Thursday, March 31, 2011

8 million...

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet....
I came across some archaeology news hot off the press:

"Catacomb of secret tunnels packed with mummified remains of EIGHT MILLION dogs is excavated in Egypt"![link]











NatGeo Online has an interesting feature article on animal mummies and slide show. [link]




 But knowing the Dumpster Diver I am, I had to pick into this further!
8 million to me seems like an outstanding number of dogs! I Googled first the population of the most popular city in Egypt and got 17+ million. I thought Holy Cleopatra that's a lot of Egyptians!
So, I Googled the population of NYC and got 19+ million OMG!!!
I went smaller with just Manhattan and got 1.6 million. Oh then I could envision the popular tour scenario...Central park just packed with doggies. OK but I still needed more familiar population so I Googled SF bay area population. I remember the traffic when I commuted there and so let me see how close it comes to 8 million? almost 7 million. Wow!

I didn't stop there I googled "8 million pets" Then "8 million animals" and here is what I picked out to share:

  • the total cat population of UK was 8 million in 2008[link]
  • 8 million sick days have been taken for grieving pet deaths in the uk in 2004 [link]
  •  in the US 8 million pets are homeless in 2011[link]
  •  About.com says 6-8 million pets are euthanized each year (did not say if a country or world)[link]
  •  Feb 2011 news states because of hoof and mouth disease South Korea buried 8 million animals alive (too many to use drugs on would cost them a fortune they said)[link]
Seems to me that 8 million is a common number in animal stats.....



 Sam, the ugliest dog is not a mummy! [link]

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Urban Flashback #2


As I crawled in the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...


YouTube brought to me a memory so I did somethings to share it.

[source]
A friend of mine died in 2006.  He was actually the friend of a friend's son. He would come over with music and turn us older ones on to some really good music. The last time was a few months before his accident that paralyzed him and shortened his life expectancy. I told him he was one of the most talented (art) and charismatic youths I have ever encountered and I was pretty sure he could tackle anything and be successful. He whipped out his address book and told me that he's putting me in there because that is what friends do and that he was officially my friend.  I was on YouTube and I checked out the assortment of Bad Religion videos and noticed that The Gray Race was lacking.  Every time I hear Bad Religion, I think of Chanc singing along with it back in the late 90's.  I decided to rip the music from YouTube and edit it into a digital memory of Chanc Tidwell.






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Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring reminds me more that I LOVE BIRDS!!!

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...
Enjoying a moist spring morning, I observed my flock of robins raiding our unknown cranberry like ornamental tree that has dried like berries on it, I wondered how do birds that stay north keep warm in the winter and what kinds of birds actually stay the winter?I really don't think they are eating the berries (wish they would they are a mess)? I also wonder why the squirrels don't eat the berries? I looked up trees and suspect it is a Spring Snow Crab Tree only because the land owner said she bought it for the wonderful blossoms.


Of course, I scared away the birds. I will catch them (like I have wanted to catch that Crow) on the camera someday! I have got to admit that I love birds the most and should consider joining the Audobon and going on old lady walks with big binocs!
I would never own a bird, though because of all the crap. Have you ever been crapped on by a bird as you leave your house? I have twice in my life. Once when I was in high school I was wearing my favorite blue shirt with a lace window around the cleavage that I really didn't think about having at the time. I get on my bike and plop on my shoulder! The next time I was sitting on the porch with my buddy Rodney and bragging about how I only got crapped on by a bird once and told the story. Less than 5 mins later a bird craps on me. Fucking funny! Parrots that talk are tempting, though. I have met a couple in my life in passing. I wonder what the shit maintenance is on one. I do know that they need a lot of attention. What do you think?

I have posted this link before and here it is again.
If you ever wonder what the song is of a bird look it up on E-Nature [here]

Here is a sample of a common song round here : [meadow lark]


Here is a handy website with quick lists about your state and well all 50 (they got cams!): [link]
(if you want to check out your state bird-Idaho's is the Mountain Bluebird).

HOW DO BIRDS KEEP WARM IN THE WINTER?

A bird's feathers provide alot of insulation.
Birds fluff up their feathers and trap air between the feathers.
(This works just like a down-filled sleeping bag.)
The ptarmigan has feathers on its feet to help keep warm.
Birds huddle together for warmth.
The grouse will hide in snowdrifts to keep warm.
Shivering helps to keep some birds warm because it increases body heat.
[source]

* Feathers: Birds’ feathers provide remarkable insulation against the cold, and many bird species grow extra feathers as part of a late fall molt to give them thicker protection in the winter. The oil that coats birds’ feathers also provides insulation as well as waterproofing.

* Legs and Feet: Birds’ legs and feet are covered with specialized scales that minimize heat loss. Birds can also control the temperature of their legs and feet separately from their bodies by constricting blood flow to their extremities, thereby reducing heat loss even further.

* Fat Reserves: Even small birds can build up fat reserves to serve as insulation and extra energy for generating body heat. Many birds will gorge during the fall when food sources are abundant, giving them an extra fatty layer before winter arrives.

Behavioral Adaptations

* Fluffing: Birds will fluff out their feathers to create air pockets for additional insulation in cold temperatures.

* Tucking: It is not unusual to see a bird standing on one leg or crouched to cover both legs with its feathers to shield them from the cold. Birds can also tuck their bills into their shoulder feathers for protection.

* Sunning: On sunny winter days, many birds will take advantage of solar heat by turning their backs to the sun (therefore exposing the largest surface of their bodies to the heat) and raising their feathers slightly. This allows the sun to heat the skin and feathers more efficiently. Wings may also be drooped or spread while sunning, and the tail may be spread as well.

* Shivering: Birds will shiver to raise their metabolic rate and generate more body heat as a short term solution to extreme cold. While shivering does require more calories, it is an effective way to stay warm.

* Roosting: Many small birds, including bluebirds, chickadees and titmice, will gather in large flocks at night and crowd together in a small, tight space to share body heat. They can roost in shrubbery or trees, and empty birdhouses and bird roost boxes are also popular locations to conserve heat. Even individual birds choose roost spots that may have residual heat from the day’s sunlight, such as close to the trunk of a tree or near any dark surface.

Torpor

Many birds will enter torpor to conserve energy during cold winter nights. Torpor is a state of reduced metabolism when the body temperature is lowered, therefore requiring fewer calories to maintain the proper heat. Most birds can lower their body temperature by a few degrees, but torpid birds have lowered their body temperatures by as much as 50 degrees. Torpor can be a dangerous behavior, however, as the reduced temperature also leads to reduced reactions and greater vulnerability to predators. Hummingbirds, chickadees, swifts and other types of birds regularly use torpor as a way to survive cold temperatures.
To find out what you can do to help winter birds in your yard [read more at About]
This is a video of winter birds in Ontario, Canada.


SCROLL DOWN AND PAUSE PLAYER TO SEE VIDEO
Enjoy this playlist that has 31 songs with bird in the title!


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy Spring!

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...
I discovered Tweet games like #horrorsitcom and #syfycookshow and spent alot of time examining it (vegging to in). I also have been watching streams and helping my daughter with her college homework (that makes my brain tired).
The Changes In the American Workplace...English assignment.

I also did an quick abstract on my GIMP program to share.
Vermillion Part 2 Bloodstone remix by Slipknot @YouTube


 I started with the rat and needed a background....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Unusual Cheshire Smile

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...
I found an unusual smile.


I am testing my twitter feed so had to repost.
Oh and I made my unusual twitter button. I like the button more than I like twitter. LOL

Monday, March 21, 2011

Random Monday

I am lazy...it is a good day to be lazy. Drinking my coffee black today. Someone was lazy last night and didn't anticipate the morning need....My dog just farted in my room...I just hope the day gets better. All I got is random and rerun for today.
As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster that I call the Internet....
Yesterday, I got on the sites that were praising the new Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and bitched a bit about how it better have Tits and Ass and half neked minors and assimilating gay couple for it to make TV. I have been disappointed that 3 science fiction shows that I liked were canned in the past few years. Recently Caprica, then Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Firefly.


Last night I watched The Battle of Los Angeles...damn that was good! It satisfied my science fiction craving. I have a little critique on the feel of it being like a video game. I guess there is the money right there.

I had no idea that they were doing a Conan The Barbarian 2011 remake.
Here is a pic of Jason Mamoa (you may know him from Stargate Atlantis) as Conan, as you enjoy The Arnold Musical below.




Sunday, March 20, 2011

Super Moon

As I crawled in the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet....
I picked something out to share!


