Are we all perhaps linked by invisible bonds? Do the actions of one affect others, even if those others are far away? Our lives and the universe itself may be all part of a single mechanism in which all creatures and events are 'entangled' with one another.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Gorgeous Close-Up Photos of the F-117 "Nighthawk" Stealth Fighter

The best set of F-117 Photos I've found. These are Truly some of the best photos showing the F-117 from Display, Take-off, In-Flight, and Landing. High enough resolution to make into screen savers or Desktop pics...

read more | digg story


The item above was posted on Digg.com (not by me) and shows some amazing photos of the F-117 Stealth Fighter plane. Even though it's a weapon of war I have to admit I am fascinated by the science/technology/engineering thats makes it and other aircraft/tanks,etc possible. If only that incredible use of technology could be used to better mankind rather than destroy it.

I didn't put up any "Friday Fun Fotos" this week because 1) I guess I just got lazy and 2) I went out to see "Brokeback Mountain" last night (Friday-it's now after 2am Sat.) so I found these pics and thought I'd provide a link to them instead. Actually I may try out something different next Friday, although I'll still post pics I find fun or interesting.

I know this blog tends to be "all over the place" and doesn't really have a consistent theme, but that's how my mind operates. I find a lot of things interesting and love learning new things, and like to share that information. Maybe in the new year I'll come up with a more organized way of doing this blog because I really enjoy fooling around here. I know I don't have a large number of visitors here but I truly appreciate the people who do stop by, especially the regular readers that return and take the time to comment.

Anyway, I saw "Brokeback Mountain" earlier--the theater I went to was sold out--I was lucky to get a seat. It is a great movie and I'll even admit it made me a bit emotional (something I generally hide quite well). NO--I didn't cry at the movie (OK, I did tear up a bit after, on my walk home, but that was due to the cold wind blowing in my face...well-- it was...mostly). I won't give any plot details 'cause I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it (I hate when people do that!) but I would definitely rate it **** (4 stars) !

Well, it's now after 3am, so I'd better go to bed since I am falling asleep at the keyboard.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Now I'm Confused!

Here are the results of a quiz I just took. Now I am trying to figure out which parts are boyish and which girlish...Hmmmm....It's 100 % correct on the eunuch part, though--sad to say :(

Oh, wait, I think I just find a boyish part. (Mmmmm...boyparts......) Sorry, got a little distracted there.

But as it says, I'm just me and I don't care what people expect me to be...so there !

You Are 40% Boyish and 60% Girlish

You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.

What's Up, Doc?

Here's a bonus video this week...was going to use this yesterday for my "Video of The Week', but found the other anime one that I liked. I've been a fan of Bugs Bunny since I was a little kid, and that was a loooong time ago. Marvin The Martian is in it too, and he was also a favorite of mine.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Video Of The Week



The images in this video come from a Japanese anime series called "Chobits", which is about a small-town boy who moves to Tokyo to attend college. He has little money but finds a Persacon (a computer that looks like a person) in the trash and takes it home. The series is really quite funny if you should come across it on cable TV. I used to watch it on the On-Demand Anime Network channel, but haven't seen all the episodes and I don't currently have cable. It is also a Manga (comic book) series.

The song is from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q", which I haven't seen but would like to as it sounds like it's extremely funny. Odd thing I noticed is that this is the second video I put up here that has both anime AND a song from "Avenue Q' in it. And NO--I did not plan it but just happened to find these videos at different times--the previous one is from Dec. 14th.

Think that means I spend too much time on the internet?
Or not enough time looking for porn? (since I had time to watch videos)

Monday, December 26, 2005

Evolution Quiz












Evolution

You are 100% scientific!

You have a very good understanding of scientific methodology, and you realize that, given our current understanding, evolution is a perfectly valid scientific theory. Unlike most people, you realize that scientific inferences are by no means absolutely certain and that they rely upon predictive power and falsification as a type of crutch which helps overcome the Humean problem of induction. You know that science derives its power from its ability to change with newer evidence.


Because of this knowledge of scientific methodology, and your knowledge of the facts in support of evolution, you do not doubt the theory. You know that the predictions of evolution have all been validated. Useless leg and hip bones inside the bodies of whales--combined with the fact that they once breathed air, have fins that contain the same bones as a mammalian hand, and have teeth as embryos--prove that whales probably descended from a land animal and that these parts are only similar and no longer useful because the animal has evolved and become adapted to an aquatic environment. Indeed, features like this are found in all animals, and no falsification of such predictions for similar structures and vestigial parts has ever been found. Pile on top of that the fact that evolution explains why it is nearly impossible to classify species as pure and distinct, the fact that it explains geological distribution and why island animals closely resemble their cousins on the closest continents, and the fact that it coheres with all the other scientific ideas that have arisen since Darwin's time (from microbiology to plate tectonics to genetics) and you've got a good recipe for a successful theory that makes an astounding number of predictions that have never been falsified!


Congratulations, you can consider yourself a true scientist. Now get out there and start correcting the fallacious arguments from incredulity of these damned creationists.


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The other possible categories:


Creationism / Intelligent Design / Social Darwinism





Link: The Evolution versus Design Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Just Call Me 'Mr. Spock'









Vulcan Priest

You are 8% Klingon, 72% Vulcan, 16% Romulan, and 4% Borg!

The pinnacle of logic and deductive reasoning, others may find you either boring and arrogant or a comforting emotional grounding in hairy situations. Either way, you don't let it faze you as you go about your daily routines and duties.
You pretend to be emotionless, and even may be to a point, but you still find yourself growing illogically close to certain acquaintances, but you try to not let that affect your ability to see the world through the cold hardness of logic. This has sometimes garnered you the reputation of being unapproachable and unsociable, but that is far from the truth; you are simply trying to maintain a professional distance and limit emotional attachment.


Link: The Which Star Trek alien are you Test written by dargon on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Friday, December 23, 2005

Friday Fun Fotos (Christmas Edition)

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Guess Why I'm Going To Hell?! (See Entry Below This One)

Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. It is one of the Seven deadly sins (Catechism) and one of the Five hindrances (Buddhism).

Sloth--I'm going to hell because I'm slothful? That seems like a pretty flimsy reason to be sent to Hell, but this test says so--so it must be true--after all, why would an internet quiz lie?
Does sitting here for hours at the computer taking tests and web surfing count as sloth?

It does?--Well...OK, I'm guilty, I guess!

Greed:Medium

Gluttony:Medium

Wrath:Very Low

Sloth:High

Envy:Very Low

Lust:Medium

Pride:Low



Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz

Guess Where I'm Going?!

According to this test, I'm going to Hell--anyone care to join me? It's OK...I like hot weather!


The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Video Of The Week

I'm Weird And I Love Science, So...Here's This Video, But I'd Rather Make A Boy!

Wayyy back in 1985 when the movie "Weird Science" came out, it was one of my favorite movies. And not just because it had several cute boys in it (although that is always a nice feature).

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Powers of Ten

Interesting science video posted on Digg.com:

The ultimate Eamesian expression of systems and connections, Powers of Ten explores the relative size of things from the microscopic to the cosmic. The 1977 film travels from an aerial view of a man in a Chicago park to the outer limits of the universe directly above him and back down into the microscopic world contained in the man's hand.

read more | digg story

Saturday, December 17, 2005

A Time Of Giving



As we approach this festive holiday season one's thoughts turn to the joys of being with family and friends and also to the giving of gifts. While for most this is a happy time, there are those for whom things are not so cheerful. People who are less fortunate and are unable to afford even some of the basic necessities of life. It is with this thought in mind that I ask you to consider a donation to an organization that is attempting to alleviate a tragic situation. I speak of the F.F.S.B.--below are some photos of a few unfortunate boys this fine organization is trying to help. You may not have heard of this charitable group as it is relatively new, but the F.F.S.B. is working hard to solve a growing crisis in this country and around the world. As you can see from the photos, a donation to the Foundation For Shirtless Boys would help to provide much-needed attire for these tragic victims of shirtless-ness.

If you are unable to afford a cash donation, perhaps you would consider some other way to help these poor shirtless boys to keep warm during these cold winter days, maybe by cuddling with them under a warm blanket or even taking a hot shower or bath with one of them to provide some temporary comfort. You may even have other thoughts as to how to assist these poor shirtless boys to keep warm this holiday season. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Video Of The Week

Since last Friday my so-called "Fun Fotos" were actually drawings, I decided to continue in that vein with this week's "Video Of The Week" by posting this funny little anime music video.

Being a fan of Japanese anime, I especially enjoyed it. I found it using Google Video search, but the site it originates from is AnimeMusicVideos.org so it's only fair to mention them for the hard work put into makimg the video. There's more info. on that site about the making of the video, if you're interested.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Test Day

Being a little bored, I thought I'd take a few tests to kill some time. Oh sure I could probably find a more productive way to spend my time, but then I'd have to actually make an effort and sitting here at the computer is sooo much easier...so that's what I did !! HA HA HA HA !

Knowledge
You are 76% knowledgable and 65% intellectual.
Wow! An impressive result. You have an efficient mind that you keep well stocked with information. Keep up the good work-- beef up your objective skills and nothing can stop you.



My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on knowledge
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You scored higher than 0% on intellect
Link: The Knowledge vs. Intellect Test written by rattytintinface on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test




Local Scrabble Champ
You scored 38 Vocab!
You have an impressive array of words at your disposal. There is no doubt that you trounce your family in games of Scrabble. Remember when your mom was impressed by your triple word score with "pompous?"



My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 0% on Vocab
Link: The Vocab Test written by robrizob on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


Robot
You are 100% Rational, 0% Extroverted, 14% Brutal, and 28% Arrogant.
You are the Robot! You are characterized by your rationality. In fact, this is really ALL you are characterized by. Like a cold, heartless machine, you are so logical and unemotional that you scarcely seem human. For instance, you are very humble and don't bother thinking of your own interests, you are very gentle and lack emotion, and you are also very introverted and introspective. You may have noticed that these traits are just as applicable to your laptop as they are to a human being. In short, your personality defect is that you don't really HAVE a personality. You are one of those annoying, super-logical people that never gets upset or flustered. Unless, of course, you short circuit.



To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more GENTLE than brutal.

4. You are more HUMBLE than arrogant.



Compatibility:


Your exact opposite is the Class Clown.


Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Hand-Raiser, the Emo Kid, and the Haughty Intellectual.


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If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.


The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.




My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 91% on Rationality
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You scored higher than 0% on Extroversion
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You scored higher than 0% on Brutality
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You scored higher than 8% on Arrogance
Link: The Personality Defect Test written by saint_gasoline on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


See--I'm a robot--told you I wasn't human and this test proves it! :)

Friday, December 09, 2005

Friday Fun Fotos





Ok, so these are not Fotos, but it is Friday and they are Fun (at least I think so), so 2 outta 3 ain't bad...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Video(s) Of The Week: Boys Being Boys

This week I have chosen a couple of videos based on the premise that guys will do almost anything, whether it's just silly or even a bit dangerous...

This first video is from the silly category--a cute boy dancing--and I love the song that's playing (even have it as a ringtone on my phone).

This next video goes more towards the slightly dangerous category--or "why would you even think to try this?"

Found the first video using Yahoo! video search and the second through Google video search.

Found another using Yahoo! that is mentioned below:

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OK, I also came upon this video while searching and thought some of my vast (ha!) army of loyal readers would enjoy it--it is XXX-rated so beware! When I tried to access the site the video came from, I got a "403 Forbidden! Error message!" but was able to play it through the Yahoo! search video preview. The fact that it said it was forbidden meant I had to play it!
It's about 9 minutes long and if you watch it don't blame me if you come upon it too!
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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Christmas! Bah, Humbug!

Ok. I'm not really a Scrooge, but then I really don't celebrate Christmas, at least not for the past 30 years or so. A few times I have put up a small tabletop tree or a couple of decorations, but don't bother anymore because no one sees them but me anyway. It's not that I hate Christmas or anything, but just that I don't feel any special reason to celebrate. I don't have any family and I only have two friends who I don't see all that often. One of them doesn't care all that much about Christmas--Halloween is his favorite holiday!--and we never have exchanged gifts. If I had children or someone special to share it with, I'm sure the holiday would have some meaning for me. Not in a religious sense, 'cause I just don't believe in all that stuff--yeah I'm an atheist--I require scientific proof. I don't say this to offend anyone's religious' beliefs but that's my own view of things. I do think Christmas is a great concept--a time of giving and togetherness with family & friends. Although I believe everyday should be like that, not just reserved for one time of year.

Now the reason for this rather long-winded piece is simply because I was tagged by Elmo for the following item about Christmas and in my usual way, thought I should explain my answers (that's the scientific part of my mind acting up again) :

What do you want for Christmas:

Rules :
1) Choose three things that you would like to get for Christmas and that you are hinting people to get you.

2) Choose three things that you are giving as gifts for Chrismas

3) Choose three things that you hope no one will get you

4) After you make your selections Tag 5 More people


What I want:
1) A wireless notebook computer.
2) A vacation somewhere sunny & warm.
3) Someone special to go on that vacation with.
(Although I'm not hinting people about these things--they're just wishes)

What I'm giving: (this one is easy)
1) Nothing
2) Nothing
3) Nothing
(I'm not cheap--I just don't exchange gifts with anyone--see explanation above.)

What I don't want to receive: (this one is tough, since I don't expect anything)
1) Any of those aftershave/cologne gift sets (don't use aftershave & some of those scents just make me sneeze)
2) Those food packages with the little cheeses & meats (candy I'll take...ummmm, candy)
3) A lump of coal in my stocking (you reading this, Santa, I'm sick of you giving me that)

I TAG :

Mike
Ryan
Angel
Michael (From California)
Anyone who feels like doing it...'cause I couldn't think of anyone else...and you guys, please don't feel obligated to do it if you're too busy with other things...I just couldn't think of many people to tag...Merry Christmas to all & to all a Good Night!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Blogger...Wherefore Art Thou?

Seems like all the Blogger sites are down...at least I haven't been able to access any of them. Maybe they're doing maintenance/upgrade work. Am able to access my Dashboard to post this, though. Strange?

To Sleep, Perchance To Dream

Uggh...another day and another week to get through. That's how I feel right now, after waking up, then falling back asleep and waking up later than I wanted. Why is it that sleep seems better than waking life? Is it because I have interesting dreams--strange ones usually --but interesting? Or because while sleeping it's not as chilly or cold as I feel when I'm awake? Brrr... Or because I don't feel all the little aches and pains that are present while awake (especially while at work)?

These were the the thoughts I had when I first woke up, just before falling back to sleep this morning and I said to myself, I should post this to my blog, so here it is.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friday Fun Fotos






This week I decided to go in a completely different direction with the pics I put up:

These photos are of the sewers of London, England...even though sewers are not something normally thought of as beautiful, I think these pictures show a strange beauty. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that even something usually thought of as ugly can have a beauty of its own when viewed in the right light.

<<< Or maybe I'm just strange >>>