Thursday, December 31, 2009


...Because it borders the next year... Yeah ok, that one's a stretch.

Last post of the year, and I'm too busy playing Borderlands to bother to write a meaningful post. Yeah, I just got Borderlands.

So umm, have fun with whatever you're doing for new years!

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

«Columbia Center: 73rd Floor (Photo Heavy)»

The Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington has an observation deck on the 73rd floor. It's the tallest building in Seattle, Washington and well worth the small fee ($5.00 per person) to get to the observation deck. There's a guy in a suit that looks suspiciously like an Agent from The Matrix that sits up there to sell you the tickets.

These images were taken on May 19th, 2009 in Seattle, Washington when I was on my vacation. You'll definitely want to view the full post, there's some impressive photographs to see. Click an image to view full.

This is looking toward the iconic Space Needle.
Looking toward the Space Needle from the 73rd floor.
The historical Smith Tower looks so short from up here.
Looking down on the Smith Tower
The cityscape behind the Quest Field stadium looks so... flat.
Quest Field stadium and surrounding area.
Here you can see some of the labyrinthine overpasses of Interstate 5 through Seattle.
Interstate 5 Freeway
You know you're in a tall building when you're this far above the 4th tallest building in Seattle. You can see its roof in the bottom of this photo.
Roof of the Seattle Municipal Tower
I spotted an alien spaceship trying to hide on this building...
Saucer on building.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

«Bamboo Stump»

So is the property or the bamboo for sale? These two pictures were taken on May 17th, 2009 in Junction City, Oregon. Click an image to view full.
Bamboo with a for sale sign
Something as simple as a bamboo stump can be interesting, when viewed up close.
Bamboo stump
Yes, I've still got images from my vacation back in May 2009 that I have yet to share. I've just been procrastinating, I'll get to it eventually.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

«Motivational Monday: Innovation»

Just keep this in mind for your New Year's celebration. Just because you're wasted, doesn't mean you can't still be innovative!

Innovation / twelve beers later, it's a helmet!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

«The Flawed Cheek»

Here's an example of why we are not made in God's image. Let's set aside for the moment that God doesn't even exist...

The human body is flawed in many ways. If we were made in the image of a God (perfect being), we wouldn't be flawed. Case in point: I bit the inside of my cheek while eating dinner on Christmas. You know what happens when you bite your cheek; it swells up so you end up biting it even more. That my friends, is not the outcome of perfect design.

Thus, we were not made in the image of, or even designed by God. God would have not overlooked such a design flaw; Q.E.D.

...Ok, so that's not the most logical way to prove my point. I'm just bitching about how my cheek hurts!

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

«Caturday: Ribbons Book Zen»

The best gift for a cat... Ribbons.

You got me ribbons!! OMG! OMG!
I gotz u a rly good book... but i eated it.
Zen mastah

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Friday, December 25, 2009

«What Christmas Means To Me»

Wow. After writing that title, I feel like I'm back in school doing an English class assignment. Brings back bad memories...

For those of you who are new, or just haven't read any of the posts that I mentioned it, I am an atheist. As such, Christmas has no spiritual meaning to me. While I think my basic beliefs (or rather, lack there of) are fairly typical of most atheists, I am an individual. As such, a few of my feelings are probably a bit atypical1.

I subscribe to a life outlook similar to that of Nihilism. That being nothing has any inherent value or purpose. Things are only worth what we feel they are worth. With no grand creator or "plan", life has only the meaning we ourselves give it. It's a humbling, yet empowering thought. I like it that way. It means I'm not just a pawn in some grand scheme.

So, when the holiday season wraps around, I know these days are fundamentally no different from any other time of the year. The society I live in arbitrarily gives Christmas special meaning, but I personally don't.

So if you're one of the ones who gives Christmas a special meaning, merry Christmas to you. And for those with a similar outlook as I have, have a great Friday and enjoy the pretty lights your neighbor put up!

1: This is basically a disclaimer saying that I speak only for myself, not for all atheists.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

«Paperclip Marf»

I don't know why I didn't post this photo earlier. I bent this paperclip a few months ago and took this picture.
MARF bent out of a paperclip

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Oh, what one can do with a little boredom.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

«Santa Claus is Coming To Town»

Creepy Santa ClausThe Christmas jingle "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" is a horrifying song if you pay attention to the lyrics:

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why

The song starts off with a warning, and with good cause...

Santa Claus is coming to town

You mean that big fay guy who breaks into your house, and then justifies his actions by leaving a couple worthless trinkets under your tree?

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's coming to your town, making a list of victims. He's especially looking for the naughty girls...

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

Holy crap. That doesn't even need commentary to explain how creepy that is... Can we say "stalker"?

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Damn straight you better watch out!

