Overnight Open Thread: Fishing for Raven

Not actually trying to catch members of genus corvus, but a couple of fishing videos for Raven who seems to be up late these days as he’s convalescing. With my luck of picking videos tonight he’s probably seen these, but its the thought that counts, right…

First up a 3 year old catches a big (relative to her) catfish:

And here’s someone landing a very large (and very dangerous) alligator gar:

Late Evening Open Thread: Duct Tape Roll Cage Testing Kangaroos!

Remember to wear your seat belts!

I didn’t realize the previously posted video was an advertisement (hadn’t watched it all the way through). Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! So instead, here’s some kangaroos!!!!



Update your iPhones and iPads Immediately

An Israeli company, the NSO Group, that sells hacking solutions to governments to allow them to access people’s tech, has found a way to get around iOS security.  So if you’ve got an iPhone or an iPad or anything else running iOS, go to settings and software update and download and install the patch that Apple pushed out yesterday!

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake hits Umbria, Italy


(Coat of Arms; Amatrice, Italy)

Early this morning (local time) a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the Province of Rieti in central Italy.


(Map of Rieti Province of Italy)

The town of Amatrice in the neighboring region of Umbria was especially hard it. The mayor has stated that:

says residents are buried under the debris of collapsed buildings and that “the town isn’t here anymore.”

As with any news of this type, expect the information to form up over the next 24-72 hours.

Late Evening/Early Morning Open Thread: The Sky is Falling

Perseid meteor shower live feed!

Late Evening Open Thread: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid


For those in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area please be extra careful: there’s a creepy clown on the loose!

“Creepy Clown” spotted in Green Bay

Green Bay, WI — Neighbors in Green Bay are on edge after seeing a person dressed like a clown by the intersection of Mason and Adams Street around 2 a.m. Tuesday. 

The pictures are going viral on Facebook. The original post has almost 8,000 shares. A Facebook page has also been created to post future sightings of the clown, called Gags – The Green Bay Clown.

Police say they’ve received a few calls about the clown. 

“A person can walk down the sidewalk dressed however they want as long as they’re in a place they legally can be, and they’re not in a place that has a closing time, like a park,” said Captain Kevin Warych with the Green Bay Police Department. 

Police say their options are limited in dealing with the situation. 

I alerted Omnes directly this afternoon, but any other Juicers in Wisconsin may wish to take extra precautions!

Open thread to complain about clowns, people that are scared of clowns, people that torment people that are scared of clowns, or whatever!

* Image found here.

I Just Bought a House

Not to steal Tom’s thunder, but I am the bigfoot king, so I thought I would tell you I just bought a house at a foreclosure sale:


5 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, 1900 square feet. Lot size of 9000 square ft.

Definite fixer upper, and a block away from me, so I am going to gut it and renovate over the winter and probably move in in April-May, hopefully. Nice fenced in yard for the pets.

No central air, but has good air flow so I will survive until that comes in later.

I was the only one to show up at the auction, and the guy was actually surprised. I paid a dollar ($1.00) over the minimum bid.