Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lots o' Links

This post is just a way to pass along a few things that have caught my attention the past few days:

What do you get when you cross a little-used street, some assorted colors of chalk, and a damn good artist? A bit of street art that looks like something it definitely isn't.

Not to be Politically Incorrect or intolerant or anything but anybody besides me have a problem with the idea of 'child marriages'? Even if the bride is 3?

Sometimes, the camouflage thing just doesn't work...

All in all, I'd say that this story is an example of the principle of Unintended Consequences. That, and a little Beaurocracy Gone Wild...

While it may not be an Olympic sport, rumor has it that there's going to be an additional venue at the 2010 Games in Canada.

If you're going to do a crime, you might want to give a little thought to your escape plan so you don't make the same mistake this guy did.
If you think election time in YOUR town is goofy, annoying, silly, tedious, or otherwise not worth your attention, you might want to compare it with what happens in San Francisco (don't forget to check out the videos).

Friday, October 12, 2007

Musical Magic

While Britain may not be known for its cuisine or dental care, there is one thing that they've pretty well got the world commodity on: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

To give you an idea of how good these folks are, here's their rendition of the theme from
"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly":

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Line, line, everywhere a line...

The past few days, I've spent more time than I could possibly have wanted standing in a variety of lines - at the bank, at the grocery store, and so on. Being an inveterate (but not invertebrate) observer of people, here are a few of the things that I've noticed:
  • There seem to be an inordinate number of dumbshits that plan to pay for a purchase with a check, but refuse to start filling the damn thing out while they're in line. Instead, they elect to wait until their entire purchase is rung up to start writing - apparently, they're afraid the date or name of the store will change while they're not looking...
  • A transaction of pretty much any kind that involves a guy is accomplished in fairly short order; one where there are two women will most likely take anywhere from 5 to 10 times longer, depending on how well they know each other - regardless of how many people are piling up in line. There seem to be VERY few exceptions to this...
  • An ungodly number of people wander around that are unable to remember what kinds of food items are available in various fast food establishments - necessitating that they get up to the cashier and stand there staring vacuously at the menu for several minutes while they try to make up their minds. The pictures on the menu only seem to confuse them...
  • Some folks never seem to have learned line etiquette: they see nothing wrong with bolting from line 'A' to line 'B' when 'B' appears to be moving faster - only to want to reclaim their previous position in 'A' when it starts going.
  • There are families that are so close that every last one of them - including Uncle Bob, Cousin Leroy, Grandma Moses, and their dog Ralph - want to share the experience of standing in line.
  • A (fortunately rare) few people don't even seem to grasp the very concept of lining up - they'll wander up to where several people are waiting their turn for whatever product or service is being offered and try to get what they want instantly, if not sooner. Pointing out that there are others waiting - who arrived before THEY did - generally results in look of surprised bafflement as they try to come to grips with the idea that they can't have what they want. Those few that don't get looks of befuddlement are usually of the opinion that they are the most important thing in the Universe, and try the "I'm in a hurry" ploy - and get offended when it doesn't work.
There's one good thing about lines, however: as a vet, any time I go somewhere that there will be other vets, we KNOW how to stand in lines.

Yum, yum!

I've just recently finished one of my (very!) rare forays into McDonalds for a meal.

This time, I elected to go with the Chicken Select option with Honey Mustard sauce. As I was eating, I got to reading the label on one of the sauce packets (keep in mind that items are listed in order of percentage of content):
  • water
  • sugar
  • dijon mustard (distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, white wine, citric acid, tartaric acid, spices)
  • soybean oil
  • honey
  • corn syrup solids (um... isn't 'solids' kind of contrary to the idea of 'syrup'?)
  • distilled vinegar
  • modified food starch (modified from what to what?)
  • egg yolks
  • xanthan gum
  • salt
  • mustard flour
  • titanium dioxide (wtf?)
  • sodium benzoate as a preservative (great - the sauce will probably last longer than I do)
  • propylene glycol alginate (don't know what it is, but it sure sounds appetizing, don't it?)
  • spices (apparently I don't need to know which ones)
  • tumeric
  • artificial color (FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6)
  • contains egg ingredients (I wasn't sure about that 'egg yolks' part, until they added this)
I'm not sure if that is supposed to be food, or a list of contents for a chemistry set...