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Popsicle Toes November 9, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Ducks, Literature.
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We went camping in the Sawtooth Mountains last week


Those are not Mrs. Geezer’s toes.

Click to embiggen as the kids say.


Both Activities Have Their Merits August 19, 2015

Posted by skinbad in Family, Humor, Literature, Man Laws.
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So I clicked on a little news-nothing from Good Morning America about a boy who damaged a library book when it fell out of his bed after he went to sleep while reading. He sent a nice apology note to the library. While watching the clip, the captions were running and it went by kind of fast and I thought–“Did that say what I thought it did?” So, replay, pause, and screenshot. Nice job, GMA. He’ll probably appreciate the encouragement one day.

GMA advice

No More Flat Tires July 15, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Literature.
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Ummmm Donuts!

Currently tires are…

at their core they’re just piles of air, surrounded by a rubber donut.

Hankook Tire thinks we can do better. The South Korean manufacturer has been developing a non-pneumatic tire for a while. We first saw the concept in 2013, when it was one integrated unit, combining tire and rim in one.

Now, Hankook has completed initial testing on its fifth-generation airless tire, dubbed the iFlex. The tires do not require any air pressure, instead relying on a new type of eco-friendly material (the company demurs when asked for details). Geometric shapes built into the material provide the bounce and springiness normally provided by air pressure. But, unlike the previous iFlex, this version’s designed to mount onto a traditional rim, making it compatible with current vehicles.

Hankook ran the iFlex through a battery of tests to compare it to more conventional rubber, measuring durability, hardness, stability, slalom and speed, at up to 80 mph. The company says the tires matched conventional tires in terms of performance.

This is Fascinating June 27, 2015

Posted by daveintexas in Ballistics, Crime, Economics, Handblogging, History, Literature, Man Laws, Mufuckin Pie!, Nature Shit, Philosophy, Politics, Sex, Sitemeter, slutbags, Stupid shit, Technology, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, WTF?.
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And a little unnerving. A real time map of global cyber attacks.

Lightning Bolt March 10, 2015

Posted by Retired Geezer in Gardening, Literature.
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I believe Michael first posted a video by this group.

Mummer’s Dance January 20, 2014

Posted by Retired Geezer in Literature, Music.
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I posted another video by Loreena McKennitt back in 2007.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day December 25, 2013

Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes, Literature, Love.
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This song makes Mrs. Geezer cry.

Here’s the story of the song, based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

By Greg Laurie, Christian Post Contributor
December 21, 2013|9:45 am

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
– Luke 2:14

One of the most familiar carols we hear during the holidays is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The story behind the song, based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is very interesting.

In 1860, Longfellow was at the peak of his success as a poet. Abraham Lincoln had just been elected President, giving hope to many in the nation. But things soon turned dark for America and for Longfellow, personally. The Civil War began the following year, and Longfellow’s wife died of severe burns after her dress caught fire. Longfellow sustained severe burns on his hands and face from trying to save his wife. He was so badly burned that he could not even attend her funeral. In his diary for Christmas Day 1861, he wrote, “How inexpressibly sad are the holidays.”

In 1862, the Civil War escalated and the death toll from the war began to mount. In his diary for that year, Longfellow wrote of Christmas, “‘A merry Christmas,’ say the children, but that is no more for me.” In 1863, Longfellow’s son, who had run away to join the Union Army, was severely wounded and returned home in December. There is no entry in Longfellow’s diary for that Christmas.

For Christmas Day that year, Longfellow wanted to pull out of his despair, so he decided to try to capture the joy of Christmas. He began:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men.

As Longfellow came to the sixth stanza, he was stopped by the thought of the condition of his beloved country. The Battle of Gettysburg was not long past. Days looked dark, and he probably asked himself the question, “How can I write about peace on earth, goodwill to men in this war-torn country, where brother fights against brother and father against son?” But he kept writing and what did he write?

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
That could be said of our day as well.

But then, catching an eternal perspective and the real message of Christmas and Christ Himself, he wrote:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
“God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!”

May you hear these bells in the coming year.

The Shadow over Meriden January 28, 2013

Posted by wintersetruss in Literature, Pop Culture, WTF?.
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  I’m posting today because Moses threw up before dawn this morning, which means that I’m off work today on “Daddy Duty”.

  But he wasn’t the only one who had a weird night.  I don’t know if it was that last slice of pizza I ate right before going to bed, or the fact that I watched the entire Season 3 of “Archer” collection on DVD while reading a compilation of Lovecraftian short stories over the weekend, but SOMETHING caused me to have a weird frickin’ dream last night. (more…)

Goat Romping December 22, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Ducks, Literature.
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I’m setting this to post on Saturday, assuming we’re still here.

Gorilla Encounter October 8, 2012

Posted by Retired Geezer in Literature, Religion.
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This is pretty neat:

Happy Independence Day! BEST UPDATE YET! July 4, 2011

Posted by Michael in AA - Uncategorized, Ducks, Heroes, History, Honor, Humor, Law, Literature, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Sex, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Stupid shit, Women Ranting, WTF?.
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Hope you are having a great day, and pause a moment to ponder how lucky we are to live in this unique and blessed country.

UPDATE: Cathy’s Flag!

Yummy and Patriotic!

Flag at Casa de Michael

Casa Dave-O.

Happy Independence Day you goofballs.

Important Update!!

Wow! It's Huge BrewFan! (That's what she said)

IB Book Club – On Basilisk Station July 4, 2011

Posted by Cathy in Art, Ballistics, Entertainment, Literature.
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Beloved Readers!  Feel free to answer or comment on any or all of the following:

  1. Characters:  Which  characters did you personally find intriguing or admirable? Which ones did you love to hate? Why? Did the characters and situations seem credible to you as real persons and events?
  2. Plot and Story Line: How did you react when you first started reading the Prologue? What excited you about the story and the challenges that our protagonist faced?
  3.  Setting: Before you started reading On Basilisk Station,  had you been a reader of science fiction? If so, how does this book compare to what you’ve already read? If not, what challenges or learning curves (if any) did you face in taking on a work of science fiction?
  4. Author: What else have you read by David Weber?  Given that we all were able to read this book from online sources (free – Thank You! Xbrad!) do you plan to read more of Weber’s works?
  5. Writing Style:  Given this is a work of science fiction, comment on how well you think David Weber met the challenge of helping his readers picture the setting and action as the story unfolds.
  6. Format: Is this your virgin endeavor reading from a digitized non-hardcopy source (iPad, Kindle, Nook, Tablet, etc.)?  How did you fare with an electronic format while reading?  Likes? Dislikes? Will you do it again/more?
  7. Parallels: What parallels, if any, to real life did you take away from reading this work? Do you sense the author is trying to convey deeper meanings? Or do you think it merely a work of fiction for fun and adventure? Comment and offer what you can to back up your views.