Archives for April 12, 2009

… in the movie Observe and Report. Go HERE to see the rest of the commentary as well as the R-rated trailer which shows part of the scene in question. I’ve got no opinion on this one scene because there is not enough context or detail (having not seen the movie) but the FFFU seems…

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover is Dead

Bullies remain a ubiquitous part of modern civilized society despite the best efforts of the more thoughtful and intelligent caretakers, educators, philosophers, role models, and leaders. And now we have yet another poignant example of the negative effects of bullying behavior, as eleven year old Carl Walker-Hoover hangs himself to death. Carl …

In the old days (last week) Somali pirates would occasionally board a ship, there’d be some negotiations, money would change hands, and the ship would be back on track. That was not a good system, but it was a system. Then the first American flagged ship to get taken by the pirates comes along and…

The Scorpionator

The A-Pod Robot

The problem with those dang ethnic people is that you can’t even pronounced their names. Regarding the difficulty some Chinese and other east Asian people have with conflicts in their own naming system and the naming system assued by, for instance, a state’s Motor Vehicle department, Texas (where else) State Representative Betty Brown says: Rather…

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Rebecca Skloot just facebooked this story: Scientists Find ‘Baffling’ Link between Autism and Vinyl Flooring Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit chemicals called phthalates, are more likely to have autism, according to research by Swedish and U.S. scientists published Monday. The study of Swedish children is among the first to…

Galapagos Volcano Erupting

The Galapagos National Park says La Cumbre volcano began spewing lava, gas and smoke on uninhabited Fernandina Island on Saturday after four years of inactivity. The park says in a statement the eruption is not a threat to people living on nearby Isabela Island. But it says lava flowing to the sea will likely affect…

How to pronounce ubuntu

“ubuntu” is a southern and/or eastern Bantu word … one of those words that is found in a number of languages and that no one is quite sure of the origin of. But this does not mean that it can’t be pronounced correctly. There are very straight forward rules of pronunciation for Bantu words in…

My favorite Easter story

I bet you didn’t imagine that I would have an Easter story. Well, I’ve got one and it consists of nothing more than a mercifully short dialog between me and my daughter when she was very little: