Posts Tagged ‘potpourri’

Last Chance Hot Links

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Baja Moon

Computer code that sent the astronauts to the moon. There’s some funny in it, too.

The birth of the webcam: It had to do with a coffee pot in 1991.

Tired of Twitter’s squelching your opinions? Now there’s GAB.IE. It works in a similar way, but without the threat of being sent to #TwitterGulag.

Parking a Porche in Vancouver.

The Moral Machine [via] tests your base values in hypothetical situations involving a driverless vehicle. Do you run over the dog to save the ducklings? Apparently I like to run over animals to save humans more than most, and I prefer to save more lives.

THE EXPERTS.

Chevrotain is not a gasoline additive, but it’s apparently good eatin’ in some parts of the world.

Glemie Beasley is still The Coon Man. [Related story with links here.]

Cool wire-frame animation: counter-rotating equilateral triangles create a 3D rotating equilateral pyramid.

Here’s another classic: A Complete List of Things Caused By Global Warming (with links).

This Day in Jazz Age Music. There’s some great stuff in there.

[Top image: Baja Moon found here.]

Evolutionary Hot Links

Sunday, 9 October 2016

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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.

In A Gadda Da Hot Links

Sunday, 2 October 2016

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This. Happy Birthday to Everlasting Blört.

Need an area rug with your initials woven into it? Nah, didn’t think so.

Fungus anthropormorphus.

From Wikipedia:

…Got a black cat bone
got a mojo too,
I got John the Conqueror root,
I’m gonna mess with you…

—”Hoochie Coochie Man,” Muddy Waters

Mr. T Costume Win/Fail.

Wolverine.

According to her mother, her Great Grandfather had a very long tongue, too.

“In 2009, it was named the 24th-greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It is also often regarded as an influence on heavy metal music and being one of the firsts of the genre.”

Guess the song before you click here.

[Top image: Mr. Cecropia showed up on our kitchen window screen recently. For scale, each square is 1/16th of an inch.]

 

 

Living Breathing Hot Links

Sunday, 25 September 2016

How The Whale Became

25 September has been designated “National One Hit Wonder Day,” a tribute to the artists and bands that made it into the Top 40 only once. Here’s a list.

Here’s one of my favorite One Hit Wonders. Too retro? Try this one.

Astounding: The real story behind The Sound of Music and The Von Trapp Family.

Interactive Street View map of 1850-2000 San Francisico has some cool photos of historic buildings and streetscapes [via].

The Dancing Straw Hats [via].

Armadillo messes with a dog.

A friend posted this elsewhere:

Found a cool website the other day. Shortwave radio stations from around the world. You can dial in the frequency you want on any of the radios. I found a station called UVB-76 otherwise known as “The Buzzer”. It sends out a buzz tone repeatedly 24/7. Once in a while numbers are spoken in Russian. It’s been broadcasting since 1982 and no one knows why. (frequency 4625 kHz)
http://www.websdr.org/

Ted Hughes’ “How the Whale Became” is a children’s book I never read, but it was made into an opera, and the opera had an official trailer. [Top image from here. More info here.]

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Hot Links with Extra Sour Cream

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Humpty Doo Big_Boxing_Croc

The US Naval Institute released the results of their informal poll “Who Was The Greatest Woman In Military History?
The results are both surprising and unsurprising. I voted for Boadicea. She gave the military a spine to fight the Romans.

We posted a photo of Stanley The Great in April 2014 without really knowing who he was. Check out the update.

Bravo Land is now on my bucket list, if only to re-install erased history removed by evil people on The Slab o’ Time:

Inside the chain of stores, we immediately spotted the Bravo Land Slab o’ Time, an impressively massive tree cross-section propped against a wall. It’s from a Giant Sequoia blasted down in the 1950s, over 2,000 years old. It features a scattering of little metal labels nailed to it. A plaque explained: “The tags on the log denote growth rings that grew in the same year as various significant world events.”

“214 BC – Great Wall of China”…”197 BC – Roman Empire Begins.” There’s a 1,284 year gap, though, and the sign noted the “conspicuous absence of tagged growth rings from the 5th to the 15th centuries…. That period of time produced few significant events in world history.”

We’re not totally buying that. Closer inspection revealed missing tags radiating out from the slab center, two small holes indicating where each notable achievement used to be. We asked about it, and were told that “some political people” had come in and pointed out which milestone labels should be removed (you know, to fix world history).

We’ve seen timelines ravaged by tourism slab deniers before — but always on public land, at national and state parks. Complainers raise a stink, form a committee, and voila, adjusted! Bravo Land is a private enterprise. But once a slab is called out for being on the wrong side of history, there’s little choice but to get out the pliers and pry off the “Magna Carta,” and Columbus and Ponce de Leon “discovers” tags (we’re just guessing about the discards, since they’re gone).

Petey was a seal, but his real name was Shag. TRUE.

Stupid joke from a long time ago:

Okay, so a penguin is driving through the Mojave to Las Vegas when his A/C breaks down. He pulls into a repair garage in Pahrump and tells the mechanic that he needs air conditioning to survive the heat. Mechanic says, “There’s an ice cream shop a block away, cool down and be back in an hour.”

The penguin hits the ice cream shop, hangs out in the freezer eating ice cream, but since he only has flippers to hold the cones he makes a mess. An hour later he pays for the ice cream, cleans up the mess and returns to the mechanic and asks, “So what did you find?”

Mechanic says, “Looks like you blew a seal.”

Penguin wipes his beak and says, “Nah. It’s just ice cream.”

Trouble at Taminmin Humpty Doo.

Yeah, I said Humpty Doo.

