My Recent Health Issues, and Gratitude

The primary reason for sharing the story below is to help anyone who may search the web someday for a possible explanation for symptoms similar to what I had experienced. I know that is what I did, but nothing I found matched what my diagnosis turned out to be. It started on New Year’s Eve … Continue reading My Recent Health Issues, and Gratitude

Taking a Bit of a Break

As a result of some health issues, I will be taking a break from replying to comments or commenting on other blogs. I do plan to keep blogging; after all, the streak must go on 😀 if I can figure out how to turn off comments on my posts I will do so. Hopefully this … Continue reading Taking a Bit of a Break

Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…

This past week has seen lots of innovations coming out of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. One of those is Moflin, an AI pet robot with "emotional capabilities", that looks like a fluffy gray guinea pig, with black beady eyes and soft fur. Here’s a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJ1pwVng5U Created by Vanguard Industries, the robot uses … Continue reading Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…

A Dozen Universal Truths

Apple products are better than PCs and Android A smile is better than a frown Warm weather is better than cold Guinness is better than Bud Sunrise is better than sunset Vacation time is better than working time Ruffles potato chips are better than regular Women are more mature than men Bruce Springsteen and the … Continue reading A Dozen Universal Truths

I Just Reduced My Life Expectancy by Six Years , but I Also Just Freed-Up 45 Seconds a Day

My reading for pleasure has slowed downed dramatically in the past few weeks, and I'm not really sure why. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back into the habit soon. What this means is that I am still reading the book I first wrote about two months ago, Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science … Continue reading I Just Reduced My Life Expectancy by Six Years , but I Also Just Freed-Up 45 Seconds a Day

Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes the results of a research study that examined which activities worked best to lift people’s moods during the COVID pandemic. Sex and drugs were among the 43 options participants could choose from, along with exercise, cooking, social media, video calls, and various types of entertainment. The … Continue reading Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

In today's Wall Street Journal, Susan Pinker shares the results of a 2019 study led by Lauren Powell, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The study looked at whether getting a dog improved the owner’s activity level, cardiovascular health, and psychological state. On the physical side, owning a dog did not seem … Continue reading Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

Send in the Clowns!

Clowns, for some reason, seem to have gone out of style. Sure there were always a few kids creeped out by a clown, but I think, for the most part, clowns used to have a good reputation. That is no longer the case. Everyone seems creeped out by clowns now. Well, not everyone. I like … Continue reading Send in the Clowns!

On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan

In a quirky published report from the BMJ, researchers found that days featuring high profile (popular) football matches in Europe were associated with more traffic accidents in Taiwan and Singapore than were days with lower profile football matches. Although football enjoys global popularity, most high profile games are played in Europe. The top five most-watched … Continue reading On the Day of a Major European Football Match, Don’t Use a Car in Singapore or Taiwan

Once Botched, Twice Shy?

The title of this post is a twist on one of my favorite songs, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", by Ian Hunter, former lead singer for the British band Mott the Hoople. If you're not familiar with the phrase, here is the definition from the Cambridge Dictionary: said when you are frightened to do something again because … Continue reading Once Botched, Twice Shy?