Thursday, April 30, 2009

funny pictures of cats with captions

funny pictures of cats with captions

funny pictures of cats with captions


funny pictures of cats with captions

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Window Views #2

Blue house window

The stained glass window of a house in the historic district of Elgin, Ill.

MaryT/theteach hosts "Window Views." For more views, click here.

Wooden eggs

PointClickHome found this terrific wooden breakfast set, featuring toast and fried eggs. I just love it!

An excuse to crank the air conditioner

The Hollywood Wax Museum is cleaning out its closet and auctioning off some of their wax figures. Here's the one I'd buy:


via Pop Candy

Mad magazine's 500th issue


The 500th issue of Mad magazine hits stores today. I remember reading it in my youth, and scrupulously collecting every one with a Star Wars reference. Oh, how I wish I had them now.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Head-banging in the nursery school

Crazy cuteness.

Fang Island, originally from Providence, play a different kind of benefit.

via Providence Daily Dose


CNN reports "The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday federal regulators have the authority to clamp down on the broadcast TV networks that air isolated cases of profanity, known as "fleeting expletives."

What this means is that the FCC has the authority to issue fines. The court did not address First Amendment issues in profanity, and kicked it back to the Federal Appeals Court. 

As a parent, I kind of like that there can be stricter codes regarding language during family viewing hours. But that part of me pales behind the writer, speaker and thinker who does not want my content regulated based on someone else's moral code.

Before we get ourselves in a knot, this really isn't about First Amendment rights...yet. It's about regulatory power. But the Appeals Court will be hearing these cases, and then it'll be all about who gets to say what, and when. 

Stay tuned.


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So I'm a week away from the end of my 101 Things in 1001 Days. There is no way I'm going to complete all those tasks. In fact, I ended up deleting some awhile ago and never replaced them.

Nevertheless, I'm glad I've been working on this project. It taught me a lot about what's really important, and showed me that something I had thought would not be possible (moving to Rhode Island, for example) actually was. Moving was not on the original list, and was added on later in replacement for a home improvement in Illinois.

Next time, I don't think I'll delete the things I decide against. I'll leave them there with a strikeout, instead.

With a week to go, I'm also working on my next list. I'm nowhere near 101 things, but I can always add on as I go.

Anyone else interested? Encouragement is always welcome.


Originally uploaded by boliyou.

Just 'cause.

What hairstyle are you?

You Are a Mullet

You are a total character. You're quirky, unique, and there's no one quite like you.

Your idea of style is doing your own thing and defying expectations. You're eclectic.

At your best, you are funny, observant, and a bit sarcastic. You see life's ironies clearly.

At your worst, you are a bit weird and creepy. People sometimes take you the wrong way.

my children are going to laugh so hard...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

Red flowers
Originally uploaded by

MaryT/the Teach hosts Ruby Tuesday, a weekly red photo challenge.

This week, red flowers on a tree on my way to work. I have no idea what they are.

See more Ruby Tuesdays here.

Everybody's talkin' 'bout

Swine flu
The CDC has issued a warning of a potential pandemic.

The US and EU are warning against traveling to Mexico, while the first European case has been confirmed in Spain.

Even Lifehacker has acknowledged the growing concern, sharing a link to a Google Maps mash-up that tracks reported cases.
Mental Floss links to a Geeks Are Sexy article about swine flu: what is it, and why do people get animal diseases?

Mellow Yellow Monday

Yellow house in Providence
Originally uploaded by

This is another yellow house, this time in the heart of Providence. It's built into a steep hill, so you can see how it has half of an underground first floor, and half above-ground.

Mellow Yellow Monday is hosted by Drowsy Monkey. See more yellowness here.

Record-breaking beauty?

This rare blue diamond is going up for auction in May, and if it fetches its expected $5.8M, it could be the most expensive diamond per carat.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Know what the Unisphere is?

Queens - Flushing: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park - Unisphere
Originally uploaded by wallyg.

I stumbled across this photo of the Unisphere, and it reminded me of all the times we'd drive past it on our way somewhere or other when I was a kid. I'd always wanted to see it up close.

As a child, I was under the impression that it was one of those things you can't get too close to. Perhaps it was in an abandoned field or parking lot, surrounded by a fence.

Nope, it's in Corona Park in Flushing, Queens. It's publicly accessible, and I've just decided that sometime during my next 101 Things in 1001 Days, I'm going to see it and photograph it. Live the dream.

What vitamin are you?

You Are Vitamin A

You see the world vividly. You are a very visual person, and you pay special attention to colors.

And while you appreciate a sunny, beautiful day - you also like the subtle visuals of night.

You are youthful both in appearance and spirit. You are likely healthier than average.

You shine brightly and are best in small doses. Too much of your company can be overwhelming and even dangerous.

How spicy are you?

Your Spicy Score: Medium

You enjoy letting loose and having fun, but you don't go overboard.

You know that a little spice can go a long way. You keep yourself in check.

When things are too boring, you really know how to bump up the temperature.

When things are getting hot and completely out of control, you know how to pull back.

Sunday Scribblings: Follow

(I haven't done one of these in a long time)

Recently I was commenting to my sister that I don't really watch much TV. I have one or two shows that I follow. Maybe it's time to assess that.


Samantha Who? (a woman with amnesia tries to find herself with the help of her friends and parents): I started watching it because of Christina Applegate, who was facing a character I was running at the time. Two years later I'm still trying to decide if I actually like it, or if I'm just waiting for something to happen. Applegate is charmingly ditzy, and not in a Kelly Bundy sort of way.

LOST (survivors of a plane crash must learn to live on a mysterious time-skipping island. Even those who escape come back): This show has its ups and downs, but I've been captivated by it. I came into the program late - not until the summer of 2004 - but I was immediately hooked. Despite the admitted lameness of Season 2, the show's writing and keep-'em-guessing plot keeps me coming back. It's one of the few shows that I'm upset if I miss it. I should mention that I'm a die-hard Skater, so I have to live in hope.

Castle (a writer uses his connections to be assigned as a ride-along/consultant to a pretty homicide detective): Ah, Nathan Fillian, the wicked glint in your eye is reason enough to watch you cross the street. Ever since Firefly I've been hung up on that naughty smirk. The premise of the show may be somewhat ridiculous, but the individual episode plots are interesting enough. What really surprised me was the rapport that Castle has with his teenage daughter.

The Unusuals (an independently wealthy detective is transferred to a precinct full of misfits and weirdos. And those are the officers): This is a pretty new series, and I'm enjoying it. One detective only talks about himself in the third person. One is terrified of dying at age 42 and wears a Kevlar vest full-time. One runs a restaurant that's open when he feels like it. One has a brain tumor and is choosing to ignore it rather than get treatment. One is actually a fugitive from justice. Little by little we learn each detective's secrets and how they're dealing with them.

Brothers and Sisters (the trials and tribulations of the Walker clan of Napa, California): Rob. Lowe. The problems of six little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But the Walkers can turn them into a conference call or a chicken dinner, and either will come equipped with a salad bowl full of wine. They put the fun in dysfunction. This is a family without boundaries, but with plenty of rules. There's conflict, peccadillos and scandal. And there's Rob Lowe. If Kitty steps out on him and he gets written out of the series, I'm gone, too.


Harper's Island (members of a wedding party on an island that was once the hunting ground of a serial killer are picked off one by one): Abby has arrived on Harper's Island off the coast of Washington state. Years ago, her mother was one of the victims of a serial killer who stalked the island and was eventually killed by her father, the sheriff. Now Abby's back to attend the wedding of her best friend to the woman of his dreams, whose father happens to have a bazillion dollars. Her old flame is there, as are various bridesmaids, groomsmen and their significant others. There are also a lot of young and pretty island residents. And for some reason, starting when the boat leaves the mainland, someone has begun picking them off. It's a little like LOST, in that there's the same "who will survive?" tension throughout, but it's a short-term commitment with an end in sight. I'd like to see more of these.


Bones (the adventures of Temperance Brennan, genius forensic anthropologist, and her FBI partner, Agent Seeley Booth): Booth and Brennan are now into their third or fourth season. They've got great chemistry, and the juxtaposition of head (Brennan) and heart (Booth). It's great fun to peel away the layers as they work together to solve case after case. The motley lab crew are also a great source of entertainment. The visuals can get a little oogie, though. If you don't have a strong stomach, this is not the show for you. But I love it.

You know...I watch a lot of television.

read more Scribblings here.

Pretty Puff at Oh Joy!

photo: Brown Cardigan

Credit Oh Joy! for finding this wonderful shot of Allium. I want to see one in person.

Tour the Touro!


ProJo reports that Touro Synagogue will resume guided tours this year. This is good news for me, since I've really wanted to see it.

From ProJo: "Beginning May 3, tours will be available to the general public from noon to 2 pm. Sundays through Friday. From July 1 through July 31, hours will be expanded to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And from August 1 to September 6, the hours will be further expanded to 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Group tours may also be scheduled. No tours will be offered on Saturdays."

Hopefully the next picture I post of Touro will be one I took myself.

Providence Public Library to turn branches over to city

Providence Public Library
Originally uploaded by boliyou.

The Providence Journal reports that the Providence Public Library (a private non-profit) will transfer control of its nine branches to the city.

This has been in discussion for awhile now, but the city finally agreed to take responsibility for running the branches. If the city hadn't taken over the branches, PPL had said it would have to close them.

PPL will continue to run the main library in downcity Providence.

Feel the Force Friday

Kokeshi dolls. Han Solo and Princess Leia set.
Han and Leia kokeshi dolls by temple7e on Etsy.

Star Wars 8 inch Knitsabers Pattern PDF
Knitted Lightsaber pattern by carbonscoring on Etsy.

Star Wars Cup Cakes
Star Wars cupcakes! from boing boing via /film

another /film find: DJ Yoda

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bye Bye, Babyshaker

Apple has pulled a controversial iPhone application that allows users to shake their phones violently to make a picture of an infant stop crying. The 99-cent download, called Baby Shaker, drew harsh criticism across the Internet after its release on Monday by software developer Sikalosoft.
photo: reports "Apple has pulled a controversial iPhone application that allows users to shake their phones violently to make a picture of an infant stop crying. The 99-cent download, called Baby Shaker, drew harsh criticism across the Internet after its release on Monday by software developer Sikalosoft." No, really?

Yet another reason I don't own an iPhone.

UPDATE: Apple has apologized for the application.

Done: Purple photo passion

I've found myself liking purple more and more lately, and getting more and more interested in photo memes. Unsurprisingly, the two mesh well, and I've created the Purple Photo Passion meme. I event figured out the Mr. Linky (I think).


What kind of fast food are you?

You Are a Donut

You are whimsical, creative, and expressive. You love anything cute and colorful.

You believe in living for today. You enjoy yourself and don't hold back.

You are driven by your inspiration. You never know where each day will lead you.

You are a unique, offbeat character. People find your unpredictable ways charming.

Earth Day/Blogoversary

Yesterday's blogoversary/Earth Day came and went without comment from me. My only excuse is that I never got around to it.

Three years ago (gasp! three years!), my inaugural post was "Earth Day fun." It featured recycling ideas I'd stolen from someone else. Much like I've swiped the majority of my posts since. Some things don't change.

Window views

To the mothers of the nation - Washington Memorial Chapel,Valley Forge, PA
Originally uploaded by

A shot of the statue To the mothers of the nation through the window of the Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA

see more window views here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SOLD: Old Stone Bank

Old Stone Bank
Originally uploaded by

This just in from GC: PVD - "PBN reports that Brown University has sold the iconic Old Stone Bank Building on South Main Street to a private developer (Gold Dome Properties LLC)."

No word yet on what's to become of this gorgeous building, but PBN, GC:PVD and I will be watching.


Feh to Forbes

Rhode Island State House 2
Originally uploaded by

Forbes magazine's recent article lists Providence as the toughest city to "get by" in.

It's true that the economy is down, foreclosures are up and finding a job isn't as easy as it once was. Nevertheless, it's a great city, and there's more to any location than its economy.

Feh, Forbes. Get to know us first.

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 325

  1. Lease :: to own
  2. Dead :: Reckoning
  3. Removed :: Trash
  4. Broke :: Hip
  5. Lips :: Lock
  6. Flight :: of the Valkyries
  7. Three hours :: until work ends
  8. Give :: Peace a Chance
  9. Technical :: Glitch
  10. Hurry :: Up

    See more Mutterings here.

Is your life boring?

You Live an Exciting Life

You are anything but a bore. You make sure that life is full of excitement.

You have an adventurous spirit, and you don't like to sit still for too long.

If you feel like doing something, you don't think about it. You just do it.

There's no way you could ever live a boring life. There's too much to do and not enough time.

Are you a dreamer or a doer?

You Are a Doer

You are primarily concerned with what is actual. You tend to be a practical person.

You love to stay busy, and you are always immersed in projects.

You are in touch with your senses, and you enjoy indulging them. You're likely a crafter of some sort.

You crave different sensations in life, whether it's working with your hands, playing sports, or eating your favorite meal.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

Yellow house
A bright yellow house, on our way home from the beach.

Pretty pansies lining a neighborhood walkway.

Check out more Mellow Yellow Monday posts here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Are you dusk or dawn?

You Are Dusk

You are a naturally idealistic and creative person. You look forward to nights where everything is possible.

You spend most of your energy on play. Work is okay, but the true you emerges after the work day is done.

You're an offbeat type that doesn't like rules or schedules. Life's too short to waste at a desk in a cube.

Whether you spend your night socializing or working on side projects, you like that your time is yours.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Feel the Force Friday

A round-up of my favorite Star Wars finds of the week.

Make-it-yourself stuffed Bantha...

...snow globe...

...and Advent Calendar??

At Star Wars Kids

From the G20 Summit, on Flickr Blog by bayerberg

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oh. My. God.

Watch this. I can't remember the last time I cried over something I saw on tv. If ever.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Creepy-cool abandoned sites

photo: Web Urbanist

Web Urbanist has a set of 20 photos of abandoned buildings in Europe. I wonder why such a large percent (12 out of 20, or 60%) are in Belgium...

Link via Neatorama

Ruby Tuesday

Red berries
Red berries on a branch at Roger Williams Park.

See more Ruby Tuesdays here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday

A daffodil from our walk in the park last Tuesday. I do love my daffies.

See more Mellow Yellow Monday participants here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Here's a round-up of Easter info I've found around the web:

Starting with egg dyeing... has 20 ways to dye Easter eggs (via Neatorama).

Apartment Therapy showcases ostrich eggs painted with chalkboard paint.

Neatorama has a link to edible colored eggs (that is, the color is on the edible part, too.).


Time has a slideshow: Top 10 things you didn't know about Easter.

Ceasar Peep
National Geographic is hosting a photo contest featuring that Easter staple, marshmallow Peeps: The Peeps in Places Photo Challenge.

Mental Floss has some fun tidbits as well.