Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Ella

Well guess who just completed her 5th trip around the sun at 67,062 miles per/hour for a total distance traveled of 24,494,798 miles.

Monday, August 25, 2008

My wife is kind of a big deal

Susan's popularity appears to be at an all time high. Click here to see what people are talking about.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Plumper Bike from Fat Bike Alaska

I love Surly Pugsley bikes and the people at Fatbike Alaska use them as they were intended to be used. Epic fun type rides. I think the one above is a custom Titanium Moots frame. Click the pic or here for more Fatbike goodness. I really want a Pugsley.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Maya is no bird brain! (yet)

It was previously thought that only chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants had the ability to recognize them self in a mirror. Helmut Prior of the Institute of Psychology at Goethe University in Frankfurt found that Magpies can also recognize themselves in a mirror. The simple test for this is to sneak a sticker on the animal and put them in front of a mirror. If they have self awareness and they look in a mirror they will immediately see the sticker turn to them self and try to take the sticker off. In contrast animals that lack self awareness look in the mirror and immediately try to tell that other animal in the mirror that they have the sticker on with one of those motions you make when you try to tell someone they have food on their face or their zipper is down. Maya looked at herself in the mirror with her sticker on and mostly just drooled. Apparently you have to be closer to 18 months old to recognize yourself if human.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Simple fun Idea

I love this idea. It is from the "Playful Spaces" art project by Bruno Taylor. It would be a fun activity for bored bus riders, cheap for a city to do and would help keep people from making bus stop benches their beds.

Emily is not real

Click here to see this next generation of computer animation.

The Burj Dubai tower

The Burj Dubai tower will be the tallest skyscraper in the world. There are some more great high def pics of it on Gizmodo where I got these pics. Click the pic for the full effect.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Big foot might be real and I might be wrong

Taken from

August 12, 2008
DNA evidence and photo evidence to be presented at a
to be held on
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: From 12Noon-1:00pm
Place: Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto (A Crown Plaza Resort) 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306

A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as “Bigfoot” has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.

DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.
Here are some of the vital statistics on the “Bigfoot” body:
*The creature is seven feet seven inches tall.
*It weighs over five hundred pounds.
*The creature looks like it is part human and part ape-like.
*It is male.
*It has reddish hair and blackish-grey eyes.
*It has two arms and two legs, and five fingers on each hand and
five toes on each foot.
*The feet are flat and similar to human feet.
*Its footprint is sixteen and three-quarters inches long and five and three-quarters inches wide at the heel.
*From the palm of the hand to the tip of the middle finger, its hands are
eleven and three-quarters inches long and six and one-quarter inches wide.
*The creatures walk upright. (Several of them were sighted on the same day that the body was found.)
*The teeth are more human-like than ape-like.
*DNA tests are currently being done and the current DNA and photo evidence will be presented at the press conference on Friday, August 15th.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Lightning video

Here is a link to a very interesting high speed lightning video. You don't need to wait for it to load the video just hit play after going to the website.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Look what Ruth did

I bet Ruth had no idea what she was creating when she made Vicky some years ago.

Art at grandma Rue Rue's house

Susan's grandma Ruth is a great artist and has a house full of great art from other artists. One of my favorites in her house are her Claude Howells. I think of these paintings while away from her home and look forward to seeing them almost as old friends when I visit.

Trip to the aquarium

The heat and humidity during our NC trip was so oppressive we could not go outside to play anywhere but the beach during our stay. Ella got very board and tried to change her environment in many ways. Unfortunately it was often naughty in nature. To relieve this dynamic I took Ella about 40 minutes away to a very cool aquarium. Ella loved to touch the horse shoe crabs. I would touch the shell but Ella was the only one willing to touch its belly and legs. As you can see by the pic Ella got into the crab's literally. I can't say I support her attack of this tree frog.

Yea I can crawl

We just got back from our trip to Wilmington NC to see Susan's 92? year old grandma and other kin folk. Maya left on the trip being able to crawl maybe 4 inches and was doing it totally unintentionally to now one week later being able to crawl like a crack high zombie mindlessly going after everything new she sees. Who knew Maya would want to crawl all the way across the floor with such purpose to suck on things like grandmas sandals.