30 March 2011

Poor Little Fella

I tried calling Bullwinkle but he's just not picking up the phone.

23 March 2011

Ideas for Defeating Libyan Forces

From a memoir about WWII combat flying comes this bit of unknown history:

Once I heard of a gunner who ran out of ammunition, and in desperation threw toilet paper at the Russian Yak, and the Russian was frightened away by it!! The Russians did not know what toilet paper was, so this pilot probably thought the gunner was throwing a bomb at him. This trick worked many times.

I don't know how advanced Libya is, so it's possible they are familiar with toilet paper. In that case, we should try stranger things like labradoodles or Lady Gaga's accessories.

21 March 2011

Pac Man!

14 March 2011

Highlights of Research no.1

From the Jan 2009 issue of Sociology of Religion comes the enticingly titled paper Round Trip to Hell in a Flying Saucer: The Relationship between Conventional Christian and Paranormal Beliefs in the United States.

To save you the trouble of reading this paper in its entirety, here is a sort of executive summary presented via key excerpts:

In this paper we examine the relationship between conventional Christian and paranormal beliefs. Conventional Christian beliefs are those such as belief in Heaven, Hell, and the existence of God. Paranormal beliefs include belief in UFOs, astrology, haunting, communication with the dead, and Bigfoot.

But are these different types of beliefs compatible? Will someone who believes in eternal life or the resurrection reject beliefs in flying saucers, ghosts, extrasensory perception (ESP), and the like?

Finally, a number of studies have discussed potential nonlinear effects… Paranormal beliefs are strongest among those with no Christian beliefs and with the strongest Christian beliefs, and are weak among those with moderate Christian beliefs.

Those with higher levels of education and income are significantly less likely to report strong paranormal beliefs. Also, older and white respondents report lower levels of paranormal belief than do younger and nonwhite respondents… Moreover, females are statistically more likely than males to report beliefs in paranormal phenomenon.

12 March 2011

Waterfront Restaurant: Last Week vs. This Week

This is a photo from last week. The lower parking lot is almost entirely submerged but the edge of pavement is visible at the bottom. Note the space between the bridge pillar on the left and the restaurant.

This is a photo from today. There is no space between the pillar and restaurant; it's staying there for now and a tugboat (presumably the one that towed it back) is to the left/behind the restaurant. The water level is much higher this week and the lower lot is totally submerged.

Last week showing the lower lot. The stairs are almost entirely under water today.

Lower lot today. Note the traffic signage on the left.

Last week. This is the pile of river debris that wedged itself next to the restaurant. It's mostly tree parts but there are scores of bottles and I'm sure there's a tire or two somewhere in the flotsam.

A lot of the debris seems to have floated downstream after the restaurant dislodged last night. But it's being replaced quickly enough.

No time to put on clothes or shoes... gotta get down there and see it before it floats away again!

Here's the story from FOX19.com.

07 March 2011

Parallel Universe Queen City Tower

This is what the Queen City Tower might look like if Gaudi was the architect:

It could work... after all, Chicago pulled off AQUA. Symmetry and right angles are so overrated.