6 O’Clock BS: Damn You Minnesoooota

Oh, thyat Minnahsooohta accent.

Image is an xy graph entitled “Why My Old Friends From Illinois and My Family Laugh At Me When We Hang Out”. X-axis title is “Time I Live in Minnesota (Years)”. Y-axis title is “Time It Takes Me To Say Words Containing a Long “O” (seconds). Trendline indicates a proportional relationship between x and y.

6 O’Clock BS: Gluten-Free Pizza

Tonight I made gluten-free pizza! I used a Red Mill Mix, but it required yeast and mixing and other related baking shit, so I think it counts as fancy cooking.

First, the crust:

Pizza Mix, Olive Oil, Eggs, Yeast in warm water

The yeast had to sit for a few minutes, then I added the eggs and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then the pizza flour mix was added in and mixed on medium for 1 to 2 minutes.

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6 O’Clock BS – I <3 Flash Mobs

I’d love to find myself in the middle of a flash mob someday! What a great vehicle for expression and a memorable way to show that you’ve organized people to make a statement*. Speaking of – if anyone has a link to video of the California Domestic Workers “Respect” flash mob that was supposed to have happened on 8/21/12 at the Sacramento State Capitol can you post it in the comments? I found the instructional video on YouTube, but a brief search on YT and Vimeo hasn’t yielded video of the actual flash mob.

This one’s a little older. It was put on to celebrate (okay, probably advertise) the 50th anniversary of West Side Story. Fun!

*Or no apparent statement or art for art’s sake.

6 O’Clock BS: Creative Commons is Cool

You never know where your stuff is going to show up!

I received this email in my Flickr inbox recently:

Hi Brianne,

I love your photo of Foggy Blue Morning Dive! We used it on Adventure Awaits, a blog and storytelling site for Washington State Parks.

You’ll see your photo on one of our blog posts here of Go Discover: Scuba Diving: adventureawaits.com/2012/07/go-discover-scuba-diving/

Again, thanks so much for putting your photos in Creative Commons – we love profiling great captures of our parks.

Tee hee! I’m on a website for Washington State Parks promoting scuba diving. How fun!

Here’s the photo:

Foggy Blue Morning Dive

And being the awesome Creative Commons-respecting website they are, the photo links back to my Flickr account where I originally posted it. The only annoying thing is that while I’m now “Washington State Park Go Discover Scuba Diving” internet famous (got a whole 27 views on that there photo – w00t!), my little sister gets the photographer bragging rights. Damn it!

6 O’Clock BS – That Came Outta There!?

It looks like this is a bit older, but if you haven’t seen it… This is a cool video of a very big stick insect hatching, unfolding from its teeny tiny egg. I just want to reach out and help him get those last bits of leg free! C’mon insect buddy – you can do it!

(Hmmm…The video isn’t loading correctly for me from vimeo right now. If you’re having trouble too, here’s a link to New Scientist which also has it posted)

The Lord Howe stick insect is otherwise known as a tree lobster, which is also the name of one of my favorite web comics.

Hat tap to JREF research fellow Kyle Hill on Twitter

6 O’Clock BS – Tweet o’ the Day

Man – the internetz are ‘sploding with goodies today! The top news story that I’ve seen in my Twitter and Facebook has probably been responses to Todd Akin’s terminal (perhaps literally, at least with regards to his campaign) foot-in-mouth comments about legitimate rape and how us uteruses – errrr….I mean women – can magically destroy rapesperm and then all the backpedaling and not-pologizing.

There was a lot of tweetin’ going on, but I think this was my favorite:

Oh, John Scalzi! You make this world a better place.

Did you see any tweets about the Akin-Idiocy that you particularly enjoyed today?

6 O’Clock BS: Signs of the Times

First – Happy birthday to the Mall of America. This past Saturday marked 20 years since the doors first opened at the mall. Yeah, yeah… cursed MOA with it’s consumerism and overconsumption and blardeeblarblar. I like the mall. It has an aquarium. And LegoLand. And a ropes course.

Anyway, yesterday we passed this sign:

It is a digital display and the picture changed about every five seconds or so. I was waiting for it to scroll through so I could re-read an ad that I had caught out of the corner of my eye (oh you tricky marketers, you). While I was there a steady stream of people walked by, including a large number of spawnlings toddling after their parents. Here’s the interesting part: four young kids – we’re talking three and four years old – stopped, looked at the sign and then tried to interact with it. Each and everyone one of them looked confused when the sign didn’t respond. One girl tried to pressed harder on on the screen, and another took her finger and tried to swipe the screen across.

The future is here, y’all.

And here’s the ad that I was waiting for:

Le sigh. That’s what I thought it said.

6 O’Clock BS: Dave Silverman Throws the First Pitch!

This evening I’m hanging out with over 170 of my fellow atheists, secularists and freethinkers at the Midway Stadium in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Tonight Minnesota Atheists and American Atheists are hosting “An Night of Unbelievable Fun” with the Saint Paul Saints. Or rather…the Mr. Paul Aints!

Here’s a really crappy, zoomed in photo of Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists, leaving the mound after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game:


I’ll have more (and better) photos of the event up later this weekend!