Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Changes Are on the Way

So, I've gotten the rights back to a lot of my older books, and I'm hoping to republish them. Then, too, I haven't been blogging much this past year (or two), so this blog is beginning to look a bit sad. In view of both of those situations (and the fact that I want to get all the links right in the back of my books), I'm planning on making some changes soon. I want to keep the blog, but not have it so front and center. I might even move this whole circus to a static web site with the blog attached. I realize that might not be helpful to those of you who visit regularly. (That's why I want to keep the blog while adding a static site. Yes, I'm selfish and I want to have it all).

At any rate, if things go wonky while I'm doing this, you can always reach me at myrnamackenzie@yahoo.com. I'll try to be helpful even though, frankly, I have no clue what I'm doing. Websites have never been my specialty. (If anyone wants to be informed about what's going on--in the event that I somehow lose you during this transition period--just drop me an email and I'll send you news when I have it. I'll be using this domain name, but since I'll have to move it, mistakes will most likely be made).

At any rate, I wanted to say thank you to those of you who have been here ever since I started this back in February of 2011. I'm hoping to get things straightened out soon.

Oh, and here are a couple of the books I'll be republishing. They were originally published as Silhouette Romances. These are tentative covers, and the books aren't formatted for uploading yet, but...like the website, hopefully that will happen soon.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Watching People Cook (or Bake)

I'm just an ok cook. There are times when I enjoy it, but mostly it's just a means to an end (i.e., not starving). On the other hand, I love cooking shows and watching other people cook. There's something almost magical about watching a person (someone not me) taking a few ingredients and transforming them into something edible and (hopefully) yummy.

So when a Facebook friend posted this video (from Tasty), I was mesmerized.

Don't those look good? And they're pretty, too!

And here's a no-bake recipe. I don't even want to think about how many calories are in this, but yes, it does look like a good recipe to make with a child, as seen in the video.

For more recipes (and not just for baking), click through to their YouTube page.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

LEGOs Can Be Useful, Too

I've always loved LEGO bricks. They were some of my sons' favorite toys. But people have made many creative items out of them, and some useful ones as well. Here are some LEGO hacks to make life a little easier (and more colorful). I especially liked the mini chess set.

And here are 6 more:


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Remember When Reverse Motion on a Movie Seemed Like Something Awesome?

Don't worry. If you don't, that just means that you're not an older person (note that I didn't say old. I like to think of myself as "older," not old. It's a fallacy, but hey, it makes me feel good, so why not)?

At any rate, when I was a kid, we would occasionally watch movies via a projector and on those rare occasions when we would get to see something happening in reverse (dandelion fluff returning to the plant, things of that nature), we were astounded.

So, when I discovered that there was a YouTube channel called Let's Melt This (seriously) and that they had a video of "unmelting" things, I had to watch. Here it is:

And if that wasn't enough, here's a compilation video of things being melted.

Click through to the YouTube channel for more videos (there are a lot of them).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Something Quick and Crafty

We eat a lot of cereal here, so this mailbox (mail file, inbox?) made from ordinary cereal boxes worked for me. Take a look:

And here's a cute little clip on holder from a mint container. It's supposed to be for earbuds, but I don't see why it couldn't carry anything small enough to fit in it (keys or spare change on those days when you're out walking and don't want to carry a purse. 

Cute! Let me know if you try either of these.

Have a great day!


Friday, May 6, 2016

No One Likes Inequality

This interesting (but amusing) study is from a few years ago. Two capuchin monkeys are given unequal rewards for doing a task. Watch what happens (if you don't want to listen to the explanation of what is happening, you can click ahead to about 1:26).



Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Award-winning Animation

A friend posted a link to this animated video today. Titled The Present, it has won a number of awards (59?) and has been shown at over 180 film festivals. I can see why.

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unusual Wedding Traditions

It's been a long time since I've posted anything wedding-related, but here's a Mental Floss devoted to weird wedding traditions that I found interesting. I went for a long haul between weddings, and when I attended several last year, I was intrigued to find how much wedding traditions at the reception had changed over the years, and I liked many of the modern additions/substitutions.

But these historical traditions were fun to hear about.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

A New Way to Translate Sign Language

I'm assuming this invention (computer-driven gloves that translate sign language into spoken text) is still being perfected, but it's interesting. I'm not sure how one would reciprocate (how spoken language could be translated into sign language. I'm sure that someone will come up with a solution, however, if they haven't already done so.

(By the way, my apologies for staying away so long. We're doing a bit of remodeling and things are in a bit of a mess here).

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Epitome of Multi-tasking

I'm not a very good knitter (I try), but if I had something like this, I would probably knit more. The rocking chair produces kinetic energy and uses it to knit a hat (I have no idea how it gets finished off).

ECAL Low-Tech Factory/Rocking-Knit from ECAL on Vimeo.

I'd love to see this in person.

Have a great day!