December 31, 2012
From the site: Census Dotmap is a map of every person counted by the 2010 US Census. The map has 308,450,225 dots - one for each person. On the whole, Census Dotmap is an image of human settlement patterns unmediated by proxies like city boundaries, arterial roads, state lines, etc.
Be patient; depending upon your connection, it will take a little while to load over three million dots! Use the map feature to zoom down to the area you wish to view in more detail.
As you can see, the Texas Panhandle is sparsely populated, especially compared to the Eastern Seaboard and Southern California.
I like it that way, even though this geographic area doesn't have much clout in Congress or the Texas Legislature.
December 30, 2012
fastigiate fas·tig·i·ate [fa-stij-ee-it, -eyt] adjective
1. rising to a pointed top.
2. Zoology . joined together in a tapering adhering group.
a. erect and parallel, as branches.
b. having such branches.
I can think of several comments about this word, but seeing as how it's a "G-rated" blog....
December 27, 2012
The South Pole is surrounded by a large land mass covered by a thick ice sheet. The North Pole rests in the middle of the Arctic Ocean which acts as an effective heat reservoir, warming the cold atmosphere in the winter and drawing heat in the summer.
Even though it's warmer, I don't think I'm taking a vacation to the North Pole.
|You Had a Bad Year|
A lot went wrong for you, and you're still recovering from it.
The good news is that things probably won't get worse for you.
So look forward to the new year, where things will hopeful be much better!
On the bright side, there's still a few days left in which to turn it around!
This never was one of my favorite AC/DC tunes; it's arguably one of the ones they're most famous for, but I much prefer others. I can't hear it now without thinking of the following chilling story.
Back when I was roughnecking, I went to work for a younger guy named Ricky; I had worked with him before, the son-in-law of the driller. He was always sleepy and I resented him going to sleep out on the rig and subsequently forcing me to keep an eye on things. I also was worried about driving home with him, afraid he would fall asleep at the wheel.
I had a horrible dream about being with him in a wreck and decided to quit that job. At the time, it was easy to find another rig that needed an experienced hand, especially working morning tour (nights/graveyard) during the winter. I told him that night that I was going to quit and brought all my clothes home with me that next morning.
Needless to say, he was upset; I'm sure most of his anger was because he'd have to find someone to fill my spot and that his spoiled rotten wife would be P.O.'d that he'd have to spend most of the day looking for another hand instead of driving her around so she could foolishly spend his paycheck.
(I felt sorry for him; she not only spent his money on stupid crap, but couldn't be bothered to pack him a decent lunch. Many times I had seen him open up his lunch box to find a couple of bologna sandwiches...just meat and bread, no lettuce, tomato and not even any mayo. If he was lucky, he'd have a bag of chips and a few candy bars - if she hadn't eaten them already)
We were sitting in front of his house where I had parked my pickup the night before; he was trying his best to talk me out of quitting, but I wouldn't change my mind. As I had mentioned, it was a cold winter morning and when I thought my idling truck had warmed up enough, I told him I'd best go on home. He didn't answer; he had fallen asleep. I opened the door and got into my vehicle. He didn't wake up.
I decided I would go eat breakfast at the local cafe and did so. As I was driving out of town to go home, I passed by his house and saw him with his head on the steering wheel, still asleep. It was a nearly new car and outside, so I didn't worry about him being gassed by the car fumes. Like I said, he was a sleepy head.
It wasn't but a few weeks later he fell asleep on the way home, driving his brand new truck, and side-swiped a cattle truck. The rest of the crew was asleep too and thankfully none of them were seriously injured. I spoke to the county judge/coroner after that and he said there wasn't enough left of Ricky to pick up in a body bag.
I don't expect his spoiled wife was all that fussed about his death; she really was a dreadful person and was having affairs with several men in town. I'm sure she was looking forward to the death insurance check. The pickup sat in her front yard for months, towed there after the wreck. Someone finally offered to buy it for scrap and she accepted the offer but first wanted to get a brand new stereo out of the vehicle.
