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February 8, 2010


One small step for robots one giant step for robot-kind. Brought to you by NASA and GM, R2, the next generation in robots with space travel applications. Oh, and GM also hopes to use them to replace humans in car plants as well. Public funds involved in screwing the working man, where have I heard of that before?
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Feb 08, 2010 | Comments (5)

More Miniatures

Mui-Ling Teh has been doing miniature origami since the age of 9. As a child she used candy wrappers now she uses paper and scissors and tweezers. Her creations are about 3mm tall. Teh says the hobby calm her and helps focus her mind.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Feb 08, 2010 | Comments (5)

Door-to-Door Maniac

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 08, 2010 | Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Music, Scary Criminals, 1960's

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (February 8)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
February 8, 2010
Exceptionally Inexplicable Dispatches from Last Week
(datelines January 30-February 6) (links correct as of February 8)

Indiscriminate Anti-Discrimination, Plus Runaway Mojo, Neil Armstrong's Poop, and the Horror of Upside-Down Faxes

A Cavalcade of Anti-Discrimination
(1) Near-Perfect Storm: Benjamin Grundy is challenging Garfield-Palouse High School in eastern Washington for illegal discrimination. He's gay, plus biracial, plus mentally challenged. Plus, he'd like to be on the cheerleading team. (2) The U.S. Dept. of Justice is trying to get in front of any discrimination complaints in its Civil Rights Division, with a job announcement for "experienced attorneys," in which the Department "encourages qualified applicants with targeted disabilities to apply." "Targeted disabilities" include the traditional (deafness, blindness) as well as "mental retardation." (3) Similarly, England's Portsmouth City Council tells aspirants for taxicab licenses that they can get applications in "another language [besides English]," in "large print," in "audio," and in "Braille." Seattle Weekly /// Department of Justice job notice (pdf) [link from The Volokh Conspiracy blog] /// Daily Telegraph

"Where Feet, Fist, and Faith Collide"
Pastor John Renken leads his flock in solemn prayer to the Heavenly Father and then, not an hour later in the back room of their meeting house, he's screaming at his parishioners: "Hard punches! Finish the fight! To the head! To the head!" It's Xtreme Ministries, of Memphis, where mixed martial arts is helping to re-masculinize the gospel (to correct, as another practitioner put it, having "raised a generation of little boys" as churches have catered mostly to women and children). New York Times

A Dog Chastity Belt – Seriously
It only sounds like a joke. Breeders like it because they can take charge of in-heat cycles without invasive surgery. (But don't tell anybody about that; show them this photo of the dog all harnessed up, and let them think this is just another shrink-wrapped dog toy on their supermarket shelf.) (Bonus: Desperately horny males ferociously gnaw at the straps, but so far haven't broken through.) San Francisco Chronicle /// Pet Anti-Breeding System

Teachers' Union Poster Child
Alan Rosenfeld, 64, a New York City lawyer and real estate entrepreneur with 12 properties, is also a schoolteacher, though he hasn't been in a classroom since 2002. He's one of those Rubber Room teachers, whose contract calls for full salary and benefits even though the chancellor thinks he's a sexual menace to his female students (proven only once, with wrist-slap punishment). Rosenfeld's salary is $100,000 a year plus health care plus retirement benefits (that would, if he retired today, get him $82,000 a year). New York Post

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Posted By: Chuck | Date: Mon Feb 08, 2010 | Comments (10)

February 7, 2010

Town To Scale

Check out the town Michael Paul Smith grew up in at 1/24th scale. Also with some of the coolest old cars all in perfect condition because they are models. There will be 2 links, the first one will have the story and thumbnail pictures, the second will be a slideshow of the pictures which look like a real town. Smith puts his hand or face in a few of the shots for comparison so as to see the true size of the model.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 07, 2010 | Comments (5)

Ground Frog Day

Snohomish, Washington holds Ground Frog Day each year with their Meteorological Frognosticator, Snohomish Slew.
Snohomish Slew is a very large bull frog who gets center stage much like Puxtatwny Phil does in Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day. Frogorama 2010 was held on January 30, so unfortunately we have missed it for this year.
Oh well, there is always next year.

picture from Yahoo images.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun Feb 07, 2010 | Comments (5)

February 6, 2010

Broke Beak

The bald eagle affectionately called Cyrano could have faced euthanasia due to the terrible injury to his beak, from a fishing line. Fortunately dentist, Kirk Johnson, was asked if he could come up with a prosthesis for the regal bird. He did just that, with the same substance crowns are made of held in place by poster putty. Dr. Johnson even used a yellow highlighter to color the piece to sort of match the natural beak. Cyrano, while doing well, will probably not be able to be returned to the wild. At least this beautiful bird won't have to be put down and will receive the loving care he deserves.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Feb 06, 2010 | Comments (6)

Google Translation

I have a Google Alert keyed to my name, as most authors do. Imagine my surprise to find myself cited on a Taiwanese sci-fi fan page whose name Google chooses to translate thus. I hope the AMA does not find out I'm practicing cancer medicine without a license!

Click to enlarge image, if necessary!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 06, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Asia, Mistranslations

Salamander Sam: Back in Action

As very few of you are probably aware, I have been away for a while. Now that I have returned from winter vacation I can start posting again, and I will start with a few weird things I have found around the internet over the past few months.

First, we have an ad that I noticed right here on Weird Universe:

I know Microsoft is evil, but getting their rival to link to their competing service? That's just terrible.

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Posted By: Salamander Sam | Date: Sat Feb 06, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Entertainment, Advertising, Internet
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