Sunday, June 29, 2008

Deciding what "learning" is...

Yesterday, when I was having tea with a friend, she told me about a cool website, Pandora. This brought up some thoughts for me that have been stirring around in my head for a bit. The thought was, "What am I going to consider to be learning?" Now, using Pandora as an example, I had not heard of this site before, and now know if it, but would I actually consider it to be learning? After thinking on it for a few days, I think it is more so a "discovery". Sure, I have knowledge that I did not have before, but I think what I am after is actually learning something... um.. more so on the factual part. Hmmm... that is not such a great explanation, but somewhere, for me, there is a gray line that I and going to draw in the sand as to what learning is.

So for now, as I warm up to the year of learning in 2009, I will go after information that is something I will remember - after all, I will have had to have "learned" it and not just been introduced to it. The information will have to also be... well, I guess significant and interesting to me in some way.

Now that is well, sorta settled, I am going to have to start figuring out a better way or discipline of recording my new daily learnings. I am getting better at recognizing them, and the game of it is fun, though I am probably tiring my friends with it, but I need to learn to stop and blog or note or something....

On a side note, I am testing out Pandora now and it is pretty cool!! :)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

mehndi is henna on hands at marriage ceremony

While having tea with a friend, I found out that when mehndi is applied to a lady's hand before a wedding, her husband's name is hidden in the design over and over again. It is his job to take the time to find his name.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I FINALLY learned how to spell "acupunture"

I have not idea why I have had trouble spelling acupuncture, but I am finally beyond it! Whew! Now bring on the five syllable words!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

12 Men Have Walked on the Moon

For some reason I thought it was just three. Man, I really am in need of a great history lesson!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Usra is the Bear Star

So when a friend was asking for a four letter word meaning "Bear Star", I came up with Osos. Working the puzzle more, she found that the Bear Star is actually Ursa. In confirming this information online, I found that, " The constellation Ursa Major contains the group of stars commonly called the Big Dipper. The handle of the Dipper is the Great Bear's tail and the Dipper's cup is the Bear's flank. The Big Dipper is not a constellation itself, but an asterism, which is a distinctive group of stars. Another famous asterism is the Little Dipper in the constellation Ursa Minor."

Monday, June 23, 2008

Friend's Grandfather Request

I found that one of my friend's grandfather asked for her and her brother on his death bed. He wanted to say good-bye. So touching to me.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ghost marriages

In China there is a practice of marrying the dead. Read all about it
in Mental Floss.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Michael Kenna has an honorary MA from Brooks

Michael Kenna received an Honorary Master of Arts from Brooks Institute here in Santa Barbara in 2003. I love this guy's work. I am not surprised Brook's took him on to raise their name.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Nightime Scooter Riding

Tonight was the first night I rode my scooter close to dark. It was not quite pitch black, but with my shades on, it was close enough. Thank goodness they are a clear to dark gradient shift so that I could cheat my vision.

The ride itself was amazingly fun while being very scary at times. I did not have a close call, but being in the dark moving that fast is not the same as riding our bike on the Playa at night. It is even more surreal in someways. Like you are dreaming it, but need to stay aware.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

plants think

If you ever go on a tour of Lotusland with me you will find out that I
believe that plants think. I'll even attempt to prove it to you as we
move forward through the garden.

Well tonight I found out that tobacco plants, when being eaten by a
certain catapillar, will put out a certain scent that will bring wasps
into the area and will sting the catapillars... Yeah, I believe it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Trama Delays Delivery

I learned today that trauma, even something as simple as breaking a toe or horseback riding, can not only delay the due date of a baby, it can actually stop contractions, thus potentially delaying birth for up to four weeks.

Monday, June 16, 2008


Honey is antibacterial (I knew this part). This quality makes it so
that it never spoils.

Yes, I am watching a special on bees and the CCD occurance.

Bees Eyes

Bees have three eyes on the tops of their heads. They also have tiny
hooks that hold each of their two wings, on one side, together.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The "G-Spot"

I heard that the "G-Spot" is actually the prostate of a female. Will
have to do some research to find if this is true.

(Later that day)
Well, I did some digging and learned that, "The G-Shot is a trademarked collagen injection meant to increase the size of a woman’s G-spot, and it's being touted as the "next big thing." Women are using their lunch breaks to drop in on their gynecologist for this trendy procedure, which takes roughly 30 minutes to accomplish, from start to finish. The $1,850 injection is administered quickly and only requires a local anesthetic." ~

According to Wikipedia, "Tepper hypothesized that non-urine female ejaculate originated from the female paraurethral glands, or Skene's gland.[9] In their study they examined tissue from 18 patients and demonstrated that 15 showed prostate-specific antigens. More recent studies have backed up this finding, leading some to call the Skene's glands the female prostate.[10]"

Hmmm... sounds pretty factual to me.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Yeah! Now, am I good for two days?

Re: Blogger Mobile Post

K, just learned how to blog from my phone. Guess I am good for the day. Now if I could only attach a photo... hmm...