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An inordinate fondness for beetles.



Distinguished British biologist J.B.S. Haldane, on being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”

Beetles are the group of insects with the largest number of known species. They are placed in the order Coleoptera (from Greek κολεός,koleos, “sheath”; and πτερόνpteron, “wing”, thus “sheathed wing”), which contains more described species than in any other order in the animal kingdom, constituting about 25% of all known life-forms.” link.

“My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” (J.B.S. Haldane).

I would have liked to hung out with this guy.


Zombie Apocalypse


Rumor has it that the Bible forbids pork because it tastes so damn good, and the lord is a big party pooper.  I don’t know about all that, but I can certainly vouch that eating bacon FEELS sinful!  Deliciously, decadently sinful…..hmmmm.

So here’s some pictures and links about bacon.  Enjoy.

How to make bacon – long article, delicious pictures.

Bacon salt – Because everything’s better with bacon.

Chocolate Chip Bacon cookies – Because everything’s better with bacon.

Archie McPhee’s Gummy Bacon – Strawberry flavored, sadly.  But I dig the banana slug candy, too.

A Serious Case of the Mondays

This guy looses it; big time.  I’m watching in horror, but at the same time you kind of feel for him; you know?

Also, I love the esthetics of this video.  The order to chaos reminds me of a Heinlein novel, and I love the way his office mates buzz around like bees in a hive.  One fixed POV, black and white…It’s all quite mesmerizing.

This would make a great music video.

XKCD Makes the NYT


I adore xkcd. The site is not that old (Sept. 2005), but it had instant appeal among the slashdot crowd, and these days its popular at digg nd stumbledupon. I looked in my bookmarks, and my first xkcd saved link is from April 2006, so I’m old skool, baby! (I’m worried, my Firefox spell checker did not catch my purposeful mis-spelling of the word “school”)

This is the intersection of popular and geek culture, like the Lord of the Rings movies, or Internet Party 2 (New! Improved!) There IS internet culture, people, and we are forming it ourselves.

Consider this the Wild West, only with more porn and body fat and less cows and guns. The Wild Frontier of flame-wars, virulent memes, and chubby chicks; this will be talked about in reverent tones in years to come.

I love you, xkcd.

In fact, I’m totally gay for you.