America’s Next Top Muggle

  1. The Themis page at ASU has some totally awesome don’t miss Mars images.
  2. UFO CATTLE ABDUCTION AUUUIIIGGGH short quicktime movie via adjab.
  3. Happy Halloween from Pillsbury: mummy or penis? You make the call. Also via adjab.
  4. From a paper and pen site: HOWTO improve your handwriting. I think mine is beyond help.
  5. Edgar Allan Seuss (via Exploding Aardvark and robot wisdom).
  6. News Flash: Deepak Chopra is still an overinflated idiot.
  7. In the middle of this, an environmental organization’s fundraising company telemarketed me and refused to communicate with me by mail instead because “that’s bad for the environment”. They have no email list and therefore I had myself removed from their call list. Brilliant, guys. Now back to the links.
  8. Pharyngula points me to the truly amazing cartoonist Nina Paley! You should go there too! I especially like her 1920s/blues musical ramayana riff Sita Sings the Blues.
  9. Gigabit internet from balloons. I said, GIGABIT INTERNET FROM BALLOONS!
  10. Don’t fuck with rodents. They’re tougher than you and they may be smarter.

11 thoughts on “America’s Next Top Muggle

  1. The DNA was a match, confirming a suspicion scientists had, that rats were good swimmers.
    A suspicion? I guess they didn’t read about that time in 1727 when Norway rats swarmed by the millions over the Volga, which is how they got from Asia to Europe in the first place. I guess they also didn’t talk to anyone who has ever had a pet Norway and might have been able to tell them that rats are champion swimmers who often take a dip for recreation. It honestly never occurred to them that a lone pack animal, on an island, with nothing to do, might decide to go swimming? He was probably looking for other rats to pal around with (and impregnate).
    What was this exercise supposed to prove, anyway? Studying a single representative of a species that is never solitary, under completely artificial conditions of peace and plenty, isn’t going to advance pest control any more than studying Robinson Crusoe is going to help you reduce crime in the inner city. And finally, penguin meat? Who was doling out this grant money, the lady from Philadelphia?

      1. Well, if they’re trying to get rid of them by feeding them bit by bit to a single rat, I think they need to go back to the drawing board.

    1. Re: GIGABIT INTERNET FROM BALLOONS!
      “Do you have venture capitalists in a can?”
      “Yes–”
      “Well, better let them out!”
      *laughter, click, dial tone*

  2. useless information I feel compelled to blurt out
    Nina Paley is the little sister of a girl I was friends with when I was a teen, way back in the shrouded mists of time. And their dad used to be mayor.

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