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  • 20 of Apple’s Favorite Photos Shot with the iPhone 6

    03/02/2015 1:15:41 PM PST · 46 of 47
    Aliska to Swordmaker

    My grandson downloads Netflix on his mom’s and is costing her a lot. I call her and her phone often rings when she’s here so I know she primarily uses it as a phone (iPhone 4). And camera. She does text on it though, too.

  • Here's everything we know about Project Titan, Apple's rumoured electric car

    03/01/2015 8:27:10 PM PST · 57 of 68
    Aliska to Swordmaker
    I forgot the link and can't remember how to code them right. Got it, had to look it up.

  • Here's everything we know about Project Titan, Apple's rumoured electric car

    03/01/2015 8:21:24 PM PST · 56 of 68
    Aliska to Swordmaker
    Here is an article just put up today that has 20 of apple's favorite photos shot with the iPhone 6. We talked about some before but these are all new. And fantastic. Almost enough to make me put away my dslr and get an iPhone just to take pictures and make short video clips.

    You should post this. Pls ping me if you do :-).

  • How Photoshop’s Sharpening Tools Work and How to Best Use Them (tutorial video)

    03/01/2015 8:14:13 PM PST · 5 of 17
    Aliska to SWAMPSNIPER
    I use Photoshop CS5 but not much any more. I really like the content aware fill and for sharpening use the unsharp mask. I did a lot of art with the old Photoshop 7 but only use it (CS5) now to process my photos. I took an online course and dabbled for hours and hours on my own and following tutorials and did some really neat stuff. But I've forgotten how to do most of it and can only do basic things without stopping to look it up. I only know a couple shortcuts.

    Photoshop is really powerful and some of the work put out by experts is just superb. That was in the days of a neat 3D program, can't remember the name of it, Bryce? Combined with Photoshop it was spectacular.

    I got Lightroom but never use it. I put together a slideshow in iPhoto then uploaded it to youtube. They got on me for copyright infringement, I was using music that came with iPhoto, so I got po'ed, took it down and never made another video.

  • Learning to Like Spicier Food: Can people train themselves to tolerate heat?

    03/01/2015 6:40:48 PM PST · 132 of 134
    Aliska to Ruy Dias de Bivar
    I read the whole thing. Not much for potatoes; I could practically live on them. I guess I'll make some stuffing tomorrow. Am hungry just for that.

    Not much in there sounds good but when you are hungry, it's amazing what can taste good. Give me some Kikkomen soy sauce or other chinese seasonings, oyster sauce, yum, kimchee forget it.

    Then I lost my place and was reading about a veteran who died from cancer that started in his kidneys from Agent Orange and spread until it killed him. VA wouldn't recognize it as due to AO. Sad.

  • Learning to Like Spicier Food: Can people train themselves to tolerate heat?

    03/01/2015 5:44:00 PM PST · 130 of 134
    Aliska to Spartan79; Ruy Dias de Bivar
    I'll bet it does. I don't want to find out from personal experience, will take your word for it.

    If it feels too hot, shouldn't swallow it. Now I like a little hot and I also like spicy that isn't hot but hot hot hot, no way.

    I have noticed that a little spicy hot helps with my gingivitis which makes my gums, mouth and tongue sore. Also some special toothpaste. Also warm salt water.

    Ruy that is interesting about the c rations; you must have served in Nam or just before or after. So the hot stuff might well have medicinal value if you can tolerate it or administer it another way.

  • Learning to Like Spicier Food: Can people train themselves to tolerate heat?

    03/01/2015 1:26:58 PM PST · 98 of 134
    Aliska to Lurkina.n.Learnin

    Yeah horseradish can be bad, too, but I love a little bit of it. I use it in shrimp cocktail sauce and am going to try some mixed with mayo for on beef sandwiches.

  • Learning to Like Spicier Food: Can people train themselves to tolerate heat?

    03/01/2015 1:23:58 PM PST · 97 of 134
    Aliska to Safetgiver
    Cute story. The underlying taste of tobasco is nice, like peppers, but it's too hot. It was always on the table so now and then I'd put a drop of it on something.. I'm a WWII baby and I don't remember c rations. We shopped at the commissary which was a junk heap, worse than the first Aldi's lol.

    I remember red tokens, my mom canned beef from a farmer. Tires and car stuff was scarce but we had a faithful gas station owner who looked after my mother. We always had the car. I don't know how she handled the winter streets and snow shoveling though. Maybe my uncle or hired kids.

    I just don't remember hardship during the war except my father was gone.

  • Learning to Like Spicier Food: Can people train themselves to tolerate heat?

    03/01/2015 11:16:13 AM PST · 33 of 134
    Aliska to PJ-Comix
    I can only tolerate mild spicy. I like to put 10 jalapenos sliced crossways in my big batches of chili, but I have to get rid of the seeds and to do that, I have to put on latex gloves because the juice burns my hands and anything they touch.

