Saturday, March 23, 2013

It is easier to build strong children...

You might think hate is the opposite of love. But you'd be wrong. Indifference is.

Kintsukuroi: the Japanese craft of repairing pottery with gold, making something more beautiful for having been broken.

Tomorrow, 24 Mar 2013, is the 40th anniversary of the UK release date of Pink Floyd's iconic album, Dark Side of the Moon. The album will be streamed at and listeners are invited to tweet their thoughts using #DarkSide40.
What was once lost is now found. The violin famously played as the Titanic sank is expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.

Craft brewers' income grew 17% during 2012 and their volume brewed grew to about 6.5% of the total U.S. beer market.  In terms of dollars spent by consumers, craft brews now represent 10.2% of the U.S. market.

I wonder how much of that craft beer goes into this: craft beer ice cream from Frozen Pints. Vanilla Bock anyone?
Sam Gilliam, Swing 64, 1964
It's history of teh interwebs time: NSF and the Birth of the Internet.

Tectonic plates come and go. But sometimes they hang around longer than you think. Geologists have determined that an "anamoly" under a portion of California is actually part of the old Farallon plate that subducted under North America 100 million years ago.

Regardless of whether you believe Airplane! to be the funniest movie of all time, take this quiz to test your knowledge of this great film.

Leon may be getting larger but polar bear genitals are getting smaller.

Men may think with their penis but a giant sea cucumber eats with its anus.
Didn't I just say I hadn't seen many font generators in a while? Here's a kitten font generator called Neko Font.
I would award first prize to any science fair project that could turn cow dung into air freshener. In fact, I'd buy a case.

Have fun with book titles - Sorted Books.

Hollywood execs didn't like Blade Runner when it was screened in 1981. "This movie gets worse every screening."
More classic prog rock goodness. A 30-minute performance by Genesis in 1972 on Belgian TV.
Kids these days: engineering students don't understand math.

I guess those math slackers weren't involved in developing the ability to watch a chemical reaction at the molecular level in real time.

Science is a fickle bitch. Nothing can cut a diamond except another diamond, right? Wrong. Superheated water can etch a diamond.

Rashid Johnson, Cosmic Slop, 2011. I'll leave it for you to figure out how I got from this work to the Gilliam included above. (I also include this here for one reader whose buttons will be pushed by a black painting.)
The good news: the Japanese have invented a remote controlled toilet. The bad news: it only holds a tiny #2.

Meanwhile, in China they're serving a double beef, double sausage burger at McDonalds.

Disgusting. No crab should have a 9-foot leg span nor should anyone get into a tank with it and hold it.

...than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass


Anonymous said...

That's my favorite Horse Bits yet. Geology porn, craft beer, and sea slug fun facts all at once!

I was actually trying to explain the Farallon Plate and Isabella Anomaly to Avery on Friday by using ice chips. Didn't work.

John said...

You are very kind, sir. And who knew you liked rocks so much.

Francis Shivone said...

Airplane is my handsdown favorite and one of the few funny movies I can recall. A couple of phrases from its scenes are in our family's lexicon, "lighting myself on fire" being one of them.

Married and Axe Murderer has a few scenes that are as good I think.

Good stuff, thanks.

John said...

You're welcome, Fran. Remember, Airplane! was voted the funniest movie ever made a while back. (I linked to it.)