Saturday, November 21, 2009

Some Classic Rock

Some words were spoken about attending a Bruce Springsteen concert last Sunday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Things changed before then. My friend, the Rock and Roll Guru attended this show. They play the entire Born to Run album! Here is his review on the concert. I wish I would of been there!

CramerSweeney Brand Prix Test I suck, 8 out of 20!

Grand Prix

Game Day

Big game here in Tucsson tomorrow...big enough that ESPNs game day is set up on the U of A Mall from 8 to 10 am MST (9 to 11am CST). Just a couple of blocks from where I work...they usually show a lot of the campus.

I don't plan on going down there for the broadcast, but I will be at the game tomorrow night. U of Arizona vs Oregon. It is the ABC Saturday night national game so this is a BFD thing for Arizona football.

Go cats!

Part 3

King Khan and the Shrines

This grows on you. There is something about this damn song that keeps it playing on my MP3. You will hate it the first time. Then come back and listen again.

Welfare Bread

New Artists Part 2

The Generationalists. Cross between 70's soul, 50's pop and 60's mowtown. Somehow it all works.

When they fight they fight:

New artists (To me anyway) that I cant get out of my head Part 1

Andrew Bird. Heard the simulcast of his Pabts Theatre show on 88.9 radio milwaukee. Simple, clean and enthralling.

This song is called Natural Disaster

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lost Video

It's been a while for this feature, but I had a lyric from this song running around in my head and forgot what the song was. I know the video is dated and very 80's but its still a great song. The lyric is "Have to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight" Great use of metaphor.

Enjoy Lovers In A Dangerous Time from the brilliant Bruce Cockburn

The Future of Modern Dance...Christmas Style

Sorry about it being a little early yet, but just had to post it.

Bird of the week will return

Sorry for missing it this week, guys. I have been under the weather, but recovering. We will take next week off as well, as it is a time to be thankful. The flipping will return after Thanksgiving.


Four for Fridays

Hi everybody! This week's questions was inspired by Lizardmom. This weeks questions are about breakfast.

1)Do you eat breakfast?

2)Eggs or cereal?

3)How you like your eggs?

4)What is your favorite cereal?

Have a good weekend folks!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Another Online Test

The Power of Observation Test

A friend emailed me the link to this one. I got 21 out of 25.

The Florida wild life!

Today has been quite a day for me. First of all, I step out onto my lovely lanai to see a baby ringnecked snake...about the size of an earthworm...sorry, it is still a snake...and now it is residing in the drain system that is part of my lanai (holes for water to drain out into the yard). Icky...and eeeeeek.

Next I decide to take a little doxie for a walk only to be met by some nutcase of a woman with a large, large brown cur type dog on a retractable leash. Only she does not retract the leash. Instead, she allows the dog to wrap its leash around my legs and the cute little 12 lb doxie that I am walking does the same in an effort to get away for the monster dog. Wiener dog is scared...I'm trying to stay upright...doesn't work. Next thing I know, I am on the ground with a skinned knee and a very frightened wiener dog on my lap. The monster dog is still wrapped around me. I can't get up....I am literally hog tied by two dog leashes.

Bloodied, but still in pretty good spirits, I get us away from this nutty woman and her 'sweet' dog, who wouldn't hurt a flea. Hey, I'm not a flea, so guess I'm fair game!

Continuing around the block and almost home...the door of the house next to mine flies open, out comes a woman with two toddlers running about. Next comes a big, black dog of questionable heritage. Ah hah, it sites me with the poor little wiener dog. I see him and grab the doxie. The black cur (aren't they all curs?) comes bounding over wanting to make friends. This one at least is a nice dog. The woman grabs kids and somehow we get her dog back in the house.

At this point, I skiddaddled home. Now, I think it is time for me to tend to this wound, which is bleeding nicely....grrrrr.

I think I will stay in the house tonight....who knows what else is out there waiting for me!

Quick question

Is anybody out there into Racine
historical stuff?

