Blow a Bagpipe day

If you are in awe over the haunting melody of the single bagpiper standing above the low lying mist… then you will love these selections to celebrate this day from traditional to those with a rock twist… enjoy

“Scotland the Brave” (unofficial national anthem of Scotland) PSH0eRKq1lE

Flower of Scotland (unofficial national anthem of Scotland)

Flowers of the Forest

Flowers O’ Forest

“Scots Wha Hae” (unofficial national anthem of Scotland)

Lament for the Children

Wings (Paul McCarthy) “Mull of Kintyre”

The Mad Piper: THunderstruck

Smoke on the Water, Scotland the Brave Live

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Attack of the Movies Time

For some fun movies to watch when bored or just need a giggle, here are a couple I have come across recently. The first up is “Attack of the Crab Monsters”. You may want to forego seafood snack while watching, especially crab legs. The ones you are munching on has nothing on these guys.

Made in 1957 the movie stars, none other than Russell Johnson, the professor from Gilligan’s Island. Two points for those who can guess the Professor’s real name…. it was Roy Hinkley Jr. But you all knew that right?

Anyway back to the Crab Monsters, Johnson plays Hank Chapman, a technician who joins a group of scientists and Navy personnel looking for the aftereffects of radiation from Bikini atoll… well I guess they found it. Enjoy the movie….

Attack of the Crab Monsters

Attack of the Crab Monsters

Attack of the Crab Monsters

Attack of the Crab Monsters

Attack of the Crab Monsters

Attack of the Crab Monsters (movie)

The second movie is “War of the Colossal Beast” is the continuation of the Amazing Colossal Man. Manning returns from the fall off Boulder Damn (now called Hoover Dam) but has lost his mind as he goes on a rampage. In the end he is brought back to his sense, and then kills himself before he can do anymore harm. The movie I have linked here is the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version with of course the comical comments. Enjoy…

War of the Colossal Beast

War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

War of the Colossal Beast

War of the Colossal Beast

MST3K 319 – War of the Colossal Beast

War of the Colossal Beast

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International Day for Tolerance

Today is the International Day for Tolerance. This was begun in 1965 by the United Nations with activities directed towards educational field and the public. For more information go to …

Respect others if you want them to respect you…


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Tactile: A Poem for Autumn

Playing around in the fall with ideas and thoughts and this appeared… enjoy



Plentiful, abundant is the forest
Autumn hails as the air turns cool

Breaking the cycle of life
Starting the period of death

Leaves falling, raining down
Eloquent with color and hues

Embellished with texture
Feel the waxy leaves, the red veins

Leaves blanket the ground
Decaying, their nutrients are absorbed

Feel the soil, the cool heavy loom
Rich in blackness, abundant in life

Quiet the forest is now, preparing
Winters sleep turns the corner

Resting for work hard pressed
To awaken refreshed to begin again



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National Pickle Day

Today is National Pickle Day. Pickles can be traced back over 4000 years. They have been mated with ice cream, hung on Christmas trees, made into a soup, and even a popular rag song in the early 1000’s. So to honor this day I have included a couple pickles recipes and the song “Dill Pickles Rag” for you to listen to. Enjoy the day.
Refrigerated Dill Pickles

Pickling Liquid (makes enough for approx. 6 quart jars)
3/4 cup water, boiled and cooled
1/2 cup white vinegar

For each quart jar add
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons dill seeds
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves, minced

Now simply take your cucumbers and prepare them the way you like: slices, spears, whole. Pack those cucumbers in tightly into a quart jar you already put in the spices as indicated above.

Fill jar to within 1/2 inch of the top. Add the pickling liquid to cover the cucumbers. Put a lid and ring on the jar and shake for a few seconds to distribute the salt and spices evenly.

Refrigerate for 7 days, shaking the jar for a few seconds every day. These will last approximately 6 months in the refrigerator.

That is all,. You have made your own fresh pickles…. Pat yourself on the back.


Now with those fresh pickles, here is a great excuse to test out those pickles and eat your favorite potato chips with Dill Pickle Dip

8 ounces cream cheese
2 dill pickles, minced
2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pickle juice
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon dried dill weed

Mix all the above ingredients together and chill for one hour in order for the flavors to blend.


and even a lesson on the violin to fiddle the Pickle Rag….

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Archaeological drama….

And who says there is no drama in archaeology… come on we got theft of stolen bones, suspicious packages, fraudulent papers…. all the high impact drama that makes up a good story, except this one is real and playing out in Europe….


Archaeologists say human-evolution study used stolen bone by Ewen Callaway (Nature) (November 2017)

Ancient Humans And Stolen Bones: Major Controversy Raises Doubt About History Of Human Evolution In Europe by Meghan Bartels (Newsweek)(November 2017)


just for fun.. can you see that drama unfolding….



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 Trilobite Beetles

Called a platerodrilus. A type of beetle from the family Lycidae. The ones usually seen are female, who stay in their larvae form. These females have large scales over the head and body reminiscent of a trilobite.  Also called Trilobite beetle, Trilobite larva or Sumatran Trilobite larva.  Found in Indian and Southeast Asia.


 Trilobite Beetles are Happy Being on Land, Alive in the Present Day

By Bec Crew (Scientific American)  (March 2014)


Bizarre-Looking Beetle Has an Even Weirder Sex Life

By Erika Engelhaupt (National Geographic)  (October 2016)







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