It’s Saturday… which means Five for Friday is a day late (and several dollars short – you know, the economy and all).
I spend much of my day online as I do a variety of work-related tasks (primarily communicating through email, reading articles, and researching for courses I teach), but now and then I need a break. That’s when I go to my favorite Internet sites to waste time:
WordPress– that’s right. I’m here now (obviously). I have really enjoyed getting to know you (well, those of you who comment or write one of the blogs I frequent) through this blogging community. Thanks for your encouraging comments and your interesting blogs. I don’t comment as often as I should, but I do read.
Facebook. Much less anonymous than blogging, but I’ve had people find me who I haven’t heard from in years. I really hadn’t much interest in Facebook, but was receiving referrals to this blog from a Facebook site and wanted to see who it was. I was required to join, so did so, then began to be found by people from my past. It’s been fun to reconnect. I also have four or five timewasters on Facebook alone (like Speedracing and Might of Many – my nerd games, as my wife likes to call them).
Yahoo Fantasy. I like fantasy baseball and football. Several of my friends and I form a league and play against each other each year. I also enter two or three public leagues. My favorite part of managing a fantasy team is picking up and cutting players, so although I don’t always win the league, I do usually lead in the number of players I go through during a season.
YouTube. I like it primarily for the music videos, but there are some amazing things to be found.
FreeRice. Build your vocabulary and feed people at the same time. How can you go wrong?
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I’ve been tagged (by Michael at Books on the Nightstand) with this meme and you are the unfortunate recipient of Seven Random Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me:
1. I believe drinking coffee stunted my growth, because I started drinking coffee and quit growing when I was 15 years old (my stunted height is 6’7″ – imagine how tall I could have been). Yes, you read that right – I’ve been 6’7″ tall since I was 15, which is great if I’m at a parade, but stinks if I’m buying clothes.
2. I moved out when I was 18 and have lived in 17 different apartments or houses since then (over the last 30 years).
3. During our first date, I knew my date and I would get married – we did, and are still married (going on 27 years).
4. I’m on my fourth career and in my 12th organization, but haven’t applied for a job in over 25 years (I obviously embrace change).
5. Although several of my relatives hold Master’s degrees, I’m the first person in my family’s history to earn a doctorate.
6. We moved to the last four cities we’ve lived in within 6 months of me stating, “I would never live in __________” (fill in blank with the name of the city we almost immediately moved to).
7. We’ve been in our current city for almost 15 years and I’ve been saying “I’ll never live in Hawaii or San Diego” the entire time – WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
Now you know…
I’d like to hear from all of you, so you are all tagged!
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules.
3. Write 7 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 7 people and link to their blogs.
5. Let each person know they were tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry has been published.
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It’s a new year – full of possibilities, dreams, potential, and reality. I realize that we live in an imperfect world, however…
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After hearing about the Elf on a Shelf
and thinking that Santa must (indeed) be a stalker, I happened across this confirmation – Santa Stalker!
- Uh oh! Santa stalker.
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You may not realize that Internet piracy is actually good for the environment. Here’s a little flow chart to help demonstrate its benefits (I kind of like the downlaoding part):
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This is the time of year when Americans pause and give thanks. I’m thankful for many things, including the new friends I’ve made (since July) when I started blogging.
Thanksgiving began in the Plymouth Colony in 1621 with the English Pilgrims feasting with members of the Wampanoag Indians who brought food as goodwill gifts. The thanksgiving custom grew in some of the colonies as a way to celebrate the harvest. Over 150 years later (1777), a national day of Thanksgiving (a single event) was proclaimed by the continental congress after an American Revolution victory at the Battle of Saratoga. Twelve years later George Washington declared another national day of thanksgiving in honor of the ratification of the Constitution, requesting that the congress make it an annual event (they declined). Nearly 100 years later (1863) President Abraham Lincoln , as an attempt to bolster morale, proclaimed the last Thursday in November of each year to be a “Thanksgiving” holiday.
What makes you thankful?
Here’s my modification of a similar list I found:
- I’m thankful for my kids who are not doing dishes but are watching TV, because that means they are at home and not on the streets;
- I’m thankful for the taxes I pay, because it means that I’m employed;
- I’m thankful for the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I’ve been surrounded by friends;
- I’m thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat;
- I’m thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home;
- I’m thankful for all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech;
- I’m thankful for the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear;
- I’m thankful for the alarm that goes off early in the morning , because it means that I’m alive;
- and (here is the big one in light of some of my recent posts) I’m thankful for too much email, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.
On another note, the cartoon below made me think of the Lemonade cartoon I found a few weeks ago. Ben Franklin thought the Turkey a noble bird and wanted it to be the American symbol. This seems to provide evidence:
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I happened across a version of this meme and decided to list a few of my favorite Artists/Bands from A-Z.
These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs by each of these artists, but I tried to find songs that were either well performed, unusual, or a version different from the one heard on the radio (yet, some are my favorite songs by that artist/band). I’ve linked each artist/band to a YouTube video for your listening/viewing pleasure.
I would like to see your list, so be sure to link back if you decide to join in on the fun by creating your own list (no need to link to videos – that was just my way to kill some time on a day off). Since the list is alphabetical, it seems that librarians and booksellers might find this enjoyable (no pressure Chartroose, Rebecca, Michael and Ann, and Stacy). Of course, it is always good to hear from other friends as well.
Click on the artist or band to see and hear a song (be sure to check out Heart – it’s a great version of their song). You might not recognize the names of all these artists, so click on their name to discover who they are:
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I seem to be focused on flowcharts lately. This one is a “must see!”
I thought about sending it to my email address book, but it seemed that it would defeat the purpose. What do you think?
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The Onion – funny people, funny stuff. Here is an article that is typical of their humor (and mine):
‘I Am Under 18’ Button Clicked For First Time In History Of Internet
October 15, 2008 | Issue 44•42
CHINO, CA-In an unprecedented and historic event Monday, the “I Am Under 18” button, an Internet security device which if selected restricts access to websites featuring adult content, was clicked for the first time ever. “I knew I could simply claim to be over 18 and continue onto my desired destination, but I also realized that I would have to live with that lie for the rest of my life,” said local resident Garrett Kinley, 17. “I admit, I was curious to see what type of material I would find on http://www.juggworld.com, but that button was clearly placed there for a reason, and let’s face it: 17 and three-quarters is not 18. I plan to return to the site three months from now, when I will be mature enough to handle its content.” Moments later, Kinley’s friend Dave Gerrard, 17, pushed Kinley aside and clicked the “I Am Over 18” button himself, at which point a tactical police unit broke down his bedroom door and arrested him.
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