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Update is down below, with pics as promised…

Just got back from the World Steam Expo in Dearborn.

It was fun although it might have been funner w/o Frankenboy destroying one exhibitor’s electronic picture frame and both kids bouncing around like ping pong balls.  It was hard to herd kids and see the stuff there on display while trying not to scream every time my neck twinged.  Update on that is that I think we’re in the “little f***ers are dying” stage – a period as short as three days and as long as five days where pain levels spike and peg for a while.  It’s just the way it works for me, I’m afraid.

I’ll write more later but I noticed:  Some nice people, some real creatures (“people”), some rather -uh- well-endowed corset-stuffing, and no less than three people carrying baggies of various grades of pot.  I have a sensitive nose.  Very sensitive.  Two were… meh.  One was top-shelf “I think I just saw God” quality – I know this because the stuff was so sticky that the scent molecules are still attached to my olfactory receptors.  I saw a leather trenchcoat that I want.  I want bad.  Hurting bad.  But, with kids, I can’t justify $450.

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Updated:  Here is the Highwayman jacket/trenchcoat type jacket thing that I’d still eat a set of tires for.

I will do another post tomorrow showing a few of my favorite artists from the show.

Here is a goody that I bought – a business card casewww.frenzyuniverse.com

I'm only putting the pic up with the text running through it so you'll see that it is cool and visit their site. Cool stuff, very nice folks.

http://www.frenzyuniverse.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=22&category=5

Cruel Wife did a costume that was a very faithful representation of one of the Girl Genius characters, Sleipnir O’Hara.  Do NOT ask me how to pronounce it.  Can’t even spell it and had her e:mail me so I could cut/paste it in.

Cruel Wife and Zoe Pup. CW went as Girl Genius character Sleipnir O'Hara. Faces have been masked to maintain privacy.

Zoe, if you wondered, is an English Shepherd, quick of foot and mind, and is totally my dog.  Zoe is also a camera hound.

Cruel Wife (middle), the kidlets, and the creators of Girl Genius comics. Again, I respect their privacy.

Next is a picture of Lola the Lemur – She works for Singing Lemur Jewelry as a consultant.  Lola’s co-worker Rollande is a very nice lady indeed.

Next was a shirt that I just plain loved.  It was just that good.

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Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider… and a bazillion other things so many of us remember him in, it’s only fitting to give notice of Dennis Hopper in passing today.

1936-2010

Thanks for many crazy years, Dennis.

Why did I like him?  Because he did things however the hell he wanted to do them.  He did not subscribe to the ridiculous notion that everybody has to like you.

If you find that last statement pretty straightforward  and without a million layers and nuances in it, you don’t even remotely get what I’m saying here and you probably won’t either.  Sorry.

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Getting Silly.

Note:  No secret I’ve been feeling pretty awful, and it shows this week.  I’m just getting worn down slowly so I’ve got little or no desire to do art, or bs, or hell, even watch TV.  Consider this another “maintenance post”.

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Ok, I’m as susceptible as the next guy to being suspicious of my gov’t, and that is a good thing.  You’re an idiot if you trust your government.

But, there was this link from Drudge – an article by Bob Barr.

What the HELL is he smoking?  It’s causing dain bramage whatever it is.

Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence.

No, the reality is they can try and be arrested for trespassing or shot like any other intruder.

Yes, I do happen to think anything past Question #2 on the census is none of their damn business, intrusive, and the subtle form of reverse discrimination that is all the rage these days.  Your gov’t does not need to know your race in order to function.  Sorry.

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This here is some pretty amazing and tough asparagus, a tribute to it’s species, and a one-in-a-million thing.

God, I want to eat it.

Yeah, ok so the asphalt was only 30mm thick – that’s like 1-1/4 inches.  Not that big a deal.  I’m just hungry for grilled asparagus.

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I’m not even rich, and after Hillary Clinton uttered this about the rich not paying their fair share, I wanted to bitch slap the ****.   That’s a nice as I can say it.  I’m tired of listening to rich democrats demonize people for being successful and using that mischaracterization to mislead poorer voters (along with outright wealth-redistributive bribery) so they can broker and maintain power.

Ok, yeah, when I start talking like this it means I’m not feeling great. I’ll shut up now.

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No.  Wait.  One more.

Obama’s counterterrorism adviser

The president’s top counterterrorism adviser on Wednesday called jihad a “legitimate tenet of Islam,” arguing that the term “jihadists” should not be used to describe America’s enemies.

