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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce: A Wake Up Call for Sensitivity

Tue, 7/21/2015 2:08 PM

Fans were shocked and saddened this week when country music’s beloved couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their split. On the heels of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s recent divorce news, the Shelton/Lambert revelation was another blow to those who want to watch celebrity partnerships and love connections thrive.

The pain of navigating a divorce, or any emotionally challenging situation, is difficult enough without being a headliner. And while most uncoupling celebrity couples request privacy and hope for an absence of sensationalized speculation, the world seems full of clueless spectators who can’t help but commentate. Some say the world loves to watch a train wreck, but witnessing the pain of others shouldn’t be a spectator sport.

The Shelton/Lambert joint announcement, released by their representatives to Us Weekly, was a sensitive and powerful one, that reminds us of the fact that, regardless of the reasons, when our dreams die, we all struggle. “This is not the future we envisioned,” read the statement. Indeed, when we marry, most of us do so with honest and hopeful intentions and a vision of a bright and fulfilling future with a special person. Like most married couples, divorce probably wasn’t a topic Shelton and Lambert were entertaining four years ago when they headed down the aisle. Celebrity or not, couples make commitments and plans, and hope for a wonderful partnership. Shelton and Lambert were no different.

Today, they are likely mourning the loss of one dream, finding support from close friends and family, and trying to individually find the right path on a new journey. It’s time to recognize the complexity of this process, and respect the privacy of the situation whether it involves our neighbor or a celebrity. Everyone deserves that kind of sensitive consideration.

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Love Those Numbrix Puzzles!

Tue, 7/21/2015 5:00 AM

Marietta Ball in Xenia, Ohio, writes:

I greatly enjoy your Numbrix puzzles and am curious about why I enjoy them since I am not good at math and am not successful with any other puzzles involving numbers. A friend also enjoys Numbrix, but I have noticed that we enjoy them in a different way. She is good at math and takes special pleasure when she can complete a Numbrix grid in one fell swoop, going from one to eighty one without any erasures, while I love it when I get totally stumped and have to repeatedly erase and start over. A quick finish elates her, while the longer I wrestle with it, the more I enjoy it. I love it when I have to go backwards in order to connect with a number in the other direction, and I love it when things look hopeless. I often do not know what I have done right when the puzzle is suddenly finished, often somewhere in the middle. I also erase and do the same puzzles over and over, after a time lapse, with each time feeling brand new. I do not remember the number order from having done it previously.

I am reminded of the way I enjoyed high school geometry and was good at it although I struggled with algebra, and I always did well on tests of spatial relations. I suspect the same principles might be in effect here. I suspect, in fact, that Numbrix puzzles have nothing to do with mathematics, although numbers are what we are juggling.

Marilyn responds:

You’re quite right! Working Numbrix exercises one’s fluid intelligence, which may be loosely defined as the ability to reason or think logically. By contrast, the ability to do mathematics is a skill that requires the use of fluid intelligence.

 

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Nexus4 – July 21

Tue, 7/21/2015 12:00 AM

Nexus4 #82
To solve online, click the link below the puzzle.

How to play
The next Nexus4 will be posted 7/23

Solve online (thanks to J. Eric Ivancich)

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Numbrix 9 – July 21

Mon, 7/20/2015 8:00 PM
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Breakup Shocker: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Call It Quits

Mon, 7/20/2015 3:10 PM

After four years of marriage, chart-topping country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced Monday they have separated.

“This is not the future we envisioned,” the couple told Us Weekly in a statement. “And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

Despite months of rumors that the power couple’s marriage was on the rocks, Lambert, 31, had steadfastly said, “We really love each other and have a real marriage.”

Shelton, 39, and Lambert met in 2005 at CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets Concert, began dating in 2006 and were married May 11, 2011, in Texas.

Did their careers drive a wedge between the pair? Lambert told Parade in 2012, “We definitely have friendly competition, but we’re just lucky that we get to celebrate together.”

Lambert, a seemingly unstoppable force in country music, won in three major categories this year at the 50th annual ACM Awards, including Album of the Year, and snubbed her hubby in her acceptance speech.

Through the years, Lambert and Shelton have found strength collaborating on projects including co-writing the emotional hit song “Over You.” Fans are now left to wonder how the split will affect their separate careers.

Shelton’s set to return this fall as a judge for season 8 of the NBC hit reality series The Voice. Lambert is on the road on her all women’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour.

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The Daily Cute: We’ve Got Crabs!

Mon, 7/20/2015 1:57 PM

To be honest, I never thought that crabs were cute until I saw the photo above and decided to dig a little deeper into the wonderful world of crabs. As it turns out, they’re not only cute, but, thanks to personification, they also look happy, worried, and, yes, crabby. Launch the gallery for a crab-tastic show.

Click here to see “Your Weekend Adorabundle” and check back every weekday for a new Daily Cute!

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The Fresh Beat Band Star, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, On Her New Music Video, Havana

Mon, 7/20/2015 1:54 PM

Is there anything Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer cannot do? The singer, actress, author and songwriter (who released her latest single Havana as Ava Gold) stars as Kiki in the Emmy Award-winning Nickelodeon TV series The Fresh Beat Band. And she played Gina Mendes on Criminal Minds. (She seized the opportunity to use the name “Ava Gold” to work under a new creative umbrella.)

Gonzalez-Nacer, who has performed with Ne-Yo, Jason Mraz, Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan and Justin Bieber, has a new music video, Havana, which celebrates her Cuban-American roots and her parents. “Havana is very special to me because the song was inspired by my parents coming to the states from Cuba,” says Gonzalez-Nacer. “The song is hopeful, and talks about the sacrifices you have to make sometimes for a better life, all the while, never forgetting who you are or where you come from.”

Watch Ava Gold’s video below.

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Exclusive Clip: Take a First Look At the Half Dinosaur, Half Construction Vehicle Heroes of Dinotrux

Mon, 7/20/2015 11:50 AM

Kids love dinosaurs and kids love trucks. So what could possibly be better than combining the two into one monstrous animated series to make something that your kids won’t be able to stop watching? Premiering exclusively on Netflix on August 14, DreamWorks Animation’s latest series, Dinotrux, features giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle. Featuring characters like Ty Rux (a Tyrannosaurus Trux) and Revvit (a Reptool), the Dinotrux and Reptools join forces to build a massive world and take down the devious D-Structs.

We have yet to see the show, so we can’t say definitively how good it is, but if it continues the great track record that DreamWorks Animation has up to this point, your kids are absolutely going to love it.

Parade is excited to premiere this exclusive first look at the opening titles from Dinotrux. The exclusive clip features a look at the fun, catchy song and animation that opens the brand new DreamWorks Animation series that your kiddos are sure to dig.

Dinotrux premieres only on Netflix on August 14.

Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix Dinotrux premieres only on Netflix on August 14! (Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix)
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Queen Elizabeth II’s Nazi Salute—Royals Urged to Open Archives

Mon, 7/20/2015 11:39 AM

Who would have thought that 17 seconds of grainy black-and-white footage could have such an impact on Britain’s most prestigious family? But that’s exactly what is happening in the wake of the Sun’s decision to make public a video that shows a 6-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, her 3-year-old sister Princess Margaret, the queen mother and their uncle Prince Edward giving Nazi salutes to the camera in the gardens of Balmoral castle.

In the video, which is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934—possibly by the princesses’ own father, the future King George VI—Elizabeth and Margaret appear to imitate their mother and uncle after observing them perform the salutes. It is not the naïve actions of the two young princesses that concerns those who are calling on the royals to open archives that may reveal disturbing links to the Nazi regime, but those of the adults in the video.

Elizabeth’s uncle, the Prince of Wales, who briefly became King Edward VIII in 1936 before he abdicated and married American socialite Wallis Simpson, was a known Nazi sympathizer who even met with Hitler in 1937.

The actions of the future Queen Elizabeth—the queen mother—have also sparked speculation about the extent to which Hitler was held in admiration by certain British aristocrats, although at the time the video was shot, it would be some years before the horrors of the Nazi regime became clear.

British historians have urged the royal family to open up their archives, which they say will provide historical context to the monarchy’s links to the Third Reich.

Mark Almond, professor of modern history at Oxford University, told the Guardian, “Opening up aspects of the queen’s early years is not going to damage respect for the monarchy. It can only reinforce her standing with the public. This film reminds us of how many challenges this country has overcome in the last eight decades under the Windsors.”

Dr. Karina Urbach of the Institute of Historical Research said, “This is information that should have been in the public domain 50 years ago. The royal archives contain matters of state. The role of monarch is not a purely personal matter. We no longer have the divine right of kings.”

In response to the publication of the leaked footage, Buckingham Palace said, “It is disappointing that the film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from her majesty’s personal family archives, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.”

 

 

 

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Jadium – July 20

Mon, 7/20/2015 6:00 AM

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Another Gold-Coin Puzzle Solution

Mon, 7/20/2015 5:00 AM

David Canfield in Bloomington, Indiana, writes:

I stopped at the point you suggested in your column about determining with one weighing the bag that contained the false gold coins, and came up with a different solution. (June 14, 2015) Obviously, your solution works fine, and is arguably simpler, but the principle is more or less the same.

I would take two of the bags, remove one coin from the first one, then weigh both bags together. Say the bags each had 10 coins, and the total weight was 19.9 oz (9.9 + 10). You would know that the first bag (from which you had removed one coin) was the bag with the fakes. If, however, the combined weight was 20 oz, you would know that you had removed a genuine coin from the first bag so that bag’s remaining weight was 9 oz, leaving you with 11 oz (10 x 1.1) worth of fake coins in the second bag. If the total weight of the two bags came to exactly 19 oz, you’d know that the third (unweighed) bag contained the fakes.

I don’t know if you like my solution as much as the one you gave (it would allow the puzzle to be refined to include touching only one coin, but might not work if you aren’t allowed to count the number of coins in each bag), but it’s interesting that there are at least two possible solutions to a problem that would likely seem unsolvable to some.

Marilyn responds:

I like your solution, though it does require an extra step–counting the coins. I think this extra step makes it somewhat less desirable as the ideal solution, but hey–it works!

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Numbrix 9 – July 20

Sun, 7/19/2015 8:00 PM
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Are More Stars Visible in South America than North?

Sun, 7/19/2015 5:00 AM

A friend from South America says more stars are visible from the southern hemisphere than from the northern one. I disagree. Aside from more lights in North America, which I realize may obscure our view from some locations, how can this be possible?

—M. L., Santa Fe, N.M.

More stars are indeed visible with the unaided eye from the southern hemisphere, but not because more stars exist in that direction of the universe. The reason is that the South Pole is oriented toward the center of the Milky Way, our own galaxy. It’s easier to see those relatively nearby stars than stars that are farther away.

 

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Nexus4 – July 19

Sun, 7/19/2015 12:00 AM

Nexus4 #81
To solve online, click the link below the puzzle.

How to play
The next Nexus4 will be posted 7/21

Solve online (thanks to J. Eric Ivancich)

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