The mantra December 28, 2006Posted by daveintexas in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
The Comish (sic) noted that naval gunners use a special technique to control their .50 cal bursts, so as not to overheat the barrels of the weapon.
I’m not sure, but perhaps it sounds like this…
(I know, it’s old. So am I). [NSFW: Bad Words]
More crazy squids pumping it December 28, 2006Posted by daveintexas in Heroes, Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
Not the Sun Kings, but my friend’s youngest son Stephen, serving in the US Navy off of the coast of Somalia.
My friend says it’s a twin .50 cal, but it looks bigger to me. Anyway…
The military gets the best toys.
My other friend geoff wrote about Somalia here. It’s not widely known, but the waters off of eastern Africa have pirates. Real honest to goodness killers and cutthroats, running about attacking humanitarian aid vessels, thievin and killin. Part of the mission of the Navy is to keep the area free of these pests.
A few weeks earlier (than the picture was taken) one of these bands of buttheads decided to open fire on a United States Navy frigate.
This very one.
The lad was given the green light to engage, with this weapon. And he tore them all new assholes.
I asked my pal if they engaged with any other weapons. He said “no, they only needed this one”.
I do not know if any of the morons survived, but I am reasonably certain Stephen managed to ruin their whole day.
Bald Eagle Flies High Over Central Park December 28, 2006Posted by Michael in News.
With a striped bass in his talons.
The eagle is noticed by Pale Male, the much-photographed resident Red-Tailed Hawk of Central Park.
Mind of a Woman December 27, 2006Posted by Retired Geezer in Women Ranting.
I’m not sure if this is a visual representation of a woman’s brain During PMS.
Maybe Dave in Texas can give us his interpretation.
It’s almost a meg, you dial-uppers might want to give it a pass.
Thai Researchers Record Gibbon Warning Songs December 27, 2006Posted by Michael in Science.
BANGKOK, Thailand – Wah, wow, hoo! Turns out humans aren’t the only primates using songs to warn of life’s dangers and travails.
White-handed gibbons in Thailand’s forests have been found to communicate threats from predators by singing — the first time the behavior has been discovered among non-human primates, researchers said Wednesday.
While other animals have been shown to use song to attract mates or signal danger, researchers writing in this month’s science journal PLoS One said their study was the first to show gibbons — a slender, tree-dwelling ape — issuing song-like warnings to each other.
Here’s a gibbon singing because he just spotted Brewfan:
This particular gibbon is singing AC/DC:
Danger – danger, don’t talk to strangers
Stranger – danger, don’t you talk
Danger – danger, don’t talk to strangers
Danger – danger, don’t talk keep away
The gibbons are tree-top dwellers known for hooting sounds that can carry for half a mile.
To test the primates response to danger, the team conducted a series of experiments in which they put models of predators — snow leopards, pythons and crested serpent eagles — near a group of gibbons and then made audio recordings of their response.
What they found, Clarke said, is that the gibbons approached the potential predator and began warbling a series of sounds — “wahs, wows and hoos” — that were picked up by other gibbons, who then repeated the calls to others.
The sounds made when encountering a predator were more chaotic and louder than those used to win over a mate, Clarke said.
Morbid Speculation December 27, 2006Posted by harrison in History, Lurkers, Science.
They seem to always come in 3’s. First it’s The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Then it’s our 38th President, Gerald Ford.
Who do you think is next?
- This is an unscientific poll; not a competition. No prizes will be awarded.
- Correct guesses will not be treated as the ability to see into the future.
- Wishful thinking, i.e. “my f’n boss”, kinda misses the whole point.
- Saddam Hussein doesn’t count as he’s pretty much a gimme.
Gerald Ford, dead at 93 December 27, 2006Posted by daveintexas in Politics.
I remember when two goofy-ass women took a shot at him (well, Squeaky never got a round off).
Obviously they spent no time at the range.
Talk about taking one for the team. Man gave up the White House to heal the nation. That took some guts.
Requiescat in pacem, Mr. President.
Mom Spanked The Gay Out Of Me December 26, 2006Posted by Michael in Humor.
I just noticed that Brewfan was recently interviewed on television.
The Seed December 25, 2006Posted by Michael in Music.
I’m guessing that Laura’s super-secret horticultural invention (which she wants to patent but she is too cheap to hire a lawyer) involves seeds and roots. So, for Laura, a song called The Seed from The Roots.
I’m going to stop hat-tipping Daughter Michael’s BF. He burned a whole CD full of cool tunes for me for Christmas. For the next month or two, if you see a cool song posted by me that was recorded after 1995, just give him the credit.
A King Without A Crown December 25, 2006Posted by Michael in Music.
I know what you are thinking.
You are thinking, “Michael, sure it’s Christmas and all, but that does not excuse you from posting some really bitchin’ Hasidic Jewish Reggae-Rap to entertain the Innocent Bystanders.”
You’re right. Sorry.
[H/T to Daughter Michael’s BF.]
What was the Star of Bethlehem? December 25, 2006Posted by Michael in Religion, Science.
We know from Matthew that it appeared twice, first attracting the magi to Jerusalem, then to Bethlehem.
Possibly, it was a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in 3 B.C., followed by a conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and Regulus in 2 B.C. This would have had particular significance for Babylonian astronomers (generally considered to be the most likely candidates for the “magi” from the east). For them, Jupiter and Venus were the king and queen planets, Regulus was the king star. Better still, it occurred in the constellation of Leo, the tribal sign of Judah, and appeared to “pause” in the direction of Jerusalem (where the magi first went and visited Herod) as seen from Babylon.
Maybe you’ve heard this theory before, but you can now click here to view a fascinating animation from MSNBC.