Friday – iPod Random 10 + 1
and blog shorts

  1. From the edge of the deep green sea (Cure)
  2. Am I Right (Erasure)
  3. Will Never Marry (Morrissey)
  4. Dead (They Might Be Giants)
  5. Pain Makes You Beautiful (The Judybats)
  6. Candle In The Wind (Elton John)
  7. Nothing Like (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin)
  8. Dead To The World (Finns)
  9. Lee And Molly (Ziggy Marley)
  10. Warakurna (Midnight Oil)
  11. Closedown (Cure)
  • Justin had his first basketball practice last night.  The team jerseys will be black, so I was thinking “The Rim Reapers” would be a good name for the team.
  • The movie “Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire” seems like the screen play was done by reading every fourth page of the book.  I understanding cutting stuff from the book to make a movie, but the movie seemed very jerky and the decisions for what they kept versus what they deleted seem haphazard at best.

Having a vision…

My psychic powers are telling me that I will see this comic on several skeptic sites today –

Republicans working with Microsoft to improve image.

In a surprise move, the White House and Republican in Congress have agreed to support the merger of Microsoft and Oracle. It was initially expected that a merger of this magnitude would be opposed at the highest levels. EGI has learned that Microsoft has struck a deal with the Republican Party to improve the Republican party’s image in exchange for Federal backing of the merger.

A pair of EGI reporters uncovered this secret agreement accidentally, while exchanging instant messages. Using Microsoft’s Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger, the reporters were discussing Senator Rick Santorum (R). When the message with Senator Rick Santorum (R) was transmitted via MSN messenger, the (R) was switched to a rainbow. The reporters instantly recognized the rainbow as the symbol of homosexuality acceptance and racial acceptance.

This subliminal suggestion may have been forgotten, until later in the conversation the two reporters were discussing Senator Ted Kennedy (D). Not surprisingly, the (D) in the transmission was converted to a martini glass. The martini glass implies that all Democrats are drunks.

With this evidence in hand, EGI felt it need to investigate the story. Microsoft developers admitted, off the record, that this was only a small part of a much larger plan to improve the Republican’s image while discrediting the Democrats. In the coming weeks and months, MSN and MSNBC will begin to air a number of stories that present key Democratic officials and the Democratic presidential candidates in a negative light.

Friday – iPod (semi)Random 10 + 3
and blog shorts

  1. You’ll Dance To Anything (Dead Milkmen)
  2. Posters(Dada)
  3. People Are Strange (Echo and the Bunnymen)
  4. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead (Depeche Mode)
  5. Walk Like An Egyptian (Bangles)
  6. Good Day (Dresden Dolls)
  7. All Right Now (Material Issue)
  8. A Question of Time (Depeche Mode)
  9. Trust Me To Open My Mouth (Squeeze)
  10. Who Goes First (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin)
  11. Mothers Of The Disappeared (U2)
  12. Wasting Time (Judybats)
  13. Somebody (Depeche Mode)
  • A friend of Danielle’s got to experience dinner with the Hofer’s. We were having a normal dinner conversation, discussing how the gender of a baby is determined by whether it receives an X or Y Chromosome from the father, because the Egg always contains an X Chromosome, when the girl says, “Okay, that’s enough science, can we talk about something else.” To which Danielle responds, “But this is interesting.” Imagine if it would have been an atypical dinner conversation…
  • Our space-saver microwave went out last week. The new one came in yesterday (we had to special order it because our other appliances are beige). I was hoping that since I ordered the same brand that I could reuse the mounting brackets. The top holes and cord hole worked, but the rear mounting bracket had changed just enough and was originally installed poorly enough to cost me an extra hour of installation time.
  • I think we need to add a few more things to our weekly schedule. It now stands like this: Monday – Allison piano and sometimes girl scouts. Tuesday – Allison ice skating (x2), Danielle volleyball, Justin occasional scouting. Wednesday – Justin sometimes has scouts. Thursday – Justin Basketball and occasional scouts, Danielle occasional scouts, and I’m sure something else. Friday – not sure. Saturday – Justin basketball games.
  • I’m still withholding judgment on the two bands Mike introduced me to – Dresden Dolls and Noisettes. The Dresden Dolls make me think of a Berlin lounge act mimicking the Smith’s lyrics. I’m not sure what to think of the Noisettes.

Blog Shorts

Conversation overheard at India’s Kitchen

  • Waiter of Indian or Pakistani Descent[WoIoPD] : Can I get you something to drink?
  • Group of 3[Go3]: In a minute. We want to look at the buffet first.
  • Go3: [Looks at buffet for a few minutes then returns to table]
  • WoIoPD: Would you like anything to drink?
  • Go3: No thank you. We are going to a different restaurant.
  • WoIoPD: Would you like to see a menu first.
  • Go3: No thank you, we didn’t realize this was an Indian Restaurant.
  • Me [a little too loudly]: Who would have thought a place named India’s Kitchen would be an Indian restaurant.
  • Coworker: Perhaps they thought it was Apache or Navajo food.

  • What are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurts. No problem. There’s a popping sound preceding each, we can avoid that. Two, the Lightning Sand. But you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.
  • Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.’s?
  • Rodents of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist

or maybe they do

Scientists have discovered the remains of a rodent the size of a small car which used to forage the South American continent. The 1-ton creature is believed to have been about 3 meters in length and 1.5 meters tall.

The giant rat’s skull, which measures an impressive 53 centimeters in diameter was found by Andrés Rinderknecht and Ernesto Blanco, two scientists from Montevideo, Uruguay.

The two paleontologists stumbled upon the fossilized remains in a broken boulder in San Jose along the coast of Uruguay.

By looking at the size ratios of the skulls and bodies of existing rodents, scientists determined the bodyweight of the rodent must have approached 1,000 kilograms or a ton, making it the world’s largest rodent to have been discovered to date.