Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Easter Bunny, Medieval Fair & OKC History

The Medieval Fair

To head back in time, visit the Medieval Fair at Reaves Park in Norman. April 3 to 5, you can catch more than 200 arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, entertainment and don’t forgot the food! It’s free to see all of the costumed performers and experience the knights in combat, jugglers and dancers. You can see jousting tournaments with knights on horseback, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as well as human chess from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Having activities for all ages, you can ride camels, get wax hands, have your face painted and even ride a hand-cranked swing carousel. Chainmail making, blacksmithing, soap making and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations you can watch. If you like dressing up, everyone is invited to participate in the costume contest at 2:30 p.m. April 4-5. Not only is the event free, they also over free parking on the East side of Lloyd Noble Center, just one block South of the park.

Medieval Fair:

April 3-5

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Free Admission

(405) 366-8095

Sam Nobel “Eggstravaganza

For the little ones who just can’t wait to get their hands on some Easter Eggs, take them to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman. Children can collect their share of over 4,000 eggs, as well as enjoy face-painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, crafts and games like limbo, bean-bag toss, peanut pinch, pick-a-duck and a cookie walk. The best part? This is all for free! Students in the J.C. Penney Leadership Program, part of the OU Michael F. Price College of Business, are hosting this event. Hosted on the museum’s South lawn, the egg hunt begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

OU Norman campus

(405) 325-4712

OKC History for Less

If it’s Oklahoma history and culture you are interested in, you’re in luck. Many museums are offering discount coupons, making it affordable for the entire family. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum are offering two dollars off admission. They also allow students and seniors in for discounted rates. The Oklahoma Heritage Museum has a discount coupon as well saving you a couple dollars. Visit the Oklahoma Museum of Art for 2-for-1 admission.

For all of these coupons and more, click here.

Oklahoma City National Memorial:

620 N. Harvey

(405) 235-3313

Oklahoma Museum of Art:

415 Couch Drive

(405) 236-3100

National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum:

1700 NE 63rd Street

(405) 478-2250

Oklahoma Heritage Museum:

N.W. 13th Street

(405) 235-4485

Sunday, March 29, 2009

OK Quarter Horse Show, Kids Fair USA and OKC's Largest Garage Sale

If you are in search of antiques or certain collectibles you just can’t find, head to the state fairgrounds for OKC's largest garage sale. Hosted by the AT&T Pioneers, this sale was started over 15 years ago and has been held in the spring ever since. You can find everything from trinkets to holiday items. Organizations are selling these items to raise money for charity. The sale located in the fairground’s Expo Hall and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information check out:

State Fair Park Horse Show Capital Of The World

The Oklahoma City Quarter Horse Spring Show is here. At the fairgrounds until Sunday, events begin at 8 a.m. and run all day. Visit the barns for barrel racing, calf roping and many other exciting events. The best part about this show is it’s free! See here for the quarter horse events.

This weekend you can keep the kids entertained and inside as well. With the weather taking a turn for the worse, load up the children and take them to The State Fair Park for the Kids Fair USA. Located in the Centennial Building, they have festivities planned for the entire family. Events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For only $5, the little ones can paint, watch live performances and enjoy unlimited rides!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Balls of Fire

A mystery fireball streaked across the Texas sky Sunday morning, scaring many into notifying the authorities.

The frightening part? Authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration can't explain it.

Callers said they thought it might have been a plane crash so the Williamson County Sheriff's Office used a helicopter to survey the area, but came up empty handed.

''We don't doubt what people saw,'' said spokesman John Foster.

The U.S. Strategic Command said there was no connection to the sightings over Texas and Tuesday's collision of satellites from the U.S. and Russia.

The FAA told pilots to be aware of falling debris but authorities claim there is still no correlation.

Texas Sky Mysteries

Track the Debris

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Would You Like Fries With That?

For a generation that has been called "the best yet," the outlook is only becoming more dim.

As a person graduating into a job market more bare than Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, I am not too enthused to hear that the Labor Department said the U. S. has recently lost almost 600,000 jobs and not yet hit rock bottom. This is part of the larger loss of 3.6 million jobs since the beginning of the recession.

Losing a staggering half million jobs each month has sent unemployment levels soaring as well as feelings of hopelessness and despair, all only compounding the banking crisis.

Our problems are starting stretch outside the Atlantic and Pacific barriers. China, South Korea, Japan and most of the European countries have been lulled into recession as well.

With employers slashing jobs like we were still in the "Dirty Thirties," it leaves little hope for those soon to be out on their own. And analysts predict it is only going to get worse.

Practice in the mirror. "Would you like fries with that?"

Our Economy for Idiots

We've Lost How Many Jobs?!

The Great Depression Called,
They Wanted To Know Why
We Didn't Learn The First Time

CNN - Unemployment Skyrockets

Sunday, April 20, 2008

France Wants Phones in Flight

Air France is vying to be the first airline carrier to allow passengers to use cellular phones during flight. 

The French airline had a test last week to see how plausible cellular communication is at 20,000 feet above sea level.  The results were not as hoped. 

Officials on the air carrier said service was shoddy and sounded as though they were talking to a small robot. 

American air carriers have not entered experimental stages with cell phones citing their patrons vehemently opposed the measure. 

Kinks still need to be worked out between the phone companies and the air lines. The air lines realized they have stumbled on a market they can't afford not to be a part of. 

The technology, which allows cellphone users to make and receive calls through an on board base station linked to a satellite, delivers a still-patchy quality that keeps most in-flight calls short and tinny. And then there are the eye-popping roaming charges of up to 3 euros ($4.72) a minute. 

Now all that is left to do is wait to see if the technology advances and if American air carriers catch on. 

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Europe Deafens Noise Concerns

Europe has just enacted a law to limit the amount of damaging noise workers can be exposed to. 

This measure by rule, was enacted for construction workers and others where the noise is not necessarily under their control. But in musicians' cases, they are the ones making the noise. 

Health officials had two solutions but both were dismissed as improbable. The first was to ask conductors and composers to do softer pieces. The second was asking the players to wear ear plugs or decibel reducing devices. Neither side was happy with either suggestion. 

“It’s like saying to a racing-car driver that they have to wear a blindfold,” Alan Garner said, an oboist and English horn player who is the chairman of the players’ committee at the Royal Opera House

Another solution was so use sound reflecting panels especially in front of noisier sections like brass. The problem there is the brass players didn't like it; they said they felt almost ostracized. 

But some progress has been made. Most orchestras are now installing foam padding above the heads of the players to absorb some of the damaging decibels. Some groups are even trying rotating the players to sit in different sections to limit hearing loss. 

Scientists are working with musicians on decibel-reducing devices that both sides will enjoy. Conductors are being asked not to go for the "big and loud" orchestra styles and to consider they are working with humans, not machines. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

France Could Outlaw "Skinny" Online

Paris, a fashion capitol of the World, is working in legislation to outlaw Web sites that promote eating disorders. The bill, approved by the lower house of Parliament, faces a Senate vote.

If passed, this bill could affect all mediums of communication, not just the Web. Punishments may be up to three years in prison and more than $70,000 in fines for and media promoting anorexia or bulimia. 

The legislation is backed by the government’s health minister, Roselyne Bachelot. The legislation was sponsored by Valérie Boyer, a conservative lawmaker from the Bouches-du-Rhône region in the south of France

“We have noticed,” Ms. Boyer said in an interview with The Associated Press, “that the sociocultural and media environment seems to favor the emergence of troubled nutritional behavior, and that is why I think it necessary to act.”

It is one of the strongest measures proposed since the 2006 death of a Brazilian model, Ana Carolina Reston, from anorexia.

Critics from the French Socialist Party complained that the bill was vaguely worded and rushed through the lower house by the U.M.P., the conservative party of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Eating disorder experts also expressed doubts about whether such a law would help victims or create even more demand for the sites by publicizing them.As written, the proposed French law does not make it clear who would be ultimately responsible for the content of such sites — the content creator or the Internet service hosting the site.