Sell Your Piss

Let me explain. Over the history of humankind, urine has been sold for industrial uses, dyeing cloth and saltpeter, and I’m sure there are more examples. The reason pee-pee was used for dyeing cloth is for the ammonia, which can create different hues of color and is a great binding agent (seals in color). WhenContinue reading “Sell Your Piss”

OK. I’m thinking of something orange, and it’s small.

The photo is from the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany. The living reef with clownfish was lit with beautiful pink and purple lights to create this tranquil view; the clownfish also provided splashes of orange and white. I try to angle my aquarium photos to capture the reflection on the bottom of the water surface.Continue reading “OK. I’m thinking of something orange, and it’s small.”

Like a Bruges Over Troubled Water

When you hear Canals, you think: of Itlay, Vegas, and Panama, but other places have scenic canals, and Bruges, Belgium is one of those places. Bruges also has french fries (Fried Potatoes or Chips) stands, delicious mussels, and every block has at least one chocolate store (might be legally required). I fell in love withContinue reading “Like a Bruges Over Troubled Water”

A Horse of a different color

Are you looking at the horse or at the wind-blown tree? Are you looking at the tree now? The tree is permanently bent due to the strong winds on the southernmost point of Hawaii. There is the Hawaiian archipelago, and the largest island of the archipelago is called Hawaii, but most call it the BigContinue reading “A Horse of a different color”

Only in America, American Colloquialism

The non-American guide to some of our Colloquiaslism and the reason behind them. I need your John Hancock. This means I need you to sign your name or signature on a bill or invoice. Why do we use a name for that? There is a myth that John Hancock signed his name on the DeclarationContinue reading “Only in America, American Colloquialism”

It doesn’t have a Red Belly.

Photo of a Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes Carolinus) that doesn’t have a red-bellied (who names birds?) on the lookout for some bugs to eat. To be fair, there was a bird already named Red-Headed Woodpecker, and it has a tiny orange patch near its feet. Some of you might be wondering if it’s an orange featheredContinue reading “It doesn’t have a Red Belly.”

Surreal Duck

This photo is of the mountain peak in the Torres del Plains National Park Patagonia, Chile. The water reflection is a grassy field with a herd of Guanaco, It looks like a llama, but it’s not. I cropped the mountain peak, copied and pasted my cropped image, then rotated and flipped the photo to makeContinue reading “Surreal Duck”

Death by Donut.

I haven’t been able to get out much, like many people this past year, so I’ve started working on indoor creativity. I now have two freshwater aquariums and one dry terrarium with succulents plants. My latest project started with Skulls in vintage wigs and has morphed into Skeletons in different art styles. See below TheContinue reading “Death by Donut.”

Random Thoughts: Practical Parental Advice

Let’s be honest most Parental Advice is philosophical in nature: If people don’t like the real you, then they are a fool; well, I’m not “insert name” parents, and everyone’s favorite you will understand when you are older. So below is usable, practical knowledge for everyday life from Parents. Always go (bathroom) before you leave.Continue reading “Random Thoughts: Practical Parental Advice”

Travel Story: I was Home Alone on a Mountain!

It’s not as bad as it sounds. Picture it Machu Picchu just 30 feet shy of 8,000 feet or 2,430M, and intact and Inca Citadel. So perfect the design its stone buildings need no mortar and had built-in plumbing. I was sitting under a shade-giving umbrella in the cafe near the entrance, which is whereContinue reading “Travel Story: I was Home Alone on a Mountain!”

Memorial Day

This gravesite is one out of nine thousand three hundred and eighty-five in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, one of the resting places for American Troops that died in Europe during WWII. It’s a sobering number. Instead of mourning their death, lets us rejoice that they lived. “It is foolish and wrong to mournContinue reading “Memorial Day”

Travel Tips: What to Pack Edition!

Make a list of everything you want to pack and when you pack the item in your bag, cross it off the list. Keeps you from repacking if you want to double-check. Pack twice the amount of medication you will need for your trip, if you are going for one week then take enough forContinue reading “Travel Tips: What to Pack Edition!”