Monday, June 24, 2013

It made me do it

The human brain is incredible. It can take in data and process it at unbelievable speeds.  "In a study at the Children's Hospital in Boston,  "researchers were able to obtain data at extremely high temporal resolution – picking up signals as fast as 100 milliseconds after presentation of a visual stimulus -- and monitor activity in very discrete, specific locations". It's like a computer on steroids.  

But if it's so fast,  tell me how people can get into car accidents by listening to their GPS? Do  they blindly follow the instructions  without realizing what's in front of them or that something is wrong?  I guess so. GPS devices have caused an estimated 300,000 car accidents in the United Kingdom . (I was not able to find a number for the U.S.) People have driven onto train tracks, only to get stuck and have a train demolish their car. They've driven into rivers, bays swamps, made turns where no turn lane existed and driven down the wrong way on streets.  Why????  What happened to their logic, their common sense?  Their eyesight? Are they so ready to comply they hand over responsibility to someone else even if it's a sightless machine?   Then they blame the machine for their own lack of reason.

Jeepers. I read this stuff  and have to wonder what's happening to the human race?  Maybe one of you out there can shed some light on this 'cause, damn, I'm scratching my head over this.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Life's Little Surprises

Several weeks ago I purchased ten strawberry plants from my local home improvement store.   I diligently worked a bunch of compost into the dirt and lovingly planted each plant. Then gently watered them.  To be honest they didn't look great when they came out of the package but I had hope and visions of  huge, red, juice dripping strawberries nestled in rich, billowing whipped cream.

But reality hit when I came out to see how they were doing two days later, for it had rained during that time, and found that the local feral cats liked the nice soft soil to do their business in, unearthing my plants in the process.  So I cleaned out the mounds as best I could and replanted them.  Everything seemed fine for a couple of days, then it happened again.  Needless to say my strawberry plants never took. They were still  dried up, pathetic looking, blackened roots. Oh well.

I continued to have faith and checked on them a few days later to find something else had sprouted.  Pumpkins!  Yes, you read right, pumpkins. The seeds must have come from the pumpkin innards I threw in the compost pile back in October.  They were just waiting for the right combination to break free.

So I'll have to go to the farm stand or a U-pick for my luscious strawberries but now I can dream of carving home grown pumpkins for Halloween.

How's your green thumb?  Have you ever had something go wrong but something good came out of it?

Monday, June 3, 2013

What Does Your Sign Say?

                                      Chauncey in the partying spirit.  

You might remember my birthday was about a month ago.  No?  Oh well, it doesn't really matter. I enjoyed my day.  

As most of you probably have figured out, my birthday comes under the sign of Taurus.  The zodiac can be a fun and interesting read, seeing what fits and what doesn't.  Here are the  sun signs.  See what clicks with you. 

Aries - (fire element, March 21 - April 19)  - have a hard time relaxing if they are inactive. They need to do something, be involved in something.  Aries people also tend to be quite impulsive with actions, a strong believer in the principle that it's better to do something wrong than nothing at all. You are quite energetic.  creative, adaptive, and insightful. They can also be strong-willed and spontaneous.

Taurus - (earth element,  April 20 - May 20)  -  are stubborn by nature, and will stand his/her ground to the bitter end (sometimes even irrationally so).  It's a  loving, sympathetic, and appreciative sign.   They are usually relaxed, sort of laid-back even when involved in something.  It is natural for the Taurus to be slow, calm and conservative in the sense of being reluctant to change. When they agree to help someone, they go to any lengths to keep their word. They'll never let  others down and are extremely dependable.

Gemini  - ( air element, May 21 - June 20) - enjoys talking and exchanging thoughts with others, just about always. It's usually in a lighthearted manner, quicker to jokes than to arguments, more keen on agreeing than on being right and getting credit for it.
They have a great love of the written as well as the spoken word

Cancer - (water element, June 21- July 22) - is caring in a protective way and has a tendency to control, although with good intentions. They love home-life, family and domestic settings though they're apt to hide their moods from others.

Leo - ( fire element,  July 23 - Aug 22)  proud , with a strong sense of integrity and the importance of being true to themselves.  They are vocal about their opinions.  They are also brave, intuitive, and also head-strong and willful.

Virgo - (earth element, August 22 - September 22) - hard working, paying great attention to detail, scrutinizing just about everything. They are quite critical, the last one to be convinced or swept away. They're not much for improvisation, but need mostly to go to the bottom of things, and to be prepared.  They're known for their perfectionism and highly analytical minds.

Libra - (air element, September 23 - October 22) - a person of principles, striving for balance and order. They prefer agreements to orders, but do insist on what they are convinced is the right way. Sometimes it's hard to for them to make up their minds, and to decide between opposite alternatives.  Libras believe strongly in reason, and in solutions reached by discussions. They are all about balance, justice, equanimity and stability.

Scorpio - (water element, October 23 -November 21) - are  secretive , they enjoy strong emotions lived out through others - but are quite restrained, observing behind their withdrawn manner.   A key word for Scorpio is passion, but it must be understood that passion is so strong a feeling that it can hardly be expressed. They are capable of executing massive enterprises with cool control and confidence. 

Sagittarius - (fire element, November 22 - December 21) - independent and free nature,  it’s one of Sagittarius' biggest assets, could cause some difficulties.  A person with great integrity, going your own way, rarely following others - nor do you want others to follow you.   Personal growth and understanding is a key aspect of your personality. 

Capricorn - (earth element, December 22 - January 19) -have the drive and energy to reach results whatever they do.  They have the ambition and the perseverance to realize their goals.  Frugal, resourceful and hard working are traits associated with Capricorns. Commitment is natural to them.

Aquarius  - (air element, January 20 - February 19) - are a thoughtful and contemplative people, striving to understand things around them, no matter how difficult that might be.  They want to find their own way, do things the way they  think is the best.  They don’t want to be like others and take pride in the fact that
 they're so unique.

 - (water element, February 20 - March 20) - modest and self sacrificing,
 searching tirelessly for what can make life truly meaningful and fulfilling.  They are compassionate and unconditionally loving and avoid making hard 
decisions at times, especially if they feel this is going to undermine 
someone else.

Does your sign fit your personality? If so, in what way?

If you want to see what famous people share your sign, you can go to or to find out.

Sources:, http://www.completehoroscope.org