Listening Comprehension with Video

August 14, 2009 at 1:51 am | Posted in !TOEIC, Videos | Leave a comment

The following video is titled A Typical Conversation With My Mom.

Watch the video all the way through and then see how many of the question below you can answer. If there are any questions that you cannot answer, watch the video again. Each question includes the time at which you can find the necessary information.

I will post the answers in a few days. Enjoy!

UPDATE: click here to see the answers

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Robot Children, Robot Researchers, Robot Pirate Deterrent, Robot Mind Readers!

April 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Tech Talk, Videos | Leave a comment

tech talk Tuesdayrobot edition
Using Virtual Stomachs to Regurgitate the Mysteries of Digestion:
Well, this first one is not actually a robot, it’s just a virtual stomach on a computer. But hey, robotic digestive systems have to start somewhere, eh?

“What can computational fluid dynamics teach us about the biggest gap in the science of nutrition?” “third in a series of six features on the science of food, running daily from March 30 through April 6, 2009.”

‘Adam’ first machine to independently “discovered new scientific knowledge”:

“It has already identified the role of several genes in yeast cells, and is able to plan further experiments to test its own hypotheses.”

‘Adam’? What kind of name is that for a robot? Don’t those nerds at Aberystwyth University know that all robot names are supposed to begin with ‘R’. Let’s see, this is a robot researcher … how aboot … Researchatron!

Child Robot With Biomimetic Body Learns Social Skills:

“Meet CB2, aka, Child-Robot with Biomimetic Body. He is watching your every facial expression, interpreting, assimilating. You touch him tenderly while you smile; he assimilates the combined expressions. He’s a two-year old robot and he’s doing almost everything a two-year-old child does.”

Uhhh, another terrible robot name. Let’s see, … it’s a child robot … how aboot …. The RugRat 3000-B2. Yes! Awesome!

Honda demonstrates mind-reading robotic technology:

I guess I can pass on the robot name ‘Asimo’, but only because it reminds me of ‘Astroboy’. There’s a 3:30 minute video from Honda to introduce the new technology, which they admit is still a long way from practical application. The 40 second video below skips straight to the brain-control action.

Russia Russia unveils new anti-piracy weapon:
The number of pirate attacks along the east coast of Africa, specifically around the Gulf of Aden, has increased dramatically. Perhaps you’ve heard aboot this week’s Somalia Pirates saga involving a US freighter.
Engineers in Russia have developed a new weapon that uses water to ward off pirate boats. That robot should definitely have a name that starts with Rrrrrrr.

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Thirty Meter Telescope, Cyberspies, UN Digital Library, New Vehicle from Segway, and The Onion previews a new Video Game

April 14, 2009 at 11:24 am | Posted in Tech Talk, Videos | Leave a comment

tech talk Tuesday
Ontario Institute for Quantum Computing receives $50 million in federal cash first promised three years ago:

United States Twin Spacecraft To Explore Gravitational ‘Parking Lots’ That May Hold Secret Of Moon’s Origin:

United States Science Education: Who Needs It?: Apparently Americans do.

Texas Stunned Star Trek fans get early sneak peek at new movie:

Imagine that you are a stereotypically obsessed Trekkie. Would you just wet yourself if this happened to you? BTW, I bet those nerds could roughly approximate the percent of the Earth’s surface that is covered with water, in Star Trek IV.

British Columbia United States Scientists team up with B.C. firm to build biggest-ever optical telescope:the Thirty Meter Telescope

The TMT will be the largest optical telescope ever built, said Scott Roberts, the Canadian project manager for the joint U.S.-Canadian venture.

“What that means in practical terms is its sensitivity will be close to 100 times that of existing telescopes,” said Roberts, a mechanical engineer based at the National Research Council’s Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria, B.C.

“So it opens up a whole new regime of possibilities for scientific exploration.”

United States Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies:

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven’t sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.

United Nations UN to launch online digital library for the world :

“The site, which will be launched on April 21 at the body’s Paris headquarters, will include manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. The public will be able to draw on all of the material featured free of charge.”

United States The P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility):The P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility)

US carmaker General Motors is joining with scooter maker Segway to make a new type of two-seat electric vehicle.

The prototype, which will debut in New York, is aimed at urban driving. GM aims to start making them by 2012. The vehicle, named Puma, has a top speed of 35mph and can go as far as 35 miles on a single charge. It will use lithium-ion batteries.

I like this “snark-light” from Carl @ The Reaction: “See [General Motors]? If you had started on this path thirty years ago, even using just one percent of your annual revenues, you could have been poised to corner the market on this kind of vehicle. Instead, you find yourself piggybacking on someone else’s idea.”

Also Joel @ boingboing.net: “It’s cute and I’d love to play around with one, but I sort of don’t even care anymore. All these interesting runabouts get teased, then never actually appear—or if they do, they’re overpriced and impractical.”

Estonia E-stonia:

Here’s a breath of fresh air for those of us keen on the concept of digital democracy… “A digital revolution is turning the tiny European nation of Estonia into a nation of Internet innovators. Estonians have put their digital identities onto their national identification cards, and much more.”

United States constructing a 3D model of the Earth’s mantle:

Though not yet at the halfway stage, the project is already bringing the rocky underbelly of the US into unprecedented focus. Geologists are using this rich source of information to gain new understanding of the continent’s tumultuous past – and what its future holds.

Washington State 3-D Printing Hits Rock-bottom Prices With Homemade Ceramics Mix:

“This story is, literally, stone age meets digital age: University of Washington researchers are combining the ancient art of ceramics and the new technology of 3-D printing. Along the way, they are making 3-D printing dramatically cheaper.”

Close Range Play the demo. Get the poster http://bit.ly/eF0m. Thanks for the tip-off Red

Stay tuned for Tek Tok Tuesday, the Robot Edition

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Facebook, Fail Whale, Simpsons, Mustaches, Saddam, Guiding Light, and weird weird costume shop experience

April 13, 2009 at 6:01 am | Posted in interesting (to moose), Interweb, Videos | Leave a comment

Canada Facebook: Internet’s Link Police :

Canada B.C. Court: Facebook Usage Logs Must Be Disclosed by Personal Injury Claimant:

“As we noted last month in Facebook, Disclosure, Leduc and Ontario Employment Law, online postings at social media sites may well now be fair game for disclosure in Ontario civil litigation. With the B.C. ruling in Bishop, it is clear that the Facebook disclosure trend in becoming a national one.”

Recently, our beloved facebook has decided to start policing the links that are posted to its members’ profiles. Citing “controversies” and “ongoing lawsuits”, facebooks has unilaterally decided that links to The Pirate Bay are now banned.

United States Lick a Simpson on their backside:

New Simpson Stamps from UPS

What a Mustache Says About A Man’s Profession:

A lot can be told by a man’s mustache, and it seems certain professions have their own. For some it can be a small handlebar, and for others it can be a bushy chevron. The bottom line however, is that the hair on a man’s upper lip can rightfully be understood as a window into his soul. The following is a list of the most notable mustaches, and noteworthy stereotypes from the industries that championed each ’stache:

Iraq South Park creators receive signed Saddam photo:

During his captivity, US marines forced Saddam, who was executed in 2006, to repeatedly watch the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut, which shows him as gay, as well as the boyfriend of Satan. He was also regularly depicted in a similar manner during the TV series.

Rhode Island Crazed Costume Shop Owner Pwns Local News Guy (VIDEO):

Mame, could you take off the bunny head please, Mame, could you … I wanted to ask you … seriously could you take off the bunny head, and could you take off the mask underneath the bunny head.

Mame, I’m going to give you one more chance to … Mame, please, I … seriously, mame….

fail whaleUnited States What Is Fail Whale?

When Twitter gets overloaded, users see the “Fail Whale” error message. This image brings a human touch to a moment of frustration and now is turning into a pop culture icon for the Web 2.0 crowd:

United States Guiding Light canceled after 72 year run:

Guiding Light, which entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running dramatic series in the world, started on radio in 1937 as a series of stories about faith, in which characters beset with troubles would talk to trusted Reverend Ruthledge, the keeper of “the guiding light” which shone from his window. Over the years, the theme of “the guiding light” became more muted and the series shifted focus to a middle-class German immigrant family, the Bauers. The show has been produced on television and seen nearly every weekday since June 30, 1952.

World 100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World:

The world is full of visionaries and people who want to make a difference in the world, and many of those people share their knowledge online through their blogs. Whether you want to change the world through environment, humanitarianism, business, or any other way, there’s a blog out there that can offer you guidance and inspiration. Read on, and you’ll find 100 blogs that can help you change the world.

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bees, elemaphants, mouses, froggies, dolphins, crabbies, and sea turtles

April 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Videos | Leave a comment

Antifreeze to be bitter to prevent pet deaths:

B.C. aims to prevent accidental poisoning of animals and small children by becoming the first province to require a bittering agent in toxic antifreezes and coolants, the environment minister announced yesterday.

“Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is not only poisonous, but has a very sweet and inviting taste,” said Barry Penner. “Unfortunately, it makes it very inviting to animals.”

Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees:

The bee loss has raised alarms because one third of the world’s agricultural production depends on the European honeybee, Apis mellifera the kind universally adopted by beekeepers in Western countries. Large, monoculture farms require intense pollination activity for short periods of the year, a role that other pollinators such as wild bees and bats cannot fill. Only A. melliferacan deploy armies of pollinators at almost any time of the year, wherever the weather is mild enough and there are flowers to visit.

World’s tiniest frog species found in Peru:

Rare Fuzzy Rodent also found in Peru:

Found at elevations between 9,449 feet (2,880 meters) and 15,528 feet (4,733 meters) above sea level, the new mouse is unique to some of the world’s highest forests.

Study finds 6,000 rare dolphins off Bangladesh:

“Conservationists claim to have found thousands of rare Irrawaddy dolphins on the Bangladesh coast, but warn that the newly discovered population is under threat from climate change and fishing.”

Identity of mystery ‘elephant angel’ revealed:

The baby elephant, Sheila, was moved out of the zoo over fears for her safety as enemy bombers targeted the city during the Belfast Blitz of 1941.

Grainy photographs of the animal drinking water from a bucket outside a red brick house revealed that she had been offered sanctuary in somebody’s backyard.

However, the identity of the elephant’s saviours was not known because the woman in the photographs could not be identified.

Sick Sea Turtle Swims Right to Florida Hospital Doorstep:

“A sick sea turtle swims to the doorstep of the only place in the world that is licensed solely to treat turtles”

Rescue Critters: Animal Mannequins Teach Veterinary Students About Animal First Aid:

Testing on animals has rightly faced controversy for decades, but that doesn’t change the fact that in order to learn how to medically treat an animal, veterinary students need practice. In order to give veterinary students a safe, humane method to learn their craft, without practicing on someone’s beloved pet; Rescue Critters has created animal mannequins that may look goofy, but mean serious business.

Crustaceans Feel Pain and Remember It:

Turns oot that it is cruel to boil a live lobster after all. These findings are good news for me, because it means that I may finally win arguments with someone I know who’s stomach is bigger than his conscience. Bad news for the sea critters though.

More Elemaphants – Jumbo Air Landing:

Thanks for the tip off Neatorama: “Here is a really neat PSA from the ‘International Fund for Animal Welfare’ from Germany concerning the trafficking and buying of products made from protected and endangered animals such as the Elephant. Air Dumbo now landing!”

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You Belong To Me on ukulele, and other Interweeble shtufff

April 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Interweb, Videos | Leave a comment

Colorado Man Coughs Up Nail Stuck In His Nose For 30 Years:

“To this day, Sanchez has no idea how that nail made it up his nose.”

Hummer vs, school bus:

Damn! I thought that SUVs were supposed to be tough. That school bus is barely dented. School buses are built like tanks, but still, so much for paying an extra fifteen grand for safety.

Men’s/Women’s Room signs from around the world:

You’ve probably already seen a wizzillion web pages that show funny toilet signs, but there were a few here that I hadn’t seen before, so maybe they’ll be new to you as well. Clickity Click the heading to see the whole collection.

Best Venn Diagram Ever:

New Math:

Craig Damrauer provides a mathematical explanation of why I don’t use umbrellas plus many other equations to illustrate concepts.

Thanks for the tip-off Miss Cellania.

How to hide an airplane factory – before and after pictures:

“During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant to protect it from a Japanese air attack. They covered it with camouflage netting and trompe l’oeil to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.”

Goonie Trivia:

What is the best movie ever made. Did you say Citizen Kane? Casablanca? Gone With The Wind

FAIL! The greatest movie ever made is The Goonies. It’s a scientific fact.

And I bet you think you know all aboot the Goonies don’t you? Don’t you smart-ass?!? Well Clickety Click the heading to read some things aboot God’s gift to cinema that you probably didn’t know.

BTW, guess who these people are:

Janet Klein plays You Belong To Me on ukulele:

The folks over at boingboing.net are positively obsessed with ukelele players. Clickity Click the heading to see a list of other ukulele posts.

You Belong To Me, originally recorded by Sue Thompson during World War II, must be one of the most covered songs in music history. For other versions check out some Youtube selections.

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The Interweb is sex-ay!

March 31, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Posted in Interweb, Videos | Leave a comment

Yes, yes I am:

I did once announce a sexual conquest on my Livejournal Blog, but only because I knew that the woman would be disappointed if I didn’t

oh that Jean-Luc Picard:</b

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8 … 8 interesting (to Moose) items … *lightning crash* AH-AH-AH-AH-AH!

