Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and all the best wishes for 2011! Life is better because of all of you!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Away I Go

Because of the weather, I didn't go to Kathy's today but plan to go tomorrow if the road conditions there are OK. So I'll be out of pocket again for a few days. Hope everyone is fine and has electricity and heat. Big snow all over the place!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

On a Three Hour Cruise

The character of the Professor on Gilligan’s Island was named Roy Hinkley. The Skipper was named Jonas Grumby. Both names were used only once in the entire series, on the first episode.


Ginger or Mary Ann?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010


Can you believe it's already 2010 and almost 2011? Seems not that long ago some people were worrying about Y2K. And now we're a decade into the new century. Are you prepared for Christmas? I almost am but haven't finished wrapping. I plan to finish that tonight. We'll go to Mother's Christmas Eve and Brian's family and I will spend the night. It's supposed to snow again Friday and Saturday, so I wonder if we'll have trouble getting home. I'm planning to go to Kathy's the day after Christmas as I usually do. Hope the snow doesn't delay that trip.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

The Boy

Here are some various pictures of Brendan taken at home by his parents.

Halloween Mario


ET? One of his favorite things - hiding under his stuffed animals. A few were Brian's when he was little.

Coulda Had a V-8!

The adjective metopic means "of the forehead."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Comments?

In France, Napoleon instituted a scale of fines for sex offenses that included 35 francs for a man guilty of lifting a woman’s skirt to the knee and 75 francs if he lifted it to the thigh.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tug Did It!

Well, are you ready for this? Tug actually met me for lunch! He came through town and finally agreed to meet me in person. It wasn't even too painful for him! It was meeting an old friend for me and so much fun! Tina met us, too, and we all had a great time!

We met him at Cracker Barrel. I suggested it without knowing that they don't allow trucks anywhere near it! Bless his heart, Tug parked across the highway and walked to the restaurant!! What a guy! Check this out. See that red and white truck way back there in the back? This is how far away it was across the parking lot, a side street, and Highway 46. Notice that the rain washed all of our snow away? It's gone!

Now see that figure walking? Yes, the one with a white shirt and dark pants on? That's our Tug! You might be able to see this better if you click.

So here we are getting ready to eat. Btw, it takes Tug a long time to get ready. He called so we could work out when and where to meet. He said he was going to get ready and would call when he was on his way. Two hours later he called. Remember from his blog when he said he likes to luxuriate in the shower and take his time getting ready? He was right! He was well-groomed and smelled good, though.

And here we are leaving. Btw, can you tell I'm 5'2" and Tug is 6'4"? He is the sweetest person! Don't we just love him!

Then for a tour of the truck! It's easier to get into and out of than a friend's Jeep. Even for short people with very short legs! Tug showed me how to get in and out. No problem! This is his training session.

Our ADD kicked in, and we forgot that he wanted to take a picture of me in the driver's seat. It has so much room in it! There's room to stand up and walk around. He has a refrigerator, TV, cabinets, two bunks, storage, and so much room. I'm looking forward to our Tug and Bernice Tour!

You gotta watch out for those geriatric hookers at the truck stops! What's going on with my tooth?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Grading

As you know, I'm grading assignments online for the Virtual High School at Creek Wood. The biggest problem we have with them is plagiarism. The students copy and paste. That's bad enough, but apparently they seem to think we don't read their assignments and/or are too stupid to check the source. What they really don't realize is how easy it is to tell that a high school student did not write the assignment. The vocabulary, sentence structure, spelling, and much more are not even close to what they write on their own and shouldn't be. Yet somehow they think we should believe that it is their own work. I have to explain what they need to do so often that I have a note I copy and paste for them! Good grief!

Primarily I grade the social studies assignments (US History, World History, geography, government, and economics) and English IV. You know they don't get it when the answer to the "Black Friday" section of this assignment begins with "the Friday after Thanksgiving" and continues with shopping details. Sheesh!!
REPORT: RECONSTRUCTION SCANDALS

Use an encyclopedia, the Internet, or other sources to research the following Reconstruction scandals:

* The Tweed Ring in New York
* The Credit Mobilier Scandal
* Black Friday
* The Dawes Acts (including civil service reforms)

Write at least 300 words about each of these four scandals. In your own words describe the people involved, the consequences of their actions, etc.

