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Ryan Van Sickle774,559ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027 

Alvin Stearns has been shared in 180 public circles

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Circles and Photography38,014Builders 5   2.24.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing  #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle  2015-02-24 16:35:13401798
Harry Day14,576If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ireland #ireland #cork #ireland #dublin #italy #italy #florence #italy #milan #italy #naples #italy #rome #italy #venice #latvia #latvia #riga #lithuania #lithuania #vilnius #netherlands #netherlands #amsterdam #netherlands #rotterdam #norway #norway #bergen #norway #oslo 2015-02-20 10:28:09393322
steph wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220547252
George Clark15,296Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:*If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:*1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving #Lamborghini #DrivingSchool #WinterDrivingTips #DistractedDriving #NewYear #AutoRepair #Audi #Supercars #NewCar #UsedCars 2015-02-05 06:07:22430011
steph wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Giorgio De Novellis8,241FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!!2015-01-19 07:59:39500102
Circles and Photography35,863Builders 5    1.16.15Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleoftheday #circleshare  #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles  #circle   2015-01-16 21:44:58408003
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121957458
Luis V.66,374This is my first #FollowFriday  shared circle and all the people in here belong in my circles. These are all people that should be followed and post good content, interact with others and are active on Google Plus. If you want to be excluded, let me know and I will pull your name.I'll be sharing on Fridays and if you want to ne in any future shared circles, do these things...Comment on here, share this circle, add me.I'll check your profile and posts. No spam or porn. 2014-12-27 02:49:034783212
Giorgio De Novellis6,998FullCircle #1Add Me, Push +1 & Share this Circle!!2014-12-22 08:31:08493102
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
steph wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
Sport News95Dear Google Friends! - You're in this CircleAdd Users & Pluss +1 & ShareThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circleshare #circlesharing #circle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlecount #circlecircle #naturephotographers #naturephotography #birdphotography #birdphotographers #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers 2014-11-30 05:41:14500332
steph wanamaker110,421#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!  circle them up and your stream will be perfect !2014-11-28 17:04:4720324026
tunc serkan ozdinc2182014-11-27 23:04:53234013
Kenneth Nicholson9,401This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#CircleShare #Belize   #Nicaragua  2014-11-19 07:16:554086414
Circles and Photography33,617Builders 5      11.10.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-11 01:54:52442032
Lư Thăng18,117Chia sẻ vòng ngon cho các bạn nè... #circlecount   #circleshare   #circle2014-11-06 10:16:33362004
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
Kenneth Nicholson6,980Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#sharedcircleday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle #epicengagers #davidromaphotography #addcircle #addpeople #affiliate #awesome #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besocial #bestengagers #bestsharedcircle #circle #circlefriday #circlemonday #circlesunday #circleoftheweek #circlemeup #circles #circleshare #communities #community #coolpeople #findcircles 2014-10-24 12:15:41498435682
steph wanamaker108,346#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-10-17 13:48:5620335337
George Clark7,088Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow your dreams and smile to life.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #elfopower #social #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples 2014-09-23 10:46:01468707680
Ғ ΜіснæL Sŧuŧz4,508I rarely do this...In fact, I haven't done a circle share in over a year, and I've never shared this one. But... It's #AmbienTime , and the thing about the folks in this circle: they've all paid their dues with respect to my #AmbienTime  moments.These are the people who, with one or two exceptions, have known me the longest here on G+. They also happen to be the list of people who are either overly medicated, or underly medicated, because they still haven't uncircled me yet, even after all this time. I keep checking, but so far none of these people has gotten tired of my crap enough to go through the effort yet. I don't have the heart to tell them that this suffering won't erase all their past misdeeds and sins, and won't get them into heaven.I spend 99% of my G+ time in this one circle. And one of the people here was insane enough to actually marry me.It's a very diverse group, about as diverse as you can get. Each, though, is wonderfully broken, like magnificent shattered stained-glass murals, each reflects the same sun that alights upon us all, but in uniquely amazing ways that, with the passage of the hours and the seasons, brings a new dazzling display every time I see them online.If these are the only people you ever circle on G+, you will be hooked on G+ for life. And it's proof-positive that quality kicks the crap out of quantity every day of the week.This is my little way of saying, "Thank you" to all of you guys for putting up with me for the last few years. And I take serious pride in knowing that I have the rockin'est circle on G+.+Sque Morgan , up there at the 1:00 spot was my very first friend here. We don't talk much these days, I miss that, but we've both been going through some crap these last few months. I think she's responsible for my meeting about half this circle, people like +Eric Johnson, for example. And I know that after Sque (like a few days) came +Karen Schumacher  and +Debra Dayton , and then +Alvin Stearns and then +Shawn Holster, who I was sure was going to defrock me last month when he announced his annual spring circle cleaning...+Darryl Mouzone I met through an experiment. I decided to add every "suggestion" that G+ made for one week, and he was the only one that made in to this circle, which made the whole exercise a totally worth-while thing to do.2014-09-23 03:17:43431706
steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305618
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919676366
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574371
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211429
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465026
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566

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2015-02-08 14:37:26 (41 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The things one finds in one's parents' house. 

Most reshares: 7

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2015-02-25 23:40:04 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I love ABBA's music.  Some of the catchiest melodies of the 20th century.
I love Metal music.  Forever fringe, forever fresh, forever free.
This song makes me feel happy.

#metal   #abba  

Most plusones: 40

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2015-02-08 23:34:55 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

I can't believe I let myself get drawn into online game arguments.

Almost never happens any more.  Still happens.

Today's went like this:

A member of my Guild got ejected for "inactivity."  This after the leadership pushed us peon members to give, give, and give to that member so that her resources could improve our Guild.

I'm not a leader, but people talk to me.  Well, mostly bitch to me.  Much bitching ensued from the ejection of the member we'd just been cajoled into giving so much to.  Investments gone.

OK.  Valid bitches.  They deserve airing.  But, the center must hold.  The leadership frakked up, yes.  They need to know that without losing status or respect.

Enter Alvin.  A carefully crafted message so that the membership feels like their valid grievances are aired.  Pitched in a way thatsays to the... more »

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2015-02-27 13:30:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Ding, dong!  The worst month in the calendar is almost dead.

Ding, dong!  The worst month in the calendar is almost dead.___

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2015-02-25 23:40:04 (10 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I love ABBA's music.  Some of the catchiest melodies of the 20th century.
I love Metal music.  Forever fringe, forever fresh, forever free.
This song makes me feel happy.

#metal   #abba  

I love ABBA's music.  Some of the catchiest melodies of the 20th century.
I love Metal music.  Forever fringe, forever fresh, forever free.
This song makes me feel happy.

#metal   #abba  ___

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2015-02-25 20:42:07 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

See? Everything is better in the style of Metal. And it's a better accent than Dick Van Dyke's atrocious Cockney.

Via +Joachim Kessel

#metal

___See? Everything is better in the style of Metal. And it's a better accent than Dick Van Dyke's atrocious Cockney.

Via +Joachim Kessel

#metal

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2015-02-24 23:49:59 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Good Bronze Age stuff.  The time period of the discovery pre-dates by a few centuries Assyrian writings about the people living in the area, a kingdom the Assyrians called Urartu.  At the time, it's likely that the area was a confederation of people.  Later they would coalesce into a distinct kingdom.  

