Saturday, August 1, 2015

World Wide Web Day AUGUST 1, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate World Wide Web Day

World Wide Web Day is a global celebration dedicated to web browsing, the online activity that brings the world at your fingertips and a wealth of knowledge at your feet.
The World Wide Web was conceived by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, as a way for him to communicate with co-workers via hyperlinks. A quarter of a century later, WWW has become the main means of interaction, transaction and communication among humans, opening the door of opportunity for people in ways that would have been unimaginable to previous generations.
We celebrate World Wide Web Day by getting online, taking hasty selfies to post on social platforms, arguing with trolls on blogs, taking notes from podcasts, holding VoIP conferences to discuss the weather, backing up our data to servers across the world, syncing photos for the whole family to see, booking our doctor’s appointments online and generally expressing our opinions in discussions which are oftentimes much ado about nothing.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A message that departs from the main subject.
Usage:After yet another long excursus on the subject of housecats, the absent-minded professor finally returned to his main point.

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Francis Scott Key (1779)

After the burning of Washington, DC, by the British in the War of 1812, Key, an American lawyer, was sent to secure the release of a friend from a British ship in Chesapeake Bay. That night, while temporarily detained on a British vessel, Key witnessed the British shelling of Fort McHenry. When he saw the American flag still flying the next morning, he was inspired to write "Defense of Fort M'Henry," a poem that was adopted as the US national anthem in 1931.

Kuwana Ishitori Matsuri

The Kuwana Ishidori Matsuri, or Collect Stones Festival, commemorates the days when many stones had to be transported by cart to build a shrine. There is a procession of floats, adorned with beautiful cloth, tapestries, and lanterns, through the town of KuwanaJapan, on the first Saturday of August. On Sunday, there is a presentation of stones at the shrine, followed by a series of processions that lasts till night time the following day. Then people assemble near the floats, watch the lighting of the float lanterns, and listen to the crashing drum music that fills the air.

Scientists Call for Ban on Live Salamander Imports to Stop Skin-Eating Disease

A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent's native salamanders, including extinction of whole species, and could do the same in North America, scientists say

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1774 - Oxygen was isolated from air successfully by chemist Carl Wilhelm and scientist Joseph Priestly.

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1790 - The first U.S. census was completed with a total population of 3,929,214 recorded. The areas included were the present states of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia 

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1793 - France becomes 1st country to use the metric system

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1873 - Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car. The design was done for San Francisco, CA. 

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1893 - Shredded wheat was patented by Henry Perky and William Ford.

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1981 - MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

1993 - Reggie Jackson was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.


If You Were Born Today, August 1

You are a natural leader and others quite readily look up to you. You love variety and can be quite indecisive at times, but you are tough and determined when you need to be. While most consider you calm and centered, you do have a tendency to worry, particularly about money and security. Even so, you are generous and you enjoy some of the finer things in life. You can be quite successful in marketing and research, amongst other things. You quite easily see through falseness, and you much prefer to surround yourself with people who are authentic and honest. Sometimes sarcastic, you can be slightly intimidating, but mostly understood and appreciated for your sense of humor. Famous people born today: Yves Saint-Laurent, Dom DeLuise, Jerry Garcia, Sam Mendes, Demián Bichir, Scarlett Bruns, Jason Momoa, Max Carver.

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Picture of the day
Wrestlers is an oil painting on canvas completed by Thomas Eakins in 1899. It depicts two nearly naked men engaged in a wrestling match, with one holding the other in a half nelson and crotch hold. Eakins painted the work using a photograph of models as a study; for the background, he used the Quaker City Barge Club on Philadelphia's Boathouse Row. This painting, as well as an oil sketch, are held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; an unfinished version is held by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Picture of the worn hands of an elderly man from Bangladesh

Hands of Time

Photograph by Dolon archi, National Geographic 
“Sometimes texture shows ... time,” writes Dolon archi, who captured this shot of an elderly man’s hands in Bangladesh.








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stephanie o'dea

Clean Out the Pantry CrockPot Chili

One of the reasons I love crockpot cooking so much is that you don't really need to follow a recipe---many times I can just start opening cans and clean out the fridge and create a delicious meal without trying. This is one of those meals.

We had too much food in the house for me to feel comfortable buying more, so I dug through what we had on hand, threw it in the pot, held my breath, and hoped for the best. I was quite happy with the results.

I urge you to do the same in your house. Just play. Dig through the cabinets and see if what you already have on hand can be combined to become a new family favorite.

The Ingredients.

2 cans (6oz) tomato paste
3 cans of beans, drained and rinsed (I used garbanzo, white kidney, black beans)
1 tables spoons Italian seasoning 
1 chopped yellow onion
2 cloves chopped or minced garlic

2 cups broth (I used chicken. vegetable would work great)
1 to 2 tablespoons (heaping) sliced jalapenos from a jar or can (optional)  (NOTE: if feeding small children, add at the table ---it was too hot for my kids when cooked with the beans)

The Directions.

Open cans. Rinse the beans, and dump them into the crockpot. Add all the rest of the stuff---there aren't any rules, here.

Except to recycle the cans.

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

The Verdict.

This was too spicy for the kids, but Adam and I really liked it a lot, and each had two bowls. We had it with cornbread
I liked this. I needed to get back to my crockpot cooking "roots"---and it felt nice for me to make things up as I go along again.



Little Birdie Plush by Viviana Agostinho

Gather the materials and start stitching this little guy up! If you don't have a sewing machine at home, do not worry: you can easily sew everything here by hand. At the end of the project you will have a tiny, cute bird that will brighten up any shelf or computer monitor. Stitch a key chain at the top of birdie's head and voilà! You have the cutest key charm.

The numbers in each birdie part correspond to the amount of pieces you will have to cut. Seam allowances are included.


To make your birdie you will need:
- Felt and fabric of your choosing
- 2 medium size buttons in any color
- 2 small beads or buttons in black
- Felt scraps in black and red
- A handful of fiberfill
- Thread, needles, pins...

Place each part of the pattern on the wrong side of your fabric and felt and cut all the parts you will need. Remember: birdie's body will be made of fabric, and the remaining parts will be made of felt.

You will begin creating your birdie's front section. Place the head and belly detail over body and stitch them together. Then, in a piece of black felt, cut two small circles. The black circles and the black bead/small button will make birdie's eyes. For the beak, cut a small square of red felt and sew it in place.
Sew front and back sections (wrong face up!) leaving a small gap at the bottom of the body for filling. Turn the body inside out. Sew 2 wings together (2 times), and 2 legs together (2 times). You will end up with birdie body, 2 wings and 2 legs.

Fill body with fiberfill. Place the legs at the bottom of birdie's body and sew them in place by hand, closing the gap. Using two medium size buttons, sew wings in place.

Yay! Your birdie is ready!

I guess I'm predictable...story of my life

CHILDREN'S CORNER ... coloring

Here's to you Mom!!!


funny, but true!

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection. - Henri Nouwen

this. is. awesome.


From the adorably silly looking to the strange grooming projects, we love pets at Ripley’s.
Better yet, it’s great when you can train your pets to help around the house.
Anton Androshchuk  had his pet parrot named Gosha help with his dental work!
Opening his mouth wide, Anton bravely let the bird stick his head in to pry out the loose tooth. The family seems completely grossed out behind the camera, but the bird performs the extraction painlessly and quick!
Maybe the bird should look into doing this professionally.
shut up...

"Good Morning" in Romani [Sinte] (Central Europe) -  
Lashi de tehara

The Chair Scare


Personal Protection & Security - Keep Valuables Safe at the Beach

funny stuff


1 comment:

  1. That beach tip?! And I thought all that diaper debris was really gross. Now I know I should checking 'em out? Who thinks of this stuff?