Why I don’t need (or want) a bucket list when I retire | Toronto Star

“Apparently, I am more of a slacker than I thought. Not only don’t I have a bucket list, “make a bucket list” isn’t even on my to-do list. Everyone else seems to have one these days, from Cameron Diaz and Bill Clinton to bloggers who document their progress in exquisite detail. There is even a social-media site called BucketList.org, with more than 194,000 members, that can help you make a list and share it with friends.”

“Can’t we all just relax?”

via Why I don’t need (or want) a bucket list when I retire | Toronto Star.


Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts : The Two-Way : NPR

“After a stray dog in Ecuador met a team of Swedish adventure athletes, he grew so attached to the squad that he ran for miles and swam along to keep up with them. Now Arthur the dog is world-famous — and it all started with a meatball.”

“Sweden’s Peak Performance team was in Ecuador this month to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship, in which athletes hike, kayak, and bike during a 430-mile endurance race through the Amazonian rain forest. It’s the kind of race where athletes try to keep moving day and night (see an example).”

“Just before starting one stage, the team’s Mikael Lindnord made friends with a dog, sharing a meatball with him. Lindnord thought that would be the end of it — but then the dog followed him, and essentially forced his way onto the team.”

via Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts : The Two-Way : NPR.

Watch the magic of sound and science in ‘Cymatics’ | The Verge

“Tallying up nearly two million views across Vimeo and YouTube in two weeks, my favorite thing on the internet today is still “Cymatics,” a music video from Nigel Stanford from his new album Solar Echoes. Stanford put together a series of science experiments that demonstrate how sound can move matter around and combined them into a pretty solid music track and a very awesome video. As explained in the making-of post, Stanford and director Shahir Daud filmed the demonstrations first and then took the sound that made them and created the track with it second — but don’t let that take away from the magic here. The magic is science, and also the magic is a dude wearing a full-body chain mail Faraday suit getting zapped with a Tesla coil while using a kick drum to turn a stream of water into a perfectly formed spiral. Science!”

via Watch the magic of sound and science in ‘Cymatics’ | The Verge.

Thanks for posting this to David Brin (on Facebook)…

Where the Real ‘Imitation Game’ Happened – NYTimes.com

“BLETCHLEY, England — When “Captain Ridley’s shooting party” gathered here in late August 1938 as weekend guests at Bletchley Park, a Buckinghamshire country house, they were accompanied by one of the finest chefs from the Savoy hotel. But the hunting that took place wasn’t the usual. The visitors were members of MI6 and the Government Code and Cypher School in Britain, scouting out a retreat for code breakers who would be needed in the coming war.”

“By now, of course, the estate’s cover is fully blown. This mock-Tudor, mock-Gothic, red brick mansion, framed by aged trees and with a picturesque pond, has become familiar from documentaries and television broadcasts and will soon become even more well known from the new film “The Imitation Game.” ”

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via Where the Real ‘Imitation Game’ Happened – NYTimes.com.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app and game sales roundup | TalkAndroid.com

“If you have been wanting to buy a particular app, but waiting for the price to drop, this might be the best weekend of the entire year. Many apps are on sale from today through Cyber Monday. You might even find some apps you weren’t aware of. Here’s a number of the more notable apps that are on sale, most of them at least 50% off, but there are tons more. You can always search “Black Friday Sale” or “Cyber Monday Sale” in the Google Play Store to find even more apps. Hit the break for our roundup.”

via Black Friday and Cyber Monday Android app and game sales roundup | TalkAndroid.com.

Can your dog understand what you’re saying? – CSMonitor.com

“When a dog hears his owner – whether it’s an affectionate call, a curt command, or an unpleasant reprimand – do the words merely go in one fuzzy ear and out the other, or are they really listening? And if they are listening, how much do they comprehend?”

“According to research published Wednesday in the journal Current Biology, the brain of man’s best friend is specialized to process multiple components of human speech, with some regions specializing in the verbal contents of speech and others specializing in the familiarity with and emotional tone of the speaker.”

via Can your dog understand what you’re saying? – CSMonitor.com.

21 authors write about how NC influenced them | CharlotteObserver.com

“RALEIGH, N.C. — Writer and editor Marianne Gingher gave 21 authors a wide-open assignment: write about any subject they chose as long as North Carolina was at the core of the story.”

“What she got for a collection of essays titled “Amazing Place” were stories as varied as the state’s geography and arranged that way, from the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast.”

via 21 authors write about how NC influenced them | CharlotteObserver.com.

Good teacher.. I took her creative writing class years ago.. She wasn’t sure what I was doing, but she encouraged me all the same…

Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open : The Two-Way : NPR

“Scott Bonner, the library’s director and its only full-time librarian, kept the building open to provide programming for local students and to offer adults a safe place in the midst of the tumult. The decision marked a renewal of the library’s work in August, when it opened its space to impromptu classes during local schools’ long closures during protests this summer. On Tuesday, Bonner said, it was tough to gauge just how visitors were reacting to the news.”

“I’m seeing a mix of moods,” Bonner told Library Journal. “Our volunteers are excited and optimistic, and here to help, and then I have patrons who come in and literally hold my hands and cry — they just needed someone to hold onto and talk to. And everything in between, including people who are doing the regular walk-in, walk-out stuff.”

via Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open : The Two-Way : NPR.

David Baldacci: By the Book – NYTimes.com

“The author, most recently, of “The Escape” was a library rat growing up: “Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas.” “

“What books are currently on your night stand?

You mean on the floor? I have so many books that I have to stack them on the floor. At the top is “The Woman Who Died a Lot,” by Jasper Fforde. Also in the stack are Raffaella Barker’s “From a Distance” and Helen Rappaport’s “Four Sisters.” I met both of these wonderful writers while I was in England on a book tour. Not only are their works incredible, but sharing their company and hearing their personal stories was equally wonderful.”

David Baldacci presents his book The Camel Clu...

David Baldacci presents his book The Camel Club in Cologne, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via David Baldacci: By the Book – NYTimes.com.

The Modern Invention of Thanksgiving | JSTOR Daily

“When you think of the history of Thanksgiving, you’d be hard-pressed not to picture funny Pilgrim hats and stereotyped Native Americans. These days, most of us know that the sanitized story we learned in grade school bears little resemblance to the real history of the Plymouth colony. But it might still come as a surprise to hear that, as Anne Blue Wills argues in a 2003 article in Church History, Thanksgiving as we know it was deliberately invented in the 19th Century.”

“Wills traces the holiday’s traditions, the reunions of dispersed families in their childhood homes and the tables groaning under the weight of turkey and stuffing and pie, to the popular magazines that were beginning to give the nation a more unified culture in the mid-1800s. In particular, she writes that Sarah Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine “badgered national leaders” to formally recognize the holiday, which Abraham Lincoln did in 1863.”

English: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymo...

English: “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

via The Modern Invention of Thanksgiving | JSTOR Daily.