Saturday, June 30, 2007

Sandstone County * Episode Fifty-Seven

Sandstone County Sheriffs Department - To Serve, To Protect, To Get Rid of All Dirtbag Criminals by 2026


This is a call for all residents to help celebrate the birthday of Officer Hidrent's daughter Heidi. She is 4 years old today. Already she is learning to pop pills and play with her father's guns. Stop by their house at midnight, if you have a mind to, and enjoy the party. Gift opening will be at 12:15 and cake will be served at 12:30am to be followed by the games of 'Drop the Pills Back in the Bottle' and 'Pin the Tail on My Daddy'. Please bring your own drinks.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Reversing Text on a Path


Here is a fun but, real simple text effect I did with Paint Shop Pro. I followed a tutorial from Corel's site entitled (surprise), 'Reverse Text on a Path'. A great and simple project, as I said. It only takes a few moments to create. A perfect effect if you need your text to do this sort of thing. Give it a try if you have Paint Shop or get the free trial if you have an interest. It's a great program that I can't rave enough about.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Geocaching


I went with my brother, yesterday and did a little geocaching. For those unfamiliar with geocaching, it is an entertaining game designed for gps users. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. Participants then use the given location coordinates to find the caches. A cache may provide the finder with some kind of prize for the successful searcher. Usually, some kind of trinket of little value. The hunter is then expected to leave a trinket of his own, for the next participant to find.



On this particular trek we were stashing a new cache, not seeking one out. This one will be entitled 'Blackhoof Hike'. Look for it at Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site.


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Who has a caption for this photo?


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Omphaloskepsis 4

Did you ever notice that if you accidentally pull up a valuable plant, realize it, and try to replant it; it still dies. Whereas, the weed you pull up could be replanted. Or even worse, regrow from three little bits of root you left in the ground when trying to remove it?

submitted by Sunni Kay

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Micro-Minature Sculptures

Willard Wigan is an artist from Birmingham and is known for his micro-miniature sculptures. Micro-miniatures are extremely tiny sculptures made from things like a single hair or even just dust. Yup, you read right - dust. Willard uses a tiny surgical blade to carve sculptures out of rice and sugar, and paints using an eyelash as a brush. The artist must actually work between heartbeats to avoid hand tremors. You probably won't see this art hanging on any wall though because, it is usually visible only through a microscope.

This amazing artist has learning difficulties and cannot read or write. He said that as a child he used his art to express himself. As a child he used to make houses for ants because he felt they needed somewhere to live. What a way to get started in art.


'The Thinker' on a pinhead





'The Statue of Liberty' in the eye of a needle





Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston


AndersonNation told me about these miniatures

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Music Trivia 14

I usually like to do 'Music Trivia' on Mondays but, work prevents that this week. So I'm posting this a day early so it will not be missed. Remember, I will not be posting tomorrow.


What song from 1974 begins with the following lines -

I been down around Houston,Texas
Where the sun shines most of the time
I been drivin' about six hours
Tryin' to reach that Arkansas line
But Texarkana's an hour ahead
And I got to keep my wheels rolling

Also, who performed this song?



and Sunni Kay pulls another one off.

She replied -

Marshall Tucker Band - 24 Hours At a Time




The Ashley Abrahamson Tournament


I was able to spent a little time at Braun Park yesterday, enjoying The Ashley Abrahamson Tournament which features many of the top teams from around the area and even some from the Twin Cities. The tournament is named in honor of Ashley Abrahamson who died in a car crash along with Tom and Marcia Braun, after whom the park is named. Young Ashley (13) was an avid softball player from the area. At each tournament The Ashley Award, is given to a player on each team who best exemplifies the traits and what Ashley stood for.

There will be eight U-12 teams and 10 U-14 teams playing this year. I believe it was the largest tournament Braun Park has ever hosted. There will be pool play on Saturday with three games for each team. On Sunday, games will start at 8 a.m. with third place and consolation championships at 4 p.m. and the championship at 5:30. Sadly, work prevents me from attending Sundays games.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Honey, Is My Ass Too Small?


