Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow

"Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow Hashing out the classic question with Strouhal numbers and simplified flight waveforms. After spending some time last month trying to develop alternate graphic presentations for kinematic ratios in winged flight, I decided to try to answer one of the timeless questions of science: just what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? What do you mean, an African" It was just a matter of time. click on the title for the full story.

Monday, December 8, 2008

I won and I didn't even break a bone...

I took first place in Wyatts caption contest again. Whoooo hoooo!!!!!

Click on the title for the link.

That brings me back a few years.... I remember when my girlfriend asked me what kind of tatoo she should get over the crack of her ass. I swiftly replied, " How 'bout Evel Knievel jumping it."

Yes, I did say it.... oh, did I mention EX-girlfriend.....

Well, I'm at "W" now on the hit list, how would you like to meet your demise Wyatt...??? in a riot, fell off your diet, somehow too quiet....

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Airplane humor

Airplane humor
After every flight, Quantas Airlines pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet,which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond in writing on the lower half of the form what remedial action was taken, and the pilot reviews the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor.

Here are some supposedly actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by Qantas pilots and the solution as recorded by Quantas maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident.

(P = The problem logged by the pilot.)
(S = The solution and action taken by the engineers.)

P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're there for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The 1977 New England Patriots

I can't believe I found this!!! Stan, "The Man" Morgan, and Steve Grogan signed on the back too. (among others...)
Wow, the fro's are awesome.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Long Watchmen Trailer

This still looks good, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Stupid Filter

This is just crazy enough to work.... or maybe it's just stupid.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Beatles Unknown "A Hard Day's Night" Chord Mystery Solved Using Fourier Transform

"It’s the most famous chord in rock 'n' roll, an instantly recognizable twang rolling through the open strings on George Harrison’s 12-string Rickenbacker. It evokes a Pavlovian response from music fans as they sing along to the refrain that follows:
"It’s been a hard day’s nightAnd I’ve been working like a dog"
The opening chord to "A Hard Day’s Night" is also famous because, for 40 years, no one quite knew exactly what chord Harrison was playing."

I just have too much time on my hands today,

Friday, November 7, 2008

Carmina Burana


I think it was Sid that discovered this.... All glory be unto Sid....

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shat Happens

I still can't decide which is funnier... bear in mind that this is pre-internet... about three people got Chris Elliots joke. This was also Shat taking himself a bit too seriously... man.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Watchmen Trailer

So far, this looks like it was made right.

Monday, October 6, 2008

More UC....

Just got back from my first Remicade treatment. It was a great deal longer than I had imagined. I figured it would take an hour or two... no such luck there.... more like five or six.

I'm kinda wiped out... I'll explain later.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

More on UC

I just passed the final test on my way to starting the Remicade next Monday morning. I've been wanting to try it for a while now. Everything I've heard from people already taking it is positive, so that sold me.

Nothing new to report on Ginger (niece.) Shes home with Carl & Emily waiting until shes well enough for another surgery to reattach everything. From what I understand, she was no stranger to auto-immune problems before this hit her. I'm stunned that it was not caught sooner.

I need to get more info of what was going on during the early stages. She must have gotten food poisoning at some point and was treated agressively with antibiotics. That's what happened with me years ago. I felt great for about a day and a half and then everything went to hell in a hurry. I guess it was like being taken from the storm into the eye of the hurricane.

It's an easy mistake to make. Almost all the symptoms are the same. In fact, people with colitis are prone to food poisoning anyway. It's not unusual for someone with UC to test positive for food poisoning.

Antibiotics aggravate colitis...? who knew.... After passing through the eye of the storm, that little food poisoning thing seems like a fond memory. Well, I'm just babbling now, so I'm off to do something productive instead.

Prayer to Ginger.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ulcerative Colitis

After having a flair up, I found out a couple of weeks ago that my niece was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. So far, she has not made out as well as I have.

The majority of her large intestine was removed at Children's Hospital in Boston. She's home now with significant weight loss and hopefully only a temporary bag. She's only 22 and this is devastating for any young person with a full life ahead.

Any and all prayers are welcome.

It's not fair, !! I'm angry, sad ... hopeful...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Back from Maine

Lake Arrowhead in the morning.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I woke up about ten minutes ago with a clear memory of a dream. I know this does not sound unusual to anyone, but for me, it's highly unusual. I almost never remember my dreams.

I awoke with a smile after a long hug from an old friend.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

This is my new favorite trainwreck.

For more insanity:

YouTube - dbootsthediva's Channel

Maybe its cruel to laugh at this.... Bwaahaahaahaaahaaa!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

German Pigs in a Blanket

If you're completely unconcerned about your heart, you might like this.

German Pigs in a Blanket:
Prepare the sausage first…
I use sweet Italian sausage.
Coat in egg wash. (Olive oil works in a pinch)
Roll in flour.
Fry until done with a tablespoon of olive oil. Make sure it has a brown crust.
Set aside.
German Pancakes:
I make these somewhat smaller than the usual plate size for this.
Thin slice half an onion and fry on a hot flame in two tablespoons of olive oil.
Remove onion from skillet after browning.
Keep skillet hot.
Mix one cup of flour, one jumbo egg, (or two small) and milk until you have a thin batter. (Maybe two and a half to three cups of milk)
Pour enough batter into the skillet to cover the center of the pan.
Add some prepared onions to top. (Minced garlic is nice too…)
Wait for center to bubble up and flip.
Remove and wrap around sausage.

Victory is mine!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Newly discovered footage of Hitler singing.

It's a shame he wasted such a beautiful singing voice on politics.

I know I've posted this before.... sometimes I repeat myself, sometimes I repeat myself.

Q is for Quinn

Team Watchmen

When great ideas collide. I think Muppet Watchmen might just be funnier. I'm just thinking about which muppet would be which character.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bull Moose

Shhhhhh... I'm a member of the covert Bull Moose party. It's a secret, Shhhhhh...

Found Him

Janes Addiction, Ocean Size

I'm a bit under the weather, so just video for now.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I love the reflection from the sun. Amazing aircraft....

Saturday, August 2, 2008

And Now... GoldFrapp...

Music Video:OOH LA LA (by Goldfrapp)

They have the 70's Glam Rock thing down.

Meatloaf... hmmmm.... ummmmm.

I was messing around in the kitchen and I think I struck gold... or at least a decent meatloaf.

2 lbs. ground beef.
1 tablespoon soy sauce.
1 pinch of minced garlic.
1/3 cup of ranch dressing.
1 cup of chopped onions.
1 cup of chicken broth.
1/4 cup of romano cheese.
1 egg.
now add:
2 cups of croutons. (I use home made... )
mix and place in choice of pans.

cover with precooked bacon.

Bake... time depends on what type of pan is used...

Heart attack jokes are welcome. ;)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

...And I endorse...

After hearing and reading so much about how wonderful Senator Barack Obama is, it got me to think. Do we as Americans actually deserve to have such a wise, kind, magnificent, smart, and forgiving leader such as Senator Obama?
Sadly, my answer is no… No we don’t !!! An emphatic no at that!!! I’m afraid it’s true, we do in fact suck that much. We just don’t deserve the hope and change that this man…, nay,.. savior can offer us.
I knew there was more to this man than met the eye by the effect he had on Chris Mathews leg. That healing tingle ran up and down his leg and then spilled out onto the airwaves… where the tingle proceeded to tingle us all in mysterious ways.
If this wonderful human being were to ever become President of the United States, we would all get to feel that tingle on a daily basis.
We need to ask ourselves if we are truly worthy of this dream come true… umm… and the tingle (can‘t forget the tingle.)
After days of soul-searching , I must confess that I am not worthy to be led by this man. I suck!!! There, I said it… I should be beaten, flogged, whipped…. by women wearing leather and…. Oh wait… where was I… Oh yes,… How can I, in good conscience, vote for a man who will absolve me of the sins that I know that I should pay for. I just don’t deserve it.
This is the sad truth… Who among us is worthy of this mans leadership?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

I dare you....

You Are Disturbingly Profound
You're contemplative, thoughtful, and very intense.Taking time to figure out the meaning of life is a priority for you.Because you're so introspective, you often react in ways that surprise people.No one can really understand how you are on the inside... and that disturbs them.


Friday, July 18, 2008

This is good!!!!

Genetic haul lifts hopes on Crohn's - The Boston Globe

Just the idea of a cure in the near future has changed my outlook on life. I just can't describe how much this made me smile. I'm starting to feel like me again.... and I miss me.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Why me?

So, I’m in line at the bank yesterday. Peter McNeeley is in front of me and a weathered blonde with three kids in tow is behind me. Pete’s an all right guy and all, but Tyson ended all brain activity in the poor man. The blonde behind me insists on standing within one freakin inch of me. I don’t know how everyone else feels about having your personal space violated, but it annoys me a great deal. On top of this, she’s talking… wait, scratch that… screaming on her cell phone at what can only be her 4’th child. This made me uncomfortable because of her proximity to me… It looked like I was the proud daddy.
At this point, I came to the realization that I was the meat in a stupid sandwich. I swear that I could feel a few brain cells trying to escape out of my ears. The jumpers got off easy…
Ever have one of those days when you swear that the second hand on the clock was ticking backwards?
This was one of those days… Naturally, the tellers computers go down… oh joy. More jumpers… The decibel level of the blonde has peaked. The child on the cell phone is named Lexus. (I’m sure she’ll have a nice career as a stripper someday…) I’m looking for an escape route now. I think I just heard Bubba say , “Run Forrest…, run…”
Computers are back up… thank you, thank you, thank you.. Jesus, Buddah, Allah, Zeus, Thor.
The line moved slower than a snail in a glue factory, but it moved. I think a few brain cells survived the ordeal. I’ll take them out for a test drive later.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A classic

You either get this or you don't.

Friday, July 11, 2008

It's amazing how many famous people stole from this guy.

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won't. Alfred Korzybski

If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers, mankind would be appalled at the disclosures. Alfred Korzybski

If words are not things, or maps are not the actual territory, then, obviously, the only possible link between the objective world and the linguistic world is found in structure, and structure alone. Alfred Korzybski

There are two ways to slice easily thorugh life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. Alfred Korzybski

Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words. Alfred Korzybski

Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness. Alfred Korzybski

Whatever you say it is, it isn't. Alfred Korzybski

I was doing a bit of reading today and I noticed a familiar diagram. It didn't just remind me of Korzybski, he was the first to publish it. (I'm not in the mood to bust balls... Jessie Jackson has a monopoly on that this week anyway.)

Anyway, This is a fascinating guy that I became familiar with.... well.... lets just say a long time ago.

More reading:

I Count Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski - Man is not an animal - Athenaeum Library of Philosophy

Tuesday, July 8, 2008