Posts Tagged ‘Colorado


1.4.13 Pot machines … hmmm?

new, Colorado:  Pot machines … Why if we do not sell liquor by vending machines or cigarettes for that matter, are we now going to sell pot?  Hmmm?

(NBC News)

Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use, businesses are clamoring to get a piece of the action, and coming up with some entertaining ways to do it. For example, a pot vending machine already exists for medical use, so why not introduce the same kind of devices for anyone in those states looking to buy some legal bud? One company is working on adapting its vending machines for just that purpose.

via Such A Thing As A Pot Vending Machine Exists, Might Be Heading To Colorado & Washington – The Consumerist.

Margaret Atwood, publishing, serial form, Positron:  I may have to read this!

“Once upon a time, novelists of the 19th century, such as Charles Dickens, published in serial form,” Atwood tells NPR’s Audie Cornish. “They would put out maybe three chapters or so, and then they would respond to readers’ reactions. And then, that moved on and serial publication got taken over by magazines and newspapers, and that was where it was in my youth. But that died out as the 20th century neared its close, so a whole way of publishing, a whole platform vanished.”

Now, Atwood says, the advent of the Internet means that platform has reappeared, and she’s in the middle of writing Positron — the third episode went on sale last week at Byliner.

via Margaret Atwood’s Brave New World Of Online Publishing : NPR.

Jane Austen, Christmas, Steventon UK:

A Jane Austen Christmas card by David Price, All Port Editions (2012)

A Jane Austen Christmas to Everyone! « Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog.

Contemporary drawings of Steventon rectory

Ms Stiller said: “You have to think about where she was living. This was an isolated village, roads were impassable in bad weather. I find it astonishing she had such a big social life.”

via BBC News – Unlocking secrets from Jane Austen’s Steventon home.

apps:  I agree with his choices.  To Take the Hassle Out of Traveling, Pack These Apps –


10.15.2010 … Thinking Pink all week … taking molls and liv to Colorado … You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply …

Think Pink, White House: I think the WH looks great in pink!



THE White House became the ‘Pink House’ today in a visible show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The presidential mansion was bathed in a rosy hue by coloured spotlights for one night only, drawing a crowd of tourists, as soon as dusk fell.

October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year, by public service groups, medical professionals and government agencies that combine to promote awareness of the disease.

The American Cancer Society says about 207,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women will be diagnosed this year and nearly 40,000 women will die from the disease.

via White House goes pink for breast cancer | Herald Sun.

lyrics, places, Colorado, kith/kin: Can’t wait to show Molls and Liv Colorado for the first time … and I always think of my brother when I think of John Denver and this song …

And the Colorado rocky mountain high

I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky

You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply

Rocky mountain high

via Rocky Mountain High Lyrics by John Denver.

random, college, Harry Potter, children’s/YA literature:  .. lives… breathes.. HP … I wonder what her roommate thinks?  U. of C. senior lives, breathes Harry Potter :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State.

food, my kids, South Africa: My kids would beg to differ … Mott’s Original for them.  Very interesting … applesauce is not a staple in South Africa … or pbj for that matter.

Imagine our surprise when we tasted seven brands from the daunting array of styles crowding the shelves (“natural,“ ”original,” and ”home style,” to name but a few)—and found that our runaway favorite contains sucralose, the same artificial sweetener in Splenda.

via Applesauce – Cooks Illustrated.

gLee, tv: It was a good scene.

The crucial scene involves Sue talking about how she used to pray for God to help cure her sister with Down Syndrome, but since he never responded, she stopped believing. Murphy said that he didn’t care if audiences agreed or disagreed with the sentiment, but he did want to start a conversation and invite people to not be afraid of discussing serious issues in the open.

via ‘Glee’ Co-Creator Ryan Murphy on the Show’s Music, His Favorite Scene, and Guest Star Gwyneth Paltrow – Speakeasy – WSJ.

water resource management, followup:

For a year now, Lake Lanier – which reached devastating levels caused by drought – has maintained “full pool.” 1

via Atlanta News, Sports, Atlanta Weather, Business News |

Desmond Tutu, people, apartheid, history, South Africa:

Despite such heavy thoughts, Tutu smiled frequently. He peppered his conversation with hopeful statements about cultivating “a culture that respects human rights.” South Africa’s “apartheid was not the last word,” he said. He still believed people from diverse backgrounds can ultimately weld themselves together and work together as a society. One of the best lessons of his life, he said, is that “there are some extraordinary people in the world.” He remained, in short, hopeful.

via Desmond Tutu: ‘Apartheid was not the last word’ by Keith Graham |

Desmond Tutu, people, religion, history, South Africa, 2010 FIFA World Cup: Loved this interview … even the quote about Milo …Molly loves Milo!

Even when it comes to religion, Archbishop Desmond Tutu can’t resist a joke. He begins his interview with a prayer then, asking an assistant for a milky cup of Milo, says: “If you put any water, you are not going to heaven.”

That in spite of all the horror of injustice and oppression, and the sense that those who perpetrate evil tend to appear invincible, the texture of our universe is one where there is no question at all but that good and laughter and justice will prevail. In the end, the perpetrators of injustice or oppression, the ones who strut the stage of the world often seemingly unbeatable — there is no doubt at all that they will bite the dust. (Laughs) Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!”
Anyone who was not thrilled by the World Cup needs to go see their psychiatrist. The pride. The amount of people flying the flag. It was just crazy! We have shown the world. We have shown ourselves. We can meet deadlines. We build state of the art stadiums. We can actually control crime. We have got the ability. We [can] make every South African proud [and] feel they matter. One has a great, great exhilaration about the possibilities. [Then there are] the young people in our country. They take your breath away. Man! They really can make this country hum. The sky is the limit now. So I am excited about that. My sense is that we are a scintillating success waiting to happen.

via Retiring from Public Life, Desmond Tutu Reflects on God, Forgiveness and South Africa’s Future – TIME.

culture, media: Another woman thrown into the spotlight by a philandering husband … but why is this an occasion to bash Jenny Sanford.

Marta Salinas, the Chilean miner’s wife who stayed home to watch her husband Yonni Barrios’ miraculous rescue on TV (so he could greet his mistress), out-classed Jenny Sanford in the cheated-on-wife category. Senora Salinas’ husband was the 21st in the line of men who one by one came up a straw tube Wednesday to a very different world than the one they tunneled away from last August.

Television crews, book agents, long lost family members and a watching world were there to greet them. Their extraordinary grace after spending more than two months trapped half a mile underground (the first 17 days with no contact from above), and the order, mutual trust, cooperation and respect they apparently maintained among themselves in their cavern, epitomized the complete civilized inverse of Lord of the Flies social behavior.

Apparently that dignity extended to their families. Barrios’ wife of 28 years told the New York Times, “He has another companion,” and added, “I’m happy for him, and if he remakes his life, good for him.”

via Wronged Wife of Chilean Miner Out-Classes Jenny Sanford.

history, random: punch drunk …

punch is misunderstood. It has a serious, largely unappreciated pedigree, flagged by cameos in the 18th- and 19th-century novels of Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray and Henry Fielding, Mr. Wondrich said.

To reintroduce and redeem it as something less blandly sugary and fizzy — as something nobler and better — than what most of us typically encounter is the mission he has taken on, and who better for it? His interest in history runs as deep as his thirst for beverage experiences on the banks of the mainstream, and he has the handsomest punch ladle I’ve ever laid eyes on, more than 200 years old, with a whalebone handle. He got it on eBay two years ago, and it perfectly suits him. Mr. Wondrich himself looks vintage, his bushy trademark goatee less an ironic statement than a slightly dandyish nod to the chin topiary of yesteryear.

The above punch bona fides, along with many others, are on eloquent display in his new book, “Punch,” to be published by Perigee on Nov. 2. In his fetchingly wonky way, Mr. Wondrich, 49, has given the book not just a subtitle, “The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl,” but also a sub-subtitle, “An Anecdotal History of the Original Monarch of Mixed Drinks, With More Than Forty Historic Recipes, Fully Annotated, and a Complete Course in the Lost Art of Compounding Punch.” I quote it in its entirety because it describes “Punch” as succinctly as I could.

As in one of his previous books, “Imbibe!,” a highly regarded look at the American cocktail pioneer Jerry Thomas, Mr. Wondrich trots out staggering amounts of research, producing a work of sociology and anthropology as much as mixology. But this one has a bit of a hurdle to clear.

