Tuesday, October 31, 2006

PT & Other Notes...

I am probably in the last week of physical therapy (PT). The exercises have helped strengthen the other muscles in my right leg, and I have been wanting to see if I could run. The strengthening seems to working as I can feel more bulk in my right quad compared to my left. So Mike my physical therapist, decided to let me test it out.

Let's start slowly man he said. So I did mini jogs on the treadmill alternating with brisk walks for 15 minutes. The knee was iced last night. As of this morning it looks good. Hopefully it does not act up. Good thing was there was no pain or discomfort while running.

I also talked to this woman who I have seen a few times before there. She is in great shape (well now why would I not notice that?). She told me she is a hair dresser (so she has to stand a lot), she tore her ACL, got it reconstructed after she aggravated it further while chasing her son when they were playing soccer. She was back on her feet a week after surgery. It helps to be in shape, I think you also heal faster after an injury.

Climate change fight 'can't wait'

So says this report Link...

But this administration does not care, and since we are the big kid on the block so to say, if we and China and India do nothing, life on earth will be never the same.

The world cannot afford to wait before tackling climate change, the UK prime minister has warned.

A report by economist Sir Nicholas Stern suggests that global warming could shrink the global economy by 20%. (Report on radio said the effect would be equal to the recession fromt he two world wars and the great depression..put together scary eh?)

But taking action now would cost just 1% of global gross domestic product, the 700-page study says.

Tony Blair said the Stern Review showed that scientific evidence of global warming was "overwhelming" and its consequences "disastrous".

Note to Tony.. try talking to your buddy dubya. Oh wait Blair is not really his buddy more like his poodle. And you know dubya is all resolute and shit and never changes his mind no matter what the facts are.

The report also said if people went down to the next smaller size of vehicle.. that in itself would cut the greenhouse gas emissions by 15%. There used to be a time when the U.S spoke and the world listened, we were looked up to at one time, but sadly there is no leadership from the US on this issue. After all this is an administration that does not really believe in global warming. It won't say it directly, all it does is say the evidence is still unclear. More lies but that is no surprise.

We Are Getting So Fat Big That Now We Need Extra Large Toilets?
Update: I have nothing against people who are big, lest any of you feel offended. Sorry! This is merely an observation and that there is a market out there catering to big folks.



Don't believe it? From here..
Holy crap! The Great John Toilet Company of Laredo, TX will sell you a toilet that accomodates your tons-of-fun lifestyle.
  • 150% More contact area on the seat.
  • Extra wide base with 4 anchor points on to prevent tipping.
  • “Side Wings” to prevent pinching if your fat hangs over the side of the seat.
  • Reinforced structure holds up to 2000lbs.

Click here to see the difference. Now, I know that there is surely a group of people that suffer from a medical condition that make this item a godsend. However, this thing does hail from the same beautiful state that brought you deep-fried Coca-Cola. Interesting coincidence? Or are these Great John people in cahoots with the Texas State Fair deep -fried-corn syrup-and-caramel peddlers!? I’m not pointing any chubby, sticky fingers, I’m just saying…

Funny Toon About The "Pro-Life" GOP...

From the Miami Herald

Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday Musings

Midterm Elections

The midterm election is a little over a week away. I have been wanting to go to Connecticut to help out with the races there with some friends of ours. But for various reasons I have not been able to. While dollars do help the candidates. Nothing works better than volunteering and giving some time. So I spent a few hours this weekend working with a candidate. I did some phone banking, calling potential voters who were registered as independents. Being a Saturday, a lot of people were out esp with the rain from the night before all gone. So I got a lot of voice mails/answering machines.

I got a few folks on the phone who were very receptive to the candidate. A few were just impolite in that they just hung up even as I was telling them about why I was calling and the candidate!
It's a known fact in that people tend to hang up more often if the caller is a male.

I also had one guy ask me the candidate's position on gays. Chalk that one down as someone who will not vote democratic.

I also had the lovely lady sitting next to me who had a sweet down home Southern accent. Her voice had a lovely soothing quality to it. She got hung up just once.

All in all it was time well spent. I am planning on taking the day of the election off, to help out with the getting out the vote effort. This election is just too crucial to be sitting out.

So any of you American out there reading this, please do you bit. Even if you can't donate any $, but if you can volunteer a few hours phone banking, dropping off literature or helping get out the vote, please do so.

A Pumpkin Dressed Up To Look Like ....

A Big Mac..



Revolting Recipes...from here

There's Frankenstein, and then there's snot-covered Frankenstein. On Halloween, it's all about the accessories. Vomit? Blood? Flesh wounds? They're in your kitchen pantry.

On Saturday night, Sylvia Branzei brings the recipes and demonstrates how to cook up all things gross. It's part of the Lawrence Hall of Science's "Grossology" exhibition, and Branzei is an expert on grossness.

Branzei mixes up her concoctions using everyday items found in your average kitchen or medicine cabinet.
Fake blood is a mix of corn syrup, red food coloring, cocoa powder, cornstarch and water.

Vomit, her specialty, requires applesauce, lemon and unflavored gelatin brought to a boil. The crowning touches of this edible mix are corn flakes and candied fruit. Tasty and realistic.


Nothing completes a Halloween outfit like killer flesh wounds. Just mix up some petroleum jelly, a few drops of red food coloring and cocoa powder. Dip a square of bathroom tissue into this mixture and then apply to the part of your body you'd like to look wounded. For a more realistic look, be sure to mold the edges with extra jelly. "It's going to stay nice and fresh all day long,'' says Branzei.

Is That One Ugly Fish Or Is that An Ugly Fish?



This is a fathead (genus Psychrolutes) fish found on the Norfolk Ridge, New Zealand. The photo was taken by Kerryn Parkinson of the Australian Museum Fish Dept, who affectionately called it "Mr. Blobby." Link

Our Veep...

Friday, October 27, 2006

It's Friday Finally (And It Helps That I Am Off Too!!!)
Wheeeee!!!!


To those of you wondering where I was. I just took a small break from blogging (one day). I was out late last night (by my standards 1o:30 PM is late.. ya I am old codger now) ;). So I slept in late and am now up and nothing like blogging with a hot cuppa chai tea!

Drinking Liberally




I was at our local chapter of drinking liberally. A lot of progressive folks don't know about this, so here is a bit from their site.

An informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.
So our Delaware chapter had it's 3rd event (my first.. so I was a drinking liberally virgin as were a couple of other folks). I got to meet a bunch of fine, funny, intelligent and politically aware folks.
There were about 25-30 people at the iron hill brewery. It included people running for office, and folks working on their campaigns as well as some of the DE bloggers who I got to meet personally like Delawareliberal, donviti and tommywonk.
It was fun and I hope to be a regular at future events.
If any of you are wondering, it's easy to find a chapter in your neighborhood or even start your own.
Thanks to Jason and the anonymous Mark for the pitchers of beer and unnamed folks for the finger food!
Donviti's take on the event here.

Uses For Endangered GOP Congressmen...

You know those endangered republican congressmen in a rush to distance themselves from 'W'. There is some use for them. With credit to Joe Snitty at whose site I found it..

10. They’re naturally full of manure, so you can bury one in your garden for better tomato(e)s.

9. Tight buttocks can be used as vice grips in home improvement projects. (Warning: Could come loose unexpectedly in the presence of congressional pages.)

8. They’re spineless, so if you’re strong enough you can crack one like a bullwhip.

7. Strap them to Humvees as supplemental armor.

6. Their brain pans are too small to use at a skull keg party, but they do make great shot glasses.

5. If you pose as a military contractor or oil lobbyist, they’ll perform fellatio on demand.

4. Cover one with papier-mache and take it to a gathering of Young Republicans as a Bill Clinton pinata. It’s a hoot when they realize there’s no candy inside.

3. Make great male escorts at nursing homes, since they love screwing the elderly.

2. They’ll watch your teenage son for free while you’re out of town.

1. If you put one’s freshly-extracted heart in a cooler, it’ll keep your beer cold for almost a week.

OUCH!!!!

You Named It What????

From this site, a few samples below..





Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Wednesday (Is It Not Friday Yet?)

The most memorable pictures of 2005

This blog lists the 18 most memorable pictures from 2005. I have no idea if this was from a contest or something. I have the 3 that I liked below. I liked all of them. The rest are at this site.

Swallowed whole
A rainbow trout fingerling peers out from the gullet of a northern pike at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game aquarium in Anchorage.



Red Square reflection
The Kremlin's Spassky Tower and passers-by are reflected in the wet cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square on Feb. 13.


A useful lesson
A German Shepherd named Pepper sits with two endangered Bengal tiger cubs and a cougar cub, far right, at the home of veterinarian Rob Zammit outside Sydney, Australia.


Home Depot Selling Solar to Mainstream America

I heard some of this on the radio about where CA is going with this. It's moving to the mainstream slowly, now if the feds could spend some of the 2 billion dollars/week that we are burning in Iraq for some things like this, we may eventually get to the point where we may not need to rely as much on fossil fuels.

The Home Depot has teamed up with BP Solar to provide solar installation service to customers. It is offering its customers the ability to sign-up online for free, in-home consultations. California is also getting ready to make solar roofs mainstream. Renewable Energy Access reports: "When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2007, SB 1, California's new state law that provides $3.2 billion in funding to build a million solar roofs over the next ten years, will officially take effect. But in order for SB 1 to succeed -- and the solar industry as a whole to continue to expand -- it's time to start marketing solar power as an accessible, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective product to the average consumer, according to California Senator Kevin Murray."

Link

Incompetent Liars

From think progress
Bush: ‘We’ve Never Been Stay The Course’

On Sunday, President Bush told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his Iraq policy has “never been stay the course.” (Today, Rumsfeld disagreed, calling suggestions they were backing away from the phrase “nonsense.”)

Moments ago on Fox News, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said “we went back and looked today and could only find eight times where he [Bush] ever used the phrase stay the course.”


Apparently, the White House research team isn’t very good at “the Google.” ThinkProgress has documented 30 times that Bush has used the phrase to describe his policy in Iraq:

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed, and victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph in the struggle of the 21st century. [8/30/06]

BUSH: Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done. And that’s - we’re going to get the job done in Iraq. [8/11/06]

BUSH: As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course. [7/11/06]

BUSH: And I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed. [6/19/06]

BUSH: If we don’t lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace. [3/24/06]

BUSH: Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, “stay the course.” If by “stay the course,” they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by “stay the course,” they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban - a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America - they are right, as well. If by “stay the course” they mean that we’re not learning from our experiences, or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they’re flat wrong. [11/30/05]

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05]

BUSH: And so the United States of America will stay the course and we will complete the task. We’ll help Iraq develop a democracy and the world will be better off for it. [11/21/04]

BUSH: My message is that - is that we will stay the course and stand with these people so that they become free. [9/23/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course so that they can develop an army and police force of their own so they can defend themselves. [9/13/04]

BUSH: We must stay the course until the job is done. [8/13/04]

BUSH: But Americans are used to hard work when it comes to a cause greater than ourself. And that’s what we’re doing. And we’ll stay the course. [4/20/04]

BUSH: And that’s why we’re going to stay the course in Iraq. [4/16/04]

BUSH: And we will stay the course in Iraq so that his son did not die in vain. [4/15/04]

BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We’ll stay the course; we’ll complete the job. [4/13/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course in Iraq. [4/6/04]

BUSH: So we’ve got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5/04]

BUSH: You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice - he was killed in Iraq - and assured him that we would stay the course. [4/5/04]

BUSH: I met with the family of a fellow who - who was killed in Iraq. … I told the - I told the dad, and the mom, and the wife that we’d stay the course. [4/5/04]

BUSH: This country will stay the course and get the job done. [4/2/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, because a free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will make the world more peaceful. [1/23/04]

BUSH: And we will stay the course until the job is done. [1/12/04]

BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We’re just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]

BUSH: I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done, but I also reminded them what I said publicly, that it’s up to them to seize the moment, to have a government that recognizes all rights, the rights of the majority and the rights of the minority, to speak to the aspirations and hopes of the Iraqi people. [11/27/03]

BUSH: We will stay the course, and as more and more Iraqis realize freedom is precious and freedom is a beautiful way of life, they will assume more and more responsibilities, not only for security, but for humanitarian reasons, as well. [11/14/03]

BUSH: It’s in the national interest of the United States that a peaceful Iraq emerge. And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective. [10/27/03]

BUSH: And we’ll just stay the course. [10/22/03]

BUSH: We talked about Iraq. And I told him and assured him that the United States would stay the course because we believe freedom is on its way to the Iraqi people. [7/14/03]

BUSH: We’re making steady progress. A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it’s very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course. [7/10/03]

BUSH: Not only does the war on terror go on, but we’ve got a lot of work to do in Iraq. And we’re going to stay the course until the job gets done. [6/5/03]

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tuesday Thoughts

Election Time..

With elections about 2 weeks away, I am going to help out with phone banking this and next weekend and any other way that I can help.
I also got polled by the same outfit via telephone for the 2nd time in 3 months. One of the questions what is your opinion of "dear leader"
one option... "very unfavorable" ...BINGO! No guesses to what I picked. ;-)

He Knows To Use Google...

Oh dear leader is a genius..he uses "the google"..link here
Transcript:

HOST: I’m curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google?

BUSH: Occasionally. One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps. It’s very interesting to see — I’ve forgot the name of the program — but you get the satellite, and you can — like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It remind me of where I wanna be sometimes.

Ya know you can go there for good..just resign ;)

35000 In Secret Prisons?

link
Sid says that Wilkerson, Powell’s old chief of staff, believes that the correct number of victims in secret Bush prisons is 35,000, only %5 of which “may” have to do with terrorism. More than twice what I thought, and hardly any to do with the “war on terror.”
The number may be 35,000 or 14,000 but my question is --
why won't they try them and you know why there is no habeas corpus now right?

World's Pollution Hotspots Mapped

Not surprisingly China and India make that list..


Chernobyl, site of the best known industrial accident in recent years, is on the list; but the remainder would be largely unknown to the uninitiated.

They include:

  • Dzerzhinsk in Russia, a Cold War chemical weapons site
  • Linfen, heart of China's coal industry
  • Kabwe in Zambia, site for mining and smelting of metals including lead
  • Haina in the Dominican Republic, where battery recycling and smelting have left huge concentrations of lead in residents
  • Ranipet in India, where more than 3m people are affected by tannery waste
On A Lighter Note..

Run Kitty Run!!!!



Mirror

Monday, October 23, 2006

Fresh Fig Ice Cream & Jon Stewart On W.

Homemade fresh fig ice cream




I got the figs from the local farm Highland Orchards from their own fig trees. They probably are not as sweet as the figs from Califronia that you often see at the supermarket. But nothing like going local and eating fresh me thinks.




1 lb ripe figs
1 1/2 cup Whipping cream
1/2 cup Sugar
3 Egg yolks
Vanilla to taste
Cognac or brandy (optional) -- to taste
Wash the figs, cut off the stem ends, and cut the skin off.
Be careful so as to not cut too deep (I made sure to cut deep enough to just get to the pulp).
Coarsely chop the figs in a food processor, or put them through a food mill, or crush well with a potato masher.
Warm 1 cup of the cream with the sugar in a non-corroding saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
Whisk the egg yolks just enough to mix them and whisk in some of the hot cream mixture to warm them.
Return to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the spoon. Strain through a medium-fine strainer into a container(Optional).
Add the remaining cream and 1-1/2 cups of the fig puree.
Flavor to taste with a few drops each of vanilla and Cognac or brandy.
Chill thoroughly.
Freeze according to the instructions with your ice-cream maker.
It turned out pretty well, not too sweet the flavors delicate and subtle. There are a couple of different ways of making this here and here.

Jon Stewart Rocks..

Here he is on the David Letterman show

Friday, October 20, 2006

Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali to all my readers and since it's Eid next week.. Eid Mubarak in advance too



Pic from here

More information about Diwali (festival of lights) here . Another web site here as well to those of you curious about it.

Deepavali (Hindi: Diwali or Deepavali, Marathi: Tamil: Kannada: Deepavali) is a major Hindu festival. Known as the "Festival of Lights," it symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. The festival of Diwali or Deepawali (literal meaning: lines of lamps) is rooted in the mythological epic Ramayana, and is a celebration of the return of Lord Ram after killing Ravan the Demon during his exile for 14 years. The day of killing Ravan is celebrated as Dussehra (19 to 21 days before Diwali). Celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional diyas (as illustrated). Fireworks are associated with the festival in many regions of India. Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja. It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals of India.

For some reason I am missing Diwali this year more than ever before especially our families. :-)
Friday Word...."Left Behind"

I am not quite sure why I picked this as the “word of the week”. When the lovely, sassy, creative Mona asked me if I would be able to do the word of the week, I had to beg off twice. The crazy work week, the 3 a week PT sessions and workouts, had helped “whatever is left of it” creative part of my brain to just shut down. So after thinking about this, the word just hit me while I was putting away newspapers from a cpl of weeks ago into our recycling bin. There staring at me from the front page of book review section of the NY Times were the words “left behind”. The review of this dark novel can be found here.



Cormac McCarthy’s subject in his new novel is as big as it gets: the end of the civilized world, the dying of life on the planet and the spectacle of it all. He has written a visually stunning picture of how it looks at the end to two pilgrims on the road to nowhere. Color in the world — except for fire and blood — exists mainly in memory or dream. Fire and firestorms have consumed forests and cities, and from the fall of ashes and soot everything is gray, the river water black. Hydrangeas and wild orchids stand in the forest, sculptured by fire into “ashen effigies” of themselves, waiting for the wind to blow them over into dust. Intense heat has melted and tipped a city’s buildings, and window glass hangs frozen down their walls. On the Interstate “long lines of charred and rusting cars” are “sitting in a stiff gray sludge of melted rubber. ... The incinerate corpses shrunk to the size of a child and propped on the bare springs of the seats. Ten thousand dreams ensepulchred within their crozzled hearts.”
Some of us are also familiar with the words due to a series of novel written by the evangelicals Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. They deal with a world where the Christians get to go to heaven and the rest of us live on earth only to die horrible deaths. More here.
I am not very optimistic about the state of the planetesp the future, although who knows better sense may prevail and humanity might still make it through.

When you think of "left behind" it also implies a sense of loss of having left something behind. Maybe it's just me..

If the word of the week seems to be dark it is not entirely by design. Some of this has to do with the upcoming anniversary of the loss of a loved one, a person as altruistic as only a few can be, loving and giving as a father, husband, son and a friend.

