Some of you know I love weird stuff. And if you don't, now you do. LOVE it. Let me be clear that I don't necessarily BELIEVE it. But I love to watch and read up on it. Bigfoot, UFOs, ghosts, all of it.

So articles like this catch my eye. It's about a Firefighter's manual that supposedly has a chapter about what to do if you have to respond to what ends up (I'm guessing) and alien crash site. Best part though - it's Chapter 13. REALLY??

A 600-page guide may lend credibility to UFO believers.

The Fire Officer's Guide To Disaster Control can apparently be found in firehouses across the United States.

It covers everything from fire and flood response to aviation disasters.

Chapter 13 of the book has an unusual twist. Titled "Enemy Attack And UFO Potential", it outlines what could happen in the event of a UFO crash.

If you're bored and need a laugh, the article is here.

I'm trying to log out and I get this:

403 Forbidden: The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it.

Damn it. I'm going to try Safari. Maybe it's a problem with Firefox. Me and Firefox are going to fight if it doesn't start behaving.

UPDATE: No, it's a Twitter problem. Firefox isn't out of the doghouse yet though.

When I Teach...

I'm going to do this:

Absolute Powerpoint Corrupts Absolutely
Professor flipping rapidly between Powerpoint slides: Take notes now, suckers!

Overheard by: a fan of this professor
via Overheard Everywhere, Feb 15, 2008

I Love My Holga

I wished I'd known about this contest BEFORE. Oh well. I think this is my favorite. See the others here.

BTW - I got my Holga for $12. Amazon has them for double and other sites are only selling starter kits for $70+.

I'm such a luddite when it comes to photography.

Jenny Zink Reames, Field of dandelions in Grinnell, Iowa.

toothpaste for dinner

I think I hurt my arm. Specifically I think I pulled a muscle in my bicep. Basically because I'm an idiot - ow, it hurts to type - and because I have nothing else better to write about. Unless you want to hear about what I did last night or the stupid Lectric Shave commercial. That. They. Will. Not. Stop. Playing. It's so creepy too... "Wake up your whiskers!" Yeah, didn't think so...

Now you wouldn't think this would hurt my arm. I was carrying books. 4 books to be exact. Yeah, they're design books - but not the big ones. I cleaned off my bookcases and had extra books, so I figured I'd just bring them to work. They weren't that heavy when I left the house. It took me about 6 minutes to figure out how to get everything in my hands and out of the car. The parking attendant is staring at me the whole time - then I remembered why it was so difficult. I'd stopped for coffee (btw, the drive-thru has been around for like 60 years - how do people not know how these things work???? MOVE.)

Also, the walk to my office is a LOT longer than the one from my house to my car. I almost dropped the books when some random person honked and waved at me. I don't think I knew the person. Either way - if you see someone struggling like I was, how about we not honk at them when you're less than a foot away and scare the shit out of them.

Also, getting in a door with an arm full of books and a cup of coffee is a challenge as well. Next time, I will hopefully think this out a little more - but I can't guarantee that. I gotta take a break - my arm hurts.

On A Happier Note

The Joe left this on my Myspace page saying: "I found Awesome on YouTube."


We've got another college in the area on lockdown.

UPDATE: Seems like nothing happened or well I guess I should say no one got hurt and they don't think shots were fired. Don't know what's going on.

Also a guy I went to highschool with was arrested for prostitution. He's a teacher.

Bookcase Steps

I want some.

Via Geekologie

Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE Cheetos. I could eat them all day long. Really. I don't like Cheese Puffs - I like Cheetos.

But this, this makes me never want to eat them again. This is disgusting. WTF were they thinking? What is with making food/snacks (ala Planter's Peanuts) as unappetizing as humanly possible. Don't you want the opposite effect on customers??

I found the website that the Official Apology Form came from.

(I had no clue about this and no, I didn't get there by noticing that the web address was at the bottom of the forms.)

I'm going to have some fun with these now...

