Thursday, July 30, 2009

Why is my hand blinking?

By now you have probably been inundated with the propaganda blitz describing health care reform as something between Soylent Green and Logan's Run (only without the sexy costumes and shopping mall interiors). I had no idea that this is what life must be like in every other modern industrialized country! Who knew that those benevolent private insurance companies were the only thing between you and a trip to Carrousel?

But, in case you just have to answer that cut-and-paste email from an in-law, take a look at

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Moon Hoax Conspiracy

It should be fairly obvious that the special effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey were too advanced for 1967. Comparing the movie to other science fiction films of the era makes this very clear. It is also suspicious that Kubrick had all of the "Models" used in the movie destroyed after filming.

The movie was actually made on location in Earth orbit and on the Lunar surface. Rather than admit that Stanley Kubrick not only beat NASA to the Moon, but constructed a studio there, the C.I.A. forced him to claim that the space scenes were filmed at Shepperton Studios in England using "Special Effects". All of the real sets were deliberately buried in Tycho Crater.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Good Cop / Bad Cop

Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show)
Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Smokey and the Bandit)

Sgt. Mick Belker (Hill Street Blues)
Deputy Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show)

Sgt. Joe Friday (Dragnet)
Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (Dukes of Hazzard)

Chief Marge Gunderson (Fargo)
Lt. William Snyder (The Sting)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Gulf OIl's Cardboard Lunar Lander

Gulf Oil stations gave these away as a promotional item. As Apollo 11 approached the Moon, many kids and their parents were attempting to assemble the darn things. I wasn't easy - there were a lot of parts to punch out, folded and tabs to be inserted into slots. I think it took me hours to assemble. But when it was done, it was beautiful.

I can't remember what happened to it, but a few years ago I picked up an original on ebay. I decided to keep it in it's unassembled form, but the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 inspired me to search out a replica.

Via Google's Lunar X Prize, you can download a printable Lunar Lander model!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

40 Years

Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe. —H. G. WELLS

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Are You a Raven?

After the third or fourth time it gives you the same answer, it's time for some control questions.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The "Department of Law"?

This may well be one of the the most stupifying comments from any modern American politician (and that includes W!). That it came from Sarah Palin should not surprise anybody.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Sarah Palin is not Vice President

In this or ANY Parallel Universe. She is however, "Queen of the Galaxy" in one or two Perpendicular Universes.