Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Republican-cum-Tea Partier Governor-Elect, Paul LePage, has seen fit to hire his 22-year-old daughter, Lauren, to an "entry-level" job in the "upper echelon of his adminsitration" (namely: assistant to the governor's chief of staff).  The salary? 

$41,000 a year.

For an entry-level job.

In Augusta.


For a little context, beginning teachers make $30,000 and beginning State Police officers make $36,000.

Is this a great country, or what!?

But, wait:  there's more!  Ms. LePage will be moving into the Governor's Mansion with her father, which means free room and board on Mr. & Mrs. Vacationland's dime.  Cha-ching!

[Source:  Bangor Daily News via Think Progress; photo source:]

Awesomest Image du Jour XIV

Fancy a trip to China?  The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival officially begins January 5th!

[Source:  Boing Boing.]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour XIII

Tastes like chicken.

I'm guessing.

[Source:  Wikimedia; photo by Thomas Bresson.]

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour XII

Quel ecumenical!  I like.

[Source:  Boing Boing.]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour XI

These are more of a filling-you-with-dread/sending-a-chill-down-your-spine kind of "awesome".

Click on the link below to see the rest.  The fact that they are in color really underscores the fact that this gathering was only sixty-nine years ago -- a month older than my mother.

[Source:, via HuffPo.]

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Trans-Siberian Express Update

Thanks to an episode of Globe Trekker, I have new wind in my sails to finally get around to organizing my images and thoughts for a post.  I'm thinking I'll transcribe my journals from this period (1988) in parts, with maybe some after-thoughts to follow.  My actual time in China is a whole other ball of wax and may be a future project.  That said, I do have some wonderful images to share, so hopefully I'll get around to it before too long.

Thanks to Globe Trekker, I was able to confirm the train compartments have not changed a bit in 22 years!

Here are two images to whet your taste....

These photos were taken at the Munich Hauptbahnhof as I was leaving.  Erika and Ellen came to see me off...with a present of a bag of oranges.  I don't think it's hyperbole to say that those oranges saved my life.  The images are in color, but they might as well be in black-and-white, as they were a thousand years ago....

Awesomest Image du Jour X

An ice-encased lighthouse in Cleveland created by the spray from Lake Erie thanks to some very high winds and very low tempuratures.

[Source:  Boing Boing.]

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nothing says Flair and Zing like...

..."breathable" Naugaweave. 


(Click the image to experience the full flair of Awesomest Image du Jour IX....)

[Source:  Boing Boing.]

Monday, December 20, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour VIII - Part Deux

Holy merde!

[Source:  Art Daily, AP Photo/Jacques Brinon.]

Awesomest Image du Jour VIII

[Source:  TPM.]

Friday, December 17, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour VII

[Source:  Futility Closet (my new favoritest site!)]

This is why I love genealogy

Check it out.  Freaky, no?

(Also, Alec Baldwin must be so upset.)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour VI

Holy Venus's a carnivorous tree!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour V

I've got my eye on you, buddy.

This photograph (click on the image for the full effect) was taken by Canadian Paul Nicklen for National Geographic.  It is included in's photo gallery of World Press Photo Contest Winners.  Check out the other winners here.

I do not much care for this Julian Assange character

He weirds me out, to be blunt.

Perhaps it is because he (from certain angles) looks like an albino version of an ex-boyfriend.

Perhaps it is because he's obviously an ass.

Perhaps it is because he is an Australian with a French-sounding last name that finally gives us a rhyming word for "orange".

Perhaps it is because he considers himself some sort of Robin Hood for information when, in fact, he's just a digital paparazzo with a super-duper telephoto lens.

Perhaps it is because he runs around "in hiding", with no permanent address.

Perhaps it is because he looks like a James Bond nemesis.

Perhaps it is because Michael Moore likes him.

Perhaps it is because his recent leaks focus on water-cooler gossip around Foggy Bottom rather than the real evil doers on Wall Street.

Or lastly, perhaps it is because he so blatantly ripped off the "Wiki" brand.

Any way you slice it, I'll be glad when his 15 minutes are up.  Surely, we're getting close, yes...?

[Image source:  Wikipedia, naturally.]

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour IV

This is cool.

Apparently, some Facebook intern decided it would be fun to plot out the latitude and longitude of each Facebook user as well as connect the dots with the latitude and longitude of each of their friends.  And what he got was a map -- not one based on continental land masses but one based on connections between people.  (Click on the map for a higher-resolution version.)

If this intern isn't paid, he should be.

[Source:  Towleroad.]

Monday, December 13, 2010

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour III

Here's a couple of my favorites from a collection of almost 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs of Union and Confederate soldiers donated by the Liljenquist family to the Library of Congress.

[Source:  Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project, via Daily Dish.]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Awesomest Image du Jour II

Whoa.  Dude, that just ain't right.

[Source Buzzhunt via Daily Dish.]

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Introducing: Awesomest Image du Jour!

In an effort to supply my loyal and ridiculously good-looking readership with something whilst I figure out working full-time and still satisfying my desire and need to spout off, I now unveil for your viewing pleasure my new series:  Awesomest Image du Jour!  My scope will be wide and will make every effort to stay this side of PG.  I plan to share whatever strikes my fancy, tickles my funny bone, makes me gasp audibly or generally makes my eyes pop...with the hope that you will be similarly taken, amused, shocked, etc.

So, without further adieu...I give you today's Awesomest Image.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mea Culpa

Hello Readers!

Blogger lets me see who you are -- or, at least, where you are. And, frankly, you could have knocked me over with a feather! Yes, most of you are from the U.S., but there is also a healthy international contingent of you from as far away as Japan, Pakistan, Syria, South Africa, etc.  Europe is also well-represented (which warms my heart, because they cannot just be former fellow-students who now live there).

To all of you, my many thanks for bothering to follow my musings, even now and again.  I never know who my audience is, but you are my sole purpose, nonetheless.

Of late, I've actually found some full-time work.  It's only temporary, but, as you can already see, it's eaten into my posting time.  This is a double-edged sword.  It's my hope that, as I get acclimated to a full-time work schedule again (it's been two years, folks), I'll be better able to mount my soapbox yet again.  And it's my hope you all will still be here to listen as you have up until now.

Stay tuned....  Events, as always, give me endless fodder....