Looks like not enough ass here to do the job.


Friday, June 22, 2007

You Don't Need Drugs

Take a moment and try this little experiment below. Try to defy it. I can't! Don't ask me how this works. I have no clue.


While sitting at your desk,
lift your right foot off the floor
and make clockwise circles.

Now, while doing this,
draw the number "6" in the air
with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction
and there's nothing you can do about it.


So, how did it work for you? Must be problematic for those who always like to be in control, especially of their own bodies.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

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Who's got a caption for these hard working engineers?


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Omphaloskepis 3



I discovered that when weeding the yard or garden, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. If it is difficult to remove it is a weed.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

Are You a Working American?



A Somali arrives in Minneapolis as a new immigrant to the United States . He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, "Thank you Mr. American for letting me in this country, giving me housing, food stamps, free medical care, and free education!"
The passerby says, "You are mistaken, I am Mexican."
The man goes on and encounters another passerby. "Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in America !"
The person says, "I not American, I Vietnamese."
The new arrival walks further, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand and says, "Thank you for the wonderful America !"
That person puts up his hand and says, "I am from Middle East , I am not American!"
He finally sees a nice lady and asks, "Are you an American?"
She says, "No, I am from Africa !"
Puzzled, he asks her, "Where are all the Americans?"
The African lady checks her watch and says..."Probably at work
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Creative or Compulsive?


found somewhere on the web

Music Trivia 13

What song begins with the following lines and what artist performs it?

Once I thought I saw you in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam I know that's who you are,
I saw your brown eyes turning once to fire.


Once again
Sunni Kay answers correctly with . . .

Like A Hurricane by Neil Young

Good Job Sunni


The 4400 Season Premeire - Season 4

I excitedly watched the season premiere of The 4400. This is the fourth season of this great story and if you haven't seen this show it is a must. Put it on your to-do list now!





I have been anticipating the return (no pun intended) of The 4400 since last season's finale. Last season, as you would expect, was a cliff-hanger that left many questions unanswered. Well, you don't see many answers here -yet. And you shouldn't. What we received with this episode (The Wrath of Graham), as with all episodes, are even more unanswered questions. Like what will Kyle's power be? Or what is the future of Shawn? Actually, there are numerous questions to be answered this season and hopefully many seasons to come.

All these plot twists and character developments are quite exciting to me. It is nearly infinite with plot possibilities and our star characters have so much to reveal, let alone the limitless variations we will be seeing with new characters yet to be introduced. Also, the creative introduction of new powers is absolutely boundless. As intriguing as all this stuff is, this is not what keeps me dedicated to this program. What then has made such a fan of me? It is the unique scenario instilled in the storyline of not knowing the good guys from the bad guys!

Has a show been created before where you don't know who to root for? Maybe, but it's never been done this well. Are 'the 4400' good or evil? Do we rally behind them or behind the government? Is Jordan Collier a messiah or a devil? Or neither? Is promicin good or bad? Will it help or hinder mankind? Is humankind going to be destroyed, saved, or what? And what is the impetus behind 'the 4400' to begin with? I can't wait to get more confused as the season goes along.

Have you taken your PROMICIN yet?


Friday, June 15, 2007

Simple Flowchart For Computer Woes

click on chart to enlarge

Her is a simple flowchart, I found on the web, for those who may be in trouble for messing up their computer at work or elsewhere. It may help you out of a jam. It is my sincerest hope that somebody finds relief for their computer woes using this ingenious chart. Work through it slowly and carefully following each step, one by one. Remember, you don't want to be the one who brought the computer down!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

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Who has a caption for this photo?


Well again

Anderson Nation racks one up with...

This is what Ford owners train their dogs to do.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Omphaloskepsis 2


I was told that statistically,
I was 80% more likely to be killed in a car crash
within 2 miles from my home. So I moved.


Concentrate!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Music Trivia 12

What 1973 song includes the lines -

He took me to a little shack
And put a whip across my back

and who recorded it?


We'll give this one to Sunni because Sunni Kay said...

Uriah Heep by Gypsy.

Close enough Sunni, as I'm sure you meant Gypsy by Uriah Heep. You had it reversed.



Thursday, June 07, 2007

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Who has a caption for this photo?

This week's caption winner is -

Sunni Kay who said...

After learning what it meant to be the one catching the bouquet at a wedding, all those present decided to yell "One, Two Three, Not It!"




Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Omphaloskepsis 1


I used to eat a lot of natural foods
until I learned that most people die of natural causes!


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Driftwood Horses

Apollo

Now, here is some interesting art and quite unique, also. Yes, the horses you see in the photos are all made from driftwood. They are created by an English gal named Heather Jansch. She seems to be mostly recognized for her horses but, she does other animals, as well. She doesn't restrict herself to driftwood for she creates lovely pieces in bronze, also. Amazingly, I believe most of her work is life sized.



Nightmare I
I like this name!

I have heard of only one other artist, Deborah Butterfield, who produces driftwood horses. It is absolutely astonishing that anyone should create such art. These two women seem to have this medium conquered.



Monday, June 04, 2007

Rich Deny Public Access To Public Lands

There are some rich snobs that are never satisfied. They want it all! They want everything.



Here's a quote from today's Associated Press -

"Before getting to some of the world's most beautiful beaches, it helps to know a few things about the law _ and the locals. While California's Coastal Act of 1976 ensures beach access, the rich and famous who want to keep the state's dramatic coast exclusive have been posting bogus "no parking" and "private beach" signs here and elsewhere.

They've done it so effectively in Malibu for so long that unfortunate beachgoers occasionally get ticketed."

In my hometown, my niece was once threatened with a hefty fine for leaving a garage sale sign up too long on a public intersection. I can go along with this regulation but, now let's contrast these two situations. We have a relatively minor offense with a substantial fine (to her budget) and almost guaranteed enforcement. In California the well-to-do are placing signs which clearly effect our rights! Illegal signs fabricating ownership of public lands and there are no fines imposed because there is no enforcement. Reminder - these are public lands they are posting.

Now, imagine you have waited all year for a little vacation from work. You have scrimped, saved, and stretched your budget because you are not one of the elite living on exclusive coastline property. You pack your luggage and family into whatever transportation you intend to use and head down America's great highway. You travel up to 4,000 miles with smiles and visions of the great sunsets and beauties you are finally going to experience. You have an idea what it might look like because you've salivated at all the beautiful photos, for the past couple of years, in the travel magazines. Now it's your turn to see it in person. To feel the salt air against your face and the sand between your toes. You've seen the pictures and saw some sites on TV but, until you feel it and taste it you have not experienced it. Ah, hours if not days later, you finally arrive.

CLOSED - PRIVATE BEACH

Sorry kids. Maybe mommy and daddy will take you to the, ah, . . . the mall. I know, I know!

Bad enough the financially elite should own most of the prime real estate in our country but, their greed pushes them to control even the property they don't own. What a travesty. Now, I'm a conservative and strongly believe in reaping the benefits of your labor but not at someone else's expense. Take what you've earned but, dammit don't take what's mine.


Music Trivia 11

It was first released in 1973 but, didn't become a huge hit until the live version in 1976. What 'hangover' song, of over 14 minutes, includes the lyrics, "Must have been a dream I don’t believe where I’ve been"?


Very good -
Anderson Nation said...

Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like I Do???

although, it is actually "Do You Feel Like We DO?", we'll call it close enough.

HEADLINES FROM THE YEAR: 2029

Does the future seem scary to you?


Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California. Meanwhile white minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped.

Last remaining Fundamentalist Muslim dies in the American Territory of the Middle East (formerly known as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon).

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Africa.

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter speed, they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.

Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.

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