Thursday, May 29, 2008

these lines are drawn on the walls!

Click on link to see how and many more, very cool, painted rooms.

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Not enough closet space?
feeling a little cramped space wise?
These people know how to utilize their space efficiently.

Train Runs Through Bangkok Market

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How to say
"Oh my god! There's an axe in my head" in various languages

English: Oh my god! There's an axe in my head.
Bosnian: boje moj! sjekira mi je u glavi.
French: Mon dieu! Il y a une hache dans ma tete.
Visigothic: Meina guth, Ikgastaldan aqizi-wunds meina
Swedish: Ah, Herregud! Jag har en yxa i huvudet!
Dutch: O, mijn God! Er zit een bijl in mijn hoofd.
Latin: Deus Meus! Securis in capite meo est.
German: Oh mein Gott! Ich habe eine Axt im Kopf!
Japanese: ahh, kamisama! watashi no atama ni ono ga
Norwegian: Herre Gud! Jeg har en aks i hodet!
Spanish: Dios mio! Hay una hacha en mi cabeza!
Hungarian: Jaj Istenem, de fejsze van a fejemben!!
Middle Egyptian: in Amun! iw minb m tp-i!
Greek: hristo mou! eho ena maheri sto kefali mou!
Tagalog: Ay Dios ko! May palakol sa ulo ko!
Danish: Oh min gud! Der er en oekse i mit hoved.
Afrikaans: O God! Daar's 'n byl in my kop!
Polish: O Moj Boze! Mam siekiere w glowie!
Maori: Ave Te Ariki! He toki ki roto taku mahuna!
Italian: Dio mio! C'e' un' ascia nella mia testa!
Portuguese: Meu Deus! Tenho um machado na cabeca!
Klingon: ghay'cha'! nachwIjDaq betleH tu'lu'!
Bengali: Oh Allah! Amar mathar upor bash poreche.
Finnish: Voi Luoja! Paassani on kirves!
Icelandic: Gud minn godur! Thad er o:xi i ho:fdinu a mer.
Ancient Greek: O Theos mou! Echo ten labrida en te mou kephale!
Babylonian: iliya pashu ina reshiya bashu
Assyrian: iliya pashum ina reshimi bashu
Welsh: A nuw! Mae bywell yn fy mhen i!
Alsatian: Lever Gott! Es esch a Axe en miner Kopf!
Swahili: Siyo! (Huko) Shoka yangu kichwanil!
Slovenian: Moj Bog! Sekiro imam v glavi.
Irish: Mo Dhia! Ta' tua sa mo cheann.
Esperanto: Mia Dio! Hakilo estas en mia kapo!
Marathi: Aray Devaa! Majhyaa dokyaat kurhaad aahay.
Hindi: Hay Bhagwaan! Mere sar mein kulhaadi hain.
Russian: Bozhe moi! Eto topor v moyei golove!
Hebrew: Eloi! Yesh'li ca-sheel ba-rosh sheh-li!
Malayalam: Entey Deiwame, entey thalayil oru kodali undei.
Latvian: Ak Dievs! Man ir cirvis galva!

Solid potato salad

A tribute to Monica's latest potato salad.

Solid Potato Salad - The Ross Sisters - Click here for more home videos

Monday, May 26, 2008

The pizza guy and Ethanol

A real world example of how the global warming nonsense which led to government subsidized corn production has effected our lives.
I made friends with the pizza guy in our complex, we share an espresso every evening.
He was telling me about flour prices. You see, everyone is planting corn for ethanol so the wheat production has fallen drastically. How drastically you might ask.

20 years ago he paid $9.00 for a bag of flour and over those 20 years it went up to $12.00 a bag. But when the Ethanol program kicked in the price of flour soared to $42.00 a bag!

Poor pizza Guy
Poor us
The days of the dollar slice are gone.

Phoenix on Mars

The first powered landing on Mars.
The Phoenix landed on the north pole of Mars.
The polygonal pattern seen in this photo is
the same as ones formed by ice on out poles.

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Memorial Day Audio

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Memorial Day
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Joseph Alvin Sawyer, Sr
Joseph Alvin Sawyer, Sr

Photo courtesy of the Sawyer family
On Memorial Day, 1983 in Liberty, Indiana, Joseph Alvin Sawyer,
Sr.gave the annual speech honoring veterans to citizens and veterans
assembled on the courthouse lawn in the center of town. Sawyer had been a
sergeant and paratrooper in the Army during World War II. He'd moved in
1948 to the small farming community in eastern Indiana to raise his
family. His wife and children watched with particular pride because he was
the first African-American veteran asked to speak on Memorial Day.

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From the wall

If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life
Dragging behind you the silent reproach
Of a million tear-stained eyes
Don't be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet.
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
With your fear flowing out behind you
As you claw the thin ice.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Memorial day parade

Friday, May 23, 2008

Global warming on Jupiter!

The only thing I cannot figure out is how George bush, Big Oil and all those SUV'S are causing global warming on Jupiter?

Jupiter's Three Red Spots
Credit NASA, ESA, M. Wong, I. de Pater (UC Berkeley), et al.

Explanation: For about 300 years Jupiter's banded atmosphere has shown a remarkable feature to telescopic viewers, a large swirling storm system known as The Great Red Spot. In 2006, another red storm system appeared, actually seen to form as smaller whitish oval-shaped storms merged and then developed the curious reddish hue. Now, Jupiter has a third red spot, again produced from a smaller whitish storm. All three are seen in this image made from data recorded on May 9 and 10 with the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The spots extend above the surrounding clouds and their red color may be due to deeper material dredged up by the storms and exposed to ultraviolet light, but the exact chemical process is still unknown. For scale, the Great Red Spot has almost twice the diameter of planet Earth, making both new spots less than one Earth-diameter across. The newest red spot is on the far left (west), along the same band of clouds as the Great Red Spot and is drifting toward it. If the motion continues, the new spot will encounter the much larger storm system in August. Jupiter's recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

How far we've come

From this>

To This>


"life is suffering" So said Lao Tzu.
These words at first seems crazy but, upon reflection, are the way to peace.

the sage seeks to satisfy (the craving of) the belly, and
not the (insatiable longing of the) eyes. He puts from him the
latter, and prefers to seek the former.

Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; honour and
great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same

What is meant by speaking thus of favour and disgrace? Disgrace is
being in a low position (after the enjoyment of favour). The getting
that (favour) leads to the apprehension (of losing it), and the losing
it leads to the fear of (still greater calamity):--this is what is
meant by saying that favour and disgrace would seem equally to be

And what is meant by saying that honour and great calamity are to be
(similarly) regarded as personal conditions? What makes me liable to
great calamity is my having the body (which I call myself); if I had
not the body, what great calamity could come to me?

Some Churchill Quotes

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
"I wonder whether any other generation has seen such astounding revolutions of data and values as those through which we have lived. Scarcely anything material or established which I was brought up to believe was permanent and vital, has lasted. Everything I was sure or taught to be sure was impossible, has happened."
"I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact."
"It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic."
"The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is."
"Never believe any war will be smooth and easy or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter."
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."
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An old pic I took.

This is the bridge to Jersey city from Newark
truck route 1-9
The bridge has a name,
I know the name somewhere deep in my memory.
I was hoping that as I type this I will remember its name.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Bertrand Russell
"We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought." -
Bertrand Russell
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the Store from above

Saturday, May 17, 2008

sƃuıɹɐǝq ʎɯ uıɐƃǝɹ ןןıʍ ı ǝǝɟɟoɔ ɟo sdnɔ ןɐɹǝʌǝs ɹǝʇɟɐ ʎןןnɟǝdoɥ
˙ʞɔɐʍ ɟo ʇno ʎןǝʇǝןdɯoɔ ƃuıǝq ʞɹoʍ ɟo sɹnoɥ ʎɯ oʇ
puɐןɐǝz ʍǝu ɯoɹɟ ʇsɐɔpod ɐ oʇ ƃuıuǝʇsıן ɯoɹɟ
˙ʎɐpoʇ uʍop ǝpısdn ʎɹǝʌ ƃuıןǝǝɟ ɯɐ ı

Punctuation is a powerful thing

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My new diggs

The Carpets & More experience
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“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
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Monday, May 12, 2008

The great waste of spring washed away with the rain,

So much energy to create such momentary beauty,

Few days of color soon to be many shades of green,

I try to remember the colors to burn them into my memory,

But they fade as well with the rains of my life.


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Volcano Erupts During Lightning Storm

Taken in Chaiten, Chile. Update: National Geographic has the story.

Volcano Erupts During Lightning Storm

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?
Created by OnePlusYou

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Quotes about Progress

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

(George Bernard Shaw)


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A good list with clips

Top 10 Greatest Film Speeches and Monologues

How do you live your life?

Sufism, Spirituality and Personal Struggles

By: Muhammad Shaheen

Here is something to think about..

Every single one of us lived our lives a different way.
Some of us grew strong, while others grew weaker by each day.
Some of us were healthy, while others were sick.
Some of us flew through the day, while others watched the minutes tick.
Some of us ran to help those in need,
While others took advantage and strengthened their greed.
Some of us were wealthy, while others remained poor.
Some of the diseases destroyed lives, while scientists searched for the cure.
Some of us were fair, while others were not.
Some of us got away while others got caught.
Some of us were athletic while others remained still.
Some of us treasured life, while others searched for a way to kill.
Some of us were not afraid, while others remained meek.
Some of us were popular, while others were named as "the geek"
Some of us believed in God, while others didn't care.
Some of us believed life was cruel, while others believed it was fair.
Some of us lived life to the fullest, while others threw it all away.
Some of us gave up, while others seized the day.

Though we all lived different lives, we have not lived them in vain.

All we were given was a life to live, with everything to gain.

Ask yourself,

What am I going to do with my life, live with purpose and meaning or live with no purpose and no meaning?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

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Hope- One of my favorite poems

"HOPE" is the thing with feathers--
That perches in the soul--
And sings the tune without the words--
And never stops--at all--

And sweetest--in the Gale--is heard--
And sore must be the storm--
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm--

I've heard it in the chillest land--
And on the strangest Sea--
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb--Of Me.

Emily Dickinson (1861)

Friday, May 02, 2008