Tastes Like Chicken

Saturday, May 11, 2002
_Surveys suggest
...that I'm the only person that gets the results of this query.

However, the "Freedom Rock Law of Culture Demarcation" holds fast.

Update: Hah! Perfection:

Friday, May 10, 2002
_"That's a really cool gun."
The mailbox bomber:
"They negotiated a surrender, and the only condition was that we didn't tackle him," Bolzle said.

As he was being restrained, Helder kept up a witty banter with the police, telling them about the smiley face and asking whether they had read his essay. Staring down the barrel of an FBI agent's weapon, Helder quipped: "That's a really cool gun."

In all the pictures of his capture and arrest, Lucas John Helder is smiling and laughing.

"It was almost as if we were old friends and we'd thrown a surprise party for him," said investigator Ted Bolzle of the Pershing County, Nev., Sheriff's Department.
That boy ain't right.

Wednesday, May 08, 2002
_Hollywood Science
Getting down to the nitty gritty (and equationy) of judging the validity of movie science. Would Bruce Willis really survive the firehose bungi jump in Die Hard? Could Paul Newman really eat fifty eggs? Would wet cotton let Jacky Chan bend prison bars? (No, maybe, and yes!)

Also, I saw Spider-Man this weekend. Wow. I am still wondering where my socks landed.

Update: The AP just ran a story on a physics professor at University of Minnesota who leads a seminar called Science of Comic Books, subtitled "Everything I Know of Science I Learned From Reading Comic Books."

It's definitely for real. It's on the school's course listing, and here's his personal staff page.

Update Two: I scooped slashdot. uhhgain.

Update Three: and Fark.

Tuesday, May 07, 2002
_Watch my pickle glow
Normally I don't let people put elctrodes on my pickle, but hey, you've got to be flexible.

Monday, May 06, 2002
_Time to reboot your squirrel
Hibernating squirrels, ticking along at 2 heartbeats per minute and a body temperature of 41° Fahrenheit, regularly raise their temperature to 98.6° F and restart body operations to spin up their immune systems and perform a "system check."

Sunday, May 05, 2002
_Hellooooo Kitty
I'm out shopping for a present for a niece, and I wander into Fancy World. This store is wall to wall Hello Kitty and imported Transformer robot toys -- row upon row of giant-headed hyperinnocents and mechanized ultradeath machines. It's more than a little like stepping into this: