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Apple Talk / Atlas Shrugged DVDs recalled
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:43:50 pm »
Did this already get posted?  I didn't see anything about it, but if I am re-posting, my apologies, and mods can delete if necessary.  But fuck this is funny:

Apple Talk / In Case Anyone Is Interested...
« on: May 04, 2011, 07:14:42 pm »
...and I know some of you are...

Tubgirl is back and ready for more. 

PM me for linky, if... you... DARE!

Apple Talk / Quick Stupid Question - PLEASE HELP!
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:30:36 pm »
Is there such a food in the USA as "Sesame Snaps"? 

Not sure if it would go under that name, basically sesame seeds hardened into cracker-like form.  Sometimes with honey.

Bring and Brag / Hoopla's Exceedingly Basic Cartoons
« on: April 06, 2011, 05:52:38 pm »
I was playing around with an online Flash animator, hoping to make some Enrico cartoons... this was a a test run with a different character:

(edited to change title of the thread)

Aneristic Illusions / I Know Ron Paul Is Not Very Popular Here, But...
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:08:10 pm »
...he seemed to make a lot of sense in this video. (apologies if this has already been posted)

Any thoughts?

Apple Talk / The Hoopla Case Against Color
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:41:32 am »
Yesterday, I overheard a conversation between two homeless men who were waiting in a line for lunch at a nearby shelter. I was waiting for a bus on a bench close to where the two were standing, and happened to overhear one of them mention a 'golden apple'. This, of course, piqued my interest, so I began to listen to the two.

It turns out that the 'golden apple' the one man was referring to was what is commonly referred to as an 'Orange', but he is correct that at one time the fruit was called a golden apple - the conversation centered around the man holding the orange trying to convince the other man that the fruit he was holding was in fact blue, not orange.

"It's like this," said the man. "color works in opposites. When you look at an Orange the light bounces off the Orange, and back to your eye. But, the thing is, the thing is this: the Orange absorbs all the colors of the white light, and only bounces back the color orange to your eye. So, really, the Orange is any color BUT orange."

"I don't get it." said the other man. "Why does it look orange to us, then?"

"Because that's the only color bouncing back to your eye. It looks orange because orange is bouncing back. The eye works on opposites. We actually see things upside down, but our eyes correct the image so that we see it normally. And, we usually see in negative, but the eye corrects for that too."

"That's fucked." the other man answered aptly.

It was at this point that I turned to the two men. "I'll tell you what's more fucked. Color doesn't exist at all."

They both just stared at me. I continued: "Think about this: Everything is made from molecules, right? Well, what color are molecules?"

The one man shrugged, and the other said: "I don't know."

I winked. "Exactly. That's because molecules don't have any color. And, if everything is made from molecules, and molecules have no color, than de facto NOTHING has color."

Before either man could respond I disappeared in a puff of smoke.

« on: February 11, 2011, 09:07:34 pm »

Life likes me... it's obvious, how could it not when it gives me SO much to laugh about?

Apple Talk / Facial Recognition Study?
« on: February 08, 2011, 04:04:04 pm »
I am looking for some help here, and I'm not totally sure how to go about it... I am hoping someone here will know what I am talking about and can point me in the right direction.

I believe there was a study done sometime in the last ten years (may have been longer) where it was determined that humans respond positively toward things which have indications of a human face, things as basic as "smiley faces" or coloured lights forming smiles, etc.  However, the flip side of this study was that there was a line... crossing this line and making things look "too human" tended to creep people out.  Think marionettes, robotic presidents at Disney World, etc...

Here's the thing, I was positive that I had read about this study in a column by Roger Ebert of all people, I could have sworn he sited this study in his review for the Wayan's Brothers movie 'White Chicks', but having just re-read that review I can find absolutely no reference to it, as if I dreamed it.  I really hope this is not the case. 

Does this study sound familiar to anyone here?

Apple Talk / Hi, I used to be X, but now I am Y
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:02:58 pm »
This is a thread for people who change their name, and care that others know who they are.

If you are one of those people who changes their name and DOESN'T want anyone to know who they are, this thread is not for you.  Also, fuck off.

I haven't changed my name lately, but am hoping some people might use this thread, so I know who they are.

Apple Talk / Are Conspiracy Nuts Actually Twisted Narcissists?
« on: January 27, 2011, 05:30:12 pm »
I am listening to a radio interview right now with Australian writer Will Elliot, who was once diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and wrote a book about that, but in the radio interview he says he has since realized that he was NOT schizophrenic, and his former "hallucinations" were genuine.  He believes that he is a higher evolved human with extra strands of DNA which allows him to see through the veil of the illusions of shape shifting reptilians who rule the world.

I mean, ok, for all I know I might be a deluded fool who is manipulated by shape shifting reptilians, but I have no proof of it so I'm not even going to entertain the notion in the meantime, so let's assume these shape shifting reptilians don't exist, for the sake of conversation...

His whole theory is based on the idea that he is special from other people because he can see through the bullshit, and I've seen this behavior presented by other conspiracy people and all I can come up with is that the conspiracy is a necessary bi-product of these massive delusions of grandeur.

Am I mistaken?

High Weirdness / The Sandbar Piano
« on: January 27, 2011, 02:57:45 pm »
Every good bar needs a piano...

A grand piano recently appeared on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, about 200 yards from the Quayside condominiums off Northeast 107th Street. Whoever put it there placed it at the highest point of the sandbar so that it's not underwater during high tide.

How and why the piano got there is a mystery. A grand piano weighs at least 650 pounds and is unwieldly to move, said Bob Shapiro, a salesman at Piano Music Center in Pembroke Park. ``You don't take it out there in a rowboat,'' Shapiro said.

This much is clear, however: The piano isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Unless it becomes a danger to wildlife or boaters, authorities have no plans to haul it away.

``We are not responsible for removing such items,'' said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. ``Even a car can become a habitat for wildlife. Unless the item becomes a navigational hazard, the Coast Guard would not get involved.''

The marine patrols of both the North Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the same thing.
From Quayside, the shape of the piano is visible to the naked eye, but with a pair of binoculars or a telephoto lense, seagulls can be seen landing on the instrument and water lapping at its legs.

Throwing away a grand piano may seem like a waste of money, but it may not be. In decent condition, a used grand piano would cost at least $3,000 to $4,000. But many pianos wear out from the literally tons of pressure on the internal parts. Cheaper models aren't worth the cost of rebuilding.

``It could be worth nothing,'' Shapiro said. ``Pianos don't grow old gracefully. They just wear out.''

Apple Talk / Dear Roger,
« on: January 26, 2011, 02:39:15 pm »
"We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking up skirts." - Enrico Salazar

Dear Roger,

Well, it has happened.  Canada's superiority bubble has finally burst, but why did I get splattered with blood and puss and smegma when it blew?  I expected the hellacious 'spoldey, but not the overwhelming gore.  All of the self pedestal sitting, and all of the alleged higher ground, have been crushed down under the boot of the Special Police.  Canada, the Shining White Knight of the World, has gleefully admitted to making up laws wholesale to keep it's people in line, it has unabashedly admitted that the Special Police were cracking jaws and smashing skulls for kicks while the leaders of the world shoved Tim Hortons bear claws down their tight throats, a few hundred feet away.  They have begun arresting people for practicing witchcraft, and electing people with the mindset of Sarah Palin and the body image of Beth Ditto.  The Special Police corner peaceful protestors in torrential rainstorms and keep them there, for kicks. 

But you know what?  They deserve it.  We deserve it.  This "country" has been sitting in it's self created Ivory Tower for too long.  They don't advertise it, but this country also interred Japanese during WWII, we participated in CIA's MK Ultra progrmas, and we have tons of US bombs sitting on our land, of our own free choice!  Canada, O Canada, our home and native land, the only place in the world which is smug about how humble they are.  Fuck this place, fuck it in the neck, and thank the heavens that it finally knows that it is not above every other fucking country on the face of Planet Mudball.  It may be walking and wearing pants, but it's still a fucking Pig.

Or fucking kill me.


Apple Talk / Open Apology to the Board
« on: January 11, 2011, 05:21:05 pm »
Sorry guys, I'm a little under the weather today and it would seem that it has made me just a tad cranky.  I am taking it out on you, when I should be taking it out on those who deserve it: The Kardashians.

Please find it in your heart to forgive me, I love you all... even Niamh.

Apple Talk / The CALM Act
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:58:59 pm »

The Obama administration thinks it's very important that television commercials are too loud.  This certainly seems like a prudent usage of tax payer's dollars. [/sarcasm]

Apple Talk / Sarah Palin and the Crosshairs
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:16:44 pm »
I can't find a thread on it... I assume you have all heard about this already.  Thoughts?

Is it incitement?

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