Archive for March, 2014

Go Inside and Play, Kid

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:00 pm

[High Praise! to XKCD]

[Alt text from XKCD: “We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I’d rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.”]

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I’m Going to Object Because It Doesn’t Have a Minifig With Its Arms Up In the Air

Monday, March 31, 2014 9:00 pm


[Incredible 100% LEGO Roller Coaster with Corkscrew] (Viewer #45,102)

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Never a Giant Around When You Need One

Monday, March 31, 2014 8:00 pm

The International Space Station was recently forced to fire its maneuvering thrusters to avoid a piece of space-junk.

Or are we calling those “undocumented satellites” now?

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Not Sure How This Rule Fits Dr. Who

Monday, March 31, 2014 7:00 pm

[High Praise! to Basic Instructions]

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Link of the Day: One More Season and We Get a Movie

Monday, March 31, 2014 6:00 pm

[High Praise! to Neatorama]

Go to Graph TV, type in the name of a TV series, and it will return a graph that looks something like this (I’m using “Community” as an example):

X-axis is the episode number.

Y-axis is the IMDB rating for that episode.

Each season is a different color, and it has a trend line drawn through the data points, telling you whether people thought the season got better or worse along the way.

Apparently “Community” Season 4 really stunk (and I have to admit, it kinda did). I’m glad to see that season 5 seems to have found the old groove again.

Anyway, click the link, plug in your favorite TV series, come back here, and tell us what you learned.

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Wisdom of the Day: Meeting Interrogation Power Dog Periwinkle

Monday, March 31, 2014 5:00 pm

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Foolproof

Monday, March 31, 2014 4:00 pm

A new report shows that it costs Detroit $32 to process a $30 parking ticket.

I’m sure the city’s leaders will go for the obvious solution: writing more tickets until people stop parking illegally.

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Obama Warned Us – Chip In

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:00 pm

Chip in $5 to help more people get the information they need to get covered: http://ofa.bo/fIV

@BarackObama

“Because the $1 trillion you’re already coughing up for Obamacare isn’t enough lipstick for this pig.”

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Straight Line of the Day: A 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Los Angeles. Liberals Are Upset Because…

Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 pm

Works like this: I feed you Moon Nukers a straight line, and you hit me with a punch line in the comments.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Los Angeles. Liberals are upset because…

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Little Worlds art, No. 6

Monday, March 31, 2014 11:00 am

A while ago, I received some art from 4of7, regular visitor and commenter on IMAO. He is an artist, and has his own blog, Little Worlds, where you can view some of his art.

Here’s another one of the pieces of art 4of7 shared, and that I’m please to now share with you.

Fun With Cubes #6 – Christmas Cubes. Copyright © 2013 Don Scholand. Used with permission.

Fun With Cubes #6 – Christmas Cubes. Copyright © 2013 Don Scholand. Used with permission.

Be sure to visit his Website to see more of his art.

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You’ve Been Judged Again! Yay!

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:53 am

Anonymiss of Nuking Politics picked her favorite punchlines to “Overheard during Obama’s meeting with the Pope…

Click here to see if you made the cut.

If you did, you should probably email Keln about becoming a guest blogger there.

If you didn’t, Anonymiss has got another straight line for you to practice on.

UPDATE: Someone tell Frank & Basil that Anonymiss is talking about them behind their backs.

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Cartoon of the Day – Besties

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:00 am

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[Mike Lester – GoComics]

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Random Thoughts: Colbert, Writing Tips, and Vulgarity

Monday, March 31, 2014 9:00 am

We’re surrounded by miraculous things, but rare is the person who get to see them for what they truly are.

The reason you see such joy in small children is they see the world for what it truly is, with no preconceived notions.

Since no one asked me, I don’t really find Colbert funny, but I don’t care about this controversy either.

My main tip on being a good writer is to somehow come into possession of skills you were born lacking. Like consume a soul or something.

This leads to a number of obvious jokes, but I can’t print any I came up with because they all involve vulgarity.

Yes, I don’t speak vulgarity, but I think them constantly. I’m a raging cuss storm inside.

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Faux Pas Are Relative

Monday, March 31, 2014 8:00 am

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, President Obama complained that he was “unfairly maligned” for wearing mom-jeans at the 2009 MLB All-Star game.

Well, I guess he has a point. I have to admit that they aren’t as bad as that dunce cap and clown nose that Putin is making him wear right now.

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Homemade Jurassic Park T-Rex Chase Scene

Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:00 pm


[Jurassic Park T-Rex Chase – Homemade Shot for Shot] (Viewer #16,449)

See also: the side-by-side comparison video.

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A Miracle of Science! That I Would Pay Good Money For

Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Researchers have developed a device for your car that can read your emotions and prevent road rage.

So… it mutes your GPS if you drive past your turnoff?

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Link of the Day: First-World Rebels

Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:00 pm

[High Praise! to Bored Panda]

33 First-World Anarchists Who Don’t Care About Your Rules

The one below the “Do Not Enter Unpaved Area” sign is in questionable taste, but the rest are SFW.

[Think you have a link that’s IMAO-worthy? Send it to harvolson@gmail.com. If I use your link, you will receive High Praise! (assuming you remember to put your name in the email)]

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lolbama! Part 178

Sunday, March 30, 2014 3:00 pm

Submit entries to lolterizt@gmail.com

Meanwhile, pass ‘em around, spread the love, and if you make your own, don’t be shy about dropping a link to your pics in the comments. The more, the merrier.


From Kris:

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From Travelwise42 of Wise Up:


My favorites from the submissions using last edition’s uncaptioned picture:

From Dan:

From Fatwa Arbuckle:

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From Hunter of Nuking Politics:

From Hunter of Nuking Politics:

[reference link] (Obscury!)

From Travelwise42 of Wise Up:

From Travelwise42 of Wise Up:

From walruskkkch:

From walruskkkch:

From walruskkkch:

From walruskkkch:

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From walruskkkch:


This week’s uncaptioned picture for you to play with:

Not sure which way has more potential. With the kid:

Without:

Use either or both as your muse directs.


Hunter, who – rumor has it – knows every kids’ song ever written.


PRODUCTION NOTES:
#1: When creating lolbama! pictures, please caption with either black or white text, as colors like red and yellow tend to blur badly when I compress the images.

#2: Standard image size for these posts is 350px wide by whatever high. If you can have your images 350px wide before you caption them, I won’t end up shrinking your captions into illegibility when I re-size the images.

MAKE YOUR OWN: The free lolbuilder from I Can Has Cheezburger.

STYLE NOTE: Short captions are usually better. Your goal is 10 words or less, with humor value tending to increase exponentially as the number of words approaches 1.

IMAGE SOURCES: Lots of great Obama pics to be found at the White House Flickr page.

Send your submissions to lolterizt@gmail.com and – if they aren’t obscene (IMAO is a PG-13 site) and don’t suck too terribly bad – I’ll post them for you. Remember to include your name (and blog URL, if applicable) so I know who to thank.

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Suddenly, Fairness Is Not the Drum That Liberals Are Banging

Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:00 pm

President Obama announced that he would seek to grant more executive amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Don’t suppose he has any plans to have the IRS do the same for Tea Partiers…

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Classic Doctor Who Season 14

Sunday, March 30, 2014 10:00 am

DoctorWho4LeelaI’m watching the classic Doctor Who episodes from the beginning. That’s from 1963. Been doing it for a bit now, because I’m up to the episodes that first aired in 1976-77. That’s Season 14, for those counting. Even if you’re not counting, it’s still Season 14. Math works that way: it doesn’t care about you; it still does what it does regardless of whether or not you’re paying attention.

Anyway, Season 14 is Tom Baker’s third in the role of The Doctor. And it’s the start of Elisabeth Sladen’s final season as Sarah Jane Smith. I’m gonna miss her.

The season featured something that hadn’t happened in some time: an historical episode, although it’s not as historical as the traditional ones from the show’s early years. The Masque of Mandragora (4 episodes) was set in 15th century Italy, but didn’t feature any on-screen appearances by any historical characters. Leonardo da Vinci was mentioned, but didn’t appear. The story featured a young man being usurped from his rightful place as ruler by his uncle. Maybe The Doctor will take that story idea forward to the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries and let William Shakespeare write something along that line. Nah. Probably never amount to anything.

One item about the serial I found interesting was that The Masque of Mandragora was filmed at Portmeirion, in Gwynedd, North Wales. That’s where the shots of The Village, from the TV show The Prisoner was filmed.

Sarah Jane left The Doctor at the end of the season’s second serial, The Hand of Fear. A pretty good, but not great, story that had a troubled history. It was originally supposed to be ready for Season 13, but the scriptwriters had difficulty with it. Along the way, the intent was to kill of The Brigadier and Sarah Jane, but that was eventually scrapped. In the end, the scriptwriters didn’t write Sarah Jane out of the series. They left that to Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, who wrote Sarah Jane’s exit.

The Doctor had his first solo adventure in The Deadly Assassin (4 episodes), a serial that brought back The Master (though in a heavily decaying state). This serial also introduced the plotline of a 12 regeneration limit for Time Lords. It seems The Master was on his 13th form already and, with no 13th regeneration, would die. Only, there was some plot device using accoutrements of the office of President to restart the cycle. Along the line, there was a presidential assassination and a framing of The Doctor, a faked death, political intrigue. Both The Doctor and The Master live to fight again. One thing, though: I never completely understood why the Time Lord President didn’t regenerate.

The Doctor picked up a new companion, Leela (Louise Jameson), in the serial The Face of Evil (4 episodes). I didn’t remember much about it — heck, I didn’t remember anything about it — but I’m thinking I had seen it before. I remember the face of The Doctor in the mountain. Unless I’m thinking of an episode of Gilligan’s Island.

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Anyway, Leela joined up with The Doctor. She’s the latest hot chick to join The Doctor in his travels across time and space. The serial was written by, and the character of Leela was created by, Chris Boucher, a talented writer, but a lover of the Labour Party and a hater of Margaret Thatcher. According to one report, he named Leela after a Palestinian hijacker.

Leela ran around in her “savage” costume most of the time, except for the season’s final serial, The Talons of Weng-Chiang (6 episodes), in which she and The Doctor dressed in a style more fitting Sherlock Holmes. The Doctor didn’t wear the scarf for which Tom Baker’s incarnation was known.

As I mentioned when I started this little journey, my first experience with Doctor Who was from the Tom Baker years. So far, I don’t remember having watched any of the Tom Baker episodes, with the possible exception of The Face of Evil, and I’m still not sure about that one.

Maybe I’ll be coming up on some soon. Or maybe my memory has failed. Much like some of the control of the TARDIS.

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