Comparison

It snowed all night but quit sometime early this morning, I guess. The sun is out and the snow on the street in front of my house is melting and clear. The forecast calls for sleet and more snow Wednesday. Let's hope for snow only and no ice! After that ice storm in '94, we never want to experience that again! I discovered that everything I like to do involves electricity. Yes, even reading since I couldn't do that after dark. I tried with a flashlight, but that's not really sustainable for very long. All kinds of food had to be thrown out, too. I'll never forget the sounds the trees made cracking and breaking. Straight up - NO ICE!!

Here is what my patio table looked like during the night and then again this morning. When compared with the photo from yesterday, you can see that we had from 2-4" of snow here. Quite lovely!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Snow 2010

The Weather Channel got it right. It's still snowing and no school tomorrow. I bought groceries yesterday and am prepared to enjoy the nesting. Bring it on!

Front Yard

Patio

Abby & Tar Jan. 6

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Neat!


In Saudi Arabia there are solar-powered pay phones in the desert.

I Don't Participate


Americans spend more than $630 million a year on golf balls.

Friday, December 10, 2010

For Maddie!



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh No!

The first sewing machine was patented in 1846, by Elias Howe. It didn’t catch on, and in 1851 the now-broke Howe sold the patent to Isaac Singer for $2,000 in 1851. Hence, Singer Sewing Machines.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I Can Imagine What Some of You Are Thinking

To a competitive swimmer, "d.p.s." means distance per stroke.

I Have Spoken

In the Roman Republic of 500 B.C., the senate could appoint a supreme national commander for a limited time during periods of emergency. While in charge, his word was law. His title in Latin meant "I have spoken." The title was "dictator."

If Only ...

John Lennon had not been killed 30 years ago today. What a loss of his music to the world and mostly what a loss of a husband and father to his family. It would have been wonderful to have heard his voice through the last three decades performing his songs and commenting on life.

Excerpts of his last interview with Rolling Stone include his saying that the public loves you on your way up and then try to tear you down. In the interview Lennon explains that he has no desire to be a rock n' roll martyr. "What [fans] want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean," he says. "I'm not interested in being a dead fucking hero...so forget 'em, forget 'em." (Source HERE)

His death is still painful to me. I feel it in my chest like a heavy thud.



John Lennon said, “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.”

I hope so.

Good Grief!

On a 1970 tour in San Francisco, California, Rod Stewart and fellow Faces members jumped on top of their rented station wagon and started jumping. When police arrived, the car had been crushed.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lung Trivia

The lungs of an average adult, unfolded and flattened out, would cover an area the size of a tennis court.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Trivia

Before he became a home-repair guru on U.S. television, Bob Vila was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama.

I Can Believe This


Baseball legend Ty Cobb amassed a huge fortune from Coca-Cola and General Motors stocks. His net worth at the time of his death was reported to be $11 million. When Cobb entered Emory Hospital in Atlanta near death, he brought with him more than $1 million in negotiable bonds and placed them on the nightstand next to a loaded pistol.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tired Much?

The male sea lion may have more than 100 wives.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Einstein Quote

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

I might add or to dwell on the past, too.

Repeat but Might Come in Handy

The crocodile is surprisingly fast on land. If pursued by a crocodile, a person should run in a zigzag motion, for the crocodile has little or no ability to make sudden changes of direction.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gross ... Sorry

The problem begins when bacteria are attracted to the sweat on your feet and start feeding on it. The bacteria’s excretion has a strong odor that causes your feet to smell bad. Since each foot has over 250,000 sweat glands in it, and produces over a pint of sweat a day, there’s a lot for the bacteria to eat. Shoes and socks even make the situation worse. They trap the sweat, and then the bacteria have their favorite kind of environment: dark and damp, causing them to go into a feeding frenzy. Bionote: Men’s feet smell at least 40 percent worse than women’s. So what else is new?

Elementary

Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was an ophthalmologist by profession.

Well OK Then ... Really?

The Pilgrims did not build log cabins, nor did they wear black hats with a conical crown and a hatband with a silver buckle.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

With Inflation That Would Be ....?

When commercial telephone service was introduced between New York and London in 1927, the first three minutes of a call cost $75.00.

Monday, November 29, 2010

We Knew This

In the Declaration of Independence as first written by Thomas Jefferson, there was a clause abolishing slavery. However, because of pressure, he was forced to delete the clause.

Where he lived when he wrote it.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Those Greeks!

Married women were forbidden by law to watch, let alone compete, in the ancient Olympics. The Greeks believed that the presence of wives in Olympia would defile Greece’s oldest religious shrine, which was located there. However, young maidens were allowed to attend. Any married woman who dared break the rule was thrown from a nearby cliff to her death. Ironically, the shrine that was off-limits to married women was dedicated to a woman, the fertility goddess Rhea, who was mother of the supreme god, Zeus.

A Sunbeam! A Sunbeam!

A sunbeam setting out through space at the rate of 186,000 miles a second would go in a gigantic circle and return to its origins after about 200 billion years.

A Sunbeam! A Sunbeam!

A sunbeam setting out through space at the rate of 186,000 miles a second would go in a gigantic circle and return to its origins after about 200 billion years.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for all of you and so glad I know you. We all have so much to be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yawn and Stretch

What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning? I always ask myself what day it is. Then I know what to expect. Sometimes it takes a little while to figure it out now that I'm retired. Whenever I wake up during the night or morning, I look to see what time it is.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weird

Breathing for most snakes is accomplished with one lung only. The left lung is either greatly reduced in size or missing completely.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fun Night in Nashville

Tina and I went to dinner at PF Chang and then to see Craig Ferguson at TPAC in Nashville tonight. He's filming his comedy special and chose to do it in Nashville! Wow! He said that it was no accident he wanted to do it here because he likes the South and feels our pain because people are always trying to do our accents and his and do them wrong. Then they do them for us to show us how it should be done. He really puts on a great show! It was hilarious! The little bondage guy and a man playing the sax came onstage at the beginning and end, and they all danced. It revved the audience up.

There were two shows, and we went to the last one at 9:45. It was a good evening since we left early enough not to rush and could do a few other things we wanted to like browse Border's after dinner since it's close to the restaurant. As I was driving to the restaurant, we saw the lights on at Vanderbilt's stadium and realized there was a ballgame. People were walking around everywhere. Then I saw orange and said, "Oh no! Orange! Vandy and UT are playing!" This is a big rivalry in the state for those who care. Anyway, we did get a parking place because the restaurant has free valet parking. Otherwise, impossible! Love those lettuce wraps at PF Chang!

Not sure when this special will be on, so let's look for it! I think it's going to be on HBO and know it will have to be on cable because of the language and some topics. Really enjoyed the evening and got all kinds of endorphins from laughing so much. I didn't take any pictures because they told us not to. Well, we could without the flash, but I decided to watch and enjoy instead of taking any pictures. This suit looks like the one he wore with a dark blue untucked shirt with a string tie.


What he tweeted:
Craig Ferguson
Thank you Nashville you were incredible. You made a vulgar lounge entertainer feel like a star. I thank you xxx

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cutting off Noses

Ancient robbers of Egyptian tombs were convinced that whacking off the noses of stone effigies would thwart any nasty curses.

Patronage

Peter llyich Tchaikovsky was supported by a wealthy widow for 13 years. She stipulated that they never meet, and they didn’t.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Your Job Could Be Worse

In feudal Japan, the Imperial army had special soldiers whose only duty was to count the number of severed enemy heads after each battle. And if they came up with the wrong amount, heads would definitely roll!

Fishing Trivia & Memories


Thirty million Americans fish for bass every year, making it one of the top sports in the nation. One out of every 400 Americans (meaning 600,000 Americans), is a proud member of B.A.S.S., the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. The average amateur fisherman spends about $200 a month on equipment, which adds up to a $40 billion industry.

I used to go fishing with Daddy. Good memories mostly from just spending time with him. He was a salesman and always competitive, so he'd have all these challenges, such as who catches the first fish, largest fish, etc. He also said the one who catches the least number of fish has to clean all of them. That usually applied to me, but the first time I did, I managed to mangle the fish and get scales everywhere. On purpose? Of course! That bothered him so much he told me to let him do it, and I never had to again. Win-win for me! Another thing my brother didn't even try to get by with.

For Mrs. Miss A!

A cat’s jaw can’t move sideways.

For many years, the globe on NBC Nightly News spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Maybe I'll Blog Again!

OK, I know I haven't been blogging much lately. Part of it is that grading I'm doing. I spend at least an hour a day and sometimes three or four online grading essays and reports. Most of them aren't written well and many of them haven't learned about plagiarism, so I keep sending their assignments back with notes. Wish they'd follow directions and do it right the first time. Oh, and I'm not even talking about creative, sneaky plagiarism but copying and pasting. How dumb does it get?

Too bummed out about DWTS to comment on it. We know how that happened.

