Saturday, June 30, 2007

They're not finished yet

Blazing car rammed into Glasgow airport

I'm afraid it's worse than we thought.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Manhunt for London bomb suspect

God be praised, another London bombing has been averted.

Now let's see Scotland Yard track down these scummies.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Newsboys, "Something Beautiful"



Part energetic toe-tapper, part touching tear-jerker, this song has caught my ears recently (my sister played it for me just the other day).

Now you just can't tell me it's not romantic. ;-)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Beep!

From Today in Science History :

In 1974, at 8:01 a.m., a package of Wrigley's chewing gum with a bar code printed on it passed over a scanner at the Marsh Supermarket, Troy, Ohio, and became the first product ever logged under the new Universal Product Code (UPC) computerized recognition system. Invented by IBM, and approved for use in 1973, the UPC is a 12-number bar code representing the manufacturer's identity and an assigned product number. Within nanoseconds, this information is read with a laser beam moving at around 10,000 inches per second and transfers it to the store's database computer for price lookup and inventory management*.


Maybe it's just because I work in retail, but I find all that immensely fascinating. 8-)

Friday, June 22, 2007

PALAEOBLOG: Lego Albertaceratops

Whoa, a paleo site with Lego stuff? Right up my alley. 8-)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Books and Beetles!

Okay, update!

So, the loot I got while away consists of:

Books:

The Battle of Mogadishu: Firsthand Accounts from the Men of Task Force Ranger, edited by Matt Eversmann and Dan Schilling
Military Methods of the Art of War, by Sun Pin (translated by Ralph D. Sawyer)
The U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual, by Dick Couch


Documentaries (DVDs):

Dragon's World: A Fantasy Made Real (Animal Planet)
Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special (BBC)


That's not that much, especially since I didn't pay for it all. I said that I spent alot, and yes I did, but I bought other things, too. (My mom insisted on me getting new shoes, so I ended up spending over $130 on that--ouch!)

But, I'm happy with my treasure (did I ever mention that Dragon's World is a great movie? Okay, maybe I did. ;-P Read my review of it here). Plus, I caught a beetle! Yeah!

Signing off,

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

HOME!

Sweet home....

Ah, it's good to be back!

That's all for now. I'll likely tell you a few things I bought while I was away (it actually was more of a "vacation" than I had anticipated, seeing that it was a family medical issue). One thing is for certain. My wallet is hurting right now. :-D

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Notice

My readers,

I'm going to gone from tommorrow until probably late Thursday night, so I won't be available for posting, emailing, or blogging.

I'll be back as soon as I can! Take care while I'm away.

Spencer

Notice

My readers,

I'm going to gone from tommorrow until probably late Thursday night, so I won't be available for posting, emailing, or blogging.

I'll be back as soon as I can! Take care while I'm away.

Spencer

Friday, June 08, 2007

*Hiccup!*

Pirates of the Blogosphere, by Dr. Paleo Ph.D!

Yo ho, yo ho, a blogger's life for me!
We sit on our laptops and surf all night long,
Type up me hearties yo ho!
We post and comment and make jokes and laugh,
Type up me hearties yo ho!
Yo ho, yo ho, a blogger's life for me!

Theory of Dinosaur-Bird Evolutionary Lineage Receives Blow

From National Geographic News:
"Feathered" Dinosaur Was Bald, Not Bird Ancestor, Controversial Study Says

Well, yet again, that preposterous idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs isn't looking too good right now. Sinosauropteryx...ah, one of the poster-children of Evolutionary academia!

It isn't a new thing that they be considered collagen fibers. In fact this possibility even made it into Dr. Donald B. Deyoung's Dinosaurs and Creation, a very sensible book written from the biblical, and true scientific, point of view.

God is good!

Dr. Paleo Ph.D.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

63 years ago....

I'm in a hurry today (I've got a long shift at work to get ready for), but I just wanted to at least post a little something in remembrance. You should already know what happened today, but if you don't, shame on you and the education system!

Today in 1944, the day known as "D-Day," the Allies landed on the soon-to-be-bloody beaches of Normandy, France to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. And death was their companion....

Sunday, June 03, 2007

An Accidental Purchase

So today, quite by accident, I got three of the new Castle Lego sets.

7090 Crossbow Attack

7009: The Final Joust

7091 Knight's Catapult Defense

I must say that I didn't intend to purchase anything, but a Toys R Us and a convincing family caused me to purchase them. It wasn't my fault. They forced me. I swear! :-P

The sets themselves are very nice. I personally dislike the idea of an undead army and am going to have to do some Bricklinking or something eventually to replace their ranks. I do have to admit though, I am seriously, seriously sick of Vikings and Knights Kingdoms heads. Seriously, how many of those heads do we need?
We AFOLs are going to have enough to have factions made completely out of clones by 2008! The goulish heads on the skellies also are not popular with me, but I understand that they are supposed to look "alive" but I'll never use them that way.

But, the pros? Many!

The skeleton and Cross?/Royal? knight shields are beautiful (I love the fierce looking emblems of the skellies), and the new mace and scimitar pieces are fantastic, particularly the mace. Silver helmets also seem to have a nice place in the AFOL world. :-D Plus, the crossbow and shortsword have been cast in a great pearly silver color, and the breastplates in the joust set are downright drool-worthy. I sort of like the poseable skeleton arms as well, and the torsos of the Cross?/Royal? knights are pretty nice as well (one of them, with the KK1 warhat in the Crossbow Attack set, has a Viking-like torso, but not quite the same).

The joust barding and gold chanfron are to die for, the catapult is pretty fair, and the "crossbow" ballista is a very nice, small siege engine. The undead horse skeletons will prove useful for dead horses as well.

All in all, they're some of the best castle sets ever, in my opinion. :-) Part of me is begging for mercy though, or rather my pocketbook is. What with Aquaraiders, Castle 2007, the Cafe Corner and this new Marketplace? I'll be impoverished by the fall!

But, these are great sets that shouldn't be passed up by castle fans. Bring on next year, TLC!