Image Manipulation

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 27, 2008

I listened to the debate last night while manipulating images. The two activities were related. Image manipulation is where you take an image, usually a photograph, and play with it. Lighten, darken, add color, balance color, use filters…you can take a poor image and make something nice out of it. In the debate, we took two corrupt politicians and listened to them say what they did.
As for who won or lost, this says more about the judge than the debaters. Most BHO supporters said he won, and most JSM fans favored him. In the war in Babylon, proclaiming victory is an important part of the surge strategy. Both BHO and JSM have been counted out of the race many times. The election is over when the votes are counted.
JSM said that government spending was out of control, and needs to be reduced. He forgets to mention that a leading cause of this runaway spending is maintaining 160K troops eight time zones away. Maybe that is justified by saying that we are winning.
BHO says that Iraq is taking attention away from Afghanistan and Pakistan. He seems to be eager to invade Pakistan, so we can put Mr. Bin Laden’s scalp on the wall. The fact that Pakistan is a poor, unstable country of more than 100 million people doesn’t seem to deter him. Oh, and they have the bomb.
BHO did note that Mr. Ahmadinejad is not the true power in Iran. He also had the sense not to appear foolish trying to pronounce that name. With neighbors like Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan, Iran is going to want the bomb. With the threat from Iraq removed…indeed, with an Iran friendly government in power next door… Iran is more powerful than ever.
I got a lot of pictures done while the debate took place. I didn’t feel the need to look at the screen and see who was looking at who. This may influence my neutral judgment on the affair. In the seminal Nixon-Kennedy debate, many who listened on radio thought that Nixon won. It was the visual of the ugly Nixon versus the glamorous Kennedy that pulled through. While BHO is not glamorous, he does have more star power than JSM.
The election will be over in a few weeks. And not a minute too soon.


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 25, 2008

Former Dunwoody resident Aquarium Drunkard weighs in today with a nifty video. It is Frank Zappa, appearing on a TV show discussing censorship. FZ more than holds his own, and makes many good points about the nature of language and censorship. His contention is that censorship is about words, and that words in and of themselves are powerless. Wikipedia contributes this quote:
“What do you make of a society that is so primitive that it clings to the belief that certain words in its language are so powerful that they could corrupt you the moment you hear them?” FZ had a way with words… “Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read. ”
I was in high school when I first heard about Frank Zappa. It was in the original Poster Hut, a ramshackle building on Cheshire Bridge Road that is vacant 38 years later. There was a poster, with the words
PHI ZAPPA KRAPPA Below the saying was a picture of Frank Zappa on a commode. To compare that image of FZ on the throne to the sight of him on a TV show surrounded by windbags…he is seated both times.
I did not get that poster of PZK, but I did get a dayglo poster of Janis Joplin. I didn’t notice the exposed nipple on the drawing. When Mom saw it, she was horrified.
” I trusted you!” In my shame, I took a magic marker and covered over the flourescent fuchsia mammary.
Back to FZ on CNN. The guitar picker made a lot of sense. One of the pundits threw the founding fathers at FZ, who replied that the FF were slave owners and that Ben Franklin was a wildman. FZ said we were heading to a fascist theocracy. Are we there yet? One whiner mentioned that his band was called the Mothers of Invention. FZ did not mention that the original name had been the mothers, and a record label made them add “of invention”.Finally, the four man part of the show was over. The two primary whiners agreed that rock music had some gnarly words, but did we really trust the government to intervene.
Just for the record, Frank Zappa was a parent. His four children are Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva


Here is The Poem

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 22, 2008

Part of the new technology is the chain email. It is similar to the old chain letter, but with address book gizmos, it is much easier and faster. The story of Katie Robinson is a bit hard to believe…how could anyone not have five email addresses?
So, I get this letter. There is the finish:
You must send this on in 3 hours after reading the letter to 10 other people. If you do this, you will receive unbelievably good luck. The more people that you send this to, the better luck you will have. SMILE, even through your tears!!!! What a deal. So I combine email mass mailers with the blog. Of course, on many days I have fewer than ten readers. I guess I have to take a chance.

I believe whatever is in store for us will be for us. The poem is very true, unfortunately. Make sure you read the poem! CASE 1: Kelly Sedey had one wish, for her boyfriend of three years, David Marsden, to propose to her. Then one day ,when she was out to lunch David proposed! She accepted, but then had to leave because she had a meeting in 20 min.
When she got to her office, she noticed on her computer she had some e-mail’s.
She checked it, the usual stuff from her friends, but then she saw one that she had never gotten before. It was this poem. She simply deleted it, without even reading all of it.BIG MISTAKE! Later that evening, she received a phone call from the police .It was about DAVID! He had been in an accident with an 18 wheeler. He didn’t survive!
CASE 2: Take Katie Robinson She received this poem and being the believer that she was She sent it to a few of her friends but didn’t have enough e-mail addresses to send out the full 5 that you must. Three days later, Katie went to a masquerade ball. Later that night, when she left to get to her car, she was killed, in that spot, by a hit-and-run drunk driver. CASE 3: Richard S. Willis sent this poem out within 45 minutes of reading it.
Not even 4 hours later walking along the street to his new job interview with a really big company, when he ran into Cynthia Bell, his secret love for 5 years. Cynthia came up to him and told him of her passionate crush on him that she had had for 2 years.
Three days later, he proposed to her and they got married. Cynthia and Richard are still married with three children, happy as ever!

This is The Poem

Around the corner I have a friend, In this great city that has no end, Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, before I know it, a year is gone. And I never see my old friends face, For life is a swift and terrible race, He knows I like him just as well, As in the days when I rang his bell. He rang mine but we were younger then,  now we are busy, tired men. Tired of playing a foolish game, Tired of trying to make a name. Tomorrow I will call on Jim, Just to show that I’m thinking of him. Tomorrow comes, tomorrow goes,the distance grows and grows. Around the corner, yet miles away, ‘A telegram sir,’ ‘Jim died today.’ What we get and deserve in the end. Over there, a vanished friend.
Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them.
Don’t be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.
Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late. Seize the day.
Never have regrets. And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.

Two Stories about JSM

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 22, 2008

There is a lot of material about JSM these days. Two stories stand out.
The first is courtesy of Kikoshouse. It is about the role that JSM has played in the resolution of the POW/MIA issue. It seems like JSM has sponsored legislation to withhold information about POW s left behind. Here is a key quote:
” While the remains of about 450 POW s who died in Vietnam proper have been repatriated as relations between the U.S. and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam thawed, there has been little movement on POW s who went missing in Cambodia and Laos. A major reason is that these troopers were in those countries on secret missions that the Pentagon is covering up even 30-plus years after the end of hostilities…The most troubling aspect of the POW saga are persistent reports that some are still alive and many more were left behind…While I personally believe that very few — if any — may be alive and that POW groups have done survivors’ families a grave disservice by stoking the fires of hope, I also believe that many were left behind. And were executed. Schanberg’s assessment is the same.”
The Kikoshouse report is based on a far longer work. It is not easy to understand, or condense into sound bites. BHO is unlikely to bring attention to it. It probably will have little impact on this election. It is nonetheless very disturbing, and says a few things about what we could expect from President JSM.
It is also helpful to remember what JSM was doing when he was captured. He was a career military man, not a draftee. He was piloting a plane that dropped napalm on enemy territory…an enemy that never launched air raids on American soil. It is possible that some of this jellied gasoline landed on women and children.
The next installment in today’s entertainment is from TalismanGate. The author of this blog is Nibras Kazimi, a visiting scholar at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. His thought for the day is “What would a McCain presidency mean for the Middle East”. A key quote:
“With McCain as president, the White House would be ready to contemplate a future Middle East that does not include the House of Saud remaining in power. A McCain presidency would challenge the conventional status quo, pushed by the Middle Eastern-related bureaucracies at the State Department, the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency, that the Saudi royals are needed to maintain stability within their country and throughout the region.”
The United States has had two major allies in the Middle East: Israel and Saudi Arabia. On September 11, 2001, some citizens of Saudi Arabia made a statement. This event is connected to those alliances. Will JSM maintain the status quo? Talisman seems to think that Senate Veteran JSM just might be savvy enough to make some changes in this policy. BHO is seen as a corrupt lightweight who would play ball with the House of Saud.
Whoever wins is going to have to do some tough things in the middle east. The waters have been muddied by years of corrupt alliances and unwise war. Between the shallowness of BHO and the instability of JSM, there is no good choice.
Spell check suggestions for this feature:
kikoshouse- glasshouse, almshouse, packinghouse, pilothouse, steakhouse
Kazimi- Azimuth, kamidaze, ashkenazim

Patriotic Turtle

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 21, 2008

PG was finishing another folder of picture manipulation. He made the sunday morning call to Uzi at 11:37, 23 minutes before noon. This is well ahead of the standard of slack that governs such things.
Uzi had an idea for the afternoon. The Sandy Springs festival was going on. The parking might be a problem, but the goings on were barely a mile from his house.
At 1:30, PG showered, shaved, and put on a shirt with buttons. This is Sandy Springs we are talking about. A little while later, PG and Uzi were in the Target, looking for a close parking spot. Now, part of the rationale for the festival was to walk, but a good parking spot was sought nonetheless. It is like people who drive like madmen to get to work early, when they hate the job.
The festival had a five dollar cover charge. The recently unemployed PG fretted about it, and determined to make it worthwhile with food samples and freebies. As it turned out, there was a car exhibit off the festival grounds, and the two were asked for the admission fee again. The gate where they had gone in had neglected to stamp their hands. PG made a note of this for next year… enter through the car exhibit, and say you had paid at the main gate.
These festivals are big sales parties. People give you samples of this and that, and ask you if you know where the joeblow market is. You learn to automatically say yes, I know where it is. If a Jew for Jesus looks your way, you are in a hurry to get somewhere. When a candidate asks you for your support, you live in another county. When the McCain lady asked PG if he wanted to buy a bumper sticker, he said
“I don’t have a car”
Soon, a lady gave PG a shopping bag, and his pockets emptied out. Target had a booth, and gave away a lovely bandanna with the Target logo. Target is opening a new store soon, at the Prado shopping center. The Johnson Ferry Road store, the one a mile from Uzi, is going to close. Uzi was not pleased, but such is progress. PG remembered when the Winn Dixie on Clairmont Road closed, and he had to cross Buford Hiway to go to Kroger. All change is not progress.
A little amphitheater had opened in the park. A lady from Nashville, Brinn Black, was singing. It was time to sit down. The lady could sing good, but lots of people can sing good. A few minutes later, there was a girls chorus singing the national anthem. This is a tough song to get right, and the girls did very well. There was a children’s area next to this walkway, down by the gazebo with the original sandy spring. There was a puppet show. PG is easily amused, but he does have standards. It was time to go back to the Target parking lot.

Gender Bender

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 19, 2008

There was a band called The Kinks. They did a show at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. Before a number called “Lola”, the vocalist taught the audience their part of the song. If you are a man, you sing Lo La. If you are a woman, you sing La La La La. If you are not sure, just clap your hands.

The concept of gender confusion is well tested. To help with household items, we present the guide below.
FREEZER BAGS: Male. They hold everything in, but you can see right through them PHOTOCOPIERS: Female. Once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong Buttons. TIRES: Male. They go bald easily and are often over inflated HOT AIR BALLOONS: Male. To get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their butt. SPONGES: Female. They are soft, squeezable and retain water. WEB PAGES: Female. They are constantly being looked at, and frequently getting hit on. This blog is an exception. TRAINS: Male. They always use the same old lines for picking up people. EGG TIMERS: Female. Over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom. HAMMERS: Male .For the last 5000 years, they’ve hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around. THE REMOTE CONTROL: Female. It easily gives a man pleasure, he’d be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying

Tony Davis and Mark MacPhail

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 18, 2008

On September 23 at 7 pm., the State of Georgia is scheduled to kill Troy Anthony Davis.
Mr. Davis is accused of the Murder of Mark MacPhail. As Wikipedia describes the incident:
Mark Allen MacPhail, a 27 year old Savannah, Georgia police officer, was moonlighting as a security guard at a bus station in Georgia in the early hours of 19 August 1989. He was shot attempting to break up a melee in a Burger King parking lot. In full uniform he ran to stop a man who was striking a homeless man, Larry Young, with a .38 pistol. The assailant ran off. When MacPhail called out for him to stop, the assailant shot him under his bullet-proof vest and then in the head as he fell.
Tony Davis admits to being at the scene of the crime. He maintains he did not kill Mark MacPhail. Despite this, he was convicted in 1991 and sentenced to death.
The conviction was based on eyewitness testimony. The weapon was never found. There is no physical evidence linking Mr. Davis to the murder. Seven of the nine witnesses have recanted. There is evidence of police coercion of these witnesses. Two of the witnesses have been fingered as possible killers. For a roundup of these stories, go here and look in the comments.
The scheduled execution has gotten a lot of attention worldwide. Many celebrities are opposed. Anyone wishing to sign an online petition can go here.
Update: Chamblee54 has three more posts about Troy Davis.

Seven Things about Seven Part Two

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on September 18, 2008

Part one, “Eight things about Seven“, is on my old blog.
Once again, thanks and praises go to Wikipedia. The other sources are cited where appropriate.

Seven Samurai–Kambei Shimada, Gorōbei Katayama, Shichirōji, Heihachi Hayashida, Katsushirō Okamoto, Kyūzō, Kikuchiyo

The Magnificent Seven- Chris Adams, Harry Luck, Vin, Bernardo O’Reilly, Britt, Lee, Chico

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World-Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus ,Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria

Rome is built on Seven hills: Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine. Thank you SevenMagazine.

The Seven Sisters: Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Radcliffe College, Smith College, Vassar College, and Wellesley College.

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire.” Aristotle 384 BC-322 BC Thank you Thinkexist.

The Magnificent Seven are seven cemeteries used by the citizens of nineteenth century London.:Kensal Green Cemetery , West Norwood Cemetery ,Highgate Cemetery , Abney Park Cemetery ,Nunhead Cemetery ,Brompton Cemetery , Tower Hamlets Cemetery


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 16, 2008

There has been a bit of commotion lately about the word “Uppity”. It seems like a Georgia Congressman ( that bastion of enlightenment) referred to a certain half white Presidential candidate as Uppity. Certain keyboards of the internet were not amused.
Before we get any further with this episode, it should be noted that BHO does not lack for self confidence. He can come across as cold and arrogant. The word Uppity just might fit him. JSM, by contrast, has a certain good natured charm. It might be an act, but he does pull it off.
Back to Uppitality. The digital naysayers were referring to a racist origin for Uppity. According to
Uppity 1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in “Uncle Remus”). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant “lavish;” the sense of “conceited, arrogant” being first recorded 1734. The more modern Urban Dictionary had several definitions, most centered around the terms arrogant, conceited, and snob. None of the UD definitions was racially based. The UD did have some sub phrases, like Uppity cracker ” stupid cracker that can’t keep his mouth shut” Uppity negro ” a fearless black person who by social definition is “not in their place” and Uppity whodie do. The last one is “the g-rated way to say utter c**t. uptight, b****y, or just plain intolerable”
The U word has some other uses. The phrase ” Uppity Women Unite” has been on many bumper stickers. A visit to a search engine shows businesses like “Uppity Puppies” and “Uppity Events”.
I sat in on a conversation in Tennessee a few years back. This was at a community of rather eccentric folk, which coexisted with its backwoods neighbors very well. One of the old timers of the area said that most people minded their own business .
“The one thing you do not want people to think about you here is that you are Uppity”

HT to Puntabulous for steering me to the Urban Dictionary. Puntabulous published a delightful piece this morning, “The Guide to misleading sexual phrases”. His readers supplied many more examples in the comments, and UD was outstanding at defining them. Several were TMI.
Spell check suggestions for this feature:
urbandictionary- dictionary, jurisdictional
uppitality- hospitality, vitality, capitalist, brutality, capitalize, reactionary, functionary
whodie- Rhodie, who die

From the Back Porch

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 15, 2008

So Sarah Palin ( as played by Tina Fey) can see Russia from her back porch.
The closeness of Alaska and Siberia is well known. When I started to look for information, I began with the Aleutian Islands. They string along for hundreds of miles, and cause a dent in the International Date Line. As for which is the last one, and when does Alaska turns into Russia, those are good questions.
So, another search angle was required. The Alaskan government supplied this:
Alaska and Russia are less than 3 miles apart at their closest point in the Bering Strait where two islands, Russia’s Big Diomede Island and Alaska’s Little Diomede Island, are located. In winter it is possible to walk across the frozen Bering Strait border between these two islands. At its closest, the American mainland and the Russian mainland are 55 miles apart where Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula reach out to each other.
Alaska is a big place. It has ten times the land mass of Georgia, with less population than Gwinnett County. There is a town on Little Diomede Island called Diomede. It checks in at 65°N 168°W. ( For our purposes today, we are going to ignore minutes and seconds) The town of Wasilla is the home of Sarah Palin. It can be found at 61°N 149°W . In other words, Diomede is four degrees north of Wasilla, and Nineteen degrees west.
Lets put this in local terms. Atlanta is 33°N 84°W . According to my atlas, 37°N 103°W is the point where New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma come together. I cannot see that from my back porch.


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 14, 2008

Yesterday Sarah Palin went back to Alaska. There was a rally of her fans. And another rally of those who are not fans.
The second rally was designed for Women to show that not everybody in the 49th state likes the Governor. Attendees were encouraged to bring home made signs, Men and (other) children were welcome.
When announcing the event, the word got to a wing nut radio whiner. As Mudflats reports :
“One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots” , and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought.”
The rally happened anyway. According to Mr. Flats, the organizers counted 1400 people, along with many supportive drivebys.

Born to Sarah Palin

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on September 13, 2008

There is a blog in Alaska called Mudflats. He uses the same template as me. Where I have my eyes, he has a black and white landscape, with a lot of mud. The two images have something in common.
Mr. Mud has a few things to say about Sarah Palin.
Today, there is  the Sarah Palin name generator. As the fine print says:Sarah Palin has picked out an All-American set of names for her children. There’s Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper.
Ever wonder what your name would be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Well now you can find out!

I have too much time on my hands. Is that a problem?
Luther Mckinnon, if you were born to Sarah Palin, your name would be: Crunk Petrol Palin Who knows, Crunk Petrol Palin you just might be president one day!

The fact that I am ten years older than Mrs. Palin doesn’t matter.
Spell check suggestions for this feature:
crunk- trunk, drunk, crunch, clunk, chunk, crank