Daily Archives: March 30, 2013

Happy Easter 2013

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March 2013 ‘Worm’ Full Moon Over Alton, NH.

Pictures by Deanna.

The ‘worm‘ refers to the appearance of earthworths and then robins as Spring warmth waxes in heralded by this March Full Moon.

Also known as ‘Full Crow Moon’ (arrival of crows),
‘Full Crust Moon’ (crusting of snow cover),

‘Full Sap Moon’ (think Maple trees) &
‘Lenten Moon’ (to do with Lent the 40 weekdays leading up to Easter).

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Google Doodles For April Fool’s Day: Can You Spot The ‘Valid’ Doodle?


Anura Guruge

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>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.

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Google is noted for its brilliant April Fool’s Day pranks.

Last year they announced the extremely funny 8-bit Google Maps. Just Google for all their other pranks. Wikipedia even has an entry titled: “List of Google’s hoaxes and easter eggs” .

But google has been quite circumspect when it comes to Google Doodles for April 1, i.e., April Fool’s Day. Here are three from 2009, 2010 and 2012. There wasn’t one for 2011.

Are they all pranks?

No. Only one is a bona fide joke. Can you tell which one that is?

One relies on some poetic license. Can you spot that one.

The other is truly legit, though it is very clever.

Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь with his trademark nose. But, he wasn’t born on April 1. Neither did he die on April 1. He was a ‘March’ man: was born and died in March.

Yes, the 2010, ‘Topeka‘ renaming was a ‘joke‘, though rather tame and obvious. Topeka, Kansas, more of less forced Google’s hand by making an official announcement, covered by the media, on March 1, 2010, that they were renaming Topeka, Kansas, ‘Google’, Kansas for a month. So, Google retaliates, so to speak. But it was very obvious.

Nikolai Gogol is real! Honest. He was Russian and only those that truly have an appreciation of world literature would have heard of him. That Google found him was so cute. Bravo. But, they did take some poetic license, which to me, spoilt it. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь) WAS NOT born on April 1, 1809! He was born March 31, 1809. And Google can’t claim that it was April 1 in the U.S. At best it would have been March 30 in the U.S. So that was cheating.

The ‘VLT‘, standing for ‘Very Large Telescope‘ is very real and it did indeed go public on April 1, 1999. And the names are correct too. So that one is legit, though I have issues with the graphic. The laser shown shooting out of the 4 telescopes is not a common occurrence. Yes, they do shoot a laser to determine atmospheric distortion so that computer software processing the captured images can compensate for it. This is called ‘Adaptive Optics’. Yes, it looks cool, but as an astronomy buff I worry that it creates the wrong impression and that kids, especially, might form this notion of telescopes that shoot lasers into the sky on a routine basis.

The VLT at sunset.

Fasting For Two Consecutive Days Is Just Plain Wrong. It Is Immoral. Everything In Moderation. Fast Every Other Day. 3 Days A Week.


Anura Guruge

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2dayswrongI am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

As such I have been much bothered ever since I heard about this inane fast for 2 consecutive days diet on CNN yesterday morning. I have talked to a few people about it since.

Fasting is good. Fasting works. I am all in favor of fasting. I just KNOW that fasting for 2 consecutive days is not the right way to do it.

The one thing from the Buddhism that I grew up with that I still adhere to is the ‘everything in moderation‘ advice (though I am willing to make an exception to that when it comes to sex). But, when it comes to dieting, and especially Fast Dieting you have to do it in moderation.

Fasting, indubitably, stresses your body. Yes, you learn to cope with it and that is why I insist that you have to torque up your ‘good’ hormone production, with exercise and orgasms, to counter this stress.

Fasting and ‘binging’ though the natural and obvious thing to do is also not right. Moderation. Yes, I did say ‘splurge’ on weekends. But, notice that that splurging was accompanied by 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Please, by all means adopt a Fasting Diet — but please don’t fast for 2 consecutive days and please remember you have no choice but to ramp up those hormones.

All the best. Enjoy. Happy Easter.

Update From Reader On How Long It Takes To Get A NH Permanent Plastic Driver License.

Original Post:
How Long Before You Receive Permanent Plastic Driver License After Online Renewal
July 18, 2012.

<< I got mine in 20 days in July 2012 after an online renewal >>

An anonymous reader sent this to me this morning via e-mail:

Most people get theirs in two weeks. After three weeks I called DMV in Concord, and she said the printer has not picked it up.

I called Thursday this this week. The woman said: ‘it is in progress‘.

I said my son got his in two weeks; how come most people get theirs in two weeks, and others longer. Her answer: ‘It depends on the cycle‘. I asked what does that mean? No answer.

Now it will be four weeks. After having my license for 40 years I feel like I’m on the 60 day probation. I also did mine online. This is causing some anxiety.

In process or being processed feel like I’m getting the runaround.