I Heart WeatherSpark

Accuweather has always been my go-to weather site. I know some people swear by The Weather Channel, but those people are just odd. They keep calling this snow and cold situation Hercules even though nobody names snowstorms. Why? Because storms with names get more hits, and if they’re the only site calling it Hercules . . . Plus have you seen some of the links on that site? Do not get me started. Where was I? Oh, right, Accuweather has always been my go-to place for forecasts. But since I’ve been coping with the cold in a house with no furnace, I’ve gotten obsessive about checking EVERYWHERE: Accuweather, Wunderground, even The Weather Channel . . . and then I found WeatherSpark and stopped dating around. From now on, it’s me and WeatherSpark 4Ever. Continue reading

Good Blog: Dog Shaming

I will come back and do real writing posts soon–I have half a dozen started–but I have to get caught up on McDaniel and winterize this house, not necessarily in that order. Oh, yeah, and write a book. So in the meantime, here’s a good blog: Dog Shaming. Krissie felt bad for the dogs, but if you look at their expressions in these pictures, you’ll see that they’re not exactly contrite, especially the guy who ate Bunny’s eye.

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Site To See: Does the Dog Die?

I love io.9 because it tells me so many interesting things, but the most vital link it’s given me lately is to a much-needed movie review site called Does the Dog Die? which mostly consists of one or two line reviews like

Raiders of the Lost Ark: A capuchin monkey that the main characters treat as a pet is killed when it eats poisoned dates. Reggie the pet Burmese python is not harmed but a number of venomous wild snakes are set on fire.

See, that’s the kind of thing you need to know, although I’d have mentioned that the cute monkey was a Nazi spy. Continue reading

Good to Great or Stuck to Moving

I have always been a big proponent of write what you need to write, not write to the market. I still am. But a recent comment on Lifehacker led me to a recent post on the Wandering Mirages blog, that led me to the Hedgehog Concept from Jim Collins’s book, Good to Great. It reminds me of some of the tools in What Color Is Your Parachute, a book that helped me tremendously about twenty years ago in making some big life decisions. The Hedgehog Concept (not to be confused with the hedgehog song from Discworld) goes something like this: Continue reading

Blog Ramble

I’ve been thinking about blogs lately. For awhile there everybody had a blog, and then there was that rumor going around that blogs were no longer The Thing and everybody went to Facebook, and now I don’t know what the Convention Wisdom is, I just know I like blogs. So this is a very long ramble about blogs, all of it me just trying to figure out what I think. Feel free to jump in. We’re not trying for a conclusion here, just thinking about blogs. Continue reading