Monthly Archives: December 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE A LA ‘POPEYE’ ~ FUN!!!

 Your ‘Happy Almost’ chuckle – 
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This will take some of our readers w-a-a-a-y back down memory lane and will be an eye opener for our young readers ~ the POWER of Popeye’s spinachWOW!!!  The original air date of this classic animated film was January 21, 1938. The song that Popeye and Bluto sing at the beginning was originally featured in Max Flesicher’s 1936 “Color Classic“, “Christmas Comes But Once a Year“.

YouTube video, Popeye The Sailor 057 – Let’s Celebrake, uploaded by James Flynn on Dec 11, 2009.  Animators: Seymour Kneitel, William Henning, Uncredited animators: Graham Place, Abner Matthews

Here’s a comment I like posted by a YouTube member, sashi138, 2 years ago, “NOW THAT ONE IS WORTH IT!! Its one of those rare ones where Popeye and Bluto get along, AND It shows just how huge a heart the one-eyed sailor has for children, animals, and the (often forgotten) elderly. GO SPINACH POWER!!!”

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 Have an enjoyable and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and come back tomorrow for our “Happy New Year 2013 – Awesome!” blog.

T.G.I.F. HO!HO!HO! ~ CHRISTMAS ~ HA!HA!HA! PART II

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GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK AGAIN FOR MORE CHRISTMAS CHUCKLES ~ ENJOY!

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to J.L. who e-mailed me the jokes without the animated graphics – thanks!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM RAINSOFT OTTAWA

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The following 2 YouTube videos feature the Holman Christmas Lights.  They have been creating these remarkable animated displays for 7 years and for the past 5 years they’ve donated the proceeds to the Utah chapter of Make-a-Wish Foundation.  

“2007 was our 2nd year doing an animated display. We had around 50,000 lights and 180 channels of LOR. This display was located in Pleasant Grove, Utah but had to be moved to Lindon, Utah because of the HOA.”  More info at www.holdman.com Music: Carol of the Bells by Monique Danielle

“Holdman Christmas Lights 2010 – Complete Show” ~ Uploaded on Dec. 23, 2010. Visit us at http://www.holdman.com/christmas

Music:  Winter Wonderland – Alexia Phillips
Carol of the Bells – Monique Daniell
Jingle Bells – Master Tone
Music Box Dancer – DJ Schwed
Wizards in WinterTrans-Siberian Orchestra
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfz1pyq3EhE

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FROM MARTIN, DAVE, LOUISE
RAINSOFT OTTAWA

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HO! HO! HO! ~ CHRISTMAS ~ HA! HA! HA!

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CHUCKLES FOR YOU

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

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***Note the new names for Santa’s reindeer!…

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SEE YOU RIGHT BACK HERE

DURING CHRISTMAS WEEK

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DEAR SANTA, I’VE BEEN A VERY GOOD BOY!…

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… NOW, PLEASE CAN I HAVE THIS TOY???

You know the old saying, “Boys MUST have their toys”…

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This is the V319, a water gun equipped rc helicopter. Yup it’s one of those awesome toys you must have or want. Simply full of fun in every way. Did we mention it has a fully automated water gun that shoots 10ft. at the click of a button!?

Guys (or gals who need a gift suggestion for the ‘big’ boy in your life) ~ watch this short YouTube video published on Aug 3, 2012.

Are they kidding???  Yeah, like anyone would really fill the water cannon helicopter with Windex to wash windows – get real!!!  Zapping a fellow worker or training a pet ~ now that I can see – ha!ha!

How’s this measurement for developmental stages
of a boy’s life through adulthood?

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And of course we know that there are always going to be boys who must have BIGGER & BETTER – right?

So . . . . . . .   BLAST AWAY BOYS !!!

www.richard-seaman.com

ZAP!!!  ~  GOT’CHA!!!   Here’s the  RC helicopter video posted to YouTube by thinkgeek ~

WATER TRIVIA ~ VERITABLE ENCYCLOPEDIA

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The following article is taken from http://savethewater.org/did-you-know/water-facts/ ~ a virtual encyclopedia of all things water related – a marvelous site to visit!

SAVE THE WATER LOGOThe mission of Save the Water™ is to conduct water research to identify toxic chemicals harmful to humans, animals, and the environment.  Save the Water™ is committed to finding methods to eliminate the toxins and improve the quality of drinking water.

Water Trivia ~ part of Save the Water’s “500 Water Facts” site.

WATER TRIVIA BLOG HAMBURGER• It takes about 1 gallon of water to process a quarter pound of hamburger.

• It takes 2,072 gallons of water to make four new tires.WATER TRIVIA BLOG TIRES

WATER TRIVIA BLOG CHLORINATION• The first United States water plant with filters was built in 1872 in Poughkeepsie, New York.
WATER TRIVIA JERSEY CITY CROPPED• In 1908, Jersey City, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois were the first water supplies to be chlorinated   WATER TRIVIA BLOG CHLORINE in the United States.
Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
WATER TRIVIA BLOG RESEARCH• In the 1950’s scientists began to suspect that water might carry diseases. Although earlier treatment of water could make the water safer, it was mainly done to improve the taste, smell or looks of the water. One gallon of water is equal to 3.785 liters of water. The overall amount of water on our planet has remained the same for two billion years.
WATER TRIVIA USA CONSUMPTION• The United States consumes water at twice the rate of other industrialized nations.
• One cubic foot of water is equal to 7.48 gallons of water.
WATER TRIVIA BOILING WATER• Water boils at 212o Fahrenheit or 100o Celsius.
WATER TRIVIA NILE RIVERAncient Egyptians treated water by siphoning water out of the top of huge jars after allowing the muddy water from the Nile River to settle
WATER TRIVIA HOSP BEDS• At any one time, it is estimated that half the world’s hospital beds are occupied with patients suffering from waterborne diseases.
WATER TRIVIA BLOG PESTICIDES• Average amount of pesticides used, per acre, per year, in agriculture: 2.7 pounds.
WATER TRIVIA THAILAND VILLAGE• Amount of water used by 60,000 villagers in Thailand, on average, per day: 6,500 cubic meters.
WATER TRIVIA GOLF COURSE• Amount of water used by one golf course in Thailand, on average, per day: 6,500 cubic meters.
• Most of the earth’s surface water is permanently frozen or salty.
WATER TRIVIA MAINE INSTITUTE CROPPED• Approximately 70% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica, locked in 90% of the world’s ice. (Source: Gulf of Maine Research Institute)
WATER TRIVIA EARTH PERCENTAGE BESTThe earth’s total allotment of water has a volume of about 344 million cubic miles. Of this:

WATER TRIVIA SEA WATER315 million cubic miles (93%) is sea water!
9 million cubic miles (2.5%) is in aquifers deep below the earth’s surface.
WATER TRIVIA POLAR ICE CAPS7 million cubic miles (2%) is frozen in polar ice caps.
WATER TRIVIA LAKES53,000 cubic miles of water pass through the planet’s lakes and streams.
4,000 cubic miles of water is atmospheric moisture.
WATER TRIVIA BLOG DRINKING WATER3,400 cubic miles of water are locked within the bodies of living things.
WATER TRIVIA FREEZINGWater freezes at 32o Fahrenheit or 0o Celsius.
WATER TRIVIA WATER USE• During the 20th century, water use increased at double the rate of population growth; while the global population tripled, water use per capita increased by six times.

INCREDIBLE!!! ~ LIVE BIRTH OF THREE STINGRAYS

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AWESOME LIVE BIRTH VIDEO !!!

N.B. ~ This is a follow-up to my blog, “Magical Place ~ Stingray City in Grand Cayman“, posted December 13, 2012. 

I’m reposting the 2nd half of my blog because I feel that some may have missed this amazing event because:  1) it wasn’t mentioned in the title and; 2)it wasn’t the foremost part of the blog.  I hope you find this as amazing as I did.

If you’re interested in seeing a stingray give birth on a dock, watch the following YouTube video, “Stingray Gives Birth On Land After Being Caught By Fishman posted by 718DJNOBODY

One comment posted about this video – ” People! Watch the whole video. He does put them back in the water. I am so glad my kids could see a stingray give birth and then watch as the guy carefully helped them get back in the water. Thank you for video taping this, but also for responsibly putting them back in the water.”

MAGICAL PLACE ~ STINGRAY CITY IN GRAND CAYMAN

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Dr. Jonathan Bird states, “… It’s no doubt that Stingray City is special – a magical place where the creatures of the ocean and those of the land can meet and find common ground – As for the human impact, it seems that both humans and stingrays enjoy the interaction ~ they both get something out of the deal.”

Jonathan visits the world-famous “Stingray City” in Grand Cayman with world-renown marine artist Dr. Guy Harvey to learn about Dr. Harvey’s research on Stingrays and how they cope with massive numbers of tourists, Uploaded on Feb 3, 2010 by BlueWordTV.

AWESOME LIVE BIRTH VIDEO !!!

If you’re interested in seeing a stingray give birth on a dock, watch the following YouTube video, “Stingray Gives Birth On Land After Being Caught By Fishman posted by 718DJNOBODY

One comment posted about this video – ” People! Watch the whole video. He does put them back in the water. I am so glad my kids could see a stingray give birth and then watch as the guy carefully helped them get back in the water. Thank you for video taping this, but also for responsibly putting them back in the water.”

~ Interesting stingray facts in Grand Cayman’s North Sound ~

It may be that stingrays began gathering in the area decades ago when fisherman returned from an excursion, navigated behind a reef into the sound, and cleaned their fish in the calm water of the shallows and sandbar area. The fish guts were thrown overboard and the stingrays eventually congregated to feast on the discarded guts. Soon the stingrays associated the sound of a boat engine with food. As this practice turned into a tradition, divers realized that the stingrays could be fed by hand.

Today, tour and excursion boats, along with private watercraft, gather at Stingray City in large numbers. Passengers disembark and enter the chest-high water to interact with the stingrays. The boats’ proprietors bring along with them pails of chunked-up squid meat, which they dispense by hand to the animals, thus attracting dozens of the creatures to the feeding spot.

LOW FLOW TOILET – WATER SAVINGS ?

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Bowled Over – Do low-flow toilets pose a risk to municipalities with aging water infrastructure? written by Stacy Bradshaw in the November/December issue of Water Canada magazine. 

Excerpts from the article ~

It’s easy to prove the environmental and financial benefits of low-flow toilets.  According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), switching from a traditional toilet can reduce water usage by as 70 per cent per flush, for example. But, like any relatively new innovation, the low-flow toilet has been met with both enthusiasm and skepticism. Urban myths overheard at municipal conferences have wastewater treatment plants in rural prairie towns dealing with a flurry of rebates, installations, decreased flow, and backlogs of slow-moving sewage. While experts say the possibility of system failure due to low flows is farfetched, the slow introduction of the low flow toilet does prompt a valid question: What happens when new technology meets municipal wastewater infrastructure that is designed to accommodate the older, high-volume models? Start with the standards. Not all toilets are built the same. With low flow, consumers have a range of choices, including volume (6, 4.8, or 3-litres). To help consumers make informed purchasing decisions, CMHC, the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA ), and other housing and municipal partners across Canada and the United States developed the Maximum Performance Testing Program (MaP), a test that uses soybean paste and toilet paper to mimic the real-world demands put upon toilets…  “In Canada you can now buy a toilet with a MaP-certified or WaterSense logo, or both,” says Cate Soroczan, a senior researcher at CMHC, who warns consumers against any non-accredited models… Does lower flow affect infrastructure? Once flushed water enters the system, supplemental flows have the capacity to clear out the lines, says Kevin Reilly, demand  management coordinator and deputy sewage control manager for the Capital Regional District (CRD) in British Columbia. Reilly is also the chair of CWWA ’s water efficiency committee. “Yes, you’re putting less water through the system [with low-flow toilets], but you have lots of residual flow that’s not carrying waste, like showers, dishwashers, and clothes washing machines. I don’t really see any issue with the city  infrastructure,” said Hennessy… When asked about the potential effects on septic systems, Soroczan explains that if you want to expand the longevity of a septic system, you actually want to pump less water through the system. “As far as septic systems go, I think a low-flow toilet will actually benefit them,” said Reilly. The commercial factor However, one good toilet choice may not a happy municipal system make. In February 2012, MaP issued a release stating that until further studies of drain systems in larger buildings are completed, it recommends taking caution in the use of toilets with an effective flush volume of 4.8 litres or less in “non-residential-type” installations, such as factories, schools, and warehouses. Reilly explains that the residential plumbing standards are smaller, and have a steeper pitch, which means they drain faster than a commercial application.  “So really, the big issue is the slope, as well as the pipe diameter,” he says… “Just look at Toronto. They even stopped the rebate program for low flow toilets last year because so many people have already have done it,” says Hennessy. “If the problem was going to rear its head, it would have already happened.”

Link for information on low flow toilets ~ http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,213021,00.html

WOMENS’ WATER POLO GOLD ~ FIRST TIME WIN FOR USA!

WATER POLO ICON2Water polo made its Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900. It was not included in 1904, but would be present at each subsequent edition of the Olympic Games.

In the early days, the players rode on floating barrels that resembled mock horses, and swung at the ball with mallet-like sticks. This made it similar to equestrian polo, hence its name.

London 2012 Men’s Olympic Water Polo gold medal team ~

WATER POLO MEN GOLD MEDALGIMPCroatia secured gold in the men’s Water Polo final at London 2012The Balkan outfit have been the outstanding side of the London 2012 tournament, with eight wins from eight matches, and end it as worthy champions.  Their dominance in defence was too much for the Italians, who are reigning world champions.

YouTube video ~Water Polo  Men’s Gold Medal Final – Croatia v Italy Full Replay from the Water Polo Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games. – 12 August 2012, Published on Aug 12, 2012 by

Americans won their first ever Olympic women’s water polo title.  United States secured gold in the women’s Water Polo final at London 2012 against Spain.  Americans finished 3rd in 2004 and 2nd in 2000 and 2008.

YouTube video ~ Water Polo Women’s Semifinal Round – United States v Australia. Full Replay from the Water Polo Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games ~ Published on Aug 7, 2012 by

USA women make a splash for Water Polo Gold – full replay.

http://www.olympic.org/videos/usa-women-make-a-splash-for-water-polo-gold-full-replay

WATER POLO ICON2YouTube video, “a guide to water polo“, uploaded by on Mar 23, 2007 ~”A simple explanation of why water polo is the toughest sport on earth. It’s my first video I’ve ever made. The song is “The Show Must Go On” by Queen. I think it captures the game of water polo well.”