Mike Beversluis

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The second funniest thing I've seen today

When I was young, flying was exotic and airports where futuristic and awe inspiring. But commuter flying is a no-fairy-tales world, and in between episodes of Rage and Despair, salty peanut snacks, plans for standing room only flights in Asia, and In The Event of an Emergency videos, this can happen.

Ken Jennings, Pimp

Just about the funniest thing I've seen today (via Eric) Better yet, NBC hasn't banned it yet!

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Popular Science & Popular Mechanics are still the best science journals available

Alt-fuel facts.

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Hold your horses, you white collar "dey dook der doobs!" guys

Smartness gap? Not so fast.

Update:
USA! USA! USA!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A Visual Dictionary of SWAT Hand Signals


"Stay In Front of Me Where It's Safe"
More.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Digital Cameras are just like Typewriters

When I was young I would read about the Secret Service tracking down death threats by matching a letter's font to a brand of typewriter (particularly defects which would uniquely identify the machine), and now you can do that with a digital image too. It turns out that the noise and dead pixels and dust blurs in an image give a good identification of the camera that took the image. This should immediately be written into a movie script somewhere - say, the next Jane Austen adaptation.

Puzzling



Be careful, lest you open an inter-dimensional portal to hell.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Thank You for Smoking

I hadn't been out to see a movie in awhile, and on my Mom's recommendation, I went to see the screen adaptation of Christopher Buckley's "Thank you for Smoking." Bottom line: a solid A. Good job Mom - you are totally off the hook for Whales of August.

I'll try not to belabor the point, but since it originates from Buckley, it's literate and funny. It's directed by Ivan Reitman's son, Jason so there's genetics there too, but he apparently honed his skills filming shorts, so Thank You for Smoking is focused and lean as well as stylish. The humour is sharper than most Hollywood films. At a point deep in the second act, our protegonist's (hero's?) legs have been taken out by a nice low sweep from the evil Katie Holmes (Cobra Kai!). He's down down down, when where does help come from? His ten year old son, who steps in and gives him the Give one For The Gipper Speech which enables him to go out and battle for Big Tabaco again. Nice inversion and pretty funny in my book.

The script is sharp and despite it's satirical bent, it rings with honest moments: The Father and Son scenes are sharply written. The acting's good, particularly the supporting cast. J. K. Rowling, Robert Duvall, Sam Elliot, the kimono-frocked Rob Loewe, and the MOD squad deliver in spades. I think most go in with the idea that this is anti-Tabacco or even anti-lobbying - I'm not so sure it condemns these things. Consider this the Anti-Supersize me.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Soduko

Soduko? Ajax is great.

American Ethnic Geography

American Ethnic Geography. The raw data comes from the Census Bureau's American FactFinder webpage.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Honor guard


I think this is the perfect response:

Don Russ and other members of the Patriot Guard Riders show their support at the funeral service for Marine Lance Cpl. Philip Martini Wednesday in South Holland, Illinois. Martini was killed earlier this month by small arms fire in Iraq. The Patriot Guard Riders are a group of motorcyclist who serve as an honor guard at military funerals and provide a barrier between funeral goers and members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas who often protest military funerals carrying signs with slogans such as "Thanks God for Dead Soldiers." Illinois, along with 24 other states, have drafted laws limiting protests near funerals in response to a series of protests nationwide by members of the Westboro church at military funerals.


[via the Seattle Times]

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Okay, so you have the new 1080p hotness - what are you going watch, test paterns?

Dammit Janet. It seems the lower resolution EDTV might be the best looking of them all. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to lighting cigars with $100 bills.

The Few, The Proud, The Available for Minimum Wage...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Sunday, April 16, 2006

My International To Do List

Argentina's on it. I've had Matte before, and I kinda agree. Haven't had the 2 steaks per day, though.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Ice ice baby

Deicing gets a pulsed electrical boost, which is pretty cool, but it looks like this will save a lot of energy in future refrigerators too.

Flickr kidnapper note generator


Are you wasting too much time clipping out individual letters for all of your various anonymous message needs? Time that you could be wasting on teh intarnet instead? Flikr to the rescue.

Friday, April 14, 2006

heh 2


Via Sox Blog

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bubbles

Heh.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Legend of El-Pipe-O

It seems Nelson Pass doesn't worry about the Spousal Acceptance Factor:

Funny things happen when your speakers are flat to 13 Hz. You have to be careful about your tone arm, your windows, your neighbors, and your bowels. After we got the system running, we spent a hour or so going around the room bolting down or otherwise re-arranging knick-knacks, shelving, furniture and windows that began rattling. After that, we called up our friends and had a little party. And another.


