Whatever floats your boat...
Buddy and I spent some time at the beach today. Cloudy, rainy, glorious. Take no minute for granted.
Dr. Thomas Starzl, the doctor who performed the first liver transplant and made great advancements in the treatment of organ rejection, died this weekend at the age of 90. I admit I had never heard of him before, but now that I have, I offer him a salute of thanks. His family stated that even with his monumental achievements in medicine, he should best be remembered as a teacher and a friend.
So thank you, my friend I never met, for saving my other friend, BlancheNoE. Good…Continue
Several years ago an elderly friend of mine told me that if she were ever to be diagnosed with a terminal illness, she was going to dump every food in her house and stock the freezer with her favorite food, Eskimo Pies. I promised her that I and her daughters would cooperate. (Fortunately, her final illness was quick, no time to stock the freezer, which she said was okay, she was ready to go.)
About two and a half years ago, one month after I adopted my foster dog Buddy, I…Continue
I didn't expect much when I started watching this. I never heard of this guy before, but I don't pay much attention to this sport anymore. He doesn't even have the physique of today's super cut, gymnastic skaters--kinda spindly and limp looking on top. And the music was way too Liberace for me.
But two minutes in, I was in a stoned trance. This man isn't so much a skater as he is a ballerina with a jetpack, terrain tracking over the ice in magnetic levitation. So swift, so…Continue
Representatives of a 1960s band called Spirit has sued Led Zeppelin for plagiarism, claiming that "Stairway to Heaven" borrowed its melody from a Spirit song called "Taurus." "Taurus" was written in 1967, "Stairway" in 1972. A Los Angeles district court judge has just decided that the suit deserves a jury trial.
There's no way to deny that…Continue
I can't quit this place. No matter how superficial online relationships can be, at the same time I've established some amazing connections to some amazing people.
As I've vlogged about before, one of my hobbies is finding really old junk and trying to uncover the identity of its previous owner. Last December, I bought an old postcard that was dated 1931, mainly because I was entranced by the photo on the front of it, a sleeping boy surrounded by creepy dolls.…Continue
No, I swear to god, it is NOT an SNL spoof.
Walking my dogs early last evening, I saw what at first looked like a helicopter with a search light, except that it was so very high in the sky its beam was nowhere near touching anything at ground level. The "beam" began to wobble a bit, then it traveled for quite a way in a straight, direct line in a northerly direction. It began to glow whiter and larger and then a cone of light began to trail behind it.
Cool, I thought, a comet! But if it was, this was the largest comet…Continue
No kidding. That was one of those teaser stories that popped up when I closed my Yahoo email tonight. They must use templates for those stories and just plug in the variables:
[Number here] ways you can [insert something desirable here].
[Number here] shocking facts you never knew about [insert name of celebrity, disease, a sexual practice, or your favorite food].
[Number here] things you should NEVER do if [you have a…Continue
In my lifelong effort to try not to be a sucky human being, I do my best not to be judgy, but sometimes I can't escape the prejudice that a lifetime of overwork and doing without has instilled in me.
Such was my internal battle yesterday. I work at a university. Part of my job is determining whether students have met their requirements. A student approached me who wanted me to evaluate some courses he plans to take at a university abroad next year, in either Amsterdam or…Continue
A haiku is a poem consisting of three lines and 17 syllables.
The first line is five syllables.
The second line is seven syllables.
The third line is five syllables.
You can pack a lot of meaning (or a lot of nonsense) into 17 syllables. Haiku is like the Twitter of the poetry world.
You can approach a video haiku at least a couple of different ways. Syd's format is to present her lines as three video clips, the first lasting five…Continue
One of the weirdest acts I've ever seen. Why do I keep expecting Adams and Alex to pop out in the background?.
Mellonheads. To this day, they still roam those woods. It's been four years now. It was the last time I saw my family. Such as they were then.
For BlancheNoeE, because I love you, Blanche.
1. Go to the video you want to embed. If it's at Vimeo, then look in the upper right portion of the frame. For the most non-intuitive icon ever selected to represent share, Vimeo picked a paper airplane icon. Click on the paper plane icon.
2. You'll be given three options for sharing, via URL, email, or an embed code. Click in the embed field. This selects the embed code. Then copy…Continue
I just happened to have encountered a lot of mentions lately about how people in the 18th and 19th centuries were fearful of the very real possibility of being buried alive.
Then, while researching something else entirely, I came across this plate o' shrimp today.…Continue
I've used this trick for ants. Turns out it works for squirrels,…Continue
Why do those pernicious earworm songs pop into your head unbidden? Usually just catching a melodic drift from a café or someone else’s radio will lodge the worm in me for the rest of the day, but sometimes, like today, one will pop into my consciousness for no apparent reason at all.
This morning on the shuttle to work, it was a looping repeat of Henry the…Continue
In a couple of videos I posted in November, I was investigating the history of an odd coin I found among the possessions of a great uncle. In October I inherited four boxes of photographs and documents that had belonged to a second cousin I never met. Gary and I shared a set of great-grandparents and when I inherited his things, I was hoping to uncover a lot of information about the ancestors he and I shared.
But probably eighty percent of the material pertained to Gary's…Continue