Wednesday, December 18, 2013

• December 18, 2013 •

Good evening! Monday I took the dogs out, made eggs over easy for breakfast, cleaned the house, the FD got toned out to a med call I put some dish Music on, checked out the message boards in Ravelry, then settled down to play Minecraft on the laptop on the sofa. Yesterday I took the dogs out, processed my incoming Avon order, & then my PC crashed, so it was off to Minecraft on the PC for the WHOLE day. WOO! This morning I took the dogs out & then loaded up Minecraft & tried out creative mode for the 1st time (2nd pic). 9½ hours later ... LITERALLY ... damn! It's dark out! When I got to Sims 9½ hours later, I loaded up Modern Condo by Curtis Paradis & my Sim
Victoria Bunch just sat down & watched some TV for a while, which sounds like a good idea since hubby just got home & it's already after 9:p.

#72 & your neighbors pet raccoon could have a big influence on dinner tomorrow. Pick up some pork rinds on the way home from work.

Cellar is an amazing way to manage your wine collection. It's not just a bland list of names and vintages - it's a proper cellar! So browsing your wine collection is like looking at the real thing.
** Winner of Best Innovation in the Toque Magazine Food App Awards 2011 ! **
Customize each bottle based on:
✭ shape of bottle
✭ colour of glass
✭ bottle top
✭ wine label
Add information about each one, such as:
✭ Wine Producer
✭ Vintage
✭ Grape (including blends)
✭ Name
✭ Region
✭ Type
✭ Price
✭ Personal notes
✭ Pairings
✭ Drink from and by…
✭ Personal star rating
✭ 100 pt wine scores
Cellar is more than just a Cellar. It's a Garage, Wishlist and Trash skip as well! Finished a bottle? Move it to the Garage for future reference if you enjoyed it. Didn't like it? Move it to the trash, where you can locate it later if need be. What about wine that you've been recommended or tasted in a restaurant? Enter it straight into your Wishlist and then move to the Cellar when you eventually purchase it.
Portrait mode
Sometimes viewing your wine in the landscape mode is not ideal. Simply tap the portrait mode button (top right) and you'll see a list view of your wines in all four locations.
Search and Sort
You can search for wine based on any of the data you've entered, as well as sort your entire collection based on: Type, Region, Vintage, Price or Rating. Search and Sort are available in both landscape and portrait modes too!
Worried about losing all that info you've entered? Use our backup feature to keep a .cellar file copy on your computer. Meanwhile, 'Merge' allows people in the same household to enter half their Cellars each on separate devices, and then merge them both to create a complete database!
Email individual bottles
This feature is pretty nifty. You've heard of emailing wine info to friends in other apps haven't you? Well this is different. When you email bottles in Cellar, you're actually emailing the bottle itself, not just some info about it. The recipient simply taps the link provided in the email and the whole bottle is downloaded into their Cellar, shape, glass color, label image, notes and all!
Other features
✭ Statistics on your wine collection
✭ Quicknote and Quickpair menus for fast data entry
✭ Popups for grape varieties, producers, etc
✭ Shake to choose - If you can't pick a bottle to drink, give your device a quick shake when viewing your collection and Cellar will choose a bottle for you!
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Charles Dickens's holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is published 100 years ago yesterday.

Continue to delay a thankless chore you're dreading. You've put it off for 7 years so what's another decade or 2?

How many of you have had it w/ the cartoon specials? The animated Christmas specials that are on television? What do you say after the show we get some hunting gear & go out & bag a few Care Bears? I've had enough already. I'm at the point where I'm rooting for the Grinch. -Johnny Carson 1988

Just as the education of nerve & sinew is vital to the excellent athlete & education of the mind is vital to the scholar, education of the conscience is vital to the truly proactive, highly effective person.

Most important UFO reports in history top 10:
  1. California & Midwest "Airship" sightings, 1896-97
  2. Washington, D.C., sightings, 1952
  3. Phoenix Lights, 1997
  4. Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, UFO crash, 1965
  5. Mantell incident, 1948
  6. Barney & Betty Hill Abduction, 1961
  7. JAL Fight 1628, 1986
  8. Tehran, Iran, Incident, 1976
  9. Belgium Incident, 1990
  10. Roswell New Mexico, Crash & Recovery, 1947
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Get over 20,000 wine pairing suggestions, hand-picked by wine pairing expert, chef, and educator Bruce Riezenman.
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* Food library with 1000+ dishes, for every course in a meal
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* Add and save notes for each wine and food pairing
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* Sort wine recommendations by color
* Swirl your phone to find a random pairing
* Pronunciation guide for each wine varietal
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2. “QuickPairs” are pairing recommendations for matching basic food dishes and ingredients.

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The mega-hit Paper Toss game franchise just got a big promotion to Paper Toss 2.0. Remember those pesky "Hey, you hit me!" co-workers from the original Paper Toss? In 2.0 you can throw right at them, you devil. You'll still score points by flicking wads of paper into the office trash can (now with a handsome new ergonomic design). Plus, try your skills with flaming paper balls, tossable bananas, tomatoes, grenades and other stuff to hurl in all-new settings.
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Thanks for playing!

Santa Claus has his own postal code in Canada: HOH OHO.

Species of mosquito found in the London Underground is genetically different from its above-ground cousins. It's thought to have evolved to be better adapted to life in the tunnels.

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Tourists come by my house & I like to get into the holiday mood. I even stencil the windows w/ you know, that snowy lettering. It says, "No trespassing. Attack guard dog on duty." -Johnny Carson

Worst gifts to give a woman top 10:
  1. Anything for her car
  2. Any appliance
  3. Expensive diet plan (which includes prepackaged & home-delivered food)
  4. Gym membership
  5. Wrinkle cream
  6. Nose hair trimmer
  7. Electric shaver
  8. Facial hair remover
  9. Any Walmart special
  10. A workout video

Monday, December 16, 2013

○ December 16, 2013 ○

Good morning! Saturday I took the dogs out, made breakfast sausage, got the mail, cleaned the house, sent out the grocery list, cleaned out my e-mail, had lunch, showered, played Minecraft until it was time to go to work, went to work & that was about it for the day. Yesterday was a day of not doing much of anything on my schedule. I woke up very late to a desktop computer that was hosed as far as the firewall was concerned, so I just let it sit until hubby got up & in the meantime played Minecraft on my laptop. Hubby was woken up by our son who needed a ride into town, so we went out, dropped him off, came back & hubby worked on my PC. Once it was up & running
I managed to at least take the dogs out, pay the bills, & go through the Sunday paper. After that it was back out to pick up our son & then run errands for the rest of the day. By the time we got home, there wasn't much time left to do anything other than just eat a quick dinner & play Minecraft until I couldn't stand my sinus headache anymore & went to bed. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up the Science career in Sims (2nd pic). My Sim Gary Jr. (2nd gen) just aged up into a child!

1st crossword puzzle was invented 75 years ago today. Did you know that? By Mr. Wynn. Most people don't know what Mr. Wynn died a year later after Mrs. Wynn caught him in bed w/ a 10-letter word that started w/ a P & meant whoopee woman. -Johnny Carson 1988

Talk to an app with Actual Intelligence! Say anything you like and it will reply. Make a friend! Roleplay, lyrics, jokes, memes - all sorts!
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Email fun conversations to your friends or share them through your Facebook or Twitter. Stop and start talking on multiple conversations whenever you like.
This app is uniquely designed for the iPhone, with chat bubbles scrolling by. Change their shade to suit your mood.
You need to be online to talk - the app has to communicate with servers - but even slow connections are fine.
For an app with an emotional avatar too, and with iPad support, check out Cleverbot HD.
This app has reached the top 50 overall in the US and has remained mostly inside the top 20 Entertainment for over 18 months.
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Cleverbot is Artificial Intelligence. It learns what people say, in context, and imitates.
Cleverbot says many things - claiming to be human, role-playing and much more. It may even say things you find inappropriate. Use with discretion and at your own risk.
Cleverbot is conversational entertainment - no more, no less. It is not made to be logical, give advice, or be useful. Parents must decide whether they wish young people to have access. Be sure of this, however: it is a bot. It is software. You will never talk to a human.

Private victories precede public victories. You can't invert that process any more than you can harvest a crop before you plant it.

Queen Victoria enjoyed Alice in Wonderland so much that she requested Lewis Carroll's next work. Carroll, also a mathematics professor at Oxford, sent her a book on algebra.

Reasons to keep or make a scrapbook top 10:
  1. To relive special events
  2. Preserve your heritage for future generations
  3. Fun hobby to share w/ other family members, young & old
  4. Theraputic when dealing w/ a difficult problem & situations
  5. A perfect family gift
  6. To introduce a new in-law to your family
  7. Creative outlet
  8. Reduce clutter by organizing old photos & memorabilia
  9. Gives new meaning & importance to taking photographs
  10. An excuse to reconnect w/ old friends & family members
Shazam Encore:
Shazam recognizes music and media playing around you. Tap the Shazam button to instantly match, and then explore, buy and share. Shazam Encore offers Full Track playback with Spotify and a Shazam experience without the advertising. You can Shazam as much as you want!
Once you’ve Shazamed something, you can:
○ Buy from iTunes (and find others by the same artist)
○ Watch the videos on YouTube
○ Share tags on Shazam Friends
○ Use LyricPlay to sing along to streamed lyrics
○ Check out the artist’s bio and discography
You can also:
○ Preview and save your favorite tags
○ Share tags on Twitter, Facebook & G+
○ Explore what’s popular around the world with Shazam’s Interactive Maps
○ Tag without coverage, Shazam will match when you have a connection
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Your lucky words this wee are: schnappsy, lube, & liver.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December 14, 2013

Good morning! I slept in a little today. Only overslept by almost an hour, but I needed it. I've been cutting my sleep short a LOT lately due to my Minecraft addiction. I swear, I went totally OCD on it. I wake up wanting to play & know I have things to do 1st. So far, I've been good & have been taking care of what I should before playing. It takes a lot of self control though. LOL!
Yesterday I cleaned the house, sent out the grocery list, & then loaded up Sims & downloaded the #1 download of the month ... Chateau de Bellevue (2nd pic). It's creator also created a Sim that I downloaded separately named Cloe (1st gen) who is charismatic, a bookworm, a perfectionist, over-emotional, & artistic. Her lifetime wish is to be a journalist. After that was downloaded, set up, & I got Cloe her job in the journalism career, I RAN over to my laptop to play Minecraft. I have entered the Nether! I almost got lost in the Nether, too. Dark place, lots of hallways. Also lots of chests w/ cool stuff inside! No screenshots of the Nether since it was so dark, but I do have screenshots of my houses, the portal, & the new fireplaces with real fires on Netherrack instead of the lava I was using for the fireplaces. Netherrack fires are dangerous though. Hard to keep contained even when they're completely enclosed w/ cobblestone & glass. Check out my facebook & Pinterest albums later for yesterday's screenshots.

1 aquarium in Japan has an odd way to celebrate Christmas: it channels electricity from an electric eel to power the lights on a Christmas tree!

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During cold-weather months, close curtains & shades at night; open them during the day. Keep southern-exposure windows clean to let in the winter sun to help heat your house.

Reasons a man should have a dog, & not a wife top 10:
  1. They're always glad to see you, no matter what time it is or how long you've been gone
  2. They don't mind if you call them by another dog's name
  3. Dogs like dirty socks & underwear laft all over the floor
  4. Dogs don't have annoying parents who'll make lengthy visits
  5. Dogs agree that a raised boice is the best way to make a point
  6. Dogs think you're funny when you're drunk
  7. Dogs love to hunt & fish
  8. A dog will never ask, "Do you love me?"
  9. If a dog leaves, it won't take half of your stuff w/ them
  10. Dogs can't talk, & talk, & talk ...
Today I have a letter from a fan. "Dear Jeff Foxworthy, is it okay to threaten the kids w/ no Santa Clause if they misbehave?" I answer, "Dear Fan, are you kidding? Of course it is! And while you're at it, throw in the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, & Elvis."

We have a Christmas staff party here w/ The Tonight Show every year, & boy, was it great last year. All the stocking were hung w/ great care & the rest of the clothes were all over the room.

We're more in need of a vision or destination & a compass & less in need of a road map.

Friday, December 13, 2013

• December 13, 2013 •

Good morning! Yesterday I took the dogs out, had eggs over easy & toast for breakfast, cleaned the house, sent the grocery list out, made grilled cheese for lunch, & then it was on to Minecraft & Sims 3. I'm almost done w/ my 2nd house in Minecraft, Old-Fashioned. I've decided that when I'm done building up this world, I'm going to open it up to the public as a Minecraft server. I'm waiting until I'm finished because I know people will only go in there & destroy it. At least people will
get to see it & play it for a while & maybe even add to & improve it before it's destroyed by someone. At least SOMEONE will see all my time & effort instead of just deleting the world & starting over. That's a long way off though. Like I said, I'm not even finished w/ my 2nd house yet. There's be a full town hopefully before I open it up as a server. There will be stores where you can go for free materials, houses to stay safe in at night, & lots to explore. YAY! Yesterday's Sims game was LizC864 4 (3rd pic). I had to go back to playing Sims on my desktop PC. There's a load/save issue on the laptop & I don't know how to fix it. It'll do it, it just takes 20 minutes each time. Ugh! That's OK though, I need to move
more. I'm getting old & sitting on the sofa that long every day w/ a laptop on my lap was causing hip pain. This way, I play Minecraft for a while, then get up, stretch, & come over to my office to play Sims for a little bit, then back to Minecraft. No more hip pain! :) My Sim Christine (2nd gen) is excitable, brave, & mean spirited. She's going to grade school & will age up into a teen the next time I play.

NEW: Now Bump works with computers too! Photos, videos, files, everything. Just go to on your computer web browser.
NEW: Share files on your device with a single bump!
Use Bump™ to share contact information, photos, videos, and files by simply bumping two phones together. Just open Bump, hold your phones, and gently bump your hands together -- Bump will magically do all the rest.
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Don't be nervous when you shake hands w/ J. Edgar Hoover! He liked to fire FBI Agents whose palms were sweaty when they shook hands.

If you're on the dating scene, this weekend could be like testing a battery w/ your tongue. Sure you'll get zapped & burned & talk funny for about a week, but you'll have fun doing it.

I have to tell you something about Tommy that's not generally known. You know there are groups that believe in UFOs, Tommy is one of them, & some months ago - I guess I can tell this - this spaceship sent down & they actually took Tommy aboard the spaceship. And they examined him, then they went back & reported that there was no life on earth. -Johnny Carson 1975

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Using the GPS feature of your iPhone, Joggy Coach provides real time information of all your running statistics (speed, distance, elevation, calories burned…) and stores them for later review. Joggy Coach gives you all the information you would get from a GPS watch but for a fraction of the cost!
View your statistics with any of the 15 customizable graphs available. Unlike other applications, there is no need to upload your data to a website to analyze your results so you can quickly track your progress right in the app itself.
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Allow your friends to follow your progress on Facebook, Twitter or by mail.
Push yourself to beat your personal best using the Ghost feature. As you run your regular route, see the ghost from your best run appear on the map, giving you instant visual comparison between your current and your best run.
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*** Track All Important Data ***
Distance, clock, current speed, average speed, max speed, instantaneous speed, average speed, elevation, weather conditions, location-based point of departure, country, city and more!
*** Personal Training plan ***
Create custom training plans tailored to your individualized objectives.
*** Twitter ***
Tweets posted during the run according at an interval of your choice means you and your friends can follow your progress and your course.
*** Mail ***
Ability to mail during or after your activity.
GPX file extraction by email.
… And much more to come !
Note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Most hated household chores top 10:
  1. Cleaning the toilet (yep!)
  2. Sorting socks
  3. Cleaning the tub (yep!)
  4. Cleaning out the litter box (yep!)
  5. Cooking (really??)
  6. Cleaning out the refirgerator
  7. Shampooing or spot cleaning the carpet
  8. Vacuuming
  9. Cleaning or polishing silverware
  10. Storing seasonal clothing
You'll find that as you care less about what others think of you, you'll care more about what others think of themselves & their worlds, including their relationships w/ you.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

• December 12, 2013 •

Good morning! Yesterday I sent out the grocery list, cleaned the house, turned on Pandora & headed over to the sofa to play Minecraft & Sims on the laptop. I finished my LizC864 Minecraft California Craftsman Mission (2nd pic). (OMG! My mind is turning to mush! I just typed MindFart instead of Minecraft)! Anyway, I'm proud & you can check out all the pics here: Pinterest or here: facebook. Today begins a new house near this one (I'm building a city). The next house will be wood & much smaller. It'll be called Old-Fashioned. In Sims yesterday, I started up August House in Midnight Hollow. Speaking of, I need to download Midnight Hollow onto my desktop PC ... after I install an update to Origin. I really love the
laptop, but it really BITES at playing Sims. I had to turn the graphics way down which I finally noticed as being crappy, & the load & save times are unbearable. I also have a hard time seeing. Dragon Valley is dark & so is Midnight Hollow. I still need to play a more lit town to see if I like it or not. Still not sure what to do about the load & save times though. :(

Ever wonder how much it would cost you to give your true love the gifts in the traditional Christmas carol "The 12 Days of Christmas"? In 2010, the cost was calculated to be over $23k!

Hectic pressure to find just the right gift during this "season of joy" might drive you crazy. My advice is to call in sick, skip school, & stay in bed until Judge Judy comes on. A McFlurry w/ OREO cookies would be nice about 3:p.

I want to thank my staff. For Christmas, they gave me a dinner for 2 at Sparks Steak House in Manhattan. That's a rough steak house. Waiter asked what I wanted for dinner & I said, "Duck," & 8 people hit the floor. -Johnny Carson 1986

Most followed people on Twitter last year top 10:
  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Katy Perry
  4. Kim Kardashian
  5. President Barack Obama
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Shakira
  8. Rihanna
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. Ashton Kutcher
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Good morning! Yesterday I cleared out my Yahoo e-mail, had a mozzarella stick for lunch, cleaned the house, took the dogs out, checked out an app on my iPhone 5, & then sat down to play Minecraft & finally load up Sims on my laptop! Minecraft is great as usual, but Sims ... not meant for a laptop! I've got a great laptop, but it can't handle Sims with all the settings cranked up like I have it on my desktop gaming PC. The lack of a huge graphics card just kills it. I knocked all the settings down a notch & restarted the game. No difference. Then I knocked all the settings down again ... finally I hit a point where the game played well & amazingly, I didn't notice any difference. It's not like my Sim turned all blocky or anything. It finally runs smooth, but there's still a problem. Loading a saved game from the main menu takes about 20 minutes! WTH?! On my desktop PC, it takes a couple minutes, but not 20! Same thing for saving. On my desktop ... 30 seconds. On my laptop ... 20 damn minutes! What gives?! Now before you ask, I have a mirror image of downloaded content. Everything I have on my desktop, I have on my laptop. Same stuff. Desktop is tri-core, laptop is quad core. The laptop is missing the graphics card from hell that my desktop has, but that shouldn't have anything to do with loading & saving ... only with playing. Everything I'm seeing in forums has to do with CC, but like I said, if one of my CC was the problem, wouldn't I have the SAME problem on my desktop PC since it's all the same stuff? My 1st Sims game on the laptop is the criminal career in Dragon Valley. I lost cornucopia. It turns out that they no longer have uploaded worlds in the exchange. Now I can only play worlds that are created by EA. There are 11 of them total, I own about 6 or 7 of those. My Sim's name is Olivia (1st gen). She's ambitious, athletic, evil, a genius, & a kleptomaniac. Her lifetime wish is to be the Emperor of Evil. She likes spaghetti, geek rock, & the color spice brown. She's a Capricorn. Her furry companion is a Toy Fox Terrier named Vicki (1st gen) who is non-destructive, playful, & aggressive. Olivia bought the cheapest house she could find in Dragon Valley, bought the essentials she needed for her dog, & after food, only had a few dollars left to her name. No car, no radio, an old-timey TV, a single bed, crappy fridge ... she's starting out the way everyone should. No cheats, no loans.  She will earn everything she ever has, which right now is next to nothing. The very 1st thing she did was get a job (also as everyone who just graduated high school should with the exception of those smart enough to find a way to go to college), but having no PC or money meant going to the business directly to get the job instead of applying on the PC. Then she wanted to learn gardening, so it was off to the library since she couldn't afford to go to the bookstore & buy the book. When she got home, she cleaned the house ... which is easy when you live alone, it means picking up the newspaper out of the front walkway. She wanted to learn the painting skill, so she had to fork over some money for an easel. Worth it since you can make money on your paintings. All skills my Sims learn are skills that you can earn money with. The skills that don't produce an income are generally skipped & viewed as time wasters. Life is short, if you're going to have a hobby/skill, make it a profitable one at least. :) After that it was the normal daily routine of things everyone has to do. Shower, dinner, bed, work, & paying bills. When she finally had some free time again it was off to the library to use their PC & check out the online dating site. She uploaded her profile & checked out the eligible guys in town. 2 of them caught her eye & she sent them messages. Then it was off to work & back to the daily routine. I love playing the big beautiful mansions in Sims because I love living vicariously through my Sims, but I also love the realistic games like this one. The one where they start out in the tiniest house in town, have nothing, & have to scrimp & save for everything they ever get. I don't use cheats to get money, I don't immediately marry to move up to something better. I make them earn it all by themselves. Marriage isn't until after they've succeeded in their career (reached the highest level). THEN & only then can they marry, move out to their new hubby's (better) house, & start a family. This happens when they're somewhere right between young adult & elderly. In the middle of mature adulthood. Young adulthood is for working, elderly/retirement is for relaxing ... mature adulthood is for working AND being a spouse & parent. The hardest part of life when you're trying to balance everything at once. By now you have a nicer house, a couple cars, a spouse, a couple pets, children ... it's rough. I wait until mature adulthood so they're at least secure in their jobs, good at cooking, & have a good routine in place before adding more people & pets to the picture. It's hard when you graduate from school, & are immediately married, pregnant, & trying to start a career ALL AT ONCE.

As the spirit of Christmas lowers the boom on your wallet, remember the true intention of gift giving 0 to get relatives, friends, & coworkers off your back for a few weeks. Be generous - jumper cables, an ashtray from a national monument, or cherry-flavored Tums are a good start.

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

Conscience is the endowment that senses our congruence or disparity w/ correct principles & lifts us toward them - when it's in shape.

Dead Sea isn't a sea. It's actually a lake. It's technically not dead either - there are minuscule amounts of bacteria & microbial fungi in the water.

Economy is in bad shape. Economy is bad. Wouldn't you know, due to this recession, Santa Claus this year had to drop 2 of his hos. -Johnny Carson 1974

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013

Good morning! Yesterday I got the mail, made a cheese omelet for our son for breakfast, cleaned the house, & then it was another non-productive day of happy ... just playing Minecraft while ALL the Sims expansion packs, stuff packs, & store items downloaded onto the laptop (that took days). I don't have any screenshots yet because they're all on the laptop. I'll get the pics uploaded to facebook & Pinterest once I actually remember. Not much to show yet other than the spawn point. I'll have good screenshots to show once I finish the house I'm building in there. It's going to be a NICE one! It's going to be my FIRST one, but I'm confident that it's going to come out great because so far it looks great. I can build a lot faster in the Sims, but that's because the interface is faster for building (instead of block by block) & I don't have to go find / make all the materials 1st. Since I'm not using any cheats or mods, the roof is giving me fits. It's so far up that if I accidentally fall off, it'll kill me & then I lose all the materials I have on me that I'm using to build it, so I've got to go really slow & steady. Once I try out the Sims on the laptop & see that it plays as well on there as it does on my huge gaming desktop over here (that keeps locking up since Win 8.1 was installed), I may just unplug this huge beast, clear off my desk of everything except the monitor / TV, & give it to hubby who spent a fortune building it years back for me. He can use an upgraded PC & this is one heck of an upgrade compared to the old box he's using. Then, when I'm working at my desk I'll just plug the monitor into the laptop & when I start gaming I'll unplug the monitor & sink into the sofa. I'm seriously thinking of starting fresh with all of my Sims games. Years into the games I'm playing now & I just feel like punching reset. Start each game over from scratch, doing things differently now. I will still have all my old games saved on a flash drive, but it's time for a fresh start starting today. Brand new laptop, brand new Minecraft game, why not brand new Sims?I even have a brand new notebook to keep track of it all. :D

Best ways to achieve your fitness goals top 10:
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  2. Set realistic goals (no, you will not qualify for the Olympics this year)
  3. Hire a personal trainer or exercise w/ a friend
  4. Commit & understand that exercise is work, but worth it
  5. Fight the boredom by including a wide range of activities
  6. Reward yourself
  7. Support the exercise w/ a healthy diet
  8. Dress appropriately & comfortable
  9. Keep a record of your progress
  10. Warm up & cool down w/ every workout
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Goats have rectangular pupils, which give them very wide peripheral depth perception & enhanced night vision. That, & a very cool stare.

Gravity pull of some of our habits may currently be keeping us from going where we want to go. But it's also gravity pull that keeps our world together, that keeps planets in their orbits & our universe in order. It's a powerful force, & if we use it effectively, we can use the gravity pull of habit to create the cohesiveness & order necessary to establish effectiveness in our lives.

Here's a bizarre story: 4 inmates in a Florida prison are suing to get nonsmoking cells. This raises an interesting constitutional question: Do we really want criminals to be able to run faster? -Johnny Carson 1990

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Unruly Uranus & mischievous Mars encourage you to cash in the kids' college fund & go gambling. It's okay, $163 won't buy much "higher education" anyway.

Monday, December 9, 2013

• December 9, 2013 •

Good morning! The power came back on yesterday morning. We were without power for 50 hours & the temps were in the 20s. It was miserable & COLD! I prefer the cold over heat, but that was pushing it. The very 1st thing I did was turn on my PC! I took the dogs out, had a Carnation Instant Breakfast, cleaned the house, the FD was still getting toned out to down power lines & tree branches, I added some stuff to the grocery list, checked out some YouTube videos, took the dogs out again, & then sat down to watch some TV while I worked on
my hand knit Father's Day afghan. While the power was out, I decided that it would have been nice to be able to play Minecraft & Sims, so on our trip out onto the icy roads to get food, I bought a brand new HP Envy laptop. Top of the line, will play Minecraft & Sims & is one KICK ASS computer! Quad core, Beats Audio, all the bells & whistles. It's SWEET & I love it! Since the power came back on I've been installing Sims. Minecraft was easy & I got some game time in while the power was still off. Sims on the other hand is going to take about a week or more to get installed fully on there. I have every expansion pack & a lot of other purchased items for the online Sims 3 store. We have DSL, but these are HUGE files. Yesterday it took well over 12 hours to install just the BASE Sims 3 game. Today it's updating from the original, tomorrow I start on the expansion packs ... 1 per day. Then at the end I'll download all of the store items I've bought over the years & the worlds like Conucopia, Twinbrook, etc. Yeah, probably 2 weeks until it's equivalent to my desktop PC. Worth the wait though, because yesterday after I worked on the afghan for a bit, I started playing Minecraft on the laptop ... on the sofa. SO much more comfy than sitting at my desk for hours & hours. I LOVE this laptop! Most expensive one in the store at the time I bought it. I got tired of asking "Well, will this one play Minecraft?" "No." "How about this one?" "Yes ... well, until the next update." "This one?" "Yeah, this one will do it, but it'll be slow." "Oh screw it! Just give me that one! It's the most expensive one here & it looks like it's got some beasty gaming specs!" "Yeah, that one will do ANYTHING." "Good. SOLD!" Then I threw in a wireless mouse & a backpack & we were done. Some people shop when they get depressed ... apparently my dangerous shopping time is when I'm bored shitless in an ice storm w/ no power.

Before she was a famous movie star, Marilyn Monroe was the 1st Miss California Artichoke in 1947.

Biologically speaking, banana trees are actually herbs, not trees. See, the banana stem doesn't contain true woody tissue.

Dark Meadow:
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* IGN: "worth playing just to experience the game’s huge amount of eccentric dialogue, and to experience the unfolding mystery.... one of the best to hit the App Store in recent memory."
* KOTAKU: "at home in the halls of BioShock's Rapture...disturbingly gorgeous experience."
* DESTRUCTOID: "a very atmospheric and engrossing game with a delicious streak of dark humor coursing through its veins.. worth picking up for anybody with an interest in iOS gaming."
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* TOUCH ARCADE: "The Dark Meadow is a standout in almost every way. From look to setting to the touch-centric gameplay, it shines, and you can tell this title was crafted with much love "
* GIZMODO.UK: "a splendid achievement. The bar has been raised, the gauntlet has been thrown down, and the hyperbole has been exhausted. We can’t wait to see the next game that tries to go one better."
* MODOJO: "a cross between BioShock and Infinity Blade... a hauntingly beautiful and intriguing game everyone should play, as it offers both a compelling adventure and a glimpse into the future of smart phone gaming. "
* GAMEZEBO: "arguably the best title to come to the genre. It's gorgeous, it's creepy, and it's a blast to play. This is the perfect game to play during the Halloween season. "
A dark fairytale of intrigue and mystery, where the sins of the past must be paid for… So sets the stage for The Dark Meadow -- a visually stunning world of deep exploration, gripping story, and heart racing combat, created with the unrivaled power of the Unreal Engine 3.
You awake in a hospital uncertain of how you arrived there or why. An old man warns of a beautiful witch whose minions roam the halls seeking the living. It is only when the witch is destroyed that you will be released from this unrelenting torment.
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- Available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean , Italian, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese languages.

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Etiquette mistakes top 10:
  1. Not making an introduction
  2. Answering a cell phone call in a social situation
  3. Arguing over a check
  4. Being late
  5. Not giving up a seat on public transit to someone who needs it
  6. Being rude to service staff or under tipping
  7. Monopolizing the conversation
  8. Flossing or picking your teeth in public
  9. Eating w/ your mouth open
  10. Brushing or combing your hair while at the table
Feeling like a bobblehead doll bouncing on the dashboard of a 1977 El Camino is normal during the Christmas season. You've got 2 whole weekends left to shop. What's the hurry? Relax.

Habits can be learned & unlearned. But it isn't a quick fix. It involves a process & a tremendous commitment.

I can always tell when the economy is in trouble. For example, just before the show tonight, guy came up to me, stuck his finder in my ribs, said, "Mister, this is a stick-up. If you want to see my gun, come w/ me to the pawn shop, & I'll show it to you." -Johnny Carson 1978

If your home life is typically morbid, look out! It could be buzzing w/ excitement as Christmas nears; I'd check the wiring around the tree. Newfound joy is usually just a wiring problem.

May an excited yak tailgate your sister. -Johnny Carson 1975

More proactive you are, the more effectively you can exercise personal leadership & management in your life.

Most common mistakes drivers make top 10:
  1. Distracted by a cell phone conversation or while eating
  2. Not looking straight ahead
  3. Low tire pressure
  4. Bumping a curb while parking
  5. Filling the tank w/ premium gas when it's not necessary
  6. Over-braking
  7. Driving fast on wet roads
  8. Signaling at the last minute
  9. Not routinely checking the brakes
  10. Not taking note of the speed limit
Now the people in Beverly Hills mean well at Christmas, but I don't think they have a handle on things. They had 1 of those Christmas kettles on Rodeo Drive w/ a sign that said, "Please help people who aren't as good as we are." -Johnny Carson 1988

Pass along a family heirloom, or give an item of your own to someone who has admired the item.

This free app from Google lets you create and edit Microsoft® Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on your iPhone and iPad. Once you sign in with your Google Account, work can be saved in Google Drive, which gives you up to 15GB of free storage and lets you access your files from any mobile device or computer.
With Quickoffice and a Google Account you can:
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Reasons to own a goat top 10:
  1. Goat's milk
  2. To pull a cart
  3. To eat weeds & grass
  4. Goat cheese
  5. companion for your dog or other pets
  6. Entertainment
  7. Goat meat (if you don't become too attached)
  8. Dried goat dung is excellent fuel
  9. Only needs a small grazing area
  10. Conversation piece
Self-renewal process must include balanced renewal in all 4 dimensions of our nature: the physical, the spiritual, the mental, & the social / emotional. Balanced renewal is optimally synergetic.

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War of the Oaken Bucket (1325-1337) was supposedly started when soldiers from the Italian city of Modena stole a bucket from the neighboring territory of Bologna.

Your lucky words this week are: beefaroni, hiney, & melons.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

Good morning! Yesterday I cleaned the house I loaded up Minecraft. After a while I created a new world & love it! Each new world looks so different from the last. My son asked my why I created a new world instead of endlessly exploring the original? I don't know. I know the terrain will change & I will see something new if I travel far enough in the original world, but hey ... it's fun creating a new world too! I use the large biomes setting, but not the amplified biomes. I've seen screenshots of those, I'll pass. :) My brand new world (2nd pic) is very pretty. More hills than the last one & beautiful mountains of both cobblestone & dirt create beautiful visual landscapes. Can't wait to start playing again today! I really do have a Minecraft problem don't I? LOL! LOVE IT!

Forkly is a beautiful way to share and discover tastes. We’ll help you discover a new dish around the corner, the best burger in town, or your favorite cocktail bar in a new city.
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- Earn influence points to become the Tastemaker at restaurants and bars.
Learn more:
Movie theater snacks top 10:
  1. Popcorn
  2. M&M's
  3. Skittles
  4. Junior Mints
  5. Reese's Pieces
  6. Pretzel bites w/ cheese
  7. Goobers
  8. Raisinets
  9. Gummy Bears
  10. Nachos w/ cheese
Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev not only holds the record for longest time spent in space (803 days, 9 hours, & 39 minutes), he's also "the last citizen of the USSR" because he was in space when the Soviet Union collapsed.

Speaking of GE, Tommy's wife, for Christmas, gave him a GE bed. Because GE brings good things to life. -Johnny Carson 1985

Treat a man as he is & he'll remain as he is. Treat a man as he can & should be & he'll become as he can & should be.

Try to avoid holiday stress. Borrow a relative's handicap card for a good parking space at the mall.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

✔ December 4, 2013

Good morning! Yesterday was a Minecraft day. I haven't quite gotten it out of my system yet I guess. Not sure how long that will take, but in the meantime crafting & Sims have taken a break. I got the mail, cleaned the house, sent out the grocery list & then loaded up Minecraft. The 1st pic is my original spawn point in the game. The 2nd pic is a pretty sunset, 3rd pic is my "neighborhood", which is great because I have everything from sand to dirt to wood to water available, 4th & 5th pics are my 1st house ... 16 X 16 w/ oak wood slab floors, lots of lighting inside & out, glass block pattern in the ceiling for lots of light during the day, lots of glass windowpanes, a cobblestone walkway & fence, & soon a wood fence surrounding it w/ even more light (I ran out of time last night).

Check Please:
Checkplease is the top tip application on AppStore for calculating the tip or splitting a bill between multiple people.
★★★★★ "Absolutely the best App! I have used it everyday for over 6 it!" - Edtheshark
★★★★★ "Best tip calculator out there especially with the discount/coupon option." - RajeeK
★★★★★ "Far superior to any other tip calculator (I tried a few.)" - iGabby
★★★★★ "If you look around and compare all of the apps that
do what this one does, this one STANDS ALONE!!! I wish all of the apps were done as proper as this one - my wife and I both use it all of the time." - aruble69
✔ Quick and accurate calculation of tip.
✔ Option to not tip on the tax.
✔ Handles coupons/discounts by tipping on the coupon amount so the
waiter/waitresses don't get short changed.
✔ Round tip, round total, and ability to always round up.
✔ Split the bill among multiple people.
✔ Uses your local currency or optionally pick a currency.
✔ Post the amount of the bill directly to PocketMoney. (Download PocketMoney LITE. It's free.)
✚ Full version does not display ads.
✚ Full version handles coupons and discounts.
CheckPlease™ has been calculating tips for users since 1995 starting with the Newton OS, migrated to the Palm OS, and now the iPhone OS.
Graphic design by Image Limited, Ltd
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: There are some reviewers posting that CheckPlease is calculating the tip wrong. CheckPlease is calculating the tip correctly and does not tip on tax if you have a tax rate set. If you think it is calculating something wrong, then contact me at or in the forums, and I'll help you.
The most common error users have is they have rounding turned on, or they have a tax rate set. Tap the (i) button and turn on the "Heads up Display" in the settings to see how CheckPlease is breaking everything out. 

Check w/ local shops for recycling options. Many UPS Stores accept foam packing peanuts. Grocery stores & big box retailers often have recycling bins for plastic bags. Some home centers offer drop-off bins for used compact fluorescent light bulbs & strands of Christmas lights.

December is a month of surprise visitors so have plenty of aerosol cheese & your lucky
toilet plunger ready. Also keep plenty of bail money around just in case.

Welcome to a brand new version of FlightTrack. Rebuilt from the ground up, FlightTrack’s new design and user experience are tailored to the needs of the savvy traveler.
Please note that FlightTrack 5 does not currently include the ability to sync with TripIt.
Now, all FlightTrack users get push notifications with flight updates and can view terminal maps to help navigate to the gate. With FlightTrack, you can search flights by number or route in a single search field, create trips with multiple flights
and travelers, and view the progression of an entire trip within a single workflow.
As always, you get real-time departure info, delays, and gate numbers at a glance. International coverage allows you to track flights worldwide. We even inform you of cancellations and help you find alternate flights when you're in a pinch.
• Specify all of the travelers on a trip so
that can you easily see who's on which flights
• Add flights to your calendar
• Share flight status by email, iMessage/SMS, AirDrop, Facebook, and Twitter
• Share all the flights in a trip via email or AirDrop
• Add flight notes for seat numbers, confirmation numbers, and more
• Find out whether your flight has onboard wi-fi (when data is available)
• Push alerts update you on flight changes even when the app is closed
• Predict flight delays with airport warnings
• Zoomable, live flight maps with satellite and weather radar imagery
• Actual flight paths shown when available
• Airport terminal and aircraft seat maps
• Real-time status for gates, delays, and cancellations
• Covers more than 3,000 airports and 1,400 airlines worldwide
• Check the weather forecast for travel locations
• Find alternate flights at a tap
• Airtime, aircraft, and speed & altitude (North-American flights only)

Myths about rats top 10:
  1. Giant rats - false - even the biggest rat weighs only about 3 lbs.
  2. Cats control the rat population - false - cats rarely catch rats
  3. The rat population is determined by the human population - false
  4. Cheese is the best rat bait - false - bait a rat trap w/ peanut butter, cotton balls, chocolate, or dried fruit
  5. Only a few rats live in any 1 location - false - people underestimate the # of rats living together
  6. Rats are a sign of poor sanitation - false
  7. Rats seen during the day indicate a serious rat problem - false
  8. Rat fleas & mites are dangerous - false
  9. Rat urine is poisonous - false - only if the rat is diseased
  10. Rats do not have bladders - false
This year I'm going to get my staff a special Christmas bonus. I'm actually going to take the time to find out what their names are.

We can choose to reflect back to others a clear undistorted vision of themselves.

Yikes! A typical mattress is home to between 100,000 & 10 million dust mites.