Friday, October 31, 2008

Everything but the ki-

This is indeed a good score for a self-employed metal recycler - no risk of being electrocuted to death while stealing copper.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Default crisis hits peanut derivative credit swaps

Squirrel: "Can you spare a 700 billion peanut bailout?"

Sunday, October 26, 2008

That's my bag, baby

Thanks for the custom bag, "anonymous donor"!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pappas not popular with protesting PETA people

Fur protesters assembled in Vancouver today to demand a stop to the Wedgewood Hotel's support of Guestlife magazine, which contains ads for Pappas Furs and Holt Renfrew.

I had an interesting moment at 0:10 in the video, when the VPD officer asked me "Any particular reason you're doing that [filming] sir?"

"For my news website" I answered, and he responded "Is it? Oh, okay."


Friday, October 3, 2008

Elevator Secrets #1 - A Humble Motor

I snapped this photo of a typical motor that powers the elevator systems many of us ride every day:

In spite of it's humble, "smaller than you'd think" size, this highly-engineered motor and it's high-tech parts (shown above in the crushed cardboard box marked "elevator") make modern elevators extremely safe. "mostly..."

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Needed: Urinal target to attract the attention of human males?

I saw this today in the third-floor men's washroom of Bentall Tower One (click to enlarge):

Capable males, familiar with the dribbled urinal failings of less-capable males, say "What man cannot stand in front of a wall and pee directly onto it? Surely, not a real man."

Regardless, perhaps building management should consider using a product manufactured under U.S. Patent# 4044405: Target in a bowl or urinal to attract the attention of human males. This is a real picture from the patent, with some hilarious quotes:

" is well known that the male will direct his urine at a target if one is presented to him."

"Attracting the attention of urinating males to help in toilet training or to aid in keeping toilets, urinals and the areas around them clean has long been known to be desirable."

"Parents, janitors, and others responsible for this cleanliness have often despaired the human male sloppiness of failing to direct urine into the proper receptacles."