Abandoned Websites – Must go have a look at some of those sometime
Most Insane Pizza Ever – No, I don’t want to try it. Really.
History of Aliens on Film – I haven’t watched the video yet.
13 Things… – Some very cool and interesting things.
“Until we can get out of this ‘me’ culture of ‘my wants, my desires come before everything else,’ I think we’re going to have clashes like this,” — here
It turns out that there is no correlation between homework and achievement. According to a 2005 study by the Penn State professors Gerald K. LeTendre and David P. Baker, some of the countries that score higher than the U.S. on testing in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study—Japan and Denmark, for example—give less homework, while some of those scoring lower, including Thailand and Greece, assign more. Why pile on the homework if it doesn’t make even a testable difference, and in fact may be harmful? — there
Superman isn’t good or special because he’s an alien who crashes on Earth and ends up being incredibly powerful. He’s special because after all that he becomes someone who always does the right thing because he was raised by a couple of decent people from Kansas. — here
We live strung between either the naïve fantasy of pure choice or the absurd determinism of none. — there (This is long and I have only read about half of it so far.)
“Not everything has to be useful because some things are allowed to just make me happy too.” — here
Faces in Things – a fun Twitter feed
Muumuus – “… the muumuu is the product of imperialism.” Isn’t everything?
Nouvel Alphabet Militaire’ – a rather unusual children’s ABC book
10 Movies That Could Change Your Understanding of Life – Well, you have to understand the movies themselves first, I suppose. (I’ve only seen one of them.)
The Garden Glove – gardening and outdoor decor
Wordables – Inspiring quotes and other literary lists; great site
Warp Drive From a Garage? – That would be awesomely cool but I’m not holding my breath.
Curious Places – Very interesting.
I figured if they were going to judge my skin, I might as well adorn it appropriately. Give them some color atop my offending color. — here
First, it’s true that the issue is complicated. But the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs. It’s full of errors, fallacies, misconceptions, misrepresentations, and lies. The people who tell you that Monsanto is hiding the truth are themselves hiding evidence that their own allegations about GMOs are false. — there
…“flavorful,” that popular foodie term, does not, I believe, necessarily imply that the flavor in question is at all desirable. — here
…we like to buy from producers who offer sermons with which that we want to identify, even when the connections between product and sermon are very weak. — there
It appears that all American business models have been updated to include “Pester the customer as much as possible in an effort to get the sucker to buy more.” — here
(You know what I really hate? When a company I ordered from once or twice starts sending me “We miss you” emails. That seems way too familiar for a mere company.)
I never respond well to someone telling me what I “need.” — there
If blogging is like communicating with the world via smoke signals sent from between the cooling towers of a Romanian power plant, and I think we can safely claim blogging is exactly like that, then communication with the world through Twitter is akin to flicking eye drops into the sea spray of an angry Atlantic ocean on an especially stormy day. — here
This is kind of why I hate having the reputation for being responsible – you drop one ball of the fifteen you’re juggling and everyone points and screams about it, never observing that you’re managing to juggle FOURTEEN FLIPPING TENNIS BALLS. — here
Then they snuck their piece into the display area of the exhibit. Its presence raised no eyebrows. In fact, it was promptly awarded a ribbon for merit. — there
What do you say when you want people to smile? — here
So I’ve bookmarked and copied and watched YouTube videos on how to this that and the other, and I’m not entirely sure “the other” is legal in this state… — there
25 Years Under Water – No, it’s not Oklahoma.
Image Recognition Gone Weird – Strange computer generated images
Breatharians – O-kaaaay…?
Safer Than We Think – There’s not much need to fear giant space rocks.
Machines Alive – Whimsical or disturbing? You decide.
“See-through” trucks – Maybe a good idea.
Gentleman’s Surprise Chair – I’m not a gentleman (nor any kind of man) but I WANT it!
Oddity Mall – A wide variety of odd things that you can buy
Jim’ll Paint It – He uses Microsoft Paint to create whatever weird pictures people ask for. Things like, “Jeremy Clarkson getting fired from his new job as a McDonalds trainee” and “Compo from Last of the Summer Wine stabbing a man-eating shark in the eye during a nuclear war”.
