Waiting… August 27, 2011Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Dogs and cats, Photography, Science.
Tags: Hurricane Irene
I cannot believe it is only 3 PM. I am not very good at waiting. Yet, here we are at Casa Lobo, waiting out the impending storm. I look out the window often. Here are a few things that caught my eye from my 11th floor perch. Madison the cat has found having all of the outside plants inside very entertaining. Benny is milking my being home by begging for a treat every time our eyes happen to meet. Sadly, he usually wins the treat war. I am a sucker for those fluid eyes.
Oh dear, it’s a New Year January 1, 2011Posted by judylobo in Dogs and cats, maps, Movie Reviews, Photography, Politics, Religion, Science, Supreme Court, wildlife, Zoos.
Here we are once again. A new year, a fresh start and all of that other sappy rot that people say on this day. Yes, this old woman who yells at clouds never put much stock into making New Year resolutions. I have found that they never quite work out, do they? I am the type that stopped wishing for world peace as I blew out my birthday candles years ago. I would describe myself as a realist – with a dash of optimism mixed in with a large helping of cynicism.
– So what kind of year was it? I honestly could not remember so I started to look at my blog postings for this past calendar year to see what peaked my interest enough to blog, post photos and generally fill up your in-boxes with my crap. I laughed quite a bit as I reviewed my interests. Before I share some favorite posts, let me wish you all a most Happy New Year and while I no longer waste precious time wishing for world peace I do wish you all good health, an energized president Obama, some decent new laws and a renewed, hopeful political scene (sigh).
In chronological order here are some of my favorite posts from 2010:
– ‘It’s not the end of the world it just feels that way. – The embarrassing, very sad loss of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat yesterday by the uber-incompetent Martha Coakley to Scott Brown is crushing’.
– Joy on K Street – You cannot underestimate the staggering blow to democracy that was accomplished by the conservative side of the Un-Supreme Court yesterday. Their 5 to 4 decision to grant corporations a new and uber-powerful status will change everything that you know and love/hate about our political process. The Roberts Court has granted corporations the same status as ‘people’ and therefore has First Amendment privileges.
– Lost and Found – I found an adorable dog named Gia and was able to return her to her very grateful owner.
– I was asked by a reporter if I had an opinion – (Let’s all laugh together at that line).
– I posted my 1000th movie review : Free popcorn for all!
– The Fat Lady Sang and health care became the law of the land.
– Shower Curtain Geography caught my fancy
– My blog title “Are you high” has gotten a lot of hits – (I am sure people are disappointed when they get to the post).
– While strolling thru the park one day still makes me laugh –
– The end of Law & Order was sad – Doink Doink.
– Remiss, Bothered and Bewildered was featured on wordpress’ homepage for a day and got uber-hits.
– Manhattanhenge still sparks my interest.
– I celebrated five years with my dog Benny – here’s to Cinco de Benny (that’s Benny in front of the snowman above).
– I still have a dream (but it is getting murky).
I thank you for reading my rantings. I thank you for your comments. I thank you for being there. Oh yes, one more thing. I really secretly do still wish for world peace when I blow out my birthday candles (don’t tell anyone – it will break my crusty ‘old woman yells at cloud’ exterior).
Manhattanhenge, 2010 May 31, 2010Posted by judylobo in Photography, Science.
It seems as if I just stood out on my corner to capture this unusual event, but it was one year ago. Most cities have their grids aligned in a true east/west fashion. Manhattan is aligned in the direction that the island points which is about a 30 degree angle from true east west.
So who cares and why am I writing about this?
Manhattanhenge, the name attached to this event is a really cool thing to see if the weather cooperates. And last night – it most certainly did. The sun sets in line with the canyons of buildings on many east-west cross streets. Manhattanhenge happens twice a year on the days around May 28 and July 11th. The best views are the cross streets that have a clear view of New Jersey. The streets I would recommend to watch this event are 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th.
This year the weather did cooperate and I was out there with my camera. Each year more and more people join in the fun. They add to the specialness of the evening. This shot is from my corner on 23rd and Broadway.
Pi in the Sky March 14, 2010Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Science, Videos.
Tags: 3.14, Albert Einstein, Brooklyn, Nancy Pelosi, National Pi Day, PS 222
I like math and I like numbers. There is something unambiguous about the certainty of numbers. Eons ago, I won the Math Award at eighth grade graduation from PS 222 in Brooklyn. When my name was called out to get the award, my parents laughed. I was raise by Wolves. So how does this award and my love of numbers crunch out in my life today? I am the one at the restaurant that usually gets the check to figure out the tip.
Today is National Pi Day. Pi Day is a holiday that celebrates the mathematical constant, ∏. It is celebrated on March 14 because the first three digits of Pi are 3.14 Pi Jokes are traditionally told on Pi Day. On March 14, 2009, the House of Representatives passed a resolution making March 14th officially National Pi Day. I wonder if that was the last thing they agreed upon? I bet Nancy Pelosi is crunching the numbers trying to get that Health Bill passed, huh? Think she needs my help with the math?
FYI – Today is also Albert Einstein‘s birthday. Coincidence you say?
Q: What do you get when you cut a jack o’lantern by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin Pi!
Q: What do you get when you take green cheese and divide its circumference by its diameter?
A: Moon Pi.
Q:What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter?
A: Pi in the sky.
Happy Birthday Albert Einstein and Happy Pi Day March 14, 2009Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Science, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
Tags: Albert Einstein, Pi Day, Rachel Maddow
This is a good day for all the geeks out there who like technical stuff, science and things that go boom. It is all relative, you know.
– This is why you should be watching Rachel Maddow.
– Simultaneity – Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity