Monthly Archives: August 2012

Awesome tape drive Mod

So, today my friend showed me this mod he made for his sister. He turned a VCR tape into a hard-drive enclosure. It’s pretty awesome and so shadow!!!


Thanks to shadow for making this awesome weird thing!


First post in a few days

So, things are better now (my father is doing better and all that junk), however there still will be a bit of a gap until I get back in the swing of things. Still, I do have a couple of posts coming your way. So stay tuned and see what comes!

Upcoming Gap in “Channel the Alley”

Dear Followers,

Today has been a very busy day and since this is my second letter to you (the first was lost) I will make it quick. My father was admitted to the hospital today. And while is out of danger of dying, he is still very sick. Therefore, there will be a gap in posts for the next week or so (if longer I will inform you). I will try to post as often as I can (my goal is one post per day) however, there may be days in which I don’t post at all. Still, I will try to avoid that if I can.

I hope that you will stay with me as I go through this troubling time.


Alley McNally

A change in Attitude: Protesting at Marine Land

For those of you who don’t live near the Canadian Border or have never been to Ontario, there is a fairly old marine park called “MarineLand”. It has been around since I was a kid (maybe even longer). All I remember from the place was the snappy theme song that has pretty much never changed (see below):

I have never actually been there nor have I ever really thought of the treatment of the animals there. I just assumed they were treated well. I mean they are your stars, your bread and butter. Don’t you need them to be well treated? Of course, I have heard of protests at places like Sea World but I never thought about MarineLand, until I saw this article.

[It should be noted that after the publishing of this article & the protest, they are now investigating the treatment of the animals there. So this protest meant something! Cool!]

Protest at Marineland

4:11 PM, Aug 19, 2012
Go to the article to see the video.

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO – A popular Niagara Falls tourist attraction was the scene of a large protest Saturday, as demonstrators gathered outside the gates of Marineland.

Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) organized the event after recent stories in a Toronto newspaper quoted former trainers at the park who claimed animals at Marineland suffer from neglect and unhealthy conditions.

The group typically stages a dozen demonstrations here annually and while those demonstrations usually attract a few dozen or more protestors, the number of participants jumped to roughly 200 this weekend with many holding placards and others using bullhorns to urge visitors not to enter the park.
“Any time you are holding animals in a situation that they are captive and someone is profiting, profits will come first and the animals will always come second,” said MAD co-founder Dylan Powell.
“I’m against all of captivity in general,” said fellow protestor Jeremy Larivee. “It’s a terrible thing and there’s no educational value in it in my eyes, especially here at Marineland.”
On its web site Marineland posted the following statement:

“Our animals receive loving care from our trainers and our veterinary staff and enjoy well-maintained facilities, high quality diets and exemplary veterinary care. As a testament to the quality of our care, our animals live much longer than they would in the wild.”

“Animal care issues are systemic to every single marine park in the entire world, so we are against all captivity and using animals for profit,” Powell told WGRZ-TV.

The Toronto Sun recently reported that Suzie McNeil, the artist who sings the well known Marineland jingle in its advertisements, is now distancing herself from the place. And Larivee, who helped co-found Ocean Voice of London claims Ric O’Barry, who captured and trained the dolphins for the TV series Flipper before making a radical transition to combating the captivity industry, will join them here in October.

“He’s one of the biggest activists out there right now, he’s got a lot of pull, and he can help us in changing the regulations with the federal and provincial governments,” Larivee said.

Powell said he hoped the increased attention would close what he described as a “loophole” in laws which foster the captivity of animals for the amusement of humans.

“Currently it’s illegal to wild capture in Canadian waters and then put that animal in captivity. But you can import and export from Russia and Japan. If we close that loophole we will effectively grandfather this industry out, because captive breeding stocks can’t maintain or sustain these parks,” Powell said. “The end goal is removal of all animals from the site, to sanctuaries or nonprofit environments which care.”

Two On Your Side could not confirm on Saturday with Ric O’Barry whether or not he indeed plans to join protestors in Niagara Falls in October, and while we did not observe it while we were watching, the protestors claim they dissuaded several families from entering Marineland and that some of those families, instead of going into the park, joined in with them at the demonstration instead.

Videos That Make You Smile: Confessions of a Disney Employee


This time the source is me. Enjoy!

WOW, I was never that awesome in high school . . .

No really, I wasn’t that useful despite the fact I wanted to be. Hell, I am STILL not that useful. So, I guess he is even better than me . . .

US teen invents advanced cancer test using Google

20 August 2012 Last updated at 19:34 ET
From: (Go There to see the video)

Fifteen-year-old high school student Jack Andraka likes to kayak and watch the US television show Glee.

And when time permits, he also likes to do advanced research in one of the most respected cancer laboratories in the world.

Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.

And he did it by using Google.

The Maryland native, who won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation, cites search engines and free online science papers as the tools that allowed him to create the test.

The BBC’s Matt Danzico sat down with the teenager, who said the idea came to him when he was “chilling out in biology class”.

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Videos That Make You Smile: Alley Says – Bronies Do Go To Walmart

So, I have been working at Walmart for a while now. Something I enjoy a a fair amount. After all, there are not many that can say they helped open a brand new Walmart! Being aware of how unique a process this was, I recorded a audio diary of the process (almost at it’s completion). In the meantime, I recorded this sampler to wet your taste-buds as to what is to come. Enjoy!

This time the source is me. Enjoy!

Cake Thief

Source: RWJ

SMOSH Comic: Breakfast!


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