Saturday, October 31, 2015


Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Another boatload of refugees

The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the Texas coast today.

This placed the Navy in an awkward position as the boat was not heading to the USA , but towards Mexico and Central America.

Another surprise finding was the people were white American retirement age seniors. 

Their claim was that they were trying to get to Central America or Southern Mexico as they wanted to return to the US as illegal immigrants. Then they would be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate American retirees.

It is believed the Navy gave them food, water and fuel and assisted them on their journey.

We are booking on the next boat out. Let me know if you want to join us.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

26 Actually Useful Things You Can Do with Siri

Siri is best known as Apple’s so-called digital personal assistant available on iOS devices like iPhone and iPad. Some might think Siri is only good for looking stuff up, but it can actually do a great deal more.

The thing about Siri is that can be hard to get used to, but once you do, it is incredibly useful. You can do a fairly wide array of tasks on your iOS device beyond simply looking something up. For example, you can have Siri create reminders, take notes, and set alarms. It can even make changes to system settings. Siri will also adapt to your personal language use and as you use it more and more, will tailor results individually to you.

Siri can easily be activated by holding down the home button on your iOS device until it beeps and the Siri interface appears. On iOS 9, Siri can also now be activated by saying “Hey Siri”, which is invaluable when you’re eating or driving or your iPhone is simply out of reach.

In this article, we want to go through and highlight some of the things that Siri can do. You might be surprised at how versatile and useful it is.

Searching for Things
We’ll just get it out of the way because we don’t want to be anti-climatic. Obviously, you can use Siri to search, and in fact that’s one of the things it does very well. That said, Siri will also use a variety of web services to pull data from other sources, so results are more useful than a simple list of websites you can visit.

As you’ll see in the following examples, if you want to find movie times, or know sport scores, then what you’ll see direct results rather than being shown websites you could visit to get more information.

Create Reminders
We all need to remember things, and Siri really shines when setting reminders. Simply say “remind me to …” and Siri will instantly add it to the Reminders app on your device

If you have other iOS devices or a Mac, your reminders will be replicated to those as well, so no matter what Apple device you’re using, you can always access your reminders. Further, you can have Siri give you more specific timely reminders, for example, “Hey Siri, remind me to go to the gym at 3 PM.”

Additionally you can ask Siri to read you your to-do list, as well as location-oriented reminders like reminding you to perform an action when you leave the house, when you return home, or arrive at a certain place. If you have specific lists, you can tell Siri to add items to it like “add apples to my grocery list” or “add change oil to my to-do list.”

Create Events
Need to add something to your calendar? Siri can do that for you. Just tell Siri to create an event titled “such and such” at this time on this day and she’ll enter all that into your calendar for you.

Once Siri has the details nailed down, she’ll ask you to confirm or cancel. Once confirmed, the event will be replicated across all your devices so you don’t to repeat the effort on your Mac or iPad.

Want to do more? You can, such as moving meetings, rescheduling appointments, adding people to your meetings, and you can also ask about events, like what the rest of your day looks like, when you’re meeting with someone, and when your next appointment occurs.

Set Alarms
Setting alarms is really useful, particularly when you can use it in conjunction with “Hey Siri”.

Simply say something like “set an alarm for 8 AM” or “Hey Siri, wake me up at 6:30 AM” and it will turn the alarm on for that appointed time. You can also change alarms such as “change my 6:30 AM alarm to 7:00 AM,” turn off all your alarms, or have Siri set an alarm to wake you after a certain duration, i.e. “wake me up in 45 minutes.”

Call People
This one is very useful when trying to operate your device hands-free. You can use Siri to call people by simply telling it who to call.

You can even have it call a person on speaker so you don’t have to look at the phone to turn it on. That way, if you are driving, your eyes never leave the road.

You can also call specific numbers, get your call history, see if you have any missed calls, redial the last number, check your voicemail, and much more.

FaceTime with Your Friends
No need to open FaceTime if you want to chat face-to-face with friends and family, simply ask Siri to do it for you.

You can specify whether you want to make a regular FaceTime call (with video) or a FaceTime call with only audio.

Turn on a Timer
Simple but effective, and also pretty cool when you’re trying to operate hands-free. Use Siri to create a timer so that if you’re cooking something and washing your hands, you don’t need to touch the phone.

Setting timers in this way is actually a lot easier than using the Clock app in our opinion. You can also have Siri stop, pause, resume, and so forth.

