Posts Tagged ‘Miss Manners


10.12.13 … this and that … in honor of boy buddha …

this and that, kith/kin, random: So an unnamed member of my kith/kin family  “mentioned” that I was posting too much.  He/she likes me to string them all together.  Well, I will compromise.  I will post my favorites daily, but will try to post a features page every few days.  This will be the totally random or entertainment  “features” post.  I hope I get my good karma back from my readers.  🙂

This one is funny … who remembers Tilly? Well, the Tilly voice artist is the Siri voice artist, and she recorded the voice 8 years and did not know who it was for until friends recognized her voice.  She now speaks to more than 100 million people through what at the time of the recording was a not-yet-invented phone


From Tilly to Siri. Who else remembers Tilly!?!

For the past two years, she’s been a pocket and purse accessory to millions of Americans. She’s starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel. She’s ‘s provided weather forecasts and restaurant tips, been mocked as useless and answered absurd questions about what she’s wearing.

She is Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual “assistant” introduced to the masses with the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011.

Behind this groundbreaking technology there is a real woman. While the ever-secretive Apple has never identified her, all signs indicate that the original voice of Siri in the United States is a voiceover actor who laid down recordings for a client eight years ago. She had no idea she’d someday be speaking to more than 100 million people through a not-yet-invented phone.

Her name is Susan Bennett and she lives in suburban Atlanta.

via ‘I’m the original voice of Siri’ –

Actually my favorite is the oreo ad link posted on twitter during the SuperBowl blackout.  What is your favorite?

How many caught your attention?

There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.

via The Tweets That Will Go Down in Twitter History (with images, tweets) · wsj · Storify.

I’ve posted several times on 3 D printers.  Now technology duplicates art … in 3d. Look at the strokes!

The London based married couple and artist team, with no relation to this Nick Carter, tapped into the burgeoning 3D printing trend to bring Van Goghs beloved bouquet out of the frame and into the real world.The team began by turning the paintings into completely three-dimensional files, then printing them in wax bronze. The process allowed for shocking levels of precision in the translation between brush stroke and sculptural shape.

via Behold, A 3D Printed Sculpture Of Van Goghs Sunflowers.

Selma AL, I Will Dance, Broadway, change, youth, hope:

Dancing isn’t all they do. Check out another video of one RATCo participant, Vinny, doing his thing.

via These Dancing Teens Are Defying Expectations, Statistics, And Maybe A Few Laws Of Physics.

via ▶ I WILL DANCE Official Trailer – YouTube.


That privacy thing … why do they do this??

Is having open-plan bathrooms just the natural extension of our open kitchens and a general global modern-day tendency to open up our living spaces and live in lofts or loftlike spaces? Is it an extension of the idea that bathrooms aren’t just functional necessities but spa-like focal points of our sanctuary-like homes? Or has the erosion of privacy in our public lives just made us all more comfortable being overexposed, even at home?

Rousseau thinks it’s a generational question. “I think with age we look for ways to seduce by modest gestures and by covering ourselves up,” she says. “I don’t see myself proposing an open bathroom to older people; they need much more privacy.”

via Bathrooms without borders: the end of privacy at home?.

Unexpected outcomes, 9.25.13 Pakistani Earthquake:

A very unexpected outcome from a major earthquake in Pakistan that killed more than 300 people: The sudden appearance of a small new island off the country’s coast.

via Facebook.

The magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Pakistan\’s Baluchistan province created a small island visible off the southern coast. The Pakistani Navy visited the island and captured video of the newly formed landmass. Photo: Getty Images

via Pakistan Quake Toll Rises to at Least 328 –

This is along the same lines as the tiny libraries or random act of kindness?  Would you take a book?  Would you leave a book?

You happen to be visiting London this summer (or heck maybe you live there), there’s a chance you’ll find books left on the seat of some bus or subway for you. Books on the Underground is a really simple idea: leave a book you love for a stranger to find and ask them to release it back into the world when they are done with it.

A simple sticker on the cover explains the idea to the book’s finder–and karma does the rest.

Pretty lovely idea, no?

via Books on the Underground.

Miss Manners answered this question years ago.  She suggested you simply introduce them with their names.  🙂

What’s the No. 1 debate topic for many cohabitating couples who are over age 50? The labels, they said.

via Living together titles: What do people who live together call each other? – Chicago Tribune.

Q: What should I say when introducing people whose social status might make other people uncomfortable? For example, unmarried couples living together, or homosexual couples?

Miss Manners says: I don’t want to know what kind of parties you  are throwing where people’s sexual statuses need to be provided with introductions. Just use names.

via Miss Manners on: introductions | Bitch Please, Bitch Thank You.


“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 (, 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 |

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 –

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.


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 –

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 –

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 –


6.3.2010 … why couldn’t snoring be a white noise? … let it rain! …

life:  nuisance!

Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when your breathing is obstructed in some way while you’re sleeping. Sometimes snoring may indicate a serious health condition. In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner.

via Snoring –


… siblings from Earth’s sister planet, Cadigan and DeCaria shared many responsibilities, including maintaining “secret exclusive contact with The Beatles.” This was during the height of Beatlemania.

The Beatles “came to us for advice about their songs and how to deal with fame and other important matters,” Cadigan says. “On occasion, they would ask us to use our highly developed shape-shifting ability to become them, and finish recording sessions and concert tours when they were too tired to go on themselves.”

via In Secret World, Girls Of The ’60s Advised The Beatles : NPR.

technology, Miss Manners, Apple iPad:

But the pace of technology is blazingly fast and creates new situations daily. So we have to apply a basic tenet of etiquette — be considerate of those around us — to constantly adapt to how we, as a society, want to use technology.

via How to avoid being rude when using your iPad –

cars, green: OK, so I want an electric mini … please …Get in Line for 4,600 Free Electric Car Battery Chargers – Wheels Blog –

healthcare, heartbreaking: When Boomers Get Dementia – Room for Debate Blog –

baseball:  Unbelievable …

–“THE BLOWN CALL HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD” — CLASSY REACTION FROM THE YOUNG PITCHER, WHO WAS ROBBED – Bob Wojonowski in the Detroit News: “This was a flash that will be frozen forever, a moment when incredible athletic achievement met astonishing human failure. It collided in the ninth inning of Armando Galarraga’s pitching masterpiece, when one blown umpire call halted history, and created its own. Galarraga essentially pitched the first perfect game in Tigers history, retiring all 27 Indians batters he faced Wednesday night, except that the 27th batter, Jason Donald, was called safe at first by umpire Jim Joyce. The ump later admitted he missed the call, felt horrible about it and apologized for it.” Story …Watch the blown call. Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | CLE@DET: Donald breaks up perfect game in the ninth – Video | Multimedia.

via Mike Allen’s Playbook 24/7 –

random, LOL:  gotta love The Onion.

National Parks Closed For Annual Remajestification

via National Parks Closed For Annual Remajestification | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.


Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running! … -Forest Gump … week ending 5.15.2010

Week of June 9 – 15, 2010

Continue reading ‘Now you wouldn’t believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running! … -Forest Gump … week ending 5.15.2010′


“History doesn’t repeat itself–but it often rhymes.” – Week Ending 3.27.2010

3.26.2010  beautiful day … march madness continues, Ann and Rob’s birthdays … reading …

March Madness: The answer was no … but love the nerdiness of this article.  Can Cornell Top Kentucky? It’s A Matter Of Style : NPR.

politics, health care reform:

‘And so when you walk into that ballot box, remember that it was my Democratic opponent who favored providing Viagra to pedophiles.”

That isn’t a campaign line any American has heard yet, but give it a few hours. The Senate this week took up its “reconciliation” bill, with its final changes to the law the president signed Tuesday. It wasn’t so much reconciliation as reckoning.

Democrats only got their ObamaCare victory by breaking every rule, and that was always going to come at a price. To lever the health bill through the House, Democrats used the arcane process of reconciliation. It got them a win, but it also meant Senate Democrats this week had to endure the political equivalent of water-boarding.

via Kim Strassel: The Senate Reckoning –

politics: I really hate politics …

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took out a full-page advertisement in Friday’s Boston Globe to rip Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown for suggesting she might run against him in 2012.

via Rachel Maddow: Scott Brown ‘made this up’ – Jessica Taylor –

firsts, places:

What’s the best thing to do with an old airplane hangar? Why, turn it into a giant trampoline park, of course

via San Francisco Airplane Hangar Transformed Into Trampoline Park | Sustainability | Fast Compan

random, Atlanta: Oops!

Marietta police are trying to determine how hundreds of pounds of marijuana ended up at bakery warehouse Friday morning.

via Marijuana shipped to Marietta bakery  |

music, art: Art history lesson … to music!

How do you add a little culture to pop music? How about a music video that apes a dozen classic works of art? Franco-American band Hold Your Horses has released the most cultured video we’ve seen a while with their clip for “70 Million.” How many paintings can you name?

via Hold Your Horses Art Video 70 Million – Video – The Daily Beast.

book club: Tonight is book club, and I have barely started Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

Apple iPad:

First up: the freebie. Since the iPad supports the open standard epub format, we had assumed that there would be some way to get public domain books onto the device–and a screenshot of the iBookstore confirms that not only will it be possible, but, as reported by AppAdvice, Apple is simply popping the free catalog from Project Gutenberg into the store.

via Apple iPad’s iBookstore to Carry 30,000 Free Public Domain Books, Challenge Kindle on Bestseller Price | Dan’s FC Blog | Fast Company.


The design for the outdoor memorial, selected by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and unveiled Thursday for a site just south of the National Mall, calls for monumental columns and large memorial tapestries of woven stainless steel that will portray images from the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s life.

via Cityscapes: Gehry’s design concept for Eisenhower memorial unveiled.

places: We are planning a weekend with John’s parents … Naples looks fun! A Weekend in Naples, Fla. –

Continue reading ‘“History doesn’t repeat itself–but it often rhymes.” – Week Ending 3.27.2010′


THE WEEK/My Week 3.13.2010


This has been a fun week.  I enjoy architectural icons and how they evoke memories and symbolize a place.  So my favorite stories this week involved the demolition of the Gwinnett is Great twin water towers and the death of Bruce Graham, the architect responsible for many of Chicago’s icons, including the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Tower.

And next week … pi/pie day, and March Madness is beginning … got to love that!

Enjoy my week in review!

Continue reading ‘THE WEEK/My Week 3.13.2010’

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 618 other followers

May 2020