    The other day I was telling my daughter about when I was a little girl, we went out to a place where a Lebanese farmer sold great corn and tomatoes, better than you can get now imo. While we were standing there talking, he handed me a small hot red pepper. I took a big bite and my mouth was on fire. I know I had to react to it but all these years later I know he did it to amuse himself.

    I have never tolerated hot hot. There is a new green tabasco I like which is milder than the red but i just put on drops at a time. My dad had to have tabasco on about everything. I do like a little "kick" in my cooking but just the right amount. Cayenne, some dried hot peppers, I don't keep red tabasco in the house though.

    I don't think I could ever condition myself to tolerate more of that stuff. It would burn all the way down if I swallowed it. I don't want to find out anyway. It's a macho thing with men maybe. I don't know why they want to cover up the taste of their food with that stuff. Maybe it is because historically meat and other ingredients may have been half spoiled and it's to mask the yuck. Cooking at high enough temps would kill bacteria. Maybe the hot sauce kills bad bugs.

  • Tax question - Smart Freepers help wanted

    02/25/2015 7:20:15 PM PST · 5 of 21
    Aliska to SolidRedState
    2015 federal estate tax limit is 5.43 million per peron. The state may have a different threshold or none. You must have had a whopping inheritance or you are mistaken about a long-term capital gain tax.

    Source: Forbes

    Best to be patient and listen carefully to your tax advisor. The IRS may have a booklet about it.

  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The How Much Do You Like Winter Quiz - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    02/24/2015 7:08:35 PM PST · 68 of 170
    Aliska to LUV W
    Thank you. My furnace my son had put in in 2006 and added central air (a real luxury). Two calls this winter. It quit and took 3 repairmen to get the right part, a $400 something motor. Then I called again when it started lagging. I put in an accordian filter and it never shows a lot of dirt (there's plenty in the house!) but it had sucked in the whole filter toward the blower/igniter/what all.

    So the man that time was different and said I needed a new filter (this one was 2 weeks in there). I saw how it was bowed when he brought it up and knew it wasn't good for the new motor so worth the service call. Then he said he had filters but would have to charge me $8 for one. I said well I didn't know how soon I could get to where I could get some so I will pay it (I got a bad scare when it quit when it was getting so cold). Then he relented and said I could have it.

    Now my daughter found me some they recommended, the fiberglass kind el cheapo at Home Depot so I'm good for awhile. And I'm better about changing them than I used to be.

    I've never been shut in this long but I don't like going out when it's so cold although I do have ski pants and put on lots of layers which really helps when I have to go out. There is thick ice by my garbage can. I have these cleat things I got and did get the garbage out on that ice, had to walk super carefully anyway, risk my darn life to take the garbage out, a week ago but my daughter came late this past Sunday and was going to take it out and I said well it would be bad if you fell on that ice back there so I'll wait. Younger people can get hurt bad on ice, too.

  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN - The How Much Do You Like Winter Quiz - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    02/24/2015 6:21:03 PM PST · 15 of 170
    Aliska to LUV W
    Most of those don't apply to me in my life now. I loved winter as a kid. I dread the snow now because I can't do it all myself and have to find somebody plus I don't go much and have to run my car every few days to keep the battery charged although I do have a battery pack which is not hard to use now.

    My furnace is not able to keep up. When it gets to the single digits, it lags at least 4 degrees behind, sometimes more. It returns to normal in the 20's. My house is very drafty because of problems; I have storm windows on but some are stuck on the screens, one is broken and a couple lost.

    I must say, the last we had about 13 inches of snow, I think it was the most beautiful one I've seen in my life the way it stuck to the trees for 3 days or more.

    They do temps by wind chill now and it has been bitterly cold too many days but not as bad as some in the past and when I was a kid. I have to think I do not know how I would cope if I lived out east where they have gotten socked repeatedly, never saw anything like that, especially some photos I looked up on google images and saw Boston and New York. One assisted living facility, one-storey, had drifts up to the eaves and National Guardsmen shoveling snow off the roof. I don't know if they moved the residents or not. The entrance was snowed in.

  • The Six Days of Creation

    02/24/2015 6:09:08 PM PST · 69 of 173
    Aliska to RaceBannon
    As a child I believed the 6 as-they-are-now days' creation and for my young years. Then as a 30-something adult I took a course in Anthropology. I never would have chosen to take that course but my father told me to and he was paying for my college. That really rattled me. It was a Catholic college, and we learned about the predecessors of man, Australopethicus, homo erectus, Neanterthal; some natural history, most I've forgotten. I never did feel comfortable about the difference of what was taught in that course and my faith. It still bothers me to read about Neanterthal, we share genes, no they aren't compatible we couldn't mate with them, no Asians carry more Neanderthal dna and so on.

    What if science is true or on the right track and the bible a bunch of fables as the atheists like to taunt believers with on news message boards?

    I didn't want to believe all that stuff and think they might be mistaken about some of the fossils so I decided to believe what Jesus referred to in the Old Testament. He seemed to believe literally in one man and one woman, Adam and Eve, Noah, David, and Jonah and the whale.

    Incidentally I have been reading some of my Edward Rowe Snow books where I left off some years ago (easy, interesting reading), he was no fool and checked his sources as best he could, anyway, he tells of two different instances where men got swallowed by whales and lived. One for 2 days didn't fare too well, skin was bleached white, affected afterwards, but lived quite awhile after that.

    I still think that until the earth orbited the sun, days could be almost any length and even back then, we don't know if the hours were exactly 24 because the orbit, no revolutions on the polar axis, could be a little different now.

  • Early Obama fans ponder Hillary 'inevitability' -- again

    02/24/2015 4:56:29 PM PST · 5 of 9
    Aliska to allendale

    She doesn’t seem to have much stamina but will happily be a “place marker” to keep things in Dem control. She can’t take running all over the place like Obama. I don’t like being programmed to accept the “inevitability” of a Clinton presidency. Which is what they are doing. I hate those vague “they’s” when others use them so I’ll be more explicit. TPTB in charge of choosing our candidates for us.

  • "It Hit a Nerve"

    02/24/2015 11:07:37 AM PST · 8 of 44
    Aliska to Kaslin

    Rudy called it for what it was and could have said worse. Tom Brokaw sure snarked Rudy out about it. You have to make a little effort to smoke it out but it’s all there. I wish Rudy would stand his ground.

  • Federal Reserve Insider Alan Greenspan Warns:There Will Be a “Significant Market EventSomething Big

    02/22/2015 8:21:47 PM PST · 7 of 82
    Aliska to expat_panama


  • What are songs/music that you loved as a child that you still love to this day?

    02/15/2015 1:13:31 PM PST · 121 of 289
    Aliska to mountn man
    David Lean's sound tracks are among my favorites. He did Lawrence of Arabia (not too familiar with that) and Ryan's Daughter (loved that). I don't know any others he did.

    Yes, Dr. Zhivago Lara's Theme has been one of my all-time favorites.

  • Edward Snowden talks 'Citizenfour' with Poitras, Greenwald

    02/14/2015 11:33:03 AM PST · 37 of 43
    Aliska to upchuck

    Sorry, I often don’t get the sarcasm. No, I have no use for them either but God loves them. I think.

  • Edward Snowden talks 'Citizenfour' with Poitras, Greenwald

    02/13/2015 8:30:06 PM PST · 35 of 43
    Aliska to upchuck
    A regular feature on abc front page. Must get them a lot of clicks. I think she is the one who named her baby North. Her husband is black. Kanya West I think. I don't click but she gets in my face when they feature her.

    Bread and circuses. It's that syndrome. Always been that way with sports and the stars, too.

    I thought I'd see if I knew what I was talking about so looked her up. One is a shot of her backside all oiled up with her crack whited out. Where have I seen that before? Oh, I know. O's alleged mother. Wiki's link has this: Kimberly "Kim" Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian, October 21, 1980) is an American television and social media personality, socialite, model, ...

  • Edward Snowden talks 'Citizenfour' with Poitras, Greenwald

    02/13/2015 2:18:18 PM PST · 7 of 43
    Aliska to Mad Dawgg
    I agree with you. So we argue if he is a traitor or hero, and a certain element among us goes back to every time Kim Kardashian does something. We are being manipulated, and, if anything, they NSA & Fiends have stepped up their efforts.

    We really need to vote them out in 2016 lol. Would Mia Love go to the mat over it?

  • Obama denounces 'outrageous murders' of three U.S. Muslims

    02/13/2015 2:02:15 PM PST · 23 of 72
    Aliska to what's up

    He did it because Erdogan of Turkey bashed him for not speaking out about the Muslim murders in the US. Heard it on the radio news earlier today. Didn’t take him long.

  • Ohio girl, 11, takes visiting baby upstairs, beats her to death, police say

    02/09/2015 6:00:30 PM PST · 42 of 71
    Aliska to agrarianlady

    That is the sad theme of Thomas Hardy’s “Jude the Obscure” (older child being responsible for younger sibling for days on end while nonconformist parents worked).

  • Is the Mass the Real Sacrifice of Christ?

    02/09/2015 5:32:45 PM PST · 263 of 294
    Aliska to Arthur McGowan

    OK, thank you. I should have thought of that but don’t remember other posts by him.

  • Is the Mass the Real Sacrifice of Christ?

    02/08/2015 1:57:40 PM PST · 44 of 294
    Aliska to one Lord one faith one baptism
    I don't see any translation that says, "this represents my body." On the biblehub, every translation from the Douay-Rheims to King James down to more modern versions, all say, "This IS my body." Matthew 26:26-30.

    I find it all confusing, too, however. But it's pointless to argue about it.

  • The children of Auschwitz: On the eve of the 70th anniversary of its liberation...

    01/27/2015 12:12:56 PM PST · 13 of 26
    Aliska to kelly4c
    Maybe someday you will. Maybe some are already recorded somewhere. Many Hungarian Jews were gassed at Auschwitz and were transported closer to the end of the war. The millions who were murdered most we will never know their names.

    Of the survivors, there is a slideshow at ABC featuring survivors, all late eighties or early nineties. I meant to add somewhere that many transports were immediately gassed at Auschwitz but so many had been through a series of the camps.

    I did read somewhere that all the extermination camps were located in occupied Poland. There were six with gas chambers. The deniers will say there were none. If they are wrong, and I firmly believe they are, there must be a special punishment waiting for that kind of lie; how evil to obliterate the suffering, torture, and hideous manner of death of millions, and not just Jews.

    As to research, it is a daunting task. There is nothing like it in my family history (no known Jewish roots for generations). Anyway, Hungary is hard to research, knew a Hungarian genealogist (non-Jew).

    Well, you could try praying for those you think perished and watch for some answer. Some rabbis are reputed to have extraordinary gifts. Maybe God will lead you to one. I was never aware of some of their gifts. Many believe their departed family members are watching over them.

    Very occasionally, some are thought to have perished but escaped instead. Let us hope you will be led to other survivors of that line in your family. If they have remained faithful Jews, they could have a lot of information to impart to you. They are scrupulous about maintaining oral tradition of their family history.

    In any case, we don't know what lies in the great beyond. Sooner or later you may find out. In the meantime, I wish you well, and thank you for sharing on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • The children of Auschwitz: On the eve of the 70th anniversary of its liberation...

    01/26/2015 9:26:30 PM PST · 8 of 26
    Aliska to Morgana
    The survivors have been and are continue to reach the end of their earthly lives. I've been reading a lot about it lately since I suspended reading as a young adult because it was too horrible. Some books I read were Exodus, Mila 18, QV??? (may have been about the trials), Nina's Book, can't remember others offhand.

    I'm concerned about the deniers. Their numbers are building. So I've been reading what they are saying and what evidence exists since the Holocaust. I only have a little from personal experience, what has been told to me by survivors. I went to a Holocaust Memorial at a Jewish synagogue in about 1990. It was a lovely service. Various survivors would tell their stories and concluded with "it really happened."

    I found myself getting angry that they had to be on the defensive about unspeakable horrors. The next day I went to my neighbor who had fought in Europe in WWII (may he rest in peace). I told him what people were saying and asked him if it really happened. He said he liberated one of the camps (and I wish I'd asked him more specific questions) and that (emphatically) "you could SMELL it from miles away". He was kind of a harsh, bitter person and maybe was incapable of having much affection toward anyone, just saying this to say he would have no particular ax to grind about the Jews.

    All I have would be considered hearsay or second hand. It's just important that as much evidence is preserved as possible. I'm reading a wonderful series of books by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal, telling of amazing coincidences and how the very few were saved among many other indicents not all involving the Holocaust. One involved 911 and Jews who needed a quorum to pray before going to work in the towers. They needed 10, and finally an old man appeared. As he said the prayers too slowly, the others were late for work, they heard the first explosion. When the initial shock subsided, they looked for the tenth old man. He had disappeared and they never knew who he was or where he went.

    These are Orthodox Jews but the books include stories of Christians or no faith at all. Anyway, they have prayers they say for certain occasions. I always thought God had abandoned the Jews but that is not so. They pray for their dead. Some amazing results have come as a result of the prayers of observant Jews. It's refreshing and inspiring.

    One of the stories gives the details of how Steven Spielberg came to produce Schindler's List. With the proceeds he started a Shoah Foundation which may be worthwhile. He had to be cajoled and persuaded to make that movie as he had little knowledge of the Holocaust nor interest in it initially. An Oscar for his movies had eluded him. One of the Jewish man who persuaded him to produce the movie (a book had already been written) predicted he would win an Oscar for it and so he did. Multiple ones.

  • Prophecy and Prediction: Best Left to the Professionals

    01/21/2015 3:50:44 PM PST · 9 of 42
    Aliska to NYer
    If they quoted Peter, I missed it:

    2 Peter, Chapter 1:

    19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy, unto which ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts,

    20 knowing this first: that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.

    21 For the prophecy came not in olden times by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

  • Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News

    01/20/2015 9:43:27 PM PST · 21 of 85
    Aliska to Dallas59

    Free speech for vulgar cartoons but none for FOX news. What total typocrites. Hey, I like that word. There is something more behind this methinks.

  • First Taco Bell building may be demolished

    01/16/2015 9:11:50 PM PST · 42 of 44
    Aliska to jttpwalsh

    Glad you liked it. I suppose I’d better wrap this up as it’s about Taco Bell; I liked Rainy Days, too. There are only a couple I don’t like. Yesterday Once More speaks to me as I listened to the radio, too. These lyrics are kind of nonsensical but catchy: Every sha-la-la-la, Every wo-o-wo-o, still shines. Every shing-a-ling-a-ling, that they’re startin’ to sing’s, so fine

  • First Taco Bell building may be demolished

    01/16/2015 9:07:45 PM PST · 41 of 44
    Aliska to chrisinoc
    They went to Downey HS; there are a few video clips of it; I think one was shown, briefly, on the nightly news on the day of her death. Also when they were featured on "This is Your Life", one of their teachers appeared on the show. Karen sang in the choir and played in the band. She didn't like geometry which is why she signed up for band.

    I don't know all of it but Richard and Karen lived at home until they were 25. Then they bought a house together, a really nice one which being unoccupied later, was starting to fall into ruin because Richard married and moved to Thousand Oaks. At some point shortly before her death, Karen had a condo by herself. The parents moved to what sounds like retirement living, I'd have to go find a video that gives the name of city or neighborhood.

    I watch 3 or so videos every day, some I like to play over and over. From the comments and languages, I see there are old fans and there are still new fans. It is so fortunate there is such a treasure trove of photos and video clips. Some of their best early original music was burned in a fire, think at Universal Studios. My memory isn't that great so please pardon if I didn't get something right.

    I so regret I missed out on their music in the 70's. I would have liked it then but it's different to watch video all these years later, and I doubt could ever have attended any of the wonderful live concerts. I went to see Johnny Cash when he came to town and don't like that kind of music. I don't know what I liked. Bob Dylan Blowin' on the Wind and the rest of that album, How Many Times something.

  • Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ actually didn’t; books recalled

    01/16/2015 2:07:22 PM PST · 38 of 75
    Aliska to Drew68

    St. Paul was caught up into the third heaven. But he said it wasn’t lawful to tell what he saw and experienced.

  • First Taco Bell building may be demolished

    01/15/2015 8:59:06 PM PST · 39 of 44
    Aliska to jttpwalsh
    I only visited So. CA once or twice on family vacations by car when I was a teenager, didn't know anything about Downey.

    In one of their music videos, they are shown in the Huntington gardens; I guess they are behind the Huntington Gallery? We did visit there.

    I wasn't familiar with Karen except just the sound on the radio and do remember when she died and what of but I'd get her mixed up with Cher for some reason. So now after all these years I discover K & R on youtube and have been enjoying it immensely.

    One of my favorites so far is a medley done for the BBC at the New London Theater. I've noticed she loved to wear those white boots and can't remember heels in a performance. What I like so much about this one is she was reluctant to come out as lead from behind her drums and she exudes such confidence, grace and maturity. She's just so naturally beautiful, the way she nods and smiles. Then she talks briefly so confidently and the clip ends abruptly which is like a little jolt. She was just 26 at the time.

    Another one the same year she had this gorgeous white dress with beautiful flouncy tiers at the bottom. Some of her clothes seem funky now but that was the 70's.

    I don't like to say too much about her illness because there has been a lot of speculation and blame. It's just tragic what she did to herself but I'm not sure she intended to and wanted to live. IMO she damaged her heart so badly by what she was doing even if they had gotten more aggressive with her and treatment, it may have been too late.

    A sad irony is that she died the morning she was to go finalize her divorce with her atty and was to meet with Olivia Newton John later. I can't think of a single female singer of pop type music I like better than her. Something about her voice, tones I never heard before.

    Her brother said she had a 3-octave range. She could sing the D below middle C. Her brother was a genius, did all the arranging, much of the composing, played, sang, chose all the sounds and tracks and where to put the sounds. I never knew anything about that part of recording. Richard said they turned the ear phones off when they recorded in a sound booth. I don't know how they stayed in sync but they did flawlessly.

    Oh, there's another clip where private services were held at the Downey Methodist Church. Many stood outside and I think they could hear through a speaker. I think the visitation would have been at the funeral home you mention.

  • Duke University reverses decision, will not allow Muslim call to prayer at its chapel

    01/15/2015 7:13:32 PM PST · 117 of 128
    Aliska to rlmorel

    lol, ok. You are unchained from me. Lucky you.

  • Duke University reverses decision, will not allow Muslim call to prayer at its chapel

    01/15/2015 1:43:06 PM PST · 62 of 128
    Aliska to rlmorel

    Best friends for life? Oh, ok.

  • Duke University reverses decision, will not allow Muslim call to prayer at its chapel

    01/15/2015 1:21:51 PM PST · 39 of 128
    Aliska to Sacajaweau

    You beat me to it. I was going to say there must be an apple app for that.

  • First Taco Bell building may be demolished

    01/15/2015 12:24:12 PM PST · 33 of 44
    Aliska to jttpwalsh
    Thank you for sharing that. I think the Carpenters, when not working or performing, lived like ordinary people as much as possible just because that's the way they were. I've been catching up on their music and am in awe of their talent. Richard has always come across as very gracious and thoughtful. I've never seen any video or Q&A page that even hints at arrogance or rudeness to anyone.

    I'd have probably bothered him for his autograph when I was younger. That must get to be a pain for famous people.

    After I learned a little more about how their talents developed well I can't write out all I learned. I told myself, "it can't be an accident those two were born in a family and had talents that complemented each other so well. It had to come from somewhere" They had the advantage of plenty of records (Richard called his father's collection "eclecric" I only remember Les Paul and Mary Ford) but so did my sister and I. We could have not all but plenty access to music from very young.

    We both took up music but never had anything close to the gifts the Carpenters had.

    I learned that the father took piano as a child and had no interest; he became a printer, worked very hard. It turns out his parents (Karen and Richard's paternal grandparents) had been missionaries in China and when they returned (first to England then it gets fuzzy), both were accomplished pianists. They would have dinners and afterwards entertain with piano duets. i learned that from an article in the NYT.

    Not too long before she died, she did ask for a taco.

  • First Taco Bell building may be demolished

    01/15/2015 12:01:19 PM PST · 32 of 44
    Aliska to Dr. Sivana
    I agree but I thought the design (hesitant to call it architecture) is one of the nicest I've seen of that kind of restaurants. All the ones I've seen are "strip mall ugly" and utilitarian.

    I hope they can save it or disassemble it; it might draw a lot of business where I live. People should do selfies in front of it lol.

  • First Taco Bell building may be demolished

    01/14/2015 9:44:17 PM PST · 10 of 44
    Aliska to chrisinoc
    Richard and Karen Carpenter lived in Downey when they got their start in the music business. Maybe they ate there. Richard is still alive and living in Thousand Oaks so maybe he is on the conservation committee.

    One problem is I think I read somewhere that the first home the Carpenter family purchased and lived in after they moved from New Haven, CT, was demolished for some urban development project, maybe a freeway.

    Time marches on. America has demolished a lot of the old heritage in the name of progress. Fortunately some still remains. Europe has managed to modernize and preserve much of the Old World charm.

  • iPhone 5 Was The Top Smartphone Camera On Flickr In 2014

    01/14/2015 6:44:17 PM PST · 25 of 27
    Aliska to Swordmaker
    Thank you for that link so I didn't have to sift through pages of sub par photos. He was a professional photographer. I mean to revisit the site because you can't take it all in in one viewing.

    Stop action of the falling leaf, bokeh, I thought I saw him with either a monopod or folded tripod. That camera is indeed really vertasile. And the pictures are wonderful. He must love that tree. Never could I imagine that one tree could produce so many varied shots. There were other shots, he has a great eye.

    He doesn't live far from me. And I like trees, too.

    I will see if I can find just the camera specs.

  • Justifying Terror, Indicting Its Victims-Carter place blames for dead Paris Jews on Israeli conflict

    01/14/2015 6:36:48 PM PST · 9 of 18
    Aliska to SJackson
    I looked some up; couldn't find the newest cover but found some naked images of Mohammed. Pretty bad stuff.

    Then I wondered how I would feel if they lampooned Jesus that way? Well, there was a Christmas cover with an ugly Virgin Mary with her legs spread apart and a child greeting the world.

    Frankly I don't see what people see in the cartoons but whatever floats your boat. None of them made me even chuckle, not my thing.

    Now if they did some of terrorists, that might be more gratifying but there will be more trouble over it now. What was it? 3 million copies sold and a second printing of 2 million.

    They can do what they want. Martin Luther did some pretty raunchy stuff in his time. So what is new? Just too bad people can't just chill out over it.

    I have more of a knee-jerk reaction over the former president who sides with people who like to play with great big bottle rockets and did tunnels so they can crawl out from them, grab a Jew or two. But he has a right to say it.

  • The goats fighting America's plant invasion

    01/13/2015 5:31:20 PM PST · 10 of 25
    Aliska to Lorianne
    Fascinating. They will eat all the good plants along with the bad so unless the intention is to clear the land, some other strategy needs to be devised. Still it's encouraging because even if they eat the good, if they are going to be all crowded out by kudzu or fast-growing invasives anyway, it still may be the right approach to clear it all.

    I was surprised they will eat conifer needles, don't know about the sharp ones.

    They may be doing rosarians an especially big favor in time, eating up all the multi-flora roses which are ground zero for spreading the dreaded rose rosette disease. It turns garden roses into witches' broom type growth which is reddish, possibly can be treated but best to put the infected plant in a garbage bag, dig it out, and burn it. It's a mite that drifts in the wind that spreads it.

    I want some goats. I love goats' milk and saw some in the store last time I was there so may treat myself to some.

    There's a link at the source article for a map of every goat in the US, a lot especially in Texas.

  • Jewish-owned D.C. business targeted by self-described ISIS militants

    01/13/2015 4:50:33 PM PST · 5 of 17
    Aliska to TheConservator

    Will keep them in my prayers.

  • Families sue Newtown school board, town for children’s deaths

    01/13/2015 11:50:49 AM PST · 41 of 47
    Aliska to Pollster1
    What kind of person (other than Trayvon’s parents) says, “my child is dead, I wonder if I can make a profit from that”?

    Sometimes it's some other motive. Maybe some parents suffered great financial loss.

    This happened the day after my son's funeral on Dec. 12, 2012. I was afraid he might do something like this. In the weeks leading up to his suicide on Dec 5, we would talk about different things. I told him people hate people who kill themselves and take a lot of innocent people with them. He got irritated and said, "why does everybody and trailed off."

    I felt like suing the police for wrongful death. His sister and I called them a total of 5 times desperately seeking help. Four of those times they ignored us and blew it off. The fifth time they called out a full swat team, then called them off.

    I also felt like filing a suit (if I could get an atty) just to get the other side on my daughters' case in a dragged out lawsuit over his life insurance.

    Anyway, shortly before he he died, (it's not rocket science) I said that these mass shootings were happening more often, like two per week. He replied, "you are going to see a lot more of them." To his dying day, he had one gun out of his gun safe on the final day (getting served divorce papeers was the last straw) and the others locked up. He wouldn't give anyone the combination (I had it at one time). Where was I going with this? I begged him twice to bring all the guns over to my house, and he refused.

    The last day he had a gun tucked behind his back and answered the door to the police according to them. He told them he didn't have to let them in. And didn't. The police said he knew his rights.

    I wasn't ever really afraid for myself but I am now afraid of my son-in-law. I don't go to family things ever since I found out he got his guns back after being committed about 5 years ago. Then my daughter gets a gun. I asked her how she could spend her brother's insurance money on another gun? She said her husband got it for her. She's not very emotionally stable.

    The other night i heard some noises outside around midnight. I heard thumps, a couple male voices, so I had no choice but to go to the door. It was my son-in-law who had come to shovel my walk (the parts I didn't get done). I was upset because I thought it was the police coming to my door telling me something terrible had happened with someone else in my family.

    So if I get asked why I am losing my temper lately, that is probably the reason. I feel trapped and like I should get away from them. I only thought later maybe my son-in-law had his gun on him that night. He has a concealed carry permit, and my daughter says he carries it everywhere he goes.

    I think he does it to intimidate people and macho more than self-protection.

  • Rotterdam mayor tells Muslims who don't appreciate 'freedoms' to 'pack your bags and f*** off'

    01/13/2015 10:04:56 AM PST · 13 of 33
    Aliska to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
    I hope you are wrong.

    Why can't we have mayors like that? Ours allegedly hid a bunch of those Central American unaccompanied minors in an old orphanage a little over a mile from me.

  • Confirmed: Obama Watched NFL Playoffs Instead Of Going To Paris

    01/13/2015 9:17:08 AM PST · 39 of 40
    Aliska to 353FMG
    It would have been cooler if we had seen half a million of these people enter one of the Muslim no-go zones.

    Yes I guess it would but it would provoke them. At some point they won't need any provocation. The gutless wonders who think we can live peaceably with them acting like they are superior with their ways in a host country will have it all blow up in OUR faces. And our loved ones getting raped and killed. And our cars and homes being torched.

    Europe is waking up but no one has the balls to put them in their place before it is too late. Same with us.

    Obama would find a way to kick the rest of us out rather than offend his precious Muslims and illegals.

    It would have shown that they were not afraid of the muzzies.

    Individually, people are afraid of them. That's why they pussyfoot around them. Same with blacks these days.

    By staying away from these enclaves, the crowd showed just the opposite.

    I guess I didn't about that. Most people aren't going to care. It was good for one news cycle. Now we have moved on. Huckabee thinks Obama shouldn't let Beyonce influence his daughters is the news this am that I've seen so far and I came here first for a change.

  • Confirmed: Obama Watched NFL Playoffs Instead Of Going To Paris

    01/12/2015 9:59:25 PM PST · 20 of 40
    Aliska to 353FMG
    Sometimes you need a touchy feely event where people who probably hate each other can put on a good show. It was cool seeing what? 3 million people marching without burning stuff up. And getting along for awhile.

    Evidently some other leader you wouldn't expect to play thought it was worthwhile. Like Putin at least sent a rep. Abbas (thought they were a rock group). The King of Jordan. Very decent of him, and they have taken in refugee Christians who lost everything because the whole thing got screwed up through no fault of theirs.

