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Dragon*Con 2010 Pictures

My small collection of photos. Just click on the picture below.

Green Lantern and Star Sapphire

Michael Gross, you are already dead!

Vanity Fair just ran a scathing profile on Sarah Palin, and includes a surprising anime reference.

OK, You Win

This has go to be the strangest crime story from the last couple of years.

Back in 2009 a human rights lawyer in Guatemala was murdered, which is not that unusual. What was a little unexpected was that the lawyer in question had left behind a tape in which he predicted he would be killed on the orders of Guatemala’s President. It all sounded a little too much like something out of a conspiracy thriller. In the months following it developed that the lawyer had contracted his own killing. You can read the latest developments here.

Finally, a phone capable of reaching Yuggoth

Because Florida doesn’t have enough problems

Found on CNN’s iReport site.

Is the iPad Magical?

Mine is, and I can prove it. How else could it have, on its way to me, arrive in Anchorage before it left Hong Kong?

(I was a little surprised that this caused UPS’s tracking system fits. Does UPS not ship much across the Pacific?)

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What a Difference 3 and 1/2 Years Makes

Just for shits and giggles I took a look back at what I posted the first month of this current blog, and I was pretty amused by this post from 11/28/2006, entitled “Another Bite at the Apple Rumor”:

There are three rumors about Apple Computers that come up every few months, no matter what.

Apple is working on a Tablet Mac
Apple is working on an iPhone
Apple is close to signing the Beatles up on the iTumes Music Store

Number three is back with a vengeance this week. Check out the article from Forbes.

We’ll see if it pans out this time.

I never would have guessed we’d see both the tablet and the iPhone before the frickin’ Beatles in iTunes.

“Splitting the Atom” by Massive Attack

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Cornucopia

Wham

The biggest problem I have here is trying to which joke to make. Now I know what Andrew Ridgeley is up to? Only slightly less meat than actual Spam? If this is a success, do you think they’ll make a version made of meat?

How to Meet and Woo A Nerdy Guy

(The following list is in response to The Park Bench’s list, How to Meet and Woo a Nerdy Girl.)

Tip #1: Have Boobs.

Aaaaaaaaand I’m done.

The Great Facebook Gold Rush

As of midnight tomorrow Facebook will be allowing people to choose a vanity URL for your main page, first come first serve. You know what that means! Complaints! Server Overloads! Pissed-Off Celebrities! And if we’re very, very lucky, Class Action Lawsuits!

With a possible train wreck of this magnitude, you’d better believe I’ll be there, hitting the refresh button as many times a second as possible. Here’s a list of the user names I’ll be trying to get:

  • StudLover69
  • Steve.Jobs
  • This.URL.for.sale.make.offer
  • Si.hoc.legere.scis.nimium.eruditionis.habes.
  • The.Freshmaker (pending endorsement contract from Mentos)
  • Megan.Fox.s.bra
  • potus.whitehouse.gov
  • Godzilla.vs.Mothra
  • TheRealBritneySpears
  • I.m.the.Batman
  • The.page.that.eats.like.a.meal
  • Palin.in.2012.let.s.get.it.over.with
  • Ph.nglui.mglw.nafh.Cthulhu.R.lyeh.wgah.nagl.fhtagn
  • I’m willing to make a deal here…

    Dear Shia LeBeouf,

    I’ll go see Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen if you agree to never give another interview about anything ever again.

    Thank you for your kind consideration,

    Scott (currently trying to figure out how to pluck out his mind’s eye)

    This Just In: Google Is Run By Nerds

    Have you heard of Google Wave? It looks like a neat idea. But more pressing, I was wondering if it’s possible that this important new communication tool was named after the communication format in the much missed TV show Firefly.

    “Never underestimate the nerdiness of Google engineers” is a good motto to live by.

    In the tech demo for the Wave service the program crashes at one point.

    What’s that error message say?

    Robopocalypse On Hold — I Hope

    I bought a Roomba robot vacuum cleaner because it was cheap on Woot.com a couple weeks ago. It’s pretty cool, but I was of course concerned about it gaining sentience and trying to overthrow me. Luckily, that doesn’t seem to be much of a problem. The Roomba (or as we’ve named it, M-O) has no arms or legs, which puts it at a distinct disadvantage in this meatsack dominated domicile.

    I guess the biggest danger is that M-O will start interfacing with other devices. We’re particularly wary of our kitchen microwave. Whenever the power goes out the clock will blink “12:00″ as you’d expect. But when we go to set the clock to the current time it also insists on us setting the date. Why does it need to know the date? What is it expecting to happen? We’ve taken to setting the date a couple years back, just in case our microwave is the only thing fooling Skynet into delaying Judgement Day.

