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calendar   Sunday - January 29, 2006

This Fud’s For You

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A week ago, I told you all about my latest Home Improvement Project. Well, phase one completed today after seven days. The keg has a really cool beer smell coming out of it and a nice sludge of yeast poop in the bottom of the barrel. What’s on top of that is the prize. Almost.

Dashing into The Skipper’s laboratory we pull out eight one-liter PET bottles, a large bowl of sugar and precise measuring spoons. Into each bottle goes 2 1/2 teaspoons of finely granulated sugar and the rest of the bottle is filled with the makings for Skipper’s Shoreleave Stout™. Shake carefully (doing the macarina while shaking is discouraged).

Then carefully place bottles under sink (in case they explode, the whole kitchen won’t look like Ted Kennedy just visited). Wait seven more days for the little bubbles to expand and reproduce prodigiously within each bottle. Then we’ll refrigerate a few days to “cure” this batch of any youthful exuberances.

In honor of this entreprenurinal startup, I have named the brewery Fudweizer™ in honor of Elrod Fudpucker, the ancient Egyptian who discovered the magic of hops and barley.

I have also commissioned a team and wagon to do publicity for the brew (in shameless imitation of another inferior beer maker whose name will not be mentioned as their offices are within spitting distance of me and most assuredly within mortar range).

At right is a picture of The The Liberty Team™ who will be touring the country offering samples of Fudweizer beer to all reasonably intelligent people (Conservatives). Liberals will just have to make do with swallowing their usual bile. Cheers!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/29/2006 at 06:44 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 28, 2006

Important Warning

WARNING!

DANGER!


The Skipper is playing with the avatars again!

If you don’t have one, you’re about to get one!

If you have one already, be afraid ... be very afraid!


Ladies & Gentlemen: I Present To You The New ... OINK!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/28/2006 at 02:13 PM   
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Word For The Day: Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Go ahead. Say it three times real fast. ... ... ... ... ... Keep trying. I’ll be back in an hour or two ....

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Dethroned in Hawaii
January 28, 2006, 6:58 AM EST
HONOLULU (AP)

Everyone thought the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was Hawaii’s state fish. As it turns out, the brightly colored fish with the excessively long name has been dethroned. The news shook the world of Rep. Blake Oshiro, who found out the designation was no longer official from Joel Itomura, a 6-year-old fish-loving son of a friend and constituent.

“I was really surprised,” said Oshiro, who has drawn up a bill that would make humuhumunukunukuapuaa—also known as the rectangular triggerfish or “humuhumu” for short—the official state fish for the islands. The stubby-nosed, brightly striped and slightly aggressive little fish whose name few tourists even try to utter (it’s pronounced HOO-moo-HOO-moo-NOO-koo-NOO-koo-AH-poo-AH-ah) is commonly believed to be the state’s favorite. The fish figures into tourist trinkets, broadcast commercials and a much-beloved song about a little grass shack.

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Much like its name, the fish’s road to titlelessness is long and confusing. In 1984 the state Legislature asked the University of Hawaii and the Waikiki Aquarium to survey the public and come up with a candidate for the state fish. The humuhumu was swept into the spot in part through the support of school children who learned of the campaign through classroom projects.

Although the issue of the state fish would seem to come with little controversy, the method used to poll the public was questioned and lawmakers limited the designation to five years. No one told the public that the humuhumu’s reign was over, so few knew anything had changed. And the humuhumu has its opponents. State Rep. K. Mark Takai said he had objections to a similar bill a decade ago because many of his constituents were in favor of the oopu, a brownish, freshwater gobbie endemic to the islands, he said.

The humuhumu is not unique to Hawaii, he said. There is no lack of fish species specific to the islands. Thirteen species of wrass alone are found here and nowhere else in the world. But while humuhumu may call more than just Hawaii its home, it has a few undeniable attributes on its side—cuteness and unpalatability. “Here’s a cute little fish. It kind of looks like a pig and it squawks and everything,” said Chuck Johnston, editor of Hawaii Fishing News.