Urartu (roughly modern Armenia, plus empire) and Assyria (roughly modern northern Iraq, plus empire) traded blows over the centuries, their powers ebbing and flowing.  Then, both empires were crushed by the Medes, a people from modern Iran, who were themselves immediately superseded by their cousins, the Persians, and the rise of that great empire--leading to Alexander the Great, the spread of Greek/Western ideas into the ancient core and the flow of Near Eastern ideas into the West.  Then came Romans, Parthians, the armies of Mohammad, Mongols, etc., down to us..

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Good Bronze Age stuff.  The time period of the discovery pre-dates by a few centuries Assyrian writings about the people living in the area, a kingdom the Assyrians called Urartu.  At the time, it's likely that the area was a confederation of people.  Later they would coalesce into a distinct kingdom.  

Urartu (roughly modern Armenia, plus empire) and Assyria (roughly modern northern Iraq, plus empire) traded blows over the centuries, their powers ebbing and flowing.  Then, both empires were crushed by the Medes, a people from modern Iran, who were themselves immediately superseded by their cousins, the Persians, and the rise of that great empire--leading to Alexander the Great, the spread of Greek/Western ideas into the ancient core and the flow of Near Eastern ideas into the West.  Then came Romans, Parthians, the armies of Mohammad, Mongols, etc., down to us..

As with many ancient people and empires, for centuries the West had little idea that the kingdom of Urartu ever existed.  Then, in the 19th century archaeologists started finding and translating ancient texts and ancient languages and whole worlds emerged.

There is nothing new about us, except for our calendar dates and warm conceit that nothing much went on before us.___

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2015-02-24 13:30:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Live music March 6, just north of New Haven, Connecticut, featuring our own Heather Fay.

REHEARSAL 2/22/15
Getting ready for upcoming Emerge Festival on Friday March 6th! Get your tickets now! - http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-emerge-festival-tickets-15408644671
#heatherfaymusic   #indiemusic   #musicmonday   #musician   #musicianlife   #mamas   #mamamusician   #festivals   #music   #martinguitars   #dreambigorgohome   #gratitiude   #love  ___Live music March 6, just north of New Haven, Connecticut, featuring our own Heather Fay.

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2015-02-23 21:44:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Dane always comes up with good ideas. You should circle him.

homemade soft-serve fitness dessert – garnish this dessert with a wedge of dark chocolate – it will contrast beautifully with the flavors of key lime and banana.___Dane always comes up with good ideas. You should circle him.

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2015-02-23 17:33:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A red strawberry in cold white February proves humanism.

(Stealth haiku)

A red strawberry in cold white February proves humanism.

(Stealth haiku)___

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2015-02-23 15:48:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

What a nice idea. Help, if you can.

Can you help Michael get some Butterbeer?

Page, Michael's sister who is organizing this, and to whom Michael means the world, is a very good friend of mine and my former Sous Chef. As you know, I try to be exceptionally discriminating in when I encourage you to give your help, but this is definitely one of those times. Please share this if you feel comfortable, and give if you would like. I know this will appeal to many people out there in a position to give, but I need your help to reach them! ___What a nice idea. Help, if you can.

2015-02-21 01:19:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Cold night.  Perfect time to make a rich beef stew.  I made a beef stock last night.  Tonight I fried five pieces of uncured bacon.  Salted and peppered stewing beef and seared that in the bacon fat, then removed it from the pan. Next i cut up a bunch of collard greens and cooked those down.  Peeled and cubed carrots, turnips, a purple onion, and a small butternut squash.

Heated the stock, then added everything into it, including the fried bacon.  That's going to slow cook now until about midnight, then I'll put it in the fridge.  Heat it up again tomorrow, add some herbs and bit of Worcestershire, and dole it out.

Heavy on protein, salt and fat?  Yep.  Low in carbs, though.  Anyway, as mentioned, cold night, and threat of more snow this weekend.  Something like this dish is just the thing.

Cold night.  Perfect time to make a rich beef stew.  I made a beef stock last night.  Tonight I fried five pieces of uncured bacon.  Salted and peppered stewing beef and seared that in the bacon fat, then removed it from the pan. Next i cut up a bunch of collard greens and cooked those down.  Peeled and cubed carrots, turnips, a purple onion, and a small butternut squash.

Heated the stock, then added everything into it, including the fried bacon.  That's going to slow cook now until about midnight, then I'll put it in the fridge.  Heat it up again tomorrow, add some herbs and bit of Worcestershire, and dole it out.

Heavy on protein, salt and fat?  Yep.  Low in carbs, though.  Anyway, as mentioned, cold night, and threat of more snow this weekend.  Something like this dish is just the thing.___

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2015-02-19 23:34:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Love this!  Courtney Barnett is Rock without affectation, Garage without irony, and so good.  The full album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, drops on March 24.  This single is available now.

"Pedestrian at Best"
by Courtney Barnett

Love this!  Courtney Barnett is Rock without affectation, Garage without irony, and so good.  The full album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, drops on March 24.  This single is available now.

"Pedestrian at Best"
by Courtney Barnett___

2015-02-19 20:47:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Her: You're so English!

Said to me by a coworker of French ancestry after I gently requested that she use her indoor voice on phone calls.

It's not uncommon for people to abandon their senses of space and boundary when they have a phone mashed to their head. But, when I'm also on the phone I do like to hear the person speaking to me, not the rambunctious exclamations and laughter (man, that's so French) of somebody near me.

The English/French thing is a Maine thing. Until recently in my state's history the demographics were people of Frankish ethnicity and people of Anglo-Saxon ethnicity. No other sizable group existed. Now we have people of color (or, in the local parlance, "From away") in towns along the southern coast and in the state's big river towns. It's all very exciting and interesting.

But, the... more »

Her: You're so English!

Said to me by a coworker of French ancestry after I gently requested that she use her indoor voice on phone calls.

It's not uncommon for people to abandon their senses of space and boundary when they have a phone mashed to their head. But, when I'm also on the phone I do like to hear the person speaking to me, not the rambunctious exclamations and laughter (man, that's so French) of somebody near me.

The English/French thing is a Maine thing. Until recently in my state's history the demographics were people of Frankish ethnicity and people of Anglo-Saxon ethnicity. No other sizable group existed. Now we have people of color (or, in the local parlance, "From away") in towns along the southern coast and in the state's big river towns. It's all very exciting and interesting.

But, the phrases, "You're so English," or, "That's so French" still drip with pejorative certainty about people, neighborhoods, styles, behaviors and foods.

Funny and wonderful state, Maine.

And my coworker can no more make herself be mindful of her tone while a phone is clamped to her head than I can stop being so damned English.

We make it work. Have been doing so for 400 years.

Welcome, people of color and of non-Christian faith. You'll fit right in. Sorry about the snow. ___

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2015-02-19 16:02:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

More snow. More hungry birds.

More snow. More hungry birds.___

2015-02-18 16:41:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Her: You men have advantages in almost everything.

Me: I don't know about almost everything, but there is one gender advantage that I always enjoy.

Her: Oh, what? Childbirth?

Me: Nope. Movie theater restrooms. But, I still end up waiting for you while you ladies are hot-seating it in yours.

Her: Shut up and go warm up the car.

The last word. Given.

Her: You men have advantages in almost everything.

