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It's A Dogs Life...

Yah so.. I'm going to try this instead of posting some ginormous video over there, like if you know me at all, attention is so not me!  I'm trying to find my old camera, but I'm sure it's in a box marked "Pandora".. Lol .. NO Really ! 

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Added by DoK on September 30, 2016 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Are we good?

It seems to have taken Ning a better part of a week to get some site issues fixed.   I am not sure they have been communicative though with the creators of the various sites.   I get that, because when at work I was involved in upgrade or downtime.. you worked the problem / plan  first then communicated once everything that happened was understood, and a root cause analysis or summation of downtime was underway following the event.   As a forewarning was lacking, I am guessing this was not a…

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Added by Chig on September 28, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

The downtime experience yesterday, and Ning news.

I think this is good news....

The company which bought Ning out a few years back... (probably around the time that Ning development ceased and support started to flounder)  has closed its doors abruptly.

Here is the article:

Mode Media shuts down.

After several hours having taken Ning down, Ning came back, and…

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Added by Chig on September 17, 2016 at 9:54am — 10 Comments

Life Boats?

The old boat seems sturdy and continues to float here on Ning... so no worries (breathe easy) ,   However as Captain, I have  responsibility for the safety of the crew and  of the crew's quarters.   I am looking around for the life boats should we run into any rough / choppy waters.   Anyone know anything about the following sites, or any other suggestions?…

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Added by Chig on September 14, 2016 at 1:06pm — 3 Comments

Ark 2.0

Ahoy!  Just an update... The process to keep the Ark afloat is underway.   I haven't told the current captain this yet, but I am going to throw the leg irons on her to make sure she doesn't jump overboard.  I hope she will stay on as an administrator.    Thought I might start with a request to maybe change the motto from "Whatever floats your boat..." to something new to reflect our current struggles.   Something like "I think we are gonna need a smaller boat".  LOL.

Post your motto…

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Added by Chig on September 9, 2016 at 11:17am — 12 Comments

D'oh! Ark Time is Up? (Maybe Not!)

Hey all.  I just got word that Ning is upping their fee once again.  I'm so grateful to all of you who've helped to keep this boat afloat all these years, but there's no way I can continue considering they're doubling the monthly fee beginning October 1st.

So unless anyone else wants to take the wheel, I'm gonna have to call this place quits the very last week of September. I'm so sorry. I dreaded this moment.  I want to send out an email to all members, but I figured I'd wait…

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Added by SydTheSkeptic on August 31, 2016 at 7:30pm — 21 Comments

I have to....

I love this woman's voice.    I love Portishead.   So I love when she covers portishead.  BTW this Friday Lisa Hannigan has a new CD out.   YAY!   later this fall in Berlin, both She and Damien Rice will be performing at the same 5 day event.  I am so hoping they might bury the hatchet and do one or two songs together.   But I wont hold my breath.

Added by Chig on August 17, 2016 at 10:28pm — 5 Comments

I Think the Folks who Wrote This...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmVLcj-XKnM

probably read this first :

http://www.openculture.com/2016/07/in-1988-kurt-vonnegut-gives-seven-pieces-advice-to-people-living-in-2088.html

I hear there's something or other going on in politics right now but I haven't had time to pay attention…

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Added by BlancheNoE on August 2, 2016 at 8:40pm — 2 Comments

Oh Chanada

I didn't expect much when I started watching this. I never heard of this guy before, but I don't pay much attention to this sport anymore. He doesn't even have the physique of today's super cut, gymnastic skaters--kinda spindly and limp looking on top. And the music was way too Liberace for me.

But two minutes in, I was in a stoned trance. This man isn't so much a skater as he is a ballerina with a jetpack, terrain tracking over the ice in magnetic levitation. So swift, so…

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Added by NatureJunkie on July 30, 2016 at 1:55am — 2 Comments

For Spacemonkey, the next time he comes 'a lurkin'.

That's right. FIVE minutes.

But it takes ten minutes to watch it.

Added by NatureJunkie on June 9, 2016 at 12:37am — 1 Comment

Led Zep? or is it Michelle?

Representatives of a 1960s band called Spirit has sued Led Zeppelin for plagiarism, claiming that "Stairway to Heaven" borrowed its melody from a Spirit song called "Taurus." "Taurus" was written in 1967, "Stairway" in 1972. A Los Angeles district court judge has just decided that the suit deserves a jury trial.

There's no way to deny that…

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Added by NatureJunkie on April 13, 2016 at 1:18am — 4 Comments

HumanFeats Smiletime

1.   pianist best known for beautiful covers of Rock songs. My son has already taken up playing guitar like a storm after hearing his track and cover of Linkin Park    In the End.  Inspiration can get someone out of a funk like being hit by a meteorite…

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Added by ThatGirl on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Im Weihnachtshaus

I can't quit this place. No matter how superficial online relationships can be, at the same time I've established some amazing connections to some amazing people.

As I've vlogged about before, one of my hobbies is finding really old junk and trying to uncover the identity of its previous owner. Last December, I bought an old postcard that was dated 1931, mainly because I was entranced by the photo on the front of it, a sleeping boy surrounded by creepy dolls.…

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Added by NatureJunkie on December 26, 2015 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

Beautiful

Tobie2 found this artist.  Thought I would share a little Christmas awww from her.

Added by Chig on December 14, 2015 at 6:57pm — 4 Comments

Joy for the Holidays

No, I swear to god, it is NOT an SNL spoof.

Added by NatureJunkie on December 13, 2015 at 1:29am — 4 Comments

Proper Protocol For Returning to a Social Sharing Website After a Long Absence

After extensive studies and multiple clinical trials (1.3) management has developed a S.O.P. (standard operating procedure) for all returning prodigal sons and daughters.

1.) Make a very short video while looking into the camera and say :

" Are you still doing this ? ", leave 6.3 seconds of silence for dramatic effect and then say : " wow." *end*.

2.) Wait six to eight weeks for your first view or comment (6 months to a year if you're aiming for…

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Added by BlancheNoE on December 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Canary

Just dropping a lyric here to publish. I was thinking about a song I wrote for my son when he was 3. It was about the trials and tribulations to come. Then Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" barged in on my brain party and she brought with her the crew of scientists that are watching evolutionary shrinkage as a survival necessity and , well...working on the music now so while you're reading imagine a really upbeat-boppy tune

I’m the one they send in after…

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Added by BlancheNoE on November 29, 2015 at 12:05pm — 7 Comments

My First UFO

Walking my dogs early last evening, I saw what at first looked like a helicopter with a search light, except that it was so very high in the sky its beam was nowhere near touching anything at ground level. The "beam" began to wobble a bit, then it traveled for quite a way in a straight, direct line in a northerly direction. It began to glow whiter and larger and then a cone of light began to trail behind it.

Cool, I thought, a comet! But if it was, this was the largest comet…

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Added by NatureJunkie on November 8, 2015 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

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