Friday, December 06, 2013

My Mom Plays WoW

Kidlet finally talked me into playing an online computer game. I am surprised at how much I'm enjoying it.

I'm not surprised at the major time black hole I fall into while playing and researching!

She's also blogging about our adventures.  Hilarious!

My Mom Plays Wow - this blog is now on Blogger!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Saturday, July 06, 2013

HELICOPTER CRASH! in Huttonville: Pilot Error | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Rules_of_Flight    ~~ Bob Butcher 
1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That 
is, unless you keep pulling the stick back, then they get bigger again.

3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous.

4. The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

5. A 'good' landing is one you can walk away from. A 'great' landing is one after which they can use the 
plane again.

6. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. 

Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.

7. It's always better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down 

8. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. 

When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

9. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

10. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

11.You know you've landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.

12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in 
the opposite direction. Reliable sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you've made.

15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they 

16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of 
experience before you empty the bag of luck.

17. Helicopters can't fly; they're just so ugly the earth repels them.

18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that's going round and round and all you can hear is 
commotion coming from the passenger compartment, things are not at all as they should be.

19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the 
ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose.

20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad 

21. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.

22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.

23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law. And it's not subject to repeal.

24. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above you, runway behind you, and a tenth 
of a second ago.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Taming the Critic, An Invitation

Taming the Critic, An Invitation:

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Late to the party but ... hmmm. Naming, assigning a gender, getting to know my Inner Critique. What a concept.

Off the top of my head, she is definitely She-Who-Always-Has-An-Opinion. Upper case O - Opinion. 

She is french [the sophisticated part of my Anglo-Canadian psyche], snooty and her Opinion drips like acid on my soul. 

I don't know her name. Yet. I've always been too afraid to get to know her. I don't like her much.


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So you see,
imagination needs
moodling - long,
inefficient, happy idling,
dawdling and puttering. 
~~ Brenda Ueland

Janelle's color journey: Paper Cloth Journal

Janelle's color journey: Paper Cloth Journal:

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First page: Diane Trout's blog, then her YouTube video, then to Janelle's page.


Sunday, June 09, 2013 | Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at | Find Synonyms and Antonyms of Words at

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I can, and have, spend all day surfin' the 'net and reading things like this. The slideshow "Eight food idioms that are right under your nose".

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lynx sighting in Banff National Park - Global News Smart Galleries

Great photos!  Thank you Alex Taylor of Parks Canada.

Lynx sighting in Banff National Park - Global News Smart Galleries: "Lynx in Banff National Park
A lynx and her kitten are helped off the highway.
Credit: Alex Taylor, Parks Canada/Alex Taylor, Parks Canada
Date: February 20, 2013"

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Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Make a Stamp - Quick, Easy, and Cheap - Cloth Paper Scissors Today - Cloth Paper Scissors

How to Make a Stamp - Quick, Easy, and Cheap - Cloth Paper Scissors Today - Cloth Paper Scissors: "I've used a stylus (or a dry ball point pen) to make my stamps out of restaurant carry out styrofoam boxes.  TIP: With an Xacto knife, cut out all the FLAT areas of box (large and small) and store with supplies until the urge to make a new stamp hits.  I sometimes even used the leftover rounded areas for a "rolled" stamp, so only the little tab gets tossed out.

Free art supplies = green = good recycling practices.  This is styrofoam that does not go into a landfill somewhere."

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Being Human, and All That - The Oil Painting Blog - Artist Daily

Being Human, and All That - The Oil Painting Blog - Artist Daily: "There are enough people in our lives expecting unrealistic things of us that we don't have to be one of them. Falling down isn't failure. Trying and not getting it quite right isn't tragedy. Doing something completely different, just because, isn't a waste of time."

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Fried Eggs on the Floor - The Artist's Life - Artist Daily

Cute, but apt, analogy.  Reminds us that practice makes perfect.

Where did I read/hear that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something?

Perhaps I'll be motivated to look that up someday.  Thus getting more practice at using search engines, which I suck at!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Standard Requirements of an Apology - who knew?

A control freak?

At the same time, Jill Scott, a Queen's University professor in the department of language, literature and culture, said she believes that Armstrong seemed to be hitting all the right buttons — at least at first.
"He started off pretty good. He answered all the questions and he said all the right things at the right times, early on. And that was fantastic," she said.
Scott, who researches conflict resolution, including apologies, said Armstrong did a good job of ticking off the list of standard requirements of an apology — confession , contrition, acknowledgement of pain inflicted on others, remorse, repentance, and acknowledgement that more needs to be done.
"But the further you got on in the interview, the murkier the waters became," Scott said.
Armstrong began micro-managing his message when it came to talking about other people, Scott said. That slowly reduced his portion of responsibility by entering into the territory "of excuse, justification and blame of others."
"As he got deeper into the interview, and clips are coming, we saw the old Lance coming back. Why? The guy is simply a control freak. He was a control freak on the bike, and now he's a control freak on the apology."

Did Lance Armstrong redeem or incriminate himself? - Canada - CBC News:

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Shackleton's whisky returned to Antarctic hut - World - CBC News

Shackleton's whisky returned to Antarctic hut - World - CBC News: "Bottled in 1898 after the blend was aged 15 years, the Mackinlay bottles were among three crates of Scotch and two of brandy buried beneath a basic hut Shackleton had used during his dramatic 1907 Nimrod excursion to the Antarctic."

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Nunavut Tourism - Igloolik

Bucket List - places to visit again.  Igloolik.

Activities & Wildlife

The creative community of Igloolik is a cultural hub of Nunavut that comes alive in the summer months — when the sun never sets — with music festivals and circus performances. 
The land becomes dappled with colourful flowers and numerous birds flock to the area, including loons, geese, eider ducks, jaegers, plovers, snow buntings and snowy owls. Icebergs drift past the island through the narrows of Fury and Hecla Strait, which also funnels migrating beluga and bowhead whales, herds of walrus and pods of narwhal to within easy viewing distance. 
There are ancient Dorset archaeological sites nearby, to be visited with extreme care and respect. As evidenced at nearby archaeological sites, Dorset people lived here 4,000 years ago. Iglulik Inuit are the Iglulingmiut, Aivilingmiut and Tununirmiut people. Their first contact with Europeans was not until 1822, when two British Navy ships wintered in Igloolik. In 1867, the year Canada was born, the American explorer Charles Francis Hall visited Igloolik in his search for survivors of the lost Franklin Expedition. A French-Canadian mineral prospector named Tremblay of the Bernier Expedition visited the island in 1913. In 1921, a member of Knud Rasmussen's Fifth Thule Expedition also visited here. 
In the springtime, when there is still lots of snow and the sea ice is rock solid, there are many enjoyable opportunities to go out 'onto the land' by dog sled or snowmobile expedition, to camp in an igloo or climb upon an iceberg. Expert local guides are happy to escort you and your family safely across the snow and ice, lands and waters that make this place so special. 
In early April, you are also invited to participate in feasts of local foods and traditional Inuit games that celebrate Igloolik becoming a hamlet.

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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Ike Awgu: Why Are Aboriginals Afraid of Integration?

Food for thought.

Ike Awgu: Why Are Aboriginals Afraid of Integration?: "At some point, aboriginal Canadians need to consider that the best hope of a future for their children may be integration into the mainstream of Canadian socio-economic life. They need also understand that integration is not the same as assimilation.

The latter is the process by which one group's culture and language disappear and are lost under pressure to become part of another dominant group. The former is the process where one culture gains ideas, technologies and products from another without losing its own uniqueness and becomes part of a greater whole.

No one is forced to assimilate in modern Canada. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world, from places that have living conditions worse even than those found on reserves, immigrate to Canada and find success. These people care no less about their culture of origin than aboriginal people do theirs. They care no less about their history than aboriginal people do theirs. They care no less about their traditions and language than aboriginal people do theirs. Have they been "assimilated"?"

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