Tuesday, October 30, 2007

McCain jokes that he wants to shoot Osama
How to take great Halloween pictures in the dark
What the candy you give out at Halloween says about you. Mine says this is what I got a good deal on.
This is something I have never heard about. Some Christian Churches are trying to reach out with an event called a "Hell House" at Halloween. A Hell House is a dramatization about the consequences of sin.
A clam is found that lived between 405 and 410 years. I would assume it is dead now but I am not sure.
3rd Grader likes her I-pod Nano and sends unsolicited ideas about it to the company.....she receives a cease-and-desist letter from Apple's legal department.
Sword-swallowing record

How We Spend Halloween



Photos above are from our Pumpkin of Sorrows Toss 2006. Husband, friends and I go up high & toss a pumpkin with all our sorrows for the year written on it. We always have a lookout below for safety. There is a very loud thud when the pumpkin hits. Someday we are going to build a trebuchet for this. :-)

3 of the 4 situations that the Pumpkin photos refer to have improved or disappeared. It is nice to know that life makes progress sometimes.

We almost always wait until Halloween night to get our pumpkin. The leftover beatup pumpkins often end up being free....and it certainly is going to be beat up by the time we are done.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

In some places in Israel, Messianic Jews are facing persecution.
Soccer coach may be in trouble for mooning the opposing team in a moment of anger.

Halloween

-----School bans Halloween dressup...because of "Captain Underpants" costumes.
-----There is some debate as to whether Halloween candy causes children to have a sugar high.
-----There is always the debate about weapons....but I have never seen this include banning the devil's pitchfork from a costume.
-----Some Halloween toys with lead in them have not been recalled yet. One of the most disconcerting is Vampire fangs. Update: At least some of these things are being recalled....I somehow doubt that every store who carries these type of things is jumping on the band wagon. I think it indicates either pure ignorance or lack of caring for anyone's safety that it got to be this way in the first place. It makes me mad that the main victims of this have been children. I have seen articles blaming this situation on the American consumers demand for lower cost products....these articles do not have a positive outlook that the situation is going to change.
Remember the Star Wars stamp set that came out? The stamp that will be sold individually has been chosen. I like the choice. :-)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Inaugural ::
  2. Inaugural ball. The President's Inauguration. the first part of something. The media always makes a big fuss about the First Lady's Inaugural ball gown....but the President never wears anything spectacular. The Inaugural Address...it will be interesting to hear the new President's address...who do you think the new President will be anyway?

  3. Pledge ::
  4. Pledge allegiance. Promise. when one is betrothed...that is a pledge. Lemon pledge. We just bought some Pledge Multi-Surface:Clean and Dust so I can clean some oak frames. making a pledge to a telethon or charity event...those telethons seem to go on forever sometimes. The controversy over whether the pledge should be said in schools.

  5. String ::
  6. Kite string. stringing beads.a string of numbers.puppet-on-a-string. stringing someone along.Silly String...fun. stringed instruments.guitar strings.string beans.string quartet.

    Glowstringing.

  7. Trot ::
  8. a horse.Foxtrot...the comic.the Harlem Globetrotters.the Fox Trot...I want to learn someday.

  9. Fitness ::
  10. belonging to a fitness club.health.exercises.aerobics.weight training.The President's Physical Fitness Challenge.

  11. Cinder ::
  12. Cinderella.

  13. Edge ::
  14. standing on the edge of a cliff.some edges are sharp.

  15. 31 ::
  16. Halloween.

  17. Blue ::
  18. Little Boy Blue.sad.blue suede shoes.

  19. Leather ::
  20. Tandy. the sturdiness of leather.Wilson Leather.tanning.baseball mit.pigskin football.



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-----Minorities less likely to trick or treat.
-----Halloween Barbies. That doesn't look enough like Gomez and Morticia for me.
There may be a Harry Potter prequel.


I have brought myself to pet pet rats....but still I am always at least a little freaked out by them.

"Baby Sitter" seat recall

"Baby Sitter" seats recalled. Instead of a bar across the top, the seats are just made to mold around the child's legs a little. I am wondering what age group these seat are intended for...it looks more like a booster seat than a seating aid to me. Anyway...children have had their skulls fractured when these seats have been used.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Call for a ban on products produced in sweat shops. This should have been done a long time ago...we should never gotten to putting the wants of the consumer above the well-being of others.
"VoodooMusicFest" is still going on in New Orleans. An excellent concert with over 100 acts including Sinead O'Connor.

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Controversial chocolate Jesus...again.



And a question:
What do you think Jesus' opinion of this artwork is???
(If you are not Christian, please be tactful in your answer as I am not trying to incite controversy.)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday's Feast

Appetizer
Name a great website you would recommend to others.
Ripoffreport.com
This site is exactly what it sounds like....a site for reporting bad businesses. Check it BEFORE you have a problem with a company. Especially check this before accepting a Credit Card....it could save you days and months of hassle.

Soup
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?
Not often. My dreams tend to be extremely good or extremely scary.

Salad
Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?
I had insects. They had no names. As an adult, I have traveled when I could and once decided to rescue a cricket from the interior of a bus station. I thought that I would keep it for luck (not that I believe in that) and it brought me happy childhood memories. When there are scary people on the Greyhound though one should not have one's backpack that contains a cricket in the open pocket near one's hip. My cricket was well-ventilated (in a sandwich bag with holes) but this was not a protection against accidental maiming when I had to move quickly to avoid the creepy ones. These people spent the rest of the trip trying to make me uncomfortable...or maybe they just didn't know that you only pay for your seat and not the one in front of you or beside you. Anyway, I was so stressed out that I forgot the cricket who had survived enough trauma already and I think it overheated to death. This was sad....though people laugh when I tell the tale. Crickets bring luck. Who brings luck to the crickets???...apparently, not I.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?
World peace. On a more tangible scale, I would advertise the Lifegem which is a diamond made from the carbon (usually hair) of a loved one. These are often done to memorialize someone but Husband and I are planning on anniversary rings for each other like this someday.

Dessert
What is your favorite kind of hard candy?
I don't have one. My favorite softer candy is strawberry licorice. If I have just opened candy, I will offer to share with whomever is around.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Voodoo Music Experience (New Orleans)...
Sinead and Smashing Pumpkins among others

VoodooMusicFest.com

There is still time to buy tickets. It sounds fun. I just found out about it but I would not only enjoy the concert but also the fact that revellers are encouraged to wear costumes.

Of course, seeing Sinead and/or The Smashing Pumpkins would be impressive. Let me know if you go. :-)


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The line-up (with bands I would be excited to see for one reason or another highlighted):

Friday, October 26 : Rage Against The Machine, Kings Of Leon, Toots and the Maytals, M.I.A., Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Jason Isabell, Galactic featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) and Lyrics Born, Porcupine Trees, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Dax Riggs, Earl Greyhound, Lez Zeppelin, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Donald Harrison plus the Congo Nation, Bonerama, CC Adcock and Lil' Band O' Gold, Hot 8 Brass Band, Theresa Andersson, Dan Dyer, Ghost, Zydepunks, Jose Conde y Ola Fresca, Meriwether, Vavavoom, Fatter Than Albert, Amy Cook, DJ Tom Harvey, Eyelash Carpets, Noisician Coalition/Noise Parade, LUX, Hands of Nero, The Mad Mike Experience, Heavenly Trip To Hell, Palanquin Diaries, Slew Foot, Gravity A, EllisD & Ray Bong.

Saturday, October 27 : The Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Sinead O'Connor, Tiesto, New Orleans Social Club, Spoon, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ghostland Observatory, Toubab Krewe, Motion City Soundtrack, Mute Math, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Dexateens, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Circa Survive, Coheed & Cambria, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Fleur De Tease, Rotary Downs, Porter-Batiste-Stoltz, Rockie Charles, Sam and Ruby, Panorama Jazz Band, The Happy Talk Band, Henry Butler, Jamie McLean Band, Dave Gregg and the Barefoot Philistines, Ratty Scurvics Singularity, NOOMOON Tribe, Chant w/Curse Mackey, Sista Otis, My Graveyard Jaw, Widetrack, Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, Brass bed, DJ Slice, DJ Proppa Bear, Pain Tribe w/Tapwater Mind Control and Revo Industries, Gokh-Bi System, ‘The Artist Revolution' Winner.

