January 25th, 2005

Use Your Brain

Expand Your Mind

Ooh, a tricky one indeed! Congrats to woap and achmanage, and kespernorth (and royhuggins, slipping in at the bell) for getting it right:
The balloon will sink. The further it goes under the water, the greater the water pressure. As the water pressure increases, the volume and buoyancy of the balloon decreases. As a matter of fact, if the water pressure is great enough, the balloon will sink without the weight attached.
Oddities of physics, eh? Gotta love science...even when it kicks you in the ass. See? you ask for harder ones, and Big Daddy Chaos provides. ;) But I won't always be vicious; here's a couple riddles for you today:
1. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you just eat?

2. What is the one thing that all wise men, regardless of their religion or politics, agree is between heaven and earth?
Gollum would be proud.

Prom Dress?!?

I gotta agree with unrepentant on this one; if I had a daughter, she damn sure wouldn't be wearing THIS to the prom.

Remember, there's a difference between 'class' and 'trash'.

EDIT: Much thanx to wesa for this link, which gives a bit of perspective on the picture, showing that the model might be wearing the dress backwards (which the Post denies), or at least may be wearing it a size too small. Because, you know, The New York Post is such a reputable and unbiased bastion of journalism that surely wouldn't stoop to just trying to titillate readers and such.

Upcoming Movie

Just got a link to MirrorMask, and I'm intrigued. The basic storyline seems to have been ripped right out of Stephen King's 'The Talisman', and that initially annoyed me. But, visually? Wow...visually, I'm damn near drooling. It's fuckin' gorgeous...

So, I'm not really surprised. The storyline bugs me, but it was written by Neil Gaiman, I'm not fond of anyway. The visuals are all The Jim Henson Company, and now you're talking Labyrinth and Dark Crystal, so you know it's done well (come on, they did those without CGI, imagine what they do NOW!).

Looks to have potential, for sure.
Artist At Work

Icon Work

Well, I had to do a bit of emergency icon work today. As you know, I help run dreamyicons, so I have an icon I use for making "moderator posts". The art on it was from an artist that a lot of the members happen to like, and who USED to be very cool about things. We had asked for permission to use his art in icons before (and I know for a fact that others had asked before using his art in layouts, etc.), and he had always been generous and relaxed about it. After all, we weren't trying to pass the art off as our own, no profit was being made, and credit was always given.

Well, recently, he decided to join some artists' collective, and suddenly you have to buy a license to use the work, it cannot be altered, cropped, or drawn over, and no text...the rules just go on. He made this license retroactive, as well, so all those things we'd been given permission to do, were suddenly under violation of this license (and since none of that permission was in legally binding writing, there's nothing that can be done).

Now, I don't fault him for protecting his work. I support that...but it sucked for all of us loyal fans who had done right in the first place to be left in the cold like that. So, I dumped that icon, just to be safe and all, and made a new one. Apparently, I'm just obsessed with figuring out how much animation I can cram into one icon...

  • Current Music
    Bon Jovi - It's My Life


Al Sharpton is visiting a primary school and he visits one of the classes. They are in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asks the Rev. Sharpton if he would like to lead the discussion of the word "tragedy." So the illustrious leader asks the
class for an example of a "tragedy."

One little boy stands up and offers: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along
and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy."

"No," says the Great Al Sharpton," that would be an accident."

A little girl raises her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explains the exalted spiritual leader. "That's what we would call a great loss."

The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. Rev. Sharpton searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"

Finally at the back of the room a small boy raises his hand.

In a quiet voice he says: "If a plane carrying the Rev. Sharpton were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."

"Fantastic!" exclaims Sharpton, "That's right. And can you tell me why that would be tragedy?"

"Well," says the boy, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."

*Thanks and cuppa joe to thisismostlyme*