Entertaining science for stoned people

These hand boilers are a hell of a lot of fun, even if you aren't stoned.

Not just fun, this is science! Use your body heat to teach a child about distillation! Every child needs to know how to create the water of life.

Honestly, I love my little hand boiler. I keep it next to an arm chair that friends seem to like to space out in.

Westminster Hand Boilers (Colors May Vary) via Amazon

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I tried Odlum's Irish Brown Soda Bread mix

I tried the popular Irish brand Odlum's Irish Brown Soda Bread mix to see if it was better or easier than my standby recipe. Read the rest

Train load of NYC poop stinks out small town little league

A train carrying a load of human waste from New York City has been stranded outside the 982 resident town of Parrish. Evidently, after two months of sitting next to their little league fields the stench is overpowering.

Via USA Today:

In Parrish, Ala., population 982, the sludge-hauling "poop train" cars have sat idle near the Little League ball fields for more than two months, Mayor Heather Hall said. The smell is unbearable, especially around dusk after the atmosphere has become heated, she said.

“Oh my goodness, it’s just a nightmare here,” she said. “It smells like rotting corpses, or carcasses. It smells like death.”

All kinds of waste have been dumped in Georgia, Alabama and other Southern states in recent years, including toxic coal ash from power plants around the nation. In South Carolina, a plan to store radioactive nuclear waste in a rural area prompted complaints that the state was being turned into a nuclear dump.

In Parrish, townspeople are considering rescheduling children’s softball games, or playing at fields in other communities to escape the stink.

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This Great Pyrenees can not catch snacks

This dog is even worse than my best buddy Nemo. My guy is too lazy to try and catch a snack, he lets it bounce off his big ol' head and then just takes it off the ground. Read the rest

Yoda's cool LEGO chill pad

While light on rocks, you can certainly lift a box with Luke and the Force at LEGO Yoda's Hut. Read the rest

1985's "Clue" the movie remains more fun than the game

Clue the movie sported an amazing cast who were clearly having a ball with the film. Clue the board game was never very much fun.

Riffing on the board game finale of declaring the murderer, location and weapon, the movie came with three alternate endings. Different theaters got different versions.

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Baboons cleverly plot escape from Texas research facility

Video, via KENS 5, shows a troop of baboons escaping from the the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, evidently the birth place of The Planet of the Apes. The damn dirty apes rolled a 55gal drum to the side of their enclosure, enabling them to briefly climb to freedom.

Surprisingly no one in this open carry state shot down the apes, instead some vertical cellphone video was captured. Read the rest

Fortnite's cinematic replay feature opens the floodgates for content creators

Epic's Fortnite Battle Royale has a new new replay system that offers content creators an incredible tool. Here are some fun samples from the YouTubes. Read the rest

Managing fitness and pain with my DIY Peloton

A little over a year ago I pieced together my own 'low-rent' Peloton spinning cycle. This cheap spinning bike has become an invaluable tool managing my so-called fitness, as well as the pain my degenerating discs provide. Read the rest

Pennsylvania school district issues teachers billy clubs to combat gun violence

If a gun toting mad-person enters a classroom in Pennsylvania's Mill Creek Township school district they'll find themselves challenged by an army of billy club wielding school teachers!

Pennsylvania will soon likely have a shortage of school teachers and a lot of extra billy clubs laying around.

Via CNN:

After the shooting in Parkland, Florida, a school district in suburban Erie, Pennsylvania, began formulating a school safety plan. Among its measures: handing out miniature wooden baseball bats to all 500 of its teachers.

In an online message, Millcreek Township School District Superintendent William Hall said the bats "could be used as a tool against an active shooter just like any other item in the immediate room," adding that they will remain locked in the classroom and "are only to be used/available in a hard lockdown situation."

On social media, however, the idea is being roundly mocked.

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Cheap gaming headset just as nice as my expensive one

This $33 Bengoo stereo gaming headset is every bit as nice as my $100+ one.

Gaming and marijuana do not mix. I break headsets and controllers pretty regularly, every few months something gets dropped hard, or yanked off my head by a dog running past and catching the cable (OUCH!!!) I get tired of replacing them.

This Bengoo headset feels every bit as nice as the expensive SkullCandy set it is replacing. The plastic is just as plastic. The ear cups and padding are plenty comfortable. The sound and volume control seems very much the same.

The headset has a very nice cable that annoyingly has permanently affixed stereo and USB jacks. I have used the velcro cable tender that came with to hold the un-used cable end (USB for me) out of the way. The volume and mute controls are super functional and in a good place on the cable.

The mic works well. Adjust the sensitivity if it is not picking up your clear and cogent call-outs.

There is minor price variation based on the color you pick. The unit is labeled "Kotion" who appears to be the manufacturer. I am not sure what a Bengoo is, a Benji is my brother.

I can direction-ally identify footsteps in Fortnite again.

BENGOO G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset for PS4, PC, Xbox One via Amazon

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Eleven Doctor Who 'microfigs'

Missing my favorite Doctor, the War Doctor, this set is remains amazing and a must have.

Lovely and fairly accurate, these "not-a-minifig" fit just fine on my my Lego brick mug. My daughter likes building, I just like collecting mini-figs.

I understand there are a few new Doctors, but I stopped watching after the War Doctor.

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Water keeps my dog moving on long trail hikes

My Great Pyrenees gets thirsty on long hikes. This dog-walking water bottle keeps him peppy and moving, cause when he decides to stop walking things get rough.

Great Pyrs do this thing when they get tired of walking where they become one with the Earth. My 120lb buddy, Nemo, just lays down and hugs our planet when he wants a break. Usually, he is thirsty, warm and just wants to cool off for a bit. I want to keep walking. Giving him a few laps of water from this portable dog watering bottle often does the trick, and he will slowly get back up and we get on our way.

Before I figured out Nemo wants water there would be very long, very frustrating for me but hilarious for other hikers, sessions of begging him to get up and go.

The Gulpy is easy to use.

Gulpy Water Dispenser, 20 oz. via Amazon

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FortNite Battle Royale's instantly deploying 'Porta-Fort' looks really cool

The world's most popular video game, FortNite Battle Royale, revolves around building forts and shooting chumps. Building can be really difficult, and it is hard to win without learning this skill. Enter the Porta-Fort.

FortNite has quickly replaced all other games my daughter and I played. Now we play together, roving the island of death with me insisting we hunt down others, and my daughter trying to find great places to deploy her bush camouflage.

I wonder how the Porta-Fort will change things. I am not sure it will, because the crazy build-off fights between experienced players reach for the sky -- but tossing a Porta-Fort may sometimes give you the instant edge you need.

Shooting chumps is still hard. They've recently improved first round accuracy to help with that too. This chump got shot.

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"This young man rose like Jesus," crap covered kid rescued from Easter sewer ride

Bursting through some old and rotten planks in an abandoned park buidling, 13 year-old Jessie Hernandez plummeted into the Los Angeles sewer system. The City of Fallen Angels spared no resource or technology in their 12 hour long search to save the young man.

Via RawStory:

"This young man rose like Jesus," said Bryant Jones, a city sanitation manager.

The search, which lasted 13 hours, was a desperate race against time, said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott, because "survivability diminishes in that toxic environment."

The accident triggered a massive search, drawing more than 100 firefighters, police officers and sanitation workers. Crews used remote video cameras and other "Batman-like" tools to locate the boy in the vast network of pipes and cisterns, Scott said.

They had no idea where the boy might turn up, and questions lingered Sunday afternoon: Did the pipes contain fresh water or sewage? Did they lead to a treatment plant or the Los Angeles River? How far could Hernandez travel, and how fast?

"It's hard to get eyes on," Scott said of the sewer system. "Where is he? Where will he go?"

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Danny Kaye has a wide vibrato

Danny Kaye is charming as ever, as he joins a vocal chorus sing to "Do You Ever Think of Me" on the January 22nd, 1964 episode of The Danny Kaye Show. Read the rest

'The Unbitten Elbow' by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

Reader recommended, and absolutely delightful, The Unbitten Elbow depicts the fervor and zelotry of the Soviet state as it rots from the brain to the heart.

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky is another fantastic Soviet era writer of dystopic fiction. Folks in Russia were already living in the worst dystopia most Westerners could imagine. In The Unbitten Elbow, we see an old Russian proverb, that the elbow is always near but impossible to bite, tested by the strength of an entire nation.

Absurdity abounds in this 10-15 minute read.

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