Loving David's recaps of The Fashion Show! No one does it better!

I look forward to Bob's Sunday Funnies and his gossip columns.

Have done a bit of Tweeting now and then with Froggy, Tug, David, Howard, and Wonder Man. David's dronk tweeting is hilarious! Sam always keeps up with me and checks on me. We text and have outrageous conversations on the phone! You wouldn't believe! Maddie and I have had some interesting ones, too.

I keep up with many of you on FB and play Scrabble with Charlie, Brian, and now Ginger on there, which is always a challenge. I like to think it helps my mind.

Still going to APSU with Tina twice a week. Next semester we'll go on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We leave around 3:30 and get home anywhere from 8:30 - 10:00, depending on whether we eat somewhere after class. Classes are from 4:30 - 7:30.

I read your blogs even though I don't always comment.

Margaret and Helen have a new post. Love that blog! She says exactly what I think!

For Tug: Don't miss this!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Who Knew?

False teeth are often radioactive. Approximately 1 million Americans wear some form of denture; half of these dentures are made of a porcelain compound laced with minute amounts of uranium to stimulate fluorescence. Without the uranium additive, the dentures would be a dull green color when seen under artificial light.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Laptop Revisited

UPS delivered my laptop while ago. My stuff is still on there along with 751 emails! Lotta deleting going on soon. It seems HUGE after using that little tiny netbook! Well, 17" vs 10" - guess so. Much easier keyboard to navigate and can see everything on this screen. This makes it easier to post on here, check and write email, play Scrabble (couldn't see the whole board and my letters on that little netbook), type, and all that. Not easier to take place or move to other rooms, though.

After online research, this model is the Edsel of HP's. It's a 2007 HP Pavilion dv941. They knew it had problems and sent them out anyway for the customers to deal with. I googled it and read about all kinds of people who had the same problems with theirs I did with mine. They sent them for repair, got new motherboards, and then had the same problem again. Some didn't. They overheat and destroy things. I keep mine on a cooling pad but think this is a different kind of overheating but not sure. Anyway, I hope it will continue to work, and I'm still getting a Macbook when it's feasible.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Request



Please send me an email (joydurham@comcast.net). My laptop died, as you know, and I need to get my addresses back. Some I have in my Blackberry and some are in the comcast.net website where I've been accessing my email. I had Outlook Express and like the way I can organize mail into folders, but I don't have that on this little tiny netbook and probably won't have any of my programs when I get my laptop back. Since I have Mozilla Firefox for my browser and like it, I'm trying Thunderbird for my email. I downloaded it while ago and am working on my address book on there. At least I like it better than going through all that to get to the Comcast site.

For those of you who don't mind and whose contact information I don't already have, if you'd like to email me your mailing address and phone number, I'll reciprocate if you are interested. Thanks!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

On Pundits and Journalists


Peter Sagal of NPR's "Wait, Wait! Don't Tell Me!" wrote about Keith Olbermann's suspension from MSNBC on his blog HERE. Interesting post and comments. What do you think about it all?


Dust Bunny leader David Dust had an informative and interesting comment about this situation which I'll copy and paste.
I've been reading about the fascinating behind-the-scenes drama over at MSNBC. It seems that the guy who runs the network is actually a conservative - and the Keith/Rachel/Lawrence progressives hate him and the Boss hates them right back.

The only "friend" the Boss has over there is Joe Scarborough. In fact, when Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos) got into a Twitter war with Scarborough, the Boss banned him from MSNBC completely - even though Markos was a frequent guest on Keith's show.

Furthermore, NBC/MSNBC/CNBC is preparing to be acquired by Comcast - which is headed by a friend/financial back of George W. Bush and is considered a conservative company.

More Help for Flood Relief

Wow!

Garth Brooks' Nashville Benefit: 9 Sold-out Shows, $3.5 Million for Flood Relief

Garth Brooks


Garth Brooks’ Dec. 17 benefit concert in Nashville for victims of flooding across middle Tennessee has turned into a deluge of its own.

When tickets went on sale Saturday morning, demand was such that the country superstar, who hasn’t performed in Nashville for 12 years, added shows until he had amassed a string of nine over six days. Those concerts are expected to generate $3.5 million for ongoing flood relief efforts.

"It's great to be part of the healing," Brooks said Saturday. The feat almost doubles the previous record in Tennessee for ticket sales by a single performer, set by Michael Jackson, who had sold 72,000 tickets for a stadium show in Knoxville.

