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Burglar... or jealous classmate? Your post jogged a memory of a viking ship assignment

I had long ago in grade school. Most kids bought the Revell plastic model, I chose to build from scratch. Mine had balsa wood hull, toothpick oars, tiny painted shields along the gunnels, etc. The teacher gave me a lower grade saying it wasn't as detailed as the other kids (kit) ones (!). I remember being somewhat disenchanted with that teacher from then on. And one day the display area got wacked by some kid, and mine ship was the only casualty. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sun Oct 19, 2014, 02:45 PM (1 replies)

Your significant other need not give up on TV and movies. Descriptive Video Service (DVS) provides

audio track narration of many TV shows and a large roster of movies. I would guess this may not be high on your lists of immediate concerns right now, but in time your pal may like to check it out. It was first pioneered at public TV WGBH station in Boston in the early 1990's. DVS is easily acessed by turning on the SAP (separate audio channel) channel button on your TV.

Link for more info:


"The Descriptive Video Service (DVS) is a major United States producer of video description, which makes visual media, such as television programs, feature films, and home videos, more accessible to people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. DVS often is used to describe the product itself. It is a special audio track that includes extra descriptions of what is happening on screen for the visually impaired."

P.S. Dear snot, I would like to add my voice to the many here who are distraught to hear of the new direction your life is taking, but are encouraging you to seek out the myriad resources available to one of the oldest and most supported of disabling conditions. I have been amoung people with disabilities all my life and know many people who are blind or visually impaired. They lead successful, fulfilling lives. Keep your courage up!

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sun Sep 28, 2014, 10:34 PM (1 replies)

And 'the beautiful game' welcomes you! The youth league in our town has 1700 kids and

growing strong. I volunteer coached for over ten years and loved (almost) every hour of it. It really is a terrific sport for kids because it requires teamwork, because it's basically simple, but loaded with complexity, because it's great exercise (one of the U.S. players ran TEN miles in ONE game at the World Cup), because it doesn't cost more then the price of a ball, because the rest of the world plays it, you will learn about other cultures, because, because, because, so many more reasons...

Sure, basketball, and some other sports have those qualities too, but right now, during World Cup, it's futbol!

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 09:47 PM (0 replies)

Much progress HAS been made. In 1991, under Bush I, the Nunn-Lugar threat reduction bill...

(Senator Nunn and Senator Richard Lugar) initiated a modest, bipartisan, $400-million-a-year program of investment in securing Russian nuclear weapons and materials.

As of this report from 2011, nearly 92% of 'loose nuke' material and sites had been secured:

more here:

"The Obama administration brought additional attention to this issue, pledging to secure all vulnerable nuclear weapons materials by 2014 and convening a high-level global nuclear security summits in 2010 and 2012. The 2010 summit yielded tangible results, with Ukraine announcing that it would get rid of all its Soviet-era highly enriched uranium, and five other countries stating intentions to convert their research reactors to run on low-enriched uranium, which is less dangerous. The next global nuclear security summit is planned for 2014 and will take place in the Netherlands."

Pres. Reagan projected a outward bluster of tough stands, and greatly re-ignighted the Cold war and nuke insecurity. He had nothing to do with ending the Cold War for which many falsely give him credit.
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Jul 10, 2014, 02:26 PM (0 replies)

That IS rare, Thanks! The closest I've been to a President (and First Lady) was at FDR wheelchair

statue dedication during the Clinton years. It is in the beautiful parkland along Patomic basin, a short stroll from the MLK statue.
I remarked how quiet it was given that we were near Washington's busy airport and my father reminded me that there is always a 'no fly zone' above where the President is attending.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sat May 17, 2014, 11:26 AM (0 replies)

The great civil rights act, the ADA, was bipartisan, and signed by GHWBush in 1990...

The gist of the article- originally from Liberaland - is certainly true, but this is kind of a big omission.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Apr 10, 2014, 11:34 AM (0 replies)

"Don't worry about that bug, it has no mouth parts" my father used to say, when there was some

scary looking insect on us. He had always been interested in entomology and knew better, but he was wiser in the ways of fatherly comfort for an alarmed kid. His tactic nearly fell apart, though, one night in Tunisia when three of us awoke with giant cockroaches crawling on us: we kids could clearly see their 'mouth parts' inches from our frightened faces!!

Years later, I tried that on my own kids several times, and they just said "Yeah, right, Dad"

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 10:01 AM (1 replies)

When I was a kid there were horrific crashes like this by our house

regularly at a terrible exit off the Bronx River Parkway. I was first one on the scene in several of those times, held one guys head telling him to hang on till the ambulance came (the engine was next to him in the seat...) He didn't make it, I later learned.

Seat belts helped many times back in the day, WHEN people wore them, but many time not. Air bags are certainly a much better additional margin of protection.

I just sold my old car and got a newer (still used) car with all the current required safety equipment: front AND side curtain air bags, crumple zones, anti-lock brakes, steering overturn dampers, etc.

I thank God we survived driving back in those dark ages in those huge cars with hard dashboards, no seat belts...
Now I thank countless crash victims families for forcing the auto industry to improve cars for everyone, not just those who could afford to buy expensive models.

Safety features or not, PHYSICS is always the same: So please slow the f**k down people!
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Feb 13, 2014, 10:23 AM (0 replies)

For a human being who gave so much to his Earth, this is his hymn of

what he wants to give back. Most of us can only raise our voices, and hope to continue down the -sometimes difficult -path he started us on.

Farewell Pete.
You made so many lives better,
cheered the hearts of generations of children.
It was a privilege singing along with you

Grant me, and all of us, the strength and courage to keep on "strugglin on..."
singing a 'Seeger song'

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Jan 30, 2014, 12:55 PM (0 replies)

WONDERful encounter dorkzilla. Here are my few brushes with Pete:

All the Seegers -Pete, Peggy, Mike were familiar recordings around our house as I grew up, so when I was fortunate to 'work' along side of Pete at numerous Hudson Clearwater Revival festivals back in the 1970's Pete seemed more like a kindly uncle than a folk superstar. Not sure if any of us really actually 'worked along side of him'. It felt like we were always trotting behind him trying to keep up with his seemingly boundless energy! As we ended late nights of singing in a dining area, Pete would quietly get up and resume sweeping up the place. Early in the mornings, as we were just getting up, there was Pete already picking up litter from the fields. I said good morning Pete, how ya doing, and he'd say: "Oh, strugglin on, strugglin on"

One other time I got the chance to sing FOR Pete at a singer/songwriter weekend event. Pete was very kind to each of us in his critique of our songs, even if you could tell he wasn't too impressed. To me he said "Well, but don't take my opinion as gospel, long ago I told Woody that I didn't think much of his new song "This Land is Your Land"" Pete was always so encouraging of ANYONE to make music and sing your heart out.

Thanks Pete for all the courage you showed, by example, to stand up for progressive causes with grace. And for inspiring generations of kids to feel like they could (should!) get up and sing. That music for humans, like for birds, was in our nature, and we should not just leave it to the professionals and pop stars!

I picture you in heaven rousing a group of harp players to join in one of my favorite songs of yours as you got older: Old Devil Time:

May you ever keep on "strugglin on, strugglin on"

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Jan 29, 2014, 11:37 AM (2 replies)
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