Thursday, October 30, 2014

Of Island-Tippers & Intertubes

Of late I have for the umpteenth time encountered one of my friends indulging themselves on Facebook in that most modern of internet pastimes, seeking group validation in a political-cultural-tribal context by way of mentally-emotionally masturbating themselves by posting a graphic claiming to list several embarrassingly dumb quotes from members of the party opposite. This, as if the same thing could not be done featuring members of their own party. Worse yet, it exposes a dearth of intellectual sophistication and emotional maturity within that person severe enough to delude them into believing that if the side opposite can somehow be proven to be bad that necessarily means that person's group is automatically right. Of course, this mindset precludes the possibility that BOTH sides of the political aisle are wrong, something that reality proves every single day which is obvious to those whom deign to notice the obvious.

In the spirit of blowing up that sort of nonsense and putting things into perspective by way of a tiny sampling, below are two roughly two-minute long clips of stupidity by members of both political parties. The topmost movie player features currently-serving Georgia Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson's now-infamous concern that Guam might tip over if too many people live on the island. The movie player below it features the late former Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens' now-infamous description of the internet as being a series of tubes. Enjoy the bi-partisan stupidity!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Existentialism & Rolled-Up Boogers

As most of those of you who have television have noticed of late, there is a notable new advertising campaign by Lincoln Motor Company. The campaign features Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey (also a notable Texan) attempting to convey "cool" in a manly detached existentialist sort of way. As effective as the ads are they are also incredibly open to mocking imitation and satirization which is what Saturday Night Live did last weekend using Canadian actor Jim Carrey in the role of McConaughey. There are three faux ads in the final player while the top-most two feature the two real advertisements. The third spoof ad blends a spoof of the long-running All-State Insurance advertising campaign featuring actor Dennis Haysbert. Here we see actor Keenan Thompson of the SNL cast in that role. Enjoy all of it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Picture of the Day - Who Is This Guy?

This image (which I shot today) was obviously spray-painted using a template. Not obvious in this image is the fact this is on a third-story outer wall of the Number Five Building (Architecture & Environmental Design). The work could only be done through the narrow vertical gap visible at left through which arms can be extended through from somebody kneeling on the roof of the second floor in that location. Note: this same image appears elsewhere on campus.
Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rocky Mountain Whirlwind ~ Firewhirl

I have thoroughly enjoyed this video sequence since I first watched it earlier this year. However, I did not share it here as I have been waiting for a version of it that met my standards. That is to say, what has been out there has either been the extended version accompanied by obnoxious and inappropriate music or too short-assed versions or versions with poorer video definition. I give up: this is the best I can find and I no longer wish to wait. Therefore, here you go: the best version I can find in the context of my standards. Please pardon the poor video quality.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Getting Google-Eyed About A Gold Nugget

This 6.07-pound gold nugget, christened "The Butte Nugget" was discovered in the mountains of Butte County, CA, last July. Last week it sold for about $400,000 to a "prominent collector" of whatever this person collects. This person lives in the Bay Area and almost certainly is Tech Money I'd imagine; perhaps even somebody at the top of the food chain of the host of this blog, to wit, Google. I'm glad the nugget is staying home in Northern California. 

I could  not track the photo attributions for these images but undoubtedly all rights are reserved.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Picture of the Day - Downtown Paso Sunrise

I had to get up earlier than usual this morning for a 7:30 a.m. start time to work at Robert Hall Winery. This was the scene that greeted me; this image was taken from 15th Street. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Two Cal Poly Scenes

This was the gorgeous scene today in front of the Mustang Store as I composed an intro to my big paper in History 303.
This was the scene in front of Kennedy Library today... God I love this beautiful campus. That is Bishop Peak in the background. Both photos by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).