Sunday, April 25

Almost Genius: The Cardboard Box That Fits Anything Perfectly!!!

Finally an invention to eliminate almost all of the wasted space in a cardboard box, has been created, the universal packaging system. How brilliant is this? The box is precisely fit anything that needs shipping. The individual cardboard sheets are scored with a triangle pattern that can either be fitted to an oddly shaped object, or formed into a custom fitted cardboard box.

Potentially massive savings would result from all the extra shipping space saved--cutting down on how much space each package takes up, and therefore the number of gas-guzzling trucks needed during shipping.

There's just a few niggles. For one, would anyone really put up with the added hassle of folding a custom-sized box, given all the added complexity? And two, the space savings issue might be more complicated than it seems: If people pack things in oddly shaped boxes, there's every possibility that these all don't fit together well enough to actually save space. But still, with a few tweaks--such as printed guidelines for easily creating boxes of different size--this could be the cleverest thing since the Puma shoebox redesign. Lol.

No I am not putting off my homework, I am becoming a competent citizen...

For all my dear facebook lovers...

Some might call it unproductive. Or maybe a bad habit. Or just a frivolous distraction. Or even dangerous. But I insist that daily Facebook use is time well spent.

“It’s like a social connection,it’s not a waste of time. It’s like talking on the phone – that isn’t a waste of time.”

Howell’s justification for the hours she spends on the social networking site is dead on, according to a study released today by the MacArthur Foundation. A team of researchers working on the foundation’s “Digital Youth Project” concluded that interaction with new media such as Facebook is increasingly becoming an essential part of becoming a competent citizen in the digital age.

And further, all that Web surfing isn’t necessarily eroding the intelligence or initiative of the young generation.

“It may look like kids are wasting a lot of time online, but they’re actually learning a lot of social, technical and also media literacy skills,” said Mizuko Ito, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine who led the study.

A team of researchers conducted more than 800 interviews of youths and their parents, and spent more than 5,000 hours observing teens on sites such as Facebook, MySpace [website] and YouTube. The goal was to find out how youths use digital media, such as social networking sites and video games, to understand and participate in society.

Some of their findings should be no surprise to teens or their parents.

For instance, teens like to hang out with their friends online. They learn social skills online. They flirt online.

They develop interests, express themselves creatively, and give each other feedback – all online.

But the kicker?

All that Internet time isn’t rotting their brains. Actually, it’s almost necessary, according to the study.

Kids denied access to new media, because their family can’t afford it or because their parents, school or library restrict their access or time on social networking sites, are likely to be short on skills that members of their generation are expected to possess, the researchers concluded.

“When kids lack access to the Internet at home, and public libraries and schools block sites that are central to their social communication, youth are doubly handicapped in their efforts to participate in common culture and sociability,” the study reads.

The research was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a social advocacy group that focuses, in part, on the effect of technology on children and society.

The study isn’t the first to suggest youths use new media in productive ways. Another study released in September by the Pew Internet and American Life Project suggested that teens use video games to stay in touch with friends – and that some games may even encourage youths to become involved in their communities.

Friday, April 23


As I can certainly attest to learning patience is a very hard lesson to learn, and it is so much harder when it is harder.

Wednesday, April 7

Don't Give Up on Love

This is hard to do at times trust me I am with you but lets be in this together in not giving up and to changing. Restless hearts never win.

I heard you say you would love for a lifetime
Now you complain a lifetime just doesn't feel right for you
Another casualty of casual love
Another soul out of place, a heart that gave up

Why do we break the promises we make?
Are we living for ourselves?

Don't give up on love and throw it all away
Don't give up on love and let it fall away
When did it become so easy to run from your pain
Don't give up on love and throw it all away

I heard you say you can't change a stubborn heart
I can relate 'cause that's how I feel when I talk with you

Why should it take losing everything
to realize it might be time to change?


Your restless heart won't win 'cause you take but you don't give
And you'll keep moving on until you learn what love is

Don't give up on love and throw it all away
Don't give up on love and let it fall away
Don't give up on love

Most Dragon's don't like water

Today's quote for the day comes from one of my new favorite commercials for Walmart of all places, although I am not sure how it relates to Walmart exactly but oh well.

"What would you say if a dragon showed up in your bedroom? (walmart lady)..... 'Uhhh I'd say Go away or I will shoot you with a hoser water cause most dragons don't like water ya I think'(little boy with the most adorable voice)....Be careful though, most dragons don't like water" (walmart lady)

Next time you go to Walmart remember that and even more importantly next time the dragons attack remember to get your hoser water ready. ;-)

Saturday, April 3

April Fools????

So this past Thursday I was convinced the weather was trying to fool me although I was surely enjoying every moment of it sunny and 80's as compared to the usually overcast and 30's with a chance of snow showers. So sunny hot weather that is even a rarity for upstate New York in the winter was surely a shocker and one I gladly welcomed. Although I was convinced it was likely a fool trick the weather was playing on me and that our snowy winter like spring would soon return yet the rest of the weekend has continued with amazingly summer like weather enough to give me a remarkable sunglass and flip-flop burn on my face particularly so on my right side. All I have left to say is Praise God for global warming!!!