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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

No one told him, "You can't save a damsel if she loves her distress."

Some things, no matter how beautiful (and treasured) once, are beyond saving.

Much appreciated, guys.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Birthdays: my take on vacuous narcissism and maudlin excesses

Don't take credit for something you didn't — personally — achieve.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Homer's pebbles

A couple years ago, I brought back a handful of pebbles scooped by the trailside in Australia. Picked from a barren mound by an intersection with an unsealed (gravel) road leading to a mine, they have languished forgotten in a corner of a drawer since.

Until today.

Hmm... something happened is happening here.

A folded sheet of carbonless copy paper (NCR paper) in the drawer. The dark, burnt-looking patch is the section of the paper directly over the sample of pebbles.

Apple iSight FireWire 400 cable next to the pebble sample. It was originally white. The discoloration extends below the surface of the insulation. I.e. it cannot be scraped off.

Apple iSight. The section of the case near the lens, which lay next to the pebbles, has turned yellow.

The pebble sample. The plastic bag still seems airtight; the sample was dry when collected, transported, and stored; and there were never any water spills in the drawer.

Not one to be alarmist, as there are no uranium mines in Western Australia (as of September 2009), I wonder what I scooped up that sunny day  :-D

Perhaps I should get my paws on a photographic plate and recreate what Antoine Henri Becquerel did in 1896?

In any case, whatever it is, it probably only emits alpha radiation, so I should be pretty safe.

And, if it emits beta radiation, the walls of the wooden drawer should have shielded me from it.

As for radon, I'll handle it like Bill Clinton Slick Willy handled marijuana (and not like Stanley Watras, I hope).

No, it won't go Boomz!  :-P

Or, maybe it's all just corrosive rock fart...

Enjoy the excerpt of Franciscan priest-turned-director, Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi (and Philip Glass' score).

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


A photo a day

(Click on image)

And she's pretty too!


Monday, September 14, 2009

Engrish V

This is actually quite cute.


Friday, September 11, 2009


Monday, September 07, 2009

WTF? videos

Automated versions here and here.

(Hat tip: Agagooga)

This video is the more believable of the two, IMHO.

(Hat tip: NicIz2Hardcore)

When you're so deep in your own shit you start to believe it.

Following comments by bluediamond888 and Garnishes:

Reader anonymouse left this wonderful interpretation of the commercial:

Friend of mine said that the ad is a reflection of the 3 classes in Singapore society:

1. The monkey represents the low-income, which has no choice but to accept peanuts for wages.

2. The elephant represents the middle-income, which has limited contact with the lower class but cannot connect with their struggle to make ends meet, hence the suggestion that they should think positively.

3. The giraffe represents the upper-class, which is completely oblivious to the struggles of the middle and lower classes. Once in a while, they stick their heads down from the clouds and have a look around, but are not bothered by the economic crisis in any way.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Woogy sings II

Woogy and company sang for an 8 PM requiem mass at Saint Patrick's School chapel on August 26, 2009.

Order of the mass

Introitus, Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei from the Requiem a 4 (unpublished manuscript in Málaga Cathedral, Spain) by Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553).

Graduale, Tractus, Offertorium from the Missa pro Defunctis by Giammateo Asola (1532-1609).

Communio from the Missa Pro Defunctis by Pierre de la Rue (1452-1518).

Libera from the Requiem a 4 (1583) by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611).

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