Play me again, Sam!

It seems that we now have an interesting alternative method to dispose of our ashes after cremation. Discovery News reports: Andvinyly, a UK-based outfit, has this offer: after you die, you can have some of your cremated ashes pressed into a vinyl record. (A tagline on their website says, “Pressed for Time.”) There are many different packages available. You can choose your own music, or none at all. You could even put the audio from your very best Powerpoint presentation. Think of the possibilities! There’s more at the link. Andvinyly says on their Web site: When the album that is

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The perils of processed pet food

I’ve known for some time that there’s a growing movement to reject prepared, pre-processed pet foods, which are being blamed for a great many illnesses and deficiencies in pet health. Trouble is, there’s a great deal of rhetoric and not much empirical evidence in the debate. It’s hard to make an informed choice when verifiable, objective fact is hard to come by. However, an article in the Daily Mail sheds some light on why this may be the case. The author points out that pet food manufacturers have secured the right to provide input to veterinary training, which directly influences

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Politicians reveal their self-absorption . . . yet again

This week has seen two classic examples of politicians (and political parties) demonstrating self-absorption to a ridiculous extent. As I’ve said before, I regard the Democratic and Republican parties with equal suspicion and distaste, so I’m kinda pleased that these revealing slip-ups came from both sides of the US political aisle. Fair and balanced, and all that sort of thing . . . First, Democratic Senator from Massachusetts John Kerry showed clearly why he would have made an absolutely disastrous President. “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced

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Jet pack FAIL!

This video appears to be from another of those weird Japanese game shows. In this case, it seems that the unfortunate contestant had to try to fly using a ‘jet pack’ made of bottles of carbonated water. The results . . . well, see for yourself. Flying, it ain’t! Peter

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Fears realized

Back in January, I wrote about China’s dominance of rare earth mining, and the potential dangers of such concentration for world supply of these vital materials, which are essential for many advanced technologies. Lo and behold, China’s just cut off the export of rare earth minerals to Japan (which consumes 50% of the supply) over a diplomatic spat concerning a Chinese trawler arrested for fishing in Japanese waters. What’s the bet China won’t do the same to the USA if our policies irritate her politicians? For that matter, she holds a vast amount of US debt in the form of

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Twenty questions from the Brady Campaign

I must give Brady Campaign board member Joan Petersen credit. She’s tried to reach out to those of us opposed to the Brady perspective, asking us to respond to twenty questions she posted on her blog. Many pro-gun blogs and bloggers have done so, including Snowflakes In Hell, my buddy Lawdog, The Ultimate Answer To Kings and The View From North Central Idaho. I won’t add anything to what they’ve said; Lawdog’s response can speak for me as well. However, one thing jumped out at me. Responding to comments to her ‘twenty questions’ post, Ms. Petersen said this: “There were

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(Over)playing the race card

Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore demonstrate that the ‘race card’ in politics may have outlived its usefulness. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Race Card Is Maxed Out www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party Peter

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So much for flight safety!

The Indian Air Force has a problem. Its HAL HPT-32 Deepak primary training aircraft keeps crashing – to the (frequently fatal) detriment of its instructors and student pilots. The problems have been identified – the engine often cuts out in inverted flight, and the aircraft has all the gliding characteristics of a well-made brick. Since inverted flight, and recovery therefrom, are integral elements in military pilot training, this tends to produce a less than enthusiastic response in those ordered to fly the thing, particularly since they can’t rely on gliding down to the ground after the inevitable happens. As Ares

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Some remarkable photographs

The annual Environmental Photographer of the Year competition has just concluded, and a number of the winning images have been published in the Telegraph. Here are three to whet your appetite. The overall winner was Florian Schulz of Germany with this image, taken off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, which he calls ‘Flight Of The Rays’. It’s a school of Munkiana Devil Rays, all heading in the same direction. Why they had assembled, or where they were going, isn’t known. (Click this image for a larger view) Here’s Radoslav Valkov’s picture of a fly drinking from a dewdrop. And

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