Nite nite – Steely Dan.

For. Keith, Dylan, Graham, and Steve. 

Whenever I listen to Steely Dan or feature them on a Nite nite post I am always reminded of the chap who first introduced them to me. Inadvertently.

When I was a kid and had dreams of being a rock star – didn’t we all? – I built my own guitar. It had a Flying V body and a cheap and cheerful neck and electrical parts from a wrecked guitar.

It took me ages to build and was probably awful when it was done!  I thought it was great, no doubt, such is the memory and so did the guy who, after I bought a brand new Maroon Ibanez Gibson SG copy,swapped two steely Dan albums, Can’t buy a Thrill & Countdown to Ecstasy, for it.

Sadly, I was informed that Keith passed away a few years back.

But thanks to Keith, I became a life long Steely Dan fan.

From: Countdown to Ecstasy

Hello Halloweenees.

Emily’scakes has grown from a single tray of cupcakes offered for sale as an experiment to a full on eight days a week orders coming out of their earholes reviewed and featured  business. It’s only been a few years but I am in awe of what they have achieved. And it continues to grow. Anyhow, one of the things they do is celebrate special times of the year; feature holidays etc.

Halloween is no exception and they move a table outside the premises and really get into the swing of things, with ghosts adorning the Jacaranda trees, real candle lit pumpkins and an array of other props. My son, as the ”front man”, takes on the lead role of whatever theme they have chosen and for the day, stands outside and sells their wares and hands out the pre-orders. This scene has become a firm favorite with locals who often bring their children along so they can be photographed with the ”Cake Man” and by late afternoon early evening parts of the street are often ”parked up”. It’s a bit like the American version of Trick or Treat but in reverse!

AD has done themes that include zombies, witches, and Frankenstein. He dressed up as the character Death a couple of years back,( a la Terry Pratchett) including a large scythe and freshly dug grave with headstone on the municipal grass verge; something one neighbour initially got quite upset about, as she thought AD had buried a pet there! But she was placated and given some cakes and she went home feeling better.

There was a bit of drama last night as no theme had been decided upon and they were inundated with orders so there wasn’t much time to play around with ideas.

However, AD was mucking about on the internet and he perchanced upon Johnny Depp’s movie, Sweeney Todd. Eureka! He had a theme … but with a slight difference.

Meet Sweety Todd, the Demon Baker of Gerard Street.

Dripping red icing everywhere


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Hair and make-up by The Ems.

Nite Nite – Cake over the fence …

Time to call it a day. And what day shall we call it?  Well tomorrow is All Hallows Eve of course. Halloween, to you and me.

And as with every year Emily’s celebrate it with suitable cakes and sweets. Their theme this year will be Sweeney Todd. I shall post photos when all is done and dusted.

Meantime …

Here’s one or two goodies they’ve produced for tomorrow. In fact, it’s just gone 23:00 over here and they are still up at their spot finishing off orders!

No peace for the wicked.

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Imagem 079And as a ”warm-up” for tomorrow there’s probably only one song we could close with …

This is for blogpal Arch (archaopteryx1 ) who assures me this is his favorite song of all time … bless him!

Here you go, Arch..

How the Church made Jesus ‘God’.

I thought I’d repost this. It was fun the first time around and we all need to be reminded – or taught.

The Church made Jesus ‘God’?  Seriously?

Oh, yes, they did; and it happened like this…

“I don’t care one Iota…”

Want to know where this phrase came from?

In the days of yore…which is before, your day, my day, them were the days, youth day, chrimbo day, Mother’s day, Father’s day; In fact, even before Days of our Lives. (Trust me on this.)

Well, around the 4th Century when the Christian church was hard at work inventing a religion there was a heresy called Arianism. It was started by a church presbyter called Arius who claimed and taught that Jesus was not of the same substance (stuff) as God; that Jesus was not truly divine divine  like the god God ( him of Yahweh fame who smitted everyone and because he loved them so much flooded the Earth and annihilated humanity except for one soon to be Incestuous family)  but merely divine in a created being sort of way; sent from Heaven by God.

God the Father is a Deity and is divine and the Son of God is not a Deity but divine (I, the LORD, am Deity alone. Isaiah 46:9).

