Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ridiculous item of the day

Celebrities who think they are entitled to transplants, never mind they are too old...

And libertarians who think buying organs is fine...

But a lot of families will worry their loved ones will be allowed to die to get organs, and as for lung transplants, such surgery is life threatening to the donor, so it is rarely done from a live donor except in cases of family giving part of a lung to a young person.

Reality check: dying at 72 used to be called dying of old age...

good news for the day

The Iraqi sheiks rescued by the Iraqi Army describe the episode...the only one who died was the one who tried to fight off the kidnappers...

Catholic Haloween Joke

> A cabbie picks up a Nun.
> She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome
> Cab driver won't stop staring at her.
> She asks him why he is staring.
> He replies:
> 'I have a question to ask you but I don't want to offend you.'
> She answers,
> 'My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am
> And have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and
> Hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could
> Say or ask that I would find offensive.'
> 'Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.'
> She responds,
> 'Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1, you have
> To be single and #2, you must be Catholic.'
> The cab driver is very exci ted and says,
> 'Yes, I'm single and Catholic!'
> 'OK' the nun ! say s. 'Pull into the next alley.'
> The nun fulfills his fantasy, with a kiss that would
> Make a hooker blush.
> But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.
> 'My dear child,' says the nun, 'why are you crying?'
> 'Forgive me but I've sinned. I lied and I must confess,
> I'm married and I'm Jewish.'
> The nun says, 'That's OK.
> My name is Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween party.
your email of the day from tiaMaria

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Using HIV to cure

the disease made famous by the film "Lorenzo's Oil" is now being treated experimentally with gene therapy.

The BBC reports:
They used a harmless version of the HIV virus as a vector to carrying a corrected version of the gene into the bone marrow cell.

The HIV virus, which can lead to Aids, is the only one known to be capable of carrying a gene into the nucleus of non-dividing cells... the process needed if the treatment is to have a long-term effect.

The treated bone marrow was then reinjected back into the boys.

Results at both six months and a year suggested the production of the missing enzyme had noticeably improved.

good news in the headlines? Well, sorta

Except for the Red Sox, nothing new in the below the fold:

Medal of Freedom awarded to Brian Lamb of CSPAN; also to the president of Liberia...scientist Francis Collins, and to Henry Hyde, whose Wikipedia entry is full of monicagate and sexual innuendo but ignores he was one of only a few bipartisan fighters for democracy advocates and human rights in Congress...

Kidnapped Iraqi tribal chiefs rescued by Iraqi army
...of course the kidnapping was headlines, and now the rescue will be ignored in favor of Yahoo's top headline that 20 decapitated bodies found...but the BBC reports this report was untrue...who do you believe? Yahoo headlines or the BEEB?.


NYSun has an article on North Korean estimated 300 000 in China...who get smuggled into other countries since China will send them back if identified (many Koreans live in Chinese border area are citizens of China). This has been going on for years; the "Good news" is that once in awhile the MSM notices the problem...

Rumi ...the Persian Sufi mystic's poetry is still popular but frowned upon by the Mullahs and the Taliban...but in London the rappers love him...

Warning: Lileks has a new book out...Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery...



Monday, October 29, 2007

Yum! Pancakes from a can

"...just shake the can, point it to a hot griddle, and push on the nozzle...

Colbert for President

He's illegal?

(headsup instapundit)

Headlines below the fold

Everyday heroes...yup. That's the US Navy helping to fight fires near San Diego...

HIV in IV drug abusers in the inner city...a problem...crossposted to BNN...

Strategy Page
discusses what the heck is going on with Putin...

Islamic terror isn't the only threat in Asia...we have the NPA... Nepal has Maoists....but India has a big communist problem too...a lot of it is poor farmers left behind by globalization...

Killer plant
s...a good science project for your kids.

Death by popcorn? another industrial lung disease...

Hillary's husband tells off the conspiracy theorists

If the "truthers" were correct, it would mean the conspiracy would have started during Clinton's time in office, since nine months would not have allowed such an intricate conspiracy to be mounted.
Hopefully Hillary will continue to use her husband in injecting common sense into her campaign.

Family news

I'm still suffering from jet lag.
I'm in New England, and the trees are still turning here...warm (for here) thanks to global warming.

hints for travel

ten things about airplane

one: the food is still terrible.

Two: they are fingerprinting some visitors. Don't know which ones, but we were warned.

Three: If you live overseas they check your gifts, maybe. I was warned that I'd be treated as a visitor. I wasn't.

Four. The movies still are the b movies you won't pay to see.
I take that back. One of the movies we had was Spiderman 3. Of course, if you lived in 2007 you've already seen that one. The other movies came from the "E!" forget it file.

Five the headphones still are a pain to use and not loud enough.
Trying to enjoy the movie, I mainly heard the engine.
On the other hand, after the foam earpad came off my headphones, I started using my earbuds. My heavens. I can enjoy the movie and music.
Hint to vacationers: Buy earbuds. They let you enjoy the music and films...

Six: Some people still stay an hour hogging up the bathroom.
Hint to Homeland security: why check us all for toothpaste and bottled water. Why not just place cameras in the bathrooms and say: If you take over five minutes, we will spy on you to check you are okay (and not making a bomb or snorting coke).

Seven: Despite the waits and hassle, both the immigration people and the screeners were polite and thorough.
If I had their job, I'd end up screaming at the passengers, but these guys and gals did their thing and were nice.

Eight: Note to Yanks: the reason that Japan rechecks both passengers and luggage from the Philippines is not because their cops and screeners are no good, but because of fear that someone might bribe a luggage handler and pack a bomb inside...or leave it under a seat when they deplane in Tokyo, similar to the PAL bomb in the 1990's.
YOu can never be too safe.

Nine: lighter meals please. Omelets, barbecue beef, curry chicken and fried noodles are fine, but they sit on your stomach like a stone. They mean you will throw up the food you ate five hours ago when you go through the turbulance over Canada.
Give us the choice of yoghurt and sandwiches please.

Ten: NW has lousy coffee.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fear through the ages

Vote on Blackwater's new logo

Blackwater needs a new image...
So WIRED magazine is holding a contest for the best logo...and guess who is on two of the suggestions?

Headsup from blackfive...

Pinoy joke of the day

Actually Lolo loves them...

Headlines below the fold

Estrada got his pardon.

Pvt Beauchamp might be growing up.

Essays on BNN...

Will keep things short because I have to finish packing to leave at 2 am to drive to Manila for my flight.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Japanese manhole covers

blogger won't let me post photos so you'll have to check the link

Headlines below the fold

Drudge got the documents of a coverup...Captain's quarters and Instapundit have links.
Apparantly the guy decided to write a "jarhead"/Catch22 type story, painting US soldiers as immature and gross;
But since he sold the stories as reporting rather than fiction some angry Milbloggers got on the case...

Nor it it the only story about press malfiscience...
The CSMonitor has an editorial by the guy who runs the local newspaper in Jena...who charges sloppy reporting...

And Michael Yon blasts the press HERE
How much Anti americanism is from the press' jihad against Bush (not to mention that from Hollywood)?

Nor is it just Anti Americanism: The ALDura hoax is finally being opened...the Jihadis had a field day blaming Israel for killing the boy...the real truth was in the entire tape,but the French media won't release it for some reason...

Family news

We went to Ange's birthday party yesterday and had a great time. No photos: my camera doesn't work after dark.
Joy and Ruby were at a "homeschool" party in Manila and didn't get home in time.
Chano is still moping in bed.
Chona and family are going to the beaches today for a vacation.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007



Fuel of the future

Forget palm diesel or corn ethanol.

Algae-in-a-vat is here...

Twittering disaster

First came Drudge, then came Twitter...

The Manila Mall blast (now thought to be caused by a septic tank methane--or maybe not) had lots of blogging about it, including photos

Now they are twittering the California fires.

Sewage. not terror?

The Manila Times has a technical post about how it was sewage that set off a diesel explosion causing the Glorietta Mall explosion.

I'll wait and see what the science/engineering blogs say.

It's sort of like the Flight 800 controversy: in some ways, an exploding fuel tank suggests more danger to the average person than a simple terror attack..

Headlines below the fold

Good old boy Thompson...I figure Hillary will win, unless there is a war then Guilliani has a chance. But both of them grate on the nerves worse than Bush. Thompson, like Reagan, will be easy to live with, at least on TV...and others may think the same by the time the voting main question is his cancer...

We have the power of the gods
I'm just superstitious enough to shudder...the last time someone said "we made her so safe that even God couldn't sink her" was when they launched the Titanic.

Hmmm...the surge is working...even the UN says civilian and military deaths are down...the Milblogs were saying the war was won, and so does the left wing Prospect... what do they know? However, when the UKProspect says the same thing, maybe something has gone right in Iraq...Michael Yon sardonically notes the press' failure to report it...(headsupBarcepundit) My essay at BNN HERE.

Navy Seal's heroic deeds
would make a good film, if Hollywood wasn't so busy destroying the reputation of the US...medal of honor given posthumously to his parents...behind the lines in Afghanistan, they were spotted by some goatherders. Logically, they should have killed the young boys, but instead they left them go, and the boys betrayed their position. He was killed when he moved to high ground to call for rescue, even though he knew that this would place him out in the open...

Your religion lesson for the day

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Spinach,green and yellow and red Vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live Long and Healthy Lives.
Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created the healthful Yogurt that Woman might keep the Figure that Man found so fair.
And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, "Try my fresh green salad."
And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables, and olive oil in which to cook them."
And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.
So God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good."
Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds.
And Satan gave cable TV with
a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the Potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition
And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.
And Satan created McDonald's
and its 99-cent double Cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good."
And Man Went Into Cardiac Arrest.
God Sighed and Created
Quadruple Bypass Surgery.
Then Satan Created HMOs.
----------your email of the day from TiaMaria

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Family news

Chona is here to visit.
She arrived last weekend, but got gastritis and ended up on IV's in the hospital for a day. She's better now, but still on a light diet.
Chano is still flat in bed with some kind of flu.
Joy is in Manila.
We have a rainy day, so no harvest til the rice dries a little. The rain means the farmers will have to dry their rice at the rice mill instead of on the street in the sun...
Lolo is fine.
I will start packing tomorrow to go home Saturday.

Headlines below the fold

Next time you hear cries of brain drain or illegal immigrants, the clue is HERE:
Philippines gets ten percent of their wealth from OFW...and we are the 4th; Mexico, Indian and China get more money sent home from their people working overseas...
Mall blast still being debated...sewer gas, poorly stored empty diesel tanks, or a bomb? I am betting someone stuck a bomb in the storage room...but no definite answers yet.

Neat idea: microcredit helps small farmers and businesses. We have the microcredit across the street, where our farmers can get loans for seed and fertilizer.
But what about paying bills? THIS ARTICLE discusses how they use cellphones for money transfer in Kenya.
Cellphone texting here is big...even our farmers and workers have a cellphone (often the family shares one). You can buy "loads" for 15 peasos...

is the American top soldier of the year...

CDC podcast on emergency preparedness HERE.

John McCain
has the best line of the year:
Senator McCain seemed to me to get in the best line of the campaign so far:
"In case you missed it, a few days ago Senator Clinton tried to spend one million dollars on the Woodstock concert museum. Now, my friends, I wasn't there. I'm sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was tied up at the time."

Monday, October 22, 2007

Philippine news

The death toll from the Manila bombing is now 11.
Joy and our staff were in the nearby World trade center for a trade fair, but weren't near enough to worry. The worry about bombs did lower visitors to the trade fair, alas, so fewer orders.

Full report moved to BNN so not to bore you.

Family news:Pigskin classic

Lady Alice's school held a "turnaround" football game (girls playing football, guys playing cheerleaders) to raise money for dogs trained to help the hearing disabled.

Strangers on my flight...tadahdah dah dah

I'm leaving soon to visit the TiaMaria sent me this link...

NOT p.c. but giving the Minnesota Mullahs incident, sounds about right...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Gift item of the day

A Pumpkin Cat Candy Dish

Family news

I've been reloading the latest Ubuntu to my computer.

I downloaded most of my files and just reloaded it instead of just updating it. So not much time for blogging.

The neighbor next door died, and so we went to visit. He was in his seventies and had high blood pressure.

Not much in the news...Louisiana will get an Indian/American as governor...despite ethnic and religious smears by his opponents (he's Catholic).

And lots of lowflying planes...yup. The Phil and US Marines are up at FtMagsaysay again...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Gift item of the day

Funwari Milk Chan....


How to brew beer inside a pumpkin

All you need is a power saw, a manifold, some crushed barley and time...

Timewaster of the day

Boopsie's bubble Bumpers

Manila mall bombed

With the big bombing in Pakistan, the MSM in the US is ignoring the bomb at one of the malls in Makati.

has reports and LINK has photos.

Probably terrorists, since it's bomb season...

The cops in the south have been finding about one bomb every few days, and about one a week has gone off. What they worry about is the J.I. terrorists from Indonesia came here to teach modern bomb making to the Abu Sayyaf (ASG)...and the bad news is that thanks to Saudi, some returning Tagalog OFW are now Muslim and terrorists. The cops found one bomb cell two months ago...

And did you tube fund the bomb? StratagyPage notes a propaganda film on You tube by the ASG inspired one millionaire in the Persian Gulf area east to send a big sum dollars to that group.
Update: the Long War Journal has a series on the Philippines "insurgency"...

Part One
, Part Two, Part Three....

Friday, October 19, 2007

Medical joke of the day

The Latest Ubuntu is on line

Gutsy Gibbon...LINK

If you prefer a torrent download LINK

Arnold one, Iran zero

The US won't disinvest in Iran because it might upset the Germans who sell a lot of stuff there...but Arnold is from Austria, so there...

Headlines below the fold

Deborah Kerr, rest in peace...also Joey Bishop...

Canadian Mark Steyne on the political divide in the US...
A year before this next election in the U.S., the common space required for civil debate and civilized disagreement has shrivelled to a very thin sliver of ground. Politics requires a minimum of shared assumptions...., if you want to discuss the best way forward in the war on terror, you can't do that if the guy you're talking to doesn't believe there is a war on terror, only a racket cooked up by the Bushitler and the rest of the Halliburton stooges as a pretext to tear up the constitution.

School board okays birth control for Middle School students age 11 to 13...without telling their parents...
the age of consent in Maine is 16... any 13 year old who has had intercourse needs to have someone check what's going on because unless it's by her 15 year old boyfriend, she's probably being abused...

Bhutto returns to Pakistan, Alqaeda kills over 100 with their bombs trying to kill her...Ralph Peters reminds the West that the reason she was kicked out in the first place was for massive corruption.
Follow up: The Asian Times says that the cooperation of Bhutto and Musharref will allow them to clean up the hinterlands full of Taliban.

Tornadoes hit the Oktoberfest in Tulsa.. injuring 25 when the tents collapsed..also people in a trailer park were injured...

A Philly paper gives a good review on Rush? hell must be ordering parkas...

And Psst...pass it on....Gloria is in trouble again... the government approved a massive broad band deal with China without competitive bidding...
and now "cash gifts" from the government to officials so they'll back her is being scrutinized..
But don't worry...GMA was a classmate of Bill Clinton, and just like him, she'll get off...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The BoobieBakeOff is on!

UseRealButter reports that Apron strings and simmering things is holding a bake off in honor of Breast cancer awareness month...
Good...something I can do...

Her recipe is Strawberry Mousse Cake Stata...and even looking at it makes me gain five pounds...

Gift item of the day

owl salt and pepper shakers

StarTrek joke of the day

The nightmare of the future:


Thiophene (Sulfur, not quite stinky)

go to link for more amusing info on the molecule

from molecule of the day blog

headlines of the day

Ten great ecotourism rainforest adventures...nope, no Philippines here...we aren't exotic enough...
But we do have Volcano tourism...

I love dogs but stuff like this is ridiculous.
DeGeneres has no problem with abortion but cries publically about a dog?

Putin heart Iranian bomb....
Is it the money, or is it because in thirty years Russia will be a Muslim Country?
Shades of Gog and Magog.
Chinese democracy advocates are missing...

It comes ahead of next week's Communist Party Congress that will set the nation's five-year political agenda and could unveil a successor to take over from President Hu Jintao in 2012.

Already several rights activists in Beijing have disappeared into police custody, while scores of other dissidents remain under loose house arrest and constant surveillance.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Reeses Peanut Butter Cups

Very popular, one of you is not enough.


The Pocket Protector On Line museum...




the temporary name of a synthetic superheavy element in the periodic table that has the temporary symbol Uuh and has the atomic number 116. Some research has referred to it as "eka-polonium".

Now you know!

Trivia fact of the day

The term "The Real McCoy" refers to an oiling device used for industrial machinery. What? A Canadian inventor named Elijah McCoy was issued US patent number 129,843 back on July 12, 1872. His invention allowed machines to remain in motion while being oiled. Elijah McCoy's simple invention revolutionized the industrial machinery for years to come. In fact, his device became so popular that people inspecting new equipment would often ask if the device contained "The Real McCoy". This later lead to the popular American expression, "the real thing" or, "The Real McCoy".

Elijah McCoy also invented an ironing board and lawn sprinkler...

Wikipedia entry on the AfroCanadian inventor is HERE.
The other possible origins of the phrase are found HERE...

Gift item of the day

Your Darth Vader Coffee mug...

Stuff below the newspaper fold's not a laughing matter.
Notice that the attacks are in areas that used to be patrolled by the British Navy..
i.e. in the Indian ocean and off the coast of Africa, where the US does not have traditional interests...

Here's a report on some Korean hostages, where the local gov't seems to be wringing their hands about it...Pinoy sailors and oil workers have also been victims...

Southern Iraq is peaceful...CNN has a report HERE...and THIS is good does THIS and THIS...

Shrinking deficit? What shrinking deficit?

Attention conspiracy theorists...
THIS was widerly condemned as a hate crime...but now, victim's lawyer and police say no...her lawyer says she' s not sure what happened, so how can they rule out "hate crime".... unless of course there is evidence of something else that occurred...Drug related crime? Boyfriend? slipped on a banana peel?

Update: Gawker says Bloody Mary did it...

Turkish hackers took down artist Michael O'Brien's site twice because he posted an essay on Bendict's speech and Islam...
Well, they tried the same thing against Swedish websites...and the Swedish hackers said: Payback time...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Audio link of the day

Internet Archives has downloads of comedienne Frances Langford's radio show...

A beautiful lady best known for her USO work, traveling to the front in slacks and helmet to sing for the GI's in WWII...

Calvin on Snoopy

"...Schulz illustrates the conflict in his life, not in a self-justifying or vengeful manner but with a larger human understanding that implicates himself in the sad comedy. I think that's a wonderfully sane way to process a hurtful world. Of course, his readers connected to precisely this emotional depth in the strip, without ever knowing the intimate sources of certain themes. Whatever his failings as a person, Schulz's cartoons had real heart..." (Full review HERE.)

WTF article of the day

Yup...I saw the headline " Saddam's US jailer goes on trial " and thought...whoops what now?

the soldier was also accused of supplying Cuban cigars and hair dye to the former Iraqi leader.

Yup...throw him in jail for life....(not).

Actually, he also lent his cellphone to some of the prisoners so they could call home...presumably someone was listening in, but this was a security problem.

Why dogs bite

To get revenge on people who do things like THIS
(headsup DaveBarry)

Funny Punny

Police were called to a day care center
where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table
was Sir Cumference.

When fish are in schools
they sometimes take debate.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison
was a small medium at large.

A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement.
He became a hardened criminal.

When the smog lifts
in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

The dead batteries were
distributed free of charge.

When the dentist married the manicurist,
they fought tooth and nail.

A will, is a dead giveaway.

A backward poet writes inverse.

In a democracy it's your vote that counts;
in feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.

If you don't pay your exorcist
you may get repossessed.
email of the day from Col. Updraft

Monday, October 15, 2007

Good bye Garci

Most Pinoys know about HelloGarci scandal, where a certain politician was caught on tape discussing counting the votes on her telephone...some say the discussion was about rigging the election...

So now Telco has an ad..

"Next Mobile announces the end of eavesdropping ... Now you can talk with utmost confidence, even about your deepest secrets and most delicate plans," it said in its ads....

It touted its equipment and Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (ISDN) technology as "absolutely untappable," adding, "that's your edge."

Craft Item of the day

Build a DORK BOT...

This one's name is Nibbler...

Optical Illusion of the day

go to link and see if she's spining clockwise or counterclockwise.

Why we're fat...the scientific experiments tell us why:

Because we sit all day at work...

Because we eat too much....

Because God made us to like chocolate....

Your tax dollars at work...

Family News

During the night, Blackie scratched to leave the room and didn't come back...later in the morning we found her in a hole under the stairs, with three puppies...two black and one white with brown spots.

Presumably, PapaDog is the father again...
And we are in the middle of the rice harvest. Joy and Lolo are checking so that part of the harvest doesn't "disappear" like last year, when Chano was sick and Joy too busy to monitor the harvest.

I'm going home in two weeks to visit family...

Pinoy joke

Every Easter, we have Cadbury cremed eggs...

So WilyFilipino blog has the Philippine version:


EpicuriousBlog lists the ten most disgusting foods...

Number one? Balut, of course...a local Pinoy delicacy...

Oh yes: Lutefisk, the favorite of many Minnesotans, is number four...

The latest Presidential candidate


Our nation is at a Fork in the Road. Some say we should go Left; some say go Right. I say, “Doesn’t this thing have a reverse gear?” Let’s back this country up to a time before there were forks in the road — or even roads. Or forks, for that matter. I want to return to a simpler America where we ate our meat off the end of a sharpened stick.

Let me regurgitate: I know why you want me to run, and I hear your clamor. I share Americans’ nostalgia for an era when you not only could tell a man by the cut of his jib, but the jib industry hadn’t yet fled to Guangdong...."

Yup...Steven Cobert, the best humorist since Will Rogers...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Nope, no bias here, folks...

I guess some stories are just too shocking for the NYTimes to report...the NYPost chastises them for the censorship HERE.

Well, it could be worse...they could rewrite the story, as General Sanchez' remarks were rewritten to fit the "war is failing" meme of the MSM...and so of course the press didn't mention this part of his speech:

For some, it seems that as long as you get a front page story there is little or no regard for the "collateral damage" you will cause. Personal reputations have no value and you report with total impunity and are rarely held accountable for unethical conduct.

Trivia facts of the day

New book on the deep...ocean...Webpage has some photos Here

My sons once attended Blacklick High School...and HERE is a chapter on a book on American names that discusses even more double meanings in place names...(some accidental, some deliberate).

Doris Lessing on Zimbabwe HERE.9alas, they won't let you read it)..and Blogfather has more links to her writings HERE....

Sixty years ago, Chuck Yeager smashed the sound barrier...and he's still doing it...LINK2


Trivia news

Werner Von Trapp has died...singer, music teacher, US Army veteran and then farmer...

Photo of the day

It's St Mary's lake in Glacier Nat'l park.
Reminds me of the scene in LOTR after they leave Moria, and they visit the lake known for it's beauty before descending to Lothlorian.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize

Doris Lessing....Ironically, I'm probably one of a few dozen people who read a couple of her dark, boring novels...that haunt you afterward...I even have one of the Canopus in Argos series here in my library ...

The BBC Writes:
The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, described Lessing as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".

"Oh good, did they say that about me?" she replied. "Oh goodness, well obviously they like me better now than they used to."

Gift item of the day

A HelloKitty AK 47

Oh yes: They also sell a Motha T shoulder fired rocket launcher...because there are times that "a woman just has to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty."

And CareBear Body Armour...

(headsup HelloKittyHell)

Scarppleface on Gore

“Thanks to Al Gore’s movies, speeches and books,” said the unnamed spokesman, “Terrorists and tyrants around the world will soon lay aside the weapons of war and give peace a chance by working together to develop a hybrid car that runs on cheap, clean-burning gunpowder.”

You know you live in 2007 when....


1. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

9. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

10. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

your email of the day from Col. Updraft

Friday, October 12, 2007 nerds here, folks... says I'm a Slightly Dorky High Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

Gift item of the day

The ThinkGeek Chain Mail T-Shirt is honest-to-goodness real metal chain mail hand forged by dwarfs in forbidden mines near the center of the earth and delivered to the ThinkGeek warehouse by shrieking black apparitions in the dead of night. Its bright shine and relatively light-weight comes from its anodized aluminum construction. It's appropriate protective wear for most occasions including office meetings and parties you would rather not have attended.

Aggh the Butterflies are here the butterflies are here

from Manolo's shoeblog...

Bubba User Interface

Craft item of the day

Toilet Paper Origami...

Actually this is done in some hotels, so that you know the cleaning staff had been there and replaced the paper for you....

Toilegami webpage
has more toilet paper crafts....for example, don't have money for a Haloween costume? Just go as the MUMMY...

And LINK shows you a film on how to make a paper rose...

(headsup GeishaAsobiBlog)

Weird Website of the day

The Jennifer Lopez Philthrum page...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Family News

We spent the whole day in Manila trying to straighten out my exit visa, so that when I come back I don't have to reapply.

Alas, the money we paid for the extention last time was for the wrong extention of my visa, and so it means reapplying anyway.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Christian musicians blocked by Homeland Security?

What should have been a simple process turned into two hours of grueling interrogations. The customs agent was not convinced that we were coming into the United States with missionary type work due to our expense arrangement with the churches. He questioned me, then my wife separately, then me again. I was fingerprinted, my photo taken, and finally refused entry. It was three in the morning by the time we headed back to the nearest Canadian town, our seven kids and a trailer full of sound equipment in tow.

