Saturday, September 09, 2006

Changes to the blogroll

I've made some long-overdue changes to the blog roll. A couple of bloggers (Armor Geddon and Heads Bunker) who are no longer with us are gone, and quite a few that I've been keeping an eye on have been added.

Some things are too important to leave to the studio

YouTube is generally not my thing. However, I'll poke around there from time to time. This time, I found this:



For the fellow Browncoats, there are a lot of other Firefly and Serenity goddies there. Now if you'll excuse me, there's this trailer the "Trash" episode I want to see...

The ways of monsters

The Geek With a .45 recently made a trip to Hungary. You should read these 2 posts (1 & 2) about a part of his trip.

As he says, monsters should be tracked to their lairs and killed. A civilized society can ill afford them at large.

Finland?

OK. I saw this same quiz on Heartless Libertarian's blog, but I didn't really feel like taking it at the time. Now Countertop has taken it, and so I have:

You scored as Finland. Your army is the army of Finland. You prefer to win your enemy by your wit rather than superior weapons. Enemy will have a hard time against your small but effective force.

Finland


81%

Poland


75%

Italy


69%

France, Free French and the Resistance


63%

United States


63%

British and the Commonwealth


50%

Soviet Union


44%

Japan


44%

Germany


44%

In which World War 2 army you should have fought?
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Interesting result, and not what I've anticipated. Honestly, I'd have figured myself more along the line of Germany.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The sound of history

(Via WorldNet Daily)

A Turing Bombe, an early relative of the computer, has been recreated at the old WW II British code-breaking center, Bletchley Park. This is a piece of history come to life--the Bombe is the machine that was used to decipher German messages encoded with the Enigma machine.

Very impressive.

Faking it

While looking at the Shatner piece, I noticed this on the sidebar:

Why women should fake orgasms

Being a guy, this is guaranteed to attract my attention. However, the content itself is rather interesting. Fay Weldon is touted as one of Britain's best known feminists. Now I don't know if this is truth or one of those tongue-in-cheek English puns, so take the following quotes with a grain of salt. As for myself, I will note that I see more than a bit of truth and wisdom in them.
  • So the brutal answer as to what makes women happy is 'Nothing, not for more than ten minutes at a time.'
  • Guilt is stronger in women than in men, which is rather unfair. But what you are after is happiness, not fairness, so best accept it.
  • In males, the instinct for love and the need for sexual gratification overlap, but do not necessarily coincide.
And before I dig myself into an even deeper hole with the opposite sex, that will be enough of that....

Wuss

(Via Drudge)

As Captain Kirk he vowed to boldly go where no man had gone before, but away from the TV screen actor William Shatner is a little less adventurous - reportedly turning down a real-life space flight because he was too scared.

Ah, come on, Bill. Be a man! Sir Richard Branson has offered you the chance to be the first person to ride his new "airline to space" and you're wimping out?
The 75-year-old actor said: "I'm interested in man's march into the unknown but to vomit in space is not my idea of a good time. Neither is a fiery crash with the vomit hovering over me."

Dude, vomit is a fact of life. As for the fiery crash, trust me, you'll never know it happened.

Sir Richard, if you will take someone a bit less famous, The Freeholder is ready, willing and able to make the sacrifices required to take the trip. Leave a message in the comments.