Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Gift of Acceptance

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday Fun!

It's possible to make everything into a competition. Even search engine results. Have fun at Googlefight!

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Happy 80th anniversary!

Wahoo! Winnie the Pooh has his own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame!

Not bad for a Canadian black bear named Winnipeg!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Gotta dance!

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Friday Fun!

In which we learn about the importance of shut-off valves while testing a foam firefighting system in an air force hangar.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

I'm finally over the flu!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Monday, April 17, 2006

Spreading the word

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Baby daze

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Friday, April 14, 2006

We pledge to fight 'blue-sky' thinking ...

© Giancarlo from Italy

"At The Cloud Appreciation Society we love clouds, we're not ashamed to say it and we've had enough of people moaning about them. Read our manifesto and see how we are fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking’. If you agree with what we stand for, then join the society for a minimal postage and administration fee and receive your very own official membership certificate and badge."

Friday Fun!

by Azuregos Works

[warning: sound, adult language]

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A whole new meaning to the term "blue skying"

According to this article Beijing plans to ban more than 2m cars to ensure that one of the world's most polluted cities will have clear skies for the 2008 Olympic games. They will also be seeding clouds to induce rain and temporarily closing building sites and factories.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Note to self: Streetproofing

I came across this some time ago. I want to remember it for when we start to streetproof weeMiche. Just in case I don't remember, I'm marking it here. That way you can read it and remind me about later, when I post about not knowing what to do to keep our little girl safe.

Guidelines for streetproofing your kids (shamelessly ripped-off from Andrea Gordon's blog):

Rules for kids have to be few and simple. The best ones I ever heard, adapted over the years for teenagers:

1) Never go anywhere with anyone without telling me or the adult in charge. For balky adolescents, you can approach it as a matter of courtesy - that family members need to know how to get in touch with each other.

2) If you get a funny feeling in your stomach, or something doesn't seem right, get away from a person or situation ASAP (or in the case of little kids, tell an adult they want to leave).

Those rules cover everybody - the "friendly neighbour" down the street, the uncle, the babysitter's boyfriend and, of course, strangers.

Sunday, April 9, 2006

How do you know when you're done?

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Tech Notes: E-mail ... for geezers?

Interesting. According to this article, if you're in your teens or early 20s, e-mail is now considered to be an old-school technology. One that's useful mainly for communicating with parents and teachers. Old people.

Kinda makes me wonder where technology is going to be when weeMiche is in highschool. *shudder* I'm not sure I'm up for that kind of learning curve.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Friday Fun!

OK. I'll admit it. I didn't know that "scumbag" was an offensive word. A word so offensive that it outraged some people doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Still puzzled yourself? Have a read here.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

One of Those Days

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This week's most requested ....

.... interactive rhyme is "Criss, cross, applesauce."

Criss Cross [draw an 'X' on their back with your index finger]
Applesauce [touch left, then right shoulders on the syllable
Spiders crawling up your back [walking your fingers up their back]
Cool breeze [blow across the top of their head]
Tight squeeze [hug tightly]
Now you've got the shiveries [tickle over whole body]

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Tech Notes: Blog Search

For those keen to try All Things Beta, Google's done it again with their Blog Search.

My all time favourite Google tool is still their map / satellite function. First, go here and enter as criteria "1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1, Canada" and voila! A beautiful hybrid map / satellite image of Rideau Hall!

QOTD: Opportunity

"Opportunity knocks at the strangest times. It's not the time that matters But how you answer the door."
-- Steve Gray

Sunday, April 2, 2006

Monty Python as required reading

Not exactly. But according to this article, a travel book written by Michael Palin will become required reading in high school to boost interest in geography.

It's certainly not the Spanish Inquisition, but I didn't expect that!

Saturday, April 1, 2006

How the "haves" view the "have-nots"

Jan Wong has a great article in the Globe and Mail today. It's the first in a five part series describing her experience spending a month as a minimum wage earner, working as a housecleaner. She describes her struggle to exist on less than a living wage. Not surprising is the way that most clients treat their housecleaning staff.

A very interesting look at life.