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Two Movies This Weekend

The Lady Eve – with Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck.  http://bit.ly/TheLadyEve

And

Zoolander No. 2 – with more people than I should list here.  http://bit.ly/ZooLanderNo2

The first one was a serious love story that is very funny. Henry Fonda suffers through more pratfalls than you will ever see in modern movies. 

The second one was a complete farce, another version of dumb and dumber and stupid-funny from start to finish. Boring in places, but Penelope Cruz is stunning throughout.

Brain Games – Unfinished Business

Brain Games – Unfinished Business


Image from Lumosity website: http://www.lumosity.com/ Click the image above.

Image from Lumosity website: http://www.lumosity.com/ Click the image above.

Because I’m nowhere near finished with this post (and, may never be….) I decided to add that phrase to the title. Brain games I play are in a book my wife bought for me. I read at least a page or two of it every day and I often win the games. It isn’t the winning that matters, however. It’s the playing of the games. I tell my clients, using a computer will help you live a better life. Learn new things, create new connections, a growing brain leads to longevity.

Yesterday, on morning express, Robin Meade reported on a new study. The essence of that story (link included below) was that if you exercise your brain, it grows stronger. Really? Please, God, help me find a way to get the money that goes into these studies! If I can show that diet and exercise are good for you, through some government or university funded study, I’m sure I’ll do it.

Yes.. Use your brain, your brain gets better. Amazing!

http://www.amazon.com/Puzzles-Trivia-Challenges-Specially-Designed/dp/0761168257 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Paperback – September 25, 2012

http://time.com/4218125/brain-games-neurofeedback-aging/ – – Measuring progress.

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/morning.express/index.html – reported as news.

http://www.lumosity.com/ – Lumosity, since 2005

A Poorer, Darker, Lonelier Place

A Poorer, Darker, Lonelier Place

If you are feeling depressed or sad for any reason, you may want to STOP READING here. The title of this post should be all you need to know – this is dark material. I’m sorry if it makes you feel worse than if you hadn’t read it, but, sometimes, I just have to write down what I’m thinking, to see how it relates to how I’m feeling. This is one of those times. BR


Click the image above and you'll be taken to the CBS Sunday Morning segment on polar bears.

Click the image above and you’ll be taken to the CBS Sunday Morning segment on polar bears.

That phrase (the title of this post) is from, “Last Chance To See” – a book written by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine in 1990, and it is Copyrighted Material. Perhaps I’ll try to contact the authors after I write this post. 

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Chance-See-Douglas-Adams/dp/0517582155/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Use that link to get to Amazon’s listing of this book. Then, use the “Look Inside!” feature and click to, “Back Cover.” From there, you can back up a few pages, where, on page 215, you will find a story entitled, “Sifting Through The Embers.” I’m thinking its lesson is very similar to this idea: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” This is an old African proverb. That’s according to this search result: https://www.bookbrowse.com/quotes/detail/index.cfm/quote_number/345/when-an-old-man-dies-a-library-burns-to-the-ground

Who cares? What does it all mean? I’m sure I cannot explain. But, today, on Sunday Morning on CBS, a man who has spent 35 years studying polar bears said he thinks they may soon be extinct. Statements like that hurt my heart. And, I was immediately reminded of the Adams book I had read about 25 years ago, now. This would be just before the World Wide Web was born.

This is from: http://webfoundation.org/about/vision/history-of-the-web/
By October of 1990, Tim had written the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser):

HTML: HyperText Markup Language. The markup (formatting) language for the Web.
URI: Uniform Resource Identifier. A kind of “address” that is unique and used to identify to each resource on the Web. It is also commonly called a URL.
HTTP: Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Allows for the retrieval of linked resources from across the Web.
Tim also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb.app”) and the first Web server (“httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served on the open internet, and in 1991, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new Web community.

Again, don’t ask me why I’ve put all of this together. Maybe its a simple juxtaposition of the simplicity of animals in the wild and the complexity of our need to communicate, and the dangerous impact of man’s progress. Perhaps through communication we may prevent the extinction of many more species on this planet. Last month, I recall hearing the West African Black Rhino is presumed extinct. http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/10-animals-presumed-extinct-in-the-last-decade/gone-the-way-of-the-dodo

It’s becoming difficult to continue writing on this topic, so here, I stop.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-polar-bear-capital-of-the-world/
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/a-gathering-of-polar-bears/

Editing to Write Well

Editing to Write Well

This post could just as easily be on my professional blog, at rouzell.net – and, maybe it will show up there in a similar form. The source of the image above is this page from HubSpot, one of my favorite online resources for social media and blogging advice. Click the image above and you’ll be taken to this page: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/edits-improve-writing

The funny thing is, as I start to read an article like this, I think to myself that I might find one of two things: Either very useful advice, or something that doesn’t quite measure up to my standards for good writing. Fortunately, this article is a stellar piece of work, with great advice for any writer. 

Thanks, again, to HubSpot, for all they do and all they give, for free!