Monday, March 2, 2015

Leonor Varela has her second child


Just found out that Leonor Varela has borne her second babe.

Leonor Varela welcomes daughter Luna Mae

I previous wrote about her here, when I found out she was pregnant,  (This happened after I noted that she was one of the best things in the movie Blade II.)

So, best wishes to the family on their new arrival.




Lighthouse of the Week, March 1-7, 2015: Crowdy Head, NSW, Lighthouse


I went looking for "unusual" lighthouses, and I found this one.  

Lots of info on this one from Lighthouses of Australia, Inc.

And here are three nice pictures of it.



















I wonder if this qualifies?


Here was one of my Edgy Predictions for 2015:

"7.    Senator James Inhofe will make a stunningly stupid remark about global warming in Congressional hearings.  It will be recognized widely as being totally incorrect and very stupid. Even the climate deniers will be shocked at how wrong it is, but they will still try to explain why it is correct."

And the Washington Post wrote this about Inhofe's recent snowball stunt:

Sen. James Inhofe embarrasses the GOP and the U.S.

Some highlights:

“In case we had forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record,” Mr. Inhofe continued, reaching for a plastic bag next to his lectern, “I ask the chair, do you know what this is? It’s a snowball, just from outside here. It’s very, very cold out.”
Mr. Inhofe then tossed his snowball at the presiding officer.
...
“If the land surface records were systematically flawed and the globe had not really warmed, then it would be almost impossible to explain the concurrent changes in this wide range of indicators produced by many independent groups,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded when it announced that the 2000s had set a decadal temperature record. “The warming of the climate system is unequivocal.”
...
"The Republican Party should be mortified by the face of their environmental leadership."

BUT THEY AREN'T. THEY LIKE THEM LIKE THIS.

So... it was definitely stupid.  I haven't seen the skeptics coming to his defense yet.  And it wasn't in Congressional hearings.  So I guess this doesn't meet the criteria I set for my prediction to be correct.

But still, I expect this is a preview of coming attractions and entertainment from the Senator, so I'm a little more confident I'll get this one right.




Friday, February 27, 2015

Best dress at the Oscars (which was not actually at the Oscars)


There were some good and great dresses at the Oscars 2015.  Too bad about Lupita Nyong'o's pearl dress that got stolen, that was nice.

But after perusing all the red carpet looks, I was actually most impressed by the dress worn by Amy Adams to the Vanity Fair Oscar party.  She didn't attend the Oscar ceremonies, but she still had the best look.



Zoe Saldana, who gave birth to twins not long ago, also looked pretty darn good.


Who's Taylor Hill?

The answer to that question is that Taylor Hill is a new, young, Victoria's Secret lingerie model.

I heard about her in the Daily Mail:

Victoria's Secret model Taylor Hill shows off her slim beach body in a pink bikini while in Miami

In one of the pictures in this article, it appears that her bikini bottom is a little too small.

I really don't mind.

Having seen this, I had to see what she looked like in the VS Fashion Show at Christmastime.

This is what she looked like:


Cute.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Never seen anything like this (with actual ice; with pumice, yes)


Many other people saw these pictures and commented on them, but I just have to comment too.  The semi-solid half-frozen waves off Nantucket are amazing.  I've never seen anything like them.

The slurpee waves of Nantucket

Well, actually I have.  But not with ice, with pumice.  The frothy volcanic rock that floats.   After the  pretty big eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile, a lot of the ash fell into some picturesque lakes (especially Nahuel Huapi lake), making them much less picturesque.  Making them pretty mucky, in fact.  But unique that way.




Since I'm on this subject, I checked to see if the lakes are recovering. Couldn't find much. But I did find one tourist guide that recommended taking boat tours of the lakes, so I would guess that they have gotten somewhat better since the 2011 eruption.

Sam Brownback taxes sin to balance the budget


Kansas is in trouble, and Sam Brownback (the reason why), has realized it.  So guess what he's doing to try and fix it?

Raising taxes, that's what.  On booze and cigs.

Sam Brownback reverses course, proposes new taxes

"In a stark turnaround, the Republican called for higher taxes on cigarettes and liquor as part of his annual budget while proposing to make future tax cuts contingent on revenue projections."

Ouch.  ("The latest budget plan includes a major hike in taxes on cigarettes from 79 cents per pack to $2.29 per pack and a jump in a tax on liquor from 8 percent to 12 percent.")

Oh. Sin taxes.  Well, raise them high enough and people won't smoke and won't drink.  Then where are you?

“My budget proposal recognizes that the current budget trajectory is unsustainable and that difficult solutions are required by state law as well as by fiscal prudence,” Brownback said in releasing his two-year budget."

OUCH.

"Kansas revenue analysts reported in November that the state would require $278 million in cuts by this June to balance the budget. They said a state reserve fund of about $379 million would be emptied, and lawmakers should cut an additional $435 million to avoid a deficit this year."

That left a mark, didn't it?