June 25, 2010
Or the bottom side of a pillow
You Are a Bit Cool
You like to keep a bit of distance from other people. You take an interest in them, but you don't like to get too involved.
You are a confident person, and you're aware of the image you project. You act like you're in control even when you're not.
You are not very comfortable being approached. Conversations with strangers are difficult for you.
You are engaged and paying attention to the world. You are a good listener.
June 24, 2010
Learn Chinese — Learn a Chinese Character a Day
I stumbled across this website the other day and immediately subscribed to the feed. The site's premise/purpose is to provide all the information and tools to learn a single Chinese character each day. Seeing as how the Chinese pretty much own America - or its GDP for the next hundred years - I thought it prudent to learn how to communicate with our future overlords.
For example, today's word is pronounced - mén - meaning:
1. door. (n)
2. valve; switch. (n)
3. knack. (n)
4. school of thought. (n)
5. (measure word) used for subjects of study, cannons, marriage, relatives. (n)
They even show how to draw the character with a nifty little animation:
The site also has sound files to listen to the word, plus gives examples in translated-to-English sentences such as these:
Open the door, please.
That's the least of what we'll have to do for our Chinese bosses.
How many courses did you select?
I don't think this will mean anything to do with education. No, I think it will be pertaining to food. "How many courses...?" will be a subtle (in the Chinese way) but stern reminder that we Americans don't need all that protein we're accustomed to. One small bowl of rice, two or three dehydrated minnows and a half-cup of pickled frog intestines will be three courses.
I just hope they don't insist upon me using those damn chopsticks. I always get splinters in my lips when I've use those.
He finally got the hang of repairing computers.
That's what I might hear my own personal master say to his boss while pleading that my life should be spared. I've earned the death sentence by insolence, laziness and possession of a banned firearm as well as a prohibited radio found tuned to decadent Western rock and roll .
He has already converted to Buddhism.
Again, he's arguing my case. I haven't converted, I just shave my head in hopes they'll think I'm a monk. (the celibate part is in my favor, too)
The first thing we shall do is to turn on the switch.
That's probably one of the last things I'll hear as they strap me into the electric chair.
(just kidding on that last...everybody knows the Chinese just shoot you in the head)
Sorry, couldn't help but crack wise on this site, even though it's very informative and useful and I DO plan on trying to learn a little bit of Chinese. (I recently read it's much, much easier learn than is Polish)
Still, there's a grain of truth to what I wrote, the hyperbole regarding the US and China and our future relations. I'd like to take this time to point out that Ron Paul has been warning us of this for years.
Regardless, this site is still worth featuring.
Learn Chinese Everyday
June 23, 2010
June 22, 2010
June 21, 2010
Today, our sun reaches its northernmost point in planet Earth's sky. Called a solstice, the date traditionally marks a change of seasons -- from spring to summer in Earth's Northern Hemisphere and from fall to winter in Earth's Southern Hemisphere.
In this image from 2007, NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites provided the first three-dimensional images of the sun. STEREO, a two-year mission that launched October 2006, provided a unique and revolutionary view of the Sun-Earth System.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/NRL/GSFC
heliolatry \hee-lee-OL-uh-tree\ , noun;
1. Worship of the sun.
I bet there are millions of people who now regret their helioatry from years past.
Well, maybe there's a few that don't....
Watch this Sun-Damaged Skin Pictures Slideshow on the effects of sun damage to your skin such as wrinkles, moles, melanoma (skin cancer) and more.
couvade \koo-VAHD\ , noun;
1. A practice in certain cultures in which the husband of a woman in labor takes to his bed as though he were bearing the child.
I can't recall ever seeing this word before now, but I doubt I'll ever do it because I've already given birth to a kidney stone.
Via "C-section", too. That was bad enough, but I don't think I'd have liked the "natural birth."
June 20, 2010
Created by Oatmeal
I would have done better if I'd had more fights in my life as well as had martial arts training. Still, 28 isn't bad. I bet my big sister could take on 35, maybe 40 Biebers before she went down.
NOTE: Sometimes with quizzes I will post a related video for comedic value.
Not in this case.
I dunno 'bout the rest of the results, but I do love me my chili dogs, plenty of onions, please.
