Derrick Russell



First Off... let me set the scene for you... it was last week, and everybody was talking about health foods.  Specifically the wonder grain Quinoa and how healthy it was... then somebody started about Chia seeds and how healthy they were.  This is where the tangent began.

"Chia seeds?  Like what they use for Chia pets? 'Ch-ch-cha Chia' Pets from one of the best commercial jingles of all time?"


So instead of Googling health properties of chia seeds I just immediately go online and order a Chia Pet... we live in the future and we can do that now. 

It arrived yesterday.  So did I get a Chia Dog? A Chia Cat?  The Chia Pig?  No... I got Chia Abe Lincoln. 


Here is how it works... you soak the clay planter part in water for an hour, then you add the seeds to a bit of water and stir it around until it becomes this gel-like paste that you spread over where you want it to grow.  It said to use a plastic knife or spoon so naturally we just use our hands.  It... didn't go well.  So throughout the day we added more coats of the seeds... we were supposed to have enough seeds to last at least three plantings... but we used them all for this first attempt. 


Technically speaking we weren't supposed to spread seeds over his beard but we figured you couldn't have a Chia Abe without a Chia Beard.  I think real Abe would agree (He would also be pretty freaked out for several other reasons if we were actually able to ask him). 

We should have full Chia growth within 1 to 2 weeks, I will be updating this with photos as it progresses.


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Science can be real crazy sometime, all my life I've read that real lasers aren't nearly as cool as the lasers that are in the movies.  I'd always read that powerful lasers would have to be invisible, and wouldn't look like a cool Storm Trooper blaster from Star Wars... I'd accepted that reality and moved on with my life.

And then there is this guy...

This guy, who I only know by his YouTube name styropyro, probably heard all the same anti-climatic things about lasers and then was like "Nah... I'm gonna build a Laser Shotgun"


Here is all the techno talk about the lasers from the about section of the video:
Just finished building my 40W(!!!) laser shotgun!!! The output of this laser is complete insanity, and is made up of 8 parallel 5W laser beams totaling to 40W. The parallel beams are manipulated with lenses, sort of like how a choke modifies the spread of a shotgun blast.

The massive diode array is powered by a huge lithium polymer battery pack (capable up dumping 250A) and the laser array is regulated by a whopping 24 LM317 drivers.

Yep those were words.  But the important thing here is that a random guy in his garage, who spends his free non-lasering time raising giant moths, built a laser shooting/ping-pong ball burning/shotgun... just because he could.  What a time to be alive.

"There is no good reason for anybody to own something this powerful, but since it wasn't illegal for me to build, I decided to build it anyway" -styropyro

You sir, are my hero.
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Did you know Arnold Schwarzenegger owns a tank?  Was that the least surprising sentence you've ever read?  Yep, the guy who made a career from causing and/or being around explosions also spends his free time... exploding things.  And now he wants you to join in the fun.  Check out the explosive video below and I posted the link for more info after.

Crates of explosives, a rocket launcher, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Boom goes the dynamite! Enter here for the chance to blow stuff up with Arnold:

Every $10 entry benefits After-School All-Stars and puts you in the running to win a trip to LA, including flights, a 4-star hotel, and a day of blowing stuff up with Arnold.
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If there are two things people know I like, it's trying a new beer for the first time, and novelty folk songs based off of 1970s B-Movies.  My dream is for one day  have those two things combine... and this Friday, the dream is real. 

This Friday at the Blue Max in Midland there is a launch party for Guns & Oil Brewing Company.
Trying a new beer? Check.

Performing at this party? The Possum Posse, a sardonic honky-tonk bluegrass band from Austin.  They have a lot of great songs but their best claim to fame is
"Guy on a Buffalo"  An amazing four-part YouTube series of amazingness.  They basically took an insane movie from the 70s that was called "Buffalo Rider" and turned it into the greatest saga ever told (by a sardonic honky-tonk bluegrass band)  I've posted all the videos below... and I will see you at the show on Friday... I'll be the guy over zealously yelling "GUY ON A BUFFALO" the entire time. 


Guy On A Buffalo - Episode 1 (Bears, Indians & Such)



Guy On A Buffalo - Episode 2 (Orphans, Cougars & What Not) - This is my favorite episode


Guy On A Buffalo - Episode 3: Finale Part 1 (Origins, Villains & The Like)


Guy On A Buffalo - Episode 4: Finale Part 2 (Rehab, Vengeance & What Have You)

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So I was in a mood, which happens from time to time.  I was in a mood to watch some youtube videos of people eating really really hot peppers.  I found this video. That video is by youtubers Rhett and Link. They eat the worlds hottest pepper, The Carolina Reaper.  Now normally I would embed the video instead of just the link... but I didn't want to do that because it was really intense.  They basically experience every mental and physical feeling a human being can feel.  So if you want to watch that you go right ahead. Meanwhile I found this other video to take my mind off the first video... they just deep fry random objects and try to eat that instead... enjoy:

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