Not Suitable For Balloon Lovers

May 11, 2015 § 8 Comments

Both my DSLR and my little digital portable camera are currently out of commission. The reasons are various and inconvenient and not worth mentioning here.

The reason that I am so bummed that both my DSLR and my little digital portable camera are currently out of commission is what drives me to write this post.

The reason being twofold. The reason being this:

There is a balloon bouncing in the breeze, nearby.

This balloon is silver, white and blue foil, partially deflated, and tied to a short but sturdy bit of ribbon which is, apparently, tethered to something on the ground. A dead branch, a rock, who knows what it is, but something is keeping the twelve inches or so of ribbon tied to the ground near a nearby neighbor’s tree and the balloon is bobbing up and down about a foot above the ground in the woods near my nearby neighbor’s property.

And the sight is arresting me, for two reasons.

One, it makes me immediately recall a scene from one of my favorite films, “American Beauty”, the plastic bag scene.

Two, it makes me want to film a short clip of the balloon and then make a mock ad that would go something like:

WARNING! This film is not suitable for Balloon Lovers. This film contains footage of an actual Balloon struggling to free itself from a trap. DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR BALLOON. Balloon Lovers everywhere are encouraged to follow safe Balloon Loving practices and keep their Balloons indoors, loved and inflated and…free.

Flying !

March 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Peter Pan at Disney’s Once Upon a Toy shop
Flickr creative commons

The events of the last week or so brought this subject to mind and stirred my curiosity. The very first time i flew was when my mother decided to move us down to Naples Florida in the South West par of the state. This was in 1964 an on a National Airlines turbo prop Trip was uneventful and took a number of hours. National was know for flying jets into those small Florida touch-n-go airports. I flew from Florida to Ohio a number of times and only once had to spend the night in an airport and that was in Tampa. I was flying standby – 12-22 it was called at that time and Cleveland Hopkins was socked in.

The last time was somewhere in the late 1990s to accompany a friend of mine on a trip back…

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Computer Memory

March 29, 2015 § Leave a comment


An early memory core frame from IBM main frame before solid state. Thought you all would like to see this. Look at all the weaving.

Originally posted on rona black photography:

Computer Memory by Rona Black

An abstract macro photograph of a Ferrite Memory Core plane from an early IBM mainframe computer. This grid is made up of fine wire threaded through tiny magnetic ferrite rings (cores). Magnetic core memory, a type of random-access memory (RAM), was introduced in 1955 and succeeded in the 1970s by solid-state memory in integrated circuits.

The Museum of Modern Art has three in its permanent collection, but none on display.

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How to Make High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Soap for Pennies.

March 29, 2015 § Leave a comment


It saves a lot of money and easy to make.

Originally posted on Trkingmomoe's Blog:


When I was really young in the early 1950’s I remember helping my mom make laundry soap out of Fels-Napha bar soap, Octagon bar soap or Ivory bar soap. Octagon is no longer being made. For baby diapers she would use Ivory bar soap. She would make it up in a bucket every couple of months. She would grate it and cook it and mix it up in a bucket of water. I never thought to ask her about it later in life. It was just something that was history along with her Maytag Ringer Washer. I can still smell that soap in my mind.

Like women of her generation she became attached to the lunchtime stories or also call soap operas because they were sponsored by soap manufactures. Television was the new exciting thing to have in the home. They came on at noon until one o’clock. Each one…

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

March 28, 2015 § Leave a comment


Something yummy for Easter.

Originally posted on Trkingmomoe's Blog:


They are as good as they look.  In fact one of the kids swiped two before I got the picture taken. The 9 inch by 13 inch pan of blondies didn’t last long.  The cookie dough base is a chewy peanut butter and oatmeal covered in chocolate chips and dry roasted peanuts.  If you don’t have the peanuts you can use chopped nuts of your choice. It is also fast and easy to make.

Prepare a 9 inch by 13 inch baking dish or pan with vegetable spray or grease with shortening. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.



1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup rolled oats

Sift together the first 3 then add rolled oats in a separate bowl. Then set aside to be added later to the creamed mixture.

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar packed


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A Smoke-clearing Friday Afternoon at the Haikulodeon

March 28, 2015 § Leave a comment


Time for some poetry.

Originally posted on The haikulodeon:

Here’s this week’s heap of haikus:
Ha, ha, ha, it’s Spring!
The lap-dogs of Winter are
in retreat! Hoo-ray!!


This, in essence, was
the plan our moms had for us;
wear us out, we’d sleep.

Once a year, Pi day
comes around. It should be squared.
But never mind that.

The writer just smiled;
he knew thoughts were fleeting, but
wet ink would soon dry.

Puddles ripple at
the edge of a lonely street.
Intermittent rain.

A tangle of trees
may clutter the morning sky
but happily so.

Waiting for the dawn,
he lay in somber darkness,
replaying events.

Lunch with an old friend;
laughter at shared history,
tears for tomorrow.

Dogwoods bloom at last!
Spring’s celebration of joy
finds Riverside Park.

Double haiku:

In a sleepy town,
off the beaten path, lived a
man who knew nothing.


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What has been happening

January 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

From Sam Smiths Progressive review.

January 23, 2015
What’s new with me
From our overstocked archives

Sam Smith, 2011

One of the ways that bad policies, ideas, and values spread is because the system, especially the media, portrays them as normal. One of the ways one knows this to be untrue is to be old enough to remember when life was different.

I’ve been jotting down things of a political, social and economic nature that have been happening lately for the first time or in record quantity since I covered my first Washington story 54 years ago. Here are a few of the things that are new with me:

– The most radical and irrational Republican Party. To be sure, there had been Joe McCarthy but among those who eventually put him down were normal conservatives who found him embarrassing. Those people don’t seem to exist any more in…

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