Set Flight Record
Speedy Spores Seek Poo Free Surroundings
These microscopic spores are stationary, and one millionth of a second later, they are moving at 25 meters per second [56 miles per hour].
Given the size of the spores, this acceleration would be equivalent to a person traveling at 5,000 times the speed of sound.
It is the need to get their spores away from the pile of poo on which these fungi live that drove the evolution of their dramatic ability. These fungi live in the dung of herbivores, performing the critical function of helping to degrade the manure, but their spores must be eaten by herbivore hosts for the fungi to reproduce.
For their part, the herbivores won't graze too near their own droppings, maintaining a "zone of repugnance" around their dung heaps. The spores must clear the zone to more appetizing ground where they can be munched by a cow or an elephant to complete the cycle.(Jessica Marshall, Discovery News)
Anti-Palin Rally in Alaska
(Not covered by the mainstream media)
Picture from biggest political rally, EVER, in Alaska.
Anti-Palin rally in Alaska Thanks to Garie
In case you missed Saturday Night Live with Tina Fay playing Sara Palin at the opening, you can see it here;
SNL Opening Skit with Tina Fay
More Ike Pictures
PBY and Bi-Plane inside Lone Star Flight Museum
People are returning to find damages on the inside of buildings.
The museum is seeking donations for repairs
"Mom always liked you best." Thanks to Jo Anna
Apologetic Phil 9/18/08
I was talking with a friend, about people's problems, and I found myself limiting the number of those I could help, for various reasons. I think that it was that lack of faith that put me in a, "I am different than them, therefore I can't waste my time trying to help them", state of mind.
I heard myself saying faithless remarks; "If they don't read as much, or as well as I do, how can they possibly understand what I am saying?" Wow, I can still be a jerk!
"Well, I do, kind of, sponsor 2 or 3 people, but I don't want to actually call it official."
"Someone told me, I don't sponsor more people because I am afraid I will fail."
Then I rattled off a bunch more excuses for my behavior and heard myself using the vernacular to punctuate my cavalier pretentiousness.
I have been so wrapped up in my own world that I have turned down 3 people, in the past week, who asked for guitar lessons. Apparently I was thinking my playing is too advanced for students!
Way to go, Mr. joy and happiness!
I forgot why I have been given all these gifts.
My apologies to ALL concerned.
Apple Pie and Ice Cream
Apple tree on fence
Apple pie with ice cream mmm...good
I didn't know there was an Association of Space Explorers.
Where have I been?
Today's Relatively Appropriate Song;
Fly Me To The Moon-Julie London