Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sokoblovsky Farms



About Sokoblovsky Farms!

It all started when Great Grandfather Nicolas escaped circus with best friend Alex, the giraffe. The rest they say is history. For the next century our family have made business of Petite Lap Giraffe breeding here in Russia. We welcome you to visit Sokoblovsky Farms, just 80 kilometers outside Krasnodar.

About Petite
Lap Giraffes!

Petite Lap Giraffes are very funny animal that require special care. They need lots of love. Hugs and kisses every day. Otherwise they make tears.
If you have children, petite lap giraffes no problem. If child is loud, the giraffe will be shy, but does not bite. PLG’s are very clean. With training they will go in box like cats. Allergies never a problem.
Size: adult is 76 centimeters, baby is 15 centimeters tall. Weight is 4.5kg unless the giraffe is fat cow then 5.44kg
Diet: distilled water and bonsai tree leaves
Health problems: none. They are the best.
Gestation: 420 days
Living conditions: PLG’s love being indoors in filtered air conditioning. If they can listen to music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov it is dream.
Grooming: a bubble bath once a week with purified water is all they need.

Must be bathed once a week.

Sokoblovsky Farms Petite Lap Giraffes have been featured in Direct TV commercials, look closely:

There is obviously a LONG waiting list to get one of these adorable pets, so act now if you think you would be a responsible owner. Site is translated from Russian, so expect some grammatical errors:                    Petite Lap Giraffes

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Springtime in Maryland...March 30th, 2011

A gentle Spring snow arrives to cheer me up...not.

How Strong is an Egg?

A scary egg.

We have all tried to crush an egg in our hands at some point, sometimes with success, if you concentrate the force on your fingertips. But try to crush an egg in the palm of your hand without using your fingertips and you'll find out that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for most people. I found a video that shows eggsactly how strong an egg actually is:
This surprised me.

The shell of the egg protects everything inside, and can come in a number of different colors. The color of the shell comes from pigments in its outer layer, and varies according to the breed. You can tell what color egg a hen will lay by the color of her ears and feathers. I've never really thought about chickens having ears, have you?

I really do not like peas. Where are the ears?

A white chicken with pale ear lobes will lay white eggs. A red chicken with red ear lobes will lay brown eggs. US buyers mostly prefer white eggs, but some people choose brown, since they associate them with farmyard chickens.

Luke apparently likes eggs!

There is no difference between the eggs, if the chickens were treated the same way. However, chickens which lay brown eggs are usually larger and need more food. This makes brown eggs costlier than white ones. People in England prefer brown eggs for some reason. If you've read this far you should click on the link: The incredible, edible egg.
    Nobody can eat 50 eggs!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pictures for Tuesday March 29th 2011

Red on Blue

Lost in Thought

My good side

Two for One

The Watcher in the Woods

In The Event of a Moon Disaster

In July of 1969 while America watched and waited for word of a successful Apollo 11 Moon landing, and Bob Geary was 4 and a half years old, speechwriter Bill Safire wrote up a contingency speech for President Nixon should the Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become marooned and unable to return to Earth:

March 2011 Moon - Bob Geary


Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.


The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.


A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to "the deepest of the deep," concluding with the Lord's Prayer.

This transcript taken from The National Archives.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer - See it!

If you're a fan of well written crime thrillers as I am you'll like "The Lincoln Lawyer",now in theaters. Based on a book of the same name by author Michael Connelly,this movie is an entertaining,well acted film.Well acted and Matthew McConaughey in the same sentence?,yes. McConaughey shines as defense attorney Mick Haller who operates out of...a first generation Lincoln Town Car.When I first saw McConaughey as the lead I thought, damn, another good book ruined by the movie. But McConaughey works in this role and benefits tremendously from a great script,cinematography,soundtrack,direction and yes, his own acting abilities. I liked McConaughey's performances in "A Time to Kill", "Frailty" and "Tropic Thunder",but in almost every other movie he has made its just the same character: laid back guy who takes his shirt off. His performance in "The Lincoln Lawyer" is great. The movie works.This gritty legal thriller is McConaughey's best acting in years, probably ever.
If you like crime novels, The Lincoln Lawyer should be on your reading and movie list.
Author Michael Connelly is an American crime fiction writer.Connelly has won every major award given to mystery writers, including the Edgar Award.The only other Connelly book to make it to the big screen was the horrible flop "Blood Work", a good book with one of his characters, former FBI agent Terry McCaleb,  portrayed by Clint Eastwood. The screenplay and casting for that movie was craptastic. Thankfully the Lincoln Lawyer stops that record in its tracks and hopefully paves the way for more Connelly books to make it as feature films. Remember the name Harry Bosch. He is  Connelly's best known fictional character and should be portrayed in a movie version very soon.
The supporting cast deserves credit here as well. Maggie, Mick Haller's divorced wife played by the beautiful Marisa Tomei.

Louis, the rich, scheming defendant by Ryan Phillippe, Watch him in  "The Way of the Gun"!
Ted, the clueless prosecutor by Josh Lucas
Val , the seedy bail bondsman by John Leguizamo
Jesus, the wrongfully convicted by Michael Pena, a guy who has 3 bad haircuts in this film.

Det. Lankford played by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.

If you haven't seen AMC's Breaking Bad, check it out on Netflix, it is a great show that is hugely underrated.
Frank by one of my favorites, William H. Macy.

Even Country music star Trace Adkins has a bit part that plays well:

See this one in theaters while you still can, and get your hands on some of Michael Connelly's books - Good reading! Check out the trailer:

Sunday March 27th 2011 Pictures

Little Hunting Creek

Near Isabella's Rock, named after the nearby remains of Catoctin Furnace.

Spring has sprung.

Dinosaur Track.

Purple Finch

Click on the picture to enlarge.

Wild Turkey Honey

Big Foot Captured on Video!!!

Big Foot captured on video by man with new high dollar "Blurry" technology. Believe.

Geocaching #2

A cool,cloudy day here in Maryland. No snow on the ground which was forecast for our area last night. Good thing, I'm through with the snow for the year, I'm glad the weather is starting to listen. Candy stayed home today so this was a solo hike in the deep woods of the Catoctin mountains. On this Sunday morn I was searching for two caches located in Cunningham Falls State Park Manor Area off Route 15 three miles south of Thurmont. It has the Scales and Tales Aviary, featuring a bald eagle with camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace nearby. My first cache was hidden away on a hillside near the creek. When I first looked on my GPS receiver to find its location, it looked as though I had to cross the creek. So with much effort and a precarious balancing act, I did. Only to find that the creek takes a nice bend further upstream making my crossing unnecessary and doubly so as I had to recross back to my original side. Bob the Pathfinder!
Manging to keep my feet dry with my nimble athletic prowess, onward and upward I climbed,finally reaching my goal on a rocky overhang looking down on the roaring stream. My first "treasure" of the
day was a U.S. Army beret flash patch. After logging my find in the geocache logbook, I traded some swag I brought along, a neat toy that dramatically increases in size when water is added, for the unit patch. Geocaching is kid friendly, for the most part, so a lot of the "treasure" is for them,read -ME.
My treasure from the 2nd geocache find for the day,a Big Bear GeoCoin from California.
This is an example of some "adult" treasure to be found while geocaching. I will not keep this, because its purpose is to travel the world from one cache to another through the comings and goings of fellow geocachers like Candy and I. Once a geocoin is found, the finder logs on to and records what is happening with the coin and also gets to see where it has travelled throughout its geocaching journey.
The next cache that we find will receive this geocoin, and add a few more miles in its travels from California.
Another day,another woodland adventure for Bob the mountain goat.