Monthly Archives: October 2005

I'm trying to decide how I feel about this.

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If anyone has some input and or thoughts about this news article, please share them.

I guess that part of my misgivings are due to my upbringing, I’m trying to maintain an open mind on this – but I wonder how these kids will be able to take care of themselves later on in life.

The “unschooling” movement

Defying Gravity

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Wicked was abso-fragginglutely spectacular.

More to come once I have processed it.

Looks up in abject horror

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Oh no . . . they couldn’t.

Oh no . . . they wouldn’t.


This is a sign of the End Times!

Damn them, damn them all to Hell!

The World Comes to an END This Thursday.

Hmph, but is this really me?

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Sheep go baa, baa, baa . . .

The Fluid Dynamics of Penguin Poop

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Well, fellow nerds, it is that time of year again – time for the famous Ig Nobel awards. And this one – well, let’s just say that no one is even willing to touch this one, without some gloves at least.

An Ig Nobel for fluid dynamics was awarded for a theoretical analysis of penguin poop propulsion, conducted by Benno Meyer-Rochow of the International University of Bremen in Germany and Oulu University in Finland, and Jozsef Gal of Lorand Eötvös University in Hungary.

When nature calls, brooding chinstrap and Adélie penguins are reluctant to leave their nests and expose their eggs to the cold. Instead, they simply point their rear outward, lift their tail, and fire. The departing excreta typically reaches distances of about 40 centimetres.

Accounting for the bird’s height, anal anatomy, and poopal velocity and viscosity, the researchers calculated that the internal pressures reach 10 to 60 kilopascals (0.1 to 0.6 atmospheres), well above the highest pressures humans can put to the task.

But is this not a rather trivial matter for serious scientists? “Actually, only a few people felt this,” Meyer-Rochow told New Scientist. “And when we explained the responses from zookeepers, palaeontologists, engineers, human physiologists and so on, everybody understood that examining the physical properties of the release of fluids through small orifices was something of general importance.”

Round cat becomes football . . . film at eleven.

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Whelp, this morning I was blasted out of my sleep at 0400 by Banzai Kitty standing in the middle of the living room and doing this.


For some unknown reason, she was standing in the middle of the living room, yelling her fool head off.

When I threatened her with being served as an entree at one of the chineese food places in the area, she gave me a look as if to say: “My work here is done” and went to lie down under the bed.

So my new Evil Plan (TM) is to replace the two of them with valkyrwench & twfarlan‘s new fur child Oliver – who is cute and fuzzy and not totally derranged, unlike mine.

The questiion is, would they notice? I bet I can get Hilliary to help with the deception, all I will have to do is explain to her that the kitten will go away if she helps me with my Neferious Plan(TM).

Blame kobold for this one.

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I really should know better.


And when Randy starts off a post with the following lines:

My apologies to Kadath, who was the first person I shared this with. I just couldn’t shoulder the burden alone.

That should warn me that what hides behind the link would under normal circumstances be Cthulhuian in it’s sanity blasting power. But no, I didn’t listen to my inner voices when they were screaming “For the love of all that’s good and holy! Noooooooooo!”

And so, I was witness to this – Beware! The Gheyness Lurks within!

And I didn’t think you could get this much gayness in one concentrated place unless you boiled down at least 20 Dallas queens for a month.