It’s also a good candidate because no one eats a humuhumu, he said. Picking a popular game fish such as the ulua could be a problem if environmentalists push to protect the fish from fishermen, he said. Johnston has asked Gov. Linda Lingle to give the fish the state title in perpetuity through an executive order. In her reply early last year, Lingle said that decision should instead be left to the public. She also pointed out that the humuhumu has not historically been held in very high regard, having been used by early Hawaiians as fuel for their fires, not their stomachs.

While Johnston had originally advocated for the Pacific blue marlin two decades ago, his support now for the humuhumu is unwavering. “The logical choice is the one that was already selected,” Johnston said. “It has been there. He’s been crowned.”

Hawaii Legislature, bill HB1982: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/28/2006 at 11:30 AM   
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Sound Effects

The coolest automobile ad you will ever see. Crank it up!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/28/2006 at 05:22 AM   
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Saturday Silliness

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- The story behind this silliness is here...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/28/2006 at 04:46 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 22, 2006

A Floating Woody?

Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny Sunday in Venice than driving around the canals of Venice in a wooden car you carved yourself?

WTF?


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(-- thanks to Rancino who really needs to tell me where he got these pictures!)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/22/2006 at 03:14 PM   
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Gadget Du Jour

This ought to sell well with the envirowhacko crowd. (1) It is cheap, (2) it gets 330 mpg and most importantly (3) it’s ugly as sin. Look for all the tree-huggers to replace their Prius, Kia or Pinto with one of these smug little beasts any day now.

“A 330 mpg Car For Everyone”
(AUTOBLOG)

That’s the slogan of startup Accelerated Composites, LLC. The company announced Thursday that development of its two-seater Aptera hybrid has begun. As you might guess from the company’s name, the use of composite materials plays a major role in the car’s design. Claiming to have developed a proprietary composite construction technique (called Panelized Automated Composite Construction) that significantly lowers costs, the company plans to price the Aptera under $20,000.

The diesel/electric hybrid pairs a 12 hp diesel engine with a 25 hp electric motor, with power storage in a bank of supercapacitors. With a weight of only 850 lbs, the powertrain is good for a 0-60 time of about 11 seconds, and a top speed of 95 mph (electronically limited). Construction has begun for the first prototype. And yes, fuel consumption is estimated to be 330 mpg at 65 mph.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/22/2006 at 11:05 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 21, 2006

Weekend Project

What to do on another boring Saturday? The laundry? (naw, clothes haven’t started smelling too bad yet) Housecleaning? (fuggedaboutit, so what if the bathroom looks like the Okeefenokee swamp) Wash the Jeep? (naw, it looks good in mud) Read a book? (nope, too burned out on words this week) Clean some of my firearms? (already done that - twice this week) Blog some more crap? (naw, nobody reads the Pulitzer Prize material on this blog over the weekend) Well then, what shall The Skipper do? Hmmmmmmmm ...... AHA! I know ....

LET’S MAKE BEER!


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Now you’re talking! I ordered this kit from Mr. Beer a few weeks ago in a moment of inspiration. I also included in the order the makings for St. Patrick’s Irish Stout. This sounds easy. Mix booster (maltodextrins mix) with water, bring to boil, mix with base mixture (liquid barley, hops, etc. from New Zealand), pour mix into keg, sprinkle in yeast, shake gently, let sit for one week to ferment, pour out into bottles, add one teaspoon sugar to start carbonation process, wait another week ... get totally snockered when I find out the alcohol content is close to 40% because I added too much sugar. HOT-DAMN! Now you’re talking.

I’ll let you know the results in two weeks. Wish me luck!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/21/2006 at 10:21 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 13, 2006

The Official Friday The 13th Superstition Post

Open Forum. Are you superstitious? Why not?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/13/2006 at 07:54 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 08, 2006

We Will, We Will ROCK YOU!

Do you have any old pictures of yourself taken back when you were young and dumb (as opposed to now when we’re all old and dumb)? If so, I urge you to gather them all together and burn every last one of them. Any one of them could prove to be quite embaressing if you’re ever elected Prime Minister of some small country on the other side of the Atlantic ...

