Saturday, August 01, 2009

Largest Hot-air Balloon Gathering in the World

Wow! The skies above Chambley, France certainly cooperated for this mass ascension! I love watching hot air balloons too.

I Brake for Butterflies Bumper Sticker

I really do brake for butterflies. One day I was driving through California along the migration route for some lovely butterflies, and all I had to do was slow for for about three miles while they flew along by. Most people wouldn't do that though, and there were probably thousands of dead butterflies along the road. Show your kindness with this bumper sticker!

Excellent Government Oversight

Found some news on the Lobster industry and Yahoo! Finance.

"Looking for an inexpensive change-up for your next backyard barbeque? Try lobster. 'Per pound, it's less expensive than hot dogs right now,' grumbles lobster-boat captain Mike Dassatt, who fishes the coast near Belfast, Maine, with his wife Sheila."

Seems like the economy is changing how much money he can make off the ocean because the demand for lobster is down by 30% at restaurants (and other reasons I'm sure).

The article continues with this information...

"On the other hand, the size of the lobster catch is bigger than ever, thanks to excellent oversight of the state's lobster fishery. Maine lobstermen caught 67 million pounds of the crustaceans last year, 4 million more than in 2007 and triple the amount caught 20 years ago."

Excellent oversight?

The current government is probably doing a little better job managing the pillage than if you look at the management of that fishery in a historical context.

But ... excellent oversight?

Here's another article from July 21, 2009... Maine Lobsterman Charged in Turf War Shooting. That article starts with: "A turf war in the lobster-rich waters off Maine escalated into a dispute that left a lobsterman with a gunshot wound to the neck and another in jail, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Territorial feuds are not unusual among Maine's lobstermen, but it is rare for them to end in gunplay. "

The waters are so lobster-rich that lobstermen are shooting each other fighting over the best place to pillage lobsters. Using the term "lobster-rich waters" in an article about fishermen taking up arms to fight over the best fishing spot just might make that journalist's word choice among the most moronic of 2009.

Curious about what that excellent government oversight came up with light of the shooting crisis: "In response to the shooting, Department of Marine Resources Commissioner George Lapointe signed an emergency rule prohibiting lobstering in the waters surrounding Matinicus for two weeks beginning Thursday."

What will two weeks do?

Cool off the fisherman?

What about the time frame being for the lobsters that need to grow larger and repopulate the area that is being overfished to the point nut jobs are taking up arms to protect their favorite fishing spot?

I remember back in the 70s that lobster really was something special. My father would order a lobster every once in a while. Some poor live lobster was boiled to death in the back and my father would get a fresh monster-sized lobster on his plate plate and let each of us kids have a few bites to taste. It was wonderful.

The first and only time I bought red lobster (at that food chain that helped increase the demand on the fishery) I got a tiny little lobster with no flavor. I've eaten paper that had more taste and I've eaten bigger crawdads. And when it comes to upper-end eateries the last time I had fresh lobster it wasn't hard to notice I had a smaller creature than was available years ago. Having grown up in and around fishing industries, I know that means the lobsters are being caught before they grow large enough to fill a plate.

My experience considered, I'd think that the current economy is bringing the price of lobster into a more realistic range.

As long as excellent goverenment employees allow lobstermen to haul tens of millions pounds of tiny lobsters each year out of the waters to feed frozen lobsters to people who only eat out because they are too lazy to cook at home, the lobster fishery isn't worth more than hot dogs anyway.

NOTE: I've seen the size-reduction among the King Crab fisheries in Alaska. It is because of excellent government oversight that I disagree with Sarah Palin's trust of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game given the task of shooting wolves in the name of predator control ... or handing over health care to Obama's crew for that matter.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nevada State Capitol Postcard

Historical photograph of the Nevada State Capitol taken in 1875. The image has been changed to remove dust specks and a tear, and it has also been cropped slightly. Photocopy Credit: Nevada Historical Society ~ Library of Congress (Historic American Buildings Survey).

Zazzle Postcard Tip

Zazzle Postcard Tip, originally uploaded by Annalee's Pics.

If you want an even white border around your image, crop your digital photograph to 1152x850 (or a size that has the same ratio). Then you can adjust the size and center it to print with even border.

Nevada State Capitol

Nevada State Capitol, originally uploaded by Annalee's Pics.

Historical photograph of the Nevada State Capitol taken in 1875. The image has been changed to remove dust specks and a tear, and it has also been cropped to create a wallpaper size image posted on Flickr. Photocopy Credit: Nevada Historical Society ~ Library of Congress (Historic American Buildings Survey). This is a public domain image.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pretty Butterflies T-Shirt

This silhouette design of a lovely butterfly comes from an image of Iphiclides podalirius comes from Plate I from Europas bekannteste Schmetterlinge published about 1895 by Dr. F. Nemos. These three colors together make a cute tee for baby.

Wanna Ride?

Adult humor. Funny tee. Offensive t shirtS. Rude T-shirt.