Writer, producer actor Dan Bucatinsky wrote a book , “Does this baby make me look straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad” and it has been optioned for TV fall of 2014.   Have been a  fan of Bucatinsky since The Comback starring Lisa Kudrow which he wrote and produced. That show nailed the mannerisms […]

  Love a Farmer’s Market.     But did you know there is a virtual farmers market?           Good Eggs. Good Eggs  is an e-commerce grocery site that lets user buy from local, sustainable food producers, like an online farmer’s market.            Good Eggs was cofounded by […]

  Oh the moose of my childhood. Good old Bullwinkle and his erstwhile companion, Rocky the squirrel.         Sweet, right?   Well as with lots of wild animals, moose are getting squeezed out of their natural woody habitats.   Just like bears. Lately there have been bear sightings in suburbia. In my […]

Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.     Known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, Banksy displays his art on publicly visible surfaces, such as walls. Banksy does not sell photographs or reproductions of his street graffiti but auctioneers have been known […]

  SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS Seiverville, Tennesse     Yup, that’s a big knife.   Trip Adviser reviewers say, “The store just keeps betting better and better. They have knives, guns and some antique knives and guns. They have a big kitchen supply section and even an area for kids.” “Just go there and you […]

  CDZA, short for Collective Cadenza, creates musical video experiments featuring highly trained musical virtuosos from prestigious music schools in the NYC area. The official cdza YouTube channel was launched on May 1, 2o12. cdza releases a new musical experiment every other Tuesday. They have been featured on CNN, Boing Boing, Entertainment Weekly and various […]

    So we can agree that handwriting, script, cursive, block printing, call it what you will, is a vanishing skill.   Typing is all that can be mustered.   Why, I need to re-copy grocery lists they are so unreadable., therefore lists can be found on my phone.     Enter “Monster Bubble Writer […]

              Everything old is new again.       “Our vision for Belle-V is to develop a select collection of kitchen tools that are stunningly beautiful. perform brilliantly, embody craftsmanship and last and last.   The Belle-V ice scream scoop has a striking design you can proudly show-off in […]

Spring Love for Autism Live Chinese Zither Concert @Jordan Hall “Miss Hui Weng, Chinese Zither player, will perform 6 masterpieces of Zither music with varied styles including free improvisation with dancers and western musicians, for those affected with autism and their families…”             Well. I love New England Conservatory and […]

    Zev Hoover is pictured above. Zev is a 15-year-old artist living in Natick, MA. Since 2011 Zev has been sharing his work through Flicker under the screen name Fiddle Oak. His photos span various genres, but it’s his photo-manipulated “miniature world” images that have been attracting a great deal of interest online. Using […]

  Holacracy Social technology for purposeful organization   Okay, never heard of it.   Holacracy Liberating the soul of organizations.       But, what IS it?   Holacracy is a social technology or system of organizational governance in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a fractal holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being […]

  Bitstrips.       You can create a Bistrip with your chosen characteristics and words.     Don’t eat it all at once!   http://www.bitstrips.com     Here, let Brian Google that for you.   Get the App Design cartoon versions of yourself and your friends Put your friends in hilarious comics where anything […]

      We know greyhound dogs need rescuing.     Racing dogs mercilessly leads to damaged and ill former-athletes, who are in need of medical care and loving homes.       But thoroughbred horses?     Remember Rescue     But we forgot to remember.       Formerly thought former racehorses, thoroughbreds, […]

  That sleeping baby on the clock is the work of Sioin Queen Liao. Liao is a free-lance artist living in California.             “As a mother of three boys, I always enjoy artwork that focuses on my children.” http://wengenninwonderland.com/about-sioin-queenie-liao       Liao had her first son in 2002 focusing […]

  Do you have a spiralizer?             How cool is that?           Seems there is nothing new under the sun to do with summer squash and the erstwhile zucchini.   Except…             “20  Recipes for July 4th.” http://www.inspiralized.com/       […]

  I love fonts.   Particularly dumb fonts like Comic Sans.       Loves me some Comic Sans.       And Gothic.     Now you can Read and Play Through the history of Typography in Type: Rider.   http://android.appstorm.net/reviews/games/read-and-play-through-the-history-of-typography-in-typerider/                 Type;Rider takes you on a […]

  Well I am the debit card fiend. The day they were invented my first purchase was a pack of gum.   Did not look back.   So, here comes Google Wallet.     Makes me feel giggly and girlish.       Meet your new wallet.     Google Wallet is a mobile payment […]

