PBS Launches iPhone App with Streaming Video

PBS recently launched a great new iPhone app (also available for iPad) that lets you watch full-length episodes, segments, and previews of upcoming shows. Many of PBS’s top programs are available, including Nova, Austin City Limits, Frontline, and PBS NewsHour, as well as original online programming from Nova ScienceNOW and Independent Lens.

The PBS app also lets you check schedules, set reminders, and save bookmarks to favorite clips, and you can share videos through Twitter, Facebook, and email.

But the best thing about it is the price: free. You don’t get access to all of the programming available on the PBS website, but it currently contains more than 300 videos and more content is being added all the time. This is one of the best iPhone apps I never paid for. Highly recommended.

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1 Kragar (Antichrist )  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:43:03pm

Obviously, its a dangerous liberal socialist app.

2 garhighway  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:43:35pm

It’s not free. It cost us .00000001% of the Federal budget.

(I made that number up. But I’ll bet I’m close.)

3 bratwurst  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:48:12pm
But the best thing about it is the price: free.

Wrong! I pay for that liberal propaganda with my tax dollars!
/

4 Lidane  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:52:15pm

Awesome. It’s now sitting pretty next to my NPR apps. :D

5 Bubblehead II  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:53:33pm

Well that rain I mentioned in the last thread has turned to snow and it is coming down pretty good.

/ I just love Winter

6 Kragar (Antichrist )  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:57:37pm

New zodiac sign Ophiuchus: Why astrology is even sillier than we thought

Thanks to Earth’s wobble, astrological signs are, well, bunk. (Or even more bunk than you might expect.) Astrological signs are determined by the position of the sun relative to certain constellations on a person’s day of birth. The problem is, the positions were determined more than 2,000 years ago. Nowadays, the stars have shifted in the night sky so much that horoscope signs are nearly a month off. [

7 Randy W. Weeks  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:59:17pm

You’ve moved up a couple of places on the “Most Annoying Liberals” list.

(Love the #tcot hash on your tweet!)

8 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 2:59:53pm

re: #6 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

New zodiac sign Ophiuchus: Why astrology is even sillier than we thought

But when we are casting astrological charts, we take those differences into consideration… we use math… very scientific.

9 Bubblehead II  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:00:29pm

re: #6 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Plus or Minus?

10 Kragar (Antichrist )  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:00:46pm

re: #8 Walter L. Newton

But when we are casting astrological charts, we take those differences into consideration… we use math… very scientific.

Rune stones are more accurate due to their ties to nature and the earth spirits.

11 researchok  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:02:03pm

re: #8 Walter L. Newton

But when we are casting astrological charts, we take those differences into consideration… we use math… very scientific.

Whatever you say, Nostradamus.
/

12 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:02:10pm

re: #10 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Rune stones are more accurate due to their ties to nature and the earth spirits.

If I can’t get a good reading from the stars, my favorite backup is Haruspicy.

13 Jadespring  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:02:53pm

I’m going galt.

14 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:03:20pm

re: #12 Walter L. Newton

If I can’t get a good reading from the stars, my favorite backup is Haruspicy.

You don’t have the guts for it!

16 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:04:45pm

re: #14 Decatur Deb

You don’t have the guts for it!

That took you a few minutes… tell the truth… you looked it up?

17 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:05:26pm

re: #16 Walter L. Newton

That took you a few minutes… tell the truth… you looked it up?

Nope—Catholic seminary. (and Shakespeare)

18 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:05:50pm

re: #17 Decatur Deb

Nope—Catholic seminary. (and Shakespeare)

YOU’RE A PRIEST?

19 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:05:51pm

Can’t wait to tell D_L (or just sneak it onto her Ipad) so she can enjoy PBS.

Chrome is off my list of browsers to run until they return to their sense, and support H.264. When I started using it for my videos it gave me good control over all the factors I needed to and do that quality vs file size balancing act I use Premier CS5 to edit the content off my Canon .mov files.

So it’s still Firefox & Seamonkey for me.

20 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:06:15pm

NASA: Storms blast antimatter into space

If you find thunderstorms scary, here’s one more thing to think about: Scientists say some big boomers create antimatter.

Certain lightning flashes produce terrestrial gamma ray flashes, which indicate the presence of antimatter, said Michael Briggs, a member of the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor team at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The team works with NASA’s space-based Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

Strong electrical fields near the top of a storm blast electrons upward a NASA article explains. When they’re deflected by air molecules, the electrons emit gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light.

Some gamma rays pass near the nuclei of atoms and are transformed into electrons and positrons, or antimatter, and shoot off into space, the article says. When the positrons smack into electrons on the orbiting Fermi, they change back to gamma rays, providing evidence of their existence.

The Alabama team has detected gamma rays with energies of 511,000 electron volts, a signal indicating an electron has met its antimatter counterpart, a positron.

“These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams,” said Briggs, who presented the findings this week during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Why does antimatter matter? Physicists believe that the interaction of matter and antimatter produces pure energy with zero waste - energy that one day could be harnessed and put to use.

21 Brother Holy Cruise Missile of Mild Acceptance  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:06:22pm

re: #15 Killgore Trout

Update: Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson

good for them, though I am surprised since it is Clear Channel.

22 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:06:59pm

re: #18 Walter L. Newton

YOU’RE A PRIEST?

What the Irish call a “spoiled priest”—5/13ths of one in my case.

23 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:07:12pm

re: #19 Rightwingconspirator

Can’t wait to tell D_L (or just sneak it onto her Ipad) so she can enjoy PBS.

Chrome is off my list of browsers to run until they return to their sense, and support H.264. When I started using it for my videos it gave me good control over all the factors I needed to and do that quality vs file size balancing act I use Premier CS5 to edit the content off my Canon .mov files.

So it’s still Firefox & Seamonkey for me.

WTF is wrong with google???
Sheesh. Way to frak everything up.

24 Killgore Trout  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:09:35pm

re: #21 Dreggas

good for them, though I am surprised since it is Clear Channel.

I wonder if Rush and the wingnuts are going to call for a boycott of Clear Channel for being socialists silencing dissent.
/

25 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:11:19pm

re: #12 Walter L. Newton

I’d feel sheepish about that.
///

26 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:12:44pm

re: #16 Walter L. Newton

I looked it up. Never ever heard of it before. Hey is my daily horoscope a month ahead, or behind?

27 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:13:11pm

re: #22 Decatur Deb

What the Irish call a “spoiled priest”—5/13ths of one in my case.

That’s interesting… I went through 12 years of Catholic school.. and they were trying real hard to push me into the seminary… they said I was perfect material for the priesthood.

Now… what did they mean by that. I was overweight, socially didn’t have many friends, I was the “fat boy” in the school, I was nerdy, worked hard to keep a grade average of “-F,” didn’t like to follow anyones instructions… I don’t know how that added up to perfect material for the priesthood.

28 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:13:25pm

re: #23 Varek Raith

WTF is wrong with google???
Sheesh. Way to frak everything up.

Wonder how much Adobe gave ‘em…
;)

29 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:13:28pm

re: #20 Varek Raith

Psst. The NASA link is way better. Its in the CNN article.

30 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:14:24pm

re: #29 Rightwingconspirator

Psst. The NASA link is way better. Its in the CNN article.

Whoopsie.
See what happens when I attempt to multitask?
:)

31 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:14:31pm

re: #27 Walter L. Newton

That’s interesting… I went through 12 years of Catholic school.. and they were trying real hard to push me into the seminary… they said I was perfect material for the priesthood.

Now… what did they mean by that. I was overweight, socially didn’t have many friends, I was the “fat boy” in the school, I was nerdy, worked hard to keep a grade average of “-F,” didn’t like to follow anyones instructions… I don’t know how that added up to perfect material for the priesthood.

You must have showed some promise at “Robin Marx”.

32 Charles Johnson  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:14:56pm

re: #23 Varek Raith

WTF is wrong with google???
Sheesh. Way to frak everything up.

I’m sure the main factor behind their decision is that H.264 is a closed proprietary format, with licensing restrictions. Google’s very committed to open source, and they must have decided that WebM can be competitive with H.264 in the long run.

The last time I checked into this, though, WebM and Theora had some very significant disadvantages compared to H.264. Maybe Google has overcome some of the problems.

33 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:15:01pm

re: #26 Rightwingconspirator

I looked it up. Never ever heard of it before. Hey is my daily horoscope a month ahead, or behind?

[Link: today.msnbc.msn.com…]

Just visit that website… if you don’t like the reading… find the one 30 days ago.

34 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:17:21pm

re: #31 Decatur Deb

You must have showed some promise at “Robin Marx”.

Got me on that one… have no idea what you are talking about… and neither does Google. One of those Vatican secrets…

35 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:17:29pm

re: #32 Charles

The whole codec thing has become a greased grape. Just can’t nail down all the factors. Since I got that 7D & started using the 1080p setting I have learned an awful lot. A lot of what not to use.

36 Varek Raith  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:18:26pm

re: #35 Rightwingconspirator

The whole codec thing has become a greased grape. Just can’t nail down all the factors. Since I got that 7D & started using the 1080p setting I have learned an awful lot. A lot of what not to use.

I use it for all my animes encodes, since all my consoles can play them.

37 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:18:55pm

re: #33 Walter L. Newton

Thanks. I want to mock the correct one after all.

38 Political Atheist  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:20:36pm

re: #36 Varek Raith

It may be proprietary but it works so well. HD is challenging all the way around. Hardware, software, and players.

39 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:21:16pm

re: #34 Walter L. Newton

Got me on that one… have no idea what you are talking about… and neither does Google. One of those Vatican secrets…

Old carny talk—robbing marks. I found an online dictionary:

[Link: www.goodmagic.com…]

40 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:22:43pm

re: #39 Decatur Deb

Old carny talk—robbing marks. I found an online dictionary:

[Link: www.goodmagic.com…]

I’m an old time carny… but I never saw it spelt like that. I noticed the URL on that web site… are you into stage magic or something?

41 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:24:03pm

re: #40 Walter L. Newton

I’m an old time carny… but I never saw it spelt like that. I noticed the URL on that web site… are you into stage magic or something?

Nah, just love language. “Nothing human is alien to me.”

42 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:24:15pm

Are any of these shows good to watch while I’m driving? Does PBS still air Top Gear?

43 Kragar (Antichrist )  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:26:07pm

re: #42 darthstar

Are any of these shows good to watch while I’m driving? Does PBS still air Top Gear?

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD!

44 makeitstop  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:26:15pm

re: #15 Killgore Trout

Update: Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson

You beat me to it.

I like how Clear Channel essentially blamed the idea for the billboard on the affiliate station. They’re all about the corporate responsibility. ///

45 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:26:41pm

re: #42 darthstar

I cannot stand Jeremy Clarkson. He gets right up my nose.

46 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:27:08pm

re: #43 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD!

But the road is so small on my smart phone it’s hard to see.

47 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:28:06pm

re: #42 darthstar

Are any of these shows good to watch while I’m driving? Does PBS still air Top Gear?

It’s on Alabama Public TV.

48 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:28:21pm

re: #41 Decatur Deb

Nah, just love language. “Nothing human is alien to me.”

Just wondering. If you ever want to get interested, I can help. I use to have a production company that put grandstand magic shows into state fairs, outdoor amusement venues and indoor entertainment centers. This was back in the 70’s. I also create magic tricks for the market and other magicians. A number of my magic effects have been used on shows like The Tonight Show and other venues. In those days, my professional magicians name was Al Desmond.

(yes… shameless self-promotion)

49 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:28:39pm

re: #47 Decatur Deb

It’s on Alabama Public TV.

I’m not driving to Alabama to watch public TV.

50 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:29:40pm

re: #49 darthstar

I’m not driving to Alabama to watch public TV.

I think it’s on in Arkansas too!

51 reine.de.tout  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:30:18pm

re: #50 Walter L. Newton

I think it’s on in Arkansas too!

Louisiana too.
Darth is gonna have to move.

52 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:31:04pm

re: #48 Walter L. Newton

Yeah—We talked once about the shows. Look up “Military Pay Day” in that dictionary. So real. (I’ll google you as Desmond. You might have a YouTube following.)

53 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:32:12pm

re: #51 reine.de.tout

Louisiana too.
Darth is gonna have to move.

Hey—your old boss is out of jail. Think he’ll run again?

54 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:33:07pm

re: #52 Decatur Deb

Yeah—We talked once about the shows. Look up “Military Pay Day” in that dictionary. So real. (I’ll google you as Desmond. You might have a YouTube following.)

Why… I don’t think there is any video of me performing. You may find a few mentions of some old magic manuscripts with me name on them, or a few blog entries at The Magic Cafe.

Have we been here on LGF that we are recycling topics?

Scary.

55 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:34:15pm

re: #54 Walter L. Newton

Found a couple hits on The Magic Cafe—no old kinetoscopes.

56 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:35:24pm

re: #51 reine.de.tout

Louisiana too.
Darth is gonna have to move.

That or stop watching TV shows on my iPhone while I’m driving.

57 Jadespring  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:36:00pm

re: #51 reine.de.tout

Louisiana too.
Darth is gonna have to move.

It’s on up here in Canada on the BBC Canada network.

58 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:36:29pm

re: #56 darthstar

That or stop watching TV shows on my iPhone while I’m driving.

Oh, wait…I don’t have an iPhone. Never mind. I move Sunday…well, the movers come on Sunday. I get to sit in my new empty house tomorrow waiting for the Comcast guy to come set up my internets.

59 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:38:07pm

re: #55 Decatur Deb

Found a couple hits on The Magic Cafe—no old kinetoscopes.

Here’s a question I asked on The Magic Cafe… something I have never got an answer to.

Maybe you could solve this problem once and for all. I have been told that off the shelf Bicycle brand cards (Rider Back Design) are marked, and have been for decades.

The info I have been given is that it is a random marking scheme, meaning there are 52 marks, in 52 places and you need to know where to look. No clock scheme, so no flip-book effect.

I have also been told that a full map of the markings has never been written down. This “rumor” came from the mouths of a number of well-known card men of the past 3 decades. And I have heard this from these card workers at very different times.

The last “clue” to this is the fact that I was tipped to the mark on the Ace of Spades, and that mark is certainly there, part of the design, right from the printers.

So… is it a rumor… old wives-tale… my meds wearing off… or am I a dead man for even mentioning this?

What’s interesting, in the least, the Ace of Spades mark is there. It may simply be a engraving error handed down from the early printings, I don’t know. But I can show you a “mark” on a Bicycle Rider Back on the Ace of Spades that is NO WHERE on any of the other 51 cards.

