M&Ms, Physics and a Decision

An M&M dropped and rolled under my desk, and it was a peanut one no less. There is no sign of it from my vantage point and I would rather not knock about with my foot to find it. I have often wondered about certain laws of physics and whether, if under similar conditions, similar results are to be expected? If so, then all I should need to do is drop another peanut M&M from the same point in space and within the same conditions as the first and it should lead me to the stray. Now keep in mind, all this Newtonian contemplation has certainly delayed the matter long enough to have caused the stray to exceed any reasonable salvage rules. But, on the bright side, since this time I will be looking on with complete concentration, I should be able to at least recover the second M&M within any rational time limit for justifiable consumption therefore leaving me no worse off. What could go wrong? I stage the exercise with one average peanut M&M in hand. My head is tilted slightly to the side so I will have a better line of sight. A deep breath and then I release. The peanut M&M falls and takes three bounces, deflects off the side of the desk and travels due east. Quickly, I get down on my hands and knees and take a gander in the direction of last know movement. Well, would you look at that — two blue peanut M&Ms…

20th Anniversary!!!

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Well, it’s here and it didn’t take long at all. We don’t have much planned but will
get away sometime this summer; hopefully back to Bar Harbor.

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Beslan Mothers

Beslan Mothers

On September 1, 2004 terrorists captured more than 1300 hostages at the local School #1 in Beslan, Republic of Ossetia, South Russia during the traditional “Welcome to School” ceremony. This act of terror was directed specifically at children. Hundreds of young children spent 53 hours without water and food in an overcrowded hot gymnasium, wired with explosives. They witnessed the beatings and murders of family members, friends and teachers.

Much has happened in the past 8 months since the tragedy in Beslan, not the least of which has been the tsunami devastation. While the pictures were fresh and the tears still moist, many took action. As time passes we tend to return to going about our business as usual. I’m not sure why this bit of recent history seems to have stuck in my mind and has been resurfacing lately, but it has.

Winter in Beslan - Praying at Gravesite

OK I’m Older Than Clint, But This is Crazy


ERROR Date Precedes Database Limits (You’re really that old?)

OK, we manually looked up some relevent data and found the following:

Noah creates a new vacation sensation — the cruise

Noah also becomes the first naval commander to utilize arial reconnaissance

Naamah becomes the first mom to threaten, “If I hear ‘are we there yet’ one more time, so help me…”

…also the first wife to suggest, “why don’t you just ask for directions?”

Shem leads the Ararat Mud Puppies to their first bocce championship

Ham and The Sons of Noah release a cover version of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Japheth writes, produces and directs “Titanic – The Prequel”

Strom Thurmond and George Burns are born



What Happened the Year You Were Born?


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Tagging: Tagged and Taggees

Under the stealth provided by very late hours, [url=http://roeh.lifewithchrist.org/]Jason[/url] tagged me. I could take it as retribution for the grief given to him about his billiard skills, but I think Jason is above that. If you’ve not been paying attention here is how it works:

Pick 5 occupations out of the list below and post your answers. Then tag 3 other people to post their answers on their blog.

The Questions:

If I could be a scientist…
If I could be a farmer…
If I could be a musician…
If I could be a doctor…
If I could be a painter…
If I could be a gardener…
If I could be a missionary…
If I could be a chef…
If I could be an architect…
If I could be a linguist…
If I could be a psychologist…
If I could be a librarian…
If I could be an athlete…
If I could be a lawyer…
If I could be an inn-keeper…
If I could be a professor…
If I could be a writer…
If I could be a llama-rider…
If I could be a bonnie pirate…
If I could be an astronaut…
If I could be a world famous blogger…
If I could be a justice on any one court in the world…
If I could be married to any current famous political figure…

Now for my response and choice of victims…