  Canada blooms. Jully Black. Jully Black is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter, producer and actress. Born in 1977 Jully Black has collaborated and written for many artists, including Destiny’s Child, Sean Paul and others. Jully has a dynamic personality, inexhaustible talent, and uncompromising style. JullyBlack was chosen by CBC Music as one of “The 25 […]

    I am not a fan of buying or owning books. Never have been.   A library girl since childhood, my father would take my sisters and me every Saturday to the public library. Followed by the drug store to buy candy. Smart man.   So, with my beloved iPad borrowing  books from the […]

      So the joke is, a little old lady goes to a Weight Watcher’s meeting and asks, “Which foods do I eat and not eat?”         Like we already don’t know. Donuts bad, veggies good.             Enter the Dukan method, the rage of France.   […]

  Jack-O- Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo   Every year in Providence, Rhode Island Citizens Bank sponsors the acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern spectacular.   Shows run nightly from October 2nd through November 2nd.                  Situated on the Zoo’s picturesque wetlands trail, the event has won praise from across […]

  Ladies and gentlemen presenting iKettle.     This kettle messages instead of whistling when it boils   http://gizmodo.com/a-wi-fi-kettle-that-messages-instead-of-whistling-when-1442484258 .   For less than $200 the crux of this kettle’s capabilities is its ability to connect with your home’s Wi-Fi network.   I’ll take two (not).           iKettle app gives you […]

  Do you guys know the Piano Guys from PBS?   The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson and Al van der Beek. They gained recognition through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. -WIKI   Here is […]

    I loves me a hot chef.     Meet Renee Redzepi, “the chef’s top chef” who specializes in Nordic Cuisine.             Redzepi’s restaurant, “Noma” is in Copenhagen.       Noma is a two Michelin star restaurant run by Renee Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. Opened in 2003, the […]

  Okay guys. You know Ctrl-Alt-Delete? The IT guy tells you to “power down, turn off your computer by hitting the Ctrl key then Alt then delete keys.”       Geesh.   And then hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to begin again.     ADMIT IT You always call them when you have a problem…   Until […]

  Ok, I heard people talking about slow lorises and how cute they are.   What? Slow Loris?   Just wait…     Eeek!   Now take it easy, pictured Slow Loris is newly born. Looks freaked out, right?   If only he/she knew the future.           How cute is that? […]

e-Cycle Recycle. Recover. Protect.               Okay. We are firmly entrenched in our electronics. But how do we dispose properly and environmentally sound?       ecycle Responsible Electronics Recycling   So, we know how to Recycle. Paper, plastics, bottles and cans, cardboard.     But e-cycle?     Please Help Us Keep […]

  Say,what? So, my brother-in-law introduced me to Cajon box drumming.   Cajon, not Cajun.   Stay with me.       A cajon (Spanish pronunciation) for “crate,” “drawer,+ or “box” with a hole in it. It is a six-sided percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front or rear faces (generally thin […]

  Remember skipping rope to sing-song rhymes like, “one potato, two potatoes, five potatoes, more…”   Well, who knew that jump rope is serious competition?     Double Dutch (jump rope) is a game in which two long jump ropes turning in opposite directions are jumped by one or two players jumping simultaneously. In America, […]

  Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. SpeedDating is a registered trademark of Aish HaTorah. The first speed dating took place in Beverly Hills in 1998.     Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events. […]

  Got Netflix? ‘The Puffy Chair’ is a charming movie you  must  add to your queue.   The Puffy Chair (2004) is a Duplass Brothers movie.     Who are the Duplass brotherS?   Jay and Mark Duplass have directed five feature films in seven years, including “The Puffy Chair”, “Cyrus”, “Jeff, Who Lives at […]

REVISED 5-29-14       In the book Wonder, R.J. Palacio tell the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year old boy, who was born with distorted facial features-a “craniofacial difference” caused by an anomaly in his DNA.     All Things Considered NPR http://www.npr.org/2013/09/12/221005752/how-one-unkind-moment-gave-way-to-wonder         “Augggie is a fifth-grade boy who […]

  Birds, oh I do know birds.  Yes, “the bird lady of Maple Road” is what they called me.   Well, never having been to the jungle or Africa, Hornbill was a new breed.     Hornbill.         Hornbills are a family of bird found in tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and […]

