Saturday, September 29, 2012

Welcome to Dinosaur

That's right - earlier this week I discovered there was a place literally called Dinosaur, in Colorado. That's pretty awesome. I was immediately overjoyed, and then dismayed, as I noticed on the town map that their two main streets are Tyranosaurus [sic] Trail and Brontosaurus [sick] Blvd.

Before you head out there, just understand that Dinosaur, Co. has all the paleontological accuracy of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. 

That's right - the first is spelled incorrectly, and the other is named after a dinosaur that the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature renamed in 1903 - so, when Dinosaur renamed its streets it was basically just naming dinosaurs off the tops of their heads, and didn't bother consulting a book for the spelling. Other issues with their naming strategy - Antrodemus Alley refers to an archaic version of Allosaurus;

Brontosaurus isn't the only thing with a name that's no longer in use: Dinosaur was originally called Artesia, but they adopted their new moniker in 1966.

Otherwise, they have a series of dinosaur-themed streets, including Triceratops Terrace, Platesaurus Place, Stegosaurus Freeway, Brachiosaurus Bypass, Ceratosaurus Cir. (which isn't a circle/circus), Allosaurus Lane, Diplodocus Drive, and then a series of gravel alleys.

Morrison Ave. sounds pretty normal - I would hope it's named after the Morrison Formation, but we can only hope.

There are also some regular-sounding streets like Frontier Ave., Dakota Ave., Blue Mountain Ave. (named after the Blue Mountain RV Park), and Deserado Dr. Then imagination and creativity was mined dry, and they revered to simply School St., and then a series of arteries called 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Then, because they couldn't think of any other dinosaurs, and there weren't any further businesses on these routes, they resorted to 5 1/2 St., 6 1/2 St. Half-streets - nice.

Why have you never heard of this place before?  Well, it's less than a square mile in size, with around only 300 people counted on the US Census in 2000. Plus it's tucked way up in the top cupboard of Colorado, in the north-western lands of Moffat County.

So there were about 300 people in about 0.8 square miles - which means the Population / Square Mile had to round UP to get their figure of 400, which is a geeky way to use stats to prove your town is wicked small.

BUT - there must be some cool stuff there, right? YES - the National Dinosaur Monument is there - and it's so awesome the entire town renamed itself after it! You can walk around and just see fossils out in the badlands - like hiking the Grand Canyon WITH dinosaurs, too.

So, as you head into Dinosaur, drive right on past the auto-wreckers on I40 and spot some of the kitschy local spots like the Bedrock Depot (gas station)

Almost the only thing in Dinosaur CO, according to my source's family road trip diary.
and get straight to the Dinosaur National Monument - it looks SWEET!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The missing links, dino tweets and swimming sauropods

I was going to show you some fun links, but the URLs weren't working, by my own misdoings, HOWEVER, it did lead me to one of the greatest 404 Page Not Founds I've ever seen:

404 Page Not Found!

Sorry, but the page you were looking for is not here. You can try finding what you're looking for by searching up top, or emailing to let us know if there's a missing link!

Love it!

From the Smithsonian - they answer whether or not dinosaurs could swim

Read from the link above at the evidence supporting swimming sauropods - check it out!

No good dino-tweeters?
I've had trouble finding any good Twitter feeds that share dinosaurs news, and here's an interesting explanation as to why: Carowinds atwitter over dinosaurs 

In short, it's hard to share any cool information about dinosaurs in only 140 characters, I guess.

Big discovery!
And for good measure, 20 hadrosaurs have been discovered (featuring something like 200 fossils) in Espinau. Where is Espinau? Well, it's in Cataluna, of course.

Where's that? Apparently in North-east Spain - but don't quote me on it!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fringe prep, Ruyangosaurus and tailpipe burgers

Here are some interesting things from the world going into this week:

Fringe Season Five: Five Things To Know Before Next Week

What do you need to know about the Observers, the Purge, the Rebellion, the Fringe and the Daughter going into the new (and final) season of Fringe - check it out at the link. My wfife and I re-watched that flash-forward episode with Henry Ian Cusick in it yesterday, and it was a great prep-course in what's coming up.

Carowinds to open dinosaur attraction
Where can you see a Ruyangosaurus (the closest dinosaur to having my name, specifically)? Wherever it is that Carowinds amusement park is (somewhere in South Carolina).

Carowinds amusement park announced the addition of a new dinosaur attraction for Spring 2013 that will feature 32 animatronic dinosaur replicas.

“Dinosaurs Alive!” will cover five acres and will be “the largest animatronic dinosaur park in the Southeast,” according to Carowinds Public Relations Manger Julie Whitted. The attraction’s opening will coincide with the park’s 40th anniversary.

The largest of the featured dinosaurs, a Ruyangosaurus, will stand more than 40 feet tall and 60 feet long. It will join more popular species such as Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

Several dinosaurs will come with a console so visitors to the park can operate them while learning about how the reptiles lived millions of years ago.
And in Iran, someone is finding a way to prepare a hamburger with the heat from your tailpipe while driving.

But frankly, I don't want to have one of those. Period.

Friday, September 14, 2012

A tough day for me

This is going to be the day - and it's going to be tough. To follow up on my earlier posts about my displeasure with being a "sports fan," I'm ready to go cold turkey. But it's become so ingrained in my everyday life that it's going to have be both intentional and difficult.

No, I'm not quitting Lobo or smoking cigars - I quit being a sports fan.

The radio all morning used to be sports talk from 590 and 1050 AM. My entire Twitter feed is basically sports writers splitting hairs (hilariously at times) over what's going on in the league, and most of the articles I read online are related to what's going on in the NHL.

Now - my disillusion with sports is probably only part of the reason I'm doing this. More importantly, having a kid makes spare time slim. No doubt, to embrace doing something new means sacrificing old things. There's only so much time. And sports is one of the things I'm willing to give up - especially when my favourite league won't be around to watch anyhow. The time is right.

So - what will come next? What's going to be so interesting?
More importantly, flipping the channel because I don't give a rat's ass about tennis, golf, soccer, football, etc won't be such a source of frustration.

For the past 10 days, my solution to skipping the inane sports talk has been the Offsprings' new album Days Go By. It is absolutely fantastic!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's here! It's here! Finally

Doesn't it seem like we've been hearing about the commercials getting quieter for ages? Well, Sept. 1 marks the day! Finally, we won't have to race for the remote to turn the volume down mid-broadcast of shows.
OTTAWA and GATINEAU – The CRTC has told broadcasters and television service providers how it intends to enforce its new rules controlling the loudness of television commercials which kick in on September 1.

Thursday’s bulletin directed TV broadcasters and BDUs to submit a report before October 15, 2012 to the Commission confirming that all applicable steps have put in place and are being followed in order to comply with the new rules.  

Those regulations, announced in May, require Canadian broadcasters to adhere to the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s (ATSC) standard for measuring and controlling television signals to minimize fluctuations in loudness between programming and commercials.  The international standard only applies to digital television services and not to analog services.Those regulations, announced in May, require Canadian broadcasters to adhere to the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s (ATSC) standard for measuring and controlling television signals to minimize fluctuations in loudness between programming and commercials.  The international standard only applies to digital television services and not to analog services.

Viewers who believe that a commercial was broadcast at an excessively loud volume should first contact the broadcaster or their BDU in an attempt to resolve the complaint directly, and may then contact the CRTC directly if their concerns are not addressed to their satisfaction.
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