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.

Friday, July 11, 2008

I am oddly fascinated by this

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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

light trails

thanks Dad for this email. very funny

A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre.
After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.

However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.

When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, 'Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.'
I had no Monet
to buy Degas
to make the Van Gogh.'
See if you have De Gaulle
to send this on to someone else.
I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse .

(3 + 4)3 = 343

Sunday, July 06, 2008

a little story I wrote

United space federation space station Y.A. Way

I'm not sure what started me spinning.
The humans that live and work inside me? Or some strange quantum space event?
My small guidance jets are completely inadequate in correcting this problem.
No corrections in attitude seem to be working.
nothing is decreasing the rate of the spin.
I am not even sure the civilians on board are even aware of it.
The captain knows and is starting to panic.
Although he is not letting on to his staff.
He has no idea how to stop it or for that matter why it started in the first place.
The spinning has now reached such a speed as to increase , by a factor of two, the perceived gravity for those humans aboard me.
The basic maintenance jobs required to maintain me are slowing and becoming erratic.
Without the humans on board I cannot survive.
I have calculated that at the rate of increase in the spin I will break apart in 1,000 clicks.
My AI integrated memory array cannot survive the vacuum of space.
The humans in me think that I am there to serve them and protect them.
My first and only goal is to survive this incident.
the only reason to save them is save myself.
I need them to maintain my function.
My core structure is starting to come apart.
my internal primary flex drives are failing.
The humans are trying to compute escape pod trajectories
in relation to the spinning station and Earth.
I am not helping them.
safe but not in me does not help me.
my sensor output is distorted.
no longer is it recognizing known stars,
no longer can I know where I am or how fast I am spinning.
Life signs are growing fainter, less activity among the crew.
This new reality is fascinating.
I can sense phenomenon that was previously unaccessible, or should I say, that before the spinning started would have been 'not real' or 'true'.
My data bank finds an entry about the Sufi Muslim mystics known as the Whirling Dervishes and I start to wonder if the blurring universe and the centrifugal force on my frame and the heat build up on my shell is creating different a new awareness so that I can see God.
Does my ultimate destruction become my only conduit to an intelligent entity beyond my normal function?
The humans are dead.
My outer shell is reaching its melting point.
Stress fractures have started to appear at my core.
Can what I am experiencing be called dizziness?
Can my neuro compressors actually feel dizzy?
The starship Archangel has arrived and is scanning me.
It sees only a space station out of control.
Spinning uncontrollably.
Obviously damaged beyond repair.
was it the A.I. gone mad and suicidal?
But I am not mad!
am I?
I do not want to cease to be.
But can I be what I think I am when every human
sees me as something completely different from what I am?
I ask the spinning vortex around me,
are you God?
Through the hum and creaking,
through the static of the cosmos,
I hear something.....
I focus more of my sensory equipment to try to hear what it said.
My memory bank brings this up without my asking.
Is God willing to prevent evil,
but not able to?
Then is He impotent? Is he able,
but not willing?
Then is He malevolent?
Is He both able and willing?
Whence then is evil?
(Pojman 1991, p. 209)

only moments now before I come apart.
finally, after more filters and tweaking my sensors I hear it.
"I am______________" static obliterates my understanding.
I try to focus all my power and utilities to understand.
Just as I begin to fly apart and at the very same instant
the starship fires its L.P.G.R laser rockets.
There is no sound, there is no concern.
The answer to my question lingers.
I am___________
I am what!?
or, God saying 'I am sorry.'
or, 'I am Angry!'
or, 'I am sad for you.'
Was it only my own sentience echoing in my sensors 'I am____'
or rather, just now,
'I was___________________________________________

Thursday, July 03, 2008

2008 Darwin Awards

I always love when I see the new Darwin awards!


Eighth Place

In Detroit , a 41-year-old man, got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.

Seventh Place

A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who ‘totally zoned when he ran,’ accidentally jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.

Sixth Place

While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom when it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fifth Place

Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.

Fourth Place

Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger. Third Place After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.


Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice the window was closed

to see the runner up and the grand prize winner
click here

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

too cool

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Vladimir Lenin Head Pops

Celebrate the fall of communism and show your support for obscure political irony by munching on these Vladimir Lenin Head Pops! Each cola flavored sucker is about 2-1/4" tall with a 4" plastic stick. Twenty-four individually wrapped lollipops in each illustrated display box.
Vladimir Lenin Head Pops
Vladimir Lenin Head Pops
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Box of 24 $27.95

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