Friday, December 20, 2013

Desolation of Smaug Orchestral Music

Finn and Fletcher, you like The Sounds, yes? Have you taken a listen to their newest album? It rocks, here is one of my faves from the album.

Following the Jean Claude advertisement, here is a second that I am sure is loved by the Millenials and Generation Y...who for whatever variety of reasons have a thing for Chuck Norris.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Word's and Phrases: Something Fun

My inconclusive travel plans 2014

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing

prettiest baby ever

now who can honestly look at this girl and not say she's the prettiest? 'mon - you know it to be your heart Luke...

40 % of the Wealth of this Country is in the Hands of 1%

Now that we are heavily into the Christmas season, and you are stretching your dollar to buy, a tree, lights, ornaments and gifts, you might find this video interesting. About wealth distribution.
I don't know how to put the video on the blog but here is the link. Well worth watching.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Some Violin Perspective

Zach Sobiech

This may or may not make you reevaluate your life.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013

Cat Stevens - "Until I got Hurt"

We're not talking bout the verses (though they are intriguing and mystifying) but we are just referring to the chorus - this is a nice song about labor pains.

Kate Bush "Room for the Life"

A song for Hilary - we love you, Jill and Noah

(p.s. this is one of my all-time favorites)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Kristen Bell

Holy Cow

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Ultimate Lego Solution

Placebo Study

A 2008 study out of Duke University by behavioral economist Dan Ariely at Duke University found that expensive placebo pills work better than cheap ones even though, after all, they are ‘just’ placebo pills!
Researchers in the study administered painful electric shocks to 82 participants [I'm glad I didn't participate in that study!]. After the electric shocks were administered, researchers offered participants placebo pills with pamphlets advertising them as pain relievers that either cost $0.10 a pill or $2.50 a pill.
Amazingly, 85% of participants receiving the expensive pills experienced significant pain reduction, while just 61% of the group receiving the cheap pill experienced pain reduction. That’s a 24% improvement in symptoms simply because the one placebo appeared 25 times more expensive than the other! (a cerebral explanation of the study)


Monday, November 18, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

NOAH (Ark) Trailer


not really just born, like they just came out that way and didn't realize it... but still, really cool... a glimpse into life in the womb, or so says the huffington post.

literally one fascinating sentence after another

bbc article on china change in one-child only policy, and other reforms

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Watch This

Many of these comments bringing up the question of proof. I understand people's need for caution, but watch it regardless. Source

Monday, November 11, 2013

Comet Lovejoy

At bed at 1 am, but there are 4 comets in the early morning sky, to the east, right now, so i set my alarm for 3:45, thinking i would probably turn it off and go back to sleep. But - my alarm went off - and i got right up :) on only 2.5 hours of sleep at that…

I snuck into the cemetery a block away which had pretty good horizons for my neighborhood (realizing that i was thinking of the WESTern horizon when thinking of Pell. pkwy…i don’t know what kind of eastern views it gets). Set up and took some 35mm shots on a tripod while setting up the refractor. I panned the sky for quite a while (didn’t have binoculars and my finder is as cheap as they come), looking for where Roger hinted at since he saw it Sat. night. But it wasn’t quite where he said it was, at least it didn’t seem to me to be, but i never measured so maybe it was…any who, i found it! it was a fuzzy ball, and my first few photos were pretty sperical. But eventually i lengthened the exposures and cut down on the ISO to 80, and had some pretty good results. Here is a heavily edited version to bring out the tails, though it’s actually a much nicer looking shot with out the edits - but the tails aren’t as nice. I will spend more time editing in PS later. Maybe stacking a little as well. 
  • 2013 R1 (Lovejoy) is a new discovery by Terry Lovejoy of Australia on September 9.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hannah Haverkamp has a rival


"Poor Brother Abelard - the evensong sounded like a pack of wounded dogs."
"Leave him be, Brother Martin, it’s not his fault the man can’t sing!"
MONKS monks monks.
We’re doing Luther in my Reformation class right now, and I’ve got monks on my mind! Don’t worry about Brother Abelard - Martin and Donald are actually his good friends, and he’s good at other things, like illuminating manuscripts. It’s a good thing glasses were just invented though!

Google Edith Head

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Apparently This Matters: A rough month for chickens

Friday, October 18, 2013


These were visible for a couple of solid hours this afternoon. Quite amazing.
After photographing for awhile, I looked higher up and noticed an upside down sundog (if that's what it's called):
Here is a close-up:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

jerry and me


Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Intelevator

If you have to pick one, the fourth might be the best.

ben folds beauty

plug into good speakers, turn it up, get to 2:17, hope it doesn't shatter your heart

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Twin cities according to twin cities international

6. Horseheads, New York / Nakagawa, Japan
Lots of cities find sisters through a shared name (Toledo, Ohio, and Toledo, Spain, for instance); some are more creative than others. A Japanese man from the town of Bato-machi, while traveling to the States on business, was looking at a U.S. map and noticed the small village of Horseheads in central New York. He excitedly reported his find to the local government in his hometown: bato literally means “horse head” in Japanese. The town authorities in Japan corresponded with those in New York, and on little more than an accident of translation, the sisters were united. Bato-machi became part of Nakagawa in 2005, but the larger city carries on the relationship, sending a batch of guests to Horseheads each year to experience maple syruping and other local amusements, and receiving a group of Horseheads residents in return.

Malala Yousafzai Interview

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bobby McFerrin: Ava Maria

Columbus Day


Top 5 regrets people have on their death bed

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.
I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what  others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Andromeda Galaxy

Here is our nearest Galaxy, and the only thing we can see (from the northern hemisphere) with our naked eyes, that lies outside of the Milky Way.
The splotches are neighboring Galaxies of Andromeda.
Exposure: 16 to 17 minutes, stacked

a song for Jill and Hilary

Not referencing all the lyrics just the first line really.  Don't read too much into the end:{)
Posted by Jill

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

For Finn

how high can you get??

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

i'm  appalled at this article, and it is becoming embarrassin how much
in the face we are to anyone else,
gee, crimeinise, why don't we just clone and give up!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Light pollution and birds

"Artificial lighting and noise alter biorhythms of birds"

"Noise from traffic and artificial night lighting cause birds in the
city centre to become active up to five hours earlier in the morning
than birds in more natural areas. These were the findings from an
investigation conducted on 400 blackbirds in Leipzig by the
interdisciplinary research group 'Loss of the Night'. Scientists from
the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) reported in the
open-access journal PLOS ONE that these findings showed how ambient
noise and light pollution caused by humans have significant effects on
the behavioural patterns of city blackbirds, affecting their natural


cutest thing ever

a snippet of this is actually aired in a commercial for my health insurance company right now.

Friday, September 20, 2013

iFix It

news flash, i heard about the site this am. on the news.
and i've scrutinied it and it has everything anyone needs to basically start
a new career, aka, repair electronics. utube videos, simple to find complete repair
directions for i products and androids and lap tops.
tool kits are of course sold by them with what they claim are all
you would ever need to get into a gadget and that's that.
i found the exploration of all the sites interesting, and maybe this should
be one of the big Christmas gifts to the fam.  ifixit repair kit for 64.95$.
it really looks and seems complete and what every, i mean every family needs!!!!
if any of you spent just a little more time on an electronic you would know what i know.

so, there, dont' challenge me on this, bc i have insider info.
and i might be old, but i'm not over watching all the info on my
electronic devices. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mark Twain and Haley's Comet

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, two weeks after the closest approach to Earth of Halley's Comet. He died on April 21, 1910, the day following the comet's subsequent return.

In 1909, Twain is quoted as saying: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."


Evening fire on an early fall day


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How America is Different

Really interesting thread about foreigners' impressions of America and Americans.

Read it here

Suffice to say, the most common answers are:

  1. Portion Size
  2. The size of the United States. People cannot conceptualize how humongous it is.
  3. Lack of public transportation
  4. Strange pricing (fast food is cheap. Fruits and vegetables are expensive)
  5. Bulk foods and how they promote waste
  6. Stores are huge and everywhere
  7. Hot water always and everywhere
  8. Commonness and informality of using someone first name and, in particular, abbreviated versions of the first name (Joe for Joseph).
  9. Obesity
  10. Our healthcare system
  11. Importance of a good credit score
  12. To-go boxes at restaurants are apparently unique to us
  13. Ease of attaining a driver's license
  14. Drinking age

Some choice quotes:

" I realized I thought that the sound of crickets and frogs in the evening was a cinematic convention meant to convey that night had fallen. The first time I heard this sound (especially on the east coast) it blew my mind."


I once had a foreign friend stand in shock at the presence of a big yellow school bus. She thought that they were a way for movies and television to express "school" rather than an actual method of transportation.


I do remember a Nigerian friend expounding on this by asking me, "If I woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to come with me, what would you say?"
"I'd ask what was going on..."
"You see," he said. "My friends from my village would come with me, and on the way would ask, 'Ade, where are we going?' "

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Apple Picking

 Apple eating
 This is a good worker
 The best dog in the family
 The Pears.  Great harvest this year
 Tons of apples
 Emily came out when we got the machines out.

 I think this one had a rotten spot.  Gotta watch what you eat!
 Mmm...pretty good.
 Oh, yeah.  That is a rotten spot Opal.

 Where is child labor police when you need them

 Ahh, better late than never
 Seth getting ready to throw Caspian in the tree like a canon ball to dislodge the really high ones.

 This tree keeps grabbing my hair.

 Malon has been checking out the cows. many people does it take to get an apple out of the tree.
 Echo climbing for the hard to reach ones
 Daddy that was mine!
 The hard workers in the family!
 Essie using the apple grabber to get the perfect apple.
Yep, still talking

Fouster driving the harvest in.