Thursday, March 31, 2011


Tonight's Wipeout compilation, from the 2011 (fourth) season, episodes 1 to 3:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rack of lamb

Tonight's dinner recipe, from Chef John:

Ingredient list here. Yum.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Tonight's Irish tap dancing video, from Riverdance:

Monday, March 28, 2011

A train runs through it

Tonight's unusual market location, Bangkok edition:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Jose Gonzalez's Heartbeats:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturn flyby

Tonight's space video - an animation created from thousands of photos taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it approached Saturn in 2004:

From the video's description:
What would it look like to approach Saturn in a spaceship? One doesn't have to just imagine -- the Cassini spacecraft did just this in 2004, recording thousands of images along the way, and thousands more since entering orbit. Recently, some of these images have been digitally tweaked, cropped, and compiled into the above inspiring video which is part of a larger developing IMAX movie project named Outside In. In the last sequence, Saturn looms increasingly large on approach as cloudy Titan swoops below. With Saturn whirling around in the background, Cassini is next depicted flying over Mimas, with large Herschel Crater clearly visible. Saturn's majestic rings then take over the show as Cassini crosses Saturn's thin ring plane. Dark shadows of the ring appear on Saturn itself. Finally, the enigmatic ice-geyser moon Enceladus appears in the distance and then is approached just as the video clip ends.

[From NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day]

Friday, March 25, 2011

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Perpetuum Jazzile performs Toto's Africa a capella, vocals only, no instruments:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trick shot

Tonight's trick shot video - UConn quarterback Johnny McEntee shows off:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Walking is hard, sometimes

Tonight's fashion runway falls:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Close shave

Tonight's uh, barber-ous device - the shaving helmet:

Monday, March 21, 2011

How to write a love song

Tonight's love song composition, from Aussie band Axis of Awesome:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Baz Luhrmann's Everybody Free (to Wear Sunscreen):

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Welcome to the Minidrome

Tonight's miniature velodrome:

From the video's description:
London welcomed the Red Bull Mini Drome to York Hall, where over 1000 spectators gathered to get a taster of the world's smallest velodrome in action.

Fixed gear riders from across the UK tried to hold on to the red line as they rode around the track aiming for the fastest time.

The purpose built track has been engineered in Germany by Velotrack, the team that built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Red Bull Mini Drome track will maintain race-worthy dimensions in the smallest possible size to enable a single pursuit.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Skating on thin ice

Tonight's warm-blooded Norwegian takes a dip in Sandefjord, Norway:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Surfing the cranberries

Tonight's video - wakeboarding a cranberry bog in Tomah, Wisconsin:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - Air's La Femme D'Argent. The video is from a film taken in 1905 of a cable car traveling on Market Street in San Francisco, before the 1906 earthquake and fire devastated the area:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Selling gas with a Ferrari

Tonight's gas commercial - Shell Oil, a sponsor of the Ferrari F1 team, got to use some of that fabled marque's vintage cars, filming them on the streets of Rome, Rio de Janiero, New York, Hong Kong, and Monaco. Reportedly no special effects, just those magnificent racecars doing their thing:

Japan - before and after pics; photos of the devastation

Here's a link to some before and after photos of parts of the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged areas. Please say a prayer for the folks in Japan as they deal with this unfolding disaster.  The following photos are listed as being from Arahama in Sendai:



See the rest here.

And the Boston Globe has many more photos of the devastation:

Caption: Minamisanriku is submerged after Friday's strong earthquake-triggered tsunami in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, March 12. (Kyodo News)

See the rest here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Inspired by Iceland

Tonight's Icelandic video [brief nudity] - the music is Emiliana Torrini's Jungle Drum:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Droop no more

Tonight's plant recovery:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical interlude - J.S. Bach's Toccata and fugue in D minor, played on a glass harp:

[via Aggie Catholics]

Here's the traditional organ version, performed by Kurt Ison at the Sydney Town Hall:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bridge replacement

Tonight's timelapse video railroad repair, UK edition - replacing the bridge over Caversham Road in Reading, England:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

How it's made

Tonight's how it's made video, playing card edition:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

And now, something for the truly lazy

Tonight's I'm-too-lazy-to-walk mobility option:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Musical interlude

Tonight's musical and dance interlude - Maria Pages performs Firedance, from the hit show Riverdance:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Chocolate chili mousse

Tonight's dessert recipe, from Chef John:

Chocolate Mousse from Foodwishes on Vimeo.

Details and ingredient list here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

How the seahorse got its shape

Tonight's fishy video:

Egyptian "Religion of Peaceniks" attack Christian homes, torch church

From Egypt, comes this story [emphasis added in bold, my comments in red]:
(AINA) -- A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church.

Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last two days in the village of Bromil, 7 kilometers from Soul, initially refused to go into Soul, according to the officer in charge. When the army finally sent three tanks to the village, Muslim elders sent them away, saying that everything was "in order now." [nothing to see here, the Christians are perfectly safe, move along]

A curfew has been imposed on the 12,000 Christians in the village. [given that the muslims were the ones attacking Christians in their homes and churches, shouldn't the muslims be the ones confined by curfew to their homes?  You know, so they can't attack the Christians?]

This incident was triggered by a relationship between 40-year-old Copt Ashraf Iskander and a Muslim woman. Yesterday a "reconciliation" meeting was arranged between the relevant Coptic and Muslim families and together with the Muslim elders it was decided that Ashraf Iskander would have to leave the village because Muslims torched his house.

The father of the Muslim woman was killed by his cousin because he did not kill his daughter to preserve the family's honor, [what a "peaceful" solution, no?] which led the woman's brother to avenge the death of his father by killing the cousin. The village Muslims blamed the Christians. [repeat after me: it's always the non-muslims' (Christians, Jews) fault] ...
Read the rest here.

By the way, Daniel Greenfield has more on how male adherents of the "Religion of Peace" treat women here, with lots of embedded links. Snippet [link omitted below]:
How academic is this, let's take a brief trip from Pakistan to Egypt, home of the joyful Democratic revolution, where 98 percent of foreign women complained of being sexually harassed on a daily basis.

Let's step back and look at those numbers for a moment. Nearly every single foreign woman who visits Egypt can expect to be sexually harassed... every single day that she is there. [emphasis added] Where does that kind of attitude come from? ...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Piano stairway

Tonight's unusual stairway, in Stockholm, Sweden:

Friday, March 4, 2011


Tonight's typical video:

[Hat tip: Ted]

Wyoming goes permitless

Wyoming joins Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont in the "Constitutional Carry" movement, no longer requiring permits to lawfully carry concealed weapons:
Wyoming --( Wyoming is moving in the right direction, and it is because of men and women like you.

This afternoon, I watched as Governor Mead signed Constitutional Carry into law while saying his office had been clogged with emails and phone calls from people demanding he sign the Jennings-Jaggi Constitutional Carry bill.

Even though so called “political experts” say your activism doesn’t matter, today’s events show who has the real power in politics… You!

The anti-gun crowd fought this legislation every step of the way. The plain and simple truth is when push came to shove, it was your phone calls and emails that pushed this freedom-restoring bill through the legislature. ...
Article here.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Smothers Brothers

Tonight's comedy duo interview - the Smothers Brothers, on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tricky lumber

Tonight's nail in a block of wood video:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shall we go fishing?

Tonight's fishing frenzy, via BBC One:

From the video's description:
On one day of the year the Dogon people of Mali can fish in the sacred water of Lake Antogo. It's every fisherman for himself as the lake is emptied in minutes.