|You Are Shadowcat|
You are well trained in martial arts, a bit of a computer geek, and can totally kick butt.
The Relationship Analyst by Top Synergy lets you test your compatibility with tons of famous people. Since there were practically no hotties I appreciate (except maybe Ewan McGregor or Johnny Depp... purely for their acting abilities, mind you!) I decided to check out quirky combos instead. At first, I was really tempted to look up myself and Padre Pio, but - since there's already a lot we can agree on - in the end I chose me and Gandhi.
- Another surprise! Apparently Gandhi wouldn't make a great employee for me... (Must be that non-violent non-cooperation thing.)
- All in all, while longterm friendship and romance could be in our future, the report recommends that maybe we should just be penpals.
The entire right quadrant of my bedroom by my bedside reading table had become a solid mass of paper. Memos, recipes, health articles, mailings, magazines - still unopened, books, etc. etc. I've been trying to scramble up the face of it all day... (The sherpas spooked midway and turned back without me.)
Excavations have been difficult... complicated by dense strata of detritus. Through hard work, several trash bags, and - not to mention - the force of will (such as it is) not to read every single little thing that I've managed to collect thus far before I throw it out, I believe however that I may have finally reached the level of the late Pleistocene period!
Flotsam and jetsam from my life, as from so many past civilizations. Meaningless now... like linear A.
But the excavations have nevertheless yielded the rare valuable (or funny, or both) artifact. About halfway down the midden, for example, I found the following, and couldn't help but laugh. How appropriate, and yet, how so clearly utterly futile... Enjoy!
"Terry sez, Contemporary swing dancers sometimes dance 20's Charleston and Balboa to hip hop. Those styles also go great with bhangra. If you're interested in swing dance footage, there's over 30GB of vintage and contemporary swing dancing clips at dans.poy.no."
|Your Linguistic Profile::|
|60% General American English|
|0% Upper Midwestern|
LiveScience.com - Why We Lie: "Many animals engage in deception, or deliberately misleading another, but only humans are wired to deceive both themselves and others, researchers say. People are so engaged in managing how others perceive them that they are often unable to separate truth from fiction in their own minds..." (more)
Seed: Monkeys and Humans Are Both Irrational: "A group of Yale researchers studying the origin of irrational decision-making found that choosing impractically isn't a behavior exhibited only by humans. Our evolutionary cousins, capuchin monkeys, exhibit the same tendency with respect to loss aversion, or the tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses rather than acquiring gains..." (more)
No real tourist attractions to see... just stacked lobster traps, piled up lobster buoys, and scattered lobster boats. But it's the prettiest scenery I've seen in this state, and since there's no shortage of that here - trust me - that's really saying something!
Turns out that Harriet Beecher Stowe, of Uncle Tom's Cabin fame, wrote The Pearl of Orr's Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine in 1862, apparently one of the earliest examples of Maine "local color" fiction. According to the Orr's Island Campground official site,
"Orr's Island is named for two brothers--Joseph and Clement Orr--who came from Ireland... Joseph Orr built his homestead in 1756 on the land that is now occupied by Orr's Island Campground. The home is said to be the oldest on the island. His home, which still stands, was made famous in a book... by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Mrs. Stowe visited the area while her husband was a professor at Bowdoin College in nearby Brunswick, Maine. She created a tale of the islands using fictional characters living in real homes."
In addition, the islands also feature an important architectural landmark! Built in 1927-28, the Cribstone Bridge between Orr's and Bailey Islands features a "cob pile" form of construction and - as the tablet at the bridge claims - "this 1,150 foot bridge is an exceptional engineering solution to meet unusual conditions and is the only one of its type in the world. Open split Maine granite cribwork permits free flow of swift tidal currents, boat traffic, withstands saltwater exposure and ice floes." What's more, the bridge is composed of thousands of tons of 12-foot granite slabs, held together by the sheer force of gravity! It is rightfully counted in the National Registry of Historic Places, as an official National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and is even featured in Structurae, an international database of significant structures, a testament to Mainers' classic and seemingly paradoxical "intricate simplicity"!
It's such a lovely drive that we'll likely wind up returning a couple more times to "Land's End" on Bailey Island whenever the good weather finally manages to take hold. Maybe we'll see you there...
News of the Week- U.S. SCIENCE POLICY: Senate Panel Chair Asks Why NSF Funds Social Sciences
|You Have a Melancholic Temperament|
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.
SimilarMinds.com > Verbal Intelligence Test:
"Sir Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin, first popularized the notion of measurable intelligence in the late 1800s. Charles Spearman later discovered that all mental abilities tend to correlate together when statistically analyzed. He called this G. Modern researchers tend to agree that there are two kinds of intelligence, crystallized intelligence (learned knowledge) and fluid intelligence (abstract processing ability). Verbal tests tend to measure crystallized intelligence more. While fluid intelligence peaks between the ages of 18-21, dropping after that, crystallized intelligence can increase as you get older and does not degrade (usually) until fairly late in life. According to a number of studies, the correlation between vocabulary and general iq is around .8 (a very high correlation).
Congratulations, you obtained a very high score... Your overall percentile is 99% which means you scored higher than 99% of the people who have taken this test..."
From me: "Yikes! I wonder if the oompa loompas pushed her..." Click the following to access the sent link: Baby's Hand Severed at Chocolate Factory - Yahoo! News
From Tom: "It seemed like every family vacation from age 7 to 14 involved a side trip to tour some stay-on-the-yellow-line-or-you'll-get-dismembered factory. The Kellogg's plant, and a Ford plant, somewhere around Detroit, were the most memorable. I remember the Kellogg's plant had these rotating ovens like cement mixers for the corn flakes. Car plants: Very clanky and sparky. Also the Hershey plant in Pensylvania. Breweries in Wisconsin seemed safer, and smelled good. At some level I think I'm still expecting to be impaled on a forklift which then goes out-of-control through a smelter."
You mean something like this? (I don't know if this was honestly intended to be a German safety video with a sense of humor, or if it was just supposed to be funny and never meant at all to be in any way educational... See what you think! As the refering page says, "Starts out slow, but give it time. Knowledge of German not necessary.")
So, while I know about the supposed "mitigating circumstances,"his parking job was so funny that I posted it on the "Bad Parking" photo pool at Flickr anyway!
That's when my good friend threatened to send me the meme on women parking. Yeah, bud... bring it on! ;-)
In the meantime, here's a version of a classic that my best woman friend - who is also a complete bath fiend - sent me long ago about male/female shower habits!
(Even if I am an "anthrophile" feminist at heart, I can't help it... It may be just a bit derogatory, but I find really good gender humor pretty damn funny!!)
Together, they suggest that human beings would prefer less pleasure and/or more pain in the short term, rather than wait for more pleasure and/or less pain at some later point in the future. From the budding field of "neuroeconomics," this "temporal myopia" or fear of "dread" may explain everything from addictive behaviors to poor time management to overdependence on credit. As one article says, "Perhaps over time our minds will evolve to truly appreciate that it is important to seize the day, but not at the expense of tomorrow."
See Inside Dover's Leonardo da Vinci Collection
Oddly enough, though, while I'm a big advocate of "Eats Shoots and Leaves" even in blogs, there's something rather sweet and honest about the lack of punctuation here... See what you think! Enjoy!!
"Lovelines is an exploration of human desire.
Through large scale blog analysis, Lovelines illuminates the topography of the emotional landscape between love and hate, as experienced by countless normal humans keeping personal online journals.
Using a data collection engine created by the artists for their recent collaboration, We Feel Fine, Lovelines examines thousands of blogs every few minutes to find expressions of love and hate, posted by all manner of people. When it can, Lovelines identifies and saves the age, gender, and geographical location of the person who wrote the post, and then presents that information along with the post. The entries range from frivolous to profound, offering a glimpse into the hearts and minds of people blogging about their wants and needs.
Lovelines presents a stark white screen, bounded on the bottom by a slider running from “Love” to “Hate”, with a draggable heart that becomes scratched out to the point of illegibility as the heart approaches “Hate”. As the slider is pulled through Love, Like, Want, Indifference, Dislike, and Hate, words and pictures appear above to represent the chosen state of desire or despair.
Lovelines is structured around three movements: “Words”, “Pictures”, and “Superlatives”. Words and Pictures iteratively present individual examples of human desire, while Superlatives provides a daily zeitgeist of the most loved, wanted, liked, and hated things. Interactive timelines represent the changing magnitude of love and hate over time, and allow navigation into the past.
The artists were invited to make this piece by Oral Fixation Mints, a breath mint company devoted to “making everyday objects beautiful”, of which Jonathan Harris is a co-founder. We realize that the heart of all fixations is the desire to own, possess, and consume. Great desires imitate the physics of giant pendulums: the higher they rise, the deeper they fall. In this sense, love is inextricably tied to hate, desire to despair. Lovelines walks the line between these two extremes, painting pictures of the shifting landscape of desire.
Constructed entirely from found artifacts – words and pictures posted to blogs – Lovelines draws its identity from a world of strangers, brought together by shared degrees of desire.
Ah, summer... when travel beckons!
Can't exactly afford to live it up at the Ritz, but don't want to renounce, say, a freshly-baked birthday cake on your travels? Try making a Wine Box Oven!
I found this webpage years ago (it apparently first appeared on a scouting chat group in 1994), and then it disappeared from the internet some years later. It's back, but I thought I'd now better reproduce it here too, just to be sure to save what seems like a fantastic idea for posterity!!
SPOFFORD'S COLLAPSIBLE WINE-BOX OVEN
The end pieces are the hardest to construct. Visualize that the end pieces will have small folded edges over three sides (about 3/4 inches wide) to attach to the flaps. The forth side will be straight to allow the door to fit flush with that edge. The end piece fits with the folds out toward the edges of the flaps and are connected to the flaps with medium size black paper clips -- one each on the bottom and back and two on the top. The folds will add about 1/4 in to the size making the inside about 11.5 x 11.75 in. Overall size is about 12.25 x 13.25. I try to cut this piece from another box and use a corner fold and a flap fold as two of the edge folds, so that I only have to fold the cardboard on one other side...
I guess it's a small world after all... Or, as the Italians would say, "All the world's a village!"
Where Foodies Love to Eat:
SAM HAYWARD (Co-owner and chef of Fore Street in Portland, Maine)
Venice - "Everywhere my wife and I went in Venice we asked our servers where they eat. They all had the same answer: Al Nuovo Galeon, in the Castello neighborhood. There's a piazza outside, and moms running back and forth with mouthfuls of scampi to watch the kids. They'll bring you a huge platter of seafood with spider crab, shrimp, octopus, squid, sea bass, and a couple other things. It's all glistening and served with mild olive oil. They'll give you a hard time if you order anything complex like risotto. 1308 Via Garibaldi, 011-39/041-520-4656, seafood platter $54. "
The risotto part is not quite true, though... When you order a laborious, expensive seafood risotto, they just want to make sure that more than one person at the table's going to be eating it, so order it for 2 persons or more! And enjoy!!
MooTube is my new favorite site! It's cows. Attached to webcams.
That's right! A CowCam!!
It almost forces you to get Zen, seeing the world from a cow's point of view.
What do you see? Grass. Lots and lots of grass. And the occasional random bit of other cows. Rather relaxing, really...
Try it! You'll see... It's "moo-colic"!!
When I saw the latest Vespa ad campaign today, I got all nostalgic for an old Vespa commercial from the 60s that I once saw repeated on tv in Italy... in which the girls on the back of all the Italian boys' scooters were riding side-saddle. (Like at right... no kidding!) Didn't find it yet, but I did find this video instead!!
At first glance, it seems an amateur version of the great French short, "Rendezvous." But it starts with an opening screen for the "Road Safety Class"...
Is this the famous Road Safety Class taught on the U.S. base there in Naples?? I've heard great stories about it... Like when an earnest young American G.I. asked the Neapolitan instructor about whether it was legal to make a right turn after stopping at a red light, and the napolitano responded, "Why on earth would you stop at a red light?!" The law-abiding Americans were thoroughly scandalized!!
However, everybody knows that everyone runs red lights in Naples, and therefore you should stop on the green! :-)
Fear not about driving in Italy, though... Neapolitans are famous for being far more adventurous (and creative!) in their driving than even the average Italian (about which you can read more, if you're interested, in Driving in Italy - and Loving It...)
Anyway, while this video is no where near as hair-raising as a real ride through Napoli can be... you do at least get a sense of what they consider perfectly viable 2-way streets! Enjoy!!
|You Have A Type A- Personality|
Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want.
You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you.
Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love!
You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds
My favorite scene must have been the getaway by horsedrawn carriage, together with the soldiers who take off in hot pursuit. The authorities could have just bided their time, however... In less than 30 seconds, they would have run into a stepped bridge or short underpassage. (There's not much use for a horsedrawn carriage in an island city without roads!!)
Was there any shred of historical accuracy in the entire film??
From The Presurfer... (ta-daa!!) Venice in Lego!
(Do yourself a favor and turn off the sound though... the site inexplicably clucks.)