Who knew geeks were so artfully talented beyond the keyboard? This collection of graffiti done by geeks is a hoot. I 'got' most of them, but they were all worth a laugh. I think I liked the wall one best.
Social networking sites geared towards kids are setting the foundation for the next generation of social media experts. Here is a comprehensive list of those sites grouped by age.
Kristen has put together a very comprehensive list of social sites. Even for those of us without young kids, this is a great list to consult and keep on hand. She did all the work for us too! Good job Kristen!
This post has nothing to do with anything in particular, it is just a compilation of the stuff that has been going on in my life, or the lives of people I know. And, it is in no particular order.
Today, I was making out greeting cards and finding it very strange that I was sending sympathy cards to my grandchildren because they just lost their Great Grandmother suddenly last week. The other cards I was making out were to our good friend Robert who is retiring from the Navy on Friday after over 30 years of service to our nation. It might seem weird to some people that kids should be sent sympathy cards, but I firmly believe in acknowledging their grief and helping them through the healing process in any way I can. I guess it all seemed strange to me that the 6 and 7 year olds are getting sent sympathy cards and our friend is getting a retirement card. Life stages know no age I guess.
On Monday we signed our refinance paperwork and now we are just waiting for everything to get recorded, stamped, spindled and mutilated dispersed. We squeaked in and got a 5.5% rate, and for once
we might have done something right. The title company lady said that the rates had gone back up again. Whew! We are patiently waiting for all to be final and our cash out to get in the bank so we can go ahead with paying off bills and getting work done on house projects. It's going to be a busy Home Improvement 101 summer.
It's funny how things work out...We were invited to our friend's retirement ceremony, but at the time we chose to not attend and ended up buying a new TV instead. Sounds low, I know, but we plan on visiting our friend and his wife this summer after he is retired and we can really enjoy a few days together. If we had gone to the ceremony then we might not have refi'd and missed a lower interest rate, along with being able to pay off bills so my husband can retire this year. Our son and his family will be at the ceremony (I hope!) to 'represent' us, and we won't get to tour the ship and see another long time family friend, but I guess all things work out the way they should. I liken it to not "pushing the river".
My husband's uncle is in the early/middle stages of Alzheimer's and even though we live in WA state and he in Illinois, he has caused us some worry in the last month or so. He 'left' his wife and filed for divorce, tried to take money out of his savings in cash but the bank talked him into putting it in an account in his name. His wife does not have power of attorney so she is now having to figure out how to deal with all of this uncertainty. This affects us because this uncle ended up at my father-in-law's house and stayed there until they told him to go home and work things out with his wife. He did, but he had arrived with a pistol in his belongings and he asked his brother to hold on to it for him. When he went home the gun stayed with my father-in-law. Thank goodness. Not everyone in the family has a clear understanding of Alzheimer's symptoms (we do, but only because we sought out the knowledge) and it is hard to convince them that what John tells them is delusions and not real truths. John's wife called tonight to let us know how things are going with him home again, and we are powerless to help out with us being so far away. We just hope he doesn't get violent with her. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the wife has a brain tumor. They are both in their 70's.
My friend in Missouri, whom I have known for 36 years, called this week and she was telling me what a hard time she is having with her anxiety. As she talked to me about feeling so trapped in the house (she can't drive because she had radiation for brain cancer years ago) and since I have Season Affective Disorder, it made me wonder if she might have the same problem. She lives near St. Louis and they have had so much snow that she never sees the sun for much of the time. I can't tell the whole story here, but I suggested she look into getting a light box and she put her husband on the phone so I could explain what it was. Did I mention I am not a physician? I hope she can get some help, but once again, I can't do anything from here.
I don't take these things on voluntarily, they just happen. People feel safe telling me stuff. Why, I don't know cuz I don't have all the answers. Heck, if I did I would solve some of my own problems! I hope you are having a better week than I am.
I commend Typepad for asking for input from their users on what they would like to have new for their blog choices, but I have yet to see the thing Iwould like to have, and that is to be able to center text and photos in a post. I realize that this is a very basic user friendly service, but gee, I don't always want to wrap my text around a picture. And, if I don't want to do that, then I have to have it on the left hand side. I don't think changing to a WYSIWYG format for posting would be all that difficult.
And, while you are at it Typepad, how about some "smilies". New themes are nice, but how about adding some functionality to the posting area?
Yes, that is a blatant advert for my other blog, iPentimento. If you're interested in genealogy, stop on by for a visit!
The date of this coming Easter is quite early this year, but I didn't recognize the details shown below.
Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.
Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts:
1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).
2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!
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I can't say for sure who is behind this campaign to slaughter the Yellowstone wolves, but I can only imagine it is the stockmen in the area, or perhaps even someone who has a "back to wilderness" lodge they want to run.
I saw a program about a place like the latter on TV one day and they were promoting that they could put you up in a tent and you could sleep in there with no fear of predators. Uh huh. How could they guarantee that? They had several 'someones' in other tents nearby with guns, and they figured they would just shoot whatever came near. Gee, that would help me sleep well, wouldn't it you?
This killing of the wolves plan has been thwarted by the NRDC for years, and still the Bush administration finds ways to keep it an issue. I can only imagine what other dastardly things await us at the very end of Bush's term!
Personally, I think humans have become the scourge upon this planet instead of the wildlife, but that is a blog post for another day. If you would like to put a stop to this senseless killing of the wolves, please click here and send a message to your Congressional Representative and ask them to oppose this travesty against a protected species.
I saw this little test on One Quart Low today, and even though I am not really into taking these kind of things most of the time, this one was short and easy. Just my style! Turns out I am an early morning kind of person. Tell that to my friends and family who have all called me at 9 AM and gotten some gravelly-voiced baritone woman!
Anyway, this was a fun test and you might want to take it too. Have fun with it! BTW, One Quart Low is an Entrecard participant and has a very interesting blog about all things car-related. Give Tommy a visit and leave a comment for him.
Not so long ago, I was hiding under a blanket in my favorite chair, positive that no one would find me. That was a couple weeks ago when it was snowy and cold outside.
This week we had some sunny days and I took full advantage of them, as you can tell from this picture. My mom showed me a really cute kitty girl named Daisy the Curly Cat and said that she writes her own blog.
She must be one of those evolved kitties with opposable thumbs, or she lets that lizard write for her. Maybe it's like that Geico one that can walk on two legs? Speaking of legs, I hope Daisy likes this picture of me. Don't you think my leg is sexy? I know it looks like I am sleeping, but one tiny little rustle of the Greenies bag and my eyes are open and I am out of this cat bed like a shot!
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Are you a cat lover? These Two Cats in the Bath
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There is an interesting discussion going on at Gather on my article about Obama being the Ralph Nader of this election, and someone said something about democracy. I made the mistake recently of saying something to the effect of "what kind of democracy is this?" to one of my smarter friends, and she corrected me by saying that we do not live in a Democracy. We live in a Republic. The following is from Merriam Webster Online:
French république, from Middle French republique, from Latin respublica, from res thing, wealth + publica, feminine of publicus public — more at real, public
1 a (1): a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president(2): a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of governmentb (1): a
government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens
entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and
representatives responsible to them and governing according to law(2): a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of governmentc: a usually specified republican government of a political unit <the French Fourth Republic>2: a body of persons freely engaged in a specified activity <the republic of letters>3: a
constituent political and territorial unit of the former nations of
Czechoslovakia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or Yugoslavia.
Now look at the definition of DEMOCRACY:
Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy
1 a: government by the people; especially: rule of the majorityb: a
government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and
exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of
representation usually involving periodically held free elections 2: a political unit that has a democratic government 3. capitalized: the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States <from emancipation Republicanism to New Deal Democracy— C. M. Roberts> 4: the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority 5: the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges.
As you can see, there is a vast difference in the two forms of government. And this, from Wikipedia: