Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fun Timewaster

Ragdoll Cannon 3.

I finished all 50 levels before I knew what hit me.

Then I looked at the clock and felt a creeping sense of shame.


Friday, January 28, 2011

There's A Lesson Here

Headline: "President of atheist advocacy group ejected from Cape Coral City Council meeting"

Actually, his being an atheist had nothing to do with it.

It was because he was a boorish clod.

Oh, and the fact that he wore a "message" T-shirt to a City Council meeting, in violation of Council policy.

Morons like this remind me of my banking days, when I'd see folks walk in to see loan officers wearing jeans & sneakers.

Folks, there are times in your life when you should dress up a touch so that people focus on what you're saying, instead of what you're wearing.

That council meeting, my thinking-impaired non-believing friend, was one of those times.

You had it coming.

How to Clean Up A Broken CFL Bulb

Your Nanny State, which is banning incandescent bulbs and forcing you to replace them with these dim, expensive bio-hazards says:
* Have people and pets leave the room, and avoid the breakage area on the way out.

* Open a window or door to the outdoors and leave the room for 5-10 minutes.

* Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system (H&AC), if you have one.

* Collect materials you will need to clean up the broken bulb: 1) Stiff paper or cardboard; 2) Sticky tape (e.g., duct tape); 3)Damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces); 4) Glass jar with a metal lid (such as a canning jar) or a sealable plastic bag(s)

* Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place debris and paper/cardboard in a glass jar with a metal lid. If a glass jar is not available, use a sealable plastic bag. (NOTE: Since a plastic bag will not prevent the mercury vapor from escaping, remove the plastic bag(s) from the home after cleanup.)

* Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.

* Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.

* Vacuuming of hard surfaces during cleanup is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. (NOTE: It is possible that vacuuming could spread mercury containing powder or mercury vapor, although available information on this problem is limited.) If vacuuming is needed to ensure removal of all broken glass, keep the following tips in mind: 1) Keep a window or door to the outdoors open; 2) Vacuum the area where the bulb was broken using the vacuum hose, if available; and 3) Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and seal the bag/vacuum debris, and any materials used to clean the vacuum, in a plastic bag.

* Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly.

* Check with your local or state government about disposal requirements in your area. Some states and communities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center.

* Wash your hands with soap and water after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing bulb debris and cleanup materials.

* Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the AC system shut off, as practical, for several hours.

* The next several times you vacuum the rug or carpet, shut off the AC system if you have one, close the doors to other rooms, and open a window or door to the outside before vacuuming. Change the vacuum bag after each use in this area.

* After vacuuming is completed, keep the H&AC system shut off and the window or door to the outside open, as practical, for several hours.

How to clean up a broken incandescent bulb:

* Cuss
* Sweep
* Empty dustpan

School Choice Poster Child? Really?

Because I'm think more along the lines of this woman being just a garden-variety liar.

I'm sick of headlines like this:

Evening Buzz: Mom Jailed For Sending Her Kids to a Better School

Ohio Case: The 'Rosa Parks Moment' For Education?

First off, let's get one thing straight: She didn't go to jail for trying to get her kid into a better school. She went to jail for enrolling her kid fraudulently. She lied on an official document and signed her name. That's fraud. That's a crime. I won't condone it, no matter how sympathetic the cause. Which in this case ain't all that much, because after she lied to get her kids into the school, she lied to get them free school lunches, too.

Put a PB & J in a paper bag, woman. It ain't that hard.

But the funny thing is, this whole form kerfluffle is NOT that big of a deal to fix. If I know anything about bureaucrats, it's that they hate doing any more paperwork than they have to. I'm sure they wanted to just make this whole thing go away, because she played them for fools for 2 years - a bit embarrassing for the school. So I suspect that after they discovered the ruse, they called her in & told her she'd been caught. And I'll bet that if she'd just agreed to pull her kid out, never come back, and keep her mouth shut, the incident would've been forgotten.

So I'm thinking that after she got caught, she went off on some sort of Jerry-Springer, high-toned, wobbly-necked, don't-mess-wif-a-sister "I didn't do anything wrong" rant, and honked off the paper-pushers who were trying to be reasonable.

So they threw her fat, idiot, loud-mouth butt in jail.

Which serves her right.

Because lady, if you want your kid in a better district, then move there like everyone else.

And if you want to lie on forms, just shut up and take your medicine if you get caught.

But don't try to pull a scam, get busted, then proclaim that your noble cause absolves you of responsibility.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Yes, It IS the Best National Anthem Ever

[FoxNation direct link]

I'm so used to hearing girls sing it like a love song, I'd forgotten that there was any other way to do it.

This is a version of the Anthem you can kill terrorists and plant a flag to.


Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen compared Republicans to Nazis on the floor of the House:

[YouTube direct link]

Which I found hilarious, since this guy has a more-than-passing resemblance to everyone's favorite Nazi, Toht, from Raiders of the Lost Ark:

I Would've Expected the Editor to Catch That

From an article on a dangerous new drug which is still being sold legally [emphasis mine]:
Sarah first bought the drug ten months ago after she read on an online forum that it could help with weight loss.
Within months of taking her first hit, their happy, healthy, newlywed daughter had become a paranoid, aggressive agoraphobic, insomniac. She dropped from a size 16 to a size six.

If the goal of the article was to frighten people away from using the drug, maybe they should've skipped the part about what a phenomal weight-loss product it is.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just Once I'd Like to See Her Wear Something That Isn't Tacky

Another fashion victory from Michelle:

Sure, it's loud and ugly and graceless, but the important thing is that it goes perfectly with the red on China's flag.

Bra-vo, First Lady.

Maybe the Government Should Sell It

The Artic National Wildlife Refuge gets about 1500 visitors a year. That's like a slow hour at Disneyland.

Tell me again why we we're not drilling for oil there?


The Left blames Sarah Palin for the Arizona shootings.

Now this righty is blaming some wacky, obscure 9/11 Truther movie.

Both wrong. The shooter was a nut. And he would've found SOMETHING to cling to in order to support his nutty world view.

If it wasn't Zeitgeist, it would've been the X-Files, or Inception, or a Beatles album.

All of these things have their particular artistic issues, but "being liked by a lunatic" is not a legitimate criticism of ANYTHING.

Oh, and ditto on the "it's all marijuana's fault" argument, too.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Poor Man's Roomba

Swiffer + RC car + bored kid = clean house.

On a personal note, I recently bought a Roomba, because I finally admitted to myself that the mere thought of vacuuming makes me feel almost as miserable as the actual act.

Happy to report that buying a Roomba was totally worth it.

The first thing I discovered was that it's impossible not to anthropomorphize a Roomba. Because of the semi-random, yet deliberate nature of the cleaning pattern, there's something oddly lifelike about it. And the way it goes into a spiral when it finds a pile of dirt makes it look like it's VERY happy to be doing its job. Sorta like the door in Hitchhiker's Guide. Finally, there's its quaint little habit of bumping into things like a nearsighted puppy. Just adorable.

Within a day, I'd decided to name it Thumper, and started referring to it as "he" (figure if it were a girl, it'd be more graceful).

Now I'm not sure exactly how labor-saving it is, because I have to set up the virtual walls to keep him out of certain rooms, and move some furniture & power cords out of the way, and push his little start button, and empty his little dust bucket, and clean the hair out of his brushes. But the good part is that these things only take a couple minutes. I can stand to think about vacuuming for a couple minutes.

And the other good part is that he happily cleans under furniture that I haven't moved for years and couldn't get a vacuum under if I wanted to. And I'd rather drop a bowling ball on my foot than fiddle with my vacuum's hose attachment, so that problem's gone, too.

Two cautionary bits before you run out & buy one. First, I went with a slightly pricier model just so I could have the self-docking charging station. But it turns out that I usually take Thumper from room to room & do one room at a time, so this feature wasn't really worth the cost in terms of added convenience. Second, it's only really useful if every room in your house can be temporarily depopulated. If someone is ALWAYS running around the kitchen or the living room, you might get sick of stepping around the little guy.

Anyway, this purchase started out as a long-shot. Figured it would probably just be an expensive toy that would - ironically - sit around gathering dust.

Nope. Totally worth it.

Definitely beats vacuuming.

And dropping a bowling ball on my foot.

For the Curious

[YouTube direct link]

The content of the video is not important. What matters is that this guy looks exactly like me.

I mean exactly.

Even down to parting his hair on the right.

So, some people are going to see this and swear that I used a little Grecian Formula and adopted a fake French accent.

Just wanted to state for the record that it's not actually me.

But we could TOTALLY get together and pull off an awesome "Prince & the Pauper" scam.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Mediocrity

[YouTube direct link]

I know it's just a cheesy attempt at a viral marketing campaign by Subaru, but strangely enough, I want one.

Because for me, driving is - and has always been - simply about getting from one place to another without breaking down or having to listen to mechanical noises that portend doom in the process.

I'll bet this car could do that.

And let's be honest, because we're all friends here...

It's a lot better-looking than an Aztec.

Validation: Best 16 Minutes of Your Life

[YouTube direct link]

And yes, I'm dedicating this one to blogdaughter Tammi of Tammi's Trail, because I've met her, and - no kidding - she has this exact same magical power.

And to Writer/Director/Composer Kurt Kuenne: Wow. That is some of the best filmmaking I've ever seen. Not a single wasted shot, not a single unnecessary word of dialogue. Every tiny bit of everything either develops character or moves the plot.

If Hollywood tried to tell this story, it would be full of useless, boring parts that did nothing but pad the film out to the requisite 105 minutes.

God bless you, Kurt. More like this, please.

Like Peanut Butter & Chocolate

These two things came together for me:

A line from Spockgirl:
This morning I started to write... actually write what I was feeling at the very moment, but I can't share it.

And a line via Violins & Starships:
The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.

For what it's worth.

My personal experience is that I have definitely been hestitant to post some things I've written, but after posting them, I've always gotten enough "I feel that way, too" comments to make me realize that posting was the right call.

Figure at least try it once. If it doesn't work out the way you hoped, don't do it again. If it does, well...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Frighteningly, This Fills a Need Somewhere

Yup, for those days when it's just too much effort to put on both a sweatshirt AND sweatpants:

[YouTube direct link]

Exit question: Seriously, they think people would wear an oversize onesie to a football game?

Thursday, January 13, 2011



Wearing white at a memorial service... not cool.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Note To New York Daily News

Who ran with this headline:
"Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' blood is on Sarah Palin's hands after putting cross hair over district"

Pistols without scopes (like the one used in the shooting) don't have crosshairs.

CBS: Still Fake But Accurate

Don't believe Katie Couric's lying eyes.

First, Drew Carey called and asked for his glasses back.

Second, these aren't Drew Carey's glasses, since Drew's lenses actually offer some degree of vision correction.

Yeah, Katie's glasses are fake. You can tell because there's no distortion of her eyes or face when you look through them:

Here's what real glasses do:

Sorry, Katie, but even if you spent 6 hours in the make-up department getting a Sheldon Cooper costume slapped on you, you'd still be impossible to take seriously on an intellectual level.

Please don't insult us by pretending that some faked-up BC's are gonna do the trick.

This Is Why I Don't Hate Jon Stewart

Yeah, he's an annoying liberal, but - unlike, say, Bill Maher or Margaret Cho - he's a comedian first, and takes his humor where he finds it.

And in this case, it's the San Francisco Happy Meal ban.

Ya know, the Daily Show crew makes this look effortless, like the material just writes itself. Kudos, though, to the unsung production team for taking the raw footage of this interview and editing it to add comedic timing elements that make it funny, while still honestly presenting what this short-bus bureaucrat actually said.

[Heritage Foundation direct link]

I Thought It Was Too Soon To Politicize This, But Apparently Not

Democrat Congresswoman shot. Liberals blame Sarah Palin.


The guy was a nutjob who thought that the government was trying to control us through the use of grammar.

When has Sarah Palin ever cared about grammar?

Still, not the point.

Giffords "had this coming" to the same degree that every public figure "has it coming" - not at all.

Sadly, though, it's not completely unforeseeable. The attention, publicity, adulation and press coverage that comes with having a high-profile job comes with a price. That price is that crazy people see you, obsess over you, and may decide for no good reason (since they're, you know, crazy) that YOU are the cause of their problems and must be removed.

Is the attention worth the risk? I don't know, ask John Lennon.

That's why I try to keep a low profile. For me, fame ain't worth the hate mail, the death threats, and the well-armed lunatics with mommy issues.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Running the Numbers

Via Hot Air, Vanity Fair says that it cost the Congress over a million bucks to read the Constitution because they were in session, but not working:
I took the total FY 2011 costs for House salaries and expenses and House office buildings, then added half the costs of joint House-Senate expenses, the CBO, the Capitol Police and the Capitol power plant. Then I divided that sum by 205, the number of days the House was in session last year, then divided again by 24 (the number of hours in a day) and multiplied by 3 (the estimated length in hours of members reading the Constitution).

Ok, fair enough.

But to make it even fairer, let's look at how much Congress SPENT last year (well over 3 trillion), and run the same process.

I get about $2.27 billion that DIDN'T get spent in those same 3 hours, so I think America got the long end of the stick on this one.