The online computery journal thingy of a turtle
Jun. 2nd, 2011
04:07 pm - Ponies: Nice
Jun. 1st, 2011
06:01 pm - Ponies: Vampires and comets
I said I'd post one of these a day, but I think I wanna pick up the pace a bit. So here's two pictures featuring Twilight Sparkle.
( Alli writes, Why do the vampires in Twilight sparkle?Collapse )
( Comets: A Wikiponia article written by Twilight.Collapse )
May. 31st, 2011
May. 30th, 2011
05:41 pm - Ponies: Apple store
What the hay, I've been making these images for a while now; I started out intending to post them on ponychan, but then I started to not like ponychan anymore. So I'll post 'em here, one per day!
( Ponies visit the big Apple Store in the Big AppleCollapse )
May. 21st, 2011
04:03 pm - 25th Amendment?!
On my way to lunch today I saw a woman standing by the side of the road holding something up and showing it to the first car in line at the traffic light. When the light turned green and I drove past, I saw that she had a poster depicting President Obama with a Hitler mustache and the slogan "Invoke the 25th Amendment". I didn't remember at the time what the 25th Amendment was, but when I saw the Hitler mustache, I stuck out my middle finger at her.
When I got home, I looked up the 25th Amendment. It covers Presidential succession. Basically:
Section 1. If the President dies or resigns, the Vice President takes over.
Section 2. If the Vice President's job is vacated, the President gets to nominate a new one, and both Houses of Congress vote on him.
Section 3. If the President says in writing "I can't do this job right now", the Vice President takes over temporarily.
Section 4. If the Vice President and a bunch of other government officers say in writing "The President can't do his job", the Vice President takes over as Acting President.
I've oversimplified, of course, but that's the gist. Now, none of those sections covers the situation where a bunch of citizens think the President is as bad as Hitler, so I was highly confused by the poster. But then I had a thought: Section 4 covers the case of the President being incapacitated; it was almost invoked in 1981 when Reagan was shot. And section 1 covers the case of the President being killed.
Sooo... I'm guessing "Invoke the 25th Amendment" is the crazy right-wing teabaggers' veiled way of suggesting that someone should shoot Obama, thus incapacitating or killing him. What do you think?
(If so, then I am very glad I flipped my middle finger at that lady.)
(And please do not bother pointing out that Bush has also been depicted with a Hitler mustache by protestors. That has nothing to do with why I wrote this post.)
May. 13th, 2011
03:29 pm - Google Sun In My Eyes
It's amazing. I'm using Google Street View to find gas stations along my road-trip route to Anthrocon, which I do by means of a simple set of steps:
1. Scroll along the route in Google Maps, looking for promising-looking freeway exits. "Promising-looking" means there are buildings nearby that may be gas stations.
2. Find one. Drag the little yellow Google Street View homunculus onto the crossing road near the buildings.
3. When the Google Street View imagery pops up, pan around in it looking for gas stations: brightly-colored canopies over gas pumps, familiar signs that say "Shell" or "Chevron" or whatever.
Sometimes the Street View photos were taken late in the day, and the sun is low enough in the sky to appear in the panorama, washing out part of it with a huge white cloud of glare. The amazing thing is that as this cloud of glare goes by as I'm panning around, I cannot help squinting as if it were the real sun.
It's not the real sun, of course. It's physically no brighter to look at than the white background of this LiveJournal text field I'm typing in. Yet I squint at it (and not at this text field). Sometimes I even catch myself raising my hand to my eyes to block it out! HISSSS! The day-star, it burns us! BUT WAIT IT'S FAKE, WTF, BRAIN?
May. 7th, 2011
Yaaay! I was hoping somepony would do this.
Apr. 30th, 2011
11:05 pm - Pinkazoid!
Okay, so check this out: First it occurred to me that Pinkie Pie's habit of breaking the fourth wall reminded me of Freakazoid. The more I thought about it, the more I realized, yes, Pinkie Pie is the pony version of Freakazoid! So I spent some time a few days ago while the internet was down, drawing this:
and put together this collage comic:
http://kinkyturtle.masemware.com/pictures/ponies/pinkazoid-song-med.jpg (if the other version is too large for your screen)
and I found it got posted to Equestria Daily, Ponychan, Ponibooru, and probably some other sites I'm not aware of. And then today I found out someone put this together:
Wow! This thing has really taken off!
Apr. 26th, 2011
02:51 pm - City baby names
One popular baby-naming fad is to name the baby after a city, such as Brooklyn, Madison, Orlando, Dallas, Charlotte, or Aspen. (Those are the names listed in the cartoon linked above; funny, but I coulda sworn "Madison" and "Charlotte" were well-established girl's names.)
What would be the worst town to name a baby after? My vote: Cut and Shoot, TX.
Apr. 18th, 2011
10:50 pm - Word pair of the day
Apr. 3rd, 2011
Based on what I'm reading in the news, Charlie Sheen should change the name of his show from "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" to "My Violent Torpedoing of Career/Refunds are Not an Option".
Apr. 2nd, 2011
03:54 pm - Peter Cushing, elegant badass
Borrowed from the_gneech, with corrections. If you've seen this image before, please replace it with this version, as I've fixed some spelling errors.
EDITED TO ADD: New improved layout thanks to porsupah!
Apr. 1st, 2011
04:44 pm - Ooo, it's April Fool's Day!
Time once again for a third of the population of the internet to complain about all the stupid unfunny jokes everyone pulls every April Fool's Day, another third to put up jokes and other funny things that are actually pretty cool, and the other third to do nothing they weren't already going to do anyway. What fun!
Mar. 30th, 2011
06:44 pm - Bronx Zoo's Cobra
Heard about this? An Egyptian cobra has escaped from the Bronx Zoo, and is now doing some sightseeing around New York City, and tweeting about it, much to the chagrin of the Bronx zookeeper, who is also tweeting.
Sample tweets from the cobra:
"I want to thank those animals from the movie "Madagascar." They were a real inspiration."
"Donald Trump is thinking about running for president?! Don't worry, I'll handle this. Where is Trump Tower exactly?"
"It's getting pretty cold out. I think it's probably time to crash. Oh look, an apartment window someone left open just a crack. Perfect!"
Mar. 20th, 2011
Check out this street name in the Texas Medical Center:
Mar. 17th, 2011
06:31 pm - To pi or not to pi
Aww maaan... I loaded up a song just now, and the track duration was listed as 3:14. So I said, hey, this song is pi minutes long!
But then I realized, no, there are 60 seconds in a minute, not 100, so that's not actually equal to pi minutes. So I decided to calculate it. 3.14159265... minutes is very close to 3 minutes and 8.5 seconds. But 3:08 doesn't have the same ring to it!
Oh well, people call 3/14 Pi Day (hey, that was three days ago!) even though it's actually been a bit more than 3.14 months since the beginning of the year.
02:33 pm - Pieces of eight!
Arr, mateys! Shiver me timbers, it be St. Patrick's Day! Batten down the hatches, hard a'port! Yo ho ho and a bottle o'rum!
Mar. 12th, 2011
05:26 pm - Sorry, Bubo
Mar. 10th, 2011
Ack! Michael Stipe, stop looking so much like my dad!