Sunday, February 20, 2005

Pirate Ice Ship

My buddy Jeff used to regale me with tales of Ice  Sculptures at Winter Carnival (including X rated ones) when he was an undergrad at Dartmouth.

Looks like the tradition returns:_20050211news11_1


Pirate ship sculpture marks revival in tradition of scope, grandeur


After a decade of struggle due to unexpected weather constraints, political controversies and insufficient design considerations, the official snow sculpture comprising the Winter Carnival tradition is on the rise toward a new revival of creativity and immensity.

The Winter Carnival centerpiece features a massive ship to capture the weekend's "Peter Pan" theme. The structure surpasses previous sculptures in size, towering between 50 to 55 feet and spanning 18 feet wide. The mainmast stands 56 feet high, and the foremast stands 52 feet high. Sketches for the ship began in early December, as Eric Clum '08 and Lucas Schlumtz '08 designed various structural parts for use in the ship's construction.

This is what becomes of a dry campus . .  .

Pirate ship sculpture marks revival in tradition of scope, grandeur
By Kristen Kelley,
The Dartmouth, Friday, February 11, 2005

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Reflection nebula in Orion

Reflection nebula in Orion, NGC 1973-75-77


via the Anglo-Australian Observatory

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Friday, February 18, 2005

Quick Virus Fixes

I post to the blog primarily from a Mac, so I don't encounter these all that often. But in the office, even with a full IT department and a suite of anti-virus software, I still get the occasional infection.

What to do while you wait for IT to arrive?

Head over to one of these sites for quick, free detection and removal tools and online scans:

Symantec Security Response

Trend Micro Housecall

McAfee Virus Removal Tools for  Lovsan,  Klez,  and  Bugbear

Panda ActIveScan

(Your welcome!)

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Hippo Adopts 100 year old Tortoise as Mom

A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa, officials said on Thursday. The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on Dec. 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.



"It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paul Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.  "After it was swept and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added. "The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it follows its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added. "The hippo is a young baby he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.

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Snowy Day

A Snowy Train Stop (Roslyn)


February 1, 2005

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Shut Down This

An interesting push back to the MPAA:



Mpaa__hand - Learn how to control what's yours. - Efficient tools for sharing what's yours.
Bluetack Security - Tools to block those attacking you for sharing whats yours.
Electronic Frontier Foundation ( - Protect your rights to control what's yours. - Join the fight against the people who want to take way what's yours.
The Motion Picture Ass. Of America - Know your enemy. To them, what's yours is theirs, period.
The Recording Industry Ass. Of America - The only people more corrupt than the MPAA.

Shut Down This via boingboing

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Vintage iPod, circa 1950


See the miracle of sound inside!


via Gizmodo

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Monday, February 14, 2005

Music for Lovers


A couple of music compilations for Valentines Day:

1) iTunes Music Store has an interesting collection of Romantic tunes

2)'s Music  Honeymoon/Romantic Getaway Guide selected the "Top 10 Sexy Music CDs"

"If you desire to hear more sounds in the bedroom than those of your own beating hearts and breathy sighs (or the neighbors fighting), these sexy and romantic CDs can set the mood for seduction and orchestrate your lovemaking."

Um, sure.  I have to take issue with a few of her selections. Tina Turner? Sorry, thanks for playing. And while I love both the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, I cannot think that most women would appreciate them as a romantic soundtrack.

As opposed to let's say Barry White or Marvin Gaye. Any woman that doesn't appreciate them during intimate moments, you don't want to sleep with anyway . . .

1) Moondance by Van Morrison

"It's a marvelous night for a moondance," croons the lyrical Irish poet -- and you'll find yourselves in agreement after listening to this.

2) The Ultimate Collection by Barry White

When velvet-voiced White starts singing "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," hearts begin to melt. And when the Ultimate Seducer segues into "I'll Do for You Anything You Want Me To" and "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More," the feelings are irresistible.

3) Music To Shag By

Containing the mumbled French "Je t'aime...Moi Non Plus" (you may not know what Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg are moaning, but their sexy meaning is clear) along with more than a dozen sure-fire hits, this Austin Powers-inspired collection is groovy, baby.

4) Midnight Love and the Sexual Healing Sessions by Marvin Gaye

Is "Sexual Healing" is your theme song? This CD has four versions of it, including the original vocal, an instrumental, and an alternate vocal mix.

5) Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding

When the Memphis man sings "Try a Little Tenderness," there's just no arguing with that logic. This boxed set contains his entire oeuvre.

6) Crossroads by Eric Clapton

What woman hasn't felt more beautiful after hearing the guitar master sing "Wonderful Tonight?" This boxed CDs set also contains the hypnotic "Layla," "Wanna Make Love to You" and "After Midnight."

7) Forty Licks by the Rolling Stones

Disc 2, from "Start Me Up" to "Miss You" to "Beast of Burden" and "Angie" to "Fool to Cry" and the new "Keys to Your Love" delivers some powerful emotional messages from the world's greatest rock and roll band.

8) Romanza by Andrea Bocelli

If your taste leans toward opera, let your spirits soar with this passionate Italian. The appeal of "Con Te Partiro" is universal.

9) Love Songs by Etta James

The first incredible bars of "At Last" are guaranteed to start a fire. And later when James sings, "I want a Sunday kind of love, a love that will last past Saturday night," you'll be inspired to start a long-lasting relationship with this Chess Records diva.

10) Simply the Best by Tina Turner

If this classic Turner CD, containing the operatic "River Deep Mountain High," the earnest "It Takes Two," the heartfelt "I Don't Want to Lose You" and the forthright "Better Be Good to Me," isn't already part of your collection, it deserves to be.

Hardly a definitive list . . . I'd be interested in hearing other suggestions for a more orignal and compelling list . . .

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Thoughts On Love

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.

Success is nothing, without someone you love to share it with.
-Billy Dee
Williams in the movie, Mahogany

Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
-Dr. Karl Menninger

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. 
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love is a fire.  But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.  -Joan Crawford

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. 
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age. 
-Jeanne Moreau

Beware you be not swallowed up in books!  An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge. 
-John Wesley

Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall.
-David Chambless

Immature love says: "I love you because I need you."  Mature love says: "I need you because I love you." 
-Erich Fromm

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. 
-Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he's finished.
-ZsaZsa Gabor

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. 
-Mignon McLaughlin

There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
-Francois de La Rouchefoucauld

To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up.   
-Ogden Nash

The course of true love never did run smooth. 
-William Shakespeare

You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. 
-Henny Youngman

Men always want to be a woman's first love, women like to be a man's last romance. 
-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

No matter how lovesick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along. 
-Joyce Brothers

Source: Quotes of the Day,

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Happy Fridge

UM, okay . . .


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