Archive for the fun Category

The Physics of Batman

Posted in fun on August 22, 2008 by mrbitterness


The Physics of Batman | Popular Science.


for the record: a response to Stuff White People Like #79

Posted in culture, fun with tags on March 7, 2008 by mrbitterness

for the record: while I am, admittedly, a Person of Pallor, I have never sought or owned an uncomfortable piece of furniture designed by a famous architect. Nor have I, even briefly, browsed the pages of Ikea, much less bought any faux-authentic, quasi-folksy home decor.

#79 Modern Furniture « Stuff White People Like

I get most of my furniture from an exclusive, multibrand boutique called Faith Rescue Mission. Poor kids eat, junkies get clean, the halfway house guys have someone to hawk furniture to, and I’ve got a uber-comfy 1.5 ton plaid sofa, like new, except that spatter pattern on the left side.

“Rosey” swears it’s ketchup; he’ll even knock off $15 bucks, no tip!

Old classmate aspires to be cop-killa

Posted in current events, fun with tags on February 2, 2008 by mrbitterness

I’m pretty sure I went to elementary school with this guy.

WSFA TV Montgomery, AL – Elmore County Man Charged with Two Counts Attempted Murder on Police Officers

And from my as-yet unpublished story:

Judging McDowell a flight risk and a danger to the community, Goggans set his bail at a total of $200,000. Had he faced the music for failing to appear in an earlier DUI case, McDowell’s punishment would have been fines and a couple nights in jail, at most.
But because he allegedly made two attempts on officers’ lives — first with a gun Jan. 25, then with his car at a U.S. 231 gas station Monday — McDowell now faces up to 99 years in jail for each of the two Class-A felonies.
McDowell was a passenger in the vehicle of 26-year-old Randall Osteen Jan. 25 when Elmore County deputies initiated a routine traffic stop on Alabama Highway 14 West.
When Osteen saw the flashing lights, he hit the accelerator, beginning a chase that involved eight law enforcement agencies, Ricky Lowery of the Sheriff’s Department said. The chase ended when Osteen crashed his car near the Page Hill Estates subdivision in Millbrook. As deputies moved to take Osteen into custody, McDowell ran toward the woods, shooting at a pursuing deputy as he fled.
The police lost him, but put out a BOLO — police slang for “Be On the Look-Out — for him. Three days later, an off-duty Wetumpka Police officer recognized McDowell at the Liberty Oil gas station near the county line on U.S. 231.
The officer attempted to block-in McDowell’s car with his, but the suspect tried to run the officer down as he exited his car. The officer fired one shot, Edwards said, as McDowell sped away.

These kinds of episodes are among the biggest rewards of working the crime beat in you hometown.

Grand theft muffler

Posted in fun with tags on January 26, 2008 by mrbitterness

These guys broke into the police impound lot with a power saw, and tried to cut the converter off a station wagon.

El Segundo, California | Cars: An Exhausting New Crime
The alleged theft surprised the Tennessee cops, but it shouldn’t have. Though national figures don’t exist, law-enforcement officials from Maine to Southern California report a surge in the past few years of stolen catalytic converters, sometimes called “cats” or “cat cons,” a key antipollution device equipped on every car and truck. In as little as a minute, thieves cruising parking lots and suburban streets can slip under a vehicle, remove the converter and disappear. Each device contains a few grams of precious platinum and related metals, and thieves can turn them in at salvage yards for between $25 and $200. That’s nothing compared to the owner’s replacement bill which can cost up to $2,000 says John Nielsen, director of AAA’s Auto Repair Network.

I see the payoff, but wouldn’t it make more sense to just steal them in parking lots, maybe the airport’s longterm parking? I mean, as long as your out there hiding somebody’s car (and body, perhaps), you could stop off, crawl under and pay the gas bill for the whole scheme.

I shoulda been a bad guy.

‘Intrinsically Safe = No’ – A vertigo-inducing flashlight

Posted in cool stuff, fun with tags on January 26, 2008 by mrbitterness

Ya know, I really need to buy a new bulb for my cop-style, quadruple D-cell, bludgeon-ready Maglight. Or, I could drop another $297, and get this beauty. The HammerHead Tac-Strobe Flashlight

It’s not every day you see a company lead off a product feature list with “Intrinsically Safe = No,” but that’s just what the folks at FoxFury have done with their new HammerHead Tac-Strobe Flashlight, and that just about makes it impossible for us to ignore. If that’s not enough to sell you on it, however, you can rest assured that the flashlight also boasts a “highly stylized design,” to say nothing of 320 lumens of brightness (or 4,019 candle power) and a “Turbo-Strobe” feature that promises to be “very disturbing” for anyone looking into the light. All that can be yours right now just under $300, with a weapon mount set to follow for an unspecified price in June.

Bright as the sun, AND potentially seizure-inducing. I gotta get me one of those.

‘finding nemo’: champion of toddler’s parents everywhere

Posted in family, fun on January 26, 2008 by mrbitterness

God bless the guys at Pixar. My two year old son was in a rotten mood today. Nothing would make him happy. Nothing.

Nearing the point of desperation, I popped in the Finding Nemo DVD.

Finding Nemo 2003

I say again. God bless the Pixar people. That movie is a lifesaver.  As soon as the menu screen loaded up, he was bewitched, silent and zoned out.

Even gave JD’s old man time for a quick couch-nap.  He still woke me up, but it was a good way. As the shark above loomed, he cried out “Brucie!”

It’s awesome when they learn new words. Who cares if it’s the name of a Great White with an Australian accent?

I think I’ve found my post-Fred candidate

Posted in current events, fun, politics with tags on January 25, 2008 by mrbitterness

Maybe she’s a bitch, but she has the right ideas

Sunny for President.