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640th Friday Blog Roundup

The Wolvog and his friend have been hanging out on a Minecraft server which is an exact replica of Disney World.  Exact replica, down to the ticket booths at the front of the park, the lines outside the rides, and the placement of every brick.  You can go on rides, meet characters, and wander through restaurants.  Oh — and it’s every park in Florida.

When he first mentioned it, the ChickieNob and I sort of squinted at him and said, “I don’t get it.”  So he got the computer and showed us, and suddenly an hour of our life was gone as we rode on the Haunted Mansion and went on the People Mover and flew above California on Soarin’.  (Thank you, Wolvog, for being very patient with us, especially when we both shouted out different rides and made you jump from park to park.)

As far as I know, it’s not an official Disney project; just a labour of love from hundreds of kids who go to the park, photograph every square inch, and then recreate it in Minecraft.

You need a Minecraft account in order to access it, and you can find it at MCMagic (Palace Network).

Happy visiting.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

The Washington Post has a beautiful piece about why we should talk about miscarriage.  Perhaps the most important point: “For a society that has no shortage of vocal citizens highly concerned about the fate of unborn children in general, there is surprisingly little compassion to go around for the loss of one unborn child in particular. We know how to criticize, but we don’t have a script for consoling.”  I loved this piece.

Res Cogitatae has a post that made me smile after reading all the doom and gloom in the rest of the Washington Post.  She talks about what happened when she met up with a stranger to pass along some baby things.  I hope it makes you smile, too.

With Every Heartbeat looks at the life she was supposed to have and holds it against the life she has.  She writes, “This life is nothing like the one we thought we’d have.  The life we, quite frankly, thought we deserved after so many long, difficult years.  Where is that life?  Reduced to ash, just like our daughter.”  It is such a raw, beautiful post.

Lastly, The Road Less Travelled has a post about Ariel Levy’s book.  I wrote about her story after the New Yorker article, but I didn’t know that a memoir had been released a few weeks ago.  She writes, “Her story of how swiftly a carefully constructed life can fall completely apart is something those of us who have experienced traumatic loss will well relate to.”  I think I’m going to read this one.

The roundup to the Roundup: Virtually visit Disney.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between March 24th and 31st) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Turia { 03.31.17 at 9:24 am }

Thanks for the shout-out, Mel! I also put Ariel Levy’s book on hold after reading Loribeth’s post.

I really don’t get Minecraft yet as E is too young but I think kids recreating theme parks to the exact detail is awesome!

2 Melissa N. { 03.31.17 at 9:55 am }

Thank you, Mel, for the post “shout-out”. And for reading and always saying such kind things in the comments.

I too will be adding Ariel Levy’s book to my must-read list for 2017 – I’d read Loribeth’s post earlier this morning and was very intrigued.

3 dubliner in deutschland { 03.31.17 at 12:12 pm }

I thought this one by ladypartadventures on top ten things that suck about delayed fertility was very good: https://ladypartadventures.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/top-ten-things-that-suck-about-delayed-fertility/

4 loribeth { 04.01.17 at 7:15 pm }

Thanks for the shoutout, Mel! 🙂 (I’m sure Ariel Levy thanks you too, lol.)

5 loribeth { 04.05.17 at 9:37 pm }

For second helpings, Bent Not Broken is my heroine of the week. 🙂 Her story about an encounter with an overly zealous saleswoman in a jewelry store — and her response to the saleswoman’s pitch — is absolutely classic.


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