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This Week’s Thoughts

#5 "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second?

Because that’s the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you."

via Reaganite Republican: Down South, them State Troopers Have a Way with Words….

They’re all pretty funny, but wait ‘til you get to #10!  Serious, laugh out loud funny.  Open-mouthed smile

Okay, I have another very simple WP Theme that I’m releasing into the wild.

via New Free WordPress Theme: “The Leo”.

My friend Bryce has made a WordPress theme.  For those of you who have your own domain and use WP, check it out, see what you think.  Smile
Milky Way Video Wows Web This is a stunning video, and the musical score that accompanies it is lovely.  A genuine keeper. 

Let’s just admit it: Americans chow down on a lot of chicken—82.2 pounds per person in 2010 alone! So here are 10 things you should know about our favorite fowl, safety tips included.

For the best possible bird, DON’T:

#1. Wash the Chicken

This may come as a shock to all of you who automatically rinse your poultry just before cooking. It certainly was for me. So what’s the big deal?

via Don’t Wash Your Chicken Before You Cook It and 9 Other Surprising Tips – Food on Shine.

Okay, I admit I knew most of these “tips” but this 1st one was news to me!  Don’t wash the chicken first? 
Read them all, see what you think. 
I’ll probably always wash the chicken though. 

Well, I may not have a Kindle.  And I don’t know when I’ll get one.  But in the meantime, I do have a little Kindle App on my phone.  Yes, the tiny screen is a pain, but it beats having to run to the library!  Saves on gas too – there’s another boon about eReaders.  Winking smile

Have an awesome day!

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Woo

imageMy loving husband sent me an article a few days ago, “Why Internet Explorer will survive and Firefox won’t.”  He knows of my love for Firefox, the one he turned me on to in the first place, to get me away from the pop-up and hacker-friendly  Internet Explorer.  I was kind of sad when I read the article.  If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know how passionate I am about FireFox and being able to use my beloved add-ons.  Oh my gosh I love add-ons!  Once I found them, I barely gave IE a wave goodbye. 

That was in 2005.  Seems like so long ago, and I guess in tech-years, that’s like centuries or something.  I’ve been locked in embrace with FireFox ever since and haven’t regretted it in the least.

Oh, I looked at Chrome.  With a bit of trepidation.  Seems like Google was using it to gather lots of private information. 

Not interested in Opera very much.  There’s nothing wrong with it or anything, it just wasn’t my speed.  Although, they’re coming out with a new version soon. 

This month has been a big month in the “browser wars.”  War?  Really?  Why not battles?  I like the alliterative qualities of that better.  Browser battles.  Smile  All three of the biggies made major upgrades this month.  All showing off for our attention, wooing us with their features. 

I read the article my husband sent me.  Looked like FF was on the outs, and IE9 and Chrome were neck and neck for the lead.  IE9 has some bang-up new features, so they say, and Chrome backed off on the privacy issues and also had some cool beans features, and the kids in the know say both have awesome add-ons.

Add-ons?  One of my drugs of choice.  Smile

I went to check it out and frankly, while they’re making great strides, they can’t compete with my beloved FireFox

Then I came across these articles: Firefox 4 downloads eclipse Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 usage share is twice Internet Explorer 9 in half the time.

So it looks like FireFox just might be around longer than the writer of the first article thinks.  Heh.  Smile  I sure am happy about that!

But I’m playing with IE9 and Chrome anyway.  I guess it’s good for a girl to know a bit about the other prospects in the neighborhood. 

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Exhale

Goodness, I feel like I’ve been a software slave the last couple of days!  On Tuesday I was checking out Personal Information Managers.  I downloaded a couple to check out – VueMinder and Pimero – to see how they worked and if there was one I preferred over the other and I got lost in trying to figure them out.  One can import FaceBook, one doesn’t.  One will send a text message to my phone, the other one won’t.  And I couldn’t get the one that wouldn’t to work, because it’s supposed to be able to text to my phone.  One imported great from MS Outlook, one didn’t.  One had great “skins” choices, one was “meh.”  So back and forth I went for what seemed like hours.  I completely spaced out that I didn’t get a post up.  I got one up on my political blog, that probably threw my sense of accomplishment into chaos. 

