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1st Celebrity to announce she had a mastectomy :: 1972
"the surgery is no longer regarded as shameful and secret"
i found this book in the palo alto children's library today
i'm so grateful to shirley temple
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.10.12 Â© 6 comments
O Magazine event "to inspire + empower readers on a journey towards personal growth"
i met O’s Editor-at-Large, Gayle King, editor Susan Casey, O experts Adam Glassman, Val Monroe, Suze Orman, Dr. Phil, Mrs dr phil, Valerie Bertinelli, Martha Beck, Peter Walsh + George Burns (Oprah's personal photographer for decades)!
5000 Oprah fans attended. there was livestreaming videos on Oprah.com thelifeimprovementproject.com
all the experts wanted to know what my ipad iguy was taking their picture + video :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.10.12 Â©
"How to Ice Skate" fairy style
Winter Wonderland comes to Disneyland with today's grand opening of a brand new guest outdoor ice skating rink with Secret of the Wings film theme!
grand opening ceremony includes magical Tinker Bell + her sister Periwinkle!
(i wish Apolo Ohno too)
by ~mod*mom~ at 23.10.12 Â© 0 comments
6 Tesla Supercharger electric stations open to the public today in California to enable long road trips in electric vehicles without long stops! expanding to over 100 stations by 2015, Tesla Superchargers placed along well-traveled routes in North America are designed to give road-trippers 1/2 a charge in 1/2 an hour. that’s 150 miles of range with an 85 kWh battery. Electric Charge stops now take minutes!
90 kW Tesla Supercharger stations deliver 4.5 times more electricity to an electric car battery than Twin Chargers.
efficiently charge quickly + free when you’re out on the freeway:
"The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity, which results in almost zero marginal energy cost after installation. Combining these two factors, Tesla is able to provide Model S owners free long distance travel indefinitely."
Superchargers are located at places you stop: roadside restaurants, rest stops, + shopping centers. pull in, plug in + Model S is ready when you are:
“Tesla’s Supercharger network is a game changer for electric vehicles, providing long distance travel that has a level of convenience equivalent to gasoline cars for all practical purposes. However, by making electric long distance travel at no cost, an impossibility for gasoline cars, Tesla is demonstrating just how fundamentally better electric transport can be,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. “We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight.”
by ~mod*mom~ at 18.10.12 Â©
mod*tot + i are Nancy Drew ambassadors, so we get game news + preview access :)
Nancy Drew game maker Her Interactive is launching the 27th edition of the award winning Nancy Drew series "The Deadly Device" for PC + Mac on October 23rd!
this looks really exciting for Halloween + my interest in Nikola Tesla + electricity:
"Fear lingers in a remote laboratory after a physicist's suspicious demise. A police investigation resulted in nothing except a case as cold as the secretive personalities + steel walls that enshroud a top-secret Tesla-inspired facility. That's why the lab owner asked you, as Detective Nancy Drew, to expose the terrifying truth about The Deadly Device!"
by ~mod*mom~ at 17.10.12 Â©
halloween horror story: "the look & the cook"
Re-animated humans love genetically modified organisms made by robots
i toured the haunted frito lay factory in the central valley of california....
the invitation came in an email, i was very intrigued + rsvp'd YES.
a black limousine picked me + mod*tot up + drove us 3 hours east.
we arrived at a deserted rural town next to fields + rail road tracks.
tumble weeds rolled down the streets...
the enormous factory sat back from the gated road on a long driveway.
we were greeted by a smiling pr person. the driver said he'd wait outside.
the pr person took us into a room full of frito lay executives from across the US.
they offered us soda + snacks (we don't drink soda, we avoid salty-sugary chips).
they each gave us a slide-show talk about the merits of their patented potato + "green" efficient "local" factories spread across the Americas + other countries.
they own every part of their product process from the patented GMO seeds, to the fields where they're grown, the train tracks + trucks that bring the potatoes + corn to their factories to be processed by their automated processing line. i asked whether their patented potato was more nutritious, but the answer was: "NO, it's the look & the cook".
a shiver ran up my spine. i looked at the executives, they smiled proudly.
a woman explained their patented potatoes withstand high temperature cooking without brown spots, so they cook consistently + look good in the bag.
when it was time to tour the factory. mod*tot was not allowed to go with us.
they are so secretive, they only let a few people per year tour the factory.
i put on my hair net + gloves + followed the tour leader. the executives followed me.
we went through a hall lined with windows + into an enormous mostly empty space with a ceiling about a hundred feet high. we went to a window. a train pulled up to a conveyor belt + up rolled potatoes into the building, first into a washing machine, then a slicer, then the cooker, + the salt tumbler. the potato chip conveyor belt passed them through a wall, they fell into bags, where robotic arms sealed the bags + stuffed them in boxes + taped up the boxes: creepy (a picture of arnold schwarzenegger on the wall from his tour)
then i was led to the roof: it was covered with................ Solyndra solar cylinders!
i was sent home with big bags of sun chips: i retained water + bloated!
Genetically Modified Organisms-GMOs are multi-species synthetic "seeds" :: laboratory synthesized bacteria-virus-animal-plant DNA patented creations
to know if genetically-mutated seeds injected with pesticides are used to grow your food products: vote YES on Prop 37 to label GMO products
(i took this pic of a halloween variety bag - the art is really good)
by ~mod*mom~ at 16.10.12 Â©
to know if genetically-mutated seeds grafted with pesticides are used to grow your food products: vote YES on Prop 37 to label GMO products
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.10.12 Â©
Positive Energy :: we're all connected :: i am documentary
"Tom Shadyac is the hugely successful Hollywood director of Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Patch Adams... that moved from a 17,000-foot mansion into a mobile home + began giving away his income. His luxurious lifestyle taught him one thing: "I was no happier"
his documentary "I Am" interviews experts + examines our energy interconnectedness.
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.10.12 Â©
dancing with the all-stars :: go uncle apolo!
i'm so excited to watch apolo + his partner karina dance! i'm pretty sure they're going to win the disco ball! we love apolo + his father yuki + we're so excited for them. i loved watching apolo race short track as a teenager even though my husband was competing with him. you have to love apolo, he's a wonderful guy + works hard. he's very talented + funny too. we're just so excited for him + enjoying every minute we can see him on tv! you can see him dancing here. we're cheering for you apolo!
(airs mondays + tuesdays abc)
are you going to watch? you can vote on your phone for free up to 11 times per phone line at 800-868-3407 during the show + up to 1 hour after + you can vote online so please vote for apolo :)
by ~mod*mom~ at 15.10.12 Â©