This week's Marine Life Series on Daily Kos is about the short-spined brittle star. I took some video of a couple of my stars yesterday morning for the essay. It shows how these animals "right" themselves when flipped upside down.
“Factory-farm turkeys don't even see the outdoors. Instead, as many as 10,000 turkeys that hatched at the same time are herded from brooders into a giant barn. These barns generally are windowless, but are illuminated by bright lights 24 hours a day, keeping the turkeys awake and eating.”
Tuesday coonhound blogging: Creole won't give up her sunbeam without a fight. We passed our first round of tests for certification as a therapy dog. Once we're certified we can go into schools, hospitals and nursing homes to visit patients. My first goal is to visit kids in the cancer ward via the tomorrow fund. I think these kids will love my dog, and she'll be a good representative for her species. Give if you can and click to embiggen.
Take a civics test. Elected politicians scored an abysmal 44%. For what it’s worth I got three wrong (#’s 8, 12 and 33), for a score of 91%.
I haven't given away any of my secret recipes in a while, so here's how you can make my beef and pork meatloaf:
Sautee one diced, large onion in two tbl butter and set aside. In a large bowl combine all of the following: 1 lb lean ground beef, 1 lb ground pork, 1 cup bread crumbs (I like to use panko), 1/2 cup cooked rice, 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup beef broth, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 2 cloves diced garlic, salt and pepper and 1 tbl each of thyme, paprika, allspice and oregano. Add the cooked onions and blend well by hand. Fill a loaf pan and top with five or six bay leaves.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and let cool before slicing.
Buy your men’s underwear repair kit, complete with instruction man-u-al, here.
There’s an email going around claiming that the swiffer wet-jet is killing off pets due to the anti-freeze in the cleaning fluid. The emails say that it's been verified by Snopes, which it has: as false.
Obama’s weekly “radio” address. This cracks me up, in a good way. He's not even president yet, but it is so nice to have a leader who actually has a brain. I remember back in high school thinking that we could never elect someone as stupid as Reagan, and then we did. And now Palin is the face of GOP. Well, good. Keep that antiquated party irrelevant as long as possible with idiots and failures. Anyway, Barack is supposedly going to do one of these every week and I'm thinking about posting them as a regular feature. Let me know what you think.
I have my doubts about the benefits of the OCD diet. At each meal you only eat foods that rhyme. Like a dinner of lamb heart and treacle tart, or a breakfast of fruit loops and tomato soup (shown at left). Where’s Steve when you need him?
Once every 2,000 posts a blog needs a closeup of the author's ear. I lost my earring a few years ago and never bothered to replace it. Yesterday I got myself a new one and didn't even have to get the hole reopened. The second piercing right above this one will stay empty forever.
Obama’s transition team is already compiling a list of Bush’s worst offenses that they plan on correcting when they takes office in January. FDR, Carter, Clinton and now Obama had all been hired to remove the stain and damage caused by their incompetent and corrupt republican predecessors. I’m not sure when voters will see a pattern here and just keep those clowns out of the white house in the first place.
In the spirit of bringing people together, Ze Frank has posted a large photo collection called “52 to 48 with love”. I imagine the title has to do with the popular vote totals in this year’s elections, but if this is the case it should really be called “53 to 46”.
Stuff you should know: Burger King customers burn 16 million gallons of gas each year idling in the drive through lane.
Can The Daily Show survive an Obama presidency? I would say yes, but this article makes some very good points to the contrary.
“Beyond the problem of audiences souring on Obama jokes is the question of whether Jon Stewart even wants to make Obama jokes. Of course, The Daily Show has found ways to goof on the Obama campaign, but it's no secret that Stewart and his writing staff lean leftward. And The Daily Show differs from nearly all other popular political satire in that the show's strength is in its writers' outrage and anger at the powers that be.”
This is my "worst president ever" t-shirt. I got it from my buddy Bartcop, who has been blogging since before the word "blog" was even invented.
Bart's from Tulsa, and quit his day job as a car financier about five years ago to focus on his site and now makes his living from subscriptions to his radio show, donations and selling merchandise trashing republicans and promoting both democrats and himself. He designed the WPE logo and promotes the sales by posting photos of his readers wearing the shirt. Three years ago I bought one of them and he shipped it out along with a nice little hand-written note of thanks. This was around the same time I purchased my current home, and one of the first things I did after moving in was to have The Boy take a photo of me and Ngazi in our new driveway with me wearing the shirt. I sent in the photo and he posted it on his site. Here's the image I sent in:
I was 25 pounds heavier back then.
Now, as it happens, my new next door neighbors, Rob and Lisa (that's their fence in the background), had moved in just a few months before me and both of them turned out to be marine biologists, which was pretty strange since there really aren't a lot of us around, even in the Ocean State. Naturally we got along quite well. This past summer Lisa got a job offer with a company in the Florida Keys and, being an offer they couldn't refuse, I mean we're talking about living in Margaritaville after all, they sold their house and relocated. I haven't seen either one of them since.
Now things get a bit weird. I haven't visited Bart's site in nearly a year, being busy as a Bokononist with other things, plus now there are so many blogs and so little time, and then him being a tireless promoter of Hillary for President, which is fine and all but got to be a bit tiresome. So last night I decided to click his link on my peepsroll to see what he had to say about the election. "Peeps", by the way, are bloggers who at least fairly regularly post here at the BB. Although Bart's never commented, we have emailed quite a bit over the years and have spoken a few times by phone.
Anyway, I'm reading through his site and get down to the part where he promotes the shirt. That day's reader photo was sent in by a guy who calls himself "Cayono", and it was taken at a Key West Halloween Party. Here's the photo of Cayono with a woman dressed as Sarah Palin:
I'm looking at the photo thinking "holy crap, that's Lisa!" A quick email confirmed it and she said it was taken at a party following the annual "Fantasy Fest" parade in Key West. The wink and the wig were a nice touch, I thought. She also mentioned that the parade story was picked up by the A.P. and the Charlotte Observer, which posted a photo gallery on their site. The second image on the Observer's slide show is Lisa walking in the parade with "John McCain" and a Secret Service guy. Notice the price tag on the skirt.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program, and since it is Tuesday then it must be time for some Coonhound Blogging. Here's me and Creole doing some kind of training thing in an attempt to complete the goals of her fourth and final level of dog class. Once she graduates this course we will be moving on to "canine good citizenship training", which, once completed, will allow her to be certified as a therapy dog so we can volunteer to visit patients in hospitals and nursing homes. This was the trainer's idea, based on Creole's temperament and obedience skills, not mine. But it might turn out to be a rewarding experience. Although I need another time commitment in my life like we need another Bush term. This was taken last Tuesday since I still have the little "I voted" sticker on my shirt. Click image to embiggen.