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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Book Review: Stiltsville

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s hard for me to say whether I loved this book because of its many parallels to my life or because of the story itself or a combination of the two. Like the main character’s daughter Margo, I spent many weekends and summer days at the Red House in Stiltsville as a kid in the 1970s and a bit into […]

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Happiness is a Cool Computer

My son is taking a computer hardware class in school this year, so when our desktop started overheating, we called in our connection. He quickly determined that the power supply fan wasn’t working and told me we had to replace the whole power supply. Turns out the kid knows what he’s talking about. For the cost of a replacement part, my computer is cool again. Even better was my son’s […]

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In Response to the Boston Tragedy…

helping hands

Like many of you, I spent time yesterday trying to absorb the tragedy in Boston and trying to understand why someone would do something like that. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t think I will ever understand it or be able to make any sense of it, or any other senseless act of violence. In the words of author and Boston native Dennis Lehane in his Facebook post […]

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Pantone Underpants? Yes!

Just for a bit of random fun, here’s the perfect gift for that graphic designer or creative type on your list. I work at an ad agency and I’m gonna bet these would be a hit with several staff members. According to Adfreak, South African design agency Mark recently mocked up some Underpantones—underwear that come in various Pantone colors. They’re intended for both men and women, and each pack is helpfully […]

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Scientists Can Now “See” What We Dream (and Make Souvenir Videos Too)

WARNING: If you already feel like Rockwell, what with Facebook, Google Glass, and everything else watching you, this post might not make you feel any better. According to a study just published in Science, scientists have now discovered how to invade the privacy of your dreamworld. Yep, turns out not even your subconsciousness is safe anymore. Using a combination of an MRI machine, a computer program, and web images (note to […]

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Facebook Home: Welcome or Go Away?

WALL-E

Last week, the Zuck announced the latest in Facebook‘s efforts to someday live up to its pre-IPO hype: Facebook Home. Home is a group of apps, or a super app, that turns your Android phone into a host organism for Facebook. Depending on whether or not you like Facebook, this could be a parasitic or symbiotic relationship. Home turns your innocuous home screen into a Facebook feed, called a “Cover […]

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Word Aversions – Or Words We Just Hate

baked chicken

So, last night, my husband complimented the chicken I made for dinner and remarked that it was nice and moist. Moist. Ugh. That got us started on a conversation about words that sound like just what they mean and also words that I just. don’t. like. Call it serendipity (or don’t, no one’s forcing you), but today I came across an article on word aversions featuring the word moist. Turns […]

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