Thursday, October 12th, 2006

this from CNN

Filed under: General — laszlo @ 10:42 pm Edit This

Canada troops battle 10-foot Afghan marijuana plants

OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters) — Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy — almost impenetrable forests of marijuana plants 10 feet tall.

General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

“The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It’s very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices. … And as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don’t dodge in and out of those marijuana forests,” he said in a speech in Ottawa, Canada.

“We tried burning them with white phosphorous — it didn’t work. We tried burning them with diesel — it didn’t work. The plants are so full of water right now … that we simply couldn’t burn them,” he said.

Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

“A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those [forests] did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action,” Hiller said dryly.

One soldier told him later: “Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I’d say ‘That damn marijuana’.”

Monday, April 10th, 2006

(5+3)*24 = 192

Filed under: General — probablyjeff @ 06:12 pm Edit This

Keither Sutherland (Jack Bauer) has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to continue the hit show 24 for 3 more years. Thats makes 192 hours that supercrimals have to battle Jack.

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Monkey Flings Poo By Thinking

Filed under: General — noackjr @ 03:34 pm Edit This

Researchers at Duke have discovered that monkeys can fling poo using only the power of their minds! Check it out.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Supercrime Sighting

Filed under: General, Movies — probablyjeff @ 05:09 pm Edit This

Armed bandits stole a page from the recent Harrison Ford movie Firewall, by kidnapping a security manager and his family on way to stealing 25-40 million pounds. I am pleased to report, that this seems like another case of supercrime done right - no one was injured. Still no arrests. They seem to have gotten away completely and have the authorities scratching their heads.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

Don’t forget the carrot: recent excursions in wikipedia

Filed under: General — laszlo @ 10:07 pm Edit This

Today was the feast of St. Nicholas, popularly associated with our American Christmas traditions, so I thought it a good excuse to do some light research on the origins of our Santa Claus. Nicholas lived in Turkey during the fourth century and was known for secretly giving money and gifts, sometimes throwing them down chimneys.

In Germanic states St. Nicholas became associated with the god Odin, who held a hunting party and feast each winer. At night, children would leave boots near the fire with a carrot or straw for Odin’s eight-legged flying horse, and in the morning they would find their offerings had been replaced with gifts. St. Nicholas also may have been associated with the legend of a demon, sometimes called Krampus. This demon was seven feet tall with an exceptionally long tongue, goat legs, and a rampant sexual appetite and would slide down chimneys at night in order to kidnap, eat, or disembowel children. The monster was eventually caught by Saint Nicholas, who forced him instead to deliver gifts to the children every year.

Much of these legends still survives in Central Europe. I remember from my days at a Swiss-based elementary school celebrating the day of St. Nicklaus in the tradition of Germany and Central Europe. I left a carrot in a shoe outside my door overnight for the horse. I think I got a kiwi. During the day, Niklaus visited our classroom dressed as a bishop and accompanied by his African slave, Ruprecht. Mostly I remember Ruprecht throwing a lot of walnuts at us, and maybe a tangerine or two. Of course, according to tradition, Ruprecht is likely to punish naughty children by beating them with sticks, eating them, or throwing them in a sack and taking them to the Black Forest, where I can only assume they are beaten with sticks or eaten.

Our image of Santa Claus originates more directly from the Dutch version of Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas lives in Spain and arrives every year on a steamboat with one or several Moorish slaves named Black Pete. Again, Sinterklaas rewards offerings in shoes and brings gifts on the night of December 5. These gifts are delivered by Black Pete, who’s face is black from climbing down the chimneys. However, bad children could still potentially be beaten with sticks or taken to Spain in a sack.

Yet another possibly relevant myth was discovered by a mycologist studying psychoactive mushrooms. In Siberia during the midwinter festival, a flying shaman may be known to enter a home through the chimney and hang red and white psychedelic mushrooms, popular among reindeer, by the fire for the inhabitants.

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Thank you sir may I have another?

Filed under: General — symon @ 07:51 pm Edit This

The first truely great invention of the new age has arrived. No longer shall we be forced to raise our index finger to passing waitresses or fight with the common serfs at the bar. Yes, the people who brought us the Blitzkrieg and Levi’s have done it again. Behold, the Inteli-coaster or as they call it in Germany, the Smarzenbeerinorderinvanhausen. Well the people at New Scientist are calling it a “smart mat” but that sounds too much like smart card to me, and although beer security is one of my top concerns I just love hyphenated words.

The device contains an accelerometer, so you can either use it to play in pub quizes like the makers suggest, there by replacing the onerous task of pushing buttons with the eratic failing of your arms….or you can let the guy who knocked over your beer precisely how many meters/secord angry you are at him when you lob it at his head.

So if you like beer, and you like to keep drinking after you’ve lost the capacity for communication, then this is your lucky day.



Thursday, September 15th, 2005

F**K Everything, We’re doing Five Blades

Filed under: General — probablyjeff @ 03:10 pm Edit This

Gillette, maker of the Mach 3 Turbo, a three bladed razor for a while ruled the shaving world. Then the Gillette people got frightened, Schick came out with Quatro a four blade razor. The pressure was finally too much, and Gillette has responded, with a 5 blade razor called Fusion. In fact, there is even a 6th blade for shaving sideburns and mustaches. And you thought it was a joke.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

skynet speaks

Filed under: Technology — noackjr @ 10:59 pm Edit This

SkyNet is launching a chat service called Google Talk. As with many other SkyNet services, it debuts as a beta. Although the site just went live, the service was working earlier today. Google Talk is Jabber compatible (based on the XMPP standard), which means that many clients will connect to it without modification (iChat, Trillian, Gaim, etc.).

I’ve been wondering in what direction the future of chat was going; this looks like it could be the next step.

cvs rocks

Filed under: Site — noackjr @ 02:42 am Edit This

Welcome to WordPress 1.5.2. This update brought to you by the letters C, V, and S.

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

watch it shred

Filed under: Random — noackjr @ 11:12 pm Edit This

If you don’t have at least 15 minutes to waste, don’t click on this link:

SSI Shredding Demonstrations

I can’t pick just one favorite (they are all so amazing), but I heartily enjoy “Computers”, “Copper Fittings”, “Refrigerator”, and “Steel Drums”. Also, the Quad Shredders are hands-down the most awesome of the various SSI product lines. What more needs to be said: “Low-speed, high-torque, four-shaft shredders.” Outstanding…

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