Untitled Document [Really Good Quotes A mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. - OliverMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2010View Source
When my wife and I met, back in the 80's, we both smoked. Every time I saw her out driving she had her right hand on the steering wheel and, in her left hand, she had a cigarette.
After she quit smoking I thought she would be a safer driver. Then along came cell phones. Now when she's driving she has her phone in her right hand. She's never had an accident, and current law in Arkansas doesn't forbid cell phone use while driving, but it worries me that she's not paying as much attention to driving as I would like.
The dangers of using a cell phone while driving was pointed out in an article I saw at the TG Daily website. According to the article a recent study by the University of Utah psychology department found that "...97.5% of participants were unable to do both tasks with sufficient focus and safety. Most people were 20% slower with their brake reaction time, and the distance they kept between themselves and the car in front of them increased by 30%. The study took place with participants in a driving simulation machine instead of actually being on the road."
The study did find, however, that 2.5% of those tested were able to use their cell phone without any impact on their driving ability. "The authors of the study came to the conclusion that these people aren't necessarily more intelligent, but rather have an innate 'multitasking' personality. 'We were excited to find this small group of people with extraordinary multitasking ability. We hope comparing them with the rest of us will help us better understand how the brain coordinates multitasking,' said one of the authord (sic), Dr. Dave Strayer."
While only 6 states currently have laws against cell phone use while driving, 34 states ban texting while driving.
I occasionally talk on my phone while driving although it's only when I receive a call. I have to put my glasses on to see to dial it so if I need to place a call I have to stop. I never text even when sitting still! I've never had a close call while driving and talking, so maybe I'm one of the lucky 2.5%. Still I'd rather devote myself to doing one or the other, not both.
I'm sure all of our readers are above average people, still I wonder how many of you drive and talk at the same time.
Do you notice any difference in your driving while on the phone? Do you regularly use your phone while driving? Have you ever had a close call while talking and driving? Do you live in a state, or country, where cell phone use is illegal while driving? Do you think more states and countries should ban the practice? Will you rethink your habits in light of the findings cited above?
P.S. Since Sunday is July 4th we'll be taking a day off on Monday. See you back on Wednesday!
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"Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them." - David Hume
"While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind." - Mary Wortley Montagu
A judge was instructing the jury that a witness was not necessarily to be regarded as untruthful because he changed his statement after he gave it to the police.
"For example," he said, "when I entered my chambers today, I was positive that I had my gold watch in my pocket. But then I remembered that I left in on my nightstand in my bedroom."
When the judge returned home that evening, his wife asked him "Why so much urgency for your watch? Isn't sending three men to pick it up for you a bit extreme?"
"What?" said the judge, "I didn't send anyone for my watch, let alone three people. What did you do?"
"I gave it to the first one," said the wife, "he knew exactly where it was."
"All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened."
"As a body everyone is single, as a soul never."
"Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again." - All from German-born writer, Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse born on this day in 1877
Dirty Old Man Statue
Noella got to do something fun that she'd like to share. Here's your 15 minutes Noella!
Believe it or not, Bill and the boys and I got to be extras in a movie that was filmed in Springfield, these last two weeks. Also, for those of you who know her, Linda Kuizinas, was also in a scene in the movie.
The film is about an aging rock star named Gavin (Coach Ben Wade from the Survivor series and also former coach at our local college, Southwest Baptist University here in Bolivar) who decides to not take the same plane as the rest of the band. The plane crashes and all the band members are killed. He then begins to rethink his life and begins his path to redemption. It is a comedy-drama and is reported to be a really great screenplay. I know that the scene that we're in was funny. Other "stars" in the movie are Vanessa Leinani (who plays opposite Coach), Danielle Dilorenzo, and Chelsea Russell.