Brooks will play Dec. 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Tickets were priced at $25, his standard maximum ticket price over the years, outside of his current engagement doing solo acoustic shows at Steve Wynn's Encore Theatre in Las Vegas. Brooks said 100% of the ticket revenue will be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to help those who are still rebuilding after the flooding that hit the area in May.

When the concert benefit was announced late last month, Brooks told The Times that he didn't anticipate doing an extended series of shows, as he had done in 2008 to raise money for victims of Southern California wildfires the previous fall. But he said if the demand was there, he would add performances to generate more money.

He said the decision to hold the shows shortly before Christmas reflected his belief that "around Christmas time is when people seem to need the most help, and when people feel the most giving, so the timing just seemed to make sense."

-- Randy Lewis

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oh No!

Jill Clayburgh died. She was just 66 and died from chronic leukemia she's had for twenty-one years. I've enjoyed her performances and am sad about her death. She was most recently on Dirty, Sexy Money. Article HERE.
Despite her acclaim, Ms. Clayburgh, by all appearances, had a healthy sense of herself. “People think about me, ‘This wonderful lucky woman, she’s got it all,’ ” she told The Times in 1982. “But gee, that’s how I feel about Meryl Streep.”

Keith Olbermann

Guess most of you have heard by now that Keith Olbermann has been suspended from MSNBC for contributing to two Democratic candidates. NBC has a policy that journalists cannot contribute to campaigns unless they received approval. Rachel Maddow's commentary on this situation was excellent!

Women Bloggers

Excerpts from a couple of blogs I enjoy:

From Ronni Bennett's "Time Goes By" - Full post HERE

On a bi-gender basis, here are some of the extreme beliefs of the freshman Republicans who will join the 112th Congress in January, as compiled by ThinkProgress:

• 91% have sworn to never allow an income tax increase on any individual or business – regardless of deficits or war

• 79% have pledged to permanently repeal the the estate tax

• 50% deny the existence of man-made climate change

• 25% want to end birthright citizenship

Although those are all House members, the supposedly “adult” side of Congress doesn't appear to be even thinking about policy. In late October, Senate Minority leader, Mitch McConnell, told the National Journal - and repeated on television on election night - that

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
Margaret and Helen have done it again! Gotta read the whole thing HERE!

Sarah Palin has a clear path to the Presidency in 2012… which means we’ll have another presidential election in 2014 when she quits. No problems though. Michele Bachmann has been talking to God and he assures her that the two years as Vice President will fly by and she will be in the Oval Office before she knows it. Let’s all start a prayer group for her now.

I found it interesting that John Boehner declared that Washington has been put on notice. Considering how long he’s been a part of Washington, I say Politician heal thyself. Yes. Washington has been put on notice indeed. It’s been put on notice that Americans have the attention span of a gnat.

If there is one thing we learned last night, it is not that Americans are mad at their government. It’s not that Americans want lower taxes. It’s not even that Tea Party Americans who voted for McCain don’t like Barack Obama. We knew all that. What we learned last night is something we really should have known all along. Americans want what we don’t have. And once we have it, we no longer want it. 2012 will be here before we know it, and I wonder how we will feel then about what we have now.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Speaker - Ack!

Sharron "Obtuse" Angle and Christine "Not a Witch, Not Me" O'Donnell would tell Orange Boner to "man up" and "put his big boy pants on" when he blubbered through his acceptance speech. I think they were out of line saying what they did to their opponents. It was very Mean Girl of them. If a man had said something like that to/about a woman, all hell would have broken loose! That being said, what he did looked like dronk crying.





Quotes

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.”

- William E. Simon


“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

- Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Election


I voted during early voting. We can see the writing on the wall and know there are going to be sad results and horrific ones, too. Besides having nutjobs in office will be dealing with Republican smugness. Let's hope the Teabaggers don't get in there. Sharron "Obtuse" Angle and the others are scary. Hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

Got this from Move On:
Don't watch the election on ABC! They've lined up known liar and race-baiter Andrew Breitbart to do Election Night commentary. Remember him? He got African American USDA employee Shirley Sherrod fired with his highly edited video appearing to show her giving a racist speech—when the full video showed the opposite. Viewers depend on news for facts—Breitbart lies. Watch anyone but ABC on Election Night!