Me: I don't know about almost everything, but there is one gender advantage that I always enjoy.

Her: Oh, what? Childbirth?

Me: Nope. Movie theater restrooms. But, I still end up waiting for you while you ladies are hot-seating it in yours.

Her: Shut up and go warm up the car.

The last word. Given.___

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2015-02-18 13:10:16 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Has anybody tried Trunk Club?  What do you think?

#trunkclub  

Has anybody tried Trunk Club?  What do you think?

#trunkclub  ___

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2015-02-18 05:28:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Dead Snow:  Red vs. Dead  (2014)

Picks up right where 2009's "Dead Snow" left off.  It's sick.  Bloody.  Demented.  And has surprisingly more plot and character development than the first movie (keeping in mind that we're talking about a movie featuring Nazi zombies in modern Norway).  Moments of humor are mixed in with the creative splatters of blood and viscera.  

Streaming now on Netflix.  Fans of gory bloody zombie horror will probably enjoy "Dead Snow:  Red vs. Dead."  The rest of you, move on.  

Dead Snow:  Red vs. Dead  (2014)

Picks up right where 2009's "Dead Snow" left off.  It's sick.  Bloody.  Demented.  And has surprisingly more plot and character development than the first movie (keeping in mind that we're talking about a movie featuring Nazi zombies in modern Norway).  Moments of humor are mixed in with the creative splatters of blood and viscera.  

Streaming now on Netflix.  Fans of gory bloody zombie horror will probably enjoy "Dead Snow:  Red vs. Dead."  The rest of you, move on.  ___

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2015-02-18 05:02:32 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I grew up with, I now realize, pretty strict English teachers.  It bugs me, for example, to see the popular character Sheldon on "Big Bang Theory" constantly mispronounce the word coitus.  If anything, he'd be the one to delight in correcting others, rolling his eyes and sighing wearily at those who say it wrong.  But, oh well, give it time and the wrong pronunciation will become the proper pronunciation.  Such is the evolution of language.

On TV I just heard somebody say, "Yeah, you'll need to acclimate to that."  My inner English teacher rolled her eyes and wearily sighed.  I realize most people say acclimate instead of acclimatize.  I had to know where we currently stand on that word.  So, I rushed to my go-to on such matters:  the Grammarist:

In British and Australian English, acclimatise appears most often and is generally preferred overthe alte... more »

I grew up with, I now realize, pretty strict English teachers.  It bugs me, for example, to see the popular character Sheldon on "Big Bang Theory" constantly mispronounce the word coitus.  If anything, he'd be the one to delight in correcting others, rolling his eyes and sighing wearily at those who say it wrong.  But, oh well, give it time and the wrong pronunciation will become the proper pronunciation.  Such is the evolution of language.

On TV I just heard somebody say, "Yeah, you'll need to acclimate to that."  My inner English teacher rolled her eyes and wearily sighed.  I realize most people say acclimate instead of acclimatize.  I had to know where we currently stand on that word.  So, I rushed to my go-to on such matters:  the Grammarist:

In British and Australian English, acclimatise appears most often and is generally preferred over the alternatives.  In American English, acclimatize is recommended by many dictionaries and usage guides, yet acclimate, which is actually the older word, is far more common. Canadian writers tend to use acclimatize.  

I put my inner English teacher to bed.  Either form is acceptable, but your preference will likely depend upon your locality and prevalent media.

Phew!

But, no matter what, "measure" always rhymes with "treasure" and "pleasure."  It's not supposed to sound like MAY-zhur.  Just stop that!___

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2015-02-18 02:57:22 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"Zoom" was a kids's show produced by PBS's WGBH, Boston.  It ran from 1972 to 1978, each season introducing new cast members.  The show featured spots on sports, recreation, science, culture and education.

I watched this clip of an early "Zoom Chat" session, a moment in the show where the kids sit around and just chat upon a topic.

We don't have these kinds of conversations on adult programming today, never mind kids' shows.  

Also, it's fun to notice how the kids vary in appearance.  No one seems to trying to fit into a narrow norm compared to any of the others.  They're all over the place, and they appear totally comfortable with that.

What do kids watch today?  Is there something like "Zoom"?

"Zoom" was a kids's show produced by PBS's WGBH, Boston.  It ran from 1972 to 1978, each season introducing new cast members.  The show featured spots on sports, recreation, science, culture and education.

I watched this clip of an early "Zoom Chat" session, a moment in the show where the kids sit around and just chat upon a topic.

We don't have these kinds of conversations on adult programming today, never mind kids' shows.  

Also, it's fun to notice how the kids vary in appearance.  No one seems to trying to fit into a narrow norm compared to any of the others.  They're all over the place, and they appear totally comfortable with that.

What do kids watch today?  Is there something like "Zoom"?___

2015-02-18 00:52:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm following this hotel's page because of the fun and quirky local entries, and because of the frequent postings featuring foods.  It all looks so lovely and delicious.

Supposedly I have Welsh ancestry.  I'd like to say there's something noble or interesting in that history.  Most likely, my Ur New World Welsh ancestor was a pirate or a preacher.  Maybe both. 

I'm following this hotel's page because of the fun and quirky local entries, and because of the frequent postings featuring foods.  It all looks so lovely and delicious.

Supposedly I have Welsh ancestry.  I'd like to say there's something noble or interesting in that history.  Most likely, my Ur New World Welsh ancestor was a pirate or a preacher.  Maybe both. ___

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2015-02-17 00:11:07 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

This looks good.  Must try soon.  

This looks good.  Must try soon.  ___

2015-02-16 15:42:48 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I've had a stomach flu since Friday.  (Insert vivid details; nuff said.)  Our blizzard was more a fizzle.  But, it did leave enough new fall and windblown snow to need moving and tidying.  This morning, I went out and did it.  My stomach felt like an invisible goblin kept punching it.  But, I didn't hurl.

As I used shovel and snow thrower to clear the dog kennel the husband held up a note, black letters on white paper.  He was flanked by Annie and Leo.  The note read "Are you OK?"  I gave a thumbs up.  Then he pulled down that note and a second note read, "I love you."  A smile and a thumbs up.

The work got a bit easier and took about two and a half hours.

I feel justified now in laying around and doing nothing but playing video games and taking care of some laundry.

I've had a stomach flu since Friday.  (Insert vivid details; nuff said.)  Our blizzard was more a fizzle.  But, it did leave enough new fall and windblown snow to need moving and tidying.  This morning, I went out and did it.  My stomach felt like an invisible goblin kept punching it.  But, I didn't hurl.

As I used shovel and snow thrower to clear the dog kennel the husband held up a note, black letters on white paper.  He was flanked by Annie and Leo.  The note read "Are you OK?"  I gave a thumbs up.  Then he pulled down that note and a second note read, "I love you."  A smile and a thumbs up.

The work got a bit easier and took about two and a half hours.

I feel justified now in laying around and doing nothing but playing video games and taking care of some laundry.___

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2015-02-13 23:50:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Don't believe the TV or Internet.

Here in the US Northeast, it's more snow, more cold.  

It's winter.  We live in a high temperate zone.  It's not a trick, bitches.  It's a season.  

My advice to others living around where I do:
--  Learn your neighbor's names.  
--  Work a bit harder than you're used to.  
--  Smile and laugh more than you're used to.