You Are a Chili Dog
You are wild and a little unpredictable. You have a zany side to you.
It would be an understatement to say you live on the edge. You pretty much ignore the edge!
You have a spicy approach to life, and it's only getting hotter. There is nothing dull about you.
You push yourself on a regular basis. You know what you are capable of, and you refuse to wimp out.
June 19, 2010
Live and unplugged
(Note: On Yahoo this tune is attributed to Stewart, but I'm pretty sure that's Ron Wood accompanying him...so wouldn't it really be "Stay With Me - Faces"??? )
I had forgotten it, but the other day I came across an old newspaper clipping of my senior year "bio" (a tradition the school newspaper did every year for each senior) listing my favorite things and I said this song was my fav. Now, I don't know why I said that, because I can think of several other tunes that I should have listed ahead of this one. (Long Cool Woman, Fortunate Son, any number of Elton John songs that were out at that time) Don't get me wrong, I like this song, but I'm still puzzled why I listed it as my number one.
Thinking on it really hard, I bet my g/f at the time and I were having problems and this was HER favorite song and I was just tryin' to score points.
amok \uh-MUHK\ ,
1. In or into a jumbled or confused state.
2. In or into an uncontrolled state or a state of extreme activity.
3. In a frenzy to do violence or kill.
1. A psychic disturbance characterized by depression followed by a manic urge to murder.
Did you hear about the lazy psychotic?
He only wanted to walk amok.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an American holiday honoring African American heritage. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday in 36 states of the United States.
June 18, 2010
What makes someone do something like this?
After reading this story: Nose biter gets 10 years (for biting off the tip of a Clovis man's nose), I was reminded of a man I used to work for, several times on several different rigs. I could write for hours about him - he was quite a character - but will save that for another time. He fancied himself a pretty good brawler and bore several scars from past fights, one being a pretty good notch on one of his nostrils, about the size of half a dime coin. The old wound was from it being bitten by someone and I can't recall if I ever asked him if he won or lost the fight. I don't know why I didn't ask, or can't remember. That's been a long time ago, that'll have to be my excuse.
I do remember telling my dad about how tough this man was, how much of a fighter he was and described the scar to him. Pop mulled the information over for a few seconds and blithely replied:
"Doesn't sound like he's THAT tough if someone can hold him down and bite off his nose."
I've been in a few scraps in my life, won several, lost a couple, some were pretty severe both ways, but I never gave anyone the chance to bite off a piece of my nose. Guess I'm tougher than I thought I was.
Hope everyone nose that.
June 18th 1815
Wiki entry on the
Battle of Waterloo
Charge of the British Heavy Cavalry
From the 1970 release Waterloo
Always loved this old country tune:
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
And this reminds me of elle. -sigh-
Waterloo - ABBA
(description w/ vid)
Waterloo was recorded in Dec 1973. Abba chose it over Hasta Manana to be the Swedish entry for Eurovision 1974, as it was a happy uptempo rocking song with rhythm and energy, and all the group sing. Stig Anderson took a demo tape on holiday to the Canary Isles. Stig agonised for a week to find the right title, then produced the original Swedish lyrics in a few hours, constructing a story of Waterloo as a metaphor for a girl surrendering to the love of a suitor. The rest is history, it was the first time Sweden had won Eurovision. The song rapidly became a worldwide hit after this huge success in Brighton in April 1974, reaching no. 1 in England on May 4 1974. This tv performance is from November 1974.
When I hear or read about Napoleon, I think back to some grafitti I saw at the Canadian, TX. h.s. that read:
"This is where Napoleon pulled his Bonaparte."
June 17, 2010
No, this isn't a post about that; it's about a post in this blog coming up near the top in a Yahoo search.
The post mentioned my dad and I castrating hogs and when the Yahoo search engine trawled this site, it picked up on those words "castrating" and "dad". I was "worried" that Google might have ToTG up near the top, but it's not on the first several pages for castrating dads OR hogs.
The only time in my life I had even a scintilla of a thought about that was when my dad was taking female hormones as a treatment for his prostate cancer. Dad told me the Dr. said the medication would also have a detrimental effect on his sex drive. Since Pop was nearly 70 at the time... we both had a little laugh at that. (although I hope I'M more worried about getting sex than cancer if I reach that age) One of the side-effects was that he started growing hair on his head again after his hairline had been receding for years.
I'm growing bald now, but I wouldn't take the trade, y'know?
Just got me to wondering, though, about something that's highly subjective:
Which is more perverse, people looking for information/stories about castrating their dad, or someone wanting information on "sister's feet" ???
Find out at the aptly named How Secure is My Password?
I'll admit I use only a few different passwords for nearly all my sign-in websites, a mixture of words, dates and places that mean something to me. I guess ONLY to me because the site says it'd take quite a while to bust it.
How Secure is My Password?
June 15, 2010
1. To adorn with hanging chains or strands of any material.
2. Dentistry. To reproduce natural gum patterns around the teeth or a denture.
1. A string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
2. A decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery.
3. A fabric suspended, draped, and bound at intervals to form graceful loops or scalloped folds.
4. Dentistry. The garlandlike area of the gums surrounding the necks of the teeth.
I've always thought of a garland of flowers when I've read this word, but now I'll think of...
June 14, 2010
quintessential \kwin-te-SEN-shel\ , adjective;
1. Being the most typical manifestation of a quality or a thing.
This blog is quintessentially me; not very reliable, flashy with no real talent, witty without much edge and scholarly in the shallow depths.
It's Flag Day!
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President's discretion to proclaim officially the observance.
One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952, celebrating its 57th year in 2009. The 59th Annual Appleton Wisconsin 2009 Flag Day Parade will feature the U.S. Navy. City of Appleton Wisconsin. The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which bases its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators.
Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is at Fairfield WA . Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and will celebrate the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.
Jimmy Ray Dean (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010)
Big Bad John
I grew up with a girl whose father bred and raised SPF (specific pathogen free) hogs for Jimmy Dean's plant in Plainview, Texas. Even though I eat very little pork, I'd probably buy Jimmy Dean sausage if it were on sale.
June 12, 2010
This has been floating around the 'net for quite some time - probably since the movie came out - but all the movies are on tonight and reminded me of it.
In a scene at the end, one of Doc's kids makes a weird gesture; to be honest, I never noticed it until it was pointed out in a video much like the following.
I really think the kid was trying to tell his mother or the director off-camera that he needed to pee.
Good lookin', too...
When I'm drunk.
You Are Serious
You are so wise it's intoxicating. People are blown away by the things you say.
In life, you are happy to take the sweet with the sour. You wouldn't want to feel too much of one emotion.
You are likely very literary and philosophical. You savor life, and you appreciate others who do as well.
You are very cosmopolitan and urban. It drives you crazy when people have a limited or provincial perspective.
juggernaut \JUHG-er-nawt\ , noun;
1. Any large, overpowering, destructive force.
2. Something, such as a belief or institution, that elicits blind and destructive devotion.
3. An idol of Krishna, at Puri in Orissa, India, annually drawn on an enormous cart under whose wheels devotees are said to have thrown themselves to be crushed.
Seems like I've known this word forever, being as how I've always liked Sci-Fi: "The alien war cruiser tore through the galaxy like a juggernaut." (for example)
I was shown the first definition in the autumn/h.s. football season of 1969; I was a 14 yr. old, 155 lb. freshman trying to block 19 yr. old 200 lb. Oklahoma hillbillies, the operative word being "trying".
June 10, 2010
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers w/ Ann Margaret
Who were the Bay City Rollers, you might ask?
The Bay City Rollers were a Scottish pop band of the 1970s. Their youthful, clean-cut image, distinctive styling featuring tartan-trimmed outfits, and cheery, sing-along pop hits helped the group become among the most popular musical acts of their time. For a relatively brief but fervent period (nicknamed "Rollermania"), they were worldwide teen idols. The group's line-up featured numerous changes over the years, but the classic line-up during its heyday included guitarists Eric Faulkner and Stuart Wood, singer Les McKeown, bassist Alan Longmuir, and drummer Derek Longmuir.
Since the band's quick rise to, and subsequent fall from fame, the members have endured numerous and varied struggles regarding royalty payments, substance abuse, and personal legal problems.
I might very well have to watch this video every day for a month or two, it's that funny. Didja catch the old lady knitting, the old man getting up to boogie and how could you miss the woman w/ the ear horn?
Good Grief, this is almost as funny as Terror on the Roller Coaster
June 9, 2010
From the site:
Can you tell whether a book is any good from its cover alone? Over 10 rounds, you will be shown two books. One will have a 5 star Amazon rating (from at least 15 reviews, at the time of writing) and one will have only 1 ½ stars or less (from at least 4 reviews)
Click on the book you think got a 5 star review on Amazon, and avoid the one that its readers hated.
I didn't fare too well, but my score of "6" is represented by books with that number in the title!
Judge a Book by its Cover
noctivagant \noc-tiv-A-gant\ , adjective;
1. Pertaining to going about in the night; night-wandering.
I'm definitely a noctivagant type of person; I've always preferred the nighttime. It was always easier to find a morning tour job on a drilling rig...not only to find a job (because not many other guys wanted to work that shift), but to find the rigs at night, the derricks lit up like short strands of pearls sticking up into the sky.
The best night shift is during the summer, although it's sometimes hard to get out during the day to enjoy the weather. It's cooler at night which certainly helps when having to work really hard. Winter nights were bad many times, especially during blizzards or wet, windy weather, but there's no better feeling than to be going home after a bad night and it was always a neat thing to be getting off when the rest of the world was going to work.
June 8, 2010
June 7, 2010
Never been on a sailboat, but I know for sure I'd love it.
You Are Having an Awesome Day
You feel like you are moving forward in your life, but you can handle the changes that are happening.
You are a flexible person. You tend to take life as it comes.
You are prioritizing your individuality right now. You have your own stuff to work on.
Deep down you crave freedom. You feel at peace when you are able to do what you want.
Sailing - Christopher Cross
I've been getting an error msg. when trying to post over this last weekend and earlier today. The Blogger Status page said this:
We're aware of isolated access issues in certain regions within the US. We're investigating this now and will follow-up as soon as we have more information to share
Thanks for your patience in the meantime.
It's now got this additional update:
Update, 12:30 PST: This is now fixed.
Cool, not that I was agonizing over it. MSN Groups taught me patience, along with quite a bit of other stuff, some about HTML and a lot about people.
Blogger has so little downtime, I can't remember ever being more than a little bit perturbed with it. I came close earlier when replying to a post and got the error msg., but what I typed went through. I've almost gotten out of the habit of copying any post before I hit send like we had to in Groups. I participate in a few forums that use the IntenseDebate software and they've been buggy at times, so I was still copying my text just in case.
Nice day here, starting to warm up some. I really need to get out and mow later.
Still, before I send: Ctrl-A, then Ctrl-C.
June 5, 2010
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June 3, 2010
I think boxers are the greatest athletes in all sports for the simple fact that they don't cry. That is mind-blowing. Have you ever been punched in the nose? Oh my gosh, it hurts so bad. They have to go back to corner, where some little man yells at them. 'Shut up, I just got punched in the face!'... If I was a boxer, do you know who I would hire as my corner man? My mom.
- Daniel Tosh
via Big Hollywood:
Classless Paul McCartney Trashes Bush In Front of Obama at White House
From the article
The Brits, as we all know, have a thing about “class.” For example, your accent not only denotes what part of the country from which you hail, but whether you are “working class,” “middle class,” or “nobility” and all things in between. And if you have the “wrong” accent, good luck getting accepted into certain circles.
For someone who comes from a nation that’s still so hung up on class, Paul McCartney recently demonstrated that he has none.
McCartney – excuse me, Sir Paul McCartney, obviously a classy guy – was in the East Room at the White House, receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Despite the non-political nature of the event, which featured McCartney himself and other musicians performing his songs in front of a select audience (including the President and First Lady), somehow Paul couldn’t hold back a snarky remark about Obama’s predecessor:
“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.”
What the heck, here's the rest, unethically stretching the "Fair Use" allowance, but it says exactly how I feel:
Here you are, invited to the United States to receive a prestigious award from the Library of Congress in the White House, the most celebrated address in America no matter who resides there. Bush was not your president then, just as Obama is not your president now. You’re just a visitor. And yet you, the guest of honor at a very swank party, have to mar the event with a tacky insult aimed at a man who is no longer calling the shots but is now a private citizen minding his own business. You also feel the need to tell the current president’s critics that Obama’s a great guy and you’re a huge fan, so “lay off.”
I’ll bet you were a brown noser in school too.
Just imagine an American singer or actor being similarly honored in your country and making such a remark at an event sponsored by David Cameron about either Gordon Brown or Tony Blair. The press there would rightly have a field day dragging said celeb over the coals.
By the way, you might want to try reading some of the same books as Bush has, rather than Obama’s biography, which was written before he’d even done anything worth writing about other than singing his own praises.
I find it amusing that Bush is widely known to be a dummy by celebrities like you, many of whom have not gone on to higher education themselves, but have decided to become musicians, actors, and so on. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Not going to college isn’t necessarily a sign of lack of intelligence, just as getting that degree doesn’t necessarily mean one is a genius.
But since you seem so eager to portray Obama as one of the greatest minds of our time, perhaps you could use some of your clout as a world renowned musician to get his college transcripts released so that the rest of us can bask in the rainbow glow of righteousness right along with you. After all, look how well the mantle of brilliance worked out for John Kerry.
Look, you don’t like George Bush. I get it. And never would I suggest that your right to speak your mind be taken away – part of the reason America sought to get away from the “mother country” was indeed about the tendency of the Crown to try to silence its critics. Yet because you think Obama is a “great guy,” you feel the need to tell the rest of us to “lay off” the poor sod as you continue to “lay into” the guy who isn’t even president anymore. Free speech is a two-way street, baby.
To quote Bugs Bunny: what a maroon.
Ditto from me, Sir (said with the same sneer as "cur")Paul. This hurts me because I've always been a huge fan as well as an unabashed Anglophile. Now I regret all the money I've ever spent to help line your pockets. (well, yours and your ex-wife's -snicker- ) I still love your music, but it will be hard for me to listen to it from now on thinking of the dumbass thing you said. Makes me wish I'd have stolen the tunes, instead.
Edit to add: I posted this shortly after seeing it pop up in my reader; there are now two pages of comments, many of them - like me - disappointed in McCartney's comment. Some others are more vicious...but funny.
You Are Who
You are a very social person, and you are happiest when you're surrounded by a big group of friends.
You're interested in people, and you always want to hear about what's going on in someone else's life.
You are friendly and optimistic. People inspire you, and they rarely get under your skin.
You believe that you can learn from each person. You listen carefully to learn what people have to teach you.
Who Are You? - The Who
June 1, 2010
as in "dead calm".
Your Life Will Be Calm in Ten Years
You're the type of person who takes things as they come, and you do your best not to worry.
You know that there's a lot in this world that you can't change - and you're not about to try to change it.
You are confident and content. You don't feel like you need to push too hard.
Try to break out of your comfort zone every now and then, though. Have an adventure! You are risking complacency.
From NASA's Image of the Day Gallery
This composite image shows N49, the aftermath of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud. A new long observation from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals evidence for a bullet-shaped object being blown out of debris field left over from an exploded star.
In order to detect this bullet, researchers used Chandra to observe N49 for more than 30 hours. Using the new Chandra data, the age of N49 -- as it appears in the image -- is thought to be about 5,000 years and the energy of the explosion is estimated to be about twice that of an average supernova. These preliminary results suggest that the original explosion was caused by the collapse of a massive star.
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Penn State/S. Park et al.
Optical: NASA/STScI/UIUC/Y.H. Chu & R. Williams et al.
oleaginous\oh-lee-AJ-uh-nuhs\ , adjective;
1. Having the nature or qualities of oil.
2. Containing oil.
3. Producing oil.
4. Unctuous; fawning; smarmy.
The first three definitions could describe the Gulf of Mexico. The last one could describe the President as he bowed before the Saudis a few months ago.
Excuse me while I get on the soapbox. I was dismayed to see Obama bow to the Saudi king, but have been more so to see the US grovel before them each time we buy a bbl. of oil from the Middle East.
I think Bush was wrong to invade Iraq, at least when he did. No, we should've invaded the REAL source of terrorism (esp. that of the 9/11 attacks), Saudia Arabia. We should have invaded and captured Mecca, then set off a "hog bomb" - tons and tons of bacon fat- right in the middle of their "sacred site".