Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Finding a Better Class of Monster

Meet Tullimonstrum and isn't he a beauty.  He has such a beast of a trunk that it's even got a long beak with teeth at the end of it.  There's no telling how those portholes work but the eyes on trunks are as creepy as you could ever want.  (WIKI:  Tullimonstrum)

Ed:  it doesn't even grow to two feet long!

Try to show a little flexibility, Stanley Kubrick.  Using a green screen wouldn't be so good but a blue screen would be excellent to isolate Tullimonstrum from his background and then you can blow him up to eighty feet.

Think of how Tullimonstrum's trunk rises out of the water so the beak can grab your partner and then it disappears with her before you know she's gone.  Nowhere in the world is it safe to go near the water anymore because ... beware the Tully Monster.

No matter how seemingly worthless the animal, scientists can find a reason to argue about it and the question is whether it's really a vertebrate ... and how well I know.  It keeps me awake too.  (Science Daily: 'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, group argues)

The brain for Tullimonstrum is in the tail and, oddly enough, the sex organs are in the midsection.  Hitting it in the midsection won't so much slow it down as turn it on so you might want to be mindful of that since you could otherwise suddenly learn more of their reproductive behavior than you may want to know.

And there you were thinking a shark is the nastiest thing you can find underwater.  How about if they're social creatures and they come after you by the hundreds or thousands.  They're like marine piranha and Miami Beach will never be the same.  You won't even be safe when you're sunbathing since they can snatch you right off the sand.

Ed:  the Japanese sci fi moviemakers would have made a political statement out of it.

We can do that.  The frequent oil spills into the ocean resulted in mutations in Tullimonstrum which ultimately gave it the ability to leave the water to come up on land ... and eat your whole family.

Tullimonstrum ... first it took the beaches ... now it's coming for you ... aaaiiiiyyyeeeee!

I'm So Happy to Be Back in Sweden or Wherever I Am - Donald Trump

"The View" shows why there's no chance men will ever be able to get along with women.  It's not so much that they never stop talking, they never stop talking at the same fucking time.  I lasted until 3:41 before I bailed.

Note:  who is Jebediah, why does she have a man's name, and what's the feature with that awful pink lipstick. You're not in high school anymore, dear.

She does have a remarkable ability to listen to no-one whatsoever, tho.

If this had been a group of five men and one wants to yap about Trump but the others don't, the one knows he needs to shut the fuck up or someone will punch him.  That means men can quickly get on to important things like bowling, NASCAR, and lawn maintenance.

Take it away, well, everyone at the same time.

When Donald Trump gets his inspiration for speeches from Fox News, perhaps the talking heads on that channel should be made honorary Cabinet members.

Here's a reaction from Sweden and this one is funny.

South Dakota Evolution Education Like a Golden Corral Buffet

Legislators in South Dakota are considering whether to leave it up to the teacher regarding skepticism about evolution.  If you don't like the beef then try the fish and that will suck too but at least you will get something to eat.  (NBC12:  South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change.

A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses" of the subjects.


The subjects are not contentious and are only made to seem that way by pols and journos with nothing better to do.  The consequence of listening to them is you wind up with that eyesore of embarrassment in Kentucky, Noah's Ark, where soon they will feature dinosaurs with the humans.  They can talk about science all day long; all of it is bloody rubbish but they can do it since they know the listeners probably won't look for themselves.

Evolution was a delicate matter since I picked up the perception somewhere that Lotho's religious beliefs required a strict interpretation of the Bible which meant evolution goes out the window.  Therefore, any discussion of evolution would be potentially contentious on Ithaka and I don't want that; the subject is simply of high interest to me for how did we get to be what we are.

It's since been made more clear Lotho is going with whatever is logical and fair enough.  Anything which doesn't satisfy that much is bloody rubbish from the top.

We can take the patronizing approach to South Dakota.  What difference does it make what they learn about evolution when they will still just end up going to work in the oil fields to be lackeys in an oil war they don't understand.

Ed:  that attitude will just do wonders for kids like Hobo Ahle  (Ithaka:  "Living In A Car - My Story" by Hobo Ahle)

Dat's a fact, Jack.  Some of those kids will wind up in the oil fields but some of them won't and those ones need a better foundation than comes from a sketchy opinion on evolution.  It's not the opinion of science and there's no need to flog it since you know it already.

That the matter keeps coming up over and over is a national embarrassment.  You know it's not true and yet America is getting pushed around by some fundamentalists who refuse to accept the truth of anything except the Bible.  They're a hard minority so the wonder is how they get away with it.

In part fundamentalists get away with it because of sniveling sleazoids like Ted Cruz who are so desperate for votes that they suck up to them.  If you take away the Brylcreem from that bitch there won't be anything left but the shoes.

Maybe that's all it takes to keep this going, a few asshat Republicans who live in a constant state of suck.  There are good Republicans (e.g. Robert Dole) but those numb nuts asshats don't qualify.

I haven't seen a Golden Corral buffet restaurant in years but the mark of the places is in how many Old Fuckers you see in them (i.e. many).  You can get a lot of relatively good chow for cheap.  Not bad.  Fortunately, they don't serve evolution although there's probably no way to avoid politics since Old Fuckers love to talk about politics.

Ed:  or who has croaked recently.  They constantly go on about who died lately.

There you go, politics and dead people.  If you can go one better than those topics, you will be the master of scintillating conversation with the seniors.

So, yeah, I guess I'll go with the fish today.

"Living In A Car - My Story" by Hobo Ahle

Hobo Ahle has been living in her van and I got intrigued by why she did it and how she manages to keep doing it.  At first I wondered if she comes from the big bucks and it's really a sham but that's not true.  Here's her story on how it got started.

I do have one note, tho, since dissatisfaction with a routine isn't limited to Millennials, young lady.  It's interesting to see what you make of that as the story goes along.

Lotho's favorite mantra, figure it out, comes up multiple times and I suspect you will like her way.  She's bright and unpretentious which makes her charm magnetic.

Hobo Ahle is using a novel form of sponsorship with the Patreon site where it seems people pledge a monthly stipend.  That strikes me as an awkward way to do it and I wouldn't expect success from it but she seemingly does ok.  If you like what she's doing, help her out if you can.

Hobo Ahle is creating YouTube videos on travel and van life!

Note:  the monthly stipend is only my perception of it and I'm not positive how it works.

She's an inventive kid in finding ways to do this and to pull it off without some Sugar Daddy in the background writing the checks for it.  She makes herself a living case study in Psychology since why does she do this but she has a charming way about her so it's more than watching goslings following Konrad Lorenz around his yard.

Ed:  it's like a reality show which doesn't have a studio parachute

Fair dinkum, mate.  Hobo Ahle can get herself killed doing this and you know the horror stories of the road.  Things get stolen, people get dead ... it's dangerous.

I'm diggin' Hobo Ahle's gumption and maybe a lot of you know her restlessness which isn't at all limited to Millennials.  It's not about instant gratification but rather unwillingness to settle for doing things you don't want to do.  There is more to life but you have to get off your ass to find it and this kid is doing it.

Major high five from the Rockhouse to Hobo Ahle.

When Journalism Isn't Enough for You, There's the Scorpion Hoverbike

Being a journalist doesn't require the personal commitment of having sex nor is it dangerous like certain sports so such people would rather ride the bus than a Scorpion hoverbike and the author of the article wrote that specifically.  (HuffTech:  This Hoverbike Is A Horrific Injury Just Waiting To Happen)

Ed:  what about journos going into combat areas?

Most of them don't report the combat accurately so that activity is regarded as more stupid than brave.

For anyone else seeing the Scorpion, the first thought is to race it.

Ed:  do you hate all journalists or just most of them?

I don't hate them.  They're just tiresome when they act like pirates but most are only slugheads.  Your task in life is to find the things journalists won't do.

Ed:  they don't do anything except yap!

So what say we get some Scorpions and race.  You know I'm up for smashing myself all to hell since I've done it multiple times already and I know some of you are not averse to doing the same thing judging by all those scars.

Ed:  do you think it's brave riding the Scorpion?

Bravery has nothing to do with it.  We're talking about kicks, boobie.

Ed:  that thing will slice you into deli meat if you crash!

Tell those 200 mph NASCAR drivers about it and maybe it will just scare them to death, huh?  Besides, when you have taken a motorcycle into triple digits, you have already shown you're a lunatic so what is the point of this talk about danger anyway.

Ed:  was that article written by a woman?

You know, I couldn't resist looking and it was.  Denise McCluggage, she aint.  (WIKI:  Denise McCluggage)

Note:  looking up McCluggage revealed a surprise since all my life I have thought she was an Australian driver but actually she was a Yank and she was also a journo.

Ed:  they don't make them like her anymore!

Well, we can sing that sad lament or we can go racing, mate.

Racing these things is inevitable but you might want to give some consideration to which vendor you will choose to supply your hoverbike.  Hoversurf built this one but many of the pictures on their Web site don't work.  Hopefully they built the Scorpion better than that but I really would hate to discover when I'm airborne that this hoverbike was built like a bad Web site.  (See Hoversurf)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bear Hunting in Alaska with Pink and the Pope

The Pope went on vacation for a few days to visit the rugged mountains of Alaska.  He was driving along near a campground when he heard a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods.  He found a helpless Democrat wearing shorts, sandals, a 'Vote for Hillary' hat and a 'Save the Trees' shirt.  The man was screaming and struggling frantically, thrashing all about trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10-foot grizzly bear.

As the Pope watched in horror, a group of Republican loggers wearing Go Trump shirts came racing up.  One quickly fired a .44 magnum slug right into the bear's chest. The two other men pulled the semiconscious Democrat from the bear's grasp.

Then using baseball bats, the three loggers finished off the bear.  Two of the men dragged the dead grizzly onto the bed of their pickup truck while the other tenderly placed the injured Democrat in the back seat.

 As they began to leave, the Pope summoned all of them over to him. "I give you my blessing for your brave actions!" he proudly proclaimed. "I have heard there was bitter hatred between Republican loggers and Democratic environmental activists, but now I've seen with my own eyes that this is not true.

As the Pope drove off, one logger asked his buddies, "Who was that guy?

"Dude, that was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with Heaven and has access to all wisdom.

"Well," the logger said, "he may have access to all wisdom, but he don't know squat about bear hunting.  By the way, is the bait still alive or do we need to go back to California and get another one?

- Thank you, Pink.  He no longer lives in California so he is therefore no longer potential bear bait.

What's Hot on the Blog 2/21


How America - it cost a lot for the worst traffic jams in the world

The Question - are you bad ass enough to be a Russian

Lick Observatory - a photograph of the observatory from over a hundred years ago and it's still standing

Milo Yiannopoulos - he looks about tapped out for news interest after he takes a third strike

The Robos - the fastest robos yet

China - the only demand for ivory is in China so who else will be tagged for extinction of the elephants

America - this is an impossible to be true picture from the turn of the 19th Century and it's real

The Dead - the problem with the honeybee die-off is mapped by states and that gives strong insights into what's been causing it

Cat's Diamond - her ten year anniversary show at the MusikCircus

Racism - Obama is regarded as one of the best Presidents, at least by MSM, but there's little agreement with that with y'all

Milo Yiannopoulos Takes a Third Strike for Pedophilia and May Be Out

Milo Yiannopolous has been tried and found guilty of thoughtcrime after the evidence was seen in a couple of videos over the weekend in which he mentioned pedophilia.

Unless you're one of the gay men at a KKK cross burning, you probably don't have much liking for Yiannopolous and things aren't looking too good for the boy.

Strike 1 - he was to speak at some CPAC meeting but they fired him

Strike 2 - Simon & Schuster was to publish his book in June but they fired him too

Strike 3 - it appears Breitbart will fire him as an editor  (Fox News:  Breitbart News May Boot Milo Yiannopoulos Over Sex Comments)

Ain't thoughtcrime a bitch.  (Ithaka:  Live from Atlantic City, NJ | Buddy Hackett | Riddled with Thoughtcrime)

For thoughtcrime, thinking it is the same as doing it.  Thoughtcrime is Sharia law ... only better.

Yiannopolous is right about pedophilia since the book definition of the word is sex with a prepubescent child.  He's also a disingenuous cunt to suggest anything else is valid since the law is not the same and he can't possibly be unaware of that.  In this world, a child is anyone under eighteen and you can't fuck them.  We don't want to know why you would ever want to do that in the first place.

Ed:  are you going for the Jim Jefferies knock-off here?

Nah, it's just for some no other word is sufficient.

Ed:  ok, he's a cunty opportunistic fucktard

Fair dinkum.  Now you're getting with the spirit of it.

There was an exchange a few days ago with Lotho when I said maybe it's sort of ok when female teachers nail their young students but he wasn't having any of that.  Child-fucking is anyone under eighteen and zero exceptions.

So that means the fantasy is shot all to hell in which my French teacher cries out, "Silas, I need you."

Then she tears off her clothes in the middle of the classroom and says in her sexiest French voice, "Take me."

Ed:  yes, lose that one although I have to admit it's not bad.  Maybe I will have to tell you sometime about the one with the laughing gas and the midgets.

Even though I see Yiannopolous as a bloated boil on the backside of humanity, I still can't bust him.  If they will send the helicopters for his thoughtcrimes in saying wildly stupid things then they can send them for me and I would have been in prison years ago because of that.

Thoughtcrime is anything which offends someone and that can bring the vilest things imaginable but it can also bring the best.

Ed:  and your thoughtcrimes are the best?

Naturally.  Come to Ithaka for the best in thoughtcrime because we love you.

China Owns the Extinction of African Elephants - Science

Twenty-five thousand elephants have been poached in ten years in the Minkébé National Park in Africa and there's no possible way this is sustainable.  The ivory in the tusks of the elephants is the reason for the poaching and it's been banned in the West for many years for any kind of commercial or medical use.  There was a time when the ivory was used for piano keys and jewelry, etc but that time is long gone.  Maybe some of y'all have some better knowledge but it appears the only place there is demand for ivory is China.

Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led study finds.

"Our research suggests that more than 25,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park may have been killed for their ivory between 2004 and 2014," said John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.

"With nearly half of Central Africa's estimated 100,000 forest elephants thought to live in Gabon, the loss of 25,000 elephants from this key sanctuary is a considerable setback for the preservation of the species," he said.

- Science Daily:  Poaching drives 80 percent decline in elephants in key preserve

In the last ten years, ivory hasn't been legal anywhere in the West and blaming hardly ever accomplishes anything positive but there's a total lack of accountability for driving one of the most beloved creatures on the planet to extinction and doing it for nothing more than willful bloody mindedness.

This is a small group of forest elephants in Gabon's Minkébé National Park. Poaching for the illegal ivory trade has reduced their numbers by 80 percent, according to a new study.

Credit: John Poulsen, Duke University

- SD

The Robos Are Coming ... at 186 KPH

Hipster automobile racing is when you go to watch Formula 1 but there are no drivers in the cars.  These robo cars are approaching the speeds of F1 cars and racing them is now a competitive event.  Since there are no drivers in the cars, this seems a lot like parents watching their kids play sports ... when their kids are 'droids and run on batteries.

RT:  Self-driving robot cars reach 186kph on racing debuts (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

History was made in Buenos Aires last weekend when two driverless electric cars went head-to-head in the first competitive robot motor race. The event was part of the organizers’ aim to expand the sport's popularity with a worldwide rollout of Roborace.

In scenes more akin to a sci-fi movie the competing ‘Devbot’ machines reached top speeds of 186kph (115mph) before one of them lost control and ploughed into a barrier at the Argentinian Formula E, ePrix.

- RT

Kee-rist ... ePrix?  How damn precious can you get without involving Apple or Milo Yiannopoulos.

The Rockhouse has one tiny question.  How does a gigantic slot car lose control.  Either its circuits fried in which case it was an electro-mechanical failure or the robo turned chicken.

Yves Montand once said, "Driving Formula 1 implies a certain lack of imagination."  ("Grand Prix")

Ed:  he didn't drive Formula 1!

He didn't except in the movie but he had enough imagination to know it's too dangerous for any sane person to consider.

Ed:  so the premise is once robos have enough imagination to understand the danger of going so fast then they will slow down?

You're such a cracker, Dagwood.  It's only logical, as you see.  Even artificial intelligence won't willingly suffer its own destruction.

Cat's Diamond Anniversary at the MusikCircus on Wednesday

On Wednesday, there will be a Diamond Anniversary celebration of Cat Boucher's ten years with her MusikCircus in Second Life since performers want to thank her for doing it.

Musicians who play there regularly, DD, Mylene, Yadleen, and Michi Renoir, made a pact for the celebration and told Cat about it yesterday.

Announcement from Mylene Renoir on Facebook

I will also play at Cat's Music Circus this Wednesday at 2:30, a completely different set from SaveMe Oh's Thursday event. With the wonderful Deceptions Digital, Michi Renoir and Yadleen (Clara Mayef). All benefits will go to the venue. Don't miss this event!

Link to the Event in Facebook

Here are the schedule details from the event announcement

A few artists made the following decision:

A great event will happen on Wednesday 22th of February. A special Concert to the 10th anniversary of Cat's Music Circus with different artists, who play at the Circus. 


1:00pm SLT DD
1:30pm SLT Michi
2:00pm SLT Yadleen
2:30pm SLT Mylene
(her project name for SL music is "A Limb") 

Please join to make it an awesome evening !!

TIPS ONLY for the venue PLEASE. Thank you :)

How America Bought the Worst Traffic in the World

America spent more than anywhere else in the world on cars and more than anywhere else in the world on the road and highway infrastructure to carry them yet has the worst traffic in the world and not in just one city but many of them.

Of the top twenty, ten are in America.  It takes a lot of money to do that and, by God, America spent it.

Take a bow, City of Angels.  It's an incredible accomplishment when your traffic is worse than in Calcutta.

America is an odd place since it's the global leader in space technology while its also a global leader with the worst automotive technology on the planet despite paying the most for it.

Ed:  the 2017 Mustang is one of the coolest automobiles anywhere!

It's not a question of whether the cars are cool but rather whether it's possible to get anywhere in them.  If you get a bunch of those cool new Mustangs in the same place, they just become five-hundred-horsepower bus stops.

Ed:  but they have great sound systems!

That's a great consolation, isn't it, when you can listen to One Direction ... while you don't go any direction at all.

Dallas is a proud winner in that list and that knowledge is a huge joy in the Rockhouse due to the need to go there frequently to the VA hospital.  You know you're in a bad highway place when there are highway signs with clocks to tell you how long it will take to get to the next part.  Sometimes it's fifteen minutes and sometimes it's an hour.  Welcome to the high tech future.

Ithaka has presented multiple articles on improvements to technology for mass transit but I'm aware of the futility with it since the topic of mass transit has been bandied about in America since the Sixties but the country's ability to ignore the subject has been extraordinary and determined.

Humans are about change and the ones who didn't are still in Africa eating bananas in trees.  We change, we evolve, and we move to better things ... unless it has something to do with cars.  In that case, the cars evolve but the roads don't so the cars go faster on shittier roads to give us one of the most absurd examples of systems design we could find anywhere.

Ed:  if this goes to another Germans do it better then I'm going to round up a posse to find you!

Nah, they suck at it too.  Driving in Munich is just as shitty as driving around in her sister city, Cincinnati.  Germany has the unlimited, high-speed Autobahn but they're still screwed when they hit the city limits of anywhere.  Enjoy Berlin ... if you ever get out of the traffic long enough to see it.

Note:  the charm of Munich as in Cincinnati is found through walking not driving.  Cincinnati I know from my own experience and Munich I learn from someone who lives there.

If any of the above is exaggeration, consider that you have heard endless verbiage about smart cars, autonomous cars, hybrid cars, and that news goes on endlessly.  We hear almost nothing about road design to accommodate any aspect of the new technology in these vehicles.  The only time America has ever done anything innovative with road design was when Eisenhower sponsored creation of the Interstate highway system ... but that was seventy years ago.

Ed:  and Hitler invented it!

Thanks for that irrelevant information.  As we see from above, Germany's roads aren't evolving to accommodate the traffic either.

Ed:  so I guess Russia does it better?

Nope, they suck too and Moscow rush hour is just as much for shit as Boston.

Ed:   so you're smarter than the rest of the world about this then?

Yes.  So are you or you already would have bailed from this.  The algebra doesn't require Stephen Hawking's skills when:

X is the number of vehicles
Y is the impediment to their movement
Z is the number of vehicles which can get through the system

X minus Y equals Z

Any reduction to Y necessarily increases Z and more cars get to their destinations sooner.

Many are aware of that simple algebra but are consistently frustrated in any effort to do anything about it.

You know already mass transit is the answer and most don't want to hear it but the fact remains.