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Saturday, August 31. 2013
On a right-wing site, the first two to mention would probably be Drudge and Instapundit. Both are somewhat eclectic, in that right under the article demanding we immediately nuke Syria is a link to how hot Madonna looks in her new grillz.
Next up might be Real Clear Politics, and what's to note is that when it comes to sections like their 'Tech' and 'History', they're actually a fairly 'deep' site, with a specific search usually pulling up lots of goodies.
Leaving news and history behind, the next step might be one of the 'why' sites, like Life's Little Mysteries.
The next step down the ladder would be a site like Linkiest, which runs the range from the inane to the brilliant.
Although he's shut down for the time being due to family problems, I think the best political cartoonist out there these days is the Hope and Change guy. Going through the archives is a blast.
Well, that should keep you busy for a few minutes.
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"Text From Dog" is a riot! My own pooch and I have the exact same conversations -- in my mind. I'll check out the others next, but just had to report in on that one. How fun!
It's going to take me the rest of the day to get that 'grillz' picture out of my head.
And Ginny's right, that 'Text To Dog' site is hilarious. I particularly liked the one when he accidentally texted his mom. Great stuff.
Next up, the 'Mysteries' site. I just read a few of the posts and it looks terrific. The "Which Plants Can Poison Cats and Dogs?" was pretty sobering. I had a dog once who was only three when he suddenly went into convulsions and died, and we always wondered if it was something in the back yard that he'd eaten.
Have a fun 3-day weekend, everyone!
This is cool. A kid has rigged up an elevator to his tree house using a pulley system and a bicycle. A short minute video.
Hey, that was pretty cool. Gear power! I thought he was going to backpedal his way back down, so when he just let it go was extry cool.
You want a project? Dig me up two more vids where bicycles do something clever and we'll do a vid splash post.
OK. How 'bout these, Doc?
A Czech company has invented an electric flying bicycle here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ovsgui4YWs
Perhaps it is for the person that has everything?
This video is a little dull but may come in handy after the country collapses. Attach the alternator from your car to your bicycle and generate enough electricity to power your 220 watt food processor.
I'll say this about the flying bike -- it's a piss of a lot closer to the 'flying car of the future' than anything ELSE out there is.
And, again, it's all about battery weight. If someone ever actually makes a quantum breakthrough on the subject, a whole shitload of things are going to become viable.
As for the generator bike, while I applaud the effort, there are two things to note:
1. Car alternators are extremely inefficient compared to dedicated motors like they use in windmills. I did a post on it here.
2. 220 watts is almost nothin', so the amount of energy expended on the bike, in ergs, is probably ten times what the food processor used.
So, nix to the second one, but the first one is definitely a winner. Need one more for the vid splash.
I'm also putting together a 'Behind the scenes at Maggie's' post, with vids of various silly/crazy/odd/bizarre circumstances involving people and farm animals. The guy getting a back massage by three baby goats serves as a good example. Any contributions are welcome.
Yeah. I know 220 watts is nothing. OK. didn't make the grade.
This one is a hoot. The mobile bar. Patrons sit at the bar and pedal and propel the device down the street. Obviously designed by someone with too much time on their hands.
Then there is this:
Waterbike Hydrofoil Bicycle. Skim across the water like a bug. Very cool. Wikipedia says, "A human-powered hydrofoil is a small hydrofoil watercraft propelled entirely by the muscle power of its operator(s). Human-powered hydrofoils may be driven by pedals, as in a hydrocycle, by paddles, as in a Flyak, or by bouncing, to use flapping wing propulsion. Hydrofoils are the fastest water-based vehicles propelled solely by human power. They can reach speeds of up to 34 km/h (21 mph; 18 kn), easily exceeding the world records set by competitive rowing which stand at about 20 km/h (12 mph; 11 kn). This speed advantage is achieved since hydrofoils lack a submerged body to provide buoyancy, greatly reducing the drag force."
See it here:
I will keep an eye out for the animals Doc, but knowing Maggie's love of porn and your love of horses I send the following link:
Naked girls with horses:
You didn't post a link to the mobile bar, so I plugged it into YouTube and came up with a whole bunch of them.
The hydrofoil bike was pretty amazing, that it generated so much lift without going very fast.
The naked girls on horses proved that some people will collect anything. :)
Keep an eye out for farm animal vids. I've got three, but could use a few more.
Sorry Doc. Here it is.
I will keep an eye out for farm animals.
Excellent. This is cool, too:
I am going to have to look around to see if there is underwater footage of that hydrofoil bike. Stays on the surface like magic.
Yeah. Ya gotta love that beer bike. Makes it so easy to stop for refreshment after a steep hill or 50 yards, whichever comes first.
Here is a couple of farm animal vids.
Here is the "ahhhh" video. Maybe a minute. A little pig saves a baby goat.
Here is a vid of a pig that thinks it is a cow, Doc. About 5 minutes. A little long on talking, could use more footage of the pig in action, but still pretty neat.
If I am off beam on these, let me know.
Did you see the movie 'Babe'? Damn, that second one was a real-life 'Babe' scenario. The first one was also great. Actually, this means I've got two future projects, one of Maggie's and another on 'smart pigs'. For the Maggie's one, it needs to be some kind of bizarre interaction between a farm animal and a person, where I can lead into it with something like, "Here's Barrie out back sloppin the hogs", then show a vid of some farmer getting tripped up in the sty and falling on his ass into the muck. Something like that. Neither of these fit that mold, but with maybe a third vid, they'd make a great 'Real Life Babe' piece.
The Asiana piece is up, and thanks again for that vid. It certainly evoked an interesting memory.
Yer welcome for the vid, Doc. Never saw the movie Babe.
I have heard of pigs diving in and saving lives before. Paul Harvey reported on a story where a little pig rescued a 5(?) yr old from a swimming pool years ago.
As for the animals. Got it. I was mainly trying to stay away from the trained animal vids.
The Asiana piece is very good.
(cough!) You haven't seen 'Babe'?? Jeez, to this day I'm not sure if anyone's matched what they did with the animals speaking. On top of that, the sequel, 'Babe: Pig in the City' was actually better in ways -- and how many sequels can you say that about? Myself, I have never, ever, thought chimps in movies or on TV were funny. The chimps in the sequel are absolutely hysterical. Both are a must-see on a couple of different levels.