Now I Want Otters

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My daughter posted this morning, which makes me look like the consummate slacker, so I figured I’d better make an effort at putting something up.  Then I saw this video at Baboon Pirates.  Check it out; you’ll want otters too!

And just because he’s mine, here’s a picture of my grandson playing on the swings.

Ahh...there's nothing like having the wind in your hair!

No Self-Respecting Cat I Know Would Ever Have Allowed This …

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Seriously?  He’s just gonna lay there and take that?  To be sure not!

H/T to Bayou Renaissance Man for the video.

Where do they come from … and why do they all come here?

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Have you ever noticed that the folks who see Bigfoot, or spaceships, or the Loch Ness Monster, are never the folks with cameras in their cell phones?  The Sasquatch never wanders anywhere near the research biologist who’s hiking through the woods with the high-rez digital camera with zoom lens.  He always wanders into the rural backyard of the self-proclaimed ‘mountain man’.

Money Quote:  “He had beeeeee-u-ti-ful hair”.

Cleveland County man reports encounter with Bigfoot – CharlotteObserver.com.

Zombie Fire Ants from Hell!

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When you have a pest problem, like fire ants, does it really make sense to import another pest, like parasitic flies, to combat it?  Texas thinks so.

Fire ants lose heads over parasitic flies – Health & Science – News & Observer

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Just to reinforce the point that these ants are, in fact, zombies, the video below explains in no uncertain terms exactly what a zombie is:

CHRONOPHAGE: I Eat Time

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This video fascinates me.  I don’t remember how I originally found it, but I keep going back to it and watching it over and over.  The idea that this is a completely mechanical device amazes me; I guess I’ve lived in the electronic age all my life.  Even the blue LED’s are controlled mechanically.  The actual light is constant, only the position changes, and that’s because of the movement of the disks, not movement of the light itself.

I want one.  Except I would make the grasshopper friendly and cheerful, instead of creepy; (Wikipedia explains the creepiness factor: Chronophage (literally “time eater”, from the Greek χρόνος [chronos] time, and φαγω [phago] I eat). It moves its mouth, appearing to “eat up” the seconds as they pass, and occasionally it “blinks” in seeming satisfaction. The creature’s constant motion produces an eerie grinding sound that suits its task. The hour is tolled by the sound of a chain clanking into a small wooden coffin hidden in the back of the clock.), but I don’t think I would be able to sleep at night with that thing in my house.

Comcast suspects ‘foul play’ in Super Bowl porn feed

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Comcast believes the pornography that interrupted its feed of the Super Bowl Sunday night was the result of foul play, a company spokeswoman said Monday morning.

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It is still unclear how many viewers were affected by the clip, which lasted about 30 seconds, and featured full male nudity, Maslyn said.

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The pornography clip was from Club Jenna, an adult cable television channel.
The Arizona Daily Star newsroom was flooded with calls from irate viewers who said that the porn cut into the game with less than three minutes left to play, just after Arizona Cardinals player Larry Fitzgerald scored on a touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to put the team in the lead.
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The Super Bowl was being shown locally on KVOA. The station sends its signals — both standard definition and high definition — to Cox Communcations, which then sends the signals to Comcast, station president Gary Nielsen said.

via Comcast suspects ‘foul play’ in Super Bowl porn feed | www.azstarnet.com ®.

60 Days Notice Required Before Dying

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When Consumerist reader Eric Zissen’s brother died in his Florida apartment, he made a big mistake. He failed to give the landlord 60 days advance notice he was going to die.

Or so it would seem judging from the fact that the Sun Harbour apartment complex jacked his security deposit and charged his estate rent for the remaining three months of the lease contract.

Sun Harbour says they are “just following the letter of the lease.”

Since the video was shot, the family took the case to court and won. But then the landlord appealed and now they’re waiting for a decision from the judge in the appellate court. “A $2000 bill is now costing, in court costs and lawyers fees, $17k,” says Eric. Luckily, the family was awarded attorney fees in the first case and if they win the appeal, they will go for attorney fees as well. The entire estate is on hold until the case is resolved.

via Sun Harbour Apartments: 60 Days Notice Required Before Dying.

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