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Do the scandals threatening to engulf the Bush administration make you long for a more innocent time? The Clinton White House, say, whose sex-drugs-and-rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere Joe Eszterhas compared, in ‘’American Rhapsody,” to the offices of Rolling Stone? (’’He certainly was a rock ‘n’ roller,” Eszterhas recalled admiringly of Clinton.)

The British seem to feel the same way about their prime minister: Writing in the London-based newspaper the Guardian last Friday, Victoria Powell, producer of a BBC Channel Four documentary titled ‘’Tony Blair Rock Star” that will air on Jan. 19, lovingly recounts Blair’s former life as an aspiring rocker.

In 1971, Blair took a year off before attending university, ‘’travelling to London with dreams of rock stardom,” writes Powell. According to a schoolmate of Blair’s, the future PM ‘’absolutely modelled himself on Mick Jagger.” Sure enough, a photo from the era shows an 18-year-old ‘’in tie-dyed T-shirt, midriff exposed, long hair, flares, and bare feet,” notes Powell.

‘’It’s a daft look, but it’s him all right.” From 1971-72, Blair promoted bands and organized gigs in London. Once at Oxford, Blair’s friend recalls, he didn’t get involved in student politics: ‘’He had the reverse attitude-nihilistic, cynical, and sarcastic. All he had was the persona and the ambition to be a rock star.”

So what happened? In 1973, Blair debuted as lead singer of the student band Ugly Rumours, with whom he played a grand total of six shows. ‘’This was a man who was clearly enjoying himself a great deal,” recalls fellow Oxford student and Tory MP Alistair Burt, who was at one or two of those shows. ‘’But we were under no illusion that this was the next great talent.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/08/2006 at 09:29 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 01, 2006

Predictions For 2006

Here are my predictions for the New Year. Let me know how I did next year this time. Add your own predictions in the comments and we’ll keep track of each other. Deal?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/01/2006 at 11:00 AM   
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Public Service Message

imageimageJust waking up? Got a pounding headache? Dry mouth? Ache all over? Knees a little wobbly? If so, you have what we scientists call a hangover. That’s a scientific term for what happens when you make an alcoholic ass out of yourself on December 31 without practicing a great deal during the rest of the year. Never fear though. The Skipper is here to help. Here are my personal remedies for the affliction that currently ... afflicts you.

If, after you have medicated yourself with one (or both) of the remedies above, you realize you’re in a strange house or apartment, I suggest you get dressed quickly and duck out the back door. Do not investigate the premises. Some things are better left unknown.

If you insist on looking around, don’t be surprised at what you find in the bed next to you. If it’s human, consider yourself lucky. If not, we don’t want to know about it, OK? If the creature snoring away there has all its teeth, most of its hair and does not resemble a biker gang member, you may congratulate yourself and quickly (and silently) duck out the back door.

If, however, you are in your own home or apartment and the creature mentioned above is there, you are in what I refer to as “Deep Kimchi”. Try to remain calm while you scheme away and dream up a devious plan to remove the evidence. Hopefully, in a legal manner. If there is no legal way to rid yourself of the night’s detritus, we don’t want to know about it, OK?

I sincerely hope this public service message has been helpful in getting your New Year off to a good start. Now get moving before the creature wakes up ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 01/01/2006 at 05:01 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 31, 2005

Fear Factor

I found this over at Fark and couldn’t resist grabbing it. I am presenting it here in all of its fear-inducing glory. We all know what that nice lady vet behind him is about to do and from the look on his face, he has fingered it out by now also. In my humble opinion, the vet looks like she is enjoying this WAY too much. Then again, I really, really hate cats so I absolve her of any and all sins.

Twerp and OldCatMan and any other cat owners out there may feel free to use this picture to encourage obedience in your feline “friends”. Here, Kitty-Kitty! Snip! Snip! BWAH-HAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA ......

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/31/2005 at 01:18 PM   
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2006 Calendars have Arrived!

Haven’t found a decent 2006 calendar yet to hang on your wall? Well, never let it be said that BMEWS let you down. We have the official 2006 Hooters Calendar all ready for you to download. You’re gonna love this year’s models. So click on the link and hold on to your hat ...

(-- thanks to Rancino fer this one --)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 12/31/2005 at 09:45 AM   
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