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I'm an artist, an educator, Pastafarian and I write. I also will gamble on just about anything. And I like unusual juxtaposition, but I love my wife...and beer. This blog is observations from a funny old man who gets pissed off every once in a while. Oh, and I mispell alot.

Friday, July 1, 2016

FRIDAY #2748

One Of My Very Own…


Upon returning to my bar after my latest sojourn, I learned that the owner of said bar has purchased me a barstool with a back on it. I count that as one of the most magnanimous gestures ever thrown my way. Oh, and it will have a name plate with my my name on the back. What's not to like about this place?

Tiny Coastal Carolina won the College WS. They are our very own Iceland.
When I ask for an explanation, I don't need a link to an article...I don't have time.

This from another viewer:
When water freezes, it needs a nucleus in order for the solid crystals to form and become ice. Water is typically full of particles and impurities which have no problem kicking off the crystallization process. However, purified water by definition doesn’t have those impurities. With nothing for the water molecules to latch onto, purified water can be supercooled as far as -40°C.
The energy generated from shaking the bottle forces the supercooled water molecules to form a crystal in a process called nucleation. That nucleus ice crystal is all that’s needed to start a chain reaction of crystallization throughout the entire bottle.

A small, insignificant article in USAToday had this as part of a sentence: "...a woman) and her French Lick, Indiana family." I misread it as "...a woman and her friend, French Lick...." I was already writing my comments when I caught my own error, but I owe it to you to give you a portion; to wit: "In my well-studied opinion, "French Lick" stands as the greatest achievement in all human nomenclature; a subtle combination of sweet naivetĂ© and profound vulgarity."


That sort of thing is also happening in, of all places, Chattanooga, Tenn. The drug gang stories are right out of the Middle Ages. People hung from lamp posts, mutilated bodies left on the steps of libraries, etc. Very public and very disturbing.
Roy Orbison: "There won't be many coming home."

I took that as an anti-war song.

It has occurred to me that I overuse the phrase "This reminds me of the time..." But in my own defense, I'm an old man and if not memories, what does an old man have.

I was in the military during the Vietnam War and the streets back home were running red with the blood of folks my same age who demanded our withdrawal. Come to find out, they were right, but that's not the point.
The military and the protesters were all cut from the same bolt of cloth and sometimes people switched sides. One example of this was the young airman who only had a few months more to serve, yet he quietly and calmly took off his shirt, undershirt, shoes and socks and sat crosslegged and began to play his bongos, directly in front of the post office where there was sure to be lots of officers who would frown upon his....display. So, of course, a captain stopped, looked down at him and said, "What do you think you are doing?" The young airman said, "Protesting." The captain asked, "Protesting what?" and the airman shrugged and said, "Just protesting."
And that was all it took. He was sent home the next day with an 'Unable To Adapt' discharge and it got many of us wondering about how easy it would be to get sent home.
But there are other people who are very able to adapt to military service.
Take Sgt. Alvin C. York...

He was born December 13, 1887 in Pall Mall, TN. Died September 2, 1964. Known as the greatest hero of World War 1. Awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine-gun nest, killing 32 German soldiers and capturing 132 others as well as knocking out 35 German machine guns, completely overtaking a German controlled hill.

What an interesting image...

A lot of people don't realize that the actor who played Wilson in Castaway is the same actor from the volleyball scene in Top Gun.

Sorry for the poor quality of this graph, but it is rather telling...

If you are looking at this on your phone at that tiny little image, let me explain. The red line is cars cited and the blue line is cars given a mere warning. The older the car, the greater chance you have to pay money. So, what's our takeaway from that stat?
Well, it could be that older cars have more things wrong with them (broken lights and such), so the chances are greater of finding multiple violations.
Or it could be that poor people drive older cars and cops hate poor people.
Or it could be the work of the devil. You decide.

Now this is very challenging. I mean it.
This image does not accurately represent the actual test, so take that into consideration.
It's called the color dot test and all you have to do is identify the letter in the grid.

Here's the site address:


I scored 100% and apparently I live in a more vivid world than you lesser folk.

The Darvaza Crater is a natural gas field in Turkmenistan, that collapsed into an underground cavern in 1971, becoming a natural gas crater.

The diameter of the crater is 226 ft, and its depth is 98 ft. Geologists set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas, and it has been burning continuously since then.

Donald Trump Cat Scratching Post

Not sure if I actually like movies or just like looking at something while I eat popcorn. 


I had one of those once and became alarmed when I felt both of the doctor's hands on my shoulders.

I love highways like this.

There is something to be said about the quality of the trip over the speed of the interstate. Image traveling down this road listening to a great book on tape as opposed to the hectic super highway.
Or don't. It's really none of my business.

From time to time I feel the need to remind you of some of my pearls of wisdom.

Had I found out that my daughters graduated from high school without trying marijuana, I would have been very, very worried about them. It just wouldn't have been normal.

As an architectural enthusiast, this hurts my eyes.

More is not necessarily better.

On the edge of the San Francisco suburb of Concord sits a ghost town. Dilapidated buildings and cracked roads are framed by overgrowth and slightly askew street signs.

The decommissioned 5-acre portion of the Concord Naval Weapons Station that once housed military personnel and their families is now home to squirrels, jack rabbits, wild turkeys and Honda's mysterious testing lab for autonomous vehicles.

An artistic rendering of what Berlin would have eventually become if Germany won World War II based on Adolf Hitler's ideas and Albert Speer's design plans.

I assume you all recognize this award winning photograph from the depression. It perfectly captures the hopelessness and dispair.

There were other photos taken at the same site and this is one of them.

Even sadder if that were possible.


Rare image of the Sphinx taken from a hot air balloon, in the early 19th century. This is before excavation and restoration.

Does the federal government really need to manage this much of the country?

So, basically, Texas said, fuck you.

Invading Israel has aways proven disastrous to the Arabs, but they just can't get it through their minds that with Israel possessing nuclear weapons, they will never, ever get that land back.

There in no way deduce that Israel is in the right for what it has done, but facts are facts. There was an Israeli general who was asked how he won the war so quickly and he replied, "It helps if you are fighting Arabs." Ouch.

Some things I've told are true. You decide.

My wife's Fitbit just gave up and started counting donuts.

Another image, another story...

I once created a mural that was good, but not good enough to be on the front pages of newspapers all over the world. But that's what happens on a classic no news day. They had to fill the front page with something, and the image of my work was impressive.

And here is something that I don't care if it's true or not...

I like to visualize it anyway, so don't spoil it for me.

This Is Where The International Space Station Will Go To Die.

The piece I read stated that it would happen around 2020. 
That year couldn't possibly be correct...could it?


Please, somebody tell me this is an Onion piece...

Completely useless skill: How to make a pig's tail straighten.
You just touch it there...

Then rub your finger down its spine to there.

If pigs had wings, I bet they'd be delicious. 

This is funny....

But, sadly, that is why soccer has had such a hard time becoming popular with Americans. We hate that obvious fakery. Million dollar players writhing on the ground like snake bit little girls is just not manly.

And they practice this buffoonery!

I think it was Walter Paton, the great NFL running back that said this, "The harder I got hit, the quicker I jumped up so they wouldn't know how bad they hurt me."


This is called a "Wet Microburst," and NO there is nothing sexual about it...

Those things will knock an aircraft right out of the sky. And remember, they are thought to have something to do with those strange clear sky pentagrams in clouds.

Look over this rather carefully, please...and I hope this is correct.

So how in the name of sanity are we approaching 20 trillion dollars in debt. Seriously, I need help with this one.

Let's take a vote.

How many think this was A) staged or B) just an unfortunate accident?

Nobody has their lives totally fucked up like people who carry "indoor shoes" with them.


Just some things to think real hard about...


Anonymous said...

I passed, also at 100%. I'm colorblind, though.

Anonymous said...

Ralph, you asked, "So how in the name of sanity are we approaching 20 trillion dollars in debt. Seriously, I need help with this one."

The answer is very simple. We spend more than we take in. No matter anyone's politics, that is really all it boils down to.


Fardygardy said...

Re: supercooled water: our factory pulls 15,000 GPM from a river (which it puts back, BTW). One day, conditions were such that this supercooling occurred as the water flowed in the river. When it hit the our huge pumps, it spontaneously froze (creating immediate mill shutdown). 15,000 gallons!

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