Thursday, December 31, 2009

Borg sphere

Is it just me, or does this thing strike anyone else as looking like a Borg sphere.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New dog photos

With all the snow the last few days, I've been catching up on posting for Andy the pocket shepherd blog. So if you like to see some new dog photos head on over.

The myth of cell phone popcorn

In an earlier post, I blogged about how cell phones had enough energy to pop pop-corn. Turns out to my disappointment, that this was a con perpetuated by a Bluetooth headset company. Thanks to Dr. Z for pointing this out.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

To those of you who partake, Merry Christmas. For all the rest, happy holidays. There was a lot of talk last night about the true meaning of Christmas, but what really strikes me today is the quiet. Its the one true day of rest. In a culture that goes full tilt 7/24, today is a day without gladiatorial bowl games, and even Walmart employees get a day off to spend with family and friends. That in itself is something to be very thankful for!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Snow Day

The view from work today. Its coming down at a steady clip, we've got over 5 inches of fresh power just outside the door.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cell Phone Popcorn

Ok, this suggests that a quartet of cell phones has enough energy to pop corn, yet these phones are supposed to be safe to put next you head or in your pocket?

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Master thespian William Shatner reads excerpts of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue." and Sarah Palin reads excerpt of Shatner's autobiography, "Up Till Now."

Friday, December 11, 2009

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb

1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?

2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

4. Rottweiler: Make me.

5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!

7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.

9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!

10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

11. Chihuahua : Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or 'We don't need no stinking light bulb.'

12. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

13. Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?

Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:

'How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?'

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Gizmodo has been hosting a themed photographic challenge on soulful shots of winter. These are a few of my favorites.

Friday, December 04, 2009


What does your cat do all day while you are away? An animal-behavior scientist by the name of Jill Villarreal answered this question by giving 50 house cats collar mounted cameras that took a photo every 15 minutes. Common wisdom assumed that cats spent most of their time sleeping. The results showed a different picture:
  • 22 percent of their time looking out of windows
  • 12 percent interacting with other family pets
  • 8 percent climbing on chairs or kitty condos
  • 6 percent looking at a TV, computer or other media
  • 6 percent of the time and hiding under tables
  • 6 percent of their hours were spent sleeping
  • 5 percent of the time was spent playing with toys
  • 4 percent eating or looking at food
The reminder of their time was spent plotting to take over the world.

Update: The Cameras are available here.