Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Girls and Panda Bears, Penguins, Bunnies, Puppies, Kittens...the list goes on and on....

I've been meaning to post this for a few days, and just now got to it. To speak to my readers who are guys, we always know what's on the television when we hear a sudden burst of girls cooing and ahhing, don't we? "Oh, it's so cuuuutte!" they say. "I want one!"

Ladies and Gentleman, cute animals is what I'm talking about.

So...in the spirit of cute little animals, I thought I'd post this fuzzy one for you all, and see how the girls liked it. Click on the title to see it.

Is this not the sweetest little face you'll ever see?

Ancient Settlement Near Stonehenge Uncovered!

This is some absolutely giddy-fying news here! Read it yourselves!!!!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Rejoice!

Well my loyal readers, it is time for you to take a quiz.

Does anyone know what happens tommorrow? What great, world-shattering, earth-shaking event that will change the course of all history?

Well? Can you guess?

(Hint: If you know me, you at least know of the answer).

Still can't get it? Try again!

Okay, I'll give you the answer now....

And that is: (drum roll)




The release of Celtic Woman's new album, A New Journey!

We must all rejoice at this great event in the history of all mankind!!!

Their last album, the Christmas album, beat the records for their album before that (that one itself knocked Andrea Bocelli's Sogno off the top of the world charts, staying up for the a grand total of 68 weeks!). They want to make a new record, I've heard.

So...what do you say we help them out a little maybe, huh? Mine's already on pre-order...but what about YOU?

Are you willing to do your part for King and Celtic Woman? All who are, say "Aye!" All who are not, say "Aye!" or die! ;-P

Have fun fellow fans!


Paleo the CW nerd!

P.S. Oh, and just one more thing....

DULA-MAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!
(the true fans should get it, ;-D)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Warrior: Roller Coaster: A Lego Vignette

Back to our superhero story...

With no end to his work, The Warrior just happens to be passing through town via a shortcut through an amusement park. He seems to have gotten through unnoticed until....

A strange and savage foe, evil and very primitive-looking, fiercely assaults him with some sort of spear-like weapon and a whip. The Warrior, for once caught unawares, immediately sets about defending himself and endeavors to take down his foe on a roller coaster scaffold. The Warrior's enemy even manages to knock off his helmet! (Hopefully he won't be recognized by anyone!)


Who is this strange new enemy? Was The Warrior being hunted? If so, for how long? Who would win this brutal battle for survival?

Find out by viewing the gallery!

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=212258

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. / Histo-Sci

250 enemy dead in Najaf battle

Finally, some good news.

Too bad we lost a chopper though.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

PALAEOBLOG: Dragging A Tarbosaurus

This is really nice! Actually I don't have the time to watch the video...but I hope it makes it into a documentary some day. ;-)

Ah, my favorite dinosaur!

Friday, January 26, 2007

More World Events

A load of bad news tonight.

It looks like the matter has changed about the Russian spy death investigation. Here's both articles:

Police silent on spy killer's ID
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/01/21/uk.litvinenko.reut/index.html

Reports: Ex-spy was poisoned by tea he drank
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16831811/


Oh great....

Iran tells U.N. of uranium enrichment steps
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16825038/


Filthy cowards....

Soldiers killed in Karbala were first abducted
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16826151/


That's it for tonight.

Spencer

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Warrior: Robot Surveillance: A Lego Vignette

Behold, The Warrior!

Everyone knows that, in order to prove a criminal of wrongdoing, you have to have evidence. Before every inside "attack" mission that The Warrior conducts (like his entry into the terrorist wherehouse, and when he laid in wait inside the ChemLab building for the hi-tech thief), he thoroughly and resourcefully checks up on all the leads.

Tonight our hero is testing out his new surveillance tool, a special hi-tech robot capable of recording visual, audio, and even defending itself with a small caliber machine gun. From the rooftop of a seemingly normal building The Warrior watches and listens to a secret crime deal conducted by one of the city's most influential crime lords. Will he get the information he needs in order to make a move before the crime boss does first? What is his next plan? A smuggling operation? A theft? Even a murder?

The Warrior is here to find that out!


He gets his bot ready for action.




The robot climbs down the building.




A secret deal!




And below the crime lord's conference room is the building's generator room.


The entire gallery: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=212257


Dr. Paleo Ph.D. / Histo-Sci

National Geographic: Rare "Prehistoric" Shark Photographed Alive

Now this is rare. A chance in a lifetime for these scientists.

Don't miss out on it yourself!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My Lego Trident!

More Legos!

So I'm publishing this custom (but still purist) multi-part weapon, the ancient trident!



So? You like? Or you hate?

Let me know!

The Whole Sharp Gallery! http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=212270

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. / Histo-Sci

Inspiration: Dunechaser's Gladiatores http://flickr.com/photos/dunechaser/208506317/

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

AAPS: Fossils Stolen from the Smithsonian Institute

AAPS, Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences
96 East 700 South, Logan, UT 84321-5555, Phone:(435) 752-7145


I was notified today in an e-mail newsletter from this organization that the following fossil remains have been stolen from the Smithsonian Institution (I have copied and pasted the useful list sent me, which is complete with genus and species and other relevant taxonomic information, catalogueing code, and a link with photos):


"'FOSSIL THEFT' ALERT

The AAPS Executive Board has been notified of a fossil theft from the Smithsonian's Fossil Mammal displays. A number of important type specimens have been taken from the museum's public displays, including:

1. Frictops emryi (Insectivora) USNM 336367, skull with nearly complete postcranial skeleton. [This particular specimen was featured on the cover of the prestigious scientific publication journal Nature, March 12th, 1992.]

2. Neohipparion republicans (Perissodactyla, Equidae) USNM 352701, partial upper jaw and palate with nearly complete dentition.

3. Chrysemys picta (Testudines, Testudinidae) USNM 351927, complete carapace.

4. Palaeolagus haydeni (Lagomorpha) USNM 16291, complete skull with lower jaws.

5. Thinocyon velox (Carnivora) USNM 22479, complete skull with lower jaws.

6. Uintacyon juglans (Carnivora) USNM 22478, anterior part of skeleton on slab.

7. Ischyromys veterior (Rodentia) USNM 336369, skull and partial skeleton.

8. Hyrachyus affinis (Perissodactyla, Tapiridae) USNM 22482, complete skull and lower jaws.

9. Paradjidaumo trilophus (Rodentia) USNM 18804. skull and partial skeleton.

If any one is contacted with any of these specimens, or should see them in Tucson[*], please contact Matthew Carrano – (202) 633-1314, or any of the AAPS board members immediatly. There are pictures of these specimens posted at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/paleo/stolen_specimens/, please review this page before leaving for Tucson.'


It's sad that Evolutionist museums get all these specimens. But, it would be even sadder if they were never known to science due to these lowly thieves.

Keep an eye out, people.


*Speaking of the upcoming AAPS Tucson meeting: "The 2007 meeting will be held on Saturday February 3rd at 7:30 PM at the Student Union Memorial Center on the grounds of the University of Arizona."

Note: Material in quotation marks was copied from the e-mail newsletter, AAPS Tucson Newsletter, January 23, 2007.

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Very Mandibular Problem! (In ABS plastic, of course!)

Good day my readers!

I have a new Lego creation for you today! I don't even know if "mandibular" is a word, but anyways since the Viking Fenris Wolf from set 7015 lamentably lacks a lower jaw, I thought that I'd give him one.


With a little but of fiddling, I worked it out, and took these pictures so others could solve the problem too.

Check it out!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Saturday, January 20, 2007

13 killed in U.S. military copter crash in Iraq

Great, more bad news.

Was it one of those Blackhawks, by any chance?

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Warrior Returns!

The Warrior: Eire Attack: A Lego Vignette

After a long hiatus, my Lego Warrior vignettes have returned! The new up-and-coming batch are from September of last year. I've been so busy that I haven't had much of a chance to upload them or anything (my digital camera and computer makes it difficult). These, however, have been sitting around in my folder for a while, so I'll post this one first to start off my new batch!


