Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fireworks

Yeah, this sounds weird, but they do it where I live, too. What it means is that the soundtrack music for the choreographed display will be broadcast, so you can listen to it while you watch the fireworks. (via Bad Newspaper)

The Fledgling

This is actually a parking enforcement car in Phoenix. (via reddit)

Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue



You may know Scott Bradlee from Postmodern Jukebox. Here he gives us a piano mashup of two of my favorite songs. (via reddit)

TV Interview

Toni's Boys



In 1980, the TV series Charlie's Angels was riding high, so ABC decided to clone the show by making a version featuring three good-looking young men working for a woman boss. It was called Toni's Boys. As you can see, other than the '80s version of good-looking young men, it didn't have much to offer. Why would you recruit an athlete and a cowboy for a private detective agency?



Charlie's Angels were all trained cops. Here's the 1980 show opening so you can compare. The music and the graphics are the same, but Toni's Boys just looked like ABC was trying too hard. The pilot aired in a Charlie's Angels time slot near the end of season four, but the network never picked it up. (via Weird Universe)

The Calm

(via reddit)

Colour My World/Now More Than Ever



Chicago recorded in Lennox, Massachusetts in 1970. Terry Kath was not only an awesome guitarist, but an awesome singer. It was the "Make Me Smile" reprise that I liked the most. You can see the entire concert here.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cause and Effect

99% Editing Skills



Bass player Davie504 shows us how you don't have to know how to play an instrument to make a great music video. All you need is the time to edit. Yeah, it would help if you had an ear for music, otherwise your edit will be a mess. This reminds me of Amateur by Lasse Gjertsen. (via Digg)

Pepper

(via reddit)

Nuts for Nuts



He bought a package of almonds for his pet chipmunk, but the frantic little guy couldn't wait for him to get through all that packaging! (via Digg)


The Vasectomy

A little valued-added minor surgery. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Welcome to the Opera House

How Does A Gas Nozzle Know When To Shut Off?



A gas pump will shut off when the tank is full; we've always taken that for granted. It's a fine feature that keeps gas from spilling all over us. But how does it know? The mechanism is a low-tech yet surprisingly complicated system. It's easy to understand as Brain Stuff explains it in this video, but later on when you try to explain it to someone else, you'll end up just showing them this video. (via Geeks Are Sexy)  


A Little Update

Thank you so much to all the people who reached out to make me feel better on my birthday! You guys are great. Several people sent gifts by PayPal, and I so appreciate it, because every bit helps.

Jennifer in the comments thought I should be getting widow's benefits, but I was told when my husband died in 2004, and again in 2017, that I wasn't eligible because I hadn't been married to either of them for a full ten years. She showed me another path. See, it changes when you turn 60, and now I am eligible for survivor's retirement benefits. I will be getting a check from Social Security! It's not a full pension, but it's enough to cover my mortgage payment, and that's a big relief. I only owe a small percentage of the house's worth, and it would be a tragedy to lose it. And it will be paid off in three years!

And to think that I was reluctant to reveal my age. That part about relying on God? That paid off big time. Jennifer is the kind who reaches out to help anyone when she can, and I am convinced that admitting my age, and her catching it, was not a coincidence. Thank you, Jennifer. 

I am still looking for a job, for sure, but the panic is gone for the time being. Thank you all! 


Cultural Differences

The logical explanation is that the Russian cat would rather be near the fire because it's cold outside. Or else he started the fire. (via reddit)

Car Falls From Roof



The chiropractor had a walk-in clinic, but this guy decided to use the drive-through anyway.
A traffic accident in Atlanta was caught on surveillance cameras. But stitched-together footage from two different cameras still had people scratching their heads. The driver walked away unhurt. The accident starts to make a little sense when you see the location. The clinic roof is level with the adjacent parking lot, and the garage is underneath the lot. (via Boing Boing)

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Local Attorney

Yelling Man Kavanaugh



The Ford-Kavanaugh hearings will be remembered as a Grotesque Display of Patriarchal Resentment. Or maybe as the Hour of White Male Rage. Let's be honest, Brett Kavanaugh is terrified. He's spent his 51 years doing everything perfectly, from being born to the right family to becoming a judge -except for treating women as human beings. Oh, and drinking too much. And lying. And losing his cool when his ascension to the most powerful job in the country is threatened. If it can happen to him, it can happen to anyone. That is, to anyone who's a privileged upper-class white male who wasn't explicitly taught to consider women as human beings, and who never faced consequences for their actions before. The country is full of people who fit none of those categories, and we have plenty of judges who don't throw tantrums on TV. 

Here's an even funnier mashup, with NSFW language.

Biology Textbook

What's really weird about this is that the image is from the awesome movie Raising Arizona, in which Cage and Holly Hunter kidnap a child because they can't produce one biologically. (via reddit)

Disembodied Hand Pets Cat



After the movie version of The Addams Family showed Thing as a hand with free movement about the house, it didn't take long for the toy version to become a Halloween classic. They are good for something besides scaring people, as Kiko the cat demonstrates. She is game for being petted by an automated hand for quite some time before she decides she's had enough. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Struggling

Even after the absurdity was added, you thought this was going to turn out to be a tragedy, didn't you? There is still some good in this world. This comic is from Rustled Jimmies.  (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Multitasking

You Don't See That Every Day



One guy is obliviously talking on the phone while the other guy is recording the surroundings. Can you guess what will come by? This was recorded a week ago in Winfield, Kansas. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team. A fascinating read that reveals the transition was crazier than you ever expected. 

The Mathematical Madness of Mรถbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years. (via Boing Boing)

The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

This 1950s French Lingerie Show will Make You Blush. A look at the 1954 French burlesque film Ah! Les Belles Bacchantes. (NSFW)

Bureaucrats Punish Michigan Bar. Combining alcohol and axe-throwing leads to a one-day liquor license suspension. (via Metafilter)

The Tomato Plant Versus the Volcano. (via Bits and Pieces)

During his presidency, Barack Obama read 10 letters from members of the public every day. He reveals what they meant to him. 

A blast from the past (2016): 15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.

Not a Loser

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Duh

2018 Nikon Small World in Motion Winners



This is the kind of magic you see when you attach a video camera to a microsope. The winners of the eighth annual Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition have been announced! The competition is the video extension of the long-established Small World still photography competition. This year's first prize winners are Dr. Elizabeth Haynes and Jiaye "Henry" He, who recorded a zebrafish embryo developing its nervous system over 16 hours, seen above. Below is the second place winner, from Dr. Miguel A. Bandres and Anatoly Patsyk, showing a laser propagating inside a soap membrane.



See the other winners and honorable mentions -in motion- in the winners gallery. Meanwhile, entries are open until April of 2019 for the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition.

(Videos courtesy of Nikon Small World)

Coffee Maker

(via reddit)

The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human



A chimpanzee was taken from her mother and adopted by a human couple in 1964. They raised Lucy like a human child as an experiment. As you can probably guess, she became a problem for them as she approached adulthood, but Lucy was not equipped to live with other chimps, either. So they sent her back to Africa, to a wildlife refuge in The Gambia. Lucy was accompanied by grad student Janis Carter, who they paid to transition Lucy to live in the wild -for three weeks. Carter ended up staying for years. This film by  Elisa Chee tells the story in beautiful animation. Read more of the story at the Atlantic.  -via Laughing Squid


My Doctor

Better take those medications exactly as your doctor prescribes! He's got your best interests at heart. This is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Happens Every Year

Today is my birthday; I am 60 years old. Lest you think that is a joyful occasion, it is also the day I turn in my very last post at Mental Floss (to be posted Friday). Yes, after 11 years and seven months, I am being laid off. Combine that with the cutbacks at Neatorama, and I am in a pickle. I've been applying for local jobs wherever I can, but the skills I've gathered in 45 years of working don't translate well to what employers need here and now ...and I can't admit I've been working that long anyway, because it would give away my age. Just when I needed it, my pastor gave a message about "leaning on God because He loves us" at a prayer meeting last night. So I'm going to give the stress up to Him. Meanwhile, I'll keep applying! I will let y'all know how it turns out. 

LEGO Wheelchair for Turtle



An employee of the Maryland Zoo found an injured box turtle that couldn't walk, and brought it to the zoo's hospital to see if anything could be zone. His fractured under-side shell was glued together with splints, but how to keep him up off the ground while he heals? The solution was a frame built of LEGO pieces! It could be a year before the frame can be completely removed, but meanwhile, he's getting around just fine. (via Mental Floss)

Miss Cellania's Links

Hey, young people: don't vote!

Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own? Brain experiments shed light on our personal filters.

Stilt Fishing in Sri Lanka. Homemade stilts driven into the sand make for a grueling yet productive haul.

11 Horror Movies it's Safe to Watch With Your Kids. They don't cross the line from scary to traumatizing, but you'll still want to check the details.

Google’s Eric Schmidt accidentally discovers labor unions. It wasn't so much of an accident as he got schooled.

Solving America’s painkiller paradox.

The Lasting Legacy of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Tracing the Mysterious “Turks” of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary War. Hundreds of descendants of Joseph Benenhaley still live in Sumter County.

The Dad-Joke Doctrine. Clean and simple jokes are embarrassing, comforting, and they bond generations together.

A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull. Patches is a pioneer for what might some day be available for human patients.

A blast from the past (2009): Cat Blogging and Blogging Cats.

Butters

(via reddit)

C-3PO Is Actually the Most Important Character in Star Wars



There aren't many characters who've been in all the Star Wars films. First off, we'll discount Solo completely. In the eight episodes so far of the "Skywalker saga" and Rogue One, the two droids are the only characters that appear in every movie. R2D2, as adorable as he is, doesn't speak English, and slept through most of The Force Awakens. However, C-3PO talks up a storm in all the films. He was also seen in The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and the The Star Wars Holiday Special. In this video, io9 lays out the case that C-3PO is the most important character in the series. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rotton Surgeons

The Best Karaoke Selection



You'll want to remember this if you are ever forced into Karaoke. (via reddit)


Use the Front Door

(via reddit)

Sheep and Goats



Banff National Park teaches us some stuff about bighorn sheep and mountain goats, including how to tell them apart. No better way to do that than with a musical ditty! (via Boing Boing)

The Rose

Maybe you should have asked first. This comic from Buttersafe was first published ten years ago, but just as thought-provoking today. (via reddit)

Not a Good Neighborhood




SNL's Wardrobe Challenges



Saturday Night Live is aired live from New York, of course, so the production team are always on their toes. At the same time, the skits feature cast members impersonating real people and characters wearing over-the-top silly costumes, which must be completely changed during commercial breaks. The wardrobe department handles all this, plus finding, designing, making, and rehearsing with those costumes, with only a week to get it all right. Then they start all over again. (via Laughing Squid)

Miss Cellania's Links

Demolishing the California Dream: How San Francisco Planned Its Own Housing Crisis. City ordinances have pitted the haves against the have-nots since the Gold Rush.

What Gandhi’s Wife Taught Him About Nonviolent Resistance. Kasturba Gandhi's wise resistance to her own husband was a model of workaround justice.

Owning the Peanut Gallery. Maria Farrell tells a story about the time she debated Ted Cruz at a college tournament. (via Metafilter)

Things That We Realized After Spontaneously Adopting A Dog From A Shelter. Illustrator Bird Born lovingly shows us the transformation of his dog in her new home.

The First Book Published in Antarctica Was to Fight Winter Boredom. Shackleton's crew produced 100 copies of Aurora Australis, of which 70 are still known to exist.

Brett Kavanaugh and the Cruelty of Male Bonding.  

The Economies With the Most (and Least) Efficient Health Care. The annual Bloomberg Health-Efficiency Index ranks the U.S. at 54 this year.

Disney's Most Common Animal Villains, Visualized. The most likely antagonists among them are also the species most likely to be heroes.

How Motherhood Changes the Brain. Knowing about the latest research would make it less frightening.

A blast from the past (2013): A Short History of the Apple.

Deer For Sale

(via reddit)

Have I Still Got The Magic?



Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is getting the musical treatment! (via Metafilter)

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The page from Kate Beaton's comic Hark! A Vagrant is here. (via Metafilter)


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Meetings

An Honest Trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story



Solo: A Star Wars Story is the first of all the Star Wars movies I didn't see during its theatrical run. People have said that if you try to forget that it's a Star Wars movie, then it's an okay film. Faint praise, indeed. Screen Junkies breaks that down into a quick but thorough critique in this Honest Trailer.

He Broke His Leg

(via reddit)

Good Clean Fun



Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat. The shampoo prank goes on for quite some time before the victim realizes someone is messing with him, and even then he suspects the guy showering beside him. Stay for the visual punch line at the end. After all, that's a lot of soap! (via reddit)

Personality

The entire text that accompanies this comic from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles is:

It's coming.

Game Show Answer

(via Buzzfeed)

Robot Chicken Star Wars



Adult Swim picked out their favorite Robot Chicken Star Wars skits. They're pretty good. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


Miss Cellania's Links

The 81 Best Creepy Horror Movies. They engender a sense of dread without relying on cheap tricks to scare you.

How Russia Helped Swing The Election For Trump. A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive. (via Digg)

Now, THAT's a good dog!

People who went into public service for years to pay off their student loans are being screwed out of those years by the current administration. (via Boing Boing

The New Philadelphia Flyers Mascot is a Terrifying Monstrosity. "Gritty" even comes with a weird backstory.

The Greatest Trick This Magician Ever Pulled Was Convincing 1900s Europe He Wasn't a Complete Fraud. Chung Ling Soo was none of the things he became famous for.

The First English Novel Was About Talking Cats. Author William Baldwin sat on Beware the Cat for ten years due to the politics of Tudor royalty. (via Strange Company)

19 Restaurant Designs That Are Comically Bad. This is what happens when usability and esthetics give way to edginess or laziness.

When Televisions Were Radioactive. Sitting too close to the screen really was a danger when color sets were new.

The Inexplicably Fascinating Japanese Art of Being Useless. Chindลgu even comes with ten useless commandments.

A blast from the past (2008): Notable Bathtubs in History.

The Bed

(via Fark)

Free Range Bread Farm



The bread from Abbott's Village Bakery in Australia is certified free-range. Happier bread makes happier sandwiches! (Thanks, John James!)

Tweet of the Day


After people connected these two Tweets, the first woman got her hair salon tip. Then commenters started shipping them. (via New York magazine)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Live?

Star Wars: Duel of the Fates Singalong



The real lyrics are revealed. (via reddit)


Tim Burton's Childhood Halloween

(via reddit)

Make Your Own Hybrid Animal with the Hybridizer


You know how naturalists of the Middle Ages described (or imagined) strange animals as combinations of known animals? You can make your own now! Kajetan Obarski and Igor Hardy made an online generator that combines two animals, illustrated by 17th century engraver Matthaus Merian, into a new animal. Try out the Hybridizer yourself, and see how weird a new creature you can create. (via Nag on the Lake)



Lucas Makes a Spider Web



Lucas, the adorable young spider animated by Joshua Slice, is a jumping spider. That's nice to know, but it turns out that jumping spiders do not spin webs. But don't tell Lucas that he can't do something. He'll show you!

Little Girl Sings National Anthem



"The Star-Spangled Banner" is a notoriously difficult song to sing, but 7-year-old Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja nailed it. Yeah, she's seven years old. (via Digg)

Scrambled Eggs vs. Cereal

A quick and simple breakfast can be a really sad choice. Or you could warm up a pop tart, if you're really in a hurry. And if you're not, Waffle House is right around the corner with waffles, omelets, and smothered and scattered hash browns. This comic is from Tommy Seigel at Drawings On Tour By Request, Usually. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Random Thoughts

Lives of The Downtrodden in Early America



We learn a lot about the Founding Fathers and the movers and shakers of Colonial America, but what about the regular folk, and especially the poor people who left no records for us? Jon Townsend knows a lot about colonial America. Here he gives us details from the travel journals of Sarah Kemble Knight and surveyor William Bird, who wrote down the things they saw and the people they met. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Weird and Mystical World of Sleepwalking. A short history of somnambulism that covers famous cases, scientific research, and pop culture.

Why I Judged Crazy Rich Asians By Its Title. Angie Tian Tian was surrounded by other Asian immigrants, but still didn't fit in.

Dragon Gets Its Worthless Hoard Appraised at Antiques Roadshow

Why Did Mike Pompeo Slash the Number of Refugees Allowed in the United States? It's at a 40-year low, and still plunging: “They’re doing this to make a point: ‘Don’t come here. We don’t want you.’ ”

Should the Nobel Prizes Be Canceled for a Year? It would be a chance to return to the awards' original standards.

Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu. The city shut down completely to deal with the epidemic.

Is This the Most Magical Meal on Earth? Dinner at Disneyland’s 21 Royal will cost you $15,000, but that's for 12 people and includes park tickets.

A New Discovery Shows That Galileo Edited His Ideas to Fool the Inquisition. The scientist's 1613 letter detailing his views on the Bible had been lost for 250 years. (via Metafilter)

What’s the Maximum Gravity We Could Survive? We need to figure that out before we select an exoplanet to colonize.

11 Tasty Ways to Celebrate Autumn. It's time for apples and pumpkins and don't forget the maple syrup!

A blast from the past (2009): 6 Unforgettable Movie Mothers and the Real Moms They Depicted. 

Self-Esteem

(via Fark)

In My Merry Oldsmobile



This 1931 ad by Fleischer Studios begins with a wolf whistle, a woman undressing, and a peeping Tom. It escalates to an assault loosely masquerading as a seduction, with a metaphor for fellatio on top. The hero intervenes, but only to sweep the woman off to a make-out session, as implied by the voiceover selling Oldsmobiles. However, his goal is marriage, which spells the end of any hope for happiness. I wonder how many cars this one sold. 



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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Restaurant Name

(via Bad Menu)

Mimsie the MTM Cat



MTM Enterprises was the production company headed by Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker, who was her husband at the time. The MTM logo was a spoof on the MGM lion. The logo featured a shelter cat named Mimsie, who didn't meow on cue. Rather, she is yawning in the familiar clip, and the sound was added. Mimsie was adopted by an MTM employee. The logo changed over time and was altered for different shows. This is a compilation of the different logos between 1970 and 1998. You can read about the different designs at Wikipedia. The video does not  include the saddest use of the logo ever, which accompanied the final episode of St. Elsewhere in May 25, 1988.



It was sad that the show was over for good, but then the real-life Mimsie died shortly afterward. She was 20 years old.

Henry the VIII and Ann Boleyn Halloween Costumes

When redditor Monkeygruven posted this picture of some family friends ready for trick-or-treat, others bemoaned that the kids didn't pick their own costumes, nor did they know who they were portraying. Maybe it was more like this.

Mom: Do you want to wear a scary costume or a princess costume?
Girl: I don't know!
Mom: You can be both! You can be a queen who got her head cut off!
Girl: Yeah, let's do that!
Boy: I want to have my head cut off!
Mom: How about you be the king that murdered her?
Boy: Well, okay. But how will people know I did it?
Mom: Let me tell you a scary story, a true story...

That said, the costumes are awesome. (via reddit)

Blue Marble 2



Back in February, Kaplamino gave us a wonderful chain reaction called The Blue Marble. He's back with Blue Marble 2, in which physics and timing combine to make this chain reaction act like a pinball machine! What's really neat about this one is that Kaplamino gives us some insight on how the tricks are done. From the YouTube page:
The trick at 0:23 caused the majority of the fails. It had to be exactly in the right position and it was moving because of the vibrations of the trick above.
The air canon with the balloon was a big challenge to make. The rubber band squeezes the balloon around the straw to release the air in a specific direction. Then the hardest part was to find how to stop the air and deliver it when I want. It was too difficult to put something like tape at the end of the straw because it was either too clingy or not enough. The solution was to twist the balloon around the straw and block it in this position with a rope. In this position the air stays in the balloon until it untwists. I explain it because I think what exactly happened it's not easy to get when you see the video.
After this I built a timing catapult trick. I know I'm crazy because timing tricks are so unreliable, it was mostly based on luck but worked 80% of the time. It was so sensitive, just a little more dust or some hair on my table could make it fail so I had to clean it for almost every take.
Yep I used a fidget spinner again, I'm proud of this one, nice and almost never failed.
The big catapult was supposed to be a trick with fire (the plan was to build something with elements: fire, air and water). The marble was supposed to go up because of the explosion of a firecracker :p
But it was too risky, I know it can work (it worked 2 times) but with MASSIVE luck. It's impossible to predict how they'll explode. And it caused lots of others problems. The marble was burned and it wasn't rolling really well after that.
The shockwave can trigger other tricks and finally the debris from the explosions was falling all over the place and could block the marble at a later stage. It also burned the table and hurt my ears. So I gave up, but maybe you'll find this trick in a screenlink later ;)
About the water trick. Release the water was really easy, but it took me weeks to figure out what to do with it. You can't push something with it, not enough force ...
So I taped a folded paper and when the water touched it, it got wet and unfold because of the weight :D But the marble also touches the water and gets wet. After that you can see that it moves slowly.
Note that we get to see how slanted the table is when the camera pans near the window. There's not much slant at all... just enough. (via Laughing Squid)

Thunderstorm

A little too close for comfort, eh? This comic is from Steven Dengler and Ash Vickers of Megacynics.

Supermoon

Two-Year-Old Bakes a Cake



Two-year-old Roman bakes his first cake. The cake making itself is not so astonishing, since Mommy does the measuring and part of the mixing. However, I was surprised to find that Roman is a boy, since he has an amazing vocabulary for that age. In my experience, girls learn words very early and boys don't talk until you start worrying about them. Then they suddenly speak in complete sentences. Of course, that's generalizing, and I shouldn't assume all kids are the same. Anyway, Roman is adorable as he leads us through the process of baking a delicious cake.


Sleep Number

(via Fark)

Beginnings



Chicago recorded in Lennox, Massachusetts in 1970. Featuring the incomparable Robert Lamm.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Handy Second Language

Africa, '50s Style



It's an '80s song set to a '50s beat, and Generation Z doesn't understand at all. But the rest of us can enjoy Postmodern Jukebox with guest musicians Casey Abrams and Snuffy Walden performing Toto's "Africa." (via Laughing Squid)

Stand Back!

(via reddit)

Catwalk



What would we do without the joy of making these graceful and dignified animals into our personal version of a comedy show? (via Everlasting Blort)

He Did It

A little reminder that "famous" doesn't necessarily mean "good." This is the latest comic from Chris at Lunarbaboon.

Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator Test Drive



Stephen Colbert and Neil DeGrasse Tyson took a little test drive in the new Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator (MRVN), a NASA prototype built for humans to drive on Mars. Considering who is driving, there is much silliness. Read more about the vehicle here.


Democratic Party Strategy Meeting

Allocation of resources is a contentious topic when you're trying to break a one-party rule of all three branches of government. But seriously, folks, if you want more bang for your buck, send your donations to Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. (via Metafilter)


The Liberal Redneck has a Plan for Climate Change



I love Trae Crowder. He's honestly funny in all his videos. In fact, most of them are funnier than this one, but the language is usually too blue for my blog. In this one, he keeps it relatively clean, probably because he has a surprise guest.


Happy Equinox!

It was a long and miserable summer. I started it by losing one job, and ended it by losing another. The weather was hot and miserable, ruining my sleep and filling the entire house with mold. The tomato crop failed. I am so glad it's over. Autumn is going to be awesome!