March 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Interweb, Videos | Leave a comment

Clever Prank in Ireland turns into censorship issue:

I can’t believe it took the nerds so long to recognize this:

Firefighter dressed as Spiderman rescues boy in Thailand:

My Favorite part of this story is that the firefighter just happened to have a Spiderman costume in his locker. Does this situation come up often?

Apparently, vampires are OCD:

That would explain why Count Von Count from sesame street had to count everything. And if you enjoyed that geekish observation, you may also enjoy http://cartoonoveranalyzations.com

South Park Last Supper… You Bastards!:

The only surprising thing about a South Park Last Supper parody is that it has taken them so long to do one. This scene is from Margaritaville, which as of this writing, has yet to air here in Canada, but played in the U.S. earlier this week. Kyle, the Jew, as Jesus with Cartman as his Judas? It’s a perfect match, and trust me, I’ve seen a whole lot of versions of the Last Supper – here are 50 of them.

Several Disney Characters Humanized…

… including Darkwing Duck, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King

Video Mashup: Watchmen + Wall-e:
Speaking of Wall-e, it’s another Watchmen mashup. That song is “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning” by Smashing Pumpkins. Its a remix of their song “The End is the Beginning is the End” which was made for the “Batman and Robin” Soundtrack. I’m beginning to think that you could add that song to any slowed-down footage to get a dystopian future. I’m sure it won’t be long before we see the Watchmen + Care Bears mashup.

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What exactly is Zionism anyways?

March 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Politics, Rants, Videos | Leave a comment

Palestinian children sing for Holocaust survivors:

Most of the Holocaust survivors did not know the youths were Palestinians from the West Bank, a rare sight in Israel these days. And the youths had no idea they were performing for people who lived through Nazi genocide — or even what the Holocaust was.

What !!1! Never heard of the H-caust?!? Apparently, “Ignorance and even denial of the Holocaust is widespread in Palestinian society”. Wow, I really gotta pay more attention to what’s going on over there.

what is Zionism anyways?

One of the reasons that I write this blog is to force myself to learn aboot issues that I hear aboot, but never really look into. For example, I sheepishly admit that until today I wasn’t sure what ‘Zionism’ is. That’s ba-aa-aa-ad. But apparently I’m not the only one.

Mainstream Zionism is a political ideology that supports the creation of an exclusively Jewish state in the land of Palestine. The creation of the state of Israel and its many actions in violently repressing the indigenous Palestinian people, denying their human rights and repeatedly violating international law is a direct consequence of this Zionist ideology.
It is completely fallacious to equate the term “Zionist” with the term “Jew”. There are many in the Jewish community, including ourselves, who are very critical of the policies of the Israeli state and have strong disagreement with the Zionist organizations and individuals in Canada and elsewhere who defend these policies.

Charlie Smith @ The Georgia Straight offers a gentler definition:

The term “Zionist” describes someone who supports the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East.

[snip]

The Zionist movement was created in the late 19th century by journalist Theodor Herzl to encourage the migration of people to the land now known as Israel. The term is used regularly in the Israeli media.

Herzl’s idea probably prevented some of his fellow Jews from being killed by the Nazis.

Yet we’ve come to a state in B.C. in which a politician can’t utter the word “Zionist” in conversation because this has somehow become offensive. I bet they’re guffawing at us in Tel Aviv.

Godwin’s Law FAIL

Tennessee Republican senator Dewayne Bunch calls Jewish colleague a Nazi:

Why? Because the “Nazi” opposes new legislation that would increase the size of pop cans the kids can buy from 8 oz. to 12 oz. Watch the video, the Nazi part starts around 1:41. Watch the colleague behind Bunch cringe as he makes the reference about Senator Andy Berke, the only Jewish member of the state Senate. Don’t forget that the Tennessee Republican party is about as racist and backward as you can get.

rules against PETA Holocaust ad campaign:

The posters, sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), bear photographs of concentration camp inmates, both alive and dead, along with pictures of plates piled with meat and animals ready for slaughter, accompanied by the slogan: “The Holocaust on your plate.”

The Constitutional Court decision, reached on February 20 but announced now, said the campaign would have made “the fate of the victims of the Holocaust appear banal and trivial.”

Thanks for the tip-offJoe

How aboot saying “Facist”? Would that be OK? Instead of trivializing the H-caust, and making yourself look like an idiot, by calling someone a Nazi, call them a Facist instead. Come on people, let’s keep the hyperbole fresh.

I would continue my rant, but Jon Stewart has already nailed this issue like the Romans nailed you-know-who to the you-know-what.

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Drug Testing, Vengeance, Moral Majority, Cooper and Steele

March 30, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in Politics, Videos | Leave a comment

More Police Abuse and Lies in Florida:

Responsible Fishing Deemed a Terrorist Activity (in UK of course):

Arrested for thinking about drunk driving:

Guilt by association on Facebook:

“A U.K. prison prison guard has been terminated for gross misconduct, after a disciplinary hearing determined that his Facebook ‘friend list’ included some unsavoury types:”

Drug testing for welfare recipients?

Sure, let’s test everyone, politicians included. The Republicans are always too anxious to do everything possible to demonize individuals on welfare but why is it only for the poor? Let’s test everyone at every company that receives bailout money as well and apply the same rules. If anyone fails, the entire company loses the money and thrown to the gutter. The GOP never offers anything more than “no” or demonizing the poor but somehow miss the largest welfare recipients in the world.

Custody judges rule on vengeance:

More than ever before, Canada’s judges are recognizing that some children of divorced and warring parents are not simply living an unfortunate predicament, but rather are victims of child abuse and suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome.

Though debate swirls as to whether the occurrence should be termed a syndrome, a disorder, or simply ‘parental alienation,’ Canadian and American judges, lawyers, and psychologists are increasingly buying into a view that sees programming a child to despise a non-custodial parent as grounds for removing the “brainwashed” child from the alienating parent’s custody – or what is known in the extreme as a court-ordered “parentectomy.”

Caption Anderson Cooper’s Expression:

The guy on the right is Alex Castellanos, some right-wing hack, speaking aboot how Barack Obama got a little frustrated at a ‘gotcha’ question from Ed Henry, some other douche.

The whole reason I’m posting this is that I just love Anderson Cooper’s expression while he’s listening to this crap. It’s also driving me nuts though; I can’t think of a good caption for the photo. Do you have one? Please leave it in the comments.

Castellanos: Well tonight I think we saw the first hint Anderson, and it’s only a small hint of a President who could be a one termer. We saw some impatience beneath the surface ahhh, on this Ed Henry question, which I thought was entirely fair. You evidently our educational system is not in as good of shape as we thought because neither Congress nor Democrats there or the President could actually read the stimulus bill.

Speaking of not buying it Do Republicans believe that whole moral majority crap?

I was quite surprised when I learned that Moral Majority was the name of an actual organization. I thought that it was just an expression for people who assumed that the majority of people had the same morals that they did. Pandagan thinks that a lot of people did make that assumption:

Apparently, the “moral majority” stuff wasn’t just a ruse. Republicans were able to muster such self-assurance in the past because they honestly thought they were speaking for the majority, a majority of bigots and wankers oppressed by the tyranny of political correctness. And let’s face it, Democrats believed it, too. Which is why Democratic candidates kept putting on camouflage or embracing nicknames like “Bubba”.

Michael Steele throws down:

Let’s end on a happy note. The folks at The Colbert Report put together this video in response to Micheal Steele‘s comment that he “plans an ‘off the hook’ public relations offensive to attract younger voters, especially blacks and Hispanics, by applying the party’s principles to ‘urban-suburban hip-hop settings’.”

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Caloric Restriction, Obesity, Mental Health in the Black Community, and More Mosquito News

March 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Medical, Videos | Leave a comment

Vitamin D deficiency soars in the U.S.:

Canada commits $127.4 million to fighting tuberculosis:

Morning-after pill to be made available to 17-year-olds:

Dr. Oz brings the Caloric Restriction Diet to Oprah:

Hey now that it’s been on Oprah, maybe the Caloric Restriction Diet won’t sound so Sci-Fi.

“We’re going to talk about extreme life extension,” he says. “I’m talking about very specifically allowing us to go into our second century of life with the vitality and the bounciness that you have when you’re a young person.”

Thanks to advances in technology and research on how diet affects the aging process, Dr. Oz says it might be possible for some people to live to see their 120th birthdays.

and speaking of calories … Why obesity is not a lifestyle choice:

Few recognize or acknowledge the close relationship between mental health and eating behaviour – whether causal as in the form of depression or addictions or as a major barrier to treatment as in attention deficit disorder or chronic pain. For many, eating is the easiest and most affordable means of coping with stress, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, isolation, abuse, despair and frustration. Fast food is not the cause of obesity – it is merely a symptom of a society that does not take time to eat. Whatever the cause, once established, obesity becomes a chronic condition for which we have no cure – only treatments.

