July 03, 2008

The Blog Days of Summer

[By Merry]


I know why you're here.

Everybody else took the week off and you're stuck at work trying to look busy, so you're reading a blog.

Tsk. What would the boss say?

Oh wait, he's one of the ones who took off for vacation. Well then, he's in no position to talk.

Okay, if you're going to be stuck at work, then the least I can do is try to distract you.

Where to go if you're looking for a vicarious vacation

Maui cam
I like this cam of a beach in Maui... I can almost hear the waves lapping against the shore... sigh...

Lion cam
I have to confess, I'm not ordinarily a great fan of Zoo cams. There's usually not a lot happening. This one, on the other hand, is weirdly addictive... at least when it's daytime in Norway. This camera shows a mama lion and several seriously cute lion cubs. If the link is dark, maybe it's not daytime in Norway. Or the server is overloaded. It's popular.

In case you are a wild fan of zoo cams:
Penguin cam

Panda Cam

Useful fitness information
(don't look so surprised, we do sometimes link to seriously useful stuff... once in a while, anyway)

From Hellasound:
Your first marathon: predicting race times and preparation

Useful device of the week:
A cell phone that keeps track of the number of steps you take and also monitors your blood sugar level.

Favorite videos of the week:

Exercise AND animal video of the week:
Cats on a treadmill

Winner of the Fiction, but Could Be Reality category:

Silly humor of the week:
Why Germany lost the war

Sadly, this is an entirely work appropriate picture

And finally, the quote of the week:
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Bertrand Russell

Take the rest of the day off. Tell the boss I said it was okay. Oh wait, that's right, he's on vacation. Well then, go for it!


  1. Great bunch of time wasters... thanks!

    (I think).

    Alas, the lions were not in the picture when I checked... I'd hoped they'd at least be lion around.

    And your webcam round up made me curious... turns out there are several local webcams that can tell me what's going on outside in my own town. I'll never have to get off my ass and go for a walk again!

    (Actually my local webcam was pretty boring; I'd rather see lions).

  2. You totally nailed me! Me? At work. Boss? On vacation. I have plenty to do but reading blogs is much more fun!

    I hope you and Crabby both have a wonderful 4th of July!!

  3. Happy Fourth of July to both of you!!

  4. I loved the marathon page--I'm training for my first one, and I'm always looking for new tips! According to his formula, I should run a 4:10 marathon. I wish!!!

  5. I told my boss I was taking the rest of the day off.

    she's didnt like it.

    something about the fact that her potty training waits for no holiday.

    The Toddler Tornado is a cruel master.

    HAPPY 4th!!


  6. Oh, Mizft, you've got a tough boss! I guess if she's not taking the week off, then you can't either.

    Well, the lions /were/ there. Yesterday there were 3 or 4 lion cubs crawling all over each other. It's really tempting to go "awwww" -- I always want to cuddle them, which would probably result in my arm being swiped off by Mama L.

  7. A few years ago I worked in Silicon Valley. From where I sat, I could either walk down the hall and look out the window to see how heavy the commuter traffic was, or I could look it up on a webcam. Yeah, I was lazy.

  8. going to go check out that Maui Cam!
    You have a Happy weekend, too!

  9. I think sunrise in Maui will occur in about 3 hours :(
    But once the sun comes up, I do enjoy that beach cam :)

  10. Just what I needed today! How much do I LOVE the onion? That was great. Thanks Merry!

  11. Happy fourth! What am I doing at work?
    Will show cats on a treadmill to Bad Cat....
    I am training for my first 1/2 marathon, so will take 1/2 of the advice. That makes sense, right?

  12. Working during holidays is the best. You don't actually have to work and then you still get a day off another time. I highly recommend it.

  13. My laptop will be tuned to the Maui cam all day, thank you very much. Soooo wish I was going on vacation...

  14. Thanks so much for the comment at my place, Merry!

    Have a great 4th!

    Dr. J

  15. Thanks for the tip on food bags, what an innovative idea! hahahaha

  16. ohhhhh...the maui cam! love it! I wish my bosses would let me have the day off! Is it nap time yet?

    have a happy 4th!

  17. Love it, Crabby...especially that Maui cam.

  18. happy 4th!

    and that first dandelion picture was AWESOME. i'm a sucker for good photography.

  19. Those cats are hysterical! Especially the one that's sandbagging it and only using just its front legs. Great find, excellent time waster.

    Happy 4th! Enjoy the weekend!

  20. Fun stuff. Have a Happy 4th all you Amurikans!

  21. Thanks for all the time wasters - like I need more.

    Happy 4th to all y'all. That is how you say that right?

  22. Love the penguin cam. Thanks for some solid distractions my first day back at work this week. :D

  23. LOVE the Onion News:) Have a great Fourth of July!

  24. OMG, I swear, I have an old video tape of one of my mom's cats doing exactly the same thing! I'm sending that link to my sis with a "MUST SHOW TO MOM" note attached...

    Have a great Fourth!

  25. What a neat dandelion photo - like fireworks!

    Here's a cam for you - Sedona.


  26. If you click on the text immediately underneath the dandelion photo, it takes you to the photographer's other photos on Flickr. Some cool stuff there!

  27. Wah! It's too dark to see Sedona! I'll have to wait until tomorrow. :(

    I call it inconsiderate, the way other time zones refuse to synchronize with PST. (Pacific Selfish Time)


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