The Times-Tribune - AP News: "PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Thirty Cambodians suffered food poisoning after eating homemade noodles contaminated with chewing tobacco that had dropped into the batter from the cook's mouth, police said Monday."

They're Back!

Futurama, that is
The quirky animated show from 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening was canceled by Fox about two years ago, but will return with at least 13 new episodes on Comedy Central by 2008.

This is only the second time in television history that a show sent to TV's trash heap has been resurrected. Curiously, the first was 'Family Guy,' also an animated Fox show.

The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

PCWorld.com - The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time. It's a pretty good article for us old-timers who can remember all of the items on the list.

Ghost in the Shell

Mommy Turtle wrote:
Daddy [Turtle] has been using a program that enables him to access his computer from any other computer. It is weird to pass the computer room and see the cursor moving all over the screen, windows popping up, spreadsheets being accessed and altered. It made me think of the term 'computer widow'and I was standing there watching the ghost.

Me: Hi Sensei, I passed my defense. :)

My teacher: Omedeto. With all your training, I hope you can defend yourself.

Cat Chases Bear Up Tree

Seriously, that cat chased the bear up the tree. And when the bear tried to get away, the cat chased it up another tree.


I've been fighting off a cold ever since Friday. I thought it was getting better, but today it got worse. I don't feel too bad yet, but I can feel it lurking in my lungs, so I decided that I should take it easy today.


I love this clip. You've been served!

Behind the Scenes at Disney World

Information on behind-the-scenes tours at Disneyworld.

My uncle says, "I'm proud of you. You are now part of a chain that is making the [Turtle] family an academic powerhouse."


I passed. :D


My defense is tomorrow morning at 10:00am. I'm not doing too well sleep- or nutrition-wise... I feel like crap. I'm running on adrenaline and moxie now. Go Team Turtle!

Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary. What a great site!

Slow posting

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've been working hard on becoming Dr. Mr. Turtle. But despair not! I've got many amusing anecdotes to write about when it's over. Especially about Xengu.

One of the best optical illusions ever

This is so cool! It's a weird negative print of a castle, and when you move the mouse over it, it shows the same scene as a black and white picture. Stare at a dot in the middle of the negative print for 15-20 seconds (they recommend 30), then move the mouse over it. It will show the black and white picture, but it will look like it's in full color! The illusion vanishes when you move your eyes. Just try it and see for yourself. It's really cool!


The quote by Tom Delay that I posted earlier might actually be a summary of a longer speech, not a quote.


UPDATE: This might be the summary of a speech, not an actual quote.

Tom Delay's reaction to the Colombine shootings in 1999:
Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills.

The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot

By Lester Dent, The Creator of Doc Savage:
This is a formula, a master plot, for any 6000 word pulp story. It has worked on adventure, detective, western and war-air. It tells exactly where to put everything. It shows definitely just what must happen in each successive thousand words.

No yarn of mine written to the formula has yet failed to sell.

The business of building stories seems not much different from the business of building anything else.

Here's how it starts:
One of these DIFFERENT things would be nice, two better, three swell. It may help if they are fully in mind before tackling the rest.

Wanna buy a castle?

Castles available for purchase. None are in California, unfortunately.

Don't take your hardware to Best Buy

Couple's Supposedly Destroyed Hard Drive Purchased In Chicago:
A year ago, Henry and Roma Gerbus took their computer to Best Buy in Springfield Township to have its hard drive replaced.

Henry Gerbus said Best Buy assured him the computer's old hard drive -- loaded with personal information -- would be destroyed.

'They said rest assured. They drill holes in it so it's useless,' said Gerbus.

A few months ago, Gerbus got a phone call from a man in Chicago.

"He said, 'My name is Ed. I just bought your hard drive for $25 at a flea market in Chicago,'"

Awesome spam

Here it is, in its entirety:

From: [Mr. Turtle]
Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 11:05 PM
To: [Mr. Turtle]
Subject: 586876


NRDC: A Shopper's Guide to Home Tissue Products Made with Recycled Paper

Something to think about: "If every household in the United States replaced just one package of virgin fiber napkins (250 count) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 1 million trees." Click the link for information about toilet paper, paper towels, etc., and which brands are made from recycled paper.

The Biggest Mistakes Tourists Make

One Bag: Travel Resources:
The biggest mistakes that tourists make? Packing too heavily, relying on outdated guidebooks, not wearing a money belt, leaving home with too many hotel reservations, and taking other people's opinions too seriously.

Rick Steves, in International Travel News, March 1998
OneBag.com can help enormously with the first mistake. Travelling is many times more fun with only a light backpack to lug around.

Baby With 3 Arms May Have Surgery

Not much I can add:

100 Years of Happiness

A common Vietnamese wedding sentiment is to wish the newlyweds 100 years of happiness. "Chúc hai chaú tram nam hanh phúc." (I can't get all the letters to display properly.) In this case, the phrase is written by someone older since they address us as children.

All the gold in the world!

Howstuffworks "If you took all of the gold in the world and put it in one place, how much would there be?":
... if you could somehow gather every scrap of gold that man has ever mined into one place, you could only build about one-third of the Washington Monument.

...all of the platinum in the world would fit in a cube that is 6.3 meters (about 20 feet) on a side.