Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Monday, 30 June 2008

"Thumpin' the mellon"

"squeezing the mellons"

That episode of "Ellen" Where Ellen admits she's gay, turns around in the super market to see the one super-model cradeling a pair of actual mellons...

Apparently...we didn't need to work quite so hard to sexualize mellons.  God!  All that wasted effort! 

When will we learn?  I ask you...when will we learn?

Nature does so much better than our poor attempts and scribblings.

(Hat Tip: Erudite Redneck)

Monday, 30 June 2008 17:12:08 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

I just realized something.


When I write in this blog it is usually because I FEEL something and want to make a note of it.

The words that best describe the emotions I most often have when I write are:



Confused (one of my favorite emotions!  It means I've got something to learn right in front of me!)







A lot of people have read this blog.  A few people have commented on it.  Some of those people have commented on the blog itself, many have just sent e-mail.

Sometimes those comments are along the lines of "Why do you let this bother you?"

They read me as:





Crabby... know.

So, I just REALIZED this.  My emotions are not coming through.  Some of you get that I'm worked up...but you attribute the worked-up-ed-ness as negativity.

I'd just like to say for the record that I am a student of the universe.  Not, perhaps a particularly apt one, and maybe one prone to some flights of fancy once in a while (I do love me my Scifi)...but EVERYTHING and ANYTHING will seize my attention and matter how trivial it may seem to you, I can find it fascinating.

I might think about the obnoxious behaviour of someone days later, and people say "just let it go"  because they think I am still stinging from ill treatment.

In fact, I am still just trying to figure out what happened, trying to fit it into my world-order...

...understand it.

I can continue to worry an idea long after the life has left it for most people.

Like Eyore playing with the burst balloon and the empty honey-pot.

It might cut for some a gloomy figure...but trust me:  I'm perfectly happy.  Don't worry about me.

Monday, 30 June 2008 13:44:17 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

Whaaaa!  I can't wait to see this episode!



(Hat tip:  Pharngula)

Monday, 30 June 2008 06:21:15 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Friday, 27 June 2008

I gotta say, I don't get this person hatein' on Pete like that.  Pete was great!  I would have fallen in love with him in a heartbeat.  Are you kidding?  Sweet, sensitive, yet capable of action...nice guy who doesn't let people push him around...wears his heart on his sleeve but doesn't whine and bitch when it gets stomped on?

Hes a DOLL!  It's not his fault that Sam is in love with Jack and (despite being a cosmic genius) has the emotional IQ of a turnip.

'course, I might have been more generous to Pete just because I figured he was going to die.  There's two things that'll get you killed in the SG-1 universe:  Being Daniel and loving Sam.  :-)


Here's a better quality video
Friday, 27 June 2008 11:11:34 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Thursday, 26 June 2008


...b ut you have to admit that it would have only been improved by the addition of Captain Jack...they could have worked him in there a number of different places, like maybe hitting on the penguin or in between the two Replublicans with a thought bubble that declares "Man Candy!"...somethin' like that.  Doesn't matter what, as long as he's shirtless...

(Hat tip:  Saveau)

Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:50:57 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] | #

At I got a link to this map.

It shows the links to all the major players in evolution denialism.  Fun for all.

Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:17:27 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

For those of you who worry that someday Phyllis Schlaffly will eventually die (hopefully at a ripe old age surrounded by a loving family, and at peace with her time and efforts on Earth) and leave us without entertainment...

...fear not!  Her son Andrew is apparently taking on Evolution much as his mother spent her life batteling feminism.

His tactic appears to be to repeatedly demand raw data from researchers:  Data he is not qualified to understand, is demanding through the wrong channels, and ultimatly, data that is largely already public.

A bold tactic, one must admit.  Not as bold as making the statement that women are to blame for their own sexual harassment...but often the next generation fails to live up to the audacity of their elders.


