May 27, 2010

Beer tasting is almost here

Sorry, no beer review this week. I'm holding the third annual Miasmatic Review Beer Tasting this weekend and I've had to prepare for that. I've made Three bacon explosions and prepped 7 pounds of rib tips for this weekend. I also have the beers lined up that we are going to review. We have three flights.

Beers of South East Asia: Kingfisher from India, Tsingtao From China and Singha from Taiwan.

Beers from Gray's Brewery: Rathskeller Amber Ale, Honey Ale and Bully Porter.

American Stouts: Bell's Java Stout, Left Hand's Milk Stout and Millstream's Colony Stout.

Off course there is a tenth beer. The Mystery beer. Who ever comes the closest to identifying the beer wins a pint of Glogg and a reviewers note book from Bell's Brewery. The tenth beer won't be revealed until after the tasting.

If you are one of the people that RSVPed that you are coming, I'm looking forward to see you there. If you didn't make it this year, I hope you can join us next year.

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September 05, 2009

International Bacon Day

Today is International Bacon Day, make sure you cook some bacon.

If I wasn't in a condition that limited me from doing so, I'd be having a Bacon Explosion or two today.

Since I can't make one today, I'm promising to all that come to my full recovery party that I'll make at least two!

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April 15, 2009


Tomorrow, April 16th, is the 262nd anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. For those of you that have been reading me over the last four years may remember my alter ego regailing his story of Culloden and the Clearances. For those that don't want to do the reading, Culloden was the last of the battles for the Jacobite cause that ultimately ended the Scottish Clan system and a national heritage.

Tomorrow, I'm getting together with some friends and hitting the Hope and Anchor, an English Pub, to help remind them of the what happened.

For some fun, here are a couple of video clips regarding Culloden, The first is from the Culloden Battlefield Experience in Scotland.

Trailer for audiovisual film at National Trust For Scotland's new Culloden Battlefield Experience. A dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle fought on British soil on 16th April 1746 between the Jacobite supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie and The British Army of George II. Directed by Craig Collinson & Produced by Nobles Gate.

And short tour of the battlefield done to The Ghosts of Culloden.

If you are going to be in the area, you can join us. The whole family will be there.

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April 07, 2009

Hope and Anchor

Yesterday at work, Bruce comes over to me and shows me an ad for a new place in town, Hope and Anchor English Pub. It just opened and he wanted to go check it out, probably because the ad boasted the girls wear the shortest kilts in town. I thought, "hell why not!" He met me at my house after work and we headed off to the pub.

We got there and the atmosphere seemed really nice. It wasnt too loud, there was music, but it never interfered with conversation. They had pool tables, dart boards and TVs, but the sound on the TV wasnt even audible, at least not from where we were sitting.

The menu only had a about a dozen items, but they did have Bangers and Mash, Cottage Pie, Fish and Chips, Scotch Eggs, Cornish Pasties and other English, Irish and Scottish food. Sorry, no haggis! They even had real HP sauce for the pasties! I had the pasties and a Scotch egg. The pasties were good, I was pleasantly surprised. The Scotch egg wasnt quite right. First it was served cold. I feel they are the best at room temperature, but you could tell this was pulled out of a fridge. Then they quartered it. I know they did that so that the patrons would have an easier time eating it, so I can forgive that. However, I dont know what they rolled the egg in, but it wasnt oats. It was some kind of breading. It didnt taste bad, but it isnt a traditional style Scotch egg. Somebody around us got the Fish and Chips and they looked and smelled fantastic.

The beer selection left a lot to be desired. They had Guinness, Bass, Stella Artois, Newcastle, Bud Light, Miller Light and Wood Pecker hard cider on tap. They had a handful of bottled beers, but the selection wasnt much. At least they had some good beers on tap. I couldnt help but to recommend some beers they may want to try stocking to go with the theme. As long as they have Miller Lite, Stella Artois, Guinness and Bass Ill be fine.

Unfortunately none of the staff was wearing kilts. Apparently the girls only wear those on the weekends. Before you ask, we are planning on going back to check it out this weekend. We also had a great bartender, Amy. She was nice, personable and really kept us happy. Even later in the evening when it was just Bruce and I in the place she sat there and chatted with us.

The prices were good too. The average entre was under $10.00 and the tap beer ran $2.50 for domestic to $4.00 for import. Thats pretty standard for Rockford.

On a Monday night it wasnt very busy, but Im interested to see how it is on a Friday or Saturday. I want to see if the music gets too loud or if it becomes impossible to have a conversation. Also they have a stage for bands to play on, so Im interested to see what kind of bands they will get. If it keeps up the high impression its given me, this could move into my top five favorite bars.

Even if I do have to sit under a sign that says "God Bless the Queen" and I'm a Jacobite!

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February 07, 2009

That's one heck of a sticker price!

Well I know what I would do if I had $15.6 septillian dollars. It wouldn't be to fix the economy. I wouldn't help the poor or the third world. No, I would build my own real life Death Star. Death Star Costs $15.6 Septillion, 1.4 Trillion Times the US Debt.

Now of course the jobs it would create making it would fix the economy... but hey!

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Bacon Cake!

As you might have noticed, I have a special love for bacon. I keep trying to find new and interesting ways to cook and serve it. Hence how I found the Bacon Cake!

It's all I want for valentines day! lol

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January 24, 2009

Planet 51

Speaking of Movies... Here's a trailer for a new cartoon movie that looks interesting. It's based on another planet... and humans are the aliens. Check out the Official Planet 51 Trailer.

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January 17, 2009

Bacon Explosion

all I can say about this recipe is yum.... Bacon. All hail the Bacon Explosion.

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Barely recognizable.

Over at Listal, basically a place that makes lists, they have a post up of Almost Unrecognizable actors. It's a list of various actors that have done roles that required them to wear make up. This list is what they feel is the best jobs were you can barely tell it's the actor. Some of them I disagree with, you could tell Mrs. Doubtfire was Robin Williams, etc. If you like movies, you'll probably find this list interesting.

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January 11, 2009

Starting the day off with a bang.

This video is in Japanese, but you can get the general idea of what they are talking about.

See more funny videos and Technology Videos at Today's Big Thing.

I need to get me one of these. I don't know how well it will work as an alarm clock, but it sure would be fun.

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January 10, 2009

Sky watching.

Here's a video clip that I found really interesting. It's a series of time lapse pictures of the sky.

trna hott kurds by hasta la otra mxico! from Till Credner on Vimeo.

I found this over at Astronomy Picture of the Day. The website says it gives a different picture each day, but it hasn't been updated since December 31st.

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RC Jet Crash.

I didn't even know they made remote control jets until I saw this video.

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All I could think when I saw that jet crash in a fiery ball, is that the guy that owned it had to be pissed. Those things can't be cheap.

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December 20, 2008

Paintings in under a minute

I'm actually pretty impressed with the overall look of the finalized product. I didn't think you could do something that fast with spray paint and have it actually not look like a complete piece of crap.

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'Tis the season for Bacon!

Anyone that knows me, knows I love bacon. It may not be a completely healthy obsession (both physically and psychologically), but it is one. So this week when searching the internet I found the best bacon combination for the holidays

First, for those of us that want to just decorate the house with Bacon. You have Bacon Christmas tree ornaments!

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Then on Christmas day you can have a a Turbaconducken. I've never had a Turducken before, but when I finally have one, it's going to be wrapped in bacon. MMMMmmmmmm Bacon.

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Doesn't that look delicious!

Then finally, as a side dish you can have, what appears to be, the best bacon food stuff I've ever seen. It combines bacon with another guilty pleasure of mine... Cheese! We have the Bacon and Cheese Roll.


Oh c'mon you know that looks sinfully delicious.

If I have a heart attack before the New Year... you'll know why.

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November 15, 2008

Biohazard Cookies?

Not ones that are actual biohazards, just ones that are in the shape of biohazard symbols. Over at Juggling Frogs they have a way to make your own cookie cutters out of foil pans!

Now if you have the time, patience and the skills to attempt this, let me know how it works out. I maybe tempted to try to try it out myself.

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November 08, 2008

The neighborhood kids are in trouble now!

Why did they not have something like this when I was growing up? I remember wishing for something like this as a kid. My friends and I wanted a snowball gun for the various snowball wars we got into during the winters growing up.

And now they have one! The 80' Snowball Launcher.