Madeline's Lament by Nox Arcana Album: Shadow of The Raven @ YouTube
This is how it looked to me as I sat and smoked on our porch. I watched it emerge from the cloud slowly. It was 9:30 ish.

Later the sky cleared and it all looked ordinary.  I love clouds. With the full moon light they reflected all sorts of tones on gray. I am pushing myself to do more freehand stuff so I can improve my art skills. I still need schooling.

Nox Arcana is an American dark ambient musical group, formed in 2003 by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski. Nox Arcana specializes in concept albums based on gothic fiction and classic horror literature. Such literary references include: H. P. Lovecraft, brothers Grimm, Ray Bradbury, and Edgar Allan Poe. Some of their albums also make reference to medieval themes and ancient mythology. [from the wiki]

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Long LONG time ago in a Galaxy Far Away!

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet,
steampunk'd Deathstar [source]




I found this treasure to share!
When you google "star wars" you get About 139,000,000 results (0.15 seconds)
in images you get About 91,700,000 results (0.17 seconds)
in videos you get About 534,000 results (0.08 seconds)
in shopping you get About 1,370,000 results (0.49 seconds)




Google also has a real time search that New results will appear below as they become available. I noticed that most of them are twitter links. I have a hard time tweeting. So this would help me find a twitter feed in the topic I want. I twitter during Astonomy events like the meteorite showers. And the lunar eclipse I did so as well. They offer links to other places that have pics or videos. I think I like the google real time because it would include more than just tweets when watching real time events.

I was stoked to find this YouTube video!  This is the one I thought was the best, but there are a bunch of them. There is also a silent movie Indiana Jones! Go check them out!



These are former profile pictures of myself...you couldn't tell, but I guess I am a Star Wars fan!! Oh and Lara Croft!




Thursday, March 17, 2011

On Wisconsin


I went to high school in Madison, Wisconsin. (MAD city) After the Dow Chemical sit in turned to horror in 68, my dad (who was a full professor at UW)put in for an overseas assignment in Brazil. We came back when the tear gas was way settled, in 1972. I left in 4th grade, came back in 9th.
The video Two Days in October has footage of the riot, and it made me cry. Imagine having to work in that environment? I'd be out there clubbing the cops right back. You can hear the thumps of the riot sticks in the footage.
 I am proud of the Wisconsin spirit. They are fighting for all states.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shredding some posts!





I am a strong advocate against banning and censorship. It is like deep inside me that this is a part of what is American. FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
Thanks to the Demand Progress newsletter I receive, I get notice of the news that is going on with Internet Censorship.
Recent news has got me thinking that some of my posts are a set up for the Internet Police to come down and swoop on me. Little ol' me. So I deleted my Anime embeds from Megavideo, and my best software ever post on the right clicking grab music for free off YouTube converter.  This is why:

WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE
* MARCH 14, 2011, 7:26 P.M. ET
New York man guilty of pirating 'X-Men Origins'
(He did this two years ago and JUST went to court on it)
Sanchez admitted that he uploaded a copy of the movie to www.Megaupload.com on March 2009 before the film was released. He publicized this on two websites so others could download the movie.
(so basically posting about it can get you in trouble) Could that mean that if you post that you got a great blow job from who ever to your best buddies...you are a pimp? Ok, I get it?lol He got 48 months.


I embedded the Anime off Megavideo and I publicized a way to get free music. The thing is that I got this all on the web just with use of my Mozilla plug in and then I looked for a better way to download the music with less conversion. All was free.
Tech Dirt has a series of articles
ICE Arrests Operator Of Seized Domain; Charges Him With Criminal Copyright Infringement [link]
Administration's New IP Enforcement Recommendations Will Only Serve To Make IP Less Respected[link]


intellectualproperty_strategic_plan -

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wakie Wakie!

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...

I scoped on a coffee art pic when I was in Google images.
It looked so good, so I decided to pick some out and share.
I really love a good hot latte, but if you have more than two people over, it seemed to be such a big deal to get the coffees out to everyone. By the time you give one out and then two, they are ready for more and you still have 2-3 more to make those who haven't had theirs. The talented Barista knows how to time it all and also adorn them so well! Check it out! baristabrothers.com has classes and a whole blog. There are other how to videos on YouTube.




Sources:
The Cutest Food
theBERRY
JEZZBEAN
40 EXAMPLES OF EDIBLE ART
WN Presents

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Church Of Anime

Deleted because of this news article in the Wall Street Journal:

New York man guilty of pirating 'X-Men Origins'
.....Sanchez admitted that he uploaded a copy of the movie to www.Megaupload.com on March 2009 before the film was released. He publicized this on two websites so others could download the movie. [link to full article]

I don't know the laws of streaming. You get so much YouTube and Facebook sharing going on, that it is not really in LARGE PRINT what the law is.
I am a grandma blogger. I just dump stuff I find on Google searches to share with a small amount of followers. I was originally a share dump to keep from making my Facebook feed long list of spam for my friends. It did not really mean much to Facebook, since hardly a one including my family view this regularly...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Handing more of it out!

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...(yesterday)
Not only did I find the Hand Art, but a bunch of shadow hand productions.
I picked this one out, but go to youtube there are more. Amazing what some people can put together.



Check out the thaw at the falls in my local live web cam. We are having a Spring Tease! Now I can see the dog poop I missed! Time to clean the yard.

Artistic Hand Job

As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...
Let me share what I picked out!

I couldn't find my daughter in Indiana's new number, so I got on Windows Live and IM'd her. She has it on a lot.
She can type almost 100 wpm and have 6 friends on IM and do the rounds while browsing the Internet.
She is on right now as I do this. We were talking about some Obama thing and she mentioned the Superbowl and what Obama had to say about it. I mentioned it is a showcase for the new Budweiser commercial at least...
Then I sent her a link to the new Budweiser commercial. She sent me a link on a banned Superbowl commercial.

When I Googled "banned commercials" I got About 888,000 results (0.16 seconds)
When I switched over to videos, I got About 10,700 results (0.10 seconds)

But I saw the word Hand Job and art on the sidebar and I just had to look.
So it all led me to this video, though that is off the topic...but awesome

See Guido's awesome accomplishments at his websites [link 1] [link 2]




Wednesday, March 9, 2011

An Urban Flashback #1

Thug Girl by Fuzzysocks102 manipulated with the Gang colors in Henderson, NV [link to original]

Back in the early '90's I had a friend who lived in the projects. She escaped her abusive drug dealing boyfriend, stayed with my family for a sec and then she got government housing in Henderson, Nevada (considered the ritzy Suburbs to Vegas). They called the Projects there "The Gardens". They were well kept places to keep the poor. The rent was barely anything.


It really didn't look all that bad. If you look to the right in the back of the above picture, you can see they are right next to big stucco houses. If you didn't do regular exterminating, though you'd end up with a cock roach population. I always had a feeling that cock roaches should of been one of the Plagues of Egypt out of the Bible. Or maybe they are a special battalion of demons from hell set to make those who live poorly more desperate.

If you go through life just reading the news...things like this story could just happen unknown. You would drive by the neighborhood unaware what it was and go on with your lives...

My friend's daughters (who are now 29 and 31) had friends who would stop by while I would visit. One in particular impressed me. At first I thought she had a twin. I would see this well dressed school girl at one time, then I would see this colored out gang girl wearing loose clothes, half finger gloves and a doo rag bandanna. She was a pretty girl sort of Avril Lavignish.

One time there was an issue about this drunk guy who came over asking to crash on the couch. She and I were both visiting at the time. She straight out told him, "Get your ugly drunk ass out of here and go sleep on the street. I don't like you and I don't want you messing with my family here"! I listened to her say this before I had any sayso. I didn't like the guy either and then I hear her saying that! The guy looks at me and I say "What she said: Get the FUCK out"! I asked her what her name was and did she have a twin because there is another girl I have seen here that looks like her, but dresses preppy like? She says "Nu uh, that is me. When I go to school, you wouldn't really think it was me. But, I am going to school because I am not going to be some stupid gangster for all my life. I am going to learn something". She was only 14 yrs old and handled that ugly grown assed man like a bar bouncer! I told her she was my hero!

Two weeks later she was dead. She and another local girl a couple of apartments away had stole a car and when the police chased them, she wouldn't give it up. The high speed chase ended up with the car wrapped around a telephone pole and both girls died.