Thursday, 26 June 2008 11:55:48 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Dobson freaks out at Obama's remarks regarding separation of Church and State...and proves Obama's point.

If Biblical priciples are going to be running America...whose priciples do you want them to be?


RJ Rushdoony's?


The infamous Phelps clan?

And don't give me that BS about "Sound Doctrine".  People were arguing about "Sound Doctrine" before Jesus came along (Pharasees and Sadducees anyone?)

And Jesus came along and tried to "clear it all up" and people have been killing each other over it ever since.

Luthers "Sound Doctrine" wound up with him recommending that Jews be stripped of their rights and property, condemned to forced labor, and/or expelled from the country...and he declared that all the trouble German people suffered because of them was because they should have killed the Jews and didn't.

I also love how Dobson comes right out and says that faith-based public policy should not have to be amenable to reason.  Ya know, come to think of it, Luther said the same thing.

I actually sort of admire Dobson's honesty.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 05:28:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [11] | #
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Crazy, rambling, nut-bag book award contestants:


1.  John Coleman (leading AGW denier, weatherman, and founder of The Weather Channel) is nominated for his book: One World Order:Socialist Dictatorship.


2. Rev. Scott Lively is nominated for his book:  The Pink Swatika


I nominate these two books to compete against each other, because of their flamboyant style of historical revisionism, their bold cherry-picking of facts, the virtuosity of the authors in re-interpreting both the significance and meaning of the events they cite...and their nearly identical stylistic choice of running through a dizzying number of unrelated or tenuously related names and unsupported assertions in the first chapter. (ie:  Beatix Potter was in on it!  She was married to that dude, who knew the other one, who went to school with this guy who once said something that sounded communist!  and she wrote books for CHILDREN!  the children!  Oh dear God, won't someone think of the children?) - Sorry...couldn't resist.  Beatrice Potter - Webb... not Beatrix Potter.  :-)


The catagories are

 1. Crazy (unfounded in rational order and scholarship)

 2. Rambling (unfocused in argument and approach)

 3. Nut-bag (dependant upon conspiracy).


You can vote for one or the other in each catagory.



Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:18:55 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] | #
Friday, 20 June 2008

Remember the sad, sad story of the poor "persecuted teacher" that the World Net Daily reported on?

I was outraged when I first heard about it too!  A teacher was being fired for not removing his personal copy of the Bible from his desk!  His students were rallying around him!  It was anarchy!

And I was outraged.  I thought "What? the school district and the legal system have nothing better to do than harass a teacher about his choice of personal reading material?"

But, like most cases of "persecution" of Christians in America I've bothered to scratch the surface all turned out to be a farce.

Here's the highlights:

In December 2007, the complaint continues, Freshwater burned an easily identifiable cross into the arm of at least two eighth-grade students with an electric device manufactured by Electro-Technic Products Inc. The complaint states, “Mr. Freshwater knew that the electric device, model BD-10A, could cause harm if placed in contact with human skin. As the eighth-grade science teacher it is Mr. Freshwater’s duty to understand and follow the manufacturer’s advice regarding the proper use of science equipment.”

Also at FCA meetings, the suit alleges that Freshwater distributed Bibles for the students present to give to other students at the school who were not present, and that an invited speaker told students “they should disobey the law to further their own religion, even if it means going to jail.” (FCA = Fellowship of Christian Athletes:  a non-school sponsored, student-run club.  Freshwater was a monitor for the club, but as a school official, he was not supposed to participate.)

White also, according to the court documents, disclosed the identity of the plaintiffs to Freshwater, although Short had promised them anonymity. After the parents raised concerns of retaliation against their son, a field trip was scheduled, with their son assigned to a certain group and chaperone. The suit claims that once the child’s identity was revealed, his group assignment was changed to the one led by Freshwater. As a result, the parents “were forced to prohibit their son from attending the school field trip.” That caused injury by depriving the son of a valuable educational experience and discouraging the plaintiffs from continuing to exercise their right to free speech.

There's a whole laundry list of complaints beyond these, putting up the ten commandments, using "code words" to inform the class which scientific priciples they were supposed to believe, and which ones were untrue according to the Bible....etc.

Those are somewhat annoying, because they either are not part of his job as a science teacher, or are actively part of him being an incompetent science teacher...but there are all sorts of teachers out there who fail to do their jobs, or who violate the boundaries of their jobs somehow.  It is usually small harm that children can recover from, and I don't see how we can get upset over it more or less because it is "christian" inappropriate behavior.

But the three items listed above are damaging, threatening, and frankly:  just plain creepy.  A teacher should be fired for deliberatly burning his religious symbol into students (plural!), teaching them to be anti-social and break the law for his religion, and...whatever he was going to do to that student after he got him reassigned to his group for the field trip.

Anyone want to take bets on what was going to happen to that student on the field trip?  Think Freshwater was going to give him cookies?

All I know, is that if I were that kid, I would not take my life for granted in an uncontrolled environment stuck in the middle of a pack of rabid student devotees, and the man I had complained about burning a religious symbol into my arm.

I might add, student devotees who have been encouraged to even break the law and go to jail in defense of their religion, who have a history of harassing and assaulting other students who just fail to support the teacher.

Quote from above link about what happens to students for just not wearing a tee-shirt supporting Freshwater:

Murdoch said one of Arie’s friends wore a T-shirt to school that read, “I don’t need to wear a special T-shirt to be a Christian.” That individual was reportedly pushed into the lockers and called a “stupid atheist b****.” That is not acceptable in Murdoch’s mind.

Every time I hear more about this case, I get more and more creeped out.

Friday, 20 June 2008 06:05:00 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Thursday, 19 June 2008

He-who-must-not-be-linked-to (unless you want to either kow-tow to his views or be accused of stalking) referenced this article about Galileo.


Of course, the "REAL" story is that the church loved Galileo and encouraged him and nurtured him, but he was such an ass that he gave them no choice but to persecute prosecute him after they tried; time-and-time again to avoid it.


The poor church just could not get a break from the relentless assault of Galileo's powerful ego, which obviously threatened to bring down the tottering, frail, underdog of the One True World Church (TM).


Besides, Galileo wasn't treated as badly as some of the other heretics brought before the Inquisition, and really, having to renounce the theory of Heliocentrism and live quietly in obscurity wasn't that terrible of a punishment for having an ego.  That proves the church was a bunch of good guys!


I mean, it's not like the church was supressing knowledge or anything, they were just telling him to say that what he believed to be true (and eventually turned out to be true) wasn't true and to stop talking about it.


I mean, the scientists act as though that is censorship.


What a bunch of babies.  Why are they still whining about it?  How come they won't just admit that the church is a benevolant institution that should once again be allowed to be the final arbiter of all knowledge?




Now, if you want to see REAL censorship in action, go here and read about how the rules of science requiring that your results reflect/predict reality, and the system that diverts funding to those who produce accurate, peer-reviewed research is censoring those who don't believe Global Warming is happening.


Did you know that if your results don't line up with reality, you have to modify your approach until you get results that line up with reality?  God, those heavy-handed bastard scientists.


You know what I bet?  I bet those eleitist scientists think that if you do a math problem, and you get the wrong answer, that it must be because you did the problem wrong!  They'd probably tell you that math works, and the problem is you and your flawed approach!


Like Galileo, they probably think that you have to take a correct approach to get correct answers:


Philosophy is written in this grand book - the universe - which stands continuously open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth.

                                                                                              --Galileo Galilei


(Hat tip: He Who Must Not Be Named)

Thursday, 19 June 2008 05:41:56 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [18] |  |  | #
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Congratulations and best wishes to George Takei and his soon-to-be husband, Brad Altman.

I hear Walter Koenig and Nichel Nichols will be the attendants.


Wednesday, 18 June 2008 04:54:56 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Sunday, 15 June 2008

When the bread comes out of the oven...the first loaf disappears within a couple of hours (before it is completely cool), and my family only eats it with butter.

The second loaf lasts 2-4 days and is mostly used for toast and sandwitches.

This tells me that if I only made one loaf at a time, I would be baking every day and my family would weigh 300 lbs. apeice.

If I made three loaves at a time, the third loaf would very likely get mouldy before it was finished...

so it is probably for the best that I make exactly two loaves at a time.


My best bread-making hint:  raise the bread by setting the bowl and the pans in the kitchen sink, with about 1.5 inches of hot tap water, and cover the bowl and pans with a dishtowel.  The bread will raise perfectly every time.

Sunday, 15 June 2008 17:31:18 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] | #

Can you believe this article?

Actually, you don't even have to read the whole thing, if you don't want to.  I recommend against it.  It’s depressing.


Just read this bit here:

Church lobbyists are now asking that the state allow insurance plans to reimburse prayer practitioners, who can charge $20 to $50 for a day's worth of prayer, says Wanda Jane Warmack, the church's legislative manager.


Should they be successful, I propose that we all convert to Christian Science...become "Certified Prayer Practitioners" and then, when called to the bedside of an ailing child, begin babbling randomly over the child for a period of time, then eventually fall into an imitation of an epileptic seizure, and then "Come out of it" and proclaim:


"God told me to take this child to a hospital immediately.  That'll be $50 please."


We can then take the $50 and donate it to an organization that promotes science education.


In a few years, we could have people looking up the Procedure Code for "casting out the Spinal Meningitis Deamon".



Medical reimbursement rates:

Diagnosing a demonic possession:  100% compensation

Casting out of deamon:                90%  compensation

dispersion of a demonic miasma:  (elective procedure) 40% compensation.


The comfort of knowing that your insurance company will pay the cost of having an all-loving all-powerful being protect you in a hostile, corrupt, and incomprehensible universe filled with demons and goblins who are relentlessly stalking your immortal soul:           Priceless.

(Hat Tip:

Sunday, 15 June 2008 06:31:56 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Thursday, 12 June 2008

"Sciencism" - The radical, irrational and eleitist position that only things that follow scientific rules can be called science.

"Fundamentalist Sciencism" - The strident and voiciferace insistance that only things that follow scientific rules can be called science. 

Thursday, 12 June 2008 10:04:48 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #

Poor Jay has a sore on his left side...right behind the shoulder.

The vet thinks it might be a "hotspot": a scratch or scrape or bug-bite that he has worried and irritated through licking.

But he's not SURE that it's a hot spot.

He thinks it looks "a little funny".

He wants to treat it as a hot spot for the next two weeks, and then look at it and decide if we should just take it off and get it biopsied.

the main treatment for "hotspots" appears to be: oral antibiotics, topical antiseptic/anesthetics spray, the vet assistant so ironically put it...a "party hat".

Those stupid-looking funnels that go around the dog's neck and stick out past his head to keep him from licking himself.  I've also heard them referred to as "lampshades" and "Victorian collars".

But there's no gettin' around it - Jay is a funnel-head dog now, and he knows it.  His shame and humiliation are painful to watch, especially at those times when he is trying to suffer them with a sort of false dignity that is unbecoming to him.  He has never been a dignified dog, naturally, so seeing him try to fake it is heartbreaking.

The only consolation are those times he gives in to the goofiness of it by doing things like tossing a stuffed animal up into the air, and then catching it in the funnel like one of those Mexican ball-in-a-cup games.

Thursday, 12 June 2008 09:37:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [6] | #
Monday, 09 June 2008

Over at Erudite Redneck’s blog, I saw this comment.

And I thought:  “Whaaaaaaa?”

Just in case you don’t want to clicky-thing the link, here’s the comment:



I cannot wait until the four years of the Obama Presidency are over.

