Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The ManGroomer!

Ever wonder what constituted the "Beyond" product category at the renowned box store, "Bed, bath, and Beyond"? I'll admit, I was at a loss. then Erica got a catalog in the mail yesterday. Looking through it, she pinpointed this product as this month's loss leader in the "Beyond" product category. I bet it's absolutely *reeling* them in. It's called the "ManGroomer" - one word.
<-- Before treatment with the ManGroomer.

<-- After treatment with the Mangroomer.

If you click on the prodct link above, you will note that the ManGroomer can be added to a wedding registry list. Ouch. "Hey honey.... Did *you* add this to the registry list?" Ho Ho. And WHO would buy this sucker for someone's wedding? Can you imagine? "Ohh look Barry!! Tom & Linda got us a ManGroomer"! What do you say to that?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Company to build "Disneyland" in Baghdad.

Check the story from the London Times here. I was unsure what to think of this madness, so I asked my boy, Lance -->.

Lance thinks its a great friggin' idea. I believe his exact words were, "Shoot, if more Iraqi kids go on rides like 'Its a Small Friggin' World', they are less likely to become suicide bombers and shit."
Thanks for that one, Lance.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The fabeled JEEP HONCHO

I was talking about this truck over the weekend, and realized it was pretty rare. Apparently it was an upgrade package to the standard Jeep Gladiator pickup that was offered between 1976 - 1982. I believe this is also known as "The Dark Years" of the AMC motor company. In the picture below you can see more detail of the optional "Honcho" decal, popular amongst most owners of this vehicle. Not pictured is the factory installed C.B. unit in the cab.

This guy here owns hisself a honcho.

You can also see a video of some dude firing up his Honcho here. It's the sweetness.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Check the trailer for this movie by Les calypool and released by National Lampoon's....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Our Pres... Doing it again...

From AP today.

Bush: Now is not the time to renegotiate or cancel NAFTA

Bush also used a joint news conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to renew his call for Congress to pass a free-trade pact with Colombia. He said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's refusal to schedule a vote could effectively kill it this year.

"It makes no sense to me to say that Colombian goods can come into our country duty-free, yet our goods can't go into Colombia duty-free," Bush said sternly. "And yet that's the case. An agreement with Colombia would level the playing field."

OK - The reason goods coming in from Columbia are duty free is that WE DON'T HAVE A FEDERAL COCAINE TAX! Seriously, what's the $$ amount of Bananna's and emeralds coming in from Columbia each year.... My guess, about one BILLIONTH the dollar value of BLOW being shipped in illegally. WAR ON DRUGS: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED???!?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bootleg KISS Vids from 1976!

YES! I spent the last 15 minutes of the day realizing that if I had seen this shit live in 1976, I too might have owned the entire 87 album strong KISS repetoire on cassette tape in the 80's. Dudes who had this in your collection - you know who you are. I bet they're are still tucked nicely into that briefcase style tape case as well, waiting for some night when you are home alone and feel like breaking out the old JVC dual-well deck for some Metal Madness! Yes! I know your thinking about firing up that old Lava Lamp that's in the basement somewhere, cracking a can of Natty Light, and turning on the Peter Criss Love song that brings back those memories of being 17 with... what was her name... oh yeah - Nikki. Remember when your hair was Awesome?! You could almost fly with those feathers. Oh man! And I won't even touch the Van Halen form of this mania....

Yeah - that was F'ing SWEET! How 'bout this next one.. WTF! Is he lip-synching?!?

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Ok - Hang with me on this one until the punk rock starts... Thanks to Paul for introducing the Strong Bad from Homestar.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Oil Shale Development in the West, and you.

Hey guys-

If you can spare 5 minutes, this is worth taking part in. Shell Oil has developed a method of extracting oil in a profitable manner from the massive oil shale deposits in western Colorado north of I-70 and a huge swath of Eastern Utah and Southern Wyoming. Due to a knee jerk reaction by congress in the aftermath of 9/11, the energy bill of 2005 required the BLM to get a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) in process in a time frame that is too short to allow for further study ito the comprehensive impacts of this extraction technology. The industry then lobbied to have the "preferred outcome" of the PEIS to be the wholesale opening a million acres of the west to oilshale resource development (read 'wide-scale rape of the land and water of the upper Colorado river drainage').

Test wellsite for Oil Shale resource exploitation - original is here.

There are two other options allowed for in the PEIS, a limited opening of roughly half a million acres, and the 'no action' option, which would leave the privately held lands that the industry currently owns and has developed as test sites for this technology for further testing.

The problem is this. The technology that Shell would like to use involves building a massive pad (3 acres or more) where they will sink heating wells, and extraction wells. (see Below).

Picture from Shell's "Project Mahogany" website here.
Also there is a sweet panoramic shot here. (requires Apple Quicktime)

By using massive amounts of electricity (currently not available in the oil shale bearing areas) to heat the underground shale for months, they can 'crack' the hydrocarbons from the rock, and collect the crude and natural gas in the extraction wells as it boils off. They claim that the ratio of energy-out to energy-in is 3:1. The problem is that they plan to use the gas coming off as a heating source as well, but the energy from the gas is not included in the 3:1 ratio. Based on the volumes of gas that they are talking about, the ratio is probably more like 1:1. So they have in fact found an extremely resource and pollution intensive way to turn natural gas into oil. At $100+ per barrel, this is a boon for the industry. I think it's a crock of shit.

While a trillion barrel's of domestic oil would be nice, to extract even a portion of this oil will require two large power plants, their associated pollution, and an estimated yearly water usage equivalent to the city of Denver, never mind the people, roads, power lines, well site pads and other disturbance in these remote and wild lands. The cost of this process is too high. The land, the air, and the water of the west will be severely taxed if the preferred option of the PEIS is granted.

What you can do:

Copy the following statement, and then go to this link for the public comment form on the PEIS website:

Enter your name and address, paste in the text and hit submit. The comment period will be permanently closed as of Monday, so please take the time to do this today. Feel free to pass this along to anyone who may like to see it.

_______________________Begin Statement_________________

I am writing to express my concern that the Oil Shale PEIS has not adequatly addressed the connected actions and connected environmental impacts of granting the preferred option. Until the comprehensive impacts of large scale oil shale develpoment are better sutdied and understood, I ask that OPTION A, "No Action" be adopted as the outcome of this PEIS.

_______________________End Statement___________________

For those interrested here is the link to Shell's "Project Mahogany".