Apr 09, 2011 01:41 PM
Congratulations to my friend Lill Ann and her new business partner Sophie who now have their official website up and running! Ekvipasje is a new equine therapy private practice operating out of Bergen, Norway. I know this is something Lill Ann has dreamed of doing for many years, and she and Sohie have been working very hard to get the practice off the ground. It looks now like their efforts are really beginning to pay off!
Apr 02, 2011 10:00 AM
My friend Dar Hurt has finally taken the plunge and opened up her own personal photography website Siren Call Photography. Dar lives in coastal Maine and has the great good fortune of seeing wonderful displays of Nature all year 'round along with thought provoking scenes of small town life and the maritime culture. She also has an eye and a knack for capturing the moment, and now she has a way to share all of that with all of us. Go ahead and stop by her site sometime soon and see for yourself. I think you'll find a photo or two or three that will make you stop for a moment and think and feel.
Congratulations, Dar, and best of luck to you in your new endeavor!
Feb 22, 2011 12:50 PM
For my first post of this new year here's a quick note to introduce to all of you my cousin Tom's new website Hagerbaumer & Newell Wildlife Art. Tom is a fulltime artist specializing in waterfowl carvings. He has competed in and judged many, many national and international carving shows over the years and has many awards and accolades to show for it... Read More...
Apr 14, 2008 06:21 PM
This is good for a chuckle. I've been messing around some here now after a long hiatus, and so for grins I did some googling just to see if Little Delving even registered out there in Cyber Land anymore, and dang if I didn't learn something new about myself. Turns out, I have a music career. Cool.
Mar 25, 2008 11:00 AM
License And Registration … Stop Laughing
'Bug-erceptor' gets more attention than respect for deputy
It's hard to say how much intercepting the Blount County Sheriff's Office's 1973 Volkswagen Beetle cruiser is capable of doing, but it's got the emblem, anyway. It says "Police Interceptor," but in truth the intimidation quotient of veteran law enforcer Archie Garner's cruiser isn't very high. It has all the right markings, decals and required equipment, but it just doesn't look like the rest of the Blount County Sheriff's Office fleet. Read More...
Mar 18, 2008 11:21 AM
And the Red Lantern goes to...Deborah Bicknell who rolled into Nome with her team of 8 snowdogs around 8:30 PM Alaska time Monday evening the 17th after 15 days, 5 hours, 36 minutes and 12 seconds on the trail. WooHooo! Pancake time, always my favorite part of the Iditarod each year. Celebratory pancakes in honor of all the dogs and mushers who took part in the big race, and a salute to those who were lucky enough to make it to Nome. It was a great race this year!
Iditarod Mushers Accept Honors
BANQUET: Bicknell Claims Red Lantern As The Race Wraps Up Read More...
Mar 12, 2008 09:12 AM
Wow. Wow. Wow! What a great race this year! I love The Iditarod. It's such a great combination of adventure and fortune, heart and desire, craft and cunning. And it's the ultimate team sport! The mushers and their dogs are what it's all about, and this is one race where simply finishing is truly an achievement. But winning...and in such epic style. Wow.
Lance Mackey Wins Second Iditarod
Competitors share respect in race for the ages Read More...
Apr 20, 2007 08:00 PM
In the interest of saving all of us a little time, here's something from Bruce Feirstein of Vanity Fair, the All-Purpose Public MEA CULPA. I don't know about you, but I think it looks pretty darn useful. Now I don't have to lose anymore sleep being concerned about all those badly behaved celebrities out there. Good night! Read More...
Feb 18, 2007 12:24 PM
Even people who don't care for sports seem to get a kick out of Charles Barkley. The former NBA superstar was recently voted into the NBA Hall of Fame, and he was also voted one of the 50 best players to ever play the game. These days Charles hosts a sports broadcast on the TNT network that is as much about sit-down comedy as it is sports, and the biggest laughs this week have centered around a challenge foot race that Sir Charles is going to run against a 67 year-old NBA referee named Dick Bavetta. Dick took umbridge at an on-air comment Charles made about his age, and even though Charles said "I have nothing against old people. I hope to be one someday," the two men have agreed to settle matters on the basketball court by running a race. The winner gets $50K donated to the charity of his choice. It's all in good fun, and thanks to YouTube here are some fun clips for everyone to enjoy and join in on the laughter.
The Interview Part 1
The Interview Part 2
And, finally, The Race!
Watch 'em while they last. Have fun, everyone.
Feb 11, 2007 12:52 PM
Over the past 10 or so days a few towns in upstate New York have been getting a LOT of snow, around 100 inches. And according to the National Weather Service they may be in for an additional 6 feet over the next few days. Yikes!
