Thursday, December 25, 2014

Want a cool Christmas Greeting?


Want a cool Christmas Greeting? 

Open up your Command Window (Start/Search Bar at the bottom of the Start Tab for Windows), or the Terminal Window on a Mac, then enter one of the following:

For Windows: tracert -h 255

For Macs: traceroute -m255

Average time is about 25 hops to get the Christmas Message 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Point of View


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mom Calls C-SPAN to Yell At Her Arguing Pundit Sons

Here is a great moment in the history of C-SPAN:

A  very Southern mama called into a C-SPAN program to yell at the guests.
Not because she disagrees, but because the guests are brothers, both of them are her sons, and she is sick and tired of their shit.

In memory of Joe Cocker

If you've never seen this YouTube video, it's a real treat.

It's footage of Joe Cocker at Woodstock singing "I get by with a little help from my friends."

However, his enunciation of the lyrics leaves much to be desired, so the creator of this video added misheard lyrics as sung by Joe Cocker, and helpful images to go with them.

attached image:
(He's singing "I need someone to love" but it doesn't sound like that)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Deck the halls with Nobel physicists

A physics twist on the craft of cutting paper snowflakes.

... and you can download PDF templates

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cards Against Humanity Is Selling You BS (Literally)

 Cards Against Humanity Is Selling You Bullshit (Literally)

What Happened: Cards Against Humanity sold actual boxes of bullcrap for Black Friday. Amazingly, 30,000 people bought them.

Where It Blew Up: Blogs, media think pieces

What Really Happened: Protesting the materialism that is Black Friday for the second year running, the people behind Cards Against Humanity decided that they'd sell crap for the corporate holiday this year, and people bought in. Enough people, it turns out, that the crap sold out in less than two hours. On his blog, CAH co-creator Max Temkin explained the thinking behind the stunt. "I see these pranks as a kind of improv where the public is our scene partner," he wrote. "Together, we create a spectacle that is simultaneously funny and real." The company made 20 cents on each of the 30,000 poop boxes sold (each box cost $6 to the customer); the profits will be donated (appropriately enough) to Heifer International.

The Takeaway: People will apparently buy anything if it's branded properly (the packaging was made by the same company that creates Apple's packaging). Whether or not those who bought the crap were true improv partners remains unclear; this Jezebel post sums up the response of many, we suspect.

Nasa emails spanner to space station

Astronauts on the International Space Station have used their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in an email.

It is the first time hardware has been "emailed" to space.

Mike Chen, founder of Made In Space, the company behind the 3-D printer, said: "We had overheard ISS Commander Barry Wilmore mention over the radio that he needed one, so we designed one in CAD and sent it up to him faster than a rocket ever could have."

full @

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Motions Of Canoers and Kayakers Revealed With LEDs In Long Exposure Photography

A friend commented:

Really clever, informative & beautiful - a high tech update to Muybridge

Mom Calls C-SPAN to Yell At Her Arguing Pundit Sons

Here is a great moment in the history of C-SPAN:

A (very Southern) mama called into a C-SPAN program to yell at the guests.
Not because she disagrees, but because the guests are brothers, both of them are her sons, and she is sick and tired of their shit.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Two approaches

The Languid Puppy Drools

Saturday, December 06, 2014

FW: Your Morning Chuckle

The Garden of Eden

A Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden.

"Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British."

"Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. It's obvious they are French."

"No clothes, no shelter," the Russian points out, "they have only an apple to eat, and they're being told this is paradise. Clearly, they are Russian."

Friday, December 05, 2014

Dec 5, 1933: The 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing prohibition, was ratified.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

FW: Holiday Shopping : Do the Math

from a friend of mine


Hey Gang!
Here is a clip from an article I recently received in email. I found it somewhat timely. Thought you might enjoy it too.
If you recently spent some time circling a mall parking lot, looking for a place to park, you may want to consider an approach recommended to by former math teacher Joseph Pagano. "Rather than circle the lot, idle in an aisle where you can see 10 spaces ahead of you on either side (20 total). Given the average holiday shopping trip duration of 77 minutes, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of those 20 spots should open up in 3.85 minutes or less of waiting."

Personally, I use the Bell Curve method. If you look at an aerial view of parking near a store or mall entrance a distinct Bell Curve can be seen. Just parking two or three rows away form the central door access point can get you a pretty close space.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

"Oh yeah? When Pigs FLY !"

37 Years Ago: Pink Floyd's Giant Inflatable Pig Breaks Free

Whether it was an epic publicity stunt or a genuine mishap remains a topic of debate in some circles. Either way, the cover shoot for 1977′s 'Animals' remains one of Pink Floyd's signature moments.

Artist Lucy Sparrow, co-founder of the art group Hipgnosis, came up with the concept (along with Floyd's Roger Waters) of an inflatable pig floating over Britain's iconic Battersea Power Station. But things didn't go as planned at the December 1976 photo shoot, as the 40-foot balloon broke from its moorings on one of Battersea's southern chimneys, rising directly into the path of planes landing at Heathrow Airport. All flights were grounded, and Sparrow was arrested, even as police helicopters and the Royal Air Force arrived to chase the pig. It eventually fell to the ground miles way in Kent.

At 9:30PM, a man rang up," Sparrow recalled in an interview with Time Out London. "He said, 'Are you the guy looking for a pig? It's scaring my cows to death in my field.' It was front-page news. Pink Floyd couldn't have got better publicity if they tried."

But they still didn't have a cover image. Sparrow and the band returned to Battersea later, this time with a sharpshooter in tow to take out any errant balloons, but the lighting had changed. (Sparrow still marvels over "the most incredible, Turner-esque sky" they had for the first shoot.) He ended up cutting and pasting an image of the pig onto one of his earlier pictures of the power station. "It's actually a completely faked photograph," Sparrow later said.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Text from "Dog"

From a blog (and now a book).

The premise is that a guy's dog can communicate with him via text message.

see attached for examples

Monday, December 01, 2014

Washington Crossing the Delaware - December 2014

Washington Crossing
Two Chances to Watch George Cross

Two Chances to Watch George Cross

December 7th & 25th

Each December, thousands gather to watch the reenactment of George Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the Delaware River. During the event, several hundred reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by Washington and then row across the river in replica Durham boats.

There are two opportunities to view the reenactment. The first is on Sunday, December 7 when the park will hold a full public dress rehearsal from 10 AM to 4 PM (actual crossing at 1 PM). During the dress rehearsal, troops row across the river in uniform just as they do during the annual Christmas Day Crossing. In addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations in the historic village provide families with a full day of fun and learning – a great way to see the reenactment if you can't make it on Christmas Day.

Cost to attend the dress rehearsal is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds from the dress rehearsal support future programs in the park.

The annual Christmas Day Crossing will take place from Noon to 3 PM on December 25 (actual crossing at 1 PM). The Christmas Day Crossing is free. It is recommended that visitors arrive before 1 PM to ensure a good place along the viewing line.

For all of the information you need about the Crossings, visit




New and Improved Park Website Launched

The Friends of Washington Crossing Park recently launched a completely redesigned and updated website for the park. The beautiful, user-friendly site can be found at It features information about the park, tours, events, photos and much more.

New website

Join the Park's Volunteer Corps

Volunteer Corp

There are many volunteer opportunities
available for all ages in Washington Crossing Historic Park. From tending the garden to working the desk in the Visitor Center to
leading tours, there is something for everyone. No set time commitment is required. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator
Robert Whalen at 215-493-4076 or


Washington Crossing Historic Park

Box 103, Washington Crossing, PA 18977 • Phone: 215-493-4076

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An unfortunate turn of events


Domestic Bliss: Mother Of Two Takes Darkly Humorous Family Photos

At least one of these definitely NSFW, and each has some disturbing details easy to miss the first time through - but some of them devilishly hilarious