Saturday Randomness

The Shelter in place is still the rule of the day….and by now most Americans have their opinions on the virus and its situations….whether right or wrong…..so I want to lighten up the mood for those that are starting to suffer from “cabin fever”…..after all I do try to be a FYI blog when I can.

Some random thoughts that made me smile and hopefully they will do the same for you….

First there is something leaking out ur anus……

NASA scientists digging back through decades-old data from the Voyager 2 spacecraft have made an eyebrow-raising discovery: Something appeared to have been sucking Uranus’ atmosphere out into space.

When Voyager 2 flew past Uranus in 1986, it seems to have passed through something called a plasmoid — a gigantic blob of plasma, essentially — that escaped Uranus and likely pulled a giant gassy cloud of the planet’s fart-like atmosphere along with it, Space.com reports.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/something-leaking-out-uranus

A fart story is always a smile getter….

This thought is for my male readers (sorry ladies)……

It seems that those feminists back in the 60s and 70s may have been onto something by burning all those bras…..

Wearing a bra does more harm than good – it does nothing to reduce back pain and weakens the muscles that hold up the breasts, resulting in greater breast sagging, Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of Besançon, France, reported after a 15-year study.

Rouillon says that the main conclusion from the preliminary results of his “marathon experiment” is that the bra is a false necessity.

In an interview with France Info (radio), Professor Rouillon said:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259073#1

Ever come face to face with one of those burning questions of life?  Like is there a God?  Why are we here?  Stuff like that……well there is another question that needs answering….do astronauts jerk off in space?

And would you know I have an answer for you…….

“While we expect our employees to behave in a professional manner at all times, their personal lives are their own unless it begins to directly affect their job performance.” 

This was the official statement I received from NASA’s media relations team at Johnson Space Center, following a handful of politely persistent emails on the subject of whether astronauts masturbate in space. While it’s hardly the Neil Armstrong dick pics I was hoping to get, it’s still surprisingly forthcoming for the notoriously conservative NASA — it seems, in fact, to be about as direct as they’ve ever been on the subject, since they normally ignore or flatly rebuff any media questions on sex or sexuality. (“I’m amazed that they acknowledged this at all,” a physician who’s worked with NASA tells me.)

But NASA’s stand, then, is basically, “if it doesn’t interfere with their work, it’s cool,” which certainly seems to acknowledge that masturbation in space does exist. This aligns with other clues the public has gotten over the years on the subject: In a pretty spectacular Men’s Health interview with retired Air Force Colonel Mike Mullane, the former astronaut admitted that, thanks to the way blood flows in the absence of gravity, he would occasionally “wake up from sleep periods and I had a boner that I could have drilled through kryptonite.” 

Do Astronauts Jerk Off in Space?

Another burning question of life answered.

One final thought concerning the virus and the use of bleach…..

Recent incident of sanitising a group of workers in UP’s Bareilly district has sparked a debate on the use of a chemical, sodium hypochlorite, as disinfectant.

Commonly known as bleach, sodium hypochlorite is mostly used for surface purification, bleaching, odour removal and water disinfection according to a latest report by the Free Press Journal.

In another video doing the rounds on social media, officials in Kerala could be seen spraying soap solution on a group of people.

https://www.thequint.com/coronavirus/covid-19-lockdown-no-proof-bleach-can-be-used-as-disinfectant-on-humans-expert

Be Well…Be Safe…..

Remain calm…..avoid crowds…..wash hands often…..stay prepared…..

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Views And News

It is Spring the weather is nice and it makes it easier to stay home when I can sit in the garden and enjoy the Spring….and some cheese and fruit….maybe a glass of wine as well.

Time for the Old Professor to venture around the world and give my readers locked in their homes some entertainment.

The first bit is from New Orleans……the city has become point zero now and a son of the city has stepped up….Drew Brees…..

https://www.tmz.com/2020/03/26/drew-brees-donating-5-million-covid-19-relief-new-orleans-saints/

Nice to see a player giving back to the city and state that has supported him for decades.

Next….you have seen those vacuum ads from Dyson, right?  Well the man behind the item has designed a ventilator to be used for virus treatments and it only took 10 days….

British company Dyson — best known for its sleek vacuum cleaners — has announced it has designed a new ventilator called the “CoVent” in just ten days, according to CNN, to help the UK treat coronavirus patients.

The company is planning to produce 15,000 ventilators to help fight the pandemic, 5,000 of which will be donated to other countries.

“A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways, but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world,” company founder James Dyson wrote in an open letter, as quoted by CNN.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/vaccuum-maker-dyson-designed-ventilator

I have been told that Dyson will do anything he must to get a knighthood…..this could well be the ticket.

I am waiting for American manufacturers to step up voluntarily….so far they want free money before they go to work…..

The virus hysteria has caused a shortage of toilet paper and there is a new invention that could do away with the need for TP…….altogether…….

While the United States is often at the forefront of many trends, it still lags behind the rest of the world in some respects. And one example is the country’s strange reluctance to embrace the bidet toilet seat. Perhaps due to curious culture reasons that probably date back to the Mayflower, Americans still depend on dry and often substandard toilet paper for bathroom needs. Not only is traditional toilet paper harder on our bodies, it’s also harder on the environment. But with toilet paper being a little bit more of a concern these days, it might be time for the country to get on board with the bidet – and there’s no better way for us to do it than with a Tushy bidet toilet seat.

https://futurism.com/tushy-bidet-toilet-seats

Rightie journo Rush has weighed in on what he thinks of Trump’s health team……

Far-right talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, like President Donald Trump, has been a frequent source of nonsense during the coronavirus crisis: on his February 24 show, he equated COVID-19 with “the common cold.” And on Friday, the 69-year-old Limbaugh argued that health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cannot be trusted because they are part of “the Deep State” and have an anti-Trump agenda.

In audio that Media Matters has posted on its website, embedded above, Limbaugh can be heard on Friday telling listeners, “We’ve talked about the Deep State all these years since Trump was elected — the Trump-Russia collusion, the FBI — well, the Deep State extends very deeply. And the American people did not elect a bunch of health experts that we don’t know. We didn’t elect a president to defer to a bunch of health experts that we don’t know.”

https://www.salon.com/2020/03/28/rush-limbuagh-says-trumps-coronavirus-task-force-is-part-of-the-deep-state-cant-be-trusted-_partner/

Nice….we have not heard from the floating Fat Man for awhile…I guess he got tired of others making news and he had go come out with something as stupid as the president he tries to defend.

Just a few thoughts that could help lift one out of the cabin fever of this virus……

A parting cartoon…..or two……

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Stay calm……avoid crowds……wash hands often…..stay prepared

Be well….Be Safe…..

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“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday Randomness

More notes than posts….this virus thing has made notes useless these days…..so those notes were not taken in vain…….

One of those rovers we have investigating Mars has been broken for awhile…..but NASA has come up with a unique solution…..

NASA’s InSight lander, which is currently on the surface of Mars, has faced some unexpected problems during its mission to explore and study the planet.

Namely, a digging probe that was built to burrow beneath the surface like a jackhammer got stuck because Mars’ soil is clumpier than scientists expected, Popular Science reports.

After a few failed attempts to get it out, NASA had to get a bit creative. Ultimately, it freed the probe up by giving it a solid thwack with InSight’s shovel.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/nasa-mars-lander-hit-itself-shovel

The US has a really weak Broadband system…..and this pandemic has exposed the problems…..

In the face of the coronavirus outbreak, students and workers alike are staying home and doing what they can remotely. But in America, many regions don’t have affordable or high quality broadband service, if they have it at all.

The result is that many are finding themselves cut off at a time when access to new information about the coronavirus is crucial, CNET reports. The problem is bringing to light critical societal inequalities that could have a serious impact on kids’ access to an education.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/america-flimsy-broadband-workers-schoolchildren-isolated

A story about a virus challenge for You Tubers…..remember the ice bucket challenge?……Or the teaspoon of cinnamon challenge?  This is far worse and far more ignorant.

In times of a viral outbreak, why not make a viral video? That was the thought process of TikTok user Ava Louise, who once appeared on Dr. Phil’s show as a rebellious teen and confessed, “I want to have purpose and meaning.” The self-proclaimed Instagram influencer tried to give herself just that by making a TikTok video showing her licking an airplane toilet seat, with the words “coronavirus challenge” overlaying the clip. “Please RT this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane,” Louise posted. As of Wednesday, the video had more than 460,000 views on Twitter. Per Louise herself, she’d hoped the TikTok would catch on. “I’m looking for a record deal and a reality show about my messy life,” she tells People, which notes she’d posted inflammatory tweets about the virus previously, including one that read “coronavirus is for poor people and poor people only.”

Many weren’t happy with Louise’s stunt. “Put her ass in jail!” tweeted The View‘s Meghan McCain—to which Louise responded with an Instagram post showing her posing in a bikini, noting, “Meghan McCain could NEVER.” Business Insider—which notes Louise said she created the video to “trick boomers into giving her attention,” thanking media outlets for calling attention to it all—reports on a follow-up video by Louise that went up after the TikTok. In it, the 21-year-old, who says she’s a public relations major at Rutgers University, drinks a White Claw and reads from a scripted response, per Heavy.com. “You’re all so f—king stupid,” she says. “There’s a reason coronavirus is taking out people over 50, because you’re all idiots who ruined our country … Darwinism’s doing its job by knocking you out with this virus.” Response from the internet? “I’m sure her parents are proud,” tweets one observer.

Social media has turned this country into a pack of stupid, ignorant morons that will do stuff that will help this society go down the toilet…..and none of the young sees just how destructive this is……until it is too late then then all they can say is…”my bad”.

I weep for this nation in the coming years.

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She is bored waiting….

Saturday’s Thoughts

The news is that our climate has made bears come out of hibernation a month too early…..

“Rising temperatures are affecting ecosystems and wildlife across the globe — even causing some bears to come out of hibernation early. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo reports that this year it has seen an emergence of its native black bears in early March — almost a month earlier than usual. … This could lead hungry bears into confrontations with humans as they desperately search for something to eat.” Photo credit: Mark Levisay / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Weeks ahead of schedule……my fruit trees are in bloom…..

Satsuma…

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Peach

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Plums

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With luck we will have a great fruit crop this year.

The smells of Spring is just amazing….sorry I do not have smell-a-vision.

The one thing that sucks is having to use the A/C in March when early May is about the norm.

Let’s get down to business…..

This article is one that really got my attention……one of my favorite books is Fahrenheit 451…….in one case you need permission to read a book about censorship….

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s popular dystopian novel about book censorship, was written as a response to the paranoid political climate of the McCarthy era. But its message is apparently just as relevant in modern times as when it was first published back in 1953. Some students are still not allowed to read the book without a permission slip from their parents.

Daniel Radosh, a dad and a writer at The Daily Show, was asked to sign a note to permit his son to read the classic novel for his school book club. Apparently over the years parents have been concerned by the light swearing contained in the book (like “hell” and “damn”) and the depictions of Bible burning. But the irony of parents trying to censor a book about book censorship was not lost on Mr. Radosh.

https://www.considerable.com/entertainment/books/fahrenheit-451-permission-slip-response/

We are now being bombarded by so many “plant based” products….how about something for all of us?

Meat companies are making it easier for you to eat your vegetables by blending them into burgers, meatballs, and sausages, reports the AP. Applegate is introducing a line of meat-and-veggie burgers and meatballs at grocery stores next month. Tyson Foods is already selling a beef-and-pea protein patty, as well as blended sausages. Perdue Farms has chicken-and-vegetable nuggets, while the Better Meat Co., a California startup, makes blended ground beef, pork, and chicken. All are hoping to quell consumers’ growing misgivings about meat and its impact on health and the environment. Companies like Tyson have already jumped into pure plant-based products, like its Raised and Rooted pea protein-based nuggets that imitate chicken. That competes squarely with startups like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which sell plant-based burgers that closely imitate meat.

But David Ervin, Tyson’s VP of alternative protein, says internal research shows only 17% of consumers have tried plant-based meat, though 69% would. The top barrier to that: taste. Blended burgers, with the familiar taste of meat, “are an entry point.” Applegate is introducing burgers that mix 72% lean organic beef with one-third of a cup of veggies. It’s not as juicy as an all-beef hamburger, but the vegetables give it more flavor. One burger has 200 calories and 15 grams of fat; a 73% lean beef burger from Walmart has 340 calories and 30 grams of fat. In some cases, blended burgers are healthier than plant-based ones. Tyson’s Raised and Rooted blended burger has 150 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 260 milligrams of sodium. Impossible Foods’ burger has 240 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 370 milligrams of sodium. For now, though, there’s one big stumbling block: price. Applegate charges $9.99 for four Well Carved burgers. Aldi charges $5.29 for the same amount of organic beef.

Okay this article shows just how ignorant this world has become…..

In times of a viral outbreak, why not make a viral video? That was the thought process of TikTok user Ava Louise, who once appeared on Dr. Phil’s show as a rebellious teen and confessed, “I want to have purpose and meaning.” The self-proclaimed Instagram influencer tried to give herself just that by making a TikTok video showing her licking an airplane toilet seat, with the words “coronavirus challenge” overlaying the clip. “Please RT this so people can know how to properly be sanitary on the airplane,” Louise posted. As of Wednesday, the video had more than 460,000 views on Twitter. Per Louise herself, she’d hoped the TikTok would catch on. “I’m looking for a record deal and a reality show about my messy life,” she tells People, which notes she’d posted inflammatory tweets about the virus previously, including one that read “coronavirus is for poor people and poor people only.”

Many weren’t happy with Louise’s stunt. “Put her ass in jail!” tweeted The View‘s Meghan McCain—to which Louise responded with an Instagram post showing her posing in a bikini, noting, “Meghan McCain could NEVER.” Business Insider—which notes Louise said she created the video to “trick boomers into giving her attention,” thanking media outlets for calling attention to it all—reports on a follow-up video by Louise that went up after the TikTok. In it, the 21-year-old, who says she’s a public relations major at Rutgers University, drinks a White Claw and reads from a scripted response, per Heavy.com. “You’re all so f—king stupid,” she says. “There’s a reason coronavirus is taking out people over 50, because you’re all idiots who ruined our country … Darwinism’s doing its job by knocking you out with this virus.” Response from the internet? “I’m sure her parents are proud,” tweets one observer.

This type of crap makes the idiots in the movie “Idiocracy” look like geniuses….

And now for the important stuff…..

I have been told that it is time for that walk I promised an hour ago…..

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Have a day my friends.

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday’s Random Thoughts

The weekend….Mississippi has its first virus case….our temps are from 66 to 77 degrees….so our winter that never appeared is still just a hope of us old farts.

It s that time again!

As usual….more notes than posts….so I will let you know what I was marking for posts that never appeared…..

As we get older it is said that our brains have a tendency to shrink…..so a couple of exercise in case you are worried about that…..

In a new study, researchers found that older people who regularly walk, garden, swim or dance may have bigger brains than their inactive peers.

The effect of exercise was equal to four fewer years of brain aging.

The research was conducted by a team at Columbia University.

Recent studies have shown that as people age, physical activity may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

The study involved 1,557 people with an average age of 75. None had dementia, but 296 people had mild cognitive impairment and 28% had the APOE gene that is linked to a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

These 4 exercises may prevent brain shrinkage in older people

A little something for those people that believe that aliens have visited earth in the far past……

A mineral-like Jarosite, which is found on the surface of Mars, has been discovered at Ashapura temple in Kutch (Gujarat) by scientists, proving the fact that the land at the holy place is similar to that of Mars, according to Zee Media report.

Many renowned scientists from the country and the world are jointly researching on this subject. They believe that the only place in the basalt terrain containing jarosite has been buried at the temple site in Kutch from the last 7.2 million years.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and National Geographical Research Institute Hyderabad will start a joint exercise on the surface. NASA scientists have also visited the site.

https://zeenews.india.com/india/mineral-found-on-surface-of-mars-discovered-at-ashapura-temple-in-kutch-scientists-2268693.html

That ought to keep the Ancient Alien people busy for awhile concocting a theory to fit the finding…..

Now a little scientific stuff……AI wonks have created a drone that can echo-locate like a bat……

Drone technology just got a step closer to becoming fully self-navigating: Taking a page out of a bat’s playbook, engineers developed a rig that lets drones chart out their surroundings using echolocation.

Purdue University engineers equipped a drone with a speaker and an array of four microphones and let it loose in a series of rooms, according to research published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry. And while self-navigating drones are neat, the engineers said in a press release their work could lead to better car backup cameras or help people with disabilities navigate.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/drone-echolocates-bat

That is just plain cool.

One last thought…..Drive Through virus testing…..

Medical centers are trying out an ingenious method of coronavirus testing that minimizes contact, maximizes efficiency, and relies on a near-ubiquitous mode of transport: drive-through testing stations.

After all, drive-through windows are already used for picking up food, coffee, drugs, cash, and even groceries.

Drive-through tests for the deadly COVID-19 disease, first pioneered in South Korea, are becoming an increasingly popular option, with countries including the US, Germany, and the UK working on opening their own.

