Monthly Archives: January 2015

Celebrity Names ~ Fun With Words ~ Ha! Ha!

People claim that puns are the lowest form of comedy. While this may be the majority opinion, puns sometimes catch you off guard and can actually be pretty hilarious.

Check out what people did with these celebrity names and what they turned them into by being pretty pun-tastic – posted to Viralnova, (via Imgur)  January 26, 2015. 

ARNOLD    ARNYOUNG

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN           CHRISTOPHER SITTEN

HANS SOLO     HAN ACCOMPANIED

JAMES SPADER     JAMES DIDN'T

Kanye west    Kanye east

MATT LEBLANC              MATT LENOIR

MICHAEL FASSBENDER      MICHAEL BASSFENDER

MORGAN FREEMAN       MORGAN PRISONER

NEIL YOUNG                       NEIL OLD

REESE WITHERSPOON   REESE WITHOUTHERSPOON

If these didn’t make you chuckle at least a little bit, check your pulse, because you might be dead. I don’t care if they are easy. These were pretty punnyfunny.

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDIf you enjoyed this ‘punnyfunny’ blog then share with your friends and have a great weekend.  Get out and enjoy all the winter events in your area – Winterludes / Winter Carnivals, etc. abound at this time of year.

 

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Warka Water ~ capture safe drinking water from the air

It remains to be seen whether a full-size unit will draw as much water as the company esti...

Warka Water promises to harness safe drinking water from the air: 

As water shortage is a serious issue in many parts of the world, a means of efficiently harnessing safe drinking water from thin air without the need of expensive infrastructure could be a real lifesaver. Italy’s Architecture and Vision is developing an off-grid bamboo tower called Warka Water that promises just that: the firm says it could collect an annual average of up to 100 liters (26.4 US gallons) of water per day.

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The tower is rated as lasting up to 10 years and will require that locals are trained in order to maintain it successfully       

The current stage of the work-in-progress Warka Water prototype, by Italian firm Architect...
The current stage of the work-in-progress Warka Water prototype, by Italian firm Architecture and Vision

The basic concept behind Warka Water seems fairly sound, however the success of Warka Wate...

Once completed, Warka Water will rise to a height of 10 m (33 ft), weigh 60 kg (132 lb), and be secured to the ground with eight guide ropes. The tower consists of a lightweight woven bamboo structure, while an inner plastic mesh retains water droplets from passing fog, which fall into a collector and a large tank. Any rainwater and overnight dew also collects in the tank.

The video below shows a little more information on the project.

Warka Water will sport a canopy that offers shade to people drawing the collected water, and a series of rotating mirrors which Architecture and Vision says will be sufficient to keep birds away. No electricity is required for any part of the passive water-harnessing process, and the firm says the bamboo structure will take six people four days to construct. On-site assembly should take four people just three hours, without the need for cranes or any other building machinery.

If you'd like to take a punt on the Warka Water vision, as of writing the Kickstarter camp...

It’s going to be a long road until that point, though. The essential idea behind Warka Water appears sound, but its success will hinge on overcoming a long list of other concerns, including the quantity and quality of water drawn, the structure’s durability, and cost. Though rated as lasting up to 10 years, it will require locals to be trained and made responsible for maintenance, and while the estimated cost of under US$1,000 may seem relatively cheap compared to standard water supply infrastructure, it’s still a lot of dough for an impoverished area.

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It also remains to be seen if it could harness as much water as the company estimates – and on this note we’d encourage all-due skepticism. Indeed, though Architecture and Vision has produced a small working prototype, the first full-scale field test won’t take place until the necessary funds have been raised by a recently-launched Kickstarter campaign, and it won’t be suitable for all areas.

“It is first and foremost an architecture project. WW should not be considered as the solution to all water problems in developing countries but rather as a tool that can provide clean water in selected areas,” says the firm. “Particularly in mountainous regions where conventional pipelines will never reach and where water is not available from wells.”

It remains to be seen whether a full-size unit will draw as much water as the company esti...

If you’d like to try and help the team overcome these hurdles, as of writing its Kickstarter campaign still has 18 days to go. Raised funds will go toward developing a working unit, and promised rewards include Warka Water-related apparel, and a scale model. If all goes well, Architecture and Vision will eventually seek further donations for Warka Water units to be installed in select locations in Ethiopia, before potentially rolling out the system worldwide.

 

Canadian humour ~ laugh along with us, eh?

Canadian Eh!

 

Funny Canadians

I AM CANADIAN

Hey!

 

I’m not a lumberjack
or a fur trader

 

And I don’t live in an igloo

Or eat blubber or own a dog sled

I have a Prime Minister,
not a President

I speak English and French,
not American

I can proudly sew my country’s
flag on my backpack.

 

I believe in peacekeeping, not policing
Diversity, not assimilation

 

And that the beaver is a
truly proud and noble animal.

 

A toque is a hat.

 

Canada is the second largest landmass
in the world.

 

The first nation of hockey

 

 And the best part of North America!

 

My name is [insert your name here]
And I AM CANADIAN!

 

The following humour describes Canada and Canadians alike in a most apt fashion…

Someone in a Home Depot offers you assistance… and they don’t work there.
You’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time.
You’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number.
You measure distance in hours.
You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
You have switched from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.
You can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching.
You install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked.
You carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
The speed limit on the highway is 80 km and you’re going 90 and everybody is passing you.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
You find 2 degrees “a little” chilly.
                                  If you actually understand these Canadian jokes,

                                        Canada-Flag  you definitely live in Canada!  Canada-Flag

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDAnd ………
we’re great enough to make and take these jokes about ourselves and about some of the quirky aspects of our lives.

Laugh along with us and have a great weekend ‘y’all’. (yeah, I know – not Canadian)

Floating gardens prevent climate change damage

The Floating Gardens of Bangladesh MAIN ICON Farming on Water to Prevent the Effects of Climate Change
By Amy Yee, Nov. 18, 2014 of the New York TimesTENDING GARDEN BEST

CHARBHANGURA, Bangladesh — Each year the brown waters of the Gumani river swell during the summer monsoon, creeping over the surrounding fields to flood Charbhangura, a village of 2,500 people in the Pabna district of northwest Bangladesh.

From July to October the waters can rise at least 10 feet. The trunks of trees more than 30 feet away from the dry season riverbed show watermarks waist high. When the fields flood, the village’s farmers have no work.

“There is water all around,” said Hafiza Khatun, 25, a mother of two whose family income used to vanish for six months of the year when her farm laborer husband had nothing to do. “There was no happiness.”

But three years ago, Ms. Khatun was trained by Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a Bangladeshi nonprofit organization, to tend an unusual source of food and income: a floating farm with a duck coop, fish enclosures and vegetable garden moored by rope to the riverbank. Five to 10 women can share the structure, splitting about 130,000 taka, or about $1,700, a year. Shidhulai supplies seeds, fish and duck feed and other materials that cost about 10,000 taka. This money goes a long way in rural Bangladesh, especially for villagers struggling to survive. Ms. Khatun, who has no education and bore the first of her two children when she was 15, previously earned nothing. DUCK COOPDucks quacked loudly as Ms. Khatun gathered eggs in the coop, ushering some of them outside to the “duck run,” a stretch of water between fish enclosures. She had never raised ducks or fish before the training, Ms. Khatun said, but “nothing has been very difficult.” The duck coop, originally built on a bamboo platform, now rests atop more-buoyant plastic oil drums — recycled and found materials are enthusiastically used alongside locally grown bamboo. Villagers can now build the entire structure for the equivalent of $260, which is covered by Shidhulai, Mr. Rezwan said.

This documentary, uploaded on Feb 26, 2008, shows an adaptation technique used to deal with flood and water-logging in the South Central part of Bangladesh. Copyright CLACC / BCAS Mohamed Ali, Abdul Shakoor Sindhu, Mariam Rashid and MD Abdul Alim

Climate change threatens to worsen the severity and duration of floods in low-lying Bangladesh.  

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Floating farms — and produce that can flourish in flood conditions — are a way to help Bangladeshis live with rising waters. “There is big demand for solutions for climate change-affected areas,” said Mohammed Rezwan, the founder and executive director of Shidhulai. With the extra income from selling eggs, fish and vegetables, Ms. Khatun started saving money in a bank for the first time, bought a bed to keep her and her family off wet ground in their dirt-floored home, and helps her husband support the family.

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TENDING GARDEN BEST

In northern Bangladesh, agricultural land is regularly flooded as rivers are engorged by the annual Himalayan snow melt and monsoon rains. In one of the world’s most densely populated countries, where 156 million people live in an area the size of Iowa, thousands are left with no way to earn a living. Many migrate to already overcrowded cities, contributing to urban blight.

Mr. Rezwan founded Shidhulai as a 22-year-old architecture graduate in 1998. That year, disastrous flooding in Bangladesh killed 700 people and left 21 million homeless. 
Initially, Mr. Rezwan focused on building schools on boats, and worked to ensure that thousands of children would not fall behind when roads were blocked by floodwaters.

To date, the nonprofit’s fleet, which now numbers 22 schools, five health clinics and 10 libraries, has provided continuity of education and other services for more than 70,000 children in villages isolated by seasonal floods. Four years ago it started to also build floating farms for villagers, and particularly the landless poor, to help them eke out a living during the months of floods.

So far there are 40 floating IMAGE4farms that are worked by about 300 women: Mr. Rezwan has ambitious plans to create 400, to serve 3,000 women and their families in the next few years. He also argues that the floating farm concept could help other riverine developing countries, as has been the case with floating schools. “They have the potential to be replicated around the world,” he said.

IMAGE7Shidhulai’s school boats have been copied in several other countries, including the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nigeria and Zambia. A floating farm measures about 56 feet long and 16 feet wide. The coop can house 100 ducks and is equipped with a small solar panel to power lights inside. It floats on empty oil drums, plastic containers and a bamboo platform.

Mr. Rezwan took his initial concept for the farms from floating gardens that had been used in southern Bangladesh for hundreds of years. 

Those gardens layered water hyacinths — a type of weed — over bamboo structures and topped the resulting artificial island with soil to grow vegetables.

The design had to be modified however, to suit local conditions. The southern model didn’t work in the north, where heavier rains waterlogged the vegetable beds and it was difficult to create drainage. Water hyacinth was also less plentiful in the north.

Related links:

Youtube video, published on Feb 6, 2013, gives background information (in English subtitles) and step by step instructions for creating these gardens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK_qTm2pUsw

Dogs and Puppies ~ Snow and Ice ~ Funny!

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WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDWith winter set in and a few snow storms behind us already, we’re now experiencing a lengthy cold spell.  I for one don’t plan to skate, ski, snow shoe, toboggan, or engage in any of winters’ outdoor activities (not a fan of frostbite).  

So call me an armchair winter enthusiast as I chuckle away at our furry friends frolicking in these videos as they cavort in the snow and try to keep it all together on slippery icy surfaces.  

For you outdoor enthusiasts – when you return from your activities why not watch these hilarious antics, while sharing a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy you weekend.

Running, jumping, playing, these dogs just can’t get enough of snow, it’s so fun!

Funny dogs and cats playing in the snow – Funny animal compilation, published on Dec 17, 2013

Here’s a compilation about funny animals ( dogs, cats, ducks…) that have some problems on ice. They slip, fall through ice and so on…

Funny dogs and cats playing in the snow – published on Oct 31, 2013

 

 

Strange Lakes and Rivers Around The World ~ AWESOME!

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These 15 Strange Lakes And Rivers From Around The World Are Shockingly Pretty. If you travel around the world, you’ll find rivers and lakes with colors once thought to only be in dreams. From pink rivers to red lakes, these bodies of water gained their color through a variety of means. Some are colored differently because of pollution. Some just naturally have a distinct color. Either way, you truly have to see these bodies of water for yourself.   

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDAs I view the following remarkable photos of these lakes and rivers, I am in awe of nature’s bountiful display – the colours in her palette are absolutely  dazzling and yes “thought to only be in dreams” – truly a power to evoke awe and wonder!

Perhaps you might enjoy watching my video that I uploaded to Youtube on Sep 11, 2012.  Sit back, relax and enjoy this video of incredible photography of the most amazingly beautiful lakes from around the world. Enjoy the accompanying music, “Life Streams” by Mark Mueller and Scott Nelson. I created this video for Rainsoft Ottawa’s WordPress blog, “Incredible Lakes From Around the World”. I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

1.) Betsiboka River, Madagascar

2.) The Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

3.) Travertine Pools, Pamukkale, Turkey

 4.) Huanghe River, Lanzhou, China

5.) Uvac River flowing through Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina

Hilarious Fixes ~ Friday Chuckles

WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONThis is not the blog I’d intended for today, but I just received this in my e-mail and decided it’s too funny and ingenious not to share with you on  a Friday as you get ready for your weekend – have a great one!

My favorites are the satellite signal and the desk cables.

I’m a Man. I can fix that!

Don’t have a spoon?                   I can fix that!

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Seat belt broken?                       I can fix that!

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New TV too big for the old cabinet?                  I can fix that!

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 No bottle opener?                 I can fix that!

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 Room too dark using compact fluorescent?  I can fix that!

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Electrical problem?                  I can fix that!

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Car stereo stolen?                              I can fix that!

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Bookshelf cracking under the weight?             I can fix that!

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 No ice chest?                        I can fix that!

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 Can’t read the ATM screen?               I can fix that!

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 Car imported from the wrong country?             I can fix that!

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 Satellite signal goes out when it rains?           I can fix that!

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 Electric stove broken & can’t heat coffee?          I fixed that.

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 Wiper motor burned out?                I can fix that!

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 What the HECK!!!

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 Display rack falling over?              I can fix that!

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 Desk overloaded?            I can fix that!

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 Car can’t be ordered with the ‘Wood Trim’ option?

I can fix that!

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 Exhaust pipe dragging?          I can fix that!

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 Gotta feed the baby AND do the laundry?       I can fix that!

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No skate park in town?                 I can fix that!

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 And – last but not least – – – –

No need to thank me…

 (Now this is a Good One!)   Cables falling behind the desk?

I can fix that!

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Cuz I’m A Man and I Can Fix That!