Don Featherstone – The man who invented the plastic lawn flamingo has died.
Alternative to Canned Air – Could be useful.
11 Reasons Why Things Are the Color They Are – I almost stopped reading this after the first three, thinking this is all stuff everybody knows and it is mostly stuff like that but there are a couple of interesting bits later in the list.
Bendable Glass – Shiny! Imagine what they will be able to do with this.
29 Things Every Crazy Cat Lady Needs – Some of these are pretty nifty, some are more like… um… No.
Dinosaurs to Birds – article I want to read later
Pencil Sculptures – Wow
Victorian Fairly Tale Art – Wonderful!
Penguin Mirror – Weird
Weird Pictures – Just a collection of weird and funny photos. A few NSFW but mostly okay.
“What’s true for you may not be true for me” is an out-and-out lie. Actual truth is, and can only be, absolute. It is measured against fact, against reality. If it can’t be so measured, then it’s not a case of being true or false – it’s a matter of opinion. — here
I like men, and if they were sexist, I knew a good joke or teasing would change their mind. Feminists just faint and quit, or maybe faint and sue you for harassment. Poor things: acting like Victorian woman who faint at the sight of table legs. — there
Why must the “word problems” we give our children to solve be boring? Let the problems capture the imagination, and then math homework will be a joy. — here
Clothes now have so many labels that a pair of jeans can come with 700 words attached. — there (Labels: another good reason to sew your own clothes)
Pluto and Eris – The debate continues.
No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake – Oh damn. Another thing I don’t need that I have to try.
Odd front entry – I don’t know what happened here but I’m pretty sure this doesn’t qualify as a handicap access ramp.
The Mystical World of Mushrooms – Great photos of fascinating and bizarre mushrooms. Most of these I’ve never seen before.
Online Etymology Dictionary – Oooo! I must spend some time with this later.
Weather in a Box – Nifty. If you had this thing you might actually wish for rain.
Fantasy Forests – Beautiful photographic art
Dream House – I don’t care that some people think this house is haunted. It’s beautiful! My ultimate dream house looks something like this.
No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake – This looks so good.
Directory of Culinary and Medicinal Herbs – Seems fairly comprehensive
Dr. Pepper Cherry Marshmallow Cake – Darn. Another one. There really is way too much food on the Internet.
“Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight” – A science journalism sting. And by the way, it’s “psych” not “sike”. Sheesh!
Golden Ratio Myths – It’s really not “everywhere”.
Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs – “are finally here”
13 Things – I was particularly interested in the “kitschy” Paris apartment but my firewall doesn’t like the Architectural Digest website so I can’t link directly to that one. Also interesting: the shell grotto.
Social media just lets people be awkward to a bigger audience. — here
This spring, I haven’t done a whole lot of relaxing in the sun: the weather has seen to it that I am none too relaxed, and, well, there’s hardly any sun. — there (slightly TMI?)
Ms Wentzy was never asked to chaperone the 8th grade dance again. — here (Probably NSFW. (Wow… TMI followed immediately by NSFW. I’m on a roll this week. Too bad it’s downhill.) )
Because I have that kind of time, and am so very very susceptible to clickbait, I often read stuff like this — there
DuckDuckGo – Search engine that promises not to track you. I have tried a few searches and it seems to work as well as Google. Not that I have anything against Google or that I even care, especially, that they are tracking me and are basically taking over every aspect of my life… Well, maybe they do creep me out just a teeny bit sometimes.
Star Trek Gnomes – I want to hate these but I just can’t.
True Face of Shakespeare? – Probably not but some people want to believe.
20 of the Creepiest Places on Earth – I’ve always wanted to see Winchester House and there are several other places on the list that would be fun to explore. Not the Island of the Dolls though. [shudder]
This Is Why I’m Broke – Possibly the best name for a store, ever. They have some very cool stuff and a few seriously creepy items.
Street Art – Several of these are very cool and clever.
Kids’ Meal – Second graders’ reaction to a fancy NY restaurant meal.
