Archive for June 10th, 2008

Phrases I Never Thought I Would See In Print

“The Kathleen Sebelius experience”

The story also points out that Sebelius couldn’t even deliver Obama her home state if she were his running mate, but so what?  It’s six electoral votes, and it’s probably not a state that he’s going to be counting on.  If she can deliver votes elsewhere, then I see no reason not to consider her.  Especially if he gets the “George Bush screwed us by sending all the National Guard to Iraq” version rather than the State Of The Union rebuttal version.

June 10th, 2008 at 11:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics

This Just In

Apparently journalistic standards apply to everyone except journalists.

Okay, I may be using the word a little loosely…

June 10th, 2008 at 10:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Media,Politics,Wankers

Invention Of The Day

Why can’t I ever come up with awesome stuff like this?

‘Passive Aggressive Anger Release Machine’ is an interactive sculpture by Yarisal and Kublitz. Experience the most satisfying feeling when a piece of China breaks into million pieces . All you have to do is insert a coin, and a piece of China will Slowly move forwards and fall into the bottom of the machine, breaking, and leaving you happy and relieved of anger.

*rummages around for loose change*

Ahh, I’m feeling better already.  You know, if they had blanketed the country with these during primary season, they would have made a fortune.

(h/t Engadget)

2 comments June 10th, 2008 at 08:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology,Weirdness

Highway Sign Photoblogging

Like the title says…

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Yes, this really is what I had in mind when I took the shot.

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I have learned to embrace the glowing, blown-out sky look.

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It doesn’t look as good in color, but I liked the rusty weeping.

June 10th, 2008 at 11:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Whoa.

And I thought I was lucky…

A 21-leaf clover discovered on June 3 by Iwate prefecture farmer Shigeo Obara has shattered the Guinness world record for most leaves on a clover stem (Trifolium repens L.). The current official record is held by an 18-leaf clover that Obara found in his garden in May 2002.

The record-breaking clover’s 21 leaves each measure about 1 centimeter long and overlap each other like rose petals on a 3-centimeter stem.

Obara, a former food crop researcher, has been conducting independent research on clovers in his garden for over 50 years. He first became interested in clover mutations after discovering an unusual patch of 4-leaf clovers in 1951. Since then, Obara has been crossbreeding the plants in his garden to research the genes associated with leaf count, color, pattern and size.

Obara plans to file a new application with Guinness, although he is considering waiting a while. “We are likely to find clovers with more leaves,” he says. Last month, a family member claimed to have found a 27-leaf clover, but the discovery was not confirmed.

While some say that 4-leaf clovers symbolize happiness, 5-leaf clovers symbolize wealth and 6-leaf clovers symbolize fame, it is unclear what 21-leaf clovers symbolize.

Huh.  I have lots of 4-leaf and 5-leaf clovers, maybe a 6, and definitely a 7, but I don’t think I’m unusually healthy, wealthy, or famous.  And all of mine were naturally occurring, and not deliberately bred to be freaks so far as I know.

June 10th, 2008 at 07:36am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness


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