Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Zenzizenzizenzic is the eighth power or exponent of a number. For example the zenzizenzizenzic of 2 is 256. It was suggested by Robert Recorde, a 16th century Welsh writer of popular mathematics textbooks, in The Whetstone of Witte, published in 1557, although his spelling was zenzizenzizenzike. It is obsolete except as a curiosity; the Oxford English Dictionary has only one citation for it. It survives as an historical oddity.Or this biography of Cathy O'Brien:
In her books and lectures, O'Brien relates allegations that, as a child, she was abducted into an alleged CIA mind control project called Project Monarch (supposedly a subsection of MKULTRAProject Artichoke). She claims to have remained in Monarch as an adult, while she served as "a top-level intelligence agent and White House sex slave" until rescued by Phillips.Or Loudest Band In The World:
O'Brien claims to have been abused since she was a toddler. Forced to partake in satanic sadomasochistic child pornography movies produced for Gerald Ford, she was eventually sold to the CIA, which was looking for traumatized children for their mind-control program.
The Who was once listed as the record holder, at 126 decibels, measured at a distance of 32 metres from the speakers at a concert at Fillmore East on 1976-05-31. Other previous record holders include Deep Purple (117 decibels), The Rolling Stones (which replaced Deep Purple), and KISS. Metallica has styled itself the "loudest band in the world". However, after one concert on 1997-11-11, which the band dubbed the "Million Decibel March", the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "neighbours who [had] feared the worst from the self-styled Loudest Band in the World complained more about the sound from the news choppers circling overhead".Or The Satan Claus Theory:
Satan Claus is a theory that Santa Claus is actually an alias for Satan. The theory is based primarily on the fact that "Santa" could be an anagram for "Satan." This theory is a popular belief among many Christian communities.Other evidence is the fact that Saint Nicholas, the origin of Santa, could have never existed. Ole Nick was a fallen Angel. Nick is a common nickname for Santa. (e.g. Old Saint Nicholaus) Old Nick is a British term for "the devil". Nicholas is one of the most common names for the devil, for Germans.
Many Christians are infuriated with the fact that Santa shares, or in some cases takes the spotlight from Jesus at Christmas time.
Or rather, Blobfish is blob.
This deep sea fish is often found at extreme depths off of the coasts of Tasmania and Australia. For this reaseon the Blobfish is rarely seen by the human eye. The Blobfish has the ability to withstand the high pressure of these depths because its body is actually mostly a gelatinour mass that has a density just less than water. This gives the Blobfish the ability to actually float right above the bottom floor without using much energy.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco's house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.
While some detectives hauled out evidence such as flat screen televisions and shotguns, others threw strikes, gutter balls and worked on picking up spares.
My favorite part of the story is that the officers were part of a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force". I bet thats what their Xbox Live guild is named.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is awarded to an individual (regardless of nationality) for "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." Which apparently includes neither Senator Ted Kennedy or author JK Rowling.
[President Bush's chief speechwriter] Marc [Thiessen] liked to encourage a broad range of opinions from others, so long as theirs agreed with his. When Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I suggested that the president might at least consider awarding Kennedy the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Marc objected with the genteel diplomacy he was known for.It's hard to tell what the real motivation of the decision was - were they worried that honoring the author would offend the millions of fundamentalist Christian voters whom the administration had built their political base off of, or did born-agains within the administration actually take great issue with the Harry Potter novels?
'That's crazy!' he thundered. Kennedy was a liberal, he noted (of which I was well aware). ...This was the same sort of narrow thinking that led people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged witchcraft.
In any case, the article then goes on to point out how entirely coincidental it is that only those who supported the Iraq War seemed to be awarded the medal while Bush was in office.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Under cover of night, an anonymous group of engineering geniuses recently scaled the campus' iconic Great Dome and installed the first seven notes of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" on temporary scaffolding, cleverly noting the resemblance of its horizontal lines to a blank piece of sheet music.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
21% of those polled in New Jersey think Barack Obama might in fact be the Anti-Christ. That number, of course, is significantly higher among conservatives. But still, weird.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The picture is originally from Newsweek:
Reminds me of this action figure of Obama (seen here with former Vice-President Cheney) from Japan that was sold around the time of the inauguration.
Here’s President Obama dueling with, yes, a Star Wars lightsaber at an event held this afternoon at the White House to promote Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics.
“We decided that if we’re going to do this, if we have to make sound, then we’re going to make it beautiful and futuristic,” Tabata said.
The company consulted Japanese composers of film scores. What Tabata and his six-member team came up with is a high- pitched sound reminiscent of the flying cars in “Blade Runner,” the 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott portraying his dystopian vision of 2019.
“We wanted something a bit different, something closer to the world of art,” Tabata said.
Friday, September 18, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. - Authorities have put out a statewide alert for a mentally ill killer who escaped during a hospital field trip to a county fair, leading to fears that he'll become more unstable and potentially dangerous the longer he is on the loose with no medication."What could possibly go wrong with taking an insane killer to the state fair?"
Paul was committed after he was acquitted by reason of insanity in the 1987 slaying of an elderly woman in Sunnyside. He soaked the woman's body in gasoline to throw off search dogs and buried the remains in her flower garden. He reportedly said voices in his head told him she was a witch.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Bay Area architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have recommended taking the disused section of the Oakland Bay Bridge, left abandoned following recent renovations, and constructing an urbanized neighborhood rather than destroying the still structurally sound bridge. While for the most part the plans show parks, swimming pools, and walkable views of the bay, the report goes on to state "The immense load capacity of rail bridges allows for the support of program beyond that of parks, suggesting the urbanization of bridges."
Very cool, especially considering William Gibson has repeatedly had such ideas in his novels, referring to them as interstitial living spaces. Though unlikely to actually happen, I would definitely love to live on the "Bay Line."
"I had a telephone conversation with the creator, who is a completely mindless liberal and had an incredibly tasteless joke in the script that I had to talk him out of, but it was a sign of how much he needed a conservative in order to make this program succeed," said Rove. "I play myself, meaning the son of Satan, the spawn of evil."
Monday, September 14, 2009
Unity and resistance are what the fist represented in 1917, when it was first employed by the Industrial Workers of the World, a union organization founded by socialists. And in the 1940s, when it stood for various nations' communist party organizations.
That's also what it meant when it was revived in the 1960s, appearing as a symbol for the SDS, as well as anti-war and feminist movements. It was the basis for the black-power salute given by John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. And today, it's the symbol for the Progressive Labor Party (pictured), a political outfit whose website says it "fights to smash capitalism."
It goes deeper than you can ever know.
Tom Tomorrow links to this slideshow of the crowd at one of those 9/12 conservative 'tea-party' movements, with an extensive look at the signs.
For twenty years, the cartoonist R. Sikoryak has been creating parody strips of literary masterpieces, casting familiar cartoon characters in classic roles—Little Lulu as Pearl Prynne, Little Nemo as Dorian Gray, Charlie Brown as Gregor Samsa. If you’re like me, and you sometimes like your serious literature with a side of Beavis and Butthead (see Sikoryak’s take on “Waiting for Godot”), you will probably laugh out loud over Masterpiece Comics, a collection of thirteen of these strips, just out from Drawn & Quarterly.Sounds like a must-buy to me.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
As part of an artist-in-residence program, Brandon Bird had children send their Christmas letters to Christopher Walken instead of Santa Claus, with wondrously hilarious results.
During a town hall meeting, a woman asks the former GOP candidate if President Obama is aware that the United States operates under a Constitution. When he responds that he is sure the President has a great deal of respect for the Constitution, the crowd quickly resorts to booing. Points to McCain for standing his ground and not catering to the crowds baser instincts, though.
I'm firmly reminded of McCain's gracious concession speech following the 2008 election - a speech that helped to restore some dignity to what was undoubtedly one of the dirtiest campaigns of televised politics. As the Senator from Arizona congratulates his opponent for mobilizing voters, the crowd comes off as hostile and contentious, by the end going so far as to boo and heckle any mention of Obama. At one point the audience even interrupts McCain's remarks with chants of "U.S.A! U.S.A!"
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Frank Zappa recruited artist Neon Park to create a subversive image based on a cover story from the September 1956 issue of Man's Life, a men's adventure magazine. After showing Neon a copy of the magazine, Zappa inquired, "This is it. What can you do that's worse than this?" Neon's answer was to craft a parody of an advertisement for Schick brand electric razor based on the "Weasels Ripped My Flesh" theme.
German releases of the album featured an album cover showing a metal baby caught in a rat trap. This cover was not approved by Zappa.
I guess you can do a lot worse than that.
Like tattoos of eyes on different parts of your body. Because even though its stupid, pointless, and in certain cases horribly crass, it's actually a thing that people do a lot.