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You Can Experience Fox Heaven in Japan -
You Can Experience Fox Heaven in Japan
You Can Experience Fox Heaven in Japan
"Opened in 1990 and located in Miyagi Prefecture, "Zao Fox Village" is a sanctuary home to over a hundred free-roaming foxes, including the silver fox and the platinum fox as well as the Japanese red fox. You can get close to the animals, so in that regards, the fox village is kind of like cat island or bunny island." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Want a Short-Sleeve Dress Shirt Covered in Poo Emojis? Of Course You Do | Adweek -
Want a Short-Sleeve Dress Shirt Covered in Poo Emojis? Of Course You Do | Adweek
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"This is truly a golden age for the poo emoji, that fecund swirl who's become the messaging embodiment of all things odious. For proof, look no further than Betabrand's popular "Poo Emoji Button-Up Shirt," which just completed its crowdfunding phase and received nearly 500 percent of the preorders needed to green-light production. The goal was to sell 50 shirts to early backers, but more than 230 had committed by the time crowdfunding closed Wednesday night. "Our initial production run will be about 800 units.," Betabrand founder Chris Lindland tells AdFreak. And there's more crap to come. In addition to its existing poo emoji shoes, Betabrand is "currently seeking feedback on a poo dress for women," Lindland says." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
We may also need this for the Taiwan wedding photos. - Jessie
Maybe if it was long sleeved with french cuffs. - Andrew C (✔)
With engraved poo detailing on the cuff links? - Jessie
Reminds me of a tie a friend of mine had in school; it was the word "Bullshit" in script, printed sideways on the tie, then mirrored, so it looked like a weird Christmas-tree-like design. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Conservationist John Muir reviews restaurants. -
Conservationist John Muir reviews restaurants.
"Upland, 345 Park Ave: A man brought me a plate of wild mushrooms, and I sobbed for an hour and a half. This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. Three stars." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Like a tree, I long to absorb my nutrients by clawing my roots into the rich red soil and sucking them from the very loam before spilling my fruit in abundance over the valleys and ridges of this noble country, but this is not yet possible, and the kaiseki tasting menu was very good. Four stars." - Jessie
"The server would not accommodate my request to eat my meal while lashed to the pine tree outside. He lacks wildness in his soul, this server. I sat instead in a chair, which is only the memory of a tree." - Jessie
x__x - Jenny H. from Android
An Interview With DNB Principal Maia Makhateli - The Ballet Bag -
An Interview With DNB Principal Maia Makhateli - The Ballet Bag
An Interview With DNB Principal Maia Makhateli - The Ballet Bag
"Maia Makhateli, principal with the Dutch National Ballet, comes from a true dance family. Her father runs a ballet school in the United States and her brother is David Makhateli, ex Royal Ballet principal. Maia began her dance training at the Chabukiani Choreographic Institute in her hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia. At the age of 16, she moved to the United States and joined the Colorado Ballet as the youngest dancer in the company. She danced with that company for four years and became a principal, but then moved to the Birmingham Royal Ballet for a year to expand her repertory. In 2007, she auditioned for the Dutch National Ballet (DNB) and joined as a grand sujet. In 2009, she became a soloist and a year later, she was promoted to principal. DNB has recently revived Christopher Wheeldon’s 2012 successful adaptation of Cinderella, which is now set to tour to London (July 2015). I spoke to Maia as she prepared to return to the title role, and she told me about the process of transforming into a princess and finding her prince." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Love that first pic, from "Cinderella." We should recreate that for our Taiwan wedding photos. :-P - Jessie
Do it Jess! - Steve C, Team Marina
The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job - The Atlantic -
