Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Geeky Heart is Aflutter

For some reason I am really excited about the Iron Man movie. I am not sure why, but it just feels fun and cool. Check out these new photos posted on Yahoo.

Combat Sappy Bumper Stickers!

This morning I was driving to work and I saw a bumper sticker on a beat-up pickup truck that said "I 'heart' my Mom". I had a several problems with this. Number one, I bet the mouthbreather's mom would be horrified at what an A$$hole her little sonny is behind the wheel. Number two, I'd be more interested if the bumper sticker didn't have such an obvious message. He may as well have had a sticker that said "this is a truck". Number three, it's not a message that needs to be shared with the world. I bet he has never said it directly to his mom. I suggest that when he gets home from his job at the refinery that he run by the trailer park and kiss his mom and tell of his affection in person. Dollars to doughnuts, I'd bet it would make more of an impression.

Being the self-appointed arbiter of appropriateness that I am, I have come up with a plan to combat these stupid types of bumper stickers. Let's turn them on their head a bit. You see now the design for a sticker I have come up with that will allow me to perform a bit of linguistic plastic surgery on the inane message, rendering it interesting.

This clever little device can be used on most dingbat driven bumper stickers and will entertain folks for hours. Here is one example of the hilarity that can ensue.

It really becomes effective when people start mentioning their dogs or honor students on their bumper stickers.

That is all.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

World's Coolest Pandas

I always knew pandas were cute, but I never knew they also possessed the 'cool' gene as well. I bet these eat more than just bamboo.

Which SF Writer are You?

Ever wondered which science fiction writer you’re most like? Click the link below to find out. I enjoyed this little quiz, and it turned out just about how I figured it would.

All hail Robert Heinlein!

Creepy Robot

Yikes! Check out the video of the robot below:

Maybe I have issues, but there is something very creepy and disconcerting about this robot. I guess my sci-fi mind is simply sizing up a future opponent. This robot has incredible agility and seems to adapt to new environments quickly. If they can do this now, where can we hairless apes hide when the techno-revolt happens?


Monday, March 24, 2008

Oh God, I agree with Amnesty Internationl?

For one of the first times in my life I actually agree with Amnesty International (I'm see a head shrinker this week). They recently release this Image commenting on how China is creating a false, happy face for its Games this year.

China's Uglier Side Showing Itself

With the recent unrest in China, the communist government is showing its true colors to the world. The happy, harmless face it has tried to present for years (which earned them an Olympics) is cracking. I not sure where this image below came from, but it is very appropriate.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Terry Pratchett diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

As some of you may have heard, one of our finest and most prolific fantasy authors has been diagnosed with a rare, early form of Alzheimer's disease. It would be terrible to lose such a sharp and funny mind so soon. When it was announced that her had been diagnosed, Mr. Practchett donated $1 million for research into a cure. Sure, it is an act of self preservation, but if they find a cure due to his donation than it will help lots of folks. The fan and pro sci-fi community has decided to try and match Mr. Pratchett's generous gift. For information or to donate, go to the following link.

I suggest giving $1 for every guffaw his work has given you. Snickers, snorts, smiles could be counted on a sliding scale.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Grendel, my bearded dragon, passed away peacefully about a month ago. I am now officially not a pet owner. Grendel was a great reptile...but still a reptile. He was a cool pet and I have to admit that it was fun to tell people that I had an 18-inch lizard living in my house. However, petly affection is not a speciality of reptiles. I think that he is the last non-mammal pet I will have, unless I choose a bird. I guess I need an endothermic pet in order to feel truely fulfilled with pet ownership.

I guess that living with a 21 month old child is a bit like having a pet money, but I think that is all of the responsibility I am ready to shoulder right now. Oh course, Shelly and I have discussed getting a dog, but we want to wait until Thomas is ready to appreciate the whole 'boy and his dog' experience. I want a Boxer and Shelly wants something cute. I guess that is something we can deal with when we feel that Thomas is ready. Until then I just have to steal "pet snuggles" from relatives' furry best friends.

Well, I wish Grendel the best in his reptilian afterlife, filled with platters of gut-loaded crickets and waxworms served to him by sleek, female bearded dragons.

Grendel, Rest In Peace