29 Cents And Counting


Drove home at 2 am, couldn’t say what day it was and didn’t care, work wasn’t expecting me back for 11 luxurious hours. Eleven hours reminded exhaustion there’s more to life than work. Noticeable layers of dust cloaked my laptop, all I wanted was time to catch up on WordPress. Forcing hindsight to explain how I let work topple my love for daily ponders could wait, I had eleven hours – two at my laptop, one to wind down and fall asleep, seven at rest, another to wake, shower and get myself back to work.

I didn’t need hindsight wagging her finger to know I’d stretched myself too thin. I might have happily opened WordPress and left it at that, but no, I had to open Quora and ruin my life.

For perspective, WordPress is my first love, Quora a dangerous affair. WordPress feeds my soul, Quora delivers esteem building strokes, strokes in the form of Top Writer affirmation and more views in a day than WordPress musters in a month. I hate myself but can’t stop. Trouble is, there aren’t enough hours for WordPress let alone Quora.

Back to eleven hours and a dusty laptop. I wanted to ponder October meteor showers on WordPress. Opening my laptop for the first time in days created a maelstrom of conflicted direction. Best guess being checking Quora stats before settling into WordPress stemmed from innocent desire to get it out of the way, who knew a private message would ruin my life.

Quora moderation invited me to enroll in the Partners Program. What Partners Program? I only have eleven hours and you’re choosing tonight to personally invite me to enroll for paid content? Register a PayPal account, keep asking great questions, blah, blah, blah. What fresh hell is this? I don’t have time!

Cosmic ponders went unspoken, my laptop slammed shut, I crawled into bed. One week and 72 work hours later I dusted off the screen, what choice did I have but to play along with Quora? Enrollment took a few minutes, my first question took a few more. As of tonight I’ve earned 29 cents, 29 convoluted cents awarded to an overworked caterer who only wants to ponder the cosmos. I need my head examined! Sigh.

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Still More Mexico City


These images can’t be enlarged as posted, please ponder in full screen glory at https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

All photo credits to my husband

Ponder Sunrise Over Ryugu


Four years and 3,200 million kilometers ago, JAXA ( Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ) launched Hayabusa2, a sample return mission targeting asteroid 162173 Ryugu. Hayabusa2 found Ryugu on June 27, 2018. For several weeks Hayabusa hovered 20 kilometers above tiny Ryugu in anticipation of deploying two diminutive 18 centimeter diameter rovers. On September 22 JAXA mission control cheered when rovers 1A and 1B dutifully hopped across the surface of Ryugu. 17 minutes later first images of Ryugu found their way home.

https://tecake.in/hayabusa2-successfully-deployed-two-rovers-on-asteroid-ryugu-on-saturday

http://earthsky.org/space/jaxa-confirms-2-rovers-landed-asteroid-ryugu?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=c24ffba034-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-c24ffba034-393970565

Hayabusa2 plans to crash impact rover MASCOT ( Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout ) to form a crater on Ryugu’s surface. Before embarking on the journey home in December 2019, Hayabusa2 will land on Ryugu to retrieve rover MASCOT, returning to Earth in 2020 with samples collected from a 1 kilometer wide asteroid 313 million kilometers away. Ponder sunrise over Ryugu, cosmic wonder captured by a space agency and mission few people knew existed.

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Spider Beach


On the morning of September 19, 300 meters of shoreline in Aitoliko, Greece woke to a gossamer siege of Tetragnatha spider web. Commonly called stretch spiders for their elongated bodies, over 300 species of harmless Tetragnatha inhabit our world. Partial to low vegetation at waters edge, stretch spiders thrive on mosquitoes and water born insects. Every few years a perfect storm of warm moist weather and mosquito bloom spark a stretch spider orgy. But for carefree visual grandstanding, arachnid party-goers mating with wild abandon while gorging on mosquitoes would remain nature’s secret.

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2018/09/18/massive-spider-web-covers-an-entire-beach-in-greece-photos/

Plants and palm trees covered in a veil of spider webs

Plants and palm trees covered in a veil of spider webs

Plants covered in a veil of spider webs

 

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Tetragnatha Spider

Mexico City Streets


Ponder Mexico City through my husband’s lens. Photographs documenting vibrant textures, mesmerizing beauty and pulse of a city beyond definition. My apologies for posting photographs that can’t be enlarged by a click. Please follow the link below for full screen viewing – each and every image a work of art. Viva Mexico.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

Jesus in Wonderland.


A Tale Unfolds

Ignorance is one the greatest allies of  those who promote lies under the guise of truth. In fact, I would venture that, many of these Liars for Jesus are, in many respects, just as ignorant as the sheep they would shear.

Archaeology, while not an exact science, is often replete with enough evidence that a conclusion can fairly confidently be drawn: for example, it’s not too difficult what conclusion can be drawn from the fact there are no pre-Cambrian fossilized rabbits!

And this short video might illuminate certain areas of geographical ignorance some of you might have regarding the stamping ground of everyone’s favorite god-man, Jesus of Nazareth.

Grab a coffee and a sandwich, and take ten minutes to brush up on your ”Jesus Geography”.

Ark.

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Home In Body Not Mind


Few places are harder to leave than Mexico City. Home after nine days, decompression won’t come easily. Much as I’d like to dangle poetic eloquence worthy of honoring the cadence of Mexico City, I need a few days to understand it myself. Meanwhile a gallery of cell phone images taken September 16, Mexican Independence Day.

We don’t need a reason to visit Mexico City, this year it happened to coincide with Independence Day. Over the next few days I’ll try to explain why this city is worth pondering.