28 February 2011
So Big Bad Kitty went to the vet today to get the stitches out, her third eyelid opened back up,and let us see how that eyeball was doing.→Read more...
Discovery's final launch
viewed from inside an in-flight passenger plane. Remarkable.
It used to take so little
This turned my day around.
What a slow newsday.
So Ted Kennedy went to a brothel.→Read more...
So we bought a new place
and over the next few years, I guess, will be designing and furnishing it. So I'm calling on all you bunnies with actual, you know, taste and skillz (neither of which are in abundance chez gaspode)→Read more...
shakey shakey →Read more...
Sometimes I find facebook profoundly depressing →Read more...
27 February 2011
Who's watching?→Read more...
Besides my goal of becoming an international spy, I also have an interest in poetry. Just as a sideline, of course. I think it works well with the gentlemen spy image I'm trying to cultivate. Anyway, I've been experimenting with some different forms. Here are some haikus I've come up with recently.
Hey metachat, I had a dream →Read more...
26 February 2011
Quick Joey Small
a.k.a.Run Joey Run!
Some bubblegum pop goodness from the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus, a kind of bubblegum music supergroup
The Borzoi Wonder
I learned today that Burt Ward (Robin from the classic, campy Batman TV series) runs a rescue foundation that focuses on giant breed dogs
. Respect. (warning: website autoplays a video from a Los Angeles local news station. Also, it's not a terribly, ahem, pretty website.)
"I was afraid I'd eat your brains, because I'm evil."
I love the way this line is delivered and I'm looking for lyrical content→Read more...
my interior monologue is *way* out of control I'm like did you just say "you're killing me"?
25 February 2011
Time for another Friday Night Question,
chosen at random from The Book of Questions
This is a post in which we link to videos of random/awesome/whatever cover songs.→Read more...
to Under the Volcano. This thread
prompted me to find it. I feel that it is good enough to share with y'all. The rest of the movie, not as much.
John Waters and Craig Ferguson
I like both of these guys a lot, and the rapport between them when Waters was on Ferguson's show was really hilarious. The whole interview, part 1
and part 2
The significant other's tragic failure to appreciate greatness →Read more...
24 February 2011
Show us your smart phone screen!
humans are weird. cats are awesome (long gyofb new kitty update) →Read more...
What's for dinner?
I just ate kangaroo
You know what I need right now?
This is what I need right now.→Read more...
I aspire to look great tonight - effortlessly. Halp. →Read more...
No One's Gonna Love You
is a new video from Cee Lo Green, and one of the better songs on an album full of excellent ones. (The remix on this video isn't as good as the album version, though.)
Margarita Grilled Cornish Game Hens
are super yummy awesome. We added a minced jalepeno to the marinade. Definitely recommended. Even the cat, who has never evinced any interest in human food, was trying to jump up and eat off our plates. →Read more...
23 February 2011
OMG Snail Zombies!
(YouTube, roughly two minutes) This isn't a very graphic video, but it does involve conversation about parasitic worms, so if you're *really* squeamish, you may want to take a pass.
I'm finally escaping these children!
So please tell me everything you know about San Francisco.→Read more...
Actual size. In your browser. (Flash. Loads slowly because it's, you know, a big ol' blue whale.)
Photo Friday Advance: Contact, suggested by tortillathehun
Cancer scan for the mr today.
Its pretty scary.→Read more...
22 February 2011
The Prison Diaries: Canine Edition The Story So Far. →Read more...
Not able to find any definitive information as to the origin of the phrase "that really chaps my ass." You can NOT convince me that any self-respecting cowboy
ever said this. Ever. Chaps notwithstanding. My husband says he first heard it in the military.→Read more...
Tuesday three-point status report (trivial edition): →Read more...
Did Jon Stewart just start channeling Stephen Colbert?
Sure, you may think he's being ironic/satirical/sarcastic, but I hear it was under orders from the corporate offices at Viacom (apparently some terms in his latest contract he didn't read thoroughly).
