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Mushroom Visions: Psychedelic Art

April 7, 2016
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February 27, 2016

Lie with Statistics – Learn How to Create Misleading Bar Charts
Bar charts that use a resized photograph instead of a bar Automatically give the viewer an exaggerated idea… RESIZE the photo using constrained proportions. This gives the illusion that a increase of Two times is displayed as a Four times increase in area. This technique was used a lot by the newspaper USA TODAY.

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Normal, Accurate Bar Chart.

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Distorted Chart Using a Resized Photo as bars in the bar chart.

Double the Height = Four Times the Area.

Visually Exaggerating Change. It’s an Illusion. A Magic trick.

Compare the two charts. What do you see? Report results in the comments section below. It appears to me that the bottom chart shows a situation that is More Significant than the top chart…
I learned this from Dr Kim of Humboldt State University. Thanks! Dr. Kim.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_casualties_of_war

https://www.meta-chart.com/share/american-fatalities-since-9112001

TGAN by gregvanderlaandotcom

August 20, 2011

A Science Fiction Story: Chapter Zero.

“You are under arrest” said THE MAN.

“Eat Lead, Copper.” said Merle Wayne Day.

and THE MAN did…

They were at a remote marijuana plantation in Humboldt County and Merle was not about to let Federal Law Enforcement interfere with his profit.

Too Bad, So Sad for THE MAN’s next of kin but everyone voluntarily selects their own career… It appears that  THE MAN’s choice was not the most brilliant idea.

The next puzzle was how to dispose of the body… Ecologically…

This area of the woods is home to BEARS and BIGFOOT… Someone was going to get a free lunch… and here comes one now…

“DANG” exclaimed Susan “These reality TV Shows are SOOOOO predictable… The criminal always gets caught in the end. BORINGGGGG. I’m changing channels right now. ”

CLICK.

“Whoosh” went the speaker in the TV set.

“Oh Boy, A Space Opera. ” said Susan.

“Whoosh-whoosh” went the speaker in the TV set.

“Who are you talking to?” aske Bob as he entered the room with a pizza, six pack of Sierra Nevada Beer and a big ol’ bag a weed…

“Nunya Beeswax” said Susan.

“Whoosh-whoosh-whoosh-KA BLOOOEY!” went the speaker in the TV set.

“Wow, Look at that!” said Bob.

“The SLIME from the dead alien is dripping onto the floor” said Susan.

“And it stinks” said Bob.

“That’s ABSURD. These new TV sets from [product placement] with ‘SMELL-O-VISION’ are more trouble than they are worth.”

CLICK.

TALKING HEAD: “In other news, Dr Ron Paul has accepted the Republican Party Nomination for President of the United States.  We go live to the convention floor where a riot has broken out. ”

CLICK.

“Wait a second, go back to that news report. That’s an event that DID NOT HAPPEN.”

“Oh don’t be surprised, it’s FOX news… they often write fiction and present it on the TV as news. ”

“Are you sure? They seem so sincere.” said Bob

“Yep, they have meetings, get blasted on mind altering substances and write collaborative fiction…” replied Susan

“Sounds good to me. Would you like a puff?”

“Yes. We’ve got some fiction to write ourselves… because this story is starting to drag.” Exhaled Susan

“Hey, I’ve got an idea!” Let’s watch CNN, they tell the truth…

CLICK.

“In other news, President Obama Legalized Medical Marijuana today. Stating, “I was wrong… I asked my doctor and she said there IS medicinal value to Medical Marijuana… So we have stopped the DEAth Squads… ” said the talking head.

Oh… CNN has gone NATIVE also… have we a distortion of the spacetime continuum? asked Susan.

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To be continued… Same Bat time… Same Bat Channel…

before and after

May 18, 2011
Before and After. Questioning the wisdom of civilization. Here we have the forest, yet... A bigger and better grocery store would be great... 
yet... I like the forest... OH, what a tricky question... Well, we HAVE plenty of forest, Don't we?

Construction Site Eureka CA Safeway Superstore

Our Economy is starting to recover...

Civilization Coming soon.

MD: Until we put in policies that are conducive to an economic recovery, we will not have an economic recovery. Out unemployment will hover 
around the 9 to 10 % range for the forseeable future. I said this at the start of the recession, and so far I have been right. Sure, we will 
see spurts of recovery and Obama will try to make us believe there will be a recovery because of the election, but there will be no robust 
recovery needed to get this economy going.

Of Course, the obvious way to reduce unemployment is to RESET the social security retirement age to 55. Get the entire baby boom generation 
OUT of the work force. Let the NEXT generation have a chance.

OR, we could use come Comic Relief...

Harlow the Cat was named for Jean

"All right Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Boulevard_(film)

Tonight is a full moon and the high thin clouds are lit from within magically.
What a blessing to have a calendar at work that reminds me when to go out and experience reality.
and then there is "NASAVISION"

purple64ets

May 17, 2011

Thankfully, the price of a bus ticket remains the same even with the gas prices going CRAZY. It’s $2.20 round trip. This is less money than driving. Especially when you figure in the SURPRISE repair bills that come out of nowhere and whack you on the side of the head. Talk about a stressful situation… You and I have to get a high paying job to pay for the commute to our job. Circular madness… Yet, I have not found a way to earn a fortune online… My webstore has paid about $200 per YEAR. Sure, it is gratifying to sell my art at all, but it’s a long way from paying the rent and buying food.

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You might have to stand on your head to find out the answer to this question…

Read MORE: http://gregvanderlaan.com/purple64ets.aspx

My Invisible Friend (lyrics)

(Hay-Seuss)

I’ve got an invisible friend
and I call him Hay-seuss.
not Dr. Seuss or mother goose
but JESUS.

If you don’t believe
in Hay-seuss or mother goose
you’ll got to HELL (or Pittsburg)
and burn for eternity.

Oh, me and Jim Jones
we believe in Hay-seuss
and cyanide suicide
will get you quicker to his side.

I didn’t eat for three days
and I heard voices
God talked to me
like I was on LSD
and said you’re SATAN (or Peter Pan)

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This Song was written when a friend of mine decided to find Jesus by fasting. He got real angry and became dangerous to be around… Considering that he spent time inside… I just walked the other way until he ate a big pile of spaghetti. FSM to the Rescue…
Here is some art to take your mind off troubles… Like friends acting crazy due to “Their Invisible Friend”.
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Let’s suppose you wanted to distribute a secret message to your friends and family… Put your message in a Picture.  NO computer program would be able to “captcha” the secret message. It would take a HUMAN to read it… Comprende? Figure that the “Three Letter Agencies” have vast money to spend on data mining using computers but a dramatically smaller budget for employing PEOPLE to read your email. If everyone would just create messages that the computers can’t read, that would increase employment for voyeurs. The Peeping Toms that read your Facebook page are gainfully employed… Hey, it’s one way to decrease unemployment…
Hire more **@$#%#%#%%^&%^&%^&***
Of course, if you really want privacy… get the good stuff from PGP. At one point in time, it was a Federal Offense to export their data encryption programs. What a great selling point. Their programs are so good that they are ILLEGAL. 
Here is a gift to new musical groups… Lads Gone Native might be a great name for a Band. I’m not using it… You can have it!
I wrote some lyrics…
http://gregvanderlaan.com/lads.aspx 
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Ever notice a service offered by google called Zeitgeist? It ranks billions of we searches and displays what people type into the searce engine… supposedly it shows what people worldwide are interested in… Last years winners [2010] were:
chatroulette
ipad
justin bieber
nicki minaj
friv
myxer
katy perry
twitter
gamezer
facebook
Makes me wonder because I am interested in almost NONE of these subjects…

RESET Social Security Retirement age to 55

 

http://www.zazzle.com/gregvan/social+gifts

click on the link above for campaign gifts promoting the idea of:

RESET SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT AGE TO 55.

image search gregvanderlaan

May 7, 2011
Go ahead... do the image search... gregvanderlaan

feel free to copy and paste this image at will

Shameless self promotion… or… just good business… visit my webstore for psychedelic art and JOKES printed on zazzle gifts…

http://www.zazzle.com/gregvan*

Mandala on a Tesla Background

April 30, 2011

Just Relax and Enjoy The Art...

Mathematical Proof God Exists

April 28, 2011

IF

evidence of  “he who shall not be named”=TRUE

AND

(the square root of -1) times “he who shall not be named”=God

THEN

FSM=TOTG /TMA;

Maybe I’m a little fuzzy about the Logical Proof… I did PASS Math 259 but got a “C-” grade… How about if I just show you a picture?

See, Here is a photo of "The One True God"

FYI: TMA  stands for Too Many Acronyms…

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But back to the math proof at the top of the post…

Is NOT “Demonic Possession” the only possible explanation of the behavior of Ronald Dumbsfield and Dickless Change-Thing?  We can explain the behavior of  hsuB egroeG… He is simply an MKULTRA brainwashing experiment gone wrong.

But,

THERE IS NO OTHER POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE OTHER TWO MEMBERS OF THE TRIPOD OF EVIL.

Go ahead… email me a different answer… gregvan at yahoo dot com.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

Second Growth Redwood Forest Haiku

April 26, 2011

Between the stumps in the redwood forest

There is a sunny spot

where the ferns grow.

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People used to log responsibly, cutting 1 of 10 trees.

NO NUKES Send a message to President Obama.

March 18, 2011

We should spend less on Promoting Atomic Energy and more on Solar. http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/

Know Nukes Unclean Unsafe

Depleted Uranium has a half life of 4.5 Billion Years and must be guarded the entire time. If an ‘Errorist stole Used Nuclear Fuel they could make a “Dirty Bomb”.  A “dirty bomb” uses conventional explosives to distribute radioactive debris over a wide area… ANYONE could create such a device in the comfort of their own home.  Imagine the cost of employing security guards to watch the radioactive waste…

http://www.zazzle.com/know_nukes_button-145636117999085093

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http://www.zazzle.com/no_nukes_is_good_nukes_bumper_sticker-128971207851007318

http://www.zazzle.com/no_nukes_button_at_the_seashore-145043466620400650

Ghost Train in Eureka, CA

January 3, 2011

This abandoned train has served Eureka as a graffiti magnet for over ten years. Recently the city has encircled the land with a chain link fence to preserve the artwork and prevent vandalism.
http://www.zazzle.com/ghost_train_in_eureka_ca_necklace-177024514569734081
http://www.zazzle.com/ghost_train_in_eureka_ca_button-145589926660063065

 

Kinetic Sculpture Race May 29, 30, and 31 Eureka, CA

May 24, 2010
Kinetic Sculpture Race Eureka California

Kinetic Sculpture Race Eureka California

Earthquakes and global warming: Linked?

February 7, 2010

Is there a cause and effect between the two? anyone know?
Write to me at: gregvan[at]yahoo[dot]com

Let’s suppose you take a balloon with two parallel lines on it. If you inflate the balloon the lines become farther apart. Now, suppose the lines are fault lines and the balloon is planet eARTh. If the fault lines move farther apart would we not get more slipping? more eARThquakes?

This question does not involve any discussion on causes of global warming… As we all know, The GLOBAL WARMING ON MARS is not due to air pollution… or greenhouse gasses.. or Driving cars… We have photographic Proof that MARS is heating up and the ice caps are shrinking… What we really need to do is start building THE SPACE PARASOL.
It’s cooler in the shade…

Human behavior has no effect on Global Warming

Human behavior has no effect on Global Warming

click here to learn about the SPACE PARASOL

peace button: art designed to relax the viewer

July 10, 2009

For sale as a button… click here to see many, many more…

http://www.zazzle.com/gregvan/buttons

printed on a necktie...

printed on a necktie...

http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/1189686

rainbow squiralism

rainbow squiralism

convert human fat into electricity with this bike.

April 27, 2009
12 Volt Power station converts human fat into electricity

12 Volt Power station converts human fat into electricity

At Humboldt State University in Arcata California the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology has invented an electric power station that uses a standard exercise bicycle driving an automobile alternator.  A belt wraps around the wheel and the alternator. The electricity is stored in a standard auto battery for use later. more info at:

http://www.humboldt.edu/~ccat/

http://www.appropedia.org/Pedal_power_howto

The Pedal Power howto link above gives detailed construction instructions for building your own… including details of an inverter to power 110 v AC devices…

Ezekiel’s Wheel of Fire: UFO?

April 26, 2009
Biblical Illustration of the Wheel of FIRE as seen by the Prophet EZEKIEL.

Biblical Illustration of the Wheel of FIRE as seen by the Prophet EZEKIEL.

The description in the Bible speaks of a four headed creature: Lion, OX, man and Eagle… more at:

http://www.zazzle.com/gregvan*

solar ocean water to pure water distillery

April 26, 2009
saltwater to freshwater solar powered distillery

saltwater to freshwater solar powered distillery

This design uses the power of the sun to boil water creating steam (pure h2o) then uses the steam to drive an engine that pumps ocean water into the still. The steam can be collected when it condenses and be used for drinking, watering crops or washing. The remaining salt can be sold for a profit. This machine only works during sunlight hours so it automatically cleans itself at dusk. A typical installation could be used to turn desert countries into a fertile oasis. For example: If we built one in Saudi Arabia it could flood the empty quarter radically improving the ecology of the middle east. Imagine pumping thousands of gallons of freshwater into that desert…

An alternative design could use long black pipes centered at the focal point of a mirrored “half pipe” parabolic reflector.

more info at:

http://gregvanderlaan.com/solar.aspx

Praying Mantis sculpture in Eureka, CA

April 26, 2009
Sculpture by Hobart Brown in Eureka, CA

Sculpture by UNKNOWN in Eureka, CA

Hobart Brown created the Kinetic Sculpture Race. A three day event using human powered art vehicles that travel on road, sand and water from Arcata to Ferndale. More info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_sculpture_race

120 mpg car by Kinetic Sculpture Laboratory in Arcata, CA

April 26, 2009
bicycle powered gasoline car 120 mpg

bicycle powered gasoline car 120 mpg

This car is both bicycle powered and gasoline engine. Suitable for on road traffic it has an orange triangle on the back to allow it to be diven legally on highways. It goes slowly but is perfect for inner city travel. When you are on level ground just use the pedals to propell the machine… Uphill, start the engine and zoom zoom zoom… Since more than half of the time you are going downhill or level, the engine is off and you use no fuel at all.

More info at :

http://www.kineticsculpturelab.com/

RIP Geocities. Loved it dearly.

April 24, 2009

Yahoo geocities was my first website…

I built it starting in 1997 using the free computers at the San Jose public library. To this day, it still has a great ability to let a person that knows how to write html the freedom to make it exactly like you want it.

Visit:

http://www.geocities.com/gregvan

or

http://www.geocities.com/momsaachico

I really liked using the free service to build a website for my AA group. People could write in my guestbook and I would read and respond. This was a key part of my recovery from alcoholism.

We also used it as a convenient place to store Literature that people could print out and take to meetings… One thing that seemed to happen a lot was that we would lose the printed words that every meeting started with… “How it works”, “More about alcoholism”  etc… So my lovely wife typed the words into this website so we could print out a fresh copy at any time… all we had to do was walk over to the school’s library and use their computers to print a fresh copy… Later I added maps and meeting schedules… I know for a fact that at least one person found our clubhouse and made it to a meeting by searching the internet, finding my geocities page and following the directions… They thanked my in the guestbook…

They were on tour with AA and were driving around the USA in a mobile home… every new town they visited they found a meeting…

I myself have visited other towns and gone to meetings… It’s a great way to get a locals insight into what’s fun to do…

Anyway…

Thanks for all the good times we had on

YAHOO GEOCITIES!

May the content live on!


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