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The Transit of Venus-June 5th 2012

THE TRANSIT OF VENUS IS TOMORROW-Time to dust off your eclipse glasses, binoculars and posterboard, or pinhole camera and witness the transit of Venus, a once in a lifetime event! (Actually, it's a twice in a lifetime event, but if you missed it eight years ago, this is your last chance!)  It starts about 4 pm our time and will last around 7 hours.  the planet appears as a distinct — albeit tiny — black spot with a diameter just 1/32 that of the sun.  Follow this Link for scientific stuff and viewing information. 
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Kids and Smart Phones-the hidden danger!

This morning while checking my personal facebook page, I noticed a picture had been posted from my Droid phone...but not by me.  How can this be I asked myself.  I then realized that my Grandaughter Jada (she is 2) had been looking at pictures in my phone last night.  She must have done it!   Now, it was an innocent photo of her younger sister Jazmin, eating her birthday cake.  I got to cogitating on the possible ramifications of this happening again.  Do I have any incriminating photos in my phone which could have been posted by the apparently advanced 2 year old?  So I looked...This is all I found
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Happy Record Store Day!

The fifth annual Record Store Day takes place Saturday at independent record stores around the country. Retailers will be offering up exclusive vinyl albums and singles as well as having in-store signings and performances.
Here in the Denver arep participants include;
Angelo's CDs 7.9 mi. Littleton, CO VISIT WEBSITE
Bogey's West Music 11.1 mi. Castle Rock, CO  
Angelo's CDs 11.6 mi. Aurora, CO VISIT WEBSITE
Atomic Records Denver 13.3 mi. Denver, CO VISIT WEBSITE
Black & Read 14.4 mi. Denver, CO VISIT WEBSITE
LPHound's Vinyl House 14.5 mi. Denver, CO VISIT WEBSITE
Twist & Shout 14.8 mi. Denver, CO VISIT WEBSITE
Wax Trax Records 14.9 mi. Denver, CO VISIT WEBSITE
Independent Record & Video (Denver) 15.0 mi. Denver, CO VISIT WEBSITE

Here's a sample of what you'll be able to buy.
  • The Byrds - "It's No Use"/"Feel A Whole Lot Better" - 7" vinyl single
  • David Bowie - "Starman" - 7" picture disc
  • The Clash - "London Calling" - 7" vinyl single
  • The Cult - "For The Animals" - 7" vinyl single
  • Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac - 12" deluxe and standard vinyl editions
  • Grateful Dead - "Dark Star: Europe '72 Olympia Theatre - Paris,France 5/4/72" -12" vinyl single
  • Janis Joplin - Highlights from The Pearl Sessions - double 10" vinyl
  • Janis Joplin - Pearl - 12" vinyl
  • Metallica - Beyond Magnetic EP - 12" silver vinyl
  • The Mynah Byrds (Neil Young's band with Rick James) - "It's My Time"/"Go On And Cry" - 7" vinyl single
  • Paul McCartney - "Another Day"/"Oh Woman Oh Why" 7" vinyl single
  • Ozzy Osbourne - "Believer" - 7" black and white polka dot vinyl
  • Ozzy Osbourne - Live - double 12" vinyl
  • Rainbow - Long Live Rock and Roll 12" picture disc
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium - 12" vinyl box set
  • Lou Reed - Transformer - 12" vinyl
  • Lou Reed - Rock N Roll Animal - 12" vinyl
  • Bruce Springsteen - "Rocky Ground" - 7" vinyl single
  • Small Faces - "Itchykoo Park" ""I'm Only Dreaming" - 7" vinyl single
  • Small Faces - "Tin Soldier"/ "I Feel So Much Better Now" - 7" vinyl single
  • Paul Simon - Graceland 25th Anniversary - 12" vinyl
  • Patti Smith - Horses - 12" vinyl
  • T. Rex - Electric Warrior - 7" single box set
  • Pete Townshend - Quadrophenia Demos Part 2 - 10" vinyl
  • Eddie Vedder - "Love Boat Captain"/"Wishlist" - 7" vinyl single
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Everything you need to "Spring Clean" on one annoying list!

Okay, here is your spring cleaning check me when you're done!


  1. Dust lighting fixtures.
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings.  Launder bench cushion, if applicable.
  5. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items. 
  6. Clean or replace entry mat.
  7. Sweep and scrub floors.  
  8. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.
  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need. 
  4.  Remove everything from closets.  wash closet walls if necessary.  Sweep and wash closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Do not store things on closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under bed.  Sweep or vacuum under bed.  Try not to store things under bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Flip mattress. Vacuum both sides.
  7. Launder bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows and duvet in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lamp shades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub. Wax if necessary. Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame .
  9. Dust light fixtures. 
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.  
  14. Reseal grout lines.
  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.  Click here for instructions on cleaning mini blinds.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry.  Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster.
  15. Clean and descale kettle.
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. wash counters and back splash.
  18. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  19. Dust light fixtures.
  20. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  21. Wash switch plates.  
  22. Wash walls and trim.
  23. Wash doors and door knobs.
  24. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  25. Sweep and wash floor.  
  26. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.
  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing.
  5. clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes.
  9. Launder table linens.
  10. Shine silverware.
  11. Dust art.
  12. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim.
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  17. Clean floors.
  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children's toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.

  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors. 
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable. 
  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.
  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort through paperwork and discard unneeded files.  Date and file important documents in an orderly manner.
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces.

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Doing our best to help you waste time!

The pepper-spraying cop seen at the UC Davis protest and other "Occupy" demonstrations has inspired a hilarious blog showing him using his pepper spray throughout history. Check it out at
We all waste so much time on the Internet looking for all sorts of stupid or funny stuff. But now there's one website you can check out for all your time-wasting needs. Just head to
Here's a neat one -- head to, draw a stick figure and watch as it's animated and inserted into a bizarre adventure.
Fans of both fine art and fun games will enjoy Bla Bla. It's an interactive film that you'll undoubtedly find entertaining -- even though you have no idea what it is. Check it out at
The Worldwide Ugly Couch Contest is on. There are a lot of hideous couches out there, and they're all featured at contest's official website
Those of you who watch a lot of porn -- and you know who you are -- know there are a lot classroom scenes playing on the whole schoolgirl fantasy. Oddly, there's always some sort of lesson written on the blackboard. takes screen grabs of the classroom blackboards and analyzes the schoolwork. And believe it or not, everything on the site is safe for work.
Vinnie's Pizza in Brooklyn, New York is proud of its daily specials and wants customers to know about them. So, the restaurant has created a very funny and clever specials board each day that can be seen at
The Internet is more than just a tool for wasting time. It happens to be pretty educational. In fact, you could probably educate your kids just by parking them in front of YouTube all day. OK, that may be a stretch, but one blogger is compiling a daily collection of educational YouTube videos that she believes children should watch. It's called
It seems everyone these days has a tattoo somewhere. And with so much body ink out there, it just makes sense that there would be a ton of really bad tattoos. keeps track of them all.
The Week magazine has created a hilarious Bad Opinion Generator, which is a collection of the worst opinions and off-the-mark predictions throughout history. Check it out at is a community art project where people write their secrets on postcards and mail them. It's based on a popular series of books.
For many students, the worst part about taking a literature course is that the teacher actually expects you to read a book. Thankfully, there are Cliffs Notes to offer lazy students an abridged version of the assigned reading. But for some, even the Cliffs Notes may be too long. For those students, Book-a-Minute Classics offers ultra-condensed versions of classic books. Do you need Beowulf written for you in three sentences? How about The Great Gatsby as a handy two-second read? Get these and other condensed classics at
Have you learned anything today? They say knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more powerful you are. So it pays to learn something new every day. shares a random fact each day.
An interesting fact about the death penalty in this country is that inmates awaiting execution are allowed to have anything they want for their last meal. You don't want to be sent down to a hot and dark place on an empty stomach, after all. Photographer Jonathon Kambouris is fascinated by inmates' last meal requests, so he's compiled photos of death row inmates and paired them with the items on their final menus. Check it out at
Have you ever played "would you rather"? You know, the game where you make your friends choose between two hypothetical options? is a continuous, online version of the game played by thousands.
Now this is a really great blog. It's a terrific collection of photos showing celebrities from various decades and professions hanging out together. Check it out at
A guy in Oakland, California was bummed that his MacBook had been stolen, but he knew he'd get it back someday. That's because he'd installed an anti-theft app called Hidden. The app took pictures of the crook every time he turned it on and sent them directly to the MacBook's rightful owner, who then posted each photo on his blog, Good news -- cops checked out the blog and caught the thief.
Google Earth is constantly travelling the globe snapping pictures with its nine-lens camera, and sometimes it catches something odd or poignant. is a collection of these randomly snapped pictures.
The BBC has created a clever website that helps put world events, places and many other things into perspective. uses a map of where you live to explain the dimension of things such as environmental disasters, famous World War Two battles and the moon.

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Now that's a lot of Lights!

They set a record for most Christmas Lights on a residence.  338, 038 to be exact.  Good story!

Thoughts-I certainly wouldn't like to find which light is burned out!
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Let us get Golden Globey!

GOLDEN GLOBES: The Nominees Are In

Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones and Gerard Butler have just finished announcing the nominations for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, which will air live on NBC on January 15th.

Best Motion Picture (Drama)
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Actress - Movie (Drama)
Glenn Close
- Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actor - Movie (Drama)
George Clooney
- The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Ryan Gosling - The Ides of March
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
The Artist
in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress - Movie (Musical or Comedy)
Jodie Foster
- Carnage
Charlize Theron - Young Adult
Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
Michelle Wiliams - My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet - Carnage

Best Actor - Movie (Musical or Comedy)
Jean Dujardin
- The Artist
Brendan Gleason - The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt- 50/50
Ryan Gosling - Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson - Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo
- The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Janet McTeer - Albert Knobs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh
- My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Drive
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen - A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Best Director
Woody Allen
- Midnight in Paris
George Clooney - The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius -The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss in Boots
Cars 2
Arthur Christmas

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

Best Original Score (Motion Picture)
The Artist
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(Trent Reznor)
War Horse

Best Original Song (Motion Picture)
"Hello Hello" - Elton John (Gnomeo & Juliet)
"The Keeper" - Chris Cornell (Machine Gun Preacher)
"Lay Your Head Down" - Bryan Byrne (Albert Nobbs)
"The Living Proof" - Mary J. Blige et al. (The Help)
"Masterpiece" - Madonna (W.E.)

Best Television Series (Drama)
American Horror Story
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Best Actress - Television (Drama)
Claire Danes
, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Actor - Television (Drama)
Steve Buscemi
Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer - Boss
Jeremy Irons - The Borgias
Damian Lewis - Homeland

Best Television Series (Comedy or Musical)
Modern Family
New Girl

Best Actress - Television (Comedy or Musical)
Laura Dern
- Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - The Big C
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

Best Actor - Television (Comedy or Musical)
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
David Duchovny - Californication
Johnny Galecki - Big Bang Theory
Thomas Jane - Hung
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Cinema Verite
Downtown Abbey
The Hour
Midlred Pierce
Too Big to Fail

Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Romola Garai
- The Hour
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern -
Downton Abbey
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hugh Bonneville
- Downton Abbey
Idris Elba - Luther
William Hurt-
To Big to Fail
Bill Nighy - Eight Page
Dominic West - The Hour

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Lange
- American Horror Story
Kelly MacDonald - Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith - Downtown Abbey
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood - Mildred Pierce

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Peter Dinklage -
Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins - Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family

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If this is true...

Penn State Scandal: Jerry Sandusky Rumored to Have 'Pimped' Boys to Donors and that Sandusky was told that he had to retire in exchange for a cover-up.  If you look at the makes sense...  Click here to read the story on Huffington Post. 
Thoughts-Absolute Power Corrupts...Absolutely.  These are the ways of major college sports, where the cover-up is a way of life.  It's all about the Benjamin’s.  The Penn State football program earned brought in over 50 million dollars last year.  Whether it's recruiting violations due to booster misconduct or the hideous and unthinkable episode we are all talking about this week, the power of college football and the deification of our top coaches is a certain recipe for evil on some scale.  And we still don't know who that then 10 year old boy is.  Nobody thought to ask. 
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Fall colors for your viewing pleasure

Welcome to Autumn in Colorado and fall foliage has already begun to show up in some parts of the state - particularly in the high country.

Peak color in the mountains occurs during the last week of September and first week of October -- but also varies by Mountain Zone. In other words, fall color starts to emerge first in the Northern Mountains, then works its way south through the Central Mountains then finally into the Southern Mountains.

Warmer weather typically slows the emergence of color overall. Well-timed bouts of cooler weather helps speed the process along. We don't want bitter cold though.

We'll soon experience an "Indian Summer," and then more consistent snows will hit above treeline. This contrast - between snow and fall colors - will provide for the best photos of the season.

Location Suggestions for Viewing Fall Color:

*Rocky Mountain National Park
*Mount Evans
*Rabbit Ears Pass
*Grand Mesa
*Kenosha Pass
*Cottonwood Pass
*Aspen Area
*Vail Valley
*Tennessee Pass
*Crested Butte
*San Juan Mountains around Telluride
*Lake City Area
*Keblar Pass

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Yoda Dollars coming soon to a small South Pacific Island not so near you!

Newser) – Move over, Queen Elizabeth: Luke Skywalker and friends will soon be sharing a spot on the currency of a tiny Pacific island. Yoda, Leia, and Darth Vader also will appear on the flip side of the soon-to-be-minted coins for the island of Niue. It’s the first time Star Wars characters will show up on legal tender, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Though the country uses New Zealand currency, the coins will be usable only in Niue. And don’t expect them to see much use even on the island: They're geared toward collectors, and some of the two-dollar coins will have an actual value of about $100 because they're made with silver. Others will be made of less expensive silver-plated metal. Still, "no one is going to go buy an ice cream with them,” says a rep for the New Zealand mint. The coins will be displayed next week at a coin show in Chicago, and new ones will be added until 2014. Dan-We are pleased that we can bring you news of this fine investment opportunity.  Beat the corporate raiders with a stack of Vader's--reach your Yoda quota and reap the benefits.  Thank you people of Niue!
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