Thanks for the tip-off Canadian Medicine

and speaking of mental illness… mental illness taboo in black community:

Bill Cosby and his corroborator, Dr Alvin Poussaint recently wrote, Come on People, a book in which they emphasize and tie personal responsibility to the community’s progress. I too agree that blacks need to take care of each other; to reexamine their actions with more diligence. But the role mental health plays in the affairs of the community is at best glossed over.

I believe mental health needs to be more vigorously emphasized since it’s central to everything that has transpired to black America over the last four hundred years. I don’t by this suggest that black America place the burden of what ails it at white folks’ door step, nor am I saying that America’s white rulers’ actions didn’t exacerbate blacks’ pain, magnifying the pain of mental illness.

Remember How Obama Was Going to Stop Raids on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

At about 3:30 p.m. [Wed March 25], DEA agents began raiding a medical-marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, several witnesses say. Agents continue to detain people inside Emmalyn’s California Cannabis Clinic.

The San Francisco Cannabis Clubs website reports, “The DEA is claiming Emmalyn’s has violated both state and federal law, but remain hushed about the specific allegations.”

Attorney General Eric Holder vowed last week to stop raids on medical marijuana dispensaries—a common practice under the Bush Administration—as long as a dispensary operated within state guidelines.
“There is no indication that the dispensary was in violation of state law,” says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical-pot advocacy group in California. He points out the City of San Francisco issued the club a provisional permit to operate. It has been in business, apparently in compliance with state law, since 2006.

Malaria Mosquito News

Last week, I wrote aboot the Mosquito-seeking ‘laser’ intended to fight the spread of malaria. Now there is more news on the battle between man and tiny beast:

Using flower power to trap mosquitoes:

MOSQUITOES are infamous for sucking blood, but mostly they prefer sucking nectar from flowers.

Thomas Kollars at Georgia Southern University at Statesboro in the US is using flower power to trap mosquitoes, which spread malaria, dengue, yellow fever and other infections. He has designed a flower-shaped plastic trap in blue, green, red and black – all colours Kollars says attract mosquitoes. In the middle of the disc is a pad soaked in sweet fluid laced with Bt, an insecticide that is not toxic to other animals. A fine screen keeps out other insects but allows the mosquito’s proboscis through. The discs have killed mosquitoes in lab tests and Kollars is now testing them in fields in Puerto Rico.

Also, in case you didn’t know, Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer have an ongoing campaign called Spread the Net. You can save a child’s life by donating $10.00 dollars for a mosquito net.

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World’s Cheapest Car and the Colbert Space Toilet

March 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Posted in environment, Tech Talk, Videos | Leave a comment

10 Cool Clocks from Oddee.com:

U.S. billionaire Charles Simonyi heading to space station aboard Russia capsule:

MIT Scientists Invent One-piece, In-wheel Electric Bicycle Conversion Kit:

World’s Cheapest Car Released in India:
Meet the Nano. Car of the Future? I’ll let you read the article for details. Canadians may be wondering, “why don’t we have any cars-of-the-future here?” Well actually …
ZENN Motor Company If you want to buy one though you’ll probably have to pick it up in the U.S. because this Canadian car company only has one retail outlet in Canada, in Quebec. The video gives details on why.

NASA might name toilet for Stephen Colbert :

Stephen Colbert asked his fans to vote “Colbert” for in a contest to name a new International Space Station module. “Colbert” received five times the votes of “Serenity”, the nearest NASA suggested name. However, NASA reserves the right to choose the final name. Graeme @ Nunc Scio warns NASA that they’d better name the module “Colbert” or face the wrath of the Colbert Nation. I think that they should do it because it will give NASA some street cred.

FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS: Oh Snap! NASA can be funny too Stephen.

As it became clear that “Colbert” was likely to win the popular vote, NASA insiders told SPACE.com, agency personnel floated the idea of naming the station’s new toilet “Colbert.”

NASA spokesman John Yembrick said the Node 3 naming decision would not be made until April and that the “highest voted names” were receiving the most consideration.

“As for the toilet rumor, we don’t want to flush away any goodwill by announcing something before we are ready,” Yembrick said.

The whole thing reminds me of the CBC’s Greatest Canadian Contest of 2004. Canadians could vote for the person that they thought were the greatest. Hal Anderson, a radio DJ in Winnepeg simply asked people to vote for him. For that reason, he is now “officially” the 34th Greatest Canadian to ever live. (He expressed regret after the results were in that he beat out Mr. Dressup).

