William Belle

William Belle
January 01
Some cross-posting of my blog (see below under My Links). All the best to you in your world. wb :-)


FEBRUARY 8, 2011 6:36PM

Outlawing bodily functions

Credit where credit is due. Time Newsfeed recently published an article entitled "Governments Around the World Outlaw Basic Bodily Functions" which described how some authorities have been attempting to curb our behaviour in public. Of course, this got me thinking and investigating as the piece made/…

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Is Facebook our crack cocaine? Do we roll up Twitter and smoke it as our weed? Does YouTube keep us all mesmerized as if our mouth is glued to the bong?

I've run across the idea of Internet addiction when people talk about porn. However the term "Internet Addiction" or "Web Addiction"/…

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FEBRUARY 6, 2011 10:05PM

Jenny Peto and Baruch Goldstein

Readers may not know these two names. Both are Jews. One is an advocate for the Palestinians. One is a killer of Palestinians. Both, we could say represent a degree of extremism however I will leave it to others to determine where advocacy and murder lie on the spectrum.

Jenny Peto: Recap

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FEBRUARY 5, 2011 11:19PM

The Internet Is Full

The unthinkable has arrived. Or is it the unimaginable? The Internet has run out of IP addresses. Gosh, it seems so easy to zip through four billion, two hundred and ninety-four million, nine hundred and sixty-seven thousand, two hundred and ninety-six addresses.

To give a bit of information or if you/…

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How many times have I have spun a roll of toilet paper vainly trying to get a hold of the end of it only to discover that the roll has been mounted opposite to what I am used to. What frustration. "You damn corksoaker!" (Gawd, I hate it when my spellchecker…

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Kat Wilder, like myself, is a blogger. Unlike me, her rating on Alexa shows her to be fairly popular in cyberspace. Like me, she writes under a pseudonym. From her About:

Kat Wilder is the nom de plume of a middle-aged (yeah, so what?) divorced Northern California mom who blogs about parenting,… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 2, 2011 10:32PM

The Script: Live Like We're Dying


Sometimes we fall down, can't get back up
We're hiding behind skin that's too tough
How come we don't say I love you enough
Till it's to late, it's not too late

Our hearts are hungry for a food that won't come
And we could make a feast from these crumbs
And we're a/…

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FEBRUARY 1, 2011 8:23PM

Jefferson Starship: Sara

YouTube: Jefferson Starship

Go now don't look back we've drawn the line
Move on it's no good to go back in time

I'll never find another girl like you, for happy endings it takes two
We're fire and ice, the dream won't come true

Sara, Sara, storms are brewin' in your eyes
Sara, Sara, no time is/…

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JANUARY 31, 2011 7:39PM

Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

In our fast-paced, multi-tasking digital world, 2 minutes can seem like an eternity. The clock slowly ticks by, one second at a time and counting out one potato, two potatoes, three potatoes turns into an onerous task which tests the outer limits of our patience. Have we forgotten what it's like/…

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JANUARY 30, 2011 1:47PM

Gorilla walks like a man

A 21 year-old silverback western lowland gorilla called Ambam at the Port Lympane Wild Animal Park in Kent, England has drawn a lot of attention to himself and the park due to his walking upright. While such a practice is not unknown for gorillas, Ambam is doing this with a degree/…

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JANUARY 29, 2011 8:40PM

Sex in the Digital Age

For the past three years, the magazines Shape and Men's Fitness have teamed up to do an annual sex survey. This year's effort has focused on love in the Internet age and asked some "digital questions" which reveal interesting information about how social media is affecting not just our lives, but/…

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73 seconds after launch, the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida. An O-ring in the right solid rocket booster (SRB) failed at liftoff allowing hot gas from within the booster to escape and subsequently damage the SRB attachment hardware and the ext/…

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Question: Why does a hippopotamus lick a crocodile?

Answer: Because it can.

Some of you may recognise this as a variation on the joke about a dog and why he licks his... okay, I'll let you fill in the rest. When I mindlessly surf around the Net late at night, overtired and a/…

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JANUARY 27, 2011 10:07AM

Writing: November Challenges

Why this month? Why not July? Why not February? Then again, February is the shortest month of the year and if we're going to undertake a writing assignment, having more days may be advantageous.

It would seem that the choice of this month out of the entire year owes a debt of/…

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JANUARY 26, 2011 1:32PM

Solar Winds: sail to the stars

I look out from the port during the summer to see the lake spotted with the sails of the intrepid enjoying the peace of Mother Nature's push. I watch our favourite swashbuckler Jack Sparrow order his men onto the yardarm to unfurl the canvas as he strikes out on a new/…

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One of the first things Rob Ford did when taking over the show was to repeal the vehicle registration. According to him, the public didn't like it and as their champion, it was his mandate to bring to the people what they wanted. Stop the gravy train!

Yesterday the Toronto Transit Commission/…

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JANUARY 25, 2011 2:21PM

2011 Oscar Nominations

They're out! The countdown begins! February 27, 2011

Yes, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 2011 Oscars. In the grand scheme of things, the Oscars may be insignificant in our daily lives but the tinsel of Hollywood still holds an attraction for the p/…

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JANUARY 25, 2011 7:27AM

The Me Marriage

The New York Times published December 31, 2010 an article supposedly about "sustainable love" entitled The Happy Marriage is the "Me" Marriage by Tara Parker-Hope. The author starts with this idea:

A lasting marriage does not always signal a happy marriage. Plenty of miserable couples have stayed toge… Read full post »
JANUARY 24, 2011 1:38PM

Sex In America

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior has been published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 7, Supplement 5, 2010. A full copy of the survey can be printed from the web site.

This survey covers the sexual experiences and condom-use behaviours of 5,865 adolescents and adults ages 14…

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JANUARY 24, 2011 12:59PM

Dating: Women react to romantic songs

A recent study has concluded that women are twice as likely to accept a date from a stranger if they have just heard a romantic song. Should all the men be paying attention to the Muzak playing in the coffee shop or the bar before springing the question? Maybe the "right/…

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JANUARY 24, 2011 9:57AM

Planet Earth: 7 billion people in 2011

The Population Division of the United Nations has stated that the "Day of 7 Billion" will occur in late 2011. The U.S. Census Bureau feels that this won't happen until July 2012 but such are the problems of prognosticating a number so high. Who's right? Whatever the exact date, baby number/…

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JANUARY 23, 2011 10:04AM

NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month

Writers come in all shapes and sizes, a statement which may seem descriptive of their physical form but refers to their output. We can start at the top with the professionals, such as Stephen King and James Patterson and work our way down to the first-timers and the wannabes as may/…

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On Friday, January 21, 2011, a tracker trailer slide out of control and crashed into the lanes of on-coming traffic. According to police, several vehicles were damaged but there were no serious injuries. CTV reported:

According to the OPP around 8:15 a.m. an eastbound tractor-trailer veered across twoRead full post »

JANUARY 21, 2011 11:19AM

The Great Debate: Seat up or seat down?

Is there anything else which so fundamentally sets women and men apart? Men are standing on Mars; women are sitting on Venus.

According to Wikipedia: Toilet seat: "Up or down" debate:

While males are used to raising the seat, females are not. Females do not typically raise the seat for anything… Read full post »
As of this writing, January 20, 2011, I like many others have been following attentively the reports in Australia of the horrendous flooding. (Jan 1/2011: Australia faces the wrath of biblical flood; Jan 11/11 Flood evacuation orders issued for Brisbane) By chance, I ran across this unusual article "… Read full post »

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