The Best Laid Plans

Well, here we go again. I don’t have much to say. Still plowing through stacks of work and not feeling very creative, blog-wise. And today the ‘man of the termites’ is coming to inspect. Man of the termites (actually, the man of the ants) is how a friend of mine said his Italian grandmother referred to the exterminator. That reminds me, I should get in touch with him. It’s been a while.

So, last night’s American Idol was really a no-brainer, wasn’t it? And the newts had a fun time, as usual, commentating on the shenanigans.

I found it a curious choice, when the news came on right after, that the TOP story, over any developments in the oil spill down in the Gulf, was that Miley Cyrus’s jewelry line was yanked from Walmart shelves. Well, it is filled with high levels of toxic cadmium, which is known to lead to bone softening and kidney failure. It is a carcinogen and can also hinder brain development in the very young after prolonged exposure and/or if put in the mouth, as young children so often do. But here’s the curious twist and why it was so important: tests had been done as early as this past February and Walmart knew of the findings. Then in April, they wanted proof that the the items geared toward children had little or no cadmium and claimed that testing would be too difficult and that there was no definition of a specific age group as the jewelry was labled as ‘juniors’.

So, here’s something interesting. John Shepherd-Barron died in his native Scotland. He was 84. He is credited with inventing the ATM. He came up with the idea after he got locked out of his bank. Special checks were used, since the plastic bank card had not yet been invented, and the checks were matched with a personal identification number. The first ATM was installed in a London bank in 1967.

And that’s all I got today. I hope today goes smoother than yesterday. I had figured the one project I had to work on would take me no more than about 3 hours. 6-1/2 hours later I got that finished up. And that was just the beginning of my day.

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One Response to “The Best Laid Plans”

  1. urdead2me Says:

    RIP – John Shepherd-Barron, 84, found his bank closed 45 years ago & thought: “What if you could get cash, anywhere in the world, from a machine, as easy as you can a candy bar.” And so the ATM (& PIN numbers you can’t remember) was born. http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/rip-john-shepherd-barron/

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