And tonight I’ve been going over and over financial software.  As I mentioned before, my beloved MS Money has been discontinued.  I installed the version I have on my new computer and it’s been working fine, just like always.  I thought it was going to stop as of Jan 31, so I was pleasantly surprised that it still worked for me.  I was kind of hoping for a grace period, but Darc did some reading and found out that around the end of May, the grace period I’ve been experiencing will definitely END.  I’d kind of put that financial software search on hold but now I feel the pressing need to just get it done and off my plate.  I have spent hours tonight going though different programs, downloading trial versions, testing them out to see how they work, if they work like I need them to, and I have to say, I feel exhausted.  What a time consuming pain in the butt!  But on payday I will be making my purchase.  So, big whew on that one, it’s done and I can move on to something else now.  I decided to go with MoneyDance, because they have the online banking and bill paying that I was looking for.  Others had schedulers to remind you to pay a bill, but MoneyDance can actually make the payments for me when I tell it to, just like MS Money.  It’s so cool – it’s like writing a check, putting it in the envelope, sticking the stamp on and walking it to the mailbox, with just a single mouse click.  I’m all about convenience, baby! 

There were so many little interesting news thingies I wanted to link to this week, but if I do that now, this post will be WAY over the 500 words it roughly is now.  I guess I’ll save them for next week.  Thank goodness for Read it Later!  Would you believe that thanks to that little add-on, and Delicious and GMarks, I haven’t put a single bookmark into FireFox on this computer?  Nothing to lose if it breaks!  Yay!  Smile 

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This Week’s Thoughts

In the first study, Cambridge scientists found for the first time that red blood cells have a 24-hour rhythm.

This is significant, they explained, because circadian rhythms have always been assumed to be linked to DNA and gene activity — but, unlike most other cells in the body, red blood cells do not have DNA.

"The implications of this for health are manifold. We already know that disrupted clocks…are associated with metabolic disorders such as diabetes, mental health problems and even cancer," said Akhilesh Reddy, who led the study. "By furthering our knowledge of how the 24-hour clock in cells works, we hope that the links…will be made clearer."

via Scientists Find the Tiny 24-Hour Clock in Every Living Thing – FoxNews.com.

I thought this was interesting.  I remember reading a study years ago that claimed that when people were denied access to sunlight, say by being in a cave or something, and denied access to TV and newspapers so they couldn’t tell the day, that humans naturally revert to a 36 hr cycle; i.e. up for 24, sleep for 12.  This seems to fly in the face of that. 

4. Be nice. Even if you disagree with someone, it’s never appropriate to use insults or other offensive language. Rude comments don’t add any value to a discussion, and only divert attention away from the author’s work. It’s perfectly fine to offer constructive criticism, just be polite. If you see others writing disrespectful or incendiary comments, or you receive such comments on your own blog, ignore/delete them. Acknowledging them will only encourage the aggressor, so don’t waste your time.

via Are you well-versed in comment etiquette? — Blog — WordPress.com.

This sort of made me chuckle.  Straight from WP’s own “mouth,” ignore/delete the “incendiary” comments.  Having a post that’s received it’s fair share of incendiary comments over the years, it goes without saying that I delete such comments.  What’s frustrating is that there are those who want to be critical of that, to accuse you of not being open to comments that disagree with you.  Such is not the case.  I have several comments on my particular post that aren’t in agreement with me.  What gets deleted is the troll-type stuff.  I call it drive-by hate: people with no blog of their own, using a fake email address, that only spout hateful comments.  People can disagree without being nasty.  Nasty gets deleted. 
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand.  And to the families of those slain by pirates on the Quest. 

The new broiler is a definite upgrade, but we’d like to ask BK R&D to please get back to the drawing board and invent something—anything—to alleviate that sinking feeling that sets in about 20 minutes after eating Burger King. Thanks.

via The Taste Test: Burger King’s Secret Weapon: The Q: GQ.

That one’s for my husband, who has mentioned that “sinking feeling” on more than 1 occasion.  See Babe?  It’s not just you.  Smile 
Those are my thoughts – what are yours?

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So I was surfing around – I can do that now!  And I found these articles on the best and worst cities for both men, and women.  I wondered what it would look like to match them up.  So the colored ones in the list are really the best and worst cities for couples.  I thought it was interesting that half of each “best” cities list wasn’t also good for the other gender.  Looks like Detroit, Philly, and St Louis are just all around bad for everyone, while Fargo, San Jose, and Plano are good for everyone. 

For Men

For Women

Top 10 Best Cities

1. Madison, WI
2.
Fargo, ND
3. Plano, TX
4. Burlington, VT
5. San Jose, CA
6. Lincoln, NE
7. Austin, TX
8. Aurora, CO
9. Virginia Beach, VA
10. Seattle, WA

Top 10 Best Cities

1. Plano, TX
2. Fargo, ND
3. San Jose, CA
4. Raleigh, NC
5. Austin, TX
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Boise, ID
8. Santa Ana, CA
9. Virginia Beach, VA
10. San Francisco, CA

The 10 Worst

91. Toledo, OH
92. New Orleans, LA
93. Charleston, WV
94. Baltimore, MD
95. St. Petersburg, FL
96. Memphis, TN
97. Detroit, MI
98. Birmingham, AL
99. Philadelphia, PA
100. St. Louis, MO

The 10 Worst

91. Tulsa, OK
92.
Memphis, TN
93. St. Petersburg, FL
94. Charleston, WV
95. Birmingham, AL
96. Baltimore, MD
97. St. Louis, MO
98. Toledo, OH
99. Detroit, MI
100. Philadelphia, PA

I’m so bummed!  My highlighting didn’t show up in my post!  So I copied it as a graphic.

BestWorstCitiesGraphic

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I guess I have food on my mind.  I found all these articles on food saved to share with you.

I’m hungry now. 

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*squee!!*  Guess what got here a day early on Wed?!  Guess!  WOOOO!  *doing the Snoopy happy dance!*  More about it on Friday.  Open-mouthed smile 

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This Week’s Thoughts

Unbelievable!  Ever been in a car accident?  So was this kid, lived to tell the tale.  Asleep at the Wheel… Pedal to the Metal… and Real, REAL Lucky

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Bring on the fear!  Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie in Your Bed Can Kill You  I once knew a woman who kicked her boyfriend out of bed because he didn’t leave enough room for her Labrador to sleep next to her.  

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20 Companies That Cratered in 2010  Oriental Trading Co?  Say it ain’t so!  I love that place! 

Where You Might Not Shop In 2011  But I like Quiznos!

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Goodness!  The things people will write for “news”!  Your Handbag, Your Self  Yep, I’m a “multitasker” but heck if I’m paying $600 for a freaking purse!  Are they insane?   :roll:

Pillow Talk: What Does Your Pillow Arranging Style Say About You?  It says I have too much time on hands and obsess over silly details too much.  It also says I’m romantic, and traditional with a twist. 

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Ha!  Vindication on the salad dressing!  75 Surprising Expiration Dates

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First Person: How We Cut the Cord and Now Enjoy (Almost) Free TV  This is a good article, and I thought some of the comments at the end were interesting – which is saying a lot considering it’s a Yahoo site.  At least there was no “FIRST!” jerk there.  Cable companies really need to start reevaluating their service.  We used to pay nearly $200 a month just for TV and Internet, no phone service, and that wasn’t even for top tier services, just mid-line stuff.  Darc talked to AT&T and they wanted hundreds right off the bat, for installation and equipment.  Just for Internet service, no TV.  Now I’m at the point of checking into seeing if there are any local providers so I can bypass both Comcast and AT&T all together.  I’m sick of both of them and their rip-off policies. 

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Don’t piss off Taco Bell

Some of my fast food favorites are on the block.  I guess giving up fast food had a bigger impact than I realized. 

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FaceBook – how to piss off all your customers and stay in business.  Facebook to let advertisers republish user posts.  Fight back!  Stealth Mode: Making Yourself Nearly Invisible on Facebook

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Can I just say that I really really really hate chicken breasts?  I am a dark meat girl to the core.  And don’t go making any dirty cracks about that either!  Perverts.

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This Week’s Thoughts

funny pictures - Why, yes, I have been known to get jiggy with it from time to time.

I confess, I’m pretty proud of myself.  I feel like I’m finally “getting my groove back” as far as housework stuff goes.   I got all Darc’s shirts ironed for the week on Monday.  Tonight I already have his lunch made and coffee ready to go in the AM.  I’m caught up on laundry, vacuuming, and the dishes.  Smile

The pictures on this website are awesome!  Check it out when you get a chance.  Smile

When Farm Kids Get Bored:

I am totally loving Windows Live Writer 2011 with the ribbon interface.

Which reminds me, I’m really liking Windows 7.

Not so thrilled with the wide aspect screen, but I love the resolution and the ability to see stuff.

I did some research and found that I should be able to install The Sims 2 on my new computer whenever I get one.  Smile

Russian Baby-Swinging Yoga  What the?  You’ve got to be kidding me.  Good grief! 

I clicked the picture on Yahoo and had my belief confirmed that IL is indeed one of the worst housing markets in the country. 

I’m concerned for a friend I think is going through a rough time but I don’t know how to reach out to them because we haven’t talked in a long time.

I think the Google Sky Map app is a lot of fun, and the kids love it too.  Smile

I found an awesome little checkbook program online that is just a budget thing, no bank connection, and it has a phone app too.  It’s ClearCheckBook.  I hate paper checkbook registers. 

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