June 2019

The Honey Hole

After skipping lunch and breakfast today, boy am I craving a sandwich from the Honey Hole! In-house roated turkey breast, thinly-sliced roast beef, grilled flank steak... I could really go for just about any sandwich on the menu right now! All of their meats are made from scratch, roasted in house and exceptional. They're all locally sourced, of course, but if you're vegetarian or vegan, they have options for you, too, and they're not just salads. They have gluten free sandwiches, veggie bacon and chicken, and all kinds of options.

Frogs to Meet Before Their Extinction

As more frog species die out, we have fewer chances of seeing these incredible creatures before they're gone for good. Nat Geo has a great video featuring some of the frogs that you'll want to take a look at before they're gone for good, mostly due to the chytrid fungus that's resulting in a mass extinction of frogs worldwide. It's not really a great video, is it?

Facebook Mods Have It Rough

I'm in a lot of Leftbook groups, and we're always reading about some of our mods getting banned for doxxing people for bad behavior, or for "innapropriate content" that's not nearly as inappropriate as a lot of content that we see, and we tend to think of the Facebook Mods as these snotty little incels in their parents' basements, making these poor calls out of revenge on women.

First Native American Poet Laureate

It's always shocking when we hear about the first Native American to serve in Congress and similar stories, especially since we are talking about people whose cultures and ancestors existed long before the current institutions attempted to replace them. News about Joy Harjo being named as the first Native American Poet Laureate is certainly welcome! 

Genetic Ownership

Does it ever feel like Congress wants anything good for the American people? There are so many partisan bills and laws that seem to be designed to keep the poor poor, the disenfranchised disenfranchised and the rich rich. I can't be alone in feeling so overwhelmed by the daily news cycle, without even watching news programs, that sometimes it makes me sick to my stomach. 

The Coffee Poops

As a huge coffee lover, I think I'd still drink my magical energy juice even if it made me sprout green nose hair. It's delicious and one of the things I most look forward to each day. But like many people, sometimes coffee gives me the urge to go to the bathroom, which just seems weird. Why does coffee give people the poops so often?

Adorable Slippers Make Cat Paws Out Of Your Feet

While I'd never advocate for putting actual cats on your feet, these cute cat shoes are pretty irresistible! They are shaped like cats, and while they're not fluffy or furry like some slippers, they look like they'd be great flip flops for the beach or general summer life. Then again, you could always try buying a cheap pair of your own that are too big and cutting them into these shapes--or even using Sharpies to decorate them the specific way you want them to look.

Nuclear Weapons 689 - Dangers Of AI To The Control Of Nuclear Arsenals

       Many movies, TV shows and novels feature military artificial intelligence systems that are hacked to either start a nuclear war or create the illusion that a nuclear war has been started which invites retaliation. With advances in nuclear weapons systems and artificial intelligence, what had been fiction is moving closer to being a real threat to the world.

Space 270 - Tethers Unlimited Awarded Five Phase I NASA Grants

        I have written about Tethers Unlimited (TU) before. They are a private space company located in Bothell, WA. Years ago, when they were founded, tethers were thought to hold great promise for a number of space applications. As time passed, that promise faded and so did the money available for research and development.

Nuclear Fusion 60 - The IAEA and ITER Have Signed A Cooperation Agreement

      The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an international organization that promotes the peaceful use of nuclear energy and fights against any military use of nuclear materials. It was established in 1957 as an independent organization by the IAEA Statute, a dedicated international treaty. The IAEA reports to the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.