Friday, March 30, 2007

You know I love my hockey...

and you know I love my Penguins. Since before any of you knew me. Anyway this makes me so freakin happy. Its been tough on the fans and the team these past few years and then add all the uncertainty with if they are staying or are they going and its been a hard fucked up roller coaster of a ride. But all that is behind us and I am really looking forward to playoff hockey.

If you cats have not had a chance to watch this team, make it a point. Its a great spectacle. These boys can skate, they are loaded with offensive talent and they make you scream at the tv. What more do you want out of a sporting event? Well maybe some free concessions. And Beer. Can we get some parking passes thrown in there. Okay Okay I am getting carried away. Seek them out, watch the Penguins...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Daily Zen or Zen Like Substitute

Love what is ahead by loving
what has come before.

Its a slow week, what can I say? Plus I am pounding out the 25 page paper on WWI. And that shinnizzle is taking a bit out of my liesure time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Daily Zen or Zen Like Substitute

The mind is given to you,
you are not given to the mind.

Freakin sweet. I will predict giant returns on this when this goes public. Find that R&D company and invest.

Link to article.

These guys have invented a battery that runs off sugar water. And runs pretty damn long by all indications. How freakin sweet is that? Sure sugar farming is a biohazard, but all farming if done properly can be beneficial to the environment. But I digress, this new sugar battery could change the fuel cell and what our car based economy runs on. Of course big oil will throw a lot of money at discrediting this. Hell they are probably reading this as I write it. Those guys are everywhere, like the AMA.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Daily Zen or Zen Like Substitute

Where there is love,
there is no question.

A neat little discovery from the world of archaeology....

Here is an article from Discovery that shows that ancient humans who had a close relationship with the water can be identified by auditory exostoses, a abnormal bone mass in the ear. This is but one way to figure out the past lives of the prehistory folks that roamed the earth.

Any other ideas like this from anyone out there?

Friday, March 23, 2007

WWI March 23rd 1918

Here is a good story. This would be a good historical fiction story, the base of it anyway. Its got all the ingredients: Fantasic new weaponry, terroriszed citizens, a great known metropolis, war, tangible bad guys, and a lot of room for character development.

1918 : Paris hit by shells from new German gun

At 7:20 in the morning on March 23, 1918, an explosion in the Place de la Republique in Paris announces the first attack of a new German gun.

The Pariskanone, or Paris gun, as it came to be known, was manufactured by Krupps; it was 210mm, with a 118-foot-long barrel, which could fire a shell the impressive distance of some 130,000 feet, or 25 miles, into the air. Three of them fired on Paris that day from a gun site at CrÉpy-en-Laonnaise, 74 miles away.

The gun sent Paris, a city that had withstood all earlier attempts at its destruction, including scattered bombings, reeling. At first, the Paris Defense Service assumed the city was being bombed, but soon they determined that it was actually being hit by artillery fire, a heretofore unimagined situation. By the end of the day, the shelling had killed 16 people and wounded 29 more. It would continue throughout the German offensive of that year in four separate phases between March 23 and August 9, 1918, inflicting a total of somewhere under 260 Parisian casualties. This low total was due to the fact that the residents of Paris learned to avoid gathering in large groups during shellings, limiting the number of those killed and wounded by the shells and diminishing the initially terrifying impact of the weapon.

Almost all information about the Pariskanone, one of the most sophisticated weapons to emerge out of World War I, disappeared after the war ended. Later, the Nazis tried without success to reproduce the gun from the few pictures and diagrams that remained. Copies were deployed in 1940 against Britain across the English Channel, but failed to cause any significant damage.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Damn it man, crack them open already.

This here is Dr. Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. Basically if doesn't like you, you can bet your ass you aint never gonna study the pyramids or any other part of Egyptian antiquities ever. Aside from government intervention, what he says goes.

See back in the day they ran this robot down a shaft in the Great Pyramid and found some handles to a door. That shit was like 10 years ago. I know you seen the Discover Channel show on it. Seriously dont lie about it. Anyway they are saying by years end. All I got to say is you better throw a party and make some noise or everyone gonna forget about your ass. You just teasin me man.

Link to article.

This is some really cool stuff. It will make you think the sun is alive with the spirits of the dead...

Man o man you are gonna want to watch this clip of the phenomenon first. It is really and truely something you have never seen before. As far as science goes its really exciting shit. Here is the link to the NASA article. Thats what I'm talkin about. show me something NASA. I want shapes and colors. The bitches spoiled me with Hubble shots for a decade and now I get nothing except dark matter and colonizing Mars? WTF? You all need to devote more money to the telescope division.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Daily Zen or Zen Like Substitute

Bliss is
a constant state of mind,
undisturbed by gain or loss.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Your dose of history...

- Just a reminder about one of the most notorious pieces of literature to be written.

1852 : Uncle Tom's Cabin is published

Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, is published. The novel sold 300,000 copies within three months and was so widely read that when President Abraham Lincoln met Stowe in 1862, he reportedly said, "So this is the little lady who made this big war."

Stowe was born in 1811, the seventh child of the famous Congregationalist minister Lyman Beecher. She studied at private schools in Connecticut, then taught in Hartford from 1827 until her father moved to Cincinnati in 1832. She accompanied him and continued to teach while writing stories and essays. In 1836, she married Calvin Ellis Stowe, with whom she had seven children. She published her first book, Mayflower, in 1843.

While living in Cincinnati, Stowe encountered fugitive slaves and the Underground Railroad. Later, she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin in reaction to recently tightened fugitive slave laws. The book had a major influence on the way the American public viewed slavery. The book established Stowe's reputation as a woman of letters. She traveled to England in 1853, where she was welcomed as a literary hero. Along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, she became one of the original contributors to The Atlantic, which launched in November 1857. In 1863, when Lincoln announced the end of slavery, she danced in the streets. Stowe continued to write throughout her life and died in 1896.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Daily Zen or Zen Like Substitute

To be calm is the highest achievement of the self.

Friday, March 16, 2007

This fucking hurts to much.

OK, its a wide known fact that we have a 20 year old dumbass here in the office. I mean this girl has said some down right stupid shit. But this one hurts to fuckin much. I guess it hurts so bad cause I actually took up history in college and I expect people to know things about this country. Real fuckin things. Like during the American Civil War it was the North against the South and it is ackowledged that the North won. Well at lunch yesterday, our representative of Generation Y proclaimed that the ACW was the North against the East and the South won. Which is interesting to ponder. Who was the East? Why did the South win if they weren't in it? How did this bitch graduate from high school 2 years ago? I don't know. It really fuckin hurts my head to think that a mojority of the population has these kinds of thoughts.

I like my work space. We have a small group of people working here, but it is a pretty diverse group of generations. I cant crack on this chick to hard, she is after all only 20. All she is worried about is dudes, whats going on w/Brit, American Idol, and holding on to that dream the Redskins of Ravens are going to call about that cheerleading position. Is it really to much to ask to remember certain tings about the place you live? Or at least know what the fuck really happened. It just shows the level of apathy this coming generation has. They sure as hell aint gonna tell any one what ot do. Or it could get really scary. In the future, some of these cats are gonna be elected officials and lawmakers. Knowing what they know. Or don't know.

This kinda underlines what I think. Looks like I am not the only one.

The fact we know so little about human prehistory stems from the problem of where exactly did they live. Coastlines 20000 years ago were way different than they are now. Check the article below for what some underwater acheaologiest are doing down in Texas. I am total agreement with the notion that there is much of human history underwater.
No signs of ancient underwater human habitation found

08:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

By Leigh Jones / Galveston County Daily News

GALVESTON — The underwater explorers who spent last week scouring the offshore continental shelf for signs of 19,000-year-old human habitation sailed back to Galveston empty-handed Saturday.

The crew of geologists, biologists and marine archeologists was hoping to find clues of human activity in the area during the last Ice Age, when they believe the Texas coastline extended 100 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

The expedition did not turn up anything definitive, but the scientists did find what they believe to be signs of the ancient shoreline about 330 feet below the ocean’s surface.

