I am guessing animal lover.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My wife has an electric chain saw which has served her well in the clearing of many of the trash trees on the property so that we can eventually plant trees on purpose and let the healthy ones grow up big and strong. This might be the one electric device that we wish was a little more powerful. Once the trees get too big we call in a professional anyway.
All of the wood from the trees that were cut is not going to waste as we have been using it for some very cozy fires in the wintertime. Instead of breaking my back with a maul and wedges to split the wood I had stepped into the electric age and I own an electric log splitter. It is a pleasure to use.
Finally I have gone so far as to get a half electric car, returning my leased car and purchasing a Toyota Prius. It actually had only 1 mile on it when we purchased it but I needed to get it home to take a picture of the odometer a la Mike. I have now driven it about 700 miles and finally have broken the 40mpg barrier. I wonder if any Prius drivers out there have any advice as to how to drive it economically.
Perhaps someday I can buy an all electric car or some other large electrical device. Maybe something large and sparky like the machine Tesla built in the The Prestige.
(post title references "I sing the body electric" from the Walt Whitman poem or the Bradbury short story and collection)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Lately Delawareans have been up in arms about our school taxes going up because of tax referendums. Often the schools make sure that their 18 year old students get out and vote for the referendum and that has some property owners crying foul. Rep. Deborah Hudson introduced a bill that would limit property tax votes to only property owners in the district. Those of you yearning for a simpler time when only property owners had the right to vote will have to continue yearning because her proposal is unconstitutional. I know that we were the first state to ratify the Constitution but apparently we didn't read it first.
Ooo that smell.
A farmer in Delaware noticed a bad smell on his property which led him to discover tons of illegally dumped clam waste. The truckers who did the dumping were finally convicted, but the dumping happened at the height of last summer. Can you imagine the smell? The real losers in this situation are the pigs that didn't get to feast on the clam waste and now have to make do with some other type of slop.
Month's best headline:
"County, City knee-deep in sewage negotiations" - from the Brandywine Community news.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This little guy was parked at the Branmar Plaza in north Wilmington. This is the first time I have seen one in person.
Would you buy one of these to tool around town in? I know it is cliche, but I would worry about getting into an accident with a bigger car, and they are all bigger. I know the point is to avoid an accident in the first place but just in case...
On the other hand sometimes this little car might be all you need for a short trip.
Monday, April 21, 2008
This bird or birds has found a good cache of very large minnows that it likes to eat. The difficulty I have had in getting pictures is that any noise or movement frightens it away and it flies on up or down the creek. Even slow movement inside the house scares the thing away, so when I stumble and bump along to grab my camera to take a picture it is gone. Today I was able to quietly get the camera and take these through the screen and the sliding glass doors. But the zoom in my shaky hands unaided by a tripod means they are blurry.
I think they are clear enough to positively identify the bird and claim it as documented by a photo. Someday I will get a better one.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Do any of the gardeners out there know what happened or have had a similar experience? We do not have deer in our yard but we lots of squirrels and we have some raccoons that come by at night. Lynn even tried putting hot pepper sauce on the remaining ones, but they were taken out the next day.
The tulip carnage is horrific.
I don't know if I should eat my favorite candidate or eat the other guys up to devour them and get them out of the race.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This visualization beats my earlier analysis of all the satellites in orbit for sheer beauty of display. They have put together an impressive array of visualizations of the simulation of space debris generated by collisions. However I feel it doesn't really convey the numerical details of the issue. The chart below allows you to see all of the satellites in both circular and elliptical orbits, but isn't as pretty because I don't have teams of visualization experts working on it, just me and excell.
Here I thought I would put the map of Earth below the geosynchronous satellite histogram, just so one could see that the satellites are bunched over the populous parts of the globe.
I hate to sound like a spoilsport about the great visualization. I guess it is good that the ESA is getting out the message about satellite debris, though I feel that they (and NASA, the Russians and the Chinese) are the ones who would work on it, not me.
(Howard, and UniverseToday were also enticed by the pretty pictures)
Monday, April 14, 2008
On my flight Saturday, I peaked out the window of the plane just as we were leaving the Continent to go to England and took this picture. It was interesting how the clouds just piled up over the land but not the sea.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
The race also raised money for the student teams who build robots and compete and learn about engineering. Unfortunately there were no robots actually in the race. I was a little disappointed at that.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The first pitch was greatly delayed by these dedications. First to speak was Governor Minner, with a proclamation.
Then Senator Carper in a blue Blue Rocks baseball cap. That's the Minker family next to him. They made them stand out for almost the entire presentation after they were given the proclamation by Minner.
The first ball was supposed to be thrown out by Congressman Castle, who also spoke.
There was no Senator Biden to be found, and the mayor of Wilmington sent his chief of staff. Here is the governor, the mayor's chief of staff, the congressman and the senator waiting for the game to start.
I thought Mike Castle was to throw out the first pitch but Tom Carper threw one, and that stupid Rocky Bluewinkle (MySpace) jumped in front when I took the picture.
Then Carper waited around while Castle threw his "first" pitch. Mike castle was in a suit because he said he was also supposed to be at an event at the riverfront center near the stadium. I thought he was a good sport for doing both things.
I didn't get to see my favorite character Mr. Celery (MySpace, mascot page) because the Blue Rocks failed to score, in fact we left after 9 innings because neither team had scored. Wilmington lost to the Myrtle beach Pelicans 2-0 in 13 innings, according to the box score, but 2-1 according to the recap (which I think is a typo). However, there was some excitement during the popcorn, hot dog and peanut race.
The two classically dressed figures in the painting are Dante and Virgil from Dante's Inferno. of the author, the description plate says
she was inspired by her reading of a "down-to-earth" and "unpoetical" translation of Dante's Inferno, a version that dwelled on the mundane details of the underworld. The artist connected the hordes of ordinary souls that confront Dante and Virgil in hell with the hordes of human beings that daily passed through Union Square at rush hour.
"Louis Eilshemius' paintings appear naive in execution, though he trained in New York and Paris and exhibited at the Armory Show in 1913. His landscapes are peopled with nude women and share some of the dreamy qualities of Aurthur B. Davies' pictures. but he never achieved Davies' level of success. Eccentric, independently wealthy, and unappreciated by critics, Eilshemius quit painting shortly after being given his first one man show in 1920."He finally got a show, didn't like the criticism and quit.
The figures are sitting on his classic bulbous puffy horses that he loves to paint and sculpt.
One of my favorites was the Nuncio (2004), which I found humorous because the Nuncio dwarfs his servant, maybe this is Botero's opinion of the Nuncio's self importance. It was pointed out to me that both are dwarfed by the jungle.
There were several very large sculptures outside in the museum's sculpture garden just for the show.
The cartoony Rape of Europa (1999)
The stocky Hand (1985)
No image is sacred enough to escape the corpulent transformations of his paint brush. This painting of the Crucifixion for instance.
I realized that we have also seen Botero's works in Chile on our honeymoon and this sculpture, Reclining Figure (1984) at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Simpsons fans will remember the "Lard of the Dance" episode of the Simpsons from way back in 2002, in which Homer enlists Bart in his grease stealing enterprise and they make some nice money until the mob shuts them down. The episode ends in an explosion of grease at the school dance. Another instance of life imitating Simpsons.
A great quote: "Used grease is worth money? *gasp* Then my arteries are clogged with yellow gold! I'm rich Apu! Rich, I... arrrgh! *clenches heart, sighs* Money in the bank!"--Homer Simpson, Lard of the Dance
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
The information in this article from a "study" by Mindset Media is more misleading that just confusing correlation with causation because the leadership qualities mentioned - vision and ideas, and an inclusive and decisive style with others - are not really strongly defined so the sneaker purchases are not even really correlating with anything quantitative. It is also part of the postmodern tendency to confuse feelings with facts. There is nothing more postmodern these days than marketing. Not whether the product works, but how it makes you feel. Who doesn't want to be perceived as a leader? Got that third pair of sneaks yet?
I was able to write this post so well because I have recently bought a hybrid car and thus now am 78% more likely to be creative and less dogmatic.*
*actual statistic from the article.
(learn about the mighty crown nike picture above at freshmag)