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Crass Christmas Commercialism November 18, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in Home, Politics, Science & Technology, Yorling, Zen Magnets.
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Well, it’s that time coming round again. I love to find & give those those neato gifts that are a bit different that the usual stuff. Check out this find at the Renaissance Fair last month:

This is a door harp. You put it on a door and the little balls plonk up and down against the strings and play a little tune when you open and close the door. Very cool! Renaissance fairs are very commercialized anymore and most of the stuff you find at them are junk. This guy actually makes his own stuff and it’s good quality. He makes actual harps and other stringed musical items too. You can order one here Dreamsinger Harps. One nice feature of these things is that they’re attached to the door with super sticky pads on the back. You don’t have to drill a hole in your door!

Magnet spheres update: Buckyballs has given up and will discontinue making them. As of now you can only get them from Zen Magnets. How long I don’t know. I just bought some more and I noticed they come with a new, prominent warning:

Warning: DO NOT SWALLOW MAGNETS

How old do you have to be to play with these? Dunno. 14 years old in the US for a strong magnetic toy, unless it’s not a toy, then no age limit, but they’re fun magnet spheres, aren’t they a toy? Unless it’s a “science kit” then the government age recommendation is 8+. But really, it’s whatever age at which a person stops swallowing non-foods. Strong magnets can cause fatal intestinal pinching. Place swallowing magnets on your don’t do list along with breathing water, drinking poison, and running into traffic. Call poison control if more than one is swallowed. And keep these away from kids(and pets) who don’t understand these dangers. Btw, this product is a “science kit” for sure.

Isn’t it so very sad isn’t it that it’s come to this? This is your U.S. Federal Government hard at work, destroying successful businesses for no other reason than it can. Oh sure, they say it’s “for the children” of course but since there’s only been 12 incidents in all the years these things have been around I can’t help but wonder what the real motivation is.

Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend giving these out for Christmas to people who know not to eat magnets. Frankly, they are better than buckyballs anyway. I also recommend getting the gift packaged set for those that are new to these things, you get some nifty extras with it. Shipping is always prompt and I’ve never had any problems with them. Oh, and if you want to go all out, there’s the Mandala Set with 1,728 magnets. These things are insanely fun and hard to put down when you start playing with them. Does 1,728 magnets sound like a lot? Well, go see what someone with a SERIOUS magnet ball collection can do: COCOAUB.

More crass Christmas commercialism gift ideas as I come across them.

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Obama Voters November 9, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in Bad Times Ahead, Home, Movies, Politics.
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I thought of the perfect analogy of the standard Obama voter this morning. Skip to the halfway point, the start time index thingy doesn’t work.

Just a bunch of seagulls demanding their free stuff.

So…There’s That November 7, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in Bad Times Ahead, Destined for the Gulags, Politics.
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Things are bad and now they are going to get worse. President Jarrett and her empty chair get to exact their revenge and rain hell-fire upon their enemies (ie the American People).  Some things to look forward to:

  • Oshithead gets all flexible with Putin and gives him our missile defense technology. Who will then share with his best buds: China, North Korea, Iran – and well, anybody else he feels could use it.
  • We get to explore NEW, vast holes of debt!
  • Amnesty for ALL the criminally trespassing illegal aliens! ¡Hola millions and millions of new dimocrap-voters! Be sure to sign up for food-stamps! Also, don’t bother learning the Inglés, we’ll just force our kids to learn the Español.
  • Iran joins the nucular club! Shrillery Clinton will personally give Ahmadinejihad his member jacket and give him a grand tour of the clubhouse. Yay! New member! Welcome!
  • Presdidn’t Jarrett gets to appoint at least two new Supreme Court Jesters who’s political leanings are somewhere to the left of Josef Stalin. They’ll be young ones too! Oh, we’ll get the benefit of their “wisdom” for DECADES to come!
  • We’ll get to enjoy the economic stimulus of buying new printing presses every couple of months to keep up with The Bernanke’s money printing demands.
  • It’s very likely that Mahmood won’t be able to resist playing with his nukes and he’ll prank-fully lob one over to Israel for the lols.
  • Since Israel is run by a bunch of unreasonable poopyheads they’ll probably grossly overreact and start some silly war over it. Maybe more nucular exchanges! Won’t that be exciting! Everybody get out your popcorn, Dubya Dubya 3 – War Hard with a Vengeance promises to be a blast!
  • Paul Krugman will helpfully explain why Dubya Dubya 3 will be so great for stimulating the world economy and why Oshithead was so brilliant in helping it come about.
  • Nobel Prize committee gives Oshithead the Nobel Prize in Economics! What other country has a Leader From Behind with TWO Nobel prizes?? That’s right – NONE! We will all be so proud!
  • Algore will explain to us how Nucular Winter is the PERFECT solution to Global Worming, and how Oshithead is a super-genius for coming up with such a clever plan.
  • Lamestream media to GOP: “Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL DNC propaganda station!”
  • Because of his policies, electricity prices will necessarily skyrocket.
  • NASA gets back in the space business on the back of electric bill skyrockets!
  • The EPA gets to explore vast, new regions of unrestrained regulatory power.
  • The American People get to look forward to not having to worry about retirement planning; we’ll all work until we drop dead or one of Obamacare’s wonderful Death Panel decides we’re no longer useful.
  • Finally, one day we’ll get tucked into our government-made hand-baskets (made from biodegradable, sustainable sources of course) and carried over the Bridge to The Future that was paved with liberals’ good intentions.

Yeah.

Conservative Vs. Liberal Point of View October 27, 2012

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I just happened to think of this in the shower this morning and I’d like to share. I’m a sharer like that.

By now everyone has seen the famous night-time satellite photo of North Korea and South Korea. But I’ll post it again to refresh your memory.

The Conservative viewpoint is to look at the plight of the North Koreans under the grinding heel of communism and say “This is terrible! Nobody should be forced to live like this!” The Liberal viewpoint is to look in horror at the “profligate energy waste” and “planet-killing carbon emissions” of South Korea and say “This is terrible! Nobody should be allowed to live like this!”

fin

#SaveOurBalls August 2, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in Bad Times Ahead, Destined for the Gulags, Home, Politics, Science & Technology, Zen Magnets.
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Hopefully that title will convert to a twitter hashtag.  If not it will be changed.

Recently the Consumer Product Safety Commission decided to shut down companies that make and distribute spherical magnets. This isn’t directed only the Big Guys like Buckyballs but also smaller outfits that I buy from like Zen Magnets. This is yet another trumped up  “product safety” non-issue that out of control governmental agencies LOVE to meddle in. Why? For no other reason than that they can I guess. Or more likely a personal vendetta from someone with clout in the agency. Whatever the reason it is a real threat. Amazon, ThinkGeek and other retailers have already yanked these products. These companies aren’t really all that big. They will die before they ever manage any “appeal” process.

It’s tempting to attach this to the general anti-business practices of the Obama administration, but this specific instance isn’t really that. This is just the Standard General Leviathan Roll. These huge & largely arbitrary governmental standard bodies aren’t really accountable to anybody and they rule at whim regardless of who is supposedly “in charge”.  Somebody goosed this particular mindless piece of million pound of federal flesh to move and it crushed. That’s what it does.

That’s not to say that “We” can’t “Do Something” (see recent developments re: Chik-Fil-A). Government agencies will pull back given enough public pressure, but only IF the public knows about it. So far few people know or care about this. It’s getting some notice here and there though, somebody from Buckyballs was on Rush’s show the other day as well as a link from Drudge. Hopefully we’ll get some steam going behind another push back.

Also Too Fun Not to Post January 19, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in Art, Music, Politics.
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I like it!

Unrelated but I like this too: Octopus Chair. It probably won’t eat your soul.

I Didn’t Spend Money On Robotic Things October 19, 2011

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I’m sure you’ve all seen these already, but they keep cracking me up.

The Michelle Bachman one is even better.

For the record, “I’ll break a tree-root up in your shrimp” will be my battle-cry from now on.

Now let’s all go out and shop and grease a big nickel.

 

Obama’s “Under The Radar” Gun Grab June 7, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Bad Times Ahead, Destined for the Gulags, Guns, Politics.
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We were all wondering what this was, and now we know. If the Senate ratifies this then the decline and fall of the United States of America into a despotic hell-hole is all but assured.

Edjumacation Horrors May 13, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Bad Times Ahead, Destined for the Gulags, Politics, Strange & Unusual.
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If you have a kidlet in the public screwl system you might want to take a few minutes to flip through their textbooks and see what’s being fed into their little heads full of mush. One mother woman did and and didn’t much care for some of the stuff she found. (Edited – she looked at a textbook a student at a bus stop had.)

Link fixed.

And then there’s a completely different horror going on there too:

The above was blatantly swiped from Mr. O’Flea.

Oh, and I’m off to see Priest in the theater today. Seems to be getting some mixed reviews but I’m going anyway.

Todaze Endorsements May 9, 2011

Posted by Mitchell in Movies, Politics, Yorling.
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I saw Thor last weekend and I paid full boat for the IMAX 3D experience. Worth every penny. This was a blast and probably the best movie based on a comic book series I’ve seen. No, I’ve never read the comic books, but I am familiar with Norse mythology. You don’t need to know about either to enjoy this one. OH, and do be sure to stay until ALL the credits have rolled. There’s an extra scene at the end that’s worth staying for.

Interesting fun fact about Norse mythology – lots of religions have an End of Times apocalypse-type Final Battle and the Norse were no different. Their name for this battle is Ragnarok and it’s between the gods of Asgard against the Frost Giants. What IS different though, it’s the only Final Battle in recorded human mythos where the good guys are destined to lose.

Product endorsement: SodaStream soda maker. Link goes to Amazon, but I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond a couple weeks ago. I LOVE this thing! They sell the syrups to make your own sugary soda drinks but I don’t use those. They also have unsweetened orange, lemon/lime & raspberry flavored concentrates that I really enjoy. Or, you can just add fresh fruit squeezin’s to your carbonated water, which I do as well. The CO2 cartridges are pretty big so you get a lot out of them. It’s 30 bucks for the initial one, but if you bring back the empty to BB&B for recycle they’ll take half off.

Another product endorsement: Yomega Dash yo-yo. These aren’t the sucktastic yo-yos of our youth, but better ones with the axle in a bearing that lets you get easy, long sleep times so you can actually learn how to do tricks.

Most people who come here probably already know about Ricochet.com, but in case you don’t it’s another political group blog, center-right flavored. It was started by a couple National Review guys and has a good stable of regular contributors. James Lileks & Pat Sajak do stuff there too. One of the things I really like about it are the weekly podcasts that usually feature Lileks, Rob Long and Peter Robinson. Jonah Goldberg makes an occasional visit and he’s always fun to listen to. They have great guests too. Some content is available to members only, like contributing comments and whatnot. Anyway, check it out if you’re inclined.

My back is all jacked up again and had to take off work today. I really wish this would stop happening.