Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On 10 November 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to create two battalions of Continental Marines for the War of Independence from Britain. In 1798, President John Adams signed the Act establishing the United States Marine Corps.

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus [or community] organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC

Semper Fi!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:

1. Respect for self
2. Respect for others
3. Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Borromean rings

Borromean rings are a structure in which no two rings are interlocked, yet the three are inseparable. I’ve been puzzling over the meaning of this lately. They’ve been used to represent the Holy Trinity (natch), but could they also represent some other natural or philosophical truth? Red herrings abound: the Borromean PB&J sandwich, for example, is negated by the undeniable goodness of toast with jelly. I’m flummoxed. Can you think of any other Borromean Thing?

Matthew Perry Totally

Looks Like

John C. Breckinridge

matthew perry, friends, john c. breckinridge

I need one of these!

An Apple a day keeps the clocks running?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

There Are Hundreds Of Paths Up The Mountain

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain,
all leading in the same direction,
so it doesn't matter which path you take.
The only one wasting time is the one
who runs around and around the mountain,
telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.

Hindu teaching

get lost in a book

Monday, October 06, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane
by those who could not hear the music."
~ Angela Monet ~

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bathtub Test

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director how do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

'Well,' said the Director, 'we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.'

'Oh, I understand,' said the visitor. 'A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.'

'No.' said the Director, 'A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?'

from Jester's ring

the man who saved us all.

Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov

read how he did it here

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

today I am gratefull because...

I love my Job!
I love my Job!
I love my Job!
I love my Job!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

the wisdom of crowds

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

History Lesson

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as

Sinko de Mayo.

(Thanks, Wendy!)

Thought for today: Remember, no mayonnaise in Ireland.

A rap freestyle battle translated into proper English

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
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Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.
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The best self portrait ever

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

tao te ching

verse 27

a good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving
a good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants
a good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is

thus the master is available to all people
and doesn't reject anyone
he is ready to use all situations
and doesn't waste anything
this is called embodying the light

what is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
what is a bad man but a good man's job?
if you don't understand this, you will get lost
however intelligent you are
it is the great secret

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The best movie trailer re-edits

From Taxi Driver as a rom-com to Mary Poppins as a horror, it's surprising how effective a re-written voice over and a few well chosen songs on the soundtrack can be. Have a look at these fan-made, re-edited movie trailers and vote for the most inventive, convincing and ultimately entertaining ones.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

go click on this, its well done.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Western Spagetti

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

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Friday, August 01, 2008

some older pics

Monday, July 28, 2008

a Little Late but funny

Sunday, July 27, 2008

NJ balloon festival

very tired, will post more pics in the AM

Saturday, July 26, 2008

a Day with Butterflies

Friday, July 25, 2008

Fibonacci sequence

My version of the sequence

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Denville fireworks

Bonnie took this video.
I feel like I was there!

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” George Washington

“I am sorry for men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure.”
Woodrow Wilson

“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties, write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives.”
Ulysses S. Grant

“The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others are of minor importance, and which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength.”
Robert E. Lee

“If we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”
William Penn

“The more profoundly we study this wonderful book [the Bible], and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”
William McKinley

“Education is useless without the Bible.”
Daniel Webster

“A thorough understanding of the Bible is better than a college education.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“That Book (the Bible) is the rock on which our Republic rests.”
Andrew Jackson

“It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives be based on the principles of the Bible. No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Mento's and Carlsburg beer

You've seen Mento's being put in soda, now see what happens when you put it in beer.

a Good word


27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Our day at Coney Island

It was a few weeks ago but it took some time putting it together.
click here or on the pic to see our trip.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

from 2001 A Space Odyssey

The full text of the Zero Gravity Toilet Instructions: ZERO GRAVITY TOILET PASSENGERS ARE ADVISED TO READ INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USE - 1. The toilet is of the standard zero-gravity type. Depending on requirements, System A and/or System B can be used, details of which are clearly marked in the toilet compartment. When operating System A, depress lever and a plastic dalkron eliminator will be dispensed through the slot immediately underneath. When you have fastened the adhesive lip, attach connection marked by the large "X" outlet hose. Twist the silver coloured ring one inch below the connection point until you feel it lock. - 2. The toilet is now ready for use. The Sonovac cleanser is activated by the small switch on the lip. When securing, twist the ring back to its initial-condition, so that the two orange lines meet. Disconnect. Place the dalkron eliminator in the vacuum receptacle to the rear. Activate by pressing the blue button. - 3. The controls for System B are located on the opposite wall. The red release switch places the uroliminator into position; it can be adjusted manually up or down by pressing the blue manual release button. The opening is self adjusting. To secure after use, press the green button which simultaneously activates the evaporator and returns the uroliminator to its storage position. - 4. You may leave the lavatory if the green exit light is on over the door. If the red light is illuminated, one of the lavatory facilities is not properly secured. Press the "Stewardess" call button on the right of the door. She will secure all facilities from her control panel outside. When green exit light goes on you may open the door and leave. Please close the door behind you. - 5. To use the Sonoshower, first undress and place all your clothes in the clothes rack. Put on the velcro slippers located in the cabinet immediately below. Enter the shower. On the control panel to your upper right upon entering you will see a "Shower seal" button. Press to activate. A green light will then be illuminated immediately below. On the intensity knob select the desired setting. Now depress the Sonovac activation lever. Bathe normally. - 6. The Sonovac will automatically go off after three minutes unless you activate the "Manual off" over-ride switch by flipping it up. When you are ready to leave, press the blue "Shower seal" release button. The door will open and you may leave. Please remove the velcro slippers and place them in their container. - 7. If the red light above this panel is on, the toilet is in use. When the green light is illuminated you may enter. However, you must carefully follow all instructions when using the facilities during coasting (Zero G) flight. Inside there are three facilities: (1) the Sonowasher, (2) the Sonoshower, (3) the toilet. All three are designed to be used under weightless conditions. Please observe the sequence of operations for each individual facility. - 8. Two modes for Sonowashing your face and hands are available, the "moist-towel" mode and the "Sonovac" ultrasonic cleaner mode. You may select either mode by moving the appropriate lever to the "Activate" position. If you choose the "moist-towel" mode, depress the indicated yellow button and withdraw item. When you have finished, discard the towel in the vacuum dispenser, holding the indicated lever in the "active" position until the green light goes on... showing that the rollers have passed the towel completely into the dispenser. If you desire an additional towel, press the yellow button and repeat the cycle. - 9. If you prefer the "Sonovac" ultrasonic cleaning mode, press the indicated blue button. When the twin panels open, pull forward by rings A & B. For cleaning the hands, use in this position. Set the timer to positions 10, 20, 30 or 40... indicative of the number of seconds required. The knob to the left, just below the blue light, has three settings, low, medium or high. For normal use, the medium setting is suggested. - 10. After these settings have been made, you can activate the device by switching to the "ON" position the clearly marked red switch. If during the washing operation, you wish to change the settings, place the "manual off" over-ride switch in the "OFF" position. you may now make the change and repeat the cycle.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


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Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ian and I got Lingham stones!

What are they you ask?

They are unpolished, uncut stones that take on their
shapes by tumbling beneath a water fall in India.

The Narmada [Devanagri: नर्मदा Gujarati: નર્મદા or Nerbudda (Narbada)] is a river in central India and the fifth largest river in Indian subcontinent. Narmada, a Sanskirt word means
‘One who endows with bliss’. It forms the traditional boundary between North India and South India, and flows westwards over a length of 1,312 km before draining through the Gulf of Cambay (Khambat) into the Arabian Sea,

All this right smack dab in the middle of India.

Here is picture of some. Maybe later I will take a pic of ours and post it.