Jeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist with an international reputation for producing some of the world's most original and well-crafted works of art. With an emphasis on metal, he is best known for such bodies of work as suits of armour for cats and mice, armour ties and sword-handled briefcases, rocket lamps and pop culture ray guns, and exquisite high art, abstract works called exoforms.  
 
Here's a link to his gallery of suits of armour for cats and mice, done in the style of different periods and cultures.  
 
Samurai cat armour.
Add wines you have drunk or want to drink to your own wine profile.  
Invite friends to see what wines you are enjoying and share wine experiences.  
Find wines you'll like by browsing tasting tags.  
 
This site is a social networking app for wine lovers and those who want to be wine lovers.
In which Miss Snark vents her wrath on the hapless world of writers and crushes them to sand beneath her T.Rexual heels of stiletto snark.
Fruitcake, much maligned, the butt of many jokes and practical jokes - and yet much esteemed by many, and an important part of many folks' holiday tradition and ritual.  
 
Thought we could explore some links on the subject. I think we could all learn to love this wonderful cake and appreciate its fine fruity nature.  
 
Here's to fruitcake then! Pull up a seat, pour yourself a cuppa something and have a slice.
1. AGLET  
The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.  
 
2. ARMSAYE  
The armhole in clothing.  
 
3. CHANKING  
Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.  
 
4. COLUMELLA NASI  
The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.  
 
5. DRAGÉES  
Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.  
 
 
etc..
Happiness Science
You'd think there would be a lot of disagreement among scientists about what makes people happy, but in fact there are a few basic things everyone agrees lead to happiness. Strong, intimate relationships with others are integral to happiness, as is self-esteem in the face of setbacks. One of the big happiness killers turns out to be "keeping up with the Joneses," or comparing yourself to other people who are somehow better off than you.  
 
People with a strong sense of self are less likely to engage in this kind of comparing and are also more likely to be stable, which is another ingredient in happiness. Philosopher Joel Kupperman points out in his recent book /Six Myths about the Good Life /that happiness isn't always the nice thing it's cracked up to be. There are clearly immoral kinds of happiness, such as enjoying murder. Then there's the problem of mistaking pleasure for happiness. Pleasure is fleeting and based on objects outside us (like good food or a movie or winning the lottery).
Glossary of linguistic terms
An exhaustive dictionary/glossary of linguistic terms compiled by SIL International.  
 
I know these will come in handy one day.
Investing for Your Future
Welcome to the home study course Investing For Your Future. This 11-unit home study course was developed by the Cooperative Extension system for beginning investors with small dollar amounts to invest at any one time. We assumed that many readers will be investing for the first time or selecting investment products, such as a stock index fund or unit investment trust, that they have not purchased previously.  
 
The course units were developed in a logical order. "Basic" topics such as setting goals, investment terms (e.g., diversification, dollar-cost averaging, asset allocation), and finding money to invest lay a foundation to help readers understand how and why they’re investing. You’ll also begin to understand that there’s generally a trade off between risk and reward. The more risk an investor assumes, the greater the chance of a high return, as well as the greater chance of loss.  
 
found @ the financial linkfest of Consumer World
The Cat's House
Our cats are at home more than we are. If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then our place is truly the Cats' House...  
 
As seen in the documentary Home Movie
Carolyn Drake
Photography by Carolyn Drake.
English Eclectic
Paul Halsall's Blog is intended to provided 2-4 really off the wall posts each day. The goal is hyper-intellectualism (lol) combined with a really low sense of humour. You will get a mix of English and US spelling. And yes, this is "English". I lived in Scotland and America long enough to know I am English. The center of England is Manchester, and the center of Manchester is Old Trafford. People from Manchester are called "Mancunians." They don't all do ecstasy....
"No word ever means the same as another; there is no such thing as a synonym. No two words in one language mean the same and no word in one language is ever an exact translation of another. These are truisms but how often they are forgotten! Yet the implications for every aspect of language-learning are vast and need constantly to be kept in mind..."  
 
An brief article outlining a couple of games you can play in order to more completely understand language, and an exploration of some surprising and entertaining differences between words dubbed as 'translations' of each other.
A website with scans of some old-school penmanship and REAL calligraphy (not your mother's craft store kind) manuals so you can be like cool people (like myself) and write in cursive or any other frilly handwriting style.  
 
Not only do they have some old manuals, they even have videos on how to write in cursive so you can learn the neglected art of penmanship and cursive script.
This year, we are proudly celebrating our 25th Anniversary, by recognizing the contributions of the 1st Peanut Party steering committee members, including Elsie Rast Stuart & Doris Hartley.  
 
We are excited to offer Palmetto Amusements with even more rides this year for kids of all ages. Come enjoy the Craft show, Concessions and Souvenirs, Car show, Parade, Book Sale, Entertainment on stage, Bingo, Cooking Contest, Bass Master Casting Contest. Outdoor Life Network’s Motor Moose, and Peanuts !  
 
Legend has it that Pelion farmers have been producing and harvesting peanuts for over a hundred years. For the past 25 years the Pelion Ruritans have been the official peanut boilers of the SC Peanut Party. The boiling of the peanuts is an all day and night event. The Ruritans have their own special recipe for boiling the peanuts and plan to have at least 100 bushels on hand for festival visitors to enjoy.
First Things editor Joseph Bottum explains why author P.G. Wodehouse's works are as relevant as they were in the early and mid-twentieth century.  
 
Suppose that words were all you had. Suppose the great edifice of Western civilization had collapsed around you—all its truths, all its certainties, all its aspirations smashed to meaningless shards. Suppose . . . oh, I don’t know, suppose that it was 1919, and the First World War had just finished cracking Europe across its knee like a stick, and you were living in what the poet T.S. Eliot in one of his occasional sour moods called the Waste Land, and words were all you had: stray lines from lost poems, refrains from otherwise forgotten songs, tags from half-erased sermons—fragments, only fragments, to shore against your ruins. What would you do?  
 
You could work yourself into a mad lather, I suppose, muttering as you trudge along the sidewalks and pinning passing strangers against the shop windows to explain that Friedrich Nietzsche had been right all along: The Christian social order has been a flop from the beginning, and the sooner we stamp out the last of it, the better. Then again, you could order in some whiskey and drink yourself into a stupor. There are dozens of ways, in fact, to deal with the situation, each as likely to be ineffective as the last. It’s a problem knowing what to do when the end of the world knocks on the door one morning like an ancient Gaul with a toothache and a battle-axe.  
 
But in those dark days of the twentieth century, in the middle of the apparent collapse of it all, there was at least one man who had the courage, the intelligence, and the sheer persevering goofiness simply to ignore the whole mess, frittering away his days by writing books like Leave It to Psmith, Young Men in Spats, and My Man Jeeves.