Monday, March 23, 2015

Uranus One will settle men on Uranus in 2023

Taichung company reveals plans to organize a manned mission to Uranus

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN 23 March 2015 – Today Uranus One announced its plan to establish a human settlement on Uranus in 2023. Every two years after that a new crew will join the settlement. Uranus One has contacted established aerospace suppliers from around the world that can supply all the mission components, and none of these companies has specifically said “no.” Uranus One is the brainchild of legendary aerospace pioneer Chaon, who will absolutely in no way take everyone’s money and buy a couple of totally sweet Lamborghinis.

Uranus One has designed a manned mission to Uranus that is totally not a scam. No sir. The most important simplification is that the crew will emigrate to Uranus. While sustaining human life on Uranus is not trivial, it is far easier and safer than bringing the crew back to Earth. If the astronauts had to return to Earth after their visit to Uranus, it would be a huge pain in the ass with lots of decontamination protocols and stuff. And seriously, who has time for that?

Anyone interested in being a part of this first human colony to Uranus should fill out the application, and send it to the Organizer along with the US$500.00 application fee. Only a couple thousand people will be chosen, so it is very important that people apply early and often. A special Expedited Processing Application can be submitted for an extra US$1750.00.

Uranus One has support and backing of several well-known and respected ambassadors:

Michael Turton, Scholar and Anti-ChiCom Activist: “This project is entirely feasible, and everyone should jump on this bandwagon before it sails. Karl, this check better not bounce.”

John Scalzi, award-winning aviator: “Insert Scalzi quote here, and make sure all the shenanigans are edited out.”

Richard Martin, King of Oklahoma: “A-well-a everybody's heard about the bird. Bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word. Uranus!”


How Much Water Does Golf Use? 
From 2003-2005, the average water use for golf course irrigation in the U.S. was estimated to be 2,312,701 acrefeet per year. That equates to approximately 2.08 billion gallons of water per day for golf course irrigation in the U.S.
 2.08 billion gallons of water? How much is that?

Based on a nominal depth of 2 meters, (an Olympic-size swimming pool) has ... 660,000 US gallons

2,080,000,000 divided by 660,000 is 3152.

3152 Olympic swimming pools worth of water every day for golf courses... ten years ago.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hey Georgia

What the fuck?

Republic of Chocolate

With an expectation of becoming a palace of chocolate with edutainment, Republic of Chocolate not only provides people the chocolate culture, knowledge and history, but also combines them with tourism and traveling, making itself the newest landmark of Taiwan. With its republic concept, “Republic of Chocolate” wishes to become a sweet memory of the world and an eternal light that the international market pursues.
My competing institution, "Galactic Empire of Chocolate," opens this June. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You know what?

I'm not sure I can handle a film that Stephen King calls "fucking terrifying"...


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Holiday Greetings

To all friends of this blog, and to those who just wandered by, I want to wish you all the best on this important day. On March 17 of each year our thoughts turn to celebration- and this year is no different.

So to everyone: Happy National Muaythai Day!

May the spirit of Nai Khanom Tom be with you.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

This doesn't even make any sense

China's state news agency has accused the U.S. of having a "pirate-style sense of insecurity" in response to recent comments from Washington regarding Beijing's territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea.

Pirates don't have a sense of insecurity. Insouciance, insolence, and sometimes even insomnia, yes. But not insecurity.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Gravitron

The Gravitron is an amusement ride, most commonly found as a portable ride at fairs and carnivals. The Gravitron first appeared at Morey's Piers in 1983 and quickly became a fixture at amusement parks in many countries. It is a modification of an earlier ride called the Rotor. The Gravitron is notable for its ability to utterly subdue the Legendary Pirate Hero Chaon

Looks Legit

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Well that's a new one

Notable only in that I am not running XP. Anyone know what the (R) signifies?

Friday, March 06, 2015

About the Blogger Tag Cloud Widget by Categories / Labels

You may think it's a pointless vanity-driven decoration, but it can actually be quote useful. For example, a quick glance at this:

told me that the blog to which I had navigated was definitely not for me.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015


...usually suck, and will make you stupider for just having read them. Stupider *and* angrier. Youtube is the obvious example, but most blogs are the same.

The exception is Popehat. Comments there are often insightful and hilarious. Not my comments, of course, but comments by people like this Tony Festa guy:

Grendell, like so many of his ilk, takes a one-sided view of first amendment rights, giving all credence to his right to speak freely, but ignoring the incumbent duty of tolerating the rights of others to speak their mind, even if offensive. He seems blind to the strength of American democracy, that public officials can be parodied, verbally pilloried, and grotesquely insulted and still maintain the authority of their office. And this is only because of the long-standing American belief that the power wielded by public officials belongs to the people and is vested in the office, not the person. In our tradition, the office deserves respect, but the officeholder must earn it.


I am not a racist.

I mean, some of my best friends are whitemen.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Note to Self -

Shop more at Newegg

The greatest thing about this story it has a hero, something that is usually missing from intellectual property disputes. An outspoken hero at that:

"I hope Soverain continues their appeal, using the most expensive possible appellate counsel, and pushes their meritless litigation activities against other defendants," said Newegg's top lawyer, Lee Cheng. "After this decision, if they haven't already crossed the line into sanctionable behavior, they will if they keep pursuing people based on the stupid shopping cart patents."
(Note to Self number two - Do not ever try to shake down Newegg by waving around some stupid design patent(s). Your past successes in this regard were, quite frankly, low hanging fruit.  Lee Cheng tolerates no bullshit whatsoever.)

Also, I should buy a Newegg Fight Patent Trolls T-Shirt