Don't freak out.  You still die.  One day.  Nobody takes that away from you.  Your worst fear is assured.  But, this weather isn't part of that fear.

The weather and risking encounters with other talking apes will give you more than the weather report's endless cautions.   Listen for the weather report, to know the facts, not about how you should feel about the weather.  You're grown up.  You can feel things withoutbeing told how to... more »

Don't believe the TV or Internet.

Here in the US Northeast, it's more snow, more cold.  

It's winter.  We live in a high temperate zone.  It's not a trick, bitches.  It's a season.  

My advice to others living around where I do:
--  Learn your neighbor's names.  
--  Work a bit harder than you're used to.  
--  Smile and laugh more than you're used to.

Don't freak out.  You still die.  One day.  Nobody takes that away from you.  Your worst fear is assured.  But, this weather isn't part of that fear.

The weather and risking encounters with other talking apes will give you more than the weather report's endless cautions.   Listen for the weather report, to know the facts, not about how you should feel about the weather.  You're grown up.  You can feel things without being told how to feel.

You arrived strong.  Go on.  Deal with it.

Fresh coffee is a luxury.  Keep the pot full.

If it runs out?  Then worry.

I sure will.___

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2015-02-13 16:27:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Daytime TV is very feminine.

Just sayin'.

Daytime TV is very feminine.

Just sayin'.___

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2015-02-13 16:11:55 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I'm watching "The View."

After five minutes, it's likely I am not meant to be watching "The View."  I feel like I've stumbled on something that to me appears completely random and insensible and, frankly, lacking in merit and point.

Which might mean it's a magic that is not for me, and I am not supposed to be watching this.

I'm getting my DVDs of "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein."

Can anybody explain "The View"?

I'm watching "The View."

After five minutes, it's likely I am not meant to be watching "The View."  I feel like I've stumbled on something that to me appears completely random and insensible and, frankly, lacking in merit and point.

Which might mean it's a magic that is not for me, and I am not supposed to be watching this.

I'm getting my DVDs of "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein."

Can anybody explain "The View"?___

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2015-02-13 15:53:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

One way I know I am old.

I don't tend to notice men on news shows, but I do notice and remember women on news shows.  

In Maine, channel 13 has a red-headed anchor who has been doing the news since she was a hot young thing in the 80s.  Now she's a grandmother.  She's still there.  Old.  I'm still watching her.  So, old.

If they replace her without her consent, I'm done with that channel's news.  So far, so good.  All the best, ancient red-headed news reader.

Meredith Viera?  Same.  Anybody remember the show West 57th?  It was an edgy investigative news show in the latter part of the 80s.  And Meredith was a young, driven reporter on the show.

Now she has a daytime talk show.  I'm looking at it right now.  Girl looks good.  Old, and good.

Therefore, I am old.

Oh, can't keeptalking.  Mere... more »

One way I know I am old.

I don't tend to notice men on news shows, but I do notice and remember women on news shows.  

In Maine, channel 13 has a red-headed anchor who has been doing the news since she was a hot young thing in the 80s.  Now she's a grandmother.  She's still there.  Old.  I'm still watching her.  So, old.

If they replace her without her consent, I'm done with that channel's news.  So far, so good.  All the best, ancient red-headed news reader.

Meredith Viera?  Same.  Anybody remember the show West 57th?  It was an edgy investigative news show in the latter part of the 80s.  And Meredith was a young, driven reporter on the show.

Now she has a daytime talk show.  I'm looking at it right now.  Girl looks good.  Old, and good.

Therefore, I am old.

Oh, can't keep talking.  Meredith is going to do a segment on how to get the hottest looks from "50 Shades of Grey."  

Hey, we might be old, but all the bit still work, and it's nice to look good for your beloved.  Nobody says you have to be driven and relevant forever.  Sheesh.___

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2015-02-13 15:21:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The last jar of last summer's dilly beans.

Mine.

The last jar of last summer's dilly beans.

Mine.___

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2015-02-13 14:08:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It looks bright and peaceful. Enjoy the day. The storm approaches. Always best to grapple the storm with the recent memory of a bright and peaceful day.

Next month I trim those grape vines.

It looks bright and peaceful. Enjoy the day. The storm approaches. Always best to grapple the storm with the recent memory of a bright and peaceful day.

Next month I trim those grape vines.___

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2015-02-13 13:27:52 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

When I was a tiny young human animal I thought that everything read to me was true.   The Bible.   I, Mouse.   Goodnight Moon.     I had damaged and harmful parents, but they did do one great thing for me:  they read to me at a time when to me black marks on a page were the supreme magic, and everything they made people say was true.

Today's reading is from The House at Pooh Corner.  

“What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"   

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best-" and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.  And then he thought that being with Christopher Robin was a very good thing to do, and having Piglet near was a very friendly thingto have; and... more »

When I was a tiny young human animal I thought that everything read to me was true.   The Bible.   I, Mouse.   Goodnight Moon.     I had damaged and harmful parents, but they did do one great thing for me:  they read to me at a time when to me black marks on a page were the supreme magic, and everything they made people say was true.

Today's reading is from The House at Pooh Corner.  

“What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"   

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best-" and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.  And then he thought that being with Christopher Robin was a very good thing to do, and having Piglet near was a very friendly thing to have; and so, when he had thought it all out, he said, "What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."   

"I like that too," said Christopher Robin, "but what I like doing best is Nothing."  

Amen.___

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2015-02-13 01:49:13 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The husband is susceptible to the seasons. I am susceptible to the husband's feelings and moods.  St. Valentine's Day slouches forward.  Such a stupid stupid stupid holiday.  In this time and human world.  A mockery.

But, it matters to the husband.  To me, St. Valentine's Day is when I come home with the blood of his enemy on my hands.  To him it is the day I bring home daisies for him.  

Actually.  He has a point.  It is more remarkable to hand daisies to somebody in Maine in February than it is to throw open the door dripping with blood of your beloved's enemy.

Life has gotten so weird.  How do you deal with it?  Genuine question.

I will do anything to make my husband happy.  I frequently fail.  We are so mismatched.  So misplaced.  But, that never dulls my urge to try.  For him.  He thinks I'm swell.  

Hewants to go out a... more »

The husband is susceptible to the seasons. I am susceptible to the husband's feelings and moods.  St. Valentine's Day slouches forward.  Such a stupid stupid stupid holiday.  In this time and human world.  A mockery.

But, it matters to the husband.  To me, St. Valentine's Day is when I come home with the blood of his enemy on my hands.  To him it is the day I bring home daisies for him.  

Actually.  He has a point.  It is more remarkable to hand daisies to somebody in Maine in February than it is to throw open the door dripping with blood of your beloved's enemy.

Life has gotten so weird.  How do you deal with it?  Genuine question.

I will do anything to make my husband happy.  I frequently fail.  We are so mismatched.  So misplaced.  But, that never dulls my urge to try.  For him.  He thinks I'm swell.  

He wants to go out and eat in a restaurant this weekend.

I want to go out and cut down the baddest ass tree in the winter woods and deliver next year's firewood to our neighbors.

We will meet in the middle.

I will go eat Asian food I don't like (that I could do better) and the husband will be happy.  We will have sex.  Nice. : )

I will save a paper-wrapped pair of chopsticks from the restaurant.  Gremlins like such items from our world.  A child may require magic.  

