Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I don't know what this means

A pen in our office had this on it:
Our Laboratory is VERY SATISFIED with ROCHE today!
If not, we'll call our representative.

We can't figure out what the hell that means. Who would give that out? What's going on? I'm confused.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Change Fail

Can't believe this didn't make it on FailBlog!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shiba Inu TV

Get some of this right now!
Full screen flash player

I'm not sure why they don't have ads displayed... can anyone say easy revenue stream?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It really can be a small world

On my bike ride back from the PRG last night, at the corner of 12th and Hawthorne, I overheard 2 cyclist ask where the Woodstock district was. Since I of course live in Woodstock, I offered for them to follow me. These 2 were on a bicycle trip from Tacoma WA to Arizona. They were psyched to be in Portland and be immersed in the bike culture. As we're riding, the guy mentions he's from St. Louis. I tell him I went to college there, and of course proceed to ask him what high school he went to (it's a thang.) He tells me SLU High School, so I ask if he knows Eric or Brent Venker. He erupts in surprise, as he went to school with Brent for a few years.

Seriously, a tiny world sometimes.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Drunk, Flying Pigs

Yosh sent me this photo a few days ago. I had no idea what it is, but his wife speaks Russian and did a little research, and the results follow:
Never seen those before. I googled it in Russian and mostly sites with these pics come up, with no useful info but “smart ass” remarks, most posts are from October 2008. But I did find a site-library with various documents/articles that had to do with the Russian space programs (http://epizodsspace.testpilot.ru/bibl/e-g/svin.html). There was an article from 2006 about the story behind those photos. They seem to be real. The label on the bottle of wine says “1936” and the stamp says something about “Military Department”. There were no details in the documentation found in the archives, so they actually found a physics professor who participated in the tests, so he was able to explain quite a bit. The article says that the army was testing (under a close supervision of Beria – an NKVD monster similar and very close to Stalin) the effect of speeds over 12G on the body in jet-propelled rockets.. Beria’s idea was to use similar rockets to descent special forces across the front line. So they shot the poor piggy in the rocket prototype. The article say that they could not get a chimpanzee because they were testing it in 1942 and pigs happen to have internal organs very similar to humans’. This kind of testing happened in Kapustin Yar (a testing ground a little too close to Uralsk – later they even tested nuclear weapons there). They were giving the piglet wine to minimize stress on the animal.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

My first spill

I wrecked on my bike today on the way to the PRG. Not a bad one, but tore my new rain pants at the knee, tore my carharts at the knee too. Tore my skin at the knee now that I think about it. Little bit of elbow too. Gotta watch out for those railroad tracks!

Congrats to Obama

I'm actually psyched. I'm genuinely excited to see where this country will go from here. I've been done with the Vietnam era presidents for a while now. Hopefully from here on out, we can have some leadership for the 21st century. It's is really about GOTDAMN time!

Out with the old...

In with the new!!!