The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Dead Mice Chess Pieces

Taxidermy Chess: Play with Rooks and Dead Rodents

Because jade, onyx, wood, pottery, crystal, resin, plastic and origami chess sets are passé.

Taxidermied Mice Chess Set Etsy

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Microsoft “Smart Bra” Nags You to Not Overeat

Microsoft Developed a “Smart Bra” for Dieting

Those of us over a size 8 already have to take crap from the TV, modeling, and White House industries. Now Microsoft wants us to take crap from our underwear, too? I have a better idea. How about use the money for a gym membership instead of a bra that nags us like a disapproving relative?

Canstock Red Bra

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Microsoft “Smart Bra” Nags You to Not Overeat

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Cybercrooks Start Customer Service Website for Their Victims

CryptoLocker crooks launch new ‘customer service’ website for victims

CryptoLocker ransomware is nasty malware that locks up their victims’ files until a ransom is paid. To facilitate these payments, they have set up a customer service site.

Canstock Cybercrime

Suppose we could get these guys busy on fixing the Obamacare site?

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Funeral Selfies

Funeral Selfies? Yes, They Do Exist

Proving once again that bad taste on social media has no boundaries. Apparently, taking selfies at funerals and other serious places like Chernobyl, Pearl Harbor, ad Auschwitz is the new trend.

Click on the title for the text version.

gFuneral Selfie

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Wine for Cats

Nyan Nyan Nouveau, Wine for Cats, On the Market in Japan

I’m delighted to report that Japan no longer has homeless people, orphans, diseases, or natural disasters so that the Japanese can develop wine for cats. Click on the title for the text.

Nyan Nyan Nouveau

Nyan Nyan Nouveau

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Fun, quick post from Jenny Hansen–Life is All About . . . Give Me One Word!

I don’t go on haunted tours. I let Susie Lindau do it for me. Ghost Walk

Some gorgeous photos from Award Winning Author Justine Dare Davis. Do You Love Where You Live?

International Giveaway and Interview with Allison Brennan at Larissa’s Bookish Life. Allison is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Lucy Kincaid series and a fun lady, to boot.

And to get the rest of the bad news over with, the NSA is collecting millions of contact lists, including those of Americans. Yes, this one is so undeniable, even MSN is reporting it. Also, the Washington Post article: NSA Collects Millions of E-Mail Address Books Globally

And for the latest on whistleblower Edward Snowden . . . Edward Snowden: US Would Have Buried NSA Warnings Forever.

Now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you, time to cheer you back up again . . .

image from Bored Panda

image from Bored Panda

This one via literary agent Chip MacGregor cracked me up. 15th Century Flemish Style Portraits Recreated in Airplane Lavatory from Bored Panda. I know how I’m killing time on my next airplane flight.

Saudi Cleric Warns Driving Could Damage Women’s Ovaries

The video in this piece from Kitt Crescendo had me actually ROFL, but beware that the language evokes some quite graphic sexual images. What I Brought Back

Brickhouse Chick gives us a far more interesting Story from the Shutdown than the things you’ll find in mainstream media. Brickhousechick Gets Arrested

And a big thanks to Julie Glover for pointing me to this gem. If this guy doesn’t give you a smile, not much will. One Man Dances Like Nobody’s Watching . . . While Everyone Is.

All the best to all of you for a week of pampering.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Vatican Misspells Christ’s Name on Papal Medal

Vatican Recalls Pope Francis Medals after Jesus’ Name Misspelled

Pope Francis Image by Agencia Brasil, wikimedia commons

Pope Francis
Image by Agencia Brasil, wikimedia commons

On a Pope Francis commemorative medal, the Vatican misspelled the name “Jesus” as “Lesus.” Four of the medals were delivered before over 6000 others were withdrawn. Click title for the full story.

News from the Unnecessary Government Shutdown Drama Department:

Park Service Abuses Spark New ‘Battle of Yorktown’

Amid Growing Complaints, Government Unblocks View of Mount Rushmore. Blocking the pullouts on the road with cones? Seriously?

