No doorways, no windows, no walls
No shelter here on the ground
No standing and no safe place to fall
Just the promise of this distant sound
Bells are ringing all over the world

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Linkee-poo let's the morning time drop all its petals on me

You're favorite movies as treasure maps. Might be helpful with dissecting plots. (Grokked from

The Story Coaster. Yea, that. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Jim C. Hines' PC Monsters of the Genre trading cards.

Terri Windling continues her fabulous Into the Woods posts with this post about how the writers are the ones who journey into the woods.

All of Terry Gilliams animations for Monty Python. NSFW, just saying. (Grokked from

Good news, friends, American love the apocalypse. A new book with an introductory video form the BBC. So I need to get writing that book. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Sure, bats have echolocation, but certain insects have jamming signals (possibly). And some do it by making the sounds with their genitals. Okay, I'm sure that's the titillating part of the story. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

"If you feel as if every mosquito in a 50-mile radius has you locked in its sights, while your friends are rarely bitten, you could be right. Up to 20 percent of us are highly alluring to mosquitoes…" They said I was mad! Bwahahaha, now… SCIENCE! Although I have the wrong blood type, but I do tend to run on the hot side of things. (Pointed to by Dan)

What the bones tells. In case you ever wondered just how paleontologists figure out animal behavior, here's a good article to read. They've found a t-rex tooth in a hadrosaur's tail (locked between spinal bones), and the wound had time to heal. That's how you can say that the t-rex did hunt, it wasn't just a scavenger. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Ransomware? Okay, well, here's something that they're now targeting toward Macs. Just so you're all in the know. Also, be on the lookout for good ol' standard malware. Congrats, Mac, you've made the grade. (Pointed to by Dan)

"Better still, it took only four months to make the (rocket) injector using 3D printing, and costs were cut by 70 per cent." NASA for the win. Also as a counter to all those people who say government likes to waste their money. (Pointed to by John)

"The probe experienced a peak deceleration of 24,000g… Its paintwork was scuffed a little after coming to rest against the roof of the concrete holding box… 'It was really successful because the entry velocity was higher than expected and all the systems we've looked at so far have survived,' Marie-Claire Perkinson, the programme's industrial leader from Astrium UK, told BBC News." Aerobraking and supersonic-parachutes are for sissies. Although, I'm not sure I like the concept of basically firing artillery shells into other planets and moons. (Pointed to by John)

"Or, perhaps this represents what they believe a worker should be; someone so on the edge that they are unable to complain. They are one check away from absolute disaster. And this is exactly what corporations want: workers so afraid of losing their jobs they’ll do anything for work, even if it kills them." McDonalds tries to help their employees learn how to live on the measly wages they offer (truth be told, many of the McDs in my area pay slightly above minimum wage, but then that's like saying someone drown in only 2' of water instead of 6'). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The Slactivist has some more thoughts and links concenring this McD Budget Lite. Including "The whole thing, in other words, is a scam. McDonald’s has handed over its employees to Visa, possibly in exchange for a cut of whatever fees and interest rates they can gouge out of those workers by duping them into unregulated cards that charge poor people fees to use their own money. When a McDonald’s employee signs up for a prepaid debit card, Visa is able to skim a cut from every financial transaction that person makes — every line in that awful, clueless budget."

Oh sure, you may know how to levitate small objects using sound, but getting them to move is a whole 'nother thing. Sonic screwdriver, here we come. (Pointed to by Dan, also from whom I ripped off that line)

You know, when Michelle Bachmann said she wouldn't run again, it was kind of disappointing. Except she keeps on giving. Let's see, talking about giving President Obama a spanking and "pinching his ears back." Plus, if Obama has a magic wand, I guess that makes him the magic negro in this story (sorry, I couldn't help myself). Plus, hello, sequestration. Oh, forget it. Mrs. Bachmann doesn't play in the reality the rest of us share. Instead she inhabits some fairy-tale Conserva-Land, which is like Candyland, but not nearly as fun or complicated. As a side note, the Tea Party and conservative ground movement often likes to portray politicians as thieves. Well, obviously they're speaking from personal experience (an aid to Rep. Bachmann is charged with theft of <$1000). (Pointed to by Dan)

How doctors die. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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