Friday, December 31, 2010

What Evil Creatures Dwell In The Deep, Dark Waters Of The Earth?

I brought with me today a collection of creatures
that may well be called "Monsters of the deep".

We start with the Umbrella Mouth Gulper Eel
images credit: John Kealy and captbluefin

This sea monster looks and is ferocious!  The Gulper Eel can eat an animal larger than itself due to its giant scoop-like mouth and expandable stomach.  I, for one, would not go ANYWHERE near this thing!

For our entry in today's beauty pageant, we present the Viperfish...

Like something straight out of the movie "Alien", here we have the Viperfish.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mister Sharp Helps Everyone Understand

Ah, Mister Sharp... the world would simply suck without the wisdom that he brings to all!

Let's start out today's lesson with "The Mobile Phone"

Say, what about "Politics"?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fantastic Animated Short - A MUST See!!

Pigeon: Impossible from Lucas Martell on Vimeo.
A rookie secret agent is faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Twas The Night Before Christmas - Rewritten

Twas the night before Christmas, when inside our house
Many creatures were stirring, dogs and cats were all roused
Due to stockings once hung by the chimney with care,
Having fallen right off from the weight of their wares;
Now all was unsettled, chaos entered our heads,
Loud barks & growls came from the foot of our bed;
And Cindy half frozen, and I one tangled mass
Had passed out watching shows about hauntings en masse 
Just then in the front lawn a buggy did clatter
Dogs sprang from the bed and barked louder and louder
Away to the window they flew like a flash,
On the way knocking over the tree with a crash.
The moon on the breast of the dirty old snow
Lit up a brown bunny sitting there all alone,
While stepping on glass and my eyes full of tears 
The rabbit to me looked just like a Reindeer
Dogs now in a frenzy, glass shards in my feet
I knew that a tetanus shot I soon would greet
More rapid than eagles I ran to the door,
To scare off the rabbit so the dogs might then snore;
Now rabbit!  Run stupid!  Move dummy!  Stop sittin'
Be gone you small varmint!  Start running you Vixen!
Stay away from the porch, run away past that wall
Now dash away, dash away, dash you puff ball!
Through a pile of leaves that had gotten quite dry
The rabbit did run away into the night.
Then down from the house-top an icicle flew
Hitting me square in the eye, and sticking right through.
And then I saw twinkling, senses grew quite aloof
And I fell right on down in a heap with a poof.
But soon lifting my head and turning around, 
A cold pile of snow slid right down in a mound.
Now nearly frozen from my head down to foot,
My fingers were blue, my pajamas kaput;
I heard a strange noise with a pain in my back
With each step I took, heard a crick and a crack
My eye - it was bloodshot!  I'm sure I looked scary!
My cheek black and blue, as if smeared with a berry!
My sore frowning mouth seemed to me like it froze
And the beard on my chin was still covered with snow;
Some grass and some dirt was wedged in my teeth,
And I wished I had dreamt all that happened that eve;
As I stepped back inside so sick felt my belly,
I shook from frostbite like a bowl full of jelly.
On my head felt a lump, a right large one I felt
Cindy laughed when she saw me, as I started to melt;
Some salve on my eye, and towel on my head,
The memories all were quite something to dread;
I spoke a few words, before trying to sleep,
Admonishing dogs with a stern, "NOT A PEEP"!
And laying back down on my side, eyes now closed,
My alarm it did sound, it was time I arose?!?!
I sprang to my feet, my fist like a missile,
Knocked the clock 'cross the room, it slammed into the Bissell!
Then I smiled as I laid my frame down one last time, 
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

-- Adapted from the classic Christmas Poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
This version was written by Mindpaint

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas At My House

Circa 1967, 1968, and 1969...

Looks like Mom got a new sweater!  That's me in the lower right corner.

I see a Tommy the Turtle Toy!  WOO HOO!

The tree seems to be ablaze in this shot.

Mighty Might Desert Play set!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

WOW! Some Families are VERY STRANGE!

I dug up some family photos.  NO, not MY family photos, but photos of some very odd families that should never have been taken.  Some of them are not apparently strange at first sight, but most are.  If you don't see what's so bizarre about the picture, look closer!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Better Rethink That!

