Sunday, December 24, 2006

Gorillapod!

I couldn't help but think of the SPTers when I saw this neat tool. It is reasonably priced at 24.95 for the smallest one shown here. You can find it at ebay and a host of other places. Neato!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Tooth brush bracelet. What a cool idea.
This is a very good article for anyone, but especially for grannies.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


This is a free US Government calculator to help you decide which energy options will save you money. All you need is your electric/gas bill and you can create an upgrade report, then edit it to contain only the things that make sense to you. The finished product will show how much money you would spend, how much you would save (in dollars, KWH, and CO2 emissions), simple payback time and return on investment. I found that if I spend $3370 to:

1. seal the ductwork
2. replace windows with premium windows
3. replace heat pump

I will see a $338 per year savings after 8 years.

"Books to the ceiling,Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."


~ Arnold Lobel (author/illustrator)


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A neat place to learn stuff. Check out the screen printing and book binding

SmartFlix is a service that rents video DVDs - just like your corner video store... but they rent the kind of videos that you can't find on every street corner. Videos on running lathes, making glass beads, welding steel, oil painting, building guitars... cool videos! Rent online, at any time of day, and get the videos shipped straight to you (with return postage included free!).

Saturday, December 02, 2006

http://www.free411.com/

I love free stuff that works, don't you? You can also go to their website to lookup numbers. You might get a commercial, but supposedly pressing 2 ends it. I hate paying $1 everytime I use my cell to lookup numbers.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sand


Amazing grains of beach sand. Be sure to check out the green ones from maine. Click on this image, then expand the next one so you get a big view!



And here is yet another website ...Wayne's World...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Want to mooch a book? First list 10 books you want to give away and get 1 point. For 1 point you can get a book. Here is how it works: http://bookmooch.com/about/points


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Click Here For A Bright Idea


The single best thing you can do for yourself and the environment! These bulbs have become reasonably priced and can be replaced a few at a time or as your old bulb burns out. Do it!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Bumper Sticker

Click on image to get your free bumper sticker

"You already know that when it comes to our nation's roads, all wildlife deserves a brake. Now with your free Give Wildlife a Brake™ bumper sticker, you can spread the word to your fellow motorists. Careful driving is particularly important during the spring and fall, when many animals are most active."

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap061004.html




Something to look for in the night sky. Comet Swan! Visible with binoculars in the northeast.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006


So what is the pale blue dot in this image?

Earth!


Friday, September 22, 2006

Dog Fighting




Once more I'm asking you to endorse the bill in congress which will firm up the laws against animal fighting. This is a cruel, cruel sport.

Monday, September 11, 2006

More about scanner art: I thought that it might ruin my scanner bed somehow. Also I wondered about backgrounds, say if you wanted to make a silk background or black one. Here is a link that addresses both questions:

http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/scanner.html

Oh Fun! Scanner Art: Here is a Wikipedia shot of a rhino, but click on the link for some really beautiful images:


Thursday, September 07, 2006

I'm hoping by inviting you all, that you can post comments to my blog since it is now beta. I upgraded so I can post to Debi's blog and now I can't post to anyone's except hers. Lordy, lordy. Please leave a comment so I can see if you can post here.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Keypunching

This is the first keypunch machine I worked on. It is an IBM-029 and it looks pretty drab but it had pretty blue keys for functions.


I was 23 years old and it was my first computer job. I worked in Roswell, NM at First National Bank.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Foie Gras


Make the pledge to yourself to never, ever, ever eat Foie Gras. Here is a link to some other pictures if you are brave enough to view them.

http://www.hsus.org/farm/multimedia/gallery/ducks-geese/

Saturday, August 26, 2006


The Sorenson Database is the foremost collection of genetic genealogy data in the world. Search by DNA results or surname and find your place in the worldwide genetic family tree.

Audrey, this is free so lets do this together??

1. Request a Kit
2. Take a DNA Sample
3. Prepare Your Pedigree
4. Read and Sign the Consent Form
5. Return the Completed Kit

http://www.smgf.org/index.jspx

Friday, August 25, 2006

Office Software

In the spirit of frugalism, download your open office applications here . Word processing, spreadsheet, etc. Works great.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006




The "3 Rs" of BookCrossing...
1. Read a good book (you already know how to do that)
2. Register it here (along with your journal comments), get a unique BCID (BookCrossing ID number), and label the book
3. Release it for someone else to read (give it to a friend, leave it on a park bench, donate it to charity, "forget" it in a coffee shop, etc.), and get notified by email each time someone comes here and records a journal entry for that book. And if you make Release Notes on the book, others can Go Hunting for it and try to find it!

That's all there is to it. It doesn't cost anything to join, there are free bookplates but you can order a kit with bookplates, sticky notes and bookmarks and pay for it as a donation. I really enjoy doing this and would recommend it to anyone.