Oh, and in case people of the fundamentalist variety give you stick about this you can merely quote them their stupid little book as Arianism is largely derived from the Gospel of John and what Jesus himself ( he wasn’t a Himself yet) said….

This belief is grounded in the Gospel of John (14:28)”[3] passage: “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Now many folk believed this and it became quite popular. So popular in fact that the orthodox church wanted it stamped out ASAP as it reduced Jesus to a demigod and thus Christianity was little more than polytheism.  Couldn’t have that, no sir! Anyhow, at the Council of Nicea, 325, called by everybody’s favourite genuine Christian, Constantine the Great, Arianism was declared a heresy and the Orthodox Mob issued their own creed which states that the Son (JC) is homoosiun to Partri (“of one substance of the Father”) thus declaring that he is all that the father is: completely Divine.  Had to, I guess, otherwise Christianity would have soon gone for a burton. Shame really, but there you go.

So, sorted right? Wrong. Arianism would not lie down and die and its adherents regrouped and lobbied Constantius who once he became sole emperor in 350 pretty much crushed the Nicene party. Good for them right? Too true! But you can’t keep a good myth under a bushel or whatever they say and eventually after much to-ing and fro-ing, the  Arian persecution by emperor Valens, the  Orthodox Mob consolidated and Emperor Theodosius I (he that made Christianity the one and only religion allowed in the Empire) In 381 at the second ecumenical council of Nicea helped ensure that Arianism was proscribed and a statement of faith, The Nicene Creed , was

In February he ( Theodosius )and Gratian had published an edict[25] that all their subjects should profess the faith of the bishops of Rome and Alexandria (i.e., the Nicene faith), or be handed over for punishment for not doing so.

And they all lived happily ever after…..let the funpersecutions begin…tra…la…la.

And they did…..

It’s interesting to note that the Vandals were Arian Christians and this became a bit of a problem later on. You can imagine how confused and perplexed they were after turning up on Rome’s doorstep inquiring, ‘Cooee, is the kettle on?’  to find they had been doing it all wrong for several decades. Who knew, right?

Here’s a very interesting read on that very subject

So the iota? Well, there was also another crowd who adhered to Semi –Arianism. Really, I’m not joking. These lot, however, admitted that the Son (JC) was “like”(homoiousios) the Father but not of one substance. (homoousios) with him.

This doctrinal controversy, revolved around two words distinguished by a single iota (ι), gave rise to the popular expression: “It makes not one iota of difference”.

So, Christians, other religious types  and normal people, now you know how  Jesus became God. Because it was written down, and it is as simple as that.

Don’t say The Ark doesn’t teach you things?

Here endeth the lesson.

originally posted as I don’t care one Iota.

The Ark

Leading you up the garden path. I’m a king bee

The Arum Lily is indigenous to South Africa and became a firm favorite with Europeans as early as the 17th century.

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We have quite a few at the Ark’s spot and they are also a firm favorite with the bees, as you can see by Wilfred, the Ark’s trained bee, who seems to go a bit doolally when he’s after some nectar.

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And talking of bees …

The movie I watched last night, Argo, is also known as the Canadian Caper and thanks to Canadian blogpal Tildeb for bringing me up to speed on the real story of what happened way-back-when with the Tehran affair and the Canadian involvement.

For all my Canadian visitors, here’s a great piece of music from a very underrated guitarist, Frank Marino, who is also from Canada.

Movie and a tune . Nite, nite.

I have just watched the movie Argo. I am generally not a bloke that enjoys ra ra USA type films but this one, based on the true story of the rescue of six  Americans in Iran was a pretty good dramatization.

If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend it.

There were a couple of songs played during the film and this one is my close off tune .

From the brilliant Zeppelin IV. When the Levee Breaks.


Leading you up the garden path. Another beauty.


I just remarked to blogpal, Godless cranium how I am surprised and fascinated by the diversity of butterflies at our spot. So far I have photographed 15 species and visually-noted two more.

I snapped a new species yesterday ( new for me) and another about an hour ago.

This one is called a Geranium Bronze and has now become widespread in South Africa due to the planting of pelargoniums. And that’s where I found this one.

Once upon a time …. why the bible story is nonsense.

Found this the other day ….

This (list) has been published numerous times, usually in answer to whining Christians whenever the issue regarding evidence for the biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth is raised.

