Posts Tagged ‘summer

10
Jul
13

7.10.13 … So, Rory’s marrying Darcy :) … On ice in NYC … Bartoli’s great comeback: “I am not a blonde, yes … but have I dreamed about winning Wimbledon?” … “To Marilyn from the Man in the Moon” … and to think I used to HATE garden tomatoes … Mark Twain’s Advice to Little Girls …

Vincent Kartheiser,  Alexis Bledel (aka Rory from “Gilmore Girls):

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Mental Disjunctions of the Day: Pete from “Mad Men” is playing Mr. Darcy at the Guthrie. (As Vincent Kartheiser says, “Both have very upper-class upbringing.There’s a certain formality and stiffness that I believe will be carried over.”) Minnesota friends, if you go, I’d love to hear what it’s like! (Bonus Fact: He is now engaged to Alexis Bledel, aka Rory from “Gilmore Girls.”) http://www.vita.mn/arts/214046491.html?page=all

Minneapolis boy Vincent Kartheiser swings from playing neurotic Pete Campbell on “Mad Men” to romantic Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” at the Guthrie.

via Vincent Kartheiser comes home to Guthrie | Vita.mn.

NYC, ice bar, minus 5 ice bar:

After days of sweltering heat, New Yorkers are ready for a cooling off period. The opening of New York Citys first ice bar is providing just that. July 9

via Ice Bar Opens As New York City Swelters – YouTube.

Twitter, sexism, Bartoli, great combacks: 

Twitter / EverydaySexism: Best. Response. Ever. #Bartoli ….

The Real Housewives of NASA Astronauts, America’s first reality TV stars,  NYTimes.com: So was Genie a “cape cookie”?

In your book, you describe the wives of the astronauts as “America’s first reality TV stars.” What do you mean by that?

Their saga, with its countless launch parties, and endless bottles of Champagne, at times seemed less like “The Right Stuff” and more like “The Valley of the Dolls” — or “The Real Housewives of NASA.” After their husbands became astronauts, Life magazine bought the rights to the couples’ “personal stories” for half a million dollars in 1959, so the astronaut families were all thrust into the spotlight. They were constantly exposed to the public, with reporters embedded in their suburban homes in the wonderfully named Houston “space burbs,” near NASA. The wives’ mantra throughout the space race was “Happy, proud and thrilled.” It was their “keep calm and carry on” motto, 1960s style, a way of coping with having their lives turned inside out. The press camped out on their lawns during the missions. They had tea with Jackie [Kennedy] and attended high-society galas. They had to smile perfectly after a Life magazine makeover, balancing their extravagantly lacquered rocket-style hairdos. (If you’ve seen the Slim Aarons photos of the young moms and matrons of Palm Beach, they actually look very astro-wifey.) They banded together to cope with the unique pressures of being married to spacemen — including dealing with absentee husbands constantly tempted by “Cape Cookies,” as the astronaut groupies were known.

Back then, when Jim was on the flight, he sent Marilyn — waiting back on earth — a special gift, a mink jacket from Neiman Marcus that arrived via a chauffeured Rolls-Royce and came with the most romantic card in the universe: “To Marilyn from the Man in the Moon.”

via Fashion Flashback | The Real Housewives of NASA Astronauts – NYTimes.com.

etiquette, deliberate polish: entering a row of seats:  Excuse me …

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DELIBERATE POLISH: ENTERING A ROW OF SEATS

we answer the eternal conundrum of which way to face, in our latest column on minding your (modern) manners

via deliberate polish: entering a row of seats.

Marinated Cucumbers Onions and Tomatoes, summer, recipes:  Just looks good … and to think I used to HATE garden tomatoes.

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

So yummy and healthy!!

3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings

3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

1/2 cup vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper

1/4 cup oil

Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving

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Advice to Little Girls,Mark Twain, 1865 Childrens Book, Brain Pickings:

 

I’m enormously delighted to announce that Advice to Little Girls public library is officially out this week — a true labor of love nearly two years in the making. You might recall a sneak peek from my TED Bookstore selections earlier this year. Grab a copy, enjoy, and share!

via Advice to Little Girls: Young Mark Twains Little-Known, Lovely 1865 Childrens Book | Brain Pickings.

http://www.amazon.com/Advice-Little-Girls-Mark-Twain/dp/1592701299/?tag=braipick-20

07
Jul
13

7.7.13 … another list … frozen novelties … seems appropriate for summer …

frozen novelties, Classic Ice Cream Truck Treats, summer: Summer treats … we called them “frozen novelties.” 🙂

 

Classic Ice Cream Sandwich

Super Twin Cherry Popsicle

Remember the ice cream truck of your childhood, and all of its magical frozen treats? Here they are, from worst to best.

via The Definitive Ranking Of Classic Ice Cream Truck Treats.

27
Jun
13

6.27.13 … Homeland overruns Sacred Space …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, Myers Park Baptist Church, Avondale Presbyterian Church:

In case you’re wondering, the TV show Homeland  is being filmed at Myers Park Baptist Church today. They are using MY labyrinth for a food service staging area. I guess they have a different concept of “sacred space” 😦

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So I headed over to Avondale Presbyterian Church.

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Since John and I have been trying to work separately the daily  Sudoku puzzle  in the Charlotte Observer, I brought mine with me and set a timer. I would give myself 20 minutes as a relaxation exercise before entering the labyrinth. Once when I visited my internist he mentioned that sudoku solving was similar to labyrinth walking and its relaxation properties. I, however, find just the opposite today because after 28 minutes, I still had not solved the puzzle 🙂

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For the first time today it really, really feels like summer. It is overcast and windy and muggy. I barely see my shadow. The garden has been recently groomed, but there are a few twigs and small branches on the labyrinth from the windy afternoon showers.

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The chimes are really singing today, most of it is an annoying squeal however. Wish I was understood why … maybe the heat?

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24
Jun
13

6.24.13 … Summer Solstice 2013 and Super Moon: it’s completely coincidental …

Summer Solstice 2013, Super Moon 2013, astronomy, Summer, culture, history: 

This year’s summer solstice also stands out because it will be followed shortly after by the largest “supermoon” of the year. In the early hours of Sunday, June 23, the moon will officially reach its full phase and will be the closest to Earth that it will be all year.

While the astrology-minded might be tempted to see significance in the timing of the two celestial events, there is no connection, said Mark Hammergren, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

“People draw this connection between [the supermoon] and the summer solstice, but it’s completely coincidental,” he added.

The solstices are the results of Earth’s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the ecliptic, the plane of our solar system. This tilt causes different amounts of sunlight to reach different regions of the planet during Earth’s yearlong orbit around the sun.

Adler’s Hammergren said he doesn’t feel too bad about the declining significance of the solstices in modern society.

“Ancient cultures and some modern religions pay very, very close attention to certain natural alignments … and there’s a lot of mysticism and special supernatural significance attached to them,” he said. “The fact that we don’t pay attention to that stuff as much anymore, I think, is a rational thing.”

The University of Arizona’s Holbrook, however, thinks there are certain benefits in keeping the tradition alive.

“Paying attention to the solstices is a way of teaching mathematics, celestial mechanics, and astronomy, culture, and history,” she said. “It is also a pretty good party.”

via Summer Solstice 2013: Why It’s the First Day of Summer.

20
Aug
11

‎8.20.2011 … Run, Molly, run …

Charlotte Latin School, CLS XC, kith/kin:  Charlotte high school cross-country season began today … Nice 3K at McAlpine Park. Next weekend is Hendersonville …

Charlotte:

That clinking, clanking sound in Charlotte isn’t just America’s largest bank getting richer. It’s the sound of the New South growing. “Charlotte is one of the best-kept secrets in the country,” says Mayor Anthony Foxx, “but in the very near future it’ll be one of the worst-kept.” With the Democratic National Convention descending next fall, bringing 30,000-plus delegates, journalists and other visitors, he’s right.

via Best Value Cities 2011: 2. Charlotte, N.C..

GA politics: 2011 redistricting, kith/kin: He’s right in the thick of it … I honestly believe he has the best interests of the state.  But man, politics are ugly.

The process caused friction among Democrats. Majority Whip Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and Minority Leader Rep. Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, continued their contentious exchange from a committee hearing earlier this week. Lindsey said some Democrats would support the maps but won’t vote for them out of fear of political retribution.

Lindsey displayed on giant screens in the House chamber a copy of an e-mail Abrams sent her caucus warning that a vote in favor of the Republican plan could lead to primary opposition next year.

Democrats, Lindsey said, aren’t publicly supporting the maps “not because these aren’t fair maps, it’s because they’ve been threatened with their political future if they vote for it.”

Abrams said it was not a threat. She also did not back off the message

via Lawmakers approve new political boundaries  | ajc

recipes, summer, tomato pie:  Tomato Pie is the epitome of summer!

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With its biscuity buttermilk crust, this rustic pie is our new summertime staple. Let the pie cool for at least one hour before serving.

via Tomato and Cheddar Pie: BA Daily: Blogs : bonappetit.com.

food-drink, random: 

ice cubes

The answers Simone heard from older family members and from strangers in New York’s Russian immigrant–dominated Brighton Beach were all over the place: A Chechen antiques dealer said, “Who knows where that ice came from? It’s probably dirty.” A bar patron posited that ice dilutes a drink, but had no answer for why, then, it shouldn’t be used in water. A Siberian friend pointed out that they are already surrounded by ice for most of the year, and another said maybe it was because they have bad teeth that were sensitive to the cold.

One explanation I’ve heard elsewhere, and which may hold some truth, is that Europeans see ice as taking up valuable real estate in the glass, so that they would feel cheated if they got too much ice and too little beverage. This theory has two problems: It doesn’t explain, again, why water shouldn’t be served with ice, and it doesn’t take into account the fact that one is often served a whole can or bottle of soda, which could then be used to refill the glass. My guess on the first issue is that drinking water with a meal is (or at least was) less common in Europe than here—a Parisian waiter once sarcastically presented my requested water as “Champagne”—and since no one had become accustomed to ice in drinks the preference carried over to water.

The answer that Simone heard that was closest to the truth, I suspect, came from a waitress in a Russian restaurant: “That’s just how it’s always been.” With a question that could never be answered definitively, that seems as good a response as any.

via Why Don’t Other Countries Use Ice Cubes? | Food & Think.

2012 Democratic Convention, Charlotte, legacy:

One way the committee is gathering input from the community is by visiting groups like the chamber and asking, “What should Charlotte’s DNC legacy be?

via Charlotte Chamber.

Generation X, Generation Y, careers, Charlotte, NC:

South End resident Nick Henderson says, “The job market is more focused on us.”

He’s talking about Charlotte’s Generations X & Y.

Henderson says, “You’ve got everything from technology which I’m in now, you know, banking all the way to the music field which is what brought me here.”

The former professional musician now works in IT. He’s part of a young workforce city leaders say is more and more in demand.

Michael Smith is President & CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. He says, “Every city’s going to be fighting for them. We’ve got two baby boomers retiring for every one next generation worker in the workforce.”

Smith says the competition for those younger workers will only grow. But he says, thanks to careful planning, Charlotte is ahead of the curve.

via Charlotte Game Plan In Place To Keep & Attract Young Workers | Charlotte News | Weather | Carolina Panthers | Bobcats | FOX Charlotte | Local News.

parenting, kith/kin: I may have quoted this article before, but I think it is very appropriate for my life.

The next minute she’d be worrying: “But what if I run out of euros? I have dollars, but I can’t use dollars in Brussels!”

“Darling, you simply change them.”

“But — how?”

It wasn’t an unreasonable question, but of course revealed her inexperience. Even when teenagers seem strikingly mature, they still are, in fact, young. Why would any of them necessarily know about those little booths labeled Cambio/Exchange/Wechsel?

As she had prepared for the trip, she seemed to know exactly what she was doing — and what she ought to be packing — until abruptly she’d be at a loss and asking for help.

And suddenly, there she was behind the barrier, out of our reach, amid a crowd of strangers.

via A teenage daughter boards a plane looking like the woman she’ll someday be | Meghan Cox Gurdon | Local | Washington Examiner.

