Attention Little Miss Muffet

Your spider is missing. Money quote:

Nasa managers insisted that the second orb-weaver was not exactly lost, it just couldn’t be found.

That explains the current economy.

Via Ann F

Too many tabs – my annoyance, your gain!

I have too many tabs open, so I’ll share them with you so I can get rid of some:

12-Year-Old’s a Food Critic via Metafilter. Look for him on Top Chef in a few seasons.
Guidelines for Cats via Presurfer. Because there’s not enough funny cat stuff on the Internet.
Sithborg, you want this tshirt (there’s also I’ll kill you with my brain!) via CtrlAltTabby.
Incredibots – more Flash meets physics.
Give a laptop/get a laptop is back. But it’s $399. I’ll have to think about that one.
Will Obama make the greatest sacrifice yet – giving up his BlackBerry?
Google SketchUp, a 3D modeler for Macs and PCs, looks like fun.
I’ve blogged them once, but the Shiba Inu puppies are growing up so you’d better watch them while you can.
On second thought, I think I’ll keep the puppy tab open.

It’s the weekend – of course you have time on your hands

Need something to do on the net? Why not play around with or read some manga?

Do you have ideas for the Obama CTO?

Obama is going to appoint a new position of Chief Technology Officer. What are the top priorities for our nation’s first CTO? Network neutrality? Open access? This is your chance to speak up and be heard.

How I met your Slayer

Happened to the Buffy Actors? Some are still on TV, but where is everyone else? And can we have more Spike on Torchwood, please?

I’m starting to think that Google knows too much.

It can now predict Flu Trends.

Via Seth and Presurfer.

It’s easy if you just make it up all as you go along

A weird quote from a right-wing blogger, found at Talking Points Memo, The Importance of Being Earnest:

Obama thinks he is a good talker, but he is often undisciplined when he speaks. He needs to understand that as President, his words will be scrutinized and will have impact whether he intends it or not. In this regard, President Bush is an excellent model; Obama should take a lesson from his example. Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn’t raise his standards, he will exceed Bush’s total before he is inaugurated.



“We’ve got a lot of relations with countries in our neighborhood.” –George W. Bush, Kranj, Slovenia, June 10, 2008. Of course we do.

“I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008. Hm. Maybe not.

“So long as I’m the president, my measure of success is victory — and success.” –George W. Bush, on Iraq, Washington, D.C., April 17, 2008. Wait. What?

And that’s just 2008. What about old favorites:

“They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it’s some kind of federal program.” –George W. Bush, Nov. 2, 2000. Wouldn’t want that.

“You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” –interview with CBS News’ Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006. You don’t say.

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” –Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000. We’ve been wondering about this one for years.

“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” –Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002. Good you cleared that up.

“Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” –Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000. A very rare question, indeed.

Obama’s going to have to work very hard to top this.

New levels of sleazy

From the Museum of Hoaxes, a particularly nasty scam:

An internet scam has been using the photo of a Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan to try to sell supposed used vehicles….

In the advertisements, which have been posted for cities across Canada and in New York state, someone claiming to be the soldier’s Montreal-based father indicates they want to sell a vehicle that they allege belonged to Shipway for $6,000….

“This will be my gift … in memory of my son,” say the ads. “All I want is to find the right person … who’ll love and take care of this car in the same way he did. I’d like to make a person very happy and to light a candle for my son once in a while.”

Just sell the fake car. Leave the poor guy and his family out of it.