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You are not going to believe this!

April 17th, 2014

This is almost unbelievable. See how all of the balls wind up in catcher cones.

This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa — farm equipment!

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort. It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

I bet he would do better if he accepted debit cards

April 11th, 2014

I live out in the country, well okay, out in the boonies and there’s a little store up the road from me called ‘Just One Stop’. It’s one of those little stores that charge an arm and a leg for the things they sell (so I don’t do my weekly shopping there) but it’s pretty far to town so sometimes you just have to go there when you run out of something you really need right then.

The main problem with this store is they don’t accept credit cards or even debit cards. I’m sure if he would at least accept debit cards, he would get more business. That’s one of the reasons I hate to go there because I prefer not to carry money and pay with my debit card usually. Sometimes I might use a credit card but not usually. He says it costs too much for the terminals to accept credit cards.

That’s not the problem at all. He’s one of those people that’s afraid of change. It’s that plain and simple because I tried to tell him that he can get the terminal free, and if he would just check around, he would find that the fees are not that much anymore. All he has to do is check on the Internet and he’ll find great offers online.

He’s just too much of a tight wad to consider anything but cash. He won’t even accept checks unless he has known you for years. Oh well, it’s his loss and not mine. I tried to help him but some people you just can’t help.

Strange addiction indeed!!

April 5th, 2014

In my line of work, you see all kinds of strange and/or unusual disorders but this one is a new one to me. Did you know that people can get addicted to reading? It’s true. I was reading an article about it on health dot msn. It’s caused by an inner ear disorder. The article reads:

“One of the most unusual issues I’ve treated is a reading addiction,” says psychiatrist Dr. Harold Levinson, M.D. surprisingly, an inner- ear disorder can lead to this addiction.The inner ear fine-tunes the brain’s concentration and sensory systems. A dysfunction in the inner ear leads to scrambled signals and impaired concentration, which disrupts the normal reading process. This can lead to reading problems, anxiety, restlessness and even phobias.

After treating the inner ear disorder, the reverse can happen: people become addicted to reading because they can now read clearly and easily-and they love it! “People lose sleep because they stay up all night reading, and some even stop working,” says Dr. Levinson. He treats this type of addiction with a combination of counseling and anti-motion-sickness antihistamines (to re-stabilize the inner ear).

Is that not the strangest thing you ever heard of? I have had inner ear trouble since my early 20′s but I sure didn’t become addicted to reading after a bout of vertigo. I guess you can get addicted to most anything.

Planning spring break vacation

March 30th, 2014

My mother is planning our annual ‘spring break vacation’. I always take that week off of work to spend with her and my brother. This year, Mom wants us to go to Universal Studios. We have been to Disney World several years ago and spent the week there but it’s been a long time since we did that.

There is so much to do in that area that you have to be able to find something the whole family can enjoy. My brother wants to visit the ‘Richard Petty driving experience’. Yeah that’s what we need!! I don’t think Mom’s going to go for that one though. I don’t know if you have ever been to Gatorland but it burnt down a few years ago. They rebuilt it so we just might go see it again.  It’s an amazing place. My mother went there when she was a little girl many, many years ago. Sorry Mom, I’m just playing around.

I’m really looking forward to the trip too. Even though I’m not a kid anymore, you can’t help but get excited about going to Universal Studios and feeling the same old excitement you felt as a kid the first time you saw Disney World. Now is a great time to get discount rates too so you really need to start checking online for the best deals.

I want some of this water!!

March 24th, 2014

My mother told me to check out this little video about a commercial for Evian water. It is by far the cutest commercial I have seen in years. If that’s what this water does to you or for you, I want some!!! I know you’ll enjoy this one. If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you.