Birds of a Feather

June 28, 2010

I thought this was a cute story, especially since it is about the oil spill down in the Gulf of Mexico.  Olivia Bouler of Islip, NY has found her own way to help raise funds for relief efforts in the Gulf, primarily with saving birds that have been caught in the oil slick.  So far, she has helped to raise $80,000 towards the effort, but the most impressive thing is that she just turned 11-years-old.  Read the following article for more information.

MSNBC – “Girl raises thousands for Gulf birds”

Olivia Bouler doesn’t have time for anything else these days except to draw and paint. But that’s OK for the artistic fifth-grader, because everything she does is for the birds.

The Islip, N.Y., girl, who turns 11 on Friday, has raised an estimated $80,000 by sending her sketches and paintings of birds to people who donate to organizations helping with relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico spill disaster.

“I do some in the mornings and some in the afternoons, and weekends are really the time for me get cracking at them,” Olivia told on Thursday in a telephone interview as she and her parents were headed to the Gulf for a visit.

(Click here to read the rest of the article.)

Kappa Alpha Psi short step routine

June 17, 2010

A friend of mine sent me this today, and I think it is really cool. It’s not my usual type of entertainment, but these young men have great rhythm, timing, and attitude. According to the description, this was filmed back in October 2005 and was performed by the Mu Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at UNC Wilmington. Enjoy!

Local Business Reviews

June 15, 2010

I stumbled across an interesting website today that you might like. Reviews Local is a website that provides local business reviews from all around the country on a wide range of businesses and services. If you looking for an attorney in Tampa or a dentist in Arlington Heights, you might find useful information on this site.

One aspect of this site that I like is how the author mixes reviews of the businesses with personal experiences. For example, in the latest post on the site, the author describes his decision to become a United States citizen following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. That tragic day was, as the author states, “I decided that it was time I aligned myself with my adopted country and become a citizen.” He then goes on to discuss legal services that are available for immigrants who need assistance with the citizenship process, including translation services.

The only problem with the site is that it is still new. My hope is that, over time, more and more authors will register with the site and provide additional content. As a person that operates two sites and works full-time on top of that, providing constant content can be time consuming and could lead to burn-out. Hopefully, Reviews Local will stand the test of time for years to come.

Joan meets Gwar

June 14, 2010

I’m not sure if you have ever heard of the band called Gwar before, but this is a great video.  Gwar is an extreme band that specializes in shock rock, and perform in some outrageous costumes.  The fact that this Virginia band ended up on Joan Rivers day-time TV show makes one of two statements: the band became so popular that they “had” to be on her show, or her show was lacking so much in ratings that she needed something to spice it up.  Kick back and enjoy!

Movies: The A-Team

June 12, 2010

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!  I went in to this movie fearing it would be as bad as “The Dukes of Hazzard,” but I was wonderfully surprised, and I think you will be too.  This truly was an epic movie, and I didn’t have any issue adjusting to the new actors playing the well-established characters of B.A., Murdock, Face, and the Colonel.  They even brought back the VAN! 

Since the original story line from the 1980’s TV show wouldn’t work now (being a group of Vietnam Vets would put them a little on the “old” side), the movie re-establishes the history of the team during a 15-minute introduction sequence.  From there, it is a series action scenes, wise cracks, and complicated puzzles to be figured out until the climatic conclusion.  I will caution that there is a little foul language in the movie, but much of it is implied or muffled (intentionally) by explosions or other noises.  Beyond that, I see no reason why young audiences who can tolerate movie violence could not see this film. 

Lastly, I do encourage that you stay through the end of the movie, as there is some bonus features at the end.  Enjoy!

The 3rd six-week challenge is back on.

June 8, 2010

I said I would take one week off before starting the third challenge, but I took an additional week off because my knee was still acting up. However, it’s time to get back in the saddle again, so tonight started the first exercise routine. As I noted in my last exercise article, I am reusing the workout routine that I obtained from the Concept 2 rowing website, so this will allow me to compare how well I do during this challenge compared to the last.

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June 7, 2010

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