[via]

The Enemy of the Good is the Best

You try to take Gauss down a peg or two if you like, but at the end of the day, most math theorems are still named for the second guy who discovered them.

Turbonique


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I'm sorry, but you are just not freakishly tall enough

Over the weekend my brother and I played at casting for a sitcom based on our family. Judging was done by how much laughter each suggestion immediately got multiplied by how much it annoyed that person. I'm not so mean as I seem, act, or as your best testing indicates, so I won't put up the whole cast. However, I'm fair game, and depending on who you ask, I'm either:

Stephen Fry

or:


Brad Garrett

You make the call.

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Trust me - you'll probably have to - these are hillarious.

Gnarls Barkley

Not bad... Plus, their website has the best background I've ever seen. (via lotsapeople)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Sa supposta partenzia

Sa supposta partenzia - The imaginary travel.

Curzu! E cale caminu app'a leare
si cambias de clima, o Venus mia ...

A path in the sky! And how shall I find my course
if you are not stable in your own, my Venus?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

A una rosa

Traditional (version of http://www.folksantarughe.it/canto1.htm)


Rosa chi ses de venus raighina
si no est iĆ  finsione fabulosa,
contra a venus s'armesit un'ispina
bessit su samben et naschet sa rosa;
oh rosa rubiconda subraffina
chi ses fiza de venus amorosa!
Oh odorifera bella et grassiosa,
chie no amat a tie non est umanu.

Rose, who are the root of Venus,
if that is not a drifting dream ...
against Venus she armed herself with a thorn,
the blood came out and the rose was born;
rose full of exquisite colour,
you are the daughter of loving Venus!
Sweet scented, beautiful and full of grace,
who doesn't fall in love with you is not human.

Heh

THE EASY WAY TO START SMOKING: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smoking Twenty Cigarettes a Day -- And Loads More in the Evening [via]

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Disco Bar

Disco Stu says check out the Disco Bar. Anyone else thinking of Michel Gondry's Daft Punk Video?

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For those of you running OSX


You're welcome.

This is cool enough to link to, but looking at it hurts enough not to directly display

Intergalactic Chrisopher Walkin

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Quoted

I'm all-encompassingly sorry not to have generated more original content. Such was not the plan. Cie la vie:

"Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing."
-Randy K. Milholland

"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."
- Nikita Khrushchev

"Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water."
W. C. Fields

(Sorry to interupt, uh, myself, but I used this quote at work the other day, and my collegue proceeded to tell a story about Donald Rumsfield. He was at some party of like-minded Green tinted individuals when someone mentioned that they had been on a rafting trip with a bunch of Republican big-shots, the D.R.[E]. among them. The thing was catered out the wazoo, and so there was one raft filled with wine&beer and one filled with hard liquor. However, at some point in the trip they lost this raft and it's precious fluids. The beer and wine had made it through, presumably with the steaks et al, but everyone was upset that they would have to go through the rest of the trip sans full strength mental lubrication; Hence the W.C. Fields reference. However, Rumsfield pulls out a phone and six hours later, a helicopter flies in and rapels down cases of liquor for the rest of the trip. This caused much consternation at the party, but my colleague was like, give the man his propers. If you can dial a phone (in the middle of nowhere) and six hours later hard liquor shows up via the Special Forces (or whatever), you have arrived. Big pimpin' indeed. No idea if the story is true or not, but that's not stopping this Blogger(tm)).

"All phone calls are obscene."
Karen Elizabeth Gordon

"Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care."
William Safire

"I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy."
Richard Feynmann

(Less well known, they are about as bad looking at scientific problems too. My take: Smart is Just Less Dumb.)

"An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy."
Benjamin Stolberg

"Hell, there are no rules here-- we're trying to accomplish something."
Thomas A. Edison

"I've gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller's parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her."
New Yoke City Detective

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The great taco hunt

This guy is hunting down every taco stand in LA. Chipotle is better than many lunch options around here, but they ain't got shit on this. I miss Walla Walla.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Clipped, quoted, duly noted.

20/20 linkdump:

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100% Nietzsche Approved

When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back; Or so I gather.

Daylight savings was on April Fools day, wasn't it?

Newsflash - I'm a dumbass, or at least dumber than my cellphone, computer and car. Also, I live on a desert island and have little contact with the outside world, except for these blog entries which I relay to overflying airline pilots using a mirror and morse code.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

No foolin'

I'm a monkey's uncle again. Congratulations Laura and Eric - too bad you won't sleep well for the next year.