Thursday, August 26, 2010

Halloween Candy? Yep, its the Devil

Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network posted a blog by Kimberly Daniels (redirected now to Charisma) recently that warns Christians to forgo celebrating Halloween because of its evilness. Daniels specifically calls out candy as a source of soul-molestation:
"During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches."
Are they serious? How can anyone in modern times actually pedal this type of crap? I'm as christian as the next guy (christian) and I think this type of propaganda is exactly why people are turning away from religion. Please, apply some logic and reason to your lives, don't listen to these idiots. Oh wait, I've been eating artificially flavored Tootsie Rolls (flavored with SATAN) all afternoon and that last statement is obviously the devil in me talking!

Since this story posted CBN has already removed the post. Talk about editorial control, first the lack of editorial control for greenlighting the story. And second for too much editorial control for deleting the post. The original post is linked in the article on Huff Post.

The captions on the candies in the Huff Post story are hilarious. Like this one for the Hershey's Kiss:
Any respectable parent tells teaches their children to be abstinent before marriage. If you give out these salacious candies, you're practically giving them the go-ahead to breed a bastard!

O.M.G. Yeah that's a biggun

DOCTORS in Argentina have removed what they think is the world's largest malignant tumour from the body of a 54-year-old woman.

Weighing a shocking 23kg, the tumour had been growing inside the woman's womb for a year-and-a-half and took four hours to remove, The Daily Mail reported.

For my American metric system challenged readers, that's a fifty (50) pound tumor. According to the story about 1/4 (one quarter) of the woman's body weight. That's just crazy. I had to run this clip.

3 Million Miles...Almost

You’d think a guy with almost 2.8 million miles on his car would want to stay put for a minute. But Guinness Book of World Records holder Irv Gordon, a 70-year-old retired science teacher who bought his 1966 Volvo P1800 new, is aiming to roll his speedometer over to 3 million miles in the next three years. “I got a full tank,” he says, as I climb into the passenger seat of the small red coupe outside a diner in Medford, NY, “And we can go anywhere you want.”

Irv’s long-haul story, though singularly impressive, is part of an increasing “keep your car” movement happening across the U.S. A recent survey conducted by Jiffy Lube reveals that more than half of U.S. drivers hope to have more than 150,000 miles on their vehicle before replacing it, and more than a quarter aspire to clock 250,000 miles or more.

I love this. I have a Land Rover Range Rover LWB with 180,000+ on the clock. I can tell you it takes A LOT of maintenance to keep her running. I'm in the process of what is known as a "rolling restoration". Only this rolling restoration is a little more extensive. You can read about it on my sister blog, at OkieRover.com.

I think he picked a great car too. It's unusual and totally fits his personality, maybe his personality has grown and evolved with the car? Humans are known to adapt to their surroundings so why wouldn't we expect a driver to adapt to his car?

I've driven two cars to the 180,000 mark. I bought a new 1993 Ford Ranger and drove it to 182,000 miles. When I sold it to buy my Range Rover it was still on the original clutch. The only major work it needed was a complete replacement of the air conditioning system and a set of front spindles. In retrospect I should have kept that truck. The woman that bought it from me drove it two more years and sold it for the same money she bought it for, 2000$(US). It was a great truck.

The Range Rover has crossed the 180,000 mark with a fair amount of work. We swapped motors at 120,000 to address a blown head gasket problem. She's had a torque converter replaced and is due another undetermined transmission repair now. She is also waiting for a viscous coupling transplant, air conditioning repair, and many, many other "little things". I love the feel of driving the Range Rover. I think it suits me.
Are you driving a legend in the making?

Color Motion Pictures the Early Days

By Thomas Hoehn, Director, Interactive and Web Mktg, Rochester, NY, USA
on the A Thousand Words Blog at Kodak
Recently I saw a piece of film at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film that mesmerized me. It was a test of Kodachrome color motion picture film from 1922. To provide context, the first full length color feature film did not appear until 13-years later (Becky Sharp). Watching this little film clip was like time travel for me!

It was for me too. Look at the fashion, watch the facial expressions. This was pretty cool so I thought I'd share it with you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Oops, you mean I can't take kick backs?

A search of Apple manager Paul Shin Devine's house earlier this month by federal agents turned up more than $150,000 in cash stored in shoe boxes, according to statements made by prosecutors Monday.

Apple has also filed a civil suit against Devine, charging him with accepting more than $1 million in bribes from suppliers over the past few years.

Why can't people play by the rules? He could have made ten times the money he got in kickbacks if he had opened a consulting company and sold his "ideas" to those companies. People are pretty stupid, no that's not it, they are lazy. It surprises me that we ever made it to this level of civilization.

"...being prepped to go into a surgery that he knew nothing about"

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CN) - A man who was hurt in a car crash but was misidentified as a cancer patient claims security guards at Prince George's Hospital beat him up when he tried to leave the hospital to avoid chest surgery he didn't need - "to have a potentially cancerous mass removed from his chest." He adds that one guard repeatedly called him "bitch" as he roughed him up.

The complaint continues: "Mr. Wheeler, in serious pain and feeling like he was going to black out, fell to floor. Defendant Scott stood over him and yelled, 'Get off the floor bitch! This game is over!'

"Defendant Scott continued, 'I don't care who you think you are, this is my camp, you listen to what I got to say!' The vocal officer then grabbed Mr. Wheeler and pulled him up off of the ground as Wheeler pleaded with the officer to stop hurting him.

"At this point the defendant Reese said to the vocal officer, 'Man, ease up on him. He might really be hurt.' Defendant Scott replied, 'Hell no, he don't come up in here and be telling us what the fuck to do!'"

The Wheelers seek $3.2 million in compensatory damages and $9.5 million in punitive damages for assault and battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.

Sounds like the security guards just gave Mr. Wheeler the lottery win he has always been hoping for. Well done dumbasses. This is where an organization needs to evaluate the 10$ an hour security guard concept. Perhaps it is not saving you as much money as you thought.

New Microbe Discovered

WASHINGTON – The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has revealed a previously unknown type of oil-eating bacteria, which is suddenly flourishing.

Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

And the microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in the water, researchers led by Terry Hazen at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reported Tuesday in the online journal Science Express.

Scientists are thinking this may explain why the oil plume may have disappeared or been significantly reduced. It's also good that we found them instead of wondering what happened. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Nooooooo

From Dangerous Minds.net...
Over the past few years there have been a number of fanboys who have attempted to reconstruct Star Wars as a silent film. They convert the film to black and white, speed it up and add an old-fashioned piano score. But the ones I’ve seen have failed miserably to authentically replicate the actual look of a real silent movie…until now.

Very amusing.

How was your morning commute?

MAINTENANCE work, wrecks and broken down cars caused a nine-day traffic jam in China that stretched for more than 100 kilometres (60 miles), Chinese daily newspaper The Global Times reported.

The traffic jam, on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway between Beijing and Huai'an, began on August 14 when thousands of Beijing-bound coal and fruit trucks jammed the roadway.

The traffic jam is expected to last for almost a month with maintenance work on the National Expressway 110 not due to be finished until September 13.

Traffic jam will last a month? Holy crap. I guess the few times I've been stuck in traffic on the way into work don't seem so bad. This traffic jam sounds like the jam when the Sooners head to Dallas to play the Longhorns.