Showing posts from June, 2012

Just Joking

Some jokes to lighten a Thursday afternoon...

Animal Tales

Once upon a time in a nice little forest, there lived an orphaned bunny and an orphaned snake. By a surprising coincidence, both were blind from birth.

One day, the bunny was hopping through the forest and the snake was slithering through the forest, when the bunny tripped over the snake and fell down. This of course, knocked the snake about quite a bit.

"Oh, my," said the bunny, "I'm terribly sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you. I've been blind since birth, so, I can't see where I'm going. In fact, since I'm also an orphan, I don't even know what I am."

"It's quite OK," replied the snake. "Actually my story is much the same as yours. I too have been blind since birth and also never knew my mother. Tell you what, maybe I could slither all over you and work out what you are, so at least you'll have that going for you."

"Oh, tha…

Save some money

Everybody wants to save money. Especially numismatics, y'know? Ummm, sorry about that.

Actually my point to be made is how entertaining the "backtalk" can be at money saving websites. The one I usually use is Dealsea. Here's an example of the chatter over a $130 computer monitor earlier today:
06/25/2012, 12:55pm
why LCD displays are still on the market? LED backlit ones are better.

06/25/2012, 12:57pm
Why Hyundai cars are still on the market? BMWs are much better.

06/25/2012, 01:05pm
Why android is still on the market? iphone is much better.

06/25/2012, 01:06pm
Because they are much cheaper and are for the people like YOU. If you're rich enough, you would not loiter around here..

06/25/2012, 01:09pm
In Russia they put YOU on market

06/25/2012, 01:26pm
Backlight doesn't make that much difference. I would rather have IPS LCD with CCFL(Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlight than TN LCD with LED backlight.

06/25/2012, 01:55pm
Why do other people still commen…

Read all about yourself

Feeling a bit down? Want to know why you're not feeling great?  You might have a substandard EmExome!

Curious about what an EmExome is? Okay, probably not but the good folk at Emory University Healthcare are hoping that you say YES.

They've got a new service where they examine a bunch of your genome and then give you feedback, the amount depends on how much you pay, on what genetic problems you might have. The perfect way to really know yourself!  LOL

Unfortunately this isn't cheap. There's 3 levels of service and the least expensive is $3,000. Yes, the price of a nice small hot tub.

Personally I'd rather soak in that nice hot water but if you're really inquisitive maybe you just have to know what's contained in your DNA. And if you want more explanation and hand-holding, then there's also the $5k and $9k levels. Yikes!

Here's their explanation of the EmExome concept:
What is the EmExome?
The exome is estimated to encompass approximately 1-2% of the…

Silkie Styling

There's a certain amount of work involved in having pretty chickens.

First of all, it's best to find someone else to do the work. In this case I used the excuse that I needed someone to model the techniques for the camera.

You'd really be surprised at how many people fall for that.

I guess it's basically the same thing that Mark Twain wrote about when Twain had Tom Sawyer trick his friends into painting the picket fence for him. I didn't get a bible though.

And of course you need a dirty chicken too. The picture above shows that indeed we do have a dirty chicken.

Next up you want to wash said chicken.

As you can see here, Carrie was hard at work scrubbing that chicken. Eventually you get down to actual chicken--Silkie, in this case---and then you style those feathers!

And then you move on to the feet! Aren't those cute little things?

Okay---maybe the nails could use a little trimming.

Breaded Chicken

Chickens really love bread. I don't know why. There's not many calories in it.

Maybe it has something to do with mouth feel. Well, beak feel, that is. Or maybe not. Who knows? Chickens aren't very communicative--nor turkeys either.

But either way, if you're holding a few slices of bread and there's  birds around, they're going to be your best friends for as long as that bread holds out.

As you can see to the left, that was certainly the case yesterday. Only the silkies were ignoring me. And that's mainly because they're a lot smaller than the other birds and don't want to get stomped on.

In this picture you can see how "piggy" our young turkey is. Admittedly the damn thing needs food desperately since it's growing at double the rate the others are, but still---don't claw up my belly!

Just to get some bread to the Brahmas I had to resort to trickery, making the turkey and RI Red think that I had bread in my other hand.

Of course th…

Wild Flower

Wildflowers are a favorite of Carrie's.

Personally they don't do that much for me. I prefer to just see them in fields while hiking.

Carrie, on the other hand, spends lots of time planting them all around the house. Odd.