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          One Nation Under Bush   

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—"I want you to stand, raise your right hands," and recite "the Bush Pledge," said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: "I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States."

I know the Bush-Cheney campaign occasionally requires the people who attend its events to sign loyalty oaths, but this was the first time I have ever seen an audience actually stand and utter one. Maybe they've replaced the written oath with a verbal one.

This may be the first and only time the "Bush Pledge" has been taken at an event I've attended (or any event for that matter), but I'm not the best witness. One of the unfortunate drawbacks of traveling with a presidential candidate is that you arrive at a political rally when he does, which means you arrive right before he speaks. Neither President Bush nor John Kerry spends a lot of time waiting backstage while the warm-up acts address the crowd. Those speakers are timed to end when the candidate arrives (although, given that Kerry is habitually late, I wonder if they tell the introductory speakers to go long), so the traveling press typically misses their remarks.

Because I've been traveling "outside the bubble" of the campaign planes for the past week, I arrived at a Thursday rally for Laura Bush before it began, and I sat with the local press. For only the second time, I witnessed a Bush campaign event in full. It wasn't a particularly notable experience, except for the fact that it opened with that weird pledge of fealty, reminiscent of the cultlike cheer that Wal-Mart forces its employees to perform. There were a few good lines, such as this one from Florida state Sen. Mike Haridopolos: "Our president likes to sign the front of your check. His opponent likes to sign the back of your check." But the second-most memorable event was a remarkably mendacious speech given by U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from Florida's 16th District.

Foley had the gall to condemn Kerry for his "reckless disregard for the facts" in a speech in which the least of his errors came when he sloppily claimed that John Edwards has served in the U.S. Senate for four years, rather than six. The main target of Foley's attack was Kerry's criticism of the president for allowing the al-Qaqaa weapons dump to be looted, presumably by terrorists, during a war that was designed precisely to prevent such an event from occurring. "The senator from Massachusetts immediately grabbed onto that without doing any checking, any fact-checking. He didn't even call Dan Rather," Foley said. But "NBC News followed up saying, oh-ho, not so fast. We don't have all the facts yet. Yet he went on national TV and announced, with reckless disregard for the facts, that somehow during George Bush's administration, these weapons were stolen." Foley's right in one sense, that we still don't have all the facts. But here's a fact that emerged after Foley's speech: Former weapons inspector David Kay said on CNN after viewing the footage of the site filmed by ABC News, "There was HMX, RDX in there. The seal was broken. And quite frankly, to me the most frightening thing is not only was the seal broken, lock broken, but the soldiers left after opening it up. I mean, to rephrase the so-called Pottery Barn rule. If you open an arms bunker, you own it. You have to provide security."

Foley continued, "Well, folks, one thing it does prove: There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before we went there." Well, um, there were weapons. The explosives weren't biological, chemical, or nuclear. And they were locked up by the international weapons inspectors derided by the administration, and they were "liberated" by the president's war. But instead of concluding that the war was a mistake, or at least that it should have been conducted differently, Foley declared, "The other thing it proves is that Saddam Hussein was the most important weapon of mass destruction to remove, and this president took him down." If we invaded North Korea and that country's nuclear weapons ended up in the hands of al-Qaida, would that prove that the invasion was a success?

But if you don't believe the Iraq invasion was justified, you can still vote for President Bush because he hugs little girls and, most important of all, he threw a baseball. After telling the audience of his personal experience of Sept. 11, Foley revisited the story of Bush throwing out the first pitch of the World Series in 2001, which received a hilariously somber treatment in a video narrated by Fred Thompson at the Republican convention. Like any tall tale, the story has become more and more embroidered with time. In Foley's version, the president boldly strode to the mound "without a bulletproof vest." But the entire point of the convention video was that throwing the ball from the mound was so difficult because Bush's arms were restricted by a bulletproof vest.

I'm not sure which is crazier, thinking that al-Qaqaa proves that the Iraq war was justified, or that President Bush stood on the mound at Yankee Stadium less than two months after 9/11 without wearing a flak jacket. Based on his speech, Mark Foley is either delusional or he has a serious problem telling the truth. But you can't blame him. He's probably angling for a job in a second Bush administration.


          Dumpfbacken-Alarm   
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          LIFF SPECIAL REVIEW: Ticket – The Movie   
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          Germany dump Cameroon out of Confederation Cup   
Kerem Demirbay marked his full international debut with a brilliant goal and Timo Werner hit a brace as Germany booked their place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win against 10-man Cameroon on Sunday, but the game was marred by more Video Assistant Replay (VAR) confusion.
          Mexico dump host Russia out of Confederation Cup, reach semi-finals   
Igor Akinfeev's mistake proved costly as Mexico came from behind to beat 10-man Russia 2-1 to book a place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals and send the hosts crashing out.
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          Pork and Chive Dumplings at Lao Kou Wei   
The dumplings were crispy, chewy, porky, chivy deliciousness. EIGHT dumplings for $2.75, WHAT!?!?!?

A true Elmhurst gem.  Totally worth the hike from Manhattan! Let me know when you're ready to get on the 7 train.


          AL SOUTH   
Houston Vultures owner: rebelt

Key Acquisitions:

3B Joakim Pescado (FA Signing)
OF Kevin Randolph (Trade)

Top prospects:

SS Dan Morgan C Brett Flair
RP Tony Hudson

Season outlook: Looking to contend, should be one of the better defenses in the league, pitching staff is a little weak at the bottom, not a ton of pop in the bats but hopefully enough!

Jacksonville Sharks owner: kp55

The Jacksonville Sharks team is what would of been the result if Rachel Phelps would have been successful in the movie Major League. She wanted to field a team so bad that it could move to Florida.

Well this is where we begin in Jacksonville. The baseball gods have dealt us a bad hand at the ML level. There is help coming, but the poor coaching staff will need to reach the 55 win mark to stay afloat until said help arrives.

Ace Royce Tannehill tested the free agent market forcing the Sharks to hand out the largest contract in the league. Hopefully he can anchor the pitching staff and team until the minor league help is ready for the show.

On second thought there isn't much help in the minors. This franchise we need to be built through the draft and free agency.

There were some head scratching trades early on, but team brass was shedding the larger contracts to be able to sign Royce Tannehill and to have a little flexibility in future years to add more free agent talent.

Kansas City Bolts owner: aaronwayne

Like everyone else, the KC Bolts really don't know what to expect in this first season of the ULB. They have some pieces that, at least on paper, appear to be very good ones, but also what they believe will be weaknesses.

Starting pitching depth at the ML and upper minors seems to be a key positive. Most of the ML rotation was arb. eligible types. Some were re-signed, others dealt to satisfy team needs. Most likely, 3 SP's that began the season in the minors, will join the rotation.

That rotation will be led by a very talented, but also a rookie, Jose Vazquez. Vazquez appears to have the potential that could anchor the rotation for the next 10 years. Alas, that's all it is at this point.

Wiley vet Quinton Leonard will be the #2 starter. While not doing any one thing great, Leonard does many things very well and should compliment the others starters. He is the elder statesmen of the rotation.

The others who will start, how many times depends on their effectiveness, are Markus Webb , Orber Aguilera , and Felipe Osoria or rookie Ron Mateo , who may start the year in AAA. Alex Masao is probably the top young arm in the minors, but he's a most likely a year or two away from joining the ML rotation.

While the rotation is young, most of the bullpen will be made up of veterans. Management isn't really high on most of these pitchers, but hope they hold together. Marvin Griffin is the best of the young arms in the minors and could find himself pitching in KC at some point during the season.

The lineup contains some really nice players that should be able to hit a bit, and play solid defense. Emilio Lee appears like a solid all around RF, and he'll be joined by Tommie Walker, picked up in a deal involving one of the young pitchers, and probably Scott Vaughn in CF. Vaughn's got the range, but his glove could prove to be an adventure in KC's spacious outfield. All 3 primary OF's have good range and can run a bit, so that should help.

The IF will be led by SS Virgil Guerrero. His defense won't be very good at SS, but hopefully his bat will pick up the slack. If he's really brutal at SS, a move to 2B or 3B could be in order. At 3B, vet Ernie Munson will provide very good defense w/ok hitting. He may end up at SS, despite the arm, but we'll see.

Japan's own all-star CF Dante Sasaki will bring his talents to the ULB and try to play 2B. His defense should be really good, but he'll have to hit in order to stay in the lineup...that could prove problematic. Rob Patrick gets to play first, but will be on a fairly short leash.

The Bolt's are going with a 22 year old rookie at C. Luis Siqueiros will be the primary C and he'll get rest by taking days off against lefties. So Taguchi's brother Eric: Eric Taguchi will be the DH.

The bench has a mix of speed and defense. Some interesting bat's in the minors that we'll see down the road are Hamish Simpson and Billy McNamara .

Bolt's fans think this team will be capable of putting together a good season, especially for KC standard's, but no one really knows. Management is cautiously optimistic, but is afraid the bullpen and lack of a really big power bat might sink the ship into the Missouri River.

The goal as we stand right now is about 85 wins...


Louisville Thoroughbreds owner: purplehaze54

Top ML players: Oswaldo Osoria - only 24yo, I think he's gonna be one of the premier pitchers for several years. Brian Rhodes - probably the mvp of this team; excellent fielder......not much of a hitter but with this team, he will be invaluable. Top prospects: Maverick Dunston - this guy is gonna score a lot of runs and steal a lot of bases. He may up in the bigs sooner than I want. Bobby Bechler - my team has no power, I think this guy will deliver along with my next pick. Lloyd Wells - another needed power hitter. These last 3 are probably my key additions and my losses are the prospects I had to trade to get some power and speed. All in all, I don't think I have a very good team, however; it's hard to tell with a new league start up. My initial plan was to trade for the future but when I was unable to "dump" some of my existing MLer's, I may use my prospects this year. I don't expect much - I just hope to be competitive - I think I'm looking at below .500 ball.
          Tips for Rookies: Budgeting   
Today's event is budgeting, which can be accessed by going to Admin Office > Budgeting > Set Budget.  This is an important first step in the season as it shapes the kind of team you are capable of having this year.  Think you can contend out of the gate?  Consider pumping up player payroll and making a run at some premium free agents.  Prefer to develop in house?  Turn up your prospect budgets and start building through the draft.  The choices are endless.  Here are some pointers to make some sense of things.

The Basics

In total you have $185M to divvy up between the categories of Player, Prospect, Coaches, College Scouting, High School Scouting, International Scouting, Advance Scouting, Training, and Medical.

The first category, Player, is determined by taking $185M and subtracting your values for all of the other categories.  You don't set this category directly, but it is determined by the values you set for all the other categories.

Prospects and Coaches can be set anywhere from $6M-$20M.  They can be set anywhere between this range every year.

The remaining categories can only be increased or decreased by $4M in either direction from what they were set to the previous year.  Because new worlds start with a baseline of $10M for all of these categories, you may only set them to somewhere between $6M and $14M this year.  Then next year, you can increase/decrease them by $4M more again if you desire.  The minimum value for all of these categories is $0M and the maximum is $20M.  If you've done your math, you know you cannot reach $20M in these categories until Season 3 at the earliest.

The Categories

Player:  This is the big one, the base payroll for all of your players, from ML down to Rookie ball.  If you want to mimic the Yankees, turn this up and reel in the big fish in FA.  If you prefer to model yourself after a small market team, keep this low and trade away high-salary players for younger prospects.

Prospect:  This category determines how much money you have available to pay to prospects their signing bonuses.  There are 2 ways to get new prospects, which we'll discuss more later.  They are the Draft and the International Free Agent market.  Draft players will have demands based on where they are drafted and how willing to sign they are.  International Free Agents will have initial demands, but often be bid up by other owners trying to land the same player.  Basically, turn this up if you want to try and build up your farm.

**Remember that in this world this category is capped at $25M for the entire season.  Though you can only set it to $20M initially, I will discuss budget transfers later.  Budget transfers will allow you to bring this category as high as $25M, but no higher due to our world rules.

Coaches:  This category determines how much money you have to sign your coaches.  The simplified theory is "Coaching + Playing Time = Development".  Young prospects will develop no matter what level they play baseball at, as long as they are getting playing time and their coaches are good.  The more money you put here, the more likely you'll be able to land the premium coaches when the time comes.

College/High School Scouting:  Both of these categories effect how many players you'll scout in advance of the midseason Amateur Draft, as well as how accurate the projected ratings you'll see for them are.  College players tend to be older (obviously) at the time of draft, meaning they are closer to the majors but have fewer developmental years left in them.  High school players are younger with more developmental years.  The higher you put both (or one) of these categories, the more likely it is that you will have a strong draft.  Remember to consider where you are drafting!  If you're drafting 32nd overall, it may not make sense to pump these categories too high, unless it is to plan for the future (remember the +/- $4M per year rule).

International Scouting:  Throughout the year, your scouts will inform you of international prospects/players that you are then allowed to sign using your remaining prospect budget.  Turning this category up means you will be notified of a larger selection of these players, and you will also see more accurate projected ratings for them.  This is the only other way to stock the farm outside of the draft.  The advantage to this category is that even if you have a bad draft slot, you can still land a stud prospect via this process.  The disadvantage is that these prospects tend to command much more expensive signing bonuses as owners bid them up, sometimes dumping their whole prospect budget on one player.

Advance Scouting:  This category controls the accuracy of the projected ratings you will see on players under 27 years old (all players 27 and older have projected ratings that match their current ratings--even though it is still possible for them to develop slightly).  Turning this category higher means you will be more confident that the player you are trading for will reach the projections you are seeing.  Many veteran owners will turn this down once they understand the development patterns, but I would advise against it as a rookie owner.  I have plenty of seasons under my belt and still keep this very high most of the time.  Very important if you want to make any trades involving prospects.

Training:  Training is responsible for 2 important things.  First, the higher your training the less likely your players are to get injured.  This is important as it makes it less likely that your ML stars will go down to injury, and that your precious prospects won't get injured and have their development wrecked.  Second, a high training budget will slow the ratings decline of older players.

Medical:  The slight difference between training and medical is that medical reduces the length of injuries once players are injured.  So, for example, if you have high training but low medical your injury frequency will be low but your players have a higher chance of getting injured for a long time and taking big ratings hits.  If your training is low but your medical is high, you will see a higher frequency of injuries but each injury will have a low chance of being for a long period of time.  If you just want healthy players, you'll have to turn both categories up.

Budget Transfers

Though you cannot perform these until tomorrow it is important to keep them in mind, as they may effect how you budget.  If at any point during the year you find yourself with excess Player, Prospect, or Coaches budget, you are allowed to transfer it to another category.  You can do so in $2M chunks, and you forfeit half of the money in order to do so.  But, for example, to get to the $25M Prospect cap, you could overbudget Player by $10M, then transfer all of that to Prospect, giving you $5M more to use there.  Just keep it in mind that you can do this, as you'll probably use it some day.

And that's it!  Happy budgeting!
          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult, Part 1   



Sir Ridley Scott's long-awaited prequel to Prometheus opened this week in certain countries and is set to open in America next week. For those waiting for a continuation of the storyline from the last movie- when crew member Elizabeth Shaw and the head of android David taking off to invade the Engineer homeworld- well, I hate to say it but you're out of luck. 

The Prometheus story is referenced only as exposition, apparently.  I hope I'm not giving away any spoilers (it feels like half the movie has already been posted to YouTube in the form of trailers and excerpts) but it is what it is.



Of course, the bit with Elizabeth and David's disembodied head from Prometheus is yet another one of those bizarre and inexplicable references to John the Baptist that tentpole sci-fi movies are so fond of. Remember that John's mother was named Elizabeth*, who had her own covenant with an extraterrestrial entity (the Archangel Gabriel, in this case). 

But I digress. If you've been following the previews and the various puff pieces in the media you'll suss out that Alien: Covenant is more like a remake of the first Alien film than a sequel to Prometheus. In much the same way as the JJ Abrams' Star Wars it's meant to act a jumping-on point for the Alien franchise for post-Millennials:
If Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the way in merging fan-service universe-building with fresh heroes, stories and themes for a new generation, Alien: Covenant grabs the reboot ball and runs with it. 
Director Sir Ridley Scott has said himself how much he was impressed by Disney's handling of Star Wars' renaissance, and it's clear to see why this similarly iconic '70s sci-fi world is equally ripe for a life-extending overhaul.
The film apparently references the AAT of Prometheus but also taps into the current anxieties over AI and robots and their potential to do away with the rest of us, kind of like a more ambitious HAL 9000. Scott apparently 86'd the idea of more direct sequel to Prometheus after reading some of the negative reviews dumped on the film, which he called "a mistake":
What changed was the reaction to ‘Prometheus’, which was a pretty good ground zero reaction. It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.
Well, somebody thought Scott was wrong, "somebody" almost certainly being a Fox accountant or three. However, one SF fansite accused Scott of "selling out" by not following up on the Prometheus story and I'm sure a lot of other fans will disappointed the story was dispensed with so easily. Either way, Scott continues to make eyebrow-raising comments about aliens in the press, referring to them recently as "superior beings."
Alien creator Ridley Scott has said that he is convinced that there are extra-terrestrials out there – and one day they will come for us. The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. 
“I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at Nasa said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous.” 
“So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,” he joked.“Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”
Which makes you wonder about the whole "Covenant" thing, doesn't it? 

The term is essentially religious ('contract' is more commonly used to describe written civil agreements), dating back to the Old Testament.  And seeing how that covenant was made with a god who flew around the sky in a pillar of smoke and light, and needed a special environment built in order to interact with his subjects, you do start to wonder what the implications of all this happen to be. 

Well, start with this. Like Jack Kirby (whose Eternals so inspired the first Alien film),  Scott seems to have been bitten by the ancient astronaut bug and bitten hard. I don't know what the current status is on the project but back in 2014 it was reported that Sir Scott was developing an AAT series for HBO called Pharaoh:
Scott has signed on to serve as the executive producer and director for this project, which was created and sold to the premium cable channel by David Schulner. The Hollywood Reporter explains: 
The drama explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire — one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a “god.” The project was co-created by Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi, who will exec produce alongside Scott and David Zucker for Scott Free. 
His film Prometheus was partially inspired by the writings of Swiss author Erich von Daniken who is known for his books like Chariots of the Gods? and Gods From Outer Space. Von Daniken is also a regular talking head on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.
Again, I'm not sure where Pharaoh stands today but according to an October report from Omni the project was still on. It may be why the planned Stargate reboot was reported as being put into turnaround in November. Which, if so, strikes me a bit curious. The mighty Devlin and Emmerich nosed off their turf by Sir Scott? Huh.


But there's an interesting little visual cue in one of the trailers that suggests that Scott takes AAT very seriously. The Covenant crew lands on an alien planet and discovers a familiar sight. From io9:
This alien planet that looks untouched by human hands is growing recognizable wheat, which very much has been touched by human hands. This plays into the Alien mythos that there was a race of “Engineers” that were the progenitors of humans—they’re similar to us, why wouldn’t their food be similar? And if they were traveling around, why wouldn’t they carry seeds like we do?
Why is wheat so significant in the context of the Prometheus teleology? The late Lloyd Pye explains: 
Many have "wild" predecessors that were apparently a starting point for the domesticated variety, but others--like many common vegetables--have no obvious precursors. But for those that do, such as wild grasses, grains and cereals, how they turned into wheat, barley, millet, rice, etc. is a profound mystery. 
No botanist can conclusively explain how wild plants gave rise to domesticated ones. The emphasis here is on "conclusively". Botanists have no trouble hypothesising elaborate scenarios in which Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers somehow figured out how to hybridise wild grasses, grains and cereals, not unlike Gregor Mendel when he cross-bred pea plants to figure out the mechanics of genetic inheritance. It all sounds so simple and so logical, almost no one outside scientific circles ever examines it closely.
Modern wheat is one of those innovations that scientists revert to ontological arguments to explain. The wheat we know obviously exists so it simply had to have been the product of long-term domestication. How exactly the domestication of an essentially-inedible wild grass was domesticated into a modern foodcrop-- over the span of centuries, mind you, if not millennia-- by illiterate Stone Age farmers is never exactly made clear. Pye again:
 On the other hand, those New Stone Age farmers who were fresh out of their caves and only just beginning to turn soil for the first time (as the ”official” scenario goes), somehow managed to transform the wild grasses, grains and cereals growing around them into their domesticated ”cousins”. Is that possible? Only through a course in miracles! Actually, it requires countless miracles within two large categories of miracles.  
The seeds and grains were maddeningly small, like pepper flakes or salt crystals, which put them beyond the grasping and handling capacity of human fingers. They were also hard, like tiny nutshells, making it impossible to convert them to anything edible. Lastly, their chemistry was suited to nourishing animals, not humans. So wild varieties were entirely too small, entirely too tough and nutritionally inappropriate for humans. 
They needed to be greatly expanded in size, greatly softened in texture and overhauled at the molecular level–which would be an imposing challenge for modern botanists, much less Neolithic farmers.  
Despite the seeming impossibility of meeting those daunting objectives, modern botanists are confident the first sodbusters had all they needed to do it: time and patience. Over hundreds of generations of selective crossbreeding, they consciously directed the genetic transformation of the few dozen that would turn out to be most useful to humans. And how did they do it? By the astounding feat of doubling, tripling and quadrupling the number of chromosomes in the wild varieties! 
Domestic wheat and oats were elevated from an ancestor with seven chromosomes to their current 42–an expansion by a factor of six.”
Remember that the cultivation of wheat brought about the rise of the Sumerians, who had oddly intimate relationships with their gods (the Anunaki, of course). The ancient Greeks were certain that wheat was the gift of a god; Demeter, in this case. It was the final "mystery" in the dramas put on at Eleusis. The Egyptians credited wheat to Osiris, the star-sailor.  So its inclusion in this film hardly seems incidental. On the contrary; it looks as if someone were doing their homework.

Now, longtime readers of The Secret Sun realize that nearly every major SF franchise of the past 50 years (starting with 2001: A Space Odyssey) is centered around ancient astronaut theory in one way or the other. 

Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars (arguably), Battlestar GalacticaAlien (of course), Stargate, The X-Files, Transformers, Indiana Jones and the entire Marvel and DC Universes all established their creation myths, in varying degrees, as the work of advanced extraterrestrial interlopers. Does that seem coincidental to you? It certainly does not to me.

There've also been a ton of less-visible but still-signficant TV shows and movies that have done the same, like Jonny Quest, The Phoenix, The Man from Atlantis as well as Childhood's End, Cocoon, Hangar 18, countless American and Japanese cartoons (even the hugely-popular cardgame/anime property Yu-Gi-Oh). So much so that you can't help but wonder if there's not a very powerful cargo cult at work behind the scenes in Tinseltown.


Bearing all that in mind, as well as the Ancient Aliens cable show (now in its 12th season), researchers might be forgiven for believing this was all part of some long-running conditioning program. You know, kind of like the one suggested by the Brookings Institution report back in 1960. 

Or exactly like it, actually.

Researchers would be especially forgiven in light of this recent blockbuster news story:
Was our solar system once home to an advanced civilization other than our own — perhaps one that predated humanity by hundreds of millions of years before being wiped out by an asteroid impact or some other cataclysm? 
There's no evidence for such a pre-human indigenous technological species, though people have been speculating about one since ancient times. But a respected space scientist points out in a provocative new paper that if the existence of home-grown intelligent space aliens has never been established, it's never been ruled out either. 
And if a race of smart and perhaps spacefaring aliens did make their home in our solar system, traces of their lost civilization might still be out there somewhere in the system just waiting for us to find them.
Quite a "synchronicity," don't you think?

UPDATE: Check out Gordon's review on Alien: Covenant on Rune Soup.



TO BE CONTINUED...

* Elizabeth is often traced to Elisheba but you can also frame it as a contraction of Eloah-Isis-Beth, or "House of Isis, the Goddess."

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          Wag the tail of the dog days   

By Tom Uhlenbrock

What’s a matter, Bunky? Heat and humidity got you down? Feel like a flower wilting in the sun? Already dreaming of a white Christmas?

Missouri offers several sure-fire ways to beat the dog days of summer. Here are a few tried-and-true favorites.

Float your boat: Missouri’s Ozark streams are spring fed, so the water’s always clear and cold. The Current River flows under a dappled canopy of green as it leaves Montauk State Park on its way to Cedargrove. Further down, Welch Spring dumps in 105 million gallons of crystalline water, every day. That will revive your spirits.

Explore a cave: There are four cave tours offered in three state parks. Onondaga Cave State Park has tours of its spectacular namesake, and of Cathedral Cave. It’s a whole ‘nother world down there, and the temperature is always a cool 57 degrees.

Jump in the lake: The two main beaches at Lake of the Ozarks State Park can get a bit crowded. Try McCubbin Point, where you can swim in a more secluded spot. You’ll pass the entrance to Ozark Caverns on the way, so this can be a twofer.

Hang out at a bar: Head to Sam A. Baker State Park, stop at the main campground and take the short stroll to the gravel bar lining Big Creek. Sink your lawn chair at the edge, and dip your toes into this gentle stream. You can wade, fish, or do nothing and the price is right. Free, like all state parks.


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          Permit me   
Ontario's "Tent City" has been revamped for safety and other reasons, and there are new procedures:

Ontario's improved Homeless Services Area will start admitting permit-holding homeless people Tuesday, said Brent Schultz, the city's housing manager, at a meeting of service providers at the Ontario Convention Center....

The first order of business for volunteers who plan to continue feeding, counseling or otherwise helping those at Tent City is getting "provider permits."

Schultz said those who can show affiliation with a legal organization (such as a nonprofit), who have insurance, and county approvals for things such as kitchen inspections would qualify for permits.

"Anyone within the Homeless Services Area will need a permit to be there," he said. "This is to respect privacy, limit illegal dumping and reduce crime and keep people from coming in to prey upon the homeless."


And perhaps permits sound like Hitler tactics, but one could argue that if a restaurant needs a permit to provide food outside of Tent City, then permits should be required inside of Tent City.
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          Genericsfaction, getting some generics satisfaction   
Java generics have a lot of short shortcoming, most of which are the result of the religious backward compatibility that Java is known for.
One of the most annoying "features" of generics is type erasure in which the compiler removes (almost) any trace of generic types meta data.

Iv been pondering about this issue & had a simple idea, what if we could add back in the meta data that the erasing process removed?
So, iv decided to create a proof of concept in order to show how this might work and named it genericsfaction.

Using genericsfaction requires an additional code manipulation stage in which the source code is scanned & gets its AST manipulated (meta data is introduced), each manipulated source file is dumped into a separate folder (named gen), all that is left is to compile the files under gen (instead of the original src).

At the moment there are only two enrichments implemented, the first is method input parameters annotation enrichment:

public void twoTypeParamsMet(@GenMeta(stringRep = "((Object ()) (Object ()))", classes = { Object.class, Object.class }) Map <Object, Object> map) {
// method code
}


The second is variable initialization enrichment:

public static void main(String [] args) {
List<Integer> list = (List <Integer>)MetaProxy.newInstance(new ArrayList<Integer>(),"(Integer ())",new Class []{Integer.class});
}

The reason that annotations aren't used in this case is due to this limitation.

There is no release to play with yet, however the source is up on github (mostly Clojure), I am planing on making a release as soon as ill finish to implement a validation module that uses this meta data in runtime.
          Shearing the Sheep   
For the last 3+ years I have lived in a relatively insulated area of the world and I have had the unique opportunity to see Western culture and specifically the USA from the outside. Most in America have never heard of Abu Dhabi and assume it is some place in Africa due to the exotic sounding name, they know of Dubai, though. The 2 cities are but 50 miles apart. The UAE is a benevolent monarchy which in the most part takes care of its residents and citizens. Things are not perfect here but this area seemed to largely escape the degree of economic carnage that befell the rest of the world.
 
As you know I have recently decided to return to my homeland and I fear I will not be so happy about some things happening there. I consider the bank bailouts on the taxpayers' dime a travesty which will haunt middle class Americans for generations to come. Uncounted trillions of dollars literally evaporated overnight and it will take decades to recover.

It has affected me personally as I own real estate and have investments that have losses in the tens of thousands of dollars in value. The economic crisis was a huge "pump and dump" by the international bankers. I am pissed off as I did not get a government bailout because I am not "too big to fail" so I have to just take it in the shorts, I guess.

The international banks (Goldman Sachs, et al) made out like bandits with the cooperation of the US government and the Federal Reserve which is just another private bank. They all caused the problem which is reverberating worldwide, yet the whole situation remains opaque and the same players remain in power within the US government and Wall Street. They should be in prison as it seems the whole scheme was orchestrated years ago with the lobbying away of financial rules and safeguards that allowed certain toxic financial instruments to be created for the sole purpose of wealth transfer.

When this house of cards collapsed, the players were inexplicably rewarded with an unprecedented bounty of public funds from the federal government instead of well deserved sanctions. Common sense would dictate letting these private banking organizations rot on the vine from their irresponsible actions, instead they were given a "mulligan" at taxpayers' expense. This suggests a much too cozy of a relationship between the robber-barons of Wall Street and the US government that has the responsibility of regulating them.

Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and even France are facing financial meltdowns and the bankers are at the ready to step in and "help" these beleaguered economies by buying assets for pennies on the dollar. It seems to be all about the money. Trace the new leaders of Greece and Italy and you will find they have backgrounds with the same international banking organizations. As always, follow the money

I am not a tin foil hat wearing guy but I can put 2+2 together. You do not have to agree with me but the puzzle pieces are self-evident. Everyone should be a critical thinker and question authority.

Below are some thought provoking videos I found. The first 2 are from the prophetic movie Network (1976) and one from critical thinker, social analyst and part-time comedian, George Carlin.



As his helicopter first flies over the terrain of the landfill, he sees the hundreds of people working like ants, digging through the trash heaps picking out items that can be sold to recycling companies. He assumes that the “pickers” must be savages, filled with bitterness and violence.

What he finds is different.

As Muniz begins to talk with the people, getting to know their stories, he finds that the human spirit to more than just survive but to flourish, to find meaning and hope, is alive and well. There’s Tiaõ, the young, energetic president of the Association of Recycling Pickers of Jardim Gramacho. He has been a picker since he was eleven, and hopes that the fledgling union will grow in influence in order to improve the lives of the pickers. There’s Suelem, a young woman of eighteen who has been working on the garbage heap since she was seven. She has two kids and is pregnant with a third, but she is actually proud of the hard work she does at the landfill, because she has not taken the route of prostitute that she has seen many other pretty young women take.

We watch her go home after a long day of work to the loving embraces of her children. There’s Irma, who loves her role as the landfill’s chef, cooking wonderful meals for the pickers made from the ingredients that she finds amidst the fresher garbage as it arrives at the landfill.
Muniz convinces these pickers that they should let him take photographs of them in order to create his artwork. They understand that Muniz is a world-renowned artist whose artwork sells for incredible amounts of money. Muniz explains to them that by cooperating with him, he will be able to give them and their difficult work the recognition it deserves and that he will donate all the proceeds from his portraits back to the pickers.

Muniz takes portraits of the pickers in different fascinating poses, and then blows up the black-and-white images to the size of the floor of a large warehouse. In the next step of the process, Muniz has the pickers help him fill in the details of the images on the floor with all sorts of discarded trash items that the pickers have saved from the landfill for recycling. There’s old sodapop bottles, toilet seats, plastic bins, traffic cones, shoes, etc., meticulously placed in such a way that the portrait takes shape through the objects. Muriz then takes a high-resolution photograph of the final project, and frames the large portrait for display.

Irma's Portrait under constructionTiaõ accompanies Muniz to the art auction for the portraits, where the portrait featuring himself follows a piece by Andy Warhol. The final bid for the portrait was $50,000!
As Tiaõ is overwhelmed and weeps and Muniz hugs him, we experience in a very real, cathartic way the pleasure of redemption.
Tiaõ has been recognized for the work he has been doing since he was a little boy, and he now has the money to make his union flourish in order to bring dignity to the work of the pickers back at Jardim Gramacho.

Art can move us to see redemption in real, physical existence. The stuff of art is the stuff of our existence, whether it is paint squeezed out of a tube, or refuse discarded at a giant garbage dump.

When art tells the story of redemption, it is tapping into the truth of the cosmos – that God created this world as it ought to be, that things are broken and not the way it should be, but that something needs to be done about it so that there can be hope for the future. The artist, whether he knows it or not, is retelling the grand narrative of Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration, the truth of the gospel found in Jesus Christ revealed in the Scriptures.
          Interesting Commutes Home   
NM is on fire again. Its been dry as a dry thing this year and windy too, mercifully cool though so it has not been the tinderbox it has been in past years. However, combination of lightning and powerline fires have been spreading throughout the area. One fire, the Thompson Ridge Fire, is reasonably close to Los Alamos, probably not a worry for reaching our town, but it is at 7500 acres and threatening some local towns. It has made for some interesting commuting the last few days.

Fire started Friday, but started the weird light on Saturday night
Smoke smuggered skies.

During Monday's commute home in an early twilight due to intense smoke, my teeth felt like they were being coated in ash. I got rained on for a bit, then tiny balls of ash rained down on me for a while. Then the sky cleared just enough to allow me to enjoy a blood red circle of a sun on the rest of the ride home.

Missed the red sun, got the weird smoke over the mountains
Last night's naturally smoke filtered photo

Tuesday night's commute was accompanied by a light rain of charred pine needles, some blowing ash and a nice garter snake on the trail, sunning itself in the smoke apparently.

Smattering of charred pine needles covering pretty much everything
Nice burnt pine needles and ash fall on the rid home tonight.

Tuesday night's mountain smoke
This evening's mountain naturally smoke filtered photo

Anyhow, the Thompson Ridge fire is up to nearly 7500 acres, with its pal the Tres Lagunas fire over in the Pecos up at 9000 acres. Both a far cry from the two huge fires in NM over the last two years, but still big enough and close enough to make things genuinely suck for some people nearby and to worry the rest of us.

If you want to see what is going on the best site is really the NM fire info website has been providing spectacular coverage, images and maps. NMfireinfo.com.

Other resource and coverage dump:

LANL has a pretty good air quality data site here. Some other interesting local takes over at La Bikes: here and here. Local photog goes picnicing at the caldera when the wind blows the other way here. LA Daily Post is the easiest online accessable local Los Alamos news source, has had good coverage and photos. Outside Magazine (based just down the road in Santa Fe) posted this interesting little vid on the the Tres Lagunas Fire in Pecos:

Pecos On Fire from Outside Magazine on Vimeo.

and here is what the two local fires look like from nasa images

Update: Really nice post on the fire and the Jemez over at terry wallace's blog.

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          *** UPDATED x1 *** Rumor patrol: Dumpster edition   
* I received this photo earlier today… * Along with this text message… The Senate janitors told me that they have to take the trash to the Stratton now because the dumpsters were just removed because state didn’t pay? Might want to check I’ve since seen some tweets and Facebook posts about it. * So, [...]
          Street Maintenance (Shopping Carts/Appliances/Debris/pot holes/illegal dumping in right of way)   
Address: 3124-3136 Coral Circle Corona, California
Rating: 2

It seems water department made repairs at this location about 4 months ago and permanent repairs have not been done to asphalt. Also USA/Dig Alert markings need to be removed.


          Graffiti on Garage Door   
Address: 220 West 3rd Street Corona California
Rating: 2

I noticed there was a message with profanity created on a garage door at approx. 220 W Third St. You notice it driving westbound on Third St. This is the same message previously on the doors to the trash dumpster about two weeks ago. Picture attached in error - couldn't remove it. Sorry.


          Illegal dumping in alley   
Address: 929 West 7th Street Corona, California
Rating: 2

There has been a trash can and a shopping cart full of stuff. A lady left it in the alley over a week ago. It's an eye sore and people are going through it making a mess throughout the alley. Please can someone pick this up


          Chocolate...Caramel...Pretzels...oh my!   
Look at her. She's stunning. Like, you might have to sit down, stunning.

Go ahead. I'll wait for you.

Let's talk about her for a minute.

She's a chocolate fudge cupcake topped with salted caramel butter cream frosting.

And then I went crazy.

I took a 'hungry size' bag of pretzels, (brought home by Mr. Kate's BakeShop after I sent him a desperate, "I need pretzels" text), dumped them into a Ziploc bag and bashed the heck out of them with a rolling pin.

Once they were in little, salty, tiny, baby pieces I sprinkled them on top of the salted caramel butter cream frosting (which is my new FAVORITE frosting!).

And then, Lord help me, I drizzled each cupcake with chocolate ganache and salted caramel.

I did. And I don't apologize for it.

I just hope they were as delicious as they looked! Any Banner taste testers care to weigh in?

Next up was the Eclair cupcake.

And I made those too. But I don't have pictures for you...yet.

It's one of those days.

It's almost 2 pm here in the g-toe and I'm sitting in my workout gear, hat in tact to hide the hideous 'do, updating my blog before I've showered.

Hey, at least I worked out. I needed it after the four Oreos I ate earlier today.

I know, it's disturbing, but it's the truth.

Believe me, I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow Thursday snuck up behind me and pulled my hair! Honestly, all morning long I thought it was Wednesday!

It wasn't until I realized that my BS ladies are coming over tonight that it dawned on me that I hadn't updated this little bloggy spot.

I'm sorry for the delay.

So, even though I have pictures, blurry, camera-phone pictures, of ONE of the two types of cuppies I made this week, you'll have to be patient and wait for pics of the eclair's.

I need someone to come home and take a bite out of the one I saved for you so that I can show you a 'this is what the inside of this baby looks like' picture.

While you're waiting, have yourself a bowl of ice cream or a handful of Oreos.

I'm going to.

And because you're being so patient. Here's another look at our friend, the naughty little minx.


          Let the baking and blogging begin!   
Welcome to my bakespot!

You and I will be friends. Virtual, peeping Tom kind of friends. You will spy on my baked confections and I will probably never know you're there. It will be like your little secret!

Oh no, that sounded more creepy than endearing.

Come back anyway, and stalk, stalk away.

But don't come hungry.

Because I plan to post pictures of chocolate, or caramel, or vanilla cream, or just maybe, a combination of those delightful flavors! Gasp! Would I be so sneaky and tempting?

Why yes, yes I would!

And I won't feel bad about it.

And neither should you.

Let's start, shall we?

This weekend I baked what were supposed to be lemon blueberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Instead I got blueberry MUFFINS with a lemon glaze.

Allow me to enlighten you to the mishaps that created that delicious duo!

Two lemons (one that's seen better days!) do not produce the juice you would hope them to in order to create 24 cuppy cakes! Unless you're going for more of a hint-of-lemon flavor. I was not.

Blueberries, in their very nature are a tart little fruit. Tart. Not sweet; at least not the berry buddies I had in my possession. Not sweet.

Thus, my cupcakes were overcome with a distinctively tart flavor. Very un-cupcake-like!

No worries.

Muffins.

Voila! Problem solved.

Because what is a muffin but a bald cupcake, after all?

Am I right?

Of course I am.

So, since I had the lemons, all lemony and ready to go, I improvised. It's what I do.

1/3 cup lemon juice, a cup or so (I don't know I just dumped, it's what I do!) powdered sugar, whisk, whisk, whisk... and you've got yourself a glaze people. A sweetly tart, lemony glaze.

Delicious!

Sadly, no photo-pictures of these. They were immediately packed up and sent to work with Mr. Kate's BakeShop. Shout out to the Banner Taste Testers!!

No fear, I baked on.

I made this loaf of Cinnamon Roll Raisin Bread.


Do you like cinnamon rolls?

Do you like raisin bread?

I combined them!




And yes, it's that good!

Let me know if you'd like the recipe. It's a bit too wordy to list here, but I'd be happy to share.

Bake on bakers!



          Glomms Warenikje with Cream Gravy (Cottage Cheese Perogies )   
My Vereniki

These are boiled cottage cheese filled dumplings also know as Vereniki.


Dough
1 cup milk
3 egg whites
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 - 5 cups flour

Cottage Cheese Filling
3 cups dry cottage cheese
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons cream
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix dough and knead until smooth and firm. Roll out thin on lightly floured counter and cut in squares. Place 1 tablespoon of the cottage cheese filling in center of each square. Fold dough over and seal edges.  Gently put each dumpling into boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
Serve with Cream Gravy and your favorite fruit sauce. ( rhubarb, strawberry, blueberry etc)

Cream Gravy
Melt 3 tablespoons butter in frying pan and allow to cook for 1/2 minute. Add 1 cup of cream and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil. Boil gently for a few minutes. Serve with Warenikje.


          RELEASE TOUR FOR STORM WATCH   




STORM WATCH
Unfinished Business series, book 3
by Carole Ann Moleti

Genre: Light Paranormal Romance





Mike and Liz thought they'd gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they're the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them--or has it been spawned from inside them? Knowing it’s their last chance to end the hauntings, Mike and Liz must decide whether to run or to defy evacuation orders. Will they survive the storm?




EXCERPT #1

The engine whined and strained. The boat spun in the eddy, and Liz’s knuckles went white trying to prevent the steering wheel from spinning. Sandra looked like she was going to puke. Harley looked like he wanted to jump overboard.

“Liz, move over to the next seat but keep your hands on the wheel until I get there. Sandra, you and Harley get underneath the cabin into the berths, one on each side, and keep your heads down. We’ve got to stay balanced. This is going to be a rough ride.”

Mike got his ass in the seat, turned catty corner into the waves, and gunned the engine. The Whaler, made for stability in the surf, cut through it but crashed and rocked wildly between the swells. An air horn rolled back and forth across the deck, adding the effect of a ticking clock to an already nauseating ride.

The cuddy cabin kept the worst of the spray off them, but Mike had to unzip his roof panel and stand up to see over the salt encrusted windshield. A wave lifted the entire boat out of the water.

“Hang on!” He crouched and braced for impact. I hope everyone is where they’re supposed to be or we’ll flip. His lungs were about to burst.

The door thudded from side to side in knee-deep water. The motor bobbled and threatened to stall as the propeller came out of the water. He’d been out in weather this bad, but his two-way radio had been on and someone knew where he was.

EXCERPT #2

He passed the living room where the flashback of an emaciated Mary, in a hospital bed, being tended to by a hospice nurse, wiped all the good feelings away. He pushed past it, into the kitchen.
Mary stood at the stove, stirring and filling bowls with noodles and dumplings and gravy. He smelled lily of the valley, her favorite perfume. Wine-tinged bile rose into his throat. The light dimmed, and all the other voices in the room went silent as she hummed some catchy 80’s tune. The glass fell from his hand and shattered, but he didn’t hear the glass breaking or feel the blood-red wine soaking his feet.

“Dad! You okay?” Allison ran toward him.

The room brightened. “Yeah, my hands were still wet.” He eased himself down to the floor to pick up the glass shards.

“Careful, don’t cut yourself.” Mary knelt beside him. Her hair smelled like lily of the valley as it brushed his cheek.

Mike reached for her, and tumbled into the void when she vanished. He landed on the heel of his hand, miraculously avoiding the splintered glass, coughed, and shook it off. “Get me a paper towel. Damn. Waste of good wine.”

Jay stared. Dana brought a roll of paper towels.

Allison mopped up the spill. Concern etched her face. “Dad, you’re exhausted!”

His cheeks burned, and his hear raced. Mike tried to act nonchalant and hauled himself up. “Yeah, I’m tired. And hungry. Let’s eat.”









Liz Levine is convinced her recently deceased husband is engineering the sequence of events that propels her into a new life. But it’s sea captain Edward Barrett, the husband that died over a century ago, who has returned to complete their unfinished business. Edward’s lingering presence complicates all her plans and jeopardizes a new relationship that reawakens her passion for life and love. What are Captain Barrett’s plans for his wife, and for the man who is the new object of her affections?





Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted— by their own ghosts from past lives. The Barrett Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Liz and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were Mike and Liz doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?







Carole Ann Moleti lives and works as a nurse-midwife in New York City, thus explaining her fascination with all things paranormal, urban fantasy, and space opera. Her nonfiction focuses on health care, politics, and women's issues. But her first love is writing science fiction and fantasy because walking through walls is less painful than running into them.

Books One and Two in the Unfinished Business series, Carole's Cape Cod paranormal romance novels, Breakwater Beach and The Widow's Walk, were published by Soulmate. Book Three, Storm Watch, is due out June 28,2017. 

Urban fantasies set in the world of Carole's novels have been featured in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, and Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires.

Carole also writes nonfiction that ranges from sweet and sentimental in This Path and Thanksgiving to Christmas to edgy and irreverent in the Not Your Mother's Books: On Being a Mother and On Being a Parent.

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          Canadian (and maybe Mexican) Trade Retaliation?   

I often think that retaliatory measures taken by aggrieved parties in the WTO dispute settlement process are among the most interesting aspects of trade politics.*  US industry/policymakers may have to deal with retaliation from Canada, after the WTO ruled against the US in a dispute over mandatory meat labeling requirements.  Canada (and Mexico too, see here) has suggested that the US has not complied with the WTO’s ruling, justifying authorized trade retaliation against US products.
This kind of policy response is far from arbitrary or scattershot.  Countries deliberately identify industries that are politically important, and then they target them for retaliation by threatening to impose higher tariffs on their products.  The idea, of course, is that these industries will complain to the offending government to convince their representatives to implement the WTO decision, thus preventing the imposition of the punitive tariffs.  Here, because the Canadian government has determined that the US failed to implement the WTO ruling, it released a list of potential commodities that it might select for trade retaliation, including beef, pork, cheese, corn, steel pipes, wood furniture, cherries, rice, potatoes, maple syrup, chocolate and others (see here and here and here).**  Absent steps by the US to implement the WTO decision, or otherwise come to a settlement with Canada, the new tariffs could (eventually) come into effect.  The value of this disrupted trade would be pretty substantial, as one estimate sugggests that Canadian livestock producers have "lost $640 million annually because of COOL [i.e., the US labeling regulation], with similar losses in pork- approximately $500 million per year." (Here).
This list contains a lot of products that probably sound familiar if you follow trade disputes between the US and other countries.  Many of the products have previously been the subject of various “trade remedies” such as antidumping orders.  That such sensitive industries are being targeted is not surprising . . . after all, that’s kind of the point.  But what is also pretty interesting is that trade representatives might even target specific legislators at particular times.  As the US Congress debates amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill, we might see legislators that are instrumental to this process targeted -- maybe in an effort to get them to add an amendment to the Bill modifying the current US labeling regime.  In any case, it’ll be fun to watch this play out the next 18+ months to see if/how tariffs end up getting imposed on these products. 


* A while back I noted that Antigua threatened to ignore copyright protection to the detriment of US firms in response to the US failure to abide by a WTO ruling.  
**  full list from Canadian Ministry of Int'l Trade: 

          TWO GREAT ZUCCHINI RECIPES!   
By Mary Kennedy                               

Now's the time when friends and neighbors are sharing baskets of zucchini fresh from their gardens. You appreciate their kindness, but what in the world will you do with all that zucchini?  Here are a couple of ideas, I've tested them myself and love them. I think you will, too.

The first is zucchini and goat cheese pie and it couldn't be easier!

Ingredients
 
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, unpeeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • One prepared pie crust (or you can make your own)
     *  8 ounces of goat cheese
 
The trick to this recipe is getting all the water out of the zucchini. How do you do that? Take the sliced zucchini, add some salt and place in a colander. Let the slices drain for 30 minutes. Now, dump the zucchini onto a clean dish towel and squeeze out any remaining water. This is very important because no one wants a soggy pie!
 
Add a touch of mined fresh thyme to the goat cheese and spread on the pie crust. Top with the dried slices of zucchini in a circular pattern. (as pictured above)..Start at the outside and work your way in.  Drizzle the olive oil on top. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes, it is delish!
 
The second recipe requires a spiralizer. You don't need anything fancy, you can buy one on Amazon for about ten bucks. This is the one I have. It makes thin strips of veggies and turns them into spaghetti like strands. I love to make "zucchini spaghetti" to cut down on calories.
 
This is what zucchini will look like after going through the spiralizer. I leave the skin on because I like the combination of green and white.

                                                              


You can blanch the zucchini strands in boiling water and then add your favorite sauce. Some people use half spaghetti and half zucchini before transitioning over to "all" zucchini. Either way, it's a very tasty dish.
                                                        
 
 
Hope you try these two recipes. Next week, I'm giving some great recipes for corn. Stay tuned and hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Mary Kennedy
          THE OPEN ROAD   

Fall 2015, we left our home in France for a roadtrip through Washington, Idaho, Montana & Wyoming states.
From dumping snow in the North Cascades to the mountain peaks of Idaho, follow us as we live this adventure from with our van and our cameras.
Soundtrack licensed via the Music Bed (Life’s what you make it – Graham Colton)
Shot with Sony a7II & GoPro HERO4 Black
Lens : 20mm, 35mm, 70-200mm
Edited and graded in Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC
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          Re: A wierd fetish???   
When I was in Cape Coast, Ghana, I saw a tall strong looking fisherman taking a piss at the back of his house as I walked along a road near the beach...and he was impressively well endowed, he pissed for a long time and as he saw me looking at his cock he turned it towards me for me to get a better look and I was truly awe-struck by how long, thick, meaty and tasty it looked... then when he was finished pissing he gave it a good lengthy shake deliberately for my benefit before he put it away in his shorts and went back inside his house... Watching a handsome guy pissing is one of my favourite fetishes... and I find it a real turn on... Moreover, seeing a guy take a dump can also be a turn on if you are at a distance and can't smell anything (or seeing pics of it) can have a strange appeal and can arouse one sexually in a very unusual way... just enjoy the feeling and forget the reality... Sexual enjoyment comes in many guises...life is too short to prudish, just have an open mind and go with the flow...life is for living...enjoy!
          Von: Maria von finnentrop   
überall da, wo der Sozialismus gesiegt hat, hat er Elend und Terror, Ungerechtigkeit und Unterdrückung hervorgebracht. Stalin, Mao, Ceaucescu, Kim jong Un, alles Horrorgestalten der gruseligsten Art. Bitte keinen Sozialismus, ob national oder sonstwie. Immer fing alles an mit Leuten die es ganz doll gut gemeint haben und die Welt umarmen wollten. Und immer wurde aus dem Umarmen ein Würgegriff. Die Moraldiktatoren von links sind mindestens so gefährlich wie die hakenkreuztätowierten Dumpfbackenschläger. Sie merken es nur nicht. Das aber macht sie noch gefährlicher. Sie können im privaten Leben vielleicht ganz nett sein, aber lasst ihnen keinen Zipfel realer Macht. Die Ergebnisse zeigt uns die Geschichte.
          Belly Dump Driver - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
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          Meme Pressure   
LAYER ONE: ON THE OUTSIDE
Name: Jake Gerstein
Birth date: September 29, 1976
Birth place: Weiss Memorial, Chicago, IL, USA
Current Location: Chicago
Hair Color: brown/blond sort of color
Righty or Lefty: Righty

LAYER TWO: ON THE INSIDE
Your heritage: Ukranian Jewish, Kashubish (Polish), Undefined Northern European
Shoes you wore today: Nikes
Your weakness: house improvements
Your fears: letting other people down, drivers when I'm biking, bikers when I'm driving, moderate heights
Your perfect pizza: Lou Malnati's with sausage, pepperoni, garlic, and onion
Goal you'd like to achieve: accomplished writer in several genres

LAYER THREE: YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW
Your most overused phrase: "I'll take an action item for that."
Your thoughts first waking up: "The elliptical trainer is just in the next room, but it seems so far."
Your bedtime: midnight
Your most missed memory: Being cool

LAYER FOUR: YOUR PICK
Pepsi or Coke: Pepsi - can't get into the whole Coke image and Pepsi really does taste better
McDonald's or Burger King: rarely, but Burger King if I have to
Adidas or Nike: Nike
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: I think Nestea - comes in a can, right?
Chocolate or vanilla: Whichever I didn't have yesterday
Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee, unadulterated

LAYER FIVE: DO YOU?
Smoke: No
Cuss: Only in extreme situations, to maintain effectiveness
Single: Happily married
Take a shower: once a day, twice if I work out late
Have a crush(es): on my wife, even more than before
Think you've been in love: Very much in love
Want to get married: Don't plan to have to ever again
Believe in yourself: Usually - the times I don't are just for motivation
Get motion sickness: Rarely
Think you're attractive: Getting there
Get along with your parents: Yes, I'm more and more like them every day
Like thunderstorms: Yes, except when the gutters are clogged

LAYER SIX: IN THE PAST MONTH
Drank alcohol: never have
Gone on a date: yes
Gone to the mall: yes, a happy sacrifice for my wife
Been on stage: does a conference call with the global account leadership count?
Eaten an entire box of Oreos: no
Eaten sushi: yes, just a few hours ago
Been dumped: no
Gone skating: no
Gone skinny dipping: never have
Stolen anything: no
          Loose Change   


I always end up with lots of pennies in my handbag.
I keep dumping them in coffee cans at home and can't be bothered wrapping them up and bringing them to the bank.
So when I came across the DIY article, I was intrigued.
Lots of great ideas...I guess some people have more common cents than I do 334

Save Your Pennies For These 12 Jaw Dropping Decor Ideas ...
          Link Dump   


          For sale - 2010 mack pinnacle cxu612 Dump Trucks - $50,000   
Covington 38019, TN, United States
Good tires, runs great, double frame, tilt/tele, air seat, electric tarp, air gate, heated mirrors, cruise, nice heavy duty bed
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          Anschlag in Beirut: Ziel bekannt   

Aus Beirut berichtet Björn Zimprich

Samstagnachmittag: Ermittler am Anschlagsort in Achrafieh (Foto: Björn Zimprich)
Beirut wurde am Freitagnachmittag von eine schweren Autobombe heimgesucht. Ziel des Anschlages war der Brigadegeneral der ISF Wissam al-Hassan. Das Attentat zielt nicht nur gegen die libanesischen Sicherheitsdienste sondern auch gegen die Oppositionskoalition des 14. März – weckt Erinnerungen an die Anschlagsserie zwischen 2004 und 2008.

14.47 Uhr. Ein dumpfer Knall gefolgt von einem heftigen Windzug. Die Beirutis wissen sofort, was passiert ist, bis in weite Ferne zittert die Erde. Eine Bombe. Die Frage lautet nur: Wo genau ist sie detoniert? Wenig später steigt dichter schwarzer Rauch über der Stadt auf. Menschen laufen im Stadtteil Badaro auf die Straße. Gucken von Balkonen. »Es ist am Sassine«, ruft eine alte Madame von ihrem Balkon. Der belebte Sassine-Platz liegt im Viertel Achrafieh, der Kreisverkehr mit vielen anliegenden Schnellrestaurants und einem großen Einkaufszentrum ist einer der wichtigsten Verkehrsknotenpunkte im Osten der Stadt. 

»Wen hat es getroffen?«, fragt der Hausmeister des Gebäudes nach dem Anschlagziel. Die Bombe explodierte in einer Seitenstraße in Achrafieh. Sie töte 8 Menschen und verletzte 78 weitere. Es war der erste Autobomben-Anschlag in Beirut seit dem 25. Januar 2008. Zahlreiche Menschen werden von fliegenden Glassplittern verletzt. Fassaden und Balkone werden zerstört. Das Tatauto fliegt Augenzeugenberichten zufolge bis in die Höhe des 5 Stocks und landet 10 Meter weiter auf einem anderen PKW. Sprengstoffexperten schätzen den verwendeten Sprengsatz auf ca. 30 Kilogramm. Spuren werden durch die Wucht der Detonation vermutlich zerstört.

Nach Bekanntwerden des Bombenanschlags brachen im gesamten Land teils gewaltsame Proteste aus. In sunnitischen Orten und Städten sowie mehrheitlich sunnitischen Stadtteilen in Beirut wurden Straßen blockiert. Betroffen waren im Norden Tripoli und zahlreiche Orte in der Akkar-Ebene, der Küsten-Highway bei Naameh  sowie in Saida und der in Bekaa-Ebene der Highway bei Saadnayel. Alle genannten Orte gelten als Hochburgen der Zukunftsbewegung von Saad Hariri. Bewohner des Stadtteil Achrafieh protestierten am Samstag Nachmittag friedlich gegen den Anschlag in ihrem Stadtviertel.

Der Libanon wurde von 2004 bis 2008 von einer Serie an Anschlägen gegen Politiker geplagt. Nach und nach traf es einen Politiker nach dem anderen. In der Mehrheit galten sie als Kritiker des syrischen Regimes. Das bekannteste Attentatsopfer war der ehemalige Ministerpräsident Rafik Hariri der bei einem Bombenanschlag auf seinen Fahrzeugkonvoi am 14. Februar 2005 starb. In den folgenden anderthalb Jahren wurden dann unter anderem der Verleger Gebran Toueini, der Intellektuelle Samir Kassir, der Chef der libanesischen Kommunisten, George Hawi, und der damalige Industrieminister Pierre Gemayel Jr. ermordet.

Doch diesmal galt die Autobombe keinem Konvoi eines Politikers. Es dauerte Stunden, bis am späten Freitagabend das Ziel des Anschlages bekannt wurde: Wissam al-Hassan, Brigadegeneral der ISF. Die ISF sind die »Interne Sicherheitskräfte des Libanons«, sie nehmen Polizeiaufgaben wahr, sind jedoch auch für Drogen- und Terrorbekämpfung zuständig und unterstehen offiziell dem Innenministerium. Al-Hassan sollte zum Ende des Jahres die Leitung der ISF einnehmen.

Im konfessionell geprägten politischen System des Libanon werden Ministerien und staatliche Institutionen von bestimmten konfessionell und/oder politischen Parteien dominiert. Die ISF steht dabei politisch der Zukunftsbewegung von Ex-Ministerpräsident Saad Hariri, dem Sohn und Nachfolger von Rafik Hariri, nahe. Bereits 2008 wurde mit Wissam Eid ein sunnitischer ISF-Offizier, der mit den Ermittlungen im Mordfall Hariri vertraut war, bei einem Anschlag im Nordwesten Beiruts getötet. Wissam al-Hassan galt als enger Vertrauter des Hariri-Clans. Pikant an der Personalie ist, dass er zwischenzeitlich verdächtigt wurde, an der Ermordung von Rafik Hariri beteiligt gewesen zu sein. Saad Hariri hat jedoch zu jeder Zeit sein Vertrauen und seine Verbundenheit zu al-Hassan zum Ausdruck gebracht. Möglicherweise war auch diese Episode nur sinnbildlich für den Machtkampf, der in den vergangenen Jahren um Einfluss und Kontrolle der ISF tobte. Der einst hoffnungsvoll gestartete Innenminister Ziyad Baroud warf deswegen im vergangenen Jahr das Handtuch.

Al-Hassan leitete bis zu seinem Tod die Geheimdienstabteilung der ISF, die erst nach dem Attentat auf Rafik Hariri 2005 auf seine Größe als eigenständiger Inlandsgeheimdienst aufgebaut worden war. Der Geheimdienst der ISF stand dabei in Konkurrenz zu Jenem der libanesischen Armee, der christlich geführt und unter starkem Einfluss des syrischen Regimes stehen soll, sowie der »Sûreté Général«, die schiitisch geführt ist und der Hizbullah nahesteht.   

