Friday, October 29, 2010

Sarah Palin meets a grizzly bear

What happens when America’s most famous mama grizzly meets a real mama grizzly? Admiration! Intrigue! And just a dash of fear.
In preparations for the premiere of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” TLC released a trailer for the show (which will air Nov. 14) and is now leaking clips, too. Mediaite reported Tuesday on the first clip, which shows Sarah and Todd Palin fishing with daughter Piper and their niece McKinley. grizzly bear

CBC Saskatoon WebCam

Saskatoon webcamThis is a view of Saskatoon Scotia Center, 2nd Ave. South, looking north. The view is updated every minute. webcam

Funny Playstation3 Singstar Ad

Tiolet plunger put to good use.

Useful Dog Tricks performed by Jesse

A very clever dog.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lime Wire Turns Off Limewire P2P Service

pic taken yesterday evening on walkabout, 22nd St. W looking west, heading towards Edmonton. "...According to the source, the shutdown is a consequence of a June suit filed by the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), following a similar suit by of 13 record labels and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which also sued LimeWire for copyright infringement. The judge in that case ruled for the RIAA.
The RIAA wanted the site shut down immediately, but the judge said on June 8 that LimeWire could remain open for at least another two weeks. At the time, Lime Wire said a permanent injunction "could hold back the creation of new digital-music technologies that Lime Wire is in the process of developing."...",2817,2371462,00.asp

Daniel O'Donnell - Waltz Across Texas

Grinning hippo poses for zoo-goers'

"When Jay Parker told his wife Lauren to say cheese, it seems someone else was listening, too.
Otis the hippo pressed his face against the glass of his tank and produced what appears to be a beaming smile.
And when the couple exchanged positions, the three-ton beast duly obliged with another grin. The Parkers, from Little Rock, Arkansas, took their extraordinary photographs during a holiday visit to San Diego Zoo in California..." Mail Online

Indonesia tsunami kills 113; scores more missing

By JOHN NEDI, Associated Press John Nedi, Associated Press – Tue Oct 26, 5:12 pm ET

PADANG, Indonesia – Rescuers battled rough seas Tuesday to reach remote Indonesian islands pounded by a 10-foot (three-meter) tsunami that swept away homes, killing at least 113 people. Scores more were missing and information was only beginning to trickle in from the sparsely populated surfing destination, so casualties were expected to here            Tsunami in Thailand 2004

Celbrating the beauty of nature

A++ photos here

A Look Into Nature

A Look Into Nature from Polvorosa Kline on Vimeo.

Potpourri Principles

Meade's Maxim:
          Always remember that you are absolutely unique. just like everyone else.
Telly's Truism:
          Not all heads are perfect-some have hair on them.
The Airplane Law:
          When the plane you are on is late, the plane you want to transfer to is on time.
The Law of the Lost Inch:
In designing any type of construction, no over-all dimension can be correctly totaled after 4 P.m. Friday.
Corollary 1: Under the same conditions, if any minor dimensions are given to 1/16th of an inch, they cannot be totaled at all.
Corollary 2: The correct total will be self-evident at 9:01 Monday morning. more principles:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monster U.S. storm system heading for Ontario, Prairies

The first snowfall. Time to march outside and take some pictures,  ummm,  maybe I will wait 'till tomorrow.  "A nasty storm system making its way north from the United States is expected to give the Prairies their first taste of winter, although a tornado watch in southwestern Ontario should end Tuesday afternoon..."  first snow

The Gift of Language and Culture Website

"The Gift of Language and Culture Website is an Aboriginal language site developed by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB) Curriculum Resource Unit (CRU). The language site’s focal point is on Instructional Curriculum development for Nursery to Grade 9. There are many other features such as, Native stories, songs, and talking pictures. Native language Vocabulary Exercises are available in Flash for people of all ages to learn Cree TH, Y, or N dialect and even Dene. The site features Aboriginal language Resources for use in schools or at home. Several of these resources have been enhanced in Flash as Audible Resources for easy learning. A Photo Gallery displays several albums featuring nature, people, and various activities. Videos presenting northern people are available in wmv and YouTube format. A feature has been added to accommodate syllabic learners: Syllabic Matching Quizzes, where a learner drags and drops syllabic symbols to the appropriate text boxes."

First Rule of Afghan War: Watch Where You Step

"ZHARI, Kandahar, Afghanistan — In Kandahar it’s all a matter of footing. Where you step and where you don’t...."   There is slide show over at
Global Post:

Only in Canada would you see a campground sign like this! Read the whole sign . This is Fort Steele- it's near Cranbrook in B.C.

This sign is too funny, the last paragraph made me laugh.

Dave Loggins - Please Come to Boston

Animals To Avoid Keeping As A Pet

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Fire Cadenza - Lawson Rollins, guitar

funny pictures of cats with captions

Bowes farmer's rabbit hunt

What, I don’t feel hypno.. ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNO TOAD!!! Gif - What, I don’t feel hypno.. ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNO TOAD!!!

Bedbugs take over USA

Oct 25, 5:25 AM (ET)
By SARA KUGLER FRAZIER    NEW YORK (AP) - "New York City's bedbugs have climbed out of bed and marched into landmarks like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale's and Lincoln Center, causing fresh anxiety among tourists who are canceling Big Apple vacations planned for the height of the holiday season...."read more:bedbugsl

Laurel and Hardy meet Santana

Big Head Carp


Little Margaret - Newborn Giraffe

"Most babies measuring 5 ft would be considered big, but newborn giraffe, Margaret, at Chester Zoo, UK is seen as unusually small for her species. HOW SWEET!! She is one of the smallest giraffes ever born at Chester Zoo but pint-sized Margaret will soon be an animal to look up to..."

The diva dog Lu Lu which walks on her hind legs and carries her own handbag

"Meet Lu Lu, the ultimate in diva dogs. While most pampered pooches are happy to being carried around in a hand bag Hollywood-style, Lu Lu prefers to carry her own.
Forget the catwalk - it is all about the dog-walk. Lu Lu walks around on her hind legs, just like a human."Lu Lu

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Powwow to honour fallen

The StarPhoenix October 23, 2010    RCMP officers and a soldier killed in the line of duty will be honoured at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations/Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Powwow later this month.

At a news conference Friday at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, organizers of the 10th annual powwow said there will be a dance competition to honour Sgt. Darby Morin of the Big River First Nation, who died in Afghanistan. Another dance competition will honour RCMP constables Robin Cameron of the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation and her partner Marc Bourdage, who were killed following a pursuit in Spiritwood in 2006.

"It's going to be a very successful event," said FSIN vice-chief Lyle Whitefish.

pic@Google image  "We will honour those in the services that protect us."

The powwow, held at Credit Union Centre, will feature hundreds of dancers and drummers, more than 150 volunteers and thousands of spectators. Whitefish noted the event will be a major boost to tourism in the Saskatoon area.

SIGA vice-president Pat Cook said all Saskatchewan residents are welcome to the powwow. She said it's a wonderful chance to learn more about First Nations culture. The event runs Oct. 29-31....

© Copyright (c) The StarPhoenix

Beautiful Sunday-Daniel Boone


The Million Dollar Question: Why Does the Web Love Cats?

"If you haven't noticed, cats are big on the Internet. Even though the occasional panda, turtle or slow loris gets a slice of the viral action, cats are, and always have been, the prevalent species to be found online.

So why is it that the collective web is a "cat person," so to speak? Why are there so many kitty pics and videos cluttering up the Interwebs? And what is it about feline-themed content that makes it so weirdly shareable?
In the quest for answers to these important questions, we've talked to cat-themed content creators, viral experts and other commentators from within the industry to try and solve one of the most pressing quandaries of our time.

Because They're Cute?

Does the popularity of cats really come down to their inherent fluffy cuteness? Images and videos of cute cats were popular before the advent of the Internet, as Elspeth Rountree, the co-founder of Know Your Meme, points out. She suggests we've always adored the feline species, it's just that the Internet provides a modern, one-click way to share such content.

Because They're Not Cute?

The cute explanation alone is too simplistic, as although many of the cat memes have been cute or funny, there are just as many that portray cats as sinister creatures, plotting against man.
Cory Alder, the creator of the popular iPhone app CatPaint, modestly describes himself as "mostly just programmer who's into cats." He also doesn't buy into the cute argument.
"I can say it's not just because they're cute. That would be a huge over-simplification. If it was just because they were cute I would have made KittenPaint or PuppyPaint, not CatPaint," says Alder.
"Cats are awesome and enigmatic. They even have a hint of the danger about them. I read somewhere that scientists say cats 'domesticated themselves.' Like, we domesticated dogs, and we made them into what we thought we wanted, but cats made themselves into what we actually wanted."" The Million Dollar Question

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jimmy Buffett - A Pirate Looks At Forty

This is what pushing your luck looks like !!!

The Power of a Badge . . . . .

A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher says, "Okay, but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location.

The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me." Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher. "See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand? "

The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull...... With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he'll get gored before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified.

The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs..... "Your badge. Show him your BADGE! "

Two Horses

There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.

From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down but rather has made a good home for him.

If you listen closely, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell that lets the blind friend know where the other horse is so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.
Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. At other times, we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

Good friends are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I will listen for yours. And remember always, be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Animal Rescue Stories told by Trudy the Dog

Puppies and Dogs - My original family  "My happy dog name became Trudy after I was rescued by some good people in the neighborhood where I was born. But first let me tell you how I found those people. This is my story..." Read the rest of this happy tale here:Trudy

Randy Quaid arrested in Vancouver with wife

"The Quaids are facing felony burglary charges and misdemeanour counts in the U.S. for allegedly moving back into and vandalizing a home they once owned in Santa Barbara, Calif. Both are wanted on $50,000 bench warrants issued by a judge in Santa Barbara.
Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years, but he's perhaps best known for his roles in the National Lampoon's Vacation movies as well as Brokeback Mountain and Independence Day.
He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid."

Palin finds unlikely admirer in John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp - Small Town

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has found an admirer in John Mellencamp. The legendary rocker said that while he doesn't support her positions, he is impressed by the mark she's made on the country since the 2008 election. Mellencamp said people get the wrong idea about her intellect "just because she says things and winks." He said she "knows exactly what's she doing" and "she wouldn't be where she is today if she didn't." Mellencamp gives Palin credit for handling the rough world of politics. He said "she's pushing the right buttons" and "you can't be stupid and do that."

This Is What 121-1/2 Tons of Marijuana Looks Like ... Before and After You Burn It

Oct 21st 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
 "If you engage in a bit of the wacky tobacco, you probably have a pretty good idea of what a gram of marijuana looks like -- maybe even an ounce. But even the most expanded mind would have trouble conceptualizing the sheer mass of 121.5 tons of marijuana. Mexican authorities are calling this haul "the largest seizure in the country's history of marijuana prepared and packed for sale and distribution."
Read on to see more photos of the psychoactive largess ... and how they got rid of it."

Germany’s chancellor puts Muslims on notice: you’re not welcome here

Oct. 22, 2010, Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts
"Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism has com­pletely failed.
That’s the assess­ment of Angela Merkel, chan­cel­lor of Ger­many, in a recent speech before the youth wing of her con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal party, the Chris­t­ian Demo­c­ra­tic Union. The idea that dis­parate peo­ples can “sim­ply live side by side and live hap­pily with each other” has failed, she said. “Utterly failed.”

Merkel insisted that Ger­many still wel­comes immi­grants, par­tic­u­larly those whose high-tech skills make them valu­able work­ers. But she con­di­tioned that wel­come upon a warn­ing: “We feel bound to the Chris­t­ian image of human­ity — that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”
To put that another way: Muham­mad, go home..."

Chris Isaak - Wicked Game Lyrics

News-Worthy Weather from 2010

Look back at 10 of the year's most debilitating environmental conditionsBy Amanda Greene Posted October 14, 2010 from 

What Koalas do When it is Hot

It must be getting close to summer, down under.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oscar's Bionic Legs

By Robin Lawless, This Dish is Veg
"Oscar is one lucky black cat. After the napping cat lost his lower hind legs when he was run over by a combine harvester, Oscar was close to death. Even if he survived the horrific accident, life would not be easy for a two legged cat.
A local vet in Surrey, England, suggested that Oscar’s owners, Kate and Mike Nolan take Oscar to Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon who specializes in prosthetics. After a three hour surgery Fitzpatrick outfitted Oscar with custom made prosthetic paws that are attached to Oscar’s ankles..."

Gallery: NFL cheerleaders hit the field in 2010


They said the 'UFO' over New York was just balloons... so how do they explain the mirror image over El Paso?

"It could, of course, just be an amazing coincidence.
First New York was gripped by sightings of UFOs in the sky last week. The fears were quickly debunked by the claim that the 'UFOs' were actually balloons released from a nearby school.
But this weekend lights forming a mirror image of the pattern seen in the sky over New York have been seen in El Paso, Texas - immediately sparking speculation that the little green men have moved down south..."UFO

Day and Night on Mars

Scottish Studies Foundation

This one is for my mom, she was a Highland Lassie and spoke the gaelic dialect.Catherine Ann MacPhee
"Golden Haired Lass" photo by Oscar Marzaroli    "Scotland is a rugged land of lochs, dark rivers and mystical Highlands, a country ruled by nature. Hundreds of islands are strewn around its craggy shores – a thousand miles of cliffs, rocks and spectacular beaches, moulded by wind and weather. The sea shaped and tested the passionate and hardy Scottish soul and determined much of the country’s turbulent history. From the hills and glens of that rugged land, the Scots went forth throughout the world to leave their everlasting mark. Scotland has produced scientists, explorers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, mathematicians, engineers, economists, inventors, writers, politicians and union leaders. From Canada and the United States to India, from Africa to the idyllic islands of the Caribbean, from Russia to Australia, the Scottish influence was rooted and continues to grow."Scottish Studies Foundation

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Murray Mclauchlan - The Farmer Song

grain elevator@Shellbrook


David Warren: "So let us not miss this opportunity to praise the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. He cost Canada a coveted seat on the UN Security Council, by refusing to sell out Israel. He withdrew our candidacy when it became apparent that the bloc vote of Arab and Islamic states (about a third of the UN membership) had been turned against us; thereby conceding the seat to Portugal, with her more flexible policy of moral appeasement....Among all western nations -- not excluding the United States -- Canada has taken the clearest stand in defence of Israel's legitimate rights and interests. We have paid, and we will continue to pay for this. And we should take genuine pride in paying for our defiance of efforts by the Arab and Muslim bloc at the UN to isolate Israel, and make her a pariah." Islamophobia

Facebook in Privacy Breach - Top-Ranked Applications Transmit Personal IDs

Rooster@   "Many of the most popular applications, or "apps," on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.
The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook's strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook's rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users' activities secure...." read here

Skunk and Cat Playing

The Skunk is named Flower? I would not have a skunk for a pet. via