Sunday, August 26, 2012

Maybe this will save my TV

The Girl is currently doing rhythmic gymnastics with the "ribbon" I made for her from a pencil, a long piece of yarn, and some tape. This sounds really creative on my part but really, I came up with the ribbon idea during the Olympics when her attempts at doing rhythmic gymnastics with a hula hoop nearly wrecked everything I own. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

Her first routine was to Call Me Maybe.  I gave it an 8 out of 10.


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Young, Armstrong, what's the difference

I discovered this in my facebook news feed and found it so amusing that I was inspired to learn to take a screenshot (thank you, Google). Can you spot the error in this article preview?


I suppose it would have been nice if my comment started with "I'm so sorry to hear this," and DIDN'T end with "LOL," because LOL and death are probably best served separately. My apologies.

NBCnews.com corrected the problem apparently within a few minutes, after this fellow posted in the comments:


Astronaut Neil Young, first man to walk on moon, dies at age 82
Neil Young? Really? Holy crap, get the mans name right you idiots.


I'm not even going to be picky about the missing apostrophe, because I'm sure the sheer ridiculousness of that mistake shocked the proper punctuation right out of him.

The site then added this "non-apology" note to the beginning of the article:

 (Editor's note: An earlier version of this story included the wrong name in the headline.)

Well done. Or not. Something like that. At any rate, rest in peace, Mr. Armstrong. 

Play on, Mr. Young.

If you want to read the full article, you can find it here.


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Friday, August 17, 2012

I spent about 20 minutes tonight doing this*

Since we live in a one-story house, we had to get creative with our stairs. This was our most impressive creation. Sometime I'll show all the outtakes it took to get this one. One near-perfect go-round was marred by an unpleasant word (thank you, Tourette's Syndrome), and another perfect run was foiled by an overly excited child who walked in front of the camera, blocking the view.

video

The slinky is courtesy of a trip to Chuck E. Cheese, where The Boy managed to spend his bazillion tickets on something that was actually fun and didn't break after the first use. For a change.

*Actually that "I" should be "we," since I certainly wouldn't have pursued this entertaining project without the two small people who inhabit my home. Thank goodness their presence reminded me how fun a slinky can be, even when they were fighting over it!

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