Saturday, 19 April 2014

With Songkran In Full Swing,

we had another day at home,

I am not sure how but the day just sort of slid past, Phil called from the UK, we watched some television, then after a delicious beef stew that Diana made we settled down for a couple from The Chase, Midsomer Murders and three from Bones, then off to bed.

Advertising Funeral Directors Services,

is never going to be easy,

OK it is a given that we are all going to need the services of a funereal director at some time, but for me this advertisement on a subway billboard in New York City seems to be trying to drum up businesses! I have to admit it does seem a little insensitive considering the number of people that jump to their deaths in subway and underground station every year, but I guess some travellers take the services number for when the time comes.

I Guess Many Of Us Take Clean Tap Water For Granted,

certainly in the UK it is safe to drink from the tap,

but I would be a bit concerned if a body of water is open to the elements and then goes untreated directly to family homes, after all ducks, geese and I guess swans can all land in it and defecate in or around the reservoir, not to mention any rats or other local mammals that just might wander in and die in it, 

but that is what happens to water in Portland, Oregon, water from open lakes goes directly to the tap in your homes, as David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator said, "That water goes directly into people's homes, there is no way to re-treat it." 

all of this came to light when just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Portland Water Bureau security staff observed on camera three men at Mt. Tabor Reservoir Number 5 in Southeast Portland, a 19-year old man was filmed urinating through the iron fence into the reservoir, minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence, with one successfully entering the reservoir, so as the water in the lake goes directly to the tap in your kitchen and bathroom, well there was only one thing to do, throw away the water, all 38-million gallons of it, the process will take between 4 to 6 days,

now I am sure drinking, showering and washing my toothbrush under the tap using water from an open reservoir is safe, as it would be to wash vegetables and salads in it, but I still wonder whether that water could be contaminated by a dead animal or two.

I Have To Say,

even if I did have everything,

I am not sure I would like a tarantula for a gift, and anyway why wait till after Easter?

Friday, 18 April 2014

We Stayed In Today,

 for a couple of reasons,

firstly Songkran still has not ended, so to go any where on the bike means getting very wet, or being caught in a huge traffic jam as so many people use their trucks and cars, the other reason was that it rain intermittently all day, but Diana put the day to good use as she re-potted the rest of the tomato plants that she is growing,

the reason that there appears to be two sizes of plants is that she used two types of seeds, one growing large tomatoes, the other growing small ones, after our evening meal we watched a couple from The Chase, two from Midsomer Murder and three from Bones, with that we were of to bed.

I Am Sure Most Of Us Will Have Heard About Google Glasses,

but would not feel comfortable wearing them,

so Google has been busy working on another idea, inserting a smartcamera into contact lenses, the lenses were developed in the Google X lab and were featured in a patent filing dating from 2012, which was recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the patent filing features a contact lens that includes an embedded circuit, camera and sensor, the control circuit could be linked wirelessly or via a wire to the camera and sensor, the sensor could be a light sensor, pressure sensor, temperature sensor or electrical field sensor, which may allow for people to gain a ‘sixth sense’ of sorts.”

one of the key benefits of having a camera embedded in a contact lens rather than attached to the side of the head like Google Glass is that the camera frame would follow a person's precise gaze without obstructing their view (by being placed along the edge of the lens, away from the pupil), Google points out that the lens could take raw image from a contact lens, process it and relay what it sees to a blind wearer via a different sense -- perhaps an audio warning that there is a car approaching a junction, for example, there may also be the option of go-go-gadget eyes that have a zoom capability, whatever will Google think of next?

Some People Are Gifted With So Much Talent,

like 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh,

for the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children in Ireland held every year since 1955, this year she won with the above with this hyperrealistic drawing of a man titled 'Coleman' in pencil,

the judging panel chairman, Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design, remarked that the girl’s work could position her “as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future.” how could anyone possibly disagree with that statement? what a gift Shania truly has.

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