Paging gaspode..... →Read more...
21 February 2011
Greece/Rome &c. vs Persia sometimes I hear these radio programs about the ancient world and I wonder, all these trappings about the West as masculine/free and Persia as feminine/weird/subjugated by emperor well you wonder who came up with them and whether it's really the most objective take.
OMG somebody please wake me up!!!!!
20 February 2011
We had some really odd wave clouds this afternoon.
Happy Birthday to TheDonF!
My dad's obituary.
Thank you for your hugs. Y'all are good people.
19 February 2011
Black, white and extremely lucky
Maggie is my doggie-sister. Miraculously she survived being lost for 12 days in rural South Australia - 8 of which trapped in a tank.
The boy is working hard →Read more...
Drinkin' On The Job
- a fun Saturday night song from The Rainmakers.
I'm thinking of getting the pink one for my niece Ashley.→Read more...
How to get Amazon to use credit card and not gift card? →Read more...
My father died last night. He had been receiving hospice care at home for a couple months for end stage COPD. He never smoked. He was poisoned by Agent Orange in Vietnam, received a 100% disability from the VA. →Read more...
It's Great! It's Big!! it's radio.
GreatBigRadio.com has help me heal the wounds from losing MetaRadio...→Read more...
Does this movie exist? I feel like I've seen a zombie movie that takes place entirely in a airport. The only thing I came across googling is Resident Evil: Degeneration, but that's CG and I think mine was live action. Any ideas?
18 February 2011
Parrot sings opera. The aria is Queen of the Night from Mozart's Magic Flute.
Friday Night Question,
as chosen at random from The Book of Questions
So, what does Spiderman bring to the Fantastic Four that Rubberhead and Rockhead can't already handle? Also, the new costumes suck.
So, about Minecraft... →Read more...
This is a cover
of Lady GaGa's new song "Born This Way." I hope you enjoy! Lots of Love, Maria
What happens to people who are unemployable but not disabled enough to qualify for public assistance?
Anybody doing anything this weekend? It's 3-day weekend for some people in the U.S., including me, but other than sleeping a lot, I got nothin'. How about you guys?
Photo Friday: Brought to you by the letter 'A'
17 February 2011
My friend Cas
is doing 30 days of waffle recipes on his blog. Day 10 and I'm already in LOVE.
"Hidden mothers" photos. In the 1800's, mothers would take photos with their children on their laps. The mothers were often wrapped in fabric. Some of the mothers were later cropped out of the photos with mattes or frames.→Read more...
AskMecha: Probability question follows →Read more...
You ever have a lot of thoughts you can't articulate and don't know what to do with?
That's what I got right now. Just at a loss.→Read more...
16 February 2011
Three Point Status Update
I'm wondering if I should start a blog again because I want to rant about Dan Savage's show today and I don't want to do it on MeCha/MeFi/Reddit/FL/etc.→Read more...
Photo Friday Advance: A This week's Photo Friday will be brought to you by the letter A - accordions, anteaters, alligators, apples, and everything else starting with the letter A. Suggested by gomichild.
Is anyone familiar with soundproofing options?
Swan's End is a semi-detached house, and there are two walls in my house where the sound comes through from my neighbours' place. I'd like some advice on how to soundproof existing plaster walls. →Read more...
Borders has declared bankruptcy.
Happy Birthday, Terrapin!! Have a fantastic day!
Eye movement of 11 viewers watching There Will Be Blood
- a clip from the film, showing only the parts of the screen that the viewers were looking at
15 February 2011
I'm so fucking relieved that my cat came in. How the fuck do parents do this?
IRC Server troubles
Slashnet is in the midst of some server troubles. There are no services and all of the servers are spilt.
Lost and Found? →Read more...
Meet Alice, The Dog-In-A-Box
This has me shaking with rage and frustration.→Read more...
Where do you get yours? →Read more...
MetaChat idea generator: Surrealism party
Y'all were so good at finding food/sound connections that now I want to ask you what you could imagine doing at a Surrealist party. →Read more...
Childbirth and epidurals
Kinda interesting post at science-based medicine. →Read more...
New sidebar art! Thanks to our photogs Kronos_To_Earth, Specklet, gc, and TheophileEscargot! (And one of mine's up there as well.)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SCODY AND DASHIV!!!!
14 February 2011
This kid built a solar "death ray."
Very cool, and also sort of scary.
Happy Yet Another Veterinary Emergency Day--INJURY PICS
So it looks like one of our ferals, "Big Kitty," tangled with a coyote. We're impressed; even for our bad-ass kitty, making it out alive is an accomplishment. →Read more...
Watson on Jeopardy watching? no DVR and can't find a Jeopardy torrent at ezrss →Read more...
Happy Valentine's Day
Being Alone on Valentine's Day
for the first time in nearly a decade. What do I do? WHAT DO I DO?
Happy Birthday, pjern! Have a fantastic one...
It's Valentine's Day, bunnies!
And what better way to show your appreciation for your fellow mechazens than sending them a supah-sweet anonymous Valentine's message?→Read more...
13 February 2011
I got slipped a roofie last night. Random complaining and shouting.
I was out with friends last night in my hometown of Austin, TX. Made a rookie mistake-left my drink on the table repeatedly while we danced. →Read more...
One Tree Hill: Dog Eats Dan's New Heart
Is this for real? Did this actually air on TV? Was this really an attempt at a "serious" show and not a black comedy?→Read more...
The candy hearts for MetaChat's 'Valentines Design' are KYOOT
but Twitter has other ideas
(divided into two hashtags that both made Trending Topics? Dang, that's a lot of Valentine cynicism!)
Skirt Steak I have some marinating in the fridge, will be cooking tomorrow night. Should I grill it (in a pan on the stove)? Broil it? Give me your advice.
12 February 2011
My attention span has decreased considerably in recent years. A friend suggested that this may very well be the result of flipping around on the internet all day, and said that self-imposed internet breaks had done wonders for his own attention span. Has anyone else found this to be true?
Is MeFi down for anyone else? I can't even get to status.metafilter.com, making me think there's a DNS problem somewhere along the line.
A Depressing Little Game
It's just like life! Only even worse!
Philistine confessional Which of your preferences show evidence of a lack of good taste?
11 February 2011
Um Writers or creative types out there, this ever happen to you?
I had an editing meeting and ending up changing up the story and removing 3 characters and several side plots and now I'm paranoid that the rest of it is just. as. bad.
Time for a Friday Night Question,
chosen at random from The Book of Questions
"Atlas Shrugged" trailer
. Never thought anyone would actually do it.
Weekend plans 3-point update. →Read more...
OK - I have to admit it's not a bunny. But who could resist?
A Guide to Pursuing True Love
I enjoyed this column. Life and love work out (or don't), in a lot of different ways.
Help me watch more TV I've just finished watching Boardwalk Empire. What should I watch next? Shows I've loved: Mad Men, Six Feet Under, X-Files. I don't like a lot of violence (BE was brutal, so definitely something less violent than that) and/or shows where everyone in it is a horrible human being, i.e., The Sopranos. I love period pieces and solid writing. Funny is also good. What do you recommend?
The new Mogwai music video
features hundreds of people's faces, seen around a city in the UK, and is really mesmerizing.
GPS units: Do you have one? Do you like it? I'm thinking of getting my first one and want to know what I should be looking for. P.S. I'm a cheap-ass skinflint so I'm likely to forgo bells & whistles for a low price.
Cartwheels: Too eccentric for the office parking lot? →Read more...
Photo Friday: Cars and Trucks
10 February 2011
Life is good. Kind of. Or better, at least. →Read more...
Don't bother reading the article.
Just scroll down and read the comments.
This thing looks AWESOME.
I don't even care that this guy seems like a total twit. Grownup treehouse, anyone?
