Today in Plastics


These photographs of albatross chicks were made in September, 2009, on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world’s most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

(via Clusterflock)

The D&D Room

From The Acaeum:

I have been working on and off for about 2 years building our “D&D ROOM” to hold most of our collection and give us a cool place to play. I did 99.9% of the work myself with just a bit of help in the attic from my brother Shawn. All lighting is controlled by the DM via a dimmer/control box mounted under the table. When you walk in the lights automatically come on via a contactor mounted in the closet. There is also hidden strobe and fog machine for effects. I also mounted speakers in the beams and have a sound system in the closet. Here are a few photos…

(via Boing Boing)

Conan O’Brien on Twitter

Conan’s been on Twitter for a couple of weeks now and randomly started following someone.

Since @conanobrien announced she was his “random” Twitter pal designee, Sarah has been showered with presents and attention, going from three followers to 12,713 in 24 hours. Strangers have practically planned her entire wedding for her, and someone sent her a new Apple computer. That was Matt from the Florida-based company, Hornblasters, by the way, who came to the rescue with an I-Mac when Sarah’s Webcam malfunctioned and it looked like she was going to have to cancel an MTV News interview via Skype Friday night.

When Show Tracker first contacted the very cute Sarah, she wanted nothing to do with us. She had interpreted our post about her as “negative” and she sent a polite but firm “No, thank you” to us. Then, when she realized that Show Tracker has been Twitter Tracking Conan, his freckles, Sharpie, Taurus, Monkey, Squirrel, and Beard, she saw for herself that Show Tracker is basically insane but harmless and she felt more at ease. As she told us, “People will try to take you down and I’m trying to avoid that.”

Cynical-C Has Been Hacked

Thanks to everyone who has alerted me that they are having problems reaching Cynical-C because it’s being reported as an attack page.

I’ve gone through the site and cleaned up two instances of malware scripts that some lovely shit stain person put in my blog template, changed passwords, updated WordPress and now have sent off emails to Google and telling them to look over my site and add me to the “All cleared” list.

I couldn’t even get on my site using Firefox to post about it. I had to open Internet Explorer which has no problems at all going to nefarious attack sites like Cynical-C.

Sorry Cynics. Hopefully we’ll be up and running again soon waiting for the next disaster.


Looks like we’re back up and running. Now I just have to make sure that the holes have been fixed so it doesn’t happen again.

Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the issue.