08 July 2011

Maps.google sent us to the wrong location.

In planning a trip we asked maps.google for distance and approximate time to a destination. The giant mapper pointed us to a city 160 miles north of the city we requested. Google even misidentified their wrong city as our requested destination. Luckily we know where we are going. Certainly will be double checking Google's mapping and directions from now on. It is always a good idea to carry a hard copy atlas when traveling. #maps.google #fail

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07 July 2011

Machu Picchu in danger from too many tourists


Sad to read of the decline of this amazing experience. A wonderful and spiritual place. When we visited in 1997 we were able to spend the night right next to the citadel on the mountain. There were less than 120 visitors in the ruins while we were there. Aguas Calientes was a marvelous sleepy little village with a few rooms offered for rent. A bus took us up the zigzagging mountain road to the hotel. The train from Qosqo was slow and the restroom filthy but that was part of the charm. Climbed neighboring Huayna Picchu and pondered the wonder of it all. While on top we saw representatives of the largest and smallest flying bird species at the same time. A condor and a hummingbird. We were lucky to see this magnificent place before it was ruined by tourists and big business. It is a must see as those that have been there will attest to but you have missed out on the tranquility of Machu Picchu if you did not visit during the twentieth century.

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Want a penguin cam? There's an app for that


Reminds me of my days working at Denver Zoo's Bird World. Took care of the penguins once in a while.

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06 July 2011

Over 2/3 of Google+ users are ready to say goodbye to Facebook - TNW Google


Good news from where I sit. Fookbace never really did much for me. Too many people playing games. I sold my farm and moved on. Still waiting to see what Diaspora comes up with. Perhaps G+ until Diaspora gets it together?

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05 July 2011

Fourth of July Myths Debunked:

http://on.natgeo.com/lIXT3W via @NatGeo as i said, next year we need to celebrate on the 2nd. But declaration was signed on fourth by John Hancock and Charles Thomson to make it legal so it could be printed. Our independence was achieved 3 Sep 1783. That should be our true date of celebration. Just because you declare doesn't mean you will succeed.

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04 July 2011

Happy Independence Day to me. On this day eight years ago I awoke...

to a great adventure, my retirement. My own declaration of independence if you will. I don't know why or how this minor occurrence in the scheme of things has exploded into hugh fireworks displays around the country. I did not see any such displays on the anniversary of our country's declaration of independence on the second of July. If you deem it appropriate to celebrate my retirement, I thank you. Hope you have a great time. But instead of setting off skyrockets, and colorful aerial bombs thus polluting our skies, I ask that you use the "ILoveFireworks" app (99 cents) on your mobile device. Then you can celebrate any and all special occurrences whenever you like and save our atmosphere. Thank you. #declarationofindependence #adventure #July2nd #pollution # retirement #celebration #July4th #atmosphere ;-)

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01 July 2011

Tomorrow, 2 July, is the day the colonies declared their independence in 1776.

Again this year, the citizens of the United States of America will celebrate their country's declaration of independence on the wrong day. And again this year, I will post the history why...

"So, it was done, the break was made, in words at least: on July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia, the American colonies declared independence." Page 129 "John Adams" David McCullough On July 4, 1776, only John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the document to authentic it so it could be printed. Page 136 ("John Adams") "The actual signing of the document would not take place until Friday, August 2, after a fair copy..." Page 137 ("John Adams") "...Thomas McKean of Delaware appears not to have signed until January 1777, which made him the last." Page 138 ("John Adams") Independence was achieved, ""His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States . . . to be free, sovereign and independent states." "Done at Paris," read the final line, "this third day of September, in the the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty three." The mighty Revolution had ended. The new nation was born."" Page 285 "John Adams"  

Happy Independence Day! 

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