Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I want to go play

Want to come over for a visit?

Door to Hell in Antarctica - Watch more free videos
I snagged that from the Bad Astronomer

Sunday, September 28, 2008

_______ with wings

If this is a "rat with wings"

then what do you call one of these?

Monday, September 22, 2008

photo meme

Take a picture o' yourself right now. Don't change yer clothes, don't fix yer hair ... Just take a picture. Post that picture with NO editin'. Post these instructions with yer picture.

As you can see, I've been up for about an hour, and have not sufficiently suffused myself with caffeine yet. I will officially become ungrumpy in about one more hour.
(taken with my laptop webcam)

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Overburden (biology to us rock types) can really be quite pretty and interesting, if your into that kind of thing.

can you spot waldo (the turtle)?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Review: Babylon A.D. (here be spoilers)

I've never reviewed a movie before, I not really much of a writer, unless you want a technical report on some feature of geology. But I went to see said movie and just had to write down my thoughts, such as they are:
One, I love Vin Diesel, yes his movies or often weak, but come on, XXX was a shitload of fun. He is a lot like Kevin Costner; Costner always plays Costner in movies, so does Diesel. This movie is no exception. On the other hand, it’s exactly what we expected from Diesel.
Two, it's a very Calontiri movie, everybody dies, and nobody gets laid. Toorop's nemesis dies, the tigers die, bystanders die, the guy in the cage dies, more bystanders die, Toorop’s associate dies, Aurora's chaperon dies, Aurora's creator dies, Toorop dies ... twice, and Aurora dies... that one I don’t get, why did she die? Her death did not advance the plot (that I could tell). Oh ya, and her "mother" doesn't.... there is so much left dangling all over this movie, I then find out why, Fox Studios cut 70 minutes out of the movie, the editing was so bad, that the director disavowed the movie. WTF.
I hope this movie doesn’t take long to come out on DVD, in a directors cut, it will be hyper violent, but that’s to be expected, but it should make more sense. I truly hate it when a movie leaves me so dissatisfied. 1 out of 4 stars.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mah Nà Mah Nà

I plucked that one from Janiece, I've always like that song, even when Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper acquired it for their commercials (I enjoyed the commercials too). All said and done its probably my second favorite Muppet song next to the Count.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Is that a countdown I hear?

Jaws, Mr. Bond must be cold after his swim. Place him where he can be assured of warmth (/Drax voice)

Friday, September 12, 2008

September 12th rant

Well, its September 12, do you remember where you were 7 years ago, or have you forgotten? (I was at work again, stewing, considering reenlistment) Stonekettle remembers (by the way, thank you), most Americans have forgotten the pain we still felt on September 12th, I remember looking up in the blue sky with zero contrails wondering how things were going to change, for we can not go through such attacks without some kind of change, for better and/or worse.

And this is the curse of an eidetic memory; I remember September 13th too, I remember packing my Grand Am for a long ride to South Dakota, listening to NPR the whole way, listening to pundits, generals, and reporters discuss the events of two days ago, their implications, who had done “it”. The words of Yamamoto Isoroku came to mind, at least they are attributed to him: I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. I stopped at a walmart on the way and picked up a flag (they were nearly sold out) and penned on the hoist of the flag “Sept 11, 2001 lest we forget”. I could go on for the next couple days. But that is not my point, do you still feel the anger, rage, and affront? I do. I am not a person motivated by emotion, I don’t get hot and strike out, I may get very angry but it seldom shows, my kind of anger tends to be cold and ruthless. When we smashed the Taliban in Afghanistan, I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t jumping for joy, It was simply duty done, a bit of justice served. Too many people have forgotten those feelings they felt the next day, the next week, the next month. It is remembrance of those feelings that will allow us to forge ahead in a dangerous world. Glen Larson once wrote for one of his shows: The opposite of war is not peace, it is slavery. If you are not willing to stand up, take up arms and defend your way of life, some one else will be willing to stand up, take up arms and take your way of life away from you.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Plant Pr0n

While I was in Florida, I didnt get many pics of flowers like I would have prefered, all I got was these

and some out of focus shots of a small orchid.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I was walking on the Cape one day.... (/singing)

This building is the VAB and its monstrous, one of the largest climate controlled spaces in the world, you could drive a truck up one of the stripes on the flag, and it sits right next to where Damaris Sarria works.

here it is again, from 30,000 feet, yes it blurry, it was turbulent and a long focus.

bonus points for those who get the pun.