Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The blue clouds of the red planet

Praise the gods of the internet!!

The rest of the media is full of crappy celebies, weather reports forcasting snow for everyone but me, and economic gloom and doom.

I have to turn to the internet for the interesting shtuff!!

The blue clouds of the red planet

Volcanos on Mars people!! Volcanos on MARS!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pass the butter please...

You wouldn't want this on your toast: 100-year-old pat of butter found at Scott's Antarctic base

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1236290/You-wouldnt-want-toast-100-year-old-pat-butter-Scotts-Antarctic-base.html#ixzz0ZtBKN9J5

*happy sigh* I love this kinda stuff! It appeals to my inner geek...

Monday, December 07, 2009

oh snap!

Dear Self-righteous Dude in TO who snarked "oh yeah, well that's just YOUR opinion",

Yeah, mine and a wholllllllllllle buncha other peoples
cuz... yeah,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thank me later...

I'm always thinking of ways to make your life simpler.

in a conundrum about where to dine. Struggle no more.

A handy flow chart has been created.

Where should I eat?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Everyone take a deep breath....

Okay.... read up!
even the Mayans say the 2012 doomsday forcasting is bunk.

2012: new film features ‘Mayan doomsday,’

can people all calm down now? sheesh.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget...

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Danger Will Robinson...

Are you a confirmed Application Junkie on MySpace, Facebook, and other Social media sites??

Check this out....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Silence is Golden, but Duct Tape is Silver

Duct tape is a vinyl, fabric-reinforced, multi-purpose pressure sensitive adhesive tape. It was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition cases.

They tell me a perfect tool kit needs only two items; WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn’t move and it should – use the WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn’t use the Duct tape.

Duct tape is like ‘The Force’; it has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.... now it’s holding Churches together.

Pillars holding up Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of Anglicanism, are being held together with duct tape because of a shortage of money to carry out urgent repairs.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Good geekery must be shared...

History Cookbook

the Saxons and Vikings aren't Medieval? since when??
ah well... the eternal struggle between academics and 'teh intardwebz'

Monday, October 05, 2009

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hollywood is a joke that needs put in its place.

There are a great number of those Hollyweird sideshow freaks signing petitions asking that the self-admitted pedophile Roman Polanski be released.

Hey! Plastic Freaks! Look into your child’s eyes and tell me honestly - If someone were to drug and rape them, would a few decent movies make that 'okay'???

WAKE UP! Get some social conscience you plastic freaks.

Roman Polanski raped like a man - let's have this sniveling coward take his comeuppance like a man too...

The law is the law - no amount of money, social position, "artistic talent", sports skill should make it Okay to rape, abuse, or otherwise break the law...

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


The UK's Biscuit Injury Threat Evaluation

three percent have poked themselves in the eye with a biscuit??

No words...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Sure! No Problem! I can do that...

Free Will Astrology : Aries Horoscope: "Aries Horoscope for week of September 3, 2009

Your assignment is to get angry in the most unique, brilliant, and constructive way possible. Merely being annoyed and muttering generic curses will definitely not be sufficient. Nor will it work for you to get consumed in knee-jerk rage or to be peeved about the same old boring targets that everyone reacts to. What the cosmos needs from you this week, Aries, is a controlled explosion of liberated, compassionate, laser-sharp fury that will fuel your ingenious drive to change everything for the better."

Friday, August 28, 2009

Food for thought...

When the winds of change begin to blow, some people build walls, the wise build windmills.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

This made me grin.

"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
Give her a house; she'll give you a home.
Give her groceries; she'll give you a meal.
Give her a smile; she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and increases what is given.
So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

of orbs and hummingbirds

orbs and hummingbirds. I have them.

and I have a picture of the orbs... but not of the hummingbirds.

it's the story of my life really.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Food for Thought

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
~ Helen Keller

Monday, July 13, 2009

A 2,000-year-old cream belonging to an aristocrat discovered

I am excited by this!! Really!!
That makes me a nerd doesn't it?


yeah... I knew it

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Keep thine airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee...

The video clip is a 24 hour observation of the movement of all the large aircraft flights in the world, condensed down to about 2 minutes. From space it looks like a bee hive of activity. You can tell it is summer time in the north by the sun's footprint over the planet. You can see that it doesn't quite set in the extreme north and it doesn't quite rise in the extreme south.

I have never seen this before. We are taught about the earth's tilt and how it causes summer and winter in the opposite hemisphere, but to see just what is going on - WOW. With this 24-hour observation of aircraft travel on the earths surface we get to see the daylight pattern change as our timer 'moves' across the planet (and by noting where the 'sun is shining' in the northern hemisphere, across the top of the 'movie', you can estimate the time of day).

Each yellow dot is a plane in the air. Watch the concentration of the dots change as daylight comes and goes. Want to be an air traffic controller?"

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Solstice Meditation

Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.
Maori proverb

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Phil Jupitus - Spiders.

This video clip is on Google Video. It is 25 minutes of pure genius. This is exactly how I feel about spiders.

Watch it if you can.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

we have strayed...

A vast old religion, which once swayed the earth, lingers in our senses: a religion in which the whole life-effort was to get our lives into direct contact with the elemental life of the cosmos - mountain-life, cloud-life, thunder-life, air-life, earth-life, sun-life - to come into the immediate felt contact, and so derive energy, power, and joy.

D.H. Lawrence


Here’s where I get to thumb my nose at all the pretentious, food chemistry-deficient, wine gits

Some wine can improve if stored in a carton rather than in a bottle

Although I do agree that a bottle of wine is more “classically” romantic on a picnic or in front of a roaring fire… but what’s more important? How it looks? Or the quality of what’s inside?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tagged I was!

Tagged I was…Well, sort of.
Saw this questionnaire over at Trude’s blog and I’m trying to stay awake until bedtime... (PS - went to bed before i posted it)

Read on. ;)"

What is your current obsession?

… and that would be one of my biggest annoyances… I don’t actually have a current obsession. I want one. My love of, and interest in, Wraeththu has not waned - it is simply not an obsession on the same level as some of my past, and much enjoyed, obsessions.

What's for dinner? … it’s your turn to cook, and I’m in the mood for spicy.

What's the last thing you bought? A mirror to hang in the front hall

What are you listening to right now? Right this second I am listening to the dog snoring… musically my tastes run towards the eclectic – Today alone my playlist includes Guess Who, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, Tarkan, Etta James, Holtz, Amon Amarth, PowWow drummers….

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Chicago or London

What's your favorite quote (for now)?
Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.
~ Rumi

What's your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? My XXXL Hoodie from UMASS

What's your dream job? Travel writer

What's your worst habit? Procrastination

Do you admire anyone's style? No… I admire different aspects about different people and I only admire “style” if it seems genuine, fresh, and truly unique – I do not admire sheep who will follow any sort of trendy (especially fashion) thing just because some self-appointed fashionista, or style guru, says it's the "new thing".

Describe your personal style. I aim for classic business casual at work. At home my usual style is “on my way from/to workout” or “about to/just finished gardening”… I aspire to Bohemian

What are your favorite movies? Old ones… Thin Man series, Belles of St. Trinian,… HATE war movies, horror movies,…

What inspires you? The everyday world inspires me…

What's your favorite book? I have too many books in too many different genres to pick a favourite…

Do you collect something? Books? I try not to collect things… I have collections of things because some people ::ahem:: have for some reason assumed/decided/thought that I collect things… that I don’t actually collect… so there collections of stuff here that I don’t collect

What do you like most about yourself? I like the fact that I can (and do) find the humour in most every situation – even the bad ones. I like this about me, but it isn’t always appreciated and it sometimes gets me in trouble.

What's your go-to nail polish color? O_o …. People have go to nail polish colours??? Really??? Well … okay then – I learned something new today.

If you've gotten this far, you're all tagged! Mwahahahaha.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Food for Thought

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

e.e. cummings
"Never give up! Never surrender!"
Kudos to the geeky good soul who can identify the movie quote

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Do not stand on my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in the snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am a gentle Autumns rain
When you awaken in the morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
I am the birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
So do not stand on my grave and cry
I am not there.... I did not die

R.I.P Bob... safe travels

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sharing the Filth! because you know I love you...

Ain't nuttin' new under the sun...
certainly nothing the Middle Ages and the chaste mind of a monk hasn't thought of already.

FILTH!! Bestiality!!! and general wtf? => THIS WAY

many thanks to hobnobofjoy !

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Props to RandomFerret!

Let’s recap...

- My laptop just stopped working. Right in the middle of a bubble blasting game there appeared the blue screen of death and an error message; perhaps I exceeded the international maximum bubble destruction quota....

- Why do error messages have numbers instead of names?

o Error message 99849865673876346azh means nothing... and is therefore incredibly unhelpful.

o Your computer has shut down to protect the hard drive because the mother board has detected that you have exceeded the international maximum bubble destruction quota; no sudden moves - The police will be there soon! <= this is useful.

- NEVER clean out the storage room with your significant other. For some reason their keepsakes and important and potential useful things to store stuff are always more important than yours which (obviously) should have been turfed years ago

o Ditto for the garage.

- This weekend was the long Victoria Day Weekend... wherein we celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday by setting off fireworks, having BBQs and generally having way more fun than Queen Victoria is having because she’s dead.

o It’s the “unofficial” start summer when people flock to cottage country, and start gardening and planting. Unfortunately we had frost Saturday and Sunday morning... chilly, very chilly.

I thought this was amusing...


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Let me see if I understand this all....

Cheerios Are a Drug?


Dogs need sex toys?

The world is definitely weirder than it was this morning...

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

A New Perspective...

My friend Dan has a blog called

He is gradually transcribing his Great-Grandfather's Diaries from World War I.

A wonderful read!

Check it out!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

and then we noticed

with apologies to Scott & Pope...

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive

But when we've practiced for a while,
How vastly we improve our style! *

what a load of crap!
*Truth! but it just make the fall from grace much more spectacular... *snort*

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

kudos for ingenuity?

or a slap in the head for a waste of good chocolate?

You decide: Chocolate powered race car

Friday, May 01, 2009

Oh sweet sardonical word play….

... it was once said "a black man would be president when pigs fly".
Now, 100 days into Obama's presidency....
Swine Flu

Beltaine Blessings!

Cup Of Wonder
J. Tull, Songs from the Wood

May I make my fond excuses
for the lateness of the hour,
but we accept your invitation, and we bring you Beltane's flower.
For the May Day is the great day, sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did lay
will heed the song that calls them back.
Pass the word and pass the lady, pass the plate to all who hunger.
Pass the wit of ancient wisdom, pass the cup of crimson wonder.

Ask the green man where he comes from, ask the cup that fills with red.
Ask the old grey standing stones that show the sun its way to bed.
Question all as to their ways,
and learn the secrets that they hold.
Walk the lines of nature's palm
crossed with silver and with gold.
Pass the cup and pass the lady, pass the plate to all who hunger.
Pass the wit of ancient wisdom, pass the cup of crimson wonder.

Join in black December's sadness,
lie in August's welcome corn.
Stir the cup that's ever-filling
with the blood of all that's born.
But the May Day is the great day, sung along the old straight track.
And those who ancient lines did lay
will heed this song that calls them back.
Pass the word and pass the lady, pass the plate to all who hunger.
Pass the wit of ancient wisdom, pass the cup of crimson wonder.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

of Bread and Circuses

I dunno...

I know the economy is bad... but the Canadian economy wasn’t nearly as bad as some other countries who got hit.

However, the media really worked the story... all the gloom and doom news, all the time.

Media: Economy is bad. Businesses are closing! You’re all going to lose your jobs.

Public: ZOMG the economy is bad! We’re going to lose our jobs! *rein in spending*

Media: OK now the economy is in serious trouble people have stopped spending... * throw in dire financial stats and make direct references to soup lines and dust bowls of the Great Depression* you’re all going to lose your jobs and die penniless sleeping in your car

Public: ZOMG the economy is in serious trouble... we’re all going to die *stop spending entirely*

It made me mad that the media really “enjoyed” the story and whipped up a “self-fulfilling” gloom and doom mentality in the public.

There is a difference between 'reporting a story' and 'reporting a story with lurid glee'.

Same thing is happening with the Swine Flu... oh pardon me - the H1N1 flu.

The media has latched onto it with frightening ferocity ... anything to get our minds off the economy.

Now we’re not worried about dying penniless in the streets... we’re actually worried about actually dying.

The swine flu is a serious health threat – no question!

The WHO is increasing the pandemic alert levels alarmingly fast, and that is news, however, I do NOT feel that an hourly update about suspected cases is helpful. People are beginning to panic.

Pandemic alert levels are more “heads ups” to public health agencies, and governments around when to implement their pandemic plans and the mobilization of resources... and not public indicators of how soon we’re all gonna die.

I’m not saying there is no cause for concern – there most definitely is cause...

· Keep in mind that the last global pandemic (Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918) killed between 50 million to 100 million people worldwide – more than did the Black Death.

· And that flu epidemic came in two waves... the original mild form that quickly mutated into a much more virulent, fatal version within weeks....

There is cause for concern and precautions but there are no causes for panic ... However, if you feel you need to panic, please panic constructively.

There is a difference between panic, being cautious, and stupidity; Stupid should be painful.

A radio reporter pointed out to a guy at the airport on his way to Mexico that there was a travel advisory and that WHO and the Government were recommending only emergency travel to Mexico... “Who cares” he said “This is an emergency – I need a vacation”.

Ethical dilemma: Do you have to treat someone that arrogant and cavalier about his own health and the health of those around him?

Thoughts? what's it like where you are?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

for Micael ...

LOL... Micael this is for you.

I just grabbed (cut&paste) the html coding from a LiveJournal post - I didn't check what actually posted in Blogger. I hadn't realized (until I read your comment) that I'd grabbed the "obsession" bit too... oops! Below is the subsequent obsession post...

We spent Sunday at the Art Gallery of Ontario . We spent the afternoon wandering around the galleries.

We discovered a great new artist with a campy, naughty, and brilliant- with a cheeky sense of humour and fabulous talent ... and well-aimed zingers at white European Christian interferences on Native American culture.

Kent Monkman, an artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation, had several pieces in a AGO retrospective Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World.

WARNING: Not everyone’s taste. NSFW










Tuesday, April 28, 2009


... with Cheeseburgers

a lovely Tuesday afternoon to you.

In other news... I had a lovely time in Toronto and I have a new 'obsession'! Finally!
stay tuned! I shall spam you all with my new discovery.
crossposted... alot

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I'm telling you.... there is something WRONG over there...

Surely there are more noble uses for $85.00??

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

~ Vladimir Kovalyonok (Astronaut)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

*insert evil chuckle*

So there we were in The Alehouse, drinking beers (good snobby beer… not the run of the mill beer crud teenage boys sneak to parties)…

And we were chatting about vasectomies as one is wont to do when imbibing snooty beer…
This guy had a great story!

After two sets of identical boy twins in less than three years this guy and his wife decide that ‘enough is enough’ and off he trots to the doctor for ye ol’snipsnip!

He arrives at the office and the waiting room is filled with about 20 grim-faced anxious men… he could smell the fear.

He is the morning’s first patient. His name is called and he shuffles somewhat nervously off to the surgery. The doctor is a huge man of a certain age with a booming voice and a heavy Scottish accent.

The doctor bent over and was futzing around with bit of electrical cable. He stands up suddenly and bashes the back of his head on a shelf. He hit the shelf hard; hard enough to lift the shelf up and send stuff on it flying. The doctor lets out a loud bellow of pain (understandably) and his nurse screams as stuff and supplies fly off the shelf at her. The doctor grabs at the back of his head and bellows “OMG I’m bleeding”. Our friend (actually just an acquaintance) and the nurse get the doctor seated and compressed the back of his head which was bleeding quite profusely.

At this point the receptionist bursts through the door hollering “What the hell is happening in here?? You scared the shit out of ever damn one of those men out there… the whole waiting room cleared out… they practically trampled each other to death in a stampede to get the hell out of here.”

Sure enough the waiting room was empty – some poor dears had even left coats and briefcases behind in their panicked getaway.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Keep thine airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee...

Chin up my darlings!!

I found this at the DailyOM - it's an interesting essay.

April 15, 2009
Creating What We Don’t Want
When Worry becomes A Prayer

If prayer is an intention that we announce to the universe in order to create a desired outcome, then our every thought is a prayer. This includes thoughts of worry as well as of hope. All thoughts are subtle creative energy. Some thoughts are more focused or repeated more often, gathering strength. Some are written down or spoken, giving them even greater power. Every thought we have is part of a process whereby we cocreate our experience and our reality with the universe. When we use our creative energy unconsciously, we create what is commonly known as self-fulfilling prophecy. In essence, when we worry, we are repeatedly praying and lending our energy to the creation of something we don’t want.

The good news is that we can retrain our minds and thoughts to focus our energy on what we do desire to bring into our lives. Since most worry is repetitive, it will take more than one positive thought to counteract the energy we’ve created. The simplest antidote to worry is affirmations. When we hold these positive thoughts, repeat them often, speak them and write them and refer to them throughout our day, we are using focused energy to create positive results.

We can start right away, together: I am a creative being, using my energy to cocreate a wonderful world. I know that I create my experience of life from within, and as I do so, I also create ripples of energy around me that echo into the world. My positive thoughts gather together with the thoughts and prayers of others, and together we create enough positive energy to heal not only our own lives but the world we share. I am grateful for the ability to cocreate good in my life and in the world.

A lot of times we have concerned loved ones that worry about us. When this happens they are also sending out a worry prayer to the world. A loving conversation letting them know what is happening is the easiest solution. Also, ask them to send you positive affirmations rather than worry about you. After all, worry doesn’t do them any good either. Explain to them that worry can actually be energetically harmful to you and that wishing good things for you is much more beneficial and much more fun too.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Another trip around the sun is over and done…

Happy Birthday to Me!
… bring on the cake! And vino!

It takes a long time to grow young.
- Pablo Picasso

… bring on the cake! And vino!

And I have a small confession;
Haiku? – I just do not ‘get’ them…

Friday, April 17, 2009

We can laugh because we made it through another week...

At least they were NOT talking on their cell phones – cuz that would have been unsafe!!

Police nab Norwegian pair during high-speed sex

To all my fellow yoga enthusiasts:

I’m hiring...

and seriously... at what point does one use the microwave? Am I doing this wrong?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Please!! Come to you senses!!

please people... pay attention! the cartoon speaks the "twooth".

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

There is a disclaimer on this post...

Disclaimer: I fully support the Girl Guides... buy their cookies when you can.

However, I need them to be available at my convenience* rather than the current sales schedule... and the fact that I have very little freezer space left .... oh, and I'm also incredibly evil *grin*

so to tide us all over until the next time a pint-sized salesmaven knocks on your door:

Mock Thin Mints

Samosa-like bars

*because let's face it - it IS soooooo all about me. Really.

Monday, April 06, 2009

in the lane snow is glistening...

Il neige en avril.
È neve nel mese di aprile.
Está nevando en abril.
Det sner i april.
Ito ay may snow sa buwan ng Abril.
Det är snö i april.


Thank you Google Language tools

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour

I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions -- those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.

Alice Walker
Living by the Word

Those Canadians who participated in Earth Hour are shamed by those who participate in the barbaric seal hunt.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley

close to home...

There is no catching the early bus - when it's not your time to go, it simply is not your time to go.

Man joins short list of leapers who lived

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

more true on some days than others...

The Universe doesn't give you the people you want in your life; instead we are given the people we NEED - To help us, to hurt us, to leave us, to love us and to make us into the person we were meant to be.

So? who am I supposed to be?

Sunday, March 01, 2009


February 27, 2009
Universal Messages

The universe can often relay messages to us through signs. Often, we are too busy to stop and consider what may or may not be a sign. We may ask the universe for guidance, yet fail to recognize the sign it sends us in response. Learning the subtle language of signs can help you interpret the guidance the universe sends your way. We all have been blessed with a connection that allows the universe to communicate directly with us. To be able to understand the information relayed over that connection, however, it is necessary that we learn to pay attention and know what to look for.

To see and correctly interpret a sign, you must open your heart and mind to the universe and invite its guidance into your life. Many of us are blind to the signs we receive because we expect angels or our spirit guides to speak to us in a booming voice and tell us exactly what we need to hear. But signs are usually of this earth and therefore easier to encounter. A song lodged in your mind or a number that seems to pop up everywhere you look after you’ve asked the universe for guidance can both be signs. Signs may come through the animal world, from strangers, or jump out of a book in the form of an insightful passage. A sign may be a direct answer to one of your questions. Other signs may point you in the right direction, warn of impending difficulties, or show you a different way. If you want the universe to send you a sign, tell it that you are ready and willing to accept its guidance.

Not everything you hear or see will be a sign. If you are receptive and patient, however, the signs you receive will become easier to recognize. It is important to listen to your intuition. A sign can mean many things to different people, and only you can decipher a sign’s meaning is for you. As you practice reading the signs and following their guidance, the universe will send more of them your way.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sure! Why not?!

How to make a VHS video toaster

The world never ceases to amaze me...
Why would anyone do this?
But then again... why not?

Dear World,
I'm usually very grateful that you are filled with crazy, silly, wacky people...
but sometimes it makes me wonder... alot

Monday, February 09, 2009

Saturday, February 07, 2009

why didn't you tell me??

Why did nobody tell me what Thursday was????


I missed World Nutella Day

oh well... next year maybe

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thought for the Day

'Knowledge' is knowing a tomato is a fruit; 'wisdom' is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Go sign the Petition

Stop Using Live Dogs as Shark Bait

Sign the petition to stop this.

Quote: "Innocent stray dogs are being skewered alive and being dragged behind boats as shark bait. Help us sign a letter to the French government to ask for an end to this inhumane practice in Reunion Island (French-controlled). We are asking the government to make sure that this practice never happens again!"

From the National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/10/1019_051019_dogs_sharks.html

Monday, February 02, 2009

Canada - where history comes from! :)

Canada's Stonehenge: scientist says Alberta sun temple has 5,000-year-old calendar

Thu Jan 29, 4:53 PM

EDMONTON - An academic maverick is challenging conventional wisdom on Canada's prehistory by claiming an archeological site in southern Alberta is really a vast, open-air sun temple with a precise 5,000-year-old calendar predating England's Stonehenge and Egypt's pyramids.
Mainstream archeologists consider the rock-encircled cairn to be just another medicine wheel left behind by early aboriginals. But a new book by retired University of Alberta professor Gordon Freeman says it is in fact the centre of a 26-square-kilometre stone "lacework" that marks the changing seasons and the phases of the moon with greater accuracy than our current calendar.
"Genius existed on the prairies 5,000 years ago," says Freeman, the widely published former head of the university's physical and theoretical chemistry department.
Freeman's fascination with prairie prehistory dates back to his Saskatchewan boyhood. He and his father would comb the short grasses of the plains in search of artifacts exposed by the scouring wind. That curiosity never left him and he returned to it as he prepared to retire from active teaching.
Looking for a hobby, he asked a friend with an interest in history to suggest a few intriguing sites to visit. On a warm late-August day in 1980, that list drew him to what he has come to call Canada's Stonehenge, which is also the title of his book.
A central cairn atop one of a series of low hills overlooking the Bow River, about 70 kilometres east of Calgary, had been partially excavated in 1971 and dated at about 5,000 years old. But as he approached it, Freeman strongly felt there was much more there than previously thought.
"As we walked toward the hilltop, I saw all kinds of patterns in the rocks on the way up. As I walked around the hilltop, I could see patterns that I doubted very much were accidental."
Freeman photographed what he saw and showed the images to archeologists. They told him the rocks, some of which weigh up to a tonne, had been randomly distributed by melting glaciers.
But those rocks and rock piles, Freeman said, had been "highly engineered," shimmied and balanced and wedged in ways he couldn't believe were natural. And so began a magnificent obsession - 28 years of photographing the site in summer and winter, observing the alignment of rocks and how they coincided with the recurring patterns of sun, moon and stars.
Freeman estimates he and his wife Phyllis have spent a total of seven months living at the site. Twelve thousand photographs with precise times and dates are neatly catalogued in his files.
What he found:
The central cairn is surrounded by 28 radiating stone lines, four of which align with the cardinal points of the compass. Those lines are encircled by another ring of stones.
A few metres away lies a stone semicircle, with a large stone between it and the central cairn. The left edge of the semicircle lines up with both the central stone and the right edge of the cairn, and vice versa.
To Freeman, those features represent the sun, the crescent moon and the morning star.
As well, there are secondary cairns on nearby hills and rock assemblages that seem to correspond to constellations.
And after years of rising before dawn, in all seasons and weather, to carefully photograph the positions of the sun, Freeman found the rocks once thought to be simply strewn across the prairie instead mark the progression of the year with uncanny accuracy.
The rising and setting sun on both the longest and shortest days of the year lines up precisely with V-shaped sights in the temple's rocks. The spring and autumn equinoxes, when day and night are equal, are similarly marked. They are not the equinoxes of the Gregorian calendar currently used, however, but the true astronomical equinoxes.
Freeman is convinced the temple contains a lunar calendar as well, because the 28 rays radiating from the central cairn correspond to the length of the lunar cycle.
"I thought I would complete that study in a couple years," says Freeman, a laughing, vigorous 78. "Twenty-eight years later we're still making discoveries."
Mainstream archeology hasn't been exactly welcoming. Despite being highly regarded in his own field, Freeman says journals have rejected his papers and conferences have denied him a platform.
Professionals in any field resist interlopers from other disciplines and archeology is no exception, he says. But he suggests conventional wisdom can restrict insight.
"If you have preconceptions, you're never going to discover anything."
Although he hasn't read "Canada's Stonehenge," University of Alberta archeologist Jack Ives is familiar with Freeman's theories.
He says recent research suggests some astronomical knowledge developed in Central and South America flowed north to the plains, where it was adapted by people for their own purposes.
"There is some basis for thinking there was sophisticated astronomical knowledge," says Ives.
But what exactly is manifested in the medicine wheels?
"They may certainly reflect solstices and equinoxes. How much more sophisticated beyond that has been a subject of debate."
But Ives points out the terrain in question is an ancient glacial moraine, full of naturally occurring rocks.
"You have to be very careful about what you line up."
Freeman, however, is convinced. He looks forward to the academic debate to come.
"I know my song well before I sing it," he says, quoting Bob Dylan.
Meanwhile, Freeman hopes to use any publicity generated by his book to push for preservation of the site. Part of it is privately owned, but most is Crown land and open to both the energy industry and casual, possibly destructive, visitors.
"The place is so far away from anything that it's not adequately protected."
Freeman is a man of science, trained to trust hard data and believe evidence over sensation. But after 28 years unravelling a message in mute stones, the wind in his hair and the sun on his face, absorbed in ancient mysteries, the site has come to evoke in him something akin to reverence.
"I can go down there with a headache and within a day everything is gone. It's just like a cure. There is something down there. I just don't know how to describe it.
"I just feel very comfortable there. I just feel comfortable."

Friday, January 30, 2009


What is great dipped in chocolate?
made into Cupcakes? Donuts? And even Martinis?

The Ingredient of the Year!!!!

And if you’re in the San Fran area in March you can go to : BACONCAMP!!

(all proceeds go to the American Heart Association* )

Try the Bacon Brownies!!!


Friday, January 23, 2009

It makes sense...

Lily Bollinger of Bollinger was asked "When do you drink champagne?", and replied:

I only drink champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty.

sounds like a good rule of thumb to me! ;)

Friday, January 09, 2009

Terminology 101

Penthouse publisher Larry Flint is asking for a bailout package for the pornography industry as people are too financially strapped to pay for porn …

[ insert appropriate snickering here ]

Just wondering here… would that be a financial ‘stimulus package’? Or a financial ‘package stimulus’?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

you, my friends, are invited...


by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals, or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true, I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day, and if you can source your life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"

It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn't interest me who you are, or how you came to be here- I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

May 1994