The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job - The Atlantic
"It's freezing and snowy. It's a million degrees and humid. Your kids are sick. The repairman is coming. You have a doctor's appointment. Whatever the reason, many workers are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of workplaces that offer a bit of flexibility as to when and where they work. But such affordances come with strings attached: Employees with this perk often wind up working extra hours at nights or on weekends. Why? Not to make up for lost productivity (studies show that workers are just as diligent if not more so when working from home) but in an effort to demonstrate their commitment to and passion for their jobs. Researchers call the phenomenon "the flexibility stigma."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Women with children may be the most likely to take advantage of an employer's flexibility, and thus may experience the stigma most often, but Williams says that it hurts everybody—"everybody who is not a breadwinner married to a homemaker," because those lucky few are the only people who can realistically comply with "the norm of work devotion." Men, women, those with kids, those... more... - Jessie
Wisconsin woman kicked out of McDonald’s over kangaroo ‘service animal’ -
Wisconsin woman kicked out of McDonald’s over kangaroo ‘service animal’
"A Wisconsin woman was kicked out of McDonald’s last week after another customer complained about her therapy pet – a kangaroo. Diana Moyer brought the baby kangaroo about 11:40 a.m. Friday into the McDonald’s in Beaver Dam, reported The Daily Cardinal. Another customer called police to report the animal, saying it was not appropriate or safe for the kangaroo to be in the fast food restaurant. Moyer claimed the kangaroo was a service animal and showed police a note from her doctor to back her assertion. But officers told her that other customers felt unsafe with the animal there and asked her to leave. Moyer’s husband admitted Tuesday to WISN-TV that the kangaroo was not a service animal but was a therapy pet for his wife as she battles cancer." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Therapy pets aren’t protected under disability laws, which allows dogs or miniature horses that are specifically trained to help disabled people. Moyer and her husband keep five kangaroos at their home outside of Beaver Dam, where they moved following complaints about their exotic pets. He said they often took “Jimmy,” the youngest kangaroo, out in public. No citations were issued in the incident." - Jessie
Fair to debut English Aboriginal literature anthology - Taipei Times -
"The Council of Indigenous Peoples is to launch its first English-language anthology of Taiwanese Aboriginal literature at the Taipei International Book Exhibition to give English-language readers greater access to literary works by Aboriginal writers. The four-book set, titled The Anthology of Taiwan Indigenous Literature, consists of selections of poetry, prose and short stories by more than 30 poets and writers, as well as a chronicle of significant events in Taiwanese Aboriginal literature between 1951 and last year, said Wagi Taro, senior executive officer of the council’s Department of Education and Culture. A total of 1,500 copies of the anthology are to be made available at the book fair, which runs from Wednesday next week to Feb. 16 at the Taipei World Trade Center, she said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Monanen, a poet from the Paiwan tribe whose works have been included in the anthology, said he wrote the poem When the Bells Ring for Taiwanese Aboriginal children who were sold into prostitution, including his own sister. Monanen, who lost his sight as a result of an accident, said he felt “extreme pain” after learning about the ordeals of his sister and other child prostitutes. “This... more... - Jessie
Beauty Work: Lessons in Ballet -
Beauty Work: Lessons in Ballet
