Thursday, June 21, 2012

Names of the Week Days in English

I'm starting to create stuff again, I'm still recovering from Mom's passing, but I'll try to
keep up with making new Weird stuff for the Blog.  K?  K.  So here we go, these are the origins of the names of the Days of the Week used in English.  Three are from the Romans and older people's, and four are from Norse mythology with an Angle twist.

Sunday is from the Latin for Sun's Day
Monday is from the Latin for Moon's Day
Tuesday is an evolution of Tyr's Day, Tyr was a Norse God, Fearsome one handed Warrior.
Wednesday is from Woden's Day (Odin) Norse God, One Eyed King of the Gods
Thursday is from Thor's Day, Norse God of Thunder and War has hammer Mjolnir.
Friday is from Freya's Day, Norse Goddess of Art and Beauty.
Saturday is from Saturn's Day, Roman God, Father of the Gods and Goddesses, God of Agriculture and the Harvest.

English also gets the names of the Planets mostly from Latin/Romans, and the names of
the Months have quite a few Roman references.
So now you know why we spell Wed-nes-day in that funny way, it's a corruption/change
from Woden/Odin, Wodeneses Day, Wodneses Day, Wodnes' Day, Wednesday.
Every language as it gets older "contracts", shrinks words and runs them together.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

In Memory of my Mom

In Loving Memory of my Mom
Who Joined the Arms of the Lord
She was my Best Friend and my Buddy
I was Lucky to care for her the last ten years.
Thank You Mom

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Klingon Admiral

If you have not heard the term, COSPLAY, it's slang for "Costume Play". It means people who enjoy making and wearing costumes in public, usually in the hallways and meeting rooms or public areas around Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comics conventions. These get togethers have formal "costume contests" where people can and do compete in many categories from little kids to amateur to advanced expert or even Master Costumer! There are Guilds and regional and national costume competitions annually for Master Costumers etc. 

 You can enter a competition as a "fun" costume, non competing, sometimes called a "hall costume". Walking around and interacting with people while in such "just for fun" costumes is called "Costume Play" or COSPlay. Recently teams or groups of people get together to represent a Tableau of Costumed Characters from their favorite media, and they might even perform choreographed dance routines or act out skits. It's alot of fun. 
 Twenty years ago I won a few competitions with my Klingon Admiral costume as part of a group, but now if I were to wear costumes at an event I'd only do it for fun, CosPlay, just to amuse myself and perhaps give someone else a smile. So that is why you see me post pictures of myself as a Klingon. :)
Copyright 2012 VROUK

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BLACK M00N STUDIOS - Videography WOW!

Self Described "Fat, Bald Videographer" living in the U.K.!
and proprietor of Black Moon Studios
the Video Artist behind this channel has uploaded 30 Videos to YouTube so far.
While I've viewed others such as his 13 Planets of our Solar System,
and they are good, the ones I want to tout highly are his
"What Spock Sees in his Scanner" Series.

If you are a dyed in the wool Trekker of the First Order
who is steeped in the lore and minutiae of the Original Series
you will be mesmerized by the highly detailed and nuanced humor
exhibited in this series of ST:TOS Video Vignettes.
I don't want to spoil the surprise, let's just say they
are completely different from any Trek Humor you
have ever seen before!  It's well worth every second and minute
you will spend watching them, trust me.
Not for the casual fan, but a motherlode for the True Trekker.
I cannot say enough good things about them.  
What's in Spock's Scanner Part I
What's in Spock's Scanner Part II
What's In Spocks Scanner Part III - Final
I wish I wish I wish I could peruse "SpaceBook"
the hilarious invention of this guy, 
as it appears in this series.  Please Please
Mr. Black Moon Studios, publish SpaceBook
for real up on the Net for us to enjoy.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ether Cigar Disaster! Cassette Catastrophe & Vomit

Here is a True Story that happened to me:

Once Upon a Time, Many Years Ago on a Winter Evening in Kansas City Missouri:
I was driving center lane, in evening rush hour traffic jam, on Interstate 435 highway Northbound on the long straight hill approaching the I-70 cloverleaf. It was sleeting and snowing but traffic was zooming at 45mph.

Back then my poor old Ford Escort already stank inside from age, so I started smoking cigars on the hour commute. I had stopped for a burger and shake before getting on the highway home, and inhaled them. I had a full fast food coke in the center cup holder, and an almost empty pretzel bag on passenger seat, with about a cup of loose salt at the bottom. On the passenger floor was my tall - rubber fur lined - snow boots which I took off to better work the pedals on the drive home.  Also on the passenger floor was my open cassette case with 75 music cassettes, bare in their slots. In the back seat was an aerosol  spray can of ETHER I'd used that morning to spray in my carburetor to get the car started.  OK, I had to set the stage so you'd understand what happened very quickly.

OK! - I had lit a new large Joya de Nicaragua cigar and had puffed it up hard so it had a cherry red big glowing coal on the tip.  I could hold it in my mouth and puff and blow the smoke up and to the side and not need hands until the ash needed tipping.  I was puffin, digesting my meal, cruising home, blasting some tunes super loud. (I'd mounted Jensen Triaxial 6x9's inside some home speaker mini cabinets and had them wedged in hatchback area, with a 50 watt amp which was large at the time.)

Suddenly cars in front slammed brakes! A sea of red taillights up ahead!  I tried to the keep car steady but i was going to have to brake hard in a few seconds. I reached the "vee" of my two fingers of my right hand up to remove the cigar and put it in the ashtray quickly, and instead closed my fingers right on the cherry red flaming hot coal tip.

YARGH!!! I Screamed and flung the cigar forward, hard, by reflex. Most of the flaming coal broke off against the dashboard gauge cluster and ricocheted right into my polyester slack's crotch!  The rest of the cigar, still burning, laid against the speedometer plastic window, melting it. I started shrieking as the coal burned through my pants, trying to control the car and not wreck. The coal burned thru just below my zipper bottom, burned thru my underwear and burned my thighs and naughty parts, then sat in the butt hole area of my pants burning a hole in them and the seat.  My fingers were also screaming in pain.

I tried to stand while driving, literally scooting my butt up the back of the driver seat until the steering wheel stopped me, and had to "stand" on the pedals.  I could not sustain that stance and kept sliding back down, sitting on the live coal and jumping back upward, shouting.

Time was up!  This had all happened in two seconds, and now I had to brake Hard to avoid smashing into the slow down ahead.  Three things happened the moment I hit the brakes hard.  The Large cup of Coca Cola dumped forward into the case full of music cassettes, and was quickly followed by all the salt from pretzel bag.  All of the business end of the tapes was now floating in salt and coca cola.

The third thing?  Oh not much.  Just the can of Ether Spray for starting engines shot forward, hit the back of my seat, knocked off it's lid, and bounced/rolled under my driver seat - wedging the can with the spray nozzle in full spray mode.  The Escort quickly filled with ether mist, coating all the windows with an oily slime. Now, I cannot see.

I had to stop shrieking, because I figured if I breathed in the Ether Fog, I was dead.  I steered with my burned hand, trying to keep my a-hole off the fire in the seat, and used my other hand to roll down the window and stick my head out, and somehow I managed to swerve through the cars on the fast left lane and come to a stop in a slush bank.

I figured anything was better than breathing any more of the Ether so I flung open the door and jumped out in my stocking feet into the slush and stood there coughing.  I managed to fish the spray can out, and somewhat air out the car.  I could hardly see my eyes were stinging so.  I used napkins and slush to smear enough of the oily coating off the inside of the windshield to see to finish driving home.  Then I got back in the running car, with frozen wet feet.  The coal had burned all the way thru the seat and I put some slush in the hole and put my coat on it and sat on that, altho I could hardly sit from the burns.

As soon as the adrenaline rush died down as I sat back in the car and shut the door, the fumes hit me with instant nausea and I immediately projectile vomited the entire chocolate milk shake in one big arc which evenly divided itself between my two fur lined snow boots.

That night I discovered the damage to the tapes.  I tried to save them, but they were a total loss.   So I know you are having a bad day and I am sorry what happened to you, but I thought if I shared this true story you might feel better.

Copyright 2012 VROUK

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Live Radio Around the World on the Web

To successfully listen to "streams" "live" over the internet, you must have a range of "listening" programs installed and always "up to date".  Some Common Players:  RealPlayer (the free version is OK), Windows Media Player, Quicktime (plain), WinAmp.
If the "station" won't play on one, try another.

STILL WON'T PLAY: there will be stations that won't "play". A problem at the broadcasters "server", a problem matching "signal" with receiving program or version, or a channel you successfully get quits working.  Either the sender turned on "security" to limit signal to "members", or they changed "versions" or signal type, or their "server" is simply broken, or they are "off the air", or your receiving program has changed in some way, or the internet pipe between is different at the moment.

This is why you should be flexible and just choose something else.
If it's super important, reinstall and update your receiving programs, test them with other broadcasters, and finally contact the broadcaster.

TIMING: In some cases like local Japanese stations, you'll discover they
only broadcast four hours a day, and are closed when you are awake.  

CHURCHES and similar organizations: Even though they all claim to be "live" on the web, they are run mostly by volunteers without a clue what they are doing. Good Luck!  
I've found that 80 percent have nothing working, 10 percent have recorded old programs even though they label them "live", five percent always seem to offer some kind of signal they say is live, but it never works right, and the final five percent play live and on time.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Rabbit In The Moon - Belly Fire Dancer

Electronic Music Group Rabbit In The Moon

Red Belly / Fire Dancer Video
This dancer is hypnotic and polished and intense,
she performs with Rabbit in the Moon and other groups,
if you search utube for fire dancers and rabbit in the moon etc. you can find much more footage of her doing various fire dances etc.
Give it a chance, don't dismiss out of hand, watch a couple times, it's one of those things that grows on you, then you wonder why you didn't like it at first.
Here is a bonus video with some more fusion style belly dance:
Alice Deejay Better Off Alone Lorya Bootleg Mix