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Chain Letter Rant
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f25aa2d5-c6da-4db6-a9dc-c9311275f74eMon, 8 Sep 2008 19:35:51 -0400<a href="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Entries/2008/9/8_Chain_Letter_Rant_files/DVC01636.jpg"><img src="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Media/DVC01636.jpg" style="float:left; padding-right:10px; padding-bottom:10px; width:163px; height:122px;"/></a>I received a chain letter in email today. Not once, but six times. I hate emails that tell me how many people I should forward the message onto. I feel like the wet-ware component of some computer super-virus. Not to mention the bad feelings I get if I don’t know that many people well enough to feel comfortable forwarding the email to. It’s tough not having friends.<br/><br/>The following blue and red text is the email I received. The blue text is the email, the red text is the parts of the email that I feel are just WRONG.<br/><br/>GET YOUR FLAG READY! <br/> <br/>Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this Email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it. We have a little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America. <br/> <br/>If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same ... you get the idea. <br/><br/>[...]<br/><br/>Action Plan : <br/> <br/>So, here's what we need you to do ... <br/> <br/>(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you. <br/><br/>(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day. <br/><br/>Crap like this doesn’t belong in email it belongs on the six o’clock evening news. It belongs in the local news paper. It belongs on corporate bulletin boards (the kind made from cork and wood). It belongs in the media, on web pages and in blogs. It does not belong in email.<br/><br/>If my point wasn’t clear, let me sum it up: crap like this doesn’t belong in email.<br/><br/>If everyone forwarded this to eleven people, we’d bring the Internet to its knees. Don’t mindlessly forward emails to everyone in your address book... unless you just published photos of your kids and they aren’t going to forward your message onto 121 other people.<br/>Original Kiddy Drink, “The Incredible Hulk”
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110d1f5a-6b60-447b-bc96-2ffc89229c9eSun, 17 Aug 2008 19:11:11 -0400<a href="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Entries/2008/8/17_Original_Kiddy_Drink,_%E2%80%9CThe_Incredible_Hulk%E2%80%9D_files/the-incredible-hulk-ultimate-destruction.jpg"><img src="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Media/the-incredible-hulk-ultimate-destruction.jpg" style="float:left; padding-right:10px; padding-bottom:10px; width:163px; height:163px;"/></a>The other day we went out to <a href="http://www.stickyfingersonline.com/">“Sticky Fingers”</a> for an early dinner, or a late lunch, either way the restaurant was slow and the staff was chatty. On the kid’s menu there was something called a “Blue Breeze” next to the “Shirley Temple”. My eldest daughter wanted to know what it was. The waiter was really nice, and honest, and said, “It was messy. Sprite and a lot of blue food coloring.” My daughter said, “No thanks, I take my <a href="http://www.sprite.com/">Sprite</a> straight.” <br/><br/>After the laughter subsided we got to brain storming about food coloring, sodas, and different drinks we could make. We came up with a “Hulk” made from green food coloring and Mountain Dew. I think kids drinks should be fun. My kids love the frozen soda drinks (<a href="http://www.icee.com/">Iceees</a>) from the <a href="http://www.exxon.com/">Exxon On the Run</a> down the street. So I thought about adding ice to the mix.<br/><br/>When we got home I started experimenting with the blender. Our first one was OK, but it was missing something. I went looking through the fridge and found the missing ingredient.<br/><br/>What follows is a WiredSage Original Recipe for the Premier Fancy Kid Drink, “The Incredible Hulk”.<br/><br/>The Incredible Hulk<br/><br/>Ingredients:<br/>1 12 oz can of Diet Mountain Dew<br/>1 6 oz can of Pineapple juice<br/>2 cups of crushed ice<br/>1 drop blue food coloring<br/>3 drops ‘Gamma-Ray’ green food coloring<br/><br/>Directions:<br/>Pour 1/2 can of Diet Mountain Dew in blender.<br/>Pour the whole can of Pineapple juice in blender.<br/>Place lid on blender and turn on lowest setting to stir.<br/>Place food coloring in blender while running.<br/>Stop blender when green.<br/>Add crushed ice.<br/>Place lid on blender and set to ice-crush and/or liquify.<br/>Add remaining 1/2 can of Diet Mountain Dew.<br/><br/>Yield:<br/>This will make about 40 ounces of Frozen Fun. I know the ingredients only add up to 34 ounces, but the carbonation radiation from the soda adds some ‘fluff’ to the equation. Be careful, keep your hand on the lid of the blender, as the radiation can cause an unexpected explosion.<br/><br/>Adult Additions:<br/>We think either Spiced Rum or a Citrus Vodka (not both together) would add a nice flavor and kick to this frozen drink. We haven’t gotten around to vetting these ideas yet. My best guess would be four shots, for a mild drink, to eight shots which would definitely kick start a party.<br/><br/>Other Ideas:<br/>I think one <a href="http://www.mentos.com/">Mentos Mint</a> might be used as a catalyst to neutralize the radiation, however, I’m not sure how that would blend, and what it would do to the flavor.<br/><br/>The best things in life are free
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2a2d4e81-437f-4bef-980e-8c6f981efb60Sat, 19 Jul 2008 11:21:06 -0400<a href="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Entries/2008/7/19_The_best_things_in_life_are_free_files/080718-ishot-2.jpg"><img src="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Media/080718-ishot-2_1.jpg" style="float:left; padding-right:10px; padding-bottom:10px; width:163px; height:224px;"/></a>Have you ever been standing in the card store, looking at cards, and thinking to yourself, “I can do better than that.” No? Well I do. I find myself thinking that a lot. So, I decided I would... do better that is. <br/><br/>The above image, and the <a href="http://wiredsage.com/Media/DogCard.pdf">linked PDF card</a>, is an original card from your friends at wiredsage.com. The beauty of the enclosed PDF, if you don’t like the words on the inside of the card, don’t print them: print up your own, hand write a note, do what you want. <br/><br/>The card is copyrighted; however, you are hereby granted permission to use it, free of charge, provided you comply with two simple provisions. Provision one: do not modify the copyright notice or image, basically don’t change anything on the first page of the PDF file. Provision two: send an email of thanks to <a href="../About_Me.html">my email address</a>.<br/>Orbits and Faith
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60a4bdfe-b6d3-49d8-8e9f-7ebea8617f43Fri, 4 Jul 2008 00:15:41 -0400<a href="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Entries/2008/7/4_Geocentric_Bunk_files/Solar_system.png"><img src="http://www.wiredsage.com/Family/Journal/Media/Solar_system.png" style="float:left; padding-right:10px; padding-bottom:10px; width:163px; height:167px;"/></a>I was browsing through the Internet one day. In the merry, merry month of July. I was taken by surprise, because right before my eyes, I saw a lot of really stupid things out there.<br/><br/>Browsing a while back, I came across a website that proposed that the Sun revolved around the earth. If that wasn’t bizarre enough, they were offering $1000 to anyone who could prove them wrong. So I said to myself, “Self, this has to be easy; I bet it can be done with basic high school physics and math.” Then myself challenged me with, “Bet you can’t.” The argument ensued, “Can too!” “Can not!” “Can too!” “Can not!” “Can too!” “Can not!” “Can too!” “Prove it!” “Damn, how do I keep losing arguments with myself?” Well, I did have to prove it. So, that is what I did. I set out to prove that the Earth actually does revolve around the Sun and not vice versa. <br/><br/>I submit my humble, high school physics attempt at a proof that the Earth revolves around the sun for your consideration and enjoyment.<br/><br/>First, we must agree upon these as facts:<br/><br/>Let Newton’s three laws of motion and Law of Gravity be agreed upon as correct and relevant (1):<br/><br/>Every object persists in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed on it.<br/>Force is equal to the change in momentum (mV) per change in time. (For a constant mass, force equals mass times acceleration. F=ma)<br/>Every action has an equal and opposite re-action.<br/>Force = Gravitational constant * Mass-a * Mass-b / distance^2 (2)<br/><br/>We also agree that:<br/><br/>The Solar Mass is 1.989 x 10^30 Kg. (3) <br/>The Mass of the Earth is 5.976 x 10^24 Kg. (4) <br/>The distance between the Earth and the Sun is 149,597,892 Km. (5)<br/>The Circumference of a circle "C" is calculated as C=2*pi*r. (6)<br/>The velocity "v" of an object is calculated as v=distance/time. (7)<br/>The acceleration of an object in a circular path is a=v^2/r. (8)<br/>G is a natural constant which has been measured in a laboratory and equals approximately 6.6742x10^-11 m^3 s^-2 kg^-1. (9)(10)<br/><br/>We finally agree for the sake of this proof:<br/><br/>The motion of the earth, or sun, would be in a curve around the other.<br/>We will accept that the orbits of the celestial bodies are circular instead of elliptical to simplify the math and we agree that this does not affect the results of this proof.<br/>We agree that each body would complete a single orbit around the other once per year, and in the case of a geocentric model, the earth spins to create day and night.<br/><br/>If you can’t, or don’t, agree to the above, you’re not living in the same universe as I am. <br/>Go back home on your transcendental, rainbow, space ship.<br/><br/>Now to the proof.<br/><br/>Let m1 = mass of the sun<br/>Let m2 = mass of the earth<br/>Let t = 1 year or 365 1/4 days or 31,557,600 seconds<br/>Let r = 149,597,892,000 meters<br/><br/>v=d/t<br/>c=2*pi*r<br/>a=(v^2)/r<br/>F=m*a<br/><br/>Note on Mathematical Notation: * denotes multiplication, ^ denotes exponents, ()’s are used to group operations, / denotes division, pi denotes the value 3.14159265358979323846… (11)<br/><br/>Simple physics, and all agreed upon above. Now, we will create a hypothetical Geocentric model where we assume the Sun revolves around the earth. <br/><br/>The sun will travel the circumference of the circular orbit (also agreed upon above for simplicity) around the earth. So, the distance is the Sun travels is the circumference ‘c’ of the circular orbit c=2*pi*r. d=c=2*pi*r, where ‘r’ is the distance between the sun and the earth, r=149,597,892,000 meters.<br/><br/>We can now solve for the velocity of the sun in this scenario by substituting (2*pi*r) for ‘d’ in the equation v=d/t, v=c/t, or v=(2*pi*r)/t, where t=31,557,600 seconds.<br/><br/>Now we solve for the acceleration of the sun around the earth by substituting the sun's velocity, above, into a=(v^2)/r to get a=(((2*pi*r)/t)^2)/r. <br/><br/>Now we can solve for the Force of the sun traveling in this scenario around the earth. F=m*a, we substitute F=m1*((((2*pi*r)/t)^2)/r), where m1=1.989x10^30 kg. <br/><br/>Now we go back to Newton's Law of Gravity which states F=G*(m1*m2)/r^2 or m1*((((2*pi*r)/t)^2)/r)=(G*(m1*m2)/r^2). <br/><br/>Now we solve for G, or in this case G1, the gravitational constant in our geocentric model. <br/><br/>G1=(r*(((2*pi*r)/t)^2))/m2, where m2=5.976 x 10^24 Kg.<br/><br/>Now we repeat the calculation above, but instead of calculating the force of the sun revolving around the earth we will calculate the force of the earth revolving around the sun. G2 is the gravitational constant in our heliocentric model.<br/><br/>G2=(r*(((2*pi*r)/t)^2))/m1, where m1= 1.989 x 10^30 Kg<br/><br/>Now we compare G1 and G2 to the accepted value of G above taking into account the cocktail napkin mathematics employed here will not produce an exact value, but should be within a reasonable margin of error.<br/><br/>G1 = 2.2208 x 10^-5 m^3 s^-2 kg^-1<br/>G2 = 6.6726 x 10^-11 m^3 s^-2 kg^-1<br/><br/>Not only is the difference between G1 and G2 astronomical (pun intended) but my approximation of G is much closer than I would have even expected. This proves for the Sun to maintain an orbit around the earth the gravitational constant would have to be one million times stronger than it's accepted, laboratory measured value. This isn't a trivial difference nor can one argue against the rough calculations I employ here.<br/><br/>Hence, I put forth that my rough calculation of G in these two models proves a heliocentric orbit beyond all rational doubt. <br/><br/>I asked the website to please feel free to publish my email address and my Internet nickname on their site. I would provide my name and my work address in another email from this same account so they could send the $1000 check. Funny, I never heard back from them and they took the website down.<br/><br/>It’s also known that some people feel the Earth is completely stationary in the universe. They believe, think, feel, have faith, trust that the Earth doesn’t even spin. For this to be true, the Sun would have to complete a full orbit around the Earth every 24 hours. So, in our calculations above, the time value ‘t’ would be 24 hours * 60 minutes/hour * 60 seconds/minute = 86,400 seconds instead of 31,557,600 seconds. In that case, a Geocentric Gravitational Constant calculates out to<br/><br/>G3=(r*(((2*pi*r)/t)^2))/m2, where m2=5.976 x 10^24 Kg. and t=86,400 s.<br/><br/>In this case<br/><br/>G3=6.1543x10^+17 m^3 s^-2 kg^-1<br/><br/>The difference between that number and the scientifically measured and accepted value of the Gravitational Constant is Ten Billion, Billion, Billions (28 zero’s to be more precise) times greater.<br/><br/>Now let’s think about how silly this is. If gravity was stronger, we’d feel heavier. Fighter pilots will black out under 9Gs of force. That’s only nine times (9x) the force of gravity. In both of our geocentric models gravity would have to be millions (10^6) or ten-billion-billion-billions (10^28) times stronger. I’m glad the Earth revolves around the sun, or we’d all be paste. <br/><br/>Geocentricity is bunk!<br/><br/>End Notes:<br/>(1) Newton's Laws of Motion = <a href="http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/newton.html">http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/newton.html</a><br/>(2) Newton's Law of Gravity - <a href="http://zebu.uoregon.edu/%257Esoper/Orbits/newtongrav.html">http://zebu.uoregon.edu/~soper/Orbits/newtongrav.html</a><br/>(3) Solar Mass - <a href="http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/SolarMass.html">http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/SolarMass.html</a><br/>(4) Earth Mass - <a href="http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/EarthMass.html">http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/astronomy/EarthMass.html</a><br/>(5) Earth Sun Distance - <a href="http://www.astro-tom.com/getting_started/earth-sun_distance.htm">http://www.astro-tom.com/getting_started/earth-sun_distance.htm</a><br/>(6) Circumference - <a href="http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/vol2/circumference.html">http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/vol2/circumference.html</a><br/>(7) velocity - <a href="http://ceres.hsc.edu/homepages/classes/astronomy/fall97/Mathematics/sec5.html">http://ceres.hsc.edu/homepages/classes/astronomy/fall97/Mathematics/sec5.html</a><br/>(8) acceleration of a object in a circular orbit - <a href="http://www.mcasco.com/p1cmot.html">http://www.mcasco.com/p1cmot.html</a><br/>(9) Gravitational Constant - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_constant">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_constant</a><br/>(10) Gravitational Constant - <a href="http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/GravitationalConstant.html">http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/GravitationalConstant.html</a><br/>(11) The Value of Pi - <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi</a><br/><br/>The image on this page, above, was taken from <a href="http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Geocentricity">http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Geocentricity</a>.<br/>Baby Birds in my Backyard
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a78123af-db2a-43e9-b398-5997cb848c7cSun, 20 Apr 2008 14:19:53 -0400I noticed the leaves on my bushes were getting dried out and brittle. In years past I remember this being an early sign of a white-fly infestation; so, I broke out the chemicals and decided to spray the bushes for white-flies, the foundation for ants, and the trees in the yard for canker worms.<br/><br/>While I was spraying the bushes, I noticed some movement within. I stopped and peeked in past the outside leaves and saw three baby robins in a nest. Boy, did I feel bad about just spraying the bushes! Needless to say I stopped spraying that bush but continued to finish the task I had started.<br/><br/>When I was done, I got my camera and took the above footage. Actually, I set it up on a tripod and let it run for thirty minutes to capture the three feedings.<br/><br/>I always wondered why when you found a birds nest it wasn’t completely covered in baby bird poop. Now I know why and, if you watch the video closely, you’ll know why too.<br/><br/>Fair warning: you don’t want to be eating vanilla ice cream while watching the above footage.<br/><br/>If you want a higher quality recording, the following download is a <a href="http://www.wiredsage.com/Media/BushBirds.avi">46.2 Megabyte DivX avi</a>.<br/>