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Michael Jackson's "Thriller" - The Original

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Happy Halloween!!  To celebrate, this week I'll be presenting your with covers of an awesome Halloween tune - "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.

To start this off, here's the original music video.  Enjoy!


Happy Halloween!!!

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Best Parent/Child Costumes (3-way tie)



Sunday "Hello" (Funny Cajun Father Style)

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Halloween Countdown: 1 Day Left

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Best Toy Costume


Saturday "Hello" (Bluegrass Cover)

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Halloween Countdown: 2 Days Left

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Best Dimensional Costume

Bonus Halloween Treat

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Freaky Friday News: October 28, 2016

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Giant Hotspot Found in Ireland Back in the 1780s, a man known as the Irish Giant showed up in London to work at the Cox Museum as what we would call a carnival freak.  He died in 1783 at the young age of 22.  Side note:  his bone growth was that of a 17 year old, showing he would have continued to grow had he lived longer.  He was already just over 7 ft. 7 in. tall.

The Irish Giant, a man called Charles Byrne, was originally from Mid Ulster, in Northern Ireland.  Recently, scientists discovered why Charles Byrne and a large-than-normal percentage of  people from Mid Ulster grow abnormally tall.  It turns out that 1 in 150 people possess a gene defect that causes a noncancerous tumor to grow in the pituitary gland, increasing the amount of growth hormones produced, causing acromegaly or gigantism.


To put this in perspective, 1 in 1,000 people in Belfast have this gene defect, while 1 in 2,000 people have it in the rest of Ireland.  Mind you, not everyone with the gene defect develop…

Top 10 Reasons Why Trick-or-Treating is Better than Sex

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10. Guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.
9. If you get tired, wait 10 minutes and go at it again.
8. The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.
7. You don't have to compliment the person who gave you candy.
6. Person giving you candy doesn't fantasize you're someone else.
5. If you get a stomach ache, it won't last 9 months.
4. If you wear your Batman mask, no one thinks you're kinky.
3. Doesn't matter if kids hear you moaning and groaning.
2. Less guilt the next morning.

and, the #1 reason trick or treating is better than sex...

1. IF YOU DON'T GET WHAT YOU WANT, YOU CAN ALWAYS GO NEXT DOOR!

Friday "Hello" (25 Styles)

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Halloween Countdown: 3 Days Left

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Best Mutant Costume

Thursday "Hello" (Reggae Cover)

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Halloween Countdown: 4 Days Left

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Best Weird Faces Costume


Wednesday "Hello" (Toy Instruments Cover)

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Halloween Countdown: 5 Days Left

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Best Werewolf Costume

Wordless Wednesday: There Are No Words...

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Book Review: "Allegiance of Honor" by Nalini Singh

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Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Allegiance of Honor" ties together all the threads of the first arc in this universe, puts a beautiful bow on them all, and sets up what I assume will be the second arc in this universe. For the rest of this review, I'll be writing about characters and events that occur in the first 14 books. If you have read them yet and you plan on it, be warned now.

There are several major questions left over from the previous stories:

What happened to all the major couples that we meet and get to know, including:Sasha and LucasSahara and KalebMercy and RileyHawk and Siennaand everyone else...How is Naya Hunter, Sasha and Lucas' daughter, doing as she grows up? Will she learn to shift into a black panther or a regularly colored leopard?Will Mercy ever give birth? How many pupcubs will she and Riley have? How many will be wolves and how many will be leopards?Will the Arrows be able to stay independent?Will any of BlackSea&…

Tuesday "Hello" (Metal Cover)

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Halloween Countdown: 6 Days Left

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Best Twin Toddler Costumes

Monday "Hello" (Acoustic Cover)

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Good morning!  I'm doing an experiment this week.  Adele's song "Hello" has spawned a number of amazing covers in diverse styles.  So each day this week, I'll be posting a cover of "Hello" in various styles.  First, it's my way of saying "Hello" to you every day.   Second, I think that different musical styles bring a different feel to the song, changing the interpretation.

Here's my favorite parred down version by half of Pomplamoose, Nataly Dawn.

Halloween Countdown: 7 Days Left

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Greetings!  I decided to do a special Halloween countdown this year, featuring some of the awesome and creative costumes I've found on the web.
Today is the Best Costume for a Kid in a Wheelchair.

Halloween 2016: It's Kuato!!

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Starry Wars Night

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Happy Caturday!!

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Saturday Humor: Am I gregnant?

