The Anguished Repose blog is going on a brief hiatus…Going to Chicago!

Hello, gif fans…

Just a heads-up, the Anguished Repose blog will be going a brief hiatus. My nephew will be graduating Navy Boot Camp next week, in Chicago.

It’s a wonderful time – Cannot wait to see him!

As a result, I will be away from my computer, and this blog, for about two weeks. I am looking at this trip, like a long, overdue vacation and I am more excited about it than you can imagine.

This blog will return with its regularly scheduled program, with all its gif glory, on the 13th of October.

I look forward to seeing you all then…

But until then?

Football player scores goal bouncing off referee's head

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Keep gif’ing, folks…

But, always, gif safely.

Well…

As safely as possible.

See you October 13th!

Happy Thanksgiving from Anguished Repose!

Thanksgiving

A day for giving thanks…

A day for remembrance

[via History]In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.[Read More]

A day for family

A celebration of love

And most importantly…

It’s a day for commemorance

[via DailyMail] Thanksgiving is a time for families all across America, to come together over a hearty meal, argue over politics and maybe catch a game of football, but for some, it is also the perfect time to put their quirky, bizarre or generally oddball behaviour on display.

The team at Awkward Family Photos have once again outdone themselves, putting together a hilarious album of eccentric and offbeat snapshots from Thanksgivings past.

…[Read More – Click here to see more! And HERE, at College Humor!]

For all the times during the past year..

Where we’ve laughed

Where we’ve loved

And have been given far more than we could ever hope we deserve

And by the grace of our Lord

Who has blessed us this year, because he loves us…

Beyond any reserve

From those of us here at Anguished Repose

We wish you and yours, a very safe and…

Happy Thanksgiving!

News Mash: When it comes to your intelligence & alcohol? It’s all about focus!

This can’t be right…

Can it?

More intelligent people drink alcohol?

Hmm. Ponderism:

[via Discovery] The next time you’re inclined to enjoy an extra glass of wine, consider that it may be a reflection of your intelligence.

That is one of the findings from data from the National Child Development Study in the United Kingdom and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States.

Childhood intelligence, measured before the age of 16, was categorized in five cognitive classes, ranging from “very dull,” “dull,” “normal,” “bright” and “very bright.”

The Americans were revisited seven years later. The British youths, on the other hand, were followed in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Researchers measured their drinking habits as the participants became older.

More intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children. In the Brits’ case, “very bright” children grew up to consume nearly eight-tenths of a standard deviation more alcohol than their “very dull” cohorts.

Researchers controlled for demographic variables — such as marital status, parents’ education, earnings, childhood social class and more — that may have also affected adult drinking. Still, the findings held true: Smarter kids were drinking more as adults.

So why do smarter kids end up drinking more? Hypotheses abound.

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If this science is correct…

Why WOULD intelligent people drink more alcohol.

Lucky for you, you have found your way to Anguished Repose

And I am all to happy to answer:

Of course alcohol, and its implications regarding ones intelligence isn’t addressed DIRECTLY by the video.

That would be far too easy.

But?

Given the context of the video in this post, along with the first article, I think a reasonable assumption can be implied, don’t you?

It’s all about focus, my friends.

And…

You’re welcome?

News Mash: Deadly bird flu virus paper has been published & a rare bacteria strain kills CA man!

In December of last year, Anguished Repose gave you a heads-up about research paper that was battling being published, because it detailed a potentially devastating flu pandemic evilly devised in a lab, by a lab geek who obviously has WAY more brains than sense.

UPDATE: The paper is being published.

Evil geniuses everywhere, intent on destroying the world…

CHEER!

Oh, and believe you/me? They do.

They just always do.

*sadness*

[via Fox News] The journal Nature has published the first of two controversial papers about laboratory-enhanced versions of the deadly bird flu virus that initially sparked fears among U.S. biosecurity experts that it could be used as a recipe for a bioterrorism weapon.

The publication of the paper by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Wednesday follows months of acrimonious debate that pitted the need for science to be free of censorship against the obligation to protect the public from a potentially devastating flu pandemic.

Bird flu is lethal in people and spreads among those who are in close contact with infected birds, but so far, the virus known as H5N1 has not had the ability to pass easily among humans through sneezing and coughing, and some scientists had begun to doubt that that was possible.

