Monday, February 26, 2007

A Little Lift in Life

Something I Just Thought About:

Many times I have been in a situation where I go for a drink at a public drinking fountain lets say at the park or another public place where kids may gather and right in front of me is a little kid (that I don’t know) on his or her tiptoes with lips puckered desperately trying and get a drink of water. Years ago I would think nothing of giving the little one a little lift to quench his or her thirst.
Now in recent years with constant media coverage of kids being kidnapped and /or molested I have restrained myself out of respect for parents that might see me lift up their child and freak out. Is this just a sad sign of the times or am I being too cautious?

Monday, February 19, 2007

I thought this was pretty incredible

This is a real picture of a real fly with real glasses. (Pretty sure non prescription)
Micreon, based in Hannover, Germany, created the fly's eyewear using ultrafast laser micro-machining. The firm notes on its Web site that the process can create objects with high precision at scales of less than a thousandth of a millimeter.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wow.. looks just like Elizabeth Taylor

I thought this was interesting and a good excuse for another No Agenda Zone manipulated cartoon

February 15, 2007—She was the legendary queen of Egypt who seduced two of the most powerful men in the ancient world.
But a silver coin that went on display at a British university yesterday suggests Cleopatra's beauty may be Hollywood fiction.
On one side the coin shows the Egyptian ruler with a shallow forehead, long nose, narrow lips, and a sharply pointed chin (at left above). On the other, her longtime lover, the powerful Roman general and politician Mark Antony, is depicted with a large hooked nose and thick neck (right).
The unflattering images suggest that fictional accounts—from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra to the HBO TV series Rome—overplay the attractiveness of the doomed couple.

Ancient Coin Flip

Friday, February 09, 2007

What Kind of American Are You Anyway ?

When I was reading about the Super Bowl I read this:
Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith will make history as the first African-American head coaches to lead NFL teams to the Super Bowl”

Then I read this:
“Lost in the celebration of the first black head coaches to reach the Super Bowl is that the first Asian-American coach Lloyd Lee who will be pacing the sidelines in the Big One.”

Then I was reading about the Astronaut that went off the deep end and read this:
An Italian restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Fla., plans to hold a fundraiser for Nowak this weekend because she was the first Italian-American woman in space.

Then this:
“Haroldson, the county’s chief deputy district attorney, is the first Mexican-American to become a district attorney in Oregon’s history”.

Then there’s this:
“As a former member of Bush's Cabinet and the nation's first Cuban-American senator, Martinez already had considerable cachet”.

Then just yesterday I was reading this about Rudy Giuliani:
“Just by running for the nomination, the former New York mayor and hero of 9/11 will be the first Italian-American to run for president”

OK my point is that I do greatly admire the people that have broken the color or race barrier in American history but I was hoping by the year 2007 America would not need to still label or make an issue out of someone’s race. I do realize we still have some work to do before we are all on a completely even playing field but for crying out loud the two head coaches in the Super Bowl did not believe is swearing or yelling at their players. Doesn’t this deserve more admiration than the color of their skin in this day and age?

I guess I just have to hope & pray that my daughter will be the first Italian, Norwegian, Danish, French, American to see a color blind society.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King Jr.