Friday, April 30, 2010

«Donut Seeds»

So that's where they come from! They must only carry the seedless variety here...
Donut seeds
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I usually spell it as "doughnut" or "cheerios."

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

«Gabe Perez»

What did that school do to him?
Gabe Perez's school IDs

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

«The One Ring»

Speaking of tungsten carbide, I've had a ring made of tungsten carbide for nearly a year now. My dad and I bought identical rings; other than their size, they are identical in design and material. My fingers are thinner than his. I wouldn't say smaller though, as my fingers are longer.

I have to say, my finger ended up being more interesting than the ring in this picture. You can see the little hairs and the texture of my skin. This picture1 was taken yesterday (April 27th, 2010).
Tungsten carbide ring.

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In my opinion, tungsten carbide is one of the best materials for jewelry hands-down. Since it's so hard, it literally takes a diamond, corundum, or something equally hard (and rare) to scratch it. The ring will keep its luster indefinitely under normal wear. It will also keep its shape, unlike rings made of softer materials like gold that tend to form to your finger.

I bought it on May 20th, 2009 at a jewelry store named Rialto in the Commons at Federal Way in Federal Way, Washington. It cost me $136.50. Since I'm a citizen of Alaska, I'm tax exempt in the state of Washington. This picture was taken the day I got the ring.
The Commons at Federal Way
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Tungsten carbide has some interesting physical properties.
  • Mohs hardness is between 8.5 and 9.0, depending on the trace amounts of other elements such as nickel or cobalt. As a comparison, hardened steel tools are 7.5.
  • Compressive strength is higher than nearly all other metals and alloys (osmium would be one of the exceptions).
  • 3 times as rigid as steel.
  • Impact resistance is in the same range as hardened steel tools.
  • It maintains its hardness and rigidity to temperatures of up to 1400 Fahrenheit. Impact resistance is unaffected by cryogenic temperatures (-453 Fahrenheit).
  • Conducts electricity just as well as steel, and heat twice as well.
  • Density is twice that of steel.
  • Corrosion resistance approaches that of noble metals.
  • Wears 100 times longer than steel in conditions including abrasion, erosion, and galling.
  • Heat treatment is unnecessary; there is no change to physical properties after multiple heatings and quenching.
It's mine... My own... My precious...

1: That was actually a really tough picture to take. I wear the ring on my right hand, and the camera is near impossible to use with my left hand.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

«Hardest Metal»

Ok, read this. It's one of those things that will make you say "wat?"[sic]:

Due to extensive research done by the University of Pittsburgh, diamond has been confirmed as the hardest metal known to man. The research is as follows:

Pocket-protected scientists built a wall of iron and crashed a diamond car into it at 400 miles per hour, and the car was unharmed.

They then built a wall out of diamond and crashed a car made of iron moving at 400 miles an hour into the wall, and the wall came out fine.

They then crashed a diamond car made of 400 miles per hour into a wall, and there were no survivors.

They crashed 400 miles per hour into a diamond traveling at iron car. Western New York was powerless for hours.

They rammed a wall of metal into a 400 mile per hour made of diamond, and the resulting explosion shifted the earth's orbit 400 million miles away from the sun, saving the earth from a meteor the size of a small Washington suburb that was hurtling towards mid-western Prussia at 400 billion miles per hour.

They shot a diamond made of iron at a car moving at 400 walls per hour, and as a result caused two wayward airplanes to lose track of their bearings, and make a fatal crash with two buildings in downtown New York.

They spun 400 miles at diamond into iron per wall. The results were inconclusive.

Finally, they placed 400 diamonds per hour in front of a car made of wall traveling at miles per iron, and the result proved without a doubt that diamonds were the hardest metal of all time, if not just the hardest metal known to man.

Damn... You've got to love the incoherency of the internet. Especially since diamond is carbon, and carbon is a non-metal. One of the prerequisites of something being a metal is a "high electrical conductivity." Seeing as diamond is an insulator, it is not a metal.

I've gotten conflicting results when trying to find what the actual hardest metal is. The search results are polluted with diamonds (figures) and DragonForce1. There is an alloy of carbon steel called alloy 1090 that's said to be the hardest metal at a Mohs hardness of 8. However, I also read tungsten carbide has a Mohs hardness of 8.5-9. That's clearly harder than alloy 1090.

1: DragonForce is a band that plays "hard" metal (music).

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Monday, April 26, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Islam»

They are so peaceful they'll behead you if you don't agree.

Islam / The religion of peace.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

«RPG Business Plan»

CAD: Unexpected
Ethan's RPG store idea

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That's actually a really sweet idea for a gaming store... I wish they actually did this in real life.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

«Caturday: Flavor Lonely Sad»

No, it's just that the human mouth has more bacteria... But try explaining that to a cat.
Yew no use tung? Doz I haz bad flavur?

lonely cat is lonely =(
I has a sad.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

«Comedy Muhammad Central»

Due to that last South Park episode being censored by Comedy Central, showing images of Muhammad is a big thing again. There's an anti-Islamic movement starting on the internet, similar to Chanology in the past. I doubt it will become anything, but we'll see.

Do you have any idea how offensive that is?
I really don't think I need to say it, but just so it's said: I disagree with Comedy Central's decision to censor the episode. While they do have the right to choose what they do and don't show on their own network, their most recent choice bodes poorly for freedom of speech.

Comedy Central, I am disappoint[sic].
Literal censor ship

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

«Marf on Rice»

No, it's not some new cuisine...

While I was on Fremont Street in Las Vegas I had a key chain made. Not that I actually use key chains, but I wanted my website address on a grain of rice. It cost me $10.76 after taxes. Click an image to view full.

This dude writes any message you choose on a grain of rice; I think there was a 64 character limit. He does it freehand and with no magnification. The monitor you see in the photograph is for our benefit.
Watch me write on rice
Here's what the key chain looks like. The grain of rice is in a clear oil inside the little vial.
Master Marf key chain
There were many different vials to choose from, with little ponies or dolphins on them. There were also different colors of oil. I just wanted a basic vial with clear oil. written on a grain of rice
After he wrote the address he still had room, so he asked me what else I wanted on it. I had him put my little M symbol on the other side of the grain of rice.
Green M with a circle around it on a grain of rice

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

«Magic And Miracles»

Fuck scientists. It's all magic and miracles.
Fuckin scientists y'all motherfucking lying and gettin me pissed
And here I thought my opinion of juggalos1 couldn't possibly be any lower... Behold, ignorance:
Insane Clown Posse - Miracles

Seriously, ICP (Insane Clown Posse2) is my least favorite band of all time. I have a personal distaste of rap anyway. He fed a fish to a pelican and it tried to eat his cellphone. What does that have to do with the song at all?

This seems to be the part the internet has grabbed onto the most.
Fucking magnets, how do they work?
He asks how magnets work, then won't accept the answer. The general thought is he's too dense to understand the explanation of how magnets work, so he figures it must be a lie. Perhaps that's how religion still persists in present times...

1: No, not male prostitutes. Juggalos are followers of the ICP band and tend to paint their faces like them.
2: Since when is 2 people a posse?

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

«Fremont Street (Photo Heavy)»

This will be the last of my photographs from Las Vegas. Click an image to view full.

Here's another picture of the Luxor, showing the Sphinx out front.
Luxor in Las Vegas
I went out exploring the area, took this picture of the corner of the Luxor.
Corner of the Luxor
I wandered off the Strip, this is looking back toward it.
Backside of the Strip
Here's the pools at the Luxor. All but one were closed. They're all only 3.5 feet deep anyway, not worth even going to unless you have little kids.
Luxor Pools
Our last night in Las Vegas, my dad was feeling well enough so we went to the Fremont Street Experience. It's the largest overhead screen on Earth.
Screen at the Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont light shows are every hour on the hour at night. They're like a throwback to the 70's. I mean come on, Queen? Really?
Tribute to Queen on Fremont Street
The next morning we left. It's amazing how a landscape so dry is so marked by water erosion.
Desert mountains
Before I knew it I was back in Ketchikan. It was colder than when we left. It was 80 in Las Vegas, and I came back to 34 degrees with snow in the forecast. *sigh*
Back in dismal, cold Ketchikan
And that's pretty much my vacation to Las Vegas. I gambled (and lost) $100, exactly the amount I planned to lose.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

«Iceland Ash»

Usually this meme tries to make the USA look bad by showing fast food and a fat woman on the USA side, and some thin hot chick on the Europe side. But seeing as all of Europe is under Iceland's ash cloud and nearly all European air travel has been restricted, this is appropriate1.

The main difference between Europe and USA / Volcanic ash

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There was an off-color joke about Poland's Air Force One accompanying this image, but I think I'll leave that out. I'll continue with my Las Vegas photos on Tuesday (the 20th).

FM104 - The Ash Cloud Song

1: To my European readers, especially those who had somewhere to go, I feel for you.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

«Caturday: Money Force Muffins»

It's not like a cat can just walk into a store and buy food.

I has a money. What do I do wif it?
Use the Force, Luke
muffincat is king of muffins

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Friday, April 16, 2010

«Capitan Jackson Vader (Photo Heavy)»

My dad ended up sick in the hotel room, so I wandered out on the Strip without him. While I was out I was seeing dead men walking... Elvis was expected, but I also saw Michael Jackson. Hell, I even saw Darth Vader and Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. But the costume I saw the most was Captain Jack Sparrow: even more often than Elvis! For some reason I didn't take any pictures of them. Perhaps you've noticed, people are rarely the focus of my photos.

Here's the lion statue outside the MGM.
MGM lion statue
When in Vegas, nothing is out-of-place.
Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas
This time, the gondola rides were in full swing. It wasn't raining this day.
Gondola rides at the Venetian
Despite appearances, this is indoors. It's in the Grand Canal Shoppes, part of the Venetian. The ceiling is painted to look like the sky.
Grand Canal Shoppes
Why the face at the top of this arch is a lion while the rest of them are men, I don't know.
Grand Canal Shoppes arch
It was no coincidence that I saw most of the Captain Jack Sparrows around Treasure Island.
Treasure Island
What is it with that big saucer at the Fashion Show Mall, anyway?
Fashion Show Mall
Beyond the Fashion Show mall there is literally nothing on the Strip anymore but construction sites and Circus Circus, which has seen better days; it looked rundown.
Construction between the Fashion Show Mall and Circus Circus
I thought I'd be done by now, but it looks like there's going to be yet another post's worth of photos to share. I took 381 photos while on the vacation, I'm just hand-picking the best ones to share here.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

«Rain in Las Vegas? (Photo Heavy)»

It's more likely than you think... I guess we brought some of Ketchikan with us.

Poor babies. It starts to rain in Las Vegas and everyone starts handing out yellow umbrellas and running for cover. They don't know what a real rainstorm is. Funny thing is it was also windy, and some of the umbrellas were getting turned inside out.
Raining in Las Vegas
It's funny how much gets shut down because of a little weather in Las Vegas. They weren't doing the gondola rides at the Venetian, and nearly every outdoor fountain in town was turned off due to the wind. Also the roller coaster at the New York New York was closed due to weather. It's a good thing Las Vegas is in a desert...
No gondola rides today
It was raining hard enough outside that my dad and I were actually getting wet, so we decided to walk through the Forum Shops near Caesar's Palace.
Indoor fountain
The ceiling reminded me of a cathedral.
Cathedral-like ceiling
I thought this was funnier than hell. This is the entrance to some restrooms in the Forum Shops. Whatever happened to equal treatment of genders? If this were reversed the feminists would probably sue.
Unequal restrooms
I didn't go see any shows while in Vegas. The only one that interested me was Penn & Teller at the Rio. However, the Rio is off the Strip and the tickets cost too damn much. It wasn't worth it to me.
Penn & Teller on the side of the Rio
There's quite a bit that has been built since my last time in Las Vegas (2004). The Town Square for example; the only thing that used to be out there was Fry's Electronics. There were constant jets low overhead because it's so close to the airport.
Las Vegas Town Square with low flying aircraft
Just like the City Center, there's still construction out by the Town Square.
Ongoing construction near the Town Square
There's still at least another post's worth of pictures to go, so check back tomorrow.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

«Las Vegas Continued (Photo Heavy)»

Photos from my Las Vegas trip continued from yesterday. Click an image to view full.

In this one image, you can see many different casino/hotels on the Strip. The New York New York, Planet Hollywood/Westgate, Excalibur, MGM Grand, and Tropicana.
Many Casino/Hotels in one image
The newly built CityCenter. A city within a city, MGM Mirage and Dubai World are partners in its construction. It is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States.
City Center in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is in the middle of a desert, a land where nothing belongs... So everything seems to fit in. Here's Paris.
Paris in Las Vegas
This was the view from our room. It looked out over the Strip and the McCarran International Airport. We were on the 25th floor in the pyramid.
view from the 25th floor of the Luxor pyramid
An obelisk. What more is there to say?
The Luxor's obelisk
Like a million people before me, I had to take a picture of the Sphinx.
The Luxor's Sphinx
The Mandalay Bay is right next to the Luxor. Beautiful hotel.
Mandalay Bay
There's a tower that's part of Mandalay Bay that's labeled "THEhotel", I guess they couldn't come up with a better name?
THEhotel next to the Mandalay Bay
And I've reached my self-set limit of 8 pictures per post, so I will continue again tomorrow.

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