Monday, December 27, 2004
This is a stitched-together image of Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. It consists of 196 separate photographs taken with a 6 megapixel digital camera, and then stitched together into one seamless composite.
The final image is 40,784 x 26,800 pixels in size, and contains about 1.09 billion pixels...a little more than one gigapixel.
This image is roughly 100 times sharper then human eyes with 20/20 vision see naturally. If it were printed out, it would be 11 feet wide, or 12 pieces of paper printed landscape with no margins.
Here is a strip of the image. It is only an inch tall, but look at how wide it is!
Here is the site I saw it on...
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Saturday, December 25, 2004
Friday, December 24, 2004
Here is an example of one.
The philoranthopic part of all this is that "A portion of the Victory Junction/NASCAR specialty plate fees will go to Victory Junction."
THIS IS THE BEST EVER:
I swear to god this is question and answer posted on the PA DOT website:
"If my driver is no longer racing, is my plate still valid?"
You gotta love rednecks!
NASCAR Specialty Plates
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Not likely. And for the five specific reasons I have listed below.
1. No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen.
2. There are 2 billion children (persons under 1 in the world. BUT since Santa doesn't (appear) to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each.
3. Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75-1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc. This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man- made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a pokey 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.
4.The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized Lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (see point #1) could pull TEN TIMES the normal amount, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison - this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth.
5. 353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as space crafts reentering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy. Per second. Each. In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
He averaged more then $30,000 per show, but lost to a real estate broker who looked like she just got out of a 1987 movie. Two miscues in the double jeopardy round by Ken where he was incorrect in giving Alex the correct question started his crash and burn.
Then this final jeopardy question but the proverbial nail in the coffin.
Who knew the question was H&R Block? (besides the girl from Threes Company?)
Of course he went out in style....
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Duke Gardens, Hillsborough NJ
The whole family took a very nice trip to the gardens today. Thanks Mom for an amazing brunch and to Scott for showing up.
My favorite part was our guide. She was quite high on herself and a little bit.... well a lot a bit annoying. And I'm not just saying this becuase she yelled at me either!
"Sir, sir - can you come in here please. You NEED to keep up with us, PLEASE stay with the group."
My other favorite part was the she said that she had a great niece also named Paige. Her nice was named after her mother whose name was Pearl. You do that math.
Oh well, it was still a great time, and thanks to Beth too for getting the tickets.
All pictures here.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Saturday, November 13, 2004
(I hope he doesn't read the blog between now and then!)
Below is a little something that I worked on for his present.
It takes 30 years:
For a car to be defined as a "classic“
For falling snow to become spring water
For 1,560 Mondays to be finally over
For nylon to decompose
For a Green Turtle to reach sexual maturity
For society to embrace a new innovation
For all the water in the Red Sea to be refreshed
For 360 months to pass
For a saguaro cactus to flower and produce fruit
For a single molecule to reach the stratosphere from the surface of earth
For the Whitebark Pine to produce its first cone
For your mortgage to be paid off
For 10,950 days to pass
For a plastic bottle to biodegrade
For an olive tree to reach maturity
To turn $15,000 into a $1,000,000 in the stock market at 15% return
For Saturn to make one complete rotation around the sun
For 262,800 hours to pass
Before a coconut tree bears its first fruit
For a barrel cactus to grow 2 feet
For a forest to recover after a fire
For 15,768,000 seconds to tick off
For concrete to completely cure
For toilet paper to decompose at 13,000 feet
To form one inch of topsoil
For a uranium atom to lose 1/2 of it's radioactivity
And remember: You are not 30, you are $29.95 plus tax.
*all facts courtesy of google. Click here to see the query.
Paige at the park in the sand box.
Click the picture or the headline to see all pictures.
They said it flurried last night, but we are unable to verify.
Thanks to Scottie, the attic stairs are installed!!!
See you all soon for Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Sunday, October 24, 2004
By JIM UTTER KYTJA WEIR AND BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
ThatsRacin.com and The Charlotte Observer
A Hendrick Motorsports plane carrying two pilots and eight other passengers crashed into a mountain Sunday afternoon en route to the Subway 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race in Virginia.
Ten people were confirmed dead, including four relatives of Hendrick Motorsports CEO Rick Hendrick: His son Ricky Hendrick, his brother John Hendrick, and John's twin daughters Jennifer and Kimberly. John, 53, was the president of Hendrick Motorsports. Ricky owned a Busch Series NASCAR team and ran Performance Honda of Pineville, a motorcycle dealership.
Also killed in the crash were five Hendrick Motorsports employees: General Manager Jeff Turner, Randy Dorton, the chief of the company's engine program, engineer Scott Latham and company pilots Dick Tracey and Liz Morrison. The 10th victim was Joe Jackson, an executive with DuPont, which sponsored Jeff Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports car.
The plane had left the Concord Regional Airport, where the company has a hangar, and was headed to the Martinsville, Va., airport for the race where four of the company's teams were competing.
The plane crashed into Bull Mountain, about 10 miles west of the airport, shortly after 12:30 p.m., FAA officials said.
Emergency teams in Patrick County, Va., responded, but the plane appeared to have crashed in a remote area, said Keith Holloway, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman. Holloway estimated that federal officials wouldn't be able to reach the crash site until Monday morning.
It remains unclear what caused the crash of the Beech 200 King Air plane, he said."
AND NBC 6 News TV out of Charlotte, NC is reporting live that John Hendrick, Ricky Hendrick and engine builder Randy Dorton were on the airplane.(10-24-2004)
Monday, October 18, 2004
Saturday, October 9, 2004
This is the brand new Jib Jab animation about our country's political status.
Add a little McGreevy humor - and this is one funny cartoon!
Sunday, October 3, 2004
The birds are really out of control lately! This appears to be a huge flock of Starlings. We had the deck door open and heard what sounded like hundreds of thousands of them. I snapped this picture when something startled them and they took off.
(Get it? Startled them? Never mind)
No, it's me on my new ride!!!! A two plus hour event has been cut in 1/2. God bless the ride-on.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
What do fish say when they swim into a concrete wall?-----DAM!!!
What do Eskimos get when they've sat on the ice too long?-----Polaroids.
What do you call cheese that isn't yours?-----Nacho Cheese!
Good, clean fun. Laugh.
No, I said LAUGH.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Saturday, September 18, 2004
It's 6:30AM, and as I approach the front door I see red lights whirling around in the soaking rain. Hmmm, I'm curious now. (and a bit concerned)
"Forks Township Fire Department, sir" he proudly blurts out.
As I scan over the faces of the firemen and women (there were 4 of them), I saw this scene.
"Sir?", he says "is your basement flooding?"
"Just a little" I respond.
"Do you have a sump pump?"
I am concerned with that question, especially because the answer is "No."
"My wife and I..." I begin to explain "...have been down there moving valuables away from the rising water."
A little dejected, he says "OK sir, if you need us go ahead and call 9-1-1, we will come back and help."
More scared then when they arrived, I thanked them very much and scanned the corner for just how much water there was out there.
As they walked away, one of the younger female fire workers said "Have a nice day!"
The water rose for another hour or so and finally stopped. I promptly left for Lowes to purchase my first 12 gallon Shop Vac.
We are fine, all is OK. The basement got about 1-2 inches in only a few places and all of our valuables were saved. Even a few I wouldn't mind losing.
All pictures here.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Thursday, September 2, 2004
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Here is a pefect example of why I say "There is no fender-bender on a motorcycle."
That's what we in the business call "painful". He won't die, but probably wished he would.
Here is an interesting article about the PA helmet law 4 months after being lifted.
"In the first four months that helmets became optional for riders 21 and older, deaths among helmetless riders more than doubled, from six to 15, compared with the year-ago period. Fatalities among riders wearing helmets dropped 28 percent, from 25 to 18."
"No one here will be able to draw any conclusions,'' said Ed Myslewicz, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
WHAT? What will it take to draw conclusions? A connect the dot exercise with pictures of conclusions?
State Sen. John Wozniak, a Cambria County Democrat and motorcyclist who helped shepherd the bill through the Legislature, said he expected a "small spike'' in injuries among helmetless riders, but predicts it will be temporary as riders adjust to their new freedom.
HMMMM, you must be right. It's obvious to me that when people aren't forced to wear a helmet that they go out and crash to "adjust to their new freedom".
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Nutrition Facts and Food Composition Analysis for Burger King sandwich: Original Whopper Sandwich
I actually ate one of these the other day. Did you ever get a hankorin' for one!? MMM mmm.
Good thing it was only 710 calories, plus the fries.
Saturday, August 28, 2004
This is really a funny site! You can change the first and the last name in the address line to be anyone's and then hit enter.
