End of the year is almost here and it’s time to reflect back on the happenings of 2012. I will have to admit, though, “The Best of Facebook” is a category that I never thought would exist. With the enormous popularity of Facebook combined with Facebook’s stock market failure, the name “Facebook” has become a household name. So why not pay homage to this website which draws both love and hate? More…
Just finished watching the Vice Presidential debate with VP Joe Biden and Governor Paul Ryan, and overall it was pretty decent. Ryan definitely showed more maturity than Romney did last week. Ryan didn’t throw tantrums nor demand to have both the first AND last word. Overall, Ryan just “was.”
During the first half, they were running neck-in-neck. But just past the halfway point, Biden took the lead. The one main difference I saw between the two was that Biden showed passion. Passion for our country and for our people. Although I must say that I did not care for Biden’s over usage of smiling and chuckling early on. Ryan, on the other hand, was stale and did nothing more than regurgitate what we have been hearing for months now. At least he did stick to the Romney/Ryan script. LOL… what is considered their script with so many flip-flops? Whatever viewpoint has been stated the most (Law of Averages).
Oh, that was painful. Very painful. Mitt Romney’s lies turn my stomach and angers me to no end. Romney was also constantly “dancing” and fidgeting in place like someone put chili powder in his magic underwear. Then the moderator, Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS), did not keep control of Romney and allowed Mitt to continue on so that he would constantly have the last say.
This is great! My brothers had Hot Wheels when I was very young. I remember playing with them for hours running the Hot Wheels cars through the double tracked loops. I had wished that either I could shrink down to Hot Wheels size and drive that track, or that there was a real, life-sized track to drive. Apparently some other folks dreamed of real tracks, too, but they didn’t stop at dreaming. They created two real, life-sized tracks with a six-story double-loop. Watch the videos below as the drivers run the Hot Wheels tracks. Some great video angles make you feel as though you are on board.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is what is commonly known as the “Prom of Washington DC,” and was held last night at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. Here are a few samples of the jokes that President Obama shared with everyone last night, followed by the full video of Obama’s stand up comedy. Additionally, the full transcript of the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner is below the video.
Yes, Purdue University is my alma mater, and I am very proud that the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own Guinness world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon.
If you are not familiar with the Rube Goldberg, it is a contest to build a complicated feat of engineering to perform a very simple task. The contest was named after Rube Goldberg, a United States cartoonist who drew intricate diagrams of very complicated and impractical contraptions that accomplished little or nothing (1883-1970). In this contest (video below), the machine simply had to blow up a balloon and pop it. That’s it.
Incredible footage of semi-trailer trucks literally sucked up in the air and tossed around as though they are match-box toys. Footage from the tornadoes which struck Dallas-Ft Worth on Tuesday. Heavy damage, yet no casualties. Very lucky.
If you have not seen this footage, it is amazing. I am from tornado alley, and my jaw still drops when I watch this. Found a nice HD upload from the CNN coverage, so you can really see nature at work here.
I am sure you have all heard by now that a powerful severe storm system moved across the United States on Friday, with a slew of tornadoes from Alabama to Indiana contributing to at least five deaths and threatening even more destruction as the day wore on.
This is the store front above a The Library Bar and Grill in downtown Albuquerque. They have several books “punned” with types of liquor.
This was my “Victim of the Day” for my Project 365 (366) on January 29, 2012. I have updated my project, so please feel free to check out my latest uploads which are from January 29th through February 3rd, 2012.
In order to bring down Facebook, the video asks for everyone who understands and supports Anonymous’ position to participate in this online protest. This is a protest that began over the last week, says the narrator, with attacks on the CBS.com, Warner Brothers, and FBI sites.
Sarah Palin is busy on her foreign policy credential tour this year, which means touching down in a foreign country she’s never been to before and knows nothing about, just long enough for a photo op that is good enough to pass for foreign policy experience in the modern day Republican Party. Well, guess what? Not every conservative movement is that cravenly empty. In England, Margaret Thatcher says thanks but no thanks to the hopeful Sarah Palin for a visit and an ally of Thatcher added the scalding truth,
“Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.”
Here in America, we have to pretend nuts is smart in order not to offend the willfully misinformed who have for some unknown reason identified with nuts, perhaps because they were not warned by those bells of European history about the warning shots of an imperial nutter.
The Independent reports:
There is a brief pause before the bus tour starts again in Iowa, where the first crucial test for would-be Republican runners is to be held – giving Mrs Palin her opportunity to take a glimpse of old England, part of the world outside the USA of which her knowledge is notoriously thin. “I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way,” she said. “I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.”
Tim Montgomerie, of the ConservativeHome website, said: “When the idea was first discussed nine months ago, it was thought that David Cameron might agree for them to appear at a function at the same time so that they could be photographed, but since then her star has fallen so far that I don’t think even that would be thought necessary. She is an embarrassment for mainstream Conservatives.
“She wants to come to see Margaret Thatcher. She doesn’t want to see Cameron or anyone, because it’s Margaret Thatcher who has resonance with the Republican right.
Yes, because for Sarah Palin, everything is about surface and opportunity. We note that her whirlwind “educational” tour through the Northeast barely left time for more than a 20 minute “visit” of all historical sites, and certainly no room for long strolls through museums and other normal activities for educational tours. “She is an embarrassment for mainstream Conservatives.” You don’t say.
The Guardian UK was a bit more brutal with its “close ally” reporting:
This is what Palin told Christina Lamb in the Sunday Times:
I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.
It appears that the former prime minister has no intention of meeting the darling of the Tea Party movement. Andy McSmith reported in the Independent this morning that Palin is likely to be “thwarted” on the grounds that Thatcher, 86, rarely makes public appearances.
It would appear that the reasons go deeper than Thatcher’s frail health. Her allies believe that Palin is a frivolous figure who is unworthy of an audience with the Iron Lady. This is what one ally tells me: Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts. Thatcher will show the level she punches at when she attends the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square on Independence day on 4 July. This is what her ally told me:
Margaret is focusing on Ronald Reagan and will attend the unveiling of the statue. That is her level.
Sarah Palin frivolous? Oh, how could you Ms Thatcher! Here in America, when Sarah Palin wants to co-opt Ronald Reagan’s steel spine even though she quit office, we nod and ask, “how high?” and then our press asks tough questions like, “What did you enjoy seeing today?” To which Palin responds by going on a week long screaming tour about “gotcha questions” and our press reports this, lips twitching with contempt but still not daring to say the obvious, leaving the Fox Ministry of Truth’s revisionism mostly unchecked and thereby putting yet another dent in Americas willingness to deal with real problems.
The Palin cult might take a break from their Orwellian attempts to alter reality in order to suit Sarah Palin’s crazy ramblings (that went something like this, “He who there again did seek to say no, you won’t be taking our freedom and he there did ride to say hey, you second amendment ballot fighters, rise up and reload and don’t retreat, say hello!”) to yell unspeakable threats at Margaret Thatcher’s people for her failure to pretend a silly, classless thing is really a sparkling gem, but I’ve a feeling the British can handle the Palin cult.
Queue up for the crazy, the British want none of our cast-offs and they think Sarah Palin is an embarrassment. Once again, a foreign country says what ours will not, but this time it’s not the press, it’s the conservatives. Only in America is Sarah Palin legitimized at any cost.