Testing Javascript - Ticker Tape

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Testing Javascript - Ticker Tape




Sunday, October 03, 2010

Vendetta for the Saint - Charteris

A number of reasons have been suggested at different times for Simon Templar's superficially incongruous title of The Saing, and there may be a kernel of truth in all of them, while not one is the complete answer. The sobriquet is a derivative and outgrowth of so many contributory and contradictory factors attempting to crystallize the supreme paradox of the man himself. But one truly sanctified quality which had never been imputed to him was a forgiving disposition.

Very shortly the street door opened again; but it was not the expected form of the dectective that stepped in. This, however, proved to be no disappointment to the Saint at all.

It was a girl . . . if the writer may perpetrate one of the most inadequate statements in contemporary literature.

Her hair was stygian midnight, a shining metallic black that wreathed a delicate oval face with the texture of magnolias, full-lipped and kohl eyed. The simple silk confection that she wore offered more emphasis than concealment to the form it covered but could scarcely contain. It was obvious that no trickery of supporting garments was needed or was used to exploit the burgeoning figure, rounded almost to excess in the breasts above and the flanks below, yet bisected by a waist of wasp-like delicacy. To complete the entrancing inventory, Simon allowed his gaze to slide down the sweet length of leg to the small sandalled feet and drift appreciatively back up again.

Whereupon he received a glance of withering disdain of the kind that had obviously had much practice in shrivelling the presumptuous and freezing the extremeties of the lecherous, and which made it depressingly apparent that like many other beautiful Italian girls she was also impregnably respectable. Only the Saint's unjustified faith in the purity of his admiration enabled him to meet the snub with a smile of seraphic impenitence until it was she who looked away.

Approaching through an archway of rambler roses, from a hedged area of the garden where she had apparently been taking a sunbath, was Gina Destamio, clad only in a bikini of such minuscule proportions that its two elements concealed little more than did her sunglasses. Her skin was a lightgolden-brown in the last rays of sunlight, and the ultimate details of her figure more than fulfilled every exquisite promise they had made under the dress in which he had last seen her. It was a sight to make even a hardened old pirate like Simon Templar toy with the idea of writing just one more sonnet.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 Iceland Volcano Ash photos


More from Eyjafjallajokull

As ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continued to keep European airspace shut down over the weekend, affecting millions of travelers around the world, some government agencies and airlines clashed over the flight bans. Some restricted airspace is now beginning to open up and some limited flights are being allowed now as airlines are pushing for the ability to judge safety conditions for themselves. The volcano continues to rumble and hurl ash skyward, if at a slightly diminished rate now, as the dispersing ash plume has dropped closer to the ground, and the World Health Organization has issued a health warning to Europeans with respiratory conditions. Collected here are some images from Iceland over the past few days.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

2008 Digital Photo Contest

Murrysville Parks & Reserves
2008 Digital Photo Contest
- Prizes
- Connect with Nature
- Share Your Photos With the Murrysville Community
Contest Categories:
Plants (trees, shrubs, flowers, ferns, algae, mosses)
People and animals (including birds, mammals, and all other animals)
Photos by young photographers (15 and under)
Contest Requirements:

· Photos to be taken at a Murrysville park or Westmoreland Conservancy nature reserve. To learn about Murrysville parks, click on "Municipal Parks" at www.murrysville.com. To learn about Westmoreland Conservancy reserves, click on "Nature Reserves" at www.westmorelandconservancy.org.
· Limit of three (3) photo entries per contestant.
· Entries must be received by email by November 30, 2008.
· Digital images must be in jpeg format, not greater than 800 Kilobytes (KB) in size.
· Image manipulation shall be limited to cropping and minor color and contrast adjustments.
· Contestant must be the copyright owner of submitted entry.
· By submitting photographic work, contestant grants hosting organizations the right to royalty-free reproduction of entries for publicity, display, and fund-raising, including sale of items using the images. Every attempt will be made to credit the photographer where reasonably possible.
· Limit of one prize per contestant.

How to Enter. Contestant must email (1) digital image of entry (2) name (3) date of photo (4) subject of photo (5) contest category (6) park or nature reserve area where photo was taken (7) age if 15 or younger (8) address (9) email address and (10) phone number (optional) to
Prizes: Modest prizes will be awarded to winning contestants. A release form allowing display of the winning photo, as stipulated under Contest Requirements, is to be signed at time of prize redemption.
Eligibility: The Contest is open to all amateur photographers residing in Murrysville and neighboring communities.
Questions: Email photocontestquestions@earthlink.net. (Note: this address is for questions only - please submit all entries to dphotomeister@gmail.com.)
Hosted by:
• Friends of Murrysville Parks
• Murrysville Environmental Advisory Council
• Murrysville Parks & Recreation Commission
Westmoreland Conservancy