Monday, July 31, 2006

Colorado Adventure: Part 1

In the spirit of her new home, Kelly has bagged her first 14'er. This Saturday she made it to the top of Mt. Evans at 14,258 ft. Its one of the easier 14'ers, except for the alitude, since the trailhead starts at 14,130 ft. The weather was great and the crowds were not too bad. Here is a view of the parking lot from the top. The Mt.Evans Meyer-Womble Observatory can be seen in the distance. It is run by the denver University department of Physics and is the highest operating observatory in the west - at least until their permit expires in 2015. They have a web cam at their link. Just in front of the observatory are the ruins of the Crest house - castle in the sky. When it was constructed between 1939 and 1941, the Crest House was the highest structure in the world. It was designed by the architect Edwin Francis who intended it to reflect the a combination of organic, futuristic, and art modern elements, as well as its mountain setting. The building was destroyed by a propane explosion on spetember 1, 1979. The forest service has stabilized the remains to act as an observation platform.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Pill time

Sometimes they are just too smart for their own good. This one is pretty good, but my favorite has a dog visiting his doctor. The doctor is also a dog and doctor tells him to "have someone choke one of these down your throat six times a day." What I've aways though is amazing is that she gets very excited and comes when you open the bottle of pills. As if its a treat.

Bad night for little black doggie

Last night we had a bad thunderstorm in a neighboring town. The first we knew of it was when we felt a dog crawling into bed and wedging herself tightly between us. The little black dog doesn't like thunder. The little dog doesn't like thunder a lot.

Kelly grew up in the agricultural fields of the central coastal California. She never experienced thunder before moving to Colorado. It makes her panic and try to escape the house through second story windows. That is why the little black diggie is now taking puppy prozac.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Sen. Inhofe Compares People Who Believe In Global Warming To ‘The Third Reich’

Republican Senator of Oklahoma Inofe recently compared Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth to Mein Kampf and called believers of global warming equivalent to members of the Third Reich. One has to wonder how do these lunatics get elected. Here is more from the Senator.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Once again ignorance reigns supreme

Once again ignorance reigns supreme within this White house. Today King George II vetoed the recent house bill that would have provided broader federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Isn't the republican party supposed to be the party of small government and pro-business.

The Bush decision will put back efforts by american companies to produce new treatments based on stem-cells. It will effectively give foreign companies a leg up on their efforts, thereby hurting american jobs. This is why many house republicans supported the bill. Say again, what party does this guy claim to represent???

Bush claims that this is a moral decision. That the bill violated his principles on the sanctity of human life by encouraging the destruction of embryos left over from fertilization procedures. The reality is that these embryos are the property of the couples undergoing ferility treatment and are typically destroyed following a successful birth. The embryos are artificially produced through a long series of hormon treatments.

The right likes to equate the use of these embryos with abortions, but are these fertilized eggs really life? Traditionally, most religions don't think so. And no where does the bible explicitly state so either. So why does the president think he has the right to make this decision? Well, he's the decider.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Most expensive cat toy ever; part one and two.

Check out this one first, and then this followup

End of the World

The Japanese version of what the comet Apophis, expected on Friday, April 13, 2029, will do to the earth if it hits. I bit over the board, but a nice animation.

Why Pets are better than kids!

Some humor from ktcat

Dogs and cats are better than kids because they:

1. Eat less
2. Don't ask for money all the time
3 Are easier to train
4. Usually come when called
5. Never drive your car
6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
7. Don't smoke or drink
8. Don't worry about having to buy the latest fashions
9. Don't wear your clothes
10. Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and
11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children

Rainy Days

We've had two days stright of rain. We definitely need it, but Kelly loves to get muddy.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Asteroid passes just within moons orbit

An asteroid, a half a mile wide, passed within 269,000 miles of the Earth today. Another asteroid called Apophis, expected on Friday, April 13, 2029, will pass close enough to Earth that it can be seen with the naked eye.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Cat Cousins

Here are my cousins Koko and Suzi. I think they need a Canine exercise program.

Raymond's summer dog care tip

It is very easy for dogs to overheat when locked in a car. Don't leave your dog in a car if its over 70 F outside.

Puppy Love

Here's a video of a cat showing the proper respect for dog kind.