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July 20, 2017

Despacito- Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

The most streamed song ever, with (at the time of this post) nearly 2.7 billion views.


Suck It, Photobucket

I was doing as I normally do when I check email, replying to a few in my inbox, checking the recipe newsletters, reading some sales circulars from Amazon and a local grocery store, then went into the Spam folder to clear it out.

I always scan the subject titles and the addresses just in case something important has been accidentally flagged as junk when I saw one from Photobucket.  At first I thought it was Spam, but it seemed to be from the website, so I opened it to find this:

WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING
PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING*

*What is 3rd Party Hosting?

Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.

And some other crap, mainly that they wanted to charge me some insane amount to provide hosting for my graphics.  Now, I use the Blogger albums they provide for any jpegs, but they don't support animations and I use some in posts in here, as well as the day-date calendar and border.  I also use the service for forums that don't supply image hosting for non-paying users like me (read: cheap bastards like me)

I didn't get a notice until this one that they were changing their TOU (terms of use).  Since they had always supplied the code, the HTML to embed images, I always thought it was OK, but apparently it's not now.  My "library" with Photobucket is only 1% full and they used to show a bandwidth meter and it was always set at around 10% or less, so I never worried.  I did keep an eye on it after having a few websites directly link to images and got a warning from Photobucket that I was over the limit, so I made it private and that was the end of the thieving. 

There are lots of people complaining about it online and I don't blame 'em.  Some people relied upon it for their image hosting, esp. people uploading them to Amazon for reviews and people trying to sell things on eBay. Now their entire websites and/or posts are affected and have this placeholder where their photos used to be:


So, if you see that in any older post or on the animations I use for things, then that's the reason. I've already signed up for a new free image hosting service and hope they'll not go the same route as Photobucket...which I predict is going to go out of business soon, because I think - as do many others - that they're in financial trouble and this is one last grab for some quick cash.

Anyway, I'll be doing the changeover soon, hope it works.  If not, I suppose I can live w/out any flashing signs or animated GIFs.  I'm sure the readership of this pathetic excuse for a blog won't suffer any...how could it?  We're only something like the 12,784,987th ranked blog in the world, after all.

July 19, 2017

Don't Get Yourself in a Pickle!

A "bump" from Nov. '08.  No one commented, so perhaps no one or not many saw it. Unlike many of my stories, this is a true one.

Besides, I needed a post for today and just couldn't get enthused enough to work one up.

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
- Will Rogers


It was a Senior Work Day, and we boys were working on a Saturday, making some money for our class trip after graduation. We castrated pigs that morning, then after lunch we were instructed to move some irrigation pipe. Someone noticed an electric fence on a nearby pasture and the question was raised:

"Say, you ever pee on an electric fence?" Out of the six of us, four admitted they had and another boy and I were the only ones to admit to have not having had the experience.

"Do it!" the four urged me and the other guy. I shook my head, having been around electric fences before and not liking how the shock went through me where I had made contact with the fence after not seeing it and then accidentally walking into it. The shock was bad enough on my thighs, the thought of having "it" shocked wasn't appealing to me, not at all.

The taunts went on, but I didn't care because those words didn't hurt nearly as much as electricity. Maybe I was the only one who had been awake in eighth grade science when we learned about electricity and in particular how salt water can be a circuit and conduct current. For one experiment, we used a pickle to complete a circuit; it glowed inside and crackled like an old pool hall beer sign.



Nope, no need for me to electrify MY little dill.

The other guy was challenged by the sneers from the rest and with a show of bravado, marched over to the fence, unzipped and after a few moments of potty blush, began to urinate on the charged wire.

While others claimed to have seen a spark, I must have been in the wrong position, but I did see the guy's knees buckle, then straighten up to launch him into the air and land backwards into a muddy ditch.

It took him a while to recover, then he became angry at our laughter and turned his rage upon me.

"Your turn!" he commanded.

With tears in my eyes from laughing so hard, I declined again. "MY momma didn't raise no fool." I told him, which made him even angrier.

"You're the only one who hasn't done it!" he said. "We'll make you!" he went on, looking around at the other boys for allies.

One by one, the others shook their heads, saying they really HADN'T ever peed on a fence, just wanted to see if someone would do it.

This set the guy off and in a profanity-laden tirade, accused them of being liars.

"Better that than a dumbass." was the reply.

July 17, 2017

July 16, 2017

July 13, 2017

The Green Chair


You Should Sit in a Green Chair 




You are the most harmonious person in the world. You know how to bring different types of people together. 


You have a healing energy, and you are a natural peacemaker. Things tend to get better when you show up. 

You are a powerful force, but you are never aggressive about it. In fact, you do a lot more listening than talking. 

You are a good communicator and excel at finding compromise. You believe that people have more in common than they think they do

 

Not sure if any of the results really fit me, but if you give me a green chair, I'd sit in it.

Just as long as it wasn't Behind the Green Door

July 10, 2017

Don't Throw it Away!

At least not where someone can slip on it.

You can use the inside of a banana peel to polish leather shoes and silverware and stop mosquito bites from itching. Some people eat the peelOthers use them for acne, cleaning their teeth and pain relief, among other things.

When I was a young man, it was thought you could smoke it, too.

 

July 8, 2017

All My Friends are Crazy - 500 Miles to Memphis


I'm a big fan of this band and the sound, just enough country to suit me and more than rockin' enough to make me love this particular tune of theirs. (among others) The lyrics of the song hit close to home because all of my friends in real life have been a little bit crazy. (and some of my online ones, too)

I don't think I could dance to it, though. I think I'd need three legs to do this two-step.

July 7, 2017

Dysania

Dysania - the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.



There's a simple remedy for that;  sleep past noon!


July 6, 2017

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost

California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas are the five states with the most reported hauntings.


July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July




If you're celebrating the 4th today, please try and not eat too much.  BBQ
Drunk Uncle Sam Don't drink too much.
And for Heaven's sake, don't blow off a finger. Firecracker Kid

 Flag Waving
Just have a good time and enjoy the freedoms of this great nation...while we still have them.

July 1, 2017

Transurphobia

Transurphobia - the fear of haircuts.

Understandable.


My pop used to cut my hair when I was a kid, an easy way to save a buck.  My folks bought a pair of clippers, not the electric kind, but manually operated and they were horrible, pulling out hair and I guess I carried on so much they bought electric clippers.  They were better, but it was still the same type of haircut, a close burr, a "buzz cut".   Oh well, it was better than a "Moe bowl-type" cut.



When I got older and a little less timid, I challenged my pop to let ME buzz HIS head.  He started taking me to the barber then, think it was something like $1.25 for a haircut.  I didn't like the hometown barber and neither did my dad...who called him "the Montana sheep shearer".  I liked the guy, but agreed with my father and always thought a sheep shearer might very well have been more gentle than him.  (The space between my ears and scalp was always nicked and bleeding after every hair cut.  That wouldn't have been so bad, but I wore glasses and the ear pieces would keep the minor wounds raw and irritated. )

When I was old enough to make my own money with summer jobs, I started paying for my own haircuts, but they were two bucks by then, the same as the hourly minimum wage.  A well-to-do classmate always had great looking haircuts and he talked me into going to his barber...who charged the then-outrageous price of $7.50!   That could have filled up my car, taken a date to the movies and maybe even enough left over to buy her some popcorn!  The last haircut I got was $12.50, not counting the tip...and considerably more than the hourly minimum wage at the time.
So, since my hairline was receding with every passing year, I bought my own set of clippers and started buzzing my own head.   I tried shaving it, but that was too much of a hassle, just better to take the clippers to what few hairs I have left.  The best thing is that just a couple of self-haircuts can pay for the clippers. 

What I'd like to know is why the hair on my head is disappearing and multiplying in my nose and ears?

June 30, 2017

Beginning With Adam's Atoms

All the matter that makes up the human race can fit into a sugar cube.  This is because atoms are mostly empty space and if you crammed all the atoms in all human beings together -without any wasted space - the total wouldn't be any bigger than a sugar cube.

However, that sugar cube would weigh 5 billion tons!



June 29, 2017

Sultans of Swing Cover

I've seen some unusual instruments used in covers, but never before have I seen a Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument. Check out more from Luna Lee on her YouTube channel for more covers.

You'd have to admit, she's got Seoul.

June 28, 2017

The Martini Test

The Martini Test
 

You are a deeply emotional person. You are easily moved to tears and laughter.

Some people may accuse you of being moody, but you can't help that you feel deeply.

You believe that you know what's right deep down in your heart. You know your destiny.


You consider yourself a spiritual person. You often think about what your life means to others. 

 

June 24, 2017

I Guess That's Why

He's called "The King of the Jungle". 

From today's trivia calendar: 

A lion sleeps for 20 hours a day.

And this one from last week - I didn't post it because while it's a natural thing, I did think it was a little inappropriate for my "G" rated blog:

(and especially considering the jokes I could have made about it)

Lions sometimes mate up to 40 times a day.

OK, I'm not great at math, but if a lion is only awake for four hours each day and in that time he's mating up to 40 times...no wonder he sleeps most of the day away.


June 23, 2017

Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas


One of the best rock 'n roll songs of all time.

Note: a bump from July '08 (and think that was a bump from a year previous - I *think* this is one of the first music vids I posted)

Why the bump? Because it's HOT here!


Another bump, even though it's not that hot today. I just like the tune.

How Happy Are You?


You Are 64% Happy
 

You are a very happy person. Generally, you feel content and that all is right with the world.

Occasionally, you have a down day - but you have the ability to pick yourself right back up. 


 

June 21, 2017

In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry

In honor of the first day of summer.

This song makes me happy, but it also makes me sad that I can remember when it came out in 1970.

Other than it urging the listener to drink and drive - "have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find" - it's a cool tune.




This was a "bump" from last year; I had posted the video on my Facebook wall earlier and thought I'd just come here and force it to the top of the page again. When doing a search, I found another, different version of this tune I had posted back in 2008.

Sorry, but it's a cool song, no matter how many times I post or bump it up!

FRACTAL - 4k StormLapse

June 19, 2017

Ventriloquist Trivia

The words "Hong Kong" can be spoken without moving your lips!

June 18, 2017

A Hashtag By Any Other Name

The pound symbol (#) or "hashtag" is also called an octothorpe.

June 17, 2017

The Weight - The Band

That's Heavy, Man

Every year, the Earth becomes about twelve tons heavier because of meteorites landing.


He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - The Hollies


The First Thing I Ever Bought

Well, one of the first things I ever bought with my own hard-earned money. I also bought a bunch of fireworks.
From Top of Texas Gazette

I bought the album, not the girl. She looked even better inside the cover.

June 16, 2017

Angry Spam

This was in my spam folder this morning, and I'd have to say it's a novel approach to getting someone to click on a link.

I will obfuscate some of the cursing with hash tags / # # but I found it odd that the spammer did it with asterisks / *** on the "F bombs" they dropped. I mean...in for a penny, in for a pound, right?  Why do it on the F bombs but not the other equally offensive cursing?

The subject line was this: I WILL REPORT YOU. YOU PIECE OF S##T...F.U..

Like I said, it got my attention, more than "Remember me and the passionate night we spent together?" or "Grow It Larger!"spam I normally get.

Riley Johnson RileyJokVzs@gtwabzsv.he via server.lifassurance.org

Riley Johnson reply@boopiler.com

Hey,

Stop stalking me and my friend or I will report you. You piece of s##t, c##k-su##er douche. I do not know why you are doing this! You slept together once, only once. It does not mean anything. Have not you heard of hook up?  So, f*** off and leave us alone

F*** You.



How did I know it was spam? Well, if someone is THAT angry, they're more likely to come see you in person and punch you in the nose. Personally, I'd rather spend the night in jail than have my ISP ban me forever for sending out threats. Secondly, I don't know anyone named Riley Johnson. Third, if the spammer only knew how long it had been since I last had a "hook up" or slept with anyone "only once" (or at all), they'd not bother sending me any spam.

Plus, whoever it is Riley is with, he/she sure is cheating a LOT on him.

June 15, 2017

Color Me Smooth

You Are Smooth
 
You're the type of person who can get away with anything. People always like you no matter what.

You are totally irresistible. You can be as quirky, colorful, and wild as you want to be!

You enjoy taking risks, and you've made a few big miscalculations over the years. You're not afraid to mess up.


Your mistakes just give you character. People love that you're perfectly imperfect. You're happy with yourself, and that's all that matters. 


 

Smooth Operator - Sade

Smooth - Santana ft. Rob Thomas

June 12, 2017

Can You Hear Me Now?

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother.

They were both deaf.

And, in case you didn't get the rather insensitive joke in the title of this post, here's its origin:



...although he's since gone over to Sprint.

And a ToTG public service announcement:  if someone calls you and asks you a question or speaks very faintly and you complain they need to speak up and they "make an adjustment" and in a louder voice "Can you hear me now?", do NOT say "Yes." which might lead to them using that to change your long-distance service.   Some sources on the 'net say it's not a proven scam, but best to not take chances.  At the least, you'll be telling the possible scammer on the other end of the line that it's a working phone number. 

Personally, if I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. 

June 11, 2017

Three Classes of Men


PlatoThere are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.

- Plato

June 7, 2017

June 6, 2017

You've Got Another Thing Comin'-Judas Priest

A "bump" because the original video had been taken down.

It's also worth a bump because it's such a kick-ass tune.


May 29, 2017

A Very Bing Birthday

Among family, friends and my online pals. I've had a pretty good birthday so far. Several of my email newsletters have sent me special emails, also wishing me a happy birthday. (and I also got an email in my spam folder from a "young woman" who wished me a happy birthday and would give me a "special present" if I clicked on the enclosed link. I was tempted, but...)

Bing also sent me birthday wishes earlier today on their home page; the images were animated, but I just took screen shots.


Make a wish?  Sure, so I clicked the button and got this:

I don't know how magical Bing is, but if my birthday wish comes true, I will be a lottery winner sometime this week.  I hope it's the Powerball because it's MUCH larger than the Mega Millions or the Texas Lotto jackpots.

May 24, 2017

You Wear it Well - Rod Stewart & Faces



This sounds a WHOLE lot like "Maggie May".

Maybe that's why he had to read the lyrics off a piece of paper.

She Wears it Well


There are 7 points on the crown of the Statue of Liberty.  They represent the 7 continents and 7 seas of the world.

May 23, 2017

R.I.P. Roger Moore

R.I.P. Roger Moore (1927-2017)

While I liked Sean Connery in the iconic role, he was the "rough-edged" James Bond;  Moore added the debonair, suave quality Connery did not possess.



May 22, 2017

ultracrepidarian



ultracrepidarian

adjective [uhl-truh-kerp-i-dair-ee-uh-n]

1. noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside the area of his or her expertise

2. an ultracrepidarian person


I see a LOT of ultracrepidarians every day while online.

The Internet is full of 'em; childless people who know what's best for your child, people who comment about politics yet only listen to one side of an issue and just about every conspiratorial nutjob there is on the World Wide Web.

May 14, 2017

That's Weird

Weird doesn't follow the "i before e" rule.

That's pretty weird.

May 12, 2017

The Difference An "R" Makes

Too funny and a weird coincidence:  I was just checking my Facebook news feed and saw one of those hilarious greeting cards on a wall, but what they described on it happened to me just yesterday!

I was flipping through the channels and stopped on Batman Begins but it had already been on for thirty minutes or so and I wanted to watch the entire thing, so I didn't stay long. I watched long enough to see a scene with the young Jim Gordon and the actor looked familiar so I went to IMDb to see the cast of characters and found out the actor was Gary Oldman. To be honest, I wasn't all that familiar with him until his recent role as Sirius Black in several of the Harry Potter movies.  I had seen him in several of his earlier movies, such as JFK and Hannibal, but I guess he just didn't make that much of an impression on me or I didn't recognize him in the different roles.

I went to Google to view some of his photographs just to see how he's aged over the years and how he looked in other movie roles.  I quickly typed in his name, but made a typo.

Trust me, you don't really want to view the pics of "Gay Oldman". (well, maybe you DO, but I sure didn't.)

April 28, 2017

Losing Your Head Over a Female

Males of some praying mantis species cannot copulate while its head is attached. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.


I guess I'm lucky;  I've just had my heart ripped out.

April 27, 2017

Big, BIG Secret

You are indeed a secret genius

So secret that not a single soul knows.

Mensa or Densa, which are you?

April 26, 2017

Meat Cards

Meat Cards: Business cards made from MEAT AND LASERS


From the website:

We start with 100% beef jerky, and SEAR your contact information into it with a 150 WATT CO2 LASER.

Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients: MEAT AND LASERS.

Unlike other business cards, MEAT CARDS will retain value after the econopocalypse. Hoard and barter your calorie-rich, life-sustaining cards.

MEAT CARDS do not fit in a Rolodex, because their deliciousness CANNOT BE CONTAINED in a Rolodex.

meatcards.com

April 23, 2017

Older Than Dirt Quiz

From the  photo email10.gif archives 

How many of these can you remember? 

Get your score at the end of the quiz.

1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5. Coffee shops or diners with table side jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines on the telephone
8 Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels...if you were fortunate)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15.S&H green stamps
16. Hi-fi's
17. Metal ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate keys
22.Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25. Wash tub wringers


If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!

April 20, 2017

Cleverbot



Cleverbot - Chat with a bot about anything and everything - AI learns from people, in context, and imitates.

From Wiki: Cleverbot is a web application that uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to have conversations with humans. It was created by the British AI scientist Rollo Carpenter, who also created Jabberwacky, a similar web application. It is unique in the sense that it learns from humans, remembering words within its AI. In its first decade Cleverbot held several thousand conversations with Carpenter and his associates. Since launching on the web in 1997, the number of conversations held has exceeded 150 million.

April 18, 2017

Please Take a Moment

To read this bit of trivia.

Actually, it shouldn't take you that long (unless you went to the same school I did) because technically a "moment" is 90 seconds.

From Broken Secrets:

The first reference comes from 1398, found in the Oxford English Dictionary. Cornish writer John of Trevisa wrote that there are 40 moments in an hour (hence 90 seconds each). Oxford has since replaced it with, “a very brief period of time.”


April 17, 2017

Sleepy Dolphins

Dolphins shut down half of their brains when they sleep, sleeping with one eye open.



April 15, 2017

The Leftovers

Only one more day until the 3rd - and final -season of The Leftovers debuts! (Sunday night on HBO)

From Wiki: The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the "Sudden Departure", the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world's population, on October 14, 2011. Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.

The story focuses primarily on the Garvey family and their acquaintances in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York. Kevin Garvey is the Chief of Police. His wife Laurie has joined the Guilty Remnant. Their son Tommy has left home for college, and their daughter Jill is acting out. The second season moves the main characters to the fictional town of Jarden, Texas
.

The third season begins in Texas, but the main characters are moving to Australia, as evidenced in this teaser clip.



I wasn't for sure if I was going to like this show, at first thinking it was going to be some sort of rehash of the Left Behind series of books and movies, but it soon became clear that while there are religious overtones, they're subtle and the main religion is the cult, the (extremely creepy!) Guilty Remnant.

As is the case with many TV shows and particularly movies, the soundtrack adds significantly to the mood. The first season used The Leftovers Piano Theme - Max Richter for the intro and variations are played prominently throughout the episodes. The second season's intro was one of my favorite tunes, Let The Mystery Be by Iris DeMent. (Opening credits for the 2nd season) I'm not only looking forward to this finale season, but also to hear what new music they use.  Another teaser clip has ABBA's "SOS" - my favorite tune of the Swedish group. A pop tune, sure, but seems to fit perfectly, same for the Richter piece composed for the series and DeMent's not-quite-religious (perhaps even Agnostic) ballad.

IMDb entry for The Leftovers

Official website (HBO)

April 12, 2017

Hellacious Historical Hiccups





The longest time for someone to have the hiccups is sixty-nine years.

April 7, 2017

Dear Gifty

sweety gifty sweetygifty1y@gmail.com
   
Hello handsome,How are you feeling today...My name is Gifty and would like to chat and get to know more about you for us to see where it goes,am single and looking for my soul mate..let me know if your"re interested...hope to hear from you soon...

Most of my spam of this nature has been w/out pics here lately, but at least this one sent some w/ this mail:

(Click any pic for larger view)





Dear Gifty,

You're a nice lookin' young woman, but as with most of these emails, I suspect you're actually some 37 yr. old Russian spammer sitting in a chilly flat in Moscow who lifted these photos off some poor girl's social media page and if we DID actually exchange emails, I'm sure you'll be wanting me to send you some money or at least to direct me to some pay-for-porn website.

Be that as it may, if you ARE actually "Gifty", I'd be less-than-honest if I didn't point out that I'm certainly old enough to be your grandfather.  Thanks for the offer, though, but I'll have to pass.

"How do I feel"?  More than a little wary, sweetheart.  I'm just too old to deal with an STD at my age.  That would be the Gifty than just keeps on giftying.

Regards,
Mike

April 5, 2017

fanfaronade



fanfaronade noun [fan-fer-uh-neyd]

bragging; bravado; bluster


Ah, the 3 "Bs" of Texas...or of Texans, actually.

I never had heard of this word before and I doubt that most of my fellow Texans have, either.  It's not something we'd use in everyday speech, mainly because we'd somehow make those four syllables stretch into at least eight and take a minute - or longer- to say the entire word.

Besides, it sounds like it's some sort of rodeo event or a variation of the Two-Step...or maybe some sissy cocktail that only city folks would drink.

April 3, 2017

"C" What I Am?

You Are Carefree

You are always brimming with excitement and possibilities. You love to experiment and learn.

You like to go wherever life takes you. You have no rules or routine.

You are a true free spirit. You do whatever works. If what works changes, you'll change too.


You don't value structure or order much in your life. It kills the spontaneity. 


 

April 1, 2017

plisky



plisky noun [plis-kee]

1. Scot. and North England. a mischievous trick; practical joke; prank.
2. Scot. and North England. mischievous; playful.


I've seen a plethora of April Fools jokes today, but I won't try to pull a fast one over on any of my small but devoted number of loyal readers. After all, you're all far too clever to be taken in by something like that, right?

April Fools!

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

A "bump" from April '09.


Last night I was binge-watching the new series Timeless and a cover of this was at the end of one of the earlier episodes. I knew I had posted it before, but found it was now blocked from being viewed in the U.S. due to copyright concerns. This version is also live, but not with all of Pink Floyd, only David Gilmour.

After watching the episode, I came online and listened to several versions of the tune, both studio and live in concert as well as some covers. I then researched the lyrics to find out if there was any specific reference being made. What I found out was very interesting: Behind the Song: Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. That said, I've always thought the lyrics were fascinating, well crafted to match the lovely melody.

March 28, 2017

Religion 101

Match The Belief With The Faith

I did fairly well, missing only a couple, getting one particular belief of Hinduism mixed up with Buddhism and another I hadn't a clue in regards to Catholicism.

Not bad for me, an "optimistic agnostic".

(or "heathen" to *some* religious fanatics folks)

March 27, 2017

Olive Tree Trivia

An olive tree can live over 2000 yrs.


That bit of trivia makes me hungry for some Tapenade.

Not sure that I'd want it every day for two centuries, though.

Thirsty for Videos

I wanted to watch a video hosted on Openload, but instead got this 404 message.


"Videos, videos everywhere, nor any link to click"

With all apologies.

March 26, 2017

The Oracle of Bacon


The Oracle of Bacon, one of my long-time favorite sites.

The object of the game is simple:  find the shortest route, via movies, from any actor to Kevin Bacon using other actors who were fellow cast mates in a particular movie, creating a chain of mutual movies.  For example, just the other day I saw a movie with the lovely actress Teri Polo in it.  I entered her name (spelling it wrong, but the site will offer up choices of actors if there's any doubt) and found that there were only two movies and one mutual fellow cast mate between Polo and Bacon:

The site uses the database of another of my favorite sites, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)  The results are cached on their server, so any new queries will appear quickly.  There's also a couple of other interesting features of the site, finding out the "Center of the Hollywood Universe" ranking of a particular actor as well as a useful one, finding actors with a certain letter of their last name.  (one of those "tip of the tongue" tools)

For you baseball fans, there's also an Oracle of Baseball which will link baseball players in the same manner as the Bacon Oracle, only using teams and mutual teammates.

March 25, 2017

Quiz For People Who Know Everything

From the Photobucket archives:


(1) There's one "sport" in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends. What is it?

(2) What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

(3) Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

(4) Name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

(5) What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

(6) In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

(7) Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw." They are all common. Name two of them.

(8) There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?

(9) Where are the lakes that are referred to in the "Los Angeles Lakers?"

(10) There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base without getting a hit. Taking a base on balls-a walk-is one way. Name the other six.

(11) It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?

(12) Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter "S."


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March 23, 2017

thaumaturgy

thaumaturgy \THAW-muh-tuhr-jee\, noun:
The performance of miracles or magic.


Can't recall ever seeing this word in print and am postitive I've never heard it used...and doubt I ever will (hear it OR use it)

Then again....

It's certainly thaumaturgy that this blog has lasted this long, for sure.

Four Winds - Bright Eyes


Stumbled across this vid here a while back and I'm not for sure whether I want to buy the album or boo along with the audience.

Lovely tune, strange lyrics. It's a protest, but I'm not for sure against WHAT.

Update:  Some interpretations of the lyrics.

March 20, 2017

Funny Flamingo Fact

There are more plastic Flamingos in the United States than real ones.


March 8, 2017

Which gift would you like?

From the   photo email12.gif  archives.



Your Personality Determined By Which Gift You Choose




Which gift would you like?

To determine your personality, pick the gift you'd most like to receive...Make the choice now before you go on...don't look until you've made your choice!

1. Candy

2. Flowers

3. A sweet poem

4. Sex

5. Dinner/Dancing

6. Waffle iron

Answers in comment section!