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April 12th, 2011

Yuri's Night @ 07:31 am

Take a moment to remember Yuri Gagarin, the brave young pilot who was first to leave the earth and fly in space.  Fifty years ago today.

October 1st, 2009

The rest of the story @ 09:58 pm

I have received a number of compliments on this picture I took a couple of weeks ago in Acadia National Park.
From Road Trip Highlights
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September 29th, 2009

Road Trip Report @ 09:04 pm

A I wrote a few days ago, we are recently returned from a three week road trip across northern New England and Canada's maritime provinces.

Here are some of the highlights and pictures from the trip. Click on any picture for a larger version.
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September 27th, 2009

Home @ 10:43 pm

Home from vacation. 
3975 miles in 19 days.  New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.  
Copying photos now. 
Must sleep.  Will post a better report in a few days.

September 16th, 2009

Don't these people have HOMES? @ 10:50 pm

Day 8. Bar Harbor, Maine.

Joanne and I planned our trip carefully to occur after school started, so all the "summah people" would be gone, and before thefall colors brought out the "leaf peepers". So, how come all the hotels, motels, and inns in Bar Harbor are full, traffic is unbearable, and there are waiting lines at all the restaurants? Go home, people.

That said, we had a fine time rambling around the coast of Maine this week, from Kennebunk Beach to Bar Harbor.

I'll post more later, but in the mean time, here are some fine lighthouses we've seen:

Portland Head light
From Road Trip Week 2

Pemmaquid Point light
From Road Trip Week 2


September 10th, 2009

Humbugs! @ 10:39 pm

Our road trip continues. We've seen a lot of sights, including two notable humbugs.

First, at the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown, New York, we saw the Cardiff Giant!

From Road Trip

Said giant was dug up in a farmer's field back in the 1830's. People were already amazed by fossil fish and the like. The Bible said that in ancient days, giants walked the earth. Surely this was a petrified giant.

It was, in fact, a fake, carved from gypsum rock and buried in the field a few months before it was "discovered". Nonetheless, it was a woner of the day. When the owners wouldn't sell it to P.T. Barnum, Barnum had another fake carved for his show. Humbug.

Today, we visited "America's Stonehenge" a.k.a. "Mystery Hill" in Salem NH.

From Road Trip

This is probably not total humbug, radiocarbon dating shows that charcoal found on the site may be as much as 4000 years old. The stone walls, chambers, and standing stones . . . it's hard to say. It's known that there was a farm on the site in the early nineteenth century. Many of the stones and wells appear to date to that time.

When it was first opened as an attraction back in the 1930's, a lot of the stones were moved around. Some of the stones show holes made by a steel drill. The archaeologists say the site has been so disturbed, that we may never know what, if anything, is real pre-Columbian work.

As they say, "Decide for yourself"

We've been having a fine time.  In addition to the sites mentioned above, we've seen Saratoga Springs, Warner Castle, Canturbury Shaker Village, the Floating Bridge in Brookfield, NH, the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory, and the Quechee gorge.  Tomorrow, we're off to the White Mountains and Mount Washington.


September 4th, 2009

Road Trip! @ 04:27 pm

Tuesday, Jo and I go on the road for three weeks.

We're taking a driving vacation across New England and the Maritime Provinces.  Unlike any other vacation trip we've ever done, this one is a ramble.  We're going to follow our noses and see where we end up.  We're going to decide our stops and schedule as we go.

A few places and things we may see:
  • Mount Washington
  • Canterbury Shaker Village
  • America's Stonehenge
  • Kennebunk Beach
  • Many lighthouses
  • Acadia Park
  • Lunenburg (the Bluenose is in port)
  • Halifax
  • The Cabot Trail
  • The Fundy trail
  • The Magnetic Hill in Moncton
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Gaspe'
  • The Cyclorama of Jerusalem in Ste Anne-de-Beaupre'
  • Quebec City (home of Jo's mother and sister)
  • andpuff  , who we've been promising to visit for too long
  • Niagara Falls and the Niagara wine country.
We timed this to fit in after schools starts so the "summah people" and their kids will have gone home, and before the "leaf peepers" come out.  We're hoping for warm weather, but packing for any eventuality.

I hope I'll be able to post occasional reports and pictures to this journal. 


February 7th, 2009

I didn't know that! @ 06:27 pm

Many people remember Madeline Kahn's character from Blazing Saddles, Lily von Shtupp.   A delightful character, whose name always gets a laugh because "shtup" is Yiddish slang for "fuck".    That was only one of the Yiddish jokes the great Mel Brooks put in that 1974 comedy classic.

Today I watched Blake Edward's wonderful "The Great Race", from 1965.  I had not recalled that Ross Martin played the plotting Baron "Rolfe Von Stuppe" in that film, nine years earlier.

Which raised a question.  Did Edwards and Brooks ever work together?


August 9th, 2008

What's next? @ 08:46 am

The video game Guitar Hero has been around for a while.  It was followed by Rock Band, a game that lets you and some friends rock out on guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.   So what's next?  Maybe . . .

JazzBand - clarinet, sax, drums, and vibes

BluegrassBand - guitar, mandolin, banjo, and stand-up bass

StringQuartet - violin, viola, cello, bass

PolkaBand - accordion, tuba, trumpet, bass

EarlyMusicBand - lute, hautboy, serpent, clavichord

MarchingBand - (for groups of 20 or more)

Watch for them at your favorite store!

July 13th, 2008

Anthrocon Pictures @ 10:37 pm

I've finally got my webserver back on line after some power supply problems.  My pictures from Anthrocon are here.


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