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Jan. 26th, 2015

Accurate




Hey, who wrote a song about me?
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Dec. 6th, 2014

This Is What An Anthill Looks Like Inside

Trying this again, since it didn't work the first time. I know it's kind of weird, but it's also really cool- this lady makes sculptures by pouring liquid metal into anthills. When the metal cools she digs it out and there's an art made out of anthills! I honestly never thought about ants all that much until I stumbled on these videos on Youtube. There's a whole lot of them too- apparently it's some kind of popular art/science thing to do? Well, anyway, it's really interesting. If you like this one, just search "anthill art" on Youtube to find more- all kinds of ants have different ways of building the hills.


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Nov. 3rd, 2014

This Life For You



Have some music from the GazettE, with quite accurate English subtitles, to prove I'm still around.
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Aug. 21st, 2014

Back in Town

And while there's a lot of things I should probably write about here, I don't feel up to doing it at the moment.

So instead have this really catchy song about a teenage boy falling in love with an older woman who looks a lot younger than she really is.


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Aug. 3rd, 2014

Catchy, yet Really Depressing




Just in case you needed to have a depressing song stuck in your head tonight. I can't stop listening to this even though I keep tearing up...

And yes, I'm aware that Waatame's songs are kind of controversial because of their subject matter, but I'm not going to get into that. I understand your feelings, but I'm not going to go there.
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Jun. 6th, 2014

Stuck In My Head




The Japanese version

and

The English version




This song is so fucking creepy in all of its incarnations. I love it.
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Apr. 26th, 2014

Peep Peep!

This is the cutest thing ever- a little baby quail wants to be held.
I want ten of them.
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Mar. 22nd, 2014

To Whoever Linked Me To This Song...

Screw you! It's stuck in my head and I can't stop listening to it! But don't worry, I'll pay it forward- now it's going to be stuck in EVERYONE'S head! MWAHAHAHAHA.

Also, good lord those lyrics are suggestive. I was cackling when it got towards the end and they started singing about the hot milk...


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Mar. 13th, 2014

Singing Parrot


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Jan. 24th, 2014

Owl Has A Bath

Because the semester has started already, I've been a bit down over the past few days. But this video cheered me right back up.

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Oct. 1st, 2013

It's October!

And you know what that means?

It's time for stupid Halloween jokes, silly Halloween songs, and bad memes! I'm not going to inundate you with ridiculousness, but I have to share this video. Someone showed it to me last October, and it's been stuck in my head on and off since last Halloween.

Sep. 16th, 2013

Sharing the Ear-Worm

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Aug. 23rd, 2013

All The President's Pets


So you want to criticize Obama? Okay, that's fine. There's a lot of things you can criticize him for, like the NSA spying on everyone's emails and phone calls (and to the agent reading my blog- can you go pick me up some Chipotle? I'm hungry!). Or you can criticize the president for authorizing those drone strikes that seem to blow up everything except the terrorists. You can even criticize him for having the government eliminate 90% of its system administrator positions out of paranoia of another Edward Snowden. Which, for the record, is a stupid thing to do, since the system administrators are the ones who help stop the hackers from getting in. Depending on your political views, you can criticize him for his views on gun control, Obamacare, the potential government shutdown... I won't judge you even if I disagree with you. Politics is a very fraught issue (especially in my family- remind me to tell you some of those stories someday).

But you know what I will judge you for? If you complain about the Obama family not adopting a pit bull as their new pet. And yes, that link leads to an actual factual, real-life editorial written by a woman who thinks the President needs to send a message with the kind of pet he has. And to do that, he should adopt a pit bull from a shelter.

There's a couple problems with that: firstly, either Sasha or Malia (or possibly both) have animal allergies. I know a lot of animal lovers don't believe animal allergies can be a debilitating problem, but my father is violently allergic to anything with fur or feathers. If we are going somewhere where there might be animals of any kind, my dad has to take a prescription histamine blocker so he doesn't go into shock. Portuguese Water Dogs are about as hypoallergenic as an animal can be: they still wouldn't work for us because my dad's allergies are so severe. However, I am also allergic to dogs (although to a much, much lesser extent than my father is) and I am alright around most curly-haired dogs, including Portuguese Water Dogs. Assuming that Sasha and/or Malia's allergies are more like mine than my dad's, a Portuguese Water Dog is a good choice for them.

