That hurt me, too.

Just this instant watched my middle child get her ears pierced... held her hand, soothed her, gave her a lollipop.

She'd been wanting to do it for a while -- years, really -- and kept freaking out but today, she overcame her fear and got it done.

So now I'm waiting here in Claire's while she picks out more earrings... apparently, jewelry can ease the pain.

WTF? Neil Patrick Harris as an Evil Scientist?

Not sure what's going on here, but I'm soooooooooo in.

Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

But where's Harry Hamlin?

Great stop-motion animation, courtesy zefrank:

Pretzel Robot

I gave my kids a bunch of pretzel sticks after dinner this evening and challenged them to make something interesting; my five-year old made this awesome pretzel robot (with mini marshmallows as part of some processing unit, I think).


Whoops! This was my seven-year old's creation. My five-year old spelled her name, and my nine-year old spelled out a sycophantic comment about me being cool in order to procure more marshmallows.

Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, and Star Wars

Gotta love the web. This is from (for the Star Wars gallery, click here). Click the pic to see it full-size.

Asimov's 30 Laws of Robotics

A must-read for any Asimov fan. Here. Three examples:

8. A robot may not act in such a fashion as would make dogs obsolete, because dogs are less expensive than robots, and robots should be reserved for science things.

10. A robot, when given contradictory orders by two human beings, and assuming those orders do not violate the First Law, must decide which order to follow based on which human being has a deeper voice.

16. A robot may take only one item from each house when trick-or-treating, unless that robot has been tasked with collecting as much candy as possible for me, Isaac Asimov, in which case that robot may ignore the First Law.

[Thanks, BoingBoing, for telling me about this.]

Oil From Canada

Did you know we get most of our oil from Canada? Sure, if you treat OPEC as one exporter its numbers look bigger... but Canada is the single largest exporter of oil to the United States.

Check it out here, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Graphic Designers Love Appropriation,And Here's Why

[The artist who created the one on the right is Shepard Fairey, now very familiar for his Barack Obama poster.]



Even more impressive is this next example: Leo Taxil, in the feeling of many, played the lead part in an ingenious disinformation hoax perpetrated by the Freemasons.which was designed to discredit the critics of Freemasonry.

In the mid 1880's, Taxil began publishing reports describing the alleged 'shocking horrors' of satanic practices among Freemasons (probably all true, by the way).

He clung to his stories for over a decade, adding further charges on the way.

However, in 1897 he arranged a garish, high-profile
"confessional" press conference, where he "admitted" the whole matter was just a hoax.a joke on his part. This created a huge backlash against critics of Freemasonry. Most or all of them had been citing Taxil's reports and publications.

The whole affair was a grand boon to satanic Masons hidden inside the heart of the organization. To this selfsame day, Mason apologists try to use the Taxil scenario to 'expose' any sinister theories.

But there's one simple question most occult researchers have about "Taxil-gate"-- cui bono?-- i.e. who benefitted? Looking at the big picture, it's quite obvious.


Getting back to my original point-in this Taxil scenario there is the following conclusive indicator which, again, involves this tell-tale Masonic "A" (see below):

Notice below, on the treat of this particular Leo Taxil publication (in which he describes Freemason 'horror stories') how they used a different font when printing Leo Taxil's name (remember the "font games" going on with the Michael Smith album cover?).

Here again we are seeing this conspicuously modified letter "A", with a crossbar that corresponds to the form of a Compass and Square.

Therefore, the use of this distinctively Masonic Square and Reach "A" is a dead giveaway: It was the Freemasons' way of sign to the Masonic "brethren" that Leo Taxil was 'in' on the whole thing.that this was a Freemason operation from first to finish.

Look close at Leo Taxil's name as it has been printed on this book cover (inside the red box I have worn in). Immediately below, you see a close-up view. This distinctive Masonic "A" is a smoking gun, in my view.

Trees of Mystery

And here's what the view looks like from the Sky Trail at the world-famous "Trees of Mystery" in Klamath, California.


Getting Gas

I stopped in Brookings, Oregon, today to buy gas... we were nearby.

Gasoline was only $4.37/gallon, a full $0.40 cheaper than back over the border in Crescent City, California (where we are staying on vacation)


in Oregon (the pump jockey told me as he filled 'er up) the public can't operate the pumps -- so that the price for FULL SERVICE


he washed the windows


he recommended some a good place to eat dinner.