Oktoberfest, Already?

damn time really flies by… hard to believe it’s already time for some good beer loving oktoberfest action over there in germany — lucky bastards.

some quick oktoberfest beer facts:

Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich.



Football Field Gets Dick

Mom and Teens Vandalize High School Football Field with Giant Dick

There are only two things that could get me to care about high school football. One is an episode of Friday Night Lights. Two is a group of real life vandals who sneak onto a high school football field and burn a giant dick into the grass with weed killer. Friday Night Lights is sadly over, but the story of the humongous field dong has only just begun.

A 50-year-old woman, her 16-year-old daughter and 17-year-old male friend from Temperance, Michigan are all being charged with vandalism after the trio snuck onto the Bedford High School football field and, using weed killer, burned a 100-yard penis into the grass. They say they got the idea from a previous prank that they saw on the internet.

Of the damage, which will cost an estimated $15k-20k to repair, school superintendent Mark Kleinhans remarked, “It’s unfortunate that we have to divert funds to take care of this, and not just the dollars but the man power and all of the things that go along with that.”

you see stories like this every now and then, but it rarely ceases to crack me up… the fact that the mom helped out, and they didn’t just put a small one in the middle of the field or anything… oh hell no, they went all out and covered the entire fucking field with a 100 yard penis.



CSS Rules To Stick By

stubmled across this article about how they went about structuring their css over at trello — good stuff, but i really liked these key rules to stick to…

  • Use a new line for every parameter. Use two new lines between declarations.
  • Add a single space between parameters, for example param: value; and not param:value;.
  • Indent nested rules so it’s obvious they’re related. You’ll be able to identify and skip sections more easily.
  • Alphabetize parameters. I could probably look up how parameters are semantically categorized by position, dimension, typography, color, etc., but I gave up and used the alphabet.
  • Use 2 spaces, not 4 spaces and not tabs.
  • Use hyphens for class names, not underscores or camelCase.
  • Don’t use 0px when 0 will do. Use shorthand when appropriate, like padding: 15px 0; and not padding: 15px 0px 15px 0px;.
  • When using vendor prefixed features, put the standard declaration last. For example… -webkit-transition: all 100ms; transition: all 100ms;. Browsers will optimize the standard declaration, but continue to keep the old one around for compatibility. Putting the standard declaration after the vendor one means it will get used and you get the most optimized version.
  • Use hsl(a) over hex and rgb(a). If I’m twiddling with colors, it’s easier with hsl, especially when making things lighter or darker. If I’m writing hex or rgb, I have to change all the values and it’s harder to guess what the result will look like. I get a better mental picture of a color when I can say “it’s blue, it’s this saturated, and this light” rather than “it’s this much red, this much green, and this much blue.”
  • Comments rarely hurt. If you find an answer online (read: on Stack Overflow) then add the link to a comment so future people know what’s up.

think i’ll copy and print this up somehwere around the office.



People Really Want the iPhone 6 Plus

Customers Clamor For The Largest iPhone Possible

It turns out Apple did its market research before trying to sell smart phones the size of your face. Apple and all the major carriers appear to have sold out pre-orders and are quoting longer ship times for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple has not released numbers for how many iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 models were available for preorder, and an early rumor indicated that there may have been fewer of the larger model available. Still, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told Re/code that demand is higher now than it’s been in either of the last two years.

Presales were slated to begin shortly after midnight Friday, but the Apple Store was still down two hours afterward due to increased traffic. The store was active by midmorning, but with increased shipping times of three to four weeks for the larger model. (The regular iPhone 6 is still slated to arrive on the previously stated date of Sept. 19.)

can’t say that i’m all that surpised that the new iphone pre-sold 4 million, though i have to say that i was a little surprised to find out that pre-sales for the bigger iPhone 6 Plus are so high — guess i was totally wrong about that, since i thought it would’ve been the opposite.

how many of you prefer or plan on getting the larger iphone? just curious…

uber fact:

“In France, a megabyte is called a “mega-octet” because “byte” means “cock” and “megabyte” is unintentionally rude.”

iPhone 6 Vector Mockups


Adrian Peterson Is Back

Adrian Peterson re-activated, expected to play Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday morning that running back Adrian Peterson will fully practice and is expected to play this week against the New Orleans Saints.

Peterson was deactivated for Sunday’s loss after being indicted Friday on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

The Vikings cited due process as the reason for reinstating the face of the franchise.

The following is the full statement from Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf:

“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.”

man, this past week has been a PR nightmare for the NFL… ray rice, greg hardy playing last night for the 49ers, and then also hearing about adrian peterson being suspeded for smacking his kid around — g’lord man.

they really need to get their collective shit together… speaking of football, good game yesterday, though once again the broncos seemed to coast a bit in the second half of the game — sure they won it, but that’s a little worrisome… can’t come out playing like that against the seahawks this coming sunday, mang.


A Terrorist’s Poem

Terrorist Tool Wrote A Poem

Terek Mahanna is a fat kid from Boston who is convicted of aiding al Qaeda but escaped to the Middle East because it is slightly better than prison. Terek now heads up online recruitment for ISIS, since he is one of the few members of the terrorist organization who can write fluently in English.

That also sets him apart from most of his Boston public school peers he left behind. Along with posting beheading videos with strident threats to the power in the West, Mahanna often shares a poem he about jihad because that’s the type of lame shit thirty year old virgins think is cool. The poem is predictably boring and shitty except for one titillating passage:

“These are the Hoorees with round and firm chests
Pure untouched virgins, they’re better than the best,

Seventy-two in all, with large eyes of dark hue
Each one created especially for you,

They call our your name asking where you are
But to their disappointment, from the battles you are far.”

If this guy wants death to America he’s going to have to step up his game. Teasing guys with promises of seventy-two pretend virgins might have worked around the tire fire, but not for guys with the Internet. Instead of being gripped by this boring fantasy they can simply log onto Pornhub and start gripping their uncallused dicks. Look for ISIS membership to drop steadily causing them to ditch the poetry and return to trolling Reddit with their explicit hacked photos of the bare feet of hot Syrian women.

seriously, did this virgin lovin’ jihadi just get out of fourth grade or something? that’s pretty bad.



Samsung Mocks Apple

i’m not even sure how many times i must’ve seen this samsung commercial yesterday while watching football, but it was a lot… even though i totally plan on getting a new iphone 6 in the near future, i couldn’t help but get a bit of a chuckle.

“Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size,” wrote the ad’s description. “As the rest of the world catches up to the ‘not everyone wants a tiny screen’ thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever”

watching people get all gung-ho and have comment wars over apple vs. samsung reminds me of the good ‘ole apple vs. pc days.

This Chinese city has special walking lanes for pedestrians who can’t put their phones down


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ISIS Beheads Another

ISIS executes British aid worker David Haines; Cameron vows justice

(CNN) — British aid worker David Haines has been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks.

The ISIS video post showing Haines’ beheading called his execution “a message to the allies of America.”

It is produced very similarly to the videos that showed the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the last of which included Haines and the threat that he’d be killed next.

The new video pictures a masked ISIS militant placing his hand on another captive, whom he identified as Alan Henning, a British citizen.

In a tweet, British Prime Minister David Cameron called “the murder of David Haines” an “act of pure evil.”

oh man, getting caught up on some of the headlines and sports over the weekend, and one of the first things i see is this — a 3rd western journalist, a britsh guy, was beheaded by ISIS on saturday… holy hell, man.

instead of sending oerf 457 marines the other day like Obama did, we should be sending in 30,000 marines with a single purpose — wipe out ISIS from the face of the earth, period.