“A series of long vertical steps look like they may have been created by the movement of waves, which carve out a trough and deposit material farther up,” wrote team member Todd Viola, who posted mission logs daily on the expedition’s Web site. “This is the same profile we see on modern beaches.”

Viola described the find as very exciting but noted further exploration would be necessary to verify the scientists’ theory.

Last week’s expedition, dubbed “Secrets of the Gulf,” was headed by Robert Ballard, the oceanographer and explorer best known for his discovery of the Titanic in 1985.

The team traveled from Galveston to the Flower Garden Banks, the northernmost coral reef on the United States continental shelf, aboard the SSV Carolyn Chouest with the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered research submarine in tow. It was the first expedition Ballard led from shore.

Using a shipboard television studio and satellite technology, the team transmitted live video feed to groups of scientists all over the country. They also produced five live informational broadcasts each day.

According to the mission logs, the short expedition was plagued by bad weather and technical difficulties that limited use of Ballard’s underwater research capsule, Argus. When it finally entered the water, the remotely operated vehicle transmitted high-definition pictures of the ancient shoreline on the last day of the trip.

While Argus was out of commission earlier in the week, the team relied on images from the submarine. Two scientists at a time stretched out in the bottom of the 145-foot vessel and peered out of view ports to observe the ocean floor.

The submarine’s unique construction — with wheels for driving along the seabed — allowed the scientists to scrutinize the reef from a depth of 40 feet.

The discovery of an active mud volcano created quite a stir, wrote submarine captain Rick Panlilio in a March 6 log entry.

“We imaged it first with our side scanning sonar and found a large crater about 50 yards across on the summit,” he wrote. “The summit was about 160 feet up from the surrounding plane. On the sonar images, we could see a wisp of something trailing off the top of the mound.

“We thrusted the submarine down on top of the hill and crept toward the center and, ‘Eureka!’ we found that the dormant volcano was highly active, with a constant jet of gas, brine and silt being ejected from a briny mud pool inside the crater. The rocky structure inside the crater was jagged and run through with small canyons where dense brine seeped out.”

The submarine and its crew sailed back to Galveston on Saturday. The scientists returned to their labs, but the Navy crew will remain in port until they leave for their next expedition Thursday.

During their layover, Lt. James Krohne said the sailors would be taking a trip to the Johnson Space Center to compare notes with the astronauts.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Amazing what a lack of TV will do for your kids.....

Supermarket eggs hatched

A ten-year-old Devon girl has hatched two chicks - from eggs bought at her local supermarket.

Jessica Sansom, 10, put two of the organic eggs in an incubator the family had used to hatch geese and hens on their farm.

A month later she watched the yellow chicks - which she named Splish and Splosh - appear, reports the Sun.

Jessica, of Ilfracombe, said: "I wanted to see what would happen and mum said it might work - and it did. They are the cutest ducks ever."

Mum Elizabeth, 53, who paid £1.95 for the half-dozen eggs at Waitrose, said: "We ate four but Jessica wanted to save the last two to see what would happen.

"To everyone’s amazement it worked."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

Lead, Follow, or stay right where your at....

As far as planning disputes go, it is a far cry from letters of complaint to the council over an unsightly conservatory.

After a row with developers, this family's home has been left perched 12m (40ft) up on its own concrete island.

It all started when they refused to accept compensation to move and, while the row rumbled on, the bulldozers excavated the site around them.

Just how do you settle a dispute about land with a commusnist government? I wish I could keep up with this one.

Talk about the shit hitting the fan...

Congressman Stark is a non-theist. Seeing as we live in a country where most people probably want to kill this man for believing this, I wonder how he will survive? Seriously. This is like having an abortion for some people. He might as well be dead. Its a shame. Freedom of religion means freedom from religion too folks.

Cause you have to be sure...

Slobodan Milosevic's daughter Marija Milosevic has hired security guards to protect her father's body from vampire hunters.

The self-styled vampire hunters have already made one attempt at driving a wooden stake through the former dictator's heart to 'stop him returning from the dead'.

Milosevic is buried in the front garden of his former home in the northern Serbian town of Pozarevac.

His daughter Marija said local police had refused to act to protect the grave even though they knew it was being targeted.

The vampire hunters' first attempt failed after they drove the stake into the ground without digging up the coffin, and missed the heart.

Vampire hunter Miroslav Milosevic said they believed the spirit of the former dictator could return to haunt the country if the ritual was not performed.

Slobodan Milosevic died on March 11, 2006, while on trial before a UN war crimes tribunal for his role in the 1990s break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Daily Zen or Zen Like Substitute

Your mind is God's gift to you to recognize, reconcile and harmonize with His creations.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


Yeah this is straight plagerism, but I am saving this for research purposes, so come and get me. Link to pics. I know this is boring and some of you are like "dude you suck!" but I dont give a rats ass. This blog was always about research anyway. This is actually the 3rd life this thing has taken and I lost tons of data on my last two changes, NO MORE i say. Anyway prehistory intrests me like nothing else in history and thats why you see this stuff. We are only beginning to understand our prehistory. Wait until the thread unravels. Your gonna love it.

First-Ever Dwelling Mound Found in Germany

A 7,000-year-old dwelling mound has been found in Germany, causing a stir among archaeologists. It is the first find of its kind in Western Europe.

A room with a view has always been a coveted thing. Over the millennia, humans discovered that it could be achieved by simply staying put over generations and not picking up the garbage. By building and rebuilding on the rubble of their own architectural remains, sedentary humans managed to achieve an impressive height.

The result of this process, known to archaeologists as a dwelling mound, is most commonly associated with the Middle East; in Iraq, the structures reach a height of 40 meters. They are also known in the Balkans and South America, but not in Germany -- at least until now.

Hence the discovery of a dwelling mound near Oberröblingen in Saxony-Anhalt has caused something of a stir in the German archaeological establishment. Thought to be 7,000 years old, the oval-shaped mound, which is roughly 100 meters long, 60 meters wide and 1.8 meters high, consists of the clay remains of centuries of previous structures.

"This is a unique find in Germany," Robert Ganslmeier of the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle told the news agency DPA. "People have been living and building here since the early Stone Age."

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Discovered during highway construction work, the mound is now the site of harried archaeological activity. "We don't have any time to lose," says Ganslmeier. "The bridge builders are breathing down our necks."

The archaeologists believe that various rituals took place on the mound, including sacrifices. "We found two beheaded young people and next to them, the fragmented skeleton of a horse, minus skull and hind legs," explains Ganslmeier. Dog skulls and the remains of a calf were also found. One of the young people was wearing a bone bracelet, and the animal skeletons were surrounded by ceramic vessels. "Either these people were sacrificed or executed," says Ganslmeier.

For unknown reasons, the mound was abandoned about 5,500 years ago, Ganslmeier explains. "3,000 years ago, people of the late Bronze Age came and re-occupied it for another 300 years."

It's pure coincidence that the mound has been so well preserved. The recent diversion of a nearby river spared it from erosion. Ganslmeier believes there could well be more dwelling mounds in Germany, "but they'll be hard to find."

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Sorry peps.

Sick as shit this week. Will be back in action soon. Keep on keepin on.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Beer swillin duck understands chinese. Yep you read that right.

A Chinese man says his beer-drinking pet duck can understand him.

Grandpa Cao takes six-year-old Yaya for a walk through Dalian city every day, reports Northeast News Network.

"He understands every instruction I give him, such as to tumble or to fly. But when he's tired he turns his back on me," says Cao.

He feeds Yaya on peanuts mainly, but says he also enjoys shrimp and other sea food as snacks - with a beer.

"When he eats, he needs a bowl of beer, otherwise he won't be happy," added Cao.

Hey when I eat I need a bowl of beer too. Not having my beer in a bowl would make me happy too. I think we should get this duck on the Chinese team for Beerfest. Lets see what hes really made of. DAS BOOT DAS BOOT DAS BOOT DAS BOOT!