Trilobite Fossil Face Up

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 by

trilobite fossil

We found a lot of these little fossilized buggers along shale creek beds in Ohio, and fossil shops sold them for a quarter to fifty cents. I’d never seen the underside.

[Found here, with more links than you can imagine.]

Selfies with Friendsies with Footsies.

Monday, 16 November 2015 by

Selfie Talent

[Selfie Pro found here, and I have no idea why all the chairs are wearing bras.]

Dr. Julius Vogel’s Contribution To The World: PeePee Color Analysis

Sunday, 15 November 2015 by

Pee Pee Colors

I’d be very worried if I whizzed anything past No. 4.

From what I can tell, Dr. Julius Vogel of Germany (not to be confused with Sir Julius Vogel of New Zealand) was instrumental in detecting disease and other maladies by analyzing urine samples in the mid to late 1800s and writing treatises about it and other studies involving the endocrine system. And yes, he wrote about “asparagus pee.” It’s because of Dr. Vogel that your doctor asks you to piss in a cup.

You can read an entire 1876 Treatise by Dr. William Roberts M.D. on urine color diagnoses that features the work of Dr. Vogel here.

[Image with link found here.]

Entirely avoidable…

Friday, 13 November 2015 by

French Flag Half Mast

The .GIF Friday Post No. 413 – Seal Team, Snake Dead End & Happy Marching

Friday, 13 November 2015 by

Seal Team

Snake Dead End

Happy Marching

[Found here, here and here.]

On The Border.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 by


A section of the controversial US-Mexico border fence expansion project crosses previously pristine desert sands at sunrise on March 14, 2009, between Yuma, Arizona and Calexico, California. The barrier stands 15 feet tall and sits on top of the sand so it can lifted by a machine and repositioned whenever the migrating desert dunes begin to bury it. The almost seven miles of floating fence cost about $6 million per mile to build.

[Image found in here. Caption from here.]

[soapbox ap enabled]

I love the choices of phrase: “controversial… fence” and “previously pristine desert,” and the words “almost” and “about.” There’s nothing controversial about a sovereign nation protecting her borders with a fence or otherwise, and the desert is so pristine that it’s relatively devoid of flora and fauna. It’s pure pristine desolation.

Reports vary as to the the border fence height (15-20 feet), the length and the cost; however, local law enforcement says that it works, and that arrests of drug smugglers and “coyotes” along the Yuma border have dropped from 800 per day down to only 15 – a reduction of over 98 per cent in illegal traffic since 2005.

It also translates to a huge reduction in the related costs of apprehending illegals, detaining and housing them, conducting legal hearings and deportations, and it cripples the Mexican drug cartels as a bonus.

Border fences through accessible regions makes simple economical sense, especially in the long term. How do we pay for it? Reduce the annual budget for the NSA by only 1.5 percent each year for the next 10 years.

Then, if a low skilled workforce is still needed, we revive the successful Bracero Program and ensure that the workers don’t get chumped.

[soapbox ap deactivated]

I like the photo. It looks like the work of Christo, only more functional.

The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month: Armistice Day aka Veterans’ Day

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 by

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetary

Have you ever had the patience, alas
to count to 101,079?
Or to walk the salt-resistant grass
and touch the headstones in each long line?

To think of each warrior buried there
knowing their lives have been split in two
half for their carefree heroic youth
and half for the freedom of me and you?

If so, you couldn’t have stemmed the flood
of tears that surely blurred your eyes
as the spirit dips His brush in blood
to paint Old Glory in the skies
R. T. Sedgwick

[Image of Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetary and poem found here.]

“You DO know what yellow snow is, right?”

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 by

Yellow Snow

[Found here.]

Furry little bastard.

Monday, 9 November 2015 by

Tripped Over A Cat




Just when you thought Monday was almost over.

[Found in here.]

Saturday Matinee – Saving Daylight Trailer, Caifanes, The Iguanas & Tito Puente

Saturday, 7 November 2015 by

Saving Daylight – The Movie.  [via].

The guy that brings our mail and kills the rats in our building showed up today wearing a baseball jersey with Los Caifanes logo on it, so I asked him about it, and he told me. They remind me a bit of these guys:

Although it’s real bad advice, “Oye, Isabel” is one of The Iguanas‘ catchiest tunes. Okay, let’s go for one more, and since we’re on a latino music kick tonight, here’s some addictive Mambo rhythms from Tito Puente.

Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll see you back here on Sunday.


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