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A collection of the links to pages, articles, websites, pictures and other junk I think worthy of keeping and revisiting.

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Bullhead City Couple Arrested After Their Newborn Baby Dies From “Brutal” Sexual Attack

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2010/06/bullhead_city_couple_arrested.php

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Bullhead City Couple Arrested After Their Newborn Baby Dies From “Brutal” Sexual Attack

Bullhead City Police Department Police believe Staci Lynn Barbosa and Jonathan Edward Vandergriff brutally raped their one-month-old son.

A Bullhead City couple was arrested yesterday after their 1-month-old baby died as a result of what police are calling a “brutal sexual assault.”

Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Montague tells New Times police believe the baby was “raped” by his parents, 19-year-old Staci Lynn Barbosa and 23-year-old Jonathan Edward Vandergriff.

Montague — for good reason — wouldn’t go into detail about the sexual attack but says authorities believe both Barbosa and Vandergriff were involved in raping their one-month-old son.

According to police, at 11:20 a.m. yesterday, police were called to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room where a baby was “fighting for his life.”

Police say they saw bruises and sores all over the baby’s body and his eyes were red and swollen shut.

Doctors then told police the baby had several broken ribs, a broken femur, was malnourished, dehydrated, and showed signs of sexual abuse and shaken baby syndrome.

The baby was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas — the closest hospital with a trauma center, according to Montague — and Barbosa, who brought the one-month-old to the hospital, was immediately taken into custody.

Doctors were not able to save the baby and he died early this morning.

Vandergriff turned himself into authorities yesterday and police served a search warrant at the house where the couple had been living, which turned up marijuana and other items of “evidentiary value.”

Vandergriff and Barbosa were arrested for molestation of a child, child abuse, aggravated assault, and sexual conduct with a minor.

Police say more charges are on the horizon for the two, including murder. Both parents were booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman where Vandergriff is being held on a $500,000 bond and Barbosa’s bail was set at $250,000.

Perceived Privacy

Perceived Privacy

Over the past year I’ve followed a blog called Raptitude. David, the author of the blog, publishes a new article on the average of about 1 every week or so. Almost as soon as he posts a new article I’ve found myself eagerly waiting with anticipation for his next bit of genius to post to my Pulse reader. I have a few favorites that really resonated with me. Some have even changed the way I tend to view and even interact with the world. I will add links to my favorite Raptitude articles at the end of this post for anyone interested.

Today I was pleased to find my Pulse reader had a new Raptitude article, of which I quickly devoured every word. It is again an article that delivers insight and perspective on the day to day happenings of a large part of the human race that is an interesting perspective to say the least. I hope you read it as well as take some time to dig around the Raptitude website, as there is sure to be something that everyone can relate to and enjoy reading.

 

You are a public figure

New Year’s Eve, for the first time, I had an alarming moment when I realized spaceships really were watching me through the ceiling. They knew where I was in the house. I was troubled by it and said so to my friend, but by midnight I forgot, and felt much better.

Rewind a week or two. I was taking adorable pictures of my toddler nephew typing on his grandmother’s iPad, when I had one of those bewildering, revelatory moments.

I realized I was photographing a member of the first generation that will be able to revisit its entire life in sparkling, high resolution. Between me, his parents and his grandmother, there are easily more photos of him than there have been days in his life.

His brother is six months now. In 2081, when they’re both old men, they’ll be able to access their childhood in extraordinary detail. They’ll see their first Christmases, their first bike rides, their graduations and wedding days all in high resolution images and HD video, and it might seem strange to them that previous generations did not have much access at all to their pasts, aside from memories and a few grainy photographs.

Contrast that with my father, (1947-2008) of whom I’ve only seen one or two pictures of as a child. In those pictures he’s someone I don’t know. He has a smooth sepia face that could belong to just about anyone except my dad. He wore a moustache from the day I was born to the day he died and I couldn’t recognize my father in any other face.

The kids born after about 2007 constitute the first generation that’s younger than Facebook. Today, it’s fairly normal for human beings make their first appearance on the internet when they are less than a week old. Think of how many newborn photos you’ve seen posted by your Facebook friends this last year.

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David also sites this article  which was written by a fellow wordpresser about 4 years ago. What then seemed kinda Jetsons-esque then, now is very close to reality. Interesting.

Here are some of my favorite Raptitude articles:

What we refer to as happiness is really just what the absence of suffering feels like.

 

Defeated, I stood on the mat and let the cold air flood over me. I watched the ice fog pour over the sill like freezing smoke. I just let it have its way with me. I didn’t get mad at it, I didn’t shiver or scramble to dry off. I just let it feel like whatever it was going to feel like, and noticed something peculiar.

