|Wednesday, January 29th, 2014|
|Friday, December 20th, 2013|
|Thursday, November 21st, 2013|
|The Sounds of Ancient Genius
500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci came up with the idea for a new instrument called the viola organista, a keyboard instrument that worked by using the keys to press metal strings against rotating wheels lined with horse hair. Basically a keyboard string ensemble.
Polish musician Slawomir Zubrzycki just finished building one for the first time:
Hat tip to Engadget Current Mood: enthralled
|Thursday, October 17th, 2013|
|Wednesday, September 18th, 2013|
...today's depressing metaphor for human society:
Hat tip to Popehat Current Mood: blah
|Monday, August 26th, 2013|
|There Might Be Dragons
They Might Be Giants is doing a free concert in Philadelphia
on September 7th, and I'm planning to go.
If anyone else in the area is going and wants to meet up, drop me a note.
PS - Even though the concert is free, you do have to register at the site and bring your confirmation to get in Current Mood: blah
|Sunday, June 9th, 2013|
|Monday, March 4th, 2013|
|Old Dragon is Old
In honor of turning three dozen, I offer the following trivia to make you feel just as old as I do:
Mark Hamil is 61. Luke Skywalker is only two years younger than Obi Wan Kenobi was when Star Wars
Ralph Macchio is 51. This means the Karate Kid is now the same age Mr. Miyagi was when the movie came out.
Lisa Whechel is 49. This means one of the Facts of Life
girls is only two years younger than one of the Golden Girls
was when it premiered.
Alex Winter is 47. Kenau Reeves is 48. Bill and Ted are only four years younger than Rufus was when Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Whil Weaton is 40. Wesley Crusher is older than every crew member of The Enterprise except for Picard was when Star Trek the Next Generation
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 39. Zach Morris is the same age Mr. Belding was when Saved by the Bell
The present in Back to the Future (1985) is now almost as far in the past as 1955 was when that movie came out. Current Mood: oooooooooooooooold
|Saturday, December 22nd, 2012|
|Thursday, November 15th, 2012|
|Tuesday, October 30th, 2012|
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."Disney To Buy Lucasfilm For $4.05B
Worst Case Scenario: Princess Leia and Amidalia join Disney Princesses line
Best Case Scenario: Disney has Joss Whedon under contract until 2015. Whedon written and directed reboot? Current Mood: shocked
|Sunday, October 28th, 2012|
I am so incredibly pissed off right now. I received a piece of mail today from a group calling itself Americans for Limited Government purporting to be a "Vote History Audit" listting me and all of my neighbors and whether or not we voted in the 2004 and 2008 elections, along with a threat to send out a similar report in 2012.
Excuse me, a "vote history audit"? WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO PRESUME TO SIT IN JUDGEMENT OF MY DECISIONS WHETHER OR NOT TO VOTE!?!?!
And to make matters worse, you fuck ups didn't even get the information right. You report me as not having voted in 2004. I most certainly did vote in 2004. AT THE ADDRESS I WAS LIVING AT THAT YEAR. So not only are you self righteous pricks being creepy stalkers, but you've also slandered me in front of all of my neighbors by telling lies about me.
Congratulations, I think you just came up with the most effective election mailing ever, because with a single piece of mail, you just cost four Republican cadidates my vote. Current Mood: enraged
|Monday, September 24th, 2012|
|Mitt Romney, Aerospace Engineer...
As you may have heard on the news, there was a problem on Ann Romney's plane over the weekend that forced an emergency landing when it filled up with smoke. Talking to reporters about it, Mitt offered his solution to this sort of problem
|When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.|
Hat Tip to Outside the Beltway Current Mood: amused
|Saturday, September 1st, 2012|
|Truth is Stranger Than Fiction
Episode 2012: A Sticky Situation
"Quebec, called the 'Saudi Arabia of syrup' by some, produces between 70 and 80% of the world's maple syrup, most of it exported to the United States." And so it was that the syrup producers had gathered to celebrate another successful harvest (cue clip of badly animated french canadian fur trappers and lumberjacks partying next to a lake of syrup), but the party was to be short lived when Patty Larceny syrup-titiously swiped the sought after sugary sauce (giant tanker truck roars in, sucks up the whole lake, and roars off to cries of Sacrebleu!):$30 Million Worth Of Maple Syrup Stolen In Quebec
Patty is now on the run with All the Syrup in Canada, and the pancake eaters of the world are depending on you to get it back!
Gumshoes! You mission is to arrest Patty, recover All the Syrup in Canada, and CAPTURE CARMEN SANDIEGO! Current Mood: amused
|Wednesday, August 1st, 2012|
|Not Appreciated at All
Decided to "celebrate" Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day buy taking my business to one of their competitors. I bought a chicken sandwhich from the Wendy's down the street. Because Wendy's asagio ranch chicken club is a way better sandwhich and doesn't come with a side of bigotry.
Good news: Wendy's has those new Squeeze and Dip ketchup tubs that are way better than the tiny ketchup packets you normally get.
Bad news: The lot at the Chick-Fil-A was packed and the drive through line was actually overflowing into the Applebee's next door. Current Mood: disappointed
|Saturday, July 28th, 2012|
|That Awkward Moment of Self Recognition...
Current Mood: uncomfortable
|It was obvious to the chaplain now that he was not particularly well suited to his work, and he often speculated whether he might not be happier serving in some other branch of the service, as a private in the infantry or field artillery, perhaps, or even as a paratrooper. He had no real friends. Before metting Yossarian, there was no one in the group with whom he felt at ease, and he was hardly at ease with Yossarian, whose frequent rash and insubordinate outbusts kept him almost constantly on edge and in an ambiguuous state of enjoyable trepidation. The chaplain felt safe when he was at the officers' club with Yossarian and Dunbar, and even with just Nately and McWatt. When he sat with them he had no need to sit with anyone else; his problem of where to sit was solved, and he was protected against the undesired company of all those fellow officers who invariably welcomed him with excessive cordiality when he approached and waited uncomfortably for him to go away. He made so many people uneasy. Everyone was always very friendly toward him, and no one was ever very nice; everyone spoke to him, and no one ever said anything.|
|Monday, July 23rd, 2012|
Inspired by a comment I read today. Current Mood: thoughtful
|Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012|
|Thursday, June 7th, 2012|
|How to Tell You Own Too Many Books...
*Stormy Dragon finishes reading Catch-22
and tries to decide what to read next.*
Well, maybe I should read this Game of Thrones book I keep hearing about on the news.
*Stormy Dragon goes to Amazon.com to look it up*
Hmm... George R. Martin... wait a minute, why does that name sound familiar...
*Stormy Dragon goes over to M section of the bookcases and discovers a copy of Game of Thrones
sitting on the shelf.*
D'OH! C8O Current Mood: amused
|Thursday, May 10th, 2012|