The National Weather Service said Parish — about 25 miles northeast of Syracuse — reached a milestone early Saturday with 100 inches of snow during the past seven days. That was pushed to 110 inches by early Sunday with fresh snowfall.
Unofficial reports put snowfall totals at 123 inches in Orwell and 131 in Redfield, but the weather service said those numbers included snow from a storm a couple of days before the latest run. All three towns are in Oswego County.
The region is located along the Tug Hill Plateau, the snowiest region this side of the Rocky Mountains. It's a 50-mile wedge of land that rises 2,100 feet from the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. It usually gets about 300 inches — roughly 25 feet — of snow a year.
The hamlet of Hooker, near the boundaries of Jefferson, Lewis, and Oswego counties, holds the state's one-year record with 466.9 inches, about 39 feet, in the winter of 1976-77.
No complaints about Chicago winters from me!
Jan 01, 2007 11:23 AM
In The Sky! A Bird? A Plane? A ... UFO?
United Airlines denies its workers filed reports about saucerlike object hovering at O'Hare
It sounds like a tired joke--but a group of airline employees insist they are in earnest, and they are upset that neither their bosses nor the government will take them seriously.
A flying saucerlike object hovered low over O'Hare International Airport for several minutes before bolting through thick clouds with such intense energy that it left an eerie hole in overcast skies, said some United Airlines employees who observed the phenomenon. Read More...
Dec 08, 2006 08:38 PM
Could it be? The Greatest Show On Earth???
The Moscow Cats Theatre is coming to town, and I think this one I will have to see for myself. It boggles the mind! I've added some feline follies pictures in their own little gallery.
It sure looks like a lot of fun.
Dec 02, 2006 12:20 PM
A Device Light-Years Ahead Of Its Time
11/30/2006 USA TODAY
By Dan Vergano
The "Anti-kythera Mechanism," an ancient Greek astronomical calculator dating to about 100 B.C., possessed a technical sophistication centuries ahead of its time, an international research team reports. "The actual design is superb, almost jaw-dropping," says study leader Mike Edmunds of the United Kingdom's Cardiff University. Read More...
Nov 19, 2006 09:00 PM
Okay, this was just way too funny not to share. It was sent to me by my Seattle friend Joann who said "Why did the chicken cross the road? To kick this little kid's A@%*!!"
Nov 03, 2006 09:12 PM
Professor Funded For Virtual Shakespeare World
By Adam Pasick
LONDON, October 19 (Reuters Life!) - Indiana University Professor Edward Castronova has made a name for himself as an economist who studies virtual worlds. Now he's been awarded a US$240,000 grant to create one himself, based on the world of William Shakespeare.
"What we plan to do is have people encounter the texts in Shakespeare and ideas in the text at many points within a really fun, multiplayer game, so without even knowing it, they gradually are learning more about the bard's work," said Castronova, author of "Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games." Read More...
Sep 01, 2006 10:21 PM
Here's something that's sweet and fun for you to check out when you have a moment or two. It's by Sonia Tedsen with a little help from her Uncle Doug of OddDug.com who says of it...
"This movie, titled 99 Red Balloons, was created by my niece, Sonia Tedsen, after only a very short introduction to Flash in a digital art class. I was taking a Flash course at the time, just breaking away from the book, doing silly little animations, and was blown away by what she had done. I'm still inspired every time I see it. Enjoy!"
Just click on the red balloon.
Jul 30, 2006 08:17 PM
It's always good to keep things in perspective. Here's a little cosmic comparison to consider. Read More...
May 11, 2006 07:07 PM
Okay, this one made me smile! Do you think he climbed it "because it was there"?
Raccoon Found Atop Loop Skyscraper
The Associated Press
Published May 4, 2006
The Chicago Tribune
A wayward raccoon has been living on top of a 43-story building in Chicago's Loop.
A construction manager didn't believe it at first when a worker reported seeing the raccoon on the 36th floor of the Kluczynski Federal Building, but a cell-phone photo provided proof. The critter was climbing scaffolding at the building, where the facade is being restored.
Construction boss Tony Slavic used tuna to bait a humane trap on the roof and eventually captured the raccoon. On Tuesday, he released it into a forest preserve in suburban Chicago.
May 09, 2006 07:36 PM
Spring Has Sprung, So Keep On The Grass
By Garrison Keillor
Published April 19, 2006
The robins and finches are singing here on the frozen tundra and the crocuses are popping up, yellow and purple bunches among the winter crud, and the heart is struck by one dumb idea after another, such as the urge to open a bookstore.
"Wholly to be a fool while spring is in the world, my blood approves," wrote e.e. cummings, and what could be more foolish than the book business? To go mano a monstero with Amazon and Wal-Mart, much as one might attack a rhinoceros with an umbrella. On the other hand, a rhinoceros with an umbrella might be a pushover. Read More...
May 06, 2006 07:30 PM
Kaavya's, Like, So Not Happy Ending
Kaavya Viswanathan has had a really, really bad week. I don't mean the kind of bad week where you're totally PMSing and then your boyfriend dumps you for some unthreatening slut who takes remedial chemistry. I'm talking really bad. Read More...
Apr 28, 2006 08:26 AM
How 'Opal Mehta' got pulled from stores
Posted 4/27/2006 7:56 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) — A teen novel at the heart of a plagiarism dispute has been pulled from stores. Author Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard University sophomore, had acknowledged that several passages in How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life were borrowed from the works of another writer.
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, which had signed the author to a reported six-figure deal, said in a statement Thursday that it had notified retail and wholesale outlets to stop selling copies of the book, and to return unsold copies to the publisher.
Visnawanathan has apologized repeatedly for lifting material from Megan McCafferty, whose books include Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, saying she had read McCafferty's books voraciously in high school and unintentionally mimicked them. Read More...
Apr 13, 2006 11:39 PM
From my sister. Because somedays counting to twelve is just one or two numbers too many to remember!
The Ladybugs Picnic.
Apr 04, 2006 08:04 PM
Washington Post Mensa Invitational
More (or another) from the web legend Washington Post Mensa Invitational, where you are asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing of one letter, and supply a new definition.
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period. Read More...
Mar 20, 2006 07:26 PM
Only six mushers and dog teams left working their way to Nome. It looks like we may be having pancakes with the Red Lantern winner sometime Wednesday!
Mar 20, 2006 07:23 PM
Dog People Excel In The Iditarod
The bond between dog and musher isn’t easily understood, but if anyone could present it clearly, Lance Mackey came close with his description of what occurred 5 miles out of Nome. Lance’ s wife, Tonya, says she never saw her husband cry throughout a long battle with cancer, which he managed to beat. A mere 5 miles from Nome, the Kasilof musher admits that tears filled his eyes. Read More...
Mar 16, 2006 07:27 PM
Race Set By Timing Of Rest
The extra rest Montana musher Doug Swingley gave his fading dog team along the Bering Sea coast on Tuesday allowed Jeff King from Denali Park to coast to a fourth Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race victory early Wednesday morning. Read More...
Mar 16, 2006 07:19 PM
Iditarod Is Equal-Opportunity Destroyer
Twelve days ago on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began amid crowds, fanfare and great expectations.
Five-time champ Rick Swenson of Two Rivers had a nice-looking dog team and hopes of bookending his storied Iditarod career by earning the distinction of being not only the youngest winner ever but also the oldest.
Four-time champ Martin Buser of Big Lake had what he thought was a perfectly matched team of huskies -- similar sizes, similar ages, similar gaits -- that would power him to a fifth victory like some sort of turbo-charged V-16 engine in front of the sled. Read More...
Mar 15, 2006 09:07 PM
Well, the front runners have made it to Nome! Jeff King and his dog team pulled off an exciting win crossing the finish line at about 2:00 AM CST today (Wednesday, 3/15) completing the 1112 miles in a total time of 9 days, 11 hours, 11 mins, and 36 seconds. He was greeted with cheers, flowers, and all the pancakes and treats that he and his dogs could eat! Read More...
Mar 14, 2006 07:22 PM
Luck Saves King's Perfect Run
WHITE MOUNTAIN -- Just an hour before starting a Tuesday march toward what promised to be a long-awaited fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, musher Jeff King sprawled in the straw next to beloved lead dog Salem with arms spread wide. Read More...
Mar 10, 2006 07:16 PM
Radical Move Rockets King To The Front
Cripple, Alaska, Mar. 9, 2006, 3:00 p.m. – Jeff King made a bold move to not only make up time on Iditarod leader Doug Swingley, but pass him, running some 85 miles - more than 10 hours - from Takotna to this remote tent camp in the middle of nowhere.
King's team loped past the inflatable palm tree set up as a joke by checkpoint volunteers at 2:45 p.m., just under 11 hours since he was allowed to leave Takotna, where he took his mandatory 24-hour layover. That is simply flying. It's also unheard of. Read More...
Mar 09, 2006 07:22 PM
Lots of Dogs, Lots of Strategy As Mushers Take Their 24 Hour Rest Stop
by Jon Little
McGrath, Alaska, Mar. 8, 2006, 9:00 p.m. – If there's any pattern emerging a little before midway through the 2006 Iditarod, it's that there are still lots of very talented mushers piloting large teams that are all capable of making a move. One reason for the strong showing may be the soft trail with more snow than usual. It takes a hair off the speed, and the trail has been less jarring - both of which are good for the health of the dogs. Read More...
Mar 06, 2006 06:56 PM
It's Iditarod time again! Aaaooooo!!!
My sister and I follow the race closely every year just trying to soak up as much of that wild wintry adventure ambiance as we can. We're talking White Fang, Call Of The Wild, Iron Will kind of moxy. It's an amazing race to follow, this year 1112 miles from Anchorage to Nome, each musher and his/her dogs against the elements and each other. They started yesterday (Sunday, 03/05) and the winner will probably cross the finish line maybe sometime late next Tuesday or maybe Wednesday. Current standings change faster than the weather, so you have to stay on top of it. The mushers run pretty much 24/7 so you never know who's going to blow by the sleeping teams to grab a lead Read More...
Mar 02, 2006 08:17 AM
Juilliard Given "Priceless" Music Manuscripts
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Juilliard school unveiled a treasure trove of music manuscripts on Tuesday given by a collector determined to seek out the original papers scribbled and annotated by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach.
A highlight of the collection donated to Juilliard, considered one of world's leading music schools, by its board Chairman Bruce Kovner is the manuscript prepared for the printer of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The manuscript had been kept for 180 years in the vault of the publisher. Read More...
Feb 06, 2006 07:05 PM
I ran across this article recently and found it interesting.
A Flood of Crimson Ink
Sick of hearing about Harvard? So is everyone else -- except Harvard-educated journalists.
Another academic year is drawing to a close, another year in which Harvard has generated vastly more headlines than any other American university. Most of these, of late, have concerned Lawrence Summers, Harvard's president, who famously suggested that there may be a biological explanation for the paucity of female scholars in the hard sciences. (He hasn't stopped apologizing since.) But a single controversy doesn't account for all the interest. Read More...
Jan 27, 2006 07:42 PM
Pants On Fire? It's OK With Me
A Few Tips on How and When to Lie Effectively
Garrison Keillor, Tribune Media Services
Published January 18, 2006
It's good to know how to lie, and lie effectively, so you can go backstage after the high school production of "The Crucible" in which your friend's daughter mumbled her lines and stood like a fence post, trying to look horrified and looking drugged instead, and now here she is, fluttery, ashen-faced, perspiring, and you say, "It was fascinating to watch. You were so in the moment, Lindsey. So believable. It really resonated with that audience, there was so much intensity." The truth is that she has no more talent than the average cocker spaniel--but so what? There's no need to face the truth all at once. Read More...
Jan 23, 2006 01:25 AM
The Pie Song
Abby's Famous Pecan Pie
9-inch unbaked pie crust
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 heaping cup pecan halves
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, eggs,
butter, salt and vanilla; mix well. Pour into unbaked pie
crust; sprinkle with pecan halves.
The American Pie Council says "Even Bill Gates loves pie."
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until centeris set. Toothpick inserted in center will come out clean when pie is done. Cool. If crust or pie appears to be getting too brown, cover with foil for the remaining baking time.
You can top it with a bit of whipped cream, but even plain, nothing tops this!
Tip: The original recipe stated that the pie should be baked 45 to 50 minutes in a preheated 350-degree gas oven. If an electric oven is used, it may be necessary to add 15 to 20 minutes to the baking time. Begin testing the pie with a toothpick after 45 minutes.
Dec 30, 2005 12:09 PM
Every other year in June, Mythic Imagination hosts a conference in Atlanta call Mythic Journeys. It's a gathering of various folk from far flung fields such as the performing arts, literature, poetry, psychology, religion, academics, folk studies, and the like who come together to discuss the role that mythology has and still can play in our lives and in our cultures.
They've recently started releasing podcasts on various topics. Here's one I enjoyed immensely. It's about 18 minutes worth of dream time.
Winter Solstice And The Stag
Dec 12, 2005 08:15 PM
Found this in today's Tribune....would've been fun to see!
Street Sermons Of Fire And Boycott
Faux Cleric Speaks Loudly About Avoiding Consumerism As He Wields a Big Shtick
Prowling Michigan Avenue like Scrooge with a blond pompadour, Rev. Billy exhorted holiday shoppers to stop shopping, a request that, given the retail-rich surroundings, would've left people little to do Thursday but stand around and be cold. "We are addicted, conflicted, hypnotized and consumerized," he bellowed, with faux-evangelical enthusiasm. "We've got to save Christmas from the shopocalypse!" While few could question this man's fervor, it seemed the only thing the throngs weren't buying was the message the "good reverend" was selling. No matter. Read More...