Blog about things I find interesting, or incredibly stupid.
Mostly its to make fun of other people, post links I find funny and lower the amount of crap I post elsewhere - email me, feel free to comment and please click an ad from time to time!
"buy this, it comes with a free black turtleneck, but applecare for the turtleneck is an extra $100/year"
I really do my best to try to stay away from politics-politics*, religion and other subjects that can divide an audience (somehow an opinioned page like mine is ok though? The hypocracy is not lost on me). But are you flipping kidding me?
From Jalopnik: High on the remote Colorado plains known as South Park sits a few hundred acres of ranchland and a car collection of one man that numbered 1,000 vehicles. After years of frustrated selling, his widow has called in the crushers. Your move, hippies. - The owner has decided that enough is ENOUGH, and is conducting the Phooey Special! All vehicles, trucks, tractors, other items under 5 tons weight $1500 your choice. Some with titles, some without. CASH ON THE BARRELHEAD, no monkey business, no malarkey. Scrappers get lost, contract has been signed. HURRY! First come first served. As is where is. YOU LOAD YOU HAUL! Price goes DOWN to $1200 on August 15th, DOWN again to $900 on August 25th and bottoms out at $600 on September 4th. THE CRUSHER IS COMING and gets everything, that is EVERYTHING September 14th, including your favourite if you don't ACT NOW! You snooze, you lose. The cows want to eat GRASS, not iron!
If anybody goes, let me know if there is any original Minis, MG, anything British? It definitely looks mostly American, but its worth a shot.
Researchers have successfully created a rudimentary artificial neural network using human DNA strands...
This sparks both my scientific curiosity and my love of cool scifi... and now those 2 sides of my personality are fighting to the death!
This does not mean Skynet has been created, however. As that was 100% synthetically derived artificial intelligence. This is more playing god... giving the drive of life towards organic building materials. Nobody should have a problem with that.
From the article:
Without getting too complicated, Qian and her team created four highly simplified artificial neurons in test tubes comprised of 112 strands of DNA, each strand programmed with a specific sequence of bases to interact with other strands. The interactions resulted in outputs (or not), basically mimicking the actions of neurons firing. In order to see the DNA neurons firing, the scientists attached a fluorescent molecular marker that lit up when activated.
You knew this picture was coming
Next, the researchers played a trivia game with the neural network to see if it could identify one of four scientists based on a series of yes/no questions. Basic information related to the identity of the scientists was given to the tiny DNA brain in the form of encoded strands of DNA.
To quiz the brain, a human player placed DNA strands that hinted at the answer into the test tube. With these clues, the neural network was able to produce the correct answer, which was visible thanks to the fluorescent markers. In this way, the network could also communicate when it lacked enough information to correctly identify one of the scientists, or if any of the clues contained contradictory information. The research team played this game using 27 possible ways of answering questions and the neural network in the test tube answered correctly each time.
I flippin' LOVE Ramen. Here's my favorite Ramen recipe, and you thought you should just add water and the little packet thing...amateur.
Get a head of purple cabbage (you can actually buy a 1/4 head of it at most grocery stores now).
Sprouts (any kind work, I like broccoli sprouts and alfalfa, but bean sprouts work too)
finely chopped nearly any other vegetable
Slice up cabbage into really small pieces, use a good sized pinch of it (and put in a ziploc bag for more batches later). Slice up carrot (use about half, add to that same bag and keep in freezer), pinch of sprouts, chopped veges, a few tablespoons of edamame, same amount of peas, a squirt of rooster sauce, a shake or 2 of onion powder, a teaspoon of sesame oil, a shake or 2 of seeds, a teaspoon of soy sauce - add all of that to the dried (and crunched up) noodles and half of the flavor packet in a bowl.
boil some water and pour until its just barely covered, cover for 2 or 3 minutes.
Richard Hammond, one of the hosts of Top Gear has been greenlit for an original show on BBC America.
More from FinalGear.com: BBC America is working on creating original programming (rather than rebroadcasted UK content) and one of their first shows will one hosted by Richard Hammond. Tentatively called “Hard Drive with Richard Hammond”, the show will feature Hammond driving “some of America’s toughest and most extraordinary vehicles”.
