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topaz: (human dalek)
Even with everything that they warned us would happen if gay marriage were allowed to come to pass, no one pointed out the inevitable giant squid/castle Hogwarts slashfic.

(That link is not safe for work, home, church, or your brain.)

hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] coraline for directing me to this travesty of justice.


Sep. 26th, 2009 05:28 pm
topaz: (Morgan - thrashin')
"I am the sneaky ninja!  You do not see me.  You do not hear me.  You do not smell me.  You do not taste my butt."
topaz: (HTH)
audiophail (au-di-o-phail) /ˈɔdiəˌfeɪl/
1. (n) The intangible quality of an audio technology product characterized by absurd marketing claims about audio quality.  "Those felt pens that are supposed to give you a cleaner CD sound are full of audiophail."
2. (n) A person who is excessively credulous of audiophail.
3. (adj) Having the characteristics of audiophail.

Please bookmark for future reference.


Dec. 20th, 2008 04:53 pm
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whut?, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

at the Super 88 in Boston/Brookline

topaz: (arrr!)
In the wake of the insane Rachael Ray keffiyah controversy this week, I thought it only prudent to take note of some overlooked incidents in which prominent Americans have celebrated Islamic bloodthirsty something-or-other.

For example, it has gone peculiarly overlooked that First Lady Laura Bush wore a keffiyeh (better known as an ISLAMIC TERROR SCARF) during a SECRET VISIT to a mosque (better known as an ISLAMIC TERROR HUT) in 2005!

Why do godless liberals like Michelle Malkin and Charles Johnson continue to overlook the Bush family's efforts at appeasement to the enemies of America?  Only time will tell!

topaz: (OMGWTF)
I don't know what scares me more:

The existence of a genuine, Nickelodeon-licensed Spongebob Squarepants rectal thermometer...

... or hearing from a coworker that when he saw this, it made him think of me.


Feb. 8th, 2008 10:08 am
topaz: (thinky)
For the month of February, this guy is inventing a new musical instrument every day.  I find it awesome.  In both the colloquial and the classical sense.

"It doesn't have schematics exactly - more just a sort of jumble of wires and stuff I soldered together at random until it made noise."

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] boutell for passing on this magnificent thing.
topaz: outside the Akamai NOCC (Quinn GNARR)
Have you ever wondered what's in your maple syrup?

secret ingredient

I mean what's really, really in it?

secret ingredient


Don't ask.
Don't tell.
topaz: (thinky)
"Canadian" has become the new slur for "black" in some parts of the South, according to Canada's National Post.

I am so boggled I do not know where to begin.  Thanks be to [livejournal.com profile] kcatalyst for the tip.
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[livejournal.com profile] crouchback alerted me to what he and I think have to be the dumbest thing anyone has said yet in this year's Presidential race.  Mike Huckabee, talking to Katie Couric about climate change:
I think we ought to be out there talking about ways to reduce energy consumption and waste. And we ought to declare that we will be free of energy consumption in this country within a decade, bold as that is. (Sierra Club)
Emphasis mine.

This really puts the left on notice.  We have to come up with a new game plan.  Clearly our wimpy "renewable energy" and "sustainable living" approaches are not going to cut it any more, not now that Huck has laid down the law.  Maybe we can pledge a program of free photosynthesis classes to all public school kids?

I really am more pleased every day at the thought that the Republican party might actually nominate this wingnut for the Presidency.
topaz: (HTH)
The mashups I create in my head when I have sold myself short on sleep:

Interplanet Janet, she's a galaxy girl!
A solar system miss in a future wor-horld,
End up like a dog that's been beat too much!
Till you spend half your life just a coverin-up,
Till you spend half your life just a coverin-up.

topaz: outside the Akamai NOCC (Quinn GNARR)
The latest jaw-dropping piece to come out of the White House is Dick Cheney's assertion that the office of the Vice President is not part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, and therefore not subject to the usual oversight processes that apply to the rest of the White House.

Even more astonishing and alarming is that he may be right.

There's a document known as the Plum Book, formally titled "United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions," which is released every four years and apparently documents the structure of the Executive and Legislative branches, plus dozens of independent government agencies.  Appendix 5 of the 2004 Plum Book is titled "Office of the Vice President," and says:
The Vice Presidency is a unique office that is neither a part of the executive branch nor a part of the legislative branch, but is attached by the Constitution to the latter. The Vice Presidency performs functions in both the legislative branch (see article I, section 3 of the Constitution) and in the executive branch (see article II, and amendments XII and XXV, of the Constitution, and section 106 of title 3 of the United States Code).
Smoley hokes.  It makes sense from a separation-of-powers point of view (remember that the Vice President is also the President of the Senate), but still.

I am, of course, not an expert in Constitutional law and don't know how authoritative these sources are.  Some part of me is sure that this is not a real loophole, and that elsewhere in the vast shadowy behemoth of Federal regulatory law there is a stipulation that presidential orders which apply to the executive branch are also held to apply to the veep.

Nevertheless.  I really hope this gets played out to its logical extreme.  It will be very interesting to watch.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dr_memory for bringing to my attention the original Time Blog article (linking to both the Cheney quote and the Plum Book).

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