Welcome to Swamp Gas in the Imajica. Similar to the You Can't Make This Shit Up (YCMTSU) section, Swamp Gas will focus solely on news and items of interest in the sunshine state of Florida.
They say, "All the nuts in America roll downhill to Florida." So let's just see how true that phrase really is.
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Swamp Gas v. 009
In preparation for the scheduled July 1st launch of the Space shuttle for its STS-121 mission, NASA workers proudly walked alongside the flatbed hauling the craft from its hangar to the massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). This procedure is called the "Rollover." The insanely massive rocket boosters will be moved to the VAB next, in the procedure called the "Rollout."
NASA is one of the few things left that truly makes me feel still proud to be an American.
Sucks to be a tourist in Florida lately. If you want to travel along the I-95 freeway between popular destinations -- from Daytona Beach to Miami Beach -- you're likely going to be delayed and detoured because of the wildfires. Smoke, fire and even falling trees have been blamed for road closures all over the drought-stricken sunshine state. According to the Forestry department, over 2500 different fires have burned over 100,000 acres since January. The penalty for throwing a lit cigarette out of a vehicle in FL has now been raised to getting anally-raped by a drunken redneck whose cracker family now stays in a red cross shelter because his double-wide trailer home was lost in the fire. I suggest using your car's ash tray from now on, Sparky.
This past week has been like a frackin' Jurassic Park in the land of theme parks. Yesterday, a 23-year-old woman was killed by an alligator in nearby Ocala National Forest while snorkeling in a lake. She was the third death-by-horror-movie-beast, this week. A 43-year-old homeless woman was also found in a canal in Pinellas county with apparent gator wounds the same day. In Sunrise, FL, an aspiring 28-year-old south florida model was definitely snatched and then dragged into the nearby canal by an alligator, according to the Broward county medical examiner. Not finding water in the woman's lungs, the ME said the woman died from blood loss and shock. Trappers later found parts of the woman in the 11-foot-long alligator's stomach after its capture and disection.
Covered - An actor describes the fickle nature of fame in Hollywood.
Going Home - A man's painting comes to life to explore the painter's world.
Love you, Joseff Hughes - A thoughtful and haunting tale of a young girl's first love.
Undressing My Mother - A stark, honest narrative of the life of an aging widow.
Auto Erotica - A surrealistic lust for vehicular status with good tuneage.
Space Chase - Xgames competition for a parking space in a London garage.
Ester - Video evidence that hippos and manatees are graceful water beasts.
B Is For Bomb - A child narrates the ABC's of geo-politics and nuclear issues.
Undone - A mother's comfort for the anxious woman in the twilight zone.
Shopping In The Afterlife - The best mother day's a son could provide.
The one line descriptions of the short films in this competition are my own. I hope my impression of the film doesn't inhibit you from watching any of them. I added them to the list for my own benefit of recall of the films.
It was very surrealistic for me to watch "Shopping in the Afterlife" after just returning from my shopping at Winn Dixie. Similar to that short, I seem to have some odd ability to attract total strangers who then engage me in conversation. Most oftentimes, these people are elderly and lonely, perhaps.
Last night, I was exhausted from my bike ride to the store because it was like riding a gymnasium exercise bike inside the sauna -- hot and humid -- so I loitered around outside the store to catch my breath before heading home. An old man was nearby, waiting for his wife and smoking a cigarette. While it wasn't as surreal as the conversation I had with another old man the night before terrorists struck the World Trade Center buildings, I was a little hestitant to turn on the news today. I just had a troubling feeling that these conversations are becoming forewarning talismen.
The old guy last night started out the conversation while I was unlocking my bike from the magazine stand to which I had secured it.
"I was just thinking. When I was growing up in the 20s and 30s, I never had to lock my bike."
"Well, I grew up in Detroit. So, I possess a fair amount of paranoia about such things. Better safe than sorry."
After about twenty minutes of me recalling the tales of getting hit by automobiles two-and-a-half times while riding a bicycle through out my life, the store started to close. Still his wife had not come outside. I worried that she might have forgotten about him. I finally convinced him to go inside the store and look for her before they locked the doors. At that, I took the opportunity to leave him to his own soap opera and head home in the night.
Check out those films. My favorites were 1,3, 8 and 10, but they were all interesting. You only have until May 22nd to cast your vote for your own favorites.
As you must be aware, Zacharias Moussaoui was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole last week. While I realize this is a serious topic for some people, I will be doing some research for a conspiracy theory entry about Moussaoui. He was a member of al-Qaeda, but I just find it extremely odd that the government prosecuted him for the 9/11 terror attacks when the man was in federal custody at the time of the attacks. They contend that if he would have just told them about the plot, 9/11 would never have happened. At the same time, it was some bureaucrat at FBI headquarters that blocked searching Moussaoui's computer before 9/11. Even if the FBI had had his PC, the best FBI track record for previously connecting the dots was on a Denny's restaurant kid's menu.
The government contends he was the so-called 20th hijacker. If so, his al-Qaeda bosses who planned 9/11 will never see a U.S. court room because the CIA would have to admit too many ugly things, like statements made under duress of torture.
Some people feel he is just a convenient scapegoat to help the U.S. public put some closure on 9/11. Some people feel that his actual importance in al-Qaeda was very limited, that he was basically a lackey. All these things are definitely conspiracy theory fodder, and I'll be looking into it.
Meanwhile, I thought I'd take a much lighter look at the Zacharias Moussaoui trial.
Below are two artist renditions of him during his trial. I thought it might be fun for us all for you to look at these two images and then write a completely inappropriate caption for each in the comments. Whispers: (mouse over the images for mine)
Some of the cast of Battlestar Galactica, left to right:
Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis)
Number 6 (Tricia Helfer)
Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan)
Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell)
Cmdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos)
Capt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama (Jamie Bamber)
Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas)
Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (Grace Park)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (Katee Sackhoff)
Cast your vote in the comments!
There are a couple of hotties not pictured here. Check out the newly launched Scifipedia for more information on BSG. Anastasia Dualla (Kandyse McClure) had a steamin' hot scene with Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) in Season 2, imho. Season 3 airs in October.
Anastasia Dualla's first love interest was Laura Roslin's assistant, Billy Keikeya (Paul Campbell). If you really want to know why Billy had to die, you can listen to the Media Blvd magazine interview with Paul Campbell in a podcast here.
Also, gamers and collectors will soon have a BSG Collectable Card Game. The BSG CCG is being offered by Wiz Kid Games.
So ... why? Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries. Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly. My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.
The second rule: if the entry was older. But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).
Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al). These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?" So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.
So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience. I normally archive halfway through the month.
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