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Misc

Weltschmerz

As indecipherable as I sometimes find the German language, I also find that it often has just the right word for something where there isn’t an equivalent English word. Weltschmerz is really the best word I can think of to describe how I currently feel as a result of the last few weeks here in the US. Weltschmerz literally means world-pain or world weariness. Wikipedia defines it as “a mood […]

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COVID baking: Doubletree Cookies

Thanks to COVID-19 (there’s a phrase you don’t hear every day…), many big brands are releasing their “secret recipes”, including Doubletree Hotels. I’ve long been a huge fan of their signature cookies (served warmed at check-in, yum!) so when they published the recipe, I had to try them. I made a batch of Doubletree cookies a few weeks ago and I have to say these did not disappoint. At all. […]

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Song parodies: a COVID coping mechanism

I love a good song parody (I’ve been known to make up a few of my own here and there) so naturally, I was interested to see what folks would come up with with COVID-19. I was not disappointed. 😂 In the midst of so much worry and stress, humor is absolutely a valid and useful coping mechanism. This post is not meant to dismiss the seriousness of this pandemic […]

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Grocery shopping in the time of COVID-19

I watched this video a few days ago from a doctor about sanitizing your groceries before putting them away. I already was treating my Amazon and other deliveries as biohazards after learning the virus can live on cardboard for a day or whatever. Those came into the house and sat by the front door for at least a day or were immediately unboxed and box disposed of – both followed […]

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French lessons, pandemic edition

Eiffel Tower at night

I’ve been taking French lessons for a couple-few months now in preparation for two trips to France this year (both of which have obviously been canceled, thanks COVID-19). Just a couple of weeks ago, my lessons revolved around fun, travel-related things: speaking to hotel desk clerks about my reservations, inquiring about train schedules, and the like. My most recent lesson however is yet another sign of the times. I did […]

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Feats of strength

We stopped to watch this performance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on a recent visit and I was blown away by the sheer amount of strength it would take to do the various formations in their routine. This one though….unbelievable! Notice that the man in blue is supporting himself with just the palm of his hand on the other poor gentleman’s head.

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Enough is enough – it’s time to do something about the epidemic of US mass shootings

I normally do not post certain types of things on my blog or on social media, like political messages, but today I feel compelled. I’ve been thinking for the last few days about the most recent school shooting in Parkland, and my overwhelming emotion right after grief is rage. I am so angry it makes me cry and for those of you out there who know me, angry-cry is the […]

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My new favorite browser extension (perfect for readers)

I can’t remember now where I came across a mention of this super-handy browser extension but I suspect it was one of my co-workers. I wish I could give you credit here, Unknown Helpful Person, but alas, my memory has failed me. Edit: Unknown Helpful Person has been identified, yay! And as I suspected, it’s one of my fabulous co-workers. Here’s her post where I came across this extension several […]

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Website Content vs Theme: Make Sure You Have Them in the Right Order

This post, featuring an interview with Otto (Samuel Wood), offers some interesting advice and information on using WordPress in general, but a few points resonate in particular with me regarding content. In my former role at an ad agency and in my current role as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I’ve come to believe that most folks have things in the wrong order in terms of theme and content when […]

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Domain Registrar Suspended by ICANN

One of my co-workers shared this link a few days ago regarding an ICANN suspension notice for Domain Registry of America aka Brandon Gray Internet Services aka NameJuice. Several other aka’s are listed at the end of the article. Looks like these folks have been “subjecting Registered Name Holders to false advertising, deceptive practices, or deceptive notices.” Put simply, they have been mining publicly available WHOIS data for domain names […]

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