Posted by mac on Jul 30, 2009 in keeping you in the know
There’s a crowded situation growing at the various foster homes of Feline Friends and they need your help! There are many young cats and kittens who are desperately in need of loving foster parents while efforts are made to get them adopted and placed in permanent homes! If you’re in the Chicago area and are willing to provide a foster home for a cat or kitten PLEASE consider contacting Toni McNaughton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For those who don’t know, Rohn, our little buff-colored, big-eyed, ball of curiosity and cuddles was adopted from Feline Friends. Here’s a list of posts that are either about Rohn, mention Rohn or have a photo of him, for those that are interested … it should be noted that he was named Julius when we first met him:
As we drove around to the homes several potential adoptees, we had the chance to meet and chat with several Feline Friends volunteers. Everyone we met welcomed us warmly into their homes and you could tell they were all very happy to be giving of their time and their lives to help keep these cats and kittens safe, healthy and well-loved. If you choose to adopt, your adoption fee goes directly to help pay the vet bills for the cats of the Feline Friends network.
For more information PLEASE visit http://www.pawschicago.org/adoption/cats/FelineFriends.htm.
Posted by shana on Apr 24, 2009 in keeping you in the know
Score one for the underwire…
Posted by shana on Apr 15, 2009 in keeping you in the know
Again, a day off, and again, important news you need to know from your favorite couch in Chicago!
First, from the BBC: a headline from the 17th century?
Sure might’ve been, but they didn’t exactly post things on the internet back then. Nope, this is a headline from today, 2009. I still can’t quite get over it. Kind of makes all those pirate jokes whose punch line is something that rhymes with “yarrrr” seem kind of insensitive.
Next, I’m not usually much of a youtuber, but this is actually really worth a watch:
I first read the article on the BBC and then checked it out – now with over 8 million hits and counting, this woman, Susan Boyle, is both fascinating and inspiring… watching the looks on everyone’s faces change from bemusement to shock to awe is totally entertaining, and even Simon Cowell, like, smiled and said nice things. I don’t watch American Idol, but I know enough about the world to know that that’s rare.
Next, on a totally different note, LVC, the volunteer program I did last year, came up in an article in USA Today! But not just any article…
… an article written by our very own first lady Michelle Obama. Now that’s pretty cool.
And finally, from the BBC, the most eye-catching, no-that’s-not-a-joke headline I’ve seen in a long time:
Apparently, the 13 foot long python actually dragged the man up a tree, which we apparently didn’t really know snakes could do. The man smothered the snake’s face with his t-shirt, and, as you probably guessed from the title, bit it. The whole thing lasted three hours. Yikes!
Ok, that’s all you need to know about what’s going on in the world today. Oh, and pay your taxes. Unless you’re Timothy Geithner, of course.
Posted by shana on Apr 7, 2009 in Tech Tuesdays
, keeping you in the know
No, this is not some techy thing from an actual different country, as the title might lead you to believe…. it’s Shana’s first ever Tech Tuesday post! Don’t worry though, pigs are not flying, this is as much “alternative transportation” related as it is techy.
Anyway, check it out: this morning, Autoweek (yeah, I definitely don’t read Autoweek, it was forwarded to me) featured the following headline:
… with a gallery full of pictures, including this one:
You know, a lot of us have been saying for a long time that you don’t need a whole big, gas guzzling car to go five blocks up the road and pick up a bag of groceries – cars are, as the article states, “overengineered” for a lot of everyday situations. This baby can reach speeds up to 35mph and lasts for about 35 miles between charges… yep, that’ll get you to the g-store and back, with a lot less wasted along the way.
Anyway, they’re apparently not actually legal to drive on either streets or sidewalks at this point… which leaves us with… golf courses? Just so long as it’s not bike lanes. Anyway, they’re not commercially available yet, we’ve got lots of time to iron out logistics.
Also, on totally unrelated note, my birthday’s in September, so… if you haven’t decided what you’re getting me yet…
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about food, I just couldn’t shake a couple of these headlines and thought I’d take a few minutes to share them with those of you who didn’t have today off and therefore didn’t spend the morning on the couch with your laptop…
First, from the BBC:
Sometimes, people are stupid. Sometimes, really, really stupid. Sometimes, that person is a beauty queen. Apparently she went to Guantanamo as part of a goodwill trip to visit troops stationed around the world. Apparently, when she was writing in her blog about it later, she forgot that Guantanamo is a detention center where the US holds suspected terrorists and tortures them without charging them (not that that would make the torture ok), and wrote the following:
Yeah, she really said that. You know, if she’s serious about not wanting to leave, she could always plot or participate in a terrorist attack of some kind. Geesh.
Next, from Chicagoist:
Swarovski crystals on his tank top and everything, and we totally missed it. I don’t know what we were doing yesterday that was more important than sweatin’ to the oldies at Union Station. Dang. Note to self: get on that mailing list! No way we’re going to miss it next time! ;-)
And, finally, from the Chicago Examiner:
A review of the cafe where I work, one of 13 of its kind in Chicago. The review is favorable overall and accurate enough, if not a little over-dramatic (ha, I’m reviewing their review), and most important was the following line:
That’s right, young and hip. Write it down: Shana. Is. Hip.
So that’s really all you need to know about the world for right now. If anything else important ever comes up, you can count on us to let you know. Maybe.
Editor’s note: none of these stories are April Fool’s jokes. Not even the last one.
Posted by shana on Mar 15, 2009 in keeping you in the know
While watching “Top Ten Natural Wonders of the World” on the Travel Channel tonight (though I’ve seen it so many times it’s almost not interesting… Everest is still getting taller, you can see the Great Barrier Reef from space, Lake Baikal contains 1/5 of all the world’s fresh water, blah blah blah), I was also flipping through the latest informational magazine from our insurance company… I know, right? Because God forbid I not multi-task…
Anyway, among articles like “What’s New in Colorectal Cancer Research?” and “Chlamydia on the Rise,” one article in particular caught my eye: “Older Adults Have Found the Fountain of Youth.” It’s an article about a recent study done of 100 centenarians in the US. When asked about factors that contributed to their longevity, many of these 100-plus-ers cited, not too surprisingly, things like staying close to family, keeping mentally active, and having a good sense of humor. More interestingly, researchers also found out that those in the 100+ crowd are actually pretty up on technology… not only do 12% generically “surf the web,” but 3% use online dating services… yeah, so if there are 84,000 centenarians in the US, and this study (however limited) reveals 3% of them to be using online dating services, that would mean there are about 2,520 people over they age of 100 using online dating services. Hey, if it’s ok to look, it’s ok to look.
I find this fascinating, and it made me wonder: do you think there are any centenarian bloggers out there? Any centenarian bloggers that blog about their online dating experiences? That would be an interesting read!