Saturday, May 31, 2008

That's Not Fun! I Don't Like This One.

A TACA (El Salvador) A320 ran off the runway in the rain today.
In Tegucigalpa Honduras.
Here's a cockpit view of a typical landing at's not easy.

(Caution! The video is 4:00 min. Mine burped while downloading so I let it do its thing and then hit "replay.")
This is why I respect pilots so much.

Not Red Eye

What would you call this? Blue eye, or maybe silver eye?
(There may be an interesting scientific reason about a dog's eye's reaction to a flash of light lurking in here somewhere. Who knows?)

Home-Made Pizza

With pesto sauce, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Change Of Pace

Just a cat in the window.

In downtown Marrakech, Morocco.

Monday, May 26, 2008

What Is It With This Guy?

I'm trying to be very careful, since I may not have a dog in this race. However, here is a quote from Mr. Obama's Memorial Day speech in Las Cruces, NM today -
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.
Are they rising from the dead, or what?
(Just asking)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bathtime For Morris

It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, the cat seems a bit bewildered, but cute.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It Seems Like Forever...

but, there has been some progress on the Eastern side of the Bay Bridge.

To remind our readers out of area, the earthquake was in 1989. That's 19 years ago.
Completion is anticipated by 2013. That's 24 years to construct the Eastern spans.
(The original bridge took 3 years to build...1933-1936.)
We all love our bureaucracy, don't we? Or, perhaps, we all were much smarter 75 years ago.
Either way, I'm embarrassed.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Moment Of Silence

Today, in Beijing (Peking)

Because of this awful devastation.

The army is on scene.

(First time I've ever felt good about the Chinese army, FWIW.)
God Bless.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


This is only for fun:

Two great photos of subjects that (appear to) slope down, from left to right.

Thanks for watching.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

We Are Saved! (Materially, anyway)

Fog is rolling in.

Just in time for the Bay To Breakers tomorrow a.m.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hot Days Are Dog Days

But the winds have shifted to the West, and there's some fog out there, I hope.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

These Guys Aren't Endangered

They're just bored.

Too much time spent watching "American Idol" on TV, I guess.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

West Virginia

Isn't this fun?

(no further comment)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008

10 May 2008 18:00 GMT

That's tomorrow, Saturday, at 11 a.m. Pacific.
Pangea Day lies somewhere in importance between Earthworm Day and Dr. Spock's Birthday anniversary. (That's just an opinion.)
Go to YouTube and search for "Pangea Day." You will get many, many hits.

So, make a movie, sing a song, whatever.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

"How To Wrap 5 Eggs"

That's the name of a book I received after college. I think that we may still have it around somewhere (EBay is selling it for $300!) It's all about the charming interpretations that the Japanese use in packaging.

I thought of the book when I saw Mieko packing up some berries as a gift.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

We All Have The Problem

but this $100 answer from "Sharper Image" may, thankfully, not be the solution!

Monday, May 05, 2008

God Bless The USA!

This from our friends across the Pond, where you must pay the government for the privilege of owning and using a television set.

That's a bit troubling, no?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Cinco de Mayo?

Pshaw! Tomorrow, 5/5, is always Boys' Day! (Even if the Government over there now tries to call it Children's Day.)

So, get to it and fly your Carp Flags!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Useless! (except, perhaps, for Scrabble)

This whizbang has a name. It's a "pilcrow" according to Michael Quinion, who studies this stuff.

And, it's not a backwards "P"; it's a "C" with two verticals attached. Goes back to the Latin.

And look at how many different ways it can be rendered:

Okay, now back to breakfast...

Friday, May 02, 2008

The New Mayor of London

We expect that Boris will prove a bit better than Red Ken.

(But, our fingers are crossed.)

Definitely Spring

The first strawberry crop of 2008 is in, and what a crop it is. Friends and neighbors have enjoyed, and more are invited. There's no way we can eat all these guys.
And, yes. They are very sweet!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Green Thumbs . . .

(Click to enlarge.)

. . . are very useful when decorating the exterior of one's manse with nature's blessings.

(This Spring, so far, has been amazing. And, you should see the prolific strawberry plants out back!)