Monday, 30 March 2015


Shot in Joshua Tree National Park and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest during the Perseid meteor shower. Features ancient trees, lightning, rainbows, meteors, the Milky Way, and lots of stars. Enjoy!  Ascendance is a tribute to nature's unpredictable power and beauty. The photographer went out to film the Perseid meteor shower but encountered so much more. When you are out there, you never know for sure what nature will bring. Always be ready for a magical experience.

The wonderful view from our window in Cuenca, Ecuador

Thursday, 19 March 2015

I'm Just an Expert at Being Confused

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. ~ Linus Pauling, #quote  

Perceptions are formed by an ounce of information, and changed by a ton. ~ Unknown #quote

Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes. #factoid    

Close the door! You don't live in a barn. #Momism    

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases. #factoid

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote     

Death is life's way of telling you you're fired #bumperstickers      
Kiss me, I'm toxic #bumperstickers                                      
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. #justajoke     
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest. ~ Henry Van Dyke #quote

Be prepared to accept a wondrous opportunity in the days ahead! #fortunecookiesayings    
No Sense Being Pessimistic. It Wouldn’t Work Anyway. #bumperstickers   
Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cooking oil a year. #factoid

I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor. ~ Fran├žois Rabelais #famouslastwords 

You can go out to play after you pick up your room. #Momism

Laughter, cries and all that is wise #bumperstickers                                       
Quiet brain or I'll poke you with another Q-tip #bumpersticker

Diplomacy Is Saying “Nice Doggy” Until You Find A Rock #bumperstickers     

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. ~ Salvatore Quasimodo #poetryquotes  
If our goal is to write poetry, the only way we are likely to be any good is to try to be as great as the best. - Donald Hall #quote    
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. #justajoke       

Well, people in Hades want ice water, but do you see me with a pitcher? #Momism  
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote    
I'm not a psychiatrist; I'm just an expert at being confused #bumperstickers                                      
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest #factoid     

Don't drive and derive. Alcohol and calculus don't mix #bumperstickers  
The word 'testify' derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles #ENGlanguage  

As fit as a fiddle #englishlanguageidiom                                      
Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone. #sarcasticsayings  

A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. ~ John Maxwell #quote 
Beavers ~ a colony of beavers; a family of beavers. #factoid #collectivenoun     
Anything we said six or eight months ago is inadmissible in an argument. All comments become null and void after seven days. #ifmenwrotetherules

Huked on foniks werkd fer me #bumperstickers                                    

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead #quote  
If you have something to say, raise your hand and place it over your mouth #bumperstickers  
You made your bed, now lie in it. #Momism                                      
He who laughs last is laughing at you. #fortunecookiesayings

You can't find it? Well, I can't find it for you - I'm not the maid! #Momism  
I swerve for cats #bumperstickers    
Bent out of shape ~ Getting worked up, aggravated, or overly annoyed at something that usually cannot be helped  #ENGidioms                                       


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Pi Day 2015

March 14, 1915 at 9:26:53 will be epic: 
 3.141592653 = Pi

Wil Wheaton Reads Pi
You might want to start the above reading and then
continue to peruse the remainder of this blog?

1. Discovery of pi

The ancient Babylonians knew of pi's existence nearly 4,000 years ago. A Babylonian tablet from between 1900 and 1680 B.C. calculates pi as 3.125, and the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus of 1650 B.C., a famous Egyptian mathematical document, lists a value of 3.1605. The King James Bible (I Kings 7:23) gives an approximation of pi in cubits, an archaic unit of length corresponding to the length of the forearm from the elbow to the middle finger tip (estimated at about 18 inches). The Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) approximated pi using the Pythagorean theorem, a geometric relationship between the length of a triangle's sides, and the area of polygons inside and outside of circles.

2. There's a pi "language"

Literary nerds invented a dialect known as Pilish, in which the numbers of letters in successive words match the digits of pi. For example, Mike Keith wrote the book "Not a Wake" (Vinculum Press , 2010) entirely in Pilish:

Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees, Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.

("Now" has three letters, "I" has one letter, "fall" has four letters, and so on.)

3. Memorizing pi

Number enthusiasts have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use mnemonic techniques, known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:

How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.

The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, according to The Guinness World Records.

4. Pi-ramid at Giza

The publisher and writer John Taylor first proposed the idea that Egypt's Great Pyramid at Giza, built around 2589 to 2566 B.C., was designed based on pi. Taylor found that dividing the perimeter of the pyramid of its base by its height produces a number that is close to 2*pi. Other people have since made the link between the Great Pyramid and pi as well, although it may not have been intentional. 5. Computing pi It's easy to calculate pi by measuring the circumference, or the distance around the edge of a circular or curved object, and the diameter of several circles, and computing the slope (circumference divided by diameter). Computers can get even more accurate measurements. As of December 2013, according to, computers calculated pi to a record 12 trillion digits.

The above 3 cartoons Via:  Science Jokes Daily

 Via:  Far Left Side


Pi Cuff Links for that Special Man in your Life

Tit for Tat:  A Pi Bracelet for that discerning Woman

Pi Wrapping Paper - You'll Need That!

And of course... a Pi Cake Mold

And a Pi Ice Cube Tray
 And to add up how much all the above costs, Pi pencils!

Our personal favourite:  A Pi Pizza Cutter
Where you buy all the above is beyond us. 
Hey!  Look it up on the web!