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This toy blaster makes and launches softball-sized snowballs up to 80', allowing rapid, long-range assaults during neighborhood snowball confrontations. Simply place snow in the forming chamber and close the lid, and it packs three perfectly spherical snowballs. To blast your mark, place one snowball in the muzzle, aim the launcher, and pull back the slingshot mechanism. Because the blaster is powered by elastomers instead of batteries, it provides uninterrupted, fast-action play. Made of durable, cold-resistant plastic. Includes targets for shooting practice. Ages 8 and up. 17 1/2" L x 5 1/2" W x 12" H. (2 1/2 lbs.)

I may have to pick up four of these, one for each of the family!

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It turns your bred to the dark side!

When I first saw this my inner geek in a million voices cried out in joy and were suddenly silenced as I realized my wife would never let me own one. What could this wondrous thing be that brought my inner geek out? Nothing other than a Darth Vader Toaster!

If there's something every Sith Lord knows how to do it's make a balanced breakfast. While the Jedi have to live off of Jawa juice and fried nerfsteak, the Dark Lord of the Sith prefers to have a reminder of his fiery Mustafar defeat at his breakfast table. Every morning he burns that moment into a slice of bread with the Darth Vader Toaster. This black, ominous kitchen appliance easily leaves the mark of Vader's helmet in every yummy piece of toast. Slather some Bantha butter on top, or make two pieces for an extra-Sithy BLT. Force power not required to operate toaster.

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Admit it, you want one too!

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October 04, 2008

I'd eat there.

I stumbled across pictures of a restaurant in Chandler, AZ called The Heart Attack Grill. Now, as un-PC as this is, I find it refreshing that a restaurant is actually marketing food that people want with no regards to any type of reprecussions from the "Everyone should eat lettuce" crowd. Which from the look of the burgers, there is no lettuce on them! I really wish there was one of these places in Illinois, I'd so go there for a double bypass and some Flatliner fries! Although the waitress staff looks mighty tempting too.

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MMMmmmm burgers and nurses.

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September 13, 2008

Soda Vs. Pop

This arguement has been going around the blogosphere for a long, long time. I remember seeing many a post about it. What do you call soft drinks? Is it soda, pop, coke, etc. This arguement has even gone on outside the blogosphere. I know many of my friends and I have had this debate.

Someone has taken this debate to a new level and actually did a survey to find out. Then they made a map based on the answers. Finally we have the Soda Vs. Pop map.

Click to enlarge.

They also have a breakdown on to how the map can be read over at Strange Maps. Looking at this map I have to conclude pop is the most used term!

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Magazines of tomorrow, today.

This is really cool! Esquire magazine has come up with a cover using E-Ink (Electronic Ink) that blinks.

Apparently they are only producing 100,000 of these.

Looking at this makes me wonder how far away are we from the days when we have moving pictures in newsprint. Think about it. All those fantasy and Sci-Fi movies may not be far off. The newspapers from Harry Potter and the wanted posters from Serenity/Firefly.

Now what I really want to know is, how much is this going to cost?

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Post it note fun

From the creators of the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment, EeepyBird show us how to have fun with sticky notes.

EepyBird's Sticky Note experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

Oh man, I could have been doing this when I was in Tulsa! I wish I had found it earlier.

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September 06, 2008

oh the possibilities

When I was a kid, my friends and I would go to Skateland every Saturday. One of our favorite things to do when we were there was to order a "suicide" from the snack bar. I don't know who named it or why that, but it was a combination of equal parts of every softdrink on the fountain. Now they normally had a Cola, a Lemon Lime, A Root Beer, Dr. Pepper and an orange drink. It was all the rage with the kids. I think the snack bar workers hated making them though.

When I discovered that Coke testing 100-flavor soda fountains I wondered what that "suicide" would taste like, and how hard it would be to make one!

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August 09, 2008

Kilt, or Male Unbifurcated Garment.

When I was in Tulsa I had one of the people in class tell me about this. Then Employee-M, who's husband is a mail carrier said she had heard about this as well. Finally Ktreva sent me a news link, Wash. letter carrier going full kilt ahead.

I say it's about damn time! Let the kilt rule the mail carrier world as well!

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"Unbifurcated Garments are far more comfortable and suitable to male anatomy than trousers or shorts because they don't confine the legs or cramp the male genitals the way that trousers or shorts do," he wrote. "Please open your hearts and inseams for an option in mail carrier comfort!"

I don't think this was going to catch on, or that the Postal Service and their union is going to allow this. Especially with the way the article reads.

On a side note, just looking at the picture I can identify the manufacturer as the Utilikilt Company. Is that weird?

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June 28, 2008

Someting for the Guys.

This is for the guys. Over at AskMen.Com they have Top 10: Chicks Kissing Scenes. Now these are mainstream movies, not from the adult industry, so these are actual legit actresses.

I just thought it was time for me to re-introduce some "art" to my blog.

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Knight Rider GPS

Part of me thinks this is cool, but the other part thinks that only an ultra fan boy or a real geek would want this.

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But what will the illegals do?

Don't like to mow your lawn, but you don't want to hire someone else to do it? How about getting a Lawnmower Robot?

With the introduction of the LawnBott LB3500, KA Home Robotics has raised the bar in home robotics for lawn care. The LB3500 is the worlds first Bluetooth compatible home robotic device. The owner can program and directly control the LB3500 through any Bluetooth compatible cell phone or PDA type device!

They aren't available yet, but it says they are coming soon. I'm willing to bet these things will cost a small fortune. Luckily, I have a teenager to do my mowing.

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This takes more grace than I have.

Anyone that is a fan of the Movie Labyrinth is familiar with Contact Juggling.

Here is a guy in a park, presumably Japan, that makes it look really easy. If you like this kind of performance art, you'll love what this kid does with a crystal ball.

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June 07, 2008

Just a quick SciFi fix.

This is a compilation of different "space battles." Some of the scenes aren't in space and some of them aren't battles. Like the space station blowing up in Armageddon. There is a lot from the Star Wars sagas in there, but there are also from other movies, including Serenity.

The music is pretty good too.

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Pissing the game away

Not that I play golf, because I don't, or that I would have this problem, because I wouldn't, but I found this interesting. The Uroclub.

How many times has this happened? You arrive at the golf course, and soon youre on to 18 holes with your best buddies. After drinking sport ades, water, beer, and whatever, youre on the 3rd hole with no rest room in sight. There are no trees or bushes around and you just gotta go, what are you going to do?

Basically it's a piss can made to look like a golf club.


Every aspect of this piece of equipment has been meticulously worked out to make it simple and trouble free to use. To start with, the UroClub is designed from a light weight resin with a molded grip. The cap opens and closes easily and is designed with a triple sealing system to ensure that it is leak proof.

The privacy shield hooks to the sides of the pants or belt and adds stability. This allows freedom of the hands to manipulate the club and zipper.

The entire club is made of a non-porous material. Therefore, caring and cleaning is effortless!

The UroClub is intended to eliminate anxiety and any feeling of uneasiness on the course. It can be emptied at the nearest restroom or later on, when the golfer returns home.

Capacity: Over half a liter, twice the volume commonly urinated.

Length: Like a standard 7 Iron

I give them credit for the genius behind the idea, but honestly when I did golf and something like this happened to me... I really did just pee in front of everyone. I maybe shy, but my bladder is not.

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May 31, 2008

Novelty gun.

I don't know what practical use this knife-gun would have, heck I'm not ever sure how accurate or effective it would be. It can't be over a .22 caliber. Anyway, it is still kind of neat to see someone spent some time making a concealed weapon that looks like a weapon.

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Gas Pains.

I know a lot of people are complaining about the price of gas. It's common anymore. Hell, I've even stopped driving my truck. That's right, I'm carpooling as much as possible now. The last time I filled the tank on the truck it cost me $120.00 And that was when gas was $3.69 a gallon. It's now $4.15 a gallon here.

Well some people have really had enough with gas prices. Over at Miss Celania (Get it Miscellanea? Pretty Funny) she has a whole category up over the problems with gasoline. There is a lot of funny, and informative information over there. You should go check it out.

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May 10, 2008

That's a huge fish!

I stumbled across this little news story: Illinois Man Catches 92 pound fish with out a pole!

That's just a huge fish, I don't care how he caught it. Be it with a bow and arrow or a stick of dynomite. I didn't think fish got that big in Illinois.

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It sure the hell wouldn't have been PBR.