    I didn't get to see the annual Muslim car burning this past New Year's. Did the media suppress it or did I miss something?

    We know they will go back to their usual and let Muslims overrun their countries, and Hollande evidently hates the Jews or at least Netanyahu. They had better skeddadle to Israel but I don't know how Israel can assure safety to Jews and have so many concentrated in such a small geographical area. This not the first terrorism against them and won't be the last.

    I am not Charlie though.

  • You CANNOT Negotiate With Mentally Defective People

    01/12/2015 6:36:40 PM PST · 40 of 40
    Aliska to Cboldt
    I've never had a gyro I really liked, maybe just one. I got a kit and didn't care for those either, something got dried out IIRC. Finally I found a place a couple years ago, awful. Have to go elsewhere like you must have.

    Those meat patties might be ok but never ever the same. And you're possibly right about the chicken (I didn't know until I was googling last night that some are made of chicken).

    The shawarmas we had in Minneapolis (I'd never heard of them before and we had to go back for more) and a take out for a husband (400 miles from me on a visit)

    The meat on the spit and we had one here for awhile but it didn't stay long (people here probably didn't know what they were plus mall rent). And my kids liked those things, too. They loved falafel the way my sister made it.

    It would be a tossup for a "real" gyro and a great hamburger (we don't have one place I like). But I found a recipe to make some at home. Lebanese. So I'd have to improvise on the other ingredients.

    Marinade Ingredients
    • 5 cloves of garlic
    • ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
    • ¼ cup of olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon cloves
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • ½ teaspoon caraway (ground fennel)
    • ½ teaspoon cardamon
    • ½ teaspoon of oregano or thyme
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon crushed peppercorn
    • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

    I saved the whole recipe but wouldn't use Tahini sauce (that's Lebanese) but cucumber sauce, probably easy enough to make. It said beef with high fat content, can deal with that but would like some lamb, too, guess lamb is hard to get and hard to get a small amount that would slice nicely. Now I'm wondering how they prepare that meat, too hard to do at home, need some machine.

    Just buy some pita bread and warm it a little. Slice up some tomatoes, onion, maybe skip the lettuce, good to go. I would probably adjust the spices and leave some out.

    These look gross compared to the leaner ones I've seen (I don't remember any fat visible, they were tender and not browned, just heated and kept warm all day and who knows how much longer. The thinner one on the right looks better, may be chicken or who knows.

    Odd I managed to remember the name of the Arab version. That was way back in the 70's. I googled it to be sure and even almost got all the spelling right. And I am starting to forget things but I think part of that is processing so much info from the internet plus all I have to keep track of at home.

    I've never had a Philly Steak, can probably get them here. I think I could live without one. But it's the juiciness and blending of flavors, then wrapped in paper and the steam helps) that makes these combos so tasty.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘Our President Should Have Been There’

    01/12/2015 6:00:57 PM PST · 68 of 89
    Aliska to Alberta's Child
    Probably American Exceptionalism. We are so exceptional we do not need to bother with such things.

    Seriously, obviously it was the powers on high. The only reason I can think of I mentioned on a thread last night. Obama made that statement about "the future does not belong . . . ." (and I included the whole thing which included other peoples and religions) to those who satirize the Islamic prophet.

    Since that Charlie publisher made their living on trashing other religions and cultures with cartoons (some question if one who lampooned Jews was fired, I don't know). Anyway, I think they didn't like that but we could have gone in support of the Jews in the supermarket.

    That's why I used the word transcend. Many there may not have liked satirical cartoons, I don't know, I wouldn't circulate them publicly but might chuckle privately over some, some had political conflicts, but it's way more about that, freedom to make them which I would have to defend.

    Or they could be sending some other message only they know.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘Our President Should Have Been There’

    01/12/2015 3:06:51 PM PST · 55 of 89
    Aliska to Brad from Tennessee
    Jake Tapper wrote an excellent editorial for CNN sparing neither the right nor the left. The comments go on and on and on and most are crazy.

    Jake Tapper: I'm ashamed by U.S. leaders' absence in Paris

    I'm ashamed, too, that we didn't at least send someone higher ranking than Jane Hartley. To me the rally transcends national differences, opinions about Charlie, some didn't even know what it was for lol.

  • Lux iPhone 6 Diamond Select Encrusted With Up To 12.8 Carats Of Diamonds

    01/12/2015 2:53:19 PM PST · 56 of 64
    Aliska to Swordmaker
    That is stunning! And classy trendy. Not much in the way of jewelry tempts me but this one, a yellow emerald cut diamond with little diamonds offset (about $70K), and kinda those Argyle (Australian pink diamond mine) ones.

    I used to like nice costume jewelry but haven't bought anything in years. I indulge in enough other stuff as it is. And I can't take any of it with me.