June 25, 2010

Dosage of Cuteness

According to the Columbus zoo, young otters need swimming lessons.

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June 23, 2010

Wednesdays Are Not So Bad

First the US advances to the knockout rounds in the World Cup after a thrilling extra-time goal. Then there's an earthquake. It felt just like ones I've experienced in Japan and California, but I wasn't expecting one in New York!

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June 20, 2010

Rowan Atkinson is Doctor Who

The greatest episode of Doctor Who ever made. (For a comedy charity special.)

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June 19, 2010

I Made an Assumption

My girlfriend has talked about her cousins that live just two doors down from her house. (They watch each other's houses when they go on vacation, etc.) But I'd not met the cousins, as they happened to never be at home when we stopped by.

Yesterday, after an evening bike ride in glorious weather along with River Walk, they were home, so we dropped in. Having heard that cousins were living there, I had been visualizing a couple like any of my many married cousins.

The two living there had celebrated their wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier. Specifically, their sixty-second anniversary. They had married a few years after the end of the War to End All Wars, Mark II.

Their courtship story was cute, too. He has lived his entire life in North Tonawanda, excepting a few years when, as a young man, he went to Italky as a package delivery man, distributing 75mm and 240mm packages at very high speeds. After the war, he lived in a place across the street from a local grocery store owned by a spinster. The spinster's niece came from Ohio to visit for a week in summer, and he decided this was a good thing. He moved fast enough to secure permission to write her letters once she went back home, then saved money to make an occasional long-distance telephone call (very expensive!) and took a couple of train trips out to visit. It was so romantic I felt inadequite. Then, his first cousin married his sister-in-law not long after.

So, to clarify, he's actually the first cousin of my GF's grandfather. That makes them first cousins twice removed.

I think they felt they were being bad hosts, as the gentleman kept offering me beer or whiskey, but all I took was water. First, I don't drink very much alcohol. Second, I was dehydrated from a bike ride on a hot day, and alcohol would have probably laid me out. Still, I always feel bad about turning down the hospitality of kindly folks.

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June 11, 2010

Romantic Candles Are No Good When You Dine Alone

I'm not the best-looking dude, so I like to impress the ladies with my skills. That includes cooking. I just cooked what was perhaps the most impressive meal of my life. Sadly, the lady I intended to share it with, collapsed with a migraine about twenty minutes before it was ready. I guess she can have it microwaved, tomorrow. I just had my share, and it was glorious. Reheated, it'll only be excellent. *sigh*

Menu, for those that care:

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June 07, 2010

Nike Does It Well

The Super Bowl is famously the most expensive venue for television ads. These two ads run for three minutes each, making them prohibitavly expensive for American Football. But they are made for the real football, which has a conveniently long halftime, just right for long ads.

And these two are both brilliant bits of filmmaking.

Write the Future:

Take it to the Next Level:

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June 04, 2010

Another SF Trope Disproven

It's a classic thing one finds in not-very-good science fiction dramas and stories: some poor bastard gets exposed to hard vacuum, and explodes.

2001: A Space Odyssey showed it a bit more accuratly.

And at least once, a NASA space suit tester was exposed to vacuum, and lived to tell the tale.

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