03 September 2014

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome to the middle of our abbreviated week, and apparently, it's a bit on the FOGGY side in most outlying areas around Fort Wayne.That's causing some school delays, while around here, all it's doing is making the locals even harder to see before the sun rises.
I told Wifey she needs a PA speaker in her car, then she can play something like:
 "Will those walking in the middle of the streets please SMILE so drivers can see where you are...this is for your OWN safety. Thank You for your cooperation." 
It does have the novelty of never having been tried yet, too.
It's bad enough on CLEAR days with it being dark out and the locals wearing DARK clothing.
Today's Hoosierland weather will find us with some sunshine (after the fog burns off) with temps rising to the mid-to-upper 80s with enough humidity outside to make you want to go back INSIDE.
Now, with that dispensed with, let's see what else is going on...
*** First out of the sandbox today is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.".
In today's world, we often look for miracles and if we're fortunate and steadfast enough, and have faith in abundance, we CAN find them.
And they don't have to be of Biblical proportions...they can be personal in nature (which to me are the best kind)
So, WHO said that, hmm? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the literary stacks...
*** My bout of whatever type of cold I've caught is lessening further...the mucus factory in my body is working overtime to make sure of that.
I'm just one of those people that refuses to bow to "germ warfare" in any form.
And don'cha come back no more...
The worst of it is when you first get up and all the congestion needs to break up and get expunged from your chest and sinuses. After that, you're pretty much good to go for the remainder of the day.
And, you also start getting back those senses you missed, like SMELL and TASTE...a welcome relief.
You take things one day at a time, and they have a way of working out.
*** Next up, I watched that miniseries on the History Channel - HOUDINI  starring Adrian Brody, and I must say, that I do love "period pieces" when it comes to movies and such
The makers of this series got that down very well.
 And even if Brody didn't exactly LOOK like Houdini (or sounds like him, but then again, who does?), his portrayal was one of the best in recent times.
Yes, Houdini's voice WAS recorded on some old wax rolls that were discovered back in the early 1970s.
And he was captured on FILM, and was also an early AVIATOR.
Always been a fan of Houdini, even if I never possessed the abilities he did.
We read about him in ELEMENTARY school, back when we studied a LOT more about AMERICAN history (and many people and events that are rarely covered today).
I hear they have a Houdini MUSEUM in, of all places, SCRANTON, PA, and I can't believe I never got there to see it.
I've been to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre many times.
That would be one of the LAST places I would expect THAT museum to be located.
I mean you COULD have it in Appleton,WISCONSIN (where Eric Weiss grew up), or Chicago (where he often performed), or even NYC (another favorite venue of his).
Hell, I'd even expect it to be in HUNGARY (his native country), but never in Scranton.
Still, it seems like a good place to visit and here's their website:
Pretty cool place.
*** And now, for the BS alert for the day...
How's about an "explanation" for last years's POLAR VORTEX?
Good Lord...not AGAIN...
Here's the lowdown, and be sure to be wearing hip-waders...it's gonna get deep:
Now, before you read it, be sure to note that this comes from the AP...a dubious news source (at best) when it comes to ACTUAL science.
Shrinking sea ICE is the cause of the polar vortex...(rolls eyes)...you just KNEW that the global warmists would crawl our of their caves and from under their rocks when they thought this one up.
It IS a study, however...unlike like the "studies" that have proven that the OZONE "hole" (Antarctica) FIXES ITSELF (even if we went and banned all those nasty CFCs).
My HEAD hurts...where's the Excedrin?
Let's see...cold air "escapes" from the sea ice, and THAT causes these polar vortexes...well, how about COLD air being DENSER than WARM air and remaining CLOSER to the OCEANS rather than getting into the upper atmosphere where most all of our weather is created?
Guess these "profs" didn't quite get to THAT chapter in THEIR science books.
Oh, well...try again, fellas...we're not buying into THIS load of horse hockey.
*** Last back to the laboratory today...believe it or else, today's post HAS a "common thread" running through it, and it IS somewhat "scientific" in nature.
There is REAL science - that which is proven (and tested beyond a doubt)  by the scientific theory.
This quote was also mentioned in the movie THOR.
Then there is MAGIC...science which to me (and the fellow above) has yet to have the proof postulated from the scientific theory, due to the illusionary aspect of the genre.
Lastly, there is the MIRACLE...that which appears to be magic, but can also have a basis in science, and is often attributable to religion, which largely consists of something we call FAITH.
In THIS aspect, they are complimentary.
Think of a miracle like this - a twister comes through a town and trashes one house, while leaving another UNTOUCHED. To THAT homeowner, THAT'S a miracle, and seems like magic, but it's the extremely specific scientific factors that came into play that spared one house while destroying the other.
It's a combination of all three to varying degrees, and that's part of a wonderful mystery in life.
We (humankind) are not meant to know EVERYTHING, because if we did, we'd become god-like...and probably find a better and faster way to obliterate each other...(we like doing that often enough).
One of life's UNIVERSAL truths.
Some things are supposed to be hidden, like an illusionist's trick (or a presidential agenda...lol)
That is what gets the "wow" factor going in us all...the fact that we can be amazed.
It also points to our ability to be deceived...the "dark side' of this, and we always have to be on guard for that, for it lurks all around us..
So, in the end, what we really need to understand is that it's all part of our life's journey.
Science, magic, and yes, even faith...they can (and do) work together quite well.
Just something to ponder, folks...
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


Momma Fargo said...

I have not seen the Houdini series, yet. I might have to check that out. I love your polar bear. I resemble him today. Great post, Bob G.!

Bob G. said...

Momma Fargo:
There is nothing better than seeing a nice big furry FACE-PALM...for the right reason, mind you...lol.

BTW, I look like that MOST days!!!
(just not as MUCH white hair)

But, since I also got "Mr Mucus" packing up shop as well, it's not a total loss, hmm?

Thanks much for rolling up today to comment.

Stay safe down there, dear.

John DuMond said...

Wow, I hadn't even heard about that miniseries about Houdini. I remember really enjoying the 1950s biopic with Tony Curtis. And I also liked the 70s TV movie with Paul Michael Glaser. I hope the History Channel re-runs it sometime soon. You know, between reality shows. ;)

Bob G. said...

John D.:
I've also seen the other movies about Houdini, and here's the History Channel site where it seems you can watch the series THERE:


It's very well done.
And they're also going to release a DVD of the show here:


Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Stay safe out there.

CWMartin said...

I saw the trailers for Houdini... alas, not the 50 times necessary to let any of what I saw sink in. I figured it was a new HBO series or something.

I think the new vortex theory is a clever ruse to keep people from realizing it is politicians' hot air that causes global warming.

Bob G. said...

It's worth a watch, and I missed the FIRST night...Tuesday had BOTH parts back-to-back...didn't have to lose the continuity that way.

And yes, the larger the government becomes (and they flap their yaps), the MORE the globe might warm up.
Ever notice when CONGRESS goes on some hiatus, that things cool off all over?
These studies keep trying to "reinvent the wheel" aka the global-warming smoke and mirrored deception.
Not gonna work for me (or you).

Thanks for stopping by to comment today.

Stay safe & keep cool up there.