The studies by Kawaoka and Dr. Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical College in the Netherlands changed that view by proving that with a few genetic mutations, the virus could pass easily among ferrets, which are used as a close approximation of how a virus might behave in people.

“There are people who say that bird flu has been around for 16, 17 years and never attained human transmissibility and never will,” said Malik Peiris, virology professor at the University of Hong Kong.

“What this paper shows is that it certainly can. [Oh, and now I am pretty sure it WILL! Thanks, guys. *shakes head sadly*] That is an important public health message, we have to take H5N1 seriously. It doesn’t mean it will become a pandemic, but it can,” said Peiris, who wrote a commentary accompanying Kawaoka’s paper in Nature.[Read More]

Of course it can…

Especially now.

But hey…

This news is NO CAUSE for panic.

Nope.

However THIS (below)…

[via The Extinction ProtocolMay 4, 2012 – (CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO – A researcher at an infectious diseases laboratory in San Francisco has died of a rare bacteria strain, California health officials said, raising fears the man’s friends and fellow researchers may too have been infected.

The 25-year-old man who worked at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, who has not been named, died over the weekend shortly after asking friends to take him to a hospital, the San Jose Mercury News reported Wednesday. –CBS [Read More]

Yes…

Absolutely cause for panic.

Did you know notice how the report takes great pains NOT to tell you what the rare infectious disease that escaped a research laboratory was.

Awesome, right?

Poets Beware Once Upon A Time There Were Two Moons

Moon

The mysterious,  illuminated object on the nightly sky had inspired for ages earthly bond romantic souls.

The source of inspiration for the poets, artists and lovers.

Imagine how romantic notion of love and artistic expression would be if there was two Moons.

via ca.news.yahoo.com In a spectacle that might have beguiled poets, lovers and songwriters if only they had been around to see it, Earth once had two moons, astronomers now think.

But the smaller one smashed into the other in what is being called the “big splat.

“The result: Our planet was left with a single bulked-up and ever-so-slightly lopsided moon.The astronomers came up with the scenario to explain why the moon’s far side is so much more hilly than the one that is always facing Earth.

This diagram provided by Martin Jutzi and Erik Asphaug, University of California, Santa Cruz via Nature shows a simulation of four stages of a collision between the Moon and a companion moon, four percent of the lunar mass, about 4 billion years ago. Earth once had a second moon, until it made the fatal mistake of smacking its big sister, some astronomers now theorize. For awhile when the Earth was young, it had a big moon, the one you see now, and a smaller “companion moon” orbiting above. Then one day that smaller moon collided into the bigger one in what astronomers are calling the “big splat.” (AP Photo/Martin Jutzi and Erik Asphaug, University of California, Santa Cruz via Nature)

The theory, outlined Wednesday in the journal Nature, comes complete with computer model runs showing how it might have happened and an illustration that looks like the bigger moon getting a pie in the face.

Outside experts said the idea makes sense, but they aren’t completely sold yet.This all supposedly happened about 4.4 billion years ago, long before there was any life on Earth to gaze up and see the strange sight of dual moons.

The moons themselves were young, formed about 100 million years earlier when a giant planet smashed into Earth. They both orbited Earth and sort of rose in the sky together, the smaller one trailing a few steps behind like a little sister in tow.

The smaller one was a planetary lightweight. The other was three times wider and 25 times heavier, its gravity so strong that the smaller one just couldn’t resist, even though it was parked a good bit away.

“They’re destined to collide. There’s no way out. … This big splat is a low-velocity collision,” said study co-author Erik Asphaug, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.What Asphaug calls a slow crash is relative: It happened at more than 5,000 mph (8,050 kph), but that’s about as slow as possible when you are talking planetary smashups. It’s slow enough that the rocks didn’t melt.

And because the smaller moon was more than 600 miles (965 kilometres) wide, the crash took a while to finish even at 5,000 mph (8,050 kph). Asphaug likened the smaller moon to a rifle bullet and said,

“People would be bored looking at it because it’s taking 10 minutes just for the bullet to bury itself in the moon. This is an event if you were looking at, you’d need a big bag of popcorn.

“The rocks and crust from the smaller moon would have spread over and around the bigger moon without creating a crater, as a faster crash would have done.

“The physics is really surprisingly similar to a pie in the face,” Asphaug said.

And about a day later, everything was settled and the near and far sides of the moon looked different, Asphaug said.Co-author Martin Jutzi of the University of Bern in Switzerland said the study was an attempt to explain the odd crust and mountainous terrain of the moon’s far side. Asphaug noticed it looked as if something had been added to the surface, so the duo started running computer simulations of cosmic crashes.Earth had always been an oddball in the solar system as the only planet with a single moon. While Venus and Mercury have no moons, Mars has two, while Saturn and Jupiter have more than 60 each. Even tiny Pluto, which was demoted to dwarf status, has four moons.  

The astronomers came up with the scenario to explain why the moon’s far side is so much more hilly than the one that is always facing Earth.The theory, outlined Wednesday in the journal Nature, comes complete with computer model runs showing how it might have happened and an illustration that looks like the bigger moon getting a pie in the face.Outside experts said the idea makes sense, but they aren’t completely sold yet.This all supposedly happened about 4.4 billion years ago, long before there was any life on Earth to gaze up and see the strange sight of dual moons. The moons themselves were young, formed about 100 million years earlier when a giant planet smashed into Earth. They both orbited Earth and sort of rose in the sky together, the smaller one trailing a few steps behind like a little sister in tow.

The smaller one was a planetary lightweight. The other was three times wider and 25 times heavier, its gravity so strong that the smaller one just couldn’t resist, even though it was parked a good bit away.

“They’re destined to collide. There’s no way out. …

This big splat is a low-velocity collision,” said study co-author Erik Asphaug, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.What Asphaug calls a slow crash is relative: It happened at more than 5,000 mph (8,050 kph), but that’s about as slow as possible when you are talking planetary smashups. It’s slow enough that the rocks didn’t melt.

And because the smaller moon was more than 600 miles (965 kilometres) wide, the crash took a while to finish even at 5,000 mph (8,050 kph). Asphaug likened the smaller moon to a rifle bullet and said,

“People would be bored looking at it because it’s taking 10 minutes just for the bullet to bury itself in the moon. This is an event if you were looking at, you’d need a big bag of popcorn.

“The rocks and crust from the smaller moon would have spread over and around the bigger moon without creating a crater, as a faster crash would have done.

“The physics is really surprisingly similar to a pie in the face,” Asphaug said.

And about a day later, everything was settled and the near and far sides of the moon looked different, Asphaug said.Co-author Martin Jutzi of the University of Bern in Switzerland said the study was an attempt to explain the odd crust and mountainous terrain of the moon’s far side. Asphaug noticed it looked as if something had been added to the surface, so the duo started running computer simulations of cosmic crashes.

Earth had always been an oddball in the solar system as the only planet with a single moon. While Venus and Mercury have no moons, Mars has two, while Saturn and Jupiter have more than 60 each. Even tiny Pluto, which was demoted to dwarf status, has four moons.The theory was the buzz this week in Massachusetts, at a conference of scientists working on NASA’s next robotic mission to the moon, said H. Jay Melosh of Purdue University.

“We can’t find anything wrong with it,” Melosh said. “It may or may not be right.”Planetary scientist Alan Stern, former NASA associate administrator for science, said it is a “very clever new idea,” but one that is not easily tested to learn whether it is right.A second moon isn’t just an astronomical matter.

The moon plays a big role in literature and song. And poet Todd Davis, a professor of literature at Penn State University, said this idea of two moons — one essentially swallowing the other — will capture the literary imagination.

“I’ll probably be dreaming about it and trying to work on a poem,” he said.Read more 

It is better with only one Moon.

Two Moons would double the number of those creatures.

 

Or those

Yes, the dark side of the Moon is more interesting.

Because somebody/something  died there.

BOSS Gif – Puppet Master And Spider Monster Edition

Puppet monster and his master Dug North.

 Fascinating and Fabulous Automata

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Automata (or sometimes ‘automatons’) is the plural form of automaton. Contemporary automata are a type of kinetic sculputure. The finished product is a hand-cranked device that employs a mechanism to animate a scene. They are the sophisticated cousins of mechanical toys and whirligigs, and the precursor to robots.

Puppets are funny.

Gigantic Spider Machine is not.

The human innovation spirit is

Like a BOSS

Animated Animal Haiku – Dogs Are As Silly As Cats Edition

Dog’s answer to cat’s challenge posted yesterday here at  Anguished Repose

I know what you are,

I know what to do.

I will bark at you

until you run away in fear.

 

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Or

 

I will bite your ear. 

 

WOOF, WOOF !!!