Monday, December 12, 2011

My First Module Finished!, 101 Things..., and An Open Diary

From Yahoo Images via
So today I got my marks for the first of my Social Studies 20 modules. The picture I used to illustrate this post is a little misleading. LOL. I didn't do quite that well. No A+ for me this time. But I did get an A. Eighty-six percent. The A+ is my goal for subsequent modules. That's one reason for posting the picture.. The other is that is what was available. Mostly though, I am thinking of it as my goal. That (a goal) being something pretty unfamiliar to me. LOL. Well, not any longer hopefully.

Aside from the goal I've set for my Social Studies that is my first course towards eventually getting my Grade 12 Diploma, I guess I'm going to have to start getting used to having goals as I have also signed up on a website called the Day Zero Project which is the site where you do something called 101 Things In 1001 Days. It is a goal setting challenge that has a pretty self-explanatory title. 1001 Days is supposed to be about 2.75 years. The site claims that this is an optimum (as well as numerically catchy) amount of time.

In addition, I have just started a new blog (one that I am actually using!) on Open Diary. I am using it to answer the "5000 Question Survey" that I had come across a fairly long time ago on blogger but never made note of whose site it was on (so I don't know who to thank for giving me the idea to try it). When "Googling" 5000 Question Survey I was led to Open Diary. It seems the original was from there. Even though I originally placed to do it as a page/tab here I found (at least I think) that I had to be a member...

... to gain access to the survey. Regardless of whether that is actually true or not, it ended up working out for the better (or at least very well) because there is at least one thing that is different in a good (better!) way at the Open Diary site vs Blogger/Blogspot. That is that as a member there, there is an actual directory of other blogs and a friending feature. While I'm not sure that the friending feature adds much other than to remember whose blogs interest you (there is no following feature like here - I guess this is it!) I like the directory!

To read my first few portions of the 5000 Question Survey, which I am doing in the standard 50 question sections, go to Open Diary and search Carmen Tourney. My actual blog name on that site is C.A.T. Stuff 2.0 but you find it by searching for my name as that is how the directory works. If you do bother to check out that blog and the survey portions I have up so far (I started one week ago today) I would really appreciate it if you left a note (what they call comments on that site).


P.S. Other than posting my posts that I have under draft status from before my 200th post that count towards it but were not done this may (or may not! if I stop obsessing) be my last post till January. I had originally planned to have 106 posts for this year to match last years number since I noticed toward the end of November how close the counts were.

However, by posting twice today I am one over after I post my backdated posts which seem to show up in the overalll number of posts count but not the count on my archives. I think I will just possibly add a backdated post to last year to make it even. I know it's silly to care about things like this so much but as far as obsessions go, I guess this is a reasonably harmless one. LOL.

The C.A.T.

A Dishonest Denial

From a Yahoo news story via the news agency Reuters. What does this look like to you? ... Exactly!
 Three guesses what the prototype for a building in Seoul, South Korea by a Dutch architectural firm looks like and if you need the last two guesses...

What is most sad about all of this is that the people behind it claim (one wonders if it's with a straight face!) that not only was a resemblance to the exploding twin towers not intended but that it wasn't even something they noticed when they designed the mid-section that of this building which was/is to house pools, restaurants, cafes and a gym in the tacky and blatantly obvious stunt.

I said was/is to house... in the previous paragraph because in an equally outrageous act the design company MVRDV said it hasn't yet been decided if the design would be changed! This in spite of claiming "We sincerely apologize to anyone whose feelings we have hurt. It was not our intention." on the company website. Needless to say survivor's families are none to happy with this.

My question to you is, even though many really deplorable things get said and done on a regular basis, is this not one of, if not the most offensive things a company has ever done?


P.S. Oh, and isn't that one of the lamest denials and apologies you have ever come across. Pathetic!

The C.A.T.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Where Did Everyone Go?

This cartoon picture came from Yahoo Images via The owner of the blog is named Sam Brown and the blog is basically all drawings like this that he does when you send an email to the address provided with a caption that he then creates a picture for. Neat, huh?
Hi there. Just a short little post today since I just got home after my weekend away and I feel like going straight to bed. This post will just be a pathetic cry for attention that asks the question you see in the cartoon I found. "Where Did Everyone Go?".

I ask this because lately I have been getting not only a lot of new followers (newest one Satia is someone I thought was already a follower - lol) but also a reasonable amount of comments. Until the last few days that is. Where are you, people?

