Wednesday, June 30, 2010

«iPhone 4 Line»

Yesterday I was in line at the AT&T store to buy a new iPhone 4. Yes, even Ketchikan, Alaska had a line for it...
Line for the iPhone 4 in Ketchikan, Alaska

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Needless to say, they sold out of the 32GB model before I could get one. They had just enough of the 16GB model for everyone in line who wanted one, with not one to spare. I figure they had 30 iPhones in total that day.

I had them order a 32GB model for me. So I'll be getting mine in a few days.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

«Hovercar Prototype»

It was October 21, 2015 that the time-traveling DeLorean went to in the movie Back to the Future II. There were flying cars, hoverboards, and Mr. Fusion.

2015 is fast approaching, and I think I may have spotted a prototype of the flying car. The front tire is in the hover position.
Back to the Future Prototype

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No sign of hoverboards or Mr. Fusion yet...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Head on»

I hold to the philosophy that everything can be joked about, especially the tragic things.
Head On / Apply directly to the forehead
If you don't remember or haven't seen them, this is a spoof of the rather annoying Headon TV commercials that ran a while back. They'd say it 3 or 4 times in a row, "Headon: apply directly to the forehead." Without ever really telling you what the product actually does...

Apply directly to the forehead / Headon

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

«Netflix Reccomends»

Clearly, Jesus Camp was a Catholic movie...
Netflix: Because you liked Jesus camp we thing you'll like Very Young Girls

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

«Caturday: Prosthetic Feet»

Instead of pictures with funny captions, I present a video today.

Pioneering vet gives cat new prosthetic feet

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Friday, June 25, 2010

«Parrot AR.Drone»

I want one. It's controlled with an iPhone app.
Parrot AR.Drone image by Slashgear
I've been waiting for a remote controlled quadrocopter. Regular remote controlled helicopters are too tough to control, and they never seem to hover stationary like that. The on-board cameras make it even better.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

«Sim City 4: Mithral»

This is the industrial wasteland city I was talking about in the post about Thaylambar.
Mithral, the city of industry and trains

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No one lives here. No one would want to live here. In fact, no one could live here. Not with the levels of pollution in this city. I suspect everyone who works here has to wear a gas mask and breathing apparatus to work. Many coal power plants are scattered throughout the city. Industry requires a lot of electricity, and coal is nice and cheap... And dirty. All the other cities in the region buy their power from here. They also export all their garbage to Mithral to be incinerated. You can't see it in the picture, but there's a toxic waste dump in the city for nuclear waste.

Most every Sim in my region commutes to and works in Mithral. There is an overly elaborate rail system to get everyone to work. The elevated rail system is tied in with the heavy rail system. The mass transit fares alone bring in enough money to cover all of Mithral's expenses. It would be a hell of a city to ask for directions in. I purposely made the road and rail network chaotic; it adds to the dirty look of the city.

A lot of time and effort has been put into this city. The whole city is like a giant puzzle trying to get everything to connect together. It may not look it, but it is the gem of my region.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

«RIP Mr. Kralus»

So I just heard that one of my favorite teachers from high school died. Don Kralus and his wife died in a car wreck outside Terrace, BC in Canada on their way back from a vacation. An elderly driver crossed the center line and hit them head-on. The Canadian police figure they died instantly. The elderly driver and the Kralus' dog survived with minor injuries.

I had a lot of respect for that man. He taught Earth Science and Physics at the high school. Although the most common topic in class was Bigfoot. Mr. Kralus1 knew a guy in town who was a Bigfoot "expert". One year on the day before spring break he showed a video on Bigfoot and pointed out all the flaws. One example is in the famous Freeman Bigfoot footage the Bigfoot has no butt cleavage, indicating it was a suit. After that he became known as the Bigfoot Guy at high school and showing the video became an annual tradition. All throughout the year the topic of Bigfoot came up, and Mr. Kralus couldn't resist talking about it.

I have some good memories of Mr. Kralus. He was the only adult I knew of that watched South Park. I remember discussing the latest episode with him every week. He was a good friend as well as a teacher. He will be missed.

1: It's just so strange to call an old teacher by their first name, so I'm still calling him Mr. Kralus.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

«Christian Science Textbook»

So is this Christian Science, like the people who believe God will heal them and doctors are the devil's helpers? Or is this Christian science, where the science conforms to what the Bible says?
IdiotBOX The New Christian Science Textbook

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Seriously... This is actually what Texas wants their public school textbooks to be.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Fail Meter»

They make meters for everything these days. I wonder if this is a type of e-meter used in Scientology?

Fail Meter / Fail meter says you fail

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

«I'm Sorry Bad Shit Happens»

Why is it that people say, "I'm sorry," when they hear something unfortunate has befallen another person? Be it a death in the family, or a diagnosis of a terrible disease. If it's not your fault, you're in no position to apologize for it.

I make it a point to never apologize in a situation like that. It just doesn't make sense. I never know quite what to say, but I do know "I'm sorry," isn't it.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

«Highlight the Stupid»

Highlight something stupid? How about your face.

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That's perfect. Brought to you by Cyanide and Happiness.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


In TED talk by Michael Sandel, he asked the audience by show of hands who thought state recognized marriage should only be a traditional marriage between 1 man and 1 woman: 2 people raided their hands. Then he asked by show of hands how many favored the inclusion of same-sex marriage: nearly the entire audience raised their hands.

In another TED talk by Richard Dawkins he mentioned that he was (pardon the expression) preaching to the choir about atheism. 90% of the intelligentsia are atheists. This is an inverse of the general population.

TEDsters are my kind of people...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

«Praying For a Fish»

Teach a man religion and he'll die praying for a fish...

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Reminds me of my favorite aphorism: "Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

«The Religion of Nothing»

God doesn't like smart alecks

It's not true that I believe in "nothing". I believe in the world I am presented with. I don't think I'm just a brain in a jar hooked up so some alternate reality Matrix. I believe this is the real world.

I suppose I believe this is reality for the same reason I'm an atheist. If I were a brain in a jar, there would have to have been someone that designed an elaborate alternate reality, found or created my brain, and hooked it up. There's still the issue of where the designer came from. It doesn't truly answer any questions; it only compounds one problem with another, far more complex one.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Elephant»

The object cannot continue to move after it comes to rest anyway. If an object is at rest, it is no longer moving... So the elephant doesn't matter anyway.

No. / There is an elephant in the way

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

«Raptor Eats Cheerleader»

Even with the title of the video, you just don't expect it.


Well... Like the announcer said, "We'll never hear from that cheerleader again."

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

«The Tourist Lane»

If there was ever a town that needed this (for real), it's Ketchikan! Those damn tourists will literally stand in the middle of the road or stop mid-step right in front of you to take a picture.

The Tourist Lane

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

«Immaculately Conceived»

Just another similarity between God and Santa Claus.

He likes to watch

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

«11 Hours Later»

Just a quick update on my Deckbox progress.

I took a break for a week or two, but now I'm back at it. I've just entered my black commons, and that alone took me 11 hours. I've now got 10,961 cards in my inventory. I estimate about 4,000 more to go.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

«What Would You Dream?»

Sock 2: Ptikobj

I don't think I'd choose a dream quite like that.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

«Motivational Monday: Clowns»

Who in their right mind would have a clown at a child's birthday party anyway? What good are clowns?
Clowns / The friggin' scare EVERYONE!

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

«Worries, Tales Of Mere Existence»

I still have a few of these worries.

"Things I have Worried About" Tales Of Mere Existence

I'm no good at sports, but that doesn't bother me. I don't go to social occasions anyway, so I don't worry about how I'm dressed for it. A few of the other ones are legitimate though...

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

«God Is Unnatural?»

God Is Unnatural, Like Homosexuality

His 5th point (around time index 5:05) gets a little fuzzy. At time index 6:52 he says we should be able to measure God's effect. That's not the case if He's always interfering. We wouldn't be able to tell the difference between His effect and what nature would do without it. His effect would become a quality of nature that we take for granted.

At time index 12:13 he makes an excellent point. If any one religion were actually correct, and miracles were something other than random chance1, then they would only happen in favor of the one "true" religion.

1: ...and magnets.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

«The Pentagram Pizza»

Whatever pizza place this is, kudos to you for being a good sport and playing along!
Special Instructions: Cut into pentagram

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So much win! I wish the pizza place here had a website that you could make odd requests on. I wouldn't go to the extent of the Half Beef Pizza, though...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

«Half-Life 2 Achieved!»

Now that there's finally achievements in the PC version of Half-Life 2, I played through it again and got them all.

It seemed most of the achievements were just story related, and impossible to not get if you finish the game. That's kinda sad, achievements should be something special or unusual that you have to do.

As I said, I got all 33 achievements. You know what was the hardest and most frustrating achievement for me to get? Not Zombie Chopper (Play through Ravenholm using only the gravity gun), not Keep Off the Sand! (Cross the antlion beach in chapter Sandtraps without touching the sand), not even Lambda Locator (Find all lambda caches in Half-Life 2). It was Two Points (use DOG's ball to make a basket in Eli's scrapyard). It took me forever to finally get that one.

I admit, I used a guide along the way to find all the lambda caches. I didn't even know some of those places existed. The lambda caches are weapon and health packs inside supply crates. They are marked by a yellow spray painted lambda ( λ ) symbol. But some of them are in such random places that no one would find them... Kinda defeats the point.

On to Half-Life 2 Episode 1!

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

«Most Interesting Man in the World»

He can slam revolving doors.
His beard rivals that of Wise Beard Man's.
He once thought he was wrong, but he was wrong about that.

He is the most interesting man in the world.
I don't always drink beer, but when I do I savagely beat my wife
Stay thirsty, my friends!

Please note: I do not endorse the drinking beer or beating of wives.

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