April 15, 2014

Posted: April 15, 2014 8:00 am

Scientists have used brain scanners to read people’s minds and reconstruct the faces that people are thinking of.

Good. Install it at the airport. If you see 72 virgins, time for a patdown.

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April 14, 2014

Posted: April 14, 2014 10:00 pm

[High Praise! to After Math]

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Posted: April 14, 2014 9:00 pm


[Why is ketchup so hard to pour? - George Zaidan] (Viewer #178,896)

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Posted: April 14, 2014 8:00 pm

At a Rose Garden press conference, President Obama said America’s health care system is “a lot better”.

Oh, *I* get it – kinda like when you say someone’s in a “better” place while delivering a eulogy.

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Posted: April 14, 2014 7:00 pm

[High Praise! to Freedom Is Just Another Word]

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Posted: April 14, 2014 6:00 pm

[High Praise! to CollegeHumor]

13 Gods of the Internet Pantheon

I think you’ll quickly spot JANEANE GAROFALO in this list…

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Posted: April 14, 2014 5:00 pm

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Posted: April 14, 2014 4:00 pm

Vice President Joe Biden said “11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view”.

Apparently also in Joe’s view: a calendar showing that it’s an election year.

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Posted: April 14, 2014 2:00 pm

Health care reform changed the course of history. Add your name to the permanent record of supporters: http://ofa.bo/hTC

@BarackObama

“Or face the consequences. #ThingsCreepyDictatorsSay”

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Posted: April 14, 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.

The weirdest moment during Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation speech

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Posted: April 14, 2014 11:00 am

Here’s a little peek behind the scenes at both IMAO and at me.

You may nor realize this, but most of the posts here are written ahead of time and scheduled to appear at a certain time. None of us log in, write up a little gem of wisdom (or whatever) and sit, watching the second hand on the clock approach the 12, waiting to press Publish. And, there’s no limit to how far ahead we can write and schedule a post. That can sometimes cause little oddities or necessitate edits. Such as…

Well, here’s where we get to the peek at me. I binge-watch TV. Or, to sound like I’m not addicted, I hold TV marathons, sometimes lasting days. Or weeks.

Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe. You see, I’ve been posting my watching of the classic Doctor Who episodes on Sundays. One week per season. And, here’s the thing: I’m done. Finished. Watched ‘em all. All 26 seasons. That means the last season’s wrap up is written and scheduled for 22 June. It also means I had to edit an entry after one of the recurring characters died recently, since she was also known outside the Doctor Who universe. Kate O’Mara played The Rani, as well as many other roles over the years.

Now, with that behind us, that brings me up to my question.

Whatever will I do with my time?

I sat down last night, turned on the TV, and had nothing to watch. An empty Hulu queue. Nothing unwatched in iTunes. Nothing in my Amazon library. No unwatched DVDs.

I’m not saying I need to watch TV. I’d read a book, but Amazon says Frank’s new book (which I’ve pre-ordered) won’t deliver until November. I don’t know what to do. For the first time in months, there’s not a bunch of Doctor Who episodes awaiting me watching them

What should I do with all this free time?

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Posted: April 14, 2014 10:00 am

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[Mike Lester - GoComics]

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Posted: April 14, 2014 9:00 am

A functional media’s political coverage would be nothing but constant reminders that all politicians are idiots who shouldn’t be trusted.

7 million signed up for Obamacare – 6 million lost coverage =/= 40 million without coverage now insured

There I go, foolishly trying to apply math to a government program.

I did a reverse Colbert shtick promoting my book “Obama: The Greatest President in the History of Everything.” It’s surprisingly easy.

Well, easy compared to when I tried to do radio interviews straight and could never think of what to say.

So if you run a country, you get a free portrait painted by George W. Bush?

So when do you start being an adult? 40?

So far “explanatory journalism” just seems like a new varnish on soulless, partisan hackery.

If you’re upset about Condi and how she increased surveillance, there’s a really bad current president you should pay attention to.

A lot of election strategy can be explained with this simple equation: Dumb + Angry = Votes

When you see a new outrage, ask yourself: “If this a real issue or primarily to get dumb people angry?” It’s almost always the latter.

Oh, and when I say “dumb people,” I really just mean “people.”

When it comes to politics, we’re all idiots.

I don’t think it’s rational to have an irrational faith in there being a rational explanation to everything, but people are irrational.

I’m still waiting for Harry Reid to tell me what’s the connection between Heartbleed and the Koch brothers.

Three words that can fix Article III of the Constitution: “No Stevens allowed.”

Can you believe whether or not our rights will be infringed lay on the opinion of that boob? What idiocy led to this?

How in the world did the makers of automobiles think of the need for glove storage before the need for cup holders?

Maybe I should leverage my video game skills to make my profile sound better. “Achievement-winning columnist.”

Putting up Soviet propaganda posters in your home is a lot like putting up Nazi propaganda posters except it’s just as bad.

When did we decide that the millions killed by Nazis is the epitome of evil but the millions killed by Communists is kinda cute?

Great minds think alike; mediocre minds are nearly indistinguishable.

I thought steampunks were bullies who hang out in saunas.

“Ha! More like FAUX News!” -clever person who is probably very informed about current events

Communism is a great idea if you don’t like capitalism, economic inequality, or people in general.

We’re all going to die from global warming somewhere between 10 and 500,000,000 years from now.

Probably should just find another planet — one that’s not so whiny.

When in journalism school do they teach you how to pick appropriate animated GIFs?

The easiest way to beat a T. Rex is to get it in some venue where it’s forced to stick to Marquess of Queensberry rules.

“Grandfather, everyone had clocks on the wall like this?”
“They were needed way back when since TV shows only came on at certain times.”

The new Doctor Who is quite good, but the first season is a bit of a barrier to entry.

Don’t think I really got into the series until the 6th episode which introduced the Daleks.

I was really just starting to like Christopher Eccleston’s doctor when he departs the series. Hard to beat David Tennant, though (though Matt Smith makes an admirable try).

Actually, I really like Matt Smith’s more alien portrayal of him, but I am looking forward to the next to finally get an older Doctor.

In 6th season now. Apparently everything Steven Moffat pens is pure gold (goes for Sherlock, too).

Well, when wife and I run out of new episodes, there will still be 26 seasons of classic Doctor Who to check out.

Mad Men is still going? You’d think they’d be caught up to present day by now.

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Posted: April 14, 2014 8:00 am

The Obama Administration through Attorney General Eric Holder has a new plan: free cell phones and bus fare for convicts.

Must be the sequester cuts. I remember when they gave criminals free guns, too.

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April 13, 2014

Posted: April 13, 2014 10:00 pm


[Pixar: The math behind the movies - Tony DeRose] (Viewer #62,756)

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Posted: April 13, 2014 8:00 pm

At a congressional hearing, the IRS’s commissioner admitted that – a year later – his agency was STILL withholding approval of 19 Tea Party groups’ nonprofit status.

You’ve GOT to be kidding… someone from the IRS didn’t take the 5th?

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Posted: April 13, 2014 6:00 pm

[High Praise! to Gang Aft Agley)

Hey Michelle - Stop Making Our Kids So Damn Fat!

NOTE: He's commenting on teens who are commenting on Michelle-approved school lunches. There's some frustrated swearing from the teens.

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Posted: April 13, 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 Travelwise42 of Wise Up:

From Travelwise42 of Wise Up:

From Kris:

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

From Hatless in Hattiesburg:

[reference link] (Obscury!)

From Richard:

From tanstaafl44:

From walruskkkch:

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From walruskkkch:

From walruskkkch:

From walruskkkch:

From walruskkkch:

[reference link] (Obscury!)

BONUS VIDEO (Bacon to Kris):

Feminists brag how open and inclusive they are.

Until they find out our intrepid reporterette is a conservative.

Things get cold & spitey in a hurry:


[Female Reporter Bullied by Feminists at the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference] (Viewer #136,065)


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


Awards to both Hatless in Hattiesburg for being up on the high-water mark of Weird Al’s cinematic career, and to walruskkkch for being up on the mediocre-water mark of Heinlein’s noveling.


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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Posted: April 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Cuba is considering passing a new law that would give huge tax breaks to foreign investors.

Somewhere in the world, there’s a small watercraft company that’s about to make a killing.

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Posted: April 13, 2014 10:00 am

DoctorWhoCast16The 16th season of the classic Doctor Who show was a bit harder to watch than the previous seasons. One of the hardest in a while. And that kind of surprised me.

I first saw Doctor Who episodes on PBS back in the late 1970s and 1980s. In late 1982 or early 1983, I first saw The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on PBS. I discovered it because I occasionally watched some of the shows the network carried, on GPTV (in Georgia, now GPB) and FPB (in Florida). And, though I can’t be sure, I think I saw some Doctor Who episodes before I saw The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Certainly, though, around the time Hitchhiker’s Guide aired, I was watching more on PBS, particularly GPTV.

What’s Hitchhiker’s Guide got to do with Doctor Who you ask. Really, go ahead and ask.

I’ll wait.

Oh, well, since you asked, it turns out that the new Script Editor for Doctor Who beginning with Season 16 was Douglas Adams, creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy franchise. When I discovered that, I just knew I’d love Season 16 of Doctor Who. I didn’t.

Oh, I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t love it. It was, at best, Mostly Harmless.

Maybe the problem I had with the season was K-9. I never did like that character. Or, maybe it’s Tom Baker’s habit of occasionally looking at the camera and laughing. I don’t care for that kind of stuff.

The season introduced a new character, Romana (Mary Tamm), as well as the new version of K-9, which looks to me like the same character. Romana was a Time Lord (Time Lady) from Gallifrey who was sent on a quest with The Doctor by the White Guardian. The White Guardian is … heck, I don’t know. I never could figure it out. Maybe it’s supposed to be the Gallifrey version of God.

Anyway, the White Guardian sends The Doctor and Romana on a quest to secure the parts of the Key To Time, which is … a MacGuffin, as far as I can tell. The Doctor and Romana spent the entire Season 16 searching for the thing because it was so important, and then, in order to keep it out of the hands of the Black Guardian, The Doctor scattered it back across space and time. Which is where it was to begin with.

Tom Taker sported an injury for much of the season. He was bitten on the lip by a dog belonging to one of the guest actors in the first serial, The Ribos Operation (4 episodes). They covered it with makeup for the remaining day’s shots, and wrote a rough landing into the next serial, The Pirate Planet (4 episodes), so that The Doctor would injure his mouth, creating a reason in the storyline for the wound.

The series’ 100th serial aired during the season. The Stones of Blood (4 episodes) was the milestone serial, and it aired during the shows’s 15th anniversary.

The Androids of Tara (4 episodes) appears to have been based on The Prisoner of Zenda. There’s a scene where, after he is told of the plan to have a look-alike, an android in this story, act as a decoy, The Doctor says, “It’s been done before.”

The final serial of the season, The Armageddon Factor (6 episodes) introduced yet another renegade Time Lord. Drax knew The Doctor at the Academy, and knew his as Theta Sigma. The Doctor insisted on Drax not calling him by that name, but by “Doctor” instead.

The serial concluded the season-long arc of The Doctor and Romana searching for the Key To Time, finding it, then dispersing the parts. Except for the last part, which was actually a person, the Princess Astra. Actress Lalla Ward, who later married Tom Baker, played Astra. She’d play another character in later seasons. With the dispersal, Princess Astra was restored. The Doctor installed a randomizing unit in the TARDIS, meaning he’d never know where he was heading, in order to avoid the Black Guardian, who was now after The Doctor, after the dispersal of the Key.

And that pretty much wrapped up the first season with Douglas Adams as Script Editor. I expected more. Silly me.

Maybe things will improve in Season 17.

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