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 :-)


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 »
JANUARY 19, 2011 10:44PM

Codependency: we're in this together

According to Wikipedia:
Codependency (or codependence, co-narcissism or inverted narcissism) is a tendency to behave in overly passive or excessively caretaking ways that negatively impact one's relationships and quality of life. It also often involves putting one's needs at a lower priority th… Read full post »
JANUARY 18, 2011 11:24PM

Music: I want to take you higher

Music makes us feel good. No news flash there. However those scientists just love to identify, quantify, qualify and verify then let's not leave out codify all that research into some high-falutin' academic paper. McGill University in Montréal, Canada took it upon themselves to examine…

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JANUARY 17, 2011 11:21PM

Movie Review: Another Year

You've heard it's good. You go see it. You sit there and watch it wondering at times what you're looking at. There are no car chases scenes, no fight sequences, really no action at all. Then it hits you. This is pure unadulterated character study. What's meaningful is the intonation of…

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JANUARY 16, 2011 4:51PM

Movie Review: Blue Valentine

It is happy. It is sad. It is wonderful. It is despair. It is the inevitable and it is the end.

Blue Valentine is a small movie and it is a small story about an average, no, insignificant couple. They are just people; they are somebody we know; they are you and…

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JANUARY 16, 2011 4:48PM

Boz Scaggs: Heart of Mine

One day you may
Find true love that will last forever
Never, tell them you'll spend a lifetime wishing on together
You never thought she'd say goodbye
Then you will never understand the reasons why

Heart of mine
How will you keep from dying
Stop reminiscing
Who is she/…

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JANUARY 15, 2011 1:43PM

Wikipedia is 10 years old

Saturday, January 15, 2011 supposedly marks Wikipedia's 10th year on-line. Happy birthday. But along with the candles and cake, I notice various news outlets debating once again the worthiness of this Internet based compendium of knowledge and how much of that knowledge may be opinion as opposed to f/…

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JANUARY 14, 2011 7:58PM

Luck: Preparation Meets Opportunity

Over the years, my wife has not just repeated but espoused the idea that luck means being prepared when opportunity knocks. It may seem like an obvious statement, a statement of fact or some self-evident truth but it certainly seems to be the common belief that luck has more to do/…

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JANUARY 13, 2011 3:14PM

Aspirin: good for what doesn't ail you

Okay, I, like everybody else I imagine, know this little white pill as the tried and true method of dealing with a pounding head. However, over a number of years there have been reports of benefits to be had from this headache medication which go beyond just relieving the pain between/…

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JANUARY 12, 2011 2:29PM

Assembly Line Writing

In reading about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo: Write a novel in 1 month?) and the objective of churning out 50,000 words or 175 pages in just 30 days, I reflected on various writers labelled "prolific". I am familiar with Georges Simenon (1903-1989) who wrote over 500 books and John…

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JANUARY 11, 2011 9:45PM

Writing: James Patterson

Who the heck is that? Never heard of him. Well was I in for a surprise. This gentleman seems to be a one man book factory. On May 30, 2009 James Patterson received the Guinness World Record for the “Most Entries on The New York Times Best-Seller Listâ€. What? I've still/…

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JANUARY 10, 2011 1:24PM

My 15 Minutes of Fat

These past Christmas holidays saw some articles in various papers about one Donna Simpson, a New Jersey housewife who has given herself the personal and very dubious goal of becoming the world's fattest woman. The connection with the holidays seems to have been reporting on what she ate for the usual/…

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JANUARY 9, 2011 6:31PM

Arizona: Politics by 9mm Glock

Sunday, January 9, 2011

As Gabrielle Giffords, 40, Democratic representative for Arizona remains in critical condition after being shot in the head, America turns its attention to trying to figure why any of this happened in the first place. The suspect in the shooting, Jared Lee Loughner, a 22-year-o/…

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JANUARY 9, 2011 5:44PM

Vitamin D: The sunshine vitamin

A few years ago, the newspapers were filled with articles that said all of us should be taking 2000 IU of vitamin D every day. Some said 1000 per day. My question was, "Why take it at all?"

New research had indicated that supplementing our diet with this vitamin could strengthen our…

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JANUARY 8, 2011 9:17PM

Writing: Less is more: the drabble

Okay, let's get this out of the way immediately. The word drabble designates a story which is exactly 100 words long. Yeah, my first reaction was "What the hey?" too. And now for the cutesy-pootsy supposed genius-like play on words: My drabble is drivel. I only dribble so I write drabble./…

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JANUARY 7, 2011 1:32PM

Movie Preview: Orgasm Inc.

The film's official web site provides this synopsis:

In the shocking and hilarious documentary, filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval… Read full post »
JANUARY 6, 2011 8:21PM

Life Explained (sort of)

How to explain life?


A few takes on the question found around the Net...

My apologies to the original authors.

On the first day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support/…

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JANUARY 5, 2011 6:23PM

Rob Ford: Can I count on this man?

Or should I ask, can this man count? I hate to keep coming back to an issue like a dog with a bone, but Mr. Ford has consistently said things where the numbers when added up do not match what he's saying. This leads me back to the belief that while…

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