Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Snake party

Team work


Dont' forget the lizard

This unique birthday party was supervised by a professional herpetologist 

Saturday, June 24, 2017


God save our souls.

I don't believe in metaphor
The way I say is what's in store
Right or wrong history is past
And helps to show my lack of class.

The dollar mine is what I wear
And those with equal value share
A family crypt made of gold
While suffering is for young and old.

The uniformed come and go
Our young die because they're' told
Protect freedom at all cost
Unforgiving ways profit loss.

The world is but a resting place
That cares for the human race
All the others man and beast
Will be here to the end of feast.


Thursday, June 22, 2017


Whether he be laughing    crying    shouting    dying

He is our Christ

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


But we lost   We will not loose again   Atl  Dems

British movie frame   source also lost

Friday, June 16, 2017

An eye for a view

A white surface reflects the absorbed light from other near by objects'.

 Hair of the dog    Not a metaphor   Maybe just fun

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Untethered growth from rich soil. Swaying in the open air. 
Otherwise this is a palm tree, blue sky, clouds.  In times like
these description may diminish the outcome, or the vision. So
ignore the verbiage and just enjoy the view. Its up to you.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

What happens

Source   www.theatlantic.com

Life and poetry We live our words

The poet's joke

You say gray, and what of black

You say white, and what of gray

Never the way of knowing is neither

It matters only the moment of meter

Born in Chicago Illinois, raised in Tampa (above downtown picture), lived St.Petersburg for thirty years.  A family is where ever you choose to live.  Is one place safer than the next?  Maybe, because children seek out friends they feel most accepted by - usually images of themselves.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

US vs Russia

Peter Potnin
Peter Potnin, born and lived in Russia for 24 years
As a Russian native who has moved to the US recently I feel like I have something to share, too.
  1. OMG INTERNET, PEOPLE! In Russia there’s such a plurality of ISPs that it’s not uncommon to have 3–4 providers to choose from in a given apartment building. For this and other reasons the prices are much lower – $9 for 100Mbps in Moscow compared to $65 for 25Mbps in my Seattle apartment (Comcast only). Come on!
  2. The same goes for cell phone service – cheaper and better in Russia, at least in the cities.
  3. Banks. I have found the ones in Russia to generally have superior online banking tools and mobile apps. And the fact that there are still many credit card readers in the US that don’t have chip capability was very surprising to me! Personally, this feels so unsafe – definitely an area where the US could learn from Russia.
  4. Metric system. ‘Nuff said.
Also, some of the answers here are outright bullshit so I just have to interfere. INCOME TAX IN RUSSIA IS NOT 13% – it’s 33% (see note 1) if you count Social Security, Medical and Pension taxes that are hidden because they are paid directly by an employer. Even many Russians don’t know or care for this fact – a neat accounting trick indeed! Now compare this (see note 2) to an average of 31% in the US and also note that the income tax rate is flat in Russia – which IMO sucks badly – and it’s a very different picture from “Oh look, they have 13% income tax, awesome!”. Nope, sorry, not true.
And better education in Russia, honestly? At least a VERY debatable point. The fact that it’s mostly free is really nice, though, and there definitely ARE some high-quality universities. Most of higher education in Russia is garbage, however, so having 53% of college graduates doesn’t really mean anything.
Finally, I’d like to say that every country has some good and bad things about it, so take my words with a grain of salt.
Thank you for reading.

Source   https://www.quora.com/  

Wiki background  The country was from 1917 to 1991 as a Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic(RSFSR), the core of the Soviet Union . Russia is now an independent country and an influential member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In diplomatic affairs, Russia is seen as the successor state of the Soviet Union.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Hear Ye

Anyone can write poetry, philosophers and kings
Who can write the words that say, listen to what I mean
That interest young and old, blind and deaf as well
Propel them to the stars, or to the depths of hell.

Savant you say, he means no harm while wid'ling away
Both time, truth and sanctity hard earned by all each day
This message clear to anyone when lofty words do prey
On man both fool and king, enlightened and dismayed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Pillars of Creations

Clear view without blog info

Published on Nov 4, 2016
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, and remains in operation. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble, and is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.

With a 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) mirror, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra. Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images, with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes. Hubble has recorded some of the most detailed visible light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe.

The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) selects Hubble's targets and processes the resulting data, while the Goddard Space Flight Center controls the spacecraft.

Space telescopes were proposed as early as 1923. Hubble was funded in the 1970s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster (1986). When finally launched in 1990, Hubble's main mirror was found to have been ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope's capabilities. The optics were corrected to their intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993.

Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. After launch by Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, four subsequent Space Shuttle missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope. A fifth mission was canceled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster (2003). However, after spirited public discussion, NASA administrator Mike Griffin approved one final servicing mission, completed in 2009. The telescope is operating as of 2016, and could last until 2030–2040. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is scheduled for launch in 2018.
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Morning thought

The Vibrant Mind

Looks for distraction
Never lacking for attraction
Gives good speak if proposed
Withers in time like the rose. 

photo   photographer unknown

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Adelia Alieva pianist


Where is this place

23.128237, -82.353516

24.395132, 54.382324

  55.75583, 37.61730

+48.87146, 2.35500


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fun fantastic foes


Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)`                                          

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun 
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand: 
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree, 
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood, 
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through 
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head 
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' 
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
  And the mome raths outgrabe.