Entries from December 2008 ↓

HDR Photo of NYC

Dangermarc noticed my interest in HDR photography yesterday. Today he sent me this HDR photo of NYC. It’s so vivid and pretty… Almost makes me want to live there! ;)

What Santa Really Does While You’re Asleep

Here are just a few panes from the comic. Hi-larry-ous. Check out the rest here.

Study: Young People Watch Less TV

A new study by Deloitte shows that today’s young people (the millennials) watch less TV than Gen Xers do. But I don’t think this statement is accurate:

“Put another way, the older you get, the more you watch…”

I’m sure this was just worded poorly. But what it seems to indicate is that you watch more TV as you get older. But this study didn’t track people over time. It was comparing generations (millenials vs. Xers). It’s quite possible that Xers watched as much TV now as they did when they were teens. In my opinion, it’s not about how old you are. Instead, it’s more likely related to what media you grew up with. The internet and video game weren’t quite as pervasive when we Xers were kids. So, our medium of choice is TV. The millenials were born with internet piped directly into their eye-sockets and video games growing out of their palms (a la Borg). So, it’s understandable that they would watch less TV and spend more time with other media.

The truly definitive study would include TV habits of the Xers when they were teens, and then ten years from now would also report on the TV habits of the millenials. Then, and only then, we would be able to evaluate if getting older makes you more prone to watch more TV.

The Failure of the Procreation Argument

Via CBS Local Blogs:

A common argument from those who oppose same sex marriage is that the purpose of a wedded union is [to] breed and make lots of little Cheerio-eating poop factories, and since gay people can’t reproduce, then same sex marriage is an empty gesture. But the thoughtful blogger at tongodeon is a series of tubes explores this argument and comes up with a different assessment:

Same-sex couples are not “darwinian dead ends” any more than adoption, grandparental and filial support, military and police self-sacrifice, intraspecies symbiosis, and other forms of altruism and social management are dead ends. Same-sex couples are neither uniquely nor de facto childless. Both same and opposite-sex couples are the full-time legal guardians of their own offspring and others’. But that’s OK, because even if this were true I don’t actually understand how this even matters. I don’t understand why an opposite-sex remarried partner’s past children count for more than a same-sex remarried partner’s past children. I don’t understand why the future children that a same-sex couple can’t have count for more than the future children that an infertile opposite-sex couple can’t have. I don’t even understand why a couple’s fecundity has anything at all to do with their legal recognition. The fact that same-sex couples can’t make babies but opposite-sex couples can seems to have about as much to do with marriage licenses as the fact that humans can make cars but dogs can’t has to do with drivers’ licenses. They can’t, but that’s not the reason why.

Here’s what I do know: right now there are thousands of same-sex families with parents who are the full-time guardians of their biological, adoptive, and foster children, and their partners’ biological, adoptive, and foster children. Do those children “deserve” to have the protection of two parents instead of one parent and the legal equivalent of that parent’s golf buddy?

Giant Mechanical Spider

Yet another of Boston.com’s best photos of the year. This looks like a cross between Howl’s Moving Castle and the spider in Will Smith’s Wild Wild West:

A giant mechanical spider, part of a piece of free theater by French company La Machine entitled "Les Mecaniques Servants", walks along the waterfront in Liverpool, England on September 5, 2008. The 37-ton spider which stands at 50 feet (15 meters) tall was in Liverpool as part of the city's European capital of culture celebrations. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
A giant mechanical spider, part of a piece of free theater by French company La Machine entitled “Les Mecaniques Servants”, walks along the waterfront in Liverpool, England on September 5, 2008. The 37-ton spider which stands at 50 feet (15 meters) tall was in Liverpool as part of the city’s European capital of culture celebrations. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Pew Pew Pew Pew

Hahahahahaha. Love this photo from Boston.com’s list of best photos of the year:

In this photo released by the official Xinhua news agency, members of China's armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, east China, on Wednesday July 2, 2008, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Xinhua/Fan Changguo)

In this photo released by the official Xinhua news agency, members of China's armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, east China, on Wednesday July 2, 2008, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Xinhua/Fan Changguo)

Another Film Addict Test

I scored a significantly “less addicted” score on this test than the last one. On this test, I’m even less addicted than my friend Ginger.

Take the test and compare your score to mine here.

Human Dinosaur

Hahahahahahahaha!

The Voyage Home: Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Majel Barrett Roddenberry passed away today. For you non-trekkies, she was the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Majel also played several important parts in the various Star Trek series including Dr. McCoy’s medical assistant, the voice of the Enterprise’s computers, and Lwaxana Troi in ST:TNG.

Majel recently finished her voiceover work for the ship’s computers in the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. She reportedly suddenly passed due to a battle with leukemia.

Batman Gets Pwned for Xmas

Awww, poor guy.

via the Non-Adventures of Wonderella.

Religious Commentary on Franken Ballot

Love it!

Open Left says:

This ballot was challenged by Norm Coleman because the voter wrote in ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ for another office… It’s actually a strong political statement against creationism and not a joke. Coleman’s people apparently thought that writing in something that sounded like a joke on any part of the ballot disqualified the vote, so they challenged it. The challenge was rejected, and it’s now in Franken’s pile.

If Franken wins, I like that this is one of the ballots that will put him over the top.

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

I’m not sure if this photo has been doctored. I suppose it’s possible that it hasn’t. Amazingly beautiful:

Joe and the Thunder Volcano

Whoa, is this shiznit f’real? This photo of a volcano spewing ash and lightning is so effing awesome that it made top photo lists on Boston.com and Cracked.com.

Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as seen from Chana, some 30 kms (19 miles) north of the volcano, as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them. Picture taken May 2, 2008. (REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)

Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as seen from Chana, some 30 kms (19 miles) north of the volcano, as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them. Picture taken May 2, 2008. (REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez)

Diesel Advertisement – NSFW

Dude. You have to check this out. I’m at a loss:

Movie Buff = Have No Life?

Supposedly if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put X’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(X) Fight Club
(X) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X ) Airplane
Total: 9

(X) The Princess Bride
(X) Anchorman
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 14

(X) Scream
(X) Scream 2
(X) Scream 3
(X) Scary Movie
(X) Scary Movie 3
(X) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 22

(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
(X) Resident Evil 1
(X) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
(X) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 30

(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Te as Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Te as Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(X) White Chicks
(X) Butterfly Effect
(X) 13 Going on 30
(X) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 37

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