Month: February 2010

Nancy Elliott, Anti-Gay Lawmaker, Describes Anal Sex During Public Hearing: ‘Wriggling’ Around ‘In Excrement’

Elliott is an Idiot. You aren’t wiggling it, you’re pumping it. Big difference. If you’re wiggling it you’re doing it wrong.

I love how she gets spanked but then continues to be an obstinate fool. And her arguments about the 5th graders, that comes right from the Worthless Wirthlins and is completely without any basis in reality.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Edumacation: Look Around You

The Brits do come up with funny stuff. I present you the program “Look Around You”. It’s modeled after little educational programs in Britain during the 1970’s and 1980’s and we had similar here in the U.S. in that time period. Here are the chemical elements they cover.

Calcium Part I – Without calcium man would be unable to process food (Show’s a guy trying to eat a burger without using teeth!)

Calcium Part II

Sulfur – My Favorite because of the gun play, pay attention at 4:36 on. He unloads six rounds into the garbage to ‘destroy’ it.

Iron – note the sound effect when they drop a piece of iron.

If you want search around on YouTube for “Look Around You Module x” replacing x with a numeral between 1 and infinity. (Seriously though, I think there are only 8 episodes.) It’s funny, they do impart SOME correct items, but not all.

Sort of a shame that they aren’t making anymore but episodes to air on Adult Swim. Here’s more info on Look Around You.

Reading: The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World from the Internet to Artificial Limbs

The book is by Michael Belfiore. Very interesting peek into not only the projects of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) but its formation and culture.

It really is a mad scientists dream. I’m only about a hundred pages in but it is a fascinating story. I’m on the third chapter right now, titled “The Intergalactic Computer Network”. That in itself is funny because we’re not even close to that yet but it is a fascinating peek into the creation of the internet.

For example, the whole thing got going by the U.S. Air Force giving then ARPA a spare IBM designed and built AN/FSQ-32XD1A computer. These computers had originally been designed to run a nuclear response system called Semi-Automatic Ground Environment or SAGE system used to compute RADAR data in the event of a Russian air attack.

Well, this lead to the formation of the Arpanet, to link computers together. There is one quote that makes me chuckle. It is pure British humor which is great for its understatement and overstatement characteristics. It comes from what I’d consider to be the father of packet switching named Paul Baran.

“I get credit for a lot of the things I didn’t do, I just did a little piece on packet switching and I get blamed for the whole goddamn Internet, you know.”

Thus far a very good book, an easy read. One that I’ll have to add to my permanent collection. Yes it is a library book.


So I’m much further into the book now, at the part where Belfiore talks about the DARPA Urban Challenge and how it’s starting to filter into production now.

For example, the reasoning I use to backup my estimate of autonomous vehicles occurring sooner than later is mentioned on page 164 of the book. Things like adaptive cruise control, lane follow, etc. The book says it’ll be on high end vehicles but the two I’ve mentioned are on the Toyota Prius already.

Some more food pix

Dinner tonight, Beef Stroganoff (Or if you prefer, the vulgar Beef Strokin’ Off – aka a herd of masterbating cattle.)

Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff

Searing a pork loin roast. From here it hits a 400F oven for a while to get the internal temp up past 160F.

Searing Pork Loin Roast
Searing Pork Loin Roast

Brined Pork Chops (Loin chops actually)

Brined Loin Chops
Brined Loin Chops

Rib Eye Steaks on the Grill. The key is to season liberally. Just salt and pepper but if you really want a kick, the Montreal Steak seasoning is fantastic.

Rib Eye Steaks
Rib Eye Steaks

Tomato Salad (Hey, you gotta have vegetables right?)

Tomato Salad
Tomato Salad

And of course the tomato salad came from tomatoes I grew in my potted garden.

The Bounty
The Bounty

The Tea Party 600: Canaries in the Political Coal Mine?

If we could only make the Tea Party people understand the true enemy of the people then we’d have something. That true enemy of course is corporations who think they have the same rights as a flesh and blood person. They don’t, their notion is purely a legal fiction that can be traced back to the 19th century case of Southern Pacific Railroad v. Santa Clara County (1886).

Here’s a bit of trivia, they’ll never acknowledge this but today’s Sprint is a direct descendant of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Good Riddance Speaker Murphy

Maybe you’re resigning because you’ve been such a piss poor house speaker. Maybe it’s so you can continue to kiss Bishop Tobin’s ass, or maybe because you just don’t want to be at the helm as RI circles down the drain.

I won’t be sorry to see your ass go. And hopefully Rep. Fox will be the next speaker. I know I’ve dinged Fox for his leadership skills but I would at least hope that we’ll see the marriage equality bill out of committee and voted in full in 2010. He is after all gay.

Recipes: Truthspew’s Rockin’ French Toast

Ok, so for years I tried perfecting it. I finally have it to the level where it works. Here goes:

1/2 to 3/4’s of a Loaf of French Bread, sliced 3/4″ to 1″ thick on the bias. You get anywhere from 14 to 17 slices out of this.

For the batter:

5 eggs
8 to 12 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon (Keep it around for later to dust the french toast sides)

Whisk the above ingredients together. Using a fork puncture the bread slices, 3 or 4 per slice. Then drop sliced bread into batter in batches. Wait 3 or so minutes, dust with cinnamon then flip the bread and wait 3 minutes again.

In a non stick pan, melt about a half tablespoon of butter (one for each batch) and drop in (cinnamon side down) the battered slices. Life pan off the heat. Return to heat and check underside. If they’re close to being done dust exposed top with cinnamon. Then flip them over.

It’s pretty much a visual thing to see if they’re done. Keep flipping them until you get the color you want (Note, if they turn black you’ve botched it!)

The sugar is the key here, it caramelizes with the butter and heat. Delicious!You don’t need to butter em’ when they come out of the pan, just give them a healthy dose of syrup.

Decadent yes, but it’s worth it.

Top ten countries that hit this blog

So I’m finally getting enough data to do this:

  • 1. United States (US)
  • 2. Canada (CA)
  • 3. United Kingdom (GB)
  • 4. Germany (DE)
  • 5. Australia (AU)
  • 6.Brazil (BR)
  • 7. France (FR)
  • 8. India (IN)
  • 9. Israel (IL)
  • 10. New Zealand (NZ)
  • I note the U.S., Canada and UK fall at the top. All for the most part Enlish speaking countries so that makes sense.

    The surprises start at 4th place on down. Germany of all place but then I know the U.S. military has a large presence in that country, and that German firms do a lot of business with the west so that might explain it.

    Australia isn’t a surprise, they speak English too.

    Brazil is interesting. A lot of American expats there for some reason.

    France is a bit of a surprise, I’d figure not many English speakers there but you just never know.

    India – their official government language is English so it isn’t surprising.

    And finally New Zealand. From what I know the predominant language is English there too.

    It’s funny, this blog has been hit a couple times from Saudi Arabia and even the Islamic Republic of Iran. That kind of shocks me.