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All Aboot teh Animals

March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Rants, Videos | Leave a comment

Cat Cleans Fennec Fox:

Parrot awarded Denver Red Cross’s Animal Lifesaver Award for Saving Baby:

Borrow A Cat’s Affection At Japan’s Cat Cafés:

Belfast zoo is looking for a mystery woman who took one of their elephants home during WWII to protect it from German bombs:

Monkey kills abusive owner:

Komodo dragons kill Indonesian fisherman:

Giant Rabbits:

Kangaroos escape from zoo in France:

Canadian Goose shrugs off arrow lodged in back:

Speaking of Geese…

Geese should be shot, fed to the poor, says senator:

I don’t know aboot feeding them to the poor. I certainly wouldn’t eat one. But for a long time I’ve felt that if that goose didn’t have the word in it’s name, that there is no way that it would be illegal to shoot them. They really are just big crotchety poop machines.

Ms. Ruth isn’t the first to call for a Canada geese cull.

In 1997, a report commissioned by a multi-municipality committee in the Toronto area said culling geese and donating the meat to local banks may be the answer to the growing problem of the mess on beaches and in parks.

In an interview, Ms. Ruth later said her proposal for cottage country would work for Toronto as well.

“It’s downtown Toronto, too, where I also have a home . . . Why don’t we kill them and feed them to the poor in Toronto? There’s always been this discussion. We cull other animals. Why would we not cull the goose, especially when we have more and more people using food banks?”

Ms. Ruth said the reaction of her colleagues earlier Tuesday speaks to a recognition that something must be done.

“The amount of laughter you heard in committee, I’m not the only one who has this problem with swimmer’s itch.”

Bear Scratching Back + Stipper Music = Pole Dancing Bear:

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Biological UBC Woman shortlisted for Space Program, and Japanese Robo-Woman shortlisted for my Bedroom

March 21, 2009 at 11:55 am | Posted in Videos | 3 Comments

UBC researcher shortlisted for trip to space:
Allyson Hindle (on the right) has been shortlisted for the Canadian Space Agency’s National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign.

Hindle has worked since 2008 in a joint research program on the magnitude of the population decline of Steller sea lions. The program is a partnership between the Vancouver Aquarium and UBC’s Marine Mammal Research Unit, according to a Vancouver Aquariumnews release.

Hindle is studying the diving behaviour of Steller sea lions at the Open Water Research Station near Port Moody and her expertise in the physiology of animals living in extreme environments may inform the study of the physiology of space travel.

Men Rejoice!! Robot Girlfriends are just around the corner. Soon! Soon my brothers, we will not need biological women at all. The day of freedom is nigh! Freedom! FREEDOM!!!!!

More info at Pink Tentacle

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Alan-a-Dale, Dog Duck, Dueling Obama Cafes, Petty Crime Sherlock, Toy Seal Beaten by Bus Driver, and Freaky Printer Jam Video

March 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Videos | Leave a comment

Alan-a-Dale from Disney's Robin Hood
Hey, remember the Rooster from Disney’s Robin Hood? I love that film. This page loops a bit of the song whistled and sung by Alan-a-Dale, in this film voiced by Roger Miller. You might think that would be annoying, but I had it on in the background today for aboot an hour and it was delightful. Of course now it’s stuck in my head, but that’s OK. It’s a cheerful tune to blog to.

    Meet the Duck that Thinks it’s a Dog

    Duelling “Obama” cafes set up on the same block in Toronto:

    Aspiring Sherlock Holmes Cloaked in Anomynity:

    Bus Driver suspended after Bizzarely Beating Seal Prop at Anti-Seal Hunt Protest

    The driver was behind the wheel of his bus when he spotted the protest.

    “He exited the bus and went over to the area where the protesters were, and began beating on the stuffed animal seal that was on the ground there,” said Staff Sgt. Don Fox of the Halifax Regional Police.

    The driver used a stick to beat the stuffed toy.

    Fox said police officers removed the driver from the protest area and contacted his supervisors. The driver then got back on his bus and continued with his workday, according to police.

    Bridget Curran, who was speaking at the anti-sealing protest when the bus driver approached, says her group felt intimidated and threatened.

    “He did actually charge at a group of peaceful demonstrators holding a weapon in his hand,” said Curran, who wants the police to lay charges against the driver.

    By not pressing charges, Curran said people could perceive that it’s permissible to charge at demonstrators if they don’t like their message.

A music video for Mistabishi’s “Printer Jam,” directed by Tin Spider. Album released under label Hospital Records.

This video is the opposite of the Rooster gif. It kind of freaked me out, but in a good way. I don’t know if I’d be interested in having this somg on my playlist, but I’m glad that I saw the video.

Thanks for the tip-off Scene 360

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Awwww, adorable neko treats furry fridge magnets like they’re kittens

March 18, 2009 at 2:53 am | Posted in Videos | Leave a comment

Japanese woman sets up camera to find out why her furry animal fridge magnets are not on the fridge in the morning.

The camera captures the woman’s cat taking the fridge magnets off of the fridge and putting them beside the food dish so that they can eat.

The video is from a Japanese Program, so there are plenty of interesting sound effects to accompany the story.

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STOP, Mormon Time (mashup: MC Hammer+Mormon Beliefs)

March 17, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Posted in Videos | Leave a comment

Thank for the tipp-off Daily What

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Cake of Resignation, Conjoined Crocodiles, and Indian Doctors Remove Iron Rod from Boy

March 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Posted in Interweb, Videos | Leave a comment
  • Cake of Resignation:

    This is all class. 100% sugary diabetes-inducing class.

    Today I gave a two week’s notice of my intent to resign. The letter was written in frosting on a full sheet size cake. The cake was delicious and it was well received.
    “Dear Mr. Bowers,

    During the past three years, my tenure at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has been nothing short of pure excitement, joy and whim.

    However, I have decided to spend more time with my family and attend to health issues that have recently arisen. I am proud to have been part of such an outstanding team and I wish this organization only the finest in future endeavors.

    Please accept this cake as notification that I am leaving my position with NWT on March 27.

    Sincerely, W. Neil berrett”

    Thanks for the tip-off boinboing.net

  • In Thailand, two crocodile siblings were born conjoined:

    Click the image to go to the video. Help me out with my Asian history/geography. Has Thailand replaced Siam, or is a different name for the same country? Are these crocodiles, in fact, Siamese Twins?

    This video prompted me to check up on Abigail and Brittany Hensel, a pair of conjoined twins in Minnesota who share almost an entire body. They appear to be a two headed person. However, they are two distinct people. I had read about them as children and am happy to learn that as adults they seem to be doing just fine. There are links to pictures in the Wikipedia article if you’re interested.

  • Indian doctors save boy impaled on iron rod:

    Some reports say the surgery was five hours. WARNING: picture of boy with iron rod through torso.

    Some reports say the surgery was three hours. WARNING: also picture of boy with iron rod through torso.

    I think anything short of 12 hours is miraculous. 3 to 5 hours means that the surgeon would have had time to squeeze in a couple of more surgeries that day.

    Surgeon’s Spouse: Hi sweet-falafel, how was your day.

    Surgeon: Oh, it was good. I performed an appendectomy, took out a little girl’s tonsils, and removed a five foot iron rod from a boy’s ribcage.

    The story reminds me of another Falling On Fence story which did not turn out so well. WARNING: gruesome imagery.

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Saving the Rain Forest Gives me a Boner

March 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Posted in environment, Personal, Videos | Leave a comment

So I have this thing of Facebook. It’s the ‘(lil) Green Patch‘ application. It’s supposed to save the rain forest. When you use it, sponsors donate money. So I use it for that reason and I think it’s fun to send virtual plants to my facebook buddies. The little plant icons are pretty cute.

After I accept a plant from someone, the application asks me if I’d like to help the other ‘(lil) Green Patch’ users on my friends list tend to their gardens by watering the grass or pulling weeds or something.

And I can’t stop laughing while I’m doing it.

I think the reason is that almost everyone on my friends list who uses this application is female and to me “little green patch” sounds vaguely like a euphemism for vagina, you know, kind of like ‘secret garden’.

Don’t these help requests sound somewhat double-entendre-ish to you:

  • Akiko’s green patch needs help. Could you help please?
  • Jhayne is working late today. Could you please help at Jhayne’s green patch?
  • Your green hands are needed at Lisa’s patch. Please could you help?
  • Drea’s green patch is being talked about. Would you like to compare notes?
  • We hear you have a green thumb. Samantha’s patch could do well with your visit.

Or do I just have a dirty mind?

And in other news, three guys who weren’t even alive in the 80s use six keyboards to combine 15 hits of the 80s. They’re really cute the way they jump around to trade off instruments.

I have a challenge for you. Don’t look at the screen while these are playing. The screen contains captions to tell you what the songs are. DON’T LOOK. Count how many songs you can name and post them in the comments section. Then watch the video again to see if you were right. I did not take this challenge because I did not think of it until after I had watched the video. I think I would have gotten five.

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Dwarfed Punk

March 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Posted in LOL, Videos | 4 Comments

Look what I did; I made an LOL donkey!


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