Found things

Entertaining things I wanted to share.
tagged Plants

Greenery, or why Spring is Awesome

a pair of buds at the end of a twig two new twigs on a Japanese maple, each about 25 cm (10 inches), with a dozen light green, feathered leaves

On the left is a pair of buds at the end of a twig of my green feathered Japanese maple.
On the right is what it's grown into a bit over amonth later. I put my index finger where the buds from the picture on the left were. (Both images link to bigger versions.)

News from Germany

Germany gets too much solar power
Actually, solar power makes up only a small fraction of energy produced/comsumed in Germany. The problem is that you get a lot of it when the sun shines, and none when it doesn't, and the current power grid won't be able to deal with that if solar energy keeps growing this quickly.

Cannabis on police badges
Looking at more current German sources, it seems like someone decided to give special badges to experts for recognising drug influence in traffic. Their colleagues that handled dogs or explosives had own badges already. Seems like no-one has taken credit for starting the whole thing yet. The ministry of the interior of Lower Saxony, which has authority over the police organisation in question, was surprised and not amused.

Some fiction by Ursula Vernon

Ursula Vernon, an artist, webcomic-creator and writer I admire, had posted some excerpts of writing projects in the past. Before I lose the links again, I thought I'd collect them

"The one with the Barbarian Gynaecologist" (just a start/fragments)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

"The one with the Ninja Accountant and the Possessed Paladin" (just a start/fragments)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

And a random bit of flashfiction

Other things she has also uploaded mirrored. Have a link to the literature she posted on deviantart.

tagged Animals Cephalopods


Have some videos and artwork I found featuring octopi. (Yes, I know that's not the proper plural.)

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tagged Music

A bit of music

Indigo Road, by Ronn McFarlane

Chasing Cars, originally by Snow Patrol, covered by The Baseballs

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Random found stuff

Thought I'd dump a bunch of links here I found funny or otherwise worth sharing. People who follow me on twitter will probably have seen most of those already.

Airline pickpocket strikes as passengers sleep - My mental picture was a pickpocket declaring he was on strike because his job was too easy this way.

Swandog in reply to a poll, about the roads in winter in Norway: "the main danger is running into moose licking salt off the road".

Oil spill photo

A German student "mooned" a group of Hell's Angels and hurled a puppy at them before escaping on a stolen bulldozer

Broccoli looks like fireworks if you take an MRI-picture. (From a blog dedicated to MRI-pics of food. Note that their main page (not the individual post linked to) can take a while to load, since it has a lot of those animated images.)

Recently there was an exhibition of various Elvis memorabilia at the shopping centre in Koblenz, so I got to see his last car, among other things. As far as memorabilia go, tools used in Elvis' autopsy are pretty weird, though.

Counter-protest against Westboro Babtist Church picketing at Comic-Con

You heard about the Octopus predicting FIFA World Cup results? Here's an explanation. (Link via drhoz)

The Difference Between a Door-to-door Sales Orc and a Door-to-door Sales Elf

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Volcano goes poof...

... and the world stops to look. Or something.

The waves this is making are pretty amazing. I probably shouldn't be as amused as I am.

My favourite wrinkle: The UK sends an aircraft carrier to France to bring tourists home? Now that'd be a cool surprise to end your holidays with.

tagged Animals Birds

2009, and Fuzzy things

Another year's over. I don't feel like writing up a detailed look back on my year. I feel like I'm growing, but slowly. I think during the last month I did a lot to get out of my chronic habit of putting things off, at least as far as housework is concerned, but I need to get that to grow and include all aspects of my life. One other thing I need to work on is deciding what to pursue and what to let drop.

Right now I feel more focused ont he future than the past, and I think that'd be a good thing to keep up.

Have some links instead:
Celebrate what's right with the world, a video that might make you feel all warm and fuzzy. I loved the last story.

Some images found on deviantart:

Incidentally, this is the 100th post published on this blog. Nice timing, entirely unplanned.

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tagged Cephalopods Music

Three (more or less) animal videos

Octopus wants to be a clam. Tool use hasn't been an exclusively human thing for a while.

There's a new Simon's Cat video up at youtube. It has a birdee. ^_^

There had been a great version of Bohemian Rhapsody on the Muppets Studio youtube channel, but now it's gone due to copyright kerfuffle. Ehwell, it still has The Blue Danube (performed by chickens), Ode to Joy (performed by Beaker), and Ringing of the Bells (featuring Animal, see post title)

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Found stuff, Police themed

Jayne That there on the right is Jayne from Firefly, here in a screenshot from The Train Job.

The badge on his sleeve shows the parka belonged to a police uniform of Rhineland-Palatinate, the German "state" I live in. I wonder why and/or how that happened.

Jayne of all that crew... XD

Female police officers in Paris are not women. Logic says so! Otherwise their being required to wear trousers would be against the law. :D

Some things police deal with are... somewhat weird (old stuff I saved on my delicious account):

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