It was an untimely call from a world beyond, if it at all exists.. perhaps only in the imagination of those who chose to believe, no questions asked. The rest of us happen to be the ones left behind, marooned and desolate and forever with a part of us empty.

Left with memories of times bitter and sweet. Of moments simple, mundane and not always memorable that form the mosaic of our human experience.

Nothing prepares you for having to explain to a little kid, why her father is not around for her.
Our heart broke when she snuggled up between the two of us wanting to hear a bed time story and then fell in to a calm, serene sleep. And we were left wondering if there is at all someone who pulls the strings in this world and what is just about this situation? I will move on and in some ways I have but there are times I just say WTF?

It will be a year this Saturday. I am blessed in that I am married to a woman who is a kind and a gentle and loving person. Her family is like her and their acceptance of me.. no questions asked has always been amazing (to me). It has been hard to see them all in pain. No parent should ever have to attend the funeral of their child.

Below is a good reason why I don't do poetry...

Left Behind….

Look back won’t you.. she said part entreaty, part question
The words piercing my consciousness
Only to be left behind..lost..left out..
For all I was about was my id..
Never look back I whispered to myself
Do you want to be haunted by her forlorn
eyes and that plaintive cry?

The cry of an abused sibling..
For whom all I had were impotent words to offer
What wounds would they ever salve?
Words that were evanescent unlike the scarred psyche..left behind

The loneliness of old folks
I will be back.. soon
I would be …only to see
The inexorable march of time and age
Of backs bent
Steps heavier
The lines deeper
I will be back
Even as I left them behind
With unasked and unanswered questions
Veiled replies true to none... but to my id

Say something the voice would say
Before it is too late
But I was always running yet frozen in place
Leaving behind the detritus of promises unkept
Dreams unfulfilled and words unspoken.
My apologies about the dark edge to this Friday word.

The image below may be funny in some ways but it is also sad. Look who got left behind...



Sadly the joke is on us.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

PT..How Not To Write A Cover Letter.. Friday's Word

Physical Therapy

I also wrote the physical therapy (PT) part of the post, for one of the readers of this blog who is training to be a PT (correct me if I am wrong ok?). Not sure it makes any sense to the rest of you, you may not care but that’s ok. Just skip past it. :-)

A few weeks ago I tore the ACL ( Anterior Cruciate Ligament) in my knee. There was no particular incident like a twisted knee or a contact injury that caused. I talked to the Orthopedic surgeon I am seeing. Given my history of a bad knee injury from about 20 yrs ago, and my running, coupled with the weights I have been doing probably finally caused it to give out. According to the doc I probably had a slight tear all along and it just gave out. Apparently the leg/joint is still strong and there is no buckling or locking up of the knee, neither is there any pain. The doc also wants to try a conservative approach, which means I have about month of 3 a week PT sessions intended to try to get all the other muscles/ligaments strong to try to compensate for the torn ACL. Sounds like fun?

It’s not too bad actually, compared to people recovering from more serious injuries. In a strange coincidence I have a couple of co-workers too, dealing with things like this. One has a broken foot and is on crutches with a soft cast, the other has a torn achilles. The latter is a more serious injury with a long rehab. The strange thing is we all got hurt like with a week. Some coincidence huh?

So here is what is up.

10 mins on the stationary bike. I have a cardio program that I go for. Enter my age and the resistance changes to get my heart rate to a point that apparently is ok for my age.

3 reps where I have to stand for 30 seconds on one leg each on a foam pad. Try doing this on a foam pad and not a flat firm surface, it is a bit harder. Better still try doing it with your eyes closed. You will move as you try to balance. And you can feel the muscles above your knee working to keep you upright. With my eyes closed I have not been able to stay balance for more than 15 seconds. A significant part of how we balance ourselves comes from our ability to see, take that away and its fun.

Sit on a rolling stool and hold down your hands just under the surface and propel yourself around the room (3 times). You can really feel your hamstrings with this one. I can usually feel them while I am on the second rep. Another woman taking therapy for her knee told me she really hated this exercise.

Place a band of steadily increasing tensile strength around my ankles, stand with knees slightly bent. Then move one leg sideways as far as you can as if you are taking a step. Then move the other leg to come back to a normal position. I have to move the other leg while resisting the pull of the band which can be strong. This one really makes me aware of muscles in my knee and butt that I normally not aware of.

Stairmaster with 50 lbs plates. I lean back on this machine at about 70 deg angle. My feet are on the steps and then I push them down and back up as if I am climbing steps, except that I am pushing against the 50 lb plates for about 5 mins. I just started this one this week. Was the last routine I did and is the hardest. I also do the squat jumper as well (10 x 3).

Assorted types of stretches for my leg muscles esp the quads and hamstrings. I also have to push and pull with the PT therapist holding on to my ankle and leg.

I am using the stationary bike without any issues, just not jogging yet. But the plan is to get back to that without reconstructive surgery if possible. If I have to have surgery then that is the way to go. I get antsy without physical activity too which is another reason I have to get back to where I was. I have been told that people just give up and sometimes don’t complete their PT. But I am gonna stick with this. If there is surgery I may have to sit tight for 3 weeks, Oy! That one will take some thought as far as the scheduling goes. Hope I won’t need surgery.

PS: The therapists are all good looking and in great shape both the guys and the gals. I (unfortunately) get to work with the guys!

Cover Letter For A Position At An Ad Agency (from here)

RE: Media Buyer Postion
Good Morning,
I’ve recently applied for the Junior Media Buyer/Researcher posted, and I feel it is a great opportunity for me to be employed. Reading the job description, it became very clear to me that this was something I could do. And do well. I hope we can set up and interview because it’s in the interview where I tend to shine.

So my aim is to impress your socks off, unless you don’t ware socks, then I hope to impress your shoes off. To be realistic, I don’t feel I am very qualified for this position. I understand a person with 2.5 years of sports management isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, but I believe I have what it takes to be your media buyer.

I think the only qualification I have that really applies for this position is my extencive CD collection. This shows I can research and purchase media, and media related products. Media is something I have a strong passion for. Music, movies and television are large parts of my life, as well as magazines, and newspapers. It’s with that knowledge that I can certainly apply to becoming your next media buyer. I’m sure working for a “busy downtown” office would require a lot of lifting, and moving of purchased media, which I’m ok with as well.

