Walk: Rochers de Notre-Dame

Very nice 2.5 hour walk with views of the Alps and Vallée de l’Estéron. A bit long, 1.5 hours, to get Amirat (actually 500 meters before) and the roads are pretty twisty, but it is worth it.

Less than two hours of walking 6.8km with 350m up/down. The start is the main up.

The RandOxygene guide is here and is correct. Yellow markers are pretty consistent.

GPS track in gpx format and Google Earth format.
GPS waypoints and route.

Vallée de l’Estéron    Old Farm House    Cows and Scott   Julia and the Estéron

Vallée de l’Estéron      Old Farm House         Cows and Scott      Julia and the Estéron

Beautiful Wallpaper Photographs

The photos are so good that I have started to use wallpaper on my PC again. I have not done this since Windows 3.1 was new.

Independence Pastels Monument Valley Times Heaven’s Gate Utah

HDRwalls.com has free High Dynamic Range (HDR) wallpapers for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, and PSP. HDR images are created by taking multiple shots exposed for the highlights, mid-tones and shadows separately and then merged into a single image. This process results in incredibly vivid images.

Walk: Collet des Graus de Pons

Nice walk, with good views of the Cheron. While you walk the same trail to go and come-back, the views are completely different. There are ruins many Borie, and the “borie de Pons” was the most complete I’ve seen.

Julia in front of the Borie de Pons  Julia on top of the Borie de Pons
More photos here.

Less then two hours and seven kilometers and very easy all the way.

The RandOxygene guide is here and no real mistakes. Not the start of the trail does not have yellow or GR marks, they come after about 500 meters.

GPS track in gpx format and Google Earth format.
GPS waypoints and route.

North Pole Shrinkage

A crazy thing to do, but an impressive achievement.

Lewis Pugh at the North Pole

From this article in the Times,

Mr Pugh, a maritime lawyer and environmental campaigner from London, swam a kilometre (.62 miles) at the Geographic North Pole to highlight the effects of global warming. At -1.8C (28.76F), it is believed to be the coldest water a human has ever swum in.


Daycare Great Escape

Our local paper, the Nice Matin, is always on the case. This time its 3 three-year-old kids escaping from a daycare center in Cap-d’Ail. But the fun part, is that they were only 30 meters away in the daycare’s library reading books.

Why this had to be the lead article on the front page who knows.

Nice Matin Front page 20-jul-2007

But the Nice Matin had to do a complete job, by have all the details on page 2 alone with a helpful diagram of the great escape.

Nice Matin page 2, 20-jul-2007

“totus porcus” — a protologism on the rise?

While minding my own business reading Patrick Buchanan’s rant on Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Jamestown, I came across the phase “totus porcus”.

“But we had best discover why it was our forefathers, who created this country, rejected, totus porcus, the nonsense we spout today about egalitarianism and globaloney.”

As I had never seen this phrase before, I looked it up at ask.com. Nothing. OK, so then I googled the phrase. Only 80 hits. The same search on Yahooo gave 106 hits. Wikipedia returned zero hits.

The number of hits is too low for the phrase to be a neologism, but the usage by Patrick Buchanan surely makes it a protologism on the rise. So what does “totus porcus” mean in current usage.

A blog named Totus Porcus claims ‘Totus Porcus is the Latin for “whole hog.”‘. This claim does not seem to be true.

While the Latin dictionary at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, defines totus as whole, entire, complete, all, the same dictionary has no definition for porcus.

While Totus Porcus may not be Latin, “whole hog” is surely its meaning. Below are some usage.

The media swallowed it totus porcus – whole hog, by John Maxwell in 2005 in his political blog.

I never took latin, but I think of the Latin term “totus porcus” whenever I pull up next to a humvee. Someone told me it means whole hog.

Or will we be like the Gadarene swine, that pathetic example of totus porcus–going whole hog–after the trends of the moment?, by Neal A. Maxwell from a “fireside address” given at Brigham Young University on 5 September 1982.

As a founding principle of our trip, Margaret and I decided that if we were going to go, we would go whole hog, totus porcus, super deluxe all the way, by Michael Korda published in the New York Times Travel section 25 February 1996.

“Totus porcus” is used to mean “whole hog“. Definitely it is a protologism on the rise, but is it a neologism. I guess I will need to head over to Wiktionary to see what they think.

Update: Now in Wiktionary. See http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/totus_porcus.


Extreme Diet Coke and Mentos Experiments

This video is just for Steven, but I liked it also.

What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It’s amazing and completely insane.

The first part of this video demonstrates a simple geyser, and the second part shows just how extreme it can get. Over one hundred jets of soda fly into the air in less than three minutes.

It’s a hysterical and spectacular mint-powered version of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, brought to you by the mad scientists at EepyBird.com.

‘The Show’ and you are a ‘Sports Racer’

The Show is a very funny video blog. Each episode is only 3 minutes or so.

Start with this episode about “massive sissies, hard chargers, Pelosi, NSA, T-Dog, Lott, Bush, this enemy, comments” and then the next four episode. I am sure you will be hooked (OK if you voted for George Bush maybe not).

The first show was on 17-Mar-2006. You will want to watch it (and all that follow) after you are hooked.
Let Zefrank think for you so you don’t have to.