Saturday, July 07, 2007

Earlier in Washington DC

Okay, last post today.

I stopped by flickr just in time to see this new entry.


This is one great sunset.

Wouldn't it have been nice to been visiting Washington DC this evening?

How to paint the MONA LISA with MS PAINT

Added: March 29, 2007
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"Painting of the Mona Lisa using Microsoft Paint. Original painting time 2hrs 30mins. Plays in under 5 minutes."

Oh my goodness, I had no idea that you could do something like this with Paint! Here is my Mona Lisa...


Only Australians need apply...

Originally uploaded by Tortuguita_88

At my job, I can get fired for sleeping on the job...

But not for the condom testers that work for Durex.

"It only takes a minute to apply and if you're successful you could be testing heaps of Durex products and provide your honest feedback."

I wonder if they have women that apply to be the test subjects. After all, the eel needs a cave to try out the condom. (I watched Memoirs of a Geisha last night on Starz.)

Unfortunately for those of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be an Australian resident to apply.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

My Favorite Things

Thirteen of My Favorite Things

  1. Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens.... I love watching and singing along to a great musical. When I was a kid I used to run about singing like life was a musical. People would ask me what I was singing, but I was just making it up as I went.

  2. And I love dancing. I talked my mother into letting me take ballet lessons for a little while. But I wasn’t graceful and my ballet teacher didn’t have very liberal thoughts on teaching children. If you sucked, she let you know. But, she couldn’t ever accuse me of not enjoying dancing.

  3. All my favorite songs are either on soundtracks, or are great story like “Desperado” by the Eagles. Listing thirteen favorites might be the subject of another Thursday Thirteen. Some of the movie songs I’ve listened to while typing today: Da Funk by Daft Punk on The Saint soundtrack and #1 Crush by Mundy on the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack.

  4. Writing. I can get lost in writing. I love creating stories and characters. Apparently even writing this post can distract me. It hit nearly 110 F this afternoon so I went to the freezer and got a popsicle and forgot about it. It was sitting on the desk melting while I typed (still in wrapper thankfully). LOL.

  5. Reading. I enjoy reading so much that I like most stories. It is July and so far this year I’ve only found 1 book that bored me enough that I set it down permanently.

  6. I’m still loving Netflix. I enjoy watching movies and I have over 200 movies on the queue. I bet this is a reciprocal “favorite thing”. When I first got Netflix I wondered if their computer program would let me keep adding as many movies as I wanted. Ha! Silly question. Of course they want me making long-term movie-watching plans.

  7. I don’t go to the movie theater all that often. But, nothing can replace seeing a select handful of movies in the movie theater. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Star Wars. These movies were meant to be seen in a theater.

  8. I love traveling. I am not ashamed to admit that if I won a lottery (would help if I was a regular lottery ticket buyer), I would quit my day job and become an eccentric millionaire that traveled around the world to places that aren’t on the proverbial tourist map and wrote stories about these places. Over 30 million people a year visit Vegas. I haven’t been in years. Granted, I live in “Little Vegas”. Driving 500 miles to gamble when I can drive 5 miles seems pointless. The last time I drove down to Vegas it was only because I was on my way to Death Valley National Park. I’d rather go to Nepal.

  9. Speaking of National Parks, I love National Parks so much I visit the ones in Canada too. I’ve been through Lassen Volcanic National Park numerous time because it is close.

  10. Photography. I took photography in high school and always wanted to have my own dark room. Now I want a SLR digital camera. A really good one.

  11. I used to have a job that had me “on the road” for two to three months a year. I always enjoyed traveling, but that job would be why I know I love sleeping in my own bed. So much that I think I’ll go take a nap. ;)

  12. I enjoy surfing the Internet. Enjoying the Internet is a double-edged sword. If I had saved all my IP charges over the years I could have spent a month in Australia.

  13. Bad weather. I don’t mind storms. I love rain. I enjoy hot days too. Wouldn’t it be boring if every day was had great weather? It was super hot today. I enjoyed it for less time than I would have if it were 80! But, I still enjoyed it.

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Jennifer Shirk | Tempest Knight | Ember Case | Isabelle Santiago | L.K. Campbell | Babe King | Heather | Ciar | Rhian | Cora Zane | Lauren Dane | Bernadette Gardner / Jennifer Colgan | Daisy Dexter Dobbs | Bebe Thomas

Let Freedom Ring Giveaway With Chittypulga

Ahhhhh, the freedom to choose.... The freedom to be casual, the freedom to be elegant, the freedom to be extraordinary, the freedom to be who we are and become everything we want to be. Loveshakbaby wants to celebrate our freedom to choose, by hosting ANOTHER FABULOUS GIVEAWAY. This time we are giving away not one, but TWO $100 Gift Certificates to TWO winners to be used in the fabulous Chittypulga online boutique.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

4th of July Rose

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Originally uploaded by nevrlndtink1226
I was wandering around on Flickr again and found an intersting shot of fireworks and smoke.

Happy 4th of July & Homegrown Fireworks

It is super hot here for the 4th. As I type it is 103.8 F here at the house. I think I'll go outside and bake for a few minutes just to say I did.

As for the homegrown fireworks....

Last night I was trying to watch television and this metallic clown helium balloon was floating around in front of me and hitting me. It was kind of creeping me out. I must have an electrical field surrounding my body that was attractive to this balloon because I could hold up my hand and it would move toward me.

I freed him from his restraints and he went flying away and I never saw or thought about him again until...

Around about 3:15 a.m.

I just happened to be getting home since I didn't have to work today and I was sneaking around on tippy toes in the dark trying not to wake anyone up. Anyone being my brother who has been staying here all the time since his son showed up for the summer. He did have to work today so I wanted to be quiet.

Anyway, I see this dark shadow floating around in the living room and visions of paranormality pop into my head. Then I remembered that balloon and realized it was skulking about. I didn't want it to scare my nephew should he wake up so I tried to get to it. Despite being attracted to me earlier, the balloon reversed polarity and ran away from me.

It made a beeline for the ceiling fan.

Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom.

My brother came running out into the living room. "What are you doing playing with Griffon's balloon?"

"I'm not, I'm trying to get the fan off."

"Yeah, right."

My nephew just grunted. He didn't even hear the homegrown fireworks.

I enjoyed the Google pic today.

The wallpaper behind the browser window on this screen print can be found here.

There are some cool eagle/birds in this sand art film I found on YouTube.

Chemical of the Week

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFireworks! at Chemical of the Week.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHere is the introduction from that page: "Have you ever been to an aerial fireworks show at an amusement park, baseball game, Fourth of July celebration, or on New Year's Eve and wondered about how all the impressive colors and sounds are produced? People everywhere enjoy the fantastic explosions and the brilliant light displays of fireworks. However, these spectacles are much more than just a form of entertainment. Each firework launched into the sky is a precisely formed assembly of chemicals and fuel, carefully calibrated to produce a particular effect – a red chrysanthemum spray accompanied by a powerful explosion, or a blue strobe, for example. Understanding how the contents of a firework produce the impressive variety of colors, forms, and sound intensities requires only a simple understanding of chemical reactions."

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I found it from the page about Arsenic (a chemical every mystery/suspense writer eventually is curious about).

They also have pages about The Chemistry of Autumn Colors and Colors of Gemstones to name a few.

Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

The other night I watched the History Channel's recent addition, a 2-hour special called Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed that celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the "first" movie's release. The special is a jumble of interviews by academics, politicians, and entertainers. Mostly they compare Star Wars to mythology, and themes in history. Though I think this special would have been far more intersting if George Lucas had actually been interviewed (after all, they interviewed Stephen Colbert), it was still very interesting to hear what most of them had to say. This special bring up The Hero's Journey, and look at how the characters/stories within the Star Wars saga compare to mythology. The History Channel's site has plenty of details about what this special was about including: What Is Myth?, Literary Connections, and some clips.

Books Of Interest

The Writer's Journey, Second Edition: Mythic Structure for Writers
by Christopher Vogler

This book wasn't mentioned in Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, but it may as well have been. Writer's Journey uses Star Wars movies to explain the hero's journey (among other stories).

I found this book to be one of the most rewarding writer's reference books that I've purchased. I found it a few years back at an RWA meeting over in Sacramento, California. It was a quick, fun read and very informative.

Here is an interview with Christopher Vogler.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces
by Joseph Cambell

Vogler's book details the hero's journey discussed by Joseph Cambell. This book isn't written to be a writer's reference. But it is said that George Lucas met Joseph Cambell years ago and called Cambell his "Yoda".

Here's an article The Force has been with us for 30 years on that discusses the Star Wars special on the History Channel and George Lucas having utilized the ideas of Joseph Cambell. One of the interviewees in the special was Jonathan Young, who used to work with Joseph Cambell. His site The Center for Story & Symbol has a lot of information.

Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
by Mary Henderson

Mary Henderson is one of the people they interview in Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. Her book sounds really interesting, though I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet. In the book she says, "Lucas combined the universal story of the hero’s journey with specific concerns and images from our own times. He dramatized the eternal battle of good versus evil and, by suggesting a way to emerge victorious from that battle, fashioned a tale that has all the elements of myth." Mary Henderson was the curator of the Smithsonian's Star Wars exhibit. That it is closed now, there is information online.

The Journey of Luke Skywalker: An Analysis of Modern Myth and Symbol
by Steven A. Galipeau

Another interviewee in Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. I recognized the NASA image on the cover as being the same image I used to make my new header image on my website/blog. That fact would be irrelevant along the lines of this topic, but I think the cover is pretty.

Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films: Essays on the Two Trilogies (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy)
by Carl Silvio (Editor), Tony M. Vinci (Editor), Donald E. Palumbo (Editor), C.W. Sullivan III (Editor)

It is Dr. Carl Silvio that was interviews in the special.

Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion And Rebellion in the Star Wars Films
by Kevin J. Wetmore

This book focuses on the political history influences in the Star Wars stories. He was quoted in Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed saying, "Lucas is tapping into that paranoia about business, about corporations. The Trade Federation is not so far away from Enron."

Links - The official site.

Wookieepedia - The Star Wars encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Rather, Brokaw, Colbert, Linda Ellerbee: 'Star Wars' Experts? on NewsBusters. I have to admit, I was asking myself that same question while watching the show.

Edward L. Hudgins - Executive Director, The Atlas Society - Hudgins on "Star Wars" History Channel Special

Dr. Jonathan Young, Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives - It is extremely obvious why they'd interview this fellow.

The Star Wars Kid

Do you suppose this is why Stephen Colbert was chosen a Star Wars expert?

Speaking of Star Wars

Many thanks to the USPS for making us smile. They don't have R2D2 mail boxes in my town. I'd sure like to see one though. You gotta go see this picture. (Here it is on flickr.)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich

Originally uploaded by caocompulgas

Here is the real reason I was looking up kakapos on Flickr this evening...

My latest read is Maybe Baby by Lani Diane Rich. Besides enjoying the story, I'm enjoying the cause. One of the major players in this contemporary romance is an endangered "green chicken". Kakapo (Māori: kākāpō, meaning "night parrot") are native to New Zealand that I can't claim to know all that much about. But, kakapo are some of the most endangered birds in the world and I'm a parrot and macaw activist of sorts. The least I can do is post some links so these websites can get a few extra google "points" and thus more visitors that can donate time and or money to the cause.
Kakapo Recovery Programme
The Fabulous Kakapo Parrot

Lovely Pink Frame

Originally uploaded by Pheliks
It was the pink jeweled frame that caught my eye, not the instructions on using a composting toilet.

Apparently this frame and sign is above a "kakapo" toilet.

What a motto ... "In Compost We Trust"

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Cadaver Calculator

Perhaps this online dating site has The Cadaver Calcultor to help generate pick-up lines?

My body is worth $5975, but you can have it for free.

$8560.00The Cadaver Calculator - Find out how much your body is worth

Mingle2 - Online Dating

(My body isn't really worth $8560.00. I lied. I'm not really bald.)


You can sign up for a counter that keeps track of various stats for you -- unique visitors for the last 12 days, the top 25 referrers (including search engines) and the keywords that send visitors to your blog from the search engines.

Anonymous Debtors

Debt Article, Nov '06
Originally uploaded by georgi mabee
A man called in and verified all the information needed to discuss a debt that we have at the debt collection agency I work at.

My coworker noted that the name he'd used is typically feminine.

So my coworker asked if he was the debtor's spouse.

"No, that's just it.... If I provide all the documentation showing I've had a sex change operation, am I still going to be responsible for this debt?"

New Drug Menace Sweeping Our Youth

Why is it that older generations tend to blame the younger generations for the ills of society? I have talked to numerous people (each under 70) that have blamed marijuana for the fall of society as they knew it. I personally am not a fan of marijuana and have been quite vocal about my views about the dangers of that drug over the last two decades.

Still, I've never believed that the whole problem started in the Viet Nam era. That is what I've always been told. That people didn't use marijuana when my grandmother was a teen.

However, they did.

And, it was a big enough worry to sell magazines. This advertisement was written in late 1936.

Originally uploaded by 7seventh7

January 1937 - Physical Culture magazine

The Frankenstein legend is the fantastic, fictitious story of a scientist who created a monster named after himself, the "Frankenstein," and in the end was killed by this weird creature. Likewise, the human race has a way of creating "Frankenstein" which in turn destroy. Our vices and our drug habits are just such monsters.

The country is now facing a new menace, fast sweeping the ranks of our youth. This is the Mexican drug, Marijuana, elsewhere known as hashish, which creates a reaction that outdoes the old narcotic drugs. It turns a quit, mild-mannered boy and girl into a sex-crazed libertine, into a torturer, even a killer -- and it is being peddled to school children. All parents should know of this insidious danger. Don't fail to read the vivid story on Marijuana in the February Physical Culture

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Xtreme Pug Skydiving

Xtreme Pug Skydiving...

A YouTube find. This man has his dog skydiving and surfing. Doesn't seem any worse for wear.

Little Cutie

Originally uploaded by jimgoldstein

Found this cute little Great Dane puppy on flickr this afternoon. I wish I could own a dog. I have always been more a big dog person too. I'm partial to Irish Wolfhounds as well.

Shopping Thoughts

My brother (Amazon worker) had a 60 hour work-week last week, and most of the rest of July. They have a team of people already packaging up the huge numbers of Harry Potter pre-buys. Imagine that. People out there get to touch that book before the rest of us. LOL.

Despite being so busy with Harry Potter, I got new in my e-mail that Amazon is trying to get new grocery customers. I personally can see myself buying food from them because every time I drive up to Wal-Mart to shop and I stand around forever. So many people are buying in massive quantity and I just need a few items. My time is worth a slight increase in cost.

It did occur to me that I'm about to order some books. If I add one grocery item, the author I link off will get $3.

Favorite Covers

I was wandering around today and found this cover. Wow. I love it.

Book Description

All it takes is one bad night for hunter to become prey. When werewolf hunter Flanna McRae allows a single wolf to escape from her monthly hunt, the last thing she expects is for him to come after her.

Paperback: 348 pages

Publisher: Atlantic Bridge Publishing (March 23, 2007)

ISBN-10: 159578344X

ISBN-13: 978-1595783448

Author's Website: