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Spotlight[Living]: Codgertation

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Thinking while cycling: about my life and about your life; about the things that matter and things that probably don’t.

"Cycling about 100 miles every week;
thinking as I go and writing it all down"

Fun

A dumped fast-food chain's cup with 'thirsty fun' written on it. It is not fun.
This is not fun.

 

Brilliant fun; great fun; excellent fun – really, really, bloody good fun. Jolly fun. Damn good fun. Simple fun or, maybe, innocent fun. Good, old-fashioned fun. Even fantastic fun if alliteration’s your thing. Any kind of fun you can think of – a fast-food-chain’s cup with ‘thirsty fun’ written on it is none of them. This is ‘fun’ eviscerated. This is fun abused. This renders the notion of fun wholly, utterly and completely meaningless. This is desecrated fun; debased fun. If this is now understood by anyone as fun, whoever they are, however old or young they are, where ever they are, however otherwise deprived of fun in any sensible sense of the word they are, then they have been cruelly conned. If I was feeling forgiving, I’d feel pity for the foul, fun-free, fun-wrecking individual responsible, because somewhere along the line, someone was.

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Spotlight[Health]: XPANDA1969X

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XPANDA1969Xxpanda1969x

Im a 43 year old quirky merry little soul with a mad sense of humor and a head full of random musings. sometimes i think too much......we shall see I love to read, im forever with my head in a book but recently thanks to much encouragement from my partner i have discovered a love of writing too. Currently working on my first novel , a fantasy story that i hope you will all love. Favourite authors include Diana Gabaldon, Barbara Erskine, Trudi Canavan, Maria V Snyder and Garth Nix but i will happily read just about anything. Currently besotted with a handsome vampire bat, ...an odd combination a panda and a vampire bat but trust me it works. Please feel free to stop by and say hello and all comments are welcome :)

Could you be a Cougar??

So what is a cougar??

    Well simply put it is any woman who pursues the attentions of considerably younger men rather than those her own age. Usually a minimum of 7 years younger is required for the age gap to fall into the cougar status. I have always dated slightly younger men, mainly due to the fact that i do not look my age and can get away with it but i have never yet reached the requirements that would fit me into this cougar category. 

    But could i be one??

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Spotlight[Art]: JonnyChapps

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The Random Blog Displaying The
Even More Random Talents Of The
Even More Random Jon Chapin
{and extra random stuff}

JonnyChapps.com

To a new beginning...

 
Well, I have done it. I have taken all of the websites I was running and merged them into one.

The Family Camper...

The Antique Craftsmen...

JonnyChapps Media...

All of them are combined here for one giant blog about everything I do.

Why did I do this? Well, I cycle through these talents and hobbies of mine every couple of months. I'll do a graphic or two and create a 3D Model to sell and then I'll update JonnyChapps Media. I'll take the family camping and want to write something about that so I'll update the Family Camper. I'll then start doing crafts or building furniture and so then I'll update the Antique Craftsman. You see where I'm going with this? So now it'll all be on this one site.

It was a pain in the a** keeping 3 sites up to date and figuring out the best way to market each one. So hopefully this will work out better...

Source: JonnyChapps.com

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Spotlight[Film]: Benend's Basement

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• Certified Classic • Must See • One Time Watch • Not Recommended •
• Waste of Time • Cinematic Turd •


Just another twenty-something film graduate who resorted to writing a blog! I love films and I use my blog (Benend's Basement) to air my many opinions on the new release, and older, films that I see.

Bachelorette

 
Director: Leslye Headland
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Rebel Wilson
Certificate: 18
Run-time: under 90 minutes

 
IN SHORT: An ill-conceived, offensive 'comedy' about three high-school bitches who never grew up. It's NOT Bridesmaids, more a failed female version of The Hangover with an alarming fixation on drugs and seemingly no moral compass.
 
2/10
CINEMATIC TURD

>>> SPOILERS SPOILERS <<<
 
At the moment, all I seem to do is *censored* and whine about films. Maybe I'm just watching the wrong ones? Or perhaps the studio's have lowered their quality control? Whatever it is, I'm back again with another damning review of a film that really doesn't have any redeeming qualities. It's hugely offensive, to the point where it actually affects your enjoyment of it, the storyline is muddled and the comedy is non-existent. The film is Bachelorette.
 
Bachelorette is an ensemble piece following Gena (Caplan), Regan (Dunst) and Katie (Fisher) as they meet up for Becky's (Wilson, or Kristen Wiig's 'English' flatmate in Bridsmaids) wedding. The girls have all known each other since high-school, although due to differing circumstances, they're not as close as they used to be. I believe the group referred to themselves as 'the 4 B's' or something to that affect. Anyway, it seems there are only 3 'B's in this film, as Gena, Regan and Katie are some of the bitchiest, most childish women I have ever seen in a film. Kirsten Dunst's character is uptight, incredibly rude and has a foul air about her. Lizzy Caplan is a drugged-up, unemployed skanky mess and Isla Fisher is a suicidal little girl who craves attention from everyone and anyone. They are unbelievably dislikeable characters and I consider it a plothole that anyone as nice as Becky would be friends with these people!
 
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Spotlight[Music]: The MyMusicTheory Blog

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The MyMusicTheory Blog
Exploring Music Theory & Education
The MyMusicTheory Blog
 
Here is a short list of some of the most useful or interesting websites I use in connection with music in one way or another. If you are studying music, teach music or are just passionate about music, you will probably find something here to tickle your fancy.

Many of these websites I came across by chance, using Stumbleupon for example. Others were recommended to me either directly or via posts in music-related forums. All of them have something unique to offer and are are worth a visit, and all of them are FREE!

So without further ado, in order of how much I like them personally, (totally subjective I know, but never mind!):

See The List...

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Spotlight[Living]: Journey of Mixed Emotions

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Journey of Mixed Emotions
From Vancouver to Stockholm and beyond.
Tips and musings about living and working in Sweden.

Me in Another Skin


 

What would it be like to peer out of another

To see what they see

But with my brain

My bias and senses

Flesh that is not me

But of you?

As the countdown continues to my first NaNoWriMo, my thinking ranges from, What I am going to write? Should I prepare an outline? Does it matter?...and then to… I live by structure every day, I don’t want structure… to… I need structure! You know what will happen! You will go off in a million directions, and finally back to… Does it matter?. For the first time ever I am truly inspired, motivated, and even driven to write more than just poetry or an assignment. It is quite interesting in its development. Starting with a deep, near disastrous depression only 4 months ago, through the painful frustrations and failure (so far) of interviewing for a new job while trying to act normal in the current one, all the way to a great holiday in England, and back to the dread I feel towards the upcoming dark, cold, winter months, something has shifted inside, the thing that was broken is sorta mending.

As always, along this path, driven by my own inner strength and determination to overcome the major depressive episodes I experience, emerges the breadcrumb trail towards something else. I never fully know what the else will be, nor do I want to think too deeply about it. Years of cognitive style therapy has provided me with the alarm bells that go off if I start to develop a permanent and worn path through my brain network. When I am clear headed, I do not think too far ahead or behind or I know I will miss what is happening NOW.  And NOW, or ELSE, it is writing time. Healing time. Miller time (that slipped out, I don’t even like beer).  Still a lot of work to do, both on the outside and inside of life, but I can smell the bakery at the end of the path, and a New York bagel is waiting for me.

~

 

Source: http://journeyofmixedemotions.com

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Spotlight[Science]: The Skeptical Dad

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The Skeptical Dad - Parenting through a scientific lens

Matt Kaiser is a 'new parent of sceptical persuasion'

"...I decided to write down my thoughts after being bombarded with conflicting advice, anecdotal evidence, ideological/religious biases and sheer mysticism during my partner’s pregnancy and childbirth. As someone who strives to be a rational, critical thinker, I decided to try and shed some scientific light on some of the hearsay and quackery I encountered. This blog catalogues some of these attempts and records my thoughts for posterity..." -read more-

Telly addicts:
alarm over kids’ TV viewing habits

By Matt Kaiser - October 10, 2012


Source: The Skeptical Dad

There was a flutter of activity across Twitter and blogs the other day, in response to some reports that suggested kids’ increasing TV viewing was having a detrimental effect on mental health. According to the reports, TV viewing should be limited for children even into their teens and banned altogether for under-threes. The issues highlighted here will be familiar to detractors of Bad Science and Bad Reporting, but I wanted to record some thoughts for posterity.

I first saw the story in The Guardian and it was also picked up by BBC News, The Independent, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Metro and many other outlets. Whilst it’s an interesting and worthwhile area of study, the paper published in the journal Archives Of Disease In Childhood and the subsequent press statements, had a few problems that undermine the stark headlines.

The paper was not an original research paper, but an opinion piece that looked back at some previous research. The chief agitator in this is Aric Sigman, a psychologist whose method of ‘cherry-picking’ evidence Ben Goldacre has had much to say about in the past. ‘Cherry-picking’ is essentially picking the bits of evidence that support a particular claim, whilst ignoring other evidence that doesn’t. As Goldacre points out, a better way to analyse previous research is to perform a ‘systematic review‘. These reviews say exactly how the literature was searched and compiled, which means it is more free from bias and allows others to reproduce it.

As for this specific case, Pete Etchells at SciLogs does a good job at highlighting the problems with the selective nature of the analysis and why it’s important to understand the cause of something before issuing guidance on fixes. I worry that many developmental outcomes – such as empathy, attention, educational performance – are lumped in under the banner of ‘mental health’, but that is probably for someone more qualified to comment on. Professor Dorothy Bishop‘s remarks in the Guardian article are salient too – if Sigman’s concerns are to do with kids just sitting for long periods, you shouldn’t advocate reading books for too long.

••• Please Read On •••

Source: http://theskepticaldad.wordpress.com/

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