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"Weird Al" Sings "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women"

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Bluegrass cover of "The Lazy Song"

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Freaky Friday News: October 21, 2016

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Rome Graffiti
Britain Pardons Over 60,000 Men for Sex Crimes This story begins in the 1950s with Alan Turing.  For those not familiar with him, Mr. Turing provided immeasurable service to Great Britain during World War II by decoding Germany's Enigma coding machine and acted as the head of the British signals intelligence agency.  For readers of science fiction, you might recognize the term "Turing test"; this is a test created by Mr. Turing to establish a baseline for artificial intelligence.

In 1952, Alan Turing was charged and convicted of "gross indecency" under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885.  Why?  What could this man have done to deserve such a charge?  Mr. Turing publicly admitted to a homosexual relationship with another man.

It wasn't until the late 1960s that parts of the United Kingdom decriminalized sex between same sex partners; even then it took 15 years for the legal precedent to spread through the entire UK in the fol…

Grecian Gambit: Chapter 1, Part 3

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The rest of the night passes like one of those surreal artsy movies. The firefighters kick everyone out of the bookstore, so we go over to the park in the downtown square. The EMTs look over women one at a time, and I think I’ve got the worst injury with a large, red burn mark on my leg where the spark from the extension cord landed.

Patti ignores me for the most part, but I chalk this up to her needing to watch over the bookstore. It turns out the women in the pink pantsuits are not only fans of my novels, but they have money. As an apology for knocking over the bookshelf (and starting the fire and getting me kind of electrocuted), they buy a copy of my new book for all the attendees. Then they want autographs from me and Apollo. I try to avoid looking at him because it wigs me out to see someone who I imagined walking around and talking to everyone.

Of course when I realize why I’m not looking at him, I have to take a look. Go figure.

Women surround him, almost panting as…

"Bad Romance" Reboxed

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New Artist: DakhaBrakha

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Wordless Wednesday: It's a cake??

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Wordless Wednesday: PSAT Edition

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Book Review: "God No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales" by Penn Jillette

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God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales by Penn Jillette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first heard of "God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales", I wondered if Penn Jillette wrote the book himself or had a ghost writer take on the literary workload. But as I read the introduction, I realized I heard Penn's voice in my head, reciting the words to me as I went and that settled that question.

"God, No!" is an interesting book because it arose from a conversation Penn had with Glenn Beck, in which Mr. Beck challenged Penn to think about an atheist Ten Commandments. Penn divides this book in chapters representing his version of atheist Ten Commandments, with rambling bits and pieces of his life scattered in between as a conversation he has with the reader about why he believes as he does.

One of the most entertaining and thought-provoking sections of the book actually is the introduction. Penn discusses ho…

"Kiss" by Prince (Bluegrass Cover)

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Odds & Ends: This Image Might Contain a Virus!

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I'm sure you've heard of viruses and worms going around the Internet, but did you hear about the virus hidden in image files?

A long time ago, in a land far away, some creative programmer discovered that that early version of Internet Exploder Explorer allowed code in an image file to be executed. To be specific, the metadata (information about the image file that is never shown) can contain a larger amount of data than expected, causing a memory buffer overflow situation. Skilled programmers can inject a virus into that large data and place it in such a way that the OS will execute the code.

Suddenly, people had to worry about simply viewing an image sent to them in email or on a website. It took Microsoft several years to plug this particular security hole, and I think it still exists if you're running IE 5.0 or 5.5 (because these versions never got fixed).

Imagine, though, what you could do with a special picture that secretly runs code on a target computer. Bwahahahaha!!!

Monday Music: "Material Girl" as a Vintage 1920s Tune

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I love the lead singer!!!  She sings, dances, taps, and plays the trombone.  I need that kind of energy on a Monday.


Freaky Friday News: October 14, 2016

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Poland Tries Out Glow-In-The-Dark Bike Path On September 23rd, officials in Lidzbark Warminski, Poland, opened a new 328 ft, bike trial,   It's a different type of trail; in the daylight, it's a pastel blue color, but at night, the trail glows a lovely shade of blue.  You see, this trail, created by engineering company TPA Sp. z o.o., contains luminophores, which capture solar energy in the daytime so that it can glow up to 10 hours at night.

Why such a small bike trail?  At the moment, city officials want to observe how this material will react to differing weather patterns, different temperatures, wind, rain, traffic,...  If all goes well, there might be glowing bike trails all over Poland.

Maybe we can get some of them over here?
WHO Wants Country to Tax Sugary Drinks This past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that countries implement a 20% tax on all sugary drinks. The reason? Sugary drinks are major contributors to obesity, diabetes, and other health…

Thursday Music: Bluegrass Cover of Metallica's "Enter Sandman"

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New Artist: Mariachi Flor De Toloache

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Happy Wednesday!!

Wordless Wednesday: This is just SO Wrong

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

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Okay, so I'm a child of the 80s because I not only remember Pat Benatar, but I know all the words to the songs she sings here even though I haven't heard any of them recently.  I even owned all of her albums on vinyl.

So here is "We Live for Love", "We Belong", and "Promises in the Dark".


Review: "World of Tomorrow"

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"A little girl answers a video phone and begins an extraordinary journey of memory and discovery guided by her own clone 227 years in the future."
- Brief description from Netflix

That brief description tells you everything about this short film, and yet nothing about it.  The little girl is Emily, and she is quite young - maybe 4 or 5 years old.  Emily hears something from the family's video phone and plays with the button until a woman enters the screen and announces that she is the Emily's clone from the future.

I didn't have many expectation when I first watched "World of Tomorrow".  The characters are animated stick figures; the back ground are simple colors with random lines and circles.  When my husband suggested we watch this, I agreed more because I wanted to spend time with him than because I wanted to watch the film itself.

But by the time the film ended, I was on the verge of tears.  Not because "World of Tomorrow" is inherently s…

Monday Music: A 3-String Shovel??

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Odds & Ends: An Interactive Graphic with Every Active Satellite Orbiting Earth

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While it's easy to talk about satellites orbiting the earth, it's another thing to actually see the number of satellites up there. This post links to a website that has a good, interactive graphic showing all known satellites orbiting the earth divided up by their orbital height. 
To see how the satellites move in relation to each other, press 'Q' and press the space bar. Just be warned, it might melt your browser. :D

If you have a few minutes, I suggest you look around here. It's interesting even if you're not doing a sci fi book.

Blue Man Group on NPR

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How I Feel About Yahoo & The Government

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Lady Liberty and the TSA

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Freaky Friday News UPDATE 10/7/2016

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I almost forgot - remember this picture of the multitude of women protesting the law banning abortions in Poland?

The protest worked.  Abortions are still legal in Poland.


Freaky Friday News: October 7, 2016

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Pakistan Passes an Anti-Honor Killing Law For those of us not living in Pakistan, the concept of an "honor killing" seems quite strange and barbaric.  In simple terms, an "honor killing" is an event where a person A (typically a male) murders someone in their family, let's call her person B (typically a female), claiming that person B caused their family dishonor and that the murder was needed to regain family honor.  Until recently, person A walk away from the murder a free man if he received forgiveness from all the other family members.

The parliament in Pakistan closed that legal loophole this week.  In ground-breaking legislation, parliament not only reaffirmed the illegality of the honor killing, but now forces the murderer to face either a life sentence in prison or a death sentence.  If all the other family members forgive the murderer, then the death sentence comes off the table.  That still seems strange to me, but as long as a murderer faces consequ…

Hurricane Warning

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Thursday Music: Bluegrass Cover of "Forget You"

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Wordless Wednesday: Polish Women Protesting the Abortion Ban

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Wordless Wednesday: Under a Wave

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Book Review: "Hounded" by Kevin Hearne

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Hounded" by Kevin Hearne introduces readers everywhere to Atticus O'Sullivan, a regular bookstore owner, tea drinker, hound-walking, 2,000 year old Druid. No, that is not a typo; he really is 2,000 years old! It seems that when the rest of the druids died out, Atticus found a way to survive, and he's been surviving every since.

Mr. Hearne creates a believable world in this book, gradually explaining things as the narrative goes so a reader never feels left out. And that takes some serious work, because on top of druids, "Hounded" features Celtic gods, witches, werewolves, and vampires. But never once did I think to myself, "Seriously? What's going on here?"

Mr. Hearne also presents believable characters; I felt like I could hold a conversation with Atticus or Oberon (his Irish wolfhound). The dialogue for the Widow MacDonagh sounds Irish, while Oberon sounds like a teenager and Atticus alternate…

Real Urban Camo

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Bluegrass Cover of "Loser" by Beck

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Here's some music to help make your Monday a bit happier.


Odds & Ends: Thermochromic Paint

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Thermochromic paint is a type of paint that changes color due to the temperature of the painted object.   Either cold or warm temperature can trigger the color changes, though the heat-induced color changes are the more popular version.

I know that this doesn't sound exciting, but think about how awesome it would be to leave hidden messages to people using this type of paint.  In the desert, you can leave some messages that only show up in the daytime and some messages that only show up at night.

Maybe you can mark your evil lair with this paint - bwahahahaha!!!

To show the coolness of this paint, I've included a video of a motorcycle as it warms up.

Later!

Lost...

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