Global Warming

Funny, you don't seem to hear a whole lot about Global Warming any more.  Maybe the "Fad" has run its course, or maybe politicians have found it's more difficult to make the public swallow crap during a COLD winter in a bad economy.  Soon though, I'm sure we'll all start hearing about the next Ice Age.  One look at the REAL U.S. temperature map shown above and you too will soon put the global warming scam to rest.

Swine Flu - H1N1
Ah yes, the Swine Flu... in the graph above (click to make larger), notice the Green and Red bars... and to a great extent, the Yellow bars too?  Well, those represent the "Seasonal Flu Outbreaks" from week 40 of 2010 through today.  Notice how much BIGGER they are than the Orange bars?  You guessed it, the Orange bars are cases of the new PANDEMIC known as H1N1, or the Swine Flu.  Guess the hype about that is over too...  GOOD riddance I say (oink oink).

Sunday, December 19, 2010

We Wish You A Tacky Christmas

OK... Yesterday we brought you some incredible Christmas light displays.  Today I would like to present
The Top 10 TACKIEST Christmas displays of 2010...





Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Greatest Christmas Displays of 2010

These are some FANTASTIC Christmas Light Shows.  The timing and complexity is mind boggling, and some of these displays are controlled via over 300 individual lighting control channels!  Enjoy!..

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cool Music Friday #6

Meet the Flower Kings...
They are regarded by many as one of the leading, if not THE leading, progressive rock outfit of the new millennium. The Flower Kings are led by progrock icon, guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer Roine Stolt into a world of unlimited musical fantasy and flair. Playing it's first ever live date in August 1994 as a result of the interest in Stolt's solo album "The Flower King", the band quickly became somewhat of a phenomenon in the progressive rock community for everyone that once loved bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Zappa, UK, Utopia, Yes, ELP, King Crimson or Focus. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lighthouse Ice Castle

A Cleveland Lighthouse was transformed into an Ice Castle by high winds kicking up waves coupled with subfreezing temperatures.  This lighthouse is only a couple of miles from where I work, and looks simply amazing.  I sure hope nobody is inside!

Now watch a video about the Icy Lighthouse...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Maybe This Will Make Monday A Little Better

Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way from Henry Jun Wah Lee on Vimeo.
Timelapse video of the Perseid Meteor Shower and the galactic core of the Milky Way as seen from Joshua Tree National Park.

These were taken between August 12 and August 15, 2010.

For more photos and words:

Gear: 5D Mk II, EF 16-35mm L. Settings: f/2.8, 6400 ISO, 20 second exposures.

Music is Samskeyti by Sigur Ros

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Santa Can Be Creepy

My Daughter showed me this site, (linked in the title).
It entertained us for at least 45 minutes early this morning, so I just had to share some of the best photos with you.  I hope you enjoy these twisted Santas as much as we did!  If I ever come across a picture of me with Santa, I'll be sure to post it on this site, as I'm sure it'll be creepy too.

These are GREAT!..

I'm sure this Santa is on a list somewhere!

You know things are melting down when Santa starts crying too.

Show, wutchyous whan frow Chritsmats thish yir?  I (hickup) wan shum good Scotsh myshelf.

I think I saw this guy on America's Most Wanted!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Cool Music Friday #5 - Imported Singer

The first song Angelina Moysov wrote is about a little girl standing at a window watching the moon cry tears of blood. The moon is saddened by the way humans treat one another. Moysov was 13 when she penned the song, living in her hometown of Pyatigorsk, Russia, under a perpetually pale sky.
The porcelain-skinned Russky’s prose continued to blossom from there. When accomplished guitarist Tom Ayres got a taste – shortly after Moysov moved to the States – Persephone’s Bees took flight.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pickpocketing In The 21st Century


Just charge it!  It's the age of plastic, and people seem to use it for almost everything they purchase.  You pull your credit card out to make a purchase and then shove it safely back into your wallet or purse.   Wait a minute, did I just say "safely"?  Guess I'd better rephrase that.
"Thanks to new technology called RFID's, or Radio Frequency Identification, millions of credit cards out there are now contact free.
Walt Augustinowicz, an expert trying to help people prevent identity theft has this to say, "You can actually scan them right through your wallet or your purse".  Adding, "they're supposed to make things quicker and easier".
And while not all credit or debit cards have the chips right now, he says eventually they'll be used in all of your plastic, likely making life easier for crooks too.
Augustinowicz continued, "Now they just have to walk by you and get close to you.  They don't have to touch you so it's a lot easier".
How can crooks steal your info if they don't ever touch your card?
A simple scanner.  The kind you see at gas stations and grocery stores.
You can actually buy them from E-bay for from $10 to $30 USD.
Walt showed us just how easy it is to use the scanners.
He puts a card with an RFID chip in his wallet and then into his back pocket.  When he picks up the scanner and puts it an inch from his pocket, it beeps, and the information, including card number and expiration date pop up on the computer screen.
I know, a lot of you are thinking, "my card doesn't have a chip like that".  Are you sure?  One shopper didn't think she had one of the cards, but a quick swipe of the scanner near her wallet proved otherwise.  The scan reads off her full credit card number, name and expiration date proving there IS an RFID chip inside!
So, how can you protect yourself?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's Time To Lay Off The Bottle

         Bottled Water That Is!
Want to know what’s in your tap water?

Just browse to your local water utility’s website. You’ll find the source of the water and any chemical pollutants that remain after treatment.
It’s the law.
Many utilities also volunteer their treatment methods. Even if they're too small to have a website, they mail out periodic water quality reports.
What's that?  You have a well?  Then you already know the source, and you can have your water professionally tested for under 20.00 USD in most areas.
When you buy bottled water the only thing you can be sure of is paying a premium price of up to 1900 times more!!  You therefore should expect more, but do you actually get more?
Actually, with only a few rare exceptions, you get less.
All too often, you get more.  More of what you don't want!  Unless you actually want more hyped advertising come-ons like “crisp,” pristine” or “essential.”  Even worse, too often you get more Carcinogens,  Chemicals,  and Filth!
Shouldn't pure drinking water be only about the facts?
An 18-month Environmental Working Group investigation of bottled water labels and websites has found that:
  • Only 2 bottled waters disclose water sources and treatment methods on their labels and offer a recent water quality test report on their websites. These best performers are:
    • Ozarka Drinking Water
    • Penta Ultra-Purified Water
  • Just 18% of bottled waters disclose quality reports with contaminant testing results. Among them, all 8 Nestlé domestic brands surveyed:
    • Poland Spring
    • Nestlé Pure Life
    • Arrowhead
    • Calistoga
    • Deer Park
    • Ice Mountain
    • Ozarka
    • Zephyrhills
  • None of the top 10 U.S. domestic bottled water brands label specific water sources and treatment methods for all their products.

The EWG recommends

  • Filtered tap water!  It saves money, it's purer than tap water, and it helps solve the global glut of plastic bottles.
  • Stronger federal standards for bottled water to enforce the consumer's right to know all about bottled water — where it comes from, what’s been done to it, if anything, and what trace pollutants lurk inside.
Until the federal Food and Drug Administration cracks down on water bottlers, use EWG’s What’s in My Bottled Water guide to find brands with high scores for disclosing full water source, treatment and quality and that use advanced treatment methods to remove a broad range of pollutants.
The BEST is...
Filtered Tap Water!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cool Music Friday #4

Liam Finn
Liam Mullane Finn (born 24 September 1983 in MelbourneAustralia) is an Australian born New Zealand musician and songwriter. Born in Australia, he moved to New Zealand as a child. He is the son of pop musician Neil Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House).

Thursday, December 2, 2010


MEDIA ADVISORY : M10-167  NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2   WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at

Participants are:
-     Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-     Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
-     Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
-     Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.
-     James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe

Media representatives may attend the conference or ask questions by phone or from participating NASA locations. To obtain dial-in information, journalists must send their name, affiliation and telephone number to Steve Cole at or call 202-358-0918 by noon Dec. 2.

For NASA TV streaming video and downlink information, visit:


For more information about NASA astrobiology activities, visit:

Looks Good!

Coming this Spring.  Might be something to look forward to.