Monday, January 31, 2011

My Photoshop Work (Twins Paradox)

Ok, so over the last week that I've been on BlogSpot, I've noticed a few articles about their Photoshop work.  I've made claims that I was going to post my own work "someday," and I suppose that day is today.  The first difficult task that I set out to do was the infamous picture with 2 (or more) of the exact same person.  I challenge you to try to find the "line" that separates the two images (you can't!). 

Here is my first one, which is pretty good.  2 of me:

Here is my triplet paradox attempt: 

And finally, here is 2 of me holding the EXACT same object (very hard):

There IS one minor flaw in the last pic, but it was a pretty good effort!  Comments appreciated! 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Microsoft vs. Apple

I personally enjoy PC's better.  I can better control and customize both the hardware and software.  That alone leads to me being able to have a computer that is specific to my needs as well as being able to keep it up to date for years to come.  Macs tend to go out of date quickly, and then you are forced to buy a new one.  This is most evident in the iPhones.  They haven't been out for that long...and yet, if you still owned the original, you'd feel it is obsolete.  I hear lots of Mac users say, "Yeah, well my computer is still as fast as the day I bought it."  Well so is my PC.  It's like Macs are childproof.  It's hard to mess one up so that it slows down, but at the same time, it limits you unlike a PC.
Enjoy this image of the truth about Macs.  :)  Don't laugh too hard, because it's true!  (I watered down a couple of the cuss words to keep Google Adsense happy)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Red Wine Makes Your Pee Clear

Now before you run away from my page due to the sight of the word "pee," please read a little more.  My favorite alcoholic drink is most definitely red wine . I started out trying to like the taste because of its alleged health benefits, and then I eventually found ones that I enjoyed.  In many articles, I have read that in history when water was not available, red wine was used as a substitute, and someone had officially declared red wine as a safe water substitute.  In extreme cases, red wine was actually used to sanitize bad water.  Of course, too much of anything (especially alcohol) is a bad thing ("all in moderation"). 

I notice that EVERY single time I drink just red wine (no other alcoholic beverages), my urine will pass as clear.  However, when I drink white wine or most other alcoholic beverages, it is yellow.  I find it fascinating that the body filters out the VERY highly staining red color.  I've heard a few other friends concur with this.  This can't be too harsh on the kidneys and bladder, it would seem.  Anyone else notice this?

See here how red wine has been used to sanitize water both  throughout history and in modern times, as well as to sterilize bandages and dress wounds that prevented infection before modern medicine -

And here how water is an acceptable water substitute -

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Word to the Wise about Blogspot Comments! (FAIL)

You know the section of your dashboard that lists all the comments you've received?  Well, I was under the impression that those were more like notifications of the comments.  So I wanted to clear my "notifications" of my comments out so that I would only see notifications of my most recent comments.  Well, after clearing the first page of 25 comments, I got a weird creepy feeling in my stomach...  So before I deleted anymore, I went to my blog to make sure those comments were still there...  And 'lo and behold...  I had actually deleted the COMMENTS!  FAIL!  So if you noticed that my comment totals have dropped on my recent posts, that is why.  I wasn't meaning to delete your comments.  If you're feeling generous, you could always help me out and try to remember what you commented on my posts and repost them.  If not, that's cool too.  But I'm 25 comments short of what I actually had no.

Learn from my error, and do NOT delete them (pic related).  Has this happened to anyone else on here?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hot Lava Dreams

About three nights ago, I had a dream that involved hot lava.  I think it's our childhood that makes us label it as "hot" lava, which an unnecessary obvious adjective (duh, lava is hot).  And I believe it may stem from playing Super Mario Bros. a lot as a kid.  Repeatedly trying to get through nightmarish castles that held lava in their motes and knowing that a very timely jump was the only thing between you and instant sure-death...  It seems that everyone else in my dreams who had to leap over small streams of lava and failed would die...  But when I touched it, it wasn't hot to the touch, but for the remainder of the dream, it still would be avoided at all costs.  Also, the consistency of the lava is always that of tomato soup rather than being a thick, luscious molten rock.

I'm very curious about how many other people dream of lava and what they think was the original inspiration for such dreams.  Do you also not die when you touch it while others around you do?  This last dream of lava was the first time in many years.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Funny Pics #1

Over the years, I've collected funny pictures from around the web that have made me literally laugh out loud.  Now, I am very well aware that some things make me laugh for 3 minutes straight, while my friends just look at me like I'm a freak.  However, I'm pretty certain that these funny/creative pictures will cause some very much needed smirks to help make this Friday go by quickly and smoothly!  I'm considering doing this theme every Friday.  Enjoy!

The Race Card!  Oh no you di'n't!

Doggy Hell (Click to see GIF animation)

Pirate Banana

Gary Busey and Family

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Moon Lies?

