"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson

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Handy
Ask Metafilter considers "How To Kill A T-Rex?"

Potted

goblin potted meat stew

I don't know how I missed the Potted Meat Museum, but the Big MoboDaddy has kindly corrected my lack.

Get Up With The Down Vote

If Bush's appointees deserve an up or down vote why don't I deserve one in presidential elections?

So Women = ?

Proof That Girls Are Evil
Via Bifurcated Rivets

Mmmmmm, Brains
Darth Vader has one, so why can't a zombie have a blog?
He makes a mean mix-tape, too.
"18. Faith No More, Zombie Eaters
From their fantastic album, The Real Thing [EDIT: My bad! I originally called the album Epic; that was the name of the hit single from the album]. A song from a baby's point of view, presumably a baby in training to be a zombie. Can babies become zombies? Find me a baby and I'll show you.

19. Harry Belafonte, Zombie Jamboree
Dig that Caribbean sound. I hear that on some of those Caribbean islands, voodoo priests use their powers to make zombies. Ha! That's just a myth. Everyone knows you become a zombie by kissing with your shoes off.

20. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy, Zombie Love
I've never been in zombie love, but I've been in zombie like."
Via Incoming Signals

Land Yacht

big australian rv

big australian rv

If I lived in Australia and had $175,000AUS to spare I would be all over this big beauty.
Weird Off-Road Truck
Via Incoming Signals

Riding High

tall bikes
Tall Bikes
Via Linkfilter

Nice Kitty...Good Kitty

liger hercules
He weighs 1000 pounds and is still growing, can run 50mph, likes to swim, and can eat 100 pounds of meat in one sitting. Hercules is a Liger
Via MonkeyFilter

Follow The Money
"After U.S. forces invaded Iraq in 2003, the U.N. Security Council created the DFI to hold Iraq's oil revenues and other assets. And the Security Council gave U.S. officials the authority to use the DFI for the benefit of the Iraqi people.

Since then, U.S. officials have spent or disbursed over $19 billion of Iraqi money in the DFI. Yet there has been virtually no congressional oversight - and little public understanding - of these enormous expenditures.

I want to begin my remarks by commending Chairman Shays for holding this hearing. Today's hearing is the first congressional hearing on the DFI and how U.S. officials managed - and mismanaged - the Iraqi assets in the fund. Chairman Shays has asked hard questions and approached today's hearing with an open mind and a spirit of bipartisanship.

The DFI is closely related to the Oil for Food Program. The DFI, which was run by the United States, is the successor to the Oil for Food Program, which was run by the United Nations. In fact, over $8 billion in the Oil for Food Program was transferred into the DFI by the U.N. Security Council.

Yet there has been a stark - and telling - contrast between Congress' approach to the Oil for Food Program and the DFI. Five separate congressional committees have been investigating U.N. mismanagement of the Oil for Food Program, and more than a dozen hearings have been held. But before today, there was not a single hearing in Congress on U.S. mismanagement of the Development Fund for Iraq.

This neglect of the DFI has come at a steep cost to both congressional and public understanding of the actions of U.S. officials.

My staff has prepared a report that provides a comprehensive analysis of what is known about the DFI expenditures. The report is based on a review of over 14,000 pages of financial records subpoenaed from the Federal Reserve Bank; 15,000 pages of documents from the Defense Department; reports from multiple U.S. audit agencies; and interviews with international investigators, U.S. agency representatives, and Iraqi officials. I ask that this report be made part of the record.

What we found was an appalling level of incompetence, mismanagement, waste, fraud, and greed. As we will hear today from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, literally billions of dollars of Iraqi assets taken from the DFI cannot be accounted for."
Link
Via Robot Wisdom

What If

What if Martians invaded, only it was after the Zombies had taken over, so it was Mars Vs. Zombies?

OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD
"I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design to be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him."
Link
Via Boing Boing

Strange World
A virus that only kills cancer cells
Via Fark

My Brain Hurts
"An elephantine semantic network sits down on his spectacles as soon as he asks for the site, crushing his surroundings into blocky pixilated monochrome that jerks as he looks around. "This is going to take some time," he warns his hosts as a goodly chunk of his metacortex tries to handshake with his brain over a wireless network connection that was really only designed for web browsing. The download consists of the part of his consciousness that isn't security-critical ? public access actors and vague opinionated rants ? but it clears down a huge memory castle, sketching in the outline of a map of miracles and wonders onto the whitewashed walls of the room."
I downloaded Charles Stross's Accelerando the other day. Someday somebody ought to make an annotated edition. I keep googling things like "the blind knapsack problem" and qualia.

Qool

water one graffiti mural

Water One Art
Via Drawn! The Illustration Blog

Big Spooky

abandoned soviet gas plant
"Future is waiting for us. With hollow skeletons
or downsized ugly creatures with bulgy eyes - it's not important.
Important thing is that there will be a footprint left.
Footprint of civilization. Cement, metal and dust not claimed by anyone.
They are eternity."

Abandoned :Russian Industrial Landscapes
Via Things Magazine

Hollaback

Utility Fog Blog is Rocking The House
Via Ask Metafilter

The People Must Maintain Eternal Vigilance Against Counterrevolutionary Forces

soviet style D.C. subway poster

D.C. Subway Poster
Via Boing Boing!

I've Got Two Letters For You

f dubya license plate

According to Boing Boing this license plate was recalled because the state thinks "the message is offensive to good taste and decency."
I wonder if they would ban a plate with just F W ?

Hooray For Thorazine

vintage drug ad
Vintage Drug Ads
Via Boing Boing

Laugh While You Can, Monkey-Boy

feral robot dogs feral robot dogs feral robot dogs
Feral Robot Dogs
Via The BigMoboDaddy (Who should have his own blog, 'cuz chicks dig 'em)

Only One, So It Can't Reproduce

There's a Didgeridoo on the International Space Station.
Via Music Thing

Dark Accelerators
"In the March 25th 2005 issue of Science Magazine, the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) team of international astrophysicists, including UK astronomers from the University of Durham, report results of a first sensitive survey of the central part of our galaxy in very high energy (VHE) gamma-rays. Included among the new objects discovered are two 'dark accelerators' - mysterious objects that are emitting energetic particles, yet apparently have no optical or x-ray counterpart.
...
Particularly stunning is that two of these new sources discovered by H.E.S.S. have no obvious counterparts in more conventional wavelength bands such as optical and X-ray astronomy. The discovery of VHE gamma-rays from such sources suggests that they may be `dark accelerators', as Stefan Funk from the Max-Planck Institut in Heidelberg affirms: "These objects seem to only emit radiation in the highest energy bands. We had hoped that with a new instrument like H.E.S.S. we would detect some new sources, but the success we have now exceeds all our expectations."

Dr Paula Chadwick of the University of Durham adds "Many of the new objects seem to be known categories of sources, such as supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebulae. Data on these objects will help us to understand particle acceleration in our galaxy in more detail; but finding these 'dark accelerators' was a surprise. With no counterpart at other wavelengths, they are, for the moment, a complete mystery.""
"Dark" Gamma Ray Sources
Via Robot Wisdom

Soft And Fluffy
long-haired guinea pig

Meerschweinchenbildergalerie, AKA Guinea Pigs
Via Monkeyfilter

Sayid=The Professor / Hurley=Mr. Howell?
If you're even mildly obsessed with "Lost", say goodbye to a big chunk of your life.
Lost Links can answer all your nagging questions, except wtf is going on.
Via Looka!

Testing Wikieditish
I've added the Wikieditish plugin to my Blosxom blogging suite. This is a test, only a test.

Because Naked Chickens Make The Baby Jesus Cry

chicken wearing clothes

Clothes for Chickens
Via Boing Boing!

Who's That Black Private Eye...

numbah one
You are Numbuh 1. The leader and you like it that
way. Level headed you are reliable and full of
common sence. Your friends really look up to
you. But when things go wrong you can seriously
freak.

Which Codename: Kids Next Door character are you? (with pictures)
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