Blogging Break AND Awesome Views of our Planet

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As I take a bit of a blogging break, I thought I would leave you something to enjoy while I am gone.

This is Technology at its FINEST!!!

By clicking the link below, you will be taken to a LIVE view of the planet Earth from the International Space Station.

It is Awesome. Mesmerizing. Humbling.

If you see a black screen, the space station is on the dark side of the earth. If you scroll down the page a bit, you will see a live map so that you can locate what part of the earth you are flying over (or confirm that the space station is on the dark side.)

It might take a few moments for the page to load, so be patient. It’s worth it.

This only went live back in April, as an experiment. Hopefully, they will keep it up.

I’ve bookmarked this site, and find myself returning to it often. What an awesome view.

One suggestion:
Once you are viewing our planet from the space station, click on the arrows in the right hand bottom corner of the screen so that the scene explodes to a full-screen view on your computer. Wowza.

Keep your eyes on the screen…. you’ll see that you are actually, virtually, moving around our planet.

Enjoy!!

Live view from the International Space Station

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Weekend Distraction: Barney Fife and the Preamble to the Constitution

Classic Comedy for this 4th of July weekend.

Anyone remember Barney Fife? What a great comic character! :)

Enjoy!

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Off Topic Post Number 2: Weekend Distraction: Let it Go (Frozen) in 25 Languages

Yesterday I put an off-topic post on this blog …. and within it I ranted and raved about the ridiculous-ness of pushing Christmas in June.

It made me grumpy.

And crabby.

So I’m following that post with an antidote for all that negativity.

This video simply makes me feel GOOD. It is delightful.

It highlights to me what a small world this really is. We bloggers know this, as we have ‘connected’ with new friends all across the globe.

Sit back and enjoy the beautiful song “Let It Go” from Frozen ….. recorded in TWENTY-FIVE LANGUAGES

Delightful! Watch a group of very talented ladies “behind the mic” add their voices to this uplifting song.

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Weekend Distraction: Test your Ability to Recognize the Music of 60’s TV Shows

From Millan.Net Attention Boomers:

By clicking the link below, you’ll be taken to a page on CNN’s website, where they have put together a short video featuring 10 theme songs of TV shows from the 60’s.

It’s a little quiz, giving you just a few seconds to identify the show.

I got all but one. It surprised me that I did that well, because I didn’t really watch all that much TV back then. So why do I know all these? Perhaps because they were on for so many years via syndication? Or are they simply iconic?

Whatever the reason, it’s fun to see how many of these are etched in your memory …..

Turn up your sound, and Enjoy! (and be sure to tell me how you do!)

Click here —–> 60’s television TV shows Quiz

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Kids React to an Old Computer

This video is rather long …. but kind of fun.

Kids sit down in front of an old computer and are asked to do different tasks, starting with “turn it on”. :)

Although I think that a few of these kids are a bit over-the-top in their reactions, (hamming for the camera?), in general their responses are quite engaging.

One child looks for the mouse (not invented yet), they lament over no internet, they are perplexed by the whole ‘command’ thing, and they mistake a floppy disk for a CD.

My favorite point ….. that it would take 850 of these old computers to equal the power of a single iPhone.

We’ve come a long way.

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Cool or Creepy?

Reading some internet chatter on this, I’d say it is coming down on the side of creepy.

But I think it is kind of cool.

If you haven’t seen this, take 2 minutes and take a look.

You’ll see Michael Jackson, singing and dancing, at an award show this week.

Yes, I know that he is dead.

This is a hologram. Watch him dance (if you’re in a hurry you can fast forward to the 1:00 mark).

I think the technology is amazing. (and a little bit creepy)

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This Could Never Happen Today

Franklin Roosevelt, a victim of polio, was paralyzed from the waist down.

He went to great lengths to hide his disability. If someone caught him maneuvering himself in and out of a car, or walking a few steps, his security people would quickly confiscate the offending camera.

And so, any film of President Roosevelt walking is very very VERY rare. A new one just surfaced this week, donated by the daughter of the baseball player who did the filming.

Watching this, and knowing how successful Franklin Roosevelt was at hiding his disability, I couldn’t help but think how completely impossible this feat would be today.

Aside from the sad fact that he felt the need to hide it (thought it would make him look weak?) …… just imagine trying to pull this off in 2014. Impossible. It would simply be impossible.

It’s a good thing that Franklin Roosevelt attended that All Star game in the year 1937.

A similar event today would see an entire stadium filled with people with cameras in their pockets.

There is no hiding from 30,000 people with smart phones.

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Your Weekend Distraction: Springtime with Simon’s Cat

As Spring begins to make itself known here in the northeast US … after an absolutely horrid winter …. Simon’s Cat has another adventure.

Enjoy!!! :)

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Watch Colbert and Stewart for Free on your iPhone or iPad

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 6.52.59 AMWith more and more people dropping their cable subscriptions, it is great to be able to turn to your iPad or iPhone and catch the programming you miss.

Even better when it’s FREE.

Just yesterday, Comedy Central released their new app. Now you can watch full episodes of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report on your iPad or iPhone.

The app does include other programming as well, however, in order to see those, you must sign in with a cable subscription. BUT…. for Stewart and Colbert, no cable subscription required. Just download the free app, and enjoy. :)

Comedy Central for iPhone or iPad is FREE in the iTunes store.

Note: iOS7 is required

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Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel and an iPad App = Wonderful-ness

Take Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon and an iPad App, and what do you get? Happiness!

I guarantee that watching this will make you smile, bounce around in your seat and generally make you feel good all over. :)

(In case you are interested, the app they used to form their very own Doo-Wop group is LoopyHD)

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