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Let’s see, Discus, technical name, “Symphysodon spp.,” are a genus of three species of cichlid freshwater fishes native to the Amazon River basin, which is the second longest river to the Nile — hmm, although there is some debate that the Nile may not be…

What was that fish again?

Author Steven Berlin Johnson, if I understand this correctly, claims there’s so much information overload out there, you’re constantly moving to the next stream, which lets you cast a wider net, but also runs the risk of keeping you from really getting to know your fish.

(Metaphorically speaking, unless your subject is, of course, fish.)

Continuous partial attention (CPA) was coined by Linda Stone in 1998 and is the process of paying simultaneous attention to a number of sources of incoming information, but at a shallow level.

It all leads, experts say, to halfway thinking and uncompleted tasks.

And to think I once called it a short attention span.

Probably it’s a result of my CPA.

Information overload is not new.

English author Barnabe Rich writing in 1613:

“One of the diseases of this age is the multiplicity of books; they doth so overcharge the world that it is not able to digest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought forth into the world.”

I doth think it’s all relative.

We've clearly always been distracted.

Is the Internet getting a bum rap for the natural proclivity of Man?

Anyway, let's prove them wrong by staying on the subject, whatever it is.

J. Peterman


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February 13, 2012 12:14 AM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

All I needed to do was answer a few questions..the last being" why is the patient( whose spinal cord is severd at T4) hyperreflexive and incontinent after his spinal cord reflexes have returned?" Two days and several pages later, I am still not finished. 

February 13, 2012 12:41 AM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Ego Te Amo, I love you; in Latin: Roman romantic.... the Roman/Greek Gods had a great affection for "man," (meaning woman,too) and one another; The great storys..of heart-loving powerful Roman Gods and Goddesses....Romans such true Romantics....Cupid...shoots an arrow at you; you become seduced.Cupid had ..sexual proclivities....Cupid inclination to do something..alright.....spread the gift of Love......natural proclivities of the Gods...were often in other words, If perchance, a Goddess .or God....was feeling jealous on any day...she or he had the power to change, cast a spell, to do as their will, ie., Goddess Athena was changed into a a punishment for loving  jealous, God, Zeus,,,The Goddesses and Gods practice their natural proclivity trait- power. the storys of the Gods and Goddesses fascinate...and will spellbound you....Read up...

February 13, 2012 1:45 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

What a load of rubbish! Does Linda Stone want to turn an ability into a disability? CPA phooey! Its called multi-tasking.

February 13, 2012 2:08 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

I'm lucky to be able to pay attention to one thing at a time. I usually wander upstairs or down when taking or making a phone call and use to TV mute button very often.

February 13, 2012 5:59 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

When will they start cutting people checks for CPA????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great day kiddles, snow to start at noon...................I believe they should cancel school NOW. I am only thinking of safety first you know....................

February 13, 2012 7:53 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

When training restaurant floor staff (waiters) the principle of No Empty Steps is the most important. There is no direction one can walk in a restaurant where there is not something to carry--could be menues, used napkins from empty table, salt & pepper that needs to be refilled, etc. If this concept cannot be performed, the person is not qualified to be a waiter. Watch your server next time you are in a restaurant (lunch for many of you!).

Last night while waiting to be able to watch "Downton Abbey" on DVR, I was able to play Scrabble, ignore the movie that was being watched , drink tea and dunk ginger cookies. Does that count?

February 13, 2012 8:26 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Out of sorts might be the way to describe how I felt in the evening and it came on before the Spanish Flu so it wasn't a sympathetic deal.
The whole Downton Abbey episode seemed like a hurried tease for what ought to have been six months of shows. Too much, too improbable, too fast.

This morning, I made coffee while listening to the radio… don't suppose that counts but I know this: the name Powell has the power to bring me to my knees.

February 13, 2012 8:35 AM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Does the ability
to walk and chew gum at the same time count?

Bebe, I hope
you get your snow day!

February 13, 2012 8:43 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

I played Scrabble, had a conversation with my husband, watched The Grammy Awards Show and now, somehow, now wamt sushi -- could it be that picture ?
Miss Blue ~ Good for you!  I've been practicing and can a-l-m-o-s-t get if I take tiny steps

February 13, 2012 8:51 AM
P1010179 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1 S. A. J. Johnson said...

I certainly notice a difference in students, now that facebook and computers are common in the classroom.  When I walk around the room, many have the blue and white facebook page up in class.  They don't even make an attempt to hide it when I walk around.  A number of studies have shown that split attention degrades your performance in the tasks you are "multi-tasking."  Humans are like computers, they can only perform one task at a time, but they switch between them rapidly, giving the appearance of multi-tasking.  I grew up in a household with a fair number of brothers and sisters and early on learned to block out surrounding distractions.  As to the information overload, its true that the amount of information available and the ease at which it is available has increased exponentially in the last 100 years, but that doesn't stop anybody from focusing their attention on one thing at a time or choosing a credible, complete source.  My favorite time of the day is reading in bed before sleep: just me and a book, no emails, no music, etc.  The best.

February 13, 2012 9:01 AM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

The beautiful Goddess, Daphne was changed into a tree....a Laurel tree, in fact by her father, River God, to avoid, Apollo advances, because she wanted her freedom and did not want to marry; Apollo became Heart broken...but in her remembrance of his "first love," he  wore branches of Laurel leaves and vowed that the Laurel tree was sacred....this love was much more than just a crush!

February 13, 2012 9:36 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

They myth that anything was ever "simple" has us reflecting that there was a better time and place. Knowledge is at our fingertips these days in new and ever increasing ways. Research time and repetitive tasks are handled by our machines. That is progress on many fronts. However, Wisdom, which I will define as the application of that knowledge and the speed of its dispensation has not necessarily grown at the same rate. The handling of one's time is one of the recurring themes I hear when folks are ill or death is imminent either in the physical or relationship sense. That is the "human" rub. Any new toy loses its gleam and must be replaced with another one or a sort of depression ensues and so far the technology age has been able to do that with marketing and the implication that one's worth is tied into what one has or knows. Blaming the condition of humankind on any inanimate object be it a golden calf or the newest iPad or the invisible internet is idolatry of the classic variety; placing one's hope in a thing or a concept or a phenom. As Tommy Aquinas would say not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.   

February 13, 2012 9:55 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Sometimes, needs must multitask. Family breakfast on a school day - four children to check they are washed, dressed and tooth cleaned, shoes on the right feet - I mean correctly, one right, one left. The youngest child has Down's Syndrome and the most he does is grin and dribble. 'Phone rings - tuck into hunched shoulder and converse with another frantic parent about school transport while mopping up milk spilled on the table where kids were helping themselves to disgusting chocolate or sugar laden cereals, getting packed lunches prepared the night before into schoolbags. Ignoring complaints about the contents of said lunchboxes. Check all shoelaces are properly tied, resisting the temptation to use them to strangle the little darlings. Drive them all to school with gritted teeth ignoring the fights and squabbles going on in the back seat. Muuuuuuuuum - he pulled my hair etc. Drop the little smiley dribbly boy off at day care. Whizz round the supermarket trying to remember what you actually need - and so the day goes on. One thing at a time would be luxury! How I admire my sister for her ability to multitask.

more on the honor roll
February 13, 2012 9:58 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

I will say that, as all of us have noticed, when someone is on the cellphone either texting or speaking and driving, their attention is definetly NOT on the driving part.  They're on auto-pilot and the people behind and around them are left to hope they don't get hit.  Usually it's just that they're going slower and slower, but often it's a curve into another lane, missing the red light (or green, as the case may be).  My husband was recently rear-ended by such an event though fortunately he noticed it was going to happen, slowed down considerably on I83 and hoped for the best.
As well, rude as it is, those who's attention is on their cellphone while ostensibly conversing with....YOU.  Of course, you lose.

February 13, 2012 9:59 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

To be active and useful is probably why we were born but to be unable to spend time in quiet rest or relaxation without guilt, is a curse: "I ought to be doing something."
"Sshh, you are."

A lesson one summer when taken out of service, out of the sun and away from the water, was that learning how to be alone without being lonely was very useful.
Ever watch Gramps tying dry flies? There's a guy doing one thing at a time and it is more interesting than watching a babysitter texting in her pocket while pushing one child on a swing and teaching another how to hold his own baba.

February 13, 2012 10:32 AM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...


I know all
about the mommy multi task thing.

