I recently received shipping notice for an in-warranty replacement of a UPS for my house. Check out the tracking number:
||APC BACK-UPS RS 1300VA LCD 120V
Yes, Freud, sometimes digits really are just digits.
Digging around to see if maybe the pain in my head is more than just my second cold this year. Wandering through various pollen count sites lead to wandering through allergists and other specialists. On more than one site I’ve found a link to this:
I’m a capsaicin junkie, but this is nuts. If you really want more info, its at http://www.sinusblaster.com/clasicformula.html
Russians test ‘dad of all bombs’
A Russian spokesperson describes their new thermobaric weapon, and offers the following quote:
It is environmentally friendly, compared to a nuclear bomb…
RadioParadise is offering a new fund raiser product. Elephant Poo Stationery. It’s pretty cool. I particularly like the greeting card idea–you can send someone ellie poo in the mail and not go to jail.
Too bad they don’t have monkey poo products. Maybe a baseball, or some other thing one would throw.
A Cuero, TX resident claims to have found evidence of chupacabra roadkill.
The Swiss retain the Auld Mug in a photo finish. Pretty good for a land-locked country; or maybe a testament to offshore outsourcing.
Next up, the Jamaican bobsled team…
Customs agents in Cairo foil a plot to smuggle 700 live snakes on a flight to Saudi Arabia.
In case any of the resident Neil Gaiman fans have missed it, the trailer for Stardust is up on the Quicktime site. In glorious HD.
(Now that Adam has a Mac, I assume he will stop griping about quicktime links 🙂 )
It never ceases to amaze me.
At least twice a year, we have fatalities in the Texas hill-country due to people thinking they can drive across a bridge that has a little water running over it.
In their heads, I picture “hey – I can see the bridge – my car’s pretty heavy – and it’ll be a real pain in the ass to drive around to the next crossing”.
And they ALWAYS end up swept downstream. Most of them get swept out of the gene pool. Scary, sad, and mind-boggling given that it happens so frequently that it’s hard to imagine they didn’t have an opportunity to learn vicariously from someone else’s really bad oops.
So yesterday, I was driving back from my parent’s house at Canyon Lake and stopped by Gruene – a small town at the edge of New Braunfels. The Gruene crossing of the Guadalupe was underwater. It had been since Thursday. There were signs way back up the road noting that the bridge was out, and barricades right in front of the bridge on both sides.
And I saw this:
(For higher resolution, goto http://www.rjsparks.org/gallery/highlights/IMG_1589?full=1 )
Now this time, the people involved were really lucky. They were saved by fluke of the way the riverbank works on that side of the bridge – they were swept off into a really shallow area full of cypress roots and had lots of structure to stop the car and let them get safely out. Nobody was hurt.
Look at this though. The water is welling up more than a foot on the upstream side of the bridge. Would you try to go across this in a car? If you thought so, change your mind now. It’s not worth it.