Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Real Dreams

I had this dream last night where I went into a deli and ordered a cheeseburger with jalapenos on it. Then I got up today around lunch time and didn't really know what to do, so I went to the deli down the street and got a cheeseburger with jalapenos on it and brought it home and ate it and it was really good. So I mean, ya, I guess dreams do come true.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Strange Saturday

So NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday kicked ass today. There was a weird story on the F.B.I closing its anthrax investigation (and that is a crazy story unto itself, as it turns out the F.B.I's main suspect, who had been consulting with them on the case before their suspicions turned toward him, had someone named 'Crazy Bruce' living inside him, but the guy killed himself before they were ever able to prove he did it. check it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/20/us/20anthrax.html), a sad and interesting story about a town in Wyoming whose only grocery store just closed, a story on Cambodian music the online headline of which ran: “Psychedelic Cambodian Rock Actually Pretty Inspirational” (though I shortly realized that they obviously meant it was surprisingly inspirational sounding given Pol Pot's impending regime), and a story about an unemployed dude who decided to build a snow cave where “the beer will never go warm” in his parent's backyard. And then came sports coverage whence Tom Goldman told Scott Simon “I’m drinking a beer right now, actually Scott” and then Scott Simon told Tom he thought the curling stone looked like a dead moose. And to cap it all of, a remembrance of Jack Rose (reported by a journalist with the same last name, no relation).

Also, looked at ghost town websites all day and found this entry:
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So I continued checking out this site and found a pretty cool entry for a place called 'Redcliff Cave.' Check it out here if you feel like it:
http://forums.ghosttowns.com/showthread.php?18072-Whetstone-nuggets
There are some cool pictures. Scroll down to the entry by Sunrise.

Jammin 1970

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Friday, February 19, 2010

A Crazy World

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So the Tuesday science section of the New York Times had a pretty interesting piece in it today about, well, the fact that early humans have been capable of navigation at sea for practically ever. The new discovery of old tools in Crete suggests that an early hominid species, (and here is the crazy part) perhaps even prehumans, were essentially sailing around at least a hundred thousand years earlier than previously thought, perhaps upwards of 700,000 years. Maybe not even people! Think about it, early hominids, all hairy and primate looking, sailing the open seas. Pretty wild. Some excerpts from the Times article written by John Noble Wilford*:

"Early humans, possibly even prehuman ancestors, appear to have been going to sea much longer than anyone had ever suspected. That is the startling implication of discoveries made the last two summers on the Greek island of Crete. Stone tools found there, archaeologists say, are at least 130,000 years old, which is considered strong evidence for the earliest known seafaring in the Mediterranean and cause for rethinking the maritime capabilities of prehuman cultures.

Archaeologists can only speculate about who the toolmakers were . . . But archaeologists and experts on early nautical history said the discovery appeared to show that these surprisingly ancient mariners had craft sturdier and more reliable than rafts. They also must have had the cognitive ability to conceive and carry out repeated water crossing over great distances in order to establish sustainable populations producing an abundance of stone artifacts."

Now, the flip side of this story is that I was at a Dallas BBQ the other night for a pals birthday, and I went to use the restroom, which was weird and small and crumby, and this lady came in kind of yelling at her kid, and when I walked out of the stall and went to wash my hands she was changing this child's diaper right there on the dirty, wet counter between the two sinks, essentially rendering both inaccessible unless you went at it at a really tricky angle. And the kid's head was directly beneath the soap dispenser, so it was completely impossible to get to, and also it occurred to me that even if you could, if the dispenser leaked or something it would basically drip soap right into this baby's eye. I either just ate ribs or I'm about to eat ribs (read: I need to wash my hands). I was like, I get that you have to do what you have to do, but holy shit, seriously.

*Nice name right? I looked up this guy on Wikipedia and found out he has two Pulitzer Prizes and that:

Wilford wrote his newspaper's front-page article about mankind's first walk on the moon. His was the only byline on the front page, beneath the headline "Men Walk On Moon" and under the subheading "A Powdery Surface is Closely Explored." Upon the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Wilford's article was lauded by journalist Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics. Dubner emphasized Wilford's skill in the use of data in his 1969 article. The data of which Dubner speaks is used in the following way by Wilford: "Although Mr. Armstrong is known as a man of few words, his heartbeats told of his excitement upon leading man’s first landing on the moon. At the time of the descent rocket ignition, his heartbeat rate registered 110 a minute — 77 is normal for him — and it shot up to 156 at touchdown." Dubner argues that this is one of the most elegant uses of data to have been ever used in journalism.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Projects and Feild Trips

Cool website with some really cool pictures:

http://remsci.com/borregosky/projects.htm

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Backflip

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February's Product Review

So I'm at Target recently, and I need to get some toothpaste. So I go to the toothpaste aisle and automatically reach for Tom's. But then I think to myself, do I want to try something different this time around? So I'm lookin, and I see this Aquafresh. And on the box it says 'extreme clean' and then 'deep action.' Extreme Clean Deep Action? It might as well say 'totally mondo' or something. Plus I thought that sleek looking packaging in a silver tube might make for an interesting change, so I decided to try it out. Mistake. Aquafresh tastes all weird and not in a good way, the silver tube and stupid overly technical lid now antagonize me on a daily basis, and worst of all, I thought there was supposed to be a green stripe in there too - like that was their trademark, the tri-color stripe. But there isn't, it is just red and white, which means it just looks like blood and toothpaste mixed together. I don't recommend it. Oh well, you win some you lose some. Like sometimes things just don't work out, but then sometimes they do. And speaking of, I am WITH Mark Borchardt on this:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Some Pictures From Japan

Freak Brothers
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Um, some mall in Tokyo.
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Kyoto
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

THROUGH THICK AND THIN

Mike and Jeff

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Marisa's dumpster on fire last night.

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LAUGH CLOWN LAUGH

A little advice to kick things off with. Funny is happening now.

"VELCOME TO THIS BLOG"

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So I made this cool/dumb blog when I really needed a job and had nothing to do. Now I have a job, but I'm gonna try and keep it going nonetheless. I really can't say why at this point.