September 3, 2004

Shotgun Whynotgun.

Links and more links.

  • Dixiecrat Goes Nutzoid (Fake news)
    • Republican delegates were stunned and slightly amused last night when Dixiecrat Zell Miller’s frenzied and exasperating speech culminated in him grabbing John Kerry’s disembodied head, ripping the back of its skull off with his dentures and eating his brains.
  • Shower Shock (Weird Product)
    • It’s caffeinated soap. Why this and not caffeinated toothpaste, caffeinated socks and caffeinated enemas? Wait, don’t tell me
  • History of the Second Amendment (Article)
    • A heavily-footnoted history of why we have the second amendment.
    • English history made two things clear to the American revolutionaries: force of arms was the only effective check on government, and standing armies threatened liberty.
  • BookCrossing (Internet Subculture)
    • An endeavor that turns the whole world into a library. You register your books with BookCrossing and then release them into the wild (i.e. leave them somewhere). And then you hope that someone logs them back to the site. In a way, it’s like Where’s George, but with books. And you’re giving the books away. Interesting.
  • Get It Right - by Jamie Whyte (Article in New Scientist)
    • Jamie White is angry at sloppy thinking he sees in the world. I sympathize, but it’s my own sloppy thinking I’ve been frustrated with lately, and taken up studies to try and clarify. The following quote is not necessarily representative, but you can see this guy is frustrated.
    • The weirdest manifestation of this new tendency is when people say: “I’m not a Christian but I believe in something.” Then I say: “Of course, I believe in many things, like there is a chair there and a table. What are you talking about?” And they reply: “Well, you know, something more.” But what “more”? What they mean is something more than we have any good reason to believe in.
    • I sympathize both with White and the person he’s talking to. It would seem that “what you believe in” deserves more thought than many people give it. Or, at least, more clear thought.
  • Wacky Uses (Home Weirdness)
    • Novel uses for household products. Use oven cleaner to clean your driveway, flour to clean a deck of playing cards, borax to make children’s clothing flame retardant, vodka to relieve a sore throat, lemon juice to clean a microwave oven.
  • Fellowship of the Peep (Homage Silliness)
    • For the love of Peeps. Someone has an illustrated “Fellowship of the Ring” done with marshmallow peeps. The watcher in the water is a lobster.
Posted by James at September 3, 2004 9:12 AM
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Oh my god! Lord of the Peeps!

Hilarious and very well done. Such attention to detail!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 3, 2004 9:38 AM

I am dubious about the claims made by the makers/sellers of the caffeinated soap ("It's the ultimate clean buzz, and yes, it really works!").

I'm not alone. The Mad Sci Network at the Washington University Medical School has a well-researched answer to the question "Can caffeinated soap work?":

Posted by: Patti M. at September 3, 2004 11:38 AM

That's a great link, Patti. Thanks! I scouted around a bit for "transdermal caffeinie intake" and suchlike and found very little. Of course there is little motivation to study this considering that caffeinie is effectively absorbed when taken by mouth in hundreds of varied ways.

Now, for some tea.

Posted by: James at September 4, 2004 8:53 AM

By the way, we bought some of that tea you talked about a while back.

Blech. Upon opening the box, I thought it smelled like burning electrical wires, but Bob seemed to think it smelled of the peatiness of scotch.

He's wrong, of course. I suggested he take it to work, which is my suggestion for particularly offensive-smelling things he likes to ingest, like banana chips.

I won't drink it, but Bob will probably try it. Bravery of foolishness? I report, you decide.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 7, 2004 8:54 AM

Lapsang Souchong? Heh. Well, I've heard soem people say it tastes like an ashtray.

I've had 2 brands and neither struck me that way.

But my tea of choice lately is Irish Breakfast.

Posted by: James at September 7, 2004 9:45 AM

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