"[W}omen are the furthest extension of the classical ballet idiom, literally and figuratively. It’s women who rise up to their toes en pointe, women who unfurl their legs to that height around the ears, women who do the thirty-two fouettés. Women who are lifted up to make gravity-eluding shapes in the air. The pas de deux, a male-female dance at the core of classical technique (partnering is usually the last class added to a dancer’s training), remains a vision of heterosexual relations that exchanges support for lift, ballast for flexibility, power for finesse. Men are in control; women are on display. Ballet stages gender with every step." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Classical ballet is built from a series of basic steps, which students practice at the barre for the first half of class before moving into the center of the room for more complicated combinations. The first and most well-known is the plié, a bend of the knees, but perhaps the most basic of those basics is the battement tendu, a movement of the foot and leg out and in. The exercise... more... - Jessie
"Taglioni’s accomplishment was purposefully paradoxical, since she made ballet seem more otherworldly only by making ballet much more arduous (Jennifer Homans describes this combination well in her history Apollo’s Angels). Taglioni leaped, turned, skimmed the floor with her toes: with her, movements that were formerly seem as rare stunts became part of the standard vocabulary. To do... more... - Jessie
Chicken truck, bee truck collide, catch fire - Press Enterprise -
"For anyone who loves honey-glazed barbecued chicken, it was the tastiest crash ever. A big rig hauling 20,000 pounds of frozen chicken rear-ended a truck carrying live bees Monday morning, Feb. 2, on I-10 near Coachella. The big rig burst into flames, charring the chicken that was strewn across the ground. But anyone who considered going in for a snack – like some� Fontana residents� did following the fatal crash of another frozen chicken truck on I-10 a week ago – may have been deterred by the swarms of aggravated bees that escaped when their crates broke open. A beekeeper had to be summoned to help round them up." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Dozens of Dog-Sized Jackrabbits Swarm Development in North Dakota - ABC News -
Dozens of Dog-Sized Jackrabbits Swarm Development in North Dakota - ABC News
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"A "huge flock" of jackrabbits in a Fargo, North Dakota, neighborhood has homeowners feeling jumpy. More than 50 jackrabbits the size of small dogs have been hopping around backyards and a park of a new development in South Fargo, resident Kayla Straabe told ABC News today. "Every day, I feel like the crazy rabbit lady chasing them out of the yard where they're having a hay day," Straabe said. "There's at least 40 to 50 everyday, and they're in our yards and by a children's park."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Man Clogs Toilet With Potatoes, Pulls Fire Alarm to Get Help Quicker | NBC 10 Philadelphia -
Man Clogs Toilet With Potatoes, Pulls Fire Alarm to Get Help Quicker | NBC 10 Philadelphia
"Looking to unclog his potato-stuffed toilet, a Delaware County, Pennsylvania man decided to try and get help by pulling his apartment building's fire alarm. It was a poor decision." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The three-story building was evacuated and police and fire officials came to the scene to investigate. Realizing there was not a real emergency, they questioned the man who explained what happened. Police placed him under arrest for ringing the false alarm. " - Jessie
I love that there's no explanation for the potatoes in the toilet. Like that's a thing that just happens. - Jessie
It's why I went to the link, and not finding an answer, I guess it's just potatoes, no biggie... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Same here...why is he putting potatoes in the toilet? I WANT TO KNOW! - Anika
try it Anika report back - Steve C, Team Marina
I only have toilets here. No potatoes. - Anika
How can someone just leave toilet potatoes without explanation! - Heather
^^^^this - Kevin Johnson
Toilet potatoes happen. - Greg GuitarBuster
I don't have audio at work (and I'm too lazy to dig out the earbuds) -- Here's a video of someone demonstrating a toilet, with a potato. - bentley
I may have had direct contact with an Amish patient who felt the potato, though a sweet tater, could assist him with his constipation. If he only could have just reached the flush state. Vacuum, bowels, need say no more. - Janet
I clogged the toilet with a potato...WHEN I WAS FIVE. - Jenny H. from Android
Which Katy Perry Halftime Show Shark Are You? -
Which Katy Perry Halftime Show Shark Are You?
" You got: Sammy Shark. Like Sammy on Katy’s right, you’re just a small-town shark looking for fame in the big city a la Christina Aguilera in the iconic film Burlesque. Unfortunately, dancing on land without any water kills you." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Yep. I am Bad Left Shark. - Jessie
Hark, a vagrant: 372: Founding Fathers In A Mall -
Hark, a vagrant: 372: Founding Fathers In A Mall
"Before you read this comic I want you to know that my favorite part of the tv show Sleepy Hollow is when Ichabod Crane has no idea what a tv or an iphone or a light switch is, and is confused. As hard hitting films such as Bill and Ted or perhaps Encino Man have taught us, historical figures out of place do not know who the Burger King really is. But do any of us really know who the Burger King really is? A question we must all ask." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Thor’s Got A New House: Iceland Is Building the First Temples To Norse Gods They’ve Had In Millennia | The Mary Sue -
Thor’s Got A New House: Iceland Is Building the First Temples To Norse Gods They’ve Had In Millennia | The Mary Sue
"Thor, Odin, and Frigga would be very pleased by this: Iceland is building its first major temple to the Norse gods in, well, a very, very long time. Since Vikings was at its most relevant, basically. Asatruarfelagid, an organization that Rueters describes as an association that promotes “modern version of Norse paganism,” has been growing in popularity in Iceland in recent years, with its membership tripling and currently totaling around 2,400. In contrast with their more ancient counterparts, the modern version views the gods as much more metaphorical. As Asatruarfelagid’s Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson said: I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet. We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Super Bowl halftime show review: A professional dance critic defends “Bad Left Shark” -
Super Bowl halftime show review: A professional dance critic defends “Bad Left Shark”
"The breakout stars of last night’s Super Bowl halftime show were, needless to say, the sharks. Flanking Katy Perry, they mutely waved their fins and flapped their jaws to the words of “Teenage Dream.” Looking less like sharks than blue, befanged sleeping bags, they made every effort to dance. But Left Shark—who, for what it’s worth, was actually “stage right shark”—visibly struggling with the choreography, promptly became the butt of the internet’s jokes. His arrythmic moves were endlessly memed. Gawker editor Max Read tweeted: “Tonight we are all Bad Left Shark.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"It's not ideal when the pros can't stay in step with the music, but it happens. Friday night, Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet performed at the Kennedy Center. The evening began with “Rite of Spring”—which features dozens of dancers trying to stomp in unison to cacophonous, polyrhythmic music. The night ended with a long excerpt from a late 19th-century story ballet called “Paquita.” And like... more... - Jessie
Taipei avoids ‘vulgar’ station name - Taipei Times -
"Taipei’s MRT system began featuring Hoklo and Hakka announcements of the Taipei Arena (小巨蛋) station name on Sunday, following months of controversy over whether translations could be provided for the station. Since the station opened in November, it has been the exception to the Taipei MRT’s practice of announcing station names in four languages: Mandarin, Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), Hakka and English. Instead of employing Hoklo and Hakka, the system until Sunday repeated the station’s name in Mandarin twice, which netizens described as “needle skipping.” The system did not initially broadcast the station’s name in Hoklo because it sounded “inelegant,” said Chou Hsiang-kuei (周湘魁) a division chief at the Department of Rapid Transit Systems." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The original pronunciation used by Chen was “disgraceful” and “vulgar,” using an oral pronunciation for the Chinese characters that made the place name sound like a Hoklo term for “testicles,” said Maggy Yan (張嘉讌) a lecturer in medical Hoklo at the Taipei Medical University, who advised the Department of Rapid Transportation Systems on the new broadcast. “Hoklo pronunciation can be... more... - Jessie
"The original pronunciation used by Chen was “disgraceful” and “vulgar,” using an oral pronunciation for the Chinese characters that made the place name sound like a Hoklo term for “testicles." Way to bury the lede there, Taipei Times. - Jessie
"Thank you for riding, you are now arriving at the Testicles." - Steve C, Team Marina
"You are now arriving at Testicles. Please mind the gap." - Jessie
"Upon arrival at Testicles please give a little tug." - Steve C, Team Marina
"Thank you for riding the tube. Please depart at the Testicles to avoid serious injury." - Steve C, Team Marina
Sports body reports rise in number of women exercising - Taipei Times -
"There has been a steady increase in the number of women exercising regularly, with the growth in some of the indicators surpassing those for men, statistics from the Sports Administration showed The administration said it defines regular exercise as working out at least three times per week with each session lasting at least 30 minutes and being intense enough to cause the person to puff and sweat. Chang Wen-zong (張文宗), a specialist with the administration’s Sports for All division, said that a survey last year showed that about 28 percent of the women said they exercise regularly, marking a 1.2 percent increase from 2013; while 37.7 percent of men exercise regularly, compared with 35.6 percent in 2013. However, 80.6 percent of the female respondents said they had worked out within a month before the survey, an increase of 1.1 percent compared with 2012, but when the same question was posed to men, 84.2 percent of them responded positively, compared with 84.7 percent in 2012. The... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Chang attributed the boost in the number of women exercising regularly to an increase in women only sports events. “Events like the Nike Women’s Race and the Bikini Run in Taitung have promoted running as healthy and fun,” Chang said. “Many women used to be averse to exercising because it causes their bodies to sweat and smell, and it makes them feel tired. However, working out is now... more... - Jessie
"Hello My husband has a tattoo that SUPPOSE to be God's Love. Please translate!" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"狂人 = madman" - Jessie
Hahaha! - Anne Bouey
"Cratered": On Having Crohn's Disease -
"Cratered": On Having Crohn's Disease
"At the health center, the nurses trill. A young woman! Nauseated! Check, check. They are disappointed with the state of your fresh and unproblematic uterus. You keep a food diary and narrow it down to turkey, a ciabatta, herbed mayonnaise, a sleepy sheet of romaine lettuce. It’s called a Vassar Club and comes housed with contraband carrots and potato chips, both on the vomit list. You struggle through one each day. The health center nurse stumbles across a magic word in her questions. “Are you anxious?”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"This is all the diagnosis you will ever need. It is swift, all encompassing. Nervous stomach, they explain. The rest of you is calm, collected, ready to host a public forum on whether we should invade Iraq, but your stomach is bulging, poisoned with panic. They are satisfied and you slog through the rest of the year, trying to pass off your health problems as pickiness. Over a break,... more... - Jessie
"(If I could spend all day telling you how beautiful, how exquisite and magical it is to be well, I would. My students complained that no one writes about happiness. For so much of those two years, between when I was diagnosed and when I turned twenty-six, I was healthy. I ate raspberry donuts. I fell in love, went to graduate school, moved to my first apartment and was elated and... more... - Jessie
Her early experience (especially being told she had 'anxious stomach') closely mirrors what my mom went through, though she had to almost bleed to death before she got a diagnosis. Nobody she worked with was even remotely sympathetic. Even now, she's nervous about talking with doctors because they're so dismissive. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah there's definitely a contingent of GI doctors that are like "You don't have Celiac's, you don't have Crohn's, therefore there's nothing wrong with you. Stop being so nervous." They seem to be fewer in number these days so I think the general public awareness of Celiac's and other disorders has definitely helped, but it can still be really hard dealing with them when you have to. - Jessie
Oh, sorry - she does have Crohn's, and the doctors are still often fairly dismissive. Things are a lot better than they were when she was first diagnosed, but when her cancer treatments caused complications the general reaction was a big old shrug until she finally found someone willing to listen. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh, I'm sorry, that's awful. I thought maybe she had another diagnosis and they originally thought it might be Crohn's. Yeah, it's really tough dealing with healthcare issues when the staff/providers are like "Sorry you can't eat anything. Well, good luck with that." - Jessie
Plan Your Next Trip To Mordor With This Google Map Of Middle-Earth -
Plan Your Next Trip To Mordor With This Google Map Of Middle-Earth
"Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Zoom version here: - Jessie
Taiwanese woman blows up toilet trying to kill cockroach | Metro News -
Taiwanese woman blows up toilet trying to kill cockroach | Metro News
"When a young female employee at a clean-up firm in Taiwan was called to an office and stumbled upon a cockroach, she didn’t hesitate to act. First, she squashed the bug with a swift thwack of her shoe. Next, she wrapped the cockroach in tissue paper and crushed it. Then she set it on fire." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Just to make sure it was gone for good, she then tossed the cockroach into the toilet – forgetting that she’d just cleaned it. The result of the flaming cockroach and the cocktail of detergents in the toilet bowl was an extremely potent homemade explosive, which promptly went off a bang – blowing the toilet apart and stunning an office full of employees next outside." - Jessie
Due diligence. - Micah from FFHound!
"BURN IT WITH FIRE" usually is not a good idea. - John (bird whisperer)
Would've been doubly awesome if the cockroach survived all that. - rønin from FFHound!
Given what I've seen of roaches in Taiwan, I think that's entirely possible. - Jessie
Completely reasonable approach to the situation i'd say - Steve C, Team Marina
Fort Worth Beats Dallas to Equal Benefits | Dallas Observer -
Fort Worth Beats Dallas to Equal Benefits | Dallas Observer
""The City of Fort Worth has been working hard to be an inclusive environment for our employees and our citizens. Many other states have legalized same-sex marriage that is recognized by the federal government for tax purposes. The city of Fort Worth has an IRS-qualified pension plan; therefore, it makes sense for us to allow all legally married employees to be treated the same under that federally qualified plan," Fort Worth Assistant City Manager Susan Alanis said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Dallas city officials are hoping to get something similar done by this time next year, at least. "I hate it when Fort Worth is better than us," Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston said." - Jessie
Seattle pot supplier doubling production for Super Bowl XLIX - NY Daily News -
"For Seattle Seahawks fans who want to be stoned while watching Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX, there's a new pack of pot for you. A Washington marijuana supplier has doubled its production time to keep up with demand for its 12 Pack special edition — a pack of 12 joints designed to play off the 12th Man nickname for Seattle's extremely loyal, and extremely loud, fan base. But the pot cigs are only for medical marijuana users, though recreational use is legal in Washington" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Russell Wilson drops back, he's looking long, I think he's going to roll a bomber. #HailMaryJane - Greg GuitarBuster
Troopers: Trucker pulling his own tooth caused accident that congested I-20/59 near Tuscaloosa Monday | -
Troopers: Trucker pulling his own tooth caused accident that congested I-20/59 near Tuscaloosa Monday |
"Distracted driving was responsible for the miles-long traffic jam on I-20/59 East near Tuscaloosa Sunday night and Monday morning, but the driver wasn't looking at a cell phone-- he was trying to pull his own tooth, according to an ALEA State Trooper report. The accident, which happened just before 10:30 Sunday night near the interstate's mile marker 79, was caused when a self-employed tractor trailer driver took his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth from his mouth. "The driver stated he lost control when he was pulling a tooth with his hands," the report reads. "He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The truck left the roadway, traveled down the slope leading into a ditch then jackknifed into nearby trees, according to the report. No one was seriously hurt, but the effort to recover the truck caused road crews to set up a detour and completely divert eastbound traffic off the interstate between mile markers 76 and 79 for several hours. The 57-year-old driver's name was redacted from the State Trooper's report." - Jessie
Not Florida??? :O - Jessie
I'm...kind of impressed. And a little frightened. Pulled his own tooth, crashed his rig, and wasn't even hurt. - Hookuh Tinypants
One of the new profs is co-posted to another department called the Center for Host Defense and I'm having a really hard time not calling it S.H.I.E.L.D.
What I Get Paid For My Novels: Or, Why I’m Not Quitting My Day Job | Kameron Hurley -
"This is a tough business to stay in, especially if you don’t have a solid day job or a partner with same. I hear folks say that the 4-5 book place is where a lot of folks start to make money, and it’s true that this is the first year I could earn what I’d call a living wage if I quit or was laid off. But I know too much about publishing – and the changing tastes of the readership – to go all in making $30-40k a year when I’ve spent this long slogging to get to $100k through a combined workaholic income stream of novels, day job, and freelancing. You don’t give all that up just because you had one positive year. If I’ve learned anything about publishing it’s that you should always hope that one great year is the start of an upward trend – but you should never count on it. I was poor in 2007. I have no interest in going back if I can help it. And that’s why I’m not quitting my day job." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Interesting. Friends of mine both quit their jobs this year. She's a librarian who became an author. He's a urban planner who has become a weaver. They're leaving the Bay Area and moving to a 6 acre farm in PNW. Granted, their Oakland house has appreciated so much since they bought it that that should provide some $. And they have scrimped a bit (though not too much... they took a lot of vacations abroad). They're taking the leap, though. They don't have kids so that helps. - Spidra Webster
Someone in my writers group self-publishes 6 or 7 books a year while working 60+ hours a week. I don't know what her income from book sales is, but even if it's substantial I don't think I'd have that kind of stamina. - Jessie
She's lucky her husband had a really good job. She was able to move from FT to PT. She was very dedicated about her writing time...treating it like a job. She went from self-published to being offered a contract. Nothing's sure by any means, but they're giving it a go and all their friends, including me, are pretty envious. - Spidra Webster
That's fantastic! And yeah, I think in their case not having kids probably helps. I don't know if I would be brave enough to have me and my spouse both in fields with uncertain incomes if we also had a child depending on us. - Jessie
One of my co-workers publishes several romance novels a year. It is nice extra money and she does pretty well, but not lucrative enough to have as a full-time job without benefits. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah I think the person in my writers group also does romance. Apparently it's a pretty good market, but yeah, still not enough to give up the day job. - Jessie
Yes. My friend does erotica (a little more explicit than romance titles although she also attends romance writer conventions). - Spidra Webster
It's amazing how much of tap class I spend trying not to kick myself in the shins.
Shin guards, they aren't just for soccer anymore - Steve C, Team Marina
At least the routine is cute. Well, it's cute when the instructor does it. So it's only cute if you're a professional and hugely pregnant. But still. - Jessie
Marijuana vending machine to debut in Seattle - KBOI 2 -
Marijuana vending machine to debut in Seattle - KBOI 2
"Just like chips and soda, Seattle-area residents are now able to buy marijuana from a vending machine. American Green, the company behind the ZaZZZ marijuana machine, says it's the "first age-verifying, climate-controlled, self-service dispensary." The machine will make its debut on Tuesday, February 3, at Seattle Caregivers." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
as in the real stuff or is that the name of some new food/drink? - Halil
I think it's the real stuff. Marijuana is legal in Washington state. - Jessie
Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death? | Smart News | Smithsonian -
Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death? | Smart News | Smithsonian
"Miguel de Cervantes was kind of a big deal in sixteenth-century Spain—after all, his book Don Quixote gave birth to the modern novel (and still has the sales to prove it). But though historians know he died in 1616, they’ve never been quite sure about where he was buried. Family crypts all over Europe contain mummies, valuables—and a hodgepodge of random bodies. Between the high death rates of days gone by and lax record-keeping, it’s often difficult to determine who lies in any given vault. That’s what happened to Cervantes: though his will stipulated that he be buried in a Madrid convent, his final resting place was never known for sure. But that might have changed this weekend, when archaeologists found pieces of a casket with Cervantes’ initials in a crypt at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians. The find was clustered among the bones of at least ten individuals, one of whom could be Cervantes. Coffin-makers used metal tacks to form the initials “M.C.” on a now-brittle, decaying piece of wood." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"If the initials on the coffin do stand for Miguel de Cervantes, it will mark the culmination of a search that has sometimes seemed as delusional as Don Quixote himself. This quest has involved impassioned pleas for funding, negotiations with elderly nuns and the use of radar and other high-tech tools." - Jessie
"It will also delight Fernando Prado, a historian who has spearheaded the investigation. Early last year, Prado told Reuters what we can expect if his hunch is correct: If in this place where there are so few people buried we find more than one man older than 50, who has an injury in his left arm and a gun wound in the chest, I will eat the Bible." - Jessie
Immigrant spouses happy with life in Taiwan: poll - Taipei Times -
"Immigrants married to Taiwanese nationals are mostly happy with life in Taiwan, even though their average household income is less than half the national average, to a census released yesterday by the Ministry of the Interior showed. A total of 498,368 foreign-born spouses, including naturalized immigrants and foreign nationals, call Taiwan home. At 67.6 percent, more than two-thirds come from China, Hong Kong or Macau; another 28.1 percent are from Southeast Asia, predominantly Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia, according to ministry statistics. In the once-in-five years census of foreign-born spouses, 92.9 percent of respondents described life in their adoptive country as “happy” (幸福), and 87 percent said they do not have trouble communicating with their Taiwanese family members despite cultural and linguistic barriers. The survey found that the average monthly household income in families with new immigrants was NT$46,173, less than half the national average of NT$98,073." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Don't even think about it, Jessie. ;-) - Anne Bouey
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