About a year ago I mentioned Henry Allingham, who at the time was one of the world's twenty oldest people, oldest man in Britain, last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, oldest survivor of WWI...and generally one of the world's most awesome people. He's been the oldest man in the world for about a month. And today he has passed on, final score 113 years, 42 days. Well done.
You know, I completely forgot about this until [livejournal.com profile] dancinastrophys reminded me today....

En route to Caribou last year, I noticed planets along the highway on the way up. They'd been painted and positioned, to scale, along a length of US Highway 1. It's the Maine Solar System Model, the world's largest to-scale 3d solar system model in the world¹ -- 1:93,000,000 scale. A few moons (Luna, Io, Callisto and Charon among others) also make the cut. Pluto's since been retired, but it did get to hang out at the adults' table for a while.

The sun is 50 feet across, Earth 5.5 inches, Jupiter 61.4 inches -- Earth is one mile away from the sun, Pluto (pre-demotion, of course) was one inch across and 40 miles away from Sol.

¹Redundant much? Feh. But as we all know, Earth is the largest planet in the world.
First off, props where due: [livejournal.com profile] kansel01 tracked down the webpage from which I ganked the headlines images (and I also found it on my old Windows installation desktop, but hadn't posted it yet; first poast wins): Find them here. I'm glad to see it back up; it went down in mid-gankage and I still feel a little guilty about that.

But if you're into slightly more interactive imagery, you might want to try [livejournal.com profile] legless123's image caption generator, complete with some McCain/Palin pics to caption as your heart moves you.

Or, if you want to slap a frame on your image of choice, check out [livejournal.com profile] sarahs_muse's Online Photo Frame Maker.

Again, let me sing the praises of my f-list. You're all far too clever.
Courtesy [livejournal.com profile] querldox: This girl is my new hero.

Aubrey Matthews, aka "Star," woke up Friday morning to a phone call that a villain named Black had stolen a golden star from the Idaho Historical Museum. A Life Flight helicopter and police escort vehicles took her to the crime scene to talk to investigators. Aubrey found a clue, and the chase was on. Before capturing Black, Star rescued people from a "smoke"-filled building on Front Street, someone from drowning in ParkCenter Pond, and ferrets at Zoo Boise who had been framed for stealing the golden star.

Simply must-read to believe.
sigma7: Sims (Hedwig O RLY?)
( Jun. 13th, 2006 03:14 pm)
First llama, then Sawyer, then Dalek, now Logan. No music, but y'all know the music by now.
Congrats to the gang from River City as the Shockers knock off #2 Tennessee 80-73 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. This, I think, is worth breaking out the WSU hockey jersey for.

I knew the smaller conferences would get some attention just after the first round, but this...this is awesome. Represent!
sigma7: Sims (BSG!)
( Mar. 10th, 2006 11:01 pm)
Dude. Whoa.

I think the most disturbing thing about the entire 90-minute ordeal was Adama's mustache.

Still, this is what you can do in sci-fi storytelling when you don't have to protect a franchise and action figures.

A season finale like that deserved its own icon.
sigma7: Sims (Pokeyowl)
( Feb. 3rd, 2006 09:19 am)
Via Boing Boing: Ampulex compressa is a wasp that has evolved to tackle roaches, insert a stinger into their brains and disable their escape reflexes. This lets the wasp use the roach's antennae to steer the roach to its lair, where it can lay its egg in it.

Creepy, yet still somehow awesome.
sigma7: Sims (runninglego)
( Jan. 19th, 2006 03:10 pm)
Lego Escher, via IOTD. Nice.
[livejournal.com profile] beeform just got an iPod, and indeed it was genuinely an iPod in the box, and not a piece of raw meat, so good for her.

And [livejournal.com profile] querldox posted re: Google's acquisition of, in addition to their many IT assets, 250 pounds of Silly Putty. But the Googlinites were running into problems distributing said volume of bouncy/bendy stuff. According to a Boing Boing correspondent, hitting it with a hammer works (explanation here). But dropping a 50-pound chunk off a rooftop (with video!) may not yield the expected results.
sigma7: Sims (runninglego)
( Dec. 23rd, 2005 04:55 pm)
A few students blew off some steam at the U. of Michigan by reenacting Pac-Man with one student dressed as the yellow protagonist and another as Blinky (or "Shadow"), complete with sound effects, and got video. Not much maze-running, but well-spirited, and nifty nonetheless.
Found this Brickshelf folder which has custom comic-based minifigs. My favorites...on the Marvel side there's Blink, Captain Britain, Cyclops, Gambit, Thor and Rogue. DC-ward there's Bizarro, Blue Beetle (II), Captain Cold, Deathstroke, Firestorm, the Question and the Spectre. And don't miss Alan Moore and the Watchmen.
sigma7: Sims (crazypills House)
( Nov. 28th, 2005 01:25 pm)
Those readers who have ever wondered in an idle moment how a couple of Daleks would respond to the presence of three naked lesbians romping in their Mothership might recently have found the answer in the shape of a sci-fi smutfest entitled "Abducted by the Daleks".

Sadly, however, you'll have to wonder on because the BBC and the estate of Dalek creator Terry Nation have moved swiftly to pull the plug on the the trundling salt-cellars' intergalactic rumpy-pumpy.

Honestly, "trundling salt-cellars' intergalactic rumpy-pumpy" is quite possibly the greatest phrase ever in print.
sigma7: Sims (Squirl OMG)
( Nov. 27th, 2005 07:28 pm)
Seventh Sanctum - Character Title Scrambler: Shift around a few titles and you get new - and potentially traumatic - fanfic and fanart ideas....

A lot of them border on the obscure -- even for me -- but a few of 'em work pretty well:

  • Rembrandt van Rijn, Sultan of Swat

  • Codename: Clem (Buffy)

  • Henry Kissinger, Rock Legend

  • Gareth Keenan (The Office), The Mighty

  • Jedi Knight John Steed (Avengers)

  • Mighty Morphin Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Rock Legend Fox Mulder (X-Files)

  • Elizabeth Swann (PotC), Pet Detective

  • Ripper (BtVS), MD

  • Mighty Morphin Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

  • Jonathan Levinson (BtVS), Queen of the Desert

  • Robert Paulson (Fight Club), Heisman Trophy Winner

  • Ed Wood, Knight of the Round Table

  • Daria Morgendorffer (Daria), Starfighter
A robot built to disarm bombs was put to an unusual use on Friday, rescuing a pet bird from a Sydney apartment block.

Tweety the cockatiel was stranded for two days after the building partially collapsed, undermined by a new tunnel.

No-one, including Tweety's owner Karen Bruce, was allowed into the building because police deemed it too dangerous.

But help came in the form of a remote-controlled robot, which emerged from the building carrying Tweety in her cage....

Picture of Tweety, cage on USA Today.
sigma7: Sims (ranch tooth)
( Oct. 25th, 2005 10:49 am)
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say "To-morrow is Saint Crispian":
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
Penny Arcade's Tycho on anti-gaming zealot testament to Planned Parenthood Jack Thompson:

It was only a matter of time until a mod team took Jack Thompson's disgusting revenge fantasy and made it flesh - and, just as I suggested, it was deemed insufficient.

Thompson now claims that his repellent suggestion was "satire," and we must conclude that his financial offer was also satire, some new breed of satire apparently that I'm sure is just hilarious to people in need.

You know what, Jack? We're going to be the men you're not. You said that your insulting, illusory ten thousand dollars would go to the charity of Paul Eibeler's choice. We've got a good guess that he'd direct your nonexistant largesse toward The Entertainment Software Association Foundation, a body that has raised over six point seven million dollars over the last eight years. We've just made the donation you never would, and never meant to. Ten thousand dollars' worth. And we made it in your name.

Puh-owned (or however you say that)!
Via A2, from the people who brought us the 200GB iPod Mini mod, Crimes inspired by video games - Uncyclopedia


* January 8th - An explosion heard coming from underneath Flagstaff turned out to be caused by an attacker pumping explosive gases into a victim's stomach. Neither were identified.
* January 14th - A man riding atop an ostrich used a lance to kill two people and injure ten more.
* July 23rd - A Red Kangaroo mother managed to steal boxing gloves and went on a killing rampage in her Australian zoo, targeting each and every monkey in possession of an apple. The charges were later dropped when employees discovered the monkeys had kidnapped and blindfolded her joey.


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