Saturday, July 25, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Appeasing the nutcases

Chris Matthews love? Who knew?? But right around 2:48 he earned my eternal respect.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population"


Cyclone Power Technologies Responds to Rumors about “Flesh Eating” Military Robot

POMPANO BEACH, FL, July 16, 2009. In response to rumors circulating the internet on sites such as, and CNET News about a “flesh eating” robot project, Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: CYPW) and Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) would like to set the record straight: This robot is strictly vegetarian.

On July 7, Cyclone announced that it had completed the first stage of development for a beta biomass engine system used to power RTI’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR™), a Phase II SBIR project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Sciences Office. RTI’s EATR is an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling.

RTI’s patent pending robotic system will be able to find, ingest and extract energy from biomass in the environment. Despite the far-reaching reports that this includes “human bodies,” the public can be assured that the engine Cyclone has developed to power the EATR runs on fuel no scarier than twigs, grass clippings and wood chips – small, plant-based items for which RTI’s robotic technology is designed to forage. Desecration of the dead is a war crime under Article 15 of the Geneva Conventions, and is certainly not something sanctioned by DARPA, Cyclone or RTI.

“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” stated Harry Schoell, Cyclone’s CEO. “We are focused on demonstrating that our engines can create usable, green power from plentiful, renewable plant matter. The commercial applications alone for this earth-friendly energy solution are enormous.”
Hooray for vegetarian, earth friendly killer transformers!

In other "do not resist the machines" news: NH man charged 23 quadrillion dollars for smokes

Sunday, July 12, 2009

upcoming free gigs (edit)

a couple of free shows coming up that look pretty good

1 - this thursday steve bernstein (of sex mob fame) plays the music of sly + the family stone at castle clinton in battery park (7pm, tickets distributed at 5pm) - gonna try to make it if i get out of the hospital in time.

2 - sunday, the 19th @ summer stage = alpha blondie + lee scratch perry (free!)

3 - m. ward + mike watt + nels cline (of wilco) @ summer stage, aug. 1 at 7pm. slightly aging hipsters will abound.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Subletting anyone?

Hi fam-

Anybody wanna sublet their place to 4 Spanish cousins of a close family friend. They will be here August 2 or 3rd for about 9 days.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! (or, other things that make this country great)

to celebrate 200 years since lincoln's birth, some guy carved a statue of honest abe out of 1000 lbs of cheese:

later on, a minor disaster.
the report from the scene (via the AP):

The heat was just too much for a life-sized cheese statue of Abraham Lincoln in Washington Friday, as the cheddar head slid off and shocked the gathered crowd.

A woman shrieked in horror when the head collapsed at her feet.

Troy Landwehr spent more than forty hours carving the statue out of a one ton block of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese. The carving is for the annual Cheez-It Big Cheese events which are patriotic cheese carvings unveiled around Independence Day.

In years past, the carvings have included the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Mount Rushmore.

After putting Lincoln together again, Ledweher told CNN what type of cheese works the best for these carvings.

“The young cheddar works the best. It has the best oils and consistency. Other cheeses are too soft and will melt and (some) are too hard and you won’t get a smooth surface when you cut on them,” said Landwehr.

Apparently, this cheese wasn’t quite hard enough.