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Blogging Inspires Three More Blogs and a Novel

Posted by infinitygoods on November 10, 2007

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My blogging adventures have inspired three people I know in the real world to start a blog of their own, another is thinking about it and one of the three is also participating in NaNoWriMo.

I didn’t even bring up the topic.  Just seeing what I was doing, these three people were inspired to do the same.  One of them is also a writer, so it may not be too surprising, but the other two were never particularly interested in writing.

It feels great to know that my actions are someone’s inspiration; that I have somehow empowered someone.

It’s important to realize the ramifications of our actions, all our actions.  Regardless of what we do and even what we don’t do, these actions affect others.  We must be conscious of that and lead our lives  as examples to others. Too often we forget that.

It’s not just the major things we do in our lives that can affect, inspire, or crush or destroy someone.  It’s also small things, like my new blog.  I never gave a thought to it.  It was just another WordPress blog as the slogan goes around here.

It’s a reminder to think of others and of consequences.  Our actions are never too insignificant to be a blessing or a curse to someone, so choose wisely.

  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
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Tell Your Car to Pick Up the Milk

Posted by infinitygoods on November 5, 2007

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And DARPA’s Urban Challenge Event autonomous robot car winners are:

  1. Tartan Racing — Carnegie Mellon and General Motors with “Boss,” a Chevy Tahoe taking the $2 million first prize;
  2. Stanford Racing Team — Stanford University with “Junior,” a VW Passat gets the $1 million second prize;
  3. Victor Tango Team — Virginia Tech with “Odin,” a Ford Escape Hybrid claims third prize of $500, 000.

I hope all of you reading this post realize just how exciting this all is. Our 10-year-old son is quite excited that his very own science teacher competes in the Pentagon’s DARPA Challenge each year. This is the third challenge. Nobody won in 2004, and Stanford won the $2 million first prize last year.

Our son, who already wanted to be a scientist to follow in his Grandpa’s impressive footsteps, is even more energized now that he has seen and touched his teacher’s autonomous robotic car.

His teacher tells us that not only will these “auto-mobiles” be used for military purposes such as transport through danger zones (DARPA’s goal is by 2015), but much sooner than we think, we’ll be able to tell our cars to go pick up the milk for us at the grocery store. This is not science-fiction fantasies, it is our own near future.

Already car makers are fine-tuning driver assistance systems where the car is constantly monitoring the road for the driver, warning the driver of hazards and as soon as the driver touches the brakes, the car applies the brakes at just the necessary pressure.

We hope to get many more details at our son’s next science class, but in the meantime, you can watch the video and look at pictures on DARPA’s Web site.

All the science and technology media are writing about it too. You can check out WIRED and Popular Mechanics‘ numerous articles and blog posts on their Web sites.

And if you didn’t read my previous post on Oct. 26, 2007 about autonomous cars, be sure to check it out FIRST. It will give you all the basics to understand what it’s all about.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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Daylight Saving Time: Don’t Blame it on Benjamin Franklin

Posted by infinitygoods on November 4, 2007

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Did you remember to change your clocks? If you are a U.S. resident in any state other than Arizona and Hawaii, it’s time to fall back 1 hour because of somebody’s stupid idea of daylight-saving time.

I already can hear some of you telling me it was Benjamin Franklin’s idea, one of our Founding Fathers and one of history’s greatest men.

And I answer, not true.

Ben Franklin wrote an anonymous spoof, a satire, a parody, a travesty for the entertainment of the editors of the Journal de Paris and mutual high-society, party-going Parisian friends in 1784.

He had them rolling on the floor laughing when he wrote things like Paris should put guards at every candle shop to prevent Parisians from buying too many candles.

“Let the same salutary operation of police be made use of, … that is, let guards be placed in the shops of the wax and tallow chandlers, and no family be permitted to be supplied with more than one pound of candles per week.”

Remember too that Paris is and was in those days too, the City of Lights. There are more lights in Paris on any given day than there are in most U.S. cities during the Christmas season.

They kept right on laughing when Franklin told them Paris should tax one gold Louis coin for each window blocking the sun’s light.

“Let a tax be laid of a louis per window, on every window that is provided with shutters to keep out the light of the sun.”

Their eyes must have teared up by so much laughter when the great scientist and inventor wrote that he had just discovered that the sun rose as early as 6 a.m. and not only does it rise that early, but it also gives off light that early. He even consulted his almanac to verify the truth of this concept. Of course you do remember that Franklin himself wrote that almanac under the pseudonym Richard Saunders (Poor Richard).

“I looked at my watch, which goes very well, and found that it was but six o’clock; and still thinking it something extraordinary that the sun should rise so early, I looked into the almanac, where I found it to be the hour given for his rising on that day. I looked forward, too, and found he was to rise still earlier every day till towards the end of June; and that at no time in the year he retarded his rising so long as till eight o’clock. Your readers, who with me have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon, and seldom regard the astronomical part of the almanac, will be as much astonished as I was, when they hear of his rising so early; and especially when I assure them, that he gives light as soon as he rises. I am convinced of this. I am certain of my fact. One cannot be more certain of any fact. I saw it with my own eyes. And, having repeated this observation the three following mornings, I found always precisely the same result.”

The muscles in their faces must have ached from so much laughter and you can read for yourself the entire article in English if you still believe the hogwash we are fed by politicians each year.

Here’s the link, http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/franklin3.html

Ben Franklin was much too smart to seriously want the entire country and the world to go through the stupidity of changing clocks one hour twice a year.

Daylight Saving Time is a nuisance at best and a public danger since traffic accident rates rise sharply each time we are forced by governments to fiddle with our clocks.

Don’t blame Benjamin Franklin for Daylight Saving Time. He laughed at the idea.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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By Popular Request: Update to Thursday Thirteen

Posted by infinitygoods on November 2, 2007

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Here’s an addition to my Thursday Thirteen list by popular demand from e-mails and because of Wolfie’s and 4urpets’ comments asking which were my favorites. So Wolfie and all the others, here’s an annotated list of the 13 cities I have lived in.I liked all but one town. My favorites would be Paris, Menton, Monte Sereno and Palo Alto.

  • Almaden, CA — I love this place by the lake with windsurfers and a man-made beach.
  • Calabasas, CA — A fabulous and safe town today with lots of family-friendly activities, but a hot, dusty, middle-of-nowhere-town back in the days when we lived there, yet it remains one of my favorites and one of the places where I was happiest.
  • Chatsworth, CA — Home of Lucy and Desi Arnaz, but has become the porn capital of the world. It changed from a horse property area to a factory and gang infested area so we moved pronto.
  • Malibu, CA — I had the privilege of living in this beautiful beach town with wonderful people. I have many fabulous memories as I went to college there and was married there. My heart stops each time I hear on the news they are in peril once again from fire, mud slides, rock slides, etc..
  • Menton, France — Has a fabulous lemon and orange parade each summer. Think Pasadena’s Rose Parade with citrus. The tomatoes are to die for, the sea is warm, and we had a spectacular view of the Italian and French Riviera and Monte Carlo.
  • Monte Sereno, CA — Smells like jasmine as it grows everywhere. Whenever I need to relax, I visualize floating in my pool looking up at the gorgeous blue sky and the palm trees gently swaying in the breeze.
  • Palo Alto, CA — Home of Stanford, Hewlett Packard and many more Silicon Valley companies. It’s a good town for families and history and culture buffs like me. The people are very conscious of their beautiful and clean environment and it’s a stone throw from San Francisco.
  • Paris, France — The most beautiful city I have ever seen in my life.
  • Port Hueneme, CA — Another beach town. Do you notice a trend? I love water. Water refreshes my soul.
  • Santa Cruz, CA — Another beach town, but I desperately hope I will never be forced to live there again. The nature is gorgeous, a few people are extremely nice, but most are still stuck in the hippy, druggy ’60s. It is dirty and crowded. I have traumatic memories of living there. Sorry Santa Cruz!
  • Thousand Oaks, CA — They planned a cultural center for 30 years, but they waited until I moved out to finally build it. While I was there it was hickville. Today it deservedly gets voted each year as one of the best towns in California.
  • West Hills, CA — It’s a nice bedroom suburb community of Los Angeles, but there’s not much to say about it.
  • Woodland Hills, CA — See comment about West Hills, although it is busier as one of LA’s major business streets, Ventura Boulevard, runs right through it.

So there you have it. Be sure to see my next Thursday Thirteen because it’s related to this list which in part was why I had elected not to annotate this one, but I’m glad you’re interested enough to send me your requests.

And, don’t forget, I’m participating in National Blog Post Month (and National Novel Writing Month at the same time — just because I insanely love to write), so although tomorrow is Saturday, I’ll be posting. I’ll be writing in my blog every single day for the month of November so please stop by and visit me.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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I Descended Into the Depths of Insanity

Posted by infinitygoods on November 1, 2007

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UPDATE: I WON BOTH NANOWRIMO AND NABLOPOMO!!


I descended into the depths of insanity. I actually signed up for BOTH NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo!

That means I have to write the rough draft of a 50,000 word novel in 30 days and at the same time I have to write a blog post for every single one of these 30 days during November.

I don’t have the chance of going to a luxurious writer’s retreat where I can be waited on hand and foot while I focus on writing all day. No, that would just be much too easy and enjoyable. You see I much prefer the torture of writing 1,800-2,000+ words a day while cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, teaching, and all the other pleasures that come with the job description of a mother, wife, homemaker.

What, me sleep? I’m a mother. I have been trained from pregnancy to thrive on insomnia and the Chinese torture of being woken each time I attempt to close my eyes.

If I were sane, I would have rolled on the floor laughing when I read about NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. Instead I was intrigued at the novel idea. (Yes, pun intended. My self-editor has purposely been turned off through Dec. 1.)

So if you’re interested in finding out how a journalist turned 24/7 mom will fare for the next 30 days, I invite you to subscribe to my RSS feed, favorite me, bookmark me or whatever is your preferred mode of quick blogosphere transportation.

Until tomorrow, as they say in Monte Carlo, “Faites vos jeux, mesdames et messieurs. Faites vos jeux. … Rien ne vas plus!”

Pardon my French: “Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. Place your bets.”

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.

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NaNoWriMo Too Challenging? Try NaBloPoMo or NaNoReMo

Posted by infinitygoods on October 22, 2007

If Friday’s post intrigued you, but the National Novel Writing Month‘s 50, 000 words in 30 days challenge was just a bit too much of a challenge, you might consider these two.

The National Blog Posting Month challenge from Eden Marriott Kennedy is to “post everyday for the Month of November. That’s all you have to do,” she says.

Inspired by Chris Baty’s NaNoWriMo, Kennedy came up with NaBloPoMo for 30 blogging days in November. Her website provides groups and forums a blogger might find interesting even if not joining her challenge. If unsure what to write about on your blog, just check out the Writing Prompts Group.

But if you’d rather read blogs than write them, there’s NaNoReMo or National Novel Reading Month, also set for November.

Can you read a book in one month? Beware, Matthew Baldwin the founder of NaNoReMo at defectiveyeti.com did not meet his own whale of a challenge last year when he picked Moby Dick, nor did his blog readers.

This year 1,270 of his readers voted on Catch-22, a much easier goal to reach.

If you missed Friday’s post, just click here.

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