Flogging a Dead Horse
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:09 pm)

Well well, looks like Santa's resting place is back in the news.

And they say this 2003 story is just lies, filthy dirty lies: Santa's Dead, and his bones were stolen by Italian Pirates.

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Hair Types
Posted in Strangeness
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:58 am)

Here is a list of the types of hair I've found growing on my face

Wait, what?? Red? Yes, I have discovered that I have a small number of red hairs in my beard and mustache.

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Diving Down
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:54 am)

I have spent a few days this week with family that's been in town, and one of my favorite things has been snorkeling in the lake. I have found a bunch of old cans and some odd bits of metal, plastic, and even paper. Most of the interesting stuff is deep though; you don't find much until you start diving about 15 feet down. Fins help a great deal with that.

Earlier this week I found a Quirst can:
Quirst soda
(this is not the can I found, just an image of one in similar condition)

I've never even heard of Quirst. It must have been around when I was a child, but I don't remember seeing it, drinking it, or watching its commercials.

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Why I Hate Koalas
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:57 pm)

I've hated koalas for years. People say they're cute and fuzzy, but they're disgusting creatures. Just watch this, and enjoy the MST3K commentary with it.


If you have the National Geographic Channel (unlike me, who cut the cable years ago), they're having RiffTrax (MST3K) over on April Fool's Day.

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Happy New Year!
Posted in Strangeness
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:16 pm)

Year of the Horse

Moonlighting in China
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:19 am)

I thing Dr Seuss has been doing some consulting work:
Dr Seuss Moonlighting in China

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Know Your Audience
Posted in Strangeness
Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:26 pm)

I got an email at work regarding backup strategies and hardware. I have to say, these guys are getting to know who their market is:
Zombie Apocalypse data backup seminar

And on Halloween, too. Brilliant.

You’re Welco-HEY!
Posted in Strangeness
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:20 pm)

I was just insulted by a web form:
insulting web form response

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You Got That Right
Posted in Strangeness
First dog watch, 3 bells (5:45 pm)

I received a strange email the other day. I get lots of email, but this one stood way, way out from the rest, as you'll notice. Cutting out some of the extraneous information, here is what it looked like:

This will be one of the stranger E-mails you will ever receive...

When I first saw this, I was hesitant to believe. Fortunately I read on and discovered just how right he was.

Two years ago, I realized that I was being bi-annually abducted by aliens – yes, real aliens. I requested to be flown off of Earth, but failed to get a ride off of Earth due to political, legal, treaty, and war-related reasons.


I am currently employed by Saurians. I also do freelance work for some Greys. As well as some mammaloids (the inspiration for Earth-based “furries”).

Everything is weirder when furries are involved.

You haven’t the faintest clue what dinosaurs look like. I have attached a photograph of a Saurian that I found on the internet on a UFO web-site. I illustrated a corrected image with feathers.

Finally, I can sleep better at night knowing what dinosaurs really looked like.

cranially-injected 3G mobile-phones with REM-sleep video

That must suck when the 4G comes out and you need brain surgery to get an upgrade

If you want to read the whole thing (these were the best parts) and see the picture attachments, you can get a PDF of the message here

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Serious Failure
Posted in Strangeness
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:49 pm)

I was composing an email to a colleague on my iMac at work when it underlined serious:
Serious not in the Mac OS dictionary

Yeah, I meant to type Serrions. That's not even English! Seriously, WTF?

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Creative Blog Spam
Posted in Strangeness
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:56 am)

I got these weird spam comments in my moderation queue recently:

weird blog comment spam

Since I got two of these, I can't say they're terribly original, but at least it's honest spam…

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No syslog-ng?
Posted in Strangeness, Tech
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:29 pm)

One of my servers went down today. It runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. I don't know what happened, none of the partitions filled up or anything, it just "freaked out." Perhaps something went bad somewhere, and in its defense, it'd been running for 352 straight days.

In any case, after triage I was doing some system checks and I found I'm missing the /var/log/messages file. Weird. So I send a SIGHUP to the syslog daemon and it does nothing.

So I check the /sbin directory and the klogd binary was there, but the syslogd binary wasn't! I had to reinstall syslog-ng. It's hard to track down a problem like this when your logfiles aren't there…

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Posted in Reviews, Strangeness
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:48 pm)

Once in a while I browse things like the Kindle reviews. I'm puzzled by this one:

Weird Amazon Kindle review

I have no idea to which nipples the reviewer is referring. Too much personal information?

The Good Block
Posted in Strangeness
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:18 pm)

Er, book. The Lego Bible. Man the Internet is weird…

Plus, it's snarky!

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A Tornado WHERE?
Posted in Strangeness
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:33 pm)

For Coeur d'Alene via National Weather Service:

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 515 PM PDT
for northeastern Spokane... northwestern Kootenai... southeastern Pend
Oreille and southwestern Bonner counties...

At 423 PM PDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size
hail... and destructive winds in excess of 70 mph. This storm was
located near Oldtown... or near Newport... moving south at 15 mph.

Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to
Blanchard and Spirit Lake.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Doppler radar has indicated some weak rotation within this storm.
While not immediately likely... a tornado may still develop. If a
tornado is spotted... act quickly and move to a place of safety in a
sturdy structure... such as a basement or small interior room.

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