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FOR EVERY HUNDRED
WE’LL KEEP TWENTY.
UN SAYS “SURE!”
“IT’S NOT OUR MONEY!”
BURMA SHAVE

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What a cool video. Early rap/hip-hop, before all the idiot gangstas turned the genre into tedious mysogonistic crap.I’ve never seen this before, but apparently it was done in one continuous take with a steadycam. Click on the video for the YouTube page with the full lyrics and more info. via The Anchoress

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FBI: We Don’t Have Tesla’s Death Ray | Threat Level from Wired.com

Uh oh. If they don’t have it, WHO DOES? (CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC)

“Don’t be ridiculous! The death ray we use here at the FBI is a completely different model.”

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Funny commercial from Thailand

Steph and I were just talking about why those “Ghost Hunter” shows always turn out the lights and stumble around the dark. This commercial reminded me of that.

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Cadillac

A nice gallery of B&W photos:

Joseph Bellows Gallery – Cadillac – Images

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Rand Simberg, my favorite blogger for things space and science related, points out the flaws in counting on an “Apollo Program for energy” as a serious solution.

But my favorite is when I hear people call for a “Manhattan Project for energy”. We already had one of those about 65 years ago, and it found a cheap, clean, nearly limitless source of power. We called it the “Manhattan Project“.

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Hubble Kaleidoscope Finds Evidence Of Space Looking All Crazy | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Despite excitement over the discovery that space is all crazy-looking, a number of legislators have threatened to cut funding for NASA’s kaleidoscopic program. An outspoken critic of the agency, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said she hopes NASA scientists don’t just use the kaleidoscope a few times and then lose interest and never touch it again, like they did with the Brookhaven Neutrino Spirograph, Fermilab’s Particle Slingshot, and the Very Large Slip ‘n Slide Array in New Mexico.

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This article on the practicality of “seasteading” reminded me of the hazy legal status of these British Sea Forts. I’ve always interested in the Munsell sea forts ever since a sea fort of a different type made an appearance in “The Sea Devils” episode of Doctor Who.

Some cool pictures of the Forts: The Sea Forts – a set on Flickr

They look like a cross between Martian war machines and rusty AT-ATs.

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I’ve taken a lot of flack on various photo forums for occasionally defending the police, and for suggesting that good cops are not the natural enemies of photographers. When bad cops like this one come along and abuse their authority in such a blatant way it makes defending the good ones that much harder:

Tennesee man arrested for photographing a cop

The deputy ranted that it was illegal to photograph law enforcement officers and then charged the man with “aiming a laser” at him (which is presumably illegal because it can be confused with a rifle’s laser sighting-scope.) That’s a ridiculous assertion, as no camera or cell phone I’m aware of is equipped with a laser. It seems pretty clear that the deputy just got angry at the man and invented up a reason to drag him off to jail in front of his wife and kids. Hopefully he and his department will come to regret this dishonesty and poor judgement.

And, as usual in these sorts of embarassing situations, the cop refuses to comment publically. I frankly don’t think that should be allowed. Civilians have a right to refuse comment, but when an officer performs an activity in the course of their official duty then refusing to discuss it should not be an option. They should be ordered to sit for a public interview and answer all questions asked of them.

Via Instapundit, who’s covered this issue extensively. He’s both a law professor and an avid photographer as well as a resident of Tennesee.

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