My Twitter feed



And if the network you’re on has Twitter blocked, but you’re Jonesing for more of my “witty” banter, here are some of my favorites copied down to this site: TheBillHolmes on Twitter.

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Bee-friendly plants? Think again.

“Bee-friendly” plants? Think again.

Good info.  I wonder if Ace Hardware stores are any better?  Probably need to buy my plants from the farmer’s market.


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Jokes

Just thought we’d mention our Jokes pages here and here.  Some clean, some dirty.  Read with caution.

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Don’t Keep Calm…

Don’t Keep Calm….

Basically, go ahead and let yourself get excited.  It’s OK!  You might even enjoy yourself, in a way.  Or at least it’ll be one of those things you can look back on and laugh about.

Original source here: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/xge-a0035325.pdf

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Self-proclaimed gurus

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Hollywood Park: What a run it had!

Hollywood Park: What a run it had!

Today (December 22, 2013) is the last day of racing at Hollywood Park before it’s torn down.  It’s sad, but that part of town has been “the ‘hood” for several decades now, so it’s no surprise no one wanted to go there.

I worked there once, briefly, with the harness horses.  It was back in the 80′s, and it was not during a race meet, but just a place to stable the horses between meets.

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Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You’ll Thank Me Later

Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You’ll Thank Me Later.

What a great experiment … and website!

Shop Amazon – Top Holiday Deals

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Human Interest News

Some interesting stuff here …

Human Interest News | Student News Daily

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Why Your Brain Craves Junk Food (and What You Can Do About It)

The good news is that the research shows that the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it.

via Why Your Brain Craves Junk Food (and What You Can Do About It).

In other words, self-control!  What a concept!

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Sit up straight

… like my father always said.  Apparently, there’s more than just a physical benefit:  The Science Behind Posture and How It Affects Your Brain

And don’t miss FlowerGirlPhysicist‘s comment at the bottom about the effect that boobs have on posture.  A bit of nerd humor.

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Cold day in November

It was cold today in Nashville!  The high for the day was only about 45.  I guess that’ll feel warm if we get that in January.  But still …  It’s supposed to get down to the mid-20′s tonight.

I know, I know.  You all in Chicago and Moscow are saying pfftt!  But that’s why — among other reasons in re the latter — I don’t live in those places!  :)

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Don’t Fall for the 90# Telephone Scam

I’d never fall for this (I hope) because our only “wired” number is through the Internet, not AT&T or any major provider.  Here’s a link to the FCC’s page:  http://www.fcc.gov/guides/90-telephone-scam.

I received a telephone call last evening from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician (could also be Telus) who was conducting a test on the telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign (#), and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused. Read more

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Mucho Macho Man grooves to his song

[Breeder's Cup Classic winner] Mucho Macho Man grooves to his song

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The Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie That Will Heal You From The Inside Out

The Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie That Will Heal You From The Inside Out.

I think I’ll try this.  Click above.

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Kids hate broccoli

Elizabeth at the dinner table being forced to eat her broccoli:  Ugh, can I throw up?

Her mom:  Um, no.

Me: [trying not to laugh out loud]

Mom:  You’re not helping!

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This is deep

I just had to share this comment someone left here on FriendsNews.com.  Read it, absorb it, digest it, lather, rinse and repeat it.  Then let me know what the %$^# it means!  Here it is:

I comprehend that is genuinely uninteresting and you’re merely skipping to the next comment, nonetheless i basically preferred to toss a sizable several many thanks – a person resolved the main factors individually!

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Lessons in the Art of Living

Good guidelines.  This snipped below is the most useful part:

In DBT [dialectical behavior therapy], the skill is encapsulated in a mnemonic device known as DearMan: Describe what you want; Express yourself in ways that reflect the importance of your request; Assert yourself effectively but not aggressively; Reinforce a request by explaining what good would come from it; stay Mindful and don’t get caught up in another’s defensiveness or your own intensity; Appear confident; Negotiate, don’t demand.

via Lessons in the Art of Living | Psychology Today.

 

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Sunday ride

Elizabeth dragged me onto another one of her outings this morning.  If nothing else, she keeps me in shape.  This time, she was on her motorized scooter (the kind you stand on), while I rode my bicycle.  No fair making the old man use pedal power while she rides a scooter, giving only her throttle hand a workout.

But first, I had to fix my flat.  I had just put a new tire on it last weekend, how did it have a flat already?  Oh well.  I don’t have a patch kit, so I took a tube from another bike instead.  Removing my old tube, I wasn’t thinking straight.  I pulled the tube out from under the tire, but forgot to first take the wheel off the bicycle itself.  I did it right a minute earlier with the first bike.  How did I get it wrong this time? Read more

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Good start

The NFL got off to a good start today, the first real games of the season.  Both of my teams, the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers, won!  The Titans were a surprise over the Steelers.  The Niners won “as expected” even though they were playing the Packers.  Normally, I’d be rooting for the Packers, but not against either of the above teams.

I’m going to assume from all of this — mark my words! — the Titans will play the 49ers in the Super Bowl.  :)

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Must-see sights around the world

Please help compile a list of must-see sights around the world.  I’m looking for less obvious places, such as Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Vermont, or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, etc.  Hopefully fun, interesting, different sorts of touristy things that people might not have thought of.

Make it worldwide!  Thanks!

Leave a Comment below to cast your vote. If it’s not spam, it’ll be approved so everyone can see it.

Or, go here and comment.  They’ve gotten MUCH better response than I have, though theirs is a slightly different question:

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