We spent all day Saturday at the airport while they were filming a scene there. First of all we were filmed walking through the airport, then we sat in chairs while a scene was being filmed in front of us (we were in the background) then we were filmed getting luggage from the luggage turn. It was very interesting. The film is being shot "digital" with a Canon EOS 7D. I was "blown away" by the fact that this camera is so high definition that it will shoot movies capable of being shown in a theater.
The screenplay was written by William A Price III and directed by Nathan Pope, both went to school with my son, David. David is the one in the striped shirt and glasses. At some point in this behind the scenes everyone gets bored and starts getting made up as rock stars - funny. David still had glitter on his face the next day when we were at the airport.
The following link will take you to a third preview of behind the scenes in making the movie. As you can see the cast had a lot of fun.
Considering that the movie was filmed locally and is using local people, I'm really excited to see the finished movie. Check out the link and your clicks are counted for prizes that I might get.
You can also join Facebook and "like" or "join" the 180 Film fanpage to get more updates.
Last year I mentioned that a major roadway that is very close to my back yard is getting widened. Work began on it this summer. Although it doesn't seem to be on the original schedule, it has begun.
This road was a bypass route meant to keep heavy traffic from having to traverse city streets of two nearby towns. It is about five miles in length and is maintained by three local governments, so to speak. One township governs the northern section. The middle section is governed by one city. The southern section is governed by yet another town. That in itself is why it took so long to get improvements approved.
Construction has begun in the center. Why? I haven't a clue. But that is where they chose to start. Heavy equipment followed chainsaws where trees were felled. The heavy equipment has begun leveling and forming the roadbed and clearing the right-of-way.
In the space of a few days, the vista from the approaching hilltop had dramatically changed. No longer was there a green lining blocking the view. Now, one can see across the entire valley, although they did leave some trees between the roadway and the neighborhoods just beyond.
There will be a bridge replacement where the road goes over a railway, and that is the southern most activity at the moment. Work extends from there north for about a mile and a half, or slightly better. Some of the work zone had been left clear all along, so there is little activity there at the moment, except for the bridge work and preparation.
One section very near my house had been widened years ago when a shopping center was erected. The need for traffic control and road upgrades were stipulations to the developers to gain approval for the shopping centers being built. This may be the saving grace for my neighborhood. There may not be much forest removal behind my house since the road begins the extra width almost directly behind me. We shall see.
Here's your quiz:
Have you noticed that major roadway improvements often do not flow from the apex to the zenith and may begin in the middle?
Have you noticed a lot of signs where the "recovery funds" are building or improving highways?
Are there any major road (re)construction areas taking place near you?
Update - Progress Isn't Necessarily Fast
Cliff (the High-Tech Redneck who doesn't rate a fancy 'signature pic')
Kirsten is taking a day off for Canada Day. Happy Day, eh?
Teacher Accused Of Trist With Student
If there's any trend that puzzles me, it is the high school teachers who find their students sexually attractive. I don't have anything against kids. But teenagers are at that time in life when their greatest concern is whether that pimple really can be seen across the room.
I don't mean kids are shallow on purpose, but they aren't known for deep thinking. They are self obsessed and narcissistic. We all went through that stage. You know the old joke:
When I was a kid I thought my parents knew everything, when I was a teenager, I realized how stupid they really were, and once I got to be over 21, I was amazed at how much they had learned.
Maybe I'm a cougar with a bad attitude. I like my companions to be out of puberty. Maybe I have handled too many custody and juvenile cases to idealize adolescents. Maybe it is because I have memories of being one, and I was sure no one understood me, and more to the point that everything was about me.
It is a stage. Teenagers have nothing but possibility and potential. They are like bottles of wine. It may be a good vintage, but you don't want to drink it until it has aged a bit.
A teacher presumably has been out in the world. She has gone to college, and had experiences that a high school kid would not have even dreamed of. I could focus on the fact that a wiser older person who takes advantage of a naive younger person, sexually or otherwise, has moral challenges. Certainly that is true.
But, it still begs the question. What is the attraction? What do they talk about? What do they have in common -- I mean besides that!
Thaw frozen meat and poultry in the refrigerator and not on the kitchen counter where bacteria can grow.
Either my lines stink again or everyone is busy this summer.
Here's one I like;
There was a young shoat of Paree
Fills all of her suitors with glee,
For when they implore
Her to give a bit more,
She invariably answers, "Wee, wee."
Use that or the following line for next week.
Next opening line...
There was a young lady of Pecking...
Hints: Here's a great new rhyming/composition tool. http://www.writerhymes.com/
There's also a great rhyming dictionary at http://www.rhymezone.com/
Limerick rules. http://freespace.virgin.net/merrick.sheldon/limerickrules.htm
There was a young girl of New York
Whose boyfriend was quite the dork
He was clumsy and mean
But had talents unseen
When it came to using his spoon as a fork. - Bonnie
There was a young girl of New York---
Who each day would only eat pork---
but she became twisted
and also quite listless
in fact she looked like singer Bjork. - Cassandra in New York
There was a young girl of New York
Who wanted speed along with torque
She asked one of the guys
From Sweden who replies
Nothing but, "Bork! Bork! Bork!"
Maria in Illinois
Ever thankful to Jim Henson for the Muppets! http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Swedish_Chef
There was a young girl of New York
Who plugged up her privates with cork.
A woodpecker or two
Made the grade, it is true,
But it totally baffled the stork. - Author Unknown
There was a young lady named Mabel
Who did everything she was able
To keep spending in check
And stay out of debt
But she had a weakness for sable. -- Rae of Sunshine
We celebrate Fourth of July
By letting fireworks fly
In red, white and blue
We 'ahh' and we 'ooh'
Then eat some of Mom's apple pie -- Rae of Sunshine
There was a young farmer named Max
Who harvested a big field of flax
He sowed by fluke that plot
For he meant to plant pot
So he could avoid the state tax. -- Rae of Sunshine
Re: XXX Domain
On average, kids are far more adept at computers than parents, and will probably be able to access porn if they have any curiosity. There is probably some merit in schemes to keep them from seeing XXX rated ads by accident, but I think that adults underestimate the natural aversion of kids to "mushy stuff." A first encounter might arouse much innocent curiosity, and turn into a forbidden fascination if not handled well. However, if a kid has heard about adults having a silly streak around sex, that much context would let it be easily dismissed as boring, grotty, etc.
"Adults don't do anything. They just sit and talk all the time and don't do anything at all. There is nothing in the world duller than adultery." - 12 yr old girl, quoted by John Duffie - Bob of the North
I want to start a Punk band and get a .xxx domain for the band's website. Then the band can feel free to use curse words in our lyrics and put on a performance that is as lewd as the performer's modesty, the club management and the state laws will allow. That would be a fun band.
Does an .xxx domain serve a function? Yes. For some who want to identify their site as being for adults only the .xxx domain will be useful. I think that a lot of porn sites do honestly want to keep minors out and give parents the tools to keep children away. Some porn sites, perhaps even the majority, will probably make the effort to move to .xxx domains. Money, drugs, malice, poor attempts at comedy and simple foolishness will still result some websites that trick people into viewing offensive images. Yes Virgina there is a Santa Claus, but there is also evil in the world. Porn will not disappear from .com, .org, .gov and other web sites overnight.
< rant on >
Does this make parenting easier? No. If you want a simple life, don't have children. Parenting is not for wimps. My advice is to demystify sex for children. My mother explained sex to me. She did not forbid or constrain sex. As a result, I didn't have sex until years after many of my peers had indulged. When I did have sex, I did so with a consenting partner and I used condoms. I think expecting more than that is fool-hearty. Marriage, if it happens, usually occurs later in life in today's society. Expecting sex to be deferred until after marriage is unrealistic. In the real world kids are having sex at younger and younger ages. Perhaps this is because of the time demands of our modern world leaves parents with precious little time to monitor their children. Gone are the days of the stay at home mom. Our best educators are drawn away from schools by higher paying and lower stress jobs in the corporate world. The real problem is capitalism run amok. Sex sells, so everyone, including children, is inundated with sexual images in advertising. Our unquenchable consumer desires require both parents work so we can afford the things advertisers tell us we must have. There is precious little money left for schools after we pay for all these goods and few stay at home parents, so children are poorly supervised. Add in a moral code that turns sex into a tempting taboo mystery, and of course kids are going to find porn on the internet. Kids often know how to operate computers better than their parents. Even the best net-nanny software can be defeated by a determined hacker. Hackers are all to glad to share their tricks to defeat porn filters with everyone. Some kids are going to learn these tricks.
< rant off >
Just my long-winded two cents. - Cheers, Winston
Re: 20 Questions
Your "20 Questions" piece was interesting, but the last one made me laugh out loud. :-) - OhioKat
Sometimes a bird does hit something. I buried a finch Monday morning. And swore off on any bug catching things dangling from a fruit tree. It was just a small yellow strip of cardboard coated with extremely sticky stuff. The bird apparently hit it head on and was unable to get loose. An overnight storm battered it to death. I found it in the morning. My penance for this mis-deed will be giving the birds the first elderberries now forming on a couple new bushes in the yard.
There are two huge pine trees in neighboring yards behind us. I have called one the Blue Jay Apartment Building, and the other one houses Cardinals and Sparrows year round. I can clearly see the Blue Jay tree's structure and have often stood out there examining the layers of branches and have never spotted a nest in the 20 years I've lived here. On snowy days, an occasional Jay will be near the end of a branch looking down at the big table feeder. A female Jay will wait until other birds fly off, but a big male Jay will swoop down and clear the table for himself, eat his fill and fly back into the depths of that tree.
I am fascinated with the 'pecking order' among same kinds of birds and between different kinds of birds. Jays are dominant, male Jays commanding. Sparrows are feisty and tease.While they come and go in groups, there's never any distinct leader. Cardinals are timid. Finches are clowns in the summer, and follow sparrows in the winter -a You-go-first-and-if-that-works-we'll-follow-you type behavior. All the small birds watch from branches when snow covers the table feeder while mourning doves plunk down and shove away snow to get to seed. Jays will grasp a sunflower seed in the beak and fly into the willow tree and bang the seed against a branch to get the black kernel inside. They are also the culprits who use their long beaks to sweep aside small seeds to get to a sunflower seed, causing a lot of mess on the ground around the feeder. And my favorite small end of winter visitors, the little gray Junko nibbles a few seeds, bobs its head as though saying "thank you", and flies off. I scatter seed near the door for them once I know they're around. - Nancy L in Ohio
I do watch birds popping in and out of trees, usually between snacks of bugs on the lawn. There is a huge variety of them, mostly unfamiliar to me. I saw a little one in all-yellow the other day, appropriately enough, about the shade of the prototype Mosquito Bomber. There are a few medium-size ones who scold me away from their nests.
High-speed movies reveal all sorts of wing twitches and tail contortions as birds land in turbulent conditions. It is not nearly as smooth as it looks. A small bird entering a tree can choose a clear trajectory to a given branch, and use aerobraking on the way. Sometimes, the major wingtip feathers separate to add extra surface, like wing flaps (not to be confused with flapping wings :-) The feathers themselves are marvels of micro-engineering, well able to withstand rugged handling, with tears being instantly repaired by a beak-stroke to re-join the velcro-like edges of the surface elements. So, birds can hit things with relative impunity. Feathers were even sewn into very effective armour for Japanese warriors. If you want to kill a crow with a .22, your odds are much better if you shoot from behind to get through the feathers. You can't just go into your barn and shoot crows, either. They stay out. You have to go in with eight friends, and stay behind. Seven are not enough to fool them. Ravens are smarter still, and many corvids are tool users with cooperative behaviour. - Bob of the North
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