Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
#4 . Wisconsin
Taxes paid by residents as pct. of income: 11%
Total state and local taxes collected: $41.7 billion
Pct. of total taxes paid by residents: 77.9%
Pct. of total taxes paid by non-residents: 22.1%
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin relies more on income and property taxes for its revenue than most states. In fact, both are approximately 25% higher than the national averages. The state receives a smaller portion of federal money than most others, leaving little room for this money to offset state spending. Worst still, taxes on industrial property owners rank among the bottom half, and often the bottom third, of the country, while residential taxes are among the greatest. According to a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Wisconsin's middle class pays a bigger share of government spending than any other state, except for New York.
1) What did you do to stay cool in the heat?
2) When was the last time you ate out at a restaurant?
3) Would you rather be buried or cremated?
4) If a genie would grant you three wishes, what would your three wishes be?
Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
So why would I be so excited to see them? Well, they are pretty entertaining. I have their CD and they did a pretty good video of their song Proof. The male singer has a bit of Fred Schneider (of the B 52s) going on at times. But the real draw is Kate, one of my former students from when I taught in Florida.
Don't believe me? Well, here's Proof.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
If this happened in Milwaukee, the car, and everything else, would be covered in poop.
I’m so looking forward to seeing my dear Irregulars again at the upcoming get-together. I can hardly wait to introduce you to the wonderful Senor Zanza. He, too, eagerly awaits meeting you all. Let the good times roll!
The downtown Music on the Monument series continues this Friday, July 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the Roy Edwards' Group Therapy Band (blues, rock).
Sunday, July 24, the Racine Concert Band will perform for free at the Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater starting at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.
Unfortunately, the downtown Micros on the Monument auto show scheduled for Saturday was cancelled.
Here’s an interesting item from the Journal Times regarding our heat wave: “CONTACT THE JT: Are you without air conditioning?” http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/article_677f143e-b250-11e0-a9cf-001cc4c002e0.html If you don’t have a/c, let them know and maybe you’ll become famous.
Finally, here are some life-saving tips for dealing with heat exhaustion from my friend, Captain Joe Bruni. I’m so happy to see that those acting lessons have helped him become more confident in front of the camera:
Thank you for beating the heat with a cool sip of my blog today. I so appreciate your loyalty. My readers are the best readers in the world. Hip-hip-hooray!
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Remember to protect yourselves from the sun, my dears. Wear hats, wear sun block, wear radiation suits. Stay in the air conditioning whenever possible. Or a bathtub full of ice. Botryoid!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you! What'll it be, gentlemen?"
There seemed to be a fully-stocked bar, so each of the men ask for a martini. In short order, the bartender serves up four iced martinis -- shaken, not stirred -- and says, "That'll be 10 cents each, please."
The four men stare at the bartender for a moment and then look at each other. They can't believe their good luck.
They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round. Again, four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, "That's 40 cents, please." They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand.
They have each had two martinis and so far they've spent less than a dollar.
Finally one of the men says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?"
"I'm a retired tailor from Boston," the bartender said, "and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery for $25 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime - wine, liquor, beer, it's all the same."
"Wow!!!! That's quite a story," says one of the men.
The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn't help but notice seven other people at the end of the bar who didn't have drinks in front of them, and hadn't ordered anything the whole time they were there.
One man gestures at the seven at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, "What's with them?"
The bartender says, "Oh, they're all old retired farmers from Wisconsin, waiting for happy hour when drinks are half price."
Monday, July 18, 2011
Spektr-R is a pretty impressive piece of engineering. This satellite is a radio telescope that will unfold in space to a diameter of 10 meters (over 30 feet). It's been launched into a very elliptical orbit that will range from about 10,000km from the Earth to 390,000 km from the Earth, a little farther from Earth than the Moon (and the Moon's gravity will slowly change its orbit over time!)
Okay, so we have a 10 meter radio dish orbiting the Earth. We have much larger radio dishes on Earth, so what' the big deal? Spektr-R will be used in conjunction with radio telescopes on Earth. By combining its observations with those made by radio telescopes on Earth, it can obtain the resolution equivalent to that of a single dish up to 390,000km across! That translates into a resolution over 1,000 times better than Hubble (but in the radio part of the spectrum). You can find a whole list of the ground based facilities it will work with here, including my beloved Green Bank Telescope.
This high resolution will enable us to really zoom in on the active regions surrounding black holes at the centers of galaxies, probably one of the most exciting problems this project will tackle.
This project has been a long time coming. It was first proposed over 30 years ago and been mired in technical, political and funding difficulties. It survived the breakup of the Soviet Union. I spent a summer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank in 2003 and they had posters up highlighting their participation in this upcoming mission. Great to see it launched. I look forward to a successful check out for them and the first science observations later this year!
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your hiney from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
You can retire to California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.
You can retire to New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan .
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn. (Ed. Note if you have a car).
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.
You can retire to Minnesota where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco ..
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for casserole.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
You can retire to the Deep South where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Ellen, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.
You can retire to Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.
You can retire to Wisconsin
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"
FINALLY You can retire to Florida where.
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2.. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people
A Sheriff in a small town in Texas walks out in the street and sees a blond haired cowboy coming toward him with nothing on but his cowboy hat, his gun and his boots. He arrests him for indecent exposure.
As he is locking him up, he asks 'Why in the world are you walking around like this?'
The cowboy says, 'Well it's like this Sheriff....
I was in this bar down the road and this pretty little red head asks me to go out to her motor home with her.
So I did.
We go inside and she pulls off her top and asks me to pull off my shirt....
So I did.
Then she pulls off her skirt and asks me to pull off my pants....
So I did.
Then she pulls off her panties and asks me to pull off my shorts....
So I did.
Then she gets on the bed and looks at me kind of sexy and says,
'Now go to town cowboy. '
'And here I am.'
Blonde Men do exist
Ohhhhhh I got fungus among us. Went to Steins and got a spray. No blight is right for my victory garden. Bunches and bunches of tomatoes. I've been watering from the top but will from the bottom from now on.
I just pruned my sweet basil. It was forming flowers and I read that you're supposed to prune them off before they bloom to promote bushiness and having the taste turn less sweet. The African basil doesn't have that problem and the flower stalks are so pretty. The plain basil and oregano have accepted their transplanting and are growing vigorously. The COOLEST thing is the watermelon vine. Supposedly all I am supposed to see is a pretty plant as we're too far north. Well, I just saw a 3/4" ball of fruit. Even if it doesn't grow larger than a baseball, I'll be tickled. Still no love or flowers on the red bell pepper plant.
Photographer David Slater was in Indonesia and some monkeys got hold of his camera and started taking pictures of themselves...really. You an see one here. Copyright law says the person who took the picture owns the copyright. If I loan you my camera and you take pictures, the copyright on the picture belongs to the photographer, not the camera. Of course you can buy the copyright from a photographer (I do that for my acting headshots so I can reproduce them for example) but there is no evidence the monkeys transferred the copyright in exchange for a bunch of bananas.
Slater has been sending takedown notices for these pictures even though his claim is pretty shaky. Many websites automatically take down materials without actually checking out if they are infringing (a common tactic to surpress videos on Youtube, including politically charged videos). You can hear about this story in a segment in this week's On the Media or read about it at Tech Dirt.
Wonder if this will get a take down notice?
Sunday, July 17, 2011
our shindig is soon arriving.
Time for a final headcount - who's in?
I have received a decent number of RSVP's,
Can we get an official list here as well?
I emailed out the info. If for any reason you
did not get it, PLEASE contact me via email
and I will get it out to you.
We have a plan, as well as a back up plan
if the weather doesn't cooperate
(like last year...)
Time to get this show on the road,
next week is coming FAST
see you all soon!