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Thursday, February 14, 2008

He made me a mix tape!

For those of use who are easily amused:

Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I can't remember when or how I first found Balloon Hat. But it was a few years ago and I still follow them mostly through their semi-weekly emails. Balloon Hat started when Addi Somekh and Charlie Eckert began traveling to different places in the world to make balloon hats for people. The way balloon hats transcend cultural differences is the thing that caught me.

One of my favorite parts of their site is the What is Laughing? gallery. And my favorite story there is from a Navajo woman in Shiprock, NM.
"In the Navajo tradition we have what we call Chi Dlo Dil, or a Laughing Party, for a newborn. The Laughing Party is the first laugh you hear from a child. It's usually around six weeks.

It's the baby's first expression to the world, saying 'I'm ready to interact.'

Before that, the baby is still in the soft world and you aren't supposed to put anything hard and fixed on the body, or they may take on those qualities. But after the laughing party, you can give the baby jewelry or bracelets or other decorations.

At the party everybody sits around the baby and has a big meal and plays with the baby. The person who makes the baby laugh first plays an important role in the child's life."

Nancy Evans, Shiprock, NM (Navajo Nation)

Besides the website they now have a youtube series called Addi's Inflatable Minute: "Explorations into the beauty of all things Inflatable, and sometimes even Twistable." You can find out more about Addi at his New Balloon Art site.

Joining their Photo of the Week mailing list mean that you also learn about other cool balloon related items like this guy named Tom who takes pictures of abandoned balloons and posts them in a Picasa Album Balloons 2006. His picture of a string of blue balloons caught on a lamppost is my favorite

Friday, February 08, 2008

Tell Bill O'Reilly where the bridge is

Seems that Bill O'Reilly thought John Edwards was making up the fact that homeless people were living under a bridge in New Orleans. He claimed that if only Edwards would tell him where that bridge was he would go right down and help.

Well someone has kindly created a blog, TellMeWhereTheBridgeIs to direct him to that bridge.

Take a peek and then let Bill know about it at

Monday, February 04, 2008

Harold Makepeace

For some reason I get a lot of people googling for Harold Makepeace. If you are looking for the man who owned the Spiral Shop in Marlboro Vt. I point you to this small article on iBrattleboro about Harold losing his shop due to illness. He is in a veteran's Home in Bennington Vt now. I cannot imagine how sorry he was to lose his lovely home. If you would like to write or visit Harold please email the author of that article.

God-man and Human-man Team Up!

Worst Super hero partner ever? You decide.

Most of the time it doesn't work out (for some strange reason).

Amd once you are into Salon - go here:

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Brattleboro May Vote to Arrest Bush and Cheney

Get the Water Board

Danziger's latest cartoon in Vermont. Had to scan it since I can't find it online. From the Rutland Herald 2008-02-03

Letting my nerdiness show

but look at this!

The Turtle Moves!

Announcing the First North American Discworld Convention

It going to be in Tempe Arizone in September 2009. PLenty of time to plan to go. I am very excited and do so hope that Terry will be there.