Tonka Truck

November 18, 2009

Leaf Pickup

November 4, 2009


Big Yellow Leaf Cleaner

I guess the boy in me still loves big yellow machines.

There are not many things that can enhance the moment when I’m out on the lake in a canoe. Polarized sunglasses unobtrusively do just that. A big sky with fluffy white clouds are made more perfect with the clarity and extra saturation the polarizer provides.

The added bonus is that I can scout out scenes that will look great when I add a circular polarizing filter to my camera/lens.

Alas, I was cameraless so word pictures will have to do for this post.

I was listening to an episode of The Vinyl Cafe in which Stuart McLean claimed that in cottage country there are two seasons; water on and water off. This last weekend officially marked Water On season.

Water Flow from Faucet

Buckets on Picnic Table

Local Warming

January 8, 2008

The TED conference videos often touch on important world issues. In this video Yossi Vardi talks about how you can Help Fight Local Warming. Local warming potentially impacts half the population of the world. This video may make you cry. Make sure you are seated when viewing :-)

The Goracle and Creation

December 10, 2007

Paul Krugman comes to Al Gore’s defense over the Creation of the Internet.

To this day people repeat the lie that Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet. Chris Matthews did it just a couple of weeks ago.

Al Gore, he’s the one who said he created the Internet.

Meanwhile, the reality is that Gore played a crucial role in the Internet’s creation

Yeah yeah. I don’t think there is any doubt that Gore chose the wrong words but I don’t think its a “lie” to say that he said he created the Internet.

But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I’ve traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

Just because he didn’t mean it doesn’t mean he didn’t say it and it certainly doesn’t mean its not funny. It was hilarious then and it still makes me laugh today.  I’m sure George W. Bush didn’t mean to say his “Bushisms” either but that doesn’t take away from the hours of fun you can have with them.

Venezuelans defeat proposal for sweeping constitutional changes that would have made Hugo Chavez El Supremo.

The defeat slows Mr. Chávez’s socialist-inspired transformation of the country. Venezuela, once a staunch ally of the United States, has become a leading opponent of the Bush administration’s policies in the developing world. It has also taken the most profound leftward turn of any large Latin American nation in decades.

The referendum followed several weeks of street protests and frenetic campaigning over the amendments to the Constitution proposed by Mr. Chávez and his supporters. It caps a year of bold moves by the president, who forged a single Socialist party among his followers, forced a television network critical of the government off the public airwaves, and nationalized oil, telephone and electricity companies.

Those against the amendments won 51 to 49 percent. 49 percent voted to hand over complete control to Chavez. I’m not sure this is a result to be celebrated.

Weather Network Call Libya

November 27, 2007

Gaddafi has made an interesting request.

 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya has flummoxed presidential protocol service with a request that a Bedouin tent be erected in central Paris where he can entertain guests during a visit to France next month.

I wonder if anyone has considered the temperature in Paris in December? Perhaps modern day Bedouin tents come with patio heaters.

Say Uncle

August 23, 2007

The children of China’s one-child policy (introduced in 1979) are now having one-child of their own. A whole generation of children without aunts or uncles.

Bono and African Aid

July 7, 2007

William Easterly has an article in the Los Angeles Times which describes progress in Africa while taking issue with Bono.

The real Africa needs increased trade from the West more than it needs more aid handouts. A respected Ugandan journalist, Andrew Mwenda, made this point at a recent African conference despite the fact that the world’s most famous celebrity activist — Bono — was attempting to shout him down. Mwenda was suffering from too much reality for Bono’s taste: “What man or nation has ever become rich by holding out a begging bowl?” asked Mwenda.

Talk Talk Talk

July 5, 2007

Researchers at the University of Arizona determine that men and women are equally chatty.

In a series of studies conducted over six years, Mehl and the others recorded the conversations of nearly 400 U.S. and Mexican male and female university students.

To catch all of this chit-chat, they developed an electronically-activated recorder (with the fortuitous acronym EAR) that digitally, and unobtrusively, logged the daily conversations of those who wore the device.

The results: women in the study spoke a daily average of 16,215 words during their waking hours, versus an average of 15,669 words for men.

An average of 16,000 words per day???? Holy jumping, I must be a much bigger recluse than I thought. In a 16 hour day that works out to one word every 3.6 seconds. That is average.

“What’s a 500-word difference, compared to the 45,000-word difference between the most and the least talkative persons? Just to illustrate the magnitude of difference, among the three most talkative males in the study, one used 47,000 words. The least talkative male spoke just a little more than 500,” Mehl said.

Ack!!!! 47,000? Did he ever shut up? The study spanned 6 years… I’m assuming each person was tracked for quite some time. 47,000. The HORROR.


June 22, 2007

The power went out at 6:10am. It is pretty much the longest day of the year (happy belated summer solstice… its all downhill from here) so the sun is up so there is no need to attach my Petzl Zipka
LED light to my forehead, nor pull the Underwater Kinetics eLED Mini Pocket Light that I carry in my laptop/camera bag, nor reach for the swivel head super bright LED (D-Cell battery powered) light that I got on sale from Home Depot, nor the crank powered LED light I received as a gift that stays in the drawer with the emergency candles…. Read the rest of this entry »