Like Grains Of Sand…..

A story in The Los Angeles Times reported today that scientists have created a Hyper-acurate atomic clock that won’t lose a second in 15 billion years.

time passes

In a related story, I lost 4.5 minutes that I’ll never get back reading that article.

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April 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Republican Sports Anyone?

The republican party is busy refining their process to select a new “Main Guy” (and what, do you think that a woman would have a chance with them?) for their 2016 presidential campaign, and in doing this they are going to try creating a sporting image for the party. It’s said that for obvious reasons this contest will be known as the “Low Hurdles”.

Lower The Bar Please

Don’t improve performance just lower the bar, it’s the republican way

Because many of their financial funders are said to be not fond of fishing analogies either, they decided to avoid the stigma that calling these candidates “Bottom Feeders” would generate.

republicandirtytricks

Some consider his passing to be merely a retroactive abortion

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April 20, 2015 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

California’s So Called Drought And Other Nonsense

Full disclosure, I’ve been a resident of Southern California since 1963 and as such I have watched how the basically unrestricted growth of the metropolitan areas has led them to flow together until there’s pretty much no undeveloped land remaining between them, just one contiguous pile of crap that is rapidly running out of room to expand. Also note that in the process of building these megaliths, the ground must be first rolled and pounded down flat, and then a fair portion of the lot it is covered by the structures themselves and layers of concrete or asphalt in the form of driveways and sidewalks, all of which thereby makes water permeation unlikely if not non existent. This means that any of the rare rainfall we do manage to get here often just flows down into the sewers and then out to the ocean instead of refilling those rapidly dwindling subterranean water tables.

water running in the gutter

Surf’s Up!!!

Just a few hours of driving along the 101 and 5 freeways will make it easy to see that there’s just one big megalopolis that extends between the North end of Ventura County to the Mexican border South of the city of San Diego. And, you wouldn’t be far off the mark to soon include the greater Santa Barbara area and points North and East to that pulsing growth that engulfs and devours (Thanks to Mel Brooks for that one) this part of the state.

urbanspread

So what I’m saying here is that there isn’t really an actual shortage of water, there’s simply a surplus of people, and the demand from the constant new arrivals and the yammering family that they bring with them. Think of the number of citizens who go on daily watering their lawns and how our culture enjoys keeping so many golf course expanses green, along with the occasional Koi pond and those overflowing well chlorinated swimming pools.

gimme an inch

Give a developer an inch and they’ll build a mall

You should also remember that this once was and basically always will be a desert, an artificially enhanced desert if you will, that was never thought to be able to provide enough water to grow so many crops that are then exported away from the residents here. Do a Google search and you’ll be shocked to find out how much water is used to grow almonds and then figure out where that water comes from and who really pays for most of it. Here’s a hint, it’s not the growers or California almond consumers.

no swimming

Dive on in, the waters… eh…. gone!

So, what is it that we are actually accomplishing by buying into those non-stop “the sky is falling” terror screeds? The word that pops into my mind is enabling, as in we’re enabling the speculators to take an inch and build a condo, by providing them with an enhanced supply of water that will be legally taken away from other Californians.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.  Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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April 3, 2015 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

Chappie . Want . Sub . Titles

I jumped in line to see the new film “Chappie” and I was very impressed with the visual trickery that’s yet another jump above what director Neill (not a typo) Blomkamp (also not a typo) did on his excellent previous film “District 9″, with perfect CGI effects everywhere.

PrettyIs

Psst, it’s also a misunderstood love story

As for the audio, ummm…. not so much. In fact it must have been a toss up as to leave room for subtitles or  get clean understandable sound, and the winner was, ummm…. some other movie. Recommendation for you? Bring a friend with you that can read lips (or who managed to find a copy of the script on the ‘net).

JarJarByteme

Good luck reading my lips….

All things considered, I think I’d rather read Chappie’s lines than listen to what sounds like the winner of the Jar Jar Binks happy voice award competition.

subtitles

Not the subtitles I was looking for.

There’s one Mad Max Mutant looking bad guy that got subtitles even though he was speaking nearly English, and because it was understandable for the most part and I was able to follow his dialogue, he stands out for that in this film more than for his evil looks.

Jabba The Hut Hut Hut

A walking waterbed, but not exactly the mutant I was thinking of

I read in a review that the very talented Sharlto Copley was the actor who played the robot cop Chappie, which means that he was the one that did the green suit motion capture work to give the CGI folks an example of the mannerisms, excellent ones that I could also imagine Roberto Benigni doing, physical humor that’s seldom done this well.

Sharito

Back in his District 9 Un-Chappie days.

Now, I’ll just need to find a theater that will screen this film in another language and then provide some back to English subtitles so I can follow the (not too complex, actually) plot.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.
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P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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March 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Are These Secret Photos Of The Koch Brothers With Obama?

In The Beginning, they started out pretty much like any two other normal brothers that were trying to find some way to get by with only a $300 million inheritance between them, a way to survive and cover those day to day kind of expenses that we all have to learn to deal with.

The Early Years

Smiley and Dopey, the early years

They were just two simple men, dim but with a plan, and then came the day that they took that fateful ride with Barry, who was happy just to be able to sit in the back and not have to carry the baggage.

Taking Obama For A Ride

What you talkin’ about Willis?

MSDTRPL EC004

Now listen very carefully, when we’re in public it’s “Mr. Willis” to you…

Try though you might, you can’t outrun Karma

Can't out run Karma

You can’t be having a heart attack, you don’t have a heart!

And where are they now?

So Happy Together

Geeeze, it’s not like we have a hold on a percentage of every dollar in the country!

imago ipsa loquitur

imago ipsa loquitur

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.
Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..
P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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March 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Sayonara Samsung

O.K., I know that Sayonara (さようなら) is goodbye in Japanese and that Samsung is a Korean company, but the stretch was needed to make the point as I sadly will bid my fond adieu to my phone manufacturing company of choice for the past few years.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been a easy cruise after the long learning curve I went through with the previous ‘Droid Motorola phones that I’ve had, this one just instantly made sense to me. It fits my hand and my jeans pocket perfectly so I pretty much hit the ground running, the only drama was in learning to live with a steaming pile of bloatware that I didn’t want and couldn’t find a way to remove without the somehow connected Google (I’m looking at you “Maps”) or Samsung related installs going into a deep anaphylaxis shock.

Chances are that I still might in the near future get a newer Note 4, as my old phone, like it’s owner, gets older, but unless the Note 5 of the future manages to skip over this “upgrade” in an stupid attempt to fashion itself after the iPhone, since I’m not a 14 year old school girl or a gay guy, I’ll just say Adios.

No way to change the battery?

No way to insert a memory card?

No thanks, and once again, Sayonara Samsung.

March 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

SNL 40 Proves There Is No God.

The proof as shown on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show.

Gilda Radner is dead.

Will Ferrell and Dennis Miller are not dead

Ipso facto, res ipsa loquitur, et cetera, yatta yatta yatta.

I rest my case.

February 16, 2015 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

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