Keep magical items from this world.  Out of sight.  Lest you be thought odd.  When it's time to carry them to the moss-covered stump in the swamp?  Nobody visits the moss-covered swamp except you.  And the gremlins.

We are never who others think we are.  But, you must always be professional in pretending.  Always.  (Shh.  Be quiet.)

One day you die.

Then, it all starts over again.

It always does that. 

Annoying.___

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2015-02-13 00:40:24 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

And, how was your day?

This morning I fell and dislocated my right shoulder.  (Don't ask, it's just embarrassing.)  First time I've done such a thing.  Hopefully the last.  I tried one technique for putting the ball back in the socket.  Ultimately tried the Carol method from "The Walking Dead."  That worked, and hurt like hell.  (Relax, distal bits are pink and no tingling or pain.  Just bruised the heck out of the muscles.  It will pass.)

Went to work, sore as hell.  

I'm sure I worked today, but I'm not sure I was that effective.  I substituted professional production for speaking to people on the phone in a low and honeyed voice.  I had two women tell me how wonderful I am, and how they only want to deal with me from now on.  "Damn, I wish I was your client"?

My co-dieter and coworker fed me stuffedpeppers, whi... more »

And, how was your day?

This morning I fell and dislocated my right shoulder.  (Don't ask, it's just embarrassing.)  First time I've done such a thing.  Hopefully the last.  I tried one technique for putting the ball back in the socket.  Ultimately tried the Carol method from "The Walking Dead."  That worked, and hurt like hell.  (Relax, distal bits are pink and no tingling or pain.  Just bruised the heck out of the muscles.  It will pass.)

Went to work, sore as hell.  

I'm sure I worked today, but I'm not sure I was that effective.  I substituted professional production for speaking to people on the phone in a low and honeyed voice.  I had two women tell me how wonderful I am, and how they only want to deal with me from now on.  "Damn, I wish I was your client"?

My co-dieter and coworker fed me stuffed peppers, which she also heated up and served to me.  I felt tears well.  That after helping me take off my coat.  She also refilled the bird feeder, usually my job.

Today's ear worm is attached.  No idea why Sophie B. Hawkins' early 90s hit should be the song du jour, given my day.  But, I just read in the husband's new Entertainment Weekly that she's pregnant at 50.  So, owies all around?

Oh!  And a Buddhist coworker explained my day (and life generally, lately) as part of the cycle of the Buddhist New Year, which commences on February 18.  "Karma restarts on that date," she explained.  "But for now things tend to go to hell."  There you have it.  My karma is all fouled up.  Yours too, maybe, so be careful.  I'd hug you, but it'd be a one-armed hug.  Owie.___

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2015-02-12 23:43:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

My brother-in-law got me this T-shirt for Christmas. It has seen a lot of snow days action since. Weather now says a blizzard this weekend, up to 15" of new snowfall.

Ah. Bring it on.

My brother-in-law got me this T-shirt for Christmas. It has seen a lot of snow days action since. Weather now says a blizzard this weekend, up to 15" of new snowfall.

Ah. Bring it on.___

2015-02-12 13:23:51 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I can't say it better myself, so I'll let this essay do the talking.

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SMOKING A TOBACCO PIPE (WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A HIPSTER)  
by Matthew Jordan

I can't say it better myself, so I'll let this essay do the talking.

THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO SMOKING A TOBACCO PIPE (WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A HIPSTER)  
by Matthew Jordan___

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2015-02-12 02:13:57 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Of all the dietary choices I've tried, only now do I attempt a low carbohydrate diet.  It's easier than being vegan, which I did for some years.  (But, being vegan is fairly easy, don't let anybody fool you otherwise.)  I do like bread and pasta, but a diet where I can eat meat, cheese and eggs makes the losses easier.

It's not that I personally care about my diet.  My coworker is trying so hard to lose weight, and she's chosen a low carbohydrate diet to get there.  So, to support her, I've joined in.  We take turns preparing dishes and making it a feast and celebration.  (The husband and neighbors are also enjoying it; the food choices and dishes are tasty and indulgent.)

Proximity counts.  I say, always find a way to make your shared experience into a celebration.  Not a chore.  I hope she loses weight.  I hope it's fun along the way. I'll ... more »

Of all the dietary choices I've tried, only now do I attempt a low carbohydrate diet.  It's easier than being vegan, which I did for some years.  (But, being vegan is fairly easy, don't let anybody fool you otherwise.)  I do like bread and pasta, but a diet where I can eat meat, cheese and eggs makes the losses easier.

It's not that I personally care about my diet.  My coworker is trying so hard to lose weight, and she's chosen a low carbohydrate diet to get there.  So, to support her, I've joined in.  We take turns preparing dishes and making it a feast and celebration.  (The husband and neighbors are also enjoying it; the food choices and dishes are tasty and indulgent.)

Proximity counts.  I say, always find a way to make your shared experience into a celebration.  Not a chore.  I hope she loses weight.  I hope it's fun along the way.  I'll do my part.

I figure I'll either do well on a low carbohydrate diet, or I'll have my first heart attack before I hit 50 in seven months.  

Either way, focus on the journey, not the destination.___

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2015-02-12 01:21:53 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

When you're ready to switch to a base 12 numbering system:

Instead of using your five fingers, use the 12 jointed sections of your four fingers, minus your thumb.  Three per digit, totaling 12. So, you have an easy counting system, still using your fingers.

You don't need six fingers to think like a Babylonian.  You just need to flex your mind a little bit to think in 12s instead of 10s.

Why is base 12 simpler and more elegant?
Just one example among many:  divisions and fractions.

In a base 10 system, if I ask how, how can you express 1/2 in decimal?  You would answer "I'd express that as 0.5."  Neat, clean, nice.

Now try 1/3 in a decimal system.  You'd say, "That's 0.33333 . . . into infinity."

Do the same with a base 12.  What's 1/3 expressed that way?  One third of 12 is 4. So, in... more »

When you're ready to switch to a base 12 numbering system:

Instead of using your five fingers, use the 12 jointed sections of your four fingers, minus your thumb.  Three per digit, totaling 12. So, you have an easy counting system, still using your fingers.

You don't need six fingers to think like a Babylonian.  You just need to flex your mind a little bit to think in 12s instead of 10s.

Why is base 12 simpler and more elegant?
Just one example among many:  divisions and fractions.

In a base 10 system, if I ask how, how can you express 1/2 in decimal?  You would answer "I'd express that as 0.5."  Neat, clean, nice.

Now try 1/3 in a decimal system.  You'd say, "That's 0.33333 . . . into infinity."

Do the same with a base 12.  What's 1/3 expressed that way?  One third of 12 is 4.  So, in base 12, 1/3 is (12/3) 0.4.  Neat.  Clean.  Simple.

Why does this happen?  Because you have more factors for a base 12 than you do for a base 10.

Factors of 10 (numbers that divide evenly into 10) are:  
1, 2, 5, and 10.

Factors of 12 are:
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12.  More.  In this case, mo' better!

So, when you're a kid and learning your multiplication tables, your patterns are simpler and more elegant.  More natural, therefore more human.

Had we all been raised to relate to our world in base 12, most of us would be more at ease with numbers and mathematics.

Plus, our brains would mesh more neatly with how we already reckon time and space, which is based on base 60, which is . . .  There you go!  It's 12x5.  12 just fits much more neatly into our experience of the natural world, if not our formal education and social norms.

So, going back to the original statement.  If anybody ever says, "God made a decimal system world and we know that because he gave us five fingers on each hand," you can now snort and reply.  "Well, if you want an ornery, simple-minded god, sure.  I prefer the god that encouraged me to use all my parts to get to 12."

God, like base systems, is what we make him.  Make the best god you can, and improve god as you gain experience and wisdom.  The kids will thank you.___

2015-02-11 23:15:16 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Baby-talk is for babies talking and for grown ups talking to puppies and kittens.  Resist baby-talking to human babies and little kids.  Baby talk does them no favors and you look and sound foolish.

Irregular verbs are challenging enough without grown ups saying, "Is you hungwee?" to a kid.  Ugh.

Baby-talk is for babies talking and for grown ups talking to puppies and kittens.  Resist baby-talking to human babies and little kids.  Baby talk does them no favors and you look and sound foolish.

Irregular verbs are challenging enough without grown ups saying, "Is you hungwee?" to a kid.  Ugh.___

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2015-02-11 22:14:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This is not a problem just for Facebook and its users, in case the title stops you from viewing. This is a video that explains how the powerful can and do rob from the individual artist or content creator. It's worth a few minutes of your time and your enlightenment.

Thansk to +Jeff Green for sharing.
This is pretty important
So, don't do this.___This is not a problem just for Facebook and its users, in case the title stops you from viewing. This is a video that explains how the powerful can and do rob from the individual artist or content creator. It's worth a few minutes of your time and your enlightenment.

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2015-02-11 12:53:23 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Hard steamed eggs.  I tried using my rice cooker/steamer to make for the first time hard steamed eggs.  It worked.  The steamer tray even has concave divots that let me stand ten eggs upright.  Steamed for 20 minutes, then cooled in water for ten minutes.  The shells came off fairly easily, very little of the white stuck to the shells.  It works.

I mashed up those and made egg salad to take into work today.  Presentation will be with a slice of bacon on a lettuce leaf, similar to what's pictured.  Between that and the frittata, I think I will have done my job. 

Hard steamed eggs.  I tried using my rice cooker/steamer to make for the first time hard steamed eggs.  It worked.  The steamer tray even has concave divots that let me stand ten eggs upright.  Steamed for 20 minutes, then cooled in water for ten minutes.  The shells came off fairly easily, very little of the white stuck to the shells.  It works.

I mashed up those and made egg salad to take into work today.  Presentation will be with a slice of bacon on a lettuce leaf, similar to what's pictured.  Between that and the frittata, I think I will have done my job. ___

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2015-02-10 15:26:25 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Sumer!  You've mastered agriculture and permanent human settlements.  You've created new complex spiritual relationships to the cosmos and to each other.  You've fashioned advanced politics, trade and markets.  What will you do next?

Of course, you compose the first literature in human history.  Enter Gilgamesh, the first legendary hero, the progenitor of every heroic figure that follows, right down to The Governator and Jack Bauer.

Here are the opening lines presented probably much like they were 4,000 years ago, in Sumerian, as poetic verse accompanied by music.  (If you read the story as a word-for-word translation you might wonder why it uses so much repetition.  It was humanity's first crack at epic story-telling, so there was some stylistic choice involved.  But, imagine the story, as it's introduced here, as something that was performed, sung. It pop... more »

Sumer!  You've mastered agriculture and permanent human settlements.  You've created new complex spiritual relationships to the cosmos and to each other.  You've fashioned advanced politics, trade and markets.  What will you do next?

Of course, you compose the first literature in human history.  Enter Gilgamesh, the first legendary hero, the progenitor of every heroic figure that follows, right down to The Governator and Jack Bauer.

Here are the opening lines presented probably much like they were 4,000 years ago, in Sumerian, as poetic verse accompanied by music.  (If you read the story as a word-for-word translation you might wonder why it uses so much repetition.  It was humanity's first crack at epic story-telling, so there was some stylistic choice involved.  But, imagine the story, as it's introduced here, as something that was performed, sung.  It pops into artistic life.)

Humans in all their long history had never known a life that the Sumerians lived.  The story's emphasis on the icons of settled life, of settled order versus wild chaos (not of our modern emphasis on heavenly good versus diabolical evil), reflect humanity's first civilized challenges.  Changing from an identity as nomads and hunter/gathers to settled agricultural producers and townies.  Good stuff.  Stuff we take for granted, but you and I are very much the children of events that happened thousands of years ago.___

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2015-02-10 13:32:37 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

You know you're a geek when:

You're reading a How Stuff Works piece and note that the author confused Sumerians for Babylonians.  

You know you're a harmless geek when:  

You rapidly type a reply that carefully and succinctly points out the error and why it matters when one confuses Sumerians for Babylonians.  And then you lean back, take breath, and hit "cancel" without sending.

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You know you're a geek when:

You're reading a How Stuff Works piece and note that the author confused Sumerians for Babylonians.  

You know you're a harmless geek when:  

You rapidly type a reply that carefully and succinctly points out the error and why it matters when one confuses Sumerians for Babylonians.  And then you lean back, take breath, and hit "cancel" without sending.

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2015-02-10 03:25:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

One of my new favorite podcasts is NPR's "Invisibilia," which "explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions."

The most recent episode, The Power of Categories, ends with a wonderful reading of author Simon Rich's "The Children of Dirt."  It expands on Aristophenes' ideas on the origins of gender and love.  It goes like this:

"The Children of Dirt"
by Simon Rich

According to Aristophanes, there were originally three sexes - the children of the moon who were half-male and half-female, the children of the sun who were fully male, and the children of the earth, who were fully female.  Everyone had four legs, four arms and two heads, and spent their days in blissful contentment.  Zeus became jealous of the humans' joy so he decided to splitthem ... more »

One of my new favorite podcasts is NPR's "Invisibilia," which "explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions."

The most recent episode, The Power of Categories, ends with a wonderful reading of author Simon Rich's "The Children of Dirt."  It expands on Aristophenes' ideas on the origins of gender and love.  It goes like this:

"The Children of Dirt"
by Simon Rich

According to Aristophanes, there were originally three sexes - the children of the moon who were half-male and half-female, the children of the sun who were fully male, and the children of the earth, who were fully female.  Everyone had four legs, four arms and two heads, and spent their days in blissful contentment.  Zeus became jealous of the humans' joy so he decided to split them all in two.  Aristophanes called this punishment the origin of love because ever since, the children of the earth, moon and sun have been searching the globe in a desperate bid to find their other halves.  

Aristophanes' story though is incomplete because there was also a fourth sex - the children of the dirt.  Unlike the other three sexes, the children of the dirt consisted of just one half.  Some were male and some were female and each had just two arms, two legs and one head.  

The children of the dirt found the children of the earth, moon and sun to be completely insufferable. Whenever they saw a two-headed creature walking by, talking to itself in baby-talk voices, it made them want to vomit.  They hated going to parties and when there was no way to get out of one, they sat in the corner, too bitter and depressed to talk to anybody.

The children of the dirt were so miserable that they invented wine and art to dull their pain.  It helped a little, but not really.  When Zeus went on his rampage he decided to leave the children of the dirt alone. They're already f***ed, he explained.

Happy gay couples descend from the children of the sun.  Happy lesbian couples descend from the children of the earth.  And happy straight couples descend from the children of the moon.  But the vast majority of humans are descendants of the children of the dirt.  And no matter how long they search the earth, they'll never find what they're looking for because there's nobody for them, not anybody in the world.  /

So, I'll ask you the same question one of the hosts of "Invisibilia" asked.  Who are you?  A child of the sun, or the moon, or the earth?  Or, maybe a child of the dirt?

Great show, great stuff.  Find it free on iTunes or at the site, attached here.

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2015-02-09 13:24:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I mentioned to a guy (gender matters here, I can't imagine having a similar exchange with a woman) that I like to listen to Clive Cussler novel audiobooks while I work in the yard.  The guy asked if the audio versions are abridged.  I said yeah, they are.  He replied that I'm missing out, then.

Missing out.  On what?  On Mr. Cussler's masterful use of metaphor and the subtleties of his characters and their development over time?

I'm not hating on Clive Cussler, his books, or Dirk or Al.  We go to some authors not for their depth, but for the consistency of their recipe.  We want to feel good about the things that have made us feel good before.  Clive Cussler, for me, delivers what when I want it.  

But, I don't think I'm missing anything important because I listen to abridgments of his books.  

If you've ever read abunch of ... more »

I mentioned to a guy (gender matters here, I can't imagine having a similar exchange with a woman) that I like to listen to Clive Cussler novel audiobooks while I work in the yard.  The guy asked if the audio versions are abridged.  I said yeah, they are.  He replied that I'm missing out, then.

Missing out.  On what?  On Mr. Cussler's masterful use of metaphor and the subtleties of his characters and their development over time?

I'm not hating on Clive Cussler, his books, or Dirk or Al.  We go to some authors not for their depth, but for the consistency of their recipe.  We want to feel good about the things that have made us feel good before.  Clive Cussler, for me, delivers what when I want it.  

But, I don't think I'm missing anything important because I listen to abridgments of his books.  

If you've ever read a bunch of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mysteries, you'll maybe understand what I'm talking about.  The boys and Nancy had a formula, and it worked.  Story after story, we knew how the boys would act, we could predict Nancy and her friends.  A is always followed by B, which is wrapped up in C with all things nicely resolved.

Clive Cussler is the Hardy Boys for grown ups.  I think that's a good thing.___

2015-02-09 02:04:31 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Oh.  Nothing good can come of this opening.

#thewalkingdead  

Oh.  Nothing good can come of this opening.

#thewalkingdead  ___

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2015-02-09 00:30:50 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

We are two and half hours from the restart of "The Walking Dead."  Ample time for me to head out, clear snow, come in and shower and warm up, pop a Guinness and enjoy tonight's episode.

Let's go!

We are two and half hours from the restart of "The Walking Dead."  Ample time for me to head out, clear snow, come in and shower and warm up, pop a Guinness and enjoy tonight's episode.

Let's go!___

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2015-02-09 00:28:38 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

The Talking Dead, the live show that follows first-run episodes of The Walking Dead, has yet to top the wonder of Marilyn Manson as a guest on the couch.

Watch The Talking Dead.  Tonight could be the night.

The Talking Dead, the live show that follows first-run episodes of The Walking Dead, has yet to top the wonder of Marilyn Manson as a guest on the couch.

Watch The Talking Dead.  Tonight could be the night.___

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2015-02-08 23:34:55 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

I can't believe I let myself get drawn into online game arguments.

Almost never happens any more.  Still happens.

Today's went like this:

A member of my Guild got ejected for "inactivity."  This after the leadership pushed us peon members to give, give, and give to that member so that her resources could improve our Guild.

I'm not a leader, but people talk to me.  Well, mostly bitch to me.  Much bitching ensued from the ejection of the member we'd just been cajoled into giving so much to.  Investments gone.

OK.  Valid bitches.  They deserve airing.  But, the center must hold.  The leadership frakked up, yes.  They need to know that without losing status or respect.

Enter Alvin.  A carefully crafted message so that the membership feels like their valid grievances are aired.  Pitched in a way thatsays to the... more »

I can't believe I let myself get drawn into online game arguments.

Almost never happens any more.  Still happens.

Today's went like this:

A member of my Guild got ejected for "inactivity."  This after the leadership pushed us peon members to give, give, and give to that member so that her resources could improve our Guild.

I'm not a leader, but people talk to me.  Well, mostly bitch to me.  Much bitching ensued from the ejection of the member we'd just been cajoled into giving so much to.  Investments gone.

OK.  Valid bitches.  They deserve airing.  But, the center must hold.  The leadership frakked up, yes.  They need to know that without losing status or respect.

Enter Alvin.  A carefully crafted message so that the membership feels like their valid grievances are aired.  Pitched in a way that says to the leadership, "You messed up, guys, but you can learn from this and we'll all be fine."

How do you know when it works?  When you let the shite fly and then deftly turn the conversation toward favorite alcohol-based beverages and everybody comes together, on topic.

Games are stupid.  People are lovely.  But, also stupid.

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2015-02-08 20:07:52 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Blue is bad.  Red is right.  Red won.  (Never ever go bargain brand.)
Or, the Politics of Relationship.  

I just returned from taking Annie out in the truck to do a bit of food store shopping and to air out ape and dog.  Annie and I love being in the truck, going somewhere.  It's our time.  Our space.

At the food store I thought, maybe I'll get more toilet paper.  Then I froze, my fingers clenched on the cart handle.  Remembering.

Over a year ago I had a similar thought when I noticed a great sale on toilet paper.  I got a the biggest package of on-sale toilet paper.  Enough to last into the next season!  Such a bargain.  I was so proud of myself.

I returned home, ready to receive my approbations from my spouse for being so observant and thrifty.  I was frozen out.  Worse, I was shamed.  I'd gotten the wrong toilet paper. Worse!  I'... more »

Blue is bad.  Red is right.  Red won.  (Never ever go bargain brand.)
Or, the Politics of Relationship.  

I just returned from taking Annie out in the truck to do a bit of food store shopping and to air out ape and dog.  Annie and I love being in the truck, going somewhere.  It's our time.  Our space.

At the food store I thought, maybe I'll get more toilet paper.  Then I froze, my fingers clenched on the cart handle.  Remembering.

Over a year ago I had a similar thought when I noticed a great sale on toilet paper.  I got a the biggest package of on-sale toilet paper.  Enough to last into the next season!  Such a bargain.  I was so proud of myself.

I returned home, ready to receive my approbations from my spouse for being so observant and thrifty.  I was frozen out.  Worse, I was shamed.  I'd gotten the wrong toilet paper.  Worse!  I'd hurt the husband's feelings.  Threat of tears at the thought of using the wrong toilet paper into the next season.

I put my hat back on, Annie and I jumped back into the truck and we drove back into town.  I had the receipt in one hand and the package of offending toilet paper under my arm.  At the service desk I stammered a bit.  "Look.  I know this is going to sound weak.  But, according to my husband, I bought the wrong toilet paper.  And, so . . ."

The service desk woman waved my words away.  "Honey," she soothed.  "You screwed up!  I get it.  Receipt?"  I handed over the bit of paper.  She gave me money.  I numbly walked away.  

Today?  I know better.  The right toilet paper was on sale.  It's red.  It says "Charmin Ultra Strong" on it.  There's a stupid bear.  It's red.  Red.  Not blue.  Red.

Annie and I returned home as heroes.  I rewarded Annie with a peanut butter bone.  I rewarded myself with a cigar on the ride home.

OK.  Now.  Serious question.  How many of you actually care what toilet paper is on the roll?  Are you like me and just happy to find toilet paper on the roll.  Or, is this a thing?  

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2015-02-08 16:47:56 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

February is the shortest month.

Its name comes from Latin and relates to purification.  Since there's shite-all going on, might as well cleanse?  Sounds good.  Ready the emetics and diarrhetics and detoxification concoctions.  Think pretty thoughts.  Pick a god and pray to it. Leave it gifts of food and drink.  Resist self-destruction during February-inflicted fits of ennui.

We can't all agree on how to pronounce the month's name.  Some say it as FEB-yoo-ary, and they're wrong.  Some say it as "FEB-roo-ary,_ and they're right.  Some say "FEB-ooh-ary,_ and we cover our mouths to mask the laughter at absurd baby-talkers.

In the temperate zone of the Southern Hemisphere, February is like our Northern Hemisphere month of August.  How nice for them.

Up here, February is the least interesting month with the lamest holidayin the ca... more »

February is the shortest month.

Its name comes from Latin and relates to purification.  Since there's shite-all going on, might as well cleanse?  Sounds good.  Ready the emetics and diarrhetics and detoxification concoctions.  Think pretty thoughts.  Pick a god and pray to it. Leave it gifts of food and drink.  Resist self-destruction during February-inflicted fits of ennui.

We can't all agree on how to pronounce the month's name.  Some say it as FEB-yoo-ary, and they're wrong.  Some say it as "FEB-roo-ary,_ and they're right.  Some say "FEB-ooh-ary,_ and we cover our mouths to mask the laughter at absurd baby-talkers.

In the temperate zone of the Southern Hemisphere, February is like our Northern Hemisphere month of August.  How nice for them.

Up here, February is the least interesting month with the lamest holiday in the calendar:*  St. Valentine's Day.  A day for love and lovers.  A day to buy over-priced flowers and biologically inadvisable sweets.  A day where children are encouraged by adults to put their schoolmates' names on small cheap bits of card and hand them out at school--never mind that their brains and bodies are not mature and cannot fathom adult fascinations with sex, sexuality and romance.  Here kids, pretend that this means something.  You'll know why later, after you learn that Santa Claus isn't real, but hopefully before you have actual sex.  Such a lame holiday on so many levels.

February is my least favorite month.  If it weren't for all the snow this month and the rush and challenge of dealing with that, I'd be spiraling into a seasonal funk.  

The best thing about February is when it ends.  Purify yourself now.  Take the cleanse.  March is coming.  Say it to yourself.  March is coming.

*   St. Valentine's Day is the lamest holiday on the calendar not counting all those made up holidays that pollute the calendar, like National Pie Day, and National Receptionist Day.   

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2015-02-08 15:02:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Mary-Kate Olsen teaches us about the Irish Potato Famine and introduces her diet plan, Mary Katkins.

(It's parody, that's not really Mary-Kate Olsen, and Mary Katkins is not an actual diet plan.)

Mary-Kate Olsen teaches us about the Irish Potato Famine and introduces her diet plan, Mary Katkins.

(It's parody, that's not really Mary-Kate Olsen, and Mary Katkins is not an actual diet plan.)___

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2015-02-08 14:37:26 (41 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Things you don't commonly see any more, but which once ruled the American home:
Jean Nate products (pictured);
Dippity-do;
Prell shampoo;
Love's Baby Soft deodorant;
Life cereal;
Halston;
The colors Harvest Gold and Avocado.

What am I forgetting?

The things one finds in one's parents' house. ___Things you don't commonly see any more, but which once ruled the American home:
Jean Nate products (pictured);
Dippity-do;
Prell shampoo;
Love's Baby Soft deodorant;
Life cereal;
Halston;
The colors Harvest Gold and Avocado.

What am I forgetting?

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2015-02-08 14:02:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes):   I’m really, really half terrified, half so excited to see how people view the way the story goes.  I mean it’s completely uncompromising and it’s almost like there’s a mini pilot episode in the middle of the season and it’s nuts.  It’s f—ing nuts!  

"The Walking Dead" resumes tonight in North America, on cable channel AMC.

Meanwhile:

--  Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) is on the cover and in the pages of this week's Entertainment Weekly.  Read an interview and see a video of Reedus showing us his trailer:  http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/04/watch-norman-reedus-whip-himselfand-give-tour-his-walking-dead-trailer

--  Much of the cast of "The Walking Dead" joined Conan O'Brien on February 6.  See the show opener and links to the cast interview here: http://teamcoco.com/v... more »

Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes):   I’m really, really half terrified, half so excited to see how people view the way the story goes.  I mean it’s completely uncompromising and it’s almost like there’s a mini pilot episode in the middle of the season and it’s nuts.  It’s f—ing nuts!  

"The Walking Dead" resumes tonight in North America, on cable channel AMC.

Meanwhile:

--  Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) is on the cover and in the pages of this week's Entertainment Weekly.  Read an interview and see a video of Reedus showing us his trailer:  http://www.ew.com/article/2015/02/04/watch-norman-reedus-whip-himselfand-give-tour-his-walking-dead-trailer

--  Much of the cast of "The Walking Dead" joined Conan O'Brien on February 6.  See the show opener and links to the cast interview here:  http://teamcoco.com/video/the-walking-dead-cold-open

Of course, as ever, don't forget to watch "The Talking Dead" following tonight's episode.  Tonight's guests will be Greg Nicotero and an unannounced cast guest:  http://www.amctv.com/shows/talking-dead

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2015-02-08 13:39:35 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hey, a lifestyle book designed for me.

Grant Petersen, the author of "Eat Bacon, Don't Jog: Get Strong. Get Lean. No Bullshit." was interviewed on the January 15 episode of NPR's "Chewing the Fat," available as a free podcast.  He has some interesting things to say about human biology and the ideal diet.  I feel like he overstates some things, but is likely right in many areas.

Chewing the Fat, Episode 47, "Diet"
Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast on food, cooking, culture, and policies around what we shove in our pie holes.

(Note to my ESL folks, the phrase "chewing the fat" is an English idiom.  It means to speak together, to socialize for the pleasure of each other's company through speaking.  Nobody is actually chewing on fat.  Probably.)

Hey, a lifestyle book designed for me.

Grant Petersen, the author of "Eat Bacon, Don't Jog: Get Strong. Get Lean. No Bullshit." was interviewed on the January 15 episode of NPR's "Chewing the Fat," available as a free podcast.  He has some interesting things to say about human biology and the ideal diet.  I feel like he overstates some things, but is likely right in many areas.

Chewing the Fat, Episode 47, "Diet"
Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast on food, cooking, culture, and policies around what we shove in our pie holes.

(Note to my ESL folks, the phrase "chewing the fat" is an English idiom.  It means to speak together, to socialize for the pleasure of each other's company through speaking.  Nobody is actually chewing on fat.  Probably.)___

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