A Selfie Drone

When I first heard of this selfie drone I thought, “Good Lord!” But, in fact, I think it might be a good idea for some people.

The video lifted my spirits and made me laugh.


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Great Neighbors

We had about 2¼ inches of rain Monday night, and Beate both sent an email and phoned Andy Tuesday morning before he left for the land. On their way to work she and Tim had cleaned out some culverts to keep them open, and she said the entrance to one on the way up to the fire station was buried. Andy was not to work on it.


Beate said she and Tim would leave work early to try to dig it out. So Andy worked two to three hours clearing the culverts on our part of the road, and he waited for Beate and Tim by the buried culvert on his way home. They all agreed that if Beate and Tim encountered any rocks too big to handle, they would phone Andy and he would phone Orlando and arrange for Orlando to bring up some heavy equipment.

It wasn’t necessary. That evening Tim sent this picture of the unburied culvert.


Thank you, Beate and Tim! We’re lucky to have you as neighbors.


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Hurray for Therapy Dogs!

This article about Bo, a therapy dog, warmed my heart. Bo and her human volunteer had been cheering up the patients on one floor of the hospital, and the human thought they would take the elevator to another floor to see a few more patients before it was time to go home.

Bo had a different idea. There were upset people waiting in a room near the elevators, and Bo insisted on going in to cheer them up. They asked the human volunteer if Bo was allowed in the ICU. She was, so they asked if Bo would visit their family member there. Of course.

Bo walked into the room and right up next to the hospital bed. I have no idea what was wrong with the gentleman in the bed or even how old he was. There was a towel across his eyes and forehead, so he wasn’t able to see us either. Bo was the perfect height for the gentleman to just put his hand over the side of the bed and pet her. There are only certain people that Bo will choose to stay next to for quite a length of time, but Bo stood there for as long as the man wanted to run his fingers through her hair. Several of the family members in the room were in tears and couldn’t thank us enough for taking the time to come in to give him the opportunity to have the contact with one of his favorite animals.

Hurray for therapy dogs and their humans!


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Glasses for the Colorblind

A company called EnChroma now makes glasses that enhance color vision. It estimates about 80% of colorblind people can be helped.

This Smithsonian article explains how they discovered the technique and how they came to develop the glasses.

I’m not colorblind, but think that’s great!


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In a comment on Nick’s post about kissing, I said I was more of a hugger than a kisser, but I knew a lot of people who were neither. The post reminded me of guys I’ve worked with who were scornful whenever the management said anything that sounded “touchy-feely”.


Then I laughed when I read Jenny Ryan’s post, How NOT To Declutter If You Are A Liberal Arts Major And Your Husband Is An Engineer. She and her husband were cleaning out the garage and making good progress, but there were some items that needed thought.

After about 30 minutes of tricky decisions, the next time he held an item up for consideration I said, “Well the question is, ‘Does this spark joy’.”

Apparently that’s not a question you ask an engineer. He snorted, rolled his eyes, and finished the garage by himself.

Do you think her question was a good way of deciding? I do! Do you sympathize with her husband? Well, I can see his point too. And I love Jenny’s sense of humor about their differences.

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Canine Cancer

gocomics.com/The Other Coast

gocomics.com/The Other Coast
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Unfortunately that is all too true for older dogs. KB at Romping and Rolling in the Rockies lost her precious K to bone cancer three years ago. Here’s a tribute KB created:

I have to admit, I cry when I watch it.

Now Natasha over at The Thundering Herd had a mass plus her spleen and 30% of her liver removed. They’re seeing how she recovers and whether or not the mass was malignant before they decide what the next step is.

Natasha, The Thundering Herd

Natasha, The Thundering Herd
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Our hearts go out to them.

Banshee, Sammy’s sister, became seriously ill in late summer, 2009 and had to have extensive surgery — she lost part of her pancreas, stomach and intestines, and the vet thought she might die. The vet couldn’t remove all of the mass, so Kaitlin and Torben didn’t have it checked to see if it was malignant. They knew they wouldn’t put her through chemotherapy if it was cancer, and quality of life was the important issue. She did recover and was her old happy self for about six months before it was time to call it quits.

Here’s a picture of her (on the left) and Sammy on a car trip shortly after the surgery.


And here are two picture of her (on the right in the second one) up on the land when they came to visit that Thanksgiving.



She was only seven years old in these pictures, and eight when she died. Yes, canine cancer is heartbreaking.


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Advice — More Ponderings

I’ve been doing more pondering about advice. In this comic Dilbert expresses his strong feelings on the subject:

Coworker: Do you want some advice?

Dilbert: Nope. Advice is just ignorance and ego disguised as helpfulness.

The coworker then asks how he will hear himself talk. Dilbert says the supply cabinet has an awesome echo.

At least the fellow asked Dilbert instead of just giving his opinion. In the comic we were supposed to be able to tell that the person asking was ignorant and trying to feed his ego. In fairness, some advice, when given by well-meaning and more experienced people, can make sense.

But even then, it may not be the best way to go. Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open this year, could be a good example. He would like to win the British Open this week to be the only person besides Ben Hogan in 1953 to win all three tournaments in the same year, but according to a lot of people he didn’t do enough to increase his chances of doing so.

He was gently criticized for not traveling here to compete in the Scottish Open or squeeze in extra practices on the Old Course, which he had played once before this week. He was breezily advised to play practice rounds with veterans of the tournament, the better to pick their brains about the course’s quirks. He was amiably informed that his starting wave figures to get the worst of the week’s foulest weather and that, basically, he has not seen anything yet, weather-wise.

Spieth, 21, made plain that all the background noise has not escaped him. He offered rejoinders in a manner so mild and so respectful, his targets might not have been aware his answers were about them.
—The New York Times, Jordan Spieth Plans to Win It, or Lose It, His Way

I’m curious to see how he does. As I write this after the first day of play, he is only two points behind the leader, but the weather is supposed to turn bad so it’s anybody’s guess. I’m following him mainly to see if he can handle so much success at such an early age — that’s a hard thing to do. But even though he’s doing what the thinks is best rather than taking much advice from others, he isn’t arrogant about it.


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Dangerous Jewelry

Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show host, almost lost his finger in a freak accident. He tripped on a rug in his kitchen, caught his ring on the counter as he went down, and severely damaged his finger. He thought he had just broken it, but he ended up being in surgery for six hours and then in an Intensive Care Unit for ten days. If the surgery hadn’t worked, he would have lost the finger.

It’s common knowledge that throw rugs can be dangerous, but I never expected a wedding ring to be a problem. Have you ever had an injury from wearing jewelry?


One of the most devastating finger injuries is the ring avulsion injury (1). This injury occurs when someone catches a ring on moving machinery or on a projection while descending unexpectedly or rapidly (jumping). Examples are jumping off a loaded truck or falling while going down a ladder, etc. Not only does the ring pull the skin off circumferentially but it also usually strips away the nerves, tendons, and bone as well. Replantation is often not possible because of the extensive soft tissue damage, requiring a more proximal amputation.

Suggesting to your patients in manual work environments that they not wear a ring while working can remove the risk of this injury and save a finger.

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New Ideas

Yesterday we pointed out some ideas work better than others. What do you think of this airplane seat design that Zodiac is trying to patent? It does pack more people into a plane and gives them more elbow and leg room.

On the other hand this proposed bicycle-seat design by Airbus may be going too far.

Airbus says the seats may never be produced, but they are protecting themselves for the future just in case the design might be useful. Still, it is disconcerting that they are even thinking of it.

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Some ideas work better than others.

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