random silliness

Which Alien Would You Vote For?

Mama Fisi's picture

So--who's the baddest humanoid alien around--Superman, The Doctor, or Mork from Ork?


Well, let's see here...maybe we should start by listing their assets.


 


Abilities:


Superman:  he's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Often mistaken for a bird or a plane.


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SONG OF THE WEEK: Snoopy's Christmas

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Because I am way too tired, and way too hopped up on homemade cookies and eggnog, and feeling unbelievably silly, I want to share with you a song that my brother and I played when we were kids, until our dad threatened to convert the family to Judaism.

Merry Christmas, mein freund!

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Marvels of the Science

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I have a big problem with a lot of so-called science documentaries. They're more like info-tainment than the documentaries I remember seeing as a kid, and half the time the "science" is dodgy at best, or just plain wrong.

A friend of mine sent me this link to a Cracked parody of the very sort of documentaries I'm talking about--the ones with random, semi-mystical imagery, an earnest host who whispers the narration in a strained voice, the music designed to get your pulses pounding, and enough total balderdash to screw up your brain forever.

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The Natural Selection Song

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R4's struggles to talk sensibly about genetic engineering got me to thinking about how a lot of genetic manipulation is really just trying to take a shortcut to achieve what years, if not centuries, of patient and careful cross-breeding can achieve.

Okay, so you can't really cross a rabbit with a jellyfish in order to get green glowy bunnies, but I see nothing wrong with trying to improve a species by picking some desirable attribute to accentuate. After all, Nature's been doing it since Day One.

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Things You Never Knew Existed...

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I mentioned the other day that I received the Hammacher Schlemmer gift catalog of unbelievably overpriced toys for the man who has far more disposable income than is good for anybody to possess. Well, I also get a catalog from the other end of the spectrum--Johnson Smith's Things You Never Knew Existed.

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Dr. Who At The Opera

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 I had one of my random thoughts the other day.

 

The BBC is doing a Doctor Who retrospective, in celebration of that show's fifty years on television.  That's all well and good.

 

But I got to thinking about what it might be like if the Doctor had been played by Groucho Marx, with Chico and Harpo as his Companions, and them travelling around the universe in a stateroom that was bigger on the inside than the outside, popping up in unexpected places and causing all sorts of silliness and havoc.

 

 

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