Saturday Links

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
  • I’m guessing this movie will include lots of fighting and stuff blowing up. Although given the cast, it would be pretty great if it turned out to be a sappy love story.
  • Wonderful little pop mash made entirely of audio from the movie Up. A beautiful movie by the way. See it if you haven’t yet.
  • Every Christmas Eve at 3pm, half of Sweden sits down to watch Donald Duck cartoons.
  • This apparently happened in my hometown on Thursday. Coincidentally, the poster quotes from one of my old Fox columns.
  • Top Mexican drug official on prohibition: “This war is not winnable.”
  • “In brief, Brennan wanted to understand why some ducks have such extravagant penises.” The article only gets better from there. Includes tales of exploding artificial duck vaginas.
  • (NOTE: Link fixed.)

  • Incredible photo of asteroid impact.
  • Gizmodo’s worst gadgets of the decade. Includes: a sex doll for dogs (!), a Taser gun/MP3 player combo (in a just world, it would electrocute any user that tried to play Nickelback), and a $200 device whose sole purpose is . . .  tweeting.

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    26 Responses to “Saturday Links”

    1. #1 |  Joel | 

      The asteroid picture took me a second. Then it gave me the first laugh of the day. Thanks, Radley, I don’t normally look to you for laughs but that was a good one.

    2. #2 |  Mike H | 

      What Joel said. Near-miss death-comet / asteroid news stories always fill me with a certain amount of existential anxietey, but this was pixel-perfect.

    3. #3 |  Mike H | 

      That would’ve read anxiety, were it not for the nog.

    4. #4 |  Duck virago/vamp/cougar | 

      Duck article inaccessible.

      You tease, you!

    5. #5 |  Joey Maloney | 

      The duck penis link is bad. O what brave new world, that has such sentences in’t!

    6. #6 |  Aresen | 

      The Mexican drug war item is excellent, except it doesn’t outright say “all a drug war does is make ruthless thugs rich” instead of leaving it to the reader to connect the dots.

    7. #7 |  Aresen | 

      Continuing on the drug war item (hit the “submit by accident):

    8. #8 |  Aresen | 

      I predict that the drug warriors will read the drug war item and say “this proves we need to fight harder and that decriminalization is harmfull”

    9. #9 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Can you believe it? That attempt to set off a bomb on that Delta Airlines flight has superseded any coverage of the asteroid impact. Anyone know when the tidal wave is expected to hit Alabama?

    10. #10 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      So which is better: Shields or Hyperspace?

    11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

      That thing about the cops threatening the guy with the camera really pisses me off. I’m more surprised when the cops back down than when they actually go through with their threats. I think it was smart for the guy to put the camera in the house. I’m sure they would be more inclined to take it from the guy out on his front porch than they would if they had to actually get a warrant.

      The problem is that no one wants the hassle of actually fighting city hall in a situation like that. It’s not just the cop you’re up against. The entire city is going to be against you. If the cop takes your camera, all that’s going to happen is he will erase the video of them and give it back. Your word against him and who is going to believe you against a cop?

      You really have to hand it to these people who stand up to the cops. Cops are lying assholes and the cards are stacked in their favor. It’s far easier to just let them walk all over you (and the cops know that).

    12. #12 |  hamburglar007 | 

      If I was the guy with the camera, the first thing I would have done after going back inside would be to back up the video on a computer, than back it up many more times.

    13. #13 |  JS | 

      Kind of proud to say it, but I don’t even know wtf tweeting is!

    14. #14 |  John Wilburn | 

      JS – It’s sitting in a cage, saying, “ I tawt I taw a pooty tat” – what else?

    15. #15 |  JS | 

      hahah, thought it might be something like that.

    16. #16 |  perlhaqr | 

      YouTube Link, camera story guy!

    17. #17 |  Frank | 

      #9 Alabama? I want it to hit DC. Preferably DHS/TSA HQ. You should read the FULL RETARD reaction to a minor threat. My personal favorite is the “remain in your seats, no access to anything including personal property for the last hour of the flight.”

      You think our overseas tourism is in the crapper now, just wait. No wonder they dissed Chicago and picked Rio.

    18. #18 |  Frank | 

      As far as the sex toy for dogs, we have a sex toy for horses. We use it to collect semen.

      (What, you think my SO is going to jack off a 1200 pound stallion? I don’t think so…)

    19. #19 |  SamK | 

      I like Nickelback :)

    20. #20 |  M. Zinnen | 

      The Sweden Disney story reminds me of something similar from Germany. Every New Year’s Eve since 1963, the English skit “Dinner for One” is broadcast on state television. The version they show is black-and-white and was recorded in English, performed by British actors. The time to watch it isn’t so fixed, though, because now it’s also broadcast on several private channels at different times, so it’s not like years ago when, as in Sweden, everyone was sitting around watching it at the same time. It’s sort of like “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the US…you might watch it every year, but not necessarily at the same time as everyone else. The crazy thing is that the Germans, who usually dub everything, have always watched “Dinner for One” in the original English. The catchphrase “Same procedure as every year!” has become part of everyday German. On another odd note, although every German I know can quote at least something from “Dinner for One”, I’ve never met any Brits who are familiar with it.

    21. #21 |  Windy | 

      I also like Nickleback, SamK.

    22. #22 |  Cynical in CA | 

      From the article on prohibition:

      “Recently, Mexico’s deputy agriculture minister, Jeffrey Jones, told some of the country’s leading farmers that they could learn a thing or two from Mexican drug traffickers. “It’s a sector that has learned to identify markets and create the logistics to reach them,” he said. Days later, Mr. Jones was forced to resign. “He may be right,” one top Mexican official confided, “but you can’t say things like that publicly.””

      If you want to know how government works, there it is in one paragraph.

      So it has been, so it is and so will it ever be.

    23. #23 |  JS | 

      Mexico’s agriculture minister is named Jeffrey Jones???

    24. #24 |  Robert | 

      Up is a wonderful movie. Kevin the bird is sheer genius.

    25. #25 |  TC | 

      Well fuck a duck! :)

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