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Tuesday is M-Day

August 26th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in moving, webstuff

I’m busy packing stuff up today and we are loading up the truck on Monday so I will leave you with these articles and once we are moved and settled I will be back and tell you all about how we couldn’t get a trailer from U-haul after all (they said our Saturn couldn’t handle it), the last day at work, and all about the trip – including pictures.

This is better than Gringott’s – OK, not really, but still pretty cool.

Hunting Osama – Newsweek actually has a decent article on why we aren’t making faster progress and why bureaucrats shouldn’t be running a war. I actually saw this over on LGF first.

Neocon thugs?? – ACE is throwing down on some dishonest reporting.

Vic Deserves more time in Jail – He may get 12-18 months and then he will probably out in what, 6 months??

One big hole

August 24th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in cool science

Now I know where all my missing socks have gone…

Gaping Hole Found in Universe

The Weaker Sex

August 23rd, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in ramblings

I read over on Another Day in the Antz Farm there was a study done recently that suggested that women are tougher than men.  To that I just have to say “duh!” Of course they are tougher; they give BIRTH for Christ’s sake!! 

If you were to try to make men have children there would never be any need to worry about over population.  After the first kid, every man in the world would swear off sex and probably even alcohol just so he can’t get drunk and mistakenly have sex. Seriously, we men are big babies when it comes to pain. 

If we get hurt we’ll sit there and say “Oh, it’s just a scratch” but what we really want is the girlfriend/wife/significant other to say “Oh, you poor baby” and then bring us a beer.  We like that kind of stuff.  That’s why we play contact sports, so we can get hurt and have beer brought to us.

Also, can you imagine how much trouble would be caused if men were the child bearers??  The entire range of professional sports would be thrown into chaos:

“Well, the Colts looked like they were on their way for a great year but with Peyton announcing that he is pregnant he’s going to be out for the rest of the season.  Tough break for the Colts.”

“That’s right Chris, but he has a really nice glow about him.”

Iron Man

August 23rd, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Movies

Marvel Comics is making yet another movie, this time it is Iron Man.  In their never ending attempt to turn out bad movies such as The Punisher, The Fantastic Four (both of them), Captain America – straight to video that one and I really like Captain America too, and finally – the Hulk they are now doing Iron Man.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Marvel Comics back in the day when it was about the stories rather than the marketing.  When guys like John Byrne was working on  X-men they were great and the characters were good.  I picked up one the other day all about the “Superhero Registration Act”  or some such garbage and all I could think was it was a poorly disguised political piece about Gitmo and how much the liberals don’t like Bush (yes, Stan Lee is a big Clinton supporter).

So, anyway, back to the movie.  ILM is doing the special effects and from the shots I’ve seen, they got the armor right, it looks like Iron Man, but what I don’t get is that they got Robert Downey Jr to play Tony Stark.  WTF??  Is there anyone that looks at Robert Downey Jr and thinks “Wow, hero material right here”?  I seriously doubt it.

For my money, they should have picked Ed Quinn I mean he LOOKS like he would design a suit of powered armor and kick someone’s ass with it.  Robert Downey looks like he might build it but would then decide that he was kind of tired and take a nap for a while and then maybe he would get back to it later on at some time. And here is the plot synopsis of the movie:

When Tony Stark is forced to create a life support suit to keep him alive after an accident he decides to use the technology in his suit to fight crime.

Once again, WTF??  In the comics he was captured by the North Vietnamese and forced to build weapons for them.  He turns the tables on them, builds his suit of armor and busts out.  Now that is a good bio and story.  Just update it to North Korea and you have a winner.  I am sure that they changed it so no one would be “offended”.

Ah well, I just hope it doesn’t suck as bad as the Fantastic Four did.

Danger, Belching Moose Ahead!

August 22nd, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in WTF

Get out the padded cells; the environuts are at it again, this time claiming that moose belching is destroying the environment

The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of methane a year — equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.

You can read the rest of it here

They are so concerned with CO2 emissions that they ignore all the other scientific evidence out there that says that maybe, just maybe, this is the natural cycle of the earth especially since Mars has also experienced an increase in its global temperature as well.

Am I a scientist? Nope, I’m an animator, I make computer models.  But since I have a functioning brain  I would think that if the Earth has warmed up and Mars has warmed up, the chances of it all being man made are slim-to-none unless somehow the Mars rover has produced a shitload of greenhouse gases.

Measuring moose burps and farts for a living….. um, yeah.

**UPDATE**

Many media outlets — such as the recent Newsweek magazine cover story — portray man-made global warming as fact and those who deny it as conspirators. But skeptics are increasingly certain that the scare is vastly overblown.

A new study by Brookhaven National Lab scientist Stephen Schwartz contends that the Earth’s climate is only about one-third as sensitive to carbon dioxide as the United Nations’ recent climate study claims. Schwarz’s work will be published in The Journal of Geophysical Research. The study is just one of several peer-reviewed scientific studies challenging global warming alarmism:

The Belgian Weather Institute concludes that carbon dioxide does not have a decisive role in global warming.

A study by two Chinese scientists says CO2′s role in warming is “vastly exaggerated.” And new research by University of Washington mathematicians shows a correlation between high solar activity and periods of warming.

Meanwhile, what is billed as the first comprehensive analysis of global biofuel impact has concluded that their use may release between two and nine times more carbon gases than fossil fuels.

The study published in the journal Science says the clearing of forest land to grow biofuel crops will produce immediate carbon gas releases and also destroy habitats, wildlife and jobs. It says that while biofuels look good from a Western perspective, they will be harmful on a global scale. The study contends it will take about 40 percent of American and European agricultural land to grow enough biofuel crops to replace only 10 percent of fossil fuel use.

Here’s the link

Now this is cool

August 21st, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in cool science, Support the Troops

They have made a substance that can take a direct blast of 1 kg of dynamite and heat up to 2,400 degrees. 

This stuff is so cool!  You can read about it here

I want to see them make lightweight body armor out of it for the troops and police.  Course, it’s such a good insulator that they might get too hot and that wouldn’t be a good thing, would it?