Tuesday, September 23, 2008

a baby UAV pilot

I love these commercials where the baby is talking about trading stocks online. The best one is with the clown...but this one isn't too bad either.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Houston Rockets Mascot

This is absolutely the funniest video I have seen in a very long time. It made my eyes leak. Make sure you wait for the 1:17 mark. If this doesn't make you laugh as hard as I did, than you are worse than Hitler. Yeah, I went there.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I LOVE In-N-Out!

I say that the double-double, animal style is worth moving to Vegas just by itself. But the vanilla shakes are the best I've had too (in fact, I've had three and I've only been here two days). The fries are awesome too.
You know what? This is just the best fast-food burger you are going to get anywhere. And if you don't agree with me, then may you give birth to a unicorn.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Who wants a DVD projector?

Nikko Home Electronics has created a DVD projector that looks, moves, and sounds like R2D2. It also has a remote control shaped like the Millenium Falcon. Specs include the obvious DVD and CD player, various memory card slots for cameras and thumb drives, and an iPod dock. R2 tilts to adjust the projection height, even up to the ceiling! The remote lets you drive him around the room too. This link will take you to a slow-loading flash ad, but it is so worth the wait. An additional device from Nikko is a little mini desktop R2 that acts as a wireless PC cam. This has got to be one of the coolest things ever invented! Oh, by the way, retail price for one of these is between $2,600 and $3,200. Probably worth it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Apocolypse is nigh...

The sixth chapter of Revelations introduces the reader to what is commonly referred to as The Four Horsemen. Since the time of its writing, misunderstandings of John the Revelator’s analogies regarding the last days have lead to this prophecy being grossly romanticized in many apocalyptic themed stories and drawings. These four harbingers of doom have grown to encompass all the imagination can conceive regarding the end of times and more. You see, the problem with foretelling the future is that the revelator has only the present with which to draw reference. So whatever John saw that day on the Isle of Patmos was annotated with as much description has he could muster. But when we consider the tendency of nearly every prophet to write in allegory and symbolism, we are left to our own imaginings concerning their true meaning and portent. Until now.

I don’t intend to boast, but I have somewhat deciphered this particular revelation. And frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t realize it sooner. Let me cut to the chase: three of the Four Horsemen have been revealed. They embody all that will bring the downfall of civilization and mankind. They are immortal and they are among us now. You might know them as Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, and Oprah Winfrey.

Think about it: is there any larger conglomerate of evil operating among us? I think not. Look at the legions of mindless lemmings under their command! Look at the power they wield! Admit it; even you have fallen under their spell from time to time. You may even be at their behest now. Sure, laugh this off. Go ahead and follow the crowd right off the cliff of free thought and leave more room for us rational beings on top of the food chain. But mark my words: when the fourth horseman is revealed, death – or more accurately, Hell – will follow.

I have scoured the recesses of my mind to ascertain whether or not the fourth is already among us, but this knowledge has been kept from me. I would be willing to entertain any one else’s thoughts on the matter. Though be prepared for my rebuttal – I have eliminated many candidates. All lack the sheer power and longevity of the existing three. There are however, a couple points worth discussion:

  • I don’t yet know the significance of the first three Horsemen assuming the guise of a woman. I also would not dare to assume the fourth is likewise a woman.
  • The fact that Walters, the first horseman, may very soon shed her mortality does not escape me. While the Horsemen are in fact immortal, their human guise clearly is not. Either Babs will live forever, or the fourth will rear its ugly head real soon. Either way – yikes.
  • I shouldn’t have to define the qualifications for the existing Horsemen, but for those who doubt, I encourage you to ask. I freely share what I know.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

What line of work are you in, Bob?

You know how sometimes people mumble, and you have to ask them to repeat themselves? Kind of awkward, right? Well awkward is something The Office thrives off of. Only this clip is not awkward...just one of my favorites.


Friday, April 25, 2008

A plug for my new favorite web site...

Ever wonder if those old episodes of Silver Spoons are as good as you remember? Or did you happen to miss last night’s episode of The Office? Well, wonder and miss no more. Hulu.com is where I go to LEGALLY watch the TV shows I missed (or miss). It also collects webisodes and sneak peeks that are only available on each show’s web site (today’s shows, not Silver Spoons). I went there to watch The Office that was on last night and spent the morning watching old SNL clips and Family Guy episodes. They have a small collection of movies too. Anyway, check it out.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Only nerds know where Aquaman lives

Slow blogging reflects my time spent at work and at school. Either way, enjoy another of my favorite moments from The Office.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

re: Your Brains

For those of you that don't already know, zombies stories (movies, books, etc.) are used by their creators as an avenue for social commentary. Every zombie story worth its salt is actually some kind of allegory on today's societal short comings. This song by Jonathan Coultan is no exception...plus the chorus is catchy. Also, check out his cover of Sir MixAlot's Baby Got Back on YouTube. Hysterical.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

more of DARPA's toys

Looks like DARPA is at it again. Most of you know what I do for a living, so forgive this semi-work-related posting, but conceptually I think this is pretty cool.

The aforementioned research arm of the U.S. military is pursuing the development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has its stamina measured in months and years, rather than hours (our current UAVs stay up for 24-48 hours before having to return home).

Why bother with something like this? Because satellites take forever to maneuver into position and existing UAVs require in-theater bases to supply and refuel. This new UAV will provide retaskable, pseudo-satellite capabilities in an unmanned aircraft package. This article has many more geek-chic details for those of you interested. Additionally, the article also mentions the development of a suborbital, rocket delivered UAV that can provide intelligence support anywhere in the world within 1-2 hours. Also very cool. By the way, both of these images are conceptual, not actual.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Some wisdom dispensed...

Sometimes I come across something that gives me pause for consideration or strikes me as profound. I've thrown some of the short ones into my random quote generator up top. Others, like this one, are too long:

One evening an old Cherokee spoke to his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dwight's Fitness Orb

This is the first of many clips from "The Office" that I intend to share, highlighting some of my favorite moments over the last few seasons. I will only be posting my favorite "single-shot" moments rather than story arc moments since the latter would be difficult to post and would probably require some explanation or background information. I'm curious as to how many of you were already laughing when you saw the title. Either way, enjoy.


Monday, March 31, 2008

DARPA's robot mule

I can’t decide whether or not this is the coolest thing I have ever seen or the creepiest. Probably both. This robot reminds me of a mini-me version of Star Wars’ AT-AT and has hyper-responsive hydraulic joints controlled by a hundred sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that allow it to walk, climb and maintain its balance on diverse terrain, recover its balance after slipping on ice or receiving a kick to the side! Just watch the video and be amazed. You have to watch the whole thing. I’ve seen it 4 times and my mouth is still on the floor. Read the full story on PopularScience.com.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Welcome and Hello

So Brandi has had this crazy idea of setting up a family blog for some time now. At first I dismissed it as some bland attempt at conformism. Not so. While I despise any resemblance of trend chasing, I actually recognize the value a family blog will have in keeping in touch with friends and family. Actually, from our perspective it’s the other way around isn’t it? Either way, those we care about now have complimentary nose-bleed seats to the vaudeville that will portray our eroding sanity as we struggle for survival here in the arctic tundra of Ograf.

Hold the phone. Why should Brandi have all the fun? The most common law in this universe is that every action must have an equal and opposite reaction. If the world is to be exposed to the adorable and sweet disposition embodied in Brandi’s thoughts, how can I deny what that universal law demands? So, as you surmised when you clicked on the link to get here, this is my blog. Not the “anti-Brandi” blog (as entertaining as that might sound), but more of a yin to her yang.

It is here that I will dump the incoherent subconscious ramblings that cloud my daily thoughts. And if you so choose to visit again (not likely, I know), you will witness my attempts to both unravel and quantify the many mysteries of life. More frequent than Paul’s blog postings, and certainly not as long in tooth as Taylor’s, my goal is for you to leave my blog feeling dumber than before you visited.

So as you read, consider this to be the first of many dissertations yet to come. You might find some of what I say to be ideological, even inspiring at times – all the while completely unaware that my true strategy is in fact to slowly and methodically wear down your cerebral defenses with the endless scrolling of mind-numbing and monotonous discourse, leaving you vulnerable to the inevitable intellectual revolution growing inside each of us. And if any of you take even half of what I say as serious as you should, you deserve everything you get from even being here. Welcome to Randy’s Rantings.