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Um, sorry, dudes. We’re having some unexpected technical difficulties

That is, I’m seriously stressed out over a lot of RL issues and having a difficult time finding the time (hah!) to sit down at this new fangled typing machine.

If you’re in dire need of finding a couple of minutes to kill, why not go check this out?

Fifth-Grade Fiction

It’s the cover to a new Amazon.com Kindle story collection featuring yr hmbl blogger. Me. The real draw, though, is the young dude who’s in there with me.

In my role as a Title 1 Tutor at Awesome Elementary School, I’ve been working with some of the fifth graders, trying to get them to see anyone can write and do it well. ish. Wellish.

Anyway, this young dude was the only one to answer the call for a winter-themed story. Give it a try. His story is fun.

My story is called Mission: Terminate Santa Claus and it’s about time travelling revenge-minded 10-year-olds shouldering a big-time beef with the Jolly Old Elf. It’s sort of funny.

Well, I liked it.

I’ll be back soon.




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by Richard

The speed at which we dudes perceive different things can give us a completely different impression of stuff.

Yeah, I know. That sounded a bit esoteric. Let me give you a more concrete example.

Take oxidation. When it goes slow, you get rust. When it goes fast, you get fire. Same chemical principle at work in both cases, but it’s only the speed of the reaction that makes one of these an immediate threat.

So, yeah, speeding up things that normally take a very long time to happen can make for some very interesting viewing. Which makes the story I just read on Cracked.com really compelling.

The language is a bit PG-13 plus, but, if you can deal with that, this is a really great piece of web content. The author, one John Cheese (if that is his real name), has put together a series of basically time lapse videos. These videos really opened my eyes to a few things. Everyday stuff that happens slowly, when revved up to hyperspeed, are a whole different thing.

Like, for instance, when ants eat the corpse of a gecko. There’s no blood, but this really rates very high on the *squick* factor. Very  high. You have been warned.

See what I mean about the *squick* factor? I’m still getting over the goosebumps and I’ve already seen it a couple of times. Ick.

Anyway, it’s a great article, in that Cheese offers up several more videos that put a totally different spin on stuff. For instance, there’s one of a dam being breached to drain a reservoir. There’s another showing how braces can straighten out a messed-up set of teeth in a human mouth. Another video shows how the night sky changes over time.

It’s all really great stuff.

If you’ve got a couple of minutes to kill, I’d definitely recommend you head over there and take a look.

Cracked.com. Who’d have thunk it? Not me, that’s for sure. I always thought of Cracked as Mad’s younger sister, the one who keeps drooling on herself and wetting the seat cushions. But they’ve actually got some good stuff over there.

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On Beams Of Light

by Richard

It used to be, when you found something cool and wanted to share it, you probably only had a bit of that cool thing and you had to spread the word, literally, by mouth.

Thank goodness for the internet and the culture of sharing it’s spawned.

Over on http://www.kuriositas.com, the bloggers decided to share with us some amazing photos that were attempting to capture rays of light, or, as the blogger puts it, crepuscular (of or relating to twilight) beams of light.

And it’s wonderful.

Sunbeams are everywhere – yet when they are caught on camera they are often unwanted additions to a photograph. They cut swathes through the picture, chopping off heads and obscuring detail in a burst of light. However, when they are deliberately captured the results can be nothing short of magical.

There’s amazing shots found in nature. And shots taken that were created by the hands of dudes.

Like I said, it’s some amazing stuff. Should you want to blow a couple of minutes, just taking in some everyday wonder and beauty, you could do a lot worse than to check out the crepuscular photos on kuriositas.com.

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