Not Many People in The Southern States Would Know What This Sign Means

The title says it all. Not many people in the southern states would know what this sign means. Hint: If you read or saw the movie "Bridges of Madison County", you would know.

Here is some LUCK for YOU !!

I was going through an old book of mine, and came upon this four leaf clover that I found and pressed between the pages of the book years ago. Hope this pic brings you LUCK.

Bush Grows Out of a Church Steeple in France

I did a double take while I was in France. I saw a bush growing out of a church steeple.



Here is a close-up shot:



A seed must have blown up there and rooted. It must get enough water from the rains and condensation.

This is the village church in the town of Apt, in southern France.

Charlie Sheen in the Bahamas

After blasting the producers of his show "Two and a Half Men", Charlie Sheen took off to the Bahamas with a bevy of porn stars. He is staying at The Reef at Atlantis on Paradise Island. Residents are preparing for a "Sheen-icane". Hotel staff have laid in supplies of extra-strength bleach to clean his room.

MLM Marketing Scam -- Gold Coin Investing

I was in the business section of an airport bookstore in Philadelphia. I opened a book on how to market on FaceBook. My heart jumped. There was $100 bill in in the book. I took it out and unfolded it. It was 2/3's the size of a real bill. On the reverse was a website. It was a slick piece of marketing for a MLM pyramid scheme. Someone had gone and inserted these things in all of the home business books.

When I did a bit of research, I found that it was an MLM scheme for investing in gold coins.  I sadly shook my head and wondered how many suckers parted with their money on this one.

Justin Bieber Photo with Hitler Mustache and New Haircut

I opened up Canada's national newspaper -- The Globe and Mail, and in the front section on Page A14, there is a picture of Justin Bieber with his new "mature" haircut.  Except that the picture of him had him with a Hitler mustache.  Take a look at the scan of the pic.  Unbelievable.

Icebergs on Lake Michigan This Year

ICEBERG PICTURES FROM  LAKE MICHIGAN 

Amazing striped icebergs

Icebergs in Lake Michigan sometimes have stripes, formed  by layers of snow that react  to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a  crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no  bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the lake, a layer of  water can freeze  to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.

Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked  up when the ice  sheet grinds downhill towards the lake.





Frozen Wave Pictures 

The water  froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.   That's what it is like in Lake Michigan where it is the coldest weather in decades.  Water  freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air.   The temperature of the water is already some degrees below  freezing.

Just look at how the wave froze in  mid-air!!! Now, that is cold!!!









Wicked Bird of Paradise Flower

I shot this wicked Bird of Paradise flower on Paradise Island in Nassau at the entrance to Atlantis Marina Village.  Stunning flower.

Unfollowing in Twitter

More rants on Twitter.

I have to admit it -- I follow people on Twitter so they will follow me back.  What about people that don't follow me back?  Unless they are a person of import that I want to follow -- out they go?

The big question is how!

Someone tweeted me about Tweepi.com and it is a good tool to flush the follows.  Here is a screen shot of the flush capability that rids you of the deadbeat non-followers. (click on it to enlarge)

Tweepi identifies the deadbeats, let's you unfollow each one with a simple click and you can tweet about it for a reward of seeing bigger lists on the page.

This is an excellent cleanup tool for Twitter and I recommend it.  Get rid of your own deadbeats.

The Conch Fishermen


This is a pic of the conch fishing boats tied up in the Nassau harbour.  Note the motor boat maneuvering to unload the conch in the middle of the picture.

The New Boeing 797 Aircraft

This is the new Boeing 797 Aircraft. (click on pic to enlarge)




Boeing is preparing a 1000 passenger jet that could reshape the Air travel industry for the next 100 years. The radical Blended Wing design has been developed by Boeing in cooperation with the NASA Langley Research Center.

The mammoth plane will have a wing span of 265 feet compared to the 747's 211 feet, and is designed to fit within the newly created terminals used for the 555 seat Airbus A380, which is 262 feet wide.

The new 797 is in direct response to the Airbus A380 which has racked up 159 orders, but has not yet flown any passengers. Boeing decide to kill its 747X stretched super jumbo in 2003 after little interest was shown by airline companies, but has continued to develop the ultimate Airbus crusher 797 for years at its Phantom Works research facility in Long Beach , Calif.

The Airbus A380 has been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated $13 billion in development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage now that Airbus has committed to the older style tubular aircraft for decades to come.

There are several big advantages to the blended wing design, the most important being the lift to drag ratio which is expected to increase by an amazing 50%, with overall weight reduced by 25%, making it an estimated 33% more efficient than the A380, and making Airbus's $13 billion dollar investment look pretty shaky.




High body rigidity is another key factor in blended wing aircraft. It reduces turbulence and creates less stress on the air frame which adds to efficiency, giving the 797 a tremendous 8800 nautical mile range with its 1000
passengers flying comfortably at mach 0.88 or 654 mph (~1046km/h) cruising speed another advantage over the Airbus tube-and-wing designed A380's 570 mph (912 km/h).

The exact date for introduction is unclear, yet the battle lines are clearly drawn in the high-stakes war for civil ian air supremacy.

Twitter Traffic Tips Revealed

OK - you have signed up for Twitter and are anxious to use it.  Here is some real dope on Twitter that I got from experience.

1.  How do I get followers?

You get followers by following other people who are similar to you.  Twitter will tell you who is similar to you.

2.  What are the best kinds of accounts to follow?

Follow people like you rather than celebrities or organizations.  People like you are more likely to follow you back when you follow them.

3.  Is there a formula for determining how many people that I have to follow to get a certain number of followers?

Yes.  If you have a very interesting biography that appeals to a lot of people, generally you will get one follower for every three people you follow.  So the formula is simple.  If you want a thousand followers, you will need to follow 3,000 people.  However if you are selling something, and your Twitter account name is something like "MakeMoneyOnlineWhiz", then people are reluctant to follow you.  You will have to follow 5,6, or seven people before you get a follow.  The best numbers are put up by niche followers.  For example, you will get a follower for every two follows with such fields/interests as yoga, rugby or specialized niches.

4.  When I Tweet a post from my blog or website, how many hits can I expect per Tweet?

Generally if you are not blatantly advertising something, but rather put up some 'meaty' content, you can expect hits from about 2% of your followers.  If you are a specialized niche, you will get more.

5.  What kind of Tweets get the best response:

Tweets that get the best response are those that stand out from continuous stream of oncoming Tweets.  You have to use unique words, catchy phrases and have some sizzle in your Tweet.   Tweets with sizzle are knows as Twizzles.  Exciting Tweets.

6.  What is the worst time to tweet in terms of response?

Between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM?

7.  What is the worst evening to tweet in terms of response:

Friday Night.

Stay tuned for more.

Who is this celebrity ????

Does anyone out there have any idea who this celebrity is?  I photographed this on Cabbage Beach in the Bahamas.  I have no idea who the woman is.  My sister who was in charge of extra casting for major movies says judging by the size of the crew, it is not a major celebrity.  This may or may not be true.  They may have traveled light to the Bahamas.

Click on the pic for a larger view.  If you know who it is, please leave a comment.  Thank you.

World's Worst Deodorant

I have a candidate for the world's worst deodorant.  It is Arm & Hammer Advance.

It is labeled as a clear gel.  It is a gooey mess that comes through a series of holes on the top of the container. It comes out a sticky cold mess and never really dries for about half an hour.  All of my clothes are painted inside and out with a chalky residue that resists coming out.  It almost ruins good clothes.

Because it is a gooey mess, you go through the stuff like crazy.  It doesn't last as long as a stick deodorant.  The worst part is that after it does dry, it irritates my skin and turns it red.

Take a look at the photo and note the white chalky residue on the container.  That crap gets on everything that it touches.

This product is poor value for money, and very poor ergonomically.  I would stay away from it.

Awesome Photos That You May Never See Again, Part I

Those of you who were in the service or like ships and planes will appreciate this.
The specs are awesome.

Talk about whip lash. Notice the female pilot

Great pictures!

The plane in these pictures is still officially the 'Air Vehicle Number 1', a prototype, on board the USS George Washington CVN-73 for catapult fit checks. Not exactly still Top Secret but certainly not yet made public.

It will be known as the F/A-37. Although specs are classified, it is believed to be Mach 3.5 (top speed in the Mach 4 range) super-cruise stealth fighter/bomber/ interceptor with approximately a 4,000nm range. Awesome!

Check out the Navy test pilot in the cockpit of the F/A-37...LT Kara Wade.


(Click on the pics for a larger image)






Awesome Photos That You May Never See Again, Part II

For the first time in over 20 some odd years, three carrier strike groups got together in formation for a great photo op. From top to bottom are the aircraft carriers, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, KITTY HAWK and RONALD REAGAN.

(Click on the pics to get a larger image)





Monetizing the Cabbage

Regular readers of the Cosmological Cabbage may notice a new thing -- ads on my blog.  I got sick and tired of looking at the button that said "Monetize" so I clicked it.  Free money right?  As Sarah Palin would say "You Betchya!".

So I signed up for Google and Amazon.  Within the first 15 page impressions, I had made one cent. Wooo Hoooo !!!!

I still haven't figured out the formula for them paying me when I don't have clicks, but I will watch it and report back to you on how this thing works.

And before you leave, please do me a favor and click on the Google ad below this post.  It will add a few pennies to my retirement account.  Thank you.

Weird Corrupt Facebook Log In Page

Something is up with Facebook.  One suspects that they are hitting the ceiling with usage.  I logged in yesterday, and got a totally corrupt page (pictured above) that wouldn't fix itself with a refresh.  I had to kill the browser session and start over.

The other possibility is that the http call was interrupted and I never got all of the data.  Whatever it is, it is quite frustrating as a user.
(Click on the image for a larger view).

Choosing a Format for Your Pictures -- jpg, gif, png or bmp

If you have ever wondered about what format to save your pictures in, this is a little exercise to help you see the difference in size and quality of the formats. The formats are png, jpg or jpeg, gif, and bmp. You can Google the terms to get a technical explanation. This is just a visual showing and size comparison. You can click on each picture to enlarge it to judge its quality. Each picture is the same size and resolution, but was saved in a different format.

The first photo below is a png. It is of a good quality. It's size is relatively large -- 762 KB (only bitmap or bmp was larger).

.png example



The picture below is jpg or jpeg. It is the most common on the web. It is considered a "lossy" format where some quality is lost. The image was saved at 100% and it's size is 414 KB.

.jpg example



Below, you will find a gif image. It is not stored as RGB, but rather colors indexed to a palette. It is compact in size at 256 KB, but it's quality suffers a bit compared to png, 100% jpg and png.

.gif example


The last pic is a bitmap. It has the largest size of all of the formats at 1,370 KB.

.bmp example

So if you are worried about disk space, you would want to save your pictures in the jpeg or gif formats.

Incidentally, the flower is a tropical one. I don't know the name, but I took the photograph in Nassau, the Bahamas.


Getting An Egg Out of A Chicken Without The Shell

I have prepared a small simulation pictured above. It represents my latest discovery of how to get the egg out of a chicken in three easy steps, without a shell. There is no mess or bother of little bits of eggshell all over the place. Just follow the steps pictured above and enjoy.

Anatomy of a Spam Scam

I got the following email in my Spam folder:

I am Dr. Robert Clayton, a financial Manager Of Financial Firm Ltd. We grant
Loan at 2% interest rate per year. contact us with the following E-mail:
claytoncdr@aol.com

Full Name:__________Amount Needed:_______Duration:_______Country:________
Tel NO:_______Sex:_______Monthly Income:_____


Please note that all your reply should be forwarded to our Company email:
claytoncdr@aol.com

kind Regards,
Dr. Robert Clayton
Tel:+44-704-5791-193
Contact E-mail: claytoncdr@aol.com

花蓮私立四維高級中學
電話:03-8561455
傳真:03-8562916
970花蓮市中山路1段200號
http://www.swsh.hlc.edu.tw/


I knew this was fake because it was in my Spam folder, and the company is Financial Firm Ltd. He might as well have put Financial Scam Inc. What caught my interest was that he said to respond to an AOL account, yet the account was sent from a university student account in Taiwan and the telephone number is probably a cheap throw-away cell phone. The country calling code is in the UK, so you can safely say that the UK based hacker got into a Taiwanese student account to send spam and wants you to respond to him in the UK. What he couldn't do, was get rid of the footers that the university puts on each student account. The screen shot above is from the hlc.edu Taiwanese domain.

I wonder if these guys actually think that they can get money out of people. Technology must come up with an answer to eliminate this sort of garbage.

Philoeclectic -- New Word Invention

I recently had to come up with a word to describe this blog. This blog is really eclectic. It's accretes information from a wide variety of topics, sources, inspirations, and interests. The word for that is "eclectic". I wondered if "Eclectica" had been coined as the noun for this stuff. It had. There are many Google hits for the word "Eclectica".

Then I remembered a word that Ray Geiger, the editor of Farmer's Almanac had coined. It was "philomath" or lover of learning. I am a lover of eclectica. Therefore I am a philoeclectic who likes all things eclectic.

I am pretty sure that this is an original word. If it turns out so, this is my second one, proving that in fact I am a philoeclectic.

The Non-Job Job

We are already in the post-Industrial Era. Traditional manufacturing jobs have declined greatly. Witness the downfall of once great cities like Detroit. Manufacturing is now done in Third World Countries or by robots or largely automated processes. What will the jobs of the future look like?

I predict that we will have non-job jobs. Many of the jobs will not have to be done in a place where all of the employees congregate -- ie the office. With a wired world, people will have many different opportunities to make money without being employed in one specific place.

A person's income could be an aggregate from his Google Adsense advertising on his blog, mixed with his revenues from collaborative development sites like Napkin Labs, and a little bit of ad hoc consulting on an "as required" basis in a virtual job farm. With micropayments and a world marketplace online, a graphic sold for a few cents a thousand times would pay some the bills every month.

Many jobs now, did not exist 5 years ago. The idea of a job will change. As long as people can make money in diverse ways, and they can live with dignity, the concept of a traditional job goes out the window.

World's Thinnest Books



MY BLACK GIRLFRIENDS
by Tiger Woods
____________________________________________
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY COUNTRY
by Jane Fonda
________________________________________
MY CHRISTIAN ACCOMPLISHMENTS
by Rev Jesse Jackson & Rev Al Sharpton
Forward By Rev Eddie Long
______________________________________
THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BILL
by Hillary Clinton
_________________
Sequel: THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HILLARY
by Bill Clinton
_________________
THINGS I CANNOT AFFORD
by Bill Gates
____________________________________
THINGS I WOULD NOT DO FOR MONEY
by Dennis Rodman
_________________________________
THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE
by Bill O'Reilly and Sarah Palin
_____________________________________
GUIDE TO THE PACIFIC
by Amelia Earhart
____________________________________
HOW TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
by Dr. Jack Kevorkian
__________________________________
TO ALL THE MEN WE HAVE LOVED BEFORE
by Ellen de Generes & Rosie O'Donnell
__________________
GUIDE TO DATING ETIQUETTE
by Mike Tyson
__________________________________
THE AMISH PHONE DIRECTORY
_______________________________________
MY PLAN TO FIND THE REAL KILLERS
by O. J. Simpson
_________________________________________
HOW TO DRINK & DRIVE SAFELY
by Ted Kennedy
________________________

Redneck / Ghetto Seafood

It is amazing how what is redneck is also ghetto. Above is a pic of redneck / ghetto sea food on a platter. Enjoy

And for your edification, pictured below from the archives, is a member of the redneck Special Forces.




What is IL# D5066 ?

The Lovely One and I strapped on our feedbags and dumped in a box of Triscuits. As we covered them with roast peppers, port cheddar, pesto, Camembert and other epicurian organic materials, "she who is always right" said that she could taste the chemical preservatives in a very delicious crisp. I straight away went to the box, and read the ingredients list. Here is what it says:

Ingredients: whole grain wheat, soyabean oil, salt, IL#D5066

The IL# D5066 was a stumper so I went and asked that fricking know-it-all called Google what it was. In this case Google was about as enlightening as a burnt out bulb, so I went to the source. I emailed the Triscuit people. A couple of days later, I got this response:

Thank you for contacting me about Triscuits.

The code (e.g. A165D) at the end of the ingredient line is not an ingredient but an internal label tracking number. That way we can tell more precisely what formula version it is.

Thank you for contacting us and please add our site to your favourites and visit us again soon!

Kim McMiller

Associate Director, Consumer Relations

Now isn't that special. As it turns out, according to this official email, they have different versions of the formula of making Triscuits. What immediately springs to mind, is that I wonder if I have the best version. Or why do they need different formula versions. Is one version less wheatier and more oilier?

Anyway, this didn't satisfy the Lovely One, so I sent back an email asking if perhaps the inner packaging was coated with preservative stuff like ButylatedHydroxylToluene (BHT) which is put in foods and embalming fluid. So far, there has been no response to my query. This leads me to wonder if the packaging is coated with embalming fluid. One never knows, especially if the box was made in China.