Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer Bummer Series



8 Benefits of Being a Cat Owner

The war between cat and dog people is vicious and will probably never end. Here’s some ammunition for the next time you're talking to one of those horrible dog lovers.

Cow Rescue

We were hanging out on the lanai right after sunset when I saw a car dramatically slow down and stop in the road.  It was right on the edge of night and I could just make out what the issue was.  An Angus cow smack dab in the middle of the road.

I gave the ADA County Sheriff a call, and 20 minutes later 'The Great Cow Capture" began.

He sees it, but what do you do now?

I brightened up the photo a bit but can't see the cow, who has temporarily moved off of the road.

It took 45 minutes but finally a farmer came out with a truck and trailer and reclaimed his cow.

Your "Crazy" For The Day

Runway Disappearing Act

A burst of incredibly heavy rain forces pilots to abandon their landing at the very last second when the runway goes completely out of sight.

I Thought For SURE This Would Work

These Buildings Are Made Out of Ships

It's the ultimate form of recycling — just build your house out of old ocean vessels and ships. Here are some of the most incredible ways that people have turned boats into buildings, and vice versa.

Welcome to the circus: aircraft boarding is a microcosm of a broken industry

No one’s accusing America’s largest airlines of being shining beacons of efficiency and customer service. But in many ways, they seem to willfully shirk the natural, logical order of things in an active bid to make traveling as miserable as possible. It’s as if they’re constantly searching for that magical inflection point where price and frustration are equally maximized.

Lawsuit: "Happy Birthday" is not in copyright, and Warner owes the world hundreds of millions for improperly collected royalties

Copyright scholars have long been pretty certain that "Happy Birthday to You" is in the public domain, despite the fact that Warner/Chappell claims copyright on it and charges impressive licensing fees to use it in public performances. Those fees, however, are much lower than a copyright lawsuit would be, so everyone shrugs and pays them. Until now.

The Poke Test, Using a Fork to Flip, and Other Steak-Cooking Myths

You've probably heard some of these steak cooking tips before: Use the finger test to see if a steak is done. Only flip your steak once. Let it rest at room temperature before cooking. According to The Food Lab's J Kenji Lopez-Alt, these—among others—are steak cooking myths that need to go away once and for all.

The Muppets: Pöpcørn

Hong Kong's Old Airport Reborn As Hong Kong's New Cruise Ship Terminal

The Kai Tak Airport, better known as Hong Kong International, dutifully served the island city for nearly three quarters of a century before shutting down in 1998. But rather than let that prime civic real estate fallow, the Hong Kong government has transformed it into a dazzling new cruise ship port.

After a billion-dollar (US) renovation and conversion, the new Kai Tak cruise terminal opened to passengers yesterday. In total, the 19 acre facility can simultaneously accommodate a pair of 50,000 ton ships—such as Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class vessels—as well as their 5,400 passengers and 1,200 crew members.

 

Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT

Hoi An - Ancient Town

What if Superman Punched You?

This Is Shanghai

Friday, June 14, 2013

Time To Make Strawberry Jam

My job: Removing the stems.

Deb's job: Smash them to a pulp.


There is just a bit of sugar in jam!


Now we wait for the click of each jar sealing.

Two batches of Jam.

Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi

North Korea is a mythically strange land, an Absurdistan, where almost nothing is known about the people or, more important, their missile-launching leaders. There is, however, one man—a humble sushi chef from Japan—who infiltrated the inner sanctum, becoming the Dear Leader's cook, confidant, and court jester. What is life like serving Kim Jong-il and his heir? A strange and dangerous gig where the food and drink never stop, the girls are all virgins, and you're never really safe. We sent Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson to meet the man who survived all the craziness

Canada & The United States: Bizarre Borders

Underground Bicycle Parking Systems in Japan

These Are Some Of The Worst Architectural Disasters in History

Here are some of the worst architectural calamities ever to crush entire buildings right down to their foundations.

Fresh Meat For The Grinder!

Every spring the dead are hauled away and fresh recruits brought in.

Winter killed two previously in this spot.  Fingers crossed.



The veterans know what's coming.

Ho Chi Minh City: The Most Dangerous Traffic Circle In The World?

95 percent of people wash their hands improperly: Are you one of them?

Hand-washing is a daily routine -- for most of us -- but according to a new study, only a handful of people are properly scrubbing their paws.

Michigan State University researchers camped out in public restrooms, and found only 5 percent of people properly washed their hands long enough to kill infection-causing germs and bacteria.

Vintage Disneyland

What's the Difference Between Pain Relievers?

Dear Lifehacker,

Every time I go to the pharmacy, I'm confused. What's the difference between something like Tylenol and Advil? When should I use each one? What about sleep aids or cough medicines? Are generics okay, or should I spring for the brand name instead?

Sincerely,
Brand Skeptic

This Is As Outside As They Get

Hanging out in the sun.

We've Been Having Some Amazing Sunsets!





Sticky Buns




Let them cool...

And then flip the pan over for some gooey goodness!

Waiting for a glass of ice cold milk!

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers



I meant to get a shot of the finished product after it came out of the oven... but before I could come to my senses we had eaten them all!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

How Much Fast Food Americans Eat Every Second

Japanese Split Racing-World Record

Avalanche In Austria Makes It WAY Down The Mountian

1939 New York in HD Color

Pumpkin Bread!

These Are For The Freezer.

And these are for tonight!

Meanwhile On The Treager...



Finished The Patio Today

Deb sweeps the Polymeric sand into the cracks.

It took 9 buckets of the stuff!

Just wet it down and wait 24 hours.


Finished product.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Dinner!

Teriyaki Chuck Steak, Potatoes & sauteed vegetables.

The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill

Colonoscopies Explain Why U.S. Leads the World in Health Expenditures.

Living photographs

In the early 20th Century, there was a brief period where the military was taking enormous "living photographs"

Pictures From The Past

Amazing Photos From The Past.

Have You Ever Had A Dream...

We Had A Great Time On The Big Island


Manta Ray Night Dive

The first dive is in the late afternoon.

There were lots of Sea Turtles.



Coming up to watch the sun set.


We're hoping to see lots of these tonight!



While I dive Deb snorkels.

Other Dive Boats arrive for tonight's show.
The Big Event!

This video clip was shot by Manta Rays Hawaii on the night of our dive.  Here is a great page covering the number of Mantas visiting this dive location.