Thursday, September 29, 2011
I guess the modern, internet version is lulz; which is fun at someone else's expense (especially when it relates to trolling)
A New York Times article in 2002 cited a number of scientific studies of schadenfreude, which it defined as "delighting in others' misfortune." Many such studies are based on social comparison theory, the idea that when people around us have bad luck, we look better to ourselves. Other researchers have found that people with low self-esteem are more likely to feel schadenfreude than are people who have high self-esteem.
My observation of the Schaudenfreude phenomenon - when it comes to overblown celebrities and notorious villians that are deserving of their downfall - it'll be around for a long time.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Do I have power to make things happen, just by thinking of it? As I sat at my workbench recently, inspecting my burning tips, I wondered how much longer some of these would last.
As I burn wood, carbon builds up on the tip. The buildup can easily be removed by rubbing the tip on sandpaper. I keep a sheet of sandpaper nearby, and constantly tap or rub the tip to keep it sharp and clean.
Sooner or later the tips wear out. Heat, friction, and pressure cause them to crack or just break off.
So, I'm giving it just a whisp of thought and working along . . . when my burning tip cracks! Did I cause this to happen? Surely not. But it is a strange coincidence. Time to order some replacement tips.
My first experience with a broken burning tip was in 2008 and I was just stubborn enough to try to continue burning - click on the link to see what happened.
Trust me, I have no intention of pushing my luck with an electrical device. My safety record is not good, and no reason to add electricution to my injuries! Broken tips go directly to the dust bin.
OOPS I DID IT AGAIN May 2011
SAFETY FIRST Aug 2008
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup Bisquick baking mix
1 1/2 cups milk (no whimpy skim milk)
2 tomatoes sliced
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
heat oven to 400
grease 10" pie pan
brown the beef & onions
add salt, and pour into the pie pan
beat bisquick, milk & eggs till almost smooth, about 1 min.-pour over meat
bake 25 min. top with cheese and tomatoes. bake another 5 t0 8 min till knife comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
cool 5 min.
This hearty family dish was a favorite of my Dear Aunt Lucy of Birmingham, Alabama
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
WOODBURNING 'THIS PLACE IS FOR THE BIRDS' BY EDGE OF THE WILDWOOD
Purple finch has a loud, melodic song and they also make a TIC note only in flight. There are many collective nouns for this bird species: a 'charm' a 'company' or a 'trembling' of finches. The purple finch is the state bird of New Hampshire.
So, where are the Tremblings of Purple Finches? Their erractic migration habits create a scientific puzzle – one that requires lots of data all collected simultaneously over a huge area for us to begin to understand. One great way to help scientists get a handle on finch movements is to contribute your sightings to the Avian Knowledge Network by participating in eBird
A delightful and indepth description of purple finches by John James Audubon (1785 - 1851) can be found on 50states.com
BIRDING is a series on wild birds in my home state. Follow Edge of the Wildwood for more interesting bird subjects in this ongoing series!