Archive for January, 2010

This is an update to todays “Of Groundhogs and Sexual Identity Confusion” post (below this one).

As usual, a cleric from the religion of peace decreed that not only was killing completely justified he urged more.


Was it family killers?  (oops, no, look all through the middle east on that one)

Child molesters?  (oops, no, see article below)

Indiscriminate bombings?  (oops, no, see Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.. and Yemen, and Saudi Arabia…)

No, it was for speaking out.

A powerful hard-line Iranian cleric on Friday called for the execution of more opposition activists to silence anti-government protests, praising the hanging a day earlier of two men caught up in the leadership’s postelection crackdown.


“Whatever we suffered was because of our weakness. How many did the judiciary execute on July 9?” [Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati] said, referring to one of the particularly large protest days.

“We showed weakness, so then we had Ashoura,” he said, referring to a major protest on Dec. 27. “If you show weakness now, the future will be worse … There is no room for Islamic mercy.”

What has the Iranian establishment suffered, exactly?  Just the results of being a corrupt bunch of vermin.  Not too bad, all things considered.

Iran and so many cockroach tinpot dictator countries (lets lump China in there)  just can’t seem to understand that if you want to be taken seriously and with respect as an equal, you gotta stop stomping on people for speaking their minds.

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Subtitled:  Bareback Afghans Gone Wild #37

Groundhogs and identity confusion.  No, the two aren’t related.  Oh I’m sure there’s some confused groundhogs out there, but not like these fellas.  Seems that there’s some Afghani men who think physical relationships with other men are good and women are stinky yucky – shunning them socially and sexually.

Remember what I’ve said in the past about how some cultures are wired to fail?  I could care less if a bunch of guys want to be gay and deny it.  But when you treat women like second or third class citizens and start involving kids… I have some serious issues with their ideas.

The report also detailed a disturbing practice in which older “men of status” keep young boys on hand for sexual relationships. One of the country’s favorite sayings, the report said, is “women are for children, boys are for pleasure.”

Borrowed from Amusing Bunni.

I mean, what the HELL is WRONG with you people???  I mean, this is the “next best thing” to NAMBLA.  Now there’s a group of fellas deserving of Hell.

Seriously, this is screwed up…

The U.S. army medic also told members of the research unit that she and her colleagues had to explain to a local man how to get his wife pregnant.

The report said: “When it was explained to him what was necessary, he reacted with disgust and asked, ‘How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean, when one could be with a man, who is clean? Surely this must be wrong.'”

Do ya THINK???


Here’s a re-posting of a funny ad that had me laughing about as hard as I did for the “Polar Bears Falling Out of the Sky” commercial.  Laughed so hard I shot kittens out my nose.

Nope.  I’m definitely not linking “gay” to “sheep-diddling”.  I do put child molesters in the same grouping but still below those who engage in carnal acts with sheep.  If ever there was a no-doubt argument/need for a .45ACP solution to vermin, child predators are it.


Groundhogs… now yes they do have some issues.   But PETA would have you believe that the little bugger Punxsutawny Phil has more issues than the rest of us, namely that he is captive and essentially tortured for ten minutes out of one day of 365 days in a year.  Probably he’s beaten hourly the other 364 days of the year, burned with cigarettes, and deprived of love and attention.

This is shocking stuff, I know… witness Enas Yorl’s response to the article… you can see that he very nearly dropped his knitting.

(Amusing Bunni - if you're around, this is for you as well as Enas)

PETA’s solution is a robot groundhog.



Which brings us… uh… where does it bring us?  Hell if I can remember.  I got up, took a break to go read with Cruel Wife before she went to sleep (she turns in before I do) and I plain fell asleep, clothes and all,  leaving this post unfinished.  Oopsie.

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A “You Lie” Moment…

Read the article and see if you don’t agree with me when I say “Spoken like a true arrogant asshole.”

Hopkins just comes across as a self-fart-sniffer so enamored of his own ideas that he’s willing to trash other people’s accomplishments to build himself up.  Damn I hate egotistical scientists.

“There has been nothing significant since Apollo” – Dr. John Hopkins

Remember, I’m a firm believer in earned arrogance… arrogance is ok – you just need to earn it is all.  Oh, and crapping on others to get ahead… I frown upon that.  Mightily.


It’s a damned echo chamber – chamber – chamber – chamber…

In the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), issued in 2007 by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scientists wrote that 40 percent of the Amazon rainforest in South America was endangered by global warming.

But that assertion was discredited this week when it emerged that the findings were based on numbers from a study by the World Wildlife Federation that had nothing to do with the issue of global warming — and that was written by a freelance journalist and green activist.

The IPCC report states that “up to 40 percent of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation” — highlighting the threat climate change poses to the Earth. The report goes on to say that “it is more probable that forests will be replaced by ecosystems … such as tropical savannas.”

This is what happens when you let religious zealotry take over, and you leaven it with arrogance.


Luckily Alito and other justices don’t report to this clown or to congress.

President Obama took the extraordinary step in Wednesday’s State of the Union address of slamming the Supreme Court for last week’s decision striking down limits on corporate spending on political advertisements, ruling that the Court had “opened the floodgates” to special interests and foreign corporations in elections.

And it appears that one of the Justices in the audience didn’t agree.

As Obama spoke, Justice Samuel Alito shook his head and appears to mouth the words, “not true.”

Pretty amazing–both for Obama and for Alito.

Obama is the last guy to be harping about special interests with cronyism of his own, czar-studded vision, and backroom dealings.

Yeah, I know I said I wasn’t gonna blog but I could not let this pass.


Isn’t Matthews the high-n-mighty ass who went off about racism?

Only thieves accuse everyone else of being one.

Matthews, who appeared on the cable network shortly after the speech, said of the president:

“I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And uh, it’s interesting. He is post-racial, by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour….

“I was watching, I said, ‘wait a minute!’ He’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people and there he is president of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it!”

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A Break from the Usual Fare

Update:  Had a very very bad episode with the neck issue last night.  Hit a 9 on the pain scale and stayed there for eight hours or so.  THAT is what narcotics are meant for, and sadly I couldn’t take any w/o messing with a newer lesser painkiller (non-narc) that did absolutely nothing – zip, zero, and zilch.  Now down to a bearable 4-5 with excursions into 6 territory.  No blogging tonight, I’m sure.  Too wiped out.


I was shocked.  SHOCKED at the price of oxtails.  It’s a frickin’ TAIL for gosh sakes.  But I still want to make this:

Herbed Oxtail Terrine Recipe

It’s basically meat-flavored jello.

I’ll post a beef stew recipe I whipped up a few weekends ago.  Really really good and uses not one single herb.

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Injurious Duty

update: this guy has balls like a tiger. I don’t normally say that about stunts.


I got a call today while at work.

Minding my own business working on a particularly hairy design revision – which, coincidentally, looks an awful lot like sitting there stupidly and almost-drooling – and I hear the sound of a flushing toilet.

As it turns out the flushing toilet sound is the ringtone on my cellphone that tells me that Cruel Wife is trying to get ahold of me.  I think she knows, but I’m not sure, and I’ve never wanted to ask lest we arrive at her knowing by the self-tipping of my own hand.

Anyway, the phone rang flushed and I madly scrambled for it.  I flipped it open and said nonchalantly “Hello…?”  I like to answer my phone in unique ways and sometimes “Hello” is refreshing.  Last week I answered it “Heidi’s House of Pain.  Heidi speaking.”   The week before that was “Joe’s Bar and Grille – Bar speaking.”  Our conversation went like this:

Cruel Wife: I screwed up.

Lemur King: Okayyyy…

[screeching tires and sound of racing engine, muttered swearing]

Cruel Wife: I forgot to call in for Jury Duty last night and I didn’t show up this morning.  Sh*t… sh*t… sh*t… sh*t.

[Sound of hyperventilating and nauseous gulping on other end]

LK: Good one!  Where’s Frankenboy?

CW: In the car with me.  [screeching of tires, sound of tortured metal]   I’ll call you when I know more.

LK: K!  Have fun!

Turns out Cruel Wife dodged a metaphorical/figurative bullet.  She showed at the courthouse a full hour and a half late to find that she was juror #150-something and they only called up to #140-something.


I don’t believe it… I actually agree with Hillary Clinton on something.

Clinton did not single out critics [of the US aid to Haiti] but said that “some of the international press either misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued” the US decision to send troops along with civilians to Haiti.

It hasn’t been the international press.  It’s been leaders and top people of countries (FRANCE, ITALY) that are supposedly our friends.