“There’s less face-to-face contact,” Lee Jae-joon, the mayor of Goyang, a city in northern South Korea, told CNN earlier this month. “If you operate a testing site indoors, there is concern that suspected patients can infect each other in the waiting room.”

https://futurism.com/neoscope/medical-centers-opening-drive-thru-coronavirus-testing-stations

We have drive thru weddings, drive thru pharmacy, drive thru funerals, drive thru food so a drive thru testing sounds pretty logical to me…..

My day begins in the garden with the hint of citrus blossoms in the air…..I wish I could bottle that smell……NOTHING smells better!

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Plus the Peach tree is blooming as well…..sadly not as fragrant as the citrus…..

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MoMo had a bout with a coon early this morning…..she could have woke up the dead….LOL…..right now she is torturing me for making her give up the chase for the coon…..she is pouting.

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Enjoy your day…..smile a little and laugh a lot.

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–13Mar20

I just would like to pass on a few thoughts on writing.

I write all the time, everyday……between taking notes and writing in IST most of my time is spent doing what I enjoy…..first is what I think when I read some blogs/posts…..that’s not writing, it is typing.

These are a few thoughts that one should consider before they attempt to write…..

“The heart and soul of good writing is research; you should write not what you know but what you can find out about”. Robert J. Sawyer

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

You are always seeing those “how to” blog post on the proper way to write…..well there are 3 rules to writing whether blog or book….

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham

“Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.” Horace

“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.” Tennessee Williams

“Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.  Hermann Hesse
 
“Writing is a calling, not a choice.”  Isabel Allende
 
“Most so-called writers keep writing and writing with the hope, some day, to find something to say.”   Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This is my favorite quote about writing…..I do not know who said it but it is very true to me.

“Writing takes an act of love or it is just scribbling”?  (There is lots of scribbling out there)

I Read I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

A Few Sunday Thoughts

These are random and in no way should detract from the total irrelevance….

The news recently that the population was losing its battle with a healthy balance….there were more deaths than births…..but there could be another reason…infertility.

Your diet could be the problem….

Keeping semen shipshape and in good working order: no easy task.

Across the globe, average sperm count and quality have been gradually declining for years. Scientists have theorized a number of potential causes ranging from household chemicals to microplastics. Another possible culprit may be a man’s diet.

Now, a cross-sectional study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open lends support to the notion that a man’s diet seems to directly impact both sperm count and quality.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/study-growing-infertility-crisis-may-be-tied-to-poor-diets

Keep in mind…you are what you eat.

With that last statement….more news…..

In 1999, US health officials warned that the health of millions of Americans was being imperiled by a “growing obesity epidemic.” Twenty years later, it appears that warning wasn’t very effective: A report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the obesity rate in the US in 2017-2018 spiked to 42.4%, per US News & World Report. Back when that 1999 warning came out, the obesity rate hovered at just over 30%, while a similar report from 2015-2016 placed the rate at 40%, CBS News notes. The CDC health survey on height and weight, which polled more than 5,000 adults, also found that those with severe obesity—having a body mass index of 40 or higher—almost doubled over the past two decades, rising from 4.7% to 9.2%.

Obesity rates differ according to race: Black Americans claimed the highest rate, at 49.6%, while Hispanics come in at 44.8% and whites at 42.2%; Asians hold the lowest rate, at a relatively low 17.4%. “The findings are important for everyone,” study co-author Cynthia Ogden tells UPI. “We know that obesity and severe obesity in particular are associated with many chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.” Which means it looks likely that more Americans will turn up with those conditions—and likely overwhelm medical professionals trying to contend with the issue, per CBS News. “How’s a provider going to do that?” a George Washington University obesity expert says, adding that he’s estimated every primary care doctor in the US is treating an average of 100 severely obese patients. “Severe obesity really requires very intensive therapy.”

As we all get older we start worrying about the chance of being struck with dementia…..well there may be a way to spot the approach…..

The medical term dementia is often used to describe a group of symptoms that arise when the brain sustains damage because of an injury or ailment, such as Alzheimer’s disease. At present, there is no cure for dementia, so most scientific studies are focused on identifying potential risk factors that can indicate any possibility of developing dementia.

Identifying these risk factors drives people to implement proactive measures to delay the development of dementia and, at the same time, maintain their quality of life as long as possible. While one of the most common symptoms of brain decline is memory loss, a recent study revealed that there is another physical change that may indicate dementia risk.

https://www.ibtimes.com/dementia-study-links-cognitive-loss-way-you-walk-2929282

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”