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, September 30, 2006

Videos Of The Week

George Bush said "We've had the "look-back this and look-back that" in response to Bill Clinton's recent remarks regarding Bin Laden and terrorism. Why is he so afraid to look back? Perhaps the video below will help explain that:

And speaking of "looking back", why not look back to a true American patriot--
Thomas Jefferson--one of the Founders of this country and see what he had to say?
The first 1:50 minutes of this reading of The Declaration of Independence are especially relevant:

In this video from 1964, Malcolm X speaks at Oxford University. His words are as true today as when he spoke them .

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The World Can't Wait !

walkoutOn Thursday, October 5, people all across the United States (currently 115 cities will have marches) will be staying home from work or school and gathering to protest the corrupt and illegal policies of the Bush administration. I intend to stay home from work that day and attend the local events here in Albany, NY. To see if events are taking place where you live, check here.
This country is being led down a dangerous path by George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft and and all the other co-conspirators in the administration who are trying to impose their fascist views upon this once-great land. If you think this is an exaggeration, look at the facts: War, deceptions, illegal wiretrapping, torture, war profiteering by friends and companies who support the Bush regime, stolen elections, corruption, suppression of civil rights, and the list goes on and on.
And the danger may not end even if the Republicans should lose control of either the House of Representatives or Senate in the upcoming November elections. Or even after Bush is no longer in the White House. The laws being passed and the practices being put into place won't stop just because a new administration comes into power. Let's face the truth--the Democrats haven't exactly been putting up much of a fight against the policies and practices of the administration. Most of them voted for the war in Iraq and for many of the other laws being pushed through Congress that restrict the rights of all Americans and violate the Constitution.
But perhaps if enough citizens take to the streets and show that we are no longer going to sit idly by and watch while our freedoms are being taken away, one-by-one, maybe, just maybe, the politicians will wake up from their stupor and realize that they had better start to listen to the will of the people.
Isn't missing one day at work or at school worth it to preserve the freedoms promised to you in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution?
I think it is.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment

Once again, Mr. Olbermann gets it correct in his analysis of the current political situation in this country.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tuesday TimeWasters

Build your tower faster than your opponent, but make sure it's stable!
Place the larger stones (higher numbers) on the bottom and work your way to the top before your enemy completes their tower and destroys yours!

To play Tower Blaster, click here.

Consecutive numbers earn you bonus points.

If you don't feel like building, how about digging...for GOLD, that is!

There's gold in them thar' hills and iffin' ya'll can grab enuff of the shiny stuff to meet yur goal, ya can go on to the next round to add to yur treasure trove!
Use some of yur earnings to buy stuff at the mining store.

To start mining fer gold & other goodies, head on down here.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Videos Of The Week

Been feeling kinda dopey & sleepy (now, quick !-name the other 5 dwarves) on this gloomy Saturday so I thought I needed some music to get me going.
And since I'm so late in putting my videos up this week, I've added an extra 'bonus' video .

That's right--you now get 4 for the price of 3 !!
(Offer void in Tennessee and where prohibited)

Right Here-Right Fatboy Slim Prodigy

Some Like It The Power Station

The Snap ! (Remix version)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Tuesday TimeWasters

Apollo 14 panorama
I've been feeling restless lately and wanted to travel somewhere far, far away, so I headed up to the Moon and if you go here you can see some of the sights I saw there.

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After returning to Earth I landed in Australia and saw some of the beautiful sights there. Go here if you want to see those sights too.

Before returning home, I visited a few other places as well but only had time to see a few spots. I will no doubt soon head off again to explore some more of the amazing locations I only just glimpsed in my travels.

Links to the places I visited:
1-The Moon
2-Australia {Peter Murphy's Panoramic VR Weblog} (click on the word 'panorama' in each blog entry to view)
3-Various other places {This was my favorite site because the images are full-screen and really amazing!)

These panoramic images use Quicktime VR and will work if you have Quicktime installed on your computer. Some may take a few seconds to load, so be patient. It will be worth the wait.
You can zoom in the images using the 'shift' key and zoom out using the 'control' key.
Hold your left mouse button down to move the image around.
But be aware--if you're easily prone to "motion sickness" you might want to move the images slowly because they are so realistic you may become a bit dizzy. I was born 'dizzy' so it doesn't really bother me.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Strange Day

As the title says, this seemed to be somewhat of a strange day to me. But first the good news....
My blog was selected as one "more likely to be contacted by offworld entities" ! That's not too much of a surprise to me since I generally feel I really don't belong on this planet and that I may actually come from somewhere "Out There".
Quantum Entanglements Most Likely To Be Contacted Badge.

Here at BLOGinSPACE we wanted to showcase some of the blogs that stand out. We felt some of them were more likely to be contacted by offworld entities than others. These are the ones with that certain something that showcase our human culture. Below you will find the list of those we deemed "Most Likely to Be Contacted" for one reason or another.

So if any alien entities out there wish to contact me, please feel free to do so as I am anxious to explore the galaxy with you. All I ask is that you keep the 'anal probing' to a minimum, at least until we get to know each other better.

As to the rest of my day, first I woke up feeling more tired than when I went to bed and had a headache (something I rarely get). So after a bit of debate with myself I decided to take the day off work--even though I've only been back to work for two weeks after a long 3-month layoff. The fact that I am really sick of my job may have had just a slight effect on my decision to stay home. Rather than go into all the boring details, let's just say that after over 13 years at the same job, I have lost any enthusiasm for it.

So as usual, I spent a few hours on the computer before I decided to go lie down for awhile. Fell asleep for a couple of hours, but felt better when I awoke. By this time the weather had cleared up from the gloom we've had the past few days, and I was feeling restless. So I headed out to enjoy the sunshine (since I doubt we'll got a lot more sunny days as winter approaches). I stopped at Subway, got a 6" italian sub, picked up a Coke and a copy of "Popular Science" magazine at another store and spent the afternoon sitting by the river. Watched some boats going up & down and listened to some podcasts om my mp3 player. One boat slowed down and the man piloting it waved but I'm not sure he was waving at me, but I waved back anyway. There weren't many other people around so I'm not sure who he may have been actually waving at.

As 6 PM approached, I headed back up towards a park nearby my apartment building. I stopped there for a bit to rest and read some of the magazine I'd bought. Now on Monday evenings during the summer, there's a group of gay men (and I think at least one woman) who play volleyball in the park until it gets too dark. The rainbow flags hanging on the ends of their volleyball net is a pretty good clue that they're gay....if you're wondering how I know. Being unathletic as well as too shy and socially inept, I've never apprached them although I admit I tend to sit at a nearby bench if I happen to be in the park when they're playing.

Anyway as I'm sitting there a man walks past and casually says "hi" and I sort of nod to him and go back to reading. He then walks past in the opposite direction and stops a few feet away and mentions how nice the weather is. I agree but don't say anything else (that shyness thing again). He continues on, and I don't really see where he's gone as it's getting darker out and I was still reading. Then I get up to leave to go home and pass this same guy sitting talking to someone else and again we sort of acknowledge one another as I pass by. Stopping at a red light, waiting to cross a road, the guy comes up next to me and again says hello and introduces himself and we briefly shake hands. We chat for just a minute and he heads towards his car and he says he's going to get a cup of coffee. He even asks if I'd like a cup too. I politely decline but he mentions he'll probably be in the park Wednesday evening as it is supposed to rain Tuesday.

Now I'm pretty much a dummy when it comes to stuff like this (having never had a relationship and never going out to bars & such), but it certainly seems like he was trying to pick me up. Even I could figure that out. The reason I mention all this is because I was sort of looking for advice and thought maybe some of my 'blogger friends' (that's you guys reading this) would help out. What would you have done in this situation? Would you have gone for coffee with this 'stranger in the park' (he did seem like a nice guy and wasn't bad looking) ? And should I try to 'meet' him again in the park and see what happens? Keep in mind the fact, as I have said, that I have absolutely no experience in such matters, and generally wouldn't even talk to someone I met like that. But for some strange reason I felt less nervous /apprehensive than I normally would be in such a situation, but still I'm unsure what to do (if anything) next or if I should 'meet' him again. I really would appreciate any advice you might offer. I feel a little silly asking for advice as I know most of my readers are much younger than me, but in terms of life experience, I'm still just a kid.

So that was my "strange day" or at least it seemed strange to me!!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Videos Of The Week

This week's videos are all about George Bush.
Simply because he's such an easy target to make fun of.
The first is from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart:

The next one shows what Bush may have been like as a child, as "Li'l Bush":

This last one takes aim at Bush in a different way. Some might find it distasteful and wrong while others may just consider it 'wishful thinking'. It's a clip from an upcoming British film portraying the assassination of the President.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Keith Olbermann On Bush And 9/11

Once again, Keith Olbermann is right on the money with his commentary on Bush and the tragedy of 9/11. I was going to comment yesterday myself on Bush's speech, but it was just more of his same tired old rhetoric. What was especially irritating to me was when President Bush spoke about Presidents Roosevelt and Hoover, as if implying he too would go down in history as a great leader. I'm certainly not a prophet and can't predict what future historians might write about the Bush Presidency, but from this vantage point, it doesn't look like a great legacy.
But enough of me--listen to what a real journalist has to say:

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tuesday TimeWasters

Something a little different to waste time on this week. After viewing these illusions, you may end up asking yourself...

What is Reality?

Are these circular patterns spinning? Are all of them spinning in the same direction?

This is an amazing chalk drawing which appears to be realistic when viewed from this particular angle!

An amazing chalk drawing with a 3D effect. Can you believe it, this is just a flat drawing on the sidewalk.

Is the artist performing in front of live audience? Look carefully.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Videos Of The Week

I guess if there's a theme to this week's videos, it would be "art".
The first is of a new technology (light-emitting textiles) to make clothes that contain colorful moving images.

The second shows a type of "paintbrush" that samples colors and patterns from objects and uses them to "paint".

This last one is an "artist at work", creating a short movie. And I did have to watch it twice to see all that was happening in the video because I got distracted by the naked guy in it.

Weekend Update

Just doing a quick post to update since I haven't done any since Tuesday. It was my first week back at my crappy job after a nice long summer vacation (layoff). So I was too tired most evenings to think of anything to write. And I'm late getting my videos up this week, but I'll have them up later today. I went with a friend to a computer show earlier today so didn't have time to find any videos I wanted to use. He wanted to get a new little wireless security camera, which he did.
I bought a few items too. Got a cheap small webcam, a new set of speakers to use with my laptop, and a 'cooling pad' that sits under the laptop to help keep things cooled down. It has 3 small fans spaced out to cover the bottom of the computer. Plugs right into the USB port for power and is pretty quiet, although you can hear it a little. My laptop doesn't seem to get all that hot, but I thought keeping it cooler might help prolong its' useful life. Especially since it's going to have to last me a loooong time since I don't often have that much cash to spend on such things. The 'cooling pad' is very lightweight too (less than a pound) so you could even carry it with you when using the laptop 'on the go'.
Not much else to report in my boring life....I'll have my videos up soon.
Oh, and if you have a microphone on your computer, you can leave me a "voice comment" over on the right side in the 'MyChingo' voice message box. To listen to a message already there, just click on the name...the sound quality isn't all that great and the volume seems kind of low, but hey!--it's a free service!
In the meantime you can check out my "favorite videos" from Veoh in the right sidebar just under the MyChingo voice comment section.
Be back later....

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tuesday TimeWasters

I have two Timewasters this week. The first requires very little "skill" being mainly a game of luck/chance. But yet it's oddly addictive anyway. The game is called "Chain Reaction" and consists of a grid of "molecues". You click on a "molecue" to start a 'chain reaction' and then just sit back to see how long it will last.
My best 'chain reaction' so far lasted for 1398 reactions.
Go here to play "Chain Reaction"

My next game is named "Anagrammatic" and is, as you may have guessed, a word game. The object of which is to form a longer word than your opponent from the letters provided. In this game, you actually play against another person who is in one of the several "rooms" from which you can enter to play. Fun to play if you enjoy 'word games'.
Anagrammatic Go here to play "Anagrammatic"

Monday, September 04, 2006

So Long, Summer....

I'll miss you....and wait impatiently for your return....

I'll miss your warm sunny days
And the daylight that lingers
Late into the evening

The sound of crickets happily chirping
Loud booms of a summer thunderstorm
Fireworks popping and whistling on the Fourth

There are those who love Autumn's colors
And others who wish for Winter's snow
Or the awakening of Spring flowers

For me there is but one season

Which brings hope and brightness
Into my ofttimes gloomy world

That is why I write this ode
To you, my dear Summer
Don't stay away too long

For I wait impatiently for your return....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Videos Of The Week

I'm going a little weird with my videos this week (OK, so I'm a little weird all the time).
For the past couple months, I've been reading the "Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice.
Book I: Interview With The Vampire
Book II: The Vampire Lestat
Book III: The Queen Of The Damned
I'm now near the end of the last book and in recognition of that decided to post videos about vampires. So first up I have the movie trailer for "Interview With The Vampire"(1994):

Next I have my favorite vampire--Barnabas Collins from the TV show "Dark Shadows".
For more information on the series, check out the Dark Shadows Journal. They have lots of info. about it, much more than even I knew. It turns out 2006 is the 40th anniversary of the show !

And last I have what I believe is the first vampire ever portrayed on film: Nosferatu !
Based on the original novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker, it is a silent b/w film made in 1922.
This is just a brief clip from the movie, but if you would like to see the entire movie, you can go to Veoh and download it, for free ! Since the film is no longer under copyright, it is available on their site. You will have to set up an account (if you don't already have one) and install Veoh's download program, but it doesn't take too long to do that.

Also, if you check my right sidebar in my Veoh video player, the second to last video is the start of "Nosferatu". (Start the videos, then use the scroll bar at the bottom to select)

I have just one last thing to say:
If there are any real vampires out there reading this -- and I don't mean those people who run around claiming they're vampires -- but the authentic, red-blooded, honest-to-badness, true vampires who are looking for a new disciple to introduce into the blood-sucking fraternity, please feel free to stop by and pay me a visit. If "working" nights and drinking a little blood is all I have to do to become immortal and have supernatural powers, that's a small price to pay. I can assure you I have no crosses, wooden stakes or garlic here to bother you, and with your psychic powers, you should have no trouble finding me. Please hurry as I would like to become a vampire before I get much older--I don't want to become some feeble old vampire hobbling around with a cane. That would just be embarrassing !