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Five years later… January 14, 2010

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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this old blog may wake up. Stay tuned. More will be known following the doctor’s appointment five hours from now.

How to Exercise by Dancing in Stilettos January 13, 2006

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Health, News.
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Elle's heelsA quick peek into my stats revealed several visits from women searching for information about dancing in high heels. (High heels, Elle on Heels, heh.) It’s only polite to give them something for their time, right?

Even though I am not officially posting to this blog any longer, I came back to address these visitors and welcome them with the following:

How to Dance in High Heels and Stilettos

  1. Shut the fridge door
  2. Turn off the television
  3. Put on some snappy music
  4. Put on some snappy heels
  5. Start dancing

Seriously, how hard can this be? Not to be snarky, but I am curious. Is the Kirsty Alley method of losing one’s ass something that has to be learned or is it just a matter of get up and start moving?

I do have my own routine, it’s not quite the same but similar.

My version

All of the above, plus:

  1. Add a sandy beach
  2. And a couple drinks

My version, while a little unorthodox, works faster and my ass is quarter-bouncing firm.

Ciao.

Heading Back to the Old Blog January 10, 2006

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet, Wordpress.com.
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It’s been a hoot, but I am floundering in a sea of too many blogs so I am placing this one on temporary hold and returning to my old Sparktown.

Not that I’ve been keeping up with that one, either, but it’s been home for a long time. Maybe I’ll even find time to change the header image there; I do miss having access to the backend of these things. In the meantime most of my time is taken up by a sparkling new venture scheduled to go live later this month.

It was fun here in the beginning, just a few invited blogs posting per day (instead of a thousand new blogs created). Last summer’s WordPress.com had a small community ambiance. I miss that. Take a look at my sidebar and you’ll find some of the original wp.com group.

Ciao.

Mandatory Testing for Commenters December 16, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Internet, Life in the Woods, News, Southern Living.
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.. And why I believe everyone should be required to pass a test before clicking that Submit button:

News story, last paragraph:

The boy remains in the detention center. But his mother is desperately working to get him out. She says even though there are those speaking out against him, many are also realizing this was just an awful teenage mistake and support her son.

First comment:

msteegee
IP: Logged
Posted: 12/16 4:03a

Really I think your child didn’t do nothing wrong the other 2 kids took his gun and went and did some wrong things with the gun and yes they should be lock up for it but u know how the systems work everybody don’t get in trouble for some of there wrong doing everybody know how it is and for d people that threating your son handle that because I got a child to and aint nobody going to threat mines because Im d mother and dad

There are simply not enough [sic]s in the world to explain this one.

Pull ‘em Out of Iraq: Troops Needed in Japan December 16, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam, Health, News.
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Apparently Japanese men have forgotten the basics:

Eiko Yamada, proprietor of Shesta, another adult good shop targeting women, says there’s more good vibrations around than a Beach Boys album, with the number of adult aid users skyrocketing, particularly among women in their late 20s to early 30s.

“Our sales are almost 200 percent what they were last year,” Yamada tells Shukan Post.

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o/~ Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be snoozers o/~

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(sorry, I couldn’t resist)

“Basically, This Word Has Grown Stale.” December 8, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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At some point in time, people–particularly those being interviewed–have joined together to insert the word “basically” into 79% of all opening sentences.

Yes, I did the math.

Two weeks ago, “basically” replaced “ummm” as the most often used filler word on television. No one is immune. From the highest of the educated to the humble bloke swearing the tornado sounded just like a freight train chugging through his mobile home, there exists only a scant few who refrain from the rhythmic maxim. Then again, their own diatribe is usually so bland (think of the professional scholars who spent all of Gran-mama’s money on twenty years of assorted schoolingssszzzzzzzz…) it is difficult to stay awake long enough to really test.

On the bright side, use of the word “disrespect” as a verb (“Don’t your disrespect me, Bobby.”) instead of a transitive verb is finally playing itself out. More over here.

Cheat Sheet: Gateway to a Live Operator December 6, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.
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“Press 1 for…” “Press 2 for…” Somewhere in the system is a live voice and Paul English knows the fastest way to get there.

http://www.paulenglish.com/ivr/ A list of popular companies, their customer service phone numbers and what to press to talk directly to the live operator.

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank December 5, 2005

Posted by Leita in Florida, Hurricane, Internet, News, Southern Living.
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Lest we forget, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank is a repository for stories, images and files related to the 2005 hurricane season. Complete with a Google Map, too. Browse or submit your own experiences and help historians accurately record this hellish season.

