April 30th, 2009

"Not an angel"

Make your own episode of Mythbusters!




Man, they got these all wrong...

Kari: I stumbled into Jamie's shop one day on a whim and swept the floors until they gave me a job. Now I'm too lazy to try for anything better.

Grant: Say what you want, but Mythbusters is still a step up from remote-controlling R2-D2 at George Lucas's nephew's birthday party every year.

Tori: Sacrificial insurance company goat in San Francisco sure pays a hell of a lot better than set builder on Broadway!

;]

Make your own!
Captain Obvious

Meme tagged: 8 questions about your favorite character.


ohmisunao hit me with this, now I have to talk about Priss.

1. Do you like this character?

Duuuuhh! Like, probably my favorite fictional character ever.

2. What name/s do you call this character?

Priss. (This question makes no sense...)

3. What image-color do you associate with this character?

Red. Her bike, her leathers, her eyes.

4. What image-song do you associate with this character?

Konban wa Hurricane. ;]

5. What blood-type do you think this character is?

Japanese blood type categories are amusing - see http://www.japanvisitor.com/index.php?cID=359&pID=329 . By these standards she's definitely type B, the Hunter.

6. Of all of the titles that this character appears in, what character do you like to put this character with?

I don't even understand the question. Priss is a lone wolf, who would she be "put with"?

7. What would you want to say to this character?

"Show me the best ride around MegaTokyo."

8. What do you want to do with this character?

Marry her! No, seriously. And Sylvie can live with us too. ;]
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ronin

DC is owned by lobbiests. In the most recent case, bank lobbiests.


Sen. Dick Durbin, on a local Chicago radio station this week, blurted out an obvious truth about Congress that, despite being blindingly obvious, is rarely spoken: "And the banks - hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created - are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place." The blunt acknowledgment that the same banks that caused the financial crisis "own" the U.S. Congress - according to one of that institution's most powerful members - demonstrates just how extreme this institutional corruption is.

That Congress is fully owned and controlled by a tiny sliver of narrow, oligarchical, deeply corrupted interests is simultaneously so obvious yet so demonized (only Unserious Shrill Fringe radicals, such as the IMF's former chief economist, use that sort of language) that even Durbin's explicit admission will be largely ignored. Even that extreme of a confession (Durbin elaborated on it with Ed Schultz last night) hardly causes a ripple.


http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/04/30/ownership/index.html

It's nice to see a highly liberal rag like Salon publishing this kind of muckraker stuff.
ronin

The story of the "Lost Cosmonaut"


There are those who believe that somewhere in the vast blackness of space, about nine billion miles from the Sun, the first human is about to cross the boundary of our Solar System into interstellar space. His body, perfectly preserved, is frozen at –270 degrees C (–454ºF); his tiny capsule has been silently sailing away from the Earth at 18,000 mph (29,000km/h) for the last 45 years. He is the original lost cosmonaut, whose rocket went up and, instead of coming back down, just kept on going.

It is the ultimate in Cold War legends: that at the dawn of the Space Age, in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, the Soviet Union had two space programmes, one a public programme, the other a ‘black’ one, in which far more daring and sometimes downright suicidal missions were attempted. It was assumed that Russia’s Black Ops, if they existed at all, would remain secret forever.

The ‘Lost Cosmonauts’ debate has been reawakened thanks to a new investigation into the efforts of two ingenious, radio-mad young Italian brothers who, starting in 1957, hacked into both Russia’s and NASA’s space programmes – so effect­ively that the Russians, it seems, may have wanted them dead.


http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/1302/lost_in_space.html