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Terminator Salvation (T-4) Review

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The terminators are back and are tough as ever as human beings fight to reclaim their position at the top of the food chain on a planet now ruled by machines.I tried to get somebody to go see it with me. When nobody wanted to, I went by myself.The humans use a Virginia Class submarine as a headquarters/command center, the special effects were spect...

Old Bold Pilot

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My uncle John was my grandfather's youngest brother. He died at age 86 (in 2006) and the obituary called it correctly when they said he was, "a man of great integrity and love, whose life passion was to serve his fellow men." Everybody who knew John loved him. He was simply that sort of man. In the photo (above), I'm visiting him at his home a week...

Avoid Dante’s Fate!

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photo of "Dante in Exile" (at left).Would Dante have even been thinking about THE INFERNO if he'd had a few dumb jokes to tell?Doubtful.Here are a few really stupid jokes to help you remain free from exile, to remove your doldrums and to tickle your funny bone.Did you hear the one about the cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils?What ab...

Robotic Future

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Brains big, brains small,Machines tiny, robots tall,What will the future find,How fluid is the human mind?Concepts come, concepts go,No one knows, what they will show,When all the scheming work's complete,What will be our final fete? A morning drear, a robot near.Friend or foe, how will it go?-By LL

The Owl and the Pussycat

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The owl and the pussycat went to sea,In a beautiful pea green boat,They took some honey, and plenty of money,Wrapped up in a five pound note.The owl looked up to the stars above,And sang to a small guitar,"O lovely pussy, O pussy my love,What a beautiful pussy you are,You are,You are,What a beautiful pussy you are!"Pussy said to the owl,  "You eleg...

Oasis of the Seas

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When I first heard the keel had actually been laid down for this monument to hubris, interestingly named SS OASIS OF THE SEAS, I wondered if the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line stockholders and board of directors were mad. I marveled that anyone would underwrite a project such as this. But when you consider the sub-prime loans that have more or less ru...

Piracy as an Occupational Choice

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There are people who tell of great opportunities in life, of career goals and toiling upwards through the night while your peers sleep soundly. There are others who tout hallowed halls of learning.From what I've seen lately, one of the least risky careers you could choose is "high seas pirate". Gone are the days when you risked hanging from a yard ...

Land Rover Wolf

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The Land Rover Wolf (Wolf=Wheel On Left Face to describe the position of the spare). The vehicle as configured above has a Weapons Mount Installation Kit (WMIK). Even though they look awesome and very capable, I understand that they broke down or were damaged in battle faster than they could be repaired or replaced in the Iraqi Theater. I've heard ...

Order of the White Rose (Laos)

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This certificate was issued on another planet.

From the Archives

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Working underwater in the tropics means you don't have to wear a wet suit or a dry suit. The dry suit in conditions such as those (above) means you'll cook like a Thanksgiving turkey in one of those roasting bags. This photo was taken on USS Cavalla, SSN-684 (Sturgeon Class nuclear powered fast attack submarine). The boat was decommissioned in 1998...

The Goofy United States

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Things in the US these days are just a little strange, or so it seems to me. I suggest that we put a sign (the same language as displayed to right) in every port of entry to the country. Take your pictures, enjoy the scenery, the ethnic food isn't all that bad. But save the laughter for when you're alone or back home.I'm not saying that we don't de...

General Motors – Bankruptcy

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GM lost $16 billion dollars in the first quarter with its cash reserves having been all but expended. There is no saving GM as it presently exists.  It might once have been the US Economic Engine but it's not anymore. All glory is fleeting (sic transit gloia mundi)GM lost $6 billion in the first quarter and the company's sales around the world fell...

Caught in the Act

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Blogging

Einstein Speaks

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Albert Einstein said: "Every man is entitled to five minutes of stupidity a day.  Wisdom consists of not exceeding your limit."Politicians are not wise.

Divorce Agreement

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This was good enough that I had to snag it for my blog. Very much on-point in a discussion of contemporary American politics.Borrowed from http://republicforwhichitstands.blogspot.com(This was posted on Kirby Wilbur's FB and, apparently, he read this on the radio. Too bad it wasn't this simple.)Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives,...

Cinco de Mayo

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All across the American southwest and in Mexico, people celebrate Cinco de Mayo (meaning the fifth of May).  For years I celebrated (a party is a party) without understanding precisely what the Mexican people were celebrating.Context and Precedence:In 1861, Mexico was in debt to the major European powers: Spain, France and Great Britain and Mexico ...

Thought of the day

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Sometimes its good to challenge authority.While we have life, let us LIVE! (translated: Dum Vivimus Vivamus)Thy riddles grow dark, oh! drifting cloudAnd thy misty shapes grow drear,Thou hang'st in the air like a shadowy shroud,But I am of lighter cheer;Though our future lot is a sable blot,Though the wise ones of Earth will blame us,Though our sadd...

Taking Risks

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Umberto Eco, famous author and a favorite of mine said, "I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."The Chinese characters for the word "risk" is two characters that represent DANGER + OPPORTUNITY. While taking risks, by t...

Swine Flu

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An offering to my blog from my friend WoFat...

The Old West

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There are a lot of sayings that come from the American West.Some are self evident like "don't pee on an electric fence", "don't squat with your spurs on" and "if you think you're important, try ordering somebody else's dog around".There are others that simply provide sound advice:Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.Always drink upstream from the...