Secondly, pit bulls can be dangerous. This is not true of all of them, but the fact remains that they are bred to have their jaws lock onto whatever it is they bite. Several people in my city seem to die every year in a pit bull attack. This is not to say that they are all dangerous: Sharky the Pitbull is a friendly dog that loves kittens, children, and baby chickens. At the end of this post I'll embed a video of him playing with some of his little friends, because it's very cute. But Sharky is also very well-trained. His owner got him as a puppy, and she was able to train him well. A lot of the pit bulls in shelters are adult dogs, and often they were trained for dog-fighting, or neglected and abused, and that does not make for Sharky-like pit bulls. A friend of my family works for a no-kill animal rescue, and she is one of the few people who is authorized to work with the pit bulls they end up with, because she can control them. She's a fairly large woman, 6'2” tall and 250 pounds, and she is extremely strong. She has also been bitten quite a few times and hospitalized twice after being attacked worse than usual. She loves dogs, but if you were to ask her about whether or not a family with kids should adopt a pit bull, she would tell you “fuck no.” I have seen the scars she has gotten from work, and I have to say, any dog that can do that to a woman that size probably could do a lot worse to anyone smaller. She would be the first one to tell you that you can have friendly, sweet pit bulls, but she would also tell you that adopting an adult one from a shelter is probably not a good idea unless you're specifically trained to handle them, like she is.

Again, this is not to say that all pit bulls are dangerous maniacs: Sharky is a great example. However, that sort of thing does need to be taken into account if you're going to get a dog.

Thirdly, and this might just be cultural baggage showing, but at least where I'm from, there is a huge stigma attached to the idea of suggesting that an African-American family get a pit bull. Where I grew up, the stereotype is that pit bulls are “criminal's dogs,” that people who own them are more likely to be in gangs, or drug dealers. To me, suggesting that the Obamas get a pit bull pings me as really blatantly racist. Again, this could just be a local culture thing from where I grew up, but... I don't know, it's pinging me as offensive. I remember after the election in 2008, when Obama told his daughters they could get a puppy, I remember some “haw haw I bet they're gonna get a pit bull, lulz!” from some unpleasant individuals who seemed to have less of a problem with Obama's policies and more of a problem with his heritage. It does just come off as offensive to me, suggesting that the president get a pit bull.

I realize that I might not be the best person to discuss this topic, because in all honesty, I don’t particularly like dogs. I’m actually quite frightened of them, unless I know the specific dog quite well. I don’t exactly dislike them, but I don’t particularly like them, either. Maybe someone else who has more knowledge about dogs would be better to write this sort of thing, but hey, I do what I can.

Anyway, that's enough of that. Have some Sharky, because he really is cute.



Aug. 7th, 2013

That Snail Is Fast


If you get the chance, definitely go see this movie- definitely one of the better ones I've seen this year!
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Apr. 17th, 2013

Something Cute


A dad bald eagle brings mum a fish while she's sitting on the nest. I thought after the past few days everyone could use a cute eagle video to watch.
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Mar. 4th, 2013

Shibe vs. Roomba

Found this hilarious little video while looking for something completely unrelated on Youtube, and just had to share it. The puppy's reactions are hilarious, from "oooh, what's this?" to "HOLY SHIT IT'S COMING RIGHT AT ME!"


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Oct. 1st, 2012

VHS Deterioration

The interesting thing about DVDs is that once you make a copy of one, you can make copies of the copies ad infinitum with only minor quality deterioration, so minor that unless you know what exactly to look for you wouldn't notice it. Now, this also takes into account that you are using high-quality blank DVDs, minimizing the potential compression that would need to take place to burn the DVD, and that your DVD burned and DVD player were performing in top condition. But, the point is that under the right circumstances there is none, or minimal deterioration of video quality across the generations on DVDs.

This is not the case with VCRs. It's been a while since I tried to watch a VHS tape- there still is a VCR in my basement, but it only works about 35% of the time, and that's if you whack it with something, swear at it, and make a sacrifice to the VCR God. But this video is really fascinating- this is what happens if you make a copy of a VHS tape, then make a copy of the copy, then make a copy of the copy of the copy, etc- the quality deteriorates very quickly until you end up with something completely unrecognizable from the original video. It's also a very catchy song that will get stuck in your head, so you might want to watch it with the sound off.




Aug. 16th, 2012

Poor Scrat


Just a little something to make you feel better about your day. At least you're not Scrat the Sabre-Tooth Squirrel.
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May. 22nd, 2012

Well then.

So this particular video has been showing up in my Youtube video recommendation feed for a few months now, so I decided to check it out. It's called Teens React To My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and it's pretty much exactly what it says on the tin.


(No full video transcript, because they talk very fast and I have trouble deciphering some of what they say, at least enough to type it up. Basically, everyone other than Devin thinks the whole brony thing is weird, Adam thinks they're all trolls, Isaac and Jourdan think bronies aren't manly. None of the girls want to date a brony).

So, clearly, they don't think too much of bronies. Well, the bronies don't think too much of them, either.


(Again, no transcript, but suffice to say that the bronies are not impressed, although they welcome Devin to the herd)

I dunno, I just thought the juxtaposition was funny- teens don't like bronies? Well, bronies don't like teens either.

Feb. 19th, 2012

I ended up in the crazy part of Youtube again...



Video Description: Shakira's song 'Hips Don't Lie' plays for 30 seconds while Voldemort, Snape, and Bellatrix Lestrange dance to it.
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