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Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Hey! I've never really had a blog before, so I'm just kinda winging it here. So, anyway, today was a normal day--got up, ate breakfast, went to school. Yes, I am your average American teenager. I sing in Lawrence Children's Choir and I also enjoy writing, playing ... Continue reading

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“Clash of the Titans” (2010) On-Camera Review

This remake of "Clash of the Titans" stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, the son of Zeus, who goes on a quest to kill the mighty Kraken and save the city of Argos. How does the state-of-the-art CGI compare to the 1981 version's stop-motion animation? Find out in ... Continue reading

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An Easter Weekend Outlook

The last several Easter Sundays have been all over the board weather-wise. Looking back over the last three years was interesting to say the least. Here are the particulars through 2007: April 12, 2009 - High - 50° Low - 40° Rain: 0.64 inches March 23, 2008 ... Continue reading

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April Fools From Medicaid! OK… Not Really…

So I logged on to KMAP (Kansas Medical Assistance Program) this morning to bill some dental claims (my "real" job when I'm not doing personal training) and this is the message that was on their website. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/01/aprilfools.jpg Too bad THAT'S not an April Fool's joke! But it ... Continue reading

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Diet and Exercise Not Needed To Keep Fit

Associated Press April 1, 2010, 7:41 a.m. Updated April 1, 2010, 8:09 a.m. A 25-year study has determined that diet and exercise are not key factors in helping people stay in shape. The study followed 4500 individuals and determined that body weight and general fitness were not ... Continue reading

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Who’s Who - A Fun (?) Guessing Game - April 1, 2010

Previous "Who's Who" http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/29/Whos_Who_Mystery_Man.png This Blog is a fun guessing game. A small portion of a famous person's picture will be posted along with a clue. Additional parts of the picture and additional clues will be provided until someone guesses the identity of the mystery person. This ... Continue reading

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Found! Daisy Dozer or Casey Coaster - Found in Brook Creek Area!

The Woodland Park Roller Coaster has been found. Known historically as Daisy Dozer or Casey Coaster, this former Lawrence landmark has been located - mostly intact. This photo from Watkin's museum shows the roller coaster in its prime. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Apr/01/woodland-parkORIG_t640_.jpg Using the 1937 aerial photographs I was able ... Continue reading

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Ranking the Top Ten ‘Idol’ finishers

Since this uneven season of "American Idol" has now reached the top ten plateau, it's time to officially handicap the chances each contestant has of winning it all. Given this truly oddball collection of entertainers, predicting is by no means an exact science. (Compare it to past ... Continue reading

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Political Contrasts: Jim Clyburn and Jim DeMint

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/31/protestersign.jpg http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/31/civil-rights-pickets.jpg From Tarzan to Shakespeare to John F. Kennedy, contrasts, comparing opposites, have been an effective means of expressing ideas, motivating mass behavior and characterizing people and their positions. “Let me compare thee to a summer's day,” the British bard wrote in his famous sonnet 18, ... Continue reading

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Running it 60 percent of the time might not be bad for Turner Gill and KU

In an interview with WHB 810 on Tuesday, Kansas coach Turner Gill was asked about how often he envisioned his team would run the football. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/30/smile.jpg "What that percentage is, I can't give that answer right now," Gill said. "If you sit here and say, 'What's your ... Continue reading

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What increased depth at RB means for KU

The last three seasons of KU football may have been about shattering the school’s passing records, but the next three could begin the assault on the rushing records. Toben Opurum is the top returning rusher, Rell Lewis showed some things in the 2009 finale against Mizzou, Deshaun ... Continue reading

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Who’s Who - A Fun (?) Guessing Game - March 31, 2010

Previous "Who's Who" http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/29/Whos_Who_Mystery_Man.png This Blog is a fun guessing game. A small portion of a famous person's picture will be posted along with a clue. Additional parts of the picture and additional clues will be provided until someone guesses the identity of the mystery person. This ... Continue reading

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User Names (UserNames) - Why are you who you are?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Feb/17/username.bmp Did I say that? I had to go back to the first post that I made using the screen name of "Did_I_say_that" in order to recall why I chose it as a user name. The first post was to David Lignell's blog, "A Winter Treasure Hunt". ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Nuclear War Movies

For a subject that was once (and still is, from time to time) so pervasive in the news media, it’s surprising to me that there aren’t more films exploring the “what if” scenarios of nuclear war. Here is my attempt to list the best of them. Disclaimer: ... Continue reading

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The unpleasant side to spring

Runny nose? Itchy eyes? Feeling under the weather? It's that time of the year again, with the nicer weather also comes the allergy season. The perfect ingredients for high pollen days include warm temperatures, breezy conditions and dry weather (sound like our current weather pattern?) Pollen counts ... Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons I LOVE Baseball

1) I love the idea of someone throwing a 96mph fastball and being able to maneuver it just to the edge of the strike zone. Watching Josh Beckett and Johnathan Papelbon pitch is an amazing experience. 2) I love how a pitcher like Zack Greinke can play ... Continue reading

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Who’s Who - A Fun (?) Guessing Game - March 30, 2010

Previous "Who's Who" http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/29/Whos_Who_Mystery_Man.png This Blog is a fun guessing game. A small portion of a famous person's picture will be posted along with a clue. Additional parts of the picture and additional clues will be provided until someone guesses the identity of the mystery person. This ... Continue reading

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Batter Up!

Top 10 Reasons I Hate Baseball: 1. I don't like the idea of someone throwing an object going 80 mph at my head. 2. Baseball players are a bunch of overweight, roid-raging, overpaid slugs. 3. Get over the "America's Pastime" nonsense. That myth was promulgated way back ... Continue reading

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Review: ‘The Street Stops Here’ doesn’t live up to expectations

Like many of you, the first exposure I had to the documentary "The Street Stops Here" was the movie trailer on YouTube. The three minutes of this video are intriguing, well-edited, emotional, fascinating — all one pretty much could ask for out of a documentary. So, when ... Continue reading

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Woodland Park - Location on Display!

This is a composite picture of the LiDAR image shown in the Lawrence Journal World article, "Update: High-tech aerial image of Lawrence reveals location of historic Woodland Park", and a Google Satellite Image of the location. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/29/Woodland_Park_layer.png http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/29/Woodland_Park_large.png http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/30/Woodland_Park_Oval.png http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2010/Mar/30/Woodland_Park_Oval_map.png The location of the Woodland Park and ... Continue reading