30 April 2007

Painful Commute

I would so totally not want to be a driver in the Bay Area right now:

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- A gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday, creating such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed.

Officials predicted a traffic nightmare for Bay Area commuters for weeks or months to come.

Flames shot 200 feet in the air, but the truck's driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns. (Watch I-Reporter Paul Kochli explain his video of the aftermath of the fiery truck crash Video)

No other injuries were reported in the 3:45 a.m. crash, which officials said could have been deadly had it occurred at a busier time.

"I've never seen anything like it," Officer Trent Cross of the California Highway Patrol said of the crumpled interchange. "I'm looking at this thinking, 'Wow, no one died' -- that's amazing. It's just very fortunate."

(CNN.com)


Indeed.

21 April 2007

Incisive Dilbert

I leave it as a psychological exercise for the reader to determine why I felt today's Dilbert was worthy of a link.

Addendum (4/21/07 4:45PM): This post refers to the comic about pay raises, which actually is a replacement for the comic originally scheduled to run, which is about the new product invented by Dilbert. The original comic made an incidental reference to 'serial killing', and was pulled given the recent events at Virginia Tech. For more info on and discussion about the Dilbert comic switch, see the link in the comments.

17 April 2007

Too Bad This Is Bio, Not Origami

Observe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_fold

Let's see... in Japanese, it'd probably be called something like 'shiniori' 「死に折り」... I can picture the scene ... dark room in a seedy bar someplace ... two nervous men look on as the Mafia head man works on an intricate origami design. One says to the other:

"Oh no, Kotaro-san... he just made the death-fold!"

or

'Taihen da, Kotaro-san...shiniori tsukutta!'
「大変だ、小太郎さん...死に折り作った!」

Incidentally, I'm sure my advisor is really glad that I'm putting my language learning to such productive use. :-p

11 April 2007

This Is The Kind Of Thing...

...that Christianity ought to be known for:
Windows Media
Quicktime

Note: these links will probably break around the end of April.

(From site of Joyce Meyer Ministries)

01 April 2007

Most Awesome Thing, Like, EVAR

I knew this day would come: Hardcopy Gmail, and it's even delivered right to your doorstep!

Oh, the infinite versatility of post-consumer soybean sputum...