Archive for April, 2010

Kevin goes to White Castle

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Okay I have never eaten at a White Castle before, mostly be cause there are none near Buffalo and secondary I thought they only do burgers.    Oh but I am wrong, chicken breast sandwiches on those little square buns and more choices of condiments (BBQ, Honey Mustard, Hot Sauce, Tartar Sauce, Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup and I probably missed a few) I will say that was some good eats.

(Not the actual White Castle I went to but a reasonable representation)

White Castle

Where’s the Beef?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Honestly, there were so many thread-bare cliches that I could have used to title this article; it was so hard to pick one. (Beef: It’s What’s Powering Your Train) But the image of that feisty octagenarian railing against puny burger patties won the day for me. One of my all-time favorite commercials.

In a move likely to be as popular with People Against Eating Tasty Animals (PAETA) as machine-gun duck hunting, Amtrak is running a test of passenger trains powered by a mixture of rendered beef fat and conventional diesel fuel. In Texas, of course, where they apparently have an abundance of rendered beef fat and, um, trains.

Now, I know all the greenies love to slap “biofuel” stickers on their VW rabbits, happily chugging down the highway belching black clouds of french-fry smelling oilliness, but I can’t imagine what rendered beef fat smells like. Oh wait, yes I can: nasty. On the plus side, at least this move will splinter the green movement asunder, pitting wide-eyed futurist mass-transportation proponents against granola-chomping free-fall Level 5 vegans. And, one hopes, maybe that’s just what Amtrak was aiming for.

Or maybe they were just trying to figure out something productive to do with all those cows they clobber every year. Eh, either way, win-win.


Friday, April 30th, 2010

Useless political parasite Dale Volker is finally retiring. After thirty-five years of, well, getting reelected, he’s finally decided to call it quits.

It’s pretty telling that the newspaper story I linked to couldn’t find a single useful accomplishment in his entire career. Thanks for three and a half decades of fiddling while Western New York burns, you jackal.

Doze Shoes be da Bomb

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A coworker of mine just overheard me making travel reservations for next week, and came over to relay his own recent tale of woe. Apparently, while going through security, he placed his shoes on the X-ray machine belt, as is common practise these days. After passing through the electronic scanners, he and his shoes were summoned aside where the TSA official informed him that his shoes were suspicious. Apparently, one shoe had a metal plate in it, while the other….DID NOT!  This resulted in extra searches, conversations, and hassles.

So, a lesson to all potential terorrists: If you’re going to put bombs in your shoes, ensure that you put one in each shoe, so as not to arouse suspicion. The TSA hates assymetry.

Rubik’s Solving Mindstorms

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Someone has built another Lego Mindstorms robot that solves Rubik’s Cubes. The best part? It can handle anything from a 2×2 to a 5×5 cube. Check out the video, it’s pretty awesome.

Tea Party Thoughts

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

An interesting thought experiment on alternet – what if the tea partiers were black?

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protesters — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic?

Gimme Your Wallet, and Nobody Gets Hurt, Ay?

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

In Toronto, which is apparently not a city of friendly effing morons, a 79 year old man was recently mugged on the subway, in plain view of a carload of people. Nobody came to his assistance.

“People didn’t have a reaction – they just looked at me,” Hizel said. “I was frustrated.”

Astonishing…and not so much, I guess. There’s probably two forces at play here: 1) the “Someone else has probably done something about this already” phenomenon, and 2) the “its none of my business, so I’ll just ignore it” syndrome.

More HOA Awesomeness

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It’s very fortunate that the economy hasn’t ever been better, and that you practically have to get in line to kill somebody to buy a home right now. Otherwise the latest move by Orlando-area Home Owner’s Associations wouldn’t be very smart at all.

HOA’s are real team players. Nothing guarantees that somebody will eventually foot the bill for the fees of a delinquent home like charging people that just bought the house with the old owner’s fees. Next up: charging new owners for all the time the old owners’ dog crapped on the wrong yard.

Military Powerpoint

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Apparently, the US Military uses a lot of Powerpoint. Apparently, they hate it just as much as the rest of us do, with some commanders going so far as to complain that “Powerpoint makes you stupid.”

Personally, I don’t see it. Look at this clear, simple graph related to the Afghan War:

What, that doesn’t just clear everything up for you?

Possible use of unorthodox methods in mechanical repair.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Well it has come to this in regards to working on Mr. “Iron Legs” Gracie’s steed.

Satan 003

Here is the damage you have caused this time…

Satan 004The top gear is normal, the bottom one is yours, the death-spikes that are now you chainring are the cause of the pedal peadal clunk.

Potential solution: Surly Stainless Steel Chain Ring– “Most chainrings on the market are made from aluminum, which is 35% softer than stainless steel. A softer metal means a shorter lifespan. Enter the Surly Stainless Steel chainring, made from 304 grade stainless. You can now have an all-steel drivetrain that will love you long time.”

Next time there will be blood.