I don’t watch the plethora of TV talent shows that seem to pop up more and more every television season. But I’m very glad someone sent me this clip from one. Jackie Evancho sang Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro" ("Oh My Dear Papa") on Tuesday’s episode of American’s Got Talent and blew everyone away. I can sure see, or should I say hear, why. She’s a ten year-old girl from Pittsburgh who just happens to also be an incredible opera singer. She saw the Phantom of the Opera when she was eight and started singing its songs around the house, and one thing led to another. Never before have … Continue reading the story "Ten Year Old Opera Sensation Jackie Evancho"
One of the great things about kids and animals are there automatic and uninhibited reactions to things. I think that’s one of the reasons we love watching animals and little kids enjoy the world. And hopefully it’s not just vicariously enjoying their silly fun, but making it our own as well, remembering how fun it can be to have simple fun. Living it, always. Imagine too the potential stress relief of the daily office grind if you could experience paper coming out of a printer the way Marcus the cat does. Not important papers perhaps, and not all the time, but some of it. If we could take time marveling at … Continue reading the story "Printer Use According to Marcus the Cat"
There was a very interesting program on CNN the other night that I found very refreshing. Their coverage of 'Toxic America' as they called it, was very extensive and offered hopeful alternatives as well as the scary chemical facts. It’s not often that I agree with so much of mainstream health and chemical press. So many concerns were dealt with so well. One post couldn’t begin to do justice to all the subjects they covered. The wealth of information, and links for still more, are really worth checking out I think. http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/toxic.america/ Their topics include:
- Meet a grandma who fights toxic toys
- Comparing U.S., EU regulations
- How toxic chemicals … Continue reading the story "Comprehensive Coverage by CNN on ‘Toxic America’"
I just saw a clip of the 2003 BBC "Wildlife on One" episode Dolphins: Deep Thinkers, narrated by David Attenborough. It’s a video of dolphins living where they should be. Swimming and surfing freely in the wide open oceans. Whenever we have the privilege of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat, it just drives home the point of how unnatural aquarium life really is. What better way to learn about an animal than to see real life, not captive life. But this particular video showed something else as well. It focused on the play aspect of dolphin life, and how continuing to play in adulthood is something we humans share … Continue reading the story "Surfing Dolphins at Play"
You know how sometimes you hear about dogs being able to smell cancer on the breath of their people? Well, here’s a dog who appears to have used his impressive sniffer to detect the infected toe of one of his human family members, Michigan man Jerry Douthett. But instead of just sniffing it, Kiko, the little white terrier with brown ears, decided to take matters into his own hands err…teeth. He actually chewed off the infected toe while Jerry “lay in a drunken stupor.” “It wasn't an aggressive attack. He pretty much just ate the infection, so he saved my life,” Jerry said. CBS reports that “For months, Jerry Douthett had … Continue reading the story "News of the Weird – Dog Helps Man by Eating His Toe"
Ready for another animal friends video? This one features another unexpected pairing – a cat and a rat. There's a couple of rats actually, but one seems particularly affectionate and intrigued by this feline. In all fairness, Ranj the rat seems to be rather more interested in Peanut the cat, than the other way around at first. Peanut is initially just more patient and tolerant of his tiny cohort. But as the interaction continues it seems the cat comes around, going so far as to even give the rat a kitty kiss, and hugs later on. I guess the ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ thing holds … Continue reading the story "Rat and Cat – Kiss and Hug"
Well, it’s official in every way now. Law & Order, the original and best in my opinion, is gone. No chance apparently for even coming back on another network or cable provider, not as a TV-movie, and not as an NBC final episode or two to wrap up the characters. On July 30th 2010 at the Television Critics Association press tour, Dick Wolf said, “I will confirm that it has moved to the history books…We were extremely disappointed that Law & Order is not coming back for a record 21st season. But that's life. All series start with a death sentence, … Continue reading the story "Dick Wolf Confirms No More Law & Order"
Going barefoot is one of the perks of summer. But it’s not without its risks. That was brought home today when I stepped on a bee/wasp of some sort. It’s one of those feelings you forget until you feel it again. Even without severe allergy dangers, there’s still that stab of burning pain that descends upon you almost instantly and continues to build in intensity. Everyone probably has their favourite way to treat stings. Thankfully today I had quick and easy access to my favourite. The onion – my tried, tested, and true remedy. Specifically, a cut onion slapped on the sting area as quickly as possible and held there, … Continue reading the story "Bee Sting Remedy – Hail to the Onion!"
On the subject of air travel and reducing its carbon footprint, or flyprint as I have decided I like to call it, I wrote yesterday about Boeing’s lower emission 787 Dreamliner. For all its improvements environmentally and in passenger comfort, it still looks more or less like airplanes look these days. But Airbus has unveiled a concept airplane that they say could be in the plane of the future as early as 2030. Artist renderings of Airbus’ “fantasy plane” were revealed at the just concluded Farnborough Airshow. As soon as 2030, we might be flying in a new, more efficient aircraft with long, curled wings, a U-shaped tail, and a … Continue reading the story "Airbus Fantasy Plane Meets Star Trek"