"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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Bug Bites
32 Edible Insect Foods You Can Buy Online
Via MAKE Magazine

Lost - Station 6: The Orchid
The Lost panel at Comic-Con featured a Dharma Initiative orientation video for a new Dharma Station, The Orchid.
  • The Casimir Effect can extract energy from the "quantum foam" underlying our universe.
    "Exotic matter with negative energy density is required to stabilize a wormhole. Morris, Thorne and Yurtsever pointed out that the quantum mechanics of the Casimir effect can be used to produce a locally mass-negative region of space-time, and suggested that negative effect could be used to stabilize a wormhole to allow faster than light travel."
  • Marvin Candle/Mark Wickmund gains a third name: "Edgar Halowax"
  • The Orchid Station at Lostpedia
  • The second rabbit (like a twin) really freaks out Candle. Apparently it would be bad if the rabbits touched.
  • I think the falling white object is a beaker knocked off the shelf by the second rabbit.
  • Marvin Candle has two fully functioning arms.

Life is Good
I love the Interweb, tubes and all. The latest episode of Bleach aired in Japan yesterday and already I'm able to watch an english-subtitled download. And not the tiny YouTube version either-we're talking full-screen anime' goodness. Bankai!

More Please
'The Simpsons' On Drugs: 6 Trippiest Scenes

Heed The Captain
Captain Beefheart's Ten Commandments For Guitarists

You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music."
Via mike.whybark.com

Impeach Them
Bill Moyers talks with Bruce Fein and John Nichols:

"BILL MOYERS: One of the fellows you're about to meet wrote the first article of impeachment against President Clinton. Bruce Fein did so because perjury is a legal crime. And Fein believed no one is above the law. A constitutional scholar, Bruce Fein served in the Justice Department during the Reagan administration and as general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. Bruce Fein has been affiliated with conservative think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation and now writes a weekly column for THE WASHINGTON TIMES and Politico.com.

He's joined by John Nichols, the Washington correspondent for THE NATION and an associate editor of the CAPITOL TIMES. Among his many books is this most recent one, THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT: THE FOUNDERS' CURE FOR ROYALISM. Good to see you both. Bruce, you wrote that article of impeachment against Bill Clinton. Why did you think he should be impeached?

BILL MOYERS: Bruce you wrote that article of impeachment against Bill Clinton. Why did you think he should be impeached?

BRUCE FEIN: I think he was setting a precedent that placed the president above the law. I did not believe that the initial perjury or misstatements-- that came perhaps in a moment of embarrassment stemming from the Paula Jones lawsuit was justified impeachment if he apologized. Even his second perjury before the grand jury when Ken Starr's staff was questioning him, as long as he expressed repentance, would not have set an example of saying every man, if you're president, is entitled to be a law unto himself. I think Bush's crimes are a little bit different. I think they're a little bit more worrisome than Clinton's. You don't have to have--

BILL MOYERS: More worrisome?

BRUCE FEIN: More worrisome than Clinton's-- because he is seeking more institutionally to cripple checks and balances and the authority of Congress and the judiciary to superintend his assertions of power. He has claimed the authority to tell Congress they don't have any right to know what he's doing with relation to spying on American citizens, using that information in any way that he wants in contradiction to a federal statute called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He's claimed authority to say he can kidnap people, throw them into dungeons abroad, dump them out into Siberia without any political or legal accountability. These are standards that are totally anathema to a democratic society devoted to the rule of law.

BILL MOYERS: You're talking about terrifying power but this is a terrifying time. People are afraid of those people abroad who want to kill us. Do you think, in any way, that justifies the claims that Bruce just said Bush has made?

JOHN NICHOLS: I think that the war on terror, as defined by our president, is perpetual war. And I think that he has acted precisely as Madison feared. He has taken powers unto himself that were never intended to be in the executive. And, frankly, that when an executive uses them, in the way that this president has, you actually undermine the process of uniting the country and really focusing the country on the issues that need to be dealt with. Let's be clear. If we had a president who was seeking to inspire us to take seriously the issues that are in play and to bring all the government together, he'd be consulting with Congress. He'd be working with Congress. And, frankly, Congress, through the system of checks and balances, would be preventing him from doing insane things like invading Iraq.

BRUCE FEIN: In the past, presidents like Abe Lincoln, who confronted a far dire emergency in the Civil War than today, sought congressional ratification approval of his emergency measures. He didn't seek to hide them from the people and from Congress and to prevent there to be accountability. And, of course, Congress did ratify what he had done. Secondly, sure, times can be terrifying. But that also should alert us to the fact that we can make mistakes. The executive can make mistakes."

Via MetaFilter

Here's what I want to know: Let's say that for various political and practical reasons no one in the Bush White House is impeached, let alone convicted in a Senate trial - will any of these bastards be indicted once they leave office?

Belgian Blue Cattle
Belgian Blue Cattle hulk cow
Hulk Cow
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Bingo Bongo Soda

Harry Hullaballoo

I heard a NPR story yesterday where someone from Amazon was talking about the lengths they've taken to keep the last Harry Potter secure. He would only say that he was in Nevada, because naming the city might be a security risk. At this point I yelled "You're in Reno, you idiot". Anybody in the book business, or that can read a return address on a label, or that has access to the Internet could tell you where the largest Amazon fullfillment center is. They Amazon rep then when on to describe how the book is in a secure room, with admission by card only, and how only select Amazon employees wearing gloves are allowed to pack the books for shipment, and how Amazon is performing inventory counts constantly to maintain security.

I found all this very amusing because at that exact moment I was tooling around Seattle in a Ford van with over 500 Harrys packed into the back-just me, with only a large box knife and a bad attitude standing between Potter and hordes of biblophile highwaymen. And I wasn't even wearing gloves.

The Burbank Kwik-E-Mart on Flickr
Via Digg

lolcat pantz

Ooh ooh ooh
From Wikipedia
"Cloverfield is the working title or codename of a science fiction film set for release in 2008 produced by J. J. Abrams, directed by Matt Reeves, and written by Drew Goddard."
More Cloverfield Mysteries
"Untitled J.J. Abrams Project" at IMDB
"Ethan Haas" at YouTube
Ethan Haas Was Right RPG Spoilers

Via Ectoplasmosis

From A Great Height
New gold seller tactic: Trying way too hard:
"Advertisers in a game world annoy the players; it's a form of spamming. So the corporation who run World of Warcraft have built robot filters that destroy spam messages in chat sessions.

So ...

Being unable to stand on a soap box using a megaphone to yell "buy our gold!" one particular gold farming company decided that to get their message across, they'd create hundreds of new characters in the game - all gnomes, all identically outfitted - place them at precise locations, and drop them from a very great height, so that their splattered corpses would spell out the address of the firm's shop front on the internet."
Via Charlie's Diary

Badass Stencil
stencil of Madness one step beyond
Madness on Flickr
Via Flickr: Photos tagged with Stencils

Gleefully Celebrating Corporate Marketing
7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
Damn right I am, because the 7-Eleven at 4th and Denny in Seattle is one of 12 stores in the US and Canada converted into a Kwik-E-mart , complete with "real" Simpsons products. No Duff Beer though-not PG-13 enough.

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The Sandwich Rack.

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It can't be the Simpsons without donuts.

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kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
I think Ralph is wondering what his popsicle would taste like if he dipped it in baking soda.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
They were good Squishees, though I couldn't get one that was all syrup. I also left the cup at work, so the pictures of Homer being chased by a pig will have to wait.

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Jasper Beardley is preserved in the freezer.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
Internet research ("so it must be true") suggests that the sign is part of the conversion. I wasn't sure.

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kwik-e mart for simpsons movie

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kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
The detail is amazing. Comic guy is reading an Atomic Man comic, the no-parking signs say "violators will be executed" and the chair for the (real) security guard has a Kwik-E-Mart logo.

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Kwik-E-Mart (Wikipedia)

Nourish your inner cyberwarfare geek with the Space and Electronic Warfare Lexicon
Via Cryptome

I'm Naughty
R blog rating

"This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • pissed (2x)
  • kill (1x)"
What's My Blog Rated?
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