Awesome, AND I DON'T EVEN SMOKE!
For more info, I'm just going to paste the text from the source link.
If you thought the Cube Gun was James Bond certified, you should have reserved judgment until you laid your eyes on the Zippo Gun. Some nut case has managed to convert the fire starting device into a real live shooting gun, though we haven’t been able to verify the latter statement. But if it turns out to be real, the Zippo Gun fires 4mm bullets from a barrel that replaces the wick of the lighter. Presumably it works by flicking the flint, which acts as a trigger to fire the bullet. Included is a Ronson Flint dispenser to carry the extra ammo. Genius. If you’re looking to buy this truly pocket friendly weapon, tough luck. It was sold to a bidder in 2006 for $6800. Via: Ohgizmo
Here's the short version (from the telegraph article):
[The] physicists in charge of the Large Hadron Collider said that they had only established where the Higgs boson was not to be found, and that its location continues to elude them. However they added that as the amount of data created by the atom-smashing experiments increases, they now expect to know whether or not the most-wanted particle exists within 18 months.
[The Higgs Boson] was first postulated by the Scottish physicist Peter Higgs in 1964 as part of the Standard Model of physics, as an invisible field that gives mass to particles, but remains theoretical.
Why its not bad to allow employees to scr*w around on the internet a bit, work remotely and enjoy a non-traditional workplace.
I totally agree with this school of thought. Employees are going to daydream and not be 100% productive all the time anyway. I know I’m taking a bit of a detour from the infographic (and point of the post) pasted below, but tangents are what drives this blog.
A happy employee is a productive employee. Arbitrary work hours, meetings for the sake of meetings and busy-work have no place in the a workplace in the year 2011. As long as an employee is doing their job, being creative (if the job calls for that) and responds to inquiries, I don’t see the harm in letting them set their activities or even work location during the day.
Honestly, I’ve always worked faster and more efficiently when working out-of-office for 2 main reasons.
-Less distraction: I know it sounds the opposite of what should be true, but when you’re home, etc doing your work, at least in my experience, you have less things that can pull you from each task.
-Without having to drive/commute, you’re work day is actually shorter, why not work faster and extend it even further. Subconciously EVERYBODY* works slower in an office, in order to fill the entire work day. I’ve gotten DAYS of work done in an 8 hour period off-site, mostly because I wanted the extra time to relax and work on my car, walk the pup, sleep or fill-in-activity-here-______. You sit down, crank it out, everybody is happier because things are submitted ahead of schedule and you have the rest of the day to yourself. It’s a win-win.
Then there’s the flip side. A few winters ago when DC got the UNBELIEVABLE amount of snow, my company’s VPN servers couldn’t handle the increased traffic (1000% above capacity on some estimates) so while 1 out of 10 logins were successful, nobody could actually reach any resources due to the bottlenecks… Those kind of issues (like once in a while 100% offisite workforce) will always be an issue, but until companies embrace it from a top-down mentality instead of once in a while, specific tasks/people, there will always be busywork.
If higher ups can’t trust their employees to be productive organically (or trust them at all) why hire them in the first place?
Don’t you think people in the early 1900’s felt the same way about the workplace when telephones began to replace face to face meetings?
but this, Talladega nights, days of thunder and the Daytona USA arcade game are the exceptions.
From Jalopnik: Pastor Joe Nelms gave a pre-race invocation that will likely not soon be forgotten before yesterday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway. The unique prayer included thanks for a variety of NASCAR sponsors and most notably Nelm's "smoking hot wife". Ricky Bobby could not be reached for comment.
I don't like to see things that I feel had merit demise. The writing has been on the wall for Borders for a little while, between Barnes and Noble full court pressing them retail-wise, and Amazon pushing them on the internet*. Borders really couldn't hold a candle to the pricing or aggression its competitors were facing towards them. The farewell open-letter email pasted below is actually pretty sad.
I always liked Borders, it always seemed well organized and had a great magazine section, especially rarer magazines like "Land Rover World" etc. I actually knew them originally as Walden books where I grew up.
Goodbye Borders, sucks that these things happen.
*hey B&N, don't think Amazon isn't coming after you next...I think the Kindle/Nook wars are just starting to heat up.
If they had aired this I think people would be even MORE pissed at certain points during the run of this amazing show. Good thing its totally fake and shot after the fact*.
**Already canceled show Spoiler Alert**
-We find out that the smoke monster/Dark energy character's name is Barry (something he doesn't seem thrilled with)
-Everything WAS planned from the beginning
-Locke might know more than he was given credit for
-Jack is cranky (we already knew that though)
-"That Scottish Guy"'s job may or may not matter
-Metaphors annoy Barry as much as me during season 3
Starliper also thinks that he has solved a cipher devised by Zodiac that has remained unsolved for over 40 years.
Zodiac sent encrypted communication to area newspapers, taking credit for killings and warning of more to come, according to Robert Graysmith, who personally investigated the murders and wrote several books on the case.
The first coded communication was a three-part cipher sent in portions to the Vallejo Times-Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Examiner on July 31, 1969, according to “Most Evil”, written by Steve Hodel. The complete cipher contained 408 characters and was published on August 2 and 3, 1969 in accordance to Zodiac’s demands. It took just a few days for the code to be deciphered. “The first one was cracked by a history teacher and his wife,” said Starliper. “What I’m driving at was the first code was cracked by amateurs. So they figure that any communication after that would be able to be cracked by amateurs.” After the decryption of the first code, Zodiac sent many more communications to law enforcement and the media, including his most famous: a 340-character cipher, mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle, according to zodiackillerfacts.com. To this day, the cipher has not been completely cracked. Starliper, however, believes he has found the solution to that code. “The first time I saw this code was a couple of years ago, and I knew that it could be cracked,” he said. “It was just instinct, I had a gut feeling that it could be cracked. Any code created by man can be cracked by man.”
The FBI and local police are skeptical but I figured it was still worth posting about.
His solution identifies Arthur Leigh Allen as the killer:
With spaces, that reads "KILL SLF DR HELP ME KILL MYSELF GAS CHAMBER AEIOUR DAYS QUESTIONSABLE EVERYY WAKING MOMENT IM ALIVE MY PR IDE LOST I CAST GO ON LIVING IN THIS WAY KILLING PEOPLE I HAV KILLD SO MANY PEOPLE CANT HELP MYSELF IM SO AN GRY I COULD DO MY THINK IM ALONE IN THIS WORLD MY W HOLE LIFE FUL O LIES IM UNABLE TO STOP BY THE TIME YOU SOLVE THISI WILL HAV KILLD ELEVEN PEOPLE PLEASE HELP ME STOP KILLING PEOPLE PLEASE MY NAME IS LEIGH ALLEN".
Haven't you always wanted an email address that was more expensive than gmail, yet having none of the google services, benefits, cache or lack of I'm a d-bag with a warped sense of priorities? Yeah? Have I got the site for you...
... to buy a house that a RESPONSIBLE consumer has to follow because of ridiculous lending in the past is ok?
Citing a little known Texas law, Kenneth Robinson filed the appropriate paperwork securing exclusive negotiation with the past (current?) owner, who'd have to pay off the mortgage to boot him out, or can wait 3 years for the title (deed?) to the house.
This guy deserves a high five, the house and all the meat and beer he needs for his moving-in BBQ. (feel free to fly me in)
I always love Boston.com's (and theatlantic.com for that matter)'s "In Focus" photo journalism. Usually very good pics at very good resolution. Click the source link on the bottom for all the pics. They'll definitely be updating that story with more as the tour goes on.
Add Alison Brie (see below) and this could be a perfect post.
This chart could be overwhelming but a few points I'd like to stand out: (4 styles chosen at random, 2 each)
-Dale's is one of the best beers (of any style) and hands down the best hoppy American Pale Ale that exists.
-Sierra Nevada is my go-to, bordering on "default" beer , great mention
-Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout will change your life, but not an everyday (or every month for that matter) beer
-Scratch what I just said about Sammy Smith, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is my favorite beer I drank the entire time I was in Ireland. I'm entirely convinced I grew more chest hair because of it
-Delirium Tremens, wow
-I didn't notice Kwak on there, hopefully that was a mistake...
-Spaten Oktoberfestbier, absolutely fantastic
-No Augustiner-Bräu at all? for SHAME
Wifey said I should edit this pic a bit for content, but click here for the "full" version.
This is an outtake for a Men's health photoshoot Miss Brie did. Welp, I guess I'm getting a Men's health subscription, how's that for effective marketing? This girl only makes Community (great show in its own right) even better to watch. I love how they don't dance around how incredibly hotshe is. I could do without Britta at this point (or Chevy Chase for that matter). More Chang!
I'm aware that this post is short on content, I'm ok with that. Click the source link (not at work).
Remember Hermon Raju? Well, after the video leaked of her trying to eloquently (failing miserably) berate a MTA train conductor for asking her to stop cursing on her phone, she "may" have damaged her reputation thanks to the internet. She claims that the offending 2 minutes that went virual paint a different picture of the situation than if the entire altercation aired... yeah right.
I really like this comment about this situation best. from the consumerist.
Poor screaming train lady. Maybe something to think about the next time you pull out a line like, "Excuse me, do you know what schools I've been to and how well-educated I am?"
Louis from Ghostbusters was a great character. If the 2nd sequel finally comes out, I really hope he's part of it.
One guy misses Rick so much as he wrote a song about it, see below.
From the mentalfloss post: The short answer is: he retired in 1997. He lost his wife, Anne, to liver cancer in 1991, and later said: “I’m a single parent and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.” He didn’t completely retire from show business, though, as he released a country music album in 2005 called The Agoraphobic Cowboy.
One of America's favorite morally ambiguous talk show hosts grilled Emma Watson* on her drinking. Apparently the HP crew is known for enjoying the occasional cocktail. You've got to love the level of adorable embarrassed stammering he brings her to.
See what I did there? Spirits?
A friend of mine is in love with this girl. I can completely see why, she is damn cute. Hey Emma, if you see this post, email me! He'd treat a classy girl like you well! I'll put you 2 in touch!
Bill Caswell, everybody's favorite grassroots race car driver has made a name for himself by working hard and getting results, without the budget of pro teams. Because of this he's made some friends like Rally/Gymkhanna driver Ken Block, who he got a chance to hang out with and masquerade as... chaos ensues.
Bill says: I felt bad for fooling them, but man was it fun. Some of the top drivers from around the world actually thought I was Ken Block. I learned two things: 1. I got to realize how much branding Ken walks around wearing on any given day and how much it apparently confounds Europeans. 2. I got to hear first hand what they say to him, how much respect they have for him. They too know how hard it is to do what Ken is doing, to race at the level he is racing at, to even drive in the World Rally Championships. A few fans ran up so excited they could barely talk and asked for autographs. I think one woman was crying she was so amped up to meet Ken. Even cooler was that Ken was following 50 feet behind and got to watch the whole thing the way we do. When we got to the WRC car he was smiling as much as I was. Man was that fun.
Jason Segal's revival of The Muppets is something I'm really looking forward to (see earlier posts).
Fun Fact alert, I had Animal sheets when I was a little kid.
The writer/composer of the new reboot has this to say "I’ve just grown a little disappointed with…all these weird concept movies. I just want to go take it back to the early 80′s, when it was about the Muppets trying to put on a show. That’s what I’m trying to bring back…"
The rest of the article goes to say: But despite great intentions, Segel’s movie will not be—can not be—like the old films. The post-Henson (that is, post-1990) films struggled to find the right tone. Even the best of them, The Muppet Christmas Carol, is too sweet and not salty enough. Muppets from Space swings erratically from callous to cloying. Segel is a writer-performer-producer with a kind, hilarious vision, not unlike Henson himself. His writerly debut, the 2008 movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, features a break-up with full frontal nudity and a scene of sobbing over an ex’s Tupperware; it’s pitch-perfect. But even with all the right ingredients, the new Muppet movie has too much working against it. The first hurdle is a fuzzy, green hand puppet.
I'm behind this project all the way, as long as Animal goes nuts, Gonzo is blown up, and the Swedish chef (Norwegian when played in Sweden, not kidding) kills some chickens, all of which definitely leans on the salty side.
- HEY THANKS! WHAT ARE YOU GUYS MAKING? - HEY THANKS! THESE SHOES ARE FROM ALDO! DO YOU LIKE THEM? - HEY THANKS! I'M JUST GOING TO AU BON PAIN. YOU GUYS WANT A GAZPACHO? - HEY THANKS! AS SKILLED LABORERS, WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK ABOUT THE RECENT DECISION BY THE WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT TO UPHOLD THE BILL STRIPPING UNION WORKERS OF MUCH OF THEIR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS? - RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM CARPENTERS! - LET ME TRY ON YOUR HAT! Previously: Taglines for Romantic Comedies That Will Never Exist. Julieanne Smolinski is a frequent Internet contributor.
Well, of the people I've heard of I definitely agree (especially Ted), other than Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Yeah she's not unannoying, but how the F*** is Joy Behar not ahead of her? Also Steve Zahn, he's not a fantastic actor, but also not in the top 20 of Hollywood, not by a long-shot.
Today the 2nd living recipient of the Army's highest honor, the Medal of Honor, was given his award. Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry heroically grabbed and threw away a live enemy grenade tossed at him saving 2 other soldiers and himself, but not his hand. The grenade exploded in his hand as he threw it, amputating it at the wrist. One thing I haven't mentioned yet, he did this with gunshot wounds to both legs.
More respect than I can put into words goes out to Sgt. Petry. Thank you for all you do for us, your sacrifice will not be overlooked.
From the Army page's article:
During his last mission, Petry was to locate himself with the platoon headquarters in the target building once it was secured. There, he was to serve as the senior noncommissioned officer at the site for the remainder of the operation. But things quickly got dangerous for Petry and his team. Insurgents opened fire on Petry and his men. Petry had fellow Ranger Pvt. 1st Class Lucas Robinson at his side. The two were to clear the outer courtyard of the target building. It was there the two first saw the enemy.
"I remember seeing the guy out of my peripheral vision," Petry said. "Two guys with AKs at their hip, just spraying. And one happened to strike me right in the thighs. I didn't know I was hit in both thighs, but it hit my left thigh." Robinson was also hit, Petry said. "He was struck right in his ribcage on his left side and he continued along and followed behind me." While wounded and under enemy fire, Petry led Robinson to the cover of a chicken coop in the courtyard. The enemy continued to deliver fire at the two Soldiers. Petry reported contact was made with the enemy, and as a result, team member Sgt. Daniel Higgins moved to the outer courtyard. As Higgins moved toward the chicken coop to meet with the two wounded Soldiers, Petry threw a thermobaric grenade toward the enemy. That explosion caused a lull in enemy fire.
As Higgins evaluated the wounds of both Petry and Robinsion, an insurgent threw a grenade over the chicken coop. The grenade landed about 10 meters from the three Rangers, knocked them to the ground, and wounded Higgins and Robinson. With three Soldiers taking cover in the coop, an insurgent threw yet another grenade. This time, the grenade landed just a few feet from the three Soldiers -- much closer than the earlier grenade.
"It was almost instinct -- off training," Petry said of his response to the situation. "It was probably going to kill all three of us. I had time to visually see the hand grenade. And I figure it's got about a four-and-half second fuse, depending on how long it has been in the elements and the weather and everything and how long the pin has been pulled. I figure if you have time to see it you have time to kick it, throw it, just get it out there." That's when Petry picked up the grenade and threw it away from him and his buddies. As it turns out, he did have the time to save all three of their lives -- but not time to save his hand.
The grenade exploded as he threw it -- destroying his throwing arm.
"I actually didn't think it was going to go off," Petry said. "I didn't really feel much pain. I didn't know it had gone off and taken my hand until I sat back up and saw it was completely amputated at the wrist." Petry put a tourniquet on his now severed arm, to prevent further blood loss. That was something he said he knew how to do as a result of good Army training. Then he had to focus on those around him. "The younger guys next to me were kind of still in shock and awe," Petry said, and he tasked himself do what it is that makes Americans marvel at their Soldiers. "Maintaining control, maintaining awareness, trying to remain calm -- so they stay calm."
He radioed for help -- but the fighting wasn't over. Staff Sgt. James Roberts engaged the enemy and was able to suppress their fire. But another insurgent began firing, and fatally wounded Spc. Christopher Gathercole. Higgins and Robinson returned fire and killed the enemy. Moments later, Sgt. 1st Class Jerod Staidle, the platoon sergeant, and Spc. Gary Depriest, the platoon medic, arrived in the outer courtyard. After directing Depriest to treat Gathercole, Staidle moved to Petry' s position. Staidle and Higgins then assisted Petry as he moved to the casualty collection point.
Within a week, he'd be back in the United States.
Some pics and video below. Click the source links below for more information and a longer version of his story.
As mentioned earlier, last weekend was my birthday. So I went up to Lime Rock Park in CT with Wifey, my brother, my Dad, and 4 friends for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. My favorite is the GT class, which is basically rear wheel drive, production based cars. While the purpose built race cars in the LMP classes are really cool and faster, I prefer the cars based on what I've seen on the road (and my dreams in the case of the Porsche 911 GT3).
Wifey and I got up there on Friday afternoon to grab a campsite and watch prelims in the rain... While still fun, I really hate rain. Especially when it never seemed to stop. At one point we reached the saturation point of our $29 K-Mart tent, oops. Most of the rest of the group showed up between 730 and dusk (~9pm) just in time to setup the other tent (more on that in a bit) before we lost daylight. Even so, we got the grill going and ate the first of our many grilled meat meals with plenty of beer. The other tent, my brother's, was easily large enough to use as a soft-sided garage for my car... to sleep 4 people. Only my brother would have this large of a tent with the reasoning being "why not?", haha.
The next morning we were up in various stages between 7-8 to the smell of bacon, because my dad brought a 2nd "breakfast grill", among LOTS of other excess camping equipment (full disclosure, we ended up using almost all of it). Practice and warmup started ~9am but was sporadic as they inspected the track as it was still a bit wet from the night. Wifey grabbed a great spot on the hill, layed out some blankets and chairs to ensure good views of the chicane on the track. The day was spent watching stuff like this (below) from our spot on the hill.
Here's the short version of our "campsite intruder". 2 guys in the campsite next to us we barely noticed until ~9pm when one of them got absolutely knackered, and started arguing with the guy he was with. He stumbled around, drank some more, played some guitar, continued to fight with the guy he was with, then got bored with that and wandered around. Guy #2 went in his tent and passed out, guy #1 was up for a bit more, then finally (seemingly) passed out around 11. Around 1130, the last of our group went to bed. I woke up about 45 min later hearing somebody or something walk around our camp but didn't think much of it at the time. 20 or so minutes later, I heard one of our group saying "please go away, go back to your tent". Guy #1 had passed out on top of the edge of one of our tents. He refused to leave and was getting increasingly more belligerent, until he threatened us with "You'll all be f***ing dead". That's when I jumped out of my tent, my dad and brother out of theirs and another guy we were with, my brother grabbed a hatchet just in case, haha. Once 5 guys were standing around him, he backed off and walked away (while still cursing at us). He walked around a bit more, cursing and screaming, went to the bathroom cabin, the shower cabin and started smashing things, classy. My dad and I went in opposite directions to look for security/police, after a while we were able to find them, and had the police called (after Guy #1 pretended to be asleep once he knew sh*t was going down). The cops gave him the choice of being arrested, taken away in an ambulance or calling somebody to pick him up (it was ~2am at this point...), we were getting frustrated and just wanted something to happen to warrant an actual arrest, read between the lines here. Turns out his nephew was who he thought they'd call to pick him up, except he was guy #2. As soon as his name was mentioned he stirred having being "woken up", I guess 2 cops, 4 security guards, somebody being interrogated and headlights aren't enough, but your name being mentioned really shook him awake? Guy #2, after taking a field sobriety test took Guy #1 home and we were finally able to go back to sleep. Funny thing, he came back and slept in his tent, woke up the next morning early, cleaned up and took off. My brother (up way before me) offered to help but he wasn't in the mood to talk to anybody...
Crazy weekend, still a lot of fun, but I'll plan better regarding my camping neighbors next time.
youtube sumnation of 2010's 2:45 race in ~9 minutes