I did a lot of
what I did for the business (ordering, logistics, buyer and supplier liaison etc.)
from my office at home (all that is internet based).  This was a G-d send on so many levels, as we
had a child "later in life" and we felt I needed to be an at home mom as much
as possible.

My day would
go something like..make breakfast and pack lunch for the kiddie, start a load
of laundry in the wash, empty the dish washer and put away the clean stuff,
take an urgent call( they were all urgent calls) from a trucker who is sitting
at the south end of the Bridge Tunnel...wind restrictions, truck trailer too tall...excuse
de jour, submit order for x supplier for 30 days out , get a call from y  supplier that production schedule has been
changed so need to rework order, track errant rail car with product from z
supplier( most of which you are either low or out of stock on) and learn that
it has been diverted due to a flood somewhere, call another trucking Co to trace
container of product that cleared customs in Baltimore and hasn't been heard
from since( 2 weeks prior and Baltimore is 5 hrs away)run down to the basement
and pull a hunk of protein out of the freezer for dinner's main course, buyer
from chain store Q calls and wants to discuss a major buy in on sale product...of
course his cut off for that was 2  weeks
ago, make emergency call to supplier y and ask if there is any way that an
extra trailer load of 24 pk cans can be rushed in because of late notice of
chain store buy in, answer call from the bank...a driver's bag is 1500 short from
the previous day( wtf?)run down and move clothes from washer to dry and put
another load in washer, answer a call from the school nurse,,,daughter has
probable strep.....and it's only 9:30am. Somehow the rascals got my home phone
line number (damned employees).The phone calls would start as early as 6:30 am
and would not end sometimes until 10pm.I finally wised up and wouldn't answer except
between 8 and 5 as I wanted to totally focus on being a Mom when our daughter
was home; caller ID turned out to be very handy.

When the kiddie
was about 6 years old, a project in art was to draw a portrait for your mother.
I ended up being drawn as a multi armed Devi....vacuum in one hand, a mug of coffee
in another, a telephone, a pencil, large spoon, an iron...I ended up with about 8
arms...and with a great big smile!

February 13, 2012 10:33 AM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

To multitask or not... that is the

answer phone, type email to editor, take call from wife, holler "good morning" daughter, breathe...


February 13, 2012 10:38 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I am in agreement with Barnabe Rich, there is certainly a multiplicity of books. Our own sweet Rings can attest to that.
I know I am overwhelmed by the content in our local Barnes and Noble. I am not complaining. Cast a line and reel it in.
The variety is both staggering and wholesome. It will never be fished out.


I have great faith in all things not yet spoken.
I want my deepest pious feelings freed.
What no one yet has dared to risk and warrant
will be for me a challenge I must meet.

If this presumptuous seems, God, may I be forgiven.
For what I want to say to you is this:
my efforts shall be like a driving force,
quite without anger, without timidity
as little children show their love for you.

With these outflowing, river-like, with deltas
that spread like arms to reach the open sea,
with the recurrent tides that never cease
will I acknowledge you, will I proclaim you
as no one ever has before.

And if this should be arrogance, so let me
arrogant be to justify my prayer
that stands so serious and so alone
before your forehead, circled by the clouds.

Rainer Maria Rilke

February 13, 2012 11:11 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

I've said it before: There's magic here.  PAOLOS just quoted from Rilke what I was thinking as I read the morning's words. 
All who've brought up children did what was needed and more; we simply never had a name for it, and I was happy without one.
STONEY puts it well.  I, too, mute tv if 'phone or doorbell rings; believe solitude is highly underrated; and now I no longer have children at my knee, I can both miss them and enjoy doing things slowly, simultaneously.
How thrilling -- marvelous, wonderful -- to learn that in 1613 someone saw a problem.  Of course, Barnabe Rich was soldier, writer, political activist just for starters, so he knew whereof he spoke.  (I'm glad, deep down, that he didn't call his creativity "multi-tasking.")
Books books books, Barnabe Rich said and thought, and with reason, even in 1613; I envision him surrounded by his own creations and those of others, somehow making time to give each writer his due.  Maybe he'd have gone wild in Barnes and Noble, but I'm sure-as-sure-can-be he'd have settled happily into a privately-owned bookstore. With, possibly, a sigh of relief.
Ours here, Magnolia Bookshop, I miss sorely. For a wonder, it wasn't chainstores nor malls that killed it; rather, the owner's health made her retire and put it on the market.  She refused to sell, though, to anyone who didn't share her vision of a small bookshop, so for sale it eventually went.  The teacart (her grandmother's) she'd kept supplied; the rocking chairs; the cat -- all went home with her.
OF BARNABE RICH and BOOKS -- "Our own sweet RINGS," as she's known in the Village,  how goes the possible position in Madison?  I've the feeling you'll one day be running your own bookshop, or be CEO of B&N. 

