Thursday, November 20, 2014
Bits of wisdom: Leftovers
Leftovers Laws #12: If you remember your leftovers, they are still good. If you've forgotten about them, they've gone bad.
Winter is here,
Oh my dear.
My plants are dead
"I'll see you again,
Labels: Humor, Poetry
Sunday, November 09, 2014
The shooting star shower [Dream]
I arrived a some tower apartment building with a large grassy field to the right, forest behind, parking lot to the left and a road along the front. Beyond the grassy field was an industrial park. I had just arrived, meeting some people near the apartment building. It was very late evening. The sky wasn't completely black just yet. The area was lit by street lights, and the color of the plants lit up by those lights where vivid greens. As I was just hanging around, there was a bright light that flickered from behind me. I turning around just in time to see a second burst high in the sky in the direction of the forest. There was a large meteor streaking downward at a very steep angle. It was bright, with a long multiple trails and pieces breaking away. Then there was a large flash as the meteor exploded. Moments later, I heard a big boom. Then pieces of the meteor started hitting the ground. Everyone ran for cover in the closest building. No one was hit. But, as soon as it began, it was over. I went out to to find meteorites all over the ground. As soon as they cooled enough to grab, several people went for them. I was able to get a few good sized pieces. The odd thing about them is that they where all smooth, as though they'd been on a riverbed for months. Their color was the red side of brown, with dark greyish speckles. I marveled as to why these rocks from the sky would be so smooth after hurtling through space and slamming in the atmosphere with an explosion.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Lower turnout at polls isn't apathy, it is dissatisfaction with the choices
In the US, it is tradition that if you are dissatisfied with government, you don't vote, as noted by the low 37% turnout in this month's election. That 63% of no shows don't like there choices, so they don't bother making any choice, instead of making a difference choice (Non-democratic/republican). Unfortunately, the Constitution doesn't account for non-voting as non-support for government. I think we need a minimum voter turnout (quorum) in order to count the voting results as valid. Let's say, 75%. You want to know how hard politicians would work for your vote in that case? A lot! They might listen to the average person and take action to support their needs. Imagine that!
Monday, October 27, 2014
I learned a little bit about travel this weekend
Allie and I went to the Southern New England AAA Travel Show
this weekend at Twin Rivers Casino
. I learned that for some types of trips, it pays to plan early but book late. Other types of trips, it pays to book early, period. Balancing flights with the rest of the trip seems to be a bit of an art form. We didn't go to the expo to book a trip. We just went for ideas...and ideas are to be gained!
There were a lot of travel vendors at the expo, and a lot of AAA agents available for booking trips immediately. One lacking thing I noted is that most of the vendors didn't have swag. The ones that did pretty much just offered candy. A couple offered pens. Eh.
Some people have goals or accomplishments where they've been/plan-to-go to every country. My sites are not so grandiose. I simply want to at least visit each of the continents. So far, I have Asia, North America and Europe. That leaves South America, Africa, Australia and Antarctica.
Labels: Light Research, Vacation
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Caesars Head lookout over South Carolina
A short drive from Greenville, SC and you may find yourself up on Caesars Head
, a mountain in upstate South Carolina. The view is amazing.
Labels: Business Trip, Photos
Friday, October 10, 2014
is a great little city in the Northwest lobe of South Carolina with a great downtown area and revitalization. I've been experiencing the area as best as possible with just the evenings free. On Sunday, I checked out the downtown. There are lots of interesting shops and restaurants. I ended up at Blue Ridge Brewing
with funny faced beer mugs and vats at the entrance. Monday late afternoon, I visited the BMW museum at the BMW Manufacturing Plant
. Hmm, there wasn't nearly as many BMWs in the employee parking lot as I think there should have been. That evening, I ended up at Smiley's Acoustic Cafe
for open mic night. Somewhat suprizingly, the artists were good. Thursday evening, I spent along Reedy River and visited the Falls Park
, including the Liberty Bridge
. Then, I had a great dinner at the slightly more expensive Larkins on the River
(good view of the river and great ribeye!).
Labels: Business Trip, Photos
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Combating the tax myth in the US about making slightly more money
Friday, October 03, 2014
Quick view of the Bible's anti-"pro-life" stand
In the case of abortion, the bible isn't clear at all. What is does say is that the fetus/unborn/still birth (however translated by the various attempts), is worthless and never experiences anything at all. This is not one of those "therefore" attempts to get the bible to say something that it doesn't. This is actually what the bible says. No deduction or interpretation needed. In fact, the bible considers this as such a fundamental matter of fact, the bible uses it as justification to espouse a whole other point. Then, there's the law that allows parents to request to have their children (presumably all the way into adulthood) killed just because that cannot handle them. Oh, yeah, there is that one law that treats the accidental killing of an unborn by someone other than the husband in a completely civil matter...not murder all at, but rather a small fine paid to the husband, on par with what we would pay for a traffic fine these days. The presumes that it is indeed the husband's right to end the pregnancy himself, since he is treated at the owner of it, much as he would have to right to kill his sheep for the next meal. Here's the best part of all, the bible does in fact actually mention abortion directly! And you know what? The bible not only doesn't ban abortion (nor call the act murder), but the bible actually provides rites (the procedure) for how abortions should be conducted. The bible is completely conflicted on this whole idea of "abortion", especially when someone tries to falsely argue that the bible somehow forbids them.
Labels: bible, Observation, Religion
Saturday, August 09, 2014
The Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Project
Getting into Boston by car isn't a horrible experience on the weekend. It is just really bad, and expensive to park. So, travelling into Boston is often best by mass transit. However, when trying to casually plan a journey into Boston today, I discovered that they shut down the only commuter line in my area of the state, the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line.
Trying to get into North Boston from the Highway 2 corridor using mass transit is impossible while the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line is shut down for maintenance until late November 2014. MBTA didn't even setup replacement bus service to replace the rail line. There was already 1 to 3 hour intervals between trains. Seriously, how hard would it be to have a limited bus service on a similar schedule to those stations?
Thank you to the MBTA for thinking about your riders؟
Labels: Economy, Local interest