This grill replaces our old gas grill, which will, with a little engineering, be converted to a charcoal grill. Just in time for Memorial Day!


Be Careful What You Wish For

Cute joke:

A married couple in their early 60s was celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table saying, 'For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.'

'Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband' said the wife.

The fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.

The husband thought for a moment: 'Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me."

The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but - a wish is a wish.

So the fairy waved her magic wand and - poof! - the husband became 92 years old.

The moral of this story:
Men who are ungrateful b*stards should remember fairies are female.
A friend that I sent this joke to replied, "No the moral is men who are ungrateful b*stards should choose their words more carefully."


Geek marriage proposal

Proposal via video game

Awwwww!! How sweet!!


On Gun Control ...

Think about this:
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(Calculation) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.

Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million..)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(Calculation) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188
Statistics courtesy of FBI

So, statistically, doctors are approximately
9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'


Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!

Out of concern for the public at large, I withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.


9 Things I’ve learned from Watching Judge Shows

1- Never give money.

2 - Never lend money.

3 - Do not cosign loans.

4 - Do not get a cellphone for someone.

5 - Do not add someone to your cellphone account.

6 - If someone is in jail, and has no money for bail, do not bail them out; they stay in jail.

7 - If their Mama won’t give, lend, cosign, get, bail out, or add someone to their account, neither should you. Mama knows best.

8 - A loan that’s not in writing is always a gift.

9 - ‘God bless the child that’s got his own.’ Make certain that’s you!

Have I missed any?



My long-repressed love of musicals is coming out at long last... my latest adventure in memorizing?

Oliver (the old movie)

Nothing is as funny as listening to a whole chorus of children sing about ‘gruel’ when you’re serving oatmeal for breakfast...

“Every day we say a prayer; will they change the bill of fare?
Still we got the same old gruuuueeeel!”

Or, when someone is happy, the notes of ‘Who Will Buy’ ring throughout the house. Goes to show, that as sad as most of that movie was, there were still parts that were funny and happy.

We’re currently working on the song ‘DoReMi’, from the ST:DS9 episode, “Chrysalis”. Pretty complex. It’s a quartet, improvising melodies with musical scales. Trying to figure out who is singing what is the greatest challenge. If anyone knows where I can find a copy of the lyrics, give a shout out, ok?


Spring is here!!

The dull green of the evergreen trees is gradually being replaced by the faint, blushing greens of new growth. There are tiny little newborn leaves on trees everywhere, and dogwoods and cherry trees are blooming.

Even the grass has returned. In the field next door, the children return from their explorations with their arms full of wildflowers to gift me, with declarations of their love.

The felines are not immune to the change of season, either. My alpha cat has given birth to 4 kittens, each one with a distinct personality, if not coloring, and Mama Cat has successfully put the fear of God into Sam, the puppy, so that he knows that the cats are his betters, lol!

Next month, baby chickens arrive here... I’m still trying to locate the plans for the chicken coop, so I’ll have to do a search for it online, and then spend time picking up materials, and picking my neighbors’ brains about how to take care of them.

I’m a never-ending source of amusement to my country friends, mainly because I’m a total tenderfoot about this type of stuff, and ask ‘interesting’ questions like, “Can you put a harness on a pig to make him easier to handle when you are moving him?” Country folk, try answering that one with a straight face... that’s how I asked it (and why can’t you, really?)...

This is also the time of year that I lose my mind and buy plants like they are being given away. Why I do this, I don’t know, because I have what is quaintly known as a ‘black thumb’. I have killed all kinds of plants, even the ones that are allegedly impervious to black thumb. (Yes, even a snake plant). So you know that me buying a plant is tantamount to a death sentence on said plant.

But, hope springs eternal, and every spring, I buy plants, and grill the sellers about how to take care of them, and examine them carefully, because they need to be in the best health...

And I take them home to die.


But, I’m getting better... The wandering jew that I bought last year is still alive, and my eldest has started another few plants from the cuttings. I have two aloe plants that I was given that are still going strong, and, the crown jewel in my arboretum, an african violet that I had to repot, because it outgrew its original one.

Yes, I said african violet. Who knew?
Apparently, african violets ‘thrive on neglect’, as one acquaintance put it... if you water them when the soil is bone dry, keep it in indirect sun, and leave it alone, it will grow, thrive, and reproduce (mine has done all three). I have had this african violet for over 4 (!!) years, and it’s still going strong. Recommended for black thumbs everywhere, lol!!


Tri- Monitors?!?!?

The perfect setup

Neat, tidy, beautiful in its simplicity. WANT!!


Mars Exploration

Manned Exploration to Mars Project

Pretty amazing!


LEGO Computer

Believe it or not, a LEGO computer...

with a wireless keyboard, no less!


Weather Proverbs

Should you believe the weather proverbs?



Superfast Internet Is In The Pipeline!!

Ok, I still want to know where Emory Erickson is!
"The internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds.

The latest spin-off from Cern, the particle physics centre that created the web, the grid could also provide the kind of power needed to transmit holographic images; allow instant online gaming with hundreds of thousands of players; and offer high-definition video telephony for the price of a local call."
More here:


The Lorenz Butterfly

The Lorenz butterfly is significant becasue it illustrates the concept of"sensitive dependence upon initial conditions."

Click here to experience the Lorenz Butterfly


The Infinite Man

This is not for those who are susceptible to Jedi Mind tricks...

The Infinite Man


More Sophisticated Prosthetics are In The Pipeline

From the Defense Tech blog:

"Scientists have had a string of remarkable successes lately, taking signals from the brains of monkeys and men, and using them to move mechanical arms.

Darpa, the Pentagon's blue-sky research division, now wants to ratchet that work up about ten notches, by developing a "neurally controlled artificial limb that will restore full motor and sensory capability to upper extremity amputee patients. This revolutionary prosthesis will be controlled, feel, look and perform like the native limb."

So, basically, what Luke Skywalker gets in Empire Strikes Back, after Darth chops off his hand. Except, researchers won't have a long, long time to get this limb ready. Darpa wants the robo-arm stat -- in four years or less.

The limb would have to be wired directly into the peripheral nervous system, instead of the brain-controlled arms being demonstrated today..."

Read the rest here. It's really fascinating!


Point of View is Everything

A cartoon for those of you in project management :-)... although, I sometimes feel the same way when I'm dealing with salespeople!


Klein Bottles...

are pretty cool!

And, what is even cooler, are the explanatory pages about various regarding the bottles.

My favorite?

Important Information for Idiots

And for the topologist who has everything:

A drinking mug Klein bottle!! (Only $80 - show some love!!) Or, for the cheapskates among you, a Klein bottle jigsaw puzzle!! (Only $10)

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