He will prove to be the most inept, most inadequate President in this nation's history, and the ideological pendulum WILL swing back to the Right when it's over.

I just hope that the damage he and his type do in the meantime can somehow be quickly undone when smarter, more rational people are returned to power...


I really didn’t know what to say to that.  It was just so…weird.  There’s just too much material for a rebuttal.  I couldn’t choose.

Then Eric sent me this link…it’s to a blog that lists all of the missteps of the Bush administration.

Obama would have to be a virtual virtuoso of incompetence in order to do worse than that, and even though I admit he doesn't have a lot of government experience...he seems to have succeeded in a few things in normal life...which puts him head-and-shoulders above Bush.


Monday, 09 June 2008 07:43:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [25] | #
Friday, 06 June 2008

I spent last night running around doing unceasing battle with the brain-goblins...while storms raged outside.

Apparently I was not the only one, because the dog was having nightmares too.  I ended up letting him sleep at the foot of the bed and he seemed to do much better.

But on the upside, it is the first day of summer vacation.

Adventure Boy got his numerals in Band and Drama, and has a solid "B" average for his last term in his Freshman year.  I think was can safely speculate that he has finished "adjusting" to high school.  He's backing off a little on his schedule next year...not taking any accellerated classes this time.  I think he hopes to bump up his GPA and letter in Band and Drama.

He plans to go to the gym and work out, and continue Kung Fu in lieu of organized sports...which is just fine with me.  Marching Band is an excellent team experience, and actually quite athletic enough.

Grasshopper got an A, three Bs and two Ds.  We will be working the summer homeschool magic on the two "D" subjects.  I think it is a matter of learning proper study techniques, as he is usually quite good in these subjects, and seemed to be working hard at them...but he just wouldn't follow my suggestions for how to study them more I think he wasted a lot of effort.

He seems to be interested in running, so I hope to go running with him a lot this summer.

Rocky set up the weight bench at home, so even on days when he can't make it to the gym, he can get a few lifts in quick at home with me spotting him.  He seems to be leaning toward I'll probably get a lot of biking in with him.

And of course, I'm still training for the breast cancer 3-day walk.  Linkage in case you havn't contributed to my fund yet, but would like to:

And a big, hearty thank-you to those of you who have ponied up enough cash to bump me past the 1/5 mark!  I've got the best friends in the world!  And even a couple of people I don't know came in from Rocky's blog and contributed!  THANK YOU!

Now, I have to find something house-worky to do or I will fall asleep.

Friday, 06 June 2008 07:04:28 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Wednesday, 04 June 2008

I just resumed my Hardanger fiddle lessons.  I'd taken a two-year break because of a combination of the car-crash shoulder injury, and the fact that the grinding stress of the last couple years has turned my brain to mush.

Anyway, hardanger fiddles are cool.

They have eight or nine strings (more traditional fiddles have eight, more modern varieties have nine)  Four top strings, which are bowed, and four or five understrings which resonate in sympathy with the bowed strings.  You often bow two or three strings at once, and use complex multiple fingerings to create elaborate embellishments on the melody.

Come to find out, that the fiddles supposedly came from the trolls, that really good fiddlers were often reputed to be taught by the devil, and that Hardanger fiddles were burned by Christians.

(Here's another source, and a quote:)

Because of the association with dark magic, thousands of fiddles were burned or destroyed by religious fanatics throughout the 19th century. This is one of the primary reasons that today's fiddlers have more contemporary instruments. It is also the reason that the few existing old ones are kept in sealed cases, like biological specimens.

Grump.  First Science Fiction and rock and roll, then Martial Arts, then the hardanger fiddle.

How come the devil gets all the cool stuff?



More about the legends from this site:




Some hardingfele tunes are rhythmically very complex. The springar, though basically in 3/4, appears virtually impenetrable, with beats which vary widely in length; it is nevertheless a dance tune and is accompanied by foot stamping. More accessible are the different types of walking tune, from the slow march to the gangar, a steady 2/4 or 6/8. The halling is another 2/4 tune, played for a solo dance where a man attempts to leap high enough to kick a hat off a stick held by a girl. The origin of some of these old tunes is cloaked in legend. Some come from the troll or Nacken who lives in lakes, waterfalls and streams; if you hang your fiddle overnight under a bridge where he lives, the troll will retune your fiddle and play a tune on it, finally leaving his own instrument next to it. If on returning you pick up your own fiddle, the troll's tune and supernatural touch will beyours . If by mistake you pick up the troll's fiddle, your soul is his forever!

Rammeslatter are tunes which, because of their hypnotic quality can put player and listener alike into a state of trance; the fiddler will play, unable to stop, until someone drags the fiddle from his hands. It is said that fanitullen, the devil's tune, was first played by the man himself who appeared, hooves and all, at a village dance. He grabbed the fiddle and began playing a tune so wonderful that the gathered people continued dancing until they died from exhaustion- and then their corpses continued dancing until their skulls rolled out of the door and down the hill!

Another group of tunes, the Gammeldans, were imported from Sweden in the 19th century; these tend to be more predictable and less mysterious and melancholy. The mazurka has a bouncy 3/4 rhythm (eg. Brage Gilles Mazurka ); a similar dotted rhythm, but in 4/4 is found in the schottische (eg. Schottis fran (from) Lima .) Polkas, (not to be confused with polskas) and Reinlenders have a jolly 2/4 rhythm. Sweden has its equivalent to the walking tunes of Norway, including the brudmarsch (wedding march) and the ganglat. Gardeby Laten is a ganglat so often played that people sing along with it words which mean "aren't you sick of this tune yet?". Also well known is Appelbo Ganglat .

Probably the most important group of Swedish tunes are the polskas. These have a 3/4 rhythm with stress on the first and third beats; the emphasis of these beats varies considerably from region to region. Polskas, and indeed many Scandinavian tunes, are often named after a revered fiddler from the past whose playing defined a particular tune, though he is unlikely to have actually written it; for example Polska efter (after) Karl Linblad, or Polska e. Per Osa . Very useful for the fiddler is the skanklåt- an "I want to get paid " tune which reminds the guests at a wedding that the poor musician has been playing for five hours, hasn't been offered any sandwiches, hasn't been paid, and wants to go home.

Most of the above Swedish and gammeldans tunes are played on the normal fiddle (called flatfele in Norway), often in ensembles with other instruments such as accordion, recorder, or fattigmannsfele (poor man's fiddle)- the jew's harp. Spellmannslag are large groups of fiddlers who meet regularly to learn, play for enjoyment, and maintain the tradition.

Wednesday, 04 June 2008 20:29:27 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [7] | #

There's a big credit company that sends me regular mailings trying to give me credit.

So many people I know have been screwed over by this company and it's slime-ball tactics that I get a little mad everytime I see their mailings (especially since I gave money to some of these people to get clear of them...only to have more bogus service charges piled on...and my money was just sucked into a void never to be seen again, and did no good for anyone)

So, to make myself feel better, I put a little note to the effect of:


Dear ___________


I just wanted to drop you a little note to let you know that I know a number of you customers, and I've observed how you treat them.

Until you change your business practices, I believe that I would rather jam white-hot pokers into my eye-balls than do business with you.

Just so you know.


Then I send it back to them in their business reply envelope.  Sometimes, I just send the envelope back empty, if I am pressed for time.

Petty? Usless?  A waste of time?  Sure...

But people do all sorts of petty, stupid unproductive things to waste their time.

Some people watch Sex in the City...I send back snarky notes in the business reply envelopes.  It takes less time, and it gets me outside to walk to the mailbox.

Wednesday, 04 June 2008 09:06:52 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [5] |  | #
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