Saturday, May 02, 2009
Apparently, in brief and quickly summarized... before the 40s/50s, killer whale attacks on humans weren't all that uncommon. Then, the US began using the whales for aircraft target practice. After that, attacks by killer whales became virtually nonexistent. Apparently, as a species, they called a truce, because we were fucking them up.
The Joe Rogan Blog » Conduit to the Gaian Mind » Adam Carolla podcast with me up now:
"This was a really fun podcast to do. I’ve always enjoyed doing Adam’s radio show, but it was especially cool talking to him uncensored. He’s a really interesting, smart dude, and this is the perfect format for him. Someday we’ll all have an internet connection in our cars and this really will be the future of radio. The old companies are outdated, and with the advent of new technology anyone with something interesting to say can have an audience. You don’t need a gigantic machine behind you, you just need the same technological infrastructure that everyone else can also enjoy."http://www.carollaradio.com/
WorldWideWhale.com - Orca Whales:
"We've come a long way from the 1950's when the U.S. Air Force used killer whales off the coast of Iceland for target practice, using machine guns, rockets and depth charges to slaughter several thousand animals..."
[Originally found via Warren Ellis.]
Lost in Space | Articles | Features | Fortean Times UK:
"What really happened to Russia's missing cosmonauts? An incredible tale of space hacking, espionage and death in the lonely reaches of space.
...There are those who believe that somewhere in the vast blackness of space, about nine billion miles from the Sun, the first human is about to cross the boundary of our Solar System into interstellar space. His body, perfectly preserved, is frozen at –270 degrees C (–454ºF); his tiny capsule has been silently sailing away from the Earth at 18,000 mph (29,000km/h) for the last 45 years. He is the original lost cosmonaut, whose rocket went up and, instead of coming back down, just kept on going.
It is the ultimate in Cold War legends: that at the dawn of the Space Age, in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, the Soviet Union had two space programmes, one a public programme, the other a ‘black’ one, in which far more daring and sometimes downright suicidal missions were attempted. It was assumed that Russia’s Black Ops, if they existed at all, would remain secret forever.The ‘Lost Cosmonauts’ debate has been reawakened thanks to a new investigation into the efforts of two ingenious, radio-mad young Italian brothers who, starting in 1957, hacked into both Russia’s and NASA’s space programmes – so effectively that the Russians, it seems, may have wanted them dead."
"Rose sez, "Shatnerquake is a book by Jeff Burk, available now from independent publisher Eraserhead Press who specializes in publishing bizarro cult fiction."
It's the first ShatnerCon with William Shatner as the guest of honor! But after a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians, a crazy terrorist cult that worships Bruce Campbell, all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner. "
"Girl: Would you be mad if I became a dominatrix? It's not like I'd let the guys go down on me. It's a better option than prostitution.
Guy: Or you could just *not* do sex work, since you have a PhD.
--St. John's Place, Brooklyn
Overheard by: Eavesdropper has become eavesdroppee!"
Thursday, April 30, 2009
"Hobo to young woman holding coffee cup: How can you be happy? There's no vodka in that cup!
Young woman: How do you know?
Overheard by: Ashley"
I'm Not Just Her Attorney, I'm Also a Client
Suit to suit friend: That's so nice of her, to pick you up at one in the morning. You just asked her to come get you?
Suit friend: Yeah, I called her and I was like "hey, babe can you come get me? I got out of work late. Just wake the baby and bring him in the car." Twenty minutes later she was there. With divorce papers she had been working on.
Suit: Well, at least she picked you up, bro.
Suit friend: Very true.
--12th & 5th
Overheard by: Sarah
via Overheard in New York, Apr 30, 2009
"Student: I'm so sick and tired of your Canadian condescension.
--Eugene Lang College"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The basket on my bike, half broken. Later, fully broken. Here being held in place by a carefully arranged bike lock. Riding the Jeep dai-ni, till I can swing a new one. But they don't have the kind I need for the Costco/US style bike at Rumie/Lumiere/I don't know the proper romaji here... so where I'll pick one up is probably a crapshoot, till I hit the city or something.
I don't even know what this is... organ meats/hearts maybe... it was "try something new and random" day. It all tastes the same when you grill it.
The sauerkraut turned out okay, I guess. Don't know if it's supposed to taste the way it did, but it wasn't anything special. My Polish blood is probably rebelling as I write this.
Bought cause I know the Mrs would like them. Yes, she is in America. Shut it.
I will never go hungry teaching in Japan. Leaving from one of my elementary schools on Tuesday, they insisted I take some local produce they had just picked. My job rocks so hard.
Same elementary school... during lunch, the new vice-principal serenades everybody. Too cool. [Also, it was a Sound of Music song, for which I blame Sandy for even knowing.]
First shot of the night. All downhill from here, folks.
Mike gets comfy.
The greater # of shots translates into increasingly goofy photos. Watch, you'll see it happen.
Entirely too happy with my way-too-girly "ka-ro-ri" Chu Hi. [Think a diet wine cooler. But less manly.] Screw it, I like what I like.
And more shots. May god have mercy on our souls.
And again. Good picture though.
Mike has mastered the Oreo cookie.
Whereas Jon is simply very, very excited by it.
Seiza. Drinking. It made sense at the time.
Jon is so happy when he has a shots buddy.
Big Mike - Straight Pimpin'.
Fading quickly, but still musical.
Karaoke, a fine Japanese tradition.
Screw you, I was awesome. Mike was okay too :)
Moving on to water, attempting to delay the crash...
If Mike has a maraca, you know it's on.
Witness the artistry, the passion...
Jon takes us out for the night.
Good times. That's all folks.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"Catholic school girl #1: (sings 'Total Eclipse of the Heart')
Catholic school girl #2: Stop it. I swear to god, I will shank you.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Overheard by: Adelaie"
Monday, April 27, 2009
Atchisson Assault Shotgun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"The weapon can fire in semi-automatic or fully automatic mode at 300 rounds per minute (5 every second) and has a magazine of 8 rounds - either a standard box, or a 20 rounds drum magazine."
Rapping salaryman drinks Jinro | Japan Probe:
"Salaryman rapper DJ Real Liquor raps about nommunication (drink+communication) in this Jinro commercial airing on Japanese TV"
"I have been saying for some time now that friendships are every bit as important as family and romantic partners. Now there’s scientific proof:
A 10-year Australian study found that older people with a large circle of friends were 22 percent less likely to die during the study period than those with fewer friends. A large 2007 study showed an increase of nearly 60 percent in the risk for obesity among people whose friends gained weight. And last year, Harvard researchers reported that strong social ties could promote brain health as we age.
“In general, the role of friendship in our lives isn’t terribly well appreciated,” said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. “There is just scads of stuff on families and marriage, but very little on friendship. It baffles me. Friendship has a bigger impact on our psychological well-being than family relationships.”"
Sunday, April 26, 2009
"Danelle Eckert, the mother of Colin Byars, a 24-year-old teacher who died after being punched in the head, is being harassed by Colin's former landlord, who wants to impose an "early termination" fee on her because her son died before his lease ran out.
...She said the apartment's property manager told her that they knew Byars had been killed. But the woman told Eckert the management company had been advised by their legal representative that they should go after the rent and fees."