Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Yves Rossy completed a 10-minute test flight with an 8ft jet-powered wing strapped to his back, flying more than 22 miles - the equivalent of travelling from Dover to Calais.
Mr Rossy, 48, first tested his wings in May after working on the contraption for four years. The self-styled "Rocket Man" flew at 8,200ft for more than five minutes after jumping out from a plane. The wings have four small engines attached to a carbon wing and can manipulated using a lever that controls the fuel.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Nitt Witt Ridge is a house on two-and-a-half-acres in Cambria, California, located at 881 Hillcrest Dr, Cambria Pines. Artist/recluse Arthur "Art" Harold Beal (d. 1992) bought his hillside lot in 1928, and spent most of the next 50 years carving out the terraces with only a pick and shovel, and creating his own "castle on a hill."
Arthur Harold Beal is known as Der Tinkerpaw or Captain Nitt Witt. Beal was garbage collector for the town of Cambria in the 1940s and '50s, and made good use of what Cambrians were throwing away, as well as the natural materials on the property, in the nearby pine forests, and on the area's beaches. Some parts are also reportedly remnants from Hearst Castle where he reportedly worked for a time. Other common building materials are beer cans, abalone shells, and concrete. There are also washer drums, car rims, tile, car parts, and old stoves.
After Art died in 1992 at the age of 96, his ashes were spread around his favorite redwood on Nitt Witt Ridge. The house still is full of knicknacks and architectural uniqueness, despite the deterioration and ransacking it suffered after Art's death.In 1999 Michael and Stacey O'Malley became the owners of Nitt Witt Ridge. They have repaired some of the house and cleaned up the gardens. Their enthusiasm for Nitt Witt Ridge is apparent in Michael's guided tours of the property. Tours are available by reservation only and include a four-minute video.
Friday, August 22, 2008
On the first day, God created the dog and said:
“Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.”
The dog said: “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?”
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
“Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”
The monkey said: “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?”
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said:
“You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.”
The cow said: “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?”
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said:
“Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.”
But man said: “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?”
“Okay”, said God, “You asked for it.”
So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
Another recent conversation was on the subject of internet browsers and the pitfall that is Microsoft's Internet Explorer, the browser that most scripts are designed to invade. I was absolutely astounded by the number of people that are unaware that there are alternatives out there that work well and cost nothing but a small amount of time to download. Firefox is probably the most popular alternative, an open source product from Mozilla, it is based on the old Netscape concept, without all the Nutscrape problems. It is powerful, stable, and and completely customizable, with several hundred custom add ons. Another alternative is Opera, which is the browser I use normally, though not as flexible as Firefox with the custom options, it does have a decent amount of add on widgets if you feel the need, and it is a bit faster than Firefox. There are other open source alternatives out there, I have tried a few, the only two that I would reccomend to someone else are the two I have linked in this post. Their free, they work, and you should be using one.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
Rock n' roll vets Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn have an unhealthy love for music undermined only by an even more unhealthy love of baseball. The compatriots blend their two passions with The Baseball Project -- Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails, an album of buzzing guitars and baseball back stories. Drummer Linda Pitmon and Peter Buck round out the squad, as they spin tales of ill-fated drinking binges ('The Yankee Flipper', 'The Death of Big Ed Delahanty'), folk heroes ('Fernando', 'Satchel Paige Said') and, on 'Gratitude (For Curt Flood)', the overlooked man who changed the game.
You can purchase a copy of this here
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
'The steep slope of the site provided an opportunity to bring the building out into the forest canopy. Entry to the house is made through a small courtyard after walking down a steep driveway. The floor then continues out over the slope as the ground rapidly drops away. By the time the cantilevered deck reaches out amongst the trees, the floor level is some 25 feet above the ground.'
Monday, August 18, 2008
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
A man asks you to dance and you take off your clothes and get up on the table.
Giving directions to your house includes the phrase "when the paved road ends".
You have ever inherited a stolen road sign.
Your mother fails to remove the Marlboro from her mouth while she tells the state trooper to kiss her ass.
You have ever said "you kids stop painting the dog".
All of your stories start out with "ya'll ain't gonna believe this".
You run a business from a pay phone.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Jeff Koons' Puppy is a staggering achievement of sculptural imagination, horticultural dexterity and engineering skill. First created in 1992 for a temporary exhibition in the German city of Arolson, Puppy was an immediate sensation drawing huge crowds and critical acclaim. A symbol, according to Koons, of "love, warmth and happiness," this contemporary masterpiece is a triumph of scale, color and materials.
Once described as "the seventh wonder of the world," Puppy was installed in Sydney, Australia in 1996 and one year later traveled to Bilbao in Spain where it became a permanent part of the Guggenheim Museum's collection and an internationally-recognized icon for the Basque city.Born in 1955, Jeff Koons is one of the world's most widely recognized artists. In the 1980's his sculptures and photographs explored contemporary American iconography and the relationship between popular kitsch and high art. Koons' signature work is sculpture that is most often inspired by strikingly simple culturally-laden imagery.
Rising 43 feet tall from the Puppy 's paws to its ears, the sculpture is formed from a series of stainless steel armatures constructed to hold over 25 tons of soil watered by an internal irrigation system. Over seventy thousand multi-hued flowering plants will grow from this steel-and-soil armature, including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias.