Archive for July, 2016

Google These Murals!

July 31, 2016

Google has data centers all over the world.  Here is a great video that describes and discusses the Data Center Mural Project at Google — the visual expression of what’s going on inside a building on the exterior walls of that building.  Very cool indeed.

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Back in the Groove!

July 30, 2016

Discipline, consistency, persistence . . . this has been the last six weeks as I have slowly regained my motivation and my stick-to-it-iveness with an exercise/diet program.  I started from scratch/ground zero in mid-June having gone more than a year-and-a-half between regular exercise, and boy, was it challenging, but it was time.  I’ve been able to maintain my focus now for several weeks and feel as though I’m truly back in my exercise groove.  I’ve been alternating my workouts with running, speed walking, and bicycling (and occasional weight workouts), and I feel great.  I’ve also change my diet a bit and have cut out a lot of the sugars and carbohydrates that I had come to love — they are now just the occasional reward.  Not only do I feel good, but I’ve dropped some of my unwanted pounds as well and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.  It’s good to be back.  I may not get back to the fitness levels I possessed in my late 30s early 40s, but any improvement over my current levels is better than nothing.   My goal now: to stay in the groove while on vacation and traveling.  Wish me luck!  (What, me worry?  Piece of cake, right?)

TCFF 2016!

July 29, 2016

Happy Friday!  Well, movie fans, the Traverse City Film Festival is now in full swing with a few more days of film watching still on the schedule (things will wrap up on Sunday).   Another year of “just great movies” and I’ve been fortunate enough to experience sixteen movies over the five-day event!  So many movies . . . so little time.  I figured it out that if I was wanting to view a different movie in each and every time slot available, I’d end up seeing more than 30 different movies (and be totally brain dead for having tried).  The most movies I have scheduled for any one day: five (whew, that’s a lot of screen time.)  Needless to say, I will not be attempting to fill each and every day with this many movies.  But I will certainly get in a good share.  My final list of movies I’ll be seeing (plus the country):

  • Adult Life Skills (UK)
  • Certain Women (US)
  • Concerto: a Beethoven Journey (US)
  • Conspiracy of Faith (Denmark)
  • Equity (US)
  • Five Nights in Maine (US)
  • Folk Hero & Funny Guy (US)
  • Hell or High Water (US)
  • Here Alone (US)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand)
  • Infinitely Polar Bear (US)
  • Man Called Ove (Sweden)
  • Marguerite (France)
  • My Blind Brother (US)
  • Viva (Ireland)
  • Welcome to Norway (Norway)

Some Inspiration!

July 28, 2016

I’m always on the lookout for new versions/renditions of “Amazing Grace,” so when I ran across this pan flute one, I just had to share.  Enjoy!  The scenery is not too shabby either.

Overcome the Noise!

July 27, 2016

I don’t know about you, but every now and then I struggle with my self-esteem.  More often than not, it is directly connected to my perfectionistic tendencies and the fact that most times, “good enough” really is good enough.  Other times, it is connected to the opinions of others that I forget are merely opinions.  So, here’s a quotation from Steve Jobs that is a healthy reminder to once again, be true to yourself.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”  (Steve Jobs)

Custom Tires!

July 26, 2016

Check out this photo courtesy of Cop Humor: the Lighter Side of Law Enforcement!  Here is a perfect example of self-deprecating humor . . . this type of humor has been defined as “a powerful form of humor that gets its strength from highlighting your own (real or imaginary) weaknesses or idiosyncrasies.” (Definition is courtesy of http://www.speaklikeapro.co.uk/Self_deprecating_humor.htm.)

This can work for an individual in any speaking situation and I would posit that it works equally well for defusing group stereotypes or similar behaviors (as evidenced by this photograph — we all know the cops and donuts stereotype, don’t we?).

Regardless, humor is humor and some is truly hilarious!  Enjoy!

Misappropriated?

July 25, 2016

Happy Monday!  Today I’m introducing a term that is generally used in a legal sense . . . and while, embezzlement is how people would generally refer to this type of behavior, it only after there has been a large scale defalcation that many companies discover the crime.

defalcation

\ dee-fal-kay-shuh n, -fawl- \, noun;

1.  misappropriation of money or funds held by an official, trustee, or other fiduciary.
2.  the sum misappropriated.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Better Late Than Never!

July 24, 2016

I know it is already July and I should have posted this message back in January, but 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Batman television series, starring Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) as the dynamic duo — the official starting date of the series: January 12, 1966; the series ran until March 14, 1968.  And, in honor of this event, here is a bit of librarian humor that I just had to share.  Ah, the memories of “POWS,” and “BAMS.” The novelty of the program made this show an instant hit. Unfortunately, the novelty eventually faded and the campy humor wasn’t sustainable past a couple of seasons.  Twas a simpler and less sophisticated type of television programming, but very entertaining (especially to the younger crowd/audience).  Enjoy!

Dog Days!

July 23, 2016

Welcome to the midpoint of the dog days of summer!  The “dog days” of summer generally refers to the hottest and most sultry days occurring in July and August (more specifically, the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of the star Sirius with the Sun).  Sirius, the star that is the brightest and most visible from the earth is also known as the “dog star” due to its position within the Canis Major constellation.  This span of days falls between July 3rd and August 11th.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, “in the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or ‘dog days.'”

I hope you can stay cool by finding some shade or air conditioning!

 

Breakfast, Anyone?!

July 22, 2016

Happy Friday!  Every now and then you run across a recipe that sounds just fabulous (this one is courtesy of the Pioneer Woman).  And, while I’m not a huge fan of French toast, this particular recipe may make me change my stance.  Positively delicious!

Crunchy French Toast

Ingredients
3 eggs
1/4 cup of Half-and-half
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/3 cup of sugar
4 slices of whole wheat bread
1 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
1 stick of butter, melted
Softened butter and maple syrup

Directions
In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, half of the sugar, and half of the cinnamon .  Set aside.

In a separate shallow dish, stir together the panko breadcrumbs with the rest of the sugar and cinnamon.  Use a fork to stir in 2 Tablespoons of the butter to slightly moisten the crumbs.  Set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the rest of the melted butter over medium-low heat.

One by one, dunk the bread in the egg mixture (turning to coat), then lay them in the dish with the panko crumbs, turning them over and pressing them gently so that they stick and totally cover the surface.

Place them into the skillet with the butter and let them cook on the first side for five (5) to six (6) minutes, watching closely to maek sure the crumbs don’t burn.  (If they start to darken too fast, turn the heat down slightly and keep an eye on it.)  Turn them over and let them cook for 3 minutes on the other side.

Transfer the pieces to individual plates and serve with butter and syrup.