I miss you and all your comments already. Particularly because I have posted some public interest type stuff to help some (two actually) causes so I really would like some feedback on those articles especially. It's never to late to go read them and leave a comment. (Hint, hint!).


P.S. Sorry, I didn't mean to press the button. LOL.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Someone Needs Your Help - Now!

This comes from

I wrote this first for FB but it wouldn't post in my status. Perhaps it was the length. I left it though and copied it for here because each word is important. It involves helping someone out who has a serious problem that can be remedied with a rather simple and fairly easy solution. Please read it and feel free to pass it on through your blog if you happen to blog or by other internet means as mentioned at the bottom of the post. Thanks.


As you know I blog. That means I also follow other people's blogs. On one by a San Francisco blogger, photographer, design enthusiast, et al named Victoria Smith called (note there is no the in the name of the blog and no blogspot if you end up typing it in if their is a link problem) she is appealling to people to help a young man who is a friend of hers that has been diagnosed with acute leukemia.

She has a 1:14 video from YouTube up on her blog (Dec 1, 2011) Please watch it.

He desperately needs a bone marrow donation but unfortunately he is South Asian. It seems that South Asians are quite under-represented in the marrow donation system at the moment unfortunately. You can help change this though. FYI, for people who aren't South Asian but would still like to help, if you have friends that are Indian, Pakastani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Maldivian and Sri Lankan they would all be eligible to help. Please pass it on.

It is very easy to help. All a potential marrow donor needs to do is get a free kit that simply involves a cheek swab. You can register at

You can also donate money which goes to providing this test matching kits for free to make it simple and easy for people to do it without a thought.

Thanks, Carmen

P.S. If you would be willing to pass this along via the internet (FB, Twitter, YouTube, other) that would help considerably.

P.P.S. Go to the site like I did to test the link & you will be stunned by with the statistic at the top of the home page that only half of victims receive the needed marrow.

This also comes from

Yesterday Was A "Flipped" Out Day! LOL.

This is the same picture as yesterday from the same place of course. I thought I could flip it but no such luck.
So this is what yesterdays post said "right side up", for those of you who had no time &/or no patience to read the "flipped" out version.


Today's post is being brought to you courtesy of "upside down writing"

( )

So what to say, what to say. Well, I guess I can start by telling you that I once gave a speech (at a Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters club no less) backwards. LOL. That may be something that would be even more appreciated if I were using the upside down writing feature now. Don't worry though. I'll get to that too. LOL.

Anyway's onto the actual "meat & potatoes" of this post. With today being December 1st, NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are both officially over as is the commenting week IComLeavWe (NaComLeMo) that ended on November 28th. Let's start with NaBloPoMo since that's where it was at for me. I finished the whole month and didn't cheat on my main blog. On the blogher site I missed one day by two/three minutes but since the posts to that site were reposts from my original site and it was posted on time there I don't count it as a fail.

Additionally, the administrators nicely gave me time change day credit for that post and reposted/retimed it somehow to show as being posted an hour earlier at 11:02pm even though the time change day was a few days later. I'm not complaining. It made my posting days look "proper" to anyone checking out my posts from the blogher site.

Then there were the pictures that I started posting as of October 31st with the Hello Kitty carved pumpkin photo. That one was followed by the entire NaBloPoMo month's worth of postings being accompanied with at least one photo each. Congratulations to me. Somedays I really wondered what I was going to post. Hopefully it didn't show that much.

Then there is NaNoWriMo. That was a total bust. I signed up and had a profile on the site and wrote exactly - nothing. Had a 0 word count for the entire month. LOL. Pathetic, I know. Blogging is easy. Novel writing, damn hard. Or in my case, this year anyway, impossible. Well, there is always next year. I think I'll start "training" now to get a "jump-start".

Finally on the topic of NaThis and IThat, there is IComLeavWe (NaComLeMo). I missed finding out about it until 3 or 4 days after it started so I have to wait for this month's version. Signup starts today (the 1st of each month) and goes till the 21st of the given month which is the start day as the week goes from the 21st to the 28th. I will definitely be doing this this month as well as trying to continue on with my daily blogging that NaBlo... helped to hopefully permanently instill good regular blog posting habits in me.

On to a last item unrelated to the Na.../I... stuff, November was a number of different groups specified "Profile Month" that I had heard about in passing and didn't fit into my posts. One that I actually remember and want to note its conclusion is Movember. That is, for anyone unfamilar with it, the "Profile Month" designation of the moustache growing contest that has taken place every year for the last several in support of prostate cancer research.

My nephew, Larry (one of three Larry's in the immediate family - lol) took part and raised at least/aproximately $500 last I heard which was well before the month and the event ended. So congratulations Larry on a job well done on your first but hopefully not last year supporting the cause.


P.S. As you can see from the first paragraph there is a bit of a wonkieness to it as I state that I am not writing upside down as I clearly am. That is because I typed that in when I was using a different feature on the sherv site but it turned out it was only copiable in msn message lines.

When I copied it to the flip feature I forgot about it and copied it as is. When I realized it, I didn't feel like going to the "trouble" of changing it incase it screwed up the whole flipping and therefore the whole post. Unlikely, but what can I say, it was late.

P.P.S. I will be posting a second post for the day shortly (as soon as I can get it prepared) with an appeal for some help regarding someone who needs the simple help of a bone marrow donation. Please read that post.

The C.A.T.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Today Is "A New Day" (Month)... And A Crazy Day!

˙ʇ˙ɐ˙ɔ ǝɥʇ

˙ʎɐʍ sıɥʇ pǝʇsod uǝǝq sɐɥ ʇı ˙ɹoɹɹǝ ɐ ʇou sı ʇı sɐ doʇ oʇ ɯoʇʇoq ɯoɹɟ ʇsod sıɥʇ pɐǝɹ ˙s˙d


˙ǝsnɐɔ ǝɥʇ ƃuıʇɹoddns ɹɐǝʎ ʇsɐl ʇou ʎllnɟǝdoɥ ʇnq ʇsɹıɟ ɹnoʎ uo ǝuop llǝʍ qoɾ ɐ uo ʎɹɹɐl suoıʇɐlnʇɐɹƃuoɔ os ˙pǝpuǝ ʇuǝʌǝ ǝɥʇ puɐ ɥʇuoɯ ǝɥʇ ǝɹoɟǝq llǝʍ sɐʍ ɥɔıɥʍ pɹɐǝɥ ı ʇsɐl 00ގ$ ʎlǝʇɐɯıxoɹdɐ/ʇsɐǝl ʇɐ pǝsıɐɹ puɐ ʇɹɐd ʞooʇ (lol - ʎlıɯɐɟ ǝʇɐıpǝɯɯı ǝɥʇ uı s,ʎɹɹɐl ǝǝɹɥʇ ɟo ǝuo) ʎɹɹɐl `ʍǝɥdǝu ʎɯ

˙ɥɔɹɐǝsǝɹ ɹǝɔuɐɔ ǝʇɐʇsoɹd ɟo ʇɹoddns uı lɐɹǝʌǝs ʇsɐl ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ ɹɐǝʎ ʎɹǝʌǝ ǝɔɐld uǝʞɐʇ sɐɥ ʇɐɥʇ ʇsǝʇuoɔ ƃuıʍoɹƃ ǝɥɔɐʇsnoɯ ǝɥʇ ɟo uoıʇɐuƃısǝp ,,ɥʇuoɯ ǝlıɟoɹd,, ǝɥʇ `ʇı ɥʇıʍ ɹɐlıɯɐɟun ǝuoʎuɐ ɹoɟ `sı ʇɐɥʇ ˙ɹǝqɯǝʌoɯ sı uoısnlɔuoɔ sʇı ǝʇou oʇ ʇuɐʍ puɐ ɹǝqɯǝɯǝɹ ʎllɐnʇɔɐ ı ʇɐɥʇ ǝuo ˙sʇsod ʎɯ oʇuı ʇıɟ ʇ,upıp puɐ ƃuıssɐd uı ʇnoqɐ pɹɐǝɥ pɐɥ ı ʇɐɥʇ ,,ɥʇuoɯ ǝlıɟoɹd,, pǝıɟıɔǝds sdnoɹƃ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ɟo ɹǝqɯnu ɐ sɐʍ ɹǝqɯǝʌou `ɟɟnʇs ˙˙˙ı/˙˙˙ɐu ǝɥʇ oʇ pǝʇɐlǝɹun ɯǝʇı ʇsɐl ɐ oʇ uo

