Saturday, July 27, 2013

Life Is Still Good



Walking Westward on the sidewalk alongside Speedway Boulevard yesterday I espied at an intersection a gloved and helmeted uniformed member of the Tucson Motorcycle Traffic Police. He was busily wielding his Radar Gun at the oncoming traffic. I noticed that he aimed the instrument at me as I approached him. So when I was within earshot of him I smiled and asked, "How fast was I going?" He grinned back at me and said, "Oh, 'bout three miles an hour." Not to be outdone, I replied, "Oh surely not... I don't think this old body'll even go that fast."

And, as his smile widened, I walked on.

I thought it might be advantageous for me to do more experimenting with my camera, and perhaps to learn more about photography in general. So, after leaving the friendly officer and walking along I paused and took a few shots of a crow perched atop a distant street light. I didn't notice until after loading the pics onto my computer that one of the shots had captured a tiny faded moon up there in the bright daytime sky.

This Is My First Shot

Then I Snapped A Zoomed In Shot

This Is The Crow Cropped From
The Above Zoomed-In Shot

Don't know if I learned anything or not.

Time will tell . . . maybe.

A few minutes ago I finished watching an hour-long video made back in 2005 wherein Sam Harris discusses his then newly published book, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason. It was quite interesting.

You can view the video HERE

(I really don't expect even one reader to view the talk.)


Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced Friday that NASA has received more than 400 responses to its request for information (RFI) on the agency's asteroid initiative. Released June 18, the RFI was the first opportunity for industry and other potential partners, including private individuals, to offer ideas on planning for NASA's mission to redirect an asteroid for exploration by astronauts and the agency's asteroid grand challenge.

Garver, speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2013 conference in San Jose, California, said: "The aerospace industry, innovative small businesses and citizen scientists have many creative ideas and strategies for carrying out our asteroid exploration mission and helping us to protect our home planet from dangerous near-Earth objects."

All the responses are being evaluated and rated. NASA will explore the highly rated responses for inclusion in future planning

For more information about NASA's asteroid initiative, you can visit:


The very first product Motorola developed was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.



On this day, July 27 in 1949, the world's first jet-propelled airliner, the British De Havilland Comet, made its maiden test-flight in England. The jet engine would ultimately revolutionize the airline industry, shrinking air travel time in half by enabling planes to climb faster and fly higher.

After its July 1949 test flight, the Comet underwent three more years of testing and training flights. Then, on May 2, 1952, the British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC) began the world's first commercial jet service with the 44-seat Comet 1A, flying paying passengers from London to Johannesburg.

Yes, the airline industry has certainly been revolutionized.



revolution [rev-uh-LOO-shun]
1.  an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.
2.  (Sociology) a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence.
3.  a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church architecture.
4.  a procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back to a starting point.
5.  a single turn of this kind.

A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.



(born July 27, 1931)
Jerry Van Dyke is an American comedian and actor, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke. He made his acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey. Later in his career from 1989 to 1997, he was one of the supporting stars of Craig T. Nelson's ABC sitcom, Coach. He appeared in the 2000s sitcom Yes, Dear as a recurring character, "Big Jimmy," the father of Jimmy Hughes. He made a guest appearance on a September 2008 episode of My Name Is Earl and in 2010, he made an appearance on the second season episode, "A Simple Christmas" of the television series, The Middle, playing Frankie's father, Tag Spence.

(born 27 July 1990)
Indiana Evans is an Australian actress and singer best known for her roles on Home and Away, H2O: Just Add Water and Blue Lagoon: The Awakening.

(born July 27, 1957)
Bill Engvall is an American comedian and actor best known for his work as a stand-up comic, his signature "Here's Your Sign" bit, and as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group.

(born July 27, 1948)
Peggy Fleming is an American figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies' singles and a three-time World Champion (1966–1968). Fleming has been a television commentator on figure skating for over 20 years, including several Winter Olympic Games.


Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
--Franz Kafka


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