Amazing performance! The rifle is the Garand M-1.
Archives for February 2011
I have glaucoma. It is indeed a sneak thief of sight. I was blessed that my eye doctor caught it fairly early. Unfortunately, I waited six months too long for my annual eye check. My bad. I take eye drops, and have regular checkups for pressure, and my vision is fine. But not everyone has an annual eye check. If they feel they're okay, and their eyes aren't bothering them, they may put off having an eye check. Since IntraOcular(IOP) or Eye Pressure is one of the major risk factors of Glaucoma, early detection is the key to preventing blindness. BiCOM Inc with its unique, Non-Corneal and Over-the-Eyelid Tonometer DIATON is challenging the "Sneak Thief of Sight" through awareness and screening events on World Glaucoma Day. The Handheld Diaton Tonometer is ideal for mass screening because it is quick, painless and non-invasive glaucoma IOP eye test. Read more here.
Is it: et al? et. al? et al.? or et. al.? Why do people use the phrase et al.? And incidentally, what I just wrote is the right way to punctuate it. A period after the letter “l.” Merriam Webster’s says the phrase is an abbreviation for “and others.” Same for The Chicago Manual of Style and The Gregg Reference Manual. This phrase has a somewhat similar meaning to “etc.,” and means there’s a list of names somewhere. It comes from the Latin et alii (masculine plural), et aliae (feminine plural), or et alia (neuter plural). Lots of options, but most style guides and legal documents seem to prefer just plain “et al.” with a period following the letter “l.” You may wonder why it’s punctuated. Because each word, "alii," "aliae," and "alia," is abbreviated, while “et” is just “et.” Other than in legal documents, you’ll probably find et al. used mostly in bibliographies. The APA and MLA style guides use “et al.” when referring to specific numbers of people. Thus, for everyday writing in the personal or business world, you probably can’t go wrong if you use, “et al.” References The Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition The Gregg Reference Manual, Tenth Edition Wikipedia
This past week my brother and I drove a little west to the White Tank Mountain Regional Park to hike the Waterfall Canyon Trail. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I didn't make it all the way. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise: Petroglyph Plaza. There are ever so many rocks of varying sizes that have petroglyphs. Two Petroglyph styles have been recorded at the park.: Archiac Style and Hohokam Style (also called Gila Style). The Hohokam apparently abandoned the White Tank Mountains about 1100 A.D. These delightful images depict such things as game hunting, history, marking the landscape, sky watching, and spiritual life. If you live in the Valley, or plan to visit, you might want to consider taking this hike. Below are two graphics. The first is an original shot of a rock covered with petroglyphs. The second is the same photo, except redigitized by me. I always "see" more than the camera! I look forward to another visit soon and especially to the Black Rock Trail. P.S. There is a nearby horseback riding stable and a brand new county library and nature center. The White Tanks are close to many other places: Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, Luke AFB, Sun City, Peoria, and Litchfield Park.