Give it a shot and email it to someone who deserves to envy you.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Hope you had a laugh at those! Check out the Official Website of the Olympic Movement. (I didn't even know it was referred to as a 'movement')
That's what the nurse always called it in school when you went to her and complained of a stomach ache. I digress...
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Mercedes Benz SL 500. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank, she has the title and everything checks out. The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan.
The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the blond for using a $110,000 Benz as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then proceeds to drive the Benz into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.
Two weeks later, the blonde returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, "Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire.
What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?" The blonde replies..... "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?"
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Can't believe it took this long to compose them!!!
10 NJ State bird: swallow
9 NJ Tpke renamed Hershey Highway
8 NJ raises terror alert level to lavender
7 We know he didn't like Bush, but this is ridiculous
6 Now we know why McGreevey enjoyed "polling" so much
5 What does McGreevey and the Israelis navy have in common?
4 NJ DMV to now call rear end accidents, a mcgreevey
3 Gives new meaning to stuffing the ballot box
2 Post headline...mcgreevey goes down
1 Shouldn't take McGreevey long to get out of the governors
mansion, he's already got his sh*t packed!
This is Patrick & Becky's house
This is Jim, Kathe and Walt's house
This is Joel's house
This is Mom Kaine's House
This is Boom and Anastasia's House
How the heck do you do this master? (or what is the trick, Jack?)
Go to www.wunderground.com and search for your local radar, then click on Local Radar. This will give you an image and under the image on the right it will read "Current Station: XXX" This is your local radar.
Then go to www.geocode.com and search for your address. In most cases, it will give you your exact coordinates. (in the case of Mom and Dad Storholt, no luck - but that's what you get when you live in heaven, right?)
Then you just click on a link above and edit the locations, and coordinates.
Don't ask me where I get this stuff from.
I said don't ask.
Seriously, how lucky are their men?
We had an awesome time this weekend... Hanging with the Mohrs and Kevin. It's like an oasis on Lake Wallenpaupack. The 3 black labs and Paige loved each other, and the wave runners loved me!!
Thanks - Cheryl and Kevin and Mary and Barry!!!
I need a massage from all that exercise. Seriously.
Click the photo or headline for all of the pictures.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
This is why I always get the fish... no mistaking fish for cousin Bob.CNN.com - Police: Wedding guests eat victim - Aug 10, 2004
Monday, August 2, 2004
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
The photograph attached was taken by the crew on board the Columbia during its last mission, on a cloudless day.
The picture is of Europe and Africa when the sun is setting. Half of the picture is in night. The bright dots you see are
the cities lights.
The top part of Africa is the Sahara Desert.
Note that the lights are already on in Holland, Paris, and Barcelona, and that's it's still daylight in Dublin, London, Lisbon,
The sun is still shining on the Strait of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean Sea is already in darkness.
In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean you can see the Azores Islands; below them to the right are the Madeira Islands; a bit
below are the Canary Islands; and further South, close to the farthest western point of Africa, are the Cape Verde islands.
Note that the Sahara is huge and can be seen clearly both during Daytime and night time.
To the left, on top, is Greenland, totally frozen.
Monday, July 19, 2004
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
www.bid4assets.com recently sold a 1.56 carat diamond and sapphire bracelet appraised at $3,460 for $325.
www.propertyroom.com sells siezed items and things no longer needed after a trial. Examples are mountain bikes, stereos, wrist watches, cameras, & OJ's glove.
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Saturday, July 10, 2004
So, my trusty calculator says that if she lives for 20 years, she can spend $449 a minute and never run out of money.
That's $7.00 a second every single day for the rest of her life. That's absurd. As Becky would say "Give it to me."
Thursday, July 8, 2004
Monday, July 5, 2004
Sunday, July 4, 2004
It was mine at my apartment when I was single - too small for us....
Have you ever installed a fence? Holy cow. I had really no idea, first at the cost. Second, at the work of digging 42 holes for posts, and 42 bags of 80 lb. cement.
We ended up buying "middle of the line" fences from Home Depot... something like $70 for a six foot section. Add all the trimmings and you have $6,500 of fence. We love it, and it's safe for Paige... come by some time and enjoy for yourself.
A BIG THANK YOU to Scott, Joey & Ray Boom Boom for helping!! No doubt, I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you Anastasia for helping with Paige!!!!
Here are all of the pictures
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Monday, June 28, 2004
Sunday, June 27, 2004
When my Mom worked for the book finder company, they were scammed by some cat pretending to be a minister or something. They ordered 5 dozen bibles and paid with a stolen credit card.
In the Church of the Painted Breast scam, the scamee reverses the scam and gets the guy to send him $80.00 cash!!!
People are so creative - I love the internet.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Data Recovery Support - DataLeach
It is a Western Digital HD... a great name in hard drives - so what can I do? Nothing....
BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP
Monday, June 14, 2004
Dad deserves more from me then that - I should have remembered.... if it's any consolation, I think of him almost every day. I'll never forget landing in Newark from Dallas on a business trip - I was still in the parking lot of the airport and Shawn called me to tell me that Dad had pancreatic cancer.
Dad knew it too. He hadn't been feeling well for a while, and on a visit to Scott's house he gathered all the boys together and told us that he was sick. He explained that he was still waiting on the report from the doctor, but that he was sure he had "the big C". I don't think he could even say Cancer. I don't think I could. We were all there, kind of looking at him and letting in sink in. Joey wanted to know if he was going to die; one of us interrupted that he didn't know for sure.
Of course, he did. Pancreatic cancer has a 99.9% fatality rate. If you get it, you die - that's what the statstics say... is it that final? The doctor gave him three to six months to live. I can't imagine if that was me - three to six months to finish out your life. Don't waste time...
I had some money saved up and I called Dad. I told him that I wanted him and Joey to go to Disney or something... he didn't accept. With the treatments that started almost immediately - it really wasn't possible to go...
He was living in Cape Cod, MA... he was far away and living with his niece. So, I did what any self respecting Verizon employee would do. I bought him his very own cell phone.
Dad never had any money. Well Dad never had enough money. So, he LOVED the cell phone - he could call his "people" at his will and they could call back. He racked up the minutes and I was nervous about him going over his plan allotment. That wasn't in perspective when I look back. He should have called everyone he knew and...
Looking back, it went very very quick... I made 2 or 3 visits up to the Cape and one of the last ones was with Becky after we were engaged... of course, I had the video that Brian shot of the *actual* engagement and we played it and showed him Yosemite, Vegas and San Fran.
I am aware of my mortality now - more then ever before. I guess that continues to get worse as we get older. To me that is another way of saying: "Do something with your life. Matter. Leave an impact. Live a dream. Act now. Years fly. Scat." I used to say this a lot right after Dad died: "This is not a dress rehersal, you don't get a second shot at this."
Good advice. Still.
Love you, Popps.
Hank Kaine Sr.
October 28, 1939 to June 4, 2001
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Monday, June 7, 2004
Sunday, June 6, 2004
Friday, June 4, 2004
2) There are 4 blank fields at the top of the page. In the first blank, "with all of the words", put whatever song/artist/style you want to find.
3) In the second, "with the exact phrase", put "PARENT DIRECTORY".
4) In the third, "with at least one of the words", put ".mp3 .wma .ogg" (any file format you want to search for you can include here).
5) In the fourth, "without the words", put "cd debian linux" (this helps filter out useless pages).
These are instructions for if you want to search for mp3's. You can use this method for software, movies, images...the possiblities are endless. Just leave the "PARENT DIRECTORY" and "cd debian linux" fields the way they are, and change the other two to reflect what you are looking for.
Another tip, try putting "index" with whatever else you are searching for in the top box. Like, if you were searching for primus mp3's, instead of just putting "Primus" in the first field, try "Index Primus". This seems to weed out some crap pages.
You can also substitute "Index" for "PARENT DIRECTORY".
For videos you might try adding more file formats to your search. Like ".avi .mpg .mpeg .asf .asx .wmv .rm .ram .mov"
Only snag is that google, has it limited to 10 terms, play with it. Google Advanced Search
Thursday, June 3, 2004
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Break The Chain Website
90# on the telephone
I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service technician who was conducting a test on telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine(9), zero(0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused.
Upon contacting the telephone company, I was informed that by pushing 90#, you give the requesting individual full access to your telephone line, which enables them to place long distance calls billed to your home phone number.
I was further informed that this scam has been originating from many local jails/prisons. I have also verified this information with UCB Telecom,PacificBell, MCI,BellAtlanticand GTE. Please beware.
DO NOT press 90# for ANYONE.
The GTE Security Department requested that I share this information with EVERYONE I KNOW.
PLEASE pass this on to everyone YOU know.
If you have mailing lists and/or newsletters from organizations you are connected with, I encourage you to pass on this information to them.
After checking with Verizon they said it was true, so do not dial (9),zero(0), the pound sign # and hang up for anyone.