Monday, October 08, 2012

are you home

dont be afraid of what you can accomplish make sure you do this as
soon as you can i bet you anything you can do this i believe this holds the key to success
everyone who has seen this is doing it by now

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hungry Happenings: A sweet Valentine's Day dessert - Conversation Hea...

Hungry Happenings: A sweet Valentine's Day dessert - Conversation Hea...: I've heard people, including my husband, say, "I've never met a cheesecake I didn't like." Well, I can't say the same. I've been known t...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fwd: How are you...

Hi Friend...

my friends were sick of always paying for me this was such a gift I
refused to continue depending on other people. now I can finally advance
this is just between us

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Singing Cat

Friday, December 31, 2010

Conan Christmas Commercial


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas


Friday, June 18, 2010

Rowena Bread

Recipe for rowena bread sounds interesting

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Halloween at Curious Sofa

Wonderful Halloween ideas at Curious Sofa from 2009


Monday, December 14, 2009

A Junkies Christmas

Pretty interesting Christmas story. Keep watching, it starts out slow then turns into claymation. I wouldn't put it here if it wasn't worth watching. Click the little, square icon to bring it up to full screen otherwise the video is too small.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Claymation of We Three Kings

Another cute Claymation

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Dog Costume & Tutorial

Cute dog costume of a dog being swallowed bby a fish. There is a tutorial that tells you how to make the costume too.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Cute test on Urinal Etiquette

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Claymation Christmas Carol of the Bells

Cute claymation Christmas video.


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Helpful Organization

This is a website that helps you organize rides and things for friends and relatives who are ill and need lots of help from different people. It's called lots of helping hands.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

I want to go work for Zappos

Video of a tour at Zappos.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dollar Bill Art

These made me smile. Just someone drawing on dollar bills.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

But Why Can't I Do That?

Woman aerialist crossing Times Square on a wire while hanging from her teeth.
Circa 1932
Her name was tiny Kline and years later she went on to become the first Tinker Bell at Disneyland at the age of 70.

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Fun Things to Do With Yourself After You're Dead

Here's an article on a guy who had his skeleton and that of his pet dog donated as a teaching specimen to display at the Smithsonian. Much more interesting that a tombstone. Both skeletons look so happy.

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Fun Things to Do When You're Dead

Here's an article on a guy who had his skeleton and that of his pet dog donated as a teaching specimen to display at the Smithsonian. Much more interesting that a tombstone. Both skeletons look so happy.

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Leave it to Beaver Letter

Someone zoomed in on the letter in an old Leave it to Beaver episode. See what it says here:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Very Cute Duvet Cover

Sleeping animals duvet cover

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Dress Made Out of Zippers

Very cool dress

A is for Amy

A link to an online version on Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinnies.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Penny Press Machines

Penny press machines across the US.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Aligator Snapping Turtle

Article about snapping turtles with a reference to one being used to locate human corpses. Just thought it was interesting.

Banana Bread

I just put this chocolate chip cinnamon banana bread in the oven. I hope it tastes as great as it smells.
She has a bunch of banana bread recipes that I'd like to try. I'm making this particular one because I have the ingredients on hand. Well, except for the bittersweet chocolate chips so I broke a dark chocolate candy bar into chunks and used that. I want to try the one with candied ginger and the one with coconut but I have to make a trip to the asian grocery to get unsweetened coconut and candied ginger.

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Shipping Container Houses

Houses made from shipping containers, the kind that attach to semi-trucks.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Dirty Car Window Art

Scott Wade does incredible art on dirty car windows. Like a reproduction of Girl With a Pearl Earring. Definitely worth a look.


Sarasvati Sock Monkey

I've never really liked sock monkeys before but this one is fantastic! This woman's husband makes her a different sock monkey every year for Christmas. This is the best.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul

I haven't heard this in years and I'd never seen the video, I like it.

I stumbled upon it when I was watching a video of Ricarardo Montalban singing "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Esther Williams, apparently he was the one who introduced it. It's here along with another version with Red Skelton singing the female part.

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Sparkle Balls

Instructions for making sparkle balls.
I think the people next door had these hanging in their trees over Christmas.

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Pretty, interesting composting jars.


Oily Eyeglasses

Very cool self adjusting eyeglasses. They make you look a little like Harry Potter but what a cool concept.,,contentMDK:21860878~pagePK:64257043

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Great kitchen poster for remembering how many cups in a pint, pints in a quart, quarts in a gallon.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Silverware Chandelier

Very cool idea for a chandelier made out of silverware. This would be great for a kitchen.

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Friday, January 09, 2009


Some really wonderful billboards.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Zucca Luggage

Great take on luggage. Juliette has one these for ice skating. The built in seat is a great feature and it has drawers too.


Thursday, December 18, 2008


I keep seeing these around on the internet and I really want one.
This site has a lot on how to care for them so I want to save it here where I won't lose it.

Jet Man

Yves Rossi, Jet Man.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wooden Clocks

Lots of kits for really amazing and weird wooden clocks.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Great site I just found.  Full of all sorts of wonderful things.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Wallpaper Silhouettes

Animal and tree silhouettes cut out of old wallpaper.  I love the tree with the wallpaper leaves and the birdhouse light.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

How to Put up a Christmas Tree as a Cat

Cute website for anyone who has ever tried to have a Christmas tree and a cat at the same time.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Orgami Inspired Temporary Shelters

Oh, these are so cool.  Beautiful.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Creepy Christmas Advent Calendar

Now this looks interesting. A website advent calendar done with a different short film on each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas.
Right up my alley but I probably won't be sharing it with a lot of my pro Christmas friends.

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Let There Be Light

Wonderful large scale lighting made out of grouped umbrellas.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sculptural Crochet Stitches

Instructions and pictures for various methods of sculptural crochet.
There is a little shadow box filled with examples of the various stitches. Nicely done and should prove useful.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Drawer Stairs

Drawers under the stair treads.  The comments section also has a lot of great thoughts.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pet Names

A great thread over at AskMeFi about pet names. The questioner asked for inspiration for naming his new shelter cat. There are some good ones and some just LOL.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Guerilla Gardener

An English guy who decided that his calls to city council were doing no good so he just started going out and landscaping litlle places he thought needed it. Here is a very short documentary about him.


Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Costume Tribute
A video at youtube with costumes. Some great ideas.


Halloween Monster List

Long, long list of halloween projects. I am intending to keep going through them and pulling out the things that look interesting to me but here is the full list just in case


Thursday, October 30, 2008

How to Pee Standing Up For Girls

Having tried it yet but boy would this be handy for camping.


Eat Poop You Cat

This sounds like a fun game. There is a list of examples, some are hysterical.
Here is an online version:
This was my attempt at the online version:
Mine was the first drawing. Hey, it's hard to draw using only the paintbrush program and your finger on a touchpad. It actually seems to work better if you don't try too hard to make a good drawing.


Haunted Books

Instructions on how to make a shelf of haunted books


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Amigurumi Hair Tutorial
Cute free pattern for a crochet flower pot with flowers on the same blog "Mygurumi"
Lots of other good tips about amigurumi here too.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Figure Made of Poultry Netting

Very cool ghost.  I'm thinking it would be wonderful yard art anytime and you could grow vines up it and have a topiary.


Recycled costumes

Some great costumes made with recycled objects at The Daily Green


Neat Physics Experiment

I want to try the candle in the glass that sucks up water thing.

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Mad Eye Martini
The eyeball is made with a canned lychee stuffed with strawberry or raspberry prserves and a blueberry stuck in the blossom end then skewered with a sword olive pick.  I think I'll make Sarah a non-alchoholic one of these maybe with 7up with a little red food coloring or a bit of the floating preserves.  The eyeball looks pretty effective.  I can get canned Lychees at the big asian market up the street.


How to Make Layered Drinks

Very nice site on how to do layered drinks.  Apparently the higher the alchohol content the higher it floats in the drink.

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Bad Child Eating Monster Paper Sculpture

 Main website
Download the monster and child


3D TV prop for halloween

I really like the 3D TV but the baby doll punch dispenser looks good too too.

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Friday, October 24, 2008


Very cute little animated cartoon about a couple of octopi.


Donut Hole Eyeballs & Brain Cupcakes

Unfortunately there is no picture but these donut hole eyebalss might be pretty effective.
Brain Cupcakes


Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Poison Lables

These are very nice. Downloads are allowed.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trick or Treat

Apparently someone is giving these religious tracts out to Halloween trick or treaters. Talk about a dirty trick. Sounds like a good way to get your house egged to me.


Knitted Monster Head Face Mask

Keeps you warm and scary. This is really well done.
Pattern Here.


Haunted Tree Face


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cute Bride of Frankenstein Cake

At How Stuff Works. Cute rather than scary or creepy.
And a Frankenstein Tamale Pie to go with her.
(We tried the talmale pie, it was good. It turned out cute too but I forgot to take a picture.
Tombstone Brownies. More of an inspiration thing. I'm thinking ditch the frosting and have little skeletal hands reaching out, maybe out of frosting.
Nutter Butter Mummies. Unfortunately no picture but they sound cute.


tombstone templates Downloadable tombstone templates. They give you the shape and you add in your own epitaths.s


Monday, October 20, 2008

Paper Sculptures

Lots of printable paper sculptures. Motorcycles, animals and seasonal stuff. You print them out on card stock them cut, fold and glue them together.
Some of them are really sweet. Very realistic. And free.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Balloon Sculpture

Taking balloon animals to a whole new level.

Cute knitted Hat

Cute knitted hat pattern

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Easy Halloween Decorations

Some good ideas for Halloween props. Simple, quick, easy

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monster Mud Recipe

I haven't tried this but the reports are very good


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Last Resort Spells

Check out the picture of the practitioner.


Great Tombstone Tutorial

Really great instructions for how to make tombstones out of the foam insulation boards you can get at the big box hardware stores. Lots of tips and ideas. Don't forget to check out her gallery of tombstones she's made. Fantastic ideas and she tells you exactly how to get the effects.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Anatomy Arcade

I love this. It's a bunch of games to help you learn anatomy. Poke a muscle is my favorite. It's hysterical, especially when you don't get them all.
Well, it's sort of halloweenish.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Vintage Poison Lables

These are pretty cool


Monday, October 06, 2008

Crochet Skull

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Thursday, October 02, 2008


                        Wallace Beery
                    No Man Is Indispensable
                                    But Some 
                              Are Irreplacable

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Classic Bucket Hat

 Pattern for a classic bucket hat.
bucket hat, crochet, hat, pattern

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Dead Men at Work

It's finally October and I can start posting some of the Halloween things I've been finding. I have lots from other years too. If you type "halloween" into the search feature it will bring them all up, enjoy!

Skeletons dressed as highway construction workers.
These guys would be great if you could animate one with just one arm moving, waving traffic on.


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Stuck in the Ceiling

I like the pants and gloves stuck to the ceiling. It might be a nice touch to position one of those little excersize trampolines beneath it.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

How to Spin Yarn from Newspaper

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Personalized Visa Gift Cards

I didn't know you could do this. Great idea for a gift card..

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Road Trip America

This looks like a useful site for planning a road trip or just discovering new things. I like their murals pages.

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Flour Paste Batik Tutorial

This sounds great. I really want to try it.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Using My Blackberry as a Modem

I'm so proud of myself, I figured out how to us my cell phone as an external modem for my lap top. Came in really handy to access craigslist when I was working down in the unit I had advertised for rent. Here is the link on how to use a blackberry as a modem.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Flying Dragon Forks

Flying Dragon Forks

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

DIY Advent Calendars

Advent Calendar Tutorials at whip Up:

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DIY t-shirt stencil

DIY t-shirt stencil.

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Make Your Own Stamps

How to make a stamp using foam and a cookie cutter.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Transparent Image Transfer

How to make a transparent image transfer with a laser printer and tape. Unfortunately, I only have access to an ink jet but here it is anyway:

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Toilets With Personality

Some fun toilets.
And some toilet signs to go witht t


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Monster Trees of Japan

Juhyo, or monster trees of Mount Zao. Amazing, snow and ice covered conifers said to be the children of the Japanese snow woman spirit. Eerie.

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Make It

You design it, they'll make it.
These guys will make it into a T-shirt
Write it, they'll make it into a book.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Electronic Cigarrettes

Electronic cigarettes.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Under the White Lab Coat

Tatoos for science nerds. What's hidden under the white lab coats.


Monday, March 31, 2008

Endless Pool Cord

I love this "endless pool" device at Cool Tools. Very inexpensive. It would be great for traveling.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

DIY Cookie Cutters

2 instructables on how to make your own cookie cutters.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Learn to Hula Hoop

Lots of info. including how to make an adult sized hoop out of irrigation tubing.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Animal Cruelty

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How To Tie Your Shoes

This is a really great site on how to lace and tie your shoes. It has both decorative and practical methods. The "Ian tie" is worth learning and the secure tie is probably what I will use from now on. I actually remember the day I got that "aha" moment and learned to tie my shoes, who knew I've been doing it wrong ever since. I've been doing the initial tie, that first sort of "base" tie incorrectly. I always go up and over from the front when I should be going up and over from the back. the site is definitely worth a look.
(click on the picture to go to his site).
Ian's Shoelace Site

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Salsa Recipe

Recipe for salsa on flickr via askmefi. Worth a try.


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

How to make a elasticized pull tab bracelet.
Aluminum pull tab chair make using tabs and plastic pull ties


Better instructions for the belt
Tote bag made from coffee packages
Fused plastic bag tote picture
Fused plastic bag tote tutorial
Woven magazine tote
Another pop tab bracelet
And a monster list of recycled crafts at a website for scouts.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Temporary Tote Bag out of a Scarf

How to make a temporary tote bag out of a scarf at you tube.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Another Valentines Video compilation.


Happy Singles Awareness Day

Nicely done animated valentine. Very sweet. I love the shrug.

Valentine for a perfect Stranger. This is really strange. Really.
More of the same but in Russian. Oddly enough it's less strange in Russian.


Happy Valentines Day

Sand Art video.


How to make a 5 pointed star

How to make a 5 pointed star with one snip.


Fasting and Wieght Loss

Interesting article on fasting and weight loss.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Chocolate Scrabble

Chocolate Scrabble


DIY Conversation Heart Candies

How to make your own conversation heart candies at
via notmartha (always a good site)

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Map to Berry Patch Farms

I'm planning to get Sharon to go to the weight lifting class on a Sunday and then out to Berry Patch Farms
to stuff our faces with berries this spring and summer.,+colorado&daddr=136th+ave+%26+Sable,+colorado&sll=40.016046,-104.81781&sspn=0.428061,0.780029&ie=UTF8&z=11

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Happy Birthday

Here is a list of links to go sign up for free stuff on your birthday, like a meal or an oil change cuposn $5 off till 2/29/08 (Noodlegram b-day sign up) (you have to go and get a card at autozone first and then register it here) (write taco sauce fortunes)

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Improv Everywhere Freeze Grand Central Station

Improv Everywhere strikes again. The group shows up at Grand Central Station and 207 of them freeze for 5 minutes. Here's a short video at youtube.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008


So You Found a Tarantula
Here's a link to the American Tarantula Society. They are looking for live Tarantulas indiginous to the United States and would like you to send them alive. They will also help you learn to care for it if you want to keep it for a pet. Females make good, long lived pets. Males do not.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Adopt a Manatee

Save the Manatees has a Valentines Day promotion encouraging people to adopt a Manatee for V-day.
I want to go on one of the Kayak trips.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

How To Learn A Language

Found this site on how to teach yourself Japanese via this question on AskMeFi.
All Japaneses All The Time
It looks really good and has lots of resources for other languages as well, like this one:


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Purse Made From Candy Wrappers

Instructions for a purse made from candy wrappers or potato chip/snack bags.
Here's a blog with lots of different links and pictures for and of purses and bags made from recycled packages.
Starburst wrapper chain instructions
More help & tips
Here is a link to a tutorial on how to make a flat bottomed purse.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008


3 minute talk on success by Richard St. John via

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Video Jug

A site for instructional videos


Warning Sign Generator
enerate your own warning signs or lables

Friday, December 28, 2007

Card, Envelope and Box Templates

Templates for cards, envelopes and boxes. From Mirkwood Designs.

Card, Envelope and Box TemplatesTemplates for cards, envelopes and boxes. From Mirkwood Designs.


Monday, December 24, 2007

What is Christmas

What is Christmas


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas

Very cute Christmas card video from Donna. (I'm dreaming of a white Christmas)


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Card 2007

I finally got my one Christmas card that I send every year out to Ed so my Christmas shopping is done. Becky helped me make a couple of Christmas cards out of a picture of Bosco with the reindeer antlers that Jeanne gave him.
I didn't think about envelopes so I ended up having to make them out of magazine pages using these instructions:
I altered them a little bit to make them neater, cut a curve in the flap and trimmed the sides on the bottom and cut the corners on those.
I think they turned out pretty well.

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Knitting Book, Paint by Numbers & Quote Jar

Software to create your own "paint by numbers" canvases.
Quote Jar and Picture Jar (I think you could combine them) at Decor8

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Merry Christmas (or What Not to Get Your Wife for Xmas)

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Boy Who Moves by Echolation

Really amazing kid, Ben Underwood, blind from the age of 2 who maneuvers by echolocation, like a dolphin. He makes these clicking noises and can walk down the street, identify objects, skate, have pillow fights and hit people across the room. He can also play video games just by sound. Really very, very cool news story.


Monday, December 10, 2007

And Yet More Inspiration

Post it note art
Bicycle with Boots as Wheels
Sculptures from rolled up newspaper
Cute little scroll bar cursor
Cute little mini sculpture out of an Esc key (they just added feet)

More Inspiration

Solar Panel Ship
Pock-it - like a post it note, but different. It's a pocket.
Cute Ad in the shape of an iron.
Great Idea for a Window Shade
Fun IAMS Ad on the back of a car
Automatic Calendar Shredder
Good Quit Smoking Ad
Nice improvisation of those bullitan board ads where you pull a little tag off with a phone number.
Very clever.
Cute Fence
Cute picture on a tea bag
Nice Paint Job
I like this concept for a light out of a box

Great Bench

Inspire Me

Inspire Me Blog
Cool Idea via Inspire Me
Wall Cleats
Cool Wall Graphics
Insect Lamp/Light
Book Mark Light
Light Switches
Toilet Paper Sculpture
Cool Furniture
Cute Cup Idea - could be cut out of a magazine and glued on or drawn
Cool Magnetic Shelf
Funny Signs
Tote Bag With A Footprint

Lots of Mugs

Lots of coffee mugs. Looks cool. Easy, fun way to decorate a kitchen wall.
8 rows of 15 cups across.

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How To Make 3D Pictures and the Glasses Too

3D Pictures

Website program for making 3D pictures

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Baby bouquet out of Booties

I knew this had to be out there somewhere. How to make those baby shower bouquets out of booties.
I think it would be fun to just do one as a decoration on top of the gift box too.
Now I just need to find one on how to make them out of onesies.
And, I'd not heard of this one, The Diaper Cake.
Other ideas elsewhere on the same site.
OK, apparently the guy who owns "The Baby Bunch" was on Martha Stewart and showed how to make the big bouquet. Looks like there is a video too. If the link won't work, cut and paste it or go to and run a search on "Baby Bunch Bouquet"

After watching the very short little video I'm feeling pretty confident. Looks easy.
I think I like little sprigs of baby's breath tucked in with the "roses" rather than the little silk roses. They seem, to me, unecesarry and take away from the concept.


Friday, November 30, 2007


I finally got my first instructable posted. Don't know why I was having so much trouble. It's actually had a lot of views and some comments!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Breast Exam

Really cute Breast Exam video.


The Monty Hall Problem

Here is a little video on why you should switch doors on a game show once you've been shown what's behind one of three doors.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Bad Day At the Office

Cute Video


Pre-flight Speech

Funny pre-flight speech


Will You Marry Me?

Very Cute marriage proposal at

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Education Links

Here is a AskMetafilter thread on free educations links.

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Everything About Dutch Ovens

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

How To Find Lost Things

Here is a link to a useful site with a free, downloadable book on how to find lost things.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween Tips


Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Addams Family

Intro to the original Adams Family at youtube.

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This Is Halloween

Opening song from The Nightmare Before Christmas via YouTube

You really must see the whole thing if you haven't already.


Friday, October 26, 2007

Meat Worms

Gross, edible, giant grave worm recipe. There are lots of good recipes on this site.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Recycled Tote Bag

Recycled plastic bag shopping tote instructions

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Edible meat worm. Very creepy.

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More Creepy Food

Some really good, very realistic, creepy food recipes here.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Kittly Alarm Clock

Cute little cartoon about cats as alarm clocks.

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Halloween Hat and scarf

Great Halloween hat and scarf. Some instructions and another link to the crochet eyeballs

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These are all from, a large site with lots of great stuff. I've marked my favorites here for future reference.

Halloween recipes. The eyeballs and the pumpkin balls sound good.

Pumkin cake and spider cake

I like the tootsie pops and the icecream cone surprises. I think it might work well to use the wafer type pointed cones and make witches hats.

I like the bat cookies (of course) and the R.I.P. cupcake

Some decorating ideas here. The helium balloon idea might be good behind one of those thin, frosted type bathroom curtains. I like the psycho idea too.

More decorations. I love the glowing table with the fan underneath and the masks in jars.

Expanding on the R.I.P. doormat it would be fun to make gravestones out of them with names and dates. A bunch of those cheap foam ones might work

Little glow sticks on helium balloons outside and scary eyes in the bushes

Cute witch crashed into a tree. I love it that she was reading Harry Potter

The jokes are cute and I haven't heard a lot of them.

Funny photos. The last one's a hoot.

Oh dear.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Very realistic wounds and instructions on how to make them.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Random Obituary Generator

Type in a name and the generator will spit out a humerous obituary for you.

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Ravensblight Toy Shop

Ravensblight Toy Shop.
Printale parts and instructions for various creepy paper toys, perfect for Halloween. These are great. I haven't tried any of them yet but they look fantastic. I'm definitely starting with the bat, Bela.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tim Burton's Vincent

I found this while I was looking at the Christopher Walken cooking video. I'll have to remember it for Halloween. Very cute.

Unfortunately I can't hear the piece of music that is played at the beginning and end with out mentally singing along, the only words I can remember: "There's a place in France where the ladies wear no pants!"


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fake Blood Recipes

Fake Blood Recipes at Halloween Web.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Life Masks

Here are directions on how to do life masks. This would be great to do with the girls.

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Squelette Dance

Halloween is coming. Squelette Dance. Very cool. Try checking the different boxes. Mutation-X is especially bizarre. Enjoy and Happy Halloween.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dog Park Slide Show


Life Just Does Not Get Any Better

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I Reeeally Want A Prairie Dog Of My Very Own

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Off Leash Open Space

Bosco learned to swim last week so I had to bring my camera today and take pictures. This is the best dog park.
It's like an amusement park for dogs. Prairie dogs, swimming hole, miles of trails, lots of other dogs, friendly people, coyote scat to sniff. Paradise. We saw a coyote there the first day, at least I did, I think Bosco was otherwise occupied.
I took over 400 pictures today. I think I got 20 or 30 good photos out of that. I love my digital camera., the burst feature is the best.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hell Hole

Hell Hole
A small hole in the ground that looks like it's surrounded by lava. The hole emits red light & smoke. It can also be rigged with screams.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Light Up Dog Collars

Cool led light up collars for dogs.

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Skeletal Flamingos

Here's a site that sells skeletal flamigos for your lawn.

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Halloween Prop How-Tos

Tons and tons of links to halloween projects. Most are over my head but still fun to look at.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Swim meet

I got some great pictures of Sarah at her swim meet yesterday, then I stayed up till 4 in the morning playing around with the google picasa program. Sweet stuff. They were swimming the short lengths in the pool so I could get some good photos across the pool with my telephoto.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Witches Fingers and Eyeballs has some really great looking Halloween recipes. Edible, gelatin eyeballs that really look creepy and Witches Fingers (also very creepy).
Also 2 recipes for Harry Potter Butter Beer, one alcoholic and one not.

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Creepy Ladies/Witches Fingers

Here is another recipe for Halloween ladies fingers from Martha Stewart via Not Martha. These are more like pretzels than cookies & look even creepier than the cookie ones.

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Cute Jeep Commercial

I'm not sure why but I love this Jeep commercial. It kind of gets hung up and jerky but if you double click on it TWICE, it will take you to the youtube display and it's better quality there.

This one from last year is way cute too.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007


Site with lots of hints and information on painting murals


Don't Be Buried Alive

Very creepy real life grave.

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Ghost Droppings

Halloween stuff. Love the name.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

AskMeFi Recipes

Here is a AskMeFi thread with a bunch of recipes I'd like to try.


Bleeding Halloween Portrait

How to make a continuously bleeding portrait.

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Halloween Vacancy Tombstone

Directions for a tombstone that flashes "Vacancy" on and off like a motel sign. Another one I could probably do and when you go to the site the cursor is a little flock of flying bats. Perfect.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Mechanical Bat Toy

I found this very, very cool mechanical paper bat toy via The Automata / Automaton Blog,

A whole printable kit for a flapping bat on a tombstone at 2 files, one for the parts, that you print out on card stock, and one for the directions. The bat's name is Bela.
There is also a video of his wonderful Halloween hat on his blog. Looks like there is a lot of great stuff here. I can tell I'll be exploring this site for awhile. Will report back later.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007


Goblinville is a great Halloween website.
I found it while searching for the words and tune to The Worm Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out.... They have them there along with lots of animated clip art and other good things too.
I know there is, somewhere out there, a good recipe for witches fingers. Those candy skulls would be fun too. I'll post those when I have a link for them.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Extreme Pumpkins

I'm trying to post something Halloween related every day in October. I've already missed the first 2 days. Oh well, here goes.
Extreme Pumpkins. Taking Pumpkin carving to a whole new level.

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Spanish Language Soap Opera

I've read about this before and it sounded interesting. It's a soap opera designed to help you learn Spanish. I just found a website for it with videos of the program to watch, small format but free, always an attractive feature.
It's called Destinos. I'm going to try to watch one a week or one a day or whatever seems productive once I start. There are 52 of them and they are 1/2 an hour long. I'm hoping this way I will at least begin to understand Spanish somewhat which should help the problem I had with trying to learn it off of tapes. I could speak some but I really couldn't understand it. This won't give me any practice speaking it but, hey, one step at a time.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Myers-Briggs Personality Survey Updated

via Metafilter.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Survey Updated.
Tongue in cheek descriptions of the 16 personality typers.


Not For Children Picture Books

Deanna Molinaro's Not For Children Books.

via Metafilter
These remind me a bit of Edward Gorey's books. I love the last page on the Sea Monster book.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

crock pot chicken broth

Friday, September 14, 2007

Orgami Artist Vincent Floderer

Amazing artist Vincent Floderer folds a different sort of orgami. It amazes me how incredibly creative people can be.

Here he shows you how he does it and how to make a muchroom.

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Square Dancing Competition

I love this. Check out the gals in their dancin' dresses. The sound of the old engines mixes in with the music perfectly for that little extra flavor.

I have no idea where this is, a state fair maybe? I wish I knew, this might be worth seeing.
Update: Looks like it's in Ohio at the 2007 Maria Stein Country Fest. Here's a link if you feel you just must see it in person.
Later that same day (or the next day or next year, I don't know) but here's more of the same. Different tune and a different point of view and with the wheels throwing up whatever's in that ring I don't think you want a front row seat.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation sources, many online via AskMeFi thread.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Potato Song

I found an animated video utilizing Cheryl Wheeler's "Potato" song. It's pretty funny.

I wrote about Cheryl Wheeler last year when I saw her at Swallow Hill. also found this video of her singing a song called "Your God". It's kind of an odd video, the pictures are stills. The song is what's important though and there are words and a little bouncing ball in case you'd like to sing along. It's hard to hear when she's talking but once she starts singing it's audible. If you're very into organized religions you shouldn't watch.

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Online SET game

Online SET game. Daily puzzle

There are several games you can play but my favorite is set. It's a matching game. Pretty challenging.

Online SET game

set, game

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Break Dancer

Check out the upper body strength on this break dancer. Unbelievable.

There's are parts where he dives off of his crutches that will blow you away.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Top Sites

List of the top100 undiscovered sites for 2007,1895,2174685,00.asp



Great little tool for figuring out average rents in your area by zip code.



I love this song.
Halelujah. Leonard Cohen wrote it. Here it's performed by 4 Norwegian guys I've never heard of before, I really like the way they sing it.
Here's another version by Sheryl Crow:
And this one by Leonard Cohen: Some of the verses are different in his version but he wrote it so I guess he can change it if he wants to.
Amazing song. If he never did another thing, he could rest on this alone.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Odd Statues

Some really great statues from various places around the world.


Hamster Powered Paper Shredder

Funny. Hamster powered paper shredder.

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Kevlar Thread

Kevlar Thread via Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools

I'm sure I need this for something.

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Math Tutor

This looks like a good site for learning math. Not free, unfortunately, but still....might be worth it.

AskMeFi thread on remedialMath and English resources.

Free math tutorials
Text Book: Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers
Free Open Courses at MIT of all places
Another page with lots of free math links, some repeats.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Blue Jean Quilts

Looking for quilts made from old blue jeans. I like this one.

Jeanne and Becky got me started on quilting last week and Jayme and Sarah quilted with us over the Labor Day weekend. Now I'm thinking of ressurecting my old goal of making a blue jeans quilt. I think it would take a lot of thought and planning to make one I would actually like.

Sarah, Jayme and Jeanne

Here are a bunch of inspiration pictures on flickr.

Quilt made from blue jean back pockets.
More quilts
Jeans quilt with ragged edges
Snails Trail - Is there denim in this? No, just a quilt by someone named Jean. Cool quilt though and I bet you could use jeans. I know this is a difficult pattern though.
Pockets from jeans to make into a quilt
This is cute with the jars of different fabrics, no jeans though
Strips of denim making big diamonds
More rough edge jeans quilt, interesting use of lights and darks
Not Jeans but I like it. Looks like it could keep you busy for years.
I like this one too. Maybe it could be done with jeans.
Squares and strips
Perhaps I could do a sampler quilt out of old jeans.
Interesting abstract quilt, no jeans.

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The Paradox of Choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz talking on The Paradox of Choice.
There is also a book.
This really hits home for me. I realized about five years ago that I'm much more creative with less choices. When I was remodeling my kitchen I went to a tile store that carried discontinued tile. There were big piles of tile and that's what you had to choose from. If there wasn't enough tile there, or at a single other location, then it wouldn't work for your project (or you had to design a way to combine tiles). I ended up with this wonderful checkerboard floor that garnered compliments from everyone who saw it. My point is that it's really easier, in the long run, not to have so many choices. Schwartz talks about the paralysis caused by too many options. I can so relate to that.
Yesterday I went to a fabric store and it turns out that there was only one fabric that would work at all with what I'd already done and that made my decision easy. So much easier than having 10 or 12 choices that would all work, pretty much equally. Of course if there was nothing that worked, I would need more choices. I guess this would be the paradox part.
The video is on a site called subtitled "Ideas Worth Spreading".
Looks like I'll be spending some time there in the future.
Oh yes, I just watched Mena Trott's
talk on blogging. I'll be here for awhile.

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Collapsible Bucket Directions etc.

Directions at Instructables for making a collapsible canvas bucket, looks like a good design.
and a cool website called "" has several pages of various patterns for headbands, and very easy skirts and summer tops.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Free Business Cards

Very good site for making your own, free business cards. Several different card styles to choose from and then you can choose 3 colors, lots of different shades. I've just been playing around so far but I've come up with some color combinations that I really like. The Long Grass design can looks pretty sweet depending on the colors you use.
I haven't actually tried printing any.
They also have several gift tags and invitaions you can print ffor ree. I think the one with the bird house would work for when I have to move. Again.

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Friday, August 31, 2007

What's That Bug

Website called "What's That Bug?"
I"ve finally identified a bug I've been wondering about for 40 years. I saw it at my Aunt's house in Rawlings, Wyoming. It was red and yellow and half squished, and I thought, at the time, that it looked a lot like the plastic bugs from the old Cootie game. My Dad said he thought it was some sort of scorpion and it looks like he was right, it's in the same family and is called, among other things, a Wind Scorpion and a Sun Spider. Unfortunately, I don't have my own photo of it but there is one here on the "What's That Bug" site.
Great website with lots of photos of "bugs"
I also found a big, but very cool, green bug

on the ceiling that looked like a leaf last week
and it seems that it's a katydid.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Strawberry yoghurt, balsamic chicken

This is really, really good and I don't want to lose the recipe. I made it twice in one week, once to try it and once to share with Jeanne and Becky and Sarah. Everyone liked it. I'd like to try it with peach yogurt and ginger next.
Strawberry yogurt balsamic chicken

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Trained Fish

It's true, you can train most anything with positive reinforcement.

Trained gold fish

Jumping Fish

Trained fish in AXE commercial.

Clicker type training a fish with a light

Target Training with Fish

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Animated Outline & An Online Line Toy

Link to a cool little black and white animation done with outlines.
Draw a line and rotate and spin it.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

More Zak George and His Dogs

Another very sweet video by Zak George with his amazing dogs at
This one's called sibling rivalry

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Dollar Bill Gift Box

How to make a little box out of 2 one dollar bills. About the right size for a ring according to the author.
At Instructables:


A Service Dog named Henry

This one is great too. It shows the dog with the person he actually lives with and assists.

Sweet, happy dog.
I should be sick of that background song by now but I still like it.
You can tell that these are the jobs that the dog does every day, he's really got them down pat.

Here's a short one of the same dog and person.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Photograph Toys

Fun tools to make this out of your photographs.

Free online graphic tools page.

This looks good.


Gourd Festival

There is a Gourd Festival down in Alabama in October when I'll be there (well, I can arrange to stay for it anyway). I picked up a flyer last year and some of their classes sounded really interesting.
Here is their website
And here is a slide show of last years festival.

ALGS Show 2006
This could be fun. Maybe I can talk Maryanne, Stacy, and Kama of making a "girls day out" of it.
I used to have a cookie jar that I think came from my Moms sister made out of a painted gourd. It was a squatty gourd woman with the bottom as the skirt and the top as her face. The gourd was cut horizontally around the middle with a decorative line so you had to have it just right to put the top back on. That was a real challenge for me as a kid. Maybe I'll try to recreate it.
These Turkish Gourd Lamps on the American Gourd Society's site cast very cool shadows and have just all kinds of possibilities.

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Cat and Crow

I saw this a long time ago on TV. I'm so glad I found it again on youtube. It's an amazing and very sweet story about a cat and a crow who are best friends.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Woman Pumping Gas

Have you ever had one of those days when you're just not quite firing on all pins?

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

More Service Dogs

Great video about service dogs. It gives a good idea of what they can do. They are taught to do specific things for each person. We had one guy who was a photographer and carried several different cameras. His dog would take them in and out of the basket on the back of his wheelchair.

Some of their biggest and most important skills are social. They act as companions, of course, but also, there just isn't any better ice breaker than a dog. They can make a massive difference in someones social life.

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How To Clicker Train Your Dog

I've seen movies of this guy (Zak George) with his frisbee dogs, he does a good job of teaching here too. The part with Juanita is probably the best example of how a clicker works that I've ever seen.

There are lots of videos on this page on clicker training. If you just watched a bunch of these, both the ones for dogs and the ones for cats, I think you would have a pretty good start in clicker training. Really a lot of good information here. Of course you would need to practice on an animal as well, but these give you a good sense of the timing and the steps to start shaping behaviors. You can do it with most anything, I've seen videos of a guy doing it with fish and the woman (Karen Pryor) who popularized clicker training is an animal behavioralist who started out training sea mamals for aquatic shows. Her book "Don't Shoot the Dog" is one of my favorite books, period. The revised edition has a lot more info in it but I like the shorter, original edition better, though you have to buy it used. She has a story in the original edition about how her son decided to reinforce it every time it did something cute and ended up with this remarkably cute kitten. Just that one short little piece in the book helped teach me more about behavioral shaping than anything else before or since.
I really like Zak and Richard Norton with his cats.
Zak asks that you leave a comment on his videos, even if it's just one word, and also that you give it a rating with the star system. It helps his youtube rating He deserves it as he obviously puts a lot of hard work into them and is very generous with his knowlege.

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