Thursday, January 7, 2016

RCA Cables

In the early 2000s, it seemed like you received an rca cable with everything you bought.Since streaming media has overtaken many forms of delivery, this is no longer the case - some 15 years later, you may well find yourself tearing-up your home to find an RCA cable! Just last night, I spent well over an hour looking for a USB cable - another periphery that used to come with everything you bought for your PC.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pacu Fish in New Jersey Lake Origin of Urban Legend?

Regardless of where you live in the United States, you are likely to have heard the urban legend regarding testicle-biting fish that infest local bodies of water. Usually, these myths are accompanied by moralistic tales of illicit activity - skinny-dipping or romantic trysts by moonlight. However, a recent discovery in a New Jersey Lake had even national periodicals discussing the urban legend.

Two Pacu, fish with human-like teeth that are indigenous of South America, were discovered in Swedes Lake in New Jersey. Pictures of the fish went viral online, and have been seen around the globe, causing the testicle-eating fish myth to begin anew. However, National Geographic, USA Today, and other major outlets were quick to lay the urban legend to rest, saying the Amazonian fish eats fruits and nuts, not meat. Pacu are related to piranha, another fish with razor-sharp teeth which is infamous for its carnivorous diet.

However, the legend persists. In 2011, two swimmers' bodies were found in New Guinea sans testicles, fueling speculation amongst the locals. No one can confirm or deny that the fish may mistake swimmers' testicles for their usual vegetarian fare on occasion, but fish and other wild animals are known to eat the soft parts of decomposing corpses. They usually go first for the eyes, ears, and - yes - the testicles.

Tropical fish, the Pacu are unlikely to survive in temperate waters that may well freeze in winter. As to how the Pacu got into Swedes Lake, it's likely they outgrew their fishtank and someone threw them in there.

© The Weirding, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

PC Problems

Hi guys (and gals), just wanted to let everyone know that I am still having issues with the "new" laptop I purchased months ago. I am having to send it back to the factory yet again in hopes that they can fix it, but I do not have high hopes that they will be able to do so, as no one there seems to know what is wrong with it.

I have a spare tablet to use in the meantime and I'll try my best to post here, but I can make no promises. Being without a computer for this long has thrown everything into a tizzy, so I'm not making any plans to do anything involving computers right now. I haven't even been able to play World of Warcraft in several months despite still paying for a subscription... I've lost so much work that once I do get a PC to work here (and I don't have high hopes for that, either), I'm going to be pretty busy making up for lost time in that area.

© The Weirding, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Making fun of bassists is a kind of backhanded tradition amongst musicians, but if you have ever heard a song without bass, you know how important they are to the group. Of course, like all things music-related, their craft can be expensive to practice. Since it is so close to Black Friday, you may want to keep your favorite bassist in mind and check out this link to some great gear:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Admiral Byrd: The Last Explorer

Admiral Byrd
Admiral Byrd
After seeing the documentary regarding the Hollow Earth Theory, and having many of the same questions I think others do regarding the subject, I decided to delve deeper. Not surprisingly, my local library had books on neither subject, but they are part of the interlibrary book-lending program, so I was able to find a handful of books on Byrd. I requested two of them. I picked one of them up the other day.

Admiral Byrd: The Last Explorer by Edwin P. Hoyt is a dauntingly large biography based only on the public records regarding Admiral Byrd. At the time of its writing, the family refused to release his private information, much of his Naval record remained classified, and he was too well-regarded to find former associates who would say anything bad about him. Although this is only from the Preface and sound like possible excuses for a poorly-researched biography, it was written less than 20 years after Byrd's mysterious disappearance.

I'll be discussing more about both Admiral Byrd and the Hollow Earth Theory in coming posts.

© The Weirding, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Multicolored Cloud in Costa Rica

This video of a multicolored cloud over Costa Rica has gone viral online. No one seems to have a good explanation for what looks very much like something that might happen if a nuclear device were detonated above the ground. Of course, there was no visible damage or fallout, so I am not suggesting that that is what happened, that's just what it reminds of.

There is almost certainly a very natural and well understood reason for this oddly shaped, multicolored cloud formation, but the experts apparently have yet to weigh-in on the matter. Some (non-experts) are calling it an "End of Times" cloud formation.

© The Weirding, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015


No one tells people how expensive being a musician is. It is more than just the equipment - the electricity, the storage, the maintenance, the upkeep, replacing broken parts, and more. That is why it is always smart to buy a traveling case for your stuff, if you plan on taking it anywhere (most musicians do).

Check this out:

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Laptop Update

I told you some time back that I was waiting on a new laptop. It did not arrive until a few days after it was scheduled, and half the keyboard did not work when it got here. For whatever reason, it started working - then it quit again. I was told to take it to the nearest store, but that is 45 minutes away and I haven't been able to get there just yet.

It was also promptly infected by a virus shortly after it arrived. I think (hope) I got rid of it yesterday - it took two technicians seven and a half hours, but they may have been successful - however, this morning, I saw an e-mail warning about it having been detected. That may be a mistake, as it may have been sent during the session, but I don't know yet.

I'll be back to posting more regularly once this all gets straightened-out.

© The Weirding, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Labor Day Gifts

Labor Day is celebrated with cookouts, parades, family gatherings, and sales. Labor Day Sales 2015 are likely to be in full-swing by the time you read this, but in case you can't attend them all, do not forget that you can still shop online. The savings online just might be better than those downtown, and the parking is certain to be.

Monday, August 3, 2015

New Laptop

I spilled tea all over my laptop last week and had to purchase a new one. It is scheduled to arrive later today and will take a few days to setup, including downloading and installing software which may include Windows 10. I had just purchased that laptop about six months ago and it may still be under warranty, but I have to drop it off at a store location and cannot do so for a few days.

It's been one thing after another the past few years, largely due to the faulty wiring in my home which I cannot afford to have fixed at this time. This incident was (hopefully) a freak accident that has never happened before, but I'm not as laptop savvy as most. This was only my second laptop and the first was struck by lightning shortly after I got it, so I have yet to get used to having one around and paying attention as to where it is, and so forth.

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know the situation.

© The Weirding, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Things What Done Fell from the Sky

Arctic Lamprey
Arctic Lamprey
Some Alaskans are reporting Arctic Lamprey falling from the sky near Fairbanks. At least one of the creatures was taken to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where it was placed in an aquarium. Several were well over one-foot in length, but this is about the regular size of the Arctic Lamprey.

According to news reports, officials blame gulls. They pointed to bruising and scratches on several of the Lampreys to backup their claim. Arctic Lamprey are rather elusive and officials know little about them, generally speaking.

Image from Hatch Magazine.

© The Weirding, 2015