Monday, October 31, 2011

I Don't Watch TV Often...

And when I do it's online and with as few ads as possible and it never includes a whole episode of Jimmy Fallon's show; but every time he has Justin Timberlake on and they do one of these it's worth the time...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Republican Presidential Field

Ladies and gentlemen, your current leading GOP hopeful is Herman Cain...

Good luck with that.

The original ad is here.

(via TPM)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oil Spill Skimming Breakthrough

So the BP Gulf Oil Spill last summer inspired an X Prize for oil skimming with a target of 2,500 gallons recovered per minute.  The industry average is about 1,100 gallons per minute and the team from Elastec won $1 million when they nearly doubled the 2,500 gallon per minute target.

(via NPR)

Police Academy Sound Effects Flashback

 We all remember Micheal Winslow even if we don't know his name, the Police Academy series forever cemented him and the Gute in the collective consciousness of our generation (I saw Tackleberry on something the other day as well).

Kottke unearthed this clip and I want to share it as well, forget everything you know about beatboxing and sound effects, Winslow's "guitar" work is quite literally unbelievable...

The host's face when Winslow gets going is classic.

Winslow has a website these days with more video and the like, apparently he does live shows as well.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

On Food

It makes us happy, it keeps us healthy (if we eat the right things in the right amounts), it's pretty important, and it's the subject of the 2011 Blog Action Day - that's right Food!

I don't have a lot to say today on the subject, who are we kidding, I love food and have a lot to say and plenty of opinions.  Instead of rambling on and on about food though I'm going to share a couple of articles on seafood issues that have been bouncing around my to share list for a while now.  Most of these will make you think a bit, keep in mind that fishing and eating fish are complicated issues these days and no one article is ever going to give you all the info that you need or want.

Generally speaking my advice is to try to get closer to your food.  Where it comes from, who grows / raises / catches it, and how you prepare it.  Which sort of translates to stay away from overly processed stuff.

Talking Salmon - Good Food World takes a look at Alaskan Salmon fisheries and Pacific Northwest seafood retailers.

A Little Piece of Maine - Earth Justice put together a nice story on Port Clyde, ME one of the leaders in the community supported fishery movement.

To Eat or Not to Eat - A great back and forth from that I've only skimmed among a bunch of leading fisheries experts and researchers, it does get pretty wonky so be warned.

Every Last Bite - Four Fish author Paul Greenberg tells of making the most of his cod using an old Marcella recipe in the NYT.

That'll give you something to chew on for a while (see what I did there?).

Thursday, October 13, 2011

How The World Works

Often, a picture's worth a whole bunch of words...

Steve Sack at the Star Tribune nails it.

People Want Jobs

Via the Morning Plum comes this nugget from the latest NBC / WSJ poll...

The jobs bill would cut the payroll tax rate, fund new road construction, continue to extend unemployment benefits, and give tax credits to companies who hire and train long-term unemployed workers. The plan would be paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthy and increasing taxes on businesses by closing some corporate tax loopholes. Do you favor or oppose this plan?
Favor 63
Oppose 32
That's pretty cut and dried if you ask me.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Camouflage That For Me

You may already know that octopi are pretty freaking cool.  You're probably aware of the fact that they do some chameleon like things and you might have heard the story about the octopus in the aquarium that was climbing out of his tank every night, walking across the floor, climbing into the reef fish tank, hunting the fish, and then getting back in his tank (after putting the lids back on both tanks) before any of the staff showed up in the morning (they finally figured it out with a security camera).

But I bet you haven't seen anything quite like this...

Chameleons have nothing on these guys.

(via ES from fb)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Money Balls

Moneyball was a great book and while I haven't seen the movie yet it is on my list, I hear good things.

I mean any movie that spawns quality spoofs like these has to be pretty good...

This feels like a good time to note that, once again, the two top payroll teams will not be meeting in the world series.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Promoting Scientific Integrity

It's a big lift, and one of the ways that the Union of Concerned Scientists tackles the mission is with an annual scientific integrity editorial cartoon contest and calendar.  This year's winner and the 12 cartoons for the calendar were announced recently...

Congrats to John Klossner and all the other entrants.

You can see more of the cartoons on the UCS site.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Grows Some Legs

The Occupy Wall Street protests started to spread this past weekend and they also started to pick up some news coverage.  One piece that didn't make it on air was this Fox News interview, I can't imagine why they left it on the cutting room floor...

Ezra Klein put together a good little link primer to get you up to speed with the protests.

Maybe this will actually spark something, I hope so.

Isolated Power

Islands have energy needs just like the rest of the world.  The folks who live on islands still want and need to be able to drive cars and boats, and have electricity and all of the modern comforts that it affords.  Most of the time this means shipping in fossil fuels and burning them in big noisy, dirty generators.  The generators tend to have issues and not function all that well all the time, not too mention the cost of shipping in the fuel.

A few island communities are starting to make the move to renewable energy sources, which allows the communities to power themselves without having to ship in so much fossil fuel.  The islands of Tokelau are the latest to get on board the bandwagon.  According to New Scientist by the middle of 2012 solar photovoltaic cells will power the grid on Tokelau with coconut oil generators picking up the slack.

Now all they need is a fleet of electric cars...