~* Once Quoted *~

"The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun." - Jon Krakauer

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Projects Calling My Name

crocheted baby flip flops are entirely too sweet

I found this pattern book, and would LOVE to make all this stuff (well the stuff on the left anyways) but the entire book is in Japanese :(

Loafers & Fedora are the first thing on the list

I would LOVE to make these for my mom, she collects raggedy's. The pattern looks extremely hard, but I suppose I'll give it a go :)


Beautiful bolero/shawl/jacket

Inspiration ideas for my room :D

Inspiration ideas for Gracie's room :D

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tornado Relief Concert

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - WRCB Channel 3 as well as radio partners US-101, 103.7 KISS-FM, My 98.1, and Rock 105 will host a relief concert to raise money for local Red Cross relief efforts.
Called "Coming Together After The Storm", the event will air May 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., live from the Tennessee Aquarium in Downtown Chattanooga. Listen to the radio stations beginning at 6:00 p.m. for information on how to help.
The public is invited to come down to the outdoor pavilion between the two sections of the aquarium. Not ticket is required for the free concert.
The event will feature performances from country music artists Jacob Lyda and Mallary Hope. Several Channel 3 Eyewitness News personalities will also be on hand.
Lyda is from Stevenson, Alabama. His parents experienced extensive damage to their house in the tornado outbreak, and both of their vehicles were destroyed. The garage where Jacob and his father restore classic trucks was leveled; the two trucks inside were also destroyed. 
Jacob, now based in Nashville, still owns property in Stevenson; the roof of the house was smashed and distressed by trees and other debris, and all of the windows were blown out. and saw his home severely damaged during the recent tornado outbreak.
"Thankfully everyone in my family is okay," Jacob said on his website. "My family is working through major damage to our possessions and property - it's going to be a long road.  My thoughts & prayers go out to friends & neighbors who have lost their lives in this devastating tragedy."
Hope is from Dalton, Georgia. According to her biography on CMT, Mallary Hope grew up singing in her father's church in little Cohutta, Ga. At 21, she signed with MCA Records, which released her debut single, "Love Lives On," in 2009. The song is told from the point of view of a widow with a child, missing the man she loves. The lyric sprang from a conversation that she had with her older sister. Hope's brother-in-law is in the Army and was deployed to Iraq on Aug. 3, 2009.
For 55 years, WRCB-TV has donated its airwaves and airtime for numerous telethons, including the annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive, to help our neighbors from across the Tennessee Valley whenever they are in need.
This is the second relief effort organized by Channel 3 and its radio partners. Two days after the storm, listeners and viewers filled four tractor trailers and donated $20,000 to Operation: Good Neighbor.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Dollar Bill Oddities

The Basics: How much is a dollar worth?
The question seems simple, but the answer is quite complex. Since 1973, the dollar bill has had no value tied to it. You cannot trade in a dollar to the government for gold, silver, or any other commodity. The value of the nation's currency is related to the decree by the government that a dollar is legal tender for all debts. This means if someone attempts to pay a debt using dollars, the person being paid must accept the money or the law no longer recognizes the debt. This is important enough that the phrase is printed on every bill the government creates.

It is also vital for the nation's citizens to agree that the bills have value. If the members of a society decided that they did not believe in the currency, it would quickly be worth no more than the paper it is printed on. For the record, each bill costs the government 6.4 cents to print.

Can you find any tiny owls or spiders hidden on the front of the bill?

Many people believe they can see a tiny owl (some say it is a spider) next to the large "1" on the upper right of the bill. If you look at the shield shape that surrounds that "1," the tiny owl rests on the top left corner.

More than likely, the markings are nothing, just a point where the webbed design of the border varies. That won't stop some people from associating the peculiar detail with Masonic symbols, or with more practical things, like anti-counterfeit measures.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day

These are scientifically bred this way, not dyed or color treated. If they're gonna get flowers wonder where they could buy some of these :)

Photographs of the "Parrot Plant" (Impatiens Psittacina), which bears flowers whose shape and coloring are strikingly evocative of a parrot in flight. (From Northern Thailand, Northern India, and Myanmar *formerly Burma*) It was described by J.D. Hooker in 1901, and the specific epithet psittacina means parrot-like. The petals, which do resemble a parrot in flight, are shades of pale lilac, reddish purple and white.

DNA Proof?

(CNN) -- It took mere hours to confirm that the person killed in a compound near Pakistan's capital was Osama bin Laden.
How did officials know that the man who was shot in the head Sunday was really the world's most wanted terrorist?
DNA, among other things, senior officials told CNN.
Officials compared the DNA of the person killed at the Abbottabad compound with the bin Laden "family DNA" to determine that the 9/11 mastermind had in fact been killed, a senior administration official said.
It was not clear how many different family members' samples were compared or whose DNA was used.
During a press briefing Monday afternoon, John Brennan, President Barack Obama's adviser on homeland security and counterterrorism said they had "preliminary DNA intelligence" ahead of the strike.
Among the five killed in the compound, one of them was one of bin Laden's adult sons, officials said.
Also to identify bin Laden, a visual ID was made. There were photo comparisons and other facial recognition used to identify him, the official said. A second official said that in addition to DNA, there was full biometric analysis of facial and body features.

Dr. Victor Weedn, a forensic pathologist who helped pioneer the military's DNA identification program,said it's likely that the military would have samples for high-profile terrorists like bin Laden.
"The U.S. government would have an interest in looking for samples of DNA wherever they might find it, whether from family members or places he might have been, and store those samples," he said.
Essentially, scientists take DNA from the person's body, and compare it to another source like a sample collected from the individual at a previous time, or the DNA of a close family member.
DNA samples can be obtained from a multitude of sources, including discarded chewing gum, a toothbrush, a half eaten sandwich and even an envelope the person may have licked to seal, for example.
To confirm bin Laden's identity, officials probably used several methods, said Michael D. Kirkpatrick, a retired senior FBI assistant director who had worked in creating a biometric database of terrorist identities. He was not involved in the bin Laden case and spoke generally about the identification process.
"I'm sure in this particular instance, given the magnitude of the individual involved and the likelihood of international scrutiny and doubt on the part of some people around the world, that they would err to the extreme -- to over-identify him," he said.
"This is something you really can't make a mistake. You have the president announcing to the world it happened. Effectively, they would look at all these [biometrics] and make a decision. "
DNA is the most reliable measure, experts said.
This can be collected through a cheek swab, blood, hair, fingernail, or even saliva from a cigarette.
According to the U.S. Human Genome Project -- which helped to identify the more than 20,000 genes in human DNA -- forensic experts use DNA to distinguish a person's genetic footprint, by looking for matches from a sequence of small, repeating markers at different locations on the person's genome.
Each of us has a unique genetic fingerprint, even though only one-tenth of 1 percent of the 3 million DNA bases differs from one person to the next.
Using family DNA to compare with a person "would be pretty darn accurate," said Kirkpatrick.
This would work much like a paternity test proving genetic relations, said Max Houck, a former FBI supervisory physical scientist.
Computer software and human DNA analysts could read the data to make the confirmation.
The FBI's forensic system relies on 13 DNA regions that vary for each individual and use that data to create a genetic profile of that individual. It's unclear if this is the method intelligence officials used to identify bin Laden's body.
Facial recognition
Facial recognition software programs compare photographs of the person.
Such programs take the topology of the face and essentially read the features, where the person's eyes, nose, lips are located, their proportions and measurements. The facial recognition programs map the geometry of a person's face and can compare images.
They identify points of reference on the face and read whether it's the same person, said biometrics experts.
Facial recognition can also work compare facial features, the shape of the skeletal structure, moles, scars and other skin marks.
A visual ID
Bin Laden would've stood out to the trained U.S. military team who entered his compound.
"He's a distinctive person, for that part of the world," Kirkpatrick said. "He's 6-feet, 4-inches. He's gaunt. There are plenty of photographs of him."
Matching features like bin Laden's height would've helped.
Body features
A full biometric analysis could mean wide variety of things including fingerprints, palm prints, DNA analysis, iris scans, said Houck.
It's unclear exactly what type of identification tools officials used in this category to determine bin Laden.
Some methods also use hand geometry, looking at photos to see the width of palms, the physical features of their hands or even the vein patterns to confirm a person's identity, said Houck, who examined remains after the 1993 fire in the Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and also worked to identify 9/11 victims during his career with the FBI.

Rick Springfield Arrested Sunday

'Jessie's Girl' Singer Rick Springfield Arrested
"Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield was arrested Sunday night by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on suspicion of drunken driving

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