Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Some Pretty Funny Kenwood Ads from Italy

funK!

Kenwood Italy has some pretty funny videos. Check them out.

WARNING: The site is sfw, but some of the videos have European attitudes ... you may want to watch some of these at home.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nano Paint Could Kill "Superbugs"

Nano Paint Could Kill "Superbugs"

"Scientists have discovered that extremely small, nanoparticle-sized forms of titanium dioxide can kill bacteria and destroy dirt when they absorb ultraviolet light (UV) energy from the sun. They produce active molecules which clean up the painted surfaces."



How fascinating!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Boys Night Out

I took the boys to their first demolition derby last night. I'd forgotten how much fun it was to see cars bashing each other into pieces.

My 9 year old was rather bored by it, not surprising considering his attention span. My 7 year old was a little freaked out, which I should have anticipated. They both wanted to go home after the first heat. So I called grandmom and took them out to meet her so they could go home. I missed the second heat, but I could hear it ... :>

My 14 year old and my 5 year old both loved it. They had a blast. Several tires were knocked completely off, some bumpers, a couple of fires ... y'know ... mayhem. This one car had it's front tire knocked flat ... not a flat tire, but the wheel and tire was knocked 90 degrees so that it was flat on the ground and he was still driving! It was impressive. He actually won the entire thing.

I was able to snap one shot, not of the winner, but another car that really impressed my youngest:

Monday, August 11, 2008

Are You Unhappy?

Once upon a time there was a nonconforming sparrow (not seagull, SPARROW!), who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he reluctantly started to fly south. In a short time ice began to form on is wings and fell to earth in a barnyard almost frozen.

A cow passed by and crapped on the little sparrow.

The sparrow thought it was the end. But, the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breathe, he started to sing.

Just then a large cat came by and, hearing the chirping, investigated the sounds. The cat cleared away the manure, found the bird and promptly ate him.

The morals of this story are:

  • Everyone who dumps manure on you is not necessarily your enemy
  • Everyone who digs you out of a pile of manure is not necessarily your friend
  • If you are warm and happy in a pile of manure, keep your mouth shut.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cleaning Up

I was cleaning up *gasp* some stuff and came across this note I wrote to myself just a few weeks before going into the MTC. It's on a meeting schedule--September 24, 1989--as I hold this piece of paper that has somehow survived the last 19 tumultuous years I can still feel the surge of inspiration I got and the almost frantic search for a pen to get this written down.

On the other end of the last two decades, this holds so much more meaning and truth to me now than it did then and makes me wish I could somehow reach back in time and smack some sense into that young hard opinionated head.

"A family is like a vase of flowers.

The vase if the marriage, the water is the stuff that feeds the family, and the flowers are the members of the family.

The vase is anywhere from transparent to opaque--you build it from scratch.

The water is anywhere from sterile to delicious--you mix it yourself.

The flowers are all beautiful--at the beginning.

The vase and the water determine what kind of flower finally blooms.

The flowers can be separate or intertwined or anywhere in between.

This is a special vase:

The stalks in the vase are childhood--they see everything through your vase (marriage).

When the stalk emerges from the vase; that is, when the child leaves home--on a mission, to go to school, get married, or whatever--that is when they begin to bloom.

You can't always choose the flowers have on earth but you can work on them.

Choose the ingredients of you vase and water carefully--it is very hard to remix the water, and once the vase is set, nearly impossible to change."