I received an E-mail earlier this week from CalTechGirl from Not Exactly Rocket Science titled "I thought this was you until I saw it was Pabst...". I open it up just to see a link to a fox news story, Illinois Man Orders Custom Beer-Can Coffin.

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SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. Bill Bramanti will love Pabst Blue Ribbon eternally, and he's got the custom-made beer-can casket to prove it. "I actually fit, because I got in here," said Bramanti of South Chicago Heights.

The 67-year-old Glenwood village administrator doesn't plan on needing it anytime soon, though.

He threw a party Saturday for friends and filled his silver coffin designed in Pabst's colors of red, white and blue with ice and his favorite brew.

"Why put such a great novelty piece up on a shelf in storage when you could use it only the way Bill Bramanti would use it?" said Bramanti's daughter, Cathy Bramanti, 42.

Bramanti ordered the casket from Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home in Chicago Heights, and Scott Sign Co. of Chicago Heights designed the beer can.

Emphasis mine

Okay, that's a pretty good idea. I mean think about it. Unless you want to be cremated, you're going to spend a lot of money on a coffin only to have it stuck in the ground. Why not put it to extra use, and sure some people might be skeeved out by drinking beer out of it, but it wouldn't bother me. Hell, in college I used an old urn I bought at a second hand store thinking it was a broken trophy as a drinking vessel. I cleaned it first!

If I was going to do this, it would probably be a Miller Lite casket. I know, I know why not one of my real favorites. Well that would be because I drink more Miller Lite than any other beer.

Oh, and I'm kidding about the urn, but admit it, you started to believe it! Probably because it sounds like something I would do.

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April 19, 2008

Lies, Lies, Lies

When we were in school we were taught all kinds of things. Most of us as children just accepted what the teacher taught us as truth. As adults many of us now know that Teachers more often than not just teach what is in the text books and really aren't a subject matter expert. What is in those books is often suspect and depends on the authors and publishers. As adults we learn more and more things about life we go back and remember what we were taught as wrong.

Here was have The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught In History Class.

Those are all pretty good, but honestly I think they should have added the controversial topic regarding the Civil War. Was it fought to free the slaves or fought to preserve the union? Anybody that studies history knows that slavery did have a hand in the fighting of the civil war, but the north did not go to war with the south to free the slaves. No, they went to war to preserve the union.

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Empire Strikes back in 60 seconds.

Want to watch a movie, but just don't have the time. Check out the Empire Strikes Back done in 60 seconds.

Apparently this was done for some kind of competition. It doesn't look too bad for being done in a couple of days.

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April 12, 2008

Photoshopping gone bad.

We've all seen it before, you know where someone photoshops something and it looks like crap. Hell, I'm guilty of it too. But what if it's a professional company, say an add company or a magazine that photoshops something and it just goes awry? Well there is now a blog dedicated to Photoshop Disasters.

Some of these are funny, others are just kind of disturbing, especially the half baby.

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March 29, 2008

Robot Drumers

Over at Let's Make Robots, they have a Yellow Drum Machine robot.

Here's a video clip of it in action.

According to the site:

Notice how the robot first plays on the object it finds (or is forced to find by the angry cameraman), plays a small beat, and records the beat it plays on it. Then this recorded beat is played again, and it starts to play on the object (an belt tracks and everything else it has),and also playing this sampled beat :)

Pretty cool, huh? Now if they can only get it to play the Bodhrain.

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March 22, 2008

This list should have been longer.

You all know that I'm a sucker for Historical Movies. I love movies that have to do with any and all parts of history. That doesn't mean that I don't pick them apart because the amateur historian in me is highly annoyed by fixable or avoidable inaccuracies. It's because of this that I found it highly amusing to turn on my computer yesterday and see Yahoo's: The 10 Most Historically Inaccurate Movies.

I enjoyed some of the movies on this list a lot. The Patriot, Braveheart, 300, The last Samurai, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age were movies I highly enjoyed watching. Gladiator sucked, I regretted paying to see it in the theater.

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March 15, 2008

Cool Clock.

Everyone I've ever met has played with an etch-a-sketch at one point or another. Some are better at making pictures on it than others. Myself, I was never that great at them. Yet, when I found this video two things came to mind.

First: This guy has way too much free time on his hands.

Second: How do you read it in the dark?

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March 01, 2008

For the cooks out there.

I like to cook, but I don't host that many parties were it isn't much more than a buffet style kegger. It's not that I wouldn't like to have the other kind, it's just we don't have room for something like that. However, if I ever did host one, or for those of you that are planning an upcoming party, I'd try to make these:

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Bacon Cup

Over at not martha they have the complete instructions on how to make these yummy little salad holders.

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For years the FDA has banned the importation of haggis into the United States. The only way to get one is to find someone that makes it here, which is damn near impossible. But that's okay, for those of us that like Haggis and can't get it, we have an alternative.

Gummy Haggis!
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Haggis is a traditional Scottish delicacy consisting of sheep entrails and spices boiled inside a sheep's stomach. As much as we'd love to sell the genuine article (NOT!), we're just not in the business of boiled innards in stomach casing. We are, however, in the business of gummy candy that looks like boiled innards in stomach casing. Lucky you.

Each 3 1/2" long, 100 gram hunk of brownish Gummy Haggis looks disturbingly realistic and has the unmistakable flavor of butterscotch.

How cool is that? BTW, this is made by the same people that make Angry Scotsman Chewing Gum.

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February 23, 2008

Coolest Desk Ever!

If you're not a Sci-fi or Star Wars fan, you won't appreciate this desk. If you are, this may be the coolest desk you've ever seen.

The Han Solo Frozen in Carbonite Desk!

Yea, I wish I could get one of these for work!

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February 09, 2008

Intricate cake!

I've read a couple of books in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I thought they were enjoyable, clever and funny. That is if you like sci-fi/fantatsy fiction. The basis of Discworld is that it's a flat disk balanced on the backs of four elephants that stand on the back of a giant turtle. No seriously, it is. The reason I'm telling you this is because if you didn't know it, you wouldn't understand this wedding cake.

They must be huge fans, and the mother that baked it must really love her daughter. WOW!

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Yep, I feel old again.

Beloit College, located just north of me in Beloit, Wisconsin puts out a "mindset" list every year.

The Mindset List is not a chronological listing of things that happened in the year that the entering first-year students were born.

Our effort is to identify a worldview of 18 year-olds in the fall of 2007. We take a risk in some cases of making generalizations, particularly given that our students at Beloit College for instance come from every state and scores of nations.

The "Class of 2011" refers to students entering college this year. They are generally 18 which suggests they were born in 1989.

The list identifies the experiences and event horizons of students as they commence higher education and is not meant to reflect on their preparatory education.

I've read some of these over the years and some of it is funny, other parts are kind of scary. There seems to be some political bias, but what do you expect from any higher learning institution.

Go check out what our future has never experienced on the Class of 2011 Mindset List.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take my Geritol.

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The way it should have been.

Last summer the Transformers Movie came out. I know that a lot of people really liked it, but I had some serious issues with it. First being that I was a huge fan of the Transformers when I was kid and I didn't like the way they made the robots look. They all looked like a jumbled mass of parts. Not like a robot. Then my fanboyness took over and I started complaining that they had 7th generation Transformers with the first generation and so on. Ktreva called me out saying that only I would have noticed that. Which isn't true, because I've talked to others that complained about the same thing.

However, I will tell you this. If I had a chance to do the movie, it would have looked like this:

As found on the Hasbro Transformers site.

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January 26, 2008

Now that's cold

Okay we've been in a cold snap here for a while. I woke up most days this week to negative temperatures and on Thursday there was a -33 wind chill. Yet I shudder to think what the temps are for this video labeled Newfoundland Frozen Waves.

The text with it states:

"This strange weather phenomenon happened in Newfoundland where the waves were actually frozen as they crashed on the beach."

Well I'm not scientist, but to me it looks like the waves are moving ice pack to shore where it's piling up. I'm sure the wave action is freezing on the rocks adding to the build up, but I don't think it's so cold that the water is flash freezing. If it was, you'd think those people watching would have frost bite on their exposed skin in a matter of seconds as well. Especially since some of them don't seem to be bundled all that warmly. But as I said, I'm not a scientist and maybe the waves are actually freezing as they hit shore. Either way, I don't think I'd want to be sitting there watching it too long.

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These look fun to play.

And now for something I think all of you board game lovers out there might appreciate. (Looks at Shadoglare). How about The Worlds Most Controversial Board Games. That's right, controversial board games. There's a couple on here that I find hilarious and wouldn't mind trying to play, just to see what it's like. Ones like Public Assistance, Why work for a living and Capital Punishment.

However, they probably are a pain in the arse to play and not very fun.

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January 20, 2008

I need to find this Range.

This is the perfect combination. Scantily clad women shooting fully automatic firearms. Trust me guys, it puts some wiggle in their jiggle.

More videos from the "webcam girls" channel at

It was until the third time watching this that I realized they all really need to work on their aim.

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December 30, 2007

Guess the Song

When I first watched the clip I swore the guy was singing in a different language and had no idea what was really going on. I tried to figure out what the song was and didn't have a clue until about halfway through when the video switched to "normal".

What I think is most impressive is the fact that the guy had visual effects so you could see that it really was him singing it.

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December 24, 2007

Gas Mileage

Ever wonder how far your vehicle can go once the low-fuel light comes on? Well you can look up and see what others have experienced at Tank on Empty.

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December 08, 2007

Christmas in Hollis

By now we've all seen a video of Christmas lights that "dance" to music, the most popular being the video of the house that dances to Trans Siberian Orchestra's Wizards of Winter. Well, here we have a house in Minneapolis that is done to Run DMC's Christmas in Hollis.

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Giant Shotgun

This is one giant gun.

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Citizen Soldier

Last night I took Ktreva to see the movie "The Golden Compass". Which Ktreva enjoyed... but I really miss those two hours of my life and seven bucks. Seriously it was the Ice Capades, Bears on Ice... it was stupid and when the movie was over I was surprised I only lost 2 hours of my life, because it felt like 3.5.

Anyway, before the movie they showed a National Guard Tribute by 3 Doors Down, Citizen Soldier. I thought it was a really cool video as it spans the history of the American fighting men and women. I wanted to share with those of you that may not have seen the video.

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November 24, 2007

Build your own phaser!

I know I'm a Star Trek fan and a techno junkie and I have many readers that are too. So when I found this I knew I had to share it. Below is a video clip of how to take a Blu-Ray laser and install it into a Star Trek Phaser to get a "functioning" phaser.

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High Speed Photography

Last week I posted a high speed clip of a hollow point bullet traveling through ballistics gel. This week I found a montage of various high speed photos involving everything from bullets to drag racers.

I thought the scene with the tire on the drag racer was pretty cool. I never realized how much stress is put on those tires.

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November 17, 2007

NFL Fly Overs.

For Veteran's Day the NFL did a special report by Steve Sabol on the pre-game fly overs. Folks, I've been to many different football games and the fly over is probably one of the best parts about the game. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, the fly over touches a part of me that lasts. I know that since 9-11 I tend to mist up seeing the military fly over. Hell watching this clip brought a touch of moisture to me. There is just something touching about it. Even if you don't like football, it's worth going over to see the report and the fly overs. And even though they focus on the Chicago Bears, when they show the cockpit view, you can see my corporate headquarters. It's almost like they are trying to aim for it.

Below is the fly over from the San Diego Vs Packer's game I was at in September.

This one is a clip of the Minnesota Vs. Packers Veteran's day fly over. This one isn't as well made.

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Watch it wiggle.

This isn't something normal for Saturday morning, but I found it interesting. This is a slow-motion clip of a hollow point bullet going through gelatin.

According to scientists ballistics gel has the same consistency of the human body, so this is what a hollow point bullet would do to the fleshy part of a person if they where hit by one... in theory.

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November 03, 2007

MMMmmmm Bacon.

I love bacon, but I'm not allowed to eat it with my dietary restrictions, but I've found the answer to get around that. No, it's not turkey bacon. Although it's not bad, it just doesn't taste the same. I've found Bacon Salt!

Bacon salt is a zero calorie, vegetarian, kosher certified, seasoning salt that makes everything taste like real bacon....

...Our mission in life is to make everything taste like real, delicious bacon, without the fat or calories.

Some of the testimonials are rather amusing too.

Why would you have fries if you could have bacon fries?

Just think of the possibilities. Bacon corn, bacon broccoli, bacon fish, bacon bacon. It's just never ending!

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October 06, 2007

Got a lead foot?

I know I do, I also know where all the hot spots are in my daily drive for cops. Maybe you don't, or maybe you're going someplace you've never been to before or just moved to. The SpeedTrap Exchange can help you find where all those cops like to hide out. Just choose your state, then your city and viola, a list of speed traps as well as comments from users on how good or bad the tip is.

Not everyone can talk their way out of a ticket.

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Who ya gonna call?

Want to be a Ghostbuster for Halloween? Here's some step by step instructions on how to make a "movie accurate" costume. I should build one of these just to take to work.

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It looks good.

I love historical movies. It doesn't matter what time period or genre, I love them. I also tend to tear them apart for various reasons. It doesn't matter if it has received good reviews or bad ones, I will end up seeing it. So it was with great delight that I found out that a German company is making a movie about Baron Von Richtoffen, or more commonly known as The Red Baron. (The direct link is slow to load).

However I did find a clip on YouTube that loads much faster, but is not as clear.

I'm stoked!

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September 08, 2007

Baking while you work.

It may be a little too late in the year to post this, but I'm going to anyway as I just found it. All of us have gotten into a a car on a hot day at some time. We know it's hot and we've heard all the warnings about leaving kids and pets inside a car. Well lets put that radiant solar energy to good use. How about the next time you are at work you get some baking done? Over at Baking Bites they have an article on Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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August 11, 2007

Dark Knight

This one is for my blog spawn Bruce. Apparently there is a new Batman movie coming out, Dark Knight, see the trailer here.

If its anything like Batman Begins, then Im all for it, if its more like Batman and Robin, then Ill pass.

UPDATE: I removed the video from this site, I could not for the life of me get the autoplay feature to turn off. And I hate when it's automatically on. You can click on the link to see the teaser.

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July 21, 2007

Food of the Geeks.

Do you have that special someone in your life that is a geek? Are you handy in the kitchen? Would you like to make them a special desert for what ever occasion? Is it hard to find something that really fits them? Well I have the solution for you.

Circuitry Snacks

They are deserts and treats that are made to look like computer components. Geeks of the world can snack!

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July 03, 2007

Solemn memories.

I know a lot of people arent into history, but Id just like to point out that the bloodiest battle in American History ended today. 144 years ago today at 3:00PM CST (Id say 3:00PM EST, but it actually happened at 3:00 and Day Light Savings time was not enacted in 1863) General Picket led his men across the fields outside Gettysburg Pennsylvania. By 4:00 PM the battle assault was finished with almost all of Pickets men killed or wounded. Thus Picket's Charge ended the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point in the war for the North.

In the three days of fighting 51,000 American soldiers, from privates to Generals, died in these three days fighting for what they believed in. Some people take this for granted or just view it as a step toward freeing slaves. But anyone that has ever studied history knows that this was much more. Let me put it to you this way, if the South had won this would have been known as the Confederate Revolution.

Its because I am a student of history. That Ive sat quietly for three days, looking at the clocks and ticking off the timeline. Subtly making comments to people about what was happening 144 years ago at that moment. Each time I did it with a tear in my eye. Why? Because those where Americans fighting for what they believed in, and no matter if you felt they where right or wrong, they deserved to be respected BOTH sides.

God speed gentlemen, and thank you. Thank you.

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June 30, 2007


Now this is a doorbell! Over at ThinkGeek they have a USB doorbell.

The USB Doorbell replaces your current chime and allows you to play your favorite sound effects, music, audio clips, movie quotes or whatever strikes your fancy. Anytime someone presses that little button by your front door the USB Doorbell will "ring" using the sound you have selected. It first connects to your computer via USB (cable included) and will store any up-to-thirty second WAV or MP3 soundclip that you wish to use.

According to the article it works with standard low voltage doorbell systems, so it doesnt look like it would take a lot of tinkering. Here is a clip of it working in all of its geeky action.

Yea, I may have to get one of these.

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June 23, 2007

I'd like to see this in a concert.

Not in a million years did I think that a Tesla Coil could be a musical instrument. That is until I saw this clip. They played some video game theme music from Super Mario Brothers and Tetris. So all of us old Nintendo geeks should recognize at least those parts. A U of I Urbana-Champaign student Steve Ward built the coil.

According to the blurb with the video:

So just to explain a little further, yes, it is the actual high voltage sparks that are making the noise. Every cycle of the music is a burst of sparks at 41 KHz, triggered by digital circuitry at the end of a "long" piece of fiber optics.

What's not immediately obvious in this video is how loud this is. Many people were covering their ears, dogs were barking. In the sections where the crowd is cheering and the coils is starting and stopping, you can hear the the crowd is drowned out by the coil when it's firing.

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June 16, 2007

All you need is salt.

Need to get something cold really fast? Just add salt! No seriously.

This isnt anything new. Ive known about this one since college. This knowledge was passed down to some friends and myself by a senior my freshman year. He said, Dude, if you have to cool a keg really fast, through it in a garbage can filled with ice. Add a lot of salt and stir. Itll be ice cold in about 10 minutes He wasnt lying. Ive done this numerous times with cans, bottles and kegs.

Ive gone to parties where its bring your own beer. Unfortunately the store I went to didnt have the beer I wanted cold. No problem, but the beer, ice and salt container VIOLA! Cold beer. Dont believe me. See this video and try it yourself.

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Midget Wrestling

In April I went to see some Midget Kick Boxing, which was pretty damn cool. Now today I find on the Internet Midget wrestling in a cage.

You have to love the little folk!

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May 19, 2007

The last on Zombies for a while.

This is going to be the last I'm going to post on this subject for a while so I'm going to cram a couple of things into one post. First Thanks to Graumagus I now have two new t-shirts, Does Your Family have a Zombie Infestation Plan AND Guns don't kill People, Zombies Kill People. Technically he only pointed out the first one, but in ordering that one, I found the other so he gets credit for both of them. They arrived in the mail yesterday.

Next, here is a new Zombie Game, It pretty much lasts forever. This one is much more challenging then the last one.

Finally, apparently I'm not the only sick bastard out there. Someone else must have thought of hot zombie loving. I know friends of mine have heard me talk about it, but I know of two zombie pr)nos, the Re-penetrator and Evil Head (releasing soon). Both are made by the same company. The trailor to the Re-penetrator is in the extended entry. Folks, I'm not kidding when I say this video is extremely NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Do NOT click the extended entry if you are at work, have small kids around or just do not want to see hot undead action. The autoplay is stuck on, so it will start as soon as you open it.

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May 12, 2007

I should do this at work during a meeting.

I dont know how safe this is, but it could make for a pretty cool party trick. Here is a video of how to make smoke come from your fingers.

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Now if I could only get them to shoot flames!

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April 14, 2007

Cutting Glass

The video quality is not the best, but its showing a way to cut glass using scissors. I dont know if this is real or not. Im not about to try it in my kitchen sink, and its too cold outside to try it in a bucket.

To be honest Ive watched this video three times and there are points where it looks like there is some slight of hand at work. I know that clear glass is hard to see under water, and with the less then stellar quality of the video, there could be other pieces of glass hidden in the bottom of the sink.

Then again it could be real. If any of you know for a fact this can be done, share the info.

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March 31, 2007

Feeding the Bass

When I was a kid I used to do a lot of fishing. In a lot of the local stores you could get a lure that looked like a mouse. I knew it was for bass and other larger fish in the lakes around here, but I had never seen any fish actually eat a mouse. Until I found this video of a guy feeding his pet bass a mouse:

Cmon thats kind of cool. And for your animal cruelty people, lighten up. Animals eat other animals.

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Fun with simple motors.

For my next meeting at work I am going to bring in a double a battery, some copper wire and a magnet. Just so I can do this:

Its always fun to have people look at me strangely in meetings. It keeps them from asking my opinion.

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March 24, 2007

Sandcastles in the sky

Sand castles, when I was a kid I would spend hours making sandcastles. Mostly I made them on the beach at the campground that my parents and grandparents went to all the time. I made everything from little forts that I would destroy with my GI Joes to an entire sand community that was about to get squashed under my feet while I pretended to be Godzilla.

I was never very good at making sand castles. They didnt look all that great, nor where they generally all that creative. Mostly it was just piles of sand that had been shaped into buildings, forts or actual castles. The best I ever did was one that actually kind of looked like Fort Sumner from the Civil War. Yea, it was destroyed.

It has been at least 20 years since the last time I even attempted to make a castle. But If I did make one today, Id probably still want to destroy it. So when I saw these videos I was enthralled by it. Sand Castles exploding in reverse. Its kind of neat to see them reform.

This makes me want to go to a beach with some black powder.

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March 20, 2007

I'm tellin ya, it's true!

Graumagus found this piece about gun violence. Normally I wouldnt blatantly pilfer from him, but anyone that knows me KNOWS how close this hits to home. Im just saying.

Damn Grau, you gone and done good!

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March 17, 2007

I just love to rent guns!

A friend of mine sent me this commercial for Dons Guns.

Apparently they are in Indianapolis, Indiana. I love the fact you can rent just about any gun you want to shoot. However, is it just me, or does this guy seem a little off?

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March 03, 2007

That just looks like fun.

This video has some pretty cool shotguns in it, the A-12 MKII and the A-10 MKI.

They look like they would be a lot of fun, but Im not sure I would want to own either of them. From the way the guys shooting them are moving around, it looks like there is a lot of kick to them. If anyone has one they want to let me test fire to review however, Id be more then happy to.

Now here's one that looks like it doesn't have as much kick.

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February 24, 2007

Leia's 22nd Birthday.

Wonder what it would be like to be at a party in the Star Wars Empire?

Personally I loved the whole Cops feel to the clip.

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MTV '83

Remember back when MTV actually played videos? Actually remember when MTV first started? Well someone out there decided to remind all of us old farts about it. They posted an hour and a half recording of MTV on Google Videos.

IT has such songs as: Night Ranger - Don't Tell Me You Love Me, Huey Lewis & The News - Heart & Soul , The Tubes - Monkey Time Price - Little Red Corvette, George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Bad To The Bone, The Police - Synchronicity II, Sammy Hagar - Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, Steve Miller Band - Jet Airliner, Kansas - Fight Fire With Fire, Michael Bolton - Fool's Game, Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize, Bow Wow Wow - Do You Wanna Hold Me?, The Who - You Better You Bet, The Motels - Suddenly Last Summer, Madness - Our House, Nick Heyward - Whistle Down The Wind.

Suddenly I feel old.

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February 03, 2007

What's up yours?

What's Up Yours?

My buddy Shadoglare sent me this song by Barleyjuice a couple of weeks ago. I finally found a good video clip of it. Nothing like a good Celtic Rock band to get you going.

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January 27, 2007

My finger controls the fate... of nothing.

I wonder if I can get one of these shipped to me in the U.S.


An Armagedddon USB Hub Id love just to have this on my desk at work. Whenever one of my employees gets out of line, I could launch the nukes!

If I get that, I'll need to get one of these to go with it!


A USB Missile Launcher!

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Scary Mary

I remember when my parents got our very first VCR. It was the Christmas of 1980. They also bought a membership to a local video rental store so we could rent movies to watch on the VCR. They gave it to the family on Christmas morning and long with the movie they rented, Mary Poppins. I think we watched that movie 3 times on Christmas Day.

I wasnt a huge fan of the movie, it was just the novelty of it.

Well someone most have had a similar experience and wanted to make telling the story a little cooler. They came up with an alternative cut for it.

It actually looks like it would have been a lot more interesting this way.

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January 20, 2007

Rose by another name?

Just in time for Valentines day, I found something for those that are too cheap dont want to buy roses, but want to give their someone a little something.

Over at instructables, they have Duct Tape Roses, and step-by-step directions on how to make your own.

Me, Im going to buy flowers, this just sounds like work.

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Come sail away...

This is just cool.

According to You Tube, this is done by using sulfur hexafluoride. This gas is significantly denser then air, and gives the foil ship the look as if its floating on water. Apparently this gas is 5.11 times denser then the air we breathe. Its non-toxic and if you inhale some, it has the opposite effect of helium; it makes your voice sound deeper.

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January 16, 2007

So it's more then an Hour.

Since I first linked to this game, I've spent a lot of time playing. I had been having troubles winning, and then I read Harvey's post regarding the game. Then I realized I was thinking too in-line. I needed to be more flexible with my strategy. Now, I've gone and made the leader board.

High Score.JPG

I have to go now, Ktreva has threatened to call the lawyer if I play another round.

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December 24, 2006

The Imperial blockade didn't stop me from getting my hands on it!

Right now, in my hot little hands I have a videocassette. I havent been able to watch it yet; Im saving it for tomorrow. This might be the most talked about but hardly seen Christmas Special ever. Its joked about, made fun of, and some younger fans arent convinced it actually exists.

What do I have? Well my friends, tomorrow I will be watching Chewbacca returning home to celebrate Life Day with his son, wife and Father. Thats right, I have a copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special, AKA The Wookie Christmas (Well at least according to the insert that came with it). I saw this when it first came out in 1978; I have not seen it since. Im giddy with excitement over this; this could make this the best Christmas EVER! From everything I recollect it was horrible, but still its iconically hilarious by being so bad.

The only down side is that its not mine. It was loaned to me by an acquaintance, and I have to return it Tuesday. Thus I dont have time to get a copy of it. Sigh.

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December 16, 2006

Furniture I can appreciate.

This has to be the coolest table I've ever seen. Talk about an easy conversion to seat more people.

If I only had a room big enough for something like this.

UPDATE: The table is made by DB Fletcher Furniture Design.

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December 13, 2006

She has some good stuff.

This is a two-for. Over at Not Exactly Rocket Science, CalTechGirl has two posts up that really touched me. The first being a little song about Christmas Shopping. It doesnt exactly convey how I feel about shopping, but its pretty close. I dont tend to cry after shopping because Im a man and we just dont do that, that would require a level of sensitivity I just cant posses.

The second post is regarding a Firefly/Serenity convention that went wrong and how cool the actors were. Ill steal her thunder with the Christmas song, but youll have to go read the post about the convention over there.

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December 06, 2006

Not a bad idea.

On my way home from work I heard an interview with a representative for LifeLock. Its a company that for $10.00 a month protects you from identity theft. They even guarantee it.

Our guarantee is simple: If your Identity is ever stolen while you are our client and your claim is legitimate, we will fix the problem. Period. No matter what it takes. And we'll reimburse you for any losses you incur. No matter what it costs (up to $1,000,000).

The guy was so sure of his company that he gave his social security number out over the air. It sounded pretty impressive, I dont have any first had knowledge about this company, but I thought I would share the information with all of you, it is the season you know; the season for greed, theft and materialism.

Speaking of theft, I also heard on the radio that three red kettles where stolen from the local Salvation Army today from different locations. They estimated the thief(s) got off with over $500.00 in donations. I guess some low-lifes kid is going to get a Play Station 3 for Christmas.

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December 02, 2006

Job Venting

Think you hate your job? Maybe you have had a bad experience with an employee. Perhaps there is a co-worker or boss you despise. Now there is a site for you to go and vent to anonymously or read others problems,

Ive read many of the posts, some are legit, some are stupid, but there are many that are amusing.

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November 19, 2006

Buying Bullets

Hey, I didnt know this. Its National Ammo Day. After try-outs Im going to have to guy buy 100 rounds.


Thanks to the Conservative UAW Guy for keeping me updated.

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November 11, 2006

Ash, Housewares and a tenor.

Many of you know Im a huge Evil Dead fan. This may be going too far. Evil Dead the musical.

I just want to know what person thought this was a good idea. Then I want to know who actually funded this. Finally, I want to know when it is coming to my area so I can get tickets.

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August 26, 2006

She shoots, she scores!

Holy cow! I don’t know why anyone would try this, especially since if there where off by just a little bit she’d have done more then just bang her head.

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It’s still pretty amazing.

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July 01, 2006

Drunk Dialing no more.

This is just wrong. A Cell phone that has a built in breathalizer!

Here's how it works: Users blow into a small spot on the phone, and if they've had too much to drink the phone issues a warning and shows a weaving car hitting traffic cones.

Well that’s great because now you don’t have to guess if you get pulled over whether or not you are over the limit. That’s actually pretty cool. On the other hand I can see a bunch of college kids sitting around seeing who can get the highest blood alcohol level before passing out. Trust me one this. When I was in college one of the bars had a breathalizer station by the door. I routinely saw guys going over to see who could score the highest.

There is one down side to this phone.

If you have a blood alcohol level over .08, the phone will not let you dial that person. So it not only promotes sobriety, but chastity — and probably your dignity, as well.

WHAT?!?!?!?! No way! As many of you know, I have an adverse reaction to talking on the phone. As in I hate talking on the phone. I despise, loathe and am repulsed by having to do so. At work I’m more likely to walk to someone’s desk to talk to them then to pick up the phone and call. If someone call’s my home, I’ll let Ktreva answer the phone. Yet, when I’m drinking, sometimes I like to pick a random number and just call it. Just for the fun of it. This phone would take that joy away from me… and the joy of having drunks call me.

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Robots in Disguise

I know they are making Transformers, the movie. This clip I doubt is actually from the movie, but if someone can do that, imagine what some of these big budget studios could do. Check out someone’s rendition of Opitmus Prime transforming.

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June 24, 2006

Beer Cannon

I’d say this was a waste of good beer, but it’s only Milwaukee’s Best Light. Which on the beer scale it is only slightly better then Camo Silver High Gravity Lager.

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Talk about frigid.

I don’t know if this is good editing or if they added something to the water, but I want to know how this is done.

If anyone knows the answer, please share with me. Thanks!

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June 17, 2006

Puter went foom!

This appears to be rather old, so someone else may have posted this already. But since I haven’t seen it, here it goes again. A guy that does video editing was doing it on a Power Mac G4, he discovers that in order to runt he new programs he wants that he needs a G5. Unfortunately he can’t afford one. So he uses the internet to panhandle for $5,000.00. The catch is that if he gets the $5,000.00 he’ll blow up the G4.

Well he reached his goal, bought the new computer and fulfilled his promise.

I think he should have used a pound of black powder, it would have looked much more impressive.

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June 10, 2006

What? No Ernst goes to Camp?

I’ve always been a movie lover. It’s the one thing I miss with having kids, I just don’t get a chance to go see movies anymore. What I do still have time for is looking at movie posters. I’ve always enjoyed a good movie poster. One that gives you an idea what the movie is about and makes you want to drop your hard earned cash , I think the price of movies is up to $10.00 a ticket, not counting the $15.00 small pop and $12.00 small popcorn.

The independent critics have listed what they consider The 100 Greatest Movie Posters of All Time. Some of their selections surprised me, others didn’t surprise me at all. Like the Titanic Poster, stupid poster for a stupid movie, yet because it did so well and every critic on the face of the earth couldn’t send out rave reviews fast enough, it doesn’t surprise me.

This poster surprised me.

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This movie was made in 1971, and I only know that because I wasted the time to look it up. I’ve never heard of this movie, in fact it looks like pr0n. Hell the tag line is, “WHITE MAN...BLACK MAN...every MAN! To TAKE to BREAK or PLAY WITH any way she wished!” Eh, who am I to criticize? I’m still a fan of Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death.

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I know it’s not officially summer yet, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s here. Summer means grilling and EVERYONE should have at least one grill. One charcoal for flavor, and one Propane for efficiency. Or if you are lucky like I am, a hybrid grill that is both Gas and Charcoal. Charbroil made these hybrids a couple of years ago; as soon as it hit the market I jumped on one. I love the thing. I’ve read reviews from others that say they didn’t like them. To me it’s perfect I get the best of both the charcoal and the gas.

But I’m getting off point. Everyone should own a grill, and with father’s day around the corner you might want to look into either getting dear ol’ dad a grill or maybe replacing his old one. Either way, here are some grills you might want to look into.


I wonder how much trouble I’d be in if I came home towing this baby.

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May 13, 2006

I like my Blondes with a side of red head.

Guys, we’ve all been there. You’re out on the town, you stop in to get something to eat and there getting ready to bring you the golden nectar of the gods is a serving wench waitress that is fit to bring mead to Odin himself. The Smoking hot waitress that makes each beer taste better then the last. The one that as soon as the leaves the table you and the rest of the guys make a mental check list of all the things you’d like to do to her, or more importantly have her do to you.

The other morning, the jocks on a local radio station where talking about a website the chronicles these beautiful young lasses, Smoking Hot Waitress.

Smoking Hot Waitresses

Now you can plan your nights out on the town around which bars or restaurants will have the best looking waitresses.

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May 06, 2006

What a shotgun!

Since I’ve neglected my normal Saturday waste of time, I thought I’d get this one going right. First lets start with what possible has to be the coolest shotgun I’ve ever seen. A friend of mine sent me this video clip for the Beretta Extrema2 shotgun.

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First let me say, the guy in the video is one hell of a shot. Secondly, if the shotgun works even remotely close to the way it’s shown in this video I’m impressed. The asking price for this firearm is $1,098 to $1,598. I wonder how much trouble I’d get in if I ordered one today?

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March 11, 2006


As a kid, I loved Legos. Heck, as an adult I like playing Legos with the boys. Over the years I’ve made some pretty strange items. Once I even made a working lamp. It last a whole 4 days before I knocked it over and it shattered on the floor. Yet there are people out there that have made some pretty amazing things. Check out the Top 10 Strangest Lego Creations.

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February 25, 2006

A guitar I wouldn't shred.

I’ve never had any interest in playing the guitar, let alone taking the time to learn how. Many of my friends and readers do play the guitar and I thought they might be interested in these.

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Doug Rowell Carved Guitars

Even I wouldn’t mind owning one of these, just for the artistic value. The guy that made these guitars has some serious wood working talent.

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Sweet, it's hot!

Have you ever wanted to try to play Russian roulette, but the whole death thing kept you away? Well I’ve found the answer for you, Chocolate Russian Roulette.

Chocolate Russian Roulette.

”Seated in individual compartments, twelve chocolate bullets lay waiting to be bitten into. Although eleven of the sweet little slugs contain delicious praline centres, one conceals a seriously red hot chilli that's guaranteed to blow your head off - metaphorically, at least.”
Emphasis Mine

I’m tempted to purchase one of these just to try it. Since I’m not a chocolate fan, I can love it or leave it. (Ladies put down the torches and pitch forks!) I think I would rather just eat the peppers.

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February 11, 2006

I want to go to THIS range.

One of my blogless buddies sent me this video clip. It’s labeled Southern Family Reunion, however I’m not thinking that description is at all fitting. Especially since they show an Asian guy having fun too. I don’t know what this really is; I just wish I were invited to play along.

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I wonder if this is what The Conservative UAW Guy had in mind when he was translating what “I’m going to the range” meant.

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January 28, 2006

This will make you think.

This may be old, but I hadn’t seen it before this week. Since I haven’t seen it on any other blogs I thought I would share it with you all. The instructions are in Chinesse or something so here they are in Engrish er English.

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River IQ Test

The object is to get everyone across the river.

Everybody has to cross the river, but there are rules:

A. Only 2 people on the raft at a time.
2. The father can not stay with any of the daughters without their mother’s presence (or he will beat the snot out of them).
D. The mother can not stay with any of the sons without their father’s presence (or she will beat the snot out of them).
4. The thief (striped shirt) can not stay with any family member if the Policeman is not there. (The thief will beat the snot out of a family member)
5. Only the Father, the Mother and the Policeman know how to operate the raft.
6. To start click on the big blue circle on the right.
7. To move the people click on them. To move the raft click on the handle. (Red circles)

It is possible, once you figure out a couple of small things it will get easier. It took me about 15 minutes to figure it out the first time and I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. The above picture is shot from when I figured it out.

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January 24, 2006

Buying History.

I picked up the Winchester Model 94 today. Boy was I in for a big surprise, of the good kind! First, I had checked the stores website on Sunday, they had it advertised on there for $50.00 less then they charged Ktreva. At first I thought it was a different rifle, but the medallion in the stock kind of gave it away. When I brought this to their attention they refunded her the $50.00 plus tax difference, and apologized for the mistake! How cool was that?

Here she is:

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Then I noticed something else about it that I hadn’t really paid attention to when I picked it out. It’s an Illinois Sesquicentennial Commemorative .30-30 carbine. It was made in 1968 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Illinois’ statehood. It’s never been fired, until I today it doesn’t look like it’s even been cocked! There is not a blemish, scratch or mark on it. It’s in pristine condition. It came in the original box (The box has seen better days) and with the paper work! Check out this registration card!

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Again, how cool is that? Fortunately Winchester still has their website up so I was able to register it that way and keep the original warranty card. I don’t know if the gun shop had this thing sitting around for the last 38 years and wasn’t able to sell it or if they bought it off of a guy that had it in his own private collection. Either way I don’t care, it’s mine now!

Now some people might tell me to put this up and never use it. To me that is an insult to such a fine tool. It begs to be shot, to be used. Would you buy a car and never drive it? Would you buy jewelry and never wear it? Well I’m not buying a rifle and not shooting it! The next time I can get some people together to go shooting, it’s going with!

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January 18, 2006

What good is all the violence in the world... Unless you have toys!

Back in the early 90’s I was a metal head. I know some of you find that hard to believe. Such a quiet, shy and well-reserved gentleman as myself being a disciple of that devil music. Well I was, you’ll just have to accept me for who I am. In fact I still listen to a lot of metal, both modern and from the 80’s and 90’s.

One of my favorite bands from back then was GWAR. I loved this band, their songs where a mix of punk and metal with lyrics that where just for shock factor. They dressed in some pretty unusual costumes and they even had interesting stage shows. The one time I saw them in Chicago they took people from the audience and fed them through a giant meat grinder on stage. The grinder then shot “blood” and ground meat into the audience. Yes, I tried to get into the grinder, no I didn’t make get to get turned into a stage effect. They gave themselves unusual names like Oderous Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Beefcake the Mighty, Jizmak Da Gusha and Balzak the Jaws of Death. They also had some support cast that would appear or do gust songs, one of my favorites guests was the Sexicutioner (hence the title of this post, it's a slaughtering of one of his songs. )

In college I had a poster for GWAR hanging on my wall it had Slymenstra Hymen on it. My blogless buddy Jay came down to visit me one weekend while I was in college, and while drunk decided she was the hottest chic he had ever laid his eyes on. Actually to this day I think he still fantasizes about her.

So why am I giving you all this information. Simply, my buddy Shadoglare of Refractional Darkness sent me an e-mail link. THEY ARE MAKING GWAR ACTION FIGURES!!!!!


Did I mention I loved this band? I have all of their albums, I had a t-shirt… stupid college washing machines, and I know the lyrics to most of their songs. I’m a full-blown Bohab! These guys rock! I need MUST get the entire collection! It is a moral imperative!

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January 14, 2006

It's a small world.

Some people like The Lord of the Rings Triligy. Some people like doll houses.

Some people combine those likes into a strange new hobby of making a miniature middle earth.

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December 29, 2005

Scots know parties.

Have you ever been to a New Years party that is dull and boring? They suck, everything is quiet and people just set around having “gentle” conversations. That is why you need to find a Scot and go to their party. According to this article, Scottish New Year parties tend to have more incidents. Now in this article they are mainly referring to property damage, not physical damage.

” Parties in Scotland were the most accident-prone whilst those hosted in the southwest were relatively staid affairs.”

Of course they are; Brits don’t know how to have fun. It takes a Scot to have a good time! See, it’s not about breaking things; it’s about fun. When people are having a good time, they tend not to think and do things on impulse, when this happens items get broken. Sure, it’s annoying, and yes, maybe it can be expensive, but it’s fun!

” One teenage party in Bristol got so out of hand that the claim for theft and malicious damage came to 5,000 pounds, he said.”

Those crazy teenagers! That’s only about $8,626.50 American dollars, depending on when it happened. That’s a small price to pay for a party that will live on through history. I’m willing to bet the participants of this party will be talking about it until the day they die. Then their grandkids will regale their friends with the story of party.

Some of you may be saying to yourselves, “Sure there is more damage at a Scottish party, they are all boozed up.” People, that is an assumption. Sure, there is a readily available supply of good Scotch whisky, but that doesn’t mean they are all drinking it. (Yes, I said that with a straight face.) Maybe they are drinking some good Scottish beer!

Anyway, the moral of this story is: If you want to attend a good New Years party, find a Scot.

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I can't believe this worked.

This should make every blogger out there kick themselves. An English lad, Alex Tew, came up with a brilliant idea on how to make money, the Million Dollar Home Page. I know my brain had a momentary seizure when I read this:

”The idea: turn his home page into a billboard made up of a million dots (pixels), and sell them for a dollar a dot to anyone who wants to put up their logo. A 10 by 10 dot square, roughly the size of a letter of type, costs $100.

What the hell? He’s selling pixels on his home page… and major companies are buying it up?

”That was picked up by the news media, spread around the Internet, and soon advertisers for everything from dating sites to casinos to real estate agents to The Times of London were putting up real cash for pixels, with links to their own sites.”

You know why this is working? Idiots like me are linking to this kid, driving up his traffic. That means people are actually seeing these adds, thus making it a fairly plausible marketing campaign.

