Bulletin

Book of the Month - The Idylwild Expedition

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

Joke of the Day

A college student challenged a senior citizen, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his. “You grew up in a different world,” the student said. “Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, nuclear energy, computers…” Taking advantage of a pause in the student’s litany, the geezer said, “You’re right. We didn’t have those things when we were young; so we invented them! What are you doing for the next generation??”

The Queeen’s Riddle

The Queens Riddle

Barack Obama met with the Queen of England. He asked her, “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there… any tips you can give to me?”

‎”Well,” said the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.” Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?”

The Queen took a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle.” The Queen pushed a button on her intercom. “Please … See More send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

Tony Blair walked into the room and said, “Yes, Your Majesty?” The Queen smiled and said, “Answer me this please, Tony, your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?”

Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, “That would be me.”

“Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.

Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden, his vice presidential choice the same question. “Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?” “I’m not sure,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one…” He went to his advisors and asked every one, but none could give him an answer.

Finally, he ran into Sarah Palin out eating one night. Biden asked, “Sarah, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister. Who is it?”

Sarah Palin answered back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”

Biden smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with Obama. “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. It’s Sarah Palin!”

Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, “No! You idiot! It’s Tony Blair!

Laser Towards Milky Ways Center

Laser Towards Milky Ways Center

In mid-August 2010 ESO Photo Ambassador Yuri Beletsky snapped this photo at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. A group of astronomers were observing the centre of the Milky Way using the laser guide star facility at Yepun, one of the four Unit Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT).

Yepun’s laser beam crosses the southern sky and creates an artificial star at an altitude of 90 km high in the Earth’s mesosphere. The Laser Guide Star (LGS) is part of the VLT’s adaptive optics system and is used as a reference to correct the blurring effect of the atmosphere on images. The colour of the laser is precisely tuned to energise a layer of sodium atoms found in one of the upper layers of the atmosphere — one can recognise the familiar colour of sodium street lamps in the colour of the laser. This layer of sodium atoms is thought to be a leftover from meteorites entering the Earth’s atmosphere. When excited by the light from the laser, the atoms start glowing, forming a small bright spot that can be used as an artificial reference star for the adaptive optics. Using this technique, astronomers can obtain sharper observations. For example, when looking towards the centre of our Milky Way, researchers can better monitor the galactic core, where a central supermassive black hole, surrounded by closely orbiting stars, is swallowing gas and dust.

Taken with a wide angle lens, this photo covers about 180° of the sky.

QUOTE: Success, Emerson

QUOTE: Success, Emerson


“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Three Wishes

A man was on a beach when he discovered an old lamp in the sand. He rubbed it and a genie popped out. The genie said “I will grant you three wishes. The only condition is that you cannot wish for more wishes.” “Alright,” said the man, “I wish for more genies.”

And you are thinking you are having a bad day!

Giant Impact

2 Tough Questions

2 TOUGH QUESTIONS 

Question 1: 
If you knew a woman who was pregnant,
Who had 8 kids already,
Three who were deaf,
Two who were blind,
One mentally retarded,
And she had syphilis,
Would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2: 
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts..
Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate A: 
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
He’s had two mistresses.
He also chain smokes
And drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B: 
He was kicked out of office twice,
Sleeps until noon,
Used opium in college
And drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C: 
He is a decorated war hero,
He’s a vegetarian,
Doesn’t smoke,
Drinks an occasional beer
And never committed adultery.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first … No peeking, and then scroll down for the response.

Real History

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn’t it?
Makes a person think before judging someone.

Remember:

Amateurs … Built the ark.
Professionals .. Built the Titanic

One Tough Mouse

Three mice are sitting around drinking and boasting about their strengths. The first mouse says “Mouse traps, Ha! I do pushups with the bar”. The second mouse pulls a pill from his pocket, swallows it, and says with a grin “D-Con Rat Poison”. The third mouse finishes his drink, slams his glass on the table and starts to leave. The first mouse says, “Where do you think you’re going?”

“Time to go home and chase the cat”

Weather Forecasting and Terminolgy

Weather Department

Weekly Highlight

Grande Prairie Weather Link

Weather Forecasting and Terminology

Forecast production | Forecast limitations and Interpretation | Forecast dissemination | Weather warnings | Weather advisories | Forecast terminology and definitions |

Growing degree days | Corn heat units

The Atmospheric Environment Service of Environment Canada is responsible for general weather services in Canada. The Alberta Weather Centre, one of eight regional centres, provides services for Alberta and northeastern British Columbia from its office in Edmonton.

The Alberta Weather Centre operates 24 hours a day, year round. Its primary responsibility is to issue weather warnings and advisories for severe or hazardous weather conditions, which could cause serious inconveniences or endanger life or property. In addition, forecasters continually issue weather information to serve the general public, the media, and industries such as agriculture.

read more

Your Date’s Initial Opiniom

Opinions Department

Weekly Highlight

Why Your Date’s Initial Opinion Really Doesn’t Matter

Why potential dates’ compliance might matter more than their preference.

Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor:

Opinion MattersPeople often worry about what potential dating partners think and feel. They believe that prospective lovers form strong opinions of them and make choices based on those attitudes. So, they often work hard to get their partner to “like” them up front and become attracted – hoping that preference will translate into a date, phone number, flowers, etc. But, the world frequently doesn’t work that way. Initial opinion often matters less than initial compliance.

Much of the time, people simply make choices due to situational factors, unconscious influences and persuasion, rather than due to strong preferences. Then, they backwards rationalize after-the-fact. In other words, rather than choosing what they like – most people end up just liking whatever they choose. That means, if you can persuade the guy you like to ask you out, he will find you more attractive AFTER he does the asking. Or, that girl will find you more likable AFTER you convince her to give you her phone number. Persuasion and influence leads…while preference and opinion change follows to match.

read more

Your Date’s Initial Opinion

Opinions Department

Weekly Highlight

Why Your Date’s Initial Opinion Really Doesn’t Matter

Why potential dates’ compliance might matter more than their preference.

Welcome back to The Attraction Doctor:

Opinion MattersPeople often worry about what potential dating partners think and feel. They believe that prospective lovers form strong opinions of them and make choices based on those attitudes. So, they often work hard to get their partner to “like” them up front and become attracted – hoping that preference will translate into a date, phone number, flowers, etc. But, the world frequently doesn’t work that way. Initial opinion often matters less than initial compliance.

Much of the time, people simply make choices due to situational factors, unconscious influences and persuasion, rather than due to strong preferences. Then, they backwards rationalize after-the-fact. In other words, rather than choosing what they like – most people end up just liking whatever they choose. That means, if you can persuade the guy you like to ask you out, he will find you more attractive AFTER he does the asking. Or, that girl will find you more likable AFTER you convince her to give you her phone number. Persuasion and influence leads…while preference and opinion change follows to match.

read more