Archive for July 4th, 2010

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — Happy 4th, all!

events, The 4th: Obviously, the 4th of July and one of my favorite events of the year … 4th at the Lake with the Lomaxs/Fortenberrys!

The 4th, Google doodle:


The Google Doodle is fun today … I would love to be a google doodle artist!  It actually moves … just go to Google.

The 4th, food:

“We the people who love cake, in order to bake a more perfect dessert, reestablish the standard that true cake is baked from scratch, ensure the use of natural ingredients, provide for the common consumption of dessert in moderation, promote comfort foods, and secure the blessings of sharing dessert with friends and foe, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United Cakes of America.”

That’s the manifesto of lawyer-turned-baker Warren Brown. In 2002, he gave up his career practicing law and opened Cake Love, a Washington, D.C., bakery guaranteed to tempt the senses.

“People like desserts. You can go crazy with different flavors,” Brown says. “I mean, you bring a cake into the room and everyone’s going to be happy.”

In the past eight years, Brown has opened six more bakeries in the D.C. area and has just released his second cookbook, The United Cakes of America. The book is a culinary tour — full of delectable cakes for every state in the country.

via How To Salute The ‘United Cakes Of America’ : NPR.

Declaration of Independence, wordsmithing:  “Slip”  v. “wordsmithing”?

The Associated Press calls it a “slip.” But I think of the newly discovered evidence that as he drafted the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson  crossed out the word “subjects” and replaced it with “citizens,” in the same way researchers at the Library of Congress see it:

“The correction seems to illuminate an important moment for Jefferson and for a nation on the eve of breaking from monarchical rule: a moment when he reconsidered his choice of words and articulated the recognition that the people of the fledgling United States of America were no longer subjects of any nation, but citizens of an emerging democracy.”

Words do indeed matter, and Jefferson made sure to use the right one.

via July 4th : NPR.

Jane Austen, Miss Manners, The 4th:  Actually how you should always behave …I have already failed on several of these gentle reminders of socially acceptable behavior …

T’is a truth universally acknowledged that one must not lose sight of the rules of civil engagement during alfresco dining, when men’s knobby knees and a lady’s bare feet are as much on display as the refreshments, entertainments, and illuminations.

via Jane Austen Today: How Would Jane Austen Expect One to Behave at a July 4th Picnic?.

quotes, favorites, literature:  loved this article … but why does his very worst opening line happen to be reused as the opening line of my favorite childhood novel!  And of course it is the opening line of Snoopy’s novel …

Good writers must, by their very nature, know what bad writing is. That is the premise of the Edward Bulwer-Lytton contest.

Starting in 1982, the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (www.bulwer-lytton.com), a clever and whimsical attempt to find the worst opening line of a novel. Brainchild of Scott Rice, then a student at SJSU, who took it upon himself to find the author of what he considered the worst opening line ever, “It was a dark and stormy night,” the contest has drawn thousands of entries over the years.

via Bad writing by Janet Ward | LikeTheDew.com.

Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle in Time begins with this line, and it is indeed the novel’s entire first paragraph.

via It was a dark and stormy night – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

new blog, right up my alley:

Without further ado, here’s what Lee had to say in response to our five:

1. Life for a lawyer who leaves the law is…not as bad as you would think it would be.

2. The hardest thing about being an ex-lawyer is…having to explain to sensible people as to why you left.

3. The best thing about being an ex-lawyer is…no longer having to make billables.

4. The primary misconception about ex-lawyers is…that we remember any law.

5. The main different between my life now and my life as a lawyer is…that I am doing what I want.

via The Ex-Lawyers Club.

news, from bad to worse: But I think the headlines are unfair to Clinton … you have to  read the whole quote.

“He once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan, what does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollows from West Virginia. He was trying to get elected,” former President Bill Clinton said of Sen. Robert Byrd.

“And maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done come and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that’s what a good person does. There are no perfect people. There are certainly no perfect politicians,” he added.

via RealClearPolitics – Video – Clinton Defends Byrd’s KKK Ties: “He Was Trying To Get Elected”.

Chicago, favorites, bucket list: 100 things to do in Chicago … Chicago Bucket List :: Chicago Sun-Times :: Photo Gallery.

green, Charlotte:

Duke Energy is advising local governments and employers that want to install charging stations. Duke expects about 100 to be ready in its N.C. service territory, most in the Charlotte area, by next summer. Sixty to 80 public stations will go up in its S.C. territory.

The research hub of Raleigh expects about 200 public charging stations. The charging network, to be built over the next two years, will turn the Triangle into a Southeastern testing ground for electric cars. Now, there are fewer than a dozen public recharge outlets in North Carolina.

via Just plug in and drive out: Recharge stations coming – CharlotteObserver.com.

News, NASA:

An unmanned Russian cargo vessel experienced problems during a docking with the International Space Station on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the commander of the orbital station.

The Progress cargo ship “is moving away from us,” Interfax quoted cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov as saying in a communication with Russian mission control outside Moscow. He was quoted as saying the cargo ship was “spinning uncontrollably” and later that it had disappeared from view.

via Russian cargo vessel spins away from space station: report – Yahoo! News.

Apps:

An explosion of smart-phone software has placed an arsenal of trivia at the fingertips of every corner-bar debater, with talking points on sports, politics and how to kill a zombie. Now it is taking on the least trivial topic of all: God.

Marcus Yam/The New York Times

“Fast Facts, Challenges & Tactics” produced by LifeWay Christian Resources.

Damon Winter/The New York Times

“The Atheist Pocket Debater.”

Jason Hagen of Queens has developed an iPhone application for atheists to use in debates.

Publishers of Christian material have begun producing iPhone applications that can cough up quick comebacks and rhetorical strategies for believers who want to fight back against what they view as a new strain of strident atheism. And a competing crop of apps is arming nonbelievers for battle.

via A War of Apps for and Against Belief – NYTimes.com.

Kagan nomination, the Supreme Court: Now goyim … add that to modest, brassy and snarky.

But was Kagan’s shtick helping or hurting her cause? And was it just reinforcing a stereotype among Gentiles — the goyim — of Jews as wisenheimers who all hail from a single neighborhood of limousine liberals known as Manhattan’s Upper West Side?

via Elena Kagan as Jerry Seinfeld? Jewish Humor Charms the Goyim — Again.

education, IB, AP:

The alphabet soup of college admissions is getting more complicated as the International Baccalaureate, or I.B., grows in popularity as an alternative to the better-known Advanced Placement program.

The College Board’s A.P. program, which offers a long menu of single-subject courses, is still by far the most common option for giving students a head start on college work, and a potential edge in admissions.

The lesser-known I.B., a two-year curriculum developed in the 1960s at an international school in Switzerland, first took hold in the United States in private schools. But it is now offered in more than 700 American high schools — more than 90 percent of them public schools — and almost 200 more have begun the long certification process.

via International Program Catches On in U.S. Schools – NYTimes.com.

music: I like Zooey Deschanel.

Actress/singer Zooey Deschanel bonded with songwriter M. Ward when the two collaborated for a movie soundtrack. She had been working on various demo recordings, but had always been too shy to step into the spotlight with her own music. Ward helped flesh out her songs with his distinctive guitar playing and tasteful production, and the result was She and Hims charming debut album. Volume One, was as humble as their name: a shimmering, 1960s throwback that tips its hat to the pop stars and girl groups of yore.The duos bright, introspective tunes had no problems finding an audience — Paste Magazine called it the best album of 2008. Realizing their musical chemistry, they went back to the studio to produce another batch of uplifting songs — 2010s Volume Two. It still captures the dreamy and hopeful energy of their first album, but with richer harmonies and lushly layered instrumentation. Click the link above to hear She and Him on the World Cafe Live stage.

via She And Him, Recorded Live In Concert : NPR.

real estate, walkability, Wilmette, Davidson, Chicago: I have had the privilege of  living in 3 wonderful places with “walkability.”  What a great quality!

“When it came down to it, we weren’t willing to compromise on walkability,”

via A Walker’s Guide to Home Buying – WSJ.com.




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