Friday, March 30, 2007
Yet the story of how the Great Pyramid of Giza was actually built has remained a mystery for more than four millennia - until, perhaps, now.
A French architect believes he has finally solved one of the most puzzling construction problems in history by working out how the ancient Egyptians built such a massive structure without the benefit of iron tools, pulleys or wheels.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
That last part happened yesterday morning. Deb gets a call from the house cleaners, "Your ceiling is about to burst!" It turns into a mad rush to the house to shut off the water. Deb, the builder and I show up to a large swelling of water hanging from the ceiling in the sitting room. Water is dripping everywhere and the Sheetrock is heavy with fluid but it has not crashed down... yet. Ladder, buckets, wet-vac and some finesse and disaster is averted. The ceiling is toast. We discover that a broken pipe is not the cause, as we all originally thought; the seal in the shower has failed, and we are looking at the result of many days of water build up.
The supplies necessary to redo the master bathroom. The supplies for replacing the ceiling in the sitting room arrive tomorrow.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
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With smoothie and fritter in hand I made myself comfortable and had myself some breakfast. With the fritter gone and the smoothie half way to empty, disaster struck. I reached down to the cup and while lifting it up from the floor (there are no tables in airports) the lid slipped off and the smoothie splatted to the floor. I did a body check and was relieved to find that said frozen drink did not appear to have landed on me and proceeded to do my best quick clean up. I only managed to spread the brown with dark chunks paste around on the carpet worse than the original spill. Being a responsible adult, I did the right thing and headed over to the flight check-in desk and alerted the attendant of my accident; she called for a clean up. I then headed back to the spill site to wait for the cleaning person and make sure no one slipped in my mess.
As I stood there straining to see down the corridor for a person with a mop, it happened. A lady comes around the corner, looks at the mess on the floor, looks at me and recoils in disgust. She turns away, does a double take and shakes her head. It then dawns on me... she thinks I puked! I look down, and with the picture drawn for me by the passing woman I can now see the congealed pile of barf that obviously came from me. I had already dumped the cup and lid leaving only the nasty smoothie at my feet. A whole series of people now enter the "accident" scene. Each one make a different face and finding a seat as far away from me as they can! I mumble something about smoothie but know I am just making it worse. I'm red in the face, hot, but I hold out for the maintenance person.
Finally, the cleaning person arrives, she too makes a grimace that says "Why did I take this job!" I explain that I spilled my smoothie and she gives me the blank look that I know to mean "I don't speak English, so why don't you step away from the barf and let me get this over with!" I do. I grab my backpack and head to the men's room to wash my barf, I mean SMOOTHIE covered hand. I arrive at the sink and vigorously soap up my hands. I look up during the rinse.
There in the corner of my mouth is a large piece of sugar glaze from my fritter! Oh yea! What do you do? I licked it off, rinsed my hands, and headed back to wait for my plane.
At around 9:00 pm I decide it is time to head up and get ready for bed. My new book has been sitting on a table under a bright light for the last 4 hours.
I grab the book in one hand and my 40+ pound suitcase in the other. As I hit the bottom of the stairs I decide it would be easier to turn off the lights at the bottom, since the switch at the top will be on the "suitcase" hand side. This I do, and with a flick I am plunged into total darkness.
We have all been there, the moments of utter blindness right after you turn off all of the lights. I know the stairs however and begin trudging up them with purpose, as the suitcase does not allow for anything less. At about the third step my eyes begin to adjust and I sense a light coming from the book hand!
With a start I look at my right hand and glowing brightly is this photo! I am not prepared, and this thing catches me off guard! I fling the book and make a less than macho sound. The suitcase suddenly represents something that will slow me down from my escape! I am off balance, pumped full of adrenaline as I realize the book has a glow-in-the-dark cover and I am just being stupid. Even with that it takes just about all of my strength to right myself and retain the suitcase. I finish my trip up the stairs and come back down (with the light on!) to retrieve the book.
I am hoping the read turns out to be as good as my stair fright!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
A rapid decompression in lithospheric stress is being detected by the instrumentation situated in the region along the Pacific-North American Plate Boundary at the Cajon Pass (Southern California) near GeoSeismic Labs. You shoulld be aware of this potentially dangerous interaction occurring between the Southern San Andreas Fault Zone, and the San Jacinto/ Cucamonga-Eastern Sierra Madre Fault Zones. A recent M2.7 epicentered N of La Verne at 3:02:27 UTC (03/27) appears to have been related to the San Antonio Fault, which is a blind fault located in the San Gabriel Mountains between Wrightwood and La Verne, CA. Such a rapid change in compressional stress is suspect for being a precursor for a larger magnitude seismic event within the same region. I consider the M2.7 to be a possible foreshock. You are now advised to stay on Seismic Alert in Southern California. In the Inland Empire, especially along the nearby, and long overdue San Jacinto Fault Zone, you should be prepared for a moderate magnitude or larger earthquake during the next several days. We are now approaching the New Moon's arrival a few days from now (March 19, 2007). This may be enough of an induced increase, or change in lithospheric stress to rupture a fault located to the Northeast of Los Angeles, CA associated with the Sierra Madre Fault System, or the San Jacinto Fault Zone. The potential is increased for having another Northridge type seismic event at this time. In unison with this alert and warning period is a Blanket Seismic Advisory for the Gulf of California to Northern California, which may exhibit further stress changes related to this rapid de-compression at the Plate Boundary, where the unclamping incident level has nearly reached 32 Units as of yesterday.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Spam in the place where I live (ham and pork)
Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now (oh boy)
Spam in my lunchbox at work (it's the best)
Really makes a darn good sandwich any way you slice it at all
If you're running low, go to the store
Carry some money to help you buy more
The tab is there to open the can
The can is there to hold in the spam
Oh, spam on the table at home (ham and pork)
Think about selection, are there different flavors now (let's eat)
Spam in my office at work (it's the best)
Think about the stuff its made from, wonder if it's mystery of meat
If you need a spoon, keep one around
Carry a thermos to help wash it down
Now, if there's some left, don't just throw it out
Use it for Spackle or bathroom grout, now
Spam in my pantry at home (have some more)
Think of expiration, better read the label (oh boy)
Spam breakfast, dinner, or lunch (it's the best)
Think about how it's been precooked, wonder if I'll just eat it cold
Now, once you start in, you can't put it down
Don't leave it sitting or it'll turn brown
The key is going to open the tin
The tin is there to keep the spam in
Oh, spam (spam)
Ham and pork
Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now (oh boy)
It's the best
Really makes a darn good sandwich any way you slice it
Spam in the place where I live (have some more)
Think about addiction, wonder if I'm a junkie now (let's eat)
Spam in the place where I work (you're obsessed)
Think about the way it's processed, wonder if it's some kind of meat
Spam in the back of my car (ham and pork)
Spam any place that you are (ham and pork)
The tab is there to open the can (spam any place that you are) (ham and pork)
The can is there to hold in the spam (spam any place that you are) (ham and pork)
Just Thought You Should Know!