Anyway, I know that was boring since they aren't your fish, but the following is really cute-
Here's two more-
Of Matters and AntiMatters:
The Relativity of Stuff....and Things
Why quite well, thank you-
Sally Snail likes to 'rearrange' things in the tank....like uprooting the plants!
Anyway, I know that was boring since they aren't your fish, but the following is really cute-
(and the little girl is so me, even to the glasses and braids, though most of the time it was ponytails. Dunno why my mom insisted my sister and I have long hair, I remember the combing of it painfully well :| Guess I was sort of a tomboy and would have rather had it short, used to cut it myself occasionally, to my mom's (a hairstylist) great disapproval. Hey,it was an asymmetrical statement :)
Here's two more-
Heh, a golden retriever ^ :)
And this has nothing to do with fish, it's just amusing-
I'm giving you a heads-up in case you want to celebrate, and no, I am not making this up, nor will I joke about the word 'asteroid' (like 'what do astronauts or aliens get from straining to do poo', or anything of that nature, this is serious business and anyways, I've done that already elsewhere here), so seriously, I guess the threat of a large incoming is about due, because if not, why were we not concerned 10 years ago about this?
Do astronomers/astrophysicists/astromathematicians<(I assume there are ones that do probability theory predictions [like 'Ye Old Alien Farmer's Almanac' or something], have information they are not telling us?
Don't let ^this^ happen to us! Grab your telescopes and keep a watchful eye on the sky! Is there something we can do about it? I dunno, blast it off course maybe? If not, we can at least assume the fetal position and kiss our asteroids goodbye!
Take it from him!-
Also, the day will be one second longer! Wow! A whole extra second! Wonder what I'll do with it? It's Leap Second! Poor old Earth, it's slowing down, I guess it's expected after being 4.54 billion years old and constantly in that tug of war with the Sun and Moon. Read, the article, it's very interesting wibbily wobbly timey wimey stuff....
So they've got it all worked out....as long as we see it coming.....as long as we can agree as to how we will deflect/destroy it in time before it gets too close....as long as it works.....yep, that eases my mind.....*sigh*
A Quickie Rant (is there such a thing, or does brevity make it not a rant? See, I can even rant about rants!!! :)
Open up and say 'ahhhh.....geebus crikey! what the holy heck!?!
(actually, it has better teeth than some humans I know,
but it really needs to see a dentist about cleaning,
looks like it's got some plaque issues there!)
...In the past, before we traversed the seven seas, before we flew to new horizons, indigenous species remained indigenous. Now, not only has invasive species been introduced innocently through ‘hitchhiking’, but purposefully. Sometimes it’s done to manage over population of an indigenous species, only later is found to have worse consequences (coughcanetoad/kudzucough).
And sometimes it's done by ignorance, like a pet becoming too large, or the owner has lost interest in it.<(don't be a pet owner if you can't be a responsible one. It is a life that is dependent on you ya know!)
Anyways, now, not only does NJ lakes contain Snakeheads (and god knows what else), but TESTICLE BITING FISH, too!
So it’s blown out of proportion, they apparently would not live through a Jersey winter....but with global warming?????
Geezus, humans sure know how to make a mess of things!
And speaking of fish, mine are all doing well, and they really are curious and intelligent in their own fishy way.
Here are two other rather alarming things being caused by humans in the waterworld-
Male Fish with Eggs in Their Testes
What are we doing to the planet? Are we inadvertently causing damage, or promoting evolution (from the damage we are causing)? I guess, until it affects us to a large degree, we can just turn a blind eye, and blissfully go on with our lives....
Guess this wasn't so brief :|
rant today :) Pfft, when am I not?
Geez, I was going through past posts and trying to update and/or get rid of dead links and videos and realized, wow, I sure have a lot to say! Maybe it's because I don't really talk all that much in real life, least not about the stuff I write here. Here, I can truly be myself and let it alllllllllllllll out!
So prepare for yet another rant. And one probably that's been ranted before, just rethought and reworded.
I'm so full of it! Ranting, of course :) so here goes (and sorry to disappoint, but this is a more serious one)-
The area in which I live is very mixed, there are Afro-Americans, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indians, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, just a huge mix of peoples. Most of them enjoy sharing and explaining their heritage and culture with me (I’m particularly interested in their traditions- festivals, food, dress etc.), at least the more recent immigrants that still retain such things, those that can clearly identify. And I’ve noticed that ‘Americans’, even when their families have been here for generation upon generation, still identify with countries of origin- Italians, Irish, Germans, etc. Even if they’ve never actually lived in those countries, I guess it’s just traditions that have been handed down. I’m the same, I associate with my German/Swiss grandparents on my mom’s side (English and French on my father’s). It’s like some need to belong I guess? To have somewhere to identify with. One’s ‘roots’....a tree will take root wherever it can, and spread it’s branches, drop it’s seed, continue. Trees carry a lot of symbolism for humans. They are only a tree. Another life. Another species. Guess I was going somewhere with that but have lost it.
Anyways, I guess only Native American tribes have what could be considered a true heritage here, and even they migrated at one time from elsewhere, but so long ago, perhaps before anything written, and only retain those memories passed on vocally. Or something.
Guess I’m just rambling now. Not sure what my point is. Maybe it’s just that we hold on to our pasts (no matter how distant), too strongly instead of really moving forward. After all, we are all of the same species, we are all part of the human race, we are all earthlings (well, most anyway :)
Think about it, if there is a peaceful advanced civilization out there, even though they may see potential in us overall, with all the squabbling and violence amongst ourselves, how primitive we really are yet, they don’t want to interact with us?
I’d say we are still children, but I’ve watched small children together, and though they may be curious of another’s appearance (colouring, handicap, some difference, for example), they are so much more accepting (once they question and touch, their curiosity satisfied) than any adult and will play together without prejudices. We call it 'innocence'.
Children learn such things as prejudice and bigotry from adults who concentrate more on differences than samenesses and it’s really quite sad.
Maybe we’d be better off retaining the quality of a child.....
It's a wrap....well, a scarf...
And of course I'm going to make a few more really bad, groan producing puns of this, like 'wrap it around your head and be scarf face', and 'it's for reel!' :|
It is 'reelly' quite cool though, dontcha think? :)
Got out of bed, same side. Maybe I need to rearrange, do some
feng shuing, move bed, try getting up on right side?
Geezus, I wonder if it has something to do with politics? Getting out of bed on the left or right side? Left has meanings other than direction, and can be kind of negative (like 'he left me without a word', 'I was left out', etc.), and then there's all those superstitions and negativity about left handed people.
Must be even worse if you are a ginger lefty!
Right, other than direction, seems to have much more positivity about it.
Maybe someone needs to make up new words to replace the directions, you know like the whole Metric System vs Imperial/Standard System (and from what I've read, the French were the first to adopt the Metric System in the 1790s, other countries followed, but some, like the UK, not officially until 1965, and of course, it has not been adopted here in the US. But, as I mentioned before, I don't know the equivalents of the other, like ounces=pounds anyway and have to look it up when cooking/baking :| Yep, I'm that lame when it comes to anything dealing with mathematics of any kind. I think I just have a mental block and my brain goes numb when discussing things that require math *sigh*)
Sorry about all the above. This is not about that, it's about rethinking what I said yesterday about tolerance. Tolerance can be a good and/or bad thing, I just didn't know what other word to use. For instance, should we be tolerant of bigots, racism, abuse, things like that? I say NO, but then there are rights<(there's that word again), both civil and moral. Or something.
Like everyone should have the freedom to express themselves, their 'pursuit of happiness' yadda, yadda, yadda, so where does one draw the line on just what is and is not tolerable?
*SIGH* Humans have made life so complicated. I'm so confused. Just when I think I've found some answers.....
Dang! I, don't, even, know, where, to, use ,commas, correctly, yet, I, still, write! Should, there, be, tolerance, for, the, punctuationally, challenged?
Comma in a coma...I mean comma :) Kinda looks like a fetus, doesn't it? I gave it a smile. It's a happy comma fetus :)
Maybe it's twins! But not a fetus in fetu!
ADDENDUM (heavy on the dum)
Guess I'm racist against myself. Because I am of the human race. :\
(Yeah, it makes sense in my head....)
And I wish to make this clear, the murders committed at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was horrendous. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends of those lost, as well as to the Church congregation. All I'm saying is removing a flag is not going to solve a problem that runs much deeper.
And the confederate flag is not the state flag of South Carolina in the first place. Mississippi, though, will have to change theirs.
would be an excuse (for the rant which will follow), whatever that expression actually means 'cept I get up from the same side every morning. What is the right and wrong side? If I am laying on my back when about to get up, it would be my left side, but if I'm laying face down, it would be my right side. I guess it goes by the bed itself and what ever it's head is, therefore, I'd be getting off it from it's left side...but not it's left foot, but possibly with mine. :)
Anyway, here begins said rant-
Here in the states they want to do away with the confederate flag. If they do, what will Civil War reenactors do, I wonder? Or will they no longer be able to have those reenactments? Should they burn any of those flags (and anything associated with that part of history) that are in museums as well,or closet them away? And what of the Dukes of Hazard cars and that horn sound and stuff like that? In my opinion, getting rid of a flag is not going to stop racism, prejudice and bigotry.
It's like the swastika was originally a symbol of good but now it is only associated with Nazis.
Maybe we should just do away with any and all types of symbolism- crosses, stars, etc. In fact, let's do away with all colours, all music, films, games, books, art because who knows who might be offended by what. And for that matter, let’s get rid of history too while we're at it. We haven't learned from any of it, we still fight amongst ourselves as a species, so what's the point in keeping it archived? It might stir up trouble.
Maybe we need to teach more about tolerance and hopefully it will become ingrained in us and we will accept and embrace each and every one of us as the individuals that we are rather than by one's race, nationality, religion, culture, gender, size, shape, age, neighborhood, social status, etc.
End of rant....but I'm still annoyed!
I'm terrified of storms. There was a really frightening one last night. One where just all of the sudden it hit. Now I know what is meant by 'the lull before a storm', one minute everything was calm, not even a breeze and then bam! it hit. Heavy winds, an ocean of rain, streaks of lightning followed by the sound of thunder that seemed to roll through the house from front to back, sometimes reversed. The news warned of the chance of possible tornadoes in the area (thankfully there were none), and over 1000 lightning strikes in less than half an hour. I was petrified. I know it's probably psychological because, luckily, I've ever been in a truly devastating storm of any kind. Least not one of natures.
Storms can be symbolic.
Anyways, the little 'storm cloud' above is actually quite cute and not at all threatening. It was created by Marc Simon Frei. You can see more of his Tesla coil work HERE.
(And if you're interested, you can see more Tesla coil activity over at the Professor's Laboratory at The Divergent Worlds Machine, and while there, why not look at all the other interesting stuff and things, like the comics and such! It's a great site, go see for yourself! You might also like to visit the Professor's site for more Tesla Coils and High Voltage Experiments! It's truly electrifying!)
Oh, and here is a rather nice, non-threatening 'storm cloud' as well, from Richard Clarkson. Maybe I should get one, it might be good therapy for me.
(As you'll see on Marc Simon Frei's google page, he is doing something similar as well.)
Anyways, I do love clouds, and lightning is interesting as long as it doesn't strike me....why does it have to make such a terrifying sound when it does strike, though? Maybe, if when it struck it made music......
....I don't like storms of any kind, even if one could take me over the rainbow to Oz....
Thought I'd add this-
Storm Cloud Looks Like Michael Jackson
Hmm, I wonder if Disney will sue that cloud? I thought they had rights to the whole dead people in clouds thing....wait, I think it was done at the ending of 'Van Helsing', too!?! Must be a common occurrence with dead people...
'For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream' Vincent Van Gogh
(Seated third from the left [and along with artists Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard, with friends Félix Jobbé-Duval, and André Antoine], he would have been age of 34 in this photo, c.1887)
^Earlier photo of Vincent at the age of 19 or 20 (c.1873)^
^Vincent at age 13 (c.1866)^
I admire a lot of artists, but Vincent is my favourite.
Quotes by Vincent Van Gogh-
'If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.'
'Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.'
'There may be a great fire in our hearts, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.'
'Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.'
'Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.'
'The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.'
'It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent'
'Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.'
'I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.'
And to take away the sadness of the last quote, you can copy & print the following colouring page from Dover Publication-
And I think Vincent would have wanted you to colour it in any and all colours you found pleasing, not necessarily the ones he chose.
Oh, and it's up to you if you wish to put a Krafayis looking out from a window. :)
(That was my favourite episode to date of Doctor Who, and I hope, wherever his soul may reside, Vincent knows how much he is truly loved, admired and remembered.)
An explanation for the above. The actor, Hugh Keays-Byrne, who portrayed Immortan Joe in the recent 'Mad Max: Fury Road' film, used to call out to the other actors 'Daddy loves you!' and they would respond 'We love you Daddy!' and in the book 'The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road' it stated he posted pictures of himself with the words 'Daddy loves you!' all over the studio sets.
Immortan Joe was like a father/god figure, especially to the War Boys, and also felt he would father a new, healthy and unblemished human race.
Besides being a dictator, that is. In his way, he was trying to create some type of order in what was a dying world (someone I admire muchly taught me that rarely is anything black or white, so now I look at all those subtle shades of grey between...or at least try to), but this is about fathers and not about Fury Road.
Here are some Father's Day stuff and things-
Where Do the Words “Mom” and “Dad” Come From?
I mean, to create a human you do need fathersperm and motheregg (except for clones, at least at present), but that doesn't necessarily make a male a father or a female a mother, a father is a protector, care giver, nurturer, teacher, just as a mother is, or at least should be. And both are symbolic, besides- 'God the Father', 'The Father of our Country' <(George Washington who apparently slept all over the east coast, so maybe he really was :), 'Mother Earth' etc.
Anyway, in regards to the article above, it's obvious that 'Mom' and 'Mommy' are derived from 'Mother', with the 'Mo' and all, though one would think it would be more 'Mot' and Motty', just as 'Father' would be 'Fat' or 'Fatty' :)
Fam or Fammy could be alternatives I spose. Instead, 'Dad' and 'Daddy' are used.
Hmm, the plural short for 'dads' in Spanish would be tatas' *hehehe* :) doesn't make sense, guys do have them, generally not as large as moms', and they can act like that word, but still, seems more what they should call moms for short<(was more amusing in my head)
In Finnish, dad is 'isä'....'isa your isä, Jar Jar* <(a little 'Star Wars' humour, yeah, very little, again, was more amusing in my head, and anyways, in Dutch father is 'Vader'....makes sense now? Yes? No?)
Irish would be close for daddy- 'daidí', or possibly Welsh- 'tad'
Turkmen it's 'däde', which is close, too, or 'kaka', which sounds the same as when the 'k' is replaced by a 'c' :) not to mention poo is 'ka' in Dutch, oh those Dutch!
Some dads are kaka :|
Here, you can find 'father' in 100 different languages!
K, since the above was some 'stuff' about fathers, the following are some 'things'-
Some fathers also carry and give birth, like the amazing seahorse! (Nature is so cool!)
The following has sexual content not suitable for the immature!
'The female seahorse (hippocampus) deposits eggs into the pouch on the male's abdomen. The male releases sperm into the pouch, fertilizing the eggs. The embryos develop within the male's pouch, nourished by their individual yolk sacs.' (Wiki)
And the mom-ent, well, in this case the dadent, of birth!
and now for the awwww factor-
aw together now AWWWWWW! Dad and baby *squeeeee* :)
(though adorable, it looks like that baby has a serious case of exophthalmos!)
Since I began with a Mad Max reference, I will end with one though it has nothing to do with fathers or their day, I just found it amusing-
...and there's this
Oh yes, matter DOES matter, (even dark [side] matter matters). if not none of us would be here!!!
So to all those vaders, erm, fathers and even potential fathers out there....
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Ah, where to begin...