Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year in Sydney!

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest

Friday, December 29, 2006

In life there are the penguins
and there are the polar bears.
Which one are you?


Monday, December 25, 2006

It's Christmas morning,
Santa has left his presents for the kids,
the grownups are all fast asleep,
champagne, good talk, the warmth of a house in love,
with dreams of the candlelit service singing,
Silent night,
Oh come all ye faithful,
and little town of Bethlehem,
THe house is stirring,
the breakfast torte is baking,
Joy in knowing we are all together.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 22, 2006

A gift idea for the person who has everything.

click here

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Very cool,
Some serious talent.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

If I were to receive a Christmas card from Nancy Pelosi
This is what I imagine it would look like.

A Politically Correct
Christmas Greeting

Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all;


a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishes.

(Disclaimer: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and no responsibility for any unintended emotional stress these greetings may bring to those not caught up in the holiday spirit.)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Just another day at the office!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

False Color Image of Mars North Polar Layered Deposits
in Head Scarp of Chasma Boreale

Look at the resolution of a picture taken on another planet!

A Path To Orion

Credit & Copyright: Andrew Aurigema

Last Saturday, the Space Shuttle Discovery lit up the night as it climbed into orbit above planet Earth. From Oak Hill, Florida, USA - about 30 miles north of the Kennedy Space Center - design engineer Andrew Arigema tracked the shuttle and recorded a four minute time exposure of the exhaust plume along Discovery's path against the background of the starry sky. At the upper left, the end of the drifting plume is punctuated by Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka in a vertical line, the belt stars of Orion. To the right of the belt stars, the pinkish jewel in Orion's sword is not a star at all, but the great Orion Nebula. Still farther to the right, at the foot of the hunter, lies Rigel, the brightest star in view. Rigel is a hot supergiant star some 700 light-years in the distance.

Friday, December 15, 2006

This is not a game. Its a toy.
You draw a line and the guy sleds down it.
very simple,
very addictive.

Line Rider - beta by *fsk on deviantART
Click here to play
The Antikythera Mechanism

Looks like the Greeks got a big jump on Bills gates!
This story sounds like a movie plot not real science, but it is real.

"A working reconstruction of an ancient Greek computer, the Antikythera mechanism, which was found at the bottom of the ocean in 1900 has been unveiled and is on display at the Technopolis museum, in Athens. The device is believed to have been used to calculate the positions of various celestial bodies including the sun and the moon on any given date. While some guesswork was required in the reconstruction, the bulk of the design is based on updated X-ray photographs of the device."

read more here

Video: 3D animation of the mechanical computer
Video: The computer's inner workings

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


fun little website


Some facts you may not know:

Molecularly speaking, water is actually much drier than sand.

The term "bank teller" originated in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, when banks began hiring low-paid workers to "tell" throngs of frantic depositors that their money was gone.

The brand name "Jelly Belly" was created in 1982 after Nancy Reagan made a much-publicized quip about her husband's 20-pound weight gain.

The Internal Revenue Service audits 87 percent of women who claim breast implants as tax deductions.

Scandinavian berserkers used to cut out their eyes before battle to spare themselves the sight of the carnage they invariably wrought.

Human tonsils can bounce higher than a rubber ball of similar weight and size, but only for the first 30 minutes after they've been removed.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

click here for more pics
It's the official church of the Skivers!

click here to learn more if you care

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Picking out our X-mas tree.

It's little but perfect!

I love photoshop! Bonnie took the picture and so did I.