Archive for January, 2008

A Hello Kitty assault rifle, yes it is true.

January 18, 2008

I’m sorry, but I am compelled to share this. Over at digg there is a blurb about a Hello Kitty assault rifle. Here is the picture. Hilarious.

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Woo-whoo! It snowed! (again)

January 18, 2008

So I either wasn’t paying attention to the weather dudes, or they once again screwed up another forecast because I was definitely not expecting this at all. It didn’t seem cold enough for it. It was nice though. It was the fluffy, cotton ball type snow. The 1st pic is of the leftover damage caused by the ice storm. The 2nd, although it may look like a pond, is really just a low spot where water collects. And the others are pretty self explanatory. If your wondering why all the trees (because of my tunguska post), fortunately the lumber-asses didn’t touch the ones immediate next to where I live, though you can see the clearing through the trees in the last two pics.

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Again, feel free to ignore this link (finepix f50fd). Like I said, I’ll get around to posting something on this later. Of course, I think I said something to that effect the last time so technically this would be later. But, eh, time is suppose to be relative, right?

So you say you have a frog who rides a motorcycle, and picks winning lotto numbers?

January 14, 2008

Here is a short post. I saw this on the late night news, did a quick search, and turns out I’m only about 4 days late on this one (but you do have to admit, I am getting faster with the topical stories). So there’s this frog in Thailand who apparently likes to ride a toy motorcycle and, until recently, was picking winning lotto numbers. The numbers appear on her belly. However, for some reason, because she seems to have lost her ability to pick the winners, she has been grounded from her favorite activity. Eh? Punishing the amphibian because she ain’t producin’? That’s cold dude. She should give the finger to the man and speed off into the sunset. The story is actually pretty funny (which you can read by following the link [pist, look <– that way]).

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My open letter to McDonalds

January 13, 2008

To whom it may concern:

In reference to your recent multi-million dollar ad campaign were you showcase two young gentlemen who clearly suffer from some degenerative neurological disorder doing something that I can only assume is some form of rap on what appears to be a street corner…

Stop it.

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I am quite loathed in posting this, but…

January 13, 2008

Only because these pictures make mine look sooo bad. Sure, they most probably have professional SLRs (I assume of the digital variety) and it is quite clear that many, if not all, of them know their way around the ole Photoshop-o-graphicis, so I shouldn’t feel too sheepish about my stuff, right? Still, though, I can’t help but sit here at my idiot box (my computer), sighing the sighs that come with that green color on your face. But hey, some of my images are pretty good. Yes, only a handful out of the roughly 7k I’ve taken with my Fujifilm FinePix F10 (a compact digital). But still… right? I suppose none of us should feel too envious, it’s just a matter of working within the strengths of your camera. Have a camera that just takes bad pictures? Use the same excuse that “artists” with no talent use and call it “a study in abstract”. Try to incorporate that into your work. When someone asks, just say, “Of course that’s how I wanted it to look!”. I ramble too much. I actually stumbled across this site on, oddly enough, stumbleupon (the social bookmarking site). The site it called, outdoor-photos.com. Load it up, turn out the lights, and be mesmerized. Oh, ps – for some reason when I was getting these ready in the Photoshopper, they came out darker than they actually are (if you were wondering when looking at the site).

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Ok, so keeping with my current theme of horribly late topical commentary.

January 9, 2008

Well, maybe not completely late. What caused me to think about this was Christmas, but my complaint has nothing to do with that. Hershey Kisses. Prior to last Christmas, I haven’t had one in years. Maybe even closer to a decade. I remember that I would pop those things in my mouth like popcorn. Sometimes I would line my molars with four of them at a time and then chomp down (and of course they had been in the freezer). They tasted great, smooth with a chocolatey aftertaste. Good enough that is was worth (to me at least) the extra cost over the generic pasty garbage that would only mascaraed around as chocolate. So you can imagine my surprise when, years later, I bite into a Hershey Kiss this past Christmas and uuuuuuuhhh! What happened? It was the same gritty, pasty, nasty aftertaste cat litter detritus of all the other pedestrian mucky-muck that you won’t even flush down the toilet. It was bad enough that I found myself checking the next piece (I’m a bit like Homer Simpson that way) for that white stuff you find on really old, bad chocolate. Not there. Of course, I knew that I wasn’t eating stale chocolate, but my mind just won’t accept what my tongue was telling me. If I had sharp Photoshop skills I would make a picture of a biohazard bag in the shape of a Hershey Kiss. I blame Wall street. In this never ending pursuit of the all-mighty dollar, they have allowed the hallmark of the Hershey company to go into the crapper. Good job. Of course being the growing cynic that I am, I am forced to wonder if this is a simple profit increasing strategy of is it more involved than that. Perhaps a drop in the quality of milk chocolate (in general – not just the kiss) is part of a larger effort to push people towards the more expensive dark chocolate (my current love affair). Ah, what do I know. I’m just a grasshopper.

Feel free to ignore what’s below, seriously. I’ll be writing more about it later, but basically it’s just a little hobby of mine. I want to see if I can get a website I made to rank at least on page one of Google’s results page. One way of doing that is to “drop” links to your site around the internet. I’m having trouble getting Google’s spiders to visit my site on regular basis. Sooo, if I take advantage of Google’s infatuation with wordpress.com by dropping a link here, when the spiders come crawling, they will discover to the link to my “other” site and hopefully stop by for a visit.

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Horrible ice storm! Power out, trees down everywhere!

January 8, 2008

Ok, so may it happened about three weeks ago and I’m just now getting around to posting some pictures. Ya, I seem to have developed a bad habit. I have a lot of topical stuff to write about, but by the time I actually get serious, it’s no longer topical and who cares. So anywho, we got smacked by that ice storm that made the news. Fortunately, we were without power for only about three days. But still, pee-whew, three days, no power, below freezing temps, not comfortable. It was quite the glass paradise while it lasted. The pics here really don’t deliver. I really reduced the quality so it wouldn’t take forever and a day to download (some people do still use dial-up, me included). Here they are. If someone wants to see a high-quality one, just let me know.

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Someone needs to thaw out the Republican Party (or at least Rudy Giuliani)

January 6, 2008

So I was watching the debates yesterday and all I can say is, holy cow. Someone needs to thaw out the Republican Party, or at least Rudy Giuliani. I think they believe that it’s the 80’s and the US is still facing off with the USSR. So Giuliani believes that we need to grow our military (which was already costing us around $300B before Iraq) to a 300 ship Navy, 200k Marines, and (I think) around 500k regular Army? What war is the Republican Party planning for? The reality is that our current forces are just fine. Yes they are strained under the current conditions, but (I’m sure much to the angst of the warmongers) at some point, this little venture will come to an end. What enemy is so grand that we need such a military? If I’m not mistaken, Russia is second in military spending at (again, I think) $30B. Before Iraq (by the way, pronounced “ear-rock”, not “eye-rack” [just a pet peeve of mine]) we were spending around 10x the number 2 nation and these guys want to spend more? We already carry a big stick, the biggest stick on the planet in fact and they want more toys? Yaaa, hold on, I’ll get my wallet. This gun-slinger diplomacy really irks me. Time and time again, it has been shown that engaging, trade, building wells, schools, hospitals, blah, blah, blah has been far more effective at making friends than pointing a gun at people. I remember during Bush’s reelection that one of the things “those people” kept saying was that the Democrats “just don’t get it”. How almost prophetic.