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3/2/12 08:33 am - Bummer

Haven't made an entry here in quite some time. Haven't had much to write about really.

But just a couple of days ago, a MASSIVE tree limb fell from the neighboring lot and hit our garage and destroyed a section of our wood fence. The insurance guys should be here in about an hour or two. Huge pain in the ass for us.

*sigh*
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7/10/11 07:05 pm - Atlantis-Like Landscape Discovered

Found something which caught my eye for my scientific scrapbook. This article speaks of a perpetually rising and falling landscape on the ocean floor:

A Lost World? Atlantis-Like Landscape Discovered

By Wynne Parry

Buried deep beneath the sediment of the North Atlantic Ocean lies an ancient, lost landscape with furrows cut by rivers and peaks that once belonged to mountains. Geologists recently discovered this roughly 56-million-year-old landscape using data gathered for oil companies.

"It looks for all the world like a map of a bit of a country onshore," said Nicky White, the senior researcher. "It is like an ancient fossil landscape preserved 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) beneath the seabed."

So far, the data have revealed a landscape about 3,861 square miles (10,000 square km) west of the Orkney-Shetland Islands that stretched above sea level by almost as much as 0.6 miles (1 km). White and colleagues suspect it is part of a larger region that merged with what is now Scotland and may have extended toward Norway in a hot, prehuman world.

History beneath the seafloor

The discovery emerged from data collected by a seismic contracting company using an advanced echo-sounding technique. High pressured air is released from metal cylinders, producing sound waves that travel to the ocean floor and beneath it, through layers of sediment. Every time these sound waves encounter a change in the material through which they are traveling, say, from mudstone to sandstone, an echo bounces back. Microphones trailing behind the ship on cables record these echoes, and the information they contain can be used to construct three-dimensional images of the sedimentary rock below, explained White, a geologist at the University of Cambridge in Britain.

The team, led by Ross Hartley, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, found a wrinkly layer 1.2 miles (2 km) beneath the seafloor — evidence of the buried landscape, reminiscent of the mythical lost Atlantis.

The researchers traced eight major rivers, and core samples, taken from the rock beneath the ocean floor, revealed pollen and coal, evidence of land-dwelling life. But above and below these deposits, they found evidence of a marine environment, including tiny fossils, indicating the land rose above the sea and then subsided — "like a terrestrial sandwich with marine bread," White said.

The burning scientific question, according to White, is what made this landscape rise up, then subside within 2.5 million years? "From a geological perspective, that is a very short period of time," he said.

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7/4/11 12:47 pm - Writer's Block: Let freedom ring

How do you celebrate Independence Day in your country?


I celebrate the day the founding fathers formally took this country away from the indigenous population, told the Brits to fuck off, and signed a document which said "all men are created equal" while oddly allowing race-based slavery in the following manner: I exercise my free speech to mock the fat lazy American citizenry, the FBI, the CIA, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the President, the mayor of my town, the local dogcatcher, and both major political parties with obscene jokes. Then I go and fuck with the uber-nationalist wingnuts at conservatism. After that, it's beer and barbecue with friends and family.

However, on this day I don't fuck with the military. I leave them strictly alone.
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7/2/11 03:19 pm - Government Gridlock Is Groovy

x-posted from politicsforum

For quite a while now, I've been seeing conservatives and liberals bitching essentially over one thing: The fact that neither side has enough officials in the House or Senate to get their agenda pushed. Mainly it concentrates around budget approval but it also spills over into other topics, as well. At first, I thought to myself, "Surely, the Founding Fathers never intended for this sort of gridlock to happen." But then I did this retard thing I sometimes do. It's called thinking. And an idea hit me. What if the Founding Fathers did engineer in the possibility of government gridlock? Say, as a way of punishing both political parties when they both start to overstep the bounds of common sense? And all the lolable partisan boo-hooing has been highly amusing to say the least.

For more than a decade now, America has been from one extreme to the other with Bush, Obama, and their respective cliques of liars and con-artists. Approval ratings for both parties have hit record lows. When voters have to pick from the lesser of two extreme evils, they naturally vote in confusion, frustration, and anger. And frankly, most Americans aren't idealogues to begin with. Even the 20% both parties can usually count on for full support seems disillusioned. War, Obamacare, and all sorts of disappearing freedoms? Sorry hard partisans, but people just don't like your ideologies or your political parties anymore. And this puts a big old grin on my face. Are your hemorrhoids itchy yet because neither of your movements owns this country lock, stock and barrel, my partisan friends? Well, that's just too fucking bad. Your tears=my joy.

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6/25/11 06:39 pm - Ah, Summer

Sorry I haven't been around LJ much, you guys. But it's summertime. Rainy season is over. More stuff to do when the sun comes out. Important things like...um, I dunno...going outside. Nothing like sitting out on the porch watching my kid play and then sitting on the porch again after dinner when a couple of friends come over, drinking our beer, shooting the shit, and watching the fireflies as it gets dark.

I'll never understand these people that have the ability to get on the internet at any time and any place. Why? Is the internet(and this lame-ass website, for that matter)so fucking awesome that people are willing to interrupt real-life fun and relaxation to plug themselves into the machine? Do people really want to pre-empt a life that's already too short with a summer subordinated to cat macros? Are memes really that funny that folks want to see another variation of Advice Dog or the truly ancient "I have no idea what you are saying so here is an (insert something odd in the brackets)"? I've started to grow tired of memes. I consider a meme to be old and clichéd at about the 24-hour mark after hearing them. In fact, the whole idea of memes is old meme to me. NOT THAT I'M JADED OR ANYTHING LMAO...

True story: People around this website have actually told me that livejournal is a productive use of their time. When asked what this time useage actually produces they shift gears and say that they learn something. Learn what? How often can that happen? Most of the time you're supposedly learning something what you're being told is either a) blatantly obvious b) hyperbole and opinion or c) available somewhere else with a little research.

I've even had some stuffed shirts around here tell me that the internet is a real place.

::dies from laughter::

The internet is ultimately just a time-waster to me. Nothing less. Nothing more. You know why I'm here at the moment? I have a few minutes to kill before going outside again!

Anyway, we went to the St. Louis Zoo three weeks ago. I'll get around to posting some pics eventually when I have more time to upload them and all of that horseshit. See ya' then!

Oh, and try to go outside a little more often until that time, okay? lol!
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5/22/11 06:17 pm - Post-Rapture Addendum

Just got done with a tornado watch here in my neck of the woods.

For a second, I thought maybe...just maybe...

...that maybe my family and I were going to get sucked into the sky after all!

lol!
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5/21/11 09:24 pm - Holy Shit! It's Post-Rapture Time!



So...how the Hell are all of you? Anybody fly away yet? You know, like in that overrated Skyline movie?
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5/15/11 09:02 pm - Involuntary Forever Alone Flashmob Prank

Oh Lord, check this shit out.

So...fucking...funny.

Mean, yes. But funny nevertheless.
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5/14/11 06:53 pm - Five Songs Meme

From john_mark_karr:
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

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5/7/11 10:25 pm - Concept Art: The Future

http://bbs.powerapple.com/viewthread.php?tid=871757&extra=page%3D1&page=1
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