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Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 110 #150610


sci-fried-eggs-logoThis week the Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast live from Geek Out in Asheville, NC!  The Eggs talk with Charlie Caine’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse author Julianne Jackson and artist Stewart Williams.  Then the Eggs chat with The Walking Dead zombie actor Wallace Krebs.  And Doc and Chuck round out the show chatting with the inspirational author I.R. Harris!

Sci-Fried Eggs Episode 110 – Click to Listen or Download

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 110, Segment 1
Julianne Jackson and Stewart Williams Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 110, Segment 2
Julianne Jackson and Stewart Williams Part 2

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 110, Segment 3
Wallace Krebs

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 110, Segment 4
I.R. Harris Part 1

Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 110, Segment 5
I.R. Harris Part 2

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An Open Letter to the “Future”


Dear Future (currently the present),

I’m a little miffed at you.  Actually that’s a lie.  I’m a little more than miffed.  I’m angry, but the kind of angry where someone cuts in front of you in traffic when you clearly didn’t want to let them into the traffic flow.  That kind of angry.  The kind of angry where you get mad and use swears but have no intention of actually doing anything about it.  But that’s my issue, Future, not yours.  Here are the issues I have with you.

I’m not going to candy-coat this at all.  You’re a flat-out liar.  You promised all these amazing things, and you haven’t delivered on any of them.  Seriously, I don’t know what you were smoking in the ’60s to come up with all these outrageous claims, but, Future, you should have been in politics because you talked really big and produced very little.  And I’m not talking about the big things.  I’m talking about the little stuff.  Let’s discuss, shall we?

Okay, I went to Dairy Queen the other day to get a Confetti Cake Blizzard®.  And the rest of my afternoon/evening was ruined because guess what Dairy Queen was out of?  That’s right, confetti cake!  My big question here is how?  Come on, Future!  You’re telling me that we are still dealing with restaurants running out of stuff?  For reals?!  I mean, seriously, everything is like computer controlled now.  Inventory is checked by computers.  Things get scanned.  It’s super hard to steal office supplies from your job anymore.  And you’re telling me that we haven’t designed a system that alerts a restaurant when they are running low on something.  Or better yet, just automatically orders it!  I’ll tell you this, 1-800-Contacts knows exactly when I should be out of contacts.  And the DMV sure does keep up with when my vehicle registration is due.  And I don’t know if you’ve been to your local DMV lately, but those people couldn’t give a shit if you were on fire (I’m guessing their apathy is a result of their job environment.  I’m sure DMV employees are very nice people in general).  So if the DMV can keep up with something, Dairy Queen and other places (Cheddar’s, I’m mostly looking at you) need to get their act together too.  Future, I blame this issue on you.

Also, have you not designed something to deal with the common cold yet?  Or I’ll even ease back on this one, Future, and just leave it at not designing something to keep our noses from running.  Honestly, why are we still dealing with runny noses?  That’s kids stuff.  It’s not something adults should have to deal with!  All this from the same planet that practically eliminated Polio, and we can’t keep our noses from running.  Future, I think you’ve been too focused on dealing with big issues to handle the things that the planet really needs.  Yeah, the space program is great, and I know you have really been on about that since the ’50s, but I’d trade velcro and weightlessness (both things which I rarely use) for not having to blow my nose every 30 seconds any day of any week.

And where are we on robots and artificial intelligence?  We’ve been working on these things for years and we still don’t have anything close to a robot that can handle household chores or yard work?  You gave us the Roomba, which is okay, I guess, until it goes under your couch.  Then you never see it again.  You haven’t even given us an R2-D2, and that’s essentially just a big trash can on wheels.  The best we’ve gotten so far is a robot that can dance.  Dancing robots.  Great.  Fantastic.  You’re basing the entire research plan for artificial intelligence on imitating part of a Michael Jackson video (Billie Jean if you were wondering).  At this point, I’d be happy with a Chani from Devil Girl from Mars.

Now I know this was Hanna-Barbera’s promise, and not yours, Future, but where are we on a car that folds into a suitcase?  You’ve had how many years to figure this out, and the best you’ve brought us is the auto-folding side mirrors for parking?  That’s it?  We haven’t even moved forward with car door technology.  Scissor doors, pocket doors, rotary drop doors (look up rotary drop doors; they are super cool), Future, you just looked at all of those and decided that the best solution to door dings is a half-inch piece of rubber molding.  Way to phone it in.  It’s like you didn’t even try.

Granted, you have been working pretty hard lately on driver-less cars, and that’s better than nothing.  And I’ll give you a pass on not having a flying car, because, let’s face it, that is probably the best call for everyone involved.  People have a hard enough time driving in two dimensions, much less trying to handle three.  And I’ll also give you a free pass on not designing a workable jet pack.  I only know like maybe seven people on the planet who are smart/responsible enough to give a jet pack to.  So good call on sitting on the jet pack.  But with all the other stuff, I’d really like to see a little more effort on your part.

Cordially yours,
-Doc

Quote of the Day #140505


“There aren’t any hookers at ATL.  Not since 9-11.  You have to have a boarding pass to get into the terminal.  Thanks a lot, Bin Laden!”

FTPT: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer


The Desolation of Smaug trailer is out.  It looks awesome.  Glad to see Radagast will be back.  Also looking forward to some badass archery from Legolas!

FTPT: Things To Do on Your 4-Hour Layover at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport


So I had a five hour layover at ATL heading to a conference in Florida.  That meant with getting to the gate to board, I had about four hours to explore the busiest airport in the world.  And here’s some of the awesome I found.

The History of Atlanta

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Located underground between Terminals C and B is a museum that details the history of Atlanta, which was originally named Marthasville after Georgia Governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter Martha.

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The museum, which stretches over two football fields in length, incorporates huge wall displays with plaque displays and video monitors with related videos for each era of Atlanta’s history, from the original Native American inhabitants and European settlement to the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement through the present day.

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Antarctica
As you traverse underground from Terminal A all the way to E, there are several different hallways with almost 60 pictures of Antarctica.

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Santiago Vanegas travelled with Quark Expeditions on a journey called “Crossing the Circle, Southern Expedition.” The photos are breathtaking and unlike anything else on Earth.

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Sculptures of Zimbabwe
From Terminal T to Terminal A is an amazing display of Zimbabwe sculptures.

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The exhibit has 20 sculptures over a distance of about 1000 feet along with pictures and artist descriptions and bios.

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Crow...from MST3K?

The Legacy of a Dream
At the top of the big escalators in Terminal E, there is a small display about Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The front and back display details King’s life and his influence in Atlanta.  The display also contains a pair of King’s glasses (which he didn’t need but wore because he thought they made him look “distinguished”), the robe he wore as pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the suit worn by King when he met with President Johnson in 1966.

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BatDoc Book Club or Shit You Needa Read #120813


It’s about a woman who gets stoned.  Seriously.  It is.  What are you guys laughing at?

FTPT: Apparently Becoming an Evangelical Christian Has a Lot of Benefits! Thanks Chick-Fil-A!


I’ve been following this Chick-Fil-A shit storm since it started up.  And I’ve had some pretty good laughs from some of the articles and responses.  And I’m not really a David Sedaris fan, but, damn, gay people are some witty individuals and have some of the best comebacks.  You only have to follow George Takei’s Facebook page to know that.

Ohhhhh, my!

So to that end, LGBT community, thanks for all the entertainment.  Evangelical Christians, thanks for giving the LGBT community a reason to use their awesome comebacks.

Now I’ve been boycotting Chick-Fil-A since before it was popular to boycott Chick-Fil-A.  And I don’t boycott them because they are intolerant of gay marriage.  I boycott Chick-Fil-A because they aren’t open on Sundays.  And they assume that cows are poor spellers.  But mostly the Closed on Sundays thing.  And, let’s face it, Sundays are the only day I really truly crave Chick-Fil-A.  Now I understand their beliefs that Sunday is the sabbath and junk.  But how about hiring some Jews to cover the Sunday shift?  Their sabbath is on Saturday.  And they’re God’s chosen people, so they should be cool to work for the company, right?

Closed Sunday! That’s un-‘Murican!

But my personal Chick-Fil-A boycotting reasons aside, there have been a few people who have pointed out what following an Evangelical Christian lifestyle Read the rest of this entry

Quote of the Day #120511


“It’s a four-day journey to the other side.  Let us hope that our presence may go unnoticed.”

Quote of the Day #120426


“Be on your guard.  There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.”

Flash Traffic Priority Transmission: Go The Fuck To Sleep – A Children’s Book


This is pretty fucking funny.  And I think kids would be a whole lot better off if their books were a little more real.  So enjoy Samuel L. Jackson reading Go The Fuck To Sleep.

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