I’m able to use a computer (sending this email is proof) and I work well with others. Another one of the benefits I bring to the table is I never have a problem with customer service. I have returned many items with no to little questions asked. I must have one of those faces people trust. I don’t cook, so most of the meals I eat are cold, and raw… so sushi is cool too.

I hope I have gone above and beyond any expectations you may have had, and proven without a doubt that I can do this job. And as for my love for dogs, pictures of some of my ex-girl friends will be available upon request.

Thanks a lot,
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Friday Word

I am not sure which blogger started the Friday word thingy. Here is what we do if any opf my readers want to go with it. The friday word is "Left Behind". To quote Mona...

Feel free to sprinkle the word "Left Behind" in your blog posts for Friday, in whatever form wets your whistle...story, poem, photo, butter sculpture, recipe for world peace....
So go for it folks..

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I Had One Of These Moments



after I read this at Digby's from a post at Atrios by Attaturk. The original piece is here in the times.

Take Representative Terry Everett, a seven-term Alabama Republican who is
vice chairman of the House intelligence subcommittee on technical and tactical
intelligence.

“Do you know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite?” I asked him a
few weeks ago.

Mr. Everett responded with a low chuckle. He thought for a moment: “One’s
in one location, another’s in another location. No, to be honest with you, I
don’t know. I thought it was differences in their religion, different families
or something.”

To his credit, he asked me to explain the differences. I told him briefly
about the schism that developed after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and how
Iraq and Iran are majority Shiite nations while the rest of the Muslim world is
mostly Sunni. “Now that you’ve explained it to me,” he replied, “what
occurs to me is that it makes what we’re doing over there extremely difficult,
not only in Iraq but that whole area.”

Such are the idiots that govern us. Granted that he may not have known about them before but for crying out load he is on the "House intelligence subcommittee on technical and tactical intelligence". Like his leader he is clearly devoid of any. The elections can't come soon enough.

The Day That Americans Yawned As They Lost Another Right...



That was roughly paraphrasing the constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley on tonight's Keith Olbermann show.
But TBogg below

Torture.
Secret prisons.
Hearsay evidence.
No habeas petitions.
Kangaroo courts.
Star chambers.
and Digby say it best..

Today President Bush took the constitution and tore it into little pieces.
....I don't ever want to hear anyone on the right talk about moral values again. They are concepts which they clearly do not understand. And if they dare to bring up the Bible or Jesus Christ after this I will laugh in their faces, knowing that by their own standards they are going straight to hell for what they've done.
On a less serious note here is something interesting.

You know all those shopping trolleys that shoppers use at stores? The ones that get dumped are now being put to a better use by an artist, he makes sculptures from discarded shopping trolleys. There are more links at this site. The one I loved the most is below.



Cawfish/Crayfish


One Can't Live In These Depressing Times Without Some Humor...

Borat on night of too many stars with Jon Stewart..

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tuesday Notes

Supercell

These are just amazing pictures that chronicle the formation of a supercell. Frankly the pics are scary, as if one ever needed a reminder of the amazing power that mother nature wields. As per wikipedia
A supercell is a severe thunderstorm with a deep rotating updraft (a mesocyclone) [1]. Supercell thunderstorms are the largest, most severe class of single-cell thunderstorms. It has been argued that there are really only two types of thunderstorms: supercell and ordinary, though some have four classifications: single-cell, multi-cell, squall line, and supercell.



Check out the downdraft of rain! Look how sharp that cutoff is, on the south side. You could almost jump in and out of the core. I don't get how anyone could drive under this and not feel the need to pull over and watch.



This was a permanent look to the thing, a huge donut. This is one of my favorite shots.

More pics here.
UPDATE: Pics are from a storm chasers site and not taken by me, sorry if any of you got that impression. :)

A rather interesting take on how our life is backwards by NY Nerd..pretty funny.


I believe our life cycle is backwards:

You should start out dead and get it out of the way.

Then, you wake up in an old age home feeling better every day.

You get kicked out for being too healthy; go collect your pension, then when>you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day.

You work 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement.

You drink, you party, you’re generally promiscuous, and you get ready for High School.

You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a baby, and then…

You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in luxury, in spa-like conditions; central heating, room service on tap, larger quarters every day, and then, you finish off as an orgasm.

I rest my case.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Creative Advertising From Around The World....

I found some of these very imaginative, creative and funny. There are some more here.



An advertisement by Jung von Matt/Alster for watchmaker IWC. Bus straps have been fashioned from images of IWC's Big Pilot's Watch to allow bus travellers near the airport to try before they buy at Berlin, Germany.



A print of a cup of Folgers coffee was placed on top of manhole covers in New York City, USA. Holes on the print allows the steam to come out. Wordings around the cup reads 'Hey, City That Never Sleeps. Wake up." from Folgers.



An innovative idea on a large billboard in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It really makes you want that 'Heineken'.



Life-size stickers of people were stuck on automatic sliding doors at a mall in Mumbai, India. When someone approaches the doors move apart and it feels like the people on the door are moving away. The person enters to find the message 'People Move Away When You Have Body Odour'.



This is an advertisement found in Vancouver during the National Non-Smoking Week. The car was placed at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the message reads 'Death from car accidents: 370, Death from smoking-related causes: 6,027, Quit now before it kills you.'



Life size images were stuck on glass doors at shops, airports in South Africa for the advertisement of glass and window cleaner I.C.U. The expression on the face is priceless.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday Ruminations....

Note: I added tabs just below the header near the top of this page. The tabs are based on the labels of the posts and show the 5 most heavily used labels. Not all posts have labels, only the ones after I moved to blogger beta.

In news sure to make the Christian and other fundies go nuts…
Norway now has a exhibit about homosexuality in animals?
THE birds and the bees may be gay, according to the world's first museum exhibition about homosexuality among animals.

With documentation of gay or lesbian behaviour among giraffes, penguins, parrots, beetles, whales and dozens of other creatures, the Oslo Natural History Museum concludes human homosexuality cannot be viewed as "unnatural"...

The museum said the exhibition, opening today despite condemnation from some Christians, was the first in the world on the subject. ....

One photograph shows two giant erect penises flailing above the water as two male right whales rub together. Another shows a male giraffe mounting another for sex, another describes homosexuality among beetles.

One radical Christian said organisers of the exhibition – partly funded by the Norwegian Government – should "burn in hell", Mr Soeli said. Laws describing homosexuality as a "crime against nature" are still on the statutes in some countries.

Still, it is unclear why homosexuality survives since it seems a genetic dead-end.
Among theories, males can sometimes win greater acceptance in a pack by having homosexual contact. That in turn can help their chances of later mating with females, he said.
Those godless Norwegians ;-). But you know what they got one thing right (not that there is anything wrong with the exhibition). All the money that Norway has been earning from oil is being stashed away and that should make for a nice benefits package some day. Unlike us who are spending wayyy beyond our means here in the US.

Things Maybe We Can Learn From Others.

I read this at some site, and I can't recall where. It is something to consider when our news media here ponders questions like "Is America ready for a female president?" Or the unasked "Is America ready for a President who is a person of color/non-Christian/atheist". I mean WTF? Look at other countries but the example below says something about us here in the US, and the world has a lot we can learn from.

India which has 82% as Hindu population has a Muslim (13% of population) as a president (Dr. Abdul Kalam), a Sikh (2% of population) as Prime Minister (Dr. Manmohan Singh) and Italian Roman Catholic (2% of population) : Sonia Gandhi (born and bred in Italy) as the leader of the largest political party

Link to religious demographics of India.
How long would it take for the human footprint (human generated stuff) on earth to disappear, if all humans disappeared today?
Original picture here..



Some prisons in the US have a problem with inmates on cellphones

From NPR's All Things Considered
In several criminal cases, inmates have used cell phones to run gangs operating outside of prison, to put hits out on people, to organize drug-smuggling operations and, in one case, trade gold bullion on international markets.
Whoa!
But this really made me shake my head...
Last month, a warden in Texas also got a call -- from the mother of one of his inmates. She was calling to complain that her son was getting poor cell-phone reception inside the prison.

"She was paying for the service, and she felt that she should get good service out of the prison," says John Moriarity, the inspector general of the Texas prison system. "That cell-phone company assured her it was within the coverage area, and she wanted to know why they were having some difficulty getting a good cell-phone signal out of the prison."

Please someone feed this woman!

This was on yahoo as a part of some story about models or fashion. I don't have the link. But is it me or does she looks emaciated? See her rib cage?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

One Of Those Days..

Was a pretty busy day yesterday. I had to do the long drive in to work due to my physical therapy appointment and the meetings at work were all running longer than scheduled.
The rain on the drive back home caused the traffic to all slow down and I could barely change and haul my ass over to the physical therapy place.
The physical therapy thing itself might make a post. Heh! It's not bad I guess when you are a fairly active person in decent shape. All that bending and stretching and strengthening has not left me sore..yet.

25 Signs That, Sadly, You've Grown Up
1. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.

2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

5. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.

6. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."

10. You're the one calling the police because those damn kids next door won't turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your payments go up.

14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.

17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle your stomach.

19. You go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff".

21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

22. "I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces, "I'm never going to drink that much again."

23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.

25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to
you and can't find one to save Your sorry old ass.

If Dear Leader Were A Conscientious Objector


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wednesday Funnies..

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show on North Korea's Nuclear Test..



Care For A Snack..



Oh The Poor Dear..



Ouch!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tuesday Thoughts...

Some great insults
here. I agree that they don’t insult this good anymore. A few samples below…

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."Winston Churchill

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support rather than illumination."Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them."James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."Charles, Count Talleyrand


In some cool news, Toyota maybe coming up with a 2009 model of the Prius that would give 100mpg.
Sources say the next Prius will also be able to run longer and faster in pure electric mode, up to a sustained 30 mph, which will significantly extend its zero-emissions range. Neat!!!

Those Angry Anti-Republicans! ;-)
Link

PITTSBURGH -- Protesters greeted Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on his way to a campaign event for a Pennsylvania senator, and he briefly took refuge in a subway station supply closet to avoid the anti-Republican demonstrators.

Welcome To An America …

Where if you are a woman it is possible that if you happen to have sex and you used a condom but it broke and you happened to be from a place in the heartland (could happen anywhere here really), you got denied emergency contraception by pharmacists and were refused prescriptions. And then you get pregnant and guess what? The foot soldiers of the hypocritical “culture of life” are now sending you death threats. This indeed happened.

I read this at Filkertom’s and Majikthese wrote about it here

Last month, feminist blogger Biting Beaver wrote about a nightmarish experience she'd had with a broken condom and a callous medical system that refused to give her emergency contraception over the counter or by prescription.

Instead of getting medical care during the critical 72-hour window of opportunity, BB was stalled, humiliated, scorned, quizzed, and deceived. A nurse tried to tell her that EC was "the abortion pill," and other health care providers grilled her about her sexual history and her marital status. Her pharmacy wouldn't sell it to her over the counter, her doctor wouldn't call in a prescription, and the local emergency rooms wouldn't give her a 'scrip because she wasn't raped or married.

Pat yourself on the back, culture of life, Biting Beaver is pregnant and she's getting death threats. The question on everyone's mind tonight is whether a woman could sue a doctor for denying her EC. BB never got to see a doctor because she got the hermetically sealed medical run-around: Her family doctor told her to go to the ER, but when she called the ERs the nurses discouraged her from coming in to see the doctor. No doubt the entire process was engineered so that no one would be held responsible if BB should end up with a serious medial problem (i.e., pregnacy). BB never got to see a doctor, so no doctor was ever in the position to say "I know you have no contraindications, but I won't give you the medicine."

Amanda at Pandagon says it best

“What strikes me as interesting about that line of thought is it’s exactly the excuses that apologists for torture are making about the people they “get” to torture. Hell, they must have done something wrong, even though we have no court of law to prove it. The excuses are thin as paper, but just enough to make someone feel justified in power tripping on another person.”
I am ashamed, mortified, angry and outraged. This is what we have become? Some of us watch reality shows rather than face the real world. They prefer to ignore their own leaders as they legalize torture, hold people indefinitely without charges, invade a country based on lies and don’t realize their own rights being stripped away slowly.

On A Lighter Note....



Brad And Angeline In Pune India?

In which I temporarily succumb to the pull of "flaky news".
I saw a bit of a teaser of a video clip of Brad and Angelina in an autoricksaw in what looked like India. I wondered if they were in India. Then this morning I saw this.
As I was speed reading, I realized they are shooting a movie in Aundh a suburb of Pune. My hook to Pune? *A* has family there, we have a place too and lots of other ties to the place. She also has an uncle in Aundh. Wonder what they think of this hoopla and I wonder why the press can't leave them (Brad n Angelina) alone?

PUNE, India (AP) -- Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt began shooting scenes for a movie about the life of slain journalist Daniel Pearl on Monday, said a crew member on the movie shoot in the western Indian city of Pune.

Security was tight around a spacious bungalow in the Pune suburb of Aundh, chosen because the area resembles Karachi, Pakistan, where Pearl and his wife Mariane spent time.

...

Television reporters, photographers and journalists have been camped outside the Pune hotel where the couple is staying and the bungalow since the stars arrived in India late last week. (Watch security guard choke paparazzi -- :53)

Pictures of Pitt and Jolie with their son Maddox in an autorickshaw made the front page of India's national newspapers on Monday.

Their 20-minute ride in the three-wheeler rickshaw took them past shops and department stores in downtown Pune.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Eggs Take Their Place At The Dinner Table...

This is the title of a piece by Mark Bittman in the food section of the NYTimes can be found online here. Best-selling cookbook author MARK BITTMAN is the creator and author of the popular New York Times weekly column, "The Minimalist," and one of the country's best-known and widely admired food writers. His flagship book, How to Cook Everything (Macmillan, 1998), is currently in its twelfth printing and has sold nearly 600,000 copies.

IT symbolizes fertility and beauty, and it has an unrivaled simplicity of form. It represents one of the most perfect of foods, from just about every standpoint: nutrition, flavor and versatility. And it has an unrivaled ability to stand alone or to contribute to other dishes.

What it doesn’t represent is dinner.

Meet the still underrated egg, everybody’s favorite breakfast food in a world in which people eat a real breakfast once a week. The egg, the cheapest form of complete protein you can find, at about a dollar a pound. (Eggs cost less outside of cities, where a dozen are still a buck; more if you go organic or really local, which are both good options.) The egg, which people are suddenly jumping for in upscale restaurants even though they can’t conceive of having it for dinner at home, except in an emergency. The egg, a surprising choice.

Actually I probably should write to Mark Bittman and explain how in Indian cuisine the egg has always had a place at the dinner table. This has taken the form of a simple omlette or as spicy scrambled eggs or a egg curry. The latter has quite a few variations including one with poached eggs and lentils which I hope to make another time.

Oh and did I mention that eggs and potato are amongst my fav fooods? So I tried one of Bittman's recipes -

Hard-Cooked Eggs In Tomato-Onion Sauce.



They have two versions of it, both recipes here. I went with the Indian version with a slight modification.

  • 3 tablespoons corn oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 dried chilies (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, ground coriander, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/4th teaspoon fenugreek and 1/4 th teaspoon ground cinnamon ( or use 1/2 a stick of cinnamon)
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 medium sized chopped tomatoes (or 1.5 cups of canned tomatoes are fine too)
  • Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish.

1. Put oil in a 10- or 12-inch skillet and turn heat to medium. A minute or 2 later, add onions, garlic, chilies, cinnamon and fenugreek. Cook, stirring, for a minute or 2, then cover pan and turn heat to medium-low. Cook until onions are very soft but not brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, put eggs in cold water to cover. Turn heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover; set a timer for 9 minutes.

3. When onions are done, stir in the cumin, coriander and turmeric. Add tomatoes, a pinch of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture bubbles. Cook for about 5 more minutes.

4. When eggs are done, put them in a bowl of ice water, then place under cold running water until they feel cool, then peel. When tomato sauce is ready, add eggs to it; cook an additional 5 minutes or so. Taste and adjust seasoning, garnish and serve hot.

They really turned out great. You know you can't really go wrong with them and as Bittman says
"It represents one of the most perfect of foods, from just about every standpoint: nutrition, flavor and versatility. And it has an unrivaled ability to stand alone or to contribute to other dishes."

I hope to make the eggs poached in red wine next time.
Criticizing Cheney To His Face Is Assault?

Oh yes, you bet it is ;-) And I am sure Bushbots will support that, they fervently believe that this lying administration must always be defended and for them party comes before country. The only reasoning behind this is to chill criticism of the administration.

From the link...

Steve Howards says he used to fantasize about what he’d say to President Bush or Vice President Cheney if he ever got the chance.

That opportunity arrived on June 16, the same day he says he read about U.S. fatalities in Iraq reaching 2,500.

Howards says he was taking two of his kids to their Suzuki piano camp in Beaver Creek, Colorado. They were walking across the outdoor public mall area when all of a sudden he saw Cheney there.

“I didn’t even know he was in town,” Howards says. “He was walking through the area shaking hands. Initially, I walked past him. Then I said to myself, ‘I can’t in good conscience let this opportunity pass by.’ So I approached him, I got about two feet away, and I said in a very calm tone of voice, ‘Your policies in Iraq are reprehensible.’ And then I walked away.”

Howards says he knew the Administration has a “history of making problems” for people who protest its policies, so he wanted to leave off at that.

But the Secret Service did not take kindly to his comment.“About ten minutes later, I came back through the mall with my eight-year-old son in tow,” Howards recalls, “and this Secret Service man came out of the shadows, and his exact words were, ‘Did you assault the Vice President?’ ”

Here’s how Howards says he responded: “No, but I did tell Mr. Cheney the way I felt about the war in Iraq, and if Mr. Cheney wants to be shielded from public criticism, he should avoid public places. If exercising my constitutional rights to free speech is against the law, then you should arrest me.”

Which is just what the agent, Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr, proceeded to do.

“He grabbed me and cuffed my hands behind my back in the presence of my eight-year-old son and told me I was being charged with assault of the Vice President,”Howards recalls.

He says he told the agent, “I can’t abandon my eight-year-old son in a public mall.”

According to Howards, Reichle responded: “We’ll call Social Services.” Before that could happen, however, “my son ran away and found my wife,” who was nearby, Howards says.

“First of all, I was scared,” Howard recalls. “They wouldn’t tell my wife where they were taking me. Second of all, I was incredulous this could be happening in the United States of America. This is what I read about happening in Tiananmen Square. They hauled me away to Eagle County jail and kept me with my hands cuffed behind my back for three hours.”

At the jail, the charge against him was reduced to harassment, he says, and he was released on $500 bond. The Eagle County DA’s office eventually dropped that charge.

On October 3, Howards sued Reichle for depriving him of his First Amendment right of free speech and his Fourth Amendment right to be protected from illegal seizure.

Howards and his attorney, David Lane, have not demanded a specific dollar amount.

“We will go to trial and let a Colorado jury decide what type of damages are appropriate,” says Howards. “This isn’t about anything I did. This about what I said. There is a frontal assault occurring on our constitutional right to free speech. We brought this suit because of our belief that this Administration’s attempt to suppress free speech is a greater threat to the long-term integrity of this nation than ten Osama bin Ladens.”

Friday, October 06, 2006

It's Friday.. Yayyyy!!.. Politics.. Funny Daily Show Clip..Pictures From The Web..Music

A few observations..
You still think we don't live under a unitary executive?



We do, he does not really care for the Congress. He just uses "signing statements" to interpret any bill/law the Congress passes as he sees fit. That is called a dictatorship in some parts of the world. Link here


By LESLIE MILLER, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 5, 4:06 PM

President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the
Homeland Security

Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.

In the law Bush signed Wednesday, Congress stated no one but the privacy officer could alter, delay or prohibit the mandatory annual report on Homeland Security department activities that affect privacy, including complaints.

But Bush, in a signing statement attached to the agency's 2007 spending bill, said he will interpret that section "in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch."

This Is My Job! (Daily Show Jon Stewart.. Hilarious)




Moral Values Voters?

Morning Edition, October 5, 2006 · The scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley's (R-FL) contact with congressional pages seems to strike at the heart of the Republican campaign on moral values. But the case does not appear to be having an effect on a small group of voters contacted by NPR who consider morality an important political issue.

Link here

Why am I not surprised? I heard this as I was driving in. So these so called “moral Values” voters see nothing wrong with the GOP trying to cover up the Mark Foley case? They will still vote for the GOP. These folks are the 25-30% and constitute the true GOP base. I also hate how they are referred to as values voters. As if the rest of us don’t have any or don’t take them in to account when we vote.

Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra



Apparently the two greats never recorded together. But thanks to the ability to digitally hybridize music, you can hear them now. Link on NPR here. There is also a link to "'Let the Good Times Roll' " which I liked. One worries about the results of hybridized music like this, but I loved it. The NPR link also explains the whole process pretty well.

Pictures From The Web

Wedding Picture



Floating Babies



Eowwwww!



Thursday, October 05, 2006

Random Musings..Nobels..Falling Down An Elevator Shaft..

Da Bush And His Homies
I saw this at Opinionated's place.



Since it's the time for Nobel's and all...

20 Things You Didn't Know About... The Nobel Prizes

  1. Alfred Nobel, a Swede who invented dynamite, so regretted his contribution to warfare that he decided to offer five prizes annually "to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind." The winners are announced this month.
  2. Nobel may have been inspired by a premature obituary in a French newspaper that dubbed him a "merchant of death."
  3. King Oscar of Sweden tried to persuade Alfred's nephew Emanuel to change the philanthropist's will, saying, "It is your duty to your sisters and brothers . . . to see to it that their interests are not neglected in favor of some fantastic ideas of your uncle."
  4. Nobel nominees are never announced, and all records are sealed for 50 years. (So we have to wait a long time to see if Bush was ever nominated for the "peace" Nobel ;-))
  5. Don't even think about it: Self-nominations are automatically disqualified.
  6. Only 11 women have won science Nobels out of the 508 awarded in the fields of physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. One of the 11—Marie Curie—won it twice, for physics in 1903 and chemistry in 1911.Her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie earned the chemistry prize in 1935.
  7. Marie Curie is responsible for 18% of Nobel Prizes won by women in the sciences.
  8. Adding insult to injury: A bare-breasted woman adorns the reverse side of the physics and chemistry medals.
  9. Aside from Curie, one other person has nabbed a Nobel in two separate categories: Linus Pauling, who won the 1954 chemistry award and the 1962 peace prize for his fight against nuclear weapons testing.
  10. You can't win 'em all: Pauling missed out on a trifecta by erroneously proposing that DNA is a triple helix. The Nobel for deducing the correct structure, a double helix, went to James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins in 1962.
  11. One big blooper that did garner a Nobel (Medicine, 1926) was the dubious "discovery" by Johannes Fibiger that rats could develop cancer by feasting on cockroaches infested with parasitic worms.
  12. A 1949 prize in medicine went to António Egas Moniz for another debatable breakthrough, the lobotomy. Moniz was shot and paralyzed by a disgruntled patient, and his operation fell into disrepute.
  13. What were they thinking? Physicist Lise Meitner, who made the calculations that led to the discovery of nuclear fission, was reportedly nominated for the Nobel Prize 13 times but never won it.
  14. Her collaborator, Otto Hahn, received the lone chemistry prize in 1944 for that work; he stayed in Nazi Germany while Meitner, a Jewish woman, fled to Sweden in 1938.
  15. 14. But Meitner received an accolade denied Hahn: In 1992, element 109 was named meitnerium in her honor by its discoverers, who deemed her "the most significant woman scientist of this century."
  16. Another notable who never received a Nobel was Gandhi. He was being considered for the peace prize when he was assassinated.
  17. A modern Renaissance man: Paul Greengard not only won the 2000 medicine Nobel for discoveries in nerve-cell communication but also came in first in a potato-sack race at a New York Boy Scout jamboree.
  18. How far would you go for science? To prove his hypothesis that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes stomach ulcers—a theory for which he was initially ridiculed—physician Barry Marshall drank a culture filled with the spiral microbes.
  19. Who's laughing now? Marshall and his colleague Robin Warren later won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of "the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease."
  20. If you can't win a Nobel, try for an Ig Nobel, offered since 1991 by the Annals of Improbable Research for scientific work "that cannot or should not be reproduced."
  21. Last year's winners include Claire Rind and Peter Simmons of the University of Newcastle in England, who won the peace prize for monitoring the brain of a locust while it watched scenes from Star Wars.
An Amazing Elevator Floor Illusion..
I think if the elevator doors opened and one looked in as one started to step in it would be momentarily scary no?
Going into this elevator would certainly makes one nervous. A sign at the entrance cautions the people that goes in about work in progress. A more detailed look shows that the floor has been painted with an illusion that there is no floor.






This dawg sure knows how to get comfy...