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sigh. when I spoke to my mother last weekend, we discussed not flying up to Maryland for xmas at my brother's b/c they're having a baby in Dec and it seems a bit much to have your first newborn AND host family xmas. by the end of our convo she was on board. no longer. kid bro and SIL convinced her to go. now I'm on the hook to make the trip too...
of course I want to visit with them and meet my niece, but does it have to be a xmas ordeal and all? I so hate the holidays. If I could disappear from Nov 15th through Jan 2nd, I totally would. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
my other option is to spend the holiday with my dad's family in Florida, but that's a whole different host of messy business. I want to run away. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Oh man, if I was going to MD for Christmas we could hang out together and shun all holiday lunacy. - Corinne L
Bittersweet in losing my mother-in-law in 2013, my father in 2011. My joy in my husband and me finally starting our own relaxed holiday brings me some guilt too. The joy out weighs the guilt though :) - Janet from FFHound!
These masks are kinda frightening. - rönin from Bookmarklet
who needs scary clowns when these exist? - Big Joe Silence
Next we'll have the scary clowns wearing these. - rönin
The Ikea BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk Adjusts with the Press of a Button | Cool Material -
The Ikea BEKANT Sit/Stand Desk Adjusts with the Press of a Button | Cool Material
"You’ve heard all about how you should ditch your traditional desk for a standing one, but you haven’t wanted to invest that kind of money, or have been fearful of the strain on your knees and back. Understandable. Ikea now presents an option that should quell your fears. The BEKANT is an affordable sit/stand desk that transforms with the press of a button. Available in a few different styles, the desk gives you the health benefits of staying on your feet with the ability to take a load off when you need to. Plus it looks a lot better than tossing your computer screen and keyboard on a couple milk crates." - Me from Bookmarklet
No frills but for an electric pushbutton that's like half price of what's been usually available. Not bad. - rönin
Shannon - GlassMistress
Dear mom, please stop sending me links to things you want for Christmas and just go shopping. You showed me 5 ... FIVE ... 1oz Gold Liberty $50 pieces while I was visiting you can afford it. Just sayin' Love me.
Shannon - GlassMistress
The sounds coming from the kitchen / restroom area of the office would suggest that someone other than me is cleaning a toilet. That. Cant. Be. Cant it?
Now I can smell cleaner ... It is possible the world has come to an end. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Victor Ganata
Boyfriend Doesn't Have Ebola. Probably. - Hyperbole and a Half - 2010 Feb 10 - Allie Brosh's reinterpretation of the Wong-Baker FACES pain rating scale
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I can't remember what lead me to this particular post. - Victor Ganata
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
my 16yo baby sis is on a solo train trip from FL to MI right now. texting with her during this adventure is so awesome. she can't believe all the fall colors in the trees out the window (she's never seen a real Autumn). early this morning they stopped at DC Union Station and she had breakfast there. her excitement about everything is SO cute!
I miss Union Station. Such great shops and food stalls there. - Corinne L
I told her the same thing, Corinne. how much I would love wandering around the station whenever I went to DC. the book store, the bakery, the post office. she said she bought a pin while she was there for a souvenir. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
*fist bump* I hope she'll get back there again soon. Those grand staircases in the station always made me want to swoop down them wearing a fancy gown. - Corinne L
ha! yes, exactly! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian Andes: Survival in extreme environments -- ScienceDaily -
Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian Andes: Survival in extreme environments -- ScienceDaily
"Research conducted at the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world sheds new light on the capacity of humans to survive in extreme environments. The findings were taken from sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The primary site, Cuncaicha is a rock shelter at 4,480 metres above sea level, with a stone-tool workshop below it. There is also a Pucuncho workshop site where stone tools were made at 4,355 metres above sea level. Climatic conditions in both sites are harsh, with factors including low-oxygen, extreme cold and high levels of solar radiation making life in the region a challenge for... more... - Maitani
Shannon - GlassMistress
We are on the way to having a fan-freaking-tastic month of sales at work. First one in over a year ... whoohooo!
Beads all around! - Steve C Team Marina
Nope not beads .. sadly they aren't doing so well right now, something I'm hoping to improve at the show this weekend. In this case I'm referring to the family business .. the one we are just keeping the doors open on that employees several members of my family. We are right at the start of 'season' and if we can pull off a good one then next year will go down a bit easier. Woot! - Shannon - GlassMistress
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
Well, I wondered how long it might take and it appears that my wife is ready to return to sunnier climes. At the beginning of the new year, I'll be looking for new employment in a state well south of VA. (Right now, Florida is our #1 with Texas right behind due to both not taxing my retirement pay.) times ahead! :)
My next move is either retirement community/care facility or 6 feet under. I envy people who relocate. - Janet from FFHound!
If you look at Texas, I suggest Austin. - Kristin
Austin and San Antonio are the cities we're focusing on in Texas, actually. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Janet, I don't know if you should envy us. It's an extreme PITA while it's happening. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
You get on house hunters international and go to some exotic place. That might be fun :-) - Todd Hoff
There was a brief period where we evaluated if we could live out of the US on just my military retirement. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I suggest SoCal! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
My father loved the Canyon Lake region just north of San Antonio, New Braunfuls - surrounding lake seemed very retiree friendly plus pretty at least to me - WarLord
Tampa / Winterpark area in FLA is a booming tech biz region. I would caution you to really dig into the cost of living in FL though. no state tax is nice, but sales tax is 9% and property taxes are INSANE if you own a home (and fed tax deduction doesn't cover the difference) not to mention the special homeowner's insurance situation for storm coverage which WILL NEVER cover flood damage... more... - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Sorry, Tamara with a J. SoCal is probably out but never say never. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Some of the places north of San Antonio are beautiful, so I'd definitely agree with you, Warlord. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
T-ra, thanks for the heads up. We briefly looked at the Tampa area before moving back to DC but jobs were hard all over just a few years ago. And you're definitely right about storm coverage. When we moved down we couldn't get renter's insurance because Hurricane Ike was headed our way. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Of course, the funnest part of all will be job searching in another state. Meh. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
The Mystery of Where the Sunset Strip’s Rocky and Bullwinkle Statue Disappeared to Has Been Solved at Last! - Los Angeles Magazine -
The Mystery of Where the Sunset Strip’s Rocky and Bullwinkle Statue Disappeared to Has Been Solved at Last! - Los Angeles Magazine
"On September 24, 1961, a gigantic revolving sculpture featuring the cartoon stars Rocky and Bullwinkle was erected at 8218 W. Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, directly across the street from a revolving statue of a cowgirl promoting the Sahara Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. The Rocky and Bullwinkle statue was created by TV producer Jay Ward and placed in front of Jay Ward Animation Studios to poke fun at the showgirl on the other side of the street. She lasted 10 years, but R&B stayed put much longer—until 2013—long after Ward’s studio shut down. Over five decades, the statue became a symbol of the Sunset Strip. What else would you expect from the cartoon capitol of the world?" - Me from Bookmarklet
Oh, that's good even if I'm not ever going to pay to go to PC. I was wondering what happened to it. - Anika
Andrew C (✔)
I put "go to the ATM" on my phone task list as just "get cash". Then I briefly forgot what I meant by it and thought it was a life goal.
this is one of the cutest things you'll ever see! :)
this is one of the cutest things you'll ever see! :)
very cute! - Posmo
:) - ma∟ıĸ
so smart and cute! - GΞШ@LL
beautiful dogs! - saeedvasi
Stephan #TeamMarina
Oklahoma woman says she’s a witch, and she needs her meth  - NY Daily News -
"An Oklahoma woman tried to get out of a drug bust by saying meth was perfectly OK for her to use because it was part of her Wiccan religion. Yeah, right, said cops who arrested the self-proclaimed witch and charged her with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lori Potarf and Richard Lee Henderson were stopped while driving on U.S. Highway 91 because their vehicle had a broken tail light, The Duncan Banner reported. Both had Crown Royale liquor bags containg syringes , a spoon and traces of methamphetamine, the paper said. Henderson did not claim he was a witch, police said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
What makes you think she's a witch? - She turned me into a newt! - A newt? - I got better. - Burn her anyway! - Steve C Team Marina
Damn, what is it with Oklahoma lately?!?!? - Uli
most of Texas and OK is lighter than a duck. - Big Joe Silence
Simply Caroline
I got an email from a TV news anchor today. She told me her story and it just made me ❤️ her so much more. Her tale made my heart grow wings
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Remind me when I forget that I got beautiful people in my life. Precious beautiful people.
"Don't look! I'm hideous!" - MoTO: Team Marina
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful! - Steve C Team Marina
Don't worry, that's definitely not the reason... *runs* - MoTO: Team Marina
I'm particularly good at expectorating. - Big Joe Silence from Android
Here is some comedy for your Friday -
Here is some comedy for your Friday
اوه هویجه رو کاش بفهمن بندازن دور:دی من نگرانم:دی - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
گوردن رمزی :)))) .... الان فوشو بکشه به یارو - oZee
:))))))))) - pepella from iPhone
هویجه از همه باحال تر بود :)) - Mahdi
شانس آورد گوردن چاقو رو پرت نکرد :) - Mahdi
این تیکه اش خیلی جالب بود: خیلی رندانه دو تا گوجه و فلفل خرد کن رو به جای آلت طرف جا زده - دودوزه
دقیقا یک سانسور ریز کردند که هیچ ستونی هم به لرزه در نیاد :)) - Mahdi
سانسور ریز :))) - الک‌ دخت from Android
خب ریز بود واقعا :)) - Mahdi
عالی بود - Sima
سیما جان سانسور رو دیدی :دی - Mahdi
:))) - Ramona
:)) - Mahdi
خوب مهدی جان الکی که موها سفید نشده :دی - Sima
:)) - abtin
ای وای یادم نبود که موها سفید شده سیما جان :دی - Mahdi
Jayden is a very young 16 10/12 year old. Since preschool he's been in special ed schools & classes. Many of his classes have been all boys, and he's never had a girl his age as a play cousin or friend. He was friendly w a few neighbor girls, over the years, but they quickly passed him up in their maturity so he didn't spend much time with them.
Whenever girls his age are around, I watch him & them just to get an idea of how he interacts w them, & what kind of impression he makes on the girls. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I've noticed that girls notice Jayden. Even a girl in the store with her parents, will watch him, even if nobody is saying Hi to anybody. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I taught him to speak if someone is staring at him, or if he finds himself staring. He has no problem greeting people he doesn't know, and people like that, so he gets lots of attention. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
But the teenage girl attention is unique. It's not "what nice manners" like we might think. They're probably thinking "I hope he talks to me I hope he doesn't talk to me Is he looking at me I wonder what school he goes to Is that his mom Is he looking at me" - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They just don't know. If you can't talk Pokemon, or video games, or movie special might catch his eye, but not his conversation. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Bless <3 - Melly - #TeamMarina
laura x
ESPN investigates the historic Kasparov vs. IBM chess games -
ESPN investigates the historic Kasparov vs. IBM chess games
"The battle of wits between IBM and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is one of the biggest moments in the history of artificial intelligence. After conceding defeat, the Russian suggested that the IBM team had cheated their way to a victory, something that the company, to this day, refutes. A new film, from Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, seeks to shed some light on the accusation and what prompted his allegations. Directed by Hollywood uber-producer Frank Marshall, the documentary examines the controversial 44th move and how a simple computer error proved to be Kasparov's undoing." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Most mainstream websites are now so gummed up with commercial crap that they are unusable.
Or what happens when we don't want to pay for content... - Todd Hoff
There has to be a better way to pay for content. - Sean McBride
One option: 1 click to pay for a day, week, month or year of ad-free content on a given website. - Sean McBride
What a joy it is to watch commercial-free films and TV series on Netflix. - Sean McBride
Some have figured out how to make libraries pay, and still have some commercial sales crap on the sides. - Joe
None of those approaches work in real life Sean. - Todd Hoff
Having the option to pay for an ad-free version of websites might work -- both modes of revenue-generation could operate together. Think of smartphone apps. - Sean McBride
It doesn't work. People don't pay. And since you are removing your best advertising targets your advertising revenue also goes down. This is why nobody does this. It canabalizes ad revenue for a pitiable for pay revenue stream. Using both together you get less. Who makes money selling content via smartphone apps Sean? You have to think this through as business person. Not just user who doesn't like ads in their content. - Todd Hoff
Are the Internet and the Web revolutionizing the way that many of us process advertising? I know that commercial messages have absolutely no impact on my mind -- I automatically filter them out. Most of my purchases are based on using Google to quickly turn up objective comparative evaluations of products and services -- an activity that would have been impossible for most people to... more... - Sean McBride rankings of best-selling and top-rated products, combined with user reviews, are much more useful than advertising for getting a handle on products of particular types and making buying decisions. - Sean McBride
Many smartphone apps are offering paid ad-free versions. I make it a point never to use ad-only smartphone apps. This is also why I use Netflix much more than traditional cable TV these days -- commercials kill the narrative flow and mood of great films and TV series. - Sean McBride
For content, who is making money off of paid ad-free versions? Netflix isn't the same deal at all. - Todd Hoff
How is Netflix a different model? -- you pay them a monthly fee to get rid of commercial messages. Many people would probably like to pay a reasonable fee to Facebook to filter out all the advertising there. I know many people who buy the ad-free versions of smartphone apps -- it's a small price to pay to get a clean and uncluttered interface. - Sean McBride
In what way is Netflix like your normal blog trying to put up content that people might want to consume? In what way is it like twitter or facebook? While some people would pay to see an ad free twitter, it's a very small amount. If most people had to pay they would simply switch. Or they would substitute by reading some other content source. Netflix has always been paid. They also... more... - Todd Hoff
I am not saying that users of websites should be forced to pay for ad-free content -- merely that they should be offered that option. Some percentage of users will exercise it, just as some users choose to pay for ad-free versions of smartphone apps. - Sean McBride
Your suggestion lowers total revenue. Who would do that? - Todd Hoff
On what hard numbers are you basing the statement that providing an option for paying for ad-free content on websites would lower total revenue? - Sean McBride
How many users are dealing with the sprawl and squalor of commercial messaging on websites now: they right-click on the links to substantive website content and save it to services like Pocket -- they don't even bother visiting the websites. - Sean McBride
It's a downward cycle that few have cracked unless your content is super compelling. Aggregators like Google is where the money is. Just like in music. It's sad really. - Todd Hoff
Of course there is always this option: [Firefox > Adblock Plus] - Sean McBride
Then you are cutting of the air supply of the content generators so they will no longer be able to generate content. But who doesn't want something for nothing? - Todd Hoff
Content providers should be paid for their work -- but I am not going to consume their content if they embed it in a jungle of junk. - Sean McBride
But you did consume it. With adblocker or some other way to circumvent the ads. The consistent and ethical action would to not to consume the content and boycott the site. Cake and eat it too. - Todd Hoff
In principle, you are right. In reality, we are still living in the wild, wild west with regard to sorting out these technologies, conventions and rules. - Sean McBride
In reality the power of rationalization wins. People will take content because they can while the content providers go uncompensated. It's really quite simple. - Todd Hoff
I don't see it as simple at all. These arrangements are the product of social negotiations over time -- and the world is still in a state of negotiation regarding intellectual property on the Internet -- with quite a few bugs still to be worked out. - Sean McBride
Don't make it sound so high minded. Something of value was made available to you for which you actively avoided compensation. It's simple. - Todd Hoff
"So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way!" -- Al Pacino, Scarface (1983) - Sean McBride
Number of downloads of Adblock Plus as of today: 289,508,362. Average daily users in last 30 days: 18,209,737. - Sean McBride
Yes, people like free shit. Is that news? - Todd Hoff
Many of them like a clean, elegant and speedy Web experience -- crap-free. Web companies had better find a way to deliver it. - Sean McBride
You like them. You just don't want to pay for them. - Todd Hoff
I would be happy to pay for them -- just as I already pay for ad-free Netflix video, ad-free Kindle ebooks and ad-free Android apps. My point is that these ad-free services for the most part don't exist on the Web. That, for instance, is why Ello has arisen to challenge Facebook. - Sean McBride
Melly - #TeamMarina
Josiah's teacher told me this morning he has been cheeky in class this week and reallllly pushing it. At first he tried to deny it, then he seemed to think it was awfully funny.
So I just told him that since he has been wasting so much of Miss Kerr's time, Josh and I were going to waste some of his time; and that once he finished his homework, he had to write out two pages of "I must not be cheeky at school". - Melly - #TeamMarina
He doesn't think it's funny anymore. - Melly - #TeamMarina
He has shut himself in his room (he didn't slam the door, he didn't dare!). I'm happy for him to stay there ;o) - Melly - #TeamMarina
He's only just finishing the lines now. - Melly - #TeamMarina
What a great way to handle this!! - Janet
He tried to rail against such a cruel punishment. "I don't want to do it and I'm not going to." This protest was met with silence. It then became "I don't want to do it", to which I replied "I know". He then asked if he could do the writing whilst watching tv. I said "No, you'll get it over with quicker if you give it your full attention." - Melly - #TeamMarina
I ignored the sighs, and grunts, and cross looks. He did the lines. - Melly - #TeamMarina
He has been told that he will receive the same punishment with double the lines for the next infraction ;o) - Melly - #TeamMarina
Good punishment, Melly. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Well played. - vicster: full-bodied
I just love that y'all use the word "cheeky"! - Laura Norvig
I informed his teacher of the punishment. She approved. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Spree candy gives me hope. And sugar. Mostly sugar. But also hope.
chewy spree was once a regular fixture in my life. But no more. It's a cruel mistress. - ellbeecee
I can't eat them all the time, but once a year maybe, they are DELIGHTFUL. - Zamms
Shuddle Is an Uber for Kids Driven by Childcare Pros | Re/code -
Shuddle Is an Uber for Kids Driven by Childcare Pros | Re/code
"Shuddle, a new service for parents to arrange paid rides for their children, launches today. It will be available in San Francisco and nearby areas including the East Bay and the Peninsula. Shuddle is very on trend; it could be described as an “Uber for kids.” The San Francisco-based company behind the service has raised $2.6 million in funding from Accel Partners, Forerunner Ventures and Comcast Ventures. Shuddle is much like the ridesharing services that are now becoming familiar in many cities — UberX, Lyft and Sidecar — except the driver is often a professional nanny." - Me from Bookmarklet
Sounds too much like "shudder " - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Anne Bouey
Cigarette maker Reynolds to snuff out workplace smoking - SFGate -
"Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at desks or in offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Lighting up already is prohibited on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centers. The no-smoking policy will go into effect once Reynolds builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, spokesman David Howard said. “We believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it because updating our tobacco use policies will better accommodate both nonsmokers and smokers who work in and visit our facilities,” Howard said. “We’re just better aligning our tobacco use policies with the realities of what you’re seeing in society today.” While Reynolds will no longer allow smoking, it will allow the use of smokeless... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
"The company also will allow the use of Eclipse, a cigarette made by Reynolds that uses a carbon tip that heats tobacco after being lit by a lighter. First released in the mid-1990s, Eclipse is in limited distribution and one of the top-selling brands in the cafeteria at the company’s Winston-Salem, N.C., headquarters. The percentage of Reynolds’ 5,200 employees that smoke is in line... more... - Anne Bouey
Legend has it, that there was a time that they actually required smoking at work (I've known a handful of people who worked at the offices in Richmond, VA many, many years ago). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Well, that was unexpected! - Three days in, and I have completed step one of three to making bread pudding for dinner with friends. Good thing they postponed the dinner to Friday!
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I'll take two please. - Eric - It's My Thing
Thanks for all your interest in my baking over the years, FF. I do not get a lot of social interaction right now and it feels like I'm doing something with people when I take pics and share and stuff. <3<3<3<3 - Lo
It got really big. That was probably the most unexpected part of all. I don't know what I thought would happen, but when I opened the oven it was like WHAAAAAAAAAAAT. - Lo
that loaf is HUUUUUGE. - Marie
Yeah, hubby & I eyeballed how much dough would make a loaf... I learned something :P - Lo
laura x
My book is in 100 libraries.
That is a great accomplishment! - Steve C Team Marina
I do find the wording of this URL interesting... - Joe
this book contains 'unexpected Laura Crossett' ;-) - Marina's Godmother :-)
Checked out 7 times here! - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
No one expects Laura Crossett, surprise is her greatest weapon. - Blake
I know at least one library that has it that is not in worldcat. - Katy S from iPhone
*wonders who will play him in movie version* what? it could happen ... FF could be a kind of pseudo Greek Chorus - MoTO: Team Marina
Katy, yup, my library has it and isn't in Worldcat. I assume there are others. - laura x from iPhone
So I think you could safely say "my book is in 100 PLUS libraries." - Regular Amanda
...and no MINUS libraries! - Aaron the Librarian
And it's on my kindle. I checked Wyldcat to verify that only 4 WY libraries have it, and it's true. BAD FORM, Wyoming librarians. - kaijsa
Vampire Hunter DYSP
The muscles in my back and legs are back to normal. I'm no longer walking like a Weeble. Ready to kick evil's ass today.
But no longer being a Weeble you are in danger of wobbling and falling down. - Steve C Team Marina
Sacrifices are necessary in the battle against evil. - MoTO: Team Marina
I agree. That's why I've taken to beating evil with a cane. - Vampire Hunter DYSP
I have applications in with two agencies that provide help with move in deposits. If I'm approved, I have to provide a signed lease & they write a check to the landlord or property management company. Problem is, both have backlogged applications & limited funds, so I don't know if there'll be help when I need it. *crosses fingers*
I hope one of them can come through. Good luck! - Anika
Thank you! Need is so great right now, charities & non profits are stretched really thin. Housing specialists are calling it a housing crisis. Crisis is a bad word :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
*crosses fingers* - vicster: full-bodied
Rooting for you. - Steele Lawman
*crosses fingers* - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
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