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April 30, 2010

Discovering the Gorilla

I keep meaning to post this. It's from an issue of Scientific American from March 2009 that Wanyas gave to me. They have a section where they reprint portions of articles from older issues of their magazines. This one's from March 1859, and i thought it was pretty cool:

In Africa there is a tribe of huge monkeys known by the name of Gorillas. Their existence has been known to white men for some years, but none have ever been taken alive. They live in the lonely retired seclusions of the forest, and the males are capable of coping in fight with the lion. The skull of one is in the Boston Museum, sent thither by the Rev. Mr. Wilson, a missionary. Last year, the body of one was sent from Sierra Leone to Prof. Owen, packed in a cask of rum. The males have a horrible appearance; they attain to a stature of five feet, with wrists four times the size of a man's. Their strength is prodigious; one can wrench the head off of a man with his hands as easily as a person can husk an ear of corn.

By fnord12 | April 30, 2010, 10:08 AM | Science| Link

April 28, 2010

Are you ready, Wanyas?

The Dead Milkmen's Bucky Fellini came out in 1987. Talk Talk's* The The's Mind Bomb came out in 1989.

But the AMG Review for Bucky Fellini says:

Bucky Fellini begins with a parody of the bandmember introductions from Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz" and raises another fun and funny stink.

So there you go. They're both parodies, but neither of the other.

Still, "Are you ready, Jesus? Uh-uh. Buddha? Yeah...? Mohammed? Ok..." is pretty classic.

(In investigating Ballroom Blitz i found that i was familiar with it due to the fact that i had an album by the pretty awful hard rock band Krokus in which they covered the song.)

*I friggin' did it again!

By fnord12 | April 28, 2010, 9:39 PM | Music | Comments (7) | Link

April 21, 2010

What's a well-tempered clavier?


By fnord12 | April 21, 2010, 2:27 PM | Music| Link

Nope, she really meant chickens

A few days ago i quoted Nevada Republican candidate for Senate Sue Lowden saying that we should barter with our doctors in return for medical treatment. Many thought she really meant 'bargain', not 'barter'. But she's standing firm:

"I'm telling you that this works. You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days, our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor."

How many chickens for a week's supply of chemotherapy? For a visit to a psychiatrist? What will the doctor do with all these chickens?

Forget the chickens. What does an unemployed person without health insurance, but suffering from cancer or mental illness, have to offer to a doctor? That's your health care plan? Seriously?

By fnord12 | April 21, 2010, 9:12 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

April 20, 2010

Encouraging crazy people


The Georgia state legislature, on top of the latest threats, is holding hearings on a bill to ban implanting people with microchips -- as one rumor suggested the Health Care Reform bill mandated.

But the good folks who run the Judiciary Committee seemed to have gotten a bit more than they reckoned with when one of their hearing witnesses claimed that she had already been implanted with a microchip.

And not just any microchip, but one the Pentagon had implanted in her "vaginal-rectum area", apparently to track her movements.

Presumably part of the Stimulus Bill.

By fnord12 | April 20, 2010, 3:05 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

How's That Solar Panel Project Going?

Better get cracking on powering your house with renewables.

The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.

The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command, comes as the price of petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to soon top $100 a barrel.

"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day," says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.


The Paris-based International Energy Agency remains confident that there is no short-term risk of oil shortages but privately some senior officials have admitted there is considerable disagreement internally about this upbeat stance.

But there are signs that the US Department of Energy might also be changing its stance on peak oil. In a recent interview with French newspaper, Le Monde, Glen Sweetnam, main oil adviser to the Obama administration, admitted that "a chance exists that we may experience a decline" of world liquid fuels production between 2011 and 2015 if the investment was not forthcoming.


I believe the "investment" Sweetman is speaking of here is extracting crude from the tar sands in Canada.

According to Greenpeace, extracting crude from the tar sands both increases pollution and destroys the land itself so that it can't support forestry or farming. Meh, It's only Canada.

By min | April 20, 2010, 1:07 PM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (1) | Link

April 16, 2010

Fear for your favorite Avenger

Joss Whedon to direct the Avengers movie?

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 4:21 PM | Comics & Movies| Link

My lawyer advised me to never read the contracts

Turns out that could have long term consequences. Link:

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the "immortal soul clause" to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

"By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant
Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions."

GameStation's form also points out that "we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

The terms of service were updated on April Fool's Day as a gag, but the retailer did so to make a very real point: No one reads the online terms and conditions of shopping, and companies are free to insert whatever language they want into the documents.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 4:13 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (6) | Link

Another reminder for me to read a review after i read the comic

Seige: Loki #1.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 12:21 PM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

The radicalization of Brad DeLong

Brad DeLong, formerly a NAFTA-supporting neo-liberal economist, is now publishing books acknowledging that "globalization" has failed and advocating that we nationalize our energy industry in order to deal with global warming.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 11:25 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Finally, the Obama Administration prosecutes someone from the Bush Administration

Except... it was the whistleblower.

By fnord12 | April 16, 2010, 11:16 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

April 15, 2010

Random Lyrics Thursday

Laura by Scissor Sisters

Laura, Can't you give me some time?
I got to give myself one more chance.
To be the man that I know I am.
To be the man that I know I am.
Won't you just tell Cincinnati,
I'm gonna need your love.
Don't you give me your love?
Don't you give me your...

Where is your love?
Don't you give me your love,
Don't you give me your love,
Where is your love?
Don't you give me your love?
Don't you give me your...

Freeda, Can't you spare me a dime?
I got to give myself one more chance.
To ring the band that I know I'm in.
To ring the band that I know I'm in.
Won't you just tell Baby Daddy,
I'm gonna need his love.
Why don't he give me his love?
Why don't he give me his...

Where is your love?
Don't you give me your love,
Don't you give me your love,
Where is your love?
Don't you give me your love.
Don't you give me your...

This'll be the last time,
I ever do your hair.
(Tired of this s**t, Swear I'm going quit, Can't seem to make enough dough,
But my cutting's on a roll,)
One face among the many,
I never thought you cared.
(Seen enough stuff, Thought I got rough, Now I know it aint so, I gotta live my own!)

This'll be the last time,
I ever do your hair.
(Tired of this s**t, Swear I'm going quit, Can't seem to make enough dough,
But my cutting's on a roll,)
One face among the many,
I never thought you cared.
(Seen enough stuff, Thought I got rough, Now I know it aint so, I gotta live my own!)

By min | April 15, 2010, 1:08 PM | Music| Link

April 14, 2010

I think i see where this is going...

One of the odder Harris Poll lines of questioning that i've seen.

By fnord12 | April 14, 2010, 3:12 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

April 13, 2010

Fighting crime with the KFC Double-Down

Chris Sims makes funnies with old Hostess ads.

By fnord12 | April 13, 2010, 4:35 PM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

The Civil War was about slavery

Not "states' rights" or anger over a powerful Federal government.

Mississippi's Declaration of Secession (via Matthew Yglesias):

In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery -- the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.

By fnord12 | April 13, 2010, 1:12 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

April 12, 2010

The Barter Economy

Sue Lowden, the Republican candidate running for Harry Reid's seat, on how people can get medical costs down:

...I would have suggested, and I think that bartering is really good. Those doctors who you pay cash, you can barter, and that would get prices down in a hurry. And I would say go out, go ahead out and pay cash for whatever your medical needs are, and go ahead and barter with your doctor.

Some think she meant 'bargain' instead of barter. Either way, doesn't sound very realistic to me.

By fnord12 | April 12, 2010, 3:58 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

Dear Deficit Commission

It's not hard. With easy to understand charts!

By fnord12 | April 12, 2010, 10:31 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

April 9, 2010

Logan's Run, The Omega Man, and Soylent Green

The last of the Pre-Star Wars sci-fi films.

By fnord12 | April 9, 2010, 4:10 PM | Movies & Star Wars| Link

April 8, 2010

I just wanted to write "Diiiiiiiiplomatic imuuuuuuuunity!"


If nothing else, in the spirit of DWB, I think this incident may give rise to a new slang acronym EIATSAPBWA -- Extremely Ill-Advisedly Trying to Smoke in an Airplane Bathroom While Arab.

'Diplo Immunity Ain't Kryptonite, Buddy' Update: This is really turning into quite a tale. This graph from the Times ...

A federal official said that the passenger went to the bathroom to smoke a cigarette,and was confronted by air marshals on board the plane. He understood he had diplomatic immunity, and made sarcastic comments that they took as a threat, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

I mean, are we really to believe that this guy took his having diplomatic immunity as free rein to crack a joke about need to light his shoe bomb? I'm curious whether under international law a diplomat can be expelled from a host country simply for being a raging c@#k.

By fnord12 | April 8, 2010, 8:59 AM | Ummm... Other?| Link

April 7, 2010


Even the bullet points are too long. But it's still eeeeeeeeeevil:

By fnord12 | April 7, 2010, 6:00 PM | D&D| Link

April 5, 2010

Seth Green to make Star Wars comedy show


By fnord12 | April 5, 2010, 10:56 PM | Star Wars| Link

Fair Enough

Bioware FAQ for Awakenings:

2.3 - If my PC died at the end of Dragon Age: Origins how are they alive in Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening?

If a player wants to, they can import their "Dead Warden" into Awakening and play as them. For the story it's assumed that they didn't make the ultimate sacrifice, instead somehow survived. A player would start as the same level with the same gear as their "Dead Warden". Essentially, if a player doesn't have a problem hand-waiving the story in this regard - neither do we.


2.5 - Will my items, armor, stats, etc transfer over if I import my character from Dragon Age: Origins?

Almost all items are imported with your character. The only exceptions are the Origins promotional items and DLC loot, which were meant for Origins alone.

By fnord12 | April 5, 2010, 5:47 PM | Video Games | Comments (1) | Link

OKCupid fun with charts & political leanings

Very interesting.

By fnord12 | April 5, 2010, 3:30 PM | Liberal Outrage| Link

April 2, 2010

Not for you

This post isn't really for anyone except myself. It's to remind me to read this Roundtable Review of X-Men: Second Coming after i actually read the issue.

But, uh, since you're here, how ya doin'? Read any good comics lately?

By fnord12 | April 2, 2010, 3:01 PM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

April 1, 2010

Scar My Tattered Body No More With Your Punishing Dildo Mallet

Hutaree video.

By fnord12 | April 1, 2010, 8:40 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | April 1, 2010, 2:57 PM | Comics| Link

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