Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

Or just roll over and die . . . No, please don't do that!

This has by far been one of the hottest (Olympia, Washington area) summers that I can remember.  Of course, many of us would say that at the present time for any season.  

"Oh my, this is the COLDEST winter!"  

"Hottest summer, I wish nudity in public was allowed."  
"My eyes are frozen shut, who'd I just run over?"

Mind you this entry is only for the extremes of two seasons because quite frankly, I can't think of anyone complaining that a particular Fall or Spring season being too temperate, comfortable, or perfect.

But because it's summer, let's beat the heat!

*Full disclosure: I'm not a doctor, scientist, astrologer, person of power or influence, or a hair dresser, but these few tips works for me.

For those of you who know me, or just stalk my facebook, will know that I'm always wearing my Northface fleece.  


-Because it's comfortable.  
"Aren't you hot?"
-I see myself as an average male with decent looks.
"I meant heat wise."
-No more than you are.

The temperatures for the past few days have been around 32 C (about 90 F), with little wind and a bright sun beating down on the poor souls below (me included). 

So, why haven't I fainted yet?  Hydration!  Yes, water this year, and every year in fact, is very important.  Drink plenty of water. 

"But, duh! Everyone always says that.  We already know!"
The different thing I do is, dress in layers.  As it is a winter practice to dress in layers and remove them whenever you get too hot, I also use this practice in the summer.  Weird?  Very, but let me explain . . . 

If you're still readin this, thank you!  So, dress in layers.  One, this only works if you're used to wearing so many layers and have managed to keep your body temp pretty cool in the heat, meaning I've done this practically all my life.  There are times when I'm out in my fleece and it does get too hot.  So, I shred a layer and ahh... instant satisfaction as my delicate, or not, skin is exposed to fresh air.  

This provides only a temporary relief, of course.  But, usually I'm off to find shade where after a little while, I'm able to put my fleece back on.  But let's say I shed my fleece and then enter a nice department store.  

Instant coolness from the well A/C'ed building.  Some times, your body can be shocked by this experience.  It is then I will put my fleece back on and allow my body to adjust accordingly.

When it's time to leave, it's hot as hell outside, maybe, but in those cases it is, then I still have a layer to shed (options!)

So this has become a ramble and pretty much pointless blog, but I'm doing some Windows Updates and had some time on my hands.

So drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, enjoy the sun, stay chill and thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


22 years and 2 days ago, an eight year old boy attended the first run showing of Jurassic Park, a Steven Spielberg film that engrossed audiences, cinematically introduced people to the world of paleontology causing enrollment in the field to rise dramatically, publicly brought up the debate about cloning, and taught us that it is best to reactivate the PERIMETER fence LAST... (Seriously, in the film when the botanist lady is re-electrifying the fences, the perimeter fence is marked last.  Also, I don't know if any of the listed facts were true as it's purely for a dramatic reading).

     After the disappointing half failure of The Lost World: Jurassic Park where they taught us dinosaurs were raging, man-eating, prehistoric crushers of man, and the extremely disappointing Jurassic Park 3, where Allen dreams of talking dinosaurs, I found myself dumbfounded that I was extremely excited for Jurassic World.  Reason being?  Because I've always thought the Jurassic Park series should've always taken place on Isla Nublar.  I'll give The Lost World a half pass because... San Diego?  Really?

     Ever since the release of the trailer, my feelings of nostalgia returned (again, because it was to take place AT THE PARK).  Adding onto the idea of a functioning park with lots of meat, I mean people to eat, I mean... stopping there to avoid spoilers . . .

     That feeling of nostalgia grew even greater as there were many references to the original film, knowledge that dinosaurs (the majority of them) were returned to their peaceful, elegant and non-threatening habitats where all they wanted to do was eat.  Jurassic World had us fall in love with dinosaurs all over again, while disapproving the idea of having a genetically modified dinosaur as part of the park's attraction.  (Seriously, keep those dinosaurs away from the successful park and use them as an 'underground dino fighting ring')... or not, just kidding.

     Jurassic World brings back the franchise that nearly destroyed itself, essentially reverse Indiana Jonesing itself, with the mixture of great characters, impressive CGI, and the nostalgic feeling of the first Jurassic Park (and for those who haven't seen the first one) ... the calming wow factor in seeing (CGI) dinosaurs roam freely and peacefully.

     Sure, there were some 'cheesy' parts and parts that that made us say, 'OK this feels weird but it's still kind of cool'... but the overall excitement of Jurassic World was not wasted, but increased as this is one of the few films I'm willing to see at least two more times at the cinema (as opposed to waiting for it to release on Netflix).

     So strap yourselves in for a ride that's worth every cent you paid for, including the overpriced popcorn and drinks you spent at the concession stand, and enjoy a blockbuster hit that will reinvigorate you and your childhood love of dinosaurs.

Rating - 5 Stars! = A MUST SEE

-- I chose not to go into great detail about the characters, plot, setting, dynamics of the film, originality, etc because I didn't feel like.  Also, these are just my opinions.  Go watch the film and form your own.  Happy Viewing!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sex On Mars

Soon the first colonists will be sent to Mars, the red planet currently populated by none other than the robots humanity has sent there.

But, there's a catch.  Scientists, exactly who I'm not sure, and other launch mission staffers, are recommending the colonists abstain from sex for the sole purpose that they may not reproduce and further populate the planet.

Their reasoning?  I've read articles that varied from the radiation is dangerous for newborns to the fact that supplies would be very limited and the idea of starting a family on the red planet would be heavily taxing.

So don't have sex, or at least try not to get pregnant.

Well, in my view, sex is fun, healthy, and a natural human thing to do.  It would be incredibly difficult for a co-ed team of colonists to venture to Mars, after spending months on a confined ship together, and then realizing the fact that, THEY WILL NEVER RETURN TO EARTH... having left behind all of their family (if any), friends (again, if any), pets... you get the point... to not want to feel the physical contact or even have relations to their fellow colonist.

I imagine the true feeling and realization that the future colonists will never, ever, again, see Earth, won't hit them until they've landed on Mars.  Maybe even half way there.  Possibly, for some, after a week or a month or two.  The psychological toll would be greatly devastating (But I'm not a psychologist so... whatever).

But, the point I'd like to make here is this:

Just spay and neuter everyone going to Mars.

Done deal.  Now, they can have all the sex they want without the risk of pregnancy, just STDs (maybe).

You see kids, this is how science goes.  It takes active sperm to fertilize an egg and then have that egg attach to the uterus of a female in heat.  Then, poof, pregnant.

So, if we cut the tubes and take out the eggs... problem solved?

What do you think?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Live Long & Prosper Leonard Simon Nimoy.

There never was or ever has been a better a better Vulcan.