Sunday, November 30, 2008

ISS and Shuttle by Big Dipper

ISS and Shuttle by Big Dipper
Originally uploaded by Mully410

This is my first attempt at photographing the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. Shuttle had just detached from ISS earlier today so they were still relatively close. I experimented with some of the settings on my camera and adjusted the contrast with software. I think these shots turned out OK. I'm so proud. I have a set of these pics on my flickr site.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Do you believe in Aliens?

Venus Jupiter UFO Antenna (2)
Originally uploaded by Mully410

So far, I haven't seen any convincing evidence to conclude that aliens are visiting our planet. I've seen all the fuzzy pictures and heard the eyewitness accounts. I've also made a bunch of "paranormal" and "UFO" pictures myself. Each one has a logical, reproducible normal explanation.

I agree with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, in his post from today. It's probably very likely there is life out there but it's mostly likely microbial. Read Phil's post or go to his link to a video he made. If you don't feel like reading. Then go buy his great new book: Death From The Skies.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I am so

I am so
Originally uploaded by Mully410

This video should push my flickr views over 4000. WOW !WooHoo! Yippee. Thanks for all your views.

Thank you for your personal comments about my end of the world blog. Please post them on the blog if you can...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This how our world is going to end: Not by climate change, nor by asteroid calamity, nor by will be from stupidity.

Earlier tonight, I sat down at the dinner table to eat some chips and dip.  Little did I know that I'd be eating a whole load bullshit

I frequently get catalogs from local community colleges and community education organizations.  I always read through them looking for classes that will expand my knowledge and hopefully make me smarter.   Most catalogs start out with their classes for EMT, First Responder and the assorted first aid and CPR classes.  There are courses on how to use MS Excel and MS Word along with everything from auto repair to book keeping and welding.  I'm sometimes inspired by these catalogs.  It brings back memories of college and I get the pleasant feeling that I'm "shopping for knowledge."  

As I start digging into my healthy snack, I open up the latest catalog from a local county's community college.  It came in a newspaper format with photos and brief bios of young pretty coeds and teachers.   It described how to get enrolled and noted some generalities about their available courses of study.  I was comforted by the usual familiar topics:  Art, Business, Biomedical Technology, computers, book keeping and healthcare.   Eventually, I see a section: "Integrative Health and Healing."  Oh Oh.  I started to get a little anxious as I had just read this blog post the other day.

At this point, I have no idea what "Integrative Health and Healing" is but it's sandwiched between the nursing courses and the small business development section.

Blammmy!  My head exploded. 

Here are some of courses they are offering at the accredited tax payer funded college:

"Healing Touch Level 1:  People of varying knowledge and experience will develop concepts and skills in energy-based therapy.  Describe the human energy system relationship to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.  Discuss energy principles basic to Healing Touch.  Access the energy field and energy centers.  Identify a basic Healing Touch sequence.  Demonstrate specific intervention techniques.   Discuss applications of Healing Touch in personal and professional practice."

Wow.  I've been going to medical doctors my whole life.  Who needs college, medical school and residency to learn about medicine when all you need is a $300 course that teaches how to heal with energy?  Wait a sec, you will likely need "Healing Touch Level 2" where they teach "a one-hour healing sequence" and let you "practice back and neck techniques."  Ok.  $600 is still a bargain. 

But wait...there's more:

"Energy Anatomy and Your Health:  Your body has a physical anatomy, but it also has an energetic system.  Learn about chakra principles and how they affect your life, health and energy.  Learn how your body reflects the lessons of your life and how to consciously take back your personal power.  Learn about your own spirit's unlimited capacity for self-healing and divine connection."

Holy shit.  I don't even need a Healing Touch now, I can just learn how to fix my energy and heal myself.  This is getting better and better.  Plus, this class is only $75 and looks like only two 2 hours sessions.  Cool.  4 hours and 75 bucks.  Who needs health insurance?

I could go on for another 10,000 words and describe the 40 or classes they list.  This catalog has it all:  Reiki, Herbalism, Acupressure, Essential Oils, Aroma Therapy and Labyrinth.  Wait. What was that?  Labyrinth?

"The Healing Labyrinth...More than Walking in Circles:  The labyrinth is an ancient pattern and archetypal symbol that transcends centuries and cultures.  Today the labyrinth is re-emerging throughout the world as a spiritual tool and waling medication. Explore the history of the labyrinth and ways that healing can be achieved through waling the labyrinth.  You will have the opportunity to walk and indoor labyrinth.  An optional labyrinth tour is available during the afternoon, weather permitting."

I'm not even sure what to say about that.  I think I got brain all over my monitor.  This is the best bargain so far:  4 hours and only $45.  I only have to walk around in circles and I'll be healed.  That's a whole lot better than listening to a sermon and getting smacked in the head by Benny Hinn.

If it was only as simple as taking a couple courses for a few hundred bucks...I know some of you are thinking "what's the harm? It's their money and their time, why not try it?"  Well, there is harm.  Go here to read up on it.  If that's not enough, then consider:  It's wasted time you could've spent with your kids, it's wasted money you could've given to a charity and it's false hope.  These things don't work.  If they did work, every doctor, medical school and hospital would be relying on them right now. These things are not new.  If they worked, we would use them.

Rather than post a bunch of research links here for you to ignore, I'll give you a couple very fine posts to start you off. 

Go listen to Brian Dunning's short podcast on homeopathy.

Go read Sandy Szwarc's blog posts on healing energy and healing hands.

Go learn about energy.  It's not what these people want you to believe.

Do research.  Spend time with your family and use your money to make the world a better, smarter place.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Irregular Trees

Irregular Trees 4
Originally uploaded by Mully410

I took this shot at dusk on November 10, 2008. It was the 3rd day of deer hunting season. I was sitting on a dirt mound with a pretty good view of this meadow on the edge of a big cedar swamp. These trees are really freaky in person when it gets dark.

Thanks to everyone who has been clicking on my flickr page. 3701 views as of today!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Skepticblog » The Tao of Chinese Medicine - I

Remember Yau-Man Chan from the "reality show" Survivor? He has joined a bunch of skeptics who created a pilot for a television show called the Skeptologists. He is also a regular contributor to a new blog I read:

This post is the first part of a two part series on TCM (traditional Chinese medicine).

Skepticblog » The Tao of Chinese Medicine - I

After you check you Yau-Man's posts, take a look at some of the other great posts by other illustrious skeptics such as: Brian Dunning, Phil Plait, Steven Novella, Kirsten Sanford and Michael Shermer.

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