Showing posts from 2017

Pre-Eclipse Activities, August 2017

Vera and Glen brought a cotton candy maker that Mira really enjoyed. She is forbidden (by me) from eating cotton candy unless it's freshly made and she witnesses it. (That's just how cotton candy is supposed to be!) So being able to actually make cotton candy herself was pretty great.

Also, please enjoy scrolling through these photos of Mira jumping on the rocket launcher thingy that Vera and Glen brought.

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter -- And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay

I realize that I'm nowhere near my twenties anymore, but this book is fantastic and has joined my short list of required reading for my kids and anyone who has anything to do with young people. I read it. Then Jon read it. Then I sent copies to my sisters who have older kids. I made Zed and Phin read it and Jacob is partway through it. Even though my kids aren't working dead-end jobs or trying to "find themselves" while we support them, the book resulted in some good decisions for one kid in particular. He knows who he is.

Here's a Ted talk by the author to get the gist.

I highly recommend both the book and the talk.

World domination via spam

I get a fair amount of spam despite spam filters. Sometimes it's so bad it strikes me as good. Here's one example:Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:28:20 -0700
From: Lucifer <>
To: Recipients <>
Subject: Global Call
Message-ID: <>Become a member of the Great Illuminati and posses riches, connections and fame. all the power you ever wanted, don't miss this opportunity grab it because there may not be another chance.We open door of acceptance once in ten years, and few are chosen. I really congratulate you for this great offer on your door step. We choose people, people don’t choose us. You can be among the chosen this year. The great association Has been in existence since May 1, 1776 named The Illuminati (aka Bavarian Illuminati). What does this mean? The name derives from the Latin illuminatur, which means “the enlightene…