I guess the crossing had blocked some Islamicist coming in to give a talk and had to "justify" it by stopping Mark Mallet...

Headlines below the fold

Scientists who discovered science behind hard drives win Nobel prize...

Are low fat diets nonsense? NYTimes charts history of the scientific "consensus"...the latest theory is that it is transfat, not fat...

Me? I figure that that sardonic Jewish guy got it right when he said it was more important what came out of your mouth (anger, hatred, bigotry) than what you put into your mouth...

Manolo has a new blog...about stupid fashion mistakes by celebrities...Ayyy!

Goonies sequal in the works?

And what did those Isaeli jets hit in Syria? The news keeps getting weirder and weirder, but apparantly no one, including Syria, wants to say much...


Being a good person is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all of the yucky stuff -- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a bright new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.

Your email of the day from Col Updraft

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Gift item of the day

a HELLOKITTY glass slipper...only $5000...
headsup from Hellokittyhell...

Happy Columbus day video

Food Films

Epicurious blog has a list of the best food films.

Except for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I loathed, I agree...
1) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
2) Delicatessen
3) Like Water for Chocolate
4) My Dinner with Andre
5) Babette's Feast
6) Tampopo
7) The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
8) Big Night
9) Chocolat
10) Eat Drink Man Woman
11) Fried Green Tomatoes
12) Ratatouille

I'm glad he included the Japanese film Tampopo, and he lists the Taiwanese Eat Drink Man Woman instead of "tortilla soup" the US remake.
And (via Dustbury) check out the LOL DRACULA

Film interlude of the day

Turn up speakers and say: Aaawwwh.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Rice paddy Art

Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture (in Japan) create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety.

Headlines below the fold

What do you get when you mix an electric bike with a ATV?
A Yamaha Tesseract/...
Trivia note: A tesseract is a 4 dimensional cube...Madeline L'Engle used the term to describe time/space travel, a "wrinkle" in time.

Political violence: Abusayyaf on the run, but bus bombing continues...It's the MILF linked extortioners again..a JI linked suspect was found running from the scene..and the MILF whines: don't persue them and hurt us...but two little girls were killed...and a third bomb disarmed.

Not near here, so don't worry. Our problem is root knot disease in rice, swine flu, and dengue fever...
Haditha massacre story continues to fall apart..
I have an essay here, comparing the incident with the Boston Massacre...where the facts triumphed over the anti British propaganda...thanks to John Adams...


And for the real headline of the day: Beware the Giant Jellyfish...huge jellyfish are invading the seas off Japan, ripping the nets of fishermen and their venom ruining the fish catch, not to mention clogging the intake pipes of nuclear power plants...

Of course, when you are given a lemon, make lemonade...
So one Japanese Gentleman is using them to make various things, including food such as cookies..

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Pakman wins again!

I've been trying to blog while Lolo is watching the fight.

Manny Pacquiao won again...

Now everyone can go back to work...

Art news below the fold

The NYTimes has an article about art in "out of the way" churches in Paris...the travelogue mentions a lot of church art was destroyed by the zealots of the French revolution...


Omni Brain
discusses the Mozart effect, that music training teaches concentration and coordination among other things that help a child to learn better...

Okie Blog rewards are up...(headsup Dustbury, who came in second)

And your music video of the day: Japanese musician Coba plays Aqua Monegros..

Short film of the day

If you got to Turner Classic Movie website, and click on video on the top bar, you get a short film.
Today's film is a Laurel and Hardy film Way Out West....also lots of clips of movies.

Alas, we don't get the channel here...

Family Photos

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Big Mothra is watching!

The final milestone at the end of phase three will be flying a cyborg insect to within five meters of a specific target located some one hundred meters away using remote control or a global positioning system (GPS). If HI-MEMS passes this test successfully, then Darpa will probably begin breeding in earnest. Insect swarms with various sorts of different embedded MEMS sensors--video cameras, audio microphones, chemical sniffers and more--could then penetrate enemy territory in swarms to perform reconnaissance missions impossible or too dangerous for soldiers. ,,,

Moonrise in the Arctic

from an email from Col Updraft

Evolution's secret weapon

NYTimes article says grandmoms are evolution's secret weapon.

Song for the day

turn up speakers and dance!

Headsup from manila nostalgia

The Secret

I always thought "The Secret", about how if you think something it happens, letting you get wealthy healthy and successful, is an abomination. Essentially it says if you are sick, poor, or dull, it's your own fault.

Well, the Chaser boys say it better:

Friday, October 05, 2007

Craft item of the day

Yup. Why carry stuff with those old holey bags when you can make a nice strong tote bag from them...

LINK is how to make the bags into yarn.

And LINK shows how to weave them into rugs.

Jabba the Cat

Audio book of the day

Shackleton's book South...about his illfated polar expidition, where they lost their boat but they saved all the men...

Mountain warriors coming home

MissCellania has lots of military jokes, and a link to the homecoming of the Kentucky NG from Iraq, where they helped guard civilians and visitors...story HERE......thousands at the arena where the governor welcomed them home.

Sandwich idea of the day


Headlines below the fold

Good news of the day: South African miners rescued.

Good news of the day: Blackwater helicopters save Polish Ambassador...

Good news: After killing a lot of people, Myanmar gov't will talk to dissadent leader

The huge crowds remind Pinoys of the first EDSA revolution..but in Edsa the soldiers didn't shoot, claiming a beautiful lady in white went in front of the crowds and said to the soldiers: Do not shoot my people...the lady was never identified, some saying it was one of the nuns, but many Pinoys believe it was Mama Mary. Cardinal Sin merely quips: I knew all the nuns with me on the march, and none of them were very good looking...If you go to the link, the statue commemorating the march is known locally as "The Ugly Madonna".

Good news: North Korea discussing officially stopping Korean's Bush's fault.

USA Today actually links to Limbaugh's transcript
about phoney soldiers... Heck, he says enough asinine things to dig himself into a hole, but in this case the Democratic claims are obviously distortion, so the press isn't buying the spin...

And finally: 50th anniversary of Leave it to Beaver...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Headline of the day

Leapfrogging mayor bruises tomato

Mr Rodgers' knee struck Lorraine Mallon on the back of her head

The Lord Mayor of Belfast has apologised to a council worker left with back injuries after he tried to leapfrog her during a photoshoot.

Lorraine Mallon suffered a slipped disc when Jim Rodgers' knee accidently hit her head as he attempted to vault her.

Ms Mallon had been dressed as a tomato to launch a gourmet garden event in Botanic Gardens last month.

Film download of the day

The Road to Bali...

Ah, for the good old days before Political Correctness was in vogue.

Gift item of the day

Rubber Ducky floating radio

Headlines below the fold

The big kerfluffle here on TV news is...Deperate Housewives slur Pinoy Doctors.

Swiss/German researchers figure out that most people follow the rules, and that threatening punishment stops criminal behavior in a lot of the others....

Peace talk with murderous thugs
slow murder Los Angeles...

Psst: Saudi money funding anti Americanism...pass it on...

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Family news

Today it finally stopped raining.

There is a trade fair and Joy and Chano went to show our stuff to see if they can get orders.

We are well, but I'm just too lazy to blog much.

Cat photo of the day

from an email of Col Updraft

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Gift item of the day

Onion goggles...

Craft item of the day

How to make medieval ink... from tree galls.

(headsup BoingBoing)

Stuff below the newspaper fold

MSM widely quotes researcher who claimed that there is no "slippery slope" in assisted suicide law. She bases her claim on Oregon data, since the slippery slope is alive and well in the Netherlands.
Whoops: She is on the board of a pro euthanasia organization.

Violence in Iraq is down...luckily I found this on Lucianne and several other blogs, since my RSSfeeder for headlines/most popular stories didn't have the story listed, meaning it was not on the headlines.
In the meanwhile the surge is going south, and the groups opposed to the surge are uniting, and actually say it's because they see a US withdrawal...sounds like they were watching CNN...

Lots of coverage of the bizarre lady who died in custody after becoming violent at an airport.
This story however mentions something that hints what might be behind the reason:

"Carol, who was only 5-foot-7 and 105 pounds...(and) was headed to an alcohol rehabilitation center when the incident began Friday night.
essay posted to BNN...

Thousands dead in Burma



Hollywood movies as California's second largest source of pollution...


Canadian court clears those allowing tainted blood to be used...huge Hepatitis C epidemic and many HIV cases in the 1990's scandal...and there's a Clinton connection.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Star Trek!

It must be a slow political news weekend, because those nutty neocons at The corner are on a Star Trek disussion binge again.

The link has their links to the worst Star Trek trivia webpages...such as Startrek Inspirational Posters: