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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday 13. As in 13 Thought-provoking things

1."When does HAL learn to program himself to be smarter  in a runaway feedback loop of increasing intelligence?

2.  Who was Srinivasa Ramanujan and why is his math still so crucial?

3. Are there really at least 26 dimensions as Einstein predicted?

4. Why are doorways so short in American homes?

5.  Who decided that studs where only 8 feet long?

6. Are green eyes recessive in California Desert Tortoises?

7. Does Somerset Maugham kill off all his lead characters?

8.How do we signal the Aliens to get their butts back here and save our bacon?

9. Why do people hide and ship tiny amounts of meat , trying to get them through customs?  What's the point?!

10. In my next life,  do I get to be a ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre?

11. Will the Monarch butterflies make it?

12. Is a baseball game shorter or longer if your favorite team is losing?

13. Was this list any fun to read?  I enjoyed writing it.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Whatnot: Please Vote! "Oh, Canada"......

~♥~ Register and also, Remember to VOTE! ~♥~

What this country does has a ripple effect for the entire planet.  A message from our cousins on the Continent, The Canadians.

Please just stand up on those two back legs and VOTE, even if you do expect a landslide victory, so we can see whether we deserve to be known as the World's Leading Democracy (or not), and to see what we, The American People, are really made of!  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunday Stealing.. Angry birds vs Hello Kitty... Whooot!

Cheers to all the Thieves!  Wanna play?  Go HERE for today's meme...

Wish list MEME, Part Two....

26.) Favorite kids name?
I would have rather been called Lily, short for Lillian.

27.) Do you speak any other languages?
Gee, I forget..... heehee

28.) Do you use Twitter?
No, nope, nah and nay....

29.) Do you go onto YouTube?
Heavens, yes, how could we live without our YouTube.  I just wish the gargantua Gorilla+ hadn't bought it.  I'm soooooooooo sick of ads popping up.  It freaks me!  I just paid some anonymous person for sitting on their keester all day, copping songs and using them to earn penny slices.

30.) Do you play Angry Birds?
Nope.  I play Freecell, Unblock Me, and some other dumb thing.  CRS, you know?

31.) Do you like Angry Birds?
See answers to #28.  Same same..

32.) Do you like Hello Kitty?
Yesssssss!!!!  My friend and I love that so much we almost started a contest to find everything on the web about it.  Almost.  It became onerous after a while.  Please refer to the penny slices rant, above.

33.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Doesn't everyone?  I mean maybe not Macho Men but normal people do.  I loved when the new agent did a major fail in "Men in Black 2", and had to be de-"activated".  He cried tears of sadness and then instantly went to tears of happiness. LOL!  Great movie.

34.) Who would you like to see in concert?
I would love to see K.D. Lang in concert.  Or Neil Diamond if he's still in full voice and frisky.

35.) Can you swim well?
Like a porpoise.  And, I think they used to have one of the best slots for a species on the planet.  Unfortunately, there is, well, there is Homo Sapiens, the self proclaimed Grand Master Wizard of Earth.  He ruined it for the other earthlings.  

36.) Ever won a contest?
I don't think I have.  I usually don't enter them anymore.  Otherwise I'd have that Buggati by now.

37. Ever won a giveaway?
Yes, a local radio station was giving away a pair of tickets to a Janis Joplin concert.  Lord, I was ecstatic and I never needed to win another thing.  I can still dance shuffle around in the kitchen over that one.

38.) Do you get a full 8 hours of sleep every night?
Normally, and to the consternation of my mama, I've always slept only 6 straight hours and then it was up and at 'em! But then my thyroid started tanking from stresssssss caused by the Paternal Unit. Now I'd like to sleep for about 10 hours but still can't manage more than about 6 (late life thyroid replacement therapy) unless I'm very ill.  

39.) What tea do you like?
Not the only kind I can drink, that's for sure.  I like the real stuff but drink Earl and Lady Grey, tea that is, and red tea, and green.  All of it de-caf.

40.) What coffee do you like?
I like dark roast and FAIR TRADE.  That last is mucho importante a me.  Wow, I can spell Spanish but the speaking seems to have gotten, er, whiffled.

41.) Do you shop at Walmart?
See answer to #28

42.) Do you shop at Target?
Ooooo marketing!  Ok I'll play...  Yes, I like Target so when I DO go shopping, which is rare, I like to go there.  A lot of the time, when I was out shopping it was with my sister, and we liked to shop at a couple of thrifts and three secondary market sellers.  We also shopped at Target.

43.) What do you order at Second Cup?
I'd have to say nothing, because I don't even know what it is.

45.) Do you like homemade meals?
Yes, I like it better than anything someone else puts on a plate at a restaurant.  Well, there was one amazing chicken salad from a small local chain, now out of business.  *cries, though not tears of joy and gladness*

 46.) Do you like homemade baked goods?
I used to bake all the time.  I can't eat most baked goods anymore, and Mr. Z. told me not to bother just for him, as he'd feel bad about it.  I know I'm twice lucky in this, first because Mr. Z. doesn't care, and also because not being able eat mad, crazy baked stuff saves tons of calories.  But then, there IS still Chocolate... yum!


47.) Do you shop online?
I'm American.  Of course I shop online.  I'm up half the night sometimes, and have a kindle. :o)

48.) Name 3 stores online stores you would like to shop at:
Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani!  Lol!  It would be cool to look at all their "SSSTUFFFF" though, eh?

49.) What holiday don't you like?
I can't think of one that rubs me the wrong way, unless it's one that's now missing because some jerk in Washington decided to cast two past presidents into the same tomb day.  So, by extension, I could say I do NOT LIKE President's Day!  Does that mean that Ronald Reagan, Taft, and all the rest are sitting around a big table in some Tomb of Dead Presidents chatting about what this world is coming to?

50.) What do you eat more of when you're sick?
 Mentally sick, that would be chocolate.  It's a good all purpose panacea.  Physically sick it would be Brown Rice Udon noodles in chicken broth.  Emotionally sick, like now?  That would be chocolate --lots of it--- again.  

Happy Sunday Stealing to all!  (You are seeing the affect of too much dark chocolate perhaps, but don't tell anyone, please.)  Not a soul!  

Saturday 9: One of those "Not if I see you first" things

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: If I Knew You Were Comin' (1950)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is performed by a woman who is positively tickled to have unexpected company. How do you feel when people  drop by unannounced?
A.  I used to love it but now, not so much.  I loved having my friend and her daughter stop by but she called several days ahead.  We could clear off the dining room table and such.  Odd how as you get older you can look at the clutter and see a nice space.  hahaha
This is what I need to do...  And now I can get rid of all the paperwork from my business.  It's official.

2) She is clearly proud of her skills in the kitchen. Do you enjoy baking? Cooking? 
A.  I still love to cook and bake.  I just don't do much of it anymore.

3) Reference is made to hiring a band. Tell us the last time you were at an event with live music.
A.  Sometime in the 80's we went to see Neil Diamond.  I still love this guy... This is a lovely song but the recording is a little "bright".  ouch!

After that the smokers got to us.  We loved to go hear the music at watering holes and small band venues, but the smoke was horrendous.  This was before smoking was banned indoors.  

4) After making recordings in the early 1950s, Eileen Barton appeared on daytime TV in the early 1960s -- including a game show called Video Village. Let's say we're all headed to a TV game show taping this morning. Would you volunteer to appear as a contestant? Or would you rather just stay in the audience?
A.  Since I don't know much about TV or about gaming, I'd have to stay in the audience or OUR team would take it in the shorts.  lol

5) In 1961, Ms. Barton got married in Juarez, Mexico. What's the longest distance you've ever traveled to attend a wedding?
I've been to Juarez but not for a wedding.  ;o)  Duty free Zone!  To answer the question, we drove to my niece's wedding  and that was about 20 miles.  She made a radiant and beautiful bride.

6) In 1950, when this song was popular, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. Are you looking forward to the upcoming NHL season?
A.  That's about Ice Hockey, isn't it.  I'd have to say no.  I do love to watch the US team play in the Olympics but that's a whole different thing.

7) 1950 also marks the first time anyone in the United States paid by credit card. Do you pay with a credit card to get rewards? If yes, what rewards are you accumulating (points, cash back, airline miles)?
Well, I did participate in something that gave points toward merchandise that was called Swagbucks  and was fun.  And, I notice that Microsoft is giving points for something to do with web surfing, and I'll check that one out.  I'm not very interested in getting anything.  If I haven't already got it, it's not likely I'll ever need it.  The sparkly world of "THINGS" have lost their appeal.  It's my age, I'd bet.

8) In 1950, an athlete named Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel. Are you a good swimmer?
 I am a very good swimmer, and I love the Pacific ocean. Most of the swimming that I did in the latter part of my life was in the ocean.  It's like magic, that enormous body of water.  It's not called  the Pacific for no reason but mostly, I think, because it's not the Southern Ocean.  The Southern Ocean is very, very intense sailing and lots of sailors had to go  that way in the olden days!  When they hit the Pacific it was pretty easy going! The Southern Ocean is not!

9) Random question: Think about the last "white lie" you told. Was it to spare someone's feelings, or to make your day go more smoothly?
I answered an, "I love you", with one back.  It wasn't quite a white lie, it was a matter of a real inability to trust this woman based on past behavior and hurt,  and, also, because I put the Commandment to Love central in my mind.  

Like many,  I try to live up to that all the time.  Yes, I believe it to be the most important thing a human being can do- love everyone as unconditionally as we love our children and close family. And it's important to see the soul behind the wounded and flawed human being so much like ourselves.

Wow that sounds like a sermon.  But them's the facts, Ma'am.

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