Stop it!

August 25, 2016

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While it was bound to happen, I was still shocked when I
read the State University of New York (SUNY) now offers a
course called ‘Stop White People’. It seems Residential
Assistants (RAs) are now receiving some ‘special’ training.

The mission of said class is to give the RAs an overview
of disabilities in higher education. The purpose is to
help others take the next step step in understanding
diversity, privilege, and the society we function within.

Have we, as a society, been dumbed down to the extent
that such a course isn’t laughable? Nobody needs to be
taught there is a difference between between races,
religions, or even beliefs. If one has a brain they can
see and hear said differences.

If you feel you are at a disadvantage, work harder. If
you don’t have tons of money, get a job and work your way
through school. I will say again, the only white people
who cause you any grief are in Washington, D.C., and in
Statehouses around our country.

I don’t care what your skin color, religious beliefs, or
political affiliation is, if you blame your problems on
the general white population you are a whiny loser. The
only person who has absolute control over your life and
its outcome is you.

And if you start a sentences with ‘I can’t do it because
of’, you are the problem not me. That being said, life
isn’t fair. Never has been never will be. It is what YOU
make of it. If the groups pulling this nonsense don’t
figure that out soon this division of our people will be
the downfall of our country.
Comments are always welcome.


Going to rain?

August 24, 2016

We made no plans for today as the weather forecasters
told us we would get heavy rain with high winds starting
in the early morning hours and up to 1-3 inches total by
tomorrow when the storm ends. Late morning I ventured
outside and saw the following.

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Since we did get rain earlier, but these clouds looked
harmless to me I was out many times throughout the day.
. The birds were singing, baby monarch butterflies were
darting around from flower to flower, and even a few
critters even made an appearance.

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The rain still may fall in copious amounts and the wind
may pick up, but it turned out to be a great day on the
east coast of Iowa. A friend stopped by and over a pot of
coffee we talked of races run, cars owned and sold, and
which ones we should have kept.

His car is getting some finishing touches and should be
race ready just about time to store it for the winter as
I still seek the perfect project. If it’s out there I’ll find
it, but if it isn’t I’ll keep looking anyway.

This will be short as I have to rescue a pizza from
getting freezer burnt. So keep the shiny side up and don’t
aim at anything you don’t plan to shoot. Have a great day.
Comments are always welcome.


More moon thoughts

August 23, 2016

Every night, weather permitting, I go out to look for the
moon. Something about seeing the moon before I go to sleep
calms me down. Three days ago I kept going out to look and
couldn’t find it on the south side of house.

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Finally about 11 pm, I went to the north side of the
house and there was the moon shining down from the east.
And I wondered how it could move that far in one night.
All previous nights it was on the south side yet suddenly
it was on the north end.

I remember reading about Inuits in Alaska saying the
earth was wobbling on its axis. They relied on the sun and
moon to predict weather and now the moon moves around so
they claim the weather is different. Makes more sense to
me than the pseudo-science behind global warming.

Then I had a thought. Hold the phone! My stroll from the
yard on the south side of our house to the alley on the
north was all of about 40 feet. Not much in the grand
scheme of things. Okay it moved, but by how much.

That got me wondering if we, the earth moved, or the moon
danced over 40 feet from my viewing point. And again, with
the moon being so far away, is that even a measurable
deviation? Once I got some photos of the moon I didn’t
care but did get a hankering for a pizza.

The basic shape, the craters looking like pepperoni, and I
could almost smell a pizza baking. After ingesting said
meat lover’s pizza I decided it didn’t matter if the moon
moved, the earth did, or both. It was a happy ending.

Enjoy your Tuesday. We’re getting rain tonight and again
tomorrow but we’ll figure something out to amuse ourselves.
Comments are always welcome.


The merits of fishing

August 22, 2016

It is said necessity is the mother of invention, and that
may be true, but this tale will take a different path. If
you have heard of William Albee you may already know this
story but for the rest of you, here goes.

Mr. Albee went to Alaska in 1950 to do some fishing when
he noticed some villagers pushing a heavy wood boat up a
muddy bank atop what he thought were balloons. He found
out said balloons were actually inflated seal skins. It
seemed like this practice made a tough job easier.

When the fishing was done Mr. Albee went home to
Monterey, California and founded the Albee Rolligon Co.,
which produced the very first low pressure off-road tire
and later a vehicle to use them with.

His tires had to be manufactured specially for his use
using fabric and rubber that absorbed bumps and other
obstacles. He was so sure this would work he allowed
himself to run over by one of his vehicles using his tires
to prove a point.

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The formula to make his tires changed over time but that
formula is about as secret as the recipe for Coca-Cola. So
his Roligon vehicles, equipped with his tires, saw some
success. In the 1970s three of his vehicles took a test
run to the oil fields of northern Alaska and went all the
way to Prudoe Bay in the harsh winter months.

His vehicles and tires are being used to this day in the
oilfields of Prudoe Bay. I guess the moral of this story
would be don’t put off your fishing trip, because you
never know what game changing idea you may come
up with.
Comments are always welcome.


The final frontier?

August 21, 2016

I went out with the camera last night and there were so
many stars out I decided to take a few pictures. I took
three within a very short time, liked them all, and the
first two held no surprises.

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The last shot is the one above. Everything looked normal
until I glanced in the upper right part of the picture.
All the stars were round, the clouds looked fluffy, and
the sky a deep blue. What didn’t look normal was the two
white lines with a dot between them in the upper part of
the photo.

According to NASA, the last time you could see the
International Space Station from here was August 17th. I
did discover that when the ISS is visible the time frame is
4 minutes. Ok, so it wasn’t the space station.

Could it be a satellite, or was Hans Solo zipping across
Iowa? If you have any thoughts on the subject let me know.
Of course it could be aliens taking pictures of us taking
pictures of them, but I have my doubts.

And remember. After tonight there are only 5 working days
until the weekend. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Comments are always welcome.


Sunday snicker

August 20, 2016

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A Priest was about to finish his tour of duty, and was
leaving his mission in the jungle where he has spent 20
years teaching the natives when he realizes that the one
thing he never taught them was how to speak English.

So he takes the chief for a walk in the forest. He points
to a tree and says to the chief, ‘This is a tree.’ The
chief looks at the tree and grunts, ‘Tree.’

The Priest is pleased with the response. They walk a little
further and he points to a rock and says, ‘This is a rock.’
Hearing this, the chief looks and grunts, ‘Rock.’

The Priest was really getting enthusiastic about the results
when he hears a rustling in the bushes. As they peek over the
top, he sees a couple of natives in the midst of heavy sexual
activity. The Priest is really flustered and quickly responds,
‘Man riding a bike.’

The chief looks at the couple briefly, pulls out his blowgun
and kills them. The Priest goes ballistic and yells at the chief
that he has spent years teaching the tribe how to be civilized
and be kind to each other, so how could he kill these people in
cold blood that way?

The chief replied, ‘My bike.’


Playing around

August 19, 2016

Last Sunday I ordered a new 500 mm zoom lens online from
a shop in California and was surprised when it arrived
yesterday. The company sent me a notice that it wouldn’t
get here until at least this coming Monday.

After I opened the boxes, cleaned the lens on both ends,
and disregarded the instructions, it was time to play.
So here are two pictures from my first effort. The first
is a little rabbit in the neighbors not yet mowed yard.

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It turned out pretty good so later I decided to try my
luck at getting a picture of the moon. It seemed to turn
out but as I mentioned in an earlier post, lacks character.
It is the moon, yet sometimes when we get too close to
something, it just doesn’t look the same.

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When I gaze up at a moon through my glasses I often see
Abe Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Rip Van Winkle, or an
anonymous face. When I glance at pictures it looks like a
dirty beach ball. That’s still interesting, just not
something I’d want to talk to.

You can click on the pictures to enlarge them to actual
size.

I’ll keep playing with the new lens until I get better
with it. Until then, keep the shiny side up and have a
great day.
Comments are always welcome.


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