I have Bicycle Rider Back decks for the 30’s… and I find the same mark. It’s not hand added, it’s the way it comes from the printer.

So… my question still stands.

60 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:39:58pm

re: #59 Walter L. Newton

That’s so far “inside” that I doubt even Snopes has heard of it.

61 Killgore Trout  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:40:33pm

re: #44 makeitstop

You beat me to it.

I like how Clear Channel essentially blamed the idea for the billboard on the affiliate station. They’re all about the corporate responsibility. ///

What’s so frustrating is that wingnuts have to wait until this stuff blows up in their faces before they’ll take action. Palin was warned about the crosshairs thing when it came out and now pretends to be shocked when she looks like an idiot because someone she put crosshairs on ends up getting shot.
Wingnuts just don’t want to give up the violent rhetoric and imagery until they absolutely have to.

62 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:41:37pm

re: #59 Walter L. Newton

That’s not true, no.

63 jamesfirecat  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:43:02pm

We now derail this thread for a moment so I can bring you guys my own personal pity party (and I’ll cry if I want to)

Those of you who know me really well might recall how last January I posted an angry entry about how I lost my Ipod and yeah it sucked.

Getting a new one cost $100.

Not to be out done this year my inability to recall simple events soared to new heights to make me ruin my life.

I’m now fairly certain lost my wallet yesterday… and I lost it right after I USED IT in order to pull out my metro fair card and pay to cross through the station, meaning I lost it on the less than 100 meter walk from the station to my dad’s car evidently.

My wallet had about $80 dollars in it at the time.

It also had two $25 dollar gift certificates to best buys, two $25 dollar ones to Barns & Noble, and one $50 dollar one for any store I wanted.

All told that’s more than twice as much as I lost last year.

I blame this chiefly on myself and secondly on the weather because I’m sure if I hadn’t been wearing so many layers I would have noticed when the weight of my wallet left me.

So whoopie EPIC FAIL!

PS: The strange thing is that I’m not as upset as I was last year when I found myself in tears. Perhaps this is because of the human condition of the brain which causes us to value a known little loss over an unkown big loss. All that money that I lost I’ve got no idea what I would have bought with it at the moment and thus can not gauge how much I miss having it. I also at the moment still have more books than I have time to read, more computer games than I have time to play, and more mythbusters saved up on my home Tivo system them I have time to watch…

So yeah… I suppose things could be worse… but I am damn sure going to make certain this never happens again!

64 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:43:15pm

re: #60 Decatur Deb

That’s so far “inside” that I doubt even Snopes has heard of it.

Like I mentioned, it may be a printing “mistake” on the Ace of Spades, and on the Ace of Spades only. There may not really be 51 other marks. I don’t know. All I do know, if you buy a fresh, off the shelf deck of Bicycle Rider Backs… strip out the 4 aces and put them face down on the table, I can tell you which one is the ace of spades every time.

That’s how I learned it. Whether the other 51 marks are there, I can’t prove it. But I would never use Bicycle Rider Backs in a friendly game with any strangers in the game.

65 webevintage  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:43:44pm
as well as original online programming from Nova ScienceNOW and Independent Lens.

We watched the funniest thing on Independent Lens a few weeks ago:
The Parking Lot Movie
[Link: www.pbs.org…]

66 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:43:47pm

re: #62 Obdicut

That’s not true, no.

Explain yourself?

67 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:45:27pm

re: #63 jamesfirecat

We now derail this thread for a moment so I can bring you guys my own personal pity party (and I’ll cry if I want to)

Those of you who know me really well might recall how last January I posted an angry entry about how I lost my Ipod and yeah it sucked.

Getting a new one cost $100.

Not to be out done this year my inability to recall simple events soared to new heights to make me ruin my life.

I’m now fairly certain lost my wallet yesterday… and I lost it right after I USED IT in order to pull out my metro fair card and pay to cross through the station, meaning I lost it on the less than 100 meter walk from the station to my dad’s car evidently.

My wallet had about $80 dollars in it at the time.

It also had two $25 dollar gift certificates to best buys, two $25 dollar ones to Barns & Noble, and one $50 dollar one for any store I wanted.

All told that’s more than twice as much as I lost last year.

I blame this chiefly on myself and secondly on the weather because I’m sure if I hadn’t been wearing so many layers I would have noticed when the weight of my wallet left me.

So whoopie EPIC FAIL!

PS: The strange thing is that I’m not as upset as I was last year when I found myself in tears. Perhaps this is because of the human condition of the brain which causes us to value a known little loss over an unkown big loss. All that money that I lost I’ve got no idea what I would have bought with it at the moment and thus can not gauge how much I miss having it. I also at the moment still have more books than I have time to read, more computer games than I have time to play, and more mythbusters saved up on my home Tivo system them I have time to watch…

So yeah… I suppose things could be worse… but I am damn sure going to make certain this never happens again!

A bit of advice… staple your wallet to your head.

68 jamesfirecat  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:47:14pm

re: #67 Walter L. Newton

A bit of advice… staple your wallet to your head.

Staples come loose too easily, I’m thinking stitches…

69 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:47:43pm

re: #68 jamesfirecat

Staples come loose too easily, I’m thinking stitches…

Do it… tell people it’s a fashion statement.

70 Jadespring  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:47:51pm

re: #63 jamesfirecat

Gah. That sucks. I’ve lost a wallet a couple of times.

One time it went missing and I didn’t know where. I ended up getting it back with everything intact five years later! I kid not. I had dropped it near a mountain lookout and some hiker found it and turned it into the park office. It still had cash in it too.

71 compound Idaho  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:50:06pm

re: #63 jamesfirecat

Maybe it will be returned. I lost a wallet with >$200 in it. It was returned through the mail with virtually all of the cash. It had a note saying they had taken out $3.00 to pay for the postage.

72 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:54:11pm

re: #66 Walter L. Newton

Explain yourself?

There isn’t a mark only on the ace of spades in bicycle decks. There may be a mark on a few decks, that came from the same machine, perhaps, but there isn’t a consistent mark across all Bicycle decks.

73 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:54:19pm

Nothing on Snopes, but this is on there meaasge board. Seems there have been a lot more Spades than other aces.

quote:During the war in Vietnam, at the request of the United States government, USPC shipped thousands of decks containing nothing but the “Bicycle” Ace of Spades. The Viet Cong were very superstitious and highly frightened by this Ace. These decks were housed in plain white tuckcases and inscribed, “Bicycle Secret Weapon.” The cards were deliberately scattered in the jungle and in hostile villages during raids causing many Viet Cong to flee at the sight of them.

[Link: www.google.com…]

74 researchok  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:55:04pm

re: #68 jamesfirecat

Staples come loose too easily, I’m thinking stitches…

You may be able to cancel/replace the gift cards.

75 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:56:20pm

re: #73 Decatur Deb

That is freaking weird.

Hey, is the habit of sticking a playing card in your helmet a real thing, or a Hollywood invention?

76 reloadingisnotahobby  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:57:36pm

re: #69 Walter L. Newton

Your waiting on laundry so you can finish packing aren’t you??

77 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:58:15pm

re: #72 Obdicut

There isn’t a mark only on the ace of spades in bicycle decks. There may be a mark on a few decks, that came from the same machine, perhaps, but there isn’t a consistent mark across all Bicycle decks.

You still haven’t explained yourself? What makes you privy to this information… or where does you expertise come from. I’ve had this pointed out to me by some of the best card workers in the magic business. I’ve seen it myself.

You’re trying to tell me that there may have been a bias printing press that created a batch of cards with a printing mistake. Then why is this “mistake” only on the ace of spades? Why have I found this mark on older decks. I have a deck in my hands right now, from the 1930’s… the ace of spaces has the mark, no other card has the mark.

You haven’t proven anything.

78 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 3:59:36pm

re: #76 reloadingisnotahobby

Your waiting on laundry so you can finish packing aren’t you??

What? I’ve been packed, and the suitcase locked, for about two weeks. I am drying a pair of jeans that will be my traveling pants tomorrow… well… I’ll be going in them.

79 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:02:46pm

re: #77 Walter L. Newton

5 decks of cards and no Bicycle… too bad, that woulda been a fun activity for the night.

80 reloadingisnotahobby  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:02:48pm

re: #78 Walter L. Newton

I’ll be “going” in them.


Your just a bit excited to go aren’t ya!!
Couldn’t resist….;-)

81 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:02:59pm

re: #75 Obdicut

That is freaking weird.

Hey, is the habit of sticking a playing card in your helmet a real thing, or a Hollywood invention?

No personal experience of it—the link above goes to a discussion, including the official use of the card suites as some unit identifiers in WWII.

82 reloadingisnotahobby  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:04:09pm

re: #79 McSpiff

That’s NOT an activity…..
That’s OCD….LOL

83 ElCapitanAmerica  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:04:54pm

I think I saw a thread about this in Slashdot, but these types of apps are really starting to make me wonder if this model is just anti internet in the first place.

Why would one need a specialized iPhone app for this, shouldn’t (at least in principle) the website for pbs be good enough to provide these apps?

BTW I’m glad it’s free and that PBS does provide these videos on the website so I don’t want to sound like a Grinch, but I’m just wondering why we need such specific apps when a link is all you need in the first place …

84 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:07:18pm

re: #77 Walter L. Newton

I don’t really need to prove anything, Walter. You’re the one alleging something that’s rather incredible; that there’s this secret mark on some of the most common playing cards on earth, that’s gone generally unnoticed.

And I collect playing cards.

I’ve never even heard this as an urban myth before. There’s urban myths in general about sets of cards being marked, but I’ve never heard of this one.

Describe the mark, please.

85 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:08:10pm

re: #82 reloadingisnotahobby

That’s NOT an activity…
That’s OCD…LOL

I recently finished an engineering degree. I’m not use to freetime.

86 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:09:28pm

re: #77 Walter L. Newton

Walter, a lot of magicians buy specially marked cards— are you sure that that’s not what you were shown, and that’s not what you bought?

87 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:09:57pm

re: #79 McSpiff

5 decks of cards and no Bicycle… too bad, that woulda been a fun activity for the night.

Well, if your really anal! Here’s what I have been told about the marking. It is not a “clock” system, meaning marks that rotate around a central device or two on the back design. Such as putting a small mark on a round device, incrementing the mark around the circular device, like a clock.

Supposedly there is no scheme, no pattern, nothing that, finding a mark on one card, would lead you to finding the next mark on the next card in the suit.

It is supposedly totally random, created by someone, created with 52 distinct marks, in differing places, and there is no scheme to it, you HAVE to simply memorize the 52 different positions.

That’s what I have been told. I only find a unique printing mark on the ace of spades.

The flip side of this, there is no marking scheme on over the counter bicycles, and that it is a printing mistake that has been carried down through the decades.

I’m only claiming there is a mark, inadvertently or not, on the ace of spades.

88 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:12:17pm

re: #87 Walter L. Newton

Well, if your really anal! Here’s what I have been told about the marking. It is not a “clock” system, meaning marks that rotate around a central device or two on the back design. Such as putting a small mark on a round device, incrementing the mark around the circular device, like a clock.

Supposedly there is no scheme, no pattern, nothing that, finding a mark on one card, would lead you to finding the next mark on the next card in the suit.

It is supposedly totally random, created by someone, created with 52 distinct marks, in differing places, and there is no scheme to it, you HAVE to simply memorize the 52 different positions.

That’s what I have been told. I only find a unique printing mark on the ace of spades.

The flip side of this, there is no marking scheme on over the counter bicycles, and that it is a printing mistake that has been carried down through the decades.

I’m only claiming there is a mark, inadvertently or not, on the ace of spades.

And If I buy a pack of bicycles today, it’ll still have these? Seems like a high quality scan, compare the images, should give the marks no?

89 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:14:41pm

re: #86 Obdicut

Walter, a lot of magicians buy specially marked cards— are you sure that that’s not what you were shown, and that’s not what you bought?

That’s literally an insult. My knowledge of the art of stage magic far surpasses a casual interest in magic tricks on the back of a cereal box. I am totally aware of factory marked cards and hand marked cards, and the various methods involved in marking them.

I know what I have been told, I know the professionals that have discussed this with me, and whether this is actually true or not, you can pontificate all you want, your proof is nonexistent.

90 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:14:56pm

re: #75 Obdicut

That is freaking weird.

Hey, is the habit of sticking a playing card in your helmet a real thing, or a Hollywood invention?

If the above is true, the Ace of Spades in the helmet was probably something a few GIs did.

Ah…it’s a death card… favored by soldiers.
[Link: en.wikipedia.org…]

91 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:15:44pm

re: #88 McSpiff

And If I buy a pack of bicycles today, it’ll still have these? Seems like a high quality scan, compare the images, should give the marks no?

No, you have to be wearing Walt’s incredible magic glasses to see the marks. Didn’t he tell you he was also an inventor?

92 Jadespring  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:16:02pm

re: #85 McSpiff

I recently finished an engineering degree. I’m not use to freetime.

What type?

93 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:16:13pm

re: #89 Walter L. Newton

Dude, you claimed you could show the mark. So, show it. Or describe it. Whatever.

94 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:16:32pm

re: #87 Walter L. Newton

Well, if your really anal…you HAVE to simply memorize the 52 different positions.

Selective quoting can be fun!

95 wrenchwench  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:17:37pm

re: #63 jamesfirecat

PS: The strange thing is that I’m not as upset as I was last year when I found myself in tears. Perhaps this is because of the human condition of the brain which causes us to value a known little loss over an unkown big loss.

No, that’s just hormones.

/oh, wait. You’re a guy.

96 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:18:34pm

re: #84 Obdicut

I don’t really need to prove anything, Walter. You’re the one alleging something that’s rather incredible; that there’s this secret mark on some of the most common playing cards on earth, that’s gone generally unnoticed.

And I collect playing cards.

I’ve never even heard this as an urban myth before. There’s urban myths in general about sets of cards being marked, but I’ve never heard of this one.

Describe the mark, please.

Obdicut collect playing cards… proves what?
Obdicut never heard this before… proves what?

Walter will not describe the mark to you. The information was given to me by a number of people in the magic fraternity, and I will not divulge what would be privileged information. That may sound corny to you, but thats the way it’s played.

So, I guess this topic is closed.

97 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:19:02pm

re: #92 Jadespring

What type?

Computer Engineering… at my school, an offshoot of electrical.

