Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Public Service Announcment

Here's a little reminder for everyone to help keep you safe on the roads.

Remember, no matter how big and tough your vehicle may be, you must be considerate of other drivers.

Example number one. Just because you have armor doesn't mean you can run through stop signs.

Example number two. Just because you can level any obstacles you run across doesn't mean you can make a parking lot anyplace you like.

I guess that's worse than a parking ticket.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Comprehending Engineers

This is an overtold joke, but please bear with me for a moment

Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"

The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."

The second engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

And why am I telling this joke? Because I just found this.

And you thought it wasn't a plausable story.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

...or are you glad to see me?

If you've turned on your television lately then you've probably noticed that the Chia Pet and George Foreman grill commercials are back. That can only mean one thing; it's holiday shopping season.

If everyone on your list already has a salad shooter and you don't want a repeat of the sock and sweater debacle of last Christmas then here's another option. The Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife (TM).

Now I like pocketknives, and I frequently carry a Swiss Army Knife (usually have a Victorinox) but this is hardly describable as a pocketknife. With 85 implements the knife (if you can even call it that) measures almost 9" wide, and I doubt you could comfortably fit it into a pocket.

Basically, it is all of the Swiss Army knife tools shoved between two red scales, and while many of the tools are quite useful in certain situations, it's ridiculous to have them on the same knife. Really, how many times do you need to have a golf shoe spike wrench, a 12/20 gauge choke tube tool, bike chain rivet tool, and a watch case opening tool all at once?

Still, if you absolutely insist upon having the biggest Swiss Army Knife around you can get one of these for $1200...if you can find one. The Wenger website says they're out of stock. Apparently some people actually are willing to spend twelve hundred bucks on a pocketknife that's too big to carry and too unwieldy to use.

Sign of the season