Wissam al-Hassan war maßgeblich an den Ermittlungen gegen Ex-Informationsminister Michel Samaha beteiligt, der am 9. August 2012 verhaftet worden war. Samaha wird vorgeworfen, führender Kopf einer Verschwörung zu sein, die in Zusammenarbeit mit dem syrischen Regime Attentate im Libanon durchführen sollte. Ihm wird der Schmuggel von Sprengsätzen in den Libanon zur Last gelegt – in direktem Auftrag des syrischen Ministers für Nationale Sicherheit Ali Mamlouk, gegen den ein libanesisches Gericht ebenfalls Anklage erhob. Die Verhaftung Samahas wurde von Beobachtern als Indiz für den schwindenden Einfluss des syrischen Regimes im Libanon bewertet. Kritiker aus der Regierungskoalition des 8. März warfen der ISF dagegen eine politisch motivierte Kampagne vor.

Selbst wenn die Vorwürfe gegen Michel Samaha zutreffen sollten, beweist die Explosion auf dem Sassine-Platz, dass seine öffentlichkeitswirksame Festnahme und Anklage das Risiko von Attentaten und Sprengstoffanschlägen keineswegs gebannt hat. Politiker der Oppositionskoalition 14. März sowie PSP-Chef Walid Jumblat beschuldigten einhellig das syrische Regime, hinter dem Anschlag zu stecken. 

Ein Anschlag dieser Dimension ist nur durch geschulte Spezialisten durchführbar. Unentdeckte Routen von geschützten Persönlichkeiten wie Wissam al Hassan aufzudecken, erfordert größeren geheimdienstlichen Aufwand. Platzierung und zeitgenaue Zündung der Autobombe benötigen zusätzliche Präzision und Sicherheitsmaßnahmen. Kleinere Terrorgruppen im Libanon sind zu solch präzisen Operationen nicht in der Lage. Der Anschlag ist damit nicht zu Vorfällen bei Saida und Sur in den letzten Jahren zu vergleichen, die zudem meist auf Soldaten der internationalen UNIFIL-Mission zielten. Die breit geäußerte Vermutung, dass Personen aus der Nähe des syrischen Regimes hinter dem Anschlag stecken, ist naheliegend, wenn auch keinesfalls bewiesen. Wie die unmittelbar folgenden Proteste zeigen, bergen solche Attentate die Gefahr einer weiteren Eskalation konfessioneller Gewalt im Libanon. Aufflammende Gefechte in Tripoli sollen bereits ein weiteres Todesopfer gefordert haben.

          Buzzfeed: CNN Has a Sad After Fake News Scandal   
CNN Jeff Zucker (Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty)
The CNN newsroom is reportedly down in the dumps following the sacking of three employees for publishing a fake news story on the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, and after James O'Keefe's exposé on how the network is pushing the false Russia narrative for ratings.
          Illegally Dumped Boat Returns, This Time In Freetown   
The very same boat that was illegally dumped on the side of Route 6 last week was left somewhere it shouldn't have been again--this time in Freetown State Forest.
          Police Search For Owner Of Boat Dumped On Route 6   
The Wareham Harbormaster Department and Mattapoisett Police would like to find the owner of a boat that was illegally left on the side of Route 6.
          Katolska Dagen?   

Och så en liten skärmdump på den katolska (?) tidningen Dagen i dag: 


Skärmdumpen är från dagens internetupplaga av tidningen Dagens startsida.

Nyckelord: dagen katolska kyrkan förförelse it
          6月28日(水)のつぶやき その2   

私ら国民は悪い事をすれば逮捕される
国会議員は特別特権で逮捕しない
いいよな~~ズルいな~~
でも良い死に方しないね、
国会議員のマネをしなようにしましょう。
皆さん pic.twitter.com/3dGcvFzWOh

— 千葉周作 (@sj30super2) 2017年6月28日 - 19:00

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こんな悪趣味な物誰が買うの?

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 19:08

WEEKLY ADDRESS🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/P1f12i9Gvt

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2017年6月24日 - 06:32

天ぷら落ちた日本死ね!トランプ大統領が小西洋之議員をブロックか? ksl-live.com/blog7662 @ksl_liveさんから

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 19:12

次のマクナイは、ウエディングミレーヌ!あとちょうど1か月くらい。早くミレーヌコスしたーい😊💓
今週のrevisionではダイナマイトミレーヌをやります! pic.twitter.com/6J0KOQZCvu

— 美鶴 (@koolannad) 2017年6月28日 - 13:47

@koolannad ジーナス姉妹並のグラマーさ

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 19:14

@tokyo_satokei 佐藤さん
あなたこそ、学ぶべきでは?
織田包囲網というなの一つの勢力が負けた理由とやらを?

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 19:19

マクロス35周年×羽田健太郎 10th Memorial「超時空管弦楽」 remember ヘルシー・ウィングス・オーケストラ
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— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 19:26

クリスチーナです pic.twitter.com/KqbmNQbQr2

— スランプ気味な星乃 (@H0ShlNo_) 2017年6月28日 - 17:31

アニューです pic.twitter.com/GH1B1vh8Kq

— スランプ気味な星乃 (@H0ShlNo_) 2017年6月28日 - 17:30

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— スランプ気味な星乃 (@H0ShlNo_) 2017年5月31日 - 19:13

@tokyo_satokei 訂正文 佐藤さん あなたこそ、学ぶべきでは? 織田包囲網という名の一つの勢力を追い詰めるために共闘し最終的に負ける事になった理由とやらを?

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:08

平野耕太は「女性器はパイパンじゃないと。陰毛は女性的魅力を台無しにする」って何度も言ってるからね。まずパイパンにならないとヒラコーにモテない。

— Gilgamesh (@tomyrou) 2016年6月29日 - 12:09

#マクロス 彼女にするならば 地球人?メルトラン? どっち? pic.twitter.com/lzGOw9wnWV

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:21

@jgdjgdjgd 万乗ジェネレーター暴走の光景を目撃なう。

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:25

@jgdjgdjgd ドン引きされ・・・・万乗旅団の兵士(フォロワー)が減るよ。
まぁそれが万乗先生らしいし・・・・・・・そうすると先生の漫画の味の美味さが増すからいいですけど♪

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:31

@jgdjgdjgd ですね♪

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:35

@jgdjgdjgd 来たな・・・・・・・・・・・陸戦型ガンキャノン部隊を発進じゃ!!
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— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:38

死闘せよ! pic.twitter.com/gOu5THOjoE

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:41

@jgdjgdjgd ぐあぁぁぁぁぁぁぁぁぁぁぁぁ

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— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:42

ドム高速実験型 pic.twitter.com/jk1Ohi2c47

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 21:45

南部軍兵士 pic.twitter.com/7nm4eQtzQv

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 22:34

北部軍兵士 pic.twitter.com/TPY1cXHUCQ

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 22:35

エリス pic.twitter.com/NBSVbKauWx

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 22:38

巨乳です。 pic.twitter.com/go4EmUAgkq

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 22:40

エリス② pic.twitter.com/gtEsGdxije

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 22:40

@jgdjgdjgd エリス「この馬鹿!!戦場は山の天気のように急変するんだぞ!シュミュレータ―を過信するな!!死ぬぞ!!」
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— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 22:57

一人ごと・・・・・・・・・・文章力をあげたい 画力がうまくなりたい!!
そして早く働いて旅行に行きたい!!

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 23:09

「第88話 セオドア・ウィルソン大尉」 goo.gl/PKUo6y

— 長田義家/平義家/平良兼末裔 (@XSiFmCIoWi5iBNQ) 2017年6月28日 - 23:27
             
I am exceedingly dissapointed to discover that the Mac requirements for Civ IV are significantly higher than they were for a PC. I mean, I was happy to dump the huge piles of obsolescent components and just put the little mini brick on the bookshelf, but now I'm suddenly caught up in upgrade Hell again. Since I've switched to Mac I can't just drop a faster proc in, I have to buy a new fucking computer.

Which means I can either fix this guy up in a week and impress everyone with how big and manly the mikester really is:

Or I can put an iMac on my desk and spend the next 50 sundays tinkering on my penis car while an ever bigger portion of my budget goes to keeping my dying Macho Mercury Tracer alive for another year.

Damnit, why can't men wear it on the outside so we don't have to work so hard to compensate!
          There's a rocket in my pocket   
I have longed for the day that after sacrificing all my Summer vacations, including the weddings of two friends (one dear)*, that the one vacation left to me is stymied by a complete lack of air traffic (unless I wanted to hop the commmuter route from Eureka, CA, to SF, CA in 9 hours) and a sudden bout of the stomach flu, no doubt brought on by stressing over my rapidly vacating vacations, and guaranteeing that the minute I have dumped the side job that's gobbling up all my free time, I'll have another time torpedo in my pocket ready to go off.

WHere do I get off, man?


*forgive me I've been reading Kerouac.
          Magical Words Link Roundup 6-28-2017   

Founded in 1964, Maple Street was, and for a few days remains, New Orleans’ oldest independent bookstore. But on Friday it will close its doors.

In his latest work, data journalist Ben Blatt takes an unusual approach to literary analysis. He crunches numbers.

Whether you’re surviving nuclear oblivion by hiding in a fridge, escaping zombies by scurrying under a dumpster, or just hooked up with Special Agent Mulder, you’ve just jumped the shark. Referring to an episode of Happy Days where this precise feat is performed by The Fonz, to jump the shark is to pass over an apex of quality — the very tip of the shark’s fin — before plummeting into a toothy abattoir filled with lazy retcons, puppy power, complete shifts in genre and magical aliens that only we can see.

John Scalzi says, “The first time I personally encountered Harry Potter was not long after the [...]

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          Woman feared dead in storm   
ONE woman is feared dead as widespread floods sweep through southeast Queensland after an overnight deluge dumped 250mm of rain in some areas.
          UN: Amphetamines, Synthetic Drugs a New Threat for Asia   

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The United Nations says amphetamines and synthetic, or man-made, drugs are a new threat to communities in Asia.

UN officials have reported an increase in the production and use of such substances.

Two million pills of the drug methamphetamine were seized last weekend in northern Thailand. Drug traffickers tried to pass a road guarded by police in Chiang Rai province, but soldiers and police saw them. One trafficker was shot dead.

The incident took place near the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. That area is known for drug production.

Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug. It can affect behavior by changing how the brain thinks.

Synthetic drugs are responsible for many drug overdoses. Some overdoses are accidental. In others, the person may take large amount of the drug on purpose.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, noted in a recent report that methamphetamine production and seizure rates have increased.

The report said that 287 million methamphetamine pills were seized in East and Southeast Asia in 2015. That is more than two times the amount of pills seized in 2011.

The UNODC said Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam were thought to have an increase in the use of methamphetamine pills in 2015.

Cambodia, China, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam all reported increases in use and trafficking of crystalline methamphetamine. Crystalline methamphetamine is a liquid form of the drug.

UNODC data shows that the flow of illegal drugs continues to rise across the Greater Mekong Sub-Region, an area covering six countries.

Methamphetamine has been a leading product in the illegal drug trade for many years.

Synthetic drugs made in secret laboratories in Asia are sold in markets as far away as North America.

The United States is currently facing an opioid epidemic. Opioids are drugs that reduce pain. They are causing up to 60,000 deaths a year nationwide.

Inshik Sim is a UNODC information specialist in Thailand. He told VOA that while methamphetamine seizures increased nearly seven times over the past 10 years, heroin seizures are largely unchanged.

He said increases in methamphetamine use have also raised concerns in China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Olivier Lermet is a UNODC regional advisor. Lermet said in an email to VOA that amphetamine-type stimulants, a kind of drug, are easy to produce and are made in laboratories close to where the drugs are sold.

With a growing middle class and rising incomes, more people are turning to methamphetamines. Men, women, older adults and young people are buying the drug.

The UNODC report said organized crime groups play “a significant role in methamphetamine manufacturing and trafficking in the region.” These groups include those in northeastern Myanmar, eastern China and Taiwan.

Traffickers target markets with high earnings, such as Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

“In fact, seizures of crystalline methamphetamine at the borders of these four nations have increased rapidly in recent years,” the UNODC said.

The United Nations has called on countries to have a more “balanced response to drugs.” It wants countries to place more importance on treatment.

But Southeast Asia has been slow to reform its drug laws and some countries have launched a “war on drugs.”

In the Philippines, police and unidentified gunmen have killed more than 7,000 people during the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

In Thailand, up to 70 percent of all 300,000 prisoners in jail were sentenced on drug-related charges.

But activists say there is need for reform to fight drug use.

They say programs that require drug users to go to special treatment centers should end. Voluntary community-based treatment and services should come into effect, they say.

Joe Maier is a Catholic clergyman who operates aid projects in Klong Toey, one of the poorest areas in Thailand. He said the government offers communities little support in providing activities to keep people away from drugs.

Maier said the government has never put money into community efforts. He said, “They never have dumped huge amounts of money into sports. The government does not see sports fields, athletics and sport programs and sports heroes as combating drugs,' Maier said.

I’m Mario Ritter.

And I’m Olivia Liu.

Ron Corben reported this story for VOA News. Olivia Liu adapted this story for VOA Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

Words in This Story

amphetamine – n. a drug known to cause changes in the central nervous system

pillsn. a small round object that contains medicine or drugs

epidemic – n. the sudden, quick spread of disease

incomes n. money earned from work

significantadj. major or important

rapidlyadj. happening in a short amount of time

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          Miracle needed   

"We want to launch a process that is open and does not predetermine or preclude options."

This innocuous phrase represents the key fault line here in Bali - symbolising an ongoing tussle between the Europeans and North Americans.

It represents US willingness to talk about a deal, but only if concrete numbers are stripped out of the Bali declaration.

At their press conference a few minutes ago, the Americans again made it clear that their bottom line hasn't changed. Start negotiating and hope to finish by 2009, sure, but keep the agenda for those negotiations as open as possible.

And the US team was also unambiguous about what it would, and would not, be prepared to offer in those forthcoming negotiations. A global goal for 2050 would be fine, but anything specific for the short term should be left to countries to negotiate at a national level.

The US is proud of its record on combating climate change. Its emissions may be well above 1990 levels (the benchmark for the Kyoto protocol which it signed, but didn't ratify), but they fell last year.

That was largely down to mild weather and high oil prices, of course, but it is helping the US meet its primary target - not to cut emissions, but to have them grow more slowly than its economy (its goal is to reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% by 2012).

We reported yesterday Harlan Watson's criticism of the target of cutting emissions 25-40% from 1990 levels by 2020. The IPCC findings were based on too few studies, he suggested (more discussion of this here).

This is clearly becoming a United States talking point. Paula Dobriansky tried it out today, but seemed not to have grasped the detail. Her attempts to question the IPCC findings on mitigation pathways thus ran into the sand.

(Let's be clear, the US is only criticising this one part of the of the IPCC report - not the rest of its findings on the likely consequence of manmade climate change.)

Here's a verbatim transcript:

[quote]One of the issues here is...If you look at what came out of the IPCC report, I believe there were some six sectors and some 177...actually... [Dobriansky is prompted] Sorry? Scenarios thank you. On this, there needs to be some discussion here. In that sense, different countries are looking at: how does this have ramifications for them.[/quote]

Usually, as is conventional, I clean up recorded speech, but this is one of those quotes that cannot really be edited. Here, though, is what she meant to say. Harlan Watson's words from earlier in the week:

[quote]I want to remind you that 25-40% figure came out of the IPCC third assessment report, working group 3.

That analysis involved six scenarios out of 177 that were examined. It is a small subset. Many uncertainties are surrounding that and, obviously, there's going to need to be a lot of analysis done over the course of the negotiations.

To start with a predetermined answer is not an appropriate thing to do.[/quote]

Speaking soon after, Ban Ki-Moon defended the robust nature of scientific guidance on pathways for reducing greenhouse gases. The IPCC's guidance should be listened to, he insisted.

But his position on the Bali roadmap was hard to read. Take this comment:

[quote]It may be too ambitious if delegations expect to be able to agree on a target of greenhouse gas emissions reduction [in Bali] - but some way down the road, we have to agree on that.[/quote]

I expect some journalists will get an eye-catching headline out of this: Ban-Ki Moon says forget 25-40% at Bali. I'm not convinced that's what the SG meant to imply. I think he was probably saying that binding targets for countries weren't on the table; not that the broad 25-40% goal for 2020 should be dumped. The ambiguity was definitely there, however.

From Ban, it would have been interesting to hear some specifics about whether he plans to involve heads of state in tackling climate change on an ongoing basis. He convened a high level meeting for leaders last September, but I wonder what comes next.

I would be gob smacked if we don't get some kind of agreement to launch negotiations coming out of the Bali. But whether or not the 25-40% target is included in the Bali text, the fight over this ‘guideline' figure is instructive.

Let's simplify dramatically. Post-Bali, the negotiations on emissions need to go through two stages, before the 2009 deadline. First, what should total emissions be on a global basis? Second, who gets what share of the available (emissions) cake.

The first of these negotiations will be extraordinarily difficult. The second one will trend towards the impossible the smaller the cake that is on offer. Bali's bitter rows make that abundantly clear.

That's where the SG and his access to leaders comes in. Environment ministers are never going to be able to do this deal on their own. The G8 brings the big guns in, but only covers a few countries.

Ban can reach out much more widely. How exactly does he plan to continue doing that, I wonder, as he pursues a miracle between now and 2009?
          Getting Biofuel from the World’s Garbage   
Biofuels | Ethanol Fuel | Waste to Energy

There is plenty of garbage on this planet; in fact there is so much garbage that many developed countries are trying to dump their garbage on the lands of lesser developed countries, at a fee of course. But does dumping garbage on other places solve the problem? On the contrary it spreads pollutions and diseases. […]


          Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill   
Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill






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Reviews Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman's Charcoal Grill

First thing I did as soon as I got it home was to put it together and prepped for a couple steaks. I really like the ability to get awesome grill marks from the cast iron - the lighter wire grill grates just cant quite get the heat quality that this does. After dinner, dump the ashes and it doubles as a 33lb dumbbell for you to work on your biceps with! Don't drop it, keep it properly oiled, and your great grand kids will enjoy it after you're gone. Highly recommended!
          Gardening. A great therapeutic.   

OK.  A few Ah's! but no violins.

 

GROWMORE has been a bit down in the dumps of late.  Especially following my attempts at re-arranging my face.  Then the weather has been all ups and downs.  To be totally honest.  I was rapidly becoming too firmly attached to my armchair.  The odd hour, sadly that is about all my back will allow me now.  The odd hour in the greenhouse or a bit of deadheading and tying in.

Then I managed to purchase from the BBC.  The complete series of the, 'Victorian Garden'  It costs £25.00  There are six dvd's in the pack.  Although I don't go back to Victorian times, I was reminded of many gardening techniques that I had learned from my father and from studies, along with my own experiments.  Something really awakened that gardening spirit again within me.  My fanal days in horticultural employment.  I was employed by the MOD. My immediate lords and ladies were.  High ranking military bods.  How they expected their proverbial pound of flesh.  So from the head gardiner's aspect in the DVD's, I am well familiar with.

One scene in particular that drew my attention.  Harry Dodson, the star of the series.  He was filmed along with other Judges at the RHS halls. Also my eyes opened wide.  Another of the judges was my old friend. Simpson Millar Gault.  A great rosarian, and at the time Supt. of Regents Park. London.  It was he, who nominated me to the RHS back in the sixties.  Suddenly I was revived.  Today.  I managed an hour and a half in the garden.  Fantastic.

Much better than all the pills and tablets the quacks dish out.

If you can purchase or loan from your local library.  Take the time etc and watch that series.


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          Give us mo' momo   
Katmandu Momo serves up crave-worthy Nepalese dumplings.

Since Saroja Shrestha and her husband, Kyler Nordeck, started the Katmandu Momo food truck in 2014, we've been following it around Little Rock and on social media in pursuit of our momo fix. What's a momo, you ask? It's a type of steamed South Asian dumpling, popular in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and parts of India, and Katmandu Momo's version is addictive.

Shrestha grew up in Katmandu, Nepal, and first came to the U.S. to attend Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. She stuck around Arkansas after college and met and married Nordeck. Shrestha enjoyed cooking, got acclaim from friends when she made momos and had a business administration degree, so she and Nordeck decided to open a food truck. After three years of success as a mobile eatery, they opened up shop in a corner stall of the River Market's Ottenheimer Hall earlier this year. The food truck remains in operation around town, but, man, oh man, are we glad to have a fixed location to get our fix of Nepalese deliciousness.

For those new to Katmandu Momo's cuisine, you're in luck: The options are few and all tasty. The steamed momos come filled with beef, chicken or veggies. They're roundish, creased together with a swirl on top (Shrestha assembles each momo). All the fillings are marinated in spices that may be somewhat familiar — cumin, coriander, turmeric — along with fresh garlic and ginger, but together, taste unlike anything we've tried before. They come with achar sauce, which is thin and tomato-based with hints of sesame oil and a slow heat. Dump the momos thoroughly in the achar sauce and lean all the way over your to-go container — the momos are juicy and, if you're not careful, you'll get splattered. We've had all varieties many times. They're all excellent, but we prefer the crunch of the veggie, which have a stewed-like quality, and apparently we're not alone. Nordeck says it's hard for Shrestha to make enough veggie to satisfy the demand.

The veggie momos are also vegan, as are all three of the sides. The long-grain jasmine fried rice was buttery and golden (we suspect there's a healthy seasoning of turmeric, saffron or both), with a wonderfully uneven toasted quality. It was like paella rice, but without the crunch. If the aloo dum, or spicy potato salad, was on a chain restaurant menu, it'd have a little hot pepper symbol next to it to warn the capsaicin-averse. It's spiced liberally with fennel, cumin, green onion and cilantro, and enough heat to make the crunchy, mild spring roll a nice go-between.

You can get large portions of each of the sides for $4, or get them as part of a combo. It's $8.99 for 10 momos, eight momos and a side or six momos and two sides.

Katmandu Momo
Ottenheimer Hall
400 President Clinton Ave.
351-4169
facebook.com/katmandumomo

Quick bite

Katmandu Momo's regular special is chicken chow mein, a smoky tangle of spaghetti mixed with blackened pieces of chicken and green pepper and covered with garam masala and other spices. It's a massive portion and, like everything else, delicious. You can get a veggie variety, too.

Hours

10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Other info

Credit cards accepted, no alcohol.



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          The Switch   
I was under the impression that The Switch was aiming to be an uproarious romantic comedy—taking the comedic angle more than the romantic one—and, truth be told, I was over the movie before it even started. However, The Switch had a lot more heart than most rom-coms, and, in fact, almost doesn't belong to be classified that way. And, though I don’t plan on watching it again, The Switch was not a bad movie-- certainly better than I expected.

Wally (Jason Bateman) and Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) are best friends who drift apart after Kassie has a son via sperm donor and moves away. What Wally and Kassie don’t realize is that Sebastian (Thomas Robinson) is actually their son together, since drunken Wally accidentally dumped Kassie’s donor sperm and replaced it with his own. When Kassie and Sebastian move back to New York and into Wally’s life, Wally realizes both that Sebastian is his son, and that he has feelings for Kallie, and is unsure what to do about either.

Though the trailers play up the relationship between Wally and Kassie, the one that the story really follows is that between Wally and Sebastian—who, can I say, is absolutely adorable. I want Robinson to be every movie's “cute kid.” Though it certainly got too cornball on more than one occasion, Wally’s and Sebastian’s interactions seemed genuine, and—though I am loathe to admit it—had me teared up on one occasion. And Bateman certainly had more chemistry with Robinson than he did with Aniston.

The romance plotline, with Kassie’s sperm donor Roland (Patrick Wilson) coming in to complete the love triangle, could have been more developed and less cliché. Though I didn’t mind it taking a back seat to Sebastian’s story, it was what kept The Switch from being a good movie. Still worth the watch, though, with a 3/5.

Watch Jon Stewart’s interview with Jennifer Aniston. (It is the most awkward interview I have ever seen on the Daily Show)

Watch Jon Stewart’s interview with Jason Bateman
(Yes, this movie was promoted twice—a two for one deal for me!)

Buy the DVD

Hope you all had a Happy 4th-- that's why this review is one day late!

          Dumped dead man’s gangster life   
ACE Hall, the Gold Coast man shot and dumped outside a Gold Coast hospital, was a “wannabe” gangster who treasured connections with a deadly motorcycle gang.
          Comment on Summer Peach Dumplings by Vicki   
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          Comment on Summer Peach Dumplings by Swissgirl   
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          Lego Creator you are on my list   
So I have a list and you do not want to make "the list".  It is not a good thing.  Previously on my list was the creator of bunk beds.  Yes bunk beds are great if you don't have a lot of space but changing the sheets of the top bunk is not easy or fun & it makes me mutter swear words in Serbian which means I am really really frustrated.

Now added to the list, the person who invented Legos.  I have a love/loathe relationship with Legos as I am sure most mothers do.  We are happy that our kids love to play with them and the creativity they foster as they dream up countless ways to build and rebuild with them.  Then there are the times that you get to clean them all up because they "forgot" or when you step on one that was missed in the middle of the night, or when you are carrying a huge laundry basket, etc.  Not fun.  Those things are annoying for sure but what brought about my loathing you ask?

See this empty bucket?  It normally contains hundreds of Legos.  The tiny ones.


Legos such as these:

Well one day while  my son got sick..... in the Lego bucket.  Imagine my joy that he got so worked up throwing a tantrum that he yakked into the Lego bucket & now I get to clean it.
So sadly I have experience in cleaning Legos but that is a whole other story.  (Previously also they were the huge Duplo blocks which are MUCH easier to clean) so I knew what steps to take.

1) Fill tub up part way with water and soap.
2) Dump Legos In and swish around.
3) Wipe out bucket and let dry.
4) Swish Legos around again, try not puke yourself as chunks float by.
5) Lay out towels in master bedroom floor.
6) Get colander and bowl.
7) Load colander with Legos, rinse off under faucet, drain and carry colander in bowl to towels and dump Legos on towels.
8) Repeat a thousand times.
9) When all Legos have finally been removed from tub, drain and clean.
10) Place fan to blow on Legos to speed drying time.
11) Re-arrange Legos periodically to ensure complete drying.
12) When finally dry 24hrs or so later... pick all Legos back up and replace bucket.
13) While you are doing things take many calming breaths so you can still with your still upset child & other two kids who all of a sudden are quite needy and insane dog who all of a sudden is VERY interested in the bathtub.
14) Try not to curse your husband who is away on business.
15) Apply several coats of lotion to now destroyed raisin hands.


Repeat process one week later when there is another freak Lego incident.  I don't want to talk about that one at all other than to say it BEST not happen again.


*If you have to clean the big Legos it is easier because you dump them into the tub with soap and water, pull the drain after they soak for a bit and then rinse them off with the shower nozzle, them transfer them to a towel, much faster and easier than the colander method needed for tiny Legos.


          forced   
deb made me do this.
i wish i could ditch my "cold".
i wish my computer would behave. i spent many hours this week fixing my email because outlook express dumped 2 folders that got too big. cleaned out many duplicates.
i wish i will not gain weight till jan 2. i'd love to lose, but whom am i kidding?
          Comentário sobre O Paradoxo do Pokèmon Twitch por Anonymous   
Ricbit, conforme o comentário anterior, acompanhava o Brain Dump e não entendi por que começaste a postar neste site. Se fores voltar para o Brain Dump, será que dá pra fazer uma cópia destes posts? Ainda, também gostaria de fazer uma sugestão de post, se me permites: seria sobre as séries de Fourier, de preferência, abordando o básico, como o Fourier chegou nelas, os diversos tipos, as transformadas, aplicações reais do nosso dia a dia que podem ser resolvidas com sua utilização. []'s
          Dollar Dumped, Tech Stocks Pumped As Central Banker Bias Turns Tighter   
Nasdaq was crazy today, with chaotic moves all over the place as every effort was made to ensure the tech-heavy index closed above the May close of 6198.5...
          Do you have the free MacMedics remote control and utility software installed?   
If you have not downloaded a free copy of Mac Helpmate from www.macmedics.com yet, we strongly encourage it. Mac Helpmate is a great tool for dumping cache files and font trash. It’s also very useful as it allows MacMedics Engineers to connect to your computer over the Internet when you need support. Please read our remote access web page for more info, and to download your copy.
          Angry Guy Revenge Brutal Way His Ex Gf For Dumping Him And Start Dating With His Buddy   
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          ConDems dismantling NHS...   
So, the Tories have let slip their secret plans to scrap the professional, much-respected NHS Direct Service.

So when you phone NHS Direct in future, you are unlikely to get a trained nurse responding, but a call centre operative instead.

It's another of Cameron's pre-election promises broken and threatens to reverse the achievements of the past few years in reducing waiting times at Accident and Emergency departments.

The Tory determination to cut the NHS is not so surprising given their record - they fought tooth and nail to prevent Labour creating a National Health Service for all in the first place - then starved it of cash and almost destroyed it in the Thatcher era.

What I find surprising is the apparent willingness of Nick Clegg and the LibDems to roll over, dump any pretence of principles, and campaign for the Tory agenda to cut public services under a thinly disguised veil of 'cutting the deficit'.

Of course we need to cut waste where it can be identified and improve services, but the ConDem Coalition has no mandate to cut the NHS itself.
          CATPACK V1.0 REVISED for FS 17   

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          Adventures of Man in the Can - Ch 18 - The Great Exodus - Predator Eyes   


The animals float past the dump and their arch enemies BYDYS the Snake Lord and Greystrike the Rat King. But they are watched in the darkness by the eyes of two predators, Crag the Crow and Baron the Wolf. What will happen next?

Find out in today's Adventures of the Man in the Can.


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          The "I'm Not Worthy" Project Log #4: Bin Busy: Only One Small Injury to Report on the Salt Bin Build!!!   

Weather has not been on our side. The skies have been releasing fluffy white stuff, frozen rain and wet precipitation. With temps fluctuating from the low thirties to the low to mid twenties, that means ICE, with potential slips & falls!!! Yet, we still have about eleven customers that need their leaves wrangled. It is hard to wrangle up leaves when they are frozen to the ground and buried under an inch or two of snow.

Most of our winter service contracts don’t start until December 1st. However, with snow and ice on our customer’s parking lots, driveways and walkways, they expect (rightfully so) to be serviced. It was a scramble preparing our plow/salt trucks, to be pressed into service. Who needs to be inside a warm house on a 20* Sunday night!!!

Our new plow/salt truck, with dump/salter in the background:

The necessity to meet our customer’s needs meant bringing in a contractor to work on the salt bin build. I assisted with the build, when time allowed, but it was limited. I mostly operated the skid steer, allowing the contractor to reach new heights. Roof rafters have been installed, all walls studded out and siding has started to go up. All of this in 20 degree temperatures, wind gusts and a jobsite pocketed with very slippery ice!!!

A few pictures show the progress….

Roof Rafters in progress:

Once the roof rafters were completed, it was onto framing out the walls. For some reason, I don’t have any pictures of the completed framing. Oh well, who beside the lady LJ’ers, wants to see pictures of a bunch of studs???

Roof Rafters completed & Wall framing begun:

With the walls framed in, the T1-11 siding was the next order of business. There are still cuts to be made and additional siding to be nailed up. Since the contractor’s home furnace decided to take the day off, he needed to call it an early day.

The salt bin, as it stands:

Tasks, left to be done:
1) Complete siding installation
2) Roof installation
3) Trim carpentry
4) Order salt!!!

Oh yeah….
In the title, I mentioned a “small injury” to report. There was an accident on site. Not a life threatening injury. Nor was there any disfigurement or lose of limb. I do hate to see these kinds of things. However, injuries are a fact of life.
Here is a picture of the injured party:

Apparently this little fellow flew into the window of one of the outbuildings. He was dazed & confused for a while, but was able to at least walk away!!! We never saw him fly away, but he did leave the seen of the accident without filing a workmen’s comp case!!!


          Smartphone Differentiators   

Today on the 5: The new Moto X will apparently dump the front facing speakers it used to have. All these phones are becoming the same!


          One Day for Laundry Method and other Laundry Tips   
Everyone has their own way of doing laundry, so if you are happy with your ways feel free to skip right along past this post.

However, if you are feeling overwhelmed or like the laundry is taking over your life...
I finally figured out what works for me and our family of 5.  So here's what I've been doing the last couple of years and how it works for us.

ONE DAY
I pick one day a week to do the majority of the laundry.  I start in the morning and I end the day with folding and sorting. 

For me, Mondays usually work the best for me.  Monday tends to have less scheduled activities and therefore less conflicts that get in the way of getting the task of it all done in a single day.  Our current laundry day is actually Tuesdays, because we had a Monday night conflict, but once the school year it out, my laundry day will be switching back ASAP!  I've tried many days of the week over the years and Mondays have been consistently the easiest to keep as laundry day.

During my ONE day of laundry, I usually wash about 5 loads of laundry ~ Lights/Colors, Darks, Jeans, Whites, and Towels.  Sometimes the Lights and the Colors are their own loads but I usually mix them.  Whites are things that are ONLY white so I can bleach them when needed.  Sheets get washed on their own day because that's a huge task all by itself.

Sometimes the kids help me gather and sort the laundry.  Other times I'm nice and I do it all myself.  It's easier to make them help when school is out for the summer.  It's a great simple chore for them to get them involved in the laundry! You can always check their sorting and move things as necessary!

Random Laundry Tip:  My kids take baths pretty regularly, and they also get their clothes pretty dirty.  I started keeping a laundry hamper or basket in the bathroom where they take a bath.  I also started keeping stain remover spray there.  Now I can peel off their clothes, pre-treat them and then toss them in the hamper.  I know you probably aren't supposed to do it days before you actually wash them...but if I don't pre-treat them until laundry day, I have noticed the clothes tend to stay stained.  It's been working out so much better this way! 

Clean clothes go on the bed
During my ONE day of laundry, I keep up on switching the loads to make sure it keeps going until it's all washed and dried.  The clean clothes get dumped on a big pile on my bed.  I've folded laundry on couches and tables, but i like using my bed for a couple reasons.

     ~ Unlike a dining room table, you don't need your bed for other things during the day (except    maybe a nap and trust me, laundry won't stop you from taking a nap on your bed!)

     ~ It's clean ~ no food or dirty dishes or papers to clean off of it first. Couches are great, but then your back is usually facing the TV (we'll get back to this later).

     ~ Also the clothes are most likely to fall off the backs and arms of the couch ~ super frustrating.  So that brings me back to the bed!  One giant flat, clean space to work on.

Time to Fold and watch a Show
So now all the clothes have been washed and dried...Now they need to be folded.
I used to dread this part but now I don't mind it.
It's 1 hour of my day (sometimes 1 1/2 hrs) dedicated to just me and the laundry.  And I make this time enjoyable by binge-watching my favorite shows!!

In my old house I had a TV in my bedroom, but we haven't set that up yet, so I just use my laptop and open up Netflix.  I watch one season of a show and then move onto another show.  Over the years I've watched, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time, Downton Abby, and I'm currently watching Jane the Virgin.  


Sort it Out
Every body's clothes get folded and sorted.  I have 3 kids 8 and 5 year old boys and one 2 year old girl.  They have a pile for pants, shirts PJ pants and PJ shirts.  There are also piles for the towels sorted into where they go in the house (kids bathroom, my bathroom, kitchen...)  A stack of hubby's pants, a pile of shirts to go on hangers.  Same for mine...

I take over the whole bed with my piles.  The clean clothes get dumped out on one side of the bed and the piles start taking over the other side.

Most of my own clothes and my hubby's shirts get put onto hangers.  Instead of putting them on hangers as I go, I lay them out in a pile and then put them all on hangers at the same time.  Then I don't sort mine & my hubby's out until I'm putting them away in our closet.  Trust me that this saves SO much time!

Basket for Socks & Underwear
Another time saving tip is to ignore all the socks and underwear until the end!  I throw all the kids' underwear and everybody's socks in a basket until I'm done folding the rest of the laundry.


Then, I can sort them into stacks of each persons' socks.  Nothing gets "paired" up.  Ever.  Not even my little girl's multi colored socks.  (And she's the only one who has ever had more than just white socks, by the way.)  You want to simplify life??  Get rid of the cutesy socks and each kid gets one type of sock.  Ruby is my exception, but her socks stay together for the most part (we are missing a few here and there) But they all get dumped into an ikea Skubb box and I find matching socks when I put them on her feet.  No need to do it on laundry day!!

Same for underwear -- I don't fold underwear, I simply sort them out into whose it is and they put it in a basket inside their dresser drawers.

Put it All Away
After ALL the laundry is folded, I start putting it away.  I put all of my hubby's and my laundry away in our closet, and then I put away all the towels.

Since my kids are all sleeping in their rooms by this point, they each get a basket with their folded laundry.  I put the baskets outside their door and in the morning, they put the laundry away.  I help Ruby put hers away.  

This process has simplified laundry day so much!

Although I am usually beat by the end of the day, I still kind of look forward to just being able to watch my show and do my own thing for an hour that night.  I also feel so much better when I stick to this routine and get all the laundry done and folded in that one day.  If I don't fold it that night...it tends to just lay around until nearly the next laundry day and my kids constantly bug me about not having enough pants... so it's just better to do it all and be done with it for a whole week!

What are your best laundry day tips??


          Belly Dump Driver - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
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          For sale - 2013 international 7500 Plow Spreader Trucks - $125,000   
Altoona 50009, IA, United States
16' Stainless steel dump, 11' Reversible Plow, 8' Wing Plow, Underbody Scraper, Serviced and dot inspected
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          Task Reset Without Bankruptcy   

I try to maintain a decent level of productivity discipline. I use Getting Things Done as a baseline of operations, but like most every GTD user, I have shamelessly bastardized it to my specific needs, pulling in other ideas from sources ranging from agile to energy mapping to child management to god knows what.

It largely works well. It’s still a bit weak on the self-directed writing projects, where I can’t break it down into word count goals the same way I can with contracted work, but other than that, it generally keeps me moving, with a few caveats.

I tend to suffer from an accumulation of cruft. Tasks that I really intend to do but never get around to. Emails I need to keep track of. Just a backlog of stuff that slows down the system and makes me feel less on top of things[1].

In the past, I’ve dealt with the the cruft through bankruptcy. I archive all my mail, delete all my outstanding tasks, and restart with a fresh capture of what I need to do. This works ok, but it has obvious risks - it’s very easy to drop something on the floor if you haven’t been diligent, and the very nature of the problem makes diligence difficult.

This week I found myself in a similar situation, but I have approached it differently with two tricks.

The first is that I finally broke down and tried the mailbox app. This has been a big help for me, but it’s not necessarily going to be a similar help to everyone. It’s an ok email client for gmail, lacking in a number of features (robust tag support, search and the ability to mark as spam are the big ones) and if it was judged solely by that it would be a real dud. However, while it’s only so good at handling email, it excels at managing email. It uses really clever gestures, but just saying that helps no one, so let me describe it.

When mail arrives, swipe right to archive it, swipe all the way right to delete it. Good start, yes, but the killer app happens when you sweep left - a choice of times pops up (like, later today, this evening, tomorrow morning and so on). You tap one, and the mail message vanishes until the time you selected.

So, if you’re like me, and your email box is full of implicit to dos, you can get them off your immediate radar to come back when convenient. Yes, this totally lets you keep kicking things forward (which I do), but it clears your mind while you do it. I love this function, and it’s pretty much the sole reason I’m excited to use this app. I really hope that other apps (including maybe to do apps) start adopting this technique.[2]

So, that cleaned out my inbox in short order, but that left my to do list, which had gotten pretty sprawly. So I took a tip from a Marc Andreessen post[3] where he suggested maintaining only 3 to do lists, one of things you need to do now (DO), one of things you need to do at some point (REVIEW) and one of things that can wait (HOLD). This simplicity was pretty much exactly what I needed, and I ran through my tasks, dumped them in the right buckets, and carried on quite successfully.

Curiously, the only speed bump was when I chose software. This method seemed simple enough that I figured I’d just use OSX Reminders, since it has iCloud sync to my iDevices. Sadly, iCloud proved frustrating and unreliable, so I tried other things. Lots of good todo apps out there (and I own many of them) but surpisingly few of them worked well for this particular system. I needed syncing and the ability to easily move items from one list to another, and finding that combination was surprisingly elusive. The best match actually looked to be the things app (which I had on my phone), but if I wanted sync, it would have been pretty expensive to get it on desktop and iPad. Given that I had already shelled out for the full Omnifocus suite, I couldn’t really justify that.

Thankfully, I found a solution using Omnifocus (thouse three lists are now my working contexts) and I’ve since been very happy with it. I dunno how long it wil be before complexity creeps back in, but in the short term, this has allowed me to simplify my system without the kind of interruption that bankruptcy tends to entail. That’s a big win. It’s also useful to boil the system down to the smallest possible set from time to time, so that I can be thoughtful about what I add back in.

In any case, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, and your system is offering you no relief, you might want to consider a similar paring down to essenetials. It might be just the thing to break th elogjam without sacrificing your work.


  1. And yes, I know, if I were a better disciplined GTD’er, the weekly review would address a lot of these things, but I’m not. I’m working on it, but I wouldn’t hold your breath  ↩

  2. If you live out of email, the Mailbox is not going to be an all in one solution for you. But it might be an effective doorman for when you’re managing your mail on the road.  ↩

  3. No link because the service it’s hosted on disapears in about a day.  ↩


          Good Mourning Rachael: Part 1   
If I'm guilty of one sin throughout the writing of this blog, it's most definitely of not finishing a story. Now now, I know what you're thinking. "One sin? You also suck at spelling, grammar, character development and..." Yeah yeah, I get it, but just roll with me here. The problem is that hope and newness is easy to write. Disappointment is just, well, sad. Still, it seems that if this blog is to be the narrative of my life(Or some representation of it), then I could serve it well by finishing a story.

If you need to catch up on the first part of this story, you can do so by clicking here and reading from the bottom up.


I was pretty excited after meeting Rachael. I don't think I've ever had such a good first impression in my life. It felt like I had just met my best friend again for the first time. She was smart, funny, personable, and everything just seemed to "click" in a way that hasn't happened since I was too ignorant to realize that there was something other than "clicking". Oh yeah, she was also breathtakingly gorgeous. My worry, as always, was that I had said something stupid or scared her off.

Should I call and ask her to lunch again? Should I play it cool? Will that come across as needy? Should I be aggressive?

I was shocked two days later when the phone rang and it was Rachael, asking me to lunch again. Another hour long meal passed in the blink of an eye, proving that the first meeting wasn't just a random aligning of the stars. We parted ways, but this time my fears were put to rest. One time might be lucky, but twice in a row was something right?

The meals and good times continued on for a couple of weeks, and despite the fact that she was one of the most amazing women I'd ever met, I was steadfast in my romantic stance. I was not getting a crush on a girl who was so ridiculously out of my league.

Spurred on by either my frequent disappearances around noon, or the new ear to ear grin that was permanently plastered to my face, Sean decided to question me as to what was really going on.

"So... are you interested? Are you going to make a move or what?"
"I don't know. You know how when you first meet a crazy cute girl, and there's all this sexual energy you hold back?"

"Sure, I guess"

"Well, it's nothing like that. I mean... I'm attracted to her, but that's so secondary. I just really want to spend all of my time with her. When she's around, we're constantly laughing and... I don't know. It sounds cheesy, but just happy."

"That's not the girl you date bro," he said, pausing for dramatic effect. "That's the one you marry."

And that's when it sort of hit me.

Long time readers may find this hard to believe, but I had never been dumped in my life. In fact, every romantic relationship in my life had ended for the exact same reason: I just always enjoyed my personal space too much. I'm fond of saying, "I don't know how guys cheat on a woman. Who needs 2? I only want a girlfriend 3 days a week. I need a time share woman."

But it wasn't that way with Rachael. Every meeting left me hungry for the next, and every joke made me laugh a little more. She was like Zpizza. I never got tired of her.

Finally I decided I had to make a move. I didn't want her so much as I just always wanted her around. The medium hotness rule was thrown out, and one night as we lay next to each other discussing something silly I decided it was time.

A million things raced through my mind. What should I say? What should I do?

What didn't race through my mind was the fact that we were laying in complete darkness, and since I have yet to develop super power night vision or obtain retinal implants from a secret government experiment, I couldn't see a thing. I had never been more nervous in my life as I leaned slowly over, inching closer and closer.

I puckered up, and landed squarely... on the nose.

Shit

In a feeling that would soon become common for me with Rachael, nervousness quickly turned to embarrassment. She would respond with what would become the cornerstone of our relationship. She doubled over in laughter.
          On Being Witty   
I was in a mad rush to finish up my Christmas shopping last Monday. Every year, mid-November I think, "I'll just buy a few things for the family and call it done" and every year, by December 20th, I've gotten gifts for tons of people, and spent way too much money. The thing is that I get an idea in my head, and then it's a mini-project that I have to finish.

I was still missing a few items, but I had a moment to stop in to Best Buy and pick them up. It was probably my fourth trip in as many days. At Best Buy, there is one long line, and when you get to the front, the next available person takes you. I approached the front of the line, items in hand and gave the various lines the once over.

There was the kid who's so weird, standing next to him would make me Steve Urkel look like George Clooney. I remember once reading that the key to women was to always hang with a friend who is uglier than you are. I considered asking him if he'd like to go to a Christmas party, or just hang sometime. He'd be my ringer.

Next to him was overly enthusiastic girl. She seems nice, but I can only be asked so many times if I found everything okay. Come on lady, you know me. I practically have your website memorized. My visits to Best Buy are more regular than a 26 year who eats well and takes Metamucil.

Next to her... Next to her was the cute short girl who I find intimidating despite the fact that she can't possibly be taller than 4'11 and is probably no older than 25. She'd been my cashier at least twice before, and somehow it was always very friendly, but not to the point of being weird. For me, a conversation with a stranger that isn't a complete train wreck comes around about as often as the Cardinals going to the Superbowl, but somehow it always manages to happen with her.

Naturally her line opened up first. I dumped my arm full of items on to the counter and began awkwardly digging through my pants for my "rewards card". As I did we discussed our holidays, the shopping, and how things had been. As she scanned the last item she said with a surprise, "Oh. It says here you get a 10 dollar gift card."

30 seconds later I would realize that a fun reply would be, "Oh. Wow... Um... How embarrassing. I didn't get you anything."

Unfortunately for me, I didn't wait 30 seconds to reply, I waited 2. What came out was closer to, "Oh. Um... Cool?"

After I left, I went straight home and mailed Santa a new letter with a brief description of the girl and a request for one, "Ability to think on my feet". While either of those items would have been fantastic, Santa instead brought me a new pair of jeans. I'm sure those will work out just as well.
          Hello, My Little Dumpling: Delicious Dumplings Around the U.S. #WillFlyForFood   

The dim sum dumplings at Duddell’s in Hong Kong are on our fly to try list – but if you’re stuck stateside this summer like we are, you can still sink your teeth into delicious dumplings – no plane ticket required. We’ve rounded up a bunch, from the authentic to the unique – to the highly Instagrammable. And be sure to enter our #WillFlyForFood giveaway. Imperial Lamian, Chicago, Illinois Eating for the Insta? Love dumplings? Right this way. The rainbow Xiao Long Boa from chef Victor Chong are thumbstoppers that come in an array of flavors, from Shanghai, spicy Szechuan, gruyere, crab, truffle, and duck. Bonus: In honor of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary, they’re just a buck a pop (minimum of four per order – but we just know you’ll want a dozen of these photogenic dumplings). Make a reservation at Imperial Lampian. Dirty Habit, San Francisco, California You’ll want to make […]

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          Life’s Interruptions: Are You Making the Most of Them?   

Apparently Thomas Jefferson and George Washington experienced a blizzard of similar magnitude to the one we did in Washinton D.C. area last weekend but certainly, it was the biggest recorded dump of snow since official records began.  Having come from a place where even a thin layer of ice on a puddle mid-winter was cause for […]

The post Life’s Interruptions: Are You Making the Most of Them? appeared first on Margie Warrell.


          Summer Streets   
I was skeptical when a colleague told me that Lafayette Street would be blocked off today for NYC's Summer Street's program.

Though I assumed that it would be one of the ever-present "street fairs" -- the same mystery meat, "Peruvian" sweaters, and pickpockets following crowds of tourists from one neighborhood to the next on summer weekends -- after an early yoga class this morning, I investigated.

It's great! The most amazing thing is the quiet, which extends even downtown to the courthouse area (it even seems quieter west of Broadway). Many of the Soho sidestreets are also blocked off, adding to the quiet and relative calm.

Another good thing: the tented booths lining the curbs seemed to represent local businesses. The bike shop was packed! In Soho, Lafayette Street houses more smaller businesses than Broadway, which is a sea of big box and chain stores.

I stopped to talk about the calm and quiet with a women who works for ACE, an organization that sends good people out to our sidewalks and streets to clean up after all of us.

"Less garbage, too," she said as she moved on down the curb, sweeping up a bit of paper.

She was absolutely right. Now, maybe the city sent street cleaners in beforehand. But the streets were sparkling. If you've lived or worked here long enough, you've seen people dump garbage out a car window -- could it happen so often that it's part of the impact of car traffic here in the city?

If you were driving, you might be annoyed by Summer Streets. But if you're walking, biking, or cleaning the streets...maybe not so much.

(And Summer Streets will continue on August 14 and 21.)
          Help with reading in text file and adding new lines in file   

I need to read in some text files with multiple numeric data columns, and whenever the value of the first column increases (ie, greater than the previous line), to add a black line separating these lines.
1.1
1.1
1.1
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.3

becomes:
1.1
1.1
1.1

1.2
1.2
1.2

1.3

int main() { int lines=0; char filename[100], ch; FILE * newfile; printf("enter file name: "); scanf("%s", filename); newfile = fopen(filename, "r+"); FILE * tempfile; tempfile =fopen("tempfile", "w"); while ((ch = fgetc(newfile)) !=EOF) { if (ch == '\n') { lines++; } } float *doub[lines]; char line[lines][100], rest[lines][100]; for (int i = 0; i < lines; i++) { fgets(line[i], 100, newfile); sscanf(line[i], "%f %s", doub[i], rest[i]); if ((i=0)) { fputs( line[i], tempfile); fputs( "\n", tempfile); } else if (i>0) { fputs(line[i], tempfile); fputs("\n", tempfile); if (doub[i] > doub[i-1]) { fputs( "\n", tempfile); } } } fclose(newfile); fclose(tempfile); return 0; }

This is what I have currently come up with, and it compiles, without errors on the couple of compilers that I have tried, though once i type the name of the text file I want sorted, it comes with an error:
segmentation fault (core dumped).
Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated


          Fidel Castro: A Litmus Test Of American Political Thinking   
The rise in favorable American opinion about Cuba, especially among Democrats, reflects the leftward tilt of their thinking, and a naïve belief, as expressed by the Sanders campaign, that Democratic Socialism is possible. If so, let them give one real-world example, and not the phony Scandinavian model. Fidel knew otherwise and did not tinker with democracy, and he died in power. Gorbachev did not, and he was unceremoniously dumped from power. I imagine Raul Castro is aware of these facts.
          IMF Resumes Direct Gold Dumping, Sells 10 Tons Of The Shiny Metal To Bangladesh    
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          Hacker Kit 2009 - Daily Hacker Tools [56mb]   
Hacker Kit 2009 - Daily Hacker Tools [56mb]

Some tools which hackers require in daily life. I personally use most of these.

Yahoo Account Locker
Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner + Crack
Admin Finder
Auto Surfer
Angry Ip Scanner
Anonymity Pack
Ardamax 28 and 2.9 + serial
Binders
Brutus
Crypters
Cookie Stealer
Debugging Tool
Email Bomber
Exploit Scanner
Ip Scanners
Irc Spammer
Md5 Cracker
Msn Freezer
MySqli Dumper
Passstealer - Istealer 5 and other fud stealers
Phishers - A to Z
Port Scanner
Shells Pack A to Z shells
Supernova 5
Telnet Tools
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          Visual Hierarchy Hacks To Design A Super-Cool Website #Infographic   
Visual Hierarchy Hacks To Design A Super-Cool Website
The last thing you want for your website is a visual chaos. You can't dump everything on the web pages and expect visitors to not bounce off. Function and aesthetics go hand-in-hand when it comes to user-interface and user-experience. This is where visual hierarchy comes into the picture. It is important to create a web design, which communicates, appeals, entertains and informs.

          The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy #Video   
The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy
Elon Musk just dumped a bunch of money into a company that will bridge the gap between mind and machine. This video takes a funny, yet scary, look at how that connection can evolve.

          God K   

In this week's show:

Borders E-Reader
Captain America Revealed
Google Dumps Windows
God K
Black Spidey

Opening Music: "Alive WIP v2" by George Carpenter
Closing Music: "On The Side" by The Shift


          WTH!? People Are Literally Lining Up to Dump Their Pets Before July 4th Weekend…   
UnknownIn a photo shared by Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation (SNARR) on their Facebook page, there is a heartbreaking line outside of the Houston, Texas city shelter with dozens of people lined up to surrender their dogs and cats.
          How Pinteresting!   
I still adore Pinterest, and I still spend the vast majority of my free time sat in front of it, but I have pinned markedly less things recently and I came to realise something... I HAVE REACHED THE END OF PINTEREST. I've won the internet, like, I've completed it! Most of the pins I see now on Pinterest are things I have already seen. And most of the time I go to pin something and it warns me I have already pinned it. Ah! Past Me was just as savvy and cool and awesome as Current Me for wanting to pin such things! All I can hope for is a sudden influx of new and awesome ideas from the Pinterest community so I can continue to pin new things to my hearts content!

I have however managed to find a few little gems that I was particularly taken by in the past few weeks that I wanted to share!

This amazing oven rack is just an absolute genius idea. Why didn't I think of this?? I am always clammering for more oven space for my roasted veggies and this even gives you space to cook your dessert at the same time. For someone like me who has the tiniest of ovens, this extra space is a god send! I definitely need to invest in one of these.
From: http://www.isavea2z.com/amazon-multi-level-oven-rack-very-helpful-baking-kitchen-tool/

This simple and adorable paper bird cage would make a great wedding table decoration, or a table centrepiece for your valentines meal! I'd make one for our Valentines Day meal if my husband had an ounce of romance in him (oh and did I mention he is working nights that weekend...?) *sigh* young love...

From: http://www.dumpaday.com/genius-ideas-2/simple-craft-ideas-68-pics/
I've been doing this stretch every few nights before bed (when I remember), and I've been holding it for a good few minutes at a time. It seriously hurts for the first minute or so, and it's quite difficult to hold the pose, because my shoulders are so stiff and so rounded. I get a good few clicks out of my shoulders too while I settle into this stretch. But it becomes more and more comfortable and afterwards when you release this stretch, your shoulders are obviously more retracted and natural and it feels amazing! I can highly recommend it. Especially good if you do a lot of driving or have a desk job where your arms are pretty much constantly in front of you (typing and holding the steering wheel are terrible positions for your shoulders!)

From: http://www.primallyinspired.com/tuesday-training-exercises-to-combat-poor-posture-and-rounded-shoulders/
Some things when you see them just make so much sense, it's a serious face-palm moment of "why is this not already a thing??" This outdoor "lamp" is a solar light, stuck on a candlestick and with a lampshade on it. I mean seriously, of course it is, why wouldn't it be and why hadn't I thought of this? This is an absolute must-do for whenever I have some outside space. I can picture myself with a glass of wine on a balcony in a big old chunky knit jumper and with one of these lovely lamps for company! Perfection.

From: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/12672158/list/Light-Up-Your-Night-With-an-Easy-Outdoor-Table-Lamp

I absolutely love this idea for a "baby shower" (though I hate to use such an Americanism) or even just a house warming party where everyone gets a wooden letter, paints and embellishments, and adds their own designs. Then you're left with your baby's name (or whatever word you choose, maybe something cookery related for your kitchen or maybe "welcome" for your hallway) and it's decorated by the people you love the most! This would also be a really cute thing to do for someone's birthday or for their wedding - post everyone a letter and some supplies, get them to add their designs and write their name on the back and then present it at their wedding or housewarming as a present! Ah the ideas just keep on flowing. Pinterest sows the seeds for me and I grow the additional ideas!!

From: http://www.savvydesignwest.com/2012/07/savvy-parties-baby-shower.html?m=1

Another one of those "seriously, WTF brain why couldn't you think of this??" moments. It needs no further explanation than the picture really! It says it all! Certainly one to remember for future house decorating! 

From: http://howtobuildit.org/2013/03/10/how-to-paint-baseboards-on-carpet/

And on that note I am off to chastise my brain for being unable to think of the initial ideas!! :)


          Building Signage Communicating Hazards Will Save Lives   
Truss Signage

International Fire Code (2012) Appendix J - Building Information Sign, provides excellent guidance in communicating high-hazard occupancies to fire crews responding to combustible dust related fires and explosions. Many fire departments are not aware of the inherent special risk of a HazMat nature when responding to these types of incidents. The situation is especially critical with lack of resources for many jurisdictions in conducting pre-site visits as outlined in NFPA 1620 Standard for Pre-Incident Planning.

Truss signage,” is an excellent example currently implemented in numerous jurisdictions throughout the nation in preventing injures and fatalities of fire-fighters due to truss system failures. Similar signage as referenced in the International Fire Code (2012) and NFPA 704 will effectively communicate hazards to fire departments responding to facility combustible dust related incidents.

“Fire Chief did not receive an MSDS sheet from facility until the next day. Fire Chief added that if he had the MSDS sheet at the time of the incident his tactical decisions would have been different.” –excerpt accident report. This example illustrates if High-Hazard H-2 occupancy signage was affixed to the outside of buildings, fire crews would know upon arriving at the fireground that deflagration hazards are present. NFPA 704 signage produces similar results. A flammable vapor cloud explosion (VCE) is not much different than the severity of a wood dust deflagration as both involve damaging pressures waves followed by slower moving flame fronts of destructive flammable gases.
          iBOL DNA barcodes in GBIF   

I've uploaded all the COI barcodes in the iBOL public data dumps into GBIF. This is an update of an earlier project that uploaded a small subset. Now that dataset doi:10.15468/inygc6 has been expanded to include some 2.7 million barcodes. In the new GBIF portal (work in progress) the map for these barcodes looks like this:

Screenshot 2016 12 07 22 58 43

Many of these records have images of the specimens that were sequenced, and the new GBIF "gallery" feature displays these nicely, e.g.:

Screenshot 2016 12 08 10 04 00

Having done this, I've a few thoughts.

Why did I do this?

Why did I do this, or, put another why didn't iBOL do this already? In an ideal world, iBOL would be an active contributor to GBIF and would be routinely uploading barcodes. Since this isn't happening, I've gone ahead and uploaded the barcodes myself. From my perspective, I want as much data to be as discoverable and as accessible as possible, hence if need be I'll grab data from wherever it lives and add it to GBIF (for an earlier example see The Zika virus, GBIF, and the missing mosquitoes). A downside of this is that, long term, the relationship between data provider and GBIF may be as valuable to GBIF as the data, and simply grabbing and reformatting data doesn't, by itself, form that relationship. But in the absence of a working relationship I still need the data.

Where are the taxonomic names

Lots of barcodes lack formal scientific names, even though in many cases BOLD has them. The data in the public dumps often lacks this information. A next logical step would be to harvest data from the BOLD API and add taxonomic names as "identifications".

Where are the sequences?

The sequences themselves aren't in GBIF, which on the one hand is not surprising as GBIF isn't a sequence databases. However, I think it should be, in the sense that for a lot of biodiversity sequences are going to be the only way forward. This includes the eukaryote barcodes, bacterial sequences, and metabarcodes. Fundamentally sequences are just strings of letters, and GBIF already handles those (e.g., taxonomic names, geographic places, etc.). Furthermore, the following paper by Bittner et al. makes a strong case that rather than knowing "what is there?" it's more important to know "what are they doing?"

Bittner, L., Halary, S., Payri, C., Cruaud, C., de Reviers, B., Lopez, P., & Bapteste, E. (2010). Some considerations for analyzing biodiversity using integrative metagenomics and gene networks. Biology Direct. Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6150-5-47

In other words, a functional approach may matter more than a purely taxonomic approach to diversity. For a big chunk of biology this is going to depend on analysing sequences. Even if we restrict ourselves to just taxonomic diversity, there is scope for expanding our notion of what we display once we have sequences and evolutionary trees, e.g. Notes on next steps for the million DNA barcodes map.


          Guest post: It's 2016 and your data aren't UTF-8 encoded?   

Bob mesibovThe following is a guest post by Bob Mesibov.

According to w3techs, seven out of every eight websites in the Alexa top 10 million are UTF-8 encoded. This is good news for us screenscrapers, because it means that when we scrape data into a UTF-8 encoded document, the chances are good that all the characters will be correctly encoded and displayed.

It's not quite good news for two reasons.

In the first place, one out of eight websites is encoded with some feeble default like ISO-8859-1, which supports even fewer characters than the closely related windows-1252. Those sites will lose some widely-used punctuation when read as UTF-8, unless the webpage has been carefully composed with the HTML equivalents of those characters. You're usually safe (but see below) with big online sources like Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), APNI, CoL, EoL, GBIF, IPNI, IRMNG, NCBI Taxonomy, The Plant List and WoRMS, because these declare a UTF-8 charset in a meta tag in webpage heads. (IPNI's home page is actually in ISO-8859-1, but its search results are served as UTF-8 encoded XML.)

But a second problem is that just because a webpage declares itself to be UTF-8, that doesn't mean every character on the page sings from the Unicode songbook. Very odd characters may have been pulled from a database and written onto the page as-is. In ALA I recently found an ancient rune — the High Octet Preset control character (HOP, hex 81):

http://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/6191ca90-873b-44f8-848d-befc29ad7513http://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/5077df1f-b70a-465b-b22b-c8587a9fb626

HOP replaces ü on these pages and is invisible in your browser, but a screenscrape will capture the HOP and put SchHOPrhoff in your UTF-8 document.

Another example of ALA's fidelity to its sources is its coding of the degree symbol, which is a single-byte character (hex b0) in windows-1252, e.g. in Excel spreadsheets, but a two-byte character (hex c2 b0) in Unicode. In this record, for example:

http://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/5e3a2e05-1e80-4e1c-9394-ed6b37441b20

the lat/lon was supplied (says ALA) as 37°56'9.10"S 145° 0'43.74"E. Or was it? The lat/lon could have started out as 37°56'9.10"S 145°0'43.74"E in UTF-8. Somewhere along the line the lat/lon was converted to windows-1252 and the ° characters were generated, resulting in geospatial gibberish.

When a program fails to understand a character's encoding, it usually replaces the mystery character with a ?. A question mark is a perfectly valid character in commonly used encodings, which means the interpretation failure gets propagated through all future re-uses of the text, both on the Web and in data dumps. For example,

http://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/dfbbc42d-a422-47a2-9c1d-3d8e137687e4

gives N?crophores for Nécrophores. The history of that particular character failure has been lost downstream, as is the case for myriads of other question marks in online biodiversity data.

In my experience, the situation is much worse in data dumps from online sources. It's a challenge to find a dump without question marks acting as replacement characters. Many of these question marks appear in author and place names. Taxonomists with eastern European names seem to fare particularly badly, sometimes with more than one character variant appearing in the same record, as in the Australian Faunal Directory (AFD) offering of Wêgrzynowicz, W?grzynowicz and Węgrzynowicz for the same coleopterist. Question marks also frequently replace punctuation, such as n-dashes, smart quotes and apostrophes (e.g. O?Brien (CoL) and L?Échange and d?Urville (AFD)).

Character encoding issues create major headaches for data users. It would be a great service to biodiversity informatics if data managers compiled their data in UTF-8 encoding or took the time to convert to UTF-8 and fix any resulting errors before publishing to the Web or uploading to aggregators.

This may be a big ask, given that at least one data manager I've talked to had no idea how characters were encoded in the institution's database. But as ALA's Miles Nicholls wrote back in 2009, "Note that data should always be shared using UTF-8 as the character encoding". Biodiversity informatics is a global discipline and UTF-8 is the global standard for encoding.

Readers needing some background on character encoding will find this and especially this helpful, and a very useful tool to check for encoding problems in small blocks of text is here.


          Chemistry Take Home (Make-up) Lab   
Chemistry Lab: #1 To Do Paper Chromatography With Leaves
Name: _______________________
Date: ________ Time: ___ minutes
Introduction:
Chromatography is a way to separate different molecules in a mixture.
Most plants contain several pigment molecules, so experiment with different leaves to see the wide range of pigments.
Time Required: 2 hours
Materials:
Leaves
Baby Food Jars with Lids
Rubbing Alcohol
Coffee Filters
Hot Water
Shallow Pan
Kitchen Utensils
Tips:
1. Try using frozen chopped spinach leaves.
2. Experiment with other types of paper.
3. You can substitute other alcohols for the rubbing alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol or methyl alcohol.
4. If your chromatogram is pale, next time use more leaves and/or smaller pieces to yield more pigment.
Procedures:
1. Take 2-3 large leaves (or the equivalent with smaller leaves), tear them into tiny pieces, and place them into small jars with lids.
2. Add enough alcohol to just cover the leaves.
3. Loosely cover the jars and set them into a shallow pan containing an inch or so of hot tap water.
4. Let the jars sit in the hot water for at least a half hour. Replace the hot water as it cools and swirl the jars from time to time.
5. The jars are 'done' when the alcohol has picked up color from the leaves. The darker the color, the brighter the chromatogram will be.
6. Cut or tear a long strip of coffee filter paper for each jar.
7. Place one strip of paper into each jar, with one end in the alcohol and the other outside of the jar.
8. As the alcohol evaporates, it will pull the pigment up the paper, separating pigments according to size (largest will move the shortest distance).
9. After 30-90 minutes (or until the desired separation is obtained), remove the strips of paper and allow them to dry.
10. Can you identify which pigments are present? Does the season in which the leaves are picked affect their colors?
Questions:
1. What is chromatography?
2. Name 4 methods used to separate mixtures.

http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howtos/ht/endothermic.htm

_________________________________________________________

Chemistry Lab #2 Copper Caper
Name: ______________
Date: ________ Time: _____ minutes
Introduction:
Copper atoms can combine with oxygen atoms from the air to make a molecule called copper oxide. The pennies looked dull and dirty because they were covered with copper oxide. When the vinegar and salt dissolve the copper-oxide layer, they make it easier for the copper atoms to join oxygen from the air and chlorine from the salt to make a blue-green compound called malachite. A mixture of salt and vinegar is really good at dissolving metals and metal oxides. When steel nail is put in the mixture, some of the iron dissolves. In an acid (like vinegar or lemon juice), lots of hydrogen ions (hydrogen atoms that are missing an electron) are floating around. In the chemical reactions at the surface of the screw, some of these hydrogen ions join and form hydrogen gas.
Time required: 40 minutes
Materials:
20 dull, dirty pennies
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
A clear, shallow bowl (not metal)
2 clean steel nails
A clean steel screw or bolt
Paper towels
Procedures:
1. Put the salt and vinegar in the bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves.
2. Dip one penny halfway into the liquid. Hold it there for about 10 seconds, then pull it out. What do you see?
3. Dump all the pennies into the liquid. You can watch them change for the first few seconds. After that you won't see anything happen.
4. After 5 minutes, take half of the pennies out of the liquid. Put them on a paper towel to dry.
5. Take the rest of the pennies out of the liquid. Rinse them really well under running water, and put them on a paper towel to dry. Write "rinsed" on the second paper towel.

6. Put a nail and a screw into the liquid. Lean another nail against the side of the bowl so that only part of it is in the liquid
7. After 10 minutes, take a look at the nails. Are they a different color than they were before? Is the leaning nail 2 different colors? If not, leave the nails in the bowl and check on them again in an hour or so.
8. What's happening to the screw? You may see lots and lots of fizzing bubbles coming from the threads. Is the screw changing color? Leave it in the liquid for a while and see what happens.

9. After about an hour, look at the pennies on the paper towels. What's happened to the ones you rinsed? What's happened to the others? What color is the paper towel under the unrinsed pennies?

Questions:
1. Why did the pennies look dirty before I put them in the vinegar?

2. Why did the vinegar and salt clean the pennies?

3. Why did the unrinsed pennies turn blue-green?

4. How did the nail and the screw get coated with copper?

5. Why did bubbles come off the steel screw?

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/web_resources/index.html

          Comment on SEGA responds to SEGA Forever backlash by shadow1w2   
Eh, its passable android ports. Personally I'd prefer to use emulators of my own choice with roms I've legally purchased via the selection on Steam or dumped myself. Selling emulated games as a quick throw in the rom and sell system is usually not that great. Though Nintendo can do it without a hitch for some reason. But ya, its on android and it works sorta, wasn't expecting much. Though the ads are really all over the place and I'd want something a bit more creative than just stuck between menus so I accidentally click them. Like why not do a bit more work, make a little sorta mini game of opening a case, force a user to read the manual with an ad at the end, then let them pop in the cart and run the game. Maybe suggest breaks and run commercials as if they were on a TV before letting them slug away at another few hours. You know, something a bit more natural if not too forced. But eh, I'd give them time, they'll improve I'd think, don't be too hard on em so early on I say.
          Comment on Sonic Forces will feature separate stories by Tarnish   
True, but unfortunately they dumped his cool personality and turned him into a lame comedian in the past few games. So if he's anything like that in this game too, I don't really care about his story of the game either.
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          Homemade Pork Dumplings (Step by Step Method)   
These days we can easily purchase any types,shape or brands of dumpling in Asian mart at frozen section.Some Asian marts do carry homemade dumpling.It's no denial that these dumpling taste good (including plenty of MSG),reasonable price and convenient.All we needs to do is to cook and eat it!! This is my first time making homemade dumping myself.You can use any type of meat to suit your taste or preference but I used minced pork. Well, I think my dumpling skin is a little bit thick and my crimping style is not up to the expectation :( Anyway,I think the taste is good enough and it's not too bad since it's my first attempt!! Maybe in future I will try to practices more to make the appearance look perfect!!.Happy Crimping!!





Ingredients:

Dough:


250 gm glutinous rice flour(sieve)
100 gm all purpose flour,plus extra for dusting
300 ml water
3 tbsp oil

Filling:
2 lbs minced pork
1 stalk scallion,slice small
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp ground white pepper
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil

Dipping sauce:

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 inch of ginger,scale the skin and shredded thin
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp granulated sugar
some slice scallion
*combine above ingredients in a small bowl,mix well*




Method:
1:Combine all the filling ingredients in a mixing bowl,mix well.


2:Combine both sieved flour in a mixing bowl,add in water and oil,knead with hands or mixer until smooth and elastic.(I knead with hands for 15-20 minutes)Rest for 10 minutes.

3:Then roll out the smooth dough in oblong shape,use knife to cut the dough in diameter shape.(If you like your dumpling bigger cut the dough thicker)Sprinkle some flour on the counter top to prevent dough from sticking.

4:Press the cut diameter dough with your palm on the kitchen counter top,then use dumpling roller(small size) to roll  dough from inside out.Scoop 1 tbsp or more filling,place in the center of rolled out dough.Fold the dough and crimping the edge.For storage,keep dumpling in freezer.

5:Prepare a tray,sprinkle with flour,place ready to cook dumping on the tray.Continue the same procedure until finish.Prepare a water in a pot at high heat.Drop few drops of oil in the rolling boiled water,place the ready to cook dumpling in the boiling water.Cook for 10-15 minutes before scoop up and drain.Serve warm with ginger sauce as dipping.




          6 months   
 Six months.  Six months!!  Who is okaying this madness?  Good thing this is such a fun age, or I'd probably be bawled up in a corning looking at newborn pictures.

Stats:
Weight: 19 lbs
Height: 28 1/2 inches

Clark is one happy camper these days and smiles at pretty much anything that moves: grocery store clerks, palm fronds, dogs barking.  He's not picky.  He's also especially giggly right now and it's killing me.  I have entirely too many videos of him laughing #sorrynotsorry.

Kiddo became a expert traveler this month going on two trips and six plane rides total.  And he was a dream.  Seriously, kuddos to this kid.  His first flight to Provo he gave us a diaper blow out and fell asleep minutes before the plane landed, but he was happy!  Not complaining.  We turned around the next week and flew cross country to Florida and Clark was a trooper all over again.  The real amazing thing was on our flight home where we waited 5 extra hours at the airport, missed our connecting flight, had to spend the night in Dallas, and grabbed an early morning 7AM flight having to be up at 5AM and off to the airport...and Clark didn't cry once!  Not once!  He was a miraculous traveling super baby.  Bless him.  Bless him 50 times.

This little guy is starting to become much more verbal these days with lots of ba's and aa's, and recently working on his ma's.  It's adorable.

The cutest thing lately is that our little man is starting to reach for him momma.  It melts me!  He's only done it a handful of times, but I just adore it (hopefully I still adore it when he's 2 and wanting to be help all the time).

Big baby milestone this month: solids!  So far we've just given the babe rice cereal and his reviews are definitely mixed.  He's interested, but confused and really the best tactic to getting him to eat a bite is to make him laugh and dump a spoonful in his open mouth.  He looks surprised every time, but he seems to be swallowing more than is dribbling down his chin so...progress?  I'm getting pretty jazzed to start giving him fruits and veges next. 

Little guy definitely is starting to have preferences these days and one of them is colors.  Specifically red.  He seems to dig all things rosy, most especially a cup I like to drink out of.  When it's on the table he does a full two armed lunge toward it until I move it closer.  We get the message little dude.

Mostly we just love this little chub and are so happy he's ours for good.  Keep growing little guy (but not too fast please!).


          baby boy   
I was looking through my pictures trying to find something solid to blog about and found - surprise, surprise - mostly a million pictures of my baby. 

So, behold, another photo dump and memory catalog. 

I love that little outfit Clark is wearing on the left.  My grandparents brought it back from Portugal for my older brother and he couldn't have looked cuter in it. 

Baby boy was in an especially smiley mood the other day and I couldn't believe I caught this little gem.  Gosh he's such a darling.

 Fresh clean baby?  Oh my goodness, is there anything better??

Kiddo, has started to figure out this whole tummy time business and it's adorable to watch him hold his head up.  He's even rolled over!  He's since kind of forgotten how that worked, but he'll get back around to it.

This boy thinks he's the king of the tub.  I agree.

 This babe gets awfully cuddly right before he's ready to go down for a nap.  It's my favorite.

And baby bums, am I right?  Seriously my favorite.

Poppy, daddy, and baby.

Story time with dada on a Saturday night is the best.  This baby is too cute and loves to look at the pictures. 

"I'm not always this cute, but - oh wait, yes I am!"

This is Clark's typical sleeping pose.  I think he's trying to imitate the angel Moroni.

I can't handle the look on his face in either of these pictures.

Smiles while he's awake and while he's asleep.

The chewing has begun.  Once those little hands are steady nothing will be safe!

And then that little intense gaze?  It kills me.

Saturday mornings in bed with momma and dada.  It's my favorite time of the week.

Late night cuddles in our favorite chair.

Clark and his two best buddies: his hands.  More often than not I'll turn around and he'll be chattering away to them, if they're not in his mouth, that is.

And then when did my little baby get so BIG??  He almost takes up half the crib now!  Eek!

xo
          Love Island: Dumped islander Simon says ‘weight has been lifted off Jonny’ after dumping Camilla   
'He just wanted to give Tyla a shot.'
          Love Island: Simon is dumped from the villa during incredibly tense ceremony   
It was islanders choice.
          Love Island: If Jonny dumps Camilla it will be worse than watching someone kick a puppy   
If Gabby and Marcel are next I will lose all hope in humanity.
          First gen Hyundai Tiburon   
Produced from 1996 to 2001, the Tiburon was Hyundai's first try at a sporty coupe. The Tibby used the 1.8l and the 2.0l 4 cylinder Beta I engine, rated at 130 and 140hp respectively. Hyundai later dumped the 1.8l variant. The car was rather competent for a first try.

1996-1998 Tiburon (RD)
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          Some People Know More Stupid People Than Most...   
Stupid People

My sister is a very intelligent woman when it comes to "book smarts," but a little naive in the ways of the real world. She used to work as a waitress, which I won't knock, because it IS a hard job. But when the cooks told her to go to the basement (restaurant had no basement) to get the dehydrated water, she searched for the basement entrance for an hour before realizing she'd been the butt of a joke. Another time, one of the salad girls had been busy, so my sister decided to make the salad herself. Just as she was carrying it to the customer, the salad girl grabbed her and said "what are you doing?" My sister said "well, she asked for the dressing on the side." You guessed it- she had put a little salad in the middle of the plate and poured dressing around the edges!

I was on my way to work early one morning. Having stayed up late with friends at a club, I wasn't feeling too hot! I decided to get some coffee from McDonald's and pulled into the drive through. I sat behind a car for a long time before I had noticed it had its window shade up! As I patiently continued to wait,I began to wonder how on earth this person was able to drive with this shade on.

It was quite some time before I realized I had pulled up behind a parked car!!!!!!!

One day I was working in the office at my college. I was asked to phone a list of 20 students and tell them that their exam for that Friday had been cancelled. So after I got to about the 10th person I realized that this was one of my classes. I went to lectures during the week and on Friday went to take my exam. But I saw no-one from my class there. Confused, I went to the office to find out what was going on, only to be told that the exam had been cancelled. The sweet little old receptionist told me that a young girl who sometimes worked in the office had phoned everyone. Perhaps, thought the little old lady, the girl who helped out had tried to reach me but hadn't gotten through. I felt so stupid since I was the one who phoned everyone. One of my prouder blonde moments.

One time I went to Taco Bell, and the front window of our car was broken so my mom made me order the food from the back seat. I ordered just fine, then the lady asked if I wanted any sauce. I said, "Just ketchup please." Oh Man! She looked at me so funny. THAT was embarrassing.

I have a friend who's really stupid. Over the summer I dyed my hair red and I didn't tell anyone about it. So one day, she phoned me to go do something, and when I saw her she said, "Oh, you dyed your hair!'" Then she asked me what colour.

I have a friend, Brandy, who was told if you gargle paroxide it will make your teeth whiter. When she did it her gums also turned white. Being the bright blonde that she is, she panicked and ate a piece of red candy to turn her gums back pink. Needless to say her newly whitened teeth were also red.

During a daily Biology class, we were discussing how DNA is made by taking enzymes from eaten food and using the enzymes to build the DNA. ANYWAY, my teacher said "Now, when I eat the carrot, the enzymes from the carrot help to build strands of DNA." And this girl in the front row asks without a hitch "So then is DNA made of carrots?"

One time I was playing around in the kitchen when I decided it would be a good a idea to try and scare my dog with our black and decker dough mixer. So I put it on turbo speed and aimed it at the dog who started to run away. To prove to the dog that it was harmless I attempted to stop the blades with my hand. My fingers got bent back to my wrist before the mixer gave up and I had to turn it off and run it back manually to pull my fingers out.

I went to Sixflags one time, and while going in, I noticed a hotdog stand! Instead of looking where I was going, I kept my head trained onto the stand in the hopes that my mom would buy me one. Because she didn't notice me, I decided to say "Mmmmmm, hotdogs" just like Homer Simpson would, but right after I said this, I crashed into the knee high brick wall. After falling over into the garden on the other side of the wall, I yelled out, "Owwwwww, my knees!" Everyone heard this and stared at me. Anyway, I hurt my knees and I didn't even get a hotdog.

My friend Pico, Jamal and I were riding in Pico's new Ford Explorer. We were on the interstate driving about seventy MPH. Pico's truck sounded funny. Jamal said, "Hey, is your truck OK?" Pico looked at the dash and saw that the automatic gear shift was in 2nd gear. Pico asks, "Hey, it's in '2.' I should pull over at the next exit then shift back to 'D' right?" Jamal and I beat Pico with our hats and I reached over and shifted the selector back to "D."

I hate to tell on myself but.... One night, I was in a friend's 3rd story apartment. We were grilling food on the apartment balcony. We were smart enough to realize that this wasn't a safe action. We decided to go to the park to grill. I had to run to the toilet. After I wrapped up the business, I went and found that my friends were all in the truck ready to go. I decided to jump off of the balcony to get to the car quicker. I fell 3 stories and hit the concrete...a perrrfect cat-like landing on 2 feet. Too bad I broke my ankle and my leg. They rushed me to the hospital. I got fixed up with a cast and pain killers :). We returned to the park. I was on crutches and had to lay on my back and keep my leg elevated. They all teased me well into the night. After the party ended, everyone packed to leave. Everybody said BYE!! One of my friends yelled HEY MOE! We have to do this again sometime!! Yeah right.......

My mom's friend is a teacher at a nearby high school. Well, one day, she assigned her class a paper on World War 2. The day it was due, one boy came in empty handed. The teacher asked him why. He simply replied, "I went to every library I could find, but I found NOTHING on World War 2. I found a lot of books on World War 11, though."

I work in a convenience store. A while ago, a woman came in, grabbed a bottle of soda and a candy bar, and came up to the counter. "That'll be $1.65," I told her. She looked at me kind of strangely for a moment, then picked up the soda and asked, "How much is this?" "A dollar," I said. Then she picked up the candy bar. "And how much is this?" she asked.

I broke my knee and was out of lacrosse for the season. Well the day after one of the games a friend of mine who is on the team walked up to me and asked, "Hey, how many goals did you have yesterday?"

I had an ex-girlfriend who was stupid. One day her stupid things were getting on my nerves and I asked her what her I.Q. was.
She responded "20/20"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a friend we will call him Maki. I told everyone at the lunch table at school that I aced my social studies test. He said "Did you get an A on it?"

I know someone who lives right down the street. One day she was walking along and struck up a conversation with my Mom. I had nothing to do and was overhearing it. The topic went to dogs. Then she said, "You know, there is this really strange thing that happens every time I drive to school. I pass this street and there is this dead dog. And once I get out of school and pass the street again, someone moved the dog. It's really weird! Every day someone moves this dead dog back and forth!" So, one day, we drove down that street to get to the supermarket, and remembering that conversation looked down the street and saw the dog laying there. The dog wasn't dead, it was sleeping!

My family were on a road trip with our caravan, when one of the wheels fell off. We happened to lose a couple of the nuts before putting it back on, so we stopped at the next service station to try and get some replacements. My father asked the attendant if they had any wheel nuts and she thought for a bit and replied, "No, but we have Nobby's Nuts."

After purchasing our house, my wife and I decided to rip up most of the carpeting in the living room and put down a tile floor. While relating this story to my boss I said, "...it was a long job. There was 300 square feet of floor to cover with 12 inch by 12 inch tiles." He then asked me, "Really! How many tiles did you use?"

My friend Rachel announced she was going to bleach her hair in the summer. My friend Tracey asked, "What color?"

We were listening to a story about my friend's next door neighbor who went to Germany and had a one night stand with a German bloke. When her husband found out they divorced. Tracey suddenly shouted "Oh! Just think! The baby will come out speaking German!"

In one of my high school classes we were going to have a mock trial. The teacher asked who wanted what roles. My friend raised her hand and said, "I'll be the prostituting attorney!"

I worked at a gift store just across a small open area from the world famous Space Needle here in Seattle. Two questions from tourists that never failed to amaze and amuse me were, "Where is the Space Needle?" (Honestly, it only looms 610 feet above your head at this very moment.) and "Is this where I get tickets to the Space Needle?" (No, you get them AT the Space Needle. I was tempted sometimes to send them to some remote corner of the Seattle Center in effort to obtain them. Shame on me.)

I had just gotten my debit-card. I hadn't had a chance to sign it yet and I went into the store. The girl, seeing that it wasn't signed, gave me her pen and asked if I would sign the card. I did. So she proceeds with the purchase, hands me the receipt to sign and then takes the card holds it up next to the receipt and compares the signatures…

My mom took out her old wedding album and built into the binding was a small music box that you had to wind up. Well, over the years a piece had fallen off the winding mechanism but mom had discovered if you put a dime in the slot to turn it, it still worked fine. So we're reading it and my niece (honor student, governor's school, etc.) comes over. My sister says, "Here, this part plays music. Do you have a dime on you?" And my niece says "Do you have to PAY?"

I had just punched in at my place of employment and was putting my things away, when the coworker I take over for came up to me and said, "I can't get the lint thingy back in the dryer right. I think I broke it." I went to see what the problem was. I found that HE, yes it was a male, had put the lint filter in backwards. As I took it back out and proceeded to put it in correctly, he stopped me and said, "Wait, I forgot to put this back in." I turned to see what he was talking about and in his hand was a big wad of lint.

My aunts were driving somewhere one day, and they stopped at a tollbooth. While they were sitting there they saw a part of someone's car rolling down the street, and started laughing. Then they realized that it was a part of their car.

My friend was driving me home from school one day. On the way home I saw a car that looked exactly like my mom's parked on the side of the road. I started laughing at it, and making fun of it because the tires had all busted and there was nothing left but the rim. When I got home she called to tell me that she wouldn't be home for a few hours because the wheels on her car had gotten messed up. I felt so stupid because I had been making fun of my mom's car.

After spending the afternoon snorkeling in St. Croix, I was standing near the dive shop when I overheard the following conversation between 2 middle-aged American ladies. They were watching a bare-footed man trudging (on hot gravel) with an empty scuba air-tank on his back. He was hunched over and grimacing. I presumed his posture and expression was due to the hot gravel on his bare feet. But apparently the ladies didn't see it that way. Lady1: My, those tanks must be awfully heavy! Look how he's walking! Lady2: Oh? Do you suppose that tank is all that heavy? Lady1: Well, I don't know if it's empty or not, but I heard someone say that those things can hold 70 lbs. of air! Lady2: Well that's hard to believe. Looks like they'd drown if they were all that heavy. How can they swim w/ all that weight? Lady1: Oh that's because it's weightless in water. You know everything is much lighter in water. Lady2: I suppose so. You're so smart about these things!

My wife was very excited upon hearing the 1996 Olympics would be held in Atlanta, Ga. Before she began planning the events she wanted to see, she asked me, "Will it be the winter or summer games?"

This is an actual conversation that took place in my educational psychology class (mind you everyone in this class is training to be a teacher). We were learning about the best way to teach kids concepts and the Prof. was using the word "bird." He asked us what characteristics made a bird different from other animals. Obviously people said "feathers, lays eggs, etc." One person said the beak made them different. The prof. asked the class if we all agreed that all birds had to have a beak. Everyone said, "YES" then from the back of the room this girl said "What about ducks? They don't have a beak. They have a bill." The prof. asked, "Aren't a beak and a bill the same thing?" She said "No a beak is used for pecking and a bill is used to sift things." Another student then said, "We know a duck is a bird. It is a biological fact." She replied, "Look, I don't know the biological reasons for it, but I am saying that a duck isn't a bird because it has a bill." The whole class sat there in amazement. Just think SHE could be teaching YOUR kids someday.

To prove just how smart the people who work for McDonalds are I told my brother that I would order a cheeseburger without cheese to find out what the guy would say. He did just what I thought he would do, he called back to the grill for a cheeseburger with no cheese instead of handing me a burger off the warmer. The guy working the grill didn't catch on either, because he wrapped it in a special wrapper instead of suggesting that he give me a regular hamburger.

Back in high school, I had THE stupidest music teacher. I was a brunette, but over Christmas vacation, I dyed my hair red. When I came back to his class after the vacation, he stared at me long and hard, then said "You know, last semester I had a student just like you, only she had brown hair."

Once my aunt had a terrible headache so she took an aspirin and soon felt better. Later that day she was looking for a button that had fallen off her blouse. She didn't find the button but she found an aspirin in her pocket!

I love telling this story because it is about my ex girlfriend. I was at her house for Easter. Her mother was making some cookies. They were "slice and bake" with little rabbits on them. My girlfriend said with an amazed look "Wow the little bunnies go through to the other side" ...(hence, slice and bake cookies)

Once while riding around Myrtle Beach with my parents, I saw a sign that read "Topless Bar." My sister and I, both pre-adolescents, wondered how did the bar-goers keep from getting wet when it rains. The thought occupied my mind for years until someone finally told me what a topless bar was!

I was 18 and in the Air Force, and had just bought my first car. It was at Fairchild AFB, near Spokane, Washington, and the car was a 1955 Oldsmobile. I had paid $50.00 for it. My buddy and I decided to take it for a drive over to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Nearing the city, we heard a "chop...chop...chop" sound. We parked at a restaurant and shut the car off. Went inside to eat, and then returned to the car. The car would not start. I raised the hood, and my buddy and I, (both of us REALY STUPID!) just stood there looking at the engine, not knowing a thing about cars. A man came up to see if we needed help. He told us that my battery was gone. Apparently, it was not tied or bolted down and it fell into my fan blades. Well, this man put his battery in my car to get it started and then took it out. He told us that when we get back to Spokane, to go buy a battery. Well, we drove all the way back to Spokane, and stopped in a gas station and bought a battery, ($19.95 in 1971). Well, we put that battery in, and as we went around the cloverleaf onramp to get back on the freeway, we heard, "chop..chop..chop."

I drive a city bus for a living. Bus drivers rule is once the door is closed and the bus is moving do not open the door. One night about 10pm I pull into a stop, pick up the people and proceed to pull out. All of a sudden out of the side mirror I see a person running toward the now moving bus. I stopped at a traffic light, the person caught up and passed the bus and ran 2 blocks to the next stop. I pull into the stop and open the door. The person looks up, puts one foot up on the steps, panting out of breath and says to me as he pulls a cigarette, "EXCUSE ME BUT DO YOU HAVE A LIGHT"

One day I took out the vacuum cleaner to vacuum my rugs and saw the bag inside was full. I went to get a new bag and saw I was out of the bags. I decided instead to put a plastic garbage bag into the vacuum cleaner. Being this vacuum cleaner was an upright it was an easy thing to do. When I turned on the vacuum cleaner imagine my surprise when the 30 gallon garbage bag blew up like a huge balloon and my vacuum cleaner danced across the living room rug.

During a hot summer day a woman called up our hospital proclaiming that her daughter had eaten and swallowed some ants on accident. We told her that she would be ok and that they would be dead before they could do any harm. Towards the end of the phone conversation something caught our attention. She said that she gave her daughter some ant poison to kill the ants. We then told her that she better come in right away. Everything ended up ok though, and we all still laugh about it to this day.

One day I was talking to my brother about a girl I know named Heather. I was telling him that I thought that she was cheating on her boyfriend and pregnant with the other guy's child. My brother got this very surprised look on his face and said, "Does Heather know?"

My old roommate had a burned out turn indicator. After telling him about it, he asked, "Do you think it needs more blinker fluid?"

I was with my sister in a restaurant in Ocean City and I was walking to the table. When I glanced to my side I thought that I saw someone with the same shirt on as me, and since I only got a quick glance, I looked the other way and said to my sister, "Hey that girl has my shirt." She replied, "Ummmm, I think that is a mirror..."

One day my sister, mother and I were all in the kitchen. My mother began to make dinner when my sister asked if she wanted some help. My mother of course said; "Yes, you can help by getting the ingredients out." My sister began to get all the ingredients out when my mother asked, "What are the olives for?" My sister replied, "We need olive oil."

Back in my high school days, I had just barely got my new pair of contact lenses. I came home really late from somewhere one night and went to take out my contacts and put them to soak. I didn't bother to turn on the lights. The optical had given me some small sample bottles of lens cleaner and I went to reach for this and put my lenses to soak. It wasn't until the next morning when I put my lenses in that I discovered my mistake. I had grabbed a bottle of Murine eye drops instead of the cleaning solution, and had dyed my contact lenses yellow! Except for the faint yellow tint, I could still see out of them just fine and wore them for 2 weeks until my replacement lenses arrived. Now think about this; my eyes are bright blue. Yellow contact lenses mixed with blue eyes produce the most "glow in the dark", bright GREEN cat eyes that you ever saw! I'd be sitting in class and the teacher would look at me, then look again! When I called different opticals and explained the problem, asking what could be done, nobody believed me. They all were laughing their heads off and a few of them said "no way!" and hung up on me.

A friend and I were house sitting for my dad while he was on vacation. One morning I went to fix breakfast and made pancakes. My friend had just poured syrup all over his pancakes and took several bytes. I asked him how they were and he said, "These are really good!"I sat down to eat, grabbed the syrup bottle and poured some over my pancakes. I took one byte and about gagged and said, "Yuck! These taste horrible!" "Hmm? They taste ok to me.." I grabbed the syrup bottle and looked at the label. In very small writing, my dad had scribbled "vegetable oil" on the bottle. What kind of moron dumps his used cooking oil into a syrup bottle and puts in back in the cupboard with all the other syrup bottles?

I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and I'm 14 years old. The tourists here can get so stupid because they always ask me what time they turn off the falls. I usually reply back, trying to sound like an idiot too 'about the same time they roll up the side walks. And they look at ME weird!

One day some friends and I went out to get some fruit at a curbside stand. There is a big sign selling plums 4 for a dollar. My buddy picks one up, looks at it and asks the guy, "How much for one?"


My friend Emily and I went to K-Mart. We were walking to the restrooms. I found a motorized cart. I hopped on cart. We went to the undergarments (after the restroom). Next thing I know the wheel on the cart got stuck on a bra rack. Next thing I know bra's are all over me, the cart and the floor. I stood up in shock and did not realize that there were people standing there. Emily shouts out "It's a miracle, you can walk."


My ex-wife once called me at a bar and asked, "Where are you?"

I was working in a large Western National Park and a woman who was a notorious chain smoker came out of her office and lit up a cigarette. I said, "What are you up to?." She took a long drag off of her cigarette and with smoke coming out of her mouth and nose said, "I just came out for a little fresh air"!

I went to McDonalds's the other day, and ordered a cheeseburger with ketchup only, meaning bread, meat, cheese, and ketchup. When I pulled away from the window, I checked the burger to make sure it didn't have anything but ketchup, and there was no cheese on it! I drove around and said to the guy at the window "This doesn't have any cheese."He said "Right, you ordered it with ketchup only."

I was at sleep away camp and there was a really bad storm. Eventually we lost power and most of my friends went scrambling for our flashlights. My best friend at camp (sadly), shouted, "Oh no! Since we don't have electricity our flashlights won't work!" It took awhile, but we managed to explain to her that flashlights run on batteries. I'm still not sure she gets it, but someday she'll understand.

I worked the night shift at a restaurant and every Friday night the same 5 deaf men would come to eat. They usually came very late and often stayed passed closing time. One night when they had stayed well passed closing time, I asked my boss if he could please give them some kind of sign that we would like to close the restaurant so they would leave. He reached up and shut off the music.


* © 1999, Lynn Sebourn
          Achter de kassa bij de EYOF   
Ik heb meegewerkt als vrijwilliger bij de European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF). Waarom heb ik hieraan meegewerkt? Het is dicht bij huis, in mijn eigen woonplaats Utrecht. Het leek me leuk om zo’n evenement eens van achter de schermen mee te maken. In het najaar van 2012 was ik getuige geweest van de enthousiaste vrijwilligers bij de Paralympics en dat heeft me ook wel geïnspireerd om mee te gaan doen. Om de werkzaamheden een beetje in het verlengde van mijn expertise te laten zijn heb ik me opgegeven als medewerker of coördinator ticketing, ofwel gewoon kaartjes verkopen achter de kassa.

De EYOF is een soort Olympische Spelen voor de jeugd van 13 tot en met 18 jaar, maar dan alleen voor de jeugd uit Europa en voor een beperkt aantal sporten. Een van die sporten is atletiek en ik had me opgegeven om de kassa te beheren bij de atletiekbaan. Het sportieve gedeelte van de EYOF zou plaatsvinden van 15 tot en met 19 juli. Ik was verhinderd op de eerste dag, maar me beschikbaar gesteld voor de overige vier dagen. Conform wat ik had opgegeven ben ik voor alle vier dagen ingedeeld bij de atletiekbaan. Op dinsdag van tien tot drie uur, op woensdag van half elf tot half vier, op donderdag van elf tot acht en vrijdag zelfs van tien tot half acht. Al met al, best wat uurtjes!  Officieel was ik medewerker ticketing. Bij navraag over de functie coördinator ticketing werd mij verteld dat deze later zou worden verdeeld onder de aanwezige vrijwilligers.

Op dinsdagochtend 16 juli meldde ik me bij het atletiekterrein. Om elf uur zouden de eerste wedstrijden beginnen, om tien uur moest ik mij melden. Dan zouden we een korte instructie krijgen om vervolgens de kassa te gaan bemannen.  Ruim voor tien uur was ik present, ik wilde zekere niet te laat komen en daar wachtte mij de eerste verrassing. Hedwig, de HR assistent op de atletiekbaan, deelde me mee dat de wedstrijden pas om drie uur ’s middags zouden gaan beginnen. De kassa zou toch gewoon om tien uur opengaan, omdat de gewijzigde aanvangstijden nog lang niet bij iedereen bekend zouden zijn. Ik vond het behoorlijk teleurstellend, ik stond ingedeeld van tien tot drie uur en ik zag me al een hele ochtend duimen draaien voor een paar vroege vogels, die mogelijk ook nog teleurgesteld zouden zijn in het verlate aanvangstijdstip.

De aanvangstijden van de wedstrijden zijn verplaatst omdat er minder wedstrijden plaatsvinden dan gepland. De reden hiervoor is dat er minder atleten zijn komen opdagen dan verwacht. Daardoor was het niet noodzakelijk om allerlei voorrondes en series te laten plaatsvinden. Bij veel onderdelen kon worden volstaan met een halve finale en bij een enkel onderdeel waren er zo weinig deelnemers dat men gelijk al aan de finale kon gaan beginnen. Het polsstokhoogspringen voor jongens bijvoorbeeld had op deze dinsdag gelijk haar finale.

Om kwart over tien liepen mijn collega Martin en ik mee met Hedwig om ons met een kassa, een doos en een laptop te begeven naar de ingang, die zich aan de andere kant van het terrein bevond. De beveiliging was inmiddels gearriveerd, dus het hek kon open. Aan de andere kant van het hek stonden al een tiental mensen te wachten die een kaartje willen kopen. We moesten alles installeren en gelijk ook al de eerste klanten af te handelen. De instructie was dus noodgedwongen kort. Ik ben maar begonnen om de kas op te maken, want dat leek mij een eerste vereiste voordat ik het eerste kaartje ging verkopen. Nadat ik dat had gedaan, heb ik snel een paar kaartjes, die zich in de meegebrachte doos bevonden, verkocht aan de wachtende klanten. Sommigen waren al op de hoogte van de gewijzigde aanvangstijden, sommigen nog niet. De laatsten besloten daarop veelvuldig om voorlopig nog maar even af te zien van het kopen van een kaartje. In de tussentijd konden ze nog een heleboel andere dingen gaan doen. 


De opstelling bij de ingang was als volgt. Bij de fysieke ingang is een tafel geplaatst waarop de laptop is geplaatst. Op deze laptop is programmatuur geïnstalleerd waarmee met een scanapparaat de kaartjes worden gescand, zodat de mensen naar binnen mochten. Collega Martin heeft zich voornamelijk beziggehouden met deze taak. Vijf meter verderop staat een hok van twee meter bij twee meter waarin de kaartjes worden verkocht. Mijn taak heeft voornamelijk bestaan uit de verkoop van de kaartjes. Het merendeel van de mensen had van te voren al kaartjes gekocht en kon dus rechtstreeks doorlopen naar de laptop om hun e-ticket te laten scannen. De mensen zonder kaartjes moesten eerst naar mij toe komen om een kaartje te kopen en vervolgens zich ook naar de laptop te begeven om daar hun pas aangekochte kaartje ook te laten scannen.


Na een kwartiertje was de rust wedergekeerd en kon het lange wachten gaan beginnen op de volgende klanten en op het begin van de wedstrijd. Het was ook tijd om eens goed alles tot me te laten doordringen. Het eerste wat opviel is dat de kas aan het eind van de vorige dat niet was opgemaakt. Een slechte zaak! In de beperkte instructie is helemaal niets vermeld over kas opmaken en dat lijkt mij eigenlijk een van de meest essentiële onderdelen van het verkopen van kaartjes via een kassa.


Vervolgens heb ik een blik geworpen op de kaartjes in de doos. Deze waren allemaal genummerd, logisch natuurlijk, ook essentieel voor een goede organisatie van de kassaverkoop. Gelukkig waren er alleen nog maar kaartjes uit het eerste pakje verkocht, zodat nog betrekkelijk eenvoudig was vast te stellen hoeveel kaartjes er tot nu toe waren verkocht. Dat waren er 214. Vervolgens heb ik de kas gauw nog een keer opgemaakt om te weten hoeveel er die ochtend waren verkocht, zodat ik kon vaststellen dat de op eerste dag van de wedstrijden er in totaal 208 kaartjes zijn verkocht. Omdat elk kaartje een verkoopprijs heeft van € 10 zou dat een theoretische opbrengst van € 2.080 moeten zijn.


Op grond van de beginkas van de dinsdag ( € 1.575), en ervan uitgaande dat deze dezelfde is als de eindkas van de maandag, en de beginkas van de maandag (€ 200), die wel gedaan was, heb ik vastgesteld dat er € 1.375 is binnengekomen op de maandag. Er zat dus een behoorlijk verschil tussen de werkelijke opbrengst en de theoretische.

Maar dan heb je natuurlijk nog de speciale gevallen. Op de maandag zijn er mensen aan de deur geweest die e-tickets voor de donderdag hadden gekocht. In eerste instantie zou op die dag de finale plaatsvinden van een onderdeel waarop hun favoriet zou deel nemen. Doordat er minder deelnemers waren heeft de finale echter al plaatsgevonden op maandag. Deze mensen is dus de gelegenheid geboden om hun e-ticket van donderdag in te wisselen voor een gewoon kaartje van maandag. Dit soort zaken verstoort natuurlijk de vergelijking tussen de theoretische opbrengst en de werkelijke.



Een andere verstorende factor is het feit dat alle vrijwilligers recht hebben op twee vrijkaartjes. Een hele mooie regeling, maar de praktische invulling ervan was niet helemaal goed geregeld. Aan dit fenomeen is dan maar een eigen invulling gegeven. Als de vrijwilliger bij de kassa kwam en zijn accreditatie liet zien, dan werd zijn naam opgeschreven en kreeg deze de twee beloofde kaarten. Dit systeem is natuurlijk zo lek als een mandje, want elke vrijwilliger kan bij elke locatie twee van dei kaarten gaan afhalen, omdat dat nooit fatsoenlijk gecontroleerd kan worden. Het is zelfs niet doenlijk om te controleren of de vrijwilliger op een vorige dag al eens eerder kaartjes heeft afgehaald. Een mooi gebaar richting vrijwilliger, maar over de praktische invulling is onvoldoende nagedacht.


Ik stelde vast dat er van de maandag 12 e-tickets lagen waarvan ik kon aannemen dat deze ingeleverd waren tegen uitreiking van een gewoon kaartje. Op de lijst van vrijwilligers stond vermeld dat er 35 kaartjes waren afgehaald, maar door Martin werd aan toegevoegd dat men waarschijnlijk pas in de loop van de tijd ertoe overgegaan was om de namen op te schrijven. Deze lijst was waarschijnlijk niet volledig. Deze gegevens vertelden me dat er 45 kaartjes waren uitgegeven waar geen opbrengst tegenover stond. De gecorrigeerde theoretische opbrengst komt nu dus uit op € 1.510. De werkelijke opbrengst was € 1.375, dus er miste ergens € 135. Die € 5 moet ergens verklaard worden doordat iemand ergens dat bedrag te veel of te weinig heeft betaald, en verder zou het restant verklaard moeten worden door de niet genoteerde vrijwilligers die hun kaartje zijn komen ophalen.

Het lange wachten op de volgende bezoekers kon nu zijn aanvang namen. Tijd om alles eens goed te overdenken. Ik miste een geschreven instructie van het beheer van de kassa, ik miste een mondelinge toelichting. Essentiële zaken zoals een kasopname en aansluiting maken tussen de kaartjesverkoop en de kassaopbrengst waren geen onderdeel van de instructie. Ik heb de taak maar op mij genomen om te zorgen dat tijdens mijn aanwezigheid daar in ieder geval een beetje aandacht voor zou zijn.

We vonden wel dat er behoorlijk wat geld in de kas zat. Het leek ons verstandig dat het overtollige geld uit de kas zou worden gehaald om naar een veilige plek te brengen. Eigenlijk had dat maandagmiddag laat moeten gebeuren, maar dat is helaas niet gebeurd. We hebben Flori, coördinator ticketing en accreditatie, opgebeld om hier voor te zorgen. Een halfuurtje later was ze er en nadat zij de kas ook had geteld, heeft ze € 1.250 uit de kas meegenomen. Ik heb toen ook een paar van mijn opmerkingen met haar gedeeld.

De eerste uren van mijn eerste dag waren heel rustig, maar het laatste uur voor aanvang van de wedstrijd werd het toch behoorlijk druk. Iets na drie uur kwam mijn vervanging mij aflossen en deze heb ik instructie gegeven over de uit te voeren werkzaamheden. Eigenlijk hadden we de kas bij overdracht ook op moeten maken, als we het helemaal juist hadden gedaan, maar ik wou geen scherpslijper zijn, dus heb ik daar maar vanaf gezien. Het was ook nog veel te druk aan de kassa om dat even rustig te doen.

De volgende dag, woensdag 17 juli, zou ik gewoon weer present zijn, maar in onderling overleg hadden we afgesproken dat we wel een uurtje later zouden beginnen. Om elf uur was ik present en niet snel daarna hebben we ons weer geïnstalleerd. Ik stelde vast dat er nu gelukkig wel een kas was opgemaakt aan het eind van de dag en dat deze gelukkig ook aansloot met mijn telling aan het begin van de dag. De beginkas voor de woensdag was € 335. Duidelijk was ook dat er aan het eind van de dinsdag wel de kas was opgehaald, hoewel dat niet was genoteerd, maar naar later bleek is er toen weer € 1.250 uit de kas gehaald.

Ik stelde vast dat er tot en met dinsdag 379 kaartjes waren verkocht. Verder waren er 24 ingeleverde e-tickets en waren er volgens de lijst in totaal 75 kaartjes afgehaald door de vrijwilligers. De theoretische opbrengst voor de eerste twee dagen komt derhalve uit op € 2.800. De werkelijke opbrengst was echter € 2.635. Een verschil van € 165 en dat was dan € 30 meer dan de vorige dag.

Op de woensdag kwam Flori al vroeg opdagen om de kas op te nemen en het overtollige kasgeld mee te nemen. Dit keer zat er nog niet zo veel in kas en nam ze € 400 mee. Ze meldde ons dat ze aan het eind van die middag weer langs zou komen om dit nog een keer te herhalen. Ik heb dat niet meer meegemaakt, want ik had om half vier mijn taak al overgedragen aan mijn opvolger.



Voor de laatste twee dagen is afgesproken dat we pas om twaalf uur zouden beginnen. Op donderdag was Martin wederom mijn collega, op vrijdag had ik een nieuwe collega: Marlies. Die dagen ben ik er van het begin tot het einde geweest en voor beide dagen heb ik ook een perfecte aansluiting kunnen maken tussen de werkelijke en theoretische opbrengst. In totaal zijn er net geen duizend kaartjes uitgereikt, het ticket met nummer 995 is het laatst verkochte ticket. In totaal zijn er 31 e-tickets ingeleverd en zijn er 176 kaartjes uitgereikt aan vrijwilligers. Theoretisch had er dus € 7.880 moeten binnenkomen.

De laatste dag was ook duidelijk de drukste dag. In totaal zijn er 233 kaartjes uitgereikt, waarvan 4 ingeleverde 3-tickets en 40 aan vrijwilligers uitgereikte kaartjes. Voor kaartjesverkoop is dus € 1.890 binnengekomen. Extra bijzonderheid voor deze dag was dat er € 60 retour is gegeven voor e-tickets die niet meer omgewisseld konden worden voor andere kaartjes. Dit laatste is beslist door Hedwig, voor ons gevoel hadden we instructie gekregen dat wij geen kaartjes konden omruilen voor geld, maar misschien hebben we dat zelf maar zo geïnterpreteerd. Om discussies te voorkomen.


Halverwege de middag kregen we plotseling nog wel even een kleine verrassing. Een hele doos met mascottes werd er bij ons gedumpt, met het verzoek of wij Youthy nog wel even voor € 10 wilden slijten aan de bezoekers. Ik vond het gevraagde bedrag behoorlijk veel voor zo’n klein poppetje, dat waarschijnlijk voor een habbekrats in China is gemaakt, maar na enige aarzeling zijn Marlies en ik toch maar overgegaan tot actieve verkoop. Onder mooie termen als “blijvende herinnering” en “lasting memory” zijn we er toch nog in geslaagd om 19 van deze mascottes voor de volle prijs te verkopen. Na afloop toen de mensen weer naar buiten gingen mochten we ze, na samenspraak met Flori, voor maar liefst € 5 verkopen. Ook toen zijn we er nog een aantal kwijtgeraakt. Die doos hadden ze eerder bij ons neer moeten zetten, dan hadden we er nog veel meer kunnen verkopen. Nu was uiteindelijk de doos nog voor driekwart gevuld. En wat ga je nu nog doen met die mascottes?

Op vier van de vijf dagen van de EYOF heb ik achter de kassa gestaan bij de atletiekbaan. Leuk om dat zo eens mee te maken. Dat het programma veel later begon dan oorspronkelijk gepland was achteraf helemaal niet zo erg. Dan had je eerst een paar rustige uurtjes om alles eens goed in ogenschouw te nemen, dan kwamen de drukke uurtjes zo rond drie uur, met daarna nog weer een paar rustige uurtjes. Leuk om in aanraking te komen met diverse supporters uit verschillende landen, waaronder veel Belgen en Fransen.

Ook de bijzondere dingen kun je goed in je opnemen. Naast het hok van de kassa was ruimte om te parkeren en gedurende de eerste drie dagen is daar ook ruimschoots gebruik van gemaakt, hoewel het formeel niet toegestaan was. Op de donderdag kwam er echter een wakkere boswachter langs die ze allemaal op de bon wilde slingeren. Hij keek echter ook om het hoekje en zag dat er daar nog veel meer stonden. Dat kon hij fysiek niet helemaal aan en daarom ging hij weer weg om de opdracht over te dragen aan de verkeerspolitie. Een halfuurtje later waren ze er ook en hebben heerlijk bonnen zitten uitschrijven. In de tussentijd hadden we de organisatie al gewaarschuwd om ervoor te zorgen dat het werd omgeroepen. Een paar heeft hier gebruik van gemaakt, het merendeel niet.


Op de vrijdag had ik een taak erbij, de foutparkeerders waarschuwen voor een mogelijke boete. De meesten kozen eieren voor hun geld en vertrokken. Een tweetal auto’s had hier maling aan en bleef gewoon staan. In de ene zat een Zwitserse fotograaf, die op donderdag ook al een bon had gehad, waarschijnlijk werd deze gewoon door de baas betaald. In de tweede auto zaten mensen die iets met Georgië te maken hadden, want ik zag het vlaggetje op hun accreditatie. Die hadden ook geen boodschap aan mijn mededeling. Waarschijnlijk in Georgië zulke hoge pieten, dat ze nooit in aanmerking komen voor het fenomeen verkeersboete.  Op woensdag had een omstander al geklaagd over de inzittenden van deze auto, ze hadden zonder pardon allerlei vuilnis uit de auto gegooid. Wat moest ik hier nu van denken? Toen wist ik nog niet het dat het Georgiërs waren.


En op de laatste dag kwam er opeens een vehikel voor de ingang staan die Spa Citron is gaan uitdelen. Deze flesjes vonden gretig aftrek, want het was dorstig weer. Of het helemaal legaal was betwijfelden we, zeker omdat Spa Citron een concurrerend merk is van één van de officiële sponsors van de EYOF: Coca-Cola. Voor we er erg in hadden was de wagen ook weer vertrokken.


Interessant om hier met een organisatorische blik naar te kijken. In principe is best wel wat op aan te merken en in de loop van de week is het ook behoorlijk verbeterd en ik heb daar denk ik ook wel een steentje aan bijgedragen. Aan de andere kant loopt zo’n organisatie ook wel als het niet zo duidelijk is geregeld. De mensen die er aan werken pikken op wat er op hun pad komt en maken er het beste van. 

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          For once, LG may beat Samsung   
Samsung has been touting the latest strategy for Tizen — this time as an integrated OS for its smart TVs. It’s earned dozens of news stories this month, all tied to its promotional efforts for this week’s CES show in Las Vegas.

Samsung has always been better at announcing and publicizing Tizen strategies than it has been at executing on them. It did not skimp on the grandiloquent predictions when its original incarnation (then called Bada) was announced in November 2009:
Samsung Launches Open Mobile Platform: Samsung bada – The Next Wave Of The Mobile Industry
November 10, 2009
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung bada [bada] in December. This new addition to Samsung's mobile ecosystem enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience.

In order to build a rich smartphone experience accessible to a wider range of consumers across the world, Samsung brings bada, a new platform with a variety of mobile applications and content.

Based on Samsung's experience in developing previous proprietary platforms on Samsung mobile phones, Samsung can create the new platform and provide opportunities for developers. Samsung bada is also simple for developers to use, meaning it's one of the most developer-friendly environments available, particularly in the area of applications using Web services. Lastly, bada's ground-breaking User Interface (UI) can be transferred into a sophisticated and attractive UI design for developers.

Samsung will be able to expand the range of choices for mobile phone users to enjoy the smartphone experiences. By adopting Samsung bada, users will be able to easily enjoy various applications on their mobile.
Encouraged by Samsung, one analyst predicted that Tizen would make up “half of its portfolio by 2012.”

Instead, (according GSM Arena) only 11 bada models ever shipped — out of more than 3200 models during the past 5 yearsbefore bada was discontinued in favor of Tizen — a merger of bada and the Intel- and Nokia-flavored mobile Linuxes (among others).

Samsung announced its first Tizen phone — the Samsung Z  — June of 2014. A defeatured version of the Galaxy S5, it debuted not in Korea — or North America or Europe — but in Russia, suggesting the company did not think it could compete head to head with the latest Android and iOS phones. In fact, it was even ready for a third world BRIC country: the release was cancelled due to a lack of applications.

At CES this week, Samsung announced that Tizen would jump species — from its viral reservoir in rare smartphones and smartwatches — and become the only OS it uses for its smart TVs. I had three reactions.

First, so what? Yes, as the leading TV vendor Samsung can push out lots of copies of Tizen. But does anyone care what OS is in their VCR, DVR, Blu-ray, TV or home stereo? (I care about the OS in my car stereo — due to cellphone compatibility — but that’s a story for another time.)

Second, Samsung is saying: “let’s ship a platform in a product category where no one cares about app availability.” In other words, it may never win developer support for Tizen — and thus a large assortment of apps — but on TVs, who cares?

Finally, while Tizen frees Samsung from dependence on the evil Google, is shipping Tizen an asset for Samsung — or a liability?

Under the hood, Tizen has a very robust Linux, reflecting bada’s 2011 merger with MeeGo, which in turn built upon years of work by Nokia (with Maemo) and Intel (with its Maemo fork called Moblin). (It also included the failed Linux Mobile standard, LiMo).

However, a robust OS under the hood means nothing if it has a clunky UI. Exhibit A is the Symbian OS with Nokia’s aged S60 UI; Exhibits B-Z are every incarnation of desktop Linux known to mankind.

Which brings me to the dark horse: LG. I hadn’t noticed, but two years ago LG bought webOS, the failed Palm smartphone OS that HP owned for three years before dumping it. This week LG announced it’s using webOS for its own TVs.

Almost six years ago, webOS was a really good smartphone OS. But despite Palm’s efforts to double-down on its modern OS, it wasn’t enough to save the company. Now, webOS has a $100+ billion/year company behind it — and unlike with OS — a large volume of shipping products where it can run.

With a product strategy that usually consists of copying Samsung — much like Panasonic copied all its Japanese rivals — LG is rarely thought of as an innovative company. But here, instead of copying Samsung by developing its own lousy embedded OS, it bought a good one.

Again, will it matter? Will the TV OS matter more than screen size, brightness or — most importantly for a commodity product — price? As a former software guy, I want software to matter in providing differentiation. But I’m not going to bet even one dollar of our youngest’s college fund on it.
          Types Of Relationship Breakups   

As you know, relationship breakups are terrible emotional events and quite devastating. You think you found someone - finally - that you can spend your life with, someone who understands you and loves you. You’ve never been more comfortable with anyone, ever. And then, you lose it and your world is turned upside down.

When people go through relationship breakups, the emotional healing process is similar to what you go through when a loved one passes away. Being that suffering the death of a relationship is very much like suffering the death of a loved one, it’s not surprising. However, unlike a person, a relationship can be brought back to life.

Breakups don’t necessarily have to be permanent in many cases. Way more relationships can be salvaged than those that are forever destroyed. It’s important to understand the different kinds of relationship breakups that exist and what you can do about them.

We’ll take a brief look at the various kinds of breakups and what sort of strategies you can do to fix them. Keep in mind that while most relationships can be repaired, not all of them should be fixed. So let’s let’s cover the right techniques for each kind of breakup.

Abusive Relationship Breakups

This is the kind of relationship that should not be saved. Let this breakup stick – it can and it should! Even if you’re remotely considering going back to this relationship – please don’t!- you do NOT deserve to be physically or emotionally abused. Alright – got that one out of my system.

Mutual Breakup

Not always, but a lot of times when both people want out, it’s a mutual thing – that kind of relationship shouldn’t be fixed – especially if it’s truly mutual. However, if it was just called a relationship and was actually one of following two relationship breakups, that’s a different matter.

You Got Dumped

Usually, this is the one that hurts the most. If they broke up with you, the first thing you need to do is figure out exactly what happened – why did the relationship end? When you have this figured out, you have to decide if the underlying problems are something you could and should fix. If you can answer positively, then working on these things need to be your starting point.

You Dumped Them

Sometimes we break up with someone and then we realize we made a huge mistake by throwing away a good thing. If this has happened to you – the first thing you need to do – is re-establish trust. Basically, you’re going to have to start the relationship over. Slow and steady wins the race on this one. Something like a coffee date to start, or something equally “innocent” and small. Then slowly work towards fixing the relationship.

Whichever of the above relationship breakups that you are dealing with, know this – there is help out there. You just need the right advice and instruction in repairing your feelings and your relationship with your ex.

May God bless you with love and happiness!


          Ji Ji Asian Kitchen on Carnival Vista   
If you follow this blog, you know my love for food and trying new things. When I first dined at a Ji Ji Asian Kitchen on Carnival a few years ago, I instantly fell in love and claimed it as my favorite Carnival restaurant. To date, Ji Ji still holds this title for me.

Aside from delicious food, the family style dining at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen is what makes this my favorite restaurant at sea. It's incredibly affordable considering the amount of food you receive. For $15, each person gets a starter, an entree, a side dish and a dessert. I suggest if you go with a large party, to have everyone order something different, giving everyone a chance to try their favorite and something new. If you have a party of two, be sure to order different things.
Ji Ji Asian Kitchen on the Carnival Vista has an open kitchen so we were able to watch the chef's hard at work from our table!
I will state, my best friend is not an adventurous eater. She allowed me to order for us and ended up realizing after this trip that she loved Asian cuisine. Also, I loved the art work at this restaurant! Here's a tip - if you want a wider wine selection while at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen, ask your server for a wine list. We were able to order a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay vs. getting Kendall Jackson by the glass.
Below is a sampling of what you will receive as a party of two. You can check out the whole Ji Ji Asian Kitchen Menu here

APPETIZERS:
Slow Braised Pork Belly with Caramel Chili sauce with black vinegar, Pomelo citrus fruit, Chinese chives with gorgonzola and spiced purple onions. I had this dish last time I dined at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen and it will always be a staple for me while on Carnival ships. If you find yourself at Ji Ji, do yourself a favor and order this dish without a second thought. Our appetizer was giant and we could have easily had this as an entree.
Jiaozi (Pot Stickers) Shrimp dumplings with pea shoots, radish and green apple salad. This was my first time ordering Pot Stickers at Ji Ji and they did not disappoint. This was a good dish to order having Keri with me, being they are a menu item that doesn't scare picky eaters.

ENTREES
Peppered Beef with Chinese Vegetable (Shen Li Ho), bird's nest, Chinese mustard, young garlic, ginger root and scallions. I asked our server what her favorite item on the menu was and she quickly answered - Peppered Beef. This is never something I would have ordered on my own. If you find yourself at Ji Ji, ask the staff what they like best and go with it - you may end up getting blown away like I did. Not only was the presentation stunning, the beef had an amazing amount of flavor, only to leave me on the mainland craving this dish a month later.
Kung Pao Chicken with Sichaun peppercorns , chiles and cashews. Not at all surprised Keri went with Kung Pao Chicken, a dish whose name she knew from other Chinese restaurants. This dish was the perfect amount of spice - not too much to burn your mouth but enough to make it water.

SIDES, NOODLES AND RICE
Hakka Style Noodles a traditional flat rice noodle. This noodle dish was perfection. I wish we were able to order it to go other nights when the restaurant was booked. It had the perfect amount of flavor and the veggies were cooked to perfection.
Himalayan Basmati Fried Rice with Chicken. Fried rice is something I am pretty picky about and this one did not disappoint. A perfect side dish to an excellent meal

DESSERT
Rose Creme Brulee
Caramelized Crepes with Ice Cream 

At closing, for $15 additional dollars per person, dining at Ji Ji Asian Kitchen is well worth the price.
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          Boy Was Sad Because His Girlfriend Has Dumped Him Over The Phone So New Stepmom Decides To Cheer Him Up   
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          Trump Administration Quietly Starts Review Of China's Trade Status   
Just days before President Trump is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the administration has made a move that has some U.S.-China experts scratching their heads. The Commerce Department has quietly put a notice into the Federal Register stating that the U.S. will review a hot-button issue between the two superpowers. What's in question is a longstanding designation of China as a "non-market economy," or a country that operates outside of the norms of developed nations when it comes to trade. The U.S. has more power to take action against China because of this so-called NME status if it believes that China is, for example, dumping steel into the U.S. at prices that are unnaturally low and that hurt U.S. industry. The U.S. can basically force Chinese companies to pay taxes that effectively raise the price of such products in the U.S. market. Escaping from this label is something China has sought for more than a decade and that Chinese leaders consider a matter of great
          Musicians Support Network Neutrality   

Was haben R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Ted Leo, Boots Riley, Death Cab for Cutie, OK Go, Bob Mould, Calexico, Kathleen Hanna, The Donnas, Jerry Harrison, John Doe, Les Claypool, Kronos Quartet, Jimmy Tamborello, Street to Nowhere, The Locust, Rogue Wave, Guster, State Radio, Matt Wertz, Griffin House, Matt Nathanson und The Wrens gemeinsam?

- Sie haben die Initiative Rock The Net - Musicians For Network Neutrality ins Leben gerufen.

Rock the Net is a nationwide coalition of musicians and labels that support net neutrality. We come together to demonstrate to Congress and the FCC the music community's broad support for this principle. As musicians and entrepreneurs, we understand the importance of treating all websites and online music stores equally -- from the busiest music website to the smallest blog. We urge Congress to support network neutrality.

Gestern erschien eine ziemlich attraktive Compilation, um die Kampagne zu unterstützen. Darauf vertreten sind:

1. Bright Eyes - "I Won't Ever Be Happy Again"
2. Aimee Mann - "31 Today"
3. David Bazan - "Cold Beer and Cigarettes"
4. The Wrens - "Sleep"
5. The Classic Brown - "Modulation"
6. DJ Spooky and Saba Saba - "Uganda"
7. Palomar - "Red"
8. Guster - "Timothy Leary"
9. The Might Be Giants - "We Live In A Dump"
10. Wilco - "Impossible Germany (live)"
11. Portastic - "Hang Down Your Head"
12. Matthew Shipp Trio - "New Orbit"
13. B.C. Camplight - "Soy Tonto"
14. David Miller - "Sunday Driver"
15. Free Form Funky Freqs - "The Binds That Tie"
16. blink. - "Secret Weapon pt.1"

Sie ist digital/downloadmässig auf iTunes udn amazon zu bekommen, und wird auch als "echte" CD erhältlich sein. Wie sagen sie es im unten verlinkten Wired-Artikel so schön: If you support net neutrality or the general concept behind it, and boycott RIAA labels, this is one release you may want to actually spend money on.

Die Songs kann man auch auf der Seite von Thirsty Ear Records streamen.

Mehr dazu siehe auch auf wired.com und heise.de


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          Artist Profile: Alyssa Stowe   
Next up is the fabulous Alyssa Stowe who is playing the enigmatic Kat.



Why are you excited about Geppetto?  I'm excited to enter this dark and bizarre world of magic, masks, and adventure. I'm excited to flush out such a gritty character, and find how she exists in such a world. 

What is your favorite past role, why? My favorite past role is Sukey from The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-off. I had the unique experience of playing her twice which allowed me to really get to know her. She was scrappy and rock-n-roll and I loved that about her. She also grew a lot in the course of the play, so the character arch was quite delicious. 

What's the craziest thing you've ever done on stage? Well, I guess this title has to go to my current role of Chick in Dumpster Flower. In the third act, we play out our botched version of Midsummer Night's Dream and Chick plays Titania, so being an ethereal creature, I get to come out on stage almost completely naked. I wear small nude spandex shorts and then I'm covered in shear, see-through tulle. It's really fun actually, especially because I float around like I'm possessed. I really enjoy it.

What are you hiding behind your mask? More knives, probably

Why do you do theatre? You know that feeling when you're standing the wings, waiting for your cue, and you're deadly quiet, waiting and watching? The stage is bright from all the lights and it pools in your entrance as you hide in the shadows. You hear the audience responding to the actors on stage, and you watch them to know when to enter, but he audience decides how you enter. It's different every night, depending on the energy of the audience. So you wait, and all your nerves are tingling with anticipation, yet you feel nothing. You are no longer in your body, and as the actor utters the line that beckons you onstage, everything slows down; everything goes bright. You are not in control, you are pulled by the magnetic force, like a proton to a large atom, adding your charge to the mix. Then like a perfectly tuned machine you speak your lines; they are clear and well crafted. You're presence is to the environment on stage, the other actors, but the whole time you are tuned into the audience. You gauge them with a sixth sense, and you're thinking 'what will make them laugh?' 'what will shock them?' And you do a dance, throwing focus and energy to the scene then out, actor then audience, like an elegant tennis match or evening tide, pushing and pulling. Until, once you've made your mark, once you moved the story just a little more, you give your small salutation and leave the stage with just a little more than when you entered. You walk into the dark. You take a breath. You feel nothing. You get ready for your next scene, and do it all over again. That's why I do theatre. 

What's your favorite thing about working at Broom Street? Oh, hands down, the people. The experimental work is always thrilling and challenging, but it's nothing if you don't have a team who is just as creatively ambitious. I've worked with such artists and geniuses, and they've inspired some of my best work on stage. Above all, we're a family. Once you get in, you never really leave. Everyone wants you to succeed and is willing to give you whatever encouragement or resources you need. I owe all my success, present and future, to Broom Street.

          Haunted Colorado Locations   
Alma
The Schwartz Hotel
People have reported seeing strange lights as they
walk by this hotel. Legend states that a father and
son had a dispute during the 1800's and shot each
other. They are believed to still be there. A lady
reportedly hanged herself from the upper balcony.
Witnesses have claimed to see a lady in the
upstairs hallway.

Arvada
Former Ridge Home Site (SEE BELOW POST FROM OCTOBER DEDICATED TO THIS SITE!)
There have been reports of apparitions and
phantom voices. The former site of an abandoned
hospital, mostly for the insane with tunnels below
the ground. Many reports of rape, murder and
torture by both the nurses and the patients. This is
now torn down. Super Target occupies half this
site.

Aspen
Hotel Jerome

A woman found a lost, shivering and soaking wet
boy in Room 310. When a staff member arrived
to help, the boy had vanished, leaving only wet
footprints. At that time, no children were registered
in the hotel. Legend has it that a child had drowned
in the hotel's original swimming pool. Room 310 is
located right in the middle of an addition to the
hotel that was built over that original pool.

Aurora
7-11
It is said that this was built on an Indian
Reservation. Between midnight and 3 am, strange
occurrences start to happen. Things flying off the
shelves when no one is near them, glowing red
eyes in the back in the cooler, footsteps when no
one is in the store and indian music playing.

Aurora
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (SEE BELOW POST DEDICATED TO THIS SITE!)
An old army medical center and Tuberculosis
hospital closed in 1999 being redone as part of the
Medical Campus for University of CO. Many of
the abondoned buildings still stand and are said to
house angry spirits. In 1941 upon completion, the
main building was the largest structure in Colorado.
Reports soncist of spirits of military personal in the
windows and doorways.

Aurora
North Middle School
Said to be haunted by a girl who drowned in the
swimming pool.

Aurora
Overland High School - Theatre
It is reported that if you turn off all the theatre
lights and sit on the couch, you can hear a girl
crying and the sound of little footsteps on the metal.

Aurora
The Third Bridge
A bridge that is haunted by children that died in a
school bus accident. There are many stories of
sightings and paranormal activity there. Feelings of
being followed and sounds of a child running
around at their feet. Handprints on cars windows,
and the sounds of voices and giggles surround the
area.

Bennett
Train Bridge over the Kiowa creek
Many years ago a massive train accident
happened around the bridge crossing over the
Kiowa creek. Many of the passengers died.
Reports of seeing or hearing a ghost train passing
by.

Berthoud
545 9th Street
Boxes being tossed and moved in the attic, the
smell of perfume and strange movements in the
basement have happened in this residential home
according to a past owner.

Berthoud
Big Owl Hill
A female with larvae crawling out of her ears
emerged up on the summit of Big Owl Hill. Scores
of local residents allege this ghost likes terrifying
people who come looking for ghosts in Berthoud.

Berthoud
South of Carter Lake
A man is seen in the vicinity of Bennet Road in
broad daylight walking through the hills carrying a
canvas bag thrown over his shoulder. "Mr. Bennet,"
the original settler of the area was shot and killed
on Bennet Road as the result of a land dispute. The
apparition usually disappears as it is approached.

Black Forest
Black Forest Inn
This used to be a house. The wife that lived there
secretly cheated on her husband and one night her
"love" killed her then, in a barn, killed himself. Cold
spots and negative feelings fill this hotel.

Black Forest
Steve Lee House
Believed to be a "vortex" of paranormal activity.
Thousands of reports of lights, noises and
apparitions have filled this area mostly near the
house. Psychics have said this is the "busiest" place
they have ever seen.

Blackhawk
Gilpin Hotel and Casino


A manager saw a woman enter a second-floor
rom then vanish. They think it is the ghost of
Lucille Malone, who jumped to her death from the
building a century ago. She has recently been
spotted in the restaurant.

Boulder
Arnett-Fullen House,
Home to the offices of Historic Boulder and also
said to be haunted.

Boulder
Cockerell Hall
Third floor ghost with dark brown hair and a long
white nightgown. Often seen by the attic door and
in the bathroom.

Boulder
College Inn
The activity centers around the third floor,
particularly the south side of the building.
Phenomena range from rummaging sounds
coming from bathrooms, elevator doors opening
and closing when people walk by, smoke-like
apparitions, reddish stains appearing on walls and
voices that have been heard by nearly every staff
member.

Boulder
Fairview High School - Auditorium
In 1982, a senior student hanged himself in one of
the dressing rooms. Since then, students have
reported hearing singing from offstage, lights
flickering and flats falling completely over even
though they were nailed down to the floor.

Boulder
Howe Mortuary
In the basement where the old records are kept,
cold spots and uneasy feelings are very common.
The extra storage area in the basement also has
cold spots. On the ground floor there have been
many sightings of people just standing in the lobby
where there was no viewing scheduled. At night
several times a month, the motion detectors and
security alarms go off for no apparent reason.
Several spirits are said to haunt the basement.

Boulder
University of Colorado
Macky Auditorium
There is reputedly a brown-clad man who haunts
one of the building's towers. He seems to be
harmless, but there is a bit of local legend
connecting him with some documented murders in
the building

Broomfield
Children's World Store
It is also said that if you are in the building by
yourself late at night, you will hear whispers and
strange noises. Employee was followed in the
parking lot by a strange ghostly man.

Broomfield
Old Possum Bookstore
Flickering lights and the presence of an old woman
has been reported. She has been known to drop
books from shelves and laugh at people talking in
the store. Her shadow has been seen a lot walking
between the main area and the childrens area.

Broomfield
Olinger Evergreen Cemetery
Blue lights shoot through the treetops and a woman
in white flies over the tombstones. Jewish Cemetery

Brown's Park
Brown's Hole
This was the hiding place of many outlaws.
Visitors report a feeling of emotional upheaval
while others claim to have been possessed by
something unkind.

Canon City
St. Cloud Hotel
Guests of the hotel have reported seeing strange
figures, complaints of a young child playing with
her ball in the halls of the hotel and disappearing.
They enjoy playing games, hiding things from the
house keepers and turning off lights and televisions.
stacking furniture and startling guests and
employees.

Cañon City
Prison Museum


One of the first museums in Cañon City. In the
cleaning room where the female convincts did
laundry there are many cold spots and the smell of
tobacco. In cell number 19 orbs in photographs
have been taken.

Cañon City
Woodpecker hill Cemetery
Reports of cold spots, orbs, shadowy figures and
the sounds of small children laughing.

Cascade
Eastholme in the Rockies
A female ghost whose identity is unknown is said
to haunt t his bed and breakfast. She has been heard
on the third floor whispering, "Grace", tickling the
piano keys and walking throughout the building. She
has been seen in a red satin dress standing on the
balcony and in the foyer wearing a long dark
dress.

Castle Rock
Castle Pines Golf Course
In the first cottage along the #1 fairway, the
bottom floor has had unexplainable happenings.
During times that staff has been in cleaning the
cottage, showers have turned on, soaking the
maids, a smell of rotten eggs normally follows.
Towels, glasses, sheets, have all been moved while
they are in there. Lights burn out frequently. No
guests have reported anything, but the staff is well
aware of the happenings.

Castle Rock
South Elementary
In the woods behind the school there is a bridge
that you can stand on leading into the hills. If you
stay on that bridge long enough and stay very quiet
you will hear children's faint giggling. As well as
men’s voices heard. It is known that the men took
the children up to the hills and for some reason,
they all burned to death.

Central City
Masonic Cemetary
Every April 5th and November 1st a beautiful
women in a black satin dress appears and lays
flowers on the grave of John Edward Cameron.
There are many different rumors for the
connection between this ghost and Cameron, who
died on November 1, 1887. The grave only has a
"JEC" on it and I believe it has since been stolen.

Colorado Springs
Adam’s Mark on Cascade
At least 3 ghosts are said to be here. One hangs out
after hours in the bar Judge Baldwins. The other is
a woman in a long gown seen coming down a back
flight of stairs. The third is of a young girl in one
of the rooms.

Colorado Springs
Arby's
Around 1996, a manager was shot in the parking lot
by one of her employees. Whispering in the
lobby, things moving on their own, a lady walking
from the front out the back door and your name
being called have all been common here since the
murder. According to employees, chairs that are
put up will be found the next morning down again.

Colorado Springs
British Home Shop
One of the spirits here locks people in the women's
restroom. Several investigations have produced
positive videos, orbs and evp's. The owners of the
shop will talk to you about the spirits

Colorado Springs
Broadmoor Hotel


Employees have seen a woman in 1920's clothing
wandering through the main hotel. She is believed
to be Countess Portales, wife of the builder of the
original casino. This was the golf club house until
the 1990's when it was torn down.

Colorado Springs
Chapel Hills K-Mart
There have been reports of displays being knocked
over and strange noises back in the Garden Shop.
Employees who have had to open the Garden Shop
early in the mornings have reported cold spots and
the feeling of someone brushing against them as
they've gone through the aisles. The occurrences
have been attributed to a former manager there by
the name of Carl who passed away in 1998.

Colorado Springs
Coronado High School
In the early mornings in the pool, a little girl in a
bathing suit can be seen sitting in the far corner of
the pool area. Strange cold spots or things rubbing
against swimmers have also been reported.

Colorado Springs
Days Inn - Airport
There is an older gentleman that haunts room 207.
Reports of cold spots, curtains opening and closing
and thumping when no other guests are present.
Housekeepers don't like to clean the room without
help.

Colorado Springs
Dead Mans Canyon
People have reported being chased by a phantom
with an axe in its forehead

Colorado Springs
Devonshire Square Apartments
At least four people in the building have seen an
apparition in the sauna (in the weight room), and
all four times it has been described as disappearing
once the person entered the room.

Colorado Springs
Fairview Cemetary (on the way to the tunnels)
Apparitions and EVP's have been common here.

Colorado Springs
Gold Camp Road / Helen Hunt Falls
A tunnel on Gold Camp Road is said to be haunted.
There are stories of people driving up there at
night only to find strange handprints on the outside
of their windows as well as sounds of ghostly
horses even though this is a road for cars.

Colorado Springs
Harrison High School Auditorium
It is said that the ghost of a young thespian named
Malcom haunts this Auditorium. You can hear his
footsteps on the stage and catwalk. If you venture
up to the catwalk area you may see a glowing light
coming from no light source. Once a young
woman slipped on the catwalk and nearly fell to
what could have been her death when she felt
someone grab a hold of her, pulling her back to
safety. When she caught her breath and looked for
her hero, she found no one, but felt something
brush her cheek as if being kissed.

Colorado Springs
Hearthstone Inn
Comprised of two Victorian mansions in Colorado
Springs, this suffered through a severe lightning
storm in 1999. In the days after the storm, two
separate guests requested relocation from the
same room on the third floor of the north house.
The first guest gave no reason. However, the
second said she saw a picture of a woman with
piercing blue eyes hanging on the wall. The eyes
were so piercing that she removed the picture. The
next day, a custodian discovered a mirror face
down on the floor, leaving to question whose
reflection was in the mirror.

Colorado Springs
Liberty High School Auditorium
During the building of the Catwalk, a man fell and
landed on the seats, breaking his back. Lights have
switched by themselves and voices and the sound
of someone in the building when no one is there
have all been common.

Colorado Springs
Palmer High School
In the 60's/70's, a student hung herself in the first
floor restroom in the school auditorium.
Poltergeist-like activity and seats going up and
down in the audience seating area has been heard.

Colorado Springs
Pioneers Museum



Workers in the courthouse building, which has
become the city’s Pioneers Museum, speak openly
of a presence that inhabits the museum. It opens
doors, operates the elevator and responds to the
name "Eddie."

Colorado Springs
Rock Ledge Ranch
This was once a hospital for Tuberculosis patients
in the 1800s and is now a museum. Lights turn on
by themselves, footsteps can be heard in the upper
levels. The antique rocking chair in the basement
moves by itself.

Colorado Springs
Rockrimmon - McDonalds
Legend has it that the building site was previously
an Indian burial ground. Currently during business
hours employees had reported hearing children
scream, along with children playing around the
fryers. It is said at night during closing hours a
Indian chief has been known to shut off lights, push
people and move things. Along with things opening
closing and starting by themsleves.

Colorado Springs
St. Francis Health Center
It was established in 1887 and was the first hospital
in Colorado Springs. There are at least four spirits
that have been reported to haunt the hospital. A
little boy that will come into the rooms to visit, a
doctor that has been seen in the doctors lounge
reading a paper and a nurse pushing her cart
throughout the halls. The elevator created by the
"Otis" company is also haunted. It will go up and
down at all times during the night from and to the
fourth floor. There are also tunnels below the
hospital that once lead throughout the area
including the crematorium across the street where
the smokestack is. This was used to haul the bodies
lost by TB without bringing them to the surface.

Cripple Creek
Dunn Building
Formerly a funeral Parlor, it became a boarding
house after the owner's husband died. Sounds of
footsteps and an uneasy presence is felt in the first
eleven original rooms. Psychics have detected a
Malevolent Spirit here.

Cripple Creek
Fairley Brothers and
Lampman Building
Sounds of dancing or walking upstairs or the bluish
image of a woman have been witnessed.

Cripple Creek
Imperial Hotel & Casino
Some people say they have seen a man falling
down the stairs or a young lady walking by
wearing clothing from the 1800's. The body of
George Long was found at the foot of the
basement stairs apparently struck by his mentally
ill daughter with a pan. Slot machines have played
by themselves

Cripple Creek
Last Dollar Inn
Several guests have heard a noisy phantom train
while staying in the back rooms, there is a train in
cripple creek but it only runs during the warmer
summer months and not during the winter when
this phenomena is most often heard. Guests of this
Inn have heard unexplained footsteps in the
hallway and on occasion guests have reported the
brief appearance of a ghost child sitting at the desk
in one of the bedrooms. One of the owners has had
more than one experience with an invisible
phantom that likes to sit in the window seat of a
second floor bedroom. This elusive ghost likes to
arrange the pillows in a particular way and
sometimes throws these pillows onto the floor. A
mysterious ghost of a train conductor is sometimes
seen in the living room and several convincing
photographs of orbs have been taken in this same
room.

Cripple Creek
Mamie R Mine
Premature powder explosions, healthy beams
giving way for no apparent reason and frightening
images bring fear into most in t he area. 375 feet
down the main shaft of this mine is said to be
haunted by the ghosts of three miners. They all
died in separate accidents in 1894. Workers
claimed to see the phantoms of the ghosts one of
which is said to like to ride in the ore buckets.

Cripple Creek
Palace Hotel
Unexplained lit candles, beds being turned down,
and a reported Spirit Presence of the ghost of Mrs.
Kitty Chambers in Room 3.

Custer County/Rosita
Rosita Cemetery
If you are passing along Colorado HighWay 96
you can turn onto Rosita Rd. in Custer County, this
an dirt road that twists and turns through beautiful
scenery and old cabins until you pass through the
very old and very small mining town of Rosita,
just past the four corners part of town you will
come to a very old cemetary, the Rosita
Cemetary. Numerous apparitions and niuses have
been seen/heard here.

Delta
Delta Middle School
A ghost named Billy supposedly haunts the third
floor of this school

Denver
1311 York Street
Many strange sightings have happened in the
basement of this AA clinic.

Denver
1717 17th Street
A student killed himself from the above school

Denver
Acacia Apartments
The management once offered a Lower rent for
Apartment #111 because of a ghost. There have
been reports of rusty water coming from The
bathtub that make stains resembling blood stains.
Reports have also been made about flickering
lights, elevators moving by themselves and keys
spinning in locks by themselves

Denver
Bailey House
The house was purchased in 1910 by Leopold H.
Eicholtz. He had previously lived in the Whitehead
Mansion and according to him a ghost followed
him from there and used to haunt his house quite
extensively.

Denver
Belle Worden's House
The ghost of John Fitzgerald haunts this house. He
was stabbed to death here in 1884 and his body
was dumped in a nearby river.

Denver
Bonfils Theatre
Reports of Raymond Burr himself haunts the
theatre. Also it is said that Ms. Helen Bonfils also
haunts the theatre because of her anguish, caused
by the abandonment of her building. Another
possible ghost is a phantom stageworker that was
killed during a production of Peter Pan

Denver
Botanic Gardens
Located on top of the old Cheesman Park
cemetery, Some people have reported seeing
apparitions and feeling cold spots throughout the
gardens. Note: This part of the old cemetary was
relocated the correct way and apparently, no
bodies remain here.

Denver
Bradmar, Private Residence.
Swinging chandeliers, strong odors, levitating
items, and ghostly moans fill this now abandoned
home.

Denver
Brown Palace
In the boiler room of one of Denver's most noted
hotels, witnesses recount the sounds of babies
crying. Others tell of unexplainable cold drafts.
There is also a void on the wall of the boiler room
that leads to unexplored tunnels.

Denver
Chappell House
The Father Dowling TV Series used the location
for its Rectory. Before the crew could succesfully
film, they had to have the house blessed because
they said the filming was not working properly
because of a spiritual presence in the house.

Denver
Cheeseman Park


Circa 1950



It used to be a graveyard when they made it a park
They were supposed to move 5,000 bodies buried
there but they didn't- they left about 2,000 bodies
under the park. There are many stories about this.
The park was built on top of a cemetery. Its been
reported in several of the local newspapers that
only the head stones and not the coffins were
removed from at least one section many people
have seen and felt strange things there. Bodies
seem to pop up quite often as well as Summer,
2008 when workers repairing the roads found
numerous bones. Extensive rains will also bring
them to the surface.

Denver
Colmar Mansion
A previous resident, G. V. Kram sunk into a
depression and buried his money in the basement.
Then he tied up a hefty noose and hanged himself
down there. The young woman stayed in the
mansion after his death until her own and is now a
regular presence. The staff calls her Ollie. Chairs
pull out, perfume is smelled and she calls out the
employees names.

Denver
Colorado State Capitol
Witnesses say that "Henry" still guards his money
that he believes is still in the tunnels.Another is that
heads have been seen floating in the tunnels

Denver
Congress Park
This is the last 20 acres of old city cemetery.
Located near 9th and Josephine St. There was the
Pest House. This is where people were sent that
had contagious deseases and the homeless were
sent to die.There have been many reports of
cold spots and apparitions in the parking lot

Denver
Crabtree Bird Hospital
There are stories of a ghost in the basement. A
worker put down a bucket of water and went to the
basement to investigate strange noises. After
finding nothing he returned to find the bucket
empty. Another worker locked herself out of the
building and when she eventually got back into the
building, she found her keys hanging on the wall
but there was no hook. When she grabbed for them
they just fell to the floor.

Denver
Croke-Patterson-Campbell Mansion
Whatever is on the third floor of this house turned
museum, it is responsible for the death of a
woman, two large dogs and an infant since 1970.
Built in 1890, reports of typing and strange figures
in photo's have been common. Cameras are set up
a few times per year to document the activity.

Denver
Denver Children's Home
Apparitions of children playing and ethereal voices
of crying and whimpering are regular
phenomena. Also, an apparition of a female in a
wedding gown is regularly seen floating down the
third floor steps and across the 50 ft. length of the
second floor hallway. The FIFTH exorcism
occurred in 1999, but still certain paranormal
oddities remain.

Denver
Denver Courthouse
The Gates of Hell opened here in 1900 when
dozens of spirit images were seen being paraded
down the corridor of the second floor. The stench
of Sulphur was overpowering. Many workers quit
and moved out of the city.

Denver
Denver International Airport
Several problems were encountered while building
the airport. This is reportedly due to the fact that
the airport was built on top of sacred Native
American ground. Some employees and visitors
have reported hearing or seeing strange things.

Denver
Denver Press Club
There is a friendly spirit who roams the upper hall
of the Denver Press Club and an eerie presence
felt in the boiler room.

Denver
Denver Public Library
According to some employees, there is a ghost in
the basement of the library who shoves people
hard when they are walking through. According to
one employee, a security guard quit because they
were frightened so badly while patrolling the
basement at night.

Denver
Denver Public Library
According to some employees, there is a ghost in
the basement of the library who shoves people
hard when they are walking through. According to
one employee, a security guard quit because they
were frightened so badly while patrolling the
basement at night. Now the security guards patrol
it in groups of two.

Denver
Dora Moore K-8
Many have seen a ghost here. She is most often
seen walking along the large wooden staircase that
connects the first and second floors, but some have
seen her in the third floor auditorium. She's seen at
night or during darker days. She wears a ankle
length dress and her hair is twisted into a bun. She
walks quietly, not making any noise at all.

Denver
Dr. W. H. Bergold Home
A Person by the name of “Oscar” was said to be a
bothersome person to the construction workers
during the building of the house and after he had
pulled too many stunts, the construction workers
got together and hanged him. Rocking chairs rock
on their own, sounds like ceiling beams cracking.
During a repainting of the house, the painters
returned from lunch to find all of the paint dumped
but the doors still locked. Several attempts have
been made to exorcise the home.

Denver
East High School
Phantom cats have been seen throughout the
school.

Denver
Eastbrook House
Reports of a “baseball” floating in the area of the
house.

Denver
Firehouse #15
The story is that a firefighter that killed himself still
haunts the lower level.

Denver
Flemming Mansion
Reports have been told of strange unexplained
lights coming from the house.

Denver
George Washington High School


The ghost of an old heavy bald man is seen on the
football field. He will show up in the middle of the
day and then just disappear into thin air. Some say
he is the ghost of an old football coach.

Denver
Governor Arms
Reports of seeing a 1920’s “Flapper” Floating down
the hall, and an elevator that would meet residents
at their floor before ringing for it.

Denver
Grant-Humphries Mansion
Women have reported seeing an old man in the
reflections in mirrors. Objects and even plaster
have been known to fall for no apparent reason
throughout the home

Denver
Henry Treat Roger House
Moviemaker Russell Hunter, who filmed the
Changeling said in an interview in 1980 that the
strange events depicted in the movie happened to
him while he lived in this mansion. Loud banging
noises, voices and shaking walls were common.
The discovery of a hidden hallway behind a wall
was found including a diary of a boy that had been
buried in the house. A medium had learned that
the boy was buried seven feet under the house and
later on, the body had been found. The house since
has been torn down. During the demolishment, the
bedroom wall exploded killing the operator of the
bulldozer.

Denver
Howard Mortuary
The ghost of a woman haunts where The Mortuary
used to be. The story is that the workers at the
mortuary would take valuables from the bodies.

Denver
Josephina's Restaurant- Larimer Square
Haunted by a female regular whose daughter
from the prohibition era (the restaurant used to be
a speak-easy) earlier in the century. The mirror in
the women's bathroom has broken one-too-many
times to be a coincidence as well as other freaky
things (i.e. Whiskey bottles turning over by
themselves, chair scooting from one end of the
dining room to the other, etc.)

Denver
Kram-Coe Mansion
People have reported the ghost of a woman in the
womans’ bathroom. A head is said to float just
outside the building on the corner of Colfax. Once
during the occupancy of the Heidelburg’s, the
family dog started bark at an attic door that had
been nailed shut for several years. They opened
the door, and discovered “wet paw prints” from a
very large dog. But there were no prints outside
the room.

Denver
Lake Middle School
Gun shots have been heard here at night as well as
voices.

Denver
Lake Middle School
Formally called Lake High School. On April 11th
1889 a girl had been shot four times by her ex-
boyfriend. She was then thrown off the balcony.
The man shot himself in the head. At the top of the
balcony, you see where they landed and gunshots
have been heard at night.

Denver
Lodo Bar & Grill


The general feeling of the staff is that the 2nd floor
is the main source of the haunting ( It should be
noted that the one documented suicide was on this
floor). The most recent activity has been in the 2nd
floor women’s room. Many of the people report
the elevator going from floor to floor with nobody
at the controls, voices from the 2nd floor being
heard from the 1st floor when nobody else is in the
building, seeing people or shadows briefly, and
smelling different kinds of perfume in the 2nd floor
women’s room.

Denver
Lumber Barron Inn
According to a story in the 10/19/03 Denver Post,
The bodies of two girls, Cara Knoche and
Marianne Weaver were found in the second-floor
Valentine Room in 1970. The murders were never
solved.There is also a woman haunting and an odd
feeling in the basement.

Denver
Mazzula House
A resident claimed to see a ghost in the master
bedroom

Denver
Molly Brown House
The image of "The Unsinkable" Molly Brown and
her husband have been seen here. Also cigar smoke has been smelled many times in Mr. Brown's room even though the home is smoke-free. Molly died in 1932 at
the Barbizon Hotel in New York City. Ghost
Lectures are held at the home in October. It is
now a museum.

Denver
Morey Junior High School
The reports from students are of a ghost that haunts the basement gym & locker room area. It is believed it is a student that drowned, possibly in the showers
of the school

Denver
Peabody Mansion
A feeling of unease is experienced by those who
frequent this Governors Mansion turned
Nightclub called, ironically, Spirits.

Denver
Pearce-McAllister Cottage
People have reported that the ceramic cat walks
around on the top of the home late at night.

Denver
Peccora House Property
Wild Laughter and screams were heard throughout
the house shortly after a brutal murder had been
committed. The house mysteriously burned to the
ground

Denver
Red Rocks


An old miner has been seen standing on the
"restricted" side of the railings. He was about 5'5,
white, beard, dirty brownish hat with a bottle in his
hand.

Denver
Reynolds Cottage
Reports of a woman in a white dress on the
staircase and in the kitchen. One story even talks
about a bed crashing through the floor planks.

Denver
Saint Josephs Hospital / Old Section
In the Late 18th Century a Nurse died of a
contagious disease contracted from a patient. The
nurse has been described as a beautiful blonde that
helps patients at times that they feel hopeless.
When they feel better she says that she needs to go
help other patients.

Denver
St. Johns Cathedral
It is reported that at night you can hear talking and
footsteps coming from the Cemetery

Denver
Stoiber House (Stoiberhof)
The body of a headless woman has been seen at
the dining room table. Other reports tell of a
ghostly butler that will offer you a drink and when
you look back he will be gone.

Denver
Sugar Building
Ghostly orbs float through the sprawling corridors
of this historic office building. Evidence of the
building's previous inhabitants can be seen
scrawled on the walls. The elevators go up and
down by themselves.

Denver
Tammen Hall
Tammen Hall was originally an Orphanage and
was then taken over by the Children Hospital. In
the 1930’s a nurse was murdered by construction
workers, and bricked-in in the bottom of where the
elevator shaft now is. There is also a story of a
nurse that commited suicide in the 1920’s. There
are reports of cold spots in the south hallway by
the elevator and doors will lock and unlock on their
own.

Denver
The Buckhorn Exchange
When the fur trade began, this building was one of
the first trading posts in the area. It is said that the
building is haunted by many of the traders. There
have been reports of tables moving suddenly. Also,
many have reported hearing voices and footsteps
when no one is talking or moving. This is now a
restaurant.

Denver
The Playboy club
The ghost of a Playboy bunny have been reported
in the attic storage areas. No Longer There.

Denver
The Underground Nightclub
Mysterious opening and closing of doors, icy
phantom winds, eerie spectral voices and whistling,
the feeling of a strange yet calm presence, and
sometimes even a shadow of someone not present
is sometimes seen by the back bar. Dish-washing
machine has operated on its own, pots and pans
and other cooking utensils have fallen from the
shelves where they had been well placed, and the
sound of a bouncing ball can sometimes be heard
from the narrow stairway near the kitchen. There
are many rumors on who may have died in the
building. Some say a fire in the basement took the
life of a young girl, and some say an caretaker of
the old YWCA building was found drowned in the
pool, which is no longer there, having been sealed
in during one of the renovations. It is however
known that at least one woman, an elevator
operator died on the fith floor but it is unclear how
she died

Denver
Tivoli Student Union
Houses the student union for the Auraria Campus
combining Community College of Denver, Metro
State College and U. of CO at Denver. Built in 1866
as the original Tivoli Brewery. Large brewing
equipment still remains. Converted to student union
in 1994. Ever since, voices are often heard
through vents on the third floor as though an
elegant party is going on, whispers in the
bathrooms.

Denver
Union Station Train Depot
There have been two different reports of
unexplained phenomenan in this old train depot.
One is the ghost of a three fingered hobo and the
other is a reoccuring vision of an old military man.
A friend's brother has seen various apparitions in
the tunnels underneath as well as in the attic.

Denver
University Club
The University has kept quiet the rumors of ghosts

Denver
University of Denver
Lamont School of Music - Dunklee Hall
Legend has it that a student killed herself on the
second floor of the dormitory, Dunklee Hall. That
floor was used as practice rooms for the music
students. There was one particular room (out the
elevator, to the right, last door on the right), Is
usually standing open. Upon leaving it quietly
closes behind you.

Denver
University of Denver- Mary Reed Building
Part of the University of Denver campus. It was
the Dupont Room, named for a long-gone alumni
who left money for the Reed Library.The janitor
claimed to have seen Mrs. Dupont more than once.

Denver
VFW Post
Many employees of the bar at the VFW Post #1
have reported seeing ghostly shapes in the hallway
and hearing a loud rapping noise in the furnace
room. One night in 2003. A manager turned the
TV to a music channel. The channel suddenly
turned to a non-music channel. This happened
three times when the manager yelled at the spirit
and the channel prompty changed back to his
music channel by itself.

Denver
Walter Dunning House
There are several stories about the ghosts of the
house including one of two ghosts that guard the
home and stories of furniture being moved around.

Denver
Wells Fargo Bank
Workers have reported that in the tower you can
hear strange voices and echoes. Reports of cold
spots are also common

Denver
William Riddick Whitehead Mansion



Reports of dishes, glasses, trays that were always
falling. Kitchen utensils were thrown around by no
apparent source. There were also reports of
strange sounds and cries from a child from the
second story. An electrician was called in to repair
the wiring in a chandelier that was turning on and
off by itself. But when he examined It he
discovered that there were no wires going to it.
Rumors of rapes and murders in the basement
have been thought to cause the hauntings.

Durango
Strater Hotel
According to the owner of the Strater Hotel he has
had many people leave the hotel in the middle of
the night when they have encountered spirits in the
hallway. Maids have also reported seeing people
enter unoccupied rooms and upon entering to assist
the customer, the maids find the room empty.

Empire
The Pratt Hotel
This Bed and Breakfast was built in the late 19th
century and is haunted by the first owner's
daughter, Millie Pratt, who fell down the very
steep front stairway. She only seems to appear to
women. Her room is the one by the top of the
stairs. She whispers "mother" in women's' ears at
night and several have seen her fall down the stairs
or lying at the bottom of the staircase.

Englewood
Englewood High School
Auditorium
Cold spots - believed to be haunted by drama
teacher who died in the mid 70's.

Englewood
formerly the Forney Transportation museum
reports of glowing eyes with a great feeling to
leave…especially in the basement. NOW AN REI STORE

Englewood
St. Mary's Academy
The students have seen strange lights in the theater
and have felt un-naturally cold in the tunnels.

Estes Park
Baldpate Inn


Current owners claim the original owners of this
Inn still are seen about the building. Especially the
room where the largest collection of Celebrity
keys are kept.

Estes Park (SEE BELOW FOR A LOT OF INFO ON THIS ONE!)
Stanley Hotel
Cooks and bus staff report music coming from a
ballroom that stops when they walk in. Bartenders
have seen the ghost of F.O. Stanley stroll through,
disappearing when they go to cut him off at the
kitchen. Active rooms are 401 and 217. In room
401, a guest had entered the room to find a ghostly
little boy jumping on the bed, which vanished soon
after. In room 407, the ghost, reportedly of Lord
Dunraven has been seen in the windows as well as
room 401. Anyone th at knows me will know of the
video I shot here which led to my belief in this
subject.

Evergreen
Brook Forest Inn
Haunted on the top floor by two ghosts: Jessica, a
chambermaid murdered by her lover, a stable
hand, and the stable hand who committed suicide
after killing her. Cold presences are felt going the
stairs to the third floor, according to the staff. The
Second floor is said to have been the location that
"Carl" murdered his wife.The third floor is said to
hold the spirit of a mischievous little boy who died
from the flu. It is said he can be heard running up
and down the hallway late at night.

Evergreen
Hiwan Homestead Museum
Reports of being called in "the Spinning Room" and
a greyish-white, full sized apparition dressed in a
floor length nightgown. In a locked, unused room
above the study Reports of footsteps and a sound
that was almost like a rocking chair coming from
above. Strange anomalies have showed up on film
as well.

Fairplay
Hand Hotel
People have heard a woman's voice asking for her
rocking chair. The ghost of a dark mastiff has been
seen repeatedly. One guest saw and felt a dog pull
the bed covers off her. When she tried to re-cover
herself, the dog bared its teeth and disappeared.
Five years ago, a young boy was attacked by the
mastiff as he and his father were building a
haunted house for Halloween in the hotel's
basement. Former hotel owner Pat Pocius
confirmed dog bites on the boy's hand, as did a
doctor.

Florence
Florence Hotel
There was a man who murdered a baby and her
mother and covered the baby in cement in the
basement of the hotel. People have seen a lady
walking down to the basement and also in the
bathrooms, bedrooms and the old dining room. At
night some people can hear a baby crying, The
"Pink" room appears to be the most haunted.

Fort Carson
Building #1047
On the third floor a soldier killed three other
soldiers, the people that live on that floor say that
you can hear crying in the halls, Cold spots in
room 313 have been felt as well as beds shaking
and items falling off shelves.

Fort Carson
Centennial High School
Haunted by a young girl who fell to her death on
the large wooden staircase running down the
center of the building. People have reported
hearing strange noises and feeling cold spots along
with the sense that they are being watched. It is
also rumored that there has been numerous
seances conducted on the premises.

Fort Carson
The old Ft. Carson hospital/mental clinic
Movement is heard through the building, like
furniture is being shoved around, repetitive banging
noise, and sometimes faces are seen peering
through the barred windows.
Fort Collins
Bingham Hill cemetery
Reports of people screaming and babies crying
and the feel of cold hands touching you.

Fort Collins
Helmshire Inn
A third floor housekeeper claims ghosts would
undo their work after rooms had been tidied up, the
curtains would open, a bed had been "unmade"
and toilets would flush. The basement seems to
have a presence

Fort Collins
Holiday Inn Holidome
There's a ghost of a man in the top hall of the
northwest wing that is an ominous presence. The
ghost of a woman looks out over the swimming
pool from one of the rooms when children are
playing, supposedly to watch over them. The main
apparition though, is of a little girl who haunts a
room across the hall and a bit east of the now
unused king suite. She does poltergeist activities
mainly-. Guests there often find their key cards
missing, etc.

Fort Collins
University of Northern Colorado
Edith is the ghost on the third floor of this all-girl
dorm. Formerly a "dorm mother", she was driven
to suicide hanging herself in her room. Reports of
changing TV channels, strange lights and moving
furniture while people sleep are reported by
residents.

Fort Morgan
Baker's School
This school has been rebuilt at least three times and
it seems to burn down every time. The last time it
burned down was in 1996. People have seen
strange lights going on and off at night and the
sounds of children playing.

Glenwood Springs
Hotel Colorado


Reports include: doors opening and closing by
themselves, elevators going up and down, the smell
of cigar smoke when no one is smoking in the
lobby, a little girl in a Victorian dress seen playing
on the staircase and a murdered chambermaid
who appears at night in the Devereux Room fill this
hotel in Glenwood Springs.

Golden
Heritage Square
An old Denver landmark shopping area haunted
by many ghosts. One in particular is a young man
who supposedly fell in love with a young girl from
one of the Indian tribes that was passing through
the area at the time. Someone supposedly forbid
their love and as the young man chased after the
girl in his horse drawn wagon he was mysteriously
killed. There have been stories of young girls
hearing galloping, and a male voice crying out for
them to wait for him. Voices have been heard
coming from the loudspeakers as if they are
speaking to someone.

Golden
The George West House
The founder of Golden is said to haunt this house.
He lived there from 1872 (when built) to 1902

Granby
Stage Coach Country Inn
This Bed and Breakfast is reported to have many
phantoms both adult and adolescent. Objects in
rooms throughout the inn move from place to
place. Many have complained of hearing heavy
footsteps during the middle of the night. Some of
the ghost are even known to suck all the heat from
a room. The ghosts have even been known to leave
bruises on those whom they attack.

Grand Junction
Horse Thief Canyon
In the 19th century, horse thieves would bring their
latest herd of horses here and hide them for a
while. One night the sheriff surrounded the area
and shot the thieves along with some of the horses.
The spirit that haunts this place seems to be
unrelated to the canyon's history. On certain nights
a woman in a white dress has been spotted walking
from canyon wall to canyon wall. Her
background is unknown, but others have claimed to
see her walking the banks of the Colorado River.

Grand Junction
The Elks Club
Reports of 3 to 4 different shadows have been
reported to have been seen in the building by
members and employees. One shadow is said to
have been a woman who died of unnatural causes
in the building. Employees have reported trash
cans that were left on the tables after mopping are
thrown across the room, doors closing on their own
and voices have been heard.

Greeley
Best Western Regency Hotel
The hotel was built where the Chief Theatre used
to exist. A young woman was killed in the theatre
by her boyfriend. She was thrown off the balcony.
Poltergeist-like activity has been seen and full-
bodied apparitions. Almost everyone who has
worked at the Ramkota has seen the ghost of
"Rosy."

Greeley
University of NC-Turner Hall
Haunted by numerous spirits. Two main spirits that
most of the students who reside in it know and
have either seen or heard. The first spirit was a
former student who threw himself out of the
window of the 11th floor. Another is because of a
fire that happened in one of the rooms and trapped
the student there.

Hamilton
Town of Hamilton
A benevolent spirit of a mountain man. Sightings of
him are wearing buckskins and smoking a pipe. He
suddenly disappears and only the smell of the pipe
remains.

Highlands Ranch
Daniels Park
This was a 19th century armory. On the south face
of the hill, below and to the left of the park
facilities. Reportedly named "Kether", this ghostly
woman was said to be sacrificed on this spot as
punishment for disobedience of her coven whose
beliefs were loosely based on worship of the
Egyptian god "set". Often, on hot days, the
concrete and stone bunker goes suddenly cold and
damp spots appear. An apparition has also been
seen on the hill nearby.

Highlands Ranch
Northridge Elementary School
Monkey bar handles have moved by themselves
when there is no wind and sounds of people sliding
on the slides, the cafeteria lights flicker on and off
and the sounds of children laughing on the lower/
yellow playground have been heard.

Highlands Ranch
Ranch View Middle School
Laughter, crying, and talking can be heard in the
halls. In the bathroom behind the stage, laughter
and crying in the stalls. Lights flicker, hand-dryers,
and the water turns on by itself. Elevator lights
flicker.

Highlands Ranch
S. Ranch Road Mansion
There is a mansion on S. Ranch Road that was built
in the 1890's. The owner of the ranch and his
family lived there. There was a single daughter
who was forced to stay in the house all day, every
day to clean and cook while the other men were
out in the fields. She committed suicide; Her
presence reportedly still haunts the mansion and
the area around it.

Highlands Ranch
Thunderridge High school
Laughing and footsteps in the halls can be heard
when alone and shadows walking in the halls.
People have been heard voices. Strange
occurrences in the "F" wing. The "Gym" hall
seems to have a person walking on the tile when no
one is there.

Jefferson County
Deer Creek Canyon
Strange mists are known to cover the road and
disapear quickly for unknown reasons.

Kiowa County
Sand Creek
Annually, on November 29th, the anniversary
night of the massacre, campers have reported
seeing manifestations of numerous Native women,
children, and the occasional warrior, wandering
down the Sand Creek bed and banks where they
were killed, most appearing only briefly, then
dissolving into the creek's soil.

La Veta
Fort Francisco Museum
Strange odors and cold spots throughout the kitchen.
According to the tour guide there have been
hauntings reported by different witnesses. Several
people have seen an apparition which has been
dubbed as the 'Candle Lady Ghost' by the museum
staff.

Lafayette
Andevine middle school
It is said that a teacher murdered a child. Rumors
of a little boy with blond hair and red eyes sitting
and writing.

Lakewood
Union Square 6 Mann Theatre
In 1997 the theatre was haunted by an old man
with a bad temper. Employees where teased and
tormented, many quit. Even customers noticed
him wondering around. Management had to bring
numerous "specialists" to help get some answers.

Lamar
The Old Chapel
A man killed a preacher and a nun, while raping
another. The nun found out later that she was
pregnant and hanged herself on the top floor. A
woman has been heard crying and moaning and a
few people have seen an apparition.

Leadville
Alps Motel
Drastic temperature changes and odd voices have
been heard here.

Leadville
Delaware Hotel


A painter, restoring one of the hotel's hallways, felt
numerous cold spots. It is said that the spirit of
Mary Coffey, who was shot in the back and
paralyzed by her husband in their room at the hotel
in 1889 still resides here. The vision of a woman
has been seen repeatedly.

Leadville
Moyer Mine
Miners have seen the spirits of old miners who died
on the property.

Littleton
Columbine High school
Apparitions are said to appear here inside and
outside. Pictures sometimes produce orbs.

Littleton
Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
Maniacal laughter and music have been heard
here. Workers' desks are continually being
rearranged.

Littleton
Melting Pot Restaurant
Employees have reported seeing various
apparitions and objects moving by themselves.
Formerly the towns public library.

Longmont
Home Depot
On opening day, a dead body was found behind
the store. Since then, there have been footsteps
heard on the roof when the store had been closed
as well as items falling out of the overheads when
nobody was around them.

Longmont
Vance Brand Civic Auditorium
Students here have reported cold spots, lights
turning on and off and strange noises occurring.
One student spotted a strange figure in the back of
the balcony watching them. The chairs in the
auditorium have also been known to move as if
someone is sitting down or getting up from them.

Louisville
Old Louisville Inn
Employess have heard loud counds and voices.
There has been reports of a disembodied hand
dipping into the register and moving spoons across
the room. Odd feelings in the attic.

Louisville
Pasquinis
The Pizzeria in downtown Louisville used to be
Colacci's. A poker dispute caused a shooting of a
man and his girl who tried to stop it. The tunnels
below now blocked are said to be the entry way
into the basement. Employees for years have seen
the girl as well as light bulbs disappearing.

Manitou Springs
Bath and Spa house
Indians were pushed out of these lands cutting
them off from their spring. They put a curse on the
land. The building was built on the spring and then
as soon as it opened, it caught fire killing many
people. When opening again, it flooded, also killing
many. Every time it reopens, something horrible
happens and many people die. It is fenced off but
you can see in the windows and the shadows walk
by as well as the lights flickering.

Manitou Springs
Miramont Castle
Numerous cold spots and numerous people not
wanting to go into the the gift shop (which was the
teburculosis unit when it was a sanitarium) are said
to be common here.

Manitou Springs
Mushroom Monday
Reports of a spirit of an old man. Both employees
and customers have seen him. He stands near a
small fountain, but appears to be standing on a
surface below the shop's floor as he comes out of
the ground at the knees. He only appears briefly
then is gone. Owner Confirmed.

Manitou Springs
The Cliff House
A noble couple from Europe came to the valley
and met an untimely and gruesome death (she
cheated on him and he murdered h
          Ridge Home   
Haunted History: Over the many years the home was active, patients and staff had claimed to see many apparitions as well as hear strange noises. Reports included objects moving on their own and even the ghosts of children running through the halls. After the site was abandoned, many ghost investigations had taken place in the buildings as well as in the underground tunnels. I am sure it would have added to the stories to have all of the abandoned equipment still there as well.

In 1909, the State of Colorado planned 310 acres 2 miles west of Arvada for a mental hospital soon to be named Ridge Home. It was located at approx. 52nd and Kipling. One year later Ridge Home was complete. The final building on the original campus wouldn't be finished until 1936. The main administration building proudly wore the cornerstone saying "A.D. 1910 State Home and Training School for mental defectives, founded by the State of Colorado through the efforts of Ella Parish Williams of the State Board of Correctives." Ridge Home got the name from the street that runs on the north side of the main campus, Ridge Road. The first patient had arrived in July of 1912. By 1936 Ridge had a enrollment of 260 out of the capacity for 300 patients. Those who were committed to Ridge were to stay there the rest of their life. Unless the were transferred to Pueblo Insane Asylum. Some got to stay with family members when they awaited their transfer. Among the original buildings was a school, and a farm that patients would work at with supervision. Ridge Home was also made a stop on the Tramway to Golden, and the efforts of Simon Guggenheim established its own separate post office.



According to one nurse who worked here in the 1960's, the people at Ridge were always drugged, which is not an uncommon practice in this type of facility. She claims that perfectly normal kids were dropped off there, but by living there all their lives, they became social mentally disabled. People seemed to be dropped off at Ridge, and forgotten. It was Arvada's "dirty little secret."

Ridge Home in the 60's -Click for larger view-:



In 1989 the Federal government had started to get complaints from local residents and family members on Ridge Home. The government had threatened to charge Ridge with $8 million if the state didn't improve the conditions soon. According to one nurse. Ridge Home was constantly littered with the bodily waste from the patients using every part of Ridge as a bathroom and the orderlies did not seem to care.

When two Federal agents came to inspect on the conditions, they observed two orderlies using excessive force on a patient. In 1990 they determined that Ridge needed 155 new staffers, and they had to spend at least $1.3. million to get the new staff. The people who ran Ridge said that everything there was safe and was all fine, so they refused to do anything that they were asked to do.

A lawsuit was filed in 1989 and in 1990 they were given 5 days to get things fixed, After the staff at Ridge started complaining that 5 days was a short deadline, it was explained that, legally, they had 1 year and 5 days. Family members of the current "residents" of Ridge Home started worrying that it would soon be gone.
In 1990, Ridge got a 90-day reprieve. The feds found that the conditions at Ridge were getting better. This reprieve ran out on July 8, 1990. Then again they extended the deadline to August 17. But on August 29, 1990 the Feds decided it was enough, they cut off more than $12 million in Medicaid funds to Ridge Home. The state decided it was wrong and appealed. They claimed that they had taken massive steps to clean up.

Against medical protocol, Ridge Home decide to move patients out into communities. Neither the communities or the patients were ready. They were moved into places that are group homes and that is where many reside today. After 1990 and the home "closed", only severely ill patients were allowed to live at Ridge.

In September of 1991 a fire ran though one of the abandoned Ridge Home buildings. It was the third blaze in the last two months. No one was hurt, but firefighters did drench a black and white cat that they found in the attic of the building. (This building was the one that was three stories high) On the following day, a security guard was arrested on suspicion of setting the building on fire. His name was Michael George King, age 24, and was a two-week guard from Burns International Security Services. Later he admitted to setting the fire in the attic. This was the administration building that once so proudly stood at the main entrance of Ridge.

This is the education and training building:

The cornerstone was found in tact and was taken in 1992 by the Colorado Historical Society.


In 1994 an Aurora man died when an argument over a woman ended in a shooting. Michael Fluellen, 22, was shot once in the face, in the northeast parking lot. He was a psychiatric technician. It happened at 6:10 a.m. as shifts were changing. All because the man, Wilbur Swift, thought that Fluellen was having an affair with his wife. The police were unable to tell if the murder was an accident or not. Numerous Ridge Home employees saw the fight, and many more saw Fluellen's body, draped with a white sheet, lying outside the northeast entrance.

There were 22 developmentally disabled sex offenders confined in what was left of Ridge Home in April of 1999. This was indeed on the main grounds of the original facility.



The buildings had become a dumping ground and a safety hazard. Throughout the years, many plans had been made for the Ridge Home site. Housing for troubled teens, an amusement park, a rec. center, other houses, commercial use, Red Rocks even talked about taking over the rest of this site as they now use a small portion across the street. The clean up of the asbestos was a major factor in these plans. In 1998, it would have cost $5 million to clean it all.

Some photo's of Ridge Home in its final days:












Around 2006, plans were underway to demolish the site and build a new shopping area along Kipling. The demolishing of the site took quite some time because of the asbestos removal as well as filling in the tunnels that once were underneath the property.

Ridge Home was gone by the end of 2007 and and a mall now stands along what was the back half of the Ridge Home property. A Super Target is at the very back.

The front half of the site is still vacant and the original gate and entrance is still there. The main entrance crosses a railroad track and the crossing signals are still there as well.

The main entrance to Ridge Home was here:



What the site looks like today:




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          Ancient Men Going Ghost Philosophy - Epictetus   

Over two thousand years ago the Greeks and Romans had a name for Ghosts and they were called Stoics or Cynics. Epictetus was one of the Greek Stoic Philosophers who's ideas were written down for us by one of his students in the Discourses of Epictetus. There are three books online that I could find with this guys stuff in it but they are more or less the same.

The Enchiridion

The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

The Discourses

This Epictetus guy had some good advice. The idea was pretty much to focus on what is in our own power and be indifferent to what isn't. Even then, pursing or avoiding what is in our power should be done in moderation.

Ok by me, that's how Going Ghost is, a little bit of effort with a whole lot of pay off in the form of peace of mind, health of body and quality of life. It's all very simple. If I have to jump through ten plus hoops to make someone else happy so we can both be happy I'll just jump through no hoops, dump the other person and be happy myself.

If they don't like it then that is their problem. I'm not in control of them and they don't control me. I got better things to do than deal with their perpetual misery.

So anyway, here were a few of my favorite parts from all three of the books.

A man's master is he who is able to confer or remove whatever that man seeks or shuns. Whoever would be free, let him wish nothing, let him decline nothing, which depends on others; else he must necessarily be a slave.

You can be unconquerable, if you enter into no combat in which it is not in your own power to conquer.

Winning by not fighting?

But for you part, do not desire to be a general, or a senator, or a consul, but to be free; and the only way to this is a disregard of things which lie not within our own power.

Remember that it is not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts; but the view we take of these things as insulting.

If you ever happen to turn your attention to externals, for the pleasure of any one, be assured that you have ruined your scheme of life.

Be mostly silent; or speak merely what is needful, and in few words.

Avoid public and vulgar entertainments; but if ever an occasion calls you to them, keep your attention upon the stretch, that you may not imperceptibly slide into vulgarity.

There are certain things I can't avoid that are public. What goes on now days can be described as vulgar. The only way I can avoid all the BS is by going mentally Ghost even though I have to be there physically. Keeping my attention on the stretch until it is over with.

For be assured that if a person be ever so pure himself, yet, if his companion be corrupted, he who converses with him will be corrupted likewise.

You can say that again brother. Misery loves company and these Blue Pills love their misery. Oh man, it's a constant battle to keep moving and stay detached from all the negativity that goes down around me.

If anyone tells you that such a person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer: "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."

Ha, good one, that blows the wind right out of their sails. What that person is trying to do is instigate fighting between others. Like the way chicks do to men. If they can keep the pot stirred by getting others to fight it will generally keep any scrutiny off of them.

If you have assumed any character beyond your strength, you have both demeaned yourself ill in that, and quitted one which you might have supported.

Oh yes let me tell you, if people have inflated expectations of you and you meet 100% of them but don't deliver an extra 10% on top of that, you are nothing but a bag of trash and a total failure. If you play down any expectations starting off as a bag of trash then give them only 10% of the 100% you are truly capable of then suddenly you have exceeded their expectations leaving everyone astonished over this unexpected progress.

Amazing how that works.

Women from fourteen years old are flattered by men with the title of mistresses. Therefore, perceiving that they are regarded only as qualified to give men pleasure, they begin to adorn themselves, and in that to place all their hopes. It is worth while, therefore, to try that they may perceive themselves honored only so far as they appear beautiful in their demeanor, and modestly virtuous.

The more things change the more they stay the same. They aren't called mistresses now but "cool girls" and it all starts around that Hannah Montana phase which is about fourteen I guess. Now we can all see how that character turned out.

Never proclaim yourself a philosopher; nor make much talk among the ignorant about your principles, but show them by actions.

I already know not to reason with a Feminist but I need to keep reminding myself of this when I'm around Blue Pill men. They don't want to hear it and to try to unplug them can have it's consequences. Better to remain ambiguous than become the target of their animosity.

And if any one tells you that you know nothing, and you are not nettled at it, then you may be sure that you have really entered on your work.

Nettled? I think it means not annoyed or insulted by it. Perfect, don't mind me, I don't know anything.

Above all, remember that the door stands open. Be not more fearful than children; but as they, when they weary of the game, cry, “I will play no more,” even so, when thou art in the like case, cry, “I will play no more” and depart. But if thou stayest, make no lamentation.

And in some games the only winning move is not to play.

In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person: in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the man who has convinced them.

Amen to that, never try to unplug anyone.

Nevertheless a man should also be prepared to be sufficient unto himself — to dwell with himself alone, even as God dwells with Himself alone, shares His repose with none, and considers the nature of His own administration, intent upon such thoughts as are meet unto Himself.

No better companion than solitude, heard that somewhere before.

“But to marry and to rear offspring,” said the young man, “will the Cynic hold himself bound to undertake this as a chief duty?”
  Grant me a republic of wise men, answered Epictetus, and perhaps none will lightly take the Cynic life upon him. For on whose account should he embrace that method of life? Suppose however that he does, there will then be nothing to hinder his marrying and rearing offspring. For his wife will be even such another as himself, and likewise her father; and in like manner will his children be brought up.
  But in the present condition of things, which resembles an Army in battle array, (Sounds like the way things are today if he means what I think he does.) ought not the Cynic to be free from all distraction and given wholly to the service of God, so that he can go in and out among men, neither fettered by the duties nor entangled by the relations of common life?

Hmm... what to do. Should I just Man Up and... Naaah, I choose the freedom, lolololol.

If any of you, withdrawing himself from externals, turns to his own will, to improve it by labor, and if he has learned that he who desires or avoids the things which are not in his power can either be faithful nor free, but of necessity be must change with them and be tossed about with them as in a tempest and must subject himself to others who have the power to procure or prevent what he desires or would avoid, if in every matter that occurs he works out his chief principles, this is the man who has not travelled in vain.

Oh yeah, forget about jumping through all those hoops to make someone else happy. Which can never be enough or done anyway because they will just keep moving the goal post around on you once they do get you jumping. So I'm Going Ghost on my own power and be happy all on my own, thanks.

Why then are you angry with the unhappy woman that she has been bewildered about the most important things and is become a viper instead of a human creature?

Well that's what happened when I took the Red Pill. It made me kind of mad at first, that I wasn't able to see the viper for what it was. Once I accepted the fact that it was just a snake, I went Ghost and now I'm not angry anymore.

Courage is not inconsistent with caution. For by employing caution towards things which are really bad, it will result that we shall have confidence with respect to things which are not so.

Marriage 2.0 are really bad, Man Going Ghost are not so bad. Ok boss, got that one figured out already but thanks for validating it for me here anyway.

*Note to TradCons, throwing oneself into a really bad situation in an effort to save a civilization hell bent on destroying itself is not my idea of courage.

[One Administrator says], "But I can throw into prison any man whom I please." - So you can do with a stone. "But I can beat with sticks whom I please." - So you may an ass. This is not a governing of men. Show us what is profitable to us, and we will follow it: show us what is unprofitable, and we will turn away from it. Make us imitators of yourself, as Socrates made men imitators of himself. For he was like a governor of men, who made them subject to him their desires, their aversion, their movements towards an object and their turning away from it. - Do this: don to do this: if you do not obey, I will throw you into prison. - This is not governing men like rational animals.

It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out but even back then the Greeks must have had their share of control freaks. I don't think he is saying it's ok to go do anything you want but rather not to force others to "Man Up" when it is not in their best interests.

That we ought with caution to enter into familiar intercourse with men. If a man has frequent intercourse with others either for talk, or drinking together, or generally for social purposes, he must either become like them, or change them to his own fashion. Since then the danger is so great, we must cautiously enter into such intimacies with those of the common sort, and remember that it is impossible that a man can keep company with one who is covered with soot without being partaker of the soot himself.

Another reason to Go Ghost is when I'm around Blue Pill men. They can't seem to build themselves up without tearing some other guy down. I try to get away from them as soon as they approach or else I won't come away without feeling dirty myself.

That we ought not to be disturbed by any news. When any thing shall be reported to you which is of a nature to disturb, have this principle in readiness, that the news is about nothing which is within the power of your will.

This one would apply to most media and some of the alternate media which is all doom porn.

The Hellenes are going to die destroyed by the Trojans. And why did you come hither? Was your desire in any danger? Was your aversion? Was your movement? Was your avoidance of things? He replies, "No, but the wife of my brother was carried off." Was it not then a great gain to be deprived of an adulterous wife?

Ha, that's how I feel about Feminism, it did me a favor in the end.

"Shall we be despised then by the Trojans?" What kind of people are the Trojans, wise or foolish? If they are wise, why do you fight with them? If they are fools, why do you care about them?

That's right, if they want them they can have them.

See God has sent you a man to show you that it is possible. Loot at me, who am without a city, without a house, without possessions, without a slave; I sleep on the ground; I have no wife, no children, no praetorium, but only the earth and heavens, and one poor cloak. And what do I want? Am I not without sorrow? am I not without fear? Am I not free?

Preach on brother Epictetus!

The man who is not under restraint is free, to whom things are exactly in that state in which he wishes them to be; but he who can be restrained or compelled or hindered or thrown into any circumstance against his will is a slave.

Precisely why shaming doesn't work on a Ghost anymore. It is an effort to throw him back into a situation against his will on his own power. I refuse to be slaves to Female Approval and it will take a great deal more than shaming to get me playing that game again.

To this matter before all you must attend, that you be never so closely connected with any of your former intimates or friends as to come to the same acts as he does. If you do not observe this rule, you will ruin yourself.

Personally I like to keep people a certain distance at all times. If they want to be friends, fine but if they start imposing on me, acting like I owe them something, get belligerent or disrespect me then it's Ghost Time.

The wise and good man neither himself fights with any person, nor does he allow another, so far as he can prevent it.

If other men are not being instigated by women into attacking me they usually try to provoke me into taking a swing at them. In either situation I don't argue or get flustered, I just wait them out until they realize it's going to be more trouble than it's worth. On other hand I don't get involved when others are fighting it out either, it's none of my business, I leave the area and Go Ghost.

Remembering this Socrates managed his own house and endured a very ill-tempered wife and a foolish son. For in what did she show her bad temper? In pouring water on his head as much as she liked, and in trampling on the cake sent him.

Filed that under the more things change the more they stay the same.

When a man has seemed to us to have talked with candor about his own affairs, how is it that at last we are ourselves also induced to discover to him our own secrets and we think this to be candid behavior? In the first place it seems unfair for a man to have listened to the affairs of his neighbor, and not to communicate to him also in turn our own affairs. Indeed men are often accustomed to say, I have told you all my affairs, will you tell me nothing of your own? Besides we have also this opinion that we can safely trust him who has already told us his own affairs; for the notion rises in our mind that this man could never divulge our affairs because he would be cautions that we also should not divulge his.

  Now as this man has confidently entrusted his affairs to me, shall I also do so to any man whom I meet? No, for when I have heard, I deep silence, if I am of such a disposition; but he goes forth and tells all men what he has heard.

Very important, a Ghost says nothing to anyone that isn't strictly business and related to the job only. If he does have to say something additionally, he pretends like he doesn't know anything or throws out a bunch of happy-go-lucky fluff that doesn't mean anything. Be especially careful around Mr. Friendly who goes around getting in peoples business and bending anyone's ear who will listen. This type is looking for information he can use to stir up strife between others. Be friendly in return but Go Ghost at Warp Speed and stay away from them.

No man is free who is not master of himself.

Well that's it then.

There is plenty more where that came from, some of it is a little difficult to follow though. Just as I thought I was on to something it spirals off into other things but those are the ones that did stand out for me and it all validates why I've Gone Ghost.

The life of a Ghost is pure freedom compared to that of a Blue Pill Beta Provider who's adulterous wife will cuckold him with some type of Bad Boy. Once that happens, she will turn on him in the worst posible ways. There is no way in hell I'm going to put myself in either one of those positions playing the role of the Bad or the Nice Guy when I can just as easily Go Ghost.

The job pays better and you can't beat the hours.

Gone Ghosting... and maybe buffalo hunting, too.


          MGTOW Crossing The Red Pill Sea   

There is an article over on Breibart London concerning men dumping society in general and women in particular that has attracted quiet a bit of attention. As of this morning it has some 14,000 comments and going. I wasn't going to do a post on it because I thought someone else would pick up on it and the stupid page kept crashing from all the ads loading anyway but since I don't see anyone else flagging it I'll put it up here.

I did manage to grab the article in between crashes so I'm going to put the thing up without my interruption just because of the fact that it is attracting enough attention that the Feminazis in their zeal for equality may attempt to have it removed.

Some speech is more equal than others.

The Sexodus, Part 1: The Men Giving Up On Women And Checking Out Of Society

"My generation of boys is f**ked," says Rupert, a young German video game enthusiast I've been getting to know over the past few months. "Marriage is dead. Divorce means you're screwed for life. Women have given up on monogamy, which makes them uninteresting to us for any serious relationship or raising a family. That's just the way it is. Even if we take the risk, chances are the kids won't be ours. In France, we even have to pay for the kids a wife has through adulterous affairs. 


"In school, boys are screwed over time and again. Schools are engineered for women. In the US, they force-feed boys Ritalin like Skittles to shut them up. And while girls are favoured to fulfil quotas, men are slipping into distant second place.

"Nobody in my generation believes they're going to get a meaningful retirement. We have a third or a quarter of the wealth previous generations had, and everyone's fleeing to higher education to stave off unemployment and poverty because there are no jobs.
"All that wouldn't be so bad if we could at least dull the pain with girls. But we're treated like paedophiles and potential rapists just for showing interest. My generation are the beautiful ones," he sighs, referring to a 1960s experiment on mice that supposedly predicted a grim future for the human race.

After overpopulation ran out of control, the female mice in John Calhoun's "mouse universe" experiment stopped breeding, and the male mice withdrew from the company of others entirely, eating, sleeping, feeding and grooming themselves but doing little else. They had shiny coats, but empty lives.

"The parallels are astounding," says Rupert.

Never before in history have relations between the sexes been so fraught with anxiety, animosity and misunderstanding. To radical feminists, who have been the driving force behind many tectonic societal shifts in recent decades, that's a sign of success: they want to tear down the institutions and power structures that underpin society, never mind the fall-out. Nihilistic destruction is part of their road map.

But, for the rest of us, the sight of society breaking down, and ordinary men and women being driven into separate but equal misery, thanks to a small but highly organised group of agitators, is distressing. Particularly because, as increasing numbers of social observers are noticing, an entire generation of young people—mostly men—are being left behind in the wreckage of this social engineering project.

Social commentators, journalists, academics, scientists and young men themselves have all spotted the trend: among men of about 15 to 30 years old, ever-increasing numbers are checking out of society altogether, giving up on women, sex and relationships and retreating into pornography, sexual fetishes, chemical addictions, video games and, in some cases, boorish lad culture, all of which insulate them from a hostile, debilitating social environment created, some argue, by the modern feminist movement.

You can hardly blame them. Cruelly derided as man-children and crybabies for objecting to absurdly unfair conditions in college, bars, clubs and beyond, men are damned if they do and damned if they don't: ridiculed as basement-dwellers for avoiding aggressive, demanding women with unrealistic expectations, or called rapists and misogynists merely for expressing sexual interest.

Jack Rivlin is editor-in-chief of student tabloid media start-up The Tab, a runaway success whose current strap-line reads: "We'll stop writing it when you stop reading it." As the guiding intelligence behind over 30 student newspapers, Rivlin is perhaps the best-placed person in the country to observe this trend in action. And he agrees that the current generation of young men find it particularly difficult to engage with women.

"Teenage boys always have been useless with girls, but there's definitely a fear that now being well-intentioned isn't enough, and you can get into trouble just for being clumsy," he says. "For example, leaning in for a kiss might see you branded a creep, rather than just inept."

The new rules men are expected to live by are never clearly explained, says Rivlin, leaving boys clueless and neurotic about interacting with girls. "That might sound like a good thing because it encourages men to take the unromantic but practical approach of asking women how they should behave, but it causes a lot of them to just opt out of the game and retreat to the sanctuary of their groups of lads, where being rude to women gets you approval, and you can pretty much entirely avoid one-on-one socialising with the opposite sex."

"There are also a lot of blokes who ignore women because they are scared and don't know how to act. It goes without saying that boys who never spend any time alone with women are not very good at relationships."

Rivlin has noticed the increased dependence on substances, normally alcohol, that boys are using to calm their nerves. "I've heard a lot of male students boast about never having experienced sober sex," he says. "They're obviously scared, which is natural, but they would be a lot less scared and dysfunctional if they understood 'the rules.'"

The result? "A lot of nice but awkward young men are opting out of approaching women because there is no opportunity for them to make mistakes without suffering worse embarrassment than ever."
Most troublingly, this effect is felt more acutely among poorer and less well educated communities, where the package of support resources available to young men is slight. At my alma mater, the University of Cambridge, the phenomenon barely registers on the radar, according to Union society president Tim Squirrell.

"I don't think I've really noticed a change recently," he says. "This year has seen the introduction of mandatory consent workshops for freshers, which I believe is probably a good thing, and there's been a big effort by the Women's Campaign in particular to try and combat lad culture on campus.
The atmosphere here is the same as it was a year ago - mostly nerdy guys who are too afraid to approach anyone in the first place, and then a smaller percentage who are confident enough to make a move. Obviously women have agency too, and they approach men in about the same numbers as they do elsewhere. There certainly haven't been any stories in [campus newspaper] The Tab about a sex drought on campus."

"I think that people are probably having as much sex as ever," he adds. At Cambridge, of course, that may not mean much, and for a variety of socioeconomic and class-based reasons the tribes at Oxford and Cambridge are somewhat insulated from the male drop-out effect.

But even at such a prestigious university with a largely middle- and upper-class population, those patronising, mandatory "consent" classes are still being implemented. Squirrell, who admits to being a feminist with left-of-centre politics, thinks they're a good idea. But academics such as Camille Paglia have been warning for years that "rape drives" on campus put women at greater risk, if anything.

Women today are schooled in victimhood, taught to be aggressively vulnerable and convinced that the slightest of perceived infractions, approaches or clumsy misunderstandings represents "assault," "abuse" or "harassment." That may work in the safe confines of campus, where men can have their academic careers destroyed on the mere say-so of a female student.

But, according to Paglia, when that women goes out into the real world without the safety net of college rape committees, she is left totally unprepared for the sometimes violent reality of male sexuality. And the panics and fear-mongering are serving men even more poorly. All in all, education is becoming a miserable experience for boys.

In schools today across Britain and America, boys are relentlessly pathologised, as academics were warning as long ago as 2001. Boyishness and boisterousness have come to be seen as "problematic," with girls' behaviour a gold standard against which these defective boys are measured. When they are found wanting, the solution is often drugs.

One in seven American boys will be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at some point in their school career. Millions will be prescribed a powerful mood stabiliser, such as Ritalin, for the crime of being born male. The side effects of these drugs can be hideous and include sudden death.

Meanwhile, boys are falling behind girls academically, perhaps because relentless and well-funded focus has been placed on girls' achievement in the past few decades and little to none on the boys who are now achieving lower grades, fewer honors, fewer degrees and less marketable information economy skills. Boys' literacy, in particular, is in crisis throughout the West. We've been obsessing so much over girls, we haven't noticed that boys have slipped into serious academic trouble.
So what happened to those boys who, in 2001, were falling behind girls at school, were less likely to go to college, were being given drugs they did not need and whose self-esteem and confidence issues haven't just been ignored, but have been actively ridiculed by the feminist Establishment that has such a stranglehold on teaching unions and Left-leaning political parties?

In short: they grew up, dysfunctional, under-served by society, deeply miserable and, in many cases, entirely unable to relate to the opposite sex. It is the boys who were being betrayed by the education system and by culture at large in such vast numbers between 1990 and 2010 who represent the first generation of what I call the sexodus, a large-scale exit from mainstream society by males who have decided they simply can't face, or be bothered with, forming healthy relationships and participating fully in their local communities, national democracies and other real-world social structures.

A second sexodus generation is gestating today, potentially with even greater damage being done to them by the onset of absurd, unworkable, prudish and downright misandrist laws such as California's "Yes Means Yes" legislation—and by third-wave feminism, which dominates newspapers like the Guardian and new media companies like Vox and Gawker, but which is currently enjoying a hysterical last gasp before women themselves reject it by an even greater margin than the present 4 out of 5 women who say they want nothing to do with the dreaded f-word.

The sexodus didn't arrive out of nowhere, and the same pressures that have forced so many millennials out of society exert pressure on their parent's generation, too. One professional researcher in his late thirties, about whom I have been conversing on this topic for some months, puts it spicily: "For the past, at least, 25 years, I've been told to do more and more to keep a woman. But nobody's told me what they're doing to keep me.

"I can tell you as a heterosexual married male in management, who didn’t drop out of society, the message from the chicks is: 'It's not just preferable that you should fuck off, but imperative. You must pay for everything and make everything work; but you yourself and your preferences and needs can fuck off and die.'"

Women have been sending men mixed messages for the last few decades, leaving boys utterly confused about what they are supposed to represent to women, which perhaps explains the strong language some of them use when describing their situation. As the role of breadwinner has been taken away from them by women who earn more and do better in school, men are left to intuit what to do, trying to find a virtuous mean between what women say they want and what they actually pursue, which can be very different things.

Men say the gap between what women say and what they do has never been wider. Men are constantly told they should be delicate, sensitive fellow travellers on the feminist path. But the same women who say they want a nice, unthreatening boyfriend go home and swoon over simple-minded, giant-chested, testosterone-saturated hunks in Game of Thrones. Men know this, and, for some, this giant inconsistency makes the whole game look too much like hard work. Why bother trying to work out what a woman wants, when you can play sports, masturbate or just play video games from the comfort of your bedroom?

Jack Donovan, a writer based in Portland who has written several books on men and masculinity, each of which has become a cult hit, says the phenomenon is already endemic among the adult population. "I do see a lot of young men who would otherwise be dating and marrying giving up on women," he explains, "Or giving up on the idea of having a wife and family. This includes both the kind of men who would traditionally be a little awkward with women, and the kind of men who aren't awkward with women at all.

"They've done a cost-benefit analysis and realised it is a bad deal. They know that if they invest in a marriage and children, a woman can take all of that away from them on a whim. So they use apps like Tinder and OK Cupid to find women to have protected sex with and resign themselves to being 'players,' or when they get tired of that, 'boyfriends.'"

He goes on: "Almost all young men have attended mandatory sexual harassment and anti-rape seminars, and they know that they can be fired, expelled or arrested based more or less on the word of any woman. They know they are basically guilty until proven innocent in most situations."
Donovan lays much of the blame for the way men feel at the door of the modern feminist movement and what he sees as its disingenuousness. "The young men who are struggling the most are conflicted because they are operating under the assumption that feminists are arguing in good faith," he says, "When in fact they are engaged in a zero-sum struggle for sexual, social, political and economic status—and they're winning.

"The media now allows radical feminists to frame all debates, in part because sensationalism attracts more clicks than any sort of fair or balanced discourse. Women can basically say anything about men, no matter how denigrating, to a mix of cheers and jeers."

That has certainly been the experience of several loose coalitions of men in the media recently, whether scientists outraged by feminist denunciations of Dr Matt Taylor, or video gamers campaigning under the banner of press ethics who saw their movement smeared as a misogynistic hate group by mendacious, warring feminists and so-called "social justice warriors".

Donovan has views on why it has been so easy for feminists to triumph in media battles. "Because men instinctively want to protect women and play the hero, if a man writes even a tentative criticism of women or feminism, he's denounced by men and women alike as some kind of extremist scoundrel. The majority of "men's studies" and "men's rights" books and blogs that aren't explicitly pro-feminist are littered with apologies to women. 

"Books like The Myth of Male Power and sites like A Voice for Men are favourite boogeymen of feminists, but only because they call out feminists' one-sided hypocrisy when it comes to pursing 'equality.'"

Unlike modern feminists, who are driving a wedge between the sexes, Men's Rights Activists "actually seem to want sexual equality," he says. But men's studies authors and male academics are constantly tip-toeing around and making sure they don't appear too radical. Their feminine counterparts have no suchforbearance, of course, with what he calls "hipster feminists," such as the Guardian's Jessica Valenti parading around in t-shirts that read: "I BATHE IN MALE TEARS." "I'm a critic of feminism," says Donovan. "But I would never walk around wearing a shirt that says, "I MAKE WOMEN CRY." I'd just look like a jerk and a bully."

It's the contention of academics, sociologists and writers like Jack Donovan that an atmosphere of relentless, jeering hostility to men from entitled middle-class media figures, plus a few confused male collaborators in the feminist project, has been at least partly responsible for a generation of boys who simply don't want to know.

In Part 2, we'll meet some of the men who have "checked out," given up on sex and relationships and sunk into solitary pursuits or alcohol-fuelled lad culture. And we'll discover that the real victims of modern feminism are, of course, women themselves, who have been left lonelier and less satisfied than they have ever been.

A little bit of shaming going on here but overall it's true. Men do get confused by all the conflicting messages and I think that is intentional. It is designed that way so men can be taken advantage of in their confusion or Blue Pill state but sooner or later every man does do his own cost benefit analysis, swallows that Red Pill and figures out that it isn't worth all the trouble.

"I can tell you as a heterosexual married male in management, who didn’t drop out of society, the message from the chicks is: 'It's not just preferable that you should fuck off, but imperative. You must pay for everything and make everything work; but you yourself and your preferences and needs can fuck off and die.'"

That dude is right, that is exactly their attitude and exactly the attitude I was running into and as a result of this prevailing attitude The Exodus by men is what follows.

All that shaming and manipulation to keep men on the plantation does work at first but inadvertently results in them leaving it. It gets to be too much, too soon and too obvious. Again, I think that is intentional but on a level higher than societal where women and society are just the useful idiots in the process to keep men and women at war with one another.

My war is over though and that is the brilliant part of MGTOW. By simply leaving the battlefield I win and so does each man that does the same. That doesn't mean the parasites won't come after us, they most certainly will but they will have to catch us first and we already have a head start on them.

MGTOW... OMW To The Promised Land.

UPDATE:

Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars picks up on the story.



Yes he does use the term White Knight and gets that it doesn't work for men. I suspect he has been researching the Man-O-Sphere and will likely out it at some point. He certainly isn't a Feminist Mangina and understand how Feminism with all it's insanity is the tip of the spear in the Divide and Conquer strategy for those determined to destroy humanity.

          Army dumps uniforms for cheaper civvies   
A former army officer says today’s Defence restructure will threaten future recruitment.

The Defence Force is making more than 300 uniformed instructors, photographers, logistics and administrative staff redundant and reassigning the positions as lower-paid civilian roles.

Hector Matthews of Te Rarawa and Te Aupouri says while the Defence Force may need to reprioritise its expenditure, the loyalty of its soldiers isn’t being reciprocated.

“It's a pretty cold message for a lot of our rangatahi because I think by and large the services have served our people well, given them god qualifications and experience, but it will make them think twice so it may well harm recruitment in years to come as those who have been made redundant advise their whanau it’s not the way to go so it’s a risk for the military,” Mr Matthews says.

Personnel who choose not to apply for the newly civilianised roles or are not appointed will receive redundancy.

KAHUI BOOK SPARKS FACEBOOK OUTRAGE

A Facebook site calling for a boycott of book by Kahui twins’ mother Macsyna King has drawn 24,000 members.

Site creator Jo Hayes says she’s outraged by the book Breaking Silence, which was written in collaboration with publisher Ian Wishhart.

She says it’s not okay to profit from the killing of children.

“This is not anything to do with race. This is about two babies who were murdered in my view and no one is being held accountable,” Ms Hayes says.

She's planning a silent protest at Christchurch bookstores when the book is released next month.

RAPIRA WANTING CRACK AT TOP SPOT

Ngapuhi boxer Sam Rapira says he’s ready to take on the country’s best.

The number two light heavyweight has a repeat bout against Australian number two Jake Carr in New Plymouth at the weekend

He says he’s rather be fighting Reece Papuni of Ngati Porou and Nga Rauru, who’s the New Zealand champion.

If Rapira says if he can make the top in his grade in the world championships in Azerbaijan in September, it means automatic entry into the Olympics.

NORMAN KEEN TO WORK WITH HARAWIRA

Greens co-leader Russell Norman says he is looking forward to working with Hone Harawira where the Greens and Mana share common ground.

Dr Norman says one area will be in the creation of environmentally friendly jobs.

“Up in the north there is a lot of unemployment so I think there is common ground there. In terms of cleaning up rivers, there’s clearly, having seen what happened at Waitangi Day this year where there was so much faeces in the water you couldn’t swim in it, there’s common ground there, and the Greens have been very focused on getting children out of poverty so there is also some common ground there,” Dr Norman says.

He expects Hone Harawira will be fully occupied until the November election with making Mana a national organisation.

GOFF SEEING LIMITED ROLE FOR MANA LEADER

Labour leader Phil Goff says Mana leader Hone Harawira is politically irrelevant because he can’t be trusted.

Mr Goff says even if Labour is in a position to form a government after November’s election, Mr Harawira won’t be invited to join any coalition.

“I don’t believe he can ever be part of a formal coalition because he simply isn’t reliable as a partner. He has found it very hard to work with other groups over time, most recently the Maori Party, and if you are gong to have a coalition government it needs to be stable and it needs to be built on a relationship of trust and reliability,” he says.

Mr Goff says in the event Hone Harawira retains Te Tai Tokerau in November, he will be welcome to work with Labour in areas they can find political agreement … as they have done in the past.

MAORI NURSES ENTERING SOUTH AUCKLAND WORKFORCE

Manukau Institute of Technology's Puora Matatini Maori Workforce Initiative today celebrated the graduation of 12 more Maori nurses.

Bernard te Paa, Counties Manukau Health’s general manager of Maori health, says the scheme has made a real impact since it was launched three years ago.

He says it giving many wahine the chance of a career they may not have expected otherwise, as most of the women have come from being on a benefit.

Counties Manukau Health hopes to employ all of today's graduates as part of the overall strategy to grow the number of Maori working in the health sector.
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So have you all read John Green's An Abundance of Katherines? http://sparksflyup.com/ in which anagrams figure prominently? along with mathematical equations for figuring who will be dumped and who will be the dumpee and the archduke of firdinand
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everytime i log onto this site i see this woman in a ad, and i just bust out laughing ! throws my p3 workouts to the dump
          Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success   
Drive east from Washington and eventually you run smack into the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the massive estuary that stretches from the mouth of the Susquehanna River at Maryland's northern tip and empties into the Atlantic 200 miles away near Norfolk, Va. The Chesapeake is home to oysters, clams, and famous Maryland blue crab. It's the largest estuary in the United States. And for a long time, it was one of the most polluted . Decades of runoff from grassy suburban yards and farm fields as far north as New York state, plus sewage and other waste dumped by the hundreds of gallons, made the Chesapeake so dirty that by 1983, the crab population had plummeted to just 2 percent of what Capt. John Smith saw when he explored the bay in the 1600s. For years, people tried to clean it up. States and the federal government spent millions of dollars. The first effort began in 1983 — officially launched by President Ronald Reagan in his 1984 State of the Union Address . And each time, the
          How To Stop Your Customers From "Cheating" On You    

About five months ago, I "broke up" with T-Mobile in favor of AT&T. I was a T-Mobile customer for six years on a very competitive service plan. But none of that mattered; I wanted an iPhone, and T-Mobile couldn't give it to me. It was a clean but cruel breakup: AT&T cancelled my T-Mobile contract on my behalf, the equivalent of getting dumped by your girlfriend's new boyfriend.

I bring this up because it reminds me of the saying: "If we don't take care of our customers, someone else will." This is particularly important to remember in "The Age Of The Customer" where technology-led disruption is eroding traditional competitive barriers across all industries. Empowered buyers have information at their fingertips to check a price, read a product review, or ask for advice from a friend right from the screen of their smartphone.

This is affecting your IT just as much as your business: As an indicator, Forrester finds that 48% of information workers already buy whatever smartphone they want and use it for work purposes. In the new era, it is easier than ever for empowered employees and App Developers to circumvent traditional IT procurement and provisioning to take advantage of new desktop, mobile, and tablet devices as well as cloud-based software and infrastructure you don't support. They're "cheating" on you to get their jobs done better, faster, and cheaper.

To become more desirable to your customer - be it your Application Developers, workforce, or end buyers - IT Infrastructure and Operations leaders must become more customer-obsessed, which I talk about in this video:

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          Could The Red Sox Solve Two Problems With One Trade?    
With the Royals playing a little better (just 3.5 games out of first), and Mike Moustakas having a solid season, Kansas City's urge to dump their soon-to-be free agent third-baseman might be dulled a bit. Enter the Pale Hose—who, despite being just seven games out—are mired in the AL Central cellar. Their soon-to-be free-agent third-baseman, Todd Frazier, has had a bit of a renaissance lately. Over the last 30 days or so, Frazier has clouted eight HRs and produced an .871 OPS. And, their so-far under-performing starter José Quintana is also available. So, the Red Sox might be able solve two problems for the price of what it might take to get just Moustakas. Quintana is 3-8 so far, with a 5.07 ERA. But, he's given up just 80 hits in 81.2 innings pitched—not horrible. Plus, he's delivered the highest strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio of his career (8.7). The lefty is still only 28 years old—and could solve Boston's 'missing fifth starter' problem—heck, maybe even their 'missing fourth starter' problem.
          Promotions Of Chavis & Devers Could Mean Other Moves   
Chavis (L); Devers (R)
Multiple sources are reporting today that third-base prospect Michael Chavis has been promoted to AA Portland. Logically, this should lead to another quick promotion—moving the organization's other top third-base prospect Rafael Devers to AAA Pawtucket. And, yet a third move could be the dumping of ear-infected Pablo Sandoval and/or a trade for Kansas City's hot-corner star Mike Moustakas. Devers is Boston #1 overall prospect, while Chavis slots in at #7. Either one could be shipped west for Moustakas. Stay tuned!
          Milmead - junk yard of thanet.   
There has been an ongoing issue with people dumping whatever crap they want in the streets outside my home.

This post is dedicated to all those vile litter-bugs who think they can abuse the world and get away with it.

I, for one, am sick of my environment being violated.

About a week ago I spoted a truck carrying a wrecked caravan drive down the dead end road that is Denton Way, Kent (CT9 xxx).

The next day I noticed this unsightly wreck parked toward the top of the same road.

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I took a photo in order to provide evidence of it having been dumped.

car_regMy wife was the first to spot them. A family out for a little recriational fly tipping. How nice.

By the time I had grabbed the camera they were shuffling off after updating the pile with some fresh new off cuts of green carpet.

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I at least got a photo of the leaving the "scene of the crime".

They then backed up the road and arround the corner (where I got the shot of the number plate) and waited for a child to come out of the block before they drove away. (no, I didn't photo the child that sort of thing is not on).

The registration of the car is DG03PZM so if any one knows the owner perhaps they can let thier name be known.

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So that's the story of the fly tippers captured "on film" doing the deed.

I also broke the story here (just so you know).
          Meet the faces behind the neglect   
Given the shear ability of council members to ignore us I have chosen to take the radical step of placing their photos and short profiles on this site. All information is already publicly available on the council website.

This is Ian Gregory he is the Conservative representing Dane Valley (the area in question). He is a member of the Standards Committee and he works at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital as Estate Manager. He lists building development as a special interest.

He lives in East Northdown Close in Cliftonville. His full address is available on the council website which details that he does not meet with people (or it does not detail that he does - you choose).

This man is Shaun C Connell he is the Labour member representing Dane Valley and his activities are listed as member of the Licensing Board.

He lives in Northdown Road in Margate and can be reached by phone on 0871 347682. He has no email address according to the website nor meeting times, nor interests. I'm guessing this man will not act in any real way for us.

I'm sure his membership of the Labour party means something to him so I've listed a member of said party that can be reached by email in the hope that a message can be passed on.

This is Linda Aldred she is a Labour member representing Cliftonville West. She is apparently a member of the (lack of) Planning Committee and the Shadow Cabinet.

She says she enjoys living in Thanet and is committed to ensuring the ongoing regeneration of the area, but quite frankly I fail to see the evidence of this around here.

She lives in Dumpton Park Drive which is in Broadstairs. The full address is on the Thanet Council website. you can email here at this address: mailto:llaldred@yahoo.co.uk?subject=council or via this address committee@thanet.gov.uk. In the event that you wish to speak with her she very kindly puts aside a whole day each month to meet people by appointment only at this address: 4 Northdown Road Cliftonville. CT9 2RW on the first Saturday of every month.

Ask them about the building standards the thugs the council employs use.


          Heat Wave Blog Tour! Guest Post & Giveaway: Author Alannah Lynne   
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Hi!! Thanks for letting me hang out with you today!

This has been a year of exciting firsts for me:

  • ·    My first book signing (Kansas City in May in conjunction with RT – even though I didn’t attend RT)
  • ·    My first time making a bestseller list (#16 on the New York Times extended list in May – Woo-hoo!!)
  • ·    My first reader/author get together in June
  • ·    My first RWA conference in July
My first book signing was exciting, and I had a great time visiting with members of my street team, as well as making new friends! Making the New York Times list was exciting and thrilling and I get a little shiver every time I think about the fact that I can forever say, “I’m a New York Times bestselling author.” The RWA conference was overwhelming, both in the number of people and the information that I tried to absorb, but it was a great time.

However, Lori Foster’s Annual Reader and Author was the most fun thing I’ve done, and not just this year, but in years!!

I was a little nervous (okay, a lot nervous), because going to an event like this alone was way out of my comfort zone. My husband, a true social butterfly, was supposed to go with me, but something came up at the last minute and he had to cancel. I knew several of my readers were going to be there, as well as my admin, Liza, so I pulled up my big girl panties and went.

Boy, am I ever glad I did! A few hours after arriving, I connected with Liza. By the end of the evening, she’d introduced me to a hand full of new friends. By lunch the next day, I’d connected with my readers, who brought along friends, who also became my friends. I met up with Slick Reads, a reviewer who enjoys my book and who had felt like a friend even before meeting face to face.

I had lunch with a wonderful group of ladies, we spent the afternoon hanging out and laughing until my stomach hurt, and then I participated in my second book signing of the year!

Saturday, I had breakfast with my new friends and after that… I lost track! LOL I was exhausted by the end of the weekend, but I was also more energized than I’d been in a long time.

One of the fabulous ladies I met while there is a reviewer who lives in Raleigh. At breakfast on Saturday, I said, “We need an event like this the southeast.” She looked across the table and said, “I agree!!”

And so, preparations began!

We’d set the date for September 26-28, 2014 in Raleigh, NC, but I received word last Friday that another event is planned for that same weekend in the Midwest. Fortunately, we weren’t too far into planning, so we can change the date of ours without any problem.

Since we’re starting from scratch on this, and want to make sure the event not only meets, but exceeds readers’ expectations, tell me…

Have you ever attended a reader/author get together?
If not, would you like to?
What do you look for in an event such as this?
What’s the biggest factor in making a decision to attend?
What is the most important thing to you:  Price? Location? Availability of airports? Time of year?

An event like this is all about the readers, so any information you can give me would be tremendously helpful in planning our event to make sure it’s the perfect experience for everyone who attends.

If you would like to be kept updated on details as we get them put together, please say so in the comments, or email Liza at AlannahLynneAssist@gmail.com. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as information become available!!

Thanks for adding your comments!! A Heat Wave book of choice will be given away to one lucky commenter. Be sure and follow along on each stop of the hop (go to my blog for links to each stop). One commenter from each day will be chosen, and a grand prize drawing for a “Savin’ Me” audio book will be drawn at the end of the tour.

Alannah’s Bio:

Alannah believes there's nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you've found happily-ever-after.


She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending.
 

She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, two dogs, two cats, and an outrageous number of ducks and geese that inhabit the pond on their farm.
 

To stay abreast of her current releases and contests visit her website and sign up for her newsletter, or connect on Facebook and twitter.

Where to find Alannah:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Blog

Buy Links:

Savin Me: Amazon | AllRomance | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

Last Call: Amazon | AllRomance | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

Crossing Lines: Amazon | AllRomance | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

Box Set: Amazon | AllRomance | B&N | Itunes


Title: Savin’ Me
Author: Alannah Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heat Wave #1
Number of Pages: 168
Publisher: Alannah Lynne

One step away from the coveted Vice Presidency of her firm, the last thing Kat Owens needs is the distraction of a man. Her client, Erik Monteague, disagrees. He’s charming, sexy, seductive, and impossible to ignore or refuse. After succumbing to his advances, Kat’s forced to choose between her career and the man she’s fallen for... while knowing even her love might not be enough to save him from self-destructing.

While Erik’s perfectly executed seduction gets Kat into his bed, the end result is more than he bargained for. Having spent the past ten years wallowing in guilt and self-loathing over his fiancée’s tragic death, falling in love is unacceptable. However, Kat’s passionate, loving nature dissolves the carefully constructed walls guarding his heart, forcing him to face his tragic past and make a decision... spend the rest of his life running, or risk being devastated by love again?


Title: Last Call
Author: Alannah Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Erotica Romance
Series: Heat Wave #2
Number of Page:  230
Publisher: Alannah Lynne

Gavin McLeod is a man who has it all. His corporate climb has positioned him as the next CEO at Holden Enterprises. He’s financially stable, allowing him to provide for the grandfather who raised him, and his successful seduction of the sexy bartender last night proves his private life is also on fire. Until the alluring woman in his arms turns out to be a serious road-block to his future. One that could bring everything he's worked for crashing down around him.

Sunny Black has spent her entire life tending to the needs of others, caring for her younger brother since she was ten, and serving bar patrons night after night. For the first time in years, she thinks of herself and gives in to her body’s demands, taking a trip to the wild side with a customer whose raw sexuality is too strong to deny. The next morning, however, she learns that in addition to rocking her world, the stranger might cause it to crumble.

A game of sexual seduction and corporate chess ensues, with neither Gavin nor Sunny realizing the ending could come in the form of a permanent check-mate.



Title:  Crossing Lines
Author: Alannah Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Erotica Romance
Series: Heat Wave #3
Number of Page:  178
Publisher: Alannah Lynne

Bored with her current assortment of vibrating, plastic pieces, Sam Wallace decides to add a new sex toy to her collection: Kevin Mazze. The sexy Italian is more than happy to help her live out her long-held sexual fantasies, and trusting him with her body is easy. Trusting him with her heart, however, is not… especially when he commits an unforgiveable sin.

Kevin Mazze is one of the good guys. He’s spent his life always doing the right things and making those around him happy. When he meets the woman of his dreams, at the worst possible time, he finds himself making bad choices in the name of good and crossing lines he never thought he would… while praying she never finds out.


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     Erik stood on Kat’s doorstep, carrying a pizza box and beer, wearing that stupid-ass grin again, and vaguely aware of the self-preservationist frantically waving his red flag. Erik knew this no-touching policy seemed counterintuitive to getting Kat back in the sack, but it wasn’t just a ploy to spend more time with her, as the self-preservationist seemed to think. It was part of the bigger plan. If things went according to plan, by the end of night, she’d be cursing that no-touching policy and ruling in favor of full-on contact sports.
     “Hi there,” she said, opening the door and stepping aside so he could enter.
      His gaze swept over her pink T-shirt, ass-hugging jeans, and bare feet, where a toe ring twinkled mockingly. The self-preservationist muttered, “See, dumbass, you’re in over your head.”
      Erik gulped, finding it difficult to argue. Forcing his gaze away from her, he stepped over the threshold and scanned the mountain of boxes littering the floor. “Holy shit.” Some were open, with newspaper hanging over the sides where she’d rummaged through them; others were stacked in neat piles three and four high. “We’re gonna need more beer.”
     She laughed and shut the door behind him. “Are you sorry you insisted on helping?” Without waiting for an answer, she took the pizza box from him and led the way to the kitchen.
Hell no, he wasn’t sorry. This was even better than he’d expected. With any luck, he’d be here all night, which gave him more time to make her regret that stupid rule. “Maybe,” he said, laughing so she’d know he was teasing. He glanced around the kitchen, which was slightly less disastrous than the living room. “Do you have a plan of attack, or is this a free-for-all?”
     She sat the pizza box on the counter, then looked around. “I think finish the kitchen first, then move to the living room?”
     It was more question than statement, so he shrugged and nodded. “Sure. You’re the boss.”
     She grabbed paper plates and napkins from the cabinet and set them on the counter next to the pizza. “In that case, I say we eat first. I’m starving.”
     “Yes ma’am,” he said, pulling a slice from the box. When she reached for it, he shook his head no and held it up to her mouth. “Open.” She eyed him suspiciously—smart girl—but opened anyway and took a bite.
      “Oh my God. That’s so good.” She grabbed another bite, then closed her eyes and chewed like it was the finest food in the world. With her head tilted back, eyes closed, and pleasure rippling off her, she looked much like she had on the boat. Soaking up the sun, the wind blowing her skirt high on her thighs, her hands stroking her legs… she’d been an erotic vision if ever there was one.
He took a deep breath and set the slice on her plate before grabbing a couple of slices for himself.      “Vinnie’s makes a great pizza. They have killer lasagna, too. We’ll get that next time.”
     She opened her eyes, grabbed her slice, and took another large bite. Between chews she said, “I love lasagna. It’s one of my favorite foods.”
     He grabbed two beers and grinned. She hadn’t flinched at the “next time” part of his statement; he was making progress.
     She hopped onto the countertop and continued to eat while he opened the bottles. As he turned to hand her one, a drop of pizza sauce stuck to her lip caught his attention. Pizza sauce wasn’t sexy. But when she flicked her tongue out to lick it from her lip, a gulp and a groan collided in his throat. A shot of adrenaline hit his system, and blood rushed to his dick.
     He took a long, cooling drink from his bottle and considered his plan—which wasn’t working as he’d intended. In fact, so far, the whole damned thing seemed to be backfiring.
     “This is really good,” Kat said, grabbing a second slice. “Thanks for bringing dinner and coming to help. It’s nice to have the company.”
    “It’s my pleasure.”
     “Did you grow up in Riverside?” she asked.
     “Not in Riverside, but across the river and down a ways. About a mile past the plant.”
     Kat picked up her pizza to take a bite, paused, then set it back down. “I have to be honest. Once I let go of being pissed off…” She smiled sheepishly. “I really loved being on the water. It’s so peaceful out there. I understand why you prefer traveling by boat.”
     Erik’s chest tightened at her soft smile and the sincerity of her words. It shouldn’t have meant anything, but he was thrilled she’d enjoyed something that was such a big part of his life. “We’ll go out again. Soon.”
     She nodded, then grabbed her pizza and took a healthy bite.
     He smiled and did the same, enjoying the moment.
     The self-preservationist dropped his head into his hands and wept.
     General conversation ensued until Kat finished eating. She tossed her wadded-up napkin onto her plate and brushed her hands together. Since he’d finished long before her, she asked, “Ready to get busy?”
      Erik grinned at all the ways he’d love to get busy, but kept the thought to himself. “Absolutely.” He picked up their plates and dumped them in the trash while Kat dropped to her knees and began sifting through one of the boxes. Finished putting the leftover pizza in the fridge and wiping off the counter, he stood next to her, awaiting further instructions.
     She pulled a mixer from the box and turned toward him. “What—?” The question remained unasked as she found her wide-open mouth level with his crotch.
     His dick instantly recognized the advantages of the situation and rose with vigor and enthusiasm.
     Her gazed fixed on his fly, watching the subtle shifts of his clothing caused by all the behind-the-scenes action taking place. She licked her lips and the impact was as powerful as if she’d physically stroked her tongue over his flesh.
     Every muscle in his body tightened in response. Sweat popped out on his forehead and across the back of his neck as her gaze began a slow, leisurely stroll up his body. Her looking up at him—through dark lashes from this position on her knees—caused his cock to swell to near bursting, and its throbbing matched the whooshing in his ears.
     No touching.
    He clenched his fists and closed his eyes. While taking a few deep breaths, he prayed she’d find the good sense to get off the floor before she found herself flat on her back with him buried to the hilt inside her.
     When he finally opened his eyes, he found her standing in front of him, her bottom lip caught between her teeth, a tinge of pink coloring her cheeks. “That was a great view,” she said, smiling sweetly.
      He’d given his word on the no-touching bullshit, but the little minx didn’t realize how close he was to giving his fucking honor the boot. “I’d be more than happy to provide you with an even better one,” he said, his voice raspy, his tone clipped and harsh.
     She sighed heavily as her shoulders slumped. “That would be really nice, but I’m afraid it would be terrible… just terrible”—she batted her eyes and did her best Scarlett impression—“to have something so incredible to look at and not be able to touch.”
    Without waiting for his response, she turned and bent over, reaching for the goddamned mixer she’d left on the floor.
    “Jesus Christ!” A man could only take so much. She yelped as he snatched her up around the waist and sat her on the counter. “Sit there and don’t move. Don’t bat your eyes. Don’t lick your lips. Don’t get on your knees. And for God’s sake, don’t bend over.” He snatched the mixer off the floor. “Where the hell do you want it?”
     The little she-devil clapped her hands together, threw her head back, and laughed with abandon.    
     The act was more threatening to his emotional stability than all her sexy moves put together. Laughing like this, she was absolutely radiant. And he wanted her more than he’d ever wanted anyone.
     Including Lindsey.
     Over the next hour, Kat sipped her beer and did a point-and-direct, while Erik stashed everything away in the cabinets. How it went from him trying to make her regret the no-touching rule to him skating the slippery slope of becoming a liar was beyond him. But sure as shit, it happened.
Kitchen finished, they moved to the living room. Putting together a bookshelf kept his mind occupied while she unpacked books and knickknacks. He made like a pack mule and moved the remaining boxes to the guest room, then they arranged the living room furniture to take advantage of the exceptional view her upstairs apartment had of the river.
     While Kat refolded and stacked the used newspaper for recycling, Erik broke down the empty boxes and carried them to the recycling container outside. When he returned, he didn’t see Kat, so he followed the sounds coming from the back of her apartment.
     As he approached the end of the dark hallway, she burst from her bedroom, rounding the corner at a fast clip. They collided, hard.
     He threw his arms around her waist to keep her from stumbling back. In the process, every perfect curve and dip of her body molded against his. The heat of her palms pressing against his chest was like a sizzling brand, as she gasped to catch her breath.
     “I’m sorry,” she said. “I didn’t hear you come back in. Are you all right?”
     No, he wasn’t even close to being all right.
     Through the filtered light of the living room, he watched her eyes go from wide with surprise to a heavy-lidded forest green as he continued to hold her tight. With each labored breath, his chest brushed against her breasts. His palm rested on the small of her back, and he fought the need to pull her tighter against his jerking, straining erection.
     “Fuck.” What was supposed to have been a muttered curse came out sounding like a plea.
     Her throat bobbed as she swallowed hard. Her body melted further into his, and the pulse in her neck fluttered wildly.
     All the way to the dumpster and back he’d lectured and coached himself like a parent would an unruly teenager. Come in, make sure she didn’t need any more help, then get the hell out before something like this happened. But right now, primal instinct was in control, overpowering his good intentions and his word, demanding he take what he wanted.
     He thrust his free hand through the hair at the nape of her neck and yanked her head back, careful not to hurt her, but forceful enough to let her know she wasn’t going anywhere. Surprised by his aggression, her eyes snapped wide and her mouth dropped open, giving him the access he craved. His assault on her mouth was as ferocious as a lion attacking its prey.
     Rather than push him away, she accepted him fully by wrapping her arms around his neck and dragging him even closer. He backed her against the wall, wedged a knee between her thighs, and with a feral growl, deepened the kiss even further while she rode his knee.
     And it still wasn’t enough for either of them.
     Their tongues clashed, twisting and tangling, frantic for even deeper contact. His hand snaked up her side until he reached the swell of her breasts. He used his thumb to tease her taut nipple, and she arched her back, pressing her body more firmly into his grasp.
     His heartbeat pounded in his ears as his body stretched tight as a rubber band about to snap. He wanted to eat her alive, and if he didn’t stop now—which was already way beyond the promised boundaries—he wouldn’t stop until he’d stroked her, eaten her, and buried himself in her warm, wet body.
     It was one of the hardest things he’d ever done, but as his words—no touching—thumped inside his skull, he forced himself to pull back and draw in a deep, shuddering breath.
     Her eyes screamed don’t stop. But he had to; this wasn’t right. He’d given his word that he’d behave, and although he may have a reputation for being a lowlife scoundrel, he always kept his word.
Of course, when he made that promise he hadn’t counted on extenuating circumstances making it impossible. But he could still walk away at this point and not feel like a total sack of shit. The look in her eyes, her response to his touch all told him that one day soon he’d strip, lick, suck, and fuck her senseless.
     But it wouldn’t be tonight.
     “I’m sorry,” he said, his voice raw and choppy. “When I made that promise, I hadn’t considered the possibility of you literally falling into my arms.”
     Eyes wide and glassy, she ran a finger over her lips and took a few shallow breaths. “Is it always going to be like this?” Her voice was soft, desperate. “Every time we’re together is it going to be a constant battle, like horny teenagers trying to keep our hands off each other?”
     He scrubbed a shaky hand down his face, then proceeded to stare a hole in his shoes as he honestly considered the question. He wanted to tell her no, that it was just a phase. He wished he could give her a smooth-talking sales job that would get her into bed and stick with his plan of working her out of his system. Then, they would both move on with their lives. Separately.
     The problem was, he no longer believed it would be that easy. His cat scratch fever was back with a vengeance.
     “I don’t know,” he said, running a thumb across her red and swollen bottom lip. “All I know is that I want you with a ferociousness I have never felt before.” And with that admission, he turned away and headed for the door. “Maybe I should swim home to work off some of this pent-up frustration.” He stopped at the door, turned, and winked. “Sleep tight, baby.”
          Man ordered to pay £431 after flytipping under a "no dumping" sign   
A MAN has been ordered to pay £431 after pleading guilty to dumping large household waste items under a “No Dumping” sign.
          Belly Dump Driver - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
Qualified candidate possess a current and valid Class A driver's license and be insurable through KSI's insurance carrier....
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          Dump Truck Driver/laborer - KS Industries, LP - Bakersfield, CA   
Qualified candidate possess a current and valid Class A driver's license and be insurable through KSI's insurance carrier....
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          RVE 63: 21 Questions Everyone Asks Us About Living in an RV   

Jumping into living in an RV brings on a ton of questions. Most of them are pretty basic, like, where do you dump your poop? That one is easy to answer, we actually hired a guy to follow us around … Read More

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          'BradCast' 8/8/2016 (The Trump Dump, the Voting Rights Act and the planet's greatest threat)   
Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com
          Yet Another Federal: 1918   
San Francisco, 1918. "Federal truck with dump body." Latest entry in the Shorpy Log of Leviathan Lorries. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

          City of Vancouver Considers Ban on Disposable Coffee Cups   
The City of Vancouver is looking to reduce the number of coffee cups, plastic bags, and take-out containers cluttering up the city’s garbage dumps. According to a new report from the city, over 2.6 million coffee cups are thrown in the trash each week in Vancouver. And this summer, another 34 million coffee cups will …
          DUMP THE LOVE JUNK! WALLPAPERED DUMPSTER FOR EX-LOVER PURGING!   



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          Halloween 2013 Build using a Raspberry Pi   

 

This year for Halloween I wanted to start to scratch the surface of what I could do with a Raspberry Pi in order to bring a “haunted” experience to my front yard. My guidance/inspiration was from here.

Overall, I wanted to have a single motion sensor trigger a sequence of scenes where each scene would incorporate one or more lights, one or more audio tracks and be limited to about 30 seconds or less.

Parts List

I broke the parts list up into two groups, the first is the items you probably would need to buy online, the second you should be able to get most of them from your local Home Depot, Lowes or other hardware store.

Online parts list:

  1. 1 x Raspberry Pi, Model b

Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB RAM

  1. 1 x USB Powered Speakers (externally powered)

USB Powered Speakers

  1. 1 x PIR Motion Sensor

PIR (motion) sensor

  1. 1 x Breakout board/Extension wires, Male->Female, 4 to 6 inches in length

Premium Female/Male 'Extension' Jumper Wires - 40 x 12

  1. 5v 1 x 1Amp USB Port power supply with an A/Micro B cable

5V 1A (1000mA) USB port power supply - UL ListedUSB cable - A/MicroB

  1. 1 x 4GB SDHC MicroSD Memory Card

4GB SD card for Raspberry Pi preinstalled with Raspbian Wheezy

  1. 1 x Low-Profile microSD card adapter for Raspberry Pi

Low-profile microSD card adapter for Raspberry Pi

  1. 6 x Solid State Relays, 3v to 110v+
    1. Essentially you apply 3 volts to one pair of terminals, which will turn on the 100v pair.

SSR-10DA Solid State Relay - White + Silver

Optional online parts:

  1. You may need a HDMI (Male) to VGA Adapter if you do not have an HDMI compatible TV or Monitor.  To initially install the Pi OS, you will need a way to output the video.
  2. You may also need some sort of USB keyboard, wired or wireless, most just work.  If you don’t have one one hand, you should consider getting one of the smaller form factor wireless keyboards which you can reuse and is portable along with your Pi’s.
  3. Finally you also need a way to give this device access to your network.  If you have a router with a spare LAN port you can use it, just be sure you have a Cat5e networking cable (male on both ends) available for the project.  Otherwise a hub will be just as suitable.  As an alternative you can find many mini WiFi USB dongles that are compatible for the Pi. I chose to NOT use the WiFi dongle because it is an additional cost.  I will not cover of WiFi configuration in this post, there are many online articles outlining the process.

You can buy most of these from adafruit.com, dx.com, or any other favorite retailer. 

 

Hardware store parts list:

  1. 4 x (double) receptacle wall sockets [NEMA 5-15 (15A/125V earthed) Type B] Commercial Duplex Receptacle 15 Amp 125v, Gray
  2. 3 x electrical boxes
    1. 1 x single width
    2. 1 x double width
    3. 1 x triple width

  1. 1 x double electrical face plate, “blank” or cover
  2. 1 x single receptacle wall socket face plate
  3. 1 x triple receptacle wall socket face plate

 

1 Gang Duplex Receptacle Plate, White - 10 Pack 3-Gang Midway Nylon Blank Wallplate, in White

 

  1. 20 x twist-on wire connectors

Can-Twist One size fits all Wire Connector  300/tub

  1. 1 x 50 feet of electrical cable, of appropriate gauge for your country
  2. 1 x Bag of electrical cable staples, probably need 50 to 60GB GB 1/2 In Plastic Staple, White (15-Pack)
  3. 1 x bag of wood screws, 3” long, at least 24 screws
  4. 1 x bag of wood screws, 2” long, at least 12 screws
  5. 1 x Plywood, 2 feet squared, about 1” thick  (bottom base)
  6. 2 x 2x4, 2 feet in length (sides of base)
  7. 1 x 1x2 2 feet in length (front)
  8. 1 x Plywood, 1.5 feet squared, (back / relay anchor)

Box Construction:

Take the base plywood (2x2x2) and secure the 2x4’s to each opposite side.  Add the 1x2 to one end, and finally the 1.5 foot squared plywood to the back. 

This will form an awkward sided box without a lid.  This is by design.  It will provide enough room for you to secure the two larger electrical box’s to the front left and right, and the smaller box on the left side, in the middle.  Finally each relay can be secured to the back / relay anchor piece.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are a few to help out.

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Notice the smaller receptacle box on the left.  It is “Always On”, meaning we hardwire power directly to both of those receptacles.  The larger box on the right, with the three pairs of receptacles, those are run through the relay switches.  Finally, the box on the front left is where we take the main line from the house, and split it into 7 (Always on, and the 6 via the relays).

Note: If I were to do this box again, I would probably use a terminal strip, instead of the lower left box to split the house main into the 7. 

Here is a photo of the same box, with the relay switches installed:

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Next secure your relay switch’s to the back, like you see in the above picture.  Do your best to make them level, straight and in the middle of the box. 

Take your 50 feet of electrical wire and run a single line to the Always On box, and then 6 to the back, up and over, and then down and forward to the 6 receptacles on the front right.  You will need to split the “HOT” of each of these lines up on the back and wire each HOT into the relay switch.  Take care to find out online which exact color is “HOT” / “Phase” / “Live” for your house electrical wiring.  For example, in Canada, black is set to be “Live” or “HOT”.  Split it, to the set of terminals on the relay switch.  Notice I also use secure each split with an appropriate and twist caps.

Use the electrical staples to secure each line down to the box as best as you can, and clean up the box until you are happy with it.

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Raspberry Pi Construction

You will need to first download the NOOBs installation media, and follow the instructions here to perform the installation of the “Rasbian” operation system.  It is essentially Linux slimmed down for the Pi.  Be sure to use the MicroSD card you ordered for the project earlier.

Now unbox the RaspberryPi, MicroSD Adapter, and USB Power.  Plug your MicroSD card into the adapter, and that into your Pi.  I personally use the HDMI output to my living room television, and you will need some sort of video to perform the initial install on the Pi itself; ensure that this is plugged in as well.  Make sure you also plug in your keyboard and your networking cable from a switch or router.

Finally apply power to the device with your USB Power adapter.

If it is not that obvious of what is what on the Pi, here is useful image outlining the position of each component.

NOTE: The Raspberry Pi does not have any sort of onboard protection for hot-swapping anything from USB, HDMI, or other GPIO Ports.  Make sure you shut the device down appropriately before trying to plug anything in or out of it. Failing to do so may result in frying the little guy!

Follow the instructions to finish the installation of the “Rasbian” operating system, and eventually you should end up at a login prompt.  Take note of the IP Address, it should be near the login prompt.  Login with the default user name and password (pi / raspberry) for the Rasbian operating system.    If you missed the IP Address on the login screen, use the command “ifconfig” in the terminal, its output will contain the device’s IP address.

Right now you should be able to login to the Pi, via SSH.  If you are on Windows, putty is a suitable tool which you can SSH into the machine.  Use the IP address to connect via putty to SSH on your Pi.

Raspberry Pi & Python

Rasbian comes with python already installed, test it out by typing: 

python

At the command prompt, which then you should end up in the python “RELP” (Read, Eval, Print, Loop),  try this command:

>> import this

You should see “The Zen of Python”, some guidelines for writing python code.

   1:  >>> import this
   2:  The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters
   3:   
   4:  Beautiful is better than ugly.
   5:  Explicit is better than implicit.
   6:  Simple is better than complex.
   7:  Complex is better than complicated.
   8:  Flat is better than nested.
   9:  Sparse is better than dense.
  10:  Readability counts.
  11:  Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
  12:  Although practicality beats purity.
  13:  Errors should never pass silently.
  14:  Unless explicitly silenced.
  15:  In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
  16:  There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it.
  17:  Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
  18:  Now is better than never.
  19:  Although never is often better than *right* now.
  20:  If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
  21:  If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
  22:  Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!
  23:  >>>

In order to exit the python REPL, you need to hit Control-Z.

 

Creating your first python script

  1. 1. At the SSH prompt, type:
    1. touch hello.py
    2. chmod +x hello.py
    3. nano hello.py

“touch hello.py” will create a new, empty file in the current folder.

“chmod +x hello.py” will set the “execute” flag on hello.py, this allows us to execute it directly.

“nano” is a simple text editor available on the Pi, you should be in the editing window, “hello.py”, which is now empty.  Type in the following code:

 
   1:  #!/usr/bin/env python
   2:  print("Hello, world")

Save the document by hitting Control-O, then hit enter.  To exit, hit Control-X.  This should dump you back out to the command prompt.  In order to execute our script we type:

./hello.py

This should simply print out “Hello, world”, and then exit you back to the prompt.

Success!

Also installed by default is the ability to use the GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) ports in python.  We will use the GPIO ports to apply 3v’s to our Solid State Relays. 

You will notice that on the PI, there are two rows of Pins sticking out, these are the GPIO pins, here is a diagram which explains each Pin:

Raspberry-Pi-GPIO-Layout-Revision-2

 

Take note of all of the Green GPIO pins.  They are what we will be connecting to our Relay Switch’s.  We will cover more about these GPIO pins and Python in a section further down.

 

Raspberry Pi and the Box

Wiring the Pi up to the Box, more specifically the Solid State Relays, is done by first taking a single ground wire from each Solid Sate Relay’s negative/ground terminal (-) to each other in a chain, like the following image.

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You can take the Breadboard wires and use them, strip of the plastic tips and about 1/2 inch of the wire sheath to expose the bare metal wire inside.  I actually take a single wire from the first to the second, and another from the second to the third and so on, after the final relay you take a final wire out to the Ground pin on the Pi.  On this final wire, leave the Female tip which will make it easy to plugin into the Pi.  That solves the common ground for each Solid State Relay.

In order to finish this you will need to take a single breadboard wire (female end) from a GPIO port on the PI to the Solid State Relay (male end), positive terminal.  Repeat this for each GPIO to Relay terminal.  It does not really matter which GPIO port is used, just write each down and their relationship to the final receptacle box of 6.

In the end you will see the following:

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Now that you have the Pi online, connected to the Box via the Relay Switch's, and the switch's controlling power to our bank of 6 receptacles, we are ready to start writing more python scripts to control the lights!

 

Sample Scripts

The best way to get started programming for the Raspberry PI and its GPIO pins is to read over the RPi.GPIO module basics. Please review that prior to continuing.

Below is a set of scripts which should be enough to get you started with working with python and GPIO ports.  I did my best to document the code where it was appropriate.  If you need more assistance with python there are a plethora of online tutorials which you can learn from. 

on_off.py

   1:  #!/usr/bin/env python
   2:  import time 
   3:  import RPi.GPIO as io 
   4:   
   5:  # https://code.google.com/p/raspberry-gpio-python/wiki/BasicUsage
   6:  io.setmode(io.BCM)
   7:  io.setwarnings(False)
   8:   
   9:  light_one = 24
  10:   
  11:  io.setup(light_one, io.OUT)
  12:   
  13:   
  14:  def light(light_pin, state):
  15:      print("light control:" + str(light_pin) + " " + str(state))
  16:      io.output(light_pin, state)
  17:   
  18:  print("Turning light on")
  19:  light(light_one, True)
  20:  time.sleep(1)
  21:  print("Turning light off")
  22:  light(light_one, True)
  23:  print("All done")

allon_off.py

   1:  #!/usr/bin/env python
   2:  import time 
   3:  import RPi.GPIO as io 
   4:   
   5:  # https://code.google.com/p/raspberry-gpio-python/wiki/BasicUsage
   6:  io.setmode(io.BCM)
   7:  io.setwarnings(False)
   8:   
   9:  light_one = 24
  10:  light_two = 23
  11:   
  12:  io.setup(light_one, io.OUT)
  13:  io.setup(light_two, io.OUT)
  14:   
  15:   
  16:  def light(light_pin, state):
  17:      print("light control:" + str(light_pin) + " " + str(state))
  18:      io.output(light_pin, state)
  19:   
  20:  print("Turning lights on")
  21:  light(light_one, True)
  22:  light(light_two, True)
  23:  time.sleep(1)
  24:  print("Turning lights off")
  25:  light(light_one, True)
  26:  light(light_two, True)
  27:  print("All done")

That should be enough to get you started with controlling your receptacles.  Next we dive into some sample code for playing sound.  Plug in your speakers to the audio jack.  I found some sample sound bytes online, and used Audacity to convert them to 2 Channel MP3s if they were not already in that format.

playsound.py

   1:  #!/usr/bin/env python
   2:  import pygame 
   3:  import os
   4:  import time
   5:   
   6:  pygame.mixer.init()
   7:  pygame.init()
   8:   
   9:   
  10:  def playTrack(track):
  11:      print("playing track:" + track)
  12:      pygame.mixer.music.load(track)
  13:      pygame.mixer.music.play()
  14:      while pygame.mixer.music.get_busy():
  15:          time.sleep(0.5)
  16:   
  17:   
  18:  print "ready to rock"
  19:   
  20:  while True:
  21:      for files in os.listdir("."):
  22:          if files.endswith(".mp3"):
  23:              print files
  24:      sound = raw_input("Song? ")
  25:      playTrack(sound)
  26:      time.sleep(1)

Our last sample script demonstrates using the PIR motion sensor with the Pi, in this example I’m using GPIO port 25.  Notice that it is setting the io port to io.IN instead of io.OUT like our switch’s above.

motion.py

   1:  #!/usr/bin/env python
   2:  import time 
   3:  import RPi.GPIO as io 
   4:   
   5:  io.setmode(io.BCM)
   6:  io.setwarnings(False)
   7:   
   8:  pir_pin = 25
   9:  io.setup(pir_pin, io.IN)
  10:   
  11:  def onMovement():
  12:      print("movement!")
  13:   
  14:  print "ready to rock"
  15:  while True:
  16:      if io.input(pir_pin):
  17:          onMovement()
  18:      time.sleep(300)

 

In this script we setup an infinite loop with the “While True”.  This allows for our script to sit and wait for motion.  Once the PIR detection motion we immediately call the “onMovement” function.

Remember for each script file you create to run the “chmod +x script.py” on the pi.  This will allow you to test it by just running the script name itself at the command line:

[$] > playsound.py

 

Putting it all together

Here is my final script for executing scenes based on motion.

   1:  #!/usr/bin/env python
   2:  import time 
   3:  import RPi.GPIO as io 
   4:  import pygame 
   5:  import subprocess 
   6:  import time 
   7:   
   8:  io.setmode(io.BCM)
   9:  io.setwarnings(False)
  10:   
  11:  pygame.mixer.init()
  12:  pygame.init()
  13:   
  14:  pir_pin = 25
  15:  light_4 = 4
  16:  light_17 = 17
  17:  light_18 = 18
  18:  light_23 = 23
  19:  light_22 = 22
  20:  light_24 = 24
  21:   
  22:  playing = False
  23:  io.setup(pir_pin, io.IN)
  24:  io.setup(light_4, io.OUT)
  25:  io.setup(light_17, io.OUT)
  26:  io.setup(light_18, io.OUT)
  27:  io.setup(light_23, io.OUT)
  28:  io.setup(light_22, io.OUT)
  29:  io.setup(light_24, io.OUT)
  30:   
  31:  def allOff():
  32:      light(light_4, False)
  33:      light(light_17, False)
  34:      light(light_18, True)
  35:      light(light_22, False)
  36:      light(light_23, False)
  37:      light(light_24, True)
  38:   
  39:  def scene1():
  40:      print "scene 1, scream"
  41:      light(light_22, True)
  42:      playTrack("scream.mp3")
  43:      light(light_22, False)
  44:   
  45:  def scene2():
  46:      print "scene 2, baby"
  47:      light(light_17, True)
  48:      playTrack("rosie.mp3")
  49:      light(light_17, False)
  50:      time.sleep(2)
  51:   
  52:  def scene3():
  53:      print "scene 3, torture"
  54:      light(light_4, True)
  55:      playTrack("torture.mp3")
  56:      light(light_4, False)
  57:   
  58:  def endScene():    
  59:      light(light_24, True)
  60:      light(light_23, True)
  61:      playTrack("laugh.mp3")
  62:      time.sleep(2)
  63:   
  64:   
  65:  def onMovement():
  66:      print("movement!")
  67:      light(light_18, False)
  68:      scene1()
  69:      scene2()
  70:      scene3()
  71:      endScene()
  72:      allOff()
  73:   
  74:   
  75:  def light(light_pin, state):
  76:      print("light control:" + str(light_pin) + " " + str(state))
  77:      io.output(light_pin, state)
  78:   
  79:  def playTrack(track):
  80:      print("playing track:" + track)
  81:      pygame.mixer.music.load(track)
  82:      pygame.mixer.music.play()
  83:      while pygame.mixer.music.get_busy():
  84:          time.sleep(0.5)
  85:   
  86:   
  87:  allOff()
  88:   
  89:  print "ready to rock"
  90:  while True:
  91:      if not(playing):
  92:          if io.input(pir_pin):
  93:              print "starting"
  94:              playing = True
  95:              onMovement()
  96:              playing = False
  97:              print "ended"
  98:      time.sleep(300)

Action!

A video of the build in action:

          Introducing… Dynamo – A Scriptable DotNetNuke module   

Introduction

Imagine, for a second, you have a server sided JavaScript interpreter built right into a Content Management System. It should have full access to the entire Server sided API’s, depending on security requirements of course. You could literally treat source code as content. That is what this post is about.

If you have ever created a module for DotNetNuke you probably have spent (wasted) countless hours mucking around with Visual Studio, IIS, the file system, packaging, deploying, etc. It didn’t matter if they were the most complex modules, or a simple Hello World module. In the end you probably have come to the conclusion that there just has to be an easier way of doing this.

Enter Dynamo.. (Sorry for the lame name…)

Essentially Dynamo is a DotNetNuke Module which uses Jint under the covers.

Dynamo allows you to completely skip Visual Studio, the debugger, IIS, deployment, packaging, etc... Install this single module and open your DNN installation to the world of dynamic language interpretation.

Since DotNetNuke is a content management system, Dynamo brings your source code directly into the DNN UI. It allows you to create code, on the fly, and manage that code within DNN itself.

A screenshot might help clarify…

image

As you might not be able to interpret from the above screen shot, this is a server sided scripting language built right into DotNetNuke. In the Scripting Window you edit your script and either Preview or Save it. Notice the fancy syntax highlighting, just no intellisense. When viewing the module it will interpret and render the script at the server side. So the above example produces:

image

 

The echo method will emit text to the output container directly. Anything return’ed out of the function will also get slapped into the output container automatically. So you can either use a StringBuilder to append up your content, or just echo content directly. Watch out for Page.Response.Write, it will emit the content at the top of the page; which is consistent with ASP.NET’s rendering.

Examples

Another real world example would be to reproduce (at a very rudimentary level) the Feedback Module which ships with DotNetNuke. Here is the code block:

   1:  echo("<div valign='top'><fieldset><legend>Provide Feedback</legend>");
   2:  echo("Your Email:<br /><input type='text' name='fromemail'><br />");
   3:  echo("Subject:<br /><input type='text' name='subject'><br />");
   4:  echo("Body:<br /><textarea name='body' rows='10' cols='50'></textarea><br />");
   5:  echo("<input type='submit' value='Send Feedback'><br />");
   6:  echo("</fieldset></div>");
 
   7:  if(Page.IsPostBack) {
   8:  var fromemail = get("fromemail");
   9:  var subject = get("subject");
  10:  var body= get("body");
  11:  if(fromemail!="" && subject!="" && body!="") 
  12:  return DotNetNuke.Services.Mail.Mail.SendMail(fromemail, "toemail@localhost", "", subject, body, "", "", "", "", "", "");
  13:  else
  14:  return ""
  15:  }
  16:  else {
  17:  return "";
  18:  }

 

So you should first notice that Dynamo does not support context switching between plain HTML and Code Blocks. Everything is a code block. If you want to emit HTML, you must do something like:

echo("<div valign='top'><fieldset><legend>Provide Feedback</legend>");

Mixing HTML and code is a nice-to-have in the ole product roadmap for the project.

Next you will notice the code itself is a slight mix with JavaScript syntax and .NET Types. The interpreter has the ability to mix each and interpret it accordingly. This also includes being able to call into the DotNetNuke API library as well. It’s important to note that we are using an interpreter and NOT using Reflection.Emit(). Thus we are just fine within Medium Trust.

What else can Dynamo do? Here is a short list of tested scenarios:

  1. Consumes RSS Feeds (uses RSS.NET)
  2. Full Database CRUD
  3. Full Access to the DNN API, including but not limited to Portals/Tabs, Modules, Users, etc..
  4. Emitting custom JavaScript and CSS (into the Head tag, or CSS inline)
  5. Detecting PostBack’s
  6. File I/O
  7. Rendering files (into the interpreter, and getting the results)
  8. Twitter Timeline
  9. Page caching

Your options you have are literally limitless.

Debugging

Since DotNetNuke is Web Based it would be extremely hard difficult to get stuff like intellisense and full step by step debugging working. I don’t have the time right now, but you never know with a future version of the product.

For now, I have the ability to “Show Debugger Details”, in the Edit Script control, when you hit Preview. It literally will emit debug information at each step of the code as it interprets it. I did a simple dump of the Current Statement and the locals available.

With that said I don’t block any exceptions and do bubble them up to the UI, so if you do have issues they will very obvious.

Source Code Versioning

Most professional software developers do use some sort of Source Control software. Right now the tool does NOT have anything built in to help with this. I would love to add this at the very least to the product backlog. Eventually I would love to get to it…

Security

The source code itself contains the line of code which completely disabled all security validations. You can do some serious damage with this. If this bothers you, you should do one of two things:

1. Find the line: JintEngine.DisableSecurity(); Remove it, recompile and redeploy to your server

2. Don’t use this package version in production.

Getting started

There are two methods for you to get started; the easiest method would be to use the prepackaged module installation file here. Download it, and install it into your Development DNN Installation site. The module’s name is “Dynamo” and should be available for you to drop on a page.

The more difficult method would be to grab the source code, and compile it. This would be the method you would need to take in order to re-enable the Security (See the Security section above). This is what I use when building/testing the module itself. So if you need to make other fundamental changes you will need to do this as well.

I would recommend you reset your references to the DotNetNuke specific DLL’s out of your actual bin folder for DotNetNuke. Once you have it building, I personally just use xcopy deployment to the website’s bin and DesktopModules folder and refresh the browser. Debugging can easily be done by setting the breakpoint and attaching VS.NET to w3wp.exe.


          Pesto Broth with Bread Dumplings   
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           A Look Back   


In my last blog, I wrote about my ambitions for the remainder of our school year.  We finish school the third week in June so, as of this writing, I have 4 weeks left.  While those four weeks will be filled with assemblies, visits to the middle school, field day and flag day events, and graduation, we still have plenty of time in class to accomplish some of our goals.  But first I'd like to think back through the year.


The year started with a bang.  During the summer, we had all spent time "training" for our new APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) plan.  We had been talking about APPR all last year and now, this year, we were going to be evaluated based largely on state test scores.  As you can imagine, this made preparing for tests even more important than before.  


So what did I do?  I decided to have a year spent working on more projects, giving students more autonomy, making more connections, and having more fun.  Call me a rebel but I decided to actually teach. And it was a rousing success.



September/October/November - I began with a geography project on Natural Disasters.  I enlisted Donna Roman to join in and she and I planned, coordinated, and worked with our students to learn about how different parts of the world handle natural disasters.  This project was so successful, that we won 1st place in the ISTE Sigol Online Learning Award 2013.  Of course, having a massive hurricane in the middle of the project didn't hurt.  LOL
Hurricane Sandy did major damage to Long Island.  We were out of school for 10 days.  Many of my students had no electricity during those days, our partners in Illinois worried about us and then collected money to help out.  When streets were finally cleared, power returned, and schools reopened, we had about a week before we were hit with a massive snow storm.  We got dumped with 30 inches of snow.  More power outages, more street closures, more school closings.  

But through it all, we blogged our Hopes and Dreams for the year, connected with our friends in Illinois, Skyped with an earthquake survivor in Costa Rica, had our first Mystery Skype call of the year, read Moon Over Manifest and Sign of the Beaver, fell in love with writing and reading, and held Morning Meetings to help us learn how to treat each other.   And, of course, we carefully followed the election coverage, keeping a list of "facts" we heard about each candidate, and proving or disproving each one as they came.


December/January - In December, we had our first Mystery Skype Call out of our Western Hemisphere. The children skyped with Emily Roth's class in Abu Dhabi.  We also started our government unit, working on a project with our student teacher.

We also joined in the Save our Rhinos project, which took on a world of its own.  We wrote persuasive essays to political leaders to help stop poaching, made batik pillows in art, and held a bake sale where we raised over $1000 for the cause.  It seemed that everywhere we looked, we were faced with poaching issues.  Time for Kids, test prep material, a new television series on Discovery.  It never ended.  And  we coordinated our efforts with a group of teachers also working in the project.  We started with a Mystery Skype call to Robyn Theissen in Vancouver, who revealed to us that she also was participating in the project, after we discovered where they were on the map. We eventually held a Google Hangout with over five classes and the Save Our Rhino leader to discuss the situation.


February/March - February brought extra days due to losing our February break.  We used those days to complete our science unit on light, begin our Holocaust unit, brought on by a student passing around a book on the Holocaust, and finish up our fantasy unit with comments to the VoiceThread we shared with Mrs. Roman on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. March came in like a lion, with cold weather and near-panic in the school about tests coming up.  We just kept reading and writing about the government, rhinos, the Holocaust, and, now, Westward Expansion.  Test prep was in real time.

April/May - We started Global Genius Hour, with students researching how to train therapy dogs, why pitching mounds are different heights for different ages, how to program in html, and how to create a heat-seeking robot to find people buried under rubble.  We learned about the Industrial Revolution, the start of unions in our country, and the similarities to changes occurring in our government then and what is happening in Bangladesh's textile industry today.  We finished those presentations and have moved onto the Civil War.  We also began the Mysteries of Harris Burdick writing project with our partners in Illinois.  We love working with them.  



May/June - We will end the year with the completion of our last read aloud, Wonderstruck.  We are creating videos about the Denton Dynamos and what makes us unique.  Recording should begin this week.  We will continue to work on our Genius Hour projects and our Civil War projects, hopefully finishing the Civil War before the school year ends.  We will continue to read and write each day, learn about how math is used in the real world, keep track of current events and what is happening in the world, follow weather patterns and practice compassion.  

And how did they do on the tests?  Just fine.  They did the same as other fifth grade classes, showed great improvement in running records and MAPS scores from September to now, and should make their parents and administration very happy.  And what did they learn?  School and learning is challenging and fun, working with others is helpful and difficult, and the Denton Dynamos class is a great class to be in!






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          Patience ......    
...... Part 2.

So for those of you who saw the last post ...... stop worrying.  I wrote Part 1 from the rough draft I had done last night, most of which was written without the ability to see the screen, due to whatever Blogger and iPads have against each other.
So it was FULL of typos and weird words, but I knew that I wasn't going to publish it by that point.  I just wrote until I got tired of not being able to see, knowing that I'd save it, edit it later and publish it afterwards.
But again, Blogger continued to hate my iPad and so the wrong post was published ...... and boy, did some of you make some snide comments on FB!
And yes, I know that they were made in jest!
:)

No, I did not have anything to drink when that posted.  I was on a road trip.  Thinking of you and trying to get the dang thing posted.
You're welcome.

Now on to Part 2:


So ...... I flew back to Houston on Wednesday, rushed to my hair appointment, and then went to the grocery store for some much needed supplies.  I need to preface this by saying that, when I'm in Houston, I go to that store at least 4-5 times a week because meal planning is no longer a forte of mine.
It's a somewhat small community.  My face is known.
Back to Wednesday evening.

I went to check out with my full cart and once the total came up, reached into my purse to grab my wallet.
My wallet was back home, in my bedroom where I had dumped everything out of my bag before I left for my hair appointment because I didn't want to take all of the stuff I had for the plane trip.

But I wasn't going to panic ...... I still had my check book in my bag.  This statement also needs a preface.  I haven't written a check at the grocery store, or really ...... except for a very few ...... anywhere else for the last decade or so.
But I know that checks are still an acceptable means of payment, at most places, so I wrote a check. The newish checker put my check into her little machine that stamps the store's info on it and then she asked to see my driver's license, which I did not have.
I told her that and pointed out that I had written my DL number on the memo line.  She stared at it for a while and then asked again to see my license.
Ummmmm ...... yeah.

I should've mentioned that I was in the fast lane since I had 19 items, which meets the requirement of being less than 20.  Unfortunately, the man who was breathing down my neck as the next person in line, didn't seem to care that I was under the limit.  Let's just say that he was less than thrilled that I had forgotten my wallet.  I told him that I was sorry, which gave me the sense of deja vu since I found myself repeating that phrase several times throughout the previous couple of days.
And, just as every previous time, I received no response.  At all.  But by the time I apologized to him, I didn't give a flip.

Finally understanding that I had no driver's license, or even a Sam's card...... nor a photo id of ANY kind, the checker sighed and picked up the phone.
Yep, she made the dreaded call for the manager.
I bet that call is one of the things that occurs when a person reaches the gates of hell.

The manager finally made his way over to what used to be the express checkout, and proceeded to ask for my DL, or any other photo ID, even though the checker had just told him, loudly enough for all of the checkout lines to hear, that I didn't have one.
Not that I had forgotten it, but that I evidently didn't possess one. I'm surprised he didn't call Homeland Security .... that's how disappointed he appeared to be with me.

He then informed me that they could not accept my check.
When I asked why, he said that their computer told them not to.  When I pushed further and asked why their computer said that, he had no clear answer.  Except for this gem:  "Have you written a lot of checks today?"
I had already told him that I just flew in from NY, AND that I rarely write checks, but shop in their store almost daily.  But rather than say, "Duhhhhh,  we've been over this already!",  I just said no.
He handed me my check and suggested I return later, with a proper id.  After I asked if he was seripus (yes, I really did) I told him that I doubted that would happen.
And I left my 19 already bagged items and went home.

Luckily I have a friend who lives down the street and she had a nice bottle of wine.

The end of Part 2.

Part 3 will be posted ..... later.
Maybe.


          Sharing My Wife   

After my first divorce, I married a very sexy and slutty woman named Isabel. She was (and still is) an extremely horny woman. When we married she had fucked over thirteen other men since she was fourteen, she was divorced, had one son and had been unfaithful to her husband with more than one man. She used to tell me about her escapades and that would make very jealous but very horny at the same time. After some time, I got so hooked that I would ask her to tell me about her adventures while I licked her pussy and afterwards we would fuck like rabbits.

After she took a trip to her best friend’s wedding (where she fucked the best man and when she returned home told me all about it) we ended up having a whole week of fucking and sucking with a visiting friend of mine, named Humbert. We even double penetrated her pussy and both came at the same time in her. Both got to eat her creampies and got together many other times. I also shared Isabel with other guys for I truly love the feeling of penetrating a sweet wet pussy after other man has come in her.

Isabel and I parted ways for reasons that had nothing to do with our sexual practices. About a year later, I met this beautiful, petite, well endowed woman much younger than I. As it happened, she had this special attraction for older men and I did fall for her, so after eight months after we met we got married. Lucia (not her real name, of course), made me wait almost six month before she allowed me to have full sex with her. To my surprise, she turned about to be a virgin and kind of conservative and inexperienced in terms of sex, just the opposite of Isabel. Nevertheless we have been married for 10 years and I hope we will until death do us part.

For a few years I forgot all about my degenerate desires and dedicated myself to my wife and family. After some five years, when horniness got the best of me I got in contact with Isabel (still a gorgeous woman) and would travel to the city where she was living and enjoy some threesomes and cream pies with her. Of course, I made sure Lucia never found out about this for she would have divorced me.

After some years we have a couple of kids and dedicated ourselves to our home, our jobs and our marriages. Our sex life, not being out of the ordinary, it was OK. Lucia has no problem whatsoever to reach orgasm, and I always make sure she gets one for feeling her coming is what usually triggers mine. After some time in our marriage I brought some sex toys (like vibrators and dildoes of different sizes and shapes) which she eventually accepted to use as part of our love making.

Still, more than one time I would find myself fantasizing on how it would be to make love to her after she fucked some one else. Some how I wanted to see her fuck while I just watched. Some times, during our love making I would conjure these thoughts and come in a matter of seconds.

At the beginning I did not say anything to her, but after a few years I brought the subject. It seems that I was not very tactful for she became very hurt and cried her eyes out. She simply though that I did not love her any more and that my suggesting was a trick for me either to dump her or to be free to fuck other women.

I had to ask for her forgiveness and assure her that it was just a harmless fantasy and the subject was dropped for a very long time. That did not mean that I gave up on my fantasy. I had taped a couple of videos of Isabel and Humbert fucking and her showing her cum filled pussy and I would frequently jerk off watching them. I would also rent porno flicks of women being fucked by more that one man, preferably those with the men coming inside the woman and would imagine it was my Lucia.

A real breakthrough came one night when we were alone watching a romantic movie about this tragic romance which had some semi explicit love making scenes. When we went to bed, Lucia asked me to make love to her and I noticed that she was quite wet. She told me that the love making scene in the movie made her horny. From then on I began to watch erotic movies with her. The very first were very romantic, but slowly I began to bring more explicit ones until one night I put a very explicit one. At the beginning she didn’t like the movie and was not very enthusiastic but as I began to stroke and caress her while we watched it she eventually got excited and ended up watching it with me. I made sure we had good sex that night.

After that, I began to combine the use of our toys with the movies. Once a week I would bring a nice porno flick, and while we watched it I would masturbate her with some of the dildos. I began search for movies showing the same woman have sex with one different man in every different scene. At the beginning she would question how a woman could fuck different men and not feel bad about it, but eventually ended up having a very nice orgasm.

The next movies I brought were of one woman having sex with two or more men in the same scene. I would masturbate her and tell her to imagine that it was she the one enjoying those studs. At first she gave me this strange look and asked me if that was what I wanted. As I felt that she was not ready for it I told her that it was just a fantasy to be enjoyed by both of us in the privacy of our bed. With that she let her guard down and we had a very nice love session.

From then on, once a week we would watch a porno movie, (I would make sure that it was of a woman having sex with more than one man) and as we watched it I would lie on her side and while masturbating her with one of the big dildos, I would whisper to her to imagine that it was some stud like the one in the movie doing to her what it was being done to the slut he was fucking and that I was waiting my turn to make love to her right after. She would become very aroused and would come very fast and very strong. After coming with the dildo she would ask me to please fuck her and I would immediately penetrate her and tell her how good her pussy felt wet and open just like if she had been fucked by some one else. As I came she would come again. At last I was getting near to what I wanted.


After some months of doing that I bought a thinner and softer dildo and began to double penetrate her pussy with it and my own dick. That she found to be extremely pleasurable and she would come very strong, so I began to use a thicker one each time we fucked until she was able to accommodate both my cock and a fairly thick dildo with any discomfort whatsoever. While double penetrating her I would ask her to close her eyes and to imagine it was me and some other guy doing her at the same time. She would have very strong orgasms but afterwards she would remind me that it was “just a fantasy”

Even though she would insist that it was only a fantasy, I knew better because she would get extremely horny during those occasions, so she was just one or two steps away from accepting a threesome as a possibility. That happened a few days later when I came home and she told me she had fucked someone else. I became very horny and asked her to give me all the details and then she became very serious and told me: “So it’s true, you really want me to do it”. I said: “yes, I love you and it would make me extremely horny to watch you have sex with some guy. I would lick your pussy for weeks just thinking that you have been nicely fucked by some one else”. “Why?” she asked me. I explained to her that my wish had nothing to do with any sexual inadequacy (I have e nice “seven incher” and I am not submissive in any manner), that before I met her I had sex with other women but she had never the chance to do the same with some guy; that I really loved her and it would excite me very much to share her beautiful pussy and then make love to her for a very long time. It turned out that she had not fucked with any one; she just wanted to find out if I really wanted her to do it. That conversation led us to a very hot lovemaking session and for me it was the final step before actually doing it. Finally, my conservative, demure, faithful wife was really considering the possibility of fucking some other guy.

I began to plan for a special vacation just for the two of us in some nice resort where we would not be known and where you can usually find a nice looking guy willing to be part of a threesome and fuck your wife in your presence. I didn’t tell Lucia of my plans but told her that we should take a short honeymoon trip just the two of us. I arranged with my sister to take care of our two kids for a week and of we went to a nice Caribbean island named Puerto Rico.

We spent the first three days on the beaches, exploring the city and its old Spanish forts and took a couple of nice trips to the mountains. Meanwhile, I began to search in the local newspapers and found an ad which read: “Sensuous massage to male, female and/or couples by good looking guy and7or girl. Hotel service”.

I called the phone number in the ad and spoke to a very well mannered guy whom I met later in the day. I told him that I wanted to give a special present to my wife and wanted some good looking guy to giver her a very sensuous massage and - if things went ok, to have sex with her. I made clear that it depended entirely on her and at the very moment she or me ask, he had to leave. I also wanted to be absolutely sure that he had no sexual transmittable disease (especially AIDS) and he immediately showed me his recent medical certificates to assure me that he was a completely healthy and drug free. For me that was extremely important for my dear wife in on the pill and, if everything went all right I hoped he would ejaculate in her pussy so both she and I could enjoy a nice creampie.

The night before our last in the island, I woke her up with a scissor and shaving equipment in hand. I told her that I wanted to shave her pussy early in the morning for I wanted to go down on her in the night. After she was all shaved, I gave her a good licking while thinking that maybe in the night I would get to lick her again, but this time after she had been nicely fucked.

We spent the day in the hotel’s pool, had a nice romantic dinner and I made sure to make her drink a couple of glasses of wine, not to maker her drunk but for her to relax and lose her inhibitions.

I asked her to take a bubble bath while sipping another glass of wine. As she was in the bathroom, I called my guy and told him to be in y room in 45 minutes.

After she came from the tub, I dried her and gave her a very revealing and sexy negligee I bought for the occasion.

I took her to bed and began to caress her. As she was already hot and bothered, I told her that I as a gift for her a professional masseur was coming to give her a massage and afterwards we would have a long love making session. She got kind of scared, but I told her that I would be with her at all times and if she felt uncomfortable at some time, she only had to say and he would stop and leave.

As I said that, the masseur knocked on the door and I went to open the door. My dear Lucia turned off the lights and covered herself with a blanket. The masseur, in a very professional manner explained to her that he was to give her a relaxing massage, that I would be present at all times and he would stop at any time if she asked.

As he began to massage her, I positioned myself on her side and began to stroke her hair and gently touch her face with my fingers. As she began to relax, the masseur began to softly massage her neck and shoulders and after she closed her eyes, he very slowly began to massage her back. By the time he was massaging her lower back, she was completely relaxed.

Without touching her buttocks, he began to massage her feet, and then slowly went all the way massaging each of her legs. When he asked her to turn around, she did immediately complied. He began to massage – almost caress - each leg, and by the time he reached her hip, she has slowly opened her legs, so he would “accidentally” brush his fingers very near her vagina. She kind of flinched and made a very quiet, almost silent moaning sound. He took her toes in his mouth and began to lick them and she moaned a little lewder but did nothing to stop him. She had her eyes completely closed and I began to kiss her mouth. She responded to my kiss in a very deeply sexual manner. That was the moment I had been waiting for so long! I signal to him to go down on her as I kissed her and caressed her tits. He slowly parted her legs, and she didn’t put any resistance. Then he carefully moved her thong sideways and began to slowly lick her well shaved pussy. She immediately came with such a force that I though she would pass out. As was almost coming myself but I wanted to save my orgasm for later for the night was only beginning. As I only had a pair of loose pants and a t shirt, I immediately stripped in a matter of less than on second.

I don’t know how he did it, but as she came he pulled his hard prick out and began to move up. His prick was a little bit shorter but thicker than mine. I whispered to her to go ahead and enjoy the moment for I loved her and that was what I also wanted for her and began to kiss her mouth. She relaxed her legs and he began to penetrate her. She let out a moan of pleasure and whispered: ”Oh, God it feels sooo good!”. As I kissed her and caressed her he fucked her slowly, fully penetrating her pussy and the withdrawing his cock almost completely just to push it back again, each time a little bit faster and deeper. She began to move her hips to match his trusts while trembling from pleasure all the time. She most have come three or four times before he let go his stream of semen inside her pussy. When she felt him come, she then came like a volcano. As she came I kept kissing and caressing her while he withdrew from her pussy and quietly got dressed while I kept my ministrations to keep her aroused. He left without a sound or a word (I had paid in advance) while she was still in her sexual bliss.

We where finally alone. Here I was with my recently fucked wife who was slowly returning to her senses. I positioned myself between her legs for I wanted to see and smell her recently fucked pussy. Oh, it was a sight to behold. The gay really came in her. When I spread her pussy lips, her insides where really full of his white, creamy come. It almost made me lose my load right then and there, buy I held back for I wanted to taste her first. I tentatively began to lick her outer lips and slowly came close to her clitoris which I began to suck very softly, then I put my tongue in her hole and tasted both her and his juices all mixed together. She was rotating her hips faster every time and then she pulled me up and gave me a very hungry kiss in my mouth which was all wet from her pussy juices and his come. “It tastes yummy” she said, and then she begged me to make love to her. “Please honey, I want to feel you inside me, I want to come with you”, As I put my cock in her warm, relaxed and extremely wet pussy I felt the greatest sexual pleasure I have ever felt. Here I was, with my recently fucked wife, whose pussy was full of other man’s come, kissing and sharing his come in our mouths, my cock lubricated by this guy’s semen and knowing that she loved being fucked by that stranger. I came with a force that almost ripped my guts. As I came, she came very strongly too. As our tremors subsided, and much to my surprise, she asked me to lick her pussy again, which I immediately did. Now I was licking a cocktail of her juices and semen from me and the masseur. Believe it or not, I got and immediate hard on, and fucked again.

We kept fucking on and of until about three am, when we slumped to sleep, hugging each other very tight I came three times that night. Lucia told me that she most have come over seven or eight times (of course, she wasn’t counting).

I woke up before Lucia. I king of expected a possible negative reaction from her, after all the excitement and passion was gone. When she woke up she asked me: “What we have done?” I immediately hugged her and told her that it was all right, that I truly loved her very much and that I really loved what had happened. As we kissed I slowly laid her on the bed and began to kiss her whole body until I got to her still very wet and very full of come pussy, which I began to kiss and lick.

“Oh, honey, you really like that!” she said. “Yes, honey I love it, I love you and love your pussy more than ever. You will see that I will be licking it all the time now on because I know that some one else had fucked you”. Just the knowledge that other cock had penetrated this beautiful pussy of yours and had come inside it is enough to keep me horny all the time. “But what do you really get from me fucking another guy?” she insisted. “Pleasure, honey, pure pleasure. I just love the feeling of your wet and loose pussy full of other guy’s come. I just know that you came with some one else, that his come is lubricating my cock as I fuck you and that I am sharing something which is supposed to be only for me. The fact that I share you and your pussy with some other guy, but that you and your pussy are mine and are my love, makes me so horny I cannot describe it.”

I kept licking her pussy and she began to softly suck my cock. After a while, we fucked again. As she was nearing her orgasm she told me “Honey, I want to do it again. I want to be fucked by some other guy again!” With that, we both came in a most delicious orgasm. My demure and conservative wife was not repentant of what we had done! She actually was quite enthusiastic and wanted more!!!

Regretfully, it was our last day in the island and I couldn’t find the same guy or some other to repeat our performance, so we left with my fantasy fulfilled but still wanting more.


For the last two weeks, Lucia and I have been fucking every time we have a chance. Both seem to be continuously horny. We haven’t felt this way since we were recently married. Each time we fuck (which is every day and as much as we get to) I go down on her as she tells me how she felt, how horny she got, how much she liked it and that she really wants to do it again. It doesn’t fail to bring us both to very nice orgasms. I don’t have enough of her pussy. Just the knowledge that other guy’s prick ejaculated in her cunt makes me want to lick it and to stick my tongue in it as far as I can. I can’t have enough of it.

After one of our torrid love sessions, we talked at length about what each wanted. We both agreed that I was not interested in screwing other women (not as long as I was enjoying this fantastic arrangement with my lovely wife). She told me that she didn’t want to screw other men on her own, that she would do it as long as we did it as a couple, and that we would stop doing it if she ever wanted us to stop. To keep the excitement we would do it only once or twice a year, preferably every six months or so, when we would go on short vacations to places where we are not known and find us a suitable partner. No locals whatsoever. She told me that she was willing to pussy fuck - and maybe suck - the other guy[s], but no anal sex, for her ass would only be mine.

I began to write this story a few days after we returned from our great vacation. But two nights ago something even better happened. I put a movie about a woman being double pussy fucked and as we watched it, I began to double fuck Lucia’s pussy with both my prick and one of the dildos. As she was nearing orgasm, she told that when we go again to have her fuck another guy, she wants to be double pussy fucked by me and him. Of course, that triggered our orgasms and set the plan for the next time we go on the prowl.
As I said before, there is no greater pleasure than to feel your loving wife’s pussy all gooey, warm, loose and full of other guy come when you fuck her. For me it is the greatest pleasure.

I cannot wait to have my dick and some other’s guy coming in her pussy at the very same time. That will be the topping of the cake!

So, in about five months we will go and find us a lucky guy. I’m pretty sure you will want to read all about it.


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          LASU Lecturer’s Wife Delivers Baby For Her Bricklayer Lover (Photos)   

The wife of a Lagos State University (LASU) lecturer, Mrs Kafayat Oyekunle, who revealed that she was pregnant for her bricklayer lover, Fatai Alimi has given birth to a baby girl for her lover.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that she was also living with Alimi as his wife in their one room apartment in Igando area of Lagos despite the  comfort of the home of her embattled husband.
This was confirmed by Kafayat who said that her embattled husband has left them alone after he discovered that she was pregnant for her lover.

Fatai Alimi was arraigned in court for allegedly snatching her from her husband, Suraju Oyekunle in Lagos, Nigeria. The 36-year-old woman made the revelation when she went to the court to bail Alimi
from custody and met her embattled husband there.



She also said her decision to dump her husband and move into Alimi’s home was due to her inability to bear another child after 13 years she
had lived with Oyekunle.

She revealed that after their only son was born 12 years ago, they had tried all they could to bear another child to no avail until a few months ago when she met Alimi and she immediately became pregnant for him.

Kafayat denied she was abducted and said it was a decision she took voluntarily because Oyekunle was not taking care of her.

She said since she met Alimi, things had changed in her life and she now had rest of mind.

She also revealed that her family was aware of the development and in support of her decision.

She said Alimi was better in everything despite his poor status in the society.


The 34-year-old Alimi was arrested and charged before a Lagos court for allegedly snatching Kafayat.The incident happened in Igando area of Lagos, Nigeria, where Oyekunle resided with Kafayat and their only son.

Kafayat was allegedly so much in love with Alimi that she packed all her property and moved into the bricklayer’s small apartment in an undisclosed place in the same Igando with their only male child.

Kafayat had married Oyegunle for 13 years and the marriage produced their only son before she met Alimi and moved out of her matrimonial home on 15 October, 2016.

P.M. EXPRESS gathered that Kafayat told her neighbours that she decided to consolidate on the new relationship by moving into Alimi’s apartment when her husband travelled.

When her husband returned from his trip and did not find his wife and son, he started making inquiries and neighbours informed him that his wife had moved into Alimi’s house as his new wife.

Oyekunle went straight and reported the matter at Igando police division who trailed Alimi and eventually arrested him at a construction site in Igando where he had gone to work and charged him to court.

P.M. EXPRESS gathered when the embattled lecturer discovered that she was actually pregnant for Alimi, he stopped coming to court and the matter was struck out.
          Believe in the Power of Your Choices   

Politics is not something I have ever written about. It's a forbidden topic you know, like religion. But since I don't write to be popular, I'm going to embark on this forbidden topic. Yesterday's events have left me with so many emotions I feel I must get them out. Even if you are enjoying the results of the election, I implore you to stay and listen to my rant anyways, because it is for everybody.

Depending on how well and long you've known me, it may surprise you to learn that I have voted for people of almost every party. Republicans, Democrats, and many of the independent parties. I spent most of my adult life registered non-partisan, but this year I finally registered as a Democrat, just so I could vote for Bernie Sanders. I bet if he had won the primary I wouldn't be here writing this today! After he lost, I quit following any news about the election as I did not like the options I was left with. Yes of course I want a woman to be president, but Hillary wasn't it for me. No this year, I voted for Jill Stein.

Before you tell me I "wasted my vote", let me tell you why I voted for her. You see, I am sick to DEATH of this whole "choose the lesser of two evils" bullshit we have been taught to do when voting. I will not do it. If I don't like any of my options, I won't vote. Period. You tell me it's my civic duty to vote? It's also my civic duty to NOT vote if I can't sleep at night with my choice! And guess what ladies and gentlemen? I slept last night, even knowing that Trump was probably winning. Because I voted for someone that I agreed with on pretty much every issue. I voted for someone who was not already a corrupt and power-hungry politician. I voted for someone who appears to be a decent human being. And when I think about what I really want in a president, it's not being a member of a specific party. And it's definitely not who is less evil than the next candidate. It's if they are a decent human being! That shouldn't be such a tall order, but in our broken system, it sure is.

You see I like "3rd parties" as we like to call them (you know there's actually A LOT of different parties now, so technically it's more than 3, but whatever). They are full of REAL human beings. Ones that haven't been corrupted by power and money yet. Ones that are fighting hard, and without much support, for what they believe in. People that want to make an actual difference. That's what I want in a president. Someone who is truly looking to help, not some pompous, arrogant criminal. Not someone who's cheated in every aspect of life. Not someone who only cares about power. Not someone who's blatantly breaking the law, getting caught, but still somehow allowed to run for office?! Not someone who's trading favors with all of the largest corporations in the world. Not someone who's going to continue to wage war on anyone in the world who pisses them off a little. 

Yes I know you probably think I'm a silly, peace-loving, environmentalist, socialist hippy. That's okay. Those words don't offend me. I'd rather be foolishly optimistic about this country than to give up hope. Especially right now, when so many of us are feeling oh so very hopeless. Right now is the best time to fight. To use your anger, rage, annoyance, complete disappointment, and stand the fuck up for what you want. You realize that there are over 300 million people in this country? Not very many of them are politicians. They are totally outnumbered and yet we let them push us around. Stop feeling so hopeless and start realizing how much power we actually have to change things. We just have to work together instead of fighting over every damn thing. We all have the ability to love each other. It's time we start using it.

There are a lot of things we can do to help, things we might not even think about. Mindless, every day things. Things like what food we choose to eat. We can choose to eat good, healthy, local produce that's supporting local farms, or we can choose to eat junk food that's manufactured by large corporations, adding to the destruction of our environment and corruption of our government. We choose what kinds of products to buy. Nice, shiny, brand new crap that will end up in the dump? Or we could try reused or recycled first. We can floor it past that guy on the side of the street with a sign that we assume is a con-artist who needs to "get a fucking job already." Or we could have a damn heart and hand him whatever food or change we have on us. We can waste our money on materialistic shit we don't need, or we could help someone in need. We can drive our gas guzzling SUVs, by ourselves, on a long commute every day. Or we can move closer to work, ride our bikes or walk, take public transportation, buy a more economical car, or at the very least carpool.

We all have so many opportunities to make better choices. Choices that actually WILL create change. You think it doesn't matter if one person does things like that? You're absolutely right. But it would make a hell of a difference if the majority of us did these things. No change ever happened by sitting around and bitching. And definitely not by waiting for politicians to change it for us. No, if we want change, WE have to make it happen.

I don't care if you vote or who you voted for. I care that you realize that you can make a difference. What would happen if all of the people in our country that think they can't help, woke up tomorrow and realized that they could? Just imagine how things could change.


          Miracles of the Heart   

Chapter 12

Miracles of the Heart

              Except for visits to the hospital and Dr. Wineinger’s office, we were homebound for our Minnesota winters to protect Becca. I missed attending church and I wanted to have Becca dedicated to the Lord on dedication Sunday. Surprisingly, her doctor cleared her dedication. Becca could be dedicated at the Baptist church I’d attended since childhood. Pastor Rick continued to be a huge support to our family and he was honored to be able to dedicate Becca to God. My church had felt like a homey sanctuary since my parents, my siblings, my aunt, uncle and cousins were all a part of our
congregation. For months my daughter’s name was on the church sponsored prayer chain, and the entire congregation invested time to pray for my tiny daughter.

During the service Pastor Rick called Jim and me forward with Becca and his treasured words and their meaning were sealed into my heart. They carried me on angels’ wings when I struggled. He told the congregation, “This tiny little one has a purpose. In her short life she has inspired many who have come to love and hear her story. She has a mission. She is here for a reason. Through her challenges she helps us realize that life is short, and we need to make each day matter.” Little Becca looked up at her mommy and daddy and Pastor Rick. She smiled. The tender magical moment moved the flock and even the old men wiped their eyes.

After the service an elderly lady really named Alice came to me and gave me a huge hug. Alice had been sending me cards and notes, of encouragement and support, over the past few months. She was encouraging me while fighting Leukemia and her last days were spent helping others cope through cards and prayers. She told me that we were blessed by our adversity. From this experience we will understand that life is precious. Having this type of life trauma this early in our lives was a gift. We would grow up to understand what life is all about while we were young and we would be better for it. Months later she peacefully lost her battle to cancer. She was not afraid to die; she wrote me that she was moving on to a place of perfection. In time I would understand what she meant. That day set the stage for the future. “We would come to find incredible blessings in the face of adversity, and we would be changed for the better.”

After the service, Pastor Rick presented us with a check. For the first time in the history of the church, they had taken up a collection from Sunday school classes and services to raise the funds to save our home. We were two payments behind; the check was exactly what we owed. It was $l500. Through tears of joy, I hugged Pastor Rick. Once again, God answered my prayer. As always, God knew exactly what we needed.

He provided. I just had to trust and have faith.

Word had spread through our congregation that I had to move the girls from their bedroom into the boys’ unfinished room in the basement, and volunteers worked weekends and evenings to finish their new rooms. Jim’s dad had owned a hardware store and he plumbed the new bathroom. My uncle and Dad wired the basement. Jim added scraps of gently used cream carpet that he had salvaged from one of his customers. The freshly taped sheetrock made the rooms look nearly complete. We had applied to the waiver program for the basement bathroom fixtures. With eight people and all the nurses, one bathroom was not enough. Every time we wanted to use it with Becca we had to disinfect it and most often there was a line waiting to shower or use the toilet.

And Jim was locking the door!

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Becca was almost six-months-old and a recent stretch in the hospital had confirmed our suspicions that her heart was failing further. The doctors agreed to try to do a cardiac catheterization, when the cardiac surgeon tries to balloon the obstructed pulmonary valve on her heart to see if they could open up the valve relieving the pressure. The procedure was very risky for such a tiny, fragile person, but we had little choice. We chose to risk her life to save her.

It was almost February, the month of hearts and love. Becca’s heart screamed for help. Red and pink hearts shouted from all directions. Hearts covered the windows of retail stores. Hearts hung from the ceilings of grocery stores. Hearts, hearts, hearts and more hearts surrounded and called at me. Hearts were bittersweet, her failing heart was broken and our hearts were filled with love for our tiny baby.  My children cut out hearts that now lay all over my kitchen table in paper piles.

As I was sitting at Becca’s bedside with Mary, I had a brainstorm. I needed a moment to celebrate Becca’s infinitesimal life. She may never see her first birthday, and her sixth month birthday was two days away. We could throw a party for her! Since our camera had been stolen, we had few pictures of our tiny little tike except for the ones taken by the nurses.

Mary suggested I borrow a camcorder from someone, but no one in my family or circle of friends had one. We continued to banter around ideas, and Mary decided we should call Make-A-Wish and tell them about my wish for Becca. Surprisingly when I called, I reached the Executive Director, who listened to my wish for a camera to use for a few hours to remember Becca. She told me that Make-A-Wish grants children their wishes, but Becca was only a baby and she was too little to have a wish of her own. I thanked her and hung up the phone, it had been worth a try. Reaching out to ask was not as hard as I thought it would be. I was saddened; it was unfair that my baby could die before she ever got a wish of her own.

I shared my party idea with my friend, Val. We could invite family and friends. It could be after dinner, a potluck dessert party and I was psyched. I barricaded myself in my room after the kids were in bed and turned two pieces of fabric into a beautiful party dress for my little Cinderella. Becca had been rehospitalized and was coming home on a two-day pass preceding her risky heart procedure. Those two days gave us time to party and Val spread the word to friends and Becca’s support team while I called family.

While the nurses cared for Becca, I cleaned the house. Val’s four girls and my kids made posters and decorated the dining room. We hung red and white heart streamers from the ceiling, looping and twisting them in fine party fashion. As word spread offers of paper cups and plates poured in. Red Valentine napkins arrived. Everything was coming together in record time as I put the finishing touches on the secret little dress. While we were busy festively transforming our home, the phone rang. Kristy shouted it was Make-A-Wish and they made an exception for Becca. The simple act of wanting to have a memory as a family to cherish moved them and they made a way for us to borrow a camcorder, and use it for a few precious weeks.

The camcorder arrived via messenger, and Val happily volunteered to document the event. I presented the new dress to Cheryl to put on Becca for her party. Val and the camera followed the arrival of the guests bearing Valentine’s Day presents. The nursing agency sent a huge bouquet of helium heart balloons. Valentine gift bags, red heart wrapping paper, balloons and more balloons arrived. Flowers, gifts, heart shaped cookies, heart shaped cakes, and heart candies magically appeared and filled the dining room table. Soon the top of Jim’s grandfather’s antique buffet was mounded with scrumptious goodies of all sorts. Our heart-themed home was lovely and ready to welcome guests.

As we were getting ready for the party, we were surprised by a knock on the front door. It was a photographer and camera crew sent by Make-A-Wish to professionally document the party for the creation of a special video of Becca and our family before the guests arrived. The camera crew captured my mom and dad, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncle, and cousins as they shouted ‘Happy Half Birthday Becca!’

The camera crew captured the over a hundred people who stopped in to share Becca’s special half birthday, friends from church, old family friends, and neighbors joined us to celebrate our little girl. When the camera crew and the guests gathered together, the nurse brought Becca out in her new heart dress.

 The dress was my gift to my daughter, a one-of-a-kind creation. The delightful little pinafore dress was white with red hearts, decked with tiers of ruffles capped by dainty white lace. The front neckline was a ruffle of red with white hearts, which matched the dress underneath, peeking out from the dress were darling teeny tiny fancy bloomers to match with a heart appliqué on the backside of her diaper. Her little head was crowned with a matching lace headband made with ribbons and a red heart. I had been sewing for a crafting friend, and she surprised me with a new, unique creation, a hand painted heart dress for me to wear that evening.

Pastor Rick was right, Becca inspired hope in others. Her tiny presence was a vehicle of healing wounded hearts. I was moved when Marissa’s little friend, Amy; held Becca. Amy had heart surgery as a baby. My aunt held Becca; she had given up her daughter Cindy with Down’s syndrome back in the l950’s to foster care before I was born. Cindy ended up in an institution and died at age thirteen from heart problems. It was a family secret until Becca’s birth. She looked at Becca with tears in her eyes; Becca’s presence opened the path for her and me to safely discuss the differences that time had made for children with disabilities in the future.

Kristy took out her cello and offered a recital of her new repertoire of songs for the guests. The kids and their friends ran through the house with smiles and laughter. It was a miracle we could send them all downstairs to play as the basement now had partitions and newly hung sheetrock for two new bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room and a large family room.

Kids ran up and down the stairs to get food. Marissa packed her round little cheeks like a squirrel with peanuts and candy and scurried off to her friends. The boys dumped out all their Lego’s. Ian was chased and taunted by the girls who thought he was cute. Val’s daughter was in love with him and caught him to plant a kiss on his cheek.

Val called all the kids upstairs, and everyone gathered to sing Happy Birthday to Becca. My mother held her sweet little granddaughter as Kristy opened the huge pile of presents. Kristy appropriately took her time, reading each card aloud for the watching guests and passed them around for guests to admire. The gifts were caring and thoughtful; picture frames and photo albums, musical animals and furry little stuffed critters, outfits and sleepers. Someone filled a box with diapers, lotions and baby bath products.

On the spur of the moment people drove for hours. Jim’s mom and dad drove 180 miles to celebrate with us, and Aunt Mitzi joined them. Another aunt surprised us when she arrived in from Wisconsin. She always lived with my grandmother who had passed away the month before and we had been unable to travel out of town for the funeral.

Big sister, Kristy handed me her special present for her little sister. She had used all her savings from neighborhood babysitting to buy Becca a little two-piece pink and mint green bunny outfit. She was so proud of doing it all herself. That evening the house was alive with laughter . . . the laughter all of us needed in that time of stress and uncertainty. We found hope. We were surrounded by love and so blessed by those individuals who reached out to us as a family.

As I was eating my ice cream, I took a little bit on my spoon to give Becca a birthday dessert sample on her lips. Since the first early days when she quit accepting a nipple, she had never had any food item touch her little lips. Tonight she seemed to understand that this was her party, and she was going to try something. She squished up her nose from the cold and then licked her lips not quite knowing what to do with it. With everyone in the room laughing she smiled in the excitement.

As the evening wound down, we had a house full of company, and three-year old Matt had slept through all the noise and commotion. He woke up in time to go back to bed as the last of the guests left. Matt stared with half sleeping eyes at the overflowing table of goodies, and he grabbed a handful of gluten-free heart cookies. Then he snuggled in his father’s arms, quite unsure of what had transpired while he slept.

Cheryl readied Becca for sleep while Val and I cleaned up the party mess. Tomorrow, bright and early, we would depart for the hospital, this time to try and help Becca’s teeny tiny heart.

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Heart surgery morning came too quickly, and we loaded Becca and her boatload of equipment into the stroller . . . and then into the van, and then out of the van . . . and into the stroller . . .into the lobby and up the elevator . . . back to the intensive care unit. After six months I knew the drill. Labs, labs and more labs . . . wait, wait and more waiting. This time I didn’t run.

I sat. I waited.

I prayed for everything to be all right.

I looked up at the approaching doctor.

“Becca was out of surgery. The passing of the balloon through the valve was not successful. The valve was too misshapen to be helped. He had taken biopsies of the thickened wall of the ventricles of her heart to see if it would shed light on what kind of cardiomyopathy Becca had. As he was slowly pulling out the catheter during the procedure Becca gave him quite a scare. Her heart went into ventricular tachycardia and raced out of control. Fortunately with administration of medication he got it to resume a normal rhythm. We could not go through any procedures without Becca scaring her family and physicians with some heart-stopping prank. She kept us all on our toes, and when the moment passed those gargantuan episodes strangely eased the huge fear and uncertainty of the moment.

She remained under close observation in intensive care for the next couple of days. With every surgery Becca seemed to require IV antibiotics and she always spiked a high fever. The blood cultures revealed deadly systemic staph infection, even though they had given her IV antibiotics. The medical staff worked to get her temperature down and her feedings back on track so she could go home to her private pediatric intensive care nursery.

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The home-nurses were set to greet us when we arrived, offering welcome home smiles and support unraveling and navigating Becca and the stroller back to where she belonged.

The news of Becca’s heart was not good, but for today she thankfully was still alive and home.

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I knew in my heart of hearts we were on borrowed time. She was destined to the fate of many critically ill babies. Becca was as sick as it gets and I didn’t know any other Noonan syndrome babies with as many complications as Becca who were still alive.

Sometimes Iwondered if making her stay was wrong. I wondered about her quality of life. She was in such pain and it was so hard to see her suffer.  Were we right to allow it to continue?

Ichose to honor my promise to God.

I would love Becca no matter where it would take us.



Thank you to Make A Wish for their incredible gift of memories with Becca.

Thank you to our everyone for making Becca's birthday a miracle of the heart.