I'm sure, by now, everyone has heard some mention of the theory that we never landed on the moon.  Because most of us civilians cannot absolutely prove either case, we have to leave it up to discussion based upon what little tangible evidence NASA and the government have allowed us to have.  Instead of being biased and pushing my side one way or the other, I will simply list the most common and popular reasons that leave doubt as to why the footage and lunar trips appear to be staged:

Photos and Films:
  1. Crosshairs appear to be behind objects.
  2. Crosshairs are sometimes misplaced or rotated.
  3. The quality of the photographs is implausibly high.
  4. There are no stars in any of the photos; the Apollo 11 astronauts also claimed in a post-mission press   conference to not remember seeing any stars.
  5. The angle and color of shadows are inconsistent.
  6. There are identical backgrounds in photos which, according to their captions, were taken miles apart.
  7. The number of photographs taken is implausibly high. Up to one photo per 50 seconds.

Radiation and Heat:
  1. The astronauts could not have survived the trip because of exposure to radiation from the Van Allen radiation belt and galactic ambient radiation. Some hoax theorists have suggested that Starfish Prime (high altitude nuclear testing in 1962) was a failed attempt to disrupt the Van Allen belts.
  2. Film in the cameras would have been fogged by this radiation. 
  3. The Moon's surface during the daytime is so hot that camera film would have melted.

Mechanical Issues:
  1. No blast crater or any sign of dust scatter as was seen in the 16 mm movies of each landing.
  2. The second stage of the launch rocket and / or the Lunar Module ascent stage produced no visible flame.
  3. The rocks brought back from the Moon are identical to rocks collected by scientific expeditions to Antarctica.
  4. The flag placed on the surface by the astronauts flapped despite there being no wind on the Moon. Sibrel said "The wind was probably caused by intense air-conditioning used to cool the astronauts in their lightened, uncirculated space suits. The cooling systems in the backpacks would have been removed to lighten the load not designed for Earth’s six times heavier gravity, otherwise they might have fallen over".
  5. The Lander weighed 17 tons and sat on top of the sand making no impression but directly next to it footprints can be seen in the sand.
  6. The air conditioning units that were part of the astronauts' spacesuits could not have worked in an environment of no atmosphere.
  7. All six lunar landings occurred during the first presidential administration of Richard Nixon and no other national leader of any country has even claimed to have landed astronauts on the Moon, even though the mechanical means of doing so should have become progressively much easier after almost 40 years of steady or even rapid technological development. 
What are your thoughts on the matter?  Don't forget to follow and support!  

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Swedish Armed Forces Intelligence Game (GOOD STUFF!)

This game is crazy fun!  It takes smarts as well as team work.  You join the game with 3 other players from around the world.  You use memory, concentration, strategy, and more, simply using your mouse cursor.  Try the game once, and I guarantee you'll be hooked!  Each game usually lasts about 3 minutes, so don't tell me you don't have the time!  However, the longer your team solves the puzzles, the longer you can play.  Every time you solve a puzzle, it gives the teammate next to you more time to play the game.  So if you don't solve a couple puzzles, he loses time.  In turn, he can't supply the teammate next to HIM with more time.  Domino effect... 

If you need help solving the puzzles, we can discuss here.  But they are all pretty easy to follow if you just listen to the instructions (you need speakers/headphones).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - Money or Scam?

Easy way to make $20+ per day simply by logging on??  Maybe...  Or a scam..  Either way, it only took 2 minutes to log on, and I learned about it through another blog.  Several people signed up because of it, and we are all waiting to see if this really works.  You also get $10 for each referral.  $25 simply for signing up.  We believe they are trying to become the next Paypal...  If you would be so kind and are interested on trying it out (apparently, there's nothing to lose), please use my referral link, and I will post an entry on here about the results!  Thanks in advance and don't forget to follow me!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hydroponics - The Basic Idea

As an introductory lesson in hydroponics, I'd like to just cover the basic ideas and win you over to the concept.  It's simple and easy to learn and do!                                                                                                             

The topic of hydroponics would take a library to cover in full, but I will discuss some of the basics here so that you can get a better understanding. You will find it to be intriguing and fascinating as you learn that plants really do not have to have soil in which to grow. In essence, soil serves only two main purposes: (1) to nourish and (2) to support the structure of the roots. Both of these can be provided without the mess by taking advantage of hydroponics. Many people do not realize that roots need oxygen just like humans do. When the roots are buried in thick and compressed dirt or clay, the roots get very little to no oxygen. Hydroponics will often times produce a larger and more supple crop because it allows a much better airflow as well as a perfect balance of nutrients. The better exposure to oxygen virtually eliminates the chance of fungus and thus the need for fungicides. Because most hydroponic systems are used indoors (or in a greenhouse), most pests are non-existent as well. The end result is a crop that never had to be exposed to any chemicals of any kind, which leads to healthier plants and fresh organic produce. In the next post, we will take a look at how it all works.