I don’t like their continual reference to a black individual, however. It rubs me the wrong way, and the reality of the current meltdown is that it’s colorblind, and caused probably much more by middle-class white people trying to live in McMansions than any other class of people.
That’s Just another little reminder from the universe that URIs were never designed for humans. And that identify theft is all-too-easy online.
It’s somewhat amusing … whoever started the scoble-like blog started blogging on April 13, 2006 with a classic “I’m blogging at last” post, and apparently ended that all-too-brief flirtation just two days later, on April 17.
Someone probably warned him/her that identify theft, even in the blogging world, is a bad idea.
Aidan recently entered a coloring contest at a local store.
The prize was a 5 kilogram chocolate Easter bunny, and Aidan was 100% sure he was going to win.
Sure enough, on Friday last week we got a call from the store. Aidan, Ethan, and I went down and picked up the bunny, which is bigger than Aidan.
As soon as I saw it, I was thinking … hmm … probably from China, the chocolate probably tastes like wax. Actually, it was made in Montreal, and the chocolate – while not exactly gourmet – is not bad at all.
Good thing it’s hollow, but I still have no clue how we’re going to eat it all!
Here’s a shot of him actually inside the box …
Now the question is: what on earth are we going to do with 5 kilograms of milk chocolate?
I was assiduously building my network on LinkedIn today when I noticed the “new people from Premier” (my current company). Knowing that the “new people” are almost never from the Premier that I’m from, I obediently checked, only to find these people …
They include an unfortunate individual in the position of interim manager named Dick Slob.
I submit that he should run, not walk, to the nearest hall of officialdom where name-changing occurs. His first name is an epithet; his last a slur.
You can’t make stuff like this up – it’s just too good. Were his parents Serbs named Slobodan? Did they want to disavow connections with the infamous Milosevic? Did they think it was just easier to spell?
Guaranteed: he changes the name, the interim comes off his title.
His link lead me to Funky Cloud, which has come out with the greatest little productivity app, LifeShaker:
That is a great little movie – check it out. I loved it, and my middle school daughter loved it too.
They need to make the video portable and give themselves a chance to go viral … I’d love to post the video here and let people see it. If people are interested, they’ll jump over the Lifeshaker site and get more info.
1. Blow both balloons up first (to stretch the balloons)
2. Let the air out of both
3. Blow up the balloon that’s supposed to be bigger (on the outside)
4. While holding the outside balloon put the other balloon inside it
5. Blow up the inside balloon6. Blow up the outside balloon just a bit more
7. Tie them both
We’re currently on BC’s Sunshine Coast taking a week’s holiday. A couple of days ago we took a two-hour hike to Skookumchuck Narrows, which is where the tidal flow into a huge basin is constricted through a narrow passage and can exceed 30 km/hr.
Really cool rapids and standing waves … which the kayakers enjoy:
Children sitting, solemn, silent.
Bell rings! Screaming, yelling, violent!
Running, rushing, up the stairs.
“Children, wait!” nobody cares.
School’s out! It’s summer! Time to play!
No more teachers! Run away!
We are going to the pool.
Perfect way to keep us cool.
Let’s go buy some lemonade!
We will drink it in the shade.
Our skin is brown, our feet are bare.
And we are free without a care.
Playing, laughing, summer days,
We’re on summer holidays!
I said no, it’s too scary for 3-year olds. He disagreed, saying that he would not be scared. “I’m tough!” he declared. Teresa backed me up, telling Aidan that there were lots of parts in LOTR that she was even scared by.
He thought for a second. “But I could wear sunglasses!”
So we were at some friends’ place this afternoon and they have a cat.
Gabrielle told Aidan that cats like to play with string, and that he might like to wiggle a string in front of the cat. Aidan took the string, and held it with both hands horizontally in front of the cat.
He waited a second, and then – the cat not moving – said “Hey, it’s not working. This cat doesn’t do the limbo.”
While I was at the U of O I kept going on about how the core skill of any future creative business person will be ‘being interesting’. People will employ and want to work with (and want to be with) interesting people.
And since Iâ€™d spent quite a lot of time telling them all the things they should stop doing Iâ€™d thought Iâ€™d try and teach something useful. Since I don’t actually know anything useful I had to make something up. Which is below. It takes about 10 minutes to teach but itâ€™ll take a lifetime for people to work out if it works or not, and by then Iâ€™ll be long gone. Ha!
A quick summary: first, be interested, and share. Then …
Take at least one picture everyday. Post it to flickr.
Start a blog. Write at least one sentence every week.
Keep a scrapbook
Every week, read a magazine youâ€™ve never read before
Once a month interview someone for 20 minutes, work out how to make them interesting. Podcast it.
Once a week sit in a coffee-shop or cafe for an hour and listen to other peopleâ€™s conversations. Take notes. Blog about it. (Carefully)
Every month write 50 words about one piece of visual art, one piece of writing, one piece of music and one piece of film or TV. Do other art forms if you can. Blog about it
The only caveat I’d have to this list is that if I had to do them all, I’d be so busy being interesting that I’d have no time for anything else.
So I’ll take the list in moderation. But it is a great list.