May 10

Suggestions for Intimidation

I’m listening to “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman.” It’s great fun.

If you’re ever challenged in a rest room, try Richard Feynman’s method to intimidate your intimidator: “Get out of my way, or I’ll pee right through you!” It didn’t work — he got in a fight anyway — but it dissolved me into laughter, so it’s worth a try on your adversary. If they’re at all intellectual, they’ll probably be distracted contemplating how you might do that to a person.

May 04

2005 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race

The cold rain that pervaded this year’s race caused the mud, which is usually the consistency of warm fudge, to be a brown puddle. Sculptures flew through with speed that probably surprised veteran racers.

Miso the segmented dragon bobs and sticks its tongue out as it rolls
Quicktime movie, 1.4MB, 14 seconds
Platypus trundles its 3500 pounds and nine riders with ease
Quicktime movie, 1.2MB, 11 seconds
Bomb Squad by the Belt Street Pilots’ Association
Quicktime movie, 1.1MB, 10 seconds

I was disinclined to take many photos this year because of the miserable weather. My camera got so wet that the LCD screen no longer works. Tom was not daunted though, and has a full selection.

Apr 20

If I had a thousand biscuits

by Tom Jones

If I had a thousand biscuits
Toss them all your way, I’d do
If I had a hundred hamsters
I would stuff them in your flue
If I had a dozen weasels
I would hide them in your loo
If I knew a single menace
Well, by jove, that would be you