Friday – Brain Paydirt!

[date Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 3:24 PM]


I don’t know if it’s your payday, but I found some paydirt while surfing around today. Take a look at this –

Color America

On main street of Cascade. Cascade, Idaho, July 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Russell Lee. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

I was in Cascade three years ago. It doesn’t look this way now! This color picture is from a collection of color slide / photo reproductions from 1939 – 1943 posted here:

This denverpost site has more photo collections. Here’s a picture I’ve never seen before taken on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor –

Captured Blog: The Pacific War

December 7, 1941: Sailors stand among wrecked airplanes at Ford Island Naval Air Station as they watch the explosion of the USS Shaw in the background, during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (AP Photo)

Tonnes more at the link……. thanks to .

Anyone interested in Islamophobia? Whatever the hell that means…… Here’s an hilarious exposé of ABC news:


“72 raisins” indeed! I believe this well spoken fellow is David Wood. Much more at this web site:

I am envious of those of you who met your life partner at an early age, are still together, and don’t regret a moment……… Hello, anybody there? Here’s a delightful short video of Ralph and Phyllis Tarrant, England’s oldest married couple. They have been married longer than I have been alive! Just another record I’ll never beat:


My daily exploration of the Internet “cloud” revealed a new treasure. I have been testing it this week, and it’s a marvel! It is called “StumbleUpon”, and it is wonderful. Here’s a series of pictures about science experiments:

The web site is – if you create an account, you can identify your areas of interest. StumbleUpon does the rest. A fantastic amusement for polymaths (such as I). Give it a try; you won’t be disappointed.

For instance, I stumbled upon a bread recipe for a Dutch Oven, and a list of 10 science fiction novels that have been banned within a few “Stumbles”. If you’re interested in the SciFi list, here it is:

Personally, I don’t read SF anymore. Real life is much more unreal, frightening AND thrilling…..

My brain has me worried lately. OK, maybe longer than lately. If you haven’t read “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life” by Daniel Amen (I haven’t), here’s a video set that outlines his perspective from PBS. He is controversial (Wikipedia – ) I like the concept he promotes – that your brain is key to health and success. He is also a skilled presenter, and uses lots of humor:


This link will play all seven segments in order. He says that people who drink every day have smaller brains. And size matters. Geezus P. Mackerel, as if I didn’t have enough to worry about…….. And exercise is absolutely mandatory!……. “Let’s have a problem!” indeed. I need a beer. Inspirational if not rigorous science. All based on brain imaging (Wikipedia article on SPECT – )

John Medina wrote “Brain Rules”. Here is a link to this dynamic presenter talking about brains:

[youtube] – this one is from a Google staff seminar in 2008

How about this political cartoon from 1939?

Here’s where I found this cartoon –

The article is titled “Broken Brain, Maimed Mind”.

Food for thought, and today’s attempt at “continuous learning”.

This picture represents how long I have been living at 617 Decosmos in Vernon –

I cut these (and more!) branches off the first summer I owned the property. Seems like time heals all woodns…….. (that there is funny!)

This happy-go-lucky fellow is Solo. Kenda brought him home to save him from a fate worse than……….whatever. She has discovered that a dog is a lot of work and responsibility. She would like him to go to a “good home”. I would like him to go. He is about 3 years old, looks to be a mix of Pit Bull, Rottweiler, and ??? Can any of you out there help this fellow find a new home? We will deliver…..

I think I’m done unloading for a Friday. It is after 3 p.m. and the sun has FINALLY come out to play. A typical fall tactic – if the sun shows up at all, it is late in the day. As if to say “Look what you missed! Good Night!” My counter-tactic is to ignore it completely until it does show. Then mosey outside…..

Joe (Planar) Mekanic

p.s. Ramirez forever!

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