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February 28, 2014

Very First Impressions

Babies discovering things for the first time.

The Archway Test

Your Path is Welcoming

You are an peace-seeking, low maintenance person. You are very content, and you don't like to be bothered.

Your ideal path is clear cut and enjoyable. You want to enjoy your trip and to know what you're getting into.

You will often take the easy choice whenever possible. Life is hard enough, and you never want to make it harder on yourself.


You are stable and supportive of those around you. You are known for your consistency and down to earth perspective. 


 

February 27, 2014

fusty


fusty fus·ty [fuhs-tee] adjective, fus·ti·er, fus·ti·est.

1. having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.

2. old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.

3. stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.


I'd rather be fusty than lasty.

February 26, 2014

February 25, 2014

Maneater - Hall & Oates

Two Better Looking

Charlie Chaplin once came in third in a Chaplin look-alike contest.


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Smell Some Fresh Body

So said the subject line of an email in my Gmail spam folder. Actually, the entire line said "SMELL some fresh body of adorable Breanne W. Dysinger" and the originating address was from Breanne at: aevaky@taty.org.

Here's a screen shot of the email: (click image for larger view)



I posted the image because when I copied the mail to a Notepad document to then post in here, I got a lot more weird stuff that was in tiny letters between the rest of the text; here's an example:

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There was a lot more, but I'm sure you get the gist.  I'm certain all that and the rest was an attempt to get past the spam filters.

I think I'm going to petition my congressman to pass a law that mandates the death penalty for spammers.  After a few dozen robo-calls this last week from politicians wanting my vote, I doubt he'd go for it because I want them to be executed, too.

February 24, 2014

No Zzzzz's For Me

You Are an Insomniac

It's likely that this quiz confirms what you already know - you have insomnia.

It's difficult for you to sleep well through the night, and it's having a bad effect on your life.

You should probably seek treatment for your insomnia ... or at least try some home remedies.


Consider giving up caffeine and sticking to a sleep schedule. Everyone deserves a full night of rest. 





No, it's no surprise to me, but I don't have insomnia ALL the time. I do, however, have problems finding a regular sleep schedule. I do enjoy a good, uninterrupted sleep, but absolutely hate trying to go to sleep unless I'm really tired; otherwise, I'll lie there and think of all the things I should have done that day and the things I need do the next.  I also have some really strange dreams if I have too much stimulation before bedtime. (or eat too late)

incredibox

An auditory delight, incredibox might very well be the best time waster we've featured so far.

It's not hard to do, just "drag, drop and listen!" as the intro will show you.  A cute detail is, when you're dragging the sound effect/beat/melody/chorus/voices to each guy, you will see his eyes follow the symbol as you drop it onto his chest.  After you get done with assigning a sound to all seven guys, sit back and enjoy the tune you've created.  Mute any as you like for a different result or hit the "shuffle" button to change the overall effect (when it gets rid of one guy and adds another) or remove sounds.  It also has a feature that allows you to record the sound you like and send it to someone.





The Great Escape

February 23, 2014

Women in the News

Was checking my Bing search page and clicking on links ( not just to read the news, but also to get points, which I redeem for Amazon gift certificates - which *some* might think a waste of time and not worth it, but in the last couple of months I've got discounts on my Amazon purchases to the tune of $25) and was reading various articles about different women in the news.

The first article was "DWTS host let go"  The host was a woman by the name of Brooke Burke-Charvet and to be honest, I've never heard of her...but that's because I don't watch Dancing With the Stars. She's a pretty young woman, but not only am I not a fan of DWTS, I'm not a fan of hyphenated names. Before my ex and I married, she said said she wanted to keep her maiden name and hyphenate it with mine. I told her I'd rather she keep her maiden name rather than alter mine. I didn't insist she take my last name; I just didn't want hers tacked onto mine. I'm not only not a fan of hyphenated last names, I'm not a fan of hyphenated labels, particularly those like "African-American" and the like.  We're Americans, plain and simple.  If people insist I refer to them that way, then I'm a "Super-Duper-Wonderful-Great-American".  You HAVE to call me that or I'll get all offended and butt-hurt. ("Butt-hurt" should be hyphenated, though.)

I then read about Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the family that was the basis of "The Sound of Music". She was 99, so it was hard for me to feel overly sad at her passing. (most people would love to live that long) I'm also not a fan of musicals, so I wasn't a fan of that one.

Next was an article about Katy Perry getting booed at a Milan Week fashion show because she was late to the event. I used to be enamored with Ms. Perry, then she married Russell Brand...which made me question her good sense. She then spoke out on politics, which verified she has no sense at all. I used to think she was pretty, but after looking at recent photographs, I've come to the conclusion that her looks have peaked and it's all downhill for her from here on out. (because I don't think she'll get by on her "talent")

Wanting a change of pace, I read an article about Jennifer Lawrence's new Dior ad campaign. The photos made her look glamorous, but not as pretty as she's been in other ones...and I think she's very pretty in the photos I've seen of her without makeup. She'll be a lovely woman when she's 60 yrs. old, I bet. I haven't seen any of the movies she's done, but have seen her interviewed several times and she seems to be a down-to-earth person with a good sense of humor and not too full of herself, a lovely person both outside and in. I hope her success won't spoil her.

After that, I clicked on an article about Miley Cryus kissing Perry at one of Cyrus's recent concerts. Yuck. I don't know why, but I clicked on another link leading to a video about fans outside the concert and one woman with her daughter in tow was saying Cyrus was a good role model. Good grief.

Sick of that crapola, I read an article about Ronda Rousey and her first round KO of Sara McMann in last night's bout. I found a place to watch it online and was certainly glad I didn't pay to watch 66 seconds of two women fighting. What I WOULD pay for, however, is to see that woman - who thinks Miley Cryus is a positive role model - get into the ring with Rousey. Maybe Rousey could knock some sense into her head. Heck, put Cyrus in there too, along with Katy Perry. Three against one, that *might* be a fair fight. I'd love to see Rousey knee Cyrus in the liver like she did McMann.  Ouch.  Actually, I'd love to see Rousey knock Cyrus out.  The only trouble would be if Cryus started having a seizure from a severe blow to the head; the referee might think she was just twerking.

I know one thing, I wouldn't get into the ring with Rousey;  I doubt I'd last a minute.  I'm not sure I'd last 60 seconds with her in other places, either.

February 22, 2014

The Truth About Coca-Cola

You probably already knew some of these things, but it's still interesting.

February 21, 2014

Roughest Neck Around - Corb Lund Band

Foot Notes

Your Feet Say You're Flexible

You are pretty average in your expressiveness. You can express yourself well, but you don't always want to.

You are a very passionate person. You are highly charged and easily inspired.

You are an assertive person at times. You'll pull out all the stops to get what you want, if it's worth it.

You take a while to fall in love, but once you do, you stay pretty attached to your partner.

You are not easily frightened, but you have a few strong phobias.

You are intellectual and philosophical. You are more concerned with thoughts than action.

You are an amazingly hard worker. You aren't spoiled and you don't mind getting your hands dirty.

You are easily influenced by other people. You're quite impressionable, so you should only be around people who are a good influence. 



February 20, 2014

A Double-Double Feature

Of 404 pages.

Some of the best 404 "Paqe Not Found" pages I've seen are on IMDb.com. They're cleverly done, with quotes - sometimes paraphrased -  from different movies, a random one each time you click on a broken link. Here are some of the funniest ones: (I kept refreshing the page to get the different ones I particularly liked)





February 19, 2014

moiety


moiety moi·e·ty [moi-i-tee] noun, plural moi·e·ties.

1. a half.
2. an indefinite portion, part, or share.
3. Anthropology: one of two units into which a tribe or community is divided on the basis of unilineal descent.


I'd say this country has become moieties.  I know which moiety where I'd live.

Goat Games

February 18, 2014

Took a Tumble in Tumblr

Here's the 404 page from Tumblr;  I wasn't looking for it, so the snark was gratuitous.


Banana & Man

Did you know humans share about 50% of DNA with bananas?

On a related note, I thought about adding several different things to this trivia post; my first thought was to post the dancing banana "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" video, but that was too annoying. You're welcome.  I then thought I might want to post "Venus" by Bananarama, but that doesn't have a thing to do with bananas other than in the group's name...and besides that, I've been planning on doing a post about that cover and the original song.  Then I remembered that a Beetlejuice II movie is in the works, so I settled on this scene from the first movie:

February 17, 2014

Happy President's Day!

I usually try to keep it to just one quiz per "page" in this blog, but today is President's Day, so I'll make an exception.

Besides, it keeps me from having to post some otherwise substantial and interesting content. 

You Are Abraham Lincoln
You are a very principled person who can't help but worry about the world.

Your conscience weighs heavy on you.

You have the best of intentions, and you are very earnest. There's little you prefer more than the simple truth.

You are internally motivated and able to tackle almost any challenge. You don't give up, and you're very diligent.


You have high expectations and tend to be firm with those around you, including yourself. However, you are also very warm, generous, and forgiving. 


 


An oldie, but goodie...the back side of Mount Rushmore.  If I'm Abraham Lincoln, then I'm the one with the biggest butt.

Dog Day Afternoon


Got an email from Fanbox yesterday afternoon, saying I had a fairly large amt. of money in my account.  Now, I don't remember signing up for it, but that's nothing new - I got an email from Flickr a while back telling me I needed to sign into the site if I wanted to keep my acct., so it was a distinct possibility that I had joined the site then promptly forgot about it. (as I did Flickr)   So, I went to the site to see why it was I had money in my account and when I clicked on the link, the above was where I was sent.

I read more about it and found out many on the 'net think it's a scam. It probably is because I would have had to give some sensitive information to cash in my money, but their 404 page is cute.

They can keep the money.

End Of The Line - Traveling Wilburys

February 16, 2014

My (Mostly) Masculine Meals

You Eat Like a Typical Man

You prefer food that's hearty, traditional, and filling. You don't like to mess around when it comes to your meals.

You believe the plate should be focused on meat, and you really can't get enough of the stuff.

You like a meal that's big and satisfying. Nothing bums you out more than small portions.


You aren't huge on snacking, so each meal needs to hold you over until the next. 


The part about my wanting meals to be mostly meat isn't quite true, but other than that, I'd agree with the results, although I've seen some women that could eat (and drink) me under the table. I'm not much on these male/female stereotypes, either, because I like quiche and I'm a real man. I'll eat most things and would try nearly anything.

NEARLY anything.  I don't think I'd put it in my mouth if it smelled bad or was still alive...especially if it was alive and wriggling.

February 15, 2014

ailurophilia


ailurophilia ai·lu·ro·phil·i·a [ahy-loor-uh-fil-ee-uh, ey-loor-] noun

a liking for cats, as by cat fanciers.


Not sure if this word describes me, because I don't just have a liking for cats, I love 'em. (Well, most of 'em, anyway; as many hang around my house, they sure love ME.)

I wonder if there's a word for a phobia about hating litter boxes?

Introducing Josh Turner

It was in my YouTube recommendations - a video of some kid named Josh Turner doing the Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing".  I probably would have ignored it except that's one of my favorite songs.  Still, I thought twice about clicking on the video because I'd seen other covers of the tune and wasn't at all impressed...however, I certainly was impressed with Mr. Turner's version.

I then watched many other of his videos and was even more impressed;  he often does other covers with a few of whom I suppose are some of his friends and sometimes accompanies a few young ladies (who also impress me with their vocal talent) on the guitar and sings harmony.  I'm not sure what-all instruments he plays, but I've so far seen him play guitars, both 6 and 12-string as well as a mandolin.  I suspect he can play several other musical instruments.

So, here's introducing Josh Turner...if you don't already know who he is.  I predict a bright future for this talented young man.



Josh Turner YouTube Channel

February 14, 2014

Good Movie, Bad Move


From Indiewire, a movie website.

These types of 404 pages are the most annoying to me; why would I want to search for something else if what I wanted to read in the first place wasn't there? 

I'm giving the site a bad review for a bad link!

Heard it in a Love Song - Marshall Tucker Band

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope You Have a GREAT Valentine's Day!

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All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

The Love Test

You Experience Love Intellectually

For you, love is something you think about and make sense of. You don't love blindly.

When you love someone, it has to be the right person and the right timing. Your mind falls before your heart.

You are looking for a connection and compatibility in love. You like to get to know someone completely and totally.


You aren't a perfectionist, but you are looking to protect your heart. You know what you want and need. 


 

February 13, 2014

CBS Matchmaker

Find your match...as long as he/she is a character on a CBS show.

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Not sure about this one and wished I had changed some answers on my quiz so I could have got a different result. First, I've never seen Elementary, the Sherlock Holmes crime drama; second, I don't really find Lucy Liu all that attractive and lastly, Joan Watson takes the place of the male John Watson that was in the novels. 'Nuff said.

Why couldn't it have been Anna Faris from Mom or Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls? I don't watch those two shows, either, but I probably would if I were dating one of those stars...or at least, their characters.

Find your match on CBS

February 12, 2014

albumen

albumen al·bu·men [al-byoo-muhn] noun

1. the white of an egg.
2. Botany, the nutritive matter around the embryo in a seed.
3. Biochemistry, albumin.


I knew this word, even before I started being obsessed with recipes. I'll have to say I've never heard of an "albumen omlet", though.

Here's a site where you can see where the albumen has turned into feathers.

GRIT Live Chick Cam

The End is Near!


February 11, 2014

Barcode Yourself


From the site:

Barcode Yourself is a complete, interactive experience in the series of barcode art, created using the personalized data of participants. Enter an individual's gender, weight, height, age and location, and the barcode is formed using real-world data. 

The individualized barcode can then be printed, mapped, scanned, even depicted on a t-shirt or coffee mug. Uber-geeks can even test out their barcodes on their next grocery run. 

It is in scanning a barcode that the project reveals its humor, like a banner that reads: Disclaimer! Human beings are not merely worth somewhere between one cent and 10 dollars.

Read more about Barcode Yourself (along with some interesting social commentary) @


blatherskite


blatherskite blath·er·skite [blath-er-skahyt] noun
1. a person given to voluble, empty talk.
2. nonsense; blather.


Certainly not a word I use; in fact, I've never seen or heard it before, but I'm afraid it describes me.

I probably should start a new blog and call it "The Blatherskite".

Dragon Baby


February 10, 2014

Apocalypse? Not Now!

You Would Survive an Apocalypse

Congratulations! You are one of the few who always has a plan B. And a plan C.

You like to be well prepared in every aspect of your life. You are very responsible and conscientious.

Zombies? Floods? Civilizational collapse? Famine? Killer clowns from outer space? No sweat for you.


People may make fun of how prepared you are, but you know they'll be knocking on your door first when things go down. 





I don't think "very responsible and conscientious" really would apply to me, but...I'm definitely ready for the killer clowns.

dulcify


dulcify dul·ci·fy [duhl-suh-fahy] verb (used with object), dul·ci·fied, dul·ci·fy·ing.

1. to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.

2. to sweeten.

I wasn't familiar with this word and I'm certainly not familiar with the first definition...at the least, I'm not very good at it. 

February 9, 2014

Anniversary of the British Invasion

It officially began at 8 pm on Sunday 9th February, 1964 when the live broadcast of the first Ed Sullivan Show was aired with the full Beatles line-up. The band played five songs (All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand) and made broadcasting history.

Just a snippet of the first show, but someone on YouTube has made all three Ed Sullivan shows with the Beatles available in a single video.

February 8, 2014

Old Friends

These people had a pet baby squirrel who ran away once he was full grown. He still comes back to visit every once in a while

February 7, 2014

10 Winter Sports Fails

As far as I'm concerned, winter is a fail, esp. the one we're having right now.

February 6, 2014

What's Your Ideal Home?

Your Ideal Home is a Farmhouse

You want your home to be an escape from everything - including civilization. You want to be away from it all.

You don't mind having to travel a bit more for things if it means you get to come home to a starry sky every night.

You would love to get back to nature. Growing and preparing your own food is right up your alley.


There's nothing more relaxing than imagining a quiet day with fresh air and plenty of critters to keep you company. 


 

February 5, 2014

Best Oscar Movie

With the Oscars coming up, ABC News has come up with an NCAA basketball-type bracket which allows you to rank the best Oscar winners over the past 64 years.

Easy to do; hover over each entry with your cursor to see a synopsis of each movie, then click on one to send it on to the second round. Do one side, then go over to the other. (there will be more of the bracket and you'll need to scroll down to see all the choices)

There were only a few movies I had not seen and coincidentally enough, the very first choice I had to make was between two of them (Argo and The Artist). I went ahead and voted, not only because I had to in order to complete the first round, but I had read enough about both of those movies to make an informed choice.

Other choices were much more difficult to make, because I HAD seen both and loved each but had to make a choice. (such as Patton and Midnight Cowboy) Difficult decisions aside, it was a fun thing to do. The next round will begin Feb. 6th and I'm looking forward to continue voting and to eventually see which movie gets the most votes.


It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops

February 4, 2014

HenCam


A recent discovery, I really enjoy getting updates from the site in my reader and I try to visit every day I can to view the various webcams.  The owner of the site is a lady who lives in a small town outside of Boston.


There's an outside cam (pictured above), where you can find the hens on most days. It's fun to watch them peck and scratch the ground and I find it as entertaining as watching an aquarium full of fish.  There's also inside cameras, one in a separate barn for chickens and another for the same chickens pictured in the above screen shot.  There's also a GoatCam (actually two, one for inside and another outside that will switch between them on a motion sensor) that shows the activities of the two Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats, Pip and Caper. 

The hens also all have names, but I'm not familiar enough yet to recognize each of them.  There's a page with photos of each with their names.  If you watch long enough, you'll also see Phoebe the rabbit hopping in or out of the view.

Today's article was very interesting, about re-introducing a hen - Beulah - back into the flock.  (there really IS such a thing as a "pecking order").  Check it out;  if you like animals and especially chickens (and goats and rabbits!) you're sure to enjoy it as I do.

HenCam

February 3, 2014

What Kind of Puzzle Are You?

You Are a Crossword Puzzle

You are well read, and you have a good head for remembering facts.

You are a wordsmith. You have a way with words, and you're very literate.


You are a mysterious person who enjoys dropping little clues every now and then. 


 

Cupcakes!

I never had children, but if I did, I'd have a little girl just like this one, I'm sure.


February 2, 2014

Wake Up, Sinners - The Dirt Daubers


What Kind Of Dog Are You?

Because is there anything better than being a dog?

(that's from the site and I'd have to say "yes" - I'd much rather be a human than a dog...think about it for a while and I'm sure you'd agree with me)

That said, I wouldn't disagree with these results.





February 1, 2014

Twister History

It's not known when the first tornado hit the United States; tornado records have been kept only since 1916.




Groundhog Day Countdown


Groundhog Day countdown banner


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10 Groundhog Day countdown banners


There are quite a few other sites that offer holiday countdown banners and loads of scripts one can use, but several of those won't work on Blogger and while some will work, they conflict with my calendar at the top of the page.

I know one thing for certain, though: No matter how many years I will be blessed to live, I will always think of my online pal Garazon on Groundhog Day.

I might be senile, and not remember his name (or my own), but I'll think of him.


I meant to add that these things are fun to put into any email program that allows it. I've done it before, added a line separator and used it as a signature.


A little "bump" because...well, just because.



Another bump because why waste a perfectly good Groundhog Day post?