Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nature's paradoxical Imperfection


Is Nature perfect?  Can Nature be imperfect? Can we as humans judge something that we know and understand so little about? What is perfect?  What is Nature? Ponder those ideas for a few minutes but don't get too wrapped around the complexities of Nature, Paradoxes, or Perfection.  That's a jumble reserved for the likes of Haskell Curry.  Besides, thinking that deeply now about anything makes my brain hurt and it's not my intent to cause you or me any pain!

On a superficial note, about two years ago, I was walking in central London SW1, just Footsteps (shout out)  from Buckingham Palace and St. James' Park, when I spied this flower.  The color captivated me... Mango? Peach?  Hints of curry?  Yellow, red, and orange! Was it nature's intent for me to stop in my tracks and take notice? Is it nature's intent for me to stop what I'm doing right now and stare at this flower and reminisce of years, times, and experiences gone by?   Who knows?

I hope you find time today to stop and smell the flowers and enjoy my photo!  :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Walking your dog? Watch where you step!

That brown mushy thing on the ground might just be worth a few million!   Well, not exactly what you were thinking huh? Yes, trending today in California is the story about one Northern California couple who just happened to be out out walking their dog on their property in California's Gold Country last year when they spotted something unusual on the ground.  They were on a trail they had walked nearly every day for years and they spotted a partially buried can and decided to pry it out of the earth with a help of a nearby stick.

"The can was unusually heavy, but nothing could have prepared them for what they would find when they pried the lid open: mixed in with dirt and stones, they could see the edges of numerous U.S. $20 gold pieces—a literal pot of gold!" an announcement from a Tiburon rare-coin agency representing the couple said Tuesday.Upon discovering the gold, the couple headed back out to the site to see if lightning could strike twice-- and it did, seven more times.  follow the link to see full story:  click here

What a story huh?  I'm sure the wheels are turning in your head right now wondering if there's a pot of gold buried in your back yard.  I think this story pulls at the many fantastical strings that many of us carry around.  This story tugs at visions of historical discovery, instant wealth, mystery, and for some the idea that this story is just simply too good to be true!  I happen to like it for all those reasons.  

Makes me wonder about all of those old rusty cans that I never bothered to explore while out walking and hiking.

Good luck out there...... 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cell Phone and Electronic Use on Airplanes

The Day has finally arrived!   

In the past few years, I've had some lively discussion with  friends about cell phone and electronic device use on airplanes.  "Will my cell phone really make our airplane crash?"  I believe these devices were prohibited  for a different reason- but perhaps that's the subject of a future post.  Well, I'm happy to say that it appears evolution has finally caught up with technology.  At least as it applies to small electronic device use on airplanes.  I traveled last week and was pleasantly surprised by the new announcements made by the flight attendants which now allows the use of small electronic devices (in the airplane mode) during takeoff and landing.  I quickly pulled my head out from my magazine and opened up the LA Times on my cell phone. I somehow missed the implementation of this....   Busy Busy Busy.  Here's a story if you've been busy and missed it as well.


An appropriate follow-up to my prior post.   Enjoy...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Why Can't I Use My Telephone?

Ever wonder why you can't use your cell phone and other devices on airplanes?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The End of Illness!

The End of Illness by David B. Agus, MD..... Something to ponder!

Will I die of cancer or some other sickness, disease, or medical disorder? Will I get hit by a car and die of "complications?" Will I die in an airplane accident, or meet my end in some other tragic manner?

How many of you have asked these questions? What if you could eliminate the "get sick and die" option from consideration?

I'm asking: "Could we possibly have reached a point in our evolution where medicine, technology, education, and common sense have all come together to end illness?"

This is certainly a question worth pondering so I just picked up the book: The End of Illness, by David B. Agus, MD because I want to know!

Check out this clip from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

Thanks Dr. David Agus for writing this book!

Now all of you bloggers sitting behind your computer for hours at a time....

"Get UP And MOve!"

Here's wishing everyone happiness, health, and an end to your illness!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Creative Ads! Clean Bottle Shows us Guts and Glory!

One thing I hate more than just about anything is trying to clean the bottom of some glasses and bottles. My hands are sometimes too big to get to the bottom. I've tried brushes and sponges with handles but it's still very challenging.

So guess what? Someone came up with the obvious solution!

I just had to post about this....

Not only is this just a great idea.... A removable bottom that you can clean thoroughly.... But I love the creative approach to advertising and branding this product. (How did they film this clip?)

Personally, I think the price point might be a tad bit high but I love the concept!

See more at: www.cleanbottle.com

Good luck guys!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Excuse me sir, do you have the time? Creative minds strike again!

A few years back, I was standing on a street corner waiting for the traffic light to change when a young kid approached me on a skateboard.

"Excuse me sir, do you have the time?"

I wanted to look at the kid and say... "Yes, It's time for you to invest in a watch you little brat!"

But instead, I glanced down at my watch and said:

"Yes, it's 3:05."

The kid looked at me and said...

"Oh $h!T, my Mom's gonna be pissed. I'm late again!"

I thought to myself- Kids today! They all have cell phones. But none of them seem to wear watches. I guess this is the sign of the ever-changing times. Kids without watches. When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to get a watch. My parents made me promise that I'd take care of it 15 times before they bought me one. It was a Timex. I got it for Christmas one year. It had a cheap vinyl band that I broke in the first week. It was about three weeks before we could find a good replacement for the band so I carried the watch around in my pocket in the interim. But that was years ago and I've had many watches since then...... (smile)

Fast forward until today, when I was sitting in the waiting area of a local business establishment patiently awaiting my turn and paging through a magazine.....

I came across this great photo:

Arben Bajraktaraj by Technomarine

I'll admit, I laughed out loud. The silliness of this photo really struck me. Imagine walking around town like this...

"Eye just don't know where the time has gone"

But it sure feels good to post again.

Here's to Nicolas Guerin and TechnoMarine for putting together something wickedly attractive and slightly sinister in their new watch ads. You know me, I'm a sucker for a creative ad.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Someone Like You - Adele vs Van Morrison

The Old... The New.... The Bitter... The Sweet.....

Two very different styles, personalities, and people!

Two great songs about "Someone Like You!"

You be the judge.....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nobody Knows!

Let's see, How do I do this posting thing again?

Wow! It's been a while since my last post.
I've had a challenging time finding my way around the system but - Lo!

I have found a way to recognize genius!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Having A Dog's Holiday?

Now this really took some work. You've got to appreciate the commitment.

Now get out there and do your Christmas shopping!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving - A little bit of History

Have you ever wondered when and how the Thanksgiving Holiday came to be in the United States?

Here's a bit of the history:

Have you forgotten about this famous Linclon Proclamation?

Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She explained, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."

Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale's request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey's Lady's Book.

The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise." According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln's secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

For the source of this document, follow this link: ThanksgivingProclamation;

And here's more......

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 1, 2010

More Crazy Commercials

Let Go of my Wiener schnitzel!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Once Bitten.... Halloween is Coming!

I can't believe it's been almost two months since my last post. I've been fighting off my personal demons and trying to resist the temptation to blog but to no avail.....

So here I am, posting again. Big surprise huh?

As every true Blogger knows, "Once you are truly bitten by the Blog Bug, you're doomed."

No matter what you do, your life is forever changed. Both meaningful and insignificant life events are now somehow twisted and seen through the lens of a blog post.

And so it goes......

I was channel surfing the other day and passed through an old 80's movie - Once Bitten- featuring the multi-talented Jim Carrey. I'd forgotten how truly talented he is/was.

Did you notice the part where Jim Carrey plays his leg like a guitar? Don't try that at home!

This movie was filmed around 1985.

By the way, I'd also forgotten how sexy Lauren Hutton looked on the big screen.

I still remember her great role in American Gigolo

Anyway, since it's the Halloween weekend, I thought sharing some ghoulish humor might be a nice segway back into my blogging. It's also a nice place to eye some good Halloween costume ideas. Look in the crowd, there just might be something there for you.

Enjoy the weekend.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Creative Card Tricks!

You look like you could use a break from the grind!

Watch this guy....

James Galea at The 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala for Oxfam Australia.

He's good!