Sunday FYI

It is the weekend and I try to be an FYI blog, at least over this weekend.

I am always fighting this person or that over definitions and even a few with the “grammar police”…..but in keeping with the FYI thingy…..

Do you know what a “Glabella” or “apthongs” or “scroop” or finally a “caruncule”…..any idea what theses things mean?

Well the Old Professor is here to help you with all those difficult definitions……..

1. Glabella

The space between your eyebrows is a glabella. That’s also the name of the bone underneath that space that connects your brow ridges.

not to worry there are 47 more definitions

Now you have the definition for those things that use to be called a do-hickey or thingy or whachamacallit…..

You may thank me later but is not necessary as long as you enjoy the posts.

“lego ergo scribo”

Saturday’s Random Thoughts

I take lots and lots of notes every day and most seldom make it into a post but what to do with all those notes?

My weekends need a theme…..FYI is always a good place to start.

That is where weekends come in…..I try to find stuff that is interesting or amusing to work as a diversion from the awfulness of the news in the media.

First, South Texas as terrible cell coverage but for a good reason….

A robust wake of extremely messy vultures is getting the drop(pings) on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection radio tower in Texas. Excrement from the 300 birds is so overwhelming that it’s interfering with the communication system, reports Quartz.

The entire structure in Kingsville has been coated with “droppings mixed with urine,” according to a request for information the agency issued to vendors this week to determine the “available options” for a “Vulture Deterrence Netting System.”

The vultures will “often defecate and vomit from their roost onto buildings below that house employees and equipment,” a CBP representative told Quartz. “There are anecdotes about birds dropping prey from a height of 300 feet, creating a terrifying and dangerous situation for those concerned.”

Next there are things that us old farts can do that many youngsters cannot… write in cursive, read a map, etc.  These are skills that are slowly disappearing from the culture….

ur Gen Z kids and grandkids are digital natives. They can convey nuance in their text messages, effortlessly navigate wherever they want to go, and get a pizza delivered anywhere, anytime. But they’ve never learned some of the old-school, analog skills most of us were taught as we grew up. Does it matter?

Have you ever heard that men prefer large breasts?

Supposedly, consistent male preferences for a particular breast size feed claims that they reflect evolutionary adaptation. To make this plausible, it must be shown that reported attractive features provide cues to women’s potential reproductive capacity or health. But any preferences may be largely or exclusively culturally determined, perhaps reflecting particular notions of female beauty peddled by Western media.

Since the 1960s, many studies have assessed the attractiveness of women’s breasts, notably regarding the size. One early contribution by Jerry Wiggins and colleagues (1968) tested men’s preferences for breasts, buttocks, and legs using simple, nude female silhouettes.

Ninety-five male undergraduates rated paired images with different sizes of those body regions. The main aim was to identify personality traits associated with preferences, but some interesting baseline information emerged. Although men rated large breasts as more attractive than small ones, moderate breast size was preferred over the largest presented

Finally, do you burn candles for mood or mental health or whatever…..well I have a scented candle that may impress you (or not)…..

Keep up, Yankee Candle—Gwyneth Paltrow is at the forefront of waxy odors. Via her lifestyle brand, Goop, Paltrow has a new product out in what the Daily Dot calls her “catalog of absurdities”: a $75 “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle. And what, exactly, does Gwyneth’s vagina (or whomever’s vagina they’re talking about) smell like? “This candle is made with geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth,” the product listing on the Goop website reads.

People reports that the candle came to fruition when Paltrow and perfume creator Douglas Little were trying out different scents for a new fragrance they were attempting to create. Paltrow allegedly said in reaction to one test odor: “Uhhh … this smells like a vagina,” and although they opted not to make a perfume out of it, a candle apparently seemed like the next best thing. Online reaction to the candle so far ranges from wariness to curiosity to straight-out despair. “I don’t want to live in a world where celebrities think normal people want candles that smell like their vagina,” one commenter posted. Refinery29 notes the candle, which it calls Paltrow’s “Goopiest product yet,” is also sold out on the website of Heretic, which makes the candle, though you can add your name to a waitlist on either site.

Did you read there is a waitlist?

My name shall not appear.


Just a few thoughts to start your Saturday.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Posts At The End Of Year

This is the last few days of 2019….I still have many drafts in waiting so I will continue to post them unless something important comes up.

Hope that my regulars are not too bored with these ramblings that I have kept for a rainy day or the end of a year….it must be the later.

Thanx for your understanding and may the coming new year be a good one for us all.

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday’s Random Thoughts

As usual I have more notes than posts so I share some of them with my readers as “Random Thoughts”….

For the last few years there has been the rumblings from the Far East about the engineering of babies….and the possible side effects….

Looks like a highly controversial attempt to create HIV-immune babies didn’t work out and may have even gone wrong, the Guardian reports. This according to an MIT Technology Review report on the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who sparked outcry with his plan to edit the embryonic genes of twins in 2018. Releasing parts of his manuscript for the first time, the report dismisses Jiankui’s claim of “success” and says he may have created unintended genetic mutations. Jiankui “makes little attempt to prove that the twins really are resistant to the virus,” writes Antonio Regalado, the Review‘s senior editor for biomedicine. “And the text largely ignores data elsewhere in the paper suggesting that the editing went wrong.”

Using the gene editing tool Crispr, Jiankui singled out the gene CCR5—a mutation of which can create HIV immunity—but it’s unclear whether he replicated the “Delta 32” variation needed for immunity or perhaps created unintended changes. The report also criticizes Jiankui for leaving out the names of doctors involved, possibly tricking them into doing the work, not saying who funded it, and falsely claiming that embryo editing will help millions of people. Another concern: The twins’ HIV-positive father might have joined the research simply to get a fertility treatment in a country where the virus still carries a major social stigma, per the Telegraph. All told, not a ringing endorsement.

I think this should be outlawed…..think Khan.

How about that organism that can eat meteorites?

A microbial descendant of some of Earth’s earliest life can not only survive by eating meteorites, but also seemingly thrive on the space rocks — a finding that could help us detect signs of past life throughout the universe.

Humans and all other animals need to eat organic matter to survive. The single-celled organism Metallosphaera sedula (M. sedula), however, can produce its energy by eating non-living things, such as metals — which allows it to thrive in some of the most hostile conditions on Earth, including inside volcanoes.

Those vegan diets are all the rage these days…..for me I will eat my meat and let those sup on bean burgers…..but a report from a vegan after eating meat has surfaced….

A formerly vegan influencer revealed to her fans that she spent 30 days eating nothing but meat and animal products. She also revealed that the new diet had some surprisingly positive effects on her health.

Alyse Parker, who has over 200K Instagram followers and over 700K Youtube subscribers, explained her decision on Instagram. In a post, she revealed that she decided to try the Carnivore Diet after hearing about all of the health benefits from friends who switched from being vegan to eating only meat and animal products.

Parker explained, “I had my own fair share of health struggles and eventually reached a breaking point where I was willing to try anything to function properly again.”

A new study shows the more cursing you do the more authentic you are as a person…..

The next time someone tells you to watch your language, feel free to tell them to fuck off.

Sure, swearing is considered poor form in certain settings—like courts, classrooms, and most offices. But people who do it may be more trustworthy, according to a new three-part study analyzing swearing and straightforwardness in individuals and society.

“The consistent findings across the studies suggest that the positive relation between profanity and honesty is robust, and that the relationship found at the individual level indeed translates to the society level,” concludes the final paper, set to be published in the journal of Psychological and Personality Science this year.

DAMN!  I must be one of those authentic people…you bet your ass I am.

How is that for random on this Sunday?

MoMo is tired of waiting….time to venture out into that cruel cruel world……

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

2019–The Best Quotes Of The Year

As this year creeps towards its end and my weekend begins…….and of course award shows almost every weekend night….I give my readers the quotes of 2019 that will become part of history.

Activist Greta Thunberg and actress Emma Watson have two of the 10 most notable quotes of 2019, according to a librarian at Yale Law School. But it’s the line at the center of the impeachment inquiry—”I would like you to do us a favor, though”—from President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that’s at the top of the heap assembled by Fred Shapiro in the annual update to The Yale Book of Quotations. The other new additions, meant to reveal the spirit of the times, per the AP:

  • We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” — Greta Thunberg in her Sept. 23 speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.
  • “When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: ‘In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?'” — Rep. Elijah Cummings, in his closing statement at Michael Cohen’s Feb. 27 hearing before the House Oversight Committee.
  • “I would rather be dead in a ditch [than ask the European Union for a delay in Brexit].” — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking Sept. 5.
  • “The Prime Minister’s advice to Her Majesty was unlawful, void, and of no effect.” — Supreme Court of the UK President Brenda Hale, ruling on Sept. 24 that Parliament was never legally suspended.
  • “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” — Special counsel Robert Mueller, speaking May 29 at the Department of Justice.
  • “I have a plan for that.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, remarks at She the People forum in Houston on April 24.
  • “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.” — Presidential candidate Joe Biden, remarks to Asian and Latino Coalition, Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 8.
  • “I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.” — Emma Watson to British Vogue‘s December issue.
  • “I love you 3000.” — actress Alexandra Rabe in Avengers: Endgame.

I am sure that there are others but these stick in my mind the best.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Toilets For A Sunday

As usual when our president Tweets something then the whole of Twtter goes batcrap crazy…..well this time Trump made a comment about the water saving toilets…..

Donald Trump’s latest target for deregulation is Americans’ toilets.

The White House has RSVP’d, sort of, to an invite to send lawyers to the next impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. “House Democrats have wasted enough of America’s time with this charade,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote Friday in a note to committee chief Jerrold Nadler, per USA Today. “You should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings.” NBC News notes Cipollone’s letter didn’t flat-out refuse the request to send an attorney or other official to the next hearing set for Monday, or other future hearings, but a senior administration official told the network “the letter means that the White House will not participate in the House proceeding.” Nadler’s response, per USA Today: Trump “cannot claim that the process is unfair” if his team won’t take part, and that either way, his panel would “[carry] out our solemn constitutional duty.”
Meanwhile, President Trump’s mind has been caught up in other matters besides impeachment—namely, how well toilets flush. In an announcement Friday at a small-business roundtable at the White House, Trump noted that the Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing water efficiency standards, “looking very strongly at sinks and showers, and other elements of bathrooms,” per the Hill: “You turn the faucet on … and you don’t get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out.” He added, “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water. So EPA is looking at that.” An EPA rep tells USA Today that the agency “is working with all federal partners to review the implementation of the Federal Energy Management Plan … to ensure American consumers have more choice when purchasing water products.”

God knows I have been extremely critical of the president and his antics….but on this issue I find myself in complete agreement with him……although he did take some liberties with the amount of water needed to flush the solids down the drain.

The original tanks help about 5 gallons of water and flushed just fine… the “new” tanks hold about 3.5 gallons and in some cases needs to be flushed twice or three times….not the the 10 or 15 times claimed by the president.

Water saving devices are bullshit.  Just as the energy saving light bulbs are better…..may last longer but better I cannot agree with that supposition.

But  the is an order for the EPA……a review of the WaterSense program was mandated under 2018 legislation passed by Congress that said the agency should look at any regulations adopted before 2012. That means the government is forced to revisit specifications for tank-type toilets, lavatory faucets and faucet accessories, showerheads, flushing urinals, and weather-based irrigation controllers.

Write it down…I have found something that I can agree with Trump on besides some of his original foreign policy stands.

As long as we are talking about toilets…..anyone remember that stolen gold toilet?

The fully functioning solid gold toilet, made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was stolen on September 14.

Well arrests have been made but still NO toilet…..

The fully functioning toilet is a piece of art made entirely from 18-karat gold that was installed in Blenheim Palace, England as part of an exhibition by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Police have been investigating its theft since it was stolen on September 14 and previously made two arrests.
A 66-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary before being released on bail, and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and was released under investigation.
Philip Austin from Fine Art Specie Adjusters (FASA), the palace’s insurance company, told CNN that a reward of up to £100,000 would be paid if specific conditions were met.
First, the item must be safely returned; second, there must have been an arrest as part of the investigation.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

A New You

Ever considered to having a bit of work done?

Saturday and I need to decompress from the events of the past week……so to do so I will post on the growing trend of plastic surgery…….

I admit it I have always been a girl watcher……I read about a research project by plastic surgeons on the shape of breasts…..

Plastic surgeons have difficulty assessing the success of a breast surgery because, well, the beauty of a pair of breasts is in the eye of the beholder.

“Terms such as ‘beauty’ or ‘aesthetics’ are subjective and thus poorly defined and understood,” plastic surgeon Piotr Pietruski told Motherboard. “Due to this fact, both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery suffer from the lack of a standardized method of postoperative results analysis.”

That’s why Pietruski and his colleagues in Poland asked a hundred people to spend about a half hour each staring at naked breasts, all to gather data for a new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

If it were not labelled “research” then it would be condemned as “soft porn”……some would say…..

We all have heard of tummy tucks, chin reconstruction, nose jobs and even butt implants and all the beauty extenders……and how sad when all that money spent goes terribly wrong…..

Model Courtney Barnes may have a little less room this Thanksgiving to stuff her turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and dessert.

That’s because she has been told by doctors she may need to have her entire ass amputated, after “enhancing” it with illegal injections, according to the NY Post

Barnes, who is known as Miss Miami, said on the E! show “Botched” that she is desperate to get her body back after the injections. But Doctors told her that in order to fix her ass, it may have to be amputated. 

“Amputate the whole booty? I’m not doing that. No, I’m not doing that. I’m not amputating butts,” she responded. 

She had the illegal fillers injected when she was 22 years old and working as a dancer in a club. 

She said: “When I was in college I got a job dancing at a club. The first night, after really not making no money on the stage, there was a dancer who walked up to me and she told me that I needed some more booty if I wanted to make some more money. That’s when I found out about the injections that gave me my big booty problems.”

We humans can find ways to spend our hard earned cash…  I will stay as I am….a grumpy old man with sagging pieces parts of the bod.

If I must enhance my body then make me a cyborg.

In closing a “Blast From The Past”…..old farts will remember……

Be well, Be safe…….

“Lego Ergo Scribo”