  Mike Bibiglia. Our beautiful niece recommended his comedy and her beautiful mother burned us CDs for a long car trip. We listened and howled with laughter for hours.       Mike Birbiglia, born in 1978, is an American comedian, writer, actor and director. Birbiglia graduated from Georgetown University in 2000. During college Birbiglia […]

  Twitch is a live streaming video platform focused on e-sports and video gaming. The website was launched in 2011 by Justin.tv founders Justin Kahn and Emmett Shear. According to internal analytics there are over 43 million viewers on Twitch every month, with the average viewer watching an hour and a half a day. In […]

    The Speed Sisters are the first all-women, Palestinian automobile racing team.   The Speed Sisters compete in the West Bank’s “burgeoning” professional race car circuit. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TaGT8kYC9bg&autoplay=1       Team member Mona Ennab can boast that she was “the first girl to make the race here in Palestine.”     The Guardian headline, […]

  So, on HBO’s “News Room” starring Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston, a character was accused of falsifying a news video.   The accused was found out because the shot clock on a basketball game on the video did not match the video’s time stamp.     WHAT is a shot clock?   A shot […]

  Okay, the lovely Mr. sullimaybe, when asked, said he knows about Burning Man.       Huh.   Well, Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Sunday […]

  So, Ricky Gervais. Watch Ricky talk about writing.  I’ll wait.   http://www.fastcocreate.com/3016916/creation-stories/ricky-gervais-tells-a-story-about-how-he-learned-to-write I have been a Ricky Gervais fan since the original British version of “The Office.”       Writing and starring “The Office”, Gervais was writing about what he knows. He had worked in an office for ten years before conceiving the […]

  Ask a friend under the age of 10 to explain Skylanders. They will thrill to tell you.   The Fate of Skylands Is In Your Hands.   Skylanders is a video game series in the Spro the Dragon that is published by Activision. The game is played along with toy figures that interact with […]

  Drunk History is an American television comedy series produced by Comedy Central based on the Funny or Die web series created by Waters and Konner in 2007. In each episode, an inebriated narrator struggles to recount an event from American history, while actors enact the narrator’s anecdote, lip synching any dialog. -WIKI     […]

  “For the past few summers, an unlikely newcomer has been swimming with the wealthy Hampton crowd…overs -sized, largely silent and has managed to ruffle a few feathers…” by Marshall Heyman   http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324108204579025070874501650           The Hampton craze soon spread.                   The perfect summer […]

  theSkimm was founded by two (now former)  NBC producers Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin . “We loved NBC News, it was the hardest decision I think we’ve ever made, was to leave.  Our friends seemed not to have a news source they were engaging in that fit their lives and routine. So, we launched […]

  DIGITAL NATIVES               born to be wired.   A digital native is a person who was born during or after the 2000s when the Digital Age began. Computers. Babies born after 2000 were born ready to scroll.     Molly was a digital native.   What does it mean to be a digital native? […]

  Bill Burr, Comedian and actor.   Some call Bill Burr “the new Louis CK.”   You can see him on Comedy Central.     Heard a Bill Burr rant about stay at home moms.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwPg2oarG_c&feature=youtube_gdata_player   He challenges Oprah’s proclamation that motherhood is “the most difficult job on the planet.”   “You know, […]

    So, annual Chalk Festivals all over the country.     Big chunky sticks of chalk were not around in my childhood.     We only had white chalk that we used to play hopscotch.     Those were primitive days.   But, today…     Chalk for Charity.     Chalkfest is an […]

  Warm Showers A Community for touring cyclists and hosts   Do you know about Warm Showers.org?   The Warm Showers Community is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host touring cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and […]

    Die Antwoord is a South African rap-rave band formed in Cape Town in 2008. Die Antwoord is fronted by vocalists Ninja and Yolandi Visser.   Their music is produced by Hi-Tek and their image draws from the zef counterculture movement in South Africa and their videos feature art works  by Roger Ballen, noted […]

  So, I worked as a waitress, now called server,  summers in college, weekends and holidays when teaching, and full-time in grad school.   “This isn’t My Table, but I’ll See What I Can Do.” is the name of the yet-to-be-written book about my server experience.             Nightmares, I tell […]

  Oh, you guys…remember  Hall and Oates?     Tons of hits in the eighties and nineties.   Do you know the TV Channel Palladia?     Palladia is a free television channel featuring all things music.       Well, my current husband watches, among other programs, “Live from  Daryl’s House” on Palladia.   […]

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