Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Today is the day everyone is supposed to turn off all their lights for an hour . Some kind of feel-good symbolic act to counteract Global Warming - made me wish I still had my Christmas lights up.
I finally succumbed to the hype and got a head start! I left all my lights off for over an hour, from 2:00 a.m. to 5:30 this morning.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A supposedly true story:
A Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone
failed to ring when her friends called. And that on the few occasions when
it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.
The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic
dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set,
and dialed the subscriber's house.
The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone
began to ring.
Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:
1 . The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steel
chain and collar.
2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.
3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was
4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.
5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to
The moral of this story is that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Two significant space-related events occurred yesterday. First, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise made its first “captive carry” flight. It was considered a huge success.
Not quite so impressive – Buzz Aldrin danced
(poorly) on the premiere of this season’s Dancing With the Stars.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Joined Facebook a couple months ago, mostly to have a handy way to keep up with some family events. Over all, it has been a positive experience – but there are some things I find disturbing:
- Some folks post way too much information, way too often. I have learned much more than I needed to know about some of my family members and friends.
- At the urging of some common acquaintances, I “friended” another guy I knew, but didn’t particularly like, in high school. I have discovered that we are so much alike it’s scary. We mirror each other on everything from politics to religion to taste in movies and music. We even have similar physical shapes – short and fat. I wonder if that’s why we didn’t care for each other back then?
- Facebook is forever! Shortly after joining, I reconnected with a high-school classmate I hadn’t seen in half a century. Two weeks later he died, but Facebook still has him going strong. He appears on my list of friends and as a mutual friend of several folks on my suggested friends list. I’m not sure I would delete him even if I could figure out how, somehow that just seems wrong, but having his name continually coming up is kind of creepy.
- Facebook can be addictive. I check in at least once a day and always seem to find something interesting.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The grandsons are in town on spring break. We picked them up yesterday and headed for the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Site where we toured the Monument and the Battleship Texas.
The Battleship Texas from the top of the San Jacinto Monument.
Headed for the Battleship.
Manning the gun.
Stopped on the way home at the Monument Inn for some great seafood.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
As I sat in the chair Sally, the woman cutting my hair, asked if I’d heard about the mosque coming to town. I hadn’t, and I wondered out loud if there were enough Muslims in the area to support a mosque. Sally told me that the townspeople were expecting more to move into town once the mosque was established. Apparently many were irate and trying to figure out a way to stop the mosque from being built.
“Really?” I said naively.
“Oh,” she replied, “it’s all anyone can talk about. People are so upset.”
“That’s crazy,” I said, trying to mentally sort out if this was basic racism, or religious fundamentalism fuelled by the twelve churches in the area, or somehow related to the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.
“Well, you know what I tell the people who are upset?” she asked
I looked at her in the mirror expectantly. I didn’t know Sally well, but I was hopeful. She seemed like a reasonable and generous woman.
“I tell them, ‘It’s better than a crack house!’”
I can honestly say I was speechless. For a minute I thought she might be joking. But she wasn’t. Having a Muslim house of worship in the community was, in her mind, clearly only marginally better than having a drug dealer set up shop.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I haven't checked this for accuracy, but http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/12/pi.digits/index.html purports to be pi to the 10,000th digit.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
It occurred to me that I’ve taken a lot of photographs of birds over the past two years, and I thought I would share some of them with you today.
The first is one of a pair of owls that nest on our property. It was early morning when I shot this and he was in a white-oak tree outside our kitchen window.
Not all the birds I photographed were real. This is a chainsaw sculpture from Highway 90 in Biloxi.
I did photograph some live pelicans in Key West.
And some seagulls near St. Petersburg.
There were peacocks at the Fountain of Youth Park
in St Augustine.
And speaking of white birds, there was the albino buzzard at a State Park in Alabama.
Other “park birds” included the Ospreys in Yellowstone
and the Raven at Bryce Canyon
I also photographed hummingbirds in a campground in Chama, New Mexico
And a mother hawk on her nest in my own back yard
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Cheryl bought Honey this orchid for Mother’s Day about fifteen years ago, and it has become the gift that keeps on giving. There are actually two plants in the pot, and one or the other has bloomed every year since she got it. There are a total of six blooms on the stem, and the ones that weren’t open in this photo are open this morning.