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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Rise of the Moderates!

The most encouraging article on American politics that I've read in a while...

(full article on CNN)

And another logical, well-written article by David Brooks

(full article on NYTimes)

(And if you don't want to sign up for NYTimes, full article after the break)

Vid Clips!

Soo... Forgot my clever alliterative end-of-the-month clips week.

Here are a whole bunch of videos instead!

NateRob teaches you to dougie
0:49 is the best dance move ever.

(thanks Adam)

The BeerHead dance

(via The Daily What)

Trololo man returns!

(via Neatorama)


In the News: September 30, 2010

Some odd stories that made me do a double-take and think 'ehh??':

Karaoke champion wins one million Russian dumplings
A new reason to do karaoke more often!

Dumpling Parties! Everynight!

"An American telephone engineer has been awarded an unusual culinary prize for his performance at the World Karaoke Championships in Moscow.

Edward Pimentel won one million Russian dumplings after being voted the audience's favourite at the contest.

The organisers said that even if Mr Pimentel ate 100 dumplings a day, the supply should last him 27 years.

The amateur singer will receive a voucher to tuck into free dumplings whenever he fancies them."

The Gadget Hackwrench Religion
I am giving up my aversion to religion and joining this one.

"I’m sure we can all agree Gadget Hackwrench is an adorable character, but do you like her enough to worship her like a goddess?"

"Well, believe it or not, a group of Russian fans of Gadget Hackwrench have created a new religion, with the above mentioned cartoon character as the idol. They pray to posters of her, gather to talk about how incredibly great she is, compose songs about her, and spread stickers of Miss Hackwrench, wherever they go. It’s pretty unbelievable, but if Maradona has his own cult, why couldn’t Gadget Hackwrench?

Here’s what some of her worshipers think of their rodent goddess: “She is the divine being, the most untouched and perfect sibling of the great God on Earth”. “Why I love her? It’s a stupid question, how could I not love the Goddess?”. “She is strict, cute, optimistic and her level of technical knowledge is unachievable for a mortal being.”"
(OddityCentral via Neatorama)

Segway boss Jimi Heselden dies in scooter cliff fall
(See: Irony)

"The millionaire owner of the Segway company has died after falling from cliffs while riding one of his firm's motorised scooters.

Jimi Heselden, 62, crashed into the River Wharfe while riding the vehicle round his estate in Thorp Arch, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. The scooter was found in the water."


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's Not Even October Yet!

Yes, I know, but here are some pretty cool costumes:

All I can think of is: 'My ass! I can see my ass!'.

I remember the headless-person trick where you use your dad's overcoat, but this guy takes it to the next level:
(Trading Places: Walking Illusions via 9gag)

And some 'Inappropriately Slutty Halloween Costumes':

 Having done the college thing (and being male), I see nothing wrong with them.
(via 9gag)

It's Tuesday!

Sorry folks, post-names aren't gonna get more creative than that...

Classic rock lyric references are awesome.
(The Daily What)

If only...


So true!
Some examples:
Liz Lemon, 'Man do you think it's rude for your friends to give your girl a hug?'
Liz Lemon, 'Ryan says he was talking to this model and she's not just a model she's starting a website...'
(9gag and Kanye)

And The Oatmeal vents about his peeve with the misuse of the word 'literally':

(more at The Oatmeal)

Monday, September 27, 2010

SMBC is Right On

Exactly why I became an engineer!


Odd Units of Measurement

While I'm procrastinating starting my two papers/projects, here are some fun units of measurement I got off my page-a-day calendar:

2 bottles of Champagne = 1 Magnum
Next time you're hanging out with Diddy, be sure to order a Magnum of Cristal.

I don't know... but I'm pretty sure this does not equal two bottles of champagne.

4 Magnums = 1 Methuselah
The secret to reaching 969 years of age?  8 bottles of champagne a day

8 Magnums = 1 Balthasar
Almost certain Jesus would have taken the 8 magnums over this guy.

10 Magnums = 1 Nebuchadnezzar
I'd totally give up 10 magnums for this.

Well, I thought it was funny...
Back to work.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Feeding Kitten with Chopsticks


(via StoolLaLa)

Sunday Vids

Behind the Scenes of Harmonix!