Find out What Time it is
You can ask Siri what time it is, either where you live, or somewhere more distant.

Sadly, you can only ask for the time one place at a time. If you try to ask what time it is in several places at once, it will only return a result for the first place you ask about.

Tell You What Song is Playing
While it’s true there are specific apps out there that can do this, simply being able to tell Siri to listen and identify a song is a pretty neat trick.

Results are provided by SHAZAM but Siri will make it a seamless experience.

Play Songs from Your Favorite Artist
You can ask Siri to play songs from your favorite musical artist, or to play songs similar to your favorite artist, or a specific song from your favorite artist, and so on.

If you don’t have any music from them on your iPhone or iPad, then Siri will offer to queue them up on an Apple Music station.

There’s quite a few other things you can have Siri do for you when it comes to music. You can ask it to play music by genre, play specific albums, and basic controls like play, pause, and skip, among many other things.

Make Reservations
If you want to make a reservation at your favorite restaurant, Siri can connect to OpenTable and do that for you.

Once Siri finds out if there’s any available reservations, you’ll be able to tap the time you want and reserve a table. Make sure that if your party includes more than two people that you specify how large it is.

Launch Applications
Hey, we get it, apps are awesome and you probably have a bazillion on your iPhone by now, but don’t you get tired of flipping through your screens to find that one you only use occasionally?

No problem, just tell Siri to “open Dropbox” or “launch YouTube” and you’ll never have to scroll through your home screens again (unless you really want to).

You can also have Siri go and fetch apps from the app store, such as “download Twitter” or even have it search the app store for new apps, such as if you’re looking for a cooking or some other app.

Find and Read Emails
Don’t want to hunt for a particular email? Simply have Siri find it. You can have it search for email by subject, sender, date, and so forth.

Thereafter, once Siri finds the emails, you can have it read them to you, or you can just tap the one you want to open it in the Mail application.

Beyond this, you can ask Siri to perform other email-related tasks, such as asking it to check your email, replying to an email, and of course, sending new emails.

Perform Calculations
Why use a calculator when you can just ask Siri?

Of course, you don’t have to perform as complicated calculations as pictured above, but it’s nice to know you could if needed.

Perform Quick Conversions
Want to quickly know how many cups are in a gallon or miles per hour to kilometers per hour? Siri can perform quick conversions for you so you don’t have to look it up.

Next time you’re struggling mightily to convert tablespoons to teaspoons, remember Siri can help you out with that.

Check Dates
Siri can do a lot of cool stuff with dates as well, such as telling you what day of the week something is, how many days have elapsed between two dates, what day next Friday will be, and more.

You can play around with this and get a lot of useful information, but if you don’t want a shock, it might be better not to ask Siri how many days ago you were born!

Change Settings
This one is very useful because changing settings can sometimes be a little tedious. With Siri, you can just ask it to turn off something like Wi-Fi, or turn on Bluetooth.

It’s a great little extra perk, and we’re glad that Apple finally added this to iOS.

Access App Settings
If you have an app open on your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly access that app’s settings by opening Siri and saying “Settings”.

We like this particular trick because it’s so much faster than accessing an app’s settings the traditional way. Also, you don’t have to have the actual app open, you can ask Siri to open that app’s settings by saying “open [app] settings”.

Mapping things is one of the most useful things a smartphone can do and luckily Siri makes it even more useful. You can ask Siri to show you how to get from point A to point B, or simply how far away a destination is.

You can do much more of course; you can ask Siri to give you directions home, ask what your ETA is, find the nearest gas station, show you landmarks, and tons of other stuff.

Because Apple Maps has gotten progressively better since it’s haphazard launch several years ago, you may not even need Google, meaning that you can have Siri route you around the country to your heart’s content.

Take Notes
Got a winning idea for the next great American novel, or something occurred to you that you really want to remember? Don’t leave it to your memory, have Siri note it for you.

It’s simple just to ask Siri to take a note, and like reminders and events, it will be synced to iCloud so it will be available across all your devices.

Send Text Messages
Siri really shows her personal assistant chops when it comes to text messages. Ask Siri to “send a text message” to so-and-so, and it will ask you what you want it to say.

Once, Siri has your message ready, you can tell it to send it to the recipient or just cancel.

If you simply want to dictate a message to send, you can just tell Siri to text someone with the message content. For example, “text Mom and tell her I’ll be home for Christmas” or “reply to Kirk that’s fantastic news.”

Read Text Messages
Texting and driving is a huge no-no, which is why you should just have Siri help you out with that. For example, in addition to being able to dictate and send text messages, you can also have it read them to you.

Of course, if someone sends you something personal, it’s probably best not to have Siri read it aloud in front of others, but if you’re in the car driving, and someone sends you a message, you won’t have to pull over to read it, instead you can have it read to you.

Once Siri has read you your new text message, you can have it reply or simply call the sender.

Follow Sports
For those of you who love and follow sports, you can have Siri keep you abreast of what is going on with your favorite (or not so favorite) teams.

You can ask when a team is playing, who they play, or what the score was. Siri can also give you other information such as standings and information about specific teams, as well as what games are on, what channel your favorite team is on, and much, much more.

See Where and When Movies are Playing
Want to go see the latest Hollywood blockbuster but don’t want to play movie roulette? Ask Siri to show you where something is playing nearby.

Being able to just ask Siri where a movie is playing will prove to be a terrific timesaver. Furthermore, the fun doesn’t end there, you can also ask Siri about who starred in a movie, find out which types of movies are playing, what’s playing at a specific theater, and so on.

Give Yourself a Nickname
If you don’t want Siri to refer to you by your name, you can tell it to call you by another.

Of course, if you don’t like the new nickname, or you want a different one, you can change it at anytime by simply asking Siri to call you something else.

Just Ask About What You Can Ask About
If you want to know more, and dig further into all of Siri’s powers, simply activate it say, “what can I ask you?”

Siri will give you a long list of categories, and when you tap on each one, it will give you further examples of all the things you can do with it.

Say Goodbye
Finally, when you’re finished using Siri, you can make it go away by saying something dismissive like “bye” or “see you later.”

Being able to do so much with Siri means that it’s far more likely to become a more routinely used feature instead of an occasional tool for looking stuff up. The ability to set reminders or read text messages gives you powers that you might never thought available to you.

Beyond this, if you want to change Siri’s gender or accent, or have it respond to your voice, then you can do that too.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happiness is like a Butterfly

Happiness is like a butterfly; 
The more you chase it, 
The more it will elude you,
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It will come and sit softly on your shoulder… 

-- Thoreau

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Why 5+5+5=15 is wrong under the Common Core, yikes!

Here's a "repeated addition" Common Core problem that's taught in third grade in US schools:

Use the repeated-addition strategy to solve: 5x3

If you answer the question with "5+5+5=15,” you would be wrong.

The correct answer is "3+3+3+3+3.”

Mathematically, both are correct. 

But under Common Core, you're supposed to read "5x3" as "five groups of three." So "three groups of five" is wrong.

According to Common Core defenders, this method will be useful when students do more advanced math. This way of reading things, for instance, can be used when students learn matrices in multi-variable calculus in high school.

But parents aren't happy about it.

and neither am i...    :-(

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday humor

Happy Birthday to Tu Youyou

i want this haircut please.. NOT !

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today....... 

Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca

Education: University of Chicago

Spouse: Irene Alinsky

Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books. 
Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S.? 
All eight rules are currently in play 

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a socialist state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing  everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States ?

Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule.

Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots."

The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control.

It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."

Saturday, October 24, 2015


I must have been born in the south and they didn't tell me.

31. When I retire, I'm movin' north.

30. Oh I just couldn't, she's only sixteen.

29. I'll take Shakespeare for 1000, Alex.

28. Duct tape won't fix that.

27. Come to think of it, I'll have a Heineken

26. We don't keep firearms in this house.

25. You can't feed that to the dog.

24. No kids in the back of the pickup, it's just not safe.

23. Wrestling is fake.

22. We're vegetarians.

21. Do you think my gut is too big?

20. I'll have grapefruit and grapes instead of biscuits and gravy.

19. Honey, we don't need another dog.

18. Who gives a damn who won the Civil War?

17. Give me the small bag of pork rinds.

16. Too many deer heads detract from the decor.

15. I just couldn't find a thing at Wal-Mart today.

14. Trim the fat off that steak.

13. Cappuccino tastes better than espresso.

12. The tires on that truck are too big.

11. I've got it all on the C: DRIVE.

10. Unsweetened tea tastes better.

9. My fiancé, Bobbie Jo, is registered at Tiffany's.

8. I've got two cases of Zima for the Super Bowl.

7. Checkmate

6. She's too young to be wearing a bikini.

5. Hey, here's an episode of "Hee Haw" that we haven't seen.

4. I don't have a favorite college team.

3. You Guys.

2. Those shorts ought to be a little longer, Betty Mae.


1. Nope, no more beer for me. I'm driving a whole bus load of us down to re-elect OBAMA!

Friday, October 23, 2015

more trivia

· Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

· Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

· Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

· If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

· Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

· Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

· The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

· Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

· Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.

· The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

· Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

· The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

· Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

· The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

· The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

· In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

· Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

· Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

· A comet's tail always point away from the sun.

· The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

· Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

· The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

· If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

· When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

· In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

· Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

· Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

· The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

· The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

· Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

· Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.

· Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

· Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

· For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
And last but not least:

· The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Is Your Favorite Animal Breaking Any of These Hilarious Laws?

 Is That a Gorilla in Your Back Seat?

There are a lot of nutty laws on the books, but some of the most bizarre city ordinances and state statutes ever written concern animal behavior or human behavior toward animals.
Pet360 offers up these doozies:1

  1. If you visit barbershops in Juneau, Alaska, don’t even think about bringing your flamingo with you.
  2. If you live in Arkansas and your cow likes to stroll down Main Street on Sunday mornings, just make sure he’s home before 1:00 pm.
  3. Cow Strolling
    And in Little Rock, all dogs must stop barking after 6:00 pm.
  4. In Colorado, animal control officers must post a notice on a tree for 3 days prior to impounding a stray dog. I guess that’s to give dogs who can read a heads-up?
  5. There are probably no such signs in Hartford, Connecticut, however, because it’s against the law there to educate dogs.
  6. If you’re in Columbus, Georgia with an intact female cat, it’s your responsibility to insure neither she nor her male friends howl after 9:00 pm.
  7. If you’re fishing in Idaho, take care not to do it while sitting on a camel.
  8. If you attend the opera in Chicago, don’t expect to see any Poodles, as they’re not allowed. And Maryland residents who go to the movies must leave their pet lions at home.
  9. Under no circumstances should horses in Iowa be allowed to eat fire hydrants.
  10. Gorillas in Massachusetts may sit in the front seat only, never in the back seat of any car.
  11. Photographers in Wyoming are prohibited from snapping pictures of rabbits from January to April. Unless they have an official permit, of course.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Happiness Bank

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and
proud lady, who is fully dressed
each morning by eight o'clock, with her
hair fashionably coiffured and makeup
perfectly applied, even though she is
legally blind, moved to a nursing
home today.

Her husband of 70 years recently passed
away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in
the lobby of the nursing home,
she smiled sweetly when told her room was

As she maneuvered her walker to the
elevator, I provided a visual
description of her tiny room, including the
eyelet sheets that had been
hung on her window.

"I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm
of an eight-year-old having
just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room 
just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it,"
she replied.
"Happiness is something you decide on ahead
of time. Whether I like my
room or not doesn't depend on how the
furniture is arranged.. it's
how I arrange my mind.

I already decided to love it. It's a
decision I make every morning when I
wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the 
day in bed recounting the
difficulty I have with the parts of my body
that no longer work, or get
out of bed and be thankful for the ones
that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes
open I'll focus on the
new day and all the happy memories 
I've stored away
just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account: you
withdraw from what you've put

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a
lot of happiness in the bank
account of memories.

Thank you for your part in filling my
Memory bank. I am still depositing."

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2 Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5 Expect less

Monday, October 19, 2015

Nature’s medicine

Suffering from the sniffles? There are many ways to treat a common cold without hitting the pharmacy. From chicken soup to crushed garlic, learn how to cure what ails you the natural way.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Six Little Stories

{1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer
all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.
That's FAITH

{2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her. That's TRUST

{3} Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up. That's HOPE

{4} We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That's CONFIDENCE

{5} We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have
children. That's LOVE

{6} On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 80 years
old....I am sweet 16 with 64 years experience' That's ATTITUDE

Have a happy day, live your life like the six stories!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Centerfold hopefuls

Animals have plenty of remarkable talents, and judging by these photos, they are ready to add 'modeling' to their repertoire. So if you thought that it is only humans who know how to strike a pose as soon as a camera is pointed at them, think again. These cute creatures know exactly what position to adopt for the perfect picture!

pick me, pick me...