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Yearbook Yourself


Do you ever look through old high school or college yearbooks and laugh at the hairstyles, glasss, or clothing? If you'd like to have a little fun with images, there's a website you need to explore — Jostens' Yearbook Yourself. You upload a picture of yourself, move it and resize it to fit in a little circle, choose male portrait or female portrait, and then select years across the bottom of the screen. You can see what you would have looked like in yearbooks every two years from 1950 to 2000. (WARNING: You may want to mute your computer since the site has loud, annoying music in the background.)

Here's what Becka would have looked like with the hairstyles and clothing of the various decades. (And yes, I am doing this with her blessing....) 🙂

Becka1952

Becka1964

Becka1974
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Are You in a Time Warp?


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Do you have a love/hate relationship with technology? I mentioned in my post last week about using FaceTime to "be with" people at their reunion 700 miles away. I basically experienced what science fiction told us our phone calls would one day be like. For an old guy, I use quite a bit of technology, but things keep changing so quickly that there's much that I've never even heard of. I feel as if I'm holding on for dear life on a fast ride, and yet I know that compared to some, I'm not moving along very fast at all. Sometimes I feel as if I'm in a time warp. Strangely enough, time flies even when you're not having fun! I ran across a quotation recently from 1971 — "Technology ... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other." — C. P. Snow

Today's post is a couple of jokes related to this idea.

A man was visiting his son and daughter-in-law one night when he asked if he could borrow a newspaper.

"This is the 21st century," said his son. "We don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad."

You know, that fly never knew what hit it!
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Face Time


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I haven't had much time to put together a blog post this past week. Our daughter Megan and the kids came to visit and we've had a lot going on! Needless to say, we've had a lot of "face time" with our kids and grandkids. Megan put together a nice blog post which recounts many of our activities, so rather than re-inventing the wheel, I'll just point you to her post if you're interested in what we've been up to and in seeing some cute pics of our three oldest grandchildren playing in the kiddie pool at Mark and Katie's.

Here's a picture of one activity Drew especially enjoyed:

Drew Poppie Campout

Our daughter Nora who is expecting and is about at the end of her first trimester. She is ending her employment as a full-time nanny today and will be concentrating on building her cookie business — The Cookie Kiln. In the side bar of my blog I have put a collage of some of her recent creations and her business card. These link to her site in case you decide you want to order cookies from her for some special event in your life.

For the sake of those of you who never venture onto my blog, here's the collage to which I'm referring:
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Siri-ous Humor


I did a post last summer about smart phones when we were considering changing cell phone service. As much as I enjoy my iPad and as much as I might enjoy having many of the same apps, etc. on an iPhone, I would not want the bill that goes with having an iPhone.

A few weeks ago both my French 102 and my German 112 classes had a unit on food. In connection with that I shared two pictures with them. Here's the picture my French students enjoyed:

Ail Phone

I had to help them a little since French pronunciation isn't always evident. The French word ail is pronounced in IPA symbols /aj/ (approximately like ah-yuh, with the yuh almost disappearing), and it means garlic in English.

Here's the picture my German students enjoyed:
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Smart Phoning


I don't know about you, but when I first heard the expression "smartphone," the image that popped into my mind was that of Maxwell Smart talking into his shoe phone. That corny show was a favorite of mine in my impressionable youth. At that time, some of what we're currently living was still sci-fi ... back when they told us that some day people would be able to see each other as they talked on the phone. Skype anyone? FaceTime anyone? It seems that nowadays, if you can imagine it, someone has already invented it!

I'm not really interested in getting a smartphone and all that goes with it. I mean, which one would I even choose?! Here are just a few of the choices:

Our daughter Nora has a friend who attended a wedding in Guam shortly after getting a smartphone. What she didn't know was that, when the phone was on, it would be updating once a minute for the entire week she was there. She sent about 10 texts and made two 5-minute phone calls, limiting her usage, knowing the rates would be undoubtedly be much higher from there. But still, when she got back home and saw her next bill, she was in total shock. It was for more than $37,000! When she pleaded her case with her service provide and could get nowhere with them, she contacted a local TV station — 7 On Your Side — for help. By putting the spotlight on the craziness of her situation, the folks at channel 7 WSPA were able to get her cell phone service provider to eliminate all those roaming charges from while she was in Guam.
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