Friday, February 17, 2012

Painting Painting Painting

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"Rolling, rolling, rolling, keep those brushes rolling, roll high!"

Yes, Internet I've been painting again. I woke at 6 this morning began working. Around 10 I took a break to volunteer in Gio's class. Then I fled to the paint store for supplies.

Shortly, thereafter, I was, "rolling, rolling, rolling," and it wasn't down the river.

Tina and Mary would both be Proud of me. And now I'm ready for something, "nice and easy."

Or nice and rough.

Hit it Tina And Beyonce!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yogi

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"Ooooooommmmm," chants Yogi Luna Catananda.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Give Me Some Of That Energy, Kid

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I'm ready for bed, but Gio is building a "whale exhibit," for an aquarium.

That's not all. Earlier he made a scroll.



If only I could syphon off some of his energy, I could rule the world. Or at least, catch up on the laundry.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

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Yesterday I recieved an email from John Gray. John Gray, relationship guru and author of, "Men Are From Mars, and Women Are From Venus."

At first scan, I thought the email read, "three positions for Valentine's day."

"John Gray has gone from self help to sex help," I say to myself.

What Gray's email really said was "three ideas for passion this Valentine's day," which is basically the same thing, right?



And now onto a V-Day social issue. The issue of Gay Marriage. Prop H8, which takes away the right for gays to marry in California, was ruled unconstitutional in a Federal Appeals Court last week.

While the right for gays to marry in California is still on hold in California, the ruling could send the issue of gay marriage all the way to the highest court in the country, the United States Supreme Court. A final ruling at the highest judicial level against Prop H8 could have nationwide implications in favor of gay marriage.


An HBO documentary premieres tonight on HBO.

Flashback to 1958, to Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who married in Washington D.C. When the newly wed couple returned to their home in Virginia they were arrested in the middle of the night because it was illegal for whites to marry blacks. The Lovings were actually convicted for being interracially married, and had to leave their home and family in Virginia, for Washington D.C. where interracial marriages were legal to avoid serving jail time.

Their arrest took them on a 9 year long battle which was eventually settled by the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision overturning the Lovings' conviction under the 14th Amendment's due process and equal protection of the law clauses. Finally, the Lovings could return home without fear of being convicted for their marriage.

Marriage is a right most people take for granted, except of course, for the people who are unconstitutionally denied the right to marry.

Ironically, President Obama's own parents' interracial marriage in 1961, was illegal in many states, yet President Obama does not support gay marriage.

All people should be afforded the same rights, including the right to marry. When the Lovings married in 1958, interracial marriages were illegal in many states. People actually believed the races shouldn't mingle.

"Heil Hitler!"

Just as some people believe gays shouldn't be allowed to marry today. Is there a difference between the Jim Crow laws of yesteryear that banned interracial marriages, and the laws that ban gay marriage today?

I don't see any difference, do you?

Every person, no matter the color of their skin, their religion, or their sexual orientation should be afforded equal rights and protection of the law. I took one law class in college, it was United States Constitutional law.

Maybe EVERYONE needs to take this class, so they can be understand the unconstitutionality of restricting a minority group's rights?

Happy Valentine's Day to all.


References:

Prop H8 Wiki

The Lovings Wiki

Ann Dunham Wiki

Monday, February 13, 2012

Grammys 2012

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Amazing tribute by Jennifer Hudson to Whitney Houston


If Adele seemed a little off at times it had to be due to
her emotional high after winning a "ridiculous" six Grammys.


It's Monday, and I'm taking the morning off. Well, not totally off, I'm still doing laundry and taking care of the daily chores. But I'm doing it with the Grammys which I was too lazy to watch on the telly last night.

Amen for Tivo! Yes, some of us still have Tivo.

I'm not very far into the Grammys, but this year's show hosted by the formiddable rapper/actor extraordinaire and HOT LL Cool J, is all about the music, and dancing.

And Whitney.

Many of the artists gave some mention of their grief over Whitney Houston's untimely death.

If Houston was the angel of the night, then Adele was the darling, winning six Grammys including Record (really a song) of the Year, Song of the Year, both for "Rolling in the Deep," and Album of the Year, "21." Adele's album, "21," is great, if you're into dysfunctional relationships riddled with co-dependence.

Adele after winning album of the year had this to say: "This record (21) is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone's been through it, which is a rubbish relationship. And it's gone on to do things I can't tell you how I feel about it........it's been the most life changing year."

In summary, young or old, and all the artists in between, musicians are cool cats. Even Taylor Swift sounded good, trying to look tough during her performance of, "Mean."



My favorite grammy moments which will probably be deleted soon due to copyright infringement:

Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt tribute to the late great Etta James



Sorry Foo Fans I couldn't find a decent video of the Foo Fighters Grammy performance.



Adam Levine singing "Surfer Girl," = WINNING!



Katy Perry must be singing to Russell Brand in this one, after the fall, that is. Sorry but what was she thinking forcing him to go through laser hair removal....



Carrie Underwood with Tony Bennett

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Painting

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North west winds were howling this morning when I woke up, so I didn't surf today.

Instead, I painted all day. I painted the trim around two doorways, as well as the trim around two large sliding glass doors.

Then I primed and prepped the wall that goes from the kitchen to the dining room.

I'm not sure what time I began, but it was some time in the late morning. I finished after eight.

Phew!

Fresh paint is so shiny, and it's not just the fumes talking. Yes, paint is a miracle worker. In fact, paint is almost as amazing as what I accomplish when I skip surfing for a day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

RIP Whitney Houston 1963-2012

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Tragically, Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48 years young, leaving behind an 18 year-old daughter. For the New York Times obituary click here.

In her prime, Houston was a pop diva and one of the best selling musical artists of her time. As with many super stars who seem larger than life Houston had more than her seemingly fair share of problems from her rocky relationship with musical star Bobby Brown to her illness with drug addiction.

Everyone has struggles, but Houston's by default of career choice, were dramatically public. Life is hard enough without the world examining you under a microscope......

But whatever judgments the world holds over Houston, she leaves behind a musical legacy, and hopefully a lesson for all of us that addiction is an illness with dire consequences.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Run Sugarland ft Matt Nathanson

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How did I miss the video premiere of, "Run," by Sugarland featuring Matt Nathanson yesterday?

All I have to say about this video is, "Yum!"

"Run," is perfect for a Friday night..................



Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Miracle of Om-ing

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Internet, this morning I experienced the power of Om.

It all started when this crazy lady was tail gating me on a two lane congested highway. I was going the speed limit, and I couldn't go any faster because there was traffic ahead of me.

I attempted to look in my mirror to get Tami Tail Gater to, "back off!"

But Tami Tail Gater got closer. The closer she got the more upset I became. And the more upset I became the closer she got. I could feel my adrenal glands dumping adrenaline into my bloodstream.

"I can't live my life stressed because this person is in a hurry and could care less about my 'space bubble,'" I tell myself.

Then I came up with a five minute plan that would help me relax, rather than spend 5 more minutes of life cursing the driver behind me. My plan was to chant, "Om," for five minutes.

After three minutes I felt a wave of calm wash over my anxiety. My plan had worked like I hoped. But, Internet, here's the surprising part. Tami Tail Gater stopped tail gating me for the rest of the time she was behind me.

Tami Tail Gater didn't even flip me the bird when she passed me on the road, as I was making my turn off the highway.

And that Internet is the miracle of "Om-ing."

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Voxer

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Internet, have you ever wanted to leave someone a voice message without actually calling them.

Now you can with an app called Voxer, which is available in the Android market as well as the iTunes (iPhone, iTouch, iPad) store for free!

Voxer bills itself as the app that turns a smartphone into a walkie talkie, otherwise known as push to talk. That's fun and all, but my favorite part is being able to leave a voice message for someone, that can be retrieved at their convenience.

Voxer is also able to send text and picture messages, talking in real time, as well location sharing and group chats. Voxer can do all this and more using either a 3g or wifi connection. I assume it also works with 4g, when 4g is available that is.

Did I mention Voxer is free? What are you waiting for?


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Ocean

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Internet, I am certain the ocean is out to get me. And if you know anything about her, you know that's a bad thing.

Yesterday, I'm sitting in the water on my surfboard blabbing my head off to the BFF when a 2,000 pound sea lion sneaks up behind me.

"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" I scream louder than I knew I could.

Sug Sea Lion was just about to swim away until he hears my terror, and says, "I'm going to have some fun with this land lover."

Then Sug Sea Lion starts swimming at me.

Right then I see a wave so I start paddling furiously towards the beach saying, "I hope I catch it!"

The best way to get a sea lion to chase you is to paddle away from him. Yet, I cowardly paddle away from him knowing the results could be bad if he catches me.

Yes, sea lions bite!

Chomp!

Fortunately, I did catch the wave and I rode it all the way in, nearly onto the beach.

Then I proceeded to paddle back out for over five minutes, duck diving wave after wave after wave.

It was the first time in my life I didn't mind being caught inside because Sug Sea Lion was gone by the time I got back to the line up.

About fifteen minutes later, as I'm sitting outside a wave breaks just outside of me. It wasn't a big wave, but since I got bounced off the sandbar last May trying to scurry under a wave with my board, I've gotten into the bad habit of ditching my surfboard.

The main reason for holding onto the board is to protect it from the wave. But I've learned, for one trip to the emergency room I could buy almost two new boards instead.

And where can I buy new body parts? Ahem, see my point?

There is another reason for holding onto the surfboard, and that is it's a flotation device. I paddle a lot faster on my surfboard than I can swim without it.

Which leads to the next part of the story. As the wave begins to explode in front of me, I bail off the side of my board and swim for the bottom of the sea. Unfortunately, while I'm under water I feel my leash pop and my surfboard break free from it's tether, and my leg. Again.

Less than three weeks ago I broke another leash when a gnarly double overhead wave broke right in front me.

"Do you see my board?" I ask the BFF, when I come up for air.

"No, where'd it go?" she wonders looking towards shore.

Then I see a surfer sprinting towards the shore pound and I know exactly where my surfboard is. Getting beat up by crashing waves on the sand.

I swim in, while the surfer rescues my board, hoping Sug Sea Lion doesn't come after me again.

I feel naked without my board, yet overdressed for swimming in my confining 5/4 millimeter thick wetsuit.

Once I make it to land, I grab a backup leash out of the car and paddle back out for a few more fun waves, that I never catch.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nursemaid Nana

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"Look Mom, Nana is sleeping with the cats," says Gio.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Superbowl Sunday 46

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After a few hours of organizing this morning, my brain asks, "When are we going surfing?"

"Honey, I kind of want to go surfing," I say to the Huz.

"Go surfing!" says the Huz.

But we're getting stuff done," I say.

"Do you want to go surfing or go crazy?" asks the Huz.

Needless to say, I chose surfing over crazy for the Huz's sake. I'm so nice.

After surfing seriously fun waves for an hour and a half, I rush home, pick up Gio, and drive to the roller rink.

We got in about an hour and 20 minutes of skating, which was about all I could handle after surfing. Good thing surfing is mainly an upper body exercise, while skating is mainly a lower body exercise.

And now I'm pretending to watch the Superbowl. Well, I did watch the Madonna halftime show. The woman is fit. Her lip syncing was a good as lip syncing can be. But her boots were made for walking and all sorts of other awesomeness.

The only reason I'm still pretending to watch the Superbowl is after everything I did today I feel like I played in one.

Yes I'm tired, but it's such a good tired.

"Who's winning?" asks the Huz, walking into the room.

"I have no idea," I say.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Rummaging

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It's quite clear that I can no longer leave open drawers unattended.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pets Behaving Badly Part 2

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It's always challenging to run errands that involve buying food when Nadia Dog is in tow. Normally, when I leave her alone in the car, I tie her in, so she can't get to the food, but today I forgot.

"Nadia!" I shout. "I can't believe you ripped a hole in the cat food bag and ate it! Naughty dog!"

"Burp," was all she had to say for herself.

Then when we got home she had the nerve to ask, "Where's my dinner?"

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Groundhog Day

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As readers can see from the picture, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, predicting six more weeks of Winter.

All I can say to PP is, "dude you really should try looking out the window when forecasting the weather."

California has had a dry, warm Winter so far. But February will be the real test because it tends to be one of the rainiest months of the year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pets Behaving Badly

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This is the scene I came back to after surfing today: Nadia Dog licking up my remaining breakfast crumbs..  Good thing I ate breakie before I went surfing.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Puddle Take Two!

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Internet there appears to be more to the puddle story than a drowned toy mouse hung up to dry.

"This morning when I came into the kitchen I found a large puddle next to the water bowl," says the Huz.

And by the next sentence, I can tell the Huz hasn't read yesterday's blog.

"As I stood there wondering where the water came from, Athena walked up to the water and says, 'Here let me show you what happened.'"

"Then she lifted the water bowl and dropped it back to the floor," says the Huz.

"Bong!" says the bowl, as water sloshes onto the floor.

"And that's how the water got on the floor," explains Athena Kitty, telepathically. "This time anyways."

Monday, January 30, 2012

Puddle

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The last few days I've noticed a lot of water on the floor near the water bowl.

"Where's that water coming from?" I wondered.

Then the other day, as I walk into the kitchen I see the cat fling the toy mouse in the water bowl!

Which still doesn't explain the puddle on the floor.  The next part, however, does.

As the poor toy mouse lie drowning into the water bowl, the cat reached in the bowl, grabbed the mouse with her teeth, and flung the mouse onto the floor creating a puddle.

Another mystery solved!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Miss Representation

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Miss Representation is screening on Saturday February 4th at Carmel High School at 7 pm. For information click here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Siri on Big Bang Theory

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Me, the Huz and my Mom and me are all fans of the comedy television show The Big Bang Theory.

This is a clip from Thursday's episode. It's funny!

Now of course we can't stop asking Siri questions.

"Beam me up, Siri," commands my Mom.

"Okay, stand still," answers Siri.

"Siri, you're driving me crazy," says the Huz.

"I respect you," answers Siri.

Internet, I think love Siri.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 2011

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Internet, I am estatic to report the American movie version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," based on the book of the same title by Stieg Larsson is AWESOME!

In 2009, the Swedish film version was released. I saw it. The film was too long and too horrible.

So I wasn't planning on seeing the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Afterall, I read the book. And the book was great! Why ruin it with another bad, long movie?

But then one of my BFF's says, "'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' is the best movie out right now."

"Really?" I wondered. "Okay, I'm in, let's go!"

"No way!" protests the Huz. "I'm not going to see a movie with torture in it."

Though he didn't seem bothered by the torture scene in the latest Sherlock Holmes movie.

"Ahem, you know this is a torture scene, right?" I annoyingly point out.

"Yeah," the Huz concedes.

I figured then I'd have a credit to get the Huz to go see The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. But no such luck.

Fortunately, my BFF's are into torture.

"This is horrible," says the BFF, as all three of us cover our eyes during the movie.

For folks bothered by torture wait for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to come to Redbox, otherwise y'all may need to self medicate after viewing it.

Sound of swallowing pill.

For those going out tonight, the American movie version is less graphic than the Swedish movie, I think. Besides it's way more exciting. I stayed awake through the entire two hours and 40 minutes of the latest The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie. Which is more than I can say for Sherlock Holmes, despite the loveliness of Robert Downey Jr.

"Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."

The casting is excellent. Daniel Craig is perfection as Mikael Blomkvist. Craig is sexy, smart, charismatic and man enough to be saved by a woman. Guys, know, that in itself, takes balls.

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander is where the American film really gets it right. Mara, is exactly who I saw in my head when I read the book. Need I say more. Well, yes.


Mara as Salander is weird, smart, fierce yet still retains all the sexual oomph to titillate audiences, as well as Mikael Blomkvist.

Snicker.

Even more important than either stars' individual appeal, is the their ability to make mad passionate love onscreen literally and figuratively. That they do! More than once.

"You need to stop talking," says Lisbeth Salander to Mikael during one love scene.


Internet, are you ready for even more exciting news?

The last two books in the Millennium Series, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest, are being adapted for American movies. The Swedish already made the last two books into films, which I'm not going to bother watching......

Filmfest. More like Snoozefest.

Which reminds me I never finished the third book, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest. I need to do that now. By the way, my favorite book was the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, in the series.

I am so looking forward to the next movie where audiences will learn even more about Lisbeth Salander, who manages to kill villains without actually having to, and her amazing super powers..........

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The 100th Day

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100 Year Old Gio

Today, is the 100th day of school. That means we're more than half way to summer!

Yahooooooooo!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Weather Forecast

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Every morning the first thing I do is check the weather.

"High today of 68."

Wooohooo! Pretty good for January in Northern  California.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Covet Thy Lap

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Im surprised the Huz ever gets anything done with the way these cats boss him around.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Book Thief

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The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak, was my book club of two's very first book, that I picked, nearly a year ago. I just finished it.

Good thing my book club is patient with me. Of course, it is just me and the Huz who are in it and we all know the man has a lot of patience.....

I started the Book Thief Friday, and finished up the last few pages this morning after getting everyone off to school and work.

It was so good. I'm not sure why I didn't finish it sooner. Perhaps because I'm incapable of reading a real book?

Buy Kindle Version of The Book Thief here:

The second time I began and finally finished The Book Thief I read it on my phone's kindle app. Obviously, I prefer electronic books over real books mainly because they're a lot easier to read in the dark.

Or maybe I was unable to finish The Book Thief, which is narrated by Death himself because it's à sad and tragic book.

Buy the hard copy of The Book Thief here:

The Book Thief is about the Holocaust. It's about the German Jews who were persecuted and the Germans who didn't go along with the hatred Hitler infused in Germany through brutality and fear.

Yes, it's a sad story but to quote Death himself, and the book:

I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant. None of those things, however, came out of my mouth. All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know.

I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.

I am haunted by humans.


If you love a GREAT story, and don't mind reading with a box of tissues, then I highly recommend reading The Book Thief.

Now what should The Book Club of Two read next?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Skater Guy

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Yesterday, Gio went to a roller skating party.

"Can we go buy some roller skates?" pleads Gio after the party.

"We can go look at skates," I say.

Of course, looking at roller skates turned into buying roller skates. Gio came home and immediately put on his new roller skates.

He's been obsessively skating around the house ever since.

Unfortunately, skating around the house isn't enough to satisfy his skating addiction. So, today, he somehow managed a skating miracle coaxing all of us out of our PJ's and to the skating rink.

"The rank opens in 30 minutes, how come nobody's getting ready?" wonders Gio.

"It's a skating RINK," I say.

But I guess he didn't hear me because 28 minutes later he says, "The rank opens in two minutes!"

Poor kid gets his ESL (English as a 2nd language) from the Huz.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cat People

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With all the kitty pictures I post, it pretty much makes me one of those weird cat people.

Yay!

Apparently, I am raising weird cat people, as well.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Shit Surfers Say

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The twitter account/book/tv show, "Shit My Dad Says," has inspired a viral series of "Shit ___________ Say," videos. Someone recently sent me, "Shit New Age Girls Say." It's really funny, and it already has almost 1 million hits even though it was only posted 6 days ago.

Then last night on facebook someone posted a video, "Shit New Yorkers Say."

Internet, it's safe to say shit is going viral.


Dude just the other day the BFF said, "We should make a, 'Shit Surfers Say,' video."

"Yeah, that would be sick," I say.

Looks like someone beat us. This video was posted yesterday. These surfers nailed it. But there are a few things we could probably add to spice it up.

They totally forgot:

I forgot my towel can I borrow yours?

I forgot my leash can I borrow yours?

You're girlfriend is hot, can I borrow her?


And so on........

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Coolest Fort Ever

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Vinny peaking out from the coolest fort ever.

After school today.

"Mom, let's go to the fort," says Gio.

"Not today, I'm starving and I don't have any food," I say. "I need to go home and eat."

"But you said next time you picked us up from school you would take us to the fort," whines Gio. "That's not fair! Vinny has been to the fort and I haven't."

"Maybe we can go tomorrow," I offer. "I'll remember to pack a snack."

"I might have a snack for you," says Gio.

And by snack he means food without soy, dairy or gluten.

"I do!" says Gio excited.

"Really?!" I say. "What do you have?"

"Almonds," says Gio.

"Cool, we can go to the fort then," I say.

I was happy to take them to the fort because that meant I could go for a walk, too.


As I'm enjoying my walk I hear, "Mom come into the fort."

"I can't fit through there," I say.


Narrow opening to the coolest fort ever.


We'll hold the bushes open for you," offer Vinny and Gio.

"Oh alright," I say. "But don't let them go as I'm walking in."

Internet, I've been around boys long enough to know to set the ground rules ahead of time. There are less shenanigans that way.

"We won't," swear Gio and Vinny.

Once inside I could see why this truly is the coolest fort ever.


Vinny+climbing = happy.


Sibling Rivalry is impossible while climbing.


"Where are all the chairs?" wonders Gio.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

End Piracy, Not Liberty

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Sign google's petition to Congress to express your concern over Internet censorship in the proposed bills Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which aim to block illegal uploading of copyrighted materials such as movies and songs. Unfortunately, the bills could work against legal sites such as wikipedia, and blogs that link to other websites.

In other words our freedom to share information and distribute ideas freely could be blocked by the government.

Click this link to sign the petition telling Congress you oppose these bills.

In protest of PIPA and SOPA wikipedia is on a 24 hour blackout. Take action and sign the petition now.

Read more about PIPA and SOPA in the these articles.
Click here to read today's article on the issue in the New York Times.

Forbes interview with Rep Jared Polis and why he's opposed to SOPA

The Wall Street Journal (in support of SOPA and PIPA)
 
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