Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Double Improper Knockoff

This post by Justin encouraged me to finally get around to posting the pic below. It's of the contents of a claw machine game located at a local dive, and I was struck as I walked by that they had what appeared to be toys of the Japanese Doraemon character. Upon further inspection these were shown to be cheap knockoffs labeled 'Care Bears':

Interesting that they also have a red one that seems to look like the knockoff Doraemon somewhat illegally used by the FCC*.

* Why the FCC (or any number of other governmental regulatory agencies for that matter) has a 'Kids Zone' is beyond me; but no matter as I believe there is 'no controlling legal authority' on the control of the Dorarmon character in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hopefully We'll Stop at 3rd

From The Register, quoting Neil Armstrong:
For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature.

Unfortunately Mr. Armstrong, this will be just another of many such indignities I predict. This was preceded by the rot of our manufacturing ability and political system, and will probably be followed quickly by our health care and (what's left of) our education systems, and ending with a post-Soviet style rapid decay of our military. Maybe not, but we are flat friggin' broke and have been for years, and only a money printing binge by the Fed and a debt explosion at every level of government has papered it over.

It was like when Kid Sandmich asked me about how bad it was that Obama was getting rid of so many of our nukes, to which I said the number of nukes we'd like to have is more than what he would leave us with, but the number that we can actually afford is dramatically lower.

Friday, April 02, 2010


My wife was watching Bones, a show I only watch on the odd occasion in the hopes that the characters on the show get some brain eating disease that makes them kill each other to get at their delicious liver juices, and they were talking about a fictional book starring a female forensic anthropologist written by the main character who is also a female forensic anthropologist. Mrs. Sandmich explained that the main character in the fictional book was named Kathy Reichs, the same name as the forensic anthropologist that wrote actual books about a fictional female forensic anthropologist on whom the fictional TV show about a female forensic anthropologist is based...yeah, something like that!

The first thought that sprang to mind was the caustic reaction that Mrs. Sandmich had to a Bjork video I showed her a month or two ago even though, apparently, Kathy Reichs is the real life Bachelorette: