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Sunday, May 24, 2015

A shame

John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a ‘Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86
John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a film, both titled “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.

Dr. Nash and his wife, Alicia, 82, were in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike in Monroe Township around 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control while veering from the left lane to the right and hit a guardrail and another car, Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police said

Speaking of the game

I came across this woman's story while researching one of my characters for the game. She was the daughter of the King of Italy, of the House of Savoy, married to a German prince, and was arrested by the Germans and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where she died after an Allied bombing raid. It is a tale of how quickly anyone's fortunes can change.

Home after a very long day

Today I:
  1. Loaded two carts of laundry, a backpack, a laptop bag, and a reusable grocery bag full of stuff into the car
  2. Stopped by the grocery for laundry detergent and a few things
  3. Backed up my friend's computer onto an external hard drive
  4. Prepared the their house for the game, doing the weekly chores
  5. Watched some 'Fairly OddParents' and bits of 'Law & Order'
  6. Did three loads of laundry
  7. Received two kinds of lettuce, kale, and green onions from Brenda's garden
  8. Tried to pill a dog that was outside by an air conditioning unit under a large poison ivy vine. I had two medicines to give her with some bread and Marmite. I managed to get the first down her but not the other. :( YKWIA is going to try later.
  9. Played the game and visited with YKWIA and Brenda
  10. With help, loaded everything back into the car
  11. Came home and got it all unloaded in two trips
  12. Emptied out the fruit fly traps and reset them (they're really helping)
I am so glad I put the air conditioning on before I left today, although I set it at 75, so it shouldn't have kicked on too much. I didn't stay for 'Salem'; I'm terribly behind, but YKWIA brought me up to speed. I'm a little tired, and just want to go on to bed, I think. I must remember not to get up and go to work in the morning; I keep forgetting it's a holiday.

Tomorrow my plan is to work on the house some more and then watch The Color Purple with friends. I also need to mop over there; I didn't get that finished before Brenda got there today. But all in all, I hope for a productive day.

Okay, I think this is where I say good night. Hope your weekend is going well.

On the other hand, for those braver than I

Life is meant to be lived, of course, not hidden from or played safe.

A sad end to a fun event, and the perils of impaired driving

Lexington man dies after being hit by vehicle during Horsey Hundred cycling event; driver is arrested
The Horsey Hundred, sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club, includes several rides of various lengths, including the Century ride, which is the longest.

Thomas said about 2,500 cyclists from throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries are participating in this year's event. She said this is the first time a fatality has occurred during the event's 38 years.
Mark Hinkel, a local attorney, was struck and killed by a driver who has been charged with murder and driving under the influence, among other charges. He did not even stop after striking the man, who wound up in the bed of his truck.

Last year there was this on an unrelated ride, also in Scott County, although that one was apparently a genuine accident:

Bicyclist hit by pickup, killed while fixing a flat in Scott County during cross-country fundraising trip

and then there's the person doing the same trek in her memory--

Lexington bicyclist readies for cross-country charity trek, inspired by rider killed in Scott County

Lexington itself is continuing to expand bike lanes. I noticed some were put in on Alexandria Drive recently, with areas where they cross the intersection marked in green (like on Southland Drive and Cooper Drive). I hope this helps for safety, although I think drivers and cyclists need to work hand in hand for that--I see far too many cyclists forgetting that they are subject to the laws that govern the road, and far too many drivers who fail to yield or share it. On the other hand, the county roads in the surrounding area are a totally different thing. A friend of mine used to ride long-distance in Woodford County. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to tackle either roads on main thoroughfares here, or out in the country, where people often speed in their cars. When I didn't have the car, I considered getting a bike, as it's a straight stretch down Richmond Road to work, but decided it was far too dangerous. For those brave souls out there, more power to them. I'd stay in bike parks and local neighbourhoods, myself.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I've been excavating the bedroom

Purses are now neatly hung up. Luggage is put up in the closet. Clean clothes are neatly folded, waiting for me to figure out where on earth to put them. I think it's time to put the cold-weather things into the big bin I keep them in during the summer so I can put the warm-weather clothes in the chest of drawers. The dirty laundry has been sorted into hand washables and regular. I'm going to try to get those out to the car tonight, so I don't have to fool with them in the morning, when I'm on a schedule. Fortunately my friends, who let me use their washing machine, have a hand-washable setting on it. That, plus the delicate cycle on the dryer, means I can wash most of them without having to drip dry.

Of course, the bed is now totally covered.

I did have to switch from my jean capris to some short because, well, they're a little big and they've stretched as I've moved throughout the day, and so they were falling off me. Fortunately that didn't happen at my friends' house or when I was out in public. I think it's time to give them to Goodwill. So they went into the pile to be washed so I can donate them.

I'm tired. This is really more than a day's project. I'm probably not going to have it worthy for visitors by tonight, although maybe I can work a little after the game or Monday morning, and then have them over in the afternoon. Or we'll gather around the computer in their library.

Speaking of watching TV, I was fiddling with mine earlier and discovered that Samsung has revamped things and apparently the Fitness module is no longer there, at least that I can see. And Netflix has not only Galaxy Quest, which I would like to watch, but also 'Battlestar Galactica' (the original series, which I loved, and I never got into the re-make), as well as it's companion series 'Galactica 1980', which I remember as awful, but still, I'd like to re-watch them. There's only 31 episodes between the two series. I know YKWIA will not watch with me, so I'll have to watch on my own. :)

Okay, I'm going to try to do something with the bedroom, maybe put Pandora or Galaxy Quest on the old TV that has a Roku box. I'm not sure I'll be doing any more writing tonight. If not, hope you're having a good weekend, and remember the reason behind the holiday, honouring those who have died, primarily in battle, but here in the South we decorate the graves of our ancestors regardless of service.

So I got a little side-tracked

because my friends asked me to come over to their house to help with a project. But that is now complete, and I am now home again. I have the windows open again. A car alarm has been going off for several minutes now, but it has finally stopped. I have made two homemade traps for the fruit flies, one in the kitchen and one in the bath. These consist of a jelly jar with a piece of banana in it, with a taped piece of paper in the shape of a cone that has been placed inside the jar. The idea is that the flies can get in, but can't fly out, and get trapped in the jar, and then you can kill them or take them outside. We'll see if it works at all. It's one of those things that are popular on the Internet, but you don't really know if they work until you try.

So I should figure out what to do next. I'll leave the kitchen and bath alone to try to lure the flies in. That leaves the bedroom, which is a bit daunting, with the laundry that needs collecting, or the living/dining area, which is looking much better already, but will be where we watch the movie if I can get this place shaped up. We'll see. I think I will take a few minutes to enjoy this lovely afternoon, though. It's sunny, the birds are singing, and there's a light breeze. All in all, it's been a nice day. Then I'll work on the house for awhile, and see what progress I can make.

This is so sad

Mother Found Pushing Dead Toddler on Swing Set

Mother found pushing dead 3-year-old in swing at La Plata park

No apparent signs of foul play were found, but an autopsy will be done to see what was the cause of death. The mother was taken for a medical evaluation. It's unclear exactly what happened. But regardless of the cause of death, this is terrible.

Cool

Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries
The couple says they were moved by the "individual acts of heroism" of library staffers who kept the doors open to the public even as protests raged over police brutality and the deaths of young black men.

"Libraries became in essence the heart of Ferguson and Baltimore amidst a time of immense darkness for so many," Arrillaga-Andreessen told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview. "So we felt this calling to help the libraries in a way that we felt we could uniquely do."

The donation is part of a growing effort in some quarters of Silicon Valley to address the digital divide that persists throughout the rest of the country, especially in poor or underserved neighborhoods.

Time for a break

I've gotten the dishes done and the majority of the living, dining, and kitchen picked up, so that things that shouldn't be there are now gone. The next step is to take out the recyclables and trash, as I am tripping over the bags. I have one bag of plastic Kroger bags to take out to the car, five 13-gallon bags of recyclables, and three bags of trash so far. A lot was stuff like mail and things from a fairly large container, and the trash includes the bathroom trash as well. But you can see what I was overwhelmed the other day. I also found the source of the fruit flies--a couple of overripe bananas that never made it back to the kitchen from a bag I'd taken to the game a couple of weeks ago. I'm hoping that once I take care of everything, they'll go find some other place to annoy. That's usually the case. And it's important to make sure all the dishes are clean and the sinks, because they're attracted to water. Now none of my dishes were sitting soured and wet, really, so that was good.

I think after I take everything out, I'm going to take a shower. Even though I'm certainly not finished with the cleaning, I'm feeling a little sticky. And I think it's time to break out the granny cart, since there are so many recyclables, etc.

But first....

In Early Vote Count, Ireland Appears Headed Toward Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
Ireland appeared poised to become the world’s first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote on Saturday, with early vote counts showing strong and broad support for a measure that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago in what had traditionally been a Roman Catholic stronghold.

Not long after counting began at Dublin Castle, a government complex that was once the epicenter of British rule, the leader of the opposition, David Quinn, director of the Iona Institute, conceded the outcome in a tweet: “Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done.”

Both proponents and opponents said the only remaining question was the size of the victory for approval. Ronan Mullen, an Irish senator and one of only a few politicians to oppose the measure, predicted the win would be “substantial.” The official results will be announced this afternoon.
Oh. yes. If it can happen in Ireland, it can happen here, if not this summer by legal opinion, then eventually through referendum. I want to go to my friends' wedding. Please let it happen soon. This makes me so happy. Congratulations, Ireland!

What I hope to accomplish today:

  1. Dishes
  2. Pick up living room
  3. Pick up kitchen
  4. Clean out refrigerator
  5. Pick up dining room
  6. Clean bathroom
  7. Gather laundry
  8. Pick up bedroom
  9. Take out trash
  10. Take out recyclables
  11. Sweep/mop bath and kitchen
  12. Vacuum carpet
  13. Dust
  14. Water plants
  15. Water fish
  16. Solve the fruit fly issue
I think I'd better take my medicine first, as my allergies are pretty bad right now, and I have the windows open, which probably won't help that much with that, but is good for getting some fresh air in this morning. It looks like it's going to be sunny and a little warmer than it's been. So I've got the Top 40 Countdown on and I'm up, and I've eaten. So here we go....

Friday, May 22, 2015

I have got to start reading more of this series

So Gary Corby's new book, Death Ex Machina is out, and while I loved the first book The Pericles Commission, and have The Ionia Sanction, The Marathon Conspiracy, and Sacred Games, I haven't made the time to read the latter three of of Nicolaos and Diotima's adventures in Ancient Greece yet. That's going to have to change, I think. Maybe I can get some reading in while I'm taking breaks from cleaning this weekend.

This was hilarious--and so true!

The Truth About College And Getting A Job. This Is Perfect.

She has some very good points...

Like Comparing Fat People and Oranges
Let’s look at a final example: Research found that men with certain baldness patterns have a much higher risk of heart disease. Additional research found that the baldness and heart disease likely have the same root cause. Thank goodness the weight loss people weren’t in charge of this or instead of the additional research we’d have a government-sponsored War on Baldness and a sixty billion dollar industry telling men that they have to grow their hair back to be healthy and that if they don’t it’s their fault, accompanied by reporters whipping everyone into a frenzy with articles about how much bald men who get heart disease are costing society.
I really like this writer, who makes a lot of sense in a world where fat people are considered funny (and not in a good way), greedy, lazy, a drain on society, and immoral, simply because they are either overweight or sometimes, just because they are perceived as such even when they're an average size. People who have never been fat do not understand that while there are those of us who are fat and not particularly healthy (and I count myself in that category, as I need to work to increase my health--physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually), there are people who are fat who are, like this lady, training physically and eating well (she's working on finishing an Ironman challenge, for crying out loud), and yeah, they're still fat. I know that I will never be thin. That's okay. I would like to have some better stamina, balance, and be able to walk up stairs without going into an asthma attack. That's something I can do and improve myself. I think that's more realistic and more important than 'looking' thin. Fat phobia is real. I even have a lot of internalised fat phobia myself--I think most fat people do. People like Ragen Chastain are trying to get people to recognise the biases against fat people. And even more to the point, she's doing things that make her happy, and leads a full life, from what I can tell, and that's important no matter what size you are. Fat people have a tendency to hide away because they don't want to be seen doing things like dancing, biking, travelling, etc., when they should be embracing life. I highly recommend her blog.

There is no new 'Grimm' tonight, and that is sad

--although at least we can look forward to next season. I'm home now after doing the following after work:
  1. Getting my allergy shot
  2. Picking up medicine for a dog from a vet
  3. Picking up medicine for three people from a pharmacy
  4. Taking A to the grocery store, and getting some things for me, too
  5. Filling up the tank with gas
Now I'm kind of pooped. We normally do the Kroger run on Saturdays, but we were both pretty much out of food, so we moved it up a day. I don't have notes to do tomorrow, as I've already finished them. Most of the things we would normally do on a Saturday have been done--I even got string cheese for the game already, assuming we play. So technically, at this moment, I have no plans for tomorrow, and should really work on the house with gusto, because we have The Color Purple out, all three of us want to watch it, and it would be nice if we could watch at my house on the TV rather than around the computer, and my house is looking really, really scary--so scary that last night I looked at all the stuff to do and had a great deal of anxiety, and pretty much curled up in bed hugging something in the hopes the feeling of being overwhelmed would end. I know, that's kind of sad. Welcome to life with anxiety issues. This weekend the plan is to break it up into doable sections and try that, starting with the dishes. Also, I have a plan for attack about the phobic driving issue as well, using some worksheets my counselor suggested to focus on the problem. Of course, it is designed to take several months to desensitise a person who has a phobia. I have to drive to Louisville in two weeks. So it will be a bit of a crash course. :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One thing I agree with the Germans about

Pills should be taken 'against' headaches (gegen Kopfschmerzen) rather than for them. I've been nursing a headache all evening, and it has finally reached splitting/not-ignorable status, so I took some ibuprofen, something I try not to do in an effort to minimise issues to the kidneys. But alas, sometimes you just have to break down.

I will be somewhat brief tonight, as I missed my allergy shot this afternoon, so I'm going to try to go in early tomorrow so I can do it tomorrow afternoon before my friend's appointment. Today was technically one of my early days, but I had a slew of things to do this afternoon when all was said and done, so I'm glad I voted in the primary election very early this morning rather than putting it off.

I did find out why my check engine light is on in the car (it popped up right before the odometer hit 50,000 miles). The code most likely points to a faulty exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, or its corresponding sensor. I was told that while it should be fixed, a month or two should be okay if I'm not having issues, which is good, as I don't have the money to do it just now. I wanted to double-check, as I will be making the trip to Louisville in a couple of weeks.

I told my counselor of my anxiety about driving and how I planned to do some practice runs before going to Louisville by interstate. She copied some pages from The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, and I think they include a useful exercise. Actually, when I did some poking around, the whole book sounded quite useful. I looked it up at the library, but their copies were missing or lost. Amazon had both paperback and Kindle versions. Since it's a workbook, with worksheets, I thought the paperback copy would be more useful, so I used some of my credit card bonus rewards and bought it. I should be getting it Thursday, which isn't too bad, considering I no longer have Amazon Prime, as I couldn't afford to renew it when the price went up.

I did a lot of running around after work today, driving for about 2 1/2 hours around the city in rush hour traffic. I:
  1. Went to the pharmacy for a friend
  2. Had my car checked due to the check engine light
  3. Put a cheque in the bank
  4. Grabbed some Taco Bell for dinner
  5. Picked some Marmite up at the store for a friend
and then I went over there to their house and watched:
  1. 'House of Anubis'
  2. 'iZombie'
  3. 'Lab Rats'
That was fun. In particular, 'iZombie' is growing on me even more.

Okay, I should head on to bed. The headache is easing up somewhat. Good night!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is kind of cool

Thanks to the Centers for Disease Control, we now have a map of The Most Distinctive Causes of Death by State, 2001-2010. Ours is 'pneumoconioses and chemical effects'.

Okay, it's almost 31 years late

but I finally watched the movie Gremlins today, with YKWIA, as a DVD out from Netflix. It was fun. I was 16 when it came out and really didn't go to the cinema, so I missed it. It came out the summer between high school and college. I should have watched it then, just like The Breakfast Club which I finally saw a couple months ago. (I still have only seen bits of Sixteen Candles. Yes. Really.) YKWIA did see Gremlins then, of course, and even had or has a Gizmo that makes cute noises. For fun, here's:

21 Things You Might Not Know About 'Gremlins'

Good for them

Behind the impasse that led USC's 2016 MFA students to withdraw in protest
The [entire] graduate class of 2016 at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design withdrew in protest Friday from the visual arts program over administration and curriculum changes. The master of fine arts students publicly posted a letter on the website Art & Education. "We are a group of seven artists who made the decision to attend USC Roski School of Art & Design's MFA program based on faculty, curriculum, program structure and funding packages," they wrote. "We are a group of seven artists who have been forced by the school's dismantling of each of these elements, to dissolve our MFA candidacies." The conflict stems from changes made to the program after students had already arrived on campus, as well as resignations by prominent faculty members.
Technical design may get more funding, but studio art has more passion and beauty. This was one programme that seemed to understand that in a field where art and the humanities is often minimised in favour of more lucrative scientific patents, etc. Now, even in the art field, technical design seems to be where the money is, from the university's point of view, at least. The school assures the public that it is not marginalising studio and fine art in favour of other forms, but the faculty who have left seem to be supporting the students in this. If the programme has substantially changed from the one that brought them from places like Australia and France, then they certainly have every right to withdraw. The fact that all seven of a graduating class chose to do so, setting their studies back at least a year if not more, means that there is something that needs to be reconsidered if the prestgious art programme is to continue.

From their open letter at Art & Education:
The dean of the Roski School of Art and Design was appointed by the university in May 2013, despite having no experience in the visual arts field. She, along with Roski’s various vice and assistant deans, made it clear to our class that they did not value the program’s faculty structure, pedagogy, or standing in the arts community, the very same elements that had attracted us as potential students. The effects of the administration’s denigration of our program arrived almost immediately. In December 2014, Roski’s MFA program director stepped down from her position, and was not replaced with another director; shortly thereafter that month, the program lost a prominent artist, mentor, and tenured Roski professor, her pedagogical energies and input devalued by the administration. By the end of the Fall 2014 semester, we quickly came to understand that the MFA program we believed we would be attending was being pulled out from under our feet. In January 2015, we felt it necessary to go to the source of these issues, the dean of the Roski School.

In a slew of unproductive, confounding, and contradictory meetings with the dean and other assorted members of the Roski administration in early 2015, we were told that we would now have to apply for, and compete with a larger pool of students for, the same TAships promised to us during recruitment. We were presented with a different curriculum, one in which entire semesters would occur without studio visits, a bizarre choice for a studio art MFA. Shocked by these bewildering and last-minute changes, we reached out to the university’s upper administration. We were then told by the vice provost for Graduate Programs that the communication we received during recruitment clearly stating our funding packages was an “unfortunate mistake,” and that if the program wasn’t right for us, we “should leave.” Throughout this grueling process of attempting to reason with the institution, the Roski School and university administration used manipulative tactics of delaying decisions, blaming others, contradicting each other’s stated policies, and attempting to force a wedge of silence between faculty and students. At every single turn, the dean and every other administrator we interacted with tried to delegitimize and belittle our real concerns, repeatedly framing us as “demanding” simply for advocating for those things the school had already promised us.

*snort*

'Short' nap. Riiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggggghhhhhhhtttttttttt. 4 1/2 hours later, I'm just waking up. I uncharacteristically got cold, put the comforter over me in addition to the soft fuzzy blanket I usually use, and I was gone. So no working on the house tonight. I am going to go to back to bed in a few minutes and try to get up about 5, though, so maybe all is not lost. Good night.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Whoopee!

It's 7:15 pm and I am finished with the game notes early in the evening on a Saturday rather than waiting till 3 in the morning on a Sunday. Yay!!! Everything is loaded onto Dropbox so I can get it from the cloud if needed. Now I just have to download it to the laptop, which I take with me, as there's no Wi-Fi there and while I can use my phone for both viewing and as a connexion for the laptop, it will just be easier. Now I'm going to go celebrate with a short nap. :) I started at 4:30, to give you an idea of what sort of process this is.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I went to turn the light out

On the small aquarium.  The betta was swimming above the round bubble wand,  playing in the bubbles.  He does that fairly often.  It's fun to watch.  When I had the one with the LED lights that changed colours,  the last one would hide under it to avoid the light. I think it hurt his eyes,  even though that's what came with the tank.  Then I took it out and put a white light that clips above the tank in,  and a normal bubble stone.  This one has only known this setup.  He only sits under the stone when resting.  Otherwise he's swimming around the three-gallon tank or playing with the bubbles. I think he enjoys it,  and it's much better than those little cups or vases they normally put those fish in.

I couldn't stand it any more

I've been actually straightening up the house, removing the various detritus that has accumulated. I have two small bags of trash ready to go out, two of recyclables plus a full recyclables container, and a bag of grocery bags to put in the trunk of my car for the next time we go to Kroger. I've corralled some of the reusable and lunch bags, as well as a satchel and a backpack/purse. There are two piles to go through, one on the TV stand in front of the TV and one on the end table. I've deleted old voice mails from that phone. I've vacuumed the computer keyboard and wiped it down with alcohol prep pads. I've gotten all the dishes together and ready to put in the dishwasher. It had gotten pretty bad. I haven't touched the rest of the house. That's just the living room and part of the kitchen, though. But if I can work an hour or two every day, I think I can get everything back to normal pretty soon. Then I can vacuum, and maybe get the carpet cleaned, as I never took advantage of that service I got for free when I renewed my lease, and it's almost up again. :) They offer a free cleaning most years.

I'm kind of pooped now. I think I'm going to go take my purse into the bedroom and move everything back to my tote bag for tomorrow. I'd changed to the bright pink purse because I had on a floral skirt, bright pink camisole and blouse, and an off-white lacy shrug on today, and it matched better than the tote. But I love my 'Chicago' tote. I got it in the airport at O'Hare for less than $20. It's a faded green colour (yeah, no purple, I'm afraid, although there was blue and brown, and maybe pink). It zips up, has a large zippered pocket with phone holders on it, and side pockets for drinks, etc., and a metal tab for hanging my keys on. I particularly like that there is a pocket inside that can store things I must be able to get a hold of immediately, such as my Epi-Pen and my albuterol inhaler and spacer. :) Everything fits very nicely. I have two plastic bags, clear ones that held a traveling kit of airline-safe liquids. One has all my medicine and diabetic supplies. One of them has things like a comb, nail clippers, lip balm, microfiber cloth and glass cleaner, and contacts cleaner and case--those things that go rolling around in a bag easily. That way, I can just change them between purses and bags with no trouble.

Tomorrow I'm going to get a loaned text for the class I'll be teaching, so I can read through it before the training. I am glad it'll be Friday tomorrow. It'll be jeans day at work, for one. And 'Grimm' will be on that evening, which is the season finale.

Okay, I'm going to go work on transferring things, and then I'll probably head on to bed, as tomorrow is one of my early days, and I'll be getting up at 6 am. Have a good night!

It looks like I will be almost certainly

be teaching a class from June 3rd to August 26th. It is from 6:30 pm to 9 pm on Wednesdays. I am very excited, and I am looking forward to it. Oddly enough, my anxiety issues aren't hitting me when it comes to the idea of teaching the class. Some of the people are taking the class again, ones I know from when I took it, so I'll have some familiar faces. That will help. And a lot of the material is pretty much meant to be read to the class, so I'll have a script.

My main hurdle is not the teaching, not the material, not anything like that. It's getting to and from the training, which is in Louisville. The teaching gig is completely volunteer, but they will pay for my training and a hotel room in Louisville overnight during an upcoming weekend. This means driving to Louisville, for a person with driving anxiety who quite frankly has not been on an Interstate since 1993. Part of that was the fact I had either no car, or a car I didn't trust to get me over the Interstate, so I didn't go anywhere. But part of it is anxiety, as well.

So here is my plan of attack. Between now and the training, which will be June 6th, I'm going to go onto the Interstate around Lexington, get a feel for being back on it, and maybe go over to Frankfort or Richmond, two fairly short drives. Now, I've never actually driven in Louisville itself, I've always been a passenger, and there's some major construction going on right now there, but I'll worry about that when I have an idea about where the hotel is, etc. I have a co-worker from Louisville who said she could help me get alternate routes. And as an absolute Plan B, there US 60, which runs parallel all the way from Frankfort to Louisville, and I have about three ways that don't involve the Interstate that I can get to Frankfort. :)

Great attitude

When A Student’s Baby Started Crying In Class, This Professor Had The Best Response Ever
Professor Sydney Engelberg, a 45-year lecturing veteran at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was unfazed when the child of a mother at his lecture on organizational behavior began to cry. The embarrassed mom tried to leave the class, but instead, the father-of-four and grandfather-of-five scooped the kid up and soothed him in his arms – without missing a beat in the lesson.

According to his daughter, Engelberg allows the mothers that attend his masters’ lectures to bring their children and even breastfeed. No mother should have to choose between a child and an education!

I'm very happy for this young woman--she has remarkable drive

Standout BCTC graduate snags prestigious $120,000 scholarship to continue her education
Ebony Nava has been a standout at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, a straight A science major who headed student government, wrote for the school newspaper and won nearly every academic award offered — all while raising her son and her six siblings.

Nava, 26, graduated from BCTC last year and will graduate again Saturday, this time with a certificate in biotechnology and a $120,000 scholarship to continue at a four-year school.

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship is given to 90 community college students a year from all over the country. For now, Nava is thinking about attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a double major in biochemistry and philosophy

.....

Nava, who lives in Georgetown with her family, credits many in her community there and at BCTC for her ascent. When she gained custody of her siblings at age 20, she had a second-grade education but quickly earned her GED before entering BCTC.

Cool

Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish
It’s one of the most basic biology facts we’re taught in school growing up: Birds and mammals are warm-blooded, while reptiles, amphibians and fish are cold-blooded. But new research is turning this well-known knowledge on its head with the discovery of the world’s first warm-blooded fish — the opah.

In a paper published today in Science, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) describe the unique mechanism that enables the opah, a deepwater predatory fish, to keep its body warm. The secret lies in a specially designed set of blood vessels in the fish’s gills, which allows the fish to circulate warm blood throughout its entire body.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Anyone else find this disturbing?

Beekeepers see 42% of US honeybee colonies die off in a single year
More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly, the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.

Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1% of their colonies, the second-highest rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the US Department of Agriculture.

“What we’re seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal that there’s some bad things happening with our agro-ecosystems,” said study co-author Keith Delaplane at the University of Georgia. “We just happen to notice it with the honeybee because they are so easy to count.

One of my favourite arcade games of my youth

(and yes, I have both Gauntlet and Gauntlet II on an old Nintendo system hooked up to a TV in my bedroom. I am a geek.) What it lacked in the stunning graphics of today, it had in actual fun.



There is a fun 'clone' of Gauntlet that is called 'Get Medieval' that is also very fun. Unfortunately, when I upgraded computers, it only runs on 32-bit Windows systems and not 64-bit ones, and both the desktop and laptop are 64-bit. It had a certain comedy factor, as you can see:

Listening to Harry Chapin



This is what made me sad the other day

So this is the end of the finale of 'The Big Bang Theory' this season, so if you haven't seen it, and don't want a spoiler, don't watch. But it was so sad.

And now something random I've posted before, but I love it

although I still can't quite wrap my head around a steer/bull with an udder. :)

We will fight for bovine freedom,
and hold our large heads high.
We will run free with the buffalo,
or die.
Cows with guns!
Okay, maybe it's just because I'm a pescetarian/vegetarian. I haven't eaten beef since 1991. :)

Amazing

how people whose insecurity is only assuaged by money and material things can be totally dickwads when someone who appears to be homeless offers them money instead of begging:



I would have probably reacted like the one woman who he hugged. At least, I would hope so. The rest of them? They need some time in someone else's shoes to learn that money, while useful, doesn't dictate who is better than whom, and it shouldn't be what your self-esteem is based upon. In the end, we all end up in the cradle of death, and it doesn't matter what car we drove or the balance on our bank account. Our legacy is the difference we made in other people's lives, and the reasons we gave them to remember us. The people who were abusive may be rich in things, but they are poor in life. (This was a video YKWIA happened upon tonight and showed me).