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Sylvia Beach Hotel


A hotel for book lovers with books and no TVs, radios, or phones!

Navajo designs redone for the century


Aside from the beautiful recreation of Navajo designs, the history of this tribe’s weaving is very interesting. I always thought Spiderman & Spiderwoman were comicbook heroes. Not so!

Nanotechnology anyone?


Nano world – you can have hours of fun here.

For the person who has everything


Buy art made from DNA of your pet or husband or whomever.

Is your fridgedoor naked?


OK – we all have a nutty friend or two who lives to decorate their refrigerator with magnets. Well, you have come to the place that has more than you ever wanted to see. Help your friends or yourself decorate the fornt (and sides) of the fridge, the metal picnic table, your husband’s glasses while he is snoozing.

The Universal Packing List


What to pack for your trip to wherever. This is really fun.

Don’t mess with Santa


I had no idea there were so many


Make your own sign or check out your knowledge of these signs.

Barcode yourself!


Download a barcode clock and more.

People, it’s “fazed” not “phased”


Have you noticed that the incorrect use of the word “phase” seems to be reaching epidemic proportions? (There’s a vocabulary refresher here if you need it.) For a quick illustration, do a Google News search on “not phased” and check how much the popular press loves to use it incorrectly, particularly on the sports pages. Wayne Ezell offers half an explanation at the Florida Times-Union:

Our July headline “GM: DaimlerChrysler says it’s not phased” was grating for Mimi Grenville, who wondered whether editors knew the difference between phased and fazed. “Somehow there needs to be some proofreading,” she said.

Back in the day, newspapers had proofreaders who reviewed stories, headlines and entire pages, and corrected mistakes. No more. Proofreaders were ushered out of most newsrooms when computers appeared.

Now most pages are “proofed” by an editor, usually after one or more other editors have edited stories, written headlines and placed them on a page. The second or third set of eyes is supposed to see every page, but when deadlines loom or editors are in a hurry, pages don’t get a careful review. At other times, bleary-eyed copy editors miss stuff – or fail to use spell check.

The main culprit is carelessness, though. That coupled with a failure to make near-flawless copy and headlines a top priority.

Maybe, but I can’t help wondering about our public schools.