Monday, January 30, 2012

Dead Poe may return to Baltimore, at least in spirit

Baltimore's Poe House and Museum will attempt to contact author Edgar Allan Poe March 3 and 4. That presents a bit of a challenge since Poe died in 1849, but it seems as though the Baltimore group of Poe enthusiasts will be up to the challenge, and poor Poe will not be able to sleep undisturbed in his grave in the Westminister Hall graveyard for at least those two days.

Beyond Nevermore announces: "The An Investigation Into The Beyond! Is 2012 The Year We Make Contact?"

According to the events page, the evenings will feature:
Controlled Experiments by a carefully selected group of the leading Physics, Mediums Paranormal Investigators, and “Ghost Hunters” practicing today, in an attempt to contact Edgar Allan Poe!
Oooh, a "carefully selected group" of the "leading" psychics, mediums, paranormal investigators and ghost hunters. Well then, I guess the odds are pretty darn good that Poe will be coming back, at least in spirit.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Mark Redfield, "a local actor and fan magazine publisher," whose part in the event isn't clear from the article or event site, says, "The idea really is to contact Poe. We're keeping an open mind about it, and hoping to have some fun." Redfield, who the Sun describes as "determinedly open-minded," is quoted as saying, "We want to give [the psychics] enough time to do the experiments. We're going to give them a chance."

I know all you skeptics are going to want to attend, even if at the end of the evening, you will be forced to admit that you've been wrong all this time, and spirits and life-after-death do exist.

However; if you are thinking of going, you might want to note the following warning to potential attendees on the event page:


Although the Poe House and Museum is taking every precaution possible, and will have a nurse stationed in the Hall at all times, for the physical and mental safety of the audience we are requesting the audience to remain seated and quiet while the paranormal experiments are being performed.
We require audience members who might experience a paranormal episode during these experiments to refrain from attempting to leave the Hall during the darkness. We strongly suggest that those patrons who suffer from heart conditions think twice about attending.
Edgar Allan Poe, scaring people to death, even more than 160 years after his own.

The sky is awesome; therefore, God.

A tweet from a twit:
I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the sky, and say there is no God.
And I can't conceive of how anyone would think that the mere fact that the sky is awesome is evidence of God.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

1 today + 1 tomorrow = 1 day

Maybe someone with a background in physics or higher level mathematics can explain this ad to me because I cannot figure it out:

Maybe it's just that the ad writer thinks that 22 hours is a day?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Silly support for NFL Ravens

On Monday, January 9, The Baltimore Sun published several letters written by fans to NFL Ravens players as the team prepares for the playoff game on Sunday. The Sun didn't say what criteria, if any, it had used in selecting the 14 letters it published out of the "about 100 received" at the time the article about the letters was written.

One letter struck me as very silly.

No, not the letter with the photo of the bunny wearing a tiny Raven's shirt. I thought that was pretty adorable and sure to encourage any Ravens player.

The silly letter was the one that said, "Do your best and God will do the rest," meaning, I'm guessing, that the writer thinks a mythological magical being with awesome superpowers who seems to have a fixation with sports, allegedly intervening during sports events and dictating the outcome of games, is going to help the Ravens in "the year of divine order." The letter advises, "Pray often." Stroking the bunny's chin is more likely to have an effect on the outcome of the game than praying to a made-up being. At least the bunny is real.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oh noes, digestive woes woo!

This info, which I'm finding it hard to, um, digest, came from a local blog via Twitter:
Digestive Woes
11 January
Wednesday, January 11, 3:30 pm
9338 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD, FREE
Suffering from acid reflux? Indigestion? Gas & bloating?
Please join us at Ellicott City Pharmacy on January 11th from 3:30-5 pm for a free class on Natural Relief for Common Digestive Woes. Nutritionist and herbalist, Margo Gladding, will teach you how to get to the root cause(s) of your digestive distress. She will cover the health benefits of cleansing and detoxification, provide you with natural remedies that can optimize digestion, as well as present an overview of which foods to eat and which foods to avoid to help you feel your best. The class is open to 20 people. Please call the pharmacy 410-750-1951 or email to reserve your space. - Ellicott City Pharmacy - 9338 Baltimore National Pike, Unit # 11, Ellicott City Pharmacy, MD 21042.
Gladding's going to talk about the health benefits of cleansing and detoxification? Well, that should be a quick segment. How long does it take to say, "None"?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Not-so-psychic psychic spam

I really don't understand why none of the psychics who spam me can't foresee that the only thing I'm going to do with their spam is make fun of it.
Actually, I do understand. *smirk*