Iraq wins pledge of military support against IS militants


Babe vs. Babe

well gang, it’s the end of yet another slightly crazy week… and next week looks to be pretty damn busy as well (might have to burn some midnight oil), but that’s all the more reason to get outta here and get my weekend started… so here’s a quickie before i bounce — left or right?

** don’t be douchebag, make a choice.

have a great day weekend, mang!


Windows 9 Start Menu

Windows 9’s new Start menu demonstrated on video

for those of you looking forward to Windows 9, here’s a video showing off the “new” star menu… dunno why, but it still kind of cracks me up just how gung-ho some people are about having the start menu back… but at least microsoft has seen the error of it’s ways and are re-including it for the people.

hey, the customer is always right… right?


Pic of the Day

awesome shot of the Rosetta spacecraft nearing the comet it’s studying…

on a sidenote, anybody pre-order a new iphone 6 yet?


Middle Easts Maze

it’s now friday morning, which means it’s time to sit back with a cup of coffee and see what victor hanson is writing about this week — The Middle East’s Maze of Alliances

Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies, and neutrals in the Middle East.

In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. For a few weeks, he was public enemy No. 1 because he had used chemical weapons on his own people and because he was responsible for many of the deaths in the Syrian civil war, with a casualty count that is now close to 200,000.

After Obama’s red lines turned pink, we forgot about Syria. Then the Islamic State showed up with beheadings, crucifixions, rapes, and mass murders through a huge swath of Iraq and Syria.

Now the United States is bombing the Islamic State. Sometimes Obama says that he is still seeking a strategy against the jihadist group. Sometimes he wants to reduce it to a manageable problem. And sometimes he says that he wants to degrade or even destroy it.

The Islamic State is still trying to overthrow Assad. If the Obama administration is now bombing the Islamic State, is it then helping Assad? Or when America did not bomb Assad, did it help the Islamic State? Which of the two should Obama bomb — or both, or neither?
Iran is steadily on the way to acquiring a nuclear bomb. Yet for now it is arming the Kurds, dependable U.S. allies in the region who are fighting for their lives against the Islamic State and need American help. As Iran aids the Kurds, Syrians, and Iraqis in the battle against the evil Islamic State, is Teheran becoming a friend, enemy, or neither? Will Iran’s temporary help mean that it will delay or hasten its efforts to get a bomb? Just as Iran sent help to the Kurds, it missed yet another U.N. deadline to come clean on nuclear enrichment.

Hamas just lost a war in Gaza against Israel. Then it began executing and maiming a number of its own people, some of them affiliated with Fatah, the ruling clique of the Palestinian Authority. During the war, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian state, stayed neutral and called for calm. Did he wish Israel to destroy his rival, Hamas? Or did he wish Hamas to hurt his archenemy, Israel? Both? Neither?

good stuff as always, and he’s right — the middle east is a fucking mess.

that’s why we should be working hard on energy independence… open up the keystone pipeline, ease some of those draconian regulations as needed, and get the best minds in the world together to work on alternate energy sources… but of course, even with all of that we’d still be involved over there — just not reliant.

The Problem with Obama’s ISIS Strategy


Freedom Tower

it only seems appropriate to post a few photos of the Freedom Tower in NYC, a place i’ve been meaning to visit for the past year or so but haven’t quite made it yet…

Freedom tower 920 3

…one of these days i’ll get up there.


9/11 – Never Forget

it’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since the 9/11 terrorist attack on these united states of america… in the past, i would replace my normal blog and put in a tribute page for the day, but i figure it’s been long enough now that i’ll just blog about it instead.

it’s definitely a day that’ll forever be burned into my memory, and i’ll never forget driving up 395 towards DC and seeing the cloud of smoke right ahead of me… then switching to the radio and how stunned i was to hear people calling in saying that a plane hit the pentagon… turning around, driving straight back home, and stopping in a gas station and watching the tv showing the news/footage from NYC with a group of people and how shocked we all were.

i was glued to the tv for the rest of the day at home.