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Best opening to a YouTube video EVER

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Scene: Stacks storage in the back of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the museum’s curator, Kees Moeliker, states. “I will show you the duck’s testicles and penis.” He then opens a jar full of a perservative liquid and reaches in. *fade to black*

On June 5, 1995, a mallard duck slammed into the window of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, the first big step on its journey into history. Kees Moeliker, the museum’s curator, subsequently published the first scientifically recorded description of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck (click here for PDF). The account was later honored with an Ig Nobel Prize.

Now, every year, Kees Moeliker re-enacts the historic event. He invites you to attend and participate.

 

Lead With Love – A movie for families

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(From the trailer description)

LEAD WITH LOVE follows four families’ experiences in learning that they have a gay or lesbian child. Created for parents who are working through this news themselves, this poignant and informative film shares real stories from parents and children, factual information from psychologists, educators, and clergy, and concrete guidance to help parents keep their children healthy and safe during this sometimes challenging time. View the full film for free at www.leadwithlovefilm.com.

Damn, now I feel old

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This month is the 40th anniversary of the publication of Ringworld by Larry Niven.

I discovered this book two years later, when I was six and devoured it. Ringworld and Dune were two of the formative books for me.

Wow, interesting read

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This just goes to prove that you can never be sure where things are going to lead you.

The Guano Islands Act of 1856 – How seabird excrement paved the way for American imperial expansion

Summary: In 1856, seabird guano was an in-demand fertilizer, so the the United States Congress passed The Guano Islands Act. This legislation was a precursor to American imperialism, as it allowed citizens to claim bird-crap-covered islands in the USA’s name.

The Ode of Wile E Coyote

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First of all, to all of my friends with tender virgin ears, be warned. There is adult language in this poem.

That having been said, this poem is epic, it makes me want to open a time rift, yank The Bard into the present, download all of the requisite pop culture references into his brain, and let him listen to this poem, just to experience it with him.

Now things like this make me wish I lived in NYC

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Because you know that this musical comedy will never make it to the Dallas theater while I’m alive.

My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding

From what I have found out, this is based on a true story and answers the question: “What do you get when a straight white male from Canada discovers that his mother’s a lesbian?”

Limited two week run and 20 dollar tickets? Wowzers.

*eeeep*

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So what I’m seeing here is an autonomous quadrotor flyer that has sufficiently advanced senses that I can map out necessary maneuvers independently to get from point “A” to point “B”, fly through independently moving objects (hoops as they are tossed into the air), and when given an “extreme” starting situation, such as being tossed violently into the air, right itself and assume a steady hovering position.

All this needs is some armor, guns, and a wireless data link back to a land based AI that has no more use for humans.

I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Curse you Nokia!

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Damn but I would love this phone.

Yeah, I guess that this just outed me as a geek.

Sadly this is one of only 14 prototypes made, Nokia had considered doing this for the Star Trek movie last year, and some fool decided to not make them.

Dammit.

OK, everyone say it with me . . . “< kirk >Nokiaaaaaaaaaa!< /kirk >

*cries*

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Crap I am getting old. I just said “I miss the old days.” That places me about one bottle of Geritol away from “Hey you kids, get off of my yard!”

Cue Lots Of Shivers Down David's Back

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OK.

Look.

We both said a lot of things that you’re going to regret.

But I think we can put our differences behind us.

For Science.

You Monster.

*shiver*

Oh every time I watch this, I still say, it can’t come out fast enough.

(The menace starts at 2:15)

And Now For Something Completely Different

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Here is something that is kind of cool.

A “Robot Parts Band”, the Bit-52s performing a cover of the B-52’s “Rock Lobster”.

(Yeah, I’m a nerd, what do you expect)

The Lockdown Was Lifted After The Pony Was Blown Up

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Let’s look at that title for a moment and try to parse it in our pointed little heads, please.

What we have here, is an empty cul-de-sac near a park and a school. Some child evidently was playing with their “Hasbro FurReal Friends Butterscotch Pony” (please note, this pony lists for 299.99 retail – not a cheap toy) and forgot to bring it in with him/her when called back into school. Some person with an over-active imagination, contacts the authorities and starts a bomb scare.

So they lock down the school and surrounding neighborhoods, and the local bomb squad comes out, investigates the “pony” at least with a robot, and when they can’t find anything dangerous, decides to blow up the toy anyway, “just to be sure”. Keep in mind, this is not a small toy, the website lists the maximum weight limit for this toy as 80 pounds (around 36 kilograms).

Here is video of the news report.

Why do I suddenly have a vision of Grand Moff Tarkin saying “Fear will keep the local systems in line, fear of suspicious toy ponies.”

I’m sorry but with this level of overreaction, bin Laden must be laughing in his grave/cave. Between the Security Theatre and Fear Based Overreaction, the terrorists have won.

*facepalm*

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Proving the scientific stupidity of people. The question asked, “How long does it take the earth to go around the sun?” The first answer they have here? “One day.”

Please note that I could only watch the first nine seconds of the video before I had to stop it so that I did not go off on a killing rampage.

Ah, I needed that . . .

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Best quote EVER.

“Politics are like quarks. It’s the spin that matters.”

So

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In addition to the live action Space Battleship Yamato movie, there was also an animated Space Battleship Yamato: Rebirth movie.

My childhood (one of the local television affiliates showed the americanized Star Blazers at 6 in the morning – I used to get up early just to watch it while getting ready for school) is back and doing the happy dance all over everywhere.

As you can see from this four minute clip, it is everything that I liked in my childhood all rolled up and in full 1080p HD.

If you want, go ahead and fast forward to 2:58 and watch as the Yamato breaks free of the ice and once again rises into space to save humanity yet again – and yes, to the original theme music, re-recorded.

Administrivia of the day

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On this day, David did state:

  • 09:57 I am reading Johannes Cabal the Necromancer #JohannesCabalTheNecromancer bit.ly/aYnrAd #
  • 11:12 I earned the Addon Adhesive sticker on @GetGlue! bit.ly/aZyhKu #

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On this day, David did state:

  • 08:47 Traffic bad and very humid. But the day is beautiful. (@ Aston Park) 4sq.com/c3ffvd #

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On this day, David did state:

  • 10:17 Google changing their compensation to cover extra tax burden on GLBT employees with DP Insurance benefits. Go Google! bit.ly/9qFWGh #

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On this day, David did state:

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