January 19, 2017

Miscellany #54

Salve Regina: The modern version of an ancient hymn dedicated to Mary

 Friar Gabriel

Friar Gabriel is no ordinary man: not only is he skilled in Gregorian chant, he also performs all of his own stunts on the skateboard.

My favorite gifs of the week: Dolphins surfing,    Cactus bloomingUrban skiing  Populating a lake with fish from a plane  Cleaning snow off a roof 

He was soothing his crying baby at 2 AM when he looked out the window and saw these.

 Light-Pillars Timothy
Light Pillars / Credit: Timothy Joseph Elzinga 2017

Why Are Bananas Berries, But Strawberries Aren't?

Your cure for the blues  A15 minute cure that really works.

Feel the mascot's frustration in this local commercial

He looks like a handsome cowboy but he's really an historical linguist    Just listen to hear how beautiful medieval Norse sounds when spoken by Dr. Jackson Crawford. 

 Jackson Crawford Wyoming Linguist

The Amazing Lavender Labyrinth in West Michigan 

 Lavendar Labyrinth

French cyclist Robert Marchand still breaking records at 105. 

 105 Cyclist Award

Extraordinary images by Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva  who spent 3 Days Walking On Frozen Baikal, The Deepest And Oldest Lake On Earth.

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The National Park Service Protects Its $40 million Investment in Growing Grass on the National Mall.  Every day 30,000 people walk over the national front lawn.  On Inauguration Day, some 800,000 to 1,000,000 are expected.

The technology to protect turf is a relatively recent invention, too. For the inauguration, contractors are bringing in special panels, 16 square feet each, to cover up the grass. To the human eye, they look white, but they’re actually translucent, which allows light to reach the grass and keep it healthy. The bottoms of the panels are honeycombed with small, square cells that protect the grass crowns from being crushed and act like mini greenhouses.
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January 13, 2017

Life Pro Tips

When purchasing products with warranties, set an alarm in your calendar for 1 month before it ends. .If there are any defects, make use of the warranty

When you meet someone in a wheelchair don't bend over, kneel, or stoop to greet them. Stand normally and look them in the eye.

When leaving a important voicemail give your name and number at the beginning and end of the message. They then won't have to go through the whole voicemail to get your number again. They'll appreciate you saving them time.

Organize your clothes based on what activity you're doing, not by type of clothing... e.g. one drawer for casual wear, one drawer for workout clothes, one drawer or section of the closet for going out clothes, and one for work clothes. This makes your outfit options readily available and saves time when selecting clothing every day, which is usually based on activity.

When you sign up for anything online, put the websites name as your middle name. That way when you receive spam/advert emails, you will know who sold your info.

When lending a pen or marker hand it over without the cap, you are much more likely to get it back

Before checking in at the airport, take a photograph of your luggage. A picture is worth a thousand words if your bags get lost!

Keep your gas tank at least halfway full in the winter.  Condensation can form in the empty part of your gas tank. In the winter that condensation can freeze, collect into icy blockages in your fuel lines and create problems with starting your car.

When getting repairs on your car, ask the mechanic to let you take pictures of the problem for your records.

If an indoor cat gets outside and lost, put their litter box outside. They can smell it from up to a mile away and find their way home.

One 18 inch pizza is more pizza than two 12 inch pizzas.  Sometimes it's better value to order a large instead of two mediums.

When someone (esp. a child) shows you something they've made never say 'What is it?' say 'Tell me more about this.'

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January 12, 2017

Miscellany #53

Little Kids and Their Big Dogs  Russian Photographer Andy Seliverstoff

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"The state of endless joy and mutual confidence – that has become the main idea of the series."

 Little-Girl-Big-Dog Andy Seliverstoff

Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars

Grandad Uses Instagram To Share His Life’s Story With The Grandson He Might Not See Growing Up

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Across the USA by Train for Just $213
Traveling coast-to-coast across the United States by train is one of the world’s greatest travel experiences. Amazingly, it’s also one of the world’s greatest travel bargains — the 3,400-mile trip can cost as little as $213.

After watching over 50 TED talks, these are the insights that have stuck with me most

Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

The English “alphabet song”, also known as “The A.B.C.”, is based on a tune by Mozart
This same tune is also used as the basis for such children’s songs as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

You Can Now Buy Snow White’s Cottage For $952,000 on 7.5 acres of land in Olalla, Washington.

 Snow White's House

'Firefall' lights up Yosemite: Sunset reflects off waterfall making it glow golden in rare phenomenon

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