An intelligent Blonde

Dear Reader,

Our beloved commentator Smiles owns a golden retriever. After more than two decades of indiscriminate proliferation – instead if proper breeding – the golden retriever got the reputation of being the ‘blonde’ among dogs. Friendly, but stupid and easy.

Yet most people forget, originally the retriever was an excellent hunting dog. Here is a prime example:

(from here:

This, maybe slightly older, golden retriever places bread directly under its nose on the water surface as bait for fish. And then catches the fish. The intelligence, patience, endurance, and quickness is stunning.

Still not retrieving any gold though.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

Another tribute

Dear Reader,

As Glynsky wrote his tribute here, this is mine.

Since I did not meet the man, this is for  Smiles and The Inverness Druid:

Mogwai – Auto Rock

Mogwai is a Scottish Post Rock band. The song Auto Rock has been used in Top Gear, featured in the build-up to the Formula 1 Silverstone Grand Prix, in the trailer for the film The Brave One, and at the end of the 2006 film Miami Vice. The central piano riff is a citation of Crockett’s Theme that Jan Hammer wrote in 1984 for the original Miami Vice series.

A good tune to say good bye,

Engine Room

Resounding at the Engine Room right now

Dear Reader,

The following video is in .webm format. Not that there is much to look at. But I want to find out, whether your browser by now supports that format. You are using a current, proper web browser like Firefox, aren’t you?

Turn up your speakers, here we go:

What other reasons are there to play it?

We are a bit short on rock music at diablog. It is a classic, one of my favorites, a must have, an evergreen, you name it. I also believe, the Druid and Smiles might like it. Glynsky? Who cares.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

webm Video – now with sound

Dear Reader,

Thanks for testing yesterdays WebM video, especially to the Druid and Smiles.

Since the Druid could not watch it, here is the Glynsky’s family member reacting to his resolutions as mp4:


WebM is supported in Mozilla Firefox 4 and later


Opera 10.60 and later Opera browser logo 2013.png,

and – if you really have to use it – Google Chrome 6 Google Chrome icon (2011).svgand later.

I added the logos, so that you know what you click.

In case you are using Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 7 Logo.png, you know you should not, right? Microsoft hates free open source software and does not support it. They do not want to lose all their revenues. Yet, for IE users, there is the solution. Download WebM for IE here: and install. Now you should have system wide WebM support.

Apple is as bad as Microsoft, when it comes to free open source software. They do not want to lose the revenues from iTunes. How someone can use iTunes is beyond me (Yes, Glynsky, I am looking at you!). Anyway, even for the Apple users with their

Safari Apple Safari 8.0 Iconthere is a solution. It is described in easy steps here:

Now back to vids.

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