This isn’t misunderstanding or misconstrued.  This is one of two things – they aren’t intelligent enough to be allowed to remain in control of anything, including the office supplies cabinet – or – they are more interested in taking shots at the US than rolling up their sleeves and doing more.

Those that bitch have no idea what it takes to take care of half a million people plus several hundred dead bodies at the drop of a hat.  I defy anyone to do better, and if they think they can they should step up and take the lead at the next disaster.


For the record… don’t bury me until you know I’m brain dead.  M’kay?

Man discovered alive in his coffin.


Alien life could already be among us, Scientist says.

Just now figured that out?  Hell, we’ve had women among us for millenia and he just now figures it out.   What a maroon.  He should write for New Scientist.


Been looking at art, fonts, ideas, concepts… found a sort of retro look website.  Love the lead-in page… Rejected robot.

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Update: Scientists don’t fudge data.  Climates fudge data.

Remember what I said about a climate-bedwetter echo chamber?  Many thanks to Peter Foster for saying out loud a lot of people were thinking:

… the lead author of the relevant IPCC chapter, Murari Lal, rejected the notion that the IPCC had screwed up. “The IPCC authors did exactly what was expected from them,” he said.

Never were truer words spoken. The IPCC’s task has always been not objectively to examine science but to make the case for man-made climate change by any means available.

You KNOW things are bad when THIS happens:

Even New Scientist, which printed the story on which this inverse pyramid of alarm was built, and which has traditionally been in the True Believing mainstream media camp, is demanding answers on how pure speculation could become an IPCC “finding,” which was then so vigorously defended by Dr. Pachauri.

New Scientist has been whoring for the AGW cause on a pro bono basis purely because it felt so good, never mind the inconvenient lies.

Update2: Chemical Ali executed.  About damn time.

Update3:  The CRU e:mails are in a nice searchable form here:  http://www.eastangliaemails.com/

Update4:  I’d think that the poor fish WANTS to be extinct.


Look at the picture.  Grok what you see.  Feel the sadness, the lameness, the ineptitude.  I don’t even need to comment further than to say that he’s speaking to a 6th grade class.


First ugly render!  I’m having to relearn Blender all over again.  Taking time just to do bevels and tapers, but I’m not displeased.  The handle and body will actually prove to be very difficult because of the lamb’s tongue type fluting I want to put on it.

(sigh) Might take some time.

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Study THIS, Pal.

What the HELL is it with Democrats?  Suddenly nothing they do can be transparent.  Biggest bunch of secretive bastards we’ve seen in years.

Pelosi, D-Calif., spoke to reporters after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting at which participants vented frustration with the Senate legislation.

Der Spiegel had the funniest thing I’ve read in… oh.. I don’t know… perhaps HOURS.

US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday. With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope.


Now, its new occupant is a man who not only opposes the health care bill, but also favors waterboarding as a method of interrogation for terrorism suspects and rejects carbon cap-and-trade as a means of limiting carbon emissions.


That article quotes several other newspapers, but this one gave me the most hope.

“For everyone else in the world, this means that they will have to bid farewell to a candidate for whom the hopes were so high. They will have to say goodbye to the charisma they fell in love with. Obama will be staying home after all.”

Oh boo-hoo.  The rest of the world has made it quite clear that they despise the US, seeing us as only bad/evil bullies even while holding their greedy hands out.  They can keep their love-of-Obama-charisma and stay the hell away from me.


New study…

Americans are more than twice as likely to express prejudice against Muslims than they are against Christians, Jews or Buddhists, a new survey found.

We are a predominantly Judeo-Christian nation,  Jews are our allies, Buddhists have never committed acts of terror against us, and there’s a huge percentage of the Muslim world that wouldn’t shed a copious amount of tears if the US just disappeared.

Why does this study claim to shed new light in any way?

More than twices as likely.  As much as that, huh?  How likely are we to express prejudice against Christians, Jews, or Buddhists in the first place?  Help me get my bearings here on real quantities…

So I read up a bit on the group that did the study –  the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

The Poll of the Muslim World is part of Gallup’s larger World Poll, a self-funded effort aimed at consistently measuring the well-being of 6 billion world citizens (a sample representing 95% of the Earth’s population) on a wide range of topics for the next 100 years.

Hmmm.  So who is the other unrepresented 5%?  Circus freaks?

Anyway, here’s a huge wad of BS as I see it:

A recent in-depth Gallup survey in 10 predominantly Muslim countries,
representing more than 80% of the global Muslim population, shows that when
asked what they admire most about the West, Muslims frequently mention political freedom, liberty, fair judicial systems, and freedom of speech. When asked to critique their own societies, extremism and inadequate adherence to Islamic teachings were their top grievances.
However, while Muslims say they admire freedom and an open political system, Gallup surveys suggest that they do not believe they must choose between Islam and democracy, but rather, that the two can co-exist inside one functional government.

And we’ve seen that idea work so very well so far, haven’t we?

Anyone seeing the glaring discrepancy here?  Critiques are extremism and inadequate adherence to Islamic teachings combined with the notion that Islam and Democracy (freedom) can co-exist.

It all boils down to:  We want the freedom to choose the rigid societal structure that we’ll impose on everyone else in accordance to a religion that permits cruel treatment if we so decree.

So why should Westerners have a problem with that?

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My chest SWELLS with pride.

My seven year old daughter raised her hand in class yesterday and corrected the teacher, telling her that Global Warming isn’t real.

Gosh I love that little girl to death.



cbullitt passed this on, from Frank J. at IMAO.  I told him that if just one good thing happened to me today, it was receiving that quote.

It’s like Massachusetts just abandoned Ted Kennedy in a car at the bottom of a river.


Amazing. It just keeps a-squirting out.

Head of IPCC and director gen. of TERI scrambling.

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and director general of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Dehli, India, said this week that the U.N. body was studying how its 2007 report to the United Nations derived information that led to its famous conclusion: that the glaciers will melt by 2035.

Study?  The IPCC isn’t going to be studying while they are on spin-cycle.  There’s dirty laundry to be done, lads!

Today, the IPCC issued a statement offering regret for the poorly vetted statements. “The Chair, Vice-Chairs, and Co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures,” the statement says, though it goes short of issuing a full retraction or reprinting the report.

Criminal minds always regret being caught.  They don’t regret the act.

Pachauri told Reuters on Monday that the group was looking into the issue, and planned to “take a position on it in the next two or three days.”

Already took a stand, didn’t you fellas?

The IPCC’s 2007 report, simply titled AR4, claimed that “glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world, and if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate.”

Polar ice is also disappearing at a frightening rate and polar bears are having to commute further and further.  Or so goes the rumor.

Contacted by FoxNews.com at TERI, officials would not respond to a request for additional comment. IPCC is expected to withdraw the report’s claim eventually.

Yep, that report will be withdrawn… oh.. say perhaps 2035?


Did IQ’s drop precipitously over the last 25 years?

Snow Will Be Trucked In for Some Olympic Events in Vancouver

VANCOUVER —  Olympic organizers say they will truck in snow for the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events at Cypress Mountain.

The forecast for the week ahead suggests there will be no new snow for the mountain on Vancouver’s north shore, nor will it get cold enough to make any…


Cathy Priestner Allinger, executive vice president …

[snip] … says they are not planning to have snow.

Contingency plans are now being rolled out which include using straw and wood to take the place of snow to build the base for the courses.


Oh yeah… the NEXT winter Olympics will be held in Jamaica.  Never mind that snow isn’t ever seen there, because it’s all about being fair.

For cryin’ out loud.

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4 Updates…

1) Hitler, upon learning bad news

2) Whatever Howard Dean is smoking, it was treated with something very bad.

Dean: Bush Would Have Had Health Bill Done a Long Time Ago

Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean told MSNBC on Tuesday that Republican Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts is the latest sign that Democrats in Washington need to toughen up.

“We’ve got to be tougher. I’ve said the Democrats are not tough enough,” said Dean. “Bush would have had the health care bill done a long time ago. He would have gone through reconciliation.”

Dean said that the election does not mean that Democrats should give up on health-care reform. Instead, he thinks it means that they should jettison the drawn-out, compromised process that they have been following as they have tried to put together 60 votes in the Senate. – ABC News’ Teddy Davis

3)  The Dude passed on this wonderful opportunity to vacation in Somalia.  The Pirates of Somalia Live.  THAT is what I want to do for my vacation.  Good life lesson for the kids, too.  Me, I would opt for the Barrett M-107 .50 cal sniper rifle.  Reach out and touch a terrorist today, I say.

4) Nobody mentioned that Global Warming was going to kill all our fish, too.


For SOME reason, the light off to the right is being picked up by a facet on the bottle, creating that centerline brightness crease.  Pissin’ me off, ’cause I purposely smoothed that sucker out.

Oh well, raytracing teaches you nothing quite so much as patience.

Bigger if you click it.

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Update syringe image… this has no antialiasing, radiosity is turned off, and it is a smaller-than-real-size render, all of which are designed to allow quick checking.  Not bad.  Let’s hope the emittance value isn’t set too high for the goo in the bottle and it doesn’t saturate the final render.


By the way, LC Aggie Sith from over at Hookers and Booze passed this link on when commenting at Soylent Green… bias, in Google?  Getoutofherenowayman.

Actually, their censorship here in the free world is as insidious as the Chinese censorship.  At least they are up front about it in China.

Time to start using Bing, people.


I know… “the cost of living is dying – everybody pays”.  The founder of Taco Bell, Glen W. Bell Jr, died.

It’s hardly authentic, but I love Taco Bell.  I grew up in the NW and I know and love authentic mexican food.  I even make it.

But Taco Bell is comfort food.

When I had my wisdom teeth out I asked to stop by TB and got a burrito.  Took it home and put it in a blender.

We drove from Tillamook to Eugene one evening and dad refused to stop until we got to Eugene.  We then went to a Taco Bell.  I was so hungry I opened up my taco and while my folks happened to both look over at the same instant, I literally drooled all over my food.  Still can’t live that one down.


Nipple biting.  Talk about getting too close to your work.

Some situations are nail-biters. This one’s a nipple-biter.

An off-duty cop was allegedly bitten in the chest outside a Gold Coast bar Sunday night, police said.

At about 9:30 p.m., Fernando Cooper, 31, and an off-duty officer got into a physical confrontation outside Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse, the Sun-Times reports.

Police who witnessed the event say the officer identified himself, but the other man didn’t back down and continued to assault the cop.



What IS it with people anyway?  Why do people assume an invasion, as in “to occupy for gain” when it costs us far more than any monetary gain?

France accuses US of Haitian Invasion.

Our military serves two purposes, neither of which I approve of… disaster relief for other countries and security detail for other countries.

I’m not saying that I don’t think Haiti needs aid – I’m just saying I don’t think our military should be providing it.

Chavez… the simpleton.

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez on Sunday accused the United States of using the earthquake in Haiti as a pretext to occupy the devastated Caribbean country and offered to send fuel from his OPEC nation.

This is like saying “My neighbor covets the living space in my septic tank.”  What POSSIBLE use could we put Haiti to besides a tourist resort?

Note:  I am not likening Haiti to a septic tank.  I’m illustrating the idiocy of Chavez.

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Listening to NPR this morning BBC News Hour.  Owen Bennett-(Jones?) asking questions… He asks of one interviewee if the whole shebang in Haiti is being controlled the the US Military.  No, the person replies – it is the UN overseeing and directing with the military helping out.

He asks another interviewee immediately after if the US Military is controlling the effort.  Again he is told no, it’s the UN controlling and directing the military as needs be.

He then asks that second person if all the dignitaries arriving to survey the scene are causing bottlenecks in a 6-plane capacity airport.  She said no, because they come on planes that area also carrying aid workers but that the airport is terribly cramped and it desperately needs better handling.  Good ol’ Owen, always ready to jump on the US, says something like “Isn’t it true that the US Military controls the airport there…?”

Nah, NPR isn’t biased.  They just carry a lot of biased shows and interview leftist people to the exclusion of everyone else with softball-pitched interviews.  No bias.

Related news

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines faced a difficult decision over whether to dock as per itinerary at Labadee Beach, Haiti after last week’s tragic quake.

But, in the end they decided to go with the money, regardless.

The Florida cruise company leases a picturesque wooded peninsula and its five pristine beaches from the government for passengers to “cut loose” with watersports, barbecues, and shopping for trinkets at a craft market before returning on board before dusk. Safety is guaranteed by armed guards at the gate.

The decision to go ahead with the visit has divided passengers. The ships carry some food aid, and the cruise line has pledged to donate all proceeds from the visit to help stricken Haitians. But many passengers will stay aboard when they dock; one said he was “sickened”.