98 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:19:56pm

If you magnify the mystery printing mark on the bicycle ace of spades ten thousand times you get the masonic all seeing eye, and then it will see into your soul and swallow your soul and make it into a baby and the baby looks at you.

Well, that’s what I was told.

99 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:20:27pm

re: #93 Obdicut

Dude, you claimed you could show the mark. So, show it. Or describe it. Whatever.

And yes, I did say that I could show it to you… not that I would.

100 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:20:43pm

re: #96 Walter L. Newton

And you wonder why you are considered to be a troll…

101 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:20:56pm

re: #96 Walter L. Newton

That’s hilarious. You’re actually pulling the old “I can’t tell you because it’s a supersecret but I totally know it because I’m special” routine. Most people grew out of that in high school, if not before.

Ah, you’re probably just being ‘obtuse on purpose’ again.

102 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:22:25pm

re: #100 Reginald Perrin

And you wonder why you are considered to be a troll…

I don’t give two shits what you consider me. I’m not sure why your opinion of me is suppose to hold some merit. Go sniff someone else’s ass.

103 Mich-again  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:22:29pm

Can we talk about secret handshakes next? I know the railroad worker’s secret handshake and the one heart surgeons use too.

104 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:22:35pm

re: #101 Obdicut

You’ve never dealt with a magician before I take it? Thems the rules.

105 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:22:41pm

Guys, did you know there’s a second Harry Potter novel encoded inside every Harry Potter novel? It’s totally true! You just have to delete words from it using this algorithm that J.K. Rowling personally told me but I can’t tell because that would be a breach of promise and besides she’s a real wizard and cast a spell on me so I can’t tell.

106 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:22:44pm

re: #99 Walter L. Newton

And yes, I did say that I could show it to you… not that I would.

Could you at least tell me how to properly saw a person in half? My floor’s a mess!

107 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:22:55pm

re: #101 Obdicut

That’s hilarious. You’re actually pulling the old “I can’t tell you because it’s a supersecret but I totally know it because I’m special” routine. Most people grew out of that in high school, if not before.

Ah, you’re probably just being ‘obtuse on purpose’ again.

What ever. Subject close.

108 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:24:19pm

re: #84 Obdicut

I don’t really need to prove anything, Walter. You’re the one alleging something that’s rather incredible; that there’s this secret mark on some of the most common playing cards on earth, that’s gone generally unnoticed.

And I collect playing cards.

I’ve never even heard this as an urban myth before. There’s urban myths in general about sets of cards being marked, but I’ve never heard of this one.

Describe the mark, please.

Actually, this can be tested without revealing secrets. Post several high-resolution photos of the backs of 4 aces. If Walter can pick the Spades in more-than-random frequency, he knows something about the decks.

109 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:24:45pm

re: #107 Walter L. Newton

Talk to me then.

boyfriend petit ami
girlfriend petite amie

Thats as I remember, help me out if I am incorrect.

[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com…]

110 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:24:57pm

re: #102 Walter L. Newton

I don’t give two shits what you consider me. I’m not sure why your opinion of me is suppose to hold some merit. Go sniff someone else’s ass.

So you are claiming not to be a troll….is that correct?

111 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:26:02pm

re: #106 darthstar

Could you at least tell me how to properly saw a person in half? My floor’s a mess!

Unfortunately the internet, besides opening up the world to being able to share information of use to everyone, just like WikiLeaks, it has also opened people to sharing information of a propriety nature.

If you really want to know the mechanical aspect behind many of the well know stage illusions, a Google or YouTube search will give you answers… answers that I wish were not out there.

112 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:27:02pm

re: #111 Walter L. Newton

Unfortunately the internet, besides opening up the world to being able to share information of use to everyone, just like WikiLeaks, it has also opened people to sharing information of a propriety nature.

If you really want to know the mechanical aspect behind many of the well know stage illusions, a Google or YouTube search will give you answers… answers that I wish were not out there.

Illusions? You mean they don’t actually saw people in half? Great…now you tell me. Anyone know where I can find a good shovel and a shitload of lye?

113 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:28:07pm

re: #108 Decatur Deb

Actually, this can be tested without revealing secrets. Post several high-resolution photos of the backs of 4 aces. If Walter can pick the Spades in more-than-random frequency, he knows something about the decks.

As I keep mentioning… I know something about the ace of spades. I stated over and over, I have not been able to confirm the rumor that the rest of the deck is marked in a similar manner. That has been my question over the years.

114 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:28:44pm

re: #112 darthstar

Illusions? You mean they don’t actually saw people in half? Great…now you tell me. Anyone know where I can find a good shovel and a shitload of lye?

Er… no… and Tinkerbell really doesn’t fly.

115 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:29:04pm

re: #104 McSpiff

You’ve never dealt with a magician before I take it? Thems the rules.

I’ve dealt with plenty of magicians. You definitely don’t reveal magician’s secrets. But magicians also don’t need a mark on the ace of spades.

And the back of Bicycle cards are relatively simple graphic objects. It’s pretty easy to compare them in extreme detail. Many people have. What’s more, they are symmetric across two axes, meaning that a mark detail would either be more noticeable because it was reproduced four times, or more noticeable because it was different from the other three locations on the card. Or it’d be on the central figure, where it’d be super-noticeable.

I think Walter may be trying to start an urban myth or something.

116 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:29:32pm

re: #108 Decatur Deb

Actually, this can be tested without revealing secrets. Post several high-resolution photos of the backs of 4 aces. If Walter can pick the Spades in more-than-random frequency, he knows something about the decks.

Hell, in theory with a clean scan, I could run them through some of the image processing libraries at work and find it. I may do that.

117 Jadespring  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:29:41pm

re: #97 McSpiff

Computer Engineering… at my school, an offshoot of electrical.

Cool.

118 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:30:13pm

re: #114 Walter L. Newton

Er… no… and Tinkerbell really doesn’t fly.

Yes she does. I saw it on TV. Next you’ll tell me that sending $25 to TV preachers doesn’t get me prayer partners to help me win the lottery.

119 Mr Pancakes  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:30:37pm

re: #114 Walter L. Newton

Er… no… and Tinkerbell really doesn’t fly.

Next you’ll be telling me David Copperfield didn’t really make the Statue of Liberty disappear for a short period of time.

120 HypnoToad  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:30:37pm

re: #26 Rightwingconspirator

I looked it up. Never ever heard of it before. Hey is my daily horoscope a month ahead, or behind?


The traditional dates used in astrology have the Sun further to the east among the Zodiacal constellations on a particular date than it is today. For example, if you are a Virgo in the newspaper column, the Sun is actually in Leo, one constellation to the west. A Taurus becomes an Aries and so forth (with a little overlap).
If you use the International Astronomical Union constellation boundaries, the ecliptic (Sun’s apparent path around the sky each year) actually crosses fourteen of them, rather than the usual twelve. Ophiuchus is one, the Sun spending almost three weeks there, the other is Cetus the whale (in the fall) where the path of the Sun nips a corner for a couple of days..

121 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:31:54pm

re: #120 HypnoToad

And the people in the Southern Hemisphere are just out of luck.

122 makeitstop  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:32:23pm

re: #112 darthstar

Illusions? You mean they don’t actually saw people in half? Great…now you tell me. Anyone know where I can find a good shovel and a shitload of lye?

A wet/dry vac may be of use as well.

123 albusteve  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:34:51pm

re: #110 Reginald Perrin

So you are claiming not to be a troll…is that correct?

what of your “extensive research into trolls” you bragged about?…when and where was this research conducted?…what did you learn, some sort of interrogation technique?

124 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:35:43pm

re: #115 Obdicut

I’ve dealt with plenty of magicians. You definitely don’t reveal magician’s secrets. But magicians also don’t need a mark on the ace of spades.

And the back of Bicycle cards are relatively simple graphic objects. It’s pretty easy to compare them in extreme detail. Many people have. What’s more, they are symmetric across two axes, meaning that a mark detail would either be more noticeable because it was reproduced four times, or more noticeable because it was different from the other three locations on the card. Or it’d be on the central figure, where it’d be super-noticeable.

I think Walter may be trying to start an urban myth or something.

Who said a magician NEEDS a mark on an ace of spades? I said what was told to me was that a bicycle deck has been factory marked for a long time now.

I already said, if these marks exist, this was not a symmetrical marking system, not a clock system, not order what so ever, completely random for each card.

The kind of system you mention above, something symmetric, is readily visible if you hold they deck, and in the way you use a “flip book,” you riffle the cards from front to back. You will see something jumping around.

Actually, I’m not out to prove anything. I didn’t start this conversation to prove anything, and I prefer it to be a secret, since I myself use that mark in a simple little effect, the effect I was taught when the mark was shown to me.

125 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:35:48pm

re: #122 makeitstop

A wet/dry vac may be of use as well.

Just send for the cleaner.

[Link: www.benjamintwilcox.com…]

126 McSpiff  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:37:33pm

Screw magic, I’m thinking poker!

127 Mr Pancakes  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:38:41pm

re: #126 McSpiff

Screw magic, I’m thinking poker!

I’ll bring the beer

128 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:39:04pm

re: #121 Obdicut

And the people in the Southern Hemisphere are just out of luck.

I feel ripped off.
But we have the best beer and beer ads.

129 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:39:28pm

re: #118 darthstar

Yes she does. I saw it on TV. Next you’ll tell me that sending $25 to TV preachers doesn’t get me prayer partners to help me win the lottery.

re: #119 Mr Pancakes

Next you’ll be telling me David Copperfield didn’t really make the Statue of Liberty disappear for a short period of time.

I use to drive David home from Ring 200 (of the International Brotherhood of Magicians) meetings in North Brunswick New Jersey in the early 70’s. He was 14 years old and annoying… but you could tell by all his annoying rambling and bragging and self confidence that he had what was needed to get to the top.

He did.

He performed one of my original magic effects on Carson in the 80’s.

130 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:39:46pm

What this thread now reminds me of:

131 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:40:00pm

re: #123 albusteve

what of your “extensive research into trolls” you bragged about?…when and where was this research conducted?…what did you learn, some sort of interrogation technique?

No Steve, I am relying on the judgment of the individual who posted this and this.

132 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:41:57pm

re: #129 Walter L. Newton

He performed one of my original magic effects on Carson in the 80’s.

He pulled an argument out of his ass?
//

133 allegro  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:41:58pm

Oh good grief.

134 albusteve  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:42:07pm

re: #131 Reginald Perrin

No Steve, I am relying on the judgment of the individual who posted this and this.

what of your research?…I’m curious, does it have anything to do with nail guns?….how do you “study trolls”?

135 TedStriker  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:42:44pm

re: #15 Killgore Trout

Update: Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson

I would say that’s a big bag of “DUH!” right there…

136 allegro  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:43:32pm

re: #135 talon_262

Update: Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson

I would say that’s a big bag of “DUH!” right there…

How come? No one is influenced by such imagery or speech… right?

137 darthstar  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:44:36pm

re: #136 allegro

How come? No one is influenced by such imagery or speech… right?

It looks better in court when the lawsuits come in the coming months.

138 Lidane  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:44:47pm

re: #128 ozbloke

I feel ripped off.
But we have the best beer and beer ads.

Except that you lot also foist giant oil cans of Fosters on the rest of us. I suppose it’s revenge for Crocodile Dundee, Outback Steakhouse, and most American beers, but come on. Have a heart. ;)

139 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:45:15pm

re: #132 darthstar

He pulled an argument out of his ass?
//

Darth… it doesn’t matter. Doesn’t change shit.

140 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:45:25pm

re: #134 albusteve

what of your research?…I’m curious, does it have anything to do with nail guns?…how do you “study trolls”?

By not feeding them…bye steve

Did you look at the two links I provided?

141 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:48:55pm

re: #138 Lidane

Except that you lot also foist giant oil cans of Fosters on the rest of us. I suppose it’s revenge for Crocodile Dundee, Outback Steakhouse, and most American beers, but come on. Have a heart. ;)

Fosters is are joke to the world for ripping us off with the star signs.

I had an imported Miller with lime from the USA yesterday with lunch.
It was good, I had it with a steak burger, would have been better with fish.

I give it 3 stars.

142 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:50:03pm

re: #126 McSpiff

Screw magic, I’m thinking poker!

Exactly. Which makes it rather obvious that they’re not marked.

143 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:50:24pm

re: #141 ozbloke

“Making love in a canoe.”

E.Idle

144 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:52:48pm

re: #143 Decatur Deb

Hadn’t heard that in a while, up ding.

145 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:54:16pm

re: #144 ozbloke

[Link: www.google.com…]

146 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:57:24pm

For those of you who are interested, here’s a Bicycle magician’s gaff deck:

[Link: www.ellusionist.com…]

Including marked Ace of Spades, though very clearly marked.

And here’s the same deck being presented by an excited kid:

147 Single-handed sailor  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:57:45pm

I’m still waiting for the LGF app. A mobile page would be good too. A m.littlegreenfootballs.com page would be an improvement over the standard web page on an iPhone.

148 Lidane  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 4:58:00pm

re: #120 HypnoToad

The traditional dates used in astrology have the Sun further to the east among the Zodiacal constellations on a particular date than it is today. For example, if you are a Virgo in the newspaper column, the Sun is actually in Leo, one constellation to the west. A Taurus becomes an Aries and so forth (with a little overlap).

Wait. So that means I’m a Pisces instead of an Aries? I’m not sure whether to laugh, be offended, or be relieved that I never tattooed a zodiac symbol anywhere on my body.

I think I’ll settle for laughing. This just proves astrology is an even bigger pile of bullshit than before. Heh.

149 bratwurst  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:00:08pm

Finally! The mystery of the dead birds in Arkansas has been solved! It’s God’s answer to the repeal of DADT:

150 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:00:48pm

re: #148 Lidane

One night at a bar I got really annoyed at a hippie and started shouting “Flaming balls of hydrogen millions of miles away that may have already exploded…” and so on.

My friend Sean now uses “Flaming balls of hydrogen!” to call bullshit on something.

151 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:01:17pm

La de dah.

152 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:01:33pm

re: #151 Gus 802

La de dah.

De de…

153 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:02:31pm

re: #152 Walter L. Newton

De de…

Dah dum dee dee dum.

Doobie, doobie, doo.

154 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:03:28pm

re: #150 Obdicut

One night at a bar I got really annoyed at a hippie and started shouting “Flaming balls of hydrogen millions of miles away that may have already exploded…” and so on.

My friend Sean now uses “Flaming balls of hydrogen!” to call bullshit on something.

In the business we call that “Dragons Breath” otherwise know as lycopodium powder…

[Link: www.mjmmagic.com…]

Don’t put it up your anus though.

155 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:03:33pm

re: #151 Gus 802

156 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:04:15pm

re: #153 Gus 802

Dah dum dee dee dum.

Doobie, doobie, doo.

I see that Frank Sinatra is in the audience tonight… go ahead Frankie… make yourself feel at home… hit someone!

157 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:04:17pm

re: #142 Obdicut

Exactly. Which makes it rather obvious that they’re not marked.

There’s no way a mark like that wouldn’t be exposed, and the information widely disseminated, because of the effect such a thing would have on gambling. Gambling is serious business, and I just can’t see something like that slipping by. No way in hell, there’s just way too much money involved.

158 blueraven  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:04:21pm

re: #149 bratwurst

Finally! The mystery of the dead birds in Arkansas has been solved! It’s God’s answer to the repeal of DADT:


[Video]

Good grief!

159 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:04:34pm

re: #145 Decatur Deb

[Link: www.google.com…]

Classic.

160 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:05:20pm

re: #155 Obdicut

[Video]

Ah. The great Jake Thackray.

161 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:05:39pm

re: #159 ozbloke

Classic.

Tell me those weren’t tea bags on their bush hats.

162 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:06:15pm

re: #156 Walter L. Newton

I see that Frank Sinatra is in the audience tonight… go ahead Frankie… make yourself feel at home… hit someone!

Strangers in the night…

163 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:06:35pm

re: #157 Fozzie Bear

There’s no way a mark like that wouldn’t be exposed, and the information widely disseminated, because of the effect such a thing would have on gambling. Gambling is serious business, and I just can’t see something like that slipping by. No way in hell, there’s just way too much money involved.

Bicycles are not used in casino… they are specifically marketed, and always have been, for friendly gaming. USPC Companies casino back is the Bee Back.

164 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:08:06pm

re: #160 Gus 802

I love the ‘scabby cat’ line.

Dudes like that were punk before punk was punk.

165 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:08:49pm

re: #161 Decatur Deb

Tell me those weren’t tea bags on their bush hats.

Corks typically on a bush hat, from wine bottles.
We like to wine.

166 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:09:04pm

re: #164 Obdicut

I love the ‘scabby cat’ line.

Dudes like that were punk before punk was punk.

Fancy pantomimes! And a journalist.

167 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:09:45pm

re: #159 ozbloke

Classic.

My smart-assed son is being sent to Sydney in Feb, for a code-monkey meetup. When he applied for an Australian visa, the form said visa’s would not be issued to anyone with a felony record. Y’all have changed the rules, haven’t you?

168 wrenchwench  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:14:06pm

re: #167 Decatur Deb

My smart-assed son is being sent to Sydney in Feb, for a code-monkey meetup. When he applied for an Australian visa, the form said visa’s would not be issued to anyone with a felony record. Y’all have changed the rules, haven’t you?

Is that irony?

169 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:16:10pm

re: #168 wrenchwench

Is that irony?

It was damn funny. You’d have to ask Cato if it’s ironic.

170 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:17:55pm

re: #167 Decatur Deb

My smart-assed son is being sent to Sydney in Feb, for a code-monkey meetup. When he applied for an Australian visa, the form said visa’s would not be issued to anyone with a felony record. Y’all have changed the rules, haven’t you?

ROFL, Nice one. Took me a second.

171 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:19:06pm

Image: 999x.jpg

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 13: Pallbearers escort the casket of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green into St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church on January 13, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Green was shot and killed during the January 8, shooting rampage of Jared Lee Loughner during a political event in Tucson.

172 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:20:07pm

re: #171 Gus 802

The coffin was hand-made and donated by Trappist monks from Iowa.

[Link: www.cbsnews.com…]

173 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:21:12pm

re: #172 Obdicut

The coffin was hand-made and donated by Trappist monks from Iowa.

[Link: www.cbsnews.com…]

That was really good of them.

174 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:22:51pm

re: #167 Decatur Deb

My smart-assed son is being sent to Sydney in Feb, for a code-monkey meetup. When he applied for an Australian visa, the form said visa’s would not be issued to anyone with a felony record. Y’all have changed the rules, haven’t you?

To be honest I have no idea.

Its fair to say that September 11th, 2001 changed a lot.
We have had many changes imposed since then.

175 allegro  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:22:54pm

re: #172 Obdicut

Wow, they work fast. It’s beautiful and heart-breaking that is was needed.

176 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:23:29pm

More images of Christina Taylor Green’s funeral here.

177 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:23:53pm

re: #167 Decatur Deb

My smart-assed son is being sent to Sydney in Feb, for a code-monkey meetup. When he applied for an Australian visa, the form said visa’s would not be issued to anyone with a felony record. Y’all have changed the rules, haven’t you?

If your son hasn’t been here before, I hope he enjoys his stay.
Sydney is a great city, world class.

178 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:23:58pm

re: #174 ozbloke

I meant since the 1800’s, “The Fatal Shore”.

179 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:24:48pm

re: #168 wrenchwench

Is that irony?

Oh, ha ha…

/ We came with court cases not suitcases.

180 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:25:01pm

Oz, you missed the joke.

181 wrenchwench  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:26:00pm

re: #180 Fozzie Bear

Oz, you missed the joke.

He got it when he saw where I missed it.

182 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:26:12pm

You know… the right wing talk radio shows have been doing a “but” dance all day today… and it’s asinine.

They all start with a small, nice intro on how nice President Obama’s memorial talk was last night… and then they go straight to the “buts”

There was too much clapping, people were having too good of a time, this was inappropriate, that was inappropriate, everything was inappropriate, nitpicking some of the most ridiculous things.

I don’t think there is a set of rules in how you run a memorial service. I don’t think anything is inappropriate at a memorial service short of the direct living relatives of the deceased say it’s inappropriate.

I listen to a lot of talk radio, right and left. For today, the right talkers failed.

Butts.

183 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:26:15pm

re: #179 ozbloke

Oh, ha ha…

/ We came with court cases not suitcases.

One of your senators shares my unusual family name.

184 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:26:22pm

re: #167 Decatur Deb

My smart-assed son is being sent to Sydney in Feb, for a code-monkey meetup. When he applied for an Australian visa, the form said visa’s would not be issued to anyone with a felony record. Y’all have changed the rules, haven’t you?

I missed that totally…
You should be proud.
Your son does take after you, doesn’t he.

185 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:27:31pm

re: #181 wrenchwench

He got it when he saw where I missed it.

Yes, I’m only a bit slow.

186 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:28:31pm

re: #185 ozbloke

Clearly a time zone difference issue./

187 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:28:43pm

re: #183 Decatur Deb

One of your senators shares my unusual family name.

It that a trap?
/ I’m paraniod now, har har, look at the funny Australian.

189 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:29:47pm

Supper… bb later…

My girlfriend has not packed a thing for this trip tomorrow for Paris. She’s going to do it after supper, at the last minute. I’m going to stay out of the way. It’s going to be dangerous.

I’ve been packed and locked for tow weeks.

190 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:29:48pm

Way to go deb, he’s gone feral now.

191 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:29:51pm

re: #186 Fozzie Bear

Clearly a time zone difference issue./

Your being kind, thanks Fozzie.
Know I know why you were one on my favorites growing up.

192 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:30:12pm

re: #189 Walter L. Newton

I suggest going for a strategically timed walk.

193 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:30:38pm

re: #173 Gus 802

I think they specialize in that whole ‘being good’ thing.

Hell, if you weren’t an atheist, I’d tell you to ask them if they had any lay positions available. You could do with some monastic quiet.

194 Decatur Deb  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:30:53pm

re: #187 ozbloke

It that a trap?
/ I’m paraniod now, har har, look at the funny Australian.

No—for real. We all bailed out of Ireland for the lack of potatoes or good lawyers.

195 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:31:44pm

re: #193 Obdicut

I think they specialize in that whole ‘being good’ thing.

Hell, if you weren’t an atheist, I’d tell you to ask them if they had any lay positions available. You could do with some monastic quiet.

I sometimes think of taking sanctuary.

196 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:31:50pm

re: #172 Obdicut

The coffin was hand-made and donated by Trappist monks from Iowa.

[Link: www.cbsnews.com…]

This right here is religion done right. I can get down with that in all my atheist fervor.

197 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:34:09pm

I like when Christians emulate Jesus, rather than just talking about the guy ad nauseum.

Imitation trumps worship any day, imo.

198 wrenchwench  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:35:51pm

re: #195 Gus 802

I sometimes think of taking sanctuary.

I hope you are well taken care of tomorrow.

Later, lizards.

199 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:37:02pm

re: #195 Gus 802

I sometimes think of taking sanctuary.

I hope everything is ok, or at least improving. And if it isn’t, I hope it does soon.

200 Mr Pancakes  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:37:26pm

re: #197 Fozzie Bear

I like when Christians emulate Jesus, rather than just talking about the guy ad nauseum.

Imitation trumps worship any day, imo.

I was raised Christian….. the reason I’m agnostic today is because the behavior of Christians I’ve known through the years turned me off.

201 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:38:03pm

re: #198 wrenchwench

I hope you are well taken care of tomorrow.

Later, lizards.

Thanks. I hope it isn’t more about how to pay than actual care but we’ll see. Later!

202 Gus  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:41:40pm

re: #199 Fozzie Bear

I hope everything is ok, or at least improving. And if it isn’t, I hope it does soon.

Thank you.

203 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:41:53pm

re: #200 Mr Pancakes

I was raised Christian… the reason I’m agnostic today is because the behavior of Christians I’ve known through the years turned me off.

I hope some day soon, the dominant religion of our country goes through a transformation, and returns to its roots. I’ve seen what Christianity can be at its best, and its a wonderful thing. I just wish that flavor didn’t go buy the same name as the rest of them.

It’s kind of analogous to the problem with conservatism in the US today. Some of the people self-identifying as members of the group are making the rest look really bad, and it’s a shame.

204 Buck  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:47:20pm

re: #59 Walter L. Newton

Bicycle brand cards have been the top selling playing card brand in the world. If you could prove that the Ace of spades was marked by the printer, you would have a huge scoop. Make a Youtube video of it, and if it catches on you could make thousands.

I would promote it on facebook and twitter etc. Again, you could be making thousands of dollars a month off of something like that.

205 Usually refered to as anyways  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:47:32pm

re: #197 Fozzie Bear


Imitation trumps worship any day, imo.

Can I borrow that?

206 Fozzie Bear  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:49:00pm

re: #205 ozbloke

Can I borrow that?

You can assume anything I said here is quotable without attribution. I like ideas to be free. (LGF’s resident open-source fanatic)

207 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:50:10pm

re: #204 Buck

It isn’t real. At all.

[Link: www.themagiccafe.com…]


Mr. Hallahan:

Thank you for informing The United States Playing Card Company of this post. I want to first emphatically deny that our regular Bicycle Rider
Back playing cards are marked in any way. Bicycle is America’s favorite brand of playing cards for a reason: Americans have grown to trust the consistent quality of the cards, which are made here in the USA with the unique, proprietary paper and printing processes we have been using since the 1880’s.

I should also note, however, that Bicycle is also the preferred brand of magicians, who often mark our cards to perform tricks. I must assume that the “marked” deck in question was marked by a magician after it was produced here. As one of the posts mentions, magic shops sell double backed and other “tricked out” versions of Bicycle that they create, but I again must emphatically state that the backs on all 52 cards in a Bicycle Rider Back deck sold at retail are all identical, and none are “marked” or differentiated in any way.

Thank you for contacting us on this issue, and I hope this is helpful.

— George White
Vice President, Marketing
The United States Playing Card Company
xxx-xxx-xxxx

[Link: www.usplayingcard.com…]
Bicycle Playing Cards: #1 US Made; #1 US Played

208 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:52:39pm

re: #207 Obdicut

It isn’t real. At all.

[Link: www.themagiccafe.com…]

I’ve seen that, since it was my question on the Magic Cafe that spurred that conversation to start with. You found your answer. Good for you. Now you can sleep tonight.

209 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:53:54pm

re: #208 Walter L. Newton

I knew the answer already, Walter. It was pretty obvious. It’d take a rather credulous person to believe it could possibly be true.

210 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:54:27pm

re: #192 Fozzie Bear

I suggest going for a strategically timed walk.

Too clod. But I can continue to hide in my office and have fun on the intertubes.

211 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:55:39pm

re: #209 Obdicut

I knew the answer already, Walter. It was pretty obvious. It’d take a rather credulous person to believe it could possibly be true.

What ever… the truth is out here… I know better. And I will be glad to show you personally if you email me and publicly promise not to reveal the information I give you.

Deal?

212 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:56:52pm

re: #208 Walter L. Newton

I’ve seen that, since it wasmy question on the Magic Cafe that spurred that conversation to start with. You found your answer. Good for you. Now you can sleep tonight.

You troll there too?

213 Walter L. Newton  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 5:59:33pm

re: #212 Reginald Perrin

You troll there too?

You’ve got a real problem Reggie… oops… watch out… behind you :)

214 Reginald Perrin  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 6:01:36pm

re: #213 Walter L. Newton

Seriously Walter, what is with this lame act?

You been called out by CJ, why not come out of the proverbial closet?

215 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Thu, Jan 13, 2011 6:04:16pm

re: #211 Walter L. Newton

Walter, it isn’t true. It’s not something I have the slightest shadow of a doubt about. And you went from saying that you’d never reveal what the magicians told you to saying you’d tell me. At least be consistent in your asshattery.

216 Timmeh  Fri, Jan 14, 2011 1:30:00am

That looks sweet.
What about my droid though?

217 otoc  Fri, Jan 14, 2011 6:08:42am

What great app. Between this and my Netflix app, my iPhone4 has become a portable tv on 3G. I just watched a history detective show on magnetic boots designed by a Westinghouse engineer. This is soooo cool. Oh no! Science and PBS: I’ve become what the crazy reps of the neoright damn as a cultist liberal!!

Sent from my iPhone.

218 otoc  Fri, Jan 14, 2011 12:45:31pm

You might want to time downloading this app if you are thinking about it…

Download the ten billionth app and you could win a US $10,000 iTunes Gift Card.

As of today, nearly 10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. Which is almost as amazing as the apps themselves. So we want to say thanks. Download the 10 billionth app, and you could win a US $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. Just visit the App Store, and download what could be your best app yet.

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