Saturday, February 18, 2012

This Guy Rocks

You ever read someone's work or hear about someone and and think, "man, I could probably get along smashingly with that guy"?

I just found one.   Not only is this guy entertaining, he thinks.   How many people can you claim that for?

Check him out at the Sippican Cottage blog.

He has sons; three of them.  After his son received The Dangerous Book for Boys, he decided it was slightly more dangerous than eating cottage cheese and getting a pedicure.   Seemed like a damn fine excuse to conjecture what an actual dangerous book would contain.

My favorite chapter summary?

"5. Duct Tape. We're going to use a lot of duct tape. We are going to dress our wounds, splint our shins, fix our tools, and tape our little brother's door shut with glorious, magnificent Duct Tape. When the womenfolk complain about the gummy residue it leaves on your siblings, we will remove it with rags soaked in acetone. These will be disposed of improperly. I guess. Who reads the MSDS sheet? Girls."

That idea turned into a great blog about man/guy/dude stuff that isn't entirely irresponsible, not completely safe, and not always supervised, but always satisfying.
As exemplified here:  
Whatcher Wanna Do Today, Lemuel?

Trust me, you want to click that link.

Check out his always entertaining blog: The Borderline Sociopathic Blog For Boys.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Red Pill / Blue Pill... Regular / Extra Crispy

I can't tell if this is a brilliant idea decide if this is satire intended to call attention to the plight of the food chicken or if this is just amazing practicality.   It will serve both purposes and thus is a brilliant idea.

Reported by the future-looking folks at io9 comes this elegant horrific elegant design for The Center for Unconscious Farming. 

"As long as their brain stem is intact, the homeostatic functions of the chicken will continue to operate. By removing the cerebral cortex of the chicken, its sensory perceptions are removed. It can be produced in a denser condition while remaining alive, and oblivious.

The feet will also be removed so the body of the chicken can be packed together in a dense volume.
Food, water and air are delivered via an arterial network and excreta is removed in the same manner. Around 1000 chickens will be packed into each 'leaf', which forms part of a moving, productive system."

I'd also imagine it is quite a bit more sanitary.

While it may seem horrific, it is only so for people who somehow believe chicken magically appears in little sandwiches and celophane wrapped packages.   Their current conditions are far more horrific than this.

This offends us because it makes it impossible to ignore the reality of meat consumption.   Rationalize it any way you like but feeding on other living creatures is not pretty.   Tasty, but not pretty.   If you are going to take a life to consume for your meal and not actually do it yourself, at least man up and admit that it is what it is.   Own your behavior or change it.

If you do change it, consider how bleak the world would be without Popeyes spicy chicken tenders with extra biscuits.

OK… We’re Back

Yes.  We know.  Trust me on this.  There are like 3.6 of you who were wondering what the hell happened to your somewhat quirky, always witty, terribly handsome and (if we must admit) rather insightful web hosts.

Well, you may imagine any number of horrors that befell us.  Was it an accident?  Was there a baby stuck on the train tracks?  A sensory deprivation experiment gone awry? 

Mayhaps we discovered our latent mutant powers.

The grim truth is we just got crazy busy and, honestly, it started to seem a bit redundant posting about how Vettel won again.  No we aren't forgetting that one freaky time he got a flat tire when he ran over a spring that fell out of Massa’s face, but a single data point does not a trend make.
We aren’t trying to make excuses and it’s not like we don’t love that we are one of the Internets’* last undiscovered gems that hasn’t been bought out by Gawker (ie. Lifehacker or Kotaku) or The AOL Network (ie. Engadget or Joystiq) but when pressed for time, all cool things became unknowable and unreportable.   Life gets in the way sometimes and until all 3 of you get your best one million friends to regularly read our insanity, there is still that stuff called work we have to pay attention to.

We still watched the races and had a great time.   We still did cool geeky stuff but things happened and we didn't really post about them.   We'll be better. 

There are always F1 things to talk about but we aren't going to be doing it better than a lot of the great people out there doing it now. The guys at WTF1 find quirky and cool F1 stuff and they are awesome.  The folks at F1 Fanatic and Formula 1 Blog have more depth and seriousness but much less snark.   Which is cool, some people don't like snark.  Some people think Regretsy is mean.

We don't.   We also think that giving you "full" coverage (whatever that means) of F1 is not something any of you would come here for anyway.  We're going to talk about video games, F1, photography, stuff that irritates us and general geek stuff.   We think we're pretty damn good at that.

*That apostrophe is right the fuck where we want it to be.