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THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “California Neon Palm Trees Aqua” Trucker Hat!!

Thanks, Nicholas ~

this one is going all the way Down Under!California Neon Palm Trees AQUA Trucker Hat

California Neon Palm Trees AQUA Trucker Hat by CousinBelles
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THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “DelMarVa Antique Map” Mesh Hat!!

Much respect to the person who loves DelMarVa and it’s unique character –

hope you enjoy this hat immensely 🙂

Cupcake machine opens in New York to satisfy 24-hour cravings – Yahoo News

Cupcake machine opens in New York to satisfy 24-hour cravings – Yahoo News

“A 24-hour vending machine that dispenses gourmet cupcakes” – is now open in NYC!!!!

 

THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “Florida Airbrushed Look Orange Sunset Palm Trees” Coffee Mug

A customer ordered this all the way in Denmark – “hvordan har du det” ?

The Essential Beachcomber: Shell Sistahs

The Essential Beachcomber: Shell Sistahs

This isn’t my blog, but “The Essential Beachcomber” has some great recommendations for you if you’re into shell hunting – this list will be plenty to get you started in your journey to learn more about your favorite hobby!

Faces of the Fallen – The Washington Post

Faces of the Fallen – The Washington Post

If you haven’t seen this online “honor wall” from the Washington Post, please consider taking a moment to look at the wonderful men and women who’ve fought and died to protect our freedoms. Thank you.



"Faces Of The Fallen" screen shot from the Washington Post website, all rights reserved

“Faces Of The Fallen” screen shot from the Washington Post website, all rights reserved

6,781 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

About Faces of the Fallen

Faces of the Fallen is a collection of information about each U.S. service member who has died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.

This information is updated at least weekly from military releases, news service reports and local newspaper stories. The photographs come from news services, local newspapers and family members. The Washington Post cannot give permission to allow for third-party use of the photos in Faces of the Fallen due to contractual agreements with other news organizations.

Research by Magda Jean-Louis, Greg Linch, Whitney Fetterhoff and Mary Hadar.
Application design and development by Sisi Wei, Jeremy Bowers and Wilson Andrews.

A Global Pastime: Watching American Bald Eagles Online

It’s ever-increasing in popularity – watching American Bald Eagles on webcams!

American Bald Eagles are no longer an endangered species, therefore, many more are in existence to watch. With funding from various public donations and private resources, webcams over nests have captured compelling day-to-day lives of bald eagles – sleeping, waking, eating, mating, birthing, feeding, nesting, protecting, hunting and other various socializing activities of these majestic raptors.

With today’s technology, scientists and the public can now see bald eagles up close and personal. And it’s become a passion for some.

Bald Eagle webcams are very popular in America and worldwide. Can you imagine? Some of the most fervent and passionate bald eagle viewers are on every continent. The bird-watching and raptor-watching community is very thankful to have the support of citizen watchers from all over the globe, every hour of every day. Several webcams are solar powered and may not be on during the night, but many (with helpful grants and donations) have upgraded high resolution cameras that run 24//7 so not a moment is missed.

Think about it – it’s like another “citizen science project” that I previously blogged about: people from around the world are watching our American bald eagles for their own education, and they’re providing very valuable feedback about their observations. Many classrooms are reported to have regular live viewings of these majestic raptors. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to viewing Bald Eagles in their natural habitat, so the public is voracious in its appetite to catch a glimpse of a yet unknown world.

Until this year, I hadn’t seen bald eagles in person; I’d only seen them on a webcam or TV. Side note, I checked out the website called “eBird” and found out where bird-watching hotspots are in my area. Because I did that, I was thrilled and privileged to be about 20 feet from one in a tree. What a glorious sight to behold!

To send you to the right places, I’m listing some great eagle-watching websites and webcams:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Cam 1 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Side View)
Cam 2 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Overhead View)
Cam 3 – (High Res Inside Nest View)
Cam 4 – (High Res Side Nest View)

If you can’t get physically out there to watch American Bald Eagles in action, go online – take flight!

Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights – Feb 18th, 19th & 20th+ [2014]

I hadn’t even planned on a new blog entry, but I can’t pass up a great opportunity to share with anyone who’s up this late in the U.S. – the geomagnetic storm happening now is rendering some amazing green and magenta sky sprites!

I’m reposting my webcam list from my previous entry so you can go watch!

North View – Porjus, Lapland, Sweden

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West View

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East View

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All sky View

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Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights on Feb. 14th – 15th, 2014

UPDATE MARCH 8, 2014: An updated and more thorough aurora webcam list is here: https://cousinbelles.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/aurora-borealis-northern-lights-feb-18th-2014

If you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day like me (hey, I’m single), entertain yourself by watching the Northern Lights! Tonight and tomorrow night’s auroras will be GREENRED, AND MAGENTA!! There’s apparently a geomagnetic storm heading our way, making the most out of the Earth’s magnetic phenomenon.

Please check out AuroraMax webcam based in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada.

In case I haven’t posted all of these previously, here’s a list I’m compiling so you can watch them, too:

North View – Porjus, Lapland, Sweden

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 West View

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East View

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All sky View

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ENJOY GOD’S WONDERS!

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From Home – AstronomyNorth

Tonight

Friday, February 14

ACTIVE (POSSIBLE G2 STORM)

Activity Level: 7.0/10
Early Aurora: 6.5/10
Overnight Aurora: 7.5/10
Peak Intensity: 7.5/10
Colour: Green/Red/Magenta
NOTE: Geomagnetic field conditions
will be unsettled with active periods
and possible G1 (Minor) and G2
(Moderate) geomagnetic storms
overnight
. Peak activity is expected
in the hours before and after local
midnight. To watch the Northern
Lights above Yellowknife in real
time, check out AuroraMAX Live.
Real Time Information 

…………………
Current Magnetic Field

Status
…………………
Other Data
Space Weather Now

NOAA 3-Day Forecast

Current Oval (OVATION)

AuroraMAX Live

…………………
Activity Charts
CALM 2.5
MODERATE 3.5
MODERATE 4.5
ACTIVE 5.0

Long-Range Forecast

Saturday, February 15

ACTIVE (POSSIBLE G2 STORM EARLY MORNING)

Activity Level: 6.5/10
Early Aurora: 6.5/10
Overnight Aurora: 6.5/10
Peak Intensity: 6.5/10
Colour: Green/Red/Magenta

Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow-Filled Treats – A Racist History

Yeah, I said it – these things are RACIST!!!!

I did a little research on some of my favorite sweet treats, and whoa, did I find some interesting factoids – it’s the dark side, literally, of some of the world’s most beloved candy. How can such sweet be coupled with such bitter?

Backstory: some of the delicious chocolate-covered marshmallow treats you grew up eating have terribly racist names in some parts of the world. The food isn’t racist, of course, but their original names have caused controversy for as long as they’ve been around. WHAT’S THE DEAL?!

A great place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate-coated_marshmallow_treats. While I try to never quote Wikipedia, I think it’s a good start.

EXCERPT:

“Chocolate-coated marshmallow treats are produced in different variations around the world, with several countries claiming to have invented it or hailing it as their “national confection”. The first chocolate-coated marshmallow treat was created in the early 1800s in Denmark.” [1]

OK, Denmark, let’s start with you. Let’s see how you depict your “original creation” of a negerkys (Negro kiss):

“Negerkys” marshmallow treats – old school racism

Thanks for the marketing photo, internet person – glad someone is keeping up with this kind of thing. It’s noted that the Elviraminde company no longer uses the name “Negro kisses” to market them, but they did until the early 2000s.

Anyhoo, other countries gave their chocolate-covered marshmallow confections names that referred to Africans:

  • Southern Germany + German speaking Switzerland = Mohrenköpfe (Moor’s heads)
  • Finland = Neekerinsuukot (Negerkyss), derived from German. Discontinued use in 2001.
  • The Netherlands = Negerzoenen (“Negro kisses”)
  • Germany = Negerkuss
  • Flanders = “Niggerinnetetten” (“Female Negro’s Tits”)
  • Colombia = Beso De Negra (Black Woman’s Kiss)
  • Palestine = “Cushi”  כושי, “negro”, but not used in decades

The Sarotti chocolate-bearing Moor – no longer used in ads

Finnish advertisement

Apparently this is a thing – owned, marketed and sold by Nestlé™

It’s not that referring to anyone of African origins is racist – it’s HOW the reference is used. Yikes on some of the advertising – truly degrading and insensitive. However, the term “negro” is, in several languages, the word “black”, which refers to the color, not anything racial. In America, it’s pejoratively used as a racial slur these days, so most Americans now try to avoid it. Historically, it’s been used positively and negatively, so it depends on the context entirely…but lately, it’s not been favorable to use. So, let’s not. In other parts of the world, though, the connotation isn’t necessarily racist, nor meant to be condescending in any way – and yet, some of the marketing appears racially insensitive, so much so that most of it is no longer used today. So, does that mean other countries were wrong to use those ads to begin with, or is it that we NOW see them as racist, over time? Good question.

Side note: America has “Moon Pies” and Mallomars – not entirely similar, but I’d venture a guess neither were associated with racism. I know – seems ironic, but there you are. And basically, Moon Pies are portably convenient s’mores. You’re welcome.

Here’s a video of Moon Pie manufacturing in Chattanooga, Tennessee:



Three Cheers For The Red, White And Blue!

I took this photo a few years ago in the Washington DC Grand Hyatt Hotel – impressive visage!

Celebrate Independence Card
Celebrate Independence Card by CousinBelles
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THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula auctore” Greeting Cards

THANK YOU for your purchase of 10 greeting cards!!

I’m a map geek myself and I hope you and your recipients enjoy them thoroughly.