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    Jarts!

    Jarts are back! Do you remember Jarts? Also called lawn darts, Jarts was like horseshoes, but what you were throwing had scary, wounding points on them. Awesome!

    One little problem: Jarts are illegal. Stupid wussy government. So if you want Jarts you have to buy the parts separately, then put them together.

    I’d really like to play a round or two, but I don’t know of any yard around here that is big enough to be free of things that are (in ascending order of importance) expensive, living, or litigious.

    Disabilities

    I quite liked Garrison Keillor’s column this week.

    The best quote:

    In my line of work [writing], disability comes down to two things: memory loss and something else, I forget what.

    Kindle Kindle Kindle

    Yesterday we got a Kindle 2 from Amazon. I think it’s a fascinating technology. I’m using it to read Stephen King’s “UR,” and it works really well. The ability to read with one hand is really nice, no matter how funny Jon Stewart thinks it is.

    The natural comparison seems to be that Amazon wants the Kindle to be the iPod of books. If by that you mean Amazon wants to dominate the hardware category, then sure, though Amazon is more about selling the software (books) and Apple is more about hardware. But I don’t think the Kindle will be the game changer the iPod was. The iPod was so revolutionary because it allowed a person to carry all their music on their person, and people like to be able to choose from lots of different songs at a moment’s notice. With books, people usually read one or two at time, so the fact that the Kindle can carry hundreds at once isn’t that big a deal.

    I know there’s been some speculation about how the Kindle could help the newspaper industry, but at least in its current form I don’t think that’s likely. While the e-ink display is wonderful to look at, it’s slow to refresh. That’s isn’t a problem when flipping through the pages of a book while you’re reading, but it does make moving through long menus somewhat tortuous, and long menus is how a newspaper would have to be presented.

    Reservoir Puppies

    Funny story. Last Thursday morning I was finishing up shaving when I looked down and saw a huge drop of blood hit the sink. It was quickly joined by two more.

    I use an electric shaver, largely to avoid situations like large amounts of blood in my sink, so it didn’t seem likely that I cut myself. But as soon as I looked up I saw a large amount of blood was flowing down my face from my ear. I quickly washed up and tried to clean up my ear, and I quickly determined that the blood was coming from a tiny cut on my earlobe. No biggie. Can’t be much blood in your earlobe, I figured, because people pierce them all the time. I tried stanching the flow by putting pressure on it and soaking up the blood with toilet paper.

    Five minutes later it was still bleeding.

    Ten minutes later, no change.

    After an hour and a half the blood didn’t even appear to be slowing, and I decided to go to the emergency room.

    First of all, let me say that if you need to go to the emergency room, plan your trip for 7 a.m. There was no one there.

    Secondly, I’m not sure exactly how they expected me to fill out a form while I was holding what amounted to a bunch of bloody rags to my head with my writing hand. Somehow I did it, without getting body juice all over the place. I can’t consistently pull off Chun Li’s spinning bird kick in Street Fighter IV, but I managed that.

    I don’t have any real complaints about how I was treated in the emergency care. I got my own room because no one else was there, though soon the place started to fill up and it sounded like everyone outside was in much worse shape than me. The doctor could only say, “That’s so weird” after examining the cut and I never got any explanation as to why it wouldn’t stop bleeding. They had me lie down, put ice on my ear, and eventually put a bandage on the wound they said worked better than normal bandages. It looked for all the world like a strip made out of the stuff they use to make those plastic packing peanuts, and I’m afraid it didn’t do much. After a couple hours they sent me home with my head bandaged up with about 10 feet of gauze that was supposed to be holding that little bandage on, but after a couple hours it fell off anyway and I rigged up some band-aids and the bleeding stopped about 8 hours after it started.

    If there’s one thing I think emergency rooms need to do it’s get organized. Losing patients seems to be a big problem. At one point while I was lying there holding ice to ear, a young nurse comes into the room wheeling a cart full of medieval torture implements medical equipment and says, “I’m here to take your blood and put you on an IV.” Excuse me? “Your doctor told me to do it.” Perplexed, I said, OK, and then he started fiddling with something that looked like it was designed by David Cronenberg, and I asked him if he could double check he had the right person. Just then someone yelled outside, “Not him, HIM over there.” Didn’t exactly do wonders for my faith in the modern medical establishment.

    Arkham Tales

    My friend Nathan (of Cold Fusion Video Reviews) is publishing a donation supported webzine of Lovecraftian fiction called Arkham Tales. Issue #02 just hit the intertubes, so check it out, and maybe throw a couple bucks his way.

    Minnesota, Land of Naiveté

    From the most recent AP story on the Minnesota Senate race recount (now in its 14th year):

    Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he doubted a lawsuit will get filed despite the tough talk.

    “This is so accurate and has been done so carefully that the person with the least votes is going to say, ‘I’m disappointed, I’m sad, but I came in short this time,’” he said.

    When Did They Invent Cameras That Can Photograph My Dreams?

    If you can’t think of at least three extremely crude things to say about this ad, you aren’t trying hard enough.

    (From Found in Mom’s Basement)

    Non-Killer Clowns on Earth

    The comments on my Killer Clowns from Outer Space piece have me wondering, does anybody actually like clowns? Who gets up in the morning and says, “Let’s go see some clowns!”? I guess I extend my question to most of the stuff in a circus. Acrobats are neat, but animal trainers and watching sad elephants walking in a circle? Since when is that fun?

    Cypriot Loch Ness Monster

    Cyprus officials search for mystery ‘monster’.

    Good luck, guys.

    Chinese Democracy, Coming Soon

    “‘Chinese Democracy:’ A History” from the Los Angeles Times.

    Kung Fu Tuesday

    Kung Fu Tuesday has this week and next week off, because of Dragon*Con.

    Bigfoot: Solved! Any Day Now!

    As it happens, the promised Bigfoot press conference went off. None of the pictures or other “proof” was presented. Just vague promises that they’re on the way. I’ll have more to say on this a little later.

    Bigfoot: Solved!

    On Friday, we’ll have undeniable proof that a colony of Bigfoots are living in north Georgia. At least, that’s what these guys say.

    Anyone want to start a pool on what excuses they’ll use to get out of having the press conference?

    Looking at the site again, I’m a bit perplexed by the phrasing of this sentence: “A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as ‘Bigfoot’ has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.” May very well be? I haven’t heard hedging like that since Beneath Loch Ness.

    New Sci Fi Channel Movie in the Making

    The winner takes on the winner of Boa vs. Python.

    Buy My Crap!

    I just put a couple of DVD box sets for sale on eBay.

    Be sure to read my FAQ.

    Wildman, Dum Dum Dum Dum, You Make My Heart Sing!

    I love cryptozoology. Of all the fringe sciences, it’s the coolest, and unlike psychic powers or UFO abductions, there’s nothing physically impossible about it. Of course there could be animals out there that haven’t been documented. In fact, it’s almost certain there are. And some of those animals could be truly bizarre. For example, the Megamouth shark was discovered during my lifetime. Other could have great stories, like the possible rediscovery of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.

    But, and isn’t there always a “but?”, the whole field has been hijacked by people who don’t understand science and who will willingly throw logic and evidence out the window if it conflicts with their own theories.

    For example, Bigfoot isn’t very likely to exist. The probability that a breeding population large primates could be living in North America, often in close proximity to humans, and leave no conclusive proof of their existence is laughably small. I mean, c’mon, no body? In the fifty years since Bigfoot became a household name? At some point you have to acknowledge reality and stop making complicated excuses for why the minimum evidence we should have found has never been found.

    Well, no body has been found unless we believe these guys, who do have all the credibility that the Knight Rider theme imparts upon a scientific venture.

    The Russian equivalent of Bigfoot is called the Almasty or wildman, and I suppose it’s slightly more likely to exist, if only because there are parts of Asia that are truly uninhabited. Still, it’s a long shot, and if you’re going to claim it exists you’d better have some great evidence.

    That brings me to the Centre for Fortean Zoology, which sponsors “expeditions” to find unknown animals. I’m certainly not against that, but these people are laughably credulous. You can read the full story of their recent Russian “expedition” here. It’s pretty hilarious reading. I especially liked Day 9, where the locals take the CFZ people on an archetypical snipe hunt. If they want to be taken seriously as scientists they should probably also avoid statements like this:

    Sadly, although they excavated the place where the makeshift grave was supposed to have been situated, it was too no avail. The body was long gone. But in an area where bears, jackals and other scavengeing carrion eaters are common this is hardly surprising.

    The body was long gone? How do they know a body existed in the first place? They found nothing. I don’t care how many jackals there are in the area, nothing is still nothing.

    On Day 13 a little desperation sets in, and they claim that some vague shadows are “good supporting evidence.” It’s good supporting evidence that things cast shadows, but not much more than that, guys.

    In the end these people ended up with the same things Bigfoot researchers always tout as their evidence: unknown hair, some scat which will, I’m sure, “defy analysis,” and some fuzzy eyewitness reports. Dear CFZ, unless you have a body, don’t bother.