Archive for October, 2007

Bigfoot or bald bear?

October 31st, 2007 by frankie23

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RIDGWAY, Pa. – It’s furry and walks on all fours. Beyond that, about the only thing certain about the critter photographed by a hunter’s camera is that some people have gotten the notion it could be a Sasquatch, or bigfoot. Others say it’s just a bear with a bad skin infection.

Now, I’m no conspiracy nut; I know the council of Zion folded back in the Fifties, and I’m quite aware of why JFK needed to be put down like a mad dog. I understand these things. I try to make sure I only believe in ghosts when there’s definitely no chance of them being around, and I’m practical enough to not go looking for vampires at night because I don’t want to be rude. Bigfoot, however, has often been a thorn in my sensible side. It’s perfectly reasonable to believe that some sort of parallel to man’s evolution has survived into the modern age. Even considering how deep we’ve penetrated into Mother Nature’s fleshy, wooden womb, there’s still some small chance we’ve missed something. This is doubly reinforced by photos of the above. Can we tell what we’re looking at? No, not at all. However, when the agency spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Jerry Feaser, speaks up and says, “There is no question it is a bear with a severe case of mange”, I just shake my head.

First off, there clearly is a question, otherwise we wouldn’t be discussing the point. Secondly, why couldn’t they get a real conservation officer to make this statement? Now, for comparison, look at that picture, and now look at this one:

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Very similar looking, yes? But, please notice, this mangey bear has lost all of it’s fur. The animal in the top photo clearly has fur on it; that’s not the bare (bear?) skin we can see on our poor little ursine. Is it possible that Mr. Feaser is correct? Of course it is. It’s also possible that he’s plumb wrong. The issue I personally have is how he’s not willing to give any leeway; it’s a very dark photo, and not one I’d feel comfortable making any definite statements about. Of course, the Bigfoot nuts aren’t any better. Paul Majeta of the Bigfoot Research Organization stated about the photo that “It appears to be a primate-like animal. In my opinion, it appears to be a juvenile Sasquatch”. I can’t get over this statement. Has the man ever seen a sasquatch? How would he know what a juvenile looks like? If it is indeed a simian, could it not just as easily be a chimpanzee or some other monkey that’s escaped it’s cruel masters and set out for a life of its own in the woods? Absolute statements are poopy, and make baby zombie Jesus cry.

Personally speaking, I like to think it’s a Bigfoot. It sure as hell doesn’t look like a mangy bear to me. This page on the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization’s site about the pics certainly doesn’t help the “bare bear” argument, showing another example of a mangy bear, as well as a very intriguing comparison picture between the mystery animal and a gorilla on all fours. Unfortunately they rather annoy me by having the same “I Know Better Than You” attitude as the agency spokesman, but they get some points back for not being government sock puppets. Further mysteries for our day, long to go unsolved, I’m sure. Certainly is interesting to think about though. Happy Hallowe’en!

Pa. hunter’s images stir Bigfoot debate [Yahoo! News]

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Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout

October 20th, 2007 by frankie23

You can read the title. I have no comment.

“The Scariest Workout Video Ever Made” [Coilhouse]

The Automaton Harpist

October 10th, 2007 by frankie23

Beuatiful. Haunting. Creepy as fuck. All these terms can be used to describe this nightmarish little bit of clockwork. Her vacant, yet active, dollface looks around the room as she plucks away at her invisible harp. Her bady is old, broken; the holes are visible, and one wonders how this marvel has stayed intact for so long. How old is she? Where did she come from? Her enigmatic, slack-jawed stare provides no answers. Luckily, YouTube does. Made by Gustave Vichy, she was born in Paris in 1880. Truly haunting, truly wonderous.

Automaton Harpist by Vichy [Bruce Sterling, via Ectoplasmosis]

Science Needs Your Help!

October 10th, 2007 by frankie23

One of my favourite neuroscience bloggers, Miss Shelley Batts, is currently one of twenty individuals competing for a $10,000 Student Blogger Scholarship. Now, I think this girl is hella smart, and is working her way toward a PhD which will inevitably help all of mankind, so I’d like to see her win. What does this have to do with you, and why aren’t I wearing any pants, you might ask? Two good questions! Unfortunately for you, I can only answer one of them! To win the scholarship, Shelly needs VOTES. So, follow the linky-poo, and vote for Shelly Batts. She’s currently in second place, so your vote will make a difference, unlike in your typical government election. What are you waiting for!

Vote for Shelly right here! Science will thank you!

Shelly Needs Help! [RetroSpectacle]

Meguro Parasitological Museum

October 10th, 2007 by frankie23

Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world of the Parasites

Such is the mission statement of sorts from the official website of the Meguro Parasitological Museum. A small little institute based in Tokyo, the museum boasts over 45,000 specimens, each beautifully encapsulated and mounted for display. They claim to be the only parasitological museum in the wold, and I’d be very surprised to find out otherwise. Admission is free, which would probably partially account for the fact that it is apparently a rather popular date spot; I can only think of a few ladies that I would take to such a place, but I’m quite certain they’d all love it terribly.

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I’m absolutely fascinated; this is definitely going on the list of “Things To Do” when I make it to Tokyo, and I suspect it’ll place highly in my treasured memories. I love me some parasites, oh yeah.

Meguro Parasitological Museum [Coilhouse]

Artificial Life, Artificial Undeath

October 9th, 2007 by frankie23

Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.

The announcement, which is expected within weeks and could come as early as Monday at the annual meeting of his scientific institute in San Diego, California, will herald a giant leap forward in the development of designer genomes. It is certain to provoke heated debate about the ethics of creating new species and could unlock the door to new energy sources and techniques to combat global warming.

Well, it’s come down to this now. I mean, really, this is just not a good idea. We don’t really have much of a clue as to what we’re doing with genetics yet; as it is we’re basically monkeys fucking around in nature’s kitchen. Sure, we might manage to make some brownies, but it’s likely that those brownies will kill you. This is the beginning of the end, my friends. Next thing you know the dead will be rising from the earth, shopping for shoes and eating your skullfillings for a laugh. Zombies with fat asses, right next door. Think about that, won’t you?

I am creating artificial life, declares US gene pioneer [Guardian Unlimited]

These brains cost $300 [YouTube, via Starchy]

The Doors of Deception: Portal’s gonna hurt your brainmeat

October 9th, 2007 by frankie23

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Valve Software, those brave creators of Half-Life and it’s assorted progeny, are bringing you one of the weirdest puzzle games ever made. Initially a student project at game dev college DigiPen, a fifteen minute demo was all the big boys needed to see to give this one the green light. Portal’s basic concept is simple; you have a wormhole gun, and you need to use it to progress through the level. First, you shoot yourself an entrance, then you shoot an exit. It’s a one of those easily explained concepts that allow for brain-breaking puzzles to be built around it. This month, Wired have been kind enough to present a little visual guide to the concept, giving examples of how the portal gun can be used and abused to manipulate your environment. PErsonally, I’d like to see this blown up to poster size, but that’s just me.

Unlock the Doors of Deception in Mind-Warping Puzzler Portal [Wired, via Kotaku]

Furries Vs. Klingons: Bowling Down The House

October 1st, 2007 by frankie23

I have no words. Well, that’s not true, just most of them are onomatopoeias, such as huh, aroo, bltzrgrbl, and the like. I mean, really, I’ve seen a lot of stuff on this old web here. I remember when goatse.cx was still fresh, I used to MUCK, hell, I first used a text-based brwoser. But this, this is something the likes of which I have never seen before, and, indeed to my regret, will never be able to unsee. So, I share my pain with you, loyal sycophants (or is that just sickos?) so that you too may know the painful rapture of seeing a giant cartoon fox bowl, granny-style, versus an obese Klingon. Yeah.

Furries vs. Klingons [youtube]