Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
by Colin Berry: Not something I would normally read, but loaned to me by my son-in-law, Vac. Purports to be a true story of a British agent who was sent to buy guns from the terrorists in Afghanistan, and ends up a prisoner in an Afghan jail. An interesting story, published in Scotland, and the whole frame of reference is quite different from the same kind of story would be if told by an American. If you find it, read it...
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Feeling grumpy 'is good for you'
In a bad mood? Don't worry - according to research, it's good for you.
An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine.
The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain "promotes information processing strategies".
He asked volunteers to watch different films and dwell on positive or negative events in their life, designed to put them in either a good or bad mood.Next he asked them to take part in a series of tasks, including judging the truth of urban myths and providing eyewitness accounts of events.Those in a bad mood outperformed those who were jolly - they made fewer mistakes and were better communicators.Professor Forgas said: "Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, co-operation and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world."The study also found that sad people were better at stating their case through written arguments, which Forgas said showed that a "mildly negative mood may actually promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style".His earlier work shows the weather has a similar impact on us - wet, dreary days sharpened memory, while bright sunny spells make people forgetful.
See, it pays to be grumpy!!! May we live long and prosper...
Monday, November 02, 2009
The great harmonica player and session man Norton Buffalo passed away Saturday from cancer at the age of 58.
Buffalo was born into a musical family with a harmonica playing father, a vocalist mother and a great uncle (Herbert Stothart) who wrote music for MGM during their golden years, winning an Academy Award for The Wizard of Oz.
He first found acclaim in the San Francisco Bay area, playing with artists like Clover and Elvin Bishop. In 1976, he joined the Steve Miller Band and was a member for the rest of his life.
Not content to just be a band member, Buffalo also formed his own band, the Stampede, who recorded for Capitol in the late-70's, played on sessions for Bonnie Raitt, Mickey Hart, Merle Sanders and others, and acted in the movies The Rose, playing in Bette Midler's band, and Heaven's Gate.
Rapunzel, her hair would be the death of her...
Gretel, a little too happy about losing Hansel...won the costume contest.
...and now to OZ
Great stuff, eh, and all done by my son with the assistance of Jami & Beau. There's actually a lot more, including a moving Pinocchio, but these were some of the best.