Saturday, October 02, 2010

Copied from Family Life

Today, my husband asked me to get some cigarettes for him. I decided that paper and tobacco would be a cheaper solution. Later, he went to the store, and I asked him to get me tampons. He came home with a ball of string and cotton balls. FML

TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect

TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect: "Give taxpayers a receipt. Something like this:"

Friday, October 01, 2010

Study Shows That Men Are Most Attracted To Women With Long, Shapely Arms - TIME NewsFeed

Study Shows That Men Are Most Attracted To Women With Long, Shapely Arms - TIME NewsFeed: "Ladies, have you ever agonized over what exactly it is men are looking for in a woman? Right, neither have we. But if you have, the time to agonize is over; men are most attracted to women with great arms.

Now before you cry out in disbelief, 'Arms? Are you kidding me?', take a minute to think about it. After all, arms are functional, good for hugging and are usually more exposed than other areas of the body, making them much more ogle-able (men appreciate the little things). But even if that doesn't convince you, perhaps research published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology will."

Ig Nobel prizes awarded for bat fellatio, whale snot sampling, more

Ig Nobel prizes awarded for bat fellatio, whale snot sampling, more: "Each year, just ahead of when the folks in Sweden announce the Nobel Prizes, Boston plays host to the ceremony at which the Ig Nobel Prizes are handed out. These awards are intended to 'make people laugh, and then make them think,' and are handed out in a variety of nontraditional categories, presumably because the people involved pick the amusing research first, and then decide on a category to put it in.

The awards ceremony is rather elaborate, featuring a variety of honorary positions, some of them filled by Nobel Prize winners—Roy Glauber (physics, 2005), for example, is the official sweeper, charged with keeping the stage free of paper airplanes. The ceremony also typically features musical performances. This year, it played host to the first performance of The Bacterial Opera. The composers Verdi, Offenbach, and Arther Sullivan are all given posthumous credit for their contributions to the work."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Home Ridden folks

 ron thomas

 Having been with the team that helped care for Bob Abbot when he lived here and then again when a friend told me about the "singles", plight of not wanting to leave Longview Hills if a dilibating surgery or illness happens to them. surveying my own situation as I approach pending knee surgery I had an idea. I'm going to put it here and see what happens.

My daughter lives in Sunnyvale, CA., alone and she has occasionally needed to shop for groceries but is unable to do it because of an injury or illness of some sort. Fortunately, for her, Safeway Market has a program that does the shopping for her and delivers and puts them away in her home for a $5 service fee.... then they give you a coupon worth $5 on your next purchase. This program would be a real boon for our disabled folks or those with little time to shop. It isn't here because the demand is not high enough to make it profitable, I suspect. 

Their service is well thought out and and includes a website that shows each item the store carries and the prices of each item along with a picture of it. Just click the item you want, enter the quantity and it is entered on your shopping list and a running total is there for you to see what you've spent. Over time each shopping list is saved and you can simply say you want shopping list #4 and don't have to even search out you purchases. You can pay with your credit card on line and then pick a delivery time and date.

Pretty slick, no? Jacky has been after them for years to start here but to no avail. Maybe we could suggest an alternative that would work for them here? You bet, I have one. 

The problem for them is cost effectiveness. We are a town of 10,000 plus or minus a few. To hire people to do this and provide transportation, insurance, etc., is not cost effective. Here is our idea...

Recently, Safeway decided to become a 24 hour store. That means someone(s) is there at night doing a full time job. What say, we ask them to use that person to pull a grocery order, bag it, put it in a cart and store it in one of their coolers (we already have paid on line)? They then call or email that the order is ready. You or a friend then drive to the store and call them on your cell phone when you get there and ask for a bag person to bring it out to your car with your lights turned on. They load it up (tip the guy a couple of bucks) and you or your friend drive it home and unload.

Benefits Safeway by giving them the business for little effort and no cash outlay and seriously should be considered in view of the possibility that a Super WalMart with a full grocery store may soon be part of the local scene. 

The Incredible Art of Carved Leaves : TreeHugger

The Incredible Art of Carved Leaves : TreeHugger: "Some art is extraordinarily delicate work, and it's rare to see a form as delicate as that done with these leaves. The work by Nature's Art is amazing -- it is a 6-step process to manually remove a leaf's surface to produce a scene. You can just imagine how steady an artist's hands have to be to accomplish this kind of work."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Killer whales attack humpback off Oregon Coast, say experts | | NWCN - News

Killer whales attack humpback off Oregon Coast, say experts | | NWCN - News: "NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon researchers have been studying a large humpback whale that died and washed up on the coast near Newport just hours after they believe it was attacked by a group of killer whales.
The 35-foot adult, male humpback had rake marks and teeth marks on it, which appeared to match the telltale signs of killer whale attacks, according to Jim Rice with the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
Rice said researchers collected samples of the whale, took photos and measured it. Then, it was buried by Oregon State Parks. It had washed up near Lost Creek State Park, about seven miles south of Newport."

Monday, September 27, 2010

In Praise of Government - BlueOregon

In Praise of Government - BlueOregon: "Seems like this is a great time to mention that now, perhaps more than ever, we need to recall just what exactly our government does for us and why--far from being a malignant tumor--it is the beating heart of the country."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Turning Welch's Into Wine In 48 Hours

Refrigerator condensation on a used USD $4 pit...Image via WikipediaTurning Welch's Into Wine In 48 Hours: "I'm taking the last sip of home-brewed purple liquid. It's sweet yet balanced, fizzy yet quenching, smooth yet these words look a bit blurry. It tastes like a dangerously well-mixed drink. And just 48 short hours ago, it was Welch's.
Yes, good old Welch's Concord Grape Juice. And something about enjoying the beverage in such an adult manner makes my inner child weep."
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