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August 10, 2017

There's No "P" in Huacachina

Today's Bing page has a lovely image of Huacachina, a village in southwestern Peru, built around a small oasis surrounded by sand dunes. It is in the Ica Province, about five kilometers from the city of Ica in the Ica District. The oasis features on the back of the 50 Nuevo Sol note. Huacachina has a permanent population of around 100 although it hosts many tens of thousands of tourists each year.

I decided I'd open up Google Earth and look at the satellite imagery, then discovered it also had the Street View.  I started my "tour" just outside the oasis, just as if I were driving into the town.  I didn't go very far until I saw this:

It's a little hard to see with this screenshot, but it sure looks like the guy is peeing right by the side of the road!

Google has been sued before for showing people urinating, so I was surprised they left this one un-blurred. I forwarded the view a few feet and saw this:

As you can see, I had missed the green garden hose the first time.

September 14, 2016

Difficult to Prove

Man, these "prove you're a human" things are getting harder and harder.   I had to go find my glucose meter for this one.

July 1, 2016

Jewish Drivers

I was just visiting a forum I frequent and while the purpose of the site is about lotteries and not cars,  threads often get side-tracked.  (OFTEN:  just last night I was reading a thread in a Cowboys forum and for some reason the discussion turned to Free Will.  Good Grief)

The topic was "What would be the first thing you'd buy after winning the lottery?" and when one member said he'd replace his old pickup that has 469,000 miles on it, some one asked him how he had managed that and after that, the thread was hijacked. 

I didn't include all of the truck's various mechanical problems in the screen shot of the reply, but it was a typo/misspelling that made me laugh.

I've never known Jewish drivers to be all that reckless or hard on vehicles, but if you say so....

April 1, 2016

What Would Scotty Do?

"Aye, Captain...we canna warp without the analytics!"

July 24, 2015

Deep in the Heart of CAPTCHA

I wanted to watch a video earlier, but as is always the case with this particular website, they put in a CAPTCHA feature to keep automated programs from downloading the videos. It's usually just a "copy this phrase" but sometimes it's a multiple choice quiz and I'd never seen this one before tonight.

I'm glad I got it right.

July 22, 2015

Not Exactly a Ringing Endorsement

I have been seeing more and more recipes calling for a pinch of saffron (I'm thinking it's going to be the next trendy ingredient).  I've never used it in cooking, but was familiar with it because I had once thought it might be a lucrative crop to grow. (labor intensive, though)

I had looked at it on Amazon before but that had been a year or two ago and I was wondering if it had gone up in price since that time.  I sorted the different brands by customer ranking and under one highly rated I found this critical, less-than-favorable review:

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May 28, 2015

Star-Studded Cast

I was searching for a place to catch up on past episodes of Mythbusters when I found a site that had this as the latest listing:

I'm gonna make sure I don't miss this show!  Although I never watched The X-Files, I'm a big fan of Gillian Anderson and several of the things she's done since that.  Johnny Depp?  Ehhh - I've liked a few of his movies,but he's not my favorite actor by any means.  He's probably more concerned about not going to jail in Australia than anything else right now.  I'm really anxious to see what part Paul Newman has to play in this reality program...seeing as how he died over six years ago.

February 12, 2015

Beer & Money

I was visiting StartSampling earlier today and the daily trivia question was what type are the Budweiser horses.  Yesterday's question was who is on the back of the $50 bill. 

I got both correct, but wasn't too surprised to see more people got the Budweiser question correct than did the $50 bill one.  After all, a fifty dollar bill isn't something found in most people's wallets (at least not mine, anyway) but most people have probably seen the Budweiser Clydesdale advertisements hundreds of times. 

February 11, 2015

The Trouble With Cam Movies

I saw a link to the latest Night at the Museum video and thought I would check it out but the problem was it was done with a cam by someone pirating the movie at the theater.  I've never seen a very good quality file of that type and other problems are obvious - the illegality, the background noise, a shaky video and of course, this:

I wonder how much that barrel of popcorn and the tanker-sized soda cost that woman who is blocking the view?

That reminds me of this Seinfeld episode:

(fast forward to 1:20)


February 9, 2015

Danger! Don't Dial Demi-god Daily!

I got a call earlier when I was out and the number shown on the caller ID was 800-555-1212.   I had used that number before; it's the AT&T information number, so I knew it was being "spoofed" by some less-than-legitimate party for some type of scam.  A quick Google search proved me right, but a posting on this site showed me that even heroes can't be helped by the Do Not Call registry.

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Ol' Herc needs to get himself a call blocker, just like I have.

February 5, 2015

Geisha Girls Get Gay

I was watching a video on YouTube last night: American Experience: PBS: Pearl Harbor Surprise and Remembrance. There was a segment about US/Japan relations,  Japanese culture and American perceptions of the Japanese and this was a title card of a snippet from a documentary made before the war.

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If you saw something like that these days, you'd think it was porn, huh?

Not only the times have changed, so have definitions of words.

February 4, 2015

I'm a Patient Guy

But I can't wait that long.

