November 12, 2004

Space Marine Shotgun

The title of today’s shotgun is a reference to how I spent my night and most of the early morning. Playing HALO 2 with my cousin in cooperative mode. The game should be renamed “Suddenly It’s 4 In The Morning.” HALO 2 has broken entertainment records, and many a sleep schedule.

  • Virtual Toad (amusement parks, nostalgia)
    • Virtual Toad is somebody’s attempt at recreating “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” in 3D computer graphics. I assume this is so future generations can know the fun of one of my favorite defunct Disney Rides. I loved this goofy attraction when I was a kid. Like many things, it’s something I enjoyed that my kids will likely never experience.
  • F—- The South (rant, expletive-ridden)
    • This rant has been going around on the net. I post it here for a couple of reasons that I need to be honest about.
    • Firstly, though I have come to some acceptance of the recent election, I have not forgiven Bush/Cheney ‘04 for dragging out the “Massachusetts Liberal” canard. And the fact that it plays well against MA residents also continues to piss me off. So a good rant can soothe the soul when those in power and the people who voted for him are affirming that it’s OK to tar your homestate as a producer of political boogeymen. Personally, I’m not for tarring an entire region (unless truly in jest) especially since liberals in the south probably have it hard already and won’t appreciate being lumped in with those whose politics they oppose. So, I post this in jest to counter the apparently acceptable “Massachusetts Liberal” slur.
    • Note: When Steve calls me a Massachusetts Liberal, it’s not the same thing. He’s both a New Englander and a Red Sox fan. And I think he just has to repeat it so much because he’s mortified to be in agreement at all with a Massachusetts Liberal.
    • Also Note: I’ve blanked out part of the name of this link. The link contains copious profanity.
  • Dragon Illusion (arts and crafts, illusion)
    • This site offers a cutout paper sculpture that can be fashioned into a startling optical illusion. It’s little dragon that seems to turn his head to follow you as you move around. If you get it right, this illusion is not subtle at all, but very dramatic. If you don’t have time to make the model, at the very least you must view the video which illustrates the effect very well.
    • I made the model and let my kids play with it and it wasn’t long before they were quite spooked out. Fun for the whole family.
    • The main page of the website has other fun stuff, and is worth checking out if you like illusions and freaky toys.
  • Virtual Bartender (Not Work Safe, subservient)
    • Remember Subservient Chicken? Same idea, but like the beer commercials in a feminist’s nightmare. It’s got a geeky sense of humor, though. Tell her to “fight” and another bartender shows up for a quick light saber duel.
  • Cat and Rabbit (Flash, asian, music)
    • I’ve had this link up here before, but the kids love it, we were talking about it last weekend with Mike and Julie, and it’s a catchy tune.
  • Light bulbs and Bush (humor, political)
    • Brian tells us how many Bushies it takes to change a lightbulb. Put it in the “laughter is the best medicine” category.
  • Walking the walk on family Values (article, politics, society)
    • Speaking of Massachusetts Liberals (Brian is still from Massachusetts!) how do we fare on so-called family values.
    • “For all the Bible Belt talk about family values, it is the people from Kerry’s home state, along with their neighbors in the Northeast corridor, who live these values. Indeed, it is the “blue” states, led led by Massachusetts and Connecticut, that have been willing to invest more money over time to foster the reality of what it means to leave no children behind. And they have been among the nation’s leaders in promoting a living wage as their goal in public employment. The money they have invested in their future is known more popularly as taxes;”
    • How amazingly novel. Yep—it’s the liberal agenda to encourage “family values.” But we Massachussets liberals just call it everyday life. But is this surprising at all? People who have something often take it for granted as simply a part of their life. People who don’t have it turn it into a rallying cry.
    • Meanwhile, Patti informs me that Falwell is resurrecting the Moral Majority. Oh, for chrissakes.
  • Drunken, Naked Brit Estonia Invasion (bizarre)
    • This story was too weird not to log.
  • Fringe Science Hijackers (informative, pseudo science)
    • Quack researchers try to convince women that abortions will give them breast cancer. Here’s why the media is no help against these buffoons.
  • Filter You Own Cheap Vodka (alcohol)
    • This works? OK, you have my attention. Cousin RJS, we have to try this.
  • Lawnmower (video)
    • You will believe a lawnmower can fly. Really.

OK. I’m spent.

Posted by James at November 12, 2004 10:12 AM
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Cat + Rabbit = Fab!

Bob, I caution you not to try that with _our_ lawnmower.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 12, 2004 1:14 PM

What they are making with that Brita isn't vodka it's grain alcohol and water. Isn't part of the enjoyment that you like the flavor? If all you're trying to do is get drunk then buying the cheapest highest alcohol containing spirit you can (everclear or equivalent if it's legal, 151 proof rum if it isn't) would probably accomplish more for less.

His theory on filtering out the impurities making hangovers less severe is completely bogus. The alcohol is definately what causes hangovers.

The Brita may even be removing some of the alcohol.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at November 12, 2004 1:25 PM

This is why I always say chemists are the little angels of the world. Chemistry should be called "the sweet science."

Or maybe I was thinking of brewing and distilling?

Darn, I'm too strung out on caffeinie and lack of sleep to be coherent.

Posted by: James at November 12, 2004 1:31 PM

HALO 2 smokes!

Aside from that... Fork the South was hilarious. That was a thing of beauty. Thanks. It made me feel much better to laugh out loud while reading it. I wonder if the stats in it are true?

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 12, 2004 2:21 PM

I call you a Massachusetts Liberal to mock those who are serious about using the term as a slur. I, naturally, mean no offense.

Hell, when you guys elected your last governor you chose a Mormon Republican over an Irish-Catholic Democrat.

Massachusetts just ain't what it used to be...

Posted by: Steve at November 12, 2004 2:23 PM

No offense was taken, but some amusement was.

Thanks for the details behind my unofficial title.

Posted by: James at November 12, 2004 2:37 PM

And all along I thought the term "Massachusetts Liberal" was redundant.

Posted by: Mike at November 12, 2004 3:03 PM

considering we've elected 3 straight republicans. none of whom have had much interest in sticking around and actually getting anything done. Then we had 1 republican lt gov who was interested in sticking around but her party didn't seem to want her. To be fair Guy Smiley is proably the best of the bunch but he's already deluding himself into thinking he should run for pres in '08. The rest of the country aint gonna like a republican from MA any better than a democrat. If he wanted to be president he should've stayed in Utah.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at November 12, 2004 3:20 PM

Steve, only some of Massachusetts voted for Governor Haircut. I, for one, did not.

He's a bit to smarmy for me.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 12, 2004 3:22 PM

I hope those naked dudes were up to date on their tetanus shots before they decided to go for a swim in the Ljubljanica river.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 12, 2004 4:12 PM

Bob, commenter no. 22 on the Vlad/Brita site said:

"The filtered vodka will have the same amount of alcohol as the original vodka, so no fears there. The filter should just remove particulates, and higher-molecular weight organic compounds. It shouldn’t remove any methanol at all, however, since methanol is more volatile than ethanol, the process of filtering the vodka 4 times gives it a lot of air contact, so the methanol might have evaporated into the air and been removed that way.

"The only concern I would have is whether the alcohol with break down the ion exchange resin (or perhaps it is a chelating resin) that the Brita uses to capture the heavy metals. (Resin in this case refers to small polycarbonate beads, similar to what is used in a water softener.)"

Care to refute or clarify?

Posted by: Patti M. at November 12, 2004 4:19 PM

They often store those resins in alcohol so I would guess if there is a resin in there it's fine. I don't actually know whatthe filter is composed of so I couldn't say for sure.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at November 12, 2004 4:40 PM

I'm not drinking it. I have no desire to go blind.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 12, 2004 4:42 PM

As far as I can tell, these filters are just charcoal. Is there an additional component to trap heavy metals?

Of ocurse, one can make one's own charcoal filter.

Posted by: James at November 12, 2004 5:14 PM

You know, I don't think the religion thing entered into it during the election. It was more choosing Good Hair over Whiny Shrew with a side of divided government thrown in.

Posted by: briwei at November 12, 2004 5:51 PM

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