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    @celan
    i'm both ridiculously impressed and monstrously creeped out
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2011
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    Hello, my name is Paul Sizer, and I live in a state where the government is using political tactics from "The Phantom Menace". Seriously; this is crap so unbelievable that the worst sci-fi hack wouldn't dare commit this to paper:
    MICHIGAN IS SCREWED
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2011
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    @ian holloway
    I think both are appropriate.
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2011 edited
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    Paul: A few more years of this, a White House-declared State of Emergency, a sudden run on the dollar... and you're basically in Bruce Sterling's Distraction.
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    Music History #13.

    In the early 1990's, there were quite a few comedy bands making waves in the charts. Scatterbrain were amongst the best of these, playing nice metal licks and taking the piss out of other bands in their videos.

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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2011
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    LOVE Scatterbrain...first album I ever bought was Here Comes Trouble. Also love that it's a clip from RAGE, back when they used to play decent stuff.

    As for taking the piss, an even better video for that is Down with the Ship, and for excellent licks, Sonata #3.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2011
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    Plus they do an awesome version of Earache My Eye, that old classic from Cheech & Chong.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2011 edited
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    Ok. Somebody wisely decided to ensure we spend our future hiding in sewers looking out for people with rubber skin

    RoboEarth

    Droll fear of progress aside, this could be rather interesting.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    and i was quite looking forward to the end of the world . . .


    <blockquote>Mayan crystal skull believed to have been owned by SS chief Heinrich Himmler discovered in Germany


    by Greig Box-Turnbull, Daily Mirror 10/03/2011


    </blockquote>

    <img src="http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/mar2011/7/5/himmler-s-skull-pic-pa-108791528.jpg" alt="crystal skull" />
    <blockquote>A MYSTERIOUS crystal skull thought to have belonged to Hitler’s SS chief Heinrich Himmler has been discovered in Germany.
    The artefact, found resting on a beam beneath the roof of a house in a Bavarian village, has excited treasure hunters.
    They believe it may be part of a larger trove of bounty once owned by the most sinister man in Nazi Germany.
    Indications are that it was part of a series worshipped by ancient Mayan cultures in what is now Mexico – where, legend has it, the skulls are vital to stop the world ending next year.
    Himmler, who oversaw the extermination of Jews, was spellbound by myths and legends until his suicide after being captured by the British.
    He financed expeditions all over the world by Indiana Jones-type SS men seeking proof of the “supremacy” of Aryan man.

    The skull, which weighs nearly 20lbs, is of the same design as the death’s head on the uniforms of Himmler’s henchmen.
    It was found in the home of an old lady once married to a high-ranking SS officer and is now in the hands of Swiss journalist Luc Burgin, who said: “I am 99% sure that this is one of the skulls of the Mayans, but we need clarity and all available tests will be carried out to ascertain authenticity.”
    It is believed a list of 35 other missing Nazi treasures was found with it.
    The Mayans shaped 13 crystal skulls, of which nine were coloured and represented the races of men and four were as clear as glass to represent “the beasts that walk, crawl, slide and fly”.
    They were sent to their places of “birth” until such time when all were needed to avert the catastrophe man would wreak on the planet.
    The Mayans, gifted astronomers and mathematicians, calculated a date for this “end of days” - the winter solstice, December 21, 2012.<blockquote>
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2011
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    And Xalbalba2012 has a friend.
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      CommentAuthorArtenshiur
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2011
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    "The skull, which weighs nearly 20lbs, is of the same design as the death’s head on the uniforms of Himmler’s henchmen."

    ... You mean the shape of a skull?
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2011
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    MIT Scientist Captures his Son's First 90,000 Hours On Video
    Cognitive scientist Deb Roy blew the curve for Flip cam-packing proud pops. Since he and his wife brought their son home from the hospital, Roy has captured his every movement and word with a series of fisheye-lens cameras installed in every room. The purpose was to understand how we learn language.

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    Not surprisingly The Big Picture photo report from Japan is rather impressive.

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/03/japan_earthquake_aftermath.html
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    @RenThing - in fact I am quite certain the world wont end in 2012 as my latest box of PG Tips tea bags wont expire till 2014.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2011
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    How the human penis lost its spines

    Humans and chimpanzees share more than 97% of DNA, but there are some fairly obvious differences in appearance, behavior and intellect. Now, scientists are learning more than ever about what makes us uniquely human.

    We know that humans have larger brains and, within the brain, a larger angular gyrus, a region associated with abstract concepts. Also, male chimpanzees have smaller penises than humans, and their penises have spines. Not like porcupine needles or anything, but small pointy projections on the surface that basically make the organ bumpy.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2011 edited
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    Dude goes around with a sax, playing the solo from George Michael's 'Careless Whisper'. Much funnier than you might expect.

    Also, I totally wish I had a spiny penis.