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December 23, 2010

"What are you gonna do in Vegas?"

Hang out with these guys, of course.

See you in two weeks.

By fnord12 | December 23, 2010, 4:43 PM | Comics & My stupid life| Link

The Death of Captain Beefheart

Good eulogy on Digby's site.

By fnord12 | December 23, 2010, 4:04 PM | Music| Link

December 21, 2010

Council of Conservative Citizens make a stand

Defending the racial purity of the Pagan god Heimdall.

Black Heimdall invades Asgard

By fnord12 | December 21, 2010, 9:01 AM | Comics & Liberal Outrage & Movies| Link

December 16, 2010

Sounds familiar

Face blindness:

"I've had difficulty recognizing faces for as long as I can remember," Sacks said.

Every face looks pretty much like every other face. It's called face blindness, or prosopagnosia.

"I can see your expressions and your attention and where your eyes look. I see all the features but it doesn't quite add up to a unique image."

Someone who is face blind sees the features, but can't place the face.

"Sometimes I kiss or embrace strangers thinking that I know them," Sacks said.

Gosh, wouldn't that be embarrassing if i kissed the wrong Michael Keaton?

By fnord12 | December 16, 2010, 4:56 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

Flying squid

Doesn't seem dangerous yet, but wait till the Kracken starts to fly.

By fnord12 | December 16, 2010, 4:52 PM | Science| Link

I can't tie a tie at all

Certainly can't make the knot match the "morphology" of my face.

By fnord12 | December 16, 2010, 12:32 PM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (2) | Link

Panda Man

Hot on the heels of ordering Papo Rhino Man and Lion Man as a gift for a nephew, i learn that Panda Man is real.

By fnord12 | December 16, 2010, 12:07 PM | Ummm... Other?| Link

December 15, 2010

The American Way

Not oriental.

By fnord12 | December 15, 2010, 12:29 PM | Comics| Link

December 14, 2010

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | December 14, 2010, 3:54 PM | Comics| Link

We'll stick with Rankin-Bass

Chris Sims reviews Pokemon, Pac-Man, and He-Man & She-Ra's Christmas Specials.

By fnord12 | December 14, 2010, 2:20 PM | TeeVee| Link

December 10, 2010

Is that really why Lex Luthor is a bad guy?

He blames Superman for making him bald? Is that really enough to make a man genetically engineer solar-powered hornets?

By fnord12 | December 10, 2010, 10:09 AM | Comics | Comments (1) | Link

December 9, 2010

Solar-powered Hornets

According to this article, wasps are usually more active in the morning. Not the Oriental hornets, though. They're more active in the middle of the day.

...[T]he late Professor Jacob S Ishay, proposed that the insects may somehow be capable of harvesting solar radiation.
But the ability of the hornets to harvest solar energy does not stop there.

Within this cuticle is a pigment that actually captures the energy of the sun's rays.

"Xanthopterin works as a light harvesting molecule transforming light into electrical energy."

The hornets' ability to convert sunlight in this way could explain why they become more active during the middle of the day, when the light intensity is highest.

So, the question is why did these particular hornets evolve to have this trait? The article mentions how this might aid them in their "energy demanding digging activity" for their underground nests. They can't be the only type of wasp that digs underground. Do they have to come up every couple of minutes to replenish their lost reserves? Where can i get some solar harvesting cuticles? Did Lex Luthor genetically engineer them?

I need answers.

By min | December 9, 2010, 11:01 AM | Science| Link

Teddy Bear-Shaped Deli Meats

This is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

Why can't they come up with this shit in the States? Where are my bear-shaped deli meats, goddammit??

h/t to wnkr. it's been a teddy bear-ful morning for us.

By min | December 9, 2010, 9:34 AM | Cute Things & Ummm... Other?| Link

Teddy Bear USB

I thought Mimobots were cute, but this......this i am so sure i should have.

h/t to wnkr

By min | December 9, 2010, 9:29 AM | Cute Things & Ummm... Other? | Comments (2) | Link

December 7, 2010

Marvel Sales


By fnord12 | December 7, 2010, 1:28 PM | Comics| Link

Abraham Linkoln

Nerds ruin everything.

This Mario/Return of the Jedi mash-up is cool, too.

By fnord12 | December 7, 2010, 1:03 PM | Ummm... Other? & Video Games | Comments (1) | Link

December 6, 2010

Did advertising ever work?

Because you can measure clicks, it's easy to see how well online advertising works. And of course, online advertising doesn't work very well. The conclusion advertisers seem to be drawing is that online advertising isn't very effective. But traditional ('offline'?) advertising isn't known to work better; it just isn't measurable.

The logical conclusion to all of this results in the destruction of print media and television as we know it, of course. So i guess we shouldn't really think about it.

By fnord12 | December 6, 2010, 11:24 AM | Liberal Outrage | Comments (2) | Link

What's the plan?


I'm someone who pays attention to politics 16 hours per day and I still can't tell you, aside from a few tax cuts and unemployment benefits extensions, what the Democratic economic agenda is. Isn't this a problem?

I think the Republicans winning back the House makes the Democrats think that they can just wash their hands of this whole 'governing' thing and just kinda sit back and hope for the best. Actually, even before the Republicans won back the house, it was "We don't have 60 votes in the Senate." Do these guys want to be in charge?

Digby responds.

By fnord12 | December 6, 2010, 9:41 AM | Liberal Outrage| Link

December 2, 2010

Owlbear diet (4th edition) secrets revealed!




Did you spend the winter in a cave eating nothing but fatty dwarf and high-carb elf carcasses? Want the rock hard abs and shapely bottom of the modern Owlbear in time for the beach this summer? Contact us for free samples! Eat as many halflings as you want while losing weight with no exercise!

By fnord12 | December 2, 2010, 9:12 PM | D&D| Link

The Awesome Images Form

Indeed they do:

A lot of credit is rightly given to Steve Dikto for his awesome art on Doctor Strange, but Bill Everett's art that immediately follows Ditko's run is pretty cool, too.

By fnord12 | December 2, 2010, 9:00 PM | Comics| Link

Recap #36

A Coven in Bryn Sturges

By min | December 2, 2010, 2:04 PM | D&D| Link

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