Somehow the Christmas Music has made its way off the virtual shelf, been dusted off, and is now being blasted throughout the house. Way too early this year, if you ask me (which you didn’t). I am a big believer in holiday Thanksgiving as it embodies all the virtues a holiday should. Family being the most important of all those. Thanksgiving is increasingly becoming a forgotten holiday, overshadowed by the commercialism of Christmas and Halloween. I suppose it is hard to make lots of money selling only turkeys. Perhaps in this era of political correctness, pilgrims venturing into the new world is not very acceptable. Too many victims after all.
Although as a counter-point it is snowing like mad outside right now and has been for a while. The piles of white joy are growing ever-larger around the house. The white capped mountains are invisible in this blanketed fog of winter white. Maybe that makes its alright somehow.
The above is a real photograph. At first glance it looks like miniatures. On a second glance it still looks like miniatures, but it isn’t. It is done through a process caleld tilt-shift photography.
Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model.
I found a great Photoshop tutorial on how to do this. Tilt-Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial. Check it out.
A piece exploring the myths around 2012, Mayan Prophecy, geomagnetic reversal, The Long Count, consciousness shifts, Hunab Ku, galactica alignment, the Precession Of The Equinoxes, rogue planet Nibiru, solar storms, pole shifts, timewave zero, the return of Quetzalcoatl and THE END OF THE WORLD December 21st 2012!
2012: The End Of The World?
If you are stuck using Windows and you need to verify file authenticity and integrity or compare two files to make sure they are the same a wonderful little tool is HashTab. There is also a version for the Mac now.
There is support for esoteric Hashes as well. The usual hashes like MD5, SHA1, and SHA2 are all there plus things like RipeMD, HAVAL and Whirlpool. Happy hashing.
I’m going to try this for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Looks promising.
The Food Lab: Turkey Brining Basics
After taking a nerd test I was told the following:
6% scored higher (more nerdy),
0% scored the same, and
94% scored lower (less nerdy).
What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:
Supreme Nerd. Apply for a professorship at MIT now!!!.
The terms of a new lettuce sharing agreement have been reached. After spending time bargaining the lettuce-sharing agreement will lead to peaceful resolution of the vegetable civil wars between broccoli and spinach primarily backed by mixed greens. The civil war ends in a military stalemate, the broccoli will use its offer of a lettuce-sharing agreement to the insurgent spinach as a tool to begin disengagement of its military forces from spinach held territories. It is expected that the mixed greens will disarm and rejoin the larger vegetable population. Once this milestone is reached the spinach will follow suit. A portion of bacon will be distributed to the insurgent populations. However, this increases the degree of support that insurgent spinach leaders receive from their mixed greens supporters and consequently increases the likelihood of recurrence of vegetable war. It is hoped this will finally conclude a violent and bloody era.
Previously I had blogged for many years beginning around 1999. In 2007 I had a hard drive failure (no raid, I know …) and lost all those many years of blogs to the bit bucket. I was totally demoralized and stopped blogging. I also lost tons of MP3s and had to re-rip them, but that is another story. Nevertheless, I have once more decided I will post my many scattered and obviously random thoughts for no one all to read. As Captain Picard says,”Engage.” (That was an inside joke for Sara.)
Hurray. I have the new version of WordPress working.