Sunday, October 28 : Wilco, Dr. John, Fall Out Boy, Common, Plain White T's, The Black Crowes, Irma Thomas, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Ska Cubano, Zap Mama, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Marc Broussard, Paolo Nutini, Gym Class Heroes, Morning 40 Federation, Liquidrone, Cute Is What We Aim For, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave , The Furious? Ballerinas, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Christian Scott, Deacon John, Groove Sect, Good Guys, Crooked, Illusion Fields, LOID, Nag Hammadi, Sirena Serpentina, Trevor Green, the Syndrome, theTransmission, Sinister Trailer Park, WORMS UNION, Noisician Coalition, Snuff Sugar, Aurora Aerial.

"...more than 100 acts will appear in the VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE's three distinct performance areas-- Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival-- each of which highlights a unique side of the personality of New Orleans...."

Iran....will sanctions work???

I just got a Yahoo Breaking News Alert....apparently, we are imposing new sanctions against Iran. I don't know what they will be yet but I can't really think of anything that would possibly deter them that wouldn't have human rights activists upset. I guess we will see what happens.

La Bamba....and a family reunion (of a very unusual sort)


It is Ritchie Valens singing...not Los Lobos (though I love Los Lobos,too). I wish that I could dance like that. This morning I have been watching audio commentaries to "La Bamba."

Here is sort of a photo chronicle of the recent exhumation of "The Big Bopper." Don't worry there is nothing gross in the photos. It is an unusual experience to have though...to get to see one's parent that died before one was born.
"My Daddy is Dying"...seems like an extraordinary book. It is a chronicle that a little girl named Milly kept while her father was dying. I like the idea of making a Happiness Cake. Milly's activity sheets can be downloaded.
Patterns for Paper Toys...I like the Chocolate Truck.
Top Ten Bad Things About Having a Summer Timeshare With Darth Vader...but I bet his mental talents could be useful in dealing with pesky insects.

Halloween CyberCruise...Share Your Scare


I hope everyone who visits is enjoying the cruise. :-)

Things that might scare me:


Ok...this chair would scare me.



Lawn Mower Man



A walk through Hitler's bunker



"Skelo-Claus"






This one is PG-ish. I know that a lot of Cruisers will find this one funny. :-)
Flowgo has more cartoons and videos.

A skull watch that belonged to Mary Queen of Scots. Click on the link at the bottom of the post and this takes you to a page that shows the frontal view...much creepier. Imagine someone just casually using that.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The UN may be emptied in order to do remodeling.
A jury is considering whether the woman who kidnapped a baby by cutting it out of its mother's womb will get the death penalty.
Ice Cream Ramen...would you try it?
Ramen BroccoSlaw

Cats get heartworm,too.

Thursday Thirteen

1.
Posts that made me smile:
The Tale of the Sentient Trash Can ...my trash can has a tendency to move itself out into the street.
A Plague

2.

Scary Video.

3.
On Tuesday I was watching the news and the reporter accidentally called Barack Obama "Osama." The broadcaster did not correct this....just went on. I guess Osama is running for President. Apparently, Mitt Romney also made this mistake recently.

4.

The Wrong Trousers
"I was roaming Balboa Park before a wedding and this three piece band caught my attention. A small boy with an upright bass, a bespectacled giant with a mandolin, and an unassuming girl with a harp. They call themselves The Wrong Trousers. Talk about odd choices in musical instruments. But they have tremendous talent. Their style won't be everyone's cup of tea, but there's no denying they know their instruments and are comppletely unique. These kids are still in high school! A good size crowd had formed and they were getting lots of cash donations."


5.
-----Why do those who are more educated lose their memories faster?
-----Marital stress linked to heart disease. I think that hostility and controlling behaviors effect our health in all areas of life but that it is likely more damaging when we perceive someone with as close a relationship as a spouse is doing it.

6. I posted this yesterday but it bears repeating:

Warning....this will be very upsetting. This is Kevin Cosgrove's September 11 call to 911. The pain his wife & children must have gone through. :-(

And on a MUCH LIGHTER note:



7.A disabled woman is trying to get a service horse as a roommate in her apartment.

8. Apparently, it was found that the use of a taser on a student at a Florida university was justified.

9. I blogged about the supposed Chupacabra finding before. Here is a slightly gruesome picture of its detached head. I have never seen anything like that. It is the 7th photo in.

10. Heart attack victim died and was brought back to life 12 times....no, that is not the record.

11. Model railroading still popular (at least in the UK). I am impressed by Rod Stewart's layout (yes, the Rod Stewart). The article also covers other celebrity hobbies traditionally considered "geeky."

12. If their endangered species listing is lifted, people may be able to hunt Yellowstone's wolves again. This is a controversial proposal.

13. Pictures of man "levitating" in front of the White House. I wonder how that is done...fascinating.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kevin Cosgrove's September 11th Call to 911.....


Warning....this will be very upsetting. My heart goes out to Kevin's wife and children.

Welcome to the Halloween CyberCruise



This year Husband, some friends and I will celebrate our 3rd Annual Pumpkin of Sorrows Toss (a tradition since 2005). On Halloween Night, we throw a pumpkin with everything that makes us sad during the year printed on it. It makes a LOUD splat (and requires spotters to avoid all injury potential). I usually post photos. :-)

Well for today's post, I have decided to list past spooky/kookie things that I have blogged about in the past. It is a cruise after all and you should have lots of leisure.....so, this is going to be a long (and I hope entertaining) post. :-)

Here goes:


Rotting Pumpkin in Reverse...neat. I found this on YouTube last year. :-)

My account of visiting a Pumpkin Contest last year:
Well then....I saw a childrens' pumpkin contest today. I thought that I would see something neat. I saw a few cute pumpkins....but something made me stop looking.
What did I see that made me stop looking???
-It wasn't the "Yo Homey!" pumpkin
-Or the pumpkin that was possibly a child's salute to the different things his mother buys when she drags him/her to a local home decor store....either that or this child has a fascination with romantic things that happen to be the theme of gaudy wall decor.
No...the final straw was the pumpkin that the teacher allowed to be displayed which said "I will kill you."
Oh....what fun Halloween is.



This is my cow that we found at a thrift store for 88 cents. Before we figured out that it was likely a cow, we named it Frankenswine.

-----Last year, at Halloween, I purchased Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell 3.
-----The Rock Bottom Remainders....a pretty much once-a-year band that Stephen King is in.
-----I am glad that my parents never told me the Zombie Toenail Lie.



When I think of Halloween I think of last year's Christmas tree which we liked so much that we boxed everything up (I normally use whatever is on the tree to decorate throughout the year). There were 270 purplish-pink lights on the tree. All four strands of lights were bought at a Halloween clearance & cost about 70 cents apiece. I am looking foward to finding new ways to photograph the tree this year.



Husband's Ghost Rider costume that he made for fun. :-)
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Nice salsa recipe....and a man in a cape playing horseshoes with toilet seats. :-)

Tomato juice causes airport delays

Tomato juice spill causes long lines at La Guardia....now that was a headline I have never seen before. Lines stretching several blocks....each machine must evaluate a lot of people pretty quickly then for this kind of backup to occur over one machine. I wonder what kind of disciplinary action will be taken against the vendor.
Evangelicals feel they may have to boycott the GOP...over candidates who support abortion.

Unconcious Mutterings

  1. Las Vegas ::
  2. Viva Las Vegas. a new show with Tom Selleck in it...I like it from the one episode that I have seen. I want to ride the roller coaster that is high atop a hotel in Las Vegas. gambling.home of many major musical performances. Elvis in Las Vegas. Cirque de Soleil. Sin City. "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." gambling chips. all those honeymoon hotels/suites.the Las Vegas Strip. a lot of homeless people living in the parking lots in Vegas.nightclubs.

  3. Linus ::
  4. Charlie Brown.Linux."It's The Great Pumpkin,Charlie Brown" should be on TV sometime or other before Halloween.

  5. Struck ::
  6. Struck by lightning...I have almost had this happen to me. Moonstruck. struck a deal.struck oil.when Hurricane Katrina struck.

  7. Movie ::
  8. I would love to have the time/energy to watch some sort of movie every day...I am becoming a real movie fan. A home movie theater being built for the Dalai Lama in the movie 7 Years in Tibet (Brad Pitt). cult movies.movie studio. I have not gone to a movie in several months.What movies have profoundly effected you?

  9. Anxious ::
  10. I wish that I didn't get anxious about some things...thinking about it is making me anxious...I want the world to be fair and peaceful and it is nothing like either. The world political situation is making me extremely anxious.

  11. Bandit ::
  12. Smokey and the Bandit. a racoon's mask. burglar. sneaky thief.

  13. Picks ::
  14. toothpicks. picks for sport's teams. a person's picks to win a competition. a miner using a pick to dig.

  15. Lasso ::
  16. I have wanted to learn how to use a lasso. WonderWoman. The Lone Ranger.

  17. Dinner ::
  18. Last night husband made pasta and I made Apple Kuchen for dinner. Tonight dinner is rather late. I am addicted to romantic dinners.

  19. Bargain ::
  20. haggling in a foreign marketplace. bargain chip.a discount store.sale.rock-bottom prices.deal.plea bargain...I was reading somewhere recently where a plea bargain was the maximum sentence possible-how is that a plea bargain?


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Pets thrown off a bridge???

Previously, I wrote:
I would sue, too...if someone threw my pet off a bridge.

Update on this:
There is now a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
""The family pets that survived the initial brutality were thrown from a bridge," it says."
The company who was in charge of this pet removal has stated that the animals were euthanized and refrigerated...not thrown from the bridge. I think that this would be easily provable and should have been proven before the issue got to the point where lawsuits were filed.

I have lived in places where pets were not allowed. If pets were found, tenants were always warned to remove pets before a certain date. I have never seen a pet forcibly removed (much less hurled off a bridge).
Tony Blair is being suggested as a candidate for President of Europe.
Baked Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake....looks very yummy.
The number of Elvis fans in Europe is increasing.
Florida governor being chided for hanging a mezuzah outside of his office. Something this governor said struck me....it is freedom of religion and not freedom from religion.

Melon Monroe


Melon Monroe by ~culinarypornstar on deviantART

Husband laughed when I showed him this....the title is amusing. :-)

Hug-a-Planet....and Husband Surprises Me


I told husband that if we had children I would love to get them this pillow...because it is neat. He said that he has actually seen this pillow and that it is neat...that was surprising. :-)
Unique protest of the fact that his family needs financial help and is offered none....man sews mouth shut and dons iron mask and shackles.
-----Coppola's first film in a decade. The plot is interesting.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net

Friday's Feast

Appetizer
If you were a dog, what breed would you be, and why?
A mountain dog of some sort. I would learn how not to fall off mountains and spend my days roaming their beauty...or fall off and die.

Soup
What does the color purple make you think of?
-----The novel/movie "The Color Purple"...I have never been able to follow either.
-----Clusters of grapes. Lucille Ball dancing to crush grapes with her bare feet.
-----Seeing "Columbine Holiday" Grapes at the grocery. The same grocery got a BIG shipment of these recently.
-----Prince. His Purple Highness. Purple Rain.
-----Purple...one of the colors your knee cap turns when spouse leaves their armoire open and you walk into it.


Salad
Approximately how long does it take you to get ready each morning?
15-45 minutes

Main Course
How many cousins do you have, and are you close to them?
Many,many. No.

Dessert
Take your initials (first, middle, last) and come up with something else those letters could stand for. (Example: SFO = Sweet Funny Otter)
The Bluest Butterfly=Tiny Bubble Brain (no, this is not a description of me)
The Bluest Butterfly=Truly Buttered Biscuits (again not a description of me...for those whose minds have a tendency to wonder into "the gutter")
The Bluest Butterfly=Totally Bountiful Botulism
-Husband is shaking his head and silently laughing at me right now.

Friday Feast #165

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Entire Daily Show Archive Goes Online
"Why Giuliani is the Scariest Possible Candidate"
Noose found hanging inside a New Jersey home depot...while the store was open.
----Dog uses bath drain to stay alive during a fire.
-----"Miracle Diet"....eat like a cat. :-)
School gives 6th-graders condoms,birth control pills and patches??? The parents are not told if this occurs.

Find out what's going on BEFORE judging someone for being on Welfare.

I found this "Note from a Welfare Kid" on "The Best of Craig's List." It gives you something to think about before making judgments about people on Welfare. Not everyone on Welfare is (as society often says) "trash" or "taking advantage of the system."

My personal rant on people judgmental of EVERYONE on welfare:
There are times when it is justifiable and appropriate to be on welfare....death of a spouse (when you have children and are working as hard as you can), when you have to be home to take care of an ill child (and thus can't work as even your home time is taken up with the ill child who is well enough not to be institutionalized but not well enough for you to be at work), when a spouse abandons you and your children,when suddenly on medical leave. The alternative to welfare during these times is very dire. I have known many people who have had situations like this (obviously)....and yet someone still manages to look down on them at some point (and said someones often know the situation).
Must go sleep. The Blogger Bug's sting is wearing off....and now I am sleepy.

Homemade Strawberry Wine Recipe


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Long Prison Escape



Now I wondered about motives for the original crime here...the first thing I thought of was some sort of domestic violence. To my surprise, I found that the motive for escape was a claim of innocence. If she is innocent, I am glad that she got to lead a normal life for so long (see the last link for details of what her life was like after she assumed the alias) . If she is innocent, I hope that someone steps forward to fight what will certainly be a complex legal battle for her. If she is innocent, I hope that her family fights without ever stopping until she is free. If she is innocent and not freed again....what a horrible end. I am praying for her family.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

1. I am cheering for the new Star Wars TV series to actually make it to TV. I would assume George Lucas will find a network that is interested.

2.
-----Apparently Stephen Colbert is running for President???? I would think this is a satirical run.
-----Vote for sale on Ebay

3. Al Gore is not running for President. Would you vote for him if he were actually running? Many people already voted for him the last time.



4. NobelPrize.org

5. Food/Recipes:
Zucchini Garlic Soup...it is a pretty green color.
Bratwurst with Creamy Apple Compote
-----Did you know that Tiger Woods is going to have his own Gatorade flavors?

6. This is a neat idea...decorating with dried flowers around a framed print. I like this but would choose a darker colored dried natural.

7. Right now Husband and I are re-watching "Star Trek:Nemesis." :-)

8. Tips for improving your handwriting

9.


10.

John Lennon by ~jerbear1088 on deviantART
5-6 thousand Skittles (orange,red,purple and yellow)

11.

Catfish Cake view 2 by ~minox on deviantART
"The round "eggs" are green tea tapioca, the "fish" is a yellow cake with a layer of strawberry jam, creamy white chocolate pudding filling and more tapioca pearls inside."

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13. I hope that everyone has had something to smile about today.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

VCU Mood Disorders Institute
Florida man sentenced to death...for putting 5-year-old into water where she was attacked by alligators. :-(

Falling off the sky bridge to your neighbor's house

StopGlobalWarming.org...home of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March. Daphne Zanuga's reason for marching touched me.
-----This week Husband and I are re-watching all of the Indiana Jones series. We are looking forward to seeing what the new movie is like.
-----Today was Blog Action Day. This made me renew my commitment to writing about the things we can do help the environment. It angers me that some people see helping the environment as a fashion statement...and, if you watch them, they are the biggest hypocrites.
-----I had my first experience with Native drumming this week....not really any one nation or religion. I do think sound is therapeutic, so I am going to make a drum. Imagine the neighbors when I start drumming in the back yard...and I will.
My Rules - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
"Rock,Paper,Scissors,Super-Lethal Twin-Bladed Samurai Sword"

Threadless T-Shirts are neat. I like several of the designs and I have started seeing more people wearing them (people who are surprised that I know about them).
-----Transformers comes to DVD...TOMORROW!!!
-----October 25th is International Artist Day (in which appreciation is shown for the contributions that artists have made). I like one of the ideas suggested on their site...take an artist to lunch. Husband is an artist (see Archaic Sculpture) and I will be taking him out to some place of his choosing....he is leaning towards going to a Pub. :-)
-----In December,Nintendo will launch a Wii workout board. I am very excited about this...though I don't have a Wii yet. I don't want to pay a super amount for a Wii...so it is price-watching time for me.
Stanford researchers have found a blood test that may help diagnose Alzheimer's.

Monday, October 15, 2007

"15 Reasons Canada Makes Me Uneasy and Confused"
First Baby Boomer files for Social Security
-----Living Routes....study abroad in ecovillages.
-----The Air Car...bills itself as the world's cleanest car.
Gore Derangement Syndrome...do you have it or do you believe that Gore is right about the environment???
Humorous Geico cartoon
-----"How Can I Recycle This?"
------The Green Belt Movement
-----WorldWatch Institute

Blog Action Day is Here

Today bloggers around the world are talking about something very important....the environment. Blog Action Day is here.
A group of scientists decides what the world's funniest joke is. Did you laugh?

I also read the link with the funniest jokes from various countries....made me smile. :-)
I would sue, too...if someone threw my pet off a bridge. Most places where I have lived there is advanced warning that if the pets are not removed, they will be taken away at such-and-such a date. I wonder if these people were given any warning beyond the rental agreement. Generally, landlords don't want to see anything bad happen to a helpless animal (even if it might damage their rental unit).

Sunday, October 14, 2007

2007 Solar Decathlon

I have spent a lot of time this evening reading about something I think would be awesome to witness in-person...the BP Solar Decathlon. Imagine all those houses going up at once...and I imagine, being torn down or moved at once. The BP Spectator Fun page captures a little of what it would be like to actually be there.

Every other year, the U.S. Department of Energy has an event where 20 University Teams from around the world see who can build the best solar house. Each team designs, builds and operates a completely solar-powered house. The final part of the competition occurs October 11-19 on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

BP is one of the main corporate sponsors...and the only energy sponsor. I applaud them for the commitment that they have shown to this project.BP produces more than 200 MW of solar technology every year.

I would like to see more energy sponsors for this event. Maybe, with the increased focus on the environment that we have seen lately, this will happen next Decathlon.

The University of Colorado won in both 2002 and 2005. It will be interesting to see who wins this year. :-)
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Something exciting I learned from BP:
"Did you know that an area 200 miles square covered with solar panels could provide all the electricity the world needs?"
Since solar-power is obviously a renewable resource, I would assume that this means solar panels set up like this would be a permanent solution to the world's electricity needs. I am also assuming that this would have a very positive effect on electricity bills. I do not know how much such a project would cost or if any government entity is seriously looking at implementing it.
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"BP’s jointly-owned Nerefco wind farm generates enough zero-carbon energy to power 13,000 average homes. Wind can potentially provide around a 10th of the world’s power. That would cut down dioxide emissions by a billion tons a year."
So...we have a few choices here...more than a few choices according to the various websites I have been looking at this evening. Surely a combo of some of these options is advisable and doable. :-)
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-----Energy Biosciences Institute...a new research and development organization that will bring advanced knowledge in biology, physical sciences, engineering, and environmental and social sciences to bear on problems related to global energy production, particularly the development of next-generation, carbon-neutral transportation fuels. EBI represents a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and BP.
-----ALittleBetterGasStation.com
-----TheGreenCurve.com...I want to take a look around the section that is described as a "Living Laboratory." It is called "Helios House."
-----BPAlternativeEnergy.com

I am hoping for a future that includes some wise energy choices. I would like energy choices that show compassion for both the environment and humanity.


Composting Roadkill?

Program to compost roadkill...said that it cuts taxpayer expenses and is better for the environment. I like this as long as safety precautions are taken...animals do carry diseases. I would imagine if safety precautions aren't taken for the composters someone will eventually either get a diseases, injure self on the composting machine or get run over by a vehicle while operating a composter.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Gruesome and disturbing death on California highway

Authorities say they may have trouble identifying a body found on Interstate 880 before dawn Thursday because it was repeatedly struck by passing cars for about an hour during the morning commute.

"It looked like something that comes out of a horror movie," Davis said.
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Update:
The man that was struck so many times has been identified...but it gets more bizarre. He was a stowaway on the BOTTOM OF A TRUCK.

Friday Feast

Appetizer
When was the last time you were surprised?
-Today I found some nice silk flowers on clearance. They were originally between 6-8 dollars and I paid around $1.60 for two. I haven't purchased any new silk flowers in a long time. I used to do this to mix with real flowers in arrangements all the time.
-Husband made Spanish Rice for the first time this evening. We used our new Spanish Rice seasoning and it was excellent. Much better than a restaurant. I was hoping that the seasoning would be extra good...it was extra,extra good. At first it smelled like a bunch of individual spices dumped into rice....but it quickly took on a wondferul smell. :-)
-My latest issue of "Elle Decor" arrived today.
-It's rare that there is a day that I am not surprised by something. Either people horrify me or I find something fun in my life..

Soup
Fill in the blanks: My eyes are ________, but I wish they were __________.
My eyes are victims of alternating extropia but I wish they were straight. I feel degraded and upset by the way some people react to the fact that one of my eyes is always traveling outward. I wear glasses though they don't help much....expensive glasses to pull one eye in a little...I call this my "Clark Kent disguise."