So let me get this straight... This song is about a big fat guy who breaks into your house and bribes your children with toys... Then he stalks your children all year, looking for the "naughty" ones. He then keeps a list of who's "naughty". Worst of all, he knows where you live! Doesn't anyone see a problem with that!?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

«Have a Whale»

Twitter has a few issues, doesn't it? Random 503 server errors, failing to follow or delete something, and now they gave me a whale:
Twitter's Fail Whale

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I suppose 8 birds would be over capacity if they tried to lift a whale... I guess it's called the "Fail Whale" and it can be quite common to see. There's over 100 tweets a day about seeing the whale, so you can bet there's a lot more people that just ignore it.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

«Motivational Monday: Our World Ends»

Doomsday is exactly 3 years from now. Enjoy the time you have left.

Our World Ends On 12-21-2012 / It's pre-ordained. Don't make any Xmas plans, that year. You've been warned.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

«Improv Bell Ringers»

They've found the solution to the holiday bell ringer problem!

Guerrilla Handbell Strikeforce

Actually play a tune! Now wasn't that better than just ringing an annoying bell?

The actual bell ringer guy had no idea this was going to happen. This was another episode from the Improv Everywhere crew. Just like the food court musical and the Human Mirror on the subways. They pre-plan something and perform it without anyone in the area knowing it's about to happen.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

«Caturday: Dinner Make Un-seen»

This probably is a picture a cat would want to un-see, provided they understand it.

CAT / It's what's for dinner.
WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN Cannot be un-seen...

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Friday, December 18, 2009

«The Known Universe»

Why they chose to start in the Himalayas, I don't know.

The Known Universe by AMNH

I have to ask, how arrogant do you have to be to think God created it all just for us? Or to think we're the only life in the universe?

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

«Guy Fawkes Mask»

Only a fool would take /b/1 seriously... So what does that make me?
Marf wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.

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I just got the mask from I didn't get the mask because of the movie V for Vendetta. In fact, I had the mask ordered before I had even watched the movie. No, I have the mask for the same reason I have the flag: they have become a symbol of Anonymous and were used in the protests against Scientology. I don't thing there's a "church" of Scientology within a 700-mile radius of me, but it's the thought that counts.

Flag of Anonymous with a Guy Fawkes mask.
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...And I just wanted a wall decoration.

2011 Update: I am in no way associated with the activities of the hacktivist group Anonymous or LulzSec.

1: Don't even cite Rules 1 & 2, they're only for newfags and raids.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

«Crabby Banana»

This bad mofo is guilt-free and coming to get you with his crab appendage...
Banana with a crab appendage

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

«Social Networking Icons»

I have brand new, fancy social networking icons at the bottom of my posts (before the comments) now for sharing my posts. I wrote the code, and the icons themselves are courtesy of Komodo Media. You must have javascript enabled to see them.

In Google Chrome and Safari1 they even have a nice little fade effect when you hover over them. Firefox and Internet Explorer do not support the fade effect. That's still 15% of my traffic that should see the fade effect.

If the icons appear in a vertical list and/or you can see both the small and large versions of the same icon at once, it means your browser still has the old css cached. Simply hold down the Shift key and click your browser's reload button. This will perform a hard reload, and force the browser to download the latest css file.

I decided to include 9 of the major social networking sites: Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Mixx, Reddit, Stuble Upon, Technorati, Twitter, and Yahoo! Buzz. I chose these ones because they are the ones I see most often elsewhere.

So go my minions2, those icons aren't just there for looks. Share links to my blog!

1: I do not have Safari, so the fade effect is untested in Safari.
2: Yeah, like I have enough of a following to even have minions...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

«Motivational Monday: Dear Children»

Santa Clause is like Jesus: parents lie to their children that both exist. In reality, Santa has a stronger case for existence. He can actually be seen in many malls, and the North Pole is a real place1.

Dear Children / One day you will learn everything about Santa Claus. On that day remember everything the adults have told you about Jesus.
1: There's no workshop at the North Pole, but just being a real place gives it more credibility than Heaven has.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

«What Are the Russians Testing?»

I was just going to let this pass without saying anything about it, but a second light has been seen over Russia now.

The impressive spiral seen over Norway.
UFO or missile trace? Mystery spiral lights over Norway

This one was just seen over Russia.
НЛО или запуск ракеты?

We all know the Russians have rockets and missiles that work... So why are these ones failing and spinning out of control? What sort of experimental project are they working on? Perhaps a new form of propulsion that still has a few kinks to work out?

Or are they aliens planning an invasion for December 21st, 2012?

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

«Well God Damned...»

It's funny how the comments in yesterday's post got totally derailed because I used the term "God damned".

When I first wrote that post I left out the "God" part of it. When I re-read it I wanted to add more emphasis. Despite me being an atheist I chose to use "God damned" as a term to add emphasis. Yes, even then the thought crossed my mind that it's perhaps a bit odd for an atheist to make such a reference to God. But I brushed off the concern because it's a commonly used term in the English language, and why should I refrain from using it? I didn't really expect such a big deal to be made over it.

A true God fearing person wouldn't use the Lord's name in vain. So in a lot of ways, me saying "God damned" is more acceptable than a Christian saying it. Although I do tend to avoid saying the term just to avoid this sort of confusion.

I'm not a foul mouthed person anyway. To me, excessive cursing is a sign of low intelligence and intolerance. That's not the sort of people I care to be around.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

«Holiday Bell Ringers»

You know what I'm talking about. This time of year you'll find them standing at the doors of establishments like shopping malls and grocery stores ringing their little bells for donations.

I've always wanted to walk up to one of those people and ask, "If I give you money, will you stop ringing that GOD DAMNED BELL?!"

I've just always been too kind, soft-spoken, and shy to actually say it to their face. I've mumbled it under my breath, though. I tell you, there's some things about the holidays I really hate...

Bah, humbug.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

«Pareidolia (Image Heavy)»

As I said in a previous post, pareidolia is the tendency of humans to see faces on random objects that don't actually have a face.

Here we have a simple faucet, yet you can clearly make out eyes, a nose, and a mouth.
The headlights of this sports car seem happy.
Sports car
The back of this chair is happy, too.
This house has creepy windows on its roof.
Creepy house
Happy face crater on Mars.
Smiley face on mars
This tree appears to have a bit of personality.
Alien tree.
This snow covered barbecue isn't really wearing sunglasses with a big grin, is it?
Snow covered barbecue
Remember the virgin Mary on the grilled cheese sandwich?
Virgin Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich.
And the conspiracies over the devil's face in the World Trade Center smoke?
World Trade Center smoke.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

«No Matter How Disturbing»

No matter how disturbing things are, they only get worse on the internet. I present the Mr. Bean manbaby:
Mr. Bean manbaby

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Monday, December 7, 2009

«Motivational Monday: Atheism (Labcoats)»

Also, the dudes in labcoats have a little more compelling and solid evidence.

Atheism / Look, nobody really knows where all this shit came from. But I think I'd rather trust the dudes in labcoats who aren't demanding I get up early every Sunday to overdress and apologize for being human.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

«Elf Dog»

'Tis the season to make your dog look like an elf...
Dog wearing an elf costume

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

«Suddenly, Manbabies!»

4 of them!

I have a few odd pictures on my iPhone, just because. This is one of them.
The body builder manbaby.
Muscle Manbaby
Time for a family photo!
Family photo manbaby
The full size of this last one is big enough to be used as a desktop background for your computer, if you really want to.
Content Manbaby being held

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

«Saxman Totem Poles (Photo Heavy)»

Bunc made a comment on yesterday's post:

Your post got me starting to read up a little about Ketchikan - I see the largest collections of standing totem poles are in the area - is that right? That would make some fascinating photos.

- Bunc

Because it was 40 degrees outside (not freezing), not stormy, and not yet dark; I rode my bicycle out to Saxman and took a few photos of the totem poles, just for Bunc. All these photos were taken yesterday (December 2nd, 2009). So here they are, click an image to view full.

From here you can see most of the totem poles.
Overview of the Saxman totem poles
The sign reads:

Legend Tlingit Indian village, established 1894, is named for school teacher Samuel Saxman. One of three men lost Dec. of 1886 while scouting for a new location for people of Tongass and Cape Fox villages. Totems here, comprising world's largest collection, including poles moved from Pennock, Tongass, and village islands and from old Cape Fox village at Kirk Point. Many are poles restored under federal works project directed by the U.S. forest service beginning in 1939.

Alaska Depertment of Highways

Saxman sign
Totem poles around the sign.
Totem poles around the sign.
I bet you didn't know Abraham Lincoln was at the top of a Tlingit totem pole.
Abraham Lincoln on top of a totem pole.
I don't know the proper names of any of these, I'm calling this one a China man.
China man totem pole
This one I know is an eagle on the top and a beaver on the bottom.
Eagle on the top and a beaver on the bottom of a totem pole.
This one was my favorite. Shouldn't have put his hand in there...
Hand being eaten by totem pole
A tribal Tlingit meeting hall.
Tribal Tlingit meeting hall.
That's all so pretty... Because it's meant for tourists. However, look down any side road in Saxman and you'll see what it's really like. I don't mean to be racist, but it takes only a simple observation to notice a lack of home maintenance and clutter control on the part of your average Alaskan Native.
What Saxman is really like.
EDIT: Fixed spelling of the word "racist". Thanks Vid.

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