Friday, January 28, 2011

Two Hour Walk with Ralle Yesterday

Woke up this morning to a crisp -6.5 C temp.  It was a clear still day.  Beautiful.  I decided to take the long walk and take it all in.  One has to take advantage of the extra nice days outside.

There were a lot of interesting smells along the way.  Ralle had to check them all out.  So the walk took longer than the normal two hours.  Has to read all the news.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

NCC Maintenance Work

Lars and I have been performing some air conditioning maintenance work on NCC paving equipment.  It is nice because we can work inside out of the cold and the guys working there are a great bunch to work with.  The equipment are also neat to work on.

I am glad the machine below doesn't have air conditioning.  It is the tar boiler.  The pictures make the machine cleaner than it really is.  It is a gooey mess.  Someone has to work on it.  It must be used as punishment or given to the new guy.  

Saturday, January 22, 2011


If you like geography, flying, traveling, and games you will like this game.  To play go to this site.

I think you will like it.  Test your geography.  Enjoy.  It could become addictive so beware.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef

I recently saw an episode of "Democracy Now" where this economist was interviewed.  And it was a very interesting, and refreshing point of you that this man has.  If you have the time, about 30 minutes, it is well worth your time.   Watch this video here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King in my estimation was one of the greatest men that America ever produced.  To celebrate his legacy and life I listened to three of his speeches.  They ring true today as they did back then.  You may have heard bits and pieces or you may have heard them in their entirety.  But, like a good book they are worth listening to them again.  If you can set aside some time to just listen and keep an open mind.

Racial equality and an end to discrimination speech "I Have a Dream" delivered 28 August 1963.
Hear or read it here.

Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence delivered 4 April 1967.  Hear or read it here.

"I've Been to the Mountaintop"  delivered 3 April 1968 the night before he was assassinated.  He was in Memphis, Tennessee in support of the Sanitation workers on strike.  Hear or read it here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Warmer Times

The last few days have been warmer 2 to 4 degrees celsius.  And we even had a little rain.  Much of the snow has melted.  But, what is left is a lot of ice.

Ralle and I slip and slide along our country road.  The main asphalt roads are fine.  Life is good.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Walk by the Sea

A few days ago Lars, Imma, Ralle, and I went for a walk by the sea.  It was a dessert like winter moment.
It was clear, quiet, and serene.  It was a good time.

We all had a great time.  I kept looking for Lawrence of Arabia to come riding on his camel from out in the distance.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Near Blizzard Conditions

Woke up a few days ago to a small snow blizzard.  Ralle and I went for our morning walk.

Just outside our entrance. "Are you kidding Me"
"You want me to walk thru that?  Think about it."
"Forging ahead"
"Need I say more"
"Finally back home"
Well, now for my morning exercise.  Shoveling a little snow.

Monday, January 3, 2011

"Using your Practical Wisdom" by Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz
Professor of Social Theory and Social Action
Swarthmore College
from his webpage
This is from TED talks.  It is something badly needed, that is practical wisdom.
It's about 24 min long.  See it here.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Charles Lindbergh's Flight

 A friend of mine in Mariposa sent this very interesting film footage to me in an email.  Again, it takes some time to watch.  But, then again good things take some time.  Enjoy.

Win Perkins, a real estate appraiser who specializes in airport properties, has posted on his Web site a video he created of Charles Lindbergh's famous and risky take off in the Spirit of St. Louis . According to Perkins, this is unlike any other presentation of the take off footage. Perkins painstakingly assembled news footage from five different camera men who filmed Lindbergh's take off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island. He then mixed it with enhanced audio from the same newsreel sources.

A interesting video........ When you click on this address

You see the cockpit layout of Lindbergh's plane The Spirit of St. Louis with Part 3 in the window.

Don't click on it. Click instead on CONTACT and select Part 1. After viewing Part 1 click again on CONTACT, then select Part 2. Do the same for Part 3.

Remember to click on "Contact" after each clip before you select the next.