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Video of a trip into orbit aboard the U2:

http://propilotnews.com/2009/07/high-flight-really-high-flight.html

Video analysis of Apollo 11's launch from a camera on the mobile launch pad:

http://vimeo.com/4366695
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Ancient Greek comedians invent Dead Parrot Sketch.
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Two flowcharts found at www.wellingtongrey.net that really explain everything:

Science vs. faith: the difference in thought processes.

Dubya's thought processes. (aka: WWGWBD?)
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*phone rings*
Me: *picks up phone* "Hello?"
Voice on the other end: "Mrs. Winters?"
M: "No."
V: "Jennifer Winters?"
M: "Yes, that's me. I am not a Mrs. I am a Miss."
V: "I'm sorry, ma'am. I am calling on behalf of the Deputy Sheriff's Association."
M: "What?!?" [1]
V: "The Deputy Sheriff's Association."
M: "Ah, so you are asking for money. Well, let me inform you that I have already earmarked all the money I am going to give out this year. If I happen to receive a windfall, I may decide to contribute to your organization. However, if you call me asking for money and annoy me, I probably won't."
V: *hangs up*

[1] For some reason I parsed that as "Japanese Sheriff's Association", hence my confusion.
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Inspired by a conversation with my mom:

Oscar's[1] Holiday Shopping List:

a tube of anchovy paste
a do-it-yourself lichen farm
a pot of healthy, luscious poison ivy
a collar for your pet oyster
a book of Japanese haiku written in Swahili using Cyrllic characters
a tub of rancid hand cream/lotion
an empty bottle of motor oil
one knitting needle
a dozen sugar cookies dusted in powdered black pepper
a 350 piece puzzle with 10 pieces missing
used gel insoles
a "block" of staples--that don't fit your stapler

Any other suggestions?

[1] Oscar the Grouch, natch.

Aaaaaaand, memes )
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Wnet through my spam folder today, since it's been about a month since I emptied it. Today, being more bored than usual, I present today's gleanings:

First, there was the message from "Service@bankofamer" telling me to "Update your informations". Un-hunh. How stupid do they think I am? No, don't answer that.

Then there were the names:

Mitzi See Mitzi. Mitzi ditzy. Run Mitzi, run.
Hacienda O. Mervin House O'Mervin? As in the Sheriff of Rottingham?
The Prospector Um, yeah. For what?
Teri W. Black Sounds like a porn star.
VGWDLDWCBLGFK How do you do? I'm Mxyztplk. Nice to meet you.
Fredericka Shanita
Tamika Marquez
Dana Reyna
Bobbie Minor More porn stars. Or perhaps prostitutes.
Marquis Donne Apparently not the Marquis de Sade.
Kristi Bond James Bond's younger sister, perhaps.
Tanzi Roselli Porn star or Pre-Raphaelite poet?
Norbert Hagrid's dragon has an email address? Who knew?
Francesca I. Child Francesca, I Woman.
Lolita G. Grisham An underage prostitute by night, an author of crime fiction by day.
Honour Engebretson Parents, please don't do this to your kids.
Marina Eugenia This either.
Nobody At least they're honest.

Finally, there were the subjects:

Created for Men like you
wanna look like a rich guy?
Become a Healthy Man
Uh, people....I'm a *girl*, thankyewverymuch!

increased organ mass
I'd like a bigger spleen, please.

Shoot five times as much
I'm not one for guns, but thanks for the help, anyway. Maybe you should be talking to the NRA.

what every woman has been looking for
A babysitter? A self-cleaning apartment/home/whatever? Someone to take out the trash?

Are You Ready ?
For what ?

Is it always that much?
No, sometimes it's more.

You don't like blind dates ?
Never been on one, actually.

she will probably put out
I love how they hedge their bets, here.

valium absurd
valium absurd, yes. naproxen absurd, too. me write short sentences. me sound like idiot.

Rock Solid
My discovery
I can't tell if they're trying to sell me sex or stocks, here.

Test -- do not open
I wonder how many people opened it anyway?

And finally, some good advice:


Don't go round the bend
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Inspired by a conversation with [profile] hoya99, here's a list of ways to tell someone that they're very special to you. We'll start with some time-honored favorites:

"You're the..."

1) cream in my coffee
2) sugar in my tea
3) light of my life
4) king/queen of my heart
5) carbonation in my soda
6) wiener on my grill
7) special sauce on my Big Mac
8) syrup on my pancakes
9) zest of my lemon
10) ingredient in my recipe
11) wick in my candle
12) ringtone on my cellphone
13) horn on my saddle
14) stuffing in my pillow
15) ink on my page
16) definition in my dictionary
17) laser in my pointer
18) heat in my furnace
19) sparkle in my smile
20) fire in my eyes

Help!

Aug. 31st, 2005 06:58 pm
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All you people out there who know more about nuclear chemistry than I do, help! I need to know the rems/rads/dps produced by 1 g of strontium-90. All my websearching is turning up nice pages that tell me lots about alpha, beta, and gamma particles and nothing *specific* to what I need. Help!
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Pure Nerd
82 % Nerd, 30% Geek, 26% Dork
For The Record: A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia. A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one. A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions. You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

Congratulations!


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in either of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling





My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:


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You scored higher than 92% on nerdiness

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You scored higher than 35% on geekosity

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You scored higher than 37% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid
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Following on the meme from [personal profile] silmaril and [personal profile] leighdb, I present you with the following list of entry titles, pulled from various parts of my LJ. I found when looking these up that I don't use titles much, and when I do, they tend to be one-word or -phrase sorts of things, not very funny. Still, here's the best of the best[1]:

The Right to Keep Bear Arms
Obscene Connotations
Ooh la-la, vou should see how I kiz, no?
I think I'd rather be a Weretiger

Dude, did they read my birth certificate?
An Open Plea to the Universe At Large
I'm Not 25, Yet, Dammit!
O....Kay....
Rabbit Hole Day
Wagner's Yo-Yo's or Why I Am Not Valkyrie Material
Omelette Envy
And There Was Happy Bouncing.

Opinions, get yer opinions here!
They can't be *that* stupid, can they?
Guys. What're ya gonna do with 'em?
My Evil Plan
My Brain, V. Weird
But I'm *Already* Insane!
Am Apparantly More Scary Than I Thought...
English fails me
MOTHERFUCKINGGODDAMMIT!!!
So *that's* why I rub people raw!
Only about 1/3! Surprising!
Well, okay then
Air We Having Fun Yet?


[1] Not in any sort of chronological order; I rearranged things for maximum hilarity.
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I nearly forgot to mention that I got a call back from the guy at KC Friday (of course well before I got home) saying that they were very interested in having me for the spring semester and to call him to discuss it. Which I plan to do tomorrow. So I spent part of today going over Ch.1 in the book, developing a set of lecture notes and then making up a chapter quiz and quiz key. I also have been coming up with a list of questions about class scheduling, grading, and other things I need to know to do this right. Hopefully when I call him tomorrow we'll be able to negotiate a time to get together and go over this stuff. If I'm lucky, it will be tomorrow (hence why I got it all together today, in case).

Today I also stripped my bed linen in order to do laundry tomorrow and soaked my plastic shower curtain. It had a small amount of mold that my best attempts were not getting rid of so I finally just took the thing down and soaked it in the tub in hot bleach water for a while. And that did the trick.

Tomorrow I plan to do laundry, make the phone call, hopefully meet with the guy from KC, and shop. If I can't get to the shopping tomorrow I'll do it Tuesday, since it's not critical.

Mainly today I've enjoyed the fact that I can SIT DOWN.
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Reproduced for all my friends out there who more than fit the bill:

A poem for girls...

I shave my legs,
I sit down to pee.
And I can justify any shopping spree.
Don't go to a barber, but a beauty salon.
I can get a massage without a hard-on.
I can balance the checkbook,
I can pump my own gas.
Can talk to my friends about the size of my ass.
My beauty's a masterpiece and yes, it takes long.
At least I can admit to others when I'm wrong.
I don't drive in circles, at any cost.
And I don't have a problem admitting I'm lost.
I never forget an important date.
You just gotta deal with it, I'm usually late.
I don't watch movies with lots of gore.
Don't need instant replay to remember the score.
I won't lose my hair, I don't get jock itch.
And just cause I'm assertive, Don't call me a bitch.
Don't say to your friends, Oh yeah, I can get her.
In your dreams, my dear, I can do better!
Flowers are okay,
But jewelry's best.
Look at me you idiot...
Not at my chest!
I don't have a problem,
With Expressing my feelings.
I know when you're lying,
You look at the ceiling.
DON'T call me a GIRL ,
a BABE or a CHICK .
I am a WOMAN.
Get it? you D$CK!!?!
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For those of you who like to test (and tax) their brains, I introduce a new kind of logic puzzle:

Griddlers, paint-by-number logic puzzles that're harder than they first appear!
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So....I've decided that I want to get myself a digital camera. Here's the deal: I'm on a limited budget, so I can't just get the top-of-the-line, all-the-bells-and-whistles, very expensive but also very neat model. What I want is good, solid quality, a decent amount of memory, and some zoom capability. I don't want to give up my old dinky point-and-shoot film camera in order to get a dinky point-and-shoot digital. I want something nice, in other words, but not too pricey.

So, all of y'all out there, those who have digital cameras and those who know a heck of a lot more than I do, what should I be looking at? What models are good? What's the price range I should be looking at for what I want?

The floor is yours.

Edit: I don't know if this matters or not, so y'all can tell me, but it needs to be compatable with both Mac and PC, software-wise.
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Blessed are the easily amused, for they shall find something to laugh at.
Blessed are those that push the boundaries, for they shall be noticed.
Blessed are the straight men, for they shall never crack a smile.
Blessed are those that do stand up comedy, for they shall do sitcoms.
Blessed are the cynical, for they shall know irony.
Blessed are the outrageous, for they shall attract paparazzi.
Blessed are the practical jokers, for they shall never lack whoopie cushions.
Blessed are those that like bathroom humor, for they shall become Monty Python.
Blessed are you when people scorn you, and hate you, and persecute you, because of your sense of humor.
Rejoice and be glad; and laugh in their faces.

And along those lines... )
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Last night, we had a thunderstorm come through the area, as has been usual for the past week or so. The rain (however much or little) is very welcome, since we're teetering on the edge of a drought down here and my parents, to the north, are actually under drought and fire ban conditions.

The aftermath )
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Okay, so this isn't really about me, but I think you'll agree that it's pretty damn funny. *grin*
So, to provide a bit of background, my best friend, J., whom you might remember, has a younger brother, N. N. is currently in high school, at the same school J. and I went through together. And, like us, N. is also involved in drama. Well, putting on a show there has its traditions, most of which were ancient even when I was there. One of which took place Tuesday night. See, Tuesday night was first dress rehearsal for the play that opens tonight. And it is traditional that the night of first dress rehearsal, after the rehearsal, all the male leads gather in the men's dressing room, strip to their boxers and briefs and streak across the stage.Well, N. wasn't about to miss the opportunity, and he had his boxer briefs all ready when he went into the shower to remove the spirit gum that had been attaching his whiskers to his face. Emerging from the shower, he noticed that he had failed to put the boxer briefs far enough away and they were soaked. So now he had a pair of soaked white boxer briefs, and no spares.N. is a creative guy. He's also seventeen years old. So he did something that I think only a creative seventeen year old guy would do. He found a pillow and a road cone and strapped the one across his rear end and the other across his front and went out like that.*pause*Normally, something like that would have been played down. Unfortunately, since the rehearsal was over, some parents had arrived to pick up their kids and saw him running across the stage. So, realizing what had happened, N. went the following morning to the principal and reported himself. He got two weeks' (ten school days) suspension.*pause*It's serious, of course. The school has a "no tolerance policy" for stuff like that and the fact that the road cone "simulated an act" makes it more egregious. Still, I think two weeks is a little harsh. Even so, I have to admire N. for turning himself in. I also have to burst out laughing every time I imagine him running across that stage.*grin* Ah, to be back in high school drama again--those were some fun days!

(smile) Funny, yes, but pity about the suspension. -- [Turnberry Kn-Kn.]

RYN: Still not king. [Thette]
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This random thought occured to me the other day. Back in the Middle Ages, people were all about classifying animals into groups, thus:
a gaggle of geese
a murder of crows
a pride of lions
etc.

And I was thinking that I have never yet seen this applied to races that are found in fantasy literature, that is, elves, dwarves, etc. So I decided to come up with some:
a warble of hobbits (or halflings)
a ballad of humans
a lilt of elves
a chant of dwarves
a rumble of ents
a gibber of goblins
a howl of orcs
a grunt of trolls
a screech of wraiths
a incantation of wizards (or Maiar)
a chorus of Valar

I like that! I think it's creative and inventive.. And they make sense! :) [.common.]

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