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I need to do eco-writing more often.

A list of some private and grant-funded projects that are improving Electric Vehicle (EV) battery maintenance accessibility when away from home.

Read more at Suite101: Where do you charge your electric car on the road? Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/where-do-you-charge-your-electric-car-on-the-road-a381431#ixzz1T9Rt6rJ4

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: battery, charge stations, Electric Vehicles, EV, green technology, swap stations

Update: Youtube video removed due to copyright claim. I’m glad alternative links exist:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6570574/rainbow-sponge-spokesperson-enjoys-rainbow-sponging

Can’t stop viral videos!

http://www.todaysbigthing.com/entertainment/2011/07/25

This viral video is too perfect for The Gregory Brothers.  Go tell them that this must be songified.

The Army has an Arts and Crafts department?

Categories: Viral Things Tags: alternative link, rainbow sponge, sponge lady, the gregory brothers

Around 4 AM last night/this morning I made a post while half lucid on ambien about Amy Winehouse.  By noon it had nearly a thousand hits.

The top search engine results are from Google UK, you wankers.  As of right now, the top terms used to find me were:

amy winehouse jokes 1,011
amy winehouse dead jokes 156
amy winehouse death jokes 139

I think many people were disappointed I didn’t actually have a list of Amy Winehouse jokes other than that one. So, by popular demand:

  • Elton John will perform at Amy Winehouse’s funeral with a beautiful rendition of Candle Under The Spoon.
  • Amy Winehouse walks into a bar.  The bartender walks over and says, “Sorry, we don’t serve spirits in here.”
  • Amy Winehouse’s manager is said to be unfazed by the news of her death.  He said, “I’m not sure it’ll make much difference to her performance.”
  • What was Amy Winehouse’s biggest hit?   Her last one.

And since we’re all horrible human beings:   Amy Winehouse–she took more shots in her arm than a Norwegian youth camp.  (Where’s your Thor now?)

Leave yours in the comments.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: amy winehouse, amy winehouse jokes, heartless, something awful, terrible people

[edit: Follow-up post with the actual list of Amy Winehouse jokes.]

My friend on FB had a status update:  “They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said, thud.”  I pointed my e-thumbs up because it was funny.

I, of course, didn’t know Amy Winehouse personally.  I thought Back to Black was a great album and she had some killer hair.  But in response to this news,  I felt nothing.  No other thoughts than “Oh, that’s interesting. I bet the media is going to treat this like MJ lite.”  Is this because where my heart  is supposed to be is a cruel, atheistic black hole for compassion rendering me incapable of ever feeling sad about the death of another human being?

No, it’s because there’s not that much all surprising about her death.  Her battle with drugs and being a general screw-up were pretty public.  The media portrayal of her drunken, coked out antics may or may not be fair, but they were made amusing by the fact that she made a hit single based solely about refusing to get help and she did indeed have funny hair.

Meanwhile, while something terrifying, with a sweeping death toll 90x greater than that of one coked out celebrity,  happens to a peaceful and industrialized nation, the mainstream media blinks and scratches its nuts in confusion.  “Well, that there is a magnitude of infinite tragedy, but there are more interesting questions to answer.  Like at what point in Winehouse’s career did she let the booing her drunk ass offstage upbraid her fragile psyche?”

Anecdotes are the primary emotional knee-jerk rebuke to responses like mine.  Tear-jerkers about how your ex-roommate’s mom was a hot mess with a tragic death.  But Amy Winehouse wasn’t that person; she probably didn’t even know who you.  So let the public figures have their public ridicule.  She can’t be hurt anymore.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: amy winehouse, death, norway attacks, politcal correctness, rehab

Photo by donnjmck, flickr

From ABC News via Sodahead: http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/should-gay-couple-sue-vermont-inn-for-refusing-to-host-their-reception/question-1996709/

Lesbian couple Katherine Baker and Ming-Lien Linsley were looking forward to their fully legal Vermont wedding later this year, and especially to their reception, which they had planned on booking at the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville.