A friend of mine was called and asked if he would pull the stereo unit out of the car. He accepted (I think he was one of the men that was sleeping with her on the side) the driver's side dashboard was caved in, so he was having to take it out from the front. As he was wiggling the unit out of the dash to better get to the wires to disconnect them, the stereo came on.
This was the song that was playing when Ricky died.
December 26, 2012
December 25, 2012
It's the best I could do.
Let me see if I've got this Santa business straight. You say he wears a beard, has no discernible source of income and flies to cities all over the world under cover of darkness? You sure this guy isn't laundering illegal drug money? - Tom Armstrong
I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark. - Dick Gregory
Saint Nicholas of Myra, the original Santa Claus, was the patron saint of children, thieves and pawnbrokers.
A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.
On Christmas Eve in 2001, the Bethlehem Hotel had 208 of its 210 rooms free.
It's "God rest ye merry, gentlemen," not "God rest ye, merry gentlemen."
December 23, 2012
If the Russkies had put the same effort into Communism as they do into these scams, they wouldn't have lost the Cold War.
I should have saved all the email addresses of the scam mails, but I just deleted them from the junk mail folder. Here's this one though, in hopes their fellow scammer/ spammer spiders pick it up and spam THEIR email address.
December 22, 2012
verb (used with object) to withdraw one's feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss: He decathected from her in order to cope with her impending death.
Yet another word of which I wasn't familiar...but yet another definition I know all-too-well. It's what I've been doing over the last few years with most of my relationships.
December 21, 2012
Now, I realize the poster isn't a native-born English speaker, but it's still funny.
I've heard them referred to as "goose bumps", "goose pimples" or even "goose flesh" but never "goosehumps".
I immediately thought of this.
December 20, 2012
|Your Christmas Spirit Level: 10%|
If you celebrate Christmas at all, it's only when you truly want to.
It's okay if you're not really into the whole Christmas thing. Don't worry about not having enough spirit.
Pushing yourself to do more will only turn you into a Grinch!
From the site: In November 2012, Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Voters in Washington and Colorado passed initiatives that would make their states the first in the country to allow recreational use of the drug. But under federal law, the sale of cannabis remains illegal. And the US Food and Drug Administration states that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." How much do you know about marijuana? Take our quiz and find out.
As you can see, I didn't score very well. Maybe if I'd been stoned....
How much do you know about marijuana?
Obama says going after marijuana 'not a top priority'
December 19, 2012
whinge [hwinj, winj] verb (used without object), whinged, whing·ing.
British and Australian Informal.
to complain; whine.
This is a word I picked up from my British friends in MSN Groups. I had never heard it until seeing them use it, but in the context, it was easy to understand the meaning. It's a great word and I use it now instead of the ubiquitous "You want some cheese to go with that whine?"
The Brits have some great slang words; oh, I doubt I'll ever start calling the trunk of a car "the boot" or refer to my galoshes as "rubbers" and I much prefer "ass" to "arse", but they do have some good insults - one of my favorites is "wanker".
"Quit yer whinging, ya wanker."
December 17, 2012
10. "Remember me? I'm the kid with the weak bladder"
9. "You smell like supermarket gin"
8. "The real miracle on 34th Street would be if they accepted my mom's MasterCard"
7. "I want a 2004 Pontiac Aztec"
6. "Oh, by the way, if I don't get an X-Box, I'm gonna hunt you down, old man"
5. "I'm Jewish"
4. "I love you Kenny Rogers"
3. "Frankly I'm just here to humor my parents"
2. "While I'm talking to you, my mom is shoplifting blouses"
1. "Mom says you're my real daddy"
December 16, 2012
December 15, 2012
|You Are the Thumb|
Mentally strong and agile, you do things your own way. And you do them well.
You are a natural leader... but also truly a loner. You inspire many but connect with few.
You get along well with: The Middle Finger
Stay away from: The Pinky
I get along well with The Middle Finger.
Why am I not surprised?