Here’s the note they sent me:

Greetings,

On a recent web search we found your blog postings that relate to the recent hurricanes. We at the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank (http://hurricanearchive.org) invite you to upload your postings or stories to this public database as part of a nationwide memory bank that will help historians write the history of these storms. A collaborative project between George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, the University of New Orleans, and the Smithsonian Institution the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank is collecting, preserving, and presenting the stories, images, and responses of the devastating 2005 hurricane season.

If you decide to contribute, your stories will be credited to you and you will retain copyright over that data. When we display images, blog postings, or podcasts, we also create a bibliographic citation as a reference for those using the memory bank for research. If at any time you change your mind, you may contact us (info@hurricanearchive.org) and we will delete your materials.

Still wondering who we are and what we do? This project builds on prior work by George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, and other partners such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress, to collect and preserve history online, especially through the ECHO (http://echo.gmu.edu) project and the September 11 Digital Archive (http://911da.org). Check out these sites and see what you think.

We are collecting all types of information, and we encourage you and your friends and family to submit stories, documents, images, or audio files through our website: http://hurricanearchive.org.

Thank you!
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank Staff

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Mood Gym – Exercise for Your Psyche December 2, 2005

Posted by Leita in Health, Internet.
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http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/

Depressed? Stressed? Try this with me. Mood Gym is an online program developed in Australia to help people learn how to cope with their internal demons. It’s free with no advertising.

Register, answer a few basic questions such as age, general location and educational level and select which of the six available programs to use (some are in beta but are fully functional). I opted for the full program.

Following two quizzes on depression and anxiety, the rest of the program is divided into modules: Feelings, Thoughts, Unwarping, Destressing, Relationships and Final Quizzes.

This is not the typical women’s magazine style of self-discovery quizzes. It takes a long time to complete. Everything is logged into a personal workbook to keep and use after the program completion; a sort of journal of their own internal bugs and monsters. Given to a therapist or physician, it could speed up the discovery process when diagnosing and treating mental woes.

Mood Gym can’t take the place of traditional medical treatment and pharmaceuticals, but for someone with mild ill moods or hard heads who refuse to admit they need help, this could be a start.

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“New” Orleans Turns on City-Wide Wi-fi November 29, 2005

Posted by Leita in Government, Hurricane, Internet, Politics, Southern Living.
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Who deserves free wi-fi more than New Orleans residents? Me, but that’s okay… after watching a city drown while residents suffer and die partly due to communication breakdown I’m all for anything that directly addresses the problem.

Remember, it could happen to your city, too. There are few places in the U.S. safe from Mother Nature’s wrath. Plus, every time a community goes wireless it pisses off the privately owned utility companies and that alone simply Makes My Day. I just paid my cable bill and to be frank, it sucks, but I’ll hold that rant for another post.

Want to ensure it happens in your area, too? Write your state and local potentates. Do it soon because they’re currently eying legislative bills that’ll stymie any chances of making it a reality.

Already running in the French Quarter and the business district, the article claims the whole city will be hooked up in a year.
Here’s how it works:

The system uses hardware mounted on street lights. Most of the $1 million in equipment was donated by three companies: Intel Corp., Tropos Networks Inc. and Pronto Networks. The companies also plan to donate equipment for the citywide expansion. Tropos is connecting the system to the Internet at no charge.

The network uses “mesh” technology to pass the wireless signal from pole to pole rather than each Wi-Fi transmitter being plugged directly into a physical network cable. That way, laptop users will be able to connect even in areas where the wireline phone network will take time to restore.

The system will provide download speeds of 512 kilobits per second as long as the city remains under a state of emergency. But the bandwidth will be slowed to 128 kbps in accordance with a limit set by Louisiana’s law once the city’s state of emergency is lifted at an unknown future date.

The service will remain free for residents and businesses after the state of emergency ends.

From: Big Easy Launches Free Wireless System (via Yahoo).

Some balk at the idea of reconstructing an entire city built on oatmeal and wallpaper paste for a levy but what would it cost to build a city from scratch? Plus, it would be a butt-ugly BlandTown.. reason enough to support the efforts to bring back a city deserving whole volumes of the country’s history.

With phone service still hit-and-miss in New Orleans; I wager Skype and Vonage will see a little peak in new customers, eh? That has to hurt the phone companies, even if it’s just a smidge.

Now, how about Mississippi? Let’s see some wi-fi in Biloxi! Since the big-boy utility companies cannot justify the cost/profit on their bloated spreadsheets, there’s plenty of room for tender young companies to squeeze in and provide wi-fi for smaller communities.

I’d pay a local tax just for the chuckles knowing how many people would dump their utility company’s broadband service.

Heh. I’m chuckling now just at the thought…

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