Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
This is one of my all-time favorite videos ever put onto the world wide web. There really isn't one thing I don't like about this video. Funniest thing in recorded history? Maybe. Possibly my favorite part of this is that after he falls over, everyone in the studio starts laughing at him. I also like how he almost gets a "WTF!!!" out on live television. Whoever originally uploaded this to the web deserves a pulitzer.
Friday, February 22, 2008
The two gentlemen above are the main participants in The Bone War. On the left you have Othniel Charles Marsh, and on the right, Edward Drinker Cope. Both of these guys were early paleontologists and they hated each other. I have to point out before I get into specifics that in looking at these two mooks, I can see them saying "Brilliant!" and drinking Guinness.
So, here is the scoop. These two guys were both paleontologists back in the 19th century. At the time, there were only nine dinosaur species that had been discovered in America. Cope worked for a guy who had just named a new dinosaur, and ended up trading on that guy's name until he started finding his own new fossils. At the same time, Marsh, who worked for Yale, was also digging around and pulling fossils out of the ground. Essentially, what ended up happening was a mad rush to find and catalog as many new dinosaurs as possible.
In their frenzy, these two ended up getting into all sorts of shenanigans. Cope accused Marsh of stealing his precious fossils, so he stole a trainload of Marsh's fossils. Cope also was so desperate to keep Marsh from finding stuff that he blew up a dig site. One time, Cope stuck the skull of a dinosaur (it was the Brontosaurus) on the wrong end of a skeleton, a picture of which was published in a journal of the time. Upon discovering his mistake, Cope bought up every copy of the journal possible to try and avoid humiliation. Marsh, who was the one to discover the error to begin with, was not having that, so he made it his mission to tell everyone about Cope's mistake. I can't state clearly enough that these two guys really hated each other. This was not a friendly rivalry!
In the end, Marsh "won" the Bone War by merit of cataloging more species than Cope, although Cope developed a reputation of being the better scientist. Between the two, they made a real, tangible contribution to paleontology. Remember I said that before they started in on each other there were only nine known species? After they were done there were one hundred and fifty. Cope in particular helped spread the knowledge by publishing a tremendous amount of work.
Despite the value of their scientific work, at the end of the day, these two still had a rivalry. Marsh ended up getting Copes funding yanked, forcing him to sell parts of his collection off to live, and Marsh (who had been supported by his wealthy uncle, George Peabody) ended up having to ask for a salary from Yale. Also, despite all the good they did for paleontology, they also did a lot of harm to it. Remember, Cope was blowing stuff up, which most scientists frown upon. There were also numerous allegations of shifty practices, up to and including grave robbery.
The most awesome part of this story, by far, is what happened to Cope upon his death. In his hatred of Marsh, he donated his skull to science. His plan was to have his brain measured and weighed, then compared to Marsh's brain, with the idea being that the bigger, more awesome brain would be the winner. Marsh declined to meet this challenge, which to my way of thinking is a forfeit, meaning that Cope won. Cope's skull is evidently still preserved somewhere.
So there you have it. Two guys, a bunch of fossils, and a rivalry that lasted through death. I got the bulk of this information for this post off Wikipedia, but there are a few books written on the subject as well. Anyway, I think for my next post, I will do a little something on The War of the Roses, but I am not sure yet.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This guy paints Bruce Lee using his hands. Actually, this video has been around for awhile, but I like Bruce Lee and I am always fascinated with people who can draw stuff, so there you go. Enjoy.
Edited to add: The artists name, by the way, is Phil Hansen. Check out his website http://www.philinthecircle.com/ to see some more of his art. Personally, I really like this guy. When it comes to art, I can appreciate both creativeness in the execution and subject matter that I can get, and he pretty much nails both.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Here is Toby getting punched perilously close to his giblets by the Incredible Hulk:
Pretty cool. Toby is evil enough to be able to withstand the Hulk, which is pretty tough for a super-villain.
While there are no spiffy comic book covers showing what Crom looks like, here is some art that I swear is some guys vision of who Crom is. I couldn't possibly be happier:
Man, I rule. Anyway, now when Toby and I argue about multiple-choice tests, you can envision these two characters punching it out, which I think is about the raddest thing ever.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Recently, Dave posted an article about using a thumb drive (or data key, or flash drive, or whatever you want to call it), and while it seems to be pretty obvious idea, I have to confess it isn't something that I really ever thought about. This despite the fact that in college I absolutely depended on my flash drive. That I lost one and about had a nervous breakdown because I thought I had lost the other has no bearing on the fact that they are a great little tool.
Anyway, here is a link to the article:
As Dave points out, flash drives are ridiculously cheap, so there isn't any compelling reason not to back up key files (and even not-so-key files, like photos) on one in the event of an emergency. Frankly, as much as I enjoy reading about wilderness survival techniques, and as much thought as I have put into surviving some sort of catastrophic breakdown of society, the fact is that I, and most of you, are many hundreds of times more likely to have to deal with things like fires, blackouts, and local weather emergencies. In all those cases, having easily transportable, reliable and relatively secure access to all my sweet, sweet data makes more sense than does arming myself with a rifle and a tomahawk and becoming Jim Bridger v.2008.
Anyway, it's a good post, and I thought y'all might enjoy reading it.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Kimbo was on Jimmy Kimmel promoting his upcoming fight with Tank Abbott, and Jimmy had some interesting questions for him. My favorite, which I will qoute verbatim, was this:
Jimmy: Do you like punching people?
Awesome. Actually, Kimbo turned out to be a fairly eloquent guy. One of the more interesting things I learned was that Kimbo has six kids, all of them named Kevin or some variation thereof to include a child named "Kevlar". Jimmy also risked his life by asking, jokingly, if Kimbo had ever been in a relationship with a man. Kimbo looked at him as if he was going to kick him in the soul, and said "No, man.". Frankly, I think Jimmy Kimmel should be awarded a prize, because you have to have some serious stones to ask Kimbo Slice if he is gay while your within striking distance.
Here is a video of Kimbo punching not one, but two people into next week. Swede and I both agree that the second guy has a lot of heart, but he still gets beat like a drum. Be advised, this is a street fight, so there is plenty of cussing and frequent use of the "N" word.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
"Larry Correia, yep the same guy that wrote Monster Hunter International, also owns a local gun store called Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns (FBMG). He is moving his store to a much larger and better location. The grand opening will be on Monday the 11th and he has stocked the store with all kinds of boomy goodness. FBMG will be running various specials to celebrate this move; Larry says the “Economic Stimulus Package AR” will be particularly attractive. Also the whole FBMG crew just got back from the SHOT show, so I suspect they might also have some interesting data to download."
Anyhoo, if you happen to be in Utah, and if you happen to want to look at guns, this is the place to go.
Check out http://www.fbmginc.com/ for the address, to look at the stock and to find out why it's called "Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns"
Check out http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/ for general Larryness and to learn about his book, Monster Hunter International.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So, evidently someone found my dolphin post, sent it along to Neatorama, and now The Wide World of Timbo is a extremely minor contributor to that site, which I consider to be pretty cool.
click this perma-link to see the Neatorama post that has immortalized me!
As a side note, I have no idea why sometimes I get hyperlinks to work and other times I get no love. I have tried posting in HTML and I have tried just pasting them in, but both methods seem to be something of a crapshoot. It's not a huge deal, but I wish that I knew what was going on. EDIT on 2-14-08: I figured it out! It was the stupid little slash at the end of the address. Something that simple has been vexing me for weeks!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I say this because in a recent Associated Press article, it was reported that a full 23% of Britons think that Winston Churchill is a myth. Take a second and read that again.
Really? I mean, I can understand not knowing every historical figure in England's long and storied history, but Winston Churchill? I mean, this is the guy that lead you through your darkest hour. Not only that, but a good number of you Englishmen and women were alive when he was alive. It's not like they were asking you about James K. Polk. I wouldn't be bothered if you didn't know that Polk was our eleventh president, was referred to as the "Dark Horse Candidate", and was the last of the Jacksonians to hold the office of POTUS. You know why that wouldn't bother me? First, he is American, and second, he has been dead for 150 years. Winston Churchill, on the other hand, only died 43 years ago and he was your Prime Minister. The 3/4 of the UK that did know who Churchill was needs to throw the rest over the Cliffs of Dover.
If that sounds harsh, consider that these same clowns thought that Gandhi was a myth, and a full 55% of them thought that Sherlock Holmes was real. Put in modern perspective, that would mean that we would think that Vladmir Putin was a myth and that Batman is real.
Cripes. Stupid UK, crack a book now and again.