Not Visiting Disney?

Disney is modernizing?

The article linked above is from a “gentleman” who no longer will visit any of the Disney parks because the corporation is no longer following the vision that Walt Disney had of it when it opened in the 50s. From what I gather, the 50s was a time that was very much into white privilege. The writer of the above article seems to be living in the 50s still, if he thinks that the Disney parks should remain the same way that Walt envisioned it.

We wouldn’t have many of the rides that we do today, if we kept it in the 50s. Many of the safety measures wouldn’t be in use. The park certainly wouldn’t be inclusive.

I was very happy to see that the Disney corporation was coming into the modern world. Maybe, eventually, the author of that article will join us. Until then, with his attitude, I don’t think anyone will miss him. Disney will go on financially without him.

A blog I found

Tiffany Wanders

In one of my reading groups, I saw a question about the Kindle in the UK. I tried to answer it, but I realized that the answer was different for UK Kindle users than in the US. I didn’t answer the question, but I found that another blogger did. Her answer linked back to her blog post from August, 2018.

She is a Filipino woman living in the UK. Her adventures are fun to read. I plan on following the blog for a while, just to see what the differences between the US and the UK are. I’ve linked the blog’s URL above.

Child actors

All grown up

The above linked article shows child actors that are not necessarily recognizable now that they have all grown up.

In Kid 90, Soliel Moon Frye tells some of the stories of the kids that grew up with her.

Here are a few of the child stars that I thought that I wouldn’t recognize if I passed them on the street, based on their childhood photos. These three, though, do enough work as adults that they are in the spotlight enough to be recognizable.

While I wouldn’t recognize Raven-Symone from when she was a child, I see her often enough that I would know who she was.

The same goes for Ron Howard. He’s all over the place as an adult. I am surprised that they didn’t use his photo from the Andy Griffith show, since that change would be more dramatic.

I absolutely adore Mayim Bialik as an adult. I loved her in Big Bang Theory, and now in Call Me Kat. As a child, in Blossom, not so thrilled, but in Beaches, she was great. I am surprised they didn’t let her sing in the movie.

Is It Worth Reading?

Is it worth reading?

I tend to recall what I read. I may not remember the author’s name or the exact title of the book, but I can remember general plots and with a few reminders, I’ll get it all.

The author of the above linked article is not the same type of reader that I am. She forgets it soon after she reads it and is musing about whether or not she should even bother to read if she is going to forget anyhow.

I think that I would read even if I forgot the plot. Losing myself in the words of someone else for a while is a great stress reliever. Even if I can’t recall the details, I have been lost in the book and I think that’s worth it.

I know that the article’s author feels the same way – that it is worth reading – but her reasons are different than mine. Her reasons are no less valid than mine. It’s definitely worth reading.

Just How White is the Book Industry?

Just How White is the Book Industry?

The New York Times ran the above linked article in December 2020. It discusses research done on books published by the larger publishing companies between 1950 and 2018. Only 5% of the books published during that period were by non-white authors.

When I started writing this blog, I started thinking about female vs male authors, and I usually tag the books written by women. I had been starting to think about the books that are considered classics and how many of them were written by men. I wasn’t purposely reading female authors, I was just tagging them for my own knowledge. I did find that I read more books written by women than I thought.

After reading this article, I think I may start tagging my books as “author of color,” just for my own knowledge. I don’t know how many books I read by authors who were not white, but I know that I read a few by Nigerian authors. This article will get me thinking. I hope it does the same for others.

Books to Read Instead of Spring Cleaning

Books to read instead of spring cleaning

The books listed below are discussed in the above linked article. I have read several of these books, and I have a few more that are on the shelf or have been started. Spring cleaning? Well, I worked on that a bit here and there.

She Come by It Natural Sarah Smarsh

Confident Women Tori Telfer

Love at First Kate Clayborn

Quiet in Her Bones Nalini Singh

The Dictionary of Lost Words Pip Williams

Greenlights Matthew McConaughey

The Midnight Library Matt Haig

When No One Is Watching Alyssa Cole

The Paris Library Janet Skeslien Charles

In a Book Club Far Away Tif Marcelo

The Chicken Sisters KJ Dell’Antonia

Anxious People Fredrik Backman

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It Elle Cosimano

The Awakening Nora Roberts

White Ivy Susie Yang

A Pho Love Story Loan Le

A Trial of Sorcerers Elise Kova

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev Dawnie Walton

Second First Impressions Sally Thorne

Elevate Your Kindle Experience

Elevate your kindle experience

In the above linked article, there are 4 things that the average person might not know about their Kindle.

You can loan books to others for 14 days. There is the option to loan through Amazon, under my devices and content. You used to be able to loan it three times, then they took the option away totally, but now you can loan it once. The other person must be ready to receive it and read fast. Only 14 days!

You can send personal content to your device. It doesn’t need to be in Kindle format. The only downfall with this one is that you can’t send your notes to Goodreads, since it’s not quite in the right format.

Your Kindle will keep your notes and highlights in one spot. I didn’t know this one. I’ll have to try it. There’s a link to the spot in the article. I haven’t found it on my actual device, but I will look around later.

You can return purchases you made. Don’t take advantage of this or your ebook rights might be suspended. I’ve had my Kindle for many years. I think I’ve returned only 3 or 4 times in the many years that I have had a Kindle account. Usually because of a duplicate purchase or I fell asleep and hit the one click button. It happens. Not often, though.

I know that there is a new Nook coming out, and I still can’t see the benefit of the Nook over the Kindle. I haven’t been convinced yet. I am still a Kindle fan, and sharing these things with you just reminds me of why I am a fan.

Strangest Laws in San Francisco

Strangest laws in San Francisco

The list that is discussed in the above linked article is a little old, but it’s kind of fun to read. Some of them aren’t too strange but they are interesting.

Recycling is a must. There are 3 cans – garbage, recycling and compost. You must use the compost and recycling bins. The garbage one is iffy.

Don’t even think of reusing confetti.

You can’t wipe your car with used underwear, but can you wipe someone else’s car with it?

The rest of the list is interesting, too. It’s worth looking into.

Texting the younger generation

It seems that we just have to text kids in order to annoy them. I know that my kids complain that I text in full sentences. I sometimes have to hand over my phone to a younger person in order to have them translate. I see no reason to shortcut texts now that we have full keyboards on the phones, not the one where you have to hit the number multiple times to get the letters you want.

Obsolete Jobs

Obsolete jobs

I had heard of a lot of these jobs mentioned in the above linked article. I was not familiar with the outhouse cleaners, but the majority of them I’d heard of. I didn’t know about Billy Boys, but it would be nice to be served tea at work, I think.

The dictaphone operator was still in existence up to a few years ago, but it didn’t quite work the same way. The doctor would record by telephone and the message would be sent to someone else to type. Now it’s mostly done by voice to text, which makes it rather interesting, especially when you’re including medical terms.

It will be interesting to see what jobs are in the future that we haven’t thought of yet. I am sure that some other current jobs will be obsolete soon, too.