Australia’s Stonehenge – Interesting
Freebook Sifter – thousands of free e-books organized by category
Sandwich Knife – good idea
Just Pics – a little collection of odd, interesting and funny photos
Owl Myths and Superstitions – Weird
Distances in Lord of the Rings – a series of maps comparing Lord of the Rings distances with the real world
I really fraking hate upgrades! Yesterday I got a notice on my phone that an upgrade needed my approval. It was from AT&T so I figured it was something I needed to do and usually it’s no big deal; nothing changes that I notice. But this time it changed practically everything. Most annoyingly, how to mute the phone or put it on vibrate. Before, I simply held in the right button and a menu popped up that had the options, Power Off, Restart, Airplane Mode, Vibrate, and Mute. Now it just has Power off, Restart, Airplane mode, and Emergency Mode. What the hell is “Emergency Mode”? And where are the rest of the options? I know there must be some way to at least put the phone on vibrate but I have no idea how. Now my only option when I need for it to not make noise is to turn it off completely and that is not acceptable. I am going to look at the AT&T website and see if I can figure it out but this really pisses me off. It should be obvious, or at least easy to figure out own your own.
UPDATE: Okay, I got it. You have to use the volume button. Just turn down the volume down all the way, which makes sense but it’s more “work” and more annoying than the old way.
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Did I already mention this? It’s still in my bookmarks. Wearing a Suit Changes the Way Your Brain Works. People who resist dressing up for anything need to know this. I don’t know… Maybe it wouldn’t make any difference to someone like that. Probably they would see it as another reason to not dress up. I mean, who wants to feel more confident and powerful, right? It’s not all good though. Wearing a suit supposedly also makes you less detail oriented, which would explain a lot about what goes on in the corporate world.
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Did you know that there is an Eat What You Want Day? It was yesterday. I missed it but that’s okay. I pretty much ate what I wanted this past weekend. And the weekend before that. What I really need is a Stop Eating Everything in Sight You Crazy Fool Day. Oh. I guess that should be every day. Seriously, I did really good yesterday and I didn’t even feel especially hungry. I’m planning a really light-eating week and a hopefully not too crazy weekend.
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I am really happy that we have been getting so much rain lately. We need it. But, at the same time, I’m really getting tired of it. It’s been raining almost every day and when it’s not raining it’s still unseasonably cool. Yesterday was sunny but it barely made it up to 70° F. Today is supposed to be the same and tomorrow the rain returns. I’m trying not to be too down about it because rain is good but I am very impatient for warmer weather.
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Last week I found something for a “Thought for the Week” but then I forgot to post it yesterday like I intended so here it is:
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” — B.B. King
“Blasphemy should be so widespread that it’s boring” — here
Its ridiculousness is precisely the point. — there
Today is Mr. Orson Welles’ hundredth birthday, and you really ought to celebrate by watching Citizen Kane, or by hiding in the basement from Martian invaders—whichever is more appealing to you. — here (That was May 6th)
And a little piece of me whimpered and died inside, and I crawled off the the bathroom to weep and lick my wounds, and to despair of the world yet to come. — there (Probably NSFW)
Calgary Stampede Foods – Oh! Mah! Gawd! Using the word “food” rather loosely. Keep going, folks; it can only get better from here.
Fault Creep – Interesting
Botanical Mazes – Oooo! I want to go play in some of these.
National Salsa Month – 15 very interesting salsa recipes
Arkansas Travelers Saloon – Photos from an early 20th century amusement park
Broken Mirror/Evening Sky – Lovely
Fake Website Movie Quiz – I have no idea. My score: 0
3-D Floors – Wow!
The statement that “nothing will ever convince me” is a huge red flag that someone is defending an ideological position, one immune to evidence or reason. — here
It says muffins and biscuits. That makes it breakfast food. — there
(I haven’t been spending a lot of time reading stuff online lately. Sorry.)
Erotic Pocket Watch – an interesting antique; NSFW
“Evil Twin” – fascinating creepy medical story
Unsatisfied Women – a humorous take on classic paintings (F-word alert)
Business Wetsuits – Is anyone surprised that this idea comes from Japan?
“Creatures” on Mars – They’re just rocks, people. Get a grip.
Ankaris – science fiction art
The Discovery of Cheese – Another myth busted but, as usual, the truth is more interesting.