20081221

Have FUN now, only 4 years to go and it's all over... the end...

 Scientific fact - On the average, every 200,000 years the earth’s magnetic field reverses, the last reversal was 775,000 years ago.
(Repost from last year)
The Mayans predicted that the end of the world will happen 4 years from now on Dec 21, 2012 due to a polar shift.
NASA states that there will be a massive polar shift around December 2012 and the results of that shift are unknown. The North Pole could shift to the Equator within days, weeks or hours.  Tighten your seat belts.

NASA - http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast15feb_1.htm There are some excellent links at the bottom of this site.
NASA - http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=153331
Will 2012 be the end of everything? http://www.exitmundi.nl/Maya.htm
The end of the world http://www.greatdreams.com/end-world.htm
All about 12/21/2012 = http://www.greatdreams.com/2012.htm

20081215

"Bert saves baby from freezing to death"

It was above freezing during the day but late afternoon the very strong wind and snow started and the temperature dropped below zero. Normally about 1/2 hour before dark the Chickens prepare to go into the coop for the night. Most of them did, but with the wind and snow, Betty and baby Puff were afraid to cross the snowy yard so didn't make it to the coop before dark... the temp continued to drop. It was Nasty cold.


I knew little Puff would likely freeze to death if she wasn't in a  sheltered place So we went out with flashlights and looked everywhere.  Betty then found the courage to dart across the yard to the coop, but tiny baby Puff was nowhere to be found in the dark. She's very tiny and black so is hard to find when she hides.  When we got close to her hiding place under the deck, she came out and I picked her up and carried her to the nice warm coop (about 45). She was very happy to be rescued. Bert followed me, he had stayed with the baby to keep her warm or else she would have certainly frozen (Bert has done that on 3 occasions with other hens, risked his life to save the hens).
Today, it was below zero all day but it was about 60-65 in the solar heated Aviary. The Chickens were basking in the sun like tourists on a beach.
The Pigeons stay in the aviary at night (Ambient temp) so I have covered nests for them with a small elec heater.  Sometimes they sit in the heated nests but at night they prefer to sit in the aviary on perches, even at 20 below zero (like tonight, the WindChill will be -30). I put them into the heated nests (about 20 degrees) but they come right out again. ? oh well, they don't seem to mind the cold.
Maybe they need electric blankets?

20081202

The GPS's just couldn’t agree…it got nasty.





Artificial Un-intelligence is here. Our car has OnStar which will guide you turn by turn to any destination by GPS. It speaks and has voice recognition to listen for my commands.
We also have a dash mounted Magellan mobile GPS, which also speaks and also has voice recognition for my commands.
And I also have an excellent Lowrance handheld GPS which is more technically and detail oriented than most.
We were testing them to see which we preferred so had all three operating on our 3,200 mile Minnesota–>Texas–>Minnesota trip.
So with each turn, all three GPS devices offered their opinion about the best way to proceed. Most of the time they somewhat agreed, but occasionally one said "go straight" and another said "turn right"… ? What to do? One GPS said "Do you want freeways or the route with the most restrooms…If you prefer freeway please answer Yes or No" (waiting for an answer). …Another said "You’re off course and are in someone’s driveway, do you want to re-route, Please answer Yes or No". It seems the first GPS while waiting for an answer (yes or no) heard the second GPS clearly say "NO" and the first GPS responded with "OK, I’ll re-route you with the most restrooms" to which I responded "NO" to which the second GPS said "OK, I will not reroute, … should I recalculate to go back on course? Please answer Yes or No"… "Yes" I shouted. The first GPS said in a stern voice "You must answer either yes OR no, but not both" …. To which the second GPS said "BOTH is not a valid response….. Please answer Yes or No". So then the GPS’s started arguing with each other and paid no attention to me and my wishes.
While the dueling GPS's were arguing and telling me where to go (hmmm), we stopped where there were restrooms and had coffee and looked at an atlas.
Note: While OnStar is an excellent product and is hands-free, we decided to go with the other two (yes, two) because they don’t have a monthly fee. They all work very well.