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Long Exposure Photographs of Fireflies

For the last month or so photographer Yume Cyan has been shooting some magical long exposure photographs of fireflies in a forested area around Nagoya City, Japan. By keeping the camera’s shutter open at a low aperture Cyan captures every bioluminescent flash of each insect resulting in dotted light trails that criss-cross the frame.


I love these photos

Do you have fireflies where you live?

Posted by onestepforward | Wed May 7, 2014, 12:13 AM (67 replies)

Baby meerkats in Botswana

OMG! The cuteness!


Posted by onestepforward | Wed Apr 9, 2014, 01:54 AM (26 replies)

Buddhist Extremist Cell Vows To Unleash Tranquility On West

WASHINGTON—In a 45-minute video posted on Tibetan websites Thursday, Tsuglag Rinpoche, leader of the Buddhist extremist group Kammaṭṭhāna, threatened to soon inflict a wave of peace and tranquility on the West.

Speaking in front of a nondescript altar surrounded by candles, burning sticks of incense, and a small golden statue of the Buddha, Rinpoche did not specify when or where an assault of profound inner stillness would occur, but stated in no uncertain terms that the fundamentalist Buddhist cell plans to target all Western suffering.

“In the name of the Great Teacher, we will stop at nothing to unleash a firestorm of empathy, compassion, and true selflessness upon the West,” said Rinpoche, adding that all enemies of a freely flowing, unfettered state of mind will be “besieged with pure, everlasting happiness.” “No city will be spared from spiritual harmony. We will bring about the end to all Western pain and anxiety, to all destructive cravings, to all greed, delusion, and misplaced desire. Indeed, we will bring the entire United States to its knees in deep meditation.”


“And if you think even for a moment that we will ever relent, remember this: Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened,” Rinpoche added. “You have been warned.”



Posted by onestepforward | Sun Dec 29, 2013, 03:10 AM (1 replies)

Well, if you buy those pants, this might happen...

Posted by onestepforward | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 02:59 AM (0 replies)

New Ad from Wendy

Pass it around!

Posted by onestepforward | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 02:22 AM (0 replies)

Must see: Comparison photo of typhoon "Haiyan” to "Katrina"


It really shows the intensity of Haiyan.

My heart's with all the folks being hit by this.
Posted by onestepforward | Fri Nov 8, 2013, 01:13 AM (29 replies)

A group of 4 raccoons tried to get my neighbor's cat.

I stepped outside about 20 minutes ago and saw my neighbor's outdoor cat surrounded by 4 raccoons in the middle of the street. The cat is very large, but all 4 raccoons were larger than he was. They were about a foot from the cat on all 4 sides and the cat was puffed up and ready to fight.

I started walking toward them while clapping my hands to make a lot of noise. One by one, they scattered away. I stood out there for several minutes to make sure the cat was okay, then came back inside for a flashlight and broom. I scanned the area and there was no sign of them. I stayed outside another 10 minutes.

I didn't know this until I just looked it up, but raccoons will eat cats if they are hungry enough. My heart is still racing, but I'm so glad I was able to scare them off. I hope they don't come back.

Posted by onestepforward | Fri Nov 1, 2013, 01:03 AM (21 replies)

Harsh new Texas voter ID law almost blocks woman judge from voting


A new voter ID law requiring strict uniformity across all forms of identification nearly kept a Texas district judge from being able to cast her ballot in the state’s early voting session. According to Think Progress, Judge Sandra Watts was challenged at the poll when she presented her usual ID.

“What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts told KIII-TV.

Watts said she has voted in every election for the last 49 years and that her name on her driver’s license has remained the same for the last 52. The address on her license and voter registration card have been the same for more than two decades. However, on Tuesday, at the outset of early voting for the Nov. 5 election, the judge was asked to sign a “voter’s affidavit” saying that she is who she says she is before she would be allowed to vote.

The problem was that her maiden name was listed as her middle name on her driver’s license, whereas on her voter registration card, her actual middle name is listed. This small discrepancy was enough to have her flagged as a potentially fraudulent voter.

Under laws recently adopted by the Republican-led state legislature, anyone whose name differs even slightly from one form of ID to another is automatically flagged for possible vote fraud. The new policy could particularly impact women who now go by married or hyphenated names.


I think I will have a similar problem as the judge in the above story. My driver's license is First Middle Maiden-Married.

My voter registration card is First Maiden Married.

Do I need to get my voter ID card changed and how do I do that?

This sucks.
Posted by onestepforward | Wed Oct 23, 2013, 02:02 PM (24 replies)

Happy Lucky Idiot

If you have time to chatter

Read books

If you have time to read

Walk into mountain, desert and ocean

If you have time to walk

Sing songs and dance

If you have time to dance

Sit quietly, you Happy Lucky Idiot

Nanao Sakaki (1923-2008) was a Japanese poet and the author of Bellyfulls. This poem is from How to Live on the Planet Earth © 2013.

Posted by onestepforward | Fri Oct 18, 2013, 01:08 AM (0 replies)


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Acknowledging that the government shutdown was coming to an end, an emotional Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the Senate floor today to make an impassioned speech, telling his colleagues, “The dream of keeping poor people from seeing a doctor must never die.”

His eyes welling up with tears, Sen. Cruz said, “I embarked on this crusade with a simple goal: to keep affordable health care out of the reach of ordinary, hard-working Americans. And while this battle was lost, that dream—that precious, cherished dream—will live on.”

Reflecting on the government shutdown and near-default that almost touched off a global financial apocalypse, Sen. Cruz said, “We’ll give it another try in a few weeks.”

Sen. Cruz’s closest ally, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also spoke reverently of the shutdown, calling it “the most expensive Civil War reënactment in history.”

“Unfortunately, once again, the wrong side won,” he said.



Posted by onestepforward | Thu Oct 17, 2013, 12:56 AM (10 replies)
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