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Today is Sunday, February 18, 2018.

From the Ancient Archives: (3039 days ago)

The Sound of Glee:

I had really high hopes for the new Fox show Glee this fall. I really loved the show “Fame” when I was a kid, and I hoped that this would have some of the same things I loved about that. I was a performing arts student myself in both high school and at the beginning of college. The show is a comedy, and a very campy one. I don’t mind that at all. I enjoy silly... read more...

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How Many Squares?

So this puzzle has been around for a long time, but I most recently saw it pop up on Facebook. Embarrassingly, the person who posted it said that “the best they could do” was 24…

So here is the puzzle… the question is, how many squares can you find?

Count the Squares

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Black and White Photo Illusion

Here is an optical illusion based on the concept of an afterimage. An afterimage refers to the way the eye retains an image even after you’ve stopped looking at it. It’s why you see dark spots in front of your eyes after looking into a bright light, or why you see shadow images after you close your eyes. This is a black and white photo. Look exactly at the red dot in the middle. The image...

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Make a Baby Monitor for your Belly!

I touched on this in my Pregnancy Tips article, but felt that it should be its own article as well. It’s made from things that you can easily obtain at home or at the local store. You know how great it is to feel your baby moving inside you? And how exciting it can be to watch the bumps move when a foot or a hand pushes against your belly? Well this baby monitor will make...

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3:30am boredom fixers: Nestlé Crunch Hotline

If you can’t sleep and you’re looking for some inane entertainment, why not call the Nestlé Crunch Hotline? Believe it or not, there is much silly fun to be had. Here’s what to do: Dial this toll-free number: 1-800-295-0051 Listen to the options for English and Spanish without choosing one, then WAIT through several seconds of silence. A new set of options will be provided… if you don’t want me to spoil the fun, go do it now. If...

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Calling all Tellers of Tall Tales!

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. THIS ARTICLE IS HERE FOR ARCHIVAL PURPOSES ONLY. I’m putting together a video that will be played at our wedding (May 24, 2009), and one of the things I want to have is a bunch of people telling stories of how they “allegedly” heard we met. We want these to be as wacky as possible, and I know that my friends are a creative bunch. The format would be along the...

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Chicago Tribue article mentions on Feb. 5 2009!

…sometimes someone hits on something in there that even I’ve forgotten that I wrote. This was the case this week when I was contacted by Chicago Tribune writer Charles Leroux about an obscure article on my site…

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Fuzzball kitten savages a 130lb golden retriever

Exceedingly cute video of my 10 week old kitten beating up on my 10 year old, 130lb golden retriever. Smackdown ’08.

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I learned to juggle when I was 11 from a book called Juggling for the Complete Klutz. I have seen other books that teach juggling, such as The Complete Juggler and Carlos on Juggling, but in my opinion, Klutz is the best. The most important thing they emphasize (which most others fail to do) is the scoop motion in the toss, which allows the ball going UP to miss the ball coming DOWN. There. That...

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Fun Toys: Impressionist Painter

Try your hand at impressionist painting! It’s easy! Just click in the box and move your mouse around…

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Fun Toys: Fractal Generator

Instructions Click and drag to zoom in on an area. Want to play more? Download one of these Fractal Generators: Fractint Fractal Extreme Some saved fractals:

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The Paper Airplane in the Forehead Trick

One of my favorite aspects of theatre is makeup. I have taken classes in theatre makeup and had a lot of fun. This is a “re-enactment” of an assignment I had in a makeup class. The assignment was to create some type of injury. As you can see by the photos, this is a many years ago when I was about 20 or 21. Incidentally, sorry for the image quality, too. These were taken with...

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Make a Fabulous Cat Toy

Cats don’t need fancy, expensive toys to play with. We’ve all seen them batting around the twist-ties from the bread or that little plastic doohickey that comes off the lid of a jug of milk. What matters to the cat is that it moves and catches their eye. This is an inexpensive and simple toy that you can make for your kitty that they will enjoy playing with just as much as that jingly ball...

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I think that ASCII art is a sort of neat side niche of the typographical age. I remember back in 1985, taking a typing class in 7th grade... we learned on manual typewriters with no letters on the keys. There were maybe 20 of them in the classroom. There were also about 3 electric typewriters, which the kids who got to class first would jump to claim. When you were done with your drills out...

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Scottish Highlands Rabbit

I took this picture in the Scottish Highlands, and when I went back to look at it, I couldn’t remember what I was taking a picture of. Can you spot the rabbit?

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Dan's Graduation from Residency

I’m so proud of Dan! He’s almost done with residency! (9 days to go!) They had the graduation ceremony/handing out of diplomas the other day at butt-thirty in the morning; I assume they do it early because many/most residents are moving immediately after completion of their programs and it would be hard to get everyone together in one place after that. Anyway, here is a video of Dan’s residency director introducing Dan, making him juggle...

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Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

I was a huge fan of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I thought it was a ton of fun and I watched it several times. Movie two was a little weirder, but I still enjoyed it. Movie three confused me more than anything, and I thought it was too long. Movie four… well… let me preface this by saying that we started watching it Friday night on DVD, but my husband fell asleep in the middle, so I woke him up, stopped the movie, and we finished watching it on Saturday afternoon. This may have affected how I felt about it.

