Saturday, September 6, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Spam...


What could make the awesomeness that is Spam even better? CHEESE FLAVOR!!! Now excuse me while I go hurl...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Right vs Wrong

For those of you who have trouble distinguishing between right and wrong, I offer you a visual representation... Any questions?

WTF??? 28


Flavor saver? Might be good for keeping mail-order brides fresh in transit...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tribute to Bill Melendez...


One of the last of the legends has passed on-- I only know about Mr. Melendez as a person from having seen him on the 'Looney Tunes Golden Collection' dvd's, but we ALL grew up on him. There will never be more like him and so few of the originals are left...
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bill Melendez, best known for bringing the Peanuts characters to life with such classics as "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," died Tuesday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 91.
Melendez, the only animator permitted by Charles M. Schulz to work with the Peanuts characters, earned eight Emmy Awards, 17 Emmy nominations, one Oscar nomination and two Peabody Awards. He began his career at Disney and Warner Bros., working on classic characters at those studios, and spent more than 70 years in the entertainment industry.
In 1948, the Mexican native left Warner Bros. and for more than a decade served as a director and producer on more than 1,000 commercials and films for United Productions of America, Playhouse Pictures and John Sutherland Prods.
It was at UPA that Melendez started doing work for the New York-based J. Walter Thompson ad agency, whose clients included Ford. The carmaker expressed interest in using the Peanuts characters to sell its cars on TV, and in 1959 Melendez prepared his animation work and showed it to Peanuts creator Schulz.
Melendez went on to bring Charlie Brown and his pals to the screen in more than 63 half-hour specials, five one-hour specials, four feature films and more than 372 commercials. In addition to perennial favorites "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966), Melendez produced the Oscar-nominated "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" (1971), "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (1973), "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown" (1980) and "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown" (1975). He also provided the voices for Snoopy and Woodstock through the years.
Melendez also animated TV specials "Garfield on the Town," "Cathy," "Babar Comes to America" and "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe," among others. He shared an Emmy in 1987 for outstanding animated program with three others for "Cathy."
His last credit was as a producer for the 2006 TV special "He's A Bully, Charlie Brown."
Melendez, who sported a handle bar mustache for decades, began his career at Walt Disney Studios and worked on "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," "Bambi," "Dumbo" and classic Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons. He then moved to Warners to animate Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and others. He worked under the monikers C. Melendez and J.C. Melendez.
Bill Melendez Prods., its sister studio Melendez Films in London and Sopwith Prods. (Melendez's art distribution unit) will continue to animate, direct and produce features and commercials.
Melendez is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen; two sons, Steven Melendez and (Ret.) Navy Rear Admiral Rodrigo Melendez; six grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will take place for family only.
Donations can be made in Melendez's name to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
Also check out Mark Evanier's tribute http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2008_09_03.html#015764

awesome comic...


I want to thank my bloggy buddy Mike http://popculturewonders.blogspot.com/ for introducing me to a cool and odd little comic strip (which unfortunately no longer updates) called 'Perry Bible Fellowship' by Nicholas Gurewitch http://pbfcomics.com/

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Epitaph...


If anyone is interested, I have much larger versions of the three parts-- I just shrunk and combined them for ease here...
Wish I knew who did this.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Popeye...


Is this not the most disturbing Popeye comic you have ever seen?
I had to replace the text because it was hard as heck to read (some of it I had to guess at, but it's as close as I could get it).
I have always loved Wimpy, but.............. sheesh-- he crossed a line here...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Headlines...


Malaysian man gets nut stuck around penis

After that headline, do you even need a story?
I won't post the actual article because it's............. gruesome, but it boils down to a welder who placed a nut (as in nuts and bolts) around his penis hoping to lengthen it...
You have to wonder sometimes how much thought is put into headlines-- they need to catch your attention obviously, but sometimes it seems they try a little too hard... or maybe they don't try hard enough:
"Man with gunshot to mouth seeks help at business but won't talk."
"Cops arrest white woman on warrant for black man."
"Chick Accuses Some of Her Male Colleagues of Sexism."
"County to pay $250,000 to advertise lack of funds."
"Volunteers search for old Civil War planes."
"Lobbyists offer legislators cash at ethics session."
"Prisoner serving 2,000-year sentence could face more jail time."
"Meeting on open meetings is closed."
"DOE to do NEPA's EIS on BNFL's AMWTP at INEEL after SRA protest."
"No benefits for ill man. Agency says terminal illness not severe enough."
"Caskets found as workers demolish mausoleum."
"Students cook & serve grandparents."
"Cemetery residents making a comeback."
"Ten Commandments -- Supreme Court says some OK, some not."
"Minneapolis gym class is now offered online"
"Forecasters call for weather on Monday."
"Utah Poison Control Center reminds everyone not to take poison."
"Most doctors agree that breathing regularly is good for you."
"Electrical fault blamed for fire in Hell"
"Ex-Minister Breaks Silence, Says Nothing."
"Superintendent: If we don't change, we'll remain the same."
"Governor says Mell investigation should proceed despite apology mpcilchsflsnh."
"Funeral Homes Bring Cheer To Senior Citizens."
"Texans support death penalty, but only for the guilty."
"Federal Agents raid gun shop, find weapons."
"Health officials say flammable water is okay to drink."
"Bladder control causes Sunset Beach flooding."
"U.N. issues report to stop issuing so many reports."
"Protect yourself from summer fun."
"Alton attorney accidentally sues himself."
"Gorillas of Rwanda lecture at Denver Musuem of Natural History."
"Ethics ordinance won't apply to elected officials."
"Looking for some 'sheep' fun?"
"Teen learns to live with stuTTTering."
"Puerto Rican teen named mistress of the universe."
"Wetlands too damp."
"Slaying suspect wants to plead guilty, but not that guilty."
"Police arrest everyone on February 22."
"Horses: Perfect eats for race day."
"Gasoline station will offer mammograms."
"One armed man applauds the kindness of strangers."
"Weber arson suspect to plead guilty or not guilty."
"But Hole will eventually be closed."
"Canine won't testify in man's arson trial."
"Colon absorbs another pounding."
"Rain would ease drought conditions."
"Elizabeth Dole had no choice but to run as a woman."
"Gas company behind bean supper."
"Killer biscuits wanted for attempted murder."
"Statistics shows that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25."
"Fish need water, Feds say."
"Critics say sunken ship not seaworthy."
"Doctors urge wider colon tests."
"Collecting horse urine is a little work but it beats milking cows, Leslie Johnsons says."
"A voter approved measure for voter approval doesn't require a vote."
"Grandmother of eight makes hole in one "
"Deaf mute gets new hearing in killing "
"Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers "
"House passes gas tax onto senate "
"Stiff opposition expected to casketless funeral plan "
"Two convicts evade noose, jury hung "
"William Kelly was fed secretary "
"Milk drinkers are turning to powder "
"Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted "
"Quarter of a million Chinese live on water "
"Farmer bill dies in house "
"Iraqi head seeks arms"
"Queen Mary having bottom scraped "
"Is there a ring of debris around Uranus? "
"Prostitutes appeal to Pope "
"Panda mating fails - veterinarian takes over "
"NJ judge to rule on nude beach "
"Child's stool great for use in garden "
"Dr. Ruth to talk about sex with newspaper editors "
"Soviet virgin lands short of goal again "
"Organ festival ends in smashing climax "
"Eye drops off shelf "
"Squad helps dog bite victim "
"Dealers will hear car talk at noon"
"Enraged cow injures farmer with ax"
"Lawmen from Mexico barbecue guests "
"Miners refuse to work after death"
"Two Soviet ships collide - one dies "
"Two sisters reunite after eighteen years at checkout counter "
"Never withhold herpes from loved one "
"Nicaragua sets goal to wipe out literacy "
"Drunk drivers paid $1,000 in 1984 "
"Autos killing 110 a day, let's resolve to do better "
"If strike isn't settled quickly it may last a while "
"War dims hope for peace "
"Smokers are productive, but death cuts efficiency "
"Cold wave linked to temperatures "
"Child's death ruins couple's holiday "
"Blind woman gets new kidney from dad she hasn't seen in years "
"Man is fatally slain "
"Something went wrong in jet crash, experts say "
"Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation "
"Tiger Woods plays with own balls, Nike says"
"Psychics predict world didn't end yesterday"
"Sun or rain expected today, dark tonight"
"Soap and water still cleans well"

WTF??? 27


Why it's so hard to swat a fly

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The brains of flies are wired to avoid the swatter, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. At the mere hint of a threat, the insects adjust their preflight stance to flee in the opposite direction, ensuring a clean getaway, they said in a finding that helps explain why flies so easily evade swipes from their human foes.
"These movements are made very rapidly, within about 200 milliseconds, but within that time the animal determines where the threat is coming from and activates an appropriate set of movements to position its legs and wings," Michael Dickinson of the California Institute of Technology said in a statement.
"This illustrates how rapidly the fly's brain can process sensory information into an appropriate motor response," said Dickinson, whose research appears in the journal Current Biology.
Dickinson's team studied this process in fruit flies using high-speed digital imaging equipment and a fancy fly swatter.
In response to a threat from the front, the fly moves its middle legs forward, leans back and raises its back legs for a backward takeoff. If the threat is from the side, the fly leans the other way before takeoff.
The findings offer new insight into the fly nervous system, and lends a few clues on how to outsmart a fly.
"It is best not to swat at the fly's starting position," Dickinson said. Instead, aim for the escape route.
Dickinson, a bioengineer, has devoted his life's work to the study of insect flight. He has built a tiny robotic fly called Robofly and a 3-D visual flight simulator called Fly-O-Vision.
(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen, editing by Will Dunham and Xavier Briand)

Thank goodness they researched this... maybe next they can tell us why dogs can't catch their own tails.

Happy Holidays...


I was in Big Lots a week or two ago looking at the Halloween decorations when my buddy pointed out to me that they already had Christmas decor displayed as well... in AUGUST!!! Why don't they just devote one section of stores to holidays year round and let you pick from New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas anytime you want? It's almost to that point now...
Now if you will excuse me, I have some colored eggs to hide in the jack-o-lantern under my X-mas tree... the one decorated with little hearts and turkeys.