February 13, 2012 11:13 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

P.S. Our Magnolia Bookshop had been a 7-11; now it's an antiques shop.

February 13, 2012 11:15 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

P.P.S.  Does eating rice pudding while watching Downton Abbey count?  (I too thought too much was crammed into one edition.)

February 13, 2012 12:02 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Miss Blue... very much like your "Mom," sound like a amazing multi-tasker....Keep up the good work...too. ; ).

February 13, 2012 12:03 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Yesterday, thanks to Stoney, I was enlightened again about
our host.  I was not aware that Mr.
Peterman played three years of minor league ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates or
that his Holy Cross team twice reached the College World Series two years in a
row.  I am a diehard baseball fan. In the
baseball world, neither accomplishment is a small feat and my hat is off to the


I am presently reading The Last Boy, by Jane Leavy, a
biography of Mickey Mantle.  The story is
supplemented by a wealth of interesting history, politics, geology, sociology,
physics and more.  A microcosm of a piece
of our culture.  I don’t know that you
can ask more of a book.  For my part, I’d
like to hear the story of Mr. Peterman’s three years in the minors.  I am certain there is more to it than he was
done in by an injury or a curve ball.  To
have had the hope of going to the show with the likes of Willie Stargell, Bill
Mazeroski, Roberto Clemente, Manny Mota, that in itself would have thrilled me
no end.


Someone in the village (Carol or Rusty?) mentioned her
professor paterfamilias (or was it a professor husband?) who always included a 
trivia question for extra credit on his students' exams.

Not to be diminished, once you start down a path, there is
no telling where you will end up.



February 13, 2012 12:31 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Miss Blue~ I love that multi-armed smiley image of you. Hope you had it framed and hung in pride of place in your home.

February 13, 2012 12:47 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

HAZEL, a Down's Syndrome child is in my family, so I've some idea of the challenges and joy you experience.  As you said to Miss Blue, I "hope you had {an image of you multi-armed} framed and hung with pride.
Don't hate me, those with children at home, but it's nap time.

February 13, 2012 1:18 PM
P8041286 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 IvyGailWinds said...

Posted outdoor pictures of the ski resort on the community page located Southwestern, Pennsylvania.Fresh Snow Skiing...and Sunny Day...Skiers' Delight... from my week of Skiing!

February 13, 2012 1:42 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I think Google is killing off (my) brain cells.  Talk about overload.  I bet I'm not the only one around her who searches for one thing then an hour later discovers they're off on another topic altogether.  And in that hour they've read and digested lots of off topic 'stuff' but not enough of any one thing to make it useful - but it's in your head now, all that stuff you googled and semi digested, and I swear my brain just kills off some other stuff (like "do I have that appointment tomorrow or the next day?") to make room for the newly-googled bits and pieces.  If I weren't so curious, I guess, I'd just shoot straight to what I wanted to find out through Google, but who does that?  Not many Villagers, I bet.  Now it's time for me to take my punishment at the dentist's, although damned if I can remember what time I'm supposed to be there.  I'm just glad I remember where his office is.  Or do I?

February 13, 2012 1:50 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

The half-summer of my discontent, I managed to get nicked up though in dry dock, when a hammer head came loose and hit me on the nose.
Our mom, thinking she was doing me a favor, summoned a couple of boys with nothing much to do (there was a reason for that) to keep me company.
I'll never forget the excitement sitting in the shade between two dorky eleven year-olds arguing about whether the "g" in cogito were hard or soft… as if.
I remember asking why, when neither of them had ever spent two minutes in the sun, one had that white zinc oxide on his nose and glasses and the other wore a huge sun hat… not to mention a nerd pack in the pocket of his white shirt containing a fountain pen, six-inch stainless scale, a mechanical pencil and a mini slide rule.
"Two questions: you do know it is summertime? And, are either of your parents bats?"
"Well, said one, "We don't have a big old scab on our nose."
"Would you like one?"
Luckily enough, I think they fell in love with each other (a match made in heaven if you asked me) and disappeared into the shadows somewhere.
I was left to read stories to a couple of really easily amused little neighbor kids.
"Did you teach them the word, "booger?"

February 13, 2012 2:08 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Georgia and Stoney - Downton Abbey indeed was not as good last night with waaay too much "coincidental" and drastic drama all in one epidode! We knew Bates might get blamed, but to find Matthew's fiancee dead of flu, the Lady almost dying of fever while the Lord of the Manor dallied with the maid, yet Thomas taking over and suddenly conscientious and helpful, chauffeur marrying the youngest missy and then reconciling with the Lord, Bates marrying again, our poor ex-main and baby rejected by the cad's parents and deciding to keep the baby herself, Mary letting Matthew know she still loves him...etc....all just too much at once! Downton should be more paced and subtle, not a dang BBC soap opera (which of course it is!) (And speaking of the maid who adores His Lordship, somehow there is a secret about her 11 yr. old son, don't you think?)

Has anyone a clue for me about how to find the last of the Midsomer Murders series? I have seen up through #73, but never found the last ones (after they replaced Barnaby)??? Is there a way to see them??

February 13, 2012 2:09 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

that was great, stoney...loved it!

February 13, 2012 2:09 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Obviously, that's "ex-maid" with the military cad's baby. Sorry for the typo.

February 13, 2012 2:14 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

"the half-summer of my discontent." I like that. & I know them well.  When looking back on my old falling apart journal, I saw that at the end of one particular year I scratched, in wobbly hand: "So this was that 'winter of our discontent' followed by a spring of our discontent, a summer of our discontent, which led into an autumn of discontent, and back into another winter of the same" That was my summation of 1970.  So much for the good old days,eh?

February 13, 2012 2:23 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

When a hammer head attacks, YOU should bop IT on the nose.  

February 13, 2012 2:28 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Sending you great gratitude for the kind condolences of yesterday -
Paolos - for the ee cummings' "The whole garden will bow..."
Stoney - for the WH Auden's "Vintage-Stop the Clocks..."
Tommy (never Typical) - for the Faulkner lines from "As I Lay Dying" and the blessings, empathy of "even breathing hurts.."

All so very thoughtful and easing....yes, we must go on...and it is not easy to accept or understand why good people die early and acquitted. Thank you's also to others who spoke kind words to me about the loss of this friend: to ChefDeb, Georgia, bebe, Violet Rose, and those who sent PM's. Your taking the time and thought to say kind words makes a difference.

February 13, 2012 2:44 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Moose ~

About the only admirable persons remaining are downstairs: Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Patmore, Daisy (maybe), Bates and Anna.
You're right, we have never seen Freddy and Thomas will be Thomas until the bottom falls out and let's hope he takes O'Brien down with him.
How come they didn't get the flu?

Park4 ~
I did get a lot of reading done but it was hell and I went nuts when the all-clear was declared.
'70 was not exactly a gem for us either.

paolos ~
If, and it is just a hypothetical, but if the body of a slingshot were a "Y" in a crab apple tree and if, and, I admit to nothing, the sling were a bicycle inner tube, an object like that could actually be propelled from one street to another from whence  could be heard: "Jesus! It's raining hammerheads!"

February 13, 2012 2:53 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Is it just me, or is there something fishy with the federal government promising free services to be paid by insurance companies?

February 13, 2012 4:10 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

On multi-tasking - I can guess that bebe and anyone who ever taught school could write a book on doing many things at once. Yes, it is like Hazel says with the juggling of several kids' demands at the same time...yet, mothers have been doing it for centuries.

Like you, Park4, I have spent hours Bing-ing...which I like better than Google--to search for one thing, then find another, and another, and another, and so on til the clock has gone into overdrive, and I did not realize I had been engrossed in the various sites for so long....I also get mail from friends all over, because my parents divorced when I was 9, my mother moved around a lot with me, so I have left friends in many different towns and now with Facebook am back in touch with people who were once close friends. With some there is not much to say, but with others of similar interests, there are emails apart from FB, and of course, lots of jokes, articles, and links.

Is it info overload, as Mr. P posits?? I don't think so...yet...Afterall, we control how much we concentrate or remember......I was an only child so spent hours reading, even taking encyclopedia off the shelf and reading all about things starting with R. Curiosity and learning help brain health....I hope.

February 13, 2012 4:27 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS GEORGIA:  Valiant Effort, with the Rice Pudding ... but I am guessing that unless someone comes up with a Recipe for this Andy Warhol lookin' Pan Fish/Pogey in the Photo above, we'll not be able to steer the SepiaTrain onto the Food Track, today .......
Is that thing even edible ???  I know Paranah are edible, because I have done it ... the Biggest problem with the toothy little bastards is getting them off the hook, safely .......
Maybe its a Test Pattern Fish !!!  or an Eye Chart for Tim Leary ... or a leftover Gag from Milton Supman .......
Straight On STONEY !!!!!!!   a voice of One crying in the Wilderness .......

February 13, 2012 4:34 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

You ask?
Busy, creative folks always have,
Always will.
In it, they bask,
They get a thrill,
From doing, doing, doing,
This and that,
At the same time.
Keeps ‘em happy,

February 13, 2012 4:36 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Mr. Stoney ~

If you launched one of those hammerheads due south with
enough force to travel 760 miles and if you accurately calculate the
displacement vector and velocity 
required for the hammerhead to land on my skull hypothetically disregarding
the jet stream,  wind and weather conditions and assuming that my skull
will reach that due south position exactly one half hour post launch.  If you aim for Miss Bebe, she should be well
out of the way and I should be there hypothetically by the time the hammer head
falls.  I’ll be the guy with the helmet

February 13, 2012 5:57 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

Did somone say rice pudding? I hate the stuff, give me tapioca. Yummy!

February 13, 2012 6:05 PM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

Apologies if this is brought up above, don't have time to read all the posts.... 
How about the anecdotal observation that women are better at multi tasking than men?
Seems like a woman who is adept at various roles - mother, wife, career woman, friend, daughter etc..... is often labelled a "superwoman". One never hears that about a man who may play similar roles. How come?
In my personal experience though, I can remember watching how the husband could stand and wait for the kettle to boil .....

February 13, 2012 6:14 PM
293 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rings90 said...

One of the Birthday cards I received this weekend -





February 13, 2012 6:20 PM
293 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rings90 said...

 I will admit there are a LOT of books being written about EVERYTHING. and it seems to all be a lot of conflicting information.

Goergia - I am waiting for an answer about the Job, should know by the end of the week. :-)

Running my own bookstore or classic movie palace is very much on my list of dreams of things to do with my life. My friend opened a little used bookshop years ago, I enjoyed working there & the people who shopped it. It's a shame that when she sold it, my life was a bit too out of order to buy it.

February 13, 2012 6:32 PM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

I overheard a kid, well, make that a group of kids, say (and I quote):

"I don't think I need school at all...all I need is my cellphone or laptop AND GOOGLE."

No words.

February 13, 2012 6:38 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

rings90- I share your dream. As an author of 8 books, I've had one large publisher, a small one, and then I did the rest on my own. I do signings, I work at small community theaters, I have hosted some independent film festivals. I do story telling and poetry readings & appear with people who I consider to be true artists. I wear what I want and travel about randomly. The internet and the digital world is a giant killer in many ways and is allowing creativity of all kinds. But the independent bookstore is sacred ground. ****Multitasking allows for lots of opportunites and a man must divert himself from the old iidea that everything has to be finished. Some things need to be left unfinished based on a lot of reasons and one is it is just time to move on. Are things missed? Of course. But the 80/20 rule with few exceptions still holds true.   

February 13, 2012 6:40 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Hazel- Totally agree with your 1:45 point in making a negative out of a good thing!

I just had a partner's question about "what was that old movie with Glenn Ford and Jack Lemon where there is a cattle drive and he is in one of those footed bathtubs and shoots a roach off the ceiling?" and it took me only a second to Bing "Glenn Ford westerns" and there was the title "Cowb" 1958! Now tell me that is some kind of bad thing!! You can learn about anything, and that was never possible before our technological age. Look at! Just wonderful how much there is to learn!

February 13, 2012 6:42 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

That title was "Cowboy" 1958...don't know why it backspaces and removes some letters when I add something like " " !! My son, the IT guy says the errors are usually between the seat and the keyboard! Smart alecks!

February 13, 2012 6:43 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Korthal --Yes, tapioca!! I vote with you!

February 13, 2012 6:48 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Stoney - I agree with your assessment of the Downton Abbey cast....We know that Bates did not kill his wife ( on purpose, of course), and Daisy is waffling about accepting the role of widow, but had better if she has any foresight. Mrs. Hughes is holding things together for the ex-maid with the bastard kid, and seems to have the Abbey's reputation at heart, as does Carson, but he is leaving to go to the mansion down the road with Mary (who is so sad about marrying the London businessman who has all kinds of blackmail over her for the death of the Arab prince in her bed)...It is like a 1920 train wreck, but I want to keep watching!! Great characterization!

February 13, 2012 7:23 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Funny western "Along Came Jones" with Coop spoofing himself. I love heroes who think it's a joke that you have it together all the time. Abbey shows me the classes are the flawed same...there's just that nagging money and social status issue...I was hoping the old boy would jump in the sack with the hired help and guilt himself to death- Granny's the only honest one in the bunch and the funniest...

February 13, 2012 7:25 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Stoney:  about that free insurance.  The insurance company were surprised to hear about it too.   Is it news to anyone that private companies are not in business to do free anything?  Somebody tell HisNibs Obama.  Before he mandates it.

February 13, 2012 7:28 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Stoney, again:  Do you recall: "I'd do anything for a pretzel."   Well,  so would I.  So would I.  But according to the guy with the pliers, it won't happen any time soon.    How many different ways are there to eat applesauce and Campbell's soup?  Not good, my friend, not good.

February 13, 2012 7:37 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Moose: did you search YouTube for Midsomer episodes?  Or iTunes?  Also,
Or eBay?  I've found some old and older episodes of series I like and missed or have holes in my collections - found them on eBay, and it worked out very well.
good luck

February 13, 2012 8:04 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

rings90, keep your dream of a small bookstore alive. Start very small if you have to. Just open a few hours a week if you have to. Let it grow, even if it is slow. Maybe it will not make much money at first. But the joy of just doing it is worthwhile payment. Keep those of us in the Village advised.

February 13, 2012 8:40 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Oh yes, rings - a small bookshop, as lotlot described - what a wonderful "job" !  It was my dream too...but I put it off, put it on the backburner, and now I'm not all that keen on the idea of beginning at the beginning of building another business.  But I am encouraging you to not give up that dream.  I'll come up and buy lots of books, every week and that's a promise.  Call it The Village.  Or The Club Car.  Or anything, just do it. 

February 13, 2012 8:51 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

MIdsomer murders i'm almost positive i've seen at netflix; also check the BBC site (I get their emails, having bought a friend a "Mind the Gap" door mat, and they have fine sales, too).
We seem in agreement that D Abbey last night needed work -- I've dreamed of writing, in Our Host's space for dreams, "Edit script for BBC, or, more in need of it, for US film industry. 
But wash my mouth out: I saw The Descendants today, and would see it again. George Clooney has more dimension than I dreamt; good he was in Ides of March, as well, very different character.  Back to my old John Updike book...funny, after his death three years ago I couldn't bear to read him, though I have every word he put to paper.  JUst kept reading other writers.  Attempting to read The Help, though, sent me running to JU.
(I may be alone, or perhaps it's because I KNOW what that era was like, but neither book nor movie impressed me -- well, not precisely: at first I thought I'd liked the film, but with time I liked it less and less.  The idea was good, but I'd rather re-watch the wonderful series, "I'll Fly Away," about that era but REAL.

February 13, 2012 8:53 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Park4 ~
I'm hearing you baby and I have two words: red jello. Somebody who loves me kept it coming and the tip-o-the-day is this: screw the presentation, put the whipped cream on the bottom of the bowl and then, pile on the red stuff.

rings90 ~
I'll go one better than offering to buy, I'll pledge you fifty high quality hardcovers… maybe more.
Can't wait until Fat Tuesday.

February 13, 2012 9:21 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Every time I look at that pix of the fish at the top, I am reminded of what my fingers looked like when I fell asleep in the bath tub...kind of wrinkly

February 13, 2012 9:23 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Is multi tasking a severe form of compartmentalizing? Ask Capt. Sulley....I wonder just how many different things he had to think of,execute,and justify,all at once....