The Vermont Convention Bureau said it would be the “perfect … destination wedding” reception location.  Only, it wasn’t. Because the Wildflower Inn’s keepers “do not host gay receptions” due to personal opposition, ABC News reports.

Now, private businesses have a right to deny service based on sexual orientation… in some states. Vermont isn’t one of them.  Their attorney was right; this is clear violation of Vermont’s anti-discrimination law.

From GLAD: 

A place of public accommodation means “any school, restaurant, store, establishment or other facility at which services, facilities, goods, privileges, advantages, benefits, or accommodations are offered to the general public.

What does the law say about discrimination in places of public accommodation?
Such places may not, on account of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or other protected characteristic, “refuse, withhold from or deny to that person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of the place of public accommodation.”

There might be some leeway with “general public,” but any autonomous individuals of legal age can get married and seek reception services.  So I say… you gay couple, sue the shit out of them.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: anti-discrimination, gay wedding, lawsuite, marriage, vermont

This heatwave is making me loopy.  I need to stick my sheets in the freezer and then wrap myself in them while sitting on a block of ice.  I can’t tell the difference between satire and reality–Congress Continues Debate Over Whether Or Not Nation Should Be Economically Ruined

Oh, The Onion, your sanity makes me want to cry sweet tears of confusion.

Mark Morford of SFChronicle has some questions about these so very confusing times in our political climate:

I confess I am not much of a historian. Was there ever another time like this? A more bizarrely unstable, hallucinogenic period in American political and social life? Perhaps back when U.S. senators wore powdered wigs and sat on long, hard benches, hurled stiff profanities at one another, spit into buckets, wrote with quills, beat children in public, stared at the moon and thought it was made of candle wax and cheese curdles and then went into the back room to sexually abuse each other with feather dusters and branding irons?

In other news, here are Gay Barbarians protesting Dr. Marcus Bachmann:

Here’s a cool island song about Banana Man:

Categories: Social commentary, things that amuse me Tags: Banana Man, Economic Disaster, Gay Barbarians, Mark Morford, The Onion

| Page 47

Photo Courtesy of Frank Hebbert

I need to do eco-writing more often.

A list of some private and grant-funded projects that are improving Electric Vehicle (EV) battery maintenance accessibility when away from home.

Read more at Suite101: Where do you charge your electric car on the road? Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/where-do-you-charge-your-electric-car-on-the-road-a381431#ixzz1T9Rt6rJ4

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: battery, charge stations, Electric Vehicles, EV, green technology, swap stations

Update: Youtube video removed due to copyright claim. I’m glad alternative links exist:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6570574/rainbow-sponge-spokesperson-enjoys-rainbow-sponging

Can’t stop viral videos!

http://www.todaysbigthing.com/entertainment/2011/07/25

This viral video is too perfect for The Gregory Brothers.  Go tell them that this must be songified.

The Army has an Arts and Crafts department?

Categories: Viral Things Tags: alternative link, rainbow sponge, sponge lady, the gregory brothers

Around 4 AM last night/this morning I made a post while half lucid on ambien about Amy Winehouse.  By noon it had nearly a thousand hits.

The top search engine results are from Google UK, you wankers.  As of right now, the top terms used to find me were:

amy winehouse jokes 1,011
amy winehouse dead jokes 156
amy winehouse death jokes 139

I think many people were disappointed I didn’t actually have a list of Amy Winehouse jokes other than that one. So, by popular demand:

  • Elton John will perform at Amy Winehouse’s funeral with a beautiful rendition of Candle Under The Spoon.
  • Amy Winehouse walks into a bar.  The bartender walks over and says, “Sorry, we don’t serve spirits in here.”
  • Amy Winehouse’s manager is said to be unfazed by the news of her death.  He said, “I’m not sure it’ll make much difference to her performance.”
  • What was Amy Winehouse’s biggest hit?   Her last one.

And since we’re all horrible human beings:   Amy Winehouse–she took more shots in her arm than a Norwegian youth camp.  (Where’s your Thor now?)

Leave yours in the comments.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: amy winehouse, amy winehouse jokes, heartless, something awful, terrible people

[edit: Follow-up post with the actual list of Amy Winehouse jokes.]

My friend on FB had a status update:  “They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said, thud.”  I pointed my e-thumbs up because it was funny.

I, of course, didn’t know Amy Winehouse personally.  I thought Back to Black was a great album and she had some killer hair.  But in response to this news,  I felt nothing.  No other thoughts than “Oh, that’s interesting. I bet the media is going to treat this like MJ lite.”  Is this because where my heart  is supposed to be is a cruel, atheistic black hole for compassion rendering me incapable of ever feeling sad about the death of another human being?

No, it’s because there’s not that much all surprising about her death.  Her battle with drugs and being a general screw-up were pretty public.  The media portrayal of her drunken, coked out antics may or may not be fair, but they were made amusing by the fact that she made a hit single based solely about refusing to get help and she did indeed have funny hair.

Meanwhile, while something terrifying, with a sweeping death toll 90x greater than that of one coked out celebrity,  happens to a peaceful and industrialized nation, the mainstream media blinks and scratches its nuts in confusion.  “Well, that there is a magnitude of infinite tragedy, but there are more interesting questions to answer.  Like at what point in Winehouse’s career did she let the booing her drunk ass offstage upbraid her fragile psyche?”

Anecdotes are the primary emotional knee-jerk rebuke to responses like mine.  Tear-jerkers about how your ex-roommate’s mom was a hot mess with a tragic death.  But Amy Winehouse wasn’t that person; she probably didn’t even know who you.  So let the public figures have their public ridicule.  She can’t be hurt anymore.

Categories: Social commentary Tags: amy winehouse, death, norway attacks, politcal correctness, rehab

Photo by donnjmck, flickr

From ABC News via Sodahead: http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/should-gay-couple-sue-vermont-inn-for-refusing-to-host-their-reception/question-1996709/

Lesbian couple Katherine Baker and Ming-Lien Linsley were looking forward to their fully legal Vermont wedding later this year, and especially to their reception, which they had planned on booking at the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville.

The Vermont Convention Bureau said it would be the “perfect … destination wedding” reception location.  Only, it wasn’t. Because the Wildflower Inn’s keepers “do not host gay receptions” due to personal opposition, ABC News reports.

Now, private businesses have a right to deny service based on sexual orientation… in some states. Vermont isn’t one of them.  Their attorney was right; this is clear violation of Vermont’s anti-discrimination law.

From GLAD: 

A place of public accommodation means “any school, restaurant, store, establishment or other facility at which services, facilities, goods, privileges, advantages, benefits, or accommodations are offered to the general public.

What does the law say about discrimination in places of public accommodation?
Such places may not, on account of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or other protected characteristic, “refuse, withhold from or deny to that person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of the place of public accommodation.”

There might be some leeway with “general public,” but any autonomous individuals of legal age can get married and seek reception services.  So I say… you gay couple, sue the shit out of them.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: anti-discrimination, gay wedding, lawsuite, marriage, vermont

This heatwave is making me loopy.  I need to stick my sheets in the freezer and then wrap myself in them while sitting on a block of ice.  I can’t tell the difference between satire and reality–Congress Continues Debate Over Whether Or Not Nation Should Be Economically Ruined

Oh, The Onion, your sanity makes me want to cry sweet tears of confusion.

Mark Morford of SFChronicle has some questions about these so very confusing times in our political climate:

I confess I am not much of a historian. Was there ever another time like this? A more bizarrely unstable, hallucinogenic period in American political and social life? Perhaps back when U.S. senators wore powdered wigs and sat on long, hard benches, hurled stiff profanities at one another, spit into buckets, wrote with quills, beat children in public, stared at the moon and thought it was made of candle wax and cheese curdles and then went into the back room to sexually abuse each other with feather dusters and branding irons?

In other news, here are Gay Barbarians protesting Dr. Marcus Bachmann:

Here’s a cool island song about Banana Man:

Categories: Social commentary, things that amuse me Tags: Banana Man, Economic Disaster, Gay Barbarians, Mark Morford, The Onion