WTFery Favorite Links, and some serious WTFery from the Interwebs 12/2/2012

12/1/2012: I…I have no words. Except maybe “ew”.

Life-sized chocolate baby heads are this season’s creepiest confection:

From the IO9 article by Lauren Davis: “For the cannibal with a sweet tooth and a strong stomach come these massive white chocolate sculptures sculpted to look like infants’ heads. Want to keep yourself from overindulging in sweets this holiday season? Every time you pick up a piece of chocolate, imagine on of these creepy things staring up at you.” Indeed.

Chocolate Baby Heads

Seriously. WTF. Life size chocolate baby heads, this season’s most ….WTFish confection.

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The line between science, humor and straight-up WTF-ery is blurry at best. An article on a site calling itself accelerated-bsn.net gives us x-rays and brief information about just this, in an article called “10 Shocking X-Rays of Sharp Objects Imbedded in People’s Bodies” . I guess potential nurses need to know this stuff, so they don’t screech in horror when – not if – they see these patients show up in the ER. Ouch. My question is, why do you need x-rays to determine the patient has a 3 foot sword stuck in their head, when the patient is sitting in front of you…with a 3 foot fracking sword stuck in their head! That’s how WTF-ery won out over humor and science. Because seriously, WTF? Don’t run with scissors.

Ouch

Scissors imbedded 3 inches deep in face.

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11/29/2012:OMGPDAXPQLOLBBQ only 25 shopping days till Christmas! Everybody panic! Spend money you don’t have, on stuff they don’t need, to show them you love them. Engage in mass marketing Pavlovian excess or feel like less than human! OK, perhaps that is just a tad overdramatic. I like getting presents as much as the next troll. I even actually like giving presents, especially if the recipient likes said presents. I hate hate HATE shopping in crowded places, however. Black Friday shopping appalls me, and makes me vaguely nauseous just thinking about it. I prefer to do all my shopping online, and only venture to places like Target during the non-holiday periods, and then only for necessities. I like deals, and sales, and discounts, and free stuff. Here are some savings codes at various places, for your OMGBBQLOL shoping.
Shop TaylorGifts.com for Free Shipping over $75. Ends 12/31/12. Use Promo code AFTGFS75.
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Find gifts for under $20 from Marbles the Brain Store.
Save up to 50% at The New York Times Store Winter Clearance Sale
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Free Shipping Over $49 at PlanetShoes.com
Garden.com Clearance – up to 80% off!
Save big on children’s Christmas storybooks at Booksamillion.com. As low as $1.97! Shop today.
Buy 1 Get 1 50% Glassware from Spencer’s! Offer ends 12/26/12. Shop now!
Blowout Toy Sale, 75% Off
Printfinders.com Save 15% off entire site until December 15, 2011.
Great selections for the home or office. Use Promo code “PF15”

Links to some awesome WTF-ery Sites

 

FARK.com – a true classic, brought to you by Drew Curtis. A news aggregator site that bills it’s stuff as “not news”, among other things. Bookmark it. Subscribe to TotalFark for the best hilarity. http://www.fark.com/

Dark Roasted Blend – heavy on steampunk stuff, but also has awesome links to photos, videos, blogs, etc. http://www.darkroastedblend.com/

I Love Bacon – mostly poorly thought out signage, also some jokes and just funny pictures. http://www.ilovebacon.com/

Neatorama – one of my favorite sites for just about everything. Science, Humor, History, WTF-ery. Definitely bookmark worthy! http://www.neatorama.com/

Very Demotivational Posters – Sick of those posters at work “Courage”, “Integrity”, “Teamwork”? This site parodies them with user-uploaded content. Often WTF, almost always funny. http://memebase.cheezburger.com/verydemotivational

Failblog, another “cheezburger” family site, is reliably WTF. Showcases the weirdest of the weird, the failiest of fail. http://failblog.cheezburger.com/

Rotten.com – For serious WTF-ery, and NC-17/NSFW content, gross stuff, really weird news, the classic is http://rotten.com/

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Mars Curiosity, Robots, Space Colonization 12/2/2012

12/1/2012
Do Robots Rule the Galaxy?
Today on Discovery News. From the article “The idea of malevolent robots subjugating and killing off humans has been the staple of numerous science fiction books and movies. The half-torn off android face of Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator film series, and the unblinking fisheye lens of the HAL 9000 computer in the film classic 2001 A Space Odyssey have become iconic of this fear of evil machines.”

Check it out.

2001-Space Odessy

HAL 9000, from the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey

11/29/2012: I’ll admit to an unhealthy obsession with space travel, colonization and exploration. Coupled with an utter lack of skill in the Sciences, this means I am Earthbound but always interested in new space news. I am also blessed to have a friend from school, Nagin Ahmed Cox, who is a scientist on the Mars Curiousity project with JPL. She occasionally posts on Facebook about getting her turn to drive Curiousity, etc. She was visible throughout the broadcast of the Curiousity landing, and she travels the country and the world teaching about space science, the various Mars missions she has worked on, and building enthusiasm for the programs. I am jealous of her in the best of ways – I celebrate her success, as I do for the entire Curiousity team, and wish desperately I had made different choices many years ago. However, I still want it known that when middle aged pudgy women are needed for space travel and colonization, I will gladly volunteer at whatever capacity I am needed. Space janitor (sorry, maintenance engineer), Mars Colony Starbucks dishwasher, whatever.

Today, MSNBC published an articlewith updates on the Curiousity mission, including an awesome photo or two.

Mars Curiosity Photo msnbc


NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to snap a set of 55 high-resolution images on Oct. 31. Researchers stitched the pictures together to create this full-color self-portrait.

 

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Amazingly Cool Stuffs 12/2/2012

Earth Science Picture of the Day is one of my favorite sites on the Web for great pix of nature, space, sky, and people on the planet. I highly recommend bookmarking it.

NASA also has amazing pictures of the day, along with all the latest NASA news.

Worldwide Aerosols

Portrait of worldwide aerosols by NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS). Image credit – William Putnam at NASA/Goddard

Portrait of Global Aerosols

High-resolution global atmospheric modeling run on the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., provides a unique tool to study the role of weather in Earth’s climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers (km).

This portrait of global aerosols was produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution. Dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.

Image credit: William Putman, NASA/Goddard. Text courtesy NASA Image of the Day.

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Newsworthy

12/1/2012

Dateline Norfolk, VA.

USS Enterprise carrier taken out of active service (Yahoo News/AP)

From the article: “The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday. The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.”

Live long and prosper, Enterprise. She was a good ship.

Ship

Nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise

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11/29/2012 : If you haven’t seen this story, you need to.

Photo of Officer Giving Boots to Barefoot Man Warms Hearts Online

from the NY Times.

 

Officer Boots

BIG NEWS! You can advance purchase HOBBIT tickets through Fandango. The show opens 12/14, and of course will be sold out for days. Use the linkie below, and get a free download of a song from the Soundtrack, too!

Free song download with The Hobbit tickets

 


Free song download with The Hobbit tickets

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Well, *I* thought it was funny (12/2/2012)

The annual worst Nativity scenes blog post. Some may contend these are actually the BEST Nativity scenes. Your mileage may vary. Enjoy all 42 at the site linked below !

Nativity Duckies

Image from the blog post Worst Nativity Scenes of the year.

http://whyismarko.com/2012/the-42-worst-nativity-sets/
Probably one of the most consistently funny internet comics, ladies and gentlemen, I link you to The Oatmeal.

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Items of Potential Interest 12/2/2012

12/1/2012: Ruh-roh. Mexico Acknowledges 2nd Mayan Reference to 2012

As seen on http://www.mysteriousplaces.com/news.html: From the article, originally on Yahoo News:

“Mexico’s archaeology institute downplays theories that the ancient Mayas predicted some sort of apocalypse would occur in 2012, but on Thursday it acknowledged that a second reference to the date exists on a carved fragment found at a southern Mexico ruin site.

Most experts had cited only one surviving reference to the date in Mayan glyphs, a stone tablet from the Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

But the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement that there is in fact another apparent reference to the date at the nearby Comalcalco ruin. The inscription is on the carved or molded face of a brick. Comalcalco is unusual among Mayan temples in that it was constructed of bricks.”

Famous Mayan Calendar

The famous Mayan Calendar, allegedly predicting the End of Everything on 12-21-2012.

For the counterpoint, check this out:

Sadly, NASA has to debunk Mayan apocalypse conspiracies again.

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From Quora:

All 50 of the states in America each declared independence, and all simultaneously declared war on each other (50 states in a free-for-all).Which state would be the last one standing? How would the battle play out? Which states would be the first to fall, the last?
All 50 of the states in America each declared independence, and all simultaneously declared war on each other (50 states in a free-for-all).Which state would be the last one standing? How would the battle play out? Which states would be the first to fall, the last?
US 2nd Civil War

US Map – current.

This page will contain links to historically significant, cool and otherwise archaeologically neato articles and information.

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12/2/2012

11/29/2012: The cognitive dissonance of having an image in one’s head of how their DIY project will turn out vs the reality of DIY nightmares. Your chronic HGTV habit crashes headfirst into the reality of your suckage with power tools. Forgetting that the sparkling clean, perfectly organized homes showcased on the TV were professionally cleaned and staged, yours is not. Check out this great article, and words of wisdom, from Apartment Therapy: Know Thyself- Setting Realistic Decorating Expectations.

Go to ShopGetOrganized.com for $10 Off $100. Use Code AFGO0212, Ends on 12/31/12.

Image courtesy Houzz.com

 

11/22/2012: Like music like Iggy and the Stooges, The Ramones, etc. only with a modern twist? Check out Kung Fury, a New York-based band containing my very own cousin Shaun Brennan. Brennan also does work as a Foley artist (sound effects) for some very major motion pictures and some of your favorite video games (Red Dead Redemption, anyone?) . Check out the music, check out the videography of Shaun.

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Bookish Stuff

12/1/2012 Highly recommended.

Alda Book

Alan Alda – “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself”

Beloved actor and acclaimed author Alan Alda offers an insightful and funny look at some impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?) Here, Alda listens in on things he’s heard himself saying at critical points in his life–from the turbulence of the sixties, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond. Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he notices that “doorways are where the truth is told,” and wonders if there’s one thing–art, activism, family, money, fame–that could lead to a “life of meaning.” In a book that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his uniquely hilarious meditations on questions great and small.

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Warning: Addictive. Should be a black-box label on the thing.

Kindle

Kindle Touch 3g. I spent $80. The new and improved Paperwhite version is at Amazon for $179. Probably even more addictive. E-hoarding should now be in the DSM as a legit diagnosis.

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11/22/2012

If you read no other book in the next month, read this one:Communion of Dreams by James Downey. James is a long time friend of mine, this is his debut fiction outing. It is very deep and insightful, extremely well researched, and leaves the reader wanting more. It is considered sci-fi, I would also include philosophy, ethics, drama and speculative fiction to the list. Even if those topics are not usually your cup of tea, take this book out for a spin. It will be well worth your time. Visit Downey’s home page, too, for updates on his latest work and works in progress.

If you read a second book in the next couple of months, read The Prophet’s Way by Thom Hartmann. Hartmann is heard on Sirius XM radio, Armed Forces radio, and on the Current TV network. His many books are all extremely well researched, well thought out and imminently readable. The Prophet’s Way examines Hartmann’s personal spiritual journey. It is fascinating on an individual level, and also provides wonderful lessons for all of us on our own quests for meaning in life. Visit Hartmann’s web site for many morewonderful titles.

Finally, it is time to get caught up on Game of Thrones, in preparation for the next season (starting in January on HBO). Get your copies of the series books, by George RR Martin here. And get to reading!

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Pet Stuffs

I am owned by 4 cats and a geriatric Border Collie mix dog. Everything I own is covered in a layer of fur. Drifts of discarded fur are found under every piece of furniture. I can’t sit down after getting dressed in the mornings, because my back side will be covered in fur. I gave up on those tape-roller sticky things long ago. They are no match for my herd. I spend more on pet food and cat litter each month than I do on food for myself. True story. But, I love them, and I don’t know what I would do without them. They all meet me, 5 pairs of hungry eyes at the bottom of the stairs, when I get home from work. They greet me every day when they hear my alarm go off. They are the reason I keep my kitchen counters free of clutter, and absolutely do not leave food out anywhere in the house. They are the reason I get motivated to dust and vacuum on a regular basis. They are also the reason I spent a giant pile of money on a good carpet shampooer and a specialty “pet” vacuum. They are priceless.

Cat Shaming

This is Akela aka Meeps. She likes to chew through power cords for my laptop computer. This has cost me 3 power cords so far.

To counteract Meeps and her laptop cord habit, I bought this off Amazon on 9/11/2012. No further laptop cords have been harmed, and Meeps has moved on to other prey.

Critter Cord

Critter Cord, available from Amazon. Way cheaper than replacing laptop power cords.

I suggest your buy it, too, if you have a power vampire pet. Now, the worst thing that happens to my power cord is the dog lays on it, right where it hooks into the adapter box, causing the cord to come unplugged. Silly pet creatures.

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Mars News

11/29/2012:  I’ll admit to an unhealthy obsession with space travel, colonization and exploration. Coupled with an utter lack of skill in the Sciences, this means I am Earthbound but always interested in new space news.  I am also blessed to have a friend from school, Nagin Ahmed Cox, who is a scientist on the Mars Curiousity project with JPL.  She occasionally posts on Facebook about getting her turn to drive Curiousity, etc. She was visible throughout the broadcast of the Curiousity landing, and she travels the country and the world teaching about space science, the various Mars missions she has worked on, and building enthusiasm for the programs.  I am jealous of her in the best of ways – I celebrate her success, as I do for the entire Curiousity team, and wish desperately I had made different choices many years ago.  However, I still want it known that when middle aged pudgy women are needed for space travel and colonization, I will gladly volunteer at whatever capacity I am needed.  Space janitor (sorry, maintenance engineer), Mars Colony Starbucks dishwasher, whatever.

Today, MSNBC published an articlewith updates on the Curiousity mission, including an awesome photo or two.

Mars Curiosity Photo msnbc


NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to snap a set of 55 high-resolution images on Oct. 31. Researchers stitched the pictures together to create this full-color self-portrait.

 

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