Posts Tagged ‘Stranger Than Fiction’

Have you ever fallen down the rabbit hole?

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

My inbox this morning contained an intriguing question to Cecil over at “The Straight Dope” regarding Alice in Wonderland and psychological testing — mainly why do they ask if you enjoyed reading it?

Your paranoia about such things is understandable–what’s a question like that supposed to gauge? Whether you like fantasy? Hookah smoking? Little girls?

Interesting lazy day reading material.

Victim and observers, city life in a nutshell

Sunday, April 10th, 2005

BrooklynVegan shares one of those freakier than fiction moments as he encounters a body in the road during his night on the town. Don’t worry — this tale has about as decent of an ending as one could expect.

I’ve seen some strange things before, but nothing to this degree. About the closest I’ve come is being on a train that ran over someone and he survived without a scratch.

Honorable mentionings

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

Conversational and informational fodder for you all to ponder and pontificate over. Dig in and fire up your comments, cause it’s big word Tuesday baby!

  • More reports of prisoner abuse in Iraq and Guantanamo, this time courtesy of the F.B.I. Seems as though the torturers are using the F.B.I.’s name to shield the blame from getting passed onto the Department of Defense. Sick, just sick. Does anyone else find it frightening that we’ve now lost the majority of our moral high ground when it comes to this kind of thing? For every “enemy combatant” left to defecate on themselves or pull their hair out, we give rise to two or three terrorists to replace them. Not the way to promote the splendors of democracy or ensure the safety of our nation if you ask me.
  • The long rumored MTA fare hike is now official. Monthly unlimited cards are to jump up from $70 to $76 a month, among other hikes. Great, there’s another $72 a year that I have to give over to someone else. This wouldn’t irk me so much if the MTA’s books were open. As it stands now, lots of nasty corruption rumors have been circulating.
  • The FCC has given the go-ahead to the use of in-flight broadband. Cell phone use in planes is also to be decided upon soon. Probably of interest to those who fly a lot, but considering my terrestrial nature this is just one of those curious policy things I like to make note of.
  • Just the mental image this one-line post creates had me laughing out loud at work.
  • The process is now officially underway for Turkey to be evaluate for entry into the European Union. There are many steps along the way. The process could take up to 15 years and there is no guarantee that they’ll be admitted.
  • Gizmodo has a picture of the Varioptic liquid lens that will add optical zoom and autofocus to future camera phones.
  • A write-up on how to build traffic to your blog. Not like having this personal indulgence of mine widely known has ever been a big issue with me, but maybe I can use some of this on another blog I get involved with.
  • Some Australian game has bought a virtual island for $26,500 in cash, and not virtual cash either. The slice of digitized land is in the online role-playing game Project Entropia.
  • First it was XM releasing their MyFi portable satellite radio. Now it looks like Sirius is gonna follow suit and raise the stakes at the same time: they are rumored to be talking with Apple about integrating a Sirius satellite radio into the iPod. It’s times like this that I wish O&A were on Sirius and not XM. That and their NFL coverage package.
  • Title how to get a budget out of a client. Hopefully I’ll get to use this tip some day on one of my freelance gigs.
  • Looks like we’ll be waiting until spring for the new season of Chappelle’s Show to begin. My funny bone is heart broken at the news.

And finally…

Tales of interest

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

The past week has been good as far as links of interest go, but it was quite lousy on time to post about them. Looks like another link dump for you all to enjoy:

You have found the golden chocobo. You are now mission complete.

Bear belly

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Yogi certainly can hold his own in a drinking contest! A black bear in Washington state was found passed out after it had guzzled 36 beers:

It turns out the bear was a bit of a beer sophisticate. He tried a mass-market Busch beer, but switched to Rainier Beer, a local ale, and stuck with it for his drinking binge.

(Hat tip to Lauren)