Monday, June 30, 2014

Misery Map

Yes, that is a strange title for a map.

But this map does give interesting information.

What is it? you ask.

Well, a friend of DIT (who flies a lot) --

Found a website that is called Misery Map.

It is so called because it can give one a hint of the problems they might encounter should they (or you) be planning a plane trip.

Check this out.  It is very interesting.

HERE'S THE LINK to Misery Map


Sunday, June 29, 2014

ARRL field day continues

As we mentioned yesterday, Field Day is a Big Big event for hams.

In fact, if you have not read the DIT for Saturday, please do so as it explains in more detail about Field Day, its purpose, what happens, and why.

If you are a Shortwave listener, you can hear the hams on 160 meters and up with the exception of 30, 17, and 12 meter bands.

So tune in your radios and listen to the hams.

Better still, drop in on one or more of the sites and watch the Hams making contacts.

It is not too late to drop in.  Most events last till mid or late afternoon on Sunday.

And, if they have already stopped making contacts, you will be fascinated by the 'take down' and packing up of the antennas and equipment.

The entire event is a lot of fun whether you are a Ham or not.

To Find the location of a Field Day site near you, check out the ARRL Field Day Site Locator Page.  HERE'S THE LINK


Saturday, June 28, 2014

ARRL field day is Today and Tomorrow

What is the ARRL?

And what is Field Day?

Well, if you are a Ham (Amateur Radio Operator) you know and are eagerly gearing up for a fun weekend of operating your radio to make contacts with other hams all across America and around the World.

ARRL is the American Radio Relay League and is the premier Amateur Radio Association in America.  

To visit the ARRL Website, HERE'S THE LINK.

Field Day is observed annually in June and is the largest 'on the air' event in Amateur Radio.

This year Field Day will begin on Saturday June 28 and end on Sunday June 29.

Hams will be operating round the clock on those days.  Yes, even all night.

During the entire 24 hours of Field day you will will find Hams sitting at their radios and communicating by phone (voice), digitally, CW (Morse Code), EME (earth moon earth bounce), satellite communication with the space station, and more. WOW.

So what exactly IS Field Day? you ask.

Field Day is when hams participate in a contest to contact as many folks around the country and around the world as possible.  It is also an emergency preparedness exercise and a fun time with other hams in their club.

They do this by going on the air for 24 round the clock hours using only battery, solar, or generator power instead of the usual plug in the wall commercial power


Basically because it is a good way to test their equipment-- since this is usually how they have to operate during disasters, floods, hurricanes (such as Katrina), and other events when commercial power is down.

During disasters Hams set up portable antennas, power up their radios, and go on the air to help the police, firemen, rescue squads, search teams, etc.

ARRL Field Day is held annually in the US and Canada with over 35,000 amateurs involved either individually or in groups.

If you are a Ham you already know about Field Day and are likely participating.

If you are not a Ham (Amateur Radio Operator) you are invited to attend the Field Day nearest you. You will be welcomed with open arms and will be shown what is happening. In so doing, hopefully you will catch the 'bug' and become a Ham.

For those of you who can't attend a Field Day in person but have a Short Wave radio, you might hear some of the activity as you tune the dial.

Hint: The Bands on which you are most likely to 'find/hear' the Hams will be 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters as well as the 70 CM band.

But don't just sit by your Shortwave radio, go to one of the thousands of sites that will be up and running in the US and Canada.  You don't have to stay all 24 hours but do drop in and see what is going on.  You will be amazed.

To find a Field Day Site near you, there is a nify 'locator' on the ARRL website.  HERE'S THE LINK


Friday, June 27, 2014

What does S O S stand for ?

This is another interesting factoid sent by a friend via email.

The dit dit dit DAH DAH DHA dit dit dit  sound of SOS is easy to remember, write (... _ _ _ ...) , and to send even by someone with no radio experience at all.

dit dit dit is the code for S

DAH DAH DAH is the code for O

But what does it mean?  Hmmm.  Good question.

This is definitely a “curious minds want to know” question.

And two links will give us the answer.

The first link was sent by the friend in the email. 

