My older daughter is about to turn nine. We’ve reached another milestone in her growing up years when I reached into the laundry and pulled out what I thought were MY jeans, but they are hers! She is already wearing my socks and shoes. Anyway, this grown up little girl decided that she’s going to give up 1) candy, 2) TV, and 3) computer games for Lent. Thats quite a list, I told her, maybe you should keep it to one thing so you’ll be more likely to succeed. After a day’s struggle, she has decided that giving up candy alone is a worthy sacrifice, and less liable to induce failure. She’s already had to refuse good behavior rewards at both school and daycare. Remind me to put an extra chocolate egg in her Easter basket.
My younger daughter joined in the discussion, saying she was going to give up homework, driving, and broccoli. And they tried to tell me this kid has a learning disability!
They asked me what I was going to sacrifice. Kids, I just gave up smoking. Thats a struggle every minute of every day. I don’t think I can deal with anything else right now. I am surrounded by people who either didn’t believe I could do it, or who don’t believe I really did. There are even people who made wild promises they didn’t think they would have to live up to, because they never dreamed I would succeed in quitting. Thats OK. I won’t call those in.
Still having a problem with blogspot.com not loading. I've been steadily adding to the list of things I have tried, thanks to a talented and manly circle of geeks. I have noticed that the sites I attempt to load the most (namely this one) will load more often now. Could it be that the computer had a stroke and now has to rewrite its neural pathways, in the same way a human brain would?
Great minds explain the Universe. As confused as THEY are, what makes you think YOU can ever figure it out?
Popoint, a speed game. You must click the numbers in order. I got down to 7 seconds before losing interest.
The Painting, a photo essay with the latest from Saddam’s trial.
Not everybody loves your kids.
Tim Tom, a terrific toon.
Submit your most difficult questions to We Three Bitches for advice thats way more useful than you might assume from the name. I think its the collaboration that does it.
So you think that hanging your food supply up high in a tree will keep bears from taking it? Look at this photo essay and think again!
When you start whining about being broke, take a stroll over to the Global Rich List and find out how poor you really are!
Legislation introduced to bar Republicans from adopting children. (Thanks, Carol Anne!)
A guaranteed winner at the Oscars!
Protect your cursor in the game Avoider.
Bembo’s Zoo is a great flash site for little kids. Pick a letter and see an animal.
Little Brother is watching you. (Thanks, Ed!)
Just How Dumb Are You?
1. What do you put in a toaster?
The answer is bread. If you said "toast", then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread", go to question 2.
2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk". What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk", please do not attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously overstressed and may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more appropriate such ! as "Children's World". If you said, "water" then proceed to question three.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a greenhouse made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks", what the heck are you still doing here reading these questions? If you said "glass", then go on to question four.
4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors - East Germany or West Germany or in "no man's land"?
Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated. If you said, "Don't bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.
5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute then how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?
Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than "one degree", you are to be congratulated on getting this far, but you are obviously out of your league. Turn your pencil in and exit the room. Everyone else proceed to the final question.
6. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for heaven sake! It was YOU, Read the first line!!!
Everything you need to know about The Blues. This includes the The Build Your Own Blues Singer Name Starter Kit.
Joe says, “My new blues name is Astigmatic Big Joe Eisenhower...catchy huh? My band could be the Generals or the WASPs or the Republicans!”
Hoss says, “Hooboy: Fat River Dumpling.”
Can anyone top those?
If you’re serious about The Blues, here’s some real lessons.
Rappin ‘bout Muncie, Indiana. Yes, this is funny. Really.
Country music version of I Want to be Sedated, by Two Tons of Steel.
More proof that you don’t have to sing well, dance well, or look good to have a good time.
Amusing bass guitars.
If you are into Classic Rock, you really need to go see the artwork at this blog called Ramble On. What else would expect from a blogger with the screen name of Layla?
Talk about a simple personality quiz! ColorQuiz is a free five minute personality test based on decades of research by color psychologists around the world. There are no complicated questions to answer, you simply choose colors with a click of the mouse! My results are below. This is so weird, I haven't decided whether they have some real insight goin ghere, or if maybe the results are so generic that you are led to believe it works.
|Miss+Cellania took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!|
"Longs for tenderness and for a sensitivity of feel..."
An elderly man in North Carolina had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nicely: picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built.
One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.
As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence, and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"
The old man frowned, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.” Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm here to feed the alligator."
Moral: Some old men can still think fast!
I think this photo was taken in a place where they use a Non-American version of English. (lifted from Arbroath)
The new little picture on the sidebar is a closeup of Michaelangelo’s masterpiece sculpture David. Its a protest against Smartfilter, which blocks any site that may contain what some define as pornography. I am all for filters installed by parents in their homes, but some countries are filtering all content for their citizens, as explained over at Boingboing.
Thought for today: The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. - Albert Einstein, 1954
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