The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

Here’s a strange ongoing problem in Canada. Since February 27, 2015 when Leonard Nimoy who played the character of Mister Spock on the TV show Star Trek passed away, people in Canada have been defacing (re-facing?) 5 dollar bills to make Sir Wilfrid Laurier look like Spock. Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been “Spocking” the hell out of the five dollar bill that features a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Sir Wilfrid now sports, on certain bills at … Continue reading Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

R.I.P. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca Actor

On April 30, 2019 Peter Mayhew passed away at 74 years old. The seven foot three inch actor most famously played Chewbacca, a two hundred year old Wookie warrior in the Star Wars movies. Peter William Mayhew (19 May 1944 – 30 April 2019) was an English-American actor, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the Star Wars film series. He played the character in all of his live-action appearances from the 1977 original to 2015’s The Force Awakens before his retirement from the role. Via Wikipedia His very first acting role was a year earlier in 1975 when he played the Minaton huge half-man half-bull bronze creature in … Continue reading R.I.P. Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca Actor

MIT Dome Now Captain America Shield + Avengers Endgame Movie Review

Tonight I saw the latest Avengers movie. There were a lot of tie-ins to things in my life that felt personal and a really great moment, the highlight for me, was hearing my uncle’s band, Steppenwolf doing one of their songs Hey Lawdy Mama, briefly in one scene. Endgame recently broke its own box office record set by Infinity War by taking in $1.24 billion worldwide during the opening weekend. As a tribute to the Marvel Studio success, students at MIT decorated their Great Dome in the style of the iconic shield of Captain America. A group of Massachusetts Institute … Continue reading MIT Dome Now Captain America Shield + Avengers Endgame Movie Review

Video: Volkswagen Levitating Car, Fun Sci Fi

Is there a Volkswagen levitating car like this? No. The hovering is computer generated fakery, but it is still fun to watch. The “People’s Car” project allowed Internet users in China to post ideas about cars of the future. From the 119,000 ideas received. three vehicle and technology concepts were produced and are now on display at the 2012 Beijing auto show. Watch this brave a Chinese couple hover around the city in the first (computer animated) test drive of this Volkswagen concept car. – link The levitating car shown in the video clip displayed above currently exists only as … Continue reading Video: Volkswagen Levitating Car, Fun Sci Fi

Skull Shaped Asteroid May be a Dead Comet

A roughly skull shaped asteroid, possibly the remains of a comet, will pass by the earth this November 11th. On Oct. 10, 2015, astronomers in Hawaii made a spooky discovery: a giant asteroid between 625 and 700 meters zipping through space, that at certain angles looks uncannily like a human skull. – via Quartz Better late to the Halloween party than never: An asteroid shaped like a grinning skull is set to pass by Earth on Nov. 11. Asteroid 2015 TB145 was first discovered in 2015, when it zipped within 301,986 miles (486,000 kilometers) of Earth right on Halloween. According … Continue reading Skull Shaped Asteroid May be a Dead Comet

Fact Check: Image of Secret Human Clones?

Years ago I read claims that secret underground government experiments involving human clones and animal-human hybrids were being conducted. I submit the following two images for your consideration: Looks spooky… because it was designed to. Don’t believe everything you see. Don’t believe everything you think. In a world where “loss of reality” is one of the big problems we face, fact checkers may be increasingly of value to society. – TrueStrange.com Continue reading Fact Check: Image of Secret Human Clones?

Video: Mysterious Levitating Cars

He is an intriguing little video. Fact checking is a necessary skill in a time of disappearing reality, a skill undervalued and under taught. What is the first step to find out who created an interesting video you find if the source is not listed? Look closely at details. Are the shadows right? Where might this be? Are there any clues, like the type of cars? One car looked Chinese to me, so we might search for “levitating cars video China.” Doing so, I found something very odd, *another* levitating car video in China, a different one, one even more … Continue reading Video: Mysterious Levitating Cars

Thanos vs Obadiah Stane

I recently saw the infinity wars movie (enjoyed it!) but couldn’t help wondering through the whole movie if the actor who played Thanos was the same as the one who played Obadiah Stane, a previous Iron Man villain. It was not. Obadiah was played by Jeff Bridges and Thanos by Josh Brolin. Here are the two actors together. Here are the two characters, Obadiah on the left and Thanos right. Anyone else have this thought? Thanos was at times an oddly likable murderous villain. While malevolently misguided, he believes he is on a mission to improve the universe. His method … Continue reading Thanos vs Obadiah Stane