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Balloon = Buffoon

Okay, so how many people knew the balloon boy thing was a hoax? Once I found out this family was on the reality television show "Wife Swap" not once, but TWICE, I pretty much knew the whole balloon boy thing was a load of hooey. Continue reading

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HLimPT Take 2

Simon here again... Thanks for not eating me. HLimPT Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Mom is so proud. I can do steps! Sometimes my tummy gets in the way going down. Mom says I am growing so fast that tomorrow will be better. I am now as tall ... Continue reading

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Social Networking the new evil….

Today I stumbled upon what has to be the silliest article I have seen in a long time. The article in England's Daily Mail trumpets: "Social networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users" And the article quotes neuroscientist Susan Greenfield as being ... Continue reading

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Surplus of Big 12 surprises in week 7

I find it difficult to believe the Big 12 North is anything more than an average division — at best — after this weekend's slate of football games. For more on this idea, plus my reaction on Texas beating Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, check out ... Continue reading

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How Long is my Puppy Tale

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/18/simons_first_day_of_scouts.jpg How Long is my Puppy Tale Monday, August 17, 2009 My name is Woof. When I am in trouble my mommy calls me Woof Grr. I hear that happens to kids too. My 7 brothers and sisters call me Yap. I am 6 weeks old. I ... Continue reading

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Sunday Again! More Deals and Some Shopping Tips

Today marks Ryan's one month birthday! I am amazed that time could possibly go by any more quickly than it did with the other two...but that is exactly what is happening. I am anxious, however, to get back into some type of routine for myself and my ... Continue reading

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Let’s savor the fall season before we start thinking about Christmas

Fall is my favorite time of year. The change of season from summer to fall has always been greatly anticipated. The brilliant colors, cool weather, football, festivals and bonfires, carving pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving. Through the years, I find myself being pushed from summer almost directly to Christmas. ... Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Underwater City

Recently my daughter, whose birthday is today!, went to Greece with a girl friend, for a week's vacation. With her unbridled wit, she observed that since the period between 776 BC (the first Olympic Games) and 323 BC (the death of Alexander), the civilization that many consider ... Continue reading

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The Mad Geek: What statistical analysis tells us about KU and what to expect in today’s game

The Kansas football team’s offense is the best in the nation when it comes to passing on second- and third-and-longs. The Jayhawks’ defense ranks in the top 10 nationally in the second quarter, but is in the bottom 10 in the third quarter. KU’s offense has been ... Continue reading

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“Where the Wild Things Are” On-Camera Review

My castmate on VH1's World Series of Pop Culture, Robert Bishop from Wocka Wocka, joins me for a review of "Where the Wild Things Are." Spike Jonze directed the movie, which is adapted by Dave Eggers from the classic kids book by Maurice Sendak. Find out whether ... Continue reading

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Social Security COLA Assessment is Wrong

Recently it was in the news that seniors who collect social security will not be getting a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2010. (see www.ssa.gov/cola) Their explanation is that the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), one of the government's measurements ... Continue reading

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‘Top Chef’ and ‘Project Runway’ contestants not here to make friends

Welcome to the “I’m not here to make friends edition” of the Top Chef/Project Runway blog. We’re getting down to the end of the season and the contestants are grating on each other more than usual, the competition is getting closer and the stress/sleep deprivation are making ... Continue reading

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3 Questions: Kansas at Colorado

1. Will Tyler Hansen cure Colorado's offensive ills? http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/15/hansen.jpg Colorado's sophomore quarterback Tyler Hansen took over for coach's son Cody Hawkins last week. After four-and-a-half disappointing games, Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins decided to pull the plug on junior quarterback Cody Hawkins and turn to sophomore Tyler ... Continue reading

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Viewing enjoyment affected by very un- “Paranormal Activity”

[two stars, or the "Swiss fist"--complete neutrality!] Rarely do movie critics talk about the actual experience of seeing a film in the theater in their actual review. It happens sometimes, but it’s usually presented as an aside (the film broke, the crowd responded this way, the sound ... Continue reading

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I see dead things

Like most people, I have my share of fears, both rational and ir-. Given how much time I spend in the saddle, I guess it makes sense some of those fears are bike-centric. Curiously, though I’m cautious and certainly aware of the bad things that can happen ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 10/15/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at media day today. Full audio is posted here. • This year's team is not quite as athletic and fast as the 2007-08 team, but it is probably bigger and deeper. Deeper isn't ... Continue reading

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Greatest college football rivalry likely depends on whom you talk to

We're three days away from the Big 12 South game of the year between Oklahoma and Texas. As usual, I'd like your opinion. Who will prevail at the Cotton Bowl? For my analysis of the Red River rivalry, and the rest of my week 7 picks around ... Continue reading

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Swapping Clothes

I like shopping thrift stores for clothes for the kids. I especially like shopping at the Children's Orchard in Olathe. Good quality, used clothes are so much more practical and less wasteful than buying more and more new clothes. Garage sales are also a good option for ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight, 10/14/2009

Previous: IPS 10/7/2009 Next: IPS 10/21/2009 DougCounty and littleone together identified the subject this week. See end of this post for the answer I'm afraid the subject this week will be too easy, but I've been fooled before. Image #1: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/14/DSC_3186c.JPG Image #2: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Oct/15/DSC_3186a.JPG The image(s) above ... Continue reading

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Record cold and a surplus of rain for Lawrence

It has been a rough few days for those of us who are hanging on to that last hope for warm weather. Since Saturday we have set records on four the last five days for the lowest high temperature. The previous highs and new records look like ... Continue reading

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