All this fuss over … punch?

Mr. Wondrich admitted that not too many years ago, he also thought of it “as a category without respect — and not deserving of it. Punch was either stupidly frilly or stupidly basic.”

via The Tipsy Diaries – Punch, the Drink of Dickens, Redeemed –

mascots, The South, pc-ness:  I love it when there is a reason for a mascot … so Old Miss choose a bear to replace their very politically incorrect Colonel Reb … why the bear … read on …

Colonel Reb, meet your replacement.

A decision by the University of Mississippi to replace Colonel Reb, the school’s longtime mascot, with the Rebel Black Bear is meeting some resistance.

Colonel Reb was formerly the University of Mississippi’s mascot.

On Thursday, the University of Mississippi announced the successor to its former mascot, a white-goateed, cane-toting Southern plantation owner that many have criticized as racist and anachronistic. The new mascot? The Rebel Black Bear.

Supporters of the old mascot were quick to find flaws. For one, an artist’s design shows a brown bear, not a black one. The animal was chosen based on the short story “The Bear” by William Faulkner, himself a former student, in which a bear is killed. Not exactly inspiring on the football field. And how original is a bear mascot?

via Ole Miss Resolves One Mascot Controversy and Creates Another –

pop ups, business model, NYC:  Again, I love this idea of a pop up business … but this one is only around for three weeks … not fair!

Waris Ahluwalia–best known for his appearances in Wes Anderson films and for his self-made “House of Waris” jewelry brand–has launched a pop-up tea room in New York City, open for only ten days.

“I always knew I would do tea,” Waris tells Fast Company. And he finally got the chance when he issued the House of Waris Design Challenge–the winner of which was Swiss architect, Christian Wassmann–and then took over a temporary pop-up space under the New York City High Line and created the House of Waris Tea Room. It serves Darjeeling tea, biscuits from England, and of course hosts Playboy parties. As for the tea itself? “I brought to market a product in three weeks,” says Waris, implying just how entrepreneurial the actor really is.

via Wes Anderson’s Waris Ahluwalia Pops Up a Tea Room Under NYC High Line | Fast Company.

education, science: Do you engage in free choice science learning?  Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

Much of my information derives from an excellent article in the American Scientist by John Falk and Lynn Dierking. They present studies showing that school is not where most Americans learn most of their science. Instead, knowledge is acquired via what is called informal science education or free-choice science learning. And while Falk and Dierking stress that current efforts to improve formal science education should be pursued with vigor, they lift up the imperative to also maximize opportunities for adults to pursue inherent levels of curiosity relating to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

So how do Americans engage in free-choice science learning?

Studies indicate a variety of sources. Adults may be pursuing a hobby, like gardening or tropical fish or star gazing, and devour relevant information. They may take their children to science museums and zoos and pick up information and curiosity in the process. They may be afficionados of NOVA or Discovery Channel. They may consult the internet when they — or family members — incur a disease or when a disaster like the Gulf oil spill occurs, seeking to better understand what’s going on. They may bookmark 13.7 or Chet Raymo or Carl Zimmer or Kahn or Seed and avail themselves of scientists’ attempts to make their passions accessible. They may frequent a science café.

via Stronger And Smarter: Informal Science Learning In Rural American Libraries : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

random, writing, history: Interesting thought … does a good editor check these things today?

Betsy, Peggy, and Sally all strike me as common 18th century names, but Linda really does not. However, it was a very common name when Johnny Tremain was written (1944), so I have a feeling that’s how it snuck in. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed with the author for including what seems like such an anachronism in an otherwise well-researched book, but I did learn something important from her slipup: Always be conscious of what you name your characters, even the minor ones.

People’s names and how they’re chosen say a lot about a given culture, and giving your characters names that accurately reflect the time period you’re writing about is another way to make your setting richer. Were names chosen from the Bible? From words that have positive connotations in that culture’s native language? Look at inscriptions, censuses, birth and baptismal records. (And if your novel takes place in 20th century America, the Social Security Administration has lists of the 1000 most popular baby names for every year since 1880.) But please, don’t take a name that’s popular today and give it to a Puritan child – unless it’s that rare name that can survive the ages.

via Wonders & Marvels — A Community for Curious Minds who love History, its Odd Stories, and Good Reads.

restaurants, business models: One of my favorite restaurants, Panera, is trying a slightly different business model?  What would you pay, more or less?

Around 4,000 people a week visit the restaurant, which is operated as a non-profit entity under the brand Panera Cares. About 65% pay the recommended amount. The remainder are roughly divided between over-payers and those who pay less or nothing. An attempt by cynics working in a nearby courthouse to break the system by paying pennies for an armful of sandwiches and soups was blocked by limiting the offer to one meal per person in the restaurant. The store is close to breaking even. There are plans to open more “shared responsibility” restaurants soon, including one in Detroit—albeit in the sort of neighbourhood where many people should be able to afford the full asking price.

via Fast-food restaurants: Dough rising | The Economist.

advertising, twitter, facebook: Do you follow any companies or products?  I follow the airlines on twitter and a few on fb …

HOW much attention is a big annual conference for marketers paying to the growing importance of social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to help reach consumers? Well, speakers are saying “fans,” “like” and “hash tag” almost as often as “touch points,” “benchmark” and “prioritize.”

But if the results of a survey taken during the opening general session of the conference on Thursday are projectable on a large scale, marketers may still need some schooling on the dos and don’ts of social media. Asked to describe how its use has affected sales, 13 percent replied that they did not use social media at all. Eleven percent said sales had increased a lot, 34 percent said sales increased “some” and 42 percent said they had seen no change.

The success of the “Smell like a man, man” campaign for Old Spice was fueled by its acceptance in social media, Mr. Pritchard said, listing examples like the 140 million times that video clips for Old Spice — official ones created by the company and parodies created by consumers — had been viewed on YouTube.

The brand’s followers on Twitter increased by 2,700 percent, he added; they now total almost 120,000.

The currency the campaign has earned in social media has pushed it into the popular culture. Mr. Pritchard showed the audience a spoof that was recently introduced by Sesame Workshop in which Grover suggests that his young viewers “smell like a monster on Sesame Street.”

The Coca-Cola Company, which already has several feeds on Twitter, plans to soon add another, Joseph V. Tripodi, chief marketing and commercial officer, said in an interview before his speech on Thursday.

The new feed will be for company news, he said, joining, among others, one for the Coca-Cola brand (, one for the exhibit at corporate headquarters ( and one written in the voice of Dr. John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola (

via Advertising – Marketers Compare Notes on Using Social Media –

history:  Can you guess what the 100th item was? BBC – A History of the World: Neil MacGregor unveils the 100th object.

creativity, business, motivation: what would you do?

What we should be is inspired by the model of the MacArthur awards. If you’re in management, any slack time you give a talented employee to pursue an idea is a mini “genius grant.” It doesn’t have to be a half-million dollars — a chunk of release time might suffice. The key, really, is the signal that such creativity is valued and the recognition that people tend to come up with great stuff when they’re allowed to take an occasional flyer.

I’m curious to hear from HBR readers how creativity is cultivated in the ranks of their organizations. Does your management give out anything resembling a genius grant? And here’s what I’m most curious to hear: if you got one — say half a million to build on your past work and push it into interesting new territory — what would you do?

via Award Your Own Genius Grants – Julia Kirby – Our Editors – Harvard Business Review.

business models, economy, csr: socially responsible giant?

Wal-Mart has made a push to show it is a socially responsible giant; it now, for instance, offers better health benefits than most of its retail rivals, and is requiring suppliers to limit their carbon emissions. Yet Wal-Mart has struggled at cracking the big cities amid stiff opposition from organized labor—even as its archrival, Target Corp., and other big-box chains such as Best Buy Co. make a steady march into urban areas with similar products, stores and nonunion workers.

via Wal-Mart to Go Smaller in U.S. –

architecture, design, movies:  Three of my favorite topics all rolled into one.

The first US film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design will feature a dynamic selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts.

via Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Molly, family, idiosyncracies, kith/kin, history: Molly used to drive me crazy asking the question, “So who was the first person on the highway?”

On this day in 1915, Atlanta welcomed the Dixie Highway Motorcade, the first group of tourists to use the newly completed Dixie Highway.

via Facebook | Atlanta History Center.

Apps:  So what do you think an augmented reality app is? 🙂  Four Augmented Reality Apps You Actually Want on Your iPhone | Mac|Life.

resources, libraries, kudos, Charlotte:  Nice resource, although dated, PLCMC!  Hornets’ Nest.

random, nicknames, Charlotte: Can you think of any others?

The Queen City, The QC, Crown Town, and The Hornet’s Nest are all nicknames for Charlotte, North Carolina, US.

via Charlotte, NC: “The Hornet’s Nest” :: Try Handmade.


6.30.2010 … as of tomorrow, my youngest will be driving … times they are a changing …. … what do you remember about turning 16? … the end is near, in two parts (Harry Potter) … John saw Ringo Starr in a restaurant in Boston the other night … have you ever seen someone famous/infamous … I’ve met and/or seen a few politicians … but other than that … nada

food – Southern:  This is going too far … bet they don’t have these in Colorado.

The doughnuts will be packed with Cheerwine-infused crème and topped with a chocolate icing and a healthy dose of red and white sprinkles, said Tom Barbitta, vice president of marketing for Cheerwine.

via Cheerwine-infused Krispy Kremes to hit stores –

vuvuzelas, sports, FIFA World Cup:  I am searching for mine now … 4th of July vuvuzela, anyone?

Spicing up boring old American baseball — one vuvuzela at a time.

At a home game June 19, the Florida Marlins debuted vuvuzela-style plastic horns. They were a hit with fans, the players? Not so much. “I can’t tell you how awful it was,” said center fielder Cody Ross.

The good news? After the World Cup ends you can mourn its loss by blowing into a vuvuzuela forlornly. The bad news? That annoying, head ache-inducing killer bee sound? It seems it’s here to stay.

via They Live: Vuvuzela Coming Soon, to a Sporting Event Near You – TIME NewsFeed.

blogs: OK, 35 best blogs … I have heard of 10 and been to 2 … I am on this computer a lot … who finds this stuff?

From the savvy to the satirical, the eye-opening to the jaw-dropping, TIME makes its annual picks of the blogs we can’t live without

via Zenhabits – Best Blogs of 2010 – TIME.

education, twitter, literature: importance of conciseness … and they actually have college courses on the literary art of twitter!  where?

Twitter critics all seem to forget the old adage: less is more.

If you’re anti-twitter because you just “don’t care what someone had for breakfast,” then maybe you’re still missing the point.

At least according to Chris Vognar in the Dallas Morning News, who says that twitter isn’t just a place for frivolous updates or random links. He says there’s actual literary value in keeping things 140 characters and less.

And he has a point.

Writers, poets and editors have long known the importance of conciseness. As Vognar points out, it takes a lot more skill to make a salient point in 140 characters than it does with dozens of needless words.

And that’s where Twitter’s literary value really shows. Not in the reading of tweets—which can of course be consumed rather quickly—but in the writing. To write a pithy, interesting tweet, time after time, takes discipline (what exactly are you trying to say), self-editing (it’s difficult to stay under the character limit), and an appreciation for language (which words are absolutely necessary).

Time’s own James Poniewozik made similar observations recently, pointing to past literary giants who “would have killed on Twitter.” (Alexander Pope in this case).

From the Twitter novel to the Twitter short story to the Twitter humorists, there is a strong case for how, when done right, Twitter allows writers to use a new form of technology to sharpen the old writing rules.

Twitter is all about what you make of it. And like all forms of literature, sometimes it takes a bit of effort to find the masterpieces (that is, until they actually have introductory college courses on the literary art of Twitter). So when you find something worthwhile, please make sure to retweet.

via Twit Lit 101: How Twitter Is Redefining Writing – TIME NewsFeed.

health, Colorado: This is scary … maybe my boys have the right idea.

Take a look at this map. See that blue state in a sea of red and purple hues? It’s Colorado, the only state in the union with an adult obesity rate below 20%. (”Just” 19.1% of its residents are obese.)

We’re talking obesity here — defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher, or about 180-plus pounds for a 5′5″ person — not merely overweight (defined as a BMI of between 25 and 30).

via Colorado Now the Only State With Obesity Rate Less Than 20% – Health Blog – WSJ.