Dear Friend

I could have $25 million. But look - he almost spelled everything correctly and made complete sentences. Thank goodness the money has nothing to do with drugs.

Dear Friend,

I am a financial consultant based in Cote d'Ivoire. I have a client (a widow) who has $25 million dollars with a private equity investment trust company for safe keeping only. She wishes to invest in a stable economy.

Her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms. My client is interested in placing her fund in your company, if your country's bylaw allows foreign investment. I prefer you contact me for more details.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. John Kulma
NB: The fund is free from drug and laundering related offences


Great post on the new Applebee's commercials. When my sister first saw it she looks at me and goes, "Is that a... talking apple?"

I found it (scroll to the bottom). And on top of everything - they're proud enough of this to put it on their website.

Who thought this was a good idea?? I doubt I'm the only the that finds this degrading... and as Jetpacks put it on the previous post - reminiscent of date rape.

JC Penny Hypnotize Commercial

Hide & Seek

Some of you may not know it (and some of you do), but I love these commercials. I can't help it. I think they're funny. I was looking for the one with the mailman (Mr. Slowsky is getting awfully angry lately)... but found this one instead. Still on the hunt for the "lecture" one.


Am I the only one that thinks this is kinda creepy?

Via Geekologie.

It's... back.

And it's loud. And it's acting odd. At 6:20am every morning this week, he lets out an excruciatingly loud and 2 second long call and then... nothing. Other birds start at around 7:00am... but he just chirps once. Perhaps he is know officially the King of All Birds in my little area of the neighborhood and he doesn't have to show off like he did last year.

This also reminds me that I need to trim the holly bush. Because this makes him go away.

UPDATE - 2.21.2008: I spoke too soon. He went all out this morning. Damn bird.

Or at least I am. An eclipse saved Columbus.

Stranded on the coast of Jamaica, the explorers were running out of food and faced with increasingly hostile local inhabitants who were refusing to provide them with any more supplies.

Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realised that a total eclipse of the Moon would occur on February 29, 1504.

He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not cooperate, he would make the Moon disappear from the sky the following night.

The warning, of course, came true, prompting the terrified people to beg Columbus to restore the Moon -- which he did, in return for as much food as his men needed. He and the crew were rescued on June 29, 1504.

Full article here. Enjoy the eclipse tomorrow night.

How is this new? I think I was told years and years ago that most identical twins weren't exact "clones" because of genetic mutations. Or am I reading the article wrong?

I mean, I can roll my tongue, my sister can't. There are others. Those simple little recessive vs. dominant gene tests you do in 9th grade biology.

My sister and I were part of a twin study when we were little. We were always within 1/2 inch and a 1/2 pound of each other growing up and we're mirror images (I'm left-handed, she's right). I got birthday cards from them up until I moved out during college. So maybe I'm just smarter.



You know my big accomplishment this weekend? I took down my Christmas decorations.

Lemme 'lone. I should get a free pass or something. At least I took my Christmas tree down on New Year's Eve.


I should keep a stack of these at work... no, actually - I've got a whole list of people I think I should mail these too. And, personally, I can always check the option that my "evil twin" did it.

Found here.

You can buy them at Etsy, which I found through Design Crush, which I'm 98% sure I found through WAS.


I have absolutely no idea why I like to post links about baby pandas.

I like donuts. We have one dunkin' donuts here - it shares a store with Baskin Robbins. I don't go in there at all because the temptation is too great. I like their logo.

And I was getting ready to rag all over the commercial I saw last night and how I didnt' get it until I realized the song is by They Might Be Giants. And then I liked it.

Take that how you will.

Happy Wednesday

It's hump day and it's already about 1/4 over. Smile. :)

And for today - a little boy gets stuck in the handcuffs he found in his mother's room. But what I can't figure out is if the firefighter quoted is really serious with the last sentence:

It's beyond my wildest imagination why someone would keep handcuffs in their bedroom!"


Another One?

This is two cow stories in the last 4 months.

Article here.

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