Sunday, July 30, 2006

Just one Simple Question

I can't begin to understand what would possess anyone to buy an SUV at this point. And yet it's happening all over the place.


What you support if you buy an SUV at this point:

Rising gas prices that will never go down.
The end of oil which will bring this civilization as we know it to a halt.
A siphoning off of your children's future.
War over the last reserves of what is left.
A climate in crisis mode.


If you care about any of these things, here's a great video that will take you to a happy place.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


On a sea turtle walk, on the beach at night...

Maia: How many grains of sand do you think there are on the beach?

Me: (Imitating Carl Sagan) BIllions and Billions.

Maia: How about stars in the sky?

Me: Gazillions.

Maia: Do you think you could count all of them in your life, every millisecond, from when you were born to when you die?

Me: (staggered at the thought) No.

Maia: Good.

Me: Why good?

Maia: Because that would be reallllllly boring.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Caption THIS!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Funny Ha-Ha

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing.
He concludes by saying,"Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed.

"OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the President sits, head in hands.

Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Shine On, Syd

LONDON (AP) -- Syd Barrett, the troubled Pink Floyd co-founder who spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

A spokeswoman for the band said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for years.

The surviving members of Pink Floyd -- David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright -- said they were ''very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death.''
''Syd was the guiding light of the early band lineup and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire,'' they said in a statement.

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with Waters, Mason and Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs. The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced, multimedia ''happenings'' made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene. The 1967 album ''The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'' -- largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar -- was a commercial and critical hit.

But Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968 -- five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most popular album, ''Dark Side of the Moon'' -- to be replaced by Gilmour.
Barrett released two solo albums -- ''The Madcap Laughs'' and ''Barrett'' -- but soon withdrew from the music business altogether. An album of previously unreleased material, ''Opel,'' was issued in 1988.

He reverted to his real name, Roger Barrett, and spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England. Moving into his mother's suburban house, he passed the time painting and tending the garden. His former bandmates made sure Barrett continued to receive royalties from his work with Pink Floyd.

He was a familiar figure to neighbors, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store, but rarely spoke to the fans and journalists who sought him out over the years.

Despite his brief career, Barrett's fragile, wistful songs influenced many musicians including David Bowie -- who covered the Barrett track ''See Emily Play.''

Bowie said in a statement posted on his Web site that Barrett had been a ''major inspiration.''
''His impact on my thinking was enormous,'' Bowie write. ''A major regret is that I never got to know him. A diamond indeed.''

The other members of Pink Floyd recorded the album ''Wish You Were Here'' as a tribute to their troubled bandmate.

It contained the song ''Shine On You Crazy Diamond'' -- ''Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.'' The band also dwelt on themes of mental illness on the albums ''Dark Side of the Moon'' and ''The Wall.''

The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral would be held.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Do-it-Yourself Trailers

The best trailer for this movie can be seen here @ Jumpcut. But what's really great is that you can remix your own while you're at it. This can only be good. How many trailers these days give away the whole plot of the movie and include only the best moments in what is supposed to be the sneak preview? This is a movie-lovers chance to redeem shameless overexposure of film. Plus, it's quite fun, too.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Separated at Birth?

Michael Ballack, German soccer player/ Matt Damon, American actor

I Have Some Amazing Friends

I have been away, putting my time in at a great new job I just landed.
The job is in the field of Optics as a Visual Therapist, so imagine my surprize when a friend dropped this in my mailbox.

You rock, Trumpy!

Read out loud the text inside the triangle below.

More than likely you said, "A bird in the bush," and........
if this IS what YOU said, then you failed to see
that the word THE is repeated twice!
Sorry, look again.

Next, let's play with some words.
What do you see?

In black you can read the word GOOD, in white the word EVIL (inside each black letter is a white letter). It's all very physiological too, because it visualizes the concept that good can't exist without evil (or the absence of good is evil ).

Now, what do you see?

You may not see it at first, but the white spaces read the word optical, the blue landscape reads the word illusion. Look again! Can you see why this painting is called an optical illusion? What do you see here?

This one is quite tricky! The word TEACH reflects as LEARN. Last one.
What do you see?

You probably read the word ME in brown, but.......
when you look through ME
you will see