Saturday, March 31, 2012

10 Myths About Introverts from Carl King :: Writer. Director. Artist.:

An interesting blog. As an Introvert of long standing I couldn't help but notice the title of this article...

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.
Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.
Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.
Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.
Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.
Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.
Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.
Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

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Wind Map

Wind Map:
Yes, it's fascinating! Right now I can see the 30mph+ winds flowing up from the south as the storm increases.

I've always had a dream where winds were could see light blue winds and red, angry looking winds during a storm.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

From PolitiFact

Want to invoke our Lie of the Year? Get it right:

Republicans were caught lying about the lies...why am I not surprised?

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New Video From Chris Mooney

 7 Studies Showing That Fox News Viewers Are The Most Misinformed:

I didn't need a study to know this...but I digress; Chris Mooney has a great blog!

From 'It's Okay To Be Smart'

I knew there was a reason...they (conservatives) are definitely handicapped.


Yes, I want the war in Afghanistan to end. To bring our troops home. (where our government will conveniently forget about them...but that's another story; a true one) But the alternative to ending the war is a terrible one. I think it's obvious that the Taliban (an arm of the Pakistan army) will take over just as soon as we leave. Another alliance of Afghanistan/Pakistan will be forged and the Taliban currently in Pakistan will take over that government as well. A government with a stockpile of nuclear weapons. Once that happens, the Saudi's will jump into the nuclear game as they don't want two nations, Syria and Pakistan, to be armed while they aren't. Now what will Israel do when faced with another nuclear enemy, making it a total of three. Israel, just just like Syria, won't reveal that they have a nuclear weapon (s). And Israel has a tendency to act first and think last...

The Election

...but first a word about the Supremes. From what I have read, it isn't going well for the Affordable Health Care law as the 'anti-humanity' lawyers serve up the arguments that the majority of the Justices love. You can almost hear Scalia salivating, his mind made up a year ago. Thomas hasn't asked one question as is 'normal' for him. Absolutely mindless and an embarrassment to us all. I think the decision has already been made and this is just another act in the ongoing Supremes drama, similar to the first act...the election of Bush.

All of which brings me to the elections and just how important it is that we elect President Obama for the vital second term. During which, he may have a chance to name another (or two) justices to the Supreme Court. Who knows? One can always hope. Lightning perhaps?

And then there are all of the other races; Senate and House. We need to take back the House and although there is a numerical Democratic party advantage in the would never know it. So it's time to take back the Senate as well...

Even if you disagree with a lot of our President's decisions, it's time to reunite and re-elect. Consider the alternative...


Senator Inhofe Believes Global Warming is Hoax Because "Only God Can Change the Climate" | AlterNet:

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My momma told me there would be days like this...double sigh!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


I'm looking through my closet and I've found that I own four 'Hoodies'. In fact I will put one on in a few minutes  because it's cold outside and that's where I will be...outside. Will I be in any danger. Of course not, I'm white.

Florida never fails to astound me. Yes, I know that there are Floridians that are sane but they appear to be in the minority. I would guess that elderly white folks and 'crackers' are in the majority and that's why they have an abomination of a law called 'Stand Your Ground'. Please! This is the 21st century and not the 19th. Grow up!

I have to congratulate myself for not taking a cheap shot about the recent surgery on you know who.

What's with the people who think that the Keystone pipeline project is a domestic venture? It's FOREIGN oil folks! Canada is a foreign nation and they will charge us the market rates for that oil.

And why aren't we looking at alternative energy? I'm reading Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman and it makes for a sobering read.Is climate change happening? You betcha!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What will I do?

What a bummer! I was happily addicted to using Pinterest, the image sharing site, when I read a small piece in the NY Times that talked about the fact that the site was used primarily by women! I have to admit that I noticed that there weren't many masculine names attached to the images, but I didn't let that worry me. But now, what will I do? If it's in the NY Times, everyone will know about it and they will see that I'm a user on a 'women's' website. There goes my masculine image!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Greatest Hoax

 The Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future:

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I really need to start working on my book; The Stupidity Epidemic and How it Threatens Your Future. I can see a real need for it.

Truth is, the greatest hoax occurs every month when members of Congress and the Senate draw their paychecks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

What's that noise?

We were sitting quietly and reading as is our wont (yes, I'm being pretentious)...when a loud crash brought us to our feet and running into the study/office/spare bedroom. (that's just one place) There were books everywhere! A full shelf of books had become unattached from the wall and the shelf and books had fallen onto that portion of the desk that my wife uses. And had used just minutes before. Also lucky for us was the fact that she had just pushed the monitor to the back of the desk and so it was unscathed by the cascade of shelving and books.
How could this happen? The shelf material was massive (a full 2x12) and appeared so sturdy. But a quick look revealed that the shelf had been held up by plastic inserts into the drywall. No screws went into the studs behind. And right above the failed shelf was another, just like it in construction. That one we took down. What was the previous owner thinking? The fasteners were barely enough to hold the shelf up, let alone a load of books.
Okay, the wall is repaired and has been repainted. Now we need to find a sturdy shelving system. In black to match the decor.
Until we get the shelving up, a pile of books will remain in the corner of the room. Except for the books I'm reading. I have painted myself into a virtual corner surrounded by these books. Hot, Flat, and Crowded/T. Friedman, A Hole in the Gospel/R. Stearns and That Used To Be Us/T. Friedman&M. Mandelbaum. I should complete one and move on. I don't. I read a little bit of each one every day. Hanging out around the appetizers when I should be sitting down for dinner.  
We're off to the hardware store to buy shelving...

Why an MRI costs $1,080 in America

and $280 in France - from The Washington Post:

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As usual...follow the money.