Archive for ‘Cool’

June 19, 2010

Relocating!!

Well, I took the next step. I went to godaddy.com and got myself a domain name. So, everyone, my beautiful little blog is relocating. I will not be posting for several days probably as I get the new website setup. It gives me a lot more versatility in design and functionality, so in a few days, we will have a very gorgeous website out of which to publish our blog. I have also taken this opportunity to rename the blog, hereafter known as Green Pixie Chronicles. Hence, you will need to update your bookmarks to www.greenpixiechronicles.com. I am very excited about this. I’ve had so many ideas lately about things I want to do with my blog that this website just isn’t capable of doing. So now we will be capable of it. I will warn all, I am probably going to set up a little advertising on the page, because it is no longer a free service for me to produce this blog. It’s not costing much at the moment, but the more things I do with it and the more I expand, it is going to start costing more. I’m going to go now and start working on the new site. I’ll post a comment once it’s fully up and running and that will be the last post to this web address. See you in a few days !

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June 18, 2010

Pure Alcohol

I found this article on the Gawker blog. I’ll add it to my links in a minute. Really good blog. Anyways, this article speaks for itself. New York’s Strongest Liquor Yet

June 18, 2010

Weird Facts About the Human Body

While I was wandering around the torrents yesterday, I found one called 100 Weird Facts About the Human Body. I just got a chance to look through it and it’s this cool little 11 page pdf with all kinds of interesting facts. Since I found it so entertaining, I thought I might share a few with everybody.

  1. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 mph.
  2. The human brain can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. (Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1000 terabytes.)
  3. The brain only makes up about 2% of our body mass, but it uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream.
  4. Scientists say the higher your I.Q., the more you dream.
  5. The brain itself does not have pain receptors and cannot feel pain.
  6. 80% of your brain is water.
  7. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair.
  8. One human hair can support 3.5 oz.
  9. The fastest growing nail is on your middle finger. (It would be too cheesy to even make a joke on that one.)
  10. There are as many hairs per square in. on your body as a chimpanzee, but the majority of the hairs are too fine or light to be seen.
  11. Blondes have more hair. (The average human head has 100,000 hair follicles. Blondes average 146,000, black hair averages 110,000, brown averages 100,000 and redheads only average 86,000.)
  12. You can lose 50% of your hair before it is noticeable to anyone.
  13. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 ft.
  14. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades.
  15. The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels. (To put that in perspective, the distance around the earth is about 25,000 miles.)
  16. You get a new stomach lining every 3 to 4 days. (Due to the strong digestive acid in your stomach we already noted.)
  17. The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.
  18. Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions.
  19. You could remove a large part of your internal organs and survive. (It’s possible to survive with the removal of the stomach, the spleen, 75% of the liver, 80% of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin area.)
  20. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph.
  21. Women blink twice as many times as men do.
  22. A full bladder is roughly the size of a softball.
  23. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.
  24. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.
  25. The average person farts 14 times a day.
  26. On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth. (That’s about 4% of the world’s population.)
  27. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. (In the 2nd trimester)
  28. Babies are, pound for pound, stronger than an ox.
  29. One out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they’re born.
  30. Every human spent about a half and hour as a single cell.
  31. Most men have erections every hour to hour and a half during sleep.
  32. After eating too much , your hearing is less sharp. (Keep in mind if you’re heading to a concert.)
  33. Only 1/3 of the human race has 20/20 vision.
  34. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it. (If you don’t believe it, dry off your tongue before you taste something.)
  35. Women are born better smellers than men and remain so throughout life. (There is also an unfortunate 2% of the population with no sense of smell at all.)
  36. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
  37. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins.
  38. The ashes of a cremated person average about 9 pounds.
  39. Nails and hair do not continue to grow after we die. (They appear longer when we die because the skin dehydrates and pulls back from the nail beds and scalp.)
  40. By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half of their taste buds.
  41. Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  42. Monday is the day of the week when the risk of heart attack is greatest. (A 10 year study in Scotland found that 20% more people die of heart attacks on Mondays.)
  43. Humans can make do longer without food than sleep.
  44. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.
  45. We are about 1 cm taller in the morning than in the evening. (The cartilage between our bones gets compressed by standing, sitting and other daily activities, making us a tiny bit shorter at the end of the day.)
  46. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.
  47. You use 200 muscles to take one step.
  48. The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.
  49. The feet account for 1/4 of all the human body’s bones. (52 bones)
  50. About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home.
  51. 300 million cells die in the human body every minute.
  52. Every day an adult body produces 300 billion new cells.
  53. Every tongue print is unique.
  54. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long.
  55. The colder the room you sleep in, the better the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream.
  56. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.
  57. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
  58. Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints.

That was a lot of weird shit. I love finding cool little stuff like that. It’s the main reason I wander the net at random. I need to go through the backs I have saved on the hard drive. I’m betting there’s quite a bit of cool stuff like that I’ve forgotten I had.

June 17, 2010

Xanth!

Wow!! I found a torrent for all 33 Xanth novels in ebook form. (If you need an explanation of what torrents are, I don’t really feel like explaining, so I will let Wikipedia do it for me. Click for torrent explanation.) Piers Anthony is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been reading his Xanth series since I was about 16 They’re all about the world of Xanth where everyone has a magic talent and the world is full of crossbreeds of all sorts of fanciful creatures. He uses a lot of puns in his humor, but the way he uses them is great. For better explanation I will consult Wikipedia for you (One of my favorite websites. I know it’s not perfectly reliable, but it’s great as long as you take it all with a grain of salt.)

History

The name Xanth is in itself an unintentional pun, which matches the playful tone of the books. Anthony has said that the coincidence of the word Xanth sounding like a portion of his name (“Pier-XANTH-Ony”) was unintentional, and in fact he only realized this years after the series was first created.

Anthony commonly states that he originally intended for Xanth to be a trilogy, and after the wild success of the first three books decided to expand the series to nine books. An extremely devoted fan base persuaded the author to continue writing the series, which is now open-ended. He has since declared, in the Author’s Notes of Cube Route, that this 27th book ended the first “magical trilogy” and that he was beginning a new one with the 28th, punning on the fact that 27 is the third power of three, i.e. three cubed.

Inhabitants and Talents

Each human character in Xanth is born with a unique magical ability, called a talent. With the exception of the curse fiends and the child Surprise Golem (Daughter of Rapunzel and Grundy Golem), these abilities never repeat exactly in individuals throughout the entire history of Xanth (although nearly identical talents show up on occasion.) Though many talents are limited in scope (called the “spot-on-a-wall” variety), the series focuses mainly on individuals with “Magician” caliber abilities (one of the criteria for serving as King of Xanth).

In addition to the human characters, Xanth is populated by centaurs, demons, dragons, fauns, gargoyles, goblins, golems, harpies, merfolk, naga, nymphs, ogres, zombies, curse fiends, and other fictional beasts. Though initially introduced as obstacles to the human characters, some individuals from those groups become main characters in later books of the series.

As the series progresses, some of the half-human species are discovered to have the potential to possess magical talents. The centaurs of the primary centaur community, Centaur Isle, exile any centaurs who demonstrate a magical talent (although some centaur communities are more lenient about possession of talent); however, they tolerate talents in “lesser” races such as humans. Goblins and harpies are shown to have the potential to possess half-talents, the complementary half existing in a member of the other species, (i.e., a goblin must team with a harpy for them to utilize their talent); the hostility between goblins and harpies proved a major obstacle to any serious effort by them to work together to develop these potential talents. Other non-human species are also shown to possess potential for talents.

Those are the basics and then Wikipedia provided plenty more links, in my copy and paste fun, for anyone who needs the basics of mythology and magical creatures explained to them.

Anyways, if anyone thinks these books sound interesting, like I said, I found a link to download all 33 of the books. Look around, you will probably find plenty more books you’d like to read. There’s a torrent for these really erotic Anne Rice novels. They are hot and well written. They’ll get you pretty wet if you’re like me and like those kind of books.

Also, check out the Dragonlance Collection. There’s a whole lot of them in the torrent. I can’t swear to how good they all are but I do know that quite a few of them are well written, engaging fantasies. They’re set in the Dragonlance world, which is a D&D type setting. It’s very outlandish, like Xanth, but much more serious. My brother got me into them when I was 9. I read them for years.

June 17, 2010

Scab Maids on Speed

I have this book called The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and it’s full of this beautiful and disturbing raw poetry. Here’s one of my favorites out of it. The very ending is near and dear to my heart.

Scab Maids on Speed

My first job was when I was about fifteen. I’d met a girl named Hope who became my best friend. Hope and I were flunking math so we became speed freaks. This honed our algebra skills and we quickly became whiz kids. For about five minutes. Then, our brains started to fry and we were just teenage speed freaks.

So we decided to seek gainful employment.

We got hired as part time maids at the Holiday Inn while a maid strike was happening. We were scab maids on speed and we were coming to clean your room.

We were subsequently fired for pilfering a Holiday Inn guest’s quaalude stash which we did only because we never thought someone would have the nerve to call the front desk and say, THE MAIDS STOLE MY LUUDES MAN. But someone did – or so we surmised – because we were fired.

I suppose maybe we were fired because we never actually CLEANED but rather just turned on the vacuum so it SOUNDED like we were cleaning as we picked the pubic hairs off the sheets and out of the tub then passed out on the bed and caught up on the sleep we missed from being up all night speeding.

When we got fired, we became waitresses at an International House of Pancakes.

We were much happier there.

— Maggie Estep

The funny part is mine was Waffle House. I was friends with all the methheads at the IHOP across the street though, too. The stupidity of youth.

June 16, 2010

10 Words

This comic is great and it hits on one of my pet peeves. Sadly, even I am guilty of it sometimes, but at least I try. People no longer seem to care about their spelling in these days of 140 words or less. As much as I love social networking and everything on the internet, obviously, I am an avid blogger, I don’t like the 140 words or less orientation. It’s on so many sites now. Probably one of the reasons I love my blog. I have a lot more to say than 140 words.

June 16, 2010

Zombie Apocalypse

I found this on this cool website called Oatmeal.com. That link takes you to the full zombie comic. It has all kinds of hilarious comics and quizzes. So cool. CheckĀ  it out. I’ll add it to the links, too. It’s that super cool.

June 16, 2010

Ringtone Boredom #2

Downloading more ringtones. Hehe I love my phone playing music. This time I had to get a copy of Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” It’s just the chorus, so I think I’m gonna use it for Christina’s ringtone. She is my best friend and my soul sister, you could say. I don’t know how I ever managed without her in all those year’s we weren’t able to see each other. She’s my lifeline, not for money, but for EVERYTHING else. She watches my kids any time I ask, when I didn’t have a man she cooked our dinner more often than not. I would use the food stamps and she would cook it for all of us. Hell, she would come over here and cook it. And she’s my ground. When I get so angry, she’s always there to help me cool down and let me bitch. And she knows I would do anything for her.

Heeey heeeey heeeeey

Your lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left side brains
I knew I wouldn’t forget you
And so I went and let you blow my mind
Your sweet moonbeam
The smell of you in every single dream I dream
I knew when we collided you’re the one I have decided
Who’s one of my kind

Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain’t fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

Heeey heeeey heeeey

Just in time, I’m so glad you have a one track mind like me
You gave my life direction
A game show love connection, we can’t deny
I’m so obsessed
My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest
I believe in you, like a virgin, you’re Madonna
And I’m always gonna wanna blow your mind

Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain’t fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

The way you can cut a rug
Watching you is the only drug I need
So gangster, I’m so thug
You’re the only one I’m dreaming of
You see I can be myself now finally
In fact there’s nothing I can’t be
I want the world to see you’ll be with me

Hey soul sister, ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain’t fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight
Hey soul sister, I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do tonight
Heeey heeeey heeeeey (tonight)
Heeey heeeey heeeeey (tonight)

Most of the song has nothing to do with her, but the chorus works well. The phone yells hey, soul sister at me and everyone knows who that has to be. I would have gotten “I’m Sorry Miss Jackson” by Outkast, but they didn’t have a copy of that I liked. We used to always sing that about her.

June 16, 2010

Reincarnation

Lord Krishna to Arjuna and Sanjaya: “Learned men do not grieve for the dead or the living. Never have I not existed, nor you, nor those kings; and never in the future shall we cease to exist. Just as the embodied self enters childhood, youth, and old age, so does it enter another body: this does not confound a steadfast man…. Nothing of nonbeing comes to be, nor does being cease to exist; the boundary between these two is seen by men who see reality. Indestructible is the presence that pervades all this; no one can destroy this unchanging reality. Our bodies are known to end, but the embodied self is enduring, indestructible, and immeasurable; therefore, Arjuna, fight the battle! He who thinks this self is a killer and he who thinks it killed, both fail to understand; it does not kill, nor is it killed…”

–Excerpt from “The Second Teaching” in the Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War

June 16, 2010

Excerpts from Confucius

1-4 Master Zeng said, “Each day I examine myself upon 3 points. In planning for others, have I been loyal? In company with friends, have I been trustworthy? And have I practiced what has been passed on to me?”

1-16 The Master said, “Do not be concerned that no one may recognize your merits. Be concerned that you may not recognize others.”

2-2 The Master said, “In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence, ‘Having no depraved thoughts.'”

2-11 The Master said, “A person who can bring new warmth to the old while understanding the new is worthy to take as a teacher.”

2-15 The Master said, ” If you study but don’t reflect you’ll be lost. If you reflect but don’t study you’ll get into trouble.”

2-17 The Master said, “Shall I teach you about knowledge, You? To know when you know something, and to know when you don’t know, that’s knowledge.” (“You” is the personal name of the disciple Zilu.)

2-19 Duke Ai asked, “What should I do so that the people will obey?” Confucius replied, “Raise up the straight and set them above the crooked and the people will obey. Raise up the crooked and set them above the straight and the people will not obey.”

3-23 The Master instructed the Music Master of Lu, “The pattern of music is something we can understand. Music commences with unison, and then follows with harmony, each line clearly heard, moving in sequence towards the coda.”

4-3 The Master said, ” It is only the truly virtuous man, who can love, or who can hate, others.”

–The Analects of Confucius