Light rail!

Light rail to the airport bitches. I know, welcome to the 20th century Seattle. Still, I'm excited. 

I know the pic is kinda lame, but it's early and I'm not feeling creative.

Anyway the point is, I didn't have to wake anyone up and ask them to drive me to the airport in rush hour traffic. It's like living in a real city.

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Scientists discover God’s toe

No really, physicists are claiming to have data that shows God's toe, which is slightly off target if your eventual goal is God's face, but at least it's the right body. 

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So the good news is that whatever I did, it was relatively minor.

 Likely no fracture to the scapula, possibly to the plate where my arm goes into the shoulder, but hard to tell and if so, very minor. Possible tear to the soft tissue that surrounds the joint which might require surgery if it is bad enough, but we need a CT scan first. Possible slight separation of the AC joint but not sure. If that pain doesn't diminish, then it's time for an MRI and maybe surgery. I can type with two hands as long as it is comfortable for me and can start running again when my shoulder can tolerate it and riding again in a few weeks.
All in all, not great, but not awful!

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Impossible not to share

This is impossible not to share

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What gives with Lady Gaga?

Before Friday night, Lady Gaga was a name I'd heard and only existed at the periphery of my conscience. I knew who she was and had an idea of what she does, but that's about it. Couldn't have named a single song of hers.
Then Friday night Penny Kamplain  brings up some figure skater who does his routine to one of her songs and we watch it and one of her videos on YouTube. Now she's everywhere. Including The New Yorker. WTF?

Also, Facebook posts can only be 420 characters? Interesting…

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My Run in with a Coyote

While walking the dog this morning, the dog started getting really excited. My sleepy eyes finally focused on a Coyote stationed at the entrance to an alley about 40 feet away. I stopped and pulled the dog back toward me but all he wanted to do was say hi to the new dog. I started yelling and all the coyote did was stand there and stare. My dog was now freaking out so I started to back away and the coyote started following us. Talk about terrifying!
More yelling, more hand waving and we had a stand off. Someone came out of one of the apartments on to her deck and I told her what was happening. She suggested a call to animal control which I found kind of unhelpful since I had no phone and an emergency situation on my hands and NOTHING at hand to throw.
She found something small on her deck to throw and I finally found a tin can which got him to back off a bit, but not much. As she called Animal Control, I kept yelling and stomping in the direction of the coyote who pretty much held its ground.
Finally I found a large rock and as I got ready to heave it, the coyote seemed to understand that I had something with weight in my hands and bolted back down the alley. I backed back up my street to keep an eye out and went back inside with my poor terrified dog.
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My good deed for the year

On the way home from the party last night we came across a guy sprawled on the curb about two blocks from our place. I pulled over to see if he needed help and he turned out to be drunker than anyone I have ever seen (including myself after the whiskey party). Glasses askew, unable to stand, blood on his face from falling on it… the works. All he could say was, "Too much to drink," over and over. So I stood with him to hold him upright and tried to find someone in his phone to call (stupid Windows Mobile OS is not intuitive for searching!). I ended up calling 911…which was busy at 2 AM on NYE. Go figure. After 10 minutes of trying (for 911! god help us) I finally got them. When the fire truck arrived 5 minutes later, he stumbled off, terrified. They found him a block later.
My good deed of the year is done.

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Where does Jesus fit into it?

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New Facebook Worm Spreading Via User’s Walls [WARNING]

Anti-virus maker AVG is warning of a new worm spreading on Facebook via user’s walls.

According to one of AVG’s bloggers, the worm spreads as users that are already logged into the social network click on the suggestive photo that is being placed on their walls by infected friends.

Here’s how it works:

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(is there anyone other than me in that set?) the thumbnail of the worm’s infective page is a link to the page. The worm’s objective, of course, is that others viewing the victim’s wall will click the link, and as they are logged into Facebook, the worm will propagate its link to that victim’s wall, and so on…

This worm uses what is technically known as a CSRF (Cross-site Request Forgery, also called XSRF) attack. A sequence of iframes on the exploit page call a sequence of other pages and scripts, eventually resulting in a form submission to Facebook “as if” the victim had submitted a URL for a wall post and clicked on the “Share” button to confirm the post.”

While this attack seems to cause more embarrassment than it does damage to your computer or account, it also seems like one of the easier ones to fall for since all it requires is “clicking da button, baby.” The long and short of it seems to be: avoid the booty.

Facebook worm. Much as you want to, DON’T click on the naked woman pics.

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Researchers Explore Growing Ocean Garbage Patches – NYTimes.com

Lindsey Hoshaw for The New York Times

A spotted gray trigger fish was just big enough to fit inside a caulking tube, and became highly protective of its tiny habitat, snapping at approaching fish. Researchers removed the tube from the garbage patch in September and placed it in an aquarium for observation.

I’m obsessed with the horror that is the Pacific Garbage Patch. It disgusts me that we, as a species, has created this. So, building on my post from last weekend about the dead birds there, I give you this.

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