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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “On this day in history…” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Five Thoughts. As you may or may not have heard been bombarded with media coverage of, today is apparently a significant anniversary of a major event in United States political history.  And that’s all I’m really going to say about it. Not because I of any  political stances, but simply because I’m sure you’ll get (or have already gotten) more than enough media coverage of it.  So, what does that leave us to talk about?  Let’s find out!

  1. I admit, I’m a bit of a science geek. Now, I have no great desire to research the inner workings of the universe or anything like that, but I do enjoy reading about some stuff. Like a giant supernova blast that emitted a bunch of gamma rays. Although I have to say, I was sorely disappointed that there was one glaring omission. Lets be honest here, no story involving gamma rays is complete without mentioning this guy.
  2. Think this is a very cool article, about a volcano creating a new bit of land off the coast of Japan. Except for the part where they talk about how the new island might be eroded away. Or it might not. Wow, way to cover all the bases there, guys. No fooling you.
  3. While we’re on the subject of our planet – here’s one from the weird. wild, nightmare, makes you wonder department. As in, the fisherman that caught it were wondering…. what in the world is that thing we just caught? Well, it’s a long-nosed chimaera. Here’s the description….
    “boasts a whip-like tail and an enlarged cone-shaped nose” and paired with this other tidbit of info..
    “these denizens, although they exist in oceans around the world, inhabit depths of up to 6,000 feet and are rarely encountered.”
  4. Coming back on land, we have news of a landing gone wrong. As in “landing at the wrong airport”. See what I did there? What the pilots did, however, was land a massive 747 Dreamlifter at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas. Oops.  And when I say the thing is massive? Well, here – you can watch for yourself
  5. And lastly, what’s a Five Thoughts without something from the “You’re not real bright, are you?” department? Especially when you work as a Financial Adviser, and you think the tolls on a toll road are optional. Leading to a whopping $202,000 in fines! When faced with a story like this, there’s only one man we can turn to. Red?

Okay folks, that’s five and from the looks of the weather report, I need to go get some firewood ready. It’s fixin’ to get COLD. No worries though, I’m not going to bust out the Christmas music yet. Even though they’re saying we may get some snow. In the meantime, I think this burnin’ number should get you warmed up.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

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Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “It was just right here!” Edition

Happy Friday everyone,

Whether you’re going to make it a freakin’ Friday or not (And hey, who am I to judge if someone wants to get their freak on?) it is still Friday and that means it’s time for this week’s Five Thoughts. Been a crazy week around here, and it’s nice to see that the news has kept up its end of the bargain as well. So with that being said, let’s get started shall we?

  1. Every now and then, a theme seems to form in my head as I look at stories from the past week. This was one of those weeks. Starting with the thief that made off with 140,000 pounds of walnuts. The article fails to mention if they were shelled or un-shelled. But where exactly do you hide 140,000 pounds of walnuts? And a street value of $400,000?? Hmm, I wonder if my neighbors realize how much money the squirrels are stealing out of their walnut tree?
  2. As anyone who reads these posts has probably noticed by now. I find new technology, especially technology that flies, very interesting. And if you want to talk about something that would literally prompt someone to say “It was just right here!”, how about a plane capable of traveling at Mach 6, or roughly 3,500 miles per hour. And while I’m not a big conspiracy uy, I can’t help but wonder. If they’re willing to talk about it in the paper now. What do they really already have ready? As in, what type of plane and what can it do?
  3. Speaking of planes that “were just right here”… I suppose if this had to happen, this was the best way for it to. You’re on a skydiving trip with a group when someone comments, “Hey, didn’t our plane have 2 wings when we left the ground?” Yep. There was a mid-air collision between two skydiving planes. So what did the people with parachutes do? They hopped out and survived, thankfully.
  4. This one can’t be real. Can it? There were just 160 sheep right here! Now they’ve been stolen. What’s that? Where’s here? Oh, right outside the town of Wool.  Sheep? Wool? Really?
  5. This last one? It isn’t an “It was just here” incident. Although I suspect the Chicago airport authorities would have preferred it NOT be there. ‘It’ being an alligator. Alive. In the airport. You know who probably did pull a quick disappearing act though? The first unsuspecting person who saw it.

Okay folks, that’s five and that means that it’s time for Me to not be here! As in I was just here, but now I’m not! You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here! I think that about covers it, don’t you? And with that, it’s time for me to Disappear.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Day Before Brew Day” Edition

Good morning everyone, and happy day before National Homebrew Day. And Happy Kentucky Oaks Day (aka Day before Derby Day). And of course, Happy Friday. Wow, that may be some sort of record for links in an intro. Now, onto more pressing/silly/stupid/amusing things….

  1. When I read this story, I couldn’t decide what was more disturbing…  That a Connecticut man “lost his life savings on a carnival game“, Or that said man’s life savings amounted to – wait for it…. $2600.  But, apparently that’s what he lost playing ‘ball toss’. Have no fear though, in true American fashion he’s suing the carnival operator claiming ‘the game was rigged’. Are we sure this didn’t really happen in Florida? Regardless, I think this guy needs a visit from our good friend Red.
  2. See? I knew it! We’re all doomed! Apparently a team at Oxford has determined that the human race is its own greatest threat to its own existence. We’re our own worst enemy? Really? I thought you folks at Oxford were smart. You needed ‘a team of experts’ to come up with that? Their reasoning though? We could face extinction due to our reliance on technology. Technology, huh? Did they not see the story about the guy losing his life savings? On ‘ball toss’? And technology is our big risk? I’m gonna go with.. people are stupid. That’s the main problem.
  3. Then again, maybe those blokes at Oxford are onto something. After all, this article on CNN.com is talking about how Google’s predictive search is now coming to the iPhone and iPad. Yes, it was out already for Android for a while – but now it’s pretty much everywhere. And it knows what you’re looking for. It remembers. And it learns. And it very much is starting to sound like Skynet. Which of course brought us a system that can’t be bargained with. Can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear…
  4. And of course, what’s a Friday post without something I like to call ‘news of the odd’. And I don’t care what the reason is. Bottling 300 gallons of your own urine and keeping it in your home is just… plain… odd! For crying out loud man… how many drug tests were you planning on faking, anyways??
  5. And lastly, sometime you just need to laugh and have a little fun. Which is without a doubt what a judge in San Antonio decided to do when he issued a hilarious ruling on a case involving strip clubs and what the dancers must wear at the clubs. Firing off classics such as “An ordinance dealing with semi-nude dancers has once again fallen on the Court’s lap” and “While the Court has not received amicus curiae briefs, the Court has been blessed with volunteers known in South Texas as ‘curious amigos’ to be inspectors general to perform on sight visits at the locations in question”.  Notice the “On-Sight” inspections reference there in the last one? Clever!

Okay folks, that’s five and I’m off to work on some beer related stuff. Yep, Beer’s brewing tomorrow to celebrate homebrew day (a pilsner style for those who want to know). And once I finish, Maybe I’ll make myself some mint juleps.  In the meantime, since one of my co-bloggers decided to hassle me for using a Toby Keith song last week, and in honor of the terminator reference up there… Well, let’s just go with a song that helped make the “I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle” scene so iconic….

Yep, the T-100 was Bad to the Bone..

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Throw it at the Wall” Edition

Happy Friday folks! No, don’t worry, this isn’t an attempt to see “what sticks”. Just being a little silly with the title as I couldn’t come up with a good theme to work off of. Today’s thoughts are all over the map (And I’m pretty sure I’ve used that one before) so I figured I throw a title together, but I didn’t like the sound or implications of calling it the “Thrown Together” edition. So there you have it, that’s how I got today’s title. Ah well, on to the silly!

  1. I knew as soon as I saw the headline link that this one would be going into Today’s post. If this doesn’t qualify as “News of the Weird”, I really don’t think I’d know what would. A man, dressed up in a goat costume, hanging out with actual goats in the Utah mountains. In a follow-up article, it turns out he was testing his goat costume for an archery hunt. You’ll notice it doesn’t say if he will be the hunter or the hunted in that follow-up, however.
  2. Hot on the heels of a bunch of people getting burns on their feet trying to walk across hot coals (See what I did there?) at a Tony Robbins event, Yahoo posted an article to ask the burning question (see what they did there?) “Why do people walk across hot coals?“. Frankly, I think the answer is pretty simple. They’re idiots! Or as I like to put it… Stupid SHOULD hurt. Or, as Red would prefer to put it….
  3. From the “Apparently the car wasn’t clean enough” department…. A New Jersey woman was pulled from the Hackensack River after driving her car into it while leaving the car wash. I love some of the lines in that article though. “After mistakenly hitting the accelerator while exiting the car wash” and “hit the accelerator instead of the brake and launched right into the river, police said”. Now, I don’t know about in New Jersey… but I do know that in automobiles everywhere else, if you hit the brake you aren’t going to exit *anything*… because you won’t be moving!
  4. I love this one… Some computer hacker has a sick and twisted sense of humor. I do feel for the poor guy that was probably at work half asleep in the middle of the night at Iran’s Nuclear reactor, only to have the bejeebers scared out of him when computers infected with malware started playing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” at full volume! I wonder, do you think they could get all the computers to start repeating “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” like HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Now THAT would be creepy!
  5. Last, but certainly not least… I can’t decide if this is pure awesome, pure crazy, or some mix of both. Probably simultaneously both. This past week, Felix Baumgartner completed a skydiving jump from an altitude of 90,000 feet. Or for you and me… 18 miles. They say he hit a top speed of 536 miles per hour. Oh, and he got to that speed within 25 seconds. Again… awesome, meet crazy! But the craziest thing? That wasn’t a new height record. That will come next month if he completes his scheduled jump from 23 miles up! (125,000 feet!)

