Thursday, December 30, 2004

Frank Says...

"Scientists claim that hydrogen is basic building block of the universe because it is so plentiful. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."
- Frank Zappa

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Careful Where You Point That Thing!

From a website I stumbled upon today - Author unknown.

The mechanism behind Tesla's death ray is not well understood. It was apparently some sort of particle accelerator. Tesla said it was an outgrowth of his magnifying transformer, which focused its energy output into a thin beam so concentrated it would not scatter, even over huge distances. He promoted the device as a purely defensive weapon, intended to knock down incoming attacks - making the death ray the great-great grandfather of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
It is not certain if Tesla ever used the death ray, or indeed if he even succeeded in building one. But the following is the often-related story of what happened one night in 1908 when Tesla tested the foreboding weapon.
At the time, Robert Peary was making his second attempt to reach the North Pole. Cryptically, Tesla had notified the expedition that he would be trying to contact them somehow. They were to report to him the details of anything unusual they might witness on the open tundra. On the evening of June 30, accompanied by his associate George Scherff atop Wardenclyffe tower, Tesla aimed his death ray across the Atlantic towards the arctic, to a spot which he calculated was west of the Peary expedition.
Tesla switched on the device. At first, it was hard to tell if it was even working. Its extremity emitted a dim light that was barely visible. Then an owl flew from its perch on the tower's pinnacle, soaring into the path of the beam. The bird disintegrated instantly.
That concluded the test. Tesla watched the newspapers and sent telegrams to Peary in hopes of confirming the death ray's effectiveness. Nothing turned up. Tesla was ready to admit failure when news came of a strange event in Siberia.
On June 30, a massive explosion had devastated Tunguska, a remote area in the Siberian wilderness. Five hundred thousand square acres of land had been instantly destroyed. Equivalent to ten to fifteen megatons of TNT, the Tunguska incident is the most powerful explosion to have occurred in human history -- not even subsequent thermonuclear detonations have surpassed it. The explosion was audible from 620 miles away. Scientists believe it was caused by either a meteorite or a fragment of a comet, although no obvious impact site or mineral remnants of such an object were ever found.
Nikola Tesla had a different explanation. It was plain that his death ray had overshot its intended target and destroyed Tunguska. He was thankful beyond measure that the explosion had - miraculously - killed no one. Tesla dismantled the death ray at once, deeming it too dangerous to remain in existence.

Whew! That was a close one!


Monday, December 27, 2004

End Of The Year

"Did you hear about the giant that threw up??? "
(It's all over town.....)

Well, it's the end of the year, or just another week, either way you still have to remember to write "05" on everything next week. Christmas was good. Had to work through the holiday break - not too bad - better than a poke in the eye with a stick. Learned that "tonebender" when searched on Google comes up with my site as the #1 response - yippee!

I hope 2004 went OK for the rest of you - next week/year should be WAY better - gotta be true, I heard it on TV.
- 'bender

Monday, December 20, 2004

Holiday Recipies

Like to share some variations on one of this group's favorite Holiday Recipies. Any of these can be improved upon by adding Hillshire Farms Little Smokey Links. Party Down!
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/12/12/173135/02

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Ah, Man.....

"That's how I want to go out when I die, like my grandpa, peaceful and in his sleep. Not screamin' and cryin' like his passengers..." - Jackie Martling

Friday, December 10, 2004

Holiday "Fun"

Put the @#!%! lights up today. Don't get me wrong, the holiday season is much easier to deal with these days. Used to be a dreaded time of year. I have finally come to see what's really important. Miss the friends that aren't around anymore to share this revelation with but have a feeling that somehow they know about it. Still get to go to parents and in-laws homes after Christmas, holiday overtime at work permitting, which will still put the "fun" back in "disfuctional". If I miss some of you over the break - have an extra low-carb lite-beer for me and belch in front of your loved ones. Check back for band goings-on scheduled in January.
- Your Dog
"Better Living Through Chemistry"