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Blue-Tooth Makes Me See Red

WOW! Jeremy Clarkson with a dress… amazing what a difference an accent makes and I can hear them both screaming at their cars about whom to dial…. hehehe….

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We’ve all grown accustomed to the convenience cell phones offer. When I was a teenager, during the preppy years, I wore “penny” loafers. Instead of slipping a penny into each shoe, I used dimes in case I needed to find a payphone and make an emergency call. Now, my cell phone is always with me and I haven’t seen penny loafers or a working payphone in years. One of the advances with cell phone technology is blue-tooth, the opportunity to operate the phone without actually having to hold it in your hands. In theory, having your hands free will enable you to be a safer driver.

In order to make hands-free calls in my old car, I had to remember to stick a device in my ear when I entered the car. I always forgot to do this and was only reminded to put in the ear piece after I heard the…

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in General

 

Patrick Samphire: SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB

Finally a writer sharing his… hmmm… it’s not a path to publishing… but he got published! That’s the main idea. It’s an entertaining read, even if it’s a blog post and that is not saying blog posts can’t be entertaining but just as surprising as finding points men on duty at an intersection where the traffic lights are out – at least it is in South Africa.

So many good ideas and links from OneFour KidLit that you can spend hours there… so here’s one for procrastinating reading someone else’s work instead of writing your own.

OneFour KidLit

OneFour KidLit is absolutely plump with brilliant and amazing new writers. Today we’re going to introduce you to another: Patrick Samphire, author of the middle grade adventure, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB, to be published by Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt / Macmillan).

Hey, you’re getting published! How’d that happen? (aka, what was your path to publication)

“Path” is a little bit too generous a word for my trip to publication. Path implies some kind of direction.

For me, it was more like waking up in the middle of a bleak and windswept moor, and then wandering about dazed until I finally stumbled to a shelter. Or something like that.

Ah, here’s a pie-chart to explain it all:

Wasting time – 40%
For almost ten years, from when I went to University, I didn’t actually achieve anything. I wanted to be a writer. I read how-to-write books. I occassionally…

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in General

 

Procrastination

I can commiserate or start a support group? I too am a procrastinator and it seems I procrastinate the worst on those things that would make my life better. For other people, I’m a serial helper. I’m always helping out. Lending a hand. Only to find out that I have no hands left to do my own things.

Strange how that is?

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letter_p_erteProcrastination.

I suffer from it. I’m especially suffering from it right now, even as I write this brief post. I put off doing things while I watch other things pile up in front of me. Sadly, the end result is usually in disappointing people.

I’m usually guilty of procrastination when things are running smoothly. Circumstances in my life have caused me to be “on call” a great deal. I don’t even mean this as a big complaint, just that my time is in demand, surprisingly, and there’s only one of me, ya know? So I need to figure out how to spread me around and still have time for the people that matter to me.

I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

I’m sure it will involve embracing “No.”

I think I can handle that. “No.”

That was easy. “No, thank you.” Ah, much better.

“No, I can’t do that…

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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in General

 

Hands On With The Toshiba KIRAbook: Can Great Hardware Coupled With An Amazing Display Save Windows PCs?

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, then Apple must be seriously flattered. The question is will the end user be impressed?

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in General

 

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History Buffs, Please help…

Since posting the coincidences list I’ve been dragging the ‘NET’ and found quite a few others that blog about these points of coincidence in the two men’s lives.

Here’s the a few I’ve come across:

Keeping Score of the Kennedy-Lincoln Coincidences

Lincoln vs. Kennedy: Coincidences – I think not

 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in General

 

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History Buffs, Please Help…

History Mystery
Have a history teacher explain this—– if they can.

Lincoln Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.

Now it gets really weird.

Lincoln  ‘s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln .

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.  Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Now hang on to your seat.

Lincoln  was shot at the theater named ‘Ford’.
Kennedy was shot in a car called ‘  Lincoln ‘ made by ‘Ford’.

Lincoln  was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.

Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theatre.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

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For the language buffs, I’ve posted a sentence on my other blog, which you can find here ‘nemolit
 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in General

 

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Why you need to take a break from work

Why You Need To Take A Break From Work.

When you have reached the spot where you really, really don’t want to go to work. Yeah, I know. How can I even say that. But, it happens. Honest.

It’s happened to me and I’m finding that it happens more, and more often. It seems that as you get older, your body can’t process the stress of your job and you need to take better care or yourself. You may not notice the decay that sets in. Your chronic exposure to stress, is like exposure to the sun. Some exposure is good. You actually need the sunlight to stay healthy. But like the sun exposure, over exposure can lead to various skin cancers.

Stress works in much the same way. It decreases your ability to cope and decreases your creativity. Most people don’t think that they are a ‘creative’, but if you need to solve problems at work. Problems of any kind. From the usual moaner that you deal with every morning to the actual stresses of the contract that should have been signed, yesterday; you are a creative.

So that dull feeling that you aren’t quite being as sharp as you should be, it’s stress, and no, it isn’t because you are lazy. It’s because you have worked too hard, too long, for too many hours without taking your break.

So get up. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and take a walk. You need it. When you get back, we and the rest of the blogo-sphere will still be here. Promise. We are patient.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in General

 

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