Dirk’s Accident

There are a couple of slightly gory pictures of the accident so don’t click if you don’t want to see blood. (Now that I said don’t click, this will be my most viewed link of the day)

I know what is dangerous and these magnets I found on the Internet were so amazingly strong that I could not resist not to buy them all four. I have two blocks… one round with a diameter of 75 mm and 70 mm in length. The one that not pictured and without human parts 🙂 is measured 40 (thickness) x 100 (diameter).

The above magnets are N45. I also have 8 small N50 magnets (cubics) with an crazy force, but not lethal because of its small size (don’t swallow them of course).

They came to me from the USA in four different large cardboard boxes. Each magnet placed in the center of each box. Very careful packing ! I placed them in my own room (closed when I am not at home or in the room) around a 1 meter in diameter pouf. No direct contact.

That Sunday night I placed on of them a bit in line with one of the others but still within a safety distance (I thought) !!!
When I rotated the magnet the other raised it self upwards due to the same poles. I know that I thought (ooops … take care) and before I knew it the one that raised itself upwards turned around and within a split second the two magnets collided to each other with the top-part of my finger between them. Due to the brutal force my finger was splashed and pushed out between the magnets leaving skin and my complete nail between the two magnets. The collision was so strong that on the carpet I found only some drops of blood spread around the magnets.

(via delicious.com/WCityMike)

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

Who can imagine the infinite impudence of a church assuming to think for the human race? Who can imagine the infinite impudence of a church that pretends to be the mouthpiece of God, and in his name threatens to inflict eternal punishment upon those who honestly reject its claims and scorn its pretensions? By what right does a man, or an organization of men, or a god, claim to hold a brain in bondage? When a fact can be demonstrated, force is unnecessary; when it cannot be demonstrated, an appeal to force is infamous. In the presence of the unknown all have an equal right to think.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Individuality” (1873)

Monkey Business

I was in and out of meetings today (By meetings I mean I was playing Battlefield 42. The only game I have left for my PC that I still play.) so I missed most of the brouhaha over the NY Post’s cartoon today depicting that monkey they had to shoot in Connecticut and connecting it to the stimulus bill therefore taking two completely unrelated topics and distilling it into one WTF cartoon. The complaints were immediate decrying the cartoon as a racist caricature of Obama and the NY Post responded by shaking it off before going back to polish their lawn jockeys or whatever it is that a Rupert Murdock owned entity does.

I’ve seen several blog reactions to this and more than a few have asked why it’s racist to refer to Obama as a monkey yet perfectly fine that people compared Bush to a chimp. It’s a legitimate question but the answer is pretty damn simple. If the person you are calling a monkey belongs to a race that has been compared to simians for the past 500 or so years to paint them as sub-humans to buy, sell, or push to the back of the bus without the slightest bit of guilt, then you just may be passing through a little town called Wrongville. (Or you’ve reached your destination of Klanstowne) And it doesn’t even matter if Obama starts flinging feces at his aides while hanging around with a man in a big yellow hat. Once you start playing along with old hurtful stereotypes, you’re on the wrong end of the argument.