Friday, July 27, 2007

Enjoy Getting Hammered? I Have the Perfect Job for You.

A PANEL has found that astronauts were allowed to fly on at least two occasions despite warnings they were so drunk they posed a flight risk, Aviation Week reported today on its website.

I for one don't have a problem with this. If the shuttle has a problem on take off you are going to die sober or not so you might as well cash out with while having fun. Besides this has been going on for years, why do you think they called him Buzz Aldrin?

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More Invites

I have 8 Grand Central invites available. Comment if you want 'em.

I have been using GC for well over a year and it rocks. Check out all of the features here.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Pownce Invites Available

I have 5 Pownce invites that I will give away to the first 5 commenters to leave a valid email address in the comments.

What is Pownce?
Pownce is a way to send stuff to your friends.
What kind of stuff?
You can send just about anything: music, photos, messages, links, events, and more.

It is kind of like a Facebook, Myspace thing but still invite only so you won't be crushed with spam.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Squirrels Infiltrate Iran

A group of squirrels were captured in Tehran last week. The rodents were found near the Iranian border, allegedly equipped with eavesdropping devices, according to IRNA. They have been arrested and charged with espionage.

The reaction to the report on Tehran’s streets was varied – from disbelief to assigning guilt for the alleged infraction.

"No, I had not heard about this, but it does not surprise me, foreign countries are always meddling in Iran," said Hassan Mohmmadi, a fast-food vendor.

Mohammadi asked me if I knew where the squirrels were from, and I told him that I didn’t know. Then he came to his own conclusions. "I bet they were British squirrels, they are the most cunning," he replied.

The Blur has learned that the squirrels are in fact from Britain and are a part of the SAS (Super Army Squirrels). The photo above shows the squirrels training for the mission into Iran.

U.K. officials have yet to release a statement on the incident or comment on any possible release/rescue of the squirrels.

This marks the second time this year that Iran has taken British soldiers captive.

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Thanks for the tip Al!

Friday, July 20, 2007

New York Pictures

Check this post on Saturday 7/21. I'll be updating it with photos from this month's 24 hr trip.

New Cleveland Blur HQ

Cleveland is a nice place and all but sometimes you need a change of scenery. I hope to procure this man made island, which was built as a fort then turned into a hotel, as the new Blur HQ.

Even though the island is located in the UK I'll still keep an eye on what is going on in the Cleveland area. Plus when I get over there I'll be able to see if that bird's theory on the UK Coke holds water.

Update: I made an offer on the island and should know soon if I am the lucky owner. By the way the island's new name will be Fort Awesome.

Via OhGizmo!

What's Happening. (Weekend of 07/20)

All kinds of good stuff is going on this weekend. In fact I wrote up a nice post to give everyone the heads up. It was one of the greatest posts ever, hilarious descriptions, awesome photos and useful info on the events.

Unfortunately no one will ever see it thanks to this piece of crap blogger interface. When I added the pictures the formatting went to hell and after countless seconds of trying to fix it I just decided to delete it and give you this worthless piece of shit post instead.

If I can ever be cured of my laziness I'll get this blog ported over to word press so I can rock some CSS formating.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Man Builds Huge Lego Aircraft Carrier - France Surrenders

Man, I thought the U.S.S. Flagg was an awesome toy but this blows it out of the water.

With over 200,000 pieces and real working lights (no word on if it is nuclear powered) it took Malle Hawking a year to build this monster.

I really hope Lego offers this as a set some day.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

New Badass in Town

Just when I thought Dale Rippy was the toughest son of a bitch around I stumbled on to this story.

Ex-Marine kills bear with log. Yeah, you read that correctly. Chris Everhart (not pictured) and his 3 sons were camping when a 300 pound black bear tried to steal their cooler full of food.

Six year old Logan threw a shovel at the bear and the bear turned his attention to the young boy. Fearing what might happen next, the ex-Marine grabbed the closest thing he could find, a log.

"I threw it at it and it happened to hit the bear in the head," Chris Everhart said. "I thought it just knocked it out but it actually ended up killing the bear."

Chris was given a ticket for failing to secure his camp site. I don't know about that, if there are some more logs handy it sounds pretty secure to me.

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Badass Old Man Kills a Bobcat With Bare Hands!

Dale Rippy 62, a resident of Wesley Chapel, Florida is not someone you want to mess with.

This guy stumbled on to a bobcat going through his garbage. The large cat growled at him then attacked.
Rippy said he knew if he could get a good hold on the animal, he would be able to choke it, even if that meant letting the bobcat take a couple of bites.

“I started choking it when got a good hold,” he said. “I choked it ‘til he died. I got scratched up pretty good.”

Rippy never had to go to the hospital, but was examined at a doctor’s office due to puncture wounds on his stomach and scratches.


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Disgruntled Cell Phone Customer Goes on Rampage.

A man went on a rampage with a stolen armored personnel carrier through suburban Sydney on 7/14, crashing into several mobile phone towers, telecommunications buildings and an electricity substation before being arrested.

The armored personnel carrier was from a company called A-One Lift Truck Services in the town of Minchinbury, and was popular with students hiring it for school formals, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The report did not mention who his cell phone provider is but I totally feel this guy's pain.

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Click through and check out the video, it is awesome.

Quake Rocks Japan

At least 6 people killed and a neuclear reactor is leaking after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits off the north-western coast of the main island of Honshu.

Smoke billowed for hours from a blaze at a nuclear power plant, one of the largest in the world, which supplies electricity to the Tokyo region.

A spokesman for the company operating the plant says water containing some radioactive materials leaked after the quake.

Officials are concerned that the contaminated water could cause mutations in the in the island,s large population of lizards. If the mutations are severe enough the lizards could become gigantic and pose a threat to the entire region. See the artist concept drawing.

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Tiger Attack at the San Antonio Zoo

A keeper who was attacked by a tiger at the city's zoo improved to stable condition Sunday, a hospital official said.

Jeff Tierney, 28, who specializes in large cats and has worked at the San Antonio Zoo for five years and is still in intensive care as of Sunday.

He was alone in the tiger exhibit with the animal, named Berani, when the attack occurred, Dawn Campos a zoo official said. The exhibit is separated from visitors by a moat and bars, but several people witnessed the attack.

The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is only naturally found on the Indonesian island of Sumatran and there are 400 - 500 of the animals left. Luckily for Berani there are no plans to kill him.

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This Month's Trip

I decided to go to New York City for this month's 24 Hour Trip. If you remember when I came up with the idea for these trips I said they would I spend no more than 24 hours in the location of the month.

This trip will be well within the 24 hour time frame. I am only scheduled to be on the ground for about 14 hours. I am hoping to have time to see The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, The Empire State Building and stop at Reuben's on Madison the home of the Reuben sandwich of which I am a huge fan.

I'll put up a post Friday night that I will be able to post pictures too during the trip, so check in Saturday for live updates.

Friday, July 13, 2007

What's Happening. (Weekend of 07/13)

Not too much cracking on Friday, there is a Tribe game with fireworks. Saturday however is going to be jam packed downtown.

Bob Dylan w/ Jimmie Vaughan feat. Lou Ann Barton - 7/14 - 6:30P - Plain Dealer Pavillion

Tickets and info

Indians v. KC - 7/14 - 7P - Jacobs Field
- Fan Appreciation - Also you can bring clothes donations to benefit the Salvation Army.

Kenny Chesney - 7/14 - 4p - Cleveland Browns Stadium - Also performing, Sara Evans, Sugarland, Pat Green and Brooks & Dunn. I have tickets for this sold out event and an extra one so if anyone wants to attend give me a call. Update: Sold the tickets, sorry suckers.

Friday, July 6, 2007

First 24 Hour Trip Recap

I completed my first 24 Hour Trip and almost everything went as planned. There were a couple of minor snags but nothing that wrecked the trip.

My flight out left right on schedule at 8:56P EST and I lucked out when checking in I noticed that the last row had two empty seats so I changed my seat and had plenty of room.
My plan was to sleep on the way out so I would be well rested when I landed. Unfortunately I did not get any sleep because the flight ran into turbulence about every 20 minutes. The turbulence does not bother me (although some people did not care for it, I saw several people making a b line for the crapper to throw up) what drove me nuts was the jackass pilot ringing that damn bell and telling people to sit down every 20 minutes. I don't know why he did not just "say stay seated until further notice", then I could have gotten some rest.

I landed at 11:20P and was out of the air port and in my car @ 11:40, having no bags is just one of the many advantages of traveling this way. It was still early so I figured I would drive around a bit. I killed about an hour checking out the city it is easy to get around since the streets are in the standard grid format. There are a lot of one way streets but at no point did I think I was lost.

I hit the In N Out burger just before it closed and I have to say those are some good burgers. If you have never tried one I highly recommend it. When I was done eating I drove around a bit more then I found a parking spot without a meter on the street near Fisherman's Wharf which is not too far from where I had to catch the ferry to Alcatraz.

Perfect, I made it made it in plenty of time to catch the boat to the rock. By plenty of time I mean 5 hours early, this is the only part of the trip that kind of sucked. There is not much going on at 3A so I walked around the piers for a couple hours then found a nice bench and read for a couple hours. Luckily Starbucks opened at 6A and I was able to get some coffee to charge me up for the day.

When I finally got in line for the boat to Alcatraz it was around 8:30. I meet a group of people from UK and they were all cool except for one chick that kept whinging about how terrible American food is. She had a particular dislike for the coke (the pop not the drug) us yanks serve. Apparently in the UK they mix some kind of magic coke powder with carbonated water and it tastes much better. Perhaps a future trip will have to be to the UK to test out the pop quality.

Once you get to Alcatraz you have to listen to a speech from one of the park rangers about safety and areas that are off limits. You are then free to go off on your own. You have the option to watch a video about the island but all it is the Discovery channel special, which I already saw so I skipped it. Since I was on the first boat over I should have headed straight to the audio tour since the island was still fairly empty but I decided to go exploring on my own. I thought it was hilarious that they had one broken down buildings simple labeled as "Rubble"(see image below). From the pile of rubble I had a great view of the city. It is only 1.25 miles away and while I know they claim there are strong currents I could easily swim across and escape from Alcatraz.

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By the time I got over the audio tour the place was fairly packed. If you are planning to take the tour definitely take the first boat of the day and then once you get there head straight to the audio tour. The tour is very interesting but I would prefer a actual tour guide. With the tour guide you can ask questions and to can talk to the fellow tourist. With the headphones you are kind of in your own world. It takes about 45 minutes and is included with your tour price.

Once I finished exploring Alcatraz I hopped on the boat to Angel Island. Angel Island is a 740 acre state park east of Alcatraz. The island has been many things through out the years, military base, quarantine center and a Chinese immigrant detention center are just a few of them.

I took the tram tour of the island, it lasted about an hour and was nice because they point out everything on the island that you might miss if you just walked around your self. The tour is informative but I would have rather gone off on my own because after the tour I did not have enough time to hike up to the top of the island before the boat back to pier 33 left. The top is only 780 feet high but I would have liked to see the view. If I ever go back, Angel Island will be on my list again and if I am staying for more than 24 hours I'll camp on the island.

When I got back to main land I headed over to pier 39 for lunch. I was amazed at how crowded the entire area was, every restaurant had a line out the door and it was 3P. I eventually found a place, The Sea Lion Cafe, with a short wait so I put my name in for a table. While I was waiting I checked out the menu and was disappointed that they did not have Sea Lion on the menu. I settled for some clam chowder in a sour dough bread bowl instead and it was delicious.

It was around 4P when I finished eating leaving me with about 5 hours to walk around Fisherman's Wharf, hike up to Lombard St. and get over to the Golden Gate bridge. I was able to get all of these done with time to spare. The one thing that was a bitch was getting to Lombard St. since it was a long up hill climb from the piers. I finished my list of things to do and see by 8P giving me plenty of time to head back to the airport and catch my flight home, which took off on time getting me out of town within the 24 hour time frame.

Looking back on this trip I don't really think I'll be able to travel any other way from now on. I had a total blast, it was great meeting people from all over the country/world and it was even more fun telling them I flew in just for the day. Plus I got to see and do everything I wanted to and did not spend much cash in the process. That being said this is not for everyone. I was dead tired by the end of the trip, I was awake for almost 43 hours by the end of it (damned turbulence) and I probably walked close to 30 miles. Also I think this is definitely something you have to do solo. If you are traveling with someone else obviously they will be interested in different things so you will spend more time at each location thus reducing the number of things you can see. Also if you are the kind of person that likes relaxing and well planed out trip this is certainly not for you.

What's Happening. (Weekend of 07/06)

Weird Al Yankovic - 7/6 - 6:30P - Plain Dealer Pavilion
I thought for sure this guy was dead but I guess I was wrong. I don't know if he has new songs but if he does I am sure they are hilarious.

Monday, July 2, 2007

First 24 Hour Trip in the Books

The trip was great, I'll do a full write up later today. Here are some photos for now.