It didn’t hurt me.

Life is uncertain by its very nature.  Except for this:No matter what is happening right now,
It will never happen again.

Why should *I* be forced to help someone else?

Here’s why:

Because you’re better off if other people aren’t suffering so much.

life is the present only. The past is thoughts in the present. The future is thoughts in the present. You can argue all you want that the past “existed”, but the notion of something having existed is also just a thought in the present.

 

 

The Top Ten Words of 2011

While stumbling around the interwebs I came across a pretty interesting website

http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/2016-top-words-2011.html

And I thought this lil article was kinda interesting being a word lover and all. I figured I’d share the website with you as well as the list the site deemed as the top words of 2011. Fyi, the article has inspired me to create my own list of my personal top ten words of 2011, and maybe even share my personal definitions and/or my immediate immpression of the words meaning before reading the given definition. Note: some of my definitions may not be socially acceptable and could even be viewed as insensitive. So I say, what the FRACK, I’m going for it anyway.

1. Occupy —The preferred verb of protesters occupies the top spot this year. Not only has “occupy” risen to fame because of the Occupy Movement (Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, etc.), it is also used in the context of the occupation of Iraq and the so-called “Occupied Territories.”

{OCCUPY- aka PIE-EYED. This would be the cartooned pics of a cartoon character who sees the warm fresh baked pie sitting in a window to cool and they suddenly have pie slices drawn in their eyes which divulge their intentions. This can, and does happen to us humans, minus the sketched in pie slice, but don’t doubt that the brain of said victims has shifted into ME WANT PIE mode.The hyper-focused individual is now considered to be OCCUPIED.}

2. Deficit —Fiscal deficits are a growing and possibly intractable problem for many economies in the developed world, and have become a frequent topic of discussion.

3. Fracking —Hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting fossil fuels from otherwise unreachable places , has turned into a hot-button issue dividing ultra-capitalists and environmentalists.

{My personal definition of the word Fracking is definitely used as a softened form of a pretty common cuss word.}

4. Drone —An ever-increasing number of remotely piloted aircraft are being used for reconnaissance and attack purposes, especially to target wanted terrorists .

{A DRONE is similar to a zombie. DRONE would be a description of the way a drugged out person acts, looks, behaves. Its the stereotypical look of one who’s high and completely zoned the FRACK out. Combining the words Drug-Prone and or Drugged-Out-Zone… zone being the individuals state of mind, not the location of which said DRONE gets the drugs or even does the drugs. However, after second thought I suppose the term works for those descriptions just as well.}

5. Non-veg —A meal served with meat. The term originated in India (where “veg” is the norm), and is now catching on worldwide.

{NON-VEG’ers are the baby Boomer generation. They are, in my opinion, the last generation of people to be typically hard working honest citizens. Every generation after that are suffering the devastating consequences of their hard work. Face it, a neverending supply of Doritos, video games, more free time to focus on cartoons and less on unpleasant chores and such has caused a multitude of epidemics with today’s youth. Baby boomers, your unconditional love and affection is gonna be the downfall of society, haha, of course I’m just kidding on this one.}

6. Kummerspeck —This German word, which literally translates as “grief bacon,” refers to excess weight gained from emotional overeating. This year, it worked its way into the English-speaking world.

{Ok, embarrassingly I can’t detail this one but I will tell you it has something to do with watching to many crime dramas like CSI. Blacklight toting forensic personnel would use the term to identify the suspects body fluid evidence they’ve found which would lead to them Attaching a lovely name to the perp based on the trace evidence left behind. Kinda like “suspect or even pet name+speck = petname+body fluid}

7. Haboob —A name imported from Arabic that has been used to describe the massive sandstorms in the American Southwest this year.

{A HABOOB is a person of Indian descent who owns the gas station at the end of my mothers street, who will not take manufacturer coupons for a product I regularly purchase from their store. Dammit man, cigarettes are expensive, cut a girl a break, lol}

8. 3Q —This texting shorthand for “thank you” may have arisen as a combination of the Mandarin and Japanese word for the number three, which is “san,” and Q; put together, they sound like “thank you.” The slang has been banned from official Chinese dictionaries, but is commonly found elsewhere.

9. Trustafarians —These are well-to-do youths (also sometimes called “trust-funders” or “trust fund babies”) who adopt faux-Bohemian lifestyles. A play on Rastafarians, the term first became popular as a reference to wealthy kids who took part in the London Riots .

10. (The Other) 99 —A reference to the majority of those living in Western democracies who have been left out of the dramatic rise in earnings associated with “the top 1 percent” —itself, another frequently uttered phrase. [5 Facts about the Wealthiest 1 Percent ]

***If anyone can come up with alternative definitions for any of the words I couldn’t, as well as the ones i could, than please feel free to share. I would love to read others combinaword definitions.

FYI: I’ve always called this combinawording…come to find out it actually has a real name, PORTMANTEAU.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau

Picture courtesy of this website
http://myliteraryquest.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/fun-friday-the-portmanteau/

http://grammar.about.com/od/pq/g/portmanterm.htm

And of course Urban Dictionarys word for it…. TWORD. Lol, awesome.

http://m.urbandictionary.com/#define?term=tword

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You Are Not So Smart

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http://youarenotsosmart.com/

This is a pretty awesome website. Visit and enjoy!

Facebook Status Updates From the Past

Ok, every now and again I post a status update on facebook that im particularly proud of, lol. Yes, this is me tooting my own horn but I dont do it to often so its acceptable. I happen to love the: Dear Blank, Please Blank website and have authored some of my own. Here are some of my favs from the past that I thought were a bit clever. Note: all are pertaining to frustrations i’ve encountered with using my cell phone, lol. Anywho, enjoy.

Hello Moto,

I noticed you decided to go with the “Shorter Charging Cord”. Thas cool… But really, why must you keep me on such a short leash when you already know I’m your b**ch. God, what an EGOMANIAC your turning into.

Sincerely, ♪♪Don’t want no short cord phone♪♪

This one came about from my frustration with my android phones battery life, or lack there of and how often I find myself tethered to a wall so I could use my phone.

 

Dear Cell Phone,

Yes I kiss my mother with this mouth. Key word: Mouth…not beak. I MEANT TO TYPE THAT WORD SO STOP CORRECTING MY FOUL MOUTH YOU AVIARYAPHILE.

Sincerely, I like DUCKS but not as much as you think.

I obvious have a dirty mouth (who me, never, lol) and was frustrated with my cell phone always autocorrecting my bad words for…not so bad words, lol.

 

Dear Cell Phone,

I am not nearly as fond of MILK as you’d like me to be. Ps, need I remind you that you are indeed a black cell phone. So please stop auto correcting me.

Sincerely, Commitee for Context Based Auto Corrections.

This one was because I was trying to post about MLK or Martin Luther King and everytime I wrote MLK it autocorrected to MILK and I’d have to go back and change it. lol, #whitegirlproblems

 

 

Plinky Writing Prompts

Plinky is a cool website you should check out. I think I might start adding some of my favorite prompts as posts to inspire me to write more regularly, and for anyone who visits my blog, please feel free to use any of the prompts I add on your own blog, comment on or leave feedback on any prompts I have written on or leave your link in the comments to a prompt you’ve used and written on. All feedback is fun so I hope the prompts inspire you as they are sure to inspire me.

Plinky makes it easy for you to create inspired content. Every day we provide a prompt (i.e. a question or challenge) and you answer. We make it simple to add rich media and share your answers on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

links for the Plinky website:

http://www.plinky.com/

http://blog.plinky.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/plinky

http://twitter.com/#!/plinkyprompts

http://www.facebook.com/PlinkyDotCom

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Another awesome post from David over at Raptitude.com

http://www.raptitude.com/2011/07/of-course-the-universe-is-conscious/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Raptitudecom+%28Raptitude.com%29

I just love the fresh perspective David from Raptitude.com shares with the world on his blog.

Analyzing the Thinking process: Interview with Diane Halpern By JAMIE HALE

Analyzing the Thinking Process: Interview with Diane Halpern By JAMIE HALE

Diane Halpern is a professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College; she is the former president of the American Psychological Association and former president of the Western Psychological Association. Halpern has won many awards for her teaching and research, including the 2002 Outstanding Professor Award from the Western Psychological Association, the 1999 American Psychological Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Silver Medal Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She has also authored a variety of books.

Here are some of Halpern’s views on the thinking process.

What is the goal of critical thinking? Is critical thinking rational thinking?

Critical thinking is good thinking or clear thinking—it involves analyzing the thinking process as well as the outcome. People who think well (use the skills of critical thinking) make better decisions across all areas of their lives. It is reasoned thinking—supporting beliefs and actions with good reasons.

Do you think critical thinking is more malleable than intelligence?

There is a large body of evidence showing that people can learn to think better. Of course, education makes us all more intelligent, but critical thinking is more focused. Everyone can learn to recognize and use the skills of critical thinking, and we can always get better.

Is there a big difference between the cognitive abilities of males and females?

I discuss this at great length in the fourth edition of my book, Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities. Short answers to complicated questions are always a bad idea. There are many areas where there are few or no differences on average between females and males and other areas where there are large differences (on average). Of course the more important question is why. We can all improve in our thinking with appropriate instruction—that is why we have schools.

At what age should children begin to learn to think critically?

Children can learn to think well at very young ages. Specific instruction can start very early in life.

Recently you answered the Edge.org question, posed by Steven Pinker: “What scientific concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?” Could you provide our readers with an abbreviated version of your answer?

I wrote about understanding the term “statistically significant difference.” I think that it is often misunderstood. Even if a difference is statistically significant, it may be too small to be meaningful, and there is always a chance that the conclusion is wrong.

What are your current research interests? Are there any future projects you would like to mention?

I am working with two terrific colleagues—Keith Millis at Northern Illinois University and Art Graesser at University of Memphis—on a computerized game that teaches scientific reasoning/critical thinking. For more information, check out my website, www.DianeHalpern.com

Photo by Jacob Botter, available under a Creative Commons attribution license.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/04/24/analyzing-the-thinking-process-interview-with-diane-halpern/

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So I’ve started using Evernote. I hope its a app that’s worth keeping.

promoted as an app/program in which to use “Evernote” to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.

EVERNOTE

Diamonds: A year exposed to extreme pressure and heat. Surviving through the support of family and friends.

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What makes a diamond so special? After a year that almost broke me and my family, we have, much like a diamond, withstood the intense pressure and come out of it with an unbreakable bond and a shine that sparkles even in the absence of light. This post is dedicated to my family.

Diamond, the king of gemstones. It is symboloized by the sun in astronomy: a testament to its powerful self sustaining energy, Diamond is a symbol of abundance and can help people to accumulate wealth. Diamond Folklore and Mythology In Ancient times, talismans were mad of diamond to ward off cowardice. It was thought to enhance invulnerability. Traditionally, it was beleived that the diamond’s powers only work when given freely from one person to another. It was thought to ensure love and harmony and dispel anger. It was one of the 12 stones used in the breast plate of the High Priest Aaron to protect him from injury. Diamond is used traditionally in modern times as the focus stone of engagement rings. Nowadays, we all know a diamond engagement ring is the most important jewelry purchase in a man’s life and the most significant to the woman who receives it. Diamond is the birthstone of people born in the month of April and is also used as the symbol of a sixty-year anniversary, such as a Diamond Jubliee. However, the symbolism of diamonds goes beyond romance. Through centuries diamonds have been a symbol of love, excellence and purification. Diamond, because of its remarkable hardness and clarity, also still reigns supreme in its symbolism of power, strength, brilliance and unparalleled beauty. Diamonds are enchanting treasures that have fascinated mankind throughout the centuries. Many regarded them as magical. Not only were they rare and beautiful, no tool could cut them and even the fiercest fire would leave the diamonds unscathed. Diamonds have been used symbolically because of their extraordinary physical properties. It was said that the Greeks believed diamonds were tears of the gods. Romans believed they were splinters of fallen stars. In Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle), diamonds are an important symbol and the Diamond Sutra is one of the most popular texts. [ ] In ancient India, diamonds were not cut for fear that they would lose its magical properties. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that diamonds would grow darker in the face of guilt and shine brightly for the innocent. Another belief is that in the presence of poison, diamond would also change color. The rainbow colors of the prism were thought to give one magical power over Evil Eyes. According to occultist myths, it was believed that diamonds possess several supernatural powers, e.g. a diamond’s hardiness can only be broken by smearing it with fresh goat’s blood. Or a diamond gives victory to he who carries it bound on his left arm, no matter the number of enemies. It was also believed to have been used as a healing stone. Such as a way of detecting and detoxifying poison, opening spirituality channels and assisting calming creatures. Today, diamonds are used to symbolize eternity and love. The first diamond engagement ring can be traced to the XV century, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave the first diamond ring engagement to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. At that time, the diamond was used in its natural crystalline structure. The octahedral or eight-sided formation, like 2 pyramid joined at the base, was mounted with the lower pyramid completely hidden in the ring setting and the upper half rising out of it. Light would be reflected from all four sides of this exposed upper point. The structure of this diamond mirrors the symbolism of the Egyptian pyramids. The union in 1477 was celebrated by the exchange of a diamond betrothal ring which would have been an early example and perhaps the first royal one.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Diamond-Symbolism-and-Mythology&id=202446

Diamond The only gemstone composed of one pure element, carbon, whose molecules are bonded with perfect symmetry in every direction. This perfect atomic structure is what makes it the hardest natural substance on the planet [a 10 on Moh’s scale], as well as an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. It also, as Geshe Michael Roach writes in The Diamond Cutter, “has the highest degree of refraction of any naturally occurring substance in the universe.” The diamond’s physical properties of clarity and hardness have given rise to it being a symbol of power, strength, innocence and incorruptibility, longevity, constancy, and good fortune. Of course, there are also the famously cursed diamonds, like the Hope, as well as an old Persian belief that the diamond was a source of sin and sorrow, which is not so unreasonable, considering how much blood has been shed in the mining, selling, and acquiring of the stone. When I was writing Rumor I became intrigued by a branch of diamond lore that claims the gem drives away madness and protects against ghosts, chimeras, enchantments and sorcery. And I was drawn to a photograph of the Javeri diamond pictured in Christopher Cavey’s book.

Diamond Mythology PostBy Avi Paz Group At 05.09.2010 Diamonds were first discovered in India and figure prominently in Hindu mythology, which believes that the stones were formed when lightning struck rocks. Diamond historian J. Willard Hersey notes that traditional Hindus referred to ordinary rock crystal as “unripe” diamonds, while the genuine stones were called “ripe diamonds.” Diamonds were also known in Persian culture. Hersey summarizes a Persian creation myth as follows: When God created the world, he had no need for diamonds, gold, or other precious metals and gems. But Satan noticed that Eve loved the brightly colored flowers in the Garden of Eden and created gemstones in the same seductive hues to tempt humans. Thus Persian mythology sees diamonds and gems as the source of much crime and suffering. The belief that diamonds are an antidote to poison was common in many cultures. In the Middle Ages, they were also believed to change color in the presence of a poison, while a diamond’s brilliance gave its possessor power over the evil eye. Black, or carbonero, diamonds carry their own wealth of superstitious beliefs. Ancient Indian culture perceived black diamonds as similar to the eye of a snake and associated them with Yama, the god of death. But traditional Italian society held that black diamonds have the power to reconcile fighting or estranged couples. If both partners touched a black diamond, their troubles would disappear. In Borneo, if a diamond contained a gray or black inclusion, the well in which it was found was abandoned. According to Malaysian belief, these gray or black inclusions represented the diamond’s soul, and if it were removed from the mine the mine would “die.”

http://www.avipaz.com/DiamondMythology

The word “Diamond” comes from the greek word “Adamas”, which means indestructible. It is the only gem known to man that is made of a single element, Carbon, besides graphite. Diamond is completely made of Carbon atoms (Chemical Composition -‘C’) crystallised in a cubic (isometric) arrangement.

http://books.google.com/books?id=_WI86J88ydAC&pg=PA34&hl=en

NOVA Online | The Diamond Deception | The Science Behind the Sparkle

The hardest substance known, diamond is prized for its exceptional luster and ability to break up white light into all colors of the rainbow (known as dispersion), which lend the gem its famous fiery brilliance.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/sparkle.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/diamond/inside.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond

List of signs he is flirting

LIST OF SIGNS HE IS FLIRTING
The Eyebrow Lift
Gaining Your Attention
Slight Parting of the Lips
His Nostrils Open Slightly – Face Widens
He Shifts to the Classic Male Courship Stance
Touches His Own Face
Strokes His Shirt Front, Smoothes his Jeans
Fiddles with His Hair
Eyebrows Arc While Talking
He acts immaturely around you
He seems to make excuses to hang out with you
You catch him looking at you when you’re not looking at him directly
He acts embarrassed or turns red when you talk to him
He smiles at you a lot or laughs at your jokes (or everything you say)
He copies your body movements or posture
He finds excuses to call you about random things
He seems jealous when you talk to his friends and not him
His friends tease him about you
He makes an extra effort to maintain eye contact
He thinks of ways to start a conversation with you
He compliments you a lot – more than your regular friends
He always seems to pass by you or run into you during your day-to-day schedule
He seems nervous or anxious when you talk to him directly
He gives you a playful hug or touches you lightly on the arm when talking to you
Sock Adjustment

 

http://www.thelists.org/list-of-signs-he-is-flirting.html

And what you lost, And what you had, And what you LOST

YouTube – Three Minute Philosophy: Galileo

YouTube – Three Minute Philosophy: Galileo