Another thread

Looks like I have the blog to myself today. That means I can put up vacation pictures and they can stay on top of the blog for as long as I want. However I feel a little bad about the creed thing, even considering that some of you can neither wait for an open thread nor use the previous one, so I will post good vacation pics. Well I think they are good pics, and my judgment is pretty good. They both come from our Christmas trip to San Diego.

First, some shorebirds.

One shorebird.

Two more below the fold. I don’t want to spoil anything, but they are both pictures of rocks. I would have posted one picture of a rock but I could not decide which one I like better. Maybe you guys can help.


Awright fine. The dog stayed in Pittsburgh, but here is a pic of him looking noble on one of our country’s other great coasts. Perhaps he is watching out for sharks, or considering a life on the sea.



Chat away.

34 replies
  1. 1
    dmsilev says:

    No dog pictures? For shame.

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    Corner Stone says:

    You’re actually pissed about someone not staying on a narrow topic here?

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    Hal says:

    The fact that San Diego is not frozen right now is just further proof that global warming is a hoax. The shorebirds should be penguins.

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    Citizen_X says:

    That means I can put up vacation pictures and they can stay on top of the blog for as long as I want.

    Lol. Just as John’s awake and about to post.

    Nice pics though.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh, man, decisions, decisions. Rock #1 kind of looks like a worried otter, while Rock #2 looks like a purposeful alligator.

    Team Otter! Team Alligator! Can’t decide!

    Please post a picture of Max to heal the pain in my heart. Thank you.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Applied Science. It’s not for everyone.*

    OK America, You Can Stop Throwing Pots of Boiling Water Into the Air Now.

    * Especially for those with the mental capacity of a retarded chinchilla.

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    Loneoak says:

    Enough of these trolling vacation pictures. This blog need moar fuzzy, poorly-lit pictures of Maine Coon cats.

    Just like it needs a raging case of highly infectious e-syphilis.

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    Quicksand says:

    #2 is a bit cleaner, compositionally. With #1 my eye keeps wandering off to the blotchy sand.

    They’re both nice though. I like rocks. Mmm hmm.

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    looks like encinitas/cardiff/solana beach area?

    the pic of sylvia is awesome. :)

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    Scamp Dog says:

    Rock #1. I love those ripples.

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    Tim@top – you know we can scroll through those photos as a slideshow and see Max puppeh and Tim-daughter, right? She is so adorable!

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    MattR says:

    Spent an hour trying to get a member ID online for health insurance. Finally gave up and had to call the toll free number which took another half hour because the computer system was slow on their end as well.

    Applying the right wing Obamacare standard, I guess this means that private, for-profit, employer provided insurance is a failure.

    @Anoniminous: I mentioned last night we would do that as a practical joke to newbies in the frozen warehouse. But we were always smart enough to aim away from the person, just in case.

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    scav says:

    @Comrade Mary: Well. liking them both, but between digging itself in rock and causing ripples rock, the ripply one may be slightly more locally representative, if we’re choosing rock mascots. Not that digging in of positions doesn’t occur, the ripples just seem more snarly.

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    pat says:

    no. 2 looks like the rock has moved and left a trail behind it.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    This is why the Mythbusters do disclaimers at the start of the show and after every commercial break. Because people are stupid.

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    srv says:

    Kanye stops Coinye!

    n Tuesday evening (January 7) at 7:00pm Pacific Time, the latest “altcoin,” Coinye, is set to hit the Internet. But unlike its predecessor Bitcoin alternatives, this one comes with the cachet of being associated—rightly or wrongly—with Kanye West. That, in turn, has gotten a lot of attention. And West’s lawyer is not very happy about it.

    “We are in the process of preserving and protecting Mr. West’s valuable publicity and trademark rights from willful and brazen infringements,” Brad Rose told Ars by e-mail on Tuesday morning.

    Rose, an attorney at Pryor Cashman, represents the venerable rapper. On Monday, he sent a three-page cease-and-desist letter (PDF) by e-mail to the creator or creators of Coinye—serving it simply to “”

    “Now [West] wants to crush us and/or take our idea. And we’ve decided to stand up to the system and fight for the people. Once this is released into the wild it can’t be stopped, it’s decentralized. That [cease-and-desist] says if we don’t comply, they will get a restraining order against us to stay away from Kanye. LOL. Like isn’t he some big fuckin’ gangster. Restraining order against COINYE WEST is all they have for an identity.”

    Obama must have gotten to him

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, too, the really fun thing when standing on the shore in Southern California looking at the scenery is when one of the rocks suddenly moves, and you realize you’ve been staring at a sea lion or seal that’s napping on the rock.

    Evolution, bitchez.

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    Trollhattan says:

    Doggie pics! Ran across this doggie pic today–“totes adorbs” as my kid would say.;size=lg

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    dmsilev says:

    @srv: To steal a comment posted elsewhere on the net in reaction to this story, Kanye’s not gonna let them finish.

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    Trollhattan says:


    That’s an actual thing, in the desert.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Mnemosyne: That happened to me the first time I saw the Pacific Ocean. I was tired from the last leg of a cross-country drive but all excited to see the pinnipeds, and I just kept staring and staring at the ocean, and finally, I said, “Where are the goddamned seals? I was promised lots of seals!” And someone pointed out that they were impersonating rocks all around me!

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    @raven: cool video raven. thx for sharing.

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    Belafon says:

    @Anoniminous: Here’s a cool science trick that’s not nearly as dangerous. It came from my oldest, who is studying to be a biochemist.

    The temps here were in the range of 22 when I went to bed, to 16 when I woke up. I took a clear plastic water bottle and filled it to the top, put the cap on it, and set it outside before I went to bed, so 7+ hours in below freezing. When I woke up and looked at it, it was still unfrozen, and when I touched it, it felt like it was at about the same temperature as when I put it outside. I picked it up, and shook it a little bit. The ice started freezing from the top to the bottom, taking about 6-10 seconds. Only the outside was frozen, but it was just cool seeing it freeze that way.

    You want to make sure you put the bottle in a place that it won’t be disturbed until you pick it up.

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    @Belafon: You can do this with soda, too and make slushies.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: That’s cool. Thanks.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    The trifecta: learn how to fold a fitted sheet while watching an adorable doggie and listening to a catchy song.

    However, this video (featuring a sweet homemakerly lady) will actually show you how to fold the damn sheet.

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    MattR says:

    @Belafon: FYWP is eating my comment so let’s see if the raw link works

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    MattR says:

    @MattR: That is a demonstration of super cooled water freezing that was done as part of a documentary into Air France flight 447.

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    Comrade Mary says:


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    koalaholik says:

    Great pictures of Max/ Love that doggie

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    StringOnAStick says:

    Heh. I got an email ad this morning for some Wall Street huckster, hyping something he called “Edison’s money”. I watched the vid for about 5 minutes with the sound off, the better to see the phony sales hooks (a venture capitalist guy!) and overdone production values (TV monitors! with maps and stuff!). The game for me was figuring out the actual product before the reveal. At first I figured it was rare coins, but no. The thing he wanted to sell you was advice on how and when to buy it so you could become fabulously wealthy with little upfront investment? Bitcoin.

    I’d say this is as obvious a sign of a top in bitcoin as having cab drivers give you tips on which internet stock is the next guaranteed rocket ship in early 2000.

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    Yatsuno says:

    MAXPUPPEH!! The thread is now complete.

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    RaflW says:

    The lower rock picture is the better one. Just my gut, fast reaction.

    Looks lovely there. Not eleventy below zero, either.

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