February 29th – a little on leap years

Posted in Funny

We are just at the cusp of what would be February 29th in a leap year. So I wanted to look into it.

A leap year is inserted every 4 years so that the calendar and solar years can come into synch. However, it’s not perfect, so we skip a leap year every 3/4 centuries. Complicated!

Julius Caesar was the first to insert extra days to months to adjust the calendar to the seasons, to put in one extra day per four years, and to have the 365 day calendar.

After Caesar died, the calendar was mistakenly shifted every 3 years until it was corrected in 8 AD. The seasons shifted with all of this until the calendar was “reformed so that a leap day would occur in any year that is divisible by 4 but not divisible by 100 except when the year is divisible by 400.”

The 400 year cycle and the calendars have the same week days – February 29, 2004 is a Sunday and February 29, 2404 is a Sunday

The calendar we use now is still off 1 day every 3236 years

The 29th of Feb is also known as Sadie Hawkins Day – a day when women were “allowed” to court their man

The days in the month poem – I bet you didn’t know the last line!

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.

There is a World Wide Leap Year Festival

0.0684% of the world’s population are born on leap year – i.e. are Leapers

When do you celebrate your birthday as a Leaper? February, March, or just darn every day? Most choose February.
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Mirror with RSS Feed

Posted in Blogging

I saw this and immediately thought of Robert Scoble. In his speech at Northern Voice, Robert mentioned how he used his cell phone, laptop, and even his TV to keep up with his blog reading. Well, now he can add this LED mirror to his arsenal of blogging tools.

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The mirror features an LED message board mounted behind a glass mirror – thus, you can read news feeds directly… I don’t know if you would mount this in your bathroom, hall, or maybe the livingroom, but its pretty cool. The feed can be displayed via remote control from any PC connection.

Grilled Asparagus

Posted in Recipes, Veggies

Simple side dish that’s easy to make all year round.

1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and broken at natural point
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch salt & pepper

1. Heat oven to Broil setting
2. Toss asparagus with oil, salt & pepper (do on the baking sheet)
3. Arrange in a single layer
4. Broil 8-12 mins until tender, turning every 2 mins

Aloe Chandelier

Posted in Home Decor

I absolutely fell in love with this chandelier. It is really calming and gentle. “Organic” was the word used over at Apartment Therapy. That fits. It is something that adds a really organic feel to a space. I can see it really bringing a contemporary space down to earth. And imagine it featured near a picture window. fab.

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The Aloe Pendant was created by Jeremy Cole.

Free standing lamps are also available in this design.

If only they shipped to Canada…

Posted in Home Decor, Marketing, Opinion

I’m starting to get a little frustrated by the lack of standard shipping to Canada for online stores. Time and time again I go online to search for stuff for around the house, for me or for whatever only to find that the exact thing I want cannot be shipped to Canada. And I ask why not. Is it really so hard? All the major shippers come to Canada. Sure, we have to pay a premium. But really, not a hard thing to add to your programming. And hey, we are a large population here!! One that is very willing to spend its extra cash online.

So, today I encountered the same problem for maybe the dozenth time. I had a page bookmarked for about a week now, with some really great decor items that I wanted to look at when I had free time. Today I went to look. And, yeah. Great stuff. But no shipping to Canada. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. I am so mad about this. Why is it such a big deal to put a different address on a package and have me pay once it gets here? So easy. To ship to Canada on UPS is just pulling down a different country on the tab. No more work than shipping within the US.

So, today I was looking at Wisteria. I had been drooling over these pictures:

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Argentinian Treats – Alfajores

Posted in Food

This post from Josh Rubin reminded me of something I haven’t had in a while. An alfajor is a South American treat made with two cookies and milk jam (dulce de leche) in between. My favorite brand is Alfajores Havanna from Argentina. They have several flavours, but I prefer the chocolate covered ones.
Every time we go to Argentina we come back with a few boxes of this stuff and we try to make them last as long as possible. It’s always a dissapointment when I finish mine, I never know when I’ll be able to get more. But this time I do know, my mother is going to visit my grandparents in Argentina soon and she will probably bring some goodies :)

Steve Jobs Lego Figure

Posted in Funny

You know that Apple has become ubiquitous when there is a Steve Jobs Lego

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This offering features Jobs onstage at a Keynote presentation. Comes with keynote backdrop. Limited edition, folks. May already be sold out!

By artist Tomi.



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