"One ought every day at least to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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favorite things: EffervescentEva
computer mousetheogeo 
I'm watching you:  Katia
cats:  Sage29
too cute:  Jane...

current:  len-k-a

trails:  dbking

rock,..:  winjohn

speeches:  dbking
Da Vinci:  Wiki Commons
written word: 
STOP:  @n@bou
Dashu Pagla
science & tech:  Wiki Commons

history:  dbking
nurses:  Wiki Commons



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Current Concerns
PC Watch   

Happy Trails  
Science & Technology 
* updates *
Cute Cats 
* updates *
Great Speeches  
   Crime and Punishment   
  Rock, Paper, Scissors 

  Good Advice   
Ultimate Sacrifice 


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  Current Concerns

Headline News:

 Today's Front Pages   (newseum.org)
(Shows unedited front pages of major newspapers in the USA and the world, which can be selected on an interactive map  - S. K. Smith)

Around the World:

World News - Coast to Coast, International, etc: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)

 World Clock   (poodwaddle.com)
(Shows time, statistics, around the world for our moment in time  - S. K. Smith)



Gallup  (Gallup.com)
(Polls.  Polls.  Polls.)
Rasmussen Reports (rasmussenreports.com)
(Even more polls.)


 Trends - trends, maps, lists, etc: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


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 PC Watch

(That is PC as in "politically correct."  PC is NOT one of my favorite things, but exposing the insanity is. - S. K. Smith)

10 Ridiculous Cases of Political Correctness   (listverse.com)
(Title says it all.)

Hello Kitty Bubble Gunfight at the PC Corral  (michellemalkin.com)
( "5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a “terrorist threat.”  Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble blower.")
Nightmare Before Christmas  (YouTube.com)
( political correctness and Santa!)
Political Correctness  (ourcivilisation.com)
(The origin and nature of the beast.)
Political Correctness Gone Made  (tvtropes.org)
(Myths, parodies, actual PC.. - S. K. Smith)
Political Correctness Watch   (pcwatch.blogspot.com)
Presentism  (nancyfriedman.typepad.com)
(Look what has been done to "Huckleberry Finn".)

Sexual Harassment   (youtube.com)
(Funny clip from NCIS.  Note:  When harassment really happens, it is not funny, but quite serious.)

Spot the difference: How today's airbrushing PC censors decided Churchill could do without his cigar  (dailymail.co.uk)
(Even Winston had his cigar taken from him, posthumously.)

Winning the Cultural War - speech by Charlton Heston
(I had the privilege to meet Charlton Heston at a book signing in 2002.  He kissed by hand. *sigh!*  It was not a PC event.  It was at the NRA convention in Reno, the last year he was president. - S. K. Smith)

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 Happy Trails


Current gas prices  (fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com)
(As of  October 12, 2015, prices most places $2.31  per gallon.  - down 15 cents in 6 weeks - Summer's slipping by   - S. K. Smith)



  Navigating - maps, trips, etc: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



 Traveling Mercies:  Be Safe,  Stay Healthy, Taboos. etc.: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


Weather & other
 "acts of God":

How's the weather?    (weather.com)
(We all talk about it, but can't do a thing about it..  S. K. Smith)

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov)
("From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring ...")

Welcome to Weather Underground : Weather Underground (wunderground.com)
(Another weather site.)


 Getting There:  Alternatives, Cars, etc.: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


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Science & Technology


 General Science & Tech: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)

Marcus Chown: 11 Of The Craziest Things About The Universe   (huffingtonpost.com)
(It's a mad, mad universe alright.)

Copyright 2012. Magnifying the Universe by Number Sleuth.



Wacky Science Words  (FoxNews.com)
(Science is stranger than fiction)


Archeology: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)




Math: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



Physics: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


Space & 

The Universe:  Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


Space Exploration: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)




Past, Present, Future: Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


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12 great free online courses (blog.ted.com)
("Much ado has been made in recent years over the quickly rising cost of healthcare in the United States. But the cost of college tuition and fees has skyrocketed at nearly twice that rate...".)
25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter (mashable.com)
("Twitter can sometimes seem more like a newspaper or encyclopedia than a social network...".)

100 Sites By and For Master’s and PhD Candidates: Online Ph.D. Program (tutorhunt.com/)
("Everything from academic research to post-graduation career searching is covered in these great sites by and for master’s and PhD candidates")
500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | Open Culture (openculture.com/freeonlinecourses)
("Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities..".)
The Best Accredited Night Schools for Continuing Education Classes  ( http://nightschool.org/hanacademy.org)
("Night school is an option that many students choose because it allows them to maintain a job or tend to family commitments during the day without giving up their educational goals.")
Khan Academy (khanacademy.org)
(Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything—for free..)

* NEW *

Online Schools Guidebook: Learning Online for K-12 & College Students (accreditedschoolsonline.org)
("'Online education has come to an interesting point in its over three-decade-long lifespan....")

SELECT MY TUTOR- Search $ find private tutors throughout U.K. (selectmytutor.co.uk/)
("'Select my tutor' is a platform that acts as a bridge between Private Home tutors and students.")
Tutor Hunt - Private Tutors & Personal Tutors For Home Tuition (tutorhunt.com/)
("Tutor Hunt is a service for both pupils and tutors wishing to advertise their service on this site.")

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Art, Literature, 
Movies, Music,


American Culture:

Americana (songs, land, facts, demographics):  Click here
(Definitely deserves its own page ... - S. K. Smith)


ArchitectureClick here
(Deserves its own page ... - S. K. Smith)


Art WorksClick here
(Deserves its own page ... - S. K. Smith)

* updates *

The Written WordClick here
(Deserves its own page ... - S. K. Smith)


Movies (and television, DVD, YouTube ...):  Click here
(What strikes me as unique, unusual, different, inspiring, moving ...  Deserves its own page ... - S. K. Smith)


Music:  Click here
(My tastes are quite diverse.   So as time goes by, this could really grow. - S. K. Smith)

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 Cute Cats

(As you can see, I like cats ... - S. K. Smith)

  The Mean Kitty Song  (YouTube video)
(Story of Sparta - the "mean kitty"  - S. K. Smith)

Engineers and Cats!

  - An Engineer's Guide to Cats  (YouTube video)
(Engineers, like cats, can be so cute  - S. K. Smith)

  - An Engineer's Guide to Cat Yodeling (with Cat Polka) 
(YouTube video)  (Part Two  - S. K. Smith)

   - Funny Cat Fighter Jets  (YouTube video)
(Who said cats can't fly?  - S. K. Smith)

  - An Engineer's Guide to Voting (Ginger Cat for President)
(YouTube video)  (Ginger did not make it in 2008.  Maybe 2012?  - S. K. Smith)

 - An Engineer's Guide to Cats 2.0 - The Sequel( (YouTube video)  
    ("Two professional engineers update an earlier video tutorial about cats.")

 - Kitty Love Song (Sing-Along Version!)   (YouTube video) 
   ("A silly little song about how kitties express their love every day.")

Cat Wranglers
  (YouTube video)
(It's a repost of an EDS ad, but a favorite. 
- S. K. Smith)

(oldie -  but I really love this one. - S. K. Smith)

27 Cats That Just Can't Handle It  (buzzfeed.com)
("Halloween, hurricanes, and general horror are enough to send these cats into hysterics. Much Love – Virgin Mobile")

Cats Musical - Memory  (YouTube.com)
("Cats is an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot.")
lisaviolet's cathouse ... the best little cat house in cyberspace  (lisaviolet.com)
(This person REALLY loves cats.  - S. K. Smith)

The Big Bang Theory - Soft Kitty   (youtube.com)
("While playing nursemaid to Sheldon, Penny sings him a song"  It's about a kitty.)


Internet Cat Video Film Festival, at Walker Art Center - NYTimes.com  (nytimes.com)
(The Golden Kitty award, chosen by visitors to the Walker’s Web site, went to Will Braden for his two-minute opus “Henri 2: Paw de Deux,” about the existential angst of a black-and-white French puss.)

Henri - YouTube  (youtube.com)
("Henri, le Chat Existentialiste")

Henri 2, Paw de Deux - YouTube   (youtube.com)
("I weep for Henri, a cat who neither purrs nor nose bubbles.")

Henri 3, Le Vet - YouTube  (youtube.com)
("Ah, Henri...the existential angst...the long-suffering resignation...the meaningless life of luxury...quelle tragique!")

Henri 4, L'Haunting - YouTube  (youtube.com)
(Halloween is a hard time for cats.)

Henri 5, "The Worst Noël" - YouTube  (youtube.com)
(Christmas not that fun either.)

 Henri - Politique - YouTube  (youtube.com)
(Election blues.)

The Sweet Spot (nytimes.com)
(More on the award winning cat - Henri - as high art so as David Carr and A. O. Scott discuss the turmoil that art and speech can create in the world.)

Man Brushes His Cat With a Remotely Controlled Robot Using Kinect and Wiimotes   (sciencenewsblog.com)
("wii remotes and a Nao robot remotely brush a cat." )
Space Cats   (youtube.com)
(" ... dealing with space cats." )

These Kittens Were Found in a Box in the Snow - Just in Time   (viralnova.com)
("His Dad Found A Box In The Snow. Nothing Could Prepare Them For What Was In It." )

Watch The Cat Who Slaps Gators   (xfinitytv.comcast.net/)
(This is one good bad kitty!)
Weightless Cats   (youtube.com)
("We all want to know if the cat will land on her feet in zero gravity.." )

A World Without Cats -- Can You Imagine? | Catster   (catster.com)
(Yes, it would be a much sadder place.  S.K. Smith )
Pet Adoption
Pet Safety: Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners

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  Great Speeches

American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States  (americanrhetoric.com)
(Good resource for great American speeches.)


Sir Winston Churchill 
  -  Finest Hour
   (YouTube video)
   We Shall Fight Them on the Beaches ( YouTube video)
so many to so few ( YouTube video)

King George VI 
   George VI - King's Speech, September 3, 1939 -

  (The real King's Speech as Great Britain entered into World War II)

Martin Luther King, Jr. - "I Have a Dream" 
  -  Long Version
  (YouTube video)
   Short Version ( YouTube video)


George S. Patton
Patton Speech   (YouTube video)
          (George C. Scott movie)

Patton Speech  (YouTube video)
          (Patton speech in Los Angeles 1945 and death.
          Narrated by Ronald Reagan
  - General Patton Addresses the 3rd Army 
          (from George C. Scott movie)


Ronald Reagan 
  -  "We the People"
   (YouTube video)
- "We Must Fight Speech"
  (YouTube video)
      {"rendezvous with destiny ..."}


Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Pearl Harbor Address  (YouTube video)
          ("a date that will live in infamy")


Margaret Thatcher 
  -  On Socialism
   (YouTube video)

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  Crime and 
(and other such mysteries)

(Crime is definitely not one of my favorite things, 
but some of the cases and other mysteries are fascinating  - S. K. Smith)

Bones found on island might be Amelia Earhart's  (FoxNews.com)
(Did they finally find her?  - S. K. Smith)

The Caging of America (newyorker.com)
("Why do we lock up so many people?" S. K. Smith)

Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Introduction to the Case (http://www.casebook.org/intro.html)
("This is a brief review of the Jack the Ripper murders that occurred in London more than a hundred years ago."  "Jack the Ripper" even made an appearance on the original "Star Trek" - S. K. Smith)
Zodiac Killer - (more than one claim to be the one?)
California Woman: My Father Was the Zodiac Killer
(A California woman stepped forward to say that her late father was the notorious Zodiac killer and she as a little girl wrote and stamped some of the letters he sent to taunt police.)

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  Rock, Paper, Scissors


18 Creative Examples of Typography in Motion  (www.webdesignerdepot.com)   
The use of typography in video allows us to reclaim the lost art of arranging typefaces in a way that would make an 18th century typesetter’s head spin.)

Have Fun Destroying Web Pages with Font Bomb  (mashable.com)
(The next time an annoying commentator leaves a poorly-worded response on your blog, or tweets something offensive at you, don’t get mad. Just use Font Bomb.)
The Top 100 Best Fonts of All Time  (justcreativedesign.com)

Typography  (vimeo.com)
(Poem by Taylor Mali (www.TaylorMali.com))

Why you shouldn't use Comic Sans  (vimeo.com)
(At least at work?)


Grand Illusions   (grand-illusions.com )  
(Don't believe what you see; your mind tricks youl)

What Is Sharpness? | Video Insights  (ideo.bhinsights.com )  
(Sharp/dull ... it affects the mind.)


Free Disney Coloring Pages  (disneycoloring.net)

Print your own ruled paper

Space Shuttle - Paper Cutouts  (papertoys.com)


Awesome Lego Printer Uses Felt-Tipped Pens, Tiny Workers (wired.com)  

3D Printers

3D-printed exoskeleton gives a little girl use of her arms (video)  (venturebeat.com)
("A heartwarming new video documents the story of a small child whose life has been radically changed for the better because of 3D printing technology.")

3D Printer Now Includes Chocolates, Cheese » Geeky Gadgets  (geeky-gadgets.com)
(Now your chocolate bunnies and Chuck-E-Cheese can be printed for you. - S. K. Smith)
Manufacturing The Future: 10 Trends To Come In 3D Printing - Forbes 
("Once considered science fiction, the ability to do 3D printing – to produce objects on demand at relatively low cost – has become a reality.")

The world's smallest 3D Printer  (youtube.com)
(Kind of reminds me of Babes in Toyland and the poof gun.... - SK Smith)

The Smithsonian Turns To 3D Printing To Share Their Collection
(" ... the Smithsonian hopes to clone many of their pieces so they can be lent to other museums around the world.")


Lasers can 'unprint' documents  (spacedaily.com)
("British researchers say they've developed a laser process that can "uncopy" toner
ink from paper as an alternative to traditional recycling")

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Good Advice



Inspiration, motivation, pep talks, psychology, .... etc:  Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



Healthy living, diet, R&R:  Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



Leadership .... etc:  Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


Q & A:

Questions?  There may be an Answer:  Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



Online Degrees in Education  (onlinedegreesineducation.org)
("As online education becomes more popular...")


Len Tillem & Associates, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Personal Injury  (lentillem.com)
("The stories!" This attorney has a radio - some audio bites posted - which combines the informative with a sense of humor.  Also, it is resource for FAQs.)


Tools Everyone Should Own   (shopping.yahoo.com)
( Good suggestions.)

Types of Skills Everyone Should Know – Video – Top 100 Important Skills - Popular Mechanics  (popularmechanics.com)
(More suggestions.)


Top 10 Common Faults In Human Thought   (listverse.com)
(Our thoughts are flawed?  Who'd of guess this one?)

10 More Common Faults in Human Thought   (listverse.com)
(Dittos above.)

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson   (youtube.com)
(Now, lets have some good thoughts.)

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History Channel  (history.com)
(What's on TV, Today in history, etc.)

The History Place (historyplace.com)
("The Past into the Future".)

History Study Guides - SparkNotes  (sparknotes.com/)
(The Cliff Notes of History.  S. K. Smith.)

We Didn't Start The Fire  (yeli.us/Flash/Fire.html)
(Billy Joel covers 50 years of history in 3 minutes.)


Biography Study Guides - SparkNotes  (history.com)
(What's on TV, Today in history, etc.)


The Story of Amazing Grace  (YouTube.com)
(The story of John Newton who wrote the famous hymn "Amazing Grace"  I have put it here because this story and song has touched many watershed events in history from the 18th through the 21st century. - S. K. Smith.)

Historical Trends:

The road to serfdom F.A. Hayek   (http://mises.org)



Quotes from around history   (freerepublic.com)
("Here is a list of quotes on various topics from people from history. Some are positive, some are negative, some will make you happy, sad or angry. Hopefully they all will make you think.")

US Presidents:

US Presidents:  Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



US History:   Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)



World History:   Click here
(Too many entries, so it deserved its own page. - S. K. Smith)


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Ultimate Sacrifice

Memorial Day

America's Valiant Veterans Repose in Cemeteries Worthy of Heroes -- Both in the U.S. and Abroad   (FoxNews.com)
("American troops serving at home and abroad have given their lives, their limbs and years of service to a grateful nation.")

Freedom Isn't Free   (YouTube.com)
(Memorial Day 2010 clip, which was dedicated to our soldiers overseas.)

psalm 23 Memorial day tribute   (youtube.com)
"Some people think that the American soldier is A mindless killing machine with no remorse or compassion.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  ...")

Memorial Day Tribute  (YouTube video)
("A tribute to those who have fought and given the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation.")

Veteran's Day

Making a Difference   (DaySpring.com)

The Service of Veterans   (DaySpring.com)

Veteran's Day Blessing   (DaySpring.com)

Veteran's Day Prayer   (DaySpring.com)

Gene Simmons Military Tribute  (youtube.com)
(Rousing tribute to our troops from Gene Simmons of Kiss.)
It is the Solider by Charles M. Province  (iwvpa.net)
(Great poem.)
A Military Tribute  (youtube.com)
(For all those who put themselves in harms way to guard our freedoms and keep us safe.)
Navy Hymn: Eternal Father (Strong to Save) (youtube.com)
"'Eternal Father, Strong to Save': The Navy Hymn'
The song known to United States Navy men and women as the "Navy Hymn," is a musical benediction that long has had a special appeal to seafaring men, particularly in the American Navy and the Royal Navies of the British Commonwealth and which, in more recent years, has become a part of French naval tradition.")
A Wake for an Indian Warrior  (slideshare.net)
(A true American-Indian-Hero.)

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Ken Davis  (kendavis.com)
("Ken Davis is one of the country's most sought after motivational and inspirational speakers. His mixture of side-splitting humor and inspiration delights and enriches audiences of all ages.")


Funny Quotes (BrainyQuote.com)



Anatomy of Comedy:


Laughing Matters  (youtube.com)
( "Rowan Atkinson talks about what makes visual comedy funny through the use of humorous vignettes and Monty Python footage.." )

 Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 5  


Abbott & Costello, Who's on first.  (youtube.com)
("one of the greatest sketches of all time...Who's on first")
The Wit and Wisdom Of Andy Griffith - 
Romeo And Juliet
("Andy Griffith's version of Romeo and Juliet. A classic!")


Akinator (akinator.mobi)
(This game can keep you entertained for hours ... It's  like 20 questions ... or more.  SK Smith)


 Ball on a String Game   (thedogpaddler.com)
 (this will drive you crazy - S. K. Smith)

 Welcome to Jim's pages ( jimspages.com)
 (Lots of things here to keep you busy - S. K. Smith)


3,500-Year-Old Jokes Have Something to Say About Yo Mama (blogs.discovermagazine.com) 
(  These are really, really old jokes!  SK Smith )

Aha! Jokes: Clean Humor and Funny Pictures!

(  I'm terrible at telling jokes - but this helps:  "Thousands of clean jokes, funny pictures, cartoons, funny audio, funny videos, and more." )

Knock Knock Jokes  (knock-knock-joke.com)
("Here are 100 pages in an ongoing collection of some of the dumbest, funniest, silliest, wackiest, stupidest, and most annoying knock-knock jokes ever told. ")

The Top 10 Science Jokes, As Told By Stephen Hawking  (blogs.discovery.com)
("Stephen Hawking may be best known as a physicist, cosmologist and one of the world's smartest people, but these videos are proof he should add 'comedian' to his already robust résumé.")


Rowan Atkinson Sequence - Opening Ceremony - London 2012 Olympic Games   (youtube.com)
(Great spoof on Chariots of Fire and funny.)


Video clips:

Al Yankovic's post on Vine - I will not PLAY BY YOUR RULES  (vine.com)

The Greatest Inventor Yet  (flixxy.com)
("It's not easy to be an inventor and be so far ahead of everyone else.")


Signing in the Waldenbooks  (youtube.com)
("A mystery writer's lament.")


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