"You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." James M. Barrie Peter Pan.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I don't know either, man.

Just try and relax and take a deep breath and think really hard about where you last saw your keys.
There's no sense freaking out about it, you're just going to make everyone else upset too. Calm down.

So, who had too much time on their hands?

Sit Stay - Good Dog!

A dog trained to find land mines sits leashed to the backpack of a soldier guarding workers
who are destroying coca fields in San Francisco, in Colombia's northern state of Antioquia

Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's take a vulture to lunch day!

Hundreds of vultures surround retired sailor Jose Ramon Moragrega before noisily feasting on the dead rabbits which he dumps on a patch of gravel from a red wheelbarrow. Fueled by a passion for the large birds, the 57-year-old has repeated this ritual each morning for the past 21 years at his property near Valderrobres, in the mountains of Aragon in eastern Spain

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Critters in my yard.

I live in in East Central Florida on the ocean.

Mowing the lawn today I had two baby Marsh Rabbit hope out from under my recently
planted Yucca's. Soooo small and cute. They were not really afraid of the lawn mower
it seemed and took their time hopping under the fence to the neighbours.
they had short ears and very short 'arms' and were chocolate brown.
It's the first time I've seen any in my yard and it's been almost 20 years.

The fellow that lives in my next door neighbour's cottage killed a Diamond Back Rattler last week.
He'd seen it over the last year coming out of "the mess in my back yard"!! (Seagrape brush)
From the rattles he figured it was an 11 year old female and was one inch under 5' long.
It had 3 rats inside.

I was so sad ... however, I don't have to worry about walking out in the dark and stepping on it now.

I was happy as well as the owner of the property next door had assured me he had a loaded gun and would shoot it the next time he saw it.
Thank goodness cottage guy said he'd take care of it with a shovel.
This is not a pic of the one he killed but is representative except ours had big lumps in the middle from the rats.

We have always had Black Racers on our old property and have one on our new property as well.
I've named them all Sam.
They are a friendly sort that eat rodents and just generally hang out .. until they decide
to leave.... then they go amazingly fast.

Well * I'm * confused ....

Monday, May 18, 2009

.. and he didn't have to squint it seems....

In the 0.8 seconds the Space Shuttle Atlantis took to cross the sun, French astrophotographer Thierry Legault snapped this picture with a five-inch telescope and a digital camera. The photo was taken on May 12, the day before the Shuttle grappled the Hubble Space Telescope.

The next day Legault got a stunning shot of the two spacecraft together, right before Atlantis reached out to grab Hubble:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A protective force field

Why I wear slipon shoes.

On an average shoe with six pairs of eyelets, there are almost 2 Trillion ways to feed a shoelace though those 12 eyelet

  • The lace should generally start and finish from the top pair of eyelets.
  • The lace should pass through each eyelet only once.
  • Each eyelet should contribute to pulling together the sides of the shoe.
  • The lacing should not be too difficult to tighten or loosen.
  • Any pattern formed should be relatively stable. Ignore irrelevant variations (eg. changing the direction through a single eyelet).
  • Above all, the finished result should be visually pleasing.

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