Okay, that’s five… and I can’t top someone skydiving from 18 miles up in the air. So, I’m just going to close out with a couple of videos. First, in honor Mr. Baumgartner and his jump

But wait… there’s more! Because I knew when I used it there was no way I could write about it and not use it. So if it wasn’t stuck in your head after that item about Iran’s nuclear reactor, it will be now! How could I not use “Thunderstruck“?

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Re-written Title” Edition

Good morning everyone, and welcome back to yet another installment of Five thoughts. As you can see, there isn’t much of an attempt at humor in the title based on the events of last night. In case you missed it, some nitwit who apparently wasn’t wired right in the brain decided to shoot up a movie theater in Colorado. So, the “Close call” theme I was working off of just didn’t sit right with me as I started writing this.  So, I’ve moved a few items around, taken some out, and come up with what I’ve got. Let’s see how it fares, shall we?

  1. When I read articles like this, I can’t help but wonder how they can seem so calm about it. It seems a bobcat in Washington made its way *into* a state prison. I’m guessing they didn’t have much trouble convincing the inmates to stay in their cells once word got out. But this is what really makes me wonder. How can they so nonchalantly say “the animal must have climbed a fence or pushed in through some gap in the fence”? If I cat can climb the outside of the fence, or push a section in, couldn’t an inmate probably do the same thing to get out? Shouldn’t they maybe be a little alarmed about that?
  2. In the “Your not real bright, are you?” department. The next time you and your friends decide to be a smart ass and post a picture of you standing on lettuce while working at Burger King on an internet message board, make sure you’ve turned off the GPS data settings on you camera. As you can imagine, since we’re writing about it here, they didn’t. Burger King did however, turn off his employment.
  3. Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. Over the years, I’m sure we’ve all heard fables/stories/anecdotes about business owners and executives who use their positions and companies to purchase and “hide” strange items. Usually its cars, planes, boats, stuff like that (though usually completely unrelated to the business). Now, FBI recently seized some silver coins in a raid on a financial group’s holdings relating to a fraud confession. Seems normal enough though, right? Financial group, silver coins, all makes sense. Except for SpongeBob. Yes, you read that correctly. The FBI seized Silver SpongeBob SquarePants coins. I… have no other words.
  4. For the last two we’ll circle back around to the basic theme I was planning for this week’s post. People who got very lucky. I’m not sure if they should go buy a lottery ticket after this, or if they’ve use up their luck completely. Our first example is a scuba diver down near the Bahamas, who was filming a blue marlin being reeled in. The language can be a bit NSFW, considering the shock they got, it’s understandable.
  5. And of course, not to be outdone…. a Russian man went to gas up his car. Sounds simple, right? Maybe not so much.

Okay folks, that’s Five and I’m out of here. There’s beer to be brewed, beer to drink, and… Oh, yeah, walls to paint. Darned home projects. Ah well. Let’s leave with something a little off the beaten path today, since the big Batman movie did open last night…

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Magnificant Seven” Edition

Howdy folks, and welcome to another Friday post. I had hopes/plans to get something else posted during the week, but life and a nasty strain of the plague hit me. Enough about me though, let’s get to making fun of stuff.

