80. Porsche Versus Hybrid

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Cars…How Does It Feel To Be Fined For Driving A Fuel Saving Car?

Rosanna Danna said:

“If it isn’t something, it is something.”

She was right! Six states (Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Idaho, and Washington) are fining drivers for driving hybrids or electric cars.

You heard it here second! Can you imagine paying five hundred dollars extra for the three gas savers your family has parked in your drive-way? The announcement is the perfect end to our celebration of Earth Day.


Please, let us go over the problem. You are cutting down on pollution, lessening our dependence on foreign oil, creating far less noise, and you are being punished with a fine for doing the aforementioned. Guess if you ride a bike to work as many Philadelphians are now doing, you will be fined also. It is coming with horse riding fines to follow.


How did this fine get past so many state legislatures? This column does not discuss politics or religion. This is the world of science fiction where ‘The Man’ is sticking it to us again.

The fine is coming to your neighborhood next. Thanks for rewarding me for continuing to drive my fume spewing, gas-guzzling piece of junk.

ImageGames…Matt Witterick Is The Gamer’s Guru (And Surf Master)
Matt Knows Gaming And Says:


Here are two game suggestions if you are just entering the world of gaming and trying to decide if you feel more comfortable playing alone to beat certain goals or levels or playing against one or more players. Multi-player competitions might have you in a battle or sport competition against one another or in a competition to beat your opponent in a similar task oriented challenge. One of the two suggestions that follow is a war game while the other offers building challenges in a sophisticated Legos-like format.


Minecraft, my first suggestion, is an extremely popular game. The game allows for players to be in a sandbox world where they can build anything they can imagine. You use blocks that are all equal sizes with varying textures to create interesting shapes and buildings. There is fighting and a couple of multi-player formats which appeal to everyone.


Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS GS on the box) is the 4th or 5th version of the Counter Strike series of games. The new version was released in summer 2012. It is an excellent game that is very balanced with a very exciting and enjoyable battle mission component and strong multiplayer interaction. Cs (for short) is one of the most popular games on PC right now.


Borrow these games from a friend to see if you like them before making a purchase. Let us know what you think of our suggestions and what you recommend for the new and experienced gamer.

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Museums…The Newseum And Its John F. Kennedy Exhibition

Now that the rush to see Washington, D. C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival is over, there still are a number of cherries to see in our national Capitol.

The Newseum is a perfect stop for the researcher, creative writer, budding journalist, history enthusiast, or just the everyday blogger. The collection of videos and news footage it contains makes the museum one of the most interactive museums in the world. The museum’s theme is journalism but in essence that is everything going on in the world.


They are commemorating fifty years since Kennedy’s assassination with three exhibits of never seen before family photos and never released artifacts from the assassination.

Here is a mini piece of what the museum said about one of the Kennedy exhibits and their “If You Go” information:

“The exhibit includes more than 100 rarely seen objects, including the 8 mm movie camera used by Abraham Zapruder, who was the only eyewitness to capture the entire assassination on film. The photography exhibition, “Creating Camelot,” features 70 images that were nearly lost in the 9-11 attacks. Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, kept the negatives of more than 40,000 Kennedy photographs in a bank vault at the World Trade Center.”


555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Open 9-5 Daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Adults, $21.95; seniors 65 and older, military and students, $17.95 youngsters ages 7-18, $12.95; children 6 and younger, free; family pack: 2 adults and 2 youth, $59.95 plus tax

Writing…Can You Compare Things To A Summer’s Day?

It is coming soon, we hope!

Writing Analysis With Shall I Compare Thee To (4th to 12th grade to Adult)

The activity starts with a discussion of “if Beethoven or Mozart were alive today what type of music and what instrument would they use?” Would their ability to create new ideas years ago allow them to create something different now? Would the same hold for Picasso, Dali, or Monet? Would it be the same for writers and poets? Would a writer or poet of long ago have a different vision of the world, beauty, nature, and women, or would his or her vision be the same?


Review Shakespeare’s poem Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day and discuss other ways he might express himself before challenging yourself or your students to write three sensitive beginnings in his style and three crazy ideas in a present day style before completing one of the six ideas in a complete eight line poem form. Have the students combine with a partner or you with a family member and illustrate your favorite beginnings in a poetry booklet or poetry portfolio archive.


This is a great PowerPoint creation activity for students with Powerpoint skills, also. See if your ideas can follow the format below.

Shall I compare thee to a rainbow?   Old Style

You are more brilliant and exciting.

Shall I compare thee to a football game?

You are the touchdown and the extra point.    New Style

Shall I compare thee to the sunset?   Old Style

You will never fade from my mind.

Shall I compare thee to a Britney Spears?

You are crazy but really cute.    New Style


Television…Continuum…A Touch Of Canada

If you are planning to visit friends north of the border, don’t expect them to pay any attention to you the night Continuum is showing. This made in Canada, science fiction, back in time ahead in time, drama is number one across the nation and Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia reference may be stretching it a bit much. Do they watch television in Nava Scotia and from where: might be a question that should have been researched before commenting on the subject. Just food for thought!

Eight criminals are about to be executed in 2077 for crimes against the state run somewhat totalitarian empire. At their execution, a local scientist whisks them back to 2013 along with a female officer from their 2077 time period. She begins to understand, like many theorize, that if you change the past you will change the future. They are there to change the past and future.


The female officer arrives in the past with all the crime-stopping bells and whistles she used in 2077. Some work and some do not. She teams up with a good-looking local officer (pray tell us more), and a young computer guru way ahead of his time. The criminal’s knowledge of the past is both lucrative and disruptive as they try to stop a future society from happening.

Rachel Nichols, Erik Knudsen, and Stephen Lobo star with an absence of the minor American television stars you normally see in such a seemingly big budget program.


Television II…Copper…A Touch Of Great Britain

If you like Downtown Abbey on your local BBC channel, Copper might be just the reversal in tastes that you might enjoy. The story takes place in New York at the Five Points Daniel Day Lewis made famous by beating people over the head in endless brawls.

The time period is the 1860’s and a young Irish policeman (Copper) is trying to make a difference in the streets of New York. Copper doesn’t remind you of any past television show. That is a good thing that helps the show stand on its own. The young Irishman’s challenges are the crimes in his neighborhood and the city’s infrastructure of clashing politics and communities. Incidentally, the guys and their hats are cute. That scores extra points in our book. When did hat wearing fade from the America?


Lots of women have problems in the 1860’s, so that leads to some stunning adventures in old time dress. A fashion minded viewer would not pick up many styles to incorporate with present day garb. The body types of the three male stars Kevin Ryan, Tom Weston-Jones, and Kyle Schmid vary like the candies in a Whitman’s Sampler.

Entrepreneurs Unite…
The Uncommon Individual Foundation’s Entrepreneur Project Lives

We are running this article until the end of the week. We received a large number of comments on the LinkedIn Network that we hope will continue as others look for information to duplicate this project.


The Dawson’s (Carmen and Hanna) seem to have violated the spirit of Bring Your Child To Work Day. They brought their son to work as a technology presentation. Next year, following this example, others might bring their children as a pop-up, mannequin, diorama, or cardboard poster. This is not right!

Their Entrepreneur Project, however, in spite of the above violation, is one that should be duplicated throughout the United States. For the last nine months, Carmen has been training twelve entrepreneurs in businesses ranging from plastic recycling for fashion to a host of technology offerings.


He groomed the experienced and inexperienced in all aspects of business models, advertising, planning, budget, and product development. He, then, brought them together to present their models to money lenders, businessmen, Angel groups, self-help corporations, and members of the federal government’s (SPA) entrepreneur assistance group. The entrepreneurs presented their ideas in a fast paced format to an audience of over forty people that could make a difference in their projects.

Take a look at the Uncommon Individual Foundation’s website (ww.uif.org) for additional information. Carmen would make an excellent presenter to your local group of entrepreneurs or a college business class.

Community Service And More…

Helping Local Businesses And Individuals


1. Elena Gold’s Art Continued (ElenaGold.zenfolio.com.)


Thank you for lending me some of your art to feature on my column.

I hope you get a host of visitors and buyers to your portfolio site.



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About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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