You can watch the Democratic debate at Dartmouth College here. Mike Gravel cracks me up. I’m no fan of Joe Biden, but he did very well this night. I think Chris Dodd would make the best president of the whole crew, although I’m still waiting for Gore and will most likely vote for Edwards in the primary if Gore doesn’t run. It’s about 110 minutes long.
If I can ask a favor of the regulars here, get in the habit of clicking on the ad on the top right. Even if you close it without watching, it will send me a few pennies which I sorely need. Thanks. Out of 602 hits yesterday, only three people clicked the ad and only 35 took the male/female poll. It's not too late to vote, just scroll down.
Holy Cow. If you think creationists, scientologists and flat earthers are out of their skulls, take a look at the people who believe in the abiogenic petroleum theory. I’m surrounded by stupid.
The he/she ratio of the Biomes Blog is 73%/27%. Find yours here. That site makes the point that although you would think a blog with a higher "he" than "she" ratio would appeal more to males, that's not necessarily the case. I think this blog shows this as I seem to have many more female readers than male.
Today’s slide show is called “The Face of Age”. Before you view the slides, look at the thumbnails. One of the faces is that of a 46-year-old. 5 Biomes points if you get it on your first try (honor system).
Calling Rudy. After eight years of the most disastrous president imaginable, if this guy is elected I swear I will slit my wrists.
Peanut Butter? Creationists are out of their freakin’ minds:
Bill Maher’s “New Rules” is always worth a click, but this one ends with a great rant. And here’s a good clip from Jon Stewart’s show. And this one with Jon interviewing the Big Dog. Norm, at Onegoodmove, does a fantastic job with these.
Hey, check this out. A discussion of my blog is on the syllabus of Purdue University’s English 106 class.
Spent the weekend in northeastern Massachusetts. Rockport is beautiful and the hotel screwed up our reservation but paid for a room at a local B & B with free meals, so that worked out well. Hiked Halibut Point Park.
And since we got a free night we decided to spend Sunday night in Salem, so long as I promised not to make fun of the people who think they are witches (they really do). We joined a group of people taking a night tour of haunted houses guided by a real ghostbuster. It was run by a company called Spellbound Tours, whose ad says "Bring a camera and an open mind". Unfortunately I didn't possess either. Considering how rare haunted houses are, I thought it was pretty handy that the town has so many of them in a small geographical area. It was great to walk around with someone who knew the history, but sad that every person on the tour seemed to actually believe that ghosts exist. I did behave myself, though. And may have saved a woman from a raccoon. She was approaching it in a low tree saying "here, kitty kitty kitty".
I'm away for the weekend, so I'll just leave you with this:
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Ok, and this is the longest word in the English language. It’s the name of a protein:
I’ve never watched “The View”, I never will watch “The View”, and generally I really don’t care about anything ever said on “The View”. But apparently they have a new member of the show, and based on this clip she’s dumb as a post. Forget about doubting evolution, this woman isn’t even sure if the Earth maybe isn’t flat after all.
This be me with a lady 'n gentleman o' fortune at my education centaarr. I've lost fifteen pounds since this photo was taken a few months ago. Yay for me, ya scurvy dogs.
For the answaarrr to the trivia booty from yesterday, the object's a backpack that turns into a seat when you be sittin' down. Aye, we fooled ye all and nobody be gettin' the doubloons.
And the interestin' thing about that there presidential chaarrrt? That scallywag Clinton be the only president in the last sixty years to leave office with a higher approval rating than when he began serving. A hearty "yaarrr" to the Big Dog, me mateys.
You may have heard of Alex, the Grey Parrot. He was instrumental in some groundbreaking animal cognition studies for decades. He recently died at the age of 31, which I believe is fairly young for this species.
If you’ve got an hour and twenty minutes to kill, you can watch Derren Brown: Inside Your Mind. If this guy is on the level he’s amazing. That said, I don’t buy it for a minute, but he is entertaining.
I check Baghdad Burning every so often to see how Riverbend is doing. But it’s become less and less frequent since she seems to have stopped writing months ago. Here’s her latest: She’s fled the country.
Researchers may have discovered the sarcasm area of the human brain.
So, now there’s no such thing as Limbo. Long-held spiritual beliefs and laws of church teachings simply get tossed aside when it suits the leaders. I guess it’s a good thing that these institutions can (slowly) evolve, but to this outsider it all seems so randomly silly.
We have become a nation of utter cowards, which explains why we have Republicans in power. Here’s a story of a couple of siblings facing felony charges for marking a running club route with flour. Jeebus.
Listen to Rush and Rove discuss the brilliance that is George W. Bush. They actually want you to think that the stupidest man ever to hold office of any kind is actually a bright fellow. Hilarious.
Here’s an example of the deranged thinking that goes on in the mind of the simpler folks in this country. I really can’t understand why conservatives are such cowards. Don’t read the comments if you have a squeamish stomach.
Did you know that in England it’s illegal to die in the houses of parliament? Here are some other strange laws that are actually on the books. Number one is scientifically incorrect since whalebone used in corsets was made out of the whale’s baleen, not out of the actual bones.
This happened to me once when I was around twelve. Only the fishhook didn’t imbed itself into my lip. Would it be too much information to say I urinated in a V-shape for a week afterwards?
Today’s Long Read: The Creative Society explains the failures of our country’s kleptocracy.
Movie Rating:Suicide Kings. Christopher Walken is always a pleasure to watch, and he is hysterical as a gangster in this film about a plot by four clueless kids to extort two million dollars by faking a friend’s kidnapping. Don’t miss this one. 4.4 starfish out of 5.