Salad
If you were a Beanie Baby, what would you look like and what would your name be?
A blue butterfly, of course. "Bluest Butterfly," of course.

Main Course
Name two things you consistently do that you consider to be healthy habits.
-Always make sure bladder is emptied all the way when going to the bathroom.
-Scalp massage and massaging away tension in my chin.

Dessert
What brand of toothpaste are you using these days? Do you like it? Why or why not?
Tom's of Maine...Ginger Root with Baking Soda. Non-Flouride due to thyroid. I don't like that it makes my mouth smell and taste like Lemon Pledge...or a much milder version of what I think Lemon Pledge would taste like. I know it is what is best for my health but I don't like all the adventures I have with Non-Flouride toothpaste...it is hard to consistently find the same brand in my area and, at times, hard to find Non-Flouride toothpaste at all as stores do not stock it heavily.

Friday Feast #164


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More of the Star Trek cast announced

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-----Noose found at a Teachers' College in New York City
-----Nooses left at a work site in Pennsylvania...one of three recent incidents in the Pittsburgh area.
A Field Guide to Irish Fairies
-----Our drinkable water supply is vanishing????
-----Kangaroo consumption to fight global warming???
New York and Florida are in the front line for devastation as the polar ice caps melt.

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-----The North American Union???
-----Warm winter predicted for U.S.

Calendar

-----Transformers comes to DVD October 16th.
-----In December,Nintendo will launch a Wii workout board.
-----Many lipsticks contain lead...some more than others. This explains a lot for me. I have a problem handling lead and some lipsticks feel the same way on my lips.
-----More cities join the anti-bottled water movement
Relatively unknown actor may play Captain Kirk. He does look a little like Captain Kirk.

Infant Cough & Cold Recall

List of Infant Cough & Cold Medicines Being Recalled for Overdose Risk...that is a lengthy list. Parents please keep up with this issue.
World's Oldest Wall Painting Discovered


A simple recipe that I will be trying. :-)
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Alexander the Great died at age 32. The world might be really different had he survived.

I found a hypothetical discussion about this.
New cars that police can disable. 95% of subscribers would like this service???

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Islamists damage a giant rock statue of Buddha

Life After "Leave Britney Alone"

The lawsuit:


Chris' Response (to the lawsuit):
Nooses left at a work site in Pennsylvania...one of three recent incidents.
Murder victim buried with unborn child in arms..sad.

Harry Potter Castle at Religious Fest Leads to Lawsuit

Thursday Thirteen

1. MISSING CHILD:
If you look at the top of my blog, you will notice that there is a newborn missing in the Chicago area. Spread the word.
UPDATE: THE CHILD HAS BEEN FOUND. The Amber Alert program is a great thing.

2. Popcorn:
-----Bacon Popcorn
-----Funny popcorn PSA
-----Homemade Microwave Popcorn. I would urge minding safety while doing this. I am going to try making some and will be doing it on a regular basis if it turns out well. I hate cooking the popcorn in a pan and it makes Husband nervous that we will start a fire.

3. Embalming Fluid Wing Sauce...World's Hottest Wing Sauce. There is no ebalming fluid in this....there is beer in it.

4. Roasting Coffee in a Popcorn Popper

5. Back in August-Lindsay Lohan Drunk Driving Awareness Night

6. I purchased a couple of pairs of long winter socks this week. Have you found anything that you really like for winter yet? How do you usually keep warm in the winter months?

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8. I am getting ready for "Blog Action Day" on the 15th. Over 10,000 bloggers will be writing about saving the environment on this day. Hopefully, we will reach a lot of people.

9. Beer spa...also offers bathes of coffee,tea and sake.

10.

"Wanna Buy a Ghost?"


"Flower"...this one is a bit more adult/off-color.

11. What's in Queen Elizabeth's handbag...and how she uses her handbag as a communication tool.

12.
This contest is getting very close to being over. I am proud of my progess....though I am not winning. I ran an honest and fair race with what I hope has been a lot of interesting content. Right now, I have 280 votes and I hope that anyone reading this will vote for me. You can vote once daily and I hope that you will.

13. Bush is going to meet with the Dalai Lama.
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