pen rainbow

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday: Smart + Happy = Algorithms

Saw this on the back of a Prius coming back from Tahoe today

This kept us busy for the last hour of our drive back home.

The answer to happiness

Hint:  The solution to x and y is a graph

Click HERE for the AWESOME answer
What's an algorithm?

"Algorithm" is named after the 9th century Persian mathematician Al-Khwarizmi.

An Algorithm is a step-by-step solution to a problem.  A recipe is an algorithm for baking a cake.  

Fun calculations by Stephen Wolfram 
(a really smart guy)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Mini-Post: Anderson Pooper

From Animals With Disabilities in Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Doxy MoJo!

A super-cute mini-doxy wins hearts at the weenie dog races _GO A-POOP!  (Andie is a girl, btw.)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday—Playtime in Downtown

Photo taken at the Apple store on their iMac, then emailed to my computer at home

Post-processed in PSCS & LR5

Happy Summer!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday Mini-Post—Storm Troopers at Frankfurt Airport

Great special fx by Frank Wunderlich

Watch it more than once to see all of the cool fx

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday—Good for You, Good For Your Brain

Debunking 7 brain myths

You use more of your brain than you think.  Check out these 7 quick, relatively new facts about your brainy brain.  Courtesy of Brian Heater from AsapSCIENCE and GE Reports.

A new understanding of our most mysterious body part

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday's Cupboard—NOMA

What it was like to eat in the best restaurant in the world

Step into noma 


What does it mean to be the "best restaurant in the world?"  It means that a panel of 936 international leaders in the restaurant industry divided into 26 culinary regions around the world have voted, and one restaurant comes out on top.  The criteria for voting casts a wide net designed to fairly represent the current scene in fine dining.  Nominations are made for the restaurant, not the chef or the owner, and every restaurant in the world is eligible. 

It is the dining experience that matters.

Click HERE for more interesting facts about the voting.


A ballet.  A symphony.  Gratitude.  Grace.  Harmony.  45 seats.  4.5 hours.


Hold onto your butts...this is some, but not all of what we had

red currant and lavender_pickled unripe strawberries 
nordic coconuts (kohlrabi or "German turnip")
moss and cep (mushroom)
flower tart
pickled and smoked quails' eggs
flatbread with wild roses
green asparagus with scallop
white cabbage and samphire (sea vegetable)
Æbleskiver, lovage (an English herb) and parsley
pike head and herbs
burnt leek and cod roe
shrimp and ramson (wild garlic)
radish and yeast
beef tartar and ants
egg and fresh greens
rhubarb and sorrel
30th birthday cake for caralee
lounge and hygge (furs & candles = Danish hospitality)
chocolate pork rinds and coffee
a must-have after dinner treat
the sailing ship next to noma

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Saturday Trust—The Fun Never Stops

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift: that's why they call it the present.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Not much of a mystery if you're already dead.

A note to the Great Beyond

Alright, so here's the deal-ee-o...My dad was cremated last year according to his final wishes.  Last week, he got some snailmail here at my house from the Trident Society offering information on pre-paid cremation...

It's like being asked to the prom after it's over.  

So, I've made an executive decision:

As executor of my dad's estate, I am going to skip having him cremated a second time.  I think once is enough.

Please forward to the Spirit Postmaster

Some things in life are bad,
They can really make you mad,
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle, 
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best.

Always look on the bright side of life!  

~  Eric Idle

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday's Cupboard—Chef Poodle Makes Meatloaf Muffins

For peeps and their pooches — Bone AppĂ©tit!

From the same folks who brought you Gentleman Norman, How To Tie A Tie, at The Pet Collective starring Pappy (the Poodle), Matt Johnson & Janell Lenfert

Chef Poodle & his assistant, Janell