“I just can’t see myself sunning on the beach, playing in the water, eating a barbecue, and enjoying a cocktail while [in Port-au-Prince] there are tens of thousands of dead people being piled up on the streets, with the survivors stunned and looking for food and water,” one passenger wrote on the Cruise Critic internet forum.

At least some people have some morals.


Gee, Democrats would cheat to win?  Politicians would cheat to win?

Yes.  Yes they would.

Don’t you think that by now, the stakes have been raised way too high to explain self-governing needs?  Most of us need to be left alone, which doesn’t cost as much as these battles in our governments.  The price tag – and hence the richness of the food at the trough – is so high that it’s not even about self-determination of the people anymore.  It’s about amassing stuff for yourself.



As audience members streamed out of Pres. Obama‘s rally on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) here tonight, the consensus was that the fault for Coakley’s now-floundering MA SEN bid lies with one person — George W. Bush.

Ok, so if it is his fault, then Coakley ought to look golden by comparison.

But no, people are looking at Brown, instead.

I wonder if the Dems are ever going to figure out that just like in car racing, sometimes you have to go slower to go faster.  They’ve been far too ham-handed.


Trying to make a vial for that Soylent poison hypodermic.   I’m so out of touch with Blender that it hurts.  Here’s the label I want to put on the clear vial.

And here’s the crappy test rendering of the vial, no idea why the image is not glomming onto the UV-mapping on that bottle face.  Driving me nuts.  Used to know my spit when it came to 3d raytracing.  GRRRACKKKK!   GRRRR.


One commenter had this to say:

Only want to say your article is stunning. The lucidity in your post is simply striking and i can assume you are an expert on this field.

Wow.  Hear that guys?  I’m stunning, lucid, and an expert in the field of “Utter Bullsh*t.”  My chest swells with pride.

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New Update:  To see the latest renderings, go to bottom of post…


To do a graphic that was spurred in part by cbullitt and part by McGoo – I tried to find a needle.  Not just any needle but a cool looking one.

Alas, unless you want to steal one, you have to use crappy pics as photo-fodder.  And I didn’t want to do that.  I wanted an antique needle (hypo).   So what is to be done?  Don’t got a time-travel device, obviously, since Hitler didn’t go away – that option is out.

So I’m modeling one.  Here’s the initial model.  Next put some knurling on it.  Then import it into blender and do a raytrace.  THEN pull it into gimp and post-process it.  Simple, no?

An example of Blender3D using YAFRAY as an output renderer.  The caustics in this one were turned way too high up but I can’t find the folder with all the final renders from before my computer switchover.

Gets bigger if you click it.

Here’s another where I was goofing around and seeing what-if-you-do-THIS kind of stuff…

Hypo first renderings… v0.2

obviously, there is a HUGE amount of work to do now, but the geometry looks ok.

Needs work on the Soylent Poison.

Last one for today – I think it looks better.

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Got a raging sinus infection and I am not up to much clever tonight.  So just kind of play along, won’t you?


Angry Haitians block roads with corpses.

Yeah, that’ll help.


Behind closed doors, transparently, of course…

Big Labor got some big love from President Obama and congressional Democrats yesterday after they agreed to exempt union workers from the whopping “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health-care plans until 2018.

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

The only way they could hope to pass it is to pander to the biggest whiners and screw everyone else.  This is why I hate unions.  I was a union member several times.  Hated them then, too.


This kind of talk scares me.  Already has.  Continues to do so.  Excerpts from an editorial by C.L. Gray:

Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why.

President Obama reflected this [abusive posture towards physicians] last summer. On national television, he stated as fact a surgeon is paid between $30,000 and $50,000 for amputating a patient’s foot.

In reality, a surgeon is paid between $740 and $1,140 to perform this unfortunate, but often life-saving procedure. This reimbursement must cover a pre-operative evaluation the day of surgery, the surgery, and follow-up for 90 days after surgery—not to mention malpractice insurance, salaries for clinic nurses, and clinic overhead. It is frightening to think our president is so wildly misinformed even as he stands on the cusp of overhauling American health care. But it gets worse.

Given massive federal deficits, Washington now faces increasing pressure to cut Medicare spending. One way to do this is to intimidate physicians into under-billing. To do this Washington intends to spend tax payer dollars to ramp up physician audits using Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC audits) to randomly investigate private physician’s Medicare billing.


Finally, after one year, something I agree with the Obama White House on…

Robertson’s remark “utterly stupid”.

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