There is an extraoridnarily interesting story brewing about the 2016 Olympic bid– now involving Chicago, Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janero– and the internet. The LA Times Blog has the story about an MBA student who owns the domain name Chicago2016.com and Tokyo2016.com, both of which he purchased in 2004 two years before the bids were launched.
Basically the Chicago 2016 committee says “We certainly see Chicago2016.com as the logical default domain for our site, and we believe having someone else control it is misleading for people seeking information about Chicago’s bid.” So do they make an offer to buy it? Nope. They sue.
The owner is using both sites for public discussion and debate about whether Olympic committes are a good use of government time. “I’m not interested in selling, but in public discussion,” he says.
The Chicago 2016 has the .org site but is suing for the .com site, they sound like big cry-babies if you ask me. What are your thoughts?
Good golly, it’s unbelievable how good cold food is when it’s supposed to be cold! Think: dairy products. If you are privy to Prince Charming and my complaints in the last three or so months, you would know that we have a lame fridge (in the apartment-from-hell). Go figure. Though the freezer seems okay, the refrigerator’s seal doesn’t—well—seal, and so in the humid Northeast quite a bit of moisture gets in. Then it freezes and drips (yes, water and ice at the SAME TIME) onto the food causing it to spoil, mold, never cool properly. It’s like a death trap.
On recommendation from my coworkers, I brought this week’s yogurt to work to keep in our gigantic working refrigerators. Yesterday I had a lukewarm yogurt from my fridge, today a perfectly chilled yogurt from the fridge at work and HOLY SMOKES it was amazing. In about a month and a half if all goes to plan I will be enjoying perfectly chilled food once again. Good riddance apartment-from-hell.
This picture is associated with this blog just because it’s cute. Prince Charming’s twin sis sent it via Blackberry to him. Now I just need to figure out how I can start blogging mobiley (is that a word?). I’ve tried to send the text I’m supposed to send three times and it restarts my phone. What the heck is up with that?
In addition to the blogs listed to the right that I regularly read, there is one called Life Hackery which usually has x number of uses for some regular item each day. One day it’ll be lemons, another coffee grounds and I think it was an umbrella yesterday. Today was a blank piece of paper.
As I skimmed today’s 24 Things You Can Do With a Blank Piece of Paper I realized I should stop reading this blog. Although there are many gems, this one is a doozey:
20. Aid for Sleeping – Sleeping, bright lights and loud music do not go together. Make glare noise non-factors by manipulating paper into sleeping aids. Cut a sheet of paper in two and use one part to cover your eyes. Split the other part in half. Crumple both halves then use them as makeshift earplugs. Make sure that your paper plugs are large enough to cover your ear canal since a small plug can slip inside can cause damage to your hearing.
The last thing I would want in my ear or across my face is a sharp piece of paper… really? Despite dissing this blog I will keep it on my list—for entertainment purposes. Believe, you, me, I will not be using paper for ear plugs or an eye mask anytime soon.
This morning as I was groggily getting ready, I was looking out my windows and realized that it didn’t seem to long ago that the now green, lush trees were barren and gray. My lease is almost up so I’ve lived in the apartment-from-hell for close to a year and am experiencing the beginning of the cycle I was introduced to a year ago.
Around this time of year, where it’s still warm and not yet cold enough to be Fall but the light becomes bright and clear, the trees are at their greenest. They’re full of fauna—the annoying cicada, squirrels and birds—and flora as they are dense with leaves. Healthy trees are big, green trees. Likewise, the New Englanders are feeling good, recharged after a summer with hot sun (and lots of rain!). The Sox and Pats are playing, the students have filled the city back up instead of tourists and there’s an excitement in the air.
Slowly the reds, yellows and oranges creep into the trees as folks are forced to start bundling up. At first only heavier clothing appears. A few sweaters, stockings under skirts, no more open toed shoes on women while one by one trees are taken over by vibrant fall colors. Then the boots and scarves show up, and there is less green on hillsides. Finally, gloves and hats mark the change into deep fall when the trees are their most beautiful and all shades of color.
Only too soon after the leaves turn colors they fall to the ground and cold weather cuts down on New Englanders venturing out into the cold for entertainment. Of course hard-core sports fans still brave the weather for football games, but most hunker down somewhere a little more comfortable. They hibernate as trees become bare and lifeless. No more fauna and the flora fades leaving branches naked and gray. Snow cover eventually appears and takes all the color from the landscape before it turns to brown and gray slush on the side of the road.
And not soon enough, life starts to emerge. Piles of snow turn into sloppy mud puddles and the green returns to the flora while birds begin to chirp. It’s still uncomfortably cold on some nights, and school is almost out for students, but soon enough the heat is turned up and the thaw happens. The suppressing cold begins to lift and everyone breathes a little easier. Trees have green buds covering their branches.
Summer continues to warm and the trees reach for the sun, getting as much of it as they can possibly drink in while it’s there. Leaves overwhelm branches and shade New Englanders as they picnic, relax and enjoy warm weather.
Then the light becomes golden, slanted and clear. The days become crisper. Reds, oranges and yellows creep into tree leaves that begin to litter the street. Warm clothes emerge and New Englanders again brace themselves for a cold, gray winter.
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Upside of the fruit of their loins? Gorgeous daughter. Downside? Another example in the public eye of unwed parents having children, when will it end?