Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Way to go Obama! (photos shamelessly hotlinked)

President - Election Center 2008 - Elections & Politics from CNN.com

Pope sees physicist Hawking at evolution gathering - Yahoo! News

Now the Pope is in on it? Cool!

Pope sees physicist Hawking at evolution gathering - Yahoo! News

Thursday, September 25, 2008

10-Superb - Candy Blog

I found an odd candy blog that even goes so far as to rank candies. I found it by a cross-referenced link about fake chocolate in some of the Hershey products.

10-Superb - Candy Blog

Sunday, September 14, 2008

CoE apologizes to Darwin

The CoE will apologize to Charles Darwin regarding his theory of evolution. They have decided, like another Church did with Gallileo, that his teacings are not contradictory to the Bible. What is more, they are trying to distance themselves from those who think God literally created everything in 7 of our days.

Church makes ‘ludicrous’ apology to Charles Darwin - 126 years after his death Mail Online

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Keep Your Booth Alive

(from madsilence.wordpress.com)

Don't want to see your favorite phone booth disappear? The UK is letting groups adopt payphones to keep them alive.

MobHappy » Blog Archive » BT to Allow Local Authorities to “Adopt” a Payphone

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Audio/Video Input Shirt

(from Uncrate)

I have to admit, this shirt looks fantastic! It even has HDMI ports.

Threadless T-Shirts - AV by Olly Moss

Friday, August 08, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Driving an Average Joe

(from genesis244.com)

We had an odd experience this weekend. We drove Marry an Average Joe around Lawrenceville and Snellville, GA, on Sunday.

We were getting the brakes on the RV fixed this week, so it was sitting out in front of a repair shop on the main drag in Lawrenceville. We got a call asking if we wanted to do something that would help pay for the brakes. I called back and found that MaAJ wanted to rent it, and a driver, Sunday afternoon for $100/hour. I said yes.

I arrived with a friend and her son and waited around for over an hour to get started (getting paid by the hour so not worried about the wait). Eventually everyone piled in the RV and we were on our way. The convoy consisted of two motorcycle police escorts, two vans with adwraps, us, and a little Focus with a guy sticking out of the roof.

(from genesis244.com)

The cops treated us like royalty, letting us run through lights, drive on the wrong side of the road, speed, etc. They were obviously having fun and lane-split many times (drove between cars on the centerline).

We went to five houses for the crew to interview. I don't know all the details, but I know that one was a biracial couple, one was bi-religous, one was rich, one was poor, and I think one was a marriage between people from two different countries.

While the crew did their work in the houses, we sat in the air-conditioned RV and waited. The cops eventually started coming in to avoid the Atlanta heat. We found out that they were both retired and in their 70's. They usually escort funerals and rap music video filmmakers.

Eventually this all came to an end and we dropped off the crew 30 minutes later than expected (1/2 hour more money, so no biggie). We treated our friends to a nice dinner to thank them for the company. Unfortunately the money barely made a dent in the brake job, but at least it was interesting! We signed releases and were videotaped from the interior as well as from the guy in the Focus, so we might end up with a quick cameo on the show if it ever airs. They are trying to sell it to Viacom and some other company.

My teeth still hurt from gritting them as I drove. I essentially drove the thing for three days off-and-on, so I wasn't worried about not being able to drive them around, but it was very stressful.

Finally, the star of the show was apparently kidnapped. I have no reason to doubt the story, but the police apparently treated it like a publicity stunt. The scary thing is that he was kidnapped less than a mile from my house.

Welcome to "Marry An Average Joe.com"

Friday, July 25, 2008

Amorphia Apparel - Look on my shirts, ye mighty, and despair!

(via amorphia-apparel.com)

This place has some pretty interesting t-shirts. I find myself wearing t-shirts less and less, but I still like looking at them.

Amorphia Apparel - Look on my shirts, ye mighty, and despair!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Recent Photos

Here are a few photos from our past hike and camping trips:

Smithgall Woods 'shrooms 1

Smithgall Woods 'shrooms 2

Smithgall Woods 'shrooms 3



Flickr: Pangolyn's Photostream

Monday, July 21, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wall•E 3/4 view

Wall•E 3/4 view
Originally uploaded by MacLane
Made by the director of Wall-E.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


(from www.isrealli.org)

Chick-fil-A will give you a free meal Friday (7/11/08) if you arrive in a cow costume. Is it worth getting out my old Moo-moo?

Dress Like Me. Git Free Chikin.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Canon Powershot G9 Notes

The Canon G9 is NOT a DSLR. I need to keep reminding myself of this. If I think of it as a DSLR I am going to be disappointed with my pictures.

I bought the Lensmate adapter and screwed on a haze filter and a polarizer. It now LOOKS like a squatty DSLR. "It's not a DSLR" I keep telling myself.

The reason this camera is liked by the DSLR crowd is that it takes very good pictures. However, when they need money shots they use their DSLRs, not their G9s. They know that the images simply aren't going to compare with its limited zoom range and small imager. For the money and portability the pictures are acceptable to them, and features like full manual control via DSLR-like controls and RAW make it a comfortable camera to use.

Professional photographers look at lighting, composition, interest, and create works of art through the lens. A camera is just a tool to them. Just like a professional saxophone player will covet their Selmer Mark VI alto sax, it's not the sax that makes them sound good--it is their talent. A talented musician can take a crappy Yamaha sax and make it sound beautiful.

I want to make photographs that look like the ones I see in magazines, but it is simply not possible with the G9. A professional could not get a full page picture published in NatGeo with a G9 either. It's not just the talent, but the quality of the resulting image that makes the difference. You want to see every hair on a bee's head without chromatic abberations? You'll need a large sensor, a true macro lens, and macro lights. Want to get a tack sharp frozen moment in time as a swimmer dives into the water, complete with perfect globules of water? You will need a monopod, a 400mm f2.8 zoom lens and a large sensor.

I need to stop trying to get the perfect spider or bee shot. No matter how close I get, I still have to crop the picture 400% or more to make the animal fill the image. At this point the pixels are so large that the image suffers. I could never submit these images to a stock photo company because of this.

I need to stop trying to take high-contrast landscape shots. The dynamic range and chromatic abberations are so bad that these will also never be accepted.

I need to stop trying to think I can make money selling photographs. I am not willing to commit the money or the time to do it right, and there are 1000's of others out there that ARE willing.

I need to just have fun and try to take shots that please me. I can continue to work on lighting, composition and interest so that if I ever DO buy a DSLR I will take better pictures from the start.

Canon Powershot G9 digital camera

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Zaxby's Buffalo Fingerz

(via Zaxby's)

This is the best lunch ever! Five deep fried chicken fingers smothered in buffalo sauce with ranch dipping sauce and celery! They serve it with a fork 'cuz they know yer gonna dip them chicken fingers in ranch! (ahem)

I'm sure it's really bad for you but it's just enough food to fill me when I need a lunch, and I get some fiber in there too.

Zaxby's Wings and Fingerz

'Pick Your Own' Closed Because of Snacking

(via eHow.com)

One of my friends likes to do this with her family. She said that people eat berries there, but the amount eaten is nothing compared to the gallons most people pay for and bring home. It seems like this guy could fix the problem by requiring them to buy at least two gallons (takes up time and will deter those that don't want to pay anything at all).

Farmer scraps 'pick your own' after greedy customers steal strawberries - and even bring cream to dip them in Mail Online

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Bacon Floss

Mmmm, bacon!

Bacon Floss Uncrate

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Icon Ultralight Plane

(via iconaircraft.com)

Their images really make this look like a fun little plane--two seater side-by-side (not tandem as in most ultralights), can takeoff/land in water or on a landing strip, wings come off to easily transport on a trailer. What's $140,000?

ICON Aircraft: Sport Flying Revolution

Friday, June 13, 2008

BMW GINA - Fabric-skinned car

(from news.ninemsn.com.au)

This is probaby the first exterior design change/element I have seen in over 30 years of lusting after cars that truly impresses me. It makes so much sense aerodynamically and econimically. You have to watch the videos below:

BMW-web.tv - The International Entertainment Magazine

Canon G9 Photos

Some photos from my new G9 camera:

Spider Walking Away


Number One

Pangolyn/G9 Photos - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Thursday, June 12, 2008

2002 Honda Silverwing

(via honda.com)

I fixed my Silverwing a couple of weeks ago and have been driving to work as often as possible.

Something was shorting out so I followed the repair manual's instructions to remove every single body panel to examine the wiring. I found that a bracket that holds two relays was bent, and that one of the relay cases had a friction hole. I bent the bracket back, bought a new relay, started it up and it worked. I painfully put all of the panels back and have ridden it ever since.

I'm still impressed with this old bike. My wife's scooter is a little 250cc isn't very peppy, so it's a little embarassing for me, a male, to ride. However, my 600cc Silverwing scoots just fine. I sit with pride at stoplights when a fancy 'stang or ricer pulls up beside because I know I can smootly speed to 45 much faster than they can. As a bonus, it doesn't make a big deal about it, just quiet gentle power (no waaaaaaaah).

There is plenty of storage space in this thing. I can put a 20oz bottle of water, gloves and sunglasses in the deep left-side dash cubby. the trunk can easily hold rain gear, my computer in its bag, and my jacket. They make trunks that fit on the rear wing, but I haven't had a need for that much space yet.

I'm a little too tall, I think, for this thing because my head gets lots of wind buffeting. There are larger windshields that can be attached, but I'm too cheap to buy them

I don't know the gas mileage since I fixed it because I'm still on the same tank of gas. I expect it to be between 45 and 60 MPG. I'll report on that in the near future.

My Canon G7 Died, Long Live G9

(via CameraLabs)

My Canon Powershot G7 died last week on the last day of our Aruba trip.

I purchased it at MicroCenter during their '20% off cameras' sale, on clearance, so it only cost around $211. I bought the $70 'accident insurance' since it actually covers accidents (unlike most protection plans). I also purchased a DiCAPac waterproof camera bag so I could take pictures while snorkeling.

I purchased the largest one they make, which MicroCenter just happened to stock, based on the recommendation of one of the employees. I told him I didn't think it would fit, and tried it in the store. Sure enough, the zoom would not extend all the way because of the design of the bag, so I returned it.

I later decided that I would avoid using the zoom while in the bag, so I returned and re-purchased the bag.

It worked great every day, except the edge of the rubber around the lens glass on the case intruded into the pictures. I decided I would just zoom in a little, just enough to get the rubber out of the shot. Big mistake. The end of the lens exactly fits the inner dimension of the rubber surrounding the lens glass in the underwater case. Apparently the end was wedged into the rubber during use, gripping it tightly. When the camera tried to sleep and retract the lens the end of the lens came off. Technically, this didn't kill the camera, it just broke the assembly that protects the lens when not in use, but it was enough of a problem that the camera wouldn't work without me 'making it worse' by removing the lens cover blades, springs, and other bits in the end of the camera (which I didn't do).

I was sad for a while because it was such a great cameara at $211, but I bought the insurance so I decided to just return it and get credit torward a 'real' camera in the near future (read: DSLR). My wife thought we should bet a new equivalent camera otherwise what is the point of the insurance, so she took it back to exchange. Long story short, she got the money back from the G7 as well as the money for the insurance since it was their recommendation that broke the cameara, and put it all toward a G9. At first I told her that $430 was too much to spend on a new camera, that we should just wait until I could afford a DSLR ($600+). Then I thought about it and realized that I would not take the DSLR with me as much as the G9, and that the waterproof case for a DSLR is over $1,000, while the 'official' underwater case for the G9 is $130, something I COULD afford the next time we go snorkeling. I also read up on the G9 and found that it is the P&S of choice by many DSLR users, especially since it has RAW, an ISO dial, and instant analog access to f-stop and shutter speed settings. Although the G7 has the same buttons & dials, it only has RAW via a hack, and it requires additional steps to get those RAW files converted into something Adobe products can understand (G9 does it natively).

She's unable to go to our son's swim meet tonight, so they gave my Fathers' Day present early so I could take picutres and video for her. I'll write about the G9 in the near future.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cyclist Union

In Toronto, cyclists form a first-of-its-kind union | csmonitor.com

You Don't Mess With The Zohan - Review

This movie surprised me. Of course, it was crass with lots of crotch shots. Of course it had Happy Madison regulars. Of course the story had a sappy element.

Surprise #1: This was really funny. Even if there were no enlarged crotch shots it would have been funny. There were many truly new comic jokes: Cat-sack (hacky-sack with a cat), drinking two raw chicks for breakfast during training, man peeing in the litterbox (with the cat still in it), and many others.

Surprise #2: Better-than-cameo surprise credited actors. Ms. Garrett from Facts of Life, A very eloquent (compared to how I've heard him speak before) Dave Matthews (I'm the only one that picked him out even though my wife is a much bigger fan).

Surprise #3: The best stunts I have ever seen. Better than the Matrix. Better than the last James Bond film. Even though it was silly, and most were heavily cable-assisted or digitally enhanced, the stunts were extremely impressive. It truly looked like someone could swim fast the way Adam did (much better than the dolphin swim in 'The Animal'. Gun at his back, he spins instantly and dismantles the gun before the bad guy can react. Beating up three thugs in a few seconds. Drinking that bizarre fizzy drink in less than a second. These were all done extremely well and looked theoretically possible.

If you can leave your maturity and brain at the door then you should try to see this movie. It's not a 'big screen' movie, so DVD rental would be fine once it comes out.

You Don't Mess With The Zohan

Next iPhone will be $199

I really like my Blackberry Pearl (as does my wife, four co-workers, everyone else that has one) but a $199 iPhone could make me throw it to the curb when my contract is up. Plus it has 3G (yay) and GPS (YAY).

Macworld | Apple’s $199 iPhone: How can it be so cheap?

Friday, June 06, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Monday, June 02, 2008

Aruba Pictures

Here are a few Aruba pics. Follow the link for more.









Pangolyn/Aruba - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Monday, May 26, 2008

]All Cats Have Asperger's

This book looks interesting. It tries to explain Asperger's without technical jargon to help kids understand what it means.

Amazon.com: All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome: Kathy Hoopmann: Books

5-yr-old Kid Voted Out of Class by Students

A kid with Asperger's was voted out of a class because the kids didn't like his behavior.

Teacher lets Morningside students vote out classmate, 5 : St. Lucie County : TCPalm

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Encyclopedia of Life

Found this on a NOVA special. The ultimate goal is to have a page for every known species.

Encyclopedia of Life

Friday, May 23, 2008

CrossOver: Play Windows Games on a Mac

I'll have to check this out. Windows games are the only reason I have a Windows XP partition on my MacBook Pro. If I could install the games on the Mac side then I could save a few GBs of space from the Windows XP install.

Windows Games Seamlessly Integrated on Mac or Linux - CrossOver Games

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Archlord is Free

I hever played this game, but for free I'll have to check it out.

Archlord - www.mmosite.com

"Bug" Macro Pictures

Here are a couple of new macro shots of invertebrates:

Wolf Spider with Babies

Grub Eating Aphid

Pangolyn/G7 Photos - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting