I’m waiting for hurricanes… Should I “Google” Gustav?

30 Aug

Well, it seems that Hurricane Gustav is still trying to figure out where he’ll make entry.

Experts are now saying that the hurricane will come ashore somewhere between New Orleans, and Galveston. I suppose that’s it the high pressure area holds, and everything else works like it’s “supposed” to.

I’m not sure I’d wanna be the one dictating arrival zones to a hurricane, I’m pretty sure that’s a “spanking waiting to happen.”

They’re still saying strong Cat 2, possibly Category 3 hurricane, with 100+ mph winds, and several feet of tidal surge. And, it’s gonna rain like “cats and dogs.” So, we wait, like we’re waiting for a brand new bagel to come out of the kitchen. We stare out the windows, and we wonder what’s gonna happen…

And, it’s strange and kinda spooky around here. Nobody is on the streets, there’s no gunfire, no loud music from “Little Mexico” over the back fence, and the local cops aren’t chasing crack dealers down the alley.

Speaking of strange…

They say that “strange things come from strange places.”

And lately, people have been looking at me “strangely,” like I’m from another planet, because I want to use Shipping Containers (ISBU’s) as the basis of construction, to build a house for my family.

Now, if you look at a container for what it is, it makes sense that you could use it as the “framework” for a dwelling. You just have to think “out of the box.” It’s a steel subframe, clad with  steel skins, designed to carry precious cargo over thousands of miles in the worst possible weather, over and over again, for years.

And, all you’re gonna do is give it a different kind of “precious cargo” to hold safely, and it won’t even have to budge an inch while it does it.

So, although the idea sounds strange, it works. It’s all in the “finish…”

I can think of several other examples of “strangeness turned to spicy goodness…” LOL!

If not for the Beatles, we wouldn’t have CAT scans! Yep! The advanced medical scanning technology that lets your doctor see how badly your bones are broken, has a definite Beatles link!

You see, in the 1960s, a middle-aged engineer named Godfrey Hounsfield was working at Electrical & Musical Instrument Ltd. (EMI). He’d already been there for quite a while, considering he started working there as a radar researcher in 1951.

The company was a typical industrial scientific company at the time, working on military technology and the burgeoning field of electronics. And Godfrey had some skills but for the most part he was an unexceptional scientist. He led a team that built the first all-transistor computer in 1958. That’s cool, right?

Because of its work in the field of radar technology, the company began looking at it’s “discoveries,” and branched off into broadcasting equipment. This was a cool deal, because the company also owned several recording studios in London. Specifically, these studios were located at Abbey Road.

In the 50s, the company began releasing LPs, and by the end of that decade, thanks to an acquisition of Capitol Records, the company had become a major player in “pop” music.

Then in 1962, on the recommendation of EMI recording engineer George Martin, the company signed this unknown band called “The Beatles” to a recording contract.

You remember these guys, right?

Talk about your “Big Bang” theory put into action! Over the next decade (and for decades thereafter) the company earned millions of dollars from “The Fab Four.” They earned so much money, in fact, that the company almost didn’t know what to do with it.

So, the company gave old Godfrey the freedom to pursue some “independent research.” Hounsfield’s breakthrough was combining his work with computers together with an interest in X-rays. Remember that X-rays were still pretty much used to image bodies in two dimensions from a fixed position, right?

Hounsfield’s idea was to measure in three dimensions, by scanning an object – most dramatically, a human head – from many directions. The result was a cross-sectional, interior image that he called “computed tomography,” or CT.

And it’s all because of “The Beatles.” I bet Yoko doesn’t think it’s strange. I hear John left her all his EMI  shares…

And here’s some more “strange trivia;”

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. But, chewing gum while crying won’t get your onions peeled, unless you have a sympathetic wife or girlfriend.

My wife just laughs. She’s like that.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo. When people found out what happened, the public outcry was so great that over 50 zoos were established in the United States. With Elephants.

And $40 dollar Pepsi Cola’s. You gotta take out a mortgage, to buy a hot dog. Sheesh, I thought Elephants ate peanuts!

African tribesmen loathe scorpions, for obvious reasons. So, they combat scorpions with alcohol. No, they don’t drink it to relieve scorpion sting pain. They figured out that if you place a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go nuts, and then sting itself to death.

I guess that then it’s already “marinated,” and they can eat it?

Where did the phrase “Rule of Thumb” come from? Any guesses? Well… The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

There’s a joke there… but I can’t quite “reach” it…

What does this seemingly strange list of stuff have in common? Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers? Every one of them was invented by women. See? Women love us. Isn’t THAT strange? LOL!

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the “honeymoon”.

Keeping the groom loaded for a month probably also insured that you wouldn’t try to give that harpy back to her parents… It gave them plenty of time to move away! LOL!

More Hurricane Gustav Updates in a few hours… Remember, if you’re readin it here, we didn’t drown… Yet.

Stay tuned!