Monday, August 21, 2006


Woo Hoo! I released my first book into the wild on Sunday at Walmart: Beloved by Toni Morrison and it was "caught" already.
http://bookcrossing.com/journal/4345581

Friday, August 18, 2006

Asian Grocery



After a trip to an asian grocery to buy some "sweet rice" for a gluten-free dish I was so inspired by all the ingredients and possibilities that I started looking for recipes. The website I found is wonderful. It has a Asian Food Glossary and recipes with links to the glossary so you can lookup what, for example, sweet rice might be. Click the link and see.
http://www.asiafood.org/recipe_home.cfm

Light Pollution

A very good article about light pollution:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4794249.stm

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Here is a poem by Ellen Bass http://www.ellenbass.com from "The Human Line", forthcoming in 2007 from Copper Canyon Press. It struck me to the core of my heart where the memory of people in Lebanon lives on.

Pray for Peace

Pray to whomever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or plastic cross,
his suffering face bent to kiss you,
Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat,
Adonai, Allah. Raise your arms to Mary
that she may lay her palm on our brows,
to Shekhina, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
to Inanna in her stripped descent.

Then pray to the bus driver who takes you to work.
On the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus,
for everyone riding buses all over the world.
Drop some silver and pray.

Waiting in line for the movies,
for the ATM, for your latte and croissant, offer your plea.
Make your eating and drinking a supplication.
Make your slicing of carrots a holy act,
each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

To Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, pray.
Bow down to terriers and shepherds and siamese cats.
Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.

Make the brushing of your hair

a prayer, every strand its own voice,
singing in the choir on your head.
As you wash your face, the water slipping
through your fingers, a prayer: Water,
softest thing on earth, gentleness
that wears away rock.

Making love, of course, is already prayer.
Skin, and open mouths worshipping that skin,
the fragile cases we are poured into.

If you're hungry, pray. If you're tired.
Pray to Gandhi and Dorothy Day.
Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth.

When you walk to your car, to the mailbox,
to the video store, let each step
be a prayer that we all keep our legs,
that we do not blow off anyone else's legs.
Or crush their skulls.
And if you are riding on a bicycle
or a skateboard, in a wheel chair, each revolution
of the wheels a prayer as the earth revolves:
less harm, less harm, less harm.

And as you work, typing with a new manicure,
a tiny palm tree painted on one pearlescent nail
or delivering soda or drawing good blood
into rubber-capped vials, writing on a blackboard
with yellow chalk, twirling pizzas--

With each breath in, take in the faith of those
who have believed when belief seemed foolish,
who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.

Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace,
feed the birds, each shiny seed
that spills onto the earth, another second of peace.
Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine.

Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk.
Make a path. Fold a photo of a dead child
around your VISA card. Scoop your holy water
from the gutter. Gnaw your crust.
Mumble along like a crazy person, stumbling
your prayer through the streets.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Chinese Kill Dogs Due To Rabies

Please take action and sign a protest messsage to the Chinese Embassy for killing dogs due to a rabies outbreak and offer of help to vaccinate instead.

http://www.hsus.org/about_us/humane_society_international_hsi/hsi_asia/blood_curdling_dog_killings.html

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Route Of Evanescense

I found a dead hummingbird and buried it beneath the hibiscus with an upturned hibiscus flower to mark the spot.

A Route of Evanescence
With a revolving Wheel --
A Resonance of Emerald --
A Rush of Cochineal --
And every Blossom on the Bush
Adjusts its tumbled Head --
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy Morning’s Ride --


~Emily Dickenson~

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/
In case you missed it and equally fascinating is the link to cochineal at wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochineal



Monday, August 07, 2006

Petition

Take time to sign and petition your state representative to pass the Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act (H.R. 5557). It asks for humane treatment of animals which are supplied to the federal govenment. https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2006_stewardship_act

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Art That Changes

Here is what I need to be able to read "him": Artwork that changes to suit mood.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5242060.stm

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Visions of Two Lebanons

Visions of Two Lebanons (with some pictures of Broumanna). Click on photo gallery.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5594662

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Zarafa

Zarafa: Something fun to read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarafa

Friday, July 28, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I'm posting this nutrition/weight loss site here because I don't want to loose it!

http://www.nutritiondata.com/
The Belt Of Venus over the Valley Of The Moon.

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060723.html
Since national and state anti litter educational programs don't work this idea may be an answer.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/07/060721181315.htm

Friday, July 21, 2006

Senegal migrant song hits the net. A powerful song and slide show about Senegalese migrants fleeing from homeland.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5155592.stm
Is Fear Holding You Back? About weight loss:
http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=19321

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Monday, July 17, 2006

Friday, July 14, 2006

Interested in your mapping your surname? See http://www.gens-us.net/ for distribution in USA.
Something new I "discovered" is the circle stones of Senegal:

http://home3.inet.tele.dk/mcamara/stones.html

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

This is a really neat site that I love to go to every day and see a new and wonderful view of our planet.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images_index.php3