HERE'S THE LINK for the definition of what does SOS stand for
Next, for more details and to hear an audio of what the SOS signal actually sounds like, 

HERE'S THE LINK to what does SOS sound like


Thursday, June 26, 2014


The name says it all.

This remarkable video was emailed to us by a friend of DIT.

With the link came this note:

"Watch each picture change from black and white to color … marvel at God's wonders …"

Accompanying the beautiful pictures is soothing relaxing music.

You will love this DIT.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Does the Bible Contain Contradictions?

This is a 14 minute audio podcast with Steve Ham and Tim Chaffey

You can either listen online or download it to your computer, phone, or any device that handles podcasts.

This is one of those subjects about which many folks wonder.

It is also one of the "try to catch you" topics that many bring up in an attempt to debunk the Bible.

This podcast is excellent and will answer many of your questions.

HERE'S THE LINK to "does the Bible contain Contradictions?"


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Black Chicken

Now this is a really strange critter.

This picture was taken by Jeffrey Pamungkas and posted on Wikipedia.

Yes, it is really a Black Chicken.

It is totally Black.

Not just black feathers but even black tongue, black meat, black bones, and more.

To learn more about this very unusual Chicken

HERE'S THE LINK to a black chicken


Monday, June 23, 2014

Really Great Household tips


It's Heloise Time again

Heloise Time?  What do you mean.

Well, a friend of DIT found this link to an amazing collection of household tips.

These cover something in every room in the house.

If you don't find something helpful here --


Anyway, Check these out. These are great.

HERE'S THE LINK to really great household tips


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hymn: Pass me Not O Gentle Savior

Time for our Sunday Hymn.

Today's Hymn is well known by almost everyone.

It is "Pass me Not O Gentle Savior"

Sing along.

HERE'S THE LINK to Pass me Not O Gentle Savior


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Begins Today

 Ah, summer finally begins !

The time for vacations and fun is here at last.

Today, besides being the first day of summer,

it is also the longest day of the year.

Well, no, the day is not ‘longer’ because of more hours and minutes.  It is still a 24 hour day.

But, this is the day of the year with the longest time of daylight. 

After today, until the winter solstice in December, the time of daylight will get shorter and shorter and shorter and ...

Then at the Winter Solstice, the shortest daylight day of the year, the days begin to get longer again until we reach next year’s “first day of summer”. 

And on and on the cycle goes day after day, year after year.

Hmmm. Sounds like some kind of ‘design’ here. 

Anyway, today, June 21, is the Summer Solstice, the First day of summer, and the day of the year with most daylight, hence the longest day of the year.

Thought you would want to know.  And if you want to know more, 

then HERE'S A LINK to summer begins today


Friday, June 20, 2014

Bent Rock Layers

You have surely noticed in many road cuts and excavation projects where layers of earth and rock are uncovered

 that many of the layers are not straight but are bent.

How can this be?

What happened geologically to produce bent rocks?

A brief 1 minute audio explains.

HERE'S THE LINK to bent rock layers


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Seafloor Sediment

Seafloor Sediment -- actually the lack thereof

Helps confirm that the earth is young

Not millions or billions of years old.

What? you say. How can that be?

This 1 minute audio podcast explains.

HERE'S THE LINK to seafloor sediment


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More about the Noah Movie

We have visited this topic previously on DIT --

and have provided links to written reviews of the Movie, Noah.

The link we are providing today includes one of those reviews

BUT the reason we are posting today's link is because there has been added a video discussion of the reviewers, their thoughts and reasoning.

The Review is almost 2 hours long so you will need to block out some time.

However, you will find it most interesting and helpful in your evaluation of the movie, especially if you are trying to explain the contradictions and problems in it to others.

It really IS worth watching and considering.

So, without further ado,

HERE'S THE LINK to More about the Noah Movie


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

National Flags Made from Food

A friend sent us this most unusual link.

What is it?

Well, believe it or not -- it shows "National Flags made from each Country's Traditional Foods".


Amazing, clever, and really interesting.

You will probably want to get out a knife, fork, spoon, and chopsticks as you view this.

HERE'S THE LINK to National Flags Made from food


Monday, June 16, 2014

Old Gas Stations

Time for the young whippersnappers to see what it used to be like

and not so long ago.

What is it this time? you ask

Well, a friend of DIT who is an 'old timer' and lived during the time of the pictures to which we will be linking -- found this wonderful collection of

Old gas stations !!

As you view these, notice the price per gallon of the gas, the now 'antique' cars, the folks who washed the windshield, checked under the hood, pumped the gas, etc.

Most of these pictures seem to be circa 1940s to 1970's.

Old timers -- prepare for a trip down memory lane.

Young Whippersnappers -- this is what your grandparents have been telling you when they do the "I recollect …"  stories

HERE'S THE LINK to Old Gas stations


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Today is Father's day

Another famous holiday, Father’s day, is being observed today.

Let’s see, we celebrate Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s day, Children’s day, and on and on and on and on ....

Wonder when we celebrate “Old Maid Aunt Day” ?

Or "Bachelor Uncle Day" ?

Anyway. Happy Father’s day!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Today is Flag day

Today is Flag Day. Is your flag flying?

Flag Day in the United States commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

It was also the Birthday of the late father of one of the friends of this ministry.

And that ‘factoid’ always helps me remember Flag Day.

But, aside from that, --

The interesting history of how Flag Day ultimately came to be and came to be observed annually is given in a short article on Wikipedia.



Friday, June 13, 2014

Young Harpist

A friend of DIT found this video.

What is it?

Well, A young Harpist plays "The Fountain" by Marcel Lucien Grandjany

The concert is at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory Music School.

Prepare to be amazed.

HERE'S THE LINK to Young Harpist


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Was there really a Noah's Ark and World Wide Flood?

We have considered this before on DIT

But since the Movie, Noah, has hit the Theaters, it seems good to revisit the topic.

Many 'experts' repeatedly tell us (in schools, colleges, on TV, etc etc etc) that there was NO flood and NO ark.

They consider these things to be fairy tales or worse.

But is this correct?

Was there a World Wide flood?

Is there evidence for it?

And, could Noah have built an Ark which could survive such a cataclysm?

This article will answer those Questions and more.

HERE'S THE LINK to was there really a Noah's Ark and World Wide Flood


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dogs Bath Time


Some dogs do not mind taking a bath or you might say they 'tolerate' it.

Others seem to really enjoy it.

But, there are quite a few that definitely do NOT want a bath.

This video chronicles all three types and is a hoot.

Alas there is a commercial that comes first but in only 5 seconds you can click it off.


Click it off and check out this really funny video.

HERE'S THE LINK to dogs bath time


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tour of theSpace Station

We have referenced this previously

but it is soooooooo good that we thought it should be reposted

just in case some of you are new to DIT and missed it.

What is it exactly? you ask.

Well, it is an in depth video of the Space Station.

You will be taken on a tour of it by the Departing Space Station Commander.

Yes, it is 25 minutes long

But, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

HERE'S THE LINK to Tour of the Space Station


Monday, June 9, 2014

Another outpouring of song

Yes, we have seen these in Malls, shopping centers, stores, and various other places.

This time it is on a Streetcar in Budapest, Hungary.

What are they singing?

Amazing Grace !!

Check this out.  You will love it.

HERE'S THE LINK to another outpouring of song


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Today is pentecost Sunday

What is Pentecost Sunday?

It is a special Jewish and now also Christian holiday that occurs 50 days (penta = 50) after Passover.

How and why are these two holidays related?

The Old Testament tells about Passover, observed annually, which commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt after about 400 years of living in Egypt, most of that time in slavery. To read about this, HERE'S THE LINK

In the New Testament we learn that it was also on Passover that The Lord God Jesus Christ was crucified, as fulfilment of the picture of the sacrificial lamb of Passover and the other Jewish days and holidays, to pay the sin death penalty for mankind.

50 Days after the Exodus described in the Old Testament and the Death of Jesus described in the New Testament Pentecost ocurrs.

In The Old Testament on Pentecost, The 10 Commandments were given by God on Mount Sinai to Moses and the Israelites / Jews.

But something very special and related to Christians also occurred on the Pentecost that happened 50 days after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Because of that special happening, this day is no longer celebrated only because of the giving of the 10 Commandments.

It is now also celebrated because that day is now considered to be the day that the birth of the Christian Church occurred.

The amazing event on that particular and special Pentecost is described in Chapter 2 of the New Testament Book of Acts.

To read that passage, HERE' S THE LINK

Finally, having read those two very important passages, here are additional details which explain more about what happened on Passover and why this is such an important Holiday on both the Jewish and Christian Calendars.  HERE'S THE LINK


Saturday, June 7, 2014

A very Small Dinosaur

Skeletal fragments of the skull of what is believed to be of a very small Tyrannosaur have been found in the Arctic.

According to reports, the "fragments were found along an Alaskan River above the Arctic Circle."


What does this mean?

An interesting article evaluating this discovery and providing additional information has been posted on the internet.

You will likely find it very informative.

HERE'S THE LINK to a very small dinosaur


Friday, June 6, 2014

How to increase the range of your car key remote


Not so sure I want to try this --

But a guy has come up with an interesting concept.

What is it?

Well, you recall those many times when you have walked quite a distance from your car or truck or whatever and then wonder

Did I lock it with the remote?

So you push the button on the remote and nothing happens --

Which means you are either going to have to walk back toward the vehicle and get closer and try again


you can try this method --

but rather than explain and spoil the secret

HERE'S THE LINK to How to increase the range of your car key remote


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Albino Redwood Tree

You have heard of albino animals and people --

But have you ever heard of an albino plant?

Well, there is an Albino Redwood tree.

An Albino Redwood tree?  Does this mean that it does not produce chlorophyll?

If so, how can it live?

Well, yes.  You are correct.  It does not produce Chlorophyll. 

So, in order to live, it has to do something very interesting and unusual.

What does it do?

To find out

HERE'S THE LINK to Albino Redwood Tree


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A 1901 Ford

Well, June is here at last

And that means that many folks will be taking vacations.

Some will fly.

Some will take cruises.

But most will likely take a road trip in a Car of some kind.

And speaking of cars -- consider a road trip over 100 years ago in a car that was all the rage back then.

A video of one of the earliest cars was sent to us by a friend of DIT. 

No wonder folks didn't go as far or as often as they do now.

The car in this video was, believe it or not, designed for racing !! But, you readily get the idea that cars for extended road trips still had a long way to go (pun intended).

It is known as the Sweepstakes Ford, which was the introductory Racing Car. (All you race car enthusiasts, here is where it began.)

Anyway, back to the video --Be sure you watch more than just the introduction.

For example -- the way they start the car is a hoot.

If you are an old car enthusiast you will be riveted to this video.  And even if you are not, you fill find it realllllly interesting.  Sooooo

HERE'S THE LINK to a 1901 Ford


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How to clean your Tech Stuff

This is one of those helpful Heloise type hints

Though, alas, Heloise lived before such things as smart phones, computer screens, and all the other 'techie' stuff we have these days.

But, these things do get dirty and acquire -- gasp -- germs.

So, what to do?

This article has some very useful and practical ideas.

Check it out.

HERE'S THE LINK to How to Clean your Tech Stuff


Monday, June 2, 2014

85 Useful tips which could help save Lives

This is another excellent collection of ideas from glamumous, a website located in England.

We mention that because one of the tips says to call 112 to report an emergency which is fine and good if you are in the United Kingdom.  They also mention 999.

But, if you are in the US the number is 911.

Anyway, even with little discrepancies like that, and some of the terms used which are definitely British, you will love the suggestions on this site.

HERE'S THE LINK to 85 useful tips which could help save Lives


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Hymn: Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb

We sang this Hymn about a month ago.

But it was a different version by a different group.

Today's version is actually two Hymns --

Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb 


I'll Fly Away.

Both are favorites of many.

And the message of both is important.

So, with that by way of introduction

HERE'S the link to Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb