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What’s the rush America

My long lost then found friend, Jenn Taylor, just moved back to the United States. She asked the question, “what’s the rush? I am just curious beyond words as to what brought this culture to this rapid speed and the underlying sense that we are always in a hurry. Such a rush. Always a rush.” … Continue reading

Spring in Wisconsin – weather runs amok

UPDATE: June 25th. We now have 28 counties declared as disaster areas by FEMA. When we get serious Spring weather, we get weather sites that look like this: 7 Warnings, Watches and Statements on the Weather.gov forecast A weather map that is covered, jigsaw like, with areas of watches and warnings across the surrounding 25 … Continue reading

Testing Slideshare embedding

This is just a test of embedding a Slideshare slide show into a WordPress post. This is not my presentation. Okay. I’m getting closer. At least I get the frame for the slide show. The one above is using the slideshare imbed in WordPress link along with a plugin from Joost de Valk Below is … Continue reading

Etsy – On-line store for hand-made items

Etsy (http://www.etsy.com) is a store where crafters can sell their objects to the public. Etsy also supports spaces for the crafters to work and share their skills and ideas. The Etsy website also has cool navigation methods for finding objects. There is a color search system that lets you pick a color to start with. … Continue reading

KnitML – Knitting Markup Language

You know that xML (small x to mean x=X,BP,XAC, et al) has now hit the mainstream when people start developing a mark-up language for knitting patterns: The KnitML Project’s main goal is to develop and promote adoption of a standard content model for knitting patterns. By developing a community-supported specification (KnitML) and providing basic rendering … Continue reading

Driving to work makes me crazy

I drove into work for the first time in months yesterday. We had snow, followed by sleet, followed by freezing rain. The sidewalks and roads are a mess so I drove in. Commuting by car is just crazy-making. Some people are such egocentric clueless stress-monkeys when they are driving to work. Example: I’m going North … Continue reading

Copenhagen – More bikes than cars at rush hour

From Treehuger.com As a result of half a century of planning, Copenhagen has achieved a fabulous cycling goal – during the morning rush hour more bikes and mopeds pound the inner city streets than personal cars and buses. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/11/in_copenhagens.php Very cool news at least to me as a bike commuter. One thing I like a … Continue reading

.edu as an underground?

Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com) has an article they are running called Discover the .EDU Underground Little appreciated outside the world of academia, there are literally thousands of .edu sites bursting with incredibly useful and interesting information and resources. Interesting list of finds about Art, Science, Space, Humanities, Photography, History and everything. Interesting that learning about the web … Continue reading

Went to Dogtoberfest today

We went to Dogtoberfest at Capital Brewery today. This was a benefit for Dane County Humane Society. It was pretty fun. There was beer, live music, dog costumes and games. Lola had a pretty good time though it was hot and humid – surprisingly so for October. Technorati Tags: Jim Phelps, Dogs

El Clan Destino

Lola has a friend Liam who has an owner Jamie who is in a hot Afro-Cuban jazz band called El Clan Destino. They really cook. Head over to their web site and click on Listen. Check out El Rukus and Ponle La Clava live (if you like hot fusion jazz). Undine is a more traditional … Continue reading