edschweppe: (snowpocalypse)
The Bangor, Maine police have some good advice for folks not used to major snowstorms (hi, USA mid-Atlantic states!):

1. Don't panic. It's just frozen rain. It does go away so don't try to move too much at one time.
2. Don't shovel too early and don't wait too long. Pace yourself. Go out every few hours and move a little at a time. It can hurt your back, arms and legs. You always wonder why we all walk funny. It is not because of the clam chowder.
3. Heart attacks in big snow storms are rather common. Help out your neighbor who is older, out of shape or that has known health problems. Helping them move some snow (better yet, let your offspring do it) is better than calling EMS while you are doing CPR. Seriously.

The full list is on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153904589291079&id=227432866078
edschweppe: (vote at your own risk)
In which Josh Whedon provides the reasoning behind his endorsement in the 2012 US Presidential election: Embedded YouTube behind the cut )
edschweppe: Submarine warfare qualification badge, aka "dolphins" (dolphins)
Me: (heads down to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to get some veteran's plates)
RMV Wait Estimator: (estimates 37 minute wait)
Me: (waits 40 minutes)
Nice Registry Lady: (calls me to window)
Me: I'd like veteran's plates for my car.
Me: (hands over registration application and DD-214)
NRL: (does some paperwork)
NRL: Would you like the plate with the American flag, or would you like the one with the sticker for your branch of service?
Me: The one with the branch of service, please. I'd like the Navy stickers.
NRL: (does some more paperwork)
NRL: (goes off to get plates)
NRL: (returns with plates and Marine Corps stickers)
Me: I'm sorry, but these are the wrong stickers. These are Marine Corps stickers, and I was in the Navy.
NRL: (points to top of stickers) They say "Department of the Navy" right along the top.
Me: (points to bottom of stickers) But they also say "United States Marine Corps" right along the bottom.
NRL: O.O

The Nice Registry Lady did in fact get me my Navy stickers. But it was an amusing moment.
edschweppe: (Bullwinkle)
A couple of months ago, I blogged about that Air New Zealand advertisement where various crew members wore only body paint.

Now, they've gone one better - they've done a pre-flight safety briefing in nothing but body paint:
Bare essentials of safety from Air New Zealand )
(Okay, they're also wearing shoes. And the first officer gets to wear his hat. Picky.)

I have to admit, though, that I really hope the actual flight crews get to wear their real uniforms. That poor first officer has no place to put his pen, after all ...
edschweppe: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
... stoner wallabies, apparently.

At least in Tasmania.

The BBC reports:
Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said.

Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine.

She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.

The BBC article does not discuss whether or not the beloved Looney Tunes character "Taz" has been involved in the crop raiding, although they do mention sheep as another culprit.
edschweppe: (Animated Obama)
Some quotes from an interview with John Cleese of Monty Python fame about Alaska Governor (and GOP Vice-Presidential nominee) Sarah Palin:

"I used to think that Michael Palin was the funniest Palin on Earth."

"It's like a nice-looking parrot."

"Monty Python could have written this!"

YouTube behind the cut )
edschweppe: (Animated Obama)
This post is just to show off the animated userpic I just created from some of the various "XXXX for Obama" buttons available at http://www.democraticstuff.com

I'd have thrown in many more buttons, but LiveJournal wouldn't let me upload a userpic bigger than 40kb. I particularly regret having to cut out the Alaskan Wildlife for Obama one ...
edschweppe: (vote at your own risk)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rivka, "One Day More" from the musical Les Miserables -- set in Obama's campaign HQ on the eve of the 2008 US presidential election, with "John McCain" as Inspector Javert and "Sarah Palin" as Madame Thenardier:
YouTube cut for the sake of low-bandwidth viewers )

I have to confess, though, that I prefer the filking of "One Day More" that [livejournal.com profile] faxpaladin posted back in 2000 on alt.callahans:
CANDIDATE: One day more!
           Election Day decides my destiny:
           A footnote or a book of history
           This summit that I've come to climb
           Will not be there a second time
           One day more...

VOTER: I still can't pick a side today
        Don't even know if I'll be voting

CAND: One day more

VOTERS: Tomorrow seemed so far away
        And both campaigns just seemed so doting...

MINOR CAND: One more day all on my own

VOTER: Maybe I'll just flip a coin

MINOR: One more day with them not caring

VOTER: Which one has the better 'do?

MINOR: If the media had shown...

VOTER: New ideas, or tried-and-true?

MINOR: But they never gave me air!

ANCHOR: One more day 'til we inform

VOTER: Do I listen to his plan?

ANCHOR: Who's the winner, who the loser

VOTER: Is it just a waste of air?

ANCHOR: When our polls tell us the norm

VOTER: Does it work, and do I care?

ANCHOR: Will you tune your dial to me?

CHORUS: The time... is now... the day... is here...

CAND: One day more!

PUNDITS: One more day to resolution
         'Til they zip or are a dud
         'Til they cheer and sip their bubbly
         Or they drown themselves in Bud

DIRTY       Flinging all the muck!
TRICKSTERS: Dishing all the sleaze!
            Trashing reputations with the greatest ease!
            He's been driving drunk,
            She can't help but lie,
            And he's been taking payments
            From a Chinese spy!

TRUE       One day to a new beginning
BELIEVERS:     Raise the flag of reform high
           Every wall will be surpassed
               Special interests' days are past
           There's a new world for the winning
               There's a new voice to be heard!
           They will hear our voice at last

VOTER: My place... is here... I vote... with you...

CAND: One day more!

WAITERS: We will put out all the hors d'oeuvres
         We will watch them laugh or sigh
         We will sweep up the confetti
         We will look and roll our eyes

CAND: One day more!
(And everybody simultaneously singing their various verses, which I'm
not bothering to retype)

CAND: Tomorrow is the judgement day

ALL: Tomorrow is the judgement day
     Tomorrow we'll discover
     What all the voters have in store...
     One more dawn...
     One more day...
     One day more!

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