Last week it started when the WWII Vets took and occupied the WWII Memorial. This Sunday it continues with the Million Vet March on the Memorials. This is the 17th government shutdown since 1977. None of the other 16 shutdowns resulted in barricades around our memorials, people being run out of their privately owned homes, or private restaurants being shut down. This time, there are reports from government employees who say they have been told to make the public as miserable as possible. I’m so proud of our vets for taking action against this unnecessary melodrama, and I support them 100%.

Million Vet March on Memorials

And to bring a bit of levity to the situation, Revocation of Independence by itzhakts.

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Check out these 20 actual complaints from spoiled rotten customers about Thomas Cook Vacations. It’s Enough to Make You Cancel Your Reservation via NYT Bestseller Allison Brennan.

Find out what’s up on the airwaves in Part Five of TV maven Tiffany White’s New to TV – Fall 2013.

Best Cave Art in Europe? Visiting Font de Gaume in the Dordogne via Debra Eve.

An enhanced digital comic by Ellie Ann and Alexis Malecon with Motionworks, Introducing Tale of Frida.

The Tale of Frida

Just What Is In That Chicken Nugget?

Fantastic story of determination from Jenni James: Food Stamps, Welfare, Seven Kids, Oh, MY!

From NYT Bestseller and Super Smart Guy Bob Mayer, Five Thoughts on Publishing for a Friday.

James L’Etoile tells us how to go about converting an ebook to a print book. To Print or Not to Print – No Question

Via Best Selling Author and Bond Aficionado Alan J. Porter, 6 British Customs that Will Puzzle Americans.

This lady has some great moves. Yeva Shiyanova dances to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

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All the best to all of you for a week of getting it right when it matters.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Man Crushed to Death by Own Marijuana

Guy Crushed to Death by His Own Marijuana Stash

A man in Brazil was trafficking 1100 pounds of marijuana in the back seat of his car. He led the police on a three mile high speed chase and crashed into a tree. When he crashed, the marijuana in the back seat came into the front seat and smashed him into the steering wheel.

Marijuana public domain wikimedia

As my Granny would say, “That’ll learn ya’.”

While this may be an eye-roller, I concede that it’s a good lesson for those of us who indulge in home repairs, squeezing all kinds of cabinets and plumbing apparatus into our vehicles. I mean, no one wants to die from a toilet attack in their car and end up on this blog, right?

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Hands down my favorite story of the week. Badass WWII Veterans Storm Memorial on National Mall, Defy Government Shutdown Closure. The government actually took the time to put up barriers to our public memorials which always have open access at any other time. Wonder where they got the money for that? I love these vets!

Les Edgerton on Writing: HEROES. This guy knows what it takes to make it.

Congratulations to my awesome publisher, Aaron Patterson–known as A-Pat in the gossip rags–for making the USA Today Bestseller List with Sweet Dreams.

Sweet Dreams by Aaron Patterson

Small motorized object repair with Jess Witkins. I Broke the Fan, so Then I Fixed the Fan

23 Motivating Lessons from Zig Ziglar by Jenny Henson.

Of Monkeys and Men and How We All Need Love by Jennie Saia. Read this and then go hug someone.

Obamacare kicked in this week. Getting health insurance is a blessing for some, but the regulations and devastation to Medicare have been apocalyptic for others. For those who choose not to sign up for health insurance, they could lose their property. A Facebook post went viral when a man talked about how Obamacare allows the government to seize fines from his bank account or take his house. This is partially true. Here is what Snopes has to say about the draconian penalties of not rendering unto the massive social parasite that is our broken health care system. Snopes.com Penalty Shot

After that, we could all use some cheering up. Otter Pups Swim Lesson.

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All the best to all of you for a week of sensible packing.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . End of Life Care Machine

Just in case you don’t care enough to actually show up yourself, you can hire a machine to care for you.

Thank you to Angela Ackerman of The Bookshelf Muse for calling my attention to this further proof that our technology has outstripped our humanity.

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In Stonycreek the Flowers Blow–Honoring Those Lost on 9/11 by Kristen Lamb.

I would also encourage you to remember those abandoned in Benghazi on 9/11/12. Their story has yet to be told. Benghazi: An Intelligence Perspective by Jay Holmes.

US Consulate Benghazi 9/11/12

US Consulate Benghazi 9/11/12

Via Kate Copsey — 10 Things Writers are Tired of Hearing. Consider reading this if you are interested in the care and feeding of a writer.

From The Onion–Poll: Majority of Americans Approve of Sending Congress to Syria. I know I certainly do.

The Wisdom in Compassion, a Matter of Nuance by KM Huber.

Tired of all of those silver cars on the road? Color is Coming Back by Nigel Blackwell.

Read first or see first? The Great Book vs. Movie Debate by Jess Witkins.

Challenging the Second “A” in A.A.

Wild Rider Susie Lindau takes us to Spain. Barcelona — Photographs and Pickpockets

Century-Old Message in a Bottle Found in Tofino

 94-year-old Fred Stobaugh met his beloved Lorraine in 1938. When she recently passed away, he penned the song Sweet Lorraine for her and entered it in a contest. Green Shoe Studio produced it. This is a brief documentary of Fred’s story–the actual song starts at 5:50. The commitment to love is a commitment to pain. Today, I raise a glass to all who have the courage to love.

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All the best to all of you for a week of avoiding creepy machines.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Bacon-Wrapped Ford Fiesta

Bacon-Wrapped Ford Fiesta

Proving once again that everything’s better with bacon. Click on title for text article.

Bacon Wrapped Ford Fiesta

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Of course with this headline, my first thought was Best Selling Author of Cop Killer and Bacon Aficionado, Ryne Douglas Pearson. A One-Way Trip to Mars via Ryne.

Why I’m on Strike Today:  I can’t support myself on $7.85 at Burger King by Willietta Dukes at The Guardian.

Stop Jumping Jack Dogs by pet whisperer and thriller author Amy Shojai.

Rihanna writes A Letter to Miley Cyrus in a level-headed response to her criminal misuse of stage time.

Big congratulations to USA Today’s Best Selling Author Vicki Hinze! She and her co-authors of the Dangerous Desires Boxed Set make the List this week. Write on, Vicki! Now only $0.99 at Amazon.

Dangerous Desires

KM Huber tells us how Craniosacral Therapy is unique. The Gentle Touch

Slenderman’s Coming for You by Catie Rhodes at Misterio Press.

A Warning to College Profs from a High School Teacher via Sonia G. Medeiros.

The brilliant comedian Christina Bianco Diva Impressions ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ as Adele, Celine Dion, Julie Andrews, and others. Seriously impressive.

All the best to all of you for a tasty week.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . The Clap-Off Bra

Clap-Off Bra

Clap Off Bra

No, this does not ward off diseases. It’s simply for the extremely impatient.

To learn more about this Syrian specialty item, including a slightly risque demonstration video, click on the title above.

For a less risque video, here’s a contest most high school boys would love to enter . . .

My thanks to Jenny Hansen of More Cowbell for her extensive chronicling of undergarments that produced this gem.

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Fantastic advice from Hope Avenue on How to Talk to Your Daughter about Her Body.

Burglers Return Stolen Computers to Nonprofit with Heartfelt Apology Note

The most beautiful thing about being an author is having people read our work and love it. We really can’t express how wonderful it is, but Susan Spann, author of outstanding historical mystery CLAWS OF THE CAT, tries. Deb Susan Doesn’t Know Who She Loves

Cat Chasing Mouse - Do not use again

A MUST SEE! Amazing animal photos via Alicia and Roy Street. 36 Perfectly Timed Animal Shots

Mary Jaksch asks, The Seven Types of Bloggers: Which One are You?

Phoebe of LittleGreyBox tells us about the Seven Deadly Colleagues you find in the workplace.

Why Writers Write When They Write It by International Best Selling Author and Graceful Lady Vicki Hinze.

M.J. Wright tells us why Suddenly, New Zealand Can’t Be Mistaken for a Kardashian.

And in honor of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, a cat dressed as a shark chasing a duck on a robotic vacuum. Yes, really. Shark Cat.

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All the best to all of you for keeping it all in place.

Piper Bayard