News for September 2009

Abyss Pool



abyss pool, originally uploaded by rabucur.

All the geysers at Yellowstone are hot and while a not-so-long time ago people used to launder their clothes in (or on?) Old Faithful nowadays you can’t even get close to the edge of the water. Not even to dip one little finger in.

Probably for the best since some of these pools are boiling hot.

The Abyss Pool is hypnotic. You could stare into it for hours – it looks bottomless and it is an unnatural blue-ish green. This photo doesn’t do it justice.

Posted: September 22nd, 2009
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A beautiful dress

Anyone getting married any time soon and hasn’t yet chosen a wedding dress? May I suggest something like this:

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I think it’s beautiful. Almost makes me want to get married again.

It is Oscar de la Renta and you can see some more of this collection here:

http://jezebel.com/5361051/it-was-impossible-not-to-smile-at-oscar-de-la-renta-well-almost/gallery/

Posted: September 16th, 2009
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A win-win situation

Every once in a while you stumble upon something amazing. The other day I found a reference to this website via BoingBoing - A directory of wonderful things. BoingBoing always has amazing things but this one was an especially exquisite find.

The website offers a special service to all believers in the Rapture who are worried about the fate of their pets once they are transported to heaven. The website is run by a group of atheists looking to alleviate these worries. The service guarantees that the providers will retrieve and care for the dogs, cats, birds and pet rabbits of those raptured for a small, nominal fee.

Now for those who are unfamiliar with what The Rapture is, you can find the definition here. What you need to know is that, when the time comes, those worthy will be raised to Heaven and those unworthy will be left behind.

As far as I can tell this service is for real (the first question in the FAQs is “Is this a joke?” with the answer “No”), they have a PayPal account where people can send money and a straightforward contract complete with disclaimers. They save the first pet for $110 and ask for $15 for each additional pet. Quite the bargain.

I think this is brilliant. First, it  gives peace of mind to those worried about their pets once they are saved. Of course, pets will be left behind, only people can go to heaven. Second, it gives the opportunity for atheists of all walks of life to do something good and contribute in their own way to the Rapture. So any way you look at it, it is a win-win situation.

The best part is: you need to do nothing until the Rapture actually comes. After that, of course, you will be extremely busy but you have all this time to prepare for it.

Why didn’t I think of this?

Posted: September 2nd, 2009
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