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November 11, 2005

Throwing hot lead.

Grau has been talking/posting about going shooting for a while now. With approval from Ktreva, I told him yes, hell yes I want to go. What healthy red-blooded male would not want to go shred paper by throwing high velocity wads of led at it?

Normally I only shoot primitive black powder. (That’s a flintlock to those not familiar with them). I own a couple of .22 long rifles. Okay, by a couple I mean five. But I haven’t had anything else in years. Just because of the kids, my wife’s discomfort of modern firearms and no justifiable need for one. Well other then I really, really wanted one.

That changed today. While at a local sporting goods a couple months back I saw they had a .357 magnum. I asked the guy working the counter if I could look at it. I liked it, nice feel, good grip and nice balance. In all this talk of shooting, I decided I was going to buy it. Dreams sometimes just aren’t meant to come true. Upon arrival at the store, they had sold it and had no more in stock. The only other .357 they had I didn’t like. Reserved to not buying the handgun, I purchased some .22 rounds and my hearing protection. On my way to pick up clone, I saw another sporting goods store. Something inside me told my brain I should just stop and look. What was it going to hurt?

I walk up to the counter and they have 7 different .357s on display. Looking through the case I didn’t really see one I liked. Then, in the corner of the case in an area kind of hard to see I saw it. Not just and .357, but the .357 I had wanted since I was in College. A stainless steel Taurus 7 round .357 revolver with a 6 ½ inch barrel It weighs 40 oz and is 10 ¾ inches overall in length. I thought to myself, the last time I looked at one of these, the store was asking around $500.00 for it. That was a bit more then I wanted to drop on a revolver that day. They had it on sale for a great price $279.00.

Faster then my brain could register, I pointed to the revolver and said to the guy behind the counter, “Me buy that.” Yes, that is exactly what I said. He pulled it out, removed the trigger lock and handed it to me. It fit in my hand perfectly. Looking up, I tell the guy, “This is the one I want, I’ll take it.” (I was much more eloquent when my brain wasn’t in shock.)

Here she is:

The only problem is that due to Illinois law I can’t pick it up until Monday. That means I wont have it for this weekend. The nice thing with the .357 is that if Ktreva wants to shoot it, to help her get over her fear of firearms, I can put the lighter .38 special round in it.

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October 27, 2005

I'll take a blonde with a side of red head and a brunette to go. is looking for people to vote for the top 99 hottest women. I could lie and say I didn't do this because I found it degrading... but to be honest I did vote and I don't find it degrading. Although I think I'm the only person in the US that would give Paris Hilton a 1... I think she's an unattractive skank whore.

So guys if you want to put your 2 cents in, go vote. Ladies if you want to vote, please give me details of who and why. Especially if it involves pudding. :)

UPDATE: It appears since the time that I found this vote and today they closed the voting. Sorry.

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Despair, apathy, nihilism. A Sith lord craves these things.

Everyone has seen them, the rubber wristbands that people wear to support everything from breast cancer to their favorite sports team. I admit I have one for the Green Bay Packers. In my defense, it was a gift and it is still in its plastic wrap hanging in my cubicle at work. However, what if you don’t want to wear one, or if you’re a ripe bastard and don’t want a feel good bracelet wristband? A company out there has come up with a solution for you.

Bleak Wristbands. That’s right, rubber bracelets wristbands for those of us that don’t care about other people. You have the choice of ones that say Despair, Apathy or Nihilism. Who brings us this wonderful new product? No other then Archie McPhee & Co, the company that brought you Bacon Bandages.

To be honest I wouldn’t mind getting one of the white apathy bands to wear at work, just to see how long it would take one of my minions to notice.

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October 06, 2005


These two men are genius. They invented a coaster that will automatically notify bar staff when the glass is empty, thus prompting the wait staff check if they want a refill.

Even if you don’t drink alcohol, you have to see the brilliance in this. It doesn’t have to be just for alcohol. It could be used for any kind of drink. Personally, I’ve lost track of the number of times I was sitting in a restaurant or bar waiting for a waitress/waiter to come and get me a refill.

Hats off to Matthias Hahnen and Robert Doerr, real men of genius. (I tried to find sound bites of the original commercials for "Real men of Genius". However, it appears that Annheuser-Busch has made every site that had any remove them. The only thing you can do is go to their site, log in and go to the commercials section to hear them. I can't link directly to their commercials page.)

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July 23, 2005

Fun for a Saturday and BlogCrawl reminder

I have a bit of hangover this morning, so after I'm done eating my Tabasco soaked eggs over easy, I'm going to go lay down. However I did find these two items that I think are kind of fun.

First is just a neat little graphic that follows your curser. If you click on the buttons on the bottom, it will take you to different graphics, not all of them are as neat as this one.

Secondly is an animated video for a song done by the Beatles, Maxwel's Silver Hammer. I'm not a Beatles fan, but I found this song/video rather amusing enough that I laughed and started teaching Clone the lyrics.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. I'm off to drink this hangover away.

Remember, Next Saturday is the BlogCrawl! For anyone that wants to get together, I'm going to be down at T1G's favorite hangout in Stillman Valley early in the night getting my drunk on and eating some pretty damn good Prime Rib.

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July 18, 2005

Phones and friends.

No wonder I turned out the way I did. Earlier today my blog mother Bou said she had a story she just HAD to tell me, but wouldn’t do it over e-mail. She HAD to call and tell me. Apparently it had to have the right voice inflections. After much prodding and goading she was able to get a phone number out of me where I could be reached.

After I gave it to her, she decided she was going to change her mind and not give me a call. All right, I know when I’ve been duped. Resigned to the fact that I was not going to get a call, I let my guard down. Just as that happens, the phone rings. Being as it was late, I figured my wife called from Chicago to tell me about her day. Answering the phone, I hear this feminine southern voice going about a mile a minute start talking. I had no idea who the hell it was at first. Between rapid fired sentences I caught on it was Bou. She apparently didn’t appreciate my calling her out on her tricking me.

She dominated the conversation, not letting me get a word in edgeways. Although I did get her to admit that I do NOT have an accent. That’s right folks; she admitted that I do not have an accent. During the entire conversation I believe I got off maybe one or two sentences. One time when I tried to say something, she chastised me for interrupting her.

If it wasn’t for the fact that my wife did finally call, I would never have been able to get off the phone with out hanging up on her. We all know how much I like phones.

Actually it was nice putting a voice to the name. Now when I read her posts I wont be hearing them in an Ellie-Mae Clampett voice. Maybe next time she will let me get a word or two. In all honesty I think we spoke for about 20 minutes. Which is a 6-month record for me; when it wasn’t my wife I was talking to or being put on hold. It was a pleasant experience. I think I even talked her into driving up here to meet the family sometime.

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Are you trying to tell me that I AM calm?!

Barb of Righty in a Lefty State has a link to three pictures that the less stressed you are the less they move. I sat there and stared at all three for over 5 minutes each and not a damn movement was scene by me. I don't know what the hell she is talking about. If any of you want to believe that I 'm not a stressed out individual then be my guest.

Actually I'd have to agree with you. I learned some very good stress coping techniques years ago and I do them second nature now. And no matter what people tell you, it's not drinking! Stupid friends all spreading the truth misinformation about me.

But seriously try as I might I saw no movement in those pictures. Go over and check it out and then tell me if you saw movement.

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July 07, 2005

I have blogspawn????

Apparently while I was out blowing stuff up I slipped and spawned a blogchild. Yea, I know what you all are thinking, and I agree. No good comes from this.

Let me introduce you to Virtue of The Rantings of an Indentured Servant.

It does kind of disturb me that a spawn of mine has the name Virtue... Personally I think she's being sarcastic. Go say hello and see her take on the events of the Fourth of July.

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June 18, 2005

I wonder if this actually works

I was out sirfing the net again and I came across this article on how to make a homemade airconditioner. I remember being a broke college student and wondering what I was going to do on hot days. Fortunately, by then I would be going home for the summer.

Just for giggles, I might have to go and give this a try... just to see if it works.

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June 17, 2005

Star War's from the eye of a 7 year old

I was out cruising the internet and I stumbled across this post on the Star Wars: Blogs. What I find most interesting is that this guy posted his 7 year old kid's questions after he watched episodes 1-6 in order for the first time.

It kind of makes you think maybe ol' Georgie boy didn't have these planned out as well as he claims to have.

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