The Littlest Soapbox

August 30, 2010

End of Class = Catharsis

Filed under: General Interest,Music — mikecgannon @ 10:16 AM

Last day of my Economics class, which entails the need for some catharsis after a couple days of prepping for and stressing over my final.

Fortunately, Nickelback fills that need nicely.

Happy Monday!


August 27, 2010


Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 10:27 AM

Volcano Day!

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 10:16 AM

Specifically, Krakatoa.

On the morning of 27 August 1883, after four months of intermittent volcanic activity, Krakatoa, or more correctly Krakatau, went into terminal meltdown.

In a sequence of rapidly unfolding events, the island – actually an amalgamation of three separate volcanoes – was ripped apart by huge explosions.

Fragmented gas-rich magma entered the sea, setting off a series of giant tsunamis.

The paroxysmal explosion, which happened at 1002 local time, was the loudest sound in recorded history.

By the end of that day, three-quarters of the island had vanished and 40,000 people, mostly inhabitants of coastal settlements along western Java and southern Sumatra, were dead.

August 20, 2010

Treehouse Raising

Filed under: General Interest,Music — mikecgannon @ 7:45 AM

In a move inspired by pure genius, my friend is building a treehouse to give to his girlfriend as a present for when she comes to visit at his place. As such, my friend is having an Amish-style “treehouse raising” all day today, so I’ll be pitching in for a couple hours before work.

Here is some appropriately-themed music from The Saw Doctors.

August 11, 2010

Reason #235 I Love The Onion

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 4:15 PM

Articles like this: Hillary Clinton Drags Taliban Leader’s Body Through Streets Of Kabul

Earlier in the day, Clinton had led a band of mercenaries through rugged mountain terrain to hunt down Jalil, whom the former senator eviscerated with a single stroke of her gleaming scimitar. U.S. soldiers marched alongside the triumphant, blood-soaked Clinton to the center of Kabul, where she ordered the Taliban leader’s gutted body be hung from the town’s tallest spire, where “all may behold it.”

Well-played, sirs, well-played.

July 31, 2010

Finally! Dollhouse Season 2 Out On DVD October 12

Filed under: Film,General Interest — mikecgannon @ 7:08 PM

That’s still an unsatisfying amount of time to wait for the second half of Joss Whedon’s latest offering, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a shame the show only lasted two seasons, but honestly, the time slot was fatal, and the plot itself had a limited life span. I wasn’t able to watch Season 2 when it aired (hence the excitement), but they were apparently able to bring the plot lines to a satisfying conclusion. That’s something at least.

The Truth Found Here Is Truly Sublime

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 11:37 AM

XKCD. What else?

July 26, 2010

It’s Late. Here’s Some XKCD

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 11:37 PM


Though I think Moe Lane makes an interesting point about the effects of A/V equipment on language patterns.


July 25, 2010

This Would Be Rather Unsettling

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 9:22 PM

Giant sinkhole beneath Milwaukee street swallows Escalade.

Mark Pawlik, 46, was walking across the North Ave. bridge and talking to his friend on the phone when he noticed a traffic light had sunk into the ground.

Just the red, yellow and green lights were above street level. He told his friend he’d call him back. It was still pouring rain, but he wanted to stop and take a picture.

A moment later a man driving a black Escalade pulled up to the intersection at North and Oakland avenues, going east on North Ave.

“The Escalade just went wham!” Pawlik said. “Everything went down. The power line went like ‘pow’ and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole.”

Pawlik leaned over the edge of the sinkhole, which was then about 15 feet by 15 feet.

“I said, ‘Hey, man, are you OK, are you OK?’ ”

Pawlik said the man kept saying, “What happened? What just happened?”

As if we don’t have enough things to worry about.

Geeks vs. Freaks

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 12:42 AM

Apparently a contingent of the Fred Phelps cult known generally as the Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Comic-Con this weekend, and the convention goers were ready! Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance has some hysterical photos of the counter-protesters.

Now generally speaking, I would frown disapprovingly at the somewhat sacrilegious nature of some of the signs, but seeing as the intent is clearly, not to mock God, but to mock a collection of folks who, in any society with a basic respect for decency, are in absolute need of mockery, I’m willing to let it slide. Besides, how can you NOT smile at a demonstration that features signs bearing “God Loves EVERYBODY” and the beginning line of the Code of the Sith side by side, and united in purpose?

H/T Jason Boog at GalleyCat for the link.

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