My grandfather handed down an album of old postcards,
and there were a bunch of old ones from Racine.
Most dates are from 1941-1945.

Some are scenery, others are of things like
parks, the lake, rivers, etc.
Kinda cool stuff, I would love to give to
anyone who would be interested,
seems a shame to toss them, but...
I'm trying to downsize, and I'm not really into them.

The Big Western Fireball

I was up at Mount Lemmon watching the Leonids Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (since the peak was right in the middle of the day U.S. time, some places such as Mount Lemmon did their observing Tuesday night). It was an okay display with bit of an uptick in activity a little after midnight as was predicted as Earth passed through a denser stream of material.

One fireball stood out, however. Low in the north, this spectacular meteor lit up the sky and made the landscape easily visible for a few seconds.

Turns out this one caused quite the stir a little farther north up in Utah. It hit there at 12:07am (agreeing with the time we saw it) and caused quite a few 911 calls. has a lot of pictures and videos of it as does Turns out this was not a Leonid but just happned to hit Earth at the same time as the annual shower.

The story may not be quite done yet. This meteor may have small pieces that reached the ground...possibly ranging from gravel to softball size would be the best guess. Keep a lookout for reports of people finding pieces.

Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.


When you cry,
No one sees your tears.

When you are in pain,
No one sees your hurt.

When you are worried.
No one sees your stress

When you are happy,
No one sees your smile ..

But FART!! Just ONE time...
And everybody knows!!

Girlie Wisdom!

1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care…

2. One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.

3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

4. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

6. The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today…

8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.

9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers'.

10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!

11. Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like... 'You know sometimes I forget to eat!'... Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!

12. The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.

13. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!

To put things in perspective. . .

Lots of accurate information and a logical conclusion from Monthy Python's Meaning of Life, photos courtesy of NASA. Enjoy and laugh!

The Galaxy

Happy World Toilet Day

Today is World Toilet Day. Although it may sound silly, the goal is to raise awareness of the couple of billion and some people in the world who don't have access to sanitary toilets and the disease that can be spread by bad sanitation.

So what is the appropriate celebration for World Toilet Day...participating in the Big Squat: a movement for the toilet-less of course (they do have a sense of humor about it). The Big Squat seems to be urging groups of people to squat down as if they are, well, you know, to draw attention to themselves and then hand out literature on sanitation.

I have always thought we should experience toilets of the world and what better place to do that than at Disney's Epcot World showcase. I want to see them theme the restrooms there as well. When you are in Mexico, you get a Mexican toilet. In Japan, the hi-tech Japanese toilet etc. I have written Disney several letters on the subject but have not seen one international toilet at Epcot.

So Happy World Toilet Day to all!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Newspapers Are...

Try this...go to Google and start typing "newspapers are" in the search box. Google has this feature we have all probably experienced where it attempts to fill in the rest of your search based on what others are searching, providing an interesting look at the cultural zeitgeist such as it is.

Without revealing the exact results of this little exercise, I am probably not revealing any spoilers here by saying that many of the suggestions comment on the state of the modern newspaper industry. Many people think newspapers dying and some even applaud their decline. I think this is a dangerous trend. We need good investigative reporting as an important check on powerful interests, both business and government (and particularly when the two collude). I have seen many arguments that new media and bloggers will fill the vacuum. The initial results I have seen are not promising as they mostly reprint and comment on articles from other sources doing very little to no fact checking much less reporting.

If newspapers vanish without a credible replacement, we are in for a new age of corruption the likes of which they country has never experienced.


It's easy for a gear-head to be discouraged about the state of the world, especially in times of Carpocalypse and Cash for Clunkers. But occasionally, a bright light of awesome renews the spirit. Road-legal bumper cars do just that.

Yes, you read that right; these little beasties are street legal. Either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines for power, and retired vintage bumper car bodies - transformed into the most awesome form of mini-car we've ever seen.

There's seven of these little monsters floating around California, and they're all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a gyro-gear loose builder on the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap. They were originally powered by Harley engines but rattled like heck and Tom replace them with Honda or Kawasaki 750's... and a couple have been 'measured' [not run at] theoretically as capable of 160 MPH which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase.

Doesn't mean we would totally rock one should the opportunity present itself. In fact, we now have only one burning desire, to see these things running a go kart track with a clown in the drivers seat.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my cherished chestnuts! How are you? Did any of you go to the Christmas Parade in downtown Racine last Saturday? I heard it was wonderful. I so wanted to make an appearance, but I closed my eyes for just a few moments to take a catnap, and then awoke hours later. I’ve been so busy boosting supplies for the holiday rush that I tend to overwork. I stress out at this time of year. I don’t sleep enough or eat properly and get whacked out of shape. It’s important for all of us to remember what the holidays are for and why we celebrate them. Slow down and enjoy them, for soon they will be gone.

I also wanted to make an appearance at the JTI Bowling Bonanza and Demolition Derby last week, but I received a call that I could not ignore: one of my best clients had an emergency need to speak with her departed husband about an important business matter. I rushed to her side and we contacted her beloved “William,” who channeled the appropriate advice to her through me. If only President Obama knew how much influence the dead have on our economy, he might send a little stimulus to those of us who act on their behalf. Hmmm, maybe I should contact him… I am so sorry to have disappointed you, my dear Irregulars. Please forgive me. I was on a mission of financial mercy.

Hooray for our Packers in their win over the Cowboys! I must admit to a tad of a crush on Tony Romo, local boy made good. He has great moves on the field and off, and one of his best was dumping that trashy Simpson girl. Nonetheless, our Packers contained and detained him, sacked and wracked him. If only they had done the same to Mr. Favre a couple of weeks earlier. No, Ms. kk, I haven’t heard from him yet, but when (or if) I do, I’ll let him know that you’re interested. ;)

There were no yards gained, no yards lost, no penalties, and no personal fouls in this week’s email.

I thought a little public service announcement might be in order in light of the Thanksgiving holiday next week and the growing popularity of deep frying turkeys. (Mmm.)

The gentleman below uses the Archimedes principle in his expert approach:

You know, there’s nothing wrong with the traditional method of roasting turkey, either. For that matter, it doesn’t even have to be turkey. Whatever you want to share with family and/or friends to give thanks for what you have is fine. What’s important is saying thank you. We should say it to each other more.

So, thank you very much for stopping by to read my blog. I enjoy sharing with others and hope you enjoy what I have to share. Stay warm, my dear Irregulars, and watch out for the nasty flu bug.

Send your favorite recipes and secret desires to

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Ipana!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Them Crooked Vultures

I've been hearing a huge buzz about this band lately called Them Crooked Vultures. The band features Led Zeppelin's bass player John Paul Jones, Nirvana's drummer David Grohl, and the singer/guitarist from the Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme. I think they sound rockin'! What do you think?

Anyone Tweet?

I have an account, but am wondering would I use it? Anyone Irregulat have a twitter account? Do you use it? What do you like about it. Sell me.


15 amazing body shots
Almost all of the following images were captured using a scanning electron microscope,
Incredible details of 1 to 5nm (nanometer) in size can be detected

1. Red Blood Cells
They look like little cinnamon candies here, but they're actually the most common type of blood cell in the human body - red blood cells (RBCs). These biconcave-shaped cells have the tall task of carrying oxygen to our entire body; in women there are about 4 to 5 million RBCs per micro liter (cubic millimeter) of blood and about 5 to 6 million in men . People who live at higher altitudes have even more RBCs because of the low oxygen levels in their environment.

2. Split End of Human Hair
Regular trimmings to your hair and good conditioner should help to prevent this unsightly picture of a split end of a human hair.

3. Purkinje Neurons
Of the 100 billion neurons in your brain. Purkinje (pronounced purr-kin-jee) neurons are some of the largest. Among other things, these cells are the masters of motor coordination in the cerebellar cortex. Toxic exposure such as alcohol and lithium, autoimmune diseases, genetic mutations including autism and neurodegenerative diseases can negatively affect human Purkinje cells.

4. Hair Cell in the Ear
Here's what it looks like to see a close-up of human hair cell stereo cilia inside the ear. These detect mechanical movement in response to sound vibrations

5. Blood Vessels Emerging from the Optic Nerve
In this image, stained retinal blood vessels are shown to emerge from the black-colored optic disc. The optic disc is a blind spot because no light receptor cells are present in this area of the retina where the optic nerve and retinal blood vessels leave the back of the eye.

6. Tongue with Taste Bud
This colour-enhanced image depicts a taste bud on the tongue. The human tongue has about 10,000 taste buds that are involved with detecting salty, sour, bitter, sweet and savory taste perceptions.

7. Tooth Plaque
Brush your teeth often because this is what the surface of a tooth with a form of ââ'¬Å"corn-on-the-cobââ'¬ � plaque looks like.

8. Blood Clot
Remember that picture of the nice, uniform shapes of red blood cells you just looked at? Well, here's what it looks like when those same cells get caught up in the sticky web of a blood clot. The cell in the middle is a white blood cell

9. Alveoli in the Lung
This is what a colour-enhanced image of the inner surface of your lung looks like. The hollow cavities are alveoli; this is where gas exchange occurs with the blood.

10. Lung Cancer Cells
This image of warped lung cancer cells is in stark contrast to the healthy lung in the previous picture.

11. Villi of Small Intestine
Villi in the small intestine increase the surface area of the gut, which helps in the absorption of food. Look closely and you will see some food stuck in one of the crevices.

12. Human Egg with Coronal Cells
This image is of a purple, colour-enhanced human egg sitting on a pin. The egg is coated with the zona pellicuda, a glycoprotein that protects the egg but also helps to trap and bind sperm. Two coronal cells are attached to the zona pellicuda.

13. Sperm on the Surface of a Human Egg
Here's a close-up of a number of sperm trying to fertilize an egg.

14. Human Embryo and Sperm
It looks like the world at war, but it is actually five days after the fertilisation of an egg, with some remaining sperm cells still sticking around. This fluorescent image was captured using a confocal microscope. The embryo and sperm cell nuclei are stained purple while sperm tails are green. The blue areas are gap junctions, which form connections between the cells.

15. Colored Image of a 6 day old Human Embryo Implanting

Monday, November 16, 2009

Political Humor

Years ago when I sometimes used unsavory language, I often used the expression "Bull S***". As I grew up a bit and discovered it was not necessary to use such crude language, that expression became "BS".

Q. What did I really mean when I used those expressions?

A. I meant that something was ridiculous, or idiotic or a half truth or just stupid. It covered any number of negative formats. The dictionary defines it as: nonsense; especially: foolish insolent talk. I have decided that I no longer will use either of those expressions in the future. When I have a need to express such feelings, I will use the word "Pelosi".

Let me use it in a sentence. "That's just a bunch of Pelosi." I encourage you to do the same. It is such a nasty word. It really packs a lot of punch. We are no longer being vulgar. But it clearly expresses our feelings. If enough of us use it, perhaps the word could be entered into the dictionary. When on a ranch watch your step and don't step in Pelosi. It will get on the bottom of your boot and won't go away until next election. What a descriptive legacy for the Speaker of the House!

Skip The Handshake

Yep, there is a movement afoot to skip handshakes to stop the spread of swine flu. What good is a movement without a colored wristband you can wear to show people how you feel?

The good news is that you can now buy a wristband to show people you want to skip the handshakes. We might as well just buy one that says you are filthy and I don't even trust touching your hand. I wonder what would happen if you wore one on a date? Maybe a bad idea.

I think we should fight back with the Don't Worry, I Actually Wash my Hands wristband.

This was a close one!

Sorry this is so late everyone. Busy weekend with the family.

By one vote - The people we want to flip the bird too is: The lovely and talented drivers of Racine. For no signals, speeding, inconsideration of others, and general jackassery, we the people salute you!