Man vs. Robot: Who Does it Better?

Both of these videos are amazing! I just had to share!

Innocent Bystanders

This spectacular satellite video of Shaolin kung fu practitioners reminded me of a video on dancing robots that we posted previously. Which video shows superior coordinated movements? You make the call.

First, the humans:

And now, the robots:

I’m thinking the humans take this one, but the robots are coming on strong.

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Simply Six Minutes: Spider Dan

Thank you for your contribution and some really interesting information!

The Sound of One Hand Typing

Christine over at Stine Writing invited me to be part of her blog hop, Simply Six Minutes, where we set a timer for six minutes and write, then post it. Sounds like my kind of thing, so my six minutes starts….NOW!

Mary and I were passing through downtown Chicago on our way to the Northwestern train to get me out to my folks’ house on Memorial Day, 1981. As we rode past the Sears Tower, Mary said “Is that a man climbing up the Sears Tower (at the time, the tallest building in the world at 1,450 feet/442 meters)?” I was skeptical, but a newscast later confirmed that there was a man named Dan Goodwin who was indeed climbing the Sears Tower. He had witnessed the MGM Grand Hotel fire in Las Vegas and saw where the Clark County Fire Department couldn’t save the lives of some of the people…

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The Best of No Small Thing: New Book!

Welcome to the book tour for The Best of No Small Thing with its accompanying gratitude workbook, Practice Gratitude. This unique collection of blog posts is by author, Deborah Hawkins!

Read on for details and a chance to win a set of books!

The Best of No Small Thing

Publication Date: December 2019

Genre: Collection of Blog Posts/ Non-Fiction

No Small Thing – Mindful Meditations (NoSmallThing.net) was launched in 2010 with the intention of reflecting on experiences that generated feelings of gratitude in order to create a positive mood and orientation to life. As of fall of 2019, over 500 reflections (mindful meditations) have been published along with over 100 tips that can be employed in a gratitude practice.

This mindfulness process is detailed in a companion book, Practice Gratitude: Transform Your Life. It emphasizes the creation of personal gratitude themes, one’s Grateful Dozen, which can help a person see things that spark grateful feelings in new situations. This is a collection of favorite blog posts that came out of this process.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51205686-the-best-of-no-small-thing-mindful-meditations?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=Mh2yBTvx6U&rank=1

Practice Gratitude: Transform Your Life

Publication Date: December 2019

Genre: Practice Guide/ Gratitude Journal

For several decades, studies have supported the idea that gratitude has many positive benefits. It boosts optimism, a sense of personal control, and even enhances relationships. Keeping a simple gratitude journal, where daily entries are made identifying things that spark gratitude, has become a very popular. Deborah Hawkins, originator of NoSmallThing.net, goes beyond listing little boons to generate good feelings. In this book, she teaches techniques for mindfulness, self-inquiry, and writing to build memories that activate strong positive emotions. This guide and workbook helps readers understand what kinds of personal experiences prompt uplifting feelings of gratitude in them, develop broad themes that apply to these experiences, and then use these themes to see and experience gratitude in new situations. This approach can empower anyone to begin each new day with confidence that things they love and value are already present. A companion book, Best of No Small Thing – Mindful Meditations provides examples of posts that were written using this process.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51205563-practice-gratitude

Excerpt from The Best of No Small Thing

Since I started writing down my mindful meditations, I have tried to pay extra attention to things that affect me, things that change my mood or outlook, or simply things that I’m grateful for. Keeping an eye out for these kinds of things has brought up memories of my father and some paradoxical advice he tried to impart.

My father died when he was sixty-two. I was in my midtwenties and going through a divorce. He was not around often when I was growing up as he worked very long hours, but his presence was oh so constant. We didn’t go to many ballgames together or to the park. He didn’t teach me how to drive or mentor me in some important life skills, but I knew he loved me very much.

Starting when I was about thirteen, he used to pull me under his arm and repeat an odd phrase. “Don’t worry about the little

things. It’s the big things that are important.” Then he’d add, as if confiding something more profound to me, “Don’t worry about the big things. It’s the little things that are important.”

Purchase Links

The Best of No Small Thing

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-best-of-no-small-thing-mindful-meditations-deborah-hawkins/1135472117?ean=9781642378528

Practice Gratitude

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/practice-gratitude-deborah-hawkins/1135398546?ean=9781642378542

About the Author

Returning to her hometown in 2008, after nearly one year spent, unsuccessfully, trying to create a new career in a new town, Deborah Hawkins found herself fighting depression and struggling to maintain solvency. In her early fifties, looking for financial help from her family was especially hard. A car accident, caused by an uninsured driver, kept her off her feet for months. She felt cursed.

She began blogging on gratitude in 2010 as a way to focus on positives and elevate her mood. Inspired by Eckhart Tolle’s words, “Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance,” she developed a mindfulness orientation for her own gratitude practice. This practice led her to post weekly over the last decade; around 500 posts.

Beyond traditional gratitude journals and lists, Deborah’s approach focuses on understanding things that sparked gratitude in past experiences and using this understanding to identify similar qualities in new situations. She attributes her gratitude practice with bringing a sense of empowerment and contentment to her life.

She plans to make her process available as a tele-seminar in the near future. Deborah has a BA from Knox College and lives in Chicago.

No Small Thing Blog:  https://nosmallthing.net/main/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoSmallThingMindfulMeditations/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nosmallthingdeborahh/

Twitter Tags: @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #NonFiction

IG: @nosmallthingdeborahh @shannon_rrbooktours

Giveaway: The author is giving away two sets of these books.

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f204/?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten terrific fictional pets

Characters I’d Name a Pet After

To participate go to: http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/2020/11/top-ten-tuesday-link-up-september-16-2020/

  1. Jasmine – was my therapy dog, named after Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin
  2. Nala – one of my German Shepherds, named after Nala in the Lion King
  3. Popeye – my sister had a dog named Popeye from
  4. Tweetie from Sylvester and Tweetie
  5. Oreo – my guinea pig
  6. Kermit (The Muppet Show)
  7. Tabitha (Bewitched)
  8. Stewie (Family Guy)
  9. Oscar (Sesame Street)
  10. Beary (Penelope’s New Puppy) – my guinea pig

I forgot that my son had two rats – Ratsby and Ratsheim!

©2020 CBialczak

I’ll Climb This Tree

Reblog from Jim’s site. Thank you for your contribution to Simply 6!

A Unique Title For Me

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.”  I have no idea who said this, but it reminded me of the song ‘Liberty’ that Jerry Garcia used to play.  Walt Whitman once said, “We must all be foolish at times, it is one of the conditions of liberty.”  You can take the easy route and live your life by sticking to your daily routine being afraid to go outside of your comfort zone.  But if you want to enjoy your life and be happy, you should take some risks, which will allow you to achieve extraordinary results.  Birds should not be walking, because they were made to fly.

Saw a bird with a tear in his eye
Walking to New Orleans my oh my
Hey, now, Bird, wouldn’t you rather die
Than walk this world when you’re born to…

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My New Pink Apartment Miniature

SOLD

The newest miniature available on Stine Writing on Etsy.com https://www.etsy.com/listing/906329897/my-new-pink-apartment-miniature?ref=shop_home_active_1

This is a completed, fully assembled miniature dollhouse. It has two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and bathroom, all with working lights. The basic furnishings and cabinets are glued down however all of the items included have not been secured yet. As the buyer you can opt for me to set up the apartment and glue everything in place or keep it like it is, with all of the same accessories included. (If you want everything glued, payment must be made prior to glueing).

©2020 CBialczak Miniatures

Tripping the Multiverse: Jade and Antigone #1

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Expected Publication Date: January 2021

Genre: Science Fiction

As a science journalist, Jade has seen more than her fair share of peculiar oddities—none weirder than her socially inept fellow reporter Antigone. When the test of a teleporter using an electron collider goes awry, the two women find their world changed in subtle ways, with anomalies breaking out in their personal lives. Their increasingly unstable dimension gives Jadethe ability to shapeshift while Antigone can see portals into other worlds.

A fellow journalist who attended the experiment is trapped in another dimension and Jade and Antigone hold the key to saving him. Of course, their task is not just a simple rescue mission. Realizing they will continue to drift into increasingly stranger worlds until they straighten out the paradox, the women reluctantly agree to travel through the multiverse in search of a solution.

Twitter Tags: @AlisonLyke @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Scifi #CoverReveal

Simply 6 Minutes—Welcome To The Challenge: 11/17/2020


Welcome to the 6 minute challenge!

Today’s prompt is:


You may use any part or the entire quote. If you have a different quote you would like to use, go right ahead. This is for fun, a sort of personal challenge. Enjoy and thank you for participating!

*****For any participants that do NOT like restrictions, please feel free to participate in any way you would like. It is great to read the contributions!****

  1. Set up a timer or sit near a clock so you can keep track of the six minutes you will be writing.
  2. You can either use one of the prompts (photo or written) or you can free-write.
  3. Get ready and write for 6 minutes, that is it! Can you write a complete story? Can you think of a new Sonnet? Can you write 400 words? 400? 500? There are no restrictions on what kind of writing you do, but you should try to be actively writing for six minutes.
  4. After you are done writing, include your word count and then post back to this page #Simply6Minutes or include your link in the comments section. Pingbacks are enabled.
  5. *Feel free to leave your work completely unedited. I believe it is good to see, especially for new writers, that even very seasoned writers don’t write a perfect first draft.*
  6. Have fun, challenge yourself if you’d like, read and respond to others’ posts.

Thank you for participating!

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What do you see # 56 – 16 November 2020

To participate go to Sadje’s blog: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/11/16/what-do-you-see-56-16-november-2020/

Waiting

I wait and watch  
knowing that you are out there 
wanting to know where I am 
and what I am doing. 

I wait and watch 
knowing that when you find me 
you will want more of me 
than I am willing to give. 

I wait and watch 
knowing that I cannot escape you 
for you know where I go 
and I cannot hide. 

I wait and watch 
knowing you hold me captive 
to bid your calling and suit your needs 
and I will never be alone.  

I wait and watch 
and you are always there. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry