Saturday, November 28, 2009

Baddass Shredding

This isn't about Tony Hawk. Bam Margera or Mike Vallely gettin' all buck-wild on their boards, jumpin' rails, plantin' face, grabbin' air, grindin' nose, or eatin' shit.  It's about good old fashioned destruction of inanimate objects -- with man-built machinery.  American, man built machinery.  I just hope they put a safety screen over the top.  I'd hate to see what this thing would do to the maintenance man.


Friday, November 20, 2009

The Weekly Brinks

Happy Fall Friday.

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Go Beans! Black Eyed Pea Soup - Yummy for the Tummy

Don't fear the beans. Beans are great. This recipe kicks ass. Black eyed peas can sometimes have a really earthy taste to them, but not in this recipe. Like all great bean dishes, this one has amazing heartiness, without a great deal of effort. Vegetarians can swap in vegetable broth and bouillon for the chicken stock. BTW I doubled up the vegetable ratio and didn't seed my peppers and it was perfect in heat and flavor. Go beans!


Ready to Puke in Your Mouth?

I woke up this morning, brewed some coffee, toasted some bread and lathered on a nice swab of butter -- yummy, fatty butter. I brought it all over to the computer, clicked onto google news and within about 2 minutes proceeded to toss chunks onto my keyboard because of this story.

Apparently a gang of entrepreneurs in Peru are going around killing people, extracting their fat from the torsos and selling it on the black market. Mmmm-yummy!

They lure people with fake job offers, kill them, behead them, remove their limbs and then hang the bodies over lit candles to warm the torsos just enough to liquefy their fat so it drips into catch basins below. Are you hurling yet? Jesus Christ. And I thought I was morally corrupt for eating the occasional big mac

Authorities don't really understand the "why" but they do know that they caught a guy at the airport with two one liter bottles filled with human butter. (Just ralfed again.) Apparently, six people have been detained and they claim to have murdered over sixty victims in the past thirty years. It's crazy.

The alleged killers are claiming that they're selling the fat on the black market as a cosmetic ingredient, but authorities and experts are skeptical. Human fat it seems, is already readily available from living donors, from fatballs who don't exercise or eat correctly and turn to the plastic surgery industry to suck it out of them.

Anyhoot, the whole thing is creepy, and has ruined my breakfast, if not my eating habits forever. Hopefully, your stomach is stronger.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Well it's an Awesome Feeling of Inner Peace and Happiness

Don't know about you, but this video makes me smile.  And tap my toes.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Shots Fired Gunshot Recognition System

Gunshot on south main st?  This system monitors noise in the city, specifically identifying and targeting gunshots.  They then alert the local police with specific info on exact location and approximation of weapon caliber.

The private sector has so much more money available to develop these technologies compared to state and city budget allowances.  The fuzz loves it as it gives them a heads up on what they're dealing with and where.  Criminals everywhere are now spending their loot on silencers.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Faithful Dog Never Forgets

And apparently it get's very little exercise while "daddy" is gone to war.  Actually, very cute.


Driver's Seat

Doing alright -- A little jiving on a Saturday night -- And come what may --Gonna dance the day away.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Weekly Brinks

Dog is my go-pilot,

Monday, November 9, 2009

Damn This is One Sexy, Pedal-Powered Hit and Miss

Form vs function. Pretty vs practical. Cool vs convenient. Decisions to make, edits at stake. Fuck! I'm having a hard time deciding whether I think this bike, while really good lookin', is worth serious consideration as a mode of transport.  Designed with the same crisp, minimal aesthetic JRuiter carries through their terrific interior component design, it's meant to break down the object to its barest components, visually and functionally.

Again, I love the look -- balanced with just enough visual tension lurking -- the size of the wheels, the insanely short wheelbase and the gentle upward lilt of the center line of the frame going back.  There's the overhang of the seat giving the visual impression of a fender.  The design lends a sense of action with minimal touch.  And there's the matter of black and red-orange.  Me likey.

Now, for the bad. Damnit! I want to love this little punk of a bike with no reservations, but alas, I cannot.  Here's the breakdown:
  • The seat?  A tad narrow.  100% body weight on my balls.  Not so good.
  • No gears?  No go.
  • Rear mounted pedals means tons of forward lean on the handlebars.  Great for triceps definition not so much for comfort -- even for a short tripper
  • A short tripper?  I can walk short trips and wear fly threads if I need to look cool.
  • Cool don't get you to school.  
  • Short wheelbase = great handling.  Except, what good is it when you're only moving 5 miles and hour?  Tight turns at that speed means you fall over.

So, while I love looking at this gorgeous piece of work, the relationship is flawed once I consider it as a functional object.  It's kinda like bicycle porn.  It get's me excited, but fundamentally it never takes me anywhere.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Douchebags United

I'm so proud that I signed that Care2™ petition to help the movement.


The Weekly Brinks

This monkey is crazy.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Loser of the Month

Hey, there's a reason some people are criminals. Sometimes they're desperate or stupid, or sometimes they're assholes.  In the case of "Big Daddy" Kane E Kellet it's all about being a stupid asshole.  This fine fellow was arrested for home invasion and aggravated battery recently.  He allegedly hit a pregnant woman during his episode.

He's just misunderstood.  Poor fellow.

To top it off, when he got to court where the judge asked Mr Kellet to raise his right hand to be sworn in, Big Daddy gave him the finger instead.  Then he went off freestyle with a profanity laced tirade. 

If only his mother had loved him more.  If only everyone wasn't such a pain in the ass Kane could live his life in peace instead of breaking into his friends homes, beating them when they're in their third trimester and smacking them in the head with a flash light.

The good news?  He's facing up to 30 years and the pregnant woman is okay, as is her unborn baby.


Monday, November 2, 2009

No Pigment? No Problem

White may not be the new black, but for the mammals, birds and reptiles in this gallery, it certainly sets them apart.

Sunday, November 1, 2009