  1. Wondering about the title? No, in this case it’s no reference to the movie (Which is worth watching by the way). It’s in regard to some lunacy that my co-blogger and I have been subjected to. Now, it’s no secret that we don’t hold terrestrial radio (That would be AM/FM) in very high regard. However, even lower on the pole are some of the people who call into sports talk radio shows. Like the ones this past week. The people who called in saying that a defenseman in the NHL hadn’t “given the team a deal at all” on his contract. That he “wasn’t worth that much”. These are the same people who said two years ago that he “should retire” because “wasn’t what he used to be”. Yeah, he isn’t what he used to be. He used to be a six time Norris trophy winner as the best defenseman in the NHL. He isn’t that anymore. He’s now the SEVEN TIME (in 19 years!) Norris Trophy winner. Congratulations to Nick Lidstrom, one of the all time greats to play the game. And as for that contract amount nonsense? Go here. Look at the list of names and salaries. Now, tell me the defending Norris trophy winner isn’t a deal at $6.2 Million.
  2. Sticking with sports, well.. I’ll let my IM to my co-blogger stand on its own here:
    This is actually kind of sad… I know they’re much smaller rosters, but the way this fantasy draft gets into guys that were considered “just above average” in the top 100 say a lot about basketball not really having a lot of real stars….  (ok, it’s actually 120 players)
  3. I heard about the big celebratory dinner that the Dallas Mavericks had after winning, and now the sotry about the Boston Bruins has come up. My co-blogger caught this one and sent it along. It’s no surprise that when pro athletes (who are generally pretty darned well off) finally win it all, they party big. The story regarding the Bruins goes beyond big though. Why? Because someone got ahold of the receipt, that’s why. And it is EPIC. It’s posted at Fan 590 out ofToronto. Among the highlights? $180 worth of Red Bull. The lowlights? “Okay.. Who ordered an Amstel Light?!?!?”
  4. Sometimes, you get a freebie when posting about crazy stuff. This is one of those times. When the headline itself reads “Colo. police nab man accused of hiding in toilet” what more do you need to say? Of course, then you read it and see “Yoga Festival” and the line “A festival security officer says he chased a man who eventually emerged, but the suspect slipped away. The man was covered in human waste.” Yeah. I’m done here.
  5. Lastly, a story about the IT guy who got fired and retaliated by inserting porn pictures into a powerpoint presentation the CEO was giving. What’s that? You’ve heard this story a hundred times before? Well, yes and no. You’ve heard the part I just covered, sure. However, did you hear the part about the police searching the house for evidence in the hacking found home-made handgun silencers and materials to make more? Yeah, I didn’t either. Dude’s now up on federal felony charges for that. Yikes. I guess the moral of the story – don’t build your silencers at home if your hacking computer systems in a manner that will likely result in the police visiting your home. Or just, you know. DON’T make the silencers. That would work out well, too.

Ok, that’s five! Even if it was a little long winded today. We’re heading on out and we’re going to build on the movie theme again this week. No hidden quote this time though. This post shares part of it’s name with a movie. A movie opening this weekend has a character who shares a surname with a a guy in “The Magnificent Seven”. And it ain’t Yul Brynner. Who is it? It’s the guy she’s singing about.

Have a great weekend folks! next week you get a post from Kingkielbasa! Suppose I should let him know, huh?
-Beer

Five Thoughts on a Friday – The “Technical Difficulties” edition

Ok, finally able to get this cranked out. Apologies folks, but it’s going to be a bit more brief than originally intended due to lost time. So to make up some of that lost time, let’s get going shall we? The weekend awaits!

  1. I know we’re usually kind of weird as it is around here but the other day while walking outside I saw something that made me wonder “Just how in the world did THAT, get HERE?”. We’re talking about a used coffee filter, sitting on a curb in a parking lot. About 200 yards from the closest office building (and probably 225 from the closest coffee maker). It’s not like someone missed the trash on that one.
  2. Let’s jump to sports for a moment. Something we seem to have opined on quite a bit lately. Sometimes you hear the term “East coast bias” when discussing sports items. Want an example? Take this fun article on Famous names/bloodlines drafted in the recent baseball draft. His #7 pick is the son of a player who “everyday shortstop for the Mets from 1984 to 1987, including their 1986 World Series championship. He also played for the Yankees in 1988”. You know who only made honorable mention? Colin Kaline, grandson of Hall of Famer Al Kaline. A lifetime Tiger. A little east coast/New York bias there? Now, want to see me blow that out of the water? The writer, Steve Henson, is from California. Maybe not so biased, huh? I actually just thought the article was cool so I invented a reason to talk about it.
  3. Just how cold *is* the water up there anyways? An “extremely rare” blue lobster has been pulled from the ocean up near Prince Edward Island. This follows one being found up there in 2009 as well. Either they aren’t as rare as we’re being told or it’s really freaking cold in the water. And I’m voting cold.
  4. Have you ever noticed that quite often, if given the chance the people you see out in public acting like complete and utter ignorant, self absorbed, you-know-whats will turn around and remove any doubt? Just like the lady using her phone in a theater in Texas who was shown the door. You really have to listen to the video. So really, Miss? You “didn’t know”? Article says you were warned twice. Was it after the SECOND warning that you STILL didn’t know? And really.. “magnited”? I swear, it’s almost too stupid to believe.
  5. Phoning in the last one… don’t care. It’s a fun, yet easy one. Summer is here folks! (Well, aside from today, where early spring seems to have made a reappearance after tropical heat)
    Why not get out there and have some fun? And what can be more fun than cow chip throws? Or fungus? Duct tape or garlic maybe? What the hell am I talking about? Things that all have their very own festivals! Go, check them out. Someone has to. And it isn’t gonna be me. I have other vacation plans this year.

Ok, that’s five! Apologies again for the delay. We’ll try to get back on schedule for next week. In the meantime, it’s time to get ready for the weekend. And I have a hockey game to watch tonight. In the meantime, let’s pump it up with some Elvis Costello.

Have a great weekend folks!
-Beer