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Finishing the Fritters

Finishing the Fritters

Discontinue dawdling. Outclass procrastination. 7 Strategies. Is your project done?

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D. is a psychologist dedicated to helping children, teens and adults overcome anxiety and make the mind a safer place to live.

One of her suggestions about procrastination involves walking away. Another involves quitting before you are finished!

Intriqued? Read her article here.





What Extroverts Should Know About Introverts (and Vice Versa)

neon_7Seven things extroverts should know about their introverted friends:

 1) We don’t need alone time because we don’t like you. We need alone time because we need alone time. Don’t take it personally.

2) We aren’t judging anyone when we sit quietly. We're just sitting quietly, probably enjoying watching extroverts in action.

3) If we say we’re having fun, we’re having fun, even though it might not look that way to you.

4) If we leave early, it’s not because we’re party poopers. We’re just pooped. Socializing takes a lot out of us.

5) If you want to hear what we have to say, give us time to say it. We don’t fight to be heard over other people. We just clam up.

6) We’re not lonely, we’re choosy. And we’re loyal to friends who don’t try to make us over into extroverts.

7) Anything but the telephone.

Seven things introverts should know about their extroverted friends:neon_7

1) Extroverts don’t understand introversion unless someone explains it.

2) Extroverts who try to get you to loosen up usually aren’t doing it to annoy you. They mean well.

3) Extroverts produce a lot of words but quantity does not preclude quality. There's often plenty of good stuff in there for those with the patience to listen.

4) Extroverts can teach us plenty about glad-handing and small talking. These are useful skills, whether or not you enjoy them. 

5) Extroverts can’t read your mind and they’re not big on catching hints. Say what you want.

6) At parties, think of extroverted friends as a glider tow plane. They pull you in and get you started, but eventually you have to sail on your own.

7) Extroverts come in all different styles, just like introverts. Keep a lookout for extroverts with a quiet side, who make dandy friends.

Sophia-Dembling-authorSophia Dembling is a widely published Dallas, Texas-based writer. Her upcoming book, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, will be released by Perigee Books in fall 2012. “My book is available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released December 4, just in time for party/festive/family-togetherness season. You know you need it.”

Above content was copied from the following URL. Permission to do so was given on that page. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/201207/seven-things-extroverts-should-know-about-introverts-and-vice-vers



Excursion Batmobile

Good news,  Bat Friends. There's a new book out called Batmobile: The Complete History. The first author is Mark Cotta Vaz. You can buy it from Amazon for under $20.

And here you can see two brief videos: History of the Batmobile, featuring design changes, and a street-legal, replica for sale. (The second video follows the first after a short commercial.)



Managing Passwords

Three helpful sites.

Short Huffington Post blog article about creating strong passwords, with related password management suggestions

Microsoft Primer on passwords (very short)

Microsoft password strength checker. Type in a trial password.



Higgs Boson

The Higgs Boson Particle

Pronounced "bozon," the particle is named after Dr. Peter Higgs, an English physicist, who predicted in 1964 that it must exist.




  1. “So the Higgs Boson walks into a bar….” “Higgs humorist gets mass following.” July 8.
  2. “The Higgs Boson May Not Be God, But It Is No WIMP.” July 9.






July 4th Trivia

July & Independence Day Trivia

July contains the Independence Day of about a dozen countries, including the USA. It also contains similarly important national holidays in several other countries, such as Canada Day (on the 1st) and Bastille Day in France (on the 14th).

Trivia Questions (Answers at bottom)

1. How many place names in the U.S. contain the word “liberty”?

    a. 17     b. 31     c. 42    d.   51    e. 78

2. Which state supplies the most hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on July 4th?

     a. Indiana     b. North Carolina     c. Minnesota     d. Iowa     e. Pennsylvania

3. Which country purchased the most U.S. flags in 2011?

     a. Canada     b. Afghanistan     c. Ireland     d. France     e. Mexico

4. Which country purchased the most fireworks exported from the U.S. in 2011?

     a. Australia     b. India     c. Brazil     d. Mexico     e. Philippines

5. In what year was Independence Day made a federal legal holiday?

     a. 1805     b. 1837     c. 1892     d. 1927     e. 1941   

6. Which of these events did NOT happen on the 4th of July?

     a. Brightest known super-nova (Crab Nebula) started shining, 1054.
     b. George Washington gave Fort Necessity to France, 1754.
     c. U. S. Declaration of Independence was signed, 1776.
     d. The first edition of Alice in Wonderland was published, 1865.
     e. Rube Goldberg was born, 1883.
     f. The Beachboys’ song “I Get Around” reached #1 in the charts.

Flowers of the Month are Larkspur and Water Lily. Larkspurs are shown.


Trivia Quiz Answers: Liberty names: 31. Pork: Iowa (about 1/3rd of the total). Flags: Mexico ($663,071). Fireworks: Australia ($4.5 million). Holiday: 1941. Wrong date: Declaration of Independence. No one signed on July 4th when it was publically read. Most (50 men) signed on August 2, 1776. The last signature was placed in 1777.

Source of Q&A for #1-4 is MercuryNews.com, ultimate source: the U.S. Census Bureau. 
http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_20993164/facts-about-flags-food-and-fireworks-fourth-from  Source of Q&A for #5-6 is http://www.historyorb.com


Dis pp r g I k

Disappearing Ink. The Book That Can't Wait.

Perhaps you thought disappearing ink was a thing of past espionage, or limited to the imagination of a Harry Potter book. But, a publisher in Buenos Aire, Eterna Cadencia, has actually published a book in disappearing ink.  It’s title is “The Book That Can’t Wait. Click here to read the article and/or watch the video about it via the Los Angeles Times.

Don’t wait too long, it (or the link) may fade away.




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