Saturday, August 30, 2008

Drunk History... a la Patrick.

So, I've had about a liter of of Martinique rum and Coke/French Antilles rum and Pommac so far tonight. I've also started reading Whiteout by Greg Rucka, which is an upcoming movie starring Kate Beckinsale. If you have never read anything by Rucka, I highly recommend Gotham Central.

Anyway, the first few pages of Whiteout state that the Nazis laid claim to an area of Antarctica by dropping thousands of metal swastikas from an airplane. I didn't know if this was fact or "artistic license," so Becky did a search for me on the internet. Sure enough, the Encyclopedia Britannica claims that it actually happened in 1939. I am amazed by this, especially in light of Hitler's vision of Berlin as the capital of the world.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wow, that's ridiculous.

Watch as Megan Callahan tries to keep controversy alive.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Irony Defined.

Here is an interesting non-scientific poll of Fox News' viewers.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Hanging Out Downtown.

It was a really nice day yesterday so we decided to go hang out in downtown Oulu. This wasn't a well planned excursion, so we didn't leave until about 3p. When we got there, we first had a hearty and healthful lunch at Hesburger (the Finnish version of Burger King). We followed that with a stroll through the market square and examined the wares being sold by the local shopkeeps. Unfortunately, a lot of them were already packed up and gone for the day. Here are some pictures of us posing with the statue of the rotund policeman in the market square.

Near the market square is the public library, so we decided to check out their selection of books in english. We were also going to get library cards while we were there, but forgot to bring our passports with us as official identification. We browsed for a little while and I decided that they had a decent collection of novels from both major genres (science fiction and other). We also found the graphic novel section but it was minutes before they were going to close, so we didn't get a good look at what they had.

After the library, we headed for the park and the little cafe located near the center of it. We each had a baked good and a cup of tea while sitting outside and enjoying the weather and scenery.

Here's Becky happily knitting a pastel sock in the sunshine with her cup-o-tea.

Here's the scenery near the terrace of the cafe.

Here are a couple of shots of the fountains in the Oulu River.

Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera died so I didn't get any pictures of the beautiful flowers throughout the park. I also didn't get pictures of the U.F.O. landing, the clown handing out 500 Euro bills, or the cloned velociraptor eating children. We may head back to downtown today since it's supposed to be nice again. If we do, I'll bring some freshly charged batteries and capture all the excitement.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Comedy Extravaganza: Final Day

Lewis Black is going to wrap up the comedy extravaganza. I love this guy. I can't remember if I first saw him on a stand-up special or doing Back In Black on The Daily Show. I did manage to see him live in Birmingham and I got to meet him afterwards. It was a lot of fun.

Here is Lewis Black live on Broadway. It's an oldie but a goodie.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Comedy Extravaganza: Day 3

Today's comedian is The Amazing Jonathan. I remember first seeing this guy on Lounge Lizards at Scott's parents' house years ago. We still bring up this guy's jokes from time to time.

Some of the routine was edited out of the first video, probably because you can't have drug references and Alan Thick in the same show.

Sometimes magic sounds like tape...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Comedy Extravaganza: Day 2

Today's comedian is Demetri Martin. I first saw him on The Daily Show and the graphs he made always cracked me up.

Here's a good one to listen to:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Comedy Extravaganza!

For the rest of this week, I will be giving you a taste of some of the comedians I enjoy. "Why," you ask? "Eh, why not," I reply. It gives me something non-work related to do and everyone likes comedy, right? So stay tuned!

Today's comedian is Daniel Tosh. I saw him once on Comedy Central and he left a big impression on me. Here is his Completely Serious special.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

This Looks Sweet.

Here's a new trailer for the upcoming game Spider-man: Web of Shadows.

A Latitude Difference of 32 Degrees.

So, I'm listening to Morning Editon on Alabama Public Radio via the internet and they just said that it will be 97F and feel like 105F in Tuscaloosa today. I sure do miss hanging out at the pool on those super hot days.

The temperature here has maxed out at about 60F today and since summer is winding down, I doubt it'll get into the 70s again this year. Bummer.