Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cat Rackham by Steve Wolfhard is Pretty Great

If you haven't already, read the epic tale Cat Rackham and the Comforts of Life. Read the others, as well, and marvel.

Logan's Run Re-Created in Lego

Logan's Run [8]

By Don Quixote 2x4

Seeing this from multiple sources, and it needs to go up here. The model is impressive, of course, but I think the photography is really great, too. Wondering if Galspanic, our resident badass LEGO builder and photographer has anything to say on this subject.

Via @tamarakong and Kamapuaa in the Shoutbox. You two know each other, I believe. Cue tearful reunion!


I apologize for this. Also, I don't apologize for this.

Thank you.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fucking Legos, how do they work

Originally uploaded by Profound Whatever

Another use of a mini figure from series 2; Electric Boogaloo.
Made by Profound Whatever. Check out his mighty stream!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lego Minifigs Series 2; Electric Boogaloo!

Trying to find ways to use the new series of Lego minifgs. If you haven't been reading the Lego parts of the blog or hate things that are awesome, the Lego Group has been putting out these gashopon sized "randomly" packaged minifigures. Different costumes, faces, and hair. Many possibilities!

Garth Marenghi's Dark Place

Has everyone seen this before?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mutant Mynah Bird

A little over a month ago, Galspanic and I were driving near the intersection of Kapiolani and McCully, when we spotted this Mynah bird with a ridiculously long beak. I have no idea if this is a standard variation of the Mynah's beak or what. The Common Mynah was introduced to Hawaii to control sugar cane pests, including armyworms and cutworms. A beak like this might be kind of useful for that, but I've never seen any Hawaii Mynah birds sporting a specialization like this.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Via @annietown

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque Discussion, Part 2

I figured that while I was in NYC, I'd visit 45-51 Park Place, future site of Cordoba House, known to some as the "Ground Zero Mosque", and former site of a Burlington Coat Factory. I wanted to see what any protestors might have to say, in the hopes that I could add something useful to our discussion, aside from my own irritation.

I was expecting huge angry crowds overlooking the ruins of the World Trade Center, but it was down this side alley, and there was only this one old guy in a suit with a big cross around his neck. (It was Saturday, and I guess the throngs come out after church.) He had like four signs on large flimsy boards and there was enough stuff written on them that he seemed like a kook. I was going to avoid him, but as I walked past him the wind took his signs, and so I helped him out.

I asked him what he was doing there, and he mumbled and fumbled and handed me a card with what I know now to be the Serenity Prayer. He then went on to talk about Hamas, and how they weren't all bad, in the beginning; and that Christians and Muslims can and should get along, and I said probably; and then he said that everyone should treat each other with dignity, and while I saying that I could get behind that, he said "Except for the Jews, and Zionists, they are evil and will be judged" and then I kind of said good day and moved on.

I realize that this one fellow, or the people protesting Cordoba House don't represent all of Christianity, just like the 9/11 attackers don't represent all of Muslimdom. Problem is, when it comes to religion, it seems like the kooks are the ones doing all the representing, so it's easy to see why things get out of hand.

If that comparison (protesters to hijackers) seems out of line, you're super-wrong. I think the "Ground Zero Mosque" protestors do far more violence to the idea of America than Al Qaeda could ever hope to. The way I learned it, this country was founded (at least in part) on principles of freedom of speech and religion; on the idea of live and let live. I look at those complaining about this building, and I can't help but think of how completely unAmerican these people are. What could be more unAmerican than attempting to deny others liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? (and in the case Odori pointed out, life)

It's funny, because when I hear the far right throw around the term "unAmerican", it's about not blindly supporting the president during wartime, or chipping in on keeping our citizens healthy, or having sane assault rifle regulation. My conclusion: My America is better than their America, by kind of a lot.

(At this point, I find myself standing and saluting the American flag Steve Rogers-like, but I am aware that traits I equate with decency and goodness are not unique to these United States. I acknowledge that many people in countries such as South Korea, Canada, the Republic of Kenya, and Iceland are also not busybody assholes cowering in fear, desperate in their need to prove that their magic space boss is tougher and more real than some other guy's magic space boss.)

Apologies for not chiming in on the other post. I thought my rant might take up too much space (turns out I used up a lot of my space with the thinly-related story about the lone guy standing in front of Park 51), and I wanted to see the protesters for myself (and again, all I saw was that guy). I totally agree with what you guys said; all of it. Anyone trying to stop this community center should be ashamed. If they succeed in stopping it, we should all be ashamed.

Anyway, later that day, this happened.

Making Self-Improvement Fun

Bee_eye won't post this himself so I'm posting about it. Most people just make a boring list of goals/tasks they need to accomplish (like me!) but bee_eye takes it one step further and makes it into a fun dress up game. What's not to like about goggle of no TV bras and cookie codpieces?


Saturday, September 11, 2010

For Faka's Daughter

Originally uploaded by Apocalust

Live your dreams, Faka's daughter. Live your dreams.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

What can't we do?

A sign in a gas station in Brcko District, Bosnia, August 31 2010
I just got back from Brčko district, Bosnia, where I saw this confusing sign at a gas station. Can anyone tell what specifically is being banned here?

I get the fire one, but what is that other thing? A seal? A vacuum? An arthropod?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Christianity in the Hawaii Republican Party

Check out this bit from the chairman of the Republican Party of Hawaii. (He's promoting "Duke" _ Hawaii's lieutenant governor and the party's only serious candidate for governor.)

"Duke will win because the church has been behind him the entire time operating in the POWER and the AUTHORITY of the NAME OF JESUS!"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw... Does that sound fine?

Thought many of you might enjoy reading this interview with Bruce Campbell. I loved the Evil Dead trilogy (who doesn't?) and thought Bubba Ho-tep was underrated. Haven't watched Burn Notice at all though--since I hardly watch TV anymore. Anyone really recommend it?