During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of “political, economic and social forces,” but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in “religious terms.”

Oh, just go read the hand-wringing idiot’s apologetics.

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Damn.

I was powering up a laser diode today.  Had the oscilloscope hooked up to look at the photodiode’s measurement of the output.  Turned on the waveform generator to modulate the current.  So far so good, right?

Apparently if you over-voltage the inputs, the wee beasties can pop.

See, I knew this.  I’m not sure how it happened exactly, but I’m pretty sure the function generator got 5Vp-p instead of 2Vp-p.  Which is unfortunate.  In the I-just-toasted-a-laser kind of sense.

Update:  I have been informed by a co-worker (EE guy) that the function generator defaults at 5Vp-p.  So, mystery solved.  In a hilarious twist proving that the universe is not without some over-arching sick sense of humor, my pet screen-name for him was/is… Rectified Diode.

Damn.

How is my day going, you ask?

No actual crap was used in this posting.

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Elderly man shoots and kills home intruder.

Good. For. Him.

I sure hope he doesn’t run afoul of Chicago’s ridiculous handgun ban.  Handgun bans are the stupidest thing I ever heard of.  Let me make a small observation… in spite of handgun’s illegality… the intruder was armed with a handgun.   How would that law have helped this old man and his wife?  Not one tiny bit.

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Update: Astute co-worker The Dude passed this on.  Wal-Mart to offer iPhones for less than $100.  How the hell are people supposed to know if they are cool or not if they can’t distinguish themselves with a gadget-phone?

It leads some of us Luddites to have an iGasm.  That is not to be confused with the actual sex-toy product of that name, mind you.  I leave it to the motivated reader to google that and hunt it down on their own.

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Try as I might, with a stomp to the testicles, an onion shoved up my nose, reading Obama’s books after Ayn Rand… none of those can help me shed even fake tears for Kwame Kilpatrick, the once-gangster mayor of Detroit.

Judge sentences Kilpatrick 18 months to 5 years in prison

An audible gasp erupted in the courtroom as Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 18 months to five years in state prison.

Deputies rushed up to a row where Kilpatrick friends and relatives are sitting. They escorted one unidentified woman out.

“Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury,” the judge told Kilpatrick. “Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying….”

“The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you.”

In order to be rehabilitated you have to recognize and believe you did something wrong as well as experience remorse.  Why should he feel a bit of remorse if the culture he identifies with and is immersed in supports who and what he is?

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This was sent out in the PatriotPost… that’s how border coverage should go.

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Seriously?

“Before, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this climate change problem is just dreadful,’ ” said Jillian Leddra, 50, a musician who was shopping in London on a recent lunch hour. “But now I have my doubts, and I’m wondering if it’s been overhyped.”

Persistent cold, wet weather delays crop harvests, worries farmers

Record low of 32 set at Spokane airport today

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Oh good for her.  What an amazing woman.

When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.

[…] he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together…

A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police […] asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.

For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.

[…] the woman […] laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

“To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” Wajiha Al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women’s rights activist, told The Media Line news agency. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”

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I’m stretching to find something that is any stupider, but falling short.

The BlenderPhone™.

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My standard response is usually “Don’t you worry about me… I’ve never felt better.”

People who know me well say “That’s bullshit”.  I say forget about them.

Don’t worry about me… I’ve never felt better.

…. Now, I’m not fond of North Korea = The DPRK – because they do horrible things to their people, not least of which is starve them but they also endanger them with every idiotic move that the insane little dictator Kim Jong Il does.  He’s screweyer than a rat with advanced syphilis – he’s more along the lines of crazy and screwey as the man that gave the rat syphilis.

He likes to pretend at how powerful they are but really they’re a bunch of dangerous children.  Unstable dangerous children.

I was making korean food recently and thought… what would a North Korean Cookbook look like?

click it and it gets bigger.

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Ugh.

Update Sat. 6:30pm.

Still here.  Increased pain again.  Going to call the doc about this – it is beyond ridiculous.  Who knows what is going on?

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Update: Sat. 1pm

Up.  Got to sleep at 6am. Slept until 5 minutes ago.

Cruel Wife is sick.  I’m out of commission and the kids are healthy as really mischievous horses.  So, Aggie… would you come up and borrow the children temporarily?  I know the south is a long way to come from to get to Michigan, but, wouldja?

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Update:  3:19AM  Still feel like freeze-dried dog barf.

I’ve asked Cruel Wife three times today for “a suicide pill with a mild laxative side-effect” and she tells me every time that we’re fresh out, that she took the last one.  Whatever happened to the marriage vows of “Love, honor, obey, and don’t-take-the-last-suicide-pill-with-the-mild-laxative-side-effect”?

I guess I’ll just have to live with 1 out of 4, right?

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Thank GOD for painkillers.  I’ve been at a 7-8 on the pain scale for a while now and through a miraculous combination of vicodin, ibuprofen, and -yes- benadryl, I am able to sit here in my chair with ice on my neck and type this.

If it had gotten any worse I’d have asked Cruel Wife to drive me to the hospital.  When she hears me say “I’d kill for dilaudid right now” she knows to be concerned because it is bad.

I’m not comfortable, not by a long shot, but the sharp jaggy broken-shards-of-glass edges are taken off.

So no graphics today.  I have been working on a North Korean cookbook cover but it’ll have to wait a day.

I’ll talk at y’all tomorrow.  I’m going to sleep if I can.

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Draw Mohammed Day

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.   I love it.

Some of this stuff was cut out of yesterday’s post and put here to make it more cohesive – like one big ball of sticky phlegm.

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This is a piece titled: “Mohammad found in a ham and cheese sandwich by Texas housewife”

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Wow.  I’m kind of surprised this didn’t get death threats.

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Oh dear.  I remember this but never saw a photo of it until last night.

source: http://zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/book_illos/

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Posted this graphic I did a LONG time ago.  Worth throwing up again.

I suspect Mohammed’s real secret is the whole cross-dressing thing.  Eddie Izzard may be able to pull that off but some folks ought not go getting gussied up.

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California has this coming.

An Arizona utility commissioner said he’s willing to pull the plug on Los Angeles if the city goes through with a boycott of his state.

In a letter to the city of LA, a member of Arizona’s power commission said he would ask Arizona utility companies to cut off the power supply to Los Angeles. LA gets about 25 percent of its power from Arizona.

“That is one commissioner who has that idea — whether he can do that or not is another idea,” said LA Councilman Dennis Zine. “They are the ones who have to make the move, not us.”

Oh please oh please oh please boycott Arizona…

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Many thanks to cmblake6 for posting this thing.

The HeartAttack Grill will be my Mecca.

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This guy has my complete respect.  The sick kids must have just loved to have him visit.  Kudos!  Yeah, he’s a geek but if he’s brightening a little kid’s day, so what?

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Oh dear.  I hadn’t seen this one.

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Sent to me by friend, co-worker, and all around good egg, ID10T-Killer… I can’t think of a creepier mascot.  His operative word “creepy” fits too freaking well.  *brrrrr*

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This could happen anywhere, but I just bet part of the problem is the way their health care is structured.

The poor woman had a toilet brush handle broken off in her ass.

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Update:  I’m out today.  Just not feeling great and tired of going to work no matter what.  It gets old showing up day after day to do your job when all you want to do is lie down.

I know that didn’t sound too cheery.  This ought to help – Got the link on a tip from Monster (cbullitt) over at Aardvark’s and Asshats.  Published in The Canadian.  All through the article the author/compiler peppered the thing with “could”, “could be”, “probably”, “as much as”, and my favorite “if validated”.  Emphasis mine…

Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012

Hydrate hypothesis illuminates growing climate change alarm  – Compiled by John Stokes

To summarize, human activity is causing the Earth to warm. Bacteria converts carbon in the soil into greenhouse gasses, and enormous quantities are trapped in unstable clathrates. As the earth continues to warm, permafrost clathrates will thaw; peat and soil microbial activity will dramatically increase; and, finally, vast oceanic clathrates will melt. This global warming chain reaction has happened in the past.

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 rose by a record amount over the past year. It is the third successive year in which they have increased sharply. Scientists are at a loss to explain why the rapid rise has taken place, but fear the trend could be the first sign of runaway global warming.

Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth’s remaining resources.

Over 4.5 billion people could die from Global Warming related causes by 2012, as planet Earth accelarates into a greed-driven horrific catastrophe.

Maybe the Mayan 2012 thing had merit?  Ohgoshwe’reallgonnadie!

The “hydrate hypothesis” (if validated) spells the rapid onset of runaway catastrophic global warming. In fact, you should remember this moment when you learned about this feedback loop-it is an existencial turning point in your life.

By the way, the “hydrate hypothesis” is a weeks old scientific theory, and is only now being discussed by global warming scientists. I suggest you Google the term.

Now that most scientists agree human activity is causing the Earth to warm, the central debate has shifted to when we will pass the tipping point and be helpless to stop the runaway Global Warming.

The author paints a picture where all scientists are working day and night as a cohesive organism, grim faced, with scurrying engineers and acolytes – all tirelessly sacrificing to understand the process by which a large portion of humanity will die – all because of greed.

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Whups.  That is going to leave a mark.


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That’s what my mother told me when I finally got my diploma and headed towards the “real world”.

Let’s not analyze her or her remarks too closely but focus instead on a generalization that we can make based on the statement as presented.

Education is very useful, valuable even, but if you are a blithering idiot it’s a waste of your time and dangerous to others.

On NPR’s Environment report this morning I heard a piece about toxic chemicals in things we use every day – cleaning supplies, household goods, and even perfumes.  The idiocy was here:

Ann Steinemann is an environmental engineering professor at the University of Washington, and has studied hundreds of cleaning products. She says nearly all brands on the market, even those labeled green products, contain undisclosed carcinogens – which are considered hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency:

“According to the EPA, things that are classified as carcinogens have no safe exposure level. There is no safe exposure level. Even one molecule cannot be considered safe.”

Some of the most toxic shit known to mankind, ricin and botulinum toxin – will not kill you with one molecule… NOTHING will.

Nor can it be considered unsafe at any level.  This is such a bogus statement.  Sure it’s technically true but it has no intrinsic value.  It’s like saying human’s diet includes bugs because we get them in chocolate.  Well, yeah, we do get bugs in our chocolate, but so freakin’ what?

The EPA is not the final arbiter of information about what is good and what is bad – they hold no universal truths and they can be wrong.  The problem is that when you start labeling things as toxic or carcinogenic those claims are based on testing that is the biological equivalent of testing to failure in the mechanical engineering fields.   There is no number where you say “Oh, after 10,032 molecules you’ll die of gangrene of the eardrum”.

Why scare people with statements that lead them to believe that even one teensy little bit that can only (maybe) seen wtih a gas chromatograph is going to kill them?  What if it is a thousand times some teensy amount?  Is that bad enough?  It’s not at all clear that even then it’s ok to declare a product “unsafe”.  Just claiming that the presense of a substance is enough to ban it is asinine.

Yes, lots of things are carcinogenic.  Yes, some things are scary.  That doesn’t mean we should freak everybody out with technically correct claims that are still so far removed from reason as to immediately lower the IQ of anyone who hears them.

Disclaimer:  I am not even remotely interested in debating chemicals in consumer goods, not even a teensy bit.  I’m ranting about scary-sounding statements used to make one’s cause seem more urgent, like the one above.

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It is time to come out, come clean… I… I… I am a fountain pen freak.  My father is disgusted – he says “We embraced ball-point pens for a reason!”  Yeah, well, my hand gets tired with BP and fine-point pens – and a good fountain pen is smooth as glass.  And no one steals them, either, because 97.23% of the people out there can’t write with ’em.  Good, I say.

The Skyline model (Eversharp) is something I drool over.  Note the art deco design.

I’m showing an image from that link as a teaser… go look at the beautiful pens…

Note:  The website requested that I only use this image provided… go look at the pens on the page…

PenHero.com Main Page
Read about more great pens at PenHero.com

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I lived in the Tri-Cities for years and met Cruel Wife there so this article caught my attention.

I’m cynical and I piss Cruel Wife off regularly by saying “I have faith in human nature.”   I mean it in the most unflattering way possible.

There are good people around still.  How about that?

I still have faith in human nature.

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Really, see last post… if robots can do the wedding ceremony…

I mean Betty-Sue here KNOWS how to please a man.  And she comes with a full set of attachments and can be added on….

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They’ve totally lost it.

Update:  Not blogging a lot.  BS’ing more than anything.  Don’t feel terrific just yet, so sorry – I’m inspiration-free but ideas fed to me get the pump primed.  If you have ideas, I’d love to hear them (graphics ideas).

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How do you knowwhen a culture is bankrupt?

When they let a robot start marrying people.  You might as well do the ceremony yourself with a twelve-pack of beer.

…. not that there’s anything *wrong* with that…



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