Monday, December 30, 2013

Best Selfie of the Year - Sea Eagle

Best Selfie of the Year goes to a Sea Eagle who steals a nature cam and takes a classic shot.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Simon's Cat - Santa Claws

Merry Christmas!



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Monday, December 16, 2013

SNL - Fake Interpreter Translates for President Obama

Traveling around the web quickly, this is one of the funniest SNL openings done in years...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Quotes from George Washington

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Red Sox Pizza Throwing Incident

Sox commentators review mysterious pizza throwing incident...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dustin Pedroia's Wife Goes into Labor

The moment Dustin Pedroia finds out his wife is in labor...


Monday, October 14, 2013

Vote Early & Vote Often

Paraphrased from a Sunday News show*:

Evan Bayh:  If the American people want more moderate politicians that are willing to compromise then they need to vote during the primaries. 

Dana Perino:  Neither party wants more moderate candidates elected.

Evan Bayh: Yes, but polls show the American people do.

Dana Perino:  Well lets see if they come out and vote.  I don't think they will.

Hey, Evan Bayh just told you how to fix Washington, and the political parties don't want you to think about it.  The trick is, vote.  Vote early, vote often, and more specifically vote in the primaries.  This decides whether a partisan candidate, or someone more pragmatic makes it to the big dance.  Partisans typically vote for partisans, and they often show up en masse to vote during the primaries.  More power to them; literally, those who vote hold the power.

Yes, this sounds like a cheesy civics lesson, but consider why parties spend millions on get out the vote efforts.  The power is ultimately in the hands of the people.  The question is, 'Do you really want Washington to change?'  A little time, attention, and homework, and you can figure out who represents you best.  Wading through slogans, and pettiness, and all the campaign rhetoric can absolutely be aggravating, and the political parties are counting on you giving up.  Don't.

Washington politicians are maddening, yet we have the good fortune of living in a democracy.  These goobers weren't selected for us.  There was no coup or violent revolution that installed them, and it's easy to forget how fortunate we are to live with this peaceful yet maddening system.  We picked them, so like it or not their ours.

I don't write about politics much anymore.  One main reason is that I don't feel my opinions need to be your opinions.  If you ask, I'll tell you that I lean right fiscally, and lean left socially.  If you disagree - no problem.  I doubt that we can all get along, but some of us can.  I write this in an attempt to convince you of only one thing - Washington can change via simple arithmetic.  The polls continuously report that 'the people' are fed up with Washington and its acrimony and discord.  So if 'the people' care enough to pay attention and vote in the primaries and not just the general election that is a remarkably simple solution to what seems to be the endlessly annoying problem of Washington politics.

*Couldn't find the transcript for Fox News Sunday from October 16, 2013, so the quotes are paraphrased.

Evan Bayh is a member of No Labels a group working to promote bipartisan solutions.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Simple Tips for Happier Hiking - Part 1

This article could be subtitled, 'Wear Good Shoes and Drink Plenty of Water.' Hiking is about as simple as it gets, it's just a long walk in the woods.  Started hiking much more frequently a few years ago.   Found that hiking is quite enjoyable as long as you don't screw it up.   So here are some mistakes worth avoiding.

1.  Buy good hiking shoes/boots. Most hiking gear is not critical for a casual hiker, but good hiking shoes make for a much happier day. One reason is that the toe is reinforced. You would be surprised at how many roots and rocks you kick while hiking; you might also be surprised at how badly it hurts to kick rocks while wearing sneakers. The first few times - not too big a deal; the last few times may make you want to cry. Shoes and boots designed for hiking also have straighter smoother side edges.  This helps prevent tripping and getting your feet tangled on roots and rocks. When you're tired this is a decidedly 'un-fun' experience, and may even be treacherous at times.

Another important feature is the traction and grip hiking shoes give particularly on rocky and slick surfaces. Take it from someone who bounced her butt off a rock after slipping at the tail end of a hike; good shoes are worth it, and were purchased not long after the bruising went away.   Boots are typically recommended over shoes as they provide extra ankle support, however, I am a fan of the hiking shoe. They are a little lighter, and find them to be a better walking shoe for around the town/neighborhood. Your back and feet will feel much better if you pick a quality shoe/boot with good support.

2. Bring water, food, and more water. While it seems like a no-brainer to bring water on a hike, bring more than you think you need. If your hike takes longer than expected, if it's hotter than expected, if your body just needs more water for whatever reason, you will be very glad to have it. These aren't tips for survivalists, if you're in a dire situation there are ways to get water. However, I personally don't want to suck on a leaf or drink from a mud puddle. The extra weight you carry in your pack is worth not being dehydrated and feeling rotten.

Similarly, pack what you think you'll need for food need plus some more. Bring snacks and foods that are easy to munch on throughout the day plus a meal. During a strenuous hike you may not feel that hungry but instead your energy fades.  A quick snack can be very helpful. Again, like water, if your hike goes long or you need more food than normal, you'll be very happy to have that extra bite to eat.  I like to have bananas, nuts, trail mix, and/or chips along for a quick snack plus a sandwich for lunch.

3. Be aware of your fitness level. The corollary to this tip is don't drag someone out hiking who isn't prepared to hike. I see this almost every time I go hiking. Sometimes people under estimate the hike they've planned. However, most frequently I come across a young lady whose boyfriend has convinced her to go hiking - he's aggravated and she's miserable. It's not always this combination. One woman told her boyfriend to, "Suck it up buttercup," as he tagged along behind her. Just last weekend, several hikers were trying to help out a woman whose husband had left her behind while mountain climbing. Suspect that fellow earned himself quite a long stay in the doghouse.

I've also underestimated a hike where I was not yet fit enough.   I hurt my knee making the decent difficult and awkward as I latched onto every tree I could for support. Fortunately, there were no pictures because I looked ridiculous, and was lucky the injury was minor.

There are a number of other things that can make a hike better that I will discuss in Part 2. Yet these are pretty easy problems to avoid, yet also easy mistakes to make.  'Sneakers will be fine,' 'I have enough water,' or 'That shouldn't be too tough a hike for me,' doesn't sound at all unreasonable, but they are also three easy ways to wreck an otherwise enjoyable day.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Johnny Cash Quotes

Because you're mine, I walk the line.

I'm not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I'm thrilled to death with life.

It's good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people.

There's a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there's a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at.

My arms are too short to box with God.

I wear black because I'm comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it's hot I'm comfortable in light blue.

Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.

Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.

You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Problem Bear

Don't know if this is a true story, or a just a 'camping story.'  Either way it's fun, and heard it while hiking with the Sierra Club in Virginia years ago. 

Yellowstone had a bear problem.  The bears were coming into contact with people far too frequently.  For the safety of the park visitors, they were forced to tranquilize and relocate some of these bears.  Unfortunately, people were often part of the problem.  They were an easy source of food.  Some campers would leave food out, others driving through happy to see a bear, would feed them right from the car.  This was not only dangerous, but it encouraged bears to seek out people who may or may not have food.  Particular 'problem' bears that park rangers had relocated would actually return to the scene of the crime seeking out more food.

The trouble with these repeat offenders was that they were smart, they learned how to not get caught.  The rangers actually believed that many of these bears recognized the park rangers vehicles and uniforms and would flee at first sight.  This meant the rangers needed to be covert, so they wore civilian clothes and drove an unmarked vehicle, and worked in teams for these particularly difficult cases.

One day, two rangers found their problem bear and were able to shoot him with a dart from their unmarked vehicle.  They waited several minutes for the tranquilizers to kick in, as another group of rangers were radioed in to pick up the bear.  As they waited, a park visitor pulled up to get a closer look at the bear they just spotted.  The rangers watched as this fellow rolled down his window down and handed the grateful bear an apple.  The bear took a bite, stumbled backward, and collapsed on the side of the road.  The team of rangers sped in in their official relocation vehicle, jumped out, put the bear in a cage, and then loaded the cage into the truck. 

The visitor to the park looked on in bewilderment, "What happened?"

A ranger from the second team replied as they pulled away, "That's why the sign says, 'Don't feed the bears!"

After the first pair watched events unfold, one fellow said, "Shouldn't we give him a ticket for feeding the bear?"

"No.  He'll never feed another bear again."



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Little Girl Dances up a Storm at a Wedding Reception

This is making the rounds of the internet, and how can you not smile? Too cute...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers

Don't know how unusual this is, but both a Hairy and a Downy Woodpecker stopped at my bird feeder the other day at the same time.  The larger Hairy Woodpecker is on the right, and the smaller Downy is on the left.  They shared the feeder for a decent length of time, enough time for me to snap the pic below.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Chicken Rehab

My father spent his summers with his grandparents in a rural farming community when he was young. He and a friend would ride their bikes from farm to farm eventually returning to his grandparents' home. As they rode down the hill towards home, a flock of chickens would scatter, running away from the approaching bikes.

One day, as they completed their ride back down the hill they noticed one chicken lagged behind the others. Upon further examination the chicken appeared sick. He informed his grandmother that there was a chicken under-the-weather.  She came out to see, and agreed the poor chicken wasn't well. So they scooped up the bird and brought it inside to take care of it. They all took turns carrying the chicken around the house.  Periodically the gave the chicken a few drops of brandy from an eyedropper so that it would feel better while recuperating. If they needed to put her down, they would lean the inebriated bird up against the wall where she'd stay until they were able to come back and pick him up again. The chicken started recovering and getting stronger, and was back in good health in a about a week.

The chicken was returned to her spot amongst the other fowl, and my father and his friend resumed their bike rides though the local farms, and back down the hill to his grandparent's home.  However, there was one noticeable change in this routine, from then on whenever my father rode his bike down the hill, all but one bird would run from the oncoming bicycles, while one specific chicken would run straight for his new found friend.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Quotes from Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Peace begins with a smile.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

El Reno Oklahoma Tornado 2013

Great video showing the development of a tornado. It starts in fast motion, and then shows tornado forming and coming towards the film makers car. It continues on to show the storm as it moves away.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Susan B. Anthony Quotes

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.

Independence is happiness.

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.

Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform.

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled the more I gain.

Suffrage is the pivotal right.

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.

This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

John Adams Quotes

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

A government of laws, and not of men.

The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.

While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.

Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.

As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Quotes from Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

Things do not change; we change.

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary

Had a bit of a flashback to elementary school last night when this song came on the local PBS station. What a great children's song...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Charles Schulz Quotes

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

I think I've discovered the secret of life - you just hang around until you get used to it.

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

I love mankind; it's people I can't stand.

It doesn't matter what you believe just so long as you're sincere.

No problem is too big to run away from.

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Smiley Face Farm

The Harvey Farm in Epping, NH has a smiley face mowed into the grass. Harvey Farm sells fresh produce, as well as ice cream and a variety of other items at their farm (directly across the street from the smiley face.)

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Help of Good Samaritans Caught on Dashboard Cameras

Very sweet; people who took a minute of their time to help others out in Russia. Moments captured by people's dashboards cams...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Funny/Great Bob Newhart Quotes

All I can say about life is, 'Oh God, enjoy it!'

I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that. Don't rush into adulthood, it isn't all that much fun.

I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much.

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.

It's getting harder and harder to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone. It still brings me up short to walk by somebody who appears to be talking to themselves.

I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'.

I think there's a part, just a part of comedians, that is still childlike.

It was a decision to work clean. I just prefer to work that way. I have no problem with comedians who don't work that way. There was a temptation in the early '70s to reconsider. I decided against it.

This stammer got me a home in Beverly Hills, and I'm not about to screw with it now.

When I started out in 1960, I thought it might possibly last a couple of years. I never expected it to last 42. I take great satisfaction in that longevity.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Johnny Carson with Charles Grodin - Do You Really Care?

Johnny Carson's and Charles Grodin's sarcastically tense exchanges provided many funny moments on the Tonight Show. In this clip Grodin asks Carson if he really cares...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Quotes from Mahatma Gandhi

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Where there is love there is life.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Squirrel in the Bird Feeder

Found this red squirrel in my bird feeder yesterday. While at first he appeared trapped, he wasn't, just came by for lunch...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Nelson Mandela Quotes

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

It always seems impossible until its done.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

I am confident that nobody... will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tesla Motors Outselling BMW and Mercedes - Big Step Forward for Electric and Hybrid Cars


A couple months ago Rambling Web noted that Porsche was breaking the mold for hybrid cars by developing a true hybrid super car - Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Blows Up Stereotypes. Yet the major question was whether the 918 Spyder would sell.

Well Tesla Motors, taking a different tact, is showing the an upscale electric car can sell quite well. According to 'Wall Streets Cheat Sheet,' Tesla's Model S is actually outselling BMW and Mercedes the competing cars in its class.

This is great news for the future of electric and hybrid cars.  It shows that as the quality of these cars increases that demand will likely increase too.  As 'Wall Streets Cheat Sheet' notes the success of the Model S opens the door for a more affordable model in the future.

Tesla’s Model S Is Shaming BMW and Mercedes
While Tesla faced huge criticisms about the Model S being too expensive, which would result in a stagnancy of demand, it appears the concerns were unfounded, and that the demand is leading the segment. Given the company’s limitations as a start-up with a product that has yet to become mainstream, these figures are especially impressive.

Moreover, the Model S was never meant to be an affordable, mass market car; the company was never aiming to build the next GM Chevy (NYSE:GM) Volt or Nissan Leaf. The Model S was designed from the ground up as a luxury car, meant to compete with the likes of the 7 Series and A8.

The company’s business model suggests that as electric cars become more accepted, and concerns over range anxiety and other problems subside, the high cost of electric car technology will slope downward. And when that happens, Tesla will be ready and waiting with an entry-level, ballpark $30,000 model to market to the masses.
Tesla Motors

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quotes from Oscar Wilde

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.

Who, being loved, is poor?

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Quotes from Vincent Van Gogh

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.

The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.

Conscience is a man's compass.

In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.

The way to know life is to love many things.

Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wildlife at Pawtuckaway Lake in Nottingham, NH

Kayaked at Pawtuckaway Lake this past weekend.  Don't believe I've ever seen so much wildlife in one day.  Highly recommend kayaking prior to the real start of boating season.  Barely saw another boat until later in the day. 

First animal spotted was the Common Loon.  Far more impressive than pictures below indicate, it's a beautiful bird, but a bit shy.  Did get a good view, however, when a large fish swam under my kayak.  Moments later the Loon had a good sized fish in its mouth not far away.

The bird that seemed somewhat unconcerned with the kayak was the Blue Heron.  The Blue Heron fished along the edge of the lake, snapping up some small creature, rinsing it off and eating it.  The were numerous turtles sunning themselves.  Most were not interested in hanging around to have their picture taken, but one stayed in his spot, as seen below. 

Finally, I was paddling out of a small cove, took out my camera for a simple shot of the scenery, and a beaver hopped in the water right next to me.  That is the second picture down.  He slapped his tail and dove under water shortly after the picture was taken.















Friday, May 3, 2013

Camera on Tail Flying Over Northern Utah

Pretty cool vantage point. Camera on the tail of a Lancair 320 gives unique view flying over some beautiful spots in Northrn Utah.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Outstanding Dr. Seuss Quotes

I meant what I said and I said what I meant.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

Adults are obsolete children.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Great Quotes from Pablo Picasso

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.

To make oneself hated is more difficult than to make oneself loved.

Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.

If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.

The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face.

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.

An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do.

Honesty is the best policy.

Well done is better than well said.

Lost time is never found again.

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.

A place for everything, everything in its place.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Help the Victims of the Boston Bombing

Last night on Boston's channel 4, Johnathan Elias mentioned that he just talked to a women who lost a foot in the Boston Marathon bombing. She's already looking at what prosthetic will work best for her, but they are very expensive. To compound the problem she'll likely be out of work for quite some time. Hadn't considered this until last night, but sounds like many of the victims have particularly expensive injuries that will need multiple surgeries and expensive prosthetics.

So if you're able... One Fund Boston was established to help the victims of the bombing. As the Mayor of Boston reported, "Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous tragedy has had on individuals, their families, and friends. And they want to do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in the future."

 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dropkick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up to Boston

A Boston Sports Anthem...

Rick and Dick Hoyt Halted One Mile from the Finish Line

 The Hoyts have provided Boston with inspiration for years.  Yesterday the Hoyts were running great  when the race was stopped, and spectators provided them with help and a ride...

Quoted from Mass Live Team Hoyt - Rick and Dick Hoyt - stopped 1 mile short of Boston Marathon finish line; inundated with support from public
As a tribute to those who lost their lives and as an example to those responsible for Monday’s bombing about the spirit and strength of America, the elder Hoyt says it would be an honor for them to finish the race one day.

“I think it will mean a lot to lot of people,” Dick Hoyt said by telephone Tuesday morning. "If they ask us, we are ready."

Known as Team Hoyt, the 73-year-old father and his 51-year-old son have been running and competing in triathlons and marathons for more than three decades, inspiring people around the world with their story of perseverance.

Over the past 18 hours, Dick Hoyt said, he and Rick Hoyt have been deluged by well-wishers, supporters and members of the media clamoring for their perspective on the marathon bombing.

The Hoyts’ run on Monday was halted about a mile short of the finish line in downtown Boston, and the Hoyts were only able to make it back to their hotel thanks to a helpful bystander with an SUV who volunteered to give them a ride.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Love Boston...

We love you Boston. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Quotes from Edgar Allan Poe

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.

I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.

Stupidity is a talent for misconception.

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.

There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm.

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nature Photographer Wyman Meinzer - Insight Into Photographing the Land and Sky

From Texas Parks and Recreation, Wyman Meinzer gives intesting take on nature photography.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Photographs of Bennington Vermont

Cloudy day photographs of Bennington Vermont...

Bennington Monument


Apple Orchard


Robert Frost's Grave


John Stark

Friday, April 12, 2013

Please Move those Pesky Deer Crossing Signs

Woman calls into radio station requesting that deer crossing signs be moved somewhere safer, like small towns. So silly...

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ninja Stalking Cat

This video has been around the Internet for a while, and could be considered a web classic. Cat stalks camera, but does it in an undetectable ninja style...

Margaret Thatcher Quotes - In Memoriam 1925 - 2013

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.

I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Costa Rican Sloth Sanctuary

Such a unique animal, this video gives the perspective of the sloth from those who work and volunteer at a Sloth sactuary in Costa Rica...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Witty Will Rogers Quotes

If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.

About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him "father."

The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Impressive Footage of 2010 Icelandic Volcano

In 2010 the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted. It put so much ash in the air that it closed European air space. Below a video showing part of this eruption...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Dozen Great Thomas Edison Quotes

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.

Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

There are no rules here, we're just trying to accomplish something.

The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.

The dove is my emblem.... I want to save and advance human life, not destroy it.... I am proud of the fact that I never invented weapons to kill.

Its obvious that we don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator.

Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation.... Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward!

If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dogs Welcome Home Soldiers

Dogs reunited with their soldier...



Notices in video can be 'x-ed' out via their top right corner.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Maru the Cat Tries to Fit Into Small Boxes

Cats love boxes, but Maru the cat takes that to extremes by attempting to get into boxes that clearly don't fit...




Thursday, March 28, 2013

12 Robert Frost Quotes

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting.

The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.

I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Motivational - If You Never Failed You Never Lived

Motivational video shows a number people who have faced adversity and overcome it....

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Nature Photographer Russell Graves - Texas Parks and Wildlife

Russell Graves gives tips and insights into nature photography. Includes many of his beautiful photogrpahs.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

12 Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes...

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

The giving of love is an education in itself.

Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Free Diving with Seals

Free diver provides a unique perspective on the seals that she is swimming with...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tornado Photography

Impressive storm chaser video leads up to some remarkable tornado photography...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cat Stares at Sleeping Owner

Cute and amusing, cat looks as if he's praying for owner to wake up...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Super Cute Kitten Versus Two Apples

Super cute kitten combine with a great sound track all make for an epic battle between one kitten and two green apples...





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Snowy New Hampshire...

Snowy day in New Hampshire - 3/19/13.





Monday, March 18, 2013

14 Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain.

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.

No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.

New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.

Well, now that he's finished one building, he'll go write four books about it.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Monument Valley Sunrise to Moonrise

Beutiful time lapse photography of Monument Valley, Utah - Valley of the Rocks.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Yellow Lab Loves Little Boy with Down Syndrome

This is probably the sweetest animal video I've seen. Dog is so gentle and caring with this little boy...





Discussing Treats with a Talking Dog

Super silly and fun for Friday...


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

16 Great Quotes From Abraham Lincoln

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Betty White & Lucille Ball Play Password Together

So cool, two great comediennes playing Password together. Last twenty seconds is just credits.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sand Cat Kittens at the Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo breeds small wild cats, and the Sand Cat is an endangered species...


Friday, March 8, 2013

12 Neil Armstrong Quotes

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.

I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It's by the nature of his deep inner soul... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.

The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.

Well, I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that's when something snaps up and bites you.

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.

I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did.

I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.

The one thing I regret was that my work required an enormous amount of my time, and a lot of travel.

I can honestly say - and it's a big surprise to me - that I have never had a dream about being on the moon.

The Eagle has landed.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Clever Star Wars Summary Done with Legos

Clever, witty, and well done; this is a very fast summary of story of the original Star Wars series.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Charming House Cat wants to Get Up Close with a Bob Cat

Unsure if Walnut the cat is overly couragous, or maybe just sees the big bob cat as an overgrown playmate...


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Australian Nature Video

This is a video promoting tourism in Australia that shows some beautiful natural settings from around the country.

 

12 Delightful Ogden Nash Quotes

Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up.

Certainly there are things in life that money can't buy, but it's very funny - Did you ever try buying them without money?

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.

I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm.

Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long.

I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.

The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.

Commitments the voters don't know about can't hurt you.

Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Nora the Cat Plays Piano

Nora the Cat Plays Piano... ...because who doesn't want to see an adorable piano playing cat on a Sunday morning?


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Blows Up Stereotypes




It doesn't take a Shaquille O'Neal commercial to realize that hybrid cars have suffered from a chronically wonky style. Often shaped like a wedge of cheese, it has been increasingly confusing why hybrid car manufacturers don't seem to put any effort into design. An additional pre-conception about hybrids is that they don't perform up to the standard of traditional 'gas only' automobiles. This is a more understandable issue that is dissipating since the capability of hybrids has improved as the technology has evolved.

Porsche is poised to blow the lid off both these stereotypes. The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder is by far the coolest looking hybrid to come along, and it's not that it's cool for a hybrid; it's just cool. It can go zero to sixty in 3.1 seconds, while getting 78 MPG. The 918 is the first hybrid super car. Being a super car means most people can't afford it with its $845,000 sticker price.

Since the price is so high, more is also expected from it. As such a review from Edmunds does have some points of criticism. The electric motor doesn't make much noise, and doesn't have the same feel as a gas engine. They state that this makes it lack character. Also the performance for this level of car is not flawless. However, Edmunds does admit that Porsche has shown that if their first generation car has flaws, they have been known to come back and fix those, then go beyond everyone’s expectation. This is still a new technology, and this is a huge step forward in performance.

It will be interesting to see the market for the car, and the sales numbers. The price obviously makes the target market rather small to begin with. Will that market embrace a hybrid? Could there be cache to owning the first hybrid super car? Will Porsche be able to reach out to wealthy 'green people' to invest in a car they may not normally sink their money into?

Don't have the anser to that, but do hope I get to see this car in person some day.


Porsche 918 Spyder Press Release (Specs & Photos included)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cookie Monster Sings Share It Maybe

...Because who can keep from smiling when they see this video?


Get Smart's Shoe Phone Foreshadows Cell Phones in the Theatre

'Get Smart' was a delightfully funny and clever tv show created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry in 1965, and starred Don Adams as Maxweel Smart Agent 86. In this clip Maxwell Smart's shoe phone not only foreshodows the coming of cell phones, but it also forshodows the problem with cell phones way before its time. For anyone who hasn't seen 'Get Smart', there are original episodes on YouTube. Current remakes just can't live up to the refreshingly silly and unique original...

 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Beautiful Ocean Life Photography

Remarkable BBC video of ocean life.  So different and unique it's almost another world.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

20 Great Albert Einstein Quotes

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

The only source of knowledge is experience.

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Two Otters Hold Hands... or Paws

A two for one. Not sure if this more sweet or cute, but they have everyone oohing and awing. Two otters at the Vancouver Zoo hold hands/paws as they swim.



Sunday, February 24, 2013

Simon's Cat Double Trouble

Funny, cute, and oddly familiar if you've ever introduced a second cat to your household...


Carol Burnett Show Bloopers and Blunders

Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, and cast have funny moments as they make each other laugh, and have unexpected moments...


Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Hi Cow!

Took a picture of this cow when kyaking in Northern Vermont.  Something about it makes me smile...
 

Footage of Severe Hail Storm

Powerful storm with hail and wind gust.  Hopefully the fellow on the tractor made it back home safely...


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Woman Goes Back to Work After 35 Years

You'll need to be at least thirty if not older to appreciate this...


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Great Mark Twain Quotes

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

All generalizations are false, including this one.

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.

Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Goats that Yell Like People

Well this is beyond silly, but I bet you can't watch / listen to this with out laughing...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Simon's Cat - TV Dinner

For anyone whose tried to watch tv with a cat on their lap...


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Johnny Carson & Betty White Play Adam & Eve

Two of my favorite funny people in a classic comedy skit...


Monday, February 11, 2013

Cat Chatting with his Shadow?

Debating whether my cat is talking to his shadow or praying at the 'heated alter.'


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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Snow Business - Simon's Cat

Cats in snow. This could be a post 'Nemo' experience for Simon's Cat...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Remarkable Tornado Video

Storm chasers' video shot from their vehicle provides remarkable images of a tornado...


Monday, February 4, 2013

How to Tick Off a Frog Video

Short, sweet, and super silly. A warning not to tick off your pet frog...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Optimistic View of the BlackBerry 10 Launch

While everyone knows that BlackBerry isn't what it used to be, there is still a desire to see BlackBerry, and it's parent company RIM, recover from a bad few years.  No company has completely filled the hole left by BlackBerry since they started having troubles, and now there is hope that they are getting back on the right track.  BlackBerry 10 is being realeased, and there are signs that it could be it's most popular offering in quite some time.  This doesn't mean that they'll return to being what they were, but a strong new product could help RIM reestablish what used to make BlackBerry the top cell phone brand.

Mobility Tech Zone gives a favorable outlook on the new Blackberry 10 - BlackBerry 10 Is Here: New Platform, New Name, New Ambitions

Friday, January 25, 2013

Father Helps Son Finish His Olympic Race

Very sweet video of a father helping his son out after an injury at the Olympics. Epitome of the Olympic Spirit...


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mount Lafayette from Lonsome Lake

This is the view of Mount Lafayette from Lonesome Lake on Cannon Mountain.  It is about a mile hike to get to Lonesome Lake, and a popular spot with its beautiful views.  There is an AKC hut right near the lake.  This is just the start of the hike if you're planning a full hike up Cannon Moutain.
 
 
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes from Walt Disney

A selection of quotes by Walt Disney...

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

"When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable."

"When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do."

"Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future."

"I am interested in entertaining people, in bringing pleasure, particularly laughter, to others, rather than being concerned with 'expressing' myself with obscure creative impressions."

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

"Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children's approach to life. They're people who don't give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought - sometimes it isn't much, either."

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Best Fumble of the Year Jets vs. Pats

Still my favorite Pats play of the year. Jets fumble in the most unbelievable way...

Spectacular Pictures of Australian Red Dust Storm

Australia was hit by a Red Dust Storm earlier this month. Heard of Dust Storms, but never knew they looked like this...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Kitty Wake Up Call by 'Simon's Cat'

Simon's Cat cartoons seem like they could be written about my cat Jake. This 'wake up call' cartoon is all too relatable, particularly on weekends...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Funny Bad Lip Reading NFL Video

Super Silly NFL Bad Lip Reading video...

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