Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
My daughter took this artistic shot of my son planking on top of the air conditioner on the roof. Of course I knew nothing about it until I retrieved my phone and looked at the photographs.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Beautiful song and video.
older brother, restless soul, lie down
lie for a while with your ear against the earth
and you'll hear your sister sleep talking
say "your hair is long but not long enough to reach
home to me
but your beard
someday might be"
and she'll wake up in a cold sweat on the floor
next to a family portrait drawn when you were four
and beside a jar of two cent coins that are no good no more
she'll lay it aside
older father, weary soul, you'll drive
back to the home you made on the mountainside
with that ugly, terrible thing
those papers for divorce
and a lonely ring
a lonely ring
sit on your porch
and pluck your strings
and you'll find somebody you can blame
and you'll follow the creek that runs out into the sea
and you'll find the peace of the Lord.
grandfather, gentle soul, you'll fly
over your life once more before you die
since our grandma passed away
you've waited for forever and a day
just to die
and someday soon
you will die
it was the only woman you ever loved
that got burnt by the sun too often when she was young
and the cancer spread and it ran into her body and her blood
and there's nothing you can do about it now
Friday, October 14, 2011
Since ancient times, spectacles and public performances have transfixed, entertained, and socialized audiences. Between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s, the American circus swelled into the largest show-biz industry in the world and Circus Day became the year’s biggest event, captivating imaginations with its marvelous minstrel shows, audacious acrobats, and crazy clowns. What made the circus extraordinary isn’t merely that it was the birth of American pop culture, the Super Bowl, Macy’s Parade, and the Olympics all rolled up into one, it’s that it created a place for outsiders to become the superheroes of their day, for women to showcase their physical strength in ways that would be socially unacceptable elsewhere, and for audiences to experience cultures from around the world long before the age of global citizenship.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The EU toy safety directive, agreed and implemented by Government, states that balloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight, in case they accidentally swallow them and choke.
Despite having been popular favourites for generations of children, party games including whistles and magnetic fishing games are to be banned because their small parts or chemicals used in making them are decreed to be too risky.
Apparently harmless toys that children have enjoyed for decades are now regarded by EU regulators as posing an unacceptable safety risk.
Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a a long coloured paper tongue when sounded – a party favourite at family Christmas meals – are now classed as unsafe for all children under 14.
Why did they not apply these kinds of conservative rules to the European Banks?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
In 2007, high levels of bromate—a carcinogen formed when bromide and chlorine react with sunlight—were found in Los Angeles ’s Ivanhoe Reservoir. Today three million black plastic balls help deflect UV rays.
(From the upcoming National Geographic book Visions of Earth)
Saturday, October 08, 2011
My saw spent quite a bit of yesterday waiting for me to get inspired to finish cutting this piece of wood. I had to cut it along the grain to make a replacement for part of the floor in the lounge which collapsed. I hate sawing.