Month: June 2010

Caterpillars smoke dope

Caterpillars smoke dope. At least there is some anecdotal evidence for that proposition. And why might they, you ask? Perhaps they, like we, have hectic lives, constantly scurrying about … often late to our destination … asking “who am I and why am I doing this?” Sometimes our adventures may lead us to asking either “who are you” or “who am I?” We may chase dreams, or concrete objectives, or just be curious. Those adventures can lead to interesting results, or at least to interesting creatures. Take for example the story of a young girl who really did not think much of it when, suddenly running past her, was this marvelous creature:  a white rabbit with pink eyes. Nor did she think much of it when it pulled out a pocketwatch and dashed about exclaiming ‘Oh dear. Oh dear. I shall be late.’  When suddenly the rabbit dashed down a hole and disappeared. And she (whom we now recognize to be Alice) followed, and found herself falling, and falling … and falling. She was in a dreamlike state as she continued to fall, with things passing by her. Odd things like maps and pictures on pegs … a jar of orange marmalade which she snatched from a shelf only to find it empty, and managed to put it on another shelf as she continued to tumble and fall. Have...

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An amazing radio controlled B-29 with X-1 launch

An RC airplane powered by four chainsaw motors!  It’s a B-29 which will launch an X-1. Watch it all the way through. As a former RC flyer (and pilot) I find this to be fascinating, and guarantee you’ll be thrilled as well as you contemplate the fact that this plane had to be built from scratch. Like this:Like...

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The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag

It’s Flag Day. Notice all the flags around town? Many changes to the Pledge of Allegiance have occurred on Flag Days past, including insertion of the phrase “under God.” On September 8, 1892 a Boston-based youth magazine “The Youth’s Companion” published a 22-word recitation for school children to use during planned activities the following month to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America.   Under the title “The Pledge to the Flag”, the composition was the earliest version of what we now know as the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. via The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. Like this:Like...

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It seemed like a good idea … to kayak the Llano

My sterling kayaking companion, Robert Henley, should have had a counseling session with us both before setting out on this adventure. Recent rains made it seem like a good idea to paddle the Llano. Reports were that the water was good. We had previously done the Highway 87 bridge (near Mason) to Castell so taking a different route was in order as we finally made our schedules coincide. Castell to “Scott Slab” (a/k/a Llano CR 102) would be a good 10 mile paddle. Then, as we passed the Llano City Park, and each of us having day-long kitchen passes and being filled with visions of flowing waters (and probably sugar plum fairies as well) dancing in our heads, we dropped his truck there — at the park — which would add an estimated five miles to the trek. No step for a stepped as they say. After all with my “Couch to 5k” training program I was in great shape. It seemed like a good idea. On to Castell and unload the “yaks” and away we go. On the water by about 8:30 with an overcast sky to limit the heat (but, of course, not the UV rays!), fishing gear on board, the estimated 15 miles would be nothing. Right away we started fishing but all day we would have little luck. Robert caught a few perch on his...

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Google Chrome – Why use Google Chrome?

The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: When you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser. via Google Chrome – Why use Google Chrome?. I’m experimenting with the Google “Chrome” browser. It is a LOT faster than Firefox and has much less hit on the CPU. Firefox has come to be a resource hog and crashes frequently. I’ll likely go back to it when they get over the current issues, but right now Chrome is kinda interesting. Like this:Like...

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