Looks like a pretty awesome place to work... I'm totally jealous MJDip.
(thanks Dip)

Another little animated short: Fallen

(The Daily What)

And awesome alternative beginning for Iron Man 2

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Diva Snap

A friend sent this to me saying that she thought I'd find it amusing.
Uhh... thanks?

(you can thank Jessie, not sure I do...)


Some recents from failblog and lamebook:

Let's hope she doesn't choose to hyphenate...

They look like the faces of souls trying to escape from the depths of Hades...

Lamebook really makes me depressed about the US population...

Sad Keanu: Cupcake Edition

Another Keanu picture has surfaced...
Get to it internet!

"Christ let the man eat his fucking food in peace." -reddit comment
(thanks Mike)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Best of...

Not really the best of anything, but the best I've seen in a long time.
OK, best I've seen all day... this hour... semi-recently.

Best Photobomb:
(Totally Looks Like)

Best Ruined Childhood Moment:

Best Easter Bunny Costume
Bestest Ruin Your Childhood Moment:
(Awkward Family Photos)

Best Secret Doorway:
(The Daily What)

Best Example of Laziness:
(The High Definite)

Best Ad to Protect Against Ass-rape:

Best Cartoon-turned-Real-Life-Movie Trailer:

(via The Daily What)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Disneyland Quiz

Though I will admit I (educated) guessed on some.
(Katie, I expect you to get 100%)
(via Neatorama)

Song of the Moment: Colbie Caillat - I Never Told You

I know I just posted one the other day, but I've had this song stuck in my head the past few days.

I'll admit that I really did not like Colbie Caillat when she first started gaining attention. 'Bubbly' is one of the most annoying songs... but her other stuff is actually really good.
It's not easy to do, but my mind has changed on her.

Monday Comics

Yay comics!

Whoever it was, it was definitely a guy.

Great, now I'm going to think about this every time I go to a pet store...
(Amazing Super Powers)

Bad jokes, not moral issues, are the reason most people oppose human cloning.

Snozberries are going to make me a fortune!
(Doghouse Diaries)

And another dig at religion. How could I resist?

The Alternate History

David Brooks writes of a wonderful fantasy world of what might have been...
"On Dec. 16, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama and his senior aides gathered for a briefing on the state of the U.S. economy. It was horrifying. The economy was on the verge of collapse. There was little prospect that robust growth would be returning anytime soon.

Many of the president-elect’s advisers had been reading histories of the New Deal. They had ambitious plans to address the crisis: federal jobs programs, new building projects, new spending initiatives. This was no time to worry about deficits, they said. This was an opportunity to address needs that had been neglected for decades.

Obama, in this fanciful version, held up his hand. He told his aides to put away the history books and reject the New Deal comparisons. Unlike in 1932, Americans today have a raging distrust of Washington, he observed. Living through a crisis caused by excessive debt, they will viscerally recoil at the prospect of federal debt without end. “Somehow,” Obama concluded, “we have to address the crisis without further terrifying the American people.”

The stimulus package, he continued, should rely heavily on cutting payroll taxes. This, he argued, will send a quick jolt to the economy without concentrating power in Washington. It will deliver a sharp psychological boost to the middle class. It might even be bipartisan. Obama noted that John McCain had a $445 billion stimulus plan along these lines and his fellow Republican senator, Mel Martinez, a $713 billion plan.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic committee chairmen were upset. For decades they’d been storing up spending proposals. This was their chance to pass them all. The president told the House speaker that she would get many of her priorities, but not in a 100-day rush. Privately, Democratic aides developed a political strategy they called Save Nancy From Herself."
Read the rest 

[Edit: Apparently you need an account to access NYTimes content now. I'll throw up the full article after the break if you're too lazy to register. Click here for it].

Sigh... One can dream.
Then we might not have to deal with this now:
(The Economist)

Or maybe the Democrats could have done a better job rebranding themselves...
(Brand New)

It just reminds me of this:

I guess they're taking the D-train to victory?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dodge Commercial with George Washington

Another football-filled Sunday.
They've been playing this Dodge commercial a ton:

Doesn't George Washington look eerily like Robin Williams?
(Totally Looks Like)
I tried to find out if it actually was, but the internet has mixed reports. Some say it's him, some say it's an impersonator.

And of course every time I think of George Washington, I think of this awesome song: