Wednesday, June 25, 2008


In keeping with a recent posting by my brother, "Nuke It"...

Researchers develop neural implant that learns with the brain

Filed under Research, Health, Engineering on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Devices known as brain-machine interfaces could someday be used routinely to help paralyzed patients and amputees control prosthetic limbs with just their thoughts. Now, University of Florida researchers have taken the concept a step further, devising a way for computerized devices not only to translate brain signals into movement but also to evolve with the brain as it learns.

More of this article can be found here.

Steve Austin, here we come!

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new family vehicle

High gas prices have brought us nothing but smiles.

Getting there takes a bit longer.

But isn't it the journey that matters most~~~

Now, the "Beast" can take a much needed vacation. :o)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

lady bug and the boog bear

Tonight my baby girls are "camping out" on the floor of their room.

It amazes me how quickly they grow.

And how, despite their ten-year difference (one 2, the other 12) they are both my little babies. So sweet their sleeping faces are.

Ah ... one does not know "worry" until they've had a child. :o)

To the ones whose journey has just begun:

Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.
Kate Douglas Wiggin

Every child begins the world again...
Henry David Thoreau
Take care, my friend. Enjoy your beautiful and precious little one.

image copyright sdchan2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

square peg

More and more, as house hunting goes on, it is realized I could not have picked a more ill-fitting place to live than this.

Being somewhat liberal, it bothers me to hear children make jokes about people who are "different". Even worse, knowing it's their own parents who encourage this type of behavior.

I take it personal, the gay jokes, though I'm not. Of the few very good friends I have, some happen to be gay. Would I invite them to visit this town? I'm not so sure.

Maybe I'm just imagining things. Perhaps, people are nicer than I think.

One wouldn't know it by reading the town forum. This was where a gay couple looking to relocate here discovered they weren't welcome. Well, at least they were told in a "nice" way. Ha! And several people stated they'd rather live next to an opera-lover than a blue collar worker. Huh?

Perhaps, it has something to do with the large number of churches surrounding us. Where God seems to only love straight people who have loads of money. I dunno.

Not only am I a tad liberal, but a bit old-fashioned as well. Which doesn't seem to be working for me. Maybe because being old-fashioned contradicts the liberalness.

I've got kids. Three of 'em. I see no reason to pay a couple hundred bucks a week for a day care to watch my kids grow. So, I do a novel thing. I actually watch my own kids! Of married people here, I'm in the minority on that one. Especially, in my income bracket.

Yep, we may suffer financially for it, and have to live in a tiny place. But, the babies are smiling, growing, playing . . . and I get to see them do it! With much appreciation for the husband's hard work.

I could go on, but I'll not. The kids want to sing "The Curve of the World" with me. I love that song! :o)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

home is . . . where?

Lately, I've been obsessed with house-hunting.

There's little choice to it. The babies are growing, our space isn't.

And so, I'm looking.

Yeah, I know what I said about this town.
But, I'll just have to deal with it.

And, for the moment, let go of the road heading northwest.
photo copyright sdchan2008

fermi paradox

How I stumbled upon this subject, I can not recall.

So, what's it about and why should I care?

Well, I'm not too worried about it really. Though it seems someone else was. And they had loads of time to think about aliens. The outer space kind.

I like aliens. Or at least the concept that there might be somebody else out there. It's a cool thing to imagine other-world beings looking up and perhaps wondering about the stars as we do.

The Fermi Paradox is kinda depressing.

The supposed contradiction: if the probability is high that there are other civilizations in the universe, why then do we see no evidence of them? This leads to the whole Great Filter theory. Even more depressing.

What it boils down to is the idea that finding life elsewhere in our solar system, for example, would be somewhat devastating. Why?

Because, we've heard nothing. No signals, no messages. Relative silence about space. And since that is so, it supposedly means no other civilization, if it ever existed, has been able to advance beyond a certain point. Which, it is said, is what might likely happen to our own world. We'll just die off, never having populated the universe in a robust and lively way. The universe, to be a dead place.

Interesting conjecture and surely a bit pessimistic.

Me thinks it hogwashy.

I mean, isn't it possible we just aren't the coolest things out there? Thus, no reason to give us a "howdy-do!".

Or could it be possible, we've already been visited?

There are ufo sightings, such as one in 1561, as shown in a Hans Glaser 1566 woodcut. There are reports of abductions, such as one depicted in the movie Fire in the Sky.

Thank you Xevious23 for sharing the vid.

Thank you ghostevidence for sharing the vid.

My dad and I discussed alien visitation and ufos years ago. He had a different approach and suggested the aliens were us. Of course, I figured he meant ufos were military experiments, since Dad had worked in the field of aeronautics and knew stuff.

Instead, he offered the idea we had somehow come to understand time travel and thought to check up on ourselves from time to time.

Now, there's a paradox!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

lone tree


it's too much
          the sadness

the dark

no one to touch my hand

    not even a fingertip

when i'm lost here


  in a shadow

Friday, June 13, 2008


...but fun!

Time-wasters, probably, widgets can still be entertaining.

This image was made using a Spirograph widget (with a little Image Ready 2.0 tweak of the saved picture). By making adjustments, the drawing can be a bit more elaborate than this.


Hmm... Now, what to do with it?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

summer breeze

Time to play outside.  

While fall is my favorite season, summer holds a special place in my heart, too.

I love the feel of wet sand
under my feet at the beach.

The cool water of a lovely lake on a hot day.  

Shade of a tall tree, while the breeze of summer rustles the leaves.   
And certainly, the sound of night, as fireflies dance in the sweet calm.

But, to be sure, it is the stars that hold sway. 

Particularly, the Perseids of August.  

Those, I do love most. 


Thursday, June 05, 2008

techno ADD

I think technology causes some form of ADD.

If not that, it may at least cause temporary insanity and blurred vision.

For instance, I've got Image Ready 2.0, audacity, wix and blogger going at the same time.

Oh yeah, I'm microwaving lunch, too! Is that channel 324 I hear in the background?
I think my eyes are crossed.

Just how much of this stuff is really necessary?

Well, lunch is good.

Is this lettuce or a mousepad?

Lately, I've been terribly unfocused.
It has taken me a while to finish this simple post because of it.

That's the point of this, isn't it?
All this extra stuff to do is affecting the quality of the doing.

My brain is getting tired.

Time for a vacation!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

what is

Lately, religion has been a topic of discussion between the eldest daughter and me.

It's a sticky topic. Not for us two, per se, but for nearly every other person in this town. This town, where across from one "megachurch" is yet another and another still.

The trouble for us, we question what is. And questioning seems frowned upon.

True, our curiosity complicates matters. It can make life much more difficult than accepting what's been taught all along. Difficult and a bit frightening. Our own "structure" is based on a mish-mash of beliefs, instead of just holding onto one, with the concept that choosing one way may not be entirely necessary.

And so, we are holding on for the ride. I remember all too well being quizzed about my lack of church attendance as a kid. Daughter will face the same scrutiny, I'm sure. But it's too late. She's got a mind of her own and she's not buying what they are selling.

The universe is awesome, really. What do we even know for certain?

Which is why my curiosity about CERN's Large Hadron Collider is piqued.

Dad used to worry about the experiments to be conducted there. We'd had lengthy conversations about the fabric of space-time and how particle accelerators might rip all that we know to shreds.

We'll find out soon enough. It is my understanding the LHC is due to go online this summer, barring any further technical troubles.

Ah well...
Perhaps, Dad is right... none of it matters in the end. What good does it do a regular gal like me to know about quarks, black holes, time-travel and the Big Bang?

I dunno~~but isn't it fun!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


The past few days have been a bit disturbing.

There is always a sadness that lingers when a once-trusted and kind young soul falters, betraying all that I had believed. For the child without good leaders, the path is confused to be sure.

As my anger subsides and disappointment yields to understanding, I feel sorry for what this child must go through. My influence and advice is likely unwelcome.

And so, peace to you~~

I hope you find your way.

This is a repost from myspace blog~~ StarCat70 MySpace

Monday, June 02, 2008

stumbling psychic

There are times when you just get a feeling something is awry. Or is about to be.

I suppose it could simply be called, intuition.

Fortunately, mine kicked in just in time to hopefully help save the reputations of certain youngsters over the weekend. Maybe we've all learned something from it. I know I have.

I'll not go into particulars, though it has something to do with an odd premonition and a troubled teen's negative influence.

For the record, I could care less about being the "cool" mom. Nor do I care about racking up friendships with other parents. Particularly, "meaningless" friendships. Nope, not interested in taking sides against other moms and dads. It won't happen. And any parent who tries to sway me one way or another, will be disappointed. I'm no fun.

I've noticed, first hand, the quality of a person has little to do with the expensive car one might drive, or the big house in the fancy neighborhood one might live in. Some of the most devious and hateful people come out of those neighborhoods. Which is baffling, because you'd think they were more happy and satisfied with life than anyone else.

No, I'm not impressed. And I'll not likely be joining the battle of the Joneses.

And so, when it comes to our kiddos, I try to be fair.

If they are good kids, who have minor missteps, I'll know it. No need to explain. 

Though, when a young person intentionally attempts to ruin the reputation of someone else's child, foul-mouths to that child's mother for entertainment, then chooses to continually deny the undeniable...

Let's just say,
it is likely I'll be steering my own child in the other direction.
Sorry, I've no time to "understand" the situation. My kid's future is at stake. 

It isn't perfection we are looking for. It is common decency.

It's 10 o'clock...

Do you know where your children are?