Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy Beltane.

The festival of Beltane is mentioned in the earliest Irish literature and is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marks the beginning of summer and is traditionally celebrated on May 1 in Gaelic societies.  Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. These gatherings would be accompanied by a feast.  Doors, windows, and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers.  In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush; a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells.  Beltane had largely died out by the mid-20th century.  However, the custom has been revived in some parts of the country, especially Wicklow, and is now a major social event in Edinburgh with ten’s of thousands of participants.

crown of roses

Pagan peoples crowned their statues with roses as symbols of their own hearts.
Reportedly as young virgins marched over the sands of the Colosseum into the jaws of death, they clothed themselves in festive robes and wore on their heads a crown of roses, bedecked, fittingly, to meet the King of Kings in Whose name they would die. The faithful, at night, would gather up these crowns of roses and say their prayers on them --- one prayer for each rose.
Rosary means "crown of roses"

neanderthal brain scan

jpr: I am doing a bit better than this guy

marcellus shale

Dr Thomas Gold, the astrophysicist discussed in his 1998 book The Deep Hot Biosphere, was that oil and coal are not remnants of ancient surface life. Gold instead argued that these deposits are produced from primordial hydrocarbons dating back to when the Earth was formed. He claimed that volatile gases then migrate towards the surface through cracks in the crust, and either leak into the atmosphere as methane, become trapped in sub-surface gas fields.

Gold received many honours in his lifetime, having been made a fellow of the Royal Society and elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. He also served on the President's Science Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From the Journal of Experimental Philosophy

My team has just completed a year long study of male and female perambulators to determine if they act and think differently when they walk past an open window.  The window is on the second floor and visibility into the room itself is not possible past the first couple feet.  To be seen one would have to be standing near the window.  We observed and noted more subjects than you could shake a stick at.

Experimental Philosophy is very much like other behavioral science disciplines with the exception that we skip all the difficult steps.

Results:  1. 85% of the males took the time to look up toward the window.  15% of the females did.
              2.  The team of crack philosophers agreed on the following explanation:
The males looked up in hopes of what they might see.  The women avoided looking up in fear of what they might see.  Conclusion:  men are dogs; Experimental philosophy is cool (though its hard to get paying gigs).

a famous mistake

Chocolate chip cookies were a one of life’s famous mistakes. Ruth Wakefield ran out of bakers chocolate one day so she decided to add some sweet chocolate pieces to her cookies. She was too busy running the Toll House Inn to stop and run out to the store. She thought they would melt and flavor the cookies into a chocolate flavor. Her mistake led to the invention of Toll House Chocolate Chip cookies. Her famous mistakes are happily eaten by chilkdren and adults daily.

Birthday customs in India

In India, where Hindu is the most common religion, it is customary for a child celebrating his first birthday to have his head shaved. This act symbolizes the shedding of negative energies associated with past lives. Additionally, the birthday child is adorned in bright clothing and hands out chocolates to all of his schoolmates. The children kneel at their parents' feet as a sign of respect. And the celebration also includes visiting a shrine for a special prayer.

The Rose Family by Robert Frost

The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose--
But were always a rose.                    

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

a famous dream

Abraham Lincoln Dreamt of His Assassination

President Abraham Lincoln recounted the following dream to his wife just a few days prior to his assassination:

"About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream.

There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. It was light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break?

I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, some gazing mournfully upon the corpse whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully.

'Who is dead in the White House?' I demanded of one of the soldiers "The President" was his answer; "he was killed by an assassin!" Then came a loud burst of grief form the crowd, which awoke me from my dream."

country sayings

Your buckle don’t shine in the dirt, get up!

Snail joke

A snail is at the police station. He's telling the officer on duty about how he was just mugged and robbed.
"It was these two turtles!", the snail sobs. "They beat me up and took my money!
"The officer asks, "Did you get a good look at them?"
The snail says, "No! It all happened so fast!"

Monday, April 27, 2015

try it

"When one begins with joy in the morning the day becomes a feast."

Good Luck Bad Luck!

Good Luck Bad Luck!

There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"

Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck?

Who knows?


jpr: We too yet have the need!

Cheetos hand puppets

Jpr: imagination is the greatest stength of the mind.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

World's Most Tattooed Woman.

Linda Gnuse of NYC holds the Guinness record as the world's most tattooed woman, 95% of her body.  What can you say.

Too Much Time On Their Hands?

Mobility scooters for the disabled are far more common in the UK than the US as the socialistic gov’t pays for them. Their commonality has led to the growth of various ‘motor sports’ using the slow moving electric carts.  Participants are rarely disabled themselves. Events include speed races with refitted lawn mower or motor bike engines, long distance races using original equipment (the record is 107 miles) and the infamous ‘banger races’ similar to an American demolition derby. Only the English.



emmy rossum

A person to watch!

La Science des rêves ........................................... Science findings from COI

Researches from the COI-o Instituto Italiano have discovered that birds that fly together sleep together. Their new FOUND theory puts forth that these birds must share dreams including day dreams while flying which explains the plague of accidents with wind mills, large bay windows, and airplanes.

Spraying nesting areas with Nodoz is being considered.

Snakes in the Holy Land

There are 40 species of snake in the Holy Land, seven are poisonous with three deadly to man.

The most common viper the isIsrael, Vipera Palaestinae Is A Venomous Viper Species

 Found In Syria, Jordan, Israel andLebanon


Jpr: Apparently they are left overs from the garden of Edan.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Prayer For Spring

Though cloudy skies, and northern blasts,
Retard the gentle spring awhile;
The sun will conqu'ror prove at last,
And nature wear a vernal smile.

The promise, which from age to age,
Has brought the changing seasons round;
Again shall calm the winter's rage,
Perfume the air, and paint the ground.

Dear Lord, afford our souls a spring,
Thou know'st our winter has been long;
Shine forth, and warm our hearts to sing,

And thy rich grace shall be our song.

John Newton

Longing by Matthew Arnold

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.                                                

Come, as thou cam'st a thousand times,
A messenger from radiant climes,
And smile on thy new world, and be
As kind to others as to me!

Or, as thou never cam'st in sooth,
Come now, and let me dream it truth,
And part my hair, and kiss my brow,
And say, My love why sufferest thou?

Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.

JPR: I like this very much!

Michio Kaku

born January 24, 1947 (age 64)
San Jose, California, United States
Residence New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions City University of New York
New York University
Institute for Advanced Study
Alma mater Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Stanley Mandelstam
Known for String field theory

Dr Haku may have found the "Theory of Everything" for which Einstein searched (unsuccessfully) over 30 years until his death.

Morena Baccarin

A young American actress who played in TV series Firefly. Mother is Brazilian,and father is Italian. The series was short lived but has a devoted following.

Friday, April 24, 2015

by Robert Burns

The Book-Worms

Through and through th' inspir'd leaves,
Ye maggots, make your windings;
But O respect his lordship's taste,
And spare his golden bindings.

World History According to Students

Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fougth with the Philatelists, a race of people who lived in Biblical times. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines

being irish

Having Irish children.

jpr: Look's like Mary McElwain's grand daughters.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

an expensive "0"

Bling Bling Toilet Seat - Cost: $105,000

Ben Affleck got his girlfriend J-Lo,  a jewel encrusted oval seat. The device is encrusted with rubies, sapphires and diamonds.

Simple truth

Yet our man George Carlin

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

Some attributes of a good wife

That she be of a beautiful soul, Eph 3:16
That she be not contentious, but with a mild and humble character, not given to arguing, That she loves not the things of this world, 1Jo 2:15
That she has a good sense of humor, Pro 15:15

jpr: Not unreasonable!

laetitia casta

Considered to have the ideal face of the French woman.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Manchester council considers plan for 'anti-wee' paint

High-tech "anti-wee" paint could be introduced across Manchester UK city center in order to deter drunken men from urinating in the streets.
Manchester City Council is considering coating public areas with the revolutionary paint, which simply bounces back anything sprayed at it.
The idea has been raised after the success of a similar scheme in the German city of Hamburg.

worst poet ever

William Topaz McGonagall, poet and tragedian of Dundee, has been widely hailed as the writer of the worst poetry in the English language..
A self-educated hand loom weaver from Dundee, he discovered his discordant muse in 1877 and embarked upon a 25 year career as a working poet, delighting and appalling audiences across Scotland and beyond.  

my fishing trip

Fly fishing in white water with snow flakes falling and temps just near freezing. Spent most of the day trekking along a mountain stream. Using heavy line and about a 6 foot leader with a spotted deer fly attached, I hit a pocket of real beauties that were hitting like the devil was chasing'em.

The best one got away of course but the second best took 20 minuets to land. Luckily I remembered my camera on this trip.

COI..cold case

This bird attack happened over a year ago! COI investigators have narrowed the search (DNA mapping) and expect an arrest momentarily. Four year old Reginald will have his justice.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

very special garden

How do you weed out this thing?

Thousand Origami Cranes

Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years.

Dick Vitale quote

"Twelve for 23... It doesn't take a genius to see that's under 50 percent."

famous monsters of the screen

The Vulture (1957): The big guy loved "canned" meat, and young women in tight skirts.
The latter proved his down fall. There is a little vulture in all men!

Monday, April 20, 2015


Coordinated swarming drones attack enemy targets.


" Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter:
whoever finds one has found a treasure.
Faithful friends are beyond price;
no amount can balance their worth. "

~ scripture

being Irish

Being in your mother's prayers.

jpr: An preyen for her even when she is in heaven.


Someone stpo this guy!


Not yet quite ready.

math quiz

 First one to solve this wins a "swell prize".

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Stana Katic

Born Stana Katic
April 26, 1978 (age 33)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present

jpr; Just saw her work for the first time....excellent!

City of bones

st petersburg russia, was built by Tsar Peter the Great on wetlands. an estimated 30, 000 russians died while digging drainage system for the new city.

how much $

A prized Hereford Bull will sell for over $50,000.