Thursday, January 31, 2013


These are remarkable photos taken just ...

... as the bow of a boat encounters a huge wave...

... when the athlete falls into the sand and makes this strange figure...

... when a gun fires and the deflector expels two clouds of smoke...

... when two dogs in a race have all four feet in the air...

... as a water balloon explodes. The balloon disappears and leaves this extraordinary view...
(This is my favorite)

... when a bird shakes off water...
(Is that a head or a small engine?)

... when a whale just decided to surface for air, and in that moment a dolphin passed over it...

... when a salmon swimming upstream jumped into the jaws of a predator...

... as a missile launched its load of explosives, leaving behind a flower of black smoke...

... when lightning struck, letting us see the power of Mother Nature...

... when a jet of water "freezes" and the cascade arches with a matchless perfection...

Humor --

You know what a split second is.  That’s the interval between when the light turns green, and the guy behind you honks.

What do you call a rabbit on the lawn?  A "grass hopper"


 Not too many varieties in this posting, but you may find them interesting.

 Cliff and I decided that this is a young Impala.
(No, not the automotive kind)

 Here's a close-up of what may be the same young one.

 The adult Impalas have horns.

 Yes, we know this is a giraffe.

 I've no idea what this is. It's hard to check on Google without some notion of a name.

 Cliff clued me on this one. It's a baboon.

  Baboon with young one.

  And this may be an adult male.

 I have no idea what this is. If you have any idea, let le know
and I can check it on Google Images.

 A water buffalo.

  Okay, are they white with black stripes, or black with white stripes?
Does it make any difference?

 I can't tell from the back, but is this a meerkat?

Fun --

IN OTHER WORDS, concluded.

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which
readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. Winners include:

~  Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

~  Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

~  Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with 'Yiddishisms'.

~ Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


These photos are presented by the


Customer:  Hi, this is Celine. I can't get my diskette out.
Tech support:  Have you tried pushing the button?
Customer:  Yes, sure, it's really stuck.
Tech support:  That doesn't sound  so good; I'll make a note.
Customer:  No .. wait a minute... I hadn't inserted it yet... it's still on my desk.  Sorry.

* * *
Tech support:  Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.
Customer:  Your left or my left?

* * *
Customer:  Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can't print. Every time I try, it says 'Can't find printer'. I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't find it.

* * *
Customer:  I have problems printing in red.
Tech support:  Do you have a color printer?
Customer:  Aaaah.......thank you.

* * *
Tech support:  How may I help you?
Customer:  I'm writing my first e-mail.
Tech support:  OK,  and what seems to be the problem?
Customer:  Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


You like animals? So do I.

We're twins.

"...and the land of  the free."

 Where's my washcloth?

 I don't know how to get this thing to go!

 We be friends. You don't bite me, I don't bite you.

 Pretty tasty food here.


 What's this all about? See next photo.

 I give the driver instructions.

 Yeah, I'm beautiful.

 I got up here – – now, to get down…

 Let me taste this food.

IN OTHER WORDS… part 2 of 3

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which
readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. Winners include:

~  Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which
you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

~  Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

~  Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

~  Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up
after you are run over by a steamroller.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Many years ago Amalie and I took a lengthy trip around the western United States.  One of the many places we visited in this more than a month long tour was the Grand Canyon. I suppose we took pictures, though I have no idea where they are.

However recently I was emailed some photos that we could not possibly have taken, and these are beautiful and dramatic.  See for yourself.  The captions came with the email.

The Grand Canyon 

Comanche Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Ancestral Puebloan granaries high above the Colorado River at Nankoweap Creek.

Havasu Falls – a waterfall located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation 

Grand Canyon view from Hermit’s Rest.

Colorado River, Marble Canyon marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon.

Mountain goat – Bighorn

Beginning a new day rafting the Colorado River

Muddy whitewater rafting Grand Canyon.
(Don's comment: Uh, no thanks.)

Little red dot against the Grand Canyon.

Cheyava Falls upper cascade

Grand Canyon Walls 

Fun --


“We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
~~ Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”
~~ H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
~~ Bill Gates, 1981.

“Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.”
~~ Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”
~~ Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.