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Video: Hundreds of sea stars digesting a dead baby seal - beautiful

I'm not kidding; it's a beautiful video clip, though I'm really not hungry now.

posted at 5:09 pm
on Nov. 30, 2009


Pow! Sam Adams Utopia beer is 27 percent alcohol, $150 / bottle, banned in 13 states (and BC?)

The problem: Where am I going to find a similarly expensive pizza to go with it?

posted at 10:31 am
on Nov. 30, 2009


Video: La soupe des chiens, in Ch?teau de Cherverny

70 dogs, each part English foxhound and part French Poitou, line up for dinner. Amazing.

posted at 12:10 am
on Nov. 29, 2009


Mac DVD encoder HandBrake updates to .9.4 & REMOVES several significant functions

I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm THRILLED to see a piece of software that releases a new version that REMOVES some functionality that wasn't being actively used or developed. Is this an echo of the Snow Leopard release philosophy trickling down?

posted at 3:22 pm
on Nov. 28, 2009


The Top 20 FX Suits, from Goombas to C3P0 to Predator

Howard the Duck? Really?

posted at 6:35 pm
on Nov. 27, 2009


Cake Wrecks has been showing Thanksgiving cake disasters all week; today’s post is the best

I would not eat a bite of any of these, except maybe the "Tanksgiving" one.

posted at 1:38 pm
on Nov. 27, 2009


Seven Bad Writing Habits You Learned in School

A useful check-in list.

posted at 5:19 pm
on Nov. 26, 2009


Baking today? Wikipedia’s entry on baking powder is surprisingly interesting and well-written

I found it while reading about hartshorn. You know all about hartshorn, right?

posted at 2:20 pm
on Nov. 26, 2009


The best carved pumpkin ever / where pumpkin pies come from

I wish I could make that expression.

posted at 12:34 pm
on Nov. 26, 2009


Forget H1N1: 20 health improvements to be thankful for

Doom and gloom fills the news, but we're healthier than ever before.

posted at 12:01 pm
on Nov. 24, 2009


WWII slogan ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ regains popularity

Maybe because we're all stressed and unsure what to do?

posted at 9:07 am
on Nov. 23, 2009


Phys Ed: Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

Because you're too tired to be anxious.

posted at 4:36 pm
on Nov. 20, 2009


10 giant sea jellies pictures - don’t call them jellyfish

I'm told that since they're not fish, we oughtn't call them jellyfish. Next thing you know, you'll be telling me they're not whalefish.

posted at 10:48 am
on Nov. 20, 2009


College students arrested for not paying mandatory 18% tip for their party of 8

They refused to pay the $16 tip, and the bar called the police on them.

posted at 10:34 am
on Nov. 20, 2009


OkCupid analyzes attractiveness vs. # of messages, and likelyhood of a reply, on dating sites

Some very pretty graphs here, and very well written analysis, too.

posted at 7:25 pm
on Nov. 19, 2009


Internet High Five! Woot!

Fun little JPG

posted at 11:00 am
on Nov. 19, 2009


25 best ads of the 2000s (non-Super Bowl)

It's a pretty impressive selection.

posted at 8:37 pm
on Nov. 18, 2009


Graph: People out there who care

Heart warming.

posted at 8:00 pm
on Nov. 18, 2009


Digital Javascript Clock made out of scroll bars


posted at 3:46 pm
on Nov. 18, 2009


What children ages 4-8 think love is.

Great little quotes. On an awful blog, but if you don't click around you'll be safe.

posted at 12:44 pm
on Nov. 18, 2009


An 8-year-old boy learns the worst swearword in the world

Funny column

posted at 10:28 am
on Nov. 18, 2009


Twitter-equipped bathroom scale tells the world how much you weigh

Then updates your Web page and send info to an iPhone app. Then sends your up-skirt photos to Flickr. (I'm only kidding about the photos.)

posted at 4:54 pm
on Nov. 12, 2009


Photos of the Main Street Fire that destroyed Slickity Jim’s, Zocalo, Kishu Sushi

Pretty horrible fire, pretty great photos, better than the Vancouver Sun's photos:

posted at 1:32 pm
on Nov. 12, 2009


Video: Cute French bulldog puppy stuck on its back, growling cutely

Did I mention cute how cute it is cute?

posted at 7:21 pm
on Nov. 11, 2009


Man Allegedly Tries to Rob New York Taco Bell, Then Requests Job Application

Taco Bell's new Rob-a-Job program is going well, it seems.

posted at 6:12 pm
on Nov. 11, 2009


35 Amazing(ly hilarious) Science Fair Projects

"Amazing" with a grain of salt.

posted at 3:32 pm
on Nov. 10, 2009


Aerosmith’s Joe Perry: ‘Steven Tyler has quit’

Oh no! How will I rock out to today's music!?

posted at 4:43 pm
on Nov. 9, 2009


Google Acquires Mobile Advertising Provider AdMob for $750 million

If you've seen ads in your free iPhone apps, they're AdMob ads. Now Google will know what apps you use and how and for how long.

posted at 1:37 pm
on Nov. 9, 2009


OpenOfficeMouse: The 18-Button Mouse designed and for sale by by

This is not a joke. This is everything that's wrong about open source -- not that there isn't lots that's right, too...

posted at 6:44 pm
on Nov. 6, 2009


Iraq Military Has Spent $85 Million on ‘Magic’ Power-Source-Less Bomb Detectors U.S. Sees as Useless

The sad part, is that they people USING these believe in them.

posted at 5:05 pm
on Nov. 4, 2009


Pet cat in Iowa got sick, tested positive for swine flu #h1n1

Dog people are going to have a field day with this.

posted at 11:28 am
on Nov. 4, 2009


Local Tofino surfer Peter Devries wins a Tofino-hosted int’l Surfing Professionals World Tour event

Very much a "local boy does good" story.

posted at 3:57 pm
on Nov. 2, 2009



“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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