Saturday Matinee – The Band of the Bold, Where The Hell Is Matt, Where’s Rob, Iron Horse Bluegrass & Danny Gatton

Saturday, 15 October 2016 by

I honestly don’t know what to make of it, but thanks to Bunkarina you get to see it, too. Reminded me of this viral vid from 2006:

Matt Harding was an internet sensation back then, and I was surprised to hear the soundtrack, lifted from a relatively obscure CD from 1992 that I own but don’t recall buying.

Where The Hell Is Matt?” reminded me of this classic prank:

That innocent stunt still makes me grin.

Iron Horse Bluegrass consists of Tony Robinson (mandolin), Vance Henry (Guitar), Anthony Richardson (banjo) and Ricky Rogers (bass). Iron Horse has recorded twelve projects for CMH Records. Tributes to Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourn, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Guns & Roses, The Goo Goo Dolls, Hank Williams, Black label Society as well as others. [h/t Aussie Phil.]

Danny Gatton is a national treasure.

Have a great weekend, folks. There’s more fun on the horizon.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 456 – Neighborhood Watch, Petroll & Hold My Beer

Friday, 14 October 2016 by




[2nd & 3rd found here and in here. The 1st is not a timelapse; I created it on a whim, original image here.]

Make Halloween Great Again

Thursday, 13 October 2016 by



“Don’t open the door, Honey. It’s that damn Narwhal kid again.”

Thursday, 13 October 2016 by


[Found here.]

Heaven for Slinkies

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 by

Steps to the Sea, Cinque Terre, Italy

Steps to the Sea, Cinque Terre, Italy

[Found here.]

Frozen Cow Farts

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 by


… Scientists suggest that the greater contribution to skyrocketing methane levels has more to do with biological sources of the gas. Methane molecules are made of carbon and hydrogen atoms, and the carbon in biological methane tends to be slightly lighter than the carbon in methane associated with fossil fuels. And over the past decade or so, the proportion of lighter methane in the atmosphere compared to heavier methane has been rising. “I think this perspective is basically right,” said Martin Helmann, of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, in Jena, Germany, in an email. Helmann was not involved in the research.

The authors of the Science paper have some ideas about why biological sources of methane may be increasing. “In the southern hemisphere especially,” Nisbet said, “but also in the northern tropics, a series of really wet years has caused wetlands to expand”—and vegetation decomposing in swamps and shallow lakes is a well known source of natural methane emissions. Another is cows, which generate methane as they digest their food, then belch it out into the air.

These explanations, however, aren’t at all definitive — another key point Nisbet and his co-authors make in the Science paper. “The measurements we make in the air are direct,” he said. “Estimates of where methane is coming from, by contrast, is much less reliable. You estimate the contributions from gas leaks, count up the cows, estimate the emissions from wetlands. There’s obviously going to be a lot of error.”

And in fact, there is: the estimates of how much methane should be going into the atmosphere are greater than what actually ends up there. Tracking methane emissions more accurately is crucial, said the scientists, and not just as an academic exercise.

“If we want to control greenhouse-gas emissions,” Nisbet said, “it’s obviously important to know where the emissions are coming from.”

Global vegetation decomposition, wetlands, the oceans,  rice paddys, rain forests, patio hibachis, your neighbor’s annoying little yapping kikmi dog and Humpback whales are all part of the mix.

Q: So, what happens if atmospheric methane triples?
A: Click on the image of the Flaming Cow Fart to find out.

[Commentary excerpt found here; top image found in here; snarky related posts here.]

Happy Columbo Day!

Monday, 10 October 2016 by


The feat was both amazing and dangerous, especially given the limited technology of the time. The world was much larger than anyone had previously imagined, and relatively little had been recorded by seagoing cartographers. Much of what they compiled was inaccurate, but they were not completely in the dark.

They had the Martellus Map of 1489 [pictured above].

Cristoforo Colombo changed all that, and for that he should be remembered. He had big cojones, as did every sailor who joined him on his voyages into the unknown. I doubt that his financial supporters (including Queen Isabella of Spain) expected him to ever return from the first exploration, but he did, and he made several round-trip voyages after that, relying on seasonal trade winds.

Here’s to one of the greatest explorers in history.

Evolutionary Hot Links

Sunday, 9 October 2016 by


Dinosaurs washed up on Florida beach prior to arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

Friend from Jacksonville rode it out & posted this.

Coffee table lets you ponder the ocean depths. At this scale, whales and ships are microscopic, so you’ll need a few tokes to fully appreciate it.

One of the best Tweets by a CNN “journalist” ever.

Tim Meadows, aka Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man.

Climate catastrophe was predicted in 1873 [Source] and it never happened. Via the The July 10, 1873 Decatur Republican (Decatur, IL) :

We have heard from our ally, Prof. Plantamour, again. Last year he prophesied we were to be burned up. Now he declares in a paper just issued in Paris, that everybody will be frozen to death in the year 2011. We are glad to have the date accurately fixed, for we shall arrange for our life insurance policy to expire in the year 2011. The first news of the freeze will appear in the Saturday Evening Post for Jan. 1st, 2011, an we shall offer as a premium to clubs that year, an all-wool overcoat four feet thick, with an air tight stove in each breast pocket, and a gas heater in the tail, and an open grate arrangement at the collar. The getter up of two clubs will have a pair of skates, and a double breasted pink undershirt thrown in. Persons who wish to compete for these prizes, can send their subscriptions now, from this year to 2011, in order to make the thing certain. No paper shall beat us, if we have to get up a corner in a double-breasted undershirts and create a panic in the market. –Max Adeler

And yeah, we gotcher Climate Change hangin’.

Raccoon Whack-A-Mole. The music is really annoying, so turn off the sound. You’ve been warned.

THIS is a happy dog.

Saturday Matinee – Little Isidore, Rhett & Link, Dead & Company, and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Saturday, 8 October 2016 by

Way too few Little Isidore videos in this world IMO. (Click that link to be amazed.)

Rhett & Link, singin’ the order… then they had to pay for it. Posted in 2009, here’s the caption:

Yes! the guy’s reaction is totally authentic. He had no idea we were coming, and he really got the order right (almost right). We couldn’t believe it either, so we understand the questions….

[h/t Octopus.]

To those suffering the wrath and aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, here’s this:

Dead & Company. Pretty decent lineup, including Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann & John Mayer.

This is also appropriate, even though Texas wasn’t hit by the hurricane.

To my friends on the East Coast, stay safe.


The .Gif Friday Post No.455 – Dance Hard, Cats Up & Screwniverse

Friday, 7 October 2016 by




[Found here, here and here. And, yeah, there’s another great addition to our “Dance Hard” Archive.]

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