I was downloading a video last night and my Ant video downloader add-on showed this much time remaining:

I might have made a mistake figuring it, but that's 1.386 million years left on the download.  Let's see...my download finishes, or the sun burns out, probably one or the other.

I paused the d/l and started it back up again, was just a glitch.

September 22, 2014

Viva Las Vegas

One of the webcams I have bookmarked is the one of the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign.  During daylight hours, there's almost always a fair-sized crowd waiting to have their pictures taken with the sign in the background.  (and I've actually seen people taking photos of the sign at midnight or later, not as silly as it sounds considering how well-lit the sign and surroundings are.)

Here's a screen shot from just a few minutes ago and I caught the subject in mid-jump. (it's a little fuzzy b/c of the motion, much like I expect the actual photo will be)

I've never been to Vegas, but every time I view the webcam, I always think of the Elvis Presley musical Viva Las Vegas. I remember seeing it at the theater shortly after it came out - I must have been about ten years old and I must have also been on the cusp of puberty because Elvis didn't impress me, nor did the race scenes and cars, but because I was quite impressed by Ann-Margret. (Actually, she STILL impresses me.)  She's not in the video below, but here's the title song from the movie:

I like that, but ZZ Top also did a great cover of the tune.

Here's a video of Ann-Margret in the movie. I believe it was the beginning of my life-long admiration of women's legs, especially when they're in tights or leotards.

Welcome to Las Vegas Webcam

September 5, 2014

Wired Up

I always heard coffee wires some people up, but I never thought that meant literally.

August 19, 2014

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Actually, nothing.  It's the description at the top of the post that's oh-so-wrong.

This is the latest post on the Relish Magazine Facebook page.   I don't have the heart to tell them the vulgar definition of "corn hole". 

I guess they never watched Beavis and Butthead.

(Please note:  if that video doesn't explain the term to you, just do a Google search, but don't say you weren't warned!)

July 22, 2014

WAY Off-Topic

I read a lot of stuff on the 'net and have found that sometimes the comments under the articles make for better reading than the topic.

What really puzzles me are the comments totally unrelated to the subject; the topic might be border security and someone will bring up gay marriage, or in this case, Hollywood actor's salaries which brought forth this strange comment:

May 22, 2014

Bad Spell Check!

A fellow blogger and friend of mine had an exchange the other day about coffee creamer on this post: Hot or Cold Dinks. When I was replying to his comment, I was trying to spell out "hellatious" - which means, at least to me - "hell like". I wasn't for sure how to spell it, having said it plenty of times in my life but I don't recall ever writing it out.

I noticed it was underlined, so I figured the dictionary had the proper spelling.  Uh, nope...that's not it.

I went with "heckuva" instead.

May 19, 2014

Hot or Cold Dinks

I was just reading an article from one of my recipe sites, Spiced.  The recipe was Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream and the author was writing about his favorite ice cream flavor being vanilla, but why wasn't there a vanilla syrup for chocolate ice cream like there is chocolate syrup for vanilla?

Well, I've never used it for ice cream, but there IS such a thing as vanilla syrup and I started to reply and say so...but I didn't want to be one of those insufferable people who feel the need to point things like that out to others.

I mean, I don't want to be one of those people any longer;  I'm working on that, honest.

I've seen vanilla syrup in grocery stores, usually in the coffee aisle, right there with the powdered flavorings and creamers and the liquid form is in the milk section along with the other perishable items that need to be refrigerated.  A quick search online shows that you can make it yourself, or buy it from Walmart or Amazon.  I've never made a simple syrup w/ vanilla, but it sounds easy enough and the closest to an ice cream syrup;  personally, I've never cared for the coffee flavorings - they just don't taste very good and leave an aftertaste.

Back in grade school, I fell in love with a girl who sat right next to me.  I was far too young to be physically attracted to her, but there was *something* about her that drew me to her.  I finally worked up the courage to tell her she really, really smelled good and she told me her mother wouldn't let her wear perfume, so she dabbed a little bit of vanilla extract behind her ears.

That was when I learned a life lesson;  boys are either hungry or horny, one or the other, all the time...just not both at the same time.

Maybe that's what I need to do; create a perfume that smells like baked goods.  Oh wait, they already have.

Anyway...something caught my eye on the Amazon listing:

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April 8, 2014

ACME Planimeter

ACME Planimeter has got to be one of the best online web tools I've ever used.  I love to look at real estate ads, then find them on Google Earth or Bing Maps, but the Google Earth measuring tool has limitations - at least in the free version I use - in that I can use it to outline the dimensions of the property, but then have to use my calculator or an online acreage calculator to figure out the total area.  That takes time and often isn't all that accurate, the cause of which is not completely my incompetence.

Well, I want to believe that, anyway.

Here's the outline of a property I'd love to own near Quitman, Texas. (home town of Sissy Spacek) The listing says it's 50 acres and using the ACME Planimeter gives the exact same figure.

It's really easy to use. From the website:

Drag the map with your mouse, or double-click to center.
Click on the map to place points.
The enclosed area is shown below.

The page remembers your most recent position/zoom/map-type for the next time you visit. If you haven't visited before, it tries to figure out your location based on your internet address. The area computation is done using spherical geometry, so it's correct for large regions.