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Monday, May 30, 2011

Expert Travelers Only

I was recently on a whirlwind trip around the US (the 7-planes-in-12-days type) and the Nashville, TN airport was the first time I saw an "Expert Traveler" line to pass through security.
While I don't consider myself an "expert" traveler, I travel lightly and move quickly enough through the line (helpful hint: put your wallet/keys/change in your carry-on bag).
Were I a true frequent flyer, I think I would certainly appreciate the faster line.

Now, I know if I saw a shorter, faster moving line I'd consider moving to that one... However, there were some people in this line who clearly do not belong.
Here are a few I encountered:
  1. Old man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and carrying two bags from the airport gift shop- I know you love your grandchildren and want to bring them all the souvenirs in the place, but tourist ≠ expert.
  2. Wife of old man wearing Hawaiian t-shirt, and also carrying airport gift bags and a cane- I don't hate old people, or people with disabilities, but having to put your walking-aid through the x-ray and then walking through the metal detector really slowly  kinda exempts you from expert status.
  3. Black man wearing (and thus having to remove) a watch, several rings, a belt, and having in his pocket: a wallet, several key rings, spare change, and a phone- While very stylish, not very streamlined for airport security.
  4. Woman clearly bringing three carry-on bags- First, you're only allowed two carry-ons. Second, not an expert traveler.
  5. Young couple with three kids- There is no way they're going anywhere quickly, nevermind passing through airport security.

Also, after looking in to it some, apparently TSA has had these ratings out for some time.
There are three grades, based on ski-slope ratings apparently:

Miami Heat: 'Hollywood as Hell'

I was never a big fan of Joakim Noah, but he's growing on me...

(via Barstool)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sloth Sanctuary

A followup to the other sloth video...

Meet the Sloths

The dude at 0:36 is my favorite. Pause it there and try not to laugh.

"I filmed this at the Aviaros del Caribe sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica - the world's only sloth orphanage. Baby 2 and 3 toed sloths, whose mother's have either been run over or zapped by power lines are brought to the sanctuary and looked after by legendary sloth whisperer Judy Arroyo. For more sloth photos and videos follow my blog slothville.com or twitter twitter.com/​slothville. For more on the sanctuary go to slothrescue.org/​. Music: "Scrapping and Yelling" by Mark Mothersbaugh from "The Royal Tenenbaum's" movie soundtrack."
(link thanks to Nick)

Friday, May 27, 2011

In the News: May 27, 2011

I know I just had an ItN, but there were some good stories out there today.

Not quite news, but awesome nonetheless:

From the Time Capsule: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Meets Barack and Michelle Obama

"Some pictures say a thousand words. This one just says two: No Touching."

For more retrospectively awkward photos of DSK and world leaders check out our slideshow."
(link thanks to Matt)

Crazian Jumps Out The Window After Fiance Calls Off The Wedding
(Crazian- best contraction ever?)

"Devastated Li-Wan sat sobbing on a window ledge 80ft up in Changchun, eastern China, just hours after partner Wang Lu called off the big day. But as she jumped off the ledge to certain death, local care worker Guo Zhongfan managed to catch her and hold her dangling by the neck above the sheer drop. One eye witness said: “On the floor below there were more people trying to hold her up by her feet while he pulled her back inside by her long skirt."

(via Barstool)


Thank You, Adam

Three videos:

Awesome Diabolo Skills
How great can diabolo trick really be?
This great.

Sam Tsui & Christina Grimmie cover Nelly's "Just a Dream"
... and make it better than the original

Chubby Cuppy Cake Boy
Just watch.

(all videos thanks to Adam)

Song of the Moment: Bob Marley - Waiting in Vain

To kick off a hot and lazy Memorial Day weekend...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In the News: May 26, 2011

No time to delay, let's just get it going:

New Zealand trucker 'blown up like balloon' by air hose

"A New Zealand truck driver who fell on a compressed air hose that pierced his buttock has survived being blown up like a balloon.

Steven McCormack had fallen between the cab and the trailer of his truck, breaking the air hose.

The nozzle pierced his buttock and began pumping air into his body, which expanded dramatically.

As he screamed, Mr McCormack's colleagues turned the air off and laid him on his side, saving his life.

"He said that doctors had told him they were surprised that his skin had not burst, as the compressed air - pumping into his body at 100lb/sq in - had separated fat from muscle."

"Mr McCormack confided that the air was gradually escaping his body in the way that air usually does."

You had us all worried for him til that last bit, BBC...

Citizens in Flood Zone Build Homemade Levees to Protect Their Homes

"All of that water pouring out of spillways and topping levees up and down the Mississippi River has to go somewhere, and many living in those areas prone to flooding have taken drastic action to keep from being inundated. In what could be called a testament to the human instinct to protect hearth and home, some in the disaster zone are holding out by taking civil engineering into their own hands, building makeshift levees to keep the rising waters at bay."

This guy didn't quite make it...


Thursday Videos

Sloth Crossing Street
Painfully slow, yet mesmerizing.

(link thanks to Derrick)

Title from Barstool:
'This Guy LOVES Him Some Smallville….(MUST WATCH VIDEO)'
Obviously I had to watch it.

Not sure it was totally worth it... but it was entertaining. (I mean, I watched the whole thing! Keeping my attention for 6+ minutes online is a feat in itself).
(via Barstool)


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another Catchup Post

Totally believable:
(via TDW)

Before & After: Tornado Destruction
"Missourian Aaron Fuhrman — a self-taught landscape photographer — has been traveling around Joplin, photographing heartrending panoramic shots of the devastation left in the aftermath of Sunday’s tornado.

Fuhrman lined up one of these panoramic photos with a Google Street View screencap of the same intersection to illustrate the comprehension-challenging extent of damage caused by the twister.
(via TDW)


So Obama's Britain Trip is Going Well...

First, his car gets stuck
Yes, really.

I bet the Secret Service did it on purpose. It's a much easier day for them if the President doesn't even make it out of the driveway.
(via TDW)

Then, he gets the date wrong on his Westminster Abbey guestbook signing
Considering his ratings... You wish it was 2008, Mr. President!

And to top it off:
He and PM David Cameron get schooled in ping pong by a bunch of grade-school kids

(via TDW)

Graphical Representations of Information


Economic Value of College Majors
At least 'Engineering' is first.
Oh 'Biology & Life Science' majors...

Broken down by race/ethnicity:
Really Asians? 'Computers & Math'. Way to break the stereotype.
(Side note: if the stereotype is true, does that make it ok to make fun of?)
(via ChartPorn)

If you're reading my blog, chances are you're also hungry.


It's a Lonely World...

My friend Cat recently shared this article:

The Loneliest Plant In The World
"One day in 1895, while walking through the Ngoya Forest in Zululand, southern Africa, a botanist with the oh so suitable name of John Medley Wood caught sight of a tree. It sat on a steep slope at the edge of the woods and looked different from the other trees, with its thick multiple trunks and what seemed like a splay of palm fronds on top. From a distance it looked almost like a palm tree, and Dr. Wood — who made his living collecting rare plants (he directed a botanical garden in Durban) had some of the stems pulled up, removed, and sent one of them to London.

That little tree stem was then put in a box and left in the Palm House at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. It sat there, alone, for the next 98 years.

Named E. woodii, in Dr. Wood's honor, it is a cycad. Cycads are a very old order of tree and it turns out this one, which is still there in London, may be the very last tree of its kind on our planet, the last one to grow up in the wild."

"Two hundred million years ago, cycads were everywhere. Cycad forests reached from Greenland to Antarctica (though the continents were not where they are now). Pterodactyls flew through them. Big dinosaurs munched on them. During the Jurassic period, small, stumpy palm-looking trees — the ones you can see in John Sibbick's painting — made up about 20% of the world's plants."
"Somehow these E. woodii survived the catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs, got through five different ice ages, learned to live with bigger, newer trees, conifers, leaf bearers, then a profusion of fruiting and flowering plants, got pushed into smaller, then even smaller spaces until there were merely tens of thousands, then thousands, then hundreds and then, perhaps, just this one."
(Read the rest of the article here!)

Being the last of its kind reminded me of Lonesome George:

"Lonesome George (Spanish: Solitario Jorge) is the last known individual of the Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni), which is one of eight to fifteen extant subspecies of Galápagos tortoise, all of which are native to the Galápagos Islands. He has been labeled the rarest creature in the world, and he is a potent symbol for conservation efforts in the Galápagos and conservation efforts internationally. It is thought that he was named after a character played by American actor George Gobel.

George was first seen on the island of Pinta on 1 December 1971 by Hungarian malacologist József Vágvölgyi. The island's vegetation had been devastated by introduced feral goats, and the indigenous G. n. abingdoni population had been reduced to a single individual. Relocated for his safety to the Charles Darwin Research Station, George was penned with two females of a different subspecies, but although eggs have been produced, none has hatched.

George is estimated to be about 100 years of age, and he is in good health. A prolonged effort to exterminate goats introduced to Pinta is now complete, and the vegetation of the island is starting to return to its former state." (wikipedia)

I think we should house them together so they can be friends...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Special Report: The Honey Badger

Who is this guy?
Forget Morgan Freeman, he should do all the nature documentaries from now on.

(thanks to Joel for the initial, and to Adam for the reminder)

And as a bonus, the American Bullfrog:

Regarding 'The Rapture'

(via THD)

May 21st, 2011 has come and gone.
To those of you who are reading this: I'm sorry, you were not saved.
(Unless, of course, this site makes it through the firewall at the pearly gates. [Haha, get it? Firewall? Heaven? <-- another example as to why I am still on earth?])

But are you wondering why you're still here?:
(via Chart Porn)

Have Faith, there's more!

Two Music Posters

After a few days hiatus, I'm back!

Two very cool music posters from Hard Rock Cafe.
Pictographic representations of the stories behind the songs.

Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven

The Beatles - Let it Be

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday... Friday...

It's too late, the references will never stop.

Disney Wedding: IRL
And not to bring up the royal wedding again, but check this out!
What do you say now, old-facebook-group-that-I-used-to-find-humorous?
(via The Daily What)

Blame the Hipsters:
I do anyway...
(via The High Definite)


Vote for Dan Adler!

"I have issues" and "I'm Korean!" are my new favorite interjections.

What just happened in that commercial??
(thanks to Linda)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Last Post!

... for a couple days.
Going away for business so I doubt I'll post anything. Be sure to check the twitter though, might throw up a couple interesting links.

In the meantime, maybe this will keep you entertained... for a few hours minutes at least.

Little Girl Plays with Dead Squirrel
I am impressed and a little intrigued (who knew dead squirrels were so much fun?), but mostly grossed out.

Why would her parents let her do that?
(P.S. Nice boob-zoom at 0:44, dad)
(via Barstool)

Demotivational poster of the year?
(via The High Definite)


Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekday Kickoff

Starting your workweek off with a post!

The Crovel:
I want.
"Tagged as “The Ultimate Survival Tool”, the Crovel has a shovel on one end, a crowbar on the other, and a whole myriad of tools in between to satisfy all of your shoveling, chopping, prying, hammering, bottle-opening, sawing, and zombie killing needs. As an additional bonus, the handle is wrapped in 15 feet of paracord in case you need to climb, rappel, or tie something up."
(via The High Definite)

LeBron mutters something...

But I guess, "ask a stupid question..."
(via deadspin)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Friday Comics

I didn't think these people still existed, but I was just given an email address... and it was a hotmail.
Not sure it will even register as a valid address in my gmail contacts list.
(Doghouse Diaries)

Also, it's near impossible to cut his hair... think about it.


ESPN: NFL page

Today's front page on the NFL tab:

2012 draft is the best you could come up with?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama related stuff

Obviously the whole world's been going crazy with all this Osama stuff.

Here are a few tidbits:

Oh hai!
It's Osama's compound on Google Maps!
(via The Huff)

And there are some awesome reviews about the place. (The reviews themselves are awesome... the compound itself is only averaging 3 stars).

Oh, and we found out what took Obama so long to produce his birth certificate:


Three Videos: from Barstool Sports

Adult Baby

Where does someone like that go to work?
Seriously, I don't want to go to work as is. If I was babied all day, there's no way I'd have any motivation to work anywhere.
(via Barstool)

Samurai Slices Through BB Pellet
Gonna go practice right now.
And I'll use real bullets. None of this pellet gun stuff.

(via Barstool)

Chinese Cliff-side Pass
I would just walk around the mountain. I don't care if it takes a week longer.
There's no way you're getting me on those chains.

(via Barstool)

See this movie: Fast Five

So I just saw this movie...

Five thoughts:

1. Go see this movie
No joke. It's awesome.

2. Fast Five = The Brazilian Job?
While Mark Wahlberg and company were sleeping, Vin Diesel and his crew just went ahead and made The Brazilian Job.
Only half joking. It could totally be the sequel: the movie is set in Brazil and is very heisty.

Follow the break for more thoughts!
(Don't worry, nothing critical revealed. But if you don't want to know anything before you see it, come back later.)


Monday, May 2, 2011

Ghost Osama

Too soon?

Terrorist is to suicide attack as Sperm is to pregnancy...

It only takes one.

(Inspiration credit to my conversation about Bin Laden's death with Dave H.)

P.S. A reporter on NBC just slipped up and said: "Oba... Osama is dead".

It's not just NBC:
(via The Daily What)

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Happy May Day!

Slow-Motion Gelatin Cubes dropped on solid surface
I love slo-mo.

(via Neatorama)

Dog Jumping to check out baby

(via The Daily What)


Osama Bin Laden dead

Waiting on the presidential announcement...
(CNN/BBC/all news sources)