Saturday, May 31, 2008

ice on mars?

NASA thinks this may be ice underneath the Phoenix Lander where the rocket blasters blew away some dirt. That would be promising for the possibility of life on Mars. But I think they're going to be disappointed when it turns out to be just a chunk of someone's old patio. My backyard is full of that crap.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

When I was a boy... couldn't use language like that in a "family newpaper".

But seriously... it's beginning to look like faulty school building construction is to blame for deaths of many children in the chinese eathquake and the parents, understandably, are starting to to ask questions.

This is a Communist Party official confronting outraged parents holding pictures of their lost children. I can't pretend to know all the cultural nuances in a scene like this, but when was the last time you saw any American official show even this much humility in the face of obvious under-performance?

Country with the fringe on top

If you were one-alarmed that a leading Presidential contender like John McCain sought and "valued" the endorsement of * John Hagee, you'll two-alarmed when you hear from Matt Taibbi, who joined and observed several prominent fringe movements, including John Hagee's mega-church and tells of those experiences in a new book.

Interviewed here on the Daily Show:

* I was going to put some typical honorific there like "Reverend" but it turns out he's not actually ordained as one. His ordination by the Assemblies of God was revoked when he remarried after divorcing his first wife.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

call her Miss Optimism

I guess 24-hour Secret Service protection does not prevent you from shooting yourself in the foot.

Well, you can't accuse her of hiding what's on her mind.

I tend to dismiss Hillary as a calculating politician, but her calculator must be one of those old crank models.

If Hillary has any brains left at all, she should make sure she is no where in the line of presidential succession during an Obama presidency.

Because you know that if he so much as sprains an ankle while he's in office the internets will immediately convict her of having planned it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

giant toad

... or maybe he just looks big in the pictures. They say the camera adds 10 pounds, you know.

One of many wild residents of my back yard.

These pictures are in cross-eye 3D. Cross your eyes to merge the two views. (click on them to see larger versions)

I love the grim expression.

Monday, May 05, 2008


I'm sure you've had the experience of getting caught with an embarassing pose or facial expression in a snapshot, but can you imagine sitting days or even weeks for a painting and coming out like this?

You may not recognize this man but you've heard of him. This is the famous Dr. Samuel Johnson, the wit credited with saying "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

Here's another one. Some people just don't take good oil paintings.

These were both painted by Johnson's close friend Sir Joshua Reynolds so I suspect these were not without some intended humor. Sir Joshua was entirely capable of painting a flattering portrait... when he was painting himself: