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