Why Do We Need Groundhogs When We Also Cast Shadows?

For this Groundhog Day, I ask this question.

Why do we need groundhogs when we also cast shadows?

Moment of enlightenment… when you step outside on February 2nd, you will be able to get the same results as a groundhog for predicting an early spring or long winter!

Better yet, you’d get a localized results for where you are, not wherever that groundhog people around you watching. Localization is SO important in weather forecasts considering how weather can be rather different only miles away pending the terrain of an area, that why would you want to get a forecast from tens or hundreds of miles away?

Just make sure you interpret the results of your shadow, or lack thereof correctly. That, as it turns out, is the opposite of what people interpret from the groundhog since they’re right only 37% of the time in the past 30 years. Interpreting things the other way will get you a 63% correct rate. That may not sound great but it’s better than what many people get in school and tests who out there doing all kinds of jobs and practicing all kinds of trades that impact you and I! It’s probably better than the forecast you usually get. And it’s DEFINITELY better than 37% the groundhog gets!

Complete This Phrase: “Everything I Needed to Learn About Life, I Learned…”

Have you ever seen one of those statements, articles, or even books that touts all of life’s lessons being contained in something? Often, it’s some passion someone has, like marathon running, or some show or movie. Sometimes it’s in a relationship or person, whether it’s one with your dog, or a hero/heroine you look up to.

For a future quote to point to some fun references, I’m wondering if you’d mind leaving a comment and completing the phrase¬†Everything I needed to learn about life, I learned…

You don’t need to explain it if you don’t want to. That would likely be rather long, I would think, because there’s a LOT to learn about life! But if you want to, you go for it.

I’m not going to explain my choice much other than to say, go see it and think hard, over and over again, about all the many things said, situations presented, solutions developed. And also think about all the things not said, or done, but perhaps implied. So my answer is Continue reading

Facebook Needs to Better Align its Timeline Cover Photo

Facebook has been rolling out its new Timeline profile. At what should be the top of this profile is a really widely proportioned photo (850 x 315 pixels) that could be, in Facebook’s words: “a unique image that represents you best. It’s the first thing people see when they visit your timeline”. Unfortunately, the way Facebook displays this image, a good portion of it is chopped off, and there is no good reason for it.

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