Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gulf of Aden Vortex, wikileaks, Christmas Sucks, Yes, I am CRANKY today. Christmas cookies made with chicken broth and garlic.

I keep waiting for new info on the Gulf of Aden Vortex.  But with the Wikileaks founder in custody I don't think he will have the time or interest in confirming/debunking  this one. Darn! I'm needing some 90's style escapism here. Christmas is looming like a big old black cloud  on the horizon.  All the neighbors have gone full on Griswolds on me. I cant sleep at night for all the twinkly lights beaming good cheer  through the cracks in the blinds of the bedroom window.  Anybody know where I can get some classic WWII black out blinds?  The nappy homemade dog/cat hair filled cookies and candy should begin coming through the door anytime now.  Crap!... Guess I'll have to fight back and make some cookies of my own to hand out.. In the true spirit of the holiday I'm gonna make sugar cookies with purposely overdone edges and waaaaaaay to much frosting.....maybe I will add a little chicken broth to them..... Hmmmmm there's an idea...I'll make them gross on purpose and stand there with a childlike  expectant look on my face  while they eat one.  Or maybe I will just make cookies so I don't have to hear it for the next 11 months.  I AM looking forward to putting the giant holly wreath on the door.  I figure if I make the front door all poke-y and dangerous then people will be too afraid to knock.
Yes... I am CRANKY today!  I tried for about the first 10 minutes to fight it and then decided to embrace it.  So..... BAH! HUMBUG!!!!!! and in the immoral words of my childhood hero 'The Grinch (the real one, not lame-ass Jim Carey one).... "I must stop christmas from coming"

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Crop Circles, Alien invasion, interdimensional visitors, HAARP, Orbital microwave laser

Crop Circles. Todays topic. 
NO.... I don't have anything better to do or  to think about today.   So today I will present MY theory on crop circles. For many years I thought crop circles were a hoax (and some were) Your standard  basic crop  'circle' is pretty easy to make with a piece of hemp twine and a long board.
 The Phenomena ,according to the INTERNETS began in 1966 in Australia.  For those of you out there who are dogs about sources.... I will tell you now that ALL of my information was gleaned from the internet cuz everyone knows that the internet is never wrong and this is the age of Mercury phosphorus..... The morning star of information. 
So, Australia 1966... not much happened for a while and then they started showing up more in the 70's.... pretty much still just circles at that point.  But then in the 1990's  the whole thing exploded.  Crop circles were no longer just circles, they started using complex imagery. Each circle became larger and more complex.  As they became more complex it became harder and harder to attribute them to a couple of drunk guys in a field one night.  Then video cameras got really cheap and everyone had one...which resulted in folks capturing crop circles being formed by bright 'balls' of energy ( giving rise to discussions of sentient St.Elmos Fire)... Go to you tube... there are several of them there.  The instant conclusion most jumped too was that the  'nice' aliens are talking to us and we are too stupid to understand the message. (I don't know about the rest of you...but when I'm talking to folks who  exhibit lesser intellect than mine I  dumb down my communication  so they can understand me).
The new millennium crop circles are mind boggling. There are geeks out there who dedicate their entire lives to interpreting them using sacred geometry, hieroglyphics,  pseudo- physics, numerology, channeling, bible prophecy and any number of other abstract methods of ordering the universe..
I'm pretty sure they are all wrong. Here's why.
One day in the deep of the winter while casually surfing the web I came across this site
This is a great site..... Its has the obligatory "THEY" are trying to communicate with us stuff  which is not remarkable in itself but what the site does have is a  fabulous library of crop circles all photographed and dated  ....documented crop circles going back years and a loose chronology.   It was the first photos  at the  top of the page that made me think .... "that is obviously a computer generated graphic" Then I scrolled to the bottom of the page and there is this great  grid of more than a hundred photos  of crop circles side by side......and a light went on.  Before we go any further I have to give credit to an ex boyfriend from the early nineties.  He drove me nuts by running a fractal program on the computer that would take hours to complete a graphic (it was the early days of  cumbersome, slow  pc's, that kind of wouldn't do much of anything other than word processing and we had to learn DOS to use it )   and lock down the pc so no one else could use it for hours at a time.  I was forced to watch these things form in my living room on a monitor.  So I recognise them  when I see them.  Looking at the grid it was obvious to me that these images are fractals.  And then I knew......Its us...we're doing it.  Its probably a gang of computer geeks sitting in a basement of the HAARP facilty  controlling a laser experiment from one of the many satellites orbiting the planet that we know nothing about.  This is some serious  technology  they are developing here and fine tuning (all the while reading the tabloids and laughing at the general populace who is attributing it to aliens and interdimensional travelers.)  The applications are I don't even have a word for it...everything from military  strikes to  changing the trajectory of NEO's  They have obviously been working on it since the seventies and made major  breakthroughs in the nineties. Now they are just fine tuning our orbital microwave laser. I don't know who is doing it but I suspect the military or a NASA offshoot..... Who knows could even be a telecom company.  What I do know is take away the impossible and the improbable and what remains is probably true.  While aliens and inter dimensional visitors are not impossible, they are improbable.  After discussing my theory with a few others here are some supporting thoughts.  1. Crop Circle Season: They really do show up mostly from April to August...Jimmy thinks this is due to the orbit of the satellite(s) and appropriate windows. Probably has something to do with positioning for solar power as well.  2. Mostly in England...Well they are our closest allies and we probably have a deal with them.  Either straight forward currency exchange for the rental of their country or a promise that we will use it to protect them since they they are an itty bitty land mass and  2 well placed nukes could probably wipe them off the planet.  3. Other areas......We have to make sure it is mobile and that we can use it anytime anywhere.  Areas less populated than wiltshire have probably been  targeted....  its just that no one has been around to see them. 4. Bait N Switch...... They get to work with almost no oversight because we  ordinary humans  like to think that some higher being is watching over us and grooming us for a polite meet & greet.
So, that's it...That's my theory. What do you think?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Backyard chickens, moulting chickens , molting chickens, chicks ,naked girls, nekked girls

My poor girls!  They are moulting (or molting if you prefer... both spellings are acceptable seems) and its the saddest looking thing in the chicken world. Photos below. They are all moulting, but one of the reds has gone into a hard moult.  My back yard is covered with feathers especially in front of the studio door cuz that's where they hang out waiting for me to emerge from my mystery cave... (its a mystery to them cuz they are...well...chickens).  They are now on a diet in which I have added high protein  cat food (recommended by other chicken owners and how- to sites)  because feathers are mostly protein and to grow back good ones they need lots of it. Don't worry I checked the label and don't use the stuff with chicken meal.  Not because I have an aversion to cannibalism , cuz I don't. But because I eat their eggs and I don't want to get some weird genetic mutation disease like mad cow.  Anyway, they have stopped laying completely to take their annual winter rest. I did some research to make sure they are getting proper care. The WA.Gov site said the better the layer, the harder they moult. So that's new info for me.  This is the third  seasonal moult that the reds will have gone through which means they have had a 30% reduction in laying since we got them.  It sadly means they will be rotated out this spring and new ones added.  RIR's , at their peak, lay about 230 eggs a year. Every year that drops off 10%..  I usually pay the $20 for laying pullets but I think this year I will get chicks..... Just because I want to play with them.Here's some photos of nekked girls. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

100 year old Apple Fritter Recipe, quick and easy apple fritter recipe,

Jimmy has a new Kinect.  And all the guys in the neighborhood have been hanging out at my house to play it.
A few days ago I turned to Ida for a simple snack to feed them while they were Javelin throwing in my living room. I came across a fritter recipe .  Like all of Idas recipes, this one is very flexible.   It is also uber easy and fast.
After they were all exhausted and ready for their afternoon nap,  Jimmy said  "thanks for the fritters.... could you add more apples next time?".  So, the recipe below is the one I made.... but the next time I will add 2 cups of apples to make it even more ...... apple-y.

100 year Old  Apple Fritter Recipe

1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 cupful milk
2 eggs
1 tsp oil or butter
3 tbsp sugar
1 cup diced apple

Beat eggs extremely well (until fluffy).  In a bowl, put your dry ingredients and mix them well, then add milk, butter/oil, eggs......Mix well until you have  a thick batter, then add your apples.
Heat your cooking oil to 350 degrees and  drop batter by spoonfuls into the oil.  (Don't make them too big or they will not be done in  the middle.  Watch them closely  and do not walk away while frying.  1-3 minutes on each side.  Remove from oil and lay on a paper towel or brown paper to absorb excess oil. 
They are ready to eat plain but you can sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
Also ... if you like you may add 1/4 Tsp  cinnamon to the recipe.