Being a revolutionary
I've been watching the events in Egypt, and at the same time, coincidentally, was reading Reading Lolita in Tehran
, and so I've been thinking about living in revolutionary times...→Read more...
Hi bunnies! Got camera recommendations? Like maybe a digital that can also be used as a webcam and that has a good zoom function (or can be used with an additional zoom lens)... for under $300? Is that even possible? I don't these things.
Albums: Greater than the sum of their parts
In light of this thread
, I was thinking about albums that have to be listened to as albums.→Read more...
A SHOUTING THREAD, SLIGHTLY DESPERATE →Read more...
Photo Friday ADVANCE: Cars and Trucks
09 February 2011
The Shuffling of Music Has Diluted Its Cultural Impact
I'm not 100% on board with this argument, but I do think it's an interesting discussion.→Read more...
I need to be uplifted. You are awesome. Yes, you! Share your awesome! →Read more...
Let's talk Tumblr
Do you have one (if so, add it to the Wiki
), what are your favorite Tumblrs, etc.→Read more...
Neighbor's house being foreclosed? →Read more...
In January 2002, I wrote a diary entry called The Fat Bloke's Guide to Becoming Less Fat
about my efforts to lose weight through moderate diet and exercise.→Read more...
So I'm back working at the photo place and I run across the worst name on record.→Read more...
When science fiction becomes (pseudo-)science.
A Self-Help scam based on Multiverse Theory? Or viral promotion for next week's episode of "Fringe"? Who knows? Who cares? I ROFLMAOed.
While searching for photos of cheese rinds
(I blame jonathanstrange
), I came across this Flickr stream where someone documents all of the family's trash
: date, weight, and who it belonged to. I was a little concerned about the documenter at first (surely this is a sign of OCD or possibly hoarding?) but page after page of photos and I find all of them very comforting. I'm tempted to photo-document a day's worth of garbage, but I couldn't do it long term.
08 February 2011
So what type of footwear would you wear
with a very plain, chocolate brown sweater dress? →Read more...
The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator
Ask Mecha: Long Text
I like longform.org
. What else will I like?
Welcome to our most recent new users!
Just in time for Valentine's Day, let's say welcome to the following new users who signed up in the past month or so:
Tips on switching a cat to wet food? Our cat has early signs of kidney issues, and so we're supposed to switch her to a low-protein food, which apparently means canned food. She hates canned food. Tricks or tips? Or any suggestions for dry food with less than 20% protein?
What an odd story.
It's like a cross between the Truman Show and those Big Brother shows. What else?
I'll start...→Read more...
07 February 2011
This is a mild jealousy thread.
Have you been somewhat jealous lately? Come share.→Read more...
My favorite online source for current weather data
is Weather Underground
, named ironically after a '60s terrorist organization. Currently, it's serving ads for "Young America Foundation's" Reagan's Birthday Celebration at the Reagan Ranch 90 miles from me (your ads may vary). Deep Cynicism or Irony Deficiency?
Next book for MeTa book club?
Next on the syllabus is Toni Morison's The Bluest Eye
"I saw what you did there"
Streaming audio, redundant storage
After my external harddisk that stores my pictures and audio failed I became more worried about the reliability of my data storage. Just the thought of losing the pictures of my daughter....Argh.→Read more...
Email pet peeves!
I'm sure we've discussed this before, but I gotta say it again... →Read more...
] it's going like gangbusters.. →Read more...
What would it look like
if famous film directors directed the Super Bowl
06 February 2011
Okay, the Super Bowl is over. Can I have my city back now? →Read more...
Cutest Super Bowl Ad Ever!
I don't think it has aired yet.
We were out at lunch today,
and they were playing lots of 80s music over the PA. New Order's "Temptation" came on, and a little 5-year-old girl at the next table kept singing along to the "ooooo ooo-oo ooo-oo
" part. This made me very happy.
Has something made you happy today?
What are you eating today
(either related to the Super Bowl or not)?→Read more...
Two Things Currently Taking Up Too Much Space In My Head
Thing One: The most teenage, pop-y, neon lit goofiest video ever
. It makes me proud of be an american.
Thing Two: Another sparkly colorful music video with a good beat, all about pubic hair.
The Law of Conservation of Hipsterism
For every hipster there is an equal and opposite yuppie.
This song is pretty much everything that was awesome about 80s synth-pop.→Read more...
05 February 2011
This is a pouting thread. It is a beautiful sunny day, even warm, relatively speaking, and I have been called in to work for goodness knows how many hours. *pout*
by The Go! Team is like caffeine for your ears
04 February 2011
A Royal Antelope Calf
is born at the San Diego Zoo. He's adorable! Link is to their facebook photos, but you don't have to be logged in to see it.
Friday Night Question,
as chosen randomly from The Book of Questions
Put Me In The Zoo
-- I am about to put Boss in the zoo!→Read more...
Harris Tweed Jacket Free to a Good home
I have had this jacket for years. I bought it used and it has always been a tad small and it really does not work for me, sadly. →Read more...
"Ridiculous speed signs."
A man here in my county takes to Youtube to explain why he thinks these law enforcement signs are a waste of taxpayer money.
HAPPY 30 (plus 10) BIRTHDAY STEWRIFFIC! →Read more...
♥ MeCha valentines this year? ♥
One of the top items on Reddit right now:
"Found a bunny bunny with a broken back. I made him this for $20. My vet approved. BEHOLD ROBOBUNNY!
03 February 2011
I guess I asked badly
So, anyone here care to tell me your favorite blogs, especially of the politics, history and/or literature variety?
Anyone here shop at Cydwoq?
And if you do, do you know what's going on with them?→Read more...
Proof that I'm a monster.
What's something horribly wrong about you? →Read more...
OMG bunny new year!
Happy Lunar New Year.
02 February 2011
This earbuggy Lisa Mitchell song has been stuck in my head since
I heard it on an episode of United States of Tara yesterday. Enjoy.
This morning I discovered that I was completely out of cheques, except for one that had the address of my former condo on it. Which I used, being in a pinch, but of course I have ordered more. The polite young man I spoke to on my bank's customer service line told me they will be $36 for a lot of 100. Good grief. →Read more...
I had not seen this painting before.
I want to see the most beautiful photos of winter weather to get me out of my funk and to appreciate the beauty of it (I have to admit that the ice-coated tree branches I saw today on my way to work were lovely). Got any good ones to show?
I am in seventh heaven! →Read more...
The movie "Broadcast News"
is probably the most popular movie about TV news among people in the industry. It's also fairly accurate in its depiction*, even today. Is there a movie, TV show, or book about your job that you feel captures it pretty well?→Read more...
Photo Friday ADVANCE NOTICE: Kitchens!
Inspired by this thread
, let's see what's REALLY on those counters.
01 February 2011
Ingrate: A story about a cat
Here's a story told to me by Sean, a friend of a friend. Sean had a cat. The cat needed life-saving surgery that would cost $1000. →Read more...
It's sooooooo coooold in Fort Worth
but if you skip ahead to about 2:30 into the video, you'll see some of the guys I ride bicycles with. =) →Read more...
parents: at what age did you stop giving your kid milk before bedtime?
the "screw it, I'm snowed in, what else am I gonna do?" edition. You know how it goes.→Read more...
The Dems chose Charlotte for the 2012 convention. This makes me feel good for a reason that I cannot pinpoint.
Someone else always has it worse.
Trying to remember this as I dig out from under a massive snowpile today and tomorrow, yet again.
I did it.
I'm the proud owner of an HTC Evo Shift. Now what?→Read more...
Google voice transcript of a message from a recruiter: →Read more...
Would you call my feeling that I HAD to own this shirt... cupidity?
Because I just broke the last of my New Years Resolutions (#47: No more funny but obscure t-shirts)→Read more...
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