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

[Very mild spoilers] This movie picks up at the exact moment when the last movie left off. I think I’d have been wiser to watch Part 1 immediately before going to see Part 2, in fact, because they give you no flashes to the past, no backstory, nothing. Not that this is a complaint, it’s simply a fact…

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More in “TV”:

The Sound of Glee

I had really high hopes for the new Fox show Glee this fall. I really loved the show “Fame” when I was a kid, and I hoped that this would have some of the same things I loved about that. I was a performing arts student myself in both high school and at the beginning of college. The show is a comedy, and a very campy one. I don’t mind that at all. I enjoy silly...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Finals (Top 4) Recap

The Final 4 Dancers Judges: Nigel Lithgoe, Mary Murphy, Mandy Moore It looks like someone took a roll of duct tape and spiraled up Cat Deeley’s body with it. Courtney and Twitch – music: “Church,” T-Pain. The costumes are horrible, but the dance is kind of cute and quite silly. It’s nice to see Courtney dressed in something that isn’t totally slutty. She’s wearing brown plaid pants that look straight out of the ’70s. The dance is a...

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So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Top 6 Results Show Recap

The Results Show Intro – The group dance is to Bette Midler’s The Rose, which is a gorgeous song. I think the choreography was good but the dancing could have been tighter. Parts of it that were supposed to be in sync weren’t quite (parts of it were staggered intentionally,) and it hurt the overall picture. Cat likes the wind machine that is blowing onto the stage. Adam Shankman announces that they are adding to the prize...

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Is it time for another Seattle music monopoly?

Instrument Rental Seattle? If you’re old enough, you remember the late ’80s/early ‘90s and the music scene that was emerging at the time out of Seattle. The “Grunge” music scene was something new; something that may have been born from the punk and new-wave movements of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and quite possibly a reaction (180 degrees!) to the glam-rock/so-called “hair bands” of the 1980s.

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Favorite Cities: San Francisco's Music Scene

I love San Franciscoo. I went there on my honeymoon when I married my first husband, in fact. San Francisco and the surrounding area is rich with the arts; galleries, theatre, and concert events, which is one of the things that I love about it. On our honeymoon, for example, we went to see some musical theater that was awesome. One thing that is great about the San Francisco arts scene is the opportunity to see concert and other live music events in smaller, more intimate venues…

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Review: "Weird Al" Yankovic Live -- The Alpocalypse Tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic Alpocalypse Tour Orpheum Theatre Boston, Massachusetts October 15, 2011 I’ve wanted to see Weird Al live since I was about 14 years old. Last night I finally got that chance. I was very excited as we headed into town a little early to have dinner with some friends. All three of us, Dan, Dominic, and I had tickets, and we were all looking forward with excitement to the show. We ate dinner with...

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More in “Games”:

Game Review: Cards Against Humanity

I was introduced to this game over my birthday party weekend in mid-February by my brothers-and-sisters-in-law from Atlanta. This game is cheap, because you print it yourself from All it costs is paper and toner/ink from your printer. Alternately, you can have it printed for you, which is what I did. I had it printed at Staples on heavy card stock, with the white cards printed on white and the black cards printed on...

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Game Review: Wise and Otherwise

Another game that gets your creative juices going is Wise and Otherwise, a game of proverbs. This game harkens back to the days of ancient sayings passed down through the ages from mother to son and from villager to villager. Or possibly they were just made up by the people who wrote the game. The world will never know…

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Game Review: Dixit

I go to a gaming night every Thursday at a friend’s house. Typically anywhere from a dozen or so to up to thirty people show up to play board games and card games or even BUZZ: The Mega Quiz Bundle (a trivia gameshow on the Playstation). Having been exposed to many, many games through this weekly event, I’ve gotten to know several that I’d never heard of before, but have really enjoyed. I’m going to...

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More in “Humor”:

Hilarious Glenn Beck Parody Video

This is one of those videos that will put your name into it—it also pulls photos, birth city, and other information from your Facebook profile and adds it to the video to make it more hilarious. Try it out and share it with your friends!

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What is up with fortune cookies, Part II

This is a followup to my previous article, What is up with fortune cookies these days? which I wrote after friends and I received some very strange “fortunes” in our fortune cookies. Well, it’s happened again. Different restaurant. Three of these are just weird. One of those three is just stupid. Then the fourth one is just made of 100% pure awesome, and it was, appropriately, the one in my cookie. The first weird one says: The...

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What is up with fortune cookies these days?

When I was growing up, I seem to recall that fortune cookies contained things like “you will meet a tall, handsome stranger” or cute little “Confucius say…” type phrases. These days it seems like they’re…um…different? We ordered Chinese delivered tonight and each of us got a cookie. Here is what our “fortunes” were: “You have a sincere desire to improve” This one actually works well with the “-in bed” suffix, so it gets my approval. “Lucky you. Get...

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More in “Books”:

Want 3 months FREE at Enter here...

I have 2 gift subscriptions to to give away (risk free) and I figured randomly was the fairest way, and having a drawing was possibly also more fun than just asking who wanted them and giving them out on a first-come first-served basis. The gift subscription requires NO credit card and will NOT automatically turn into a paid account at the end of the 3 months. During the 3 months you can download 1...

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Review: Kindle 3

A while back in 2009 I reviewed the Kindle 2. Since then I have gotten a Kindle 3, or what they just call the “latest generation Kindle” which makes me wonder what they’ll call it when the next one comes out…

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Amazon Kindle 2 - Most Amazing Thing Ever

I’ve had my Kindle Wireless Reading Device for just about two weeks (graduation present!) and I have to say I could NOT live without it at this point. I love this thing so much I told my mother in law that I’d give up chocolate for it if I had to. And it isn’t at all like reading off a computer screen. It uses electronic paper which doesn’t cause eye fatigue. For reading in the...

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