Few bizarre photos
(June 2011) In St. Louis, MO, they have a City Museum storing
architectural elements of the past. Here is a gryphon, and I with it.
(May 2008) As seen in Elicott City, MD.
(Halloween 2008, Halloween 2010, Christmas 2010) Again I
just could not pass the opportunity - this time in Lexington, KY. You can also
see the progression of time, from 2008 to 2010.
(Late Fall 2011) This Santa can be had for $129 (plus tax, of course.)
(June 2011) This photo shows that Summer may also have some
(October 2012) I just wonder if there is something special about our
(January 2013) This stuff becomes more and more elaborate... Also the
winter is kind of nonexistent this year.
(July 2009) You can get it cheap in Lexington, KY.
(August 2010) I am happy to report that the inflation did not touch these
prices. The ad is still the same.
(December 2019) As I drive, I see an advertisement of a lawyer that will file
your bankruptcy for \$99.
(July 2009) As seen by my relatives in Berlin, Germany.
(September 2009) This one is strictly for computer scientists. If you look
carefully, you will see that this one is about protocols, their syntax and
semantics(!). Ah, if it were so simple.
(October 2009) A yoke in St. Mary City, MD, another opportunity not to be
(October 2009) Another price list, this one from St. Mary City, MD. It is
a copy of the hotel price list, 17th century (apparently the prices of hotel
services were regulated). Given the current price of cigarettes, it was a very
(November 2009) Those who know me must be aware that my greatest ambition
was to become a "Customer of the Week" at Peet's Coffee in San Diego, CA.
never realized that dream and, moreover, last I checked they do not have
this honor anymore. Instead, during the recent visit in Ft. Collins, CO, in
the local "Residence Inn" I was awarded a diploma(?) of "Guest of the Day". The
additional prizes included lip balm and a bottle of low calorie drink.
(February 2010) We recently visited Clendenin, WV (the occasion
was related to the level of gas in our car's tank).
We found there a local free newspaper "The Country Times". It has a web page
with the archives, see their
Among many fascinating advertisements of local businesses (for instance you
can get 14 tans for 14 dollars at Ultratan, 16 Elk St.), the writers
dispensed some interesting jokes about blondes (an obvious discrimination).
They also had an article with "The Laws of Ultimate Reality". Here are two:
Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.
Law of Logical Arguments - Anything is possible if you do not know what are
you talking about.
I was genuinely surprised by their knowledge of my ways.
Read more (altogether there are 16 such laws) in their Issue 154, of February
5, 2010 (current issue at the time of this writing).
(April 2010) This one needs some explanation. During a recent visit to San
Diego, CA, we went to the local Botanical Conservatory in Balboa Park. Among
many exotic plants (beautiful orchids!) they had some carnivorous plants, and
(June 2010) I went to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in
Washington, DC to see the exhibition on Human Evolution. They had a station
where they would take a picture of your face and then morph it into the face
of an ancient hominid. Two possibilities were offered: Homo Neanderthalis and
Homo Heidelbergensis. Since I visited Heidelberg but not Neanderthal, I chose
the second one. See the result. The museum emails it (!) to you.
(August 2010) A clown visited the summer camp where my granddaughter Natalia
learns some lines from "Romeo and Juliet". He(?) left them prizes. She gave me
one. Of course I had to try it for once. Here is the result. Enjoy!
(August 2011) For the readers who remember the movie "Ghostbusters", I am
pleased to report that the ghostmobile is well and running in San Diego.
(August 2011) This is Lulu the goat. Lulu is associated with
Bleugrass Chevre (this is not a typo!) and involved in part of their supply
chain. The chevre is phenomenal.
(October 2014) This is Jessica the goat. Again, she is associated with
Bleugrass Chevre. I like goats (maybe because my first two years I was fed goat
milk). What a beauty!
(Christmas 2011) Santa (or is it "Grandfather Frost"?) in our subdivision.
(Summer 2012) This is the price list of Ms. Elizabeth, a psychic, in Arundel
Mills Mall, MD. I missed an opportunity to learn if P = NP is true. This, I
believe, could be learned for $60, category "Reading Supreme."
(May, 2012) As seen by one of my relatives in "Silent Garden" in Shanghai,
We went to Cincinnati
(July, 2012) Lexington, KY has statues of horses, Chicago has cows, and
Cincinnati has pigs. This is a flying pig, and Natalia Sr. and I enjoy its
(July 2012) This is a college pig of Cincinnati. Since I associate with
colleges for almost 50 years, I had to be photographed with it.
Back in town
(Fall 2012) At a local apple orchard.
(September 2012) At a banquet in Culinary Institute of America in Hyde
Park, NY. Their acronym shows that hash functions have sometimes
collisions. To see that I am really at that place you need a bigger size of the
(November 2012) Ah, espresso, in Ft. Collins, CO, Museum of
(April 2013) Obviously we have Spring in Lexington, KY (actually, at
Robins hatched on our windowsill. Mama robin left for lunch, the chicks
(May 2013) This is Rabbit Marek [according to Webster: any of a family
(Leporidae) of long-eared short-tailed lagomorph mammals with long hind legs],
grazing in our yard,
(May 2013) Again, hard to skip such excellent opportunity, esp. since the
thing is in bronze (I believe). St. Louis, MO.
(May 2013) Mareks wear hoods (mine - courtesy of my colleague JWJ from our
Department). St. Louis, MO.
(June 2013) In Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, the local Swedes celebrate the
longest day of the year.
(June 2013) The truth about certain store in Solana Beach, CA.
(If you have problems reading it: "This isn't a MUSEUM, this junk is for
sale"). The photo was taken with a Google Glass device; this may have
affected the quality.
(July 2013) An astute maxim on a poster used in UC Mall in San Diego to
cover new construction.
(August 2013) As seen in "Little Italy" neighbourhood in San Diego.
(September 2013) As seen by our friend Janos on Facebook. There is some
attribution, but it is unclear if this is the original author. Of course, the
beginning is a kind of allusion to Ecclesiastes 9:5.
(November 2013) This is a sand sculpture at the University of Kentucky.
Photo: courtesy of K. Calvert of our Department. The author of the sculpture
unknown as yet.
(December 2013) The sculpture lasted a couple of days - till the next rain
(November 2013) Right after Thanksgiving - Winter of 2013.
(June 2014) Memories of Ocean City, MD.
(June 2014) Ah, Himalayan Minerals in St. Louis, MO.
(August 2014) I discovered one source of inflatable items
in St. Louis, MO.
(August 2014) I visited Princeton, NJ. On the main drag, College Street,
they had a cut-out of Albert Einstein (judging by the formula E = mc^2). There
was a hole for the head. I could not pass (as before) the temptation.
(July 2015) Ah, the pleasures of Cincinnati! This one is at Cincinnati
Here is one delicious curio. In the issue of Science magazine of
January 16, 2015, on the page 216 (they apparently have numeration of pages in
volumes, not issues) there is a note Flight of Fancy. They write about
annual Indian Science Congress. Apparently, a retired pilot, a certain Anand
Bodas, spoke about the existence of 7000-year-old airplane capable of both
terrestrial and interplanetary flight. The device was described in an early
20th century Indian text. To quote: "One example, the Shakuna Vimana (pictured)
was supposedly constructed of ammonium chloride, chickpeas, and mercury."
A drawing of that device is reproduced in Science. Maybe someone can
3-D print it?
(September 2015) This is a picture of me in a "Docker Global Hack Day 3"
T-shirt. Truly bizarre.
(October 2015) Companions of Pinocchio mysteriously moved to Columbia, MD,
and so was I.
(July 2016) I traveled through West Virginia again and found on one of
the stops a local monthly entitled "Two-Lane Livin'". A nice publication, mostly
with announcements and reports pertaining to local matters. Nice photos, too. In
their Classified Ads section, I found a "Notice", reproduced here almost
verbatim, except some "personal identifiable information".
MARS NEWSLETTER- Ghosties, ghoulies, and long-legged beasties can be found in
Mars. Self (sic!) a self-addressed stamped envelope to XXXXX XXXXX, Apartment
XXX XXXXX XXXXXX, Parkersburg, WV, XXXXX. With extra postage I can send along
more copies. Newsletter is largely about vampires, werewolves, fairies and
(June 2017) In order to establish which (if any) mineral water should I
drink, I asked my tablet "OK, Google, what mineral water drank His Imperial
Highness, the Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, Franz-Joseph the First".
Quite surprisingly, the tablet listed several references to: "Borsec". Further
enquiries indicated that indeed, in 1873, His Imperial Highness Franz-Joseph
the First declared the mineral water "Borsec" the "Queen of Mineral Waters".
I guess he knew something about queens I did not.
Further inquiries established that Borsec itself is a place in Transylvania
which was (at various periods of time) belonging to Austrian/Hungarian Empire,
Hungary, and at present to Rumania. An additional information can be found in
Singapore (!), at this site.
(July 2017) Many wonder what happened to Noah Ark, and periodically one
reads about expeditions to Turkey or Armenia that attempt to locate it. But all
these efforts are needless. I went to Williamstown, KY, and there it was. A huge
wooden ark! Supposedly it is a copy of the original Arc. Above, you see me in
it. It is even more impressive from the outside, as it is an all-wood
construction, larger than the building where I am
(September 2018) The book "Hoax" refers to the same ark.
(August 2017) We went to Louisville to visit Speed Museum of Art. It is a
decent art museum, with few good paintings (e.g. Chagall). In front of the
building they had medieval metal renderings of heads of animals of Chinese
Zodiac (see Wikipedia piece Chinese_zodiac). Since my both daughters and I were
born in the Year of Goat (Ram, Sheep - apparently the goat and ram use the same
character for presentation) I felt that I need a picture of that
head (with me, of course).You can see it above. Each specific year has an
additional attribute (in my case Water). All this is used in traditional
(August 2017) We went to Danville, KY, to a theater called "Pioneer
Playhouse" to see the piece "Elvis has left the building." The play was a bit
strange. But before the play, the management let loose an Elvis impersonator. I
could not pass the opportunity to have a picture with him.
(October 2017) Local arboretum provided a dinosaur. I could not pass the
(March 2018) Two rams (in Polish: Dwa barany).
(September 2018) During my recent travels I visited a zoo. The management
of the place, clearly forewarned about my upcoming visit, decided to put the
location under surveillance (see the small plaque) and warn the public about
flying objects (the bigger one). Reputation is everything...
(October 2019) The beautiful Fall of 2019, and its pleasures ...
Here is the most sensational news item from the Wall
Street Journal, October 15, 2019, Section: U.S. Watch. This item consists of two
After the shootings, Mr. Marek put the .40 caliber handgun on a coffee
table in his apartment, walked outside and told police when they arrived, "I
think you're looking for me. I did it."
Mr. Marek, who faces five counts of first-degree murder, was ordered
held without bond.
I recently flew to another time zone. The airline
offered soft drinks and a piece of paper involving statement related to Boolean
Logic. Here it is:
In a world full of no, we're a plane full of
A title from Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2020>:
"Virus Changes Calculus in Battleground States".
I wonder if the derivative of the function f(x) := 3x + 5, is still constant
3 in North Carolina...
Lexington, KY, claims to be "World Capital of the
Horse". Here is a sign of times.
During our travel to the South-West we saw many unusual
views (including mesas, extinguished volcanos, and other geological
attractions.) There was, also, an interesting zoological attraction, involving a
rather large grizzly bear. Here is a picture of it - with me.
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