8:15- Seriously the entire day has been about food. What the heck is “melty cheese”? I keep hearing this term in advertisements. Can someone please explain to me why restaurants have begun naming regular old cheese “melty cheese”?It makes me think they've cooked up some new concoction which is not quite cheese but more of a cheese-esque product that they can throw on a sandwich and it'll melt better than real cheese. Anyway, I was glad to know I wasn't the only one who noticed this little ad tidbit. Ihttp://chowhound.chow.com/topics/503395
Don’t let scammers bowl you over! A pair of con artists werebusted for swindling sports fans with fake Super Bowl tickets. The criminals, Damon Daniels of the Bronx and Eugene Fladger of Philadelphia, were nabbed in a sting after selling the dupes to undercover cops. Apparently the tickets were of such good quality, they’d allow fans to gain entry to the stadium (of course, fake ticket-holders would be in for a surprise when they found real ticket-holders in their seats). The crooks were also selling fake parking passes and tickets to Super-Bowl-related events. But tickets aren’t the only scam to beware of leading up to the big game- authorities are also warning consumers not to get tricked into purchasing counterfeitmerchandise. Fake NFL goods pop up every year, and can be tough to distinguish from the real, licensed stuff. Experts recommend keeping an eye out for ripped tags, sloppy stitching and typos.
6:45- TEXTING WHILE WALKING AFFECTS BALANCE
Texting and walking- it’s a delicate balance! Literally…a study found fiddling with your phone while walking doesn’t just distract you, it also affects your balance makes it harder to walk in a straight line.<========== Not to mention the people that fall and walk into walls while texting. Yikes! http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/22/tech/mobile/texting-walking-study/
7:15 Strange college courses- RUTGERS UNIVERSITY OFFERS COURSE BASED ON BEYONCE
New Jersey’s Rutgers University is offering its student body a course called “Politicizing Beyonce,” described as a class that uses the singer’s music and career to “explore American race, gender and sexual politics.” Class teacher Kevin Allred told the campus newspaper Rutgers Today, “This isn’t a course about Beyonce’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend. It’s important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis.”
Our regulary caller Becky took non traditional rock climbing class and said she got the chance to rapell off the schools gymnasium wall. --Yeah, insurance would prevent that from happening these days.
8:15- So funny to watch them discuss the internet and how it will be able to deliver the newspaper to your computer every morning. This is a very early news report about the internet. http://www.wimp.com/theinternet/
Thesepasswords don’t pass muster. SplashData determined the 25 worst passwords of the year. People, your personal data is at risk. Can’t you be a little more creative? Check out the list, then change your passwords accordingly.
Musical (and pop culture) icon Boy George has set a March 25 release date for his next studio album, This Is What I Do, his first studio offering in 18 years. The former Culture Clubfrontman has vowed to support the release of This Is What I Do by touring North America later this year with his nine-piece band. The first single off the new record is “King of Everything” and it is out now.
I'm slackin. I have the nerve to post this a full 4 hours after I finishd on the air after I bragged that I post something every single day. For realz.
6:15- There's this new app called Romanticmatic.
If you're not very good at being romantic, there's a new app that can help. Romantimatic is an app that reminds you to do one simple thing: send your significant other a "I'm thinking of you" note. Smart! Awesome way to get you out of the doghouse!
6:45- I have a friend that works for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, while hanging out this weekend, he asked me if I would be interested in being in a promo for the tv station, I was like "Uh, YEAH! What do I have to do?". Pretty much, I went to my friends house and sat in the living room and pretended to watch TV for about an hour an a half. They filmed me turning on the TV with the remote, watching the TV (which really didn't have anything on it so they can edit that in later--ah showbiz) and sitting with their dog "Hal" (who is an awesome co-star ) watching the news. It was interesting to watch them create the effects, it was especially cool to see how they figured out the lighting, the camera angles and the different obstacles. They had this camera on wheels and they were filming me from outside a window so it looked like they were watching me from outside the house. I can't wait to see the finished product and when it's done, I'll post it. not that any of you will care because I'm convinced no one is reading this. Prove me wrong and write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me you're actually reading this!
7:15- You'd be surprised at how many celebs turned 50 in the last year. I though it was a neat example of the "you never know how old anyone is in Hollywood". Here they are...Seal? Really, I figured he was younger than that. Here are few others on that list:
Larry the Cable Guy aka Daniel Lawrence Whitney,
8:15- I mentioned seeing Emeli Sande' on something TV show and I thought she was really natural and funny. I never found it but I did find her performance on VH'1's "You Oughta Know". Girl can blow!
6:15- I gave a brief recap of the Grammys last night. I always have loved that awards show. It's a chance to see some of your favorite artists perform live and what the celebs are wearing. I know its cheesy but hey I own it! I was so tired by the time the show started, I poured myself a glass of vino, climbed in bed and tweet/watched it with friends. I thought Bey and Jay were good but I did think “Damn, it's only 8 o' clock at night, there are kids watching”. Oh well, I know I'm getting old, but it was still a good performance. I like Daft Punk, Pharrell and Stevie Wonder, that was cool. I really liked the Keith Urban/Gary Clark Jr collab too. I'd never heard of Gary Clark Jr but I plan on looking him up.
Here are some of the winners: (They only gave away 10 awards during the broadcast, the rest were performances.)
The 56th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and as always there were surprise winners and stunned losers. Some of the night’s biggest winners were: Record of the Year – Daft Punk – “Get Lucky;” Album of the Year – Daft Punk – Random Access Memories; Song of the Year – Lorde – “Royals;” Best New Artist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; Best Pop Solo Performance – Lorde – “Royals;” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – Daft Punk – “Get Lucky;” Best Pop Vocal Album – Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox; Best Dance/Electronica Album – Daft Punk – Random Access Memories; Best Rock Performance - Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive;” Best R&B Song – Justin Timberlake – “Pusher Love Girl;” Best Urban Contemporary Album – Rihanna – Unapologetic; Best R&B Album – Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire; Best Rap Performance – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop;” Best rap/Sung Collaboration – Jay Z/Justin Timberlake – “”Holy Grail;” Best Rap Song - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop;” Best rap Album – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist.
Superbowl is coming up this Sunday. DId you know, it's easy to eat up to 2,000 calories? Yeah, scary! According to a new study, you'd be surprised at what people will be throwing back during the game. I know I was.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day, according to Wikipedia. With an easy 2,000 calories consumed!About 22% of people say they eat chips on Super Bowl Sunday; 18%, pizza; 16%, soup; and 13% say they consume alcohol, says Harry Balzer, of NPD Group, which tracks eating trends.
Veggies are the most common food eaten that day with 27% eating any kind of vegetable, Balzer says.
Wings are the most seasonal food, increasing from 2% of people eating them on a typical Sunday to 6% of people who consume them on Super Bowl Sunday. About 12% eat pizza on a regular Sunday compared with 18% on the big game day. "It's a party day, so I expect those to be higher," he says.
Other things people nibble on: 5% eat carrots; 5%, nuts and seeds. Only 1% consume chili.
These numbers reflect people's eating habits on Super Bowl Sunday from 2008 through 2013. They include people who watch the game and those who don't, which is the majority of Americans, Balzer says. About 108.7 million people watched the Super Bowl last year, which means more than 200 million people didn't watch it.
7:15- Letting kids in restaurants. Do it or don't do it?
Here's the story: It's t’s one of the most frequently-debated issues: do children belong in upscale restaurants? The chef of Michelin-starred Chicago eatery Alinea recently took to Twitter to ask that very question. After a party brought their crying 8-month-old infant to the top-rated restaurant on a Saturday night, Chef Grant Achatz tweeted, “Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no,but..” Responses ranged from people who defended the parents, suggesting their babysitter may have cancelled at the last minute, to those who argued in favor of a baby ban. To dine at Alinea, patrons must reserve tickets in advance, which can cost up to $300, not including drinks, tip and tax. It’s Chicago’s only restaurant to receive Michelin stars, and it made last year’s list of the world’s top 50 restaurants. The point is, it’s not the most kid-friendly place in town. Alinea wouldn’t need to worry about banning babies if people just used a little common sense! Read his thoughts here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/13/baby-at-alinea_n_4589263.html
Some of you guys checked in with your thoughts...Joanna said that she is a mom of 3 and that she doesn't think people should bring kids to things where they can't sit still. She also said if she's at a 5 star restaurant she is paying for a nice night out and doesn't want to spend her money or her night off watching her kids or others.
Becky called and said she is a grandmother and that she understands having to bring kids places sometimes. If you're paying an arm and a leg for an expensive restaurant, babysitting on top of that may be an issue. She also said that paying for a ticket for a play or movie for a kids so she won't buy it unless it's age appropriate and they are able to sit still. Both really good points. Becky and I chatted for a long time but that's the jist.
Friday Toy Memory: Bozo The Clown Punching bags. My mom used to think that I'd break something when I was a kid so she yelled at me about it.
6:15- Getting my bearings and talking about S.C. I was so babbly this morning. I'm pretty sure it's because I still have vacation brain. I mean, I had my feet in the sand a few days ago and I was sleeping in late and staying up even later. The temps were 63 degrees and sunny on the day we left South Carolina...then we drove for 8 or 9 hours into the snow storm. You cannot believe how stressful that can be!
6:45- Some of the stuff I threw together in the 6:45 break.
● Bill Cosbyis returning to NBC. The comedian, who had a hugely successful series with the network in the 80s, will star in a new half-hour family comedy. The series will star Cosby as the patriarch of a multi-generational family. I mean, who doesn't remember hunkering down and watching the Cosby Show in the 80's and 90's? I remember doing the “First you cut the turkey” stuff impersonation of Julia Child.
Earlier, I read about melting ice on your driveway using a little Dawn dish liquid, a little rubbing alcohol and hot water. I asked if anyone had used it or heard of it. No one called. (just like I'm sure no one is reading this blog).I got nuthin...crickets. So...
In case you were curious like I was...it DOESN'T work.
7:15- We soon may be saying an R.I.P to the OMG! For Realz.
OMG! Texting may be on its way out. For the first time last year, the number oftext messagessent in the UK declined - and it’s expected to continue to drop, with instant messages outpacing texts two-fold by the end of 2014. Experts believe young people are opting for web-based messaging services like Snapchat over traditional texting. It’s not hard to see why- these apps let them communicate with multiple people at once and include photos and videos with their messages. Plus, they’re cheaper than texting plans (and often totally free).
8:15 Yet another reason to be careful what you post on social media. It could affect getting a loan. Not kidding. Your stupid tweets could cost you- literally. An increasing number of lending companies are using borrowers’social media profiles to judge whether they are eligible for loans. Lenders who employ the practice claim social media is useful in the absence of other more traditional research methods. But consumer groups say it results in some people and small businesses being unfairly denied credit. And there is some concern that mining social media to determine credit worthiness isn’t even totally legal.http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304773104579266423512930050
This male grooming trend really stinks. More than 80% of young women think men these days are dousing themselves in far too muchbody spray. And no wonder- 75% of guys admit they over-spray, mostly because they think the scent fades too quickly (news flash, dudes: apparently it doesn’t). But it’s not entirely their fault- the majority of men blame their overzealous body spraying on the fact they were never taught how to properly apply it. It’s never too late to learn…and our sinuses will thank you!
7:15- Snapchat for professionals? Confide app makes texts disappear. It may be too late for Anthony Weiner, but a new app that destroys sensitive texts after they’re read is like Snapchat for messages. The creators ofConfideclaim their app is for business professionals who want to keep certain correspondence private, but it’s already being viewed as a handy tool for cheating spouses. Sure, business professionals will probably use Confide…they’ll just use it for sexting.
Oh, baby! 2014 just started and already we’re talking baby names. Each year,NameCandy.com identifies the first monikers chosen by folks who became parents on January 1st. If this year’s list is any indication, the trend in baby names will be uniqueness- of the first babies to be born in each of the 50 states, only one name was repeated (Brooklyn). Other names include Malakai, Dior, Gwineth, Prantison, Nash, McKenlee, Dante, Naythyn, Watson and Jacktavious. I'm so NOT a fan of people naming their kids after perfume! http://www.namecandy.com/celebrity-baby-names/blog/2014/01/01/first-baby-names-of-2014-name-candys-state-by-state-list
6:45 Guy claims to have a picture of Bigfoot. MAN CLAIMS TO HAVE PHOTO OF BIGFOOT
Bigfoot is real! And he likes pork ribs from Walmart! At least that’s what this San Antonio man claims.Rick Dyer says he shot and killed the mythical beast a year ago after luring it with some barbecue. He recently released a picture of the creature in the hopes of proving he’s telling the truth. “It's Bigfoot and Bigfoot's here, and I shot it and now I'm proving it to the world,” Dyer said. Despite a history of perpetrating Bigfoot hoaxes in the past, Dyer insists he’s not fooling around this time. He plans to tour the U.S. with Bigfoot’s body. Something tells us he’ll be putting a big foot in his mouth!
7:15 Interview with Celebrity Chef Richard Blais. He's teamed up with Alli Brand. He's created some great recipes to get you jump started. https://www.facebook.com/myalli
-If you’re one of the many people who has resolved to lose weight in the New Year, look no further than U.S. News & World Report’s annualranking of the best diets. The low-fat DASH diet- which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension- was named best overall, while Weight Watchers was deemed the best for weight loss. Other diets that got shout-outs include the Mediterranean Diet, the cholesterol-lowering TLC diet and the Vegetarian diet. On the other end of the spectrum, the increasingly-popular Paleo diet tied with the super-restrictive Dukan diet (supposedly favored by Kate Middleton) for last place.
-On a related note, research suggests the Mediterranean diet may effectively preventdiabetes, even when it doesn’t result in weight loss.
-Cancer death rates in the U.S. have decreased 20% over the last two decades, in large part because fewer Americans are smoking cigarettes. To that end,tobacco control efforts have saved 8 million lives over the last half century.
:45 Golden Globes Recaps. I stayed up waaaay too late to watch it. I should have just gone to sleep and watched the recaps. I do it for you people. :) Here's a link...in case you care: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/12/showbiz/2014-golden-globes/
7:15 Products that were NOT made better by “improving them” Crystal Clear Pepsi comes to mind. Here are a bunch of products that never seemed to last after having been "improved". Can you Mc DLT because it should be on the list!
8:45- Friday Toy Memory- Friday Toy Memory: Not a toy but this hi chair/step stool. Remember they usually resided in the kitchen? You'd get haircuts on them. My next door neighbor had one and so did we. Many that remain today are in yellow. Why is that...ha? --Rona
6:15- I DON'T MEAN TO MAKE YOU FEEL OLD OR ANYTHING BUT...
I went to a friend's 30th birthday party over this past weekend and I realized that how old that made me feel. Then I found a page on Mentalfloss.com that touts a bunch of things that are turning 30 in 2014. Here are a few of the things turning 30. I'm old.
6:15- We are strange and wondrous beings as humans. Here are a few things that we do as humans that science STILL doesn't quite understand like laughing or blushing. I totally get the laughter and the dreams thing. See what it has to say here: http://www.newscientist.com/special/ten-mysteries-of-you
6:45- It's Girl Scout Cookie time. It's time for us to start thinking about those precious little faces pushing our favorite cookies. Here are some facts you surely didn't know about Girl Scout Cookies.
Here are two of the items that debuted at the CES- SMARTPHONE-CONNECTED TOOTHBRUSH _ Say goodbye to gingivitis and cavities with Kolibree, the "world's first connected toothbrush". The Kolibree is able to provide users with details on their brushing habits, helping them to improve their overall dental health. The toothbrush can be connected to an app via Bluetooth, and each brush stroke is digitally recorded.
Also for your binge watching pleasure: Dish Network unveiled the latest additions to its Hopper DVR line. The newest model has 8 tuners, which means you can record 8 shows at once.
7:15 How tech savvy are you as a mom? Well a recent survey of kids found that they think their moms could use some help in the techie department. See below for the results:
If you think your mom’s technology style is a little like June Cleaver, you are not alone. A new Trend survey finds that 57% of people think the same thing. The survey highlights moms and their use (or misuse) of technology and devices. Findings include:
33% of respondents say teaching their moms to use devices is like watching the movie “Clueless” and 29% think it resembles “Mission: Impossible.”
51% said they need to put parental controls on gadgets and devices for their moms while 80% believe that their moms don’t know how to use devices and gadgets properly.
54% are most worried that their mom may fall victim to viruses; spam and illegal downloads came in second at 32%.
15% said they are contacted by their mom at least once a week to provide IT advice, while 8% said they were contacted once a day.
24% would best describe their mom’s technology knowledge to a 6th grade reading level, and 19% compared it to a Kindergartner’s level.
8:15 Why is it that we don't feel like eating when we have a cold? There are a few real reasons. Interesting. Find the answers here!
They’re the queens of the road! Women are spending more money oncarsthese days. And now that the economy is bouncing back, they’re springing for nicer rides with more bells and whistles. Of course, four wheels aren’t for everyone. According to a Harley-Davidsonpoll, it’s no wonder many women are motorcycle fanatics- female riders report feeling happier, sexier, less stressed and more confident than their non-riding counterparts. They also say they experience improved communication and physical intimacy with their significant others.
Growing up, our mothers reminded us not to put our elbows on the table, to put our napkins in our laps, and to chew with our mouths closed until one day, good table manners became engrained in us.
Just as we in the U.S. practice a standard etiquette for dining, so do people in countries around the world. Our table manners may differ from others' manners, depending on where in the world they are.
Most of the questions used in this quiz are based on those in the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun in 2002 by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder. The original questions and results for that survey can be found on Dr. Vaux's current website.
The data for the quiz and maps shown here come from over 350,000 survey responses collected from August to October 2013 by Josh Katz, a graphics editor for the New York Times who developed this quiz. The colors on the large heat map correspond to the probability that a randomly selected person in that location would respond to a randomly selected survey question the same way that you did. The three smaller maps show which answer most contributed to those cities being named the most (or least) similar to you. http://www.tekstlab.uio.no/cambridge_survey/
Friday Toy Memory: Metal twisty puzzles. Those guys are timeless and frustrating as all get out! Friday Toy Memory: Metal Link puzzles. Remember these guys? I remember 3 things happening.
1. Half the time, you solve it but you have no idea how you did.
2. You'd get frustrated and say, I can't believe something so small can be so frustrating and stop working on it.
3. You'd lose it.
Dude, I think it was really stupid to put Christmas and New Year's on a Wednesday. It's a very useless day of the week and it makes it difficult to plan time off. Just sayin. Ahem, I'll climb off my soapbox now.
This is what I discussed on the show...
6:15 The Best of 2013 continues. Buzzwords. Can you say selfie and twerk?
7:15 Told the story of the nice lady who paid for my yoga class with her family's random act of kindness pact. What random acts of kindness have you received or given? I had a nice lady call and tell me that two times she's pulled up to a fast food restaurant and the person in front of her had paid for her order. Here are some great ideas for your random acts of kindness ideas that you may want to try.