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?


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.

Romantic Poetry Book for Couples

I came across an interesting post while looking for book reviews, and it has a fantastic idea for couples to keep a little romance in their relationship.

The author’s passion is writing and her husband presented a writing journal as a gift one day.  As a romantic gesture, he copied some romantic poems into the journal before presenting it.  Now she writes original poetry for him to read, and he writes down poetry from other authors for her.  What a nice idea to share with each other, even for people who are not writers.

I find that writing my feelings to someone is easier than saying them to the person face-to-face.  I can’t think on the fly the way I want to, which really hinders those important conversations in a relationship.