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Homeless James Bond #2 from

This episode has a chase scene….

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How to build your own fusion reactor…

This is incredible and scary….it was found at
(Thanks Kim!)

It’s staring to feel like a theme week. [Eric] reminded me of this 17 year old who built his own fusion reactor. Being me, I had to look around for more. I found the open source fusor research consortium. I found plans, research, and this fusor built by Richard Hull. It’s his fourth version – definitely worth checking out. Essentially, all the atmospheric air is removed via vacuum. Then you add a bit of deuterium gas, some high voltage and if you got it right, bask in the glow of your own personal fusion reaction. (Just watch out for X-ray leaks.)

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Homeless James Bond at

Just watched acceptable TV, the new VH1 show produced by Jack Black. Great idea. Show airs Fridays and you can vote until Monday. I missed the voting, but this is by far my favorite. Enjoy. See all the rest at

Art and Beauty Technology Uncategorized

Bizarre Hexagon Spotted on Saturn

One of the most bizarre weather patterns known has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole.
Rather than the normally sinuous cloud structures seen on all planets that have atmospheres, this thing is a hexagon.
The honeycomb-like feature has been seen before. NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft imaged it more than two decades ago. Now, having spotted it with the Cassini spacecraft, scientists conclude it is a long-lasting oddity.
“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,” said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “We’ve never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn’s thick atmosphere, where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate, is perhaps the last place you’d expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is.”
The hexagon is nearly 15,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) across. Nearly four Earths could fit inside it. The thermal imagery shows the hexagon extends about 60 miles (100 kilometers) down into the clouds.
At Saturn’s south pole, Cassini recently spotted a freaky human eye-like feature that resembles a hurricane.
“It’s amazing to see such striking differences on opposite ends of Saturn’s poles,” said Bob Brown, team leader of the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer at the University of Arizona. “At the south pole we have what appears to be a hurricane with a giant eye, and at the north pole of Saturn we have this geometric feature, which is completely different.”
The hexagon appears to have remained fixed with Saturn’s rotation rate and axis since first glimpsed by Voyager 26 years ago. The actual rotation rate of Saturn is still uncertain, which means nobody knows exactly how long the planet’s day is.
“Once we understand its dynamical nature, this long-lived, deep-seated polar hexagon may give us a clue to the true rotation rate of the deep atmosphere and perhaps the interior,” Baines said.

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The problem with trading

As those of you who have been around for a while know, I have been trading stuff for a while. Starting with the old skateboard here are the list of my trades.
1) I traded .50 cents for an old veriflex skateboard.
2) I traded the skateboard for a piece of Folk Art by R.A. Miller. The guy I traded with actually sent the R.A Miller and another piece of art I had admired by Willie Jinks called “Been long time sent take shit” I kept the Willie Jinks. (both artists are highly sought after folk artists)
3) I traded the R.A. Miller for over 70 rubies. (I also made an identical copy out of tin before sending the R.A. Miller off)
4) I traded fifty rubies for a sailboat.
5) I traded the sailboat back for 47 rubies and a sword when the guy realized he wanted the boat back but had ‘lost’ three of the rubies.
6) I gave one ruby to the little girl who lives next door so she would have something precious to put in her jewel box. It was probably the prettiest ruby of the bunch.
7) I traded four rubies to my friend the jeweler in return for him making silver jewelry with 12 rubies. So far he has given me two pieces. He is making the rest.
8) I gave Mink Hippie one of the pieces of jewelry for Valentines day.
9) I traded the other piece of jewelry for a moving company to provide a big truck and some labor when we moved.
10) I traded two rubies for a two hour session with a georgia psychic
11) I traded two rubies for something else that is pending but pretty cool
Not bad for .50 cents, right? So currently, as a result of this 50 cents, I have, a very happy girlfriend with a custom piece of jewelry. All of our stuff moved (truck rental and labor). The Willie Jinks painting and the R.A. Miller copy. A ninja sword and the offer to go sailing on the boat that was mine for a while any time I want. 40+ rubies. 10 rubies to be set in jewelry soon. A two hour session with a Georgia Psychic. Good Karma for making a little girl happy. And something else that I will reveal soon. So what is the problem with trading?
The problem is that I don’t really know what I want out of all this. Frankly, I guess I would rather just have the rubies than a piece of polluted land in the middle of hell or a tenement filed with rats in Detroit. The truth is, when I realized what an expensive proposition it was to have a sailboat, I was just as willing to trade back as the sailboat guy, the difference was that having made a deal, I would never ask to trade back. I admit it though, I was happy to take the rubies back even with a few of them missing.
The problem is that I need to figure out what I want at the end of all this. I will try to make a wishlist here:
1) A house or land in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Madagascar, Europe, Turkey, Indonesia, the Philippines, or Mexico
2) An airplane and flying lessons
3) A round the world trip
4) A beautiful 1934 Convertible Packard Coupe
5) A lifetime supply of wine, coffee, or something else essential to my life
6) A funky little business
The problem is that I don’t really want to be saddled with a bunch of ‘stuff’. That’s why I am so attached to the rubies, they are small, pretty, fun, and valuable. So, if you have something that you think might help me to achieve the above dreams, make me an offer. Currently available are:
1) rubies (around 40)
2) psychic session
3) sword
and soon…..
4) something else
email me with any offer

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Blue Horse Matine Rocking Out

Not the usual kind of thing I post here at, but absolutely astounding. (Thanks Ma!) Ma says make sure that you watch the whole thing and I totally agree. Like the narrators, I’ve never seen anything like it.

The Life Aloha

Japanese Millionaire Gives Mansions to Hawaiian Homeless

Camping World
I meant to report on this story when it first came out several months ago, somehow, I didn’t…I can’t help thinking that Kawamoto is taking a lot of enjoyment in making his Kahala neighbors cringe, interestingly, it seems that his upscale neighbors began to complain about his properties not being maintained properly and hurting their property values back in 2003….well, this will teach them. In the 80’s and 90’s it was Kawamoto that turned Kahala into THE elite neighborhood, now he is turning it into something else. There is an element of creepiness in this as he manipulates people’s lives because he wants more of an authentic Hawaiian feel to his neighborhood, but maybe I am the only one to feel that, and besides, if he offered me one, I would sure as hell move in….

Three families on Thursday received keys to their new Kahala Avenue homes from Japanese real estate billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto.
They included one low-income, Native Hawaiian family who had been living at a Kalaeloa homeless shelter.
At 8:30 a.m., the new Kahala family pulled up for their first look at their new home.
Kawamoto greeted Dorie-Ann Kahale and her five daughters, ages 6 to 20, and showed them the place, while the media followed them around.
“I’m shocked. I’m overwhelmed. From the little box we had to what we had today, it’s awesome,” Kahale said.
The little box was the Onelau`eha homeless shelter at Kalaeloa.
Kahale said her family was living there last November when she wrote Kawamoto a letter.
“I went from $800 rent to $1,200 in a year, and I put myself on the beach because I could no longer afford the rent, the utilities, my car payments, insurance,” she said in her letter.
Kawamoto gave her the key to her family’s new home, along with $1,000 in cash for household items.

Crime and Punishment in and out

The Great New Jersey Panty Heist- $12,000 Worth!!

Personally, I suspect Mink Hippie and her gang of Ph.D Barbies setting this up…..

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three brazen New Jersey shoplifters made off with nearly $12,000 in women’s underwear by stuffing the goods into bags designed to foil anti-theft equipment at a Victoria’s Secret store while the shop was open for business, police said.
Surveillance cameras captured two men and one woman jamming undergarments into large bags and walking past customers and staff into the Newport Center Mall in Jersey City.
Police said the thieves took over $6,900 in panties and more than $4,900 in bras. Victoria’s Secret bras retail from $30 to over $50. Panties cost between $5 and $20, according to the company’s website.
No arrests have been made since the crime was reported Tuesday night, said Lt. Edgar Martinez, spokesman for the Jersey City police department.
“This isn’t something we’ve seen before. It’s a lot of underwear to take,” said Martinez.

Oddities Technology

French 'X' Files go public….

Here is the link:

PARIS (AFP) – France became the first country to open its files on UFOs Thursday when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades.
The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported, catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists.
“It is a world first,” said Jacques Patenet, the aeronautical engineer who heads the office for the study of “non-identified aerospatial phenomena.”
Known as OVNIs in French, UFOs have always generated intense interest along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public consumption.


Monkey Love–what came first, religion or morality?

I recommend reading the entire article to anyone who is interested in such questions, or in what animals are able to do that we don’t always consider.
New York Times, March 20, 2007
The brain has a genetically shaped mechanism for acquiring moral rules, similar to the neural machinery for learning language, according to Harvard evolutionary biologis Marc Hauser.
Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others. Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days.
Biologists argue that these and other social behaviors are the precursors of human morality.
Read the whole story…which I found fascinating.