Saturday, March 30, 2013

which came first?

the rabbit or the egg?

If the World were 100 PEOPLE

Gender would split 50/50

26 would be children
There would be 74 adults,
8 over 65.

There would be:
60 Asians
15 Africans
14 people in North and South America
11 live in Europe

33 Christians
22 Muslims
14 Hindus
7 Buddhists
12 people who practice other religions

and 12 athiests.

12 would speak Chinese
5 would speak English
5 more, Spanish.

3 would speak Arabic
3 would speak Hindi
3 would speak Bengali
3 would speak Portuguese
2 would speak Russian
2 more would speak Japanese, and
62 would speak other languages.

I love you, too.

83 can read and write but 17 cannot. 

If you have a college degree you are in the top 7% of the educated world, but only 22% can access a computer.

77% have a place to call home, while 23 are homeless. 

1 would be dying of starvation.
15% are undernourished.

21 out of 100, mostly Americans, would be overweight.

87% have access to safe drinking water.

13 people have no clean water to drink at all.

Feeling pretty good about all this?

Justice Antonin Scalia

How do YOU fit into this world?

Friday, March 29, 2013

his name is Tom

and he’s coming.

and all you can do is your best

One of life’s lessons is how briefly you actually hold your own children. Time flies when you’re having fun.

One day you’re the parent cleaning up puke and wiping their bottoms and doing laundry everyday; sleep-tight stories with kisses and no-no’s and napkins in their lap. 

"Look both ways" and “Don’t forget to flush” and before you know it, they are off on their own way of life.

And that’s if everything goes right. 
We can only do our best.

I’d bet Liam Armstrong’s parents did their best. 
His father is a Nassau County Police Sargeant.

But Liam made a mistake, one bad decision on his 18th birthday.

He was in town celebrating with his buds but they entered the uptown 1 when they needed southbound to Port Authority.

So instead of going up and over Broadway they jumped down and dashed across four lanes of subway track. 

Young men are immortal, y’know.

He’s remembered as a nice and funny guy, an athlete well liked throughout his school.   

A good kid raised in love and lots of bandaids, with family holidays and infinite patience who made one quick, bad decision. Police found a bottle of rum in his backpack.

One day you become the parent and before you know it, 
they are off on their own way of life.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

anyone miss Mitt Romney?

I didn’t think so.

go with the flow

Shooting moving water is always tempting. A shutter speed of 1/500th of a second or faster can be handheld and freeze the droplets in midair.

Set up a tripod and slow it down to ½ second or slower, up to about 2 seconds, and the water takes on a relaxing blur.

But be careful not to overexpose bright areas the longer the shutter is open. You can see it burning out in the lower right corner of the photo above. 

Naturally, if you find something large and colorful and standing very still...

...take that much easier photo instead. ;-)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013