- Abraham Lincoln
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series � Thomas Jefferson%u2019s Monticello. I spent the day yesterday touring Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. My favorite part of the house was the so called Retirement Library, where he kept around 2,000 books and his office, which contained his favorite invention, the Polygraph machine, on which he duplicated thousands of letters by hand. He had. originally, a collection of around 7,000 books, which had to be sold when he went bankrupt. However, it occurred to me that, in a digital age, we have access to hundreds of thousands, and even milliions, of books and documents, and we can see Jefferson's work in his own hand, and we can make duplicates of any document many times over; but, the real power is inside of us. Who among us could have written the words of the Declaration of Independence? With all of our technology, our single greatest resource is the power of the human mind.
Execupundit.com: Lifelong - and Lethal - Excuses. If you really want to wallow in your status as a victim, you really need Michael Wade's list of excuses by your side. I suggest printing them on a laminated card to carry around in your wallet or purse. Then, when the vicissitudes of life get you down, you can take the card out, scroll down to the most attractive excuse you can find, and start saying it, like a mantra. If you spend enough time saying these excuses, you might reach the Nirvana of permanent victimhood. And, as an added bonus, you might totally avoid personal responsibility for your own happiness for the rest of your life.
Shakespeare on demand: Globe theatre launches digital player | Stage | The Guardian.One of the highlights of a trip to England; especially, for an English Lit major, is to attend a Shakespeare play at the Globe. Now, thanks to the Internet, lovers of the Bard will be able to watch on demand on their computers and smartphones and tablets. Now, if they can invent a time machine so we can see them as originally produced...
myCharge - Energy Shot. The first thing I thought when I received the Energy Shot for review was that it was packaged in a bottle the size of an energy drink. Cute. Inside the bottle is a battery sized charger, with a full sized USB port and a micro USB port, with a cable that plugs in to any device. At 2000 mAh, it should power a device for an additional 10 hours. I will give it a try. Around $25 at Walgreen's.
Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals: What to Expect. Hey, as the holidays start earlier and earlier, did you expect anything different from the Internet? Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving later this month, is always the biggest shopping day of the year, and the stories of people waiting in line all night long to snag deals are legendary. But, the reality is that most of us shop online these days. Why waste a good night's sleep after gorging on turkey? Amazon is happy to oblige, and Black Friday deals start today. Check in often at Amazon, and you will find deals that put Black Friday to shame. Happy hunting.
Why NASA Blew Up a Rocket Just After Launch. The disclosure that NASA intentionally blew up the Orbital Sciences rocket because of a launch anomaly got me thinking about life and law practice and most human endeavor. When things go wrong, sometimes you have to blow it all up and start over. Protecting human life is more important than protecting hardware and software. Failure can be spectacular, as the fireball that was a rocket will attest. However, it is the quiet failure of surrender that is the most destructive. The answer? Never give up. Never surrender.
Bar Journal Article. This is an excellent article about the Florida Pet Trust statute, and pet trusts in general. Whilethe article is aimed at lawyers drafting these documents, every pet owner considering a pet trust should ask the same questions. What will happen to your pets when you die? Is there a trusted friend, organization or other person who is willing to care for your pets, or to find them a new home? Are you willing to set aside enough money to care for them? Will your natural beneficiaries support your decision? There are many issues regarding this relatively new area of estate planning. Educate yourself.
Lawyers Must Know How to Type %u2014 Lawyerist. I will never forget the summer I spent in high school, riding my bike to a nearby school, past the baseball field where I wanted to be, to a classroom filled with typewriters and girls. Well, the girls thing was all right. But, the last thing I wanted to do that summer was learn to touch type. As in most things, though, it turns out mom was right. Touch typing has been the best skill I ever learned, and I am doing it right now as I fill blank space on a page for this blog entry. I type all day long as I create pleadings, letters, and other documents in my practice. Dictation always seemed a step too far for me; so, I started creating my own documents very early on. If you can't type, learn. If you can, practice, It is a skill that, until voice transcription and computers are far more advanced, will be an essential part of your practice.
Zen And The Art Of Cleaning Bird Cages.
While I was cleaning the bird cages this morning (a Saturday ritual), I started thinking about some of the parrot sites I have been frequenting lately. They are always talking about the dangers of a seed diet. I respectfully disagree. What is it about us humans that thinks we know better? About anything? I love companies like Higgins who create seed based parrot food, mixed with dozens of other foods and nutrients. I can add treats like peanuts, fruit and vegetables myself. Here is a link to Higgins and here is a list of ingredients in the seed mixture I feed to my healthy parrots:
"Ingredients: Sunflower, Safflower, Buckwheat, Corn, Whole Oats, Red Milo, Wheat, Pea Flakes, Bean Flakes, Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Papaya, Pineapple, Raisins, Banana, Chili Peppers, Ground Yellow Corn, Brown Rice, Soybean Meal, Ground Wheat, Oatmeal, Cane Sugar, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols a source of Vitamin E), Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Sea salt, Cranberries, Apples, Blueberries, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Spinach, Watercress, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, L-lysine, Choline Chloride, Algae Meal, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Rosemary Extract, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Iron Oxide, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C activity), Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, Turmeric, Natural Annatto Coloring, Beet Juice, Natural Citrus Flavor, Natural Banana Flavor, Natural Pineapple Flavor, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei fermentation Product."