I was out of town when it happened. When I came home the day after, I had a dream of her (Darleen) yelling at me saying "We got to help Denise"! I told her that I just drove Denise to California, she is alright. She repeated "We got to help Denise"! right in my face and I wake up almost seeing a quick flash of her literally in my face. I called the neighborhood where they all lived. A nice lady named Cindy who was their neighbor asked me right off if I had heard about what happened to Darleen (the young girl preppy/gangsta). I told her that I just had this dream of her in my face yelling to help Denise. When she told me she died...I knew the dream was a message.

The day away that I was taking my friend and her family to California and before I knew of Darleen's death,we passed by a ruins of a brick home in the desert and took a turn to check it out and rest a bit. My friend Denise tells me, "Don't think I am crazy, but I keep hearing this voice in my head talking to me. It is someone I know it says and it is telling me to go find a bone.It says that it knows I like bones, so go find one". I was not sure how to take this, but we were all broke and didn't buy any drugs so that was ruled out! She said the voice said it's name was Johanson. I said, "I just said that name less than 15 mins ago explaining what might of happened here to your youngest daughter. Like maybe some German settlers stopped here and built this place and maybe they had some German name like and then I thought a sec and Johanson just popped out of my mouth. So maybe this Johanson in your head is in my head a bit, too". Anyway, after looking around stretching out legs and this all happening, we had another 40 mins to Lancaster, CA. I rested a while in Lancaster and headed home to Las Vegas, went to bed and then had that dream.

Darleen's last name, I never knew, but the papers told me--Johanson.

Her death at 14 is a very sad thing. How much time does a girl get for Grand Theft Auto? Not worth dying for. Well this young tough girl revealed to me that there is something going on after death. The sister of the other girl said that night she saw her sister when she woke up at night. Liz (poor dead girls name) was at the base of her sisters bed looking all sad. The sister told me that could of never been really her because she had left that night with Darleen and never came back due to the car wreck. 

When I lived in Vegas I had my car stolen 4 times in the 5 years I lived there.  I think it is a right of passage to join the gangs and/or the thing for tough bored kids to do for fun they called "Joyriding"..  

I told everybody that Darleen was like The Patty Duke Show twins...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday!

While crawling the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet...

I was on facegook checking out my friends' daughter who is like my niece and her pics at Mardi Gras.

If you are or was raised Catholic, it is a great excuse to blow the diet or not feel guilty. Lent begins tomorrow...

Mardi Gras made me think of LeStat the Vampire. And so I spent my morning listening to YouTube (almost watched the movie) LeStat.
 


Then I found this awesome mix for True Blood.








If you have NOT seen Queen Of The Damned...it is a must! The thought of a vampire as a rockstar...

I am not all caught up in this Twilight phenomena, but I was caught up in the Anne Rice phenomena. I love historical movies and the wardrobe. I like time span from youth to adult as well.

I like how new ideas of Vampires are being created. And of course what they did with Sookie Stackhouse on HBO...smokin hot stuff.

Have a truly FAT Tuesday!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Only Space there will be is in The Smithsonian...


I love the Shat!  His voice is forever in our hearts and truly represents things to do with Space!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Church Of Anime

Deleted because of this news article in the Wall Street Journal:

New York man guilty of pirating 'X-Men Origins'
.....Sanchez admitted that he uploaded a copy of the movie to www.Megaupload.com on March 2009 before the film was released. He publicized this on two websites so others could download the movie. [link to full article]

I don't know the laws of streaming. You get so much YouTube and Facebook sharing going on, that it is not really in LARGE PRINT what the law is.
I am a grandma blogger. I just dump stuff I find on Google searches to share with a small amount of followers. I was originally a share dump to keep from making my Facebook feed long list of spam for my friends. It did not really mean much to Facebook, since hardly a one including my family view this regularly...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Scary Baboon Saturday On YouTube!



As I crawled the Virtual Dumpster I call the Internet....
I was in search of an old scary memory of a movie with a baboon in it!

 I saw a movie a long time ago by chance and thanks to the internet I Googled "baboon in lab movie" and there it was! The above pictures are just of Shakma and not giving away the good parts! When you have a chance, if you haven't seen it...check it out!

Shakma!

Even luckier...YouTube has it on a playlist! It is fucking scary!




They are scary already and to have one chasing you must be the scariest!
[source photos8.com]
[source]
 And then there is someone who sees good things in baboon ass: