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Archive for February, 2010

1. On February 14, sing Happy Birthday to: Hugh Downs (89), Florence Henderson (76), and Teller (of Penn and Teller) (62).
2. February 16 is International Pancake Day.
3. February 16 is also the birthday of: LeVar Burton (53), Christopher Eccleston (46), Ice T (51), and John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. (51). Have a good one, guys!
4. February 17 is My Way Day, a day to decide for yourself who you are.
5. And our final crop of Birthdays this week fall on February 18. The birthday folks this time are: Helen Gurley Brown (88), Matt Dillon (46), Toni Morrison (79), Juice Newton (58), Yoko Ono (77), Molly Ringwald (42), , Cybill Shepherd (60), John Travolta (55), and Vanna White (53).

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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Thursday Thirteen #103

I was recently working on a list of Official State Websites (stay tuned next Wednesday for said list if you are interested) and it ocurred to me that it might be fun to surf around on the California State Website and see what kinds of interesting things I could find. Boy howdy. Check out what I found!

13 Things You Can Do With The Official California State Website:
1. Check out a list of free public WiFi Hot Spots.
2. Is “211” service available in your area? Check the N11 Service Directories.
3. Find and Compare schools in your area.
4. Worried about traffic? Check the Caltrans Live Traffic Cams.
5. Follow the state on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.
6. Try e-filing your State Tax Return.
7. Into statistics? Check out the state Demographics.
8. Enjoy podcasts? Try the one from the California State Parks Foundation or Flex Your Power.
9. Find out if the state is holding any Unclaimed Property for you here.
10. Planning a visit to someplace in California? You may need a map of the area.
11. California has an Official State Dance: West Coast Swing Dancing. (The State Folk Dance is Square Dancing.) You can find information about this and other official State Symbols here.
12.Lottery Results are always a popular item.
13. Check the lists of State Holidays and Furlough Fridays to find out if the State Agency you plan to visit is open on the day you were planning to be there.

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Snowpocalypse Recent

With thanks to JM over at WebTVHub, here is an idea of the sheer amount of snow to fall during the recent “Snowpocalypse”:

24 Inches in 24 Hours. Wow.

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Thanks  to  the generosity of Egmont  Publishing  the  Centerville  Library  was  given a  number  of  copies of  Dark’s  Tale  by Deborah  Grabien.  Ms. Grabien will be  joining  us  on Thursday ,  February  11th  from  4  to 5 .  She  will speak about her  book  and about writing , publishing  and being  an  author. 

Here  is  a bit about Dark’s Tale  From  Ms.  Grabien’s  website:

After Dark is abandoned in Golden Gate Park, she no longer trusts or loves humans. Slowly she learns to rely on her smarts and instincts to find food and shelter, and she even makes a few unexpected friends in her new home.

But danger lurks in the shadows of Golden Gate Park. Coyotes are on the prowl in the park and the surrounding streets.

Ms. Grabien’s first novel was published in 1989 . Dark’s Tale is her first book for younger readers.

Please join us on Thursday at the Centerville Library. Seating is limited . Free tickets will be given out one hour before the event.

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1. It’s Just Say No to Powerpoint Week. (Please pardon me while I giggle.)
2. On February 7, it’s Happy Birthday time for: Garth Brooks (48), Eddie Izzard (48), Steve Nash (36), Pete Postlethwaite (65), Chris Rock (44), and James Spader (50).
3. February 8 is Laugh and Get Rich Day. Reminder: Laughter is good for you.
4. February 13 is Get a Different Name Day, a day in which people who do not like their given name may ask folks to call them something else.
5. Taylor Lautner turns 18 on February 11. Just FYI.

Source: Chases’s Calendar of Events 2010.

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13 Films That I Love

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Thursday Thirteen #102

Favorite films. Everyone has at least one. Perhaps your film a piece of your childhood that you still hold dear, or one that you consider a work of art…even if no one else agrees with you. Below I have listed thirteen films that I love. Obviously it’s not a complete list (Strange Brew would have been number 14, in case you’re wondering), and it turns out that a list of films that I like to watch over and over again would only have a few overlaps with this list. Who knew?

What films would you have on your list?

13 Films That I Love:
1. The Dark Crystal – It’s a work of art.
2. Some Like it Hot – It’s all about the very end.
3. The Sheik – Yes. I adore Rudolph Valentino. I like “The Eagle” almost as much.
4. Escape to Witch Mountain – I must have watch this film over two hundred times. One of my favorites from childhood, you know.
5. Cold Comfort Farm – “There be no butter in Hell!”
6. The Mummy – “I am…a Librarian!”
7. Fellowship of the Ring – “And some things…that have not yet come to pass.”
8. Clue – “. I hated her, so much… it-it- the f – it -flam – flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breath…”
9. The Gold Diggers of 1933 – Gotta love those pre-code Ruby Keeler films. And how can you go wrong with Ginger Rogers’ pig latin rendition of “We’re in the Money”?
10. Starman – “Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast.”
11. Fifth Element – “Negative, I am a meat popsicle.”
12. Star Wars: A New Hope – I was obsessed with Princess Leia’s hair when I was a kid.
13. The Princess Diaries – A sweet story. If you get the chance, listen to the DVD commentary with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.

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A friend forwarded me this link the other day, and I knew that I had to share it with you all. If you think that the images you have seen from the Hubble are amazing…just wait until you have seen the Ultra Deep Field.

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