On Hardball, Edwards replies to the shrieking harpy. (After you hit play, move your cursor to the side and click on your desktop. This will disable the autofresh on DailyKos but still allow the video to play, eliminating stops and pauses.)
Ok, I held out as long as I could. But everybody's doing it.
I take great pride in my G rating, family values and all. I'll be voting for Rudy in 2008.
Watch this Norwegian ad encouraging kids to grow up to become engineers.
Pet Corner: Buy your Bite-Meez Cat Puppet Toy here.
If you name your child Wayne, be sure it’s his first name, not his middle, or he may grow up to be a murderer. I know, you’re thinking John Wayne Gacy and that it’s not such a big deal. But check out this list of guys arrested for homicide in 2005 alone.
It was driving me nuts trying to figure out who Bill Kristol reminds me of everytime I see this crazed wingnut on a TV clip. It’s Karl-Otto Alberty as the Sherman Tiger tank commander in the 1970 Eastwood film “Kelly’s Heroes”.
War-mongering neo-con and traitor to his country, who sells out for a Fox News paycheck.
War-mongering Nazi and traitor to his country, who sells out for a few bars of gold.
CNNMoney.com chooses the Prius as the top pick in their “great fuel-efficient cars” article. It’s been a year and a half since I bought mine and I still can’t recommend this thing enough. So far the argument that the amount you’ll pay servicing it offsets the gas savings has turned out to be a bust. This has been the most reliable and inexpensive to own car I’ve had in my life. I fully admit to making bone-headed financial decisions on a regular basis, but this wasn’t one of them.
This week's Marine Life Series essay on Daily Kos is up. It's about river otters.
Pet Corner: The Ashera is a new breed of cat that can reach a weight of up to thirty pounds. It’s a hybrid animal developed by crossing an African Serval and an Asian Leopard Cat, and then breeding this cross with a domestic cat. You can order one for only $22,000 from the Lifestyle Pets company.
You simply won’t believe these marriage tracts e-cards.
Representing myself, I beat a lawyer in court this week. Although I won't go into any detail, he was a complete clown. What kind of attorney gets his cell phone confiscated by a judge in the middle of a trial?
Stuff You Should Know: How to talk to a climate skeptic. It amazes me how the same people who doubt climate science because “all the evidence isn’t in yet” have no trouble blindly believing all kinds of wacky things like guys walking on water, non-existent WMD’s, virgin births, and a boat that once held a pair of each one of several million species of animals on it.
Movie Rating:The Illusionist. Edward Norton is such a good actor, and this mystery by the director producers of Crash and Sideways is a treat. Although the "mystery" itself is pretty easy to figure out early on. Mary had it nailed after 20 minutes. 3.4 starfish out of 5.
Fun at the Creation Museum!!!! is a long pictoral essay on a trip to the new museum for the science-challenged. Unfortunately the photos are very small, but you can click to embiggen them all. (thanks Skeptica)
Meet the Citarum, the world’s most polluted river. Animal of the Week: Pistol Shrimp. Watch this incredible video of a pistol shrimp stunning its prey with a shockwave bubble created nearly a foot away.
I read this article that says that in 1986 the Russian government sent pilots flying over Chernobyl to protect Moscow from the radiation by seeding rainclouds with silver iodine. I thought to myself “I think Kurt Vonnegut’s brother developed this process.”, and thanks to wikipedia I discovered I was correct. Yay for me. You can read about some of the details of this nuclear event here.
Other than the fact that they will have a “D” after their name, I have no idea who I’ll be voting for in the primary, and probably won’t for quite a while. Bill Richardson is not very high on my list, but this ad puts major points in his column.
After thirty years away from music, it’s nice to have Cat Stevens back. I hope he sticks with it. Here he is performing “Peace Train” in 2006.
I recently posted this article on what is believed to be earth’s sixth mass extinction, but I’m reposting it to give you another shot at reading it. Please do.
Till I Gain Control Again (Emmylou Harris)
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (Paul Simon)
Where Were You Last Night (Traveling Willburys)
Redemption Song (Johnny Cash)
You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
A bowhead whale killed in Alaska had a 130 year-old arrow embedded in it’s neck. The weapon has been traced back to 19th century New Bedford, MA. I didn’t know this, but apparently these whales can live for over 200 years.
Why would anyone paint an elevator’s floor like this?
Typepad has a new feature that allows you to download a file that records the number of hits each past post got. Here are my top three: 2/23/07 (Violet kills a crab.) 2/8/07 (Violet opens a jar.) 12/5/06 (no idea why, nothing special there.) And this unremarkable entry, from January 2004, was the first post to get a hundred or more hits.
I just stumbled upon this photo from around 1992. It’s me with Odie the deaf dalmation and Dundee the world’s greatest ridgeback. This was in my side yard playing with their favorite toy; an empty sheep feed sack from Agways. This time of year can still be pretty rough for me even though it's been eight years since I lost Dundee. Odie I don’t miss so much, although I did manage to find her a good home. She became very aggressive around The Boy when he started walking. I taught Odie sign language in order to give commands to her and the ridgeback picked up on every one. For the rest of her life Dundee and I communicated this way, even long after we placed the Dalmation.
Here’s another one of me and Dundee playing in the snow a few months later.
Now that I'm all choked up, I'll repost the movie of Ngazi, who will turn seven next month. I kid around about her being a second rate Rhodesian compared to TWBR, but we still love her. Graham filmed this when he was in middle school and made it look like an old grainy black and white film. Ngazi.
I was going to quit while I was behind with all the dog stuff, but what the hell. Watch a bulldog on a skateboard. And not just standing on one. Very impressive.
Mantis shrimp vs Octopus. This is an incredible video. An octopus is a very formidable predator, but this one decides not to mess with the mantid. I posted an essay on these shrimp a while back here.
There’s a cool new book out about deep-sea creatures. That first one in the N.Y. Time’s review is an anglerfish. A dumbo octopus is below.
The New Yorker on Obama. Two Biomes points for the person who guesses my choice for the Dem ticket as of today. (This could change, of course. And probably will.) And let me know what your choice is as well. Assume Gore is not running.
"Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck." -- George Carlin