Apple apps, philosophy: Since John and I met in an 8 am philosophy class, I am a little light in that area … so I downloaded this app and made it though about 3 sentences in the first article and glazed over … I am not meant to be a philosopher …

We’re a little way off from a handheld Deep Thought, but since life and meaning continue to perplex, a new philosophy application for smart phones might be the next best thing. — a popular online resource for questions philosophical — has launched an app — AskPhil —for iPhones, iPods and Android phones.

Alexander George, a professor of philosophy at Amherst College, launched in 2005 (he discusses the site in his post for The Stone, “The Difficulty of Philosophy”). He describes the AskPhil app in an Amherst press release: “When philosophical questions occur to people away from their desks or computer screens they’ll now have the opportunity through their mobile devices to see quickly whether other people have already asked that question and whether it’s received interesting responses.”

via Philosophy App – Opinionator Blog –

colleges, parenting, teens: I am so guilty of some of these … Reacting to One College’s Advice for Parents – The Choice Blog –

news, movies, fact/fiction: Yesterday we met a real life Jason Borne, today a real life Bond girl …

Her Facebook page’s address contains the more Russian first name “Anya” instead of the Americanized “Anna” and is adorned with glamorous, suggestive self-portraits. Many of them are being republished today in the tabloids, with captions calling Chapman a “femme fatale” with a “Victoria’s Secret body.”

via Spy Ring’s ‘Femme Fatale’ Anna Chapman Conjures Bond Girl Image.

Also check out … Deep Inside Alleged Russian Spies’ Tech and Techniques | Fast Company.

Charlotte, culture, LOL: Just plain out funny … “weighed for such factors as per-capita pickup trucks, home-improvement stores, number of construction workers and other such nonsense.”

This royal theme, while fine for street-sign logos, is an absolute manly-man disaster, public relations-wise. Mention royalty and people instantly think of Prince Charles.

Our honor springs from one of those surveys ranking various towns – which surveyors never bother to visit – on oddball criteria. Sponsored by the snack food Combos, the nation’s 50 biggest cities were weighed for such factors as per-capita pickup trucks, home-improvement stores, number of construction workers and other such nonsense.

And we won. Baltimore, Kansas City and Pittsburgh, well-muscled manly-man hotbeds if ever there were, are left in our dust.


We’re such a manly-man city that:

Our top tourist attraction is an outlet mall.

We cancel school because it might snow.

Our prostitution ring was called “Hush-Hush.”

Panthers receiver Steve Smith breaks his arm playing flag football.

Tryon Street, our main drag, has three art museums, but you can’t get a tattoo anywhere.

via Real men don’t do Charlotte –

movies, marketing: The end is near … in two parts … The trailer is pretty good … so Thanksgiving 2010 will have a fun movie … and July 2011 … way to build things up.

YouTube – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer Official HD.

blogs: Another pretty good blog …Girls, God and the Good Life.

blogs, summer: I really like this blog I found yesterday … amazing what is out there … and the $1.69 cheery limeade drink at TAco Bell is pretty good too!

Sonic Strawberry Limeade is summer beverage perfection. The ice is perfect. The fizzy sweet-tartness is perfect. The juicy bits of strawberry that sneak up the straw to surprise your taste buds are perfect. The ice is perfect. The fresh lime wedge and strawberry chunks left in the bottom of the cup are perfect. And did I mention the ice? It’s the perfect size, the perfect shape, and the perfect softness for ADA-approved crunching. It’s the ice all other ice dreams of becoming but never will. Sonic Strawberry Limeade is a delectable treat from the first sip to the last bits of berry you scrape off the side of the cup with your straw, if you’re unladylike enough to do that sort of thing. A finger works, too.

Better still, it’s half price from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Happy Hour indeed! For one dollah and nine cent you can purchase a 16 oz mini-vacation in beverage heaven. So, what are you waiting for? By my clock, you still have ten minutes to get there.

via The View From Here.

RIP, icons: “most iconic photograph from the victory celebrations of World War II” … goodbye, Ms. Shain … I think every woman would have loved to have been the recipient of that random kiss …

It’s perhaps the most iconic photograph from the victory celebrations of World War II, and the nurse who made it possible, Edith Shain, is dead at 91.

via ‘Kissing Nurse’ From Famous World War II Photograph Dies – TIME NewsFeed.

history, archeology, alluring titles:  Come on, with a title like “Is King Tut’s Penis Missing? ” you have to find out!

Did someone sabotage the Egyptian king’s mummy to hide his less-than endowed genitalia? A new report from The New Scientist presents the possibility of a anatomical conspiracy.

Earlier this year, scientists speculated the cause of famed King Tutankhamen’s death to be due to a bone disorder and a bad case of malaria, but just last week a group of German researchers overruled that diagnosis. Instead, they say the 19-year-old pharaoh suffered from sickle-cell anemia, a genetic abnormality in red blood cells that ultimately causes organ failure.

While researching the new prognosis for The New Scientist,journalist Jo Marchant uncovered another proposed ailment of Tut’s. A letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that Tut could also have suffered from Antley-Bixler syndrome, a genetic mutation that yields strange physical effects, such as elongated skulls and even under-developed genitalia. (Some researchers support the theory and use artistic depictions of Tut and his relatives, often show with elongated faces, as proof.)

Egypt’s chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass dismisses the theory, claiming that Tut was, in fact, well-developed. However, as Marchant points out, Tut’s penis is no longer attached to the body. After some digging, Marchant was able to confirm that the king’s genitalia was attached to the mummy during its first unwrapping in 1922, meaning the postmortem castration likely occurred in modern times. Interestingly, Tut’s penis was declared missing in 1968 until a CT scan discovered it hidden in the sand that surrounded the mummy.

This evidence has lead some, including Marchant to believe that Tut’s penis was swapped sometime after his body was embalmed, suggesting a conspiracy existed to save him from embarrassment of the locker room variety, even in the afterlife.

via Is King Tut’s Penis Missing? – TIME NewsFeed.


“To do good, you actually have to DO something.”

Yvon Chouinard

via Something big’s going down in Boulder « What Gives 365.

unique, philanthropy, doing good: I am fascinated by this project.

Back in March, I spent two weeks writing about some of the 36 young entrepreneurs who were each trying to raise $6,500 to get to the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder. This 10-week business incubator is designed to give these dauntingly brilliant, inspired, energetic and committed young innovators the tools to get their big ideas off the ground & out in the world where they can do some huge good.

via Something big’s going down in Boulder « What Gives 365.


6.27.2010 … .. Love meeting new people … Our Fall 2010 South African Exchange Student and her parents were visiting in SC and came up to meet Molly and John and me and see the school. It makes me excited for Liv’s trip here and Molly ‘s trip there!

travel, South Africa: Video – Visiting a South African Township –

cities, retail: I still want my city to be “big” enough to support pop up shops!

The concept of a “now you see it, now you don’t” store is commonly tied to a holiday theme: the New York beauty store Ricky’s opens more than a dozen Halloween costume shops in September and October. And last winter Toys “R” Us opened 33 Holiday Express locations in the tristate area.

But in the last few years pop-ups have flourished in New York regardless of the holiday calendar. For building owners they are a way to fill vacant space and for sellers they offer a place to gauge the reception to their brand or introduce new products, without a long-term rental commitment.

“The great thing about a pop-up space is that it allows you to have one very consistent, very clear and very distinct message around the brand,” Mr. Gibb said. Belvedere negotiated a deal to lease the 6,500-square-foot second-floor space at 414 West 14th Street a few months in advance. Within a few days of the three-night event, a team of designers, painters and construction workers turned it into a softly lighted den of glamour.

via Square Feet – Pop-Up Stores Become Popular for New York Landlords –


There is no greater gift. Athleticism? No way. Intelligence? Sorry. The greatest God-given gift is the ability to see life as it really is and to know of things yet to come. Steve Jobs is a committee of one. Compare his results to the hundreds and thousands of focus groups at Palm(PALM) or Microsoft(MSFT). The difference between seeing and not seeing is exponential. I’ll bet Steve Jobs rarely works up a sweat. We know very little about his personal life but we do know he has time to go out for coffee with Eric Schmidt, he has time to rehearse keynote speeches, he has time to email customers, and he has time to negotiate with the media industry. He has time to do these things because his forecasting decisions are so sure. One Steve Jobs is worth a million tech executives. He releases a single iPhone in black or white. He releases one iPad. His gift is extraordinarily sure.

via Steve Jobs: His Exponential Value for iPhone 4 – TheStreet.

media:  I don’t like Spitzer …

CNN announced Wednesday that Eliot Spitzer, the former New York governor, and Kathleen Parker, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in April for her conservative newspaper columns, are teaming up in September for a newsy conversation show at 8 p.m., replacing “Campbell Brown.”

CNN executives emphasize that the show is not a new “Crossfire” or a combative battle of partisan talking points, but instead a thoughtful roundtable with two original thinkers.

via CNN teams Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker to replace ‘Campbell Brown’ – Mike Allen –

Supreme Court, culture, women’s issues:

Do women judge differently than men? Justice Sandra Day O’Connor famously said: “A wise old woman and a wise old man will reach the same conclusion.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made similar observations, but at the same time, she has said that women bring to the table their own experiences, which inform their decision-making.

She points, for example, to a decision written by Justice O’Connor in 1982 telling a state-run, all-female nursing school, that it had to admit a qualified male applicant. The dissenters in that case asserted that the all-female policy was a kind of affirmative action for women, and that, says Ginsburg, was an idea firmly rejected by O’Connor.

via How Women Changed The Supreme Court … And Didn’t : NPR.

science, religion: One of my favorite discussions … spiritual man v. scientific man …

Nothing gets as vicious as fighting for a lost cause. If the proverbial Martian landed in a flying saucer today and saw how religionists war against scientists, he would be surprised at the vehemence on both sides. What is the war about? Fact beat out faith long ago. When Darwin’s theory of evolution replaced Genesis to explain the appearance of human beings, which was in the middle of the 19th century, the trend away from faith was already old. The world had been remade as material, governed by natural laws, random in its effects, and immune to divine intervention. Not just science but thousands of unanswered prayers did their part to dethrone God.

I am not drawn to lost causes, and therefore I’d like to guide the debate away from religion. And since religion is the primary form of spirituality in most people’s lives, we’ll have to step away from spirituality, too, at least at first. There should be renewed admiration for science’s attempts to answer the fundamental mysteries. These are well known by now:

How did the universe come about?

What caused life to emerge from a soup of inorganic chemicals?

Can evolution explain all of human development?

What are the basic forces in Nature?

How does the brain produce intelligence?

What place do human beings occupy in the cosmos?

Many observers have linked these questions to spirituality, too. Facts tell us how life came about, but faith still wants to know why. But what strikes me is how useless these big questions easily become. You and I live our lives without asking them. We may be philosophically curious; we may even have enough leisure time to reflect upon the big picture. For all that, the big questions are posed, by and large, by professors who are paid to pose them. Religion and science occupy different kinds of ivory towers, but until they come down to earth, neither one meets the practical needs of life.

via Deepak Chopra: Consciousness and the End of the War Between Science and Religion.

substances, Colorado:

Since this place opened in January, it’s been one nerve-fraying problem after another. Pot growers, used to cash-only transactions, are shocked to be paid with checks and asked for receipts. And there are a lot of unhappy surprises, like one not long ago when the Farmacy learned that its line of pot-infused beverages could not be sold nearby in Denver. Officials there had decided that any marijuana-tinged consumables had to be produced in a kitchen in the city.“You’d never see a law that says, ‘If you want to sell Nike shoes in San Francisco, the shoes have to be made in San Francisco,’ ” says Ms. Respeto, sitting in a tiny office on the second floor of the Farmacy. “But in this industry you get stuff like that all the time.”

via In Colorado, Pot-Selling Pioneers Try to Turn a Profit –

icons: Another icon bites the dust …

The statue will be moved to Goris Stalin Museum, which houses artifacts, documents and the dictators death mask, said Mziya Naochashvili, the museums director of research. “Tourists will come to look at it and it will be a wonderful brand,” she said.

via Georgia Dismantles Stalin Monument –

tv, gLee, culture, stereotypes:

But the overarching theme of the show is everyone’s in the same club — jocks and divas, gays and straights. The new character also opens the possibility that by joining in the show choir — creating normal, friendly respectful relationships with her fellow singers — the branded official Christian will be shown accepting what her elders reject. Statistics show young adults hold more accepting attitudes on race and on homosexuality.

via Will a new ‘Christian character’ harmonize with ‘Glee’ values? – Faith & Reason.

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