December 14, 2012
From AMC, the If Your Life Were a Christmas Movie, It Would Be... quiz. From the site:
How many times have you heard someone say, "My life is just like a movie." Too often to count probably. Yet what if your life really was a movie? In particular, a holiday movie! What would it be like? You can find out with AMCtv.com's personality quiz If Your Life Were a Christmas Movie, It Would Be... Is your glass of eggnog half-full or half-empty? Your answers to seven questions will let you know whether your life looks more like Miracle on 34th Street or White Christmas
My results, not much of a surprise!
If Your Life Were a Christmas Movie, It Would Be...
If they ever do fall sleep with both eyes shut, it's not on porpoise.
Clipart courtesy of Free-Clipart-Pictures.net
December 13, 2012
Trailer; movie due to be released in 2013
The Last 40 Miles on Facebook
The video in this post has some "real" (not animated) scenes of the drive from Livingston to Huntsville.
December 11, 2012
December 10, 2012
|You Are Both an Introvert and an Extrovert|
You like to weigh all of your options before making a decision. You are apt to look for a compromise.
You are easy going and low maintenance. You tend to let the small stuff slide.
You rely on yourself first and foremost. You know that you won't ever let yourself down.
December 9, 2012
Here's my score:
I did well on the test, especially considering I had read only three of the books. Thank goodness for multiple choice!
(For the books I've read, highlight below the following link; I don't want to give out spoilers)
Great American Novels – Quiz
-->The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea and The Grapes of Wrath.
December 8, 2012
December 7, 2012
howdah how·dah [hou-duh] noun
(in the East Indies) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant.
If a Texan greeted you while riding an elephant, it would be a howdy from the howdah.
Now THIS is how we need to promote alternative/renewable/green energy production, not giving massive subsidies to huge solar companies who take the money and run. (declare bankruptcy) I'm still not a fan of direct subsidies/payments for solar/wind generation, but don't strenuously object to tax credits. (I'd rather see it coming from a state than the federal govt. though.)
December 6, 2012
|You Are a Mirror|
You don't mind being around others, but you prefer to spend the bulk of your time by yourself.
You are a slow and critical thinker. You need to mull things over for a long time.
You hold yourself accountable for your actions. You are constantly evaluating your life and trying to improve.
December 5, 2012
From the website: Kelly Pratt - I’ve set out to make the sandwich for each of the 50 states as a fun way to work on my photography, design, and writing skills. It will be quite a delicious journey across the US. Before I make each sandwich I do research on the Internet, call local sandwich shops, and check out a few books to be sure I do my best to properly represent a state.
The choice for the Texas sandwich is brisket, and I wouldn't argue against that. Their reasoning?
When a sandwich starts with bloody marys and ends with tequila, it’s pretty impossible not to love.
Couldn't argue against that, either.
Robbery suspect brags on YouTube
And this was posted under the vid:
I just stole a car and robbed a bank. Now I'm rich, I can pay off my college financial aid and tomorrow i'm going for a shopping spree. Bite me. I love GREENDAY!
I hope she gets a light sentence for stealing a car and robbing the bank, but I'd give her life for adding the Green Day tune to her video.
December 4, 2012
December 3, 2012
Other than the order, it would be hard for me to argue against the songs on this list; they're all in my mp3 jukebox. Oh, I suppose if I wanted to nitpick, I wouldn't have included Hotel California or Imagine, but I don't object enough to their being on the list to fuss about it. It's a little too heavy on Led Zepplin for my taste, but I understand why the songs are included.
What do you think? Did they miss any? Are there any songs on the list you wouldn't have included?
"I'd like to hold YOU, dear."
|You Hold Peace Dear|
When things get tough, you can get philosophical. You find an inner calm in your heart.
You are a very balanced creature. You avoid too much of a good thing.
You are good at expressing universal truths. You are both wise and philosophical.
December 2, 2012
|empurple em·pur·ple [em-pur-puh l] verb (used with object), verb (used without object), em·pur·pled, em·pur·pling.
1. to color or become purple or purplish.
2. to darken or redden; flush.
This is a strange word. I wonder why there's no "emred", "emblue" or "emgreen"?(not pertaining to color, but there IS an "emred" type of hunting dog)
December 1, 2012
|You are Neurotic and Open|
You have low extroversion.
You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.
You have low conscientiousness.
Impulsive and off the wall, you don't take life too seriously.
Unfortunately, you sometimes end up regretting your snap decisions.
Overall, you tend to lack focus, and it's difficult for you to get important things done.
You have low agreeableness.
Your self interest comes first, and others come later, if at all.
In general, you feel that people are not to be trusted.
And you're skeptical that anyone else really feels differently.
You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is high.
In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
You'll try almost anything interesting, and you're constantly pushing your own limits.
A great admirer of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.
November 30, 2012
November 28, 2012
No wonder, what with the Powerball frenzy that's gripped the nation over the last few days. The jackpot was originally 450 million but at the time of the drawing had increased to 580 million and it was announced that outlets were selling 100,000 tickets a minute.
Still, the official Powerball website hasn't been overwhelmed. I usually go to USA Mega when I want results; it seems to always be up and running when the others aren't just after the drawings of huge jackpots. They also announce both the numbers and results much earlier than does any other lottery site I have bookmarked.
I'm a little sick; I had purchased a couple of numbers w/ the Powerball/multiplier option, making my total investment in the half-billion+ dollar dream come to six bucks. As I sat here earlier, I thought I might run down and get another ticket but decided against it. I get quick picks these days when I play; I used to play a set of numbers but quit when my age became more than the largest possible number available to pick. -sigh- I thought I might play my old numbers and let the machine pick the Powerball. As I checked my numbers earlier, I saw that four of my numbers would have been chosen for winnings of $200 and much more if I had happened to have chosen the multiplier.
Oh well. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, that's my motto.
Certainly not official, but the webmaster at the USA Mega site says there are at least two winners in two different states. If that's true, then the predicted one billion dollar drawing that WOULD have been Saturday night won't happen. At the present time, the MegaMillions, the Powerball and the Texas Lottery are all "small" jackpots.
What is the Mosquito Ringtone?
The short version, A tone outside the audible range of hearing for most people over the age of 30. This means that you can get phone calls and receive text messages in class or school without teachers hearing it.
Lots of other fun stuff on the site; mosquito games, printable mosquito coloring pages even some variants of the mosquito ringtones available for download. One useful thing is the Hearing Test.
When I first came across this site, I thought "Oh, I bet my hearing is still pretty good...I certainly don't have "old" ears." I was wrong; I couldn't hear the upper ranges of the tones and after checking out the Hearing Test, I was dismayed to find that the only sounds I could clearly hear were the 10000 and 8000 Hertz Tones.
Dismayed, but not totally surprised. After the years of working on extremely loud drilling rigs, some hearing loss is to be expected. Up until a few years ago, I suffered from Tinnitus but that's gone away to where it's nearly unnoticeable. (I think getting control of my blood sugar has something to do with it, but I'm not sure.)There were times, however, during the dead of night it was maddening.
So, I guess I DO have "old ears". I might not be able to hear like the young whippersnappers, but I bet most of them can't wiggle my ears like I can!
EDIT TO ADD: I had several tabs open and before closing the Hearing Test tab after posting, I tried a few more frequencies; I could barely hear some of the others, then thought to check my volume control.
Duh. I had it turned down quite a bit while listening to online radio earlier. I could clearly hear the 14000 Hertz Tone. I can barely hear the next one, but not well enough to use it as a ring tone. I don't need a ring tone anyway...don't have a cell phone, for one. No one ever calls me, so I hardly need a land line except for my DSL.
Anyway, good news and bad news: the good news is my hearing isn't as bad as I thought it was. The bad news? Not checking my volume control means my mind is slipping.
November 27, 2012
Oddly enough, I got it the other day when posting this.
|You Should Take Up Journaling|
You spend a lot of time thinking by yourself. It helps to get your thoughts down on paper.
You are an idealistic soul. You have noble ideas about the world.
You are a natural writer of all sorts. You are equally suited writing essays, journals, and fiction.
1. British Dialect . to shirk; evade work or responsibility.
2. to renege at cards.
At least now I'll know what to call it if I'm ever in Great Britain just goofin' off. A slacker is a slacker the world around, I expect.
November 25, 2012
amygdaliform a·myg·da·li·form [uh-mig-duh-luh-fawrm] adjective
She is naturally blonde, pale, with amygdaliform eyes and high cheekbones.
- Gulnar Nazarkhan, The Secret World
This is a word I didn't know and don't think I've ever seen it. I know I've never heard it used in conversation. It's also a word that I think is unnecessary. Instead of saying someone has amygdaliform eyes, why not just say they have almond-shaped eyes? At least people would understand what you meant and not have to go look it up.
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Not sure what a broken TV has to do with a website, but I got the gist of it. Actually, that's how I often feel after watching the Dallas Cowboys play.
How To Fix a 404 Not Found Error
35 Entertaining 404 Error Pages
This is definitely one case of NOT having a leg up on the competition!
November 24, 2012
potvaliancy pot-val·iant [pot-val-yuhnt] adjective
brave only as a result of being drunk.
Interesting word, and one of which I wasn't familiar...although it seems as though that should be "drunkvaliancy"; "potvaliancy" would be brave as a result of being stoned, although that might very well be an oxymoron.
November 23, 2012
Just kidding. As disappointing as that loss was to a division rival, the sun still came up this morning, I'm still alive and life goes on. I WOULD like to have a few thousand more of these towels to stick in the mouths of those who call in to sports talk shows, griping about the coaching staff, the quarterback, the owner and "know" how to fix what ails the Pokes. If they are so smart, why aren't THEY coaching a pro football team?
From the site: Ever since Philo T. Farnsworth, David Sarnoff, and Vladimir Zworykin started toying with vacuum tubes in the early part of the 20th century, we've been intrigued by the box with moving pictures and sound. Try your hand at our television trivia quiz.
TV Trivia Quiz
I didn't do so hot. I did miss a few when second guessing myself. I'm not sure if I should be a little disappointed that I missed so many or happy that I DON'T know that much about television. There are all kinds of questions, from classic TV to present time and several questions about British programs.
|You Are Carefree|
You like to go wherever life takes you. You have no rules or routine.
You are a true free spirit. You do whatever works. If what works changes, you'll change too.
You don't value structure or order much in your life. It kills the spontaneity.
November 22, 2012
agape \ah-GAH-pey\ , noun:
1. Unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications.
2. The love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
When I first saw this word in the Word of the Day module, I immediately thought of this definition:
agape a·gape [uh-geyp, uh-gap] adverb, adjective
1. with the mouth wide open, as in wonder, surprise, or eagerness: We stood there agape at the splendor.
2. wide open: his mouth agape
Both definitions: agape
Normally, this would be where I'd insert some snarky comment or try a feeble attempt at humor with the word, but I just don't feel like it today. It makes me sad that we consider the U.S. to be a Christian nation, but in most respects we are not. We export war to all corners of the globe, for one, and when we try to combat evil, we wind up killing innocents. Surely there's some better way to spread freedom throughout the world.
Even our attempts to take care of the poor and less fortunate are filled with fraud and waste, futilely throwing money at the problems in hopes they'll go away.
I love my country, but want it to ACT like a Christian nation, not just give the title lip service.
My mouth is agape at the lack of agape. -sigh-
November 21, 2012
It got me to wondering if the lighter fluid makes the flints soft when stored there; I had heard it argued both ways, so I thought I'd do a little research on it. I never did find any reasons against doing it but found several posts on forums by people saying that's where they stored extra flints.
Among the links were lighters for sale; I went to Amazon and saw some pretty good deals on lighters and thought I might put one of the less expensive ones in my shopping cart along with a few other things I had in there. At the bottom of the page there were links to external sites with lighters for sale and my jaw dropped when I saw this one:
Good grief, what would you light with that lighter? Cigarettes packed with 24K gold leaf? Pipes filled with shredded $100 bills? I know it's supposed to be a "work of art" and not used, but for that amount of money you could probably fly the Japanese artist over and have him paint one of the scenes as a mural on a wall in your house!