Wednesday, December 31, 2008
in case anyone was wondering... straight from the verizon webpage...
Text messages sent are billed per address. Picture and Video messages sent to up to 10 addresses are billed as one message.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009!!!
MAY EVERYONE'S YEAR BE MUCH BETTER THAN MY 2008 WAS!
(ALTHOUGH IT WASN'T ALL BAD, OF COURSE...)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I say, buy the tickets, like all of them, and sell them for cheap on Ebay.
The tickets are only flying out from Asian countries though.
Read about it here.
Buy the tickets here
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Answers that are not acceptable.
Body Parts or Part of a Body
Family (Spouse, Children ect. Included)
Any Specific Person (Abraham Lincoln, Barrack Obama, Samus Aran ect.)
Anything else goes.
My Answer: Comfort
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Laughter erupted from the deepest pit of my stomach. We are cool?
"NO!" I said. We are not cool!
So. Now that I realized Jill is heavily influenced by worldly dorkiness (aka, Noah, Fletcher and Finn... certainly Hans) i will share with you the main reason Jill rocks. Jill took me around NYC, on her own accord. She listened to my thoughts and views on art, both good and bad. She patiently let me rant on about modern art and how much it stinks. When i finally took a breath, ahe calmy states," I still like it..."
The bus station she directed me to was far away... we walked, freezing, me complaining the whole time, the only way i made it was with her urging me on...
I didn't have a boook for the 5 hour bus ride. She found a book store. Granted, the majority of the writing was in Chinese but it didn't stop her from purchasing the only book written in English in the whole store : "Shakespeare's Henry IV"
Lastly, she left. I sat, alone, surrounded by foreigners i didn't know... i whipped out my book and started reading. Loneliness and cold creeping over me. As i shivered im my coat, trying to focus on old English, i suddenly see a radiance entering the bus station. After the blindness passed me by, i felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Jill with a Hot Tea waiting for me... and I could choose which flavor i wanted.
So, in closing. I guess I would have to say that there IS something about the Haverkamps. If we can have someone as cool as Jill willingly marry into the family, and actually enjoy it, doesn't that make us cool?
Friday, December 12, 2008
a young man says, "so is that your kid".
i of course say "yes".
he says he has three kids.
i say "oh i have 3 also".
he says "you look too young".
he says he has a 3 year old and twin 11 month olds.
some how he says his age. now this is the kicker.
he says "oh i am 22"
yes thats right, 22.
i am too young to have 3 kids. but him at 22 is not.
so what age does that put me at. 21. 20. 19 maybe.
i of course let him know that i am indeed 30.
yes he was surprised. oh so surprised.
tell your little buddies that in vermont, like that thai restaurant, hans.
and hans don't feel bad, you don't look a day over 40.
See, if you can draw something up, we could have our own famous comic, don't you think so?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
You need to click the images to expand them and see the whole thing.
Case 1: April 2007, Chad and Wife. Area not specified.
Case 2: May 5th 2007, Unnamed, Lake Tahoe
Case 3: May 16th, 2007, flickr member rajman1977, Capitola, California
his flikr account was shutdown June 6th,2007. He said that he did not do this. One would assume the government told Flikr to shut it down.
Case 4: June 5th, 2007, Photos by Stephen Posted by Jenna, Big Basin Redwoods
I think this could all be a hoax, it is the obvious conclusion. This is without a doubt the most rare thing in the UFO history from what I can tell, aside from maybe the 1974 Mexico UFO crash which is still pretty cool. Anyway, whether or not it is a "hoax", it was pretty well executed. Except that noone has ever seen anything like this particular UFO, and noone has seen it since June in 2007. What is interesting about UFO's, is that they are incredibly consistent, most of them look the same, they are either Disc's, Spheres, Cigar Shaped or Triangles, but this piece of work is pretty freaking sweet. Anyway, enjoy the hoax or reality, either way.
A guy going by the name "Isaac" posted this explanation in 2007.
Long story short, it is about how he thinks it is just a government craft. He claims he worked reverse engineering alien technology for many years. And all of these ufo sightings are close to the NASA Ames Research Center.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.
Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed in California, an archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet. Shortly after, headlines in the LA Times newspaper read: "California archaeologists have found traces of 200 year old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers."
One week later, the Burlington Free Press, a local newspaper in Vermont, reported the following:"After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near the Lamoille River, in Fairfax, Vermont, Ira Lemont, a self-taught archaeologist and graduate of UVM, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Ira has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Vermont had already gone wireless.
"Thank God for Ira. Who said Vermonters were hicks???
I have already done everything on this list, including:
- eating at said restaurant of professional boxer. He was awesome.
- seeing Etruscan ruins
- I have a panini at Parma at least once a week. Right up my street. Amazing.
- First gelato I ahd was at said gelateria next to straniera.
- Piazza IV Novembre is a given.
A room walking up to the cupola of the duomo in florence.
Also on the stairs going up to the cupola.
Also at Cinque Terra. This was Corniglio Im pretty sure.
Beach at Cinque Terra. Definitely the highlight of the entire weekend.
Self Portrait. Inspired by Hans. A likely caption is, "Just who do you think I am!"
These last two are two versions of a collage I put together. The photos were taken about 30 feet from the Jar photo. I'm just curious as to which composition you think is better. Can you spot all the differences!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Actually, I am just remembering something - did Hilary send this information out a few weeks ago?
Hans Christian Haverkamp, Ph.D.
STAY OUT OF THE WATER, YOU’LL GET A CRAMP!!!
When you were young, did your parents prevent you from swimming after eating because you would get a “cramp” or a “stitch” and drown? My guess is that most of you have either been told this yourself or have at least heard of the theory. One of my colleagues here at Johnson State College swims regularly and asked me what this eat-swim-cramp-die paradigm is all about, and whether or not it holds any merit. I have never really believed in the veracity of this model, but had not previously taken the time to seriously consider it or to look up from whence and where the idea came into being. After some thought, here is what I think on this issue.
A quick web search suggests that this theory likely originated from the fact that blood flow to the digestive tract is increased after eating a meal; thus, according to the theory, there will not be enough blood available for delivering oxygen to the muscles necessary for swimming. Think of this as a competition for blood flow between the digestive tract and the muscles used for swimming. In reality however, a healthy person has plenty of blood available (more than plenty, in fact) to fully support the muscular activity required for swimming and the increased blood flow to the gut. Interestingly, this theory actually doesn’t even explain how swimming after eating would cause a cramp in the intestinal region. Or, was the idea that the cramp would occur in the muscles of the arms or legs rather than the intestines? Honestly, I don’t know. Bottom line, this theory holds no water.
A second idea that holds a bit more water is related to the autonomic nervous system. The human nervous system is prolific and extremely complicated, and consists of several different branches, including the branch known as the autonomic nervous system. The ANS itself consists of two branches: the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems (PNS and SNS). Collectively, the PNS and SNS are responsible for controlling what are generally considered to be the involuntary functions of our body, or those that are not under conscious control. For example, pupillary diameter, sweat rate, heart rate and blood pressure, breathing rate, salivation, and sexual arousal are all controlled by the ANS.
The PNS and SNS operate in sort of a yin vs. yang fashion. The SNS is responsible for the well-known “fight-or-flight” response. That is, the SNS causes an increased heart rate and breathing rate, increased sweating, increased blood pressure, and decreased intestinal activity. Why decreased intestinal activity? Because digestion of food was not a priority when our pre-historic relatives had to run away from beasts or be eaten themselves. Similarly, the SNS is activated anytime we exercise. Anytime – no matter what. Contrarily, the PNS is known as the “resting and digesting” nervous system, and is active during times of relaxation and low stress conditions. Thus, the PNS is active after eating and is responsible for increasing activity of the digestive system.
How does all of this nervous system information relate to the eat-swim-cramp-die theory? The idea is that since exercise (in this case swimming) decreases intestinal activity through activation of the SNS, an intestinal cramp will develop since there is food in the stomach and intestines. From a physiologic standpoint, this theory does hold greater merit than the first one, but it still doesn’t hold enough water to pass the bar. Firstly, it is unlikely that low-to-moderate intensity swimming will cause a cessation of intestinal activity. And even if it did, unless the person plans on swimming for many, many hours or at a very high intensity, it wouldn’t matter anyhow. Secondly, many competitive swimmers eat before training sessions; if there is any one group of people likely to be directly affected by this theory, it would be competitive swimmers. Thirdly, have you ever met or even heard of anybody who actually developed a “cramp” while swimming after eating? If so, please let me know.
A final point on individuality and safety. As I have mentioned in a previous column, the human body is complicated and each individual is just that, an individual. Many people do not enjoy exercising immediately after eating and some may experience abdominal discomfort if they exercise too soon after eating. Exercise (including swimming) is great, do it as often as possible, but work it out your own eating x exercise interactions so that you don’t exercise during times that you may experience discomfort.
Cool website with Supertramp and other such things.
Even if you don't like video games, you'll like this. I can gurantee it. That means you, everyone. Dad, I think you will like this particularly. I'm going to write an article about it on invisible studio when I get the time.
Once you start playing, it will open up a full-screen. Do not panic; this is normal. There are no instructions; you have to figure it out yourself.
If the game is running slowly, right-click and select low quality.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
PS. I beat it. It took me about half an hour.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
we really are quite a sight
They are learning quite well
and can even hold their breathe for a spell
Foust is taking breaths while he strokes
And Malon sinks like a two ton bloak
Sometimes he gets a little to brave
and sputters and gags as i reach in for the save
it just so happens that was once last night i was a little to late
And thus begins my tale- the prelude has been just bait
For what to my wonderous ear do i hear
but Malon pucking all over i fear
Yes he swallowed to much water his stomach could not hold
and like a bloated ballon all the contants of dinner rolled
Bright green chunks
and massive brown hunks
floating in the pool
with just a little bit of drool
Now dont be to suprised
i really did see it with my own two eyes
i quickly put Malon on the edge
and caught in my hands the second stomach sledge
I told all the kids and parents too
that they might want to evacuate in a quick one two
I walked to the trash can to dump my surprise
when Malon let rip again in a way a college kid would prize
I told the life guards, poor souls i thought
their eyes fell out of thier heads at what my son had wrought
I felt real bad as Leslie slipped in the puck
she squirmed just a little but held back her rebuke
Benji said it not to worry it happens all the time
I didn't believe him as he pulled out a huge container of lime
And that ended the swim for the day
for us and everyone else i must say
I only wish Hannah had been on duty when it had all gone wrong
For then my poem could have been a sweet sweet victory song.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I planted this Avocado Pit in water only a few weeks ago, and suddenly one day i noticed a gigantic root reaching to the bottom of the clear glass. After a few days it started to sprout and eventually i put it into soil. Here it is after, we'll start with for convenience' sake, Day 1, Day 2, Day 7, Day 15 and today (Day 18). I put it in the window with southern exposure and full sun during the day, but put it up on the dresser away from the cold at night. It drinks alot of water.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
By John Curran • The Associated Press • November 21, 2008
ROXBURY VT— When you gotta’ go, you gotta’ go.For decades, when you had to go in the Roxbury Free Library, you really had to go — somewhere else, that is.The one-room clapboard building, a beloved small-town gathering place since 1923, had no restrooms. When nature called, patrons young and old eitherhad to hold it, do their business next door at the Roxbury Union Congregational Church or go home.Never mind that the library has such modern conveniences as wireless Internet access.“I used to say, ‘We’re the wi-fi library without a pot to piss in,’” library director Susan D’Amico said.No more: Work is near completion on a small addition that includes a 6-by-8-foot restroom with a sink and toilet. The toilet was installed Friday. Originally built as a tea room, the building was converted to a library in 1934, its shelves chockablock with best sellers, children’s books and knickknacks. It has hosted pruning workshops and travel programs, author visits and local history nights.But it always did so without a toilet.That wasn’t required when it was built, and the structure was grandfathered under Vermont plumbing rules that now require libraries to have such facilities, said Gail Center, senior environmental health engineer for the state Department of Health.Sometimes, library patrons rushing out to use the john next door made it. Sometimes, they didn’t.“We always had to make sure we used the bathroom before we came to story hour,” said Chris Dorer, 32, whose 3-year-old daughter, Izzy Jackson, frolicked in the library Wednesday afternoon. “When she was potty training, if we had to go to the church, we’d miss all of story hour doing it, especially in winter, when we had to gear up,” said Dorer, a member of the library’s board of trustees.The church was more than happy to oblige its neighbors. Library patrons always obeyed the “Please jiggle my handle after you flush” sign in the church’s bathroom, for one thing.The only problem was well-read squatters.“Every so often, we have to knock after an hour or so, and when the (bathroom) doors open, it’s someone who’s been reading a book,” church deacon Claire Chomentowksi said.D’Amico started investigating the possibilities of indoor plumbing soon after being hired in 2002. A private fundraising campaign netted $22,000, and the Vermont Arts Council came through with a $14,900 grant.Norwich University students pitched in, too. Architecture professor Daniel Sagan’s design-build class did design work for the addition, and framed it. A local tradesman donated his services, putting in the bathroom floor for the new construction, which included the addition of a wheelchair-accessible ramp into the building.The end result was a gleaming addition that has bookshelves, a kitchen sink and a sitting area — in addition to the one with the long-awaited fixtures. Library patrons will no doubt welcome it. Chomentowski says churchgoers will miss its visitors from next door. “We really will miss them, especially the little kids during library story hours,” she said.