[Top image is a tourist attraction at Humpty Doo and it cost $137,000 in 1983 bucks.]

Flying Burrito Hot Links

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Egyptian Donkey Jump

Growing food to feed people and animals is getting more efficient, reducing back-breaking manual labor. Check out this hi-tech stuff.

Everybody knows that it’s a big ‘ol goofy world.

I blame Hanna-Barbara for this.

Roller Skiing. Yeah. Skiing. With rollers. It’s also about the only time you can put the letter “i” twice in sequence in one word. (II could be wrong.)

Gecko hands dude has gecko hands.

This is what you get when you Google something arbitrary like “Dark Sunday Face.”

September 2012 to September 2016 U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Graph [via]. Like that’s a surprise.

How to clean and sanitize your forks and spoons.

Top image from Donkey Jumping in Egypt:

“In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 picture, Ahmed Ayman and his donkey jump over a barrier in the Nile Delta village of Al-Arid about 150 kilometers north of Cairo, Egypt. Donkeys are a fixture of daily life in rural Egypt, where they are used for transportation or to haul goods, and can often be seen in Cairo and other major cities. But itís rare to see a donkey gallop, much less go airborne.”

Stuff happens. Sometimes it’s caught on mic.

 

 

 

Polyunsaturated Hot Links

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Neanderthal facial reconstruction

Marine Harriers Strike ISIS Targets in Libya from USS Wasp

Classic from 2007: “What is oozing out of our ground?

Another classic: The Amish Virus.

Okay, so an enlisted 1st Class Navy Petty Officer got drunk, couldn’t start his vehicle due to a breathalyzer interlock. He captured a raccoon in an adjacent park brought it into his vehicle and squeezed it. The breathalyzer detected no alcohol on the raccoon’s breath, so the vehicle started, but the raccoon passed out from the squeeze. The driver left the animal unconscious on the floorboard of his vehicle. The raccoon awoke later and attacked the driver who then crashed his vehicle through a residential fence and into a swimming pool. TRUE. [h/t Dolphin Catcher.]

The Arnheiter Affair was a book published in 1971, suppressed via litigation, about Marcus Aurelius Arnheiter, best known for being relieved of command of the USS Vance after only 99 days.

Milton Friedman’s full smackdown of Phil Donahue. Jump to 00:20:40 for the Good n’ Greedy stuff.

“We’re singin’ Hidey-Ho ’til the cows come home, you know, and we’ll get all Glad N’ Greasy.” –The Beat Farmers 1986.

The politically correct crowd is upset over a joke featuring two labrador retrievers? Wow.

If you care what Elvis Costello‘s favorite music is, click here [via].

This song was pretty good, even though I have no idea what his point was.

[Top image: Reconstructed Neanderthal Facial Profile from here, and if you look hard enough you’ll find an unshaven Neanderthal hottie who could kick your ass.]

[Update: Repaired busted link.]

Subcutaneous Hot Links

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Corcoran Student Artwork

More women have baby faces on their knees than we thought.

#WhenIWasYourAge is amusing as far as Twitter hashtags go.

Pit bulls in flowers.

Children of Darkness and the institutions they live in. [This program contains language and sequences some viewers may find disturbing.]

Classic clip from The Prisoner: No. 6 chased by “Rover.”

A Rainbomb explained: “When the faucet really flips on, air can blast out of the sky at more than 115 miles per hour.” So there you go.

Canelo, el Mono Aullador más grande de la Senda Verde. Dare you to turn your speakers up and listen to the entire song.

“…rich, expansive and uniquely integrated academic curricula grounded in real-world experiences.” –A Quote from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Graduate Studies webpage. [Example of a Corcoran student’s work above, with quote, found here.]

Unperturbed 3×4 Hot Links

Sunday, 17 July 2016

They are roughly 3 inches by four inches

The Anacreontic Song as sung by the University of Michigan American Music Institute Chorus, with Scott Van Ornum on harpsichord and soloist Jacob Wright, conducted by Jerry Blackstone.

The complete words to “Defence of Fort M’Henry.”

The National Anthem, The Great War & The 7th Inning Stretch. There’s a connection.

Giant bat farts [via].

13 Illinois Toads & Frogs living in squalor and what they sound like. The Green Frog sounds like the intro to Seinfeld, but The Wood Frog is a serious contender for my next ringtone.

Here are some sources in case you ever need one.

Just Googled “Eyelash Peacock Dumpster.” I was not impressed.

Black Napkins is my personal choice for the theme song of the 2016 Presidential Election. If it all goes awry, I’ll replace it with Watermelon In Easter Hay.

[Personal to Weez: Thanks for the phone call.]

[Top image: “They are roughly 3 inches by 4 inches.” Found here.]

Hot Links Del Mar

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Gastropod Eggs

Electric eel leaping out of a tank to shock a fake alligator head [via].

Woman from San Diego has been banned from visiting over 21% of America.

Riding the Strandbeest bike [via].

Link Wray.

Classic P.J. O’Rourke heresy. (Don’t get any ideas, kids.)

PNBHS Haka for Mr. Tamatea’s Funeral Service is still an excellent tribute.

100 Years” is a movie scheduled for release in 2115. The idea is to purchase metal tickets and pass them on to your descendants.

“…We can be rich in cotton and mining metals, and silk worms, and we can make things, things cars, the machine can make it for us; and we can have the community, and city, in San Francisco; and we can make things and put them in the store. On the East Coast they have slaves and believe in slavery and made in China…” She has it all figured out.

JUST RELAX.

[Top image: Giant gastropod egg capsules of the species Adelomelon brasiliana washed up near Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires and were herded into concentric circles by locals. Found here.]

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