Friday Funny – Animal Photobombs, and on the topic of Shit Getting Real

29 06 2012

We’ve got a combo Friday Funny for you today.

Our first Friday Funny was submitted by our East San Gabriel Valley bureau chief.  You don’t want to be in this subway car when this happens:

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Next, we have some choice examples of great animal “photo bombs” where animals make a sudden unexpected appearance in staged photos, courtesy Huffington Post.

Most people have seen this one, it’s famous by now:

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I love the look on the cat’s face:

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Auto focus magic right here:

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Seriously, this one is beyond hilarious. You couldn’t duplicate this one in a thousand years:

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Extremely Low Flyby of the Santa Monica Pier

27 06 2012

Somehow, I missed this news item back in 2008.

Readers of this blog know that I am a fan of aircraft and jets in particular.  Their design, the engineering history behind their development, their performance capabilities all appeal to a visceral part of me that is otherwise untouchable.  There is something impressive and terrifying about that much metal and fire hurtling through the heavens faster than any bird on Earth.

Well, back in November of 2008 some jackass felt that he was above not only FAA rules that regulate the safe operation of aircraft in American airspace, but also any sense of decency or common sense.  One has to wonder, “what was he thinking?”

At this altitude and speed, things can go wrong VERY quickly:

I’ll admit that there is a certain bent amusement that I see in this as well.  *Some* of the people standing on the pier shared in this amazement, as evidenced by their not running for the parking lot when these guys began buzzing the Pier (who was the other pilot? the LA Times article doesn’t say).  Then again, the video shows that some people clearly did run for their lives.

The aircraft is a Aero L-39 Albatros, a Czech-designed two-place (2 seat) Cold War-era trainer. Pretty bad-ass little jet.

 

The Los Angeles Times recently ran an article stating that his probation for the incident was recently revoked due to noncompliance with the public service conditions he had agreed to.  Shockingly, the monetary fine was only $900!  I wonder if his pilot’s license is in jeopardy due to this stunt.  Indeed, his license was revoked but evidently not permanently.

There is some interesting stuff out there about this pilot, if one is in the Google kind of mood.

 





Bath Salts – no, not “bath salts”

25 06 2012

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I recently read an interesting post over at MediaBistro on the topic of “bath salts.”

I must admit that I was confused when I first heard the report of some drug-crazed wacko in Miami who apparently chewed the face off of another similarly intoxicated homeless man, before police shot him dead. The other guy survived, sans face.

Various media sources referred to the fact that the deranged face eater was high on a drug called “bath salts.”  Indeed, there was some speculation in the media as to whether this was some kind of new drug (it is, I’ve since seen it described as being similar to synthetic cocaine), or if those nice smelling little jars of bath crystals could actually be smoked and turned one into a depraved psychopath.

The MediaBistro article says that companies in the actual bath salts industry are being maligned by the illicit drug’s unfortunate nickname. 

Incredibly, one company has received calls requesting the drug, rather than the bathing crystals!

I’d personally stay away from the drug. I read that it is similar to cocaine in some ways, but makes one prone to extreme paranoia and violence – never a good combination, but especially not when you’re not in the same reality as everyone else around you.

As Ray Manseric, keyboardist for the legendary rock band The Doors once said, “stay away from the white powder drugs, kids!”





The Eagle Owl in 1,000 frames per second

11 06 2012

1,000 frames per second slow mo Awesomeness – awwwwwwwww yeah:

 

http://www.dogwork.com/owfo8/

 

Here’s a short YouTube teaser, you really need to see the whole thing on the link here and above.

 

 

Utterly amazing and terrifying, if you are a small animal (or maybe even a larger one!).

 

 

 





Hamlet the Mini-Pig

11 06 2012

This is way too cute. Be sure to listen to his little noises as he figures out how to go down the stairs.

Who knew that pigs like oatmeal?





Friday Funny – Facebook is a Waste of Time

8 06 2012

Today we have a trio of Facebook-related hilarity.

First up, a Public Service Announcement from Morphius:

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Next, from a grouping of truly funny similarly themed pictures (the rest of which are available here) featuring, for all of our Asian friends with strict parents, the ubiquitous disapproving dad:

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And finally for today, apropos of nothing except perhaps my disgust for people who feel the need to be constantly distracted by electronic gadgets (but most notably by their smartphones):

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Gotye – Bronte

6 06 2012

I’m on a Gotye kick today, so it would seem.

By the way, Gotye’s album Making Mirrors is exceptional. Even if you are sick of hearing “Somebody That I Used To Know” on every channel on the radio, the album is diverse and strong.  Despite its release date of last year, it is in the running for Racing to the Red Light’s Album of the Year 2012 (because we only discovered it this year, and hey, it’s our rules here!).

I believe I got it digitally from Amazon for only $10 – well-worth it for sure. It’s been in regular rotation for weeks now.

Anyway, the closing track from the album is a melancholy downtempo tune entitled Bronte.  Here are the lyrics:

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“Bronte” by Gotye

Now your bowl is empty
And your feet are cold
And your body cannot stop rocking
I know It hurts to let go

Since the day we found you
You have been our friend
And your voice still echoes in the hallways of this house
But now
It’s the end

We will be with you
When you’re leaving
We will be with you
When you go
We will be with you
And hold you till you’re quiet
It hurts to let you go

We will be with you

You will stay with us

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Intrigued by the somber lyrics, and being the inquisitive type that I am, I decided to try to find the artist’s take on the song.  I must admit, I teared up a little bit when I read the following description of the meaning of the song:

The song Bronte is about a friend’s family gathering as their old dog is put-down.

If you have ever had a pet who suffered and had to be euthanized, then you can’t help but feel something when you hear this song. It’s sweet and sad and somehow an appropriate sendoff for a friend.

I believe the folks who produced the animated video for Bronte are independent Australian animators, who go by their first names, Ari and Jason.

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The video follows a different interpretation of the lyrics, and is just as beautiful (but not as sad) as the inspiration for the song.

Sometimes I like to hear, and think about, sad songs. Life is hard, and it’s not like there aren’t a million daily reminders of that fact. But I think there is value in experiencing sadness and loss, because it (hopefully) encourages us to appreciate the good stuff a little bit more – the time we do have left with family and friends, or the simple pleasures in life.

Here’s the video: