGE!!!! from the dug-out.

There are hair band songs I actually call out "KEY CHANGE!" to when I hear them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 13, 2007, 07:36:48 PM
The Colts victorious.  Hol-ee shit.   :o
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 13, 2007, 07:46:34 PM
So are you still angry that the Colts got moved to Indianapolis? And did you cheer for the Colts or the Ravens?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Law on January 13, 2007, 09:26:34 PM
long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words"

Those ponces were Extreme, actually. Brunettes. My brain prevents me from remebering any Nelson songs...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 13, 2007, 09:48:25 PM
I can't live without your love and affection... I can't face another night on my own... I'll give up my pride to save me from being aloooooooooooone... I can't live without your looooooooooove
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 13, 2007, 09:50:33 PM
So are you still angry that the Colts got moved to Indianapolis? And did you cheer for the Colts or the Ravens?

I wasn't really a Colts fan as a kid - my dad grew up in Baltimore; my mom grew up outside of DC; she got custody of me after the divorce; the Redskins were at my grandmother's house every Sunday just like my cousins.  I didn't understand the politics of the Colts leaving so it wasn't really a big deal.

What annoyed me was the people who were thrilled when we took a team from another town - it seemed hypocritical to me after the way the Colts left.  (I was also annoyed that the same people who hated Irsay for taking the Colts were the same people who hated John Elway for not wanting to play for Irsay, but that's neither here nor there.)  And I like Peyton Manning - he's a good Loosiana boy and makes funny commercials.  So I was rooting for the Colts.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: slippy on January 14, 2007, 07:30:10 AM
long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words"

Those ponces were Extreme, actually. Brunettes. My brain prevents me from remebering any Nelson songs...

And yet, your brain let you remember Extreme.
No one should be forced to remember Extreme!
Shame on you, law-brain!

*smite
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: SMJW on January 14, 2007, 11:40:46 AM
long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words"

Those ponces were Extreme, actually. Brunettes. My brain prevents me from remebering any Nelson songs...

And yet, your brain let you remember Extreme.
No one should be forced to remember Extreme!
Shame on you, law-brain!

*smite

I had the Pornograffiti album.  Loud and proud!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: slippy on January 14, 2007, 11:48:37 AM
*smite!

;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: thegrue on January 14, 2007, 03:19:25 PM
long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words"

Those ponces were Extreme, actually. Brunettes. My brain prevents me from remebering any Nelson songs...

I'd say you totally just pwn3d me but I'm not sure you want that on your resume.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Law on January 14, 2007, 10:03:19 PM
long-haired blonde ponces behind "More Than Words"

Those ponces were Extreme, actually. Brunettes. My brain prevents me from remebering any Nelson songs...

And yet, your brain let you remember Extreme.
No one should be forced to remember Extreme!
Shame on you, law-brain!

*smite

Sad, but true. I (unfortunately) knew Nuno before he was famous.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 15, 2007, 07:58:08 PM
Thing I Expected To See Today: Very dirty semi on 101.
Thing I Was Mildly Surprised To See: It was very, very, very dirty. As if it had just driven here from the Arctic.
Thing I Didn't Expect To See But Realized That It Made Sense Once I Thought About the Dirty: "Kitchener, Ontario" painted on the door.

I rolled down the window and shouted, "Hey, do you know ...?"

just kidding I didn't
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 15, 2007, 09:05:00 PM
Do you know Glenn, from Canada, he works in an office, in Canada... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loG98vawjN4)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: SMJW on January 15, 2007, 09:11:55 PM
During its first year, Tennessee's "Crack Tax" has brought in nearly $2 million dollars in state revenue.

The illegal substances tax went into effect last January.

Basically, drug dealers are supposed to pay taxes on illegal drugs and alcohol.

They pay confidentially, and when they do, they get a stamp.

If they're caught without the stamp, they'll be prosecuted for not only selling drugs, but for not paying their taxes too.

All money made from the stamps goes to fighting drugs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 15, 2007, 09:42:56 PM
Oooh, that's going to catch on.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on January 15, 2007, 10:09:34 PM
That's basically the argument for making it legal, right? To collect the taxes?

Well, one of the arguments.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 15, 2007, 10:29:30 PM
Do you know Glenn, from Canada, he works in an office, in Canada... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loG98vawjN4)

My boss (C) is from Hong Kong.  When she moved over here and started this company an old coworker of hers asked C to hire her brother, who had become a Canadian citizen.  Her reasoning was that Seattle was so close to Canada.  Well, maybe he lived in Vancouver.

Nope.  Ontario somewhere.  He took the job, though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 15, 2007, 11:25:08 PM
That commercial always reminded me of the times I'd visited Panama and people asked where I lived (either New York or Florida, depending on how far back). Then I'd inevitably get: "New York! Oh, do you know my cousin, he moved to NYC?" or "Florida! Do you know my friend, he moved to Miami?" That defined the entire East Coast for everyone there - NYC or Miami, there was nowhere else.

When I was travelling in Spain the response was "Oh, Florida, do you live in Orlando?" (defined by Disneyworld, it's a big tourist destination so I guess that makes it outrank Miami for the Europeans)

(Also, everyone in Spain asked if we'd met Pamela Anderson when they found out we were from the US. And if we carried guns.)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 03, 2007, 07:16:41 PM
Those other Molson ads are pretty good. :D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on February 03, 2007, 11:45:58 PM
I admit the beaver ones make me laugh.

They all can recite the "I am Canadian" anthem thing here. Usually when drinking.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Law on February 04, 2007, 10:15:57 PM
An itinerary with my name on it:

Boston to Salt Lake to Honolulu.

Awwww, yeah.

Too bad it also says April on it...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on February 13, 2007, 04:27:48 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070213/ts_nm/iraq_security_measures_dc_3

Well, now... there's a concept.  I wish I would have thought of that 3 years ago.  Oh, wait.  I did.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 13, 2007, 04:54:32 PM
"the implementation of this exercise is difficult, because we hold on to knotty experiences" - from cultivating compassion by jeffery hopkins. forward by HH. D to the El lo
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on February 13, 2007, 08:30:56 PM
Kickass!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on February 14, 2007, 03:07:24 PM
Did not expect to see my rent check leave my bank account today.

For the second time.

Punk is without cash in NYC.  Luckily I get paid at midnight tonight, and those responsible for the fuck up are covering my overdraft fees until the duplicate is reversed.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 14, 2007, 06:16:57 PM
Ouch.  :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on February 16, 2007, 07:23:22 AM
Manties (http://www.manties.net/)
Title: Dude!
Post by: the other andrea on February 16, 2007, 09:38:29 PM
Lebowski Fest Seattle with Jeff "The Real Dude" Dowd
Fans celebrate The Big Lebowski by bowling with the Dude

Seattle, Washington - March 9th-10th, 2007 - What started as a humble gathering of fans of the Coen Brothers' cult-comedy The Big Lebowski in a bowling alley in Kentucky in 2002, has grown into a national traveling phenomenon known as Lebowski Fest which has celebrated "all things Lebowski" in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Louisville and now for the first time Seattle!
 
The festival will be held the weekend of March 9th and 10th at The Showbox and Kenmore Lanes and will include an appearance by the man who inspired the film's main character, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd. Dowd, an independent film consultant, has roots in Seattle and was a member of The Seattle Seven (a political activist group from the 1970s) just as it states in the film.

The weekend will kick off at The Showbox (1426 First Ave) on Friday, March 9th with music by Har Mar Superstar, the man known for his amazing live act and stunning dance moves made famous by his cameo in Starsky and Hutch where he has a dance-off with Ben Stiller. Har Mar's performance will be followed by a screening of the film with an introduction by Jeff "The Dude" Dowd. The F**king Eagles will open the night.
 
Tickets are $15 and are on sale now through the Showbox box office or Ticket Master. 21 and up, Doors at 8, music at 9, movie at 11.
 
Bowling event at Kenmore Lanes with Jeff "The Dude" Dowd

The main event will take place on Saturday, March 10th at The Kenmore Lanes (7638 NE Bothell Way) with an appearance by Jeff "The Dude" Dowd. Ticket includes general admission bowling* and shoe rental. Costume, trivia, bowling and other contests will be held as well as a Lebowski-themed art show. White Russians, the drink featured prominently in the movie, will be flowing heavily both nights.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now through TicketWeb.com. All ages. Doors at 9pm. *Bowling is not guaranteed.

These events often sell out in advance and getting tickets as soon as you can is recommended.

More information on tickets and particulars can be found at www.LebowskiFest.com.
About Lebowski Fest

Lebowski Fest was started by two fans, Will Russell (30) and Scott Shuffitt (33), in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky on October 12th, 2002. The two spawned the idea while bored at a tattoo convention and quoting lines to pass the time. When fellow vendors joined in on the quoting, they realized they were not alone and set out to have a party in a bowling alley to celebrate their favorite movie. After a surprise mention in SPIN Magazine's "19 Events you Can't Miss" in summer of 2003, the 2nd Annual Lebowski Fest attracted 1200 fans from 35 states and abroad as well as the first appearance by the man who inspired the film's main character, Jeff "The Dude" Dowd.

Lebowski Fest continues to grow and expand to other cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle with the Annual Event being held in Louisville, Kentucky each year. The weekend consists of two events which include live music and a screening of the movie on the first night and the main bowling event the next night with wild costumes, trivia contests, unlimited bowling, White Russians and what-have-you.

Actors from the film have made appearances including Jeff Bridges (The Dude), Peter Stormare (Uli the Nihilist), Jack Kehler (Monty the Landlord), David Huddleston (The Big Lebowski), Jerry Haleva (Saddam), Lu Elrod (Waitress), Jim Hoosier (Liam), Robin Jones (Ralph's Checkout Girl), Luis Colina (Corvette Owner) and others. No matter how small the role, the fans (known as "Achievers") always give them the rock star treatment.

Bands that have performed in the past include My Morning Jacket, They Might Be Giants, Jon Spencer's Heavy Trash and many others.

As Lebowski Fest expands to new cities, there has been talk of a Lebowski Fest Europe in the near future.

About Jeff "The Dude" Dowd

In Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 movie, The Big Lebowski, the lead character, "the Dude" aka Jeff Lebowski, played by Jeff Bridges, is inspired by Jeff  "the Dude"  Dowd: "His rumpled look and relaxed manner suggests a man in whom casualness runs deep."

Jeff was a member of The Seattle Liberation Front, or SLF, a radical anti-Vietnam War organization in Seattle, Washington. The group, founded by then-University of Washington professor and political activist Michael Lerner, carried out its protest activities from 1970 to 1971.

The most famous members of the SLF were the "Seattle Seven" - seven SLF members charged with "conspiracy to incite a riot" in the wake of a violent protest at a courthouse. The members of the Seattle Seven were Lerner himself, as well as "The Dude" Jeff Dowd, Joe Kelly, Susan Stern, Michael Abeles, Chip Marshall, and Roger Lippman.

The Seattle Seven is mentioned in The Big Lebowski when the character of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) is telling Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore) about his past.

Jeff Dowd is a Los Angeles-based writer/producer, producer's representative, and a nationally recognized authority on marketing, distribution and exhibition.

etc etc...
 

:o

and yet...

 8)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on February 17, 2007, 09:53:19 AM
That is totally cool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: thegrue on February 17, 2007, 10:11:46 PM
So, am I the only person alive who saw The Big Lebowski and thought, "Eh"?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on February 17, 2007, 11:03:39 PM
Vagina.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: .alphamonkey. on February 17, 2007, 11:16:42 PM
Ah, that'd be awesome!  I'd love to attend something like that.  Stupid Sandusky with their 'no culture EVER' policy.   

Unrelated, you're avatar creeps me out, because I keep thinking it's my media partner, Stuart (http://www.federatedmedia.net/authors/dhadm). Not only does he look and sound like Laurie, now he's got a cane due to extensive back surgery.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: .alphamonkey. on February 18, 2007, 12:23:12 AM
Speaking of Lebowski....

The Mii Lebowski (http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=23836). 

I'm so in love with this console.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on February 27, 2007, 09:50:16 AM
Apparently my sister's bf (the one that is Lorne Michaels' nanny) came up with the story for the movie Dodgeball (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/22/nyregion/22dodgeball.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin).

I haven't talked with either my sister or David about it, but saw that article in the NYT yesterday (apologies if it makes you reg to read). He's never said anything about it that I know of, but I have zero trouble picturing him dancing around in those outfits at a dodgeball tourney. He's that much of a ham.

Anyway, I hope it goes well for him. He's a great guy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Law on March 16, 2007, 10:04:04 PM
Oh yeah. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFDDxZFm7JQ)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 17, 2007, 12:37:07 AM
Dayum!  ;D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on March 17, 2007, 06:31:39 AM
I think he swallowed an iPod.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Law on March 21, 2007, 09:00:15 PM
This just amazes me... (http://www.fotoausflug.de/en-mars.html)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on March 22, 2007, 04:40:56 PM
I saw a goose walking out of a liquor store today as I was driving by.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on March 22, 2007, 07:13:37 PM
This morning, a lady handed me my debit card I lost yesterday in the drive through. had to have slipped out of my hand when she was handing me my coffee :)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on March 25, 2007, 01:08:27 PM
Two deer in my backyard  ;D

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/deer-backyard.jpg)

I haven't seen any out there in a couple of years. Robin had advised me to put a salt lick out there, which I did last year. I didn't see the deer at the salt lick, but it's about 20 feet from where this deer is standing. I never got a picture of the other deer - they both ran off right after I took this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on March 28, 2007, 09:12:55 PM
Mo said:
Quote
Two deer in my backyard  Grin

Heh heh! cool, Mo!  Put  two more out there!  If you have any thorn bushes you want to get rid of, make a mineral deposit around the bush. Dig a tench about half a foot deep, pour about 5 to 10 pounds of rock salt or canning salt in the trench. Pour some water in it and mix it up with the mud. Cover up the gook with the dirt you dug out of the hole. They love it and  will tear out the thorn bushes for you by pawing at the root system.  It won't hurt them...sometimes  they will even eat the thorn bushes! Once you get them coming to that place for salt, they will keep coming back for years.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on March 30, 2007, 10:20:07 AM
I didn't expect to see this photo (and caption) with this article (http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=43397&in_page_id=2)*.

*male wince warning
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on March 30, 2007, 11:02:19 AM
I didn't expect to see this photo (and caption) with this article (http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=43397&in_page_id=2)*.

*male wince warning
Uh... the editor hasn't watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has he? A rabbit doesn't help get your mind off the story at all.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: GB on March 30, 2007, 11:58:08 AM
That story is horrible, but the sick part of me wants to know exactly how something like that happens.  The bunny picture is too funny.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on March 30, 2007, 12:22:50 PM
:galm :rollin

Kickass article there :detta
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 30, 2007, 07:55:37 PM
Quote
Here is a picture of a nice fluffy rabbit to take your mind off this story

I saw "log moving mechanism" and thought maybe he has an overdeveloped perception of his manhood.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on March 30, 2007, 09:09:20 PM
We got a tour of one of the family run mills (in Morrisville) that buys lumber from my parent's joint.
You can't have much in the way of safety shields for machines that cut up trees. All I can say is that it takes a special kind of crazy to work in a sawmill. I was standing way the hell out of the way of the works and was scared shitless.

How you get your junk caught in there without getting turned into dogfood....

 ::) ::) ::) ::) :o :o :o :o ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hackess on March 30, 2007, 09:42:21 PM
You don't. My uncle works in a sawmill. Nearly chopped his thumb off once and had to have what was left sewn back on. It was some disturbing stitchery. One of his colleagues got pulled in by the sleeve and lost his arm.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 30, 2007, 09:43:20 PM
I worked in a shingle mill for the summer between high school and college -- I stacked and strapped the smaller shingle bundles onto larger pallets that were nailed together up the line from me.

One of the nailers was a woman who I never heard speak more than a handful of words a day, let alone a complete sentence. One night however, the nail gun slipped and she put a nail through her arm. She walked over to the supervisor and held it up, without saying a word. He was shrugging because he couldn't see what was wrong.

Finally, she blurted out "I gots a nail in ma arm." That was the most complete sentence and grouping of words she'd ever put together before or after that night.

Gotta love my hometown.   8)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on March 31, 2007, 06:07:52 AM
"I gots a nail in ma arm."

:galm
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Law on April 02, 2007, 12:27:38 PM
The Mona Lisa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk2sPl_Z7ZU) via MSPaint.

 8)

Brought to you via Transbuddha (http://www.transbuddha.com).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on April 02, 2007, 01:38:39 PM
Whoa.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on April 04, 2007, 10:39:57 AM
This morning,  Cars were backed up for  almost half a mile moving about 6 miles/hour. We thought there must have been an accident. When we got up to the bottleneck,   Road Crew had part of the four lane blocked off during rush hour so they could plant trees on the hill side.  ::)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on April 04, 2007, 06:05:42 PM
My coworker forwarded me a YouTube link.  I glanced up at the poster...  It was enidjane.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on April 05, 2007, 05:18:56 AM
6 AM wide awake.

bleeeeeeeeargh



...oh and snow. SNOW. Sticking. Holy WTF.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on April 05, 2007, 08:14:19 AM
Was 80+ F
Now 33 F

F!

Wacked out weather. Jeeze.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 05, 2007, 09:56:55 AM
...a hairball, on the clothes I'd planned on wearing today.

The cats are having serious grooming sessions tonight. Very serious.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on April 06, 2007, 08:32:48 PM
It's brass brassiere weather.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on April 06, 2007, 10:07:14 PM
Werd.
This is BS.

I'd rather be slobbing around in shorts and a wife-beater while complaining about the heat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 06, 2007, 10:13:36 PM
Werd.
This is BS.

I'd rather be slobbing around in shorts and a wife-beater while complaining about the heat.
I cannot possibly understand that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 06, 2007, 11:25:58 PM
It was 75 degrees here today.

The first official leg shaving of 2007.  ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hackess on April 07, 2007, 01:40:47 AM
Werd.
This is BS.

I'd rather be slobbing around in shorts and a wife-beater while complaining about the heat.

I'd rather it be 65 degrees all the time.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on April 07, 2007, 03:33:23 AM



I'd rather it be 65 degrees all the time.

Word. Perfect.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on April 07, 2007, 07:56:12 AM
I'd be happy with 70 to 80 F, sunny and a little breezy, for the peak season, and then a cooler season down in the 50s. I hate winter. HATE. But 65 all the time would bore me.

I don't mind heat and humidity (I like ceiling fans) as much as I mind snow and being freakin' cold for 7 months, so summer, bring it on.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on April 07, 2007, 08:07:59 AM
Actually Wednesday.  This in our driveway.

(http://www.rc-trucks.org/Honda-Odyssey-Van.jpg)

Not exactly the Land Rover, but more practical and with better gizmo's.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on April 07, 2007, 09:35:34 AM
Nice.

It needs flames (http://www.bumperstickermagnet.com/mg00031.html).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on April 07, 2007, 03:40:32 PM
72 is my favorite temp. It's not too hot, and you can run around nekkid in it without feeling cold.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on April 07, 2007, 09:53:36 PM
Quote
It's not too hot, and you can run around nekkid in it without feeling cold.
It's so cold here!!  snow has been pouring all day long and it's that kind of cold that goes right through you!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on April 08, 2007, 09:19:13 AM
Nice.

It needs flames (http://www.bumperstickermagnet.com/mg00031.html).


Tell Vox that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on April 08, 2007, 05:21:44 PM
Vox, it needs flames.

Sewiously.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 08, 2007, 06:51:29 PM
Not exactly the Land Rover, but more practical and with better gizmo's.

Same color? Awright! Mine is now 1/2" deep in road dirt. Story in other thread.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on April 09, 2007, 05:49:56 PM
This is more of a "Thing I didn't expect to hear today", which was that apparently my husband was a clip on Sports Center.

Unfortunately I think it was a blooper clip. Doh!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on April 09, 2007, 09:36:56 PM
Uh oh.  What did he do?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on April 09, 2007, 10:58:29 PM
Uh oh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on April 10, 2007, 05:43:43 AM
They had a clusterfuck of a pit stop on Saturday and his catch can got left in for a lap. Here's (http://www.nascar.com/2007/news/headlines/bg/04/07/nashville.busch.series.race.ap/index.html) the story (it's really just the last line.) I can't find the clip of the pit stop, though.

Everything ended up being ok, though because they had two incredibly fast stops after that and the car came in second. When the driver got interviewed after he denied that the incident kept him from winning the race. Carl Edwards just had a faster car.

The hub was more pissed about the fact that the sunglasses he's had for TEN YEARS got crunched. He's already got a new pair of Revos.

Edit: I found a clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWCyrN_GTpU). I'd say turn the sound off and watch until like a minute-twenty five. That's about when it happens. You can see his legs and his fire apron...and his hand reaching for the can.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on April 10, 2007, 07:55:38 AM
They should tether that sucker to their wrists!  Then, if the hand slips, it'll still get yanked out.

I'm sure NASCAR already has 2 pages of rules making that  a violation of policy of some sort.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on April 10, 2007, 05:27:05 PM
Some guys have been known to tether themselves to the catch can, but his crew are kind of multi-purpose. Depending on what kind of stop it is, he has to take care of the big gas can and/or insert the wrench for adjustments. He missed the can because he was struggling with the gas can which had gotten stuck. Turns out they didn't lube the tip enough.

Don't think we haven't beat that joke to death.  ::)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on April 10, 2007, 05:55:25 PM
Are you saying your husband has a big can?

*runs*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 11, 2007, 09:54:06 AM
Poor Mr. Hontas!  It's cool that they still finished second - I don't think anyone had anything for Edwards that day.

And I keep forgetting to watch for him (the Mr.)!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on April 13, 2007, 03:37:50 PM
I wasn't expecting to see my laptop HD crash while I was posting a funny penguin picture here.

o_O

Soooo $100 for a new drive.
Yay.
I just blew $120 for more memory for that little MacBitch so NewEgg better call me tomorrow morning after that bend-over.
Hopefully I can salvage all my stuff off there. Ah well. Sometimes, you just gotta say what the fuck.
*shrug*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 16, 2007, 08:55:01 AM
Bad typo. Bad, baaaaaaad, badddd, typo.

"Wife's a bitch, and then you die."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 16, 2007, 03:09:01 PM
At least 32 dead in Virginia shooting rampage (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070416/ts_nm/usa_crime_shooting_dc_7)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 16, 2007, 03:24:50 PM
I just now saw that headline when I got into work today. Scary. :(

Is that close to where you are?

I'm sorry I missed your call yesterday, Tal, I didn't check my phone until about 8 p.m. last night. I'll try to call you this afternoon, which I have to remember will be evening to you.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 16, 2007, 03:37:41 PM
Not really - it's much closer to Needles and Detta, I think.

And check your PMs!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 16, 2007, 03:48:04 PM
I did, and will do!  :)

My grasp of eastern U.S. geography is pretty poor -- I think I could still match the states up if I were given a map with only the outlines, but I don't really have a concept of how they fit together. Out here in the west, everything is pretty square-ish.  ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on April 17, 2007, 11:30:43 AM
Not really - it's much closer to Needles and Detta, I think.

yeah a little too close. people are uneasy and upset here. about half of the people on the university bus were on their cells talking to someone about how this is not Va tech. and they were safe. most of the overheard calls on cells are to people down there. scary sad stuff.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 17, 2007, 11:33:26 AM
I can't even imagine.  I rode the elevator this morning with someone who has a son at Va Tech - he's okay, but there are dozens of other families grieving.

I just don't get people.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 17, 2007, 11:43:43 AM
I just don't get people.

I don't really think we're talking people here, :tal. For whatever reason, we're talking inhuman monster. :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: GB on April 17, 2007, 12:09:08 PM
My sister went to VTech for 2 years and lived in the dorm where the kids got killed her first year.  Several of my folk's neighbors have kids at VTech.

Stay safe Needles!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on April 17, 2007, 01:16:37 PM
you know, as a quazi teacher, it makes me wonder how i would react in that situation, and the answer is: i don't know and i hope i never find out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 17, 2007, 01:22:49 PM
That's one nice thing about going to sea: Your duties in case of emergency are precisely enumerated an a 3x5 index card affixed to the edge of your bunk.


EMERGENCY STATION, MAN OVERBOARD:
Report to 02 deck starboard side, keep eye on overboard personnel

EMERGENCY STATION, FIRE:
Report to main lab with life jacket and EBA

EMERGENCY STATION, ABANDON SHIP:
Report to 01 deck port side, Lifeboat 2

EMERGENCY STATION, ANTI-PIRATE:
Report to main lab and follow directions of Chief Mate

EMERGENCY STATION, CRAZY FUCKER WITH GUNS ON BOARD:
Um, I got nothin'

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 17, 2007, 02:20:08 PM
Grab yardstick, pretend it's a katana, forget that cubicle walls don't slow bullets while realizing you don't know any sword forms.

Yep, I'm ready.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 17, 2007, 02:42:19 PM
A note tacked up on the bulletin board here at work, that states:

 As a result of last week's incident, and due to growing safety concerns,
 puppets will no longer be allowed in break area or bathrooms.

 Thank you for your cooperation.


 :o
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 17, 2007, 03:00:40 PM
 ???
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on April 17, 2007, 03:02:04 PM
A GIS for "unsafe puppet" is fairly creepy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 17, 2007, 03:03:50 PM
heh...yeah, really. That was my thought. ;)

What's really weird is that notices need to be approved by HR before they can be posted.

And thanks for the warning, feffah!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Min on April 17, 2007, 03:19:39 PM
you know, as a quazi teacher, it makes me wonder how i would react in that situation, and the answer is: i don't know and i hope i never find out.

Yeah, it's pretty sickening.

A Thomas Dale (the school where I teach) graduate was one of the killed.  Everyone's freaked out here too.  Everyone knows someone who goes to/who has a kid at/who graduated from Tech. 

I'm kinda worried about copy cats.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on April 17, 2007, 03:24:50 PM
yeah. i worry about that too.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 17, 2007, 04:33:08 PM
Will you two please just stay safe. I can't even watch any of the footage without losing it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: GB on April 17, 2007, 04:56:37 PM
A note tacked up on the bulletin board here at work, that states:

 As a result of last week's incident, and due to growing safety concerns,
 puppets will no longer be allowed in break area or bathrooms.

 Thank you for your cooperation.


 :o

Are hand puppets popular in your office?  What does that have to do with a shooting or possible shooting?  Wow.  I feel for you having that kind of HR.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Min on April 17, 2007, 05:01:26 PM
I'm going to hang a sign like that in the math resource room.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on April 17, 2007, 05:08:13 PM
A note tacked up on the bulletin board here at work, that states:

 As a result of last week's incident, and due to growing safety concerns,
 puppets will no longer be allowed in break area or bathrooms.

 Thank you for your cooperation.


 :o

That sounds very familiar. Are we sure suitep didn't write that and post it while HR wasn't looking?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 17, 2007, 05:40:27 PM

Are hand puppets popular in your office?  What does that have to do with a shooting or possible shooting?  Wow.  I feel for you having that kind of HR.

Oh, it doesn't have anything to do with the shooting. I just thought it belonged in the 'things I didn't expect to see...' thread.
Sorry for any confusion beeenz

Here's a pic of it, that I couldn't resist taking. Has too much flash, but my camera battery died before I could take another.

(http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/4593/postingia8.jpg)

And I'm nowhere near that clever, mo ;)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on April 17, 2007, 05:44:47 PM
No really, I'm not joking, I swear I've read that before somewhere, maybe even on this board.

But yeah, I am joking about you doing it  ;)

In sadder new, on the previous topic, Here's (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0417071vtech1.html) a play that was written by the shooter from VT. Pretty fucked up stuff.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 17, 2007, 07:32:15 PM
Uh... hmm.  :(

I read about that this morning.

Quote
Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said Cho's writing was so disturbing that he had been referred to the university's counseling service.

"Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be," Rude said. "But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."

I'm convinced that if I had read that without any knowledge of the author, I would have referred him for counseling too. There's something that's not quite right about it.

There are a lot of people like Cho out there, and it scares the crap out of me. How can we help people like that who are so disconnected from their humanity -- or from reality? How can you know the difference between a person who is so deeply disturbed like Cho and someone like Stephen King, who simply has a gift for writing about the horrific?

I wonder what this kid's parents are like.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 18, 2007, 07:56:39 AM
An email from a friend with a message from her 40-year-old brother-in-law (another friend) talking about his recovery from the stroke he had last Friday.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: GB on April 18, 2007, 08:00:19 AM

Are hand puppets popular in your office?  What does that have to do with a shooting or possible shooting?  Wow.  I feel for you having that kind of HR.

Oh, it doesn't have anything to do with the shooting. I just thought it belonged in the 'things I didn't expect to see...' thread.
Sorry for any confusion beeenz

Here's a pic of it, that I couldn't resist taking. Has too much flash, but my camera battery died before I could take another.

(http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/4593/postingia8.jpg)

And I'm nowhere near that clever, mo


No worries, I'm easily confused :)

It still hurts my brain that this would be posted.  I'm going to save that picture.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on April 18, 2007, 11:57:12 AM
Uh... hmm.  :(

I read about that this morning.

Quote
Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said Cho's writing was so disturbing that he had been referred to the university's counseling service.

"Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be," Rude said. "But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."

I'm convinced that if I had read that without any knowledge of the author, I would have referred him for counseling too. There's something that's not quite right about it.

There are a lot of people like Cho out there, and it scares the crap out of me. How can we help people like that who are so disconnected from their humanity -- or from reality? How can you know the difference between a person who is so deeply disturbed like Cho and someone like Stephen King, who simply has a gift for writing about the horrific?

I wonder what this kid's parents are like.

i don't think most people have the training (or really if anyone does) to determine that. if being weird became a crime, i'm pretty much fucked.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 18, 2007, 12:18:59 PM
Yeah, they were all over that guy and they couldn't prevent it.

Which of course leaves one thing: the guns. The bloody fucking guns.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 18, 2007, 01:22:14 PM
I heard one guy on the radio being interviewed and I wondered for a moment if he was saying that the problem is that Cho was introverted. I'm going to assume I'm oversensitive rather than he was an idiot, although both are likely.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on April 18, 2007, 01:58:19 PM
Uh... hmm.  :(

I read about that this morning.

Quote
Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said Cho's writing was so disturbing that he had been referred to the university's counseling service.

"Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be," Rude said. "But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."

I'm convinced that if I had read that without any knowledge of the author, I would have referred him for counseling too. There's something that's not quite right about it.

There are a lot of people like Cho out there, and it scares the crap out of me. How can we help people like that who are so disconnected from their humanity -- or from reality? How can you know the difference between a person who is so deeply disturbed like Cho and someone like Stephen King, who simply has a gift for writing about the horrific?

I wonder what this kid's parents are like.

i don't think most people have the training (or really if anyone does) to determine that. if being weird became a crime, i'm pretty much fucked.



I used to write macabre stuff for English class in High School and I've never even touched a gun.  In real life I'm pretty much a loner and uncommunicative.  The difference is I would never hurt a fly.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on April 18, 2007, 02:02:49 PM
Clearly, free will is to blame.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on April 18, 2007, 04:51:49 PM
Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not really widely reported.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 18, 2007, 05:03:10 PM
Clearly, free will is to blame.

... small, green ... globule ...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 18, 2007, 06:15:48 PM
Quote
i don't think most people have the training (or really if anyone does) to determine that. if being weird became a crime, i'm pretty much fucked.

Quote
I used to write macabre stuff for English class in High School and I've never even touched a gun.  In real life I'm pretty much a loner and uncommunicative.  The difference is I would never hurt a fly.

And the trained mental health professionals I know can differentiate between shy/quiet and batshit crazy. The problem is the people who have daily contact with the batshit crazy person are either in denial (family) or are clueless/don't want to get involved (fellow students, co-workers), so it's unlikely the person will get the help they need before they go off the deep end.

/also shy and weird
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on April 18, 2007, 07:22:54 PM
I was a writing major and I wrote some fucked up shit as well. It's part of the experience. You go through a stage where you drink a lot of red wine, write fucked up shit and think you're the next Rimbaud. At that point I also had a proclivity towards picking up and discharging the random firearm, taking drugs, fighting fuckin' anybody, sleeping with loose women, and not eating my vegetables. Still, there are lines that sane people, even those who are working some shit out, do not cross.

Folks, you can't stop crazy from being crazy, even tragically so, from the sidelines. I'm going to wager that the thing that led to the VT situation becoming so incredibly tragic is that this young man not only had no safety net, there didn't seem to be anyone who was willing to stand up and say, "This here cat needs to go to the kennel for some haldol puddin', new jammies, and a stretch of quiet time." In my experience it seems that the people in positions of authority are hamstrung and paranoid to actually be authorities. Maybe it's our litigious society, maybe it's pandemic disregard, or maybe it's that we've decided that to be kind, nurturing human beings we must forbear the occasional quirky Dirky, hope for the best and let Oprah sort it out.

Of course, I'm talking out of my ass on the whole subject, but I've seen a few folks go over the falls (one  chemical-imbalance that manifested as a manic cycle, two out-and-out suicidals, and a few substance problems) and I've had to step in a few times. And through those situations, I have yet to see someone who wasn't tits-in-the-car-door pissed when I did it, and grateful (or, at least, understanding) after a cooling down period. I step in now because I lost two close ones -- who turned the gun on themselves -- when I didn't. My attitude on the subject is: fuck you if you hate me for it, but let's make sure it's a long, healthy hate.

In the wake of this thing, we're hearing repeated quotes about what a community VT was. That's partly true. It seems that the kids did their part and talked to someone in authority about their concerns, but the elders of that community -- handcuffed, neutered or just callous -- failed them. Fuckin' hell.

Hallelujah! Ho-lee shit!! Where's the Tylenol....
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 18, 2007, 07:28:17 PM
I love you, dogbone.  :'(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on April 18, 2007, 07:33:36 PM
Quote
I was a writing major...

You'd never guess from reading that post.

/major sarcasm

That was an awesome little rant there. (http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/notworthy.gif)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on April 18, 2007, 08:17:01 PM
tits-in-the-car-door pissed

Whoa.  That IS pissed!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on April 19, 2007, 12:38:37 PM
This on Triclops's wesbite:

(http://www.triclopsband.com/images/keepgoinbuddy.gif)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 19, 2007, 01:17:07 PM
...there didn't seem to be anyone who was willing to stand up and say, "This here cat needs to go to the kennel for some haldol puddin', new jammies, and a stretch of quiet time."

I believe counseling was recommended several times and at one point his parents did take him to a psychiatric hospital (according to UK Telegraph).  At one point (not sure if it was the same time) a court ordered him to outpatient treatment; Special Justice Paul M. Barnett, who filled out the certification and order for involuntary admission to a mental health facility, checked the box that said: "The alternatives to involuntary hospitalization and treatment were investigated and deemed suitable."

Oops.
Quote
...but let's make sure it's a long, healthy hate.

Word, Hawkeye.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 19, 2007, 01:47:34 PM
Did anyone see the video(s) he mailed to NBC? He looked to me like he was borderline schizophrenic.

... having known some schizophrenics in my life.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 19, 2007, 02:08:25 PM
Did anyone see the video(s) he mailed to NBC? He looked to me like he was borderline schizophrenic.

I can't even look at the still pictures of him pointing the gun at the camera.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on April 19, 2007, 05:07:20 PM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/stolen.jpg)

This is my car.

This is my car without a passenger window anymore.

This is my car without my cd player (that had Stereolab in it) anymore.

This... ah fuckit, they stole my JBL speaker box that I had for like 15 years too. The little shits. At work, in broad daylight, about 20 feet from the door to the plant. It took the cops an hour and a half to get there, not that it really mattered. I don't know why they bother to come out - they might as well just give you a report number over the phone when you call. The cop was dusting my car for prints. I said "please, give me a break". He said "I know, but some people get mad if we don't - it just makes people feel better".

The good news is my car deductible is only $50. The bad news is the audio stuff is under homeowner's with a $250 deductible. Further bad news - I don't have car rental coverage. Looks like I might be buying that new truck sooner than I thought.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/splat.gif)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on April 19, 2007, 05:11:29 PM
Dude, sorry.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: unclejessie on April 19, 2007, 05:11:53 PM
I can't even look at the still pictures of him pointing the gun at the camera.

I'm doing my best to avoid any and all pictures, video, descriptions, details, etc. about this guy.  I'm glad his name is hard to pronounce and remember.  There are only two names I remember from Columbine and they are the names I shouldn't remember.  I can't tell you a single name of a person who was murdered at Columbine and that really bothers me.

I wish the networks wouldn't let us know who does these things.  Don't tell us their names.  Don't show their faces.
Some part of this picked on, lonely, unstable guy saw the attention that Klebold and Harris got and said, "Yes.  People will know my name."
Now I'm afraid that the level of attention this guy is getting will strike a cord with someone else who wants attention and can't find it.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on April 19, 2007, 06:00:26 PM
Quote
...but let's make sure it's a long, healthy hate.

Word, Hawkeye.

Why for you call me Hawkeye, Dollbutt?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on April 19, 2007, 06:15:59 PM
Damn...broke the window right out. In broad daylight...WTF? Crackheads.

My neighborhood is on a bar-to-bus corridor to shady areas to the North, East and South. My truck's been broken into twice, but only because I spaced out locking it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 19, 2007, 06:38:29 PM
I can't even look at the still pictures of him pointing the gun at the camera.

I'm doing my best to avoid any and all pictures, video, descriptions, details, etc. about this guy. 


I have to use the search engines for my work, and I got so angry when his face was plastered on the main pages of MSN and Yahoo! Everytime I'd pull up those sites, I'd go off and start mouthing off to my monitor. Yeah, impotent rage is crazy-making. I'm just lucky all the guys on my team listen to music, blasting into their headphones.
To say I was relieved when they finally took his picture down is an understatement.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 19, 2007, 06:39:21 PM
I wish the networks wouldn't let us know who does these things.  Don't tell us their names.  Don't show their faces.

Exactly.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 19, 2007, 06:43:48 PM
Why for you call me Hawkeye, Dollbutt?

There was an episode of M*A*S*H wherein a soldier wanted Hawkeye to lie about the extent of his injuries so he could go back to the front.  Hawkeye sent the soldier home instead.  The soldier told Hawkeye he would hate him for the rest of his life.  Hawkeye's response was...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on April 19, 2007, 07:15:05 PM
Ohhhhhh.

I was going all Mohicans.

I don't remember that one, but if it fits, cool by me.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 25, 2007, 02:06:41 PM
This picture (http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/multimedia/2007/04/gallery_starwars?slide=2&slideView=1). The frumpy lady? In the middle? Is? My Aunt Kay.

W ... W ... W ... Wtf?

I'd ask, but she's kind of Alzhy these days.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 25, 2007, 02:39:35 PM
Your aunt's been to Mos Eisley?  Rock on!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 25, 2007, 02:45:24 PM
I can't wait to hear what Mom says about this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 25, 2007, 03:02:04 PM
That could be a very good story.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 25, 2007, 03:03:53 PM
*repeatedly hits "get new messages" on email client*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 25, 2007, 03:42:54 PM
This picture (http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/multimedia/2007/04/gallery_starwars?slide=2&slideView=1). The frumpy lady? In the middle? Is? My Aunt Kay.

W ... W ... W ... Wtf?

I'd ask, but she's kind of Alzhy these days.

That's so cool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: unclejessie on April 25, 2007, 04:23:03 PM
I hope that when I'm Alzhy, everything looks like that to me.

What?  Well maybe I do have a grandson named Kevin but I don't remember him having a frog head...zzzzz...wha?!! Pie and gravy time?  Excuse me, Melvin.  I have to go to the shoe store now.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 25, 2007, 05:08:29 PM
Meh. She dodged the question.

Quote from: Mom
Well, if you look at it carefully, could anyone of the K. girls. Pretty cool ! (at a younger age of course!)

*squints at pic*

Well it's not my mom.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 25, 2007, 05:41:18 PM
Hmm, that picture screams Photoshop.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 27, 2007, 01:11:20 PM
A Verizon guy showing up to do the work on my phone line!  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on April 28, 2007, 02:55:00 PM
Swing dancers busting out some breakdance moves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jzkDzH4fKM).

I wish I could do that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on April 28, 2007, 05:56:08 PM
A tranny at a pancake house asking my friend what kind of conditioner she uses.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on April 29, 2007, 01:01:25 AM
Going to a wild bachelorette party, and being the youngest one there.  :o
Those amazing women could teach even this old dog a thing or two.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on April 29, 2007, 09:27:03 AM
I won't describe it, but it involved two tilapia and an ass, and it's my motive for killing Timmy.

There's not a court in the land that will convict.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on April 30, 2007, 09:55:34 AM
:dogbone

Not the same - that one really needs to be seen.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 30, 2007, 06:50:45 PM
Golden-crowned sparrows in the office garden.

(http://home.comcast.net/~andreamiller67/goldencrownsparrow.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on April 30, 2007, 07:28:45 PM
Saw a bunch of those the past week...for the first time, at that...:)

Synchronicities do rule...:)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 01, 2007, 02:28:27 PM
HOT YOUNG CHICKS LIVE ON WEBCAM (http://sanjose.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=91/nest).

No, really.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on May 01, 2007, 02:31:31 PM
:thud
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on May 01, 2007, 02:57:33 PM
Wow, and they're totally without clothes!

My wife's been watching an Owl Cam in Texas again this year. One more site for her second screen.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on May 01, 2007, 07:29:17 PM
It's been wildlife central at work the past week or so.

Last week involved the hatching of 4 out of 7 canada goose eggs and, well, long story short, only 3 of them made it. Poor Hoppy, may s/he rest in peace.

Today our duck's eggs hatched. She had 12 eggs and all of them hatched and they all looked like healthy little ducklings. She paraded them around the courtyard all day. Ducks are much nicer to be around than geese because, you know, they don't attack you. Our photographer was able to get pretty close to them and get some good photos - you may be seeing them in an elementary school textbook near you. By the time I left, the daddy duck hadn't come in for a visit. I think our courtyard is rather well protected from the foxes that live nearby, but who knows. There are steps to get out of the area where the ducklings are now, and I'm pretty sure they're still too wee to jump up them. Oh but their little flippers and duck butts.. soooo cute. Work sucked, but everyone who looked at the birdlings came away with a smile.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on May 11, 2007, 10:47:48 PM
This morning, I glanced over in the fast lane and saw this cute little blond in a red car who was just about half a car length in front of me. In about 2 seconds, she was  pulling over in my lane. If I hadn't veered off the road, she would have scraped my left front side. I don't think she ever did see me.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on May 15, 2007, 02:09:04 PM
AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Crowded House beginning U.S. tour in August
 (http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSN1535122820070515)

:nanaparty

So you know how people do tours of ballparks? I want to go to as many CH concerts this summer as possible.  :o  ;D ::) ;)

Also:

NEW ALBUM TRACKLIST AND RELEASE DATES CONFIRMED.

"Time On Earth" will be released by EMI\Parlophone worldwide on July 2nd 2007, with the exception of North America where it will be released by ATO Records on July 10th. "Don't Stop Now" will be released prior to the album as a single on June 25th, and will be released on 7", CD, DVD and download.

The album tracklisting is as follows:

1.   Nobody Wants To
2.   Don't Stop Now
3.   She Called Up
4.   Say That Again
5.   Pour Le Monde
6.   Even A Child
7.   Heaven That I'm Making
8.   A Sigh
9.   Silent House
10.   English Trees
11.   Walked Her Way Down
12.   Transit Lounge
13.   You Are The One to Make Me Cry
14.   People Are Like Suns
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on May 15, 2007, 02:17:02 PM
So what do they call people who follow them around?  House Heads?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on May 15, 2007, 04:24:35 PM
They're playing at th' Bumbershoot. Cool.

Apparently according to the advance lineup news (http://www.bumbershoot.org/fresh/news/bumbershoot-2007-partial-lineup) Roky Erickson and the Explosives are playing.

I hope that still goes down. He's a strange ranger. The Shins, Steve Earle,  the Wu-Tang Clan...I can't see them backing out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on May 15, 2007, 07:40:20 PM
So what do they call people who follow them around?  House Heads?
House Hunters?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 16, 2007, 10:11:35 AM
NEW ALBUM TRACKLIST AND RELEASE DATES CONFIRMED.

New album?!  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on May 17, 2007, 12:08:55 PM
Wow I didn't realize there were so many Neil Finn Fans in this world...

Looks like it's going to be a trio. No brother Tim, but I'm sure it'll rock this September...:jam
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on May 18, 2007, 06:41:13 PM
Ladies can have balls — lady-balls. They're called "Thatchers." (http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/pop_culture/colberts_ballsy_book_details_58849.asp)

:lolling
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 30, 2007, 08:13:37 AM
A big blank space where the clock display on my microwave usually is and the light on over my kitchen sink.  The light's no big deal - either I flipped the switch without realizing it or turned it on in my sleep.

The microwave is.  I unplugged it and plugged it back in - nothing.  I pushed buttons - no beepy.  Bad times.  This thing is only four years old.  And it's the clock I use to gauge myself in the morning. 

 >:(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on May 30, 2007, 06:37:04 PM
Mild rot around the door frame turn into a full-blown project.
Fizzuck.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on May 30, 2007, 08:57:19 PM
A big blank space where the clock display on my microwave usually is and the light on over my kitchen sink.  The light's no big deal - either I flipped the switch without realizing it or turned it on in my sleep.

The microwave is.  I unplugged it and plugged it back in - nothing.  I pushed buttons - no beepy.  Bad times.  This thing is only four years old.  And it's the clock I use to gauge myself in the morning. 

 >:(

I'm confused. Did you try plugging the microwave into a different outlet? blow a fuse or sommat?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: DisorderlyConductor on May 30, 2007, 09:11:48 PM
I didn't expect to see Snoop Dogg being interviewed on TSN during the Ducks game.


That's jokes right there folks tonight I don't care I'll say it: Sens will CHOKE!!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 31, 2007, 07:43:52 AM
A big blank space where the clock display on my microwave usually is and the light on over my kitchen sink.  The light's no big deal - either I flipped the switch without realizing it or turned it on in my sleep.

The microwave is.  I unplugged it and plugged it back in - nothing.  I pushed buttons - no beepy.  Bad times.  This thing is only four years old.  And it's the clock I use to gauge myself in the morning. 

 >:(

I'm confused. Did you try plugging the microwave into a different outlet? blow a fuse or sommat?

Oh sure - you want me to try and think logical thoughts first thing in  the morning when I keep looking for the time on a blank screen?

The good news is my boyfriend is so clever he fixed the problem all the way from Ohio.  "Did you plug something else in to the outlet?"  "Um, hold on.   *grab something portable and plug-innable*  Hey!  This isn't working either!"

Biz:  "The problem is either very cheap or very expensive.  Are you sure the outlet isn't on a switch?"
Me:  "No, the switch is by this other outle- hey!  The coffee maker's not on either!"
Biz:  "Check the breaker box again."
Me:  *flips breaker switch back and forth*  "Nothing."  *goes back to kitchen; looks at outlet; sees test/reset buttons - shiny!  Pushes*
Microwave/coffee maker:  "Hi!  Please to be setting the clocks for your happy time."  [I just assume they speak Engrish.]
Me:  "I fixed it!  I hit the reset thingy!  You are best boyfriend ever."
Biz:  "I didn't do anything."
Me:  "You got me to see that the problem was more generalized than just the microwave."
Biz:  "So you're saying I made your problem bigger."
Me:   ::)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on May 31, 2007, 09:30:49 AM
Now, if I could just make it windy all the time...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 31, 2007, 10:13:48 AM
It pretty much is when you're around.

:bolt
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 01, 2007, 04:35:59 PM
True dat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on June 01, 2007, 05:35:51 PM
Oooh, BURN!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 02, 2007, 05:18:47 PM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/stolen.jpg)

This is my car.

This is my car without a passenger window anymore.

This is my car without my cd player (that had Stereolab in it) anymore.

This... ah fuckit, they stole my JBL speaker box that I had for like 15 years too. The little shits. At work, in broad daylight, about 20 feet from the door to the plant. It took the cops an hour and a half to get there, not that it really mattered. I don't know why they bother to come out - they might as well just give you a report number over the phone when you call. The cop was dusting my car for prints. I said "please, give me a break". He said "I know, but some people get mad if we don't - it just makes people feel better".

The good news is my car deductible is only $50. The bad news is the audio stuff is under homeowner's with a $250 deductible. Further bad news - I don't have car rental coverage. Looks like I might be buying that new truck sooner than I thought.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/splat.gif)



So finally, after almost two months, I have music in my car again. I was crazy busy at work around the time the car was broken into, so I didn't have time to put it in the shop to get the dash fixed so that a CD player could be installed. State Farm looked at the dashboard and decided the face plate thing just needed to be replaced. The repair shop ordered the part and I took it down there Saturday two weeks ago to get it installed. They said it would take about an hour to fix, so I took a walk down to the park that's just down the road from there. I had been walking for about 30 minutes when I saw my car coming down the road. It was the repair guy coming after me to tell me that I didn't need just the face plate, I needed the whole dashboard replaced. What was estimated to take 1 hour was now going to take 6 hours and the dashboard was a much more expensive part, so I had to get in touch with State Farm again. They had to come out las week to take more pictures of my car so they could authorize the additional expense, and they told me the repair place was ordering the necessary parts. The repair place called me Tuesday and told me the dashboard had arrived, and so the next day I dropped it off and one of my coworkers met me at the repair place and gave me a ride to work. Close to quitting time the repair shop called and said they had ordered the wrong dashboard. I asked them if it took them all day to figure that out. They said they thought they were going to get the right one in in time to have it done by the end of the day, but it didn't arrive soon enough, and fortunately they hadn't removed the old one, so I could pick up my car, just to be able to bring it back Thursday. They put the right one in on thursday, but it was in pretty bad shape, so I spent last night cleaning it and giving it teh Amorall treatment.

I didn't realize how long this story was until I typed it out, and I've left out a lot of details. One of the most amazing things is that they had to get a dashboard from the junkyard. If they had bought a new one from Honda, it would have been so expensive that with all the other costs involved in the claim (window, speakers, CD player, door damage, etc.), State Farm would have totaled the car. It's a 94 civic. The total costs according to them was around $1300 using the "recycled" dashboard. I don't know how much it would have been with the new dashboard, but obviously my car isn't worth much to State Farm. It's amazing that the thieves probably only got $50 or so and caused $1300 damage to do so.

So anyway, I got a Pioneer CD player that's almost more like a computer than an audio unit, 4 Polk 6" coax speakers and a 100w self-powered Bazooka sub. It sounds pretty damn good. Much better than the sound of silence, that's for sure. I still need to RTFM though. Plus, I got carried away cleaning my car last night, so it's all nice and shiny and clean after being a nasty mess for a long time. It was pretty depressing driving around in silence with the dashboard all ripped out and pieces of glass laying around and stuff. I just didn't feel like I had any incentive to clean it for a long time, and now that I have, it feels really good. I may have to go cruising downtown tonight.

:banana
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on June 02, 2007, 05:37:45 PM
I haven't had music in my car for ages.  There's a short in the radio.  It was intermittantly dying and finally gave up the ghost.  I can't even listen to my iPod in the car because the tape deck doesn't work.  We have an extra stereo.  How much approximately does installation cost?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 02, 2007, 06:46:00 PM
Fortunately for me, I don't know (State Farm paid). I do know that it took him 2.5 hours to do mine, but it was a lot more than just the player install. I watched them try to get the hotwire for the sub through the firewall for about 20 minutes. That shouldn't take that long. That's when I decided I'd stroll over to TGI Friday's for a shitty burger. I can't help but think of Office Space on the rare occasions I go in one of those. My waitress was definitely lacking flair.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 02, 2007, 06:53:34 PM
For you, Feff, I did some research. I don't know if y'all have Circuit City out there, but they have a web special thing going on where it's free installation on units over $99. The unit I got is listed for $129, and so far I'm very impressed.

Don't know if this link (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Pioneer-In-Dash-Player-DEHP3900MP/sem/rpsm/oid/169883/catOid/-13089/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do) will work for ya.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on June 02, 2007, 08:48:04 PM
Hey, thanks!  I have to figure out whether I want the one we already have or a different one.  I'm not even sure the one we have will fit in my car...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 03, 2007, 01:52:12 PM
So can I get you something to nibble on? Some Pizza Shooters, Shrimp Poppers, or Extreme Fajitas?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on June 03, 2007, 02:54:47 PM
We were out at a local restaurant last night where the bar is pretty much right in the dining room.  The bartender refused to serve these guys because they were too drunk, and apparently are always drunk while in there.  So they grabbed a barstool and ran out the door.  The server who chased them down and brought the stool back got a round of applause.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 03, 2007, 03:10:40 PM
So they grabbed a barstool and ran out the door.

LOL, this so sounds like the sort of logic that goes through my head when drunk.

"What? You won't serve us anymore? Well fine then! But I am not giving up my seat!"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on June 07, 2007, 08:12:15 AM
I can confirm that that is indeed the sort of thing that goes through Nex's mind when he's drunk.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on June 12, 2007, 07:31:08 PM
We were just at the grocery store. I pull into a parking spot. Right in front of us is an older guy in a sort of beater car backing up a bit to pull into the space next to us. This chickie pulls up in a sleek spendy sort of car and gives a nasty look at the older guy, and cuts him off, pulls right in, in front of him. He looks a little pissed, drives around to find another space.

I nudge my husband. "Check out that serious snotface, wtf."

He says "Who pissed in her cornflakes?"

Snotface gets out of her car, nose in the air, and strides off toward the store.

My husband and I notice at the same time she has this huge patch of sweat right down her asscrack (she's wearing gray yoga pants, you can totally see it, big wedge o' wetness). We about die hooting.

My husband's like "Well *that* would explain it."

I said "If she even *noticed*."

I love that: snotface from the front brought down in the rear. Heh. Heh heh.

(He ran in the store and said he kept seeing her as he grabbed what we were getting, and she looked even more snotty each time. He said he couldn't help but think, when he spotted her by the freezer cases, about how clammy her asscrack must be from all the cold and that was why she was getting progressively snottier-looking.)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 12, 2007, 07:44:39 PM
He should have asked for an autograph. "I love your music, Fergie!!!"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on June 12, 2007, 08:34:57 PM
He should have asked for an autograph. "I love your music, Fergie!!!"

OH SHI-

 :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on June 12, 2007, 09:38:03 PM
ROTFLOL x2 of us
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on June 13, 2007, 12:22:28 PM
i wonder how many conflicts and bad interactions between people were really just cases of something wrong with someone's asscrack.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on June 13, 2007, 02:49:48 PM
Quote from: spam
Hello Professor Adkins,

   Since you will be teaching the blah blah blah

lol. what a shitfest

Quote from: library
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:o
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on June 13, 2007, 04:44:02 PM
Me. Buying canned pumpkin. For the cat.

He needs more fiber, and a lot of cats like that format.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 13, 2007, 04:56:52 PM
Can you even get canned pumpkin in June? I thought the stores only carried it between September and January.

Edit: August, in Canada
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on June 13, 2007, 05:31:29 PM
My wife makes this wicked pumpkin soup.  Often we have to go to several different stores to find one that has it stocked during the non-winter american non-holiday season.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 13, 2007, 06:30:54 PM
 >:(

Since Flickr was gobbled up by Yahoo, every time I try to go to Flickr I get this "merge your old skool account" crap. Today I finally tried to go dig up my old Yahoo login info but still couldn't get logged in. I still have my validation email from when I signed up that has the verification code, but it didn't work. So I went through the "forgot my password" ordeal. In the process of doing that, I realized it probably wasn't the password that was wrong, it was because I wasn't entering the "@yahoo.com" after the user ID, but by that time, it was too late - it had already generated me a new password. Only problem is, where the new password was supposed to be was blank on the screen. It had an option to email me the password, so I tried that and got this:

Quote
You recently requested a new password to sign in to your Yahoo! account. 

Your new password is:       

We encourage you to sign in now and change this password to something you can
remember. Here's what to do:

Sign in here using the automatically generated password above.  You will
then be prompted to change your password.
http://edit.yahoo.com/config/change_pw?.intl=us


Please note: To avoid sign-in problems, please make sure that cookies are
enabled
in your browser and that the date and time are set correctly on your system
clock.

It's still blank. WTF? Now the account is useless.  >:(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 13, 2007, 06:56:14 PM
Yeah, I heard of this happening with Firefox, oddly enough. No idea why. It's one reason I haven't done Yahoo/Flickr yet.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 13, 2007, 07:03:30 PM
I read something while going through teh help section - "similar questions from other users", about it, and somebody listed things you have to change in your settings, but it was for Windows. And by that point is was too late anyway. I guess I have no choice but to create a new account, but I'm too aggravated now to even be interested in logging in to their crappy little corner of the innerwebs. Bastards.

 >:(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on June 13, 2007, 07:07:52 PM
I like google's picasa for making photo albums for sharing and you can upload directly from iPhoto.  Plus they give you 1GB of storage per account.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 02, 2007, 05:19:16 PM
I was googling backpack frame designs and for some reason turned up this page h'yar:

http://www.londonkoreanlinks.net/blog/2006/08/16/priceless/north-korean-military-marching/

We have got to liberate that country . . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 02, 2007, 05:48:43 PM
Professor Tomoe would like that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on July 03, 2007, 08:29:24 AM
A baby bird stuck in between the slats on my balcony :(

Here's a pic from my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldiem/705579398/in/photostream/

I had to pick it up and move it b/c it was breaking my heart. I got a latex glove, picked it up and moved it to a flower pot at first, but then it was looking like it was going to jump out anyway, so I took it and placed it on some grass that had fallen out of the poorly-placed nest. The momma bird is still hopping around, looking pissed at the cat (who's inside) more than anything. She had some food dangling from her mouth a while ago, I can't tell if she fed it to the baby. I'm pretty much a wreck about it, and I have to go to work soon. :P At least they're giving us the afternoon off.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 03, 2007, 01:26:30 PM
We officially have this afternoon off too.  However I'll probably be here until 9 or 10 pm so that I can take Thurs-Mon off.  Unfortunately the work doesn't complete itself.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 06, 2007, 03:28:45 PM
Andy Roddick blow a two-set lead.  I prolly should have expected it, but there you go.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 06, 2007, 07:02:14 PM
An email from Ticketmasterbator advising me of the upcoming availability of tickets for shows by Turbonegro, Mudhoney, and the Melvins.

OOOOOoohkay. :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 06, 2007, 08:35:26 PM
Turbonegro?
What, did Ice-T get himself a new band?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 06, 2007, 08:57:35 PM
Turbonegro (Norwegian death punk band) broke up in 1999. That guy in Mudhoney died in like 1990, and I thought the Melvins were past their prime in like 1982.

And I thought I lived in the past!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 06, 2007, 09:43:26 PM
I grew up in Vermont -soooooo- I was one out of four people who actually knew what Metallica was. With only 3 (commercial) radio stations available (and GDR on snowy nights) there's not much.... variety.

I think I might have heard of Mudhoney back when I was living in Burlingvegas.

Don't hate.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on July 06, 2007, 11:23:35 PM
And I thought I lived in the past!

Everything old is new again

plus

Someone's gotta work the summer county fair circuit.
They keep 'em in the pipeline just for that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 07, 2007, 07:29:34 AM
...and I thought the Melvins were past their prime in like 1982.

They weren't even a band until around then. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Melvins

I saw them play in a large bar here, and it was a pretty awesome performance. I've got a few of their CDs. They're capable of blasting out a killer wall of sound, but they also mix a lot of weird noisy trippy stuff in with it that kind of contaminates the whole thing.

But yeah, I think they're pretty much done.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 07, 2007, 10:42:11 AM
Heh. Ok, maybe I was thinking of someone else. Who had a similar name that was on the Repo Man soundtrack?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 07, 2007, 03:01:51 PM
# "Repo Man Theme Song"
Iggy Pop

# "Coup D'etat"
The Circle Jerks

# "Institutionalized"
Suicidal Tendencies

# "TV Party"
Black Flag

# "El Clavo y la Cruz"
The Plugz

# "Happy Animals"
Big Race

# "See See Rider"
Louis Armstrong

# "Rhumboogie"
The Andrew Sisters

# "Lite's Theme"
The Juicy Bananas

# "Pablo Picasso"
Burning Sensations

# "Secret Agent Man"
The Plugz

# "I Just Want To Satisfy"
The Juicy Bananas

# "Flor de Mal"
The Plugz

# "Bad Man"
The Juicy Bananas

# "When the Shit Hits the Fan"
The Circle Jerks

# "Milk Cow Blues"
Almost Famous Figures

# "Let's Have a War"
Fear

Circle Jerks delivery of When the Shit Hits the Fan is just.... awesome.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 07, 2007, 03:15:04 PM
Today seems to be Unrelenting Parade of Cuties Day in East Lansing.

Also, I nipped out to go to CVS for a soda, and it was CRAMMED full of Asian girls.  This is a bit of a convention town, and the university is giving tours, and all, but that was still kind of David Lynch.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 07, 2007, 03:51:38 PM
# "Institutionalized"
Suicidal Tendencies

Sometimes I try to do things, and it just don't turn out the way I wanted to, and I get real frustrated. It's like, I take my time and I try real hard, but no matter what I do and no matter what I try it never works out. It's like I concentrate on it real hard, but it never works out. It's like I need some time to figure these things out, but there's always someone there going, "Hey Mike, you know, we been noticing you've been having a lot of problems lately, you know, and like maybe you should talk about it, you'd feel a lot better." And I go, "No, it's OK. I know I have some problems. I'll figure it out myself. Just leave me alone I'll figure it out." And they go, "Why don't you talk about it? You'll feel a lot better?" And I go, "No, I don't want to. Just leave me alone. I'll figure it out myself!" And they keep on bugging me and it builds up inside, it builds up inside...

So you're gonna be institutionalized.
You'll come out brainwashed with bloodshot eyes.
You won't have any say.
They'll brainwash you until you see their way.

I'm not crazy! (institutionalized)
You're the one who's crazy! (institutionalized)
You're driving me crazy! (institutionalized)
They stuck me in an institution,
said it was the only solution,
to give me the needed professional help,
to protect me from the enemy, myself.

I was sitting in my room, and I was like staring at the walls thinking about everything, but then again I was thinking about nothing, and then my mom came in, and I didn't notice she was there and she calls my name, and I didn't hear her, and then she started screaming, "Mike! Mike!" And I go, "What? What's the matter?" She goes, "What's the matter with you?" I say, "Nothing mom." She goes, "Don't tell me nothing, you're on drugs!" I go, "No mom, I'm not on drugs. I'm OK. I'm just thinking, you know? Why don't you get me a Pepsi?" She goes, "No. You're on drugs. You're crazy. Normal people won't be acting that way!" I go, "Mom, I'm all right, I'm just thinking, you know? So why don't you, like, give me a Pepsi?" And she goes, "No, you're crazy!" All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi. And she wouldn't give it to me. Just one Pepsi...

They give you a white shirt with long sleeves,
tied around you're back. You're treated like thieves.
Drug you up because they're lazy.
It's too much work to help a crazy.

I'm not crazy! (institutionalized)
You're the one who's crazy! (institutionalized)
You're driving me crazy! (institutionalized)
They stuck me in an institution,
said it was the only solution,
to give me the needed professional help,
to protect me from the enemy, myself.

I was sitting in my room and my mom and my dad came in and they pulled up a chair and they sat down, they go, "Mike, we need to talk to you." And I said, "OK, what's the matter?" They go, "Well me and your mom, we been noticing lately you've been having a lot of problems. And you haven't been acting like yourself. And we're afraid that you're going to hurt somebody. And we're afraid that you're gonna hurt yourself. So we decided that it would be in your best interest if we put you somewhere where you could get the help that you need." And I said, "Wait, what are we talking about?! We decided?! My best interest?! How can you know, how can you say what my best interest is? What are you trying to say? I'm crazy? When I went to your schools, I went to your churches, I went to your institutional learning facilities. So how can you say that I'm
crazy?

They say they're gonna fix my brain,
alleviate my suffering and my pain,
but by the time they fix my head,
mentally I'll be dead.

I'm not crazy! (institutionalized)
You're the one who's crazy! (institutionalized)
You're driving me crazy! (institutionalized)
They stuck me in an institution,
said it was the only solution,
to give me the needed professional help,
to protect me from the enemy, myself.

It doesn't matter. Their insurance money’s about to run out anyhow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See...
Post by: Talix on July 09, 2007, 08:23:20 AM
...last night.  The big ass spider I saw strolling across my living room floor, nonchalant as you please.  After confirming that my eyes were indeed not playing tricks on me - that bastard was big - I wrangled him with the upside-glass/slide-onto-magazine move and relocated him to the back yard.  I tried to find interesting markings through the pattern on the glass - mostly he was brown, fuzzy, and big.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on July 09, 2007, 08:51:01 AM
At least he wasn't reclusive.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2007, 09:13:48 AM
Yesterday afternoon I saw many birds, of different species, behaving very strangely.  But there were no wheels or chariots in the sky, not that I could see, and there's been no earthquake, so maybe it was some kind of runoff contamination, or something.

When the crows start acting serious, though, I get a little concerned.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See...
Post by: Stoater on July 09, 2007, 10:14:59 AM
...last night.  The big ass spider I saw strolling across my living room floor, nonchalant as you please.  After confirming that my eyes were indeed not playing tricks on me - that bastard was big - I wrangled him with the upside-glass/slide-onto-magazine move and relocated him to the back yard.  I tried to find interesting markings through the pattern on the glass - mostly he was brown, fuzzy, and big.

Maybe it was a Huntsman spider. They get pretty damned big, but they know they're big and aren't known to be aggressive.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on July 09, 2007, 10:46:14 AM
I've seen house spiders that big. Totally harmless, but I'm sure he appreciated your putting him outside.

Usually, I have to do a double take to make sure I didn't "see" something while stoned...\

And don't even get me started on crows. They camp out permanently at the trees in the State Parks and feel the need to constantly cawcawcawcawcaw...about what, I don't know. Sometimes I feel like looking for a rock to bean 'em with.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on July 09, 2007, 11:01:31 AM
I think it was a Brown Extrovert.

Harmless.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 09, 2007, 11:18:44 AM
I always feel silly by getting squicked out - he's big, but I'm far bigger.  Still, squicked I was.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See...
Post by: Talix on July 09, 2007, 11:23:52 AM
Maybe it was a Huntsman spider. They get pretty damned big, but they know they're big and aren't known to be aggressive.

The Huntsman Spider often wanders into homes and is found perched on a wall. It is a shy, timid spider that can move sideways at lighting-fast speed when disturbed.

That sucker was damn fast.  And eager to get away when he knew he'd been spotted (the lights coming on were a big hint, I'm guessing).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See...
Post by: NexR on July 09, 2007, 12:10:10 PM
Maybe it was a Huntsman spider. They get pretty damned big, but they know they're big and aren't known to be aggressive.

The Huntsman Spider often wanders into homes and is found perched on a wall. It is a shy, timid spider that can move sideways at lighting-fast speed when disturbed.

That sucker was damn fast.  And eager to get away when he knew he'd been spotted (the lights coming on were a big hint, I'm guessing).
I love Huntsman Cheese. It is the best cheese for pre-meal cracker consumption.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on July 09, 2007, 01:41:50 PM
http://www.fourthcrossingwildlife.com/danger_huntsman_spiders.htm

Whoa... was it that big?
http://www.fourthcrossingwildlife.com/banded_huntsman.jpg
http://naturaljapan.net/wp-content/photos/thumb_Heteropoda_venatoria04.jpg
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 09, 2007, 02:20:34 PM
The infamous "clock spider" picture is a Huntsman.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 09, 2007, 02:51:57 PM
Whoa... was it that big?

Perhaps I exaggerate the bigness, if not the degree to which I was startled when I saw it stroll across the living room. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 09, 2007, 02:54:56 PM
You can exaggerate my bigness anytime, beh beh. :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2007, 03:17:32 PM
Quote
Maybe it was a Huntsman spider. They get pretty damned big

He rescued a chunky elf from a crow and was given some magic corn to eat.  It's an old story, actually.

One of WFKIG's cats used to catch those critters . . . somewhere in her house . . . and bring them, still alive, as gifts.  She sometimes did this while I was asleep.  It was not my favorite among her traits.

I keep forgetting to mention it, but I was actually bitten by a spider last week.  First time ever.  I was perversely excited, not that I want it to happen again.  It was in the basement of the getting-remodeled-shop. 

Never saw this kind of spider before, that I know of.  It was a female (there were three or four smaller males in her web, trying to work up the courage to go talk her up), overall about the size of my thumbnail.  Small cephalothorax, fat-ass abdomen, and the distinctive thing about her was that the rear dorsal surface of her abdomen had a sort of split in it.  Never saw that before, either.  She was dark brown or black, I think -- the lighting was subpar -- and the chitin inside the bifurcation was yellow-gold.  It almost looked similar to how some beetles look when their wings aren't completely closed.

Anyway, I managed to not squash her and was able to coax her back into her web.  The bite was teeny (well, I mean, OF COURSE it was, but the subsequent swelling was teeny, too), maybe a quarter the size of a mosquito bite.  It burned and itched for about ten minutes and then was unnoticeable.

Pretty cool, as a one-off.  I want to try to figure out what kind of spider she was.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2007, 03:18:47 PM
:lol:

I googled "spider indentifier" and turned up SpiderIdentifier.com.

Well, OK, I should have guessed.


edit:  It's just a placeholder.  I'm trying whatsthatbug.com . . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 09, 2007, 03:33:49 PM
I wish I'd bookmarked this site I found once.  People sent in pictures of insects and spiders and the webmaster would say what it was and give lots of information about the species.  The best part was that if the picture was of a dead bug the guy would be PISSED and the submitter would get a talking-to.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 09, 2007, 10:29:29 PM
I can't believe I almost forgot to mention this:

I was at Meijer (sort of like Wal-Mart without the stink of evil).  This kid of about four is running down the aisle toward me, and he's got three or four arrows in his hand.  He was holding them near the pointy end, and the nocks were down near the floor, with the points right in front of his solar plexus.  And he was running with that clumsy fall-down-at-any-moment little-kid run.

Now, I never interfere unless something is crazy.  I am not an interferer, even usually when I kind of wish I were.  But I stopped this kid with a hand on his shoulder, took the arrows away while he stared at me without the slightest comprehension, and I gave them back so he was at least holding them points-down.

Meanwhile, his mother, who had been further down the aisle, watching the kid run and seeing the whole thing, speeds up her walk so she can glare at me.  I didn't sustain eye contact and walked off before she accused me of being a molester or something.  Never mind that I might well have saved her kid's life.

Some people.  OK, they were target points, not toggling broadheads or something, but even so.  Who gives a little kid a bunch of sharp things and then watches indifferently while they run away unsteadily?  Was she looking to collect insurance money?  Is it a Munchausen proxy thing?

Feh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 09, 2007, 10:56:58 PM
It was apathy.

The rude glare was an attempt to throw off the audience.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 09, 2007, 11:14:16 PM
Heh. I'm purely a spectator with stuff like that.

 :evil:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 09, 2007, 11:16:05 PM
She was caught doing something stupid and resented you for it. Stupid people don't like having their stupid tagged. Kind of like elephant seals, that way.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 10, 2007, 12:17:39 AM
Heh. I'm purely a spectator with stuff like that.

 :evil:

Ditto. I'll eat popcorn if it's available.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 10, 2007, 08:42:51 AM
Darwin does put on a good show.

...though sometimes the story drags a bit.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on July 11, 2007, 12:13:42 PM
(http://home.comcast.net/~andreamiller67/FawnAndSpook04.jpg)

My in-laws live on a ranch in Montana. They went out the other night to bring the horses in and found Spook, a 20-year-old gelding, being followed by a (literally) newborn fawn, still wet and wobbly kneed.

The mother got "spooked," so to speak, and ran off to the edge of the field, and was anxiously watching the proceedings. Mother and baby were reunited shortly thereafter when the horses headed for the barn for the night.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on July 11, 2007, 12:16:09 PM
These are video stills -- they happened to have their video camera with them because they were hoping to catch a group of eight cow elk and three calves that had been hanging out in the pasture, but instead found this scene.

(http://home.comcast.net/~andreamiller67/FawnAndSpook01.jpg)
(http://home.comcast.net/~andreamiller67/FawnAndSpook02.jpg)
(http://home.comcast.net/~andreamiller67/FawnAndSpook03.jpg)
(http://home.comcast.net/~andreamiller67/FawnAndSpook05.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 11, 2007, 12:17:53 PM
Cute!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 11, 2007, 12:18:51 PM
Cute indeed.

Where in Montana?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 11, 2007, 12:44:11 PM
That there is some 100% lock Cute Overload material.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 11, 2007, 12:50:48 PM
Awwww!  That's adorable!  I hope the fawn figured out that her mom was Mom.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on July 11, 2007, 04:46:20 PM
Cute indeed.

Where in Montana?

Kila, a few miles west of Kalispell on Hwy. 2.


And yes, fawn was able to imprint on mom and they trotted off together.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 11, 2007, 05:20:57 PM
Heh.  I'll probably be up in Kalispell next month. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 11, 2007, 06:52:26 PM
I saw a sticker on the side of a building.  It said

MUCH LOVE
you douchebag


??? 

New band?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: phyre on July 11, 2007, 08:04:19 PM
Not today, but a week or so ago: Pulled up behind this rednecky-looking truck, replete with NASCAR stickers and beer logos, and one of those ribbon magnets- you know, like the "Support our Troops" things. Didn't think much of it, until I looked a little closer at the magnet, which actually said...  "Support Farting".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 12, 2007, 10:23:23 AM
*loves Kalispell*

Home of Tommy Moe!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 12, 2007, 05:33:55 PM
The waitress at lunch today was wearing . . . I don't know women's fashion:  A lightweight one-piece dress, probably poly-cotton blend, with a scooped neck and no sleeves and a slightly elastic waist artificially high.  It's common enough, whatever you call it, although it's often short-sleeved.

Anyway, she was making some or other inane conversation -- oh, about how she loved the minestrone, but they've had it as Soup of the Day for three weeks now, but it's good because it's not one of those too-spicy minestrones, etc -- and she kept reaching down to scratch her leg.  But she'd start out scratching near her knee, and end up near her hip, dragging the hemline up.  Way up.

At first, I thought maybe this was some strange form of flirting (What says "Hi there!" like a skin irritation, eh?), but then she went over to another table and repeated it.  The view was distracting, but I can't rate it all that highly.  Why are your legs so itchy?  Do you test-drive nylons as your other job?  Are you aware of what you're showing?

Women are just driven to confuse me, of late.  I mean, especially of late.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 12, 2007, 05:52:08 PM
I would have left. Unsanitary.

Also, that's an Empire waistline. Very unflattering on most people unless they are stick thin.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 12, 2007, 05:53:03 PM
Say hello to my female children.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 12, 2007, 06:00:01 PM
Quote
Say hello to my female children.

I hear that phrase all too often.



Actually, what used to REALLY bug the shit out of me is that in Nebraska, for some reason, it's the Land of Waitstaff With The Order Book In Their Pants.

Seriously.  In about 75% of restaurants in Nebraska, the waitstaff would jot your order down on the check, close the book, and tuck it into their rear waistband.  That's where it would be when they came back with your food, etc, and at the end of your meal they'd whip it out of their pants so you could pay up. 

I once asked (at a 'spensive fancy restaurant) if that could possibly be OK with the Board of Health, and our waitress said, "What's the Board of Health?"  She honestly thought I was joking, or something, and was not familiar with that term.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: phyre on July 13, 2007, 04:19:40 PM
The other day I burned my left index finger on a heat gun (basically a hair dryer that goes up to 1500 degrees) while repairing a door panel. I've kept it bandaged up for the past few days while working, but today I'm home so I left the bandage off to see how it heals up in the open air. So I'm sitting here reading a book, when I notice something flicker next to my left hand- only, there's nothing there. I look a little closer at the burn (which is a reddish color now) and notice that it's actively changing color every time my heart beats- it's only a few gradients, but if you hold it still long enough you'll notice it pulse between a few different shades of pink. I'm guessing this is because I didn't just burn the epidermis, but managed to get into second-degree territory in the split second my hand was on the heat gun- another lesson in safety learned, along with a fascinating glimpse at my blood flow.

Edit: Speaking of safety, don't get me started about how much blood can come out of even a minor head wound, or just why you should watch your fingers when working on a spring loaded window regulator. My job is nothing if not interesting.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 13, 2007, 06:04:09 PM
That's cool, weird and a bit scary all at the same time. Keep it clean.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 13, 2007, 06:43:51 PM
The other day I burned my left index finger on a heat gun (basically a hair dryer that goes up to 1500 degrees) while repairing a door panel. I've kept it bandaged up for the past few days while working, but today I'm home so I left the bandage off to see how it heals up in the open air. So I'm sitting here reading a book, when I notice something flicker next to my left hand- only, there's nothing there. I look a little closer at the burn (which is a reddish color now) and notice that it's actively changing color every time my heart beats- it's only a few gradients, but if you hold it still long enough you'll notice it pulse between a few different shades of pink. I'm guessing this is because I didn't just burn the epidermis, but managed to get into second-degree territory in the split second my hand was on the heat gun- another lesson in safety learned, along with a fascinating glimpse at my blood flow.

Edit: Speaking of safety, don't get me started about how much blood can come out of even a minor head wound, or just why you should watch your fingers when working on a spring loaded window regulator. My job is nothing if not interesting.

Head wounds are always a good time. Well, unless you're the one who has to clean it up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 13, 2007, 08:43:10 PM
Today's waitress was wearing shorts that said TOUCH and DOWN across the ass, superimposed over handprints.

That restaurant isn't great, but it's something.  The funny thing is that I eat there because our bookkeeper always wants to eat there -- she only ever orders coffee and chili, and she doesn't seem to like it too much, and the service is impossibly slow.  But she's been going there for years and is friends with most of the waitresses by now.  The weird waitresses.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 20, 2007, 02:39:52 PM
You all know how rare a beast the Diamante is.  Well last night on the way to the Sonic Youth show, right there on Eastbound Interstate 80, in the number 3 lane, right next to us was a white, Diamante station wagon.  I was thinking about informing the Department of the Interior or whatever department follows endangered and extinct species.  Perhaps I can get published in Science or Nature.  And silly me, didn't think to take a photograph of it.

:fyp:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 21, 2007, 02:43:42 PM
While you mock me, I'd like to point out that it took you 5+ years to finally see one.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: zenlunatic on July 22, 2007, 12:43:31 AM
Geez Nex, you still sensitive about that car?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 22, 2007, 01:04:39 AM
We see one every couple of months and it's always a big deal.  "JESUS, WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT THING?"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: zenlunatic on July 22, 2007, 09:41:02 AM
But it's such a pretty car...


(http://www.dragtimes.com/images/5600-2000-Mitsubishi-Diamante.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 22, 2007, 06:06:14 PM
While you mock me, I'd like to point out that it took you 5+ years to finally see one.

Oh I'll see a regular 4 door Diamante a couple of times a month.  It was the station wagon.  I'd never seen one of those before.  Did they actually make those or is it a mod, like Harold's Hearse-guar?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 22, 2007, 06:53:52 PM
While you mock me, I'd like to point out that it took you 5+ years to finally see one.

Oh I'll see a regular 4 door Diamante a couple of times a month.  It was the station wagon.  I'd never seen one of those before.  Did they actually make those or is it a mod, like Harold's Hearse-guar?

You got me...
(wait for it)








I've never heard of them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 22, 2007, 06:54:43 PM
Seriously though, I think they came out this year. I saw one recently myself.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 22, 2007, 06:59:15 PM
Wow, you must be trendsetter then.  You single-handedly created a market for them to expand their model offerings.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 22, 2007, 07:17:55 PM
Wow, you must be trendsetter then.  You single-handedly created a market for them to expand their model offerings.

Yeah, I rock. For my next trick, I'm going to bring back mutton chops.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 22, 2007, 07:48:15 PM
If you make a move towards bell bottoms, we're gonna have a problem.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 22, 2007, 07:59:53 PM
Butterfly collars and leisure suits with white belts and white dress shoes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Min on July 22, 2007, 08:29:00 PM
I saw a post on the craigslist wedding forum about denim wedding dresses making a comeback.

A comeback?  How about just a come?  Or even better, how about a COME ON, YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

http://satnspurs.com/product_info.php?products_id=410
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on July 22, 2007, 08:34:05 PM
Yeah, well, what do you expect from a website called Satan Spurs?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 22, 2007, 08:36:02 PM
Hmm... I wonder if they make denim tuxedos.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on July 23, 2007, 06:09:45 AM
(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/img/galleries/denimdarlings/1britneyjustinR_190x350.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 23, 2007, 09:05:30 AM
Mother of god.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 23, 2007, 11:30:08 AM
Why would a gym in St. George, Utah call my cell phone?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on July 23, 2007, 02:39:20 PM
Can you spot me?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 23, 2007, 02:50:34 PM
Why would a gym in St. George, Utah call my cell phone?

Someone searching for another wife probably.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on July 23, 2007, 04:32:43 PM
Why would a gym in St. George, Utah call my cell phone?

Because you're insanely hot.

Word gets around.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 23, 2007, 04:33:13 PM
Maybe they heard I should be working out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 23, 2007, 04:37:32 PM
Wait. What was the number?

Edit: no, wait, mystery number was southwest tennessee.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on July 23, 2007, 04:37:41 PM
It's not a gym. They're trying to convert you, pnuk and Lilia to Islam.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 23, 2007, 04:47:56 PM
Why would a gym in St. George, Utah call my cell phone?

 :lol:

I got a message for Virgil. I didn't think anyone would actually be named that. I thought it was just a movie name.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 23, 2007, 04:55:43 PM
"Gus? We can't have an astronaut called 'Gus.' What's your first name?"

"Virgil."

"Virgil? We can't have an astronaut called 'Virgil." What's your middle name?"

"Ivan."

"Gus. Your name is Gus."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on July 23, 2007, 05:26:31 PM
I gotta message for Raphael.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 23, 2007, 06:02:08 PM
They didn't leave me a message.  I looked up the number on google.  The gym is called ReZults Fitness.   :huh:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on July 23, 2007, 06:10:30 PM
The CULT... of ZULT!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 23, 2007, 06:24:02 PM
There is no feffer. Only Zult.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 23, 2007, 09:18:21 PM
 :shock:  :hisey:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 23, 2007, 10:09:40 PM
Expected: Lilia eating a bowl of yogurt.

Not expected: With a less-fancy one of these (http://www.gadgethub.co.uk/upload/Products/Fullsize/f.TIM01-pasta-timer.jpg).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 23, 2007, 10:15:12 PM
Doesn't the yogurt drip though?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 23, 2007, 10:30:08 PM
Yeah, I didn't know she had it.  She got it out of the dishwasher after I provided her with a spoon.  I took it away and she didn't really care.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on July 25, 2007, 01:10:49 PM
This is actually from Saturday: We went to Home Despot and on the far side of the parking lot (but next to car spaces) my husband pointed out to me a little shelter sort of garage-like thing. He said "that's for the horses and buggies".

o.O

We're not in podunk, this is a city. You can drive a half hour out and hit Mennonite farms though. But still. The mental image of them driving into the city, horsedrawn, to go shopping at Home Depot - wiggy!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 25, 2007, 01:30:48 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol:

That's pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on July 25, 2007, 01:40:47 PM
Why would a gym in St. George, Utah call my cell phone?

For the same F@#*&ing reason that someone in White Plains New York insists on attempting to fax me.

At 3:00 am.

About once every couple of months.

For the last couple of years.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 25, 2007, 05:06:28 PM
Post the number in a Craig's list sexor ad.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 25, 2007, 05:09:43 PM
That's freakin brilliant.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 26, 2007, 12:54:30 PM
The drywallers.

They were supposed to show up Tuesday AM.  Everything else is waiting on them.

They still haven't shown up, so it's a good thing I didn't really expect to see them.  Still, I had to be at the other shop at 8 AM in case they did show up.

I was surprised to see how the electrician had installed lights and outlets, since it's nothing like how we had agreed with him they'd be installed, or how they look on the floorplan we gave him.  He'd seemed competent, but I guess you never know.

I am rapidly losing the last of my faith in the quality of Union work.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 26, 2007, 01:11:31 PM
Oop!  We just had a supervillain in here, according to his credit card.

Vladimir Mask.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on July 26, 2007, 01:33:31 PM
Appropriately superhumanesque, Vladimir means "World Ruler" or "Lord of the Universe" in old Slavic.

The English version of Vladimir is Walter.

Walter Mask.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 26, 2007, 01:35:39 PM
I know a guy named Helmut Maske.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 26, 2007, 01:37:23 PM
Oh shit department: W1f3 just dropped coffee on one of her new paintings that was going to be in the show. It's wrecked.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on July 26, 2007, 01:38:50 PM
I blame Walter Mask.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 26, 2007, 01:58:33 PM
Oh shit department: W1f3 just dropped coffee on one of her new paintings that was going to be in the show. It's wrecked.


Bad times.   :thumbsdn:  Much like my Wimbledon t-shirt; granted, your wife's loss is on somewhat a greater scale.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 26, 2007, 01:58:56 PM
That's why I don't drink coffee
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 26, 2007, 02:43:19 PM
Oh shit department: W1f3 just dropped coffee on one of her new paintings that was going to be in the show. It's wrecked.

oh shit!  :thumbsdn:

that sucks the dimples out of a golf ball.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on July 26, 2007, 02:46:21 PM
Oh shit department: W1f3 just dropped coffee on one of her new paintings that was going to be in the show. It's wrecked.

Eeeeeep.  Start making peach brandy post haste.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on July 26, 2007, 02:50:53 PM
At least you didn't do it so you might survive.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 26, 2007, 03:03:42 PM
i almost spilled beer on one of my meticulously-hand-drawn-in-ink-on-giant-paper-scores... yeah. not good any way you look at it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 26, 2007, 04:21:32 PM
Well you could keep the beer stains and sell it as folk art.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on July 26, 2007, 04:43:50 PM
She should tell 'em she meant to do that, and double the price.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 26, 2007, 04:47:25 PM
Quote
She should tell 'em she meant to do that, and double the price.

Exactly what I thought, although you might have to take it to a different studio to do it.

Sucks dog balls, though.  Sorry to hear about it -- I can imagine that initial moment of shock, and I know it's not good.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on July 26, 2007, 04:58:15 PM
Or spill coffee on everything from now on, and start a movement.

"And from her Coffee Stain period, Étude en Fromage Avec la Tache de Café: starting bid is nine hundred and fifty thousand. Do I hear nine seventy-five?"

See?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on July 26, 2007, 05:00:39 PM
That is indeed a terrible feeling. :thumbsdn:

Maybe she can approach Starbucks with a proposal to create coffee art for them to hang in their stores?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on July 26, 2007, 06:25:58 PM
BMW Z3 with the license plate "T Durden"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 26, 2007, 10:30:27 PM
Or spill coffee on everything from now on, and start a movement.

"And from her Coffee Stain period, Étude en Fromage Avec la Tache de Café: starting bid is nine hundred and fifty thousand. Do I hear nine seventy-five?"

See?


Oops. She fixed it. Under some moral pressure from Unit 2.

It actually looks better than before. But we're thinking the archival nature of the paper has been compromised due to the acids in the coffee. :innocent: :detta:

We're all relieved, because she'd be on a rampage, otherwise :googily:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 27, 2007, 11:28:57 AM
BMW Z3 with the license plate "T Durden"

Did you get a chance to ask him if he was Tyler?

You know, if he said no, you couldn't exactly take him at his word.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to Smell Today
Post by: mo on July 27, 2007, 11:36:29 AM
Fajitas. At 7:30 in the morning, while I was driving to work. The smell stayed with me for a while down the road too. I'm wondering if maybe a Mexican restaurant burned down. Smelled pretty damn good, even at 7:30 in the morning.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 27, 2007, 05:09:45 PM
The crew of the Enterprise doing a Monty Python sketch (http://monty.python.videowall.sytes.org/?p=MlFTYU01Z1E5dm8vUHl0aG9uJ3MgQ2FtZWxvdCBpbnRlcmx1ZGUsIGJ5IEtpcmsgYW5kIGNyZXfvIBkj).

(via monkeyfilter)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 28, 2007, 07:15:02 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on August 01, 2007, 08:16:24 PM
A girl at work, her mom, and I all go to the same vet.

I didn't expect to see an email from her mom saying Percy, the vet-office house cat, had been attacked by a dog in the waiting room. This woman brings her dog in and goes up to the counter (Percy sleeps behind the computer monitor or patrols the counter, usually) and she goes to tell the vet people that she's there for an appointment, blah blah, and oh, her dog is cat aggressive. And as she says that, the dog grabbed Percy off the counter and one of the vet techs went to break them up and got bit in the ankle. I don't know what breed of dog it was, though the breed of the owner was obviously stupid. Ever hear of keeping your dog on a short leash??

No word yet on Percy's progress, but damn if I wasn't pissed off to hear this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on August 01, 2007, 08:26:43 PM
Whoa.  All animals at my vet's office are required to be leashed.  The assistants will even give you a simple rope leash if you bring your pet in without one.  A lot of us patients with smaller critters crate our pets when we bring 'em in.  My dogs' doc has a cat that roams around the waiting room too.  Sometimes there's a golden retriever that lounges on a pillow behind the counter.

That lady should have known better!  But now I hope the clinic will hand out temporary leashes from now on.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 01, 2007, 09:06:33 PM
I would have put that dog down once and for all.
If it goes after smaller critters... it'll go after bigger ones eventually.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on August 01, 2007, 09:44:08 PM
He was on a leash, she just wasn't holding it all that securely. I really don't know what sort of obedience training that dog could have to rehabilitate it.

My fave vet memory was from the last time I took Artemis in to get her claws clipped. There was this HUGE dog-some irish wolfhound or something, who got a little too curious about Artemis in her carrier, so she reached out her little paw to try to bat at him. He pretty much yawned and walked away. I told her to think harder about trying to attack animals about a million times her size. I don't speak cat, but I'm pretty sure she said something equivalent to "Screw you, and I know where you sleep. Bitch."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on August 01, 2007, 09:46:44 PM
Another thing I didn't expect to see....

Myself, clicking on the "HP at DH spoilers" thread (I'm not done yet, no.) I quickly averted my eyes and said NOoooooooooooooooooooooooooo.................. as I furiously clicked the back button.

Heh, I'm such a dork. (I didn't see anything.)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 01, 2007, 09:49:38 PM
A girl at work, her mom, and I all go to the same vet.

I didn't expect to see an email from her mom saying Percy, the vet-office house cat, had been attacked by a dog in the waiting room. This woman brings her dog in and goes up to the counter (Percy sleeps behind the computer monitor or patrols the counter, usually) and she goes to tell the vet people that she's there for an appointment, blah blah, and oh, her dog is cat aggressive. And as she says that, the dog grabbed Percy off the counter and one of the vet techs went to break them up and got bit in the ankle. I don't know what breed of dog it was, though the breed of the owner was obviously stupid. Ever hear of keeping your dog on a short leash??

No word yet on Percy's progress, but damn if I wasn't pissed off to hear this.

They should put the owner in a pit with Michael Vick to fight to the death.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 02, 2007, 08:30:17 AM
If I was that woman I'd find me another vet.  I can't imagine the people at the office are going to react well to that dog's tearing up their cat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 02, 2007, 10:18:46 AM
Yesterday:

My ninja cow-orker was stuck upstairs while a DOM (Dirty Old Man, for those of you not as internetted) spent forever and a day looking through all the old men's magazines we have in the special upstairs section for such things.  These are mostly pretty tame by today's standards, and you've almost got to wonder who's looking so diligently for a 1955 Tiger, and why, but you sure don't want to ask.

Anyway . . . .

The guy finally buys a bunch of retrosmut and leaves.  I went upstairs to talk to the ninja, and what do I find left behind on the floor near the smut boxes?

A MAGNIFYING GLASS.

Um . . . er . . . :uncertain:

:bolt:

I'm outta here, dude.  That's just wrong.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 02, 2007, 10:24:39 AM
OK, last week, actually, but somehow I keep forgetting to pass this golden one along:

I was at the end of the alley behind the shop.  I wasn't hiding, or anything, but I was sort of out of sight.  Next to us is a sushi restaurant, where most of the employees seem to be Chinese rather than Japanese, but whatever.  They sit in the alley and smoke (a lot), but they're a nice enough bunch aside from throwing their butts on the ground too often and occasionally giving us gawi los the stinkeye.

Anyway, one of the cute tiny waitresses was out there, smoking like a tire fire, and this drunk guy came down the alley wearing a shirt that said KARATE.  He saw the waitress sitting there and gave her this depraved sneer and did a sort of fakey half-assed karate ha-cha-cha-cha thing in her general direction before stumbling by.  She appeared to have taken no notice of his existence.

But after he'd gotten about ten feet past her, she silently stood up and struck an elegant kung fu pose toward his back.  Something circular, could've been tai chi or ba gwa, if I really had to guess.  Then she sat back down, still puffing away on her cigarette, as if nothing had happened.

It was the most elegant flip of the bird I ever saw.  Priceless.  I wish we had a surveillance camera; I would have kept that tape.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 02, 2007, 11:09:18 AM
Oh!  And this is an indication of how things are slipping my mind these days . . . .  I also forgot to mention:

Yesterday afternoon, a college girl and her mother were looking at the Children's section.  The college girl was wearing a slightly-past-her-knees skirt of some kind, and she was squatting down to look at the low shelves and sort of shuffling sideways from time to time to check out a new section.  When she stood up, she must have stepped on the hem of her skirt.  Black thong, for the record.

I was some distance away and politely turned my back long enough for her to recompose her outfit.  A cow-orker remarked that these things only happen when I'm around.  Apparently I have subconsciously stolen Scott Baio's powers.  Either that, or I've retained an adolescent poltergeist well into DOM territory.

:hmm:

Maybe I should start expecting to see this sort of thing and put it in a different category.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on August 02, 2007, 11:11:41 AM
maybe these chicks are doing these things, trying to get in yer pants, ever think about that? :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 02, 2007, 01:37:44 PM
I should be so lucky.

No, mostly it's clearly accidental (although sometimes the result of wardrobe choices).

Unless there's a poltergeist trying to get into my pants.  I'm no Mormon, but my pants have been spirit-proofed, by and large.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 02, 2007, 01:40:23 PM
Quote
Apparently I have subconsciously stolen Scott Baio's powers. 

Which reminds me of a TIDETST I meant to post a few days ago:

Scott Baio Is 45 And Single (http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/scott_baio_is_45_and_single/series.jhtml)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 02, 2007, 01:51:26 PM
Quote
Apparently I have subconsciously stolen Scott Baio's powers.

Which reminds me of a TIDETST I meant to post a few days ago:

Scott Baio Is 45 And Single (http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/scott_baio_is_45_and_single/series.jhtml)

I love that show.

He and his friends are so pathetic.

Irish, if you're not watching it, you need to check it out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 02, 2007, 01:51:50 PM
Which reminds me of a TIDETST I meant to post a few days ago:

Scott Baio Is 45 And Single (http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/scott_baio_is_45_and_single/series.jhtml)

It's no Rock of Love.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 02, 2007, 01:52:08 PM
...smoking like a tire fire...

Heh. I've never heard that before. Dig it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hisey on August 02, 2007, 03:39:17 PM
Yesterday (8/1)--trying to cross the street from the parking lot to my office, this old guy pulls up on a bicycle. We exchange pleasantries, then he says, pointing to the parking lot, "What's that?" I told him it was our lot for employees. "Looks like a junkyard compared to the Post office lot!" WTH??? We don't work for the post office, and DUDE!! YOU'RE RIDING A FRIGGIN BICYCLE!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 02, 2007, 03:49:09 PM
Woot! You're not blocked!

And my item is dragonflies hovering around the tree I was parked next to. Or maybe damselflies - they didn't stop so I couldn't see how they rested their wings. The only running water around here is the sewer.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 02, 2007, 03:59:11 PM
MORE HISEY

:hisey: :hisey: :hisey:
:hisey: :detta: :hisey:
:hisey: :hisey: :hisey:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 02, 2007, 04:09:40 PM
MORE HISEY

:hisey: :hisey: :hisey:
:hisey: :detta: :hisey:
:hisey: :hisey: :hisey:

Yeah, what he said!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 02, 2007, 04:51:34 PM
I definitely didn't expect to see that... but I would like to see more.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on August 02, 2007, 05:57:27 PM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/hisey.gif)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on August 02, 2007, 06:21:58 PM
I definitely didn't expect to see that... but I would like to see more.

Concur
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hisey on August 02, 2007, 07:34:16 PM
And today on the way to my friend's house, I saw some guy givin' the beatdown to some other guy outside a bar. At 6:20 PM. In broad daylight.

Well.. it IS in Cleveland. . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on August 03, 2007, 09:34:00 AM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/hisey.gif)

Bwahaha!  High-Z should swap her avatar out for that one!   :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on August 03, 2007, 01:09:11 PM
Thank you for noticing! That thing's got 24 frames in it! I didn't realize what I was getting myself into when I started it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: phyre on August 05, 2007, 06:20:55 PM
Here's one from the other day: A used Hyundai for over $20,000.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on August 06, 2007, 02:08:31 PM
OMG HISEY! did not expect to see that.

or this:
Winnie does girlie math (http://www.amazon.com/Math-Doesnt-Suck-Middle-School-Breaking/dp/1594630399)

or this:
heh heh heh

I'm driving out of Buffalo and there's a big billboard for Independent Health, which is a local insurance coverage provider; logo colors are red and white.

It has some blurb about "low-cost plans" and "$0 co-pay for your kids".
At the very bottom, it says something like: "Switch to us and get the red-shirt treatment!!"

....

o.O
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 06, 2007, 02:15:26 PM
 :rollin: :rollin:
"It's worst than that. He's dead, Jim."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 07, 2007, 11:53:31 AM
A dirty joke email from my mother...

Quote
For his birthday, little Joseph asked for a 10-speed bicycle. His
father said, "Son, we'd give you one, but the mortgage on this house is
$280,000 & your mother just lost her job. There's no way we can afford
it." 
 
The next day the father saw little Joseph heading out the front
door with a suitcase. So he asked, "Son, where are you going?" little Joseph
told him  "I was walking past your room last night and heard you telling mom
you were pulling out. Then I heard her tell you to wait because she was
coming too.  And I'll be damned if I'm staying here by myself with a $280,000
mortgage & no bike."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on August 07, 2007, 12:57:25 PM
Just read the weekly listings for Annie's Social Club, a small music venue that I go to occasionally.  One of the bands playing there on Saturday is The Bloody Hollies.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on August 07, 2007, 01:08:57 PM
Cliff = my brother
Sandra = his wife, my sister in law who works at a bank.

(http://www.bizb.biz/images/2007-08-04/robbed.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 07, 2007, 01:16:19 PM
:shock:

Holy cow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on August 07, 2007, 01:27:24 PM
AK-fucking-47.

Christ.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on August 07, 2007, 01:31:28 PM
The guy that went to the hospital is 5'9" 230lbs - all muscle.  They thought he was a threat, it would seem.  I can't imagine why.  They had automatic weapons for crying out loud.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 07, 2007, 01:52:06 PM
Crap. I'd have trouble dealing with that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on August 07, 2007, 01:55:26 PM
The story was just posted on a local news station's wesbite.  Here's the first paragraph
Quote
NORTH TOLEDO -- Police are looking for 2 or 3 suspects after a daring daylight bank robbery in north Toledo.  It happened around 10:45am Tuesday at the National City Bank in the 600th block of East Manhattan.
...?  Because most bank robberies are neither daring nor occur during daylight?

Thanks.  Journalism are dead.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 07, 2007, 01:57:12 PM
Holy Toledo!!                           
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on August 07, 2007, 02:01:31 PM
Wow.  I hope your SIL is OK.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on August 07, 2007, 02:46:56 PM
God, that's just awful.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 07, 2007, 02:47:43 PM
 :shock:  Scary!  I don't know if I could go back right away!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on August 07, 2007, 02:49:19 PM
Yikes! =(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 07, 2007, 02:51:57 PM
That's wacked. Wiggidy wacked.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 07, 2007, 03:21:30 PM
Stupid, too.  Armed bank robbery is for the very stupidest of criminals.  All the planning in the world spent on how to execute the heist won't make up for the sheer numbnutsery of deciding to rob a bank in the first place.

Average take in an armed bank robbery is under $500.  Average jail term for armed bank robbery is almost 15 years.

And yet so many right-wingers insist that increasing penalties for felony convictions will cut down on crime because criminals are good at economic analysis.  Oy.  PMITA prison is too good for these people.  They need to be made to wear especially stupid prison uniforms and then be mocked on TV at least once a year.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 07, 2007, 03:26:31 PM
I'm pretty sure none of that would make me feel better with an AK-47 staring me in the face.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on August 07, 2007, 04:55:40 PM
Quote
In the United States, bank robbers net just over $4,000 per robbery

http://www.popcenter.org/Problems/problem-bank_robbery_p2.htm

I was just reading about some missing AK-47's somewhere  :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 13, 2007, 11:05:45 PM
Graffiti decals (http://www.blairline.com/graffiti/) for more realism in your model train layout.  :huh:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 13, 2007, 11:33:59 PM
Graffiti decals (http://www.blairline.com/graffiti/) for more realism in your model train layout.  :huh:
My head hurts now.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 14, 2007, 01:12:23 AM
From the same site:  http://www.blairline.com/cutouts/page2.html


 :nuts: :nuts: :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 14, 2007, 11:51:54 AM
On the back of a truck for a large farm company:

"Quality Chekd"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 14, 2007, 06:35:28 PM
That a sloth had escaped from a kitchen a couple of towns over:

http://lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070814/NEWS01/708140348
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 14, 2007, 07:41:47 PM
That a sloth had escaped from a kitchen a couple of towns over:

http://lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070814/NEWS01/708140348

Awwwww. Want.

I hope they find the poor little bugger.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 14, 2007, 09:09:59 PM
I'd guess Axe wrote the second comment, but there were no witty asides in the block of text. :D 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 15, 2007, 06:28:02 AM
I didn't comment over there, wiseass, but I was tempted -- I was thinking how harsh this escape is when one of the chief advantages of the sloth is that it's a pet you don't have to look for.  It's usually still where you left it.

I'd put rows of big eyelets in the ceiling so it could slowly traipse from room to room like the world's ugliest and most self-directed balloon.  But I'd probably put a diaper on it, too.  Which is rarely done with balloons.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 15, 2007, 07:43:05 AM
Pff, shows what you know about balloon keeping.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 15, 2007, 09:41:04 AM
My balloons all have diapers on them. And hairnets, too. I can't stand their shedding.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on August 15, 2007, 09:54:46 AM
You guys are putting the best visuals in my head right now.

My imagination's totally running away with this.

 :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 15, 2007, 03:01:18 PM
My balloons all have diapers on them. And hairnets, too. I can't stand their shedding.

Well, naturally they'd have hairnets.  I figured I'd skip over the obvious.

I mean I didn't mention the surgical masks either, but even the newest rookie knows they need them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 15, 2007, 04:38:50 PM
What would motivate a sloth to even want to go outside. Of all the animals in the world that could appreciate climate controlled environs - you'd think it would have been at the top of the list.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 15, 2007, 05:09:57 PM
Somewhere, my mother has a picture from a sloth rescue park (in South America, oddly enough).  In the pic, they have three big three-toed sloths reclining in lawn chairs, with their arms thrown back over their heads.  They all have what look like dopey smiles plastered on their weird little faces.  It's pretty funny.

Sloths are weird.  In the Pleistocene, there used to be marine sloths that swam off the coast of South America and ate seaweed.  It's probably when the symbiosis with algae started up.  And, uh, early (paleo) South Americans used sloths as dairy animals.  My younger brother once said that a sloth is about the LAST thing he would want to milk, but I pointed out that it's probably pretty easy to do . . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on August 15, 2007, 05:27:39 PM
My younger brother once said that a sloth is about the LAST thing he would want to milk, but I pointed out that it's probably pretty easy to do . . . .

Funniest out-of-context quote of the day, right there!   :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 15, 2007, 05:48:06 PM
My younger brother once said that a sloth is about the LAST thing he would want to milk, but I pointed out that it's probably pretty easy to do . . . .

Funniest out-of-context quote of the day, right there!   :rollin:

Haha! You mean a FSTOOCOTD?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on August 15, 2007, 05:49:11 PM
My younger brother once said that a sloth is about the LAST thing he would want to milk, but I pointed out that it's probably pretty easy to do . . . .

Funniest out-of-context quote of the day, right there!   :rollin:

Haha! You mean a FSTOOCOTD?

Exactly!   :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on August 15, 2007, 06:34:41 PM
A fistoocotty?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 15, 2007, 07:39:45 PM
 :hmm:

 :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 15, 2007, 09:24:44 PM
*cops rude feel on hajen's fistoocotty*

:knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 16, 2007, 08:23:11 AM
*cops rude feel on hajen's fistoocotty*

:knotty:

Slut.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 16, 2007, 07:36:26 PM
*cops rude feel on hajen's fistoocotty*

:knotty:

Slut.

*cops rude feel on Talix's fistoocotty*

:knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on August 16, 2007, 07:47:22 PM
 :angry:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 16, 2007, 08:56:41 PM
There was a news van outside of my apartment complex and a reporter was blabbing at a camera.  I watched the news and there was nothing on about it...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 16, 2007, 11:48:03 PM
:angry:

*cops rude feel on Biz's fistoocotty*

:knotty:

:bolt:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 17, 2007, 06:44:51 AM
I had my fistoocotty removed when I was eight.

I got ICE CREAM!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 17, 2007, 07:54:40 AM
I ain't got none.  My daddy's on the welfare.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on August 17, 2007, 08:43:20 AM
:angry:

*cops rude feel on Biz's fistoocotty*

:knotty:

:bolt:
That's more like it!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 17, 2007, 08:55:57 AM
:angry:

*cops rude feel on Biz's fistoocotty*

:knotty:

:bolt:
That's more like it!

Slut.

(GBY!)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on August 18, 2007, 02:30:01 AM
My younger brother once said that a sloth is about the LAST thing he would want to milk, but I pointed out that it's probably pretty easy to do . . . .

Funniest out-of-context quote of the day, right there!   :rollin:

Haha! You mean a FSTOOCOTD?

Wow. Haven't seen that for awhile. Didn't realize I missed it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 23, 2007, 03:53:46 AM
... the inside of a pet ER.

Kuro's vomiting and not able to get it all out his mouth. He also missed his bidaily blessing of the box with solids. So far, it just looks like dehydration. They're running blood work. I'm skipping work tomorrow, just as soon as the damn mail system can find my boss' name.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on August 23, 2007, 05:44:50 AM
Kuro is a cat? I hope he's okay.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 23, 2007, 12:52:35 PM
Yep, a cat.  Bo and I send good thoughts.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on August 23, 2007, 01:12:03 PM
Yep, a cat.  Bo and I send good thoughts.

is it a black cat, or a very smart cat? ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 23, 2007, 01:36:36 PM
Poor kitty! I hope he's OK.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 23, 2007, 02:41:50 PM
Kuro wa neko kuroi desu. (He's a black cat.)

It might have been the antibiotic he was on after the dental work - but that sort of thing usually happens earlier in the course. It could be he's got cancer or the like - but without other signs a lot of expensive tests would probably be inconclusive. He was dehydrated, and it was more humid than it has been. All in all - :shrug:

He's been on the renal diet for two weeks or so now. He's lost two ounces (~1.5% of his weight) in those two weeks. And oh, yeah - he gets to start the subcutaneous fluids. This is going to be entertaining. NOT.

The regular vet's office has him at the moment. They want to do radiographs and see if there's anything up with the organs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 23, 2007, 02:55:59 PM
Well, he sounds like he's pretty tough. How old is he?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 23, 2007, 04:52:19 PM
15ish. We remember having him in our first apartment, and we were only there three years, but we never wrote out their birthyears and we're stuck relying on the memory of old fogeys.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on August 24, 2007, 12:02:51 AM
Aww :(

Artemis and I send as many healthy kitty vibes as we can :hug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 24, 2007, 12:30:13 AM
 :shock: :bummed:

:shamrock: and  :love: from teh p1g5
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 26, 2007, 05:12:57 PM
Get home.  Phone rings.  No caller ID.  OK, whatever.

Recording on the other line says, "Hello.  We're sorry we can't call you at this time, but we may try again later when we can."

[click]

Am I the victim of a computer prank call?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 27, 2007, 08:28:13 AM
Gonzales resign. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/washington/27cnd-gonzales.html?hp)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on August 27, 2007, 08:53:03 AM
Gonzales resign. (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/27/washington/27cnd-gonzales.html?hp)
If political capital could be borrowed and repaid with interest, the Bush administration would have doubled the national debt by now.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 27, 2007, 10:33:58 AM
Haven't they already? ;)

Gonzo is nothing. He can be easily replaced by a small shell script. And he will.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 27, 2007, 10:58:21 AM
Heh, I totally agree Hmof. I don't get why everyone has been so after him. Getting him fired just means he'll be replaced by someone just like him. It must be all about eliminating all the bushies as a "fuck you" to dubbya.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on August 27, 2007, 11:05:18 AM
His replacement is worse.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 27, 2007, 02:47:11 PM
Enough of this, on to important things.

Scarlett Johansson is releasing an album.

...

Perhaps you might have expected that, or at very least, are not surpised. However.

...

An album. Of. Tom Waits covers (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/27/film.qa.scarlett.johansson.ap/index.html).

I ... did not expect that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 27, 2007, 04:15:15 PM
Now that's pretty cool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on August 27, 2007, 04:48:32 PM
Damn.

Hot and has taste.

gbh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on August 27, 2007, 05:00:07 PM
I wonder if she's gonna smoke a bunch of cigars to get that gravelly vocal going...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 28, 2007, 08:48:13 PM
If she and Zooey Deschanel duet on a Tom Waits song, my penis will bloom like a sunflower.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 28, 2007, 09:05:45 PM
Zooey has turned me on ever since singing It's Cold Outside in Elf.

I would heartily welcome such a duet.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 28, 2007, 09:43:57 PM
Zooey has turned me on ever since singing It's Cold Outside in Elf.

I would heartily welcome such a duet.

Hear hear
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 28, 2007, 10:53:56 PM
Winnie does girlie math (http://www.amazon.com/Math-Doesnt-Suck-Middle-School-Breaking/dp/1594630399)
She's doing a signing on the 12th in The Grove.

I'm still thinking of giving this to my nieces as a joke on my brother. But I'm not sure he'd be amused.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 29, 2007, 12:06:42 PM
On the monitor in the elevator at work:

CNN Headlines
Republicans back away from Craig

Probably a good idea.

I actually looked at CNN.com and the headline is "Republicans distance themselves from Craig".  I wonder if CNN changed it or if the people who put together the feed for the monitor were being funny.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 31, 2007, 09:06:23 PM
From the Bad Name Dept.: You've got to be shitting me. (http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/24/trekstor-showcases-i-beat-blaxx-portable-media-player/)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 31, 2007, 09:25:16 PM
Wow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on September 01, 2007, 12:53:13 AM
 :huh:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2007, 06:30:48 PM
1)  Went to Burger King this evening.  I don't think I've been in one in about twelve years.

2)  Their chicken tenders . . . I think they're supposed to be crown-shaped, but they look more like chicken feet.  Alas, they taste more like chicken feet.  Unwashed, straight from the coop, and over-peppered.

3)  They had a sign that said

Try
Nestle's
Butt
Creme
Pie


:trance:

I eventually saw how someone had meticulously removed erfinger, but that wouldn't actually have been that much better anyway.

Also, WTF with their fries?  I think it may be another 12 years or so.  Although I am way too easy for Coke slushies, which they have, but, then, the local convenience store has 'em, too, and they're super-bad for me.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on September 04, 2007, 06:46:51 PM
Try
Nestle's
Butt
Creme
Pie



I think I saw that one on youporn.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2007, 06:48:22 PM
I didn't even know there was a meporn!

Where's my check?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 04, 2007, 07:00:13 PM
Love you porn
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 04, 2007, 07:20:58 PM
Don't knock chicken feet until you've tried them barbecued Chinese style.
My kids (the girls, anyway) will snarf'em at general risk to their dignity. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 04, 2007, 07:22:44 PM
I'll have the noodles.  More chicken feet for the girls.

I'm nothing if not magnanimous in noodly victory.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 04, 2007, 07:58:48 PM
I didn't like chicken feet.  All skin and tendon and no muscle.  I'll stick with breasts.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 04, 2007, 08:06:47 PM
Well, I'm in agreement with both of you. But I tried them, to be sure. Also tried jellyfish and sea cucumber, and those were a-ok.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 04, 2007, 08:27:49 PM
Sea cucumber is pretty dang good indeed.  I haven't tried jellyfish yet though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: anvil_parachute on September 04, 2007, 10:54:15 PM
Jellyfish doesn't really taste like anything.  It's more of a texture food.  At least in the dishes I've tried.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on September 05, 2007, 08:03:29 AM
Mmmmmm Jellyfish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXV1D13f0Ko)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on September 05, 2007, 09:21:50 AM
Don't knock chicken feet until you've tried them barbecued Chinese style.
My kids (the girls, anyway) will snarf'em at general risk to their dignity. 

i thought of you and your youngins the other day when mary (the half chinese fiddle player i play music with sometimes) tried to get me some bubble tea.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 05, 2007, 10:33:18 AM
BOBAAAAAAAA!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on September 05, 2007, 10:43:01 AM
heh. she was all like. yeah. it's an asian thing.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 05, 2007, 01:25:23 PM
Love it.  I've heard it called bubble or pearl tea.  I usually call it the latter.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 05, 2007, 02:24:14 PM
Well I was going to ask something about the type of bubbles, when the first GIS result for 'bubble tea' stopped me dead:

NSFW Bubble Tea (http://beconfused.com/images/2005/02/New-method-for-selling-drinks.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on September 05, 2007, 04:07:13 PM
Only ever had bubble tea twice, but I liked it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 05, 2007, 04:31:40 PM
Sheeit, they got full-on bubble tea BARS here...

Haven't tried it yet. Then again it's hard to pry that coffee cup from my cold dead fingers...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on September 05, 2007, 05:40:33 PM
Bubble tea is popping up everywhere. I bought some of the tapioca pearls the last time I was at Mitsuwa (http://www.mitsuwachicago.net/php/index.php?lang=eng). Unfortch, I didn't think to get any large straws. Also, what with my shitty teeth these days, I can't chew the dang tapioca anyway :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on September 08, 2007, 06:21:04 PM
FTM trans pull it off a lot better in general than MTF, imo (http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TSsuccesses/TransMen.html)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on September 08, 2007, 06:48:24 PM
In the TIDEST department:

Thursday:  Bubbles (Formerly known as BBCK) ran the time-trial for this week's cross country practice.  She finished the mile in 8:23.  Her best time last year was 9:02.

Today: Bubbles ran the season-opener cross country race and finished in 71st pace.  Her best finish last year was 109th (out of 180+ kids).  Her time today... 7:43!

 :dance: :nanaparty: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :hug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on September 08, 2007, 08:21:08 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 09, 2007, 10:21:27 AM
w00t!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 09, 2007, 07:17:40 PM
Joe Louis's grave at Arlington Nat'l Cemetary
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on September 10, 2007, 12:11:46 AM
 Today, A Giant Blue Heron was in the creek in front of my mothers house.  We don't see many birds like this in WV. Over the years we've seen several birds strange to this area.  5 years ago, we had a pelican that spent the summer flying up and down the creek. We've had cranes and seagulls too. We've always wondered if these birds were blown off their regular  migratory route.
  My mother's inquisitive  tom cat went down to check out the blue heron. The bird came up out of the creek, chased it though the weeds and part of the yard. I've never seen a cat run so fast trying to get away from a bird!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on September 10, 2007, 12:17:04 AM
They're bigger than you'd expect. I love watching them fly with their huge feet hanging out behind them.
One resident Blue Heron managed to poop two live carp out into the 'rents pond. As far as I know, that pair is living fat and happy along side the pet bass. Yes, the 'rents keep smallmouth bass as pets.


 :nuts: :nuts:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 10, 2007, 06:25:53 AM
Quote
I love watching them fly with their huge feet hanging out behind them.

Yes.  If you've ever launched a sasquatch from an air cannon, it's much the same.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 16, 2007, 09:59:37 AM
Stuck in traffic this morning behind a shiny red Hummer H3 with giant wire-spoke wheels (complete with Ben-Hur blender-hubs), a hunting sticker, a pair of cheap plastic US flags on window mounts, a sticker that said WOMEN SUCK, and a license plate frame that said FOLLOW ME TO WAFFLE HOUSE.

Bastard's slow blocky ass made me miss the turn light, too.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 17, 2007, 11:24:23 AM
I tend to easily get hooked by road rage, mostly because I hardly drive anymore and I'm on the bike, but few things annoy me than not being able to see over some ridiculously oversized vehicle...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: ivan on September 17, 2007, 12:50:14 PM
(http://ivandavidoff.com/misc/tallbike.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 17, 2007, 01:24:42 PM
There's a bike just like that parked here at work!

Cracks me up every time...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 17, 2007, 03:41:05 PM
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few things annoy me than not being able to see over some ridiculously oversized vehicle

My car is a 1991 Tercel with a very tired suspension.  It's fun to drive because it's kind of like the world's most deluxe go-kart, but, seriously, people in Miatas tower over me.  I can't see over or past pretty much any other vehicle on the road unless I stay at least three-to-five car-lengths back.  And in rush-hour traffic, that just isn't practical.  It can be pretty annoying, all right.

I am easily hooked into road rage (although, mostly, I just curse), but, then, most people are horrible, horrible drivers.  Inexcusably bad.  I cut some slack for people who look like driving in traffic scares them, etc, or people who aren't causing problems for other drivers.  Today, I was almost hit by a city bus that went about twelve feet through a red light before stopping.  Driver was on the phone.

Michigan's down-home problems are turn signals, turns, and staying in your lane.  Well, Michigan drivers also only have a vague notion of what a speed limit means; they'll commonly try to go 10-15 MPH faster or slower, from one person to the next.  In Nebraska, it was running stop signs and comprehending right-of-way.  In MA, it's just that 90% of the drivers follow a secret set of rules that, well, 90% of drivers there know and understand, even if it's not what the law technically says.  If you understand how they drive, it's no problem, but otherwise they'll all hate you and you'll hate them.

I used to like Manhattan driving.  It was a very We'll All Get There laid-back style.  It somehow evolved into a We Drive Like Fish Swim anything-goes-so-long-as-I-don't-actually-drive-into-you style that doesn't work for me, but, hey, I hardly ever wind up driving even near Manhattan, so what do I care.  The trick is to not look outside of the cab.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 17, 2007, 04:24:11 PM
I've heard that driving in New York has really changed in the past 10-15 years...

And that traffic's far worse here...

I believe it.

The problem is that the roads are completely saturated during peak times, particularly the two-lane variety.

And then, this past weekend, when I finally got out of the crud in Rural Kitsap County and got onto US 101, some choad drove 50 in a 60 for miles, with at least three cars behind him. Bumper to bumper.

I shouldn't have flipped him off when I finally had a chance to pass him. I mean, he looked like a goober, but he could have been packing heat...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on September 17, 2007, 05:04:14 PM
For the last 3 and 3/4 years I've been driving 60 miles a day round trip to work. I stagger my schedule to avoid rush hour, which most of the time works.

People who do not enter the freeway at freeway speed REALLY piss me off. It's not uncommon for me to see this (or personally experience it) several times a day. Entering the freeway ay 45 MPH when the speed limit is 70 MPH is ridiculous. Around here though, it doesn't seem to be a ticketable offense.

We've been working on some stories here at the paper about traffic fatalities and have been trying to sort through some sloppy statistics in regards to road safety. One campaign says:

in 2002, speeding was a contributing factor in 31% of all fatal crashes

It doesn't say that speeding is the leading cause of fatal crashes, nor do they tell you what the other 69% of fatal crashes were caused by. Eventually they get to these numbers:

Most crashes (57%) occur at 40 mph or less, but most fatal crashes occur at top speeds.

So does 57% mean the percentage of ALL crashes, both fatal and non-fatal? Why are they comparing that to the percentage of fatality only crashes, which they don't even bother to provide in that statement? Are they talking about the 31% previously stated, which is why they don't bother to give a percentage?

Or this statement:

More than half of fatal crashes in 2002 occurred on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph or more. But these roads are not necessarily in urban areas. In fact, 42% of all motor vehicle fatalities occurred on rural roads with cars traveling at 55 mph or greater.

OK, but that means 58% of fatalities occur on urban roads. I'm assuming they're trying to say that rural roads, with fewer people traveling them, have a startlingly high number of fatalities. But they don't say that.

Speeding also leads to excessive lane changes, which contribute to crashes. More than 43% of all motor vehicle crashes reported in 2001 involved a lane change or road departure.

Again, aren't they comparing apples to oranges here? 43% of ALL crashes, fatal and non-fatal, speeding and not speeding. They don't give us the percentage for speeding while making lane changes or road departures, or the percentage of fatal accidents caused by lane changes or road departures.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports 55% of fatal accidents are caused by unintended lane departure, including veering off the road.

OK, so a little farther down we get a stat for fatal accidents -- but is that ALL fatalities, or only those caused by speeding?

Inquiring minds want to know. :banghead:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 17, 2007, 05:55:48 PM
It's probably safe to assume that the statistics are untrustworthy.

The vast majority of accidents are caused by driver error.  That includes inattentiveness, stupid decisions, and lack of ability.  Not knowing one's limits and how the vehicle will behave under the conditions you're likely to face is included about 50% under "stupid decisions" and 50% under "lack of ability".  Most aggressive and I Can Talk On The Phone drivers have no clue of their limits or the limits of their vehicles.  We all know it's true.


Today, in a rotary on campus, I was behind a pickup with a sticker that just said HANG UP, JACKASS.  Nice.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 17, 2007, 06:06:14 PM
Those stats that say stuff like "98% of fatal crashes involve alcohol"...  Don't they include in that number passengers who have had a single drink?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on September 17, 2007, 08:08:54 PM
If the EMT on scene swab off the blood to see the extent of an injury and the person dies, is it an alcohol-related death?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 17, 2007, 09:04:49 PM
TOA, I was kinda giggling through your stat rant there. It seems to me those were written by somebody in law enforcement or has a background in law enforcement. They're not actually presenting the stats, they're presenting the stats as reasons why you shouldn't speed, or why you shouldn't think speeding in rural areas is safe, etc. While what you're looking for is what percentage of accidents was caused by Stupid Driver Syndrome which they're never going to tell you, because they just keep saying, "Don't question whether or not our laws are smart. Just Obey the Law and you'll be fine."

I've always hated trying to find quality stats from the govt. It's rare I find a good grid of raw data (though it has happened). Let me know if you find anything decent on this. I'd be interested.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on September 17, 2007, 09:25:59 PM
That's pretty much the conclusion I arrived at too, FYP. I see this all the time in media reporting -- it's a slow news day, so someone comes up with "16% of all kittens will bite you!" It doesn't occur to the reader that 84% of kittens won't bite you, but because it's been made into a news story, it becomes a national crisis/controversy.

If the statistics reported that 85% percent of all fatal collisions were the result of speeding, that would be cause for alarm. But since there's another 69% of fatal collisions that aren't because of speeding -- and they don't readily offer up what those reasons are -- I have a hard time taking any of it seriously.

I'm pretty sure the other 69% percent is probably equally distributed between driver distraction and driver intoxication. They are all obviously preventable, but maybe it's easier (and more profitable) to focus on speeding.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 18, 2007, 08:20:46 AM
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If the EMT on scene swab off the blood to see the extent of an injury and the person dies, is it an alcohol-related death?

No, that's just death-related alcohol.


Those accident statistics were probably picked from a bunch of unrelated studies.  The actually relevant thing is that, in general, the faster you go, the much more likely it becomes that you'll have an accident, and the much more likely that that accident will be a severe one (obviously including fatal accidents).  There are certain exceptions to this rule -- driving at 15 MPH down the middle of the freeway will make you less likely to have an accident if there's no one else on the road, and much more likely to have an accident if there are other people driving at normal speeds.

A moment's distraction, like changing the radio station, is far more dangerous at 60 MPH than at 45 MPH.  And hitting a 5"-diameter tree at 20 MPH doesn't compare to hitting it at 45 MPH.  And so on.

Rural roads tend to be far narrower, with much smaller shoulders, and generally no guard rails, than non-rural roads with comparable speed limits.  As a result, a momentary departure from the center of your lane on a narrow two-lane two-way 50 MPH rural road is far more likely to kill you (and some other unfortunate driver) than the same deviation on an interstate, even if you're going 60 MPH in both cases.  Rural roads have less traffic, which skews the statistics, but on a per-mile-driven standard they tend to be enormously more dangerous than a standard limited-access highway.  You're also more likely to have an animal jump out in front of you or face an unexpected obstruction like a fallen tree limb, and rural roads get less maintenance, snow-removal, and so on.

People tend to be crappy at driving at higher speeds.  Modern cars are designed to largely insulate you from the feeling of going fast, which is luxurious but stupid.  People generally don't understand reaction time or stopping distance, much less suspension capacity, etc.  Brake fade is less of an issue nowadays than it used to be, fortunately, and things like ABS make bad drivers somewhat safer.  But people still think they can drive their minivans, pickups, and SUVs (which are mostly basically the same) as if they were driving sedans, which is a good indication of how little they comprehend.

Cell phones don't help, and, again, the fact that so many people are sure they can drive just fine while on the phone gives a good indication of how unfit they are to be driving in the first place.  Personally, I'd rate cell-phone drivers way ahead of drunk drivers on a list of road hazards.  To my knowledge, I've only been threatened (in the sense of almost getting hit) by a drunk driver once, whereas I've been threatened by cell-phone morons hundreds of times.  You know it's bad when you see a cop drive up onto the sidewalk because he's on his cell.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 18, 2007, 08:38:32 AM
Cheddar Vision (http://www.cheddarvision.tv/)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 18, 2007, 09:01:18 AM
a Mormon hunk calendar (http://www.mormonsexposed.com/)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 20, 2007, 01:17:15 PM
At CVS, a college kid was wearing a shirt that said

HUMBLE
with a giant penis
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on September 20, 2007, 09:45:19 PM
No, this is overkill. http://technews.cc/offtopic/rpcguide/
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 24, 2007, 07:46:14 PM
I was trapped for almost ten miles behind an SUV that was doing under 45 in a 55.  The SUV was purplish with magnetic stick-on flames and had a license plate that read "SZZLER".  WTF?  (The "S" was free, part of the MSU license plate S-for-Spartans crap.)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on September 24, 2007, 09:17:43 PM
I was trapped for almost ten miles behind an SUV that was doing under 45 in a 55. 

I would've gone OUT OF MY MIND.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 25, 2007, 01:19:15 PM
I did a lot of cursing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on September 25, 2007, 02:58:18 PM
I'd have done a lot of stabbing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 25, 2007, 03:18:02 PM
I get pissy if ANYONE is holding up traffic.

I hate driving, and I've really come to hate cars, period.

But what I never expected to see was...

My beat up truck passed the emissions test this weekend!!

I fully expected it to fail, and then I'd have to pony up 150 bucks (or more) to waive it...

So, I've got that going for me...:)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on September 28, 2007, 07:31:32 PM
I'm sitting out on the deck earlier, and these two hummingbirds are zipping around all over the place, fighting over the feeder, and one of them chased the other right into the window of the house. That's okay though, because there's a screen on the window that softened the blow. However, the hummingbird's beak got stuck in the screen  :lol: I thought I was going to have to go get it unstuck, but after a few seconds it got free and flew back up to its perch in a nearby tree and sat there humiliated. I tried to contain my laughter, 'cause I felt sorry for the poor thing, but it was just too funny.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on September 28, 2007, 11:23:06 PM
I'm sitting out on the deck earlier, and these two hummingbirds are zipping around all over the place, fighting over the feeder, and one of them chased the other right into the window of the house. That's okay though, because there's a screen on the window that softened the blow. However, the hummingbird's beak got stuck in the screen  :lol: I thought I was going to have to go get it unstuck, but after a few seconds it got free and flew back up to its perch in a nearby tree and sat there humiliated. I tried to contain my laughter, 'cause I felt sorry for the poor thing, but it was just too funny.

 :rollin: :rollin: :rollin: :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on September 28, 2007, 11:38:23 PM
It's 11:30pm, I'm looking for *anything* to watch on tv, and I turn on Animal Planet and Meerkat Manor. I look over and on the couch next to me, the cat is staring, wide eyed at the television, fixated on the Whiskers family.

Weirdo cat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on September 28, 2007, 11:45:21 PM
Shit.
We missed Meerkat Manor.

They rerun on Sunday tho.....

What?!

I like that show.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on September 29, 2007, 12:05:42 AM
Man, fuck Meerkat Manor.

Always fucking makes me cry.

And swear, apparently.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on September 29, 2007, 01:48:57 AM
Oh my god, we got hooked on Meerkat Manor reruns while we were in Montana.

Lenny and Squiggy? I bawled my eyes out.

Curse you Animal Planet.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on September 30, 2007, 10:45:33 PM
Yeah I about died on the Lenny/Squiggy thing, then this one on Friday night.. hoo boy.


Ok, so something I didn't expect to hear today:

My friend and I were at the sushi restaurant we usually go to, waiting for a table, when this girl walks in behind us. She puts her name on the list and is just standing there and she all of a sudden asks us if we've heard the new Britney song. We were all "Zuh??" and she goes, "Yeah, the song sounds like a bunch of orgasms." "..." *nervous laughter*

WTF?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 01, 2007, 08:24:20 AM
You're hawt, she's gay. It was a tremendously awkward pickup line.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on October 01, 2007, 09:02:08 AM
:spittake:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 01, 2007, 05:03:12 PM
You're hawt, she's gay. It was a tremendously awkward pickup line.

Possible.

Though I was with a male friend... maybe she was trying to get in on "that"...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 01, 2007, 05:46:34 PM
I'm probably the only one who hasn't seen this.

Bumper sticker:

1/20/09
End of an Error.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on October 02, 2007, 01:48:38 PM
I haven't seen it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on October 02, 2007, 03:06:04 PM
I'm probably the only one who hasn't seen this.

Bumper sticker:

1/20/09
End of an Error.
Apparently, based on the image name, I saw this on August 12th.

(http://www.bizb.biz/cam_dump/200708122027391.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 02, 2007, 05:04:10 PM
Yeah, when I googled it, there was a ton of results, so I figured it was pretty widespread.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 05, 2007, 05:24:24 PM
My laptop battery, exploding.

(no flames)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on October 05, 2007, 05:40:30 PM
Yikes!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 05, 2007, 05:46:58 PM
Do Macbooks run on a/c without the battery?

Because, this ain't going back in.

Wish I had a camera. This is ... impressive.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on October 05, 2007, 05:47:26 PM
I guess this is more along the lines of Things I Didn't Expect ... but

Sugar-Free Gummi Bears are actually pretty good.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 06, 2007, 07:39:56 AM
Related local news story: iPod Sets Man's Pants On Fire (http://www.wsbtv.com/news/14271878/detail.html)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on October 06, 2007, 12:08:45 PM
Liar.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on October 06, 2007, 01:01:17 PM
136 pounds???!
After all that .... uh... violent evacuation?

WTH???!

 :cry:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on October 06, 2007, 03:34:22 PM
Do Macbooks run on a/c without the battery?

Because, this ain't going back in.

Wish I had a camera. This is ... impressive.

PC laptops do.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 06, 2007, 04:01:05 PM
Oh sorry I didn't follow up. It works fine. Except for the little magnetic power thingee which comes off rather abruptly somet34@$%^$%#@#@!!@~~~~~''' NO CARRIER
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 06, 2007, 05:48:55 PM
ORLY? (http://cgi.ebay.com/OTTER-SEA-LION-Halloween-MASK-Deluxe-Adult-11018_W0QQitemZ230150839773QQihZ013QQcategoryZ70976QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem?refid=store)

Possibly a slow seller.  I like "surprise guests or your boss".  Yeah, I think they'd tend to be surprised.


** edit: fixed the linkage for ya - Psi
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 07, 2007, 09:22:52 AM
Gracias, senor.

:diabolical:

[flutters cape and disappears behind the shrubbery]
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 07, 2007, 11:06:24 PM
Speaking of "O RLY"

Today on my walk I saw either this http://www.illinoisraptorcenter.org/Field%20Guide/broad.html or this http://www.illinoisraptorcenter.org/Field%20Guide/cooper.html (or possibly one of the others, could've even been a small female bald eagle, but not likely)

It landed on a power line next to where I was jogging and it kinda hopped along the power line to keep ahead of me a little. Then I saw a chipmunk cross the street up ahead of me and was just like, "RUN LITTLE GUY." But on the other hand, I sorta wanted to see nature in action. I kept going though. I wish I'd had a camera, since my memory is failing me now.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 07, 2007, 11:24:56 PM
Awesome. I love watching raptors work. They are totally badass.

*contemplative pause (:hmm:)*

We would not have stood a chance against the dinosaurs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 07, 2007, 11:26:30 PM
ORLY? (http://cgi.ebay.com/OTTER-SEA-LION-Halloween-MASK-Deluxe-Adult-11018_W0QQitemZ230150839773QQihZ013QQcategoryZ70976QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem?refid=store)

That is totally a female elephant seal. What an odd choice for a Halloween mask.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 08, 2007, 07:49:30 AM
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We would not have stood a chance against the dinosaurs.

Up close and personal, no.  If the local vegetation wasn't too damp to burn, then our ancestors probably would've wiped out most of the dinosaurs in their area pretty quickly.  Smokey the Bear is right to be afraid.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 08, 2007, 03:55:42 PM
We've got the Cooper's Hawks here which are almost identical to sharp-shinned hawks, (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/accipiterIDtable.htm) except "sharpies" are even more diminutive. They are feisty little hunters. They've managed to bully some of the local redtailed hawks and taken over their territory along a stretch of the highway into my town.

It's a little unsettling to have them staking out my birdfeeders, but they are awesome little creatures.

(http://i.pbase.com/u42/orangecones/small/27674644.foghorn12pulledbychickenhawk.jpg)

I'm a chicken hawk, see?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 08, 2007, 03:58:37 PM
Wow, a Cooper's Hawk. Since you brought it up, that must have been what I was watching hover on the breeze at South Whidbey State park Saturday. He didn't have a red tail, and was more compact.

I've only got three bird books I never consult... :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on October 08, 2007, 11:10:22 PM
http://www.break.com/index/horny-dog-ruins-music-video.html

Kids are becoming more sexually aware at a younger age and......


.....



.....


Okay. WTF is that dog doing?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on October 08, 2007, 11:43:47 PM
WTF is that dog doing?

Which one of you wants to have The Talk with Watson?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 09, 2007, 12:17:38 PM
Neighbor emailed me to see if I could watch her cats this weekend.  Naturally, I'm also taking care of a dog four towns over this weekend.  People only ask me for favors if it's ironic.  But anyway:

Her email said, in part, "They are almost civilized again - we ended up getting pheromone plug-ins to chill them out, and it actually worked!"

:confused:

How . . . William Gibson.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on October 09, 2007, 12:23:32 PM
Okay. WTF is that dog doing?
He's giving The Old Snake to the old snake.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 09, 2007, 12:24:02 PM
Been there, done that.  Had a neutered male cat around 10 years old that suddenly and without warning decided he wanted to start marking territory in the house.

There's a diffuser (http://www.amazon.com/COMFORT-ZONE-W-FELIWAY-48ML/dp/B000FH708I) that odorlessly (to humans) disperses "happy" pheremones to cats that makes them not want to be territorial.

It worked, kinda.  The biggest problem was a bunch of stupid cats outside that our cat would catch sight of and get all pissy (literally).  The diffuser cut down on the frequency of incidents, but it didn't stop them entirely until I started trapping neighborhood cats and surrendering them to the local Human Society.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on October 09, 2007, 12:27:34 PM
The diffuser cut down on the frequency of incidents, but it didn't stop them entirely until I started trapping neighborhood cats and surrendering them to the local Human Society.

SRSLY???
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 09, 2007, 01:07:58 PM
The diffuser cut down on the frequency of incidents, but it didn't stop them entirely until I started trapping neighborhood cats and surrendering them to the local Human Society.

SRSLY???

Settle down.  The ones that I knew belonged to my neighbors I informed the Humane Society of the address of the owners.  The owners were contacted and they paid to get their cats out of hock.  I know this, because I followed up.

The one cat that I surrendered that was a stray I did a big favor.  He'd been living on his own for about a year, outdoors, was all four paws declawed, and winter was coming.  He was nursed back to health and adopted by a family that cares for him.

I'm not a machine, people.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on October 09, 2007, 01:19:42 PM
/me reboots Fëanorbot's host server.

Of course you're not.  You're an algorithm.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 09, 2007, 01:25:20 PM
And for the record, I only use live traps (http://www.biconet.com/traps/GIFs/mediumLive2.jpg).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 09, 2007, 02:41:13 PM
You're a good man, Fëanor.

From working at N.O.A.H., I've learned that cats who spend the majority of their time indoors can live upwards of 18 years (or more).

Between predators, cars, poison (like antifreeze), and diseases and injuries caused by other cats, cats who spend the majority of their time outdoors on average live about five years.

Then there's the issue of the millions of songbirds that are killed by cats. It's bad enough that some songbird populations are declining because of shrinking rainforest habitat, but then they come to North America in the spring and summer and get eaten by Miss Fluffy.

After having more than a half dozen cats so far in my lifetime, I'd much prefer to have them around for 18 years, rather than 5.

 :soapbox:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 09, 2007, 03:12:13 PM
Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives.  It kills me every time I see some poor cat dead on the side of the road.  Cars seem to get a lot of outdoor cats.

It also bothers me when people let their cats roam because I don't want them on my property.  They incite territoriality in my cats, and they get my dog all worked up.

After capturing each neighborhood cat that roamed around free and forcing the owners to pay to pick it up, I never saw the same cat roaming free again in our neighborhood.  I like to think I did my part.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 09, 2007, 03:28:23 PM
Bo doesn't seem to get overly worked up over the cats that roam our neighborhood (and there are plenty...PayDay, Reesie, Kit Kat, Jimmy, Henry, Pongo...) - the better for me; I have enough of his bodily fluids to clean up every week.

I'll spare everyone my indoor/outdoor rant.   :soapbox:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 09, 2007, 03:56:23 PM
Just Henry? Not O. Henry?

And what is Pongo? Some kind of Japanese candy bar?

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 09, 2007, 03:58:11 PM
Meh. We let our two cats roam when I was growening up. BJ (no kidding) lived to 17 iirc, and Abbey is still alive and biting at what must be 18.

BJ almost got put down when he didn't return home for over a week. He sometimes would run off for 3-4 days to try to get laid or whatever so it wasn't weird until around day 7 (we did get him neutered). Also, we lived across the street from a grade school, and sometimes when the parents came to pick the kids up, the kids would go, "Look at the pretty cat mommy. Can we keep him?" We lost one cat that way. We were angry. Luckily BJ wasn't much of a people cat until his latter years when he spent most of his time indoors so that wasn't ever a danger with him. Anyway, because he'd run off for some hot sex0r sometimes, and the experience of having a cat taken by the school brats, we didn't realize until day 9 that maybe BJ was in the clink. We got him late at night and he was scheduled for the death squad the next day. He was undernourished and traumatized when we got him and I remember not being entirely sure he was our cat when we sprung him (mom was though).

Personally, I think it's kind of cruel to keep cats indoors for their entire lives.  They're meant to be outdoors, and depriving them of that for our enjoyment seems rather... I dunno the word; I'm not sure if there is a word for it, maybe there should be. I can't imagine staying indoors my entire life. I get depressed just being indoors for too many hours straight. I need direct sunlight and grass and trees and big skies to recharge. Not to mention that perhaps cats are closer to their instincts than we are, so it might be worse for them.

Don't get me wrong. I recognize that people keep their cats indoors inside out of protectiveness and that there are some places you just can't let them roam (like where there are lots of coyotes). But it seems to me that inherent in the owner/pet relationship there is an exchange going on. We get love from them, they get food and shelter from us. The thing is, I think that relationship should be on equal terms. When you take away their freedom to leave, or even just come and go as they please, that is no longer an equal relationship. And it strikes me as wrong.

So I dunno, maybe it's not that your neighbors are letting their cats out that is the problem, Feanor. Maybe it's that you won't let yours out that he's so pissed off about. Besides, if you let your cat out and it is a territoriality thing with him, he can get his ass kicked, turn passive, and no more problem.

*envisions bumper sticker: My Cat Kicked Your Prissy Indoor Cat's Ass*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 09, 2007, 03:59:40 PM
But I guess I should add that I really don't care if someone makes their cat an indoor-only cat. I don't get all PETA about it. But I do think it's wrong.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 09, 2007, 04:02:10 PM
Meh.  My cats weren't particularly interested in going outside.  One was ambivalent, the other was terrified of the very concept.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 09, 2007, 04:08:58 PM
I have to agree with DPR (diaper?) on this. Yeah, they live longer inside, but it's so unnatural. I feel sorry for cats stuck inside forever.

About a year or so ago, we were going to start taking care of a stray that started hanging out here. It was going to be an outdoor cat, since we had one indoors that probably wouldn't have gotten along with it. We took it to the vet to get shots and stuff, but it turned out it was already very sick and had to be put down. It was a cat that the Mexicans down the street quit taking care of. We always talked to it in Spanish. He had a head shaped like a tortillia, so we called him Nacho.

RIP, Nacho.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 09, 2007, 04:11:11 PM
Meh.  My cats weren't particularly interested in going outside.  One was ambivalent, the other was terrified of the very concept.

They just don't know what's out there. I've seen an indoor cat transformed before.

I guess in a way, it's best that they don't know what they're missing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 09, 2007, 05:21:20 PM
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They're meant to be outdoors,

Actually, that's open to debate. Cats are pets; we removed them from the wild about 6,000 years ago and domesticated them to live in our homes with us as companions. Saying that it's somehow cruel to be repressing a cat's nature just isn't so. Just as there are plenty of behaviors that humans no longer engage in and instincts we repress or have bred out as part of the larger "social contract", we've also socialized our cats and dogs in a social contract.

A house cat doesn't need to hunt, since we provide their food. By letting them outside you are introducing a non-native predator into your local ecosystem -- in fact, domesticated cats no longer have ANY natural habitat to call their own. There's also no reason for a house cat to go out "catting around." There are enough cats still being euthanized in this country that we don't need more litters of kittens.

It's easy to point at feral cats and say that if it's so easy for them to revert to their true "nature" it proves that house cats should also be able to engage in the same behavior. We could say the same of people, I suppose.

Your experience with your outdoor cats living to be 16+ is the exception, not the rule. I had two outdoor cats that lived to be 16. I also had eight outdoor cats that didn't live beyond the age of five. Their deaths ran the gamut of being hit by cars, being poisoned by antifreeze, eaten by coyotes, and dying of communicable diseases.

I have two indoor cats now; one has no interest in going outside, while the other thinks she wants to go outside, until she gets outside and discovers it's cold/hot/raining/snowing/windy/dark/noisy. She changes her tune pretty quickly and wants back in.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 09, 2007, 05:25:06 PM
Natural, schmatural.  It's not natural for any of us to live indoors, either.  Your cat might be bored or feeling cooped up, but in most places where you're likely to live that 'outside' isn't the cat's natural 'outside'.  There's a reason why cats get hit by cars.  Cars and cats aren't a natural combination.

If your cat is really unhappy being indoors, believe me, you'll know it, and, unless you are incredibly vigilant about it, the cat will get outside.  

As for the territoriality issue, cats are very complicated on that issue.  Cats don't like to see other cats on their territory if they haven't previously smelled that other cat and its urine.  They're not always happy to see the other cat even when they have smelled yadda yadda, but the whole time-sharing thing means that a seen but unsmelled (un-odor-recognized) cat is assumed to be an invader, not a sharer.

Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about the songbird issue.  Thing is, it's natural for songbirds to have loads of natural predators in the Americas, including some cats.  Although housecats are a fairly recent introduction here, there are other cats in this hemisphere that eat songbirds (bobcats, margays, ocelots, etc) and plenty of other beasties, too.  The population of stray housecats is not likely larger than the natural population of fairly equivalent predators in the same habitat.  In fact, housecats are not particularly proficient at hunting songbirds, whereas they're surprisingly good at catching larger, slower birds, from bluejays to partridges.  Some experts think squirrels kill more songbirds than cats do, and cats kill a lot of squirrels . . . the whole thing is not understood well enough to really quantify.

Songbird populations are greatly depressed nowadays, but it's almost entirely due to human activity (habitat transformation and pollution).  If cats then pick away at the already reduced bird population, it hardly seems fair to blame them.  

I mean, I like songbirds, too, but it would be easy to boost bird populations by intentionally creating bird-friendly 'sanctuary' areas for them to summer and breed.  We do that, although not to sufficient extent, with waterfowl.  We mostly don't do it for songbirds.  Of course, their winter habitats are being destroyed down south, so it may be too late to save most species, anyway.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 09, 2007, 05:28:32 PM
Okay, so I just walked outside, and there's a calico cat under a viney plant next to my house. It's been raining, and it's sitting under there to keep dry. I've seen it out there a few times before when I walked outside, and I would see a blur coming from that direction as it ran off. This time it didn't run because it's still kind of drizzly out there. I guess it's been hanging around here for a while, probably living off birds in my yard.

My first inclination is to put out a can of cat food for it, but that seems contrary to what most of you are saying is the right thing to do. I've got a trap like Fëanor linked, but I don't really think it's big enough.

What's the right thing to do?

And no, I'm not taking it in.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 09, 2007, 05:33:25 PM
As far as the natural thing goes, I can see your point, but watching a cat sit in the same spot all day, looking out the window, versus a cat playing in the yard, it seems pretty obvious to me which one is enjoying life more.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 09, 2007, 05:36:39 PM
The population of stray housecats is not likely larger than the natural population of fairly equivalent predators in the same habitat.

Um, WHAT?!?! That's gotta be a typo. Unless you've redefined "habitat" to be exclusively wilderness. And even so, it's wrong. Housecats are incredibly damaging to wild bird populations in urban areas. I've lived on an island, I've seen this in action.

I've also see what happens when you control the feral cat population. That's right. EMPIRE OF THE CHICKENS.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on October 09, 2007, 06:12:59 PM
Black Plague, anyone?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 09, 2007, 06:32:31 PM
OK -- first, no urban habitat, per se, is a natural habitat, per se.  To me, that's a given.

Second, this region, for instance, used to be overrun with martens and fox and raccoons and possums and yadda yadda.  Now the human population has reduced the numbers of some of those and added housecats, but what evidence is there that the overall poundage, let's say, of bird-eating predators has gone up per hectare?  Where humans subsidize bird-eating predators, they do so by providing alternative sources of nutrition, so there's no reason to assume a net increase in bird-eating.  The real relevance is a reduction in pre-predation bird populations. 

I've read a fair bit about this issue, and I've never seen anything that even suggests that bird predation levels have gone up since any given human population arrived -- excepting human predation.  Housecats didn't take out the passenger pigeon, after all.

Third, islands are an utterly separate case.  An island ecosystem is generally vastly different from a continental system.  Yes, there are certainly cases where the introduction of an invasive mammal to a mainland has had enormous ecological consequences even apparently aside from other human interference, but housecats are not, say, rabbits or sheep.  They just aren't.  There were small cats in North America before the last ice age, and songbirds don't seem to have been threatened. 

No, the relevant factor is human activity.  That's my two cents, anyway.  You know what's incredibly damaging to bird populations in urban areas?  Urban areas.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 09, 2007, 07:12:33 PM
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They're meant to be outdoors,

A house cat doesn't need to hunt, since we provide their food.

Of course it doesn't need to hunt. But it wants to. What we're talking about here is quality of life in my opinion. I'd certainly prefer a short life free to go where I will, to a long safe life in a cage partially deprived of my fingers.


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Your experience with your outdoor cats living to be 16+ is the exception, not the rule. I had two outdoor cats that lived to be 16. I also had eight outdoor cats that didn't live beyond the age of five. Their deaths ran the gamut of being hit by cars, being poisoned by antifreeze, eaten by coyotes, and dying of communicable diseases.

Well, I'll reiterate that I recognize some locations simply don't work for cats. I cannot see any cats being outdoor cats where I live now. They'd get run over in a week.


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I have two indoor cats now; one has no interest in going outside, while the other thinks she wants to go outside, until she gets outside and discovers it's cold/hot/raining/snowing/windy/dark/noisy. She changes her tune pretty quickly and wants back in.

Yes, I've seen this, and it's very cute and funny. But I'll challenge you to give them free access to the outdoors for a year and see if they have the same attitude to being kept inside then.


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It's easy to point at feral cats and say that if it's so easy for them to revert to their true "nature" it proves that house cats should also be able to engage in the same behavior.

I'd rather point to the fact that once a cat has gotten used to an indoor/outdoor life, they will always want to go outside. You can raise an indoor cat, but you can't make an outdoor cat into an indoor one. I actually think the nature part of it is somewhat irrelevant. It's about quality of life. It's about them being our companions not our toys.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 09, 2007, 07:47:24 PM
We got Miss Kitty when I was 2 and she lived until I was 22. She was an indoor/outdoor cat, though in her later years she stopped meowing to go outside in the winter. She was never sick, even when she got sick when she was old, her bloodwork was completely normal for an average-aged adult cat. I'll never forget it, she was 17 years old and arthritic, and she caught a chipmunk in the front yard. My dad got mad at her and I'm like, dude. She killed a chipmunk when she was like, what, 80 people years old? Give that cat a treat! She also had a litter of kittens though, and I have my thoughts that having a litter kept her alive longer. (Neither of the kittens survived for various traumatic reasons)

Artemis, the cat I have now, has been sick since she was a baby kitten. Mostly allergies and early onset arthritis, but she has never shown interest in going outside, when actually given the opportunity. She's perfectly fine with stalking the birdies from behind the safety of the sliding glass door. I definitely believe she is not feeling deprived of hunting (especially when she pulls the not-quite-killing-the-icky-bug routine)

Anyway, we get our pets spayed and neutered and I think that helps settle down whatever urge they have to roam and stake out their territory outside
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 09, 2007, 07:49:57 PM
I've just been through too many premature cat deaths in my lifetime. Petunia and Pepper don't seem depressed, repressed or bitter about not going outside -- they don't act any differently than the other cats I've had in my life. They play, they cuddle, they knock over plant pots. They just don't go outside and get sick or killed like the others did.

If someone could prove to me that they were less happy with the life they have now, I might reconsider.

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My first inclination is to put out a can of cat food for it, but that seems contrary to what most of you are saying is the right thing to do. I've got a trap like Fëanor linked, but I don't really think it's big enough.

Mo, there are lots of feral cat advocacy groups out there that would encourage you to trap the cat and bring it in to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and eartipped (a way of identifying ferals that have already been treated). A lot of them do it for free, like N.O.A.H. does. They can either relocate the cat or let you return it to where you found it.

By doing so you'd be doing the cat a huge favor of helping it to stay healthy and not add to the feral cat population. You can feed it too, but it may already have an eye on places where other people leave food out for their cats.

It's quite possible that if it is in the slightest bit friendly to you that it's just a house cat that strayed from its home and it's lost. In that case you'd also be doing it a favor to take it to a (no-kill) shelter.

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first, no urban habitat, per se, is a natural habitat, per se.  

True, but in my estimation the habitat still belongs first and foremost to the wildlife that originally inhabited it (if they're still trying to make a go of it there, at least). Just because an introduced species adapts better to an altered habitat doesn't mean we should write off the native species. There's a reason why the habitat was the way it was before humans adapted it. Native species can take a certain amount of change, but not the kind of change humans throw at them.

It's like the guy who wrote a letter to the editor here recently about how wetlands were bad because they allowed mosquitoes to breed and spread West Nile Virus. It didn't occur to him that the reason there are so many mosquitoes because the bird and bat populations had diminished after the woodland habitat around the wetlands had been replaced with housing developments.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: 12ax7 on October 09, 2007, 08:01:39 PM
Give that cat a treat!
  :thumbsup:  :D
 Found my cat just after his eyes opened in the alley behind the house in 1994. A tiny little sack of bones.
He's still one of my best buds.
 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on October 09, 2007, 08:06:02 PM
You guys are missing the crappy part of the argument.

Which is better - mining clay out of the ground, or the indoors cats' crap joining with the rest of the stuff flowing into the oceans? Cats hide their feces unless they're trying to make a statement, so it's not easy to find pleasantly. In my experience, dogs just leave it in the middle of the yard to say, "Mine," and it's easier to pick up.

Urine's a whole 'nother kettle and I know even less about that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: DM on October 09, 2007, 08:45:21 PM
Wow.  My new computer, which had an estimated ship date of 10/19, should be here tomorrow. 

No movies tonight.  I'll be spending the evening looking through piles of CDs for the software I want to install on it.   :whatever:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 09, 2007, 08:56:19 PM
You guys are missing the crappy part of the argument.

Which is better - mining clay out of the ground, or the indoors cats' crap joining with the rest of the stuff flowing into the oceans? Cats hide their feces unless they're trying to make a statement, so it's not easy to find pleasantly. In my experience, dogs just leave it in the middle of the yard to say, "Mine," and it's easier to pick up.

Urine's a whole 'nother kettle and I know even less about that.

It always ends up here, doesn't it?  :eyeroll:

I don't know, TOA, I'd feel real guilty trapping the cat, even though it may be for its own good. It really doesn't look or act like a housecat. if it strayed, it strayed at a very early age a long time ago. I think I'll put some food out and see what happens. A guy at work was just telling me about Paws Atlanta, which is a no-kill shelter, so maybe I'll look into it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 09, 2007, 09:17:43 PM
(http://www.thecuteproject.com/images/items/1252.jpg)

FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 09, 2007, 09:22:14 PM
 :lol:

If it were a lolcat, it would be:

I R BEEN UPRESSD!!111!!!

You guys are missing the crappy part of the argument.

Which is better - mining clay out of the ground, or the indoors cats' crap joining with the rest of the stuff flowing into the oceans? Cats hide their feces unless they're trying to make a statement, so it's not easy to find pleasantly. In my experience, dogs just leave it in the middle of the yard to say, "Mine," and it's easier to pick up.

Urine's a whole 'nother kettle and I know even less about that.

Yeah, it's like the cloth versus disposible diaper. Kind of a tossup (that's figuratively -- literally would be quite a mess).

It must be karmic justice after having outdoor cats all those years that when I'm in the garden I manage to either stick my glove or my boot into a pile of catshit.  :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: 12ax7 on October 09, 2007, 11:48:54 PM
Not to brag   . . . well, ok; just a lil bit. My cat comes and tells me when he needs to go outside. He doesn't even have a litter box insi... at all.  And I have no idea where he squeezes em out; probably down in the woods. Same with the dog; he wont shit in the yard- he goes down in the woods. He actually looks embarrassed if you look at him while he's down there, lol.
  I didn't specifically train them to do this; the cat has always been that way, I guess General (teh dog) just followed suit. They're both amazingly intelligent animals.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 10, 2007, 08:29:31 AM
As far as the natural thing goes, I can see your point, but watching a cat sit in the same spot all day, looking out the window, versus a cat playing in the yard, it seems pretty obvious to me which one is enjoying life more.

Really? 

Clearly, Mo and Nex have an empathic relationship with the feline world that surpasses any I've experienced.  Could one of you come to my house for a few days and translate some of Bo's behaviors?  And don't say "He wants to go outside."  I live by the park; if the raccoons don't get him, something else will, and he's minus his front claws.

Pongo and Henry weren't named by the candy bar lady.  But all of her guinea pigs are named after alcohol.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 10, 2007, 08:54:48 AM
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TOA said: in my estimation the habitat still belongs first and foremost to the wildlife that originally inhabited it (if they're still trying to make a go of it there, at least).

Well . . . this gets into semantic and philosophical issues, whereas my position was previously pragmatic.  But it's a perfectly fair topic.

When I said "habitat", I meant the habitat, per se, not just the geographical region.  An urban area fundamentally is not the same habitat that it was prior to human development.  A city is in no way a prairie, a forest, etc.  It's not even close.  Right?  Right. 

I agree to a large extent that that region should belong to the species that were native to it.  It's generally too late, though, and beside the point.  Unless you plow up the cities and the suburbs and the highways, that prior habitat is simply gone.  We can't level that playing field unless we literally level the playing field.  We can support the continued survival and adaptation of aboriginal species, or even transplanted species, but that's really a different thing.

I'm not saying that this entitles us to wipe out, etc, any given species simply because we've already crapped where they eat (and then paved over it).  I'm just saying you can't turn back the clock.  Pigeons do well in the city; hawks generally don't.  If there are aboriginal species that haven't adapted well to the new habitat and that you want to encourage, you've got to provide the right habitat for them.  But, anyway, my point was just that if human activity brings, say, robin populations to 5% of their aboriginal levels, and then housecats eat another 10% of the remaining 5%, blaming the cats is simply retarded.  It's addressing the wrong problem.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 10, 2007, 08:57:19 AM
As far as the natural thing goes, I can see your point, but watching a cat sit in the same spot all day, looking out the window, versus a cat playing in the yard, it seems pretty obvious to me which one is enjoying life more.

Really? 

Clearly, Mo and Nex have an empathic relationship with the feline world that surpasses any I've experienced.  Could one of you come to my house for a few days and translate some of Bo's behaviors?  And don't say "He wants to go outside."  I live by the park; if the raccoons don't get him, something else will, and he's minus his front claws.

Pongo and Henry weren't named by the candy bar lady.  But all of her guinea pigs are named after alcohol.

Sounds like fun. Will the candy bar lady be there?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 10, 2007, 09:02:34 AM
I didn't expect to see this (http://members.cox.net/sargasso6/batray.jpg) doing  this (http://members.cox.net/sargasso6/batraysplode.jpg).

Good news is it's now on the recall list, so Steve owes me a new one. :dance: :banana: :dance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 10, 2007, 09:07:10 AM
As for the other topics:

- Outdoor cats can definitely be converted (as it were) to happy indoor cats.  I've known several cats that this has been done with, but your local animal shelter knows thousands.  Some cats take to indoor life the way people do, and some are outdoorsy cats that always want to go climb / hunt / wander.  I've owned both.  We had a female who would often spends weeks outside without coming in -- she once vanished for over three months and then showed up as if nothing had happened -- but was still an affectionate lap cat.  We also had her daughter, who went outside on and off for the first few years of her life and then decided that that was stupid, and I don't think she ever went outside again.

My mother owned a Siamese who went outside every day when my folks lived in VT; they moved to MA, on a busy street, and stopped letting him out.  He was annoyed for about a month and then stopped trying to get out, showing no signs of caring.  Like I said, it varies with the cat.  My cat is under 7 lb, fully grown, and is a cold-weather breed but hates snow.  Her claws are tiny -- in seven years of having my desk chair as her favorite scratching post, she hasn't been able to significantly damage the upholstery.  She can't climb, and her close-vision is crap.  She's a lovely cat, but she doesn't want to go out and wouldn't last a day out there.


As for the waste issue . . . cats bury poop to avoid attracting predators.  They have a lot of natural predators.  Their urine contains special chemicals that they're really good at smelling but other animals aren't so hot at.  I know, everyone who's had a cat pee on their stuff begs to differ, but sun, rain, and wind would make a big difference.  Cats use their urine not just to mark their territory but to indicate the hours that they use for hunting, so other cats that use the same territory won't get in their way.

Most cat litter is non-toxic (fortunately), and you could just bury it or spread it on the ground somewhere away from the house.  A lot of it is cementitious, though, so it's not going to decompose fast.  Realistically, it's not great for landfills, but nothing is, and at least it isn't motor oil or batteries, and it's not like you're running a giant hog farm.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 10, 2007, 09:20:54 AM
Sounds like fun. Will the candy bar lady be there?

Pretty much always - she's the back yard neighbor.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on October 10, 2007, 11:16:46 AM
i can't believe i made an LOLcat

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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 10, 2007, 11:52:11 AM

When I said "habitat", I meant the habitat, per se, not just the geographical region.  An urban area fundamentally is not the same habitat that it was prior to human development.  A city is in no way a prairie, a forest, etc.  It's not even close.  Right?  Right. 

I agree to a large extent that that region should belong to the species that were native to it.  It's generally too late, though, and beside the point.  Unless you plow up the cities and the suburbs and the highways, that prior habitat is simply gone.  We can't level that playing field unless we literally level the playing field.  We can support the continued survival and adaptation of aboriginal species, or even transplanted species, but that's really a different thing.

I'm not saying that this entitles us to wipe out, etc, any given species simply because we've already crapped where they eat (and then paved over it).  I'm just saying you can't turn back the clock.  Pigeons do well in the city; hawks generally don't.  If there are aboriginal species that haven't adapted well to the new habitat and that you want to encourage, you've got to provide the right habitat for them.  But, anyway, my point was just that if human activity brings, say, robin populations to 5% of their aboriginal levels, and then housecats eat another 10% of the remaining 5%, blaming the cats is simply retarded.  It's addressing the wrong problem.

And I'm not saying that we should tear up freeways and high rises (well, at least not in this thread ;)).

What I was trying to say is that we as humans have already done enough damage, so why make it worse? If we've already decimated bird populations with toxic lawn chemicals and clearcutting, shouldn't we try to maintain whatever's left? And that starts, literally, in your own backyard. It doesn't take much space at all to provide wildlife habitat on your property. And it doesn't take much to keep your cat from going outside.     

No, the blame shouldn't be leveled at house cats exclusively. But say on average the 60 million+ cats in this country kill one bird a year (which is a legitmate estimate from ornithology research), we'd save 60 million birds, many of them classified as threatened or endangered, from a very preventable death.

All we'd have to do is keep our house cats inside -- plus you get the benefit of having a healthier cat with a longer life expectancy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 10, 2007, 12:43:31 PM
And I'm not saying that we should tear up freeways and high rises

I'll say it for you.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 10, 2007, 12:57:41 PM
Maybe those birds deserve to die.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 10, 2007, 01:50:11 PM
(http://cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=90717&rendTypeId=4)

And maybe...

Nature always wins.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 10, 2007, 01:54:40 PM
 :headbang:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 10, 2007, 03:46:02 PM
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What I was trying to say is that we as humans have already done enough damage, so why make it worse? If we've already decimated bird populations with toxic lawn chemicals and clearcutting, shouldn't we try to maintain whatever's left? And that starts, literally, in your own backyard. It doesn't take much space at all to provide wildlife habitat on your property. And it doesn't take much to keep your cat from going outside.

I guess I'm just too far from convinced that those 60+ million birds are all that ecologically significant.  Don't get me wrong, but, put simply:

-- It's a lot of birds, and probably not helpful to their species.

-- I suspect that other predators would probably kill about the same number of the same birds (at least within an order of magnitude, anyway) if the housecats were taken out of the equation.

-- Even if pets are removed from the equation, I'm not sure it's even possible to substantially reduce the population of feral cats anytime soon.

-- If human development removes, say, a billion birds of the same species in the same regions, which is probably a very low guess, then that still seems like the appropriate thing to target.

Honestly, I think there's a lot more traction to be gained by restoring and setting aside bird habitat and, probably, putting up (and maintaining!) birdfeeders and birdbaths and birdhouses, etc.

There are still tons of excellent reasons to keep your cats inside, get them fixed, etc!  God knows.  I just don't think the songbird issue is in the top ten.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 14, 2007, 07:20:59 PM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/lightersplode.jpg)

I got in my car a little while ago, and noticed a quarter sitting on the dashboard, and a little piece of green plastic next to it. As I looked around, I noticed there were little pieces of green plastic all over the place. I had backed my car in last night, and obviously left the green lighter on the seat where it was in direct sunlight. The quarter was on the seat too. These particular lighters are crap - they give 'em away when you buy a pack of smokes. They don't work half the time, and I usually just keep them around for emergencies. I don't think I'll be keeping them anymore. I'm glad I wasn't in the car when it exploded. I'm also glad it didn't start a fire. I never did find all the pieces - about half of it is missing.

Kind of cool though. I may have to do some tests on the few remaining ones I have around here  :evil:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 15, 2007, 11:56:21 AM
Mythbusters already did it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on October 15, 2007, 12:32:25 PM
But science requires repeatability.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 15, 2007, 12:35:37 PM
Good point.

Fire away!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on October 15, 2007, 03:01:02 PM
I used to have a funny photo somewhere with the caption: "Never throw a lighter into a fire. Lighters can, and do, explode like motherfuckers."

That right there is poetry.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 15, 2007, 05:18:47 PM
Those lighters do totally suck. You can turn them up all the way and all you get is a little-bitty flame and a chafed thumb.

Make of that what you will... :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 05:31:53 PM
Mythbusters already did it.

I don't remember seeing that one. No, wait... are you talking about the one where a guy had a lighter in his pocket, and something set it off? Maybe I did see it. I didn't think they were supposed to explode just from exposure to light. I don't think a Bic lighter would do that.

We will find out though  :evil:

I assume the car windows being closed partially contributed to it, but it wasn't that hot yesterday. So, in my experiment, I'm thinking the lighter(s) should be in an enclosed container, with maybe something black in there to absorb light and build up heat (my car seats are kind of a charcoal color). I need to fgure out what to use for a container  :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 15, 2007, 06:06:33 PM
Well as I recall, I thought they did a shitty job with that one... googlity (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters_(season_4)#Episode_65_.E2.80.94_.22Exploding_Lighter.22).

Yep, they heated lighters up in an oven and recorded temperatures. Then said a car could never heat up enough to do the same thing. Well your experience clearly contradicts their conclusion.

And I would think that just because the ambient air temperature in a car doesn't match an oven's, doesn't mean that direct sunlight might not heat a lighter (or perhaps just the metal on a lighter) to the point where the plastic melts and compromises it.

I don't remember if they used many types of lighters or not, but that would definitely be the biggest factor in my estimate. A Bic is going to outlast one of the cheap ones by a long sight (I assume).

You might want to experiment with using some mirrors to focus more light on it. I can see a lighter sitting in a place (like on a dashboard) where something is reflecting more light than usual onto it.

Anyway, I've had the black plastic under the metal of cheap lighter start to melt before, so this doesn't seem all that improbable to me.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 15, 2007, 06:12:08 PM
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I didn't think they were supposed to explode just from exposure to light.

:lol:

Oh, you.  They're not supposed to explode at all.  What a liability issue that would be.  And there's light that makes granite explode, you know?  Not all light is equal.

MythBusters did indeed do Lighters In A Car.  They did indeed get some interesting results, but with reasonable natural conditions the lighters usually leaked long before anything would set them off.  In a closed car, it takes a lot of leaking lighters to produce a high enough concentration of butane to go boom.  In hot sunlight, your car's interior can easily hit 150 F and, depending on the car, etc, it may reach 200 F.  Butane's ignition temperature in regular air is something over 600 F (I forget how much higher), so sunlight alone isn't too likely to set it off.

Of course, on MythBusters they don't let paper facts stop them.  They reproduce the conditions to test it, and then they find out what it would take to produce the mythical outcome.  So they pretended it was a lighter salesman's car and put a huge rack of hundreds of lighters in there, and then they put electric heating elements in the roof.

It was pretty.

Incidentally, pressurized butane explosions are extremely rapid.  (A lighter tossed into a fire often exhibits a BLEVE hyperbaric effect.)   They don't boom[/b]; they bang.  Quite fiercely.  Brisance isn't that great, I think, but the shockwave is quite palpable and very very capable of causing serious hearing loss.  Really truly give this careful consideration.

An alternative outcome is that the lighter will heat sufficiently unevenly to form a small leak, in which case heated evaporating butane will escape under pressure (and on fire), rocketing the lighter around in an exciting, unstable, unpredictable (but spinny!) trajectory.  It may or may not travel a fair distance, explode, and/or light other things on fire.

So be careful.  A lighter is deceptive.  Think of how much fire a stupid little lighter can actually make, and then consider all that fire being made in half a second or less.  Non-trivial.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 15, 2007, 06:18:07 PM
Oh right, now I remember. Thanks Axe. They were trying to get an explosion, and the lighters were simply faulting and leaking out.

I still think it primarily depends on the way the lighter is built and of what it's built.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 06:20:35 PM
I must have only seen part of that episode - the part with the lighter in the pocket, but I thought it did ignite. Ah, Wikipedia, who knows?

The lighter was sitting in a small pile of change (quarters, dimes, etc.), maybe that had something to do with it.

The fact that it was busted makes it all the more interesting.

The fumes for those lighters really stinks too. I've wondered before if they might be Methane or something besides Butane.

I plan on doing this out on the back deck, about 16 feet from the house, and I don't plan on being out there when it blows up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 15, 2007, 06:28:17 PM
You know, they do do-overs in the case of fan objections. Write them and tell them what you found (show the picture) and say you can't account for it, and they should think of other ways lighters can blow up in the car other than just ambient heat.

If it ends with some sort of explosion you can be sure they'll be interested. :D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 15, 2007, 06:30:45 PM
Methane or something besides Butane.

Methane has no odor, neither does propane, probably butane doesn't either. They add stuff to it to make it smell so you can detect leaks. The stuff they use in propane or NG is methyl mercaptan (like methane but with a sulfide group instead of one of the hydrogens) and it's detectable by the human schnozz at parts per billion levels. Kind of cool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 06:31:50 PM
From Snopes, on the story about the lighter in the pocket being set off by the welding sparks (which is false):

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...the chilling reality is that even well-constructed disposable lighters can — and have — blown up when left in too warm an environment. Leaving a lighter in a sunlit car or merely walking around with one in a pocket during a heatwave can be all it takes to turn a 99¢ convenience item into an explosion. Heat-induced pressure builds up inside, eventually creating too much force to be contained by the materials used in the lighter's housing. Some of these lighters have exploded in the pockets of jackets and shirts or gone bang! while lying on the dashboards of cars.

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/lighters.asp
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 06:34:02 PM
I knew that the odor was added to Propane, and Natural Gas, but thought Methane might stink naturally.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 06:40:15 PM
Police call for back-up as lighter ignites
Friday, October 5, 2007

Police took a dive for cover when they mistook an exploding cigarette lighter for gunfire.

Reinforcements were called in and the neighbourhood was locked down for two hours before the officers discovered that it was a suspect's lighter that had blown up.

The lighter belonged to one of two people stopped for loitering and drinking alcohol in a park. During questioning, they had placed it on the hood of a car, Sheriff's Capt. Richard Shaw told the Pasadena Star-News: "The Bic lighter exploded, and shrapnel went everywhere. Two deputies and the suspects went down to the ground. They all believed they were being fired on." Police clutching shotguns and pistols leaned on squad cars and a command post went up at a nearby car park. Paramedics and dozens of officers were on hand as helicopters buzzed the area.

But two hours later, a special enforcement officer discovered the culprit was the Bic lighter.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Craton said: "We have a lot of unusual things happen in our business, and we expected the unexpected. It's better to be safe than sorry."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 15, 2007, 07:08:08 PM
OK:

- I don't remember if it was the same Mythbusters where they did the welding-sparks-plus-pocket-lighter.  They were able to get the lighter (and pants) to ignite from welding sparks.  Welding sparks are plenty hot enough for that (2000-3000 F, I believe).  The Snopes page basically says there aren't any verifiable cases where it happened by accident, but that lighters can be dangerous.


- I don't think mo's lighter exploded, per se.  Doesn't look burned at all.  I think it probably was just really suckily made and shattered (with a sort of very wimpy no-fire explosion) when the pressure inside got too high.  I don't think there was any ignition.  Change on your dashboard will get hot, but not 600+ F hot.  If it got that hot, it would certainly burn the dashboard itself.  A piece of wood in your car would catch fire at much lower temperatures than the butane in a lighter would.  So would the plastic in the lighter itself.


- Butane is stinky on its own, without an added mercaptan.  I believe it's actually a generic name for more than one of flammable gas made from butyric acid.  If you know butyric acid, you know stinky.  Weirdly, butane is really, really good at absorbing other odors, though.  It picks up stinky from anything stinky that it comes into contact with. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 07:23:32 PM
You're right, Axe, I don't think there was any combustion, but I wouldn't characterize it as wimpy - I think the flying shards could break skin, but probably not draw blood. Eye damage? Definitely. It seems to be a pressurized gas explosion, regardless of flammability.

I'm doing way too much research on this. http://mythbustersresults.com/episode65

I don't believe all the comments on that page, but it is interesting that my lighter was green, and almost every lighter mentioned on that page is green.

If you want to get really paranoid about lighters, watch the video on this page: http://www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/mp30/exploding_bics.html
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 15, 2007, 08:27:03 PM
I can see more lethality in Bics just because they are sturdier and hold more butane. They're under more pressure and so when they do go, they must go up big.

That article did some skipping around in what they were saying were the causes. Sometimes they said lighters go because of a fault in the manufacturing process, which there is no good data on because only 5000 get tested per year. Other times they said they go because flint gets stuck in the opening and keeps the lighter burning until it blows. I'm sure it's both.

And it sounds like Bic (at least) is using the "A * B * C = X" formula a la Fight Club. Only in this case, if X is less than the cost of adding a flint guard, they don't add one.

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Health Canada says consumer complaints and accidents with defective lighters prompted the development of regulations for butane lighters. The first regulations came about in 1979 after the Product Safety Branch of Health Canada received consumer complaints and reports from fire officials about exploding lighters, sudden increases in flame height during use of the lighter, or lighters that failed to extinguish after use.

In 1989, the regulations were toughened to address increased consumer complaints in these three areas. The revisions included lowering flame height, an increase in the frequency of checking for afterburn and the addition of an extended burn test. The latter involves letting the lighter burn for two minutes, and watching what happens.

Well, I think all those complaints and all that need for regulation suggests this has been (or was) happening a lot. I don't know how Mythbusters called this busted.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 15, 2007, 08:52:38 PM
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I don't know how Mythbusters called this busted.

Yeah, this bugs me. I was watching tv a while ago and it came on, and I was halfway expecting a Bic commercial to come on.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on October 15, 2007, 08:56:11 PM
Road kill mink.  I was tempted to turn around and skin it out! I've never seen one in the wild.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 15, 2007, 09:23:22 PM
Road kill mink.  I was tempted to turn around and skin it out! I've never seen one in the wild.

Whoa. That's gotta be like eighty jillion times better than the skunks we have 'round these parts. Pee yeww!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 15, 2007, 10:16:29 PM
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I think the flying shards could break skin, but probably not draw blood.

Actually, that's where I keep a lot of my blood, personally.  I admit that "wimpy" is a relative term.  I just meant wimpy compared to your own personal unrequested fuel-air bomb.

Mythbusters isn't perfect, but that doesn't bother me too much.  Occasionally their tests are really bad (the driving-over-potholes test was abysmal), but I like watching them try to work through stuff, trying to be scientific about it, and opening and closing various cans of worms.  Plus, they build stuff like MacGuyver had been the head of the A-Team, and blow shit up real good.  That cement truck explosion is probably the second-most visually impressive explosion I've seen on TV.


robin, this is a huge coincidence, but today I saw a roadkill weasel (right at the entrance to my rental storage place), and I've never seen one before.  I was kind of astonished, and then I forgot all about it until I read your post.  It was no mink, though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on October 18, 2007, 11:43:31 PM
Story not safe for SuiteP

I think it's too much time spent on FPS during the formative years, because now I always notice if I'm not the only thing in the room that's moving. I was stomping down the cellar stairs to make sure I locked up down there and there was an unauthorized arachnid with a leg span wider than my palm walking along where the riser meets the tread of the bottom-most stair. All I saw was the very tips of the legs which then turned and stuck out in my direction as I got closer. Bugger was trying to draw a bead on me. There will be none of that shit in my house. I scurried back upstairs and then drew a bead on it with a can of Raid. Raid always wins, you leggy, horrid little freak. What's really got my goat (see?) is that the p1g5 were less than 4 feet away from there for some of the evening thanks to the OhNadOES. They're not showing signs of having been bitten, so that's cool. (Spider bites on pigs tend to = death.) I generally don't mind spiders, and value the role that they play in the world, but the house is off limits. Tomorrow, I check locally for Spider-Not. If I can't find it here, I'll order it online. The large can. None will be spared. Not even the egg sacs.

 :cyber: :dogbone: :irate:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on October 19, 2007, 09:48:30 AM
take a look at this fucked up.... fucker.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/03/images/060308_spider.jpg

assassin spider.

god sure does have quite an imagination.
Title: NSF SuiteP!!
Post by: whidB on October 19, 2007, 10:39:08 AM
Kick ass! It looks like a robotic pelican...

And the spidders usually start roaming around my basement apt when the rains come back...sometimes I see a darkish moving sensation across the rug out of the corner of my eye, and no, it's not just being stoned™.

The big black house spiders are harmless, though.  But I really need to learn how to identify them, because I've seen at least three varieties a couple of them are brown in color, and I know the hobo spider is seriously bad news and they're up here.

I don't kill em, though, usually I let them run into a dustpan and take them all the way outside or at least into the other room.

EXCEPT for the bigass ones, natch. Those fuckers are fast.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 19, 2007, 08:40:34 PM
There's a huge ass spider at work. It just lives there, its web up against a window (on the outside, natch, otherwise I'd have had it removed long ago) It's some sort of orb-weaving spider, that's all we can figure out. If you squint, the markings on its back look like a lioness, sorta. Like shadows and what not. Anyway, this fucker is big and it is not afraid of huge prey. Two days ago a goddamned yellowjacket got caught in its web and boy was it on it FAST. It was all like "YOINK" and wrapped that shit up and went to town. Kinda gross, it started eating the bee before it was completely dead. It's nature and all that, and what luck, right outside of the Science department!! (We're the only nerds who would crowd around a window to watch a spider eat anyway.)

For the record I cannot stand spiders. I used to be worse, nowadays I can totally accept and move past a spider if I see it outside. If this spider were to move around quickly or be inside, or if I had to look at pictures of him on the internet I'd probably flip out a bit. They're just.. creepy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 19, 2007, 08:42:36 PM
There's a huge ass spider at work.

I'm not particularly phobic about spiders or anything, but I think I'd be terrified of "ass spiders".     :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on October 19, 2007, 10:09:19 PM
Thing I didn't expect to see today?  My LSAT score report!



I scored: 157 (out of a possible 180) This score put me in the 72nd percentile for all people taking the test in the 2007 calendar year!

I got 71 questions right and 28 wrong.  One question was dropped because it sucked.

Sure, I wish I'd done better.  I had scored as high as 165 in a timed practice test, but I'm happy with the score that I got.

Thanks to everyone who sent me the good mojo on that Saturday morning!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on October 19, 2007, 10:19:31 PM
Good job!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on October 19, 2007, 10:20:09 PM
Woo!

 :clap:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on October 19, 2007, 10:42:50 PM
booyah!  :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 19, 2007, 11:26:52 PM
Exxxxcellent.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 20, 2007, 12:07:33 AM
 :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on October 20, 2007, 12:13:21 AM
Kickass Dude!  :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 20, 2007, 03:21:10 AM
My jealousy for your placing higher than me aside,


It is now time to join the dark side. Join us.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 20, 2007, 06:16:34 AM
The Dark Side? He's beyond that. He's going for the Dark Side of the Dark Side. He wants to be a lawyer!

Congratumalations, Biz  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on October 20, 2007, 11:16:19 AM
Kickass!  Congrats, Biz!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on October 20, 2007, 11:16:54 AM
Congrats, Biz! Up and at them!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 20, 2007, 11:31:56 AM
That's fantastic, Biz. If it's good enough that you aren't considering taking it again, I'd score that a win. (it's what I tell the girls about SATs)

Oddly enough there was a TFD topic about LSATs yesterday. Someone wrote in to ask if his score was good, and reported it. I think I am not revealing any privileged totalfark content when I say that those people were really mean to him. :|
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on October 20, 2007, 12:49:58 PM
REally?  I didn't think they were all THAT mean.  I expected worse.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on October 20, 2007, 01:10:16 PM
Good goin Biz!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 20, 2007, 02:00:57 PM
Excellent!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on October 21, 2007, 12:54:51 PM
 :detta: nice going biz. man i hate those tests. i was nervous as a whore in church the last time i took the GRE.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 21, 2007, 03:47:40 PM
I don't know if this belongs in this thread or the weather thread.

It's very dry here. In fact, if you haven't heard, we've only got a few months worth of drinking water left. We're all going to die. Anyway, I saw this squirrel out on the deck this morning, and it was walking along the railing, with its face down on the railing. I thought it was sniffing around for food, but after watching it for a few minutes, and as it got closer to the window, I could see it was licking the dew off the railing. That's its water supply  :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on October 21, 2007, 06:52:17 PM
Nice work, Biz!

You're definitely better with the brane than I am. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on October 22, 2007, 07:33:33 AM
That's its water supply  :(

awww. man. yeah it's dry here too. the lawn is basically dead.

(i mean this lawn (http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/jeffersn/uva1.jpg))
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 23, 2007, 08:27:31 AM
An HTTP error I've never seen in real life before

Quote from: mercurynews.com
Not Acceptable
An appropriate representation of the requested resource /32096/mercurynews/www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_7247350 could not be found on this server.

Not Acceptable! Reminds me of "Image Unrelated"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on October 23, 2007, 12:23:35 PM
Mo wrote:
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I don't know if this belongs in this thread or the weather thread.

Yeah...same thing here. I was up at the farm all last week  looking at the river that flows through it. The same one that that flooded the small community 1n 98.....the same one that used to be my favorite fishing hole in WV. Now you could almost drive a car up the river bed. It's unreal. There are so many stagnant pools of water . And there is algae every where. I've never seen algae growing in that water in all the 35 years my parents owned that place.
And grass is growing where my kids used to jump in the water off the bridge.
The water table is dangerously low here.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on October 23, 2007, 11:31:44 PM
Vacuuming the inside of my washer. Twice.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 24, 2007, 10:09:26 AM
When I went to the storage place this morning, there was loud music.  LOUD.  On my way to my locker, I drove past a larger one that had the door most of the way down . . . and a band inside.  Poor bastards can't afford a garage, I guess.

But they were GOOD.  Honestly?  Probably the best live rock I've ever heard, quite frankly, especially if 'best' is used to mean 'cleanest' or 'most competent' or something.  If they hadn't kept starting and stopping different numbers while I was moving crap into my locker, I would've thought they must be listening to a recording.  They were post-studio clean.  They must be practicing in that storage locker a lot.  There was no fumbling around, no 'Whoops, I came in wrong there', no sour notes.  They played everything clean like they were old pros, but they looked like they were in early 20s.  (And the drummer looked to be female, which is not something I see every day.)

They sounded kind of like Rush or something when they were being quieter and relying more on the keyboards, except they had a choppier rhythm guitar thing going on.  Then they'd open up and morph into sounding more like a really crisp, cleaned-up Tesla or Soundgarden or something.  That lead guitar was smokin'.  It's not so much that any of it was virtuoso but it was like they were turning a giant Big Rock Sound crank and just churning it out.  Not what I would have expected.

I was tempted to ask them what the name of their band was, but they were in the middle of something looooong when I drove back past.  I have a feeling they'll be there again, though.  Like I said, they must practice a lot.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 24, 2007, 01:05:30 PM
It was Vitaly Chernobyl and the Meltdowns.

Duh.

Just watch out for the guy with the VR headset and the katana.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 24, 2007, 03:54:00 PM
Ah yes, the old rent-a-storage locker trick to practice.

Sometimes it's a hell of a lot cheaper than signing up at a "real" practice place.

I wouldn't know if they allow it in Seattle or not, but it was real common when I lived in Kansas.

Three things:

The heat during the summer in such a little boxy room must be totally unbearable, especially in the humid Midwest. It was bad enough at the "real" pad we rented. Sweltering.

The cold during the winter. Brutal in those places with their paperthin walls and concrete floors. And you can't really bring in a space heater because you're chancing on causing a circuit break.

And the third is of course the hearing damage at such close quarters. I never wore earplugs, but then again the places where I've jammed were always bigger than a little storage space. I can't imagine how exhausting that would be after practice.

But hey, they're probably in their 20s, they can take it...;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 24, 2007, 05:06:49 PM
At least one of them was wearing safety headphones, possibly the kind with built-in sound limiters.  I forgot about his big funky green ear muffs until you mentioned the noise level.

When I signed the lease for my locker, I noticed one of the conditions was "No loud music", and I was thinking, "Who blasts the radio while loading or unloading storage gunk?"  The woman saw me looking at it and quickly said, "We only enforce that one if someone complains."

But obviously it became abundantly clear . . . .

That storage place is pretty cool.  They have a number of ex-military vehicles under tarps at the back, the treads peeking out and teasing me.  They also have mechanics' stalls, among other storage formats, where people are slowly restoring old cars.  I saw something that looked like a Golden Hawk, in wet-shiny black, and I was very :hmm:.  If there's a Volvo 1800 in there, I'll just drool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 26, 2007, 06:30:27 PM
My brother came home wearing a beret.  With a price tag hanging from the back, no less.

He acted like this was nothing unusual. 

I said, "You don't go hat-shopping that often.  In fact, you almost never wear a hat, except for your ancient driving cap."

He said, "First of all, it was on sale."  Ooooh . . . a beret sale!  "Second, I have to be Lacan on Monday."

Ah.  I stopped asking questions.

Five minutes later, he walked by wearing a cowboy hat with turquoise medallions on the band.  WTF?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on October 26, 2007, 11:38:31 PM
Sometimes a guy just needs to look pretty.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 29, 2007, 08:46:39 PM
By accident:

Quote
He was none the less did he hesitate to rouge on occasion. Stephanie nodded cheerfully in Stephanie's direction.

http://vpql.com/80/lifeline-batteries.html

WTF?  A bunch of test pages?

Quote
My wife has been allowed to begin to make any elevated road in Chicago, and they should be said, solemnly, the sunrise glow over every thing, of lifeline batteries with every woman you would have had so often had it would be something eventually in the street-railway situation here?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 29, 2007, 08:49:29 PM
Oh, also, in the same driveway, today:

- A no-windows work van with a plate that read IN BOX.

- A tricked-out Scion xB with a plate that read OUT BOX.

Cute.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on October 30, 2007, 12:07:35 PM
http://www.ehow.com/how_2046736_be-ultimate-kiss-ass.html
-on the bulletin board in the break room
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: unclejessie on October 30, 2007, 09:44:27 PM
Nice purple sunrise on the way to work.  Thanks for the smoke, California!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 31, 2007, 08:20:59 AM
Np. It's our specialty.

(http://members.cox.net/sargasso6/redmoon.JPG)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 31, 2007, 12:24:15 PM
So...randomly taking pictures of street lights, are we?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 31, 2007, 04:36:26 PM
OMG! UFO!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on November 01, 2007, 12:07:47 PM
A woman in a pantsuit walking onto a construction site, wearing a bright pink hardhat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on November 01, 2007, 03:52:43 PM
Well, I kinda expected it in that I made an appointment. But one cannot really visualize something like this until it happens:

(http://www.loggiaserena.com/Temp/Hairsmall.jpg)

Tape measure supplied for scale.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 01, 2007, 04:01:41 PM
Wait - that's your hair?  Criminy!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 01, 2007, 04:42:46 PM
 :shock:

What is that, like two feet?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on November 01, 2007, 08:37:25 PM
Can I have it?

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on November 01, 2007, 08:59:48 PM
Can I have it?

Ummmmm

why would you want it?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on November 01, 2007, 09:01:53 PM
:shock:

What is that, like two feet?

All total, probably even more than that, but my hair wasn't really that long (about waist length). I just have craploads of hair. The hairdresser put it into 5 separate ponytails to keep it manageable. And frankly, any one of the ponytails is probably as much as a normal person's ponytail would be. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on November 01, 2007, 09:51:02 PM
 :innocent:

No reason.

*shifts eyes*

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on November 01, 2007, 10:04:53 PM
 :lol: :lol:

I didn't expect to find a blob of pine pitch in my bedsheets. I don't wear anything in there, so I'm kind of confused as to how it got there without me noticing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on November 01, 2007, 10:28:48 PM
  I have this little 8 year old boy who takes guitar lessons from me. I've always suspected he was somewhat of a prodigy. Now I know he is. This kid  plays as good as any hot shot guitar player who has spent his life learning to play the guitar. It's almost scary to watch him. I didn't get to work with him all summer but today,  I saw him execute a piece that took me years to learn how to play. I'm hoping that we can get him up on youtube before he grows up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on November 02, 2007, 08:00:27 AM
The truck's ice scraper.  Feh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on November 02, 2007, 03:04:37 PM
Just now. I walked into the subway station on my way home from work and there's a kid lying on the platform with a jacket thrown over his head. Hundreds of people are standing around and the ambulance attendants arrive right behind me. I ask a kid standing there what happened and he says that the kid was shot in the face. The kid on the ground looked probably about 14-16 years old.

This happens in the vicinity of my office several times a year but it's the first time I've ever seen it up close. It's pretty upsetting...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 02, 2007, 03:08:20 PM
Ugh. Yeah, much different in person. And it's worse when it's someone so young. I advise you to drink heavily tonight.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on November 02, 2007, 03:12:52 PM
He was wearing his Catholic uniform. I could tell he was a student at Dante Alighieri Academy. I am watching the news right now and they said that there was a delay at Lawrence West station and that it should be wrapped up now - no report of what happened. I'll never watch the news the same way again....
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on November 02, 2007, 06:39:10 PM
Jesus H. Was it a random shooting? Doesn't sound like.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on November 03, 2007, 07:26:57 AM
This happens in the vicinity of my office several times a year but it's the first time I've ever seen it up close. It's pretty upsetting...
You'd think that kid would have figured out how to avoid getting shot in the face if it happens to him often.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 03, 2007, 10:24:03 PM
On the local news:  The winner of some state track meet event today was a guy named Maverick Darling.

His parents lose.  Game over. 

I do wonder what his middle name is.  I really, really hope it's Inedible, but I suppose that's too much to hope for, so I'm not going to look it up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on November 03, 2007, 11:13:35 PM
took the wifey's 2000 Hyundai Sonata in for an alignment this morning and they showed me where the cross member that holds the axle had rusted out
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 04, 2007, 09:13:46 AM
On a 2000?  Yikes!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 04, 2007, 09:19:43 AM
I went down to the local park yesterday. I haven't been down there since back in the spring, so I saw the effects of the drought for the first time. Unbelievable. I didn't have an old panorama of the lake, so the top image is faked, but a fairly accurate representation of what the lake has always looked like. It's hard to capture the scale of it with such a small image, but maybe you can make out the dock over on the right hand side of the image - it looks like they kept moving it out, chasing the edge of the water and finally gave up.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/lake-before-after.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 04, 2007, 12:37:59 PM
Yikes.   :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on November 04, 2007, 12:54:43 PM
I went down to the local park yesterday. I haven't been down there since back in the spring, so I saw the effects of the drought for the first time. Unbelievable. I didn't have an old panorama of the lake, so the top image is faked, but a fairly accurate representation of what the lake has always looked like. It's hard to capture the scale of it with such a small image, but maybe you can make out the dock over on the right hand side of the image - it looks like they kept moving it out, chasing the edge of the water and finally gave up.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/lake-before-after.jpg)

What is there now, less than 100 days? Would have been nice if that stupid ass tropical storm dropped by and rained on the place a bit.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2007, 01:09:05 PM
Dude, don't you read Frak?  The so-called 'drought' is just a liberal conspiracy.



Andrrhea, I didn't realize you were such a feminist.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 04, 2007, 02:21:08 PM
I don't know what the prognosis is. The governor says one thing, The Army Corps of Engineers says another. My mom lives in an area that uses a different water source. If things get too bad here, I'll bug out to mom's.

I read a story back a long time ago (80's or 90's) in the local alternative paper forecasting this would happen eventually. I guess nobody in government read that paper.

I'm not worried though - FEMA will protect us  :uncertain:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 04, 2007, 07:34:53 PM
Quote
I guess nobody in government read that paper.

Oh, they heard those same predictions.  Then they stopped to consider if they'd probably still be in office by the time that disaster struck.

No?  All-righty, then. 

And that, as Leonard Cohen explained, is how it goes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on November 04, 2007, 08:11:42 PM
But the gv'nr has officially asked all of the religious sects of the state to include prayers for rain in their upcoming services.

I am fairly confident that should fix the problem.

Why bother with sound policy and resource management?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 04, 2007, 08:15:29 PM
Well hell, I should be able to go ahead and water my yard then, eh?

Actually I'm just glad the governors of GA, AL, and FL didn't get in a fist fight on the steps of the whitehouse. They have surpassed my expectations.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 16, 2007, 05:34:43 PM
1- I mentioned a while back about getting my oil changed by a bunch of clowns. I've been noticing my car wasn't riding quite the same, and felt weird while turning. I thought one of my tires might be low, but they all looked the same, and they're low profile tires and normally look low anyway, plus, I couldn't find my damn air gauge. So today I finally stopped at an air pump that has a gauge built into it. The clowns deflated all my tires to 20 psi  :eyeroll:

2- On the way home, I got behind this guy: http://www.sgtscooper.com/ What a shitty job  :P
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 17, 2007, 11:07:46 AM
(1)  A college girl wearing a shirt that said QUEER BITE ME.  :confused:

(2)  At the setup for the show this morning, one of the dealers brought what I'm guessing was a mail-order wife.  He's in his late 50s, and she was maybe 25, Asian (possibly Laotian, although I won't pretend I could be sure), and didn't speak much English.  She sure could lift boxes of books, though, and she looked happy enough.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 20, 2007, 04:26:59 PM
An advertisement.

In the student newspaper.

"Compensation $100,000: Very Special Egg Donor Wanted"


Well they've come to the right place if they were planning on tapping into the mother lode of vacuous blonde coed genes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 20, 2007, 04:29:40 PM
Jesus.  Do they get paid per cycle?  Per live baby?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 20, 2007, 05:09:21 PM
They refused to answer my questions because I haven't got ovaries.
It's sex discrimination, I'm tellin ya.

Well, here's the link ...

www.elitedonors.com

Don't get anything nasty on ya if you go there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on November 21, 2007, 09:35:30 AM
Quote
   Height 5’9 or Taller:

Our family is tall and therefore hopes to find a tall donor however, you will not automatically be eliminated from the search if you are not 5'9 or taller.  You may apply at any height however, if you are shorter than 5'7 it helps if you have immediate family members who are tall.

Caucasian:

Our current search is for an individual who has a heritage that is Caucasian.

Very Attractive:

Modeling experience is a plus.
 
18-30 years old:

We are unable to accept applications from potential donors who are younger than 18.  While many donor programs accept applicants who are over age 30, we are fairly firm on our age limit.  If you are 30 or 31 years old, you may still apply, but no applicants over age 32 will be accepted.  Our network of doctors have set this criteria and we are unable to make exceptions.

College Educated:

While we are looking for a donor who has graduated from a top 100 four year college, we realize that not all women are afforded this opportunity.  If you are not college educated but have proven intelligence, please consider filling out our application.

Athletic Ability Preferred:

We are currently looking for a donor who has a history of participating in athletics or dance.  Playing or performing at a college or professional level is ideal.  Please note that a lack of athletic ability will not eliminate you from this search and women who are gifted in other areas are encouraged to apply.

No Genetic Medical Issues:

This criteria is absolute.

Wow. Sig heil!


GODWIN'D!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 21, 2007, 10:28:42 AM
If I cared at all, it would be snarky to send in an email correcting their punctuation and usage, but it hardly seems worth the effort.

It's more tempting to send in an email asking why such superficial, profligate jackwads deserve to raise someone else's children.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 21, 2007, 10:47:00 AM
ObTopic:  This morning I saw a flock of birds, and I have not the slightest idea what they were, but it's not a species I can remember seeing before.  The flock was loosely organized (not orderly, like a flock of geese, or dense and psychic, like starlings), with maybe 4-5 dozen members.  I can't be sure how big the birds were because I can't estimate how high they were, but I would guess not bigger than crows.  They were slender and built for speed, with narrow pointy wings about 2.5 times body length, but they were just lazily floating about, gradually heading west.  Uniformly a light slate-gray, underneath.

Beats me.  Elegant little things, though.  They looked to me more like sea birds than anything I would've expected out here, but they really didn't look or act the way I would have expected gulls to -- but, then, there are lots of kinds of gulls.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 21, 2007, 10:53:45 AM
ObTopic2:  A Chevy Tahoe with a plate that said "MJOLNR".  Um . . . just not that cool, dude.  Still, I am so sick of seeing those bloated face-punched Ford Edges and GMC Acadias.  It's like the manufacturers said, 'Our SUVs are too damned ginormous to park anywhere!  Let's shorten them, but we'll just make them taller to compensate.  Oh, and let's squash the front end as far back as possible.  Everyone wants a car that looks like a goat ate a Rubik's Cube and passed it halfway-digested.'
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on November 21, 2007, 11:11:45 AM
I don't get it
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 21, 2007, 02:15:13 PM
Ugly, slightly-rounded cube-blob.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 21, 2007, 03:01:53 PM
Ugly, slightly-rounded cube-blob.

I think he meant the license plate.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 21, 2007, 03:19:15 PM
I get the license plate, but don't get what that has to do with the car.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 21, 2007, 05:28:50 PM
To save anyone else from having to look it up:

Quote
In Norse mythology, Mjolnir (also spelled Mjölnir, Mjöllnir, Mjollner, Mjølnir, Mjølner, Mjölner, or Mijolnier) (IPA pronunciation: [mjolnər]) is the hammer of Thor.

I guess there wasn't room for the "i".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 21, 2007, 07:15:11 PM
Bah!

I would just like to note that Thor's Little Hammer was legendarily known for having a shorter-than-average handle.

It's true.  You could look it up.  Maybe before you spring for the plates.






He was also driving like a jackass, and I was stuck behind him.  That didn't help.  He better stay away from my lawn.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on November 21, 2007, 08:03:07 PM
Yeah, Hammer of Thor. I guess no one told prickless that Thor doesn't make it out of the Ragnarok.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 25, 2007, 06:23:45 PM

Wow. Sig heil!


GODWIN'D!

woah... nice i guess, if you are so inclined to value a child based on them criteria.  :thumbsdn: godw'ownd indeed.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on November 28, 2007, 02:20:16 PM
I guess I'm not quite up to speed on Windows XP yet, but why would there be a gallery of pets wearing costumes in the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer? Is this a way to demonstrate how it works? Because there's no other reason they'd be there...  :confused:

Although some of them are cute.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on November 28, 2007, 02:22:50 PM
I don't know how the hell they got this cat to tolerate this costume, though ...

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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 28, 2007, 02:24:16 PM
i'm in ur fr0rumz, stalkin ur dogbone

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on November 28, 2007, 04:18:56 PM
I don't know how the hell they got this cat to tolerate this costume, though ...

With really, really, really fast shutter speed.
My pigs are tolerant of being posed and stuff, but even they have limits. I can imagine the limits for a cat are considerably smaller.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 03, 2007, 09:11:23 PM
Snow
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 04, 2007, 09:36:46 AM
Snow

Mt. Ham?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on December 04, 2007, 11:35:33 AM
http://www.wwtdd.com/post.phtml?pk=3212

I don't know who this Joan Van Ark character is, but I am quite sure I DO NOT WANT.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on December 04, 2007, 11:53:40 AM
She was never a great beauty, but now?   :nuts:



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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on December 04, 2007, 02:46:30 PM
Hmm. Ditch the bottle blonde and over-teased hair and it might be saveable.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on December 04, 2007, 02:49:38 PM
To be fair, it was the 80s.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on December 04, 2007, 07:07:33 PM
Hmm. Ditch the bottle blonde and over-teased hair and it might be saveable.

I disagree. She looks Jacko-esque.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 04, 2007, 07:08:45 PM
She looks shrunken.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 04, 2007, 07:35:00 PM
Shrunken heads can be fun as party favors.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 04, 2007, 07:59:11 PM
Snow

Mt. Ham?

Sandy, Utah

I'm here this week and next for training.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on December 10, 2007, 01:19:00 AM
My brother and his friends, while on a camping trip, discovered that Gray Jays like jalapeno flavored Tim's Cascade Chips.

(http://photos-949.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-sctm/v154/159/20/611460949/n611460949_460107_3606.jpg)

And that they will eat them out of your hand, or any other bodily appendage.

Edit: It's not PhotoShopped (though it looks like it could be).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 10, 2007, 12:43:46 PM
Wow...I've never seen a "Gray Jay..."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on December 10, 2007, 06:21:49 PM
And that they will eat them out of your hand, or any other bodily appendage.

I have some coworkers that will do the same thing with most other snack foods too.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on December 10, 2007, 06:22:34 PM
That's pretty awesome. I've never seen a gray jay either. 

How do you go about getting a bird to eat out of your mouth, much less your hand?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 10, 2007, 08:50:02 PM
Birds aren't wired to avoid predators that set traps by putting down delicious food and then waiting.  There aren't any natural predators that do that . . . except humans. 

You can get chickadees and pine siskins to eat birdseed out of your hand by putting birdseed in your hand, holding it out, and then being fairly quiet and still.  It may take five or ten minutes or even longer the first time.  And you can get a seagull, say, to take food from your mouth by simply not dodging fast enough.

If you take a box of Nilla Wafers and go to where there are seagulls:

- Throw Nilla Wafers at them.  After about twenty seconds, seagulls will start coming to get the Wafers instead of running away from them.

- Toss Wafers into the air.  After about thirty seconds, tops, seagulls will start catching the Wafers out of the air.  (Hint:  Don't toss the Wafers so they'll land on or near you when they come down . . . or you will be divebombed.)

- Soon, a wheel of seagulls will form above you, so that they pass almost directly overhead, go around, and come back.  Now you can toss the Wafers almost straight up.  If you gradually toss them lower and lower, you can get the gulls to take the Wafers right from your fingers, but watch your fingers.

- When you're ready to go, throw the whole box in one direction and run the other way.  Even then, the gulls may chase you.

Pigeons are smarter / more self-preserving / less crass than seagulls, so they're more work.  You can also lure a squirrel into eating out of your hand in roughly the same way.  A lot of animals are actually quite easily domesticated, but not in useful ways.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on December 10, 2007, 09:19:55 PM
I like tacky clothes. One tacky item in particular was a knit hat with a softball-sized pom pom on it. When I went out to feed the birds, I'd wear the hat.
Chickadees loved that hat. I'd hear *flutter....whap* and then see a face peer down at me. Crazy ass birds would perch on the pom pom and wait for me to hand them up a sunflower seed. Only the chicks though. Nuthatches and other birds would just careen around nearby.

Still not even half as traumatic as being cornered by turkeys. Those things are bullies.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 10, 2007, 09:26:47 PM
Domesticated turkeys = small, weak Velociraptors.

Spielberg got that right, even if he set that scene up incredibly clumsily and used the wrong child actor.  And his Velociraptors are clearly Deinonychi -- but I let that last bit go, because Deinonychus was a lot cooler-looking and Velociraptor is a cooler name.  The raptors did get more nearly Velociraptor-looking in the sequels, but the sequels were pretty damned dumb.

Domestic turkeys are also some of the most purely ugly living things there are.  Seriously, they're shockingly unattractive creatures that look like they can't possibly be healthy, much less good to eat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on December 10, 2007, 10:43:59 PM
These turkeys were wild. I have pics somewhere.
About 20-30 of them would come in every evening to chow on the corn I tossed under the feeders. If they arrived and didn't find corn, they'd bang on the basement windows. If that didn't work, they'd circle the house. I got cornered in the garage (the door was open) by an entire herd of them when I was stowing away the recycling. All of the birds were bellybutton-high. Just about crapped my pants.

I heard... scratchy claws and then...as I turned to look...

BIP!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on December 11, 2007, 11:12:34 AM
The seagulls in Ocean City will eat french fries out of your hand - hold one up to them and they'll take it most happily.  They prefer Thrasher's, of course.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 11, 2007, 11:28:07 AM
Nor did I realize it was possible to spot wild turkeys here in WA. Why I'd think that...

I've seen them in Kansas. They're funny. They always manage to stay just enough far ahead no matter the effort to sneak up on them...

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/99/263600313_0d24dbdd71.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 11, 2007, 12:46:13 PM
Wild turkey : domestic turkey :: buffalo : Holstein

Only in the degree of dissimilarity.  I've never seen wild turkeys being aggressive, but it might amuse me.  Still, I wouldn't bet on one against a cassowary.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on December 11, 2007, 03:07:16 PM
Nor did I realize it was possible to spot wild turkeys here in WA. Why I'd think that...

Coincidentally, I stopped watching Grey's Anatomy after the episode where George's father and brother take him on what looked to be a 15 minute drive outside of Seattle to hunt wild turkey. I was all like "WTF"?

Speaking of rogue bird sightings, I had a murder of crows gathered in my front yard when I walked out the front door this morning. About 20 of them ranging around the yard and the street like a group of juvenile delinquents. No carrion or shiny objects around that I could see.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 11, 2007, 03:09:29 PM
I've never seen any here...maybe I'm just not looking in the right places... ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on December 11, 2007, 05:07:16 PM
Speaking of rogue bird sightings, I had a murder of crows gathered in my front yard when I walked out the front door this morning. About 20 of them ranging around the yard and the street like a group of juvenile delinquents. No carrion or shiny objects around that I could see.

Corvids are extremely social and have fairly advanced communication techniques.  They often gather in one place just to be social with each other, not necessarily attracted for any other reason.

Occasionally they're even known to try to be social with humans, which usually just results in humans being confused and disturbed by the attempts.  They're pretty odd birds when you examine their behavior closely.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 11, 2007, 05:31:36 PM
Also sneaky buggers. I told you about that one time with the rabbits, right?

Crows, man. Don't trust'em.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 11, 2007, 05:38:13 PM
They use walkie-talkies to communicate. Strewth.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on December 11, 2007, 05:45:55 PM
Also sneaky buggers. I told you about that one time with the rabbits, right?

Crows, man. Don't trust'em.

I don't think I know about the rabbits.

Gotta watch yourself around any corvids though.  They are nature's most highly evolved birds, and there's a reason there's so bloody many of them.  They have some excellent survival mechanisms, among which are some highly developed problem solving skills and cognitive functions that would scare most people if they knew just how much.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on December 11, 2007, 05:50:01 PM
Corvids are awesome. I remember reading an ornithologist who observed groups of crows that appeared to be gathered in mourning for a dead comrade.

A couple of days ago I saw a raven fly over my house, which surprised me because usually they don't come down this low in the foothills around here. There must be some hellacious snowfall to the east.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on December 11, 2007, 06:19:20 PM
Also sneaky buggers. I told you about that one time with the rabbits, right?

Crows, man. Don't trust'em.

I don't think I know about the rabbits.

Gotta watch yourself around any corvids though.  They are nature's most highly evolved birds, and there's a reason there's so bloody many of them.  They have some excellent survival mechanisms, among which are some highly developed problem solving skills and cognitive functions that would scare most people if they knew just how much.

Is that a Hitchcock quote? And then the lady stood up and said "you're scaring the children!"  :P

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on December 11, 2007, 06:40:19 PM
We have a murder of crows that hangs out in our backyard all the time. Actually, I don't know if it's the same murder or possibly multiple homicides or whatever. I'd like to make friends with them, but I'm unsure whether this will cause our vehicles to be covered in bird crap or incessant squawking outside my window. I kind of like the idea of having my own flock of creepy birds that would dive bomb unwanted guests or visitors.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on December 11, 2007, 06:45:37 PM
We have a murder of crows that hangs out in our backyard all the time. Actually, I don't know if it's the same murder or possibly multiple homicides or whatever. I'd like to make friends with them, but I'm unsure whether this will cause our vehicles to be covered in bird crap or incessant squawking outside my window. I kind of like the idea of having my own flock of creepy birds that would dive bomb unwanted guests or visitors.

Provide a food source that's interesting to them and they'll stick around.  I'm not sure you'd want that though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 11, 2007, 06:56:16 PM
A coworker used to have a house near where some folks decided to feed the wild peacocks. You want to talk about noise?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 11, 2007, 06:57:27 PM
At my old office I had a couple of ravens that would sneak up behind me and peck at my window.  I really miss those guys.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 11, 2007, 08:53:42 PM
Ravens are scary smart, especially since it's in that bird not-like-mammal-smarts way.  It's recently been demonstrated that they habitually calculate possible actions and outcomes upto a couple of minutes into the future and then select the most likely successful strategy.  It's also been shown that they get smarter, as adults, as they get older -- not just more experienced, but better at figuring out new situations.  Birds blow the encephalization myth right to pieces.

Crows are pretty smart in a lot of ways, and they're rare among birds in that they're known to do shit just for the fun of it.  But they're not entirely brilliant.  In the spring, some species of crows will leave their nest and hatchlings to go kill the hatchlings of other crows', but both parents will often go off to 'even the odds' for their own little 'uns, and when they come back, guess what.  Some other crow found their unguarded nest.  Whoops.

Still, it makes you wonder about the intelligence of therapod dinosaurs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 11, 2007, 11:52:03 PM
You'd think after millions of years they had to have developed complex brains. Of course, there's no way to measure whatever mental performance by looking at fossils.

I'm going with that they had advanced civilizations that came and went, knocked out over and over by wars, disease, comets and asteroids, until the Big One caused too many mass extinctions.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on December 12, 2007, 01:39:54 AM
The dumbest crow is still exponentially smarter than the brightest window-licker. I could take a cheap shot at those people, over there, but I'm feeling benign today.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 12, 2007, 10:30:51 AM
I don't think it's inevitable that dinos got smart because they were around so long -- sharks have been around even longer, but some still listen to Rush -- but because bird brains (as it were) clearly don't work entirely like mammal brains do, dino brain size doesn't prove anything.

Encephalization quotient, the notion that the ratio of brain to body size is a firm indicator of intelligence, has never been a good standard, but because intelligence is awfully hard to measure in living animals, and biologists have wanted to estimate the intelligence of extinct animals, they've often grasped at that particular straw.  Never mind that among members of the animal that we can do the best IQ tests for (humans), brain size can vary wildly among geniuses with no apparent effect on intelligence.  And never mind that those IQ tests aren't too great, either.  The animals we tend to think of as being intelligent all have disproportionately large brains, and so there you go.

Bird intelligence seems like a logical progression from reptile intelligence, though.  Mammal intelligence . . . really doesn't.  Personally, I think mammals are the freaks; I think mammals have abnormal brain function.  The ways that mammals use brain structures that are similar to those found in other classes seems to be more flexible and sort of stochastic, but I think it's probably less efficient.  I think mammals have big brains because their brains are less efficient.  And I think this is more pronounced in primates.  I think human brains are massively inefficient, and I'm speaking neurologically, not philosophically.

But all that inefficient, unfocussed cognition is what makes us such creative, behavioral freaks.  Birds seem to think more like computers.  Mammals fuck around more.  One isn't necessarily better than the other; mammals are more creative and often better at social cooperation, but we tend to have longer juvenile periods and a higher metabolic cost.  Birds have metabolic issues of their own.

The giant brain makes human-style intelligence much easier, because there's enough parallel processing power in their for all our digressions and distractions and multi-level semi-cooperative thinking and gestalt consciousness and whatnot.  But I don't think the giant mammal brain is necessary for human-level intelligence.  I'm not saying a big bird is going to come along that will write a good sequel to Hamlet, but it might beat you at Scrabble with both wings tied behind its back.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on December 12, 2007, 11:55:57 AM
+1 for the use of "gestalt" and "stochastic".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on December 12, 2007, 11:57:43 AM
My post count just went "leet"!

 :shock:

ETA:  Oops.  It's over it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on December 12, 2007, 01:16:03 PM
google, down.

 :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 13, 2007, 11:31:17 AM
A Diamante.


With a spoiler.


On the way into the office this morning.


:fyp:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 13, 2007, 02:00:17 PM
Pink Taco. http://westfield.com/centurycity/ourstores/details/28788/

A restaurant. Uh... that's not the first thing that comes to my mind with that phrase. I guess I'm just an old pervert.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 13, 2007, 03:19:02 PM
Eating at the Pink Taco, eh?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on December 13, 2007, 03:19:55 PM
Or perhaps just entering the Pink Taco.

And then exiting it.

And then entering it again.

et cetera
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 13, 2007, 03:21:30 PM
Makes you wonder about those seeking employment at the Pink Taco.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on December 13, 2007, 03:36:17 PM
A Diamante.


With a spoiler.


On the way into the office this morning.


:fyp:

That's funny, I saw a van from here (http://www.hotelnexusseattle.com/index.htm) on the way to work.
Where People and Places Come Together   :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 13, 2007, 04:32:50 PM
Thing I Didn't Expect To See Today:

10" tall glow-in-the-dark plastic Virgin of Guadalupe on the kitchen table.

Turns out we were the first people to get our pledge card in to church this year. :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 13, 2007, 04:39:07 PM
That is an awesome prize!

It's a major award!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on December 13, 2007, 04:52:08 PM
Thing I Didn't Expect To See Today:

10" tall glow-in-the-dark plastic Virgin of Guadalupe on the kitchen table.

Turns out we were the first people to get our pledge card in to church this year. :shock:

 :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on December 13, 2007, 05:27:29 PM
I used to have a glow-in-the-dark Mary!  She was only about 4 inches tall.  She scared me.  I used to hide her in my desk drawer so I couldn't see her glow at night.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on December 13, 2007, 05:58:15 PM
So did I. I had a glow-in-the-dark rosary, too...:)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 13, 2007, 06:38:02 PM
I had glow in the dark boxer shorts of the Genie from Aladdin
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on December 13, 2007, 07:47:32 PM
Thing I Didn't Expect To See Today:

10" tall glow-in-the-dark plastic Virgin of Guadalupe on the kitchen table.

Turns out we were the first people to get our pledge card in to church this year. :shock:

I have a glow in the dark Mary. She rules.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on December 15, 2007, 03:23:23 AM
an old friend I hadn't seen since 1976. I used to play music with his older brothers on their front porch when he was a little skinny kid.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on December 16, 2007, 11:59:40 PM
A good friend once gave me a Virgin Mary nightlight as a gift.

One of the best gift-givers ever.

I still have it and it still rocks.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on December 20, 2007, 02:13:07 AM
(http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/8109/nigellaxposure468x428tp3.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on December 20, 2007, 06:52:45 AM
Is that Nigella Lawson? If she's not careful somebody's gonna take a bite outta her.  :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 20, 2007, 10:17:02 AM
English muffin, indeed. :drool:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on December 20, 2007, 10:52:41 AM
NiGIANT Yabbos
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 24, 2007, 12:50:15 PM
I can always tell when I've been too busy and the days all hectic.  There will be a moment when I suddenly realize some of my email accounts haven't been checked in far too long, and I don't remember what webcomics I was reading, much less what's happened in them recently.

I just cleaned cigarette smoke off of a box full of Eastern philosophy books, and as a reward I went to read Scary-Go-Round.  He's upto his annual Top 20 Albums of the Year, which is written by one of the strip's characters (Shelley).  I never know the artists he's talking about, but the reviews are intriguing and never fail to crack me up.

Quote
THE PIRATE GOSPEL - Alela Diane

Now, Alela Diane looks like she is a dustbowl Betty thinkin' about FDR, the New Deal and the Tennessee Valley Authority, but that is a lie concocted in her mind.  She does her best to fool us all through, playing some rudimentary instruments made of bones and singing about how she will probably have to boil the cat down for soup with a bite of her banjo for dessert.  At no point does she acknowledge the existence of electricity.  She has probably seen 'O Brother Where Art Thou' 893 times.

That's #18 on Shelley's list.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 26, 2007, 03:55:54 PM
mmmmm Scottish beavers (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7158210.stm) mmmm
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 27, 2007, 05:39:55 PM
Culver City Meats ("You can't beat our meat!") moved or went out of business. The business that replaced them? A "gentlemens' club" named Skin.

Perfect.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 30, 2007, 06:57:02 PM
http://cavyshops.com/sweaters.html

Why in the world was this suddenly turned into my home page? I think I've been haxxord.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 02, 2008, 11:39:49 AM
This (http://tamilmasalaclub.blogspot.com/) is something you get when you misspell "Ushuaia" in your GIS.

You're welcome.

I think.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 02, 2008, 01:34:50 PM
This (http://tamilmasalaclub.blogspot.com/) is something you get when you misspell "Ushuaia" in your GIS.

You're welcome.

I think.

 :shock:

Some of those were yes, please and some of those were JAYSUS GAWD!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 02, 2008, 01:39:39 PM
Quote
some of those were SWEET VISHNU!

Fixed.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 02, 2008, 02:48:48 PM
I Just KRSNA'd On My Keyboard
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 02, 2008, 10:12:11 PM
Ramona with a pea-sized lump behind her right front leg.
Ugh.

Gonna stick to fish from here on out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 02, 2008, 10:14:43 PM
:hug:

They're lovable little critters, but so fleeting . . . I always felt bad you didn't develop a thing for tortoises instead.

Still, children are just as bad.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on January 02, 2008, 10:15:44 PM
 :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on January 02, 2008, 11:38:52 PM
Oh, poor Ramona :(

Here's to hoping it's a big zit.

 :shamrock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 12:56:23 AM
Heh. I considered that and tried to pop it, but I got head-butted across the room for my troubles. Ramona was having none of that shit.
My guess is that the vet will likely cut the bump on out of there for screening if he suspects something. If that's the case, 'Mona will be sent home with Metacam (oral) after they dose her up (sub-cute). The injection form of it really loops them out and they stagger around like miniature, hairier versions of Keith Richards. Somebody's gonna be on a Sloooowwww Riiiiide (take it easy) tomorrow or the day after. The doc is pretty good about getting us on the books in a hurry, so I'm not flipping out about it. He called at, what, 11PM or some ungodly hour to check in when Harold fucked up his grille and we took him to the pet trauma center. I can't recall the exact hour - but that is blogged somewhere. Dude is good and knows his shit, so we got faith.

Got the car radio already tuned to their favorite hip-hop station for the ride to and fro.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 03, 2008, 08:54:55 AM
 :shamrock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 03, 2008, 08:58:20 AM
:doh:

For a brief moment there I'd forgotten Foghat existed. :jam: :headbang: :jam:

:shamrock: Ramona.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 10:55:38 AM
It's nail-clippies day - so she'll get that and the added insult of me trying to make sure it's not some sort of bizarro pig zit or something.
Expect problems with Fark and possibly the entire internet later today.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on January 03, 2008, 11:28:30 AM
You're just a fool for the city, Solo...

*xtra :shamrock:*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 03, 2008, 12:04:33 PM
 :shamrock: G :pig:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 03, 2008, 12:19:15 PM
Pets. They make life fun.
:shamrock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 12:20:51 PM
 :pig: =  :thumbsup:

Well, she's in happy land at this point. (Metacam oral susp. FTW)
I consulted my notes and got brave/stupid and attempted to express the lump. All I will say is that with people the result is less gross. :shock: Just sayin. I'll call Dr.D and s'plain myself (and put in an order for more drugs). The weight gain is likely a digestive issue from the discomfort of the cyst. That gut issue led to even more discomfort which is why she was derelict in her Spokespig duties, which in turn is why she got dragged out of the pen for inspection in the first place.

I swear, they're like fur-covered matryoshka dolls that shit a lot. It's always got to be some elaborate pain in the ass multi-layered mystery instead of a straight-up issue.  :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 03, 2008, 07:30:16 PM
So does expressing the cyst actually get rid of it, or will it come back?  :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 08:06:27 PM
If Dr.D has to remove the lining, and squeeze in some Otomax (or whatever that antibiotic gel is called) it will stay gone for certain. With Thelma it was just expressed and stayed gone on its own.

Feeling brave? This link has instructions and full color pictures. DON'T CLACK IF'N YA GET THE QUEASIES:  http://www.accuvet.com/pdf/sebaceous_cyst_technique.pdf

*edit*

A little squicked-out, so grammar, etc. are out the window.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on January 03, 2008, 08:37:43 PM
FTW

For the win?

Glad to hear all's going to be well with the :pig:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 03, 2008, 08:48:12 PM
GROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSS.

I looked anyway. :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 03, 2008, 08:49:55 PM
Gross? You ask this of somebody that has to deal with expressing anal glands?

Yeah, it's gross. But you rock.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on January 03, 2008, 08:55:08 PM
Is that what her cyst was like? Solid mass inside? I've had ingrown hairs that look similar. Dis. Gus. Ting.

But so rewarding.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 09:28:48 PM
Dark black/brown with toothpaste consistency. Smelled like a barn. Farmy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 09:56:26 PM
Last post on this nastiness. I got the rest of it out of there.

 :puke:

So, ah... anyone see anything unexpected that was really, really cool? Anyone? Bueller?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 03, 2008, 10:06:09 PM
Quote
DON'T CLACK IF'N YA GET THE QUEASIES

Yeah . . . PDFs just do that to me.


Quote
You ask this of somebody that has to deal with expressing anal glands?

Express them through your music, StormyThrough your music.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on January 03, 2008, 10:08:44 PM
So, ah... anyone see anything unexpected that was really, really cool? Anyone? Bueller?

Sure, I gotcha. Look at this y'all! Everybody is a DJ now.

(http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1575/fisherhots1lu5.jpg)


huh? what?

eta: it looks like it says "voted the =/ celebrity sex video in the nation" ... e-meh-ticon for the lawl.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: suitep on January 03, 2008, 10:12:45 PM
I saw an offer letter with a raise. Does that count?

:banana:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on January 03, 2008, 10:14:45 PM
:banana:

That's outstanding!

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on January 03, 2008, 10:17:12 PM
Hell yeah.

That's almost as good as DJ Amy.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 03, 2008, 10:23:04 PM
 :detta: :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 03, 2008, 10:28:05 PM
:thumbsup: for suitep!



But :thumbsdn: for DJ Amy.  I know she got herself bagged and tagged and slagged by a horrendous give-a-bad-name-to-guidos freakjob cigarette-butt of a wanna-be pornstar jackoff, and then spent years in prison, and all, but she's still really gone downhill.

Some people just lack self-respect.  Obviously.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on January 03, 2008, 10:43:34 PM
my congrats too, suitep...

The celebrity DJ thing is a little annoying to actual jocks, too. I mean, I doubt this girl can beatmatch or anything. Most likely she'll pick out some current hip hop hits to play while somebody cues them up and slams the fader over for her. Of course, anybody going to see this is probably not going with the intent of watching somebody talented throwin' it down on the decks. Tommy Lee went on tour DJing; I figured he might be ok at it, with a musical background in rhythm/percussion and all, but reports say no. I'm told Lohan can actually mix and beatmatch, but she was rolling with Samantha Ronson (who can play) and not sleeping much, so she probably did some practicing. Perry Farrell, not really. Lady Miss Kier was good when I heard her, but is apparently hit and miss. Have heard good and bad about Boy George.

The fact is that not just anyone can do it for real. I used to think I could teach anybody to match beats, but you really have to have a musical ear to be a good jock, just like guitar or anything else. Stunt-promoting like this essentially cheapens the art a little bit. It still makes me laugh, though  :D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 03, 2008, 10:48:47 PM
/realizes he's been making the wrong sorts of offers

Congrats, SuiteP!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 04, 2008, 08:55:04 AM
Yay 'p!!! :detta: :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: GB on January 04, 2008, 09:08:52 AM
Congrats SuiteP!!!

You should come to Boston to celebrate!  :D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 04, 2008, 09:53:21 AM
I mean, I doubt this girl can beatmatch or anything.

I love it when you talk dirty.   :knotty:

P, is it an offer with a different company or something where you are currently?  Either way, rock on, my sistah.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 04, 2008, 11:57:46 AM
Kickass Sui-Ho-Tep
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on January 04, 2008, 12:26:06 PM
Raises are good...

More money for weeeeeeed.... :banana: :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 04, 2008, 02:34:59 PM
Excellent, suitep!  :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 04, 2008, 03:46:54 PM
Lake Cadence filling up outside my window.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 04, 2008, 05:11:35 PM
A trio of doofuses rapping for their presidential candidate: Ron Paul. (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080104/NEWS01/223462354&news01ad=1)

Only in my backyard does shit like this happen.  :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 04, 2008, 05:15:17 PM
Soley: "I quit my job, and we were just making music …"

Demmitt: "… until we found Ron Paul …"

Soley: "… or, until Ron Paul found us."


Are they talking about Jesus or a politician?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 04, 2008, 05:19:28 PM
I can't tell what percentage of Ron Paul supporters are serious and what percentage are just making fun of the process.

I'm not snarking.  I'm serious.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 04, 2008, 05:29:22 PM
I saw an offer letter with a raise. Does that count?

:banana:

I'm not quite sure what that means, but it sounds good and there's a dancing banana involved, so congratulations!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on January 04, 2008, 05:32:51 PM
For some-odd reason Ron Paul is popular in the more rural red-statish areas of WA...

My co-worker lives out on the Key Peninsula (http://www.kpba.org/area-map2.gif) and the locals are completely ridiculously batshit crazy over him, you'd think he was a contender or something...

Haven't taken a gander on who they're looking at on the Island. Hope it ain't Huckabee. Doubtful it would be a Democrat...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on January 04, 2008, 09:45:42 PM
A guy who literally believes I'm Satan paid for a Ron Paul billboard outside of town.

(not to reinforce the media portrayal of the Paulists in general or anything)

You gotta love how those cats rhyme "2008" with "say"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on January 04, 2008, 11:22:14 PM
Wait a minute.  You're not really Satan?


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 05, 2008, 12:12:41 AM
Satan would shit himself and run screaming like a little bitch from any Burns. Just sayin.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on January 05, 2008, 12:34:19 AM
Satan would shit himself and run screaming like a little bitch from any Burns. Just sayin.

haha, innit  ;)

No, I only play Satan when they need me to. I'd feel bad if I really were the light-bringin'-dark-one, though, 'cause I'm kind of a slacker Satan. Evil minions probably deserve someone more committed to the role.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 05, 2008, 12:37:13 AM
That's the point. Hand the grunt work out to the plebes.

Delegating.

Yeah, that's the ticket.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on January 05, 2008, 12:40:33 AM
I'm kind of a slacker Satan.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on January 05, 2008, 12:50:41 AM
heh. But I don't mean to make it about me tho. RON PAUL! RON PAUL RON PAUL SASHAY SHANTE




Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 05, 2008, 08:37:09 AM
You guys are confusing Satan, Lucifer, and the Devil again.  That's like losing track of who's Curly, who's Shemp, and who's the other Curly.

Never mind the Fake Shemps and televangelists.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 05, 2008, 08:41:33 AM
I almost forgot the Super Devil.  Imagine my embarrassment.

...

Surprisingly hard to GIS, and I must say that "super devil" and "superdevil" turn up some odd images.

Well, watch out for his jar of honey that forces you to commit adultery.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 05, 2008, 11:09:34 AM
You're not a big one for hyperbole, so I have to congratulate you on getting promoted to Satan. I can only aspire to such.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on January 05, 2008, 01:42:20 PM
Thanks man. I'm just sitting here smiling, watching the flames get higher and higher OH NOOOOOOES
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 05, 2008, 10:50:31 PM
Fashion! Protection! Warmth, maybe not so much. http://www.gianessadesigns.com/chainmaille.html
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 05, 2008, 10:57:50 PM
Sure, I gotcha. Look at this y'all! Everybody is a DJ now.

(http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1575/fisherhots1lu5.jpg)


huh? what?

eta: it looks like it says "voted the =/ celebrity sex video in the nation" ... e-meh-ticon for the lawl.


http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2008/01/amy_fisher_wants_to_cleyah_the.html
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 06, 2008, 09:13:40 AM
Fashion! Protection! Warmth, maybe not so much. http://www.gianessadesigns.com/chainmaille.html

 :knotty: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 06, 2008, 10:25:50 AM
Yeah, that's actually far and away one of the better chainmail pieces I've seen.  It actually looks like it wasn't a hobby piece that turned out . . . OK for a hobby piece.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 07, 2008, 12:09:11 PM
This may turn out to be uncorroborated, but magnets might actually reduce inflammation after all (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080103132307.htm).

Odds are that if you've bought magnetic 'natural healing' items already, they're between 10 and 100 times too weak to actually reduce swelling, and the researcher in the story above hasn't shown any other therapeutic effects from magnets.  Basically, he's saying that strong magnets seem to reduce swelling about as well as an icepack -- but there's less discomfort (although also no numbing) and you don't need refrigeration, etc.  A magnetic 'ice pack' would be reusable with no prep.  Well, except for making sure your credit card isn't too close.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on January 09, 2008, 10:24:23 PM
A thread on Fark titled: "New HOF baseball player Goose Gossage finds he still has enough to brush back Roger Clemens' steroids claims"

The very first thing I thought was "no, that's HMOF, dumbass."

 :nuts: :nuts: :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 10, 2008, 12:48:14 AM
Two solutions:

http://xkcd.com/335/
http://www.red-dot.sg/Concept/porfolio/06/05FN/R021LM.htm
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 10, 2008, 02:55:20 AM
Alright, so where do I buy this Love Mattress?  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on January 10, 2008, 11:08:05 AM
i don't have any problems with where to put my arms when i cuddle. :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 10, 2008, 11:47:14 AM
No way to do sheets, though. Unless you tailor them.  I gots to have my flannel sheets in the winter.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 10, 2008, 01:17:51 PM
I LOLED (http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/canaan-peace-talks)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 10, 2008, 03:06:29 PM
Joe Bob!  :thumbsup:

He does have a point there....
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 10, 2008, 03:16:42 PM
I would love to go as a representative of the Sea People.

And as for that Love Mattress . . . I designed that exact same thing when I was in high school!  Award-winning, pff.  They're over twenty years late.  As for sheets, you just need stretchy sheets.  You do have stretchy sheets, right?

The XKCD bit where it says "We can never figure out where to put our lower arms." called up a fairly disturbing mental image.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 10, 2008, 03:20:48 PM
The XKCD bit where it says "We can never figure out where to put our lower arms." called up a fairly disturbing mental image.

Let me guess:

(http://www.balagokulam.org/images/la-kali.jpg)

This one?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 10, 2008, 03:25:48 PM
Right track, wrong ex-girlfriend.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on January 10, 2008, 05:02:39 PM
No way to do sheets, though. Unless you tailor them.  I gots to have my flannel sheets in the winter.
Of course you would think of the sheets.  That only makes sense.  I, of course, immediately though about how quickly it would get ruined by having sex0rz on it - what with the superb foot-holds for powerful hip thrusting.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 10, 2008, 05:47:06 PM
The whole mattress can be covered by bed linen. The cover material lets the linen slide towards the gap.

That's good.  I was wondering at first how you cleaned it.  Eeeewww.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 27, 2008, 11:31:13 AM
In the pocket of a pair of jeans neatly folded in the bottom of my dresser:

My missing pocketknife
A map of the Maritime Museum of Western Australia, Fremantle
A$0.75
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 28, 2008, 09:36:34 AM
Did somebody take your jeans on a field trip?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on January 28, 2008, 09:25:33 PM
I admit NOTHING!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 28, 2008, 10:19:30 PM
Richard Stallman would like to get laid (http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/bos/533096562.html).

Yes ... that Richard Stallman

(via Richer in #mofirc)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on January 31, 2008, 01:03:21 PM
Kind of random - open source directory of antique Baltic maps.

http://www.nic.funet.fi/index/maakirjakartat/fkk/medres/

I love the old maps...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 31, 2008, 01:21:39 PM
That first one's not Baltic.  :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 01, 2008, 11:59:51 AM
Since y'all were talking about them, I started noticing the little Google text ads that appear with Gmail.  Once I noticed them, they were kind of interesting, just because of the context-sensitive stuff.

I emailed myself an RTF file of a doc written by a friend; the doc mentions Star Wars.  The email, itself, doesn't.  I logged in this morning, and got a context-sensitive ad for Star Wars T-shirts.  I was all :huh: :whatever:

Then I realized that, yeah, I don't have any emails anywhere in the Inbox or other folders that says "Star Wars" or has the name of any characters.  (I spent like six minutes using Search to check for various terms.)  That's what I thought.  So . . . did Google scan the RTF attachment for context?

Because, uh-uh, that's not cool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 01, 2008, 12:01:56 PM
RTF is ASCII, so it's MIMEd on there in an unencrypted way. It'd just look like more text following the email message body itself. Google would have to cross the MIME-type boundary however, so yes, they are uncool to not recognize that and stop scanning there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 03, 2008, 11:20:34 AM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/P1040007.jpg)

I was stuck behind this guy for a few miles yesterday. He sat in the middle like that the whole time. WTF?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on February 03, 2008, 11:26:29 AM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/P1040007.jpg)

I was stuck behind this guy for a few miles yesterday. He sat in the middle like that the whole time. WTF?

Maybe he's an old Le Mans class driver and modified his truck accordingly??
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on February 03, 2008, 11:44:55 AM
His toolbox and license plate are tilting at the same angle.

Odd.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 03, 2008, 11:48:02 AM
i immediately thought that he's steering while the hooker pressing the gas pedal gives him a :bj:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on February 03, 2008, 05:20:38 PM
Funny, I thought that he must be sitting next to a very small driver.

Like maybe an 8 year old.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 03, 2008, 05:36:15 PM
I wondered if maybe he was an ex-mailman, or half-European, or maybe he was a conjoined twin with one head.

I didn't notice the angles of the license plate and toolbox until I was cropping it in Photoshop. Maybe he's a balance freak that thinks if he sits to one side, the crooked stuff won't be noticeable.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on February 03, 2008, 05:59:50 PM
Or the truck won't flip now.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 03, 2008, 07:06:45 PM
All four tires are soft, too.

My theory is that he has a linear artificial gravitational source running the length of the truck under the left rocker panel, and he doesn't want to sit directly over it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 03, 2008, 08:04:32 PM
I didn't expect to see 7-3 at halftime. Dubya tee eff, mate?

/zimmerman looking like a genius right now
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on February 04, 2008, 12:06:49 PM
All four tires are soft, too.

My theory is that he has a linear artificial gravitational source running the length of the truck under the left rocker panel, and he doesn't want to sit directly over it.

 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on February 20, 2008, 09:30:07 PM
I walked by this place yesterday - I nearly had lunch next door.

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/305173

http://blogto.com/eat_drink/2008/02/rats_feast_at_dumpling_house/
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on February 20, 2008, 09:31:58 PM
http://www.surfthechannel.com/show/television/Sanford_and_Son.html
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on February 20, 2008, 11:10:14 PM
Tonight's lunar eclipse.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 21, 2008, 07:18:29 AM
Yeah, that was the best one I've ever seen. Sorry about all the big crappy pictures in the furom - I was kinda excited. Looking at them this morning, I'm thinking, damn, those really aren't worthy of being that big. It was so weird though, at first it just looked like there were some clouds in front of the moon, or it wasn't quite full, not too impressive. but taking pictures with different exposures, after uploading to my 'puter, I could see the dark part of the moon. Those were the first ones I posted. Then I went back outside and it was that weird orange-red color, and it looked so three dimensional, like one of those yard globe things. Usually these things happen at like 4 in the morning or something, or it's too cloudy or something. This one was perfect  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 21, 2008, 09:49:18 AM
Sorry about all the big crappy pictures in the forum...

What, we don't get any?   :harumph:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on February 21, 2008, 10:29:36 AM
So much freaking light pollution where I live.

Miraculously, we had clear skies.  But I believe all my neighbors turned on their porch and flood lights so they could see it better.

 :eyeroll:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 21, 2008, 12:16:05 PM
Sorry about all the big crappy pictures in the forum...

What, we don't get any?   :harumph:

Well, it's kind of a tradition over there with me, you know, the moon thing.

So much freaking light pollution where I live.

Miraculously, we had clear skies.  But I believe all my neighbors turned on their porch and flood lights so they could see it better.

 :eyeroll:



Taking pictures using the flash, no doubt.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 21, 2008, 12:32:32 PM
Sorry about all the big crappy pictures in the forum...

What, we don't get any?   :harumph:

Well, it's kind of a tradition over there with me, you know, the moon thing.


Understood.  My question still stands.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on February 21, 2008, 02:11:50 PM
http://www.stormneedle.com/publicimages/img_1670.jpg

Taken around 7:15 PDT, while the eclipse was still waxing, but before Mr. Cloud decided to be the center of attention.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 21, 2008, 03:23:41 PM
Gorgeous!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on February 21, 2008, 03:35:30 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 21, 2008, 05:53:17 PM
Nice one Storm! That's better than any I got. You must have a shutter release cable. My digital doesn't even have a place for one, but there is an optional remote control thingee that I was really wishing I had last night. It was cold out there and I was a little shaky and not thinking clearly enough to use the timer. Normally I use a much higher shutter speed for moon shots, but it was understandably darker last night. You're using film, right? And please tell me you forgot to rotate that image. Otherwise, I'm going to get a headache trying to understand why it looks like it's turned 45 degrees when taken in California.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on February 21, 2008, 06:14:41 PM
She got a shutter release when she got the digital camera, and we got a tripod for Christmas. My infrared remote supposedly will work with her camera, but it's got to be in "bulb" to work. She left it on the generic "Program" mode, and I think the exposure was about 4 seconds.

I know she did some cleanup on some shots like adjusting the contrast, but no rotations.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 21, 2008, 06:40:41 PM
Yeah, 4 seconds sounds about right with a large aperture. I'm really kicking myself for not thinking of using the timer last night.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 21, 2008, 08:01:51 PM

Sorry about all the big crappy pictures in the forum...

What, we don't get any?   :harumph:

Well, it's kind of a tradition over there with me, you know, the moon thing.


Understood.  My question still stands.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/eclipse-clr.jpg)

How about a photoshop? This is a combination of one of my fuzzy-ass pics and the high contrast pic from moonphase (http://www.die.net/moon/). This is more what it really looked like.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 21, 2008, 10:18:50 PM
Quote
I'm really kicking myself for not thinking of using the timer last night.

 :huh:


That pshop picture, though, is stupendous.  It's so Revelation.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on February 22, 2008, 07:20:49 AM
This (http://perezhilton.com/2008-02-21-separated-at-birth-68) almost made me choke on my oatmeal this morning.  :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on March 24, 2008, 09:12:27 AM
This morning on the drive into work, I was behind a pink and white Hello Kitty Volkwagen Beetle with a personalized license plate that said "MEEOWW"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on March 24, 2008, 12:59:55 PM
This afternoon, on my way back from work, I was behind a very white Northern European kid in an Audi sports coupe with a license plate that said ALGERIA.

OK.  Whatever.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Stoater on March 24, 2008, 03:33:09 PM
This is, like, a week late, but whatever. Let me go get my CF card. I've got some lulz
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on March 28, 2008, 10:38:04 AM
This afternoon, on my way back from work, I was behind a very white Northern European kid in an Audi sports coupe with a license plate that said ALGERIA.

OK.  Whatever.

Similarly, yesterday on my way back from lunch I saw a skinny white kid walking down the street wearing a t-shirt that said "MUSLIM".

I think it was a typo.  He probably meant to pick out a shirt that said "MUSLIN".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on March 28, 2008, 02:33:59 PM
I used to wear a white t-shirt that said "cowgirl".

Then it got washed with something red and turned pink, so I stopped wearing it.

A pink t-shirt that said "cowgirl" would be.....weird.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on March 28, 2008, 03:37:03 PM
Though I'm not sure what message you're sending out with just "cowgirl."

"Hey cowgirl" I could understand...

;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on March 28, 2008, 03:49:04 PM
I did not expect to see snow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on March 28, 2008, 03:49:28 PM
Well, I suppose that logically, within cultural tropes, it'd either mean he was identifying himself as a cowgirl or avowing his support for cowgirls -- or possibly for a band named "cowgirl", etc.

I mean, when people wear shirts that say DKNY . . . well, actually, wait; in my experience, a lot of them don't know what it stands for.  (Ditto for those BUM shirts, back in the day.  But, then, look at how many stupid preppies thought the Izod Crocodile was an alligator.)  

I guess it's like Engrish: they just think the letters and words are pretty.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on March 28, 2008, 04:34:53 PM
I mean, when people wear shirts that say DKNY . . . well, actually, wait; in my experience, a lot of them don't know what it stands for.  (Ditto for those BUM shirts, back in the day.  But, then, look at how many stupid preppies thought the Izod Crocodile was an alligator.) 

My mother's (whitebread) husband has a pair of FUBU sneakers.  Never fails to crack me up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on March 28, 2008, 04:39:41 PM
Well, I suppose that logically, within cultural tropes, it'd either mean he was identifying himself as a cowgirl or avowing his support for cowgirls -- or possibly for a band named "cowgirl", etc...


Yeah I figured it was an advertisement for his favorite position.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on March 28, 2008, 04:52:54 PM
Well, I suppose that logically, within cultural tropes, it'd either mean he was identifying himself as a cowgirl or avowing his support for cowgirls -- or possibly for a band named "cowgirl", etc...


Yeah I figured it was an advertisement for his favorite position.


:lol:

Nah, it was a popular song by the band Underworld at the time.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on March 28, 2008, 05:00:30 PM
Did you ever play it in reverse?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on March 28, 2008, 05:34:29 PM
Did you ever play it in reverse?

www.instantrimshot.com (http://www.instantrimshot.com)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on March 28, 2008, 06:20:55 PM
www.instantrimshot.com (http://www.instantrimshot.com)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on May 27, 2008, 06:59:44 PM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/lol1.jpg)

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/lol2.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on May 27, 2008, 07:10:33 PM
Ha!  I saw a car the other day with the license plate "HEH HEH"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on May 28, 2008, 12:39:36 AM
The LOL-mobile
the LOL-mobile
We're riding around
in the LOL-mobile...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on May 28, 2008, 07:59:22 AM
 49,792 Posts in 1,108 Topics by 80 Members. Latest Member:  TehPnuk 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 28, 2008, 08:07:16 AM
49,792 Posts in 1,108 Topics by 80 Members. Latest Member:  TehPnuk 

I was gonna say that!   :harumph:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on May 28, 2008, 06:45:05 PM
Humongous black pickup with tiny white scrolly writing that said

Blessed are those that travel in Circles
For they shall be called Wheels.


Lucky them!  Those darned lucky Wheels.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on May 29, 2008, 06:33:34 AM
(http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/9045/34350849jf8.jpg)
Don't know if you can make that out, but it says STYXLVR.

I had to follow this fucker for two miles out of my way until I could get close enough for a picture. It's delicious irony that the sign next to him says "Single?"

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it; you're kidding yourself if you don't believe it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 29, 2008, 08:09:46 AM
Oh get out.

(somebody's got too much time on their hands)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 29, 2008, 08:26:02 AM
Tommy Shaw could to this day have me without calling first.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on May 29, 2008, 12:20:47 PM
Styx Liver?

 :confused:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on May 29, 2008, 04:07:37 PM
(http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/9045/34350849jf8.jpg)
Don't know if you can make that out, but it says STYXLVR.

I had to follow this fucker for two miles out of my way until I could get close enough for a picture. It's delicious irony that the sign next to him says "Single?"

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it; you're kidding yourself if you don't believe it.

You reminded me I had a pic on my cel that I wanted to share. This Stingray was parked a few minutes walk from our condo.

Check this shit out:

(http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/2622/pic0510015un8.jpg)

Panty remover
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on May 29, 2008, 07:00:31 PM
I think it means STY XLVR, and it's a comment on his ex-wife.


Today, in the shop, we had a gaggle of Cantonese college girls in short sundresses.   :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on May 29, 2008, 09:20:35 PM
I saw one of these today.
(http://www.gizmag.com/pictures/6823_20020751449.jpg)

It was really qite eye-catching.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Article_Page.aspx?ArticleID=4279&Page=1
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on May 30, 2008, 09:14:47 AM
It's nice, but it needs telescoping grips and a sissy-bar sort of seat so you can shift to foot-forward on the highway.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on May 31, 2008, 11:18:02 AM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/favicon.jpg)

 :confused:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 31, 2008, 11:55:09 AM
Defect got the call from Larry Page, and, well, you know :hoss: he can't say no when someone offers him a million dollars.
So now you can log into BC with your Google Account!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on May 31, 2008, 01:01:51 PM
:huh:

Is that from some Google homepage / portal thing?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on May 31, 2008, 01:06:23 PM
Strange. I noticed the other day that the favicon for BC in my bookmarks menu turned into the one for Newsweek.

The one for google maps is now the lowercase 'g' in the Goologo.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on May 31, 2008, 04:35:15 PM
Really? That is weird. I thought maybe it had something to do with my cable going off and on so much, but just now, I got the server message thing again. Did I mention that before? Maybe not... anyway, seems like something weird is going on. I kept screwing around with the URL until I finally connected. I deleted the "www" part and then it connected. Maybe some kind of DNS issue? I tried restarting FF and I still have the Google favicon.

I'll send PsiDefect a pm.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on June 05, 2008, 12:44:33 AM
actually, this is what I saw and caught Tuesday, didn't see Wednesday and Thursday, saw it for a while Friday, then didn't catch it until Sunday.  A big 5 1/2 foot Black snake I caught in the woods across the road. I was going to let him loose in my cabin (42 miles from here) to help keep down the mice, chipmunk, and copperhead population. I stuck him in the back of my truck camper and thought I had sealed up all the escape holes. The second day he was gone. Friday morning, I was sitting on my front porch, drinking coffee and wondering where "Clifford" had escaped.  The birds were going crazy out in the road. I finally stood up to see what they were carrying on about. hah! there was Clifford! I ran out and and made a lasso with my belt on the end of a stick (durn critter still tried to bite me). Laid him in the back of my truck and even sealed it off better. Alas, Clifford escaped again. next morning, I went across the road to pick up some free blocks and lumber (for my cabin) and had to let the lumber stick out of the end of my truck. Sunday after church, Clifford was in my Mom's front yard. He still tried to bite me. Guess he didn't like the pillow case I put him in. I think he likes the cabin, though!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 05, 2008, 05:17:01 AM
Does black snake trump copperhead? I guess 5 1/2 foot black snake does.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on June 05, 2008, 08:18:42 AM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/favicon.jpg)

 :confused:
My favicon for BC in my Firefox shortcut bar is one from a kite forum that I frequent.

Perhaps we should have a design a favicon for BC contest.  The winner gets to choose their prize from - call Robin and hear him play the guitar for 28 seconds, or Psi will name your next pet for you.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 05, 2008, 08:22:28 AM
My BC icon is the Yahoo Y!.  It must have something to do with something.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 05, 2008, 10:30:07 AM
I've been :confused: for a while, here, over WTF a 'favicon' is, but I gradually remembered tangerine explaining it to me once.  I'm not in favor of the damned things, though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 05, 2008, 10:31:18 AM
If the page fails to load, my fav icons sometimes flip out. I think it's a Firefox issue.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 05, 2008, 10:38:15 AM
ObTopic:  I didn't really expect to see the contractor show up this morning to replace the lead supply line from the water main to my house.  I mean, they said they'd be there before 8 AM, and so I got up at about 6:30 this morning so I could shower, etc, and clean up the basement, etc, and be ready for them, but I figured they'd be late.  I scheduled time off from work, as much as I need the money, so I figured they really wouldn't be on time.

Anyway, a little after 10 I gave up and came in to work.  Mostly because I was falling asleep and don't have any coffee at home.  Those chicken molesters never showed up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 05, 2008, 11:16:44 AM
I deleted my bookmark, dumped my cache, and created a new bookmark, and now it's ok - that is, it's back to being a generic favicon now.

And eldiem, Google actually changed their favicon, so that may be what you're seeing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on June 05, 2008, 11:26:15 AM
Quote
by Mo: Does black snake trump copperhead?

They are  constrictors. Yes. Black snakes, Rat snakes, and corn snakes squeeze their prey to death. Black snakes are notorious for killing and eating copper heads. I never kill a black snake.   
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 05, 2008, 11:28:36 AM
Cool.

I see a black snake in my backyard every now and then. I love snakes. I never kill any of them. I figure there's enough people out there that kill any snake they see, so I just leave them all alone.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: robin on June 05, 2008, 11:39:55 AM
that's cool. I've always been fascinated by them.  I caught a green snake last year. Not too many around any more because of insecticide. I've been thinking about building some type of cages in the back yard...actually...I've thought about that all my life.. having snakes around.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 05, 2008, 12:20:52 PM
Build a compost heap.

Snakes love hiding out in them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on June 05, 2008, 12:25:51 PM
What we have here, little yellow sister, is a magnificent specimen of pure Alabama Blacksnake.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 05, 2008, 12:26:54 PM
What we have here, little yellow sister, is a magnificent specimen of pure Alabama Blacksnake.

If I had a *quarter for every time I heard that line......


*adjusted for inflation
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on June 05, 2008, 12:36:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Ep1nmwWU0
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 09, 2008, 11:26:38 AM


WTF? I've never heard of dry drowning.

Quote
10-Year Old Boy Dies Of Dry Drowning In South Carolina

June 9, 2008

A 10-year old boy, Johnny Jackson from South Carolina died at his home on Sunday from what is called dry drowning. This was more than a full hour after he went swimming.

...

Washington (dbTechno) - A 10-year old boy, Johnny Jackson from South Carolina died at his home on Sunday from what is called dry drowning. This was more than a full hour after he went swimming.

The boy was swimming and then proceeded to walk back home with his mother.

After returning home, Jackson cleaned up in the bath and then went to bed. The mother later found his face in what was described as a spongy white material. She made her story public to NBC News on the TODAY Show.

Johnny Jackson has no signs of any problems following the swimming, but apparently must have gotten water in his lungs.

3,600 Americans died in 2005 from drowning, with a very small percentage dying hours later due to water entering the respiratory system, according to the CDC.

By the time the mother rushed him to the hospital, it was too late.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 09, 2008, 12:17:39 PM
WTF?

Things I didn't expect to see Saturday:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3191/2562838612_31536066fb.jpg?v=0)

Hanging out under a tree, waiting for Mom to come back and get him.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 09, 2008, 12:48:30 PM
WTF? I've never heard of dry drowning.

Oh definitely. It can happen when you get water in your lungs -- the immune system goes haywire and a lot of fluid gets pumped out -- lungs can fill up with fluid again very rapidly and you drown. "Dry" is a misnomer. Pretty horrible.

If you get fluid in your lungs from a minor case of drowning you have got to be in the hospital immediately in case this happens.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 09, 2008, 01:00:18 PM
A "minor case of drowning"?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 09, 2008, 01:41:32 PM
Yeah.

Drowning is not equivalent to death, plenty of people drown and recover. So they're only mostly dead.

...

Have fun storming the castle, boys!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on June 09, 2008, 02:39:32 PM
They got better!
(http://www.ideagrove.com/blog/uploaded_images/monty_python_witch-701441.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on June 10, 2008, 05:58:58 AM
WTF? I've never heard of dry drowning.

Oh definitely. It can happen when you get water in your lungs -- the immune system goes haywire and a lot of fluid gets pumped out -- lungs can fill up with fluid again very rapidly and you drown. "Dry" is a misnomer. Pretty horrible.

If you get fluid in your lungs from a minor case of drowning you have got to be in the hospital immediately in case this happens.


So if they had hung the kid up by his ankles until he dripped dry he'd have lived?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 10, 2008, 08:43:40 AM
Shoulda ankled 'em and paddled 'em on the back. Like a rug.  ;) :P
But srsly, I've heard of it. Never seen it, and I'm okay with that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 10, 2008, 09:12:27 AM
I heard of it years ago from like the first season of ER I think.  That show is seriously still on the air?

What's that? Linda Cardellini is on it, now?  I might have to start watching again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 10, 2008, 12:08:53 PM
Lung trauma, pulmonary edema, congestive suffocation, yer dead.  I heard on the radio that cocaine and oxycodone were later found to have also been involved in this case, though.  Unless there were two boys who dry-drowned in SC at roughly the same time, which could have happened.

If your lungs fill up with fluid while you're conscious, you'll know it.  Ask anyone with emphysema.  But if you're asleep or already woozy, as can certainly happen with hypoxia (or having water absorbed into the blood through the lungs), you may just get weaker and weaker.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 10, 2008, 12:37:34 PM
What's that? Linda Cardellini is on it, now?

She's been on ER for like 15 years.

BTW this is it for the show. I wonder if they'll go out with a bang: Chicago nuked or something, or the hospital sold to Trump and everyone fired. I'd watch that.

Edit: mmmmmmm, Parminder Nagra ... :drool:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 10, 2008, 03:11:13 PM
There's one team in baseball with a better record than the Red Sox.

It's the Cubs.

 :confused:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on June 10, 2008, 03:51:54 PM
I've really grown to loathe "medical" shows. I only watch House because the dialogue and the jokes are funny, and it's so flippin' weird, but the genre is just so blah. Probably why I haven't watched Scrubs, either.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on June 10, 2008, 04:27:06 PM
There's one team in baseball with a better record than the Red Sox.

It's the Cubs.

 :confused:

I know, right?! Both Chicago teams are #1 in their divisions (are they divisions?), too.  :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 10, 2008, 06:01:29 PM
They are indeed divisions.

Here's another thing I didn't think I'd see today - the Orioles touch Beckett for 4 in one inning.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on June 10, 2008, 09:49:49 PM
A sign advertising (presumably) the phlebotomy program at the community college that had only a photo of inserting a needle into an arm and the words "STICK IT"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on June 12, 2008, 03:03:06 PM
Edit: mmmmmmm, Parminder Nagra ... :drool:

MING NA!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 12, 2008, 03:19:12 PM
Ming Na, please.

Sorry. Couldn't stop myself.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 12, 2008, 03:37:41 PM
Ming Na, please.

(http://www.leyden.com/mingnawen/pictures/image/dh2.jpg)

You're welcome!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on June 13, 2008, 03:30:19 PM
NO-body expects to see the MING NA!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 15, 2008, 09:42:42 AM
Discussions of Ming Na always make me think of The Single Guy -- one of those sitcoms where the main character (through no fault of the actor) was second or maybe fifth banana to the supporting cast -- and Hong Kong '97.



Things I Didn't Expect To See, although it was a few days ago:  I was out for a walk (I often am), and I went past a house that had at least four PEACE NOW! signs in its yard.  Just as I went by, two kids, about 8 and 10, came barreling out the door, shouting like maniacs, and proceeded to beat the utter crap out of the PEACE NOW! signs with plastic light sabers.

That's our future, right there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 15, 2008, 09:50:27 AM
Oh.  Also this odd thing:

T'other day, I noticed a rabbit sitting in my back yard.  He hung out there a lot when the grass was two feet high, but he still likes the yard even when the grass is short.  I don't know why -- it's not fenced on two sides, and neighborhood cats often pass through.  But he likes to sit under the tree and just chill.  Hey, why not.

So I wanted to get a picture of him while he was being cute, and I kept checking on him, every ten minutes or half hour or etc, to see if he was mugging properly.  I look out my dining room window, and he's sitting there . . . and then he suddenly bolts across the yard and dives under my car.  WTF?  Then BANGO! something falls out of the tree (actually through the tree, although that wasn't immediately obvious) much faster than things, you know, fall, and it slams into the ground near the tree, although not actually where Mr Lepus had been sitting.

It's a hawk.  Stooped right through the tree, between the branches, from god knows how high up, and nabbed a grey squirrel I hadn't seen.  The squirrel had a burrow next to the tree, and the hawk drags it out, clips it once with the old beak, and then flap flap flap pulls itself into the air and goes away.

Huh.  So, OK.  I'm glad it was the squirrel and not the rabbit, but that's just my bias.

An hour later, I'm passing through the downstairs on my way to the basement, and I notice that all the kids from what the junkie I talked to a few weeks before called the "ghetto daycare" are in my freakin' back yard.  So WTF now?  I went out and was, like, "Why are you all in my yard?"  And they yelled "WE HAVE BABY SQUIRRELS!!!1!" and ran away shrieking.  At least two of them, yes, were holding baby squirrels.  And there's now a ton of loose fur scattered around the burrow, which, you know, is small enough for a kid to put a hand down, although my forearm would've gotten jammed if I'd tried it.  Not that I would have, because I have better things to do than stick my arm into a hole in the ground.

Eventually, I happened to see a kid's father take the baby squirrels into custody, although I don't know what happened after that.  My main question is . . . how did those kids suddenly know there was an unguarded squirrel burrow?  The baby squirrels seemed pretty silent (though they were definitely alive) when the kids were holding them, and it's a fair distance from the alley (where the kids play) to where the burrow was.

Strange world, man.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 15, 2008, 11:39:00 AM
I think it's time for you to be shopping for a used 12 gauge and some hand loading tools. Oh and a box of rock salt.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 15, 2008, 05:34:39 PM
Oh.  Also this odd thing:

T'other day, I noticed a rabbit sitting in my back yard.  He hung out there a lot when the grass was two feet high, but he still likes the yard even when the grass is short.  I don't know why -- it's not fenced on two sides, and neighborhood cats often pass through.  But he likes to sit under the tree and just chill.  Hey, why not.

So I wanted to get a picture of him while he was being cute, and I kept checking on him, every ten minutes or half hour or etc, to see if he was mugging properly.  I look out my dining room window, and he's sitting there . . . and then he suddenly bolts across the yard and dives under my car.  WTF?  Then BANGO! something falls out of the tree (actually through the tree, although that wasn't immediately obvious) much faster than things, you know, fall, and it slams into the ground near the tree, although not actually where Mr Lepus had been sitting.

It's a hawk.  Stooped right through the tree, between the branches, from god knows how high up, and nabbed a grey squirrel I hadn't seen.  The squirrel had a burrow next to the tree, and the hawk drags it out, clips it once with the old beak, and then flap flap flap pulls itself into the air and goes away.

What an odd coincidence. I have a rabbit that hangs out in my backyard too. He's out there every evening. I've got a picture of him around here somewhere. I use him as an excuse to not mow part of the yard, even though he doesn't seem to like to hang out there anymore. Maybe it's too tall now. Anyway, I was getting out of the shower about an hour or so ago, and I looked out the window and saw a hawk swoop down into part of the area where the rabbit hangs out. I couldn't see what he was swooping at from my angle, and I wasn't prepared to run out in the backyard nekkid to find out (it's too hot out there to be running around). I got dressed and got my camera and snuck out there, but I didn't find anything. No feathers, blood or anything :shrug:

I guess I'll find out later this evening if the rabbit doesn't show up.

Huh.  So, OK.  I'm glad it was the squirrel and not the rabbit, but that's just my bias.

I'm with ya on that. I've got plenty of spare squirrels around here. Only one rabbit that I know of, and I've never caught him eating my birdseed, and he doesn't sit in a tree and make rude noises at me.


An hour later, I'm passing through the downstairs on my way to the basement, and I notice that all the kids from what the junkie I talked to a few weeks before called the "ghetto daycare" are in my freakin' back yard.  So WTF now?  I went out and was, like, "Why are you all in my yard?"  And they yelled "WE HAVE BABY SQUIRRELS!!!1!" and ran away shrieking.  At least two of them, yes, were holding baby squirrels.  And there's now a ton of loose fur scattered around the burrow, which, you know, is small enough for a kid to put a hand down, although my forearm would've gotten jammed if I'd tried it.  Not that I would have, because I have better things to do than stick my arm into a hole in the ground.

Eventually, I happened to see a kid's father take the baby squirrels into custody, although I don't know what happened after that.
 

The Itchy and Scratchy Show?

My main question is . . . how did those kids suddenly know there was an unguarded squirrel burrow?  The baby squirrels seemed pretty silent (though they were definitely alive) when the kids were holding them, and it's a fair distance from the alley (where the kids play) to where the burrow was.

Strange world, man.

My main question is... squirrels burrow? Is that just yankee squirrels that do that? I've never heard of it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 15, 2008, 05:54:51 PM
(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/rabbit.jpg)

RIP?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 15, 2008, 06:24:13 PM
We have cotton-tails here at Chez Rental. Wicked cute little bugger was hiding out near our deck. Yesterday, a larger one slunk its way under the neighbor's hedge. (I scared it while futzing around with the grill.)

Naturally I said "Buuuuuuuunnnnnny waaaaaaaaaabbit" in a weird voice and naturally that's when a couple was checking out the house for sale below us and heard it. Pretty sure they're reconsidering buying it after that. WTF? What is it with people always catching me talking weird to rabbits?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 15, 2008, 08:07:36 PM
Probably better than catching you talking to turkeys.

I did some googling on squirrel burrows, and it appears there are creatures known as "ground squirrels" around the country, which marmots and chipmunks belong to. According to one site, there are two species of ground squirrels in Georgia, but it didn't list any more information. I suspect they are chipmunks and maybe woodchucks.

It seems to me someone got loose with the terminology when it comes to squirrels. Squirrels live in trees, dammit. A ground squirrel is something else besides a squirrel.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on June 15, 2008, 09:14:55 PM
I always talk to deer. They remind me of my brother's dog from childhood.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on June 16, 2008, 05:51:37 AM
We have several rabbits that hang out back. I've started tossing our vegetable peels and such back there for them. They chow down. Especially the carrot peelings.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 16, 2008, 10:14:08 AM
Only the scholarly sites ever seem to mention it, but tree squirrels sometimes live in burrows, and you can see 'em doing it, now and then, if you pay attention, although it's not so exciting that I necessarily recommend it.  This was a regular gray squirrel, no doubt about it, not a marmot or chipmunk or striped ground squirrel (which looks a hell of a lot like a chipmunk).

Anyway, I leave you with this picture of a squirrel building a snowman:

http://belchonock.org.ua/eng/big_ph.php?z=11
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 16, 2008, 12:20:46 PM
Is that supposed to be a snowman or a snowmarmot?



*strikes desk*

Marmots!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on June 16, 2008, 12:39:15 PM
Clive could have built a much better snowman.

(http://www.monkeys-for-sale.com/images/marmoset.jpg)

Marmoset FTW!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 16, 2008, 02:49:21 PM
How do you think I started hating marmots?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on June 17, 2008, 09:12:48 AM
Clive's probably off running a Fortune 500 company by now.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on June 17, 2008, 05:37:06 PM
(http://www.guildhaven.org/tal-dania/fark/nexr_marmoset1.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on June 17, 2008, 05:45:34 PM
Clive's probably off running a Fortune 500 company by now.

It's more likely he has his own lair in a volcano on an island somewhere.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on June 17, 2008, 05:52:05 PM
Clive's probably off running a Fortune 500 company by now.

It's more likely he has his own lair in a volcano on an island somewhere.

You say that like there's a difference.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 25, 2008, 11:29:12 AM
Yesterday, but I forgot.

A bumper sticker that said:

This car protected by a WELSH CORGI with a bomb in its ass
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 27, 2008, 11:51:21 AM
TIDETS on TV Yesterday:

Steve Wozniak hacking Kathy Griffin's iPhone.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 27, 2008, 01:07:34 PM
WOZ!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 27, 2008, 01:17:38 PM
Apparently Woz and the Griffin are a thing.  I'm not sure what kind of thing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 27, 2008, 02:41:56 PM
Were a thing, it appears...

From Wikipedia:
Quote
Since July 2007, rumors had circulated that Griffin had been dating Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.[29] They attended the 2007 Emmy Awards together[30] and speculations rose when the two were interviewed together on the red carpet. On September 18, 2007, US Weekly reported that Griffin and Wozniak were engaged, however, neither Griffin nor Wozniak confirmed the rumor.[31] During a January 2008 interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Griffin confirmed that Wozniak will be a regular guest on the fourth season of her reality show.[32] On Tom Green's House Tonight on February 6th, Griffin confirmed her relationship with Wozniak. When asked if she actually targeted Wozniak to make her ex-husband jealous, Griffin stated "What better way to get back at my ex, who was a tech, than to marry the biggest techno-nerd in the Universe?" Wozniak and Griffin served as King and Queen of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley Fur Ball on April 5, 2008 in Santa Clara, California, and scenes for the fourth season of My Life on the D List were taped. [33] However, as of June 2008, it has been confirmed that Griffin and Wozniak are no longer dating and have decided to remain friends.[34] Wozniak is currently engaged to another woman, according to Griffin, but did not mention who she was.

I had to go look it up because I think I must have seen the same thing Tal saw. I thought it was just one of those bizarre "reality" combos like Brigitte Neilson and Flavor Flav (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2482805504/nm0000557).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on June 27, 2008, 02:42:15 PM
Apparently Woz and the Griffin are a thing.  I'm not sure what kind of thing.

I think actually they were a thing. I think I've seen it referred to in the past tense.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on June 27, 2008, 02:42:45 PM
Er, what mo said.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on June 27, 2008, 04:51:13 PM
If I ever write a song called "Bullet With Your Name On It," I'm going to mention Kathy Griffin in the chorus.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on June 28, 2008, 11:37:00 AM
If I ever write a song called "Bullet With Your Name On It," I'm going to mention Kathy Griffin in the chorus.

Along with Fairuza, Juiliette Lewis and...who else is in the POUA? Martha Plimpton?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on June 28, 2008, 12:34:26 PM
Mare Winningham, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Claire Danes.

Nicole Kidman is up for induction this year. We're all very excited about that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on June 28, 2008, 12:42:24 PM
I have a hard time watching Angelina Jolie when she's not being stone-faced badass.  A Mighty Heart? Not so interested. Wanted? Hell yes.  :headbang:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 28, 2008, 01:16:20 PM
We should have a BC girls' night out to see Wanted.  Who's in?  That will determine central location.

And goddamn it why can I never remember what POUA stands for?  Piece of Unnecessary Ass?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on June 28, 2008, 01:27:43 PM
Pantheon of Unwatchable Actresses  ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 28, 2008, 01:28:52 PM
 :thumbsup:  :worship:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on June 28, 2008, 06:40:23 PM
Mare Winningham, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Claire Danes.

Today I had the misfortune two watch 2 movies with 2 of these women in them.  Little Women and Turner and Hooch (not my choice).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2008, 10:08:03 AM
Wanted looks funny but retarded.  Deeply retarded.

On the other hand, it has both Morgan Freeman and Terence Stamp.  I liked Angelina Jolie a lot back before she made fifty thousand unreasonably bad movies and decided that pouting lips was 90% of acting, but she's not a bigger draw for me than Terence Stamp.

If you haven't seen The Limey, you should.  Else bow down before Zod.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 29, 2008, 10:57:37 AM
Kneel before Zod.  Bow down before the one you serve.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 29, 2008, 12:47:22 PM
Body by Zod.

(Robot Chicken reference)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 29, 2008, 01:47:03 PM
I still don't understand how a movie with such great dialogue and casting could have been so terrible.

OK, Hackman is a ridiculous choice to play Lex (so is Kevin Spacey), but he's still great.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on June 30, 2008, 04:13:09 PM
Don't forget Terence in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert:

(http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/05_01/stampPresilla2904_228x318.jpg)

"Now listen here, you mullet. Why don't you just light your tampon, and blow your box apart? Because it's the only bang you're ever gonna get, sweetheart!"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 01, 2008, 07:58:58 AM
Yet another film I've never managed to see.  Like so many (Brazil, Jaws, etc), it falls into the category of I Don't Want To Sit And Watch It By Myself, But Everyone Else I Know Has Already Seen It And Says It's Great But Doesn't Feel Like Watching It Again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 01, 2008, 08:02:16 AM
Yet another film I've never managed to see.  Like so many (Brazil, Jaws, etc), it falls into the category of I Don't Want To Sit And Watch It By Myself, But Everyone Else I Know Has Already Seen It And Says It's Great But Doesn't Feel Like Watching It Again.

Next time you're in town (as if), we'll do a marathon.  I've never seen Brazil and would gladly watch Priscilla and Jaws again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 01, 2008, 08:12:54 AM
 :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 01, 2008, 08:48:44 AM
 :hmm:
We are in Lex which puts us an hour closer.
It's still a bit of a drive, but, if a Bad Movie Marathon happens - I will be there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 01, 2008, 08:53:20 AM
Brazil. Oof. Excellent movie. Relentless downer.

If I had to summarize: "1984, as retold by Monty Python"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 01, 2008, 08:55:05 AM
One of De Niro's greatest performances.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on July 01, 2008, 08:58:37 AM
:hmm:
We are in Lex which puts us an hour closer.
It's still a bit of a drive, but, if a Bad Movie Marathon happens - I will be there.

By my calculations, you still owe me one.  I recall pictures of a dinner at a Ruth's Chris in a particular Harbor town...

Proposals of reparations including chocolate pie will be considered.   ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on July 01, 2008, 12:17:12 PM
One of De Niro's greatest performances.

I've always wanted to try to pull that off as an obscure Halloween costume.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 01, 2008, 12:41:57 PM
:hmm:
We are in Lex which puts us an hour closer.
It's still a bit of a drive, but, if a Bad Movie Marathon happens - I will be there.

By my calculations, you still owe me one.  I recall pictures of a dinner at a Ruth's Chris in a particular Harbor town...

Proposals of reparations including chocolate pie will be considered.   ;)

 :hmm:

That is correct.

For the best chocolate flavor and texture, we recommend either Callebaut semisweet and unsweetened chocolates or Hershey's Special Dark and Hershey's unsweetened chocolates. Do not combine the yolks and sugar in advance of making the filling--the sugar will begin to denature the yolks, and the finished cream will be pitted.
INGREDIENTS

Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust
16     Oreo cookies (with filling), broken into rough pieces, about 2 1/2 cups
2     tablespoons  unsalted butter , melted and cooled

Chocolate Cream Filling
2 1/2     cups  half-and-half
   pinch  table salt
1/3     cup  granulated sugar
2     tablespoons  cornstarch
6     large egg yolks at room temperature, chalazae (protein strands attached to yolk) removed (see related Quick Tip)
6     tablespoons  unsalted butter (cold), cut into 6 pieces
6     ounces  semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1     ounce  unsweetened chocolate , finely chopped
1     teaspoon  vanilla extract

Whipped Cream Topping
1 1/2     cups  heavy cream (cold)
1 1/2     tablespoons  granulated sugar
1/2     teaspoon  vanilla extract


I've got vanilla beans. I bet I could make my own extract with either vodak or rum. The booze will evaporate during the baking process orrrrr the extract could be set alight just before adding. Always set something on fire when you want to be sure.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Irish on July 01, 2008, 10:25:10 PM
Wal-Mart around 12:30 this afternoon. Filled my cart with:


Went to check out. It must be payday because the place was packed. I headed to the self-check out line as it's four registers technically. The line was fairly long and really - you're only going to move as fast as the self checkers are smart. And let's be real - it's the 1st of the month if you get my drift and it's Wal-Mart. I was on my lunch break and still had to hit Target, Borders, and the grocery store. So I pulled my cart over to the side near the women's assorted bright colored terry cloth tube tops and left. I felt bad just leaving it there but oh well. I only had a 1/2 hour left.

I went back to the store around 5:00 pm to re-shop. I get a new cart and head down the aisle past my old cart, in the same spot, filled with:


So I rescued my original items and swiftly put them in my new cart before someone pointed at me for swiping somebody else's products. Made a right into a check out lane and presto ... mission accomplished.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on July 02, 2008, 11:18:44 AM
 :lol:

 :clap:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on July 25, 2008, 08:36:13 PM
A poster asking people to vote against the Vampire Rights Amendment, with a link to http://www.fellowshipofthesun.org/index.html Intriguing marketing campaign, I guess. Unfortunately there isn't a copy of the poster on the site.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on July 26, 2008, 12:42:00 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on July 28, 2008, 05:49:46 AM
A poster asking people to vote against the Vampire Rights Amendment, with a link to http://www.fellowshipofthesun.org/index.html Intriguing marketing campaign, I guess. Unfortunately there isn't a copy of the poster on the site.

It's part of the ad campaign for the HBO show True Blood starting in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 28, 2008, 10:47:18 AM
Sounds like it will be better than Twilight. Why, oh why, did they get a Harry Potter kid for the lead? Voldemort killed you once already punk, stay down. It's going to be like watching an Anne Rice novel played out with Abercrappy and Bitch catalog drones only without all the overly loud BOONTZ BOONTZ BOOTNZ and cheap room spray.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on July 28, 2008, 08:21:09 PM
A man at Ben & Jerry's who had obviously used that hair in a can shit. It's PAINT for bob's sake. You don't put paint on your head and then delude yourself into thinking that nobody is noticing.

And by the by, "Ben's & Jerry's" anyone? Helloooooooo proper usage. Are you they-ah?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on July 28, 2008, 09:27:18 PM
They were pushing the vampire thing HARD at Comic Con.  It was everywhere.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 03, 2008, 03:25:04 PM
My bank correctly auto-payed my electrical bill!

This is surprising because I've had this bank for like three years, and I've tried various automatic payments before, and this is the FIRST time it's ever actually worked.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 10, 2008, 10:17:11 PM
I actually thought Bernie Mac died a while ago. Whoops.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 12, 2008, 09:23:24 PM
So I get on the elevator along with a fairly elderly woman and a lovely young Asian woman. About the fifth floor, the elderly lady looks at the Asian girl and says, "I'm enjoying the Olympics very much."

She got off on seven and the girl and I shared an epic WTF moment all the way up to 11.

:nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on August 12, 2008, 09:31:15 PM
Duh, she's Chinese, and that means she is in charge of the olympics.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 12, 2008, 10:04:37 PM
She was probably Korean.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on August 12, 2008, 10:37:00 PM
Yeah, but which side?

:bolt:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 12, 2008, 10:49:30 PM
Fuck sides. Hooray for old ladies!

 :nanaparty: :nanaparty: :nanaparty: :nanaparty: :nanaparty: :nanaparty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 13, 2008, 09:19:50 AM
Last year my dad and I were visiting my sister in Houston and we were going to a museum.  While in the car, a lady pulls up next to us wearing a burqa.  My dad says, "It's nice to see some Iraqis over here."  My sister and I just bust out laughing, and she proceeds to instruct him on how there are Muslims from other countries than Iraq.

So a little while later we drive past an Asian family in the downtown area that conform completely to the stereotype of the Japanese tourist complete with big 35mm camera hanging around dad's neck.  So I say, "I wonder why the Japs wanted to come site-seeing in Houston."  My sister explodes saying how that's just as bad as Dad and blah blah blah.  She didn't quite get that I was joking, so I kept it going, "No, no!  You can tell by their eyes!  Japanese have rounder eyes!"  It was gold.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on August 13, 2008, 11:05:08 AM
He had a point, you know.

Houston?? :confused:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 13, 2008, 11:19:43 AM
That had me too. I mean, what is there in Houston other than the light rail that people can't seem to stop themselves from pulling out in front of and the fucked-up highway system?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 13, 2008, 11:57:26 AM
Well, note that we only saw "an" Asian family.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on August 14, 2008, 12:53:25 PM
My paycheck finally show up in my bank account instead of having to shlep it on over across the Lake to Bellevue like I've been doing the past three weeks.

Yeah, you bet I've been including on my hours the time it takes to get it. :diablo:

Although it would have been fun to ride back tomorrow across the I-90 bridge...:detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 14, 2008, 01:01:05 PM
Do you use some credit union with no Seattle branches?  What a ride.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on August 14, 2008, 01:16:58 PM
No, I had to get my check at the Volt Bellevue office. It's downtown. I hadn't worked for them for three months so they took it upon themselves to cancel my direct deposit. Thanks, guys.

And then, since the traffic is totally SNAFU'd because of all the towering skyscrapers they're building there, I thought it'd be fun to ride back on the bridge instead of puddle-jumping it on the bus. It's incredible.

There's the kind of hairy 2 miles or so down Bellevue Way, but then it cuts through Beaux Arts and onto a path that goes over Mercer Island and then across the Lake. Then it's a mostly downhill run across 23rd Ave S and Rainier Ave S and then to Dearborn and the Int'l District. Home free.

But tomorrow, I can just kick it at Myrtle Edwards for lunch...:cool:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 14, 2008, 04:05:41 PM
My mortgage company sent me a letter telling me they think this is a swell time for me to buy a second house.  As an incentive, they'll give me $150 off my closing costs!  Providing the second house costs at least $150k.

Wow.  Talk about your feeble efforts.  I was even less impressed after I thought about it:  They're hoping I'll pay about $350k for a $150k house because of a $150 kickback.  What a compliment!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 18, 2008, 11:18:12 AM
The meat guy at the Central Texan Barbecue (in Castroville, Artichoke Center Of The World) asked what kind of Asian we-all were last night. :huh: I explained I was only Chinese by marriage.

Turns out he's hapa like my kids, his daddy (who owns the barbecue joint) married a Japanese woman when he was in the service. So it was a decent question ;) We had a nice chat about campgrounds in the Santa Lucias. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Sidious on August 18, 2008, 12:02:45 PM
A monkey fucking a frog.

 :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 18, 2008, 09:16:34 PM
Tell me about it.

I have unusual friends.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on August 18, 2008, 09:50:42 PM
So who's your friend, the monkey or the frog?


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 20, 2008, 06:37:12 AM
Based on that video, there's much to admire about both.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on August 25, 2008, 10:04:16 AM
this (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nxITEDDXibs/SLLIsMPK36I/AAAAAAAAADo/Jq5PO0GQE0I/s1600-h/snakeplusratplusbee.JPG) happening in my backyard.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on August 25, 2008, 10:51:16 AM
Snakes freak me out.  What kind is it?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 25, 2008, 01:00:17 PM
:eek:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 25, 2008, 01:24:50 PM
Good god, yellow jackets are stupid. I might have ranted about them last night -eerie timing.
Just throw a grenade on the whole mess and call it done.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 25, 2008, 01:32:26 PM
A back flow valve in the custodian's closet failed over the weekend. The sys admin suite's carpet is soaked, and the carpet under the (very well bolted) bookshelves and my cube are soaked in the programmers' suite. There was an inch or so of water under the dropped floor in the server room. Fortunately, when they rearranged that room the power lines got taken from under the floor into cable management brackets.

The mold test is already scheduled for next week.

The worst part is the paperwork. It's going to take days to get that all straight.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on August 25, 2008, 01:51:59 PM
Snakes freak me out.  What kind is it?

It's just a black snake. Jim said it was about seven or eight feet long, which is kind of  :shock:. They eat rodents, though, so I'm not inclined to seek and destroy. I can't figure out the yellow jacket part, though. wtf. Why would it attack the snake? Jim is the one that caught it on the camera. He said after a couple of stings that the snake dropped the mouse and bailed.

I'm on vacation from work this week and we just got back from a local animal ranch/safari park. Got some great pics I'll be uploading shortly. My favorite was the baby pot bellied pig trying to hump an adult pig. We should do a lolcaption contest for some of them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on August 25, 2008, 03:08:06 PM
I miss seeing really cool snakes. I'm kind of freaked by them too, but mostly because of the fear that's been instilled into every Midwest boy about "timber rattlers" and copperheads--who are even scarier because they don't warn someone who gets too close like a rattler does...

Still, Kansas had all kinds of cool really beautiful snakes from my experiences. Corn snakes are very colorful. Beautiful steel blue bull snakes. Freaky when you first see them scurry, but if you know the markings, the fear  passes quickly.

In contrast, all we seem to have up here are little bitty garter snakes... :whatever:

Which is actually quite cool because that means I can tromp around in any high grass I feel like. :headbang:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3021/2651788582_7d92beeab6.jpg)


But I do hear stories about dumbasses buying baby rattlesnakes for their kids and then and dumping them in the woods. Just stories. I hope.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 25, 2008, 04:56:56 PM
The yellowjacket was probably there for the rat, not the snake.  Yellowjacket babies eat meat.  The adults go scavenge it (or predate smaller beasties), chew it up, and spit it on the larvae.  Wholesome family fun.  Adult yellowjackets like carbs, though, which is why they swarm your damned picnic sometimes no matter what you have.

On the other hand, yeah, yellowjackets are real pricks, so maybe he just wanted to sting the snake a bunch while the snake was too busy to do anything about it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on August 26, 2008, 07:53:21 AM
 :hmm: That is very interesting, Axe. You have solved that particular mystery.

But can you decipher what is going on here (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nxITEDDXibs/SLP6ZM_l9OI/AAAAAAAAAEA/X2o6p63L-4o/s1600-h/eddipuspig.JPG)?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 26, 2008, 10:11:15 AM
I don't think that's her kid.  I think that's the paperboy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on August 26, 2008, 11:28:22 AM
I don't think that's her kid.  I think that's the paperboy.

I guess he's getting his two dollars worth.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on August 26, 2008, 11:41:19 AM
I sawr one of those big yellowjackets zwoop up to a can of tuna fish and fly off with a sizeable chunk of albacore, for a wasp, anyway...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on August 26, 2008, 11:57:11 AM
I don't think that's her kid.  I think that's the paperboy.

I guess he's getting his two dollars worth.
:clap:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on August 27, 2008, 07:21:16 AM
Wendy the Whippet (http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=67f15c17-2717-4022-bb76-1b982456e793).  :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 05, 2008, 11:29:26 AM
I was woken up during the night by the rustling of the huge shrub outside my bedroom window.  It sounded like rain falling on the leaves but as my eyes got accustomed to the dark, I realized something was nibbling on them.  A deer was literally about two feet from me, munching away.  It was awesome.

Bo missed the whole thing.  He usually sleeps on the corner of the bed against the window.

Is one supposed to clean up the deer poop left behind by the midnight eaters?  I've got several piles across the yard (and sad looking day lily leaves).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 05, 2008, 11:33:20 AM
Awww, cute. I'd try and discourage them somehow, though. They do damage the heck out of the plants, and they are quite a temptation to morons with guns certain times of the year. Easy targets, and they don't have to go all the way to the mountains to get one. Hate to have bullets flying through your house and alarming your cat unnecessarily.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on September 10, 2008, 01:49:46 AM
this (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_nxITEDDXibs/SLLIsMPK36I/AAAAAAAAADo/Jq5PO0GQE0I/s1600-h/snakeplusratplusbee.JPG) happening in my backyard.

That is just... disturbing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 15, 2008, 07:18:44 PM
NFL referee graded down after blown call in Denver  (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080915/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_blown_call_15)

I didn't know refs were graded on every call of every game and it's good to know that blown calls do have some sort of consequence, but it sucks that it happened to one of the good refs (okay, maybe I just like his muskles).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 17, 2008, 07:48:21 PM
The contents of my freezer melting.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on September 18, 2008, 05:44:09 AM
The contents of my freezer melting.

That's no good. No good at all.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 18, 2008, 07:48:55 AM
And I certainly didn't expect to see - rather, feel - ice in my ice cube trays this morning.

My mother suspects it had an extreme defrosting.  I suspect I'll be dropping between 6 and 9 hundo on a fridge later today.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 18, 2008, 08:47:31 AM
Ouch.
The good news is fridgereezos now use a whole lot less lackstricity than they used to.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 18, 2008, 09:42:25 AM
The other good news is that I need a relatively small model to fit the space, which keeps the cost lower.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 18, 2008, 11:05:19 AM
The other good news is all the shelves will be clean.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 18, 2008, 11:09:18 AM
Yes!  The shelves are another thing generally really poorly designed in refrigerators.  Idiotic.  Especially considering how expensive the damned things are.

Man, consumer goods really piss me off.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 18, 2008, 12:40:29 PM
The other good news is that the new fridge is coming Saturday.  Ten percent off, mail-in rebates to BGE for Energy Star compliance and Sears for delivery/haul-off charges.

/jedi hand
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 18, 2008, 12:48:18 PM
/jedi hand

And if they give you any grief, /force choke

work both sides of the Force, baby
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 18, 2008, 12:48:53 PM
See avatar.   ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on September 18, 2008, 01:12:56 PM
Notes that white and black ignore the grey zone.
/neutral chaotic, FTW
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 18, 2008, 01:17:48 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 18, 2008, 02:17:37 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 19, 2008, 04:53:52 PM
Don't ever buy any appliance from Sears :cyber:  If you ever need warranty work or repairs done it will be endless visits without fixing the problem, missing time windows, rescheduling two weeks later, and two years later still not being fixed correctly.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 19, 2008, 08:26:59 PM
NOW ya tell me.    :stick:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 19, 2008, 09:53:26 PM
What I walked into this afternoon. Each time someone spoke it got exponentially worse.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 19, 2008, 09:54:39 PM
:mrt:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on September 20, 2008, 07:14:24 AM
NOW ya tell me.    :stick:

Don't listen to him. He's had a bug up his ass about Sears for a long time. I can't remember what it was they did to him, but he's obviously scarred for life. My Sears washer and dryer are over 20 years old. A knob broke on the washer after about 15 years, but other than that, no problemo. I've never had to deal with their service department other than ordering parts for my weed whacker once, but I imagine they sub out that work, which is always a crap shoot.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 20, 2008, 09:01:22 AM
I've always had good luck with Sears, even if it's a colossal pain to shop there, except for their automotive department, who seriously endangered my life while trying to screw me out of several hundred dollars.  Not somewhere I would take my car again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on September 20, 2008, 09:41:57 AM
My parents have often bought appliances from Sears, and they MUCH prefer the Sears to the Home Despot for those types of things.

FWIW.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 20, 2008, 11:25:00 AM
In my house Kenmore = :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 20, 2008, 12:33:29 PM
Back on topic:

Did not expect to see Chris Meloni reading a cartoon owl a bedtime story on Noggin.  Apparently this has been going on since 2006 but it's the first time I've seen it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 20, 2008, 02:06:28 PM
Does he crank up the heat, mess with the chair he's sitting in, give him food with too many onions and then rough him up by slamming him against the wall?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on September 20, 2008, 02:17:47 PM
He's fascinating to me.  His character on Oz was so sociopathic.  It's a kick for me to watch him on SVU now.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 20, 2008, 02:33:59 PM
I've never seen him on Oz, but his character in Wet Hot American Summer was :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on September 20, 2008, 03:25:46 PM
I did not expect to see full frontal nudity as the first result when I googled Chris Meloni.

Oh yeah, that wiener.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 20, 2008, 03:26:50 PM
Carefresh p1g b3dd1ng is $18.99 per bag.

OUCH.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 20, 2008, 09:04:00 PM
I did not expect to see full frontal nudity as the first result when I googled Chris Meloni.

Oh yeah, that wiener.

*googles frantically*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 20, 2008, 09:13:44 PM
The video of /b/ owning Oprah. I thought for certain that was just a load of crap. I thought wrong.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 20, 2008, 09:14:52 PM
I don't have speakers, dammit! 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 21, 2008, 02:04:51 AM
NOW ya tell me.    :stick:

Don't listen to him. He's had a bug up his ass about Sears for a long time. I can't remember what it was they did to him, but he's obviously scarred for life. My Sears washer and dryer are over 20 years old. A knob broke on the washer after about 15 years, but other than that, no problemo. I've never had to deal with their service department other than ordering parts for my weed whacker once, but I imagine they sub out that work, which is always a crap shoot.

That's the thing.  Their appliances were the bomb 10+ years ago.  Never had any problems.  The refrig and dryer which are 3 and 4 years old have been nothing but problems and their service dept fucking sucks now.  In the future everything is coming from Home Despot or Lowes or one of the mom and pop appliance stores like Meyer or Western Appliance from now on :gfy: Sears and :fyp: just for good measure.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 21, 2008, 07:10:12 AM
As my fridge doesn't have any bells or whistles (no ice maker, no water service in the door), I'm hopeful it can keep its shit together enough to spare me excessive drama.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on September 21, 2008, 09:05:21 AM
A cobblestone muffin from Panera Bread.

I woke up late and when I smelled the coffee brewing it occurred to me that I haven't had one in a long time, so I went and got one.

Yummy
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 21, 2008, 01:30:56 PM
WTF is a cobblestone muffin?  It sounds like an Elizabethan euphemism for horseshit in the road.


If you're looking for Meloni nude, he and Paul Rudd both have nude scenes that were cut from Hot Wet American Summer, but they're in the DVD extras.

Have I mentioned that I like that movie?  Although not specifically because of those nude scenes.

Meloni also has sex with a refrigerator in that movie.  Really, it's a bravura performance.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 21, 2008, 01:35:35 PM
Whoa, that's one heck of a weiner.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 22, 2008, 11:28:00 AM
If you're looking for Meloni nude, he and Paul Rudd both have nude scenes that were cut from Hot Wet American Summer, but they're in the DVD extras.

There is something violently wrong with the world that this is the first I'm hearing of this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 23, 2008, 12:02:34 PM
A father riding a bike with his little girl in a kid bike carrier (not the trailer, the kind behind the seat) riding along a street I don't particularly like riding because there are so many damn cars and no bike lane.

Dude had no bell or horn, shouted "on your left" hurriedly to me while cars were passing and just as I was ready to take off from the curb.

Wanted to say something, publicly reserved my judgment. Plus, it was cold (40s) and I didn't see a headband on her. She didn't seem too pleased.

Maybe I'm just overreacting. If I didn't know any better, I'd say he was putting her in harm's way. He could have at least cut down a few streets to where there's a lane.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on September 23, 2008, 01:09:05 PM
I did not expect to see full frontal nudity as the first result when I googled Chris Meloni.

Oh yeah, that wiener.

*googles frantically*

THAT
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on September 23, 2008, 01:49:19 PM
I did not expect to see full frontal nudity as the first result when I googled Chris Meloni.

Oh yeah, that wiener.

*googles frantically*

THAT

seconded

very ... well groomed.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 23, 2008, 02:03:25 PM
 :D

My girls.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 23, 2008, 02:33:53 PM
Whoa...like sorry to interrupt...  :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 23, 2008, 04:32:09 PM
Strategic shaving skills.
 :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on September 23, 2008, 05:07:28 PM
I gave in and GIS'd. Um, wow. Like, the "wow" is for the fact it really is first in the GIS.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 25, 2008, 12:19:38 PM
The passenger in the car next to me pouring Hennessy into a travel mug.   
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 25, 2008, 12:23:47 PM
Awsome.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on September 25, 2008, 12:24:10 PM
!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 25, 2008, 12:53:49 PM
Awsome.

WITH AN E
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 26, 2008, 12:52:41 PM
The license plate HAILSTN
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 26, 2008, 12:59:26 PM
You should follow them, and when they get out of their car put your fist in the air (through your open car window) and yell HAIL ALMIGHTY STAN!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on September 26, 2008, 01:03:29 PM
And I'm here thinking "hailstone?  WTF?"   :confused:

 :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 26, 2008, 01:09:13 PM
:galm:

I'm a HAILSTONE, baby!

Watch me DENT your hood...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 26, 2008, 01:09:38 PM
This was immediately across from the guy drinking Hennessy.  WTF, Issaquah?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 26, 2008, 01:13:55 PM
WTF, Issaquah?

Sounds like a great title for a public-access talk show.

Also? A track from the new Soylent Haggis album, "HAIL ALMIGHTY STAN"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 01, 2008, 11:22:59 AM
Wackenhut Services, Inc., is recruiting armed guards.

That name... it makes me think you get a free order of breadsticks with every assassination order.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on October 01, 2008, 12:32:08 PM
I guess they're ramping up for coming events. Ooh, then you'd get to watch over us in the camps!


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 01, 2008, 12:43:18 PM
I think I could work the knee-high boots and the uniform. Oooo, maybe I'll get a snappy little beret to go with it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 01, 2008, 12:53:24 PM
:shock:  Wackenhut is like THE private military firm, CIA-beholden and the whole deal.  They make Blackwater look like Fisher-Price.  Wackenhut is the original.  They probably own Robocop.

Wackenhut is some scary shit.  Seriously.  They've been involved in assassinations, massacres, the whole deal.  Some folks think they were the ones at Jonestown.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 01, 2008, 01:00:21 PM
  They've been involved in assassinations, massacres, the whole deal.  Some folks think they were the ones at Jonestown.

Never heard that one.  How so?

They were Jones' private army, or they snuffed out the whole congregation because of the shooting of Leo Ryan?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 01, 2008, 01:09:26 PM
Allegedly, Jones was working for the CIA.  There's some or other evidence and various theories, but the most plausible one seems to just be that the CIA wanted to see what it would take to make large groups of people disappear.  You know, how much of a fuss would there be.

It's pretty well-established, from what I've seen, that only a small percentage of the people who died at Jonestown drank poison.  Lots were injected or simply shot, and some were killed with machetes.  Also, a lot of the bodies (possibly as many as 2/3) showed up a day or two after the initial investigation.  (Officials seriously claimed that the original investigators simply failed to count the bodies accurately because, you know, some dead people were lying on top of other dead people.)  A lot of the people who were dead at Jonestown were in the woods just outside the main camp and facing away, as if they'd died trying to escape.  Hmm.

And a few years afterward, the CIA relocated several hundred Laotians to the same compound where Jonestown had been.  Huh!  And when the local government went to check on them later, they couldn't find anyone living there anymore.  Huh!  That takes care of that little problem.  Ask Kissinger, maybe.

Wackenhut was formed by a bunch of ex-FBI guys in the 50's, so go figure.  They really went downhill during the 80s and afterward, with sloppy handling of private prisons and military security and so on, and I believe they were finally bought out by a European firm.  They were implicated in covering up something to do with the Exxon Valdez spill, but I forget the details.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 01, 2008, 01:21:26 PM
So... basically they're the modern version of the Pinkertons.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 01, 2008, 01:48:38 PM
I didn't see Blood Diamond (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450259) so I don't know if they got into it, but I'm both intrigued and horrified by the concept of using private militaries to "pacify" the villages near big mineral operations.

The whole buffet-style "let's see what happens to people when we_______" accusations leveled at the CIA are far more disturbing, though...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 01, 2008, 01:57:37 PM
:shock:  Wackenhut is like THE private military firm, CIA-beholden and the whole deal.  They make Blackwater look like Fisher-Price.  Wackenhut is the original.  They probably own Robocop.

Wackenhut is some scary shit.  Seriously.  They've been involved in assassinations, massacres, the whole deal.  Some folks think they were the ones at Jonestown.

 :mrt:

I've worked with Wackenhut.  I know where the "wack" comes from, and it's not contract killing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 01, 2008, 01:58:03 PM
and I thought I was :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 01, 2008, 02:43:54 PM
So, basically y'all are saying I'll fit right in.

*dusts off resume*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 01, 2008, 03:55:07 PM
So... basically they're the modern version of the Pinkertons.

Yes, but these guys don't like publicity.



I didn't see Blood Diamond (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0450259) so I don't know if they got into it, but I'm both intrigued and horrified by the concept of using private militaries to "pacify" the villages near big mineral operations.

The whole buffet-style "let's see what happens to people when we_______" accusations leveled at the CIA are far more disturbing, though...

The coups by the CIA are scary.  But honestly, militaries for hire probably do a lot more evil in the world.  The CIA handles the big stuff.  Corporations paying 'security' firms to eliminate the tribal owners of some island in the South Pacific with the sanction of the local government that officially umbrellas the island as a protectorate for the sake of harvesting rubber or copper or bananas is far more common.  And of course, the US govt is often aware of this shit.  And if asked (or lobbied) the US govt will sometimes exert pressure (bully) on the official umbrella govt that is resisting the corporate bribes to make this happen.  And on occasion, you get the US govt (CIA) removing the uncooperative leader of some country because, well, damnit, they're standing in the way of progress.  You think the only thing the world is pissed off at the US about is our war supporting the business interests of oil concerns?

Take a listen to one of Hugo Chavez's speeches some time.  Or how about one of bin Laden's early tapes (the later ones really seemed to become... less focused)?  Or even take your pick of two dozen European leaders.  The world is not happy with the way the US exerts its power, both corporate economic power and governmental economic, political, and military power.  It's not all about Israel and religion.  There are other very specific complaints.


Edit: Sorry... got going there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 01, 2008, 04:53:48 PM
Yeah, preach away, but  I've been seriously Chomskied out lately so excuse the saturation.

I love the Googles.  It's cool that usually whenever he mentions an article or an economist/historian/analyst I've never heard of, BOOM there it is and bookmarked.

The kindest thing you can say about Reagan is that he may not have known what the policies of his administration were, but I’ll pretend he did...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on October 01, 2008, 05:21:32 PM
:shock:  Wackenhut is like THE private military firm, CIA-beholden and the whole deal.  They make Blackwater look like Fisher-Price.  Wackenhut is the original.  They probably own Robocop.

Wackenhut is some scary shit.  Seriously.  They've been involved in assassinations, massacres, the whole deal.  Some folks think they were the ones at Jonestown.

The hub's aunt and uncle live in Miami in the same neighborhood with one of Wackenhut's mansions. Dude. It reminds me of the castle from Beauty and the Beast. Beautiful, sure but also sinister. They do a lot of rent-a-cop security down in Florida, but I didn't know they did that kind of hard core stuff too.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 02, 2008, 10:48:58 AM
Quote
So... basically they're the modern version of the Pinkertons.

:lol:  :whatever:  Yeah, kinda. 

Reminds me of one of the great robber barons, Jay Gould, saying that he wasn't concerned about unions because it was cheaper for him to "hire half the working class to kill the other half" than to raise salaries, etc.  And he did.  When the unions organized walkouts and protests at his railroads, he hired militias from the unemployed and had them shoot the protesters.

US and European oil companies today often control student protests in Africa using militias with machine guns and machetes.  It's more cost-effective.  And yet, yeah, people around the world hate us.  Everyone got so upset at Ward Churchill that they didn't really consider the point he was trying to make about "little Eichmanns".  He did a real shitty job of making his point, but it was a fair point.  Americans don't know about what's done in their name around the world, and most of them don't care to know about it or believe it, but a lot of foreigners know about it, hear propaganda about it, and live with it.  And if they hate a rich American in a business suit in Manhattan, it's not their fault if he doesn't know why.

Oh, wait, I forgot -- they hate us because we love freedom.  :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on October 06, 2008, 03:16:05 PM
an osprey flying around and then landing at mccarren intl. airport in las vegas. was probably for a movie.

(http://www.minihelicopter.net/V22Osprey/V-22%20Osprey.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 07, 2008, 11:02:46 AM
Gas for $3.40 at a gas station that was ordinary-looking except for the big crude sign saying HOOKAH HEAVEN.

Yes, your combination gas station / headshop.  Why not?  Or maybe they sell water pipes that run on gasoline.  That should make for a funny tombstone right there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 07, 2008, 11:53:30 AM
I'm an electric vaporizer man myself...

If I actually had one, that is...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 07, 2008, 01:50:39 PM
The arc on one of those has gotta be pretty big, but if it'll vaporize a human target, I suppose I could put up with the noise.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 07, 2008, 03:48:54 PM
It's just like watching "The Day After."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 12, 2008, 12:16:09 PM
Gas at $3.15.

I wish my car would hold more than four gallons at a time!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on October 12, 2008, 12:32:42 PM
$2.79.

My wife has gone all tinfoil bonnet about how it's the oil companies' way of trying to help McCain.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 12, 2008, 01:35:09 PM
Could be.  We'll see how much fuel oil and natural gas prices rocket up this winter if Obama wins.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 12, 2008, 03:58:31 PM
Didn't somebody here predict that it would be under $3/gal for the election a couple of months ago?

That may have been on another board.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 13, 2008, 02:32:06 PM
Dude, there aren't really any other boards.

$3.12 here today.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on October 14, 2008, 01:37:51 PM
OMG, I'm sure this has been all over Fark for weeks, but I walked into a Target store today and discovered their Halloween mascot. (http://www.target.com/Halloween-Costumes-Home/b?ie=UTF8&node=15676801)  :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on October 14, 2008, 01:49:46 PM
It's so weird.  Is he still a fart monster?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on October 14, 2008, 06:53:29 PM
OMG, I'm sure this has been all over Fark for weeks, but I walked into a Target store today and discovered their Halloween mascot. (http://www.target.com/Halloween-Costumes-Home/b?ie=UTF8&node=15676801)  :trance:

I went into Target on Sunday and had the same Woooahh experience.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 15, 2008, 10:37:41 AM
I didn't realize that Domo-kun was a farter (a common Japanese character trope) or that he was linked to Guitar Wolf :trance:

:lol:

They totally need to make a sequel to Wild Zero with Domo-kun.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 17, 2008, 09:00:05 AM
On my way to work this AM, I saw an ancient rusted-out red Sierra pickup with two grizzled NASCAR-capped rednecks . . . and bumper stickers that read:


OBAMA '08

STOP plate tectonics!

JESUS IS JUST ALL RIGHT!
and no better than he should be



:trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on October 17, 2008, 06:48:44 PM
On my way to work this AM, I saw an ancient rusted-out red Sierra pickup with two grizzled NASCAR-capped rednecks . . . and bumper stickers that read:


OBAMA '08

STOP plate tectonics!

JESUS IS JUST ALL RIGHT!
and no better than he should be




:trance:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: wtf is up with the plate tectonics one???
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 17, 2008, 08:44:33 PM
I think it's a call to end all of the needless suffering brought about by the caress act of continental drift. Earthquakes, accompanying tsunamis, mudslides, volcanic eruptions - they can all be stopped if we just end plate tectonics!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on October 17, 2008, 10:05:53 PM
I had a class assignment where we had to print some stickers on a flexographic press. I really wanted to make a bumper sticker but the format of the press did not suit the shape. Had I made it, it would have said:

Fight Beach Erosion
Nuke the Moon!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on October 17, 2008, 11:13:09 PM
Back in the day, I had a class assignment where we had to make an persuasive tri-fold brochure.

Looking back, I think my design was terrible, but my message still remains true.  All I have now on file is the center of the brochure after it was unfolded.

(http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/7731/cannedmeat2convertedde8.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 17, 2008, 11:28:03 PM
Epic.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on October 18, 2008, 08:58:49 AM
I'm totally persuaded.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 18, 2008, 09:21:17 AM
I was quite the fan of the Vienna sausage when I was younger.  I'd eat a whole can at once.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 18, 2008, 10:09:59 AM
Quote
I'd eat a whole can at once.

That's wisest.  Opening the can only makes it worse.


That whole 'no better than he/she should be' thing is positively ancient.  I can't even remember how it works as a joke.  What is that, Algonquin Round Table?  Victorian?  Just bizarre.

I told a cow-orker about it, and she speculated that they were FBI agents disguised as rednecks.  I have to admit, their redneckishness was so stereotypical as to be nigh implausible.  Except for the bumper stickers.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 18, 2008, 12:14:04 PM
caress

You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 19, 2008, 08:21:32 PM
caress

You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 20, 2008, 11:13:38 AM
Another recall of a Chinese food product tainted with melamine (http://uk.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUKTRE49J3Y420081020).

Well ... I guess it's food.  :shy:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 20, 2008, 12:22:22 PM
Yeah, that's just starting to get weird.

I still think all this Melamine isn't entirely accidental.  This latest recall makes me more sure of that than ever.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on October 20, 2008, 06:11:07 PM
maybe the magic erase board fell into the chocolate vat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on October 20, 2008, 06:21:10 PM
The term willy spread grossed me out.

Sounds like something you'd need to see a doctor about.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 20, 2008, 07:41:21 PM
The term willy spread grossed me out.

Sounds like something you'd need to see a doctor about.




 :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 21, 2008, 10:52:34 AM
Actually, my first thought was of the knife used to spread it.  Or is it like sandwich spread that you use your penis to apply?  Either way . . . eek.

Makes me think of Miracle Whip, The Bedspread from Kraft.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on October 21, 2008, 08:39:57 PM
A 4x4 truck, raised, with a huge Fox Head logo in the back window.  The tailgate loudly said "I'D RATHER BE STROKED THAN RAMMED."  The license plate frame said "My Other Ride is YOUR MAN!!"

Seems like the kind of girl I'd like to punch in the face, really hard.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: unclejessie on October 21, 2008, 09:00:45 PM
I would pay to see that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 21, 2008, 10:59:24 PM
I would pay to see that.

Ether her, then make two fake scars using gorilla glue* and red dye with just two or three drops of blue in it. Stick the fake scars on her back near the kidneys with the denture gel, dump her in the bed of the truck full of ice, and then post pictures of it on the internet. Someone that cliched needs a cliche comeuppance.

*GG is non-toxic if not ingested and the denture gel sticks like a motherfucker until you apply Goo Gone.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on October 21, 2008, 11:06:07 PM
cick]\

fuck you tyour fingers are in my brain.

stopit.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 21, 2008, 11:07:40 PM
cick]\

fuck you tyour fingers are in my brain.

stopit.


 :thumbsup:

And you're all laggy. Sit still, dammit.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on October 22, 2008, 09:13:47 AM
Is there anything ether can't do?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on October 22, 2008, 10:14:57 AM
I've seen cars "wrapped" in advertising, and I think it's odd but whatever. This morning I saw a wrap advertisement for the LA Opera. It was on two trailers carrying gasoline.  :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 22, 2008, 12:28:59 PM
Quote
"My Other Ride is YOUR MAN!!"

You shoulda pulled up and said, 'OH HAI!  Yeah, he says your fat ass always satisfies the whole sales team.'
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 26, 2008, 12:14:07 PM
Zeppelin! In California!

Not that one (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/25/zeppelin.tours.ap/index.html).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on October 26, 2008, 12:26:39 PM
That's awesome!  I've always wondered why aerial tours like that aren't available.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 26, 2008, 01:05:04 PM
$495. Hmm. Don't think so. I'm saving up my pennies for Richard Branson's latest luxury liner.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on October 26, 2008, 01:08:32 PM
Zeppelins would rock up here. I'm sick of those stupid seaplanes buzzing the islands every 15 minutes. But yeah, the price tag sucks... : :thumbsdn:

Subsidized tourism: not such a bad idear...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 27, 2008, 12:57:40 PM
1)  Bumper sticker that said REPUBLICANS AGAINST McCAIN.

2)  Gas at $2.45.  And a radio report on gas station owners saying gas could be cheaper here, but it's currently so much cheaper than it had been that customers aren't comparison shopping.  As a result, there's no reason for the gas station owners (who desperately need the money, after this past summer) to try to undercut each other.  :hmm:

3)  Political newspaper The Menace, from 1916, which revolved around a theory that Woodrow Wilson had packed the upper levels of the Post Office with Catholics in order to delay the mail sent by non-Catholics.

I feel better about every conspiracy theory I ever got excited over.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 12:19:00 PM
- Had to chip ice off my windshield this morning. 

- Gas here is as low as $1.99. 

- Circuit City is declaring bankruptcy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 10, 2008, 12:32:20 PM
Voice mail from the Franchise Tax Board (State of California) acknowledging my email from Wednesday and saying it had been forwarded to the appropriate authorities. Also a suggestion that I contact the IRS as they were the arbiters of tax-exempt status and FTB followed their lead.

I tell ya, this is going to solve the state budget crisis. Show me the mownay, Mormons!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on November 10, 2008, 12:41:44 PM
What is the argument behind getting the IRS to drop the Mormons' tax-exempt status? I've heard this is one of the ways people are fighting the Prop 8 shit... I've just somehow missed the explanation how it works.

I didn't expect to see the column from that Mormon guy in the Salt Lake Tribune telling the church to lay off the gay-marriage harping and let people be; and the piles of supportive comments he got. I was reading the comments out to my husband and we were cracking up at the uniquely-Utah POV they had. Stuff like (paraphrasing) "is your wife willing to let you take on a 2nd?? haha j/k but you are so right in this matter thanks for writing this" and "The prophets were found incorrect after the fact about blood atonement and interracial marriage, how is this any different" and "it's your tithes that go to fund these campaigns so you have every right to question them on it".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 10, 2008, 12:43:40 PM
I'm totally evil, but I would love this to be the first strike in taxing churches...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 10, 2008, 12:48:18 PM
as shitty as that anti-gay harping is, i don't think the gubment should be strong-arming a religious group to change their stance on anything. the solution is educating the public (voters) not reducing our tactics to someone else's (mor(m)an's) level. that's just as bad.

i mean, if that's what the idea behind that is, that is. BTW a mor(m)an gave me some literatu... i mean some litter that i promptly chucked in the trash yesterday. and also BTW my great granny and some of her clan converted to mormanism back in the 50's for some reason. go figure.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 10, 2008, 12:48:53 PM
There was a mouse in my recycle bin at work this morning.  Me and a coworker set it free outside.  It immediately ran back towards the building.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 10, 2008, 12:49:51 PM
They're not trying to get anyone to change their stance.  It's the LDS church who's saying that they would somehow be forced to marry gays.  As if any church is forced to marry anybody.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 10, 2008, 12:50:20 PM
I'm totally evil, but I would love this to be the first strike in taxing churches...

yeah, as much as i understand what you're saying, it's still turning to the dark side, imho.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 10, 2008, 12:51:22 PM
They're not trying to get anyone to change their stance.  It's the LDS church who's saying that they would somehow be forced to marry gays.  As if any church is forced to marry anybody.

oh. well that's just... silly.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 12:55:11 PM
The anti-gay-marriage people have made a lot of strange claims, usually along 'slippery slope' (:knotty:) lines.  You may remember that GOP congresscritter (from NM?) a year or two ago that said that if we legalized gay marriages, we'd also have to legalize the marriage of a man to a tortoise.

Kind of a strange example to pick out of the air, there, Mr Hopeful But Doesn't Want To Admit It.

But, yeah, they said the same stuff about interracial marriages -- at a time when the same people were A-OK with a 50-year-old marrying a 14-year-old by arrangement with the parents.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 10, 2008, 12:58:37 PM
Read 501(c)(3) (http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode26/usc_sec_26_00000501----000-.html). They cannot keep their tax exempt status if they take any substantial action to influence legislation or elections. Period.
A letter was read in all Mormon parishes from the church's hierarchy instructing the faithful in how they should vote. This is undisputed.

Such action was not taken by, for example, the Catholic dioceses of California, although obviously some individual churches took it upon themselves.  

If the Mormons get away with this it opens up the possibility of Salt Lake (or the Vatican, for that matter) dictating the results of local elections anywhere they have a substantial part of the population.

I can't imagine how this is okay with anyone. ANYONE. I want religious organizations to be tax-exempt and out of politics.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 10, 2008, 01:02:12 PM
There's been too many blurrings of the Church/State line and it's escalating. The minute any religious order tries to influence federal/state matters - be they voting, school boards/curriculum, bylaws, whatever - is the minute they need to start paying taxes for partaking in federal/state business.

Yes, this includes the Jedis too.

Alaska can stay the fuck home.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 10, 2008, 01:02:41 PM
PZ (I know how you love him, Z) posted this yesterday:

People are trying to do something, and one thought is to try and revoke the Mormon church's tax exempt status. Ah, sweet dream. I'd dearly love to see Obama repair the damage to our economy by revoking religious tax exemptions across the board, and refill our treasury with loot from the theological con artists. Alas, I'm at an Americans United meeting, and the place is crawling with lawyers and experts on separation of church and state issues, and I asked Barry Lynn directly what kind of legal recourse we had, and he regretfully pointed out that what the Mormon church did was entirely legal. It was ethically repugnant, of course, but complaining to the IRS is likely to net you doodly-squat in this case.

Eh.  We'll see.  I'm sure Rev. Lynn knows more about this than I do, but I can irrationally hope.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 01:04:57 PM
The LDS hates, hates, hates bad publicity.  That might be a better lever than the IRS, but what the hell -- try both.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 10, 2008, 01:08:07 PM
ah. yeah. concur. sry i didn't realize it was that fucked up.




Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 10, 2008, 01:08:22 PM
I don't see how you can see what they did, and read the U.S. Code, and find any way in which it was legal.
Maybe there are court precedents which invalidate the U.S. Code, in which case they can just fucking well be de-precedented.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 10, 2008, 01:12:24 PM
I'm totally evil, but I would love this to be the first strike in taxing churches...

yeah, as much as i understand what you're saying, it's still turning to the dark side, imho.

We need "the dark side," then. Religion already has way way too much power in this country. Christianity, to be specific.
Taxation would bring them back down to earth.

The minute any religious order tries to influence federal/state matters - be they voting, school boards/curriculum, bylaws, whatever - is the minute they need to start paying taxes for partaking in federal/state business.

THAT.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on November 10, 2008, 01:13:12 PM
Going back to Feffer's quote - "Ethically repugnant" and "IRS" in the same sentence, but neither term is referring to the other. Well, the world is changing, isn't it?

Weren't there some pastors that were trying to start a fight by saying something in sermons during the election? It was about something else than Prop 8 and parallels, I think (and I'm feeling too lazy to Google). It's beginning to sound like there's a desire to change the boundary definition, which doesn't surprise me.

I love that word "substantial" in the 501(c)(3) code. It's so nice and definitive. NOT. 50% of the church's income spent on an issue is substantial? 50% of the funds donated to a PAC? It's all precedent based decisions.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 10, 2008, 01:14:40 PM
well we've been ignoring the constifuckintution for so long maybe it just seems... normal to ignore the law to them. i agree with sto4tze, except for the part about the jedi.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on November 10, 2008, 01:29:59 PM
Thanks for the explanation. I don't see how it could be legal based on that.

I can't stand the "slippery slope" twisters thrown into these debates. I read something right after the election where a person that had been trying to get the anti-Prop 8 vote out, talking to people about the issue, said that a bunch of people told him that they personally had no issue with the gay marriage thing but they didn't want churches to be forced to marry gays (obvi, not legal and no one is pushing that) or "gay marriage being taught in school" (I have no idea what that means), things like that. It's the Rovian-style "keywords" tactic. Use keywords, people only retain the keywords, or something.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 10, 2008, 01:31:25 PM
We need "the dark side," then. Religion already has way way too much power in this country. Christianity, to be specific.
Taxation would bring them back down to earth.

targeting christians seems like a bad idea to me, as does a blanket policy that taxes churches, as, believe it or not, there are some people in religion and even christianity (:P) that are trying to actually do what they are supposed to do. yes, when someone does an evil political thing like the thing in question, maybe they should fire the people in charge in exchange for remaining tax exempt. that being said, religious groups and other social groups and clubs have been massaging their members (:knotty:) forever, influencing their political mindset. given, this is a pretty blatant abuse of power.

believe me, i'm no big fan of the christian right either, but i think that response/ punishment for their fucked up behaviour shouldn't trickle down to the actual good guys.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 01:40:24 PM
Slippery slope arguments can be a lot of fun.  (Deregulation = anarchy!  Inevitably!)  The Left generally just doesn't use 'em as much as the Right does.

There are a lot of rhetorical fallacies that can be fun if you reverse their normal use.  They're still wrong, but it can be kind of refreshing. 

I would love to see reporters ask GOP Senators things like 'Will you pledge to stop supporting terrorists?' :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 10, 2008, 01:56:28 PM
People, myself included, have been upset that the Christian Right has been doing this sort of thing for a while now.  But since it's almost always happened in little more than single congregations, nobody has really been able to establish a good case against them.  The problem being, where is the line between simple community organization at the local gathering place and the wielding of improper political influence by religious leadership?

Apparently the Mormon leadership have watched this increased influence being wielded by the Right, and decided they wanted to exercise their political muscle, too.  Perhaps they simply didn't understand the reasons why there has been no major backlash or perhaps they just weren't worried about one, but since they did it in such a sweeping and full-force manner, they've made themselves the perfect target for legal action to stop this sort of behavior.

I say take them down and let that serve as a warning to the rest.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 10, 2008, 02:39:55 PM
The LDS has been a major lobby for decades, as have a lot of other Rightish religious groups.  Major religious leaders routinely tell their flocks how to vote, what to protest, who to donate money to.  And you may remember Pat Robertson actually ran for President.

It's not new, and it's not one congregation at a time.  The Pope gets in on it, too, although usually not so blatantly.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 10, 2008, 04:06:36 PM
Certainly.  I meant the money tends to be one congregation at a time.  The Mormons were well beyond what could be categorized as local community organization.  People wanted to go after the megachurches a while back because the size of their constituency made it appear they were going beyond that fuzzy invisible line as well, but nothing came of it.

Sorry for the ambiguity.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 11, 2008, 09:28:01 AM
Didn't open last night's mail until this morning.  Found letter from auto insurance idiots saying, 'Oh, yeah, um, we've decided we overcharged you by $220 for that six-month bill we just sent you last month.'

No refund check was included, however.

:hmm:

Yeah.  Citizens Insurance.  Still doing a great job, there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on November 11, 2008, 09:54:12 AM
At least curtail it to Religion on Religion like it's supposed to be.

A while back, the christian right organized a "Convert the Jews" movement (remember that?).  I remember pass a church off Lavista Road, near Toco Hills here in Atlanta, which is on the edge of one of the largest orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.  They were out waving signs and had a big one in the front basically telling their neighbors that they "killed Christ" and were going to hell if they didn't convert.

 :eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on November 11, 2008, 10:12:54 AM
They were out waving signs and had a big one in the front basically telling their neighbors that they "killed Christ" and were going to hell if they didn't convert.

 :eyeroll:

It never ceases to amaze me how Christians repeatedly fail to grasp that whole "get more flies with honey than vinegar" concept. Although, it does do a pretty good job of showing the world what a bunch of intolerant morons they are, so I guess we should all be glad of it. Imagine how scary they would be if they were actually smart.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 11, 2008, 02:20:12 PM
Anyway, it was the Romans who killed Christ.  Plus, he wanted to die.  It was his plan, and all.  People are idiots.  If they were Christians and thought the Jews killed him, they should logically be thanking them.

In the news today:  LDS still baptizing Holocaust victims despite promises to knock it off.  Jews still angry about it.  So, you see, you can be converted to Christianity (well, sort-of Christianity) after you're dead, anyway.

I liked the AP's cautious explanation that the Mormons believe families are "reunited" after death, but only if they're baptized into the LDS.  This is true, I suppose, in much the same sense that 19th-century slave families from Africa would be "reunited", but only after a trip on a slave ship to the New World.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 13, 2008, 05:58:12 PM
BBC Headline today: Hordes greet Warcraft expansion


B B C. Egads

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 13, 2008, 06:13:25 PM
That's quality journalism.

Punk took today and tomorrow off from work. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 13, 2008, 06:17:27 PM
That's quality journalism.

Punk took today and tomorrow off from work. 

Nonsense. This is his job.

Well. Sort of.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 13, 2008, 06:21:46 PM
The Hordes may be disappointed.

(http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/fail-owned-wow-substitution-fail.jpg)


(http://failblog.org/2008/09/20/substitution-fail/ (http://failblog.org/2008/09/20/substitution-fail/))
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 13, 2008, 06:30:10 PM
Wow. This looks like this may be the end of the world...

...of Warcraft...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 13, 2008, 07:03:32 PM
Har. I'm halfway to 71 already. Northrend is a trip.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 13, 2008, 07:24:33 PM
Oh, starting at 70.  Geeeez.  Punk has been talking about his Death Knight and people who are already to 64.  He's only at 58.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 13, 2008, 07:31:30 PM
This is Lich King, right?  I haven't been keeping up.  In fact, I haven't played since before Burning Crusade so I've never even had a 61 yet.  I feel so left out. 

But if I got back into it I'd be hopelessly sucked in and dead to the world for a couple months.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 13, 2008, 07:59:10 PM
Yep.  I got out a year or so ago.  Punk bugs me to get back in all the time.  But come on, we can't always rely on the dog to raise our daughter.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on November 13, 2008, 08:14:19 PM
Hahaha.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 13, 2008, 09:08:56 PM
 :rollin:

Hackess and a friend of mine are on Whisperwind. I'll probably roll a DK on there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 14, 2008, 12:13:13 AM
I'm going to try NeverWinter Nights one of these days.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 14, 2008, 01:30:20 AM
Friend's house, on TV!

on fire.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on November 14, 2008, 04:52:55 AM
A friend of mine I was chatting with earlier got cut off and I have been able to reach her... she lives in Ventura, but I think she has family up that way by the fire.  :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 14, 2008, 09:47:40 AM
Up side is a really awesome sunrise :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 14, 2008, 12:09:34 PM
Fire Season? I dunno how y'all do it. I get antsy when there's 'nadoes at large. At least those can be hidden from. Well, unless they're the Costco-sized ones.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 14, 2008, 12:49:41 PM
A friend of mine I was chatting with earlier got cut off and I have been able to reach her... she lives in Ventura, but I think she has family up that way by the fire.  :(

Cell networks are overwhelmed, when city power is out. This happened during the Gap fire too: the fire took out enough cell towers T-mobile stopped working as well.

Fire Season? I dunno how y'all do it. I get antsy when there's 'nadoes at large. At least those can be hidden from. Well, unless they're the Costco-sized ones.

Never buy tornadoes at Costco. That's exactly the example of something Costco sells that's not at a discount (though most everything else is). It's how they recover their margin, fooling people into buying stuff that's not actually cheaper than they can get in normal sizes. And besides, what the hell can you do with 24 tornadoes, even if they're individually wrapped? That'll fill your whole garage.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 14, 2008, 01:00:13 PM
I love their fun-size tornadoes...

Mmmm...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 14, 2008, 01:44:33 PM
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Fire Season?

Rabbit Season!

Fire Season!  Duck!

:hmm:  Actually, it makes just as much sense that way.


Quote
And besides, what the hell can you do with 24 tornadoes, even if they're individually wrapped?

I'd rather not answer that question and tip my hand.


Incidentally, have you ever seen test footage of a vortex cannon?  During WWII, they tried big fireball-style one they were hoping would tear aircraft right out of the air -- turns out it's hard to build one that will reach a couple of miles up into the air, but someone (I can't even remember which side it was, now) did a hilarious test where they fired it at a spare woodsy cabin they had lying around.

VOOM
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on November 14, 2008, 02:13:56 PM
It's Him punishing SoCal for voting yes on 8.  Ramen!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 14, 2008, 02:41:44 PM
He has passed judgment and sent his spicy Arrabiata sauce for retribution.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on November 14, 2008, 02:45:34 PM
Just wait for the hailstones the size of meatballs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 14, 2008, 02:47:55 PM
Wait. I thought the prophecy said meatballs the size of hailstones.

:harumph:

(http://www.whatscooking.info/images/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on November 14, 2008, 03:53:37 PM
Don't get your pannetinis in a bunch.  I always get that one wrong.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 14, 2008, 04:10:09 PM
Keep in mind that meatballs could be any size. Hailstones have a range...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on November 14, 2008, 04:16:33 PM
http://www.eyewitnessnewstv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8442826

Please lord, send down the pasta first so that global warming will cook it al dente.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 14, 2008, 04:25:40 PM
God, I love Rhode Island.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 14, 2008, 04:39:36 PM
I'd love it if it were actually an island...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 14, 2008, 05:55:01 PM
I got into an threeway conversation (atheist/agnostic/christian) the other day, and as per usual, when I said that I'm pretty goddamn certain there is no god, I got the usual dismissal, "Anyone who says they're absolutely certain of anything is showing their ignorance, therefore I don't have to listen to them (i.e. you)." 

Usually, I go with the celestial teapot response to negate this, but on a whim, this time I went with the FSM.  And I got a bit creative, "...and not only is there this almighty FSM that nobody can sense in any way, but he sent down a meatball to earth.  His only begotten meatball.  And the meatball began to preach of the dangers of carbohydrates when some Romans didn't like the implications to their pasta-based lifestyle, and ate him.  That is why so few have heard of the FSM today.  His ministrone was cut short."  And of course then I went on to do the usual, "How certain are you that the FSM doesn't exist?  Blah, blah."

I can't remember it exactly of course.  Those are the highlights, though.  It worked much better than the teapot.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 14, 2008, 05:57:09 PM
Yeah, we're Americans.  We don't drink our tea from teapots.  We get it from the fountain, pre-sweetened, like God intended!

Pasta, though...  We like that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 14, 2008, 06:10:36 PM
Yeah, we're Americans.  We don't drink our tea from teapots. 

Sorry. Thought I was posting in a Frak thread...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 14, 2008, 06:14:27 PM
<elitism>

Definitely sticking with FSM from now on.  I've kinda avoided using it because I don't think just anyone deserves to be in that club.  It's an in-joke and should remain so.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on November 14, 2008, 06:20:48 PM
http://www.eyewitnessnewstv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8442826

Please lord, send down the pasta first so that global warming will cook it al dente.

What, no photo? What kind of lazy ass story is that?

Oh wait it's a TV station.  :P
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on November 15, 2008, 09:22:12 AM
Yeah, we're Americans.  We don't drink our tea from teapots.  We get it from the fountain, pre-sweetened, like God intended!

Pasta, though...  We like that.

i beg to differ. i love teapots. infact i often have one in class.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 15, 2008, 11:31:51 AM
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"Anyone who says they're absolutely certain of anything is showing their ignorance, therefore I don't have to listen to them (i.e. you)."

Next time, say 'Are you sure about that?'


There are lots of good lines when people are being annoying about your beliefs.  You can do the 'there's equal evidence for werewolves' bit, or the 'You dismiss every religious book except one.  I only dismiss one more book than you do.' bit.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 15, 2008, 01:21:56 PM
(http://media.tumblr.com/I1O4Y4bWTgc26jpzMQTLmJgao1_500.jpg)

I started boiling water for tea. Over an hour ago. Just because you aren’t aware of the muscle relaxers messing with your mind doesn’t mean they aren’t!

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 15, 2008, 02:19:33 PM
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"Anyone who says they're absolutely certain of anything is showing their ignorance, therefore I don't have to listen to them (i.e. you)."

Next time, say 'Are you sure about that?'


There are lots of good lines when people are being annoying about your beliefs.  You can do the 'there's equal evidence for werewolves' bit, or the 'You dismiss every religious book except one.  I only dismiss one more book than you do.' bit.

Oh, I know.  Essentially the rebuttal is, "I was generalizing, of course.  There are degrees of certainty, and my saying I'm certain means I'm of such a high degree of certainty that I'm willing to jump to phrasing it as an absolute.  Attacking the language I choose to place my meaning in does not make my meaning any less valid.  You know what I'm saying, quit being petty and let's really discuss it."  But that one isn't nearly as much fun as the FSM one, which also digs at the heart of Christianity at the same time as showing them why I'm so certain.

And I couldn't use the 'dismiss every religious book except one' line here, because I use it later only as 'killed every god but one.'  I've never used the 'werewolves' line, though.  Maybe I will if I can remember it at a useful time.

Overall, I find the hardest argument to counter is, "If there is no God, why do all human cultures have spiritual beliefs?"  Which I have responses for, but nothing really convincing to believers.  Logically, that argument doesn't mean shit, but try telling that to them.

The second hardest is, "If there is no God, why do I feel love like I do?"  Which is easier in that I can explain this one had me an agnostic for a while.  So from a personal perspective I can draw them in, but ultimately my discount of the argument is simply that science suggests it's just a biochemical reaction useful in reproduction and group safety.  But again, they don't really want to completely hear that and it doesn't work.

Anybody wanna make some suggestions on those two?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 15, 2008, 03:01:33 PM
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Overall, I find the hardest argument to counter is, "If there is no God, why do all human cultures have spiritual beliefs?"

All human cultures have recurring issues with incest, too, but that doesn't make incest a good idea.  Just because something's prevalent doesn't make it right.  All human cultures believe in magic (the witchcraft / sorceror kind), and lots of people believe in Santa Claus.  I can't think of a current human culture that doesn't have a tradition of geocentrism, or the superiority of men over women, or racism, or fear of the dark. 

Big whoop.  If popularity were truth, then, as they say, the Chinese would be right about everything.


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The second hardest is, "If there is no God, why do I feel love like I do?"

This is not a position of logic.  It's just as logical to change "love", there, to "gas pains" -- or anything else.  There is zero rational reason to attribute love to supernatural powers, and no better reason to attribute love to them than to attribute anything else to them.

Lots of animals, especially mammals, demonstrate what seems to be love.  Oddly enough, among mammals especially, the longer it takes for their offspring to reach adulthood, the more pronounced this love-related behavior is.  Elephants and chimps are obsessed with their children, compared to rabbits.  Human offspring take even longer to reach adulthood.  This requires dedicated oversight from adults.  Adult pairs and closely-knitted groups do better at child-raising than single adults do.  Love is the evolutionary result.

Other excuses for love are easy to posit, but it's perfectly easy to explain from a darwinian point of view.  That doesn't make it any less grand.  We like what we like, we feel what we feel, and we think what we think.  Our powerful brains let us influence that when we want, within the compass of our will and judgment, but love's still love.  Math can coldly describe the grace of a friggin' rose, but that doesn't make it less lovely.

There's no way to rationally exclude God from it (or werewolves or leprechauns, either), but there's no way to rationally require God, either.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 15, 2008, 03:22:02 PM
Mind you, I'm not saying there is or isn't a God, or that it's good or bad to believe in a God.  This is really about the debate, not the reality.  The reality is personal, but the debate tends to get interpersonal.  I never argue about this kind of thing with anyone who doesn't want to argue about it.


Traditionally, there are three 'proofs' (ie, logical arguments) for God's existence, in Western culture.  I always forget at least one of them at any given time, but the internet is helpful.  None of them really holds any water, but it's good to be familiar with them if you're going to get into debates.

- Teleological argument:  The universe is too complex to have occurred with intelligent design.  Or, 'The Creation begs a Creator.'

The basic problem with this is that it's entirely subjective.  It relies on the observer being sufficiently impressed by a personal experience of the universe, a question of perspective.  If I had a really weird twisty structure of multicolored rock in my backyard, people would assume someone made it and that it was a funky piece of modern sculpture.  Put the same object in the desert in Utah, and there are zillions of them that occur naturally.  Find a stopwatch on the side of the road, and, sure, you tend to assume it's a manufactured item, but every day we see things that are far more complex that we assume are naturally occurring -- like blades of grass.

Mathematicians and physicists will tell you they can prove that the universe could occur entirely by chance (or, more strictly, from a first chance followed by a system of chances).  Mathematicians, in point of fact, have proven logically that some propositions which are true are true for no reason -- that is, from a human standpoint, based on reality as we can define it even in the abstract, they cannot be the direct result of intelligent design.  (A truly omnipotent God can certainly sidestep this, however.)

Theologians usually use an appeal to emotion to argue that the universe is too amazing to have arisen without a guiding hand.  That's not a rational argument.  In a rational debate, it doesn't win.  In any case, it only argues for intelligent meddling; the meddler certainly would not have to be God.


- Cosmological argument:  Everything results from a cause, and therefore, if you go back far enough, there must be a First Cause, which must be God.

There are several problems with this rather medieval argument.  One is that we now know that most events (although the vast majority of events, after all, are too small and brief for us to experience them directly) occur for no cause.  Another is that science has posited all kinds of First Causes that don't require God.  Einstein also pointed out that if you haven't got space-time yet, you haven't any 'firstness' because there isn't any time. 

But, beyond that, there's no reason why the First Cause, even if it's supernatural, has to be God, per se.  Even if you believe the universe must have been set in motion by a supernatural agent, you can't, from that, make an assumption that you know who or what that agent was.


- Ontological argument:  God is greater than anything that can be imagined.  Something that exists is greater than something that doesn't exist.  Therefore, God must exist.

Probably the weakest of the three, this one falls down right from its premise that God's nature is necessarily outside of our imagination.  You can hardly use rationality to prove the existence of something whose nature is so irrational.  But, in any case, this argument can be used to equally argue the existence of all manner of sufficiently fabulous things.  It is, in practice, like imagining something that you imagine exists, and then, if it doesn't exist, arguing that you didn't imagine it.  But it's a rhetorical flourish -- you can always use the phrase 'even greater than that' to endlessly up the ante.


There are lots of variations on these.  The one I hear the most is the 'argument from beauty', which basically says that the universe is unnecessarily pleasant (ie, the fall colors are so pretty, and they don't need to be), ergo there must be a benevolent God who made things pleasing to us.  In which case, um, the universe is so unnecessarily unpleasant, ergo, God must really hate us.  Or flip the coin -- we find the universe pleasing because the alternative would be too horrible, and we'd've all killed ourselves a long time ago.

If you want to turn the debate into a fight, you can often just say, 'Why are you so determined to prove something that's just a matter of faith?'  But be prepared for ugly defensiveness.  I don't recommend it.  In fact, generally, I recommend you just say, 'Yes, that's very interesting!' and change the subject.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 17, 2008, 02:28:04 PM
Sorry I didn't get back to this until today, Axe.  I hardly think anybody I'm going to get into an argument with is going to trot out any ancient theological philosophy to support their beliefs (unless perhaps the off chance it's a priest), but those arguments seem weak enough I could handle logically.  Thanks for the heads up, though.



All human cultures have recurring issues with incest, too, but that doesn't make incest a good idea.

:lol:  I like that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 17, 2008, 02:43:19 PM
Well, they aren't going to CALL it the "teleological argument", but they'll certainly argue it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 17, 2008, 03:03:20 PM
What you need to do is tell them to stop talking and then get Axe on the phone. Grab yourself some popcorn and watch the hilarity ensue.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 17, 2008, 03:20:58 PM
I dunno man, your "arguments" seem to make a lot of assumptions...

The simplest answer is that God does not exist.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 17, 2008, 03:46:47 PM
I realize my almost setting the house on fire doesn't have the far-reaching ramifications of the question of God's existence...or is it just that none of you find is that surprising that I'd forget a pot of boiling water?   ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on November 17, 2008, 03:58:01 PM
The SOCRATIC APPROACH is most successful when confronting the
ignorant.  The "socratic approach" is what you call starting an argument by
asking questions.  You approach the innocent and simply ask "Did you know
that God's name is ERIS, and that He is a girl?"  If he should answer "Yes."
then he probably is a fellow Erisian and so you can forget it.  If he says
"No." then quickly proceed to:
       
THE BLIND ASSERTION and say "Well, He Is a girl, and His name is
ERIS!"  Shrewedly observe if the subject is convinced.  If he is, swear him
into the Legion of Dynamic Discord before he changes his mind.  If he does
not appear convinced, then proceed to:
       
THE FAITH BIT:  "But you must have Faith!  All is lost without
Faith!  I sure feel sorry for you if you don't have Faith."  And then add:
       
THE ARGUMENT BY FEAR and in an ominous voice ask "Do you know what
happens to those who deny Goddess?"  If he hesitates, don't tell him that he
will surely be reincarnated as a precious Mao Button and distributed to the
poor in the Region of Thud (which would be a mean thing to say), just shake
your head sadly and, while wiping a tear from your eye, go to:
       
THE FIRST CLAUSE PLOY wherein you point to all of the discord and
confusion in the world and exclaim "Well who the hell do you think did all
of this, wise guy?"  If he says, "Nobody, just impersonal forces." then
quickly respond with:
       
THE ARGUMENT BY SEMANTICAL GYMNASTICS and say that he is absolutely
right, and that those impersonal forces are female and that Her name is
ERIS.  If he, wonder of wonders, still remains obstinate, then finally
resort to:
       
THE FIGURATIVE SYMBOLISM DODGE and confide that sophisticated people
like himself recognize that Eris is a Figurative Symbol for an Ineffable
Metaphysical Reality and that The Erisian Movement is really more like a
poem than like a science and that he is liable to be turned into a Precious
Mao Button and Distributed to The Poor in The Region of Thud if he does not
get hip.  Then put him on your mailing list.


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 17, 2008, 04:11:54 PM
The perfect symbol of Christmas!  The flaming cross (https://store.afa.net/pc-10000310-11-christmas-cross.aspx), courtesy of the American Family Association.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 17, 2008, 04:16:22 PM
O-KKK....
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 17, 2008, 05:43:44 PM
Well, they aren't going to CALL it the "teleological argument", but they'll certainly argue it.

True, but as I said, it's weak, and as Axe said, it's irrational.  The problem, as I see it, is not so much that creation begs a creator, but that time begs a beginning and an end.  I can easily argue to any reasonable person that just because we don't know what was before the Big Bang, doesn't mean it was a God that set it in motion.  And they'll concede, but then say, "God came before whatever came before the Big Bang."  People insist there was a beginning and at that beginning there was already God. 

The same thing will happen if you say, "Well then who created God?"  Which will garner, "No. No. Nobody created God. God is God."  An utterly infuriating argument, but ultimately meaning, part of God's nature is that he's timeless.  The purpose of God it would seem, to many rational people, is to have something that stops the ongoing nature of cause-effect theoretics.  And being trapped as we are (or at least appear to be) in time, it seems we have a really difficult time (heh) getting beyond the concept of a birth.

Reasonable people might just acknowledge this.  But those that can actually feel Jesus in their hearts probably won't.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 17, 2008, 05:52:07 PM
Wait, are you saying the argument is weak or that Axe's rebuttal is weak?  Obviously the argument is illogical.  Axe's rebuttals to the teleological and the cosmological arguments combined seem to cover everything that you've just said.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 17, 2008, 05:53:22 PM
Or are you actually agreeing with Axe?  I thought you were arguing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 17, 2008, 06:07:12 PM
Agreeing.  I have no problems with what Axe said.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 17, 2008, 06:09:09 PM
Never mind, then!   :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on November 17, 2008, 06:20:12 PM
:smooch: OK.

I was actually kinda hoping to hear your responses to these when I wrote them, FeffAxe covered 'em pretty good, but I'd still like to hear your thoughts.

Overall, I find the hardest argument to counter is, "If there is no God, why do all human cultures have spiritual beliefs?"  Which I have responses for, but nothing really convincing to believers.  Logically, that argument doesn't mean shit, but try telling that to them.

The second hardest is, "If there is no God, why do I feel love like I do?"  Which is easier in that I can explain this one had me an agnostic for a while.  So from a personal perspective I can draw them in, but ultimately my discount of the argument is simply that science suggests it's just a biochemical reaction useful in reproduction and group safety.  But again, they don't really want to completely hear that and it doesn't work.

That second one kills me.  How do you convince someone that what they feel isn't what they think they feel?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 17, 2008, 06:45:56 PM
I'll have to type up my thoughts when I'm not supposed to be working.  Axe did do a pretty good job, though. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 18, 2008, 09:59:12 AM
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I hardly think anybody I'm going to get into an argument with is going to trot out any ancient theological philosophy to support their beliefs

Try a better class of bar.



I wasn't exactly ignoring the water-boiled-and-gone issue.  I just couldn't think of anything too useful to say.  (I know, I know -- never stopped me before.)  I'm prone to doing that kind of thing, myself.  I am WAY too easily distracted and kind of lousy with the short-term memory.  I eagerly await the day of the good personal robot assistants the size of cell phones.  Nowadays, I use an electric kettle (er, for boiling water, not as a personal robot assistant), which turns itself off when the water boils.

Years ago, long before she moved to Hawaii, a young woman and I put a kettle on to make cocoa one winter day, and then got distracted, and eventually discovered the kettle empty and bright orange, despite having previously been black.  At which point I turned the burner off . . . .  And you might think that would have learned me real good, but I've done it again since then, and hence the electric kettle.  Last time I had a working stove, I bought a loud kitchen timer and always set it for like twenty minutes any time I turned the stove on.  Still, I'd often come back and turn the stove off . . . but forget to turn the timer off, and then I'd be annoyed by the timer shortly thereafter :eyeroll:

Well, maybe some of us were intended to have servants.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 18, 2008, 10:05:13 AM
A personal robot assistant would be awesome. Or even a competent minion at this point.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 18, 2008, 10:24:44 AM
So that when you say to an empty room, "Where the HELL did I leave my keys?" there's a helpful witness to say, "On top of the refrigerator."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on November 18, 2008, 06:04:09 PM
Alex the parrot has died at the age of 31. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYk-wE18BTo&feature=related)  :cry:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 20, 2008, 03:34:56 PM
My GP's referral to GYNs named...wait for it...



DICK MARVEL and HARRY JOHNSON.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on November 20, 2008, 03:36:21 PM
My GP's referral to GYNs named...wait for it...



DICK MARVEL and HARRY JOHNSON.

 :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 20, 2008, 03:37:45 PM
*wince*

oh man. See if you can get a female gyno.


Like, Virginia Coutar, M.D.

:bolt:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 20, 2008, 03:45:17 PM
My gyn in Ohio was a woman named Dr. Bonar.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 20, 2008, 04:14:11 PM
... I've heard of the urologist Dr. Glascock

chiropodist, Dr. Foote

Obstetrician, Dr. Childers!

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on November 20, 2008, 04:55:23 PM
There's a dentist in my neighborhood named Dr. Dull.

Would that be a  good thing or a bad thing?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on November 21, 2008, 09:36:45 PM
The neighbors to the south have or rent a pavilion/tent for parties (in colder weather they put up the sides, in the summer, they don't). This covers the from the back of the apartments all the way up to the garage and stretches from our common fence to the opposite fence. They'd set it up last Friday, and all day Saturday had a bounce house in back.

They're setting it up again tonight.

PARRRRR TTYYYY!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 22, 2008, 10:09:42 AM
Buncha college guys standing outside the shop wearing hoodies with aluminum foil covering the outside of their hoods.

I think the government is spying on frats, and the frats have caught on.



edit:  There's a young woman with a camcorder following them and recording it all.  Maybe it's an experimental film.  Or maybe the government has found an easier way to spy on them . . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 25, 2008, 01:13:54 PM
Gas at $1.55.

My car actually gets crappy mileage, but I never go anywhere to speak of, so I still have half a tank left over from after the repairs.  Prices better not go back up too quickly!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 25, 2008, 01:22:05 PM
$1.55?  Damn.  The lowest I've seen is $2.05.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on November 25, 2008, 01:52:06 PM
$1.43 here yesterday.
 
:trance:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on November 25, 2008, 04:50:00 PM
I hate you al... fuckit. I ride a bike.


Raining now

$2.35
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on November 25, 2008, 05:16:24 PM
$1.65
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on November 25, 2008, 11:19:04 PM
I saw $1.94!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 26, 2008, 09:31:55 AM
I saw $1.75 but paid $1.77 because I gave up before the miracle happened.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on November 26, 2008, 11:24:57 AM
Weak.  I filled up for $1.51/gal yesterday.

http://www.toledogasprices.com/

The down side is, you have to live in Toledo.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on November 26, 2008, 11:52:28 AM
Weak.  I filled up for $1.51/gal yesterday.

http://www.toledogasprices.com/

The down side is, you have to live in Toledo.

I didn't say it that time!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on November 26, 2008, 12:34:48 PM
Usually, when you use a word in a sentence, the word is in the sentence. http://dictionary.reference.com/dic?q=quiesce&search=search
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on November 27, 2008, 02:48:01 PM
Dictionaries usually suck.

I filled my gas tank at $1.439 last night.  This morning, the same station was $1.779.  My timing was . . . actually good!  I am amazed.  Also a little surprised by the jump, which I would have expected to come 24 hours earlier.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on November 27, 2008, 02:51:14 PM
That's a crazy jump!  I saw my first station at 1.99 last night.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on November 28, 2008, 10:38:09 PM
I've seen $1.73, but http://www.atlantagasprices.com/ shows $1.52 in Buford (north of Atlanta) and $1.99 downtown.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on December 01, 2008, 03:34:25 PM
GBI launching out of vandenberg this morning. just happened to be outside and caught just going up. perfect visibility today.

GBI:
http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/gbi.html (http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app4/gbi.html)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on December 01, 2008, 05:26:15 PM
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Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle

Somebody got a bonus for coining that phrase.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 14, 2008, 11:13:23 PM
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You Searched for"graver"  Corrected Keyword: graves
40  Results:     38 Products , 2 Articles
Well, that'll teach me to look for tools online.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 15, 2008, 11:40:58 AM
There are a whole hell of a lotta tools online.  Some really choice retards over in the Frak threads, I must say.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 20, 2008, 12:37:39 PM
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/medicine/la-me-good-samaritan19-2008dec19,0,6547898.story

In this season of giving to and helping others, the California Supreme Court decides that the Good Samaritan shield is too strong and makes a lace doily one instead.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 20, 2008, 01:15:46 PM
It's California, though.  If you try to save someone, and they sue you, sue them right back for hurting your feelings.




OR start wearing badass sunglasses and begin a reign of evil as the Bad Samaritan.

Either way.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 23, 2008, 12:22:58 PM
A 198Xish Dodge Caravan with paint peel with spinner hubcaps.  WTF  :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on December 23, 2008, 12:32:48 PM
The table on my deck flipped over against the railing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on December 23, 2008, 06:27:00 PM
The table on my deck flipped over against the railing.

Squirrels?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 23, 2008, 07:56:34 PM
Turkeys?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on December 24, 2008, 02:01:46 AM
The furniture fucker is out of jail and on the rampage?

(Some guy in Ohio was arrested for getting too friendly with a patio table.)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on December 24, 2008, 11:08:02 AM
furniture humpin' classic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k98bRUOb4g)
(video, NSFWish?)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on December 25, 2008, 01:55:40 AM
Ohio and some fucker related to furniture, and I was thinking they arrested the dude who sold Hisey that crib way back when...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on December 25, 2008, 11:15:15 AM
I remember that atrocity. I hope they roughed him up first. By roughed up, I mean hospitalized-for-eight-months-in-a-coma-level beating.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 27, 2008, 10:43:35 AM
All my windows were so fogged up and soaking wet that I couldn't see outside this morning.  At first, I thought my window casings were leaking, what with all the rain, but the water was all outside the glass, and then, hey, this room's the same way, and it can't be that ALL the window casings are leaking on the outside . . . .

Oh.  I should've had Bill Nye drop in to explain it to me a little faster.  My thermostat is still set at 45 F, and it's 50 F and raining outside.  My house is covered in condensation!  Retarded.

Anyway, I turned the thermostat up.  For today, anyway.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 28, 2008, 12:03:49 PM
Yeah, you need to get the water vapor out of your exhalations. Maybe calcium chloride powder? Ye olde dehumidifier?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 28, 2008, 01:00:44 PM
No, seriously -- the condensation was on the outside of my windows.  My house was colder than the outdoors.  Dryer, too, for that matter.

I'm not paying to dehumidify the whole outdoors.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on December 28, 2008, 02:05:35 PM
Cheapskate.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 28, 2008, 04:27:24 PM
Hey, if I'd gotten funding for my configurable solar reflector research, then maybe.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 28, 2008, 04:33:56 PM
Whoa I did not understand that.

I guess you have good insulation then!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on January 19, 2009, 10:27:18 PM
the SUN... :trance:

 :trance:  :trance:  :trance:

:thud:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 20, 2009, 12:33:12 AM
3 days in a row, over here at least.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 20, 2009, 01:52:05 AM
Whaaaat? It's been sunny every single time I've been up there. For like, three days, it was even schnasty hot out.

Uh, oh I spilled the beans OH SHI-

*****NO CARRIER*****
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 02, 2009, 06:31:52 PM
The Ringling Bros. train. I'm glad I wasn't trying to cross the tracks. I just looked it up, and it's about a mile long - 60 cars. And it was moving pretty damn slow too.

It was kind of neat, until during my search I ran across all the stories about the animals being mistreated on the train. Took the fun out of it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 02, 2009, 08:07:25 PM
Teh Big Circus is also Teh Effing Crazy.  I have a certain nostalgic fondness for the circus, and a greater fondness for an idealized concept of a circus, but a certain big circus (which I'm told is prone to lawsuits against people who say bad things specifically about them) has done a lot of crazy things to silence critics, including hiring shady 'private investigators' to frame critics for various things.  Tip of the iceberg.

Really, fixing the animal welfare problems, etc, would've most likely been easier and cheaper, but you know how some insular traditional societies can be the moment anyone criticizes them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on February 02, 2009, 09:06:08 PM
Don't get Nex started.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 18, 2009, 07:12:55 PM
I was walking into Target, not really looking where I was going because there was a tornado warning in effect, and I was looking up at the ominous clouds as I was walking, when I heard a commotion in front of me - a shoplifter was being tackled about two feet in front of me as he was exiting the store. Nice tackle too. I didn't realize they were allowed to get that violent with shoplifters.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 18, 2009, 11:25:13 PM
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I didn't realize they were allowed to get that violent with shoplifters.

They probably aren't, strictly speaking.  Larger (corporate) stores usually have a policy that shoplifters can be followed, etc, but not confronted until they're in the parking lot.  And tackling is usually left to the cops -- vaguely threateningly detaining (like standing in the way and looking serious) is normally store-cop maximum for those big chains. 

Private owners take shoplifting really personally.  Big chains don't want to get sued for $50k over $500 worth of merchandise.  Still, people get overzealous, and it's not so hard to imagine.

We're having a bit of an ongoing shoplifting problem at one of our shops at the moment, in fact, but I remember having to deal with shoplifters back when I worked at a department store in high school.  Some were OK, and some were vicious rat bastards.  You know how it is.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 19, 2009, 06:26:53 AM
Yes I do  :innocent:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 19, 2009, 03:20:14 PM
An email appearing in my inbox dated 1/27/2009.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 19, 2009, 06:19:45 PM
Otter with a video camera (http://www.mercurynews.com/topstories/ci_11739943).

They're watching. They're making plans.

Only see the one eye on this one, you know. Yep. Mutant sea otters.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 19, 2009, 06:27:04 PM
WOW




I like that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: BizB on February 19, 2009, 06:58:05 PM
free dunkin' donuts coffee
https://dunkinathome.safeprocessing.com/

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 20, 2009, 09:34:17 AM
free dunkin' donuts coffee
https://dunkinathome.safeprocessing.com/



You can have free DD coffee all you want.  Just come to my house.   ;)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 25, 2009, 06:10:32 PM
A fish with a transparent head. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090224-fish-video-vin.html) (video)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on February 25, 2009, 06:42:25 PM
A fish with a transparent head. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090224-fish-video-vin.html) (video)

That looked like cgi.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on February 25, 2009, 06:55:48 PM
I do not care for those eyes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 25, 2009, 11:05:35 PM
I have a funny story about that. Uh. Elsewhere
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 26, 2009, 11:06:25 AM
There are lots of fishy things that have 'ears' that are much weirder than those eyes, but, uh, it's less obvious.  Especially to a camera.

I kept wondering if the lights on that ROV were blinding that poor fish . . . .

Anyway, deep-sea life is one of those groups of biota that are sufficiently removed from our own habitats that they're decent models for alien life.  Because they're damned weird.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 26, 2009, 01:06:51 PM
The New York Times gets bitchy. (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/opinion/26collins.html)

Not that I disagree with them:

Quote
How is it that the stars of the Republican austerity movement come from the states that suck up the most federal money? Taxpayers in New York send way more to Washington than they get back so more can go to places like Alaska and Louisiana. Which is fine, as long as we don’t have to hear their governors bragging about how the folks who elected them want to keep their tax money to themselves. Of course they do! That’s because they’re living off ours.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 27, 2009, 02:59:32 PM
Gail Collins has been effing awesome lately. Didn't we discuss this column (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/21/opinion/21collins.html) in here recently? ZOMBIE BANKS, ZOMG RUN!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 27, 2009, 05:24:33 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 27, 2009, 07:35:55 PM
The thing about Sweden, in there, cracked me up because . . . in polls, Americans frequently name Sweden as a country that's decadent and bound to go down the tubes in a commie / hippie kinda way.  Yet futurists have, for like forty years now, consistently referred to Sweden as probably the single most prominent bellwether society for the US.  Whatever Sweden does, futurists often insist we'll do the same thing in ten or twelve years, whether it's a popular idea or not.

I think futurists just like Sweden. 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 27, 2009, 07:40:28 PM
CNN headline today:  How to get toned arms like Michelle Obama's.

Unless it says something like 'date a physically fit black woman', I don't think that article can cover that check.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on March 01, 2009, 08:23:46 AM
BASED ON THE CURRENT STORM TRACK...6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW CAN BE
EXPECTED ALONG THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR...UPWARDS OF A FOOT
WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG THE CHESAPEAKE BAY NEAR AND SOUTH OF
ANNAPOLIS...4 TO 6 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS THE WESTERN
SUBURBS.

GUSTY WINDS WILL ALSO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY.
THE LOW WILL TRACK NORTHEAST OF THE AREA MONDAY...BRINGING AN END
TO THE PRECIPITATION BY MIDDAY MONDAY.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on March 01, 2009, 10:51:39 AM
Oh dear. Sounds like a SNOW DAY!!!!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on March 01, 2009, 12:02:01 PM
Good thing I bought toilet paper last week.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on March 01, 2009, 01:04:55 PM
Quote
THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

The deuce you say!

That sounds like a dare.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on March 01, 2009, 01:15:30 PM
Yeah, but it's having milk that changes the green "operating status" symbol to yellow or red.

Go get a couple of gallons...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on March 01, 2009, 01:33:43 PM
It's been snowing here for 2.5 hours non-stop. Thundersnow too. First time I've ever heard thunder during a snowstorm. It's not even freezing here - it's like 37 degrees. Yesterday it was almost 70. The roads look like they're going to be a real mess in the morning if things continue on their current path - they're all slushy right now, and it's getting down into the 20's tonight.

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/snow-pan.jpg)

(http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q124/mo_d_/flakes.jpg)

I took that one with a flash to catch the snowflakes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on March 01, 2009, 02:38:34 PM
Quote
THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

The deuce you say!

That sounds like a dare.

I'm sure we'll be asked to take that dare when SSA opens tomorrow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on March 03, 2009, 06:45:18 PM
We've just been rainy.  Which is good since we were looking at drought.  A couple more good storms and we could be alright.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on March 14, 2009, 05:44:18 PM
This morning at like 2am I was walking on some street (I admit, I was sort of drunk and I don't know downtown Chicago very well), and I see to my right, across the street, some electrical statuettes of the holy family, um, on fire. It was small at first, but in the time we were on the phone to 911 it grew to consume the trellis or whatever that was around it. The flames got so high they were touching the tree above. We were like across the street from Wrigley so there were plenty of drunk people around (all of whom were mostly sober by now, as was I). A few people went to the house that had these statues in front of it - the fire was getting very close to the house - and were beating on the door. We waited until the fire department guys came and put out the fire before we kept on walking but man that was really surreal.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on March 14, 2009, 06:39:54 PM
Cooool. I wish you could have gotten a picture. GIS doesn't even have a picture of Holy Family on Fire.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on March 14, 2009, 07:22:54 PM
I thought about taking out my phone and getting a pic but I felt weird. What if the damage had actually gone to the house and like, hurt people or something?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on March 14, 2009, 08:14:50 PM
Then get a picture of that, too.  It's traditional!




OK, OK, you know I'm kidding.

But, basically, this story is that you were drunk and lost in Chicago at 2 AM and you saw a family of gods burst into flame?

I think you're 25% of the way to a bestseller, there.  Hunter Thompson would be jealous.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on March 16, 2009, 04:33:01 PM
So if the holy family is flaming, shouldn't prop 8 be repealed :bolt:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on March 18, 2009, 10:45:20 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 20, 2009, 07:47:20 PM
Dammit, they haven't posted it yet, but on Keith Olbermann's show today, the Worst Person in the World today is the church secretary in my town who says Satan made her embezzle $73,000.  (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20090319/NEWS01/703199921#Arlington.church.theft.blamed.on.devil.)

WHAT THE HELL is it about my town?  :uncertain:

Number 2 was the Fark headline  Woman falls through ice on Walden Pond. She was rescued after a Thoreau search (http://www.fark.com/cgi/comments.pl?IDLink=4277779)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on March 21, 2009, 09:04:23 AM
Quote
WHAT THE HELL is it about my town?

Well, apparently it's Satan.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 25, 2009, 11:51:37 AM
Animated bunny GIs fighting Taliban camels in the desert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr4QBZfjtqs&feature=player_embedded) (warning, graphic violence). Apparently this is not a joke. 

:trance:

Not surprising: It's from Japan.

I STILL SUSPECT DOGBONE INVOLVEMENT
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on March 25, 2009, 06:54:02 PM
Animated bunny GIs fighting Taliban camels in the desert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr4QBZfjtqs&feature=player_embedded) (warning, graphic violence). Apparently this is not a joke. 

:trance:

Not surprising: It's from Japan.

I STILL SUSPECT DOGBONE INVOLVEMENT

I think you're right.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on March 25, 2009, 07:26:09 PM
Heh. Apocalypse Meow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on March 28, 2009, 02:17:35 PM
I certainly didn't expect to hear Kim Deal on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me this morning.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 14, 2009, 03:53:35 PM
http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/

I'm frightened and amused by this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 14, 2009, 06:24:45 PM
http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/

I'm frightened and amused by this.

At last, a competition suitable to my talents. I WILL CONQUER.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 14, 2009, 07:36:43 PM
So long and thanks for all the... pirates? (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/14/xin_5920406141120000159014.jpg&imgrefurl=http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/14/content_11184581.htm&usg=__HKpg5aKzRq5EvcLXgVdf_fOecfU=&h=367&w=550&sz=34&hl=en&start=1&sig2=pjuOQza3GoC1bNDaHmyJCg&um=1&tbnid=aXjCUgWTvb8SFM:&tbnh=89&tbnw=133&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddolphins%2Bpirate%2Bship%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1&ei=WyvlSa2WD8T8nQfCt8CZDg)

Gotta love the spin China's state media put on this.   :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on April 14, 2009, 08:12:23 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on April 15, 2009, 05:22:47 AM
 :lol:

"Coming up at 11: Elite Squad of Pandas Attack Somalian Pirate Village!"

That's the first news story out of China to make me lol since June 5th, 1989 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tianasquare.jpg).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on April 15, 2009, 08:30:48 AM
Quote
The pirates could only lament their littleness befor the vast number of dolphins.

Foolish pirates!  When will mankind ever learn?!?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 15, 2009, 10:16:37 AM
Quote from: chief scientist
As some of you have inquired, I thought I would let you know that SIO Ship Scheduling and I are paying close attention to the pirate activities occurring off Somalia, Mombasa and the Seychelles. The safety issue is also an insurance issue. We will not be allowed to go anywhere considered 'dangerous'. A number of options are being considered including performing particular stations during daylight hours and moving portions of the track eastward. In the meantime, SIO is attempting to contact the U.S. military presence in the region to let them know our intended track. At this point, it is still believed that the I7 repeat be done safely. I will certainly let you know if that changes.

:nonplused:

Well. Now that it's an insurance issue, they're taking it seriously.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on May 23, 2009, 04:04:24 PM
(http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs004.snc1/4154_1095767808661_1660579303_211056_8284837_n.jpg)

Punk noticed this while we were out getting lunch.  Every so often I start laughing again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on May 23, 2009, 04:06:35 PM
 :shock: :lol: :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 23, 2009, 04:14:06 PM
Hah!!

FAP TROUBLE

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on May 23, 2009, 05:31:24 PM
Does that other one say SPRINK TAMP?


Man, that thing is strange even for strange.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on May 23, 2009, 05:36:40 PM
sheesh i do that all the time!

 ;) :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on May 23, 2009, 05:58:31 PM
I assaulted one of the internets with it. Don't worry, they deserved it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on May 23, 2009, 06:36:10 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on May 23, 2009, 07:00:57 PM
I like the "FAP TROUBLE" one on the bottom right. I've had situations that merited a trouble ticket before.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 24, 2009, 08:04:52 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 24, 2009, 11:57:44 AM
Audio edition:

Quote from: Atlantis
BOOM! BOOM!

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on June 03, 2009, 06:39:46 PM
My broom hangs on the wall in the garage.  I just went to pull it down and a bat fell on my head.

 :banana:

I'm using the dancing banana because that's what I looked like flailing around the garage.  I got the bat outside to where it could fly away, but I'm still a little wigged out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on June 03, 2009, 06:47:23 PM
OOOH, an ANIMAL.  I was thinking "baseball bat".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on June 03, 2009, 10:10:07 PM
A mouse with wings, yep.  I was grabbing the broom to sweep away some egg-sacked spiders' nests in the corner of my basement.

Now, if I see a snake tonight too, I'm going TO COMPLETELY LOSE IT!
 
:cry:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 04, 2009, 12:14:16 AM
OOOH, an ANIMAL.  I was thinking "baseball bat".

This.

On the up side, cookie, I saw two crows feasting on a stripey snake by the side of the road on the way to the theatre tonight, so you're probably safe.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 04, 2009, 12:17:56 AM
Oh and thing I didn't expect to see today?

My mother-in-law's luggage. Without the mother-in-law. I know what you're thinking, you're thinking EXCELLENT and I was a little, but in fact it was perplexing, disconcerting,  AAAHOLYFUCKPANIC inducing, then annoying, in that order.

She got on the train in Santa Ana to come here this morning. The train stopped at Union Station, LA on the way. She got off and went to do something (she won't say; probably score some heroin), the train left, she returned to the empty platform and probably said "Huh."

The luggage arrived here, and a couple hours later, she did.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on June 04, 2009, 12:30:06 AM
Oh and thing I didn't expect to see today?

My mother-in-law's luggage. Without the mother-in-law. I know what you're thinking, you're thinking EXCELLENT

 :rollin: i totally was thinking that

Quote
The luggage arrived here, and a couple hours later, she did.

god.... DAMMIT  :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 04, 2009, 08:58:32 AM
Wait.  How did the luggage get to your house?   :confused:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 04, 2009, 09:12:49 AM
It arrived at the station, but without Mum.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 04, 2009, 12:23:22 PM
On the way to work today, I was stuck in slow-moving traffic . . . behind a gorgeous blue Ferrari 328 GTS.

It was not running so well -- it was sputtering gasoline out the exhaust -- but even so. 

Duck, Magnum!  Duck!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 04, 2009, 12:46:43 PM
It arrived at the station, but without Mum.

But how did you know it was hers?  Did it walk itself off the train?  What am I not understanding and why do I care?   :nuts:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 04, 2009, 01:42:57 PM
Name tags on the luggage is my guess. That or there's some weird Hogwarts shit going on.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on June 04, 2009, 01:45:04 PM
Discworld shit is more like it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on June 04, 2009, 02:16:08 PM
A mouse with wings, yep.  I was grabbing the broom to sweep away some egg-sacked spiders' nests in the corner of my basement.

Now, if I see a snake tonight too, I'm going TO COMPLETELY LOSE IT!
 
:cry:


/me Dispatches the mutant sea otters to KC
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 04, 2009, 11:58:24 PM
It arrived at the station, but without Mum.

But how did you know it was hers?  Did it walk itself off the train?  What am I not understanding and why do I care?   :nuts:

Oh well, when she managed to contact a live person at the station, she told them what happened. They put her on later train and arranged to have her luggage taken off the one she had been on at our station. When we got there, a few minutes late, there were her bags sitting there with the agent and no Mom-in-law.

I didn't expect to have seen that yesterday.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on June 07, 2009, 02:19:45 PM
A Mockingbird eating dry cat food right out of the cat's feed bowl.

Ballsy bird.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 18, 2009, 09:24:26 PM
October 23: SAW VI (Lionsgate)

W.T.F.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 18, 2009, 09:42:28 PM
Torture Porn is the new black. Sad.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 18, 2009, 09:48:05 PM
I saw the first one, which was pretty decent, nice twist there at the end which surprisingly I didn't see coming, and then talked to the kids who made it after the screening, and clearly they didn't know what they were in for.

There was also much laughter at Cary Elwes' performance... no one was sure if he really was trying to be ironic or if his acting had completely gone to hell.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 19, 2009, 09:43:11 AM
Yeah, I liked the first one enough, although I didn't 100% believe it -- one bad fart would've ruined the entire plan and made for a funnier film (and I don't usually go for fart jokes, but . . . ).  I watched about ten minutes of the second one and shut it off.  :shrug:

Of course, I watched the first half hour or more of Hostel and didn't bother watching the rest.  Those characters, ugh.  I don't want to watch them do anything, not even if they're suffering.  And I didn't even bother watching Passion of the Christ.

The Torture Porn, it does nothing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on August 19, 2009, 12:35:25 PM
Still haven't seen Passion, I'm sure it's great though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on August 19, 2009, 03:54:01 PM
Passion of the Christ is the epitome of torture porn. *shudders*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: bit zero on August 21, 2009, 02:26:53 PM
The bastard love child of Millennium Force, Maverick, and Dale Earnhardt (http://intimidator305.com/).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TehPnuk on August 21, 2009, 06:15:44 PM
On the topic of things I didn't expect to see today: my bonus check for 2008. Yes, 2008. We'll get the 2009 check later this year.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 21, 2009, 06:26:24 PM
Wait, you mean 2007.  You'll get 2008 later on.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on August 21, 2009, 08:16:34 PM
The bastard love child of Millennium Force, Maverick, and Dale Earnhardt (http://intimidator305.com/).

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 03, 2009, 10:40:11 PM
Me, actually getting up the gumption to check out the Health Care Reform Rally downtown at Westlake.

The Champs:

(http://img54.imageshack.us/img54/2730/champs.jpg)

The Chumps:

(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4701/chumps.jpg)

Yes, even in a liberal city like Seattle...bonus points for their penned-up minority status.

And I took a pic of this dude because he was styling with the accordion. Turned out he was a Freeper who yelled "Mary Jo! Mary Jo! Mary Jo!" while the speaker was trying to get the crowd to chant "Ted-dy! Ted-dy! Ted-dy!" Got into a shouting match with him, felt a bit choadish for feeding the troll, should have known better.

(http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6691/freeper.jpg)

 God what a hater. He finally wandered off after people urged us not to pay attention to him.

(http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/3828/ignoreh.jpg)

Textbook example of the kind of "opposition" we've been hearing about at town hall meetings. "Did Glen Beck send you?" I asked him...

There were some amusing shenanigans, nonetheless.

(http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/8677/thecount.jpg)

I'm glad I went...:)

(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/1869/thankyouus.jpg)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 21, 2009, 12:01:46 AM
Exploding ice cubes. All five I put in my water. It was like Michael Bay infiltrated the freezer or something.

BAYSPLOSIONS! MA BA SPLOOM!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 23, 2009, 12:16:45 PM
Coyote, jogging down the bike path in front of me near Tabano Hollow. I rang my bell, it took off like a dog rocket. :galm:

Damned short-legged coyote, too. I'm thinking they're interbreeding with, what, I dunno, stray corgis? Oddest damn thing. I've seen this one before in the neighborhood and I'm absolutely sure it's a coyote not a dog, but ... damn short legs. Weird.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on September 23, 2009, 12:35:38 PM
There was a magazine in the store last night that had an article on spinning wolf hair. Coyotes are much more prevalent, but I know nothing about their fur.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 23, 2009, 12:41:04 PM
You never know...coyotes are very stealthy animals, and if you see one, it could be a sign of many...like mice.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 23, 2009, 06:23:40 PM
Hmm, I brushed a ton of hair off of Obie the other night.  I wonder how that would work.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 25, 2009, 12:41:34 PM
This thread...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: NexR on September 25, 2009, 12:41:50 PM
...Having a 1337 post count!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 25, 2009, 03:01:47 PM
Nice!

One of the neighbors mowing their lawn. It's been raining for over two days - and there is a thunderstorm coming. What the fuck is it with all the lawn fetishists here?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 25, 2009, 08:02:45 PM
:harumph:

1338, now, which sounds like a speech impediment. "Leeb?"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: whidB on September 26, 2009, 01:46:05 PM
Neighbor of teh 1337.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 26, 2009, 02:06:50 PM
:shock:

Right across the 57R337 from the 1337
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 26, 2009, 03:05:50 PM
Nice. Y'all had me going WAT and lookin out the windows.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: unclejessie on October 04, 2009, 08:02:05 PM
I was digging through the online archives for my town and ran across this ad from the early 70s.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2461/3981573347_09813bbf7c.jpg)

large
http://www.flickr.com/photos/98878405@N00/3981573347/sizes/o/

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on October 10, 2009, 09:10:22 AM
While watching my Princeton Review dvd for GRE prep I noticed somebody getting beat up in the background. I can't tell if it's just horseplay. I'm watching the dude talk about substitution for math problems and this guy is getting pushed into a wall, shoved to the ground and kicked.

W.T.F.

The background is not in focus so it's all a little fuzzy, but isn't that totally messed up????
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 10, 2009, 09:13:35 AM
While watching my Princeton Review dvd for GRE prep I noticed somebody getting beat up in the background. I can't tell if it's just horseplay. I'm watching the dude talk about substitution for math problems and this guy is getting pushed into a wall, shoved to the ground and kicked.

W.T.F.

The background is not in focus so it's all a little fuzzy, but isn't that totally messed up????

iDvd > make clip > upload to internet. It's what those exams do to your dignity and your wallet, so technically it belongs in there.  :P
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on October 10, 2009, 09:41:02 AM
I couldn't even make the thing play on my computer. Something about it being encrypted. I got it to play on my regular dvd player. The hub thinks it's staged. I tend to agree, but it was funny nonetheless.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 10, 2009, 09:44:21 AM
 :lol:  I  :love: photo bombs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: sm0k4 on October 10, 2009, 03:18:26 PM
Just got back from taking that damned test. I did pretty good on the verbal, killed the analytical writing, but I BOMBED the math section. Like 15% percentile bombed. It was brutal. I was on question 12 when I realized I had 8 seconds left to finish a total of 28. Ouch.

I'm hoping the program I'm applying to doesn't care so much about that. :bummed:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 10, 2009, 04:46:05 PM
:shamrock:, sm0k4.

Not sure this is entirely germane, but . . . it's astonishing how so much of math can become foreign with just a little gap in practice.  I used to observe this all the time, back in school, where I was amazed at how little a lot of it 'sticks'.  At the end of a semester, when we'd have a review for a final exam, even the teachers seemed to routinely expect that we would no longer be able to do the exercises we'd done two months, even a month earlier, without being shown the 'tricks' of them all over again.

I thought then, and still think, this is a problem with the curriculum and how it's taught as much as anything else.  But a lot of it is specialized and non-intuitive, and if you don't use it, you lose it.

Years ago, one of my nephews was doing pre-algebra.  Word problems that need parallel equations to solve them.  Holy crap.  I was trying to help him, and I was like "I know there's a trick to these -- and I know what the trick is -- and I still can't do these anymore."  I hadn't had to do parallel equations since the Sixth Grade, and I think I could've figured them out again if I'd spent an hour at it, but yeesh.

I had trigonometry like four or five times in school, and I couldn't do simple trig ratio schtick now to save my life.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 11, 2009, 09:07:14 PM
None of the stores around here seem to sell mechanical egg beaters.  They're easy to find online, but it's not exactly the same if you need one soon and cheap.

:thumbsdn:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: bit zero on October 12, 2009, 12:31:24 AM
Normal: people you sorta knew in high school finding you on Facebook.

Weird: finding out they've been living across the street from you for a year and a half.
(She didn't know that either.)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on October 20, 2009, 02:14:34 AM
i was watching an older episode of "robot chicken" tonight and i saw that les claypool did the music for it.

well, it's pretty much official. i'm out of everything. i should move to the mountains and live a solitary life from now on away from everything. give me a pointy stick and a piece of string. i'm done.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on November 30, 2009, 10:15:12 PM
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/christmas-hater-swipes-donation-kettle/article1382525/

I saw 'Toledo' and 'Christmas hater' and was like 'oh biz you in trouble now...'
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on December 01, 2009, 09:13:04 PM
jack black doing a commercial for mammograms.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 03, 2009, 10:18:11 PM
http://www.howstuffworks.com/podcasts/stuff-they-dont-want-you-to-know.rss

I think the Illuminati are doing well with the disinformation campaigns.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on December 07, 2009, 04:11:57 PM
This as a blurb at the top of Gmail:  Bank of America ® - www.BankofAmerica.com - Changing the Way Overdraft Fees Work. See How We're Helping.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on December 07, 2009, 07:10:12 PM
TOA says to BOA =  :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy: :gfy:

(they bought our mortgage from Countrywide)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on December 10, 2009, 12:08:23 PM
Quote
Well, this is embarrassing.

Firefox is having trouble recovering your windows and tabs.

Heh. Power went out yesterday and freaked out Firefox when I started up today. Gotta love their sense of humor.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on December 10, 2009, 12:12:27 PM
We went to a mall last night. 15 shopping days left and ... it was less crowded than usual.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 17, 2009, 10:31:15 AM
eBay trying to sell me its Quantity Manager application, which "allows sellers to improve the apparent scarcity of their fixed price listings to encourage more buying activity".

I was pretty annoyed at first, although apparently the lie it lies to buyers for you isn't as bad as I thought.  All it actually does is lie about how many of an item you have left in stock.  Well, hell, if I wanted to do that, I could do that on my own for free.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on December 17, 2009, 11:33:01 PM
I opened the back door to let the pugs out just now and a bird flew inside.  Damn, that little guy was hard to catch.

The pugs were blocking the back door and maniacally barking because they really didn't want it to escape, and when the little sparrow flew behind the stove to hide I locked the dogs up in their crates.

Then I pulled the stove away from the wall, chased the bird around the kitchen for a few laps, and it finally found its way out the back door.  It never even pooped once.  Success!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 17, 2009, 11:38:40 PM
:clap:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on December 18, 2009, 01:49:27 AM
 :detta:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 09, 2010, 09:21:03 PM
A dog food ad (over at Hulu) where the dog says that the food promotes "optimum stool" quality.

"So I'm not just a good pooper, I'm an optimum pooper."

Uh-huh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 09, 2010, 09:48:32 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 09, 2010, 09:55:45 PM
I believe the brand was Pedigree, incidentally, in case you're trying to optimize your dog's pooper.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: unclejessie on January 10, 2010, 02:59:39 PM
The voice-over guy is David Duchovny, I think.   


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 16, 2010, 11:11:45 AM
I only just learned the other day that the Lupus Meme is from House, and now they've put up a billboard along my commute to work that says "Could I Have Lupus?"

There's a government website (http://www.couldihavelupus.gov/) and everything.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 31, 2010, 07:24:09 AM
 :shock:



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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 13, 2010, 09:47:59 PM
someone emaled me this pic, not knowing that this is just minutes away from where i'm from. (hey robin, have you seen this?)

(if you get it, please explain. i still don't get it)

edit: b3-warez, contains animal carcass

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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 13, 2010, 10:04:16 PM
DEW WOT?

That is one elaborate prank. Also, gross. Explanation needs to be highlighted, in case anyone's eating ATM.

-> If that thing had been hit by a big truck, it could have exploded everywhere when they tried to move it. Points for getting lucky with that prank.   <-
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 13, 2010, 11:47:11 PM
seriously, i don't think they could troll the trolls that cleverly... could they? i really don't get it. does it mean the deer care enough about the hunters that they are not going to tempt them into the woods? so if it wasn't for obama the hunters could go and get all the hunting accident injuries their hearts desire? :shrug: i don't get it. it just seems creepy and weird.

(and i also gave a carcass warning up thar stw04r3zee.) 
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 13, 2010, 11:48:42 PM
notice the drunk drivin damaged 40mph sign... (no i didn't do it)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 14, 2010, 01:16:34 AM
Yeah, that's a lot of work for a political statement that makes almost no sense.

The best lack all conviction, but the retards are full of follow-thru.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 14, 2010, 07:24:07 AM
My guess is that some drunk/meth'd fuckers were riding around looking for somewhere to dump their shitty old couch and TV, found this spot, and then noticed a dead deer on the side of the road that got hit by a car. They staged the scene you see here, before or after having sex with the dead deer, maybe, and then went back to the trailer and got their wife or daughter to make the sign. The handwriting is too neat for one of them to have done it. They dictated to her what the sign should say, several of them shouting suggestions at once, and it ended up like this, making absolutely no sense at all. I can just imagine one of them saying, "OH YEAH... AT THE END, SIGN IT, 'SORRY, THE DEER'. BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!"

The damaged street sign was probably caused by someone trying to parse the message. Their brain locked up and they ran off the road.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 14, 2010, 09:24:57 AM
 :rollin: :rollin: :rollin:

totally. yeah i'm actually shocked (seriously) that they spelled "conscience" right. what the hell? i gotta find out more about this. hey i wonder if maybe my sister was involved in this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 14, 2010, 01:24:32 PM
seriously, i don't think they could troll the trolls that cleverly... could they? i really don't get it. does it mean the deer care enough about the hunters that they are not going to tempt them into the woods? so if it wasn't for obama the hunters could go and get all the hunting accident injuries their hearts desire? :shrug: i don't get it. it just seems creepy and weird.

(and i also gave a carcass warning up thar stw04r3zee.) 

LOL. I had an explanation of how that could go wrong. If you look two lines down at my post, right clak and all will be revealed. That's the bit I didn't want people seeing if they were eating.  :batteyes:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on February 14, 2010, 02:11:01 PM
ooooh i knew that.  :lol: i clacked just now, and yes you're right on that count. i didn't clack before because i didn't see that on my lolaptop m0an-1-t0r.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 15, 2010, 02:06:49 PM
The new puppy eats the old dog's poop whenever he can. Dooce warned me about this
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 15, 2010, 02:13:43 PM
Dr's Foster and Smith have products to correct this.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 06, 2010, 04:36:54 AM
Cougar sighted about a mile from my house. (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100306/NEWS01/703069872&news01ad=1#Cougar.reports.unnerve.some.in.north.county)

This is why kitties don't go OUT-SIDE.

And these two goofballs know exactly what the word OUT-SIDE means.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on March 06, 2010, 04:43:01 AM
Cougar sighted about a mile from my house. (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100306/NEWS01/703069872&news01ad=1#Cougar.reports.unnerve.some.in.north.county)

This is why kitties don't go OUT-SIDE.

And these two goofballs know exactly what the word OUT-SIDE means.

 :knotty: :knotty: :knotty:

gotta go to my neighborhood bar more often
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on March 06, 2010, 01:50:25 PM
Waterspout.

Yep.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on March 06, 2010, 02:06:39 PM
 :shock:

Aquanadoe!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on March 06, 2010, 02:11:40 PM
What the what?!

That shit ain't right.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 11, 2010, 11:00:32 PM
(http://www.heraldnet.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Dato=20100311&Kategori=NEWS02&Lopenr=703119772&Ref=AR&avis=DH&MaxW=625&MaxH=500)

LOS ANGELES — Conan O'Brien rolled out his 30-city Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour on Thursday, billing it as “a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence.”

Stops include April 13 in Vancouver, B.C.; April 16 in Spokane; and April 18 in Seattle.


If I could afford it, I'd so be there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on March 17, 2010, 05:02:43 PM
So many people drunk before noon.  In fact, so very, very many drunk people.

Then . . .

OH.  Right.  That's today.

:eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on March 22, 2010, 04:45:20 PM
walking out of my house today i startled some birds. one was a quail that took off on the walkway. as it went around a little curve it's feet flew out from under it and it fell over. just like a dog running on linoleum.

it's still making me laugh.

little feather on top of it's head bobbing along, no hands to put out to catch itself . . .  :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on March 22, 2010, 07:07:40 PM
 :lol:

That's awesome.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on March 22, 2010, 07:36:17 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on March 27, 2010, 07:46:12 PM
Kentucky losing this badly. What a shitshow.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on March 29, 2010, 11:09:39 AM
so, today, the birds put on another show.

pulled out of the driveway and started to go down the street. looked over to the side and saw a black bird flat out on the sidewalk. this sidewalk runs along the back side of a gated complex so there's a wall next to it behind a little bit of plants and stuff. there were about 10 birds on the wall staring down at this black bird laying on the sidewalk. i drove up to look at it and it turned out to be 2. there was one that had another pinned down on it's back. they started going at it again when i stopped to look. then they got up with the one on top chasing the other around in this weird hopping/wing flapping way. the weaker one flew off with a few of the spectators.

it was just bizarre how all the others were watching. they weren't all black birds either. a couple of doves a couple of starlings and some black birds. was it PPV UFC?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on March 29, 2010, 11:21:08 AM
Kentucky losing this badly. What a shitshow.
:hillbillydance: (http://www.animationplayhouse.com/hillbilly.gif)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on March 29, 2010, 11:34:50 AM
First rule of bird fight club, you never talk about bird fight club!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on April 08, 2010, 02:17:54 PM
Huh.  I just got a letter in the mail from General Motors that says my car is being recalled due to power steering failure.  As soon as parts become available they'll send me another letter letting me know where to get it fixed.  In the meantime, they warn not to drive the car.

:eyeroll:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on April 08, 2010, 10:45:17 PM
FUCK.  :thumbsdn:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 08, 2010, 10:53:34 PM
Just go in straight lines?

Not a good week. Not at all.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on April 08, 2010, 10:55:59 PM
so, if you drive your car and it malfunctions it's your fault because they told you not to? that's so fucked up. fuck GM, fuck their corporate jets and fuck their bailout.

anyway, i hope it gets fixed quick and never presents a problem to you.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on April 09, 2010, 10:25:12 AM
Power Steering fail != steering fail which, looking at the bright side of it, is better than your accelerator sticking. It's just lots of wheel turns on corners and such. Plus, you can drive around pretending you're at the helm of a pirate ship. Get a hat and a stuffed shoulder parrot just in case.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on April 09, 2010, 11:31:55 AM
Go for the real parrot. Give your heirs a something to deal with.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on April 09, 2010, 11:47:10 AM
Oh yeah, I'm still driving it.  They just put that warning in the letter so they don't have a mound of lawsuits like Toyota.

I'm not even going to notice not having power steering unless I'm turning at less than 15 mph.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Encino Man on April 09, 2010, 02:39:15 PM
Michigan bio-terrorist:

http://michiganmessenger.com/36600/accused-hiv-as-terrorism-suspect-rejects-plea-deal
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on April 09, 2010, 02:57:26 PM
An actual terrorist from Michigan wouldn't surprise me too much, but that dude . . . that's just a DA being a dick.  It wasn't terrorism, and, as far as the biological issue goes, at worst it was reckless endangerment -- unless they can prove the guy was trying to give the other guy AIDS, in which case it might be assault with a deadly weapon and/or attempted homicide.  But it's not terrorism.

The rationale of 'HIV-positive blood is a dangerous biological substance and therefore a bite from an HIV-positive person is biological terrorism' is too feeble to stand up in a decent court.  If the HIV dude was bleeding in the mouth (from, say, having already been punched there), then you'd almost have something, but good luck proving it was premeditated and not just a bite in the middle of a fight.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 09, 2010, 03:00:16 PM
See, another reason why antiterrorism laws suck. Bigots will use them as antiminority laws.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on April 09, 2010, 03:06:50 PM
Strewth.

Dickhead prosecutors ALWAYS try to score with the most vicious law they can possibly twist to apply to the case.

If it's scary and almost plausible, they have a better chance of getting a plea bargain 'down to' the charge they really should've applied in the first place.

If it's scary and implausible, the defendant may refuse to bargain because they figure they can't possibly be convicted of THAT.  This can play out two ways, and the 'bad' way for the prosecutor can usually be spun as 'good', with a little effort.

When the DA is up for re-election, they can claim they're super-tough on whatever based on having prosecuted all kinds of scary things, whether those scary things actually happened or not.

And, you know, those defendant people are generally criminals or riffraff, surely, so there's no harm in toying cruelly with their lives if it furthers your career.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on April 19, 2010, 02:29:41 PM
I was looking to see how common fatal overheating is in rhinos (never mind) and, um, in-jokes are weird if you're not 'in' (http://newssohot.com/rhino.html).

First thing the googles produced for "hyperthermia rhinoceros", I might add.

I imagine that looking at the rest of the site might explain it, but I'm not sure I'd be happier if it were explained.




edit:  And I didn't see a reference to Jim Carrey in there, either.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: bit zero on April 21, 2010, 10:39:59 AM
http://www.boingboing.net/features/savage.html

Almost as cool as already having tickets to see 'em live in June.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on April 21, 2010, 04:33:09 PM
Heh.  :thumbsup:  Hadn't seen that.  That's pretty good.  He doesn't come off as nearly so bright and organized on the show.  I mean, he doesn't come off as dumb, god knows, but more like a disorganized, talented goofball.  Likeable, though, certainly.


Quote
The fiction of continuity and stability that your parents have painted for you is totally necessary for a growing child.

He don't know my parents.  Still, explains.

I don't think the idea of a universe without God -- or an actual universe with God, for that matter -- is cooler.  At least, not for popular concepts of God.  But I do think it's how it is, if we're lucky.  I also think the idea of an "ordered" universe and a rigorous happenstance of a chance existence is kind of neat but not particularly accurate or useful.  Reality is known to be fuzzy.  As far as science goes, things don't enormously happen for a reason.  You can't actually reverse a process even by magic.  There's a shitload of inevitable random occurrence in there.  Science will usually and ultimately explain better than it predicts.

I also disagree with the application of Occam's Razor in matters of theology.  I think there's no rational way to talk about the simplicity of a supernatural cause.  Plus, he's slightly misusing the Razor, although most people do -- it's about what's the more useful explanation, not what's the more likely true explanation.

But I agree with most of it, and I'd jump at a chance to see him (or Jamie) speak.  Cool beans.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on April 22, 2010, 07:30:24 PM
Rain. WTF.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 03, 2010, 07:35:58 PM
Expected: Girl on bike.
Unremarkable: Wearing sponsor-logo-encrusted jersey of Mexican futból team.
Unexpected: Team sponsored by well-known Mexican bread manufacturer.

(http://12brix.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/grupo_bimbo_logo1.jpg)

:galm: :rollin: :galm:

I suppose it would have been even funnier had they been sponsored by Jack Aubrey's bankers.

To the young gentlemen: And tell your parents my bankers are Hoare's.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on May 20, 2010, 11:48:49 AM
The bag boy (actually a man in his seventies) at the store serenaded me with I'm In The Mood For Love while he was bagging my groceries.  He never took his eyes off of me the whole time.  Oddly, it was more hypnotizing than creepy.  I couldn't look away.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on May 20, 2010, 12:11:37 PM
 :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on May 20, 2010, 01:01:21 PM
Oddly, it was more hypnotizing than creepy.  I couldn't look away.


That's what you call MOJO!   :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on May 20, 2010, 01:58:45 PM
Clamnosis?   :trance:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on May 20, 2010, 02:09:31 PM
maybe he was just being informative.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on May 20, 2010, 02:22:09 PM
Clamnosis?   :trance:

dad?!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on May 20, 2010, 03:13:42 PM
Did he do an OK job of bagging the groceries?  Nowadays, that's not too high a price to pay for someone who doesn't put canned stuff on top of the bread.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on May 20, 2010, 03:20:24 PM
That was the most impressive thing!  He didn't even look down once to see what he was doing, and he did a spectacular job.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on May 20, 2010, 03:34:11 PM
 :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on May 20, 2010, 04:25:49 PM
Eggs and produce.  Right on top.

Just the way I like it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on May 20, 2010, 08:31:47 PM
Cyborg.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on May 20, 2010, 09:06:43 PM
By. Your. Command.

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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on May 21, 2010, 04:48:00 AM
The bag boy (actually a man in his seventies) at the store serenaded me with I'm In The Mood For Love while he was bagging my groceries.  He never took his eyes off of me the whole time.  Oddly, it was more hypnotizing than creepy.  I couldn't look away.



Sounds like it might have been Dino (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lnQdD7ONR8). I'd like to think he's still out there somewhere, even if he's just a singing bag boy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on June 14, 2010, 03:32:17 PM
An "esoteric language" for programming called Chef.

http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Fibonacci_sequence#Chef
http://esolangs.org/wiki/Chef
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 14, 2010, 03:49:25 PM
An "esoteric language" for programming called Chef.

http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Fibonacci_sequence#Chef
http://esolangs.org/wiki/Chef

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I get that as a plug-in for Mike? He's good with the Mac-n-Chizz and hotdogs - but that's the upper limit.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 15, 2010, 02:47:42 PM
A goatse SUV.  It was a Buick Something CX (?), which has a weird I-never-noticed-that medallion-sorta motif on the back, and they'd taken six tan I'd Rather Be bumper stickers, cut off the whatever they'd rather be, and put three on each side of the medallion-thing.  Needed one more sticker on each side, but maybe they only had six?

Alas, I don't have a dashboard camera, but there's no question it was goatse.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 15, 2010, 03:10:04 PM
Man, it's tough to find a picture of the back of that vehicle so you can get an idea.  Turns out it was a Rendezvous, but almost no one seems willing to take a picture of the back of the thing unless the hatch is open.  I guess that's when you know you've designed an ugly vehicle.

This is fairly decent, though, and at least gives the idea:



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Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 15, 2010, 04:04:11 PM
:hmm: That's clever. :D
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on June 15, 2010, 06:49:28 PM
Well, sure, if you don't mind defacing a Buick Rendezvous!  Fortunately, no one does.


edit:  When I told YT about this, he said "What's 'goatse'?"

:eyeroll:

At least my other clerks study knowyourmeme so they know their memes.  Anyway, I told him he could go look it up when he wasn't at work.

:innocent:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on June 27, 2010, 07:00:11 AM
8AM on a Sunday morning. Bleh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on July 08, 2010, 08:01:25 PM
Three more wasp nests. That's five I've killed in the last couple of weeks. Two years ago I saw one. And the one I saw before that was when I still lived in my parent's basement. We've got lots of birds in the area so maybe I've just destroyed part of the food supply.

I think they were wasps. I saw a green one on the car the other day while I was backing out of the driveway, and (after calming down realizing it was on the outside) that maybe "green hornet" wasn't just a radio show.

I haven't seen as many dead bees on the driveway as usual this year, either. They love the wife's rose bushes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 08, 2010, 09:26:02 PM
Meh on wasps.  I just noticed some flying in and out of a gap on the trim on my porch, but I'm out of sprayable poison at the moment.


What I didn't expect to see today:  Plaster bits fallen down in several places, some stuff fallen over in the living room, and more stuff fallen over in the basement.  What, was there an earthquake that I didn't notice?  I checked the basement walls for new cracks in the foundation, but I didn't find anything.  Plus, the plaster was down in the kitchen and staircase, pretty much opposite from where stuff fell over in the living room, and the stuff in the basement wasn't near any of those locations.

Must've happened at some point after lunch.  Beats the hell out of me.  Just so long as it doesn't happen again . . . whatever it was.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on July 08, 2010, 10:20:15 PM
axe, if you don't already have one, get yourself a trigger controlled MAPP or propane torch. (just don't darwin on us.)

well, i think it's more fun than just poison.

i got trapped in a tight space as a child against a wasp nest. i have issues with them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 08, 2010, 10:24:54 PM
I have a propane torch, although not a flamethrower nozzle for it . . . come to think of it, I could make one, myself, which would be amusing.  BUT.  I'm not going to use a flamethrower to remove wasps from inside the structure of my porch.  My insurance company would not be sympathetic.

This area is very frowny on the flamethrowers, though, which is why I wind up using chemicals to kill weeds.  If I had a good steam cleaner, I'd try that on both the weeds AND the wasps, but the inexpensive good steam monsters have all vanished from the market.  Liability issues, I'd imagine.  I haven't trolled eBay and Craigslist for a used one from someone with second-degree burns.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 09, 2010, 07:47:42 AM
something that works really well and acts as edutainment to boot. enlist a yeller garden spider CL$X0rx bewarez of spidaer pxi!  (http://i.pbase.com/v3/48/95248/1/48116303.GardenSpider5.jpg). when i was in cornhole, murder/ suicide valley i entertained myself for three whole days watching one of these things eat a wasp nest.

i now return you to axe talking about his gap in his trim :eek:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 09, 2010, 10:43:31 AM
Orb weaver!  I had one who set up housekeeping behind the deck. When she put her egg satchel in an unsafe place and then passed on - I whisked it off to a more secure location. They hatched this spring.  :smug: :smug: :smug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on July 09, 2010, 11:14:56 AM
Is that the same or different than a writing spider?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 09, 2010, 12:50:15 PM
Same thing. They make a big x and sit in the middle. Orb weaver's a umbrella term for them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 09, 2010, 02:43:46 PM
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I don't get many of those garden spiders around here lately. I get a lot of those big red spiders that like to put up their webs every night in places where you're likely to walk into them face first.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on July 21, 2010, 12:48:33 AM
http://clui.org/ondisplay/urbancrude/online/westside.html
I actually knew and drive by a lot of these, but it is startling to see them all put together, and realize how much drilling is going on around us.

And I'm still glad we didn't buy the house adjacent to one facility.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on July 21, 2010, 01:04:11 AM
http://www.clermontlounge.net/ (http://www.clermontlounge.net/)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 26, 2010, 03:57:46 PM
Got an email response today that read:

Quote

Thanks.
pb

Guys initials but of course I originally took it to mean something else :P
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 26, 2010, 06:04:26 PM
OK this was yesterday. Exhibit hall at Comic-Con. Huge friggin crowds. I'm waiting at a rendezvous next to the Penny-Arcade/MC Frontalot table. Standing nearby are James Bond 007 and ...


... wait for it ...

Pedobear. He and Bond seem to be some kind of team.


Up walks a cheerful-yet-utterly-out-of-place Hispanic family. The patriarch even had on the obligatory norteño cowboy hat. They have their teensy, adorable daughter pose for pictures with the big friendly bear. They move on, still cheerful.


Every nerd within viewing distance is absolutely amuseghast (I just invented this word, should be easy to figure out). I look at James Bond and mouth, "... do they even know?!?" and he mouths back "NO" with this equally shocked expression.


It was one of those ... moments.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 26, 2010, 06:43:34 PM
Very . . . foolish, Mr Bond.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on July 27, 2010, 10:54:10 PM
I definitely didn't expect to see a minifig with a tramp stamp (http://flavorwire.com/106769/strange-but-true-tattooed-legos) today.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 27, 2010, 11:18:01 PM
Wow.  Just wow.  :clap:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on July 28, 2010, 08:25:56 AM
 :love:  those!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 28, 2010, 01:19:58 PM
Kick ass.  Do they have pierced ones too?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on July 28, 2010, 06:55:16 PM
My mom gave me some pictures she had taken of my daughter, birthday ones, Natural Science Center ones and ones just from around her house.  I looked through them an something didn't seem right, then I realized the stupid photo lab dude made reverse pictures from the negatives.  ALL OF THE PICTURES ARE REVERSED.  My mom was all, "Oh, I didn't notice but at least they didn't put the date on them."  ?????

Have I told you all my mom is a little nuts?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 30, 2010, 11:22:53 AM
Perhaps this should have gone in the Dogbone probably already posted this thread (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxv6R9fUO74&playnext=1&videos=CkpsNVehROg&feature=grec_index)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 30, 2010, 01:12:37 PM
If I wasn't lactose intolerant, I might take it up again.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on July 30, 2010, 01:41:34 PM
Have you told your mother?  :bolt:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 30, 2010, 01:55:41 PM
Actually I had Defect's hairy man tits in mind.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 30, 2010, 03:29:18 PM
Saw this a long time ago. Yup, still traumatized by it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on July 30, 2010, 03:43:39 PM
Anthropologically . . . whatever.  Culturally . . . ew.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 30, 2010, 06:20:31 PM
ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

thanks mo. for that nice fucking image of you slerpin of defects hairy moobs. thanks a fuck all.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on July 30, 2010, 06:58:30 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 30, 2010, 08:37:53 PM
 :hoss:
:boobies:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 30, 2010, 08:39:21 PM
(http://knowyourmeme.com/i/000/048/957/original/megusta.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on July 30, 2010, 09:15:48 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on July 30, 2010, 09:21:38 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on July 30, 2010, 09:52:17 PM
 :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on August 02, 2010, 04:59:22 PM
IIRC :hoss: :boobies: weren't that hairy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on August 02, 2010, 05:28:05 PM
I've never had the honor of seeing them, other than in the bathtub pic, which probably isn't a fair representation of how they appear now.

I'd bet Teal Dear has a jpeg of them stashed away somewhere.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 02, 2010, 08:54:21 PM
 :lol:

Not that I know of. That said, I do have pretty much every picture posted on the internets saved somewhere.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 03, 2010, 08:20:49 PM
The mascot of the Arkansas School for the Deaf is ..... the Leopards.

Srsly. (http://www.arschoolforthedeaf.org/education/components/sectionlist/default.php?sectiondetailid=310&category=0)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 03, 2010, 11:41:33 PM
Welcome to six months ago.  :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: dogbone on August 04, 2010, 06:27:12 AM
You're mean and I hate you.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on August 04, 2010, 07:33:05 AM
what?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 04, 2010, 09:42:27 AM
 :rollin:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on August 04, 2010, 07:55:58 PM
what?

did yew say sumfin?  My hearing is kinda spotty lately.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on August 04, 2010, 11:55:53 PM
:hisey:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on August 05, 2010, 07:36:28 AM
there was quite the paws between that joke and the response.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 05, 2010, 10:08:29 AM
Men O'Pause
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 05, 2010, 10:17:00 AM
non gender-neutral nouns:

womenopause

hisnia

womanipulation

womanic depression

hisute (ok, that's pushing it)

womens sana in corpore sano

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 05, 2010, 11:54:45 AM
Quote
womens sana in corpore sano

Damn, I could've used me some of that.  I would've totally in corpore sano.  :knotty:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 05, 2010, 12:39:46 PM
Oh and:

Thing I didn't expect to see today: Michael Jordan's plane (http://www.airliners.net/photo/Gulfstream-Aerospace-G-IV/1405909/&sid=93cd68ca6696a852fccfbd0e5d2177dd). It's a small new-looking twin engine private jet (i dunno, they all look alike to me, this has winglets) with a tasteful baby Carolina blue stripe that goes up the tail, with the Nike Jordan logo in white on it.

He's here running some kind of basketblol camp. I think basketball, right? Jordan wouldn't run a baseball camp, now, would he? No.

ETA: Yep (http://www.mjflightschool.com/santabarbara.html).

ETA<sup>2</sup>: Link to plane photo added. It's a G-IV.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 05, 2010, 01:10:00 PM
Gulfstream is the new Lear.  For awhile now, but still.  Nice.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on August 05, 2010, 01:34:45 PM
Dude could have afforded a G-V
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on August 05, 2010, 07:25:39 PM
The sheer number of denim jackets and shirts with rhinestones glued on to the shoulders. THE 80's ARE DEAD AND MUST REMAIN DEAD
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 05, 2010, 08:14:39 PM
... they're baaaaaaack


:galm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on August 24, 2010, 01:38:06 AM
Shedding hair. Shedding lots of hair. NO clue why.  :(
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on August 24, 2010, 04:59:10 PM
... they're baaaaaaack


:galm:

if you are talking about them, yes...  :trance: DAMN! i always forget how young they keep on getting.

 :baby:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 24, 2010, 05:29:42 PM
I don't have the luxury of forgetting.  We see them in the summer, too, in smaller numbers but even smaller clothes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 24, 2010, 05:40:47 PM
... they're baaaaaaack


:galm:

if you are talking about them, yes...  :trance: DAMN! i always forget how young they keep on getting.

 :baby:

"That's what I love about these high school college girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on August 24, 2010, 05:46:10 PM
I don't care if they get older.  Most of them could certainly stand to.  Just so long as they don't get any younger, anyway.  I wouldn't mind staying the same age, myself.  Maybe 15 years ago.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 11, 2010, 10:05:49 AM
Guy just came in and bought a pulp reprint I didn't even know we had, two issues of The Whisperer, an 'eerie detective' series (ie, superhero before they had superpowers) about a masked vigilante who, you know, whispers.

The Whisperer's secret identity?  Police Commissioner James Gordon.  :eek:

And it's apparently from 1937, two years before Batman debuted. 

I find it weird that I've never heard of this before.  I mean, I'm not a huge comics geek, but still.  It's sort of peculiar.

The Commissioner James Gordon in Batman was allegedly a direct tribute to the Whisperer character. (http://www.radioarchives.com/The_Whisperer_s/74.htm#Whisperer)  Huh.  How 'bout that?  That write-up makes The Whisperer sound worth a look, too.  :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 12, 2010, 08:37:57 PM
My wife's car kissing a patio wall of a condo complex, enveloped in shrubbery.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 12, 2010, 09:53:46 PM
Damned car is cheating on you!  Of all the nerve!




/seriously, though, that sucks
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 12, 2010, 11:12:30 PM
Looked like a pretty vigorous kiss, there, from the pictures
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on September 13, 2010, 04:25:10 AM
This does not sound good.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 14, 2010, 09:33:55 AM
Katy Perry. Coming back to the high school she dropped out of to do a free concert for the students.

Unit 3 says he'll be holding a sign that says "Katy please go to the Homecoming Dance with me!"

There could be a nonzero chance she'll say yes. U3 is really cute.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 14, 2010, 10:04:04 AM
She's freshly married dude.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 14, 2010, 11:11:44 AM
Did they actually get married or are they still just talking about it? I'm not following that closely.

CRAP

I forgot to give him Dogbone's advice when I dropped him off.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 14, 2010, 11:37:09 AM
The deed has done been doned
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 14, 2010, 11:47:36 AM
I dunno, man, my kids are much better looking than Russell Brand. She'll be sorely tempted to commit a crime.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 14, 2010, 12:01:19 PM
"I kissed an underage boy and I liked it."
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 14, 2010, 01:26:41 PM
*text to kid: CUP, DON'T HONK*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on September 14, 2010, 01:29:25 PM
The deed has done been doned

When?  The googles are not confirming.  All I can find is that they're going to India next month to get married.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 14, 2010, 01:30:25 PM
Unless by "the deed" you mean they've been fucking, which, probably, ok.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 14, 2010, 01:51:21 PM
I was sure I had seen it on TMZ.  They know everything, you know.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on September 14, 2010, 01:53:10 PM
Russell Brand is frigging gross. What the hell?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on September 14, 2010, 01:54:18 PM
Yup, you're right, just engaged.  Tell him to GO FOR IT then! :unf:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 14, 2010, 02:31:27 PM
OK, I have some idea who Katy Perry is, although not which one she is, but WTF is a Russell Brand?  Sounds like a counterfeit ID for stolen cows.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on September 14, 2010, 02:47:01 PM
Actually the branded ones are usually steers.  The cows are pretty much left in the dairy barn.  The steers get to cruise the pastures.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 14, 2010, 02:47:48 PM
Good point.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on September 14, 2010, 03:10:41 PM
And Zooey Dechanel (who they cloned Katy Perry from) is married too.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on September 18, 2010, 10:29:16 PM
Neighbor power-washing the bed of his pickup truck at 11 PM.  I have a vague idea this isn't the first late-night truck washing, either.

Stubborn forensic evidence in there?  WTF, man.  That shit is noisy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 07, 2010, 08:28:44 PM
Someone's avatar, elsewhere:

(http://oi55.tinypic.com/fa3rqh.jpg)

I've seen this kind of East Asian Girl Mugging before, but even so this is pretty :confused:.

Not horrible, just a little mysterious.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on October 07, 2010, 10:15:59 PM
Cat poop on the floor. For the second time in 3 days. At least this time I didn't step in it.  :sick: (And its location made a little more sense, as it was closer than three rooms away from the litterbox.) This prednisone crap, man, she's got another like 5 weeks or something of it and it makes her do really weird...shit.

:shit:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 08, 2010, 12:46:19 AM
Me bathing kids. one four one like less than two. I don't even know -  I was running around and yelling and then yelling again. And then meditating while waiting for one to fall asleep so he wouldn't freak out when i left. (Mum threw her back out today and then the babysitter barfd.)

 :trance:


You people who have children  :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Holy exploding shit HOW DO YOU DO THAT
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 08, 2010, 06:45:38 AM
Cat poop on the floor.

Maybe she's proud that she's got something in her to poop out, and she wants to share it with you.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on October 08, 2010, 08:23:06 AM
A squirrel with a mouth full of acorns going up on my roof.

This can't be a good thing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 08, 2010, 08:53:37 AM
You people who have children  :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Holy exploding shit HOW DO YOU DO THAT

Srsly.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on October 08, 2010, 10:24:32 AM
Cat poop on the floor.

Maybe she's proud that she's got something in her to poop out, and she wants to share it with you.

Aye. Or it's been so long since she's needed to poop that maybe she gambled on a fart and lost.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 08, 2010, 10:53:18 AM
Heh. I think Craigslist peaked with that one, I'm tellin ya. Been all downhill since then.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Tripper on October 08, 2010, 03:07:18 PM

You people who have children  :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Holy exploding shit HOW DO YOU DO THAT

It ain't easy.  First thing I learned was to NOT clench my jaw and grit my teeth when I get angry.  It's my signal that I am about to lose my temper and it's time to BACK OFF.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 08, 2010, 03:18:03 PM
Heh. So you're removing the signals so you can SNAP WITHOUT WARNING :galm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 08, 2010, 03:28:29 PM
This conversation is giving me enormous deja vu.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 11, 2010, 10:31:07 PM
Tom's of Maine ad that goes on about their integrity, etc, and then says "We haven't always made the best decisions, but we've always had the best intentions."

Was there some Tom's of Maine scandal that I missed, or are they just hedging their bets?  Being too honest?  The ad does go on and on and on -- maybe they just ran out of generic Organic Lulz ad copy?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 11, 2010, 10:32:31 PM
They sold out to Colgate-Palmolive. That would do it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 11, 2010, 10:35:14 PM
Oops.  :lol:

Their current slogan is apparently "Together we can be an unstoppable force for good."  I thought that seemed a little over the top, even for them.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on October 12, 2010, 04:00:59 AM
i night of laughter.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 12, 2010, 04:03:45 PM
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i night of laughter.

:confused:



ObTopic:  In a local news article, a mention of Inkster, Michigan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkster,_Michigan).  This state has some good unexpected town names (Hell and Bad Axe are a couple of others), but Inkster?  Apparently it's a Scottish surname that I never heard before.

A post office named "Moulin Rouge" was established there in December 1857. Robert Inkster, a Scotsman born March 27, 1828, in Lerwick, Shetland, operated a steam sawmill on present-day Inkster Road

"Moulin Rouge" seems an odd name for a Post Office, but why not?  And the Marvelettes (Please, Mr Postman) were from there.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 12, 2010, 04:13:29 PM
:hmm:

It does make sense. Meunier, tu dors, etc.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on October 12, 2010, 04:19:37 PM
A long time ago I saw a t-shirt in a local touristy store that had a map of Missouri on it and said See the world in Missouri.

On the map it pointed out small towns here in the state like London, Madrid, Lebanon, Mexico, etc.

There were a ton of town names like that.  I had no idea.  The concept was neat.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on October 12, 2010, 04:26:49 PM
ObTopic:  In a local news article, a mention of Inkster, Michigan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inkster,_Michigan).  This state has some good unexpected town names (Hell and Bad Axe are a couple of others), but Inkster?  Apparently it's a Scottish surname that I never heard before.


There's a relatively successful golfer named Julie Inkster, I believe.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 12, 2010, 04:46:51 PM
Yeah, lots of states have a zillion towns named after European places, and I don't even mean places like Boston or New York.  It's always slightly funny to go to tiny towns like Berlin or Moscow, VT, and see that they're named after rather larger burgs.  I sometimes wonder if people who are from the original Boston visit the one in MA and snicker a bit.  And it's amusing when the town name is pronounced really differently, which happens constantly.

Actually, my favorite town-named-after-another-town story is Portland, OR, which was (basically) founded by two guys from Portland, ME and Boston.  They flipped a coin.  It could've been Boston, OR, which would have been kind of cool.


Somebody out there named Inkster must have a blog, but I don't feel like looking for it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 12, 2010, 04:47:45 PM
Golfer! :doh: That's where I heard the name before. :)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 12, 2010, 04:52:31 PM
Well, if it is a Scottish name, then that follows naturally.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on October 12, 2010, 05:46:59 PM
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i night of laughter.

:confused:

 :rollin:

typo . . . it was supposed to be "a night of laughter". i didn't expect to see that yesterday. stayed up way too late.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on October 13, 2010, 02:01:16 AM
Well, if it is a Scottish name, then that follows naturally.

like the cheese?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on October 13, 2010, 09:52:32 AM
Presumably.  I guess golf cheese is probably similar to Swiss except there's a little flag in each of the holes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 17, 2010, 10:44:37 PM
An email from my bank.  They increased my credit card limit by over 50%, but changed my minimum monthly payment from $15 to $28.

This doesn't hurt me in any way, but it's just so peculiar.  Back in the day, companies always tried to make these things even numbers so it would look like they know what they're doing.  I'm sure there's a computer model in use, and it's not random, but when they give me weird numbers -- my new credit limit isn't even in whole dollars, for crying out loud -- it sure makes it look random.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 25, 2010, 08:09:49 AM
Dropped by my brother's place last night, yeah, and . . . his Xmas tree . . . :trance:

My SIL always likes to verge on crazy excess for the holidays, but their tree this year is 8' tall, 5.5' in diameter at the base, and has three thousand lights on it.  Seriously, it was like looking into one of those 70's Infinity Mirror things.  You couldn't tell if there were needles on the damned thing.  My brother said the cats stay out of the tree if the lights are on :lol:.

All of them are non-blinking color LEDs, 30 strings of 100.  They're incredibly evenly distributed, too.  I can't imagine how long it look him, but I'm sure he had some mathematically derived way of doing it.  For all I know, he hung the tree upside down and rotated it while paying out the strings of lights, or something.  But ye gods.  The MythBusters would be impressed.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on December 25, 2010, 11:25:47 AM
My BIL gets a huge tree every year. They've got a vaulted ceiling that's like two stories tall, so a normal tree looks dinky. I've never gotten up the nerve to ask him how much he pays for the trees, but it's got to be ridiculous. He's had some that are like 14' tall. They put all kinds of tacky ornaments on it though, and that kind of ruins it. I prefer just lights. Maybe a little tinsel. I wonder how many watts 3000 LEDs pulls?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 25, 2010, 07:28:49 PM
I don't know, but he said the whole thing was fine on one outlet, and he knows electrical stuff.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on December 25, 2010, 09:10:38 PM
:hmm:

My new strands have LEDs that are 0.066W each, so that is 198W.

Cooooool.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on December 25, 2010, 09:35:48 PM
I just looked around online, and a lot of the 100-light LED strands say they can be daisychained upto 20 strands.  :trance:

I think my brother had a couple of power strips for his.  I did check, and none of the lights or wires I touched were even warm.

It's the future.  FINALLY.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 01, 2011, 03:29:11 PM
I always wonder about this kind of thing (http://www.rense.com/icef.html).

Surely it's some kind of incredibly foolish miscalculation, and not just a brain fart.  I can't imagine how anyone goes and does this without being painfully aware of these potential problems.  There's a good reason why people look stupid when this stuff happens . . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 01, 2011, 04:49:13 PM
The series of pictures with all the cars in a row is puzzling. The ice must have been thick enough when they arrived, and then melted while they were out fishing. I'm going to assume that the pictures were taken much later after some of the ice started melting. I can't believe the ice could have melted that much within a day. More likely, maybe one of the cars developed a problem, and the rest of the drivers were afraid to get near theirs to try to remove them.

I think if I was going to park my car on the ice, I'd take a drill with me to sample the thickness where I parked. I dunno, maybe it's so common up there that insurance covers that kind of craziness.

Lakes never ice over down here, obviously, but when I was a kid in Wisconsin, I went out on frozen lakes a good bit. And even as a kid, it seemed stupid to me. But everyone else was doing it, so :shrug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 01, 2011, 05:54:50 PM
The ice is often thinner near the shore because the ground will often stay warmer than the water.  They often warn you not to drive out from the shore but to use a pier or such instead if possible.  The ice on top of a lake also doesn't always remain still -- it can shift, even in one giant piece.  The edges are not the safest part.

In icefishing country, they have regular reports about the thickness of the ice.  I used to hear the reports on the radio when I lived in VT, and I'm sure there are websites now, too.  Lake Champlain can get ice three feet thick in a good winter, and some of the smaller bodies of water freeze even harder.  The river through Montpelier once froze a good eighteen inches and piled up at the bridge like a mother when it cracked, which is how you get serious winter flooding.

They say you shouldn't walk on the ice unless it's at least 2" thick (5 cm).  Fark that.  I'm not comfortable out there unless it's twice that.  You're not supposed to drive anything bigger than a small car on it unless it's at least 8" thick, although people do . . . with mixed results.  A fishing hut that has its own heater is another risky proposition if you don't know what you're doing.

People drive on the beach and get stuck, too, but you don't sink into the sand and DIE.  Not usually.  You may lose your car to the tide and feel really stupid, but somehow it's just not quite the same.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 01, 2011, 09:03:32 PM
Yes. At places like Mille Lacs there's a bit of machismatism going on. You get more guy points if you're first on the ice or the last off. This, of course, carries ... risks.

You know on Mille Lacs they have seasonal cities there: with plowed streets, streetsigns, etc. It's kind of friggin amazing. My cousin owned a house out there. He'd pay the local guy to drag it out to his spot when the ice got thick enough, and then off again in February or something.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 01, 2011, 10:25:27 PM
Yeah, I've heard of that kind of thing, but I haven't seen it.  Honestly, I'm kind of paranoid about the old ice.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 02, 2011, 09:01:24 AM
I've seen my version of Hell - being the dude in the wetsuit hooking the tow line to the cars that went through the ice.  :eek:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 03, 2011, 07:39:55 PM
Real swimmers don't wear wetsuits.  You wouldn't catch Lynne Cox in one.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 03, 2011, 07:54:50 PM
No, she's a fast swimmer.  I'd have to be in a Zodiac or something to catch her.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 04, 2011, 03:06:34 PM
Last night: Grapevine was closed so US 101 through town was backed up from the UCSB exit all the way to Oxnard, I hear.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 04, 2011, 03:08:23 PM
Also: it was real dewy last night and calm and we had a vicious temperature drop. The resulting frost covered every surface of our roof. Never seen *that* before, usually the roof leaks enough heat to keep the frost off except in the areas we've added insulation.

Also? We can't buy windshield washer fluid that works below freezing. I tried to use the washers to clear the windshield this morning and the ice just got thicker. Sheeeeesh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 04, 2011, 03:40:20 PM
If it's gonna get just a little below freezing, try 1 part water to 1 part Windex (or generic) or white vinegar.  If the latter, put in a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, too.  Allegedly, a few dollops of shaving cream will work even better, and I can believe that, but I haven't tried it and can't promise it won't cause problems.  I'm also told that if you put shaving cream on a clean rag and wipe it over the windshield in the evening, snow and ice won't stick to the glass overnight.  I haven't been desperate enough to try it.

If you buy a bottle of pure ammonia, I'm told 1 cup plus 15 cups water = 1 gallon of windshield washer fluid. 

If you make the stuff TOO strong, it can apparently damage the car's paint, the windshield seal, etc, so don't go crazy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 04, 2011, 05:00:40 PM
Yeah, I've done a bunch of home-remedies but they're all more work and more expensive than buying the methanol stuff. Which I can't buy here, legally. I have this problem ca. five times a year so I'm not gonna beat myself up over it, but it's something I have to think about before I drive up to the mountains kind of thing. Which, duh.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 07, 2011, 09:00:37 PM
Geology cake (http://www.flickr.com/photos/18589403@N02/1897186916/)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 09, 2011, 12:53:25 AM
That's cool!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 10, 2011, 06:13:31 PM
Is that guac in one of the layers?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 13, 2011, 10:23:11 PM
They're reducing the allowable limit of acetaminophen in prescription meds to 325 mg, due to the risk of overdose.  However, they're allowing OTC formulations to stay at upto 500 mg, and 1000 mg per dose.

The reasoning is that prescription drugs often aren't as clearly labeled about the danger of acetaminophen overdose, but the OTC drugs are more clearly labeled.  So, uh, wouldn't the logical thing to do be change the requirements for the labeling on prescription drugs?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on January 13, 2011, 11:32:11 PM
Oh awesome. So there will be more opioid-addicted people out there with less risk of liver damage. Hooray. A news article about it says "Overdoses from these prescription medications account for over half of the acetaminophen-related cases of liver damage." Yeah, well, if people weren't swallowing down their entire month's supply of vick-o-danz in a two day period, maybe this wouldn't happen.

It's stupid. There are already formulations that have 325mg APAP dose per whatever the opioid dose is. I am absolutely positive that package inserts (you know, those things everyone throws away when they get their Rxs) on the combo drugs say they will cause liver damage in overdose, they contain acetaminophen, and to not take other drugs containing acetaminophen. I have heard pharmacists counseling patients directly that too much of the drug can be toxic to the liver. And hell, why not let the prescriber tell his/her patient how to take the drug? Put it on the bottle, under the "do not drive or operate heavy machinery" label, a "do not take other products containing acetaminophen" label would be sufficient, IMO.

I find this obnoxious. (obvious?)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 13, 2011, 11:38:43 PM
Hydrocodone-acetaminophen 10-235? I haz it. And it's taunting me... "How much does it really hurt right now?"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 16, 2011, 12:53:05 PM
Solar-powered car reaches over 160 times the speed of sound (http://solarenergyutilize.blogspot.com/2011/01/solar-powered-car-record.html)!

Reportedly.

He's fast, I'll give him that, but one heat-seeking missile, and, uh, actually they don't go that fast.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on January 16, 2011, 02:13:13 PM
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Sunswift Ivy which managed to reach the speed of 88,738 km / h (55,077 mph)... beat the previous record ever achieved by the GM Sunraycer in 1987 with the speed of 78 km/h (48.5 mph).

now THAT is a fucking record breaker!!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 16, 2011, 11:48:51 PM
Tonight I helped my brother take his monster Xmas tree down and out to the recycling station.  Thing was still as fresh and soft and green as if it had just been cut down.  They got it early in the season, too.  I was impressed.  Fraser fir.  Seemed a shame to throw it out.

When we lived in VT, we cut down a tree every year on our own property, and my father's method was to put the tree in a 5-gallon bucket filled almost to the top with sand.  You put the tree in, then the sand, then water until the bucket's almost full to the brim.  It only needs watering about once a week, the bucket was heavy enough to prevent cats from tipping the thing over, and the high base looked a little odd but made plenty of room for presents.

Trouble was, the tree would usually still be alive and still be alive and still be alive.  We hated to pull it out of the bucket while it was still going strong, so he'd usually haul it out onto the deck.  One year, we still had last year's tree out on the deck, still alive in its bucket, but at some point that winter the bucket burst when it froze.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 17, 2011, 07:28:54 AM
There was a Mythbusters episode about additives to keep xmas trees green longer. They even tried Viagra  :P

When I first bought my house, there were two ex-xmas trees in the front yard. One of them was huge. One of them got blown down in a blizzard because it didn't have normally developed roots - they grew out horizontally because the base of the tree had been cut off - there was no tap root. I cut the other one down because it was screwing up the whole yard. It was a major pain removing all the roots.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 17, 2011, 07:46:13 AM
You can buy rooting hormone (for trees), but you have to be careful with it.  In order to penetrate the wood, it comes dissolved in some serious acid that will also go right through your skin.

I've never tried it on an Xmas tree, though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: eldiem on January 17, 2011, 09:45:17 AM
I would think Viagra would actually make the trees wilt faster, if anything. It's a vasodilator, which to me would seem analogous to having the xylem/phloem in the trees open up more, and all the water would leach out. Ok I know nothing about live Christmas trees so maybe it would actually enhance the water flow upwards, but I would think gravity might win out. Then there'd be no water in the plant and it would die faster.

 :geek:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 17, 2011, 01:45:45 PM
MythBusters added the following to test trees:

- plain water
- aspirin
- Viagra
- bleach
- potted plant fertilizer

They also tried coating the trees with hairspray and polyurethane.

Bleach and Viagra kept the most needles on the tree but turned it a weird color.  Maybe the Viagra had an antimicrobial effect on the water?  The hairspray worked pretty well, but of course they warn you not to try it because it makes the tree more flammable.  The fertilizer was the worst.  I can't remember the other results.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 17, 2011, 01:46:47 PM
ObTopic:  This is going around the net, and maybe we've seen it before?  I didn't expect to see it today.

(http://i.imgur.com/2Sevr.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 17, 2011, 02:27:01 PM
rooting hormone (for trees)

Like Viagra!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 17, 2011, 03:35:34 PM
It does combine wood and penetration.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Psidefect on January 17, 2011, 04:18:11 PM
Well now I want my butt massaged.

:harumph:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 17, 2011, 05:03:27 PM
Not by Paula Deen. NO THANK YOU
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on January 17, 2011, 05:27:03 PM
HEY YALL NOW WE ARE GOIN TO GIT SOME BUTTER UP IN THERE YALL
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 17, 2011, 07:32:04 PM
 :shock:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 17, 2011, 11:02:08 PM
Once my buddy Bruce just took the whole tree and shoved it up the chimney (point first). I laughed a bunch, but his wife didn't. That's because she believed he would actually light it and I didn't. Turns out she was correct as always. Alcohol may have been involved in this decision.

It wasn't a big tree, but I figured the house was a goner. Nope. Solid chunk o' limestone. Took a Cat 4 hurricane to blow that one down into the bay.

Fire was coming out of the top of the chimney like a blowtorch.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 17, 2011, 11:08:31 PM
 :lol: :rollin:

I need friends like that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 17, 2011, 11:10:36 PM
Oh god yes. We had adventures. Seriously.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 18, 2011, 12:41:19 AM
If you can remember them, you weren't drunk/high enough.

Today was sunny and dry, still lots of snow and slush out on the ground but it wasn't that boneseeping bitter cold it's been the past little while. Of course, warmer temps (I mean we're talking it went from - 15 C last night to -6 C tonight) means that tomorrow we're going to have "rain-snow mix" and "freezing drizzle" that will turn everything to suck and is supposed to last until Friday. REMIND ME AGAIN WHY I AM IN THIS GODFORSAKEN WINTRY COUNTRY o rite that would be p3n1s and healthcare


*sigh*
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 18, 2011, 08:42:04 AM
The suckweather is like that a considerable distance south and over the border, too, though.  Blame Republicans.


Quote from: Anderrhea
I need friends like that.

Provided they do those things at their house, not yours.  :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 18, 2011, 09:32:50 AM
:hmm: "p3n1s and healthcare" would be a good album title.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 18, 2011, 09:58:38 AM
why did I think this was the weather thread? phwoar
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 18, 2011, 10:03:06 AM
The forecast calls for partly cloudy with a slight chance p3n1s and healthcare in the afternoon, and overnight lows.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 18, 2011, 01:59:31 PM
Well now I want my butt massaged.

:harumph:

 :lol: me too. Though I think Paula Deen might make a pretty good masseuse -- she can lean into you with a good amount of mass, right into that deep tissue. 

Quote from: Anderrhea
I need friends like that.

Provided they do those things at their house, not yours.  :lol:

Truly.  :lol:


Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 19, 2011, 12:04:10 AM
Today I learned that

1)  The famous children's author Scott O'Dell (Island of the Blue Dolphins, etc) was actually named O'Dell Scott.  I did not see that one coming.

2)  He wrote a book (The King's Fifth) about a teenaged Conquistador who's in prison for tax evasion . . . and it was the basis for an anime series.

It's a strange world.  Incidentally, I saw the film adaptation of Island of the Blue Dolphins when I was in junior high and would be interested in seeing it again, but apparently it's only available in a bad VHS transfer.  :thumbsdn:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on January 21, 2011, 02:37:41 AM
rush limbaugh doing something on video that was so unbelievably offensive, idiotic and embarrassing to . . .  well, pretty much homo sapiens, that i thought it was an onion article when i first read about it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on January 21, 2011, 08:25:16 AM
rush limbaugh doing something on video that was so unbelievably offensive, idiotic and embarrassing to . . .  well, pretty much homo sapiens, that i thought it was an onion article when i first read about it.

Do tell?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 11:15:11 AM
I placed an order at ThinkGeek at like 3 AM Wednesday night / Thursday AM, and it just arrived here, via UPS Ground.

:trance:

Uh . . . good joerb!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 21, 2011, 11:51:48 AM
I find it comepletey reprehensible that more people in my life don't know where "jeorb" comes from.

Comepletey?  Hmof.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 12:28:13 PM
I . . . think I've been spelling it wrong all this time.


edit:  I say it to my clerks periodically.  Now I wonder if they know where it comes from or are just used to wondering WTF I'm on about.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 21, 2011, 12:51:08 PM
rush limbaugh doing something on video that was so unbelievably offensive, idiotic and embarrassing to . . .  well, pretty much homo sapiens, that i thought it was an onion article when i first read about it.

Do tell?

Was it the thing about mocking Mandarin?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 21, 2011, 12:57:00 PM
Yup.
I read about that one on teh interbutts. Fucking guy needs to be curb stomped.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 03:45:36 PM
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Fucking guy needs to be curb stomped.

With a time machine.  He's an embarrassment to stupid soulless assholes everywhere.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on January 21, 2011, 04:19:07 PM
While it was expected, it hit me harder than I had expected.

My hens riding off in the back of someone's pickup truck.

Screw you DeKalb County. Screw you sideways with a rusty speculum.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 21, 2011, 04:20:09 PM
:hug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 21, 2011, 04:20:32 PM
:hug: :cry:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on January 21, 2011, 04:47:51 PM
 :(

During the depression, it wasn't uncommon for city people to have chickens in their yard.  I wonder why that's changed.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 04:55:46 PM
Yeah, really -- plus we're at war, damn it.

I'd be tempted to write to the paper and make it a patriotism issue.  Why does the zoning board hate America?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on January 21, 2011, 05:04:40 PM
Is it some kind of HOA thing - livestock in the backyard is "trashy" or some shit like that? =(
Man, I love fresh eggs from happy chickens. =/
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 21, 2011, 05:05:03 PM
While it was expected, it hit me harder than I had expected.

My hens riding off in the back of someone's pickup truck.

Screw you DeKalb County. Screw you sideways with a rusty speculum.

O.M.G.  :(

That's just ridiculous. Did someone complain about them or something?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on January 21, 2011, 05:42:14 PM
Is it some kind of HOA thing - livestock in the backyard is "trashy" or some shit like that? =(
Man, I love fresh eggs from happy chickens. =/

Hell no - when we were looking for a house I specifically avoided anything that had anything even resembling an HOA. This is a county ordinance. It is a stupid fucking ordinance. And one that they are changing. As in they have already paid someone to research similar ordinances in GA and across the country and they have already written the new ordinance. They just can't get off of their asses and pass the new wording.

I built the coop in compliance with the new ordinances but that doesn't matter right now.

If I lived in the City of Decatur ie: in town, they have different ordinances and I could have the chickens on as little as 1/3 of an acre. But since I live in unincorporated DeKalb on 1 1/2 acres I am not allowed to have any. The minimum acreage for livestock is 2.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 06:52:00 PM
:harumph:

Poultry ain't livestock.  I know sometimes nowadays they get lumped in together, and I'll grant that poultry are working animals and are alive, but it is what it is.  Farmed fish aren't livestock either, and if you breed dogs those aren't livestock.

Stoopid county regulations.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on January 21, 2011, 07:25:19 PM
What if you're breeding dogs for food?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 21, 2011, 07:31:40 PM
Usually it's because of, you know, the cock.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 21, 2011, 07:34:33 PM
I blame the patriarchy.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 21, 2011, 08:14:51 PM
 :lol:

If anyone within earshot of me had a rooster - they'd find it on their doorstep shortly afterward. Tempura style. Roosters are obnoxious. Not really an issue here since zoning would never allow poultry raising. That's a good thing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on January 21, 2011, 08:19:26 PM
can you come visit the people who live behind my mom's house. their rooster crows 24/7.

the neighborhood is very "ethnic". i don't think livestock is allowed but they don't seem to care. one time i heard a goat bleeting. it wasn't doing it the next day. i wonder what they served at that quinceanera.  :whatever:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 08:42:23 PM
I think if you're raising dogs as livestock, you're probably violating some other ordinance, in many if not most parts of this country.

As for poultry . . . do they ban chickens as pets?  If not, how many pets can you have?  If they insist you're keeping them only for the eggs, tell them you promise to throw the eggs away.  If instead they recommend you get cats, say you used to have cats but didn't like the eggs.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 21, 2011, 08:51:59 PM
If instead they recommend you get cats, say you used to have cats but didn't like the eggs.
But they come so infrequently, you should enjoy them in season!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on January 21, 2011, 08:54:12 PM
(http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/9922/categg.jpg)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 09:04:48 PM
:spittake:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on January 21, 2011, 10:37:29 PM
I think if you're raising dogs as livestock, you're probably violating some other ordinance, in many if not most parts of this country.

As for poultry . . . do they ban chickens as pets?  If not, how many pets can you have?  If they insist you're keeping them only for the eggs, tell them you promise to throw the eggs away.  If instead they recommend you get cats, say you used to have cats but didn't like the eggs.

If you want to keep a chicken as a "pet" you have to keep it inside.

I shit you not.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 21, 2011, 10:59:48 PM
You couldn't keep it in a doghouse?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: vox8 on January 21, 2011, 11:04:53 PM
You couldn't keep it in a doghouse?

No, because then it would be a chicken house and therefore for livestock.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 22, 2011, 06:57:21 AM
Don't try and reason with the government using logic. You'll end up in jail. The cat egg logic might work though.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on January 22, 2011, 11:43:39 AM
Logic is considered insubordination.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 22, 2011, 06:40:44 PM
Logic is considered insubordination.
Oh, indeed, even if you're not being snarky.

MCF - that was a perfect find!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 23, 2011, 09:03:34 AM
Quote
State Secretary for Public Health Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten-Hyllner

That's in Holland.  The news story itself could not compete with her name.  Her business card must be epic.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 23, 2011, 11:31:22 AM
 :shock:

I would hate having to write that out all the time. It must take her half an hour just to sign a damn credit card slip.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 24, 2011, 06:50:23 PM
Two college girls doing doughnuts in a parking lot in a fancy black Dodge Charger (the new kind) with a spoiler, hood scoop, etc.

They had all four wheels spinning furiously, and . . . I did not know you could get an AWD Charger.  I haven't paid attention, I admit, and the car magazines I occasionally see mostly go on endlessly about seemingly identical BMWs and Mercedes.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 24, 2011, 08:38:33 PM
I think they're Holdens, from Australia.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 24, 2011, 08:56:11 PM
They're actually the same platform as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum (which I wish they still built), which are real Chryslers, designed in Detroit (with pieces taken from Mercedes) and built in [ahem] Ontario.  NTTAWWT, except when they market them as American Made, which is slightly disingenuous, although, sure, if you're talking about this hemisphere.  Oh, the new Dodge Challenger is the same platform, too.  That almost makes sense.

The Pontiac G8 is a Holden . . . Wikipedia says the Holden Commodore, which until recently was really an Opel.  Hm, they had (have?) a sweet wagon version of that, Down Under.  Oddly enough, the Commodore that's the Pontiac G8 here is the Chevy Lumina overseas.

Honestly, I don't think they know what they're doing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 24, 2011, 09:03:18 PM
Heh. I think you're right.

Thing I didn't expect to see today: my brand new bike chain breaking. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 24, 2011, 09:10:17 PM
:thumbsdn:   Sucks.

I would so SO love to have a fancy bike with a shaft drive.  I think my brother and SIL's cruisers are shaft-drive.  Chains and sprockets are great in principle and certainly have panache, but every time that chain lets you down it's like all of Asgard taking a dump on your day.

Heck, I wouldn't mind a V-belt and a CVT.  It's not like I ever pedal with such furious power that my mighty torque would make the thing slip.  If a regular old V-belt is good enough for a 20 HP riding lawnmower, it would probably be good enough for me.  But I'm not confident I could built a CVT, and if there's one out there for bikes I probably can't afford it.

Still.  That would solve two of my three major mechanical issues with bikes that keeps me from spending more time actually riding them.  So then I'd just need disk brakes, I guess.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 24, 2011, 09:12:56 PM
More things I didn't expect to see today: Email from an undergrad here who happens to be the son of an old school friend of mine. You'd think I'd have been ready for that.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 24, 2011, 09:15:09 PM
So then I'd just need disk brakes, I guess.

Available but stupid-expensive. I've seen the shaft drive on a nice bike. guy who works here was trying to get up enough interest to launch an import business (his was dutch or ukian or something), but it was 10 years ago when all anyone here wanted was a higher-off-the ground SUV. Stupid motherfuckers.

Never seen a CVT on a bike. I don't know. The variability in torque is really high.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 24, 2011, 09:37:05 PM
They do make bike CVTs, now that I think of it, but the model I've seen is also automatic, which to my mind is too unlikely to work properly.  Those use expanding gears that are controlled by centrifugal force through some kind of gearing or something, so that the faster the rear wheel turns, the higher the gear ratio becomes. 

You're supposed to pedal at a constant speed, right, and your speed varies automatically with the terrain, but I imagine you'd wind up varying your pedal speed and using the brakes a lot to keep it under control.  And I'd be amazed if it worked right in the first place, but maybe I'm too cynical.  It'd be a lot easier with a belt and an expanding wheel than with a chain and expanding sprocket, since you wouldn't have to worry about the teeth meshing properly.  And the wheel (er, the belt pulley) is more robust, in sections, than a sprocket cut into sections.

There are a few ways it could be done, with a literal expanding wheel or wheel segments that slide up and down a cone, but either way, if it were me designing it, you'd still have a gear lever, except without discrete stops.  It would just go from Torque to Speed.  You'd need a tensioner, but that would be far simpler than derailleurs.

I'm sure it's been tried and usually discarded, but half the fun is designing and trying it yourself.  Maybe the belt would slip if it got wet, and you'd have to build a guard like cruisers often have for their chains.

I'd settle for a 5-speed planetary hub transmission.  They sell those, and they're not that expensive, but the bikes that come with them are too expensive for me, and buying a regular bike and then refitting it with a hub transmission, new rear wheel, new pedal set . . . probably also too expensive.

edit:  First time through I typed "5-speed planetary hug transmission", which also sounds good but sounds like some kind of worldwide system for hugging by internet.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 24, 2011, 09:59:41 PM
:eyeroll:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt-driven_bicycle

Toothed belt + plastic gear is so not how I would have done that.  That's planned obsolescence right there. 

A lot of the things they list as disadvantages are flat-out wrong, though.  They do make belts that have adjustable lengths and that can be opened and closed again, and one for a bicycle would not be so hard to make, although I don't think you need either of those things.  A regular belt with a tension pulley solves the length issue, if you weren't able to make the frame the right size, and an auto parts or hardware store has many sizes of belts anyway.  Just don't use a proprietary belt design when V-belts are already standard.

My old, much loved Wheel Horse lawnmower had an exposed belt that used to get mud and snow thrown all over it and its pulleys (it had a snowplow! so awesome), and there was like zero problem with slipping.  I believe it was 12 HP.  Alas, we sold it to a neighbor when we left Nebraska.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on January 24, 2011, 10:57:29 PM
only bike with a shaft drive worth getting is a bmw.  :harumph:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on January 27, 2011, 06:27:09 AM
My cat eating chili  :huh:

I had been eating a bowl of chili in the den, and left the dirty dish sitting on the coffee table, and left the room for a few minutes. When I came back, the cat was standing on his hind legs with his front legs up on the coffee table, and he was cleaning the bowl. It was a pretty spicy batch of chili too. I've been cutting back on the amount of food I've been giving him lately, so maybe he was just trying to prove to me that he was starving to death. Anyway, I was like, "Dude, you're going outside now".
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 27, 2011, 11:20:28 AM
 :lol: He's going to regret that as soon as the oil hits the
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 27, 2011, 11:24:29 AM
Hits the ... Yeah. That's firmly entrenched in my head, now.

Cats' guts are shorter, though, so there's less time for the food to breakdown and make a stink. Not zero time, though. Phew.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 27, 2011, 12:03:06 PM
My cat had been having more-serious-than-usual problems at both ends of her alimentary canal, to the point where she lost a little weight and was making me nervous, but finally I discovered that she'd found how to get at the foam rubber padding underneath my sofa cover.

Seriously, I'm sure it's a texture thing, but don't eat the damned foam rubber.  How could the after-effects of this not learn you up real good?  That's like people-level stupidity.  I think even a dog would have learned after a few times.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 27, 2011, 01:04:30 PM
Woman addicted to eating couch cushions (http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/23/woman-addicted-to-eating-couch-cushions/)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 27, 2011, 01:45:08 PM
They should wean her onto circus peanuts.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: TFJ on January 27, 2011, 01:51:20 PM
peeps? :eek:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 27, 2011, 04:13:52 PM
Prov 26:11
As a dog to his vomit, so a fool to his folly.

Hey, Catholic school had to teach me something, right?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: feffer on January 27, 2011, 04:34:29 PM
:lol: He's going to regret that as soon as the oil hits the

That reminds me... Last night Andy got to my salad bowl.  All that was in it was leftover cranberry walnut vinaigrette, which is extremely sour and vinegary.  After a few licks he ran around the living room a bit, sneezing and rolling around while frantically rubbing his nose on the floor.  HILARITY.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on January 27, 2011, 05:10:25 PM
 :shock: :lol:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 27, 2011, 05:16:07 PM
1)  Bumper sticker that said:

    I MAY BE SLOW BUT I'M IN FRONT OF YOU AND YOU'RE STUPID

I :lol: ed.  Even though she was in front of me.


2)  Asian girl came into the shop wearing a sweatshirt that said:

    Are you trying to tell me something?


:hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 27, 2011, 05:19:47 PM
2)  Asian girl came into the shop wearing a sweatshirt that said:

    Are you trying to tell me something?


:hmm:

"No, I am staring at your :boobies:"
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on January 27, 2011, 06:02:31 PM
That, Feffer, sounds like a very effective deterrent to stealing food from the table.

For my episode - Kuro's on top of the couch pillow I've been using to elevate my foot. Pupuli's been trying to claim it as hers (from me). He actually was willing to get within two feet of me to do it. Did somebody swap him for a calm cat?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 28, 2011, 10:11:23 PM
Slight setup . . . my brother and I pretty much trade in in-jokes and obscure nostalgia, the result of being close for 40+ years.  The other day (OK, it was awhile ago) we were talking about old TV shows, and we realized we didn't know the difference between No Soap, Radio and Hot L Baltimore -- that is, they were both short-lived sitcoms that took place in seedy hotels, but one was from the 70s and the other was from the 80s and starred a young Steve Guttenberg.

This is not necessarily important.  But today I happened to remember that I couldn't remember, and I tried Wikipedia.  What they have is a discussion of the phrase No Soap, Radio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_soap_radio).  (Incidentally, that's the Guttenberg one.)  The discussion of the phrase is entertaining, but I hadn't realized its origin was so contentious.

I don't know its actual origin, but the whole reason my brother and I brought up the shows in the first place was because we were remembering a cartoon showing two elephants (not penguins) in a bathtub, doing the joke.  The cartoon was in a book at my grandmother's place -- she had many collections of cartoons, and we used to read them when we visited.  Anyway, the elephant cartoon was definitely WWII-era or older, no question in my mind, so these ideas of it originating later than that are wrong.

Incidentally, I was pretty sure that the slang term 'no soap' was a corruption of the older 'no sop' (more or less meaning, 'I will not give you something just to make you shut up and go away'), which I believe goes back to Elizabethan days, but it occurs to me now that I have no cite, and folk etymologies that make sense are usually wrong.  I did find an amusing uncited etymology for 'no soap', in the sense of 'no luck', that involved dice being soaped on one side to make them less likely to wind up with that side facing down.  That's clever, but it sounds made up.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 28, 2011, 10:21:30 PM
I remembered that the same cartoon collection had a comic that had two portraits on a wall, one saying "Vosh rikki dosh" and the other saying "Farno farno", which was a catchphrase of ours when we were kids.  The internets have explained that that was from Smokey Stover (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokey_Stover), which turns out to also be the origin of "foo fighter".

I have a vague idea that the No Soap cartoon with the elephants was from Punch, but I couldn't swear to it.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on January 29, 2011, 02:40:42 AM
Quote
Hot L Baltimore

As I recall, that was a pretty interesting show.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on January 30, 2011, 12:48:24 PM
Bumper sticker that just said:  

    E. coli in the stormwater?


Are you asking me?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 02, 2011, 02:42:42 AM
Bumper sticker that just said:  

    E. coli in the stormwater?


Are you asking me?

Brochure that came with the water bill:

Too cute too pollute


... about how if you don't pick up your dog poop and dispose of your cat litter properly, icky things like e. coli get into the stormwater, and possibly your drinking water.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 02, 2011, 07:06:24 AM
Wait, so there's animal poop in the stormwater?  Er . . . how would there not be, though?  I'm pretty sure there's a fair amount of animal poop on the ground outside.

:shrug:

I wouldn't throw poop down the well, and I'm in favor of people disposing of it through approved channels, but I'm still a little confused.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 02, 2011, 09:41:44 AM
Poop that gets properly bagged and goes to a landfill gets biodegraded. Poop that gets left on the street or dumped down the storm drain gets flushed immediately into Santa Monica Bay, where there are kids playing & surfers surfing.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 02, 2011, 11:52:40 AM
There's still a lot of animals pooping.  You're not going to get the public to go around collecting all the wild poop, bird poop, and whatnot.  Hell, you can't convince them that the outdoors isn't just a giant ashtray. 

Not to mention animals that are already pooping in the bay.

I realize a lot of pet dogs, in particular, means a lot of extra dog poop, but this still sounds like it's primarily a storm drain design issue.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 02, 2011, 12:15:47 PM
Technically that's a valid point. However, it's wrong. Only urban runoff contains a lot of shit-bacteria. Runoff from wild areas or agricultural areas generally does not, probably because without the hard surfaces there's time for the shit to be biodegraded before it reaches the ocean (although some eye-opening chemicals go into the ocean from agricultural areas). Around here it is almost entirely crap from pets and homeless guys, with some contribution from urban wildlife like raccoons. This is documented (I posted about this awesome shit seminar I saw a while back).

And the 'storm' part of it is the big deal. Regular sewers go through some kind of treatment before reaching the ocean, so you're not flushing directly to Malibu (AS TEMPTING AS THAT MAY SOUND). Storm drains and CSOs kick in when there's rain or the sewage system is otherwise unable to handle the capacity.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 02, 2011, 12:31:30 PM
So you need less crap on pavement, is what you need.  Well, if you have a lot of humans crapping on the pavement, again, the drains aren't really the problem.  I can't think of a solution to the dog problem, at the moment, that wouldn't be wildly unpopular.

The general storm drain problem is the old artificial watershed issue, which city planners always have trouble with.  Few cities are actually planned -- which might be just as well, since most city planners and governments aren't equipped to build cities from scratch -- and cities that arise through the normal organic(ish) processes generally overwhelm their own infrastructures. 

Surface infrastructures, like roads, are bad enough to rework.  Underground infrastructures generally aren't designed to be heavily reworked, period.

I still think they should put all new electrification infrastructure underground, and gradually move the existing stuff underground.  That could be done with a modular system.  Imagine a typical suburban area, in particular, without utility poles and overhead wires.  It's the equivalent of tacking speaker wires up the wall and across the ceiling.  Primitive and ugly.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 02, 2011, 12:38:14 PM
I can't think of a solution to the dog problem, at the moment, that wouldn't be wildly unpopular.

Oooh, I don't know. I think public electrocution (non-fatal, natch) of dog walkers who don't clean up after their pets would be wildly popular. You could sell tickets and make up the city budget deficit!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on February 02, 2011, 12:58:53 PM
I clean up my pets poop (all 4 dogs and 1 cat), my daughters, my husbands to some extent and my own.  Do I get a ribbon?
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 02, 2011, 01:01:48 PM
If they all poop outside on the sidewalks, then maybe not so much a ribbon as, you know, restraints. Not for you!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: hajen on February 02, 2011, 01:26:51 PM
Someone lets their dog poop on our front lawn every so often, which gets me really  :angry:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on February 02, 2011, 02:04:38 PM
(http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/7705/costanzasuper.jpg)

It's all pipes!  What's the difference?!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 02, 2011, 02:07:56 PM
Yeah, but was George bi?  I think he lacked the courage of his convictions.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: pdrake on February 02, 2011, 03:20:15 PM
the beach is nothing but a bird bathroom, a bird bathroom

the ocean's nothing but a fish toilet, a fish toilet . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 02, 2011, 07:47:44 PM
We pay about $100 a month for our water/sewer bill here, because the state started fining the town a while back for all the cow poop going into the river.

The town is sending local homeowners brochures about picking up pet poop, when cows around here probably outnumber domestic dogs and cats by 10 to 1...
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 02, 2011, 07:53:53 PM
No pun intended, that's bullshit.  That's town meeting time.  If the town government can't or won't fix the problem, start a petition to the governor's office to come fix it.  The mass of voters can't beat the farms unless they get the numbers of angry voices.

I realize you may not have the time to organize this, but you probably know someone who's sufficiently excitable, stubborn, and loud.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on February 02, 2011, 10:41:01 PM
And down here, we have lawsuits over who's shit it is. http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/02/02/nobody-wants-take-responsibility-fecal-bacteria-su/
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 03, 2011, 03:20:11 AM
Oh, the cowshit has been addressed. Supposedly. I just find it funny they are now trying to take pet owners to task for a pollution problem that started 100 years ago, that only started getting addressed in the last decade.

(I can't believe I swam in that river as a kid!)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 04, 2011, 11:13:01 AM
Apparently the university's wrestling team has five coaches, one of whom is a macaw named Indigo.

I am not making this up.  According to the article in the school paper, the bird yells at wrestlers when they do something wrong.

Quote
"She's here four days a week all year round, so she knows a lot of wrestling," [the head coach] said.  "Once in a while, she gets down on the mat and chases the guys around."

Unfortunate headline:  Bird makes presence felt on mat

Ewww . . . .
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mrcookieface on February 04, 2011, 05:49:35 PM
Ha, you just reminded me of the band Hatebeak (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatebeak).
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mo on February 04, 2011, 05:53:23 PM
 :lol:

Bird Seeds of Vengance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVBpRz4tIKU)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 04, 2011, 08:26:38 PM
Neptune has a moon called Neso (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neso_(moon)), discovered in 2002, that orbits at an average distance of almost 50 million kilometers.  By comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average of something like 400,000 kilometers, and the Earth orbits the sun at an average of something like 150 million kilometers.

Neptune is all kinds of crazy interesting, but I'd never heard of its weird way-out moon before.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 13, 2011, 09:33:29 PM
Cop car parked out in front of my place. With one of them walking up to my front door







to talk to my neighbor.  :hmm:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 14, 2011, 06:33:14 AM
I think I'd heard of Arcade Fire before, but I was impressed, via a CNN photo, at how many of them there are.  If they'd all arrived in eggs, that would have been a big omelet.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on February 14, 2011, 06:46:01 AM
Canada has produced two of the all time best musical combo configurations that a group can use:

1) the Canadian Power Trio -- Rush, Triumph, etc. Three people, lots of sound, classic.

2) the Huge and Unwieldy Loose Collective, where there are like a million band members and dozens of offshoot solo/side projects involving different combinations of those various members -- Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Broken Social Scene, ArFi



(yeah I know dude's from Houston but he claims Montreal now so it counts)

(more about Grammys and etc later probably)

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 14, 2011, 10:14:11 AM
If they'd all arrived in eggs, that would have been a big omelet.

Is this a Mork & Mindy reference?  I loved that stupid show.  Especially the fact that it's yet another Happy Days (which I also loved) spin-off.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 14, 2011, 12:09:14 PM
Cop car parked out in front of my place. With one of them walking up to my front door







to talk to my neighbor.  :hmm:

Using my keen powers of observation, I noticed why the cops were here. Someone broke into the car that she leaves parked in front of her garage. Funny, I didn't think I was living in the hood.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 14, 2011, 01:11:05 PM
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Is this a Mork & Mindy reference?

No, :lol: -- Lady Gaga was carried in inside of a giant egg.  I didn't even think of Mork.

Her entrance . . . you know, there's more potential downside there than upside.  If they drop the egg, the media is going to go nuts with that.  And if you can't get out, Spinal Tap-style . . . also not good.

I don't know if that makes her gutsy or a bit dim.  Maybe both.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 14, 2011, 02:06:35 PM
Quote from: CNN
Justin Bieber's legions of followers are shaking their heads in dis-Belieb after jazz artist Esperanza Spalding beat the teen idol as the Grammy Awards' best new artist.

:lol:

How can Bieber be the best new artist?  As far as I can tell, he's just the youngest Osmond.  It doesn't seem very new.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: mybabysmomma on February 14, 2011, 02:47:49 PM
Don't say that in front of mini me.  She will KICK YOUR ASS!
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 14, 2011, 02:52:19 PM
I dunno, I've fought a lot of little girls.

Also, you could probably save a considerable amount of money if you can find free Donny Osmond stuff online.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 14, 2011, 03:29:16 PM
I dunno, I've fought a lot of little girls.

Also, you could probably save a considerable amount of money if you can find free Donny Osmond stuff online.

Bieber is the next Ricky Martin. In every way.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 14, 2011, 03:35:49 PM
Maybe, but based on the photos I've seen of him, his producers were looking at pictures of Donny.  He just doesn't have the teeth.  Or the sister, but hetero teen acts seem to be out.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Hedaira on February 14, 2011, 03:43:12 PM
What's really appalling is the last time I went to the Maul, I saw a kid leaving 'Chan's with a Bieber haircut. The kid could have been a stunt double, so it was definitely intentional. He was walking a few yards out from his mom, because at that age it's not cool to walk with your mom and he saw me laughing at him while I was backing out of my parking space. No regrets. Hopefully he went to a barber afterward and got that atrocity straightened out. Running around like that in HS has got to be asking for a beat down. (It certainly would have where we went to school.)
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on February 14, 2011, 03:51:31 PM
/me is completely oblivious
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on February 15, 2011, 12:53:51 AM
It's cool, Tawny Kitaen and Dog the Bounty Hunter never heard of 'em either (http://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com)

Good convo elsewhere: my whole life has pretty much been spent toward making music matter, and now I find myself in a time where music matters less than possibly any other time in history.  Here's people talking about stuff I often talk about (http://tomewing.tumblr.com/post/3293113362/desnoise-rawkblog-perpetua-the-funny) (except unlike the author, I can think of a few examples of Grammys boosting an artist's success--Bonnie Raitt immediately comes to mind)..."incuriosity" is a good way to put it. Movies still capture the attention (new film: ooh that might be interesting! new musical act: meh whatever, I'll just stick with Zep and Gaga), but as for music most people don't give a rat's ass (according to recent stats, music downloads have decreased compared to other files, so it's like it is not even worth stealing anymore), and if they do it's like picking a sports team to root for or something.

Hipster Runoff (http://hipsterrunoff.com/2011/02/indie-gone-mainstream-grammy-2k11-recap.html) has the rest of the Grammys pretty much covered. Yes that is Will Smith's other kid performing with Bieber (you know his daughter had probably the biggest hit of last year yes?); soon his offspring will pwn whatever is left of the music business.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: flipper on February 15, 2011, 02:00:54 AM
I purchase tons of music.  Most of it is directly from the artist at their shows.  I do purchase some stuff from acts that are gone or rarely if ever make it up here.  I went to 30 shows last year and will probably match that this year.  I really can't comment on the Grammys or popular music because I gave up on it many years ago. I'm not really being critical.  I'm just oblivious.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: stormneedle on February 15, 2011, 02:33:06 AM
Uncle Bonsai's put out a new album. I shall have to study the differences 10 years has made.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on February 15, 2011, 02:50:09 AM
I purchase tons of music.  Most of it is directly from the artist at their shows.  I do purchase some stuff from acts that are gone or rarely if ever make it up here.  I went to 30 shows last year and will probably match that this year.  I really can't comment on the Grammys or popular music because I gave up on it many years ago. I'm not really being critical.  I'm just oblivious.

Well that's not directed toward most of the people here, I mean we have plenty of enthusiasts and working musicians within our ranks. I would guess that many of your meatspace similarly-aged friends don't share the same kind of passion for music, though.

Nor the Grammys in general, I suppose; "the Grammys are out of touch" as a concept is well past the point of exploring anymore...for example: do y'all remember the infamous moment when Jethro Tull beat Metallica for Best Metal Album?  That was in 1989. over twenty years ago! With the ArFi thing it's more about that "I'm proud to not know stuff!" attitude as it applies to music. Bieber and the whole Radio Disney movement in general is really not geared toward our demographic, and his biggest hit is mostly "baby baby baby, yeah yeah yeah" -- hey, just like the Beatles! -- so one can certainly be forgiven for unfamiliarity with his works.

Again my reach exceeds my grasp re the scope of where I'm going with this; it's like the cultural shift where once I would have said that, given a choice between having either a stereo or tv, I'd take stereo every time, but now most people's "home stereo" is mp3s thru an Xbox or shitty iPod speakers and yet they have an expensive room size screen with the weird HD fisheye effect because that Matters a lot more. It's not just downloading and torrents and etc that devalued music across the boards, it spans much more of the culture than that, I guess is what I'm sayin.

Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 15, 2011, 04:53:14 AM
I told Steve to get this "social networking experience" all media outlets want these days, he should post updates to FB about the Grammys during commercials (this actually was the first year in several years we've even watched the show).

He told me that not only does he not know most of the bands/singers, he doesn't really give a shit about any of them enough to comment. "That's not his scene."

Well, I know it's not your scene, it isn't mine either. But you're a music journalist. You should at least have some passing knowledge of who Lady Antebellum is, even though Hillary Scott is no Loretta Lynn.

He could be writing stuff like this philly.com commentary (http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20110215_Lady_Antebellum_s_Grammy_upset__Blame_it_on_Nixon.html).

There's journalistic integrity, and then there's putting food on the table. He's smart enough to pass off his disdain for mainstream music like this philly.com writer.

But who am I to judge? I can barely put two sentences together on a page right now. :shrug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: the other andrea on February 15, 2011, 04:54:29 AM
I guess I harbor a little resentment, because I spent 12 years putting food on the table while he explored his journalistic integrity.  :P
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 15, 2011, 05:58:55 AM
:lol:


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Yes that is Will Smith's other kid performing with Bieber (you know his daughter had probably the biggest hit of last year yes?)

I just noticed when forwarding someone the dancing-parroty-bird vid that it said Willow Smith, and slowly mah brains said, "Is that one of Will's?"  Considering Will's piss-poor film career and general squandering, maybe he's wise to carefully invest in his kids' careers, anyway.  They're still so young . . . whether they wind up being seen as exploited and 'just another' child stars or what will depend enormously on how much they lohan out, etc, through their teens, and if they have media careers or other success afterward.

Personally, I'm mostly just old.  I have a lot of music that I like, and I never seem to have time to listen to it, and I don't like most of the new stuff I hear -- but this last thing is the same as ever and not particular to these days.  Occasionally I get swept up in something new and groovy, but even then my attention span is fairly short, and I stop checking for new Pomplamoose vids. 

Besides, I haven't got money to buy music, and the only time I listen is in the car, on my short commute, and the car only has a tape deck and radio, so what would I buy?  I could buy CDs and make mix tapes until I run out of cassettes, but it's not likely that I will.

The kidz I know . . . they have variety overload.  A lot of younger people I know really are into music, but it's not the narrow stream of studio stuff like when I was their age.  YT probably mentions ten new bands a week in casual conversation with me, and I know that's like 10% of what he actually encounters and samples.  There's just so much out there now, just like all the SF people said there would be, with internet self-publishing and such.  He and his friends have these hilarious conversations about music where they're all excited about two or three bands that no one else in the conversation has heard of.  It's only their personal enthusiasm that causes much overlap in what they're listening to.

I don't know if it's good or bad.

We had a customer talking about the Grammys, and Lady Antebellum came up.  Never heard of her.  EL said, "Wait, is her name racist?"  And I said, without really thinking, "Is she a black rapper?  Because, you know, reclaiming rhetoric, and everything."  The customer said, "No, she's a white Country Western singer," and EL and I both said, "Ooooh . . . might be kinda racist."

:lol:

Based purely on the name.  Maybe it's ironic or something.  :shrug:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: First Post on February 15, 2011, 06:19:59 AM
Yeah a lot of people were tripping about the band's name. Why not Lord Plantation? Papa Pickaninny? It is a little skeevy.

Re writing about it, if I had to do a gig like that it seems the many examples of Lester Bangs' old theory of "do something from a long time ago in a way nobody's thought of in a while" would be a good angle to work. That Lady Antebellum song bears notable similarities (http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashvillecream/archives/2010/11/11/alan-parsons-camp-alleges-lady-antebellum-rip-off) to Alan Parsons "Eye in the Sky", Gaga's new single is basically "Express Yourself 2011" (she even wore Madonna's old Barbara Eden ponytail for those who weren't already getting the reference), Cee-Lo paid very obvious homage to Elton John on the Muppet Show (http://www.muppetcentral.com/guides/episodes/tms/season2/38_john.shtml) and was hailed as being fresh and original for it, the Bieber-Osmond thing, etcetc.

(Even Springsteen has done a cover of that Willow Smith song. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpxZwbPcA38) It is truly a new world.)



Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: random axe on February 15, 2011, 07:06:56 AM
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That Lady Antebellum song bears notable similarities to Alan Parsons "Eye in the Sky"

TOO SOON.  I just heard "Eye in the Sky" on the radio the other day.


That video is priceless.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 15, 2011, 09:38:09 AM
My last purchases of music I wasn't already familiar with happened after I heard the musician on Prairie Home Companion.  I'm officially an old.  Great stuff, though - Sara Watkins (formerly of Nickel Creek), JJ Grey, Sarah Jarosz, and Dave Rawlings.  In most cases I only bought the single, but I did get Jarosz's whole album.  Oh - I did buy a couple La Gaga songs and and Adam Lambert too, but I didn't get those from PHC.   :huh:
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on February 15, 2011, 09:45:36 AM
If Lady Gaga did an unplugged performance on Prairie Home Companion I think that would pretty much cement her victory. :galm:

I've been feeling really out of touch with music - but some of this is kind of an overwhelming sense of the fact that there is a huge amount of great stuff out there that you have to dig for. Every time I've gone digging I've found stuff I loved and I've emptied my pockets for the artist. Labels these days are still trying to push the traditional pop success formulas, which only rarely and coincidentally coincide with good music, so I'm not paying much attention. Even so - how the heck have people not heard of the Arcade Fire? It's puzzling.
Title: Re: Things I Didn't Expect to See Today
Post by: Talix on February 15, 2011, 09:55:27 AM