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Aug.17.2010
Giant pouched African rats have a nose for success. APOPO, a registered charity in Belgium and based in Tanzania, has trained these long-whiskered critters to sniff out unexploded land mines and save human lives. Working for rewards of banana slices and peanuts, "Hero Rats" schooled in...
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Aug.17.2010
Written by Laurel on August 17th, 2010 HeroRAT in Training (photo by APOPO) HeroRATs Arise! In case you were wondering, this blog entry isn’t about my heroic, eight-foot-tall lizard person on the planet Thard.  No, today “Gundack the kren” makes room for some real-life heroes with four legs:...
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Aug.12.2010
Adapting Sideways© (www.adaptingsideways.com) has posted a cute and informative animated video on YouTube.  The subject is point of narration.  Connect via their website or use this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86smAU4YY-U. Adapting Sideways is the brainchild of Charlotte Cook, publisher...
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Aug.06.2010
All right.  I just reposted my photos (with crazy captions) from BayCon and RavenCon 2010.  We'll see if they are still in place by morning. Maybe they didn't go to Mars.  Maybe the pictures joined the ring of misplaced socks around Saturn.  Who knows? If you didn't succeed in finding the photos...
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Aug.06.2010
For those looking for my photos of science fiction/fantasy conventions, those pictures  may have been transported to Mars.  I've alerted my website manager about my disagreeable blog site.  I'll keep you posted.  Laurel Anne Hill
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Aug.06.2010
Ever wonder what science fiction and fantasy fans really do at a convention?  For a look at the light side of science fiction/fantasy conventions and costuming, go to my website blog at http://laurelannehill.com/blog/. Or, just go to my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com and click the blog...
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Jul.27.2010
Are you a fan of the ocean?  Have you ever enjoyed–or wanted to experience–wading in ocean shallows, exploring tide pools, riding a wave and/or SCUBA diving beneath the surface?  Do you love the cries of seagulls or the smell of ocean breezes?  Does your significant other share your love of the sea...
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Jul.23.2010
In my twenties, I donned my wetsuit and explored California's coastal waters at every opportunity.  My one-hundred-pound frame grew lethargic and chilled in ocean depths below forty feet.  Above thirty feet, I bobbed to the surface, despite twenty-five pounds of lead squares belted around my narrow...
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Jul.08.2010
Boiling fish heads to prepare soup stock has to be one of my least favorite culinary tasks. A flotilla of eyeballs staring back at me when I lift the cover off my cook pot is gross. Sure, I strain the broth after I'm finished boiling the heads and tails with celery, onions and herbs. But my mind...
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Jul.03.2010
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Northern California Storybook & Literature Festival  Saturday, July 31, 2010 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission & parking www.roseville.ca.us/LitFest  ******* ******* Maidu Library & Community Center 1530 Maidu Drive, Roseville 95661  Enjoy author panels, writing workshops, how to get...
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Jun.23.2010
Have you ever done research in the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) or wondered what it might be like?  Have you ever given up your research attempt because you got lost in the LOC tunnel system or ran out of time?  Whether you answer these questions with a "yes" or a "no," you'll...
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Jun.07.2010
Building New Worlds and Creating Compelling Characters:  Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (and general fiction, too)June 12, 2010, San Mateo Events Center, Fiesta Building 2:30 - 3:30 pm Are you writing or planning to write a short story or novel?  One filled with magic and dragons?  Steam-...
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Jun.03.2010
Building New Worlds and Creating Compelling Characters:  Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction Presentation by Laurel Anne HillAuthor and Former Underground Storage Tank Operator San Mateo County Fair, June 12, 2010, 2:30-3:30 pmEvents Center, 2495 S. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA(2 blocks from El...
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May.24.2010
Are you retiring?  Do you worry your mind will vegetate to mush after you're no longer employed?   If so, "A Quantum Leap into Retirement" (a grandmother's view of grandchildren and quantum computers) is for you.  Keep your imagination working, even if you're not.  I may have retired two...
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May.21.2010
Hello Everyone, Here's my schedule for BayCon 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California, May 28-31. Friday, May 28, 4:00 PM, Stevens Creek (802)A Pinch of Improbability and a Dash of ImplausibilityAether. Adamantium. Unobtanium. Do you really need a secret element to justify your plot...
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