˙ǝɯ uı sʇıqɐɥ ƃuıʇsod ƃolq ɹɐlnƃǝɹ pooƃ llıʇsuı ʎlʇuǝuɐɯɹǝd ʎllnɟǝdoɥ oʇ pǝdlǝɥ ˙˙˙olqɐu ʇɐɥʇ ƃuıƃƃolq ʎlıɐp ʎɯ ɥʇıʍ uo ǝnuıʇuoɔ oʇ ƃuıʎɹʇ sɐ llǝʍ sɐ ɥʇuoɯ sıɥʇ sıɥʇ ƃuıop ǝq ʎlǝʇıuıɟǝp llıʍ ı ˙ɥʇ8ᄅ ǝɥʇ oʇ ʇs⇂ᄅ ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ sǝoƃ ʞǝǝʍ ǝɥʇ sɐ ʎɐp ʇɹɐʇs ǝɥʇ sı ɥɔıɥʍ ɥʇuoɯ uǝʌıƃ ǝɥʇ ɟo ʇs⇂ᄅ ǝɥʇ llıʇ sǝoƃ puɐ (ɥʇuoɯ ɥɔɐǝ ɟo ʇs⇂ ǝɥʇ) ʎɐpoʇ sʇɹɐʇs dnuƃıs ˙uoısɹǝʌ s,ɥʇuoɯ sıɥʇ ɹoɟ ʇıɐʍ oʇ ǝʌɐɥ ı os pǝʇɹɐʇs ʇı ɹǝʇɟɐ sʎɐp ㄣ ɹo ᄐ lıʇun ʇı ʇnoqɐ ʇno ƃuıpuıɟ pǝssıɯ ı ˙(oɯǝlɯoɔɐu) ǝʍʌɐǝlɯoɔı sı ǝɹǝɥʇ `ʇɐɥʇı puɐ sıɥʇɐu ɟo ɔıdoʇ ǝɥʇ uo ʎllɐuıɟ

˙,,ʇɹɐʇs-dɯnɾ,, ɐ ʇǝƃ oʇ ʍou ,,ƃuıuıɐɹʇ,, ʇɹɐʇs ll,ı ʞuıɥʇ ı ˙ɹɐǝʎ ʇxǝu sʎɐʍlɐ sı ǝɹǝɥʇ `llǝʍ ˙ǝlqıssodɯı `ʎɐʍʎuɐ ɹɐǝʎ sıɥʇ `ǝsɐɔ ʎɯ uı ɹo ˙pɹɐɥ uɯɐp `ƃuıʇıɹʍ lǝʌou ˙ʎsɐǝ sı ƃuıƃƃolq ˙ʍouʞ ı `ɔıʇǝɥʇɐd ˙lol ˙ɥʇuoɯ ǝɹıʇuǝ ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ ʇunoɔ pɹoʍ 0 ɐ pɐɥ ˙ƃuıɥʇou - ʎlʇɔɐxǝ ǝʇoɹʍ puɐ ǝʇıs ǝɥʇ uo ǝlıɟoɹd ɐ pɐɥ puɐ dn pǝuƃıs ı ˙ʇsnq lɐʇoʇ ɐ sɐʍ ʇɐɥʇ ˙oɯıɹʍouɐu sı ǝɹǝɥʇ uǝɥʇ

˙ɥɔnɯ ʇɐɥʇ ʍoɥs ʇ,upıp ʇı ʎllnɟǝdoɥ ˙ʇsod oʇ ƃuıoƃ sɐʍ ı ʇɐɥʍ pǝɹǝpuoʍ ʎllɐǝɹ ı sʎɐpǝɯos ˙ǝɯ oʇ suoıʇɐlnʇɐɹƃuoɔ ˙ɥɔɐǝ oʇoɥd ǝuo ʇsɐǝl ʇɐ ɥʇıʍ pǝıuɐdɯoɔɔɐ ƃuıǝq sƃuıʇsod ɟo ɥʇɹoʍ s,ɥʇuoɯ oɯodolqɐu ǝɹıʇuǝ ǝɥʇ ʎq pǝʍolloɟ sɐʍ ǝuo ʇɐɥʇ ˙oʇoɥd uıʞdɯnd pǝʌɹɐɔ ʎʇʇıʞ ollǝɥ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ ʇs⇂ᄐ ɹǝqoʇɔo ɟo sɐ ƃuıʇsod pǝʇɹɐʇs ı ʇɐɥʇ sǝɹnʇɔıd ǝɥʇ ǝɹǝʍ ǝɹǝɥʇ uǝɥʇ ˙ǝʇıs ɹǝɥƃolq ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ sʇsod ʎɯ ʇno ƃuıʞɔǝɥɔ ǝuoʎuɐ oʇ ,,ɹǝdoɹd,, ʞool sʎɐp ƃuıʇsod ʎɯ ǝpɐɯ ʇı ˙ƃuıuıɐldɯoɔ ʇou ɯ,ı ˙ɹǝʇɐl sʎɐp ʍǝɟ ɐ sɐʍ ʎɐp ǝƃuɐɥɔ ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ ɥƃnoɥʇ uǝʌǝ ɯdᄅ0:⇂⇂ ʇɐ ɹǝılɹɐǝ ɹnoɥ uɐ pǝʇsod ƃuıǝq sɐ ʍoɥs oʇ ʍoɥǝɯos ʇı pǝɯıʇǝɹ/pǝʇsodǝɹ puɐ ʇsod ʇɐɥʇ ɹoɟ ʇıpǝɹɔ ʎɐp ǝƃuɐɥɔ ǝɯıʇ ǝɯ ǝʌɐƃ ʎlǝɔıu sɹoʇɐɹʇsıuıɯpɐ ǝɥʇ `ʎllɐuoıʇıppɐ

˙lıɐɟ ɐ sɐ ʇı ʇunoɔ ʇ,uop ı ǝɹǝɥʇ ǝɯıʇ uo pǝʇsod sɐʍ ʇı puɐ ǝʇıs lɐuıƃıɹo ʎɯ ɯoɹɟ sʇsodǝɹ ǝɹǝʍ ǝʇıs ʇɐɥʇ oʇ sʇsod ǝɥʇ ǝɔuıs ʇnq sǝʇnuıɯ ǝǝɹɥʇ/oʍʇ ʎq ʎɐp ǝuo pǝssıɯ ı ǝʇıs ɹǝɥƃolq ǝɥʇ uo ˙ƃolq uıɐɯ ʎɯ uo ʇɐǝɥɔ ʇ,upıp puɐ ɥʇuoɯ ǝloɥʍ ǝɥʇ pǝɥsıuıɟ ı ˙ǝɯ ɹoɟ ʇɐ sɐʍ ʇı ǝɹǝɥʍ s,ʇɐɥʇ ǝɔuıs oɯodolqɐu ɥʇıʍ ʇɹɐʇs s,ʇǝl ˙ɥʇ8ᄅ ɹǝqɯǝʌou uo pǝpuǝ ʇɐɥʇ (oɯǝlɯoɔɐu) ǝʍʌɐǝlɯoɔı ʞǝǝʍ ƃuıʇuǝɯɯoɔ ǝɥʇ sı sɐ ɹǝʌo ʎllɐıɔıɟɟo ɥʇoq ǝɹɐ oɯıɹʍouɐu puɐ oɯodolqɐu `ʇs⇂ ɹǝqɯǝɔǝp ƃuıǝq ʎɐpoʇ ɥʇıʍ ˙ʇsod sıɥʇ ɟo ,,sǝoʇɐʇod & ʇɐǝɯ,, lɐnʇɔɐ ǝɥʇ oʇuo s,ʎɐʍʎuɐ

˙lol ˙ooʇ ʇɐɥʇ oʇ ʇǝƃ ll,ı ˙ɥƃnoɥʇ ʎɹɹoʍ ʇ,uop ˙ʍou ǝɹnʇɐǝɟ ƃuıʇıɹʍ uʍop ǝpısdn ǝɥʇ ƃuısn ǝɹǝʍ ı ɟı pǝʇɐıɔǝɹddɐ ǝɹoɯ uǝʌǝ ǝq plnoʍ ʇɐɥʇ ƃuıɥʇǝɯos ǝq ʎɐɯ ʇɐɥʇ ˙lol ˙spɹɐʍʞɔɐq (ssǝl ou qnlɔ sɹǝʇsɐɯʇsɐoʇ ǝɔɹǝɯɯoɔ ɟo ɹǝqɯɐɥɔ ɐ ʇɐ) ɥɔǝǝds ɐ ǝʌɐƃ ǝɔuo ı ʇɐɥʇ noʎ ƃuıllǝʇ ʎq ʇɹɐʇs uɐɔ ı ssǝnƃ ı `llǝʍ ˙ʎɐs oʇ ʇɐɥʍ `ʎɐs oʇ ʇɐɥʍ os

( lɯʇɥ˙dılɟ/ʇǝu˙ʌɹǝɥs˙ʍʍʍ//:dʇʇɥ )

,,ƃuıʇıɹʍ uʍop ǝpısdn,, ɟo ʎsǝʇɹnoɔ noʎ oʇ ʇɥƃnoɹq ƃuıǝq sı ʇsod s,ʎɐpoʇ

from  I'm guessing at the last part of the web address (nl) because it cut off that part on the Yahoo Images attribution.