Years ago, when we adopted our dog Diego, we were told by the pound that he was “70% Pomeranian”. We never quite knew what that meant, or how it was determined. It was in the dark ages, back before anyone was doing genetic screening of dogs.
He looks pretty much like a Pomeranian to our admittedly uneducated eyes…but he’s larger than most Poms, and has a snout (most Poms have pretty flat faces).
Recently my brother Art confessed to being a dinosaur because he dislikes web video snippets which would work much better as an article (I share the same feeling).
But that got me to thinking: why is being a dinosaur a bad thing?
Sure, they’re extinct. But:
- They ruled the Earth for hundreds of millions of years.
- They supplanted early mammals, or at least mammal-like creatures, and kept them suppressed for eons.
- It took a giant 10 kilometer diameter asteroid or comet impacting the Earth to knock them out.
There’s nothing shameful about being a dinosaur. Except for the being extinct part. And, hey, everything dies eventually :).
Today I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and Traffic Court to fix a ticket I got for driving with expired registration tags. That’s a correctable offense in California, albeit you have to pay a processing/paperwork fee. Along the way I experienced two more examples of the old adage about flies and honey.
One of the things I find fascinating about the internet is that it’s enabled wide-spread sharing of some amazing “assets”, at no charge. This morning, for example, my friend Bruce sent me a PowerPoint file that contained a bunch of fantastic photos that someone just launched into cyberspace. We’ll probably never know who did that, nor ever meet the photographers whose work was immortalized as a result. But we can enjoy them anyway!
You can browse through the photos using the numbered buttons and/or arrow buttons below the thumbnails. To see larger versions, click on an image in thumbnail mode. You can also view the pictures as a slideshow by clicking the slideshow link.