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Friday, November 13, 2009

Week-End Review, Friday the 13th: This week around the blogiverse


Happy Friday! Here's what I have to share with y'all this week:
  • seven new-to-me blogs
  • a collection of links that are a bit more thought-provoking than usual (must be something about autumn - the cool weather and short days must make some of us more reflective)
  • a timely Blogthings personality quiz, and
  • a Customer of the Week (fortunately, not my customer!)
Also, if you haven't already told me your favorite cover songs and your thoughts about living online, I'd love your feedback on those two posts from earlier this week!

New Arrivals in my Google Reader

Readers Guide to...
Bookworming in the 21st Century
The Evening Reader
Livingston, I Presume
Katherine Center (author blog)
Spiritual Pedicures (author blog - Elissa Stein)
Classics Rock! (a blog of popular songs with literary connections)


Dispatches: Links of the Week


A couple of days late for a Veterans' Day reflection - and let's remember the four-legged veterans too

Arguments in favor of keeping a place for the arts in education; facing the reality that there's just not enough education money for every program that deserves it

Talking about a taboo, and questioning a "stigma"

There's no "return policy" for children

Peanut allergy "myth"? This mom - and her daughter - say no

The "b-word" (and the "f-word," too) - and don't worry, the post is pretty much profanity-free! (Are you curious - and confused - now?)

A quick primer on how affiliate links work; the (inadvertent) cultivation of colleagues

A message to teens regarding something my 15-year-old has learned the hard way: cell phones are not machine washable!

It's been my favorite browser for at least half its life: happy fifth birthday to Firefox! (Yes, even on my MacBook, to my Safari-using husband's befuddlement...)

And in honor of this week's 40th anniversary of Sesame Street:

You Are Bert
Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you lovable - even if you don't love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others

*Well, maybe...except for one thing. I pay good money NOT to have that unibrow!*

For the Birds, from Not Always Right:
Pet Store | Keene, NH, USA
Customer: “Your bird bit my kid.”
Me: “Well, the birds can’t reach their beaks through the cages. Did your son have his finger in the cage?”
Customer: “Yeah. Well, there’s nothing telling you not to.”
Me: “Sometimes they get scared when you poke your fingers into their cages, and the only way they know how to tell you is to nip you.”
Child: “Oh, okay. I bet he was just scared.”
Customer: “You should put up some signs in here telling people your birds bite!”
(I show the customer the signs posted on each and every bird cage asking customers not to poke fingers into the cages as the birds may bite, as well as the additional two on the doors entering the bird room.)
Customer: “Well, that’s stupid! How do you know I can read?”

Knowing how to read is one thing...knowing how to think is apparently something else entirely.

Have a great weekend!

14 comments:

  1. I hadn't seen any of those links before, so just had a great time browsing them - thank you!

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  2. Thanks for the linky love! You're going to give me a big head :)
    Yay, Firefox!

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  3. Classics Rock looks interesting. Thanks.

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  4. Jackie (FLB) - I'm glad you enjoyed checking them out!

    April - Keep giving me good posts to link to, and the link love will keep coming!

    I really want to try the Chrome browser when it comes out for the Mac, but I'm definitely a Firefox girl.

    Magpie - It's been a few days, so I can't remember where I came across that one now...but, evidently, I thought it looked interesting too :-).

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  5. I really enjoy these posts because your links always introduce me to new blogs! Oh and yay for Firefox! It was giving me a bit of trouble recently so I switched back to IE and there's really no comparison!

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  6. Thank you for linking to my blog, Florinda! That post and its related comments have been really interesting- it's great how much conversation has revolved around one word :-)

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  7. Kathy (Bermudaonion) - I can't remember whose blog I found the quiz on, but it was a book blogger - who was also Bert! I wonder if that's a coincidence?

    Avis - Firefox has been a little buggy for me lately sometimes too. It might be something to do with the fact they keep updating it. But it's still WAY better than Explorer, which I only use at work if absolutely necessary. I don't have IE on my MacBook at home at all :-).

    Aarti - I think you raised some really good points in that post, so I'm not surprised it's spurred some good discussion :-).

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  8. Thanks for an interesting post. I read through most of the links and that was very good reading.

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  9. Louise - You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the round-up this week!

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  10. Thanks so much for the link to my blog!! It's so great to be listed here!!

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  11. Katherine - You're welcome! That's what I do around here, almost every Friday :-). I'll enjoy seeing you in my Google Reader!

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  12. Hey! I just saw this! Thanks for linking to my post. Hope to see you soon.

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  13. Kim - You're often a source of great link material, so thank YOU for that! Hope to see you soon too :-).

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