Good News

Latest news on the HP laptop. I called a former student who has a computer repair place here in town who asked me to check to see if it's still under warranty. YES!! I found the paperwork on that in the computer case. Who knew I'd put it somewhere logical where I could find it? Yay! He suggested that I call Staples where I bought it and go from there before doing anything else after I told him the problems I'm having with the computer. He said it will probably be very expensive to fix.

Staples directed me to their tech center where I talked to an American in the US. Very helpful and encouraging. I realize this sounds politically incorrect. So what? There are too many people here who need jobs without outsourcing them to India or wherever because of corporate greed, but I digress.

After doing some things like taking out the battery, holding down the power button, and trying to turn it on, the guy said they'd have a repair place send me a box and mailing labels with instructions on how to send it to them. It should take about 2 weeks to get it back. None of it will cost me anything since it's under extended warranty. Best $70 I've spent in a long time! So glad I did that!

Jim at the computer repair shop is going to transfer my data tomorrow, which he'll put on that intimidating external hard drive and give me another lesson on how to use it. Yes, this is the same person Dan blogged about and respected my request not to contact. I understand Dan's feelings and reaction but think I can do more good with the conversations I've had and will continue to have with him. He listened and heard me, which is at least a beginning. I definitely don't understand why this conversation even needs to take place with anyone anywhere, but obviously it does. It's totally foreign to me.

This little netbook helps with some things. I can keep doing my part-time job grading assignments for the Virtual High School. That has to be done daily. The volunteer work is over now that the election is finally happening. No more data to enter for the Democratic HQ here, but I was able to finish it.

There are limitations on this netbook. The main one is that it won't let me play Scrabble on FB, so I won't get back to my games for a couple of weeks or so. I downloaded Adobe Flash Player and Shockwave and tried playing it on Internet Explorer since I use Firefox which worked fine for me on the other laptop but apparently has a conflict with Scrabble. Still wouldn't load. So no Scrabble for me! :-(

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Back!

I'm back! My HP laptop died. It kept trying to turn on but kept turning off and trying again. It also has NVIDIA graphics problems. I got mail about that chip. I'll get it fixed but needed something now for my part-time job grading assignments for the CWHS Virtual High School. I bought a cute little 10" Acer Aspire One netbook for just $240. It's going to be great to take places with me. The 17" HP was a bit unwieldy for that. Mine's dark red.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Outrage

I'm devoting a whole paragraph to Jimmy Smits - for obvious reasons. They're also canceling Outlaw. Since he was on NYPD Blue and LA Law, he hasn't been on another long-running series on his own. Just as he was elected President on The West Wing, it was canceled. I've never gotten over that, either. It is my favorite show of all time even though it was never as good after Aaron Sorkin quit writing it. I remained loyal, but alas! Then Cane didn't last too long, which I could understand. I watched it but didn't like his character.



Now Outlaw will be gone! I like that show and his character is interesting and complex. But no! They'll keep those horrible bachelor shows on along with various mind-numbing reality shows because they are cheaper to produce - so are comedies. Dramas cost more, too, so they cut their losses and don't really give them time to develop the way they used to. Networks, movie studios, and music labels are run by MBA's who won't let producers and writers and performers find their audience or get better. I realize they're in business, but those are creative endeavors. The creativity part needs to be considered not always what is most marketable. Sometimes audiences can be brought up to a higher level.


We know there are way too many dumb people. Look how they vote and not just on American Idol and DWTS. Some of them are running for office and bask in their ignorance. Instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator of humanity, TV could have some quality shows on. Music could produce options to Taylor Swift. Movie studios could be original instead of having so many remakes and sequels.

Thank goodness, for The Good Wife! Hope they don't cancel that.

David and Ginger, you're absolutely right! I added pictures of my favorite hunky actor!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Whole Truth


I've read that ABC plans to cancel The Whole Truth. I don't know if any of you watch it, but I like it. Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney play opposing attorneys. He for the defense and she with the DA's office. The show lets us see preparation for both sides of the trial and then know the truth after the verdict. It's well-written and has a good cast. Many people didn't know what it was about, and ABC didn't let it stay on long enough to find an audience. If you feel inspired, please go HERE and ask them to reconsider and put it back on the air. Too many people thought it wasn't fiction but some kind of reality show. I contacted them to be counted in the ones who want it to stay on the air. Hope it helps.


And btw do any of you know why Criminal Minds wrote JJ out of the show? The show needs that character because she gave it some humanity and relieved tension.

I contacted both networks. They make it easy to get in touch with them, unlike NBC. Figures.