14
Jun
11

6.14.2011 … Safely arrived … now to hit the town running …

MegaBus, followup, imo:  OK, it was cheap and timely … It got me there in 8 hours.  But the quality of your trip depends on a) your bus, b) your driver and c) your fellow passengers.  My first trip ended today at 6:10 am (about 20 minutes early).  My bus was clean but not very comfortable (take a blanket and a pillow), had electrical outlets and wifi that worked.  It also had a DVD player and the driver showed two movies, one at 10:30 pm and the other at 12:15 am.  Since there are no headphones, this was a huge negative.  People also talked loudly on their cellphones until the wee hours of the morning.  Another BIG negative.  But now I know, take a pillow, choose your seatmate carefully (mine was a space invader) and get earplugs. I will do it again … tomorrow … and again for cheap trips to DC.    MegaBus

US National Parks, freebies, summer:  Just so you know …

Get outside this weekend! The US National Parks, the universe and your friends here at Tonic want you to go explore the great outdoors. Why? Because this Saturday is officially the first day of summer and US National Parks have decided to let people into more than 100 parks for free!

via US National Parks will be waving park entry fees this Saturday | Tonic.

random, Davidson, silk purse/sow’s ear:  When is a convenience store not a convenience store? When you call it an “urban market?”  Jury is still out on that one. 🙂

Bob Rusher Jr. describes the business not as a typical convenience store, but as an “urban market.” The site includes the food market, offices, and gasoline pumps under a canopy. And other details stand out, from its prepared foods and ice cream right down to the environmentally friendly car wash out in the parking lot that recycles waste water.

via Rushers bring a different kind of market to Exit 30 | DavidsonNews.net.

politics, conservative v. liberal, definitions:  Interesting article.

Conservatism, he explained, was rooted in reality. Unlike the abstract theories of Marxism and socialism, it started not from an imagined society but from the world as it actually exists. From Aristotle to Edmund Burke, the greatest conservative thinkers have said that to change societies, one must understand them, accept them as they are and help them evolve.

Watching this election campaign, one wonders what has happened to that tradition. Conservatives now espouse ideas drawn from abstract principles with little regard to the realities of America’s present or past. This is a tragedy, because conservatism has an important role to play in modernizing the U.S.

via Party Politics: How Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality – TIME.

12
Jun
11

6.12.2011 … summer wind by Frank Sinatra … I love old Frank Sinatra tunes …

PT, humerus break, followup:  Yesterday, I commented that PT (physical therapy, not poptarts :)) is addictive.  On the days I go to PT I feel better all day … even though it hurts while I am there.  Maybe it is the ice wrap with electrode therapy!  Woo hoo …

slime bags, women in politics, good question:  I wondered the same thing …

There was a collective rolling of the eyes and a distinct sense of “Here we go again” among the women of the House of Representatives last week when yet another male politician, Representative Anthony D. Weiner, confessed his “terrible mistakes” and declared himself “deeply sorry for the pain” he had caused in sexual escapades so adolescent as to almost seem laughable.

“I’m telling you,” said Representative Candice Miller, a Michigan Republican, “every time one of these sex scandals goes, we just look at each other, like, ‘What is it with these guys? Don’t they think they’re going to get caught?’ ”

Ms. Miller’s question raises an intriguing point: Female politicians rarely get caught up in sex scandals. Women in elective office have not, for instance, blubbered about Argentine soul mates (see: Sanford, Mark); been captured on federal wiretaps arranging to meet high-priced call girls (Spitzer, Eliot); resigned in disgrace after their parents paid $96,000 to a paramour’s spouse (Ensign, John)  or, as in the case of Mr. Weiner, blasted lewd self-portraits into cyberspace.

It would be easy to file this under the category of “men behaving badly,” to dismiss it as a testosterone-induced, hard-wired connection between sex and power (powerful men attract women, powerful women repel men). And some might conclude that busy working women don’t have time to cheat. (“While I’m at home changing diapers, I just couldn’t conceive of it,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the New York Democrat, once said.)

But there may be something else at work: Research points to a substantial gender gap in the way women and men approach running for office. Women have different reasons for running, are more reluctant to do so and, because there are so few of them in politics, are acutely aware of the scrutiny they draw — all of which seems to lead to differences in the way they handle their jobs once elected.

via Why Women Don’t Get Caught Up in Sex Scandals – NYTimes.com.

e-mail, technology:  I hope no one thinks I fall in this category …

Three years ago this week, I posted this checklist, in the naive hope that it would eliminate (or perhaps merely reduce) the ridiculous CC-to-all emails about the carpool, the fake-charity forwards, the ALL CAPS yelling and the stupid PR spam.

A guy can hope, can’t he?

Feel free to send this to those that need to read it:

via Seth’s Blog: Email checklist (maybe this time it’ll work!).

music, Frank Sinatra, summer: YouTube – Frank SINATRA – Summer Wind Reprise® 68.

business cards, technology, end of an era:  Yes or no to business cards?  I agree … “I think, culturally, you’re real and you have a real job if you have a business card,” Ms. Trapani said. “There’s something about that card that means you’re kind of official.”

Not everyone has given up tradition. FedEx Office, the office services chain, still sees a “steady growth” in business card sales, a spokeswoman said.

One explanation could be the status attached to the company card. “I think, culturally, you’re real and you have a real job if you have a business card,” Ms. Trapani said. “There’s something about that card that means you’re kind of official.”

Image notwithstanding, the business card has a logistical advantage: universal ease of exchange. Swapping information mid-conversation or in a noisy crowd can be more cumbersome than pressing paper to palm. And not everyone owns a smartphone, or has the same applications for sharing.

The paper business card is evolving to bridge those gaps. The modern card may contain only a name with a Twitter handle; so-called smart cards are emblazoned with quick response (or QR) codes that can be scanned with a smartphone using applications like CardMunch.

The Hashable site integrates social networking functions similar to some of those on Facebook and Twitter along with digital calendars and more versatile features for easier face-to-face sharing. Users can scan QR codes into the Hashable network or, with some phones, exchange contacts by holding phones together (much like the traditional handoff).

It may prove the closest thing to a business-card killer yet. Erick Schonfeld, an editor of TechCrunch, a popular blog, said the ideas behind Hashable seem to be resonating with its users, and that he had stopped using business cards.

via Paperless Business Cards – Noticed – NYTimes.com.

twitter, hashtags, culture:  I am so behind on this one…

With a simple Twitter phrase, #winning, known in the parlance of social media as a hashtag, Mr. Sheen underscored one of the newest ways technology has changed how we communicate.

Hashtags, words or phrases preceded by the # symbol, have been popularized on Twitter as a way for users to organize and search messages. So, for instance, people tweeting about Representative Anthony D. Weiner might add the hashtag #Weinergate to their messages, and those curious about the latest developments in the scandal could simply search for #Weinergate. Or Justin Bieber fans might use #Bieber to find fellow Beliebers.

But already, hashtags have transcended the 140-characters-or-less microblogging platform, and have become a new cultural shorthand, finding their way into chat windows, e-mail and face-to-face conversations.

This year on Super Bowl Sunday, Audi broadcast a new commercial featuring a hashtag, #ProgressIs, that flashed on the screen and urged viewers to complete the “Progress Is” prompt on Twitter for the chance to win a prize. Then, in Canada’s English-language federal election debate in April, Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party, set the Canadian Twitterverse aflame when he attacked Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s crime policies, calling them “a hashtag fail.”

To deftly deploy a hashtag, after all, you need to understand the culture, said Susan Herring, a professor of information science and linguistics at Indiana University-Bloomington.

There is also the unofficial Hashtag Mafia, people who flash one another the hashtag sign — crossing their index and middle finger of one hand over the same two fingers of their other hand to create a physical hashtag. #IronicGesture #WeHope

“I have pictures of people actually using the actual hashtag symbol, and it’s like they’re flashing a gang sign, but they’re doing a hashtag,” Ms. Wilcox said. “That gets really geeky.”

Mr. Messina takes a more philosophical, albeit lighthearted, view. “The great thing about hashtags is that anyone can join the Hashtag Mafia by using hashtags,” he said. “You’re not really in the mafia unless you do air hashtags.”

via Hashtags, a New Way for Tweets – Cultural Studies – NYTimes.com.

google doodle, Les Paul, followup:  There are some creative folks out there.

The interactive instrument, created to honor what would have been the 96th birthday of electric guitar legend and innovator Les Paul, was such a hit, Google even gave the doodle an encore and left it up on its website for an extra day.

Not so musically inclined? If your guitar chops are in need of a little tuning, take a few lessons with our quick tutorial on how to master this digital instrument.

Or maybe you already have what it takes to rock out with the best of the best? Here’s a round-up of the best Google guitar licks from around the Web.

via The Les Paul Google Guitar Greatest Hits: Hear The Best Songs (VIDEO).

Leonard Stern, Mad Libs, RIP,  Conan O’Brien, LOL, followup:  OK, Conan is just funny.

Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien)
6/11/11 4:30 PM
R.I.P. the _________creator of the always__________ Mad Libs.



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