February 23, 2004
February 22, 2004
But first, a joke:
Why do policemen have bigger balls than firemen?
They sell more tickets.
Now these links will seem so much better in comparison. Some aren't really firemen, but I don't want to hear any complaints. Comprende?
A wrestler called "The Fireman"?
Y'know, while finding these I came across some old old photos of firemen, as far back as 1880's. That got me to thinking about a guy here in town who collects and restores old fire engines. I wonder if he's still around? Hmmmm... maybe something for a future post on Rocket Jones.
Descon stands for Design Contest, and it's an online rocketry event held three or four times a year. People from all over the world enter their original rocket designs, and folks vote for their favorites. Prizes are donated by various hobby businesses and are awarded. Sometimes there's a theme or specific requirements, sometimes it's a free for all.
February 21, 2004
The Gorilla (1939) Â– This is a true Hollywood production, and the quality shows. Featuring great sets, real actors, a plot and special effects, this early spoof of horror movies has plenty of slapstick comedy to go along with the thrills and chills. Bela Lugosi makes a fine butler, and the Ritz Brothers play a trio of private eyes hired to protect a millionaire targeted for murder. The high point of the movie is the funniest maid (Patsy Kelly) ever to steal a scene, but itÂ’s pretty obvious why the Ritz Brothers never made it as big as Abbot and Costello or any of the other great comedy teams. Nevertheless, this zany movie is an ok way to escape for a little while. My favorite line: Â“Did you see that face? IÂ’ll bet when snakes get drunk they see him.Â”
The Ape Man (1943) Â– More Bela Lugosi and more monkey business! In this film, he plays a mad doctor who ends up the victim of his own experiments. To recover, he must kill. Overall, the mood is darker than in The Gorilla, but this flick still has some humorous moments and a rich plot full of details and minor storylines. The ending has a twist that youÂ’d never guess in a million years.
When The Ape Man was originally released, World War II was in full swing and there are frequent mentions of it. In fact, in one scene a female character makes fun of a guy for being a Â“4-F rejectÂ”, and he proudly letÂ’s her know that in 30 days he goes into the Navy. She apologizes immediately.
Something else I noticed, in both movies, was that guns were common and unremarkable. Many of the characters (male and female) were armed, and casually pulling a pistol out for protection caused no great reaction from other characters. At the same time, the guns were always handled safely and nobody was trigger-happy, in fact they were never used at all in The Gorilla and not until the very end of The Ape Man Â– and it wasnÂ’t a hail of gunfire either.
Both of these movies get two opposable thumbs up.
The Pizzagra toppings include:
* Tomato, garlic and basil base: Basil is a renowned stimulant, helping to boost sex drive, fertility and produce a general sense of well being for body and mind. Garlic traditionally stirs sexual desires and has been used for centuries to cure everything from the common cold to heart ailments.
* Artichoke: The French once believed women who ate artichokes were reputedly loose.
* Asparagus spears are rich in vitamin E, which is thought to stimulate the production of sex hormones.
* Red peppers are said to stimulate circulation.
* Onions: Egyptian priests were forbidden to eat onions, as it was once believed they stirred up passions.
* Ginger, which stimulates circulation and heightens sensitivity.
* Cardamom, which contains two androgens (hormones that increase sexual desire in men) and cineole, a compound known to stimulate the central nervous system.
* Chocolate spread: Chocolate is a popular aphrodisiac containing the chemical, phenlethamine, which is released naturally in the brain when humans fall in love.
* Banana slices: Bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, necessities for sex hormone production.
No mention is made if that's all on one pizza. Yuck.
*Oh yeah, their joke: "I wonder if it has a self-rising crust?"
*Speed-wise that is. Expect the drivel to continue as before.
February 20, 2004
I'm making tentative plans for this one. Anyone else?
Who am I forgetting?
Thanks to Across the Atlantic for the pointer. Can you tell who the romantic is between the two of us?
I have found most electronic devices are powered by smoke contained in small black chips.
In fact, once the smoke is released from one of these black chips, the electronic device will stop working.
Next lesson: Gravity doesn't suck.
February 19, 2004
United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, Sweden, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Finland, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Romania, Poland, Isreal, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Greece, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Iceland, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, India, Philippines, Portugal, Argentina, Slovenia, Nigeria, and the Russian Federation.
Welcome all, and thanks for visiting. And I know not all of them are countries, but they have their own internet country code suffix. And that, as my dad would say, is good enough for the girls I go with.
(in the extended entry)
*or politicians for that matter.
February 18, 2004
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