It’s always worth another look, just to remind ourselves, and them, just how ridiculous Christian claims for the Magic Man-God truly are.


The following is a list of writers who lived and wrote during the time, or within a century after the time, that Christ is said to have lived and performed his wonderful works:

Josephus, Philo-Judaeus, Seneca, Pliny the Elder, Suetonius, Juvenal, Martial, Persius, Plutarch, Justus of Tiberius, Apollonius, Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, Quintilian, Lucanus, Epictetus, Silius Italicus, Statius, Ptolemy, Hermogones, Valerius Maximus, Arrian, Petronius, Dion Pruseus, Paterculus, Appian, Theon of Smyrna, Phlegon, Pompon Mela, Quintius Curtius, Lucian, Pausanias, Valerius Flaccus, Florus Lucius, Favorinus, Phaedrus, Damis, Aulus Gellius, Columella, Dio Chrysostom, Lysias, Appion of Alexandria.

Enough of the writings of the authors named in the foregoing list remains to form a library. Yet in this mass of Jewish and Pagan literature, aside from two forged passages in the works of a Jewish author and two disputed passages in the works of Roman writers there is to be found no mention of Jesus Christ.

Philo of Alexandria was born before the beginning of the Christian era, and lived until long after the reputed death of Christ. He wrote an account of the Jews covering the entire time that Christ is said to have existed on earth. He was living in or near Jerusalem when Christ’s miraculous birth and the Herodian massacre occurred. He was there when Christ made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

He was there when the crucifixion with its attendant earthquake, supernatural darkness, and resurrection of the dead took place — when Christ himself rose from the dead, and in the presence of many witnesses ascended into heaven. These marvelous events which must have filled the world with amazement, had they really occurred, were unknown to him. It was Philo who developed the doctrine of the Logos, or Word, and although this Word incarnate dwelt in that very land and in the presence of multitudes revealed himself and demonstrated his divine powers, Philo saw it not.

From “The Christ” — John E. Remsberg


In fact, if you consider the biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth as a simple narrative construct, and you should, he’s a bit like …


”Evolution is not observable”

”….evolution is not observable”

John Barron

Oh really?

It might not be Darwin, but  …


Cane toads in the Northern Territory and Western Australia have evolved “very very rapidly” to hop in a straight line and cover up to six times more ground than distant cousins back in Queensland, scientists say.

Research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London journal shows “a new kind of evolution” and a phenomenon dubbed “spatial sorting”, according to the article’s co-author and University of Sydney professor Rick Shine.

“The front has accelerated from about 10-15 kilometres per year to about 60 kilometres per year over the time toads have been in Australia,” Professor Shine said.

“To move at that rate, toads have to behave in very strange ways – ways that no other frog has before.

“All you get at the front are the offspring of the fastest toads who were themselves the offspring of the fastest toads who themselves were the offspring of the fastest toads.

“Genes for fast dispersal end up concentrated at the invasion front.

“This is evolution through space rather than time.

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Leading you up the garden path.

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Let’s go for a wander shall we?

Some things are easier to photograph than others. Goes without saying I suppose. Insects require a fair amount of  patience and luck. More of the latter in my case. Except for bees which I’m pretty au fait with their habits during summer.

Wasps on the other hand…

Some species’  build their nest under the eaves of the house and the female, once she has laid the eggs, will hang upside down and fan the nest/eggs with her wings. If you are brave enough to get a ladder and climb up and see … I’m not!

However, the desire to photograph one in my ongoing ‘quest’ to photo-catalogue as much fauna as possible that visits our spot has  made me a little braver( or foolish) than I might otherwise be.

When I saw this wasp buzzing around the garden I followed it for about five minutes. Yes, I sometimes have too much time on my hands. Anyway these wasps hardly ever seem to alight on flowers or wot not – though I have seen them come to ground by the pond when there is a puddle of water from the hose.

So, the intrepid Ark – the demented very amateur entomologist tracked his quarry to a patch of geraniums where said wasp buzzed into the undergrowth for a breather and a bit of grooming.

Carefully I squatted on the lawn, gingerly moved aside a leaf that was blocking  the view and got off one shot.

Phew! Objective accomplished and didn’t get attacked.

Click on the pic for larger view.

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And here’s whatsisface …

Sting and co. apt under the circumstances.