Nothing like a good book. An expression that holds true for so many of us, and probably has since written language first developed. And certainly since the printing press and mass publication of books began reaching the masses. When it comes to books, the last few years have probably seen the biggest change since the invention of typeset. Not just in paper anymore, but those ubiquitous code zeros and ones. There’s the Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble NOOK 3G+WiFi eReader - White/Gray, and Kobo eReader – Porcelain … Continue reading the story "A Place for Both Books and E-Books"
For all the obvious immense, beyond all words, damage and destruction thanks to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, there’s some damage you can’t see. Water that looks pretty normal to the naked eye is most definitely not normal. In fact, a sample of water collected off the coast of Alabama actually exploded. WKRG News in Mobile, Ala. recently investigated just how much oil and petroleum is currently in the water and sand along their shores. WKRG anchor Jessica Taloney took samples from seven popular tourist destinations including Orange Beach, Katrina Key, Gulf Shores, and Dauphin Island, and gave them to chemist Bob Newman for testing. While according to Newman there should have been no traces of oil or petroleum in … Continue reading the story "Gulf Water Sample Explodes in Lab"
A thought occurred to me when I was abruptly woken up yesterday just past the crack of dawn. By the phone. By the phone ringing. And ringing long enough for the answering machine to pick up. Automated caller or human being? I have no idea. I would have known of course if whoever or whatever it was had had the simple human, or human programming, decency to leave a message after intruding into our air space with their sound waves. Judging by the call display, there’s not even a possible time zone excuse. Even if they were unaware of any time difference, they still called before businesses were open in their … Continue reading the story "Phone’s Ringing Again – Must be a Telemarketer"
In the mood for a feel good news story? This one has a happy ending for all concerned parties – animals, including human ones, government, and the environment. It started out like any other normal highway bypass project. But highway officials in the state of Maryland made a wonderful discovery when they looked closely at the surrounding brush-covered and muddy eight acre. They found endangered bog turtles living in the hidden away in the mud. These turtles only live in certain wetland areas in 12 states, and like so many creatures, are fighting for survival. Loss of habitat … Continue reading the story "Goats Save Turtle Habitat in Maryland"
UPDATE: The video referenced in this post is unfortunately no longer available and the link to it has been removed. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I don’t know how sincere it always is, but I definitely get the flattery part. How complimentary to know someone liked something enough to want to create their own version of it. But I think this might even be more true of spoofs or parodies. Possibly with greater sincerity too in a way, since there’s probably less financial incentive for spoofs than copies. The following spoof on Law & Order is actually about two years old now, but I just found my … Continue reading the story "Law & Order Spoof"
In addition to this blog, I’ve been doing some other writing lately. Working on a project that is in a new format for me, but one I’m really enjoying as well. And writer’s block has periodically reared its odd little head. Fortunately it’s not been for long. But it reminds me in a different sort of way, how something can seem impossible only until it happens. When the ideas are flowing freely, it can seem like the typing fingers just can’t keep up. Typos are sometimes let go (temporarily) in an attempt to try get everything down as quickly as possible. Perhaps if I were a more proficient typist this … Continue reading the story "Writer’s Block and Not"
I realized it’s been a little while since I blogged about videos of adorable animal friends. So hopefully you’re more than in the mood for another cute animal pairing. I know there are near countless cute ones out there, but this one seems to be an extra special love fest. That’s really the best way I can describe it. Hermione the cat, and Polly the Boston Terrier, are cuddled up together taking turns licking and hugging each other. Sometimes these little snippets of animal affection seem more one sided. One animal can be more of the instigator, and the other more tolerant than an equal participant. While Hermione may make … Continue reading the story "True Love – Cat and Dog Style"
The following joke/scenario thing reminds me of an earlier forward I wrote about which contrasted life in prison and a nursing home. It also brings to mind the old chestnut, “the truest words are spoken in jest.” Underneath so many of these little comedy bits are some pretty apt observations and commentaries. Having worked on cruise ships, I imagine I’ll always have a soft spot for them. It’s got to be one of the most relaxing ways to travel, if not the most relaxing if ship life is your cup of tea. I think the lady in the tale below has the right idea. I’ve heard … Continue reading the story "Forget Jail, Forget Nursing Homes, Take a Cruise"
It’s funny how often a story that’s written for one purpose can sometimes also end up informing us of something else entirely. This happened to me when I read a Reuters article about a new recipe for chewing gum that will loosen the gum’s grip. Before you say who cares, or why is she bothering to write about such a silly thing, let me just say, I do have a reason and I hope you keep reading. Revolymer, a start-up company in Britain, has developed a new, “non-stick chewing gum that can … Continue reading the story "Chewing Gum Has What In It?"
For many reasons I’ve always really liked that ‘be childlike not childish’ adage. I wonder where, or should I say when, we tend to lose that innate wide-eyed innocence and sense of fun that is hopefully typical of childhood. I’m guessing as with most things, it’s due to a combination of factors. Just growing up and taking on greater responsibilities no doubt plays a large role in it. But I have another idea. Something that doesn’t have to happen. I mean no disrespect to anyone, but sometimes I wonder if jaded, dejected, tired, over-worked, lost-innocence parents who, without likely even realizing it, help extinguish that childhood … Continue reading the story "Message Sometimes Received – Childlike Glee a No-No"