          How to Start a Successful Flyer Campaign for Your Home Based Business   

The success of a Home Based Business is to a great extent dependant on how successfully you have been able to create awareness of your home based business. The people living around you and in the nearby towns should be made aware of what your business is about. They could be your potential customers for various reasons. In addition they could be very useful promoters of your business by word of mouth.One very inexpensive way of achieving this is to organize a successful flyer campaign. For your campaign to be successful, certain strategies have to be implemented.
1. Why this Flyer Campaign:
Every month we receive hundreds of flyers and most of them are dumped into the trash bin straight away or after just a glance. Yet there are some, we read and even retain. Why? It is simply because there was something in it that grabbed our attention and made us read it. Yes, a flyer must be such that it will grab the attention of the reader straightaway.You have to ensure that your products or services are explained in as few words as possible. It should offer attractive bargains or a service that is not available in your area. Be brief and have very powerful and compelling words to attract the attention of the reader.
2. Know Your Target Market:
It is extremely important that you know your target market before you start your flyer campaign. Distributing your flyers in areas where people have no interests in your products or services is a waste of time, money and energy.Furthermore you should also identify to which target group you are catering for. Is it for older or younger people, for males or females and the income group you expect your customers to come from? You may also have an idea of attracting customers for your home based business from far away places too.
3. Where and How to Drop Your Flyers:
It is customary to drop flyers in mail boxes of houses and business establishments. You can also do the same. You must also decide how far away you should go to distribute your flyers.For your flyer campaign to be more effective, you can also distribute them personally, especially to people whom you have identified as very promising future customers. This personal approach has several advantages.
4. What to Say and How to Write:
Now that you have decided on your target audience, you have to decide on what you are going to say. Your flyer should have a clear purpose. Once you understand the needs and wants correctly, your objective should be to provide a solution to a problem the target audience now experience or introduce something that is new that will attract and appeal to them. The flyer should be short, to the point and striking. You headline should be your main focus and it must be captivating.Since you flyer will be competing with several others, you have to outsmart the others and attract the attention of your potential clients with a powerful offer.
5. When to Drop the Flyers:
If your products or services of you home based business are not a seasonal one, you can drop the flyers anytime during the year. You should preferably avoid Fridays and week-ends. It is generally accepted that mid-week is the best. If your products are seasonal, then you should of course drop them during the season, especially at the commencement of the season.
Conclusion:
These strategies can help you get started. A well organized and successful flyer campaign can bring in a lot of customers for your home based business. Creating awareness of your business is the key to success and a successful flyer campaign is an inexpensive way of doing it.
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          Green book review: What Has Nature Ever Done For Us by Tony Juniper   
There ain't no such thing as free lunch. This notion that Harvard economist Greg Mankiw described as "to get one thing that we like, we usually have to give up another thing that we like. Making decisions requires trading off one goal against another" is mostly true, but we tend to forget about it when it comes to natural capital.  

Yet, this is wrong, very wrong, as nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going, explains Tony Juniper in his new book. Why? This important book written by one of the top 10 environmental figures of the last 30 years explains it, and it is our pleasure to have it on this week's green book review:

What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?: How Money Really Does Grow on Trees by Tony Juniper with a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales (publisher: Synergetic Press) 

What this book is about?
During recent years, and since 2005 in particular, the environmental debate worldwide has been dominated by climate change, carbon emissions and efforts to achieve low carbon economies. But a number of academic, technical, political, business and NGO initiatives indicate that there is a new wave of environmental attention focused on a wholly different set of subjects: namely that of 'natural capital,' 'ecosystem services' and 'biodiversity,' or in other words, what Nature does for us.

From Indian Vultures to Chinese bees and from recycling miracles in the soil to the abundant genetic codebook underpinning our food and pharmaceutical needs, Nature provides the 'ecosystem services' that underlie our economies. It is been estimated that these and other services are worth about twice the global GDP, and yet we take most of these services for granted, imagining them free and limitless- until they suddenly switch off.

This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing warnings, such as the rabies epidemic that followed a disappearance of Indian vultures (hormones in cattle killed the birds and resulted surplus in carcasses, creating an explosion of wild dogs), as well as promising and enlightening tales of how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs shield coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from automobiles and power stations. Tony Juniper's book will change the whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.


About the author:
Tony Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. For more than 25 years he has worked for change toward a more sustainable society at local, national and international levels. From providing ecology and conservation experiences for primary school children, to making the case for new recycling laws, to orchestrating international campaigns for action on rainforests and climate change, his work has sought change at many levels. Juniper presently works as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities' International Sustainability Unit. For more info, visit http://www.tonyjuniper.com/ 

Our review:
This book, What Has Nature Ever Done For Us, by Tony Juniper was an interesting read. It has many stories that are very current today in our drive to retain our world and the creatures within it. We, humans, tend to see immediate consequences to our actions, but I think most of us tend to forget about the long term consequences. The stories within the pages of this book bring them front and center, and make them hard to ignore. As an added perk the book is written in an easy to read and understand format.

The author also keeps you interested and turning the pages as the stories and events are told in a manner that I found to be compelling and entertaining. Some of the events I was quite aware of all ready before reading the book, but the author found more information and more background to add to what I already knew. I liked that a lot. It wasn’t just a quick fact dump either. Instead it was a comprehensive telling of the events and the story behind them. I really enjoyed this read.

There were a few sections I found to be a bit wordy and long, but that is my only real complaint. Anyone interested in our environment and in the world we live, I think will find use of this book. The more versed in this area may not get as much out of it as the newer people, but I still recommend it all the same.


The book is available on Amazon.com in both hardcover and paperback formats.

Yours,



          Has Capitation Weathered the Storm?   

Has Capitation Weathered the Storm?

More difficult than ever to pull off, health care on a fixed, per-capita budget has gone out of style in a number of areas. But many things are cyclical – and this trend may be, too.

If there ever was an aspect of managed care so simple in theory, yet so maddeningly complex in practice, it's capitation. Hands down. "It always looks easy when the other guy is doing it," says Gary Janko, president of Access Partners, a Boston-area practice management and information systems consulting company.

Tales of medical practices shipwrecked on the shoals of capitation have contributed to cap's bad rap, which in turn has generated all manner of press about its demise. But what's really happening depends on where you look. Professional capitation is thriving, thank you, in California, South Florida, and some Midwestern markets — but in the one-time strongholds of Texas, Colorado, and New England, every form of it seems to be vanishing.

Capitation's fade from these and other markets has been driven by complicated, sometimes intertwined, factors: the implosion of the physician practice management industry, stricter regulation, the Balanced Budget Act, new high-cost medical technologies, and the surge in PPO popularity — not to mention RICO suits in federal court that accuse several capitated HMOs of conspiring to withhold needed care. The common thread? Instability.

"Capitation is appropriate when you have a steady state," says Clifford Frank, a Jacksonville, Fla., capitation expert and president of Health Care Management Solutions. "The problem is when the situation is unstable due to rapidly changing standards of care and care options."

That's not to say cap is going away; indeed, some novel models are being tried. How the health-delivery system eventually structures itself, though, will ultimately determine whether capitation — or some form of it — will regain the prominence it once enjoyed.

Overwhelming evidence

By just about anyone's data, it's easy to discern a national slide away from capitation (at right). The Medical Group Management Association has tracked declines in capitation as a share of practice revenue among its members. InterStudy Publications reports a big drop-off in the percentage of health plans that even offer capitation contracts.

If anything's going up, it's per-member, per-month payments to physicians who take professional capitation. National Health Information, which publishes a capitation newsletter, found that the average rate jumped 20 percent from 2000 to 2001, perhaps reflecting hard bargains driven by physicians who had chafed for years under smaller increases and, in some cases, declines.

That health plans turned the payment tap down to a drip is commonly cited as a reason for physicians' disgust with capitation. In fairness, it's hard to blame physicians for being sore at health plans that financed their quest for market share on docs' backs.

In Colorado, Columbine Medical Group once represented nearly all the physicians contracting with PacifiCare's predecessors in the Denver area. Columbine's capitation agreements in the early '90s were so lucrative, it ended each year with large bonus checks to its physicians. But in the second half of the decade, health plans slashed premiums to build market share, reducing cap-rate increases in the process.

"By 1997, Columbine was no longer issuing bonus checks, and there was an effort by PacifiCare to break it up into separate risk pods, with the enticement to physicians that some of them could make money," says Jim Hertel, MBA, president of Health Care Computer Corp. of America and publisher of newsletters that cover managed care in Colorado and Arizona. "Of course, some would lose their shirts, because once you break up an actuarially sound unit into smaller risk pools, you run a much higher risk of losing money."

In California, payments actually fell. The California Medical Association got a lot of mileage out of a 1999 report that claimed a 35-percent drop in global cap rates between 1990 and 1999 — a development it says rendered about 100 medical groups insolvent. While the California Association of Health Plans charged that the CMA had wildly distorted the level of pain that medical groups were suffering, its own internal research acknowledged cap-rate drops as dramatic as 20 percent, Health Leaders reported in February. But CAHP also found that increases of 12 to 15 percent in each of the last two years had erased much of the decline.

"Because of the premium increases of the past few years, California medical groups are healthier than they were five years ago," says Steve McDermott, CEO of Walnut Creek-based Hill Physicians Group, an IPA that has turned a profit five years running.

In the end, cap survived in California, which cannot be said for Colorado (more on this later).

"In spite of dire predictions by the CMA, the number of medical groups in the state that accept capitation remained flat," says McDermott. "Health plans estimate that about 300 medical groups and IPAs accept capitation, about the same as 5 or 10 years ago."

PPMs fall

With respect to capitation's wane elsewhere, events at the federal level were far more profound than any tinkering HMOs did with cap rates. The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 limited Medicare+Choice payment hikes in all but a few counties to 2 percent annually — even as medical costs were going up 8 to 10 percent.

"There just wasn't enough money in the equation to cover administrative expenses," says Humana's CEO for the South Florida market, Michael Seltzer.

We know the story from there: Insurers couldn't get out of some Medicare+Choice markets fast enough. Much of that, says Seltzer, spilled over to the commercial side, as many contracts with physician groups were for Medicare and commercial business combined. As health plans left Medicare+ Choice, "It wasn't feasible to stay in a capitated arrangement, because of the law of numbers. You didn't have the critical mass to cover your risk.

"This was a textbook study of setting up an economic model, then changing the reimbursement mechanism after the model was in place,"Seltzer adds.

It wasn't just health plans that felt the pinch. The federal funding formula, in essence, sucker-punched physician practice management companies.

"FPA, PhyCor, and MedPartners Provider Network were doing well, but they were buying practices in an effort to gain critical mass," says Seltzer. "They, too, got hit — not recognizing that the government would lower their reimbursement." It wasn't long, of course, before those PPMs' stock certificates made for fancy bird-cage liners.

PPMs, Seltzer points out, had fueled the rocket-fast rise of capitation in many markets, including Arizona, Texas, and Nevada: "We were told numerous times, 'The only way we're going to contract with you is if you give us risk.'" When PPMs fell, they in essence took capitation down with them.

Health plans scrambled to pacify angry physicians. In Phoenix and Tucson, where PPMs owned a number of large practices, their collapse caused great consternation for PacifiCare and Health Net, which relied on large-group capitation. Most physicians who were left to pick up the pieces wanted no part of capitation, and in fact, the Arizona market has reverted largely to fee-for-service practice.

The lesson for physicians, says Frank, was this: Evaluate the health of an intermediary before signing a contract — and then keep an eye on it.

"People didn't react quickly enough when an IPA was two months behind on its payments. When that happens, cut your losses and get out of the deal."

Regulatory changes

None of this is to suggest that the intermediary groups were well oiled machines that, as luck would have it, were simply blindsided by Congress. "Some of the medical groups in California that went bankrupt had higher cap rates than other groups that did well," says McDermott. "It's called managing care."

Few IPAs can do it well, contends Stephen George, MBA, president of Provider Risk, a Miami reinsurance broker. "I was at a conference where a physician said, 'The reason IPAs failed is that we got really good at doing a lot of things that don't matter.' Few people understand that risk boils down to managing the predictable stuff and reinsuring the unpredictable. Few are inclined to pay for the expertise to structure their contracts properly, relegating themselves to the pay-as-you-learn plan."

In Massachusetts, Janko works with a five-doc practice that had a specialty care arrangement with a capitated IPA that never really seemed to grasp the economics. "The physician group was caught short with $200,000 in charges. You could see it coming — 30 days' unpaid claims became 60, became 90, became forever. The IPA went right to Chapter 7."

Colorado and Texas, too, were stung by widespread IPA and medical group collapses that stuck physicians with unpaid claims. In some cases, health plans were forced into the unenviable position of having to make good — after they had already paid capitation fees to the IPAs. The result was a change in the regulatory environment that made capitation difficult or downright unattractive.

In Colorado, HMOs were required to obtain financial statements from their medical groups. "They had to ensure that IPAs adequately reserved money from capitation payments," says Hertel. "But the law was nebulous in terms of what HMOs could require, and because of the [heavy-handed] manner in which some HMOs enforced that, it was an incentive for IPAs to move toward fee-for-service."

California regulators — keen to the dynamics of capitation and the state's delegated-provider model — took a different approach. When IPAs and medical groups ran into financial trouble, the Department of Managed Care established specific solvency requirements for medical groups and IPAs.

"There's been a lot of consternation about the data the state wants, but it's trying to preserve the HMO product," says Max Brown, senior vice president for network management at Blue Cross of California. "HMOs are a big part of the landscape here and regulators need to be careful, because a lot of people depend on HMOs for their medical care. You could disturb a deep equilibrium."

Now what?

The shakeout appears to be over — and capitation shows no sign of going away in some markets.

In South Florida, for instance, it's status quo.

"We have had capitation contracts in place for years that seem to be working well," says Humana's Seltzer. "Physicians are accustomed to this model and know how to manage the cost of patient care."

In California, meanwhile, Brown predicts continued commitment to professional capitation — even if not everyone's heart is in it. "Integrated medical groups still are driven by capitation. They were built around the idea of a budget, so it's in their bloodstream. IPAs are less motivated about it. Many of them were formed for defensive reasons by physicians whose practice was fee-for-service."

George, the Miami broker, points to the reinsurance market as proof of capitation's staying power. "We access 17 carriers underwriting provider excess-loss policies. If it were a dead market, those outfits would be gone."

But while capitation hasn't fully retreated, it's not retaking any ground. Neither plans nor physicians scorched by cap deals have the appetite for it.

From the HMO's perspective, fee-for-service doesn't risk bankrupting its physicians in a market that swirls with fast-emerging advances in care.

"It used to take a year for a procedure or a new drug to become the standard of care. Now it's two weeks," says Frank. "How do you actuarially price that? Some new surgeries are so minimally invasive that whole new populations can be treated. It's not a pretty picture if you're writing the check."

Then there is the matter of PR. Could dumping cap help the HMO industry's battered image?

"People who opposed managed care attacked capitation and said, 'These are bonuses for withholding care,'" says Brown. "There is no objective evidence of this, but the specter of that was enough to alarm people outside of managed care who couldn't grasp the subtleties of the arrangements."

As for physicians, many who are breaking even on capitated agreements are seeking more of them, says George. But doctors who make money under fee-for-service deals have no incentive to take risk. "If life is good and your office is packed, why should you agree to charge anything less than full price?"

In New England, cap arrangements are going out of style because insurers and physicians are gun-shy, says Janko. "We're in a capital-starved environment. That's going to cause providers to minimize their operating risks. One thing about fee-for-service with a known payment rate is that you can model that out. If a substantial portion of your practice is capitated, it just adds to the uncertainty."

Where capitation remains, some new flavors are displacing the old (for a look at two models, see sidebar "A couple of new twists on capitation"). Global capitation, for one, is out. Some payers are trying to blend capitation with fee-for-service to balance the risks of under- and overutilization. Others are adding quality-of-care and other incentives to primary care capitation.

Capitating specialists — whose costs can vary widely — is tricky. Janko doesn't think it works for any specialty.

"The problem is specialties where one case can throw it crazy. You've got relatively small numbers. It makes more sense when you have large multispecialty networks that can spread the risk out."

Crystal ball

Whether capitation comes storming back may depend on how the care-delivery system evolves.

One underlying dynamic is a budding shortage of physicians. Frank recently worked with a California hospital whose surgeons' average age is over 60. "They can't recruit because the competition is stiff. That's a hell of a problem. Anesthesia, urology, and radiology are headed down that road."

Those specialties were once thought of as a good fit with capitation. "But they were also in surplus," notes Frank. How does that play out in managed care? "Look at what happened to dental cap programs. The dentist supply shrank 10 years ago. Now, those programs are just about gone. Dentists are unwilling to discount fees. They don't have to trade discounts for volume — they have plenty of volume."

Frank foresees the emergence of centers of excellence — an idea championed by Harvard's Regina Herzlinger, PhD, that states that "focused factories" can provide total care for a particular disease. A January Milliman USA Research Report concluded that such integration would lend itself to global fees or case rates, not capitation.

But when physicians and hospitals combine and contract directly with employers, that lends itself to capitation, says Catherine Murphy-Barron, author of the Milliman report.

Administrative efficiencies, too, could steer a cap comeback. "HIPAA is going to force investment in practice infrastructure," says Janko.

Finally, as premiums climb, employers will turn the screws on payers. "There is a renewed interest in capitation and the [California-style] delegated model, because of the view that something needs to be done," says McDermott, of Hill Physicians.

"Health care costs in California are substantially lower than on the East Coast. The health of the population in California is better. Corporate America is taking notice that the amount of money spent is not proportional to what you get."

George would agree. "Anyone who thinks budgets will go away is not thinking clearly. There's nothing more attractive to any business than a budget where you can predict costs — that's capitation. Like it or hate it, it's a budget. That's all it is."


Charts: Capitation recedes while payments climb

A couple of new twists on capitation

Nothing new under the sun? Try again. Even as capitation ebbed, new models emerged. One, for specialists, was profitable for doctors stung by the collapse of the PPM industry. Another, for primary care physicians, improved patient outcomes. Both solidified the bond between the health plans and their physicians.

Arizona cardiologists

For Health Net, the situation couldn't have been much worse. Capitated PPMs that owned group practices in the HMO's Arizona provider network had gone bankrupt, and the angry physicians were stuck with unpaid claims. The last thing they wanted to hear about was another capitation scheme.

"The chief medical officer told me, 'I don't want to go to fee-for-service — it's not a reasonable way to control costs,'" says Cass Schaedig, president of Trellis Consulting in Denver. Schaedig was brought in to develop a palatable capitation model for high-volume specialties.

The CMO and Schaedig worked up a variation of contact capitation that paid an acuity-adjusted case rate for care delivered during a set period of time — 4 to 6 months, depending on the specialty. Schaedig then met with physicians to learn what influences care decisions in each specialty. As a result, exclusions were built in to encourage proper utilization. "In cardiology, for instance, we carved out angioplasty and stents. If you were to include those in the case rate, then the doctor might say, 'Hmm... it won't cost me to send them to the surgeon for bypass.' That would be a bad decision for the payer."

In the end, each specialty case rate covered care that typically would be delivered for an episode of illness, with high-cost but infrequent procedures carved out. So were services that required specialized training or equipment not commonly found in offices.

Once the model was developed, then came the acid test: selling it to physicians. "A lot of those meetings were bloody," she recalls. "They were yelling at us, upset about everything that happened in the past." Schaedig got the physicians to trust the compensation model by using physicians' own data in a demonstration of the payment methodology.

In the end, nearly all of the cardiology groups in Phoenix and Tucson signed on. After 18 months, average compensation was 103 percent of the case rate. "The groups with more tests, utilization, and cardiac catheterizations were the outliers," she says.

More, it helped Health Net to mend relations with its physicians. "The HMO wanted physicians on its side. It also sought downstream efficiencies in reducing admissions and bed days. The goal never was to reduce specialty-care money."

Missouri primary care docs

When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri set out to build a better reimbursement mousetrap — one that would buy its HMO more medical-management bang for its capitation buck — an underlying driver was to create a connection with its primary care physicians.

It was 1995. Winning physicians' trust was no easy feat; doctors at the time generally mistrusted managed care, and when a plan came out with something new, "Physicians' first reaction was to step back and check their pockets," says Herb Schneiderman, who recently retired as the insurer's senior vice president for medical delivery systems.

BCBS of Missouri developed the Physician Group Partners Program, "a pro-physician program in all respects," he says. In fact, one medical group CEO who helped to finalize the plan design was the first to sign on.

The framework was this: Give participating physicians a higher capitation than other doctors. "We were saying, 'We believe in you — therefore, we're going to give you additional compensation just for joining the program,'" says Jane Potter, director of medical care management. BCBS of Missouri sets quality-of-care and patient-satisfaction targets for the physicians, then works with them to achieve those goals. Physician groups can earn up to 6 percent above their annual capitation payment for meeting quality goals, and up to 4 percent more for reaching patient-satisfaction goals.

"Physicians wanted us to weight quality higher than satisfaction," says Potter. That works for the health plan, she says, because "We know they're not saving costs by underutilizing services."

Results are encouraging. The PGPP network has up to 3-percent higher patient-satisfaction scores and improved performance on a number of preventive care measures. Costs are under control better: With budgets based on each group's previous downstream medical costs, physicians take a more active interest in the practices of the specialists and hospitals to which they refer patients.

PGPP earned an AstraZeneca-NMHCC Partnership Award for improving plan-physician relations.

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          Cigna Colorado Ends Capitation For Most Primary Care Physicians   
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Cigna Colorado Ends Capitation For Most Primary Care Physicians

In a strategic move aimed at retaining and recruiting top physicians, Cigna HealthCare of Colorado has dumped capitation. In late February, the insurer began paying most of its physicians in the state on a discounted fee-for-service basis. The move came after Cigna talked with its physicians and found that most didn't like practicing under capitation.

Colorado is a high-octane market with several health plans vying for members. Cigna, whose 270,000 Colorado enrollees make it the sixth-largest health insurer in the state, hopes its game plan may give it a competitive edge over some rivals that continue to capitate primary care physicians. Its closest competitor, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, has no plans to move away from capitating primary care physicians.

Cigna says its move away from capitation is not a return to the fee-for-service days of overutilization; rather, it will monitor utilization closely to keep costs in check.

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          RANKED: Doctor Who on Hulu   
Shortly after my previous blog post, in which I ranked the eighteen Doctor Who stories available on Netflix streaming, I was alerted to the presence of a larger collection of stories available on Hulu Plus. If you don't mind three commercial breaks per episode (and having to pay for the privilege), you can watch all 18 stories also available on Netflix, plus 74 more.

I'm going to lump these into groups. Ones that I think will go over best with New Series fans, ones that I think are good stories but you might find a bit rough, ones that are mediocre/average (or may be rather tough to get through if you're used to contemporary storytelling and special effects), and ones that are best left untouched (or only for the really brave).

Note: These are listed in BROADCAST ORDER.

Start With These...
54. Inferno (1970, Pertwee, 7 episodes)
This is a rare treat - the Doctor witnesses the destruction of a parallel Earth, can't do a thing to stop it, and as all hell breaks loose around him, he's in the unenviable position to rally a handful of survivors - even though he can't save their lives - to help him get back to 'our' Earth to prevent the same fate here. Fascinating to watch England re-imagined as an Orwellian fascist police state, with deliciously evil versions of the Brigadier, Liz and others. Not so fascinating are the green gorilla monsters, but still, worth the longer running time.

57. The Claws of Axos (1971, Pertwee, 4 episodes)
I love this - golden aliens come to Earth, offering wondrous technology in exchange for nuclear energy for their spaceship. The Doctor isn't fooled, not for a minute. Boundary-pushing special effects (especially episode 4's psychedelic freakout) for 1971. And the Master and Doctor's relationship is fascinating. The Doctor's potential for amorality is never more on display; when he announces he's abandoning Earth to its fate, and is prepared to betray the Time Lords to the Axons, it's plausible that he's serious.

65. The Three Doctors (1972-73, Pertwee, 4 episodes)
66. The Carnival of Monsters  (1973, Pertwee, 4 episodes)
69. The Green Death (1973, Pertwee, 6 episodes)
76. The Ark In Space (1975, Tom Baker, 4 episodes)

88. The Deadly Assassin (1976, Tom Baker, 4 episodes)
The Doctor returns to Gallifrey, is framed for the murder of the Time Lord President, and has to survive a nightmarish trip through the surreal terrain of the Matrix to unmask the real culprit. Very evocative of The Manchurian Candidate with all its political machinations, and the Matrix sequence is stunningly imaginative. Very controversial at the time, partly for the image of Tom Baker being drowned, and partly for knocking down our perceptions of the Time Lords from godlike superbeings to corrupt and/or clueless bumblers.

91. The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977, Tom Baker, 6 episodes)
A major character is an Asian man played by a caucasian in yellowface (and prosthetic eyebrows), but if you can handle that, this is a great story. And since the BBC's bread and butter was Victorian-era drama, the Sherlock Holmes atmosphere is superbly rendered. The duo of Jago and Lightfoot would go on to star in their own audio adventures.

105. City of Death (1979, Tom Baker, 4 episodes)

114. Warriors' Gate (1981, Tom Baker, 4 episodes)
The cinematic direction and avant-garde flourishes distinguish this convoluted and fascinating story. The third part of a trilogy set in E-Space, it involves a super-heavy spaceship stuck near the gateway to our dimension, who carry a slave race of telepathic lion-like men who navigate the time winds.

136. The Caves of Androzani (1984, Davison, 4 episodes)

If You Survived Those, Try These...
1. An Unearthly Child (1963, Hartnell, 4 ep)
It's a great first episode, with three decent bonus episodes tacked on at the end. It's amazing how much of the show's mythology dates back to these first 25 minutes, and how ruthless and machiavellian the Doctor is initially.

2. The Daleks (1963-64, Hartnell, 7 ep)
Despite show creator Sydney Newman's stern "No Bug-Eyed Monsters" directive, he had to admit his modest aim for an educational adventure program over teatime turned into a cultural institution because of this story. The Daleks are icons. As slow-moving as this show is, it's pretty compelling. The ethics of persuading a pacifist society to take up arms, partly for their own best interest but mostly because four strangers in a blue box need them to, is pretty sticky. And some awesome special effects shots that have aged quite well a half century later.

6. The Aztecs (1964, Hartnell, 4 ep)

9. Planet of Giants (1964, Hartnell, 3 ep)
The "Honey, I Shrank the TARDIS"plot dates to the early brainstorming sessions in the show's development, and they pull it off pretty darn brilliantly. Post production, they edited the third and fourth episodes into a single episode - even then, they acknowledged that the emphasis on dialogue over action could make for tedious TV. Smart choice.

45. The Mind Robber (1968, Troughton, 5 ep)
51. Spearhead From Space (1970, Pertwee, 4 ep)

52. Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970, Pertwee, 7 ep)
Script editor Robert Holmes and producer Barry Letts quickly realized that once they confined the Doctor to Earth, they were limited to two plots: Mad Scientists and Alien Invasion. Here they cleverly sidestep that plot - they've been here already - and throw in a not too subtle parallel to Middle East politics. What do you do when you oversleep, wake up millions of years later, and those pesky apes have evolved into the dominant species on the planet? The Doctor is in the unenviable position of trying to negotiate a peace between two mutually xenophobic species... and he fails spectacularly.

55. Terror of the Autons (1971, Pertwee, 4 ep)
A soft re-boot of the series, with shorter stories, a new companion (Jo Grant), and Barry Letts' master-stroke: an arch-enemy Time Lord, the Master. And in addition to the Autons, we have everyday household items turning into fatal traps: inflatable chairs, troll dolls, and plastic daffodils.

56. The Mind of Evil (1971, Pertwee, 6 ep)
A mess of a plot, but a lot to recommend. An homage (read: ripoff) of A Clockwork Orange that can't decide if criminal behavior is actually due to 'evil impulses' that can be siphoned out of a person's mind, or if that's the bridge being sold to the gullible politicians who buy into it. And Britain has an illegal nerve gas missile that it's trying to dump; shame on them.

59. The Daemons (1971, Pertwee, 5 ep)
The Master appears in his fifth straight story, and after sub-contracting an alien entity that yet again grows too powerful for him to control, and once more has to rely on the Doctor to save his sorry butt, you'd think he'd've learned. This time around he poses as a rural vicar (quite a treat to see him wearing a collar), while summoning a cloven-hoofed demon in the church basement. The Doctor is rather a jerk to Jo in this one, at least in the first scene.

61. The Curse of Peladon (1972, Pertwee, 4 ep)
By this season, the production team was stretching the "exiled to Earth, with certain exceptions" beyond credibility. But this is still a treat, an alien whodunnit that's all about joining the EU, with a bevvy of alien creatures - including the much loved hermaphrodite hexapod Alpha Centauri.

67. Frontier In Space (1973, Pertwee, 6 ep)
Doctor Who rarely attempted grand space opera - mostly because it didn't have the resources - but here they go all out. The Master, with the Ogrons, is secretly manipulating Earth and Draconia into war... and he's a subcontractor working for another menace who are waiting to pounce...  Most of this is capture/escape/re-capture writ large, but it's a grand adventure, and the Draconians are awesome. Pity, though, that it all falls apart at the end, and Roger Delgado never got the sendoff he deserved.

78. Genesis of the Daleks (1975, Tom Baker, 6 ep)
The Time Lords draft the Doctor into trying to prevent the creation of the Daleks. The debut of Davros, their creator, superbly performed by Michael Wisher. Terry Nation modeled the Daleks after Nazi Germany, and no story he wrote made that clearer than this. Lots of corridor acting, and a major cliffhanger copout, but some supremely iconic moments balance it out.

82. Pyramids of Mars (1975, Tom Baker, 4 ep)
92. The Horror of Fang Rock (1977, Tom Baker, 4 ep)
98. The Ribos Operation (1978, Tom Baker, 4 ep)

100. The Stones of Blood (1978, Tom Baker, 4 ep)
Part 3 of the Key To Time season. Blood-sucking rocks, a great villain in Vivian Fay, and a superb sidekick in Professor Rumford (who might be Vivian's lesbian partner...).  Great line: "Doctor, are you from outer space?" "No, I'm from inner time."

110. The Leisure Hive (1980, Tom Baker, 4 ep)

112. Full Circle (Tom Baker, 1980, 4 ep)
Underrated and overlooked.

115. The Keeper of Traken (1981, Tom Baker, 4 ep)
A civilization so placid that evil shrivels up and dies. Yeah, that won't last long...

116. Logopolis (1981, Tom Baker, 4 ep)
Tom Baker's last. Bonkers evil scheme by the Master.

117. Castrovalva (1982, Davison, 4 ep)
Peter Davison's first. Bonkers evil scheme by the Master.

125. Snakedance (1983, Davison, 4 ep)
The Mara (from Kinda) is back.

127. Terminus (1983, Davison, 4 ep)
Grim story, but look for the moment at the end of Ep 3. The Doctor is standing next to the corpse of the space pilot who inadvertently caused the Big Bang... consider the theological implications here.

128. Enlightenment (1983, Davison, 4 ep)
Yacht race in space. Devious girl pirate.

132. The Awakening (1984, Davison, 2 ep)
English Civil War re-enactments are inadvertently summoning a malevolent alien entity. And Tegan visits her grandfather or uncle or something.

133. Frontios (1984, Davison, 4 ep)
Giant alien woodlice destroy the TARDIS, temporarily. Another grim story; one of the last human space colonies are under siege from meteors from above, and said bugs from below.

152. Remembrance of the Daleks (1988, McCoy, 4 ep)
The first story to feature script editor Andrew Cartmel's 'masterplan' to re-envision the Doctor as having a deeper, darker backstory than just being a 'madman with a box.' Two warring factions of Daleks bust up stuff in the Doctor's old stomping grounds.

155. The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988-89, McCoy, 4 ep)
An extended metaphor for the state of the program; the Doctor and Ace are trapped in the Psychic Circus, which fanboy WhizzKid acknowledges as "not as great as it used to be, but still..."

158. The Curse of Fenric (1989, McCoy, 4 ep)

159. Survival (1989, McCoy 4 ep)
An ironic title for the final story of the Classic Series... but the Master hasn't been this awesome in over a decade, the cat people look pretty cool, and stuff blows up real good.

If You're Still Hungry For More...
The Chase (1965, Hartnell, 6 ep) - A bumbling troop of Daleks build their own time machine to pursue the TARDIS through eternity. Incompetently executed on every conceivable level (particularly the robot duplicate of the Doctor), this one is classified as "So Bad, It's Actually Awesome." Though the montage of Ian and Barbara safe at home is legitimately wonderful. (The Hulu version contains a clip of the Beatles performing "Ticket to Ride," which is edited out of the DVD release)

The Time Meddler (1965, Hartnell, 4 ep) - We meet another Time Lord for the first time, a comically mischievous meddler in a monk's cassock, trying to change the outcome of the Battle of Hastings, just for the hell of it apparently.

The Ark (1966, Hartnell, 4 ep) - The TARDIS lands on a giant spaceship in the distant future containing the last surviving humans escaping the doomed planet Earth, and new companion Dodo's head cold causes an epidemic.

The War Machines (1966, Hartnell, 4 ep) - the first story since the debut episode set on contemporary Earth, and the first story to feature a supercomputer primed to take over the world.

The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967, Troughton, 4 ep) - not quite as good as its legacy, but still worthy of viewing, though the character of Toberman is troubling

The Enemy of the World (1968, Troughton, 6 ep) - Dr Who does James Bond, and Troughton pulls double-duty as the villain as well. Be glad this was re-discovered.

The Web of Fear (1968, Troughton, 6 ep) - Fondly remembered for its atmosphere - Yeti in the subway! plus the debut of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and a memorable climax. Though to me, it drag

Colony in Space (1971, Pertwee, 6 ep) - Impoverished space farmers versus an all-powerful intergalactic mega-conglomerate. And a doomsday weapon. Guess who wins.

The Sea Devils (Pertwee, 1972, 6 ep) - A virtual re-write of "Silurians," with less subtlety and more stuff blowing up.

The Mutants (Pertwee, 1972, 6 ep) - Better than its reputation, though rather patronizing in that we need the white fathers to sort out the lives of the indigenous people.

The Time Warrior (Pertwee, 1973-4, 4 ep) - Hello Sarah Jane Smith!

Planet of the Spiders (Pertwee, 1974, 6 ep) - Goodbye, Jon Pertwee.

Robot (Tom Baker, 1974-5, 4 ep) - Hello Tom Baker!

Planet of Evil (Tom Baker, 1975, 4 ep) - generic, homage to Forbidden Planet

The Masque of Mandragora (Tom Baker, 1976, 4 ep) - generic, nice medieval setting.

The Sunmakers (Tom Baker, 1977, 4 ep) - extended metaphor for state taxation.

The Invasion of Time (Tom Baker, 1977, 6 ep) - Such a mess, but fun to watch Tom Baker chew scenery

The Pirate Planet
The Androids of Tara
The Power of Kroll

The Creature From The Pit (Tom Baker, 1979, 4ep) - Yeah, the one with the alien that looks like a big green willy. And Tom blows on it. Oh dear.

Nightmare of Eden (Tom Baker, 1979, 4ep) - Drugs are bad, especially when they are the crystalized remains of nasty hairy space beasties. Tom sabotages the ending.

The Horns of Nimon (Tom Baker, 1979, 4ep) - Such a mess, but fun to watch everyone chew scenery.

Meglos (Tom Baker, 1980, 4 ep) - Such a mess, but nice to see Jacqueline Hill (Barbara from season 1-2) again

State of Decay (Tom Baker, 1980, 4 ep) - Decent story, undermined by the hand puppet at the end.

Black Orchid (Davison, 1982, 2 ep) - No alien menace, a murder caper, a cricket match, and it's short.

Resurrection of the Daleks (Davison, 1984, 2 45-min ep) Tedious and grim, but with good moments.

Delta and the Bannermen (McCoy, 1987, 3 ep) Genocide and mass murder at a holiday camp with a hip 50's soundtrack.

Dragonfire (McCoy, 1987, 3 ep) - Alien done as a Christmas pantomime. It almost works.

The Happiness Patrol (McCoy, 1988, 4 ep) - Orwell on acid. Be happy or else.

Battlefield (McCoy, 1989, 4 ep) - Doctor Who does King Arthur. Of course the Doctor is Merlin, who else could he be?

Only The Brave Dare...
The Edge of Destruction (Hartnell, 1964, 2 ep) - trapped in a malfunctioning TARDIS, strong suggestion that it has telepathic capabilities. Great idea but executed poorly and awkwardly.
The Sensorites (Hartnell, 1964, 6 ep) - slow and tedious slog about xenophobia
The Rescue (Hartnell, 1965, 2 ep) - spoiler: Bennett is Koquillion. Now you can skip it.
The Web Planet (Hartnell, 1965, 6 ep) - revolution on a planet of insect people. epic in conception, tedious in execution.
The Space Museum (Hartnell, 1965, 4 ep) - revolution in a museum.
The Gunfighters (Hartnell, 1966, 4 ep) - aka Dr Who at the OK Corral
The Dominators (Troughton, 1968, 5 ep) - it's fun to imagine the title characters as a bickering gay couple
The Krotons (Troughton, 1968-9, 4 ep) - Robert Holmes' first script. They got better.
Planet of the Daleks (Pertwee, 1973, 6 ep) - Invisible Daleks, boring Thals, long slog.
Death to the Daleks (Pertwee, 1974, 4 ep) - Unarmed Daleks, boring Humans, interesting maze.
The Monster of Peladon (Pertwee, 1974, 6 ep) - Caves and corridors, corridors and caves.
The Sontaran Experiment (Tom Baker, 1975, 2 ep) - Filler.
The Android Invasion (Tom Baker, 1975, 4 ep) - aka, the alien plot falls apart if that dude looks under his eyepatch
The Invisible Enemy (Tom Baker, 1977, 4 ep) - Hello, K9.
Underworld (Tom Baker, 1978, 4 ep) - the one with the infamous CSO caves
Destiny of the Daleks (Tom Baker, 1979, 4 ep) - Terry Nation wrote this in his sleep.
The Visitation
Warriors of the Deep (Davison, 1984, 4 ep) - Sea Devils, Silurians, nuclear brinksmanship, all the elements of a good story, but nothing gels. And then there's the Myrkha.
The Twin Dilemma (Colin Baker, 1984, 4 ep) - Worst Doctor Debut story ever. Start of a long, sad decline.
The Mark of the Rani (Colin Baker, 1985, 2 45-min ep) - She sets a trap that turns people into trees. Trees. As if the acting wasn't wooden enough already.
The Two Doctors (Colin Baker, 1985, 3 45-min ep) - Unrelentingly grim, intentionally and unintentionally.
Timelash (Colin Baker, 1985, 2 45 min ep) - famously spells "Lame Shit." Sums it up nicely.
Time and the Rani (McCoy, 1987, 4 ep) - Worst Doctor Debut story since... the previous one.
Silver Nemesis (McCoy, 1988, 3 ep) - Cybermen vs Neo-Nazis vs oh god make it stop.
          RANKED: Classic Doctor Who on Netflix   
Eighteen classic Doctor Who stories from the 60's, 70's and 80's are available for instant streaming on Netflix. If you only know the 'new' (i.e. 2005 and up) series, want to investigate the old series but feel daunted by its half-century legacy and don't know where to start, here's our completely subjective ranking of the Netflix stories.

Before we begin:
- The stories of the classic series (1963-89) were broadcast in individual episodes (usually four, sometimes six, other times as little as two and as many as twelve ), usually 25 minutes in length, so a typical story runs the length of a feature film.
- In the black and white days (1963-69), the show was recorded virtually live to tape, and re-takes were very rare, so minor line fluffs and technical glitches were common.
- In typical BBC fashion, through the 80's, interior shots were on video and exterior shots were on film, so the transition between the two could be jarring. Complicated FX were also frequently done on film.
- We can't talk about early Doctor Who without talking about special effects. Before Star Wars, audiences were a lot more forgiving about hand-puppet dinosaurs, wobbly sets, latex alien suits, flying saucers on strings, etc. The BBC allotted Doctor Who about the same budget as a regular drama series, and the effects, such as they were, still were the most technically advanced television effects of the time.
- There are no Colin Baker (Doctor #6) stories on Netflix, except for his appearance at the end of "Caves of Androzani." Trust us, that's for the best.
- This list does not necessarily reflect how *I* personally feel about these stories, but more my estimate of how fans of the New Series might embrace these stories. I would, for example, rank the two B/W stories much higher.

OK, now for the list, starting from the top:

1. City of Death (1979, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana II
Writers: Douglas Adams, David Fisher and Graham Williams under the pen-name David Agnew
This is my go-to story to initiate newbies. The plot? Briefly summarized: the Doctor and Romana are enjoying a holiday in Paris when they become embroiled in a time-traveling plot involving selling multiple copies of the Mona Lisa (all original!) on the black market to finance the scientific research of a debonair art thief who's actually an ancient alien war lord attempting to return to a pivotal moment in history. Baker and Lalla Ward have sparkling chemistry (they would later marry, albeit briefly), Adams' script is just the right balance of scientific gobbledygook, wit, and goofy humor, and the Paris location filming is great.
Watch For: a hysterical cameo appearance in Episode Four (I won't spoil the surprise)
Recycling: Adams re-used plot elements from this story and his unfinished/unbroadcast story "Shada" in his novel Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

2. The Caves of Androzani (1984, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Peter Davison
Companion: Peri
Writer: Robert Holmes
Apart from the stupid and pointless Magma Beast, this is near-perfection. The Doctor and Peri wander into a web of political and economic intrigue centered around a precious mineral known as Spectrox. The character of Peri pretty much existed to be drooled over by campy villains, and Sharaz Jek, in his Phantom of the Opera slash BDSM mask, is the absolute pinnacle. Robert Holmes had been writing for the series since the late 60's, and his best tropes and anti-capitalist sentiments are on display. Ratcheting up the tension is the fact that the Doctor and Peri are slowly dying thanks to a casual mishap five minutes in, ultimately resulting in Davison's Doctor regenerating into Colin Baker. Davison calls this his favorite story, so much so that if there were more scripts like this, he'd've stayed in the role.

3. Carnival of Monsters (1973, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Companion: Jo Grant
Writer: Robert Holmes
For the previous three seasons, the Doctor has been exiled to Earth by the Time Lords (though the definition of this exile was a bit malleable), but after the previous story (The Three Doctors, more on that later), he is once again free to roam time and space. And where does he land? In the cargo hold of a ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Or so we think. And what does it have to do with the Amazing Vorg and his lovely assistant Shirna as he peddles his Miniscope to the gray, drab, bureaucratic denizens of planet Inter Minor? One of Robert Holmes' best scripts.
Look For: Ian Marter plays a dashing young sailor, and would later return as companion Harry Sullivan when Tom Baker took over as Doctor. Also Michael Wisher and Peter Halliday, two of Doctor Who's most memorable guest actors, under the gray makeup.

4. The Ark In Space (1975, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companions: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Writer: Robert Holmes (sensing a theme here?)
The Doctor, Sarah and Harry land on a space ark, thousands of years in the future, where the last surviving humans sit in suspended animation after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable from solar flares, but as these things usually go, they've overslept, there's been vandalism, and an alien menace lurks in the ventilation shaft. This is Doctor Who's version of Alien, but four years earlier and with no budget (and on television, so everything is brightly lit) but they still manage to make green bubble-wrap look menacing. There are some glaring limitations in the budget, but the concept trumps all.
Iconic Moment: Tom Baker's "homo sapiens" speech
Trivia: to save money, the set was re-used for "Revenge of the Cybermen" a few stories later.
More Trivia: The "In Space" was added to distinguish this story from the Hartnell story "The Ark," another story about the future of humanity facing peril on a space ark.
Unintentional Racism: The Ark's sleepers are genetically selected... and yup, they're all white.

5. The Green Death (1973, 6 episodes)
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Companion: Jo Grant (and the UNIT team)
Writer: Robert Sloman
In an economically depressed Welsh mining town, a new petroleum refinery claims its process creates no waste, but the hippie scientists living in the nearby commune (led by the dashing Clifford Jones) believe otherwise. The Doctor looks in and discovers that, yup, the refinery is dumping its toxic sludge into the abandoned mines, which among other things, is creating a swarm of giant maggots impervious to UNIT bullets. The refinery's mysterious "BOSS" has a hypnotic hold over its employees, and turns out to be a supercomputer with megalomaniacal designs on world domination to achieve 'maximum efficiency and productivity.' A powerfully leftist political stance for the show, overtly conflating capitalism with inhumanity; definitely not recommended for Ayn Rand fans.
Famous Moment: At the end, when the Doctor sneaks out of Jo and Cliff's engagement/farewell party and drives away, alone and heart(s)broken.
Secretly Best Moment: Stevens' tear, after he regains his humanity and saves the world.
Trivia: Jo and Prof. Jones were a real-life couple at the time.
Continuity: The Metebelis Crystal would become a major plot element in Pertwee's farewell story "Planet of Spiders" the following year.

6. Pyramids of Mars (1975, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Sarah Jane Smith
Writer: Steven Harris (pseudonym for Robert Holmes and Louis Greifer)
Doctor Who's version of The Mummy. Sutekh, an ancient God, is trapped in a state of paralysis in an Egyptian pyramid by the Eye of Horus, a ruby sitting at the center of a pyramid on Mars. When his tomb is opened, he awakens and sets the stage for his return... with robot mummies. It takes a little while to get going, but Sutekh is one B.A.M.F. of a villain. The showdown between him and the Doctor is truly chilling, and one of Baker's best moments.

7. The Three Doctors (1973, 4 episodes)
Doctor: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee
Companion: Jo Grant (plus the UNIT team)
Writers: Bob Baker and Dave Martin
If you want to experience the first three Doctors in one sitting and don't want to sit through a black-and-white story (sigh... really?), this is your best bet. This tenth anniversary story was intended to exhibit all three doctors equally, until it was evident that Hartnell's infirmity would make this impossible (the writers' solution is clever, though). The interplay between Troughton and Pertwee is a treat. Omega, the Time Lord villain at the heart of the story, is played way over-the-top, the gel-guards are very very silly, there's a lot of capture-escape-recapture plot padding, but it's a whole lot of fun.

8. The Curse of Fenric (1989, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
Companion: Ace
Writer: Ian Briggs
The Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy eras were arguably a nadir for the series: the budget and audience kept shrinking, the BBC execs wanted the show gone, producer John Nathan Turner wanted out, and many stories were (in our opinion at least) awful. But the 26th and final season was a brief renaissance, and this was the highlight, with a lot of concepts that laid the groundwork for the new series. It took 25 years to come up with a companion with a backstory, family, and an emotional catharsis to undergo, and seeing this in the classic series was a bit of a revelation. The plot? WWII codebreakers, Russian navy spies (who switch from sub-titled Russian to heavily accented English for no reason whatsoever), and a dormant Norse God coming back to life. And lots of monsters rising from the sea in latex masks. Or something.

9. The Ribos Operation (1978, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: Robert Holmes
Season sixteen's stories, for the first time in the show's history, comprised an all-encompassing arc; each story centered around finding a segment of the Key to Time, and this was the first story. Although set on an alien planet, there are far more medieval elements than sci-fi. Two intergalactic con men attempt to scam the disgraced warrior prince Graff Vynda-K (an awesomely whackjob name) into buying a planet, and the Doctor and Romana are stuck in the middle. It's a Robert Holmes script so it's witty, funny, and wise, but its truly iconic moment is the Binro the Heretic scene. BINRO WAS RIGHT!

10. The Horror Of Fang Rock (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Leela
Writer: Terrence Dicks
A hastily-written script, but very effective. A shape-shifting alien crash-lands near an isolated lighthouse, and starts picking off the crew. It's a little slow-moving (and the episode one cliffhanger is a dud), but stick with this one. Particularly chilling (spoilers, sorry) is the body count: although the enemy menace is defeated, every character except the Doctor and Leela dies.

11. Spearhead From Space (1970, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Companion: Liz Shaw (plus the UNIT crew)
Writer: Robert Holmes
After an unprecedented six month hiatus (after running virtually every week for six years), Doctor Who did a full re-boot with a new lead actor, a new companion (who was also a scientist), a new Earthbound action-oriented direction, and in COLOR!! This one was shot entirely on film due to a strike at the BBC, so it has a cinematic quality to it. The Nestene Consciousness and their animated plastic soldiers, the Autons, were so iconic and tied to the notion of a Doctor Who re-boot, that they were also the villains of the very first New Series episode, complete with an homage to Spearhead's memorable scene of the shop window dummies.
Trivia: the film clips of doll manufacturing were originally set to Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well," but the music is removed from all VHS and DVD releases.

12. The Leisure Hive (1980, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana II
Writer: David Fisher
When John Nathan Turner took over as producer after the troubled Graham Williams era, his impact was swift and dramatic: new credits and theme music, a new pool of writers, phasing out K9, an emphasis on synthesizer music, and experimentation with the latest special effects. Tom Baker is a bit lost this season, his seventh and final in the role, and his performance has an autumnal quality with a very tangible change of focus away from the overtly comic direction he'd taken the Doctor. The grab-bag plot involves cloning, nuclear holocaust, and an alien holiday camp. Director Lovett Bickford opens with a memorable panning shot on the beach, and the makeup work on the Doctor when he is aged several hundred years is outstanding.

13. The Mind Robber (1968, 5 episodes)
Doctor: Patrick Troughton
Companions: Zoe, Jamie, and... Alternate Jamie!
Writer: Derrick Sherwin (ep 1) and Peter Ling (ep 2-5)
Of the two B/W era episodes available on Netflix, this narrowly gets precedence over the other, if anything for the boldly experimental plot and the boundary-pushing special effects (some that work, others that don't). The TARDIS lands outside of the known Universe, in the Land of Fiction, in which anything can happen depending on the imagination of the controller. Thanks to the 'anything goes' structure, the story is even able to absorb the temporary loss of one of the companions, when Fraser Hines' illness kept Jamie out of episode Two. It was too late to re-write the script, so a brilliantly unique solution was devised...

14. The Aztecs (1964, 4 episodes)
Doctor: William Hartnell
Companions: Susan, Ian and Barbara
Writer: John Lucarotti
Probably the best of the surviving Hartnell era stories. For the first four seasons, the series alternated between science fiction-focused and history-focused stories. In the latter, the Doctor & Co. would land in Earth's past, get separated from the TARDIS, interact with famous people or critical moments in history, and attempt to escape without A) Getting Killed or B) Changing History. They land in an Aztec tomb which closes behind them, shutting them off from the TARDIS. The Aztecs hail Barbara as a re-incarnated goddess since she'd grabbed a bracelet off a corpse while in the tomb (um, eww...). Barbara appalls the Doctor and incites the wrath of the Aztec shaman by denouncing the practice of human sacrifice. Meanwhile, the Doctor has to woo the widow of the tomb's architect to find a way back to the TARDIS, Ian makes an enemy of the warrior chief, and Susan tries to avoid getting married. In the end they get out alive, but leave a considerable mess behind - shattered faith, spilled blood and broken hearts.

15. The Pirate Planet (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: Douglas Adams (under the pen-name David Agnew)
Part Two in the Key To Time saga, this one's a mixed bag. A lot of great sci-fi concepts and a witty script, a fantastic villain in The Captain, and a nice twist at the end, but underdone by a weak supporting cast, some sloppy production work, and Tom Baker's alternately indifferent, silly, or over the top acting.

16. The Androids of Tara (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: David Fisher
Part Four of the Key To Time saga. The plot: Prisoner of Zenda, with androids in it. And a really, really, REALLY stupid looking Taran Wood Beast, so stupid looking that it almost hobbles the entire story even though it's on screen for maybe five seconds. The villainous Count Grendel is fun, and the climactic swordfight is sufficiently swashbuckly, but meh.

17. The Power of Kroll (1977, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Tom Baker
Companion: Romana I
Writer: Robert Holmes
Part Five of the Key to Time saga. Doctor Who attempts King Kong, but with a giant squid. Not Robert Holmes' best script by any measure, hampered further by budgetary limitations and miscasting (though it is fun to watch Philip Madoc visibly seething that he's not playing Thawn).

18. The Visitation (1982, 4 episodes)
Doctor: Peter Davison
Companion: Nyssa, Tegan, Adric
Writer: Eric Saward
Saward has his fans, but we're not among them. The Terleptyl looks great, but there's nothing else memorable about him. Since the plot centers around the Great Plague and Great Fire of London, we'll bet Saward intended to set it in 1660's London, but the budget confined him to a nearby village with an apparent population of five. And the plot is one of the most egregious examples of capture, escape, re-capture. The vagabond actor Richard Mace is memorable, but that's about all there is here. There's no action. None. Just wandering around and talking for four episodes, with three crap cliffhangers in between. Others seem to rate this highly, but to us, it's a dud.

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          "I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I'd never have. Burn the Amazon rain forests. Pump chlorofluorocarbons straight up to gobble the ozone. Open the dump valves on supertankers and uncap offshore oil wells. I wanted to kill all the fish I couldn't afford to eat, and smother the French beaches I'd never see. I wanted the whole world to hit bottom." - Chuck Palahniuk   
"I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I'd never have. Burn the Amazon rain forests. Pump chlorofluorocarbons straight up to gobble the ozone. Open the dump valves on supertankers and uncap offshore oil wells. I wanted to kill all the fish I couldn't afford to eat, and smother the French beaches I'd never see. I wanted the whole world to hit bottom." - Chuck Palahniuk
          The Princess!   
Edited to add: If you're interested in any of the recipes on this post click on the hightlighted name of the recipe (not the picture) and it will take you to where I found the recipe :)


This is my dirty, old, unorganized recipe binder. I kept thinking that I would make a pretty cover for it. But I never did. Probably because I knew that this wasn't how I wanted to keep my recipes.


I would pull the pages out of the binder and leave them on the counter as I was cooking. They inevitably would be covered up by ingredients or splashed on.


Eventually I even stopped punching holes in the pages and would just throw them in the binder. There was a silver lining to that though. While searching for a specific recipe I would have to shuffle through all of them and I'd get to see recipes I'd forgotten about!


Then I found this Martha Stewart recipe tin. In RED!! I love it so much!


It holds tons of 4 x 6 index cards and I've been busy writing all my recipes on the hundreds of cards I bought to fill it up.

One problem though, now it's 4 x 6 index cards getting covered up on the counter while I'm cooking. So I had to come up with a solution.


Enter the Princess! I found her at Hobby Lobby. She was faded black and that just wouldn't do in my kitchen so I spruced her up with some pretty red spray paint. Stuck a couple of magnets on the bottom of her feet and she stays nicely on top of my lovely red box.


And her crown holds my recipe cards perfectly!! And high enough for me to still see once I have all my ingredients and junk on the counter. I'm so in love with her!!


When I said I've been busy writing all my recipes on the 4 x 6 cards I wasn't exactly being truthful. I've really only finished about 15. But, those 15 recipes are delicious!

These Shrimp Tostadas were yummy. I found the recipe on PW's Tasty Kitchen. I liked that the tortillas were baked and not fried.


This Pico de Gallo and Guacamole is the best I've ever had. Courtesy of Pioneer Woman. And the awesome thing about it is that it makes a ton and I'm the only one in the family that eats guacamole. More for me!!


Chicken & Dumplings
in the south is not the same Chicken & Dumplings that I grew up with. Whenever we go to Cracker Barrel Bri orders them. But I kept thinking they looked wrong. Turns out that here the dumplings are more like noodles, not biscuits. But I found this recipe on Tasty Kitchen and made it one Sunday night for Duane and I. The real Chicken and Dumplings. Loved it so much I made it again the next night when the girls came back home to us!


And then we have the Individual Scalloped Potatoes. These are the ones that Blaire loves so much that she wants to marry them! Another find from Tasty Kitchen. If you haven't visited that site, you need to. So many delicious recipes. And on the TK Blog right now, Pioneer Woman is generously counting down the 7 days before Christmas and you could be one of the lucky recipients of her generosity. Run, don't walk, on over there, if you know what's good for you!


Today I was using the Princess to hold my Sugar Cookie Icing recipe. I got it years ago from All Recipes and it's the best sugar cookie icing ever. It dries hard and shiny, so you can stack the cookies once they're dry.

Which reminds me... I have cookies to decorate!!!!


Merry Christmas to you all!!


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notessimple- just personal link dump for some very interesting medical notes, the abstracts should be "" quoted but I can't yet figure this out
          Comment on Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta by Alice   
Quite literally the most boring thing I have ever made. Don't waste the ingredients
          Comment on Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta by Blair   
Hi, Sadie! Absolutely! Use whatever you've got! :)
          Comment on Dump-and-Bake Chicken Caprese Pasta by Sadie   
Can you use another cheese if you don't have mozzarella?
          Friday Freebie: Summer of Lovin’ Books Giveaway   

Congratulations to John Smith, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie: Fen by Daisy Johnson.

This week’s contest is another of those clear-the-shelves-and-dump-everything-into-a-big-box giveaways. I’ve put together a shelf of eclectic books, ones which have been waiting (im)patiently for the right Friday Freebie to come along. There should be something for just about everyone in this stack. Will you be the ONE lucky reader to win ALL of the following books? You can’t win unless you play...

Dinner With Edward by Isabel Vincent: When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping Edward’s daughter--who lives far away and has asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot souffle will end up changing her life. As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be. Dinner with Edward is a book about love and nourishment, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M. F. K. Fisher, “sustain us against the hungers of the world.”

Pumpkinflowers by Matti Friedman: It was just one small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that are still felt worldwide today. The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for “casualties.” Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the harrowing experience of a band of young Israeli soldiers charged with holding this remote outpost, a task that would change them forever, wound the country in ways large and small, and foreshadow the unwinnable conflicts the United States would soon confront in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. Pumpkinflowers is a reckoning by one of those young soldiers now grown into a remarkable writer. Part memoir, part reportage, part history, Friedman’s powerful narrative captures the birth of today’s chaotic Middle East and the rise of a twenty-first-century type of war in which there is never a clear victor and media images can be as important as the battle itself. Raw and beautifully rendered, Pumpkinflowers will take its place among classic war narratives by George Orwell, Philip Caputo, and Tim O’Brien. It is an unflinching look at the way we conduct war today.

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist: One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state of the art recreation facilities, and live the few remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty–single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries–are sequestered for their final few years; they are considered outsiders. In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful. But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and…well, then what? The Unit is a gripping exploration of a society in the throes of an experiment, in which the “dispensable” ones are convinced under gentle coercion of the importance of sacrificing for the “necessary” ones. Ninni Holmqvist has created a debut novel of humor, sorrow, and rage about love, the close bonds of friendship, and about a cynical, utilitarian way of thinking disguised as care.

Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando: Defending a woman accused of murdering the man who sexually assaulted her, Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck must uncover where the truth lies between innocence, vengeance, and justice in this spellbinding tale of suspense—based on shocking true-life events—from the New York Times bestselling author of Gone Again. According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Those statistics become all too personal when Jack Swyteck takes on a new client tied to his past. It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter’s surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith’s wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa, but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies—an undertaking that proves more complicated than the seasoned attorney expects. Inspired by an actual case involving a victim of sexual assault sent to prison for the death of her attacker, James Grippando’s twisty thriller brilliantly explores the fine line between victim and perpetrator, innocence and guilt, and cold-blooded revenge and rightful retribution.

Dimestore by Lee Smith: Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith’s youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy’s dimestore. When she was sent off to college to gain some “culture,” she understood that perhaps the richest culture she would ever know was the one she was leaving. Lee Smith’s fiction has always lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story. Dimestore’s fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Together, they create an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan: The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths. Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws—all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers’ eyes. But student deaths and mounting pressure from the Outsides put the time-defying order of the House in danger. As the tribe leaders struggle to maintain power, they defer to the awesome power of the House, attempting to make it through days and nights that pass in ways that clocks and watches cannot record.

Little Boy Lost by J. D. Trafford: Attorney Justin Glass’s practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn’t doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn’t have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body—and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated. As simmering racial tensions explode into violence, Justin finds himself caught in the tide. And as he gives voice to the discontent plaguing the city’s forgotten and ignored, he vows to search for the killer who preys upon them.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman: Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention--meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack. Surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is often the case, once we get where we’re going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves. With bighearted characters--husbands, wives, friends, and lovers--who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we’re all running from. Gayle Forman is a dazzling observer of human nature. She has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?

The Legend of the Albino Farm by Steve Yates: The Legend of the Albino Farm is a horror story turned inside out. What if a thriving family were saddled with an unshakable spook tale? And what if that lore cursed them with an unending whirlwind of destruction from thrill seekers, partiers, bikers, and Goths? Hettienne Sheehy is about to inherit this devouring legacy. Last child to bear a once golden name, she is heiress to a sprawling farm in the Missouri Ozarks. During summer, childhood idylls in the late 1940s, Hettienne has foreseen all this apocalyptic fury in frightening, mystifying visions. Haunted by a whirling augury, by a hurtful spook tale, and by a property that seems to doom all who would dare own it, in the end, Hettienne will risk everything to save the family she truly loves. The Legend of the Albino Farm has haunted two generations of Sheehys and marred all memory of the family’s glory days. Worse, this spooky lore now draws revelers, druggies, motorcycle gangs, hippies, and later Goths to trample the land, set bonfires, and vandalize its structures, all while Hettienne’s aged aunts cling to privacy, sanity, and a rapidly deteriorating thirteen-room mansion.. From her youth, throughout her marriage and her rearing of her children, the Legend of the Albino Farm and the curse of the Sheehys drag at her and her family like a vortex. Haunted by a whirling augury, by a hurtful spook tale, and by a relentlessly judgmental Ozarks city, in the end, Hettienne believes she must make decisions that might compromise her family’s financial security but will severe them from an ever more dangerous legacy.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf: Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world--at least those with the means to afford it--will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined that Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours they will be killed off, one by one. Writing in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, and with a deep bow to Daphne du Maurier, author Gina Wohlsdorf pairs narrative ingenuity and razor-wire prose with quick twists, sharp turns, and gasp-inducing terror. Security is grand guignol storytelling at its very best. A shocking thriller, a brilliant narrative puzzle, and a multifaceted love story unlike any other, Security marks the debut of a fearless and gifted writer.

Said Not Said: Poems by Fred Marchant: In this important and formally inventive new poetry collection, Fred Marchant brings us into realms of the intractable and the unacceptable, those places where words seem to fail us and yet are all we have. In the process he affirms lyric poetry’s central role in the contemporary moral imagination. As the National Book Award winner David Ferry writes, “The poems in this beautiful new book by Fred Marchant are autobiographical, but, as is always the case with his poems, autobiographical of how he has witnessed, with faithfully exact and pitying observation, the sufferings in the lives of other people, for example the heartbreaking series of poems about the fatal mental suffering of his sister, and the poems about other peoples, in Vietnam, in the Middle East, written about with the noble generosity of feeling that has always characterized his work, here more impressively even than before.” Said Not Said is a poet’s taking stock of conscience, his country’s and his own, and of poetry’s capacity to speak to what matters most.

Stick a Fork in Me by Dan Jenkins: Pete Wallace, a good old boy from Texas, paid his dues coaching football on obscure campuses in the boondocks of America until he landed the athletic director's job at Western Ohio University. For 15 years, he has steadily and skillfully guided the school into the high society of major college sports. But now Pete, fed up with politically correct campus culture and babysitting fragile egos, is retiring from the "arms race." As he waits for the university's board of trustees to act on his early retirement package, he reflects on his career, the people he's come across, and what life will be like in retirement. Pete's story is told in Jenkins's unmistakable, raucous, old-school style, and it's full of colorful, absurd, and downright crazy characters--from clueless trustees and busybody protestors to prima donna football coaches and booster club pests.

Anton and Cecil: Cats Aloft by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin: Tuckered out from a journey across the Wild West, cat brothers Anton and Cecil are ready to head east for home--until a minor stop to change trains in Chicago turns into a major adventure. A bloodhound detective recruits the brothers to help solve a case: puppies are disappearing right off their leashes! Anton and Cecil’s search takes them deep into the heart of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where they befriend exotic animals, ride the newly invented Ferris Wheel, and look for clues amid the crowds of fairgoers. Just as they close in on the culprit, Cecil is carried away in a giant flying balloon and Anton is left behind. Can the cat brothers find the puppies and each other in this big, busy city? Fans of classic animal adventures such as A Cricket in Times Square and Poppy will love Anton and Cecil’s world, brimming with action and rich, true-to-life detail.

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin: What would you do if your four-year-old son claimed he had lived another life and that he wants to go back to it? That he wants his other mother? Single mom Janie is trying to figure out what is going on with her beloved son Noah. Noah has never been ordinary. He loves to make up stories, and he is constantly surprising her with random trivia someone his age has no right knowing. She always chalked it up to the fact that Noah was precocious―mature beyond his years. But Noah’s eccentricities are starting to become worrisome. One afternoon, Noah’s preschool teacher calls Janie: Noah has been talking about shooting guns and being held under water until he can’t breathe. Suddenly, Janie can’t pretend anymore. The school orders him to get a psychiatric evaluation. And life as she knows it stops for herself and her darling boy. For Jerome Anderson, life as he knows it has already stopped. Diagnosed with aphasia, his first thought as he approaches the end of his life is, I’m not finished yet. Once an academic star, a graduate of Yale and Harvard, a professor of psychology, he threw everything away to pursue an obsession: the stories of children who remembered past lives. Anderson became the laughing stock of his peers, but he never stopped believing that there was something beyond what anyone could see or comprehend. He spent his life searching for a case that would finally prove it. And with Noah, he thinks he may have found it. Soon, Noah, Janie, and Anderson will find themselves knocking on the door of a mother whose son has been missing for eight years. When that door opens, all of their questions will be answered. Gorgeously written and fearlessly provocative, Sharon Guskin’s debut explores the lengths we will go for our children. It examines what we regret in the end of our lives and hope for in the beginning, and everything in between.

Great Books of China by Frances Wood: Great Books of China invites readers to discover—or rediscover—some of the major achievements of Chinese culture and civilization. The literature of China remains largely unknown in the West, yet it offers much insight into Chinese life. The long continuity of Chinese culture means that texts created more than two thousand years ago are still part of the education and background of today's China. Great Books of China introduces outstanding works of various genres, from fiction, drama, and poetry to history, science, and travel; they were written by philosophers and artists, government officials and scholars, by men and women across many centuries and from every part of China. These great books are presented in their historic, cultural, and social context, with a focused summary of content and author. Beginning with some of the Confucian and Daoist classics and ending with modern fiction, Great Books of China features famous novels including The Water Margin (Shuihu zhuan), Journey to the West (Xiyou ji), and Dream of the Red Chamber (Hongloumeng); celebrated dramas such as The Story of the Lute (Pipa ji) and The Peach Blossom Fan (Taohua shan); poetry from ancient times and the “golden age” of the Tang to the last years of imperial China; renowned historic manuals on Chinese painting, on the construction of Chinese gardens, and on a carpenter’s varied tasks; major texts describing Chinese history, the military exploits of ancient generals, and the legendary journeys of Buddhist monks; and works by a number of modern writers including Lu Xun, Ding Ling, and Lao She. Concise, provocative, and illuminating, Great Books of China introduces the literature of one of the world's most significant cultures and helps us understand the China of the present and the past.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, edited by Kelly Jensen: Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are. “[Jensen’s] strength is on full display in this dynamic collection of essays, interviews, comic strips and more, which brings together a chorus of diverse viewpoints, from women and men, to help teens understand, broaden and visualize their own definition of contemporary feminism.” (Chicago Tribune)

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez: Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room. One day, Morpie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy’s drawings. Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez. “Readers will cheer...The beings that inhabit Sandy’s nighttime world are simply delightful. The album size, cloth spine binding, and spot gloss on the cover are the icing on the cake of this beautiful graphic novel.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Audubon: On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau and Jeremie Royer: At the start of the nineteenth century, John James Audubon embarked upon an epic ornithological quest across America with nothing but his artist’s materials, an assistant, a gun and an all-consuming passion for birds...This beautiful volume tells the story of an incredible artist and adventurer: one who encapsulates the spirit of early America, when the wilderness felt limitless and was still greatly unexplored. Based on Audubon”s own retellings, this graphic novel version of his travels captures the wild and adventurous spirit of a truly exceptional naturalist and painter. “Everything feels rich and strange and unrestricted, much like the continent must have felt in the early 19th century, when Audubon set out on his journeys. In other words, On the Wings of the World wants to do cataract surgery on your impressions of the time, the place and central figure, and it succeeds beautifully.” (Paste Magazine)

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church: n her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era. In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb). In married life, though, she feels lost and left behind. She channels her academic ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. There in her canyons, years later at the dawn of the 1970s, with counterculture youth filling the streets and protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken. Exquisitely capturing the claustrophobic eras of 1940s and 1950s America, The Atomic Weight of Love also examines the changing roles of women during the decades that followed. And in Meridian Wallace we find an unforgettable heroine whose metamorphosis shows how the women’s movement opened up the world for a whole generation.

Fifty-Six Counties by Russell Rowland: Montana has a long and celebrated tradition of artful, reflective nonfiction. From Joseph Kinsey Howard’s Montana: High, Wide, and Handsome to K. Ross Toole’s Montana: An Uncommon Land, we’ve been gifted with a series of erudite and sharp-eyed guides to help show us who we are. To this eminent list we can now add Russell Rowland’s Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. A native Montanan and an applauded novelist (In Open Spaces, High and Inside), Rowland spent the better part of a year studying and traveling around his beloved home state, from the mines of Butte to the pine forests of the Northwest, from the stark, wind-scrubbed badlands of the East to the tourist-driven economies of the West. Along the way, he considered the state’s essential character, where we came from, and, most of all, what we might be in the process of becoming.

Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan: In his latest historical novel, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, who, in 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back--no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide. Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head. There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit. In Jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him. Bristling with breathtaking adventure, Chasing the North Star is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity. And it is Robert Morgan at his considerable best.

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          Capturing Variable Type Data By Running PHP   
PHP is hard to automatically convert to other languages because there is little type information hardcoded into it. Here's some sample code that uses the debug interface to extract type information out for variables. For now, it just dumps the type data to stdout. Presumably you would need to save this to some sort of sqlite database and run all of your automated tests to ensure full code coverage. Then you could translate your parsed PHP to another language with the additional information known.



// Use xdebug to determine type information about all of the executed parts of your script
// to run, 1: execute this
// 2: export XDEBUG_CONFIG="idekey=session_name remote_autostart=1 remote_host=127.0.0.1 remote_enable=1"
// 3: run your cli php script

// Set time limit to indefinite execution
set_time_limit (0);

// Set the ip and port we will listen on
$address = '127.0.0.1';
$port = 9000;

// Create a TCP Stream socket
$sock = socket_create(AF_INET, SOCK_STREAM, 0);
// Bind the socket to an address/port
socket_bind($sock, $address, $port) or die('Could not bind to address');
// Start listening for connections
socket_listen($sock);

/* Accept incoming requests and handle them as child processes */
$client = socket_accept($sock);

// Read the input from the client – 1024 bytes
$input = socket_read($client, 1024);
echo($input);
echo("\n");
// Strip all white spaces from input
$output = preg_replace("/[ \t\n\r]/","",$input).chr(0);
$doc = new DOMDocument();
function read_debugger()
{
global $client;
$string = '';
$char = socket_read($client, 1);
while(! socket_error() && $char <> "\0") {
$string .= $char;
$char = socket_read($client, 1);
}
return $string;
}
while(! socket_last_error($client)) {
$i++;
socket_write($client, "step_into -i ".$i."\0");
$file_line_info = socket_read($client, 1024);
preg_match('/filename="(.*?)"/', $file_line_info, $matches);
$line_no = $matches[1];
preg_match('/lineno="(.*?)"/', $file_line_info, $matches);
$filename = $matches[1];
echo("$filename : $line_no ");
$i++;
socket_write($client, "context_get -i ".$i."\0");
$dummy = read_debugger();
$context_info = read_debugger();

if (!($doc->loadXML($context_info))) {
die("FAIL ON ".$context_info);
}
$propertyNodes = $doc->getElementsByTagName('property');
for($j = 0; $j < $propertyNodes->length; $j++) {
$property = $propertyNodes->item($j);
echo($property->getAttribute('fullname').':'.$property->getAttribute('type').' ');
}

echo("\n");
}
// Close the client (child) socket
socket_close($client);

// Close the master sockets
socket_close($sock);

          Some useful MegaCli commands/quick debian howto   
MegaCli and MegaCli64 are the LSI utility used for Dell Perc 5 and other adapters isn't well documented. Here's some commands:

MegaCli -AdpEventLog -GetEvents -f logfile -aALL
What it does: Dump all events from the adapters event log to a file named logfile

MegaCli -PDList -aAll | less
What it does: Dump information about all Phsyical Disks (hence the PD), paged with less

MegaCli -LDInfo -LAll -aAll | less
What it does: Dump information about all Logical Disks on all adapters, paged with less

MegaCli -LdPdInfo -aAll | less
What it does: Dump information of all logical and physical disks on all known adapters

Currently these can be obtained from LSI at http://www.lsi.com/DistributionSystem/AssetDocument/support/downloads/megaraid/miscellaneous/linux/1.01.39_Linux_Cli.zip

You don't need to actually install the packages, both the MegaCli and MegaCli64 (64 bit build) are statically linked within. In order to access them in a non RPM environment, you can extract the files with the following command:
rpm2cpio MegaCli-1.01.39-0.i386.rpm | cpio -idmv
This will extra the MegaCli and MegaCli64 executables.
Alternately, you can try to convert the rpm to a .deb via alien.
          Passive monitoring of ping times on incoming TCP connections   
For those of hosting web applications, it is frequently convenient to have ping time information available for all incoming connections. Most networks these days block icmp ping requests, making it impossible to actively ping users. One workaround is to passively monitor events in the TCP connection which have approximately the same round trip time as a ping request. Specifically, the time between a packet from a client with SYN and ACK flags set and the next packet received with an ACK flag set are monitored and reported.

Below is a PHP script which uses tcpdump to monitor incoming connections on ports 80 and 443. Due to the fact that packet sniffing is used, root access is required for execution.

#!/usr/bin/php

/**
* This is a script which tracks the tcp handshake to attempt to passively monitor our client's ping times.
*
*/


$ip_latency = array();

$handle = popen('sudo tcpdump -n -tt "tcp[tcpflags] & (tcp-syn|tcp-ack) != 0 && (port 80 or port 443)" 2>/dev/null', 'r');

while(! feof($handle)) {
$output = fgets($handle);

if (preg_match('/^([0-9.]+).* > ([0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+)\.([0-9]+): S .* ack /', $output, $matches)) {
// it's a SYN+ACK
// record the timestamp and wait for the response
list($dummy, $timestamp, $remote_ip, $remote_port) = $matches;

$ip_latency[$remote_ip.':'.$remote_port] = array('start' => $timestamp);

// echo("SYNACK $timestamp, $remote_ip, $remote_port\n");
} elseif (preg_match('/^([0-9.]+) IP ([0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+)\.([0-9]+) > .*: \. ack 1 /', $output, $matches)) {
// it's an ACK 1
list($dummy, $timestamp, $remote_ip, $remote_port) = $matches;

if (isset($ip_latency[$remote_ip.':'.$remote_port]) && ! isset($ip_latency[$remote_ip.':'.$remote_port]['end'])) {
$ip_latency[$remote_ip.':'.$remote_port]['end'] = $timestamp;

$latency = $timestamp - $ip_latency[$remote_ip.':'.$remote_port]['start'];
// echo("ACK $timestamp, $remote_ip, $remote_port\n");
printf("%s - %s : %2.8f\n", $timestamp, $remote_ip, $latency);
unset($ip_latency[$remote_ip.':'.$remote_port]);
}

if (rand(0, 100) == 0) {
// clean up, clear out all entries older than 100s

foreach($ip_latency as $key => $timing) {
if ($timestamp - $timing['start'] > 100) {
// echo("PURGE $key\n");
unset($ip_latency[$key]);
}
}
}
}
}
          Will Wisconsin's Future Children Receive an Equal Education?   


Progress with the state budget is at a standoff in the Capitol. Behind closed doors, leaders are talking details and trying to find votes.

Openly, legislative leaders point to a lack of agreement on public education. They say no progress can happen until they round up necessary votes for the education portion of the budget. Privately, some GOP lawmakers are also angling to spend money on a big change to business personal property taxes. However, changes to taxes could take away money promised to schools.

Image result for public education in wisconsinEducation is the largest part of the general fund budget (the portion of our budget paid for with mostly income and sales tax). Local school funding is made up of a combination of state aid and local property taxes. The two sources of money interact a bit like a teeter-totter – as one source drops (state aid), the other source goes up (property taxes). For example, property taxes go up school districts pass referenda to fund needs left unserved by declining state aid.

Wisconsin pays for schools through an Equalized Aid formula, which is meant to equalize resources to children no matter where they live in the state. The idea of equal opportunity for children regardless of their zip code is deeply rooted in our state. Principles enshrined in Wisconsin’s Constitution include public education as a state function that is free with reasonable equality of education opportunities for all children and without excessive reliance on property taxes. Lawmakers must grapple with meeting those principles.

Under the Governor’s proposal, school funding through equalized aid would be lower in the 2018-19 school year than it was thirteen years prior. The effect of these decisions will intensify the inequalities schoolchildren across Wisconsin face.

Lawmakers admit the state’s way of funding schools is broken. Nevertheless, legislative leaders appear poised to ignore the need to change the formula. Instead, Governor Walker’s budget proposal increases state money to local schools but allocates that aid outside the funding formula. Thus, the wealthy suburban districts get the same amount of new money per student as the poor rural or inner city districts. The Governor also proposed adding to property tax credits, which lowers property taxes in a way that benefits wealthier districts.

Recently, Assembly Republicans released their own education-funding plan that lowers the Governor’s aid proposal and eliminates any increases in Sparsity Aid, which is targeted at rural schools.

Wisconsin is changing and these changes are reflected in our schoolchildren’s needs. Child poverty is rising. In a recent ten-year period, poverty (measured by the federal definition of eligibility for free and reduced lunch) more than doubled. The number of students with special education and multi-lingual needs also increased. In addition, rising property values, declining enrollment and low income in rural areas combine to create a crisis for rural schools.

These realities make the argument for changes in our equalized aid formula. State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers recognized these needs years ago and proposed new ways to pay for schools. State legislative leaders rejected these changes and instead expanded state funded private school programs.

Current school funding proposals add up to a future that is increasingly unequal. Lawmakers must address the real problems facing today’s children and teachers. We must ask the hard questions that underlie decisions about money and schools. Should a child, born into a poor family, an inner-city neighborhood or a rural country home, or born with a special need face fewer opportunities in his or her public school?

More money in tax credits and the failure to acknowledge the changing needs of our students creates a more unequal experience for children around our state. This problem is solvable. But the path majority lawmakers appear to be following takes us deeper into the woods of inequity.

Hanging in the balance is the answer to the question; will future children across the state receive an equal education?


(A big thanks to Russ Kava, senior analyst with the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and his colleagues for their recent papers related to school budget decisions. This column used many details from their work. The conclusions are mine).

          Post Thoughts And Observations On The 2017 WISDEMS Convention   
By Jeff Simpson

I attended my first Wisconsin Democratic Convention this weekend and wanted to share a few thoughts.

1.  The Voting has to get better!

People were lined up way early on Saturday morning to vote for chair.  Congrats to Martha Laning, David Bowen, Meg Andriesch, Mandela Barnes and Khary Penebaker, for being elected to leadership positions in the Wisconsin Democratic Party.  Now lets lead the party into the 21st Century and make sure in two years, party voting looks completely different.

First, let us look at the results.
Laning - 722
Kennedy - 569
Finch - 50
Donovan - 48
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Total -1839

Vote total needed to beat Scott Walker last election  - 1, 259, 163

Vote Total needed to win Assembly District 14,723

Ok you get the idea, we need more people involved.   The more people involved, the more people who feel they have a stake in the party and the more people who feel they have a stake in the party, the more people will participate.    The more people who participate, the more elections we win.... See what I did there

So how do we fix it.

1. We need a way for everyone to have a vote.   Designating certain people as delegates and others as not, to decide the future of the party, is not the way to do it,    If you are a member of the party, you should have a vote as to who is the head of the party.   Period.

2.  At the very least, everyone who attends the convention, pays their money to be a member and then pays even more for the convention should have a vote!  No excuses for this.   '

3.  There has to be an APP or a way to vote online, with a code or at your local county party if you can not make the convention etc... While you are at the convention, two boxes at a time for each CD is archaic.   Give people their one ballot as they walk in the room and then let them vote and have numerous boxes all around the room to put yours in.    We would raise bloody hell if this happened at regular elections and rightly so!

**  As a quick aside, to worry about Republicans joining and screwing with the vote, that is an impossibility.  The numbers do not add up!   Secondly, do not tell me its a priavte club and they do not have to follow those rules, and then be mad when so many people walk away and vote third party.  
4.  Another problem was the candidates WORKED THE LINES!  How is that even acceptable?  When we minimize the waiting times to vote, this will be somewhat fixed but it also needs to stop.

5. WISDEMS staffers.  This is a problem that numerous people who talked to me at the convention brought up.  There was a group of people, staffers, who showed great enthusiasm for Martha, during the speeches, and were strategically placed in front of the cameras, and brought a decent amount of votes.

 Now I am not blaming Martha's win on this, but it is something people noticed.  DO they truly think Martha was the best choice, or was Martha being re-elected their best chance to keep getting paychecks?    I would propose that anyone who gets paid by the WISDEMS can not vote in the election, with the one exception of the current chair(while they get paid they also are answerable to the voters, the staffers are not).   I would be more flexible on this if the voting was opened up, but when you limit delegates, then you give them an incredible amount of power.

6.  Please Martha, David, Meg and Mandela - Fix the voting system for next time.

Now the rest of the convention, thoughts and suggestions.

I understand that there has to be party business, I understand that the long time electeds need to have their ego stroked and have to speak, I understand that its cute to have cutesy slogans and themes,

* However, I would have one theme at every convention - Win the next election.     Anyone who plans to be in a race coming up, should have 3-5 minutes to speak.  They do not need to be introduced fancily, or any music played, just a quick introduction.   That allows Democrats from all over the state to meet the people who might/will be running for major offices.

Tammy should have spoken for sure, and anyone running/thinking of running for Governor, anyone running against an entrenched Republican, etc...  3-5 minutes max!  Then people can seek them out for more information as the convention goes on.

*  If we can eliminate the two hour wait to vote, that will open up more time for breakout sessions.   Maybe something like speed dating where you sit 8 people at a table and have different candidates, party members, etc...move around every few minutes to introduce yourself and answer questions.    Make everyone feel they have a voice and are being heard.

*  More interaction is what is needed to keep people involved, and interested.

*  Sorry, I have no suggestions on how to make resolutions and by-laws more exciting.

*  I heard Sachin Cheda and Nation Consulting was there working behind the scenes,...I don't think the people could be more clear that we need to rid ourselves of these toxic high paid consultants.    If they are involved the state loses.

*  There were some very good people running for these offices.  It is imperative that the people who did not win their races be an integral part of the WISDEMS going forward,   Eric Finch, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Donovan, Adam Brabender, Luke Fuszard and Peter Peckarsky all brought many strengths to the table and we need all of their skills going forward!

The best line of the whole convention was this one from Eric Finch:



I agree whole heartedly, dump the old recall signs and stickers and lets look forward not backwards!


* Finally, we found out something that anyone who read the Walkerdocs, already knew.   That the opposition, the WISGOP is run by a bunch of immature fools with the creativity and wit of a 12 year old math wiz.

The WISGOP put this billboard up (although not sure where because i never saw it):



But thats not all.  They vandalized cars all over the parking lot by putting this(which they did not have permission to use) on windshields:


But Wait there is more:

The WISGOP spent all hours of the night, stalking the WISDEM members and putting this under their door.  Kind of very creepy if you ask me! 


Whoever is running the WISGOP, seems to have a weird obsession with animal cruelty.  I hope that those close to him keep an eye on him before innocent others are endangered!

Seriously, please let us stop losing to these childish lunatics!


 

          Thursday, September 15, 2005   
 
I've been playing with the Google maps API and GPSBabel. GPSBabel has beta support for my GPS under Linux and after looking at some packet dumps for a while, I managed to work out how it my GPS split tracks for each run and submitted a crappy 2 line patch. After a little scripting, I can now download runs and upload them to my site automatically. Checkout Mikey GPS runs.
 

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          New York City Mayor Signs Several Laws Concerning Building Codes, PCBs and Bike Racks   
By J. Cullen Howe On December 27, 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law three bills that enacted recommendations of the New York City Green Codes Task Force. The bills are aimed at carrying out long-term municipal plans to reduce carbon emissions, improve air and water quality, and limit waste. The first bill (Intro. No. 576-A) seeks to improve protection of water and sewer systems by requiring construction sites to collect concrete washout water for proper disposal. The second bill (Intro. No. 578-A) requires that new asphalt used in the city have a minimum of 30 percent recycled content. According to the city, this requirement will save about $2.3 million per year by reducing dumping fees and avoiding costs of new asphalt and will keep more than 66,000 tons of asphalt out of landfills. The third bill (Intro. No. 592-A), requires all new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units installed within the city to have filters that can keep out particles of 2.5 microns or more. According to the city, the bill is aimed at keeping soot from trucks and buses from entering indoor home and work environments, where people spend an estimated 90 percent of their time. In addition, the Mayor signed two bills that address a long-running controversy over levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from fluorescent light ballasts, caulk, and other common construction materials in the city's school system. In January 2010, the City entered into an agreement with EPA to undertake a pilot study to develop a citywide approach to PCBs in schools. In February 2011, it announced a $708 million comprehensive energy efficiency plan to remove and replace lighting ballasts, reducing possible PCB exposure in schools and cutting annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 200,000 metric tons. The two bills codify many New York City Department of Education practices and protocols for notifying parents and communities about PCBs and lighting fixture replacements. The first bill (Intro. No. 563-A) requires the Department to notify school community members of PCB testing results and the status of the city's comprehensive replacement plan. The second bill(Intro. No. 566-A) requires progress updates to the New York City Council and the public. Finally, the Mayor also signed a bill (Intro. No. 720-A) to add flexibility to regulations for bicycle storage in parking garages. The bill amends a 2009 law (Local Law 51) setting aside bicycle parking spaces based on a garage's vehicle capacity.
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          Game of Thrones - Episode 4 - "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things"   
In these writeups I'm not recapping or reviewing the episode as much as offering my impressions as a big fan of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. With that in mind, these discussions will include spoilers aplenty for all published A Song of Ice and Fire books.

Click through to read my thoughts on "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things."

I think at this point my biggest complaint about the show is having to wait a week between episodes. I don't know about you, but every week when the credits roll I think that there is no way that an hour could have passed. A lot is packed into each episode, and I look forward to the time when I can watch the season on DVD and see the episodes back-to-back.

Because I love to nitpick, I did think some of the scene changes, especially towards the beginning of the episode, seemed abrupt. Almost like they were just covering the bare minimum, and jumping to the next thing, focusing so much on plot that the scenes didn't have a chance to show any real character moments - but towards the middle of the episode it slowed down and we had great scenes with Jon and Sam at the Wall, with Ned and Cersei, and a scene I especially liked with Jaime and Jory Cassel (and doesn't that scene make our foreknowledge of what happens to Jory so much worse?).

This week I enjoyed Jon's arc most of all. I didn't dislike the actor portraying Jon before this episode, but I hadn't made up my mind about him either. After seeing the scene with Jon holding off the other boys from attacking Sam, his icy cold stare at Rast, and his conversation with Sam at the top of the Wall, I decided that I'm on board with this depiction of Jon Snow. All very well done. And I liked Sam too, he's already shown much more humor than he ever has in the book, and I enjoy that.

And now some shorter thoughts, in easy to read bullet-point format:
  • Everyone worryied about Bran's depiction so far should have their fears allayed, as we finally see his dream of the three eyed crow.
  • Direwolves! We got to see Ghost, Summer, and Grey Wind, and I hope this is a sign we will see more of the beasts. I was a little disappointed we didn't get to see Summer, Grey Wind, and Shaggydog attack Tyrion in the audience chamber, but I understand the decision to cut it. And speaking of Shaggydog, have we seen him or Rickon since the first episode?
  • Ghost growling? I guess I'm okay with it. It's such a cool train in the books to know that Ghost is completely mute. He moves silently, and never howls, nor growls, and it's an awesome trait. In the show I don't know if this is necessary (and him growling at Rast was pretty fun).
  • Time for the Greyjoys! After Theon doing nothing but lurking in the background for the first three episodes, we sure got an infodump about the Greyjoy rebellion in this episode. I don't mind the infodups so much when they're done in such an engaging way as the Jaime/Jory conversation.
  • I didn't understand why Littlefinger was the one that told Sansa how the Hound got his scars. When the Hound walked Sansa home from the feast and confided his story to her (and then threatened to kill her), that was really the start of the complicated Sandor/Sansa relationship. I'm hoping this isn't a sign they're dropping the Sansa/Sandor subplot.
  • They're going to show the rest of the tourney next week, right? I have no reason to worry that the entire Hand's tourney was just Gregor killing Ser Hugh?
What did everyone else think?
          [Free] 2017(June) Ensurepass Pass4sure VMware 2V0-731 Actual Tests 51-60   
Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 51 In a multisite environment, vRealize Automation is deployed in Site A and will be provisioning virtual machines through the vCenter server in Site B. Which action would improve data collection performance?   A. Install DEM Workers toSite B. B. Install Proxy Agent inSite B. C. Install DEM Workers toSite A. D. Install Proxy Agent inSite A.   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 52 A user’s computer is hardwired to the company network. Which authentication method must an administrator use in accordance with the vRealize Automation Access Policy?     A. A secureID code B. A password C. The Adaptive Authentication answers D. Acertificate must be on the computer   Correct Answer: D               QUESTION 53 When creating an XaaS blueprint that includes the workflow to create a custom vSphere virtual machine, which field does an administrator add to present descriptive text to the consumer of the resource?   A. TheInteger fieldelement from theNew fieldslist B. TheText fieldelement from theNew fields list C. TheTextelement from theFormlist D. TheLabel headerelement fromtheFormlist   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 54 What is requirement for successfully using a reservation policy in a blueprint when provisioning machines?   A. The reservation policy is assigned to the blueprint author. B. The reservation policy is assigned to a reservation. C. The reservation policy is assigned to a fabric group. D. The reservation policy is assigned tothe tenant.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 55 What is required before an XaaS blueprint can add a user to Active Directory?   A. The Active Directory domain has been added to the VMware Identity Manager. B. A vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for Active Directory as an endpoint. C. A custom property that links the blueprint to Active Directory. D. The tenant administrator has added the Active Directory domain to the list of Directories.   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 56 How does a reservation with a priority of 1 impact the environment?   A. The business group assigned this reservation will have preferred access to the compute resources over other business groups with a priority greater than 1. B. If a business group has multiple reservations, other reservations will be chosen over this reservation for business groups with a priority greater than 1. C. The business group assigned this reservation will have less than preferred access to the computeresources compared to other business groups with a priority greater than 1. D. If a business group has multiple reservations, this reservation will be chosen over all other reservations for business groups with a priority greater than 1.   Correct Answer: A         QUESTION 57 The vRealize Orchestrator workflow for a non-blocking vRealize Automation Event Broker event fails. What is the expected behavior of the vRA request generating this event?   A. The vRA request will fail.... Read More
          [Free] 2017(June) Ensurepass Pass4sure VMware 2V0-731 Actual Tests 41-50   
Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 41 Which are two accepted uses for vRealize Orchestrator workflows? (Choose two.)   A. Add a vRealize Automation Azure Endpoint. B. Automate vRealize Automation using REST C. Day 2 Operations in vRealize Automation D. Automate vRealize Automation using RabbitMQ   Correct Answer: AB     QUESTION 42< /font> Which three scenarios are available for the IaaS database installation in a distributed vRealize Automation environment? (Choose three.)   A. Prepare an empty database and use theinstaller to populate the database schema. B. Prepare an empty database and download the database schema from the appliance. C. Create scripts for the installation wizard to use in creating the database. D. Use the installation wizard to create the database. E. Create the database using the provided database scripts.   Correct Answer: ADE     QUESTION 43 Why would a virtual machine with an expired lease remain in the vRealize Automation inventory?   A. The resource reservation has an archival period configured. B. The user is missing theDelete Resource Contentaction in the entitlement. C. Thevirtual machine has a reclamation action against it. D. The virtual machine blueprint has an archival period configured.   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 44 A new catalog item was added to an existing service named DMZServers, but it is NOT appearing in the catalog. All of the other items in the service appear correctly. Which of the following would explain this behavior?   A. The entitlement needs to be reactivated. B. The catalog item still requires actions to be associated. C. The catalog items were assigned to the entitlement individually. D. There is an approval policy on the entitlement.   Correct Answer: D QUESTION 45 Which option would explain why expected compute resources are unlisted while creating a fabric group?   A. The endpoint containing the compute resources is enabled for data collection. B. The compute resources have been reserved to a business group. C. The endpoint containing the compute resources is NOT configured. D. The compute resources have already been assigned to another fabric group.   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 46 What role must an administrator use when adding a third party Identity Provider to vRealize Automation?   A. System Administrator B. Business Group Administrator C. IaaS Administrator D. Tenant Administrator   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 47 What construct is used to organize the catalog into discrete categories?   A. Blueprints B. Entitlements C. Services D. Resources   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 48 What is required before an XaaS blueprint can provision a vSphere virtual machine?   A. A vRealizeAutomation endpoint for vSphere B. A vRealize Automation Plug-In for vRealize Orchestrator C. A vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In for vCenter Server as an endpoint D. A vRealize Orchestrator reservation for vSphere   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 49 Which approval level deploys a resource but withholds access until approval is... Read More
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Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 31 Which two areas of the vRealize Automation User Interface could a Fabric Administrator examine to determine current consumption of compute and storage resources? (Choose two.)   A. Infrastructure > Compute Resources B. Infrastructure > Reservation Policies C. Home D. Administration > Business Groups   Correct Answer: AD     QUESTION 32 Which option applies to the machine prefix for a multi-machine vRealize Automation blueprint?   A. All machines must use theUse group defaultoption for the machine prefix. B. The machine prefix can be defined as a blueprint property for all machines. C. The machine prefix can be defined as a dictionary customproperty and assigned at the blueprint property level for all machines. D. The machine prefix can be different for each machine.   Correct Answer: A           QUESTION 33 While attempting to create a nested blueprint, a software architect is unable to locate the child blueprint under Blueprints in the Design Canvas. What would be a possible reason for this?   A. The child blueprint is NOT entitled. B. The child blueprint is created as a private blueprint. C. The child blueprint is unpublished. D. The child blueprint is NOT marked as a component.   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 34 What is the vRealise Orchestrator Plug-In installer file extension?   A. .vro B. .exe C. .dat D. .vmoapp   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 35 The errors shown appeared in the logs immediately after a change to a service account password. Which option is most likely to resolve the issue?     A. In vRealize Automation, adjust the credentials underInfrastructure > Endpoints > Credentials. B. Delete and recreate the vSphere endpoint in vRealize Automation underInfrastructure > Endpoints>Endpoints. C. Reinstall the vSphere Proxy Agent. D. Log into the vSpere Web Client and remap the account.   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 36 In the vRealize Orchestrator client, where can an administrator view the workflow and repair validation errors?   A. Runtab in workflow editor B. Validationtab in workflow editor C. Workflowtab in workflow editor D. Schematab in workflow editor   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 37 Which two vRealize Automation roles can request and manage Items on behalf of another user? (Choose two.)   A. Catalog Administrator B. Tenant Administrator C. Business Group Manager D. Support User   Correct Answer: BD     QUESTION 38 What is one reason why a resource mapping would need to be created?   A. To map a vRealize Orchestrator inventory type to a custom machine type B. To map an XaaS blueprint to a resourceaction C. To map a vRealize Automation catalog resource type to a resource action D. To map a vRealize Automation catalog resource type to a vRealize Orchestrator inventory type   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 39 What are two reasons to create a new Business Group under... Read More
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Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 21 Which two items are required for an administrator to successfully create a vSphere reservation? (Choose two.)   A. A reservation policy B. A business group C. A compute resource D. A network profile   Correct Answer: AD     QUESTION 22 A business group has been assigned a 10 TB storage reservation. Which option best describes the effect on virtual machines provisioned from this business group?   A. 10 TB of storage has been pre-allocated for each virtual machine in the business group. B. The virtual machines will be provisioned up to 10 TB total for the group, provided there is free storage capacity. C. 10 TB of storage has been pre-allocated for thevirtual machines in the business group to share. D. Virtual machines provisioned from other business groups will NOT be able use the 10 TB in this reservation.   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 23 Which two requirements allow vRealize Automation to integrate with vCloud Air via web proxy? (Choose two.)   A. DEMWorker is configured for internet access via the proxy. B. vCloud Air endpoint has been configured to use the DEM worker set as the proxy. C. vCloud Air endpoint has been configured to use the proxy server hostname. D. vCloud Air proxy agent is configuredfor internet access.   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 24 An Infrastructure Architect in vRealize Automation has created a new blueprint and would like to share it with other users. Which two other roles would this user need to satisfy this requirement? (Choose two.)   A. Catalog Administrator B. Business Group Manager C. Approval Administrator D. Fabric Administrator   Correct Answer: AD   QUESTION 25 The vRealize Orchestrator Server Configuration for XaaS activity needs to be pointed to an external server for all current and future tenants. The default server configuration is currently in use. Which two options accomplish this task? (Choose two.)   A. Log into the default tenant as a system administrator. B. Configure the external vRO connection under theInfrastructuretab. C. Log into the default tenant as a tenant administrator. D. Configure the external vRO connection under theAdministrationtab.   Correct Answer: AD     QUESTION 26 Which vRealize Automation role has permissions to create Custom Groups?   A. Fabric Administrator B. Business Group Manager C. Tenant Administrator D. Catalog Administrator   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 27 What is one of the steps that must be taken before the Business Management tab will appear in the vRealize Automation UI?   A. Update the reference database via a link in the Administration tab of vRA. B. Update the reference database by executing a one-time script in the shell. C. Install additional components on the IaaS server. D. Deploy and configure another virtual appliance.   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 28 Which two statements are correct regarding vRealize Automation nested blueprints? (Choose two.)... Read More
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Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 11 What specific action must an administrator take before deleting an approval policy?   A. Deprecate the policy B. Unpublish the policy C. Deactivate the policy D. Decomission the policy   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 12 A user is able to remove virtual machines from their Items tab but the user is unable to remove an entire deployment. What would explain this behavior?   A. The user has had theirentitlement to the deployment removed. B. The user is missing theDestroy Deploymentaction on their entitlement. C. The lease to the deployment has expired. D. The user is missing theDestroy Deploymentaction on their service.   Correct Answer: B       QUESTION 13 What is a custom resource?   A. Custom resources are new provisioned items that attach to a service. B. Custom resources configure post-provisioning operations that users can perform on provisioned items. C. Custom resources are a type of provisioned item mapped to an existing vRealize Orchestrator object type. D. Custom resources configure the properties of blueprints using VMware vSphere endpoints.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 14 This error is generated when attempting to import a certificate into a vRealize Automation appliance:   Certificate for <vra.vclass.local> doesn’t match common name of the certificate subject: 192.168.5.112   Which option is a possible cause?   A. The fully qualified domain namevra.vclass.local doesn’t resolve to 192.168.5.112. B. The IP address of the appliance has been changed to 192.168.5.112. C. The certificate was issued for the IP address instead of the hostname. D. A PTR record for 192.168.5.112 is missing in DNS.   Correct Answer: C     QUESTIO N 15 What are the two possible metric sources for compute resource statistics in vRealize Automation Reclamation > Tenant Machines? (Choose two.)   A. vRealize Operations B. VMtools agent C. vRealize Automation agent D. vCenter   Correct Answer: AC     QUESTION 16 A vRealize Automation Tenant Administrator has identified a virtual machine with low resource utilization. The owner has been given 5 days to respond to the reclamation request. The blueprint used to build the virtual machine has an archive period of 10 days and there are 21 days left in the original machine lease. If the owner responds today confirming the virtual machine is no longer needed, ho w many days will elapse before the virtual machine is destroyed?   A. 10 days B. 31 days C. 21 days D. Today Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 17 vRealize Operations needs to be configured to point to an external vRealize Orchestrator server that has been configured to use default ports. Which port would be used for this configuration?   A. 8080 B. 9443 C. 8281 D. 8283   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 18 Which vRealize Automation role is required to create Endpoints?   A. IaaS Administrator B. Fabric Administrator C. TenantAdministrator D. System Administrator... Read More
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Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 2V0-731 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/2V0-731.html VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation QUESTION 1 Which two components are delivered by a load-balanced vRealize Automation virtual appliance? (Choose two.)   A. Proxy Agent B. DEM Worker C. Identity Manager D. vRealize Orchestrator   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 2 What is the correct method for adjusting an existing approval policy that is assigned?   A. Edit the existing policy and update the policy version number. B. Copy the policy, edit the copy, and assign the new copy of the policy. C. Create a new policy, delete the old policy, then assign the new policy. D. Export the policy, edit in an XML editor, and import the policy.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 3 Which vCloud Air authorization level is required to add vCloud Air as an Endpoint in vRealize Automation?   A. VPC User B. End User Role C. Read-only Administrator D. Virtual Infrastructure Administrator   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 4 Which two IIS authentication settings must be enabled on the vRealize Automation IaaS web server? (Choose two.)   A. Negotiate Provider B. Windows Authentication Kernel Mode C. Windows Authentication Extended Protection D. Anonymous Authentication   Correct Answer: AB     QUESTION 5 What are two prerequisites when integrating vRealize Automation with NSX? (Choose two.)   A. A vCloud Air endpoint has been created. B. A vRealize Orchestrator endpoint has been created. C. A vSphere endpoint with network and security has been created. D. An NSX endpoint has been created.   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 6 Entitlements are specific to which vRealize Automation containers?   A. Fabric Groups B. Business Groups C. Endpoints D. Tenants   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 7 What is one reason snapshots would NOT be available in the Clone from snapshot window when using the Linked Clone build Action?   A. The source virtual machine should be a virtual machine template. B. The source virtual machine has multiple snapshots. C. Data collection must be run for the vSphere Endpoint to retrieve the snapshot information. D. Data collection must be run for the Compute Resource to retrieve the snapshot information.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 8 Where are vRealize Automation property dictionary items defined?   A. TheCustom Propertytab B. TheDesigntab C. TheInfrastructuretab D. TheAdministrationtab   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 9 A user receives a submission page with a red exclamation when attempting to submit a request. Which option best explains this behavior?   A. The approver has NOT approved the request. B. The user exceeded the allowable resources for that request. C. Actions have NOT been assigned to that item. D. The user is NOT entitled to that resource.   Correct Answer: B         QUESTION 10 Which option would explain why an error message is displayed when the vRealize Automation Software architect attempts to add the Load Init Data software component?  ... Read More
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Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 1V0-621 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/1V0-621.html VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam QUESTION 31 Which two features of vSphere helps organizations plan for disaster recovery? (Choose two)   A. High Availability B. vSphere Replication C. Fault Tolerance D. Data Protection   Correct Answer: AB   QUESTION 32 Which tab in the vSphere Web Client allows you to view the state of CPU and memory components for an ESXi Host?   A. Hardware Status B. Configuration Status C. Cluster Status D. Resource Allocation Status   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 33 What should be done if an administrator wants to use Storage DRS, but prevent it from performing balancing functions automatically?   A. Use manual mode in Storage DRS B. Use Storage vMotion C. Use automatic mode in Storage DRS D. Disable Storage DRS   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 34 Which VMware product delivers intelligent operations management with application-to- storage visibility across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures?   A. vRealize Operations Manager B. Site Recovery Manager C. vRealize Automation D. VMware NSX   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 35 An administrator works in a bank that has a highly regulated, secure environment. As the number of business clients increases, the administrator is finding it difficult to monitor the environment and trend resource utilization. Which VMware product can help to provide a solution?   A. AirWatch B. Virtual SAN C. vCenter Hypervisor D. vRealize Operations Manager   Correct Answer: C             QUESTION 36 Which process could be used to increase compute resources to a virtual machine (VM) without first powering down?   A. Increase the CPU Share value on the VM. B. Move the VM into a Resource Poolwith a larger CPU resource allocation. C. vMotion the VM to an ESXi host with greater CPU capacity. D. Add a vCPU to the VM using CPU hot add   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 37 What are two available methods for updating VMware Tools on a virtual machine? (Choose two.)   A. Configure virtual machines to check for and install newer versions of VMware Tools B. Downloading the newest version of VmwareTools exe from vmware.com C. Attaching VMware Tools ISO to the VM and manually updating. D. Copy the updated files to C:\Documents and Settings\AII UserslApplication Data\VMware\ VMware ToolsV   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 38 In what two ways can vSphere Replication minimize network bandwidth consumption while replicating and storing virtual machines?   A. it can use pre-shipped VMDK files as seeds B. It limits CPU cycles used during data transfer. C. it can use dedicated network resources for replication. D. It stores the replicated data in compressed format   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 39 Which two statements describe the features of a cluster managed by vCenter Server? (Choose two.)   A. A Cluster is a package of multiple interoperating virtual machines that can be distributed in OVF format.... Read More
          [Free] 2017(June) Ensurepass Pass4sure VMware 1V0-621 Actual Tests 41-50   
Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 1V0-621 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/1V0-621.html VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam QUESTION 41 Which of these products is a cloud management platform that is purpose-built for heterogeneous data centers and the hybrid cloud?   A. vCloudAir B. vCloudDirector C. vRealize Automation D. VMware Integrated OpenStack   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 42 What are two mam components of a vSphere virtual network? (Choose two.)   A. Logical Router B. Distributed Virtual Switch C. Virtual Network Interface D. Distributed Firewall   Correct Answer: BC     QUESTION 43 An administrator needs to increase the amount of startup delay there so that they can edit the BIOS of the virtual machine. Which option tab will allow them to configure the setting? &nbsp ; A. Boot Options B. VM Options C. Virtual Hardware D. Power Management   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 44 Which two are valid descriptions of how Storage DRS is used in a vSphere implementation? (Choose two.)   A. It reclaims overprovisioned capacity to increase resource utilization. B. It keeps workloads on storage devices more evenly balanced C. it monitors the storage habits of virtual machines. D. it allows you to set shares on VMFS datastores to manage congestion   Correct Answer: AC     QUESTION 45 Which two resources are the most impacted in the infrastructure sprawl experienced in non-virtualized data centers? (Choose two.)   A. Power B. storage C. Compute D. Network   Correct Answer: BD     QUESTION 46 What are two benefits that virtual machines provide over physical machines? (Choose two.)   A. VMs with different operating systems can run on the same physical machine. B. VMs can be isolated from one another on the same network switch. C. VMs can access large Storage Area Networks (SANs). D. VMs can be isolated from one another even on the same physical machine.   Correct Answer: AD     QUESTION 47 What are two advantages of implementing Data Center Virtualization? (Choose two.)   A. Unified resource management B. Automated provisioning C. Automated Disaster Recovery D. Unified application management   Correct Answer: AB     QUESTION 48 Which two are challenges that could be resolved by implementing data center visualization? (Choose two.)   A. The IT department allocates 60% of its budget to maintain server infrastructure. B. An organization’s physical server infrastructure averages 30% utilization C. The IT department is reporting increased security threats at the server level. D. An organization’s physical server infrastructure is approaching 90% utilization.   Correct Answer: AD       QUESTION 49 An administrator needs to gracefully reboot a virtual machine that has VMware Tools installed. What available power state control will allow the administrator to perform the action?   A. Restart Guest B. Shut Down Guest C. Suspend D. Reset   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 50 Which two represent challenges that could be met by Data Center Virtualization? (Choose two.)   A. An organization is reporting that it... Read More
          [Free] 2017(June) Ensurepass Pass4sure VMware 1V0-621 Actual Tests 21-30   
Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 1V0-621 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/1V0-621.html VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam QUESTION 21 Which two are examples of information that would be displayed in the Activity pane fo the vSphere Web Client? (Choose two.)   A. The memory utilization of an ESXi host. B. The state of a vMotion for a virtual machine. C. A triggered alarm for an ESXi host. D. The current Fault Tolerance Status of a virtual machine.   Correct Answer: AC     QUESTION 22 What are two capabilities of Network I/O Control? (Choose two.)   A. it sets network reservations for physical traffic entering vSphere Distributed Switches. B. it enforces a network bandwidth limit on vSphere Distributed Switches C. it maintains the network runtime state for virtual machines D. it performs load-based teaming for workloads on teamed vNICs.   Correct Answer: BD     QUESTION 23 Which two features are reasons for administrators to utilize VMware vCenter Server in virtualized environments? (Choose two.)   A. vCenter Server is the only means to access a ESXi host. B. vCenter Server provides drivers to interface with third-party devices. C. vCenter Server enables administrators to pool and manage the resources of multiple hosts. D. vCenter Server acts as a single point of management for VMware ESXi hosts connected in a network.   Correct Answer: AD     QUESTION 24 An organization with 3 separate datacenters is looking to standardize their virtual templates. What vSphere feature will allow them to centrally manage the distribution of the VM templates to all 3 datacenters?   A. Storage DRS B. vMotion C. Long Distance vMotion D. Content Library   Correct Answer: D     QUESTION 25 When virtualizing storage using Virtual Volumes, what is the primary unit of storage management?   A. An NFS Datastore B. AVMFS Datastore C. A virtual disk D. A virtual machine   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 26 Which two statements are true about Virtual SAN Datastores? (Choose two.)   A. Can be configured on the fly B. Requires formatting with a file system during configuration. C. Exposes a set of data services accessible to the virtual machines. D. Requires a compatible HBAin the host   Correct Answer: BD     QUESTION 27 By default, how many days does vSphere keep information about tasks and events?   A. 60 B. 14 C. 30 D. 7   Correct Answer: C     QUESTION 28 How does vSphere HA assist an administrator in the event of a host failure?   A. It uses vMotion to move affected virtual machines to a different working host. B. It uses snapshots of virtual machines. C. It creates virtual machines backups. D. It restarts affected virtual machines on another working host.   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 29 How does vSphere Fault Tolerance provide continuous availability in case of an ESXi host failure?   A. By creating and maintaining a secondary virtual machine that is identical to the primary machine... Read More
          [Free] 2017(June) Ensurepass Pass4sure VMware 1V0-621 Actual Tests 11-20   
Ensurepass2017 June VMware Official New Released 1V0-621 Q&As100% Free Download! 100% Pass Guaranteed!http://www.ensurepass.com/1V0-621.html VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam QUESTION 11 An operator is searching for all virtual machines with the text SQL in the name and a Guest OS type of Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition R2 Which is the minimum search type that can be used to meet this requirement, and what results will be supplied?   A. ASimple Search, which will show all results. B. AnAdvanced Search, which will show only results that the operator has permissions to view. C. AnAdvanced Search, which will show all results. D. ASimple Search, which will show only results that the operator has permissions to view.   Correct Answer: B     QUESTION 12 An organization is looking to lower their IT costs associated with infrastructure management. They have implemented vSphere and NSX and are now looking to consolidate their storage architecture and tools so that all infrastructure resources can be managed from a single pane-of-glass. Which tool will allow them to achieve the desired goal?   A. Virtual SAN B. Storage Policies C. Storage DRS D. Virtual Volumes   Correct Answer: A     QUESTION 13 What is Fault Tolerance logging?   A. The act of logging a failure in the primary virtual machine and transferring to the secondary virtual machine in an FT pair B. The act of logging errors in data transfers between primary and secondary virtual machines in an FT pair. C. The act of logging runtime state changes made to the virtual machines in an FT pair. D. The act of transmitting runtime state information to the virtual machines in an FT pair.   Correct Answer: A   QUESTION 14 Which two are managed storage objects that can be administered through the Storage inventory hierarchy in the vSphere Web Client? (Choose two)   A. Virtual Volumes B. Virtual disks C. Datastores D. Datastore Clusters   Correct Answer: CD     QUESTION 15 Which three chart styles are available when viewing performance metrics in the vSphere web client? (Choose three.)   A. Bar chat B. Scatter chat C. Line chat D. Pie chat E. Histogram chat   Correct Answer: ACD     QUESTION 16 Which two options are possible with Data Center Virtualization? (Choose two.)   A. Virtual machines can be live migrated in the event of unplanned downtime. B. Virtual machines can access the same hardware. C. Virtual machines can run independently of underlying hardware. D. Virtual machines can share host resources without possibility of contention.   Correct Answer: BD     QUESTION 17 What are three benefits of Data Center Visualization? (Choose three.)   A. adds unlimited network bandwidth B. has high application availability C. increases efficiency D. automates application discovery E. reduces capital and operating costs   Correct Answer: CE     QUESTION 18 Which VMware product can virtualize user desktops so that the desktops reside as virtual machines in the data center?   A. VMware Mirage B. VMware vRealize Log... Read More
          R3 - Dare 5, Blew it - but get it   

Day 5 - Off to a good start with round 3, wife accepted dare 3 gift but then daughter's BDay came on Dare 5.  Not a good day, I was sad and angry at my wife for what she was doing.   I mean how could she do this to our little girl, our family, isn't it worth a little effort after 15 years.  Needless to say after her rejecting a starbucks I bought (and I was looking for a fight when I gave it to her) I lost it and threw the empty cup at her (dumped the coffee down the drain first).  You would have thought I learned something after round 1 and 2, (I mean come on "stupid" in 15 years I've never thrown anything at my wife, I can count on  one hand the number of heated arguments we have had, patience, kindness, slow to anger - this is the women you love, where the heck did that come from) ughh.....

 But after this incident and a talk after her reply to 3 things that irritate was "everything" I finally let go.  And when you experience that moment it changes you.  Before I was just saying I trust god and put him first, now I know I need him.  And need means want and that means following his teachings and becoming the best version of myself that I can be for him, for my family.

 Read Sean's Journal "We are not God". (Thanks Sean, Stephen, Jeremy and all the others who continue to guide on this Journey).   This makes so much sense to me (now).  I realized I could not change my past early on this journey, then I realized I could not "fix/control" my wife (took a little longer but finally got that), then finally after this dare I realized I am powerless to cope with my hurts/hang-ups, and habits (and I really need God).  It was like pretending/working to be Mr. Nice guy vs. now really having it in your heart.

 

So I know with God first the only outcome to this trial will be for the better no matter how it ends.  (See Romans 5:3, James 1:2-4, Peter 1:6-7).

 

 Note - The next morning my wife and I laughed together for the first time in at least 3 months.


          BOTNS #359: Cornucopia Redux   
A statement of disclosure; a cornucopia of links, and two books that we don't want you to forget about.   We received a comment asking us to let listeners know when we talk about a book if we've gotten it for free, and to mention when it is discounted. Much of what we read is for work, usually before the book is available to the public. Other times, books are sent to us by publicists who hope that we will cover the book on the podcast. When we accept books from publicists, we are careful to let them know that we may not talk about it. Though we do purchase many books ourselves, for the purposes of this blog and podcast, it is easiest to assume that we have received the books for free. At no time does the cost (or lack of cost) of a book determine if we talk about it on the podcast. We only talk about books that we recommend, and our recommendations are not determined by the price that we pay. We also don't mention specific retailers or sales when recommending books. We encourage you to buy books from your preferred source. When we mention a price, we mention the publisher's suggested retail price. Many booksellers, both online and bricks and mortar, discount some selection of books, be it bestsellers, books sold at an author event, staff picks, etc. The books discounted vary widely between retailers. It's easier for us to just mention the retail price of the book, and let our listeners buy the book where they choose."   Audiobook of the week (07:47)     Dumplin', written by Julie Murphy and narrated by Eileen Stevens, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 60,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   Cornucopia Redux (11:30) In what appears to be an annual tradition, today's episode is a mishmash of topics: things that we found interesting but that don't warrant an entire show. We hope you enjoy! Thanks to Hypertext Magazine for interviewing us! If you haven't yet explored Hypertext, please do -- it's a great online magazine featuring fiction, essays, and articles. Margaret Atwood has lent her name to a line of Certified Bird-Friendly coffee that is available at Balzac Coffee in Canada. This topic is raised in Atwood's novel The Year of the Flood, and I love the real-life way to help the cause. After the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris, Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast has seen a resurgence in sales. Many think that the book represents the best of the French way of life and is a way to celebrate freedom and not let the terrorists win. The New Yorker has announced that it will periodically feature novellas on its online site, chosen by Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman. The first one, In Hindsight by Callan Wink, is up this week alongside an interview with the author. Some of our favorite novellas are those in Melville House's "The Art of the Novella" series, On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending, and the forthcoming novella from Graham Swift, Mothering Sunday (which will be published in the US in April 2016). We liked this Time Magazine article on the history of Young Adult as its own category. Did you know that the category developed through the efforts of librarians? A listener emailed us this article from Inside Higher Ed: "Station Eleven and an Idea for a Cross-Disciplinary Course on Collapse," by Joshua Kim. It's a fascinating discussion (continued in the comments) about using literature to explore the resilience of the human spirit in the face of societal collapse. Michael is reading a novel in this category called The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (coming in July 2016) that would fit i...
          Full No-Intro Sets Added   
So we have a pretty nice update for you today. I've just added a huge amount of No-Intro sets to our Complete ROM Sets section. No-Intro takes this name from their initial mission of removing introductions added to GBA rom dumps by certain release groups. However, they later changed their goal to curate the best rom image for each game and thus have the closest possible archive for every single game they could get their hands on. If you're looking for a clean, almost 1:1 set for a console, No-Intro is definitely the way to go. These sets do not include bad dumps, overdumps, hacks, or any other types of images. Here's what has been added today:

Atari - 5200
Atari - 7800
Atari - Jaguar
Atari - Lynx
Atari - ST
Bandai - WonderSwan Color
Bandai - WonderSwan
Casio - Loopy
Casio - PV-1000
Coleco - ColecoVision
Commodore - 64 (PP)
Commodore - 64 (Tapes)
Commodore - 64
Commodore - Amiga
Commodore - Plus-4
Commodore - VIC-20
Emerson - Arcadia 2001
Entex - Adventure Vision
Epoch - Super Cassette Vision
Fairchild - Channel F
Funtech - Super Acan
GamePark - GP32
GCE - Vectrex
Hartung - Game Master
Leapfrog - Leapster Learning Game System
Magnavox - Odyssey2
Microsoft - MSX 2
Microsoft - MSX
NEC - PC Engine - TurboGrafx 16
NEC - Super Grafx
Nintendo - Famicom Disk System
Nintendo - Game Boy Advance (e-