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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.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

SATURDAY #3334

One Of My Very Own

EMAIL: ralph.henry.at.folio.olio@gmail.com

Voted One of Top 20 Rock and Roll Songs:
The Rolling Stones, “Start Me Up”


NEWSY BITS

(RH: Goddamn that's funny!)

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OLYMPIC NEWS


MNBT*

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You laugh, but why shouldn't they?
MNBT*

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What the GOP are trying to do in Pennsylvania TODAY. Courts decide they've rigged the shit out of the districts and tells them to redraw them. So they are going to try to impeach those judges. The judges didn't redraw the district themselves. Everyone knows/acknowledges the districts are gerrymandered to an extreme.

And to all the "Both parties gerrymander" people, please read this before repeating the same narrative:



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Star Dollars
This star in the serial number represents what is known as a replacement note. When a printing error occurs during a normal press run and renders one or a set of bills unusable, replacement notes are used instead. With replacements notes, a set of serial numbers can still have the proper number of bills even if some of the original bills had to be pulled. The replacement notes have a sequence of their own, using the star as their final "letter." This allows for 99,999,999 possible replacement notes for any given bank, series and denomination. This should be more than enough: According to the Paper Money Collecting FAQ, there's about one error in every 100,000 U.S. bills.
My friend collects such dollars and I give him all I come across. So I figured he needed a way to store, display and tote his collection.
The star came from atop an ancient air vent on the roof of a 150 year old textile mill onto which I was painting a mural.
I call it preserving an artifact...aka stealing.
The rods are removable. The rods come from the drawers of old card catalogues out of a library, of which I have dozens.
You can see one here toward the bottom of the drawer.
Every card has a hole in the bottom that is used in conjunction with the rod to hold them in place.

By the way, that article from Wikipedia stating that a star dollar is one in 100K bills has to be way off the actual number. I went through 3,000 bills and found 8. Make of that as you will. But it could be fun for you to keep an eye out for star dollars and send my friend all you find. I'll even give you his address.

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PEOPLE DOING THINGS I CAN'T OR WON'T DO

360 degree lens
What an marvelous image.

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Now let's see if he can turn that in to US currency. Remember, Bitcoin was invent because they don't trust US currency.
But I have no idea if Mr. Cent does or does not have those Bitcoins.

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You must understand that he went all-in with a pair of 9s. The two aces are moot because both players can use them. That was foolish.

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Goes on a vegan diet.
Eats three vegans a day and feels fabulous.

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A 17 year old Rogers Nelson, circa 1975.
I wonder how many people even know who this is.



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If you get a tattoo with words, and there is a misspelling, just get a red squiggly line added underneath it and everything's cool.

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PLACES OF INTEREST

MNBT*

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I don't know if that is factual.

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Now you know why they call them the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The phenomenon of "crown shyness" in camphor trees.
To remind you, nobody knows for sure why they do that, but they do know is it not friction as the trees never touch.
Here's my theory: Okay visualize a single twig with a couple of leaves juts out over the neighbor's couple of leaves. Well, getting no sunlight the neighboring tree sends out it's own twig over the other, then it happens over and over until the tree expends too much energy for no payoff.

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I kind of remember the room full of commodes in my barracks that were situated just like these two, only closer together - so close knees almost touched. Everybody brought reading material.

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Is that true?


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*Salem 1692*
Witch: I’m not a witch!
Judge: Look, if we're being honest, you're on trial for being a woman. Don't make this weird.

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FUN WITH LANGUAGE

He must be an English professor.

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I read that normal humans speak between 15 and 20 thousand words a day. Those people don't know me. I never speak unless I have something to say. I actually prefer listening. And when I listen I look the person square in the eye. You can tell a lot about a person looking them in the eye. I'm not big on micro-gestures or bullshit like that, but I am acutely aware of people breaking eye contact when exaggerating or out and out lying.

And I'm a pretty good poker player. My friend Mel can beat me though. Never figured out how. But I'm still looking.


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Today I saw a meal being served at my pizza place that I have never seen before. It was paper thin with a thin layer of cheese. 
I was told it was a gluten free pizza. I understand that a very small percentage of people have a problem with gluten, but that percentage is tiny. Why not just take you doctor's advice?

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RH: Yes, probably, but only if that man has way more money than she does.


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Movie idea: Family moves into haunted house; ghosts appear; family too busy staring at phones to notice; ghosts leave in disgust.

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OBJECTS THAT INTEREST ME

I really like everything about Steampunk.

These were made by a retiree.
What a great hobby.

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I'm actually amazed that there aren't more flies in packaged goods.

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Just solving the problems.


I recently received an out of state phone call from a man who was my apprentice many years ago. He called to thank me for teaching him how to solve problems..."Just solve the fucking problem," he stated as my rule. I've told you before that I enter into many (most) mural commissions with no idea how I was going to do it. When I showed up on site, the crew knew to give me some time alone. This time was used to formulate a plan...a plan I didn't have prior to arriving. That ability must have impressed my young friend.


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This is the caption for a gif that wouldn't load: "Covering up some street art with something better."
Is there anyone on the planet who would call the first image "art?"

How about this?

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These are bits for cutting holes in glass.

To keep them from "wandering" you make a jig.

You place the jig over where you want the hole.

But because of the generated heat, you have to keep the bit wet. This guy had a great idea.
He just poked a hole in a plastic bottle and turn it off and on by tightening or loosening the lid.

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I wonder how many people will get this.


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I have no idea if that is factual, but that's really not the point. They didn't burn the money or flush it down the toilet. They paid that money to companies and the companies paid their workers and the workers paid their doctors, grocers, and yard guy and yes, muralists. And all those people paid taxes on it, from the first to the last.

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I have the strangest feeling I've posted this before. If I'm boring you...sorry, but I thought it extraordinary.

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Please remember, suicide doesn't end the pain. It just passes it on to other people. There are so many more options that you haven't considered...I swear.

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*Might Not Be True

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Today I cleaned out all non-gif from my Mistakes Were MadE file.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are probably too distracted looking at Mel’s ears.

Ralph Henry said...

Whaaaaaaaaat?!

Anonymous said...

OK, the last comment either came from my dear friends Rupert or Chris. Both do not understand poker. Rupert is raise, raise, fold. (Note he usually passes out drunk on beaver piss beer after 2 hours of playing cards.) My other friends Chris asks "what the fuck is a frush?". With that said, Ralph, I find you the hardest person to play poker against. You take too damn long to call, especially when I am bluffing. (I can visualize you stroking your beard....thinking is Mel full of shit...) With this, we need to get together soon....and break the SC law on gambling.-Mel

Ralph Henry said...

It has been far too long, my friend.

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