February 13, 2012 9:42 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Georgia: I am the same as you when it comes to not being able to read a favorite writer when they die.  It hurts to read them, and too, I feel a little bit miffed, I'll admit, it's like "how could you? How could you go and die like that, now I know there will never ever be another book/story by you, even if you did say you were done with writing, why'd you have to make it so permanent, huh?"  ... When you're a reader who loves a particular writer (for me, it's Cheever), it's a close relationship, and quite personal, I reading them is sad.  Not easy to explained to a non reader, but who cares about non readers anyway, right? <smile>  Before I "discovered" John Cheever to love, I was head over heels with everything F.Scott Fitzgerald, since first year in college until just a couple of years ago.  And I was sad, so sad, when Dr. Matt Bruccoli, professor at the U. of South Carolina at Columbia - he died on June 4, 2008, he was the Fitzgerald scholar and editor - well, when I heard of his death, I put away all of my Fitz. books, my Bruccoli edited books, -- I felt betrayed that he should die at the too young age of 78, I hadn't asked him all my questions yet.  ..............  Readers are inward people with big imaginations and their dedication to "their" writers is remarkable.  I figure I'm okay with John Cheever, since he's already passed...  Long story short:  I hear ya, Georgia.  I know what you're sayin.

February 13, 2012 9:43 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

paolos ~

Keep the helmet on.

Anyone seen CD or PL?

rings90 ~
Lovin' that card.

February 13, 2012 9:50 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

At this moment, someone who loves me put in front of me a large size bowl of RED JELLO, and whooping cream on top, on the side, on the bottom, it's mostly whooooping cream with red jello.  I'm not at the point where I want to chew anything yet, so I have no pretzel yearings.  Yet.   There's a thousand stitches up there, I swear.   Ouch.  Dammit.  I'll sleep tomorrow night.  There's no hope for tonight.   Thank god and greyhound for RED Jell-OH.

February 13, 2012 9:51 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

no yearnings  for pretzels
 not yearings

February 13, 2012 9:55 PM
293 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rings90 said...

About Downton Abbey - Was advised by someone who has bought & watched the Season 2 DVD's to have the Tissues ready next week. I thought the rest of the Village should also be in the know.

Stoney - am counting down the days until the Paczki's & coffee are Fresh :-)

February 13, 2012 10:12 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

Not really a Sweets Person ... but Tapioca is my all time favorite dessert on the earth ... Yeah I know its poisonous until it is cook'd ... but I absolutely love the stuff ... It could very easily become an addiction .......  Up to now, iit is only a Sickness ... bordering on perversion .......

February 13, 2012 10:25 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

No on both CD and PL.   Should we send out the hounds? (Westminster Dog Show is on, btw)

February 13, 2012 10:27 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

IVAN: a tapioca perversion?  Wait, don't go anywhere Ivan, I need to go get my copy of the DSM IV.  Or is it finally V ?  Either way, that's one for the books.

February 13, 2012 11:10 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

After my earlier post I made a double batch. The kind where you beat the egg whites and fold thewm into the cooked tapioca.
Oh yeah, I'm good for a few days.

February 13, 2012 11:21 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...


February 13, 2012 11:38 PM
293 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rings90 said...

Yes RY Traditionally made Poonschkeez - Come on up RY & enjoy some :-) 

February 14, 2012 6:11 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

KORTHAL & IVAN............................I love tapioca pudding. I would always make it for my father when I was younger. And of course you must whip the eggwhites! I haven't had it in forever.
PARK....................sorry to hear you are so under the weather. Stitches sound painful....................take good care of yourself!
STONEY & all......................yes, DA moved at a brisk pace. Too brisk...............also, if they are going to have a two hour show, I'm sorry, but they need a break or two in there.................please don't hammerhead me, as PAOLOS is suggesting as it would hurt, I think, alot! Great story, loved the twist!
GEORGIA.........................really meant to see The Descendants, but it is gone from the theater, so I will definitely catch it on DVD................................

February 14, 2012 10:08 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

MISS BEBE ~ I gave Stoney more than enough information to accurately pinhead my point, I mean pinpoint my head as it rotates directionally toward you.  Keep in mind you will be rotating away while the hammerhead is breezing through the clouds.  You are perfectly safe, I would have it no other way.  George Hall and Ummgawa may want to don a helmet, just in case Stoney's calculations are a wee bit off.

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