Techie Tuesday: Pepper the Android Makes Me Hot!

It coos, it giggles, it finger-wiggles.  Watch Pepper, the humanoid android, come alive in this video called Pepper’s Wake Up.  It is haunting how alive this thing looks and acts.  Without a word it engenders warm feelings and wonder.  Could it really be alive?  … Read the rest

Mother Earth Monday: German Military Bases Become Bird Sanctuaries

Out with the guns, in with the wildlife!  That is the plan for military bases in Germany. Sixty-two disused military bases on what used to be the edge of the Iron Curtain in West Germany will be turned into bio reserves for rare eagles and woodpeckers, as well as threatened bats and beetles and other critters.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Astral Travel

At last! A practical guide to astral travel for dummies made easy.  Thanks to Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s series on the Siddha Tradition we have this speech on the topic Parakaaya Pravesha or astral travel. He reluctantly used the word astral travel, as there really isn’t an English word to explain this phenomenal concept.… Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Tonys Dis Dramatists?

Why does the broadcast of the Tony Awards fail to celebrate playwrights, those who start the entire process and “face down the blank page”?  The new president of the Dramatists Guild of America wrote this letter to CBS, asking why commercial breaks preempted honoring the all-female writing team to take home awards for Best Score, Best Book and, ultimately, Best Musical.… Read the rest

Worldwide Wednsday: Extraordinary Toroidal Vortices

Just cuz they pretty, here are some extraordinary toroidal vortices produced by dolphins, beluga whales, humpback whales, volcanoes, hydrogen/atomic bombs, and well, you will see!.

A toroidal vortex, also called a vortex ring, is a region of rotating fluid moving through the same or different fluid where the flow pattern takes on a toroidal (doughnut) shape.

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Mother Earth Monday: Root Bridges in Cherrapungee

Mother Nature offers all sorts of solutions if we just help her out.  Case in point are these amazing bridges that are coaxed from natural tree roots in India.   1

The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams.… Read the rest

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Vital Sunday: I Hate All Bigots?

What do you call someone who makes sweeping generalizations on billions of people based on the actions of a few? A bigot. Bill Maher, says Mary Elizabeth Williams, is such a bigot.

Maher has famously said, “Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do” — which is pretty funny, given the know-it-all arrogance of the anti-religion big leaguers like Maher himself.

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Wild Friday: Zuckerberg’s Plan For World Domination In Trouble

Facebook’s top snoop and social engineer Mark Zuckerberg said, “We have a historic opportunity ahead of us to improve the lives of billions of people. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Internet.org is essentially a mobile application that provides free access to a handful of other applications, platforms and websites, including Facebook, Wikipedia and the BBC.… Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Daniel’s Husband

So many of my gay friends think “why bother?” now that society encourages us to shack up legally like the rest of our herd. Maybe that is not such a bad idea, after all, warns the “incomparable and prolific” playwright Michael McKeever in his tear-jerker Daniel’s Husband, now playing at Empire Stage as Island City Stage’s season finale.… Read the rest

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Worldwide Wednesday: Dancing on the Battlefield

Mary Allan shares another overseas adventure:

As I travel, I begin to realize how large our planet is, the endless countries with towns and cities…the diversity of each city and country’s language and dialects and, in many cases, occupation by another country. … Read the rest

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Techie Tuesday: Encrypt Your Laptop Like You Mean It

Nobody knows how serious personal computing security is better than the folks at the Intercept, who broke the story about Edward Snowden and continue with revelations based on the information he provided.  The Intercept has recently published an article on the top tips for encyrpting your laptop.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Will Truvada Keep You From Catching HIV?

Famous gay porn director Chichi Larue says “I’m learning so much here it’s crazy! I thought I was gonna come here knowing everything, but I’m learning” because times have seriously changed since AIDS first emerged.   Are you ready to hear explicit talk about gay sex and Truvada, the anti-reteroviral drug that may prevent you from contracting HIV if exposed to the virus?  … Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Me & Puccini, Live at the Palladium!

OK. Maybe I’m only an extra.  And maybe there are a few others involved too, like Maestro Mark Sfortzini and the ever “kind, gentle” director Marc Asafan – not to mention the glass-shattering eponymous Canadian soprano Susan Tsagkaris or Casey Finnigan AKA the Unknown Prince.  … Read the rest

Worldwide Wednesday: An American in 1970s Hornsea

Today Mary Allan shares her memories of moving to England. 

In the 1970’s my nine-year old son and I  and moved from the States to England with my new husband who worked there.  I sent my furniture earlier by sea, and we flew to London. … Read the rest

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Mother Earth Monday: Encourage Native Florida Bees

Bee colonies are still struggling, but did you know that there are hundreds of native bee species in Florida?  The European honey bee is an import, but native bees are also pollinators.   Native bees are mostly solitary, living in a narrow nest either below ground or in wood cavities near the ground, and most of them don’t make any honey.… Read the rest

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Worldwide Wednesday: France vs. The Skip Dippers

ThinkProgress says France will ban supermarkets from tossing food in the trash, no doubt much to the dismay of gourmands who have even made haute cuisine cook books of dumpster derived delights.   The news paints this as a victory against food waste, but Mikee says it is just an effort by the French government to discourage bin-diving, containering, shopping at the D-mart, dumpstering, tatting, skipping, or as they say in Australia “skip dipping.”

Grocery stores in France will soon be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food, under a bill passed unanimously by the French parliament last week.

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Techie Tuesday: Solar Freakin Roadways!

Have you seen this video for solar freaking roadways?  It is all about replacing the roads with solar roads.  They could generate triple the power needed to run the world as we know it, and with built in sensors and LED lights solar roads could be transformative, fun and safer than that ugly black tarmac we all love to hate.  … Read the rest

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Wild Friday: USA to Stop Texas Occupation

Thanks to Geoff for sharing this farcical response to pleas from Texas Governor Greg Abbott from the White House:

“We plan to withdraw all US military personnel and close all bases by December 2015”

In a brief statement President Obama said

“The US Occupation of Texas is over, the troops will finally be coming home after so many years.”

Some 250,000 personnel will be immediately affected.… Read the rest

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Thirsty Thursday: Palindromic Week

OK. Is this a Thursday thing?  I am not sure what to do with this one, but it certainly is interesting for numerologists and folks who just like to have fun with their days.  And dates.  This week every day is a palindrome, when written the correct way.… Read the rest