The Warrior, in great need of a vacation, travels to Ireland for a short break from his stressful work. However, he soon finds himself embroiled in conflict with strange remnants of the Irish Republican Army, just now making a violent resurgence. He tracks them down to their lair, but finds that the police have already arrived and have been brutally massacred. Are any of them alive? Are the terrorists still there? Will The Warrior survive a fierce gunfight without his precious war suit, which he left back home in the States?

The Warrior Returns!

The whole gallery:http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=210223

Dr. Paleo / Histo-Sci

World News

So what do you want first, the good news, or the bad news? Let's start with the good.

U.S., Iraqi forces arrest top aide to al-Sadr
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16700538/


And now the bad:

Why China's Missile Test Is Troubling
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1580595,00.html?cnn=yes

From the mouth of mullahs
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=5084e435-2363-4dcd-af78-fa943099b401


Time to gear up for war, mentally and materially.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Voice


I hear your voice on the wind
And I hear you call out my name

"Listen my child," you say to me
"I am the voice of your history"
"Be not afraid, come follow me"
"Answer my call and I'll set you free"

I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice that always is calling you
I am the voice, I will remain

I am the voice in the fields when the summer's gone
The dance of the leaves when the autumn winds blow
Ne'er do I sleep throughout all the cold winter long
I am the force that in springtime will grow

I am the voice of the past that will always be
Filled with my sorrows and blood in my fields
I am the voice of the future
Bring me your peace
Bring me your peace and my wounds, they will heal

I am the voice in the wind and the pouring rain
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice that always is calling you
I am the voice

I am the voice of the past that will always be
I am the voice of your hunger and pain
I am the voice of the future
I am the voice
I am the voice
I am the voice
I am the voice

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Movies!

I had wanted to do full all-out reviews of these, but it would take too much time to do them. I'll just do a little now, right then?

So for Christmas both my sister and I bought my Dad a Netflix subscription (he loves movies). So, for ideas for movies to rent, we've all been pitching in.

I wanted to see two movies: Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War, and The Legend of Boggy Creek.

First off, let me discuss Tae Guk Gi. A Korean-made film about the Korean War, I've seen it before (December of '05 was when I saw it originally), but have been in the mood to see it again, partly because of the Korean War documentary that I've been watching recently (I bought it at that library book sale back in early December along with Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings).

It is quite gory (to some, it would be called unbearable, yet to me, it isn't that bad), has some of the best battle sequences I have ever seen (and I mean ever), and is also a very heart-wrenching story. It centers around two young, innocent brothers, who both get transformed by the horrors of war. Eventually, without spoiling the story (hey, am I being too silly in wondering if you all will watch it on my recommendation? ;-D), I will only say that both of them do things wrong, one even committing war crimes. That's as far as I'll go so as not to ruin the plot. The first time around, it almost seemed like the main characters did some very awful things (one in particular), but on more reflection, one thing comes out to me: this film is trying to show the horrors and evil of war, and illustrate that some decisions made in the rigors of those emotionially-charged experiences are not always right ones. In short, this movie shows war for what it really seems to be to me. I highly recommend it. (Be prepared to tear up if you do that in movies. I didn't cry, but the movie is certainly a "tear-jerker" as well as one that makes you cringe.)

Now, for The Legend of Boggy Creek. It was made in 1975 as a docu-drama about the Fouke Monster of Arkansas (a Bigfoot). It is very famous to all devoted BF buffs, and is comprised of dramatizations of the actual encounters (most of them acted out by the actual people who had the encounter), and, even though I heard it was low-budget, it is done very well. The suspense is perfect, the story lures you in, and even the guy in the ape suit doesn't look too bad (the camerawork was great, and most of the time succeeded in avoiding filming him directly so as not to make him look too "fake"). A few thoughts about the applications of some scenes in this film, though.

In one scene, a mother and her three children see the creature, and the mother tells her children to run, then runs after them. (The 'squatch does not follow). Now let me say that although few encounters of Bigfoot are ever violent (although a few Boggy Creek ones were), I will assume that BF would be a threat to children here, as any large animal might be. So, if I had been the mother, what would I have done (besides prayer and wetting one's pants), and barring her course of action and use of weapons since she had none?

1. You could stand there, staring at the creature, doing nothing, and hoping it will become disinterested.

2. Challenge the creature. This would not be hard, since BF is an ape. All you have to do, is challenge him in ape language. Pounding your chest and baring your teeth would work nicely, and I would also think yelling or roaring might as well. But BFs likely (make that definitely) know that they are physically superior, so would this be a bad course of action?

3. Be submissive in ape language. Do not bare you teeth, and look down. Would this work?

4. Or, I could try commanding the creature to stand down, or to be off, in the name of Jesus Christ. This has worked on animals before, and would be a good thing to do, in my opinion. If you have the faith you can move mountains....

5. Finally, if you had no other course of action (not that point 4 wouldn't work, that's not what I am saying at all), you could take the final moments of your life to buy the children time. You are what stands between them and certain death (granted the creature was being aggressive). So, you use that to your advantage. You know you will lose the fight, but still you gain the upper hand in regards to the fact that you control the animal, you make him do what you wish. You challenge him, take him on. Maybe you run a bit, and let him chase you down (you wouldn't get very far). You use the only weapon you have, and that is you. You cannot hope to defeat a 'squatch in combat, so you let him kill you, but ensure that you delay him enough so that the children will escape with their lives.

This would be the last course of action to take, and should only be taken as the last measure. But still, it is an option.

In another scene, three girls are alone one night having a sleepover (another reason to not leave women alone), and the creature comes a calling. He never hurts them physically, but gives them the scare of their lives. This was the most difficult part of the whole movie to watch, and I even found it disturbing to a degree. Knowing that this really did happen and is not just a movie makes it all the more real. If only I could had been there...

Anyways, I wasn't scared at all throughout the entire movie although I would definitley call it a "scary" movie.


So, all in all, Tae Guk Gi and The Legend of Boggy Creek are two of the best movies you'll ever see--some of the best ever made.

White House: Can't rule out attack on Iran

Well?

Let the debate begin!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Necks for sex: sexual selection as an explanation for sauropod dinosaur neck elongation

*makes big eyes*

Um, wow...very thought provoking. Outside-the-academia-box thinking is just my style.* ;-P


*That's not to say that this is true, however.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Blast hits U.S. Embassy compound in Athens

Does this smell like a feeble attempt that might grow into something bigger (perhaps this was even a test) to anyone else?

Hopefully not. Perhaps it was like last time (the '96 RPG attack).

Perhaps.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Light at the End of the Tunnel?

When I heard this news, I wasn't too happy really. I'm really sick and tired of Bush. I mean, I think we need to defeat the enemy, but why should we need to deal with the sectarian violence over there? If they want to annihilate each other, why should the flower of our nation spill their blood to stop them?

All in all, even though I really do approve of the "war" in the sense that I think that the people we are fighting, and did fight are the "bad" guys and don't see what was so bad about going in there in the first place (he did have WMD, regardless of what the leftist press contends), I'm getting more than a little tired of Bush's dogged emphasis on Iraq and Iraq only. The Taliban are rebounding in Afghanistan. Christians are being butchered in the Sudan. We probably should have interfered in the Ethiopia-Somalia war (a little more local details would be needed, thouhh). We also need to worry about gearing up for possible conflicts with North Korea, Iran, China (and who says the cold war is over?). Bush's one-track "Iraq" mind is really starting to annoy me. I really think that this war was personal to him. Think of it, with his father and the Gulf War and all, he likely wanted to "clear the family name" so-to-speak, and erase the perhaps still-smarting sore gained from the first war. (Oh, and while I'm on the subject, why on earth didn't we just squash Saddam back then, when we had the chance?)

Well I'm ranting now, so I'll get to my point. The article says that we plan to turn over control of the nation to Iraqi forces in November. This still is sort of...well, it just seems that Bush won't think of anything else but his way, and that he won't allow anyone to disagree with his "divine will." And in our presiden'ts mind, what is the "job" that needs finishing? He keeps on talking about it, but never seems to elaborate and explain to us what exactly that "job" is. If I had my way, we'd have clear goals, and we would finish the job. What is it with these politicians and their wacky ways of running wars?

Again I'm ranting....

Part of my displeasure of this new plan comes as a separate issue, unconnected with the ifs and whys of the plan: it is my own personal dread. Because if we are sending 20,000 more of our warriors out to battle, this likely means that a close friend of mine will also be among the deployed. God protect him....

The punchline: could this really be the beginning of the end?

Maybe, but I doubt it. Every time the Iraqi military and police have been "ready" to do something, they've crumpled like a wadded-up styrofoam cup.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Dates!

King Harold Godwinson was crowned today in 1066! Check out some more neat dates too...

SAXONS FOREVER!!!!

New 2007 Lego Castle line!

These are pretty stupendous. We've got a ballista, a catapult, battle wagon, an evil skeleton fortress (reminsicent of Ogel), and that gorgeous walled castle. Moreover we have new molds, a sabre, a mace, new skeletons, horse skeletons, and new shields! And do I spy helmets in metallic colors and reddish-brown horses? Whoa!

The only downside to this line is that the "evil" warriors are all "undead", therefore useless in that regard to me. I find skeletons very useful, but not as "living" things. (Biblical debate topic here...;-D) So TLC has just made it a little harder on me here, but maybe for their own good. I'm just gonna have to buy some men and horses on Bricklink!

Take a peek at TBB post of these great new sets.

Dr. Paleo

P.S. Oh, and dragons! Boy how I do love dragons!

World war news and some more personal war news

Looks like the Muslim militia in Somalia got beaten:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16480907/

Haditha case details. This is just too bad:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16495011/


On another note, I'd like to take a line to honor a soldier who just was sent out to war. He's a good friend of mine. I'd like to say more, but I'm sure he already knows what I would likely think to say to him.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Somalian government, Ethiopian troops battle militias

It looks like the Somali government is pitching in against the Muslim militia. And they're winning, too.

And if you look in the quick fact box at the top of the page, it looks like our navy ships are hunting for escaping militia. So we are helping! Too bad we're not doing it more...and why aren't we in the Sudan?

Anyways, read up.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A promise...

I hope I meet someone tonight who’ll make my heart beat fast.
A handsome man with laughing eyes who smiles as he walks past.
And when they play an old-time waltz he’ll twirl me ‘round the floor.
And promise me that I will be his girl forevermore.
His girl forevermore,
His girl forevermore,
And promise me that I will be his girl forevermore.

Lyrics to "At the Ceili", sung by Celtic Woman (Orla's part)


Let me tell you this, my love. Whoever you are, you've got it. I will make you that promise. I will never break it. I will love you with all my heart. And you will be my girl forevermore.

I promise.

Just...stuff....

Hi there!

So today I wasn't supposed to work, but I got called and they said that they wanted me to work in the Home department (where I almost always am) from 4-8 tonight. I called in and said yes, but when I got there they moved me to Kids. It's not that it's bad, I just had no idea where anything went! Well, at least one girl called it "oober fun" (actually it immediately reminded me of you, Liberty Belle!).

At about 5:25, I stopped dead in my tracks and listened to the radio. It's usually nothing but junk (It's even worse in the back room, where the truck guys play rap and rock all the time, at about 100 decibels. The one word I hear the most? Yeah, it starts with an F.) and I don't really pay attention, but I heard something familiar...it was Celtic Woman! The song Orinoco Flow! "Sail away, sail away, sail away!" It wasn't the actual group (someone else's rendition it was), and since I think Enya wrote it or something it might have been her. Still, it was great just to hear it in a new environment. It was like being introduced to that song all over again! (Yeah, my parents hate it now--with passion. ;-P )

Anyways I forgot to mention what my sister wanted me to tell you in my last post. When I was at Borders, I saw that they had Osprey books. Now let me tell you a little about these books first. They are books loved by all plastic soldier painters (like me, ;-D) because they cover relevant topics like uniforms, etc. Anyways, when I saw them, I dropped the jacket I had been holding it...literally! I got to take a peek at them for the first time in my life, and it only makes me want them all the more. I will likely buy them from Amazon (for price reasons), but it was still mighty nice to see 'em there....

Anyways I guess I stop ranting nonsense now.

Catch you all later.