Sunday, July 30, 2006

Facial Morpher

After seeing Terry's post on celebrity look-alikes over at Wild Ramblings (see link under Other Blogs on the right), I did a little searching on my own and found another funny site. This one lets you upload your picture and morph it into a different age, race, etc.

Here is what I'll look like when I get older:

Here is what I'd look like if I were African American:

Check it out: St. Andrew's Face Morpher

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Beautiful Butterfly

Tonight my $6 investment in a butterfly bush paid off as a beautiful yellow butterfly spent several minutes on it getting a drink.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Boy Did I Make an Ass of Myself

Yesterday, was our second annual "Team Building Exercise". It's really just a day where we take off work and go the the lake to horse around.

After several margaritas and a few beers, I was feeling really good. But as the day wore on, it became obvious that I'd reached my limit...and went way beyond it. Suddenly, the trip became not so fun.

I'm not exactly sure what happened after that. I do remember hanging my head over the rail of the boat for most of the trip back. Oh, yeah, and I remember vomiting over the rail in front of all of my co-workers. Sweet! I'm sure they'll never let me live that one down.

I passed out in the car on the way back (I wasn't driving). I'm really glad I didn't vomit in the car. That would have been bad.

When I finally got home, I slept for around 12 hours.

If anything good comes out of this, it will be that I don't plan on touching any liquor again for quite some time.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Mentos Experiment

After having witnessed the video of the two guys dropping Mentos candy into 2-Liter Diet Cokes on, we couldn't resist trying the experiment at work on our smoke break.

For the first experiment, we didn't have a 2-Liter or a Diet Coke, so we used a 20oz Diet Pepsi. I devised a paper tube from an index card to fit over the neck of the bottom. Just above the opening, I cut a slit and put a piece of paper in there cross ways to hold the Mentos just over the fluid. Then, I yanked the paper out and took off running. The drink did indeed produce a lot of foam, but it wasn't nearly as exciting as the video. The foam came out and spilled over the sides without making any kind of geyser.

So we watched the video again to see what we did wrong. We realized in the video, the guys left the lid on. They drilled a hole through the lid and fed a string through it. This creates a nozzle of sorts. Then, they apparently threaded the Mentos onto a string. So on smoke break #2, we took the original bottle, filled it just above half-way with Diet Coke, and poked a small hole in the lid. We recreated the experiment pretty well. The hardest part was getting the needle through the Mentos without breaking them. I nearly made the mistake of putting the lid on before we went outside. That could have been a disasterous elevator ride, if I'd accidentally let go of the string.

Outside, I had Terry hold the thread and Mentos above the fluid while I put the lid on. Then we dropped the string and Mentos into the Coke. This time we created a geyser, but it still wasn't like the one on the video. Not even close. I think we had too much air in the bottle. By the time the foam bubbled up to the neck, most of the air pressure had already escaped. I think the bottle has to be filled up nearly to the top.

Maybe we'll try again tomorrow.

Monday, July 03, 2006

New Animal Control Laws

Starting today, Tulsa county has tougher animal control laws. Tulsa has been putting a positive spin on the law, saying it will help with keeping loose dogs from running around, attacking people. Apparently, the county is overrun with this sort of thing, didn't you know? The owner of a loose pet could be fined $500. Also, each pet is required to have a rabies vaccination. Sounds like a good law, right?

Wrong. There is more to the law, and it has an insidious side. Tulsa country now requires you to register all of your pets (I'm not sure if it's just cats and dogs or I have to register my fish, too?) for the ridiculously steep amount of $100. Not only that, you are also required to re-register every year for an additional $50. This is just ridiculous. What family can afford that, especially if you have more than one pet?

I believe this law will make people think twice about adopting pets, which means more of them will be destroyed at the rescue shelter. And I think people will be afraid to take their animals to the vet, for fear of being turned in.