Saturday, August 28, 2010

Flower Power

Every year we watch the cardinals and their babies at our bird feeders in the backyard. They have a nest somewhere close.

This spring we started a row of amazing flowers along the front edge of our yard. These are much more interesting than that strip of grass was.  We've seen more birds, caterpillars and butterflies than we've ever seen in our yard. Little yellow finches nibbling at the flower seeds. Blue birds swoop through.

We use the worms from our yard to turn our kitchen scraps into compost and then turn that into the dirt in the flower beds and around the bushes.

We planted 2 peach trees, 2 apple trees, a fig tree, blueberries and even a pomegranate! Yum. So our awesome new shrubs and trees will feed us people too.

This summer we certified our yard with the National Wildlife Federation. When we read the qualifications, they seemed to be describing our place! A friend of ours nearby certified their yard a while ago and I always thought it would be cool to have our own certification number! We ordered the yard sign too. Garden-for-Wildlife - Create-a-Habitat
"creating a certified wildlife habitat to discovering wildlife in your neighborhood and sharing the findings, there are many ways you can make a difference."

Listen to this interview! All the great things to do in your yard! We've been doing it and it's so rewarding.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Official Star Wars Blog » Romancing the Droid: Why I Married R2-D2

The Official Star Wars Blog » Romancing the Droid: Why I Married R2-D2: "Artoo gave me a lovely ring, and I gave him a shiny, new restraining bolt to signify our love. Even though Elvis Trooper tried to stop the wedding by yelling “It’s a trap!” our Best Man Darth Vader Force-choked him into submission."

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Dump MacGuyver for an astromech, she's so smart. R2 wins props for getting the girl. Go for the schematic to see just what's so impressive about this little guy. Maybe it's number 46: Hi Power Recharge coupling. Poor Luke, never got a girl... at least in the movies.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Reachin gout... (reaching out)

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We have two new films to look out for that our pals at Blastr tell us about, but they posted Flash video clips that I cannot view on my PADD*. So I leisurely flip over to my other pal's little website, to see what the fuss it about.

First is a response to reaching out to help others locally. Case 39, a new horror thriller vehicle for Renee Zellweger. She portrays a social worker who gets involved too personally with a child and all heck literally breaks loose. We even have a stretchy "Nightmare on Elm Street" door in the trailer. It's a very good trailer... we'll have to keep an eye on this one. There are already lots of  folks talking about it. The film has quite a history.

Our second film is Skyline. Remember last century when we brazenly sent out a gold record that basically invited all the space aliens to come and eat us? You know, it came complete with the 70's version of a Google Map link right to our front door. Skyline promises to show us another possible repercussions of NASA's Voyager mission. Think giant ships with tractor beams for people. (Yikes, you know what a tractor beam is, right?)

Here's what happens when you're caught in a tractor beam with Han Solo. {Wow, I'm actually stating that like it's real. Loving me, right now!}

It's fun to watch a film and get a little scared. That's what it's all about. Just don't take it too seriously, the social workers and astronomers in real life are doing great work. We love you! Please keep helping those kids. Please keep searching for signs of actual intelligent life in the universe.

 *What's a PADD?  The folks at explain really well. It's my iPad, for those of you who are done with all of these extra links.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Help! Annie

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Red1, enters fourth grade and gets word that they're putting on the musical "Annie Jr." in the spring. She's been in the school chorus for a year and is excited to try out. But she's not interested in Annie's part. She's all about the character actors! (Ye-haw! Me, too.)

So we're putting Annie DVDs in our Netflix cue and looking at the YouTube clips to see which parts she wants to think about. She knows all about Carol Burnett and loved the few scenes we've seen already. Bernadette Peters may be a new inspiration for her too.

She rolls her eyes and says that all the girls are going to being singing, "Tomorrow, tomorrow..." and just then, Red2 starts singing, "Yesterday..." And that was it. We began pulling up the list of songs and matching them all together.

An Annie/Beatles mashup. Listening to all of the songs from the musical and the Beatles album, "Help!" is going to be great fun. How do they come together? :) We'll see. It's a great project for Google Wave too.

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This week we had the displeasure of hearing that Google is planning to dump Google Wave, but we'll keep using it until they close their doors. Perhaps, by sharing our projects like this more people will start using this amazing stuff Google pops out. (What if email was invented today?)

Our Wave for working on the project. - If you are interested in participating, comment on this post, but don't pass up seeing how awesome group work with Google Wave can be.

Testing out embedding this wave below.  This may totally slow your viewing experience down but let's try it out.

{Waves aren't that happy on iPads, either.}

It's sad that the comic strip Little Orphan Annie is closing down, but all good things...

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