Fun With Fun Foam Flowers

While experimenting with my glue gun dolls, things didn’t work out and the dolls got stuck and would not come out of the mold. The only thing that did come out was the head. So instead of throwing it out, I just figured an new way to use it. I had made flowers from ‘fun […]

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Modified Smart Cars

I just came across this article on ‘Newly Swissed‘ about modified smart cars. It had never occurred to me to take a small car like the smart and modify it. Well, I guess there are people who thought it was a wonderful idea. Follow the link above for more pictures

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Unusual Swiss Chocolate Creations

It does not come as a surprise to me that Switzerland has one of the highest chocolate consumptions in the world. I love Swiss chocolate and early on found out which brands were my favorite. By the way it is Migros (Frey) chocolate and not the main brand ones. Also…

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What is Swiss Folkmusic?

Growing up in Switzerland I did not like Swiss folkmusic. They call it ‘Ländler’ as its origins are from the country folk (land) and yes, yodeling is included in that. I always found it old-fashioned and backwards. My parents weren’t to keen on it either. But to my surprise my…

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2012 – The Twelve – The Mayan Calendar

Mayan Day Keeper
Saturday, September 4, 2010 hurricane Earl arrived in Halifax as a category 1 storm. It went directly over the city and left us without power for about 10 hours. The evening before we watched the “movie 2012”, which we thought was ap…

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2012 – The Twelve – The Mayan Calendar

Mayan Day Keeper

Saturday, September 4, 2010 hurricane Earl arrived in Halifax as a category 1 storm. It went directly over the city and left us without power for about 10 hours. The evening before we watched the “movie 2012”, which we thought was appropriate in light of the upcoming hurricane. The movie was great from a movie effects perspective, but nothing to crow about from the story line.

For the last 10 years I have been interested in the Mayan Calendar and so follow the steady stream of information about what we can expect in 2012, but I don’t believe in all the hype. I believe that things will turn out totally different than expected.

On Sunday after the storm I went to the local Chapters bookstore and came upon a book that seemed to talk to me. It is called “The Twelve” by William Gladstone and has something to do with 2012. I am only halfway through the book and find it an enjoyable read and can’t wait to find out the ending. I haven’t peeked yet at the last few pages, which is what I usually do. I will report back when I have fully read the book.

Here is a summary of the book I found on Amazon.com

From Publishers Weekly

Gladstone’s meandering debut, the latest thriller tied to the mystical date of December 12, 2012, when Mayan legend predicts the world’s end, charts the life of Max Doff, starting with his conception in 1949 in Tarrytown, N.Y. After Max dies briefly at the age 15, he has a vision of 12 people. On returning to consciousness, he begins a decades-long quest to find them. His path takes him to Yale, where his radical philosophical ideas lead to his forced departure from campus. A formulation like ‘A is, and is not, equal to A’ as the ultimate equation in explaining how to penetrate the impenetrable intellectual domain of ‘understanding understanding’ is symptomatic of Max’s difficulty in getting his message, whatever it actually is, across. Max then begins globe-trotting as part of the production team for a documentary on ancient astronauts. Serendipitous encounters with the twelve will strike many readers as more contrived than magical. (Sept.)
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I would love to hear from others who have read the book to find out your views.

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Funniest Google Street Views in Switzerland

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must be familiar with Google Street View. Now, I have to admit that I waste a lot of time simply browsing the world, but there are many other creative uses for Street View as well: Artistic inspiration for painters Virtual sightseeing for cheapos Unique material for […]

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The Smart Car and Children

Article first posted on March 29/2005 on my old site I keep on being asked questions about the Smart car and the latest one was about children in the Smart car. Is it legal to have children under 12 in it? I called the local dealership and a very friendly…

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Driving a Smart Car in Winter

On December 25, 2005 I came across this article on the msn.ca website. As these articles seem to disappear over time I am copying it to my website.   2005 Smart Fortwo Cool in Winter Too? December 25, 2005 After thorough tests in fair weather, we venture to find out if…

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The Smart Car

After my trip to Switzerland in 2002 where I first saw the Smart Car and was so intrigued by it, I was very pleased to see that is now also available in Canada. It is sold through Mercedes dealerships. Note: I am not affiliated with any smart car dealership, I…

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