Tuesday, May 31, 2005

NASA - Voyager Enters Solar System's Final Frontier

NASA - Voyager Enters Solar System's Final Frontier: "'The consensus of the team now is that Voyager 1, at 8.7 billion miles from the Sun, has at last entered the heliosheath, the region beyond the termination shock,' said Dr. John Richardson from MIT, Principal Investigator of the Voyager plasma science investigation.

The termination shock is where the solar wind, a thin stream of electrically charged gas blowing continuously outward from the Sun, is slowed by pressure from gas between the stars. At the termination shock, the solar wind slows abruptly from its average speed of 300 to 700 km per second (700,000 - 1,500,000 miles per hour) and becomes denser and hotter. "

SPAM Free sites - Wave of the future?

I could easily get behind a site that welcomes me with a proclamation like this:

"Spam-Free Site: If you have arrived to this site through spam or a link on Craigslist please COPY the entire URL in your browser's address bar and send it to us HERE so we can identify and shut down the offending


Metaphilm - Star Wars: "Hypertime is the imaginary system in which all possible universes exist, and in which different versions of reality can mix and match, altering each other temporarily or permanently, in a completely fluid fashion. Superman can be the sole survivor of the planet Krypton in one story and have a cousin named Supergirl in another story?and continuity-obsessed fans can?t do a damn thing about it now because an all-purpose, internal explanation for such contradictions has been given. The exhausted editors must have been high-fiving each other when they came up with Hypertime, convinced they?d gotten the fans off their backs once and for all. (Rumors are nonetheless afoot that DC Comics will blow up its universe again for good measure in 2005; there is a constant tension in comic books between the desire for the characters to accumulate interesting historical baggage and the desire to retell their basic, streamlined stories and this time get it right.) "

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Lamborghini in My Mirror

Lamborghini in My Mirror, originally uploaded by sdiver.

"A lime green Lamborghini Murciélago in my side mirror heading home from Indy."

You gotta respect the effort this took to get this shot and the need to take it.

Knock Yourself Out

DSCF0142, originally uploaded by yojayy.

The famous Rocky statue in Philly that just went up on eBay for a starting bid of $1,000,000. Maybe they'll give me a discount.

Saturday, May 28, 2005


Check out Waiting... I met Sklyer in New Orleans during filming, along with the rest of the talented cast. And now he has his own show. The careers of half the cast have taken off since filming "Waiting..." That can only be good for business.

I haven't seen Con yet, but it's also got a guy in it from my old high school named Zach Johnson.

Check out a video here.

Who knows, maybe he's next.

Star Wars Episode III Easter Eggs

It's tiny, but visible enough to send a warm fuzzy through the hearts of original trilogy fans. In the establishing shot of the expansive Senate docking bays, there's a tiny Millennium Falcon easing into frame. And it's not just a non-descript Corellian freighter; it's on good authority -- namely George Lucas -- that this is the infamous hunk-of-junk before it came into the ownership of either Lando Calrissian or Han Solo. Also peculiar about that shot: there are no less than three gleaming Naboo star skiffs parked on the lot. Does Padmé have spares?

You know you live in...

You know you live in Arizona when....

1. You are willing to park three blocks away because you found shade.
2. You can open and drive your car without touching the car door or
the steering wheel.
3. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in
the toilet bowl.
4. You can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top.
5. The four seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot and ARE YOU

You live in California when:

1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The high school quarterback calls a time-out to answer his cell phone.
3. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
4. You know how to eat an artichoke.
5. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
6. When someone asks you how far some thing is, you tell them how long
it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.

You live in New York City when....

1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan,
2. You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State
3. You think Central Park is "nature"
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language
makes you multi-lingual.
5. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You Live in Maine when....

1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup and Tabasco.
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel, with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter and

You live in the Deep South when...

1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "ya'll" is singular and "all ya'll" is plural.
3. After five years you still hear, ''You ain't from 'round here, are Ya?"
4. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense
5. Everyone has two first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty
Jean, Mary Beth, etc.

You live in Colorado when....

1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500.00 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and he
stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

You live in the Midwest when....

1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have to switch from the "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was

You live in Florida when....

1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you are often driven by a headless person.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

What Would Jesus do..if he was a potato chip...

...and for sale on eBay, for $20,000?

He looks so peaceful, sleeping there in the arms of his mom.

although in this pic he looks a little bit like Saddam

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"The Rock David Killed Goliath With"

Nice grammar.

How about one for $1,000,000?

Or maybe some holy water for $50,000? BUY IT NOW!!

think BLUE

Democratic Blue State wristbands, ala Lance Armstrong Foundation

Both worth checking out.

Jesus is here! Hallelujah!

One of a Kind image of JESUS!

No sex until marriage.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Train Driver Dies After Hitting Suicidal Passenger in Moscow Metro - NEWS - MOSNEWS.COM

"Passengers throwing themselves under trains to commit suicide is a fairly regular occurrence in Moscow’s metro."

Ya gotta love Mother Russia.

Dumbledore dies?

BETS on Dumbledore dying in the latest Harry Potter adventure were staked by punters — in a town which is printing the book.

The Sun tipped off bookies after a cluster of maximum £50 wagers on The Half-Blood Prince twist in Bungay, Suffolk.

Darth Quitter

May 24, 2005

Hayden Christensen is set to quit acting to become an architect. The Star Wars actor says he plans to swap the big screen for building design - because the movie industry doesn't excite him anymore.

He told Britain's The Sun newspaper: 'Maybe the new Star Wars will be my last movie. 'I don't find Hollywood interesting, so I'm thinking about studying architecture instead.'

The heartthrob actor, who plays Anakin Skywalker in the hit movie series, claims that he's had enough of making movies because the industry demands too much from its stars.

The 24-year-old actor, who has been romantically linked with his Star Wars co-star Natalie Portman, also slammed other young actors who are prepared to sell themselves to Hollywood in order to make their career successful.

He added: 'A film is a product and as an actor you can only sell it if you sell yourself. 'You don't get to sit at the table before you're ready to give away your integrity. Maybe it works for Orlando Bloom. It doesn't for me.'

Earlier this month the Canadian-born star revealed how he had to bulk up for his role as Darth Vader in third Star Wars instalment, Revenge of the Sith.

The handsome actor has played the young villain in the past two films - but admitted he wasn't big enough to fill the famous black suit after he transforms into the adult character for the final film.

He said: 'Yeah, I'm a bit shorter but they were nice enough to put lifts in the shoes and make a big muscle suit so I could fill it out.' - Bang"

Make your own lightsabers

Fairly Cool

Duffman vs. Duff?

A fascinating window into trademark law and how the little guy has a big hill to climb to take on the big corporation. In this case, an original "beerman" wants the respect he deserves.

Note to self, include the evidence that might help you win:

In support of his arguments, Donchez pointed to a single piece of evidence, i.e., a report prepared by one of his expert witnesses, Curtis Krechevsky, in which Krechevsky allegedly stated that

it is my opinion that the . . . use of the term "BEERMAN" in connection with books and entertainment services was . . . use in a suggestive sense and not descriptively. As specifically regards entertainment services, I believe that a leap of imagination or mental effort is required to understand the nature of the covered services from the mark "BEERMAN."

Id. For whatever reason, however, Donchez has not included that report in his appellate appendix. Thus, we cannot consider the report and the statements included therein in determining whether there is a genuine issue of material fact regarding the classification of the term "beerman."(2) In turn, that leaves Donchez without any evidence to support his assertion that the term "beerman" is suggestive.(3)

Monday, May 16, 2005

Yojay at Stonewall Jackson House

Yojay at Stonewall Jackson House, originally uploaded by yojayy.

Stonewall Jackson died in this house. Yojay gave his kid the middle name Jackson after him, so a stop had to be made. Someday (this weekend) I'll finally give him his souvenirs.

WW II Pearl Harbor inscription

WW II Memorial quote 3, originally uploaded by yojayy.

I took this photo in March on a drive from NYC to Orlando, before I knew it would be the center of any controversy.

This very inscription was the subject of an e-mail lamenting that "So help us God" was left off the inscription., and that it was yet another example of a 'godless' America denying its past. In fact, God was mentioned in a different part of the speech, just not this part. If anything should be noted about this inscription it is the editing of the words "suddenly and deliberately attacked by the Imperial forces of Japan", but why bother to bring that up?

The monument is beautiful and long overdue, imho.

"Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy...No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory."

Actual speech (inscription in red):
"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And, while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

Mickey New York

Mickey New York, originally uploaded by yojayy.

Of course, I took this picture in Washington, D.C.

Mickey Boston Red Sox

Mickey Boston Red Sox, originally uploaded by yojayy.

Now this is how you design a Mickey Mouse statue. Ben Affleck may be many things to many people, but at least he's a die-hard Boston fan.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


"So I finish the show, I come out, it was really hard to do, they gave me a great ovation... I said, `Ladies and gentlemen, you've been a great audience except we had 12 cellphones go off, so for the 12 of you who may have ruined it for these other people, the next time you go into a theatre... don't put on your cellphone, I was very kind, turn it off or don't take them, or simply shove them up your a**.' It's just horrible."

USATODAY.com - Student killed in bike accident donates organs to 5 people

The recipients:

• A man in his mid-30s who received Wittig's heart.

• A woman in her late 40s who received his lungs.

• A woman in her mid-50s who received his liver.

• An Indiana man in his early 30s, who received one of Wittig's kidneys.

• A man in his late 20s who received Wittig's other kidney and his pancreas.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Pat's Original Cheesesteak

My meal on the car, originally uploaded by yojayy.

Accept no substitute. Mmmmm..brought one home to Orlando...well I tried. We ate it about an hour later.

The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA)

Go here and be amazed. What I respect the most about this site is that they take the illusion to the deepest corners, lampooning all aspects of the art world, from press releases to news conferences to gala gallery openings. $6.50 reward money for a stolen painting is priceless...er...

Old school postcard

NY-Day-PostCard-1, originally uploaded by yojayy.

This is a great town. I'll live here soon enough, when I can do it right.

Pauly in Tel Aviv

Pauly in Tel Aviv, originally uploaded by yojayy.

My buddy Pauly sent this to show me his gas mask. Pretty stylin'.

How long is too long?

45yrwalt, originally uploaded by yojayy.

What if you work your entire career for a single company..from 20 to 65? I'd like a $1000 for each year of service as a bonus. That would be a nice retirement gift.

How about a bronze statue instead?

Tsunami defense

tsunami hazard zone, originally uploaded by dharmatales.

Tae-Kwon-do. It was staring us in the face all this time. So simple.

I feel stupid.

Concorde's last flight

Concorde's last flight, originally uploaded by yojayy.

This is beautiful. I have no photo credit here, thanks to the anonymity of e-mail forwarding. There is a whole set out there somewhere.


The color red, originally uploaded by yojayy.

He was 'red', his wife was 'hot', and his kid was a 'chili pepper'. The best part? It wasn't a costume party. It was a surprise party for him.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

TDL monorail

TDL monorail, originally uploaded by yojayy.

Now this is a cool train. Look what a little design can do.

TDL monorail interior
TDL monorail interior 2

Disney Airliners in Japan

AirlinersNet_PhotoID_199137, originally uploaded by yojayy.

Japan Airlines (JAL) is much more lax when it comes to custom paint jobs on their airliners. There are dozens of beautiful planes like this one all over the Far East. Disney has 4 or 5 alone.
Photo credit goes to airliners.net


More below:

Disney airliner 2

Disney airliner

Atlantis breaking the sound barrier during liftoff

atlantis sound barrier, originally uploaded by yojayy.

I don't know which launch this was, but the photo is spectacular. I also do not have a credit for this picture as it was sent anonymously in e-mail. Does anyone have a link to the photographer?

srb separation

Similar photo, from much earlier launch. I don't know which shuttle this is, but it is a telescopic shot of the impressive SRB separation. This was forwarded to me a few years ago by an ex-NASA employee who worked with me. He, in turn, got it from the photographer at NASA, who took the shot with his personal equipment.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Well-educated Republicans?

"Thank you for being the tool which fixed two people (sic) hearts to love again...I have been blessed with the last man in my life..."

Is she planning to kill him?