Dinosaurs are Real! – where “Jurassic Park” meets “Toy Story”

Best idea I have seen in a long while. We can all benefit from a little make believe.

Life Is Too Short

According to these parents.  You have to see the whole thing, there is more.  I love this kind of make believe.


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Week of WordPress – Balloons

Here are the posts about balloons that I enjoyed reading this past week:

See an Iron Man balloon costume.  What about some amazing balloon artwork.  I never would have thought about something like this.

It is my experience, that a child of any culture, enjoys playing with a balloon.  This event in Africa also occurs in Egypt.

There is a new thing this summer, have you heard about Frozen Custard?  Apparently, it’s so great, we all should throw a party to celebrate, and of course the party should be decorated with balloons.

I love the Mickey and Minnie balloon in this Birthday Celebration.

Of the quotes about balloons in this post, the one from Winnie the Pooh is my favorite.

Through the Magic door accomplishes another skill on her list through the help of a family member; see all the balloon animals she can now make.

The video loop of this child playing with black balloons is a little creepy.

Predictably Lost describes how finding lost balloons is a good luck charm.

How far would you ride on a cluster of helium balloons?  Across the Atlantic?  This story came up a lot, especially on news blogs, which I do not link to, except this one which describes what was intended by the balloon design.

What about a more reliable balloon ride?

Wait! Wait! Don’t Hang Me!

I listen to the NPR comedy news show fairly often and although many of the scripted jokes are too much of a stretch to really be humorous, but some of the spontaneous one liners are hilarious 531235_10150879026219992_802172248_n.

This weekend’s show had a funny segment about the blossoming relationship between former NBA player Dennis Rodman and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il. The discussion lead to contemplating what it would be like to do this radio program in North Korea, to which a guest bleated out this most appropriate program name Wait! Wait! Don’t Hang Me!

So I wonder what else they would change on the show:

  • Lightening Electric Shock Fill In The Blank
  • This Weeks News by Firing Squad
  • That’s not my Job Description
  • Government Eavesdropping Listener Limerick Challenge
  • Who’s Carl this time, but still inferior to Kim Jong-il

Who would have guessed Oakland, CA to be the most Honest city?

Well this should not be considered the most reliable study, performed by the makers of Honest Tea.  Check out the results.

Given that the tea stands were set up in busy locations of major cities we can presume that the study was less about how honest the people are, and more related to their sense of community judgement.  So what does it say about the bottom of the list, NYC, and their views of being judged by their peers?  Or just a general feeling of protection to break the law in that city?

Spelling in not my Strong Point

I apologize for any misspelled words and grammatical errors you see in my posts.  (I already had two corrections in my first sentence, thank you Spell Check).  Well some researchers at Cambridge University discovered that our brains are so good at reading and solving puzzles, that we can easily read misspelled words:

Mipellssed Wdors

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?


I think this is how my brain sees all words, as a symbol rather than looking at each individual letter and noticing the spelling.  So when I try to write, I sound out the word in my head.  And thanks to learning improper English, it’s very difficult to spell correctly.

Now that I work for a company who puts a lot of emphasis on proper written communication (YES I took a spelling test for my current position as an engineer and one of the founders was an editor of an English dictionary and he was from Germany) well I have learned so much more working here than I did in school.  But it’s been a lot of work, and not has necessarily reformed my puzzle solving mind.

Chuck Quotes, by Charles Barkley


Somebody has to be me, it might as well be me.  – Charles Barkley

About Himself

You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best-looking guy in the world and I might be right.  – Charles Barkley

You can talk without saying a thing. I don’t ever want to be that type of person. – Charles Barkley

I think that the team that wins game five will win the series. Unless we lose game five.  – Charles Barkley

Every time I think about changing a diaper, I run a little bit harder and a little bit faster to make sure I can afford a nanny until my daughter’s old enough to take care of that herself.  – Charles Barkley

That is starting to hurt my feelings. I don’t mind skinny people making fun of me, we all do that, but I don’t want fat people making fun of me.  – Charles Barkley

We are in the business of kicking butt and business is very, very good.  – Charles Barkley

I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique. It’s called just go get the damn ball.  – Charles Barkley

I heard Tonya Harding is calling herself the Charles Barkley of figure skating. I was going to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized I have no character.  – Charles Barkley

I think anybody who charges for an autograph is an a**hole. I don’t know who’s the bigger a**hole, the guy who pays for it or the one who sells it. – Charles Barkley

I play ghetto golf — I talk the whole time.  – Charles Barkley

I suck, but I have fun.  – Charles Barkley

Vegas is always dicey for me, because I can lose a small fortune.  – Charles Barkley

I don’t trust vegetarians. I don’t trust people who don’t gamble.  – Charles Barkley

About Life

If he can make Adam Sandler funny, then they should give him the Oscar right now.”  – Charles Barkley, on Jack Nicholson, nominated for About Schmidt, being paired with Adam Sandler in a upcoming movie.

Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.  – Charles Barkley

Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.  – Charles Barkley

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.  – Charles Barkley

We don’t need refs, but I guess white guys need something to do.  – Charles Barkley

You know it’s going to hell when the best rapper out there is white and the best golfer is black.  – Charles Barkley

I have nothing against old people; I want to be one myself one day.  – Charles Barkley

You’re the boss, Ernie. The white guy’s always the boss.  – Charles Barkley

How long do you think Steve Nash spent on his hair? 5 seconds? 10 seconds?  – Charles Barkley

It’s just rude and inconsiderate to leave your dog’s poop on other people’s area.  – Charles Barkley

They talk about Champagne and Mercedes Benz, but Dirk is the greatest European import ever. – Charles Barkley

Knowing a little about CPR – Updates and Useful Tips

We never know when first aid training will be useful, but we can probably guess that we will use it at least once in our lifetime.  Even if you have been trained in CPR, there are some updates you may not be familiar with, and some useful tips to help you remember proper chest compression rates.

In 2010, the American Heart Association drastically updated their CPR Guidelines:

  • A-B-C is for babies; now it’s C-A-B!It used to be follow your ABC’s: airway, breathing and chest compressions. Now, Compressions come first, only then do you focus on Airway and Breathing. The only exception to the rule will be newborn babies, but everyone else — whether it’s infant CPR, child CPR or adult CPR — will get chest compressions before you worry about the airway.
  • No more looking, listening and feeling.The key to saving a cardiac arrest victim is action, not assessment. Call 911 the moment you realize the victim won’t wake up and doesn’t seem to be breathing right.  Then start compressions and do not spend much time checking for breathing.
  • Push a little harder. How deep you should push on the chest has changed for adult CPR. It was 1 1/2 to 2 inches, but now the Heart Association wants you to push at least 2 inches deep on the chest.
  • Push a little faster. AHA changed the wording here, too. Instead of pushing on the chest at about 100 compressions per minute, AHA wants you to push at least 100 compressions per minute. At that rate, 30 compressions should take you 18 seconds.

So who can know how to push 100 compressions per minute or more?  Radiolab gives an answer that can work for just about anyone.  It turns out that a few songs people know and can sing in their head have a rhythm of 100 beats per minute.  Two songs that should be easy to remember are:

For more info, check out this CPR Training Certification Guide