Saturday, May 14, 2005
Puns of the Week-end...
"They met in cooking class. It was boil meets grill."
Yeah - it was funnier back in the 1910s... I guess...
Labels: Phil Collins
Quote of the Day
- Maltbie Babcock
Friday, May 13, 2005
oooooooo - tis friday the thirteenth today...!!!
'' (...)the superstitious are left to contend with the "dark" history surrounding Friday the Thirteenth. As any reputable scientist or mathematician will tell you, "luck" does not exist. (Yeah - right) Good fortune is randomly distributed and not dependent on the day. (Or genes, social standing, allure, appearances, preconceit, prejudice... right.) The superstitious, however, will cite a long history of misfortune associated with the number thirteen. (As well they should...).
Judas Iscariot was the "thirteenth" apostle, the thirteenth tribe of Israel was the only tribe left without land, and the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission was launched at 13:13 hours (central time), from pad 39 ( the 3rd multiple of 13) and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970. Practitioners of witchcraft (those despicable people...) will point out that the number thirteen equals the number of days in the year divided by twenty-eight, the number of days in a woman's menstrual cycle. (They just love that stuff, all the little, simple-minded witches and ghouls and things that go bump in the night... eh? Makes me want to vomitar...!).
Friday has an equally colorful past. According to Biblical lore, Eve gave the apple to Adam on Friday, the great flood began on a Friday, the Temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday, execution day was Friday in Rome, and Good Friday exists because it is the reported day of Jesus' crucifixion. (An overwhelming case here... is it not?!? *lol*).
But for all the infamy and credence given to bad luck on Friday the Thirteenth, there are many less-publicized examples of good fortune. In pagan times, Friday was the day of the love goddess (ah yes - of course), and today, fittingly enough, Friday is the end of the work week. (Thank GOD It's Friday, they say, though... never heard Thank Goddess... sorry!). Many actors insist on signing contracts only on Friday because it brings good luck. (And THAT is not superstitious... right). Novelist Charles Dickens reportedly began the writing of all his books on a Friday, the day of his birth. (He never finished that last one... Edwin Drood... a druid? Must have been the good fortune bestowed upon that project by the pagan goddess of choice or of the week... hmm?).
At the birth of our nation, thirteen colonies formed the Union, a baker's dozen is considered a fortunate bargain, and, if you are Jewish, age thirteen is the time for a bar or bat mitzvah. For some Christians, thirteen could be considered sacred, since it equals the Ten Commandments plus the Trinity. (first time I ever heard that particular addition...) Dan Marino, perhaps the greatest of NFL quarterbacks, wore the number thirteen. (And he never won a Super Bowl either.).
It might be easy to laugh at such superstitious foolishness, but this same kind of magical thinking operates to support beliefs that can be harmful. It is estimated that the thirteenth of the month costs America a billion dollars a year through train and plane reservation cancellation, absenteeism, and reduced commerce. One can see why philosopher Edmund Burke proclaimed superstition the "religion of feeble minds."
Thanks for nothing then, Edmund Burke... and Joe Nickell.
Quote of the Day
- Samuel Johnson
forget wine - go for vinegar
Adapted from the "Care2 Ask Annie" newsletter.
(Yes... of course... I am absolutely sure that ''semi-revisionistic'' auteurs like Dan Brown -can you have a more generic, all-American name than ''Dan Brown'', I ask ye? lol- would thus surmise that the INTENT of the Roman soldiers -no anti-semitism here, right Rabbi?- those primordial Italian bastards, was to give vinegar to Christ on the Cross merely to help Him kill germs... After all, Listerine had not yet been invented... hmm? And there was no Mentos, the Fresh-Maker either... Twits like Mr. Brown and the rest of the Reservoir Dogs of Literature seem to need to palliate to those apparent ''needs'' of times past - they likely spend endless sleepless nights wondering also how in blue blazes the Sanhedrin could have ever done without supermarket overpriced kosher products during Passover... A tough endeavour, for sure, but someone does have to do it... hmm?). - LP
''Vinegar is a mainstay of the old folk recipes for cleaning, and with good reason. The vim of the vinegar is that it kills bacteria, mold, and germs.
Heinz company spokesperson Michael Mullen references numerous studies to show that a straight 5 percent solution of vinegar—such as you can buy in the supermarket—kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). He noted that Heinz can't claim on their packaging that vinegar is a disinfectant since the company has not registered it as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, it seems to be common knowledge in the industry that vinegar is powerfully antibacterial. Even the CBS news show 48 Hours had a special last December with Heloise reporting on tests from The Good Housekeeping Institute that showed this.
Just like antibiotics, common disinfectants found in sponges and household sprays may contribute to drug resistant bacteria, according to researchers of drug resistance at Tufts New England Medical Center. Furthermore, research at the Government Accounting Office shows that many commercial disinfectants are ineffective to begin with, just like antibiotics.
Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board, and in your bathroom, and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don't even rinse, but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.''
Thursday, May 12, 2005
A good friend sent this link - I thought it was just the most appropriate thing to share... here, on the luminous blog...
Last Updated Fri, 07 Jan 2005 18:26:08 EST CBC News
LONDON - Scientists have observed the largest known explosion, in which a supermassive black hole sucked in matter estimated to be a billion times the mass of our sun.
In the study, researchers used NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray telescope to find two cavities roughly 650,000 light years across in a distant cluster of galaxies.
Chandra X-ray image of galaxy cluster MS 0735.6+7421. (Courtesy: NASA/CXC/Ohio U./B.McNamara et al.)
"The eruption, which has lasted for more than 100 million years, has generated energy equivalent to hundreds of millions of gamma-ray bursts," NASA said in a release.
The telescope detected the powerful explosion, likened to a nuclear blast without the light, near a galaxy cluster called MS 0735.6+7421, about 2.6 billion light years away.
Astronomer Brian McNamara of Ohio University and his colleagues said the energy was likely generated as matter fell into the rapidly growing black hole.
Radio emissions from the cavities show jets from the blast erupted particles, magnetic fields and energy to create the cavities.
Intergalactic material is expected to cool but McNamara's team suspects heat generated by the cavities prevents the gas from cooling to create stars.
The amount of energy in the shock wave also suggests the supermassive black hole is consuming more matter than expected.
"It's like a 300-pound person eating 100 pounds of meat in one sitting," McNamara said.
The study appears in a recent issue of the journal Nature.
Today's Pun - brought to you by...!!!
Memories of water in the basement came flooding back.
Quote of the Day
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Our real duty is always found running in the direction of our worthiest desires.
-- Randolph Bourne
Schwarzenegger not mad at moon
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger does not want to destroy the moon.
Archaeologists find Britain's oldest shoe
LONDON (Reuters) - Archaeologists said Tuesday they believed they had dug up Britain's oldest shoe, dating from the early Iron Age about 2,000 years ago.
Factory guard first to register for Iran presidency
TEHRAN (Reuters) - A tile factory guard is the first Iranian to register to run in the June 17 presidential election, although he acknowledges his chances are slim, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Pizza delivery ends prison siege
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian prison siege ended Monday after a group of inmates agreed to release a guard they had held for two days in return for a delivery of pizzas, prison officials said.
Woman sickens eight with poisoned pizza
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian woman sent a poisoned pizza to a teenager she had a crush on, which landed the teenager, his six schoolmates and their teacher in the hospital in grave condition on Friday, police said.
AND, FINALLY, NO LAUGHING MATTER NOW... A GRISLY MURDER CASE...
(no - no grizzlies were involved - it would then be a mauling murder case... duh)
Dog kills cat, court awards owner $45,000
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A woman who sued a neighbor after her cat was mauled by his dog was awarded more than $45,000, the Seattle woman's lawyer said on Monday.
So... ok... I stand corrected - no grizzly needs to be involved for it to be officially dubbed the work of a mauler...
Pun of the Day
When a rich man bought a car he had nothing to chauffeur it.
Okay... surely they can do better - more of those things to be found at
Pun Central here
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
two for tuesday - antagonistic albert and kreepy karla, who is soon to be free as a bird again...
Paul Bernardo alone, I do believe, cost 150,000$ of Ontario taxpayers money to sentence and incarcerate... What did it cost to let Karla party on with her fellow girly-girly inmates I wonder...?!?
As for Albert... he's no prince, suffice it to say... (okay, admittedly, that was too easy - again! But hey - I'm not PAID to be funny here - eh?). And in HIS case, he has been back where he doesn't belong for a couple of months already...
Quote of the Day
Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others. - David Seabury
Trust a seaman to speak deep truths...!!! *lol*
Monday, May 09, 2005
potter fans... grow herbs! (No - not that kind - well, not exclusively...) *lol*
Growing Potted Herbs in City or Country More Gardens Solutions
Adapted from “Herbal Remedy Gardens,” by Dorie Byers (Storey Books, 1999).
Snipping off fresh herbs for a recipe from an herbal container garden in a sunny kitchen window while you are actually cooking the meal is a treat, whether you live in the city or the country. Here are some simple tricks for successful container gardening, including choosing the best soil and how to recondition plants to different environments.
Grow basil, thyme, mint, rosemary and more in your own windowsill pots. Here's how:
* Regular garden soil is not appropriate for container plantings, regardless of what type you have. Regular soil is heavier than commercial potting mixes and will compact, hindering your plants’ root growth. There are many potting mixtures available that are appropriate for container-growth herbs. Some of the less expensive mixes tend to be too heavy, but you can include combinations of additives to enhance their drainage capability, including peat, vermiculite, perlite, and compost.
* Make sure to give new plants some space for their roots and foliage to grow in your chosen container. Overcrowding can invite pest and disease problems.
* If you put your plants outside during the warmer months, when it’s time to bring your container plants inside in fall, do so gradually; the process is the reverse of hardening off plants in the spring. Know where you’re going to put the containers.; Start a couple of weeks before the first frost and gradually increase the plants’ time indoors in the space you have chosen.
* Make sure there are holes punched in the bottom of your container to give plants adequate drainage. If containers are outside, I usually do not put them in dishes; during prolonged rainy spells the dishes hold water and give the plant the same wet conditions it would have if it were in a chronically wet spot in the ground.
* Clay containers are porous and will lose moisture more quickly.
* Container plants need more frequent watering than plants in the ground.
* Container plantings need the same amount of direct sunlight as plants in herb beds.
Clay pots exposed to direct sun in the hottest part of the day can become too hot.
the best way to die...?
The quiz's name brought to the fore a vague recalling of a not-so distant memory - a song that I remember to have found quite amusing upon hearing it - "the best way to die" (which is the lone claim to fame, as far as I am concerned, for a band of flashes-in-the-pan / diabolical young men collectively just barely renowned as ''jet set satellite''... Their song was only amusing to me because I would use my luminous imagination and apply its quirky tone and morbid form of humor to something else entirely - adapting it unto the wondrous world of... rasslin! What better way to go indeed than to die inside the ''squared circle'' - watched by millions while trading fake blows inside a rasslin ring...hmm? Wrestling that is... and since we are monday... the most monotonous night on television... lol! Doubly appropriate to mention it all here - don't you agree? But I am digressing - you would agree on that as well...).
Well... to get back to the quiz now... it certainly seems to be keen on finding each and everyone's best way to depart - complete with Poe-like soliloquy (not adaptable as eulogy material though). All in all, twelve "opportunities" for departing are repertoriated... some demises are less painful than others. Creepy no matter how you look at it though...! *lol*
For added thrills -or chills- check out a site I discovered a while back, www.deathclock.com - a hot link is supplied just underneath that tombstone there...
Too much of water hast thou, and therefore I
forbid my tears
How Am I Going To Die?
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The Death Clock Is Ticking
Sunday, May 08, 2005
happy mother's day - and V E-Day as well
The Luminous Blog's Dedicatory to "Mom" (to be applied to all moms thus)
Quote of the Day
- Agatha Christie
Statistics Sundays 3 - son of a statistician...!
1) 60 years since one of the saddest historical events of all - the Holocaust
2) 60 years since the liberation from Nazi control of the Netherlands aka Holland
3) 05/05/05... an intriguing calendar bit of quirkiness that will not be seen again for a long, long time... (watch out next year for - 06/06/06 of course!!!).
Today's Big Cat Fact:
Snow leopard's fur is long and woolly and helps protect the cat from the extreme cold of its generally mountainous habitat. Unfortunately, humans have hunted the snow leopard for this luxurious fur to the point where it is now endangered; only 4,500 to 5000 snow leopards remain.
Less fun FACT: Less than 50 Florida panthers exist in the wild.