Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
According to Nancy Keats of the "Wall Street Journal":
No one wears bike helmets. They're afraid they'll mess up their hair. "I have a big head and I would look silly," Mayor Klaus Bondam says. People bike while pregnant, carrying two cups of coffee, smoking, eating bananas. At the airport, there are parking spaces for bikes. In the emergency room at Frederiksberg Hospital on weekends, half the biking accidents are from people riding drunk. Doctors say the drunk riders tend to run into poles.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
My father always mentioned that he had dim memories of tanks, troops, and fighting during WWII in his Sicilian town of Leonforte...I never really followed up on that claim until now. And yes indeed, but surprisingly, they were Canadian troops:
"Meanwhile, the 2nd Infantry Brigade engaged the enemy in Leonforte, a city of 20,000, near Assoro. In the city's dark and narrow streets, fighting turned into house-by-house combat as the Loyal Edmonton Regiment scattered throughout the town. To help them out, Brigadier launched a mobile armoured column of four tanks plus a company of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. The assault was so fast and so efficient that the German guard posts at the entrance of the city surrendered. Fierce fighting went on until full surrender of the city and of neighbouring positions."
Friday, January 23, 2009
Very interesting tech article...I am waiting for an excellent suspense movie to be made about the worlds best and biggest computer system heist. Has there already been one?
Technology / Internet
Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: January 23, 2009
The infection seems to be the first step of a multistage attack, but experts do not know the form it will take: link to article
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
This is an amazing owl!
The owl featured is a Southern White Faced Scops owl from South Africa called Popochan. As soon as it saw the slightly larger barn owl, Popochan will raise its wings high and pump up its plumage to increase its volume to increase its aggressiveness.However when it was presented a larger Eagle owl, Popochan tries to hide its presence and decreases its volume by contracting its plumage.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
A woodpecker right outside my apartment on the tree. It was pecking away. Very fun to see, especially since I live in an urban pit. This has been quite a year of animal sightings...some of the more rare incidences...(well it also includes Costa Rica)...
1. A Sloth
2. A Toucan
3. A pair of turkeys (in my Teaneck backyard)
4. A 6 ft. Boa crossing the road
5. A moth the size of a bird
6. Orchid spiders (about 50 of them)
7. A glimpse of a black monkey
The 2008 Lists:
Top 10 U.S. Cities Most Polluted by Short-Term Particle Pollution:
1) Pittsburgh, Pa.
2) Los Angeles/Long Beach/Riverside, Calif.
3) Fresno/Madera, Calif.
4) Bakersfield, Calif.
5) Birmingham, Ala.
6) Logan, Utah
7) Salt Lake City, Utah
8) Sacramento, Calif.
9) Detroit, Mich.
10) Baltimore, Md./Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia.
Top 10 U.S. Cities Most Polluted by Year-Round Particle Pollution:
1) Los Angeles/Long Beach/Riverside, Calif.
2) Pittsburgh, Pa.
3) Bakersfield, Calif.
4) Birmingham, Ala.
5) Visalia/Porterville, Calif.
6) Atlanta, Ga.
7) Cincinnati, Ohio
8) Fresno/Madera, Calif.
9) Hanford/Corcoran, Calif.
10) Detroit, Mich.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
From where we are standing, Manhattan is to the right, and the Tapanzee Bridge is the the left. We are actually right by the George Washington Bridge.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
The excitement is unbelievable as the mid-point mark of the marathon runs right down our local street. We cheer people on, give high-fives, and yell out as many countries as we see on their shirts to pep the runners. This year, our friends invited us over for a marathon brunch party...and their apartment window overlooks the marathon.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I can't take much more of this. Two weeks to go, and I'm at the end of my rope. I can't work. I can eat, but mostly standing up. I'm anxious all the time and taking it out on my ex-wife, which, ironically, I'm finding enjoyable. This is like waiting for the results of a biopsy. Actually, it's worse. Biopsies only take a few days, maybe a week at the most, and if the biopsy comes back positive, there's still a potential cure. With this, there's no cure. The result is final. Like death.
Five times a day I'll still say to someone, "I don't know what I'm going to do if McCain wins." Of course, the reality is I'm probably not going to do anything. What can I do? I'm not going to kill myself. If I didn't kill myself when I became impotent for two months in 1979, I'm certainly not going to do it if McCain and Palin are elected, even if it's by nefarious means. If Obama loses, it would be easier to live with it if it's due to racism rather than if it's stolen. If it's racism, I can say, "Okay, we lost, but at least it's a democracy. Sure, it's a democracy inhabited by a majority of disgusting, reprehensible turds, but at least it's a democracy." If he loses because it's stolen, that will be much worse. Call me crazy, but I'd rather live in a democratic racist country than a non-democratic non-racist one. (It's not exactly a Hobson's choice, but it's close, and I think Hobson would compliment me on how close I've actually come to giving him no choice. He'd love that!)
The one concession I've made to maintain some form of sanity is that I've taken to censoring my news, just like the old Soviet Union. The citizenry (me) only gets to read and listen to what I deem appropriate for its health and well-being. Sure, there are times when the system breaks down. Michele Bachmann got through my radar this week, right before bedtime. That's not supposed to happen. That was a lapse in security, and I've had to make some adjustments. The debates were particularly challenging for me to monitor. First I tried running in and out of the room so I would only hear my guy. This worked until I knocked over a tray of hors d'oeuvres. "Sit down or get out!" my host demanded. "Okay," I said, and took a seat, but I was more fidgety than a ten-year-old at temple. I just couldn't watch without saying anything, and my running commentary, which mostly consisted of "Shut up, you prick!" or "You're a fucking liar!!!" or "Go to hell, you cocksucker!" was way too distracting for the attendees, and finally I was asked to leave.
Assuming November 4th ever comes, my big decision won't be where I'll be watching the returns, but if I'll be watching. I believe I have big jinx potential and may have actually cost the Dems the last two elections. I know I've jinxed sporting events. When my teams are losing and I want them to make a comeback, all I have to do is leave the room. Works every time. So if I do watch, I'll do it alone. I can't subject other people to me in my current condition. I just don't like what I've turned into -- and frankly I wasn't that crazy about me even before the turn. This election is having the same effect